Government ministers are calling time on the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by tasking climate experts with finding a path to a net zero emission economy. The committee on climate change is expected to strengthen the UK’s existing 2050 target to drive emissions down emissions down by 80pc from levels in 1990. Claire Perry, the energy and clean growth minister, said the Government’s climate watchdog would give “advice on a roadmap to a net zero economy, including how emissions might be reduced and the expected costs and benefits of doing so”. The new target is likely to spur action to find low-carbon alternatives for British manufacturing, transport and heating in what ministers believe is “one of the greatest industrial opportunities of our time”. The call for fresh targets also makes the UK the first major economy to grow its climate ambitions since a landmark UN report warned that “unprecedented” action is needed to avert the worst effects of climate change. Business Secretary Greg Clark, writing exclusively for the Daily Telegraph, said the low carbon economy “has moved from being seen as costly, restrictive and burdensome to one of opportunity, growth and potential”.
Telegraph 14th Oct 2018 read more »
Edie 15th Oct 2018 read more »
Last March, UK Export Finance (UKEF) – a government body that promotes exports abroad – offered up to £1 billion of support to help companies secure business in Argentina. The then trade minister Greg Hands claimed the credit would support the Argentinian renewable energy sector. “The UK’s expertise in areas like infrastructure [and] green energy … will form the basis of new trading relationships with Argentina.” This is the agenda promoted by the government’s Green Great Britain Week. Unfortunately, government practice does not match rhetoric. Last August, Philip Hammond went to Buenos Aires to meet with UK companies present in Argentina, where – according to documents released under freedom of information eequests – he “raised the £1 billion export credit facility announced by UKEF”. Which companies did our chancellor promote the offer to? Pan Am erican Energy (BP’s Argentinian arm) and Shell Argentina among others. Despite Greg Hands’ fine words, not one renewable energy company was present. What would oil companies use UK government financing for in Argentina? Very likely, fracking.
Times 16th Oct 2018 read more »
We believe it is time for all parties — especially the energy industry and environmental advocates — to come together around these sobering facts and act accordingly. The energy industry needs to acknowledge that we must accelerate the transition to a low-carbon energy system and start planning its investments, in addition to employing its political clout, to move us in that direction. And environmental advocates need to acknowledge that the climate challenge is so steep and urgent that we will need to be prepared to deploy all available tools to reduce carbon in the atmosphere, not just renewable energy.
Time 12th Oct 2018 read more »