Focus on climate change and biodiversity at this year’s Oxford Real Farming Conference

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Three themes were especially salient at the ORFC 2020:  the criteria for allocating subsidies to farmers/land managers for providing public services such as flood prevention or enhancing biodiversity  the land sharing vs land sparing debate and the implications of these approaches for how we produce our food  a recognition of the climate crisis and the urgent need to reduce the carbon footprint of food and farming systems  Much of the discussion centred on how to support farmers, on already narrow profit […]

Disruption to meet net-zero

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Post written by Emilie Vrain. To reach net zero, rapid changes across society will be needed. A report published by UKERC provides insights into the level of disruption that could be required by various sectors. Extremely relevant to our SILCI project, the report highlights how heat, electricity, transport and construction may need to change to remain competitive and meet future carbon targets i.e. change their business models and operating practices or phase out core assets.    

Does locally produced food reduce C02 emissions?

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The ‘food miles’ debate has been going for over a decade. Most studies agree that the CO2 emissions related to food production are greater than those associated with transporting food. However, reducing transportation emissions remains an important element in decarbonising the food and agriculture sector. Two recent articles find very different results; Pérez-Neira and Grollmus-Venegas (2018) suggest that using peri-urban horticulture to produce food can reduce emissions by 24 to 66%, whereas Peano et al. (2018) find no significant difference between alternative food networks […]

Making Net Zero Work with Bloomberg New Energy Finance

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Image Attribution: Bloomberg New Energy Finance Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) is the leading market intelligence and advisory service for the energy industry. Held on Oct 19-20th in the glitz of a Hyde Park hotel, the summit agenda included keynote talks from Claire Perry (former Minister for Climate Change) and Kwasi Kwarteng (current Minister of State in BEIS), as well as a host of […]

Airline’s ticket to a fossil-free future?

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Post written by Emilie Vrain Image Attribution: Harbour Air seaplane image by Pixabay reproduced under the license Creative Comms CC0. When Canadian airline ‘Harbour Air’ became the first 100% carbon neutral airline in 2007 through carbon offset payments, they didn’t want to stop there. A new partnership with MagniX who create electric motors has led to the development of what will be the […]

Lighting the way towards a low carbon future

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Post written by Emilie Vrain With smart lighting being among the most purchased smart home devices, researchers from Germany and Algeria have teamed up to investigate the economic, social and environmental impacts of their adoption. Using simulation models their results find that the payback period of such technologies is only a few years, and that […]

Exponential Emission Reductions are Required

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A new ‘Exponential Carbon Roadmap 1.5‘ provides 36 solutions for cutting global greenhouse gas emissions by 50% over the next decade, and each successive decade thereafter. Timed to stimulate debate and action at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, the roadmap sets out a comprehensive, challenging but achievable programme of action for staying on track […]

What happens when you meet your hero?

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Amory Lovins has been arguing the case for efficiency-led system transformation for over 40 years. His landmark paper back in 1976 challenged the orthodoxy of ever-rising energy demand, and is summarised in Wikipedia thus: “Amory Lovins coined the term ‘soft energy path’ to describe an alternative future where energy efficiency and appropriate renewable energy sources steadily replace […]