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Energy and Carbon

Major industry leaders today joined Commercial Secretary, Lord Deighton and Business and Energy Minister, Michael Fallon in signing a joint initiative to reduce carbon in infrastructure which could save as much as 24 million tonnes of carbon and £1.46 billion a year by 2050.

 

Finance and how to address loss and damage from the impacts of climate change in vulnerable developing countries look set to dominate the UN Climate Summit which starts today, according to global professional services consultancy PwC.

 

The Committee on Climate Change has today advised that there has been no significant change in the climate science, international and EU circumstances on which the fourth carbon budget (2023 – 2027) was set in 2011. As a result, there is no legal or economic basis to change the budget.

The Crown Estate has announced that it will work with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult on programmes aimed at increasing the momentum of driving down costs of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy.

 

Albion Ventures, one of the largest independent venture capital investors in the UK, has invested £9.3 million in partnership with Perth-based developer, Green Highland Renewables to fund the development of a single 2MW hydropower scheme on the Allt A’Chonais, close to Loch Carron in the Scottish Highlands.

First Minister Carwyn Jones, has welcomed an announcement by the Crown Estate that will support Wales in its ambition to become a world leader in renewable marine energy.

First Minister Carwyn Jones, has welcomed an announcement by the Crown Estate that will support Wales in its ambition to become a world leader in renewable marine energy.

The Government has strongly defended its record on climate change in its formal response to the findings and recommendations in the Committee on Climate Change’s fifth annual report on UK progress towards meeting the legislated carbon budgets and the UK’s targets to 2050.

European Union Member States are showing mixed progress towards three climate and energy targets for 2020, even though the EU as a whole could reduce greenhouse gases emissions by 21% in 2020 with the set of national measures already adopted. The findings come from new European Environment Agency (EEA) assessments.

MPs on the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee are warning the Government not to water down the UK's long-term climate change targets in next year's review of the fourth carbon budget covering 2023-2027.

The UK water companies are calling on the Government to clarify regulatory issues and stabilise longer-term incentives for anaerobic digestion to enable the sector to exploit bio-waste and associated gases – particularly with regard to renewable energy generation.

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