Renewables top coal
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Renewable energy took over as the number one power generation technology in Germany last year for the first time.
An analysis by consultancy Agora Energiewende revealed that renewables composed 27.3% of domestic power consumption in 2014, displacing lignite as the top source of power in the energy mix.
Power demand fell by 4% in 2014, despite economic growth of 1.4%, continuing a trend for electricity usage to decouple from growth. Greenhouse-gas emissions also fell in 2014 and are currently at their second-lowest level since 1990. This is due largely to the mild winter at the beginning of the year and the decrease in coal for power production.
Electricity generation from nuclear remained steady in 2014, though it is likely to decline this year as the Grafenrheinfeld plant shuts down in the spring. The German government is aiming for a renewables share of 40–45% by 2025.
The Green Homes Grant is set to deliver only a fraction of the jobs and improvements intended, leading to calls for more involvement from local authorities in future schemes.
COVID-19 recovery packages have largely focused on protecting, rather than transforming, existing industries, and have been a “lost opportunity” for speeding up the global energy transition.
None of England’s water and sewerage companies achieved all environmental expectations for the period 2015 to 2020, the Environment Agency has revealed. These targets included the reduction of total pollution incidents by at least one-third compared with 2012, and for incident self-reporting to be at least 75%.
The UK’s pipeline for renewable energy projects could mitigate 90% of job losses caused by COVID-19 and help deliver the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda. That is according to a recent report from consultancy EY-Parthenon, which outlines how the UK’s £108bn “visible pipeline” of investible renewable energy projects could create 625,000 jobs.
Billions of people worldwide have been unable to access safe drinking water and sanitation in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a progress report from the World Health Organisation focusing on the UN’s sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) – to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030”.
The UK will no longer use unabated coal to generate electricity from October 2024, one year earlier than originally planned, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has announced.
The UK government is not on track to deliver on its promise to improve the environment within a generation and is failing to stem the tide of biodiversity loss, a damning new report from MPs has revealed.