Robin Mcalpine: Don’t be down in the dumps - do something powerful
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says the solution to political despondency is to take action – with the development of a Scottish National Energy Company the perfect opportunity to show Scotland can be better
ONE of the most useful lessons I was ever given was very simple – when you're down in the dumps, do something useful.
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.
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.
Back to Life: Visions for Alternative Futures for Scotland's Grouse Moors
Almost one fifth of Scotland’s land is kept barren and dead for the sole purpose of maximising the number of red grouse – so they can be killed for sport. Many people object to the killing of animals for sport as a matter of principle; others believe that Scotland’s land is concentrated in too few hands and used inefficiently and unproductively.
Gordon Morgan: We need solutions, not scaremongering, on Scotland's green energy transition
Common Weal Energy researcher Gordon Morgan criticises a news piece and editorial in the Herald which sought to scaremonger about renewables, at a time when what we need to be worrying about is the dangers of not going green
‘BLACKOUTS, deaths and civil unrest’.
Gordon Morgan: Here's how Scotland can eliminate CO2 emissions by 2045 and help save the world
Gordon Morgan, Energy researcher for Common Weal, looks at what Scotland needs to do to take the IPCC report seriously and decarbonise the country rapidly
THE IPCC report explains, in theory, how we can limit global warming to 1.5C from pre industrial levels. It notes that we are currently experiencing the effects of 1.0 C rises and hence only 0.5 C remains if we are not to exceed that level of global warming.
Limiting it to 1.5 C will require “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”.
Common Weal Opposes Closure of Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariffs Scheme
The UK Government recently quietly concluded a consultation on their plan to end feed-in tariffs (FITs) for renewable energy schemes. This scheme – introduced in 2010 – provides subsidies for small-scale, low carbon electricity generators such as rooftop solar panels.