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Dash for shale gas will not help save the climate or lower prices

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for shale gas, is said to be seismically "safe" in the UK, but critics say it will impede us from meeting our greenhouse gas reduction targets and stall investment in renewables.  DECC has published an...

Posted April 17, 2012    

Could the Climate Change Act be used to curb new gas-fired plants?

DECC's decision to set EPCs at 450gCO2/kWh could be open to legal challenge. It is now fashionable to term natural gas a “transitional" fuel on the road to a low or zero carbon economy at some vague point in the fuzzy future. Just as many thought...

Posted March 27, 2012    

“Perfect storm" has arrived for efforts to reduce carbon emissions

Efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the UK and across Europe are facing a combination of factors strongly hindering investment in low carbon power generation and energy efficiency and promoting the burning of coal.Now who do you believe? Today,...

Posted March 15, 2012    

Germany and UK have greatest deficit of EU carbon allowances

UK carbon Emissions and allowances by sectorFigures show that the UK and Germany have the largest deficit of allowances to pollute under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), meaning they have to purchase more to meet their obligations. The...

Posted February 17, 2012    

New grid under-sea cable to connect England and Scotland

The route of the Western HVDC Link While politicians talk of Scottish independence from England, a world-beating €1.1 billion contract has today been announced to make the two countries even more interconnected. The Western HVDC Link will be the...

Posted February 16, 2012    

What's the deal with personal carbon trading?

Personal carbon trading is at the heart of a new proposal from academics to reducing energy use in buildings and help meet the aims of the Green Deal. It comes in the form of a strategy document, Achieving Zero, being launched today by Dr. Brenda...

Posted January 25, 2012    

Vestas Lays off 10% of Workforce, Restructures Management

The world's biggest wind turbine manufacturer, Vestas, has announced plans to lose 2,335 employees worldwide, stop production at one of its 26 plants, and has warned that further cuts are likely, in order to save €150m by the end of the year....

Posted January 16, 2012    

Why is Sustainable Biodiesel Illegal in the UK?

  The Government is currently considering the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations (Amendment) Order 2011. I have seen a copy, and I can tell you that there is plenty to be concerned about in terms of its inadequacy. But in this column I'm...

Posted December 19, 2011    

Are Durban Outcomes Historic or Hollow? (1)

This is the first of two posts on COP17, the Durban-based UN climate change talks: this summarises the accords reached and others' reactions; the next post following immediately is the Low Carbon Kid's assessment of the accords. After the longest...

Posted December 12, 2011    

Durban: It Could Have Been Worse, It Should Have Been Better (2)

This is the second of two posts about Durban. The first gives a run-down of the accords agreed, this gives an assessment. It was never going to be easy. Anyone watching or following, as I was, the high drama of the last three days of the climate...

Posted December 12, 2011    

Will Britain Exceed Its Carbon Reduction Targets? Post 2

This is the second of two posts that examine the UK's claims and efforts to reduce its carbon emissions. Its conclusion: the UK must stop burning coal to win the battle to cut carbon emissions. The Government claimed last week in its Carbon Plan...

Posted December 9, 2011    

Will UK Will Exceed Its Carbon Reduction Targets? Part 1

This is the first of two posts about the UK's climate emissions and its plans to reduce them. This first one represents the Government's current view: David Cameron and Nick Clegg last week launched a Carbon Plan setting out the Coalition...

Posted December 8, 2011