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InterfaceFLOR's climb to conquer Mount Sustainability

Global carpet tile manufacturer InterfaceFLOR is on a mission to eliminate its entire environmental impact by 2020. Ramon Arratia talks to Maxine Perella about its journey so far

Sony pictures a zero carbon future

Improving the environmental performance and energy efficiency of its products has put Sony on the path to sustainability

Britain has in recent years installed up to 10GW of solar power – enough to power more than three million homes

More than half of jobs in UK solar industry lost in wake of subsidy cuts

The solar power industry says it has seen the loss of more than half its 35,000 jobs due to recent changes in government energy policy, just at a time when solar power has eclipsed coal as a major generator of Britain's electricity.

Ministers are expected to reach a final decision on solar's inclusion in the RHI scheme in July

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.

The UK is already legally bound by the Climate Change Act to reduce emissions 80% by 2050

Zero carbon emissions target to be enshrined in UK law

The UK will enshrine in law a long-term goal of reducing its carbon emissions to zero, as called for in last year's historic Paris climate deal.

The report cites the UK’s slide out of the top 10 of analysts EY’s respected international league table on renewable energy as a cause for concern

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).

Dale Vince, founcer of Ecotricity, which has reduced gas bills by 7%

Energy firms slash green gas prices

Green energy providers Ecotricity and Good Energy have cut their gas bills by 7% and 7.2% respectively in the wake of falling wholesale prices.

Ealing and Islington were the two London Boroughs to receive new funds. Almost 9,500 people being killed by air pollution in London in 2010

Defra halves local authority funding to tackle air pollution crisis

The amount of money given to local authorities in England to allow them to combat rising air pollution issues has been halved, the Government has confirmed.

New York announces a huge clean energy financial drive while the UK struggles with regulation

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

While New Year's resolutions to give up alcohol or head to the gym are strained or even broken, this week saw the continued commitment to building a sustainable future - even if some sectors are struggling to shed those stubborn carbon footprints.

Under the new subsidised cuts the tariff rates for domestic solar installations has decreased from 12.03p/kWh to 4.39p/kWh

Solar installations surge to beat subsidy cut-off date

Domestic and commercial solar installations in the final quarter of 2015 shot up by approximately 63% year-on-year, as developers scrambled to get projects up and running before subsidy cuts took effect.

RE100 projects that the current group of 53 signatories will reach an average of 80% renewable electricity by 2020

RE100 companies halfway to 100% renewable target

The 53 companies that have signed up to the RE100 pledge to source 100% renewable energy are on average, halfway to their goals, a new report by The Climate Group and CDP shows.

Trade body says solar panel installation is still attractive for consumers but average payback period will almost double

Solar still a good option despite subsidy cut and VAT hike, says industry

Solar panels still make financial sense for consumers despite a double whammy of subsidy cuts and a rise in VAT rates, the industry has said.

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UK Government misses own green targets

The Government has failed to meet its own targets for cutting the environmental impact of the state's operations, according to a report quietly published last month.

Former Labour leader looks to build 'high-ambition coalition' to persuade government to change tack on environment

Ed Miliband aims for cross-party coalition on climate change

Ed Miliband has vowed to build a "high-ambition coalition" of UK businesses, trade unions and civic society to challenge the government's "backward" environmental policies.

The overall spending cap on the Feed-in Tariff will be £100m to 2018

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.

A proposed 90% cut in solar subsidies, alongside other energy policy changes, risks the government being accused of hypocrisy after climate deal

Major energy U-turn needed to meet Paris targets, government warned

The government has been warned that a major U-turn in energy policy is required if it is to avoid charges of blatant hypocrisy following the commitments it made in the Paris climate deal this weekend.

George Osborne announced during the Autumn Statement that DECC's budget will be reduced by 22% over the next four years

DECC axes £1bn carbon capture fund

The Department of Energy & Climate Change has axed a £1bn fund to commercialise carbon capture & storage (CCS) in the UK.

The Autumn Statement document included a pledge to reduce the projected cost of green policies on the average annual household energy bill by £30 from 2017

7 questions George Osborne didn't answer in his Spending Review

Chancellor George Osborne spoke for an hour and the Government released a 154-page document detailing the changes made to Britain's economic plan today, but when it comes to green policy, there STILL seems to be more questions than answers.

Chancellor George Osborne delivers his Autumn Statement and Spending Review to a jubilant House of Commons

Autumn Statement and Spending Review 2015: Green budgets cut, RHI reform

"Going green should not cost the earth" proclaimed George Osborne in his Autumn Statement as the Chancellor confirmed plans to reform the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and slash budgets for DECC and DEFRA.

Most diesel cars emit far more NOx on the road than in official tests

MPs call for diesel cars scrappage scheme to tackle air pollution

The government should consider a scrappage scheme for diesel cars to get polluting vehicles off the streets of England's cities, where they contribute to tens of thousands of premature deaths every year, according to an influential committee of MPs.

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UK closes in on 100% sustainable palm oil

Up to 93% of pure palm oil imported into the UK could come from sustainable sources, according to new Government figures, putting the UK close to a target of 100% by the end of 2015.

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".

Both PMs agreed on the need for an 'ambitious and comprehensive global agreement' to tackle climate change in Paris

UK and India strike £3.2bn clean energy and climate change deal

The Prime Ministers of the UK and India met in London yesterday (12 November) to agree on a new climate deal between the two countries that will establish a £10m joint research collaboration into new low-carbon technologies.

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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.

The report claimed that ending poverty and fighting climate change could be be more effectively achieved if addressed together

World Bank: Climate change could plunge 100 million people into poverty

Climate change risks could force more than 100 million people into poverty by 2030, a new study from the World Bank has found.

Outside of technology, the EIC report also calls for the establishment of a statutory Air Quality Committee

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.

The NCE said G20 countries are well positioned to benefit from high efficiency targets, given their market scale, influence on technological uptake and massive energy consumption

G20 could deliver 40% of 2C target with better energy standards, report claims

Raising and normalising energy efficiency standards across the G20 group of rich countries could deliver 40% of the emissions cuts needed to limit global warming to two degrees, a major new report has found.

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.

The solar energy sector has already lost 1,000 jobs as a result of planned subsidy cuts

Government to cut tax relief for community green energy schemes

The government plans to cut tax reliefs for community energy schemes to build new renewable power capacity such as solar and wind in a move that will deal a further blow to the UK's embattled renewables sector, green campaigners have warned.

80% of participants believe that the FiT changes will reduce annual installation capacity by 80%

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.

Once completed the Godley site will dwarf the only other solar site in the UK, an 800 panel pilot scheme in Berkshire

Manchester set for Europe's largest floating solar project

Installation has started today (26 October) on Europe's largest floating solar power system which will generate 2.7GWh of renewable, zero carbon energy each year on a reservoir near Manchester.

The STA is calling for £95m in subsidies over the next three years

£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.

Community-owned renewables projects raised £26m last year

1.85 million Brits financing 'positive investment' market

A record 1.85 million people across the UK have invested a total of £3.6bn in ways that to create positive social and environmental impact, according to a market update from investment platform Ethex.

Japan, the US and the EU are contributing as little as a fifth of their estimated fair share reduction targets

Report: Rich countries failing to accept 'fair share' of climate action

The climate pledges made by rich countries are less than their 'fair share', according to new report released today (19 October).

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Revealed: Many more solar firms face closure if government cuts go ahead

Hundreds more jobs will be lost at solar power companies if planned changes to government policy come into force in the new year, 25 small businesses have told the Guardian.

The National Grid is assuming net interconnector imports of 1.1GW  from Europe

National Grid: Interconnectors vital to UK energy stability

Interconnectors will play an increasingly important role for the National Grid as it strives to 'keep the lights on' this winter, according to the company's new Winter Outlook report.

The plant removes the salt from the water and turns it into usable products

America's largest solar desalination project seeks $10m crowdfunding

A California company is trying to crowdfund $10m to part-fund the building of the US' largest solar desalination project.

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 total capacity of Britain's wind energy systems now stands at just north of 13GW

Wind energy generates £1.25bn for UK economy, provides 30,000 jobs

Wind energy drove £1.25bn of investment into Britain's economy last year, with the industry now employing 30,500 people, according to a new report from RenewableUK.

The STA says the cuts will reduce subsidy support from £70m a year currently, to little more than £2m a year over the next three years

Tories to slash solar subsidy budget by 98%

The Government's proposed cuts to the Feed-in Tariff subsidy scheme could leave the solar industry with just £7m of funding over the next three years - a 98% cut, according to new analysis.

Writing in the report introduction, managing director David Forde said:

Heineken UK cuts emissions but water efficiency flatlines

Brewing giant Heineken UK has released its 2014 Sustainability Report, revealing small reductions in emissions from production and distribution, but no change in water efficiency.

Nandy said community energy could be a new powerhouse

Labour conference: Every community should own a clean energy power station

Labour's new Shadow Energy Secretary Lisa Nandy has pledged to 'democratise' the energy system by boosting community-owned renewables across the country.

Scotland will put its full support behind lifetime subsidy support for solar projects as well as refusing to review the level of Renewables Obligation support

Scotland to retain 'grandfathering' subsidy guarantee for solar

The Scottish Government has acted swiftly to ensure that solar investors receive 'clarity and certainty' by denouncing UK Government proposals to end 'grandfathering' subsidy guarantees.

More than three quarters of UK households would support renewable energy projects such as wind turbines and solar farms if the profits generated benefitted the local community

Construction begins on Britain's first 'split-ownership' solar farm

The first UK solar farm to be part-owned by both community and commercial groups is now being built at Braydon Manor Farm near Swindon.

A diverse range of companies have urged the government to 'support a thriving local renewables industry in the UK'

Power to the people: Big businesses back calls for feed-in-tariff rethink

Ikea, Panasonic and DuPont are among a wave of businesses have thrown their weight behind calls for the UK Government to reconsider the "extreme" and "damaging" proposals to cut the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) scheme.

The reasons behind the refusals included adverse visual effects, local wildlife damage and a negative impact on tourism

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.

Despite the need for more ambitious pledges that would help limit global warming to 2°C, there have been calls for that limit to be dropped even lower

Current Paris climate pledges 'won't limit global warming to 2C'

Pledges made by countries ahead of the Paris UN Conference in December are not sufficient to limit global warming to 2°C, according to analysis published today (19 August) by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change.

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.

Refreshing reductions: the brewer of Coors Light cut water use by 3.3%

Molson Coors saves 500 million litres in water reduction drive

Global beer producer Molson Coors is on track towards its 2020 energy targets with reductions in carbon emissions, water use and waste-to-landfill, according to its latest sustainability report released today (17 August).

Module prices in the EU are now up to 25% higher than the global average

Solar industry looks to Chinese imports to ease subsidy squeeze

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has called for the EU to drop import tariffs on Chinese solar modules, claiming the cheaper equipment could help the industry overcome subsidy cuts.

Diageo said its water efficiency increased by 10.4%

Diageo saves almost 3 billion litres of water

Diageo has improved its water efficiency by more than 10% in the past year, according to the drinks giant's latest sustainability report.

Scotland Energy Minister Fergus Ewing and Wales Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant have written to Rudd urging her to support community schemes

Community energy will take brunt of subsidy cuts, warn Scotland and Wales

Community energy schemes will be hit hardest by Amber Rudd's recent energy subsidy shake-up, ministers from Scotland and Wales have warned.

Jeremy Corbyn's ambitious environmental strategy comes after a number of cuts to renewable energy

Labour frontrunner launches ambitious environmental manifesto

Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn has announced a far-reaching green vision for his environmental policy in an announcement today (7 August).

WRAP's work in the last five years has resulted in four million tonnes less waste being produced

WRAP funding slashed despite five-fold return on investment

Recent Government spending cuts led to a 38% drop in income for the Waste & Resources Action Plan (WRAP) in 2014/15, despite the organisation delivering a five-fold return on its funding.

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.

ADBA says the farming anaerobic digestion has driven a surge in biogas electricity

Farming biogas leads 40% increase in sector electricity generation

Growth in the UK anaerobic digestion (AD) sector has seen electricity generation from bioenergy surge by 40% from 2013-14, according to figures from the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA).

July has seen spending cuts and, well, more spending cuts

GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in July 2015

The story of July has been cuts and lots off them.

Lord Nick Bourne is DECC's newest ministerial recruit, having joined the Department a week after the election

Lord Bourne: Green policy shake-up necessary to curb energy bills

EXCLUSIVE: After a flurry of shock green policy announcements, the Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) says such drastic changes were needed to drive down consumer bills.

The world is set for record large solar installations after 8GW was added in the first half of 2015

UK doubles large-scale solar capacity with world set for new installation record

The UK has doubled its installed utility-scale solar capacity in 2015, taking it to more than 4GW, according to new figures released today (14 July).

The journal argues cutting short-term pollutants is vital to boosting support for further climate change initiatives

Report: Kill short-lived pollutants to curb climate change

Global governments must work together to cut short-lived climate pollutants as well as tackling long-lived CO2 emissions, according to a report published in the journal Nature Climate Change published today (13 July).

Businesses and sustainability leaders urge a period of stable policy for a low-carbon future

Economy needs 'stable policies' to secure low-carbon future, says Aldersgate report

A new report from the Aldersgate Group has brought together voices from the economy, academia and civil society to spell out key priorities for meeting carbon targets.

Almost 70% of DECC’s budget is ‘locked in’ over the next five years

DECC budget cuts threaten ability to 'keep the lights on'

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) could face staff budgets cuts of up to 90% under Conservative austerity measures, threatening the department's ability to deliver on its key energy and climate policies.

The Adidas concept shoe's upper is made entirely from reclaimed ocean plastics

Adidas showcases shoe made from ocean plastics

Clothing manufacturer Adidas has celebrated its partnership with Parley for the Oceans by creating a prototype shoe made from recycled ocean waste and deep-sea gillnets.

Waitrose’s Leckford Estate farm expects the array to save around 7 tonnes of CO2 annually thanks to the solar array

Waitrose dairy farm unveils rooftop solar array

A Waitrose dairy farm in Hampshire is now generating its own renewable energy after installing a 186 KWp solar array on the roof of a milk parlour.

The multinational pharmaceutical company identified water reduction as one of its central environmental challenges

Johnson & Johnson cuts emissions as water becomes main sustainability challenge

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson reduced its carbon emissions in 2014, but the firm is close to missing its 2015 water consumption target.

Ford has already introduced six-speed gearboxes as standard, but says the ten-speed options will be deployed worldwide within the next few years.

Ford's 10-speed gearbox could cut fuel consumption by 5%

The Ford Motor Company has claimed that the nine and 10-speed gearboxes it is developing could cut fuel consumption by up to 5%.

The existing subsidy scheme for onshore wind power will be closed a year earlier than it was due

UK renewable energy industry warns of legal action over subsidies

The UK renewable energy industry has warned the government's new climate secretary that she will face a legal challenge if she oversees the "wilful destruction" of the industry by retrospectively curtailing subsidies.

The planet is on track to produce 12bn tonnes more CO2 than is safe by 2030

Stern warning: Emissions pledges too weak to stop global warming

The pledges made by major international emitters ahead of the Paris UN conference are not strong enough to limit global warming to 2C, according to team of researchers led by Nicholas Stern.

The subsidy rate for standalone ground-mounted solar projects will drop from 6.16p/kWh to 4.43p/kWh in the third quarter of this year

Government announces more solar subsidy cuts

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is reducing feed-in tariff payments for ground-mounted solar farms by 28% this summer.

The green gains means the company has already reached 2015 targets on water and waste, while it remains on track to cut emissions by 30% next year

Adidas slashes environmental impact with innovation

Sporting giant Adidas has released its 2014 Sustainability Progress report, revealing more than 20% cuts in emissions, water use and waste over the last six years.

Flood funding in the UK should not be treated as a 'political football' by politicians

UK's future flood security threatened by political gain, says CIWEM

Flood funding in the UK should not be treated as a 'political football' by politicians.

What sustainability professionals want from George Osbrone and what they get, could be two very different things

Budget 2015: 10 hopes for energy & environment

Elections are not won on environmental policy. That is the accepted wisdom. But sustainability professionals are, by their nature, an optimistic bunch, and have been vocal in laying out their demands for Wednesday's budget - the last of the current Parliament.

The private sector has only contributed around £40m towards flood defences since 2011

Defra faces £600m deficiency in flood defence budget

Defra is struggling to fill a £600m black hole in its flood defence spending that was expected to be filled by businesses and local authorities.

Coal consumption growth in China has been responsible for more than half of global CO2 emission growth in the past 10 years

End of China's coal boom in sight as consumption falls for first time

China's coal consumption fell for the first time in 2014 due to a rapid increase in renewable generation capacity, energy efficiency improvements and a shift away from heavy industry.

The second phase of the scheme expects to see 200 plug-in vehicles introduced to the fleets of other public sector organisations

Government launches second phase of £5m ultra-low emission vehicle scheme

Up to 35 public sector organisations are being given the chance to bid for funding from a £5m scheme to support ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV), as part of a drive to get electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles into the fleets of central government.

Osborne's Statement was poorly received by environmental activists and the renewables industry

Autumn Statement: Key points and industry reaction

George Osborne delivered his mini-Budget today as sustainability professionals called for rapid decarbonisation, a move towards a fully circular economy and a better long-term strategy for sustainability.

Chancellor George Osborne concluded his Autumn Statement by proclaiming the UK is now

Autumn statement 2014: What it means for green business

"Britain is back on course," proclaimed George Osborne earlier today, but environmental announcements were in short supply as the Chancellor delivered his final Autumn Statement before the General Election.

E.ON will expand its wind and solar businesses in Europe and other target markets. Photo source: Kai-Uwe Knoth/E.ON

E.ON to ditch fossil fuels and focus on renewables

Energy supplier E.ON has announced that it wants to focus more heavily on renewable energy and transfer fossil fuel power generation to a new independent company - the New Company.

The Lima conference is intended to deliver the first draft of an accord to stave off dangerous climate change

UN climate change deal must have legally binding targets, says EU

An international deal on global warming must have legally binding targets, Europe will argue at a UN climate summit in Peru next week.

CIWM calls on efra to keep driving home the waste policy message

CIWM: EFRA report 'could have gone further'

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has welcomed the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee's (EFRA) waste management report, but also said its recommendations could have gone further.

Two academics in the prestigious journal Nature now argue that the 2C target has outlived its usefulness

Could the 2C climate target be completely wrong?

The global warming goal that nearly 200 governments have agreed on should be ditched, say scientists writing in Nature.

Demonstrators walk in the 'People's Climate March' in Paris, September 21, 2014

Record CO2 emissions 'committing world to dangerous climate change'

Global greenhouse gas emissions on course to reach record high of over 40bn tonnes in 2014, study in Nature Geoscience says.

Recent retrofit work has improved the sustainability credentials of more than 400,000 homes and 350 public buildings across the capital

Boris pledges to make London's buildings more energy efficient

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has today (29 August) announced a further investment of £12m to expand his programme to retrofit buildings across the capital, making them more energy efficient and reducing carbon emissions.

The US may cut some three billion gallons of biofuel from 2014 targets

Shifting biofuels goals could threaten industry development

US and EU moves to reduce overarching biofuels targets may damage the industry's growth and its place in tomorrow's renewables mix.

BPI recycling machine processing waste polythene

Packaging manufacturer BPI cuts waste by one third

Polythene maker BPI Group has announced that it has cut its packaging waste by one third in the past six years.

Split scimitar winglet technology cuts fuel consumption by up to an additional 2%. Since 1994 United Airlines has improved its fuel efficiency by 33%.

United Airlines offers carbon offsetting tool for cargo customers

United Airlines has launched a carbon offsetting tool for its corporate cargo customers to track and offset the emissions associated with their air freight accounts.

Rudd, Truss and Hancock all face conflicts between their new ministerial responsibilities and their previous constituency work

Cabinet reshuffle: Who are the new green ministers?

The UK's new energy and environment ministers opposed green energy: Matthew Hancock called for cuts to wind power subsidies while Liz Truss claimed renewable power was damaging the economy.

The High Court ruled the DECC had acted unlawfully in 2012, failing to adhere to consultation rules over Feed-In Tariff cuts

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.

Existing energy efficiency programmes will miss recommended targets from the government's climate advisers for insulating all remaining cavity walls and lofts by 2015, said ACE

Home insulation installs 'have collapsed because of UK policies'

Association for the Conservation of Energy says total number of energy efficiency measures has fallen 60% in the past year.

The study points out a steady decline in maintenance of flood defences and local roads

UK's national infrastructure 'at mercy' of extreme weather, ICE warns

The growing frequency of extreme weather events in the UK is putting the nation's infrastructure networks at risk, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has warned.

Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment Barry Gardiner

Labour call for cross-Government strategy to improve leadership on circular economy

A cross-Government strategy is needed to improve leadership on the circular economy, Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment Barry Gardiner has warned.

The European Commission's recommendations come in spite of calls for a more ambitious energy savings target of 40%

Commission's 27% energy efficiency target 'pitifully weak'

European Commission leaders in Brussels have recommended that Europe aims for an energy saving target of 27% by 2030.

Businesses in the south west were among the worst affected from the winter floods

Flood defence funding 'at bare minimum'

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs committee (Efra) has urged Government to ensure flood protection takes priority over cost-cutting in its winter floods report published today (17 June).

The 12-day Bonn meeting is expected to ramp up pledges for tackling emissions before 2020

Climate talks 'must deliver people-centred solutions' following US and China developments

European politicians in attendance at ongoing UN climate negotiations are being urged to focus on delivering 'people-centred solutions' to the climate crisis and build on positive steps taken by the US and China to reduce carbon emissions.

President Obama told West Point graduates this week that the US must lead by example on climate change

Obama to unveil historic climate change plan to cut US carbon pollution

President Barack Obama will unveil a plan on Monday that will cut carbon pollution from power plants and promote cap-and-trade, undertaking the most significant action on climate change in American history.

BT's 2020 goals are based on three focus areas: Connected Society,  Net Good and Improving Lives

BT cuts emissions by a quarter

BT says 'being a responsible and sustainable business leader remains at the heart of what we do' as the telecommunications giant reveals it has slashed operational carbon emissions from its global business by 25.5% over the past year.

Andrew Warren is director of the Association for the Conservation of Energy

Green Deal incentives leave 85% carbon gap

The Government's new incentive scheme is coming up short on the carbon emission reductions it was supposed to deliver, says Andrew Warren.

The development followed a 'legal blockade' by the local landowners around the site

Energy company abandons South Downs fracking plans

Campaigners claim victory after Celtique Energy tells residents it will not drill horizontally under their land.

The proposed consultation has already sparked a wave of criticism from the solar industry

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'.

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