The way we heat our homes and workplaces poses the greatest challenge to the UK achieving its 2059 net zero emissions target. One area that is currently being overlooked by industry is district heating.
By Ken Hunnisett, project director, Triple Point Heat Networks Investment Project
The German energy industry association BDEW said that Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions from power generation decreased 15 per cent in the first half of 2019 compared to the same period last year.
The climate research firm Carbon Brief has reported that CO2 emissions in the UK fell for the sixth consecutive year in 2018.
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has announced that it has started construction of one of the world’s largest flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) systems for the Nikola Tesla A coal-fired power plant in Serbia.
An innovative bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot plant has been commissioned at Drax power station in the UK, with the first CO2 expected to be captured in the coming weeks.
The UK Government announced in its autumn budget that it will freeze its domestic CO2 tax on electricity generation at £18/mt until 2021.
The Supreme Court of India has been informed that National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) have been directed by the Indian Government to comply with emission standards for sulphur oxide and particulate matter by the end of 2021.
Drax, Britain’s biggest power station, is piloting the first bioenergy carbon capture storage (Beccs) project of its type in Europe.
Brune Poirson, the French Ecology Minister, called at a conference in Brussels for a price floor of €25-30 per ton of CO2 in power generation to help accelerate the shift from coal to gas and renewables.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is likely to repeal the country’s Clean Power Plan instigated by the Obama Administration, saying that the call to switch to more natural gas and renewable generation exceeded the EPA’s authority.