Monthly Archives: "October, 2017"

Cost of Energy Review – Will UK Lead the World on Carbon Tax?
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Professor Dieter Helm’s independent Cost of Energy Review has been published. The review, which was commissioned by the Government, has sparked much debate from praise for its technology neutral, free market approach to dismay at his recommendation to abolish the Contacts for Difference auction scheme that is claimed have been responsible for halving offshore wind costs in a matter of years. It is of little surprise that the report finds that the cost of energy to the consumer is...

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Significant Threat from Delays in Reform for Renewable Heat Incentive
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The latest announcement of more delays to the reform of UK renewable heat policy have been condemned as a significant threat to the country's long-term climate ambitions. The UK has faced numerous warnings that it will miss its 2020 renewable heat target unless major policy improvements are quickly enforced. It is therefore no surprise that the delay of plans to reform the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) until 2018 is being seen as a significant blow. The bill was initially due...

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Mainstreaming Energy Efficiency – BEIS Consults on Carbon Reporting through Company Accounts
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The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has finally launched the consultation on Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting. Since the announcement in March 2016 that the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) would be scrapped in 2019 and an uplift Climate Change Levy (CCL) would replace the treasury funding, the future landscape of energy reporting has been a hotly debated topic. In a surprise move, the Government has announced it is considering the introduction of mandatory annual reporting and disclosure...

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Tackling Construction Pollution: Statistics Support the Need for Bold Action
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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has written to Defra to ask the Government for greater powers to tackle construction pollution, as industry experts call for urgent action to improve the state of sustainability in the UK built environment. With half of the capital’s air pollution caused by non-transport sources, Mr Khan has requested new powers to implement a hard-hitting plan of action that combats emissions produced from machinery and the domestic burning of solid fuels. With more than...

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