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Director, Applied Energy Ltd

I am not an electricity expert. My expertise is in the fields of thermal energy usage within buildings and industries, and thermal energy recycling from wastewater. I am a director of Applied...

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The latest IPCC report states very clearly that the thing which is now absolutely critical in the fight against climate change is time. We are FAST running out of time. The time to act is now. Waiting is not an option!

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Matt Chester on Apr 6, 2022

This isn't meant to knock the importance of the work the IPCC and those behind these reports are doing, but I often wonder: who is this new report going to convince to act that the last one didn't? It seems every few months we have another new authoritative report with dire warnings. Are they moving the needle or is it more of an 'add it to the pile' situation? 

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Nick Meeten on Apr 7, 2022

Hi Matt, yes I think there are many people around the world starting to become tired of the lack of action by politicians and policy makers, despite repeated promises by them in response to repeated warnings by organisations like IPCC.

I like to try and remain an optimist (not always easy!). I think that the language used in these IPCC reports over the last few years has slowly grown stronger, and it has reached a new level of strength in this report. They have not minced their words. So being an optimist, I'm hopeful that the combination of the strong words from IPCC + the increasingly clear feedback from nature (in terms of storms/floods/fires/draughts etc etc) + the sharp disruption to global security and energy prices from the Ukraine war will, in a combined total, be enough to kick the politicians and policy makers into real action. This does seem to be actually happening in Europe, and it remains to be seen if other parts of the planet will also respond. But we cannot give up. As I say in the piece, 'Failure is not an option!'

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Jim Stack on Apr 6, 2022

Nick, Yes we need to gather and save all energy waste or not. A NG generating plant is almost twice as efficient when built as a combines Heat power plant. In Syracuse NY they built a NG power plant right in the inner city. It's waste heat is used at Syracuse University and all the Hospital on the Hill. Wastewater heat recycling is needed in Geo Thermal, Power generation and anyplace it is generated and not used. It all adds up.     

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