Central Government

End of the Cumbrian coalmine?

End of the Cumbrian coalmine? In December 2022, the levelling up secretary Michael Gove MP, approved plans to build theWoodhouse Colliery near Whitehaven. He said the UK would need the coal in order to carry on making steel. However, newly revealed documents, drafted around the same time at the then Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy …

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Carbon Reduction Commitments

Carbon reductions

Carbon reduction commitments are the subject of the UK’s Climate Change Committee‘s latest report. The Committee advises the United Kingdom and devolved Governments and Parliaments on tackling and preparing for climate change. The reported says that the UK exceeded its third five-year carbon budget, which ran from 2018 to 2022, requiring reductions of 38% compared …

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Insulate Draughty Homes

Loft insulation

Insulate draughty homes and do more to make that happen is the call from Britain’s climate change chief Chris Stark, head of the UK’s Climate Change Committee. Speaking to the BBC this week Stark rated government policy on insulation as “very poor” and went on to say that insulation, together with renewable power, is the …

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Taxpayer billions for Drax carbon capture

Taxpayer billions for Drax carbon capture, it is claimed, are being made to a company that generates around 4% of the country’s power and 9% of the UK’s renewable electricity by output and is seen as an energy source when weather conditions preclude significant wind and solar power generation. Drax has received government permission to …

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Stopping Rosebank – the campaign continues

Rosebank approved

Freya, Friends of the Earth Scotland Stopping Rosebank – the campaign continues. In September the UK Government approved the Rosebank oil field. But the fight doesn’t end here. As we reported at this web site on 17 October, a petition was launched for stopping Rosebank. Friends of the Earth Scotland believe that by giving Rosebank the …

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Climate activists to take government to court over net zero retreats

Climate activists to take government to court

Barry White Climate activists to take government to court over net zero retreats as campaign groups have confirmed they are mounting further legal action in the High Court next February against the government, following Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s announcement last month that he is watering down key climate policies. The groups, Client Earth, Friends of …

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Rosebank Approval Madness

Letter to Julian Smith MP, followed by his reply: Dear Julian I am writing on behalf of ACE Settle and area to ask you to urge the Prime Minister to reconsider his and the Energy Security and Net Zero Secretary’s decision to sanction the Rosebank oil field. I do so for the following reasons: In …

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Clean energy offers hope but Rosebank approved

Rosebank approved whilst clean energy offers hope. That’s what we are now seeing as the driving down of greenhouse gas emissions from the world’s energy sector to net zero continues. Limiting global warming to 1.5 °C remains possible due to the record growth of key clean energy technologies, though momentum needs to increase rapidly in …

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