UK 'should adopt British Summer Time for the whole year'

22 Jun 2010
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Sunset London The UK has been urged to retain British Summer Time for the whole year as part of its carbon management strategy.

According to Dr Elizabeth Garnsey of the University of Cambridge, demand for energy would be lower if Britain did not put the clocks back in the autumn.

Estimates from the 10:10 Lighter Later campaign suggest that carbon emissions could be cut by about 450,000 tonnes every year if the policy is adopted.

Dr Garnsey also believes this would be much cheaper than other means of reducing harmful emissions, such as creating more renewable energy systems.

Speaking to the Guardian, she commented: "Many ways of reducing carbon emissions inevitably need investment in new infrastructure, none of which are required to advance the clocks."

Dr Garnsey added that advancing the clocks would require only a one-off administrative change and would result in energy savings in all subsequent years.

A recent poll by 10:10 found that 48 per cent of Britons would like the government to move the clocks forward by one hour to create lighter evenings.
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