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Housing Podcast Policy

UK Schools need Low Carbon Buildings

I talk to Robin Nicholson, who is an architect at Cullinan Studios, an architecture co-operative which has been designing innovative low carbon buildings for 65 years, some of which are now listed, using design strategies such as passive solar as early as 1970. He was a key force in the creation of the Edge Debate, […]

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Policy Energy Housing Podcast Transport

The Cumbria Coal Mine Debacle, UK Climate Policy & Other Snafus – with Chris Friedler of Decarbonise Now

Chris Friedler is a UK environmental lobbyist with Decarbonise Now with an extensive working knowledge of the UK climate policy – if that’s what it can be called nowadays. We talk about climate policy ranging from the new Cumbria coal mine (Britain’s first in decades) to energy policy, housing, transport, electric cars and everything in […]

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Personal Carbon Trading Economy Policy

Personal Carbon Trading

Personal Carbon Trading or PCT is a mechanism for increasing flexibility and efficiency in a carbon rationing or cap-and-trade scheme, In a quota system where each participant receives a fixed amount of carbon rations that allow the emission of a certain amount of CO2, there are two problems where PCT helps: participants with an already […]

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Personal Carbon Trading Energy Policy Transport

Lahti, Finland – Carbon Rationing in Action

The city of Lahti in Finland is running an experimental personal carbon trading scheme, with voluntary carbon rationing or quotas helping citizens reduce their carbon footprints as part of city-based sustainable transport programme. The city won almost €0.5 million from the European Union to run the project and hopes it will feed into the transformation […]

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Watchdog Progress Call to Action Policy

Improved Policy Proposal for UK Dept. of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

This is the submission we made to the UK Dept of BEIS in response to their call for proposals to be considered by their parliamentary inquiry. Please outline the issue that you would like the Committee to look into (200 words) Carbon rationing is a policy that can be implemented both locally in communities and […]

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Policy Call to Action Economy

Australian Bushfires Crisis of 2020 demands a new Political Strategy

The unprecedented Australian bushfires in 2020 followed the lost 2019 ‘Unloseable Climate Election’ As we enter the new decade, Australia finds itself flooding the international headlines for all the wrong reasons. The record-breaking bushfires that began in December raged for weeks and were only fully extinguished thanks to unprecedented rainfall. It has shocked people all […]

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Climate Justice Economy Policy

Can the World Reduce CO2 Emissions Fairly? Contraction and Convergence

Our personal CO2 emissions might be produced anywhere in the world, with the modern world’s globalised supply chains. Contraction and Convergence (of CO2 emissions) was until 2010 the basis of climate negotiations to make a fair deal between all nations for CO2 emissions reduction. It may well be again soon while the “best effort” approach […]