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Thursday, 27 March 2014 07:08

UK meets first carbon budget

The fifth annual statement of emissions required under section 16 of the Climate Change Act 2008 published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change shows that the UK has met its first carbon budget.

A portfolio of three tidal lagoon power plants would deliver large-scale low carbon power at a significantly cheaper price than offshore wind by 2021, according to a new economic study.

Europe must factor in the high levels of water used for cooling purposes in its thermal and nuclear power stations when it draws up its new 2030 climate and energy policy next week.

Anglian Water has become the first in the sector to achieve the Carbon Trust’s new water standard  and also the first company in the world to be certified by considering the water it supplies to others.

The Planning Inspectorate has accepted the Development Consent Order application for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon for consideration - the Lagoon has been designated as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project.

Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd (TLP) today took a major step towards realising one of the UK’s most game-changing infrastructure projects: the £850 million Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon - the largest tidal power plant in the world. 

The Able Marine Energy Park scheme has secured £14.9m from the Enterprise Zone Capital Grant Fund - enabling construction work to be brought forward.

David Cameron has told the World Economic Forum that Europe will need to provide cheap and predictable sources of energy in order to encourage businesses to relocate- including shale gas - and that burdensome regulation could drive investors away.

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.

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