- The state can have a role in environmental policy. However it should concentrate on areas already within in it's remits, such as environmental policies within the public services.
- Around 60% of all energy is lost from power station to consumer. There should be a national strategy to encourage Council's to go down the route of self-sufficiency.
- Councils should be encouraged to take themselves off the grid through energy decentralisation.
- Investment should be made into implementing locally based energy generation with a combination of solar, cogeneration, trigeneration, wind, fuel cells and tidal power (where appropriate).
- All local authority property, including social housing should have its energy supplied by these decentralised power sources.
- This will create localised grid that will rely on the national grid only for power resiliency.
- Woking Borough Council provides the case study for how such a strategy is possible.
- All new social housing building projects should have local decentralised power generation within in their design plans.
- The benefits of the above are not just environmental. They will tackle the scandalous waste of energy that currently takes place.
- If we stop wasting 60% of energy in the delivery, then we can consume the same amount but actually produce less. Such an approach would have order of magnitude impact on our CO2 emission output far greater than blunt tax increases.
- As has been found in Woking, such strategies provide the means to sell excess energy back to the grid, and also means that local energy prices in council property can be kept stable and relatively low.
- A range of tax breaks should be introduced to encourage, rather than coerce, changes in individual behaviour, thus acknowledging that not everyone will change their ways and that is there choice as individuals at liberty in civil society.
- For example, increases in vehicle excise duty will hit the poorest and push them off the road entirely as they will not be able to afford to buy a brand new low emission car. Instead, rebates should be offered on vehicle excise duty on the basis of how much mileage a car does in a given year. This genuinely provides an incentive to changes in behaviour.
- Local offsetting initiatives in conjunction with organisations like Climate Care.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Dizzy's Environmental Proposals
The Environmental policy debate appears to be moving a pace with ernest today. Below are some alternatives to Miliband's insanity.
Posted by dizzy at 10/30/2006 05:44:00 am