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New report urges UK EV industry to prioritise consumer ease of using public charging points
A new report and position paper released today from the REA is making the case that greater ‘interoperability’ between EV charging networks in the UK should be an industry priority.
The REA is the UK’s largest trade association for renewable energy and clean tech, representing around 70 companies operating in the UK’s EV charging sector including energy suppliers, manufacturers, charge point installers and operators, and financiers.
REA Welcomes Government’s proposals to reform waste system
Earlier today the Government announced their plans to overhaul the waste system through a series of consultations. The four consultations focus on reforming the UK packaging producer responsibility system, consistency in Household and Business Recycling Collections in England, introducing a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and introducing a tax on plastic packaging which does not meet a minimum threshold of at least 30% recycled content.This comes exactly two months after the Resource and Waste Strategy was published promising to introduce mandatory food waste collections by 2023.
Drax to capture up to a tonne of CO2 each day as part of their world-first BECCS pilot
Drax has announced that the first carbon dioxide has been captured as part of their bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot. This is the first-time carbon dioxide has been captured from the combustion of 100% biomass feedstock anywhere in the world. The pilot has been capturing up to a tonne of CO2 a day which would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.
REA comments on The Global Warming Policy Foundation’s Energy Storage report
The Global Warming Policy Foundation published their Grid-Scale Storage: Can it solve the intermittency problem? report. The report claims that the lack of suitable storage technologies means that intermittent renewables cannot replace dispatchable coal, gas and nuclear power. The report also adds that due to this, a sensible energy policy cannot be based on them.
ENA introduce new standardised process for charge points in all types of properties and businesses
Energy Networks Association (ENA) has introduced a new standardised process that will cut the paperwork required for charge point installations. The standardised process covers all types of properties and businesses and will be the first time that commercial properties have been included.The process will also cover connecting heat pumps to local networks.
GHG emissions have fallen 42% since 1990 amid Government’s £6m pledge supporting green taxis
New data published today by BEIS has found that total Green House Gas (GHG) emissions have fallen by 42% between 1990 and 2017 with a 38% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.The data also found that between 2016 and 2017, energy supply and the residential sector saw the largest reductions in emissions at 8% and 4% respectively. Further analysis from Carbon Brief has found that without shifts towards renewable power generation and energy-efficiency, carbon emissions could have been double that of the 1990 statistics.