Monday, 1 November 2010

Campaign to scrap daylight saving gathers pace

David Cameron has been urged by MPs to experiment with extending British
Summer Time (BST) through the winter to save money and energy for homes and
businesses across the UK.

Tim Yeo, chairman of the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change
Committee, issued the call last week after hearing evidence from experts at
Cambridge University and National Grid.

"There is a real head of steam building up behind this proposal in
Parliament now - and it's due to be voted on in December," he said. "I am
calling on the government to launch a full-scale trial. Until we do this we
will all be in the dark about whether this idea really could help us to meet
our climate change targets without costing the taxpayer a penny."

The call throws weight behind the daylight saving bill, tabled by by
Conservative MP Rachel Harris, which is due to have its second reading on 3

Researchers at Cambridge University told the Energy and Climate Change
Committee that the UK could save up to 447,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide
emissions annually by better aligning the waking hours of the UK population
with the daylight available. Researchers said the savings would be
equivalent to taking 172,000 cars off the road.

Officials from National Grid added that the measure could potentially ease
the UK's path to producing 15 per cent of energy from renewable sources by
2020, because extending BST would flatten peak demand.

Keeping BST could reduce peak electricity demand in autumn and spring by
1GWh, the equivalent of the hourly output of a large power station, they

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