Fracking in UK given go-ahead as Lancashire council rejection overturned
Communities secretary, Sajid Javid has overturned Lancashire county council's rejection of a fracking site, paving the way for shale company Cuadrilla to drill in the county next year and drawing outrage from local groups, environmentalists and politicians.
Jeremy Corbyn's energy manifesto: 'wishful thinking' or a welcome change from 'incompatible' climate commitments?
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has unveiled his Party's energy and environment manifesto that aims to accelerate renewables generation, ban fracking and end fossil fuel reliance. But would a Labour Government really strengthen EU-driven policies or instead become a naive and short-sighted regime?
UK Governments have succeeded on renewables but failed on energy security, say business leaders
British energy policy since the turn of the century has been successful in increasing the use of renewables and reducing carbon, but has failed on delivering secure and competitively-priced energy, a poll of nearly 1,000 business directors has found.
Could public support for renewables derail UK fracking and nuclear projects?
Amid a wave of discontent over the controversial fracking and Hinkley Point nuclear plant projects, recent developments suggest the general public are vying for low-carbon technologies to form the focal point of the UK Government's clean energy mix.
New shale consultation deepens fracking controversy
Payments for communities near fracking wells will not be circulated until a new well site begins operating and producing gas, the Government has confirmed in a consultation published on the shale wealth fund.
Trump and Clinton: the stage is set for America's climate aspirations
As the UK's commitment to battling climate change takes a departmental twist, the two US presidential candidates are leading campaigns that sit on very different ends of the climate policy scale.
Fracking and CCS hit the spotlight as MPs launch inquiry into Brexit implications
The Environment and Climate Change Committee (ECCC) of MPs has launched an inquiry to explore the implications for UK climate policy of leaving the European Union (EU), amid major concerns over the uncertain futures of shale gas exploration and carbon capture and storage (CCS).
Campaigners threaten legal action over fracking decision
Campaigners have written to North Yorkshire County Council, threatening to take legal action over its decision to approve Third Energy's plans for fracking near the village of Kirby Misperton.
UK renewables cuts 'risk slowing shift to clean energy'
The UK government risks slowing the shift to clean energy sources by cutting support for renewable energy and strongly backing gas as a transitional fuel, according to the UN's environment chief.
Landmark North Yorkshire fracking approval leaves green groups up in arms
Shale development company Third Energy has been given the go-ahead by North Yorkshire County Council to hydraulically fracture an existing well near the village of Kirby Misperton - a decision labelled as "bitterly disappointing" and "an absolute travesty" by campaign groups and environmentalists.
Six charts that show how public support for UK renewables has reached record levels
Public support for the UK's renewables revolution has reached an all-time high, with the latest Public Attitudes survey from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) revealing that eight in 10 Brits support the uptake of clean technology.
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.
Sadiq Kahn unveils plan for London 'clean energy revolution'
Labour's London Mayor candidate Sadiq Khan has outlined his ambition to ignite a 'clean energy revolution' in the capital, pledging to be the 'greenest mayor ever'.
VIDEO: "Mr Cameron, you're making an enormous mistake" - Mark Ruffalo slams PM over UK fracking plans
Hollywood star Mark Ruffalo has sent a passionate plea to UK Prime Minister David Cameron to stop fracking in the UK and instead embrace the global renewable energy revolution.
DECC survey: The more people know about fracking, the less they support it
The more people know about fracking, the less they support it, new Government research has found.
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.
MPs vote to approve fracking under national parks
MPs have voted by 298 to 261 to allow fracking to take place under national parks, despite the government previously pledging an outright ban on fracking in protected areas.
UK is going into reverse on clean energy, says former Environment Agency head
The UK is going into reverse on renewable energy while pressing the accelerator on fracking, according to former Environment Agency chairman Lord Chris Smith.
Report: EU fracking guidelines fail to protect environment & citizens
Non-binding EU guidelines on shale gas exploration are "weak" and fail to protect the environment and health of citizens, a new report has claimed today (8 October).
'Grass to gas' AD plant planned for Hampshire college
Sparsholt College has teamed up with energy supplier Ecotricity to build a Green Gas Mill which will convert locally-harvested grass into carbon-neutral biomethane.
27 fracking blocks offered to energy companies
Twenty seven blocks of land across the UK have been formally offered to energy companies by the UK Government for the extraction of onshore oil and gas.
Government could push through fracking applications if councils delay
Fracking planing applications that are being held up by local councils could be fast-tracked by Government, following new measures announced today by Energy Secretary Amber Rudd and Communities Secretary Greg Clark.
Rudd warns councils to speed up fracking decisions
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd has announced the Government will be writing to local councils to urge them to speed up planning decisions on fracking.
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).
Only 8% oppose onshore wind, finds new Good Energy poll
A new survey has found overwhelming support for renewable energy coming just days after a Government poll suggested a fall in support for shale gas.
One fifth of Brits back fracking, Government survey reveals
Public support for fracking has dropped to an all-time low, as new Government figures show a clear link between education about fracking and opposition to the technology.
GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in July 2015
The story of July has been cuts and lots off them.
Cuadrilla to appeal against fracking refusal by Lancashire county council
Lancashire county council faces an appeal by a leading UK shale gas company after refusing its applications to frack for shale gas in the county.
Amber Rudd lays out DECC's priorities for 2015 and beyond
UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has answered crucial questions on the Government's approach to energy efficiency, fracking, renewable energy subsidies and climate change.
'Rigorous regulation' needed to make fracking safe, says Task Force
The Task Force on Shale Gas has called on the Government to allow the drilling of boreholes without full planning consent, in a report released today (15 July).
Fracking could hurt house prices, health and environment, official report says
Fracking operations to extract shale gas in Britain could cause nearby house prices to fall by up to 7% and create a risk of environmental damage, according to a government report that has been published in full for the first time.
GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in June 2015
June has been a month of major investments, policy change and landmark decisions. Take a look back at the month's major stories with edie's gallery round up.
Lancashire Council rejects Cuadrilla fracking application
BREAKING: Lancashire County Council has rejected Cuadrilla's second fracking planning application at a meeting this morning (29 June).
First Cuadrilla fracking bid rejected by Lancashire council
Lancashire County Council has turned down Cuardrilla's planning application for fracking at Roseacre Wood.
Protesters gather as Lancashire considers fracking application
Lancashire County Council will meet later today (June 23) to consider the first bid for a UK fracking operation in four years, amid protests from green groups and campaigners.
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.
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".
Bonn climate conference: 5 changes that could make a real difference
The journey to Paris stops in Bonn for the next 10 days, as officials from around the world gather to work on the text of a global climate deal.
Amber Rudd confirms plans to ban onshore wind subsidies
New UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has confirmed the Conservative Party's controversial plans to stop subsidies for onshore wind farms, claiming it is top of her agenda at the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC).
Boris rejects City Hall fossil fuel divestment
Boris Johnson has rejected a motion from the London assembly calling for City Hall's £4.8bn pension fund to be divested from fossil fuels.
Rudd receives warm welcome from green groups
Amber Rudd's appointment as the UK's new Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change is a "hopeful sign" that the new Tory Government is committed to accelerating the nation's transition to a low-carbon economy.
Conservative manifesto: "We have been the greenest government ever"
Prime Minister David Cameron outlined the Conservative party's election pledges in a manifesto document which was immediately slammed by green groups as "anti-green growth" and "a recipe for higher energy bills".
Gatwick oil must stay in the ground, say green groups
An oil well containing up to 100 billion barrels of oil has been discovered under West Sussex, but environmental groups have warned that the oil should stay in the ground in favour of the UK's clean energy transition.
Doctors diagnose 'serious health risks' of fracking
Doctors and other health professionals have added their weight to the campaign for an immediate moratorium on fracking in the UK as a new report from health charity Medact warns that exploratory drilling for shale gas poses a serious risk to public health.
Shell cynically blocking action on climate change, says ex-diplomat
Shell and its oil and gas peers are narcissistic, paranoid and psychopathic, and engaged in a cynical attempt to block action on global warming, according to the UK's former climate change envoy.
Lord Smith 'hugely sceptical' of fracking for shale oil in the UK
The former chief of the Environment Agency is "hugely sceptical" on the prospects of fracking for shale oil in the UK, saying it is far from clear that the process should be used to extract quantities of oil from downlands in the south-east of England.
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.
Shale gas should be at centre of next government's energy policy - Tim Yeo
Shale gas exploration can be environmentally sound, and should be the centrepiece of the next government's energy policy, the Conservative's most senior green-leaning MP has urged.
Green Alliance calls for 'Citizen Voice' on UK infrastructure planning
Environmental think tank Green Alliance is calling for a new body to engage the UK public on proposed infrastructure and improve the current 'failing' infrastructure planning system.
Fracking will be allowed under national parks, MPs decide
Fracking companies will be allowed to drill horizontally under national parks and other protected areas if the wells start just outside their boundaries, after the government rowed back on its earlier acceptance of new environmental protections.
Wales joins Scotland with freeze on fracking
Fracking will not be carried out in Wales until its safety is proven, under a new motion proposed by Plaid Cymru and supported by the Welsh Assembly.
Fracking set to be banned from 40% of England's shale areas
Fracking is set to be banned on two-fifths of the land in England being offered for shale gas exploration by the government, according to a Guardian analysis.
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.
Lancashire council defers Cuadrilla fracking decision
Lancashire Council has postponed it's decision on whether to allow fracking in the county after Cuadrilla wrote to the council requesting more time to consult on 'noise and traffic concerns'.
Infrastructure Bill: What it means and what they said
The recent debate and vote on the Infrastructure Bill - the first such vote for MPs on fracking - had major ramifications for the environment and the UK energy mix.
Fracking u-turn: Banned in national parks, moratorium rejected
Fracking for shale gas will NOT be fast-tracked in the UK after the Government accepted Labour proposals close a number of environmental loopholes in a spectacular last-minute u-turn.
Fracking fracas: Campaigners and MPs urge Cameron to reconsider
A mass anti-fracking petition has been delivered to Downing Street and a new survey revealing the widespread condemnation of the Government's 'all-out' support for shale has been released, ahead of the first Commons vote on fracking legislation.
Fracking job claims hugely exaggerated, says Friends of the Earth
Renewable energy generates six times as many jobs as gas, says a new Friends of the Earth (FoE) report which rubbishes claims from shale-exploration firm Cuadrilla that each fracking wellpad will support 1,100 jobs.
UK's shale gas revolution falls flat with just 11 new wells planned for 2015
The UK government's planned shale gas revolution has barely got out of the starting blocks with just 11 new exploratory wells for shale gas and oil due to be drilled this year even before the impact of plunging oil prices has fully begun to impact on the industry.
Government commits to 'greener' fracking with £2m fund
The Government has unveiled a new £2m fund for 19 companies across the UK to develop innovative ideas that improve the sustainability and safety of shale oil and gas.
Labour's proposed fracking restrictions welcomed by green groups
Friends of the Earth have welcomed a new Labour proposal to ban fracking near vital underground water stores.
New York state to ban fracking over 'red flags' to public health
The state of New York said it would ban the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing on Wednesday because of "red flags" about its risks to public health.
Report: Businesses 'surprisingly relaxed' about water impacts of fracking
Key stakeholders in the use and procurement of shale gas appear unconcerned about the potential impacts of fracking on water pollution and water resources, according to a new report from a sustainability consultancy firm.
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.
US Government steps up climate change action
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released two new plans to reduce its emissions and prepare for the extreme-weather impacts of climate change.
Former Environment Agency head to lead industry-funded fracking task force
The risks and benefits of fracking for the UK are to be examined by a "independent" task force, led by the former head of the Environment Agency, Lord Chris Smith, and funded by shale gas companies.
Britain's 'Big Five' banks urged to divest from fossil fuels
A new campaign calling for banks to stop funding fossil fuels and climate change has been launched as part of Good Money Week today (20 October).
UK energy policy 'vital' to circular economy success, report argues
A new report which warns that current energy policies are stifling the UK's transition to a circular economy has been welcomed by the renewables industry, with calls for the Government to do more to realise the green potential of waste.
Global water availability 'could limit fracking developments'
A new report that looks into the potential environmental effects of fracking has revealed that drilling and fracturing shale gas wells poses a 'significant risk' to freshwater supplies across the globe.
Lack of awareness 'undermining' CCS use for tackling carbon emissions
A lack of public awareness about carbon capture and storage (CCS) is threatening to undermine the UK's efforts to use the new technology for cutting carbon emissions, a new leading academic survey has found.
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.
Will shale gas ever find its place in today's broad energy mix?
Many decades ago, Albert Einstein said that 'Everything is Energy and Energy is everything". This claim is still very true as we look at the impact of energy as a source on our modern society today.
Government opens bidding for fracking licences while 'protecting' National Parks
The government has today (July 28) opened the bidding process for companies seeking exploration licences to extract shale oil and gas using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
Study reveals fracking risk to drinking water
New underground maps from the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the Environment Agency (EA) have discovered that many shale gas deposits overlap with major water aquifers.
Political outlook on green issues is fractured, says Huhne
The political outlook on green issues for the UK is substantially more fractured now than it was in 2010, according to former energy secretary Chris Huhne.
Scotland shale gas and oil reserves 'modest' compared with England
Midland Valley of Scotland has up to 134.6 trillion cubic feet of shale gas below ground, according to British Geological Survey.
UK chief scientist calls for urgent debate on climate change mitigation
It's time to move on from the basics of whether global warming is happening to how best to respond, says chief science adviser
Queen's speech: win on plastic bags, lose on zero-carbon homes
Despite affirming "My ministers champion efforts to secure a global agreement on climate change", the final Queen's speech before the next general election was decidedly thin when it came to action on sustainability and the environment.
Energy company abandons South Downs fracking plans
Campaigners claim victory after Celtique Energy tells residents it will not drill horizontally under their land.
Shale gas review: Energy efficiency remains 'national priority', experts argue
The Government is being urged to remain focused on the task of moving the UK to an efficient and low-carbon energy system following the release of a new report from the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee about the potential of using more shale gas.
George Osborne wants climate change tackled as cheaply as possible
Chancellor calls on environmentalists to drop opposition to nuclear power and shale gas as they can be inexpensive
'Fracking' for offshore shale gains traction with plans to drill Irish sea
The co-founder of shale gas firm Caudrilla is aiming to drill the world's first offshore shale gas wells.
Fracking opponents are being irrational, says David Cameron
Prime minister questioned by House of Commons liaison committee about shale gas, environment and women's issues
Fracking in the UK: 'We're going all out for shale,' admits Cameron
Environmentalists say prime minister's plan to grant councils 100% of business rates from fracking amounts to a bribe
Safeguarding water supplies - a frack too far?
Water is the latest natural resource under threat from fracking and unless the risks are properly assessed, certain areas could face real shortfalls in supply. Maxine Perella reports
British public divided on nuclear power
The amount of people now supporting the use of nuclear power in the UK is roughly the same as those opposed, according to research published today by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC).
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
Ed Davey: Britain can't bank on shale gas to solve energy challenges
Ed Davey has backed the exploration of shale gas but expressed caution, claiming it will not "come close to solving even our basic energy resource security challenge".
Osborne: 'Oil and gas vital but so too are renewables and nuclear'
Chancellor George Osborne today highlighted the important role of renewables and nuclear, while commending the oil and gas industry for its continued contribution to the British economy.
David Cameron: 'Back fracking or miss opportunities'
Prime Minister David Cameron has today urged the UK to back the controversial practice of 'fracking' or risk missing out on the opportunities associated with shale gas.
Shale gas industry told water quality 'cannot be compromised'
Water companies have called on the shale gas industry to ensure that water quality in the UK is protected "at all costs".
Lush Cosmetics fights fracking as Government cuts shale gas tax
UK company Lush Cosmetics has begun an anti-fracking campaign as the Government announces tax breaks to companies involved in the UK's shale gas industry.
Centrica agrees Northern England fracking deal with Cuadrilla
The British Gas owner, Centrica, has bought a 25% stake in a venture license to drill for shale gas in Northern England from fracking firm Cuadrilla.
Do not underestimate 'massive' water consumption in fracking process warns expert
The excessive use of water in the process of hydraulic fracturing must not be underestimated given the unpredictable nature of water in the UK, according to head of climate resilience and adaption at civil engineering firm Jacobs, Steve Thompsett.
Protest over Obama fracking wastewater plan
Fears have been raised over a US proposal to transport fracking wastewater by barge as energy analysts claim it will pose a serious health risk to drinking water.
'Eureka' moment for solution to water contamination
A scientific breakthrough might have provided a solution to the issue of water contamination, say researchers at Houston Rice University and Lomonosov Moscow State University.
Locals welcome shale exploration
A survey commissioned by the British drilling company, Cuadrilla Resources, suggests that residents in Lancashire are beginning to support the continued exploration of shale gas in their local area.
Coal due to make a global comeback
The era of coal consumption is far from over and by 2017 it will come close to surpassing oil as the world's top energy source, according to a report published today.
Fracking potential risk to 'fragile' UK water supply
The water industry has expressed its concerns over the Government's announcement that fracking for shale gas will resume in the UK.
Fracking gets green light as shale makes comeback in the UK
Hydraulic fracturing for shale gas will resume after the Government today lifted a ban on the practice, known as fracking.