Media coverage of report launch

Caroline Lucas MP

Caroline Lucas MP

TEQs would provide the fair and transparent system we believe is needed to reduce energy demand, and give each person a direct connection to the carbon emissions associated with their lifestyle. It would guarantee that the UK's targeted carbon reductions are actually achieved while ensuring fair shares of available energy.

Caroline Lucas MP, former leader of the Green Party

Colin Challen

A concept of brilliant simplicity, offering a predictable and orderly reduction of greenhouse gas emissions year-on-year, with flexibility in an enclosed system, independent of taxation and providing complete transparency between goals and delivery.

Colin Challen, Founder Chairman, All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change

Jeremy Leggett

Jeremy Leggett

What I like about TEQs is the fairness of it. When the energy crunch hits us, it will behove government and industry to ensure equitable access to available energy, within a national budget. TEQs is a route to synergistic efforts of the kind we will need if we are to mobilise the infrastructure of a zero-carbon future fast, under pressure. It would increase the chances of working our way through the grim times to renaissance-through-resilience.

Jeremy Leggett, author, and Chairman of Solarcentury - a member company of the UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil & Energy Security

Tim Yeo MP

Tim Yeo MP

I firmly believe that tradable personal carbon allowances could make a big contribution to reducing energy consumption and therefore carbon emissions in Britain. I also believe that it is extremely urgent for Britain, and all developed countries, to move away from a fossil fuel-based economy as quickly as possible.

Tim Yeo MP, Chairman, House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Select Committee

Lord Smith of Finsbury

Lord Smith of Finsbury

Rationing is the fairest and most effective way of meeting Britain's legally binding targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Lord Smith of Finsbury, Chairman, Environment Agency

John Hemming MP

John Hemming MP

We urgently need to have a system in place to mitigate the economic and social consequences of peak oil. I believe TEQs provide the fairest and most productive way to deal with the oil crisis and to simultaneously guarantee reductions in fossil fuel use to meet climate change targets.

John Hemming MP, Chairman, All Party Parliamentary Group on Peak Oil

Rob Hopkins

Rob Hopkins

A watertight proposal that deserves to be spread as widely as possible, as it is an idea of its time. Take the time to read and understand this mechanism thoroughly. New situations require fresh thinking.

Rob Hopkins, co-founder of the Transition Towns movement

Jonathon Porritt

Jonathon Porritt

This eloquently presented proposal merits very serious consideration by all political parties. There remains an undeniable gap between the current policy mix and what we actually need to do urgently both to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and to avoid the potentially devastating consequences of declining fossil fuels. TEQs offer significant policy advantages in addressing both those pressing imperatives.

Sir Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director, Forum for the Future

David Fleming

Large-scale problems do not require large-scale solutions. They require small-scale solutions within a large-scale framework.

David Fleming (1940-2010), inventor of TEQs

Shaun Chamberlin

Shaun Chamberlin

The Government pre-feasibility study into TEQs in 2008 described the system as "ahead of its time" and pledged to consider implementation if further research changed the likely cost or value of carbon savings. The 2011 All Party Parliamentary report demonstrated conclusively that this condition has been met, drawing on work by the Institute for Public Policy Research, the Centre for Sustainable Energy and the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee. The time for action is long overdue.

Shaun Chamberlin, author of The Transition Timeline, and Managing Director of The Fleming Policy Centre

Media coverage

Tradable Energy Quotas: A policy framework for peak oil and climate changeThe Oil Drum, 24 January

John Hemming MP interviewed on Simon Mayo’s “Drivetime” show (audio)BBC Radio 2, 24 January

Now they want to ration petrolDaily Mail, 24 January

Driver Fury at Petrol Ration PlanDaily Express, 24 January

Prepare for the return of rationingThe Sunday Times, 23 January

Energy rationing would give ‘common purpose’ in cutting carbon emissionsThe Ecologist, 19 January

MPs urged to ration fuel or miss carbon emissions targetsBusinessGreen, 19 January

Will smart energy future require rationing?Greenbang, 19 January

Parliamentary group advocates ‘energy rationing’Low Carbon Economy, 19 January

Brits Ponder Fuel RationingTime Magazine, 18 January

TEQ backers predict fuel and energy rationing by 2020 (also see poll on TEQs) –, 18 January

Quotas ‘would tackle fuel poverty’UK Press Association, 18 January

UK lawmakers call for energy rationing with personal fuel quotasClick Green, 18 January

UK could need fuel rationing before 2020, warns reportEnergy Efficiency News, 18 January

British lawmakers propose energy rationingFinancial Times, 18 January

Report calls for energy rationing within the decadeGreenWise Business, 18 January

TEQs: A policy framework for peak oil and climate changeEnergy Bulletin, 18 January

Fuel Rationing in U.K. Needed by 2020 to Cut CO2 Emissions, Lawmakers SayBloomberg News, 18 January

Shaun Chamberlin interviewed on “Wake Up To Money” show (audio)BBC Radio 5 Live, 18 January


The Peak Oil Crisis: Tradable Energy QuotasFalls Church News-Press – 26 January

Tradable Energy Quotas launched in the House of CommonsTransition Culture, 24 January

Tradable Energy Quotas – real green shoots of recovery?Jon Barrett, 24 January

Petrol rationing loomsThe Economic Voice, 24 January

If Britain Starts Fuel Rationing, Could U.S. Be Next?Countercurrents, 22 January

Life, Liberty, And the Pursuit Of the kWh.plaid, 21 January

Could energy rationing be introduced in the UK?uSwitch, 21 January

Energy consumption charge proposals ‘unfair on low-income households’incahoot, 21 January

Tradeable Energy Quotas: Rational Action?SustainAbility, 20 January

Global warming: a threat akin to Nazism?Elizabeth Royte, 20 January

Carbon and the common good: values in green policyClimate Safety, 19 January

Can the UK lead the world in energy rationing?Dharma, 19 January

Could We See Fuel Rationing by 2020?TreeHugger, 19 January

With Fuel Rationing On The Way, Can IT Help?eWeek Europe, 19 January

TEQs: UK Gov’t Tradable Energy QuotasEcological Sociology, 18 January

Parliamentary report: Fuel rationing may be necessary by 2020Make Wealth History, 18 January

Fuel rationing “could be necessary before 2020” says report – and we need Green Party policy to solve the problemGreen Party, 18 January

Video from the launch event
January 18th 2011, Houses of Parliament