Cadent Foundation director Julia Dwyer sets out a model for maximising the impact of innovation targeted at tackling fuel poverty. Partnership, flexibility and an ability to look beyond regulated needs codes are its key hallmarks.
Changes to energy consumption patterns and the increasing prevalence of renewables will require more agile transmission and distribution infrastructure. Matt Brough of Burns & McDonnell looks at the role modular substations can play in this mix.
The remit and capabilities of the Energy Systems Catapult's Living Lab have grown following a hook up with the Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) in May. Rebecca Sweeney, business lead for the Living Lab, outlines the project and its aspirations.
Water companies in the UK are facing new legislation to deal with the sewage discharge problem, plus continued regulatory pressure on leaks and water quality. But tech solutions, such as virtual modelling via a ‘digital twin’, are bringing results to water companies in Germany, Sweden and the UK, as Andrew Welsh, sales director for global water technology company Xylem reports.
With just over four months to go until COP26 opens, the UK government is still sitting on a series of promised policy statements on roadmaps for decarbonisation. The Treasury net-zero review is a key part of this jigsaw but, as David Blackman explains, there are still concerns that it lacks the necessary detail.
The University of Sheffield’s Professor Tony Conway, a non-executive director of both British Water and the Water Industry Forum, writes about the two organisations’ recently-announced decision to pool their resources.
Jiean Ling, doctoral practitioner in sustainability at the University of Surrey, discusses
why the water sector needs an asset planning strategy which considers long-term
impacts on a holistic spectrum of sustainability.
Toby Willison, Southern Water's director of environment and corporate affairs, writes for Utility Week about the need for collaboration and partnerships with stakeholders outside the industry to deliver nature-based solutions
In the second of three articles, BPF Pipes Group (a division of the British Plastics Federation) explores the policy drivers behind the circular economy, and how recycling and re-use can bring us into better alignment with the natural world.
To decarbonise the UK’s heating stock, the received wisdom is that we must ensure public buy-in. But critics of this view argue most people are never going to get excited about boilers, so the focus should be on making green heating the default choice. James Wallin looks at the debate and asks what we can learn from The Archers.
For the past year, the utilities sector has been warned that it faces a tsunami of debt resulting from the pandemic. However, there are emerging reasons to think the reality may not be as dramatic as feared. James Wallin asks whether we can risk reading anything into the green shoots of recovery.