May 4, 2018

Most nations are not on track for meeting Paris Climate Agreement deadlines

Coal
Climate Change
Sophie Chapman
2 min
According to the latest Climate Action Tracker (CAT) analysis, several governments are not on track to meet Paris Cli...

According to the latest Climate Action Tracker (CAT) analysis, several governments are not on track to meet Paris Climate Agreements.

The report has evaluated 23 countries that have committed to following the agreement and keeping global warming at a 1.5C limit.

Climate Action Tracker notes that “there is a need for most governments to scale up their targets by 2020 to bring them in line”.

One of the main issues highlighted by the analysis is unwillingness to phase out coal, with countries such as Japan, Indonesia, Philippines, and Turkey all having plans for coal plant construction.

It is anticipated that Turkey will double it’s emission by 2030, in which coal plants will contribute heavily.

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Poland has been criticised for continuing to have a heavy reliance on coal despite being the host of this year’s COP climate conference.

However, the Power Past Coal Alliance features 20 countries that have pledge to transition away from the damaging fossil fuel.

The UK has removed a significant amount of coal from its energy mix, lowering its contribution from 20% to 7%. The nation also ran for three consecutive days without the fuel in April.

"It's not fast enough. It's not big enough," said Corinne Le Quéré, director of the Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research in England. "There's not enough action."

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

schools
energyefficiency
Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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