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Caroline Lucas MP for Brighton Pavilion and leader of the Green party of England and Wales writes exclusively for edie about the future of UK energy supplies and her first year in Parliament.

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A complex partnership is reaping the rewards of integrated surface water management in Glasgow. MWH programme manager, Jeremy Osborne explains

Influential environmental mind: Terry Tamminen

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Solum Gruppen plans to enter UK AD market

Solum Gruppen of Denmark is planning to enter the UK market by opening an office to identify and deliver projects for its Aikan dry anaerobic digestion (AD) and in-vessel composting technology in the UK and Ireland.

Norton Rose election briefing: climate change and energy

The law firm looks at how the way we vote could impact on policy and regulation.

Good governance a must

Anna Walker's independent review of water charging for Defra tells authorities that they need more than just technical expertise to satisfy customers and the public, writes Barrie Clarke

Red tape hampers reducing greenhouse emissions

Policy and regulation are hampering water industry efforts to bring down greenhouse gas emissions.

Depletion of water resources more serious than oil reserves

The depletion of underground water resources through overpumping is a far more serious issue than the depletion of oil reserves, the head of an environmental think-tank has warned.

Bush’s energy plan will raise incomes and lower unemployment

US President George W Bush’s much criticised energy plan will raise average incomes and lower unemployment, says a new report by a prominent US policy think-tank.

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Effluent meter project falters

A project to develop a performance specification and verification procedure for trade effluent meters - a £40,000 contract awarded to Sira Test & Certification Ltd by the DTI last June - has effectively ground to a halt following the presentation of the Project Team's findings at a Technology Transfer Group meeting at Sira's Chislehurst premises.

A patch of forest remains between palm oil plantations in Indonesia. Photo: Ulet Ifansasti/Greenpeace

Big brands 'failing' on palm oil policies, Greenpeace claims

PepsiCo, Colgate-Palmolive and Johnson & Johnson are among a raft of consumer goods companies that are "letting their customers down" by failing to break the link between the use of palm oil in everyday products and deforestation, a new Greenpeace report has concluded.

The National Infrastructure Commission was asked to analyse and make recommendations about how the UK should transition towards a secure low-carbon energy system

Infrastructure Commission calls for raft of changes to UK energy policy

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has called for a raft of regulatory changes to create a level playing field that would allow energy storage and demand flexibility to ensure security in the UK's future low-carbon energy system.

The UK  Government's haphazard approach to energy policy was likened to a game of Jenga that is inevitably about to come crashing down

'Jenga green policy' damaging UK's low-carbon prospects ahead of 5th carbon budget

The UK is at serious risk of missing the requirements set out in the legally-binding fourth carbon budget, unless an "immediate policy gap" is filled, the chief executive of the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has warned.

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom was involved in a heated exchange with ECCC chair Angus MacNeil in Parliament yesterday (2 March)

Andrea Leadsom is 'sick and tired' of green policy critics

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom is "sick and tired" of the barrage of complaints being fired at the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) over its punitive cuts to renewable energy subsidies.

The Government's Levy Control Framework aims to protect consumers by capping energy subsides for low-carbon generation until 2020

Energy industry demands 'urgent review' of Levy Control Framework

The trade association for the UK energy industry Energy has called on the Government to "urgently review" the Levy Control Framework (LCF), providing clarity to companies and investors.

Clean energy investment enjoyed its best year ever in 2015 but is still $200bn short of necessary levels

Paris goals will cost $12 trillion, says Bloomberg

More than $12trn will need to be invested in new renewable power generation over the next 25 years to achieve the climate goals laid out in the Paris agreement, according to a new report from research group Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and sustainability non-profit Ceres.

It is ‘almost impossible’ for UK electricity demand to be met by 2025, engineers say

Engineers warn of looming UK energy gap

The UK is facing an unprecedented "energy gap" in a decade's time, according to engineers, with demand for electricity likely to outstrip supply by more than 40%, which could lead to black outs .

The report highlights how company CEOs such as Unilever’s Paul Polman and Apple's Tim Cook have driven the attitude change from within the private sector

Unilever and National Grid labelled 'true leaders' in post-Paris policy push

Unilever and National Grid are among the select few companies to be heralded as 'true leaders' for their support of the policies set in place in Paris last month, according to corporate analysts InfluenceMap.

The report found the middle class is becomingly increasingly aware of the risks posed to them by climate change

Global middle class can drive climate action, says UBS

The global middle class could hold the key to mobilising climate action, a new report from financial services firm UBS has claimed.

Hugh McNeal will make the switch from the Department of Energy and Climate Change to RenewableUK in April

RenewableUK snaps up DECC director as new chief exec

The national trade association for Britain's wind, wave and tidal power industries has recruited a top civil servant at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as its new chief executive.

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

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

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

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New circular economy package: The reaction

The European Commission has launched an "ambitious" new circular economy package that it says will boost competitiveness, create jobs and generate sustainable growth. But what does the industry think?

Landfill will not be banned after all, according to leaked documents

New Circular Economy Package 'less ambitious' than axed predecessor

The European Commission's draft waste and incineration laws to replace the package it axed under its drive for "better regulation", has weaker targets for recycling and landfill than its predecessor.

There looks set to be a 76% increase in the global consumption of meat by 2050

Could cutting meat from our diets bridge a post-Paris 'emissions gap'?

A dietary change that relieves the demand for animal protein could play an instrumental role in plugging the post-Paris emissions gap, according to a new report from independent policy institute Chatham House.

US secretary of state, John Kerry, has said that any climate deal in Paris is 'definitively not going to be a treaty'

Paris climate deal must be legally binding, EU tells John Kerry

The EU has warned the Obama administration that a global climate deal at the Paris summit must be legally binding, after the US secretary of state John Kerry said that it "definitively" would not be a treaty.

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

EV's 'too expensive' to tackle air pollution alone, says EIC

Electric cars could be up to five times more expensive than other methods of tackling air pollution on our roads, a new report from the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has found.

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

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

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

The European Commission agrees a circular economy is necessary in a world with finite resources and a booming population

New circular economy package takes shape

The European Commission's new circular economy package will include fresh legislation on waste, fertilisers, and water reuse, "strong commitments" on Eco-design, strategies for handling plastics and chemicals, and "major" funding for innovation.

New cars could still be emitting more than twice the legal emissions limits in 2017, under these latest proposals

Dieselgate: EU eases car emissions limit in spite of VW scandal

European Member States have this week reached a compromised deal on the introduction of "real-world" emissions tests which would essentially allow vehicles to continue emitting more than twice the agreed pollution limits.

The EU's Emissions Trading System is the world's biggest scheme for trading emissions allowances

Battle lines forming as EU holds first debate on ETS reform

France, the UK, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are backing a more targeted approach for heavy industries, at risk of closing down or relocating abroad, due to increased pressure to reduce global warming emissions.

The United Nations flag flies above the German city of Bonn, where the final round of preliminary climate negotiations came to a close

Bonn talks: carbon price progress, climate finance failure

Business leaders have welcomed the recognition of carbon pricing within the latest draft text of the climate agreement, but concerns remain over the lack of progress on climate finance from richer nations.

Carbon Tracker's research director James Leaton said shareholders in fossil fuel companies were having their money spent on projects that relied on high demand and high prices long into the future

Are fossil fuel companies using IEA reports to talk up demand?

International Energy Agency (IEA) projections that show the world will continue its heavy reliance on fossil fuels deep into this century are uncertain and being used to mislead governments and shareholders, according to a new report.

Scotland's environment secretary, Richard Lochhead, hailed the 5p plastic bag charge as a 'major success'

Scotland's plastic bag charge sees usage drop by 80%

The number of plastic carrier bags handed out in Scottish shops has reduced by at least 650 million in the first year of the nation's 5p charge.

The enquiry will examine the advantages and disadvantages of EU environmental policy in the UK

MPs to scrutinise EU green policies ahead of Brexit referendum

The cross-party Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has announced it will hold a public enquiry to assess the effectiveness of European environmental policy in the UK, ahead of the nation's planned in-out EU referendum.

Liz Truss said Britain should follow the US and quantify the benefits it gets from nature

Britain's forests, soil and rivers worth £1.6tn, says environment secretary

Britain's forests, soil and rivers are worth at least £1.6tn and should be quantified in the same way as the country's man-made infrastructure, environment secretary Liz Truss has said

The Covenant of Mayors 2013 ceremony. Photo: Griet Dekoninck

Cities reluctant to publish climate risk reports

Thousands of cities signing up to the new Covenant of Mayors today (15 October) will submit reports on their vulnerability to climate change to the European Commission every two years - but are under no obligation to make the information public.

Heat accounts for nearly half of the energy consumed in the UK and a third of carbon emissions

UK failing on renewable heat targets

The UK is on track to miss legally binding targets on low-carbon heat, according to a report released Wednesday by the Policy Connect think-tank.

BP's chief economist accepted that oil reserves would never be fully exhausted

BP: Oil unlikely to be fully exploited due to climate concerns

The world's oil resources are unlikely to ever be fully exploited, BP has admitted, due to international concern about climate change.

Mainstream media has carried nearly 500 articles over the past decade, warning that the lights would go out imminently - something which has not matched reality

Britain's blackout warnings 'do not reflect reality'

Headlines warning that the lights will go out thanks to power station closures and the increasing use of renewable energy are 'largely unfounded', a new report from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has claimed.

ESOS requires all 'large enterprises' to produce detailed reports on their energy use every four years

Environment Agency extends ESOS deadline

Businesses that fail to meet the December deadline to comply with the Government's new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) may be granted a reprieve until at least the end of January, the Environment Agency (EA) has confirmed.

Wales has shown the rest of the UK that reaching the 50% EU target is eminently achievable, according to Suez Environment

Wales recycling rates on the up, England urged to take heed

Rising recycling rates in Wales have prompted calls for the rest of the UK to follow suit and develop clearer, more coherent national waste management strategies in order to reach EU targets.

Royd Moor windfarm in Yorkshire - the prime region for a low-carbon industrial zone, according to TUC

UK energy policy threatening Northern Powerhouse, say trade unions

Yorkshire and the Humber has the opportunity to become Europe's leading low-carbon industrial zone, but punitive Government policy is putting that potential at risk, according to a new report from the national trade union.

One recent report warned that global carbon emissions from the world's aviation and maritime sectors could rise by 250%

Airlines call on governments to 'complement' climate action

Twenty-eight chief executives and aviation association leaders have penned an open letter to global governments urging them to commit to a joint approach to help deliver emissions reductions across the sector.

Drax has dropped out of the White Rose CCS project, citing financial concerns

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.

The data on the global uptake of ISO 14001 comes a week after a revised version of the standard was published

ISO 14001 certifications jumped 7% in past year

The number of ISO 14001 certificates issued has grown 7% in the past year, taking the total to more than 324,000 worldwide.

Martin Winterkorn said he was shocked by events of past few days and hopes to provide Volkswagen with a fresh start by resigning

VW chief resigns over emissions scandal

Volkswagen (VW) chief executive Martin Winterkorn has resigned after a hailstorm of criticism over the carmaker's emissions-rigging scandal.

Al Gore was speaking at a major climate leadership event hosted by Green Alliance and the CBI in London

Al Gore: UK must face up to 'inconvenient truth' with climate strategy

Former US Vice President Al Gore has launched a scathing attack on Britain's floundering energy and climate policy, demanding "actions rather than words" from Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of the crucial climate change conference in Paris this December.

The biomass CHP plant in Cramlington, Northumberland, will generate 213GWh of renewable electricity annually. Photo: Estover Energy

North East set for green energy surge with two more CHP plants

Almost £300m is being invested in two new combined heat and power (CHP) plants in Northumberland and Durham.

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

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

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

Tesla’s Powerpack is set to face competition from Panasonic, Sony and a host of smaller companies

Utility-scale battery market to hit $8.3bn by 2024

The market for utility-scale battery storage is expected to increase 18-fold by 2024, according to analysis released today by market research firm Frost & Sullivan.

The report calls on Government to 'reduce the overall burden' placed onto businesses through energy taxations and levies

Manufacturers call for policy shift 'from stick to carrot' on green taxes

The UK Government should move away from out-dated green taxes which target businesses and instead offer green tax incentives to reduce carbon emissions, according to the manufacturers' organisation EEF.

With the collectors unable to enter a residents home the furniture is either left outside and exposed to weather, or cut up into pieces so it can be transported to landfill

Britons throw away more than 300,000 tonnes of reusable furniture every year

A new report has called on local authorities and manufacturers of 'bulky waste' - waste too big for normal disposal - to put a greater emphasis on the reuse of unwanted furniture.

Current approaches for estimating energy costs can be out by up to £45,000 over the course of a 25-year mortgage

Energy-efficient homes undervalued by mortgage lenders

Energy-efficient homes could increase in value if banks and building societies used more accurate estimates of household energy bills in their mortgage calculations, a new report has found.

Climate charity Action Aid said it was seriously concerned about the 'fragile progress'

What went on in Bonn: Climate talks stall ahead of Paris

The UN climate talks in Bonn have been "painstakingly slow" according to some observers, but the final day (Friday) generated some optimism, particularly with regards to funding for poor countries dealing with extreme weather.

Only 46% of CEOs said that a global deal would be a key driver for action in their sector

Business leaders shift strategic investments in light of green growth

Three quarters of CEOs claim they are developing new products and services to respond to climate change - and a third say it's already helping them grow their business.

The Scout Moor expansion would see a further 16 turbines added to the 25 existing turbines

Planning permission granted for England's largest onshore wind farm

Plans to expand Scout Moor onshore wind farm in Lancashire have been given the green light by the local council.

The EU closed its consultation on what the circular economy package should look like on the 20 August, and is expected to present the plan by the end of 2015

WRAP highlights three priorities for EU circular economy package

The Waste and Resources Action Plan (WRAP) has revealed its response to the EU's circular economy consultation, detailing three key targets for the forthcoming package.

Is it perfect policy timing for waste?

The United Nations, European Commission and UK Government have all recently announced key policy themes around waste and resources. The question is, will they complement each other?

The first 27 blocks are located mainly in the North East, North West and East Midlands

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.

The gathering of Islamic leaders in Istanbul have called for greater efforts to deal with climate change

Muslim leaders call for global action on climate change

Leading representatives of Islam have called for action to tackle climate change across the world, at a symposium in Istanbul today (18 August).

Diageo’s plant is expected to produce around 8,000MW hours of energy

Diageo whiskey factory turns waste into renewable heat

Global drinks firm Diageo will generate 2 million cubic metres of biogas a year from its whiskey factory in Scotland thanks to a new anaerobic digestion plant.

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

Solar industry looks to Chinese imports to ease subsidy squeeze

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

Protesters from Don't Frack Lancashire. Photo: Friends of the Earth

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.

Furrows features a combination of 64 solar PV and solar thermal panels

Groundbreaking house can power itself and two neighbours

A new contender for Britain's greenest home has been unveiled in North Yorkshire.

The new Teesside biomass plant will provide 299MW of capacity

Teesside set for world's largest combined heat and power biomass plant

Teesside is to be the site of the world's largest new power and steam biomass plant as part of a new £424m project.

Standard Chartered is the second financial institutional to walk away from the proposed Carmichael coal mine in Queensland in the last few days

Standard Chartered abandons giant coal mining project

One of the UK's largest banks, Standard Chartered, has announced it is pulling out of a major coal mining project in Australia.

The greenest of the green? Forest Green Rovers' New Lawn stadium. Photo: Geograph.org

Premier League sustainability: Creating the world's greenest football club

The Premier League season got underway this weekend with a winning start for Manchester United and dropped points for Arsenal and Chelsea.

Businesses will be challenged by the Mayor's office to make big emissions savings

London hosts energy efficiency challenge for businesses

The London Mayor's office has launched its second Business Energy Challenge to encourage corporations to step up to meeting city-wide emissions targets.

Comply or die is not the way to solve things, according to BBC Worldwide's Kevin O’Neill.

The only way is ethics: How BBC Worldwide is improving its supply chain

EXCLUSIVE: The only way to improve ethical practice in a manufacturing supply chain is to collaborate with the manufacturers.

Green groups have contrasted the UK's approach with Obama's ambitious announcement

Obama's clean power action contrasts with 'small-minded' UK approach

Green groups have compared US President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan with the lack of UK Government action, claiming Prime Minister David Cameron needs to do more to meet climate change targets.

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

Farming biogas leads 40% increase in sector electricity generation

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

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

GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in July 2015

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

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

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

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

Drax reported first half earnings of £120m

Drax: Biomass needed to balance 'unreliable' wind and solar

Biomass will have an important role to play in the UK's future energy mix thanks to its ability to balance supply from more unreliable technologies such as wind and solar.

Cultivating these skills is critical to our capacity to share our fragile planet and help build a world in which we can all thrive

Linking sustainability and responsibility: participation toward social justice

Leading businesses now connect sustainability not just with being 'green', but with being a proactive force for good in a globalised economy.

Amber Rudd is giving her first major speech on climate change since the election

Rudd reiterates Tory commitment to climate action

After a week that has seen the Conservative Government cut renewable energy subsidies and close off key energy efficiency schemes, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has said "it cannot be left to one part of the political spectrum to dictate the solution" to climate change.

The Green Deal saw a low take-up, with energy efficiency measures installed in around 10,000 properties

Government pulls plug on Green Deal 'to protect taxpayers'

The Government's Green Deal energy efficiency loans scheme is to close in light of "low take-up and concerns about industry standards."

The report details solar's impressive cost reduction over the past decade and models different scenarios to grid parity in the next five years

Solar sector sets out 'grid-parity' roadmap following subsidy cut

The UK solar industry remains on track to deliver power without subsidies by 2020, but clearer and more stable support from the Government will be needed in order to avoid a 'cliff-edge' of deployment.

Lenor and Unstoppable are among the P&G Fabric Care brands that will be packaged in recycled plastic bottles

P&G pledges to make 230 million bottles a year out of recycled plastic

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has today (23 July) announced a 'packaging overhaul', which will see some of the consumer good giant's flagship brands packaged in bottles made from recycled plastic.

The Soil Association claims maize produced for AD is destroying arable land

Runaway maize? AD sector fends off criticism over damage to land

The anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has hit back at criticism from the Soil Association which claims that soil destruction caused by biofuel production is threatening the UK's food security.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd took part in her first Select Committee hearing earlier today

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.

WWF-UK assessed 128 major UK businesses on their timber sustainability

Construction firms receive '3 trees' for sustainable timber progress

Businesses are making positive steps towards zero-deforestation future, according to the latest 'timber scorecard' published by WWF-UK.

The renewable energy companies say local planning changes are lacking clarity

Small-scale wind turbine developers protest changes to local planning laws

Small and medium-scale wind turbine manufacturers have written to Communities Secretary Greg Clark to protest changes to planning guidance for onshore wind turbines.

246 business leaders have called on the Chancellor to rethink the policy u-turn

Business leaders unite against Tories' zero-carbon homes U-turn

More than 200 businesses have put their names to a letter today (20 July) calling on Chancellor George Osborne to reconsider ending the Government's plans for zero-carbon homes.

Representatives from WRAP, Viridor and the Environmental Industries Commission took part in a Parliamentary seminar on the circular economy

Circular economy package: Policy priorities for the UK

The European Commission's long-awaited circular economy package must take into consideration renewable and decentralised energy, economic growth and voluntary agreements as a means to minimise waste across the continent.

The report's lead author Dr Ana Gonzalez Pelaez argues that as many people as possible need to have access to insurance

Insurance industry 'essential policy instrument' to help those at climate risk

The insurance industry must be utilized to protect citizens at risk from climate change, a new report from the University of Cambridge's Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) has claimed.

The Church of England will divest from fossil fuel extraction and implement new green guidelines

Church of England announces new 'ecotheology' in divestment from fossil fuel extraction

The Church of England has adopted a new climate change policy which will see it divest from coal mining and oil from tar sands.

Government tears down zero-carbon building regulations

Green groups and house building organisations have lambasted the Government's latest plan to axe 'zero-carbon' plans for future UK homes.

Chancellor George Osborne announced that the Conservative Party will cut tax exemptions for the renewable energy sector

Inside the Budget's 'climate-shaped hole'

It is 24 hours since the emergency budget, and the renewable energy sector is in a state of dismay following the new Government's decision to remove the exemption for renewables under the Climate Change Levy (CCL).

MEPs voted in favour of reforming the Emissions Trading Scheme early to remove carbon allowances

European Parliament votes for early carbon market reform

The European Parliament has endorsed plans to reform the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), it was announced yesterday (8 July).

Experts from the food and refrigeration industries called for more investment to drive innovations

Invest in cold technology or miss carbon targets, industry experts warn

Industry experts have warned the UK will fail to reach its carbon emissions targets without investment in cold energy generation.

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

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

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

Changes to ISO 14001 will help address broader environmental issues for businesses

ISO 14001 final changes will tackle 'broader environmental issues'

The ISO 14001 international standard to environment management systems has been revised in a final redraft.

Deliver Change is aiming to bring together business and local government to tackle air pollution

'Make air pollution visible' campaign launched to improve UK air quality

A new campaign plans to bring together businesses, government and local groups to solve the problem of air pollution in the UK.

Wind energy generation was up in Scotland, but ministers say the cut to wind subsidies threatens development

Scottish wind generation hits record levels in first quarter

Scottish wind power generated a record 4,452GWh of electricity in the first quarter of 2015, enough to power almost a million Scottish homes for a year, according to figures published today by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The study claims to be the 'missing piece' for securing future low-carbon transport

£10bn investment needed to drive low-carbon transport industry

More than £10bn will need to be invested in low-carbon transport if the UK is to meet its carbon emission reduction targets by 2050.

There are now 1,452 operational offshore turbines in the UK, with a capacity of 5.054 GW

UK offshore wind breezes past 5GW milestone

The UK's offshore wind capacity has passed 5GW for the first time, with the official inauguration of the Gwynt y Mor wind farm off the coast of North Wales.

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