Glasgow will be the host city for the UN’s 26th climate change conference in November 2020. This summit brings together over 30,000 delegates from around the world, including climate experts, business leaders and citizens to agree ambitious action to tackle climate change.
The announcement by the UN means the UK is now officially backed by the group of countries responsible for nominating the 2020 host. International allies formally gave their backing for Britain to host COP26 in 2020. Read more
The impacts of global climate change are now becoming clear, and the latest NOAA update for July 2019 from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration makes uncomfortable reading.
Much of our planet sweltered in unprecedented heat in July, as temperatures soared to new heights in the hottest month ever recorded. This record warmth also shrank Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to historic lows. Read more
The International Energy Agency report on The Future of Hydrogen: Seizing today's opportunities shows that the time is right to tap into hydrogen’s potential to play a key role in a clean, secure and affordable energy future. At the request of the government of Japan under its G20 presidency, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has produced this landmark report to analyse the current state of play for hydrogen and to offer guidance on its future development.
Governments and companies from around the world will benefit from the report’s rigorous analysis, as well as the ambitious and actionable recommendations. "Hydrogen is today enjoying unprecedented momentum. The world should not miss this unique chance to make hydrogen an important part of our clean and secure energy future." said Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the IEA. Read more
Experts from a cross-professional working group of UK engineering institution led by the IET have assessed the engineering risks and uncertainties from repurposing the UK gas network to hydrogen. This report concludes there is no reason why cannot be achieved, but identifies some engineering risks and uncertainties which need to be addressed.
This IET report on Transitioning to hydrogen: Assessing the engineering risks and uncertainties clearly shows that from an engineering perspective the large-scale deployment of hydrogen can be achieved safely. Delivering Scotland’s world-leading ambition to achieve net zero emissions by 2045 will require us to tackle the ‘hard to treat’ emissions from heat, transport and industry, and this is where hydrogen can play a significant role. Read more
The Centre for Energy Policy at University of Strathclyde has just published a position paper on The economic opportunity for a large scale CO2 management industry in Scotland. This work, commissioned and funded by Scottish Enterprise, identifies the opportunity for Scotland to rapidly develop of a world leading large scale CO2 management industry. It shows the use of low carbon green and blue hydrogen production at scale to support the development of net-zero industry clusters in Scotland. This new capacity to enable and service zero carbon manufacturing and industry is also fully consistent with ambitions to deliver Scotland’s Just Transition to a zero carbon economy. Read more
The UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) today released its report Net Zero: The UK's contribution to stopping global warming advising the UK, Welsh, and Scottish Governments on setting new ambitious targets for greenhouse gas emission to help stop global warming:
Based on this advice from the CCC, the Scottish Government today announced that it is acting immediately by lodging amendments to the Climate Change Bill. These amendments would, if agreed to by the Scottish Parliament, implement the CCC’s advice by setting a target date of 2045 for net-zero emissions of all greenhouse gases and increasing the levels of the 2030 and 2040 targets to 70% and 90% reductions respectively. Read more
SHFCA member EMEC will lead the first phase of a new £28.5 million Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) project to create a Virtual Energy System (VES) in Orkney. The ReFLEX (Responsive Flexibility) Orkney project builds on recent projects in the Orkney Islands, including Surf ‘n’ Turf and BIGHIT. ReFLEX has been launched to digitally link distributed and intermittent renewable generation to flexible demand, and will demonstrate a first-of-its-kind Virtual Energy System (VES) interlinking local electricity, transport, and heat networks into one controllable, overarching system. It aims to create a ‘smart energy island’, demonstrating the energy system of the future, which will reduce and eventually eliminate the need for fossil fuels. Read more
The Scottish Government has set out their vision for Scotland's electricity and gas networks to 2030. The Electricity and Gas Networks Vision builds on Scotland's Energy Strategy, which was published in December 2017. The Networks Vision considers how Scotland's electricity and gas network infrastructure will continue to support the energy transition, the crucial role that Scotland's electricity and gas networks will play in the energy transition currently underway.
This new Networks Vision reinforces the key role that hydrogen could play in connecting and helping decarbonise our heat, industrial and transport systems. Hydrogen also has the potential to transform our urban, rural and island economies, and support the expansion of renewable energy. Read more
The forecast for the global average surface temperature for the five-year period to 2023 is predicted to be near or above 1.0 °C above pre-industrial levels, says the UK Met Office. If the observations for the next five years track the forecast that would make the decade from 2014 to 2023 the warmest run of years since records began. Read more
Aberdeen’s fleet of hydrogen buses has exceeded one million miles, confirming the city’s reputation as a global energy innovator. The public and private sector partnership has also created a network of infrastructure for the city, including Scotland’s first commercial scale production and refuelling stations at Kittybrewster and Cove as well as a dedicated hydrogen vehicle maintenance facility. The buses emit only water vapour, reducing carbon emissions and air pollution, as well as being quieter and smoother to run. Read more