WITH THE BALI negotiations, German presidency of the EU and a change of leadership in the UK, 2007 promised to be an important year for environmental policy. However, while media attention focused on sound bites given by ministers and the spectacle of multilateral negotiations, the successful defence of the so-called Merton Rule proved to be the most significant event of 2007 when it came to UK policy on climate change.

The Merton Rule takes its name from the London Borough of Merton, which in 2005 imposed a rule that 10% of the predicted energy use of new buildings must be sourced from on-site ...


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