Results 1–20 of 687 for speaker:Baroness Sheehan

Climate Risk Models - Question (25 Jan 2024)

Baroness Sheehan: My Lords, I think I heard the Minister say that the next round of the climate biennial exploratory scenarios needs to accommodate disruptive climate events in the 2020s and take account of the revised scientific consensus about the speed—that is the key word—with which adverse climatic events are being observed and new emerging evidence since the 2021 report. Will the Government ask the...

Global Heating - Question for Short Debate (18 Jan 2024)

Baroness Sheehan: To ask His Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of recent reports that global heating is likely to pass the 1.5-degree Celsius threshold this year, and how they intend to cooperate with international partners to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Global Heating - Question for Short Debate (18 Jan 2024)

Baroness Sheehan: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who will be contributing to this debate; their participation is much appreciated. I also draw attention to my role as a director of Peers for the Planet and to the excellent briefing produced by it for this debate, entitled Why UK Action Matters. My own contribution will focus primarily on the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, its significance, and why breaching it...

Climate Change: Impact on Developing Nations - Motion to Take Note (11 Jan 2024)

Baroness Sheehan: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Earl; I always find myself in agreement with him. I pay tribute to the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Winchester for his commendable maiden speech. I add my thanks to my noble friend Lady Northover for securing this important and timely debate. Time is short so I am grateful to her for laying out the issues so comprehensively. I associate...

Limiting Global Temperature Increase - Question (13 Dec 2023)

Baroness Sheehan: My Lords, the agreed wording of COP 28 in the small hours of this morning does not go far enough, given that scientific consensus is strongly in favour of a phase-out of fossil fuels. Nevertheless, this is what we have signed up to. Can the Minister say whether the Government will publish a plan to say how they will meet our commitment to “Transitioning away from fossil fuels in energy...

Hydrogen Heating - Question (11 Dec 2023)

Baroness Sheehan: To ask His Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the finding of the National Infrastructure Commission that there is no public policy case for hydrogen heating, set out in the Second National Infrastructure Assessment published in October.

Hydrogen Heating - Question (11 Dec 2023)

Baroness Sheehan: I thank the Minister for his reply. My first question is about the residents of Redcar. Their council leader has written to the Secretary of State to say that they do not want a hydrogen heating trial. Am I correct in saying that they will be allowed to follow the residents of Whitby and veto the proposal? After all, the Minister himself has said as much from the Dispatch Box. Secondly, what...

Climate Change: Phasing Out Fossil Fuels - Question ( 6 Dec 2023)

Baroness Sheehan: My Lords, in his COP 28 speech, the Prime Minister referenced the 48% reduction in UK territorial emissions, but he did not refer to the consumption emissions related to goods made outside the UK. One tool for addressing emissions leakage is via effective carbon pricing, so can the Minister tell the House when the Government will publish their response to their consultation on measures to...

Ukraine - Commons Urgent Question (28 Nov 2023)

Baroness Sheehan: My Lords, I declare an interest in that I am hosting a Ukrainian refugee family through the Homes for Ukraine scheme. The scheme was originally for two years, and I believe it started last April. What are the Government’s plans for renewing this scheme or replacing it with something else when it expires next April?

Climate Change: Aims for COP 28 - Question (28 Nov 2023)

Baroness Sheehan: My Lords, we get quite a lot of our gas from the UAE. What assessment have our Government made of the pollution caused by the flaring and venting of methane by that state?

Biomass Strategy 2023: Cross Sectoral Sustainability Framework - Question (15 Nov 2023)

Baroness Sheehan: My Lords, I declare at the outset that I have a biomass boiler, which came with the house I live in—but, honestly, we are trying to get rid of it. It takes trees between 44 and 115 years for sequestration of carbon. The lower estimate takes us well beyond 2050, the upper beyond the lives of anyone born today. So clearly biomass is not renewable within the timeframe needed to tackle climate...

Biomass Strategy 2023: Cross Sectoral Sustainability Framework - Question (15 Nov 2023)

Baroness Sheehan: Does the Minister agree that trees decompose only once they are felled?

King’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (13 Nov 2023)

Baroness Sheehan: My Lords, it is a pleasure to open day three of the debate on the gracious Speech from these Benches. I will be concentrating the bulk of my remarks on energy measures and will address the environment to some extent—climate change and nature being two sides of the same coin. I will restrict my remarks in the comfort and knowledge that noble friends following me are far better qualified than...

Israel/Gaza - Motion to Take Note (24 Oct 2023)

Baroness Sheehan: Salaam alaikum. My Lords, I was in my early teens in a classroom when I learned of the horrors that Jewish people had suffered during the Second World War. I remember the moment well. What made a deep impression was the realisation that it was not ancient history; that it had happened only a few short years before, and that there were people alive who had endured the Holocaust, and people...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Deep Sea Mining ( 3 Oct 2023)

Baroness Sheehan: To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Mott on 13 September (HL Deb col 1011), what assessment they have made of the case for imposing a moratorium on all deep sea mining as part their “precautionary and conditional” approach to that policy area.

Deep Seabed Mining - Question (13 Sep 2023)

Baroness Sheehan: My Lords, there is huge opposition to deep sea mining from scientists, relevant experts, world-leading businesses and financial institutions representing over €3.3 trillion in combined assets—and, added to that, 73% of the UK public, as reported recently by ICM Unlimited. Will the Government join France, Germany, Canada and other states in calling for a moratorium on deep sea mining? Let...

Offshore Wind - Private Notice Question (11 Sep 2023)

Baroness Sheehan: My Lords, it is unacceptable that last week’s offshore wind auction was a failure because of the Government’s insistence on an unrealistic strike price, yet we remain none the wiser about the cost of another source of electricity—nuclear energy. The cost of Sizewell C’s electricity remains shrouded in secrecy. The only thing we can be sure of is that it will be exceedingly expensive....

Nuclear Energy - Motion to Take Note ( 7 Sep 2023)

Baroness Sheehan: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Howell of Guildford, for tabling this really important debate and for his very balanced introduction. It is always a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Liddle. I may not agree with his support for nuclear, but I now understand where it is coming from. When I looked down the list of speakers for this debate, I feared that I would be in a minority of...


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