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Analysis from think-tank Sandbag has revealed that up to 246 new diesel projects have submitted bids for the capacity market subsidy scheme

Capacity market provides another twist in the Government's air quality battle

As the UK Government returns to court over illegal air quality levels, new analysis from think-tank Sandbag has warned that up to £800m could be spent in the UK to subsidise a plethora of new diesel generators during the next 15 years.

Drax’s biomass storage domes, which hold 300,000 tonnes of compressed wood pellets between them - enough to power Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and Liverpool for more than 12 days. Photo: Drax

Britain's biomass generation carries big emissions risk, report claims

The UK's renewable energy industry has hit back at new economic analysis which finds that biomass power could be causing more carbon pollution than burning coal or natural gas, claiming it is "distorting the facts".

More than 70 experts quantified the models listed in the report, claiming that a 2C pathway to limit global warming would require an “exceptional and enduring effort”

World Energy Council: Energy demand to peak at 2030 as part of 'grand transition'

Disruptive trends and technology, such as the rise of renewables and the electrification of the transport sector, will create a "fundamentally new world" for the energy industry, which would see energy demand and fossil fuel use peak before 2030.

Democratic candidate Clinton repeated her desire to turn the US into a “21st century renewable energy superpower”, while Trump claimed the US needed to look beyond renewables

Coal would last 'a thousand years' in Trump's US

With polling day just one month away, presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton offered two very different glimpses into the future of US energy policy.

The trend will not continue into winter because of solar’s seasonal nature, but the symbolic records reveal the dramatic impacts solar subsidies and penalties for coal have wrought

Solar outstrips coal in past six months of UK electricity generation

Electricity generated by solar panels on fields and homes outstripped Britain's ageing coal power stations over the past six months in a historic first.

The data forms another example of the UK’s ever-changing energy mix, and to summarise the latest trends edie round’s up six notable factors found within the crux of the data

What next for the UK as coal hits all time low but renewables falter?

On Thursday (29 September) the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) released UK energy statistics for the second quarter of 2016, but with coal and renewables generation both falling, does the Government need to adjust its energy policy?

The electricity generated from renewables now stands at 83.6 TwH, with capacity reaching 30.5 GW

Renewables coast past coal to provide a quarter of UK electricity generation

Renewable energy sources are emerging as the dominant means of generating power and electricity in the UK, after annual Government energy statistics revealed that a quarter of all UK electricity was generated from renewables in 2015.

Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, struck in 2013 and was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded

World's largest carbon producers face landmark human rights case

The world's largest oil, coal, cement and mining companies have been given 45 days to respond to a complaint that their greenhouse gas emissions have violated the human rights of millions of people living in the Phillippines.

The cost of energy generation from onshore wind and solar will fall by 41% and 60% respectively, but more investment in renewables will be needed to reach long-term climate goals

Why the world's energy system WON'T achieve the 2C climate change target without serious investment

By the year 2040, renewables will finally have won the global energy race. The prices of coal and gas will have dropped significantly, but this will not derail the decarbonisation of our energy systems - with zero-emission energy sources making up 60% of installed capacity.

BP’s warning of a fossil fuel pull-out from Europe was repeated three times in the letter, most stridently over plans to mandate new pollution cuts and clean technologies

EU dropped climate policies after BP threat of oil industry 'exodus'

The EU abandoned or weakened key proposals for new environmental protections after receiving a letter from a top BP executive which warned of an exodus of the oil industry from Europe if the proposals went ahead.

Christiana Figueres’ optimistic predictions about the Paris Agreement follows a series of positive announcements on climate change made by national governments and big businesses

Christiana Figueres expects Paris Agreement to take effect in 2018

The UN's soon-to-depart climate chief has said that the Paris climate change pact agreed last December could come into force two years earlier than the originally planned date of 2020.

Peabody’s debt issues has irked many green organisations and companies, with reactions ranging from the optimism to anger

Green groups anticipate "dawn of a clean industrial era" as Peabody files for bankruptcy

The world's largest privately owned coal producer Peabody Energy Corp has today (13 April) filed for bankruptcy, with organisations lamenting its inability to 'adjust to new energy markets' as a detrimental factor in the decision.

Plummeting coal use and rising renewable energy generation led to a fall of 4% in the UK’s annual carbon dioxide emissions last year, according to DECC's new data

The UK's ever-changing energy mix: 2015 in charts

It was the year that record-breaking renewable energy generation and plummeting coal production led to a fall of 4% in the UK's annual carbon dioxide emissions, but a raft of green policy changes have left future clean energy deployment levels hanging in the balance. Here, edie provides a snapshot of the UK's new energy figures for 2015.

Concern is mounting over the viability of the large number of plants being developed in Asia

$1tn could be wasted on 'unneeded' new coal plants, report warns

Almost $1tn of investment in new coal-fired power stations could be wasted if growing concerns about climate change and air pollution leave the plants unused, according to a new report.

UK government moves to ease energy supply fears

The UK government has moved to allay fears of a coming electricity supply crunch by unexpectedly bringing forward key reforms to the energy market.

Record falls in coal production were coupled with a significant rise in crude oil production

UK's low-carbon energy generation soared in 2015, but so did oil production

Low-carbon energy sources rose to account for 43% of the UK's electricity supply last year, but oil production saw its first significant increase this millennium, provisional figures released today (25 February) have revealed.

Steam billowing from Drax power station, which has converted two of six units to run on biomass

Opening up CfDs 'could save £2bn'

Opening up future contracts for difference (CfD) to a wider array of technologies and reforming the auction process to better reflect their true costs, could save consumers around £2bn, according to research commissioned by Drax.

BP believes efforts to limit global warming to the 2C standard stablished at COP21 will prove futile

Fossil fuels will reign supreme for next two decades, claims BP

BP has been accused of using its energy outlook reports as a 'public relations exercise' after the oil giant's latest analysis suggests that fossil fuels would still be providing 80% of global energy supplies in 2035.

US President Barack Obama speaking at the COP21 climate change conference in Paris last year. Photo: UN

US clean power plan setback 'will not affect Paris climate change deal'

The US commitment to cutting carbon emissions under the landmark Paris agreement remains unaffected by the setback delivered to President Obama's climate plans by the country's supreme court, the White House has said.

DONG Energy customers can choose whether to participate, without commitment, during any half-hourly period throughout the year

DONG Energy offers cash for firms to turn down energy demand when wind isn't blowing

Wind energy provider DONG Energy has launched a new scheme that offers commercial customers financial rewards for turning down their consumption or increasing onsite generation when the wind isn't blowing.

It is ‘almost impossible’ for UK electricity demand to be met by 2025, engineers say

Engineers warn of looming UK energy gap

The UK is facing an unprecedented "energy gap" in a decade's time, according to engineers, with demand for electricity likely to outstrip supply by more than 40%, which could lead to black outs .

Energy generation accounts for two thirds of global emissions

COP21 Monday review: Energy pledges hit the headlines

A packed first day of week two at COP21 saw businesses, nations and organisations take aim at the cause of two thirds of global emissions - energy generation.

A new text, which is now 50 pages long instead of 55, was posted on Thursday morning on the UNFCCC website

COP21 Day 4 review: Blueprints in place for buildings of the future

Thursday at COP21 was Buildings Day, and it was marked by the launch of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, which aims to scale up the sector's attempts to decarbonise.

A coal-fired power plant. The prince's project aims to illustrate to investors what they might do if companies are not frank with them about their environmental impact

Prince Charles in plan to help investors take polluting firms to court

Prince Charles is taking part in a project to expose major polluting corporations based in Commonwealth nations to big-money legal action if they fail to accurately disclose their impact on climate change or reform their ways.

Unilever was recently named by sustainability experts as having made the biggest contribution to advancing solutions to climate change in the past five years

Unilever to be carbon positive by 2030

Global consumer goods firm Unilever has announced a new target to be carbon positive across its operations by 2030.

Allianz plans to double its exposure to wind energy to about €4bn

€865bn assets in France and Germany pledge coal divestment

Major European financial institutions including the world's largest insurer have this week pledged to reduce their exposure to coal investments and transition towards clean energy.

The 10 year plan to close coal-fired plans will form part of a policy to make energy affordable and secure

Amber Rudd to 'reset' Britain's energy policy with coal phase-out

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has announced plans to "reset" Britain's energy policy by prioritising the closure of all traditional coal-fired plants by 2025 as Britain commits to building new infrastructure "fit for the 21st century".

The UK ranks fourth in the world in the World Energy Trilemma Index

UK downgraded from top tier in 'energy trilemma' rankings

The UK has been downgraded in the fifth annual World Energy Trilemma Index, due to the rising cost of its domestic energy.

Hollande said he hoped the Paris talks would produce

China and France say Paris climate pact should have five-year reviews

French president François Hollande claimed China and France had taken a "historic" step towards tackling climate change on Monday after the two countries agreed any deal reached in Paris next month should include checks on whether signatories are keeping their commitments to reduce emissions.

Carbon Tracker's research director James Leaton said shareholders in fossil fuel companies were having their money spent on projects that relied on high demand and high prices long into the future

Are fossil fuel companies using IEA reports to talk up demand?

International Energy Agency (IEA) projections that show the world will continue its heavy reliance on fossil fuels deep into this century are uncertain and being used to mislead governments and shareholders, according to a new report.

The removal of coal from Ovo's energy mix has cut its carbon emissions by 34%

Ovo Energy shuns coal and nuclear

Independent energy supplier Ovo Energy has announced it has removed coal and nuclear generation from its entire fuel mix.

BP's chief economist accepted that oil reserves would never be fully exhausted

BP: Oil unlikely to be fully exploited due to climate concerns

The world's oil resources are unlikely to ever be fully exploited, BP has admitted, due to international concern about climate change.

Mainstream media has carried nearly 500 articles over the past decade, warning that the lights would go out imminently - something which has not matched reality

Britain's blackout warnings 'do not reflect reality'

Headlines warning that the lights will go out thanks to power station closures and the increasing use of renewable energy are 'largely unfounded', a new report from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has claimed.

The UK has seen a 19% year-on-year increase in renewable energy consumption, according to PwC

UK leads G20 nations on low-carbon growth

The UK has broken records for national low-carbon growth and the country now tops PwC's G20 Low Carbon Economy Index, but energy experts warn the results are largely due to "circumstance rather than policy".

The GSEP report details fifty individual technologies that could be developed in a low-carbon transition

Electric innovation can solve climate issues, say global utility firms

A coalition of electricity suppliers with a collective customer base of more than 1.2 billion people has released a major new report for the Paris climate conference, detailing how electricity innovations can help tackle global warming.

Royd Moor windfarm in Yorkshire - the prime region for a low-carbon industrial zone, according to TUC

UK energy policy threatening Northern Powerhouse, say trade unions

Yorkshire and the Humber has the opportunity to become Europe's leading low-carbon industrial zone, but punitive Government policy is putting that potential at risk, according to a new report from the national trade union.

Image: Screenshot of Bank of England video

Carney warns of risks from climate change 'tragedy of the horizon'

Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, has warned that climate change will lead to financial crises and falling living standards unless the world's leading countries do more to ensure that their companies come clean about their current and future carbon emissions.

Jakarta cityscape in Indonesia, which is world's sixth biggest producer of greenhouse gas emissions

Indonesia to cut carbon emissions by 29% by 2030

Indonesia, one of the world's biggest carbon polluters, said it would cut greenhouse gas emissions 29% by 2030 compared to what it is currently on course for.

The presidential candidate pledged to get federal government on board with streamlining legal processes to allow quicker applications and grants for green innovations

Hillary Clinton plans to transform US into 'clean energy superpower'

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has unveiled the green steps she believes the US will need to adopt in order to become "the clean energy superpower of the 21st century".

The International Energy Agency has been slammed for an underselling of renewable energy potential and an overselling of the coal industry

IEA under fire for 'irresponsible' and 'misleading' energy outlook

An energy watchdog has blasted the International Energy Agency (IEA) for "holding back the global energy transition", concluding that its annual World Energy Outlook (WEO) reports were published with misleading projections.

An estimated 29,000 Britons die prematurely each year from long-term exposure to air pollution

Coal burning costs UK between £2.5bn and £7bn from premature deaths

Deaths related to emissions from coal cost the UK economy between £2.47bn and £7.15bn in 2013, according to a comprehensive overview of coal production in Europe.

None of the 30 top fossil fuel companies encourage moves to cleaner energy

Fat cat pay at fossil fuel companies drives climate crisis - report

Executives at the 30 biggest publicly held coal, oil and gas companies in the US were paid more than leaders of other major corporations, about 9% higher than the S&P 500 average, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) found.

None of the 28 energy companies responded

Shell and Gazprom among companies backing 2C limit

More than a third of the world's largest listed companies, including major fossil fuel producers, say they would support an international deal limiting global warming to 2 degrees, according to research by CDP.

Total has also decided to divest from its coal marketing operations and says it will no longer be involved in the coal business by the end of 2015

Total ends coal production as fossil fuel stocks dive

The world's fifth-largest energy company Total will no longer produce coal after selling off its last mining affiliate, Total Coal South Africa.

The report found that expanding these schemes could save emissions equivalent to one years' worth activity from 130 coal power stations

Green business initiatives could save five hundred megatons of CO2e by 2020

The private sector could cut more than five hundred megatons of greenhouse gas emissions in the next five years, simply by scaling up existing green initiatives, according to a new report.

The system, designed by British company ITM Power, has reportedly been measured at an overall energy efficiency of 86%

RWE fires up power-to-gas energy storage plant

Germany's largest power producer has unveiled a €2m power-to-gas energy storage plant in the Westphalia region.

A Chinese steelworks industrial building. China is the world's biggest producer and consumer of energy

China's carbon emissions from fossil fuels may be 14% lower than thought

China's carbon emissions from fossil fuels and cement production may have been overestimated by as much as 14%, according to a new analysis by scientific researchers.

The cumulative 'lost' GDP from the impacts of climate change could be around $44trn by 2060, says Citi

Citi: Renewables and energy efficiency will reduce planet's energy bill by $1.8trn

Switching to a low-carbon energy system immediately could save the planet $1.8trn by 2040, global investment bank Citi has claimed.

Subsidy cuts could reportedly threaten Scotland's small-scale renewable projects

Scotland now home to 660,000 solar panels

New figures have revealed the massive amount of small-scale renewable projects deployed in Scotland, but industry figures warned that further development could be crippled by recent subsidy cuts.

Air pollution is killing an average of 4,000 Chinese every day

China's air pollution crisis killing 1.6 million each year

Air pollution kills an average of 4,000 people every day in China, according to a new study by researchers at Berkeley Earth.

Renewable electricity overtook natural gas to become the second largest source of global electricity

Renewable energy becomes second largest source of global electricity

Renewable electricity generation outpaced natural gas this month to become the second largest source of electricity worldwide, according to the International Energy Agency.

The new Teesside biomass plant will provide 299MW of capacity

Teesside set for world's largest combined heat and power biomass plant

Teesside is to be the site of the world's largest new power and steam biomass plant as part of a new £424m project.

New developments in Hyderbad, India's economy is expected to grow 6-8% per year

India's clean energy revolution set to price out imported coal

India's growing renewable energy market could end the country's reliance on coal imports, a new report has found.

Standard Chartered is the second financial institutional to walk away from the proposed Carmichael coal mine in Queensland in the last few days

Standard Chartered abandons giant coal mining project

One of the UK's largest banks, Standard Chartered, has announced it is pulling out of a major coal mining project in Australia.

The University of Cambridge will slash carbon emissions and reduce water consumption

Cambridge launches green vision to cut emissions by a third by 2020

The University of Cambridge is aiming to cut carbon emissions by 34% as part of its new sustainability strategy for the next five years.

Miller Argent has threatened to sue Caerphilly county borough council after it rejected its application for a mine at Nant Llesg

Welsh council rejects plans for new opencast coal mine

Climate change campaigners have promised legal support to a Welsh council that rejected a new opencast coal mine, but which now faces being sued for costs by the company.

Artists impression of the Delingha power plant, courtesy of BrightSource Energy

China to build giant solar thermal plant 'the size of Bath'

China is set to begin the construction of what is expected to be the world's largest solar thermal power plant.

Green groups have contrasted the UK's approach with Obama's ambitious announcement

Obama's clean power action contrasts with 'small-minded' UK approach

Green groups have compared US President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan with the lack of UK Government action, claiming Prime Minister David Cameron needs to do more to meet climate change targets.

Obama's Clean Power Plan will carbon emissions from power plants by almost a third

Obama launches Clean Power Plan to slash power plant emissions

President Obama is set to launch the final version of America's Clean Power Plan today (3 August) to tackle carbon emissions from power plants.

The World Bank climate change envoy said continued use of coal was exacting a heavy cost on some of the world’s poorest countries

World Bank rejects energy industry notion that coal can cure poverty

The World Bank said coal was no cure for global poverty on Wednesday, rejecting a main industry argument for building new fossil fuel projects in developing countries.

Drax reported first half earnings of £120m

Drax: Biomass needed to balance 'unreliable' wind and solar

Biomass will have an important role to play in the UK's future energy mix thanks to its ability to balance supply from more unreliable technologies such as wind and solar.

Lord Stern's new paper says the economic case for halting climate change is stronger than ever

Lord Stern: 10 years on from the Stern Review

Ten years after the infamous Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change was commissioned, Lord Nicholas Stern has warned the risks of global warming are even greater now than ever before.

Just 19% of companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange reported on their greenhouse gas emissions

19% of Asia's blue chips disclose green performance

Companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange are slowly improving their carbon reporting measures, but the emissions of those companies are continuing to rise.

Leading change for sustainability is a messy but rewarding business, writes Margaret Gearty

Intervening in systems: Three steps to sustainability success

If we see the world as a complex and inter-connected web of systems, what can we do to promote sustainable transformation? How do we go beyond simple mechanical models of change to be influential in a complex systems world?

The UK hits its decarbonisation targets in only one of four 'credible future scenarios' envisioned by the National Grid

National Grid: UK likely to miss decarbonisation targets

The UK hits its decarbonisation targets in only one of four 'credible future scenarios' envisioned by the National Grid.

The Church of England will divest from fossil fuel extraction and implement new green guidelines

Church of England announces new 'ecotheology' in divestment from fossil fuel extraction

The Church of England has adopted a new climate change policy which will see it divest from coal mining and oil from tar sands.

Facebook'a planned Fort Worth data centre will be 100% powered by renewables

Facebook sets 50% renewables target by 2018

The world's largest social network has announced a new target to source half of its energy from renewable sources by 2018.

Students turned out in London to push Warwick to divest. Photo: Fossil Free Warwick University

Divestment success: Warwick Uni ends fossil fuel investments

Warwick University has today (8 July) announced it will divest from fossil fuels, making it the latest university to bow to student and academic pressure to end investments in coal and oil.

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

It has been a remarkable week for renewable energy innovations.

China will aim to cut its CO2 emissions per unit of GDP by up to 65% compared to 2005 levels

China confirms 2030 cap on emissions ahead of Paris conference

China has formally pledged to peak its carbon emissions by 2030, but says it could begin reductions ahead of time.

 Google is building a data centre on the grounds of the Widows Creek coal power plant in Jackson County, which has been scheduled for shutdown

Google to convert Alabama coal plant into renewable-powered data centre

Google will convert an old coal-fired power plant in rural Alabama into a data centre powered by renewable power, expanding the company's move into the energy world.

Photo courtesy of Nation of Change

Thousands march on Westminster in climate change protest

Thousands of people from across the UK are expected to gather outside Parliament today as part of a mass lobbying of MPs.

The US already has 13 CCS installations in operation and six under construction, but there are no commercial scale CCS installations operating in the EU

Grantham Institute: Extend green subsidies to carbon capture

The UK and other EU countries should extend green subsidies, such as the Contracts for Difference scheme, to carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, an influential think-tank has claimed.

Countries could peak energy-related emissions by 2020 with no additional expenditure, claims the IEA

IEA: Energy emissions could peak by 2020 with right plan

Global emissions from energy use could peak within the next five years if Governments spend an extra $130bn on renewable energy, improve energy efficiency and ban new coal-fired power plants.

Both of the boiler lines have undergone a first fire using municipal solid waste at the Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 projec

£75m low-carbon power deal for giant EfW plant

One of the UK's biggest ever low-carbon power purchase deals has been signed ahead of the opening of a £300m energy-from-waste (EfW) plant in Yorkshire later this year.

Under a 2C pathway, Mercer predicts coal stocks to provide average returns of -2.0% a year for the next ten years, and oil stocks to return -0.7% a year

Report: Coal and oil investors will lose money on 2C planet

Investments in the coal and oil sectors will see annual losses up to 2% over the next 10 years, if the world's governments commit to limiting global warming to 2C at Paris later this year.

Lord Stern was the author of the seminal 2006 Stern review on the economics of climate change

Businesses must lead by example on climate change, says Lord Stern

Business leaders, cities and young people should be placing more pressure on world leaders to create "political tipping points" for action on climate change, according to economist and academic Lord Nicholas Stern.

The Global Apollo Programme aims to launch by the start of 2016, with a minimum of $15bn committed

Apollo plan aims to save planet with 'renewables space race'

A plan to halt climate change by making renewable energy cheaper than coal by 2025 has been launched by a group of UK scientists and economists.

Gas power plants produce around 500kg of emissions per MWh of electricity – compared to 750kg/MWh for coal power plants

Natural gas 'very risky' to clean up energy supply

Natural gas does should not be considered an 'easy bridge' between coal power and renewable energy, the New Climate Economy (NCE) has warned.

Last year UK power from coal fell by a quarter, with coal-generation producing around a third of all UK energy

Coal shutdown creates opportunity for low carbon transition

One of Britain's leading energy experts has used the closure of another UK coal power station to call for a new national energy strategy.

The University of Oxford has ruled out future investments in coal and tar sands from its multi-billion pound endowment, but said it would not divest from all fossil fuels

Oxford University rules out investing in coal and tar sands

The University of Oxford has ruled out future investments in coal and tar sands from its multi-billion pound endowment, but said it would not divest from all fossil fuels as demanded by thousands of students, academics and alumni.

The IMF said that ending the subsidies to fossil fuels would cut global carbon emissions by 20%

Fossil fuels subidised by $10m every minute, says IMF

Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3tn (£3.4tn) a year, equivalent to $10m every minute of every day, according to a startling new estimate by the International Monetary Fund.

Lamma power station, Hong Kong. If China's emissions reduction continues until the end of the year, it will be the largest recorded year-on-year reduction in coal use and CO2

China leads decarbonisation charge ahead of Paris

China has cut coal consumption by 8% and CO2 emissions by 5% in the first four months of 2015.

 LSHTM is the fourth university in the UK to have committed to some form of fossil fuel divestment, following Glasgow, Bedfordshire and Soas, University of London

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine divests from coal companies

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine divests from coal companies.

University of Edinburgh decides against fully divesting from fossil fuels

Edinburgh University rejects calls to divest from all fossil fuels

Climate change campaigners reacted with disappointment as Edinburgh University announced on Tuesday that it would not fully divest from fossil fuels.

Tar sands in Alberta, Canada. One climate scientist warned that it would be

Church of England ends investments in heavily polluting fossil fuels

The Church of England has pulled its money out of two of the most polluting fossil fuels as part of what it called its moral responsibility to protect the world's poor from the impact of global warming.

Medical students across the world have compared the health impacts of tobacco with extreme weather and climate crisis in a letter written to Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust

Group representing one million medical students backs fossil fuel divestment

The fossil fuel industry is a bigger threat to global health than tobacco and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust have a moral obligation to divest from it, an international organisation that represents 1 million medical students has said.

The top 200 firms hold four to five times more fossil fuels in existing reserves than can be safely burned

Carbon reserves held by top fossil fuel companies soar

The carbon locked up in coal, oil and gas reserves owned by the world's biggest fossil fuel companies has swollen by 10% in the last five years, despite warnings from the World Bank and others that most existing reserves cannot safely be burned.

The race for Number 10 heated up this week with the release of five manifestos. Who would you vote for?

Manifesto watch: Which party has the best green policies?

The race for Number 10 heated up this week as the five main political parties released their manifestos ahead of next month's General Election. So, who's now leading the pack when it comes to energy and climate change?

UKIP wants to rejuvenate Britain's fossil-fuel generation, fast-track fracking and scrap Decc and WRAP as well as the Climate Change Act

UKIP manifesto: "Save coal industry, end support for renewables"

"The lights are likely to go out if we carry on with this energy policy," proclaims the UKIP manifesto, launched by Nigel Farage today in Essex.

Student campaigners want Edinburgh University to divest fully from fossil fuels

Edinburgh Uni expected to dump coal and tar sands stocks

The University of Edinburgh is expected to approve plans to divest from companies involved in coal and tar sands extraction, but campaigners said the action did not go far enough.

The Innovate UK-funded project explored redundant mines over a 30km area that have the potential to produce enough energy to heat 45,000 homes

Abandoned coal mines could heat UK homes again

A research project from Nottingham Trent University has discovered disused coal mines as a viable source of renewable thermal energy in the UK.

Labour plans to decarbonise the electricity supply by 2030, and embark on a

Labour manifesto: Red Ed goes green with energy policy

Labour released its election manifesto on Monday, reaffirming bold pledges on climate change and decarbonising the UK energy supply, but a conspicuous lack of waste-related policy.

The intended plant will combine coal gasification with CCS technologies in a single facility for the first time

£4.2m investment powers development of UK's first CCS plant

The Scottish and UK Governments have announced a £4.2m investment in industrial research and feasibility studies for a 570MW Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) plant in Scotland.

Charted success: Five graphs that show the UK's low-carbon future is in sight

The Government has released two major reports detailing the UK's emissions figures for 2014 and where it got its' energy from. And there is reason for optimism.

Renewables generated a record 19% of the UK's electricity in 2014

Renewables rocket as emissions plummet in latest Government figures

UK greenhouse gas emissions fell by more than 8% in the last year, while renewables accounted for a fifth of all UK electricity, according to provisional numbers released today (26 March) by DECC.

A biomass plant in Poland. The report claims biomass generators should have to pay for the carbon they produce

Biomass ETS 'loophole' report slammed by renewables industry

A new study which claims the biomass industry is avoiding up to €1bn in carbon taxes due a "loophole" in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) has been branded "intentionally misleading" by the renewable energy sector.

Anglo American chairman Sir John Parker said that collaboration was vital to the success of the firms sustainability goals

Collaboration drives success for Anglo American

One of the world's largest mining companies has released its 2014 sustainability report, revealing large drops in energy use, water consumption and emissions.

China burnt less coal last year than expected

Global emissions stall in 2014 following slowdown in China's economy

A slowdown in China's economic growth helped the world to a pause in the upward rise in greenhouse gas emissions last year, according to data released on Friday.

Thermal power plant in the central province of Hebei, China

US and Chinese companies dominate list of most-polluting coal plants

The 100 global power companies most at risk from growing pressure to shut highly polluting coal plants have been revealed in a new report from Oxford University.

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