Festival Net Zero – 22.06.21 – MTC Coventry

Meet people face to face, listen to great thought leadership, learn from your peers and network in a secure environment designed to help you get on the pathway to net zero.

Reports and debate sessions to help inspire you. Subjects fundamental to net zero ambitions will be discussed.

If you need to start measuring your carbon you can watch demonstrations from a carbon expert and also get to see the next big thing in the domestic net zero market.

Over networking drinks hear from a real life ‘net zero business owner’. Alan Rance explains how he went from meat eating petrolhead to vegan EV driver, and took his business to net zero in two years. He will explain how he did it and how it’s made him more profitable!

For those unable to attend in person there will be a virtual experience where you can see the sessions and participate.

Registration closes soon – Click the link to register or for more information

The event will follow all the latest Covid secure protocols, and the whole festival will be a net zero event!

Let us Take a Fresh Look

MAID Identify and Recover Retrospective Overcharges in Electricity Distribution Costs for Businesses and Large Organisations. We specialise in reviewing historical energy billing, including all aspects of site characteristics and legislation that impacts charging structures.

Our forensic audit looks back across a full six years’ worth of billing data, where we identify all recovery opportunities and ongoing savings, then liaise with the energy supplier to arrange the refund of any over payments.

MAID’s fees are performance related, so any payment that we receive is generated entirely out of the savings, refunds, credit notes that we secure for you.

We’d love to tell you more about our desktop review.


Shell launches Celtic Sea Floating Wind Farm

Shell has partnered with marine project developer Simply Blue Energy to develop a large floating wind farm off the south coast of Ireland. The project, which is currently in the early stages, aims to unlock the floating wind potential in the Celtic Sea.

Colin Crooks, Vice President Offshore Wind at Shell, commented: “This project could provide green power to consumers and businesses alike and contribute towards Shell’s ambition to be a net zero emissions business by 2050, or sooner.”

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Significant overcharging is commonplace within the energy industry and MAID understand the full spectrum of charging structures. We can identify any recovery opportunities and ongoing savings, then we’ll liaise with your energy suppliers to arrange your REFUNDS.

Using our bespoke software we can ensure that your charges are correct.

The great news is that regulation allows us to review 6 years of historic records, and the best news is it takes minimum effort from you!

Our PERFORMANCE RELATED FEES means you pay an agreed % share of the money we secure for you. All the companies we have worked with are NOW 100% certain that their energy bills reflect the service they’re getting from their suppliers!

We’d love to tell you more about our desktop review.


Keep Calm & Put The Kettle On

Coronavirus and the Power System – Energy companies have moved to reassure the public that our power system can cope with any impact from COVID19.

National Grid ESO director Fintan Slye wrote that, while the system operator has asked staff that can work from home to do so, “nobody should be concerned about their electricity supply”.

More people across the UK working from home should actually reduce demand on the power system, “largely owing to a decrease in energy use from industrial consumers, which is likely to be greater than the increase in domestic demand as people stay at home”, said Slye.

He added that people should carry on normal. “Boil that kettle, tune in to your favourite TV show and enjoy a hot shower… there are teams of people working 24/7 committed to making sure you can do just that”.

Coronavirus ‘to cut 2020 oil and gas investments by $30bn’

Oil prices have slid by almost 25% this year on the back of lower demand and slower expected economic growth, according to Rystad Energy. The outbreak of the coronavirus disease is to cause extensive staffing and supply shortages in the oil and gas industry, as well as a fall in investment of around $30 billion (£23.4bn) in 2020.

The virus outbreak could postpone deliveries of oil platforms and other equipment from yards by at least three to six months, due to shortages of staff or supplies, as well as travel bans.

Emissions Intensive Sectors “Not Going Green Fast Enough!”

New research by the Transition Pathway Initiative suggests businesses across the paper, cement, steel and aluminium industries need to step up action to hit international climate obligations. In a new report the TPI assessed the carbon performance of 72 such companies and found that only 29% of the largest publicly listed industrial firms are set to align their emissions with the Paris Pledges by 2030.

The report did however find some good news. The proportion of companies disclosing their emissions has increased from 61% in 2018 to 76% in current times, and more are now setting long-term reduction targets. The cement and paper sectors have seen “particular improvement”.

UK launches £315m new tech fund to help industry cut emissions

The British government has launched a £315m hunt to find new technologies that can shrink the carbon footprint of the most polluting factories to help meet the UK’s climate targets.

The scheme will offer funds over the next five years to energy-intensive firms, such as manufacturers, to invest in new technology which can reduce their energy use.

Ministers hope the scheme will help save £1bn a year on industrial energy bills, and cut carbon emissions by 2m tonnes or the equivalent of taking nearly 200,000 cars off the road each year.

Renewable electricity overtakes fossil fuels in UK for first time

Renewable energy sources provided more electricity to businesses and UK homes than fossil fuels for the first time over the last quarter, according to new research.

The renewables record was set in the third quarter of this year after its share of the electricity mix rose to 40%. A string of new offshore windfarms built in 2019 helped nudge renewables past fossil fuels, which made up 39% of UK electricity, in a crucial tipping point in Britain’s energy transition.

It is the first time that electricity from British windfarms, solar panels and renewable biomass plants has surpassed fossil fuels since the UK’s first power plant fired up in 1882.

The new milestone confirms predictions made by National Grid that 2019 will be the first year since the Industrial Revolution that zero-carbon electricity – renewables and nuclear – overtakes gas and coal-fired power.

“We’ve spoken to several ministers and civil servants over the last two years. Energy has not been discussed enough.”

The UK imports almost half the gas it consumes via pipelines from Europe, we have become overly dependent on imported natural gas to meet its winter fuel needs, Mr Alvera warned.

The UK’s own North Sea gas supplies have wound down, while at the same time the country has shut down much of its gas storage infrastructural capacity.

Mr Alvera suggested that the UK could remedy the situation relatively easily by converting old exhausted North Sea gas fields into gas storage facilities.