Do we need some base provision from nuclear power if we are to keep the lights on? – Sky News

We don’t need nuclear power to keep the lights on, which is fortunate as nuclear power stations are unplanned offline about 25% of the time. They are also intermittent, as indeed is all generation, so it is fortunate that we don’t actually need base load power. It’s about five years […]

Remarks By Tom Burke at The Prospect Trade Union Energy Summit

. Remarks by Tom Burke at The Prospect Energy Summit, Birdcage Walk, London On April 4th 2019. . Thank you for inviting me to contribute to this panel. As has already become clear, and will become even more so, climate change is one of the most serious threats to the […]

There is a catastrophic gap between promises to cut carbon emissions and the action need to deliver those cuts – BBC World Service

    There is a catastrophic gap between promises to cut carbon emissions and the actions need to deliver those cuts. That is the verdict today from the United Nations, a new UN Report says amounts pledged in the Paris Agreement amount to just a third of what is needed […]

Will the Government energy efficiency drive work? – Sky News

    I think that this about the smartest thing that the government has done in energy policy in some time. It really does set Britain on the right trajectory for getting a low-carbon, affordable, secure electricity supply, that’s right for the twenty first century. It’s very good for consumers, […]

IEA projection of oil consumption peak goes against what many in the industry believe – Share Radio

                Share Radio:  Let’s take a look at oil, because oil consumption is tipped to peak no sooner than 2040, even if the Paris climate agreement is implemented, that is according to the outlook of the International Energy Agency, the IEA. This projection […]

Evidence submitted to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee investigation into energy policy

          Evidence I submitted to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee investigation into energy policy   In justifying its decision to go ahead with Hinkley the Government has emphasised the fact that EDF will bear its construction risk. This is true, albeit with some […]

BBC World News – Is Hinkley dead? – 8 March 16

      BBC: Professor Tom Burke is the chairman of the environmental think tank E3G, he joins me now in the studio, welcome to you. Where do you think this project is floundering? Tom Burke: Well, as I listen to the President and the Prime Minister talk about how […]

Historic climate agreement reached at COP21 – BBC News – 12 Dec 15

        BBC: The final draft agreement for climate change has been presented to delegates at UN Summit in Paris. It proposes a legally binding agreement to limit global warming to no more than two degrees Celsius. With me now is Tom Burke who is chairman of the […]

Should we be optimistic about COP21? – BBC Business Live – 30 Nov 15

                    BBC: I’m joined by Tom Burke former UK government advisor on climate change, now Chairman of the environmental Think Tank E3G, which is Third Generation Environmentalism.  So there has been an awful lot of momentum leading up to this event […]

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

  This essay argues that the oil industry will lose the battle for the future. The growth it expects will not occur. The key issue is whether the world makes an orderly or disorderly transition to a carbon neutral energy system. An orderly transition preserves both the economy and the […]