Contents this month
Recently, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development
(WBCSD) conducted a consultation on an initiative they are leading
called ‘energy efficiency in buildings’. This initiative, which
has drawn considerable coverage in the press, aims to contribute
to achieving a vision of ‘a world where buildings consume zero
net energy’. The project will comprise three phases, each producing
reports that together will form a roadmap to transform the building
industry. The results of the first session of the consultation
are expected to be available by the end of January.
As the process for consulting and reporting on the possible end
uses for Sizewell A draws to a close the Sizewell A + B Stakeholder
Group is gearing up to prepare its recommendations on ‘end
Interestingly enough, there was a strong feeling for which ‘end
use’ would be most supported for the Sizewell A site once
it has been decommissioned: Recreational and Nature Conservation.
However, there were also a lot of interesting suggestions that
came up for alternative ‘end uses’ including a water
desalinisation plant, prison/detention centre, an incinerator,
and leisure facilities like a ski slope, water theme park or a
pier/marina. Almost 60 submissions stated they would support a
new station on the Sizewell A site and 24 submissions stated they
would support alternative energy on the site but not a business
The results hope to outline the similarities and differences between
the opinions of respondents according to whether they live close
to the site or not, and also whether they or a family member work
there or not.
The detailed results are expected to be available shortly via
the consultation website.