Tuesday, 26 October 2010

MPs could call time on 'energy-sapping' GMT

MPs will this week consider whether keeping British Summer Time (BST)
throughout the winter and putting the clocks forward an additional hour in
summer would drastically reduce the UK's energy use.

Campaign groups have long claimed that extending BST through the winter,
rather than falling back to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), would result in lower
bills as homes and businesses use less
business energy when evenings are

A study published earlier this year also found that about 447,000 tonnes of
CO2 emissions would have been saved if the clocks were not put back each
year between 2001 and 2008, equating to electricity savings of 885GWh -
enough to supply 200,000 households - and a reduction in peak demand of 4.3
per cent.

On Thursday the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECCC) will hear
evidence from the lead researcher of that study, Dr Elizabeth Garnsey of
Cambridge University's Department of Engineering. The hearing comes just
days before the UK once again resets to GMT.


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