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Why Hydrogen is the future
19
Oct

Why Hydrogen is the future energy source

Why Hydrogen is the future energy source When Elon Musk tells you that hydrogen powered cars are “mind-bogglingly stupid,” you know that they must have a future.  Admittedly, he has been saying that since at least 2013. I presume, because he wants to promote his battery electric Tesla cars.  That’s not to say that battery electric power is not an important medium-term solution to limit emissions from cars.  However, when…

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Is Hydrogen the route to Net Zero?
11
Oct

Is Hydrogen the route to Net Zero

Is hydrogen the route to Net Zero? Hydrogen is not an energy source like natural gas, rather it is a carrier of energy, somewhat like a battery.  It does not occur naturally in usable quantities, but has to be manufactured.  There are seen to be four main applications for hydrogen: Transport - road, rail, and shipping Heating Electricity generation Industrial processes Transport Cars and Vans By 2035 at the latest…

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Heat Pumps the low emissions Solution
05
Oct

Heat Pumps the low emissions Solution

Heat Pumps the low emissions Solution Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs) and Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHPs) are seen by many as the low emissions solution and the future for the heating and cooling of buildings, both domestic and commercial. In the same way a refrigerator extracts heat from its contents and expels it into the room, heat pumps use the same principle to take heat from the air or…

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Afforestation and Net Zero
22
Sep

Planting Trees and Net Zero

Planting Trees and Net Zero - a Carbon Capture solution? It is generally accepted that it will be impossible to eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions.  Therefore, in order to achieve Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, it is essential that these residual emissions are removed from the atmosphere through some form of Carbon sequestration. This means the physical removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere; by trapping and storing…

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Green Electricity Tariffs dissected
31
Jan

Do green electricity tariffs reduce your carbon footprint?

Do green electricity tariffs reduce your carbon footprint? If you’re reading this blog, you may have responsibility for your organisation’s sustainability strategy or carbon reporting. If so, the answer to the question in the title may have a big impact on what carbon emissions you report. If the electricity is coming from the grid, then the short answer to the question is: No - Green electricity tariffs do not reduce…

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Jean Lowes
21
Nov

Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting – update

For the latest information go to Environmental Reporting Guidelines See what Jean-Francois Lowes has to say about the latest news on Steamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting requirements.  Jean is talking from EMEX after listening to Gary Shanahan Head of Business and Industrial Energy Efficiency, Tax and Reporting BEIS. //vimeo.com/302094504

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& unusual ways to reduce your carbon emissions
24
May

7 Unusual things that will reduce your organisations carbon emissions

7 Unusual things that will reduce your organisation's carbon emissions There are very few silver bullets when it comes to reducing an organisation’s carbon emissions.  Real long-term reductions will come with a number of initiatives that cumulatively make a difference. Here are seven to get you started. 1. Review your transport policy The most obvious one is to switch as many of your fleet to full electric vehicles.  Electric vehicles…

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Smart Home Device
24
Jan

Smart Home devices are not the answer to Emissions Reduction

AI (artificial intelligence) may be the hot topic in the technology debate, but “smart homes” technology may have a greater environmental impact.   Smart speakers, like Amazon’s Echo, can change the colour of light bulbs with just a few words.  Smart thermostats, will turn down the central heating when you go to bed.  Fridges that can tell you when you are running low on milk.  Door locks that recognise who goes…

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