The Energy Omnishambles

Posted by petespeller — 22 May 2012 at 6:02pm - Comments
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A loop hole in the Energy Bill could see the return of coal-fired power stations

The government's flagship attempt to reform where our electricity comes from prioritises expensive gas and nuclear over renewable energy, doesn’t even mention money saving energy efficiency and is so complicated that even the energy utilities don't understand it.

First working day in Britain without coal - Greenpeace response

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21 April, 2017

The Electricity Control Room at the National Grid has announced that today will likely be the first working day without coal in Britain since the Industrial Revolution. They have said this would be the first continuous 24 hour period without coal.

Hannah Martin, Head of Energy at Greenpeace UK, said:

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8 ideas for how the UK can keep the lights on without trashing the planet

Posted by Richard Casson — 24 November 2015 at 7:36pm - Comments

With the UK set to wean itself off coal power over the next decade, what will take its place to keep the lights on?

Old King Coal, Your Days Are Numbered

Posted by Greenpeace UK — 18 November 2015 at 3:43pm - Comments
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The government has announced that coal power stations, like Drax pictured here, will close by 2025

There is news worth celebrating coming from the Department of Energy and Climate Change today.

The UK has just become the first G20 economy to stamp a clear expiry date on coal, one of the main drivers of climate change. Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd has pledged to phase coal out of our energy mix entirely by 2025.

'Historic moment' as UK turns its back on coal

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18 November, 2015

It has been widely reported that Amber Rudd will announce that the UK will phase out coal power by 2025.

In response, John Sauven, Greenpeace UK Executive Director said:

Costly Coal - Standard Chartered's role in a coal project threatening the Great Barrier Reef

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Publication date: 
5 August, 2015

UK bank Standard Chartered is the lead advisor on the controversial Carmichael coal mine in Australia. The project would be one of the biggest mines in the world and requires construction of one of the world's largest coal ports in the Great Barrier Reef. This briefing outlines the potential impact of the project on the Great Barrier Reef - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - and the key risks for Standard Chartered from its involvement.

Download the report:

Why is the ‘party of business’ doing everything they can to damage the main growth industries of the 21st century?

Posted by Graham Thompson — 22 July 2015 at 3:02pm - Comments
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You really do need to speak to your father-in-law, George.

Coal and nuclear are dying, and the future of energy lies in solar. This isn’t a Guardian reader’s fantasy, this is the established trend in energy markets. This isn’t a declaration of victory over carbon dioxide either – the trend isn’t fast enough to stop catastrophic climate change, at least not yet – but it’s useful information for policy makers. Unless you’re George Osborne, in which case it’s time to plough the nation’s remaining finances into life support for nuclear and coal whilst standing athwart history yelling ‘STOP!’ 

Standard Chartered feels the heat over threat to Great Barrier Reef

Posted by Greenpeace UK — 7 May 2015 at 4:56pm - Comments
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Hong Kong: Greenpeace activists unfurl a stair-riser banner in front of the Standard Chartered’s headquarters

As a contracted advisor to the planned Carmichael mega-mine, UK-based international bank Standard Chartered must be feeling rather exposed at the moment following a Hong Kong protest and then questions from Greenpeace at its annual general meeting in London.

UK emissions drop - Greenpeace response

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UK GHG emissions dropped by 8.4% 2013 - 2014

26 March, 2015

In response to the UK's GHG emissions dropping by 8.4% (and CO2 emissions dropping by 9.7%) Dr Doug Parr, Chief Scientist at Greenpeace UK, said :

"Last year UK carbon emissions fell dramatically whilst the economy grew faster than it has in any year since 2007. This is further evidence, if it was needed, that efforts to cut carbon pollution and boost our economy can go hand in hand. And since a reduction in coal use was a crucial factor in bringing down CO2 emissions,  these figures give us a taste of what could be achieved if our political leaders got serious about phasing out the dirtiest of all fossil fuels and gave proper backing to clean energy.