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

Brexit calls EU climate action into question as top MEP quits

The European Union's plans to reform its broken carbon market have been thrown into turmoil after the British lead MEP on the bill to revise the Emissions Trading System resigned after the UK voted to leave the bloc.

Red alert: The EU Referendum results have dealt a huge blow to environmentalists, green politicians and Remain campaigners across the nation

EU Referendum results: Red alert for the green economy as Britain votes to LEAVE the EU

BREAKING: Britain will no longer continue the fight against climate change as part of the European Union (EU), with the EU Referendum delivering shock win for the Leave campaign in what is seen as a significant blow to our environment and the green economy.

Are environmental policies at risk from “erosion”? Or does the UK’s Independence Day finally create the platform to reinvigorate failing recycling and air quality policies?

The green business reaction: Could Brexit 'erode' environmental policies?

The dust is still settling, but soon the UK will attempt battle climate change outside of the European Union (EU). With the Government free to implement new independent policies, green businesses have been warned of "periods of uncertainty" that could ultimately "erode" the UK's environmental polices.

edie kept readers updated with all of the key announcements as they happened throughout the day and night in this EU Referendum blog

EU Referendum: Britain votes for Brexit - As it happened (the green business perspective)

The EU Referendum has come to a dramatic conclusion and the British public has voted in favour of a Brexit. Now, the attention turns to what impact this outcome will have on the green economy. Re-live all of the action and reaction as it happened in edie's live EU Referendum blog.

These initiatives prove that other countries - both in and out of the EU - aren’t completely dependent on the far-reaching arms of the Union

Beyond borders: 10 amazing European sustainability success stories

With the UK nervously awaiting the results of a defining European Union (EU) referendum, edie has rounded up some of the ways other Member States have been rolling out their own ambitious green initiatives to drive the low-carbon transition outside of the collaborative clutches of the EU.

The deputy mayor of Paris said that despite talk of rivalry between his city and London, “Paris is a city that supports Britain’s place in the EU”

UN boss: Brexit would mean rewriting Paris Agreement on climate change

A vote for Brexit in tomorrow's UK referendum on EU membership (23 June) would mean that the COP21 agreement would have to be rewritten, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change said on Wednesday (22 June) in Brussels.

Listen to exclusive interviews with Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett and former Energy Secretary Ed Davey in this Brexit special edition of the edie podcast

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 05 - IN or OUT of the European Union?

IN or OUT? In this episode of edie's weekly podcast, the editorial team rounds up everything that sustainability professionals need to know about the EU Referendum, with the help of some high-profile special guests...

Everything you need to know about the environmental arguments for and against remaining an EU Member State

EU Referendum: The environmental arguments FOR and AGAINST Brexit

With just hours remaining until we learn the fate of the European Union (EU) referendum, edie has rounded up ALL of our coverage to bring you a quick overview of everything we've heard from the sustainability and environment sector, on both sides of the debate.

Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett and former Lib Dem MP Ed Davey agree that the environmental benefits of remaining in the EU massively outweigh the risks of 'Brexit'

Natalie Bennett and Ed Davey: Brexit would be an 'environmental disaster' under this UK Government

EXCLUSIVE: Exiting the European Union (EU) would create yet more uncertainty for Britain's energy and environment policy, which has already fallen into a state of "disaster" after a series of "dreadful" decisions from the Conservative Government, according to Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett and former Energy Secretary Sir Ed Davey.

Are the edie readers right in their decision to vote remain? Or have the impacts of a potential Brexit been blown out of proportion by a media frenzy?

EU Referendum QUIZ: who said what on the environmental ramifications?

In or Out? By the early hours of Friday morning, Britain will finally have an answer to the ongoing Hokey-Cokey dilemma on whether or not we will remain in the European Union (EU).

Sustainability professionals have formed a general consensus that a pan-European approach is essential for tackling complex and transboundary environmental issues

EU referendum: How will sustainability professionals be voting?

As Britain's European Union (EU) referendum draws ever nearer, edie has collated the figures of a range of in/out surveys, with a clean sweep of poll results indicating that the majority of sustainability professionals are in favour of voting to remain in the EU.

The vast majority (88%) of respondents said that the EU policy approach is needed to complement and support national level policies in addressing air pollution

Sustainability professionals rue ignorance of green issues in EU debates

With just two weeks to go before Britain's crucial European Union (EU) referendum, a new survey has revealed that an overwhelming majority of sustainability professionals believe voters have insufficient information to take environment and sustainability issues into account when they cast their vote.

WWF UK chief executive David Nussbaum RSPB chief executive Mike Clarke suggested that leaving the EU would put recent environmental achievements in jeopardy

Better, cleaner, greener: Environmentalist groups outline green benefits of EU

Leading green groups including World Wildlife Fund (WWF), RSPB and Friends of the Earth (FotE) have outlined the environmental benefits of the UK remaining in the European Union (EU), stating that "there is no argument to be had" when taking into consideration the positive impact that Britain's membership has had on its nature and environment.

The leave camp says that, in the event of a Brexit vote, £2bn would be earmarked for conservation spending out of the money it expects to recoup from payments to Brussels

Brexit would free UK from 'spirit-crushing' green directives, says minister

The UK could develop a more flexible approach to environmental protection free of "spirit-crushing" Brussels directives if it votes to leave the EU, the farming minister, George Eustice, has said.

The Pact of Amsterdam is also proposing measures to introduce the circular economy into European cities – with an aim to increase resource productivity by 30% by 2030

Will the Pact of Amsterdam strengthen the UK's air quality regulations?

With Britain's crucial European Union (EU) referendum just weeks away, a major new EU-wide initiative has been launched to introduce more ambitious measures to improve air quality and implement closed-loop business processes, in an effort to create smarter, greener cities within EU Member States.

The average standards were significantly higher across the rest of the continent, with more than 84% of countries meeting the ‘excellent’ level

UK in hot water as bathing sites rank worst in EU

The UK has the highest proportion of bathing water sites rated as 'poor quality' in the European Union (EU), results from the European Environment Agency's (EEA) annual bathing water report show.

The funding, part of the EU’s LIFE platform, will see Defra and the EA work to protect peatlands, which could cut UK emissions by 200 million tonnes

New €12m peatlands fund signifies 'clear benefits' of EU membership, says Defra

A new €12m fund from the European Union (EU) to restore and preserve blanket areas of peatlands is an example of how the Government can protect and enhance the environment by remaining in the EU, Environment Minister Rory Stewart has claimed.

BNEF chairman Michael Liebreich presented the case for leaving the EU at a Crowd Forum referendum debate in London last night

Michael Liebreich downplays impact of Brexit on clean energy investment

EXCLUSIVE: The upcoming EU referendum will have less of an impact on UK clean energy investment than feared, and domestic environmental policy will not suffer at the hands of a 'Brexit', the chairman of Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has claimed.

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas spoke exclusively with edie after featuring in a panel debate about the impact of EU membership on UK environmental policy. Photo:

Caroline Lucas: Brexit is a frightening prospect for Britain's environment

EXCLUSIVE: Energy policies would be rolled back, demand for environmental experts would drop and Britain's voice on international climate change negotiations would be lost if the nation votes to leave the EU in the upcoming referendum, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has said.

The UK’s membership of the EU has ensured that the UK environment has been better protected, according to the cross-party committee of MPs

EU membership has boosted UK green policy and accelerated climate action, MPs say

UK environmental policy has benefited from multilateral negotiations with other EU Member States in areas such as biodiversity, air quality and water pollution, according to a major new report from the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC).

The report warns that choosing to leave the EU could lead to MPs avoiding “compliance pressures” from the European Union Court of Justice

Report: UK can 'exercise global leadership' on climate change in reformed EU

The environmental consequences of leaving the EU is the subject of a new report from a neutral and independent UK-EU think tank which highlights three possible green policy scenarios the upcoming referendum could lead to.

Voices from within the green economy suggest that EU legislation has been beneficial for a range of energy and environment policies

NO Brexit: edie readers throw weight behind remaining in the EU

The vast majority of edie readers have revealed they will be voting to keep Britain IN the European Union (EU) when the Referendum takes place in June, with more than 80% voting in support of Britain's position as a Member State.

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