The EU’s recent Green Deal is another step in the direction of decarbonised energy and transport systems in Europe. It is therefore critical to accurately measure and understand life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts of energy sources, fuels and vehicles to ensure policy decisions favour technologies with significant environmental benefits.
The East Neuk Power-to-Hydrogen project has been named the Cross Vector Project of the Year at the 2020 Network Awards. At the delayed awards ceremony, the innovative project to assess the benefits of producing hydrogen from renewables in Scotland beat off stiff competition to win this new award category. Work undertaken by E4tech and Artelys, and funded by SGN and Scottish Power Energy Networks through the Network Innovation Allowance, assessed the economic benefits of coupling the electricity and gas networks in the region of Fife to produce hydrogen for a number of end-use applications including transport and heat.
E4tech, together with the Cerulogy, ICCT, Navigant, SCS Global Services and Wageningen University & Research are assisting the European Commission in evaluating biofuel feedstocks which could be added to Annex IX of the recast Renewable Energy Directive, also known as “RED II”. A stakeholder consultation to feed into the project was held from 14 April to 27th May, leading to over 400 responses. Inputs to the consultation have been used to finalise the short list of feedstocks to be evaluated in greater detail in Task 2 and Task 3 of the project.
Aviation fuel demand is expected to continue to grow over the next decades and continue to rely heavily on kerosene fuel for use in jet engines.
The River Thames is not only the thread that ties one of the world’s biggest cities together, but it is also the UK’s second busiest port used to transport forty million tonnes of cargo, ten million passengers and five million tonnes of materials per year. A huge range of vessels travel the 95 miles of water covered by the Port of London Authority (PLA) – ferries, workboats, tugs, tour boats - almost all of them powered by fossil fuels. With an eye to the air quality and low carbon goals being set for the rest of London, PLA set about creating a zero emission roadmap for the vessels on the Thames.