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Innovation Group Meeting

One of the biggest blockers to innovation within any organisation is time. When we’re all so busy with our day jobs, how can we possibly carve out space in our diaries to devote some thought to a new idea or method? One solution is to block out a day and get away from the laptop, which is exactly what the ScottishPower cross-business Innovation Group did recently.

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Helen Gaier, Chair of employee network Connected Women, reflects on the origins of International Women’s Day and how this has shaped where we are today, as she celebrates women past and present and our ever-important allies.

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In 2015, the United Kingdom was ranked as the most LGBT+-friendly country in Europe. Today, it has dropped to 17th. In fact, the Home Office found in 2022, hate crimes due to sexual orientation increased by 41 per cent, and in 2023, hate crimes towards transgender people increased by 11 per cent.

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Increasing the pace at which we move towards a more sustainable economy is more critical than ever, but one factor that could hamper net zero ambitions is a shortage of the skills needed to achieve these targets.

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From the outside it can often seem that the annual UN COP climate events don’t always result in the clear and progressive action we desperately need on climate change.  Much has been said about the last-minute concessions on language at COP28 in Dubai still not being enough to divert us from our current path towards climate chaos.

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The UK has always had the potential to become a world leader in green hydrogen production through the advantage offered by our abundance of renewable energy.

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As the temperature drops and the cold dark nights draw in, it may be difficult to comprehend that 2023 is gearing up to be the warmest year on record. That’s the true reality of the climate emergency as the COP28 climate change conference gets underway in the United Arab Emirates.

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Energy policymaking over the last week has been a bit like a Euro 2024 qualifying campaign. Two late screamers of goals have helped clinch entry into the competition after what could be described as a ropy mid-way performance.

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Peter Byrom, a longstanding volunteer for the stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands, has been crowned the ScottishPower Foundation Charity Champion for his remarkable commitment to supporting bereaved families across the country.

Following the loss of his son Thomas, who was stillborn in 2004, Peter became a volunteer with Sands in 2018, using his first-hand understanding of how isolating it can feel following baby loss to support other bereaved families.

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‘Mom, why can’t I be white?’

These words were shared with Akyaaba Addai-Sebo by a colleague who had come to work one morning heartbroken from the words said by her seven-year-old son before going to bed the night before.

This event alerted Akyaaba to the fact that Black children in the UK faced an identity crisis.

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Scotland’s Climate Week 2023 is a time for the whole country to come together to show how we can tackle the climate emergency and achieve our ambition of becoming a net zero nation by 2045.

That’s not something we can ignore or think that will be done for us – we all have a role, and responsibility, in making that happen; as individuals, as families, as consumers, as businesses.

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ScottishPower has welcomed over 60 students to its Year in Industry programme this month – its largest ever intake.

Based across ScottishPower’s UK operations, the programme offers recent school leavers, undergraduates and recent graduates a chance to work for a company at the heart of the UK’s work to achieve Net Zero for a full year.

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The headlines today are proclaiming the UK’s offshore wind ambitions have been blown off course and, disappointingly, they’re not far from the truth.

With no new projects secured in the latest CfD auction process, the UK has missed out on a multi-billion-pound opportunity to deliver more low-cost energy for consumers.

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Glasgow Science Centre’s Earth Allies project aims to empower young people within the local community to learn about the environment around them and become a climate activist of the future. With ScottishPower Foundation funding supporting this year’s project, Glasgow Science Centre shares the experience of a past participant, Stuart Phillips, and how it helped him embrace his superpower.

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Progress is impossible without change. It’s no exaggeration to say that without ditching fossil fuels in how we live, work and travel, addressing the worst effects of climate change and reaching Net Zero will remain out of reach.

We know the UK needs to decarbonise and transition to a low-carbon economy and a more sustainable future – but that requires us to embrace the changes that are needed, or we risk falling further behind.

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If the UK is going to hit its 10GW of low carbon hydrogen production by 2030 target it’s time to stop splitting hairs and start splitting molecules to kickstart the hydrogen economy.

Two years ago, in the run up to COP26 in Glasgow, we made a very visible commitment to playing our part in tackling the climate emergency and transitioning to net zero emissions. Using the striking Global Warming Stripes created by Professor Ed Hawkins from the University of Reading, we transformed the outside of our HQ – based in the city – to showcase the change in global temperature over time.

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For Pride month, we are changing our logos on social media to feature the Pride flag.

Stephanie Todd, chair of In-Fuse, our network for lgbt+ employees, talks about why this is not simply an aesthetic change, but a commitment to remain focused on the inclusion and wellbeing of our LGBT+ colleagues by making real and positive changes.

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If the UK is going to hit its 10GW of low carbon hydrogen production by 2030 target it’s time to stop splitting hairs and start splitting molecules to kickstart the hydrogen economy.

There’s been plenty of hype around hydrogen for some time now with debate on the merits and challenges of hydrogen, whether it should be green, blue or grey or hedging bets with a “twin-track” approach – not to mention whether it can be blended into the gas network for domestic heat. 

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“The size and scale of this issue is truly catastrophic for UK households and that’s why only a big solution can tackle it once and for all to shelter people from the worst this winter.

“We have offered Government a plan, backed by the industry, that can be delivered this year, tailored in line with their priorities and will support the UK economy - with the cap set at £3,549, what billpayers need now is to hear what additional help is coming.”

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People’s concern about how they’re going to make ends meet when the price cap goes up at the start of October is palpable, and turning to genuine fear. Most will never have been in this position before, and the scale of the burden will seem unbearable.

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Barry Carruthers

I was invited to speak to the Scottish Affairs Select Committee this week as it considers Scotland’s role in hydrogen production and the associated opportunities for decarbonisation.

As with all new, emerging technologies, we need clear support from government to allow solid investment to move forward, so I was pleased to take the Committee through ScottishPower’s ambitions as leaders in green hydrogen production in the UK.

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At ScottishPower, we’re working with WWF to accelerate the UK’s transition to #netzero. That includes championing the benefits of low-carbon energy solutions and driving changes that will enable more people to access them and realise their benefits.

As a company that already generates 100% green electricity from our 40 onshore and offshore windfarms around the UK, we know that #decarbonising heat and transport is next. 

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“The Prime Minister and Chancellor said they would act, and this package will help alleviate the worst of the price increases for the most vulnerable. 

“It was clear the size and scale of this crisis needed Government and industry to work together and this direct support for households on energy bills will go some way to help reduce the risk of self-disconnection or customers spiralling into unsustainable debt...

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Reports

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The way we generate, distribute and consume energy matters like never before. Keeping household bills low as the cost of living crisis continues to hit hard.

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New analysis shows low-carbon technologies could cut annual energy bills by almost £2,000 and carbon emissions by over 95%.

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