Carbon emissions have risen at most of the UK\’s universities over the past five years, a new league table published by the Guardian reveals, prompting concern that institutions will fail to meet strict targets for reductions by 2020.
According to milestones set in the higher education sector\’s carbon reduction strategy, a maximum increase in emissions between 2005 and 2012 of 1% would be allowable to keep it on track to meet the 2020 target.
People & Planet\’s climate campaigns and communications manager, Louise Hazan, said: \”The planning is there, the policy is there, to a certain extent the resourcing is there, but the performance is just lagging behind. On current trends the sector is nowhere near reaching the emissions cuts required of all public sectors by the Climate Change Act.\”
Can we just shoot these twats now please?
No, we really do not need an ever expanding list of people with clipboards devising plans, policies, delivering resources and measuring performance. They should fuck off and so something useful like wipe babies\’ bottoms.
We do not want to have a committee for universities, one for vocational schools, one for secondaries, for primaries, a team measuring the methane output of the sure start centres.
We want and need just one simple system that forces all to look at emissions.
All enterprises, whether for profit, public sector, private, have exactly the same issues: what are the emissions from running the buildings? So we want just one simple scheme that looks at reducing emissions from buildings. Similarly, the transport sector, the farming, industry itself and so on.
That simple scheme is and should be a straight carbon tax. Use the damn price system in what price systems are good at: providing the incentives for people to change their behaviour.
Stick that $80, that $120 a tonne CO2-e on everything and fire, hang or shoot the bureaucrats. And lower other taxes by the amount you\’ve raised.
You know it makes sense.