Tag Archives: decarbonization

In-depth: The challenge of using biofuels to cut transport emissions

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Backyard operation to process used cooking oil for use as fuel in diesel vehicles at Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK. Credit: Jeff Morgan 02 / Alamy Stock Photo.

Liquid biofuels still have a significant role to play in meeting the UK’s climate change targets, a new report says

July 19, 2017 — The Royal Academy of Engineering analysis, commissioned by the UK Department for Transport (DfT) and now-defunct Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), reviews Continue reading In-depth: The challenge of using biofuels to cut transport emissions

Think windfarms are ugly – It’s not only a matter of perception, but policy too

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Turbines operate on Capital windfarm in Bungendore, Australia. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

We will meet renewable energy targets largely with wind. But community attitudes and acceptance rely on a number of factors beyond mere aesthetics

May 12, 2017 — A known side-effect of wishing for things is that they tend to come true. Wishing, as most of us do, for the rapid decarbonisation of the machines we use to generate electricity Continue reading Think windfarms are ugly – It’s not only a matter of perception, but policy too

US tells China it has ‘no plan yet’ to meet its 2020 climate target

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Bonn Climate Change Conference Credit: UNclimatechange/Flickr

The US has no plan yet for how to meet its 2020 climate target and has made no analysis of the impact of recent policy changes, according to an official submission to the UN

May 4, 2017— The details emerged in a series of terse, repetitive answers to an international climate action peer-review process, known as the Multilateral Assessment. The US submission, which was published this week, says “jobs, economic growth and energy independence” are its priority. Continue reading US tells China it has ‘no plan yet’ to meet its 2020 climate target

Australia must put a price on carbon, say institutional investors

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The Investor Group on Climate Change has urged the government to take concreted steps to unlock new investment. Photograph: Hamish Blair/Getty Images

Move needed to drive orderly transition to low-emissions power sources, Investor Group on Climate Change says

March 7, 2017 — The Turnbull government needs to put a price on carbon to unlock new investment in the electricity sector and drive an orderly transition to low-emissions power sources, according to the Investor Group on Climate Change. Continue reading Australia must put a price on carbon, say institutional investors

Global carbon intensity falls as coal use declines

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Coal consumption in major economies plummeted, the PwC report found. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

China leads the charge for emissions efficiency, but faster progress is needed to meet the Paris climate goals, reports Climate Home

November 1, 2016 — The amount of carbon needed to power the global economy fell to record lows in 2015, as coal consumption in major economies plummeted.  Continue reading Global carbon intensity falls as coal use declines

What technologies are available for meeting the 1.5C goal

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Scientist researching whether carbon can be sequestered underground examines a basalt core sample. Courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

A guest article by Sam Hampton, a doctoral researcher at the Environmental Change Institute. Hampton was one of the rapporteurs at the 1.5 Degrees conference which took place in Oxford last week. Carbon Brief also reported from the conference

September 29, 2016 — Last week, the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute (ECI) held a conference aimed at responding to the ambitious target set by the Paris Agreement to “pursue efforts” to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C.  Continue reading What technologies are available for meeting the 1.5C goal

UK must move now on carbon capture to save consumers billions

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Carbon capture and storage is a priority for Britain if it is to meet its 205 climate goals, say the report’s authors. Photograph: Paul White/Alamy Stock Photo

Kickstarting the carbon capture and storage industry with a state-backed company will deliver the clean electricity needed to meet climate targets more cheaply than Hinkley Point C, says government advisory group

September 12, 2016 — The UK must immediately kickstart an industry to capture and bury carbon emissions in order to save consumers billions a year from the cost of meeting climate change Continue reading UK must move now on carbon capture to save consumers billions

Carbon capture and storage could be cheaper than nuclear, says report

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Launch of the Boundary Dam carbon capture and storage facility in Estevan on Oct. 2, 2014. Credit: SaskPower.

Energy produced using carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology could become cost competitive with nuclear and offshore wind power in the 2020s, according to a new parliamentary report

September 12, 2016 — Produced by the Parliamentary Advisory Group on CCS, led by Lord Oxburgh, for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the report sets out the Continue reading Carbon capture and storage could be cheaper than nuclear, says report

UK set to miss renewable energy targets, warn MPs

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Biomass pellets made from pine and sunflower aflame. Credit: tchara/Getty Images.

The UK will miss its EU renewable energy targets, the House of Commons’ Energy and Climate Change (ECC) select committee has warned

September 10, 2016 — Good progress in decarbonising electricity will not compensate for slow progress on heat and backwards progress on transport, says the committee’s report.  Continue reading UK set to miss renewable energy targets, warn MPs

Environmental groups, advocates to Duterte – ‘Let us talk’

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‘I WILL NOT FOLLOW.’ President Rodrigo Duterte decries carbon emissions limitations as constrictive for developing countries like the Philippines. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Environmental groups and advocates urge the president to look at the vital role the Philippines plays in the global climate pact

MANILA, Philippines (July 21, 2016) — Let’s talk.

This is the message of several environment groups and advocates to President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, July 19, after his announcement that his administration will not honor the Continue reading Environmental groups, advocates to Duterte – ‘Let us talk’