Audlem's sustainability group ADAPT have been in correspondence with the Government expressing concern over the UK's energy policy and the measures implemented since last year's election, many of which appear contradictory to the Climate Change commitments made at December's Climate Change summit in Paris.
Audlem's MP, Antoinette Sandbach has been most helpful in ensuring that ADAPT's voice is heard.
One outcome of these communications was that ADAPT received an invitation to attend a conference event at The Royal Society entitled "The Paris Agreement on Climate Change: What does it mean for the UK". On 23 February, ADAPT member Andy Hannah attended on behalf of the group in the prestigious surroundings of The Royal Society's London headquarters.
The event was chaired by the economist Lord Nicolas Stern, with a panel of 5 expert speakers and perhaps 250 delegates representing a wide spectrum of interests in the climate change issue.
It was very clear from the event just what a massively significant achievement the Paris Agreement was, but also how much work needs to be done across the globe to actually meet the commitments made. The work by government and its advisors to participate actively in the Paris negotiations and to put in place targets for the UK's trajectory to its carbon reduction commitments was also very evident, as was the need for a coherent energy policy for the UK to underpin these commitments.
Less clear however was how the measures implemented by Government over the last nine months since the election contribute to such a coherent policy consistent with the UK's existing commitments and the aspirations to go even further as agreed in Paris.
ADAPT has written again to government, via Antoinette Sandbach to express these misgivings and to urge for a strengthening of energy policy.
The implications of the Paris Agreement and how it relates to the UK are quite complex, but Andy Hannah of ADAPT has attempted to summarise the issues concerned and some personal observations from the conference in a 2 page briefing note below.