Enlightening Research For Saving Lives, Jobs And The Environment – All Together

Legislation about multiple low-cost benefits to the environment, economy and health: What’s there not to like? Friday 3 December 2010 offers MPs the opportunity to move forward on a UK Parliamentary Bill to agree that proper research be conducted into the advantages or otherwise of keeping some form of ‘Daylight Saving’ year-round. But why even bother with the Bill? Why not just research these very positive proposals fully anyway?

The anticipated benefits of examining the rationales for a UK move towards lighter evenings, especially in Winter, have been expounded on this website for several years, and now the chance has come to confirm or disprove the expected positive changes to the economy, the environment and even people’s personal health and safety.

But still doubts remain, some of them more serious than others; but almost all of them resolvable by properly conducted scientific research.

Across-the-board support
As the Lighter Later campaign confirms, there is wide support from many UK organisations (ranging from the AA, via the FA to RoSPA) for the idea of retaining the ‘clocks forward’ mode of British Summer Time.

Now the opportunity is here to make sure they are correct, and to deliver some real leadership on this issue. Surely there can’t be any genuine reasons for refusing to do the research?

The Daylight Saving Bill in summary
Oliver Bennett, in his Parliamentary Briefing Paper for The Daylight Saving Bill 2010-11 (a Private Member’s Bill sponsored by Rebecca Harris MP), summarises the proposals thus:

Agreement would require the Government to conduct a cross-departmental analysis of the potential costs and benefits of advancing time by one hour for all, or part of, the year. If the analysis found that a clock change would benefit the UK, the Bill requires that the Government initiate a trial clock change. The Bill has cross-party support….

There could be a range of benefits to such a change:

fewer people killed and seriously injured on the roads (at least 80 fewer people killed each year);

energy savings (around 0.6% reduction in bills over winter months);

a reduction in crime and the fear of crime;

reduced greenhouse gas emissions (around 500,000 tonnes CO2 per year);

more daylight for recreation and sport activities (an average daily gain of 55 minutes of daylight in the evening);

increased tourism revenue (over £2 billion per year);

improved trade with Europe; and,

general improvements to health and wellbeing, particularly for the elderly.

Just do it…
With predicted potential for good of this dimension, you do have to wonder why the research needs to wait for a Private Member’s Bill to go through.

Why not start the research right now anyway?

Posted on December 2, 2010, in BST: British Summer Time And 'Daylight Saving' and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This was tried a long while ago and it worked great. Let’s do it.

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