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Response to the Daily Mail “Britain’s secret bid to fix UN climate report”

In the Daily Mail, Ben Spencer reported that Britain unduly interfered with the drafting of the IPCC’s final report on climate change that has been published today. Under the headline, “Britain’s secret bid to fix UN climate Report”, he accuses the UK delegation of political interference. This is hugely misleading and wrong on every level. The […]

The IPCC WGII report

Climate change is an area where science and engineering – across all disciplines, from the physical to the social sciences – has a crucial role in informing decisions by policy makers. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published the first instalment of its Fifth Assessment Report last September.  This summarised the latest scientific understanding […]

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Posted on: Mar 31 2014

Supporting domestic energy efficiency action in the private rented sector

The private rented sector in England & Wales, accounts for around 4.2 million homes, but it has never been properly targeted or incentivised for energy efficiency. Action to improve the energy efficiency of private rented properties is badly needed, because: One in five households in the English private rented sector is fuel poor – almost […]

Changes to the Green Deal Cashback Scheme

DECC recently announced several changes to the existing Green Deal Cashback Scheme (operating in England and Wales) which rewards consumers for taking action to improve the energy efficiency of their homes through the Green Deal. These changes were the result of feedback we’ve had from industry and consumers on how the scheme could be made […]

Reflections on the British Energy Challenge Roadshows

On 6th March 2014, I used the IET’s Clerk Maxwell Lecture, on ‘Climate, Energy Arithmetic, and 2050 Pathways’ as an opportunity to engage the audience in a discussion about Britain’s energy options. Using an approach developed last year in DECC’s ‘British Energy Challenge’ Roadshows, the goal was to crowd-source a consensus pathway in the 2050 Calculator. […]

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