Energy news round up 30/07/21

Hey guys, time for another news round up :earth_americas: :newspaper:

July 26th:

The UK Government launched an initiative marking 100 days until COP26. ‘One Step Greener’ is intended to showcase how people from all walks of life are doing their bit for the environment.

In the lead up to the event, it has been announced Scotland will be the first government that is not a formal party to the Paris Agreement to publish an indicative NDC (Nationally determined contributions). NDCs are the contribution of a country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

The UK government has also named environmentalist and expert in the study of animal behaviour Dr Jane Goodall as an Advocate for COP26.

Do you or someone you know have what it takes to be a #OneStepGreener Ambassador? You can find out more and apply here.

July 27th

The Future Homes Task Force have unveiled a new environmental delivery plan to help the government meet environmental goals.

The main goals include building high quality homes that are zero carbon ready and sustainable by 20215 with early investigation of the steps beyond and developing production and construction methods that are net zero and sustainable by 2050.

You can read more about the goals they plan to achieve here.

July 28th

Four of the UKs biggest unions have called on the government to secure the future for the gas industry, stating that support for hydrogen must be a priority if we want to reach the UK’s net zero ambitions by 2050.
Read more about the letter to Rishi Sunak here.

July 29th

BEIS published a Call for Evidence setting out the government’s approach to building an advanced modular reactor (AMR) demonstrator. These technologies are smaller than conventional nuclear power station reactors and play an important part in the transition to a low carbon economy.

The government has committed up to £170mn for a research & development programme with the ambition for this to lead to an AMR demonstration by the early 2030s, to prove the potential of the technology. The Call for Evidence requests views on the government’s preference to explore the suitability of High Temperature Gas Reactors (HTGRs), a type of AMR, through the programme.

July 30th

Stafford City Council have announced plans to install over 1,500 solar panels on 11 council buildings which are due to generate an expected 477,390kWh of energy each year. This project is expected to cost £447,828 but will provide total carbon savings of 120 tonnes and savings of £67,305, in only the first year.