The UK has fallen behind on adapting to climate change and the gap between the level of risk faced and mitigation efforts underway has widened alarmingly, according to a damning report by the Climate Change Committee (CCC).
Last year’s energy white paper hinted at a vision for the future of the retail sector, including contentious proposals to introduce automatic switching. With the forthcoming retail strategy, along with a consultation on the proposed switching arrangements, thought to be due imminently, Utility Week speaks to industry experts about what they want to hear from the government.
As well as presenting a confusing message to the public, the division between the proponents of electrification and green gas risks giving government a licence to delay on decarbonisation of heat. This is the view of Madeleine Gabriel, of innovation agency, Nesta, who highlights some of the more positive steps that could be taken to address the home heating conundrum.
As the second anniversary of the vote to implement a net zero emissions by 2050 target fast approaches, Data Communications Company chief executive Angus Flett talks about the crucial need for a smart EV network. Specifically, how a new trial taking place at the DCC’s Manchester testing facility can provide solutions to augment the current approach to EV charging.
An initiative set up to put people power at the heart of tackling climate change has allowed “unworkable views” on decarbonising emissions to gain “unfair legitimacy”, the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) has warned.
Switzerland's plans to abandon nuclear energy in the wake of the Fukushima accident are not yet set in stone - and depend on the results of debates, consultations and a referendum. Siân Crampsie says it's not game over yet
Water industry stakeholders are divided over key aspects of the government's Water White Paper and whether it is sufficiently ambitious, according to participants in Utility Week's online debate last week.
The solar sector remains deeply divided over the continuing feed-in tariff (FIT) wrangle, with some firms arguing that a drawn-out legal challenge and appeal process is more damaging for the industry than the proposed cuts.
Fuel poverty campaigners have stopped short of calling for regulation of the domestic heating oil market despite concerns over consumer protection. Heating fuel suppliers meanwhile said government should design better policies to help the rural fuel poor.
Gas network companies have warned the government that there is a "policy void" on the future for gas in domestic heating, as they prepare to commission a study looking at the costs and other implications of replacing gas with low-carbon electricity for domestic heating.