China’s LNG demand increase
China is seeing a new demand for liquefied natural (LNG) as the Beijing government call for a reduction of tradition fuels such as coal.
This has led to hotels, hospitals, and factories all changing their coal-fired boilers to gas ones, opening up thousands of stand-alone gas customers, according to Reuters.
Huapu Gas is one of many truck companies transforming the new LNG market by delivering super-chilled gas within a 500km radius, based in Tangshan.
“Orders started to shoot up from September. Some are asking for deliveries the very next day,” commented Li Ruipeng, a Manager with Huapu Gas.
China is the second largest importer of LNG in the world, but due to inadequate pipelines and storage tanks, LNG users are desperate for gas supplies, both imported and locally produced, from dealers.
Li Ruipeng dispatches almost 40 trailers per day, with each trailer carries 20 tonnes of LNG.
This quantity has doubled in the past six months, with rates increasing because of fast delivery promises and the ability to avoid government-set prices that are more costly.
“Inflexible pricing for pipeline gas, insufficient grid network and lack of storage facilities ... make trucked LNG a unique business in China,” Managing Director of Consultancy SIA Energy, Chen Zhu, commented.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
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.