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Attitudes to climate change

28 January 2010

The Department for Transport has today published the following Transport Statistics… on ‘Attitudes to climate change and the impact of transport’.

View the report here.

UK reaction to EU submission to Copenhagen Accord

28 January 2010

On 28 January it was announced that the EU has re-confirmed its support for the Copenhagen Accord… on climate change and formally announced its commitments for emission reduction targets please find a statement below from Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Miliband.

Mitigation deadline looms

22 January 2010

Australia voices support to 'back full implementation of the Accord'…. Meanwhile the UN acknowledges the COP15 outcome means the 'window of opportunity' for climate action 'is closing faster than before.

The January 31 deadline for submission of mitigation targets, which will intends to complete the Appendices of the Copenhagen Accord [pdf 182KB], is approaching.

As well as being asked to submit targets, Parties have also been asked by the UN to come forward and 'associate' with the Accord. In an interview with www.actoncopenhagen.gov.uk, the Australian Special Envoy on Climate Change, Howard Bamsey, has voiced Australia’s backing of the Copenhagen Accord.

Carbon Offsetting

18 January 2010

On Monday 18 January 2010, the Government launched the second phase of its Carbon Offsetting Facility… (GCOF II) which will offset emissions resulting from Government air travel and potentially other emissions created by public sector organisations. It will cover emissions generated in the period April 2009 to March 2012. There is the possibility of extending it to March 2013.

The Government recognises a hierarchy of actions to combat the effects of climate change. The public, businesses and the public sector are all urged to take action on their carbon footprint by calculating emissions, avoiding emissions, reducing emissions and then, lastly, to consider offsetting. Offsetting mitigates the impact of emissions that cannot currently be avoided or reduced by leading to emissions reductions elsewhere in the world.

£1 million research fund

18 January 2010

On Monday 18 January 2010, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the United Arab Emirates have announced £1m of joint funding…for renewable energy policy research.

DECC and the Masdar Institute have agreed to co-fund research which draws on domestic experiences of policy designed to promote renewables deployment.

The research will support the work of the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) to advise nations on putting renewable energy legislation in place.

UK Won't Let Up On Climate Fight

14 January 2010

The recession will not deflect the Government’s efforts to cut carbon emissions and move to… a low carbon economy, Energy and Climate Change Minister Ed Miliband said today.

Speaking as the Government formally responded to the Committee on Climate Change’s first annual report on carbon budgets under the Climate Change Act, Mr Miliband said Britain stood to gain not only from a green jobs revolution, but from measures to help people cut the amount of energy they use.

The UK is on course to over-achieve on its carbon budgets – the emissions equivalent of fiscal budgets -  with an estimated 36% cut on 1990 levels projected by 2020.

Government will not rely on the reduction in emissions brought about by the economic downturn to meet its climate targets. To reinforce this, any over-achievement in the first carbon budget due to the recession will not be carried forward to allow for higher emissions in the future.

Greenhouse gas emissions

12 January 2010

New research suggests that greenhouse gas emissions may have to be halved in the next 40 years in order to avoid global temperatures… exceeding 2 degrees on pre-industrial levels – the target scientists agree must be met in to avoid climate catastrophe.

A 2 degree target was agreed on at the Copenhagen climate negotiations, in December 2009. The resulting Copenhagen Accord [pdf 182KB] is the first time ever that this target has been globally agreed.

New findings, published 11 January 2010 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, have suggested greenhouse gas emissions must be radically slashed in order to reach this global target.

UK Youth committed to climate action

12 January 2010

The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) held their annual conference, 'Climate Revolution' today (12 January 2010) at the British Museum. … The event drew together some 200 UKYP members aged 11 – 25 from all over the UK, and was an opportunity for young delegates to reflect on Copenhagen and consider its outcomes in the context of what it means for young people, here and around the world.

Save money, save energy launch

11 January 2010

Homes lose a third of their heat through the walls and a quarter through the loft. Yet insulation is easy to arrange,… leaves very little mess and could save you hundreds of pounds a year. What’s more, you’ll be helping to reduce your CO2 emissions.

Countries to announce targets by Jan 31

11 January 2010

Countries are to come forward with their national 2020 carbon reduction targets by January 31, under agreements… made in the Copenhagen Accord.

The Accord – noted by the COP15 plenary – includes provisions for developed and developing countries to list their commitments to cut emissions, and requires countries to lodge their commitments in the agreement by January 31. In effect, this will complete Annex 1 and Annex 2 of the Accord.

The Accord is the very first time that developed and developing countries have agreed to make specific commitments to tackle emissions.

Countries are expected to come forward with their mitigation offers between now and January 31 – representing a window for continued global mitigation action.

Offshore Wind Expansion

8 January 2010

The UK’s long term energy and climate security was strengthened substantially today as The Crown Estate, owner of… the UK’s coastal seabeds, granted rights to energy companies to develop the biggest expansion of wind energy ever seen in the world.

The announcement has the potential to see an additional 32GW of clean electricity feeding into the UK grid, on top of 8GW from previous rounds. 32GW is enough offshore wind energy to supply nearly all the homes in the UK and will mean an extra 6,400 turbines. Investment in UK offshore wind overall could be worth £75 billion and support up to 70,000 jobs by 2020.

The next generation of offshore wind farms that will be developed under the licenses announced today will require larger and more efficient turbines, capable of generating 5MW of power.

It was hailed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Energy and Climate Secretary Ed Miliband, who met The Crown Estate in London today.

Boiler scrappage to benefit jobs, climate and bills

1 January 2010

Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband will today kick start a national scheme… to upgrade household heating systems to cut carbon, save money on fuel bills and sustain work for the heating industry.

Up to 125,000 households in England with working “G-rated” boilers can from today apply through the Energy Saving Trust for a voucher which will entitle them to £400 off the price of a new, modern “A-rated” boiler or a renewable heating system like a biomass boiler or a heat pump.

The Government’s Boiler Scrappage Scheme has already triggered some companies to complement, and in some cases match, the offer and it is expected others will follow suit. This will extend the scheme to many more householders and safeguard work for the heating industry. People are advised to shop around to find the best deal which suits them before applying to the Scheme.

The Government’s Boiler Scrappage Scheme will:

The Prime Minister said:“Today’s announcement will slash household energy bills and carbon emissions while providing an important boost for the British heating industry. The Government’s new scrappage scheme will help to secure 250,000 jobs across the tens of thousands of small and medium businesses involved in boiler manufacture, sales and installation that form a vital component of Britain’s low carbon economy. The scheme shows how this Government continues to invest in the British industries and jobs of the future.”

Ed Miliband said:“The Boiler Scrappage Scheme will save around £200 off heating bills per year for families that are replacing their old boilers.

“The Scheme will add to the existing package of Government measures to help householders be smarter about the energy they use, leading to permanently reduced fuel bills and cutting emissions.”

Fraser Winterbottom, Chief Operating Officer, the Energy Saving Trust, said: "We know that people will act on larger energy efficiency measures like replacing boilers when they are both good for the environment and cost effective for them. They also need to be able to trust the claims that are made around energy efficiency measures. The Energy Saving Trust is impartial, can provide this assurance, and can provide information to help people assess whether their boilers are eligible. Go online to check whether your boiler is G rated or if you prefer, our expert nationwide advice centre staff are also available to advise you over the phone. We are here to help."

Roger Webb from the Heating and Hot Water Industry Council, the trade association for the heating industry, said: “HHIC strongly welcomes the initiative to replace old inefficient boilers. We have been campaigning diligently for a long time and given the importance of meeting the Government’s emission targets this will make a significant difference. Householders are naturally reluctant to replace a working boiler even though it is wasteful on energy and so an incentive to do this is vital. We are delighted that the Government is giving the green light to enable householders to replace an old inefficient boiler with a new energy efficient model and by doing so recognising that a new boiler can really improve energy efficiency. The scheme is good on many levels because householders could see a large reduction in their energy bills, the major carbon savings resulting from replacing inefficient products will help climate change and finally for UK Industry and employment because most boilers installed are actually manufactured in the UK.”

To find out more about the Government’s Boiler Scrappage Scheme and to register, contact the Energy Saving Trust by visiting http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Boiler-scrappage-scheme or calling the advice line on 0800 512 012

Energy statistics

23 December 2009

Energy Trends and Quarterly Energy Prices publications are published today 23 December by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.…. Energy Trends covers statistics on energy production and consumption, in total and by fuel, and provides an analysis of the year on year changes. The September edition of Energy Trends also includes articles on: “Renewable electricity in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the regions of England in 2008” and “CHP in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the regions of England in 2008”. Quarterly Energy Prices covers prices to domestic and industrial consumers, prices of oil products and comparisons of international fuel prices.

Low Carbon Communities Challenge

21 December 2009

Communities in Norfolk, Isle of Wight, London, Nottinghamshire, Pembrokeshire, Cheshire, Northumberland, Yorkshire, Oxfordshire and Devon… are the first of twenty communities to benefit from a £10million fund as part of the Low Carbon Communities Challenge.

Around a quarter of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions come from heating, lighting and powering electrical appliances in homes. By 2050 this needs to be almost zero if the UK is to cut its emissions by 80% highlighting the importance of local action.

The winning projects will spend the cash on things like solar panels and wind turbines, insulating homes, low carbon heating systems and electric car charging points. Installing energy generating kit will not only cut carbon and save money on energy bills, but will also create an income for the communities through the Government’s clean energy cashback scheme. DECC is now looking for an additional ten communities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to take part in the next phase of the Challenge.

Copenhagen Accord kick-start

19 December 2009

The move towards global and immediate action on climate change has been agreed… as part of the Copenhagen Accord, following two weeks of intensive negotiations and two years of talks The Accord – agreed by major developed and developing country leaders and backed by a large majority of countries - will reinforce the need for strong domestic action on climate change across the world, as the UK is itself doing through its Low Carbon Transition Plan.

The Accord includes international backing for an overall limit of 2 degrees on global warming; agreement that all countries need to take action on climate change; and the provision of immediate and longer term financial help to those countries most at risk of climate change.

Agreement on $3.5bn funding for deforestation

16 December 2009

Australia, France, Japan, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States have today collectively agreed in the context of an ambitious and comprehensive outcome… in Copenhagen to dedicate USD3.5bn as initial public finance towards slowing, halting and eventually reversing deforestation in developing countries. A joint statement follows:

“Actions to reduce emissions from forests can help to stabilize our climate, support livelihoods, provide biodiversity conservation, and promote economic development. As part of an ambitious and comprehensive deal, we recognise the significant role of international public finance in supporting developing countries’ efforts to slow, halt and eventually reverse deforestation. With this in mind, we collectively dedicate USD3.5 billion of fast-start climate change financing for ‘REDD+’ [Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation] over the 2010 to 2012 period. We regard this as an initial investment in developing countries that put forward ambitious REDD+ plans and that achieve forest emission reductions according to their respective capabilities. We collectively commit to scaling up our finance thereafter in line with opportunities and the delivery of results. We invite other donors to join us in this effort to make early action on REDD+ a reality.”

£200m electrification programme

14 December 2009

Rail passengers will benefit from greener, more comfortable and reliable rail journeys as… Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis announced details of plans to electrify three major rail routes in the North West today.

The £200m electrification programme, combined with other improvements to track and signalling on the lines, will improve journeys between several of the key towns and cities in the North-West.

Along with the £1.1bn electrification plans involving London to Swansea and Liverpool to Manchester lines announced in July, this will mean two thirds of all national passenger rail travel will be on electrified routes.

Emails don’t undo global consensus

12 December 2009

The recent ‘Climategate’ emails do not undo the near global consensus on climate science,… says the Department of the Environment and Climate Change (DECC).

“There is an overwhelming consensus, based on decades of climate science and the work of thousands of scientists around the world which says that climate change is real and a major threat,” said a DECC spokesperson.

Several thousand emails, which date back 13 years, were stolen from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. It has been claimed that the emails show scientists avoided evidence indicating that global warming is unrelated to human activity and mis-interpreted data to support the case for global warming.

“The scientific evidence from across the world shows we need to act,” said the DECC spokesperson. “If we don’t act climate change will continue apace and lead to major damaging impacts to the natural world and society. One chain of e-mails does not undo the pretty much global consensus there is on the science.”

The environment: Pre-Budget 2009

9 December 2009

The UK is playing a leading role on climate change. It has helped to set the agenda for UN negotiations in Copenhagen, and is taking radical domestic action to promote low-carbon growth… The Chancellor said today that: "Tackling climate change will bring new opportunities for new low-carbon industries. This will create the high-skilled, high-paid jobs crucial to our future prosperity." An overall £200 million will go to improve energy efficiency and tackle fuel poverty.

This will be spent on:

Get a bag habit this Christmas

8 December 2009

In the UK we get through an incredible 9.9 billion plastic carrier bags per year. Put together the number of bags… used in the UK weighs more than ten Eiffel Towers.

The good news is, we’re getting through 48 per cent fewer bags than we were three years ago. The bad news, that still leaves each British household using around 400 plastic carrier bags each year, and they all have to be manufactured, transported and disposed of, producing the equivalent of 225,000 tonnes of CO2.

Many of us want to cut our consumption further, but forget to take a bag with us when going shopping. This campaign, on the radio and buses through Christmas and the January sales, will remind shoppers to take a bag with them. The campaign highlights the continuing waste from carrier bags and suggests ways to remember to reuse bags, not just at the supermarket, but also at the corner-shop and high street stores too. As people’s habits change in these small, simple ways, the cumulative affect will be to reduce the UK’s dependency on fossil fuels and cut CO2 emissions significantly.

Copenhagen kick-off

7 December 2009

As talks aimed at securing a global climate deal kicked off in Copenhagen today. UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband announced steps… in the UK aimed at helping householders make their contribution to cutting emissions.

The Government’s Energy Bill, also has its second reading in the Commons today.

Green Buses save jobs and reduce CO2

3 December 2009

Up to 1000 jobs will be secured and up to 10,000 tonnes of CO2 saved thanks to a grant of £30m to bus operators and local authorities…

The winners of the Green Bus Fund - which aims to encourage and help bus operators and local authorities to buy new low carbon buses - will now be able to purchase 349 vehicles which will operate in most of our main cities and some rural areas by March 2012. Industry estimates are that up to 1000 jobs will be safeguarded as a result of this investment.

Today's announcement is part of the Department for Transport’s wider strategy to encourage a radical shift to low carbon transport and improve air quality in our cities.

UK energy system gets smart

2 December 2009

All homes will have smart meters from their supplier by end of 2020. Smart energy use will save consumers money,… make electricity use more efficient and cut carbon emissions Smart meters will be rolled out through energy suppliers to every home by the end of 2020 under final plans published today by Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Hunt. A paper setting out the case for developing smart grids in the UK is also being published.

Winning climate change advert

26 November 2009

An advert highlighting the effects of global warming, designed by a cabaret singer, will be shown on Sky channels from this Thursday 26 November, 2009…

Zac Bauman, 35, has won Sky News’ climate advert competition in which entrants were asked to pitch a 30-second TV advert to inspire people to reduce their carbon emissions.

Zac, who earns a living as a one-man Rat Pack tribute act, submitted a script called “This Is Not a Movie”. His idea is based on a disaster movie trailer with a twist at the end. The final caption reads: “This is not a movie. This is real”.

The competition was judged by Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Miliband MP, Friends of the Earth Executive Director Andy Atkins and Sky News Executive Editor Chris Birkett.

New loans for onshore wind farms

10 November 2009

Three UK-based banks will start offering new loans to eligible onshore wind farms today. Wind farm developers and the banks will… have an opportunity to start brokering the deals at a forum in the city hosted by Ed Miliband and Chancellor Alistair Darling.

The scheme - supported by HMTreasury and Department of Energy and Climate Change - could enable around £1.4bn of onshore wind projects to move to construction over the next 3 years.

DFT launch new campaign

6 November 2009

The Department for Transport has today launched an advertising campaign aimed at reducing CO2 emissions from car use.…

The TV advert highlights that by driving five miles less a week, any driver can help make a difference.

Developed as part of the cross-Government ACT ON CO2 campaign, the advert aims to raise awareness of the impact of car travel on CO2 emissions and ways in which drivers can play their part in reducing this.

Car travel is the single biggest source of household and individual CO2 emissions in the UK. If all UK drivers reduced their driving by 5 miles a week we could save 2.7 million tonnes of CO2 per year.

Transport Minister Sadiq Khan said:

"This campaign asks people to think more carefully about the journeys they routinely take. In our daily lives we create over 40% of the UK's CO2 emissions, every action we can take to reduce this figure will make a difference.”

DECC signs up to 10:10 campaign

5 November 2009

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has today reaffirmed its pledge to cut its own carbon emissions by signing up to the 10:10 campaign. …The Department will now cut emissions by 10% in 2010 on top of an existing commitment to reduce emissions by 10% in the financial year 2009/10.

To achieve the 10:10 pledge, DECC is in the process of improving the energy efficiency of its lighting, air conditioning and IT system. Longer term, the Department is looking at generating its own low carbon electricity and connecting to the Whitehall district heating scheme.

The Department’s London headquarters also published today its latest monthly energy efficiency rating for October which is a ‘D’. In the past year DECC has reduced its use of gas by 90% and its use of electricity by 22%.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Joan Ruddock said:

“By signing up to the 10:10 campaign, DECC is cementing its leadership role in championing energy efficiency. Saving energy not only makes sense for the climate, but it makes financial sense too.

“The 10:10 campaign is sending a message to governments around the world that the UK is serious about tackling climate change ahead of the crucial climate talks at Copenhagen.” nuclear power stations up to 16 gigawatts of electricity.

Used car Fuel Economy Label launches

2 November 2009

A colour-coded Used Car Fuel Economy Label was today launched by Minister for Transport Sadiq Khan…. The label provides consumers with clear ‘at a glance’ information on the running costs, fuel consumption and environmental performance of used cars available from participating dealers. The initiative builds on the success of the new car fuel economy label, which is now widely recognised by consumers.

New affordable homes to be greener

2 November 2009

An initiative aimed at increasing the use of renewable construction materials in affordable homes… has been agreed by DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) and the Government’s housing and regeneration body the HCA (Homes and Communities Agency). DECC has provided funding under the Low Carbon Investment Fund, which will be administered through the HCA’s National Affordable Housing Programme. The funding is to create a series of greener homes designed to minimise environmental impact through the increased use of building materials from renewable sources.

New nuclear power could supply every home

28 October 2009

A third potential new nuclear operator entered the UK market today, taking total proposals for new… nuclear power stations up to 16 gigawatts of electricity.

A consortium of GDF SUEZ SA, Iberdrola SA and Scottish and Southern Energy Plc has secured an option to purchase land for the development of a new nuclear power station at Sellafield. Following the sale run by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), the consortium set out plans to build up to 3.6 gigawatts of new nuclear capacity in the UK, with work beginning in 2015.

Remember Reduce Reuse Recycle campaign launches

28 October 2009

Over the coming weeks you’ll be hearing a new campaign from ACT ON CO2: “Remember. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.”… Its aim is to encourage us all to do more to reduce the waste we create, and to build on the progress we have made in recycling in the UK by diverting even more of our household waste items from landfill.

We still bury a lot of rubbish in landfill sites; nearly 2,000 kilos for each person in the UK, or the weight of two cars, every year. This is a huge waste of raw materials – it takes 20 times more energy to produce a tin can from scratch than it does to recycle one – and once in landfill, any biodegradable material from our rubbish breaks down to release methane, the most harmful greenhouse gas.

To help reduce this effect the Government wants to encourage householders to take some simple steps to rethink what we put in our bins. Firstly, to reduce wastage by considering what they buy in the first place. For example, as much as a third of the food that families buy in the shops ends up being thrown away. Simple steps such as menu planning can help to reduce that.

Secondly, can items be reused? Many organizations now help to find new owners for the things you don’t want any more. Charity shops will accept clothes, books and toys; furniture recyclers will clean up your old dining table and find a new home for it; or you can pass items on to your neighbours via websites like Freecycle.

Thirdly, recycling. As well as the usual newspapers, bottles, and cans, you can also recycle paint, engine oil, wood, metal, batteries, leftover food, old carpet... almost anything. During the campaign we’ll be explaining how to reduce, reuse or recycle household waste in your local area, so listen out for our radio ads - made from recycled clips of course!

Energy Saving Week begins

16 October 2009

Energy Saving Week, the annual event organised by the Energy Saving Trust to promote energy saving actions among… householders, begins on Monday 19 October.

The theme this year is waste and the advice is designed to help consumers stop wasting money and energy in their personal and home-based lives. On Monday the theme is wasteful behaviour; on Tuesday, warmer homes; on Wednesday, smarter driving; on Thursday, it’s switch off/turn down/turn off day; and on Friday, it’s buy better day.

CLIMATE CHANGE: IS THERE A HAPPY ENDING?

9 October 2009

Research published today from the Department of Energy and Climate Change reveals that over 50% of people questioned don’t believe climate change will affect them and only 1 in 5 (18%) respondents think that climate change will take effect during their children’s lifetime.

£10m for low carbon communities

28 September 2009

The Government has launched a search for local authorities, charities and social enterprises to take up the challenge to... help communities fight climate change.

Communities can apply for a share of a £10million fund as part of the Low Carbon Communities Challenge to build on existing low carbon schemes.

Around a quarter of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions come from heating, lighting and powering electrical appliances in homes. By 2050 this needs to be almost zero if the UK is to cut its emissions by 80% highlighting the importance of local action.

Rail passengers to get on bikes

28 September 2009

Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis has launched a major £14m package to transform facilities for cyclists at rail… stations and encourage healthier, greener travel.

Over the next two years a series of measures, including 'Cycle Hubs' at 10 major rail stations and 10,000 extra cycle parking spaces across the country will be introduced by Government, Network Rail, Cycling England and train operators. The new cycle hubs will include extra cycle storage facilities, repair services, hire schemes and improved cycle access to and from the stations.

World's biggest turbine blades

28 September 2009

The world’s biggest wind turbine blades will be made in Britain, Energy and Climate Secretary Ed Miliband said today…

Announcing grants for three offshore wind energy companies Mr Miliband today told the TUC annual conference:

“With strong government backing, the UK is consolidating its lead in offshore wind energy. We already have more offshore wind energy than any other country, we have the biggest wind farm in the world about to start construction, and now we’ll see the biggest turbine blades in the world made here in Britain.

“Our coastline means the offshore wind industry has the potential to employ tens of thousands of workers by 2020, manufacturing, transporting, installing and operating new turbines.

“It will take an active government to get us there and the funds I’m announcing today are part of the £120 million investment we are making this year and next in the wind industry to make that happen.”

A greener future for transport

28 September 2009

Carbon emissions from domestic transport will be reduced by up to 14 per cent over the next decade as a result…  of the Government's carbon reduction strategy, published today by Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis.

Transport currently makes up 21 per cent of all UK domestic carbon emissions. The strategy entitled 'Low carbon transport: a greener future' sets out the policies and proposals for reducing transport sector emissions through to 2022.

It also frames the debate for the longer-term decarbonisation of transport to give people and businesses more low carbon choices about when, where and how to travel or transport goods.

Online debate for young people

28 September 2009

Are you aged 18 or under? Want to have your say on climate change or Copenhagen? Want to share your views with... other young people, MPs and Government Ministers? You can!

DECC has teamed up with the Hansard Society to hold a 'Heads Up' online debate for young people on climate change and the Copenhagen Summit. The debate began on Monday 28th September and will run until Friday 16th October, and DECC's Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, Joan Ruddock, will be contributing periodically, responding to questions, points and views.

The debate is a fantastic opportunity for young people to express their views on climate change and Copenhagen at the highest political level, and is open to under 18's, supporting teachers and youth workers.

Miliband to host climate talks

28 September 2009

The United States has asked the UK to host the next Major Economies Forum (MEF) for Leaders Representatives…  in London on October 18-19.

The United States has asked the UK to host the next Major Economies Forum (MEF) for Leaders Representatives

The Major Economies Forum was instigated by the US administration in early 2009. Its aim is to provide a more informal discussion space for countries to talk about their goals but also any concerns they may have.

The 17 major economies participating are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the EU, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the UK, and United States. Sweden as President of the EU, Denmark as host of December’s Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the UNFCCC itself also participate.

Marine Energy prototypes backed with £22m fund

22 September 2009

Wave and tidal developers are invited from today to bid for £22 million in new government funding to accelerate the… commercial development of marine energy in the UK.

The Marine Renewables Proving Fund, announced in July as part of the Government’s Renewable Energy Strategy, will be designed and delivered by the Carbon Trust and will provide finance for the demonstration of wave and tidal technologies.

The funding follows demand from industry and analysis by the Carbon Trust which has shown that extra support is needed to take marine devices successfully from initial prototype development through to early–stage commercial generation, where they are eligible for funding from the Marine Renewables Deployment Fund.

Plan to help homes cut emissions

1 September 2009

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband has outlined Government’s latest measures to help householders… save money and energy as he welcomed 10:10 – a new independent campaign to cut carbon emissions by 10% in 2010.

Responding to the 10:10 campaign, the Department of Energy and Climate Change has confirmed that it is on course to cut its own emissions at its London headquarters by 10% by April 2010 and it will make further reductions through the rest of 2010 and beyond. DECC staff have been encouraged by Ed Miliband to join him in taking up the 10:10 pledge in their homes and lifestyles.