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Oxford paves the way to net-zero

With COP26 taking place in Glasgow this November, the UK has a unique opportunity to demonstrate climate leadership on the global stage.

University of Oxford goes for net zero

On 15th March 2021, Oxford University’s Council voted in favour of adopting an Environmental Sustainability Strategy to get the University to net zero carbon and biodiversity net gain by 2035.

Integrating Renewable Energy

The Oxford Martin Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy, Integrate, has delivered a deliberately multidisciplinary programme to examine these challenges and find potential
solutions. Our approach looked beyond just the technology, to look at the whole energy system, bringing together people from different perspectives to address these challenges.

Texas Power Crisis. Market or regulatory failures?

Viewed as independent countries California and Texas would both rank among the ten largest economies in the world. One Democrat and the other Republican, the feature they now have in common is failure to prevent extensive and disruptive interruptions to power supply – California in 2001 and Texas in February 2021. In both states near-catastrophic failures raise questions as to the viability of highly market-driven power systems, which contrast with the stability of more integrated models of the East Coast of the US, and internationally. The answers matter, not just for Texas, but for developed and developing economies everywhere.    You can read the full article here.

Cool news: embodying sustainable cooling practices | Call for papers | Royal Geographical Society – IBG Annual Conference 2021 | extended deadline – 5 March

Abstract   (Deadline for submission – extended to 5 March 2021 at 23:59 GMT)
Increasing temperatures and erratic weather are set to triple the demand for air conditioning by 2050 (IEA, 2018). A sudden growth in the demand for electricity can put existing infrastructures on the verge of collapse and will result in potentially irreversible environmental damage (Khosla et al., 2020). In fact, current active space cooling technologies come with a number of issues for the environment: from the use of super greenhouse polluting refrigerants such as hydrofluorocarbons (McLinden et al., 2017) to disposal mismanagements of old technologies, which continue to leak environmentally harmful gases (Lickley et al., 2020). Evidence show that vernacular practices in rural areas (Mazzone, 2020) and green design and architecture can alleviate the effects of urban overheating (Yenneti et al., 2020).

Good Energy announces search for new CEO

Good Energy, the 100% renewable electricity supplier, announced yesterday that Juliet Davenport OBE has decided to move on from her role as Chief Executive Officer and take up a Non-Executive Director position with the company as well as its subsidiary Zap-Map. Juliet will remain CEO of the company while the formal process to find the new CEO is undertaken.

Global Energy Demand. A McKinsey reference case

Energy systems around the world are going through rapid transitions that affect many aspects of our lives. The continuation and acceleration of these shifts will bring important changes to the way we fuel our cars, heat our homes, and power our industries in the coming decades.

New green jobs to clean up the UK energy system

People installing solar panels

The UK government has set out plans to clean up the energy system, support up to 220,000 British jobs, and keep bills affordable as the transition to net zero by 2050 moves forward.

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