UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources


Prof Paul Ekins talks to the Guardian on the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon

23 January 2017

UCL ISR Director Professor Paul Ekins talks to the Guardian about the recent backing of the £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay

The Guardian

In an interview with the Guardian, Prof Paul Ekins shares his insights on the government’s plans to build a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay. In response to a recently published report backing the project, Prof Ekins comments:  

One tidal lagoon is neither here nor there. They only make sense if they come as a fleet.

The problem is that their go-ahead only makes sense if the government commits to building half a dozen – and in recent years, ministers have proved to be woefully inconsistent in their approach to backing renewable power projects. Take the decision by David Cameron’s government last year to axe a range of measures designed to boost the sector. These included subsidies for solar power and support of energy efficient house building. The scrapping of the latter – the UK zero-carbon homes scheme – was especially egregious, said Ekins. 

Read the full article on the Guardian website