Tag: Climate Change Capital

Kiran Stacey

In this week’s readers’ Q&A session, James Cameron, vice chairman of Climate Change Capital, answers your questions.

In this second post, he tackles renewable heat, biofuels and carbon regulation.

Earlier, he discussed how discredited the European emissions trading scheme is and what the jump in oil prices means for renewables.

Next in the hotseat is Josh Fox, the Oscar-nominated director of the environmental film Gasland. He will be answering your questions next Friday, February 11th. Send in your questions for consideration by the end of Sunday, February 6th to energysource@ft.com.

But for now, over to James:

Kiran Stacey

In this week’s readers’ Q&A session, James Cameron, vice chairman of Climate Change Capital, answers your questions.

In the first of two posts, he discusses how discredited the European emissions trading scheme is and what the jump in oil prices means for renewables.

In the second post, published later, he will tackle renewable heat, biofuels and carbon regulation.

Next in the hotseat is Josh Fox, the Oscar-nominated director of the environmental film Gasland. He will be answering your questions next Friday, February 11th. Send in your questions for consideration by the end of Sunday, February 6th to energysource@ft.com.

But for now, over to James:

Kiran Stacey

James Cameron, one of the key advocates for carbon trading, has leapt to the defence of the beleaguered European emissions trading scheme, insisting, “We have no option but to make this work.”

The scheme has come under heavy criticism after the discovery of €30m worth of theft, which led to the suspension of the emissions trading market – at least until today. But Cameron, answering Energy Source readers’ questions, said such breaches were inevitable.

He said:

If there was no value, the thieves wouldn’t be interested. All markets contain the potential for abuse and sharp practice. If there was one in motherhood and apple pie someone would take advantage.

Kiran Stacey

Many thanks for all your questions for Ian Simm, chief executive of Impax Asset Management. His answers will appear on this site on Friday, January 28th.

Next week, the person in the hotseat will be James Cameron, vice chairman of Climate Change Capital, the investment manager specialising in carbon markets and clean tech companies.

Cameron is also one of the green industry’s most high-profile advocates, and this is your chance to ask him about everything from the carbon price to the success of the Cancun climate talks. He will have just returned from Davos, so can give an insider’s view on all the wheeling, dealing and gossip that happened there.

Email all your questions to energysource@ft.com by the end of Sunday, January 30th.

Kiran Stacey

There have already been some noises off between the UK government and the green energy industry over the green investment bank, the government’s proposed investment vehicle for funding clean energy projects. Apart from anything, many in the sector simply don’t think the £1bn promised by Chris Huhne, the energy secretary, is enough.

But another faultline opened up today at a briefing attended by both Sam Laidlaw, the chief executive of Centrica (pictured), and Huhne himself. Specifically, the pair seemed to be at odds over whether the green investment bank could be used to fund energy efficiency initiatives.

Kiran Stacey

When Chris Huhne, the UK energy secretary, announced last month that he was cancelling public funding for the Severn barrage – the massive tidal power project which was due to provide around 5 per cent of the UK’s electricity needs – it initially looked like the project was dead in the water.

But the government had left itself some wriggle room. As Sylvia Pfeifer reported at the time (italics mine):

Mr Huhne also confirmed there would be no state funding for the Severn tidal power project, saying the government did not see “a strategic case at this time for public funding”.

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