Ensuring a reliable, economically viable and environment-friendly energy supply is one of the great challenges of the 21st century. In 2011 Germany embarked on an ambitious programme to transform its energy system. In future, Germany’s energy supply will be generated primarily from renewables.
New analysis published today by the independent Committee on Climate Change shows that every family in Britain could save at least £1,131 and as much as £4,525 if the government adopted a target to decarbonise the power sector by 2030.
When one third of government ministers have links to either the fossil fuel industry itself or to financial sector firms dependent on high carbon investments, the likelihood of meaningful government regulation of the City’s fossil fuel funding shenanigans look slim.
Will Tim Yeo’s amendment on carbon make it into the Energy Bill – or will George Osborne again thwart the green path?
The majority (83%) of the increase in energy bills is from wholesale and supplier costs, with less than a fifth (19%) due to low-carbon policies.
Seven major energy companies employing 17,500 workers in Britain are threatening to withdraw hundreds of millions of pounds of investment.
The risk remains that the UK’s efforts on climate change could still be sabotaged by too much fossil fuel burning, and not enough renewable energy.
Following Ed Davey’s op ed today in Politics Home, Will Straw looks at whether the Liberal Democrats have already caved on a 2030 decarbonisation target.
In the wake of the draft Energy Bill, it is time to make sure the government sticks by its commitments and reduces emissions in line with the carbon budgets.
The Daily Telegraph has joined the ranks of the Daily Mail and Daily Express in exaggerating the costs of environmental regulations, reports Will Straw.