Labour, tens years on from the Climate Change Act

Bryn Kewley is advisor to Labour's Minister for Energy & Climate Change. He is a member of the SERA executive and tweets at @BrynKewley This article was originally printed in SERA's magazine New Ground, exclusive to SERA members.   Continue reading

Time to wake up! Global emissions are still rising and the government remains complacent

Barry Gardiner is Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Minister for International Climate Change. He is Labour MP for Brent North and tweets at @BarryGardiner. Barry's article originally featured in SERA's New Ground magazine exclusively to SERA members.  Continue reading

"The rise of electromobility is an absolute priority for cleaning our dirty air. Frankly, a No Dear or Hard brexit is a clear and present danger to our work" - Oxford City Council's Environment lead

Oxford City's Environment Lead Cllr Tom Hayes on EV's, British car manufacturing and Brexit. He argues it is critical that the UK has unfettered and permanent single market and customs union access, unhindered trade opportunities worldwide, and a means to recruit the very best overseas talent. That’s crucial for the 160,000-strong workforce that make up British car-making and last year exported 8 in 10 of the 1.7m cars manufactured. 5 in 10 of all UK-built vehicles were shipped to the EU—our biggest single trading region. Oxford's Labour Lord Mayor and Cllr Tom Hayes at Oxford's Electric Vehicle Summit Continue reading

Casting net zero: Why ambitious environmentalism and 'greensian economics' will benefit us all

Jake Sumner, Co-Chair of SERA calls on Labour to lead on the environment explaining there is a compelling positive case for ambitious environmentalism. This article originally featured in SERA's Winter 2018 New Ground magazine Continue reading

The Fracking Obvious

Tom Anderton is a SERA Executive Member. Here he writes on fracking. "In the shadow of the IPCC's warning that we have 12 years to avoid catastrophic climate change, it's never been clearer that we shouldn't be locking ourselves into a new fossil fuel industry".  Continue reading

Our response to climate change will define us for generations to come

Anna McMorrin MP is the Labour MP for Cardiff North and a former adviser to the Welsh Government. She's written for SERA on her trip to the Arctic with the Environment Audit Committee, where she witnessed the melting sea and land ice and increased rainfall due to 1 degree of global warming. Anna's article originally featured in SERA's Winter 2018 edition of New Ground.   Continue reading

Get aboard the hydrogen future

Mike Muldoon, Head of Business Development at Alstom UK & Ireland writes about moving the rail sector more quickly to a zero-carbon and clean air future by using the tried and tested technology - hydrogen. The technology enables trains to simply emit pure water. This article originally appeared in SERA's Winter 2018 edition of New Ground.  Continue reading

SERA supports a People's Vote

At SERA's AGM in January, a motion was passed by our membership which recognised the threat Brexit poses to the UK's environmental laws, enforcement of rights and international commitments to climate change, and backed a People's Vote and Labour campaigning to remain in the EU. Following the passing of this motion the SERA executive have written this public letter to Jeremy Corbyn.  Continue reading

Cleaning up our dirty air is nothing if not a shared endeavour. So any plan to do this must involve everyone who has a hand in creating the pollution

Environment cabinet member in Camden, Adam Harrison on the borough's clean air plans. The council are looking for your views and ideas and urge as many as possible to take part in their consultation. He tweets at @AdamDKHarrison Continue reading

Catching Up with South Tyneside SERA

Leader of South Tyneside Council writes on how working closely with South Tyneside SERA, the Labour Council is delivering on a range of ambitious green projects including carbon negative social housing, the planting of new trees and multi million pound energy efficiency measures. Continue reading

Many ‘Roads to Zero’: Local authorities can reap the rewards of the electric vehicle transition

An artist's impression of a Pivot Power battery site   By Martin Cole, Head of Planning at Pivot Power Continue reading

Plans for Zero Emission Zone in Oxford race ahead in bid to cut emissions

Cllr Tom Hayes, Executive Board member for a Safer & Greener Environment at Oxford City Council writes on Oxford's updated plans for a Zero Emissions Zone. Tom joined our panel on clean air at Labour conference 2018, you can watch it on YouTube here Continue reading