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Monday 15 September 2014

Energy

Renewables information 2014: with 2013 data.

Corporate Author:
International Energy Agency

Renewables Information provides a comprehensive review of historical and current market trends in OECD countries, including 2013 preliminary data. An Introduction, notes, definitions and auxiliary information are provided in Part I. Part II of the publication provides an overview of the development of renewables and waste in the world over the 1990 to 2012 period. A greater focus is given to the OECD countries with a review of electricity generation and capacity from renewable and waste energy sources. Part III of the publication provides a corresponding statistical overview of developments in the world and OECD renewable and waste market. Part IV provides, in tabular form, a more detailed and comprehensive picture of developments for renewable and waste energy sources for the 34 OECD member countries, including 2013 preliminary data. It encompasses energy indicators, generating capacity, electricity and heat production from renewable and waste sources, as well as production and consumption of renewables and waste.

  • ISBN: 9789264216914
  • 99.00
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Energy

Energy balances of non-OECD countries. 2014 ed.

Corporate Author:
International Energy Agency

This volume contains data for 2011 and 2012 on the supply and consumption of coal, oil, natural gas, electricity, heat, renewables and waste presented as comprehensive energy balances. Data are expressed in thousand tonnes of oil equivalent for over 100 non-OECD countries. Historical tables summarise production, trade and final consumption data as well as key energy and economic indicators. These tables also include preliminary estimates of 2013 production (and trade when available) for natural gas, primary coal and oil. This book includes definitions of products and flows, explanatory notes on the individual country data and conversion factors from original units to energy units. More detailed data in original units are published in the 2014 edition of Energy Statistics of Non-OECD Countries, the sister volume of this publication.

  • ISBN: 9789264217072
  • 108.00
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Natural gas information 2014: with 2013 data.

Corporate Author:
International Energy Agency

This detailed reference work on gas supply and demand covers not only OECD countries but also the rest of the world. It contains essential information on LNG and pipeline trade, gas reserves, storage capacity and prices. The main part of the book, however, concentrates on OECD countries, showing a detailed gas supply and demand balance for each individual country and for the three OECD regions, as well as a breakdown of gas consumption by end-user. Import and export data are reported by source and destination.

  • ISBN: 9789264217058
  • 148.00
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Environment

Sustainability in the Home Office: fourth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 222.
Corporate Author:
Environmental Audit Committee
Author:
Joan Walley (chair)

This report assesses the Government's progress in embedding sustainable development in the Home Office. It follows on from a similar inquiry last year on Sustainability in BIS. The Home Office appears to be on track to meet the Government's sustainable operations targets for departments, in part by reducing the size of its estate, but also by effective use of payment-by-result contracts. It has achieved the reductions set for water, paper and waste. It is making good progress on reducing carbon emissions, despite emissions from travel increasing significantly. The Home Office uses a 'CAESER' tool to highlight sustainability to suppliers and encourage them to improve their performance. The Government should widely adopt this tool for all major suppliers. The Home Office needs to ensure that all contracts include specific sustainability criteria and that performance on these is actively monitored and managed. It should address energy efficiency in its contracts for asylum accommodation. Crime prevention is an important part of sustainable policing, as it reduces future social and environmental costs. Whilst the Home Office is taking steps to understand the carbon impact of crime, the Government's policies to remove housing design standards risk less sustainable outcomes. It should ensure that the full environmental and social costs of such decisions are analyzed in policy appraisal. The Government has led international efforts to tackle wildlife crime. It needs to commit long-term funding for these efforts, and further improve the quality of data on recorded and reported offences.

  • ISBN: 9780215075925
  • 9.00
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Finance

Local Government funding: assurance to Parliament: thirteenth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 456.
Corporate Author:
Committee of Public Accounts
Author:
Margaret Hodge (chairman)

The Department for Communities and Local Government has increased flexibility for local government spending. Local authorities are now more able to use government funding according to local priorities. However, the Department cannot be sure that the local accountability system is ensuring that local authorities are achieving value for money with their funding. There is a particular gap in assurance for 2.8 billion of 'targeted' grants, where departments expect local authorities to spend funding on a specific activity, but do not then monitor whether they do. This gap includes grants targeted at local welfare provision and transport improvement schemes. Additionally, the Department is placing an increasing onus on residents and councillors to scrutinise local authority decisions, but there is a risk that the quality and accessibility of data is insufficient, while councillors may not always have the skills or time to fulfil this role. Where departments now fund local services through cross-border and multi-agency organisations, such as Local Enterprise Partnerships and Health and Wellbeing Boards, they need to introduce clear systems and rules around both the transparency and accountability of money spent by joint bodies.

  • ISBN: 9780215075949
  • 6.50
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Government

Local Government Chief Officers' remuneration: second report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 191.
Corporate Author:
Communities and Local Government Committee
Author:
Clive Betts (chairman)

During the first decade of this century salaries for senior council staff increased by some 75%, far greater than salaries increased for most people. There is no 'one size fits all' formula applicable to all councils' decisions on senior pay since levels are set within the context of local needs and priorities. Setting a pay rate entails, first, establishing the responsibilities of a job and next identifying the appropriate local pay rate for such a job. Councils have access to local market data but the Local Government Association and regional employers' bodies should address a lack information on the broader pay and recruitment trends over time and across regions. Councils must critically assess the remuneration levels suggested by consultants and job evaluation schemes to ensure a good officer cannot be secured under local market conditions at a lower pay rate. Bonuses, although not the norm in the sector, should not be paid to someone simply doing their job, rather only when there is clear evidence of personal additional contribution, with sensitivity to local circumstances. But, of more significance, councils are in many cases failing to establish robust appraisal systems, making it difficult to link performance to pay effectively. The Local Government Association should publish updated guidance and councils should be required to get full council agreement to, and publish, details of the processes used to appraise staff so that the public can understand the basis on which reward decisions are made.

  • ISBN: 9780215075970
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Health

Strengthening health systems in developing countries: fifth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 246.
Corporate Author:
International Development Committee
Author:
Malcolm Bruce (chairman), Sir Bruce (chairman)

Better health is a basic human right and an end in itself. A healthy population is also essential to development. Recent years have seen some rapid improvements in health partly driven by the Millennium Development Goals and the large international funds set up to accelerate progress towards them. However, these improvements have at times been achieved despite the poor state of health systems in many developing countries. Stronger health systems will be required to ensure efficiency, tackle growing challenges such as non-communicable diseases and progress towards self-sufficiency. DFID has long had a good reputation for health system strengthening and this is reflected in its own work. But DFID now relies on international partners, which do not all share this reputation, in an increasing number of countries and to manage an ever-greater proportion of its expenditure. We recommend that DFID reviews in each country whether its funding arrangements enable its health systems strengthening objectives to be met. Assessing the effectiveness and value for money of health system strengthening work by DFID and its international partners is more difficult than it ought to be. Expenditure and performance figures are not published and the research base is inadequate. This must change. The UK has one of the best health systems in the world, but DFID makes only limited use of it. We call on DFID to work with the NHS in expanding volunteering schemes for doctors and nurses and making more use of NHS finance and management skills.

  • ISBN: 9780215075932
  • 11.00
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