Ofgem calls for energy system reform

Green (Living) Review

"Power firms make vast profits, consumers get ripped off, millions live in fuel poverty, and the UK has failed to make a significant shift to a low-carbon energy future - despite this country's huge renewable energy potential. "A commitment to radically reform the energy system must be a significant element of all the political party manifestos."

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Government planning reform must lead to green, safe and prosperous future

Green (Living) Review

A greener and fairer planning system must be at the heart of reforms reported to be published next week says Friends of the Earth. Planning reform is expected to form a prominent part of the Government's Decentralisation and Localism Bill. Friends of the Earth says it must play its part in shaping a safe, wildlife-rich and low-carbon future for the UK. " The Decentralisation and Localism bill is expected to include further reforms of the land use planning system.

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A roadmap for a secure low carbon energy economy

The Green Changemakers

Secure Low Carbon Energy Economy Roadmap Publish at Scribd or explore others: Academic Work economy Green This “roadmap” presents the results of a year-long effort by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and WRI to identify a set of policies to address energy security and climate change simultaneously. Without scalable low-carbon replacements for these fuels, actions to reduce emissions could destabilize the current energy system.

EMR - wind industry cautions against 'leap in the dark'

Green (Living) Review

The wide ranging proposals are set to recommend the phasing out of Renewable Obligation Certificates and a new type of support mechanism for all forms of low-carbon electricity, including nuclear and carbon capture and storage. In the long term, the cost of doing nothing to the country and to consumers will be much greater than the cost of low carbon measures.

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Green Money Makes the World Go Round

Green (Living) Review

Practically speaking, a Green Economy is one whose growth in income and employment is driven by public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency, and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. These investments need to be catalysed and supported by targeted public expenditure, policy reforms and regulation changes. The low-carbon sector is a growing business.

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Low Impact Natural Building in Nicaragua

Green (Living) Review

Liz Johndrow from Earthen Endeavors Natural Building is teaching communities in Nicaragua how to build sustainable and natural homes that have low carbon footprints whilst also working to empower local women.

Localism Bill fails vital green test

Green (Living) Review

But Friends of the Earth says localism will only thrive if the proposals unveiled today are significantly improved, including: • Clearer guidance to councils to give the green light to developments that cut carbon emissions, like greener transport and renewable energy schemes. • And these proposed planning reforms are far too flimsy to ensure the UK builds the strong, low-carbon and wildlife-rich future that the Government has promised. “If

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New Government energy rules could undermine climate strategy

Green (Living) Review

A new report by a committee of MPs of Wednesday, 26 January 2011, warning that new UK planning rules could lead to a new 'dash for gas' and stall low-carbon energy investment, has been welcomed by Friends of the Earth. Friends of the Earth's Senior Economics campaigner Simon Bullock said: "MPs are right to be concerned about a new dash-for-gas - this would damage our energy security, increase carbon emissions and obstruct green energy investment.

5 Ways We Can Turn Paris Climate Commitments into Action

Conservancy Talk

The event marks a watershed moment in global efforts to address climate change and create a prosperous, low-carbon future. A well-designed carbon tax could be simple to administer. Mangroves like this one in Haiti can store significant amounts of carbon. ©

Daily Demand and Supply: Why estimating the social cost of carbon is important

Environmental Economics

The UK government and green groups have welcomed a European Parliament move to rescue the EU's carbon trading scheme, but say deeper reforms are needed. MEPs backed a European Commission plan to freeze the auctioning of some carbon dioxide (CO2) emission allowances. The idea is to reduce the current oversupply of allowances, thereby pushing up the carbon price. We estimate the social cost of carbon and we target/allocate the number of permits to achieve that price.

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Greening Governance in Asia-Pacific

The Green Changemakers

[link] IGES White Paper IV Once every two years, IGES releases a white paper focusing on key policy agendas in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Government must seize once-in-a-generation chance to green UK electricity

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Reforming the UK's electricity market is a once-in-a-generation chance to avoid locking us into a dangerous, high-carbon future, warns Friends of the Earth, on the day before Government published a consultation on the proposed changes.

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Government Energy Bill will leave millions out in the cold

Green (Living) Review

Friends of the Earth believes the Government's current Green Deal is inadequate and the Energy Security and Green Economy Bill as a whole stops well short of what is needed to cut climate-changing carbon emissions as quickly as the science says we must. As 80 per cent of carbon emissions come from local activity - things like how we power our homes and get around - locally coordinated schemes to cut CO?

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Renewable energy coalition releases 12 step manifesto

Green (Living) Review

The document, The Zero Carbon Switch: Joint Manifesto for Renewables, highlights that up to a third of the UK ’s ageing generating capacity will be decommissioned in the next five years, and that the country will become increasingly reliant on imported fossil fuels, with climate change remaining a serious threat.

Acting on Climate for the Win

Conservancy Talk

The commitment of the United States and other major country governments to climate action also encouraged many of the world’s most important private sector companies to publicly back the aims of the Paris Agreement, and state their commitment to creating a low-carbon future for our economy.

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Supreme Court’s Stay on Clean Power Plan Won’t Stop Energy Revolution

Conservancy Talk

But now that gas is much cheaper, utilities are firing up those power plants once again, generating abundant, low-cost energy that is much cleaner than the coal it is replacing. The smart grid allows consumers to shift their power demand to low-cost periods of the day.

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A 'Green New Deal' can save the world's economy,

The Green Changemakers

It envisages basing recovery on providing work for the poor, as well as reform of financial practices, after a crash brought on by unregulated excesses of the free market and the banking system. Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World.

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The Nature Conservancy’s U.S. Climate Strategy

Conservancy Talk

We also need to show how the benefits of a low-carbon economy outweigh the costs. The landmark climate agreement approved in Paris includes a commitment by the United States to reduce its emissions by up to 28% from 2005 levels by the year 2025.

Sunday’s Green News Snippets

Green Prophet

Scotland which is part of the UK offers to help Qatar diversify away from oil and gas and towards a more low-carbon economy. Get your weekly dose of green news snippets from the region. It’s been another great week of green news coming from the Middle East.

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Sustainability Science Fellowships at Harvard University

The Green Changemakers

water, air, land) and/or the adoption of cleaner and less carbon-intensive industrial and energy technologies.

Bridging the Gap Workshop

The Green Changemakers

Cornie Huizenga of SLOCaT also talked about mechanisms within the UNFCCC that could be reformed or developed to accommodate the specific needs of the sector.

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IEA warns world headed for irreversible climate change in five years, greenhouse emissions soaring

Green Blog

” Everything that produces greenhouse gas emissions, such as dirty coal plants and other fossil-fueled power stations, which are being constructed from now on, will continue to spew out carbon for decades to come. The Guardian reports : “If the world is to stay below 2C of warming, which scientists regard as the limit of safety, then emissions must be held to no more than 450 parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; the level is currently around 390ppm.

Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication

The Green Changemakers

It also explores how to foster much needed reforms and channel investment that will help shift marine fisheries to a more sustainable future.

Age of Stupid documentary - screenings across the world

Eco-Vegan Girl

The eco premiere, which be will simulcast to all participating theaters, will feature a live procession on a green carpet (made of recycled soda bottles) as guests arrive by bicycle, solar car, rickshaw, sailboats and other low carbon methods.

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17 Things to Know About California’s Carbon Cap

Sightline Daily

While Cascadian climate hawks have been fighting rearguard actions against proposed pipelines and coal trains, California has been rolling out an ambitious carbon cap. It’s an option Oregon will consider next year in its impending revenue-reform debate.

Reframing Sustainable Development: A Critical Analysis, April 2013

The Green Changemakers

CIWEM has also analysed the actions taken on planning and zero-carbon homes from the DCLG, low carbon and green economy policies from the DECC and action on the natural environment from Defra.

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Building our common future

The Green Changemakers

Global action by the UK government to help make a fair, safe and sustainable world We live in an increasingly interdependent world. We have made great strides over the past decade in tackling global poverty and suffering.

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Power, Responsibility, and Accountability: Re-Thinking the Legitimacy of Institutions for Climate Finance

The Green Changemakers

Existing institutions must also be reformed. At the international level, the choice between reforming traditional development agencies, such as the GEF, U.N. Delivering climate finance at scale, at least in the short term, will likely involve multiple mechanisms, both new and reformed.

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Living within our Means

The Green Changemakers

Living Within Our Means March 2009 The global economic crisis and accelerating climate change stem from the same causes and give warning of a “perfect storm” unless politicians act to transform capitalism, Jonathon Porritt warns in a pamphlet launched today. Politicians have a unique opportunity to confront and resolve both crises simultaneously. But there is no time to lose, he argues in Living Within Our Means.

George Monbiot and the enviro-neocons

Green Blog

Even in an extreme post-peak oil scenario, cuts in fossil fuel consumption, notably coal (the most abundant and carbon intensive fuel) would still be required, if we want to avoid dangerous climate change. Now I would argue the problem with the neocons is that they never understood the purpose of Kennedy and Johnson’s (or indeed Carter and Clinton’s) liberal reforms to begin with. I’m getting a bit worried about George Monbiot.

Qualitative Growth

The Green Changemakers

In June 2009, the UN General Assembly adopted the financial reforms proposed by the Stiglitz Commission and endorsed the shift away from fossil fuels to low-carbon green growth.

What is Green Economy?

The Green Changemakers

A Green Economy attempts to remedy these problems through a variety of institutional reforms and regulatory, tax, and expenditure-based economic policies and tools. The United States is asking itself whether it can afford to put a price on carbon today.

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State of the world 2008

The Green Changemakers

Building a Low-Carbon Economy Christopher Flavin, Worldwatch Institute To avoid tipping Earth’s climate into a dangerous runaway warming mode, global carbon emissions must be slashed by upwards of 80 percent by 2050. Improving Carbon Markets Zoë Chafe and Hilary French, Worldwatch Institute A world choking on carbon increasingly understands that measures for reducing national and personal carbon footprints are critical.

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Creating the future we want

The Green Changemakers

In 2011, the European Commission launched the Europe 2020 strategy that aims to shift toward a resource-efficient, low-carbon economy to achieve sustainable growth in the region. Alan D. Hecht 1 , Joseph Fiksel 2 , Scott C. Fulton 3 , Terry F. Yosie 4 , Neil C.

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To The Next U.S. President: 100 Words for 100 Days

The Green Changemakers

Once home, the President should frame his agenda around efforts to move country and planet beyond carbon, warfare, and absolute poverty. Make it cap and dividend by taking the revenue from auctioning carbon permits – every last nickel – and returning it to Americans in equal shares. Each year, everyone gets a “Carbon Dividend” check, just like the Alaska Permanent Fund. accepts carbon constraints first. Eliminate all subsidies and tax breaks for carbon based fuels.

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