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#AutumnStatement 2014: No budget for a green economy

03 Dec 2014, by in Environment

This was no budget for a green economy. There’s no notion of how the Chancellor’s infrastructure plans or business incentives would contribute to green growth, nor how to avoid any of the downside risks of these plans. Environmental levies look increasingly like a straight revenue raiser. Osborne focussed instead on high carbon ticket items including…

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Austerity will continue to hit frontline flood defences

03 Dec 2014, by in Environment

One thing at least is clear from the Autumn Statement: austerity measures will continue to undermine our national response to climate change, notably our frontline flood defences. No new money is involved in the multi-year capital programme for flood defence work, as the Committee on Climate Change confirms. The independent advisory body has warned that…

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Questions for coalition on flood defence promises

02 Dec 2014, by in Environment

Increased spending on flood defences and exploratory talks for the first lagoon power project with potential to provide 8% of the UK’s energy have been trailed as key to the government’s infrastructure plans. But already the Oppostion is arguing that this is not new money – at the beginning of this parliament David Cameron cut…

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UK Shale Gas: The Manufacturers’ View

26 Nov 2014, by in Environment

Richard Warren of the Engineering Employers’ Federation writes on their view of the shale gas debate: The debate around shale gas in the UK has been unnecessarily polarised to date, with visions of a US style shale bonanza on the one hand and Texan oil giants plundering our green and pleasant land on the other.…

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Shale gas bubble – not worth the pop for jobs or energy security

12 Nov 2014, by in Environment

Conservative Ministers’ claims that shale gas could finance a ‘sovereign wealth fund’ to regenerate the north were disputed by experts from the UK Energy Research Council today. “There is very little prospect of significant commercial production until the 2020s”, the UKERC said. Job for job, investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency is better value…

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