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Why we don’t need fracking

By Alice Hooker-Stroud Appearing on Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, Caroline Lucas noted in response to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee who published a report on fracking in the UK, “We simply don’t need to be going down this road. There is a road that is there with energy efficiency, renewable energy .. these are the secure energies of the future. … The way to do it is to invest in those energy sources.” “I’m not in... Read More ››

Guest Blog: To achieve Zero Carbon Britain, we must steadily withdraw our consent for high carbon Britain

Guest post by Tim Gee, author of “Counterpower: Making Change Happen” The Centre for Alternative Technology’s Zero Carbon Britain report is a gift to the environmental movement; proof that zero carbon is not only possible, but possible with current technology, without nuclear, without reducing population, and in line with the time-frames dictated by climate science. Last month, I was one of 300 people at the report’s London event. As is usual at public events, the very first question from... Read More ››

ZCB US research trip: Stop 2 – The Oberlin Project, Ohio

This is the third instalment in a series of blogs by Paul Allen as he travels across the USA talking with numerous grassroots groups about CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain research project. The first blog explains the purpose of the trip and the second blog details his time in Boston. This blog covers Paul’s time in Ohio, the second of five stops on the journey. My visit to Oberlin was a hive of activity. I gave three key Zero Carbon... Read More ››

Statement on Conservative Party plans to cut the onshore wind industry

Today the Conservatives announced plans to pull public funding of onshore windfarms and change the way planning permission is granted if they win again in 2015. Renewables UK have said this would kill the onshore wind industry. Tutors on CAT’s Renewable Energy and the Built Environment masters course reacted to the news: “The effect of removing subsidies for onshore wind will be to seriously damage British industry and increase energy prices for consumers. Onshore wind energy is the cheapest source of... Read More ››

ZCB US research trip: Stop 1 – Boston, Massachusetts

This is the second in a series of blogs on Paul’s trip to the USA to talk about CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain research with a range of grassroots groups. The first post, explaining the trip, can be read here. Travelling by train can often offer us time to catch up on a number of the things we have been meaning to get around to doing, from background reading to sleeping. In my case it was a chance to watch... Read More ››

Paul Allen takes Zero Carbon Britain vision to USA

I have just set off on a six-week research and communication trip to the USA, following in the footsteps of the trip CAT founder Gerard Morgan-Grenville took which inspired him to set up CAT 40 years ago. The journey started with the shortest air flight possible, arriving in Boston, after that all travel across the USA will be by train. I will visit five locations (Boston, Oberlin, Cleveland, Salt Lake City and San Francisco), opening at each city with... Read More ››

REBE Alumnus Powering Conservation in the Seychelles

Our MSc Renewable Energy and the Built Environment provides its students with the knowledge and practical skills to make a positive impact within the world of Renewable Energy. One of our Alumni, Tim Kirkpatrick, is applying the knowledge he developed on the REBE course in the idyllic island setting of the Seychelles. The Seychelles is a group of islands in the Indian Ocean, located just south of the equator. With little variance in the length of days and bright... Read More ››

Postgraduate Open Weekend: 17th- 18th May 2014

If you are an avid reader of CAT’s blog you will be well aware of the range of MSc Programmes offered by our Graduate School of the Environment. This May we are offering the opportunity for anybody interested in studying one of our courses, or anyone who wants to know more about the work of the GSE, to come and visit us to find out more about the unique experience of studying at CAT. Based in a stunning setting... Read More ››

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