Scotland unlocks £62m fund to support North Sea energy transition

first_img The UK’s latest targets would remove more than nine million tonnes of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions from its operations over the next decade (Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Erik Christensen) Policymakers in Scotland have revealed a £62m Energy Transition Fund designed to help the region make low-carbon investment a major part of its post-coronavirus recovery.The funding, to be released over the next five years, will focus on the north-east of the country, particularly Aberdeen, where North Sea oil and gas is a key industry, but one that has come under significant pressure amid the oil price crash that has unfolded in recent months.Several net-zero projects are being considered for acceleration, including a hub for underwater technology in Aberdeen, an energy transition business park and the creation of a hydrogen-fuel manufacturing zone.Scotland’s economic secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “Aberdeen is recognised globally as a centre of excellence in oil and gas, and this funding will help ensure that the knowledge, skills and expertise it has to offer will play a vital role in the energy transition.“It is vital we move quickly to seize the opportunity to take forward a green, low-carbon recovery and support the workforce as the energy sector diversifies.“Now is an opportune time to re-imagine the Scotland around us and to begin building a greener, fairer and more equal society and economy focused on wellbeing.”While the UK has set a legally-binding target of reaching net-zero by 2050, Scotland has advanced its legislative timetable to 2045 – with an interim target to reduce emissions by 75% by 2030. Developing a hydrogen-fuel infrastructure in north-east Scotland will be a key investment priority of the energy transition fund Energy development fund will help to support transition of North Sea oil and gas sector in ScotlandThe North Sea oil and gas industry, based largely around the city of Aberdeen, is a crucial part of both Scottish and UK economies, but intensifying environmental scrutiny, the gradual exhaustion of offshore reserves, and now the coronavirus-triggered oil market crisis have placed it under growing pressure to change.Trade body UK Oil & Gas (OGUK) warned recently of up to 30,000 jobs being at risk in the UK industry as a result of the crisis, many of which would be based around Scotland’s offshore industry.OGUK chief executive Deirdre Michie said: “The support from the Scottish government today is good news for jobs, supply chain companies and energy communities.“This significant funding recognises the essential role of Scotland’s offshore oil and gas industry in realising a net-zero Scotland by 2045.”Hyslop added: “This is an extremely difficult time for our business community and we recognise the need to do all we can to help the recovery of key sectors of the economy and Scotland’s regions.“This package of investment for the north-east will support our energy sector as it recovers from the impact of Covid-19 and will help us make significant progress as we move towards net zero.”One of the more notable ambitions of the Energy Transition Fund is to transform this region into a model of developing and using hydrogen – with the Acorn project to create the clean-burning fuel using the region’s abundant natural gas, while using carbon capture and storage technologies to remove emissions and store them under the North Sea floor.Earlier this year, Acorn was awarded £2.7m ($3.5m) by the UK government to advance development of its technology – one of several hydrogen-focused ventures to receive financial backing.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Dopapod Premieres Pro-Shot Video Of “FABA” For New Live Album Drop

first_imgDopapod 2017 Upcoming Tour Dates:03/31 Philadelphia, PA: Theatre Of Living Arts04/01 Philadelphia, PA: Theatre Of Living Arts04/05 Portland, ME: Port City Music Hall04/06 Burlington, VT: Higher Ground04/07 Boston, MA: Paradise Rock Club04/08 Boston, MA: Paradise Rock Club04/09 Fairfield, CT: The Warehouse @ FTC04/12 Ithaca, NY: The Haunt04/13 Cleveland, OH: Beachland Ballroom04/14 Detroit, MI: The Magic Stick04/15 Grand Rapids, MI: The Intersection04/18 Urbana, IL: Canopy Club04/19 St. Louis, MO: Ready Room04/20 Lexington, KY: Cosmic Charlies04/21 Nashville, TN: Mercy Lounge04/22 Atlanta, GA: Sweetwater 420 Festival04/25 Wilmington, NC: The Throne Theatre04/26 Carborro, NC: Cat’s Cradle04/27 Charlotte, NC: Neighborhood Theatre04/28 Richmond, VA: The Broadberry04/29 Baltimore, MD: Soundstage06/09 Stephentown, NY: Disc Jam Music Festival06/10 Boulder, CO: Fox Theatre06/29-30 Quincy, CA High Sierra Music Festival07/01 Ozark, AR: Highberry Music Festival07/15 Berryville, VA: Pasture Palooza08/04 Thornville, OH: Werk Out Music & Arts Festival08/06 Loveland, CO: Arise Music Festival08/10 Scranton, PA: Peach Music Festival Dopapod, the four-piece jam quartet from the Northeast, drops their highly anticipated new live album, II Saw Live Dopapod Evil Was II, today. This latest release compiles soundboard recordings from their most recent tour and is a followup to their first live compilation, I Saw Live Dopapod Evil Was I, which was released six years ago in 2011. This new live release features fourteen choice cuts from throughout Dopapod’s 2016 fall tour as well as their brief stint in Colorado during January of this year. It also includes the song “Trickery,” a relatively new Dopapod tune that hasn’t made it onto any of their studio albums as of yet.To get us all hyped for II Saw Live Dopapod Evil Was II, Dopapod has been kind enough to share with us the first peek at a brand-new pro-shot video of the seventeen-minute “FABA” from the new live album. The video was shot by videographer extraordinaire MKDevo on December 30th of 2016, during Dopapod’s New Year’s two-night run at The Madison Theater in Covington, KY.You can watch the instrumental goodness that is “FABA” below, then pop over and pick up Dopapod’s new live album here. Also, you can check out the full track listing for II Saw Live Dopapod Evil Was II and Dopapod’s upcoming tour dates below the video. Dopapod’s II Saw Live Dopapod Evil Was II Track Listing:1. Trapper Keeper > Mudwalkin’ > Trapper Keeper (1/29/17 – Frisco, CO)2. Priorities (11/17/16 – Stroudsburg, PA)3. FABA (12/30/16 – Covington, KY)4. Hey Zeus! Que Tal? (12/9/16 – Iowa City, IA)5. Nerds (12/14/16 – Ann Arbor, MI)6. Psycho Nature > PLSS > Psycho Nature (1/29/17 – Frisco, CO)7. Vol. 3 #86 (12/14/16 – Ann Arbor, MI)8. Trickery (12/15/16 – Kalamazoo, MI)9. PIcture In Picture (12/30/16 – Covington, KY)10. Present Ghosts (11/17/16 – Stroudsburg, PA)11. STADA (11/18/16 – New York, NY)12. Bluetooth (12/2/16 – Charleston, SC)13. Blast (12/2/16 – Charleston, SC)14. Bubble Brain (12/2/16 – Charleston, SC)last_img read more

Ohana Festival Announces 2019 Lineup: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eddie Vedder, The Strokes, More

first_imgThe fourth annual Ohana Festival will be held at Dana Point, CA’s Doheny State Beach, set to go down on September 27th-29th, 2019.Ohana Festival will feature headlining performances from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eddie Vedder, and The Strokes. The three-day oceanside festival will also see performances from Tash Sultana, Incubus, Nathaniel Ratleiff & The Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, LP, Jenny Lewis, Jacob Banks, Glen Hansard, Mudhoney, Devendra Banhart, White Reaper, Sunflower Bean, Dustin Kensrue, Jesse Jo Stark, L.A. Witch, Fontaines D.C., Donovan Frankenreiter, Benjamin Booker, Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers, The Messthetics, Madison Ryann Ward, Paul Cauthen, Erin Rae, Jonny Roundhouse, Poolside, Mt. Joy, Lewis Capaldi, Las Cafeteras, Jack Irons, Henry Jamison, John Craigie, and Gretta Ray.Ohana Festival organizers will donate a portion of proceeds from the festival to the San Onofre Parks Foundation, a California non-profit that cooperatively works with the California State Parks to develop, preserve and enhance the recreation and experience of California’s unique and beautiful coastal parks. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 8th at 10 a.m. (PST) here.last_img read more

You could be missing big credit union money giveaways

first_imgby: Gina RagusaDid you know that making a quick $100 or earning a free and clear gift card is as easy as checking your credit union’s website, blog or social media page?Especially during summer, when business tends to quiet, credit unions typically rev up incentives and offers to generate accounts, but also to simply increase credit union awareness.For instance, First Financial Federal Credit Union ($179 million, Wall, NJ) recently gave away a $100 Visa Gift Card for the best response to the query about how members began financially savvy through credit union member education.“Financial education and gaining member testimonials for marketing use during the rest of the year was the main goal, but also to increase interaction on our blog,” explains Jessica Revoir, assistant vice president of marketing. “The incentive was determined in order to try to increase participation in the contest so that we would gain valuable member testimonials. We also typically like to give a Visa Gift Card in contest prizes to promote the credit union’s gift cards and because they can be used anywhere. The winner was drawn at random from all participants.” continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Organ donor scandal hits Germany

first_img 20 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img A worldwide shortage of organ donors has put pressure on many transplant clinicsProsecutors are investigating an organ donor scandal in the east German city of Leipzig in which doctors allegedly manipulated an organ waiting list.Three doctors have been suspended at the Leipzig University Clinic’s organ transplant centre.German media report that 38 patients with liver problems were falsely listed as dialysis cases in order to shorten their wait for a transplant.Competition between transplant centres may be to blame, experts say.There is a worldwide shortage of organ donors – a factor that may have exacerbated competition.The board director at the Leipzig clinic, Wolfgang Fleig, said he could not rule out that money may have changed hands in the Leipzig scandal. All the cases in the scandal concern liver patients, and all but one of the alleged manipulations took place in 2010 and 2011.According to Frank Ulrich Montgomery, head of the German Medical Association, the irregularities are now “history” because supervision has been tightened. “Never has transplant medicine been as secure as it is today,” he told the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. But he also said any previous malpractice should be cleared up.The German Medical Association is the main federal body representing medical practitioners.Other irregularitiesGermany’s MDR radio says the scandal is particularly bad news for Saxony, the state where Leipzig is located, because it has many patients urgently in need of transplants.The head of Germany’s Foundation for Patient Protection, Eugen Brysch, was quoted as saying half of the country’s transplant centres should be shut to end damaging competition between them. Successful organ transplant programmes boost the prestige of clinics. The German broadcaster ARD says there are 47 such centres in Germany, but last August they were all brought under a single supervisory body.The health ministry says 10 centres have been checked so far and three other cases of irregularities were found. It is not clear if there is any link between the Leipzig scandal and manipulations uncovered previously in Munich, Regensburg and Goettingen.BBC News Tweet HealthLifestyle Organ donor scandal hits Germany by: – January 3, 2013last_img read more