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Zero Carbon Britain 2007

For thirty years CAT has been at the forefront of understanding environmental issues. Decades before there was an appreciation of the environmental challenges we now face, CAT was educating and informing about their inevitability, carrying our pioneering work into sustainability issues, and formulating practical solutions which are now finding enthusiastic adopters throughout government and business around the world.

Zero Carbon Britain found its inspiration in the 1977 CAT Alternative Energy Strategy – it is a testament to the prescience and integrity of CAT that it was undertaking work in a similar vein to Zero Carbon Britain thirty years ago, and has continued to do so since.

Zero Carbon Britain clearly demonstrates how Britain can escape its current reliance on fossil fuels by adopting key policy frameworks and utilising a carefully balanced spread of renewable technologies. PIRC Development Manager Tim Helweg-Larsen and CAT Development Director Paul Allen coordinated the Zero Carbon Britain research project, leading a team of researchers from CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment, and working closely with key thinkers like Aubrey Meyer and the late David Fleming to include their groundbreaking work in the report.

With enormous input from many different people, and funding from a variety of sources, PIRC’s policy-oriented expertise complemented CAT’s strong research skills. We worked on bridging the divide between climate science, policy and technology, and on integrating, producing and publishing the final

Zero Carbon Britain clearly demonstrates that in an emergency scenario, the reduction of Britain’s current fossil fuel consumption to zero within two decades is an achievable goal. Guided by Contraction and Convergence, the global framework for managing climate change, and using a electronic carbon allowance system, TEQs, to evenly distribute Britain’s carbon budget, the report describes powering down fossil fuel energy and waste, and powering up renewable energy generation. Sector by sector it explores the practical implications of this move towards a climate-safe future: outlining the transport systems we’ll be using, the homes we’ll live in and how industry, food and other sectors will operate.

Zero Carbon Britain has been published at a time when there is a need for clearly mapped out solutions.

Zero Carbon Britain has been published at a time when there is a need for clearly mapped out solutions. By presenting these in a realistic and achievable scenario, CAT and PIRC are at the cutting-edge of focused climate change policy generation, creating groundbreaking research and developing it into effective tools for change.

Richard Hawkins

Claverton Energy Group


April 12th, 2007

We are giving a Zero Carbon Britain presentation to the Annual Conference of the Claverton Energy Group, an independent think-tank of renewable energy professionals considering policy and technology solutions for Britain and Europe.

Richard Hawkins

Sheila McKechnie Awards 2008

Click for The Sheila McKechnie Foundation Awards

Helping People Change Their World

The Sheila McKechnie Foundation has opened applications for its 2008 awards, inspired by the legacy of Dame Sheila McKechnie.

The awards will begin a search among communities across the UK for
people of all ages who are campaigning to change their world locally
and globally. These will be the people with the potential to set the
agenda for politicians on issues ranging from climate change to support
for children with dyslexia.

Tim Helweg-Larsen, a mechanical engineer won the 2007 Environment Award
for his campaigning on global climate change.  Tim launched
zerocarbonbritain, a radical vision of Britain

Richard Hawkins

GLA – C-Change

Rich will be coordinating an Energy Workshop and sitting on an expert panel at the Greater London Authority on January 25th.

The workshop and panel forms part of a day of youth action & education on climate related issues organised by C-Change.


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Richard Hawkins

What are the UK's 'actual' emissions?

UPDATEDieter Helm has published an excellent report attempting to answer this question, called "Too good to be true? The UK”s Climate Change Record, download it here.

The ESRC”s Research Group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE) has just published an important initial analysis of the UK”s carbon footprint based on final consumption. From our research on CAT”s Zero Carbon Britain project we”re very aware that further research in this field is casino online sorely needed.


The UK Climate Change Bill proposes to establish legally binding targets for a 60% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. This paper discusses the challenges posed by measuring progress towards this target. It takes as a premise that the conventional production-based accounting framework, enshrined in the UNFCCC emissions accounting guidelines, is inappropriate for this task because it fails to account for the carbon

Richard Hawkins

Climate March


December 8th, 2007

Tim will be addressing the Climate March – promoting Zero Carbon Britain – the event is being organised by the Campaign Against Climate Change – Tim is a member of their best online casino advisory group.

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Richard Hawkins

Hendersons Global Investors


November 30th, 2007

Tim & Martin are giving a talk to Hendersons Global Investors on Zero Carbon Britain, carbon pricing and online casino zero-carbon investing.

Henderson has an established track record and has managed funds with social, ethical and environmental dimensions since 1977.

Richard Hawkins

London College of Communications


November 9th, 2007

Christian & Rich will be giving a presentation and workshop on climate change and energy depletion at the London College of Communication.

Formerly London College of Printing, LCC is the largest constituent College of the University of the Arts London. The College has around 9,000 students, of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Their staff include successful practitioners in London’s thriving design, photography, broadcasting, publishing, advertising, film, printing, retailing and media industries.

Richard Hawkins

Royal Society


November 14th, 2007

Tim will be presenting Contraction & Convergence at a Policy Frameworks Conference at the Royal Society.

He will also be taking part in a panel discussion on International Climate Change Frameworks with Dr Benito Müller (Oxford University) and Niklas Höhne (Ecofys).