PEi Connect provides a brief look at what got our attention during the week (12-19 May), and first up we focus on the latest report from the International Energy Agency, which lays out how to achieve the mammoth task of reaching net zero by 2050.
The wise South African Bishop Desmond Tutu once said: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time”. This wisdom applies now, suggesting that by breaking the task of decarbonising our planet into bite-sized chunks, it seems more reasonable, doable and less daunting. But are the chunks really bite-sized? The industry seems unsure.
Net zero by 2050
Response to the IEA report has been largely positive, although the industry is under no illusions, there is a lot to do and almost no time to do it in. To ensure you don’t miss a thing, we have written up report highlights, as well as a summary of responses from key players.
Geothermal drilling underway at UK’s Eden Project
A 450-tonne research rig is busy drilling down 4.5km (2.8 miles) into granite to test potential power at the Cornwall site as part of a £17 million ($23,9 million) project. If successful, the steam created from hot water found deep underground will power turbines and produce electricity for the entire Eden Project. According to BBC News, the Eden scheme joins at least two other geothermal projects in Cornwall, including one at the United Downs site, near Redruth, and another which heats a swimming lido at Penzance.
The Eden Project is an educational charity and visitor destination nestled in a huge crater in Cornwall. Here, massive Biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity, plants, exhibitions and stories host contemporary gardens, summer concerts and family events, a unique and sustainable concept indeed.
Green future for China’s ‘Oil Holy Land’
“The old city of Yumen, China’s first oil town, became one of the richest in the country, drawing thousands to a remote and inhospitable mountain range on the edge of the Gobi desert,” however, the oil is running out and the time has come to transform the now desolate space into a pioneering renewable energy hub. Read more about how China is reinventing the birthplace of its petroleum industry by pursuing a greener form of wealth.
Did you know that 20 May is International Bee Day? We wanted to take a moment to recognise the importance of these little critters, as they busy themselves pollinating the planet. Click here to boost your bee knowledge or just take a look at the video below.
Connect with us next week for another selection of interesting sector news. Until then, take care, stay safe and power on.
The PEi Ed team 🙂