UK government ministers have held private meetings with fossil fuel and biomass energy producers roughly nine times as often as they met companies involved in clean energy production, despite the increasing urgency of meeting the government’s climate targets. Analysis by DeSmog, the environmental investigation group, of publicly available data shows that ministers from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Beis) held 63 private meetings – with one company present, along with ministers and advisers – with fossil fuel and biomass energy producers between 22 July 2019 and 18 March 2021. Ministers, including the business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, and his junior ministers held only seven private meetings with renewable energy generators over the same period.
Guardian 10th Sept 2021 read more »
More than half the world’s oil, gas is unextractable. A larger than previously thought share of the world’s hydrocarbons cannot be produced if the world is able to control warming to only 1.5 degrees Celsius. A new paper on the topic, published in Nature, finds that 58% of oil, 59% of gas and 89% of coal reserves cannot be produced. Even this figure may still be too high. Achieving this target would have a one in two chance of hitting that 1.5-degree.
Energy Voice 10th Sept 2021 read more »
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