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In defence of the realm’s energy policy

Posted by Laurence O'Hagan on November 26th, 2012

In the aftermath of the UK energy bill revelations ahead of publication this week, energy secretay Ed Davey (LibDem) is fiercely defending the coalitions’ failure to secure decarbonisation targets for 2030 until after the 2016 election.

Still, you have to give him credit for getting a cap on the energy cartels to help consumers afford to keep the lights on while commiting funding for new nuclear reactors and renewable energy – despite the continued dash for gas.

Business Green reports:


Political Ill wind blows UK climate change policy into turmoil

Posted by Laurence O'Hagan on November 15th, 2012

The UK’s climate change policy continues to fall into disarray ahead of the Energy Bill due at the end of this month. The latest in a long line of disruptions on emissions reduction targets comes from the Chancellor George Osborne’s father-in-law attempt to influence a local by-election by supporting a notoriously anti-climate change blogger to stand against the Conservatives.

In an undercover recording by Greenpeace, passed to the Guardian, Chris Heaton-Harris was heard to have encouraged Telegraph blogger James Delingpole to stand at the Corby local election. Delingpole withdrew the day after energy minister John Hayes told the Daily Mail that the development of onshore wind farms should be slowed.

Writing in the Telegraph, Delingpole said: “If I am the man who changed government wind farm policies, that is absolutely brilliant.”

Too late for two degrees?

Posted by Laurence O'Hagan on November 7th, 2012

In its annual Low Carbon Economy Index, published this month, PwC warns governments and business leaders that urgent action is needed to tackle a warming world; citing the IAEA’s latest scenarios of not ‘just’ 2°C, but 4°C, or even 6°C.

As the UK’s renewables and nuclear industries unite to call for a robust climate change policy, echoing business leaders which are already pressing the government for clarity ahead of the Energy Bill reading this month, PwC’s 2012 report highlights alarming failures in global decarbonisation targets.

“Even doubling our current rate of decarbonisation, would still lead to emissions consistent with 6 degrees of warming by the end of the century.”

It’s beyond time now to throw down the fiddle and tackle the fire.

Some 1,000 of UKs largest renewable and nuclear industries have combined forces in an unprecedented show of solidarity to get the Government to push for a zero carbon energy target by 2030.

This landmark show of unity, coming just ahead of this month’s Energy Bill, calls for action to urgently address the impacts of climate change through planned targets and investment certainties – a significant step in a unified direction to fortify Britain’s hope for a clean energy future.

Report by The Independent today:

At a meeting yesterday ahead of the upcoming UK energy bill, the Chancellor, George Osborne, reflected the Conservative party’s growing scepticism about current climate change policy in referring to the green lobby as “environmental Taliban”, reports The Independent:

‘Vote blue, get green’ – clearly an election promise smoke screen.

Britain must act now to not fall dangerously behind the clean energy race

Posted by Laurence O'Hagan on October 15th, 2012

Nicholas Stern, eminent British economist and chair of Grantham Institute for Climate Change, presses the point in the Observer that the energy bill just a few weeks away, the Coalition must incentivise the markets to reduce high-carbon output – or regulate against them:

It’s not as though there’s no interest from UK plc in marketising (sic) green technologies, as two recent letters from some of the country’s leading industry players clearly demonstrated; calling for the government to adopt a target to decarbonise the power sector by 2030.

Time is of the essence for government to demonstrate leadership through its energy and climate policies, supporting creativity and innovation in the power sector, and stand up against Mr Osbourne’s pro-gas, anti-green policy push.

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