Can the UK become a world-leader on decentralised energy post-Brexit?
Britain's imminent departure from the European Union (EU) offers an opportunity to push the nation towards the forefront of an interconnected, decentralised energy system - but only if the Government delivers constructive regulatory support mechanisms.
Mary Creagh: Ministers running out of time to establish post-Brexit green legislation
EXCLUSIVE: On the same day that MPs launched an inquiry into the role of sustainability in the policymaking of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the Environmental Audit Committee's (EAC) chair Mary Creagh has chastised the Government for failing to place climate change and resource efficiency at the heart of its agenda.
Circular Economy Package: Everything you need to know
In light of the European Parliament's decision to reinforce more ambitious recycling targets within the long-awaited Circular Economy Package, edie takes a detailed look at how the proposed measures could affect businesses, especially in light of the UK's imminent departure from the European Union (EU).
Circular Economy Package: MEPs pledge to restore recycling targets in landmark vote
The European Parliament has voted to restore recycling and landfill targets that had been lowered by the European Commission in its re-tabled Circular Economy Package.
Budget 2017 preview: Seven green policy hopes for Philip Hammond's Spring Budget
As Chancellor Philip Hammond prepares to deliver his first - and last - Spring Budget on Wednesday (8 March), edie rounds up the key environmental issues that the sustainability community will hope are included in the Government's spending plans.
Report: Brexit offers escape hatch from £2bn EU waste policy costs
British businesses would lose as much as £2bn over the next 20 years through the EU's Circular Economy Package, according to a new report from think-tank Policy Exchange, which is calling on the UK to adopt a better waste and resource management framework post-Brexit.
Post-Brexit environmental legislation could boost natural capital into the mainstream
The 25-year environmental plan can act as a catapult to launch the concept of natural capital into the mainstream, the Chair of the Natural Capital Committee (NCC) has claimed.
Five green policy priorities to stop Brexit ruining our environment
From the delivery of an ambitious 25-Year Environment Plan to the avoidance of ineffective 'zombie legislation', Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) executive director Matthew Farrow outlines the key steps that must be taken by the Government to ensure Britain's exit from the EU will not have a negative impact on our environment.
Greener UK coalition launches Brexit environmental manifesto
A coalition of green groups including Friends of the Earth (FoE), Greenpeace and WWF has today (22 February) launched a green policy manifesto which outlines the opportunities to maintain and enhance the UK's environment post-Brexit.
UK should consider new 2025 recycling targets, claims EIC
The UK should consult on new recycling targets for 2025 to boost investor confidence in the waste sector, according to a new report from the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC).
UK must play 'careful game' to balance green policy and new trade deals
EXCLUSIVE: In its pursuit of new trade deals post-Brexit, the UK must be careful that product and resource standards don't handicap businesses from exporting back into Europe, the chair of the EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee has warned.
Report: Enforcement mechanisms 'critical' for post-Brexit environmental prosperity
Introducing and transposing key environmental legislation that enforces political stability once the UK leaves the European Union (EU) will be "critical" to ensuring investor confidence, a new report from a House of Lords Committee has claimed.
Green Alliance announces new chief executive
Former head of the Campaign to Protect Rural England Shaun Spiers has been confirmed as the new chief executive of environmental think tank Green Alliance.
A cocktail of risks: Brexit a 'danger' to environmental legislation, says Caroline Lucas
Just five days after the House of Commons voted to trigger Article 50 and take formal steps to leave the European Union (EU), a new report from Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has warned that Brexit forms a "cocktail of risks" for the UK's environmental protection.
Clive Lewis resigns as BEIS Shadow Secretary as MPs approve Brexit bill
Labour MP Clive Lewis has stepped down from his role as the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Shadow Secretary due to opposition to the Government's approved bill to withdraw the UK from the European Union (EU).
Does Brexit offer a ‘golden opportunity’ to pursue EU ETS alternatives?
With MPs set to vote on the final amendments of the bill to withdraw the country from the European Union (EU), the debate surrounding the UK's future involvement in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) has intensified this week with a lively debate in Parliament.
In shocking times, corporate sustainability needs to pivot
Fresh from chairing edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum last week, sustainable business advisor David Bent shares his three key insights from the event, which brought together ambitious professionals to discuss transformational change.
Brexit White Paper: Government underlines vision for 'cleaner, healthier environment'
The UK Government has today (2 February) released its much-anticipated Brexit White Paper document, providing assurances that the nation will remain a "leading actor" on climate change and environmental policy following its imminent departure from the European Union (EU).
UK 'falling behind' on EU renewable energy targets
The European Union (EU) is on track to hit a 20% renewable goal for 2020, despite nations such as the UK, Ireland and Luxembourg struggling to increase the share of renewables in transport and heat sectors, a new European Commission (EC) report has found.
Defra urged to make 'rapid progress' with release of environment plan
The UK Government must swiftly implement a legally-binding 25-Year Environment Plan to halt the decline of the country's natural capital, an independent advisory body has said.
Brexit poses uncertainty, opportunity for Britain's environmental consultants: report
The UK's Brexit vote is expected to have a significant impact on the nation's environmental consultancy sector, with market growth in 2016 estimated to be almost half what it was in 2015 due to the uncertainties looming over client investment decisions.
Nick Hurd: Brexit offers the flexibility to strengthen Britain's decarbonisation commitments
Climate Change Minister Nick Hurd has insisted that Brexit will give the UK the opportunity to look at the low-carbon transition through a "prism of national interests" that could lead to significant economic growth, but only if the Government can overcome multiple "difficult challenges".
New Environmental Protection Act vital post-Brexit, MPs say
MPs and green campaigners are today (4 January) calling on the UK Government to build environmental safeguards into the Great Repeal Bill during Brexit negotiations, with a fresh report proposing the introduction of a new Environmental Protection Act to maintain current standards.
UK packaging producers warned of mounting costs from EU fees disparity
The growing trend of European countries implementing differentiated fees based on eco-design and recyclability criteria could result in higher payments for British packaging producers with compliance obligations outside the UK, according to resource efficiency specialist Ecosurety.
Government must prioritise lower energy costs in 2017, say manufacturers
Energy costs and changes to European Union (EU) energy policy are the biggest concerns for British manufacturers, according to new research from npower Business Solutions (nBS).
2017 presents plethora of policy opportunities for sustainability, says IEMA
The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) has outlined the five key areas of policy reformation that will shape the sustainability agenda as the UK begins its departure from the European Union (EU) in 2017.
From disruptors to Hinkley: 7 things we've learnt about Greg Clark's industrial strategy
As Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark fielded questions from the Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee, edie round-ups seven key talking points that look set to form integral roles in the highly-anticipated industrial strategy.
UK agrees to new EU air pollution laws, raising 'awkward' Brexit questions
The UK has agreed to adopt new European Union (EU) legislation on air quality, which sets stricter national limits for the emission of some of the most dangerous air pollutants.
AD sector doubles in 2016 as Ecotricity targets fracking sites for new green gas plants
Britain now has almost 90 plants injecting green biomethane into the gas grid - nearly double the number in operation this time last year, according to a new report.
Britain's green groups unite to fight for environmental protection post-Brexit
The National Trust, RSPB, WWF and Friends of the Earth are among 13 environmental organisations that have today (8 December) come together to form the Greener UK coalition.
UK firms want EU climate policy retained, says Committee on Climate Change
The Government has been presented with a "very strong message" from the private sector, calling for European Union (EU) climate legislation to be retained post-Brexit, with the promised Industrial Strategy acting as an ideal vehicle to align policies to the low-carbon agenda.
How Brexit can streamline retail supply chains by harnessing the growth of Africa
Brexit can place UK retailers at the vanguard of nascent agricultural and manufacturing supply sectors in Africa, but only if the UK Government retains current tariff-free access to products from the continent.
Caroline Lucas calls for new Environmental Act to strengthen green policy post-Brexit
The UK must create a new Environmental Act, subject to legal oversight and accountability mechanisms, which replaces and strengthens environmental protections post-Brexit, Green Party Co-Leader Caroline Lucas has said.
Jaguar Land Rover wants Midlands to act as electric vehicle hub
Britain's largest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has provided a potential boost to the post-Brexit manufacturing sector, after the company's chief executive suggested that the UK should act as a central hub for JLR's electric vehicle (EV) ambitions.
Michael Liebreich: Policy alignment needed to make Britain a low-carbon leader
The UK can "truly be a leader" in the global low-carbon economy, but only if a policy alignment is introduced that allows considerations of the energy mix to also shape trade, tax and research and development (R&D) legislation, the chairman of Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has said.
Brexit must unite Britain's farming and environment policies, says FDF
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has called on the UK Government to provide "leadership" on environmental policies post-Brexit, claiming that the two 25-year plans to strengthen environment and food and farming policies should be combined alongside energy legislation.
Autumn Statement 2016: 10 green policy hopes for Philip Hammond's first budget announcement
From unveiling a low-carbon Industrial Strategy and confirming post-Brexit support for renewables through to enabling a smart, flexible energy system and providing more expenditure to prevent flooding - will new Chancellor Philip Hammond deliver on our green policy wishlist in his first Autumn Statement?
Autumn Statement: BEIS Committee chief calls for green policy turnaround
EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government should use this week's Autumn Statement as an opportunity to reverse a downfall in green investment attractiveness by committing to a range of low-carbon projects such as tidal lagoons, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and offshore wind.
New climate watchdog launches inquiry into Brexit implications
MPs have today (18 November) launched a new inquiry examining the implications of Brexit on the Britain's energy sector and its national climate change commitments.
Industry experts call for streamlined environmental standards post-Brexit
UK trade would benefit from efficient environmental standards post-Brexit, such as the removal of staid aid requirements and an overlap of energy efficiency standards, according to experts from the chemical and manufacturing sectors.
Brexit concerns mount for UK's waste and water industries
The UK's departure from the European Union (EU) could result in economic downturn and the slow degradation of environmental regulations in the waste and water industries.
Paris Agreement officially enters force: what happens next?
In the early hours of this morning (4 November), vision turned into reality as the Paris Agreement officially came into force, ushering a new era of climate action. But what does this actually mean for the global green economy?
Green groups call for clarity and certainty on Defra's 25-year plan
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) must build a robust framework of domestic legislation in order to ensure adequate protection of Britain's natural environment post-Brexit.
Britain's renewable attractiveness at 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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Report: Energy sector experiencing 'negative impacts' of Brexit vote
The majority of energy efficiency suppliers fear that it is a matter of time before consumers are subject to rising prices leading to a slowdown in investment, with suppliers already claiming that the Brexit vote is negatively impacting the sector.
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.
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.
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..
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.
University of Surrey receives post-Brexit EU grant for smart cities research
The University of Surrey has received a new €762,000 grant from the European Union (EU) to conduct research into the development of smart cities and the environmental impact of a cleaner aeronautics industry, allaying fears of a broken environmental relationship between the UK and Europe after the Brexit vote.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brexit will force EU countries 'to make deeper, costlier carbon cuts'
Brexit will force the European Union's remaining 27 countries to spend billions of Euros on cutting carbon emissions deeper to compensate for the UK leaving, according to experts.
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).
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.
European Union launches best practice 'library' for energy efficiency measures
A new European Union (EU) project aimed at sharing best practice for energy efficiency measures across all sectors has raised concerns over the UK's ability to collaborate with other countries in the aftermath of the Brexit vote.
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).
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.
Communication a necessity for post-Brexit green business prosperity
The fear and uncertainty surrounding the vote to leave the European Union puts the UK Government under increased pressure to create a strong green policy framework, as sustainability professionals and environmentalists "go on the march" and communicate to create legislative prosperity.
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.
Post-Brexit Britain must embrace circular economy to trade with EU, says Green Alliance
EXCLUSIVE: The legislation established as part of the European Union's nascent Circular Economy Package will still shape how a post-Brexit Britain develops new resource-efficient products and closed-loop business models, regardless of whether we stay in the single market or not.
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.
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.
UK Government urged to future-proof renewables amid Brexit 'volatility'
The vote to leave the European Union (EU) may have created a "fragile" confidence within the clean energy industry, but multiple organisations have called on the Government to build a cross-party coalition that provides wind energy with a viable route to market.
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.
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.
Leave vote makes UK's transition to clean energy harder, say experts
The UK's challenge to build a clean, secure and affordable energy system has become significantly harder amid the political and economic turmoil following the nation's vote to leave the European Union.
Climate action provides 'thread of certainty' for post-Brexit Britain, says Christiana Figueres
The UN's soon-to-depart climate chief has quashed claims that the UK's impending departure from the European Union (EU) could derail the Paris Agreement, instead claiming that a concerted effort to tackle climate change could be the "thread of continuity" that the UK needs during this "uncertain and volatile" period.
Scotland 'will lead England' on energy policy post-Brexit
Scotland will be the decision-maker in terms of energy policy once the British exit from the European Union is confirmed, according to the Energy and Climate Change select committee (ECCC).
Lisa Nandy resigns from Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet
BREAKING: Labour Shadow Energy Secretary Lisa Nandy has today (27 June) led a string of shadow ministers to resign from the Party's cabinet in the wake of Britain's decision to leave the European Union (EU).
Brexit could 'weaken' business standards for recycling and air quality
The UK's impending decision to leave the European Union (EU) could lead to a "weakening of domestic standards" that fails to incentivise businesses to improve recycling rates and tackle air quality issues, a new report has found.
Brexit calls EU climate action into question as top MEP quits
The European Union's plans to reform its broken carbon market have been thrown into turmoil after the British lead MEP on the bill to revise the Emissions Trading System resigned after the UK voted to leave the bloc.