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  • Online Learning Solutions for the Biotech Industries

    30 Nov 2015

    The biotech field is growing and changing extremely quickly and it can be difficult to keep up with the latest thinking – especially if you are working. In response to this need for new knowledge (and with a desire to make their research findings more widely available) Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities have developed a suite of online modules based on research from Beacon and the BioComposits centre. The first module will run in January 2016.

  • Chancellor cuts DECC & Defra’s budgets in Spending Review

    25 Nov 2015

    The Chancellor George Osborne has announced significant budget cuts for both the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) during his Autumn Spending review speech in Parliament today. “Going green should not cost the earth,” Osborne stated as he set out his budget for the Government’s green policies.

  • €21 million EU funding available for Bioenergy Demonstrator projects

    19 Nov 2015

    BESTF3 call for Bioenergy Demonstrator projects

    A European consortium including Denmark, Finland, Poland, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, and the UK, supported by the European Commission, are launching a third joint call for Bioenergy Demonstrator projects.

  • Rudd sets out new direction for UK energy policy

    18 Nov 2015

    The Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd has announced plans to shut all coal-fired power stations by 2025 and restrict their use by 2023.

    Speaking at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London today, the Energy Secretary set out the Government’s policy priorities for an energy system that puts consumers first, delivers more competition, reduces the burden on bill-payers and ensures enough electricity generation to power the nation. 

    Key points in DECC’s new strategy include:

    • Consultation on ending unabated coal-fired power stations by 2025
    • New gas-fired power stations a priority
    • Commitment to offshore wind support completes commitment to secure, low-carbon, affordable electricity supplies
    • Move towards a smarter energy system

  • Scotland falling short of 100% renewable electricity target

    12 Nov 2015
    A new report has shown that Scotland will miss its 100% renewable electricity target without further investment in onshore and offshore wind.  The study, published by industry body Scottish Renewables, shows Scotland is on course to generate the equivalent of 87% of its annual demand for power from renewables by 2020, and highlights the need for further support from the UK Government if the target is to be met
  • Rudd admits UK “doesn’t have the right policies” to meet 2020 renewable energy target

    11 Nov 2015

    Despite saying that she “remains committed” to ensuring that the UK meets its EU target of sourcing 15% of its energy from renewables by 2020, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has admitted that “we don’t have the right policies in place” to meet this target. She told members of the Energy and Climate Change Committee on Tuesday that she still aims to meet the 2020 target, but would do so by focussing on heat on transport rather than renewable electricity.

  • DECC publishes consultation on a proposed amendment to the Contracts for Difference (CfD) regulations

    04 Nov 2015

    The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has opened a consultation seeking views on the Government’s proposal to amend the Contracts for Difference (Definition of Eligible Generator) Regulations in order to specify that retrofit Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) projects, involving the connection of an existing power station to a complete CCS system, are eligible for a Contract for Difference (CfD). DECC states that the proposed change would ensure that existing CCS policy is correctly and expressly reflected in the CfD legislation.

  • New emissions research gives a boost to UK renewable fuel sector

    04 Nov 2015

    A five year study produced by a consortium of 23 organisations, including the REA, NFU, AHDB, Vivergo Fuels Ltd., British Sugar, and DEFRA, has shown that the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced by the UK’s arable sector are significantly lower than previously thought. The report is positive news for the UK’s renewable fuels industry and for the national effort to meet GHG emissions reductions targets.

  • Scotland's AD industry increased by 69% last year

    02 Nov 2015

    Scotland's anaerobic digestion (AD) industry grew by more than two thirds last year, according to new figures published by the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) on 30 October.  

  • Europe’s leading bioeconomy clusters are now working together as 3BI

    29 Oct 2015

    The leading bioeconomy clusters in the UK, Netherlands, France, and Germany have joined forces as the 3BI intercluster. Their goal is to support European companies to access important new markets based on renewable raw materials successfully

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