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Scientific Alliance Position

We believe that how people live and travel is an important area for which there is no simple “best” solution. We support the development of new building methods and design which can improve energy efficiency and enhance quality of life, but people’s needs should not necessarily be given second priority behind environmental considerations. The need or urge to travel cannot easily be denied, and rational alternative ways to fulfil it should be sought as far as possible. Given the transition from a society dependent largely on horse-drawn transport in the early part of the 20th Century to one where the internal combustion engine dominates a hundred years later, it is inconceivable that a further century will not see a radical change in transport systems.

Current Issues


Future costs of UK energy supply

The Scientific Alliance recently published part 1 of an examination of National Grid's Future Energy Scenarios, dealing with security of supply. We are now pleased to publish part 2 - cost of supply. The authors - Dr Capell Aris and Colin Gibson - conclude that building more gas and nuclear stations would be considerably less expensive than any of the NG scenarios, as well as offering better energy security.

What's New

14 October 2016: Read the new report by Dr Capell Aris, published jointly with the Adam Smith Institute - Solar power in Britain: the Impossible Dream