This post first appeared on Business Green.
With all the debate over whether non-binding EU 2030 energy and carbon targets are a statement of ambitious intent or resigned defeat, you could be forgiven for thinking that setting a target is all policy makers need to do to deliver a shiny green economy. But experience from the waste and resources sector has shown that targets are only half the story, regardless of how binding or not they are. Behind every successful target is a suite of more focused interventions, which is exactly what’s needed to make the shift to a more resource resilient economy. Read more
This post is by Dustin Benton, who leads Green Alliance’s Resource Stewardship theme. A version first appeared on businessgreen.com.
To find out more about how to fix ecodesign, see Green Alliance’s new report: Cutting Britain’s Energy Bill.
President Obama had a hard time selling the US’s ‘weatherization program’ to a sceptical Congress: insulation is a lot less attractive than visible clean tech like solar panels. So he relied on his charm, declaring memorably that insulation was, in fact, sexy. “Here’s what’s sexy about it — saving money,” he said, to laughter and applause. Read more
This post is by Tom Turnbull, Green Alliance policy adviser, who has been focusing on ecodesign and our work with the European Coolproducts campaign.
I’ve just returned from Brussels, where amongst the string of events that make up EU Sustainable Energy Week, which was admittedly somewhat eclipsed by Rio, I joined a group of campaigners putting forward the case for the ‘forgotten’ EU energy directive. The forgotten directive is 2009/125/EC, aka the ecodesign directive. Its principle aim is to remove the worst performing products from the market and it has been beset with delays, controversy, and a general lack of a perceived cool factor.
As a member of the Coolproducts campaign, Green Alliance has been working with European NGOs to change this. We are working to raise the profile of the directive, and make policy makers, businesses, and consumers aware of the power that well-designed product policy has to drive the market for innovative low energy using products. These offer the combined benefits of lower energy bills and considerable carbon savings.