We need an eleventh point in the plan, the need for an all-encompassing approach. Without this, there is a high risk of creating multiple incompatible, conflicting and incoherent building blocks and no overarching solution. There are three key elements to this ‘Point 11.’ The first is a total energy system, covering heat, transport, agribusiness and other sectors. The second is the need for consumer and commercial solutions that recognise that these initiatives will not work unless they are attractive to the individual consumer and financially compelling to businesses. Finally, government departments and regulatory bodies need to work together to meet a single aim.
Utility Week 30th Nov 2020 read more »
The government is this week undertaking a last minute diplomatic push to secure updated decarbonisation targets from leading economies at this week’s high profile Climate Action Summit. Due to take place on Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, the virtual Summit is to be jointly hosted by the UK, Italy, France, Chile, and the UN and will provide a platform for countries to come forward with the updated national climate action plans – or Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in the UN jargon – that they were expected to submit at the COP26 Summit in Glasgow before it was postponed. However, the latest Summit comes against a backdrop of on-going questions over the UK’s preparations for next year’s critical COP26 Summit. Last week several high profile figures, including former COP26 President Claire O’Neill, warned the government’s controversial decision to cut Overseas Development Aid (ODA) could undermine diplomatic calls for developing countries to step up investment in climate related projects. And reports in the Sunday Telegraph yesterday suggested Number 10 is considering a further shake-up to the COP26 team in response to growing concerns that Sharma will struggle to maintain his dual role as Business Secretary and COP26 President, as the economic impact from the coronavirus pandemic plays out and preparations for the Glasgow Summit intensify. The paper cited Downing Street sources who indicated the government was considering either replacing Sharma with a new COP26 President who would sit in Cabinet or allowing him to step back from his Business Secretary role to focus on the Summit Presidency. It added that Number 10 had been “rattled” by President-elect Joe Biden’s appointment of former Secretary of State John Kerry as his Climate Envoy and was increasingly convinced that it needed a similarly high profile figure involved in the Summit.
Business Green 7th Dec 2020 read more »