At the party’s Autumn Conference Fringe, we held yet another well-attended panel discussion on technical issues of recent topical interest. On this occasion, we were privileged to hear from Sir Ed Davey, former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and Luke Warren of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association.
Supplying electricity at a fixed price can have damaging consequences: there must be enough power to meet peak demand, typically early evenings on winter weekdays. Always meeting demand is made harder by weather-dependent intermittent renewables, such as wind and solar. During summer weekends, demand might even be less than the available low carbon, low running cost, generation. […]
Campaigners and other participants in politics often advocate the importance of respect for evidence and expertise in policymaking. This is particularly true in the arena of science policy where past and existing policies, from flood mitigation to tackling bovine TB to drugs policy, have been roundly criticised for ignoring the best available evidence. So what […]
This autumn conference in Glasgow, Aldes is teaming up with the Chinese Liberal Democrats to run a discussion panel on the challenges and opportunities for the UK’s research sector in working with – or having to compete with – the rapid growth of China’s science and technology industry. China now invests over 1.98% of its […]
In response to a request from Liberal Democrats likely to be affected by fracking operations, Aldes members have written a position paper on the subject. It looks at the subject from the viewpoint of residents affected by the operations, as well as that of the government, and it attempts a global viewpoint as well. There […]
This document is Aldes’s contribution to the Liberal Democrat Policy Consultation Paper 109: “Transition to a Zero Carbon Britain”. The policy paper itself is to be presented to Conference in Sept 2013. We have suggested a format for the final document and have written articles about several policy areas. This is by no means a comprehensive treatment of the subject – this would require more time and resource than Aldes currently has available but it, hopefully, will contribute usefully to the final policy document.
Dr Adrian Ely Adrian Ely is a Lecturer at SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Sussex, UK and Head of Impact and Engagement at the ESRC STEPS Centre (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability). Adrian previously convened the project Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto, which engaged colleagues at […]
The Liberal Democrats are currently calling for contributions to Consultation Paper 109: Transition to a Zero Carbon Britain. The introduction to the paper, which was drafted by a working group appointed by the Federal Policy Committee and chaired by Neil Stockley, reads: The Federal Policy Committee has […] commissioned new policy work on ‘The Transition […]
Dr Jenny Woods moves the amendment to the Civil Liberties motion at the Lib Dem Spring Conference in Gateshead.
The guest speakers for the Aldes Spring Fringe 2012 are Professor Sir Martin Sweeting from Surrey Satellite Technology and Richard Peckham from Astrium.