The UK Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy claims to be the first from a major economy

By Julian Singer In March the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) issued its Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy as promised in the Energy White Paper of last November. The UK industrial sector contributes 9 per cent of the UK’s GDP and provides 2.6 million jobs directly, but emits 16 per cent of UK emissions, [...]

By | 2021-04-06T07:44:20+00:00 April 6th, 2021|General|Comments Off on The UK Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy claims to be the first from a major economy

The Uncertainty of Hydrogen

By Julian Singer Although it is accepted that hydrogen will be a key component of future energy systems, it is unclear exactly where it will be used and how it will be produced. This uncertainty has made governments and companies hesitate about committing huge investments. According to the International Energy Agency the production of hydrogen [...]

By | 2021-02-09T09:06:49+00:00 February 9th, 2021|General|Comments Off on The Uncertainty of Hydrogen

Reducing Plastic and Bottled Water.

By Barney Smith The bottled water industry is relatively new and has “Come from nowhere”. Who would have thought that we could be made to pay for bottles containing what used to be free from the tap? Yet some simple statistics would suggest that the sale of bottled water became big business. Apparently, in 2017 [...]

By | 2021-02-04T11:38:32+00:00 February 4th, 2021|General|Comments Off on Reducing Plastic and Bottled Water.

Buildings in the Energy White Paper

By Barney Smith Following the thoughts on Oil and Gas in Greenbarrel of 19 January 2021, it is now clear how crucial future governmental policy on Buildings will be. As the beginning of Chapter 4 of the Energy White Paper (WP) makes it explicit that for the UK to reach the net-zero target by 2050 [...]

By | 2021-01-26T08:43:48+00:00 January 26th, 2021|General|Comments Off on Buildings in the Energy White Paper

Oil and Gas in the Energy White Paper

By Barney Smith On second thoughts, it seemed only sensible for Greenbarrel to devote a bit more coverage to Oil and Gas in the context of the Energy White Paper, as a whole chapter (one of six) was devoted to this subject by the Government. Furthermore, Greenbarrel has already commented on the so-far somewhat limited [...]

By | 2021-01-18T18:19:29+00:00 January 19th, 2021|General|Comments Off on Oil and Gas in the Energy White Paper

The Energy White Paper of 18 December 2020

By Barney Smith As a result of the combined news-appeal of the new strain of the Corona Virus and Christmas, the Government’s launch of a massive Energy White Paper on 18 December 2020 did not attract the attention which it would otherwise perhaps have merited. The Paper is long, but worth reading in full. This [...]

By | 2021-01-14T13:59:09+00:00 January 14th, 2021|General|Comments Off on The Energy White Paper of 18 December 2020

Some random thoughts on problems lurking on the way to zero carbon

By Barney Smith On Tuesday afternoons, some of us have been tuning in to a series of interesting webinars hosted by Oxford University about different facets of climate change and decarbonisation (www.energy.ox.ac.uk). This has given rise to a set of rather random thoughts stimulated by, but not directly related to, the Oxford webinars. One early [...]

By | 2020-12-06T16:43:12+00:00 December 8th, 2020|General|Comments Off on Some random thoughts on problems lurking on the way to zero carbon

PM’s ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution

By Barney Smith On 19 November the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, spoke to, and formally released, plans for a ten-point “green” industrial revolution, the details of which had previously been widely leaked. Overall the plan “will mobilise £12 billion of government investment to create and support up to 250,000 highly-skilled green jobs in the [...]

By | 2020-11-25T12:51:19+00:00 November 25th, 2020|General|Comments Off on PM’s ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution

Veolia and Suez: Chapter two

By Barney Smith Greenbarrel of 6 October reported the opening gambits by Veolia, the world’s largest environmental services company, to take over Suez, another large French environmental services company, and closed with the observation “This one may run and run”. That verdict on the final prospects still looks good; but at least the initial game [...]

By | 2020-11-20T17:24:55+00:00 November 19th, 2020|General|Comments Off on Veolia and Suez: Chapter two

AIM-listed renewable energy stocks rose significantly in late May and early June

By Julian Singer Maybe it was euphoria from the easing of covid-19 restrictions or maybe it was the bright summer weather, but between the middle of May and the middle of June the share prices of most companies involved in renewable energy and listed on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) rose substantially. [...]

By | 2021-02-20T18:37:00+00:00 October 27th, 2020|General|Comments Off on AIM-listed renewable energy stocks rose significantly in late May and early June