Sep 5, 2016

4 energy developments at the G20 summit

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The eleventh Group of Twenty (G20) meeting of leaders and central bankers from the world’s major economies is taking place in China this week...

The eleventh Group of Twenty (G20) meeting of leaders and central bankers from the world’s major economies is taking place in China this week. When powerful people gather under one roof, it’s inevitable that alliances will form and long-standing tensions will flare.

The issues of energy security, international oil prices and climate change will no doubt rear their respective heads throughout the summit. Here, we recap what has transpired so far — and what could make headlines in days to come.

Saudi Arabia and Russia for oil collaboration
It has been reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met on the sidelines of the summit to discuss ways to bolster the faltering global oil market. This morning, the price of oil rocketed up as the news of a joint statement on oil cooperation from the two countries reached traders and media outlets.

UK’s May to face Hinkley scrutiny
With a decision on the controversial Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant still yet to be announced, UK Prime Minister Theresa May could be faced with a tense situation when she meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping today. It has been said that security concerns over China’s involvement in the project have contributed to the UK’s extended period of deliberation.

Russian oil could flow to Turkey
In another sideline meeting, Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan reportedly discussed the potential for Russia’s state-owned oil company, Rosneft, to increase the amount of oil it supplies to Turkey.

USA and China agree to limit warming
In what is perhaps the most celebrated victory for renewable energy in at this year’s G20, both the United States and China ratified the Paris Agreement. Between them, the two countries are responsible for 40 percent of the world’s fossil fuel emissions. They now join 23 other countries who have promised to keep global warming to “well below” two degrees celsius.  
 

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

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Dominic Ellis
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Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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