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New Scottish blade a ‘step change’ for tidal energy industry

A "state-of-the-art" tidal turbine blade has been manufactured in Scotland for the first time and more cheaply than before, which, engineers say, could reduce the levelised cost of tidal energy. The design engineers, from the University of Edinburgh, say the new structure reduces the amount of materials necessary – bringing down the weight, volume and, crucially, the cost of manufacturing...

The Future Is Local (Area Energy Planning): UK100 writes to ICON

It’s time to power up Britain by investing in our local leaders and empowering them to deliver the affordable, clean energy systems we urgently need from the grassroots up, CEO of UK100 tells ICON readers in this thought piece.    The government’s Rosebank oil field approval exposes a glaring contradiction in the Prime Minister's approach to energy security: expanding North Sea...

New Skidmore report calls for policies to help local authorities reach net zero

In the wake of Rishi Sunak's net zero announcements last week, the former Energy Minister who was responsible for signing the UK’s net zero commitment into law has joined forces with Conservative Mayor Baron Houchen and UK100 in a new report. Titled "The Future is Local", the report seeks not only to highlight the continued challenges facing the local delivery...

Negotiating PPAs – Are You Adding Value or Splitting the Difference?

The more prepared you are and the more variables you have, the more you can trade value and avoid haggling over price, Andy Archibald, a Senior Consultant at Scotwork tells ICON readers in this thought piece.   Most of the time, negotiations will come down to one thing – price. And while most of us think we’re negotiating, it’s more likely...

Holding Companies Accountable for Human Rights Risks Across the Globe: The Proposal of a European Directive for Supply Chain Due Diligence

In this thought piece, Dr. Johannes Weichbrodt and Teresa Gerhold from Mayer Brown tell ICON readers what the upcoming Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence means for businesses.   Companies have a substantial impact on human rights and the environment. Thus, legislators across the globe increasingly expect companies to conduct human rights and environmental due diligence. While some jurisdictions in Europe already...

Virtual Energy System: Addressing the need for a digitalised, decentralised and decarbonised energy system – ESO writes to ICON

To achieve our collective goals, we need to maximise the value of the right time data available to us, Carolina Tortora from National Grid ESO tells ICON readers in this thought piece.   Britain’s energy system is transforming. As we journey towards net zero emissions, the system is becoming more complex; as the energy transition continues, our system-management decisions will require...

Anaerobic Digestion and Food Waste Recycling: Opportunities for an alternative, sustainable method of waste disposal and energy generation

In this thought piece, Jonathan Croley and Benjamin Thomson from Ashfords LLP tell ICON readers about the opportunities Anaerobic Digestion offers as local authorities must comply with the requirements of the Environment Act 2021.   The changes to waste collection law introduced by the Environment Act 2021 (EA2021) will significantly impact how waste collection authorities collect and dispose of waste. At...

Edgbaston to stage first sustainable international match day

Edgbaston Stadium is set to stage its first sustainable international match day after announcing the sold out Men’s Vitality IT20 against New Zealand on Sunday 3 September as its Go Green Game. Described by organisers as the the first sustainable game of its kind in UK cricket, the day will see a focus on cutting emissions across all scopes of the...

Ofwat issues new guidance to support customers in vulnerable circumstances

Water regulator Ofwat has launched a consultation on new guidance for water companies setting out how they should support their customers who require extra help in accessing water services. Those who require extra help may include people with long-term as well as temporary circumstances such as disabilities, mental health conditions, families with young children, or those who are unable to...

Could AI be saviour of your ESG strategy?: The Legal Director writes to ICON

In this thought piece Kiley Tan from The Legal Director tells ICON readers what role Artificial Intelligence can play in meeting their environmental, social, and corporate governance targets.   For many SMEs, energy consumption is a very real concern. A recent survey by Paragon Bank suggests nine out of 10 SMEs have reported hikes in energy costs in 2023 - with...