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Energy and Carbon

A reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below the 1990 level and an EU-wide binding target for renewable energy of at least 27% are among the key elements of the European Commission’s new EU framework on climate and energy for 2030.

The World Bank is warning that the availability of and access to water is negatively impacting energy production across the world – and the problem is only expected to get worse.

According to new research published today, supply chain progress on reducing carbon emissions is stalling as a result of regulatory uncertainties.

Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, has today announced plans to collaborate with the European Investment Bank – the financial arm of the European Union – to accelerate the development of clean energy projects in parts of the Middle East and North Africa.

The Government has granted planning consent for the Able Marine Energy Park – identified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and currently under the aegis of the Planning Inspectorate.

The Government has launched a formal consultation on its proposals for large scale shale gas production in the UK by the 2020s -however, the independent assessment accompanying the proposals has warned that it could also place a substantial burden on existing waste water treatment infrastructure capacity.

The Crown Estate has launched an industry engagement process to understand market interest in future tidal range and lagoons projects around the UK.

Scottish Government Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing has today granted planning consent for a hydroelectric pumped storage generating station at Coire Glas, near Spean Bridge.

Major industry leaders today joined Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, Lord Deighton and Business and Energy Minister, Michael Fallon in signing a joint initiative to reduce carbon in infrastructure which could save as much as 24 million tonnes of carbon and £1.46 billion a year by 2050.

Major industry leaders today joined Commercial Secretary, Lord Deighton and Business and Energy Minister, Michael Fallon in signing a joint initiative to reduce carbon in infrastructure which could save as much as 24 million tonnes of carbon and £1.46 billion a year by 2050.

 

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  • Morpeth bypasses flood risk with Graf UK’s EcoBloc Flex

    Graf UK installer with EcoBloc systemIn a bid to eliminate flood risk and to provide an effective, controlled rainwater drainage solution, water management specialist Graf UK has installed a 620m3 EcoBloc Flex stormwater tank at a new 13-mile bypass in Morpeth, Northumberland.

  • Climate change pressure for water sector

    1281J-KM picThe CIWEM Annual Conference, held in the Royal Geographic  Society in London this week highlighted how the landmark new Paris climate change agreement will help concentrate water industry efforts to reduce energy consumption.

  • Plain Sailing for Jacopa at Boat of Garten

    Boat of GartenWastewater treatment systems and solutions experts Jacopa have successfully installed an advanced submerged aerated filter (SAF) plant for a picturesque Highland village, Boat of Garten. Jacopa was engaged by Crownhouse, who were the M&E division of the SR10 Capital Delivery Partner Laing O’Rourke.

  • Customer workshop success for Jacopa

    NI WshpThe Jacopa Customer Workshop held this week in Belfast has been hailed a great success with attendees including consultants and contractors from across NI Water.

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  • Northumbrian Water's £46m Horsley WTW upgrade

    Horsley Water Treatment Works – Watch an animated build of Northumbrian Water’s £46m upgrade which will be carried out by a joint venture between Interserve Construction Ltd and Doosan Enpure Ltd.

  • Water sector accelerates move to smart networks

    Listen to Joel Hagan, CEO of i2O, Rik Thijssen of Vitens, David Robinson at Veolia and Aurélie Chazerain from Suez Environnement discuss how the industry is turning to smart networks to boost customer service and ensure supply meets demand.

  • Watch the EFRA committee take live evidence in flood inquiry here

    Watch the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee take live evidence in its Future Flood Prevention inquiry here on Wednesday 13 April 2016.Meeting starts at 2.15pm.

    Witnesses: Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive, Environment Agency, John Curtin, Executive Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management, Environment Agency, Alan Law, Chief Officer, Strategy Reform, Natural England, and Rob Cooke, Director, Terrestrial Biodiversity, Natural England

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