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No. 2 – India Taps Solar and Storage: echoes in UK

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India’s Government plans to invest $ 2.5 billion in solar & storage to get 300 million of its 11.3 billion people onto the grid by 2018. Meanwhile, plans are already in negotiation with Australian Government to import more coal, as the cheapest form of fuel for the poor. If Solar & Battery Storage technologies continue to advance on their current trajectory, they will undercut coal by end of the decade. Carbon dioxide emissions would then be reduced by 10%

In the U.K. the cost of Solar Power has reduced by 40% 2012 ( KPMG)  Energy experts argue that technological advances will soon make it as cheap as Fossil Fuel. There needs to be a transition away from centralised power generation, it is argued .

E.g. Nissan investment in Electric cars & Storage Battery technologies.

And note that the cost of the delayed Hinckley Point Nuclear Reactor may rise by  £ £21 bn.


Unearthed – Greenpeace – HERE

Alan Tovey Daily Telegraph Business Editor 15 May 2016 – HERE

TERI : Energy & Resource Institute. New Delhi –  HERE

Guardian 4 May 2017 Nissan investments Home Batteries – HERE

Melanie Klein Labour Party Conference 2017 International speaker – HERE

Photo – India Energy Storage Alliance – HERE


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No. 1 – Overseas Aid

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For every £100 made in U.K, 70p goes to make the Foreign Aid budget.

2013 first time UK achieved UN target of 0.7% of GNP (Gross National Product)

2015 UN target as U.K. law.  Government can’t be taken to court but Minister must report to Parliament on any infringement. 

Debate on efficacy of Aid:

  • £21.2 billion is 4 or 5 times shortfall costs of Care provision in U.K. in one estimate 
  • £21.1 billion is a bit less per household of cost of food thrown away, in another estimate 


 *Info. From FULL FACTS : independent fact finding charity HERE

 * Informative read. “Aid on the Edge of Chaos” Ben Ramalingham  pub. 2013 

ALNAP :  Strengthening humanitarian action through evaluation & learning. Hosted by Overseas Development Institute.

Picture acknowledgement – The Guardian (15/4/16) A woman herds her animals past the carcasses of livestock that died due to the drought in Somaliland. Photograph: Feisal Omar/Reuters

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