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Stop climate change

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Climate change isn't inevitable. We have the knowledge, skills and technologies to get ourselves out of this difficult situation. All over the world people have woken up to the threat, and are working to reduce the use of fossil fuels, stop rainforest destruction and get power from clean energy. Still much more needs to be done.

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Greenpeace Response to the Spring Budget 2017

Last edited 9 March 2017 at 2:19pm
9 March, 2017

Overall reaction:

John Sauven, Executive Director of Greenpeace UK, said:

“Hammond’s first Budget could have put the UK on course to lead the global race for clean technology, healthy air and a strong economy. To really ‘prepare Britain for a brighter future’ the Chancellor should have used this moment to gain an advantage by boldly backing offshore wind power, supporting solar and driving consumers towards cleaner cars.

New petition: The government must urgently rethink plans to hike taxes on UK solar

Posted by Richard Casson — 15 December 2016 at 2:09pm - Comments
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This morning I sent an email to Greenpeace's email list, explaining how the government is due to introduce huge tax hikes that could have a devastating impact on the UK solar industry. Here's the email below in case you missed it, and a link to the petition you can sign to push back.

Schools and Businesses To Be Hit By Solar Hike

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15 December, 2016

The government is set to knock solar power yet again with planned business rate hikes of up to 8 times what they currently are. 

Public sector organisations such as schools and businesses who have invested in solar panels, will be affected by unexpected tax hikes. The industry fears that people will be deterred from installing solar panels in the future.

Government U-turn: Osborne Drops Plan To Hike Up The Cost Of Solar Panels

Posted by Rebecca Newsom — 22 March 2016 at 11:18am - Comments
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On Wednesday last week, chancellor George Osborne unveiled plans to hike up the amount of VAT on solar panels from 5% to 20%. 

SOLAR london election 2016 report

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The Long March Back to the 20th Century

Posted by Graham Thompson — 26 November 2015 at 12:58pm - Comments
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Whilst the influence of George Osborne on energy and environment policies has long been of concern, the progress made on the international stage by Blair and Prescott, and on the domestic front by Miliband’s Climate Change Act, plus the restraining influence of the Lib Dems during the coalition, have meant that that the UK’s progress on climate issues has been substantial enough to take time and effort to undo.

However, Osborne has the time, and appears to be putting in the effort.

If we don’t speak up, solar power in the UK will face a cloudy future

Posted by Richard Casson — 20 October 2015 at 2:56pm - Comments
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There was a time when it was rare to see solar power on rooftops here in the UK. Our cloudy skies and the high cost of panels meant the technology was out of reach in all but the sunniest parts of the country.

But over the last decade, things have changed dramatically.

UK can be almost entirely powered by renewable energy by 2030, new study shows

Posted by Richard Casson — 21 September 2015 at 10:37am - Comments
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"Can the UK run on renewable energy, and how long will it take us to get there?"

Here at Greenpeace those are two questions we get asked a lot, so today we're pleased to say we took a big step toward answering them.

Why is the ‘party of business’ doing everything they can to damage the main growth industries of the 21st century?

Posted by Graham Thompson — 22 July 2015 at 3:02pm - Comments
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You really do need to speak to your father-in-law, George.

Coal and nuclear are dying, and the future of energy lies in solar. This isn’t a Guardian reader’s fantasy, this is the established trend in energy markets. This isn’t a declaration of victory over carbon dioxide either – the trend isn’t fast enough to stop catastrophic climate change, at least not yet – but it’s useful information for policy makers. Unless you’re George Osborne, in which case it’s time to plough the nation’s remaining finances into life support for nuclear and coal whilst standing athwart history yelling ‘STOP!’ 


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