Countdown to COP

Our new campaign plots the course to the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow this November and looks at the key topics for utilities.

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The government’s ambitious target to cut emissions by 78 per cent by 2035 will inevitably lead to more pressure on the utilities sector to deliver on its own decarbonisation plans. As part of Utility Week's Countdown to COP campaign, David Blackman looks at where that pressure is likely to be applied.
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As part of our Countdown to COP campaign, Utility Week presents a showcase of some of the most promising energy storage technologies. Tom Grimwood explores the potential - and the limitations - of solutions ranging from flow batteries to liquid air energy storage and the use of gravity, among others.
Analysis
A heavyweight business commission has recommended the introduction of a National Deal on Net Zero Homes to help the economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The Covid Recovery Commission, which is made up of ten of the UK’s top business leaders, has also called for the creation of a Green Homes Bond and a commitment by the government to retrofit all social homes by 2030.
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The UK has announced that it is increasing the ambition of its climate targets – but delivery requires a clear, costed plan setting out how they will be met. Tim Lord, former director of clean growth at BEIS and now at the Tony Blair for Global Change, sets out the challenges facing the government now there are “no more targets”.
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Can power network operators deliver the scale and pace of investment needed for net zero without alienating communities or causing environmental detriment? A new report from Utility Week and Hitachi ABB Power Grids explores the challenge.
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Flexible Connections were once seen as a key enabler for the cost effective and timely addition of renewable generation to the grid. However, the product has not adapted to address concerns around market access, liabilities and long-term optionality. Smarter Grid Solutions co-founder Alan Gooding looks at what went wrong, and suggests some solutions.
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Drax chief executive Will Gardiner shares his thoughts on the countdown to COP, calling it a unique opportunity to showcase the UK’s decarbonisation expertise. However, he warns that to present a coherent argument on how we will tackle emissions, the government needs to be clear on frameworks for supporting the rapid scale-up of a diverse range of technologies.
Interviews
As part of our Countdown to COP campaign, we speak to Anglian Water chief executive Peter Simpson. He discusses the need to capitalise on government's green ambitions, particularly through price controls; the value of co-operation in regional net-zero infrastructure projects and how to convince customers to think twice before they put the kettle on.
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