Until recently, the climate change message was a study in reasoned, intellectual persuasion but over the past few months the mood music has changed. Suzanne Heneghan discusses how the sector can cut through the acrimony and noise.
Alan Simpson is the former Parliamentary ally and now sustainable economics adviser to Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn. He talks to Utility Week about his anger at the abolition of feed in tariffs and why the UK needs to "replicate the Victorian system in an age of clean energy".
Ex-Labour leader Ed Miliband has accused the Treasury of being stuck in a “30 year old mindset” on climate change issues, with a belief that environment and economic goals are in conflict. Miliband defended the CCC’s estimate that reaching net-zero would cost one to two per cent of GDP and said Extinction Rebellion’s call for net zero to be achieved by 2025 was “changing the terms of reference about what can be done”.
Calls by the Extinction Rebellion (XR) for the UK to adopt 2025 as the date for decarbonising the UK shows that they do not “really understand the scale of the challenge” that the target entails, according to an official at the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).
With utilities at the heart of the drive to decarbonise and global warming now an emergency issue, Mike Thompson of the Committee on Climate Change tells Suzanne Heneghan why 2050 must be the net-zero target
As the Extinction Rebellion continues to cause havoc in London, is it time for utilities leaders to challenge themselves on whether they are doing enough to bring the full weight of their organisational potential behind tackling climate change?
From eco warriors Extinction Rebellion paralysing London transport to highlight climate change, to Sir David Attenborough's TV plea on behalf of the planet, saving the world has become a mainstream message - and utilities are centre stage.
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