Government admits 'without further action' flagship aviation climate target will be missed

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25 August, 2011

The government this morning admitted that “without further action” to curb pollution from planes, the flagship aviation climate change target that was adopted and championed by the last government will be missed. (1)

In the Transport Secretary’s formal response to the aviation recommendations of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the government’s independent climate advisers, there is an admission that:

Do you have the inside scoop on VW's anti-climate law lobbying?

Posted by Richardg — 23 August 2011 at 4:08pm - Comments

Volkswagen spokespeople keep telling everyone they’re 'surprised' we’re focusing on their company. They think they make green cars. We know they could do much, much better – after all, for every greener car VW sells 15 more polluting ones roll out of the salesrooms.

VIDEO: A VW stormtrooper sees the lights

Posted by jamess — 7 July 2011 at 4:42pm - Comments

Following last week's dramatic shutting down of our rebel communications channel (YouTube to you, humans), the Rebellion has bounced back. Our videos are now everywhere - thanks to you brave Jedi - and our ranks are swelling faster than we ever thought possible.

Most succesful internet advert ever spoofed by Star Wars kids

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Volkswagen targeted in major new Greenpeace campaign

28 June, 2011

A legion of seven-year old children armed with light sabers takes on Europe's biggest carmaker today when a new film is launched spoofing the most successful viral internet advert in history. (1)

Join the rebellion and turn VW away from the dark side

Posted by jamie — 28 June 2011 at 6:18am - Comments
VW The Dark Side
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VW has joined the Dark Side. Join the rebellion to bring the company back

It’s not every day you’re called to step up in defence of your planet – but today is one of those days. A few moments ago we launched a new global campaign to change Volkswagen by turning them away from the Dark Side, and we need your help.

Despite the green image it likes to portray, VW is at the heart of a group of companies lobbying against new laws which we need to cut CO2 emissions, reduce our oil use and protect places like the Arctic from climate change.

Only a rebellion can stop them – a mass of people from all across the globe –demanding that they change. We need you to be part of that rebellion.

UK carbon emissions figures 2010 - Greenpeace response

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31 March, 2011

Reacting to the publication of UK carbon emission figures for 2010, Dr. Doug Parr, the chief scientist for Greenpeace, said:

“Climate-changing pollution should be falling, not going up – so what these figures show is that the UK is moving in the wrong direction. Politicians can’t blame it on the beginnings of the economic recovery because whilst the economy has grown slowly, carbon emissions have grown faster.

Government aviation scoping document - Greenpeace response

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30 March, 2011

The head of Greenpeace’s transport campaign, Vicky Wyatt, said:

“The prime minister made clear that rising carbon emissions were a key reason he opposed the growth of London’s airports so it’s worrying that these new transport proposals seem to put a new emphasis onto aviation growth happening by the back door at regional airports.

The government’s climate plan needs pollution from planes to be kept within limits. Clearly the aviation industry has been ramping up their lobbying efforts but Ministers should learn the lessons of the Labour years and not cave in.”

Budget 2011 - Greenpeace response

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22 March, 2011

Key environmental points in budget:

  • Scale and scope of the Green Investment Bank
  • Details surrounding the introduction of a new floor price for carbon
  • Changes to transport policy – fuel duty and APD

Overarching view:

Executive director of Greenpeace, John Sauven, said:

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Personal energy use

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While the government needs to act to transform our energy and transport systems for a
low carbon future we can all do our bit to reduce our energy demand. Changes
big and small in the way we use electricity, power our vehicles and
heat our homes and businesses cumulatively have a significant impact.

Reducing our energy demand is something that we should be excited about, not scared of. It can save us money (the government estimates that increased efficiency in heating, electricity and transport could save us £12bn in reduced bills), as well as protect our planet.

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