Japan’s Net-Zero Promise

“I declare we will aim to realise a decarbonised society.” Just one month after China’s surprise long-term decarbonisation announcement, these were the words of Japan’s Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga. The Asian powerhouse, and fifth largest GHG emitter in 2018, previously committed to a 26% reduction in emissions by 2030 and 80% by 2050. Unsurprisingly, it…

Big Oil’s New Approach

The past few years have seen the oil Supermajors building interest in renewables as a driver of our energy future. Big Oil’s shifting focus has been derived from growing pressure from investors, environmentalists, and governments to shift away from fossil fuels towards green energy in order to combat climate change. The multinational oil and gas…

The Rise of Clean Energy

Transitioning to a low-carbon future is essential to meet our long-term climate goals. Achieving our ambitions set out in the Paris Agreement, including limiting warming to well under 2C and preferably 1.5C, requires an energy shift. According to an article in Nature, a third of oil reserves, half of gas reserves and over 80% of…

Kicking the Coal Bug

The 21st century demands change in energy generation and consumption across the globe. Since the industrial revolution, society has depended on fossil fuels for power, and the resultant emission of greenhouse gases and other pollutants has caused tremendous environmental degradation, rapid changes in climate patterns and loss of biodiversity. According to the Department of Business,…

Nuclear Power: the Ugly Duckling of Renewables

Alongside hydroelectricity, nuclear energy generates three-quarters of the world’s low-carbon emissions. An ‘Ugly Duckling’, nuclear power’s usage has, however, been dwindling in comparison to other ‘clean’ energy sources, largely due to public perception. Disasters such as Chernobyl and Fukushima have stoked fear about nuclear power and many governments, such as in Switzerland and Germany, have…

What does Biden’s Energy Policy Mean for Utilities?

Up until now, the United States government has failed to take any meaningful action to address the climate crisis. The energy plan announced by Joe Biden in July would therefore mark a significant step forward in the country’s commitment to tackling global warming. It is an ambitious plan which will appeal to the more progressive,…

Tesla: Did Sparks Fly at Battery Day Announcement?

There are a few days out of the year that we all look forward to growing up. For some of us it’s birthdays, for others it’s Christmas. But after being dogged with constant delays the anticipation of both investors and sustainability advocates was finally relieve upon the arrival of Tesla’s highly touted Battery Day. After…

Analysis: UK Wind Power Capacity & Landowner Considerations

Introduction Wind Power is the use of wind to provide the mechanical power through wind turbines to turn electric generators. Wind farms consist of many individual wind turbines, which are connected to the electric power transmission network. Wind turbine blades rotate when hit by the wind. And this doesn’t have to be a strong wind,…

Analysis: UK Hydroelectric Generation

Introduction Hydroelectric power is generated by the flow and strength of running, moving or falling water from rivers, the sea’s tides or using larger man-made systems such as dams and reservoirs. Turbines placed within the flow of water extract its kinetic energy and convert it to mechanical energy. This causes the turbines to rotate at…

Paying Out on New Small-Scale Renewables? Comparing FiT and SEG Rates.

As a landowner, household or commercial business, the idea of fitting a new renewable energy system can sound tempting with the promise of clean and cost-reducing energy. However, the investment opportunities behind renewables have been slowly cut since 2010 and irrespective of the promises made; leaving only the big developers with the ability to make…

Analytical Assessment of UK Solar PV Capacity.

Introduction The most readily available form of energy, Solar Power is the conversion of energy from sunlight into electricity. Photovoltaics require incident light to induce current via the Photovoltaic Effect. The electricity produced is in the form of Direct Current (DC) and, in order to be used on the electrical grid or locally, requires an…

Fracking, a Safe Investment?

Fracking, over the past decade has been an attractive investment for investors – particularly private equatiy firms. An international energy agency (IEA) report from 2018 states that “Global oil production capacity is forecast to grow to reach 107 million barrels per day by 2023 … this is [spearheaded by] the US, thanks to the shale…