Committee on Climate Change appoints Drax representative

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has appointed a new member to strengthen its business expertise. Dr. Rebecca Heaton, who will also remain in her existing position as the Head of Sustainability and Policy at Drax in Yorkshire, has been appointed for a five-year term. She said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to […]

Chancellor should ‘take note’ of Climate Committee’s opinions

Chancellor George Osborne should take note of the Climate Change Committee’s warning against a dash for gas leading to a huge rise in future household bills. The Committee suggested energy generation from renewable sources would keep British households’ fuel bills lower than relying on fossil fuels such as gas. It warned of the risks of […]

Including aviation and shipping in Climate Act a ‘no-brainer’

The UK Government should include aviation and shipping in the Climate Change Act as it is a “no-brainer”. That’s the view of environmental group WWF, commenting after the Energy and Climate Change Committee warned the Government that the exclusion would not help avoid global temperature rises of 2°C. The Committee said this could “water down” […]

Gas generation ‘threat’ to decarbonisation goal

The UK Government’s plans for more gas generation could be a “threat” to the country’s decarbonisation goal. That’s the concern of environmental group WWF, following Energy Secretary Ed Davey’s announcement yesterday where he called for more investment in gas at the GasTech conference in London. He said it would be “consistent” with Britain’s plans to […]

Miliband calls for ‘clear’ decarbonisation plan

Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for a “clear goal” to decarbonise the power sector by 2030. He said the Government must create an attractive place for investors and give them the confidence needed to invest in new low carbon sources of energy. His comments come as the Climate Change Committee warned the UK Government’s […]

Government can’t ignore Climate Committee’s warning

The UK Government cannot ignore the Climate Change Committee’s warning about its “dash for gas” plans. That’s according to environmental group Friends of the Earth who commented after the Committee released a letter yesterday showing concerns about the Government’s plans for more investment in gas. Andrew Pendleton, the group’s Head of Campaigns said: “This is […]

Ed Davey: Gas will be used as ‘back up’

The Government claims gas-fired power plants will only be used as a “back up” or fitted with CCS technology after 2030. The comment follows an open letter from the Climate Change Committee today warning the Government about its gas investment plans. It suggested the Government should set a carbon intensity target and get rid of […]

PM must “step in and prove” he wants greenest Government

The Prime Minister must now “step in and prove” he wants to lead the greenest Government ever. That’s the view of environmental group WWF and follows the Climate Change Committee’s (CCC) letter released today highlighting concerns about the UK Government’s plans for more investment in gas. The Committee warned this could breach the Climate Change […]

Climate Committee warns more gas would breach law

The UK Government has been warned it will breach the Climate Change Act if it goes ahead with plans for more investment in gas. The concern from the Climate Change Committee (CCC) follows Chancellor George Osborne’s declaration earlier this year that gas will be the UK’s number one energy source while last week he gave […]

European Commission publishes guidelines for emissions review

The European Commission has published guidelines for a review of EU Member States’ greenhouse gas emissions. The review, which should be completed by August 2012, will help the Commission set national limits for 2013-20 on emissions not covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). The guidelines were prepared for the Commission by the […]