Wednesday, 21 December 2016
Friday, 18 November 2016
We have 107 card carrying members. We have monthly Assemblies and Organising Committee meetings.
2. Since the last RCN National Forum on 17.9.16
a) RIC-Edinburgh Assemblies
i) 28th September - Universal Income.
About 25 people had been in attendance. The talk was led off by Ben Wray from Common Space. It was agreed that the discussions had gone very well.
For fuller report see http://radicalindyedinburgh.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/ric-edinburgh-meeting-28916-universal_7.html
ii) 26th October - Sustainable Energy for Scotland
27 people attended. The meeting was chaired by David Somervell (Sustainability Adviser to Edinburgh University. Mark Ruskell (Green MSP) sent his apologies and Nick Gotts (Green Party) stepped in, along with Penny Cole (Broad Alliance Against Unconventional Gas Extraction) and Callum Macleod (Our Forth - Portobello). This was followed by a good discussion.
For fuller report see http://radicalindyedinburgh.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/ric-edinburgh-meeting-261016.html
iii) Next Assemblies - 30th November - Campaigning Against the Arms Trade
Melanie Scott of the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (will lead off and Anne Scott from Women's International League for Peace and Freedom will facilitate.
Wednesday January 18th - Putting Women's Rights at the Heart of the Independence Campaign
Emma Ritch - Engender as agreed to speak. Pat to contact Basia Mindewicz (RAZEM- Poland) and Pete to try again to contact Grainne Griifin - Repeal the 8 Campaign - Ireland). Sally Wainwright to be asked to facilitate.
b) Activities RIC-Edinburgh has been involved in since last National Forum
i) Saturday, September 24th - 'Yes' Craigmillar March and Rally,
Hundreds gathered at the Craigmillar Library and the march was led off by apiper, Ryan Randall and followed by the Yes Bikers. It was loud and lively. RIC Edinburgh were there with the Banner. At the Jewel Miners Club Jim Sillars, Lee-Anne Menzies and Robin McAlpine spoke to a packed room. The event ended with music. A great event.
ii) October 8th - Report of the World Justice Festival
The new RIC -Edinburgh banner got its first outing at the Migrants Gathering.
iii) November 10th - Protest against outside Scottish Parliament against Erdogan's jailing of the parliamentary opposition and suppression of the Kurds.
RIC banner was taken.
iv) Future actions to be supported - Saturday, November 26th - Cineworld, Fountain Park, 10.30 - 13.30
I Daniel Blake film screening with Paul Laverty followed by questions and answers.
Allan Armstrong, 9.11.16
Tuesday, 8 November 2016
27 people attended. The meeting was chaired by David Somervell (Sustainability Adviser to Edinburgh University. Mark Ruskell (Green MSP) sent his apologies and Nick Gott (Green Party) stepped in, along with Penny Cole (Broad Alliance Against Unconventional Gas Extraction) and Callum Macleod (Our Forth - Portobello).
1. Presentation by Nick Gotts
(RIC Edinburgh, Scottish Green Party Policy Committee and Energy Policy Review Group)
Renewable Energy for Scotland, and the Scottish Green Party
Disclaimer – I’m a late stand-in for Mark Ruskell MSP, and I’m not speaking for the Scottish Green Party, just giving some basic facts plus some of my own views.
• Current energy consumption and near-future trends in Scotland
• Current Scottish Green Party energy policy (and what needs changing)
• Greenhouse gases, Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW), ocean acidification
• Need for secure, affordable energy for all (35% of Scottish households are fuel-poor)
• Climate Change Act (Scotland) 2009
• Paris agreement enters into force in November: fine aspirations, very weak on action
• New Scottish Government Energy Strategy: 14 new pieces of legislation planned
• New Climate Bill at Holyrood:
– Draft Climate Change Plan “3rd Report on Policy and Proposals”, January 2017
– Consultation March-April 2017
– Bill “later in this Parliament”
Current (2013) Energy Production and Consumption in Scotland
– 88% oil and gas
– 73% of all primary energy exported
– 144 TWh in total – down 14.1% from 2005-7 (target was 12% down by 2020, but…)
– 21% electricity, 54% heat, 25% transport
– Excluding transport:
• 41% of energy use is domestic
• 59% is industrial/commercial
Renewable Shares and 2020 Targets
2014 share 2020 Target
Electricity 49.6% 100%
Heat 2.7% 11%
Transport 3.9% 0%
Total 13.1% 20%
Non-renewable electricity sources
• The majority of this is from the nuclear power stations at Hunterston and Torness.
– These are beyond their designed lifespan, and are not likely to last more than another 10 years.
– They have to be run at full power to be efficient
• The other big contribution is from the gas-fired power station at Peterhead
• The last Scottish coal-fired power station, Longannet, closed in 2016
Renewable Electricity Sources
Total 2015 Renewable Electricity Output 21,760 GwH, made up as follows:
• Wind 13,899 GwH
• Hydro 5806 GwH
• Biomass 1866 GwH, consisting of:
– Landfill gas 503 GwH
– Sewage sludge digestion 26 GwH
– Other biomass 1337 GwH
• Solar Photovoltaic 187 GwH
• Marine (wave/tidal) 2 GwH
Source: DECC Energy Trends section 6, table ET_1.xls
Current Scottish Green Party Energy Policy:
We believe that sustainable energy policy should provide due regard to the total environmental, social and economic impact both on todayʼs generation and generations to come. All people should have fair access to the energy they need to meet their basic requirements, whilst minimising the negative environmental impacts of energy provision and maximising employment in the green economy. To achieve this, we will reduce Scotlandʼs overall demand for energy to a sustainable level, and will obtain that energy from an integrated mix of non-polluting, renewable sources. Support will be provided to develop renewable electricity and renewable fuel for heating and transport, both nationally and for use within homes and communities.
Source: Policy Reference Document 2016-06-06
Current Scottish Green Party Energy Policy: Main Points (1)
• Strategic Energy Agency, and Strategic Plan of Resources
• Reducing demand
• Energy rationing: cap-and-trade system
• Ending fuel poverty:
– National Retrofit Strategy,
– living wage, citizen’s income, reformed tariffs
– tight regulation of suppliers
– smart meters
Current Scottish Green Party Energy Policy: Main Points (2)
• Replacing fossil fuels:
– renewable energy targets based on SEA
– redirection of funding from nuclear into R&D for renewables especially transport and heat
– Green Investment Bank
– Bans on fracking, underground coal gasification, coal-bed methane
– Moratorium on opencast coal (sustainable jobs needed for sustainable communities), new oilfields
• Decentralised and public supply network
– Maximum local control, reform of planning system
– Reduction of transmission losses
• Continued export of electricity
Current Scottish Green Party Energy Policy: Main Points (3)
• Phase out nuclear a.s.a.p.
• No incineration of waste for power
• No biofuels for transport
• Reducing oil dependency
– (Moratorium on new oil fields)
– Work toward Zero Oil Import Target
– Depletion protocol
Scottish Green Party Energy Policy – Main Gaps
• Just Transition
– 2016 manifesto promise to create 200,000 jobs in “sustainable industries”
– Briefly mentioned in PRD under “Workers’ Rights”
– Not discussed under “Energy”
• Specifics on how and when fossil fuel use will be reduced:
– Especially considering nuclear phase-out
– Intermittency of many renewable sources
– Need to replace gas-fired heating of buildings
– Need to replace petrol and diesel in road transport
• Returning energy generation to public/community ownership
• Behaviour change
Future Renewables: Electricity
• Onshore wind is still growing fastest
• Offshore wind, wave and tidal, biomass all have huge potential
• However, intermittency is the key problem
– Storage: pumped hydro, batteries (including domestic, electric cars), other technologies
– Larger and smarter grids
– Demand management (domestic and industrial)
Future Renewables: Heat and Transport
– Better insulation
– Combined heat and power
– Switch to electric heating
– Electric vehicles
– P2G, artificial photosynthesis?