New PM must act now to support net zero targets

Barry White

In a bid to limit the rising costs of gas and fossil fuels whilst support the energy transition, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) and Climate Change Committee (CCC) has written to the new Prime Minister, Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, advocating the expansion of renewables.

The letter dated 7 September sets out the organisations’ joint positions on topics including energy security, fossil fuels and the role of infrastructure in delivering Net Zero. Continue reading “New PM must act now to support net zero targets”

Sales of peat for use on private gardens and allotments will be banned in England from 2024

Barry White

After years of campaigning, the government has finally banned the sale of peat-based compost in our shops from 2024 (see: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/27/englands-gardeners-to-be-banned-from-using-peat-based-compost). Along with other environmental campaigning organisations, Countryside Charity, the CPRE has long been warning of the severe environmental damage from selling peat in commercial compost, and after a consultation where over 95% of the public backed the ban, the government has agreed. Continue reading “Sales of peat for use on private gardens and allotments will be banned in England from 2024”

Germany’s cut price rail ticket comes to an end and saves tonnes of CO2

Barry White

Germany summer train fares reduction experiment finished on 31 August. Introduced on 1 June, the three month project to reduce car journeys, pollution and reduce curb imports of Russian oil has been judged a success, with about 1.8m tonnes of CO2 emissions being saved, although not all experts agree on this figure. The emissions saved were the equivalent to the powering of 350,000 homes.

About 52m tickets priced at 9 euros (£7.50) per month were sold, a fifth of them to people who did not usually use public transport. They gave unlimited travel on regional rail networks, trams and buses.

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Cumbria coalmine decision delayed again

Barry White

As was likely given the forthcoming changes at the top of government, the decision on the UK’s first new deep coalmine in more than thirty years has been delayed. As reported (see: http://acesettleandarea.org/cumbrian-coal-mine-decision-delayed/) a decision was expected this Wednesday, but after the Westminster upheavals which also resulted in Michael Gove Secretary of State at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities being sacked by the outgoing Prime minister, it was unlikely that any decision would be made until after well after the new government takes office early next month.

Last week the Department wrote to Friends of the Earth (see: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/climate/coal-mine-decision-delayed-again) stating that a decision on whether or not to grant planning permission for the controversial new coal mine had been further delayed until “on or before 8 November 2022”.

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