Some clarity on the Government’s long-awaited “energy policy reset” was provided today with Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, The Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, announcing a string of measures designed to reduce costs to bill payers and increase energy security.
On the positive front, there is a consultation aimed at phasing out coal by 2025, and reducing use from 2023, but those hoping for policy designed to tackle climate change and chart a deliverable course towards a low carbon future will be mostly disappointed. Not least renewable energy developers, with the possible exception of those developing offshore wind projects, with much of the emphasis placed on new gas and nuclear. There was also the rather ominous suggestion that “we also want intermittent generators to be responsible for the pressures they add to the system when the wind does not blow or the sun does not shine,” despite the fact that all types of generators require backup, including gas and nuclear.
New industry guidance launched today seeks to support EIA professionals to achieve better, faster outcomes to their assessments at reduced cost. The two guides aim to ensure that environmental thinking is firmly embedded into any design processes and project resilience measures.
This conference will discuss EIA to enable knowledge and best practice exchange with a broad cross sector audience.
LDA Design will be taking part in ‘Major Infrastructure & Renewable Energy Planning in Wales’ at the Mercure Hotel, Cardiff this Wednesday (21st October).
Alister Kratt, Board Director and Paul Connelly, Director of Planning & Regeneration of LDA Design will be speaking about ‘Overcoming environmental challenges in Wales’ in the afternoon session.
Local authorities and infrastructure companies urged to plan for long-term sea level rise and climate change
The report, entitled ‘No Regrets: Planning for Sea Level Rise and Climate Change and Investing in Adaptation’, was sponsored by the Southern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee as a follow-up to the Coastal Communities 2150 project. It was produced by LDA Design with input from Lindsay Frost Consulting.