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Net Zero: principles for successful behaviour change initiatives – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

“For instance, even with public criticism being high, many still perceived government approval as the yardstick for safe behaviour during COVID-19 ‘we’re allowed to do this now [so must be safe]…’. This reveals, for many, a deep set reverence for legitimate government authority, regardless of one’s personal political views.”

Net Zero: principles for successful behaviour change initiatives, p.24

This research looks at UK and OECD government-led behaviour change initiatives over the last 70 years. It identifies 9 principles that can be applied to encourage the behaviour change needed to achieve Net Zero.

The research was carried out by the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT). It was commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/net-zero-principles-for-successful-behaviour-change-initiatives

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UK’s biggest source of greenhouse gas? This ‘eco’ power station! Drax in Yorkshire burns wood pellets that are treated as a ‘renewable’ fuel but emit more carbon dioxide than coal, research shows –

A supposedly ‘green’ power station subsidised with public money is Britain’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gas, research shows.

Drax in Yorkshire burns wood pellets, which are treated as a ‘renewable’ fuel and the site has attracted more than £800million of taxpayer subsidies.

But analysis shows that the burning of wood for power – known as biomass – has been the cause of more carbon dioxide emissions than coal since 2019.

Drax burns millions of tonnes of wood to provide around 12 per cent of the UK’s total electric power, generating 15.6megatonnes (Mt) of carbon dioxide emissions each year, which cause the planet to heat up by trapping heat around the Earth – the greenhouse effect.

The power station is also one of the top five emitters in Europe of toxic air pollution particles known as PM10.

Currently accounting rules allow Drax to be treated as ‘carbon neutral’.

http://archive.today/2021.10.09-102340/https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10073987/UKs-biggest-source-greenhouse-gas-eco-power-station.html

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Why this decade will prove more challenging than the 1970s – The New Statesman

In an age of high energy costs and constricted supply, inflation and unemployment rose together. Forced to choose, governments and central banks decided to prioritise controlling inflation. Western governments made it harder for trade unions to strike, curtailing the ability of workers to demand higher wages. The US Federal Reserve then administered a severe monetary shock to the world economy. In driving interest rates up to exceptionally high levels, Paul Volcker, the chair of the Federal Reserve, accelerated the de-industrialisation of most Western economies.

http://archive.today/2021.10.06-114322/https://www.newstatesman.com/comment/2021/10/why-this-decade-will-prove-more-challenging-than-the-1970s

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Government races to save businesses as energy prices soar – The Times

Ministers are racing to avert acute food shortages after high gas prices forced most of Britain’s commercial production of carbon dioxide to shut down.

http://archive.today/2021.09.19-081243/https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/b48247d6-17fa-11ec-8aba-5ab737a99668

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Crude oil prices briefly traded below $0 in spring 2020 but have since been mostly flat – U.S. Energy Information Administration

In the first half of 2020, responses to the COVID-19 pandemic led to steep declines in global petroleum demand and to volatile crude oil markets. The second half of the year was characterized by relatively stable prices as demand began to recover. As petroleum demand fell and U.S. crude oil inventories increased, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil traded at negative prices on April 20, the first time the price for the WTI futures contract fell to less than zero since trading began in 1983. The next day, Brent crude oil, another global crude oil price benchmark, fell to $9.12 per barrel (b), its lowest daily price in decades.