The European Union emissions trading scheme – the EU:ETS – is a wonderfully bold experiment. A tremendous example of ten years of cross-border co-operation between 28 sovereign states, attempting to combat one of the greatest threats to mankind. Even so, it needs to be altered dramatically. And if it really cannot be changed, so it can for the first time deliver real carbon savings, then it must be side-lined in importance - even (reluctantly) scrapped. It is now exactly ten years since the trading scheme began operating. That it ever managed to do so was a great tribute to the dogged determination of those at the European Commission who – together with executives from a couple of the big power utilities – had championed it despite a background of incredulous scoffing at their apparent over-ambition by the Bush Administration in the US and business-as-usual mouthpieces across Europe.
ACE has today joined other charities, fuel poverty groups and industry in calling on the Chancellor to take immediate action by announcing additional ‘emergency’ funding for heating and insulation measures in the Autumn Statement on 3rd December. The funds would help reduce the thousands of vulnerable people who would otherwise die of cold related illnesses this winter.
ACE Research have been working with The Children's Society to investigate the problem of energy debt for families. The research found that almost a million children are living in families in energy debt and too often energy companies are not following their legal obligations to help these families.