Has the failure of CCS at Longannet returned to haunt us?

Today BBC News is reporting that Longannet power station in Fife (Scotland) is among the top 30 CO2 emitters in Europe, in terms of millions of tonnes of CO2 emitted per annum from coal-fired power generation. This comes from a report apparently produced jointly by the WWF, CAN Europe, the European Envionmental Bureau, the Health and Environment Alliance and…


Global Energy Systems Conference 2013 – Day 3

The final day of GES 2013 started with Prof. Michael Jefferson giving his keynote address, which you can read here: Prof. Jefferson keynote.  It was an honest (read: depressing) appraisal of how policy has failed to bring about changes in energy generation and consumption over the past 40 years towards something more sustainable. Prof. Jefferson’s…

Carbon budget

Global Energy Systems Conference 2013 – Day 2

Where yesterday’s talks focused very much on traditional, or conventional, energy sources such as coal, gas and oil, today’s presentations covered topics on the opportunities (or not) to transition away from high carbon electricity to sources such as nuclear and renewables, and the challenges they face.  Day 2 (theme: The Future of the Electricity System),…

US crude oil production

Global Energy Systems Conference 2013 – Day 1

Someone once said “Better late than never”; I couldn’t agree more wholeheartedly!  Especially as it has taken me nearly 2 years since I started my PhD to finally get a science blog going, and more pressingly, over two weeks to finally get around to blogging about the Global Energy Systems Conference (26 – 28 June…