Q. What is the Carbon Action Plan?A. It is the document that sets out what the country must do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Q. Sounds familiar - don't we already have one? A. We've had several of sorts, most notably the 2017 National Mitigation Plan which was to have been the definitive action plan, but they lacked detail, legal status or both - and not a lot of action was taken on foot of them anyway.Q. What's the point in a new one?A. The same reason we had the previous attempts. We've signed up to EU and international agreements that require a joint effort by all countries to stop global temperatures rising any further and hopefully stop the climate chaos already in evidence from getting worse.Q. Why should that be of interest to me?A. Well, you might care about saving the natural world and humanity from the worst effects of climate change. But even if you don't, every household, business, farm and public service in Ireland is going to be affected in some way by the new … [Read more...] about Q&A: All you need to know about the Climate Action Plan
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The way in which residents across Bridgend county use and pay for heating their homes is set to be transformed over the coming years as an “energy revolution” takes place. Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC) has big ambitions to move away from the current national centralised energy system to a future low carbon decentralised one. On Tuesday February 19 cabinet members approved both a Bridgend Local Area Energy Strategy and a Smart Energy Plan to help decarbonise the county by 2050. The transition will require major changes to Bridgend’s energy networks, moving away from using fossil fuels to clean energy. And it will require the majority of households in Bridgend to replace gas boilers with a low carbon heating system. Bridgend is one of three places in the UK to be a demonstrator authority, piloting schemes which could then potentially be rolled out across the country. The council was selected from over 70 local authorities across the UK … [Read more...] about Welsh county wants to change way its residents heat their homes
Up to 1,000 homes in Staffordshire will be connected to mains gas for the first time – thanks to a new £3.7 million Warm Homes Fund. Hundreds of households across the county will be lifted out of fuel poverty through new mains gas connections, central heating systems and insulation, under the scheme being led by Staffordshire County Council. The authority has secured £1.9 million from the Affordable Warmth Solutions – part of Cadent (National Grid) – and a further £1.8 million in Energy Carbon Obligations funds from E.ON. Along with the major heating work, which will focus on urban homes, the Warm Home Fund will also pay for low level house adaptations and energy advice for another 12,000 people. The county council will work with district councils, four housing associations, the NHS and other partners on the scheme, which will start next month. In Staffordshire there are around 43,000 households without a mains gas connection, while 44,500 households … [Read more...] about 1,000 homes to be connected to mains gas in £3.7m heating scheme
PUBLISHED: 16:05 15 February 2019 Jo Malone There is increasing pressure on everyone to take steps to preserve our planet. Picture: Getty Images Romolo Tavani Jo Malone finds out about the alternatives to heating your home with oil and gas. Installing an alternative energy source can potentially save money on fuel bills. Picture: Getty ImagesThousands of families in Norfolk who are not connected to the main gas network rely on oil or LPG gas to heat their homes and water.But having to rely on unregulated, and in some cases, unscrupulous fuel suppliers for their domestic central heating means they fall victim to price hikes as demand increases. For those in fuel poverty, it can mean having to turn their heating off in the winter months.And, as anyone who was left without oil or LPG gas during the Beast of the East last winter knows, fuel deliveries can be delayed.Families need a stress free warm home and not to be worrying about fuel price hikes or late … [Read more...] about What are the alternatives to oil and gas heating?
Press play to listen to this article By FLORIAN EDERwith ZOYA SHEFTALOVICH PRESENTED BY GOOGLE Send tips here | Tweet @florianeder | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser RAS-LE-BOL: I couldn’t find a single diplomat in town who remembered an escalation between two big and founding members of the European Union like the one happening between Paris and Rome now. France recalled its ambassador in Rome for consultations, with the foreign ministry saying in a strongly worded statement: “France has been, for several months, the target of repeated, baseless attacks and outrageous statements” by Italy’s ruling parties. Such attacks are ‘unprecedented’ since World War II, the ministry said. (Coincidentally, that’s when the last French ambassador was recalled from Italy). “Having disagreements is one thing, but manipulating the relationship for electoral aims is another,” the ministry added. The bold reaction came … [Read more...] about POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by Google: Meet Germany’s new boss — Italy vs. France — Competition heats up