Norway to Offset Flight Emissions

January 3, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post

Norway, which is the world’s third largest oil exporter, has announced plans to offset the greenhouse gases produced by public employees when they fly abroad by buying emissions credits. The move was announced by Norway’s prime minister Jens Stoltenberg. “The government has decided that when state employees travel by plane abroad, we will buy quotas … Read More

Airlines Will Make £2.7 Bn From EU ETS Scheme

December 20, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

In Brussels today the EU’s environment commissioner will propose including airlines in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), which aims to tackle climate change. However, the aviation industry could make up to £2.7 billion profits through the ETS Scheme, according to report by one of Britain’s leading think tanks, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).

US Opposes EU’s Emission Trading Scheme

December 1, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

No surprises here really. Iraq is sliding into civil war, the dollar may be sliding towards a crisis, the Bush Administration may be sliding towards the history books, but least it’s its belligerent and blinkered attitude towards climate change isn’t shifting an inch. The administration has announced that it opposes the EU’s emissions trading programme … Read More

The Contradiction of Flying

October 17, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

There is no way around the conundrum – either countries reduce aircraft travel or they will not be able to reduce their carbon emissions. There is no technical fix. That is the conclusion of an authoritative report by Oxford University that looked at the contradiction in the UK’s position on climate change.

Clampdown on Air Travel “A Must”

October 6, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

Leading climate scientists have told the government that a “severe clampdown” on air travel will be necessary for the UK government to meet its CO2 reduction targets. Researchers from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change believe that the number of flights will have to be frozen at today’s levels or even lower to avoid catastrophic … Read More

Aviation Tax Would Hurt the Economy, Says BAA

October 3, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

The owner of Heathrow airport, BAA, has said that a tax on the aviation industry would not have the desired effect on the environment but would cause inconvenience to many people by pricing them out of aeroplanes. Instead, Stephen Nelson, chief executive of Britain’s largest airport operator, said that a carbon emissions trading scheme was … Read More

The Green Virgin or Green Conman?

September 22, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post 4 Comments

Sir Richard Branson, the head of the Virgin group of companies, yesterday committed $3bn to “tackle” climate change. The billionaire pledged all profits from his Virgin air and rail interests over the next 10 years to combating rising global temperatures. However, the money will not go to charities but be invested in a new branch … Read More

Lib Dems Launch Green Tax Offensive

September 18, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

The World Bank may be meeting in Singapore, but in the UK the political party season has begun. First up it’s the Liberal Democrats. The environment and climate change will feature heavily like never before with the Tories and Lib Dems both trying to attract the green vote.

Can We Transition Away From Oil?

September 8, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Slowly but surely people are beginning to talk about a taboo- what happens when the oil runs out. What are we going to do? How are we going to live? How will we feed, power and house ourselves? How can we transition our society away from oil to a secure energy future? These kind of … Read More