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Time to re-energise!

…Literally!

Unlike the 16th of March this year, we now have experience of knowing what will happen; We know that people will overspend on toilet rolls, pasta and flour. We know that half the nations kids will be out of breath in their front room to Joe Wicks every morning. We know that mum and dad will reach for the top shelf of the fridge before 4 pm. We know that HouseParty, Zoom and Quizzes will be the new weekends out and we definitely know Jeff Bezos will add another couple of ‘bill to his already unbelievable wealth!

But this time, we also know that we will be coming out of it on Friday 2nd December 2020.

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How low can you get your standing charge in case you’re closed for long periods and still being charged daily? Are you on the lowest rate you can be? Are you on the best term you can be?

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Speedcast Unveils Network-Optimized Remote Video Streaming Solution

Delivering Industrial-Grade Video and Audio Content for Remote Operations Management with Speedcast SmartView™ Houston, Texas — Nov. 30, 2021 — Speedcast, a leading communications and IT services provider, today announced the launch of Speedcast SmartView™, an innovative, network-optimized remote video and audio communications solution. Designed for energy, maritime, enterprise, telecommunications and government customers, industries with critical operations can accelerate their digital transformation for revolutionizing remote access and field collaboration. Powered by Speedcast partner Harvest Technology… Source: RealWire

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Solar & Wind

Plans have been drawn up for a renewable energy project in north-east Caithness that will feature solar arrays as well as wind turbines. The application for the 80 megawatt Hollandmey development, on a site to the south of Mey, has been submitted to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit by ScottishPower Renewables. If approved, it will consist of 10 wind turbines with a blade-tip height of 149.9 metres and with a generating capacity of around 50 MW. There will also be around 15 MW of ground-mounted solar arrays and approximately 15 MW of battery energy storage. Onshore developments above 50 megawatts are determined by Scottish ministers under Section 36 of the Electricity Act.

John O’Groat Journal 2nd Dec 2021 read more »

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Tidal Lagoon

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Services include: supplying tailored news services, writing reports and briefings, drafting consultation responses and developing political campaign strategies.

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Net-Zero Business podcast: Princes’ journey to carbon neutrality and spotlight on beyond-supply energy options

In response to the accelerated pace at which corporates are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie’s monthly Net-Zero Business podcast was created. Up next, we talk low-carbon food and drink with Princes and business energy solutions with EDF Energy.

All edie podcast episodes can be listened to via iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Soundcloud

All edie podcast episodes can be listened to via iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Soundcloud

Following on from the UK Government’s world-leading net-zero carbon commitment, edie’s spinoff podcast series, Net-Zero Business, hears from the trendsetters and trailblazers of responsible businesses.

Since the UK Government set its 2050 net-zero target into law, more and more businesses are attempting to get ahead of the political curve by strengthening carbon and energy strategies and pledging to become net-zero businesses well before the 2050 deadline.

The Net-Zero Business podcast is a monthly digest of episodes that are 35 minutes or less in length. It usually features one in-depth interview with a sustainability or energy manager at a business working towards net-zero or carbon-neutrality. But, for this month’s special edition, sponsored by EDF Energy, we are also exploring how businesses can go beyond renewable energy tariffs and invest in other solutions to supercharge decarbonisation – even against the backdrop of Covid-19.  

First up is an interview with Princes Group’s corporate relations director David McDiarmid. McDiarmid provides more information on how the food and drink firm will deliver – and build upon – its plans to reach carbon-neutral operations by 2030 with only minimal use of offsetting. He covers topics including supplier engagement, science-based targets and on-pack eco-labels.

Then, edie’s senior reporter Sarah George dials EDF Energy’s senior business developer for net-zero, Steve Beer, who outlines what the outcomes of COP26 will mean for corporate decarbonisation strategy development and delivery. Specifically, Beer looks at beyond-supply options for cutting energy emissions, including self-generation and electric vehicle (EV) integration.

Want to learn more?

EDF Energy has been a headline partner for edie’s Countdown to COP26 Festival and Net-Zero November editorial campaigns. Follow the links above to recap on all of the content from these campaigns.

Most recently, edie and EDF Energy hosted an online Net-Zero Inspiration Session on using clean corporate power purchase agreements (CPPAS) to support the delivery of renewable energy and decarbonisation strategies.

That 45-minute session featured presentations from – and a Q&A with – EDF Energy’s senior manager of PPA and sustainable solutions Adam Clark, and Edrington’s head of carbon reduction Graham MacWilliam. Edrington is a Scotland-based spirits firm perhaps better known through its brands,.

Click here to watch the Net-Zero Inspiration Session on demand. This is a free resource.


The edie podcast is available to listen to on Spotify, SoundCloud, Apple and Google. You can also subscribe to this podcast on iTunes and bookmark this page to see the full list of podcast episodes as they appear. Have a question about this podcast or a suggestion for future episodes? Email us at podcast@fav-house.com. Please bear in mind that all our speaker slots are now filled for 2021.


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Shell pulls out of Cambo oil field project

Oil major Shell has withdrawn from the controversial Cambo oil field development, which has faced mounting calls from green groups and ministers to be scrapped as it doesn’t align with the UK’s net-zero target.

Majority stakeholder Siccar Point Energy is currently in talks with government officials

Majority stakeholder Siccar Point Energy is currently in talks with government officials

Shell, which has a 30% stake in the Cambo oil field announced its intention to pull out of the project on Thursday evening (2 December).

“After comprehensive screening of the proposed Cambo development, we have concluded the economic case for investment in this project is not strong enough at this time, as well as having the potential for delays,” Shell said.

The development has led to the Government facing legal challenges from the likes of Greenpeace, while high profile politicians like Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon have stated their beliefs that the project should be scrapped.

Majority stakeholder Siccar Point Energy is currently in talks with government officials regarding the ongoing development of the project.

Ministers have faced mounting calls to end new North Sea oil and gas licensing and to halt specific projects – the most high-profile being the Cambo oilfield proposed by Siccar Point Energy and Shell. Should the project go ahead, more than 800 million barrels of oil would be extracted there.

Campaign groups Friends of the Earth and Uplift have already written to Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng, challenging the Government’s repeated assertions that he and other members of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) cannot intervene with the decision-making process.

Early July saw The National reporting that a journalist had been told by BEIS that the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) is “ultimately responsible” for the decision on whether to grant consent. Then, two weeks later, an Evening Standard piece quoted a BEIS source as saying that Kwarteng “is not involved in the decision”. In August, Sky News ran an article in which a Government source is quoted as saying: “Cambo is not a new oil field, it was licensed in 2001. We cannot intervene. The ongoing approval process is not within our control.”

The Conservative Party has not confirmed whether it intends to support the Cambo project. Some MPs have individually confirmed plans to support; others plan not to. The Labour Party and Green Party have stated that they will oppose the project. The SNP only stated its opposition to the project after pressure from activists, with Nicola Sturgeon writing to Whitehall last month urging a “reassessment” of the project plans.

Back in September, trade body OGUK’s 2021 Economic Report claimed that the need for “urgent action, by everyone, to tackle climate change, is indisputable”. However, it argued that the sector stands ready to invest up to £21bn in the next five years. Much of this funding, the report stated, will go towards extending the working lives of existing projects, but there are also 18 additional projects in the pipeline.

Should the Government approve all forthcoming applications for new and existing projects, OGUK estimates, an additional 2.7 billion barrels of oil could be extracted from the North Sea.

It is widely viewed that new oil projects aren’t in alignment with the net-zero trajectory. The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) roadmap to net-zero globally by 2050 stated that, for the best chance of delivering net-zero, plans for future fossil fuel supply projects – especially more aggressive projects such as tar sands and arctic drilling – should be halted immediately.

Commenting on the announcement, Jamie Livingstone, head of Oxfam Scotland said: “Shell has finally realised the economic case for drilling new oil at Cambo when the world is already burning simply does not stack up.

“This is a positive step but not the end of the road and it is now incumbent on the Oil & Gas Authority and the UK Government to do the right thing and veto production at Cambo and other oil fields in the UK. The COP26 summit saw some welcome signals that the world must phase out oil and gas production, but giving Cambo the green light would send entirely the opposite message. The last thing the world needs in a climate crisis is drilling for more oil. This must be a step towards the end of this and every other new oil field.”

Matt Mace

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Exxon pledges $15bn to meet updated decarbonisation targets, but fails to align with climate science

ExxonMobil has announced a new plan to reduce absolute emissions by 20% by 2030 and kick-started a $15bn investment plan through to 2027. But the firm will likely continue to face intense scrutiny from the green economy.

Earlier this year, two representatives from activist investors Engine No. 1  were appointed to the ExxonMobil board

Earlier this year, two representatives from activist investors Engine No. 1  were appointed to the ExxonMobil board

The US-based, multinational energy major has this week announced that it will reach its 2025 targets for reducing emissions by the end of 2021. These include reducing the emissions intensity of upstream operations by 15-20% against a 2016 baseline, with a more rapid reduction in methane than in carbon.

As such, Exxon has set new targets through to 2030 which it has stated will reduce the company’s direct (Scope 1) and power-related (Scope 2) emissions by 20% against 2020 levels.

These include reducing the emissions intensity of upstream activities by 40-50%. Steeper targets have been set for flaring (60-70% intensity reduction) and methane across the corporation (70-80% intensity reduction).

Exxon will allocate $15bn through to 2027 to deliver the efficiency improvements needed to deliver the new targets. There will also be increased investments in carbon capture and storage (CCS), biofuels and low-carbon hydrogen – but only in markets where “supportive policies currently exist”.

However, Exxon has stopped short of setting any new plans for tackling Scope 3 (indirect) emissions. For fossil fuel majors, the end-use of products typically accounts for the majority of overall emissions. Exxon first disclosed Scope 3 emissions earlier this year.

Additionally, a 20% reduction in absolute emissions is in no way compatible with the Paris Agreement’s temperature pathways. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has repeatedly stated that global emissions will need to be at least halved by 2030 to give the best chance of capping the global temperature increase to 1.5C. The International Energy Agency (IEA) is recommending that all new fossil fuel exploration is halted to put the world on track for a net-zero energy system by 2050.

Exxon has described its new emissions goals as “more aggressive” but they are unlikely to impress green groups or sustainability-minded investors. Back in May, Exxon shareholders appointed two independent director candidates from climate action group Engine No. 1 to the board. 

Exxon’s chairman and chief executive Darren Woods has stated that the company wishes to “leverage its competitive advantages while maintaining flexibility to respond to future policy changes and technology advances associated with the energy transition.”

Nonprofit Ceres has stated that Exxon remains “well behind its peers” in terms of climate strategy.

Sarah George

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Automotive supplier Marelli targets carbon-neutral operations by 2030

Global automotive supplier Marelli has unveiled a new goal to become carbon neutral across its direct impacts and operations by 2030, with a focus on onsite renewable generation and energy efficiency upgrades to be introduced.

The company will focus on an “energy efficiency Monozukuri” programme that has been introduced to reduce energy usage at plants

The company will focus on an “energy efficiency Monozukuri” programme that has been introduced to reduce energy usage at plants

Italian automotive developer Marelli has committed to becoming carbon neutral within its operations (Scope 1 and Scope 2) by 2030, this will cover emissions from direct sources owned or controlled by the company and emissions from energy purchases.

Marelli’s executive chairman Dinesh Paliwal said: “The automotive industry has a critical role to play in creating a cleaner, greener world. In addition to our role as a supplier of technologies which enable the responsible transition towards full electrification, this significant investment in achieving full operational carbon neutrality is a milestone in building a stronger, more sustainable Marelli.”

The company will focus on an “energy efficiency Monozukuri” programme that has been introduced to reduce energy usage at plants. To date, the Monozukuri programme has seen -efficiency and energy saving equipment invested in by Marelli alongside the streamlining of operating lines at production sites.

The company also has a plan in place to procure 100% of electric energy used in operations is from renewable sources or neutralised by certified carbon credits. Marelli will invest in onsite renewable systems and certified Power Purchasing Agreements to reach this goal.

The company will also participate in certified carbon projects across the globe to offset in residual emissions.

Marelli’s chief executive Beda Bolzenius added: “This is a first step for Marelli in outlining firm plans to reduce our overall carbon emissions. Our next step will be to define clear goals and measures across indirect emissions, which includes working with suppliers, customers, as well as internally within our own product and manufacturing processes. We have a long way to go, but the investments being announced today are a significant step forward.”

Matt Mace

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Electricity Costs – Scotland

PLEAS to review the charges for Scottish homes to connect to the electricity grid have been ignored, an SNP MP has claimed. Currently it costs more for Scots to connect to the grid than elsewhere in the UK, which some MPs argue is unfair and will impact the country’s renewable energy project ambitions. A report by the Scottish Affairs Committee, published earlier this year, recommended a review of the electricity grid charging system to make it fairer for all parts of the country, and to enable renewable energy projects to connect in Scotland without facing exorbitant costs. However, in the Government’s response to the report, published today, there has been no agreement to review the system. The UK Government said it was within the energy regulator, Ofgem’s, control, adding that it “recognises the need for increased capacity on the grid to support our net zero.

Herald 1st Dec 2021 read more »

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National Grid: Post-COP26, net-zero ambitions must urgently be turned into action

EXCLUSIVE: National Grid’s UK sustainability manager Steven Thompson has spoken of how stakeholders from all parts of society are no longer likely to be impressed by long-term net-zero visions, without credible plans for delivery this decade.

Thompson reflected on what COP26 means for sustainable business in the coming years, the so-called "decade of delivery"

Thompson reflected on what COP26 means for sustainable business in the coming years, the so-called “decade of delivery”

Thompson delivered the keynote address at edie’s SPARK! Net-Zero Action Workshops in Birmingham this morning (30 November) – an event hosted to convene energy and carbon leaders in collaborating and co-creating solutions to the most pressing decarbonisation challenges.

Reflecting on COP26, which concluded in Glasgow on 13 November, Thompson said:  “I think everyone will have a different view on whether COP26 was successful. What I will say is that there was certainly progress made.

“When you look at some of the key commitments – the commitment on the phase-out of coal and the first mention of fossil fuels in an agreement coming out of a COP, which seems really odd, but is a real step forward.

“When we reflect on whether the event itself was a success, I think there’s always a focus on having a big global target – that this is the definition. I’d argue – and, certainly, others have said the same – that the time for setting big, bold targets is gone, and that the focus is actually on how we are going to deliver.”

“A lot of action, planning and delivery comes outside of the COP process. It is just two weeks out of every year. It loops into the year-round discussions we have, and the actions we need to take in the roles that we have now.”

National Grid was notably a Principal Partner of COP26 – the highest level of corporate sponsorship for the summit.

Looking at the progress which energy, sustainability, carbon and environment professionals will need to help drive in the coming years, Thompson said action will need to move from a “jog” to a “sprint”, arguing that how businesses position sustainability

He summarised: “We’ve definitely moved on from target-setting. A few years ago, we’d be asked whether we had a net-zero target and told it was great that we did. Actually, that’s just an expectation now.

“Now, we are asked: What does your action plan look like? What does your roadmap look like? Is that roadmap aligned with the science? Is it aligned to the broader trajectories we’re seeing from the Climate Change Committee (CCC) here in the UK, or from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)?

“These are the questions we really need to be asking ourselves…. And we need to be ensuring that the actions are aligned to our business strategy, so that they are not seen as separate. We’re not just achieving net-zero and reducing emissions on the side – our core business will need to be completely different.”

To this latter point, Thompson said businesses should expect key stakeholders to scrutinise their future capital investment plans through an environmental sustainability lens.

Energy systems focus

Zooming in, Thompson chronicled progress to date and key remaining hurdles in decarbonising electricity, transport and heating systems across the UK.

He called the decarbonisation of electricity systems so far “a really positive story” of “rapid progress”, with emissions from generation down by two-thirds over the past seven years. But he noted that further acceleration will be needed – and will likely be more challenging. The UK Government recently confirmed a new vision to move away from all unabated fossil-fuel-powered electricity generation by 2035.

In transport, he said, while less progress has been made, “clear policy goals” to support transformation are welcome. These include the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel car sales and the plans to phase out petrol and diesel HGVs through to 2040. The remaining challenges, in Thompson’s opinion, include charging infrastructure delivery and scaling networks to match supply with growing demand. Nonetheless, he said he was “absolutely” certain that the grid will be able to cope with growing demands, as long as off-peak charging is properly incentivised.

Thompson dubbed heat one of the biggest remaining hurdles to net-zero in the UK, calling the installation of technologies including heat pumps and hydrogen a “challenge of cost, a challenge of technology and a challenge of the potential levels of disruption that come with changing our existing infrastructure for new infrastructure”.

Getting more than 20 million homes off of gas heating, as well as millions of UK businesses, he admitted, will likely need more action than what is included in the Heat and Buildings Strategy. The Strategy was welcomed after long delays, but many in the green economy were hoping for more clarity on hydrogen for heating and for more funding for business decarbonisation.


Want to join edie’s Net-Zero Leaders Club?

The SPARK! workshops are an annual event, hosted for members of edie’s Net-Zero Leaders Club exclusively. 

Established in 2018 and revamped in 2021, the Net-Zero Leaders Club is trusted by more than 300 UK-based professionals who are leading and/or implementing their organisation’s net-zero carbon and energy management strategy.

The Club helps members stay ahead of the curve and achieve net-zero goals through exclusive editorial and data-led insights, CPD-certified briefings and workshops, and regular networking sessions (live and virtual).

Click here for more information and to sign up. 


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