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The chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has accused the government of “barely engaging with the arguments” around carbon capture usage and storage and failing to give any sense of how it will achieve its net-zero targets.
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Lord Deben, the chair of the Committee on Climate Change, told Utility Week’s New Deal for Utilities debate that Labour’s target of hitting net-zero emissions by 2030 was unrealistic given the technology currently available.
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This year’s Conservative Party Conference may have been as light on policy announcements as it was on attendees, but there were further signs of the Tories' plans for reaching the 2050 net-zero target. David Blackman looks at some of the key discussions and what they mean for the evolving net-zero strategy.
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At a roundtable event organised by Network in association with National Grid, delegates were invited to consider how localised energy supports the whole energy system.
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The lack of a clear strategy and high regulatory barriers are preventing the UK from the taking the lead on hydrogen and handing the first mover advantage to other countries in Europe, according to Aurora Energy Research. Utility Week speaks to research director Richard Howard about his findings.
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The CBI has urged Rishi Sunak to create new market subsidy regimes to spur the UK’s fledgling CCUS and hydrogen industries. In its submission to the Treasury’s spending review, the employers’ body has included a raft of measures to spur economic growth that also delivers the UK’s net-zero goals
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A new authority should be established to oversee the North Sea’s development and ensure “uncoordinated” offshore wind farm growth does not deprive hydrogen and carbon capture and storage infrastructure of access to seabed space, an influential right wing thinktank has urged.
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A group of twelve companies and organisations have submitted a bid for government funding to help create a zero-carbon industrial hub in the Humber region by 2040. The Zero Carbon Humber partnership said the project could reduce the UK’s total annual carbon emissions by 15 per cent, save businesses around £27.5 billion in carbon taxes over the next two decades, safeguard 55,000 existing jobs and create thousands more.
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The Climate Assembly’s recent report surprised many by showing that the public back even tougher climate change action than many politicians had assumed. The question now is how seriously their opinions will be taken in driving policy forward – especially the lack of appetite for nuclear and CCS to be part of the net-zero generation mix.
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Leaving delivery of net zero to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, will put meeting the 2050 target at risk, the director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership has claimed.
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Darren Jones said the UK needs to understand the capacity of carbon capture and storage for scaling up decarbonisation efforts but said in his view it is “only a temporary solution”. He was speaking after the Climate Assembly UK report highlighted public opposition for the technology.
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The UK could secure two thirds of its electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2030 at no extra cost to meeting half of total demand. This is according to the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), which cites the plunging cost of solar and wind power in recent years as a spur to go “further, faster without hitting consumers in the pocket”.
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“If you don’t want to make a decision, you can always find a reason for not making it,” says John Armitt, chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, on the lack of energy policy coming out of BEIS. We’re risking missing net zero targets if it doesn’t make its mind up soon, he tells Denise Chevin.
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Equinor has announced plans to build a hydrogen production facility as the first step towards creating a low-carbon industrial cluster in the Humber region. The Hydrogen to Humber Saltend project will see a 600MW auto thermal reformer installed at the Saltend Chemical Park near Hull.
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Drax has announced plans to hold a second trial of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage under a partnership with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). A new pilot facility will be installed at its Yorkshire power station and used to test whether two of MHI’s proprietary solvents are suitable to extract carbon dioxide from the biomass flue gases.
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