Author Archive: unisondave

IPCC strong message on climate change, pragmatic on energy

In the most comprehensive report on climate change the UN IPCC has said that the impacts of global warming are likely to be “severe, pervasive and irreversible”. Dr Saleemul Huq, a convening lead author said: “Before this we thought we knew this was happening, but now we have overwhelming evidence that it is happening and …

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Scottish and UK governments go head to head on energy

Energy policy has been the focus of the independence debate this week with the publication of Scottish and UK government papers.  First out was the Scottish Government with its paper ‘UK energy policy and Scotland’s contribution to security of supply’. It argues that the UK is facing the highest black-out risk in a generation, with …

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Taking the finance out of fossil fuels

Getting the finance out of fossil fuels is an important element in tackling climate change. We are still on a trajectory to overheat the planet and fossil fuel emissions are the primary cause. I was speaking at a meeting tonight organised by Friends of the Earth Scotland on this issue in Edinburgh. The irony is …

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World Water Day. Don’t take our public service for granted

Today is World Water Day. An opportunity to focus on this essential service that we take for granted, but many people worldwide still don’t have access to. We should also remember that there are still those waiting for an opportunity to privatise Scotland’s water. Most of us take clean water for granted, but a sixth …

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Major safety concerns highlighted as Dart Energy public inquiry opens

Battle lines are drawn as a public inquiry into proposals to drill for gas in the Forth valley starts today in Falkirk. Dart Energy has plans to drill 22 wells to extract methane from the coal bed deep underground in an area near Airth known as Letham Moss. Dart Energy, said: “We are pleased to …

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Is state aid another challenge for Scottish renewables post independence?

Draft guidelines on state aid add a new twist on the cost of renewables if Scotland votes for independence. The Scottish Government’s ambitious targets for renewable energy come at a price to consumers, of about 11%, or £57 to the average Scottish household bill of £520 last year. At present that price is spread across …

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We need fundamental energy reform not tinkering with the market

Ofgem got out of their pram yesterday to complain about Labour and Which? criticisms of their ‘fundamental reforms’ to the energy market. They said: “For the Labour Party and Which? to dismiss Ofgem’s fundamental reforms is to misunderstand the barriers to competition that we have identified and are tackling. In fact Ofgem’s reforms go further …

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Water is a public service – not a commodity

Water is a public good, not a commodity. Today there will be a hearing in the European Parliament on the European Citizens Initiative – Right to Water. You can watch the debate live online. Nearly two million people signed this initiative across Europe. It invites the European Commission to propose legislation implementing the human right to …

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Renewables and jobs

Some big claims for renewable jobs and investment, but we have heard similar claims in the past that have not materialised. The EU has unveiled a new action plan for the ocean energy sector. A European Commission spokesman said: “Ocean energy has the potential to create new, high-quality jobs. Indicative job estimates show that 10,500 …

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Big Energy Saving Week and those switching sites

This is Big Energy Saving Week – an intensive information campaign that will urge people across the country to take advantage of cost-cutting schemes that could save them hundreds of pounds a year. The advice is free, and can be obtained from any CAB or from http://www.bigenergysavingweek.org.uk or the campaign phoneline 0808 808 2282. In …

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