He believes there is no danger that technology to recycle carbon dioxide would be a lifeline for coal- and gas-fired power plants to churn out carbon pollution. "Not at all," he said. "The biggest issue with renewable energy penetration isn't that people don't want it. It's that our needs as a society do not match when the sun shines or when the wind blows. "The only way we can actually encourage clean renewable energy is to level out the energy supply so that intermittency issues are no longer a problem, and this technology provides a way to do that," he said.
The UK's ambitious target of slashing carbon emissions by more than half within 13 years is at risk because of government dithering on energy policy, industry professionals have warned. A survey by the Energy Institute, the professional body for the energy sector, has found that four fifths of its members believe the UK is currently on track to miss the 2030 goal. "The mood among our members is that energy policy is on pause and ministers need to hit the play button," said Louise Kingham, chief executive of the Energy Institute. Among the list of stalled government decisions are the fate of a multimillion-pound competition to build mini nuclear power plants and whether to strike a subsidy deal for a pioneering tidal lagoon at Swansea. A flagship plan on how to meet the UK's 2030 target of cutting emissions by 57% compared to 1990 levels, originally expected last year, is now "long overdue," Kingham added.
It's accepted science that carbon dioxide emissions contribute to climate change. CO2 molecules trap heat in the atmosphere, and they stick around for decades -- 40 percent will remain for 100 years, and 20 percent for 1,000 years. If wood, coal, natural gas, oil, and gasoline consumption remain on their current trajectory, the global temperature will rise between 2.5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). So what can be done? If you ask Apple alum and serial entrepreneur Matt Provo, plenty.
Microsoft has announced this week that it intends to cut its carbon emissions by 75% by 2030 against a 2013 baseline, making continued progress with its carbon neutrality and renewable energy commitments while also making future investments in energy efficiency. Over the last month, Microsoft has made two announcements backing up its claims to be tackling climate change and taking its emissions seriously. In October the company signed a new Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with GE in Ireland for the electricity generated by the 37 MW (megawatt) Tullahennel wind farm in County Kerry which will go towards powering Microsoft Cloud services based in Ireland. "Microsoft is proud to be deepening our long history of investment and partnership in Ireland with this agreement," said Christian Belady, general manager, Datacenter Strategy at Microsoft. "Our commitment will help bring new, clean energy to the Irish grid, and contains innovative elements that have the potential to grow the capacity, reliability and capability of the grid.
The Obama administration says it's continuing to address global warming by adopting previously announced standards to make large trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles more fuel efficient. These vehicles account for more than one-fifth of transportation-related fuel consumption and the emission of greenhouse gases that are blamed for harming the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department say the standards will cut carbon pollution, save vehicle owners billions of dollars in fuel costs and conserve tens of billions of gallons of oil. The standards require up to 25 percent lower carbon emissions and fuel consumption for certain tractors. Heavy duty pickups and vans would have to become 2.5 percent more efficient annually between model years 2021 and 2027.