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Extracts from NATTA's journal
, issue 159 Jan-Feb 2006

   Welcome   Archives   Bulletin         


1.     Giving and taking: £30m LCBP/ RO cuts?

2. New Climate Review: wait for it!

3. New Energy Review: nuclear or not?

4. Decarb the UK:Tyndall Centre report

5. UK Wind is fine: ECI report

6. Green heat: biomass reviews

7. PAC slams‘£12.5 bn’ RO costs

8. Scots Adjust Renewables Target

9. Energy Efficiency: mixed reviews

10. Carbon Saving: UK results so far

11. EU News:  Germany does well

12. World News: Asian-Pacific Pact

13. Nuclear News: Safety and Costs disputed

2. New Climate Review

The Governments new Climate Policy, initially expected ‘by the end of the year,’ seems to have been delayed until ‘early 2006’. But leaks suggested that, although the government now recognised that the existing emission reduction programme would not be sufficient, the new review was not going to be very radical- apart, possibly, from backing carbon capture and storage and more offshore wind.  Instead the aim seemed to be mainly to fudge and tinker at the margins with regulatory structures. This led to some bitter reactions from environmental groups, for example on the idea that the government might try, as the Guardian put it, to ‘buy its way out’ of its manifesto commitment to cut emissions ‘by purchasing credits from abroad under the Kyoto protocol’s carbon trading scheme and allowing them to count towards the UK’s target to reduce carbon dioxide pollution by 20% by 2010’.  There were also some wry comments about the idea of policing the 70 mph speed limit on motorways more strictly. But at least that would send a powerful message that responding to Climate Change was important.  Most of the other options being considered, as leaked in the media (see below), seemed to belie talk of ‘emergency responses’, but some did seem worthwhile, especially the demand-side measures.

Policy option (carbon saving in million tonnes carbon)


Impose pollution caps and domestic carbon trading on UK business and public sector (0.3)
Extend UK participation in EU carbon trading scheme (4.2)
Make households more energy efficient (0.3)
Enforce central government and NHS emission targets (0.1)
Build new gas pipelines to reach more homes (0.1)
Introduce new requirements for local and regional government to act on climate change (0.4)


Link winter fuel payments to energy efficiency measures (0.07)
Introduce ways to store carbon pollution underground  (0.5-2.5)
Force energy suppliers to use more offshore wind turbines (up to 1)
Better enforcement of building regulations (0.1)


Change road speed limits (1.7)
Replace inefficient boilers (0-0.5)      (Leaked DETR review paper)
Increase car sharing 0-0.5                (Guardian, 14th Nov)

Next: The Treasury’s review of the economic costs of climate change and of responding to it, called for by the Chancellor of the Exchequer last year, is being carried out by Sir Nick Stern in conjunction with the DTI and DEFRA. The government has indicated that it sees this major review as helping them to ‘understand more comprehensively the nature of the economic challenges we face and how they can be met, in the UK and globally’. The review will report to the Prime Minister and Chancellor by autumn 2006 and will interact with the new energy review-see next page. See:

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