Over the past couple of decades successive governments have made plenty of noise about Britain’s falling CO2 emissions. But while such claims are technically true, they overlook a key component of the country’s actual carbon footprint – those emissions generated in the production of the goods and services we import.
The coldest spring in half a century has made energy bills the hottest topic of the season. But the heat has shifted in recent days, from rising gas prices in the face of supply shortages, to the cost of green and energy saving measures such as wind power and loft insulation.
She may be better known for taking on the unions and transforming Britain through her dogged promotion of the free market – but it seems Margaret Thatcher was also something of an eco-warrior.
Energy firms face massive fines for flogging dodgy deals to unsuspecting customers. But they should be forced to compensate people, too.
The UK is in the midst of a fuel-poverty crisis and things are about to get significantly worse. Around 6.5 million – that’s 27 per cent – of households are currently estimated to be unable to heat their homes to the level needed for comfort and wellbeing. Recent changes to existing schemes to help those struggling to heat their homes affordably mean that those most in need are likely to miss out.
The Russian Federation is a major player when it comes to natural gas. Not only are they in possession of the largest proven reserves, which account for nearly a quarter of the world’s total reserves; but they are also the biggest exporter of the commodity by supplying over fifteen percent of global gas production.
While efforts to tackle climate change bring a host of major challenges, there are opportunities too. This fact is not least demonstrated by the entrepreneurial individuals who are coming up with so many innovative emissions-busting solutions.
It has taken me a while to catch up with this, but it is worth trying to get the historical record straight.
In November BBC Panorama broadcast a film called “What’s Fuelling Your Energy Bill?” which claimed that Tony Blair had agreed a demanding target of obtaining 15 per cent of UK energy from renewable sources by [...]
Prior to the events at Fukushima or rather the Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami (and this is an important distinction) in Japan in March this year there was a growing consensus that nuclear energy would be an essential component of the energy mix in many countries. This remains the case today. A positive observation has been the willingness of Governments worldwide (with one notable exception) and the general populace to take account of facts and analyses rather than jump to pre-emptive negative action.
The Coalition government has concluded its energy conference, which brought together power firms, consumer groups, and the energy regulator, with a call for consumers to be less lazy about switching suppliers and for energy supply companies to be more proactive in offering customers the best deal. The crucial question of how we produce energy in the first place has been conspicuously ignored.
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