Central Government

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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Net Zero or Not Zero?

Following Rishi Sunak’s retreat on the government’s net zero policies this week, we wrote to our local MP, Julian Smith. See below, followed by Mr Smith’s reply. To Mr Smith We ask you to press the Prime Minister to reconsider his new net zero policies announced on Wednesday 20th September. We also note your uncritical …

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Settle’s Home Grown Energy

Settle’s Home Grown Energy

Participate in Settle’s Home Grown Energy Business by taking local action in the same week Rishi Sunak has rowed back on the UK government’s net zero policies. Action on Climate Emergency (ACE) Settle and Area has announced their own response to the energy transition. At Settle Methodist Church’s “Let’s Talk Local” event held on 17th …

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