Fossil fuel generation has more than halved over the last decade, hitting a new record low in 2020. Just 102.7TWh was produced by coal and gas-fired plants combined last year, compared with 230.5TWh in 2011, according to analysis from EnAppSys.
Freedom of Movement ended on 31 December 2020. EU, EEA (Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) and Swiss citizens living in the UK before this date need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to retain the right to live and work here.
The deadline for applying is 30th June 2021. Only those who have been granted indefinite leave to remain or have Irish Citizenship are exempt.
Applicants will either be given Pre-Settled or Settled status depending on how long they’ve been living in the UK.
Reaching net zero in the energy network will cost the UK £3 trillion, according to a new cost analysis from National Grid ESO.
The costing applies to the four scenarios laid out by the operator in its Future Energy Scenarios, which was released in July. This outlined two scenarios – Consumer Transformation and System Transformation – where net zero was hit by 2050, one – Leading the Way – where net zero was hit by 2048, and finally one – Steady Progression – where the deadline was missed, and the UK still emitting 258 MtCO2e in 2050.
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News headlines continue to warn us about the AI overlord and that humanity is at risk. From deep fakes, to killer robots to autonomous vehicles going rogue, a dystopian future looks inevitable.
As enterprises race to embrace all things AI, it creates many ethical concerns spanning control, privacy, cybersecurity, physical safety, discrimination and bias. The crux of all these concerns is trust. We must be able to trust that AI will behave in a way that helps us and not deliver biased, inaccurate, or unfair outcomes.
It’s clear that with freedom of movement ending in a handful of weeks, tech firms in the UK fear an immediate shortage of talent and lack of access to talent pools and technical expertise as a result. For many years the sector has benefited from accessing talent by tapping into the flexible EEA labour market and importing talent from further afield when needed.
Hiring people from the EU will not be as easy as before Brexit. There will be additional financial and administrative costs from 1st January 2021 when freedom of movement ends.
Businesses will need to sponsor EU nationals to work in the UK by applying for a sponsor licence under the government’s points-based system.
Companies are being urged to check now that they are prepared for the new immigration rules using the government’s transition tool.
Putting green jobs at the heart of the COVID-19 recovery could help level-up the UK's net zero commitment, according to a new report. Researchers from the London School of Economics’ Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment highlighted six key areas where the government could invest, creating both jobs and decarbonisation.
It comes as no surprise that 2020 has witnessed an explosion in the deployment of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies; increasingly finding their way into everything from advanced quantum computing systems and leading-edge medical diagnostic systems to consumer electronics and “smart” personal assistants.
Revenue generated by AI hardware, software and services is expected to reach $156.5 billion worldwide this year, according to market researcher IDC, up 12.3 percent from 2019.