Opponents of the UK’s climate policies often argue that green measures are forcing the country to cut emissions faster than its competitors. In fact, new analysis says the UK isn’t acting alone. At least 62 countries around the world are moving ahead with laws to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – and every major economic power has taken some kind of action. Two new papers lay out international progress on emissions legislation.
Thousands of homes could benefit from a £60 million fund aimed at cutting fuel poverty, according to the housing minister Margaret Burgess. The cash, part of the Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland, will be used to improve the energy efficiency of houses through measures such as solid wall, cavity or loft insulation.
Greenhouse gas emissions from Scotland’s power stations have fallen by more than a third in five years, figures have revealed. Environment minister Paul Wheelhouse said emissions had dropped from the equivalent of 18.484 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2006 to the equivalent of 12.147 million tonnes in 2011.
New investment in the marine energy sector will help establish a global engineering hub in Edinburgh, the Scottish Government has said. Tidal power company Atlantis Resources Corporation is to receive £2m from the Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF) to set up the centre of excellence, which is expected to create around 20 new jobs. A further five marine energy projects will also benefit from a £2.8m share of the Marine Renewables Commercialisation Fund (MRCF).
Recovering metals from lithium-ion batteries has a 90% smaller ecological footprint than primary mining – so why are recycling rates so low?