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U.K. renewables topped fossil fuel electricity generation in third quarter

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Ars Technica:The third quarter of 2019 saw the UK’s renewable generation pass that of fossil fuels for the first time, according to an analysis by the climate and energy policy group CarbonBrief. The shift is driven by the completion of several enormous offshore windfarms and has been accompanied by a near-elimination of coal on the UK grid. And it comes only four years after the very first day in which renewables outpaced fossil fuels.CarbonBrief performs regular analyses of the UK electrical market based largely on government figures but also incorporating off-grid sources like combined heat and power facilities. In general, its results have been within 3% of the final quarterly figures for the last several years, but the numbers for 2019 are close enough that it remains possible that the first quarterly landmark will have to wait until 2020.That said, the organization estimates that renewables produced 29.5 TeraWatt-hours in July, August, and September, while fossil fuels only produced 29.1 TW-hr. The news for carbon emissions is even better, as the UK is well on its way toward its goal of eliminating coal-fired generation—almost all of the fossil fuel generation was in the form of natural gas, which has relatively low emissions. The report estimates that less than 1% of the UK’s electricity came from coal during the quarter.Coal was planned to be eliminated from the UK grid by 2025, but the implementation of a carbon tax has hastened its decline. As a result, the UK now regularly goes weeks without using any coal. Nuclear provided nearly 19% of the UK’s electricity; if nuclear and renewables are lumped together as carbon-free generation, the UK is on track to have fossil fuels fall to under half its generation for the entire year, as had been predicted by its National Grid.Among the renewables, solar provided 6% of the power during the quarter, while biomass accounted for double that. Wind provided the biggest contribution at 20%, and CarbonBrief ascribes this in part to the opening of new offshore windfarms. Earlier this year, a 600MW farm opened, and this month has seen the completion of Hornsea One, a monstrous 1.2GW offshore farm. Those join 2.1GW completed during 2018. The report also notes that contracts are already in place that would more than double the UK’s 8.5GW of offshore wind over the next five years.More: UK renewables out-generate fossil fuels for an entire quarter U.K. renewables topped fossil fuel electricity generation in third quarterlast_img read more

Zagreb County is the first county in Croatia to implement all cycling routes in one place

first_imgLast week, the promotion of the network of bicycle routes of the Zagreb County – Vision One was held in the premises of the Zagreb County.It is a joint project of the Zagreb County Tourist Board, local tourist boards and the company Vision Team doo, which implemented and mapped all cycling routes with points of interest in digital form on the mobile platform Vision One.Bicycle routes can be found in each individual application of the local tourist board and in the main categorization of the platform. Zagreb County is the first county in Croatia to implement all cycling routes of its cities and municipalities in one place in the Vision One platform.See a list of all bike trails in Zagreb County here .There is also a digital interactive display or locator of Zagreb County (www.locator-tzzz.com)The digital locator is designed as an intuitive display of all tourist destinations using a website, mobile application, social networks and an interactive display. With a fast and visually pleasing presentation on a virtual map, the user can easily find what his priority is. “The site contains recordings, texts, galleries and photographs, provides the tourist with a “county in the palm of your hand” and is his virtual tourist guide. ” stand out from the Zagreb County Tourist Board.Growth of arrivals and overnight stays in the first eight months In the first eight months of 2018, according to the eVisitor system, the number of guest arrivals in Zagreb County increased by 36% (80.151 arrivals) and overnight stays by 29% (133.615 overnight stays). Out of the total number of overnight stays, 101.487 overnight stays were realized by foreigners, and 32.128 overnight stays by domestic guests.Traditionally, the county was mostly visited by guests from Germany, Poland, Italy, the Netherlands, but also the United States. The upward trend of guests from Asia, primarily China, and then the Republic of Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan, was also continued. The most visited cities are Velika Gorica, Sveta Nedelja, Samobor and Jastrebarsko.last_img read more

CBRE names new president for Europe, Middle East and Africa

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Ireland seeks fossil fuel divestment for €8bn SWF

first_imgIreland’s parliament has voted in favour of a bill forcing its sovereign wealth fund to divest from fossil fuel companies.On 26 January, the Daíl Éireann voted 90 to 53 to reject an amendment to the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill 2016 that would have negated its primary objective, to reduce the €8bn Irish Strategic Investment Fund’s (ISIF) exposure to carbon-heavy companies.The bill instructs the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), which is responsible for the ISIF, to sell its holdings in fossil fuel companies “direct or indirect” within five years.Thomas Pringle, an independent politician who tabled the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill, introduced the debate earlier this month with a strongly worded condemnation of the new US government’s stance on climate change. Speaking a day before US president Donald Trump’s inauguration, Pringle said: “We should not associate ourselves with Trump-era politics. His administration and its public display of affection for big oil is representative of the industry’s fading legacy and its last attempt to hold onto power.”He accused the oil industry of “buying political influence and deliberately concealing and manipulating the science of climate change” for more than a century.Divesting the ISIF from fossil fuels will help Ireland meet its emission reduction promises under last year’s Paris agreement on climate change, Pringle said.“Today offers an opportunity for us not only to catch up with the pace of climate change, but also lead on mitigating its effects,” he added.Earlier in discussions about the bill, Pringle claimed the ISIF lost €22m in 2015 due to the volatility of commodity prices, and “€100m in total over the past three years”.The amendment to Pringle’s bill was tabled by Simon Coveney, minister of state for the Department of Housing, Planning, Community, and Local Government.It argued that ISIF’s fossil fuel exposure was “limited”, and that it had already allocated €800m to energy – “the vast majority of which will be invested in renewables”.The ISIF’s current portfolio includes investments in a “waste to energy” project, an onshore windfarm, and forestry.Coveney further argued that, “because of its progressive record in these matters, ISIF’s investment options do not need to be underpinned in statute”.However, following last week’s vote the bill will now be assessed by the Irish parliament’s committee on finance, public expenditure, and reform.A spokesman for the ISIF said its holdings in fossil fuel companies included legacy assets purchased by its predecessor fund, the National Pensions Reserve Fund.“Such legacy investments are being sold off on a phased basis in line with ISIF’s new mandate to invest on a commercial basis to support economic activity and employment in Ireland,” the spokesman said.“The fund is committed to investing in the energy sector in a manner that is consistent with the state’s commitment to make the transition to a low carbon, climate resilient and sustainable economy,” he added.last_img read more