There is continued criticism by the industry of the government’s policies on climate action, with concern that energy efficiency and renewables are being left entirely to market forces.
The Carbon Brief provide a useful assessment of the past green deal and why Amber Rudd has commission a review. This review, being carried out by Dr. Peter Bonfield, will look at “standards, consumer protection and enforcement of energy efficiency schemes and ensure that the system properly supports and protects consumers.” This does mean that the energy efficiency sector faces at least a seven month wait for a replacement scheme, with the results of the review due March 2016.
DECC have also issued a consultation on the review of the Feed-in Tariff scheme. The measures include revised tariffs and the potential closure of the scheme for new applicants as early as January 2016. The technologies covered include anaerobic digesters, hydro-electric power, photovoltaics, wind power and small scale gas powered combined heat and power.
Reza Shaybani, the chair of the British Photovoltaic Association, has published an account of his meeting with government on solar subsidy cuts, in which he says Energy secretary Amber Rudd told him the impact on jobs was not part of the consultation. Friends of the Earth are campaigning against the cuts, asking people to ask your MP to save solar. Friends of the Earth are in the headlines as they also seek to take the government to court over the solar subsidy cuts.
Meanwhile the Committee on Climate Change have issued their 2015 Progress Report to Parliament, covering both progress towards meeting carbon budgets and progress on adaptation to climate change.
A Leaderboard Report issued by Navigant Research examines the strategy and execution of 12 smart thermostat manufacturers and software providers, rating them on 12 criteria.
The Future of Energy Conference and Exhibition on the 4th of December at Salford University, will examine Government policy and the direction that the UK as a nation must take to ensure a secure and stable energy supply.
Cardiff University together with the University of Florida and the University of Indonesia have been awarded a research grant to investigate green infrastructure. The project will review how making urban areas greener can transform water and flood management, increase sustainability and reduce the ecological footprint of buildings and cities.