The UK is on its way to approving one of the most ambitious climate change targets in the world, after MPs in the Commons last night passed the legislation without a single objection. MPs were debating an amendment to the 2008 Climate Change Act, which would raise the UK’s carbon reduction target from 80 per cent by 2050 to net zero emissions by the same date. According to Parliamentary convention, MPs first respond to draft legislation by shouting ‘aye’ for approval, and ‘no’ for objection. If there are only calls for either aye or no, the decision is made without a vote. If there is no clear result a formal vote is called. After almost 90 minutes of debate yesterday, attended by only a smattering of MPs, the Commons approved the legislative change without the need for a formal vote. Addressing the Commons, Acting Energy and Clean Growth Minister Chris Skidmore said politicians were listening to the public’s growing concern about the climate crisis.
Business Green 25th June 2019 read more »
The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) has been monitoring with concern the UK Government’s expected summer White Paper expected to advocate the funding of new nuclear power stations through the Revenue Asset Base (RAB). In the view of the NFLA this could put a heavy financial burden and unnecessary risks for such projects on to the public purse and the consumer – effectively us the taxpayer. This move largely arises from the heavy costs of contract for delivering the Hinkley Point C reactor project and the collapse of the Sellafield Moorside and the Wylfa B projects over the past year. It also comes at a time when the financial costs of offshore wind, onshore wind, solar and energy storage schemes all continue to come down in cost.
NFLA 24th June 2019 read more »
Al Gore has said the global economy requires a fundamental upgrade to become more sustainable in order for the world to survive an environmental crisis and widening social divides. The environmentalist and former US vice-president said the world was in the early stages of a “sustainability revolution” that had “the magnitude of the Industrial Revolution and the speed of the digital revolution”. “The scale of our global challenges has never been clearer,” Gore said. The urgent need to address the world’s sustainability crisis is laid bare in the latest annual report from Generation Investment Management, which was co-founded by Gore and David Blood, a veteran Goldman Sachs investor, in 2004.
Guardian 25th June 2019 read more »
Today is a significant day in parliament. MPs are expecting thousands of people from nearly every constituency in the UK to come to Westminster to meet us. What unites these people with the firefighters, surfers, schoolchildren, faith leaders, doctors and many other professions who will be coming to parliament? Quite simply, that they care. They care about our warming climate. The UK led the world by example when we introduced the ground-breaking Climate Change Act in 2008, which has since been emulated by more than 100 other countries. We now have the chance to lead by example again, with the very welcome adoption of a net zero emissions target by 2050. Our joint bid with Italy to host the next major climate summit, in 2020, will be another opportunity for us to show further global leadership. The next step will be putting the policies in place that get us to net zero as soon as possible.
Times 26th June 2019 read more »