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Businesses, trade groups, individuals and others have until 20 December to have their say on the proposed extension

UK Government set to extend deadlines for non-domestic renewable heat scheme

UK businesses seeking the Government's support to decarbonise will likely have an extra year to apply to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), as a proposed extension to the scheme has been announced.

Miliband will step into a newly create climate role in the Shadow Cabinet 

Ed Miliband named Shadow Secretary for climate change and net-zero in Labour reshuffle

Labour has named former party leader Ed Miliband as its new Shadow Secretary of State of Climate Change and Net Zero, as part of a Shadow Cabinet reshuffle that will see him champion a New Green Deal in the UK.

B Corp Bruichladdich Distillery (pictured) is the base for one of the four projects to receive funding

Scottish distilleries receive £11.3m Government funding pot for hydrogen and biogas

A string of Scottish distilleries have received funding from the UK Government's Net-Zero Innovation Portfolio, to help them switch to low-carbon heating systems that use hydrogen and biogas.

The BESS installation has been supported by a £5m grant from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Cranfield University to install energy storage units using second-life EV batteries

Cranfield University will introduce three battery storage units at its Bedfordshire campus early next year, in a move that will enable the university to store and use renewable energy from a co-located solar farm.

The UK becomes the first G20 nation to legislate TCFD reporting

UK to enforce mandatory TCFD reporting from April 2022

The UK Government has today (29 October) confirmed it will make it mandatory for large companies to disclose information in alignment with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), becoming the first G20 nation to enshrine it into law.

The masterclass aired on 14 October and is now available on-demand

Four top tips for helping your business to comply with ESOS Phase 3

Earlier this month, edie hosted a 45-minute masterclass to help businesses stay ahead of the curve with the third phase of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), featuring expert speakers from BEIS and Inspired Energy. Here, we round up the key takeaways.

Thousands of pages of green policy updates have been published this week. Here, we recap on the key talking points 

Recapping a bumper week for UK green policy: Here's what you need to know

To say it has been a busy week for green policy announcements in the UK would be an understatement. Here, edie recaps the key changes from the Net-Zero Strategy, Heat and Buildings Strategy, Environment Bill and HM Treasury.

The strategy collects all previous climate commitments as well as building on them

At a glance: All the key announcements in the Net-Zero Strategy

The UK Government has finally published its Net-Zero Strategy, a comprehensive run-through of how the nation will decarbonise in a way that "transforms every sector of the global economy", although some green groups don't believe the steps outlined in the Strategy can mobilise action to deliver net-zero by 2050.

Around 1.7% of GDP derived from taxes on fossil fuels

Net-Zero Review: Carbon pricing won't offset tax revenue losses from fossil fuels

On the day that the UK's Net-Zero Strategy was published, the Treasury has warned that policies must be put in place to address a £37bn deficit that could arise from a loss of tax revenue as the shift away from fossil fuel continues.

edie rounds up the positive initial reaction and those who have been left wanting more urgency

A substantial step forward, or huge letdown? The green economy reacts to the Net-Zero Strategy

The UK's Net-Zero Strategy is finally here, but the reaction to the nation's blueprint to decarbonisation ranges from those believing it provides much-needed clarity for business to others claiming it does nowhere near enough to drive all parts of the economy to net-zero by 2050.

A preview of the Strategy was released last night (18 October), with BEIS providing the full document today. Here, we pull out the key announcements 

Four key inclusions in the Heat and Buildings Strategy

The UK Government has unveiled its long-awaited plans for transitioning heat and buildings to net-zero. Here, edie pulls out the key facts and stats from the Heat and Buildings Strategy.

Homes will not be forced to switch to heat pumps, but the hope is for no new home heating systems installed from 2035 to be fossil-fuelled

Heat and Buildings Strategy: £450m grant scheme launched to help homes switch gas boilers for heat pumps

The long-awaited Heat and Buildings Strategy has been published this evening (18 October), including a £450m boiler upgrade scheme for homes as part of a broader £3.9bn funding package.

Meeting the target will require a major shift in the UK's electricity mix, in which unabated gas currently plays a key role

UK Government firms up 100% clean electricity target for 2035

The UK Government has confirmed that plans to end unabated fossil fuelled electricity generation by 2035, floated by Boris Johnson at the Conservative Party Conference, will be enshrined in law.

Five weeks out from COP26 and with the Conservative Party Conference taking place next week, it's been a busy time for green policy announcements 

Six green policy updates you need to know about this week

Several big stories about the UK's climate, energy and environmental policies have been in the headlines this week. Here, edie rounds up the flurry of announcements.

Image left: Orsted. Image right: Ineos. 

£12bn for offshore wind and £1bn for hydrogen: Flurry of low-carbon tech investments for UK

Ørsted has revealed plans to spend £12bn with Scottish firms on offshore wind, in the same week that Ineos confirmed a £1bn hydrogen investment and the UK Government opened a new fund to help high-carbon businesses to decarbonise.

MPs remained in key climate positions in the build up to COP26

Kwarteng and Sharma keep key climate roles as part of cabinet reshuffle

COP26 President Alok Sharma and BEIS Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng have both remained in their respective positions, as part of the Prime Minister's cabinet reshuffle that saw former Environment Secretary Michael Gove step into the head of Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Homes account for around one-fifth of the UK's annual emissions

Green Homes Grant was 'set up to fail', damning report concludes

The National Audit Office (NAO) has released a report charting a litany of failures in the Government's plans for delivering the now-closed Green Homes Grant, revealing that £1000 is likely to be spent on administration costs for every home which received funding.

The EU outlined its long-term hydrogen plans last year, while the UK's Strategy came last week, following a string of delays

UK's hopes of boosting hydrogen trade hobbled by Brexit

The UK Hydrogen Strategy, unveiled last week , has many similarities with the EU's own blueprint presented one year before, analysts say. But trade and regulatory cooperation between the two sides is complicated by Brexit, with the UK likely to become a rule-taker at the end of the day.

Decarbonising homes has been a hot topic in recent weeks, amid further delays to the Heat and Buildings Strategy

Net-Zero Strategy must not repeat past mistakes on low-carbon homes, major groups warn Prime Minister

A coalition of industry and consumer groups are urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ensure that the upcoming Heat and Buildings Strategy and Net-Zero Strategy do not repeat historic mistakes on decarbonising homes.

Image: Clarion Housing Group, a recipient of a share of the previous £62m round of funding

£160m Government funding boost for improving energy efficiency of social housing

The UK Government has launched a new £160m fund to support social housing providers in making properties more energy efficient.

The hub contains advice for both online and bricks-and-mortar retailers 

New online hub to help UK's independent retailers become more sustainable

After much recent research concluding that UK-based small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are struggling to improve their environmental credentials, the Retail Sector Council (RSC) has launched a new digital hub offering practical advice.

Hydrogen looks set to be a key enabler in the decarbonisation of heat, transport and heavy industry

5 ways the Hydrogen Strategy can help the UK's net-zero ambition

The UK Government has unveiled its long-awaited Hydrogen Strategy, outlining how a multi-billion-pound investment into the technology can reduce emissions and create jobs on the road to net-zero. Here, edie looks at five roles that hydrogen could play in delivering rapid decarbonisation.

More than 90% of the hydrogen produced globally each year is fossil-fuel-based, which will need to change to deliver net-zero

'Key to triggering investment and buy-in': Green economy reacts to UK's Hydrogen Strategy

The much-anticipated Hydrogen Strategy has been published today (17 August) by the UK Government. Here, edie rounds up all the key reactions from across the green economy.

Boris Johnson last year announced an ambition for the UK to host 5GW of low-carbon hydrogen generation capacity by 2030

UK Hydrogen Strategy published, with Government targeting £4bn of private investment by 2030

The UK Government has today (17 August) published its much-awaited Hydrogen Strategy, outlining plans to unlock £4bn of investment in blue and green generation, storage and usage this decade.

Some nine million UK homes are now using a 'green' electricity tariff, by Government estimates

Government plans crackdown on greenwashing claims from energy providers

The UK Government has outlined plans to review how energy firms use the environmental credentials of their tariffs to market them, amid concerns that some providers are overstating the green benefits.

Part of the funding has been provided by the Government’s £160m Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Support Scheme

Humber region to benefit from £260m offshore wind investment

More than £260m has been granted in Government funding to develop next generation wind turbines in the Humber region, in a move that will support the UK's net-zero vision while creating and safeguarding more than 1,000 green jobs.

According to EDF, the offering would enable fleet customers to save around £350 in energy cost savings annually

EDF and Nissan launch V2G charging solution for business fleets

EDF and Nissan have launched a new service for UK businesses that enables electric vehicle (EV) fleets to access vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging technology.

Renewables were affected by supply chain shocks and decreased investment, but growth as a proportion of the energy mix outpaced fossil fuels year-on-year for the first time

UK's fossil fuel generation reached a record low in 2020, as renewables reached new heights

The UK Government has released new data on energy generation and consumption during 2020, revealing that fossil fuel generation plummeted to new lows as demand dipped due to Covid-19 restrictions affecting the transport sector.

Businesses have been tasked with aligning to the ambitions of Race to Zero

New environmental roadmap developed for homebuilders

UK homebuilders have backed a new Government-led plan to ensure that new builds are zero-carbon ready by 2025 as well as improving biodiversity and reducing waste.

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Innovation Strategy: UK Government bets on nature-based climate solutions and CCUS

Energy and environment technologies have been named as one of seven priority focus areas of the UK's new Innovation Strategy, designed to increase annual public R&D to a record £22bn.

The report features a host of recommendations to capture the benefits of CCUS in the UK

UK urged to level-up regions through CCUS supply chains

The trade body for the Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) industry in the UK has noted that a successful rollout of the technology could create a thriving supply chain in the UK which would deliver job growth, provided enabling policies are introduced.

By 2035, the CLC will have reduced construction product emissions by 66% from 2018 levels

Construction Leadership Council plots path to net-zero

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC), which is co-chaired by Minister for Business and Industry, Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Anne-Marie Trevelyan, has outlined plans to help the sector reach net-zero emissions as part of the wider national target.

National Grid has outlined a string of net-zero scenarios, but concerns have been raised about its ability to advise impartially 

National Grid could lose electricity system operator role under new BEIS and Ofgem plans

The UK Government and energy regulator Ofgem have outlined their initial views on replacing National Grid with a new independent system operator for electricity and gas, as part of a string of policy updates designed to accelerate the low-carbon transition.

The industry's existing roadmap was targeting an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050

British Glass outlines net-zero roadmap for 2050

The businesses representing the UK's glass sector have outlined a new roadmap that will enable the industry to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

Image: Raul Mee / EU2017EE. CC-BY-2.0. https://www.flickr.com/photos/eu2017ee/36679610714 

Theresa May named as new Aldersgate Group chair

Green business coalition the Aldersgate Group has named former Prime Minister Theresa May as its new chair, effective from Tuesday (20 July).

Without better engagement, the public are likely to see net-zero as something imposed on them by the Government rather than something that benefits them, the MPs warn

UK Government 'not taking the public's views on net-zero transition into account'

The Government's plans for engaging the general public with the net-zero transition and ensuring that impacts are socially fair have been "insufficient to date", MPs are warning.

Collaborative action from businesses and sweeping changes to policy - especially on taxes, incentives and international trade - will be needed to meet the CBI's vision

CBI: UK's green recovery could generate £700bn economic boost by 2030

The Confederation for British Industry (CBI) has launched a major new campaign uniting business in the push for a green recovery from Covid-19, claiming that this could bring £700bn of economic benefits for the UK this decade.

Taking place on Thursday 20 May, the Countdown to COP26 event features speed networking and panel discussions with an array of sustainability and climate leaders

Taking place today: Last chance to register for edie's flagship Countdown to COP26 event

The UK Cabinet Office's director of partnerships and engagement Matt Toombs has joined the likes of WBCSD director Claire O'Neill and O2's head of corporate responsibility and sustainability Tracey Herald among the headline speakers at edie's Countdown to COP26 virtual event Thursday (20 May). 

More than 80% of homes standing today will still be standing in 2050, the point by which the UK has committed to reaching net-zero

After Green Homes Grant failure, Government 'dodges' recommendations on energy-efficient homes

The Government has admitted that it did not consult stakeholders before launching the now-defunct Green Homes Grant scheme, in a document that MPs have said is evidence that it is shirking responsibility on domestic energy efficiency.

Pictured: Ellesmere Port, one of the UK's industrial clusters planning to adopt innovative technologies to align with net-zero 

50,000 jobs by 2050: UK Government outlines plans to scale up carbon capture sector

According to a new paper from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the UK's carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) sector could scale rapidly to support 50,000 jobs by mid-century.

The Festival will run from May through to October, kicking off with a flagship eponymous virtual event on 20 May

edie launches Countdown to COP26 Festival of content and events ahead of crucial climate summit

edie has today (7 May) unveiled a six-month programme of digital content and events which will unite thousands of business leaders, sustainability and energy professionals, policymakers, academics and green groups in the run-up to the COP26 climate talks.

By January 2021 over 1,600 projects had benefited from ISCF funding. But MPs are concerned about whether they will truly help meet targets like net-zero 

UK Government 'unable to prove it will meet green R&D targets'

The UK Government has not outlined how it will deliver on plans to ramp up green R&D funding in fields like construction, manufacturing, transport and plastics, MPs have claimed, as they call for an "overhaul" of the funding process.

The news comes after BooHoo was accused of using UK factories paying staff less than half of minimum wage

BEIS mulling fashion adjudicator to tackle human rights abuses

MPs have proposed the creation of a clothing sector adjudicator, in a bid to hold fashion firms accountable for labour abuses and environmental issues in their supply chains.

The scheme had targeted 600,000 homes, but just 53,000 homes made successful applications before its closure

Green Homes Grant: Less than 10% of promised vouchers issued

Less than £200m of the £2bn of vouchers initially promised under the UK's Green Homes Grant Scheme has been issued, new official Government figures show.

The UK government imposed a moratorium on fracking in England in 2019. Scotland and Wales have moratoria in place against hydraulic fracturing.

Fracking ban should continue for UK to meet net-zero, CCC warns

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has told the UK Government that restrictions on onshore fracking for shale gas must be continued until scientists have a better understanding of its full environmental impact.

Ministers face mounting pressure to clarify the Government's long-term plans for energy efficient, low-carbon homes

Green Homes Grant scheme to officially close this week, UK Government confirms

The UK Government has confirmed that it will axe its Green Homes Grant Scheme, which had £1.5bn of its £2bn funding pot withdrawn, on Wednesday (31 March).

The 10.7% reduction is the largest proportional fall in UK greenhouse gas emissions in a single year 

Covid-19 sees carbon emissions fall 10% in 2020 as UK nears half-way mark to net-zero

The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic delivered an estimated 10.7% reduction in carbon emissions in 2020, with total greenhouse gas emissions almost 50% lower than they were in 1990, the baseline year for the UK's net-zero target.

Samantha joined BEIS in January, after more than three years at Nottingham City Council

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Sam Lux, Department for BEIS

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Sam Lux, policy advisor at BEIS.

The masterclass is now available to watch on-demand. Image: The Carbon Trust

Six top tips for super-charging energy efficiency on the road to net-zero

Last week, edie hosted a 45-minute masterclass on energy efficiency, featuring expert speakers from BEIS, BAM Nuttall and the Carbon Trust. Here, we round up their key takeaways.

From 'right to repair' laws to new 'green' incentives for farmers, it has been a busy week for policy relating to energy and the environment in the UK

Six changes to UK green policy that you need to know about this week

The UK Government has announced several important changes to green policy packages this week. Here, edie rounds up the flurry announcements from BEIS, Defra and the Treasury.

The masterclass will be available to watch on-demand for those who have registered. Image: Carbon Trust

Now available on demand: edie's 45-minute masterclass on energy efficiency

edie's online masterclass on energy efficiency, featuring expert speakers from BEIS, Bam Nuttall and the Carbon Trust, is now available to watch on-demand. 

It is yet to be confirmed whether the Strategy will be disbanded entirely, or rebranded as part of a new growth plan

Ed Miliband criticises Government decision to 'axe' Industrial Strategy

Shadow Business Secretary Ed Miliband has criticised a decision from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to archive the flagship Industrial Strategy, joining concerns from green groups that the decision could dent business and policymaker relations.

In 2019, the brewer confirmed that efforts to halve its direct (Scope 1) and power-related (Scope 2) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, against a 2016 baseline, by 2025 had been approved by the SBTi

Molson Coors unveils bottles with 90% lower carbon footprint

The Molson Coors Beverage Company is rolling out new glass beer bottles that have reduced the carbon emissions associated with production by up to 90%.

The reports come in the same week as the 2021 Budget, which was criticised for failing to rise to the scale of the net-zero challenge 

UK Government has 'no plan' for reaching net-zero, MPs warn

Almost two years after enshrining the 2050 net-zero target in UK law, cross-party MPs have heard evidence that the Government still lacks a credible plan for delivery.

Sunak will be hosting a press conference after the Budget speech on Wednesday. Image: HM Treasury 

Budget 2021: Businesses and charities make last-minute calls for green funding to Rishi Sunak

With the 2021 Budget being announced on Wednesday (3 March), Chancellor Rishi Sunak is facing mounting pressure over the Green Homes Grant, National Nature Service and other green policy decisions.

Last month, the Court of Appeal dismissed a legal challenge to grant planning permission for Drax's major new gas-fired power plant

Drax scraps gas plant plans in Yorkshire, following climate concerns

Drax is scrapping plans to build the largest gas plant in Europe, which has faced legal challenges on climate grounds in recent months.

The Champions will focus on areas highlighted by the CCC

Boris Johnson faces pressure from his own Tory MPs to close net-zero 'policy gaps'

More than two dozen Conservative MPs have committed to championing green policies and solutions that will help the UK meet its net-zero target in Parliament, amid concerns that major policy gaps remain.

MPs suggested that around £320m of the fund would be made available moving forward

Billions to be slashed from Green Homes Grant budget

The Government is facing criticism for a decision to pull the majority of funding for the £2bn Green Homes Grant, less than a year after it was unveiled to improve household energy efficiency and play a key role in an economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Kwarteng was recently promoted from Energy Minister, allowing Alok Sharma to serve full-time as COP26 President 

Kwasi Kwarteng: Recent policy decisions send mixed messages on UK climate action

BEIS Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has admitted that the UK needs a stronger and more joined-up policy framework to deliver its net-zero target and claimed that decisions such as not blocking a new coal mine in Cumbria "send mixed messages".

In 2012, the total capacity of applications stood at just 2MW

UK's energy storage pipeline passes 16GW

The UK has more than 16GW of battery storage capacity planned across more than 700 projects, with the technology emerging as a key enabler of the net-zero target, new research has revealed.

Retrofitting is seen as essential to the net-zero transition, but the Government's approach has been repeatedly criticised 

Green Homes Grant: Government admits that meeting 600,000 homes target could take a decade

When the Government launched its Green Homes Grant last year, it aimed to improve energy efficiency for 600,000 homes. But a BEIS minister has admitted that just 20,000 vouchers have been issued to date.

The Dasgupta Review was commissioned by HM Treasury and lays out key recommendations to reversing manmade declines in biodiversity 

Landmark review calls for nature to be included in economic decision making

A new landmark review has been launched today (2 February), outlining how businesses and policymakers can include and account for nature as part of economic decisions, with many claiming the findings could be as influential as the Stern review on climate change.

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Government unveils £85m package to support low-carbon aviation innovations

Projects developing hydrogen and fully electrified aircraft have secured multi-million-pound funding pots from the UK Government, in the hopes of the nation hosting zero-emission flights by 2023.

The masterclass will be available to watch on-demand for those who have registered. Image: Carbon Trust

edie's next online masterclass to focus on industrial energy efficiency

edie's next online masterclass has been confirmed for Wednesday 10 March and will explore the role that energy efficiency will play on the road to net-zero for industrial business.

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Spotlight on renewables: How did the UK's energy mix change in 2020?

EU data released this week revealed that renewable generation overtook coal and gas in 2020. But what happened in the UK's renewable energy markets in 2020, amid the Covid-19 pandemic? Here, we round up the key facts and stats on capacity and output.

The companies are responsible for owning and operating the infrastructure that delivers gas to 85% of homes in Great Britain

Major gas grid companies team up to outline hydrogen deployment plans

Britain's five major gas grid companies have launched a major collaborative plan to create the UK's first hydrogen town by 2030 as well as creating a network of hydrogen refuelling stations for transport and helping to decarbonise industrial clusters.

Pictured: An artist's impression of the completed mine. Image: West Cumbria Mining Company 

Kwasi Kwarteng admits 'tension' between UK's new coal mine and climate ambitions

BEIS Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has admitted that the Government's decision not to intervene with the planning process for a new coal mine in Cumbria is at odds with its domestic climate targets and the messages it wants to send as COP26 host.

The study will commence in Spring 2021

Bruichladdich distillery explores hydrogen heating

Bruichladdich Distillery is exploring how hydrogen combustion technology can reduce reliance on fuel oil to meet the island-based facility's heating demand.

The reshuffle will enable Sharma to focus on the COP26 climate summit full-time. Image: Gov UK

Kwasi Kwarteng steps up to BEIS Secretary post as Alok Sharma takes on full-time COP Presidency

The Government has confirmed that Alok Sharma will step down from his position as Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to enable more focus on his role as COP26 President, with Kwasi Kwarteng named as his replacement.

The UK's oil and gas sector employs 270,000+ people and pays £350m+ in taxes annually

UK's oil and gas sector outlines net-zero vision, but remains reluctant to downsize

The watchdog for the UK's oil and gas industry has published a strategy designed to align businesses with the 2050 net-zero target, but green groups want more done to cap production and increase investment in renewables.

The Treasury reiterates that net-zero is “essential” in delivering long-term prosperity

Net-zero impact on UK economy to be 'relatively small', Treasury finds

The HM Treasury has published a final report in the build-up to a Net-Zero Spending Review, claiming that the transition to meeting the UK's long-term climate goals could deliver "slightly positive or slightly negative" economic growth for the UK, depending on how decisive policy action is.

Under some scenarios being explored by the Government, solar PV capacity could reach between 80-120GW of capacity

Government ponders 120GW of solar to help reach net-zero

On the same day that the Energy White Paper was unveiled, the Government also launched a new consultation on how financing and deployment of renewable technologies can accelerate action towards net-zero, with up to 120GW of solar capacity mooted as a means to quadruple green energy nationally.

The White Paper builds on the Ten Point Plan and National Infrastructure Strategy

Five things you need to know about the Energy White Paper

After months of delays, the UK Government finally unveiled its Energy White Paper on Monday (14 December) detailing how an overhaul to transport, energy and infrastructure will deliver an "overwhelmingly decarbonised power in the 2030s" on the road to net-zero by 2050.

Construction on the project is set to begin in 2022, with the battery becoming operational in 2024

UK's largest battery storage project receives planning consent in Essex

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has granted planning consent for one of the world's largest battery storage projects to be delivered on the banks of the Thames in Essex.





edie is seizing a unique opportunity to evolve its biggest event of the year into a truly global, collaborative experience

BEIS, Lego Group and Anglian Water confirmed among latest wave of speakers for Sustainability Leaders Forum

The chief executive of Anglian Water, Peter Simpson, and Minister for Business Energy and Clean Growth Kwasi Kwarteng are among the latest headline speakers that will feature at edie's biggest event of the year - the Sustainability Leaders Forum - which takes place as a global, virtual event on 2-4 February 2021.

Businesses which apply for the extension will have until March 2022 to finalise their appliacations

BEIS gives businesses extra 12 months to apply for RHI

The UK Government has confirmed that it will extend the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme by 12 months, in light of the impact of Covid-19 on the private sector.

More than £60m of specialist manufacturing equipment is in the final stages of commissioning

£130m battery development centre gears up in Coventry

A new multi-million-pound industrialisation centre to test recyclable and innovative battery systems is ready to become operational in Coventry.

Pictured: A double-decker hydrogen bus from Wrightbus. The company has secured a share of the new funding. 

BEIS announces £183m funding round for electric vehicles and cleantech start-ups

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has allocated new multi-million-pound funding pots to cleantech innovators, including companies developing AI for wind turbines and high-power batteries for electric cars.

The Government has responded to advice from the CCC

Government to publish 'comprehensive' net-zero strategy in build up to COP26

The UK Government has responded to the latest Committee on Climate Change (CCC) progress report, pledging to publish a "comprehensive" strategy that will detail how all parts of the economy will decarbonise in line with the national net-zero emissions target for 2050.

The businesses are calling for targeted policies that will support and enable viable projects to commence over the next decade

Businesses and green groups call for Government to set out 'negative emissions' policy framework

The National Farmers Union (NFU), Heathrow Airport and the Renewable Energy Association (REA) are amongst the organisations that have formed the Coalition for Negative Emissions, which is this week calling on the UK Government to set an "unambiguous commitment" to carbon capture and negative emissions.

BEIS believes its approach will create up to 130,000 jobs. Green groups are calling for long-term certainty that they will be protected

£2bn Green Homes Grant and £1bn Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme open for applications

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has officially launched £3bn of initiatives aimed at improving the energy efficiency of housing and public sector buildings.

Pictured: An earlier prototype of the Piper M-class plane. Image: Zero Avia

World's first commercial-grade hydrogen plane takes flight in UK, as government urged to grow 'green' hydrogen sector

The first flight of a hydrogen-powered, commercial-grade aircraft has been successfully completed in Bedford, while UK ministers face fresh calls to help scale up the domestic market for hydrogen produced using renewables.

The five days of events will be held digitally for the first time in Climate Week NYC's history

Climate Week NYC: What happened on day one?

With COP26 postponed and many other large climate events postponed, rescheduled or moved online, all eyes are on Climate Week NYC. Here, edie rounds up the key announcements from the first day.

The UK's oil and gas sector employs 270,000+ people and pays £350m+ in taxes annually

BEIS to review whether UK's oil and gas licencing regime is net-zero compatible

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will review whether its plans for the future oil and gas licencing regime are "aligned with tackling climate change" and compatible with the UK's 2050 net-zero target.

While the steepest decline is for offshore wind, large-scale solar is forecast to be the cheapest generation method by 2030

UK Government halves offshore wind cost forecasts

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has slashed its forecasts for offshore wind energy costs through to 2030 by more than half, in the first update to predictions since 2016.

The assessment report highlights both policy and technical risks to deploying “dispersed” CCS, notably a lack of viable transportation methods

UK's CCS deployment lacking 'comprehensive' planning on non-cluster sites

The UK's net-zero transition is lacking a "comprehensive regulatory framework" to overcome challenges to "dispersed" sites that would be suitable for carbon capture technology (CCS) but that aren't located in industrial clusters.

According to Wood Mackenzie, less than 1% of all global hydrogen production each year is fully powered by renewables

BEIS eyes CfD model to help scale-up UK's green hydrogen economy

Large-scale hydrogen projects with renewables could soon be included in the UK's Contracts for Difference (CfD) auctions, after a new government report identified the mechanism as a favoured option for scaling up 'green' hydrogen technologies.

Sharma visited Instagroup in Wokingham. Image: Gov.uk

'Crack on': Alok Sharma implores businesses to join £2bn Green Homes Grant

Business Secretary Alok Sharma has called on tradespeople across the UK to access the Government's new £2bn Green Homes Grants scheme to mobilise efforts to improve the energy efficiency of the UK's housing stock.

Longer-term reforms are expected to be consulted on in 2021

UK Government extends Climate Change Agreement tax breaks

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is extending its Climate Change Agreement (CCA) scheme for businesses by two years, following a consultation which highlighted its popularity.

Onshore and offshore wind each accounted for 10% of total domestic generation, the figures show. Pictured: Scout Moor wind farm

UK broke renewable energy generation record in 2019, latest BEIS figures show

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published its latest annual energy statistics, revealing that a record 37.1% of the electricity generated in the UK in 2019 was renewable.

The Industrial Strategy was developed under Theresa May, at a time when the UK's long-term climate targets were more lenient and when unemployment levels were lower

MPs question whether the UK's Industrial Strategy is fit-for-purpose

MPs on the BEIS Committee are launching an inquiry into the UK's Industrial Strategy, questioning whether major updates to the policy package are needed in light of the 2050 net-zero target and the Covid-19 crisis.

The study calls for investment to be unlocked to improve the energy efficiency of UK homes

Government urged to spend £5bn to unlock £100bn green recovery

A group of businesses, mayors and political leaders have called on the Conservative government to spend £5bn to deliver on its promised manifesto pledges in order to unlock £100bn in capital investment on energy efficiency and create more than 300,000 green jobs.

Clockwise from bottom-left: CCC deputy chair Baronness Brown; chair Lord Deben and director of analysis Mike Thompson

CCC: UK's net-zero transition could be easier than first thought

The Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) chair, co-chair and chief analyst believe that the UK's transition to net-zero could be accelerated, rather than hampered, by the Covid-19 crisis.

In total, wind power generated 30% of the UK’s electricity in the first quarter

Renewables accounted for record 47% of UK generation in first quarter of 2020

Renewable energy accounted for almost half of the UK's electricity generation between January and March 2020, it has been revealed.

BEIS wants to provide consistency for those accessing the market

UK proposes national Emissions Trading System to replace EU carbon market

The UK Government has published new proposals on its individual UK-wide Emissions Trading System (ETS) that would replace the EU's carbon trading variant.

Concerns had been raised as to placing the storage system onto farmland. Stock image

BEIS approves UK's largest solar farm

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has this week approved what is set to be the UK's largest solar farm, located in Kent.

The developers claim that the farm would generate enough renewable electricity to power 91,000 homes and would reduce UK carbon emissions by 68,000 tonnes annually. Stock image

UK's largest solar farm expected to be approved

Development consent for what would be the UK's largest solar farm is expected to be confirmed by the Government this week, which could also see the world's largest energy storage system co-located at the site in the Kent countryside.

The Capacity Market will now be subjected to reporting and verification mechanisms that place a carbon emissions limit that will apply to all contracted technologies before July 2019

Government to introduce 'carbon threshold' for Capacity Market

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has outlined reforms to the Capacity Market auction system which will enable demand-side response technologies to bid for 15-year contracts while adding a carbon emissions limit to spur an increase of low-carbon assets offered contracts.

The VIGIL consortium consists of Aston University, ByteSnap Design, Grid Edge and Nortech Management

Government-funded Vehicle-to-Grid project completes grid balancing trials

A Government-funded Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) project has successfully participated in a trial aimed at providing real-time control of when and how electric vehicles (EVs) are charged and discharged to help balance the grid.

The Petersberg Climate Dialogue takes place over two days. Photo: BMU/Christoph Wehrer 2020.

Petersberg Climate Dialogue: Alok Sharma rallies for global net-zero transition policies

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and COP26 President, Alok Sharma, spoke at the 11th Petersberg Climate Dialogue to call on nations to "set clear targets and policies" that are aligned to a rapid net-zero transition and will stimulate green economic growth.


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