The UK government must “urgently” deliver plans showing how it intends to both tackle and prepare for climate change. This is the key message within the latest annual progress report published today by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the government’s official climate advisers.
Carbon Brief 29th June 2017 read more »
A decentralised energy system, more ambitious renewable energy targets and a stronger low-carbon heat and transport policy are all listed in the second part of edie’s feature exploring the most critical areas of green policy that Theresa May’s new Government must prioritise.
Edie 28th June 2017 read more »
Ofgem has announced its decision on how to pay for embedded generation, which is to accept its March ‘minded to’ decision. This is the latest stage in what is known as the embedded generation saga – explained earlier. IGov deplores this latest Ofgem decision. As IGov has argued before, we think that Ofgem should not take this narrow decision about embedded benefits now but wait until a clear decision on the institutional needs of GB energy system transformation has been clarified – including a decision on the methodology to be used when valuing distributed energy resources (DER) . As the reset the reset blog argued, GB is making too many decisions from too many policy statements and too many Consultations without a coherent institutional framework for them to fit into. This is leading to non-joined-up energy policy making, and this latest decision by Ofgem is just one more of those unhelpful decisions.
IGov 28th June 2017 read more »
Household energy bills and carbon emissions will rise unless ministers devise new policies to save power, a report says. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) confirms that bills and emissions have been forced down since 2008 by EU energy efficiency rules. Appliances like fridges, freezers and boilers are now designed to use less energy for the same work. Ministers say they will make new energy efficiency policy in the Autumn. But the government’s critics point out that its Clean Growth plan for an efficient low-carbon society is already many months behind schedule. The CCC says the UK must shift much more swiftly towards electric cars to reduce carbon and tackle local air pollution. It also says a strategy is urgently needed to insulate millions of homes and create new forms of heating that don’t foul the air or crank up climate change. The report’s finding on home energy bills will surprise people amidst allegations of energy company profiteering and fears that many households find energy prices too high. It confirms that although the cost per unit of electricity and gas has indeed risen, household bills have fallen thanks to EU and UK efficiency standards which forced engineers to design appliances that use less energy. It says since 2008, when the Climate Change Act was introduced, electricity demand is down 17% (despite all our gadgets) and gas demand is 23% lower, thanks to better insulation and UK rules on improved boilers.
BBC 28th June 2017 read more »
A key Government advisory body has called for an electric vehicle boom to help meet legally binding climate targets. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC), an independent advisory body, has urged the Government to set a target that electric vehicles should make up at least 60pc of new cars and vans sold in the UK by the end of the next decade. The drive should include financial support, tax incentives and a strategy to roll out electric vehicle charging infrastructure as well as tougher emissions standards on new car sales beyond 2020, the committee said.
Telegraph 28th June 2017 read more »