BEIS under fire for sudden withdrawal of renewable heat support
The newly-formed Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is being urged to reverse a cut to renewable energy subsidy support which was initiated by its governmental predecessor the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).
DECC launches consultation proposals to slash biogas subsidies
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has delivered another blow to the UK's clean energy industry, after proposing to completely cut Feed-in Tariff (FiT) schemes for large anaerobic digestion (AD) site and "severely" reduce subsidies for small and medium scale plants.
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Solar industry fights RHI subsidy cut
The solar industry has called on ministers to abandon plans to cut support for new solar thermal projects from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme - a move proposed in a government consultation that closes today.
Manufacturers seek security as Government launches consultation on energy cost relief
Manufacturers have warned that permanent exemption from energy policy costs is the 'only long-term solution' that can secure the future of energy intensive sectors such as the steel industry, after the Government opened a consultation which could save these industries £390m a year.
MPs launch fresh enquiry into UK's renewable heat and transport targets
The Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) of MPs has launched a new enquiry into the UK Government's progress - or apparent lack of it - on its self-imposed targets for meeting heat and transport demands from renewable energy sources.
Government proposes major RHI reform with removal of support for solar thermal
Another day, another shock green policy proposal from the UK Government, this time in the form of a consultation to reform the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which would see a 98% reduction in the deployment of non-domestic biomass boilers and an end to support for solar water heating systems.
MPs warn of 'dented' investor confidence over UK energy policy
The Government is risking higher energy prices and stalling new investment through 'sudden and numerous' energy policy changes that are denting investor confidence in the UK energy market, MPs have warned today (2 March).
Government to review future of tidal lagoon power
The Government will launch an independent review this spring into the feasibility of tidal lagoon energy in the UK.
National Infrastructure Commission sees energy storage as 'key part' of UK energy future
The head of the newly-established National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has revealed he considers energy storage a key part of Britain's future energy network.
DECC asks energy sector for advice on boosting innovation
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has launched a public consultation in a bid to ensure that regulation in the energy sector is encouraging innovation.
Feed-in Tariff consultation: Cuts lighter than feared
The Government has announced its final decision on new rates for the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) for 2016 and beyond, including a 64% cut to the domestic solar tariff.
Updated Feed-in Tariff timeline: The rise and fall of solar subsidies
With the Government's decision on major cuts to solar subsidies finally revealed, edie charts the rise and fall of the successful feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme which have been slashed by 64%.
Defra reveals UK's response to EU circular economy consultation
Defra has published the UK Government's response to the EU's public circular economy consultation, including calls for more cross-sector collaboration and voluntary - rather than prescriptive - measures.
Carbon reduction incentives could ease 'complex' policy landscape, says DECC
UK businesses are operating within a "complex" energy policy environment and need to engage with Government over the potential introduction of new financial incentives to stimulate carbon reductions, a DECC official has claimed.
EV's 'too expensive' to tackle air pollution alone, says EIC
Electric cars could be up to five times more expensive than other methods of tackling air pollution on our roads, a new report from the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has found.
FiT cuts would 'cripple' 70% of solar industry, survey finds
A new survey launched on the back of the Government's controversial feed-in tariff (FiT) consultation has found that 70% of solar installers are concerned that the anticipated cuts to subsidies could 'cripple' their financial stability.
£1 solar rescue plan gets cross-party backing
A plan to 'save the solar industry' by adding £1 on to consumer bills has received support from a cross-party coalition of 30 MPs.
Renewables lowered electricity costs by £1.5bn in 2014, report finds
A new report has revealed that renewable energy in the form of wind and solar photovoltaics reduced the wholesale annual cost of electricity by £1.55bn.
Sustainable Development Goals: Businesses urged to take the lead
Sir Richard Branson, Unilever's Paul Polman and Professor Stephen Hawking are among those that have thrown their support behind the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set to be authorised today (25 September).
P&G makes bold energy and clean water pledges
Consumer goods firm Procter & Gamble (P&G) has announced two ambitious new sustainability targets for 2020; cutting emissions by 30% and providing 15 billion litres of clean drinking water by 2020.
Climate watchdog launches inquiries into UK energy policies
The UK Parliament's Energy and Climate Change Committee has launched three inquiries into the Conservative Government's track record on the low-carbon economy and potential policy options going forward.
Government passing the buck on air pollution, say campaigners
A government plan to meet European air quality limits by letting councils ban diesel vehicles and charge drivers more for parking polluting cars and vans is disappointing and could result in further court cases and tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths, critics say.
Manufacturers call for policy shift 'from stick to carrot' on green taxes
The UK Government should move away from out-dated green taxes which target businesses and instead offer green tax incentives to reduce carbon emissions, according to the manufacturers' organisation EEF.
Circular economy can create 3 million jobs - WRAP
A European transition to the circular economy could create three million extra jobs by 2030 and reduce unemployment by 520,000, a new WRAP study has claimed.
DECC rejects 4 Wales wind farms
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has rejected four planned onshore wind farms in mid-Wales with a potential capacity of more than 350 MW.
Sustainability rating scheme to promote 'healthier' UK homes
A new 5-star rating scheme is being introduced by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to help house-buyers make informed decisions about the green credentials of their homes.
WRAP highlights three priorities for EU circular economy package
The Waste and Resources Action Plan (WRAP) has revealed its response to the EU's circular economy consultation, detailing three key targets for the forthcoming package.
UK's AD capacity now greater than a nuclear power station
The UK's anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has surpassed the 500MW capacity milestone, with 411 plants across the farming, waste and water sectors.
Scotland launches circular economy consultation
Scotland's environment secretary Richard Lochhead yesterday (20 August) launched a consultation aiming to create a fully fledged circular economy for the country.
Feed-in tariff changes will 'kill deployment' of small renewables, industry warns
Community renewables and anaerobic digestion (AD) are most at risk from the proposed changes in the Government's feed-in tariff (FIT) review, the renewable energy industry has warned.
Butterfly bio-engineering could boost solar panel output by 50%
Mimicking the structure of a butterfly's wings could boost the output of solar panels by almost 50%, researchers from the University of Exeter have claimed.
Solar subsidies to end as Government seeks to control costs
The Department for Energy and Climate Change has dealt another series of blows to the renewable energy industry with fresh proposals to cease financial support for solar and biomass conversion plants and amend the feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme for smaller projects.
Circular economy package: Policy priorities for the UK
The European Commission's long-awaited circular economy package must take into consideration renewable and decentralised energy, economic growth and voluntary agreements as a means to minimise waste across the continent.
Almost all London boroughs failed EU air pollution limit for toxic NO2 gas
All but two of London's boroughs are exceeding EU limits for a toxic gas linked to respiratory problems, ministers have admitted.
Government defends plans to cut fracking red tape
The Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has dismissed claims that it intends to "fast-track fracking without public consent".
EU asks for public advice on circular economy
The European Commissions has launched a 12-week public consultation to help inform its upcoming circular economy action plan, to be presented by the end of 2015.
North London eyes new energy recovery project to hit 50% recycling target
The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has unveiled bold plans to develop a new £500m energy recovery facility that will generate electricity from non-recyclable waste to power local homes and businesses.
Next government 'must address loophole in new energy efficiency regulations'
The new laws which will effectively ban landlords from letting energy-inefficient homes contain a 'loophole' that means tens of thousands of people living in poorly-insulated homes will be left in the cold.
Scotland announces moratorium on fracking for shale gas
The Scottish government has announced a moratorium on all planning consents for unconventional oil and gas extraction, including fracking.
Judicial review on solar subsidy cut dismissed by High Court
A judicial review launched earlier this year by four solar companies in response to DECC's decision to end subsidies for large solar farms was rejected this morning by the High Court.
Amber Rudd speech raises questions over DECC's solar ambitions
The UK solar industry has hit back at comments made by new climate change minister Amber Rudd, with question marks being raised over DECC's level of ambition for solar after its changes to solar subsidies earlier this month.
Government boosts renewables funding, confirms controversial solar subsidy changes
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced it is adding £95m to the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, but also removing large-scale solar farms from the existing Renewables Obligation (RO) initiative.
Protesters occupy field near Cuadrilla's proposed fracking site in Blackpool
Protest camp set up in Fylde area as locals and campaigning groups prepare for mass action on Sunday.
Leader interview: Environment Agency chairman Lord Chris Smith
"The biggest challenge for water by a long way is the developing impact of climate change. That's going to determine everything that happens in water policy over the next 30 to 40 years."
New EPC standards could hit one in three commercial properties
Commercial property owners across the country are being urged to 'get ahead of the game' and prepare for upcoming energy efficiency standards which could have a negative effect on more than a third of buildings.
Solar policy U-turn to face Judicial Review
Energy Secretary Ed Davey has been accused of 'slamming the breaks on Britain's fledging solar energy business as the industry today (4 August) takes legal action against the Government.
Solar firms entitled to pursue £132m claim against Government
The High Court has ruled that 14 British solar and construction companies can pursue up to £132m worth of compensation over the Government's illegal cuts to feed-in tariff subsidies for solar installations in 2011.
Uncertainty 'damaging' UK solar industry, businesses warn PM
More than 150 businesses have called for Prime Minister David Cameron to support the UK solar industry in a letter to Downing Street today (7 July).
American SMEs already feeling harmful effects of climate change
More than half of small business owners in the US believe climate change will adversely affect their business, with nearly one in five admitting that extreme weather events have already affected their operations.
Government must end uncertainty on energy standards in buildings
Business leaders from some of the UK's largest property owners, developers and occupiers are urging the Government to end the 'prevarication' around the introduction of mandatory energy efficiency standards for privately rented commercial buildings.
In Conversation with Coca-Cola's Joe Franses
From recycling commitments to revamped water strategies, Coca Cola Enterprises (CCE) is putting sustainability firmly in the spotlight. Edie talks with director of corporate responsibility and sustainability, Joe Franses, to find out more about the group's various green initiatives.
Europe's CO2 reduction race: Carmakers on track to hit fuel efficiency targets
Five out of seven European car manufacturers will reach the EU's carbon emissions objectives by the 2021 deadline if they progress at the same rate since the law was introduced in 2008.
Split decision over wind farms in Scotland
The Scottish Government has this week given the go-ahead for a 22-turbine wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway, but Ministers have rejected plans for a similar-sized scheme on the Scottish borders.
BSI investigates potential for a circular economy standard
The British Standards Institution (BSI) is exploring the feasibility of developing a circular economy standard following a stakeholder consultation exercise.
Solar subsidy changes: Industry reaction
The Government has been accused of having 'an unjustified bias against solar and decentralised energy' after revealing controversial plans to cut financial support for solar farms.
Government reveals drastic changes to solar farm subsidies
Large-scale solar farms will no longer receive financial support through the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme as of next April, under new proposals put forward by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) earlier today (13 May).
'Hidden fees' add £100m to business energy bills
With energy regulator Ofgem set to provide a review of policy tomorrow (13 May), one of the UK's biggest energy buyers is calling for an end to businesses being 'kept in the dark' on up to £100m-worth of hidden fees.
Government confirms controversial solar subsidy review
Climate Change Minister Greg Barker has stated that a public consultation proposing changes to financial support for the large-scale solar industry 'will be issued shortly'.
Wales launches new guidance on waste collections
The Welsh Government has unveiled a consultation on new waste collection guidance that aims to help councils and businesses understand what recycling services they are legally obligated to provide under waste law.
'Water Shares' will create mutual responsibility to preserve water, say experts
Introducing a new 'Water Shares' system which would see all water abstractors own a share in their local water catchment, could create a sense of "mutual responsibility" to preserve water supply, according to the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
New glass recycling target unveiled
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed that it is to lower glass recycling targets.
Mixed response over Osborne's landfill tax plans
George Osborne's Budget has received a mixed reaction from the waste and recycling industry, with views divided over the announcement that landfill tax is to increase in line with the retail price index from April next year.
Businesses warned over higher fines for environmental crimes
Businesses face bigger fines for breaking environmental laws due to new sentencing guidelines for courts in England and Wales.
Anaerobic digestion industry expresses dismay over DECC's FIT decision
The anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has expressed dismay over the Department of Energy & Climate Change's (DECC) decision to rule out a consultation on feed-in-tariffs (FIT).
Scotland issues formal consultations on sustainable water management
Two public consultations have been launched to help inform the next stage of Scotland's plans for sustainable management of rivers, lochs, estuaries, coastal waters and groundwater.
Government launches consultation on water abstraction reform
The Government is aiming to "modernise" the way water is abstracted from rivers and groundwater following the launch of a new consultation on license reforms.
Communities to get more say on wind turbine plans
Communities will have a greater say over wind turbine proposals and siting when the Government makes early consultation between local people and developers compulsory.
Business 'concerned' by overlapping energy and carbon reduction schemes
The increasing introduction and overlap of energy and carbon reduction schemes is "causing business concern", according to a consultation response to the Government's proposed Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).
Water must be 'special focus' of UN's post-2015 development agenda
The water community has called for the United Nations to put special emphasis on water when it considers the post-2015 global development agenda.
Biodiversity 'offsetting' proposals could be 'license to trash'
The Government's proposals to introduce biodiversity offsetting in the UK have been met with apprehension by environmental groups, who feel it could be a "license to trash" for developers.
New standard will drive growth in the reuse sector says WRAP
WRAP has today released draft proposals for a new standard that aims to encourage growth in the reuse sector by building customer confidence.
Gov housing proposals 'exclude key sustainability requirements'
The Government's proposals to simplify and streamline housing standards for the construction sector "fail to present a vision for sustainable homes", the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has warned.
Construction sector commends Gov's zero-carbon building proposals
The construction industry has welcomed the Government's public consultation on its 'Allowable Solutions' proposals, which aims to help builders ensure that all homes are zero carbon from 2016.
Defra opens consultation on national waste prevention plan
Defra has launched a consultation on its long-awaited waste prevention programme for England, which is open to businesses, local authorities and consumers.
Freight transport sector challenges Gov's energy audit proposal
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has expressed concerns over the "financial burden" of the Government's proposed introduction of energy audits for large UK companies.
Defra consults on waste management plan for England
Defra has issued a consultation on a Waste Management Plan for England as part of its requirements under the revised Waste Framework Directive (rWFD).
DECC confirms domestic RHI tariffs
Householders could be paid hundreds of pounds a year for generating renewable heat, after tariff levels for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) were published today.
Companies facing mandatory energy-efficiency audits under Government proposals
The Government has today published proposals which will require all large companies in the UK to undertake mandatory energy-efficiency assessments.
Energy intensive industries to retain competitive edge with CfD exemption
Energy intensive businesses are to be made exempt from the costs of Contracts for Differences (CfDs), under plans published by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.
Hewlett Packard highlights hefty cost savings in WEEE by slashing red tape
The UK could save up to £64m a year if the Government's WEEE consultation elects to match collection sites to compliance schemes, according to a report from Hewlett Packard (HP).
Energy intensive industry receives Government compensation guidance
New government guidance is providing energy intensive businesses information on how to claim compensation to offset the cost of energy policy in their electricity bills.
Government proposes capacity market incentive for reducing electricity demand
The Government has announced plans to amend the Energy Bill to include financial incentives via the capacity market to deliver permanent reductions in the UK's electricity demand.
Businesses asked how EU environment policies impact the UK
Defra and DECC have launched a consultation asking businesses and organisations whether being a part of the EU helps or hinders their work on the environment and climate change.
DECC launches consultation on 'deeply flawed' biomass cap
DECC has today launched a four-week consultation with proposals on how to controversially limit new biomass projects under the Renewables Obligation mechanism.
Southern water to increase investment in 'green' power
Southern Water has pledged to utilise low-carbon technologies and sustainable best practices to improve water supplies.
AMP6 price setting: what's changing?
With the price setting process for AMP6 of the water industry's regulatory cycle underway, Ofwat's director of regulatory finance, Keith Mason, is in no doubt that this is "an interesting time" for the industry. WWT's editor, Natasha Wiseman asked for an update.
Industrial sectors sign up to 2020 energy efficiency targets
The UK's energy intensive industries have agreed to commit to extending energy efficiency improvement targets to 2020 as part of the voluntary Climate Change Agreements (CCA) scheme.
EU launches Green Paper to define 2030 carbon targets
The European Commission has published its Green Paper today which focuses on developing a 2030 framework for EU climate change and energy policies.
World Water Day prompts call to action from business
Two organisations have marked World Water Day by joining forces to create an industry working group aimed at helping businesses integrate the challenges of carbon and water management.
New sentencing proposals crack down on waste criminals
Fly-tippers and other serious waste offenders could be slapped with larger fines after new environmental sentencing proposals were launched yesterday (14 March).
Has Defra delivered a guiding light on EfW?
The Government's recent energy-from-waste guide aims to offer some clarity on the energy recovery debate, but how helpful is it? Rebecca Eatwell attempts to find out
Stella Artois and Beck's brewer demonstrates environmental credentials
The brewer of beers such as Stella Artois, Beck's and Budweiser has achieved its three year global environmental goals on water, energy, carbon emissions and recycling.
Pickles to face judicial review over 'appalling governance' on energy efficiency
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles is facing a judicial review for ditching energy efficiency rules for household extensions, which could have saved the economy £11bn.
Green groups criticise 'half-baked' Welsh sustainability proposals
The Welsh government has come under attack for its policies on sustainable development, which many fear are not radical enough to drive meaningful change.
BT drives renewables plan with new windfarm in Northumberland
British renewable energy company RES has signed an agreement with telecommunications provider BT to develop a new wind farm in Northumberland.
Construction waste starts to divide England and Wales
Wales has launched a consultation to reduce construction waste while England looks set to take a laxer approach on the issue.
Ofwat proposals to combat unsustainable water use
Ofwat has today announced proposals to change the way it regulates the water and sewerage sector, in an attempt to ensure the sustainable management of water.
London congestion charge changes up for consultation
A public consultation is underway to asses proposals aimed at altering the London congestion charging scheme to improve air quality in the capital.
Energy Bill is 'fundamentally flawed' says Tim Yeo
Tim Yeo slammed the Government today for its lengthy development of the Energy Bill and labelled it "fundamentally flawed" by the weakness of its demand side measures.