Energy

Councils and the energy crisis - a plan of action

22 Aug 20221.18 MB PDF file

A report by the New Economics Foundation for Friends of the Earth identifying how and council could address the energy crisis with the right support from the government, including costings.

Energy crisis hotspot spreadsheet

Toby Bridgeman22 Aug 202237 kB XLSX file

This data includes the number of energy crisis hotspots - lower than average income, higher than average energy use - by local authority area, plus data on the number of homes within these that require loft or cavity wall insulation, plus average energy bills pre-October 2022 price rise and after it.

Why the energy crisis demands street by street energy saving measures

Mike Childs22 Aug 2022

Mike Childs explains why the UK needs to roll out an energy saving programme, starting with the 8,927 neighbourhoods most in need.

Data on loft and cavity wall insulation

22 Aug 2022126 kB XLSX file

Download this spreadsheet to access data on homes that need loft insulation or cavity wall insulation by local authority area.

A lack of “suitable areas” for onshore wind in local plans

18 Aug 2022

Onshore wind is one of the cheapest forms of renewable energy, but the UK's national planning policy still doesn't facilitate new onshore wind projects. Read our report to find out more.

The future of heating

Mike Childs21 Feb 2022

Meeting climate targets through electric heating backed by renewably-produced hydrogen.

The future of Drax: old, inefficient, damaging and expensive

09 Dec 2021

Drax power station in Selby, Yorkshire is old, inefficient, environmentally damaging and will need £billions of subsidies to survive. We argue it should start preparing for closure and its workers retrained for decent jobs elsewhere.

Failing to insulate – a double threat of fuel poverty and climate harm

Mike Childs22 Nov 2021

There’s a price to pay for decades of underfunding energy efficiency improvements to the UK’s older and badly insulated houses. And the price is causing harm to the poorest in society, pensioners, people of colour, young people and people with health and disability challenges. These communities suffer disproportionately from fuel poverty and the impact of climate breakdown, which is exacerbated by inefficient, energy-hungry homes.

Rank of fuel poverty neighbourhoods by LA

17 Nov 202137 kB XLSX file

Data on levels of fuel poverty in neighbourhoods by local authority area.

Tackling climate breakdown – how do government strategies measure up?

Mike Childs16 Nov 2021

In the run-up to and at the climate talks at COP26, there was an avalanche of pledges, promises and strategies – but do they add up? Mike Childs, Head of Science, Policy & Research, gives his verdict.

Reducing greenhouse gases: our position

Mike Childs14 Jul 2021

Why we need to reduce global warming greenhouse gases rapidly: Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland's position.

20 actions parish and town councils can take on the climate and nature emergency

Mike Childs24 Jun 2021

Parish and town councils may not be as powerful as local authorities but they can be a force for change in addressing the climate and nature emergency.

Faster, deeper and fairer carbon pollution cuts needed

Mike Childs27 Jan 2021

Faster, deeper and fairer cuts to carbon emissions than those recommended by the Climate Change Committee are possible and necessary.

Privatising the planning system: just for the few? 

Naomi Luhde-Thompson, Senior Planner14 Jan 2021

Why proposed planning reforms are socially unjust and bad for climate change. 

Why council action on climate is vital

Sandra Bell08 Dec 2020

Sandra Bell explains why local council action is vital to achieving a green recovery and net zero, and why the government must give them greater support as recommended by the Climate Change Committee.