Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Uswitch - Or Please Don't !

Hello My Friends,

Hope you are well and a special "hi" to my buddies who I bumped into today - nice to see some of you at least....

Anyhoo, enough of the detritous of my previous life, let's concentrate on the positive things in life and accentuate them to the max as this life is much more exciting and full of nice lovely genuine people.

I had occasion to phone Uswitch recently as I was advised that they are impartial and will signpost the best utility deals to clients.

However I have discovered that perhaps their "impartiality" is slightly skewed?

It would appear that unless the utility offers Uswitch a referral fee Uswitch don't recommend them or signpost customers to some of the better rates that are currently available on the market.

Incredible although it may seem, my dear readers, this unfortunately means that ultimately many customers who can be switched to a great package to save money (and possibly extract themselves from the evil clutches of fuel poverty) are left bewildered and bereft of the full facts?

One such case is Utility Discount Warehouse or Telecom Plus (same company, different trading name). UDW offer great rates on gas and electricity for householders as well as providing landlines, mobile phones and Broadband at very competitive rates. Telecom Plus is a FTSE listed company and during 2006 was voted number one for Customer Service Excellence by Which? magazine.

Following a referral from a good friend of mine, I looked into the UDW offers and I have to say that they do compare very favourably to those of my current supplier.

So I have switched and calculated that over the coming year I have projected that I may save up to £400 on my home fuel bills (and no I don't live in a mansion - its a 7 year old 3 bed detached house at the bottom of a very windy hill).

If we weren't planning a move I would have invested in renewable technology but now we are saving that for the new des res.

So check out UDW - it would seem its worth a look atleast. Indeed one of my SHP clients has been a UDW customer for 3 years and is very happy with their service and supply. They don't have any direct marketing or people canvassing door to door or in the supermarkets (nor do they sponsor any football teams or cricket matches) - Telecom Plus invest in network marketing and buy into the relationships that people can generate through friends and family etc. Its a good methodology, hence they can pass back reduced costs for services to their customers.

I will keep a close eye on this and report back soon with more news following a bit more research but from what I can gather so far, I would suggest U DO Switch but perhaps not via USwitch?

Make Good Choices

From Your Friend The Energy Angel

Microwave Versus The Cooker

Hello There My Friends,

I hope you are well - I was listening to Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2 yesterday and he was interviewing an interesting guest who was supporting and promoting the microwave oven.

Apparently according to Chris's guest, Jennipher Marshall-Jenkinson, if everyone who was intending to have a baked/jacket potato for their dinner last night cooked the potato for 12 minutes in the microwave (4 potatoes x 12 mins total) rather than 1 - 2 hours cooking time in a conventional electric oven, it would reduce energy consumption so much that an entire power station could be decommissioned!

So the next time you fancy a jacket spud please bear this in mind !

Make Good Choices

From Your Friend The Energy Angel

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Clean Up Your Air

Hello My Friends,

Another press release from Delightful Defra - this time its Ben Bradshaw's turn:

Department for Environment, Food And Rural Affairs
Tuesday 23 January 2007 16:23

Department for Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (National)

Greater action needed to deliver cleaner air

More needs to done at local, national and European level if cleaner air is to be achieved, Local Environment Minister Ben Bradshaw said today.

Mr Bradshaw was responding to the latest Government statistics on air quality which were published today. He said:

"The latest air pollution data show mixed results, in part due to the heatwave that Europe experienced last July, which helped to produce high levels of ozone. Such heatwaves are predicted to become more common because of climate change."

"Overall, the air we breathe is cleaner today than at any time since before the industrial revolution."

"But nitrogen dioxide and particulates continue to be a problem in specific locations - usually associated with traffic emissions"

Other preliminary results show that the UK is continuing to meet its national air quality objectives for 1,3 butadiene, benzene and lead, as set out in the Air Quality Strategy.

However, preliminary results show that the nitrogen dioxide and particles objectives have not been met at a number of locations across the UK, particularly along busy roads and in major urban centres, primarily due to road traffic emissions.

The UK has also not met the ozone or carbon monoxide objective in some areas, although when the data is ratified and published in April, it may show that the carbon monoxide objective has been met.

Initial analysis indicates that no exceedences of sulphur dioxide (SO2) objectives were detected at national automatic monitoring sites in the UK in 2005. However, 13 local authorities have designated air quality management areas for SO2 and they are working to improve local air quality in their areas.

Today, Defra is also publishing an 'Ozone pollution episode report (June amd July 2006)' which is available on the National Air Quality Information Archive at http://www.airquality.co.uk.


1. The Air Quality Sustainable Development Indicator is one of 68 indicators supporting the Sustainable Development Strategy. It measures annual levels of particulates (PM10) and ozone - the pollutants thought to have the biggest impact on human health - as well as the average number of days when pollution is "moderate" or "higher" according to the bandings used in Weather Forecasts.
See the Statistical Release published today at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2007/070123a.htm

2. The Air Quality Strategy for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (2000) and its Addendum (2003) set a number of air quality objectives for nine main air pollutants to be achieved from 2003-2010 and beyond - please see links below to Air Quality Strategy and Addendum (the national air quality objectives are either similar or tighter than the EU limit values/targets in the EU Air Quality Daughter Directives.)

3. http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/airquality/strategy/index.htm

4. The Government is currently undertaking a review of the Air Quality Strategy to identify potential new additional measures to move closer to meeting the air quality objectives. See papers on the Defra website at:

Local Air Quality Management
Under Part IV of the Environment Act 1995 local authorities are required to review and assess the current, and likely future, air quality in their areas, against the Government's objectives in the national Air Quality Strategy for seven of the air pollutants. Where local authorities find that one or more of the nationally prescribed air quality objectives for each of the seven pollutants is unlikely to be met by the relevant deadline, they must declare an air quality management area (AQMA) for the area concerned. The authorities must then take action, along with other agencies and organisations, to work towards meeting the air quality objectives.

At present, around 200 local authorities across the UK have declared air quality management areas (AQMAs), mainly in respect of the objectives for Nitrogen Dioxide and/or Particles (PM10). The Act does not set deadlines for completion of most of the key stages of the local air quality management process; however Defra guidance to local authorities includes recommended timescales and timetables for submission of review and assessment reports and action plans

Local authorities were expected to undertake reviews and assessments of air quality every three years. The latest round of reviews and assessments started in April 2006, with the next round due in 2009.

Local authorities were encouraged to integrate their air quality action plans into the latest round of Local Transport Plans where local road transport is the primary cause of the local air pollution. This should help to improve authorities' capacity to deliver cleaner air and ensure that air quality is dealt with in a more corporate way, especially in two-tier authority areas where county councils deal with transport functions and the district authorities handle air quality functions. Final Local Transport Plans and assessments were issued to local authorities by DfT in December 2006.

Clean Air for Europe
The European Commission has proposed a new Air Quality Directive which will, if agreed, streamline the Air Quality Framework Directive (96/62/EC) and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd 'Daughter' Directives (1999/30/EC, 2000/69/EC, 2002/3/EC). The proposed Directive is currently under negotiation in Brussels.

For more information about air quality and action individuals can take to reduce pollution, go to: http://www.airquality.co.uk/archive/index.php

Ozone Pollution Episode Report (June and July 2006)
This is the most recent in a series of reports for Defra and the Devolved Administrations that describe major UK air pollution episodes. These are published on the National Air Quality Information Archive (http://www.airquality.co.uk). The report describes the extent and main causes of the June and July smogs.

The main conclusions of the report were:
HIGH levels of air pollution were measured across the Automatic Urban and Rural Network (AURN) during June and July 2006. During this period, HIGH ozone levels were measured at 60 AURN stations.

July's heatwave across Europe resulted in elevated ozone levels in the UK, primarily in England and Wales. The AURN recorded ozone levels in Defra index 8 HIGH band (240-299ugm-3) at three stations: Wicken Fen, London Haringey and Blackpool Marton. The highest hourly concentration was measured at 278 ugm-3 (index 8) at 18.00 on 19 July at Wicken Fen.

The 3rd Daughter Directive (Directive 2002/3/EC) on ozone in ambient air established an alert threshold of 240 ugm-3 was exceeded at Wicken Fen on 19 July when 8 consecutive hours were measured above 240 ugm-3.

High ozone levels resulted from high temperatures across England and Wales, coupled with recirculation of air masses over Europe and the UK. High ozone levels were measured across national and local air quality networks as well as across continental Europe.

Elevated levels of PM10 were also measured in June-July, together with elevated SO2 levels in July; these were mostly in London and South East England. These elevated levels of SO2 may be the result of increased power generation during the heatwave, possibly coupled with meteorological conditions associated with the heatwave.

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I have to say the one thing that I notice is exhaust fumes when Ruth is running me wragged through the wilds of Bamber Bridge we often run past queueing traffic near the Hospitality Inn off the road where Ruth lives. Its strange because I never really noticed it so much before road running - possibly because by the time we reach that stretch of the run I'm gasping for breath!

However on a more serious note I feel strongly about this issue especially when it effects children (and adults) who suffer from asthma or CF or other respiratory related illnesses. We do need to promote cleaner air for everyone.

On the news this morning I balked at the sight of GW Bush talking about climate change - the man denied this existed 12 months ago! Oooo he has committed to reduce petrol consumption by 1/5th by 2010 - big deal George. GW also mentioned investing in new renewable technologies but its more of a token gesture than a policy with any bite?

GW has no comment or commitment to cut CO2 emissions.

America needs to take on the oil companies and the auto industry first and foremost - and with his family's connections and source of great wealth (have any of you seen the Michael Mann film?) GW is hardly going to start to rock any boats there!

However perhaps now that there is a democratic majority in Congress we may start to experience a sea change in US Environmental policy - bet Al Gore has something to say about GW's speech!

Lets hope that the WEO conference in Davos - a 5-day intellectual spa for companies to discuss global warming, climate change, manufacturing challenges, business structures and how business plays its role in society.

Climate change is a huge business issue with a lot of pressure on large companies to sort out this problem. BT's Chief Executive Ben Verwaayen commented that the conference enables large businesses to look at how they can create a positive influence on the communities with whom they interact.

" I want to come back from this event with a list to do. This is not about talking, its about doing"
Ben Verwaayen told BBC Breakfast's Declan.

I hope that all the attendees are as positive and enthusiastic as BT's Ben?

Make Good Choices People

From Your Friend The Energy Angel

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Code Of Best Practice Carbon Offsetting UK

Hello There My Friends,

Some more info for you from Defra:

Establishing a voluntary Code of Best Practice for the provision of carbon offsetting to UK customers

Dear Consultee,

Consultation on establishing a Code of Best Practice for carbon offsetting

1.I am writing to invite views on establishing a Code of Best Practice for Carbon Offsetting. In facing the challenge of climate change Government is keen to give consumers the information and tools they need to make decisions, relevant to their lifestyles, on how they can help tackle this issue. The first step is to avoid and reduce emissions and then consider offsetting. For consumers to be able to do this Government believes it would be helpful to establish a Code of Best Practice with a logo for accredited offset products so that consumers can offset with confidence.

The Code contains the following elements:

  • Robust and verifiable emission reduction credits from the compliance market, ie CERs, EUAs and ERUs;
  • Accurate calculation of emissions to be offset, using the Government’s carbon metric;
  • Clear information for consumers regarding the mechanism and/or projects supported;
  • Transparent pricing;
  • Timescales for cancelling credits, and
  • Where offered by a company with other goods and services those companies will offer a ‘compulsory choice’ for the consumer to offset.

We hope to have a stakeholder workshop to discuss our proposals early next year. If you would be interested in attending please email the address below.

2. The document may be found on Defra’s website: www.defra.gsi.gov.uk

3. We welcome your views and comments on the proposals.


4. Please send responses to either: Kate Smith (CEHM), Public Engagement Branch, Zone 3/H18 Ashdown House, 123 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6DE (020 7082 8877)

Or e-mail: offsetting.code@defra.gsi.gov.uk

5. Responses should be received by 13 April 2007.

6. In line with Defra´s policy of openness, at the end of the consultation period copies of the responses we receive will be made publicly available through the Defra Information Resource Centre, Lower Ground Floor, Ergon House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR. The information they contain will also be published in a summary of responses.

7. If you do not consent to this, you must clearly request that your response be treated confidentially. Any confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system in e-mail responses will not be treated as such a request. You should also be aware that there may be circumstances in which Defra will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations.

8. The library will supply copies of consultation responses to personal callers or in response to telephone or e-mail requests (tel: 020 7238 6575, email: defra.library@defra.gsi.gov.uk). Wherever possible, personal callers should give the library at least 24 hour notice of their requirements. An administrative charge will be made to cover photocopying and postage costs.

9. If you have any comments or complaints about the consultation process, as opposed to the content in the consultation paper, please address them to Marjorie Addo Defra Consultation Co-ordinator, Area 7B Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR, or email consultation.coordinator@defra.gsi.gov.uk.

10. Thank you for your help in this matter. If you have any queries please contact us as above.

Yours sincerely,

Kate Smith
Climate and Energy: Households and Markets Division

Do send your input even if you aren't on the Consultee list - its about the ability to encourage everyone to have their say and put forward views to help make ROCs sustainable and generate sufficient interest and for them to have a true "currency" value asap.

Make Good Choices People.

From Your Friend The Energy Angel

Monday, January 22, 2007

"Nigel" Hill

Hello My Friends - hope you are well.

Ruth (my personal trainer from Hell) took me out today in the freezing cold of Bamber Bridge near Preston and we went on our first proper training session and completed a 10.74k run in just over 58 minutes. I have to say people my lungs and heart nearly burst taking on a steep hill that we have affectionately named Nigel Hill - but no connections to the fabulously talented Damon or other Nigel Hill's that may also be equally as skilled. No my Nigel is talentless and totally grey - and my vivid imagination gets me striding up a 1:3 hill climb with this particular "Nigel" in a state of undress with his bare flabby pock marked pasty white bum sticking out ready for me to kick!)

Ah the adrenaline !! Thanks Nigel, you make my day (punk).

Anyhow we arrived back at chez Tillbrook and I was suitably shattered but proud that in less than 3 weeks since almost dying of heart failure from medical negligence (yes folks its still being investigated - next week should see the standard 4 week NHS complaints process churn out an outcome) I managed to run the farthest I have been outdoors in a long while.

Thanks Ruth - youre a cowbag out there when you push me on but I love ya babes! x

I will post the article as featured by the local paper if they still have it on their website - excuse the corny photo - they made me pose with the bad pills !

I'm off to bed now - nice small glass of red vino and a turn of the audio book on me Ipod - listening to Sheila Hancock's recollections of her fantastic life with John Thaw - captivating

Make Good Choices Ruth! (and no more Nigels before the 20th May Great Run in Manchester please!) Hence the photo of David Milliband - I can rename the next hill but use the same imagery perhaps .... TBC !

From Your Friend The Energy Angel

Rt Hon Dynamic David MP

Department for Environment, Food And Rural Affairs
Monday 22 January 2007 11:12

Department for Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (National)

The fight against climate change: Building momentum through the G8 process - Speech by David Miliband MP, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

At the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 22 January, 2007

I am delighted to be able to address the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit. This summit brings together a remarkable collection of people from across nations, and from across different parts of society, from business and NGOs to Government and the public sector.

Across the world, questions of energy security, economic security and climate security are coming together. In the past, the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development pulled in different directions, today, they increasingly have common and complimentary solutions. That is the significance of today's Sustainable Development Summit.

My argument today is this:

* The scientific debate about climate change is over. Climate change is happening, it is man-made and it will have disastrous efforts for all of us. India will face particularly acute consequence from climate change and therefore has a particularly strong interest in securing a solution.

* In the past year, the economic arguments have changed dramatically, and I hope decisively. The Stern Report shows that globally, it will cost far more to deal with the problem, than invest in the solution. It is in our financial self-interest to tackle the problem, not just our moral duty.

* The practical solutions and technologies exist to avoid climate change from wind, wave and solar power to Carbon Capture and Storage. India has a unique opportunity to be a leapfrog economy that moves straight to low-carbon development.

* This year's challenge is to make progress on the politics and the policy. Climate change is a global problem and will require a global agreement. In 2007, we must begin to agree the building blocks of an international framework that delivers a fair balance of responsibility between industrialised and industrialising countries.

Let me begin by setting out the problem. The basic facts are these: Atmospheric CO 2 is now around 40% higher than before the industrial revolution.

This is resulting in a rise in temperature of 0.7 degrees in the last century, almost certainly unprecedented in human civilisation.

If it carries on unchecked, the effects will be on people not just nature; immediate as well as long term.

Climate change will affect every country. But the impact will be greater in India, South-East Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

The joint India-UK project on climate change highlighted some of the impacts on India:

Water resources are already under strain here. India has 16 per cent of global population but only 4 per cent of global water resources. Across India the hydrological cycle is predicted to become more intense, both with higher annual average rainfall as well as longer periods of drought. Agriculture constitutes the single largest component of India's economy, nearly 27% of the GDP. A temperature increase of 2C is predicted to result in a 10-16% reduction in rice yields, while a 4C rise led to a 21-30% reduction.

India has a low-lying coastline. India will be one of the countries most vulnerable to sea level rise. Coastal infrastructure, tourist activity, inshore explorations are at risk. Large scale emigration from coastal zones is expected due to submergence of coastal-lines after sea levels have risen. This will create large numbers of environmental refugees especially from low-lying delta regions.

Other impacts include the changes to the makeup of India's forests, in which 200,000 villages are located in or near; higher rates of certain diseases, such as Malaria, and damage to railways and infrastructure from higher temperatures, increased rainfall and flooding and sea-level rises. In short, no part of life in India will remain unaffected. The effects will be economic and social, not just environmental.

Practical solutions: 3 D energy revolution

The challenge is immense. But the economics point to the requirement not the impossibility of action. As the Stern report showed, the impact of climate change is estimated to be equivalent to a loss in average world consumption per head of 5-20% per year. This is far greater than the expected cost of cutting emissions which, consistent with a 550ppm CO2e stabilisation trajectory, is 1% of GDP by the middle of the century. To be pro-economic growth is to be pro environmental sustainability.

The positive news is that the practical and technological solutions are increasingly available and increasingly cost-effective. Let me highlight some key drivers of change across all countries, what you could term a 3-D energy revolution.

First, demand management. We are reducing demand by creating homes, cars and electrical appliances that are far more energy efficient. For instance, a hybrid car is about 30 per cent more efficient than its petrol-only equivalent. Homes built in the UK today are 40 per cent more efficient that those built in 2001, and we have recently committed to ensuring all homes are 'zero carbon' by 2016. The first industrial revolution saw mechanisation and mass production revolutionise labour productivity. A similar revolution is now underway in resource productivity. Economic growth is becoming decoupled from energy growth.

Second, all countries need to decarbonise their energy production. Renewable electricity sources are becoming more widely available at reasonable prices, from biofuels and biomass, to wind and solar power; and there is the prospect of diverting the carbon emissions from coal-fired power stations underground via carbon capture and storage (CCS). Third, we are increasingly decentralising our energy system. Since the opening of the world's first thermal power station in London in 1882 by Thomas Edison, the trend over the past century has been towards increasingly centralised power generation. While centralised production will remain critical, some countries are showing that we can increasingly rely on more decentralised and distributed power generation - from biomass fuelled combined heat and power stations serving a community, to individual citizens producing energy through solar or wind power and selling their energy back onto the grid. In the next thirty years, we could see the same transformation in energy production that we have seen in computers over the past generation - with a growing reliance on small computers connected via a network rather than a traditional mainframe. For instance, a large proportion of energy in Denmark and the Netherlands is produced on a decentralised basis - a transition that took around 20 years. But while the UK is having to make a transition from high-carbon to low carbon development, India has a unique opportunity. Forecasts suggest that by 2030, India's energy requirements will go from the existing 120,000 MW of electricity to about 400,000 MW. Half of India does not have electricity and the investment choices you make over the next ten to fifteen years will be crucial.

You therefore have the potential to be a leapfrog economy - going straight to a model of low-carbon development without having to scrap existing infrastructure and technologies. You are already leaders in some renewable energy technologies. About 100,000 biogas plants and 16,530 solar photovoltaic lighting systems were installed during 2004-05. You are the only country to have a Ministry dedicated to the use of renewable energy - sharing experience of development and deployment of these technologies can provide global benefits. You can forge a distinctive economic path that will give you a comparative economic advantage in future. As your President has suggested in calling for a goal of Energy Independence, renewable energy technologies could contribute 20 to 25 per cent of your energy needs by 2030. You have nearly 60 million hectares of wasteland, of which 30 million hectares are available for energy plantations. With each crop lasting 50 years and being carbon-neutral, biofuels could make a significant contribution meeting future demand in transport fuels and delivering emissions reductions.

Policy and Politics

The science shows the scale and impact of the problem. The practical solutions exist to solve it, and the economics shows that this would be cost-effective. The challenge in 2007 is how to develop the policies and political agreement that can drive investment in a low-carbon economy. Every country has domestic responsibilities to reduce emissions. The UK priorities are in reducing energy demand, in particular by moving towards zero carbon homes and increasing renewable and low-carbon fuels, in electricity, heating and transport. In India, there are immense opportunities in renewable energy, biofuels and carbon capture and storage. But every country also has international responsibilities - responsibilities that are 'common but differentiated'. The greatest responsibility falls on the wealthiest countries to help with adaptation and help pay the difference between high-carbon and low carbon industrialisation. But every country must play its it part.

The UK will be demonstrating its international responsibilities in four areas:

First, by showing leadership in adopting binding legislative commitments to reduce its own emissions. We will be introducing a Climate Change Bill that will establish in legislation our goal of reducing C02 emissions by 60 per cent by 2050.

Second, the UK will be pushing for deep cuts across the European Union. We support a 30% cut by industrialised countries to 2020 and welcome the European Commission's proposal for a unilateral commitment to 20% cuts by 2020 - as a springboard to more ambitious action. Delivering this commitment through emissions trading, including through the use of the Clean Development Mechanism will release large scale and sustained investment in industrialising countries.

Third, technology transfer. The UK-India collaboration to identify barriers to technology transfer. It will help forge a common vision on international technology cooperation, including the role of the UNFCCC in catalysing development and commercial deployment of low carbon technology within developing countries such as India. The Clean Energy Investment Framework is a major initiative that has the potential to significantly increase public and private investment in alternative sources of energy, energy efficiency and adaptation to climate change. As indigenous coal makes up nearly half the energy used for power generation in India, the development of demonstration projects for Carbon Capture and Storage must be a critical priority.

Fourth, the UK will be focusing on helping industrialising countries adapt to the climate change already in train as a result of industrialised countries emissions. Through the Clean Energy Investment Framework, the World Bank and Regional Development Banks, we will help developing countries in adapting to climate change.

2007 will be a critical year. Over the next 12 months, we want to promote a debate about a goal for stabilising climate change and the key building blocks of a future international framework. This must be part of the agenda at the G8 + 5 meeting of Environment Ministers in Potsdam in March, the G8 + 5 Summit in Heiligendamm in June, leading to the Gleneagles Dialogue with Energy and Environment Ministers in September.

Without greater clarity on what we are trying to achieve in the long term, it is very unlikely that our short term efforts will put us on the right path. A long term goal would guide action to tackle both emissions and the impacts of climate change. It would send a signal to the private sector who have key role in delivering low carbon technologies. It would guide planning for adaptation - critical for those developing countries that suffer from the impacts of climate change most.

If we are to make progress, we must recognise that climate change is part of a wider set of goals around economic security, energy security and national security. It will require the engagement not just of environmental ministries but heads of state, prime ministers and finance ministries.


Let me finish with one stark fact. If everyone in the world were to consume natural resources and generate carbon dioxide at the rate we do in the UK, we'd need three planets to support us. We need instead to move towards a one-planet economy and one planet living - where there is balance between what we give and what we take. And we need to so quickly. Within the next two decades, global emissions must peak and begin to decline. There are difficult issues we face and must debate. But unless we find a way to forge an international framework that delivers emissions reductions, we will face colossal humanitarian and financial damage, much of which it will be felt in the poorest nations. We cannot afford to fail.

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Make Good Choices then please David - sorry to bang again Rt Hon MP but where's our EEC3 targets ??!! I believe in the KISS principle - Keep It Simple Stupid .... watch this space folks!

And you can rest assured since taking the "one Planet" test myself I have certainly altered my lifestyle.

From Your Friend The Energy Angel

Plan A

What is Plan A?

What is Plan A?

Plan A is Marks & Spencer's five-year, 100-point plan to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing their business and our world. It will see M&S working with their customers and suppliers to combat climate change, reduce waste, safeguard natural resources, trade ethically and build a healthier nation.

Stuart Rose, M&S CEO, appeared on BBC Breakfast featured interviews with Stuart committing to investing up to £500 million to support this initiative so its not just words it will mean positive actions too - brilliant news!

Marks & Spencer say that they are doing this because it's what you, their customers, want them to do. It's also the right thing to do.

M&S arecalling it Plan A because they say that they believe it's now the only way to do business.
There is no Plan B.



Climate Change

M&S will become carbon neutral and help customers, and their suppliers, cut carbon emissions too.



M&S will stop sending waste to landfill and ensure customers don't need to throw any of their products away.

Raw Materials

Raw materials

From fish to forests, M&S will make sure their key raw materials come from the most sustainable sources possible.

Fair Partner

Fair partner

By trading fairly, M&S will improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in their supply chain and also their local communities.

Healthy Eating

M&S will continue to set good food standards, helping customers and employees across the country live a healthier lifestyle.

M&S - not just making good choices, its an M&S promise! Well done Mr Rose and I truly hope that your exciting plans really do make a difference and I congratulate you on "trumping" Terry from Tesco!

From Your Friend The Energy Angel