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30 by 30 it must be!

30 by 30 it must be!

Who ever thought achieving a net zero carbon economy was impossible? The UK has now made a commitment to achieving it by 2050, but Andrew Warren, Chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation, makes a strong argument in the July/August edition of ‘Energy in Buildings and Industry’ that Britain should push that date forward to … Continue reading

We’ve already installed enough fossil fuel infrastructure to commit to more than 1.5 degrees Celsius of planetary warming

We’ve already installed enough fossil fuel infrastructure to commit to more than 1.5 degrees Celsius of planetary warming

A new study finds we’ve already installed enough fossil fuel infrastructure to commit to more than 1.5 degrees Celsius of planetary warming, even without new planned installations. Chris Mooney explains more about the study in an article in the Washington Post.   Existing fossil fuel plants will push the world across a dangerous climate limit, … Continue reading

Seeing efficiency gains in the agricultural sector

Seeing efficiency gains in the agricultural sector

All sectors of the economy need to improve their productivity.  Dan Healing explains in an article on the CBC website about the situation in Canada. Are there similar gains in other countries? Canadian agriculture is using more energy — but more efficiently too Third-generation farmer Ron Lamb remembers his father pulling six-metre-wide crop-seeding equipment around … Continue reading

Using supermarket fridges as a “virtual battery”

Using supermarket fridges as a “virtual battery”

One of Britain’s major grocery chains has completed trials that show chiller aisles offer possibility of being ‘virtual battery’ for the national grid system.  Jillian Ambrose explains in an article in The Guardian.   Cool running: supermarket fridges could help power UK Supermarket freezer aisles could soon help power the National Grid after trials found … Continue reading

Canada’s financial community has yet to fully grasp the numerous challenges and opportunities that climate change presents in the transition to a low-carbon economy

Canada’s financial community has yet to fully grasp the numerous challenges and opportunities that climate change presents in the transition to a low-carbon economy

As all countries try to find the right way forward in the low-carbon energy transition, it is useful to read what is happening in Canada. Sean Cleary and Ryan Riordan of Queen’s University write on The Conversation website about some of the opportunities being missed by the financial sector. Do you have similar issues in … Continue reading

Reflections on a decentralised energy future

Reflections on a decentralised energy future

On the Open Access Government website, Chris Rason, Aggreko’s Managing Director of Northern Europe, provides his thoughts on bridging the gap when it comes to a decentralised energy future in the UK.   Bridging the gap to a decentralised energy future UK industry is operating in a highly competitive world in which the price of … Continue reading