Bob Ward explains why calls to expand the UK’s oil and gas industry in reaction to rising energy prices are the wrong way to help low-income households and fly in the face of the Conservative Party’s manifesto pledges on climate change. Read more
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Catherine Higham and Arnaud Koehl examine the regulatory measures being taken by G20 countries to limit domestic fossil fuel production and call for international coordination on this issue at COP26. Read more
This research examines adoption of gas as a heating fuel in Ireland. The researchers provide an analysis that simulates gas network expansions yet to be undertaken and the potential impact of these on uptake of gas and the associated changes in CO2 emissions. Read more
Shifting from coal to natural gas for electricity generation can help the UK power sector to decarbonise in the near term. With good planning and investment, natural gas can support the development of a low-carbon power sector by providing essential backup for intermittent renewables, but could only play a bigger role longer-term if fitted with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.
However, a new UK ‘dash’ for gas on the assumption of low prices is a risky economic and environmental option. A lower risk option is a ‘dash’ for smart gas; using natural gas in those areas where it offers the greatest value in decarbonising the power sector. Read more