Alex Meredith

Monthly Archives: December 2012

At a seminar this week there was a chance to hear from one of the key protagonists in the governments discussions on climate change policy. David Kennedy (CEO of the Committee on Climate Change) was candid in confirming that energy policy was now being run from Number 10 and the Treasury.   His view was that this represented a grave risk as the lack of resources to handle the technical detail of the… Read More

It was a gentle and carefree ride for David Cameron through his supposed ‘grilling’ by the Ad Hoc Select Committee on Tuesday. Facing questions on energy policy, the committee had an arsenal of ammunition at their disposal.  Bickering ministers, contradictory policies and extraordinary vetoes could have put the Prime Minister in the cross hairs.  Sadly the committee members were mostly firing blanks.  Cameron was comfortable, so comfortable in fact that his greatest… Read More

The annual summit of the UNFCCC (the international body charged with coming to agreements on action against climate change) has ended with some progress.  Rejoice! The commitment from developed nations to compensate the developing world for ‘loss and damage’ caused by climate change is a positive step.  It hard-wires the repayment of the ‘climate debt’ owed by the industrialised global ‘north’ to the developing global ‘south’ into the negotiating text.   What it… Read More

I have only ever attended on UNFCCC summit  – in 2009 when I travelled by train to Copenhagen to protest and push for action.  The experience and the outcome were disappointing, demoralising and made me vow never to attend again.  Since then I have never felt I was missing out.  Until now. John Vidal of the Guardian has reported an extraordinary moment in the main chamber in Doha today.  A senior Filipino… Read More

DECC’s gas strategy is a huge gamble for the UK energy consumer.   The Government just took your future energy bills and placed them on a horse named Shale. Whichever way you cut it, the Gas Strategy will see the UK’s medium term energy future hugely reliant on gas power stations – up to 37GW.  Running that amount of plant means a lot of carbon dioxide pumping into the atmosphere, but it also  means… Read More

With in-trays still jammed with the Energy Bill and a big announcement on gas expected today, energy policy-makers have had a busy week domestically.  Now to take on the rest of the world…. Ed Davey arrived in Doha today with optimism thin on the ground.  A comprehensive deal seems as remote as ever and his  ability to exercise as much influence as his predecessor in pushing negotiations forward was considered doubtful. Yet… Read More

Another week, another big call for energy policy.  Following last week’s Energy Bill, it is time for Ed Davey to point the way on the use of unconventional gas supplies.  He will give fracking the green light following the George Osborne’s Autumn Statement which is widely expected to include tax breaks for the companies experimenting with the process. Fracking is another of the unjust energy solutions that realises possible long term benefits… Read More