14 September 2006 - New Energy Technologies Institute The UK Government is to set up the new institute with support from at least 5 energy companies, each contributing £5m annually to the £1bn project. The Department of Trade & Industry will support it with £500m. Aims include finding most efficient methods of using fossil fuels as well as pooling diverse knowledge in the renewable energy field. BBC News
4 August 2006 - Isle of Man pledge
The Isle of Man Government is to appoint an Energy Initiatives Officer after discovering that the government produced emissions equivalent to more than 5,000 homes during the course of its work. The government hopes to save tax payers more than £1.7 million a year.
BBC News - Isle of Man
1 August 2006 - Blair / Schwarzenegger agreement
PM Tony Blair and the Mayor of California sign an agreement for California to join the EU carbon trading scheme which gives countries and companies targets to work towards reducing emissions.
This flies in the face of the Bush administration stance which refuses to face responsibility. Guardian Unlimited
26 July 2006 - Asda going green
Asda is pledging to stop sending its waste to landfill within the next four years and to investigate biomass boilers and sun pipes. Another welcome initiative is that they are looking to reduce own-label packaging by 10%. Guardian Unlimited
20 July 2006 - UK Government fails Wales
The Welsh Affairs Select Committee published its report which lays blame on the UK government for putting too much energy into wind power and believing the only options were wind or nuclear. Welsh MPs do not support nuclear but do want more support for tidal and clean coal initiatives.
BBC News Wales
19 July 2006 - Plan for carbon usage cards
David Miliband MP is to ask government departments to research the possibility of issuing carbon swipe cards. These cards would record individual carbon usage and charge heavy users whilst people who use less or use renewable energy could sell points.
11 July 2006 - Summary of UK energy review
Energy review backs privately funded, new nuclear power plants. 20% electricity to come from renewable sources, (up from 15%). Renewable energy sourced transport fuel to be at 10% by 2015, (up from 5%). BBC News