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Cabinet Reshuffle: Therese Coffey steps down, replaced by former Health Secretary Steve Barclay

…Former Health Secretary Steve Barclay has been appointed as the new Environment Secretary, following Thérèse Coffey’s resignation. Barclay served as the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care under…

What do we know about new Environment Secretary Steve Barclay?

Sunak began a Cabinet Reshuffle on Monday morning (13 November) after ousting Suella Braverman as Home Secretary. Braverman was sacked after referring to homelessness as a ‘lifestyle choice’ and making…

Cabinet reshuffle: Who are Kier Starmer’s picks for the UK’s green economy?

…Industrial Strategy Secretary (BEIS), Transport Secretary, Home Office Secretary and Department for International Development Minister. Mark Harper, lately Secretary of State for Transport, lost the seat he has held since…

Cabinet reshuffle: Grant Shapps ousted from DESNZ and appointed Defence Secretary

There have been murmurings regarding a potential Cabinet reshuffle for weeks, but today (31 August) is finally the day, as MPs return from their summer holidays. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace…

Six green policy priorities for new Energy Security and Net-Zero Secretary Claire Coutinho

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak completed a mini Cabinet Reshuffle on Thursday (31 August) after Ben Wallace formally resigned as Defence Secretary. Many commentators had bet on Grant Shapps as his…

Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR)

…TO DECARBONISE THE UK POWER SYSTEM, DRIVING THE CHANGE REQUIRED TO REDUCE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE. ARE YOU OBLIGATED FOR SECR? SECR APPLIES TO ALL QUOTED COMPANIES, LARGE LIMITED LIABILITY…

UK Energy Secretary slams EU court ruling that green policy inaction undermines human rights

…the decision was made, the UK’s Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net-Zero Coutinho took to social media platform X to express how she was “concerned by the Strasbourg…

‘Labour are the conservers’: Shadow secretary pledges to reverse nature degradation in UK

Steve Reed, Labour MP for Croydon North and the shadow environment secretary, has stated that, if elected, the Party would introduce new measures to protect and restore nature in the…

Energy secretary wary of net-zero movement ‘crushing’ corporate ambitions

Today (30 April), Energy Security Secretary Coutinho delivered a speech at the Innovation Zero sustainability conference in London stating that the Government does not want to take a path where…

Labour Party reshuffle: Kier Starmer hands Steve Reed top environment brief

…Treasury. Starmer did not announce a move for Ed Miliband, the Shadow Secretary for Climate Change and Net-Zero, nor Jonathan Reynolds, the Shadow Secretary for Business and Industrial Strategy. Shadow…

From Rishi Sunak’s green policy rollbacks to COP28 controversies: The top sustainability stories of 2023 (part two)

…Minister conducting a mini cabinet reshuffle, in which junior Minister Claire Coutinho replaced Grant Shapps as Secretary for Energy Security and Net-Zero (DESNZ). Shapps was appointed Defence Secretary after Ben…

Nine green policy announcements from the UK Government that you may have missed this week

…the minor and major announcements from the Government in the past week. 1) Cabinet reshuffle sees fresh faces for climate and nature secretaries Just hours after the General Election results,…

UK Government delays planning decision on mega-solar farm for fourth time

Energy Security and Net-Zero Secretary Clare Coutinho has re-set the statutory deadline for determining the development consent order (DCO) for the Sunnica Energy Farm, with the planning inspectorate confirming that…

From Cameron to Sunak: How do green policy legacies of the UK’s Conservative PMs compare?

…then-Home Secretary Sajid Javid then then-foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt backed away from her and pushed her off the glass cliff. While May will be remembered for her hostile environment policy…

‘Breakthrough’ or ‘fossil-fuelled failure’?: Green economy reacts to final COP28 agreement

…includes here. Below, we round up all the reaction from notable COP28 attendees and green economy leaders from around the world. Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General: “COP28 occurred at a decisive…

Transition Plan Taskforce launches sector-specific guidance and transition finance tools

…transition and SMEs, examining how transition planning can go beyond achieving net-zero. The TPT’s secretariat co-head Dr Ben Caldecott said: “We need to back up net-zero targets with firm plans….

Pragmatic net-zero plans and fake meat for astronauts: Who said what at the Conservative Party Conference?

…“avoid falling into the trap of presenting net-zero as an all-or-nothing, binary choice” following his policy announcements last week, new Net-Zero Secretary Claire Coutinho welcomed the Government’s scaled-back targets and…

More renewable energy, fewer private jets for Ministers: Seven green announcements from the Labour Party Conference

…Labour Party Conference 2023. Ed Miliband’s plan to ‘rewire Britain’ Shadow Climate and Net-Zero Secretary Ed Miliband delivered a keynote on Monday 9 October to say that the Prime Minister…

COP28 Action Tracker: Last-minute climate talks in Abu Dhabi as UK offers new fossil fuel licences

…Prime Minister and Energy Secretary, includes a host of measures intended to ease the scaling of low-carbon industries including nuclear, green hydrogen, heat pumps and alternative fuels for aviation. It…

COP28 Action Tracker: The UN’s stark new climate warning and renewed China-US collaboration

…a new Home Secretary to replace Suella Braverman. James Cleverly was selected for that position. Elsewhere, Therese Coffey stepped down as Secretary of State for the Environment and has been…