Will they make the most of the Green Recovery?

Just a year before the rearranged United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), to be held in Glasgow, the City of London Corporation, in collaboration with the Green Finance Institute, and supported by the World Economic Forum, is hosting a major summit focusing on the role of green finance in the recovery from COVID-19.

The virtual summit taking place in London between 9 – 11 November is focusing on the role of financial services in supporting a green recovery and an economy-wide transition to net zero. It will also explore how capital can be mobilised at the pace and scale needed to meet not only the UK’s commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050 but also international climate commitments.

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Making the Energy Transition

Liaising with the Ace Steering Group, our Energy working group provides a forum for discussion of alternative energy options and will be discussing Sandy’s proposals at its meeting this evening. ACE is pleased to provide a platform for these discussions which are exploring how the community can develop energy plans employing a mix of renewable technologies with some local storage to ensure continuity of supply. If there is enough local support for these ideas, the aim is to set up a group, independent of Ace, to progress them.  Sandy develops his ideas in this posting.

Barry White Secretary.

Why do we need an energy transition?

Sandy Tod writes.

Our electricity supply, built after the end of World War 2, comprised a number of large thermal power stations, initially exploiting indigenous coal reserves as fuel, later backed up by North Sea gas. The National Grid distributed electrical energy originally from the coal face and ultimately from North Sea gas fields, throughout the country. When indigenous fuel reserves ran out, coal, oil and gas supplies were imported to fuel the same system, with little change to the National Grid’s supply network.

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What a waste

A study published in the journal Science Advances and reported in this weekend’s press, shows that the US and UK produce more plastic waste per person than any other major country. The  study, published in the journal Science Advances, used World Bank data on waste generation in 217 countries. It focused on the US and used additional data on littering and illegal dumping within the country and on contamination by exported plastic, which is likely to be dumped rather than recycled.

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Climate change – a massive threat to our wildlife

Britain’s climate zones are shifting by up to five kilometres (3.1 miles) a year because of rising temperatures – with potentially catastrophic impacts for wildlife, says a new report ‘Adapting to Climate Heating’ by the charity Rewilding Britain. The shift – due to human-caused climate heating, and hundreds of times faster than the country’s natural climate warming at the end of the last ice age – is set to outpace many species’ ability to adapt and adjust their ranges.

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