Scotland needs an energy policy that delivers radical solutions
Dr Ron Mould and Dr Keith Baker, co-founders of the Energy Poverty Research Initiative, call on the Scottish Government to take more drastic action to deliver a sustainable national energy policy
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT is on a collision course with the public sector over the Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES) under its Energy Efficiency Scotland programme.
The Common Weal Policy Podcast - Episode #2 - Know Your Growth Commission
Episode 2 of The Common Weal Policy Podcast.
Common Weal Campaigns Officer Jonathon Shafi and Head of Policy & Research Craig Dalzell discuss more about the Sustainable Growth Commission's approach to currency in an independent Scotland as well as their proposals to debt and liabilities in the form of their Annual Solidarity Payment.
Common Weal Policy Podcast #01 - Currency and the Growth Commission
Common Weal is piloting a new weekly Policy Podcast which will explain our policies, discuss the impact we're having in Scotland and comment on policy news going on during the week.
In this first episode, Campaigns Officer Jonathon Shafi and Head of Policy & Research Craig Dalzell look at the news that the SNP will be discussing whether or not to adopt the Growth Commission report as part of their blueprint for independence.
Common Weal poses seven questions about new currency plan
Common Weal welcomes SNP commitment to a Scottish currency – but seeks clarity on the details.
Common Weal today welcomes news that SNP members will be able to vote for a Scottish currency at the Spring Conference. Common Weal has campaigned for this for the last two years and this positive step is a victory for that campaign.
The Rent Controls Scotland Needs
Common Weal and Living Rent have teamed up to call for the Scottish Government to introduce rent controls. The report published today shows that the Scottish Governments flagship “Rent Pressure Zones” are unworkable and calls for a new model of “proper rent controls”. Since the power to introduce Rent Pressure Zones came into effect in 2016 no local authority has successfully introduce one.
Powering Our Ambitions
Common Weal calls for the Scottish Government to launch a National Energy Company, to couple it with a Scottish Energy Development Agency and to Power Scotland’s Ambitions to become a zero-carbon nation which can tackle the problems of fuel poverty.
Common Weal’s latest policy paper Powering Our Ambitions lays out the rationale for a publicly owned national energy company (NEC) and presents the blueprint for making it happen. You can read the paper in full here.
Disruptive Technologies: The Impact on Workers in Scotland
Automation and other disruptive technologies are rapidly entering the global economy and could threaten up to 30% of jobs in Scotland by 2030. If we are to deliver an economy which is sustainable and inclusive of both people and technology, then we must focus on how we rebalance away from the current neoliberal model towards an investment-led growth model so that we can live in a world where the benefits of machines are felt by all people in our society; we just need to build the institutions which allow that.
Energy Performance Certificates: An Alternative Approach
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are deeply flawed and do not present an accurate or useful picture of building energy efficiency to buyers and tenants.
This is the conclusion of the latest Common Weal Policy Paper produced by Dr Keith Baker and Dr Ron Mould of the Common Weal Energy Working Group. The paper can be downloaded in full here.