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Community ownership in action

15 December 2014 Indra Thillainathan

Meeting the UK’s climate targets will require a steady expansion in the supply of low-carbon electricity, for example from renewables. Most renewable energy projects in the UK are owned by private firms. This contrasts with experience in some European countries – particularly Germany and Denmark – where some firms are owned by local communities. Community […]

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New long-term investment scenarios point to the need for much greater flood resilience

5 December 2014 Daniel Johns

On Tuesday, two much-awaited flood investment documents were published (see previous blog). Both Defra’s six-year Investment Plan and the Environment Agency’s Long-Term Investment Scenarios (LTIS) paint a positive picture of how much can be achieved in managing flood risk in the coming years. But the devil is in the detail, and these initial thoughts may […]

Six flood defence questions the Autumn Statement should answer

1 December 2014 Daniel Johns

On Wednesday, the Autumn Statement is expected to make significant announcements about future investment in flood and coastal defence. No new money is expected.  Instead, two major publications have been promised: A six-year capital investment plan: a list of individual flood and coastal schemes in England that are expected to be funded between now and […]

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The IPCC Report and the UK 2050 target

25 November 2014 The Committee on Climate Change

This month saw the release of the new Synthesis Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The previous IPCC assessment, back in 2007, was a key piece of evidence in setting the UK’s 2050 target to cut national emissions by at least 80% below what they were in 1990. So it makes sense […]

Going electric

11 November 2014 The Committee on Climate Change

CCC analysis shows that the UK needs 60% of new cars and vans to be electric by 2030 to meet our 2050 climate change targets, but with this figure currently at less than 1%, there are big public perception barriers to overcome.

National Audit Office finds evidence of under-investment in flood risk management

5 November 2014 The Committee on Climate Change

The latest value for money audit by the government’s spending watchdog finds good value being achieved with the money being spent on flood risk management.  That should come as no surprise, with the often quoted figure of investment in flood defences delivering £8 in benefits per £1 spent. The NAO found that the average benefit-to-cost ratio […]

Zero carbon buildings are becoming a reality

21 October 2014 The Committee on Climate Change

The UK’s buildings have the reputation of being old, draughty and expensive to heat. Fortunately, this has been changing slowly as building regulations have gradually required ever higher energy efficiency standards. As of 2016, all new homes will have to be built to ‘zero carbon’ standards (with commercial buildings set to follow in 2019), i.e. […]

Carbon budgets and the UK economy

10 September 2014 Lord Deben, Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change

A new report from Cambridge Econometrics today predicts that households will be better off financially as a result of carbon budgets. That contrasts somewhat with findings published previously by the CCC that there will be a small cost attached to carbon budgets (under 1% of GDP). So what do we think about this? First, of course, the […]

Saving carbon with efficient vacuum cleaners

1 September 2014 The Committee on Climate Change

Starting from the 1st of September 2014, every vacuum cleaner on sale in the EU will carry an energy label and be rated from A-G for performance, dust re-emission, noise level and power consumption. Additionally, vacuum cleaners with a power consumption of 1600 W or more will no longer be available (this will be further […]

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