Webinars and Podcasts

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…

News and comment

Vauxhall is UK’s top-selling electric LCV manufacturer

Vauxhall is the UK’s best-selling electric Light Commercial Vehicle (e-LCV) manufacturer, according to the latest sales and registrations figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The manufacturer has…

Derbyshire site for BayWa r.e.’s Oaklands 163 MWp solar mega-farm

International solar developer BayWa r.e. plans to light up south Derbyshire with one of Britain’s biggest solar PV farms yet built. Rated at 163MW peak capacity, the intended park divided between two plots near south Derbyshire’s villages…

DHL Express grows UK electric van fleet

DHL Express is planning to introduce 320 more electric vehicles into its UK fleet by end of 2022 The company has just introduced 50 new electric vans into its UK fleet, including Mercedes-Benz Sprinters, with another 50 EVs due to be introduced…

World’s first recyclable blades help Siemens-Gamesa cut through to circular economy

The world’s first eighty-metre recyclable blades are in the wind, following a de-sticking solution devised by engineers at turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa. Heligoland, off Germany’s coast, is the testing site identified for the German-Spanish…

‘End in sight’ for coal power, as Paris accord axes 3 of 4 of globe’s planned smokies

Signing the 2015 Paris climate accord has led to the world’s pipeline of planned coal-fired power plants being slashed by as much as 76%, expert analysis out today indicates. ‘No new coal’ declarations already made by 44 nations, with…

Oilcos’ carbon emissions “may be double previous estimates”, Gore-linked scientists calculate

Oil and gas production worldwide may be responsible for as much as double the climate-warming harm previously assigned to hydrocarbons, new high-tech research claims. And if they were countries, aviation and shipping together would rank…

Would you Adam’n’Eve it? East London to get Britain’s ‘biggest’ heat network

Four boroughs straddling the Thames in London’s East End are set to benefit from a district heat network of up to 500,000 homes by the 2040s, claimed as Britain’s largest. First steps in construction are scheduled to start early next…

Green gas primes jobs bonanza, Energy Networks Association promises

Hydrogen projects now on or approaching Britain’s drawing boards could create at least 17,000 high-tech jobs in the nation’s industrial heartlands, research published this week by Energy Networks Association (ENA) reveals. Before 2031,…

Breakthrough trains powered by community-owned solar await planners’ green signal

A world-leading initiative to power scheduled rail services from carbon-free electricity sold by a solar co-operative in a Sussex beauty spot faces a crunch deadline this Thursday. Activist volunteers and investors in Cuckmere Community…

Cisco speeds up drive to 100% renewables, commits to net zero by 2040

Internet leviathan Cisco has pledged a speeded up deadline of 2024 to source every amp of electricity it uses worldwide from carbon-free generation.   Before yesterday’s announcement, it had been aiming for 85% by next year. The…

Bamford heir digs green hydrogen, seeks funds to backhoe projects

HyCap is a new investment fund, seeking returns from green hydrogen projects. Founder Jo Bamford, pioneer already of the green gas’s specialist Ryze Hydrogen, launched the fund this week, as a joint venture with his six-year incorporated…

Octopus cleans up in water, goes squids in with Severn Trent

Octopus Energy Group armed itself this week with a major commercial alliance, inking a renewables understanding to instal its clean generating kit on Severn Trent Water’s sewage farms, reservoirs and associated real estate.  From…

Policy

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…

As this generation of nuclear technology concludes, what’s next to replace this essential source of low carbon power?

Jerry Haller, Nuclear Decommissioning Director | EDF For decades, the UK’s nuclear fleet has been safely generating zero carbon electricity to power millions of homes across the country, serving not only as a reliable low carbon power…

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 how…

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 some…

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 to be…

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 simple…

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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On-Demand Podcasts

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.

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…

Northern Gas and Power | Smart Energy Voices

Dr Oliver Jones (Ryder Architecture) and Peter Barker (BIM Academy) discuss building design, use of digitisation and big data to help inform energy efficiency decisions and how these impact on net zero strategies.

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…

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…

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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