Government plans to boost EV charge points have been boosted by a promise from Shell to install an extra 50,000 charge points by 2030, following criticism of both for acting too slowly. Energy giant Shell has promised to install 50,000 electric vehicle (EV) charge points across the United Kingdom by 2030, in addition to the same amount announced last year.
Divesting pension funds from fossil fuels could only ‘superficially improve’ council’s green credentials
Bedford Borough Council has been told that divesting pension funds reduces the pressure on companies to accelerate their transition to net zero. In January, councillors voted unanimously to ask the Bedfordshire Pension Fund to divest from fossil fuels. A member of the public, Mr. Eric Cooper, asked the Climate Change Committee (Monday 9 May) whether the council had taken this action.
It’s hoped more schools will get in touch Various energy upgrades could be available to Bedford borough community buildings, charities and schools thanks to the Mayor's Climate Change Fund, a meeting heard. Paul Pace, chief officer environment, gave the Climate Change Committee (Monday, May 9) a brief update on the fund.
Members of the UK Climate Change Committee (CCC) will visit the Derry City and Strabane District Council area later this month to hear more about climate action and pledges for the region. The CCC is the UK’s independent adviser on tackling climate change, and the delegation, which will include CCC Chairman Lord Deben and Chief Executive Chris Stark, are participating in a UK-wide tour, with their visit to Derry their only Northern Ireland stop.
Officials admit they did not conduct equality assessment before launch of heat and buildings strategy The UK government is to formally consider the impact of its flagship energy efficiency plan on people most at risk from soaring bills, citing the conflict in Ukraine as a factor. The move comes after officials admitted they did not carry out an equality assessment of the heat and buildings strategy before it was announced last autumn.
Qatar is one of the UK’s biggest energy suppliers, and accounted for 48 per cent of total gas imports to Britain in 2020 One of the Government’s most senior climate advisers also works for a company providing advice to Qatari ministers who sell gas to the UK, The Telegraph can reveal.
A change to a Bedford bus route means that it’s back to the car instead of ‘Back to Bus’. The council was asked by a resident to clarify its position on active travel at Monday’s Climate Change Committee (11 April). Their emailed question to the committee said: “Given the council’s policy of promoting active travel, I would like clarification of its position regarding local bus services.
Decarbonising old Dundee tenements will be the hardest challenge in the city’s bid to tackle the climate crisis. That is the view of Chris Stark, chief executive of the Climate Change Committee. Chris was at the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP), which has become the home for green innovation in Dundee.
Chris Stark was talking on Tuesday as the Climate Change Committee paid a visit to Dundee’s Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc. The legacy of last year’s Cop26 “still holds”, the chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change has said. Chris Stark was talking on Tuesday as the group paid a visit to Dundee’s Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc as part of a tour across eight locations in the UK.
East Riding Council is speeding up insulation plans as quickly as possible East Riding Council has pledged to take urgent action to help residents as the "worst cost of living crisis since the 1970s" hits. The authority has pledged to make sure the retrofitting of all council-owned properties with insulation is carried out as quickly as possible.
A countryside charity has secured funding for two hedgerow planting and restoration projects in the Sleaford area. The Council for the Protection of Rural England has confirmed the funding for a total of 12 hedgerow projects across Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire. Two of the projects are in Lincolnshire at Mareham Pastures Local Nature Reserve in Sleaford and at Dunston Playing Fields in Dunston.
A Bulwell project is among 12 in the East Midlands to have secured funding from national charity the CPRE. The project at Bulwell Hall Park is part of the local hedgerow heroes scheme, which also supports CPRE’s national hedgerow campaign. The scheme has already enabled the restoration of more than 20 kilometres of hedgerow up and down the country.
Representatives from a committee that advises the government on climate change have visited County Durham. The Chairman and Chief Executive of the independent Climate Change Committee (CCC) found out how Durham County Council is working towards its net zero carbon target for the area. The committee is undertaking a tour of the UK to better understand the challenges and opportunities of delivering the nationwide target of net zero emissions by 2050.
T he planning and permission system is what sits in the way of the UK decarbonising its electricity network, while the financial muscle is there, a former chair of the Climate Change Committee has said. Lord Turner of Ecchinswell said that the UK needed to electrify as much of its economy as possible and remove fossil fuels from its electricity system.