Homes and workplaces account for around 21% of Scotland’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Over the next 24 years building will be transformed so they are warmer, greener and more efficient. This draft Strategy, which updates both the Energy Efficient Scotland Route Map and the Heat Policy Statement, sets out how Scotland will achieve that ambition.
Greater Manchester is developing a Local Energy Market and Energy Systems Catapult has been appointed to support development of Local Area Energy Plans across the 10 boroughs of the city.
The UK has made great progress in decarbonising electricity over the past decade. Tackling transport and heat will be next, where the potential of digitalisation will be crucial. Policymakers face a raft of challenges. Energy Systems Catapult believes the architecture of the energy system requires a rethink. Strategy and Performance Director Guy Newey explains.
One of the key global investment trends over recent times has been the record growth of sustainable finance. Covid-19 has influenced this market as there is a clear drive to build back greener and fairer to support economic recovery.
This is the second in a series of six policy briefs setting out our current thinking on policies for decarbonising buildings over the next two decades as outlined in ‘Six Steps to Zero Carbon Buildings’ and the accompanying ‘Towards an enduring policy framework to decarbonise buildings’.
Ofgem commissioned Energy System Catapult and the Centre for Sustainable Energy to develop a methodology and initial set of quality standards that could be adopted as a framework for scaling up Local Area Energy Planning across Great Britain.
Local Energy Asset Representation (LEAR) pulls together information on energy generation, storage and distribution assets, social factors like fuel poverty and characteristics like building types and local geography using data analysis and aspects of machine learning. It enables planners and innovators to strategically decide how they might deploy and grow low carbon businesses.
New analysis has found that committing to a further 10GW of new nuclear beyond Hinkley Point C is a low regrets option for the UK as it targets a Net Zero economy, but that costs need to fall significantly if the technology is to fulfil its long-term potential.
The analysis in Nuclear for Net Zero has found there is a credible path available to realise significant nuclear cost reduction delivering potentially lower costs and risks associated with achieving UK Net Zero.
Balancing energy supply and demand in a net zero energy system will be a world away from how we balance our current system. Batteries will be important, whether they are in our cars, in our homes or elsewhere – but batteries can’t do it alone. Dr Alex Buckman delves into four storage and flexibility technologies as part of our Innovating to Net Zero series.
Storage and Flexibility technologies to balance supply and demand across the energy system will become more indispensable on the path to Net Zero by 2050. This report investigates the potential of Thermal Energy Storage technologies.