National Grid are currently leading “zero-2050”, a multi organisational initiative seeking to develop a co-ordinated cross-sector strategy for achieving net zero carbon emissions for the South Wales region.
The UK has a target to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
A net-zero target requires deep reductions in emissions, coupled with techniques such as carbon capture and storage to offset any remaining sources.
South Wales was identified as one of the hardest regions to decarbonise to meet these targets; the region retains a core of heavy industry, with relatively undeveloped transport networks and comparatively high levels of rural economic activity.
A plausible route to reach net-zero by 2050 for South Wales is intended to provide a blueprint for use by other UK regions.
BMT supported this project by leading the transport sector, focussing on the urban and rural decarbonisation of a range of modes of transport (Vehicle, Rail, Marine & Aviation).
The objectives of the Transport sub-group were as follows:
The policy of BMT in approaching the decarbonisation options for South Wales was to pursue the most likely and technologically feasible transport technologies, taking into account any strong social and political factors in the development of assumptions and scenarios.
In practice this meant that although some decarbonisation options may theoretically be faster, cheaper, or more desirable in some other way, they were not considered if they did not represent a fair and feasible future scenario.
Throughout the project, engagement with stakeholders, consortium members and other interested parties was necessary, whereby BMT presented data and discussed both technical and policy-based findings. Meetings and workshops were led to align group activities, and continual engagement required with other sector leads in order to provide suitably aligned outputs to the National Grid customer
Recognising rapid urban growth in the Local Government Area, Moreton Bay Regional Council has identified the need to augment the Brendale Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) to account for this future growth.
BMT was engaged by the Department of Industry on behalf of the Marine Estate Management Authority (MEMA) to provide strategic risk assessment advice for the TARA process for a pilot project for the Hawkesbury Marine Shelf Bioregion and then for the State-wide marine estate.
The Airbus A400M is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft being designed and manufactured by Airbus Military, BMT supported the MoD A400M Project Team with the development of the VfMB required to support the In-Service Support Assessment Phase.
The Surface Water Management Plans (SWMPs) outline an assessment of surface water flood risk, recognising the flood mechanisms and economic impact to residential and commercial properties across the catchments of Clacton on Sea and Sawbridgeworth.