Non-carbon-emitting electricity generation in UK hits new highs

Government figures showing over half of electricity generation by renewables and nuclear in the third quarter of 2017 prove renewables are viable, says think tank

Statistics released by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) shortly before Christmas reveal that low-carbon generation accounted for 54.4 per cent of all electricity contributed to the National Grid in the third quarter of 2017, with renewables’ share accounting for 30 per cent of the total, a record for this period of the year. Renewables’ share was up almost 5 per cent year on year, owing to increased generation capacity, BEIS added.

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Source: Engineer

Mars counters Trump’s climate stance with $1bn sustainability plan

Confectionery firm also launches M&Ms renewable energy campaign as part of a growing corporate backlash against the US’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate deal.

The corporate backlash is growing against Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, with Mars launching a $1bn sustainability plan and an M&M’s campaign centred on renewable energy.

It is the latest climate move by the family owned firm, which emerged as a vocal critic of the US president’s decision to pull out of the 2015 climate pact, saying it was “disappointed” with the withdrawal and stressing that corporations could not go it alone when it came to tackling climate change.

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Source: The Guardian

UPS announces new energy-based sustainability goals

UPS on Tuesday announced aggressive new sustainability goals to add more alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles to its fleet while increasing its reliance on renewable energy sources.

The goals, available in the company’s “2016 Corporate Sustainability Report”, support UPS’s commitment to reduce its absolute greenhouse-gas emissions from global ground operations by 12 per cent by 2025, a goal developed using a methodology approved by the “Science Based Targets” initiative.

“Because of our size and scale, we know our commitments can shape markets, advance technologies and be a catalyst for infrastructure investments,” said David Abney, UPS chairman and chief executive officer.

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Source:The Nation

All UK Unilever sites powered by renewable energy

Unilever has announced all its sites in the UK are now powered by renewable energy.

The consumer goods giant has signed a contract with energy company Eneco UK that means 15 sites receive power from a wind farm in the Scottish highlands.

Coupled with an existing agreement with a biomethane company, which supplies five sites, this means “all of Unilever UK’s manufacturing sites source 100% of [their] electricity from certified renewable sources, which will help deliver long-term value and advance the company’s wider carbon reduction commitment”.

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Half of UK electricity comes from low-carbon sources for first time ever, claims new report

Britain reaches green turning point as electricity was completely coal-free for nearly six days over the last quarter

More than half of the UK’s electricity has come from low-carbon sources for the first time, a new study has found.

The research from energy company Drax, which operates a biomass power station, found electricity from low-emission sources had peaked at 50.2 per cent between July and September.

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Source: Independent

Inside Microsoft’s wind energy strategy

Over the past two years, Microsoft has contracted for 285 MW of renewable power from two off-site wind energy projects.

These two wind farms — capable of generating enough electricity to power 125,000 U.S. homes — could not have been built without the long-term off-take agreement provided by Microsoft, demonstrating the large-scale impact that companies can have on renewable energy deployment.

The Business Renewables Center (BRC), an RMI-convened initiative and member-led platform, isworking to accelerate corporate procurement of off-site renewable energy, such as Microsoft’s, by bringing together corporate buyers, project developers and service providers.

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Source: GreenBiz

Record cut in Scotland’s carbon emissions

Carbon emissions were cut by a record 12 million tonnes in Scotland last year thanks to the renewable electricity industry.

UK government figures showed 11.9 million tonnes of CO2 was displaced in 2013, up 14% on the previous year.

The Committee on Climate Change, which advises the UK government, said Scotland was making good progress.

Industry body Scottish Renewables described the figures as a “milestone achievement.”

Joss Blamire, a senior policy manager at Scottish Renewables, added: “This means that not only are renewables now the number one source of electricity in Scotland, but we have achieved this milestone while preventing a record amount of harmful carbon emissions from being released into our atmosphere.

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Source: BBC News