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ENERGY EFFICIENCY GAINS LOST TO TRAFFIC RISE

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Spiralling traffic growth has wiped out other gains made since Newcastle City Council published an energy strategy ...
Spiralling traffic growth has wiped out other gains made since Newcastle City Council published an energy strategy in 1992 reported the Journal (11 Nov p13).

An examination of the city's energy use from 1990-85 shows that although there were power savings in buildings industry and commerce, these were offset by a 30% rise in traffic, meaning little change in total power use and pollution.

The Powering the Sustainable City conference at Newcastle City Centre yesterday looked at the role of cities as key power users and discussed the implications of failure to curb energy appetites.

The conference examined in particular the use of combined heat and power plants. The city already has several small CHP plants but plans to guild a bigger city centre unit have been shelved because of the current low price of long-term gas contracts, the Journal reported.

Speakers at the conference included Jeremy Beecham, chairman of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities and Labour energy spokesman John Battle.
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