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....The authors of a report to Parliament say 25 million existing homes will not meet the insulation standards required by mid-century. The UK needs to cut carbon emissions by 80% by then - and a third of those emissions come from heating draughty buildings. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....”. Hinkley is just one of a fleet of new nuclear power stations that the government hopes will be built over the next 15 years, to keep the lights on and cut carbon emissions. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....“This is one of the few fuel-saving technologies that could offer double-digit percentage improvements,” said Andrew Scott at the UK’s Energy Technologies Institute, an industry-government partnership that is helping fund the trial. Shipping moves much of the world’s goods but is a significant source of air pollution and carbon emissions. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... Traditional yellow sodium street lights are steadily being replaced by white LED lamps. The new lights use less energy, dramatically cutting carbon emissions and saving money. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....The trend is being driven by government and EU standards for gas boilers and household appliances like fridges and light bulbs. These bring down carbon emissions and bills at the same time. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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. A collapse in the use of coal has driven UK carbon emissions down to levels barely seen since the Victorian era, new figures show. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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.... The cause on this occasion was no less pre-eminent a body than a Lords committee, comprising former chancellor Norman Lamont and other heavyweight peers. “To reduce carbon emissions, governments have subsidised renewables, passing on the cost to consumers in their electricity bills. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... . But for cars registered on or after 1 April 2017 there will be a first year of charges linked to carbon emissions. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....Shell also said that 10% of directors’ bonuses would be tied to how well it manages greenhouse gas emissions in refining, chemical and upstream operations. Van Beurden said that the transition to a low carbon energy system would take decades and government policies including putting a price on carbon emissions would be essential to phase out the most polluting sources of energy such as coal and oil. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....It recommended an emissions trading scheme be adopted if carbon reduction targets “beyond those brought about by the Direct Action Plan” were needed. “The price of carbon emissions in Australia is low, with large shares of emissions in industry, electricity, agriculture and fisheries are not priced at all. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The company does not want to overstate the carbon benefits of reducing its share in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project in Alberta – although it is keeping a 10% stake – and selling several undeveloped tar sands fields in the province. But it says the sale will bring about an absolute reduction in carbon emissions from its operations, which were 72 million tonnes last year. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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UN asks UK to suspend work on Hinkley Point image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 10:00:22 AM
....”. Hinkley is just one of a fleet of new nuclear power stations that the government hopes will be built over the next 15 years, to keep the lights on and cut carbon emissions. ...
Low carbon drive 'cuts household bills' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 12:13:08 AM
....The trend is being driven by government and EU standards for gas boilers and household appliances like fridges and light bulbs. These bring down carbon emissions and bills at the same time. ...
'Spinning sail' rebooted to cut fuel and make ocean tankers greener image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of March 2017 06:07:14 AM
....“This is one of the few fuel-saving technologies that could offer double-digit percentage improvements,” said Andrew Scott at the UK’s Energy Technologies Institute, an industry-government partnership that is helping fund the trial. Shipping moves much of the world’s goods but is a significant source of air pollution and carbon emissions. ...
'LED street lights are disturbing my sleep' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 12:41:48 AM
.... Traditional yellow sodium street lights are steadily being replaced by white LED lamps. The new lights use less energy, dramatically cutting carbon emissions and saving money. ...
Shell’s sale of dirty tar sands assets cleans up debt and spruces image image
....The company does not want to overstate the carbon benefits of reducing its share in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project in Alberta – although it is keeping a 10% stake – and selling several undeveloped tar sands fields in the province. But it says the sale will bring about an absolute reduction in carbon emissions from its operations, which were 72 million tonnes last year. ...
Road tax rises image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 10:07:22 PM
.... . But for cars registered on or after 1 April 2017 there will be a first year of charges linked to carbon emissions. ...
Shell sells oil sands assets as boss warns on clean energy challenge image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 01:18:53 AM
....Shell also said that 10% of directors’ bonuses would be tied to how well it manages greenhouse gas emissions in refining, chemical and upstream operations. Van Beurden said that the transition to a low carbon energy system would take decades and government policies including putting a price on carbon emissions would be essential to phase out the most polluting sources of energy such as coal and oil. ...
Coal collapse drives down UK carbon emissions image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 6th of March 2017 03:29:49 PM
. A collapse in the use of coal has driven UK carbon emissions down to levels barely seen since the Victorian era, new figures show. ...
Australian housing market crash could lead to broader downturn, OECD warns image
....It recommended an emissions trading scheme be adopted if carbon reduction targets “beyond those brought about by the Direct Action Plan” were needed. “The price of carbon emissions in Australia is low, with large shares of emissions in industry, electricity, agriculture and fisheries are not priced at all. ...
UK 'must insulate 25 million homes' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 12:07:22 AM
....The authors of a report to Parliament say 25 million existing homes will not meet the insulation standards required by mid-century. The UK needs to cut carbon emissions by 80% by then - and a third of those emissions come from heating draughty buildings. ...
Windfarms aren’t the real reason energy bills are rising. Blame the free market image
.... The cause on this occasion was no less pre-eminent a body than a Lords committee, comprising former chancellor Norman Lamont and other heavyweight peers. “To reduce carbon emissions, governments have subsidised renewables, passing on the cost to consumers in their electricity bills. ...
Government intervention has led to higher energy bills, claims Lords report image
....The peers envisage the new energy commission would oversee auctions where all technologies, including fossil fuel power plants, competed for guaranteed electricity prices. The auctions would cap carbon emissions. ...
Most wood energy schemes are a 'disaster' for climate change image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 09:47:43 AM
....Biomass industry sources though have been critical of the report saying that it is a fallacy that it takes decades for a forest to recapture carbon. "Biomass delivers a massive cut in carbon emissions compared to fossil fuels. ...
'Magical thinking' on Heathrow expansion image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 12:15:14 AM
....Committee chair Mary Creagh told BBC News: "There's plenty of talk about how the government wants to solve environmental problems at Heathrow, but a total absence of any policy guarantees. "The implication of this is that they think other sectors of the economy like energy and industry are going to have to cut their carbon emissions even more so people can fly more - but the government's been told by its own advisors (the Committee on Climate Change) that's not possible. ...
Ban coal from backup power subsidy scheme, says Scottish Power image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 30th of January 2017 04:16:49 PM
.... As the most carbon-intensive fuel, coal would likely fall foul of any such restriction. “Replacing old coal with new gas is by far the cheapest way of reducing carbon emissions from the power sector and securing supply,” Anderson added. ...
Electric cars will not stem global demand for oil, says BP image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of January 2017 02:47:17 PM
....The outlook predicted coal’s ongoing decline would see gas overtake it as the world’s second largest source of energy by 2035, with fracking for US shale driving much of the gas growth. BP said improvements in energy efficiency and an increasingly lower carbon fuel mix would slow the growth in global carbon emissions, from the 2. ...
Swedish supermarkets replace sticky labels with laser marking image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 16th of January 2017 05:00:14 AM
.... It’s small but I think it adds up,” says Peter Hagg, ICA business unit manager. The laser technology also creates less than 1% of the carbon emissions needed to produce a sticker of similar size. ...
How to break costs: Drive a hard bargain if changing your car image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 15th of January 2017 12:01:00 AM
....“Drivers may be deterred by the up-front cost of a fresh model, but it can be the best value option in the long run. ” Fuel efficiency, servicing fees and improved carbon emission credentials all help to cut the cost of running and insuring a new car. ...
Swansea Bay tidal lagoon backed by government review image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 12th of January 2017 08:51:24 AM
....John Feddersen, chief executive of analysts Aurora Energy Research, said: “As a trial to see if it works, yes I think Swansea is a sensible thing to do [on cost]. ” The group said that if 10 lagoons were built in the UK by 2030, these would provide 10% of electricity generation, cut carbon emissions by 36%, and add £8 to £9 to the average annual household energy bill. ...
Renewables investment in UK will fall 95% over next three years – study image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of January 2017 01:31:36 PM
....“This cliff edge needs to be avoided if the UK is to meet its world leading carbon budgets and Paris agreement pledge,” Green Alliance said in its analysis. Shortly after the EU referendum, the government committed to cutting carbon emissions by 57% by 2030 on 1990 levels, but has so far failed to spell out how it will support low-carbon energy, such as offshore windfarms, beyond 2020. ...
Greatest invention? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 2nd of January 2017 12:29:31 AM
....To create those conditions on a scale sufficient to produce 160 million tonnes of ammonia a year - the majority of which is used for fertiliser - the Haber-Bosch process today consumes more than 1% of all the world's energy. That is a lot of carbon emissions. ...
UK hits clean energy milestone: 50% of electricity from low carbon sources image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of December 2016 03:06:26 PM
.... A record 29% of Scotland’s electricity was exported, with almost all of it going to England. The renewables and nuclear industry said the figures for Scotland were “fantastic” and demonstrated how carbon emissions could be cut while maintaining security of supply. ...
Adani coalmine 'covertly funded' by World Bank, says report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of December 2016 05:33:56 AM
....Another 11 of the biggest international lenders to coal projects – Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Citi, BNP Paribas, Societe Generale and Credit Agricole – have ruled out funding Carmichael. The mine is expected to create more annual carbon emissions than New York City and is being fiercely resisted through legal action by traditional owners, whose opposition could prove the decisive hurdle for Adani gaining finance to deliver the project. ...
The Guardian view on self-driving cars: apply the brakes | Editorial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 07:52:21 PM
.... The forward march of technology might herald a better world. Driverless cars promise to reduce traffic fatalities, reduce congestion and reduce carbon emissions. ...
Fossil fuel divestment funds double to $5tn in a year image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of December 2016 04:00:31 PM
.... Campaigners argue this makes fossil fuel companies – which are spending billions exploring for even more coal, oil and gas – bad investments on both moral and financial grounds. If the world’s governments fulfil their pledges to tackle climate change by cutting carbon emissions, many fossil fuel reserves would have to be kept in the ground, potentially wasting trillions of investors’ money. ...
ECB's quantitative easing programme investing billions in fossil fuels image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 9th of December 2016 01:36:07 PM
.... On Thursday the bank said it would extend the scheme until 2018. But an EU pledge to cut its carbon emissions by at least 80% by mid-century could be undermined by the asset purchasing scheme, according to investments revealed in an analysis of the bank’s international security identification numbers (ISINs) by campaign group Corporate Europe Observatory. ...
Siemens' £310m Hull plant will take windfarm technology to new level image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of December 2016 12:06:25 AM
....The first batch of 75-metre-long wind turbine blades will roll out of a new factory in Hull on Thursday, destined for huge windfarms off the UK’s coast. The inauguration of the Siemens plant at the city’s Alexandra Dock employs 700 people and was hailed by campaigners as an example of how curbing carbon emissions could create jobs. ...
UK fuel poverty to last a lifetime, report says image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of November 2016 12:01:33 AM
....The Committee on Climate Change recently said the UK has “no action plan” to improve energy efficiency, while the National Audit Office has lamented the lack of investment. The Green party co-leader Caroline Lucas said: “We know that investing in energy efficiency reduces people’s bills, cuts carbon emissions and keeps people warm, yet the government is slashing support for insulation. ...
Trump says US to quit TPP on first day in office image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 12:27:44 AM
....He said he would cancel restrictions on US energy production. Last year, President Obama brought in the Clean Power Plan, an anti-climate change measure which aimed to reduce carbon emissions from the power sector by 32% by 2030 compared with 2005 levels. ...
MPs call on government to cut air travel tax by 50% image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 18th of November 2016 12:03:43 AM
....Business passenger numbers are stagnant - the growth in demand is for holidays. They will mention that aviation is already uniquely protected from efforts to cut carbon emissions: under the government's plans, emissions from motoring and home heating will have to be cut to accommodate the growth in carbon dioxide from aviation. ...
Drought, floods and water stress cost companies $14bn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of November 2016 05:01:07 AM
.... Food and beverage giant Nestlé cut water use by 1. 7m cubic meters at the same time as reducing carbon emissions by 80,000 tons in 2015. ...
Boats and bananas image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 11th of November 2016 12:15:03 AM
....For example, fuel "is one of the biggest costs for container ship companies," says Rowena Bataille, head of marketing and product design at Inatech, a Glencore company. Inatech has developed cloud-based software to help shipping firms buy fuel more cost-effectively - an essential requirement as cargo ships come under increasing regulatory pressure to reduce carbon emissions. ...
Smart energy technology 'stymied by current policy' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of November 2016 12:01:30 AM
. Smart technology that could shave £90 off household energy bills and curb carbon emissions is being stymied by government policy, a leading thinktank has said. ...
A three-bed house with £500 energy bills? How you too can slash your costs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 22nd of October 2016 05:59:08 AM
....Akta Raja, founder of Enhabit UK, which designs and delivers low-energy improvements to buildings, and who helped the Caccavales to retro-fit their home, says her drive is about protecting the environment as much as saving money. Around a fifth of carbon emissions in Britain come from buildings, which could be cut dramatically if we moved to low energy standards. ...
Six billion plastic bags can’t be wrong – so what do we tax next? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 3rd of October 2016 06:10:09 AM
....Single-use plastic bags may not be being discarded in their previous numbers, but there are reservations about their replacements. Bags for life and, in particular, cotton bags require much more energy – and carbon emissions – to produce. ...
India ratifies Paris climate agreement image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of October 2016 04:59:52 PM
.... . It will only come into force legally after it is ratified by at least 55 countries which between them produce at least 55% of global carbon emissions. ...
Mark Carney : Green finance 'a major opportunity' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of September 2016 07:30:22 PM
.... By ensuring that capital flows finance long-term projects in countries where growth is most carbon intensive, financial stability can be promoted," he said. Mr Carney said the issuance of green bonds - for example, to help finance water or renewable power projects aimed at reducing carbon emissions - could double in 2016 from last year's $42bn. ...
Theresa May: UK will be 'global leader in free trade' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 3rd of September 2016 01:45:25 PM
....In the landmark deal struck in December, countries agreed to cut emissions enough to keep the global average rise in temperatures below 2C. It is the world's first comprehensive climate agreement and will only come into force legally when it is ratified by countries producing 55% of global carbon emissions. ...
Smart energy revolution 'could help to avoid UK blackouts' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 30th of August 2016 11:00:18 PM
....Ministers are working on a long-term climate strategy, which was promised for last November but is now not expected until sometime before the end of this year. The pressure is on the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to devise policies that will both keep the lights on and bills affordable - as well as carbon emissions down. ...

The two big tests awaiting the Prime Minister's 'Mayconomics' agenda
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 13th of August 2016 06:48:38 AM
.... UK emissions are less than 2% of the world total. Whether we think that carbon emissions are a serious problem or that global warming scares are alarmist, closing down our aluminium industry has not reduced total emissions. ...
Armour materials maker Permali lands major defence contracts image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of July 2016 12:00:00 PM
....”. To win the AJAX order Permali bought £300,000 of new machinery to make the materials and installed a £1 million heating system that cuts both its bills and carbon emissions by 400 tonnes a year. ...
Cautious green light for fracking image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 7th of July 2016 08:32:57 AM
.... Its tests of government policy are:. Though the government is confident these conditions will be reached, a spokesman admitted that any increase in current carbon emissions in future would make current targets even more challenging. ...
More than half of jobs in UK solar industry lost in wake of subsidy cuts image
....Photovoltaic panels on household roofs and in larger industrial arrays produced 1,336 gigawatt hours (GWh) last month compared with 893 GWh from coal, which is being burned less and less as old plants such as Ferrybridge in Yorkshire and Longannet in Scotland are retired. Amber Rudd, the energy and climate change secretary, has promised to close all coal-fired power stations by 2025 as part of a plan to reduce carbon emissions and tackle global warming. ...
Oil company records from 1960s reveal patents to reduce CO2 emissions in cars image
....In addition to the technologies with potential for electric cars, Exxon and other oil companies were actively researching methods to cut emissions of carbon dioxide – the main greenhouse gas. In another historic document that surfaced last month, a Canadian subsidiary of Exxon admitted the company had the technology to cut carbon emissions in half. ...
Osborne's focus on UK's deficit deters scrutiny of his weak economic plan image
.... A more important task is outlining how the government can play an effective role in supporting and directing the economy. An obvious first step is to upgrade the UK’s ageing infrastructure and begin working on reducing carbon emissions. ...
EDF sets aside extra £2.7bn to cover Hinkley Point construction costs image
....50 per megawatt hour for the power over 35 years – double the current cost. Ministers say the scheme, which could provide 7% of UK electricity, represents value for money in the long term and could help lower UK carbon emissions. ...
Heathrow to ban night flights as part of plan for third runway image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of May 2016 08:54:02 AM
.... People living near the airport need action on air quality much sooner and one quick win would be slashing fares on Heathrow Express to encourage more people to use it. “Whatever the government decides on airport expansion, it needs a strategy for reducing carbon emissions from aviation. ...
Tate to face information tribunal over payments from BP image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 8th of May 2016 03:53:16 PM
....The Tate previously disclosed it received between £150,000 to £330,000 a year between 1990 and 2006 following a previous legal challenge but has declined to reveal more recent sponsorship details. Fossil fuel companies are under pressure from campaigners and some shareholders because burning oil, coal and gas increase carbon emissions which cause global warming. ...
Oil firms have 10 years to change strategy or face 'short, brutish end' image
....6F) above pre-industrial levels. But the future of international climate change strategies, and therefore carbon emissions, will depend to a great extent on whether countries implement the necessary policies agreed at the UN talks in Paris last December. ...
Oil giants should ditch high-cost projects, thinktank says image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of May 2016 11:01:35 PM
....Shell and others have been criticised by environmentalists for setting allegedly unrealistic goals for their oil and gas output that could only be realised with the Earth’s temperatures rising by as much as a further 4C. The industry argues it is always trying to lower its carbon emissions while at the same time meeting the needs of a growing world population and helping to alleviate fuel poverty. ...
Gas goes green as suppliers opt for carbon neutral sources image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of April 2016 06:00:29 AM
.... “There are direct parallels with the success of green electricity in that we can make gas from renewables and put it straight into the grid – except it’s the gas grid. Theoretically we could produce 95% of domestic and commercial gas demand from the grass on marginal farmland by 2035, so there is vast potential to make a big contribution in reducing carbon emissions. ...
EDF delays Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 22nd of April 2016 10:04:55 PM
....50 per megawatt hour for the power over 35 years - double the current cost. Ministers say the scheme, which could provide 7% of UK electricity, represents value for money in the longterm and can help lower UK carbon emissions. ...
Protesters criticise Drax over use of subsidies for coal and wood power image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of April 2016 06:41:11 PM
....Protesters claim Drax is receiving more than £1m a day of renewable energy subsidies for burning wood, ultimately paid for by bill payers. The biofuel is being used alongside coal that has particularly heavy carbon emissions, which the energy secretary, Amber Rudd, has pledged to phase out by 2025. ...
Minister admits lights would stay on even if Hinkley nuclear plant is delayed image
....”. She also said that delays to the troubled plant could risk the UK missing its targets to cut carbon emissions, and that alternatives could cost more but would not represent a “significant increase” in cost in the short term. ...
RBS pulls back fossil fuel investments as green deals grow image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 17th of April 2016 12:44:44 PM
.... The true test of the bank’s green lending credentials would come if those markets recovered. Financial institutions are shifting away from fossil fuel investments as the Bank of England, the World Bank and others warn that action to cut carbon emissions could leave coal, oil and gas assets stranded. ...
Clouds gather over solar power after golden years of success image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 16th of April 2016 03:00:21 PM
.... And it is good business. Many associate Whitehall with the government’s recent cuts to solar subsidies, but the state has cashed in on a wider solar boom by providing land – as well as benefiting from the low carbon emissions that come from green energy. ...
Major hotel chain to grow vegetables at 1000 properties to cut food waste image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of April 2016 02:09:50 AM
....In its previous five-year environmental plan, AccorHotels said it cut water consumption by nearly 9%, energy consumption by 5. 3% and carbon emissions by 6. ...
BP to face flak over green targets and pay at AGM image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 10th of April 2016 03:13:40 PM
.... The resolution, supported by the board, received 98% shareholder approval and the company’s new environmental awareness won wide praise. BP promised to reveal more about: the impact of carbon emission limits on the value of its oil and gas reserves; its investments in low-carbon technology; carbon dioxide emissions from its operations; linking executive pay to greenhouse gas reduction; and its lobbying on climate change. ...
Can you power a business on 100% renewable energy? Ikea wants to try image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 8th of April 2016 04:08:24 PM
....Many businesses are taking extra steps to make sure the RECs they buy adhere to stringent environmental and social principles. Steelcase, a Michigan-based producer of office furniture, only buys RECs generated by projects with no carbon emissions. ...
VIDEO: How Tata made millions from EU permits image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 8th of April 2016 12:52:15 PM
. Tata Steel made hundreds of millions of pounds selling carbon emissions permits given for free under a European Union emissions trading scheme, experts say. ...
Tata windfall from carbon permits image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 8th of April 2016 09:14:25 AM
....Tata Steel is refusing to comment on claims it has made £700m windfall profits from a policy designed to protect the climate. Three separate experts say Tata made the cash by selling carbon emissions permits it was given for free. ...
Green policies are not responsible for the Tata steel crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 5th of April 2016 12:32:33 PM
....If not, and the costs of green policies had been £7. 5m every year since 2008 - which is unlikely as the penalties for carbon emissions have been increasing - it would appear that Port Talbot has actually been profiting from green policies. ...
Port Talbot steel crisis: why we can't just blame Brussels image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 5th of April 2016 12:12:31 PM
....But hang on there. Hasn’t the UK government increased business rates ? Hasn’t Germany subsidised heavy industry’s energy costs 40 times more than Britain’s since 2013 (so the FT confirms) and didn’t the UK government decide to set a minimum price for carbon emissions above the EU’s market level? These are all things we have done/not done here, our “sovereign” action as unimpeded as it was when Britain went to war in Iraq. ...
Tata steel crisis: Sajid Javid starts sale talks amid warning against break-up image
....5bn needed over 10 years and the state providing support for the first two to three years until the business is self-sufficient. The unions said the government can bypass EU state-aid rules by updating Port Talbot’s blast furnaces and claiming it is investment into research and development, skills, and lowering carbon emissions. ...
Steel crisis: builders, manufacturers and carmakers urged to buy British image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 31st of March 2016 06:58:05 PM
....Representatives of the construction industry defended the lack of signatories to the charter, claiming that it referred to BES 6001 steel, which can be produced outside of Britain, rather than simply British steel. A spokesperson for Build UK said: “Build UK members are committed to providing opportunities for British-based steel producers in order to support local economies, job creation, and to reduce carbon emissions from transport. ...
Extra year for Fiddler's Ferry plant image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of March 2016 07:50:28 PM
....Martin Pibworth, from SSE, said the long-term future of the site "remains uncertain" but the firm was "pleased" to secure a 12-month contract, which starts on 1 April. The 45-year-old plant has been loss-making for two years and in November the government announced the permanent closure of all coal-fired power plants by 2025 as part of plans to lower carbon emissions from the electricity sector. ...
Who is to blame for the steel crisis? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of March 2016 02:33:53 PM
.... In 2014, UK steelmakers paid about 80% above the EU median for their electricity. UK government policies to meet legally binding targets to reduce carbon emissions are partly responsible. ...
Longannet power station closes ending coal power use in Scotland image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 24th of March 2016 12:01:04 AM
....5m homes and businesses. Last November Amber Rudd, the energy and climate change secretary, unveiled plans to close all British coal-fired power stations by 2025 as part of a plan to reduce the country’s carbon emissions. ...
Dyson developing an electric car, according to government documents image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of March 2016 05:59:37 PM
....”. The Guardian has also contacted the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles, which encourages the roll-out of electric vehicles as a way to cut air pollution and lower carbon emissions, and is awaiting details on the exact level of funding. ...
The nuclear industry: a small revolution image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of March 2016 09:46:11 AM
.... . Second, no-one has actually built an SMR yet, and it's likely to take until the 2030s or 2040s before SMRs are widespread and making a real contribution to hitting carbon emission targets. ...
VIDEO: 'Small nuclear' explained using rice image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of March 2016 09:43:13 AM
.... . But environmentalists are warning that small reactors are not yet built - and won't help in the short term to hit carbon emissions targets. ...
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Nearly 1 in 5 home appliances uses more energy than advertised, survey finds image
....”. Ecodesign laws are primarily meant to cut carbon emissions by preventing wasteful energy use. ...
Rainwater harvesting and rooftop solar: world's greenest shopping centre could be Australian image
....Exact data on how retail buildings in Australia impact the environment is not collected, and large retail developments like shopping centres are not bound by the same energy efficiency reporting requirements as large commercial buildings. Yet not-for-profit group Catalyst estimates the sector accounts for about 5% of Australia’s total national carbon emissions, largely through the use of energy for heating, cooling, and lighting. ...
Budget 2016: IFS savages tax claims as 'rhetorical nonsense' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of March 2016 03:06:22 PM
....The thinktank director was critical of Osborne’s decision to freeze fuel duty for a sixth year running, adding: “One must begin to wonder whether these duties will ever rise again, especially given current low oil prices. “Given that the harm created by driving in terms of increased congestion is rising, as is the harm from carbon emissions created by using petrol, we might also be worried by the economic and environmental cost of continuing with this policy. ...
Budget 2016: Osborne 'has only 50-50 chance' of hitting surplus target image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of March 2016 08:46:38 AM
....”. Johnson said: “Given that the harm created by driving in terms of increased congestion is rising, as is the harm from carbon emissions created by using petrol, we might also be worried by the economic and environmental cost of continuing with this policy. ...
Budget 2016: What does it mean for… Climate change image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of March 2016 12:01:00 AM
.... . The Chancellor also helped energy-intensive industries by saying that they will no longer need to pay for their carbon emissions. ...
Adelaide to become Australia's first smart city but could lose out on privacy image
....Related: Is the Internet of Things putting your child's privacy at risk?. The goal is to identify ways in which emerging digital technologies can improve how a city functions, whether traffic congestion, reducing carbon emissions or – as in the case of the elevator in Xi’an – personal safety. ...
Can you put a price on nature? A Californian nonprofit thinks it can image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 13th of March 2016 11:00:00 PM
....Investors are signaling a preference for natural capital accounting, too. S&P 500 corporations that report their environmental impacts produce a higher return on equity than firms on the index that don’t report the impacts, according to a 2014 study from the nonprofit CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project), which represents around 800 institutional investors and provides a framework for companies to report carbon emissions, water and forestry use. ...

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