Act now, or risk failure: why we must act faster on cleaner energy


With the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK Government now has a unique opportunity to take action and lead the world in its response to climate change through this period.


Green climate technology key to Covid-19 pandemic recovery plans


In the wake of the historic global economic shutdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, governments are unleashing trillions of dollars in a bid to create jobs and spur economic recovery. The scale of this stimulus is unprecedented, in some cases amounting to more than 10% of countries’ gross domestic product. At the same time, an overwhelming number of economists, finance ministers, and business leaders are saying that much of that money needs to help—and certainly not hinder—our ability to cut emissions.


Beware hydrogen bias


I recently provided Energy Voice with a couple of articles comparing Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV). The superior energy efficiency of the BEV was demonstrated supporting the reason why Volkswagen has stopped development of their passenger FCEV. There is much speculation in the automotive press that Mercedes are about to do the same.


Hydrogen key to net-zero, but not a silver bullet


For good reasons hydrogen is receiving much interest in the upstream business. Hydrogen can be synthesized from fossil fuels and the energy can be extracted with zero carbon emissions – it’s a silver bullet.


Is the small fuel cell electric vehicle going to be a Betamax?


By decarbonising industrial and domestic heating, I am convinced that hydrogen has a significant role towards achieving net zero. However, the role of hydrogen in the passenger car sector is much less clear. I find it difficult to see how a hydrogen powered fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) can compete with a battery electric vehicle (BEV). That conclusion was reinforced by two recent reports from BloombergNEF and Volkswagen.