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Several big-name retail brands including B&Q, Asda and Wickes have this week unveiled fresh measures to help consumers make the switch to low-carbon, smoke-free and energy-efficient home fuels.

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Fresh warnings over lack of climate action across finance sector

The reinsurance and pension fund sectors are failing to progress the finance sector towards key climate goals by continuing to invest in coal projects over low-carbon alternatives, two reports have claimed.

Tata Steel is also designing an industrial scale version of the technology, capable of making up to 20 times more liquid iron

Tata Steel unveils technology that could halve emissions from steel production

Tata Steel has unveiled new technology that is able to reduce the carbon emissions from iron and steel production by more than 50%.

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Meet the Sustainability Leader: The Coal Authority - Recycling and Resources

With entries soon closing for edie's revamped 2019 Sustainability Leaders Awards, this new feature series will showcase the achievements of the 2018 winners, revealing their secrets to success. Up next: our 2018 Recycling and Resources winners, The Coal Authority.

The new approach is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by up to 1.5% by 2030

Trump administration scraps Obama-era regulation on coal emissions

The Trump administration has put forward a greenhouse gas emissions plan that could boost output from coal-fired power plants rather than push them towards closure and result in as many as 1,400 premature deaths each year.

The current carbon price in the EU is €18.28 - up more than threefold since May 2017

Report: EU carbon prices could hit €40 over next five years

European Union (EU) carbon prices could more than double to €40 per tonne between 2019 and 2023, spurring the transition away from coal power across the bloc.

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I have a dream, of a society where children play safely outside in green, common areas, where there are no cars. People travel to work in electric powered trains, buses and through electric car share. They walk and cycle to school, to the local shop and to meet friends. A dream where renewable energy sources provide all the power we need - for heating, electricity and transport - in businesses as well as in homes.

The Irish fossil fuel divestment bill was passed in the lower house of parliament on Thursday

Ireland becomes world's first country to divest from fossil fuels

The Republic of Ireland will become the world's first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies, after a bill was passed with all-party support in the lower house of parliament.

edie at 20: Is sustainability finally coming home?

It's official - edie is now 20 years old. Our 20th anniversary as a sustainable business media brand offers a chance to celebrate and reflect upon the tremendous achievements of the green economy - but it is also a time for us to realise the immense opportunity that now lies ahead.

G7 governments provided at least $80.62bn in fiscal support and $19.54bn in public finance for fossil fuels in 2015 and 2016

G7 countries pour $100bn a year into oil, gas and coal: study

Each year, at least $100bn goes to support the production and consumption of oil, gas and coal, according to a major new study published on Monday (4 June). That is despite a promise from all G7 and G20 members to stop subsidising fossil fuels by 2025.

The Unfriend Coal report accuses 25 of the world’s largest insurers of continuing to invest in ‘dirty’ tar sands and coal energy projects

Top pension funds and insurers failing to engage with climate risks

Some of the UK's biggest pension funds are failing to address climate-related impacts, while 25 of the world's largest insurance brokers continue to invest in coal or tar sands projects, two damning reports have claimed this week.

UK insurers Aviva and Legal & General claimed second and fourth place respectively

UK insurers lead the ranks for climate action

UK insurance companies Aviva and Legal & General have taken two of the top four spots in a ranking of global insurers on their climate strategies, but globally the sector is struggling to set climate targets in line with the Paris Agreement.

Almost half of the gas industry’s hopes for new power stations for Europe are slated for the UK

'From coal to clean' - UK does not need to turn to gas, says WWF

The UK has no need to build new large gas-fired power stations to replace the coal plants that the government has pledged to switch off by 2025, the World Wide Fund for Nature has argued.

So far, 16 insurers have divested an estimated €22bn from coal companies

Allianz pledges to stop insuring coal plants as pressure mounts on insurance industry

Financial services firm Allianz has set a target to eliminate its insurance coverage for coal, amid heightened pressure on the industry to end its support for the fossil fuel.

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The coal-free records are a reversal from the recent highs that coal plant owners experienced during the so-called “beast from the east” cold snap

UK runs without coal power for three days in a row

The UK has been powered without coal for three days in a row, setting a new record and underlining the polluting fuel's rapid decline.

The company points to the Planning Inspectorate’s support for the scheme claiming its national benefits will “clearly outweigh” any adverse impacts

Open cast coal mine rejection faces High Court challenge

The government's rejection of plans for a new open cast coal mine faces a High Court challenge amidst accusations by the project's backers that the move will push up energy prices by increasing the UK's reliance on risky overseas supplies of the fuel.

The sustainability communications handbook

This handbook equips you with the knowledge and insight required to help your audience understand the true value of sustainability, from the boardroom, to your staff, consumers and investors.

Energy management experts from manufacturing and retail firms across the country came together to discuss the potential solutions to some of the biggest challenges around energy resilience

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After plummeting by 60% in the previous 12 months, coal output fell by a further 25%, leaving it as the “preserve of colder months”

Renewable output rises by more than a quarter in the UK

Renewable output rose by 27% over 2017 due to windier weather and new capacity coming online, according to the latest Electric Insights report from Imperial College London.

Water bills on the archipelago have surged recently due to more frequent droughts and storms, while warming waters have brought seasonal jellyfish plagues and degraded marine ecosystems

Balearics launch pioneering plan to phase out emissions

The Balearic islands' government has launched a pioneering plan to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, potentially setting itself on a collision course with the Spanish government.

Oil taxes predictably emerged as the most substantially used financial tool, as they topped €50 per tCO2 on average

OECD urges countries to tax dirty energy

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has encouraged governments to start taxing CO2 emissions more aggressively, in a new report which warns that current taxation levels are not enough to fight climate change effectively.

8 global sustainability trends to watch out for in 2018

Over the past 12 months, challenges around addressing sustainability issues have featured consistently in global headlines. Despite mixed political messages about our transition to a low-carbon future, the private sector has continued to drive sustainability up the business agenda; from Science Based Targets (SBTs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to increased investor scrutiny over non-financial reporting.

Last year, Ørsted completely divested its upstream oil and gas business, as part of the pledge to phase-out coal from its heat and power generation by 2023

Ørsted chief calls for 'high pace' climate and SDG action

Danish energy giant Ørsted's chief executive has highlighted the severe threats of climate change and the unique opportunities of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the company's latest sustainability report, which outlined the company's transition away from fossil fuels.

Less than 6% of this auction’s power reserve comes from renewables, while less than 2% is covered through energy storage. In contrast, coal secured an 8% share

Capacity Market Auction: 'Bizarre' Government policies blocking renewables funding

The provisional results of the latest Capacity Market Auction were released by National Trust today (2 February), leading to the closure on a coal-fired power plant and concerns from the renewables sector that clean technologies are being blocked from finance.

Insurance companies are mindful of the danger that they could suffer a huge loss if their investments in fossil fuel companies were rendered worthless by action on climate change

Lloyd's of London to divest from coal over climate change

Lloyd's of London, the world's oldest insurance market, has become the latest financial firm to announce that it plans to stop investing in coal companies.

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Welsh coal mine set for geothermal transformation following £9.4m fund

A council in Wales has been awarded £6.5m in European Union (EU) funds to explore how water from an underground mine can be used as a geothermal energy source to heat nearby homes.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) insists that new policies will be required to close the remaining “emissions gap”

Clean Growth Strategy 'not enough' to meet UK's carbon targets, climate advisers warn

Urgent action is needed to flesh out current plans in the Clean Growth Strategy in order to meet the UK's fourth and fifth carbon budgets, the Government's climate change watchdog has cautioned.

Ministers will also retain emergency powers to suspend the phase-out in the case of an emergency shortfall in electricity supplies

UK government spells out plan to shut down coal plants

One of the UK's eight remaining coal power stations is expected to cease generating electricity this year, the government has said as it laid out new rules that will force all the plants to close by 2025.

2017 green policy review: A year of progress and pleasant surprises

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A senior official said on Sunday the main difference between the Trump NSS and its predecessors was a new emphasis on border security and economic issues

Trump will drop climate change from US National Security Strategy

The Trump administration will drop climate change from a list of global threats in a new National Security Strategy the president is due to unveil on Monday.

Central Heating - is the future smart?

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Commercial banks are also igniting signals that funding for fossil fuels with soon be a thing of the past

World Bank, major businesses and nations unite against coal funding

The One Planet Summit in Paris has signalled the beginning of the end for the coal industry, after the World Bank, numerous financial institutions and a group of nations and major businesses all pledged to phase out fossil fuel funding and use.

The key business takeaways from COP23

So, COP 23 has come and gone, with little attention in the media. Expectations were for a technically focused meeting, working through some of the detail needed to bring the Paris agreement to life. Does this mean that there was little in it of business interest? Far from it, there were some important outcomes that provide real opportunities for business leadership. Here are my key takeaways.

The alliance will work by encouraging new commitments and using financing and shared technology and best practice to encourage others to phase out “unabated coal”

'Political watershed' as 19 countries pledge to phase out coal

A new alliance of 19 nations committed to quickly phasing out coal has been launched at the UN climate summit in Bonn, Germany. It was greeted as a "political watershed", signalling the end of the dirtiest fossil fuel that currently provides 40% of global electricity.

US representatives have still travelled to the latest round of climate negotiations in Bonn for COP23

US isolated as Syria signs the Paris Agreement

The US, the world's second largest emitter, is "out in the cold" as the only nation outside of the Paris Agreement on climate change, after Syria became the latest and last signatory to the global accord.

The EITI chair criticised the decision, suggesting that it sent the “wrong signal” to global efforts to tackle corruption

US withdraws from anti-corruption fossil fuel transparency initiative

The US has taken further steps to strengthen fossil fuel businesses, by withdrawing from an international initiative that monitors transparency and corruption in the revenues from mineral extraction and the oil and gas sector.

The decarbonisation rate of the G20 is short of the 3% average rate required to reach national pledges to the Paris Agreement

G20 falls behind on national decarbonisation pledges

The UK is "strongly outperforming" the rest of G20 in decoupling emissions from economic growth, but businesses and governments have been warned that the goals of the Paris Agreement won't be achieved with current decarbonisation ambitions.

The Problem with Solar (and other Renewables)

Night is the Achilles Heel of solar and this leads onto other interesting problems with other domestic renewable options

Both SSE and Drax need a healthy carbon price to ensure the economic case stacks up for their hopes of building new gas power stations

UK energy firms call on chancellor to boost carbon tax

Two of Britain's biggest energy companies have called on Philip Hammond to strengthen a carbon tax that has driven a dramatic collapse in coal power generation, arguing it is essential for the shift to cleaner energy.

Scrapping the carbon price support would reduce total electricity costs by around £2.6bn annually

Higher carbon price needed to phase out UK coal generation by 2025

Following plans with Canada to launch global alliance to encourage nations to phase-out coal use, the UK Government has been informed that a carbon price of £40 per tonne may be required to shut down all remaining coal plants by 2025.

Renewable energy in the UK has tripled since 2000 given substantial investment in wind and biomass, the study shows

PwC: UK spearheads clean growth in G20

The decline of coal consumption and improved energy efficiency helped the UK to decarbonise at a rate faster than any other G20 country in 2016, according to research from PWC.

It is believed that BATs will impact installations at around 3,500 coal plants within the EU

New industrial air pollution ruling puts EU coal plants on 'life support'

Large industrial plants have been given a four-year timeframe to adhere to new standards on air pollutants across the European Union (EU), a decision that places "the immediate future of coal plants into doubt", according to environmental lawyers ClientEarth.

HEAL’s report calls on government’s around the world to switch off the subsidies tap

Fossil fuel subsidies racking up trillions in health costs

Health costs related to fossil fuel use outweigh taxpayer-funded subsidies by 600%, according to a new study that insists governments should stop pumping money into dirty energy sources.

250 kWp ground mount PV system designed and installed by HBS New Energies at the Coal Authority’s Deerplay Mine Water Treatment Scheme, Lancashire

UK Coal Authority turns to solar to offset water treatment costs

A regulatory body of the UK coal industry has named the latest contractor for a four-year renewable energy framework to offset the costs of its 75 mine water treatment sites.

BNEF found that solar will account for 48% of the world’s installed capacity and 34% of electricity generation by 2040

'Unstoppable' renewables to reach new heights as costs tumble, report finds

Renewable energy sources will account for around three quarters of the expected $10trn global investment into power generating technologies between now and 2040, a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has claimed.

BP research shows that the UK more than halved its own coal consumption in 2016

Global carbon emissions flat for third straight year, BP study shows

Global carbon emissions remained flat for the third consecutive year, according to a BP study, which shows the fuel mix shifting away from coal towards low-carbon sources and energy efficiency.

Wind energy output peaked at 9.5GW on Wednesday 7 June

Windy weather brings new renewable energy record

Windy weather brought with it a new renewable record on Wednesday lunchtime as output from wind, solar, biomass and hydro peaked at 19.3GW - more than half of all demand.

Vote for change: Why Labour has the edge over the Conservatives

The nation holds it breath once more as we prepare for yet another monumental political decision which could have seismic consequences for the future of British politics and society. But before we head to the polling booths, it is crucial to remember an issue avoided by large sections of the mainstream media: how the outcome of this General Election could significantly impact the future of our environment.

Trump's Paris pullout may mean less for climate action than we think

Almost universal condemnation has greeted President Trump's decision to withdraw from and renegotiate American participation in the Paris Agreement. But energy industry experts I have spoken to are less concerned.

How should the world react to US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement? Ignore Trump and get on with the job

In pursuit of his America First agenda, Donald Trump has announced that he wants America to be the first country to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, just seven months after it entered into force.

Building Management System or caretaker: which route to energy savings?

If you listen to manufacturers, Building Management Systems (BMS) are technology's solution to the energy manager's need to reduce wastage in building services. They are often rated as saving up to 30% of energy consumption in heating and cooling for investment purposes and by the company providing the finance. However, they save absolutely nothing unless expert hands manipulate them.

Making hay while the sun isn't shining

"Make hay while the sun shines", as the saying goes. But what happens when the sun shineth not? That is the £64m question.

Overall, the 10 nations have provided £5.3bn annually between 2005 to 2016 on coal subsidies

UK's £350m coal subsidies clash with Government's phase-out pledges

The UK is providing £356m annually in coal subsidies, despite the UK Government denying that it provides financial support for fossil fuels, a new report has claimed.

Around 280 coal-fired plants in the EU produce nearly 25% of EU-generated electricity, but are also accountable for more than 70% of EU sulphur dioxide emissions

European Union enforces new air pollution limits

The European Union (EU) has today (29 April) approved new air pollution limits, which could save more than 20,000 lives each year by reducing pollution derived from coal-fired power plants.

edie explains: ISO 20400

This edie explains business guide, produced in association with edie's supporting partners Action Sustainability and BSI, provides an in- depth summary of the new ISO 20400 Standard which is the world's first international standard for sustainable procurement

Beware false sustainability solutions

It is inescapable and undeniable that we live in a finite world. It is also becoming widely accepted that we are using resources and polluting air, land and water at unsustainable levels. That's why the term 'sustainability' is pervading many aspects of government policy, locally, nationally and internationally, and prompting business and industry to radically change the ways they operate.

Coal has seen significant declines in recent years, accounting for just 9% of electricity generation in 2016

Britain set for first coal-free day since the industrial revolution

The UK is set to have its first ever working day without coal power generation since the industrial revolution on Friday, according to the National Grid.

Ravenswood Generating Station in Long Island City in Queens, New York. Staffers are said to be split on whether the US should remain a party to the environmental agreement

Trump aides abruptly postpone meeting on whether to stay in Paris climate deal

Donald Trump's aides have abruptly postponed a meeting to determine whether the US should remain in the Paris climate agreement, with an unlikely coalition of fossil fuel firms, environmental groups and some Republicans calling on the president to stick with the deal.

Keeping a weather eye: 5 key developments for renewables

Reading the popular media or governmental press releases alone might lead us to despair at the prospects for renewables - something that's flavour of the month today can be an environmental pariah the next. So, what is really happening? Should we be battening down the hatches or making hay?

The report warns that CCS and nuclear - such as the Dukovany plant (pictured) - offer limited growth prospects compared to renewables

Europe's energy giants set to overshoot Paris Agreement 'carbon budget'

Europe's major utilities companies are "locked" into high emission projects, placing €14bn of earnings at risk unless they realign strategies with the goals of the Paris Agreement, a new CDP report has found.

Trump’s attack on the clean power plan will not produce instant results. It faces bureaucratic wrangling and legal challenges that could take years

EU leads attacks on Trump's rollback of Obama climate policy

The European Union has led criticism of Donald Trump's effort to unravel Barack Obama's measures to combat climate change, suggesting that Europe will now take the lead in global efforts.

In practice: Gatwick Airport's 'world-first' waste management plant

Gatwick’s pioneering energy-from-waste plant represents a huge step forward for sustainable aviation. Find out how it works, who was involved and the key results the facility is driving in this new 'in practice' case study.

Ahead of the G20 summit in July, the German government feels it is its duty to remind fellow governments of their obligations to the Paris Agreement

Study: Backing fossil fuels is economically and politically irresponsible

A shift away from fossil fuels to renewables is needed at international level if the targets of the Paris climate deal are to be met. The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue wants to set an example by bringing plenty new to the table.

Scenarios were modelled on the impact on nuclear, coal and gas supply and was unable to examine impacts on technologies that operate under the Renewables Obligation (RO)

What would happen if Britain had no carbon price support?

Research from Imperial College London - commissioned by UK power station operator Drax - has found that operating without a carbon price would have increased Britain's carbon emissions by 21%, levels not seen since the 19th Century.

Scientists and environmentalists have condemned Pruitt for asserting that he does not believe human activity is a major cause of climate change. Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

EPA head Scott Pruitt denies that carbon dioxide causes global warming

Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump's head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, has dismissed a basic scientific understanding of climate change by denying that carbon dioxide emissions are a primary cause of global warming.

Statoil’s oil and gas production, and subsequent emissions, are already below the industry average, with the firm emitting more than 15 million tonnes of CO2 in 2016

Statoil vows to slash carbon emissions by a fifth

Just one day after it was revealed that eight of the world's largest fossil fuel companies were responsible for pollution levels equal to that of the US, Norwegian oil and gas firm Statoil has pledged to reduce its own emissions by three million tonnes by 2030.

Cheaper gas has seen emissions from that area rise by 12.5% as a result, and emissions from oil also increased by 1.6%

UK carbon emissions fall by 5.8% in 2016, analysis finds

A huge decline in coal use saw national carbon emissions in the UK fall by 5.8% in 2016, reaching its lowest recorded levels in almost 100 years, analysts have claimed.

Reaching the UK’s 2020 renewable energy targets by utilising the power of AD

Kicking off edie's Resource Management month, I wanted to start this new series of vlogs by discussing my vision for creating a resource-efficient farming industry that has the potential to lead the world in closed-loop food and energy systems.

A “moderate” technology adoption across the globe could create $900bn in savings, while an “accelerated” system could pump $1.6trn into the economy

Technology growth can spur low-carbon energy system and save $1.6trn, says report

The rapid rise of technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), automation, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) could save between $900bn to $1.6trn to the global economy by 2035, according to a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI).

The G20 has made numerous pledges since 2009 to phase out “inefficient fossil fuel subsidies” over the medium term

Financial giants repeat calls for G20 to phase-out fossil fuel support

The financial sector is calling on G20 governments to sever ties with the fossil fuel sector, as 16 major companies with assets under management worth $2.8trn signed a joint statement for governments to phase-out subsidies by 2020.

The report has been released in the same week that UK ministers have announced a £78m investment for British coal plants to secure supply for the coming year

EU must phase out coal by 2030 to meet Paris goals, report claims

The last European coal plant must be closed by 2030 if the continent is to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement, a new report from non-profit institute Climate Analytics has stated.

The current downward trend in emissions has placed the UK on track to surpass its second carbon budget, which requires a 29% reduction in emissions below 1990 levels

Coal phase-out sees UK emissions tumble by 4%

A fall in coal use, and subsequent rise in renewables and nuclear electricity sources, has been listed as a prime driver in the UK registering a 4% decline in carbon emissions in 2015, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed.

The firm revealed late last year that it was also attempting to sell-off its oil and gas arm to raise funds for future renewables investment

DONG Energy pledges to phase-out coal by 2023

Utility company DONG Energy has today (2 February) announced an "important step" in its green transformation, with a pledge to completely phase-out coal from its heat and power generation by 2023.

BIC has suggested that the World Bank is turning Indonesia “into a major coal producer” by subsidising fossil fuels through the Development Policy Financing (DPF) programme

World Bank quashes fossil fuel funding claims

The World Bank has criticised what it believes are "grossly misrepresented" findings from the Bank Information Center (BIC), which has claimed that up to $5bn in intended low-carbon funds have instead been used to introduce tax breaks for fossil fuel developments in developing countries.

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2

The link between climate change and CO2 might not be as simple as people think. Has anyone taken into account human population, respiration and CO2 concentrations?

Three trends that will power the circular economy in 2017

Last October witnessed a major milestone for the green economy. The adoption of the Paris Agreement was a huge achievement, with such a decisive, unified response underlining how far sustainability has moved up the agenda.

The New Plastics Economy: Catalysing action

This new report is one of the first key deliverables of the New Plastics Economy initiative.It represents a logical next step to the 2016 report: from rethinking the future of plastics to catalysing action.

Three major coal power stations were closed in 2016, leading to a substantial fall in generation

UK wind energy surpasses coal generation for first time

The UK made history 2016, with new analysis revealing that energy from wind turbines dwarfed energy sourced from coal power stations for the first time ever.

Drax believes the company could upgrade the remainder of the power station to run solely on biomass and provide up to 8% of the UK’s total electricity from sustainable sources

Drax receives green light to complete biomass conversion project

UK power station operator Drax has been approved subsidies to run the third of its six coal-fired units on wood pellet fuel, but green campaigners question whether the state aid could have been better employed to help drive the UK towards a low-carbon economy.

The report found that 688 institutions and more than 58,000 individuals across 76 countries are now committed to divestment

Fossil fuel divestment funds double to $5tn in a year

The value of investment funds committed to selling off fossil fuel assets has jumped to $5.2tn, doubling in just over a year.

EEF wants the Government to make immediate announcements on a full phase-out strategy for coal power by 2025 and a plan for the uptake of carbon capture and storage

Manufacturers call on Government to deliver low-carbon Energy Statement

The UK Government must introduce reforms which increase the uptake of low-carbon technologies to restore the "tepid" confidence in Britain's future energy security, according to the manufacturers' organisation EEF.

BNEF chairman Michael Liebreich felt that the private sector should set and provide “volume signals” to indicate that it was committed to renewable deployment and improve investor confidence

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.

The second Contracts for Difference auction reflects the Government’s pledge to spend £730m of annual support on renewable electricity projects over this Parliament

Government unveils increased support for renewables, commits to coal phase out

The UK Government has reinforced its commitment to upgrade the UK's energy infrastructure, outlining plans to provide £290m support for renewable energy projects and phase out unabated coal power generation by 2025.

Can we re-develop old power stations for the new world?

Driving home from a ride around some local woods, I passed the now-closed Longannet Power Station on the River Forth. For those not familiar with this particular power station, it was one of Scotland's main electricity generating stations until it was closed down due to restrictions on the burning of coal.

UN climate chiefs celebrating the introduction of the deal in Paris photo: UNClimate/Flickr

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?

Energy industry sources said the forecast for 2016 appeared to be broadly in line with expectations

UK coal-powered electricity projected to fall by record amount

The amount of electricity generated from UK coal power stations is on track to fall by two-thirds this year, a decline which analysts said was so steep and fast it was unprecedented globally.

The 2016 LCEI shows a promising state of affairs for UK carbon reductions and also calls upon businesses to consider future implications of the UKs continued decarbonisation

UK tops G20 on carbon reduction levels

Britain remains a "world-leader" on climate action, with new figures from the professional services firm PwC ranking the country the highest of the G20 group of nations when it comes to annual average reductions in carbon intensity over the past 15 years.

Alongside strong political support in some of the world’s largest economies, the uptake in renewables looks set to be boosted by tumbling installation costs

IEA significantly increases renewables forecast

Having previously been accused of "holding back the global energy transition" through "misleading" outlooks for the growth of clean energy, the International Energy Association (IEA) has today (25 October) increased its five-year growth forecast for renewables.

Analysis from think-tank Sandbag has revealed that up to 246 new diesel projects have submitted bids for the capacity market subsidy scheme

Capacity market provides another twist in the Government's air quality battle

As the UK Government returns to court over illegal air quality levels, new analysis from think-tank Sandbag has warned that up to £800m could be spent in the UK to subsidise a plethora of new diesel generators during the next 15 years.

Drax’s biomass storage domes, which hold 300,000 tonnes of compressed wood pellets between them - enough to power Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and Liverpool for more than 12 days. Photo: Drax

Britain's biomass generation carries big emissions risk, report claims

The UK's renewable energy industry has hit back at new economic analysis which finds that biomass power could be causing more carbon pollution than burning coal or natural gas, claiming it is "distorting the facts".

More than 70 experts quantified the models listed in the report, claiming that a 2C pathway to limit global warming would require an “exceptional and enduring effort”

World Energy Council: Energy demand to peak at 2030 as part of 'grand transition'

Disruptive trends and technology, such as the rise of renewables and the electrification of the transport sector, will create a "fundamentally new world" for the energy industry, which would see energy demand and fossil fuel use peak before 2030.

Democratic candidate Clinton repeated her desire to turn the US into a “21st century renewable energy superpower”, while Trump claimed the US needed to look beyond renewables

Coal would last 'a thousand years' in Trump's US

With polling day just one month away, presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton offered two very different glimpses into the future of US energy policy.

Energy Efficiency: the poor man of the 'green' debate?

Is there too much focus on generating sustainable energy and not enough on reducing what we actually demand?

The trend will not continue into winter because of solar’s seasonal nature, but the symbolic records reveal the dramatic impacts solar subsidies and penalties for coal have wrought

Solar outstrips coal in past six months of UK electricity generation

Electricity generated by solar panels on fields and homes outstripped Britain's ageing coal power stations over the past six months in a historic first.


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