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ZCB: Rethinking the Future

Find out how we could rise to the challenge of climate change in the latest report. Buy online | Read online | Download

 

Event (Apr 9th, London):

ZCB: Can renewables keep the lights on?

 

Join the Zero Carbon Britain team for an evening of practical solutions, safe futures and thinking big. Book a place to attend in person, or register to watch online. More info | Book now | Register to watch online 

 

ZCBlog

  1. Statement on Conservative Party plans to cut the onshore wind industry

    Today the Conservatives announced plans to pull public funding of onshore windfarms and change the way planning permission is granted if they win again in 2015. Renewables UK have said this would kill the onshore wind industry. Tutors on CAT’s Renewable Energy and the Built Environment masters course reacted to the news: “The effect of removing subsidies for onshore wind will be to...
  2. ZCB US research trip: Stop 1 – Boston, Massachusetts

    This is the second in a series of blogs on Paul’s trip to the USA to talk about CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain research with a range of grassroots groups. The first post, explaining the trip, can be read here. Travelling by train can often offer us time to catch up on a number of the things we have been meaning to get around to doing, from background reading to sleeping. In my case it was...
  3. Paul Allen takes Zero Carbon Britain vision to USA

    I have just set of on a six-week research and communication trip to the USA, following in the footsteps of the trip CAT founder Gerard Morgan-Grenville took which inspired him to set up CAT 40 years ago. The journey started with the shortest air flight possible, arriving in Boston, after that all travel across the USA will be by train. I will visit five locations (Boston, Oberlin, Cleveland,...
  4. Film, slides and tweets from Zero Carbon Britain April event for campaigners

    The film from the event: (sound quality improves after the first 6-7 minutes) Slides from the event: Zero Carbon Britain Event (London 9th April 2014): Can renewables keep the lights on? from Centre for Alternative Technology Twitter activity from the event: To download Zero Carbon Britain resources click here
  5. Zero Carbon Britain calls for faster emissions reductions in advance of IPCC mitigation report

    Leaks from the latest IPCC report from Working Group III, being discussed this week in Berlin suggests it will call for radical emissions reductions globally which will require “large-scale transformations in human societies”. The IPCC will propose a reduction in emissions of 50% (from 2010 levels) by 2030 for developed nations such as the UK. Zero Carbon Britain (ZCB) research from the Centre...
  6. Zero Carbon Britain Event 9th April: Join us online here!

    On the 9th April, the Zero Carbon Britain team from CAT will be hosting an exciting evening event to present their latest research and practical solutions for a zero carbon future. We’ll be joined by Duncan Clark, Owen Jones and the latest from the IPCC meeting in Berlin that week. Details and registration here: http://bit.ly/Ov6XIr The event will take place in London between 6.30 and 8pm (with...
  7. Britain’s first ‘fracking village’ shows how to make Zero Carbon Britain a reality

    Last year, Balcombe hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Targeted to be first in a new wave of oil and gas drilling, the sleepy West Sussex village found itself in the eye of the national storm surrounding the push for fracking in the UK. This year will be different. Keen to see a positive, practical response to the divisive fracking debate, residents have set up a clean-energy co-op...
  8. ZCBlog: Zero Carbon Britain Event, Wed 9th April, London

    On the 9th April, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will be finalising their latest report on managing climate change and the emissions reductions needed to ensure a stable climate future. But can we cut emissions on time? And what would it look like here in the UK? Join the Zero Carbon Britain team for an evening of practical solutions, safe futures and thinking big as they...
  9. ZCBlog: The Story of Human Beings and Energy

    Humanity’s relationship with energy presents us with some big challenges, not only for our technology, but also for our culture, society and democracy. In his recent article for Resurgence & Ecologist magazine, Paul Allen, the Zero Carbon Britain Project Officer, takes a look at how this relationship evolved and exactly where it went wrong. The extraordinary story of humans and energy began...
  10. Whose Larder?

    Building on the land-use and diets part of Zero Carbon Britain, Laura Blake, a food and diets researcher at CAT, has embarked upon an exciting new project, tentatively titled ‘Laura’s Larder’. In the first of a new series of blog posts, she explains the importance of thinking holistically about our food. “Whilst working here at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT),...
  11. ZCBlog: Does coal have a role in reducing emissions?

    Coal use for electricity production today Currently in the UK, around 80% of all our annual greenhouse gas emissions come from producing and using energy. Burning coal, gas and oil emits carbon dioxide (CO2) and contributes to climate change. Together, these fuels provide around 90% of the UK’s primary energy supply. Some of these fossil fuels are used directly – petrol and diesel (oil) in our...
  12. ZCBlog: Penrith Action for Community Transition

    Paul Allen, ZCB Research Co-ordinator giving a talk to Penrith Action for Community Transition last weekend.  
  13. ZCB and the 21st Century Office Worker

    Achieving a zero carbon world, starting right here at home with the Zero Carbon Britain initiative, requires some pretty fundamental changes to the way we live our lives. The ZCB report gives some brilliant insights into this, and as part of the project CAT asked for additional papers which would neatly complement the main report. As someone who is passionate about the environment, because I...
  14. Biomass in Zero Carbon Britain: Breaking the Chain of Destruction?

    Background Biofuelwatch, a campaign organisation against large-scale bioenergy (using biomass to produce energy) have launched a new report – Biomass: the Chain of Destruction – focusing on the human and environmental costs of biomass-focused UK renewable energy policy. The report states that: “Large ­scale electricity generation from biomass is a key element of the UK Government’s renewable...
  15. ZCBlog: Tobi and the Twizy

    Tobi Kellner was Energy Modeller during the research phase for the latest Zero Carbon Britain report. As one of CAT’s renewable energy consultants, his work takes him to unique locations that often require unique transport options. A few days ago I had a chance to get a first-hand experience of what rural transport in a Zero Carbon Britain future might look like. An invitation to do a talk...