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UK Sustainability Update 2012

UK Sustainability Update 2012


by Deborah Miarkowska

Latest Ministerial Strategy

Chris Huhne’s support for higher 30% emissions cut target gets boost as European Commission analysis concludes it would actually save money over a smaller cut. Tougher 30% emissions cut would be cheaper than expected.


A recent Ministerial Statement from Chris Huhne on Solar PV Feed-in Tariffs has stated that the Department of Energy and Climate Change has proposed that the halving of the feed in tariffs for domestic solar PV will come into effect on 3 March if it loses its appeal against a judicial review. Read More HERE

Unilever Sustainable Living Plan

Unilever has one of the most ambitious sustainability programmes in the world. One of the keys to making it happen is to ensure employees understand what the Sustainable Living Plan is, why it’s good for business and that it is part of everyone’s job to help make it happen. In most companies sustainability lives in a department – the Sustainability Department. This often leads to a situation where staff think sustainability is a good idea but don’t feel it is ‘their department’. To help solve this problem Unilever Australia gave everyone in the company a new job title: Head of Sustainability. Read More HERE

Wind power passes the six gigawatt threshold

The country’s wind sector has reached a landmark 6 gigawatts of installed capacity – enough to supply electricity to 3,354,893 homes. More HERE

Meanwhile, DECC has rejected Policy Exchange’s report estimating that renewable energy policies will add £400 a year to household costs by 2020, claiming their research is ‘flawed’. Read more HERE


UKERC warns of ‘alarming omissions’ in Green Deal consultation

Key omissions and inconsistencies in the Green Deal are alleged by the UK Energy Research (UKERC) in its response to the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s consultation on the deal. And research suggests that more than a million households will miss out on getting help to insulate lofts and cavity walls as a result of changes to government subsidies. Read More

The world of fossil fuels

In an open letter last week, Sir Mervyn King said overexposure to high-carbon assets by London-listed companies risks creating a ‘carbon bubble’; Russian natural gas producer Gazprom has yielded to requests from several European companies for easier gas supply terms as it seeks to keep its market share in face of weakening fuel demand due to economic difficulties in the region; thirty years after Margaret Thatcher fought a 74-day war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands, the prospect of an oil boom is reviving tensions; and fossil fuels are subsidised in much of the world, causing billions of tonnes of additional CO2 emissions – take a tour of the data.

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