Further delay of climate plans could derail UK's low-carbon shift, warns CCC
Ministers could derail the UK's low-carbon transition unless they deliver urgent new plans to reduce emissions across the country, the Government's independent climate advisory body has warned.
It's time for ACTION: 14 green policy priorities for the new UK Government - Part two
A decentralised energy system, more ambitious renewable energy targets and a stronger low-carbon heat and transport policy are all listed in the second part of edie's feature exploring the most critical areas of green policy that Theresa May's new Government must prioritise.
Report maps UK's 'uncertain' energy landscape post-Brexit
As Britain looks set to leave the EU's Single Market, business consultants have attempted to map out the numerous challenges facing the energy sector after Brexit, making the case for a transition phase to smooth the exit path.
Policy Exchange: Government must act to stem £170bn loss in fuel duty tax receipts
The Government must consider how it will recover a forecasted £170bn hole in lost fuel duty tax receipts if the UK remains on course to hit the energy targets set out in the Fifth Carbon Budget, a new report from think tank Policy Exchange has warned.
UK on track to miss carbon emissions target due to stalled energy policy
The UK's ambitious target of slashing carbon emissions by more than half within 13 years is at risk because of government dithering on energy policy, industry professionals have warned.
Sadiq Khan: Gove must get a grip on 'life and death' air pollution crisis
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has requested an urgent meeting with the new environment secretary, Michael Gove, to urge him to get a grip on Britain's "life and death" air pollution crisis.
Tories aim to block full EU ban on bee-harming pesticides
Conservative politicians are trying to stop a complete EU ban on bee-harming pesticides, despite the new environment secretary Michael Gove's statement earlier this week, in which he said "I absolutely don't want to water down" EU environmental protections.
Queen's Speech: Government reiterates support for Paris Agreement and low-carbon Industrial Strategy
The Queen's Speech has outlined the Government's commitment to maintain global climate change leadership, alongside proposals to ensure the electric vehicle (EV) market begins to thrive over the upcoming years.
It's time for ACTION: 14 green policy priorities for the new UK Government - Part one
From environmental plans and air quality proposals through to energy efficiency schemes and low-carbon industrial strategies, edie has identified the most critical areas of green policy that Theresa May's new Government must prioritise to ensure the UK bears the fruits of a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy.
Claire Perry named as new Climate Change Minister
The ongoing Conservative ministerial reshuffle has seen Claire Perry take over from Nick Hurd as Minister of State for Climate Change, amid concern over new Defra Secretary Michael Gove's track record on green issues.
Michael Gove appointed Environment Secretary in cabinet reshuffle
Michael Gove, one of the driving forces of the Brexit campaign, has made a shock return to the front bench to lead Defra as part of a reshuffle of Theresa May's cabinet following the UK General Election.
Uncertain times for green business as Tories form 'Government of certainty' with climate-sceptic DUP
Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will form a Government with the support of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in a move that environmental groups are fearing could have damaging consequences for Britain's green economy.
General Election results: Green economy braced for further uncertainty after hung parliament vote
Clouds of uncertainty continue to hover over the future of a number of key long-term environmental policy frameworks as the Conservative Party has failed to win an overall majority in a shock outcome of the UK General Election.
Election 2017 manifesto matrix: What the parties have pledged on energy and environment policy
Which party has taken the most ambitious stance on tackling air quality? Which would prioritise energy efficiency and ban fracking? And has anyone mentioned the Sustainable Development Goals? edie has rounded up the most important inclusions (and exclusions) from each of the main parties’ manifestos into a single document.
Election 2017: Seven charts that underline the importance of ambitious green policy
EXCLUSIVE: The manifestos are in, and so are the results of edie's green policy survey which reveals the areas of energy and environment legislation that our readers want the next UK Government to prioritise.
Election 2017 manifesto matrix: What the parties have said on energy and the environment
It's decision time. Tension is mounting among the green business community ahead of the UK election - but which party offers the most promising green policy approach? Here, edie has rounded up the most important inclusions (and exclusions) from each of the main parties' manifestos into a single, easy-to- read document.
UK government sued for third time over illegal air pollution from diesels
Environmental lawyers are taking the government to the high court for a third time in a bid to remove "major flaws" from minister's plans to tackle the UK's illegal levels of air pollution.
'Weak' Tories have broken environmental promises, says Lib Dem peer
EXCLUSIVE: The Conservative Party's environmental policy record since the 2015 General Election will be remembered as a period of broken promises, the Liberal Democrats' Deputy Leader in the House of Lords has told edie.
Greener UK debate: Parties trade blows over environmental ambitions ahead of election
Environmental representatives from the UK's major political parties clashed last night (30 May) over international climate change leadership and other key green policy issues at a General Election hustings event in London.
The great green policy survey: Last chance to tell us the issues that matter most
The countdown to the General Election is on and tension is beginning to mount among the green business community as to which political party to vote for. Take edie's short survey to tell us which areas of energy and environment policy you want the next UK Government to prioritise.
SNP manifesto: Environmental protections, onshore wind support and carbon capture leadership
The Scottish National Party (SNP) has pledged to strengthen Scotland's environmental protections as the Party's newly released manifesto calls for a second independence referendum to be held "at the end of the Brexit process."
A 'committed' Government can spur post-Brexit renewables job growth, says REA
EXCLUSIVE: The UK's departure from the European Union (EU) should be facilitated by a new Government that uses key "lighthouse areas" to outline how the country plans embed low-carbon smart technologies into operations as a means to attract better investment options.
Sustainable Business Covered podcast: We're back! And we're LIVE from edie Live (Part 1)
The edie editorial trio of Luke, Matt and George have dusted off the podcast mic and returned for a special two-part episode of Sustainable Business Covered, bringing you an array of interviews with sustainability leaders from edie Live 2017.
Conservative manifesto: Energy efficiency focus, oil and gas support and 'fracking revolution'
The Conservatives have pledged to maintain the UK’s climate change commitments through enhanced clean technology and energy efficiency funding, but the Party's manifesto also proposes continued support for the North Sea oil and gas industry and an additional focus on fracking.
Lib Dem manifesto: Ambitious new laws for emissions reductions, green transport and the circular economy
The Liberal Democrat Party manifesto has been released, outlining a series of ambitious proposals to "build a greener economy" by establishing five new legislative pieces, including a law to deliver net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.
Labour manifesto: Renewables revolution, air quality crackdown and SDG push
The official Labour Party manifesto has been broadly praised by green groups for including a raft of bold pledges to ramp up renewable energy generation, tackle air quality and embed the Sustainable Development Goals into central government.
Aldersgate Group manifesto calls on next Government to capitalise on green economy
Green business alliance the Aldersgate Group has today (16 May) launched a General Election manifesto report which makes the case for the next Government to prioritise a more ambitious low-carbon and environmental policy.
Leaked Labour manifesto promises air quality improvements and renewables revolution
A leaked version of the Labour Party's General Election manifesto has uncovered proposals to boost renewable energy, create a new zero-carbon homes standard and maintain access to the internal energy market.
Scotland unveils winners of £40m low-carbon innovation fund
A string of pioneering district heat networks and a battery storage project are among the biggest winners in a £43m fund announced by the Scottish Government in an effort to boost low-carbon infrastructure across the country.
Next Government must prioritise renewables to boost economy, says RenewableUK
As the Conservatives confirmed plans for a price cap for energy bills, RenewableUK has launched its manifesto for the General Election and called on the next Government to embrace renewables and flexible energy to match the needs of the UK economy.
Investors worth £11bn urge Trump to stick with Paris Agreement ahead of withdrawal decision
An investor group worth more than £11.5bn has urged Donald Trump to maintain support for the Paris Agreement, amid rife speculation that the President could seek to pull out the US from the landmark climate change deal as early as this week.
Air quality plan: Why is the Government's strategy 'woefully inadequate'?
The Government's proposals to clean up the UK's toxic levels of air pollution have been received with widespread condemnation for being both "toothless" and "woefully adequate". Here's the industry response in full...
Nissan and REA warn of regulatory inaction ahead of energy storage boon
The UK can deliver a "vibrant and healthy" energy storage industry that can create one of the world's most efficient grids, but only if the approaching General Election doesn't "rip up" progress to date.
Government distances itself from diesel scrappage scheme in air quality plan
The Government has today (5 May) published its overdue air quality plan which fails to commit to a targeted diesel scrappage scheme, while local authorities have been ordered to implement Clean Air Zones across the country.
Business input key for success of new efficiency standards, claims property sector
EXCLUSIVE: The UK's real estate industry needs to work with Government in the upcoming months to iron out the remaining issues of a new energy efficiency standard for privately rented commercial buildings, a representative from industry body the British Property Federation (BPF) has said.
CIWM: Circular economy will suffer without Government's helping hand
EXCLUSIVE: Businesses must be given the right tools from Government to take up an "incredibly powerful" role in the UK's resource and waste management system, according to the new chief executive of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).
Air pollution lawsuit set to go ahead despite delayed Government plan
Lawyers are taking a class action against the government over its repeated failures to clean up illegal levels of air pollution, the Guardian can reveal, as ministers publish a long-awaited plan to reduce diesel emissions.
MPs criticise Government over carbon 'fantasy' for Heathrow expansion
The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has criticised the UK Government for refusing to commit to air quality targets in relation to the third runway expansion, labelling the associated carbon calculations as a "fantasy".
High Court ruling: UK Government given a fortnight to publish air quality draft
The High Court has ordered the UK Government to publish a new air quality regime, despite ministers arguing that publication of the plan would add "controversy" to the upcoming general election.
MPs accuse Government of having 'no clear plan' to implement SDGs
The UK Government has failed to set out a clear plan to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or encourage businesses to do likewise, according to new research from a cross-party watchdog.
Ministers under fire over bid to delay publication of air pollution plan
The government is facing renewed pressure after a last-minute attempt to delay the publication of its plan to tackle the UK's air pollution crisis.
Energy efficiency must be Industrial Strategy priority, engineers say
The engineering industry has today (24 April) called for the Government's Industrial Strategy to prioritise energy efficiency to ensure limited energy costs for businesses.
Natalie Bennett: Electoral reform is crucial to take back control of our environment
EXCLUSIVE: The 2017 General Election offers an opportunity to campaign against a "hopelessly out-of-date" electoral system and establish a government that makes sensible, long-term green policy decisions, the former leader of the Green Party has claimed.
Green Alliance: UK energy system unprepared for EV and solar growth
The UK could suffer from an overloaded grid at peak times unless rapid action is taken to design a smarter power system, a new report from thinktank Green Alliance has found.
Energy UK joins calls to back 'pot one' technologies
Energy UK has called on ministers to support established renewable technologies, like onshore wind and solar, in order to provide a better deal for customers.
What will the 2017 General Election mean for green business?
With the nation set to undergo yet another major political decision after the shock announcement to call a snap election, edie investgates how the outcome of the poll on 8 June could impact sustainability and environmental professionals.
UK Clean Growth Plan in 'holding pattern' after snap election announcement
Climate Minister Nick Hurd has said the release of the UK's long-awaited Clean Growth Plan is now in a 'holding pattern' of new policy frameworks following Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to seek a snap general election.
Famous faces unite against post-Brexit environmental 'race to the bottom'
An unlikely alliance of business entrepreneurs, media personalities and sporting figures have come together with green groups to warn that Brexit could lead to an "environmental race to the bottom" if the low-carbon economy isn't prioritised.
Calls for low-carbon Industrial Strategy mount as Theresa May seeks snap election
A host of industry bodies have called on the Government's forthcoming Industrial Strategy to support business efforts to embrace renewable technologies, on the same day that Prime Minister Theresa May has made a surprise announcement to call a snap general election in June.
Reports reiterate value of strong policy signals in clean energy revolution
As new research indicates that the global decarbonisation process can be kick-started by a small group of countries with the right policy incentives, a separate study has found that the UK Government can now deliver 1GW of new onshore wind subsidy-free.
ClientEarth challenges Government to publish delayed emissions strategy
Environmental law firm ClientEarth has written to climate minister Nick Hurd, challenging him to outline timeframes for the delayed emissions reduction plan and launch a consultation to engage with businesses on the matter.
Pressure mounts on Defra to release environment strategy
An array of sustainability and environmental experts have told edie the Government must "stop dithering" and publish its long-awaited 25-Year Environment Plan, after a leaked version of the document was criticised for providing "grand promises with zero detail".
Government awards £24m for district heating projects
The Government has today (7 April) awarded £24m for nine district heat network infrastructure projects across the country to provide households and businesses with clean and efficient heating systems.
Philippe Joubert: Boards must realise business purpose in Trump era
EXCLUSIVE: Boardroom bosses need to consider the fundamental "purpose of the business" to ensure long-term sustainability, especially in an uncertain international political climate, according to sustainable business expert Philippe Joubert.
Business and policy leaders call for low-carbon Industrial Strategy
A number of business and political leaders, including former Business Secretary Vince Cable, have today (5 April) called on the Government to embed low-carbon principles into the new Industrial Strategy, in a report released by the Green Alliance.
Nick Hurd: Political will to reach climate commitments needs business support
A "genuine and irresistible" political momentum to reach the targets of the Paris Agreement needs to be supported at local and business levels to drive new innovations to decarbonise struggling sectors, the UK's Climate Change Minister Nick Hurd has claimed.
Scotland and California agree joint climate change deal
Scotland has signed a joint agreement to tackle climate change with the US State of California, in the same week that new figures have highlighted a record month for Scottish wind power generation.
London's Ultra Low Emission Zone to arrive in 2019
Sadiq Khan has today (4 April) announced that London will have the world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in 2019 - a year ahead of schedule.
CCS key to meeting climate change targets say ETI
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is the most cost effective way of meeting climate change targets and needs to be deployed sooner rather than later, according to the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).
Shrinking renewables sector dealt further blow with Renewables Obligation closure
The UK's renewable energy industry is at risk of "rapidly shrinking" as one of the main financial support mechanisms for large-scale renewable electricity projects has now closed for new capacity developers.
Government launches first phase of £100m autonomous vehicle project
The Government has launched the first phase of a £100m investment in the development of driverless vehicles with a new competition supporting the creation of testing infrastructure.
Great Repeal Bill raises environmental concerns for green groups
The Government's white paper for the Great Repeal Bill has faced criticism from green groups for failing to guarantee that existing environmental laws will be maintained as primary legislation post-Brexit.
Norway's climate secretary expects deepened UK energy ties post-Brexit
EXCLUSIVE: The UK can play an "active role" in influencing Europe's climate policy post-Brexit, according to Norway's Climate and Environment Secretary, who believes the low-carbon energy relations between the two countries will be strengthened over the next few years.
Sadiq Khan launches real-world air quality vehicle tracker
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has teamed up with his French counterpart Anne Hidalgo to unveil a new initiative which measures the on-road emissions from vehicles.
Heavy industry to get £100m exemption from low-carbon levy
Energy intensive industries will see their annual bills cut by £100 million under plans to exempt them from the majority of the costs of the contracts for difference (CfD) scheme.
Article 50: What we know (and don't know) about the environmental impact of Brexit
As the UK's departure process from the European Union (EU) officially commences with the triggering of Article 50, edie takes an in-depth look at how Brexit could affect Britain's green business community.
Ministers called upon to deliver clarity for low-carbon building sector
A coalition of organisations including Kingfisher and the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) is calling on the UK Government to publish a bold emissions reduction plan which addresses the policy gap in the low-carbon building sector.
Vast majority of EU countries set to miss Paris Agreement goals, research finds
Only three European countries are on course to achieve the Paris Agreement targets, according to research which ranks the UK in fifth position on its progress towards the landmark climate treaty.
Leaked paper exposes EU countries' abuse of climate loophole
European Union countries exploited loopholes in United Nations forestry rules to pocket carbon credits worth €600 million and the equivalent of global-warming emissions from 114 million cars.
Businesses will defy Trump in low-carbon transition, say climate experts
A backward-looking Donald Trump administration will fail to deter corporations seeking to shift to low-carbon, sustainable business models, a panel of US climate and green policy experts has concluded.
Business the key player in food waste fight, says Resource Minister
Businesses must act as a vital bridge between the consumer and Government to tackle the growing issue of household food waste, Resource Minister Therese Coffey has claimed.
Scotland grants £10m for low-carbon rural projects
The Scottish Government has today (22 March) announced a £10m fund to support innovative low-carbon energy projects in rural parts of Scotland.
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.
ADBA: UK risks missing carbon budgets unless AD is given Government backing
EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government must revise its policy approach to help companies realise the significant economic and environmental benefits of sending food waste to anaerobic digestion (AD), the industry's trade association has insisted.
Hydrogen fuel boost for Britain as MPs gear up for 'unprecedented' scrutiny of air quality policy
The UK Government has set up a new £23m fund to boost the uptake of hydrogen vehicles and infrastructure, while MPs have today (20 March) joined forces to launch an "unprecedented" four-pronged investigation into the UK's approach on air quality.
MPs to inspect role of electric vehicles in UK Industrial Strategy
MPs from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee have today (16 March) launched a consultation into the role of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK's low-carbon transition.
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.
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.
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.
Member states move to weaken EU energy efficiency targets
European Union (EU) member states have moved to weaken the bloc's 2030 energy efficiency goals, setting up tough negotiations with the European Parliament, which backs stronger legislation.
'Difficult to see' UK remaining in EU ETS
The UK is unlikely to remain part of the EU emissions trading system (ETS) following Brexit, an academic from the Institute for European Environmental Policy has told edie's sister title Utility Week.
Budget 2017: The green business reaction
Did Philip Hammond pull any big green surprises out of his little red box today? Or were key sustainability issues once again placed on the back-burner in the Chancellor's Spending Review? Here's the full industry reaction, as it comes in...
Budget 2017: Chancellor confirms electric vehicle funding, announces new recycling targets
BREAKING: Key proposals on the future of carbon pricing, renewable energy subsidies and air quality remain on the UK Government's 'to-do' list as Chancellor Philip Hammond offered relatively little for the green economy to get excited about in his 2017 Budget this afternoon.
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.
Almost half of British public would support diesel scrappage scheme, research finds
In the build-up to Wednesday's Spring Budget, Friends of the Earth (FoE) is calling for Chancellor Philip Hammond to introduce a diesel scrappage scheme, as a poll shows that almost half of car-owning UK adults would be likely to switch to a cleaner vehicle with Government support.
MPs 'deeply worried' about gaps between UK climate targets and policy delivery
The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has expressed its concern over the gaps between the UK's decarbonisation ambition and current policymaking, on the same day that the Treasury faced criticism from MPs for failing to improve its approach to environmental sustainability.
Reform of EU carbon trading scheme agreed
An overhaul of the EU's flagship trading scheme for cutting carbon emissions by European industries has been approved by the member states.
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.
Green buildings primed to assist Government with national policies
The construction and property industry is "eager" to work with the UK Government to boost housebuilding standards, improve economic growth and help achieve binding carbon targets, but this will only be possible if an array of new policies are introduced.
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.
Green industry pours scorn on House of Lords electricity market paper
A new House of Lords report which finds that Government support for low-carbon technologies has led to rising prices for electricity consumers has been labelled "confused" and "misconceived" by sections of the green community.
Commercial building energy efficiency guidance delivers 'vital clarity' for business
This week's publication of the Government's guidance about the new minimum efficiency standard for privately rented commercial buildings has been welcomed by the industry for providing "vital clarity" to businesses.
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.
Tim Farron: It's time for a green industrial revolution
Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron has called on the UK Government to spur a new "industrial revolution" of clean technology to help the country reduce net emissions by 100% by 2050.
Businesses call for SDGs to act as a pillar for long-term environmental policy
More than 60 organisations have called on the UK Government to place the spirit and aims of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the heart of the proposed 25 Year Environment Plan to foster natural capital valuation and increase business prosperity.
Corporate Governance Reform must account for long-term sustainability, says IEMA
Attempts to enhance the competitiveness of UK businesses through the Corporate Governance Reform should account for long-term financial performances covering environmental and social factors, the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) has claimed.
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.
New coalition calls for 'fair and ambitious' Clean Air Act
A coalition of green groups including ClientEarth, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth (FoE) has launched today (15 February) to encourage the UK Government to take "urgent action" on air pollution through the creation of a new Clean Air Act.
Survey reveals 'discernible shift' towards public acceptance of climate change
A rising majority of British adults understand that climate change is real and is primarily caused by human activity, according to a new survey published by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU).