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In a recent blog I mentioned the value of writing to the media to get more people aware of the advantages of CF&D and that we have set up a media team. A CCL Europe member, Brigitte van Gerven, has just written a very good explanation of why CCL Europe is planning to do the…

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Ambrose Pritchard, writing in The Telegraph criticises the proposed Democrat Green Deal as being a dirigiste policy with an ulterior motive of ‘fuelling’ the trade war with China. He gives a very cogent explanation of the mechanics of carbon fee and dividend and why he prefers this market led method of carbon pricing. He also…

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A hot tip from a fellow member of the CCL UK Media Team gave me the hook to write a letter about Climate Income that has been published in last Sunday’s Observer (26th July).The trigger was an interview in the fashion section of the magazine with the supermodel and activist Lily Cole, whose book Who…

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1st February 2020

Car Park Fee and Dividend

While we lobby for a climate income, what can organisations and companies do to trial a carbon fee and dividend?

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The first thing that came to mind when I heard Claire O’Neill (formerly Perry, formerly my MP and formerly the minister for clean energy) had been dumped as president for this year’s crunch UN conference on climate change in Glasgow (COP26) was they couldn’t cope with a ballsy woman. Or should I say a titsy woman?

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Under the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), most countries are treaty-bound to avoid “dangerous climate change”. Countries who signed and ratified the 2015 Paris Accord then had to produce nationally defined contributions (NDCs) to meet the decarbonisation targets. As the twenty-fifth annual UN Conference of the Parties (COP) begins in Madrid,…

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British Steel, an icon of the industrial heritage of the very nation that initiated the Industrial Revolution is on the brink of collapse. Its decline since the 1970s has been precipitous and it is now facing the closure of its last plant in Scunthorpe. Carbon taxes have been squarely blamed for driving up costs that…

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Carbon taxes are a much discussed mechanism for using market mechanisms to incentivise a transition to a zero-carbon energy from fossil fuels, exploiting the innovation and flexibility that markets can provide. However, detractors cite potential economic harm to those on low and middle incomes as a reason to avoid such action. Many such detractors turn…

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This week (27/28 Nov 2018) I attended two conferences in London: the New Zealand High Commission event on the Impact of Climate Change in the Pacific and the Conservative Environment Network (CEN) Net Zero conference. I was photographed with Michael Liebreich, one of the panel members on shipping at the CEN conference (above). A heartfelt video…