The potential of biogas to decarbonise Northern Ireland’s gas grid

By Aine Anderson, Climate Change Thought Leadership Award winner (PhD category) 2022 According to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), Northern Ireland (NI) has the potential to produce up to 580 million cubic metres of biomethane annually. Recent analysis of feedstock mapping supports even higher biomethane potential values from manure and underutilised … Read more

Aine Anderson receiving her award

What is interseasonal energy storage and how can it increase renewable usage

By Natasha Marino, Climate Change Thought Leadership Award winner (Master’s Category) 2022      Renewable energy technologies cannot always produce a consistent amount of energy. For example, the energy outputs from solar technologies are limited in winter, when there’s fewer daylight hours and the sky is often overcast. Likewise, demand for energy varies throughout the … Read more

Delivering net zero through a carbon free gas grid

By Katie Harrison The UK’s target to reach net zero carbon by 2050 will require an overhaul of current systems, including the UK gas network, which currently relies predominantly on fossil fuels. The transition to a carbon free gas grid will require increased biomethane production and the introduction of hydrogen – both of which are … Read more

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Five ways anaerobic digestion supports the environment

For the UK to reach its target to become net zero by 2050, it’s crucial we increase our investment in climate positive projects. Anaerobic digestion (AD) goes beyond producing renewable energy. It offers many benefits to the environment too – such as disposing of our waste in an environmentally friendly way, producing organic fertiliser to … Read more

Food waste can be used to generate energy

What’s changed since COP26?

By Chris Winward Six months after COP26 we have seen more interest in climate investments, but the much-publicised target to limit global warming to no more than 1.5°C has almost entirely slipped away. To accelerate a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, leaders must take responsibility for their impact of their business’ activities, stop waiting … Read more

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The Importance of Renewable Energy in the UK

With Boris Johnson’s recent announcement that the UK must cease dependence on Russian oil and gas, the UK must improve its energy security. In order to do this, we must become self-sufficient and develop more energy sources in the UK. Renewable energy plays an important role in making this happen, however, this needs to be … Read more

How insurance unlocks investment in climate solutions

By Rebecca Merry and Carl Gurney, from Marsh Commercial Renewable energy projects can only secure financial investment when as many risk factors as possible have been removed, and insurance is an essential piece of the jigsaw. Insuring anaerobic digestion plants The anaerobic digestion (AD) sector is an especially challenging market for insurance businesses to navigate. … Read more

What is ESG and how is this used by businesses?

By Chris Winward The term ESG has been bandied about a lot in recent years, especially following the repercussions of the Covid-19 global pandemic and the increasing urgency to respond to the climate crisis, but is it a new concept and what does it actually mean? Surprisingly, ESG (environmental, social and governance) has been about … Read more

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Building a green gas future powered by waste

By Charlotte Morton With the UK’s energy supply accounting for 21% of annual emissions, it is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases.[1] We will not meet our net zero obligations without urgently curbing these emissions. Green gas is the renewable fuel that can put our net zero responsibilities back on track by decarbonising our … Read more

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Climate change research award returns to provide students opportunity

The application window for the Climate Change Thought Leadership Award has reopened for undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students studying at UK universities.

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