posted by Duncan Clark

Huhne discussion: full replies

The issues you asked us to discuss with new climate secretary Chris Huhne

Here are the full list of your suggestions, as of May 27th. Apologies to anyone who responded to the survey after that time and isn't included below. Rest assured these later submissions will still go into the mix before our discussions with Chris Huhne.

Plans for nuclear power.
Shaming (or fining?) companies that leave lights on in unrented office space in the city.
Plastic recycling commonly available
Pushing for 30% reduction target in the EU given that we can meet the 20% target with business as usual behaviour.
Further investigation into Personal Carbon Trading and how it can be made easier for individuals, groups and organisations to sell into the European carbon market to earn cash or other incentives.
Cars account for a significant proportion of energy usage. Most people could reduce their consumption by 10% just by driving more economically. Driving instructors should be encouraged to offer short courses on frugal driving, and drivers should be encouraged to take them.
Investing in the Public Transport has to be one of the top priorities to reduce carbon emissions. Many of us are priced out of getting trains; reduce prices and help us get out of our cars.
Tell them to ban the sale of Palm Oil and Soya. There is no point in banning the sale of illegally logged timber and allowing the sale of illegal Palm Oil.
Put pressure on the large oil companies to include electric car charge points at 1-2 garages/pump stiations per major town in the next year. Allow only recyclable bags to be purchased and major shopping stores. Increase development of wind farms to supplment new business parks and housing developments.
mandating 10:10 and a 10% cut for ALL local authorities, police, hospitals, etc. And tax on floodlighting buildings for aesthetics.
Improving public transport helping people travel to work without a car - maybe a rewards scheme? and improve travelling publically across the country - with the aim scrap domestic flights.
Any and all suggestions for reducing car usage
Tough European-wide reduction on oil dependency
Bus scheme in small towns to run on gas or bio?I heard my town had a tram system years ago
We need coherent Council recycling, that would allow a greater range of waste products to be recycled instead of going to Land Fill sites.
continuing the boiler scrappage scheme
Increasing the amount of organic food produced in the UK. The government could contribute getting public organisations to buy organic food from UK farmers where possible
implement the CCA2008 mandatory reporting of emissions immediately, this will create over 100,000 jobs in the UK
Car-sharing. The typical commuter who car-shares every day cuts their carbon footprint by... 10% ! (Don't forget their 10:10 have their own 10:10 liftshare scheme too)
Stopping the myth that nuclear power is carbon neutral. Some analysts ( even believe it worse than coal power because the energy required to get uranium out of the ground is collosal. Thats even before we start to look into the safety issues. For me nuclear power is this coalition's big mistake.
Promote more travel planning schemes - contact Uk expert Martin Higgitt of JMP Consultants at their Leeds office
Devisingw ays of enabling agriculature to reduce its carbon footprint
What is going to be done about the issue of people that rent properties? Grants and loans are fine for homeowners, but what landlord is prepared to do this when they are not receiving the benefits of lower bills from insulation, efficient boilers and renewables? And tennants aren't going to invest in a property that is not theirs, and so are stuck in energy inefficient houses.
how about making it cheaper for micro PV generation & external wall insulation
1) Traffic lights to red only. Amber and green are redundant. All we need is a red light to tell us when to stop. In the absence of a red light, you go. Simple. No need to scrap all the existing traffic lights, just turn off the green and amber. 2) Early notice of if and when the previous government's pledge to offer a rebate (in 2011) for electric vehicles will be implemented. Not telling the public if or when this is going ahead will kill the sales of electric vehicles in the interim. And, if it is going ahead, we need to know if it's specific only to electric cars, or electric scooters and motorbikes as well. 3) A concerted effort to discredit climate scepticism in the UK. Lack of belief and understanding will make every environmental policy more expensive and less effective than it could be otherwise. In the current economic climate, we need public approval for investment in a new way of living, doing more with less, and to increase individual responsibility in a world where driving a 4x4 on tarmac is still seen as something to aspire to.
How about encouraging car-sharing? A great way to reduce co2 emissions and reduce congestion.
Prioritising energy-saving initiatives in the NHS - saving health bills as well as environmental waste. This would mean supporting existing initiatives and perhaps working with Estates managers to ensure their budgets allow them to invest to save. Hospitals (especially the older ones we are probably going to have to live with for now) currently use huge amounts of energy.
Energy billing currently reduces the unit charge the more energy you use! Wrong way round, everyone should be allowed a reasonable usage at cheap rates with heavy surcharges for heavy usage.
Car-sharing - To reduce traffic, congestion & CO2
Stopping, and eventually reversing, the growth in air travel - the new government's already got things half-right by saying no to runway expansion at Heathrow, Gatwick & Stanstead, but this decsision has been largely driven by NIMBYism - government needs to say no to airport expansion in everyone's backyard, and to liaise with European partners to ensure that the problem isn't just shifted to mainland Europe.
Investing in Environmental Education Projects, especially within schools, and please scrap plans for new nuclear power stations!
All these are good - it drives me crazy when I see office buildings at night with all their lights on and nobody in. That should be illegal and companies should be fined. Also make sure that they will oppose any new airport expansion (and particularly Boris's crazy idea of having a new airport on the Thames esturary. Also they must subsidise alternative energy, not nuclear power. I could go on ... !
Please press for the immediate setting up of an commission to investigate the likely impact of Peak Oil on economic growth and energy security. Industry statistics indicate that peak production occurred in 2005, which means we appear on the down slope and heading straight for a catastrophy.
How are they going to publish in real-time how much energy the ministry of defence is using? (and how are they going to reduce the MOD emissions by 10%)
As part of the Defence Review they should calculate the carbon savings to be made from scrapping Trident. Then scrap it!
Given that house-building will remain depressed in the immediate future, would the Minister not agree that an urgent priority must be the carbon-retrofitting of our existing, and particularly, older housing stock ? This could provide not only some relatively quick wins, but extend the life of older properties as well as giving us the opportunity to grow and support new green jobs in the private sector ?
Now that the hip is gone more attention needs to be paid to the epc, at present 70% of domestic energy assessors are NOT qualified enough to carry out the epc, training courses can be done in less than a week which is utterly appalling, how do you expect an office worker with no experience of construction to suddenly know all the different building types, don’t you think its time to train re-train to a higher standard. If energy assessors are allowed to carry on as they are the EPC will just become a useless piece of paper similar to hips.
Investment in solar power etc. Has he looked at German example, where they put in a proper plan for german homes and business to move to renewable energy, and therefore legislation created demand, and a new industry. Now, if you want to buy solar panels etc, normally these come from germany, we should do same and compete.
supermarket fridge cabinets - can they be safely a little less cold?
Currently Domestic energy policy often flies in the face of energy conservation. I have just had a new energy efficient combi-boiler installed, and though there exist thermostatically controlled non-return valves, yet it seems that regulation prevents me from having a Solar panel installed which would save at least 60% of my fuel consumption. We can land a man on the moon and collide atoms together at CERN but this appears to be beyond British government. There are regulations which compel us all to use highly inefficient systems, which are counterproductive to saving energy at all. It would be a good idea if Government actually listened to the people as they always claim they will, but end up with politically degenerative hearing.
What are Chris's views on Car-sharing and does he support it?
all politicians to stop travelling by air within Uk
People who live within a mile and a half (about a 30 minute walk) of their place of work or child's school should only be able to drive there in exceptional circumstances and should not be helped to do by the provision of free parking, or by nuisance parking on local streets being tolerated. Where a person drops a child at school and then proceeds onwards (rather than going home) because of work or other regular commitments, this might be an exception, as would any disability of child or adult that made walking more difficult than usual. Such an initiative, if combined with safe routes for walking, improvements for pedestrians and cyclists on the roads, 20mph speed limit zones around schools and safe, secure bike parking schemes, could significantly reduce traffic and ease rush hour congestion as well as improving the environment and people's general health. In addition a half hour walk tends not to add that much to journey time because often getting the car out, loading it up, parking, unloading etc. for such a short distance would not be very much quicker.
Wind/solar powered street lights. Or switch them off completely in some areas. Sort out the issue of how to deal with the Severn Estuary.
Ensure that green taxes are FAIR. No double charging e.g. Local councils (Islington, Hackney, Richmond) charge for vehicle emissions on top of residents vehicle parking fees. Hoever, vehicle emissions are already charged nationally via road tax. A national tax is fair to all. Additional local charges are an unfair second charge for the SAME emissions!
Cap and share resources for a fairer world. Prosperity without growth! Read it and act!
Turn off street lights in the small hours
We need politicians to tell the simple truth that we are not living sustainably, but we we have no choice but to live sustainably.
How is the Government going to measure it's progress against the 10:10 target?
would it be physically possible to harness the tidal flow of the river trent in the lincolnshire area for producing electricity?
educating people on where to find reliable installers of renewable energy schemes
a scheme for houses in the windy hebrides to have their own wind turbines
A clean energy grid and tightening up the Euro carbon market might be the same thing? linked, at any rate. Fridge scrappage requires the safe manufacture of enough energy-efficient replacements (UK manufacturing?) and safe disposal of the scrappaged - obviously. 'Businesses' should include the Houses of Parliament and all national and local Govt. buildings.
More financial help for households to install solar panels
Create a serious cycle network of separated cycle paths across the country to rival those in Germany and to encourage cycling as a major form of transport.
What do you think to Green Party proposals that we should begin insulating every home in britain, creating green jobs and reducing c02 emissions dramatically?
Discourage air travel by not extending airports and by increasing taxation on flights
Turn off all unnecessary street lighting, would it be possible for it to be all solar powered?
Link health agenda with cycling and walking as an alternative to taking the car, reducing CO2 and obesity -a win win culture.
What are your plans for the data centre market especially as CRC is unlikely to have the desired effect and possibly may even be negative for trade as data centre owners may relocate their energy-intensive operations, and jobs, abroad.
Escalating electricity tariffs. The first 1,000 kWh are cheap and then the price climbs steeply.
We are all electric living out in the country. My annual total consumption, heating ,lighting, hot wateris equivalent to that of 6 of the floodlights lighting the HP. By switching them off at midnight you would save the equivalent of around 35-40 homes like mine without prdudicing public safety as would be the case with street lighting..
more promotion of solar power in homes - subsidies/interest free loans? and/or funding to research other alternative energy options for home owners
A new bank holiday called National No Car Day - for one day a year nobody is allowed to drive their cars anywhere. Activities could be held to encourage people to get out, explore and socialize in their local area
Ban advertising of flights - whatever we think about people's right to fly if they really want to, there's no need to create extra demand for flying
Where does he stand on expansion of Lydd Airport? The fragile ecosystem of the Romney Marsh is under threat as is the safety and well-being of the human population if this mad scheme gets the go ahead. What about green tourism for job creation?
Re-iterating the Lighter Later idea - it's so easy to do and so effective !
Hope it's going to be 10% every year, not just this year!
You need financial incentives for alternative power such as wind turbine. It is not financially viable at the moment. We should also create a million new jobs by manufacturing green technologies. GOrdon Brown missed out on the obvious opportunity on the Isle Of Wight.
Become the world leader in energy from waves
Close every tenth coalfired powerplant
incentives for pubic transit as well as electric onversion kits for autos
Enforce Building Regulations properly to ensure buildings deliver the savings in carbon they should
its quite simple really, create a free first class public infrastructure for public transport, then ban cars.
Every morning on my way into work, I start in Epping, the very end of the central line. Every morning I see the cleaners go onto the trains & take off all the rubbish, 99%of which is newspapers. I don't think the majority of these newspapers get recyled, as they are just put in bags with all the other waste. This is a huge amount of paper that gets thrown away everyday, when with very little effort it could be recyled. Don't you think we could have some regulaitons in place that would make the recyling on daily newspapers compulsory by all tube services?
Turn off street lamps, Real time grid pricing, Cycle lanes lots of them and not on the road
Support our low carbon/alternative energy industries by ensuring, via changes to the planning regs/guidelines (PPSs) that new builds incorporate home generation and solar heating systems.
Use infared cameras to show householders how much energy they are wasting
When due for replacement, taking down a significant number of lighting columns on the motorway system; modern cars have such good lights that overhead lighting is not needed to the same extent. Insulating everyone's homes. turning off architectural (not security) floodlighting at 11.00pm latest.
it is time to put a worldwide contract and converge plan into operation and why not start in the UK?
A nighttime ban on the dazzingly, manically, neon-flashing, electrically powered, games, fruit machines, video games etc that run all through the night and small hours in deserted motorway and A road service stations. These are still plugged in and flashing long after other facilities have closed. No one is using them but thay are burning up electricity the length and breadth of Britain. Idea 2. Raising public awareness: lessons and projects in schools and workplaces, informing people what they can do to help reduce carbon emissions. Idea 3 -a national (televised or broadcasted?) competition for energy saving ideas.
Making Double Glazing a requirement in all flats being letted out by a landlord for insulation. Also imposing a minimum energy efficiencey level for letted flats as a legal requirement. ie energy rating C
All gov departments and related events/canteens etc to go seasonally & UK grown VEGETARIAN! such an easy and healthy way to reduce CO2. Idea no.2 install tap water fountains across London/UK and all gov deps etc
Why do we not use tidal power to provide 20% of our base electrical needs? We have the expertise and the coastline to be able to do this. All it needsd is funding! Why build nuclear (fission) power stations in which the tax payer has to pay for decommissioning and storage of long lived isotopes of radioactive waste. Is Mr Huhne aware that all nuclear power stations (like fossil fuel stations) are inherently inefficient due to the 2nd law of thermodynamics?
Why not put single wind turbines in every village in the UK? Singly they would not make much noise and they could supply the electricity for the villages and any surplus could go to the National Grid. Also there is a single wind turbine on the M25 near Chorleywood which you cannot hear because of the noise of the motorway. Why not put small clusters at the side of the motorways where there is already lighting - it could power the lights and again any excess would go to the National Grid. People only complain when there are whole farms which look unsightly and can cause possible noise pollution. On their own they look quite elegant. Also, I lived in Saudi Arabia a few years ago and they use desalination plants to convert sea water to usable water and in the process also create clean electricity. As we are an island I would have thought that it would be worth considering. Incidentally they also recycle 'clean' waste water for irrigation.
Addressing Britain's street light pollution. The aged orange lights waste energy by not concentrating their beams downwards. If they were made more efficient, the sky at night would be clearer and we'd be able to see the stars: something which is nigh on impossible in Britain's cities.
Working with industry and commerce to reduce "outsourcing" of our use of natural resources to developing nations. (It's no good reducing our output by 10% if we do it by making China increase by 20%)
start a carbon tax as soon as possible
Not to go down the Nuclear power route, too shortsighted, we can do it with powering dowm and invest the money in renewables, solar wind and how much coastline do we have? another resource.
Why not make all public buildings (i.e. including schools, hospitals, local authority) have a ringfenced energy budgets and a 10% mandatory saving target. 10% of energy budget to be spent on on carbon saving hence encouraging savings of 10% or more. The government 10% saving should also go into a carbon investment pot so that savings will continue pas this year.
pay as you save loans for householders to install renewable energy and heating equipment
Make train journeys cost less than flights - in the UK and beyond
Taxing airline fuel to reduce air travel
legislation for local council and public sector institutions on climate change
Do far more to encourage/force individuals to use less energy and produce less waste
Lots of investment in sea/wave power generation please...
best way to ensure businesses turn of lights is to tax them for every light left on - person sensitive switches should be installed for cleaners etc and security staff. Also of course daylight saving change
This one is regarding the other European countries: you should ask him to convince (at an official level) other European countries where 10:10 is running to do the same thing as the UK.
Ensuring all schools and universities use energy saving light bulbs and use energy efficently (i.e. don't leave lights on all night!)
What is happening with the Renewable Heat Incentive?
turn off street lights in safe areas in quiet hours
Getting a fair, ambitious and binding global climate change deal this year
Discount solar panels for privately owned houses
Making all banks follow the example of the Cooperative Bank in balancing the great fiscal responsibility they have with environmental activism and concerns. The great capitalist machine can still grind onwards without flattening everything in its path!
We need a massive programme of house insulation starting as soon as possible
Most schools have computer suits now, which adds up to a lot of computers. They should be turned off completely at night, not left on standby.
Encourage people to stop eating meat (or eating less), and move away from industrial scale farming practices
massively increasing cycle usage through creation of safe cycle paths as an alternative to road transport
turning off street lamps say between 1 am and 5 am
Co-ordinated advice and grant aid for householders and communities on local level renewables
What are Chris's plans for working with the Department for Transport to reduce dependency on cars and lorries? Specifically, I am interested in switching investment in roads to investment in rail and waterborne transport too wherever possible - passenger and freight. Here in Norfolk the Department for Transport has given programme approval for a hugely controversial Northern Distributor Route north of Norwich. Much of the old local railway network exists; the old rail paths are still largely intact; the whole thing could be joined up again at a fraction of the cost of the proposed road and would be very much used by commuters and visitors alike.
The Government should clamp down on wasted electricity in schools. I live behind a school & the amount of lights that are left on 24/7 during weekends & holidays & at nights is incredible & thats just 1/2 of the school!
Seems at last the gvt has grasped the importance of insulation / upgrading existing homes - urge him to keep it up!
pressure the energy companies to fulfil their commitment to save energy instead of cheating with things like lightbulbs
business can make massive carbon savings if they scrutinise and understand their operations. Incentivise businesses to appoint energy, travel and waste champions with targets to cut out inefficiency. Incentives could be tax relief on the wage bill for the champions, better utility tariffs. I have done this and saved £100,000 p.a. for my business on energy alone equivalent to many tonnes of carbon.
Giving tenants of private landlords more muscle to get landlords to invest in insulation etc.
Develop policy around encouraging and supporting home-based work. This would contribute to a reduction in commuting and therefore to carbon emissions. It would also potentially contribute to a reduction in the size of the overall building stock, as buildings would be used more efficiently through 24 hours. Home-based work is a family-friendly working practice that offers social and economic benefits to both the individual and society at large.
Get in on the Desertec project and the planned European/North-African supergrid. Encourage local authorities to turn off street lights in the small hours. Put serious weight behind car clubs. Phase out domestic flights and find ways to promote train travel instead. Put ministers into bulletproof Smart cars rather than Daimlers. Promote one, two or three meat-free days a week. Promote cycling seriously - our attitude to cycling is pathetic compared to that of the Dutch, the French, the Danish, the Germans… Bring in a tax on plastic bags, as the Irish have. Talk to the Transition Towns movement and work with them.
Adopt the Ecological Footprint as a way of determining the land carrying capacity of the U.K.www.footprintnetwork.orgThe Ecological Footprint has emerged as the world’s premier measure of humanity’s demand on nature. It measures how much land and water area a human population requires to produce the resource it consumes and to absorb its wastes, using prevailing technology.
How about electric smart cars for ministers to use around london
Support for "postcode energy champions" - someone in your neighbourhood who can advise you on ways to use less energy in your home and through your lifestyle chooices.
Make energy saving policies in schools a priority. This has a dual benefit, direct energy saving and education about what can be done. At the moment it is very difficult to get grants and each school has to work independently without expertise to bid for these grants. Provide the expertise to facilitate energy saving schemes in schools - we don't have the time or flexibility to drive it much of the time.
Not only businesses. See my email re the experiment in Charmouth of reducing the levels of street lighting in safer environments between 12.00midnight and eg 5.00am.
Poly tunnel or green house grant to grow your own food in areas with a very short growing season
Encourage greater use of video-conferencing.
All new buildings should have solar panels fitted by law. Apart from the saving of energy the costs would fall in time so that it would be economic for them to be fitted to existing houses, which it really isn't at the moment.
Will he meet with the Zero Carbon Britain Team on June 16th when they come to Parliament to Launch ZeroCArbon Britain 2030, the Centre for Alternative Technology's new policy paper which details how we can achieve zero emissions by 2030 with thorough decarbonization policies?
increase tax on tumble driers and electric irons
Turn off lights when no ones using a space. Make a habit of putting computers to sleep when not in use. Turn off stand-bys on appliances. Always make sure washing machines are full. Don't run taps whilst cleaning teeth. Take a shower every 2 days not every day. Only boil enough water not a whole kettle. Turn heating down a bit and wear an extra jumper. Use buses whenever possible. etc Plus help communities to set up their own wind/solar generators.
sort out waste disposal and recycling arrangements nationally, it is an inefficient mess! I have tried to pay to have my businesses waste taken away by the same company who drive past to collect municipal waste and they cannot take it. I pay another company to drive a truck on the same route and take the waste possibly to the same transfer station, this is mad! Stockport council offer us a great service through SK solutions, yet Somerset waste partnership are hopeless. Domestic householders are frustrated that they are paying too much for an inefficient service and business are paying too much. Amalgamating municipal and business waste services would mean more efficiency. Domestic services to meet councils targets would be subsidised by business and taxpayers would benefit from less council tax, less fuel is used by collection vehicles, enough material is collected to justify sorting equipment investment, digesters, energy recovery etc. so everybody wins!
Begin to look seriously at encouraging (stick or carrot?) food production which is more LOCAL (fewer transport costs and CO2 emissions) and LESS RELIANT on fossil fuels (a move towards organic production - The Soil Association and Garden Organic could help with this). This will require education, reskilling, attitude change etc etc and will take a long time to establish - so the sooner the government and local authorities get behind it and offer real incentives, the better. Extra benefits would be such things as new employment opportunities and the possibility of small, local CHP plants or charcoal (for digging in) production etc etc. Soooooooooooooo many benefits - too many to list here - a win/win policy!!!!!!!!!!
STOP the virus laboratory being built in Camden
Follow on Ed Millibands Community Carbon Challenge with more medium size grants for local initiatives
Also - however much the Treasury may want to encourage consumer spending - encourage things like Freecycle, (recycling books) etc. They reduce consumption, save people money and promote (ahem) the Big Society…
nuclear energy should never be considered as clean- i feel betrayed by the lib/dems
tax relief(eg,no VAT or similar scheme) on solar roof tiles to encourage use of same in new builds/renovations
All public buildings must turn off lights and and computers when they are not in use.
Ensure all businesses (including high street shops) turn their lights off at night, but ensure working street lamps to keep town centres safe.
Sharing knowledge between UK's cities to drive massive reductions in CO2 by scaling already known solutions. Reduces costs, creates jobs, saves the environment. There is a good paper on HOW prepared by the former London Climate Change Agency but not actioned by Ed Miliband when offered it. "Developing a Green Knowledge Based Economy".
shops to not have heaaters above the doorways and the doors wide open
Invest in hydrogen economy, campaign to inform people about embedded energy and unnesseary and harmful chemicals in everything from cotton production to toothpaste, ban SLES and SLS like most American statesbetter mircogeneration grants, reduce duty on bio-fuels, get local authority to sign up to 100% renewable tariffs NOT just go with the cheapest energy provider, embed sustainable living nto the curriculum more inc. lifelong learning programmes for adults, number 10 do no meat-Monday, make the Technology Statergy Board, EST, DECC etc... more answerable, treat sustainable energy and transport issues in joined up manner! I better stop there!!
There needs to be a really significant push to use public as opposed to private car transport. At the moment it doesn't make sense. e.g. it is cheaper for me to drive my children to school 15 miles away than for them to get the bus. The government should bite the bullet and ration petrol for private use, after setting out a major programme of improvement and integration of public transport
educate and legislate re. consumer goods and farming
Pushing for alternative energy schemes natyionally, locally and at household level.
How will DECC work with Transport dept and Jobs to develop sustainable transport plans and reduce CO2 emissions?
Grants to encourage people to instal Solar panels and free compost bins & water butts for those who want them
I think it should be compulsory for road builders to run a separate cycle track on every stretch of new road - even motorways - with an exemption certificate to be applied for in cases where there isn't sufficient space.
Total financial exchange for monthly costs of fossil fuels to an equivalent in carbon neutral energy production (Solar PV and Solar Water Heating)...As I explained to my children...what we pay for gas and our electricity we would transfer to paying for renewable supply units.. This is an absolute. Payment schedules relates solely on the property over 20 year payback regime
Definite NO to the clocks. But very well done all of you
stop new coal fired power stations, move all government departments to Fairtrade
Work closely with the Department for Transport to provide better (affordable, convenient) public transport
Convence people that is necessary to reduce consuming.
all the above + ideas for making people reduce their car usage, gentle persuasion just doesn't seem to work.
Will he push strongly to get HFCs covered by the Montreal Protocol - which has had impressive success internationally regulating very similar gases? This is under discussion - see here (the proposed amenments from Micronesia are I believe more robust than the ones from North America). This policy has the potential to make a big difference, quickly, using mechanisms that have already been proved to work - see and - but does not tend to get much attention.
More incentives to use public transport instead of cars. Encourage schools and other public facilities to have one meat free day.
Re-opening rail stations where possible; improving rail commuter services to link directly with increased buses as in France; Banning large fuel heavy 4x4s except for farmers
Before we head for policies, it is essential that politicians and other citizens tackle the following question: 'Research by the WorldWide Fund for Nature shows that we in the UK are using the non-renewable resources of more than 3 planets when we have only one. This does not refer only to fossil fuels; fish stocks, forests, species of all kinds and fresh water supplies - especially aquifers - are radically overused. So how is it possible to reduce our consumption by more than two-thirds and at the same time to promote an economic system which has growth (and therefore consumption as its integral aspect?
Better Waste Management, collection and disposal (not in China or Africa!), reduction in packaging, unsold fruit and veg in supermarkets to be turned into conserves
solar panels on new build houses
Pollution tax or simply VAT on single-use items, especially landfill/incineration nappies
Install light retaining catseyes on major roots and turn off a proportion of the overhead lamps. In rural areas reduce the number of street lights operational over night. This would reduce the cost to the local authority. Replace yellow street lights with white to increase colour acuity and vision.
We need to introduce road user charges to encourage road users to either car share or use public transport more.
Ask local residents about turning off street lights at 1am what about turning off some motorway lights in the small hours?
Ask him to justify the Lib Dems' about turn on nuclear energy, which is NOT carbon neutral when you take Uranium mining, building and waste disposal into account. How can putting building of nuclear power plants into private hands with no govt control ensure safe delivery of energy?
Shops should close their doors when they have the heating on in their shops instead of as now wide open doors literally heating the street. I have commented on this to shops and they say it's the firms policy to make it more inviting for customers to enter the shop. I'm sure we would rather have the heat staying in the shop than escaping into the street thus putting up their carbon emissions. Don't know if the govt can do anything.
follow through the idea from British gas to start funding homes with solar panels for heating water, electricity and rain harvesting for new and existing homes and public buildings.
make all commercial buildings reduce heating to the minimum required 60 degrees - save energy & businesses would reduce cost also
Building micro generation and local CHP power capacity.
Japans domestic energy efficiency scheme to emulate ,increasing efficency every year and grid communicative to reduce grid varability with increased renewables and electric cars/Gshp's.Solid wall insulation now not ten years time,RHI now,Invest in renewables inverters ,massive european shortage,great opportunity for UK
How will he solve the abominable problem of disposable nappies remaining in the ground for ?? years - how about prohibiting their manufacture
commit that all UK investments (domestic or oda) are low carbon and climate resilient (oda investments should have the caveat on low carbon that requirement only where in country's own best interests)
developing a better ifrastructure for cycling to get people out of cars thereby cutting emissions
Re-introduce the boiler scrappage scheme. It only lasted 81 days and was severely underfunded but was the most successful energy and carbon saving scheme ever introduced by the previous Government. This was also included in the Liberal Democrats manifesto to re-introduce for 1 year so let us see the new coalition get some real action
Yesterday, when all the ministers went to Buckingham Palace to swear their allegiance to the Queen, most of them arrived in separate cars. As they had all been at a cabinet meeting in Downing Street earlier, surely it would have been better for the environment and the economy if they had hired a coach to take them all together!
support homeowners energy upgrades via small local companies - big business only does standard solutions but every home & every homeowner has different problems & priorities for their green refurb.
(1) Taking action to reduce meat production and consumption (which is responsible for nearly 20% of greenhouse gas emissions) by measures such as removing agricultural subsidies and using taxation to ensure that the cost of meat reflects its real environmental cost. (2) Taking action to reduce private car use by means of taxation and other measures such as improving public transport and making it more affordable.
do more to improve local rail services, rather than concentrating on Intercity. I live in Harrogate and we only have an hourly sevice to York and 30 mins service to Leeds. N Yorks has the highest CO2 footprint for transport because our local train and bus services are so bad
Encouraging people to cut down (or out!) on eating meat - the greenhouse gases from livestock farming being so horrendous.
Can you offer a specific budget to schools to meet their carbon reduction goals?
Street lights are often on much longer than necessary - do side streets need lights on at 1am? changing the clocks may give more sun to those in the south but does nothing for those living in the north of the UK
Making sure street lamps are not left on during the day. Councils to ensure Christmas Lights in the streets are not left to come on till mid-January. Car scrappage return. Source materials and produce from local farmers and factories to save shipping and lorries using fuel to bring from abroad. Goverment officials to use smaller cars and only use helicopters etc when absolutely necessary.
1. With EU, reduce/stop subsidies for meat and dairy production and help farmers plant nut trees and take up agroforestry. 2. Pass strict laws to reduce packaging. 3. Remove lights on motorways 4. Increase tax on eco-unfriendly transport (big cars, planes, yachts...)
how will you make the public more aware of the Feed In Tariff incentives for micro generation of renewable energy?
Water has an environmental and energy cost and raising awareness of the real cost of water - metering!
Working to reduce water use by universal metering
Engage with the Scottish government co-creatively to help make it the "Alternative Energy Capital of Europe". Do likewise with relevant governments in North Africa to cover appropriate parts of the Sahara with solar plants connected to Europe.
Counting all carbon released by watse incinerators so that comparisons are fair (at the moment half an incinerator's carbon emissions are not counted! I call this the "biogenic fudge" - contact me to discuss)
Firstly read this book for information about peak oil and debunking the oil crisis idea
To make London's cycle paths something to be proud of.
Insulating local government buildings - copy Woking!
No VAT on new insulation or on wind or solar energy for homes.
Tradable Energy Quotas (TEQs) - An idea whose time is here as they will: 1. penalise the profligate 2. reward the thrifty and 3. decisively shift us towards green taxation
Focus on growing more fruit and veg in the UK
The health benefits of going on a carbon diet - leaving the car at home and walking or cycling, going meat-free etc
building a green energy infrastrucute asap
Don't let RBS underwrite the Canadian coal tar sands extraction project. All the stuff on the list is important, but this could be one BIG EASY WIN.
Rewards for households using low amounts of energy - maybe linked to the number of people in the households, with a realistic target of their possible lowest energy usage. Conversely, penalties for households who use very high amounts of energy - even if they happen to be able to afford it. I'm fed up with seeing all these 4-bedroom houses with two people, a 4x4 on the drive, and masses of spotlights everywhere. Having lots of money should not make it ok to use lots of energy. Programs like locationx3 (!) need to stop glamourising high-energy 'features' like spotlights unless they are just the LEDs. Etc...!!
How will you ensure that tax credits in the EU trading scheme are not used to help finance nuclear power stations
Tax incentives to business for saving on carbon
To start to embrace the word 'less' in relation to consumption on all levels by all sectors
End to intensive, unsustainable industrial agriculture and a conversion to an organic and localised food economy.
Continuing or increasing incentives for local communities to produce theor own renewable energy. Also incentives to purchase electric cars.
Develop modern airships for continental short haul flights.They require no runways,they are silent so can be used throughout the night and will not rely on carbon fuels,their life span will be much longer than conventional aircraft and by their nature will be as just as time efficient on short haul routes as they can operate from regional locations and deliver to all major european capitals
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Ask him to stop any new building of waste incinerators, which are more environmentally damaging even than landfill, as well as being a waste of a valuable resource. We cannot afford to waste waste! It is a resource which can be converted to energy, heat, compost, raw materials for manufacturing etc. Small local waste treatment plants are more efficient, more acceptable, and more beneficial to communities. If you want to know more, ask me!!!
Cut UK greenhouse gas emissions (and support health and rural livelihoods) by subsidising animal farmers to move to climate-friendly stock-free arable, horticulture, agroforestry and other crop agriculture.
Switching off unecessary street lighting
put air fares up and cancel any airport expansions
All of the above, obviously. When Chris was Lib Dem Environment spokesman he did a brilliant job and we just want more of the same. Don't let the climate change doubters overrule you. If he could persuade Lichfield district Council to wake up to 10:10 that would please our local party no end. But I'm not holding my breath
If we haven't already pass laws, or regulations or whatever about manufacturers making things which do NOT have any kind of standby, and cars which cannot have big or anyway energy wasteful engines.
development of low carbon mass transportation systems to replace air travel, eg: mag lev, sail and solar powered craft
How the government is planning on making it easier for people to create local community gardens, in towns and cities alike. If the government is planning on supporting local and ecological agriculture in any way, financial, give land to people who want to cultivate foods, help start local farmers markets?
Change gas boilers (efficiency 90%) at home to ground/air source heat pump (COP of upto 4)
Not just clocks forward one hour @ 27/3, but forward 2 hours @ 1/5 and back @27/8, thus utilising the daylight most of us miss before we rise, making the evenings lighter. Also consider a siesta @ 12/13.00hrs so that we could work more efficiently in the evenings if required.
Switching to electric cars is as essential as it was to electrify the railways 20 years ago. Tax incentives should be provided to manufacturers to switch to low cost volume production of electric cars as they are too expensive for mass adoption at present.
joined up, cheap public transport system; encourage bicycles; produce electric vehicles run on solar and hydro; stop flying!
work on reducing car usage
work on reducing car usage
Scrap the previous Ofcom & Government's idea of getrting rid of FM on the 87 to 108MHz Band and forcing everyone to adopt a stupid energy consuming DAB Set.I have calculated the Country will need 2 new power station to supply the increased demand!
We all live somewhere, unnecessarily consuming excess energy with an equivalent supersized carbon footprint so shouldn't we compel the energy companies to insulate all domestic properties, particularly those with solid walls that are prohibitively expensive for individuals and families to insulate, supporting jobs in the industry including apprenticeships for young people/ long term unemployed
Fewer aircraft in the skies
Ensure ALL houses and buildings are FULLY insulated, including solid wall and under floor insulation by making it law that all buildings must be energy efficient, giving subsidies, taking VAT off insulation materials, providing big incentives like reduced Council tax if houses are properly insulated, and generous grants for the less well off, and pay as you save schemes.
stop packaging food.Ban plastic bags.Transform gyms & children`s play areas into alternative energy producing play equipment.reduce street lighting.Investment into green technologies.Improve public transport systems especially cost & reliability of trains.Reforest Britain.
the role of the planning system in delivering new heat and power net works
the role of the planning system in delivering new heat and power net works
say no to unsustainable nuclear (cost and uranium) and commitment instead to investment in renewables
Enable local authorities to spend council tax on insulating social housing. A CH boiler scrappage scheme. Investing in hybrid or electric cars for govt use. Installing green (or brown) roofs on govt buildings. Publicize all greening and carbon reduction measures to raise profile of climate change mitigation measures and counter cynicism.
More encouragement for research into green technologies- you need to get the brightest and the best scientific minds thinking about this problem, as it's the one that will require the greatest technological challenges of this century. There has to be an infrastructure in place that makes it possible for the brightest minds to spend their careers working on this issue
Work to make the Desertec or similar projects a reality, in combination with a European/north African supergrid
Strengthen building regulations so that every house built from this time is as near carbon neutral as possible. NOW.
OFGEM to be made responsible for getting energy companies to work to reduce the nation's carbon emissions. Transparency so the public can see which are the really green electricity suppliers and which are greenwash. Weekly tv ads to tell the public that climate change is real and giving suggestions they should be taking. Making wasting energy, e.g. leaving lights on at night, heating on and windows open, shops with heating on and doors open, street lighting on in the early hours when most people are asleep, socially unacceptable.
Reduce number of street lights on at any one time. Also along mian roads, motorways and dual carriageways. Could every other one or two only be switched on or could they be swithced off altogether after a certain time during the night. Also would it be possible to have PIR street lights.
we could use the ideas of Every Action Counts which almost sumarises many aspects that can help reduce our carbon footprint
why protect drivers from increases in petrol costs? plus make it easier to take bikes on trains.
Ensure the UK gets its fair share of European money to help build electric zero emission vehicle recharge infrastructure
Forget existing CCS technology (pumping CO2 underground) and support development of alternatives that sequestor Carbon in building materials instead - a win win solution. (E.g.
More rail less 'hot' air.
Funding for double glazing windows
Dedicate 10% of roads budget for "proper" cycle lanes
Imrpove the infra-structure for cyclist to encourage more cycling, as in Holland.
No nuclear expansion - cite Sustainability Commission evidence to policy review
prioritising energy efficiency; cutting aviation
Scrap or reduce VAT on products that are built to 'Cradle to cradle' standards and/or effectively zero embodied carbon.
require all new buildings - especially houses to instal solar panels & rainwater saving systems
Since wind is subsidised by means of ROC's, why not subsidise new nuclear?
New nuclear power stations in the UK will be built alongside existing ones on the coast where rising sea levels, because of climate change will be most dangerous and damaging. Also with mining and shipping of uranium and processing will mean significant CO2 emmissions. Why then not go for a radical, if not revolutionally, expansion of clean and safe renewable power.
Remove VAT from domestic solar energy installation and give financial incentive to buy this.
education to challenge the middle classes attitude to thinking recycling a few wine bottles makes it OK to fly to Thailand for a two week holiday.
Develop advise leaflets on home insulation to be given to every person who buys a new home. People are most likely to do up a house just after they've bought it, so it would give them incentive to plan insulation improvements as part of their redecoration plans
We have lost all sense of what energy it takes to create electricity. Restaurants and car parks leave extractor fans running all night, shops and offices are lit all night, frridge doors are left open, kettles are over filled: our squandering is gigantic and petty, and utterly pointless. ANd if we reduced our consumption there would be no need for nuclear power stations.
Yes, all of the above :) But how about a review of motor vehicle tax and how it is allocated? Does it all currently pay for roads, or is it creamed off? Either way, can we get as much as possible of it put to green use? Let's at least tax the problem in order to fix the problem! Same goes for fuel duties, of course. P.S. I'm actually one of the people who voted for Chris Huhne, so pleased he's in!
We need more improvement to public transport to make it a viable option for more people. People don't use it because there is poor service, so service is reduced - a vicious circle that needs to be stopped.
1 Use the joy of getting a reduction on the electricity bill: make it easier/cheaper for US to generate our own power & sell back any surplus to the Grid. Increase support for production & use of photovoltaic tiles in the UK. 2 Make street lighting effective not just more of it, car headlights are hundreds of times brighter than 20 years ago yet they are almost redundant in cities & on motorways. There must be a trade-off here without increasing the accident levels. 3 Floodlighting of buildings whether for security or because they are historic must be low energy, encourage generation on site..
make possible with generous grants renewable energy provision for all houses
Stamp duty on property purchase is an expense which discourages people from moving house whether nearer their place of work or if there worklocation changes so they now have to travel further. There should be lower rates of duty for those who wish to move in order to reduce their travel to work distance. It could be framed in terms of reducing distance to work by a percentage or in terms of absolute distance saved.
Oppose nuclear power - it is an expensive distraction which will only take money away from the real solutions - energy efficiency and renewables
Tradeable climate credits for corporations?
Bring back the night sky by making security lights/floodlighting shine downwards
Provide incentives to get everybody to install solar water heating panels. We also need Solar PVs feed in tariffs to be maintained.
Local authorities to switch off 'un-necessary' (Safety must be paramount) street lights at night
What is the Government policy regarding the continuation of Energy Performance Certificates , both Domestic and Commercial, and what assurances can be given to businesses that have invested in providing this service to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption ?
With commercial building consuming up to 50% of energy through lighting it is utter madness not to fit reliable occupency sensors and light sensors. Fit a dimmable ballast with a constant light sensor and reduce energy by up to 80%, even lights not by windows. Do not leave lights in standby, turn off mechanically
Dimmer or half the lights on buildings, business premises and seaside arcade and casino lights - I do not think it's necessary to have any lights - think of security and it would be gloomy!!!!
all of above and high investment in green technology r&d - job creation plus UK leading way in changing overconsumption of finite resources. LOCAL FOOD production and use - as in Nottingham Hospital- links with care farms therefore social benefit ( talk to HRH Charles about this)
Ensure that all adverts for buildings offered for sale or rent include details of the key recommendations off the EPC
What will you do to encourage more people to take up cycling and stop motoring.
Steps to be taken to reduce aviation emissions (aviation taxation, flight limits?)
Leave coal and oil in the ground, in yearly 10% steps
supporting initiatives to use wind and solar power including housholds. Reduce carbon producing vehicles - a car scrappage scheme
Redress the unfairness of excluding those who had installed P.V. before June 2009 from fully joining the Feed In Tariff scheme. Also to allow those already with solar hot water to join the RHI if introduced next year. Those who led the way by installing these renewables have been discriminated against. Please also ask the Minister to consider carbon tax at source, i.e taxing the producers of fossil fuels, rather than the end users and possibly then giving some of it back to those on lower incomes to help them with their energy bills.
Every government building capable, to have solar panels producing electricty or heating water
Create real incentives for people to insulate and double glaze their homes, including DIY evening classes
Reduce the speed limit on all roads to 60mph and enforce it rigorously.
More bus only lanes & reduce car speeds in all built up areas - 20 mph max anywhere. This might encourage less car use in towns
Reduce VAT on insulation materials and A rated fridges etc.
RBS financing fossil fuels. If they shifted those billions of our pounds to renewable companies and projects we'd be laughing our way to 2% GLOBAL cuts! AL
Concentrate road safety on economic driving (right gear and actions for circumstances)
Making it easier tax rebates/subsidies start up grants etc to encourage take up of green technology
There is always a simple solution to most problems, if you take 80% of heavy lorries of the road, put it back on trains, like the americans do, and then have a properly run bus service across the country, to make people leave their cars at home, you have to meet the needs of the people, not the councils, who do not help and sometimes dont care, in the rural areas, in my case, they have just taken off the last bus, having said that, the last bus to our village is 5.30pm. The people are never listened to, the argument seems to be between the Councils who say they cant afford it? or the bus companies who say it is not economical. the real problem is? until you have a properly transport system across the country that caters for the needs of the people , They will never leave there cars at will get nowhere. We have a perception that everything works,? whereas in reality, nothing works,
Reduce the size of Government car, and Less meetings
lower speed limits on roads - shows we are serious!
Stop floodlighting Gov. Buildings all night & tax private organisations which do so. 01.00 is quite late enough! Reduce leval of lighting on motorways, either none or if needed for safety at a lower level. Lower thermostat in all gove buildings. 60 - 65 F ia quite hot enough, wear a jumper or a jacket I don't want to see shirtsleeves in winter on television! Encourage a water grid across the country to balance the wet wets against the dry east and force water companies to do mroe to capture waste rain water rather than using other sources to produce clean water: desalination by Thames water should be ruled out. Insulation on old houses is of limited effect unless double glazing is installed and the warmfront scheme does nto coever this. You cannot inject cavity wall insultioninto old houses which do nto have a cavity. The existing Warmfront scheme is good insofar as it goes; installing secondry double glazing whihc is relatively inexpensive would be an improvment - to have as an aim "insulating old peoples' house is too broad and ignores the current schmes.
freeing up local planning laws for domestic wind turbines. We would have one now if it hadn't been turned down by Bradford planning Dept. At the time we had had granted a £5000 Blue Skies central govt.offer!! We live half a mile away from our nearest neighbour and there had been no objections! Crazy!!
A more ambitious feed-in tariffs scheme and the guarantee that government is going ahead with the renewable heat incentive scheme
Please ensure that all new developments comply with the 2008 Climate change act and standards for zero emission developments. Plans for Brent Cross Cricklewood - one of the biggest developments in the country does not - see
Throw out the economics textbooks and embrace monetary reform so that money is our slave and there is plenty of it to direct to all the things we need to do to prevent and mitigate climate change
fund LA's to produce energy in there buildings. Let's show our commitment and spend to save. I'm happy to be invited on brainstorming group.
Making trains a more viable option for citizens - either reducing prices; making them public domain again; re-opening railway stations/lines; reducing the ticket prices - basically making them attratcive for people to change their travelling habits
supporting developing countries with renewable technology advice
Giving 50% subsidies to any heating upgrade to clean energy of home insulation work
All new housing stock should green - Training/Workshops for all trades to raise awareness.
Make sure every household in Britain recycles food waste
Promote local resilience for food, employment, energy production etc
Lower speed limits
Support the Charity, Climate Change Trust, "Green Badge Scheme" for the transition to zero vehicle emissions.
Use a bicycle 10 times a month, get everyone fit to cut the NHS budget and spend some of the saved money on cycle lanes (especially in Birmingham) to avoid accidents.
Upgrade insulation in all existing homes with eco-friendly/natural materials. Ban uPVC windows and doors. Renovate and draught-proof timber sash windows. Fit wooden shutters. Add external timber cladding and new insulation to walls.
Guidance for livestock farmers in increasing carbon in soils - see Holistic Management International website and bring Abe Collins of Carbon Farmers of America here to consult.
Introducing legislation that forces all supermarkets and food retailing outlets to put doors on freezers and fridges
Ultimately we will only get people to cut their emissions in a meaningful way, other than tinkering at the edges, by some form of personal carbon allowance. Even it if just covers the basics and takes per person domestic gas and electricity; diesel and petrol consumption; rail and plane journeys; and purchase of certain listed products like cars, large electrical equipment, patio heaters and domestic items over a certian price. Also, most importantly, real incentives to get everyone's loft insulated. So many people find it just too much hassle to clear the loft and put in 10 inches of insulation, and currenly have perhaps just 4 inches or so. Big problem. We should also have some means of rewarding those who have made big efforts to cut their emissions, whether by getting a new boiler, or solar panels, or reducing foreign trips, cutting their fuel bills or reducing their purchases of consumer items (though not good for the wretched economic growth !)
Need more encouragement for individual households to install renewable energy systems, either with grants or definite non means tested Feed-in Tariffs
I think they can best:1, Start building nuclear power up as fast as possible--from training new nuclear scientists to constructing new power and heat stations( initially via foreign companies since we have let our own industry deteriorate).2/Pursue 'son of copenhagen' with all the vigour they can. 3/ consider a coabon tax.
Deliver on 10/10 and plan for 10/11
Primary School, GCSE, ALevel exams on Climate Change so knowledge and progress is part of childrens' studies.
The clocks for sure. We need renewable energy sources everywhere. Little seems to be happening. Some big government installations.
Streamlining the planning process for land-based wind and solar energy installations.
start taxing aviation fuel. investing in green energy technology other than wind.
The new CON_DEMmed coalitions' first change in the use of resources was ...... to completely change and rebrand all the DCF materials as 'Ministry of Education'. I cannot imagione how much paper and energy has gone into and will be going into this marketing exercise. Try that on Mr Huhne!!
You used an interesting analogy that a 10% reduction in central government carbon footprint is equivalent to 200,000 cars off the roads. How about taking cars off the roads by building real cycling infrastructure in our major cities, re-using existing roads if necessary and I don't mean Boris's daft plan for painting blue lines!
There is little need for business and country wide lighting in the wee small hours especially on roads for example but quite generally if people remember the three day week and there were blanket power down areas which were quite manageable, in case people raise issues of personal safety, extinction is far more serious than the risk of an increase in traffic accidents or theft or personal safety!
Nuclear power offers both energy security and low carbon, so is the Lib-Dem opposition softening?
Look at countries where 'no car days' are in practice to applie them here. I suggest 2 Sundays per school holidays. It would be such a pleasure to use a bike and not be in constant danger from traffic.
Try and convince him to put a full STOP to any further nuclear power! It's is much more doable to use renewables, AND obviously better for all of us.
This is great news about the discussions with the coalition. Makes me more hopeful about the future. Please improve public transport and make it cheaper. It is still a lot cheaper to do long jouneys by car than travel by train.
All councils to provide green bins and more recycling centres for garden rubbish and old appliances. My Conservative Council has just closed down our local tip and do not provide garden refuse bins. There should be more control over cheap Chinese electrical appliances, which seem to last less than a year. What is the point of turning off a few lights when we are all having to buy two kettles, toasters, irons and vacuum cleaners a year!
To reduce pollution from vehicles cycle road improvement schemes must be supported and endorsed by local government. Any new road scheme (particularly in urban areas) must include safe cycle routes, lanes and lights if at a major junctions. Cycling in our cities is still too unsafe for children, too many cycle deaths occur every year, & more and more people are taking to cycling to work as transport prices are so high compared to any other european country.
Animal agriculture is one of the most important causes of GHG emissions. According to the 2006 FAO report Livestock's Long Shadow, 18% of GHG emissions are caused by livestock farming, of which 9% CO2, 37% of methane, 65% of nitrous oxide (which is 296 more polluting than CO2) and 64% of ammonia. In discussions on climate change, these facts are often overlooked. Al Gore's film 'The Inconvenient Truth' missed out on this topic entirely. Too inconvenient? Please watch the award-winning documentary 'Meat the Truth' to find out more. This DVD is available from
Legislation or scheme (with incentives) to encourage reduction of traffic in inner cities e.g. pedestrianisation of areas
solar panels on every house - we have some and save about £800 per year. Puts you in tune with the elements too in a subtle way. Oh and more cycle tracks on main roads, more railways, buses and subsidised fares. That way people actually speak to each other - community begins with myriad connections. Let's build a matrix of a connected 'big' society with intelligent networks.
Rethink scrapping the pensioners bus pass - it would lead to more cars on the road, possibly older cars too.
Little things mount up: had lunch in the House of Lords restaurant. Huge numbers of lights in chandaliers; glass walls should be passive house standard; ceiling covered with cloth--insulation behind it? Windows in Parliament are single glazed and walls are solid. Find the best solution and show it to people (like Birmingham Council House) who have similar issues. (I trust the heaters in the restaurant were heat exchangers, not direct electric heating.)
all new buildings (houses/offices/industrial etc) should be BUILT with energy generating technologies (solar electricity/air or ground heat pumps/solar hot water etc) as well as water saving/collecting equipment. Also, all new commercial/industrial/education buildings to be built with roof panels to let in natural light where possible to reduce lighting.
Higher tax on energy to pay for the insulation. Massive tax on tumble driers. Increased VED on gas guzzlers - like £3,000 per year.
funding more community based projects like the climate challenge fund in Scotland, much more emphasis on renewable energy schemes, particularly grants for householders and helping projects like the sustainable Glasgow project, making sure that we have a trained workforce to implement energy saving measures, making it mandatory that energy companies invested at least 20% of their profits in R&D for renewable energy and for implementing new and innovative renewable projects, much more emphasis on participatory approaches to getting people to be more sustainable: the government is still working with social marketing and information deficit models which have shown not to work - innovative approaches based on participatory approaches, motivational interviewing and behaviour change strategies designed by specialists must be researched into and evaluated properly
Ensure Highways Agency road building schemes do not contravene Transport sector carbon budgets (ie Government policy & law on carbon emissions (Climate Change Act 2008))
Investing in waste reduction and helping local authories to meet their landfill diversion targets
Government cars should be change for more energy efficient vehicles
Legal requirements that new housing/buildings are environmentally friendly
Reduce energy waste AND light pollution by converting street and public space lighting to more energy saving systems
incentives/land for individuals to build low energy/carbon houses.
Encourage more cycling with better road facilities for cyclists
REbalancing taxation to make flying unattractive relative to other forms of transportation - including fuel and ticket levies and encouraging businesses away from excessive air travel
Cutting to achieve or beat 10% is fine but what about sustainability beyond 2010? 5 year govt, 5 year plan (or more)
Alternative energy resources like wave/tidal power... its right on our door step. We should be the world leader in this area.
Bring in a law to ban plastic bags in all shops. If Ikea can do it anyone can.
A payment to farmers for reduced greenhouse gas production and for soil carbon sequestration
Cameron wants to slash the size of government departments by far more than 10%. So reducing carbon emissions by 10% would happen without them having to make any real improvements. How are they going to reduce the carbon intensity of government rather than just the total emissions?
Surely we can stagger the lighting on part of the motorways?? And, indeed, in the towns.
not to nuclear power stations,electric car development/support,self sustainable housing complex developments (e.g. bed zed)
Ensuring all new buildings are designed using the Passivhaus building methodology
Ensuring new buildings are designed with intelligent building technology/systems
Please ask the politicians to set a good example by driving smaller more fuel efficient cars. Offering a more realistic scrappage for old heating boilers. No more VAT (especially on fuel).
make all businesses (not just large consumers as per CRC) account for their energy usage and with tax incentives to encourage them to be more energy efficient
recycling of packaging is a massive problem, which we seem to approach from the wrong end. Why not bring in legislation that says manufacturers can only sell prooducts that use recyclable packaging?! Give them a time frame, say 3 years to get sorted!! there will be some things such as medicines that may not be able to confrom. At the moment there is a real mish mash of what can be recycled and which councils wuill recycle it!
Development of a 10 year sustainable energy plan with nuclear included only as a last resort!
Encourage recycling, door stop collection mandatory, civic amenity sites for reuse, anarobic digestion of food waste, in vessel composting, regulate emissions (PM1/5/10s), investigate corruption by incinerator companies such as Suez
Too much energy is used lighting up shops, business and big landmarks; street lighting should be maintaned.
1. Recycling WITHIN the UK - not just shipping stuff to 3rd world countries. 2. Turn off motorway lights - don't have them on all motorways anyway do we need them to be lit up at all? 3. Make it illegal to sell electrical goods which are NOT A or B Rated.
A firm commitment to reduce carbon emissions nationally by 40% by 2020
Government support for Green Business startup's
Invite external advice and verification for the government's carbon reduction commitment
Make public transport cheaper and better than the car !!! If my family and I want to go the 1.6 miles to our local town by bus it costs £5 each way !!!!!!! How mental is that for £5 worth of fuel we can go there and back numerous times.
Increasing public awareness of the climate crisis and supporting Transition Towns.
Electricity generation from old landfill sites. A new technology being trialled this year, supported by the Carbon Trust and the Environment Agency (where I work). But we've only got enough money to trial it on max 3 sites - there are around 2000 potential sites in the UK emitting about 1.5% of UK GHG emissions! Current electricity generation on landfill is from big, fairly new sites. The quality of the gas on older sites has been a barrier until now. Methane is the second biggest contributor to global warming after CO2 in the UK, but isn't getting the attention it deserves. Happy to provide more info if needed. Good luck with your meeting!
Reduce planning 'red tape' to help move renewable energy projects along faster - to stop the NIMBYs having a louder voice than the YIMBYs!
more grants for domestic renewable energy projects
How are the coalition government planning to help and encourage SMEs to adapt more sustainable policies?
Public transport needs improving to encourage people to leave their cars at home. Incentivise replacing lawns/hedges in gardens instead of black plastic & pebbles - to cut down flooding & help wildlife
I should like a rethink of assessing the carbon emissions of biofuels which ignores them on the grounds that they will be compensated for by the carbon absorbed by theplants when growing. This uses as yet inadequate estimates as to the carbon uptake of plants and in many case trees are concerned that may be years old. Very inaccurate yet applied in practice to incinerator carbo equations
No airport expansion
All of the above would be good - plus many more ideas such as seriously addressing the issue of road and air travel and why it has become some sort of 'right' to drive and fly to wherever we want, whenever we want, have luxury food and other goods transported over vast distances - and sod the consequences.
Cheaper trains
Can't we encourage shops to turn their heating down in winter. Shoppers are in coats and staff can wear jumpers!
Change the domestic prices of units of electricity/gas so first are cheapest and get progressively more expensive
making bike, public transport more attractive, easier to book (integrated)trains across Europe,parity of train fares and air fares - ensure financial cost of flying reflects CO2 cost better ef higher fares, reduce subsidoes
A carbon tax of £100/tCO2e, initiated in the UK and spread across the EU. Fix the climate and the budget deficit in one go!
Work on double summer time and Insulation has been championed by David Kidney - previously Junior Minister, now ex MP. The biggest threat to action is lack of skills. David Kidney produced a really good consultation document on Skills before parliament dissolved. This needs to be followed through. David kidney should be given an opportunity to continue the work he was doing to stimulate green businesses and training.
House insulation grants: Change scheme to give the householder more control (cf the boiler scrappage, so you choose your own installer and materials and send in a voucher to claim your refund. At present the owner has little control of the process and the installers have every incentive to cut corners.
Nationalise the railways please.
I would like to see restriction, or at least a public education programme, on heating of the outside air (Patio Heaters, etc) using anything other than renewable resources.
Pioneer microgenerators treated the same as new installers of solar PV - Tory party policy - is this still the case?
Invest in waste-to-energy plants like in Denmark, Germany and Netherlands (see
work with Canada to promote 10:10 among leadership
Providing local government with targets to focus councillors- i.e. 30% reduction by 2020
reducing 10% of carbon emission with the commitment to incorporate plans into turning that 10% in useable energy
Easy wins like lighter later campaign and additional insulation subsidies where the subsequent savings are for ever
Promote micro generation, feed in tarrifs and locally managed hydro and wind powered projects.
Automatic switches on every other street light so that half of them switch off between, say, 1am and 5am
I have a real ‘bee in my bonnet’ about “light pollution”.& not just the big streetlight directly outside my bedroom window.Can we link the subject of light pollution with energy savings ?? I’m sure I’m not alone in this...
No expansion of air travel - the Conservatives and Lib Dems both opposed the third runway at Heathrow, but the Conservatives seemed to be considering the expansion of other airport capacity in the South East instead - which would be madness, given that air travel is the fastest growing source of emissions.
As a school governor, my school (and I think all public sector organisations) are being asked to reduce their energy use, what funds will be made available for capex retrofitting schemes - which will produce greater reductions than eg switching off lightbulbs?
Nationalise public transport, and subsidise it, and give it, bikes and pedestrians priority over cars and taxis.
Railway station plastform lights are left on all the time in outside areas with easily enough day light. This is still outrageous with ticket price rises and tax subsidies for trains - it sets a bad exmple too. It should be a disciplinary offence for public building managers (eg. railway station staff) to leave platform and building lights on during daylight hours. My teachers at school would also leave lights on in locked class rooms at other people's expense. Lets get the station lights turned of during 2010!
encourage everyone to make savings, by not switching on christmas lights, for example. Making it forbidden for electric good manufacturers to put a stand-by switch. All modern electric goods should have to be swtiched off. In the end, people will act with their wallet in mind. Energy must become more expensive, but not to the detriments of the poorest people. So with an increasing tariff the more you use.
Very simple,schools.state and private are vastly overheated,children don't ewar jumpers in Winter,very easy for germs to spread in a hot environment.Please legistate/encourage schools to turn the thermostat.Summer dresses etc. are for Summer not Winter.
Tax short-haul flights where there is alternative surface transport.
Switching off street lights after 1am in residential streets. Change the fittings to LED
I would like to suggest that it is not just older people's homes that are insulated. What we need is to give local economies a boost by way of a massive injection of money into the home insulation industry. We need to take long term unemployed and school leavers and give them specialist training in wall, roof, floor and window insulation, and put loads of funding into making sure that this insulation is as cheap as possible, and in many cases, entirely free. We need to start the training and funding for this as soon as possible. It is not just climate change we are facing, but peak oil too, so to get the nations housing as insulated as possible in as short a time as possible is of paramount importance.
Reduction in council tax for properties that compost.
Provide Govt. subsidy towards cost of installing domestic PV panels
pass a law which says all new light vehicles have to have a minimum mpg - maybe we'd get to see the back of urban 4x4s
A proper European carbon tax!
1. Introduce Personal Carbon Allowances ASAP! 2. Include embedded carbon in imported goods in UK emission figures, so everybody can see that our real carbon emissions have gone UP not down!
Getting businesses to turn lights off at night is long overdue, as is non-essential street lighting, for instance between 12 - 6a.m. there are not usually pensioners/infirm people around who need lighting.Also, Boston Ivy growing on walls decreases heat loss by 15% in winter and cools by 30% in suiummer. Boston Ivy does no damage to walls as Common Ivy can. Very cheap solution. Algae in tanks on walls is also great way to capture carbon.
Scrappage schemes create more waste and burn fuel to make and transport new goods. Will the government publish figures to show how much energy is consumed in the manufacture of replacement goods rather than simply asking us to buy new stuff that's marginally more efficient?
The majority of people in Britain accept that there is some kind of problem. Because this problem is so intractable it is easier to ignore and hope it will go away. What the British people need is leadership. Leadership from the Government. They need a Government that is seen to DO SOMETHING. That “something” must have a tangible effect on their lives without being too onerous. An example would be a reduction of the national speed limit. In 1973, during the oil crisis, it was intended to introduce a national limit of 50 mph saving 10% of fuel and consequently 10% on emissions. This is only an example and the government with all it's resources may well think of something far more suitable. But I stress again. The government must be seen to do something meaningful, changing light bulbs really is not sufficient.
Increase the tax on large gas guzzling cars
Address the fuel poverty issue - improve the housing quality of those least able to afford to heat their homes.
An outright ban on supermarkets using s in their packaging that cannot be recycled - what are they thinking? What do they think happens to it?!
Changing building regulations so that all new builds have green energy built into them; insulating ALL homes, not just old people's! Allowing people to install their own sustainable energy solutions and get the grants rather than having to use expensive listed suppliers - including wind turbines which are simple to make but are sold at huge profit.
Incentives to give the public a chance to use PVC or solar panels on their homes and get an allowance to sell back spare power.
Instead of just making noises about reducing carbon emissions the UK should be sticking their neck out and leading the way globally.
Environmental policy for the developing world
Insulating ALL homes so we stop heating the air outside. Training for builders in best techniques for zero carbon construction.
Marry govt ownership of the banks and the 'value' of carbon reductions from improvements in home energy efficiency and insist the banks provide Green loans for implementation of energy efficiency measures and associated work - generate income through taxation of the increase in business activity and get some 'other' return for the public bailout of these banks.
'Green energy' subsidies should not be used to stimulate burning of biofuels and biomass Dear Sir/Madam, Re: 'Green energy' subsidies should not be used to stimulate burning biofuels and biomass I am writing to express my concern that existing UK policy on Renewable Electricity is flawed and that the proposals due to be introduced in 2011 for Renewable Heat are likely to exacerbate the problem. Currently the Renewable Obligation gives high levels of financial support to electricity generators to burn liquid biofuels, including palm oil and soybean oil, and biomass, including imported wood from destructive logging and plantations. A major increase in renewable energy is essential, but it must be renewable energy which truly mitigates climate change and protects, rather than harms the environment. Burning large volumes of biofuels and industrial biomass will have the opposite effect. It will also lead to more land being used to grow crops and trees for fuel instead of food and will put more pressures on indigenous peoples, small farmers and other communities in other countries who are already at risk of losing their land and livelihoods to oil palm and other plantations. These problems arise because of financial support arrangements implemented by the UK Government. Such arrangements are permitted under EU legislation, but are not required of member states. Electricity from burning liquid biofuels and solid biomass is now eligible for twice the subsidy (paid as Renewable Obligation Certificates or ROCs) as generating electricity from onshore wind. Biofuel power stations burning 'virgin vegetable oil' are only financially viable because of this subsidy. A series of sizeable biofuel electricity power stations has been proposed as a result of these market subsidies, two of the developers make it clear that they intend to burn palm oil while the others have failed to legally committed themselves to not doing so. Palm oil is the cheapest vegetable oil on the market, and according to UNEP is the main cause of deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia. Deforestation in both countries is linked to the destruction of peatlands and the emissions of vast quantities of carbon. Carbon emissions from peat fires in Indonesia, linked to plantation expansion, have on several occasions been higher than the UK's entire annual CO2 emissions. Palm oil expansion is also linked to the displacement of large numbers of communities, land conflicts and the destruction of indigenous peoples' and other communities' livelihoods. A typical 25 MW biofuel power station would require some 10,000 hectares of oil palm plantations to supply its fuel, adding to pressure on tropical rainforests. If UK-grown vegetable oil were used instead, agricultural land would be taken out of food production, adding to food imports. The 50 MW power station planned for Bristol will burn about 100 million litres (90,000 tonnes) of palm oil a year – the same volume as is currently going into the entire UK transport biodiesel market. In 2005, total EU-27 imports of palm oil were 4.5 million tonnes, equivalent to 9.7 kg per person (FAO). The Bristol power station's annual consumption of 90,000 tonnes is equivalent to over 200 kg of palm oil per head of population in Bristol each year. Far more than they consume in food and healthcare products. The Renewable Obligations Order also gives high levels of support for electricity generation from burning wood. This is encouraging large-scale imports of biomass, particularly woodchips and wood pellets, for example from South America, South-east Asia, West Africa or the southern US (where displacement of wood now used for pulp and paper will mean more pressure on forests and on communities in the global South). No adequate assessment has been carried out on the impact which this new demand has and will have on forests, communities and, in the case of tree plantations, grasslands and other ecosystems, nor on the likely impacts on the climate. There are already reports from West Papua, of concessions being granted for the destruction of hundreds of thousands of hectares of rainforest to establish tree plantations for wood chips and wood pellets, as a result of the growing global market in biomass. Even if the climate impacts of increased logging, forest degradation and land-clearance for tree plantations were ignored, cutting down and burning trees results in immediate up-front emissions of CO2 which will not be reabsorbed for several decades by new planting. At a 2008 industry conference, it was noted that the heating oil market represented a 3 billion-litre opportunity for the biofuel industry. If the proposed Renewable Heat Incentive incentivises this market to any great extent, it will add significantly to the UK consumption of liquid biofuels. Whereas the EU's renewable energy target is binding on the UK it is entirely the UK government's choice whether to support sustainable and climate-friendly true renewable energy or to favour biofuels and massive biomass imports, yet: under EU law, for example, governments cannot discriminate against biofuels from plantations where people have been evicted or even killed and the all-important indirect impacts will remain largely or completely ignored. I would therefore ask you to call on the government to immediately suspend all subsidies for biofuel and biomass electricity under the Renewable Obligation Order and to reform the Order as a matter of urgency so that all subsidies go towards truly sustainable renewable energy, including wind and solar, not biofuels and biomass (which inevitably means large-scale biomass imports). In addition there must be no new bioenergy subsidies under the Renewable Heat Initiative. Yours sincerely, Martin Lane 35 kingsway avenue kingswood, bristol BS35 3JB UK
Encourage British high street clothes stores to sell garments made from recycled materials, e.g. 10% of their stock is made from recyclable materials. Work towards ensuring that any new homes built by the government fit into the top EPC band or at the minimum band B. Revoke Sunday shopping hours for supermarkets to enable local business, markets and farms to thrive, thereby encouraging people to buy locally rather than incur airmiles.
I thihk the government should be doing more to improve the national transport network, especially by improving the train network. It needs to be more affordable, new train tracks should be developed in more rural places, and more goods should be transported using trains to drastically reduce the amount of lorries on the roads. another point, is that I believe packaging legislation does in fact exist, but it seems that it is not enforced at all, i.e. companies are meant to only use what is necessary, but all the time I see such overpackaged goods in most shops, most of which is plastics that cannot even be recycled.
Scrapping new airport extensions and putting up tax on airplane fuel
Higher car tax for polluting vehicles especially company cars
Do whatever necessary to acheive the carbon 'bottom line'-whatever actions and policies will deliver the goal of 10:10.All the actions suggested above are commendable but I don't know their potential relative impacts.Thats what counts.Act fast.And also consider what other nations will notice- in the sense of 'these guys mean business'Please engage internationally now to ensure the Climate Change talks in Mexico this year bind the world below a 2 degree temperature rise.Thanks
Energy conservation is great but we need to tackle profligate use of resources of all types and waste. We should ask Chris to promote resource efficiency which will reduce all types of pollution including that contributing to climate change through embedded carbon.
clarify no support for tropical biofuels (palm oil power stations) (ROCs or otherwise) - this will also save much time and money in planning enquiries across the country
We will never get people out of there cars if we dont get a decent public transport service in place,I dont drive and spend countless hours waiting at bus stops for buses that dont turn up while all the cars drive past and I am standing cold wet and very fed up,lots more bicycle lanes would also help to take cars off of the roads.
Encouraging cycling by enforcing the Highway Code for all road users.
make new build houses zero carbon efficient with solar and ground source heat pumps etc
Give incentives to businesses to also cut their energy by 10%
how about solar panels across areas of desert throughout the world to capture energy.Turn of computers when not in use.Turn down central heating by a degree or wear more clothing.use recycled cooking oil for cars and DONT tax it as normal fuel.check out Pure Fuels website, Edmonton, they make biodiesal from used cooking oil collected around London
Tighter controls over workplaces. Despite our best efforts at home, workplaces waste power, heating, leave pc's on, lights on, don't save power, have no incentives to do so, no showers for cyclists, no incentives not to drive to work etc. In the school I worked in it was so hot that we had to have all the windows open! The boiler was centrally controlled. And why not use isolator switches to turn off power if people forget over the weekend. So many ideas could be used, but employers need to be encouraged to do so, probably financially. Local government is a very bad offender
Insulate people's old houses - not just old people's houses - they all lose heat. If you have an estate of concrete semis you really want to fix the lot in one go if you want to reduce carbon emissions for least cost, not just pick the ones who's occupants are oldest.
What about huge carparks with lights left on day and night? Couldn't there be a movement sensor to turn a floor's lights on when required?
Increasing incentives to move transport of people and goods from road to rail and rail electrification.
low level street lighting, both in intensity and height (so that we can see the stars again) and make it the thing to do for householders and communities to generate their own power, every highrise, every estate, because when we equate production with use we see who extravagant we are and we cut back, also our recycling system, especially here in Cornwall, needs to adopt the best possible tech around - not a waste to energy plant that brings in rubbish to burn, why isn't there a best practice way that all counties can use. Thanks for this opportunity to speak, best of luck with the discussions
Making sure that the feed-in tariff for micro-generators also rewards 'early adoptors' of solar panels and wind turbines at the same rate as applies to new investors
Counting all CO2 fromplanned UK incinerators - ie quarter of a million tonnes from2 proposed Derby incinerators alone!
increase the use of solar energy in soical housing dwellings and make it cheaper to buy solar panels for home owners
Domestic carbon rationing - controversial, perhaps, but essential.
How are we going to fund the retrofit of homes both in the public and private sector?
Please ask Chris to stop the building of biofuel power stations in the UK. These are fueled by biomass, including palm oil, from Malaysia and Indonesia, and are contributing greatly to the destruction of the rainforest there, with all the climate change consequences that brings. It's madness to cut down rainforest to grow palm oil to ship half way across the world to burn for fuel (especially with all the potential for wave, wind and solar power we have right here).
no new coal -fired power stations.Yes to decentralised energy
A strong and rapid change to building regulations to ensure that new builds are much more energy efficient.
Forcing energy companies to change their tariffs so that unit prices increase, the more units are used, to encourage people to use less. To combat fuel poverty, a 'basic' allowance could be very cheap or free.
find a non-market alternative to creating carbon emission markets - these will be just another cause of economic instability
Stop building housing and businesses in rural areas. Focus on building self sustaining communities by building industry and appropriate housing adjacent to one another so that commuting needs are dramatically reduced and good public transport becomes truly viable in all towns and cities. Recognise that while intelliegent people may create internet companies and work withouit the need for commuting such companies are necver going to provide employment for the children of farm labourers. Rural communities expnaded before farm mechanisation but with farm mechanisation there is no need for the rural labour force so we should stop providing for a rural based labour foce that is no longer required because it is impossible to gain te efficiencies of scale that can be achieved through placing them in conurbations where they will also find employment opportunities and can therefore be removed from the social security budget.
Home energy efficiency assistance for rental properties
I believe the causes of inefficiency are inherent in our current economic system. If we move to a resource based ecomony we will be bringing ourselves into alignment with the true resources and needs out there. Dealing with the cause of the inefficiencies while providing for peoples needs is a more real change than trying to tackle the symptoms
All the above are good, but how about getting the Severn Barrage built. Clean reliable constantly renewable electricity generation?
Mandatory inclusion of PV panels or solar heating on ALL newbuild houses starting now
Introduce a green tax to visitors of England - to highlight the cost involved to assist with all projects relating to the carbon footprint!
Domestic energy use as a whole is around 25% of the total. Rather than try and make up a few new policies, see what Brenda Boardman says: Boardman, B. (2007) Home Truths: A low carbon strategy to reduce UK housing emissions by 80% Research Report for Co-operative Bank and Friends of the Earth. 27 November 2007
Motor vehicle emissions are huge,a nd one reason hardly anyone equals the offical test mpg for their car is they drive faster than the official test. So how about a 60mph national speed limit - rigourously enforced with those over-distance cameras, or built-in speed limiters. Won't be popular, though - but in practice, lower speed limits do seem to reduce congestion.
Greener streetlighting, either through types of lights, or switching them off for part of the night
I think it is important to focus on one thing at a time and time is exactly what we should focus on now! Change the clocks!!
Continue the Labour Government's boiler scrappage scheme, and grants for micro generation schemes. Invite Ed Milliband to join you.
increase the FIT payment to existing homes that have already installed retrofit PV panels to their homes.....please!?
Force every local authority to collect food waste separately
1. To get more people using Public Transport. 2. Encourage people not to drive cars but small scooters especially in cities. This could significantly reduce congestion, make parking easier and to make them smaller engines so people couldn't speed on them.
Grants are needed towards the cost of insulating solid wall housing as well as cavity walls. Are there are plans for these?
Press for the implementation of the Severn Barrage shceme.
Fit all government buildings with solar panels, and ensure that all new builds incorporate sustainable energy
we need to seriously look at putting photovoltaic cells on the roof of every suitable property and putting in sensible levels of insulation. Only then can we seriously consider continuing to develop energy systems which produce waste which is dangerous for tens of thousands of years, much of which has been dumped in the sea until now.
We at Greener Upon Thames are campaigning for a plastic bag free country via a levy. What better way to show the world that this new Government is committed to green issues than this simple, necessary step to dramatically reduce single use plastic bags? It's easy, headline catching and will make everyone in the UK stop to think more about their carbon footprint by making them remember to take their reusable bags with them.
All homes should be offered subsidised insulation. All new homes should have renewable energy, eg solar, and heat pumps, as standard. New cars with high emissions and high fuel consumptions should be banned with immediate effect. public transport should be subsidised like in the rest of the EU. More investment into designing and producing renewable energy resources. Lib dems should stand firm against Nuclear energy.
I have heard about councils experimenting with street lights going out at midnight as they did when I was a child but nothing seems to have come of it
please talk to him about the importance of good controls - better designed electronic thermostats replacing old electro-mechanical ones with buttons to enable easy override off for a few hours or a couple of days so one can turn the heating off when out without having to fiddle with time settings. Electronic thermostats control more accurately which saves energy (avoiding overheating), and the override buttons avoid waste - the trick is making it easy for people to do the right thing (turn things off when not needed)
Not only turn off all businesses and shops turn off their lights at night, but also a lot of street lights and motorway lights don't seem to be necessary, and light up the planet in a way that can even be seen from space!
put a whopping tax on aviation fuel so flying for fun becomes an expensive luxuary and not cheaper than taking the train.
Why hasn't Nick Clegg signed up to 10:10?
providing cheaper, cleaner, safer and more frequent public transport
bring in measures to cut the 20% (or 35% if including imports) of emmissions from food eg bringing in policies to support home grown feeds and food and cutting carbon heavy reliance on intensive meat and dairy in schools and hospitals
Dismantle capitalism? Stop pretending we can have "economic growth" and not finish off destroying the biosphere. At the very least, OBJECT to nuclear power instead of just holding your nose & abstaining.
supporting local councils which have signed up to the 40% reduction by 2020
How will the coalition government balance 'ending the war on motorists' whilst achieving carbon reductions?
I have n't ticked the carbon market box because I'm not happy with a carbon credits - I think it just allows "shunting" of responsibility and although it's argued that it can be a source of wealth for imporverished and therefore low-carbon-wasting individuals, I think the big polluters will simply create a cartel to force down prices. Or use carbonscredits to create another huge specualtive, wasteful bubble like they have with that other essential - housing! That said, my alternatives are small - public investment via raised taxation of incomes over £75k to fund localising food and energy production ( all new planting/lanscaping, for example, should be perennial food crops - fruit trees etc; improving and prioritising public transport, cycle and walking routes; disincentivising car and plane use; the big one is industry though. We have to have an end to production for profit and replace with production only for need. And in the West we have to reconceptualise "need".
encouraging long term grants to support insulation and retrofit projects- see 2050 project in Stroud district as a good eg
Encouraging anaerobic digestion to put renewable gas into the gas grid
Pioneers of solar PV should receive the full feed-in tariff
Meat free Mondays- if we all did it in the UK it would be the equivalent of taking 5 million cars off the road.
Turning off every other street light
Promote veganism! Animal farming is very possibly the single biggest contributor to harmful greenhouse gases (the environmental destruction caused by fishing and fish farming has not been quanitifed). Educate people about the fantastic benefits to veganism (and consequently reduce the NHS bill). This should be the number one priority (in fact I am surprised it is not even on the list).
tax aviation fuel; move away from road subsidies to rail promotion
Turn off most streetlights in UK at midnight and power them with solar sensors on the actual light which points downwards not glaring like they do n ow!
A 'Dig For Sustainability' integrated food programme linking allotment enhancement, CSA, vege growing in all schools, local food procurement policies, regional market development connecting farms to nearest connurbations, planning curb on large supermarkets, the 'volunteer effort' Tory programme,
Listed buildings have restrictions on them re: what alterations you can make. This makes it well nigh impossible to eg install double glazing, never mind consider PV cells on roofs. I know we love our listed buildings, but they should be lived in, not left as museum pieces as they become to expensive to heat/light/live in.
Stop using plastic packaging
A hydro electris scheme at weirs to produce electricity from renewable sources, such as the proposed one at Abingdon, Oxon.
Oppose big supermarket developments in small towns like Whitby which will mean more, not less, shopping done by car and not on foot or public transport.
Chirs Huhne won't allow public money in nuclear energy but how much is the governement going to invest in alternative/sustainable sources
It never ceases to amaze when I have flown acroos the UK at night just how many street lghts there are....Surely, not all of these are necessary in the middle of the night? Also how about some government assistance to give the domestic LED light bulb a kick start at £25 a bulb they are just too expensive to purchase at the moment
Invest in tidal power (without upsetting local fishing communities) before someone else makes use of our technological knowhow
I think that all engery providers ( British Gas,Eon Etc) should provide all customers with a gadget to constantly monitor engergy usage. The customers who need it most ( repayament cards - do not qulaify for these from Eon and onther companies do not provide them)
To make it possible that everybody, yes everybody can recycle all packaging eg. plastic bottles at the curbside collections.
Turning off every other street light across the whole country, permanently, and a larger proportion on motorways and other roads
Create one recognisable character such as green cross code man and re-enforce the carbon reduction message with this character right across the country. People such as myself who work in schools etc will have a instantly recognisable character and it will help get a more united message across.
Let have a much improved public transport system
Switch off street lights for a 1 hour period local councils to decide the best time for each area.
I've put my top 30 suggestions in a document at
How about halving the number of street lamps on busy highways ie: taking out every 2nd lamp or if this is not feasible increasing the distance between lamps - please note that I am not suggesting this for residential areas where there is obviously a security advantage here, but I have been driving on the eg: M25 and it seems a little silly having all those street lights when there is so much ambient light from the passing cars.
Reverse the recent drecrease in avialability of SALIX funding and relax the criteria to allow funding of works other that simple lighting upgrades and insulation.
Incentives for insulation of 'hard to treat' homes.
pilot carbon rationing / contract & converge, e.g. at town level
We should not import so much we should promote more buying from the UK.
Incorporate into the planning process more stringent rules for preventing uplighting of buildings and other public spaces, eg: parks, monuments etc. (Berlin is a good example - they all turn the lights off there, at night!)
Speed governors fitted to all cars, controlled by GPS so that it is impossible to break the speed limit. Fantastic benefits in terms of road safety, local amenity and fuel economy. Could do away with most of those ugly speed limit signs (and the cost of maintianing / lighting them), speed cameras etc. Motorists need never receive an unwanted speeding fine through the post - they should be delighted.
Securing a replacement for the Kyoto treaty. Reaching agreement on attributing international air and shipping emissions. Encouraging private landlords to insulate existing housing stock.
What is the Governments view improving the public transport infrastructure within the UK in order to reduce the amount of vehicles on the road - for example people using cars for schools runs when they only live around the corner from the school and those who work within a mile of their office and providing alternatives transport options to industrial estates.
More money & incentive for private houseowners to insulate and undertake eco-renovation
whether we should be heavily taxing people who own more than one home?
Can UK Gov consider a target to reduce fires in Africa linked to UK's 10:10 commitments? See 35.37 minutes into this lecture for ref: to M&S A plan impact vs. impact of relatively minor fires in Africa.
how do planners get into office what credentials do they have to do the job and how do we know what they are planning for the future to include more environmentally friendly buildings
Put effective thermostats on heating systems in offices. Ask staff to turn off equipment when they leave, not put on standby. Ration paper per department and reward those who use the least with lunch vouchers or gift tokens. Turn down the hot water in wash-hand basins so it isn't necessary to run lots of cold water as well. Make sure the building regulations and planning officers are fully signed up to eco building methods for new build and retro fitting of eco materials in existing housing/office stock. Use carrots not sticks help people feel good about 10.10 involvement.
I am currently working as Energy consultant with a number of Local Authorities and Colleges to target energy waste through re engineering their existing Building Management Systems, many have been installed for a number of years and have been extended or modified often without considering the energy implications. By re evaluating how the system matches the here and now we have been able to reduce the chosen buildings energy consumption on average by 15% without the need for costly replacements and with little disturbance for the building occupants, indeed comfort leves have been improved. This approach of optimising your existing heating, cooling, ventilation systems could easily acheive the 10% target in 2010.
The above ideas (tho' fine in themselves) aren't exactly to do with the Governement cutting its own emissions. The Gov.t could consider the following three ideas for reducing its own footprint (1) cutting civil servants's flights by 50% and getting them to use the train / video-conferencing instead (2) Dept.s of Health, Education and Defcence could put aside 1% of budget to do energy efficiency / renewables and the Treasury agrees that departments / schools / PCT's etc get to keep the long term savings (3) Could the Royal Navy be paid to generate electricity from its nuclear submarines especially if they in Reserve or are surplus to requirements?
No new nukes. How will you encourage marine energy? Will early adopters get full FIT if so when? Will early adopters get RHI (we were six months before grant with SHW)? Do recognise we are near or at "Peak oil"? Do you have a strategy to mitigate peak oil? Do you have a strategy to insulate every building in the UK to best possible stds?
What is the point of individual householders changing to low energy lighting and switching off all appliances at the wall when most businesses in our cities leave all lights on overnight AND leave computers etc running?
Subsidise renewable energy companies like Good Energy so that their prices are the same as the major suppliers (fund thru profits levy on major suppliers). Force major suppliers to have much quicker process for reducing direct debit amounts when you reduce your energy usage - I'm with nPower and they make it as difficult as possible. Incentivise private landlords through tax system to make their property energy efficient. Incentivise businesses thru business rates to make their businesses more efficient. Keep the DECC Low Carbon Communities Challenge going, but without the quangos/'facilitators' etc that surround it - not value for money. Happy to talk about any of these points further.
Legislation to ensure all new build public facilities have a micro generation capability
Make public transport more efficient, reliable and less expensive so less people use cars
Well done
Join Streetcar and only use a car when needed!
All the above are good. However, public transport has huge potential for reducing emissions. Car users are taxed and taxed again one way and another but there is no viable alternative for so many journeys. Rail fairs seem so arbitrarily set and are way too high whilst the services available have decreased. E.g., we live in Surrey - to visit my parents in Cumbira it would be cheaper to fly to Newcastle and rent a car than any other means of getting there (but we don't do this!). This country needs a public transport system that provides a realistic, timely and affordable alternative to driving in order to reduce emsissions from car use.
1) Use Less Energy Recycling / 2) Reduce Packaging / 3) Increase Conservation / 4) Stop Producing Not Essential Products / 5) Reduce or Stop International Transporting of Products / 6) Reduce or Stop International Travelling / 7) Stop Junk Mail / Nuisence Calls
Can small amounts of green energy produced by individuals actually be put into the grid without using more energy than it saves? Why does no-one seem to discuss the science regarding this, instead of throwing money at people as feed in tariffs which may accomplish nothing in terms of energy use.We have solar hot water which saves us money on gas and we have lots of hot water, but washing machines etc. are all cold fill these days, what a shame.
Incremental taxation on flying - ie first flight PA no tax, 2nd flight smallish tax, 3rd flight more tax, etc. This idea would allow everyone to make a single trip abroad each year, but would incrementally tax high users, and so create a fairer way of limiting CO2 from aviation. An annual bill could be sent out by correlating passport info with quantity of flights taken, in a fair "polluter pays" tax system
Carbon reduction through affordable public transport
vast reduction in street lighting uk wide
Rolling out schemes like York's Green Streets Challenge ( across the country and paying people to be 'green champions' to work with community groups and neighbourhoods to introduce practical carbon-reducing measures at street level
Leave the milk out , instead of putting it back in the fridge everytime someone at work has a hot drink. our company of 30 people get through about 15 pints of milk a day. It will not go off if the one in use stays out next to the coffee pot.
Support UK farmers and our food supply chain to become sustainable. To help them invest in alternatives to fossil fuels and petrochemicals on which our food is currently dependent.
Change the fee structure for energy use: the more you use the higher the unit rate. This would lift people out of fuel poverty and make profligate use more expensive.
Encouraging more efficient use of our roads by promoting schemes such as car-sharing to reduce single occupancy vehicle use and emissions
Do more to encourage car-sharing. It is such a simple but effective idea. Everyone can save themselves money on petrol as well as helping the environment.
Turn street lights off wherever possible and make meteor showers far easier to see!
It's the military, stoopid: Trident and a whole load of other military materiel and practices are shockingly wasteful of energy, and of dubious strategic value. Scrappage is the answer. Ploughshares.
Turning off street lights - do we really need them on motorways - we are now suffering from light polution ?
If the IPC is scraped just how will the coalition ensure we do not delay the clean energy projects we need to meet our targets
Zero rate VAT on solar panels
mandatory solar panels on all new factory/warehouse/office roofs
Ask politicians to spend at least 10 days a year travelling to work on public transport
Subsidise Solor panel installation so that its affordable to all families.
Two ideas. 1: An incentive scheme (a cash bonus) for govt worker groups/teams/gangs to save the easily measured amount of energy in their own work area (e.g. by switching off lights, using less hot water, lower room temp in winter, less petrol/diesel, etc.) Extend to reduced wastage of office, etc supplies? 2: Get the govt's real time energy use display to show the energy use per employee per hour (incl. contractors and contracted out work), NOT a stark per department figure as closing parts of a department down can achieve energy savings but without increasing the efficiency of energy use.
Tax usage of raw natural materials rather than taxing labour - unsustainable usage of the earth's resources will slow down and more jobs will be created.
greater incentives for businesses to make more use of alternative energy sources such as solar power, combined heat & power
Needing a licence and a legitimate reason to own a 4x4, eg farmers so that all the people who own them for driving round the city when there is no need have to take them off the road
Tradable Energy Quotas It's important that 10% energy saving is not achieved just by sacking 10% of employees, or other forms of government contraction. The reduction has to be real savings not outsourcing or activity reduction.
Provide an incentive for householders to retrofit time or PIR sensing controls to reduce the extent of residential external lighting that is frequently left on to no one's benefit. I would add superfluous external amenity lighting in HMOs as being brought under control as well.
Scrap nuclear power as it has huge carbon emissions in mining, construction and disposal(tell him to look up EROI for nuclear power). Invest in more renewables instead.
Cycle driven taxi's in city centre's - to reduce fossil fuel consumption & pollution
Being aware of the full environmental impacts of new energy sources i.e. the impacts to marine fauna of the direct cooling method used by nuclear power stations
Hi there, how about suggesting to Chris that we follow Germany's example of banning lorries with non persihable goods on Sundays? Many thanks, Richard
Grants for domestic solar panels, making it affordable to produce our own power. Even a loan scheme, to be repaid with the savings made, would work, reducing the UK's reliance on nuclear power
Consider the advancement of CHP and community heating and dealing with the significant issue of food waste, both commercial and domestic, through building more food waste plants like that of Biogen and allowing for collection particularly in flats and multi-occupancies.
I think what is needed is an integration between the above (and similar) immediate action, and a long-term project with a vision. We don't need to create the vision, it's already in the UNEP Agenda 21, which has been around a while. In order to implement it, teacher training is absolutely essential. The basic thing to raise their awareness of is the complexity, the interconnectedness and interdependence of all components of the natural, social, and economic environment. I think it’s essential that teachers of all levels become knowledgeable and familiar with this perspective, both in the techno-scientific and humanistic-literary disciplines. This is necessary to create the conditions for the much needed education of managers, engineers, economists, politicians, citizens, artists (the list could continue) for the future, who do work, conscious of this most basic lesson in nature. There is obviously more to say, but in order to avoid writing an essay rather than contextualizing my query, I should pose the question: What resources will the government allocate for the education and training of teachers based on the latest research and philosophical thinking in Environmental Education which will be most vitally efficient in achieving the 10:10 goal and more?
The carbon footprint measure does not take account of the Whole Life Appraisal. We need to take account of the construction phase up to commissioning, and then the de-commissioning and disposal afterwards. In other words Chris needs to get standardisation of measurement sorted out.
Petro driven vehicles need to be converted to lpg, and then Hydrogen fueled vehicles developed from there. The reciprocating engine will then need to be replaced with fuel cells and hydrogen manufactured in bulk from solar cells. This route to clean transport needs to be encouraged by Government investment in research NOW
The only ultimate solution to clean cheap power generation which can deliver when it is needed is the development of fusion power -it may take another 20 years, but we must encourage and fund research NOW
Reduce car ownership by severely taxing the second and third car which is taxed from the same address
(i)a ban on kerbside idling, (ii)computer scrappage scheme
Phase out winter fuel payments in exchange for insulating older people's homes.Making sure businesses turn off their computers. Making sure electrical retailers do not leave all their TVs running during shopping hours, and turn everything off at night. Develop more efficient power generation, develop micro-generation, subsidize enrgy efficienc measures and make them compulsory in new build. Introduce a national rail card and reduce train fares. Make sure air fares reflect the pollution they cause and include a percentage of eco-tax on air fares. Give a higher profile to waste minimization and prevention. Set targets for re-use. Promote small scale recycling and composting sites.Stop the decline and closure of small hospitals, post offices and slaughter houses. Don't let the banks dictate the end of cheques as a method of payment.
Further to developing a new clean energy grid across Europe, propose decentralising energy production and encourage district heating and energy production schemes
Think of Climate Justice. It is your responsible to clean up your own mess and show it to the rest of the world, particularly the emerging developing countries!
work towards an international treaty in increase aviation fuel tax to encourage development of greener transport options such as fast rail links. Congestion charging for single occupancy vehicles coming into major cities.
Speed limits could be actually enforced - with no legislation needed.
More grants for all homes to become carbon neutral/or as much as they can. Support more off grid initiatives. Encourage all offices to be more energy efficient. Lead by example!
What contribution might environmental taxes make to encourage behaviour change. Might also make a small contribution to deficit reduction too
Request to Chris Huhne
Every night thousands of shops leave their lights on in the windows, showing their goods to empty streets. Should this be allowed when we're supposed to cutting energy consumptio?
I would love to get a parents debate going over Great Britain,Should Parents and PTAs start investing in their childrens futures by raising money to put say solar panels on the school roofs? Big plan nationwide voting at schools after a long discussion period. For the schools which vote in favour of it maybe there could be a nationwide competition, who could raise the most from companies, parents and friends and energy companies.
Schools are excellent places to start replacing old, inefficient heating systems. Not only will the replacemenmt systems reduce the cost of heating public buildings but the students can be included and they are the next generation!
Ask him what mode of tranbsport he used to get to 10:10 HQ.
Reducing road traffic and radically stepping up cycling and walking - I'm really concerned about reports that Hammond wants to "end the war on the motorist". We need clear policy to get people out of their cars - to tackle climate change and a host of other environmental/health/quality of life issues associated with excessive car use.
Make old, and especially government buildings, more energy efficient.Turn out lights in all government buildings when not in use.
Public services to turn lights off at night (apart from basic security). Stop private households putting up energy-guzzling christmas lights all over their properties - there could be a penalty if people do not comply. Cheaper public transport and far more trains - could we reinstate some of those cut by Beeching?
Make sure shops and offices keep their entrance doors closed when heating/cooling the interior
More adverts telling people how much energy they save if they turn off their computer monitor, lights, boil less water in the kettle, turn of the tap when brushing their teeth (yes it uses energy!!!). Public transport deseperately needs improving - people won't stop using their cars until public transport becomes as convenient, relaiable and cheaper. It is an essential part of any climate change strategy and links into the wider issues of obesity and sustainable cities.
set as few objectives as possible so maximise their chance of execution. I have ticked these two because 1 is easy with many benefits and the other is a moral necessity in addition to saving energy.
I used to live in a village with no street lighting. There was no crime. Street lighting aids burglars and contribute to global warming. Why not turn it off between 2am and 5am at least, we have the technology.
Modify the MCS scheme for qualifying use of renewable sources for home heating and energy production. The current scheme is too restrictive and for the suppliers is anti competitive
Plans should be put forward without delay to invest in and build offshore wind farms
All of the above, and keep the over-60's bus pass. It dramatically reduces car use, encouraging walking for shortish distances, Gives enough trade to bus companies to run really good services for everyone, and gives older people the chance to get about and visit new places, which improves their health also.
Transforming the UK into the world's best nation for cyclists for commuting, health and leisure
public transport: Buses - more of them and cheaper fares. At the moment, it is a lot cheaper to travel by car than take the bus
Plant 1 tree for each person in the country, every country in Europe. Sites, private and public, to be determined by local gov'ts. Much of the planting to be voluntary.
Congratulations, you lot! I think eating less, and eating less meat, are goofd (and evidence-supported) ways of refducing emissions and achieving a more sustainable economy.
Support for clean fuel cars. Support the emerging technology.
scrap plans for new phase of nuclear energy, and instead encourage localised energy production. I have had a solar panel for a year and it is amazingly productive. Can the government encourage all households and businesses to install these by providing substantial grants. Installation would also create jobs..
Sustainable building
Encouraging local government to emulate central government.
Tree planting in cities to cool them in summer. More cycle lanes in big cities.
I strongly feel we should be utilising the wind & Sea to generate more of our energy needs. I don't think Nuclear is the way forward and quite frankly the 2 Nukes nearest to me in Cumbria & Hartlepool are far too close at 50 - 70 miles away!
Scrap the damaging carbon trading scheme which exports jobs out of europe
Introduce carbon rationing and banning agrofuels and biomass for transport, electricity and heating
Electric cars for ministers and officials to use for short range journeys, E.G within London, plus Photovoltaic panels on suitable government owned buildings and sites to generate electricity.
Ask him where he is hoping to get the 40% of our electricity from 2016 onwards, that is currently produced by nuclear and old coal
Start taxing carbon more and reduce other taxes to compensate
Improving public transport in areas without rail links. Bus lanes on motorways. A personal carbon quota or carbon tax. Incentivise young people to take jobs in local food growing.
Ask for firm substantial interim targets for the reduction of the UK's carbon emissions to be set and achieved in this current parliament.
Encourage british bicycle manufacturers through the ride to work scheme, buy offering a bigger discount on UK made bikes, therefore reducing freight miles from the far east, where most new bikes come from.
increase prices at the petrol pumps & air fares (taxes)
Reduction in street lighting, especially in the middle of the night, turning on later and off earlier.
Fundamentally, we must change our economy towards a dynamically balanced one which does not demand continuous growth to be stable. See Sustainable Development Commission 'Prosperity without Growth'. Unless this gets on the political agenda and is translated into action, all our other actions will be undermined.
stop the hour forward and hour back; allow the seasons to change naturally; I dont mind setting the clocks 1 or 2 hours ahead but dont change them.
New house legislation such that: all radiators are on internal walls, all windows have integral blinds (in addition to dble glazing and owner supplied curtains), all water and electrical systems fitted for (but not with) solar water heating and micro electrical generation and finally all guttering downpipes fitted with water butts. We have a brand new house, we have disposable income and we are highly motivated to do our bit, however, any micro generation or solar water heating would require major and expensive changes to an infrastructure that is fundamentally not designed to be modified. This must change!
Make the roads safer for cyclists l use a bike every day ln dont nlike getting the car out for short trips l think alot more school children could walk to school like ours used to years ago l think nit is good for them to walk with their friends and mum or dad.
I'd like to see mandatory switching off of street lighting on roads without housing unless a good case can be proved for it to remain i.e. junctions or acc black spots. I'd also like to see transferring diesel cars to vegetable oil made much more accessible. I want to do it but don't know where to start and Toyota can only warn that it would affect the warranty....
Population matters, it really does: UK to advocate for, and far better resource, the removing of the barriers to millions of women worldwide who want to use contraception and cannot: so there may be fewer people on earth to get out of poverty (given the only way out of poverty is to create greenhouse gases...)
one in every three or four city street lamps to be turned off at night. all office lights to be turned off. perhaps days free travel in big cities during certain times (rush hours for example), not overheating public places..offices and shops. making it obligatory to keep temps no higher than 15 to 18c...people can put on a sweater or vests., after 10 pm, traffic lights to flash orange instead of red and green, so that one can proceed with caution without sittting for minutes idling the engine and polluting.
More support for those use clean energy in their homes.
We all live within 72 miles of the coast. As an island nation we need to seriously develop tidal power. The focus should not be on large scale projects such as the Severn barrage, the real power in the tide is not that it flows in and out but that it uses immense amounts of energy to rise up and down. Small scale schemes all around the British coastline should be harvesting this power. Perhaps a starting point would be tidal generators attached to every off-shore wind turbine - the infrastructure for transmission of the power is already there!
Large tax on air travel
One drives more miles along unlit motorways but as soon as we reach a town we have several miles of lights on either side of the slip road Why? I suggest we switch off 1 in 5 of all motorway lights thus saving 20% of our motorway lighting bill at the same time.
Encourage people to eat a more plant-based diet and cut down on meat and dairy. 55 billion animals are killed each year, diverting food from people and being the single greatest cause of increased greenhouse gases. Many times greater than the entire world transport system.
Reintroduce the boiler scrappage scheme; Look at the Warm Front Scheme which is letting down our most vulnerable citizens by leaving them with no heating and hot water for periods of longer than six months in most cases. This scheme if linked to 10:10 and opened to all installers who are gas safe registered will move the whole country more quickly towards 10:10. And in turn help to remove the back log of Warm Front customers.
re turning lights off at night, one of the arguments against tis is safety. there can easily be a system of reduced low lights in sensitive buildings that costs very little to run. also, re government buildings. they dont need to be so warm! i used to go into the Department of Sustainable Development in one area which had lights blazing in every room in the day tine, whether they were being used or not. and the staff were all in shirts sleeves (or less!) in mid winter.
Ensure the roll out of reducing street lighting, switching them off from midnight to 5am, investigate dimming lighting, and reduce the amount of floodlighting for public buildings.
1. We have to economize where we can. The government should actively encourage economy of energy. 2. In the long run, it is protection of the environment to use good quality goods.
Retrofitting existing houses so that they reduce their carbon emissions and become more energy effiecient. In 2050 between 80 and 90% of our housing stock is stock that is already standing today.
Insulation - please try to persuade him that money spent on insulation would be an amazing way of saving money because it would reduce the need for winter fuel payments! He should also think about specifically funding insulation for hard to treat homes i.e. solid walls, off mains gas network, in conservation areas which restrict options for external insulation and double glazing etc. At the moment the requirements for energy suppliers to fund energy saving measures have led to a focus on least cost options (light bulbs, loft insulation and cavity wall), leaving the most inefficient buildings untreated. Heat pumps for these houses would reduce the need for winter fuel payments. Also suggest means testing winter fuel payments to free up extra funds. Finally better regulation or incentives are needed to encourage landlords/tenants to make rented properties more energy efficient - currently there is little incentive for either to invest in insulation.
1. Adopt Green Party idea for major investment in energy efficiency (for all existing housing stock and business premises) which would create a material number of jobs and also reduce carbon emissions substantially. 2. Tax aviation fuel at a level designed to choke off demand for non-essential flights.
Legislate for electric vehicle owners to be required to charge their vehicles ONLY from certified renewable electricity supplies.
Treating biodiesel made from recycled waste veg oil as CLEAN fuel and scrappage tax on it
What about a lower speed limit for vehicles over a specified CO2/km production? What about a higher council tax on all buildings without reasonable insulation? Why not a personal 'carbon' allowance? Why not arrange that more energy you use, the more per unit it costs?
Encourage recycling of polypropylene (plastic number 5). Councils argue it is not cost efficient. Maybe we should therefore restrict its use as it is very common. Alternatives are available. Rachel's organics, for example, switched their yoghurt pots to rPET instead. Can we not force companies to use alternatives?
Put a deposit on all drinks bottles sold in shops to avoid being thrown on streets. Same for cans. Can then be recycled.
Invest in more environmental education
Advertising campaign to get people to a) stop heating rooms and spaces that are not being used and b) have thick curtains and CLOSE them whenever the room is not in use and as soon as they can each winter evening (4pm not 10pm).
Publicity to encourage managers of all buildings (shops, offices, cafes, public buildings, etc) and transport to reduce excessive air conditioning - especially relevant at this time of year - enormous waste of energy - the more so as people are turning on heaters to compensate. Modern trains also are made excessively cold.
please stress the huge benefits of lighter later! Also, reducing air travel and taxing airline fuel so people have to pay the full economic costs for their tickets. Perhaps a return to the wartime "is your journey really necessary?" would get peple to think.
Based on all available research: UCL, Halcrow, PSI, Oxford Transport Studies Unit, UKERC and CE Delft and the recommendation from the Environmental Audit Committee and the Committee on Climate Change a loweing of the national speed limit will reduce the carbon from transport by up to 30%! it needs no technical advance, it is completely equitable and requires minimal public expenditure. The trains will be relatively faster.
educe street lighting wherever possible; commit this govt to the FiT scheme; re-visit nuclear power generation; help with installing water butts fed by rainwater downpipes
I think we need to have a citizen's taxi service set up where private car owners put up a 'taxi' or other notification sign in their car to show they are offering people lifts on their car journey. This promote more hitch-hiking and lift sharing. As an incentive I would suggest that the government subsidises the person's car insurance. Thank you.
This would be good for Engand in particular. A Conservative back bencher in the last parliament gave the Scotts an opt out which I think would be an excellent compromise.
Develop public transport to take cars off the roads -- it must not be a victim of spending cuts
apply the ecobutton to all government computers to save around £50 per year per computer - available from ecokitchensonline costs £14.99 but could prob. negotiate a wholesale discount??
Let the working class build a society based on need, not profit
This new government is quite euro-sceptic, but we should recognise that many environmental funding opportunities come from the EU. Shouldn't the British government welcome this flow of money which can really make a difference for innovative green projects?
Reduction of Plastic and tin waste: would it be possible to impliment legislation which would fine the big drinks companies who produce so much waste but do not pick up the bill when local councils have to clean up after their packaging has been discarded irresponsibly? Can the National Rail network be extended and ticket prices be made competitive with air travel?
make it legal to cycle on pavements - I don't want to cycle on the road because it is too dangerous.
Changing the clocks, will also: reduce the incidence of Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD thus saving money lost from the economy through time off work and use of NHS resources, reduce road traffic accidents, increase retail sales and sport and reduce crime.
Increasing cycling - CPH is aiming for 50% cycling to wrok from 40% - UK could consider making cycling / walking better
1) Turn off street-lights at some time after midnight. 2) Set up Govt work-shops to refurbish furniture & electricals thereby providing employment and promoting individual responsibility (workfare). 3) more Combined Heat & Power schemes. 4) make a fair comparison between all the hidden costs of renewable and nuclear energy.
Motorway lighting could be reduced apart from very complex junctions
zero interest on all green loans in return for a habitable planet when bankers retire.
double glazing all housing, with financial help for private housing
I suffer from SAD and it would greatly benefit my health it the clocks were changed and well as saving power.
Introduce food composting everywhere in the country so food waste can be collected at the door and made into compost along with the methane (from the composing)being pumped into the national grid so there's more biomethane used and less natural gas. Methane from rubbish tips is also a massive problem. Also recycling flexable and solid plastic up and down the country, increasing the tax on aeroplane tickets by 20% and decreasing the tax on LEDs and CFLs and knocking it up on halogens and incandescents would make a real difference.
Please include at least one thing about transport - how about requiring all large companies with a car park to pay their staff an incentive not to drive to work. And ask them to turn down the thermostat in Government offices to 16 degrees (and give everyone a jumper!) as they are way too hot.
A comprehensive energy efficiency retrofitting strategy for the whole country's housing stock - standards for newbuild only scratch the surface; social landlords are already on board as far as budgets allow but what about private landlords and owner occupiers?
Make solar panels/photvoltaics compulsory in all new roofs and roof renewal schemes. Encourage/subsidise theinstallation of solar farms on top of suitable large flat roofed buildings e g office blocks, factories, etc.Persuade suppliers of communal recycling bins always to install bins for plastic bags with the bins.Subsidise seriously solar and heat pump installations for individual homes to guarantee a growing market for these things
support sustainably-grown food systems - the dastardly French did it with a massive commitment to organic food amongst a plethora of climate-friendly environmental pledges (google the Loie Grenelle) but it's not just about boring old being good, it's about fundamentally improving the lives of society and people.
Roof top 'gardens' to promote ecology on top of all major Uk business buildings. All business' to strive towards being Carbon Neutral, even if it's by 'off setting'. All new builds to be eco friendly - there is no point in building anything that isn't. Major support of schemes returning bogland to our countryside.
Job sharing ,spread the work around a bit more evenly we all work like slaves 4 peanuts would give families more time 4 each other & community 3/4 day working week
Public transport and more and higher congestion charges for cars in cities
turn off half of all light on motorways. There are 80 miles of comtinuous lighting on the m1 between London and Leicester alone
Publicity to go to every household with very specific advice as to how everyone can reduce their carbon footprint
Advertising 10:10 on TV and to more countries.
Encouraging more sustainable transport like walking.
Investing in the green economy to train whole house retrofit teams across the country to achieve a similar scale of change as the great digital switchover - old leaky wasteful homes are no longer needed or acceptable
Requiring solar hot water so that we cut our dependence on imported natural gas. The North Sea is running out and using even 10% solar to heat your water would cut the carbon emissions.
What is the new government going to do to reduce spending on road building projects and put more funding into public transport?
This is not a 'catchy' one liner but please ask him to get serious about helping people cut energy and adopt renewables (NOT NUCLEAR which is not renewable (uranium!?) or 'clean') by supporting local government to have sufficient financial autonomy to give people grants / low interest loans to adopt them at home and to allow councils or groups of councils to adopt decentralised solutions e.g. District Power and Heating CHP
I believe that electrciity gets cheaper the more you use - please could this be reversed
personal carbon credits for everyone with a carbon price tag on everything - it's the only way
Could he legislate to prevent shops running powerful hot air curtains whilst bolting their doors open. They only do it because shops with open doors get more trade than those with closed ones. The total energy usage is a constant unnecessary 500MW of electricity in winter shopping hours.
Make sure that food procurement procedures prioritise local/organic produce - local to stimulate economy and organic where price is not prohibitive.
Stop giving permission for new incinerators to burn biodegradable and recyclable waste.
Stop airport expansion at any airport. Not just Gatwick and Heathrow but BRISTOL and others also.
I have exclusive marketing rights for a laboratory tested and patented means of improving fuel efficiency by 10% (reduces existing transportation CO2 by 10%). Applicable to all of EU, not just the UK (I need a Champion). Also reduces NOx & PM emissions by more than 50%.
can it be made easier for schools (young people will learn early and take these ideas forward into adulthood and their own families, in time) to install energy and water saving devices: solar water and electricity etc. Also, ALL food packaging (in fact ALL packaging) should be reduced. If it has to be, it should be recyclable.
There's already a national tree planting pledge in the Coalition, one way to make this even more effective (on top of the national pledge) would be to get developers to free up currently bare, unloved land for tree planting - any land squirreled away by developers that hasn't been built on for more than x years or has yet to have any plans submitted should be designated community land and planted up for the benefit of society overall, also has potential for food: fruits and nuts, as well as small scale coppicing/wood fuel. This will also help each area lower emissions, improve health and wildlife and will even raise house prices... Public Health; Clean Air; Economy-sorted
A cohesive national waste strategy - schools being allowed to use kerbside collections and civic amenity recycling sites, councils not sending waste to the far east for cash when there are facilities in the UK etc.
What will the government do to tackle the way we farm our meat? The growing of soy (to feed our livestock) in South America is not a sustainable practice and is a major cause of deforestation, it also has the habit of infringing on the rights of the indegenous people who occupy that land.
Re the feed-in tariffs - please can they backdated to include all energy-saving devices, whenever they were installed? They're all helping, so should all be rewarded and encouraged.
A tax on plastics and oil-derived non compostables, eliminating long-life materials for short-life usage.
Ban shops from heating entrances & exits
Get them to implement the government's own estate management rules (available on Defra) to ensure they are not emitting tons more carbon than is necessary and wasting taxpayers' money into the bargain! This will take an attitude change - senior managers HAVE to build this into their departmental strategies, measure people and fail them on their appraisals for not implementing them. I'm all for recycling but hate re-inventing - the material is there it just needs proper policing. At the moment it is simply not taken seriously and goals set by these documents fall miserably short for government buildings. Lights left on for the whole summer in loads of schools in my borough and doubtless elsewhere - no excuse!
PLEASE PLEASE scrap subsidies (double ROCS) on burning palm oil for electricity generation
20 mph should be the default speed limit in built-up areas to encourage people to walk and cycle more. This also has significantly positive public health benefits.
stick a rocket up their backsides and light it?
Please ask Mr Huhne to remove all subsidies (ROCs) for burning palm oil and other biofuels for electricity generation. Annual subsidies for the biofuel power stations currently in planning in England and Wales amount to nearly £100 million. Biofuel electricty will accelerate not delay climate change.
The waste that will result from scrapping FM radios during the unnecessary digital swap over
in this time of financial cutbacks the least expensive way of saving energy and improving the eenvironment especially as we approach the olympic games is your own first listed proposal to put the clocks foreward one hour in winter and summer
Not allow students under 25 (exluding disabled, mums etc) to have cars, give them free rail bus/pas like in holland and give them the possiblity to buy a bike at cost. Here in Sheffield there is no traffic jams when the students are on leave. It will make a huge difference
An energy tax & business rates differential favouring small, local &businesses
Why is the UK looking to increase the amount of biofuel in petrol and diesel when there is so much evidence that this will increase greenhouse gas emissions and make world hunger worse?
Introducing a system of dedicated cycle paths on the Dutch model wherever possible, to reduce local car traffic.
Advocating an animal product free diet due to the massive and rapidly growing contribution of animal farming to greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation and water depletion and degradation.
Urgently investigate the scams around biofuels that are encouraging development of biofuels at the cost of over £0.5billion per year to the UK tax payer, when the fuels are often creating climate change rather than preventing it. Then stop the scams. See my reference article on the nitrous oxide emissions scam related to UK wheat biofuel production at:
Building in green design *properly* in to new building legislation, there are too many loopholes at present. Talk about the new 'bank' setups and how they're going to work ie: paying for a solar / green energy setup over a fixed term 'mortgage'; Incentivisation for recycling, what the plans are; what plans to extend green initiatives to the poorest people, living in housing blocks, rent or even lease flats from within buildings - how those people can benefit and support change in electricity provision, such that their landlords don't pocket all the revenues from creating energy and pushing it back in to the national grid (renters' bills totally unaffected! Not good enough!)... etc, etc, etc... also implimentation of Smart Grids - what does it mean to consumers? More local electricity generation? Too many qu's ;)
Obliging shops to take back empty containers so that they can reuse/recycle them e.g. shampoo/shower gel bottles etc.etc.There is too much plastic floating around in our oceans !
What is the UK going to do to encourage laggards like Australia, who have dumped their ETS policy, to take climate change seriously and put some policies in place to reduce their emissions, like 10:10?
Follow campaign to drop ROCs subsidides for biofuels in power generation