ZCB Spring 2013 Newsletter
The wait is almost over! Zero Carbon Britain will launch its third report this summer.
ZCB's research aims to refocus the UK’s attention on how we can quickly and dramatically reduce our energy demand, power the UK with renewable energy and change the way we use our land to enable a carbon neutral society.
Read on for an update on what the team have been up to and a selection of press articles about rapid decarbonisation...
Zero Carbon Support
Thank you so much for supporting the Zero Carbon Britain project at CAT. Your help has been vital in developing our research into decarbonising the UK but this is only the beginning.
ZCB can make a positive difference if we can communicate this work effectively to the right people. Once again, thank you so much for your help with the project so far, and I hope you will consider donating again to ensure that we achieve the greatest effect.
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Zero Carbon News
We are still waiting for a vital amendment to the Energy Bill. A target to decarbonise the power sector by 2030 needs to be set. Alun James, Policy Officer for WWF Cymru says this about decarbonisation:
Even at a time when Western economies are in an economic slowdown, the World Metrological Office has announced that carbon dioxide levels have reached another new high – these are now 40% above preindustrial times. Ed Davey, Secretary Of State for Energy and Climate Change, has said that he will continue to fight for a 30% cut in emissions by 2020. That’s good news, but is the minimum we should do and we should be encouraging other countries to do the same. In fact, we should be shouting from the rooftops that we have to stop sleepwalking into a non-sustainable future where climate change will dominate our economic, environmental and social endeavours. There’s still time to change – we can all help by reducing our dependence on fossil fuel and living more sustainably – but we need to start now.”
Shifting our reliance on gas will ultimately lead to lower energy bills for households, says the Guardian.
And there are plenty of politicians that want to see the target set. Coalition tensions are rising...
The Green Deal is the government’s flagship retrofit programme. The energy secretary has not ruled out changing elements to make it more beneficial.
Read more about the pros and cons of the Green Deal on CAT's blog.
Germany are still leading the way with the 'Energiewende'. Watch a great video on the German energy transition.
But a worrying trend shows that worldwide concerns about climate change have dropped, says the Independent.
Are fuel prices the public’s greatest concern? The green alliance blog looks at the issue of rising fuel prices.
A new process for extracting hydrogen could help towards an "hydrogen economy", writes the BBC.
Zero Carbon Volunteers
Three new volunteers have joined the ZCB team! Sarah, Megan and Ling all have a fantastic opportunity to be involved with this phase of Zero Carbon Britain and the presence of these resourceful volunteers provides the existing team with a fresh new perspective for the project.
Zero Carbon Comments?
ZCB are looking for experienced bloggers from around the UK with the knack for telling inspiring stories and convincing arguments to post on ZCBlog.
This could be a comment piece, relevant news, tips for reducing emissions or anything else that promotes rapid decarbonisation. ZCBlog is a regular post on CAT's blog, which looks at topics related to the wider ZCB project and research.
As publication of the new report approaches, work will continue on all of the above. The team will be looking at research produced by other institutions and organisations to make sure that the scenario we describe in ZCB is up to date as well as scientifically accurate.
Follow our ZCBlog to keep updated with regular posts on the Zero Carbon Britain team.