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How Do You Communicate Action on Climate Change?

It's values that count in getting people on your side. Anyone trying to get the public or interested parties on board for a project in the energy and environmental industries, or any campaigner working in the area of climate change, at some point...

Posted July 6, 2013    

Community Renewable Energy Plans to Receive Extra Support

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: "The expansion of our reformed Feed-in Tariff will encourage even more communities to get on board.” New proposals to benefit community energy schemes have been unveiled by the Government. In its...

Posted July 5, 2013    

Will the Future of Rail Run on Wind Energy?

X-Wind's 6kW vertical axis wind turbine, the model for the one which could be seen alongside rail tracks throughout the country.Britain's electrified railways could be up to 70% powered by wind turbines placed alongside the tracks, if a trial...

Posted July 4, 2013    

Demand Side Response: Revolution in British Energy Policy

It's highly significant that demand side response is to be included in auctions for the future British electricity capacity market, as announced by DECC last Thursday, because it marks once and for all a move away from the principle that has...

Posted July 1, 2013    

EU: 100 Percent Renewable Energy Is Here

Two questions for you: how many countries in the world source their electricity 100% from renewable sources? And which major European nation that is well-endowed with renewable energy resources, is the worst at exploiting them?  The...

Posted June 13, 2013    

Ministers Against Decarbonization Target Connected to Fossil Fuels

38 of the ministers who voted against the amendment to set a decarbonisation target for 2030 last week in the House of Commons have received support from, or are in some way connected to, the fossil fuel industry. Together with other accusations of...

Posted June 11, 2013    

Turning off Britain's Lights Could Save £1.192 Billion a Year

The cliché most commonly used to describe a guiding principle behind UK energy policy is "keeping the lights on". I say: let's turn them off instead. Based on what other countries have done, we could save £1.192 billion every year. And that's just...

Posted February 20, 2013    

Doha Wins "Damage Aid" for Poor Countries

For the first time, developing countries have won recognition of the danger they face from climate change, securing a promise from developing countries that they will receive funding to repair the "loss and damage" incurred. US negotiators fought...

Posted December 10, 2012    

Doha: Climate Negotiators Fail to Meet the Scientific Challenge

Young UNICEF UK campaigners asking Ed Davey to speak up for children before he left for the UN climate change talks in Doha. Photo: Rosie Reed Gold/UNICEF. On the last day, talks at Doha aimed at securing a global agreement to tackle climate change...

Posted December 8, 2012    

Europe must adopt a 30% Emissions Reduction Target

With any luck we are about to see a shift in action on curbing carbon emissions. It's not just that the annual United Nations climate change talks, COP-18, begin at the end of this month at Doha in Qatar. Nor is it that with the re-election of...

Posted November 12, 2012    

To Beat Climate Change, Must Obama Win?

Here's the logic of this post:The latest science says we're heading for over 6 degrees C warming. Romney will do nothing but make this worse Obama must winThen go to Doha and help broker a global pact on limiting emissions. Following...

Posted November 6, 2012    

Energy Storage must be supported in the Energy Bill

There have been many calls for energy efficiency to be supported in the Energy Bill as it is being reformulated, before it is presented again to Parliament next month. I totally support these, but I would like to add that there must also be support...

Posted October 22, 2012