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The UK today received a huge boost for our work to tackle climate change as international allies formally gave their backing for Britain to host COP26 in 2020.
The event in Glasgow next year will be the UN’s 26th climate change conference, and bring together over 30,000 delegates from around the world, including climate experts, business leaders and citizens to agree ambitious action to tackle climate change.
Today’s announcement means the UK is now officially backed by the group of countries responsible for nominating the 2020 host.
The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has today announced that SGN, along with partners Arup, Kiwa Gastec and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, have been successful in their bid into their Hydrogen Supply Competition.
The £500,000 prize will enable SGN to deliver Phase 1 of Project Methilltoune – a feasibility study that will conclude in the autumn, focusing on the potential to supply hydrogen from offshore wind in Fife.
If Phase 1 is successful, this could pave the way for construction of the system in Phase 2.
The project is a world-first, seeking to demonstrate that renewable electricity produced by offshore wind can generate a secure and reliable supply of green hydrogen, which can be used to heat homes.
Using offshore wind to generate zero carbon hydrogen from electrolysis for use in the gas distribution network offers a potential route to decarbonise heat within the UK, taking full advantage of the natural resources at a local community level without the need for major investment in upgrading existing transmission and distribution networks.
Detailed designs are to be drawn up for the Levenmouth link, which will connect Leven to the Fife Circle.
It is estimated the project, which also includes improved bus services, cycle and walking facilities, will cost about £70m.
Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said he hoped the line would be operational within five years.
The line will also feature stops at Leven and Cameron Bridge.
Scotland's largest offshore wind farm has been officially opened by Prince Charles.
The Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm, located about eight miles (13km) off the coast of Wick in the far north, can generate enough energy to power 450,000 homes.
The £2.65bn project, which involves 84 huge turbines, came fully online in May and achieved 588MW of electricity.
It is Scotland's single largest source of renewable energy.
The development, construction and operation were led by SSE Renewables in a joint venture with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Red Rock Power Limited.
Construction started in May 2016 and SSE said it was completed on time and £100m under budget.
HUNDREDS OF UK COMPANIES TO BENEFIT FROM NEW INITIATIVE TO MAXIMISE OFFSHORE WIND SUPPLY CHAIN OPPORTUNITIES
The Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) is launching a £100m, 10-year programme today to support the growth of UK businesses looking to capitalise on the huge opportunities offered by the growth in offshore wind around the world.