The European Commission has released their plans for the integrated energy system of the future with clean hydrogen. This new approach to Powering a Climate-neutral Economy sets out an integrated energy system using hydrogen to support the decarbonisation of industry, transport, power generation and buildings across Europe. The international dimension is an integral part of the EU approach.
Clean hydrogen offers new opportunities for re-designing Europe’s energy partnerships with both neighbouring countries and regions, together with its international, regional and bilateral partners, advancing supply diversification and helping design stable and secure supply chains. The EU Hydrogen Strategy addresses how to transform this potential into reality, through investments, regulation, market creation and research and innovation.
The steady rise of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere continues unabated. 0n 4th June 2020 scientists from the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego announced that the seasonal peak has reached 417 parts per million CO2. The atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels measured at the Mauna Loa Observatory reached a seasonal peak of 417.1 parts per million in May 2020, the highest monthly reading ever recorded and are now at levels not experienced by the Earth’s atmosphere in several million years.
The postponed COP26 UN climate conference will now take place in Glasgow from Monday 1st to Friday 12th November 2021. The Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) have now agreed the new dates for the COP26 UN climate conference which will be held at the SEC in Glasgow.
In the run up to November 2021, the UK as hosts will continue to work with all involved to increase climate action, build resilience and lower emissions. The new date will also allow the UK and our Italian partners to harness their incoming G7 and G20 presidencies in driving climate ambition.
The Orkney Islands have just been awarded €100,000 in the first ever EU RESPonsible Island Prize, funded by Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme. Orkney was awarded third prize due to percentage of renewable electricity produced by innovative energy technologies locally, environmental and socioeconomic sustainability, community involvement, and the replicability of the Orkney approach. Since 2013, Orkney has generated over 100% of its electricity demand from renewable power sources. Orkney has recently been addressing decarbonisation of the whole energy system through innovative scale-up projects such as the FCH JU funded BIG HIT project.
This online launch event will be the first in a series of Hydrogen Technologies Platform (HTP) webinars which will share experiences and ‘learning by doing’ from the FCH JU funded BIG HIT project in the Orkney Islands: Building Innovative Green Hydrogen Systems in Isolated Territories. The HTP will play an important role in sharing lessons learned, and help other projects to replicate this approach.
The HTP launch webinar takes place on Wednesday 23 September 2020 from 15:00 – 16:15 CET. This event will explain how the HTP can inform and help you to identify local replication opportunities for the development, deployment, and exploitation of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for integrated local energy systems.
The SHFCA2020 annual conference will be taking place online on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th October 2020.
Please hold the date, further details for the SHFCA2020 conference programme and registration will be announced shortly.
All-Energy’s mission is to enable the UK renewable and low carbon energy community to interact, conduct business, network and learn, whether face-to-face or online. Held annually in Scotland, All-Energy and the co-located Dcarbonise, connects some 250 suppliers, project and technology developers, investors, and policy makers with a total audience of well over 7,800. Register your interest here to exhibit at or visit All-Energy/Dcarbonise taking place on 4-5 November 2020 at the SEC Glasgow.