June 10, 2008

How Much Do We Want? 80% Less! When Do We Want It? Now!

It seems to be the week for new web sites. First off, John Grant is one of "ten green bloggers" (it's not clear if they're hanging on a wall...) writing about the launch of new web site CanvassYourMP.com.

It's a web campaign to persuade the UK government to set some real and useful targets for CO2 emissions. The site will help you find out who your MP is, and how to get in touch with them so that you can ask them to support a change in the Climate Change Bill.

Most interestingly, they're also collating the responses, so hopefully we'll see some report in the future of how well the MPs listen to their constituents.


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Well, on the BBC's Today Programme this morning there was a report that petrol sales in the UK are down 20% over the last few months due to the increase in cost. So that must roughly translate to a 20% reduction in carbon emissions from cars! Is that the target reached then? :-)

Posted by: Andrew at June 11, 2008 09:42 AM

Oh hang on .. a 20% reduction is not the same as an 80% reduction ... back to school for me.

Posted by: Andrew at June 11, 2008 09:45 AM

Hehe, I was just about to point that out... still, the 80% reduction is by 2050 so a 20% drop today is an excellent start.

That's quite a drop isn't it? I'm quite surprised it's had such an effect given how little effect any price rises have had in the past.

Posted by: Adrian at June 11, 2008 09:58 AM

I couldn't find anything about it on the BBC website, but from this Telegraph article the report seems to have come from the International Energy Agency. It claims petrol sales have dropped 20% over the last 12-months. So either we're driving less, driving more economically, or driving more efficient vehicles ... or more probably a combination of the three? I know I'm certainly driving less and using public transport more. (And soon to be using a bicycle!)

Wonder if diesel sales have risen by an equivalent amount though? :-)

Posted by: Andrew at June 11, 2008 11:31 AM

Thanks for digging out that article - the price has shot up quite a lot hasn't it? I remember super-unleaded had only just broached the £1/litre barrier before we left.

I haven't paid much attention to the cost of petrol here in Italy as we fill up so rarely. Will have to remember to fill up in France just before the ferry on my way back next month :-)

You finally buying a bike then? We'll definitely have to get out in the peak district when I get back!

Posted by: Adrian at June 11, 2008 02:55 PM
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