Nov 20, 2017

Spain could reach 40GW target by 2030

Europe
Wind
Sophie Chapman
2 min
Spain aims to reduce emissions by 30% by 2030
According to the Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE), Spain is on track for attaining 40GW of wind power capacity within the next 13 years...

According to the Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE), Spain is on track for attaining 40GW of wind power capacity within the next 13 years.

40GW of power would provide more than 30% of the nation’s annual energy needs.

The AEE has created a scenario that conforms to the Paris Agreement’s initiative of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80%.

The association announced the aim of reducing emissions by 30% by 2020, by 42% by 2030, and achieving carbon neutrality by 2040.

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In order to reach the 40GW target, Spain will have to install approximately 1.2GW of wind capacity per year in the lead up to 2030.

“Electrification must be the way to reduce emissions, thanks to competitive renewable technologies such as wind power,” reported the AEE.

“The electricity sector must move towards scenarios where new electricity demand is covered without jeopardising emission reduction objectives.”

“The additional 17,000 MW of wind power by 2030 stated in AEE´s scenario are key to cover the reduced output of fossil fuel-based generation plants in the system and to cover the increase in demand as a result of greater economic activity and the electrification of transport.”

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

schools
energyefficiency
Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
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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