Brexit, Paris and low-carbon heat: 10 green policy messages for the UK Government
As the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) releases three new reports on the UK meeting its climate commitments, edie rounds up the key green policy calls made by the Committee surrounding low-carbon heat, Brexit and the Paris Agreement.
Climate watchdog calls for 'concrete green policy action' amidst Paris Agreement and Brexit
Britain's green policies must be preserved or strengthened post-Brexit and a credible new strategy on low-carbon heat must be delivered as soon as possible, but it is still too early for the Government to adopt stricter targets for tackling climate change in line with the soon-to-be-ratified Paris Agreement, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said.
The devil's in the detail as Tories and Labour outline low-carbon strategies
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Secretary Greg Clark addressed the Conservative Party Conference on Monday (4 October) with a promise to "upgrade" the UK's clean energy system, but a distinct lack of specific green policy pledges contrasted with the raft of legislation proposals made at last week's corresponding Labour Party Conference.
New research outlines economic windfall opportunity for post-Brexit farming
A new sustainable land management model that could direct millions of pounds towards farming methods that reduce flooding, restore wildlife and enhance clean water has been proposed by the National Trust and the Green Alliance.
Climate chief: UK must not use Brexit to water down environment laws
The UK must not water down its environmental laws as it leaves the European Union, one of the government's most senior advisers on climate change has warned.
Keep EU environmental legislation post-Brexit, urge manufacturers
Manufacturers want to see EU environmental legislation transposed to a post-Brexit Britain, but also recognise an opportunity to cut 'red tape' and explore a simpler, more UK-specific approach to green policy.
Why Scotland's leading emissions drive needs renovating
A new report from the Climate Change Committee (CCC) has revealed that Scotland is the exemplar Home Nation in regards to emission reductions, but with a major shift to the energy mix now integrated, the country may need to turn to other areas to keep pace with reduction targets.
Global cost-effectiveness of renewables revealed amid fears over domestic energy security
New analysis has highlighted the need for policymakers and investors to exploit the global cost-effectiveness of renewable power generation, as the Renewable Energy Association (REA) casts a doubt over the UK Government's willingness to prioritise energy security in post-Brexit negotiations.
Report: Energy sector experiencing 'negative impacts' of Brexit vote
The majority of energy efficiency suppliers fear that it is a matter of time before consumers are subject to rising prices leading to a slowdown in investment, with suppliers already claiming that the Brexit vote is negatively impacting the sector.
Defra and BEIS planning delays increase fears over Brexit impact on green policy
Resource Minister Theresa Coffey has confirmed the postponement of Defra's 25-year environment plan until 2017, in the same week that Energy Minister Nick Hurd revealed that the Government may also delay the release of a plan on the UK's carbon reduction targets until next year.
What we want from BEIS: a wishlist for the green economy - Part one
EXCLUSIVE: In the first of a two-part feature, edie speaks to the sustainability professionals, politicians, businessmen and environmental activists working across the green economy to find out they want to see from the Government in this new Parliamentary session.
Pressure mounts on UK to 'work with Europe' and ratify Paris deal
The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has revealed that it will seek to ratifying the Paris Agreement "as soon as possible", after both the Liberal Democrats and Labour urged the Government to ratify the deal..
MPs and public in unison over maintaining post-Brexit environmental protection
Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) chair Mary Creagh has supported calls from the public for the Government to ensure that European Union (EU) rules that protect Britain's natural environment "are not lost" during Brexit negotiations.
University of Surrey receives post-Brexit EU grant for smart cities research
The University of Surrey has received a new €762,000 grant from the European Union (EU) to conduct research into the development of smart cities and the environmental impact of a cleaner aeronautics industry, allaying fears of a broken environmental relationship between the UK and Europe after the Brexit vote.
National Trust calls for complete reform of British farm subsidies
The National Trust has called for complete reform of the British farm subsidy system after Brexit, by ending payments for owning land and only rewarding farmers who improve the environment and help wildlife.
MPs call for evidence on post-Brexit environment strategy
The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has set a September deadline for the new Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (EU) David Davis, and new Minister for the Environment Therese Coffey to reveal how they plan to handle environmental policies during exit negotiations.
Greenpeace hires Brexit campaign blunder-bus as 'vehicle for change'
Greenpeace has hired Vote Leave's European Union (EU) referendum bus with plans to rebrand it a "vehicle for change", in the same week that the campaign group released new air pollution research that shows clean air will be a reality only if diesel vehicles are phased out altogether.
Green coalition urges Greg Clark to commit to key EU 2020 energy targets
An alliance of trade bodies, pressure groups and NGOs has called upon the new Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) head to give assurances that the Government will continue to meet European Union (EU) directives and targets until Brexit terms are in place.
The demise of DECC: What next for the UK's green business prospects?
As the dust settles on the shock announcement that DECC has been axed and merged into an expanded business department, attentions have inevitably turned to what the transfer of power means for the green economy and what opportunities and challenges will arise from the new regime.
Brexit will force EU countries 'to make deeper, costlier carbon cuts'
Brexit will force the European Union's remaining 27 countries to spend billions of Euros on cutting carbon emissions deeper to compensate for the UK leaving, according to experts.
Theresa May urged to place food and fishing policies at the centre of post-Brexit strategy
In her first full day in office, new Prime Minister Theresa May has been urged by more than 80 organisations to adopt "common-sense" food, farming and fishing policies, in the wake of the UK's decision to leave the European Union (EU).
David Cameron's legacy: 'greenest government ever' or 'lukewarm at best'?
One of the most seismic political upheavals in modern British political history takes yet another twist today (13 July) as Prime Minister David Cameron steps down after six years in power. As he prepares to take part in his final Prime Minister's Questions this lunchtime, edie takes a look at his environmental legacy and the green outlook for his successor Theresa May.
European Union launches best practice 'library' for energy efficiency measures
A new European Union (EU) project aimed at sharing best practice for energy efficiency measures across all sectors has raised concerns over the UK's ability to collaborate with other countries in the aftermath of the Brexit vote.
Fracking and CCS hit the spotlight as MPs launch inquiry into Brexit implications
The Environment and Climate Change Committee (ECCC) of MPs has launched an inquiry to explore the implications for UK climate policy of leaving the European Union (EU), amid major concerns over the uncertain futures of shale gas exploration and carbon capture and storage (CCS).
UN calls for post-Brexit UK to link with EU on environment policy
The UN's new environment chief has called for a post-Brexit Britain to link up with the EU on environment policy, adopting key bloc climate laws and maintaining its nature directives.
Communication a necessity for post-Brexit green business prosperity
The fear and uncertainty surrounding the vote to leave the European Union puts the UK Government under increased pressure to create a strong green policy framework, as sustainability professionals and environmentalists "go on the march" and communicate to create legislative prosperity.
Andrea Leadsom: However we choose to leave the EU, we remain committed to dealing with climate change
Conservative Party leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom took to the plinth in her capacity as Energy Minister at the Utility Week Energy Summit, insisting that the UK "remains committed to dealing with climate change", no matter the outcome of Brexit.
Post-Brexit Britain must embrace circular economy to trade with EU, says Green Alliance
EXCLUSIVE: The legislation established as part of the European Union's nascent Circular Economy Package will still shape how a post-Brexit Britain develops new resource-efficient products and closed-loop business models, regardless of whether we stay in the single market or not.
Britain urged to improve air quality efforts 'whatever the outcome of Brexit'
The UK Government is once again being urged to ramp up efforts to deal with the "deadly issue" of air pollution, this time as new reports suggest that "watered-down" proposals agreed by European Union (EU) Member States could lead to nearly 10,000 additional deaths across the continent.
Andrea Leadsom confirms Tory leadership bid
Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom has today (30 June) announced her intentions to become the next leader of the Conservative Party, on the same day that Ex-London mayor Boris Johnson surprisingly ruled himself out of the race.
UK Government urged to future-proof renewables amid Brexit 'volatility'
The vote to leave the European Union (EU) may have created a "fragile" confidence within the clean energy industry, but multiple organisations have called on the Government to build a cross-party coalition that provides wind energy with a viable route to market.
Leadsom: Energy policy will not change due to Brexit
The UK's energy policy will not change as a result of the vote to leave European Union, energy minister Andrea Leadsom has said.
Amber Rudd: Post-Brexit Britain will not step back from climate leadership
Energy Secretary Amber Rudd made a surprise appearance at the Business and Climate Summit in London today (29 June) to insist that the UK will not "turn its back" on the global battle to mitigate climate change, despite the nation voting to leave the European Union (EU) last week.
Leave vote makes UK's transition to clean energy harder, say experts
The UK's challenge to build a clean, secure and affordable energy system has become significantly harder amid the political and economic turmoil following the nation's vote to leave the European Union.
Climate action provides 'thread of certainty' for post-Brexit Britain, says Christiana Figueres
The UN's soon-to-depart climate chief has quashed claims that the UK's impending departure from the European Union (EU) could derail the Paris Agreement, instead claiming that a concerted effort to tackle climate change could be the "thread of continuity" that the UK needs during this "uncertain and volatile" period.
Scotland 'will lead England' on energy policy post-Brexit
Scotland will be the decision-maker in terms of energy policy once the British exit from the European Union is confirmed, according to the Energy and Climate Change select committee (ECCC).
Lisa Nandy resigns from Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet
BREAKING: Labour Shadow Energy Secretary Lisa Nandy has today (27 June) led a string of shadow ministers to resign from the Party's cabinet in the wake of Britain's decision to leave the European Union (EU).
Brexit could 'weaken' business standards for recycling and air quality
The UK's impending decision to leave the European Union (EU) could lead to a "weakening of domestic standards" that fails to incentivise businesses to improve recycling rates and tackle air quality issues, a new report has found.
Brexit calls EU climate action into question as top MEP quits
The European Union's plans to reform its broken carbon market have been thrown into turmoil after the British lead MEP on the bill to revise the Emissions Trading System resigned after the UK voted to leave the bloc.