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I know it's been muted on here before but a couple of bodies are now also suggesting it and making it on to the BBC website. Adverts for large polluting cars 'should be banned'A new campaign called "Badvertising" is demanding an immediate end to adverts for large polluting cars. It says the government should clamp down on sports utility vehicle (SUV) car adverts in the way it curbed smoking ads. SUVs now make up more than 4-in-10 new cars sold in UK, while fully electric vehicles account for fewer than two in a hundred. The
report from the green think tank The New Weather Institute and the
climate charity Possible says the trend towards big cars is propelled by
renewables plans in Australia are not clear yet, the latest
announcement comes as safety fears continue to mount after hundreds of
cracks were discovered in critical equipment during routine maintenance
at its Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Western Australia.
The largest single-resource project in the country, and one of the
world’s largest LNG terminals, is carrying out repair work on Train 2,
which is expected to start operating again in September, months later
than planned because of the cracks.
Delays are nothing new for the Gorgon project, which was accountable for a huge increase in Australia’s CO2
emissions linked to the company’s failure to start operating its carbon
capture and storage (CCS) project along with gas production in 2016.
The CSS project finally began operating last year. As a result, Chevron
could be forced to pay an AU$100 million-plus fine following the Western
Australian government’s ruling it must account for emissions from the
Gorgon project from 2016-21.
I'm certainly interested with any reports on storage battery explosions so was keen to read the conclusions drawn from this one. Unfortunately, the last paragraph below didn't suggest to me that the manufacturers were taking their responsibility seriously, instead pointing the finger at Safety Standards for only outlining the risks. In my limited understanding of such matters I'd have thought that any manufacturer when having such risks outlined to them would do all in their power to negate, reduce or mitigate them. Not only from a safety point of view but also as a defence against any possible litigation arising.
support for battery energy storage is gaining momentum across Europe as
national governments remove regulatory barriers and the EU pledges
financial support for this emerging technology. In several countries,
revised capacity markets now allow energy storage operators to compete
for subsidy contracts on a more equal footing with power generators.
Support from the European Battery Alliance and €1 billion in loans from
the European Investment Bank in 2020 alone should help shore up investor
confidence. Battery storage will be a key component to support the
growth of solar PV – but the rollout of projects will have to accelerate
faster to fulfill this potential.
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