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Energy and Carbon

Bernd Zacharias, Director of Business Development at Hamburg Wasser in Germany, with more than 20 years’ experience in wastewater and fresh water treatment, discusses the current challenges and opportunities in the water-tech industry - and flags up energy efficiency as the key issue for the global water sector in the run up to the World Water-Tech Summit in Toronto next month.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 11:53

Arctic sea ice remains in long-term decline

Official figures from the National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Colorado released yesterday have confirmed that the Arctic Sea Ice has reached its summer minimum and is again one of the lowest levels on record, falling to 5.10 million square kilometers (1.97 million square miles) on September 13, 2013.


A new report by RenewableUK, the trade body for the UK wind and marine renewables sector, has highlighted a 74% increase in UK jobs in wind and marine energy since 2010 - together these growth industries now directly employ 18,465 people full time.


Development of the largest tidal array in Europe today can now progress after Scottish Ministers awarded consent to build the first tidal energy project in the Pentland Firth.

Marine energy technology company Minesto is looking at Wales for commercial installations of its ‘underwater kite’ power plants.

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey, has today made the Government’s case for the safe and responsible exploration of shale gas in the UK, in line with the UK’s climate change targets.


China’s power capacity will more than double by 2030, with renewables, including large hydro, accounting for more than half of new plants, eroding coal’s dominant share and attracting investment of $1.4 trillion.

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 06:30

Go-ahead for £100m Welsh pumped storage scheme

Yesterday’s decision to approve plans for a 600MWh electricity pumped storage facility in disused slate quarries near Llanberis in north Wales has been hailed by the scheme’s developer as a key step in enabling Britain’s low carbon energy strategy.


A new report on marine energy in Wales estimates that if development is ramped up significantly over the next 20 years - with the capacity to generate 1GW of power - it could contribute a total of £840m to the Welsh economy during the development and installation stages.

The Environment Agency (EA) has launched a consultation on its technical guidance for onshore oil & gas exploratory operations.

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