MPs’ vote sees Davey duck decarbonisation target

MPs voted against including a decarbonisation target in the Energy Bill yesterday, despite Labour’s attempt to force the issue. The party tried to add an amendment which would set a 2030 target to decarbonise the power sector in the Bill. However this failed when MPs voted in the House of Commons last night, with 206 […]

Scotland’s fuel poverty efforts ‘held back’ by UK Government

The Scottish Government’s efforts to tackle fuel poverty have been “held back” due to “mixed messages” from Westminster. That’s the view of Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, whose comment comes after the recent price hikes in gas and electricity prices by five of the ‘Big Six’ suppliers. Announcing a £6 million funding to help Scottish homes […]

Scotland’s wind support a ‘stark contrast’ to Westminster’s ‘political games’

The Scottish Government’s announcement to support onshore wind stands in “stark contrast” to the “political games and infighting” in Westminster, the WWF said. The comment follows First Minister Alex Salmond’s confirmation yesterday suggesting the level of support for onshore wind shouldn’t be cut by more than 10%. The Scottish Government will be providing support at […]

Caroline Lucas stepping down as Green Leader

The Green Party’s first ever MP to win a seat at Westminster will be stepping down as Leader of the party in September 2012. Caroline Lucas announced over the weekend she will not re-run for the position at the end of her second term later this year. Ms Lucas said she wants to “broaden” the […]

Energy committee shale gas probe continues

The government’s Energy and Climate Change Committee will hold the next session of its Shale Gas inquiry this morning at Westminster. The committee will target five key questions: What are the prospects for shale gas in the UK, and what are the risks of rapid depletion of shale gas resources? What are the implications of […]

Renewable policies branded economically damaging

With the government poised to unveil its Carbon Plan tomorrow and Energy Secretary Chris Huhne talking up “getting off the oil hook”, a report paints a damning picture of the impact of green policies on the wider UK industry. The study concludes that renewable energy policies are “economically damaging” and that for every renewables job […]

Cameron to launch Carbon Plan to buck-up ministers

David Cameron is said to be furious that his bid to create “the greenest government ever” is being undermined by some Westminster departments not doing their bit to cut carbon. And tomorrow Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Energy Secretary Chris Huhne will unveil The Carbon Plan, which a spokesman for DECC today told ELN […]

Shale gas firm faces energy committee probe

The government’s Energy and Climate Change Committee will hold the second session of its Shale Gas inquiry this morning at Westminster. The committee will target five key questions: What are the prospects for shale gas in the UK, and what are the risks of rapid depletion of shale gas resources? What are the implications of […]

Scottish Renewables urge planning overhaul

As Westminster published its Localism Bill yesterday, trade organisation Scottish Renewables has called for changes in the regulatory and planning regimes north of the border to realise Scotland’s renewable ambitions. The launch of a new policy paper – Driving the Low Carbon Economy: Planning – highlights changes needed to increase efficiency, drive down cost and […]

Experts raise awareness of black carbon danger

Leading experts have raised the issue of black carbon in our atmosphere and examined its effect upon the Earth’s climate. Professor Jefferson Simoes, director of the Brazilian National Institute for Cryospheric Sciences, said: “It is the second most important contributor to global warming.” Black carbon results from the burning of fossil fuels and biomass and […]