Despite rock bottom trading prices, the European Parliament is determined to make a go of the carbon emissions trading scheme despite less than wholehearted support from the UK. The headlines are screaming. The European carbon emissions trading scheme (the EU:ETS) is in an “existential crisis”. According to the Economist magazine, its allowances are now “below the level of junk bonds”. A New York Times editorial crows that Europe has conceded its leadership role on climate.
Scottish Government Ministers are coming under increasing pressure not to backtrack on their plans for greener buildings. The Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) today warned there would be a "severe and damaging impact" if as feared there is a delay and watering down of green standards for new homes. In a strongly-worded letter to John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth and Derek Mackay, Minister for Local Government and Planning, in the Scottish Government, they urged the Government to stick to its original roadmap - the so-called Sullivan Report - to deliver very low carbon new buildings in 2013 and zero-carbon new buildings in 2016.
This fact-file compares fuel poverty and energy efficiency in the UK to 15 other European countries with comparable levels of prosperity and heating need. It ranks these countries against six key indicators for which consistent and recent European data are available to assess the energy efficiency of the UK’s homes. Overall, no other country of the 16 assessed performs as poorly as the UK across the range of indicators.