Alex Meredith

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Like a moth drawn to the flames of a candle when the clear bright moon beckons, some things can not help themselves.  So it is with the European Commission. On a day when the European Union should have been celebrating a strong package for emissions reductions and renewable energy to 2030, the headlines were stolen by a botched, bean-counter’s Brit bash.   A day to prove the value and ambition of the EU… Read More

It was no lesser authority than Kenny Rogers who revealed in his 1978 country classic that ‘Every gambler knows; the secret to surviving is knowing what to throw away and knowing what to keep’.   It is a logic that has been whispered around card tables and hollered at barn dances from Kent to Kentucky ever since.  But today saw perhaps its most unusual application to date.  Forget the precautionary principle or sustainable… Read More

There is a whisper circulating around Westminster that Nick Clegg wants an opportunity to replace Danny Alexander with Ed Davey in the ‘quad’ that settles key coalition policy.   If it happens it would freshen up the central coalition team, dispel any Lib Dem fears of a double agent (Alexander) in the heart of government, and provide a direct challenge to George Osborne’s anti-green agenda.   In short, it’s a good idea. The timing… Read More

There is a radical idea doing the rounds. So radical in fact that in years gone by, earlier forms of the idea have brought down governments, destroyed political parties, even brought the country to the brink of civil war. It’s explosive stuff.  Political dynamite. Being too technical to fit into an abusive UKIP tweet means it has passed the local elections by. But if the Kippers only knew it was about a… Read More

I’m finding talk of 2030 a little unnerving.  In 17 years I will be nearing 50 and my 3 month old daughter will be learning to drive. I’ll be into corderoys, Christmas-jumpers and Classic FM, she’ll have swapped her baby gro for a onesie, her dummie for a tongue piercing and her BCG jab for a tattoo. Yet, there is hope that some things will be brighter in 2030.  And (to a… Read More

When cap-and-trade was introduced as the primary policy tool to drive emission reductions in Europe in 2005, it marked something of a policy revolution. From the ancien regime of command-and-control regulation here was something that represented a brave new world of efficient and flexible controls on pollution.  Old rules which had been watered-down, manipulated and evaded by vested interests would be guillotined by the unwavering blade of the EU Commission’s cap. The… Read More

Polling shows that the US public is becoming more concerned about climate change and more inclined to support measures that prevent it.    A recent study by Duke university shows that support for action has increased to the highest level since 2006. Obama is responding to that change in public mood as he delivered a call for Congress to bring a cap-and-trade bill in his state of the union address.  But is federal… Read More

We are only three weeks into 2013 and there is already a feeling of a revolution in the world of climate policy. Led by a courageous and unexpected inauguration speech by Obama, the world’s second biggest polluter is finally awakening from its long apathetic slumber over emissions reductions. Years of hard ground-work have led to the successful launch of the California Carbon Trading Scheme and moves by the Environmental Protection Agency to… Read More

Airlines Fleece Passengers for Non-Existent Carbon Payments Last year the EU Commission headed off a major trade dispute by delaying the inclusion of some flights in the European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The aviation sector celebrated, as did many consumers and business travellers as the inclusion of aviation in the ETS was credited with increasing airline ticket prices.  Some predictions suggested ETS compliance would add £80 to a family holiday to the US…. Read More

White Out in Carbon Market as Auction Fails Could the 18th January be the day that national governments and legislators were finally jolted into action to rescue the EU carbon market? On the day that most of London was snowed in with the heating on full blast, there was a major shock as a large carbon auction being run by the German government on the new EU platform failed for the first… Read More