Media coverage of report launch
Caroline Lucas MPTEQs have long been Green Party policy, as we believe that we need a fair and transparent system to reduce energy demand and give each person a direct connection to the carbon emissions associated with their lifestyle. The TEQs scheme would guarantee that the UK's targeted carbon reductions are actually achieved, while ensuring fair shares of available energy.
Caroline Lucas MP, former Leader of the Green Party
John Hemming MPWe urgently need to have a system in place to mitigate the economic and social consequences of peak oil. I believe TEQs provide the fairest and most productive way to deal with the oil crisis and to simultaneously guarantee reductions in fossil fuel use to meet climate change targets.
John Hemming MP, Chairman, All Party Parliamentary Group on Peak Oil
Tim Yeo MPWhilst I am less convinced than some people about the imminence of peak oil I firmly believe, regardless of this, that tradable personal carbon allowances could make a big contribution to reducing energy consumption and therefore carbon emissions in Britain. I also believe that it is extremely urgent for Britain, and all developed countries, to move away from a fossil fuel-based economy as quickly as possible.
Tim Yeo MP, Chairman, House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Select Committee
Lord Smith of FinsburyRationing is the fairest and most effective way of meeting Britain's legally binding targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
Lord Smith of Finsbury, Chairman, Environment Agency
Jeremy LeggettWhat I like about TEQs is the fairness of it. When the energy crunch hits us, it will behove government and industry to ensure equitable access to available energy, within a national budget. TEQs is a route to synergistic efforts of the kind we will need if we are to mobilise the infrastructure of a zero-carbon future fast, under pressure. It would increase the chances of working our way through the grim times to renaissance-through-resilience.
Jeremy Leggett, author, and Chairman of Solarcentury - a member company of the UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil & Energy Security
Colin ChallenA concept of brilliant simplicity, offering a predictable and orderly reduction of greenhouse gas emissions year-on-year, with flexibility in an enclosed system, independent of taxation and providing complete transparency between goals and delivery.
Colin Challen, Founder Chairman, All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change
Rob HopkinsA watertight proposal that deserves to be spread as widely as possible, as it is an idea of its time. Take the time to read and understand this mechanism thoroughly. New situations require fresh thinking.
Rob Hopkins, Founder of the Transition Towns movement
Jonathon PorrittThis eloquently presented proposal merits very serious consideration by all political parties. There remains an undeniable gap between the current policy mix and what we actually need to do urgently both to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and to avoid the potentially devastating consequences of declining fossil fuels. TEQs offer significant policy advantages in addressing both those pressing imperatives.
Sir Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director, Forum for the Future
David FlemingLarge-scale problems do not require large-scale solutions. They require small-scale solutions within a large-scale framework.
David Fleming (1940-2010), Inventor of TEQs
Shaun ChamberlinThe Government pre-feasibility study into TEQs in 2008 described the scheme as "ahead of its time", but pledged to consider implementation if further research changed the likely cost or value of carbon savings. This new report demonstrates conclusively that this condition has now been met, drawing on work by the Institute for Public Policy Research, the Centre for Sustainable Energy and the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee.
Shaun Chamberlin, author of The Transition Timeline, and Managing Director of The Fleming Policy Centre
Tradable Energy Quotas: A policy framework for peak oil and climate change – The Oil Drum, 24 January
John Hemming MP interviewed on Simon Mayo’s “Drivetime” show (audio) – BBC Radio 2, 24 January
Now they want to ration petrol – Daily Mail, 24 January
Driver Fury at Petrol Ration Plan – Daily Express, 24 January
Prepare for the return of rationing – The Sunday Times, 23 January
Energy rationing would give ‘common purpose’ in cutting carbon emissions – The Ecologist, 19 January
MPs urged to ration fuel or miss carbon emissions targets – BusinessGreen, 19 January
Will smart energy future require rationing? – Greenbang, 19 January
Parliamentary group advocates ‘energy rationing’ – Low Carbon Economy, 19 January
Brits Ponder Fuel Rationing – Time Magazine, 18 January
TEQ backers predict fuel and energy rationing by 2020 (also see poll on TEQs) – Edie.net, 18 January
Quotas ‘would tackle fuel poverty’ – UK Press Association, 18 January
UK lawmakers call for energy rationing with personal fuel quotas – Click Green, 18 January
UK could need fuel rationing before 2020, warns report – Energy Efficiency News, 18 January
British lawmakers propose energy rationing – Financial Times, 18 January
Report calls for energy rationing within the decade – GreenWise Business, 18 January
TEQs: A policy framework for peak oil and climate change – Energy Bulletin, 18 January
Fuel Rationing in U.K. Needed by 2020 to Cut CO2 Emissions, Lawmakers Say – Bloomberg News, 18 January
Shaun Chamberlin interviewed on “Wake Up To Money” show (audio) – BBC Radio 5 Live, 18 January
The Peak Oil Crisis: Tradable Energy Quotas – Falls Church News-Press – 26 January
Tradable Energy Quotas launched in the House of Commons – Transition Culture, 24 January
Tradable Energy Quotas – real green shoots of recovery? – Jon Barrett, 24 January
Petrol rationing looms – The Economic Voice, 24 January
If Britain Starts Fuel Rationing, Could U.S. Be Next? – Countercurrents, 22 January
Life, Liberty, And the Pursuit Of the kWh – .plaid, 21 January
Could energy rationing be introduced in the UK? – uSwitch, 21 January
Energy consumption charge proposals ‘unfair on low-income households’ – incahoot, 21 January
Tradeable Energy Quotas: Rational Action? – SustainAbility, 20 January
Global warming: a threat akin to Nazism? – Elizabeth Royte, 20 January
Carbon and the common good: values in green policy – Climate Safety, 19 January
Can the UK lead the world in energy rationing? – Dharma, 19 January
Could We See Fuel Rationing by 2020? – TreeHugger, 19 January
With Fuel Rationing On The Way, Can IT Help? – eWeek Europe, 19 January
TEQs: UK Gov’t Tradable Energy Quotas – Ecological Sociology, 18 January
Parliamentary report: Fuel rationing may be necessary by 2020 – Make Wealth History, 18 January