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The CCC urges the Government to “vigorously pursue” a package of measures it has identified in order to meet existing national climate commitments at the lowest cost

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.

Meeting the UK’s Climate Change Act and living up to the Paris Agreement will require new and renewed green policies through the 2020s

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.

(L-R): BEIS Secretary Greg Clark and Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary Barry Gardiner

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.

The report claims that the schemes would enable companies to save money while improving produce and restoring the environment

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.

Under a high-impact scenario, a CCC report said, summer temperatures in Edinburgh could rise by 4.4C by 2060, and five-day rainfall levels increase in the city by nearly 25% to 78.4mm

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.

The sheer scale of EU-led environmental legislation means full transposition is the only practical short-term option, according to the report

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.

With the Scottish Government set to release an updated Climate Change Plan later this year, the CCC is calling for greater focus on under-developed areas such as transport

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.

Fresh evidence reveals that renewable power generation costs are lower, on average, worldwide than those of fossil fuels

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.

The results for the second quarter of 2016 revealed that just one-third of respondents were operating under a “business as usual” approach since the Brexit vote

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.

Resource Minister Theresa Coffey has delayed Defra's 25-year plan, while Climate Minister Nick Hurd has delayed the release of a carbon reduction plan

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.

edie has heard from more than a dozen leading environmental figures who have exclusively revealed their biggest green policy hopes and expectations for the next few months

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.

In order for the Paris Agreement to come into force, the deal needs to be officially ratified by at least 55 countries, representing 55% of global carbon emissions

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..

According to the YouGov survey, 57% of people think British farming subsidies should put more or the same emphasis on environmental protection than current EU subsidies

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.

The €762,000 will be split across two research projects with €627,000 given to iScape project research and €135,000 granted to the EU Clean Sky 1 project

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 already manages its land for the benefit of nature rather than for food production. Renewables, flood protection services and eco-tourism could pay more than subsidies

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.

The letter claimed that business investors required “stability” and that the Brexit strategy should provide evidence on how the UK plans to implement new environment protection standards

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.

The Brexit bus publicity stunt coincided with the release of a Greenpeace air pollution paper which revealed that London is set to miss WHO air quality guidelines. Photo: Greenpeace

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.

The alliance state that UK final energy consumption should fall to 129.2 million tonnes of oil equivalent or less by 2020

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.

Moving energy and climate change issues into the business sphere could help align business strategies to low-carbon operations

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.

The study found that the counties whose climate commitments would be most affected by the UK’s departure were Portugal, Slovenia, Malta, Greece, Cyprus, Spain and Italy

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.

The organisations suggest that improved food, farming and trade policies can help to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from farming and food industries by 80% by 2050

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).

As with the rest of his tenure, Cameron's Government took

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.

The project is scheduled for completion in February 2017, creating the likely scenario that the UK will still be in the EU when it is launched

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.

As part of its enquiry the ECC is inviting responses about implications of the UK’s exit from the EU on the both the UK’s and the EU’s COP21 pledges

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).

The EU is thought to have the world’s largest body of environmental legislation

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.

A panel of political, business and civil society leaders discussed the environmental implications of the EU Referendum earlier today. Photo: Aldersgate Group/Twitter

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.

Energy Secretary and Tory Party leadership hopeful Andrea Leadsom spoke at the Utility Week Energy Summit in London this week

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.

Sue Armstrong-Brown told delegates at edie's Resource Revolution Conference that the Government’s approval of the Fifth Carbon Budget has created a sign of hope that green policies won’t be ignored post-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.

Research conducted by YouGov has demonstrated widespread domestic concern about air pollution and support for the introduction of Clean Air Zones

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’s leadership bid arrives after a week of political turmoil in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the EU

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.

With Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon exploring the possibilities of a second independence referendum, there are concerns that environmental policies could be “eroded”

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 said the government’s commitment to cooperating with others to tackle the issue remains as strong as ever

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.

UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd declared that the much anticipated Fifth carbon budget would be outlined on Thursday (30 June), which could establish carbon reductions commitments of 54% or more

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.

Analysts say Brexit will create uncertainty for energy sector, which could hit £20bn investment a year needed to replace ageing, dirty power plants

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.

UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres spoke at the Business and Climate Summit in London's Guildhall earlier today (28 June)

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 seek to remain in the EU and will continue to have a say on energy policy in the single market, Angus MacNeil says

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).

Labour's shadow energy and climate change secretary Lisa Nandy says Jeremy Corbyn could be leading the party towards a formal split

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).

Once article 50 has be invoked, and the UK officially takes steps to leave the EU, it would no longer be required to comply with the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package

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.

Ian Duncan MEP has spearheaded the European Parliament's reform of the Emissions Trading Scheme, the EU's flagship policy to tackle climate change. Photo: Ian Duncan/Flickr

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.

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