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Reducing Carbon Emissions through Innovation

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releases its Assessment Report in three enormous publications. The first publication – often called “Working Group 1″, or WG1 for short – describes the current understanding of the physical mechanisms of climate change; the … Continue reading

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Scottish energy bills are lower within the UK

Some things work better when they are together – united and integrated. Energy certainly does. In the UK, as one nation, our integrated, single energy market is delivering the investment, jobs and power we need. The same goes for booming … Continue reading

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

In today’s 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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: … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The Wetland Biomass to Bioenergy road show

The demonstrations for the wetland biomass to bioenergy project are now well underway, with six days already delivered and just two left to be held. Taking place in 3 locations across the country, it has felt more akin to a road … Continue reading

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Energy and Environment Open Data Challenge

It will start with a microphone, a stage, and an idea. Dozens of designers, developers and energy experts will be gathered. Some will have met before, most are strangers. All of them share an enthusiasm for working fast and solving … Continue reading

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The Future of the Energy Company Obligation

Today DECC published the consultation document on the future of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). The consultation will run from 5th March to the 16th April. The majority of these proposals were highlighted as part of Government’s announcement on 2 … Continue reading

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