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High Stakes for a Low-Carbon Future

First published by Forum for the Future, 10th June 2020 | In the third of our Corporate Leadership in the time of Corona series, Jonathon Porritt looks at the way companies in the energy sector are either digging in to protect their current positions, or explicitly hoping to transform global energy…

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Friends of the Earth’s Disgraceful Manifesto Analysis

As a former Director of Friends of the Earth, I can say with certain knowledge that FoE is an organisation that makes its fair share of mistakes – as much under my watch as under any of my successors. But I cannot recall anything as grotesquely absurd as its decision on Friday to score the Labour…

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Saying No to BP and Shell Today: Hard Choices Have to be Made

I was asked recently about the point at which I decided I could no longer continue to do any work with BP. This is what I said: ’I worked closely with senior leaders in BP for more than a decade, intent on helping them radically change course. That work came to an end when I came to the…

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Solar-enhanced Biodiversity!

So who’d have thought it: solar power is good for biodiversity! Or, to be a little bit more accurate, ‘well-designed and well-managed’ solar parks are good for biodiversity. I know that as a result of reading the latest report from the Solar Trade Association – ‘The Natural Capital Value of……

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Yet More Nails in the Nuclear Coffin

Were it not for blanket Brexit, smothering every other news item, I suspect there would have been a lot more coverage of the recent collapse of Hitachi’s nuclear pretensions here in the UK. And a lot more questioning about what the hell happens next – in terms of UK energy and climate policy. On…

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Nuclear Power in the USA: Going, Going …

When the biggest nuclear operator in the US says that the nuclear power industry in the US is, to all intents and purposes, DEAD, then we should probably take notice. Here are the relevant quotes from William von Hoene, Senior Vice-President and Chief Strategy Officer at Exelon, addressing the US…

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