03 Sep '12, 7am

Chief scientist issues warning over DECC budget cuts

A new report by the government's chief scientific adviser Sir John Beddington has warned that substantial budget cuts to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) could derail efforts to develop the new clean technologies required to decarbonise the energy sector. The Government Office for Science published a report last week from a panel of independent experts led by Beddington examining DECC's use of science and analysis throughout its operations. FURTHER READING Better Place bags €40m European Investment Bank loan TSB launches £1.25m search for energy-efficient computers According to the report, a large proportion of DECC's budget is spent on areas where science has a role to play. Around half, £2bn a year, goes to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, while another £1bn will be spent on the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) demonstration programme. A further £...

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