Richard Davies: Funding Support


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2008 West Midlands Bioenergy Conference
Harper Adams University College

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Richard Davies: Funding Support

  1. 1. <Funding & Support> for <BioEnergy Projects> in the <West Midlands> Richard Davies Director
  2. 2. 3Ds Demand Reduction Decarbonisation Decentralisation
  3. 3. Climate Change + Energy Security + Finite Fossil Fuel = The Same Actions
  4. 4. West Midlands population: 5.3 million CO2 : 50 million tonnes
  5. 5. West Midlands population: 5.3 million CO2 : 50 million tonnes Nigeria population: 140 million CO2 : 52 million tonnes Sources: Energy4All, WDM, IEA
  6. 6. quot;Regardless of which route we choose, the world's current predicament limits our maneuvering room. We are experiencing a step-change in the growth rate of energy demand due to population growth and economic development, and Shell estimates that after 2015 supplies of easy-to-access oil and gas will no longer keep up with demand.quot; Jeroen van der Veer, CEO Shell 28th January 2008
  7. 7. Fuels used in E generation/Mtoe Fuel 2003 2007 Coal 31.6 31.9 Oil 0.7 0.8 Gas 24.5 27.5 Nuclear 20.0 14.0 Hydro 0.2 0.4 Other renewables 0.4 0.6 Net imports 0.2 0.4
  8. 8. What is 1% of GDP? • UK GDP (08/09) = £1,463,000,000,000 • 1% = £14,630,000,000 (£14.6 billion) • £243.83 per person • British Taxpayers have just provided £600 billion of loans, guarantees and capital to rescue the UK’s Banks
  9. 9. Decarbonisation by 2020 Options…….. Onshore wind Offshore wind Biomass with solid recovered fuels (waste!) Carbon capture & storage Nuclear power
  10. 10. DEMAND REDUCTION The heart of the matter • In 2003 final consumption of E was 336,218GWh • In 2007 final consumption of E was 341,945GWh • Up 1.7% or 5,727GWh • Biomass projects in 2007 (Co-firing with fossil fuels, animal biomass & plant biomass) generated some 2,920 GWh of Electricity • This was just 51% of the extra electricity we used over 48 months ending 2007 • Simplistically we are collectively squandering the efforts to DECARBONISE because we are failing to reduce DEMAND
  11. 11. ‘To ensure we achieve maximum efficiency from all of our renewable energy projects we need to remove some of the existing barriers to deployment. In the past, suppliers have been critical over the cost & length of time it takes for planning permission to be granted. While it is essential we maintain the democratic, participatory nature of our planning system, we must balance that with wider national policy and industry needs.’ Malcolm Wicks, Minister of State for Energy DBERR
  12. 12. “In the past, we didn’t understand the effect of our actions. Unknowingly, we sowed the wind and now, literally, we are reaping the whirlwind. But we no longer have that excuse: now we do recognise the consequences of our behaviour. Now surely, we must act to reform it: individually & collectively; nationally & internationally.” David Attenborough “Search all the parks in all your cities; you'll find no statues of committees.” David Ogilvy 1911-1999