MEPs, campaign groups and EU citizens know that having an ambitious and united approach to energy policy is a no-brainer, and part of that should be equipping buildings to do the hard work of cutting energy consumption for us. It's time now to convince the Commission and our governments to go that step further to creating a strategy that truly benefits people and planet.
For a region with a strong history of energy production, it is really exciting that the North East is carving out its place as a clean energy technology hub for the UK. It is great that companies are investing in building new energy production sites and providing some of the new power capacity needed to decarbonise our energy supply and industries.
Successive governments have failed to adequately plan to guarantee the energy supplies required for our economy, businesses and consumers. The UK has a poor track at delivering all manner of infrastructure projects. Persistent political short-termism means the UK's infrastructure ranks poorly compared to other developed nations. There is nowhere that this failure is better illustrated than with energy.
Climate policy is failing. Climate scientists know it, environmental activists know it, even politicians know it. There is a pervading sense of despair and resignation amongst those who are paying attention at all, as we continue towards the irreversible destabilisation of the familiar, benign climate in which civilisation developed.
Energy security is one of the most talked about topics not only in terms of the debates around climate change action but also conventional policy. Energy price and stability have very real economic implications for any nation and there is now more than ever increasing concern to secure the resource by internalising energy generation.
With the polls tightening and the bookmakers shortening their odds, there is now a very real chance that Scottish people will vote for independence in two weeks time... However, one of the most positive contributions has been the Scottish Government's commitment to a 'do no harm' arms exports policy in the event of a Yes vote.
What we need to do now is go further... to imagine, and then create, a world without war. With the hideous death-toll in Gaza, the chaos in Syria and Ukraine, the turmoil in Libya, that might seem a long way from the reality of 2014. But the important first step is to say "this is possible", and then to start to plan the actions needed to bring a peaceful world into being.
Travelling through the countryside of Germany and Denmark, there is hardly at any point you can't see any wind turbines spinning in the background. Even in deeply conservative Texas, in the US, wind turbines are becoming a more dominant factor in the landscape and here is the thing - people like it.
What's driving these changes is the Conservative's social philosophy infused with ideals of individual responsibility and ending the 'evils of dependency'. It's social malevolence, not economic pragmatism. The same can be said of the environment. Environmental campaigners are calling for government action but taking action is anathema to Conservative ideology.
German chancellor Angela Merkel is being treated like political royalty, a consequence of her country's economic power as well as prime minister David Cameron's desperate need for friends in Europe. Few would argue about the position of Germany as the economic powerhouse of the European Union but what can Britain learn from the German economic model?