Welcome to Climate Answers

Climate change is the most serious issue ever to have faced humanity. Rightly, it is now high on the public, political, media and business agendas. However, too much of the discussion is still about what we should not be doing or what we should be against. There is not enough discussion or information on solutions – what we can and should do to minimise dangerous climate change, and what should be done to make us not only safer and more secure, but also richer and happier.

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The Renewable Heat Incentive: A successful UK carbon policy?

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Like the Climate Change Act the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was a world first, showing the UK’s leadership in the decarbonisation sector and the benefits that come with it such as stimulating a new sector, and strengthening security of supply. But has it been successful? Constantly in the news at present, with fears mismanagement of […]

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Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) – using geology to fight climate change

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A guest blog by Mark Wilkinson, Senior Lecturer in Geological Carbon Storage at the University of Edinburgh, on Carbon Capture and Storage.

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The case for a Clean Energy Alliance

The low-carbon energy sectors – efficiency, most renewables, CCS and nuclear – should work together more strategically

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18 January 2017: Why the Swansea tidal lagoon should be supported

Last week the former energy minister Charles Hendry published his review on tidal lagoons (https://hendryreview.wordpress.com/) I am a consultant to Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP), so not disinterested. But I think that anyone reading the report will recognise it as an extensive, evidence-based and therefore serious review. Hendry was in my view a good energy minister […]

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10 January 2017: My evidence to IPPR’s Northern Energy Task Force

I am submitting evidence as an individual. I have worked on energy issues since 1989, for think tanks (including IPPR), NGOs, government/opposition and energy companies. I am now freelance: 2 days a week I am director of the Alvin Weinberg Foundation (www.the-weinberg-foundation.org), a think tank working on advanced nuclear energy; 1 day a week I […]

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Director Stephen Tindale’s evidence to Lord’s Committee

Our Director Stephen Tindale gave oral evidence on the economics of UK energy policy to the House of Lord’s Economic Affairs Committee on 15 November. He argued for a more diverse energy mix, more consistent policy and more rapid decision making on key issues. The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement said little about energy. The spring 2017 […]

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24 October 2016: my recent work on shale gas

Last week the Sun published an article by me on shale gas https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1997618/as-a-lifelong-green-im-convinced-frackings-the-only-solution-to-energy-problems/. The journalist I worked with on the text was excellent, and I had full editorial control. In the article I say that shale gas is part of the answer. The headline writer then wrote that I think it is “the only solution”. I don’t. […]

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Bioenergy: Panacea or Pandora’s box?

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The case for bioenergy – can it be a part of a sustainable energy future?

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Carbon Capture and Storage – time for the UK to get back on track

In November 2015, the UK government axed its £1billion carbon capture and storage (CCS) competition. The move was met with dismay from industry, green groups and politicians, many of whom had been deeply involved in the project. The government’s reason for its u-turn was fears over costs. However, CCS is affordable and a necessary investment, […]

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My response to government decision to approve Hinkley Point C nuclear power station

The EPR is not the most promising reactor design – very complex and so very expensive. But now that the Government has decided to go with the EDF proposal, I hope Hinkley Point C is built as quickly as possible, without major problems and without going significantly over budget. And Greg Clark can now turn […]

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