The government has withdrawn UK funding from the International Energy Agency’s Clean Coal Centre. This international London-based organisation works to promote “the clean and efficient use of coal worldwide” , including coordinating research and development of more environmentally friendly fossil fuel technologies.
Even if uptake of renewable energy sources continues unabated, our society will remain dependant on fossil fuels for the foreseeable future. Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with this infrastructure is a vital step towards meeting the UK’s Climate Change targets. The Clean Coal Centre continues to operate, funded by other member countries, but the Financial Times reports that UK funding accounted for 15% of the organisation’s budget .
These spending cuts also affect the CPET, which has now ceased operations. This was a government agency intended to “offer support to public sector bodies and their suppliers who need to comply with government rules on the sustainable sourcing of timber” . In the twelve years that it was active it became an important source of information on sustainable forestry, ensuring that government departments did not buy the products of illegal logging of tropical rainforests. It helped to promote the buying of sustainably produced wood both in the UK and internationally. Now the organisation has ceased operations as of March 31 2016.
IEA Clean Coal Centre
The Financial Times
Central Point of Expertise on Timber
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