Was there a last-minute amendment to the Energy Bill?

In the Sunday Telegraph today, Christopher Booker said that a last minute amendment went into the Energy Bill on Tuesday 4 June 2013.

By 2020, it said, Britain must reduce its electricity use by “103 terawatt hours”, rising by 2030 to “154 terawatt hours”.

This is incorrect. No such amendment was included in the bill that had its first reading in the Lords on Thursday 6 June 2013. Continue reading

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Unpacking the DECC Inventory… Part 2: Carbon Dioxide

My previous post on the UK emissions statistics was about non-CO2 greenhouses gases. This one is about carbon dioxide itself.  As I discussed in that post, the UK’s non-CO2 greenhouses gas emissions have fallen by 49 per cent since 1990 while CO2 emissions have fallen by only 19 per cent over the same period. This post looks at CO2 emissions by economic sector and particularly at the reduction between 2008 and 2009.

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Unpacking the DECC inventory… Part 1: non-CO2 greenhouse gases

My previous post on the Carbon Plan 2011 led me to look at the UK greenhouse gas inventory on the website of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). These statistics allow us to assess progress towards the targets set by the Climate Change Act 2008, and were the basis of the numbers reported in the Carbon Plan 2011.  I was interested to see how greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the various sectors of the economy have changed since 1990.

This post is definitely for people who like to look at graphs! It is entirely descriptive, to give the overall picture of how UK GHG emissions have changed since 1990.

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How will we meet the Climate Change Act emissions targets? MPs respond to their constituents.

‘How will we cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2050?’, ‘Will it destroy our economy?’ and ‘Why should the UK meet such stringent targets if the UK is responsible for less than 2% of global emissions?’

I have a set of 53 responses from 49 MPs to these questions from their constituents. In his column in the Sunday Telegraph in April 2012, Christopher Booker asked his readers to ask their MP those questions (paraphrased above) and to send him the replies. He reported on the results on 23 June and 21 July. I wrote via the Sunday Telegraph to ask if I could analyse the replies more quantitatively. Christopher Booker kindly agreed, and this is the result.

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