Aberdeen Plans to reduce Council Tax as a Renewable Energy Incentive

While Greg Barker, Minister at the department of Energy and Climate Change, struggles to get the Renewable Heat Incentive up and running in a logical and coherent form and struggles to respond to an enquiry from my Member of Parliament Mike Freer about the lack of certainty in the RHI, the Scots seem to be getting on with decarbonising heat and delivering a cleaner more emission from Scotland that puts DECC to shame. In particular the City of Aberdeen has managed, without much fuss and a great deal less angst and much more common sense than that has been displayed by the chaps at DECC. Continue reading

Reducing the United Kingdom’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Homes

The United Kingdom’s Climate Change and Energy Secretary, Mr Ed Miliband, has been announcing some “policies” which are intended at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by households. He intends to do this project by incremental steps. The plan is for all 23 million UK households to be “near zero carbon emissions by 2050. That time scale is probably far too long if we are to make any impact in reducing carbon emissions – the mathematics of the problem proves that. Nevertheless it is a laudable aim even if the time scale is twenty or thirty years too long. Continue reading