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Climate Change: Implications for Business
Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, together with the Cambridge Judge Business School and the support of the European Climate Foundation is summarising the latest climate science for the business community. Short, sector specific briefings and infographics are based on the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). They include topics such as buildings, cities, transport and employment. You can find them from this (external) link: Climate Change: Implications for Business.
UK's renewable electricity more than doubles in 4 years
On announcing the latest publication of energy statistics from HM Government, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey said:
"The government's investment in renewable energy is paying off: renewable electricity has more than doubled in just four years, with around 15 per cent of Britain's electricity already coming from clean renewable sources like wind, solar and hydro. This massive investment in green energy is accelerating, with 2013 a record year, with almost £8 billion invested across range of renewable technologies. Having a strong UK renewable sector helps to reduce our foreign imports of energy, improving our energy security, as well as helping us tackle climate change and creating new hi-tech green jobs. A green energy future that once seemed impossible for Britain is fast becoming a reality."
The latest energy statistics can be found on the DECC website from this link: Digest of UK energy statistics.
Fuel and Electricity (Heating) (Control) Order 1974 revoked
The effect of the Fuel and Electricity (Heating) (Control) Order 1974, as amended in 1980, was to prohibit the use of fuel or electricity to heat premises above a temperature of 66.2 deg F (19 deg C). This came about in response to the energy crises and high profile energy saving campaigns from HM Government including the "Save It!" campaign of the early 1970s. It gave industrial, commercial and public sector energy managers legislative backing to their in-house energy saving activities when trying to reduce energy waste in heating offices and commercial/industrial buildings.
However, with effect from 9th July 2014 the 1974 order (as amended in 1980) was revoked as a result of a Government review of Red Tape. The reason given was that the Secretary of State, as quoted in S.I. 2014 No. 1509 "The Fuel and Electricity (Heating) (Control) (Revocations) Order 2014", "no longer considers it to be desirable or necessary to control the use of the substances [fuel or electricity]... for heating premises".
This may appear from a presentational viewpoint to give the wrong signal from Government concerning the need to reduce energy useage for economic and environmental reasons, however the legislation had never been used to prosecute an organisation for wasting energy on heating premises, there was little current knowledge of this 1970s legislation, and it seems unlikely any Government would use this legislation for taking legal action on energy waste.
Its removal from the statute books therefore will almost certainly have no effect on energy waste in the UK whereas rising energy prices and Government measures such as the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme and other mandatory reporting requirements are much more effective at driving down energy and carbon waste.
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