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BEAMA | Future Ready Homes – Technologies to make us ready to meet net zero

During this webinar BEAMA will be discussing the practical actions that need to be at the centre of Government strategies for heat decarbonisation, electrification and home energy efficiency for a practical, ‘no-regrets’ pathway to net zero. The key is to make our homes ready for the future so that they can connect to, and benefit from, the new energy infrastructure.

ESTA | A manifesto for Energy Efficiency

With COP26 just months away ESTA is working on the creation of a Manifesto document seeking to put the strong case to the COP delegates of the critical importance of energy efficiency. Without a doubt energy efficiency has not been given...

ESTA | Accelerating Net Zero Transition in Cities and Regions

Collaborations of all kinds are going to be critical to help us reach Net Zero targets around the World. This includes Cities and Regions seeking solutions together and equally in their own space. This event will look at current examples of collaborations and working solutions.

Features

How Can Energy Companies Enable A Risk-Free Transition to Renewable Business?

Climate change is already making its mark on the world. Extreme and unpredictable weather, rising sea levels, even pandemics such as COVID-19 are causing social and geopolitical instabilities that are compelling companies to act to safeguard…

Ofgem delivers £300 million down payment to rewire Britain

Ofgem is today powering the electric vehicle revolution, with motorway service areas and key trunk road locations across the country set to get the cabling they need to install 1,800 new ultra-rapid charge points, tripling the current…

Giant H2 hub will put jobs sunshine on Leith, chief proclaims

Edinburgh’s port of Leith is set to become “Scotland’s biggest renewable energy hub” in a £40 million development showcasing green hydrogen. Around 1,000 direct full-time jobs, plus twice as many indirect roles, will be created…

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Chris Skidmore MP launches net zero review

The review will focus on the UK’s fight against climate change maximising economic growth - while ensuring energy security and affordability for consumers and businesses. The government’s independent review into the delivery of net zero…

Government outlines plans to help cut energy bills for businesses

New Government scheme will see energy prices for non-domestic energy customers such as businesses, charities and public sector organisations cut – protecting them from rising energy costsGovernment work with suppliers will reduce wholesale…

National Highways’ first-year report on progress towards net zero  

National Highways has made a positive start to its hugely ambitious goal of cutting carbon emissions from England’s busiest roads to net zero, it is revealed today.    One year on from the launch of its Net Zero Highways plan, the…

Thank you for getting involved in Net Zero Week™ 2022

My name is Shawn Coles, and I am the founder of Net Zero Week. Two years ago, I had the kernel of an idea to get a national awareness week up and running. Aiming to draw in varying stakeholders and cover the many aspects of net zero. I had…

Biggest renewables auction accelerates move away from fossil fuels

Fourth round of Contracts for Difference scheme secures almost 11GW of clean energy - enough to power around 12 million homes. A record amount of renewable energy has today (7 July 2022) been secured through the biggest ever round of the…

Benefits from decarbonising the National Highways fleet

National Highways is responsible for building, operating and maintaining England’s motorways and major A-roads and is pursuing an ambitious net zero plan, including for its 1,300-vehicle fleet. We spoke with National Fleet Manager…

Water can create waves to power your pathway to Net Zero

Reducing resource use and improving efficiency are key steps organisations will need to take to retain credibility on green steps they’re taking on their Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, to help lower impacts on the environment.  Although…

On the road to good design

National Highways has been challenged to prioritise high-quality and sustainable design as it delivers the biggest investment in the strategic road network for a generation. The government-owned company has been urged to ensure upgrades…

Free to use Net Zero Week™ social media cards for any business and anyone

If your organisation would like to join in with Net Zero Week™ 2022 (2/8 July), then you can freely use a set of predesigned social media cards optimised for use on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to get your message out there. We also have…

Creating Better Networks, 6th July in-person London event during Net Zero Week™ 2022

The event, hosted by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks and UK Power Networks, is an opportunity to learn about the innovation projects that are driving real improvements for our customers. We will cover network resilience, driving…

MEPs back objective of zero emissions for cars and vans in 2035

Background - On 14 July 2021, as part of the 'Fit for 55' package, the Commission presented a legislative proposal for a revision of the CO2 emission performance standards for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The proposal aims…

AD and Biogas Industry Awards 2022 winners to be revealed at gala dinner on 15th June

The finalists for this year's AD and Biogas Industry Awards will find out at a gala dinner in Birmingham on 15th June if they are among this year’s winners.  Run by the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) and the…

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Nearly £50 million boost for Britain’s industrial future

£49.4 million government funding to help British industry end their reliance on fossil fuels and reduce energy costsfunding will back the development of fuel switching technology, helping to drive growth by attracting private investment and…

Government outlines plans to help cut energy bills for businesses

New Government scheme will see energy prices for non-domestic energy customers such as businesses, charities and public sector organisations cut – protecting them from rising energy costsGovernment work with suppliers will reduce wholesale…

Prime Minister Liz Truss announces Energy Price Guarantee for businesses, and households, while urgently taking action to reform broken energy market

Energy Price Guarantee From 1st October, a new ‘Energy Price Guarantee’ will mean a typical UK household will now pay up to an average £2,500 a year on their energy bill for the next two years. This is automatic and applies to all households. This…

Delivering an affordable net zero future for rural areas

Rural MPs agree that all solutions must be on the table to help off-grid households decarbonise. Earlier this month, rural MPs debated the future of off-gas grid home and business heating in Westminster Hall, as these properties will be…

Five ways towards net zero, while ensuring critical energy for today

In volatile times, how will the UK get to net zero, while ensuring security of energy today? Through, first and foremost, a stable climate that unequivocally encourages investment, says Shell UK Country Chair David Bunch. David Bunch Cast…

Local energy systems: an answer on our doorstep?

By Rob Saunders, Innovate UK > The Climate Change Committee’s recent report on progress in emission reductions states that the UK is not currently on track to meet its Net Zero commitments. The report contains literally hundreds of recommendations…

Invest to save: there’s never been a better time to ‘vaccinate’ our homes

If the Government is serious about Net Zero and cutting energy bills, investing in energy efficiency and working jointly with industry to deliver must be non-negotiable at the Autumn Budget > by Sarah Kostense-Winterton, Executive Director…

We need a coherent approach to net zero – this must include nuclear

Any clean energy strategy which doesn’t factor in nuclear fails to recognise the scale of the challenge we face > by Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive, Nuclear Industry Association. Why is nuclear green? According to the UN, nuclear…

Future-Proofing Tomorrow’s Housing Against Future Shock

We must not compromise on safety as we become more reliant on electricity to achieve net zero > By Wayne MacKay, Head of Policy & Public Affairs | Electrical Safety First. The path to a net zero UK requires fundamental changes to…

How we can build a smart energy future

With a smarter energy system, we can empower consumers to make the choices that work for them as we move to Net Zero > By Dr Jeffrey Hardy, Senior Research Fellow from the Grantham Institute, Imperial College London | Smart Energy GB. There…

Collaboration is key in reaching our sustainability goals

Jim Fox, Head of Public Affairs at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) GB, discusses the role businesses have to play in tackling the climate crisis. Sustainability has quickly risen up the political and public agenda in recent years,…

Green Freeport status in the Scottish Highlands could speed up a just transition to net zero

If the Port of Cromarty Firth is given Green Freeport status, it would help attract more than £2.5billion worth of private investment, delivering a range of local and national benefits. More than £2.5bn of new private sector investment…

UK strengthens protections for taxpayers in energy treaty negotiations

The UK has reached a landmark agreement to modernise the terms of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), maintaining its current benefits but winning new legal protections for taxpayers and investors. This successful outcome follows 2 years of…

Plug-in grant for cars to end as focus moves to improving electric vehicle charging

The government is closing the plug-in car grant scheme to new orders after successfully kickstarting the UK’s electric car revolution and supporting the sale of nearly half a million electric cars. The scheme has succeeded in creating…

Government invests over £31 million to help industry slash emissions and energy costs

New government funding will support industry to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and slash carbon emissions. Over £31 million in new government funding will support industry to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and slash carbon emissions,…

Fund to secure our energy supply and boost cutting-edge nuclear projects opens for business

A £120 million government fund designed to unlock and accelerate new nuclear technologies while encouraging new players into the market opens today (13 May). The Future Nuclear Enabling Fund will help to realise the government’s ambition…

£200 million boost to rollout of hundreds more zero-emission HGVs

The world’s largest fleet of zero emission HGVs will take to UK roads through plans to achieve cleaner air and greener jobs, while helping to keep costs down on consumer goods.   Transport Minister Trudy Harrison revealed over £200 million…

Businesses to benefit from an extension to plug-in van and truck grants

Businesses will be supported to make the switch to electric as the government commits to a 2-year extension of plug-in van and truck grants.  The move is expected to support the purchase of tens of thousands of greener vans and trucks,…

Government unveils investment for energy technologies of the future

The government has launched a wide-ranging £375 million package of support for innovative energy technologies that will power British homes and businesses for decades to come and further strengthen the nation’s energy security. This includes…

Tenfold expansion in chargepoints by 2030 as government drives EV revolution

The UK’s charging network has been given a huge boost today (25 March 2022), as government unveils plans to support the UK market to reach 300,000 public electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints by 2030 – equivalent to almost 5…

Government boost for new renewable energy storage technologies

Nearly £7 million awarded to turbocharge UK projects that are developing innovative energy storage technologies, in first round of government-backed competition. The intermittent nature of renewables like solar and wind power means that…

Government hits accelerator on low-cost renewable power

Contracts for Difference auctions to be held annually, speeding up UK adoption of renewable power and boosting energy security. The rollout of low-cost renewable energy in the UK will be accelerated as the government ramps up auctions for…

Government commits funding to build back better and greener in our skies

Further funding announced to redesign the UK’s airspace to create quicker journeys and cut emissions. Faster, quieter and greener journeys by air are one step closer thanks to a further £3.7 million investment in redesigning…

Growing Onshore Wind for a Net Zero Future

By Matthieu Hue, CEO EDF Renewables & Chair, RenewableUK Onshore Wind Steering Group | RenewableUK > Investment in onshore wind must be part of the UK's net zero ambition. Onshore wind is already a key part of the UK’s decarbonisation…

Why Recycling Matters to Net Zero

By Jane Bevis, Executive Chair, OPRL > The last 16 months have reminded us that everything is interconnected. If we abuse natural resources, nature strikes back. If we abuse the atmosphere, the climate strikes back. But what does packaging…

How CIOB can help tackle the climate crisis

In the run up to COP26, the Chartered Institute of Building are taking action to help make net zero a reality. Organisations in the built environment have a responsibility to make net zero happen. The next UN Climate Change Conference…

How we can deliver future heat for everyone

Cadent say public support and optionality are key to delivering the low carbon heat technologies of the future. To deliver the heat technology required to make net zero a reality, policy-makers need to make brave decisions now that put the…

Go-Ahead leads the transport industry to net zero

By Mark Anderson, Customer and Commercial Director, Go-Ahead > To achieve a net zero future, we need to make tough decisions. Now is the time to face them. It can be tempting to view climate change as a challenge for the future, impacting…

How Food and Drink can make Net Zero a success

By Michelle Norman, Director of Sustainability, Suntory Beverage & Food GB&I > The food and drink industry is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector so there's no doubt it has a vital role to play in delivering the UK’s 2050 Net…

How advertising can help build a net zero economy

By Matt Bourn, Director of Communications, Advertising Association > Advertising is a proven engine of growth – every pound spent on the UK’s advertising and marketing services generates six pounds GDP and our sector has been recently…

Long-duration energy storage: The missing piece of the power sector puzzle for net zero

Jim Smith, Managing Director for SSE Renewables explains why projects like the Coire Glas pumped hydro storage scheme are needed to help the UK achieve its goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In the not too distant future…

Creating smart opportunities for businesses on the road to net zero

Robert Cheesewright, Director of Communications | Smart Energy GB Across the UK, smart meters are helping small businesses lead the way on sustainability. With more than 24.2 million smart meters installed in homes and small businesses…

Encouraging a modal shift to rail is vital to meeting Net-Zero targets

Rail Delivery Group | If the Government wants people to make greener travel choices it must make use of the levers it has at its disposal to motivate public action. As lockdown restrictions have eased, we’ve seen the corresponding resumption…

Solid Foundations: How Concrete Can Help Deliver a Net Zero Future

Mineral Products Association | Over 90 million tonnes of concrete are used each year in the UK alone, shaping the built environment in which we all live, work, and play. As the nation heads towards a net-zero future, the UK concrete industry…

Why net zero needs nuclear to ensure a smooth road to 2050

Without nuclear there is a risk that the UK’s net zero ambitions could be out of reach. The time for action is now. Andrew Storer, CEO of the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre | High Value Manufacturing Catapult There’s…

Four actions in four months till COP will help ensure Britain makes the most of the opportunity

Simone Rossi, CEO | EDF > COP26 is different - there is the chance for the UK to lead the way on securing long lasting change. As we celebrate Net Zero Week™, COP26 is only four months away. It will be an opportunity to bring greater…

Incentivise Our Homeowners to Upgrade Homes or Miss Net Zero

Sarah Kostense-Winterton, Executive Director | Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturers Association British homeowners hold the key to decarbonising our homes. We must motivate them to take action now. It is fact that homes and…

Why net zero needs nuclear to succeed

Ian Liddell-Grainger MP and Charlotte Nichols MP | Nuclear Industry Association New investment in large and small-scale nuclear will protect UK jobs, energy security and climate goals, says Nuclear APPG. In its progress report to Parliament,…

How to make the transition to low carbon heating fair

Calor Gas say the Government should change its approach when it comes to ramping up heat pump installations | Credit: Calor Gas Calor Gas The Government should target ‘heat pump ready’ homes first, and not rural homes, to ramp up…

Heat Pumps are vital to our Net Zero goal – but the time to act is now

Philippe Commaret, Managing Director | EDF EDF’s Managing Director, Philippe Commaret, explains that heat pumps can help decarbonise heat in the UK but we must learn lessons in order to succeed Only around 30,000 heat pumps are…

Opinion

By António Guterres, UNSG “2021 is a crucial year in the fight against climate change.”

Countries representing 70 per cent of the world economy and 65 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions have now committed to net zero. The world remains way off target in staying within the 1.5-degree limit of the Paris Agreement. This…

Translating carbon jargon into meaningful change

By Sandra Lee, Social Impact Lead, University of Leicester > Net Zero, carbon neutral, carbon positive – each organisation and product seems to be claiming something different to convince you of their planet-friendly credentials. But…

Transport decarbonisation plan: tackling climate change

By Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary > A comprehensive strategy to end transport’s contribution to climate change within 3 decades. Transport decarbonisation is a dull way of describing something much more exciting and far-reaching. Because…

Sustainable Industry by William Joyce, Innovation Technologist – UKRI

William discusses UKRI’s Industrial Decarbonisation programme’s commitment to supporting industries decarbonise and the role of industrial clusters to pave the path to net zero. As net zero looms large on the horizon, heavy industry…

The foundation industry challenge with a spotlight on the investor partnership programme

By Hugh Falkner of UK Research and Innovation > > Our foundation industries produce materials such as metals, glass, paper, cement, ceramics and chemicals. Often taken for granted, they provide much of the essential feedstock to the sectors…

Biodiversity matters by Shaun Nugent, Emissis

The term biodiversity is derived from ‘biological diversity’ and refers to the variety of all life from plants and animals to germs and fungi.  It also encompasses the ecosystems that support life. Biodiversity provides us with…

From the fundamentals to the future – fundamental factors designers and installers should understand when specifying heat pumps.

Steve Keeton, Director of External Affairs and Future Portfolio, Vaillant > With heat pumps set to play a central role in decarbonising heat in new homes as set out in the Government’s Future Home Standard, how can these systems be designed…

UK’s new ambitious target to cut national emissions by 78% by 2035

By Robert Groves, CEO, SmartestEnergy > With COP26 on the horizon, the UK Government has set ambitious net-zero targets for 2035. Chief Executive Officer, Robert Groves, shares his thoughts on the opportunities that UK businesses have…

You don’t have to be a scientist to trust nuclear energy

Wade Allison, Emeritus Professor of Physics and Fellow of Keble College, Oxford > As the world discusses sources of energy it is spooked by an eighty-year-old fear of ionising radiation and all forms of nuclear energy. But evidence from…

Could a Corporate PPA be the next step on your road to Net Zero?

By Adam Clarke, Senior Manager PPA and Sustainability Solutions, EDF | Putting Net Zero at the heart of business decisions is no longer a choice. It’s a necessity. It’s what investors are looking for. It’s what customers are demanding.…

Energy Efficiency – the start of the Net Zero journey

By Mervyn Pilley, Executive Director, ESTA > At a time when every business and organisation is being encouraged to meet Net Zero targets, we believe that one solution that is relatively low cost and quick in terms of payback when compared with…

Poverty and inequality are climate issues

By Zion Lights - Author, Pro-Science Climate Activist and Net Zero Week™ Advocate... I’ve spent over a decade campaigning for climate action, and for many years I’ve worked as an environmental journalist, giving talks, attending debates,…

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World Biogas Association | Global biogas industry – how it’s grown over the past five years

In an interview with Policy Analyst Dr Nick Primmer, the outgoing President of the World Biogas Association David Newman reflects on the growth of the global biogas industry over his two terms and outlook for the future.

Tim McManan-Smith talks to the BBC about Net Zero Week

Tim, Head of External Affairs at Net Zero Week | Invites you to take a net zero journey and explores why we all matter in this long journey to decarbonise our lives and the UK economy.

SmartestEnergy | REGOs: what are they and why are they so important in proving your…

In episode 5 of SmartestEnergy’s podcast, “SmartestEnergy Talks”, Channel Development Team Manager, Jess Butlin and Head of Renewables Trading, Vishnu Aggarwal discuss what Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO) certificates…

Martin Offiah MBE explores what net zero means – what it means to individuals – what we can…

Martin ‘Chariots’ Offiah, former rugby player and the UK’s most prolific try-scorer EVER, is passionate about sustainability. Hear his radio interview and feel the passion he has for all things sustainable – we all need to reach net zero to stop global warming…

SmartestEnergy | Supporting businesses to get started on their net-zero journey

In episode 16 of SmartestEnergy’s podcast, “SmartestEnergy Talks”, CEO Robert Groves is joined by special guest, Mark Reynolds from global sustainability leaders the Carbon Trust. They discuss the increasing momentum behind the UK’s drive…

On-Demand Webinars

UKRI | Making smart local energy systems a reality – what next?

Session 6 concluded UKRI’s July series, summarising what was learnt, and asking what must be done now, by whom, to realise the potential of smart local energy systems for unlocking net zero.

UKRI | Local energy systems for local communities and consumers: what works

Session 5 in UKRI’s July series considered the place of communities in the local energy revolution, and how trial projects are working with consumers to provide cleaner, cheaper energy for all.

UKRI | Smart local energy systems: the way forward for local authorities

Session 4 in UKRI’s July series looked at how local authorities are looking at smart local energy systems as part of their Net Zero planning, projects already under way, and the help and guidance available.

UKRI | Investing in smart local energy systems – now and in future

Session 3 in UKRI’s July series asked what are the investment prospects in smart local energy systems? What are the latest developments in the funding and finance landscape?

UKRI | The business of smart local energy systems

Session 2 in UKRI’s July series explored the business opportunities and prospects for smart local energy systems, new business models, and the experience of companies on the front line of this ‘energy revolution.’

UKRI | Smart local energy systems: the opportunity and the value

Session 1 in UKRI’s July series looked at the importance of smart local energy systems in the race to net zero, the many innovative projects under way, and the benefits and barriers they are finding.

ESTA | The power of collaboration to achieve net zero

As a growing number of Trade Associations and Professional bodies seek to collaborate to help businesses to achieve Net Zero at scale Mervyn Pilley will explore the power of membership to help solve many of the World’s challenges today.

ESTA | Energy Services Trends in UK and Beyond

It is important that energy efficiency measures need to be funded. The Energy Performance contract is an important way of providing this funding. This session will look at how EPC’s can be used to support the SME business community…

SSE Energy Solutions | How you can use digitalisation to accelerate your path to net zero

In the year of COP26, there is increasing pressure on organisations in the UK to define their road to net zero. Irrespective of organisation, the optimal path will undoubtedly have digitalisation at its heart.

SSE Energy Solutions | How can companies get on the road to net zero?

As well as a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars, the Climate Change Committee has called for 16 million electric vehicles to be on the road in the UK by 2030. Achieving that target would significantly help the UK meets…

ESTA | EnCO – A global policy initiative for saving energy

Whilst there has been a major focus on the technological solutions available to help organisations achieve greater energy efficiency the concept of behaviour change as a major part of the solution has tended to be undervalued. ESTA working…

Nuclear Industry Association | Why net zero needs nuclear

Nuclear is the most powerful and efficient form of energy on Earth, and has saved the UK more carbon emissions than any other source. Nuclear is also the most jobs-rich form of low-carbon energy and will be vital for a green recovery. Join us for our…

Midlands Innovation | Net Zero is not a COP-out: How innovative collaboration is vital in creating a sustainable future for our planet

Responding to the climate crisis and achieving the Net Zero ambition by 2050 requires much more than investment into green technologies. The UK’s vision to become a science superpower to use research for good and the…

ESTA | Microgrid Solutions a Global Overview

Has enough attention been given to Microgrids as a potential solution to some of the major challenges facing the energy supply sector today? Potentially not and there are existing solutions available to allow communities and businesses…

ESTA | Turning White Elephants Green

Sometimes with the best of intentions and some very good projected results, energy efficiency projects or equipment are commissioned and installed and the either never turned on OR are turned on and then not operated in the way in which they…

SmartestEnergy | Corporate PPAs Explained

Businesses can play a leading role in the net-zero transition by partnering with a new renewable project on a Corporate PPA to help an additional project onto the UK Grid. The impact of subsidy cuts and reductions in embedded benefits mean that…

The Energyst | Net zero – what do businesses need to do, when and how?

The start of any journey is important. In this keynote session, we explore the initial planning and foresight needed to begin the net zero journey, and the key elements that make a successful start. Looking further ahead, we will discuss with guests…

The Energyst | Decarbonising transport

How to implement the transition of your fleet to EVs, maximising the benefits and minimising risk. What are the options for cutting emissions in other transport sectors, such as aviation, shipping and heavy goods vehicles? Emissions…

The Energyst | Electrification of UK plc.

The start of any journey is important. In this keynote session, we explore the initial planning and foresight needed to begin the net zero journey, and the key elements that make a successful start. Looking further ahead, we will discuss with guests…

The Energyst | Decarbonising industry and commerce – what are your ‘no regret’ first steps…

We explore strategies, data, procurement, energy efficiency; and ask if power purchase agreements are the right way to decarbonise or is onsite generation?

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