Author Archives: Sam Burch

Government’s new commitment to gas-fired energy more ‘woke bait’ than anything else

In the recent confected announcement from the Government supporting the growth of gas-fired power stations, we have once again seen energy used as an avatar for the Tory obsession with winding up the ‘woke’ brigade rather than making a serious contribution to solving the conundrum of keeping the lights on whilst lowering carbon emissions en-route […]

Why is the Labour Party shooting itself in the foot on climate change?

2023 heralded a record year for small-scale green energy and heat installations like rooftop solar and heat pumps, with more than 220,000 installations registered overall. It seems that there is a groundswell of interest in making our homes cleaner and greener amongst the general public, and indeed it would appear amongst our MPs that it is also […]

What did we learn about the future of solar power from the government’s energy review?

Key take-aways: The government said it would look to increase the UK’s current 14GW of solar capacity, which it said held the potential to grow five-fold by 2035. This was a little vague for my liking, it did not specify a precise target. if you can’t measure it…you can’t manage it. ‘Has the potential’ to […]

Housing should be front and centre…

The current government’s policy to build, build, build in a bid to reduce the housing shortage may be misplaced, so says a new report from leading think tank the ‘UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence’. The report’s authors, a consortium of 14 institutions which includes the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, claim that efforts to […]

Twitter – is it really worth the hassle?

By the time you have read this sentence around 18,000 tweets will have been sent worldwide. In fact, on average, around 6,000 tweets are posted every second which corresponds to over 350,000 tweets sent per minute, 500 million tweets per day and around 200 billion tweets per year. Staggering, eh? Everyone is at it. When […]

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