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Despite the down beat outlook, the report suggests that the emergence of battery storage and demand response measures offer a potential to boost UK renewables investment

Britain's renewable attractiveness falls to all-time low

The UK has fallen to an all-time low in EY's table of the world's most attractive renewable energy markets due to Brexit uncertainty, the demise of DECC, and the approval of the Hinkley Point C power station.

Defra Secretary Andrea Leadsom appeared before the Environmental Audit Committee in Parliament today

Leadsom admits uncertainty over post-Brexit environmental laws

Andrea Leadsom has confirmed that the majority of European Union (EU) environmental legislation will be transferred across into UK law in the immediate aftermath of Brexit, but uncertainty looms for around a third of green regulations which the Defra Sectretary admitted "won't be easy to transpose".

The addition of a third runway at Heathrow has been widely criticised by politicians and campaigners due to its potential impact on noise and air quality

'Climate-wrecking' Heathrow Airport expansion approved by Government

The long-anticipated expansion of London's Heathrow Airport has been approved by Government ministers - a decision that has been lambasted by green groups and environmental campaigners for its potential impact on Britain's air quality and emissions.

Listen to exclusive interviews with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and ClientEarth chief executive James Thornton in this latest episode of Sustainable Business Covered

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 13 - Britain's great green policy progressives

London Mayor Sadiq Khan and ClientEarth chief executive James Thornton are the special guests on this week's podcast episode which investigates London's ongoing air quality crisis, the Government's green policy priorities, and the role of business in delivering a low-carbon economy.

The court heard the Government chose an arbitrary date of 2020 to comply with pollution laws because it was thought that would be the earliest it would be fined by the European Commission

Treasury blocked air quality plans in favour of 'absolute minimum' measures

The Treasury blocked plans to bring UK air pollution within legal limits as part of an "entire approach driven by cost", the High Court heard yesterday (18 October) in a retrial over illegal air levels.

Chisholm claimed that the new department would be better prepared to “repair” financing mechanisms to accelerate the low-carbon transition

BEIS aims to rollout emissions reduction plan in February

The permanent secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Alex Chisholm revealed that he expects an emissions reduction plan to be published by the end of February 2017.

The ECC urges the Government to become a

Final call: MPs urge UK to 'get a move on' with energy storage and demand response

In its last report before being disbanded, the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) has urged the UK Government to incentivise innovative energy storage and demand response technologies that could provide a clean, flexible and secure energy system fit for the future.

The CCC urges the Government to “vigorously pursue” a package of measures it has identified in order to meet existing national climate commitments at the lowest cost

Brexit, Paris and low-carbon heat: 10 green policy messages for the UK Government

As the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) releases three new reports on the UK meeting its climate commitments, edie rounds up the key green policy calls made by the Committee surrounding low-carbon heat, Brexit and the Paris Agreement.

Meeting the UK’s Climate Change Act and living up to the Paris Agreement will require new and renewed green policies through the 2020s

Climate watchdog calls for 'concrete green policy action' amidst Paris Agreement and Brexit

Britain's green policies must be preserved or strengthened post-Brexit and a credible new strategy on low-carbon heat must be delivered as soon as possible, but it is still too early for the Government to adopt stricter targets for tackling climate change in line with the soon-to-be-ratified Paris Agreement, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said.

ClientEarth states that the Government has failed to correct its course after admitting five years ago its policies would miss emissions targets by 187Mt CO2

ClientEarth: UK in breach of law over 'dangerously neglected' Climate Change Act

The UK Government must "revive" the Climate Change Act or face the "real risk" of missing future carbon budgets, environmental law firm ClientEarth has claimed.

World Energy Council warns of potential gap in energy supply due to government’s lack of clarity and myriad changes

UK loses top 10 spot in global energy ranking for the first time

The UK has fallen out of the top 10 of a respected international league table of countries' energy sectors for the first time.

The Mayor today joined pupils at St Saviour’s and St Olave’s School in Southwark, a traffic hot spot that would be included in the proposed Ultra-Low Emission Zone expansion

Sadiq Khan: I want business on-board to ignite London's green revolution

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses are front and centre of Sadiq Khan's ambitious plans to create "the greenest city in the world", the London Mayor told edie today (10 October) as he unveiled detailed proposals to improve the capital's air quality.

There are 35 standalone grid-connected energy storage projects operating as of August 2016, spanning technologies from lithium-ion batteries to pumped hydro systems

REA calls for energy policy reform to unlock storage megashift

The UK has "multiple gigawatts" of energy storage capacity that is proposed or in the development pipeline, but this will fail to come to fruition without a joined-up and more supportive policy structure from Government, the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has claimed.

In line with current Labour policy, Lewis described community energy as an “exciting grassroots antidote” to the failures of the big six

Clive Lewis appointed as shadow business and energy secretary

Clive Lewis has been appointed as Labour's new shadow business and energy secretary as part of Jeremy Corbyn's first reshuffle since being re-elected as party leader.

Javid deferred a decision on the second site, at Roseacre Wood, to give Cuadrilla more time to provide evidence on road traffic issues

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.

(L-R): BEIS Secretary Greg Clark and Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary Barry Gardiner

The devil's in the detail as Tories and Labour outline low-carbon strategies

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Secretary Greg Clark addressed the Conservative Party Conference on Monday (4 October) with a promise to "upgrade" the UK's clean energy system, but a distinct lack of specific green policy pledges contrasted with the raft of legislation proposals made at last week's corresponding Labour Party Conference.

The CPS is calling on the Government to scrap the UK’s internal carbon tax to increase competitiveness and prolong the lifetime of coal plants

'Project blackout fear': Green economy scolds think tank research into Britain's energy mix

A new report questioning the economic value of renewable energy and phase out of coal-fired power plants has faced retaliation from green organisations for undermining the role of renewable generation in the UK's future energy mix.

The report claims that the schemes would enable companies to save money while improving produce and restoring the environment

New research outlines economic windfall opportunity for post-Brexit farming

A new sustainable land management model that could direct millions of pounds towards farming methods that reduce flooding, restore wildlife and enhance clean water has been proposed by the National Trust and the Green Alliance.

Under a high-impact scenario, a CCC report said, summer temperatures in Edinburgh could rise by 4.4C by 2060, and five-day rainfall levels increase in the city by nearly 25% to 78.4mm

Climate chief: UK must not use Brexit to water down environment laws

The UK must not water down its environmental laws as it leaves the European Union, one of the government's most senior advisers on climate change has warned.

An artist's impression of Hinkley Point C, which was approved by the UK Government last week

Energy policy cannot be dependent on any single project, says UK climate watchdog

Energy policy is about more than just Hinkley and "cannot be dependent on any single project", the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has warned.

The sheer scale of EU-led environmental legislation means full transposition is the only practical short-term option, according to the report

Keep EU environmental legislation post-Brexit, urge manufacturers

Manufacturers want to see EU environmental legislation transposed to a post-Brexit Britain, but also recognise an opportunity to cut 'red tape' and explore a simpler, more UK-specific approach to green policy.

Davey told Newsnight the most pressing concern with Hinkley is that it could be unbuildable

Ed Davey: Irresponsible Tories betting the nation on gas and nuclear

Former Energy Secretary Ed Davey has accused the current Government of playing "fast and loose" with the UK's long-term energy security by prioritising gas and nuclear investment over support for low-carbon and renewable energy sources.

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) highlighted major criticisms from the private sector that energy investments were “pulled from under the rug” without any prior warning

Treasury hits back on green policy record

The Treasury has responded to claims that previous energy policy decisions have produced long-term uncertainty among investors, with ministerial officials insisting the department remains committed to sustainable economic growth and meeting the UK's legally-binding carbon targets.

The controversial £18bn scheme in Somerset, which has been criticised over costs and national security worries, will proceed after a new agreement was struck with EDF

Hinkley Point: Green economy reacts as Government approves nuclear power deal

The Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset has today (15 September) been given the go-ahead by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, ending months of speculation and dividing opinion among Britain's industry groups and environmentalists.

With the Scottish Government set to release an updated Climate Change Plan later this year, the CCC is calling for greater focus on under-developed areas such as transport

Why Scotland's leading emissions drive needs renovating

A new report from the Climate Change Committee (CCC) has revealed that Scotland is the exemplar Home Nation in regards to emission reductions, but with a major shift to the energy mix now integrated, the country may need to turn to other areas to keep pace with reduction targets.

Fresh evidence reveals that renewable power generation costs are lower, on average, worldwide than those of fossil fuels

Global cost-effectiveness of renewables revealed amid fears over domestic energy security

New analysis has highlighted the need for policymakers and investors to exploit the global cost-effectiveness of renewable power generation, as the Renewable Energy Association (REA) casts a doubt over the UK Government's willingness to prioritise energy security in post-Brexit negotiations.

The think tank noted the potential to decarbonise the gas itself through the use of green gases produced from waste and organic matter

BEIS needs to 'completely re-think' strategy for heating

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy needs to "completely re-think" its strategy for the decarbonisation of heating, Policy Exchange has warned.

Lord Oxburgh’s report calls for financial measures to support CCS based on the Government’s existing Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme offered to renewable electricity providers

UK climate targets at risk unless 'immediate action' taken to develop CCS

The UK Government must take "immediate action" to boost the development of the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology in order to reduce the cost of meeting Britain's climate change obligations by up to £5bn each year, according to a report by the Parliamentary Advisory Group.

A new report from leading consultancy WSP is calling for the public and private sector to do more to protect the UK’s biodiversity

Biodiversity in the spotlight as reports highlight need for infrastructure advances

An international collaboration of top biologists has found that vital improvements must be made to forecast the global impact of climate change on plants and wildlife, as a separate report outlines how a planning framework is necessary for the UK to reverse biodiversity loss by 2020.

The report outlines key targets that the Government should target in order to supplement the Northern Powerhouse agenda, with the green economy acting as a catalyst

Enabling policies needed to accelerate Northern green economy, says Aldersgate Group

A comprehensive emission reduction plan and policy frameworks that enable the uptake of low-carbon projects are necessary to "champion investment" in the North, a new report from environmental coalition The Aldersgate Group has claimed.

Resource Minister Theresa Coffey has delayed Defra's 25-year plan, while Climate Minister Nick Hurd has delayed the release of a carbon reduction plan

Defra and BEIS planning delays increase fears over Brexit impact on green policy

Resource Minister Theresa Coffey has confirmed the postponement of Defra's 25-year environment plan until 2017, in the same week that Energy Minister Nick Hurd revealed that the Government may also delay the release of a plan on the UK's carbon reduction targets until next year.

Failing to meet renewable heat and transport targets would damage the UK’s reputation for climate change leadership, the ECC claims

Heat and transport: UK will miss low-carbon targets 'without major improvements'

The UK will miss crucial 2020 renewable heat and transport targets and significantly damage its global reputation as a climate leader unless "major policy improvements" are rapidly enforced, a major new report from the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) has concluded.

In its latest review, the Government has considered more creative business-led solutions to deliver new flood defences this winter

National Flood Resilience Review: Government recruits business leaders to design new defences

Defra is looking to take a cross-sector approach to protecting critical infrastructure through closer collaboration between water, telecoms and power companies, as the Government releases its much-anticipated National Flood Resilience Review.

M&S sustainability director Mike Barry believes new BEIS ministers should help other ministries to become “carbon literate”

Business leaders call for 'green growth narrative' to support climate action

Green business leaders from a range of industries have unanimously called for a narrative of "green growth" to be adopted by policymakers and the private sector alike, in an effort to ramp up climate finance and accelerate the shift towards a global low-carbon economy.

While Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to “protect the future of our planet”, green groups and organisations have questioned the Labour leader’s ability to bring about dramatic change

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?

Nick Hurd discussed the upcoming priorities for the UK’s domestic climate and energy policy at an event in London last night

Nick Hurd: Paris Agreement ratification must be matched by business-driven domestic policy

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Minister of State has confirmed that the UK will ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change "as soon as possible", but insisted that the treaty must be replicated by a resilient domestic low-carbon energy policy developed in collaboration with the business sector.

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark believes there is a “national opportunity” for industrial and infrastructure upgrades

Greg Clark: Britain's industrial strategy needs an upgrade fit for the future

Britain's industrial strategy will seek to provide easier routes to market for new business models and tap into the benefits of innovation and competition to allow for the creation of more sustainable products and services, Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has said.

edie has heard from more than a dozen leading environmental figures who have exclusively revealed their biggest green policy hopes and expectations for the next few months

What we want from BEIS: a wishlist for the green economy - Part two

EXCLUSIVE: In the second of edie's two-part feature, sustainability professionals, politicians, businessmen and environmental activists complete a hit-list of green policy priorities in the new Parliamentary session.

One potential method to reduce emissions from shipping is the use of biofuels. The Sustainable Shipping Initiative is already exploring how biofuels could be used as an energy source

European Commission urged to revamp bioenergy and shipping policies

The European Commission has been greeted with across-the-board support from MEPs to include emissions from shipping in the European Union's 2030 emissions reduction target, while non-profits are also calling for improved bioenergy policies.

Corbyn described cuts to renewable subsidies since the Conservatives came to power in 2015 as “nonsensical” and a “damaging backwards step

Corbyn pledges to create £300m energy research agency: report

Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to create a new £300 million US-style energy research agency to help combat climate change, Labour List has reported.

edie has heard from more than a dozen leading environmental figures who have exclusively revealed their biggest green policy hopes and expectations for the next few months

What we want from BEIS: a wishlist for the green economy - Part one

EXCLUSIVE: In the first of a two-part feature, edie speaks to the sustainability professionals, politicians, businessmen and environmental activists working across the green economy to find out they want to see from the Government in this new Parliamentary session.

In order for the Paris Agreement to come into force, the deal needs to be officially ratified by at least 55 countries, representing 55% of global carbon emissions

Pressure mounts on UK to 'work with Europe' and ratify Paris deal

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has revealed that it will seek to ratifying the Paris Agreement "as soon as possible", after both the Liberal Democrats and Labour urged the Government to ratify the deal..

Storm in a coffee cup: The Lib Dems claim a 5p charge would drive a cultural shift, but Simply Cups says this isn't isn't in the interests of retailers or consumers

Should Britain introduce a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups?

The Liberal Democrats have stepped into the war on waste, calling for a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups to cut usage. But is this the best solution to the issue?

Caroline Lucas promised that the Green Party would battle to secure Brussels-led protection on the environment and energy. Photo: Green Party

Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley elected joint Green Party leaders

Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley have today (2 September) been elected as co-leaders of the Green Party after winning the overwhelming support of the party's membership.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is among the mayors that have recognised the important role of global cities in driving a global low-carbon transition

Sadiq Khan joins megacity mayors in call for G20 climate action

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has joined forces with other mayors of major cities within the G20 to call upon national leaders to take urgent action on climate change, as reports suggest that the US and China are set to showcase their commitment to the Paris Agreement.

The EAC has urged the Department to provide post-Brexit investor stability and certainty through policies that signal to industry its intention to incentivise ULEV uptake

Government failing on low-carbon vehicles, MPs warn

The Department for Transport (DfT) must commit to a long-term green vehicle strategy through an increase in the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV) and a reduction in air pollution levels in order to achieve national decarbonisation targets, the latest report from the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has concluded.

The absence of a specific low-carbon transport regulatory framework in the Government’s new ministerial make-up remains a concern for ECC chair Angus MacNeil

Angus MacNeil: Government must reverse 'restrictive' energy policies of 2015

EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government must reverse the cumbersome green policy decisions it made last year to enable businesses to benefit from a generation of cost-effective, low-carbon energy technologies, the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) chairman has claimed.

Jonathon Porritt claims the new BEIS Secretary Greg Clark is a “serious player” when it comes to understanding the significance of the green economy

Jonathon Porritt: Business leaders are better placed than MPs to drive the green economy

EXCLUSIVE: Business leaders are "more predisposed" than politicians to drive sustainable development for the foreseeable future, according to leading British environmentalist Jonathon Porritt.

EDF’s new nuclear power station, Hinkley Point C, got the go-ahead from the supplier at the end of July but the Government then delayed its confirmation

'State of flux': Hinkley alternatives would be cheaper and simpler, ECIU finds

The UK could meet its future energy and climate change targets without constructing the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, and the continued development of renewables and energy efficiency measures would in fact work out cheaper, a major new report has found.

According to the YouGov survey, 57% of people think British farming subsidies should put more or the same emphasis on environmental protection than current EU subsidies

MPs and public in unison over maintaining post-Brexit environmental protection

Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) chair Mary Creagh has supported calls from the public for the Government to ensure that European Union (EU) rules that protect Britain's natural environment "are not lost" during Brexit negotiations.

The Union Jack flies above Westminster in London, one of the most polluted cities in Europe

ClientEarth: UK Government should come clean on dirty air

Environmental law firm ClientEarth has challenged UK government air pollution projections in light of new research that finds diesel cars are releasing six times more dangerous pollutants on the road than in factory testing.

Aldersgate Group executive director Nick Molho remains optimistic that green economy will continue to rise up the national agenda

BEIS formation 'makes complete sense' for the green economy, says Aldersgate Group

EXCLUSIVE: The creation of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) provides a key opportunity for Britain's energy-intensive businesses to develop and deliver ambitious low-carbon strategies, the Aldersgate Group's executive director has told edie.

The current policy portfolio will be

UK needs to invest £215bn in energy by 2030: Barclays

The UK will need to invest an "eye-watering" £215bn in its energy system by 2030 in order to replace aging assets and decarbonise, analysis by Barclays Research has found.

The first energy has been generated with a Contracts for Difference (CfD) subsidy at the Charity Farm solar project in Shropshire

Renewable energy developers pass Contracts for Difference subsidy milestone

The Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC) has confirmed that all 39 Contracts for Difference (CfD) renewable projects in the UK have past their delivery milestone requirements as part of the second round of CfD funding.

Global governments successfully reached a climate deal in Paris last year. At least 57 countries are likely to have ratified the Agreement by the end of 2016

Removal of trade barriers key to reaching global climate targets, says World Energy Council

As analysis suggests that the Paris Agreement could be ratified by the end of this year, a new report from the World Energy Council concludes that the energy objectives set at COP21 could be met if national Governments reduce barriers to trade and investment of environmental goods.

The Palace of Westminster, London. Labour, Coalition and Conservative administrations have all failed to make energy available at a reasonable cost, business leaders say

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.

Lockwood drew attention to the failure of the LCF to take account of the effect of changing wholesale prices on contracts for difference payments

Uncertainty is 'built into' the Levy Control Framework, warns expert

Uncertainty is "built into" the Levy Control Framework because the factors which determine the cost of renewable subsidies are themselves "variable and uncertain", an expert from the University of Exeter has warned.

The Mersey Gateway Project sparked the need for further research on the environmental impact of large infrastructure projects

AECOM partners with University of Salford to fund sustainable infrastructure research

Environmental consultancy firm AECOM and the University of Salford have struck up a new partnership that aims to improve understanding of how major infrastructure programmes interact with the environment.

The Government used today’s announcement as an opportunity to reveal that it is making £730m of financial support available for renewable electricity generation this Parliament

World's largest offshore wind farm receives go-ahead from UK Government

The world's largest offshore wind farm has today (16 August) received development consent from the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Secretary Greg Clark.

The Crown Estate’s energy, minerals and infrastructure director has put forward a strong case for offshore wind to act as an alternative, affordable provider of clean and reliable energy

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.

The reports authors suggest that institutional design is required to take advantage of the opportunity to boost the UK's productive capacity and secure a resilient, low-carbon economy

Government must 'tap global reservoir of free capital' to invest in green infrastructure

The UK Government should boost economic growth by "tapping a global reservoir of free capital" to invest in sustainable infrastructure for energy, transport and cities, according to two new reports published today (12 August) by research institutions at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The turbines provided 39,545MWh of electricity to the National Grid, generating 106% of the total used by Scotland (37,202MWh) on Sunday

Wind turbines generated 100% of Scotland's power needs for an entire day

Wind turbines generated the equivalent of all of Scotland's power needs last Sunday (7 August) for the first time on record, according to data from the WWF and WeatherEnergy.

Royal Parks insist air pollution intake can be halved by taking a few minutes’ stroll from Oxford Street into Hyde Park

New data reveals London's green spaces now exceed pollution limits

Environmental campaigners have urged London Mayor Sadiq Khan to ramp up his commitments to improve the air quality of the capital after a new open data website revealed that many parks in the capital are now exceeding the European Union's (EU) recommended limit for air pollution.

The Government’s plans to give households cash payments have been criticised by environmental groups as a bribe to diminish community hostility to the technology

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.

Two-thirds of large energy users surveyed by Inenco believe that BEIS' primary focus should be the creation of a long-term green policy framework

Will DECC's replacement de-prioritise Britain's climate change strategy?

The majority of large business energy users fear that the recent removal of the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) will leave climate change "swept under the rug", according to a survey addressing the implications of the newly-formed Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for business-led climate action.

RSPB has welcomed this willingness to explore less conventional renewable energy projects, claiming that it would support projects that will have less of an impact on marine wildlife

RSPB calls on UK Government to commit to offshore renewable energy projects

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has called on the UK Government to renew its commitment to supporting renewables, with an emphasis on "deep water" energy, on the same day that a consultation on renewable energy support closes.

JLL is seeking to engage with people, transform workplaces, support communities and generate lasting value for clients to 'Build a Better Tomorrow'

JLL battles with "frustrating" green policy and rapid business growth to 'build a better tomorrow'

EXCLUSIVE: Sustainability must remain a business imperative regardless of the "frustrating" green policy changes that are "stifling innovation and pausing investment", the UK head of sustainability at property services firm JLL has said.

National Trust already manages its land for the benefit of nature rather than for food production. Renewables, flood protection services and eco-tourism could pay more than subsidies

National Trust calls for complete reform of British farm subsidies

The National Trust has called for complete reform of the British farm subsidy system after Brexit, by ending payments for owning land and only rewarding farmers who improve the environment and help wildlife.

More than 30 combined heat and power projects are impacted by the surprise change made in secondary legislation on Renewable Heat Incentive payments

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).

The work of the new department brings together responsibilities for industrial strategy, energy, business, consumers, employees, science, innovation, research, and climate change. Photo: BEIS

BEIS confirms ministerial make-up and key responsibilities

The newly-formed Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has today (1 August) unveiled its full list of ministerial responsibilities, weeks after replacing DECC in Prime Minister Theresa May's Government reshuffle.

A CGI of the City Airport expansion plans, which includes an extended terminal, a new aircraft taxiway and upgraded public transport links, creating more than 2,000 jobs

Sadiq Khan's pollution pledges called into question with City Airport expansion approval

The approval of planning permission for a £344m expansion of London City Airport has been described by green groups as a "terrible" and "reckless" decision for the capital, with Mayor Sadiq Khan accused of backtracking on his pollution policies.

The letter claimed that business investors required “stability” and that the Brexit strategy should provide evidence on how the UK plans to implement new environment protection standards

MPs call for evidence on post-Brexit environment strategy

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has set a September deadline for the new Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (EU) David Davis, and new Minister for the Environment Therese Coffey to reveal how they plan to handle environmental policies during exit negotiations.

Unlike their predecessors, the Millennium Development Goals, the SDGs are universal and apply to all countries and peoples

MPs launch enquiry into Britain's implementation of the SDGs

An inquiry has been launched by the Environmental Audit Committee concerning the speed of implementation of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UK.

The report has criticised the decision to close the RO to onshore wind early, claiming it will cost Scotland up to £3bn and put 5,400 jobs at risk

Scotland's renewables sector threatened by political 'cloud of uncertainty'

Despite successfully expanding renewable energy capacity, Scotland's renewable energy sector is in a "state of flux", with policy amendments to the Renewables Obligation (RO), Feed in-tariffs (FiT) and Contract for Difference (CfD) auctions all contributing to an uncertain future.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pledged to help some of London’s most polluted boroughs implement stringent proposals to tackle toxic air quality hotspots with an £11m fund

Sadiq Khan: Government shouldn't treat air quality measures as 'green crap'

Sadiq Khan has urged the new Government not to "water down" commitments to air quality proposals post-Brexit, in the same week that the London Mayor created an £11m fund to set up five Low Emission Neighbourhoods across the capital.

The report suggested that the Treasury failed to optimise the opportunity to encourage departments to work across Government on environmental issues

Decision to scrap CCS competition could add £30bn to UK carbon targets

The Government's cancellation of the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) competition could cost the UK an additional £30bn to meet its 2050 carbon targets, and is also likely to delay deployment of the technology until 2030, according to a report today (20 July) released by the National Audit Office (NAO).

The Brexit bus publicity stunt coincided with the release of a Greenpeace air pollution paper which revealed that London is set to miss WHO air quality guidelines. Photo: Greenpeace

Greenpeace hires Brexit campaign blunder-bus as 'vehicle for change'

Greenpeace has hired Vote Leave's European Union (EU) referendum bus with plans to rebrand it a "vehicle for change", in the same week that the campaign group released new air pollution research that shows clean air will be a reality only if diesel vehicles are phased out altogether.

Who survived the major upheaval and who was left high and dry? Click on the pictures below to reveal each minister's new role

Movers and shakers: Meet the ministers tasked with driving Britain's green economy

With the ministerial merry-go-round of the new Prime Minister's cabinet reshuffle now complete, a degree of confusion remains over who exactly holds the keys to the Government's green agenda. Here, edie lists the energy and environment ministers that have traded places in the recent overhaul.

Leadsom, who is taking on her first cabinet role, is a supporter of “reducing burdensome EU red-tape, saving farmers time and making food cheaper

Concerns mount over Andrea Leadsom's suitability for environment role

Andrea Leadsom's appointment as environment secretary has raised significant concerns among senior environmental and agricultural figures over her suitability for the role.

The alliance state that UK final energy consumption should fall to 129.2 million tonnes of oil equivalent or less by 2020

Green coalition urges Greg Clark to commit to key EU 2020 energy targets

An alliance of trade bodies, pressure groups and NGOs has called upon the new Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) head to give assurances that the Government will continue to meet European Union (EU) directives and targets until Brexit terms are in place.

Moving energy and climate change issues into the business sphere could help align business strategies to low-carbon operations

The demise of DECC: What next for the UK's green business prospects?

As the dust settles on the shock announcement that DECC has been axed and merged into an expanded business department, attentions have inevitably turned to what the transfer of power means for the green economy and what opportunities and challenges will arise from the new regime.

The news comes amid a string Government cabinet reshuffles which has seen Andrea Leadsom appointed as the new Environment Secretary at Defra

DECC abolished as part of major ministerial overhaul

DECC has been abolished by new Prime Minister Theresa May, with UK energy policy set to be merged into a new ministry called the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Former DECC secretary Amber Rudd has been promoted to Home Secretary, while ex-Environmental Secretary Elizabeth Truss has been appointed as the new Justice Secretary

Andrea Leadsom announced as new Defra Secretary

Andrea Leadsom has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).

Organisations are establishing overlapping and duplicate schemes within the energy efficiency sector. KPMG claims that this is having a detrimental effect on businesses

Streamlining energy schemes would boost economy and incentivise businesses, says KPMG

The UK Government could achieve savings of £100m and improve private sector growth over the next 20 years if efforts are made to streamline administrative mechanics of energy schemes such as feed-in tariffs (FiT) and capacity markets, a new report has found.

The organisations suggest that improved food, farming and trade policies can help to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from farming and food industries by 80% by 2050

Theresa May urged to place food and fishing policies at the centre of post-Brexit strategy

In her first full day in office, new Prime Minister Theresa May has been urged by more than 80 organisations to adopt "common-sense" food, farming and fishing policies, in the wake of the UK's decision to leave the European Union (EU).

As with the rest of his tenure, Cameron's Government took

David Cameron's legacy: 'greenest government ever' or 'lukewarm at best'?

One of the most seismic political upheavals in modern British political history takes yet another twist today (13 July) as Prime Minister David Cameron steps down after six years in power. As he prepares to take part in his final Prime Minister's Questions this lunchtime, edie takes a look at his environmental legacy and the green outlook for his successor Theresa May.

One of the leading campaigners for Brexit during the EU referendum debate,  the Energy Minister insisted she would trigger Article 50 immediately upon becoming Prime Minister

Andrea Leadsom withdraws Tory leadership bid

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom has today (11 July) announced that she is pulling out of the Conservative Party leadership contest, paving the way for Home Secretary Theresa May to become the UK's next Prime Minister.

Over the next four years the developers will collectively invest at least £6.4 million, boosted by a further £1.5 million from the Scottish Government

Scottish Government joins devolopers in offshore wind collaboration

The Scottish Government has announced a £7.9m collaboration with nine of Europe's largest offshore wind developers to reduce costs, and improve efficiency and availability of offshore wind farms, easing doubts about the UK's ability to invest in renewables post-Brexit.

As part of its enquiry the ECC is inviting responses about implications of the UK’s exit from the EU on the both the UK’s and the EU’s COP21 pledges

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).

The EU is thought to have the world’s largest body of environmental legislation

UN calls for post-Brexit UK to link with EU on environment policy

The UN's new environment chief has called for a post-Brexit Britain to link up with the EU on environment policy, adopting key bloc climate laws and maintaining its nature directives.

Energy Secretary and Tory Party leadership hopeful Andrea Leadsom spoke at the Utility Week Energy Summit in London this week

Andrea Leadsom: However we choose to leave the EU, we remain committed to dealing with climate change

Conservative Party leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom took to the plinth in her capacity as Energy Minister at the Utility Week Energy Summit, insisting that the UK "remains committed to dealing with climate change", no matter the outcome of Brexit.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has today vowed to implement a £10 Emissions Surcharge on the most polluting vehicles entering central London from 2017. PHoto: Sadiq Khan/Facebook

'An issue of life and death': Sadiq Khan unveils bold air quality plans for London

On the 60th anniversary of the UK's Clean Air Act, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced a wide-ranging action plan to tackle toxic air in the capital, including the implementation of clean bus corridors, an extension of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and an emissions surcharge on the most polluting vehicles.

Research conducted by YouGov has demonstrated widespread domestic concern about air pollution and support for the introduction of Clean Air Zones

Britain urged to improve air quality efforts 'whatever the outcome of Brexit'

The UK Government is once again being urged to ramp up efforts to deal with the "deadly issue" of air pollution, this time as new reports suggest that "watered-down" proposals agreed by European Union (EU) Member States could lead to nearly 10,000 additional deaths across the continent.

A flurry of resignations, currently totalling more than 40, followed the reported sacking of shadow foreign secretary Hillary Benn in the early hours of Sunday morning

Alan Whitehead resigns as shadow energy minister

Alan Whitehead has become the latest MP to resign from Labour's shadow cabinet because of concerns over Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, after he quit his post as Shadow Energy Minister last week.

The Committee on Climate Change report calls for clear and consistent policies in the heating sector that are attractive to landlords and overcome behavioural barriers

Government must prioritise low-carbon heat and transport, says Committee on Climate Change

On the same day that Ministers accepted the proposals of the ambitious Fifth Carbon Budget, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has called for stronger Government action in the areas of heating, transport and low-carbon generation in its latest progress report.

Andrea Leadsom’s leadership bid arrives after a week of political turmoil in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the EU

Andrea Leadsom confirms Tory leadership bid

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom has today (30 June) announced her intentions to become the next leader of the Conservative Party, on the same day that Ex-London mayor Boris Johnson surprisingly ruled himself out of the race.

The Government's decision has been applauded by the green business community for providing a clear and positive signal to renewable energy investors

"An important step forward": Green economy reacts to UK's Fifth Carbon Budget

Green businesses and industry groups have wholeheartedly welcomed the UK Government's adoption of ambitious recommendations for the Fifth Carbon Budget, claiming it shows signs of "much needed clarity" after the fallout from Brexit.

The UK Government has taken heed of advice from the Committee on Climate Change in setting ambitious emissions reduction levels under the Fifth Carbon Budget

Fifth Carbon Budget: UK Government sends positive message with ambitious emissions reduction plan

BREAKING: The UK Government has provided a much-needed confidence boost for the green economy by approving the Fifth Carbon Budget, taking heed of ambitious proposals from MPs to limit the annual emissions to 57% below 1990 levels by the year 2032.

Leadsom said the government’s commitment to cooperating with others to tackle the issue remains as strong as ever

Leadsom: Energy policy will not change due to Brexit

The UK's energy policy will not change as a result of the vote to leave European Union, energy minister Andrea Leadsom has said.

UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd declared that the much anticipated Fifth carbon budget would be outlined on Thursday (30 June), which could establish carbon reductions commitments of 54% or more

Amber Rudd: Post-Brexit Britain will not step back from climate leadership

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd made a surprise appearance at the Business and Climate Summit in London today (29 June) to insist that the UK will not "turn its back" on the global battle to mitigate climate change, despite the nation voting to leave the European Union (EU) last week.

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