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.
Shadow Energy Minister calls for national CCS strategy
Shadow Energy Minister Alan Whitehead has renewed his calls for a national carbon capture and storage (CCS) strategy, following the Government's last-minute decision in November to axe a £1bn competition for CCS pilot projects.
NHS Trust to save £1.9m a year with energy efficiency upgrade
Salford Royal Hospital in Greater Manchester is expected to slash £1.9m from its annual energy bill thanks to a new efficiency programme part-funded by the Green Investment Bank (GIB).
Spending watchdog to examine scrapping of £1bn carbon capture plan
The National Audit Office is to investigate George Osborne's decision to scrap a £1bn prototype carbon capture scheme which cost the taxpayer at least £60m, a letter seen by the Guardian shows.
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.
Subsidy grace period could allow for another 3GW of onshore wind
The Government has confimed it will grant a 'grace period' after the closure of the Renewables Obligation subsidy in April that could allow another 2.9GW of onshore wind energy capacity to be built in the UK.
Government advocates CCS despite Drax dropout
The UK Government has reiterated its support for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, after energy giant Drax pulled out the UK's flagship project.
Onshore wind investors put off by punitive policies
More than half of the major sources of project finance for renewable energy developers say they will not lend to onshore wind projects in the UK until there is more clarity around subsidies.
Oil and gas majors could be forced to pay for CCS in the UK
Companies that import or extract oil and gas in the UK could be forced to pay for the cost of storing carbon emissions underground, under a new amendment to the Energy Bill.
Feed-in Tariff could be closed to new applicants by January 2016
The Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme, which offers subsidy support to small scale renewables, could be closed to new applicants by January 2016, the Government announced today.
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.
Ikea lights the way with switch to full LED range
Ikea has become the first major global retailer to offer only LED lights, by phasing out traditional halogen bulbs in its new lighting range.
Policy Exchange: 'Reckless' green policies main cause of spiralling energy bills
The UK Government's 'reckless' green policies have added £60 to the average household energy bill in the past five years, according to a new study from centre-right think-tank Policy Exchange.
Green policy costs hitting poorest households hardest
The cost of green energy and low-carbon policies are hitting low-income groups hardest, according to a new report from the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR)
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
This week of sustainability news was dominated by the Queen's speech on Wednesday and the accompanying flurry of green legislation from the incoming Conservative Government.
Rudd reiterates support for UK oil and gas
New Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has praised the Tory Government's support for oil and gas set out in the Queen's Speech, insisting the fossil fuels must continue to play an essential part of the UK's energy mix over the coming decades.
Queen's Speech 2015: Energy security and climate change on the agenda
Collaborating with other nations to combat climate change and the release of a new Energy Bill to increase energy security in the UK were among the key announcements in the first all-Conservative Queen's Speech since 1996.
Canary Wharf trials two new smart-city innovations
Canary Wharf will trial an energy-from-waste scheme and an intelligent building control system as part of a project to find the best smart-city initiatives.
Environmental taxes will make up a third of business energy bills by 2050
EXCLUSIVE: The proportion of a business' energy bill that comes from the energy itself will drop below 50% by 2050, according to an expert speaker at Sustanability Live.
Government announces 'roaming' solar Feed-in Tariff
Businesses will soon be able to take solar panels with them when they relocate without losing subsidies, the Government has announced today.
Manufacturers support calls for better energy network regulation
The manufacturers' organisation EEF has welcomed a parliamentary report which criticises Ofgem for allowing the operators of Britain energy networks to make "greater than expected profit".
Labour makes efficiency central pillar of energy policy
Labour has released its energy efficiency manifesto ahead of next year's General Election, detailing six policies it would enact to create 'a Britain of warm homes and warm hearts'.
Independent body needed to develop sustainable UK infrastructure
An overwhelming majority of businesses want an independent body to be put in charge of UK infrastructure to encourage stable investment and a more sustainable future.
Government must establish 'more ambitious' energy efficiency scheme
A more ambitious energy efficiency investment programme would pay for itself within 10 years and add £13.9bn annually to the UK economy by 2030.
Global solar market 'could hit 200GW by year-end'
Global solar photovoltaic (PV) installations set up during the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2014 are expected to exceed 19.5GW, pushing combined international PV operation towards the 200GW mark.
Tory MPs more likely to oppose windfarms than British public - poll
Conservatives opposition undermining projects and investment in renewables, say wind energy companies.
10 reasons to be hopeful that we will overcome climate change
From action in China and the US to falling solar costs and rising electric car sales, there is cause to be hopeful...
Enable the Label: Blue chips shine light on electricity labelling
Some of the UK's largest organisations have today (9 July) called on the Government to simplify carbon reporting for businesses, proposing that the introduction of an 'electricity label' will bring much-needed transparency and better communication to stakeholders.
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.
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.
'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.
Nottingham City Council to set up energy firm to rival 'big six'
The UK's first council-run energy company will be set up next year by Nottingham City Council.
Energy Bill receives Royal approval
The Energy Bill has received approval from the Queen today completing the Bill's passage through Parliament and establishing it as an act of law.
PM warned rolling back green levies could 'undermine' low-carbon vision
The Prime Minister David Cameron has been urged not to "undermine" the Government's efforts to achieve a low carbon energy system with his appraisal of several 'green levy' schemes.
Gov agrees to delay 2030 decarbonisation target for two more years
The Government yesterday narrowly voted against an amendment to the Energy Bill that would have seen a 2030 decarbonisation target for the power sector set in 2014.
Growing signs that renewables are 'coming of age' for SMEs
Using renewable energies to power your business more efficiently - from solar panels and biomass heating, meet the small businesses using green energy alternatives.
Investors call on Osborne to set 2030 decarbonisation target
The Chancellor George Osborne has today been urged to include a decarbonisation target in the Energy Bill by a group of investors.
Dieter Helm: EMR will need full review to address issues
The Government's Energy Market Reform (EMR) is supposed to "solve our energy problems" but is it a solution for the next 25 years and is it going to make sure that we achieve our low-carbon transition, keep the lights on and ensure prices are affordable? Leigh Stringer talks to professor of energy policy at Oxford University Dieter Helm
Gov's 'confusing' approach to renewables putting offshore wind sector at risk
The UK is not yet fully embracing the opportunities associated with an expanding offshore wind industry, according to a new report.
Barry Gardiner appointed shadow minister for natural environment
Labour Leader Ed Miliband has appointed Barry Gardiner as Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries.
Energy Bill draft strike prices published earlier than expected
The Government has today set out strike price support levels for renewable technologies under the new support mechanism, the Contracts-for-Difference (CfDs) model, which will aim to help renewables contribute more than 30% of total power by 2020.
'Government action' needed to ensure UK meets second and third carbon budget
The Government must do more to ensure the UK meets its third and fourth carbon budget, according to the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) annual progress report.
Labour announces commitment to 2030 decarbonisation target
The next Labour Manifesto will include a 2030 decarbonisation commitment, the Shadow Energy Minister Tom Greatrex has announced.
Tim Yeo stands down as committee chairman following lobbying claims
Tim Yeo has agreed to temporarily step aside as chairman of the energy and climate change select committee following allegations that he offered to advise energy companies for cash.
Decarbonisation target still on the cards as hopes turn to House of Lords
MPs yesterday narrowly voted not to include an amendment in the third reading of the energy bill that will commit the UK to a near- carbon free power sector by 2030.
MPs vote no to 2030 decarbonisation target
MPs have voted not to include an amendment in the third reading of the energy bill that will commit the UK to a near-carbon free power sector by 2030.
Businesses and investors urge MPs to vote for 2030 decarbonisation target
Two of the UK's leading business and investor associations have stated that a 2030 decarbonisation target for the power sector is essential to stimulate new growth in the economy on the eve of a crucial vote in Parliament.
Londoners get insulation incentives
Londoners are being offered cut price insulation as part of a plan to curb the capital's carbon emissions, the Mayor announced on Wednesday.