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The Paris Agreement – what does it really mean?

The Paris Agreement, presented to the world in December last year, caught many people by surprise. In the aftermath of the UN conference the contribution from faith communities and the Church in the run-up to COP 21 has been roundly praised. But what does the agreement really mean and what level of change is needed to keep the world below the 1.5 deg C threshold? Read more




COP21 – We must, we can, we will.

If you woke on Sunday morning wondering if the previous night’s announcement in Paris was a dream, it’s OK – it wasn’t. But after years when the main concern after the December COP was to try and find something, anything, even vaguely positive to say you’d be excused for thinking it might have been.

To get just shy of 200 countries to agree to anything at all is remarkable. To get agreement on a 2°C target, with the aspiration to limit average warming to 1.5° is, frankly, stunning.

It is a testament to the extraordinary efforts of Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and her team. Read more




UK – climate leader or laggard? A chance to question Amber Rudd – UK Energy Secretary

If you’ve been wondering how the Chancellor’s decision to:

  • Halve and then abandon  the ‘zero carbon’ homes standard,
  • Cut support for energy efficiency measures, and bar Local Authorities from setting higher energy efficiency standards for new homes,
  • Reduce funding for energy efficiency measures in fuel-poor households,
  • End support for on-shore wind,
  • Cut support for solar PV by up to 87%,
  • End support for community energy, and without notice remove tax relief for investors in community energy,
  • Impose a carbon pollution tax on renewable energy,
  • Change the tax incentive for low carbon vehicles, and
  • End support to pilot carbon capture and storage technologies….

… is compatible with the UK pushing for a strong global deal in Paris and with the Government’s legal commitments both under the 2008 Climate Change Act and to the EU on renewable energy, then you can put your questions directly to ministers this week via Twitter.

Despite a slew of recent policy announcements officially the Government is pressing for an ambitious deal in Paris

Despite the slew of policy announcements since the General Election the Government maintains it wants an ambitious deal in Paris.

As part of a week-long #BackClimateAction tweetathons the Department of Energy and Climate Change wants your questions.

Simply tweet at @DECCgovuk using #BackClimateAction, in advance or live at the times below.

Energy minister Lord Bourne will be taking questions on climate change and innovation on Wednesday 2nd December between 1430 – 1530.

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd will be taking questions on COP summit in Paris and the UK’s commitment on climate change, Thursday 3rd December between 1300 – 1400.

A rare chance to tell ministers what you think.


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