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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.

edie's five-minute green policy survey is your opportunity to lay out your top policy priorities for the year ahead, with the results curated into a full green business manifesto for edie readers

The great green policy survey: YOUR 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.

The Conservatives plan to develop the shale industry in Britain, but only if “rigorous” environmental protections are upheld. Image: Jay Allen

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 Leader Tim Farron has said that a greener economy

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 has unveiled pledges costing £48.6bn, to be funded from extra tax revenue, in its election manifesto. Photo: @paulwaugh / Twitter

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.

The Aldersgate Group represents businesses with a collective global turnover of more than £400bn, as well as leading NGOs, public sector bodies, trade associations and politicians

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.

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn (left) and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell at the 2016 Party Conference. The leaked document promises to protect environmental standards during Brexit

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.

A Clyde project will develop the UK’s first water source heat pump for medium temperature district heating to service existing buildings

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.

The manifesto notes that renewable energy companies will invest more than £15.6bn in UK infrastructure between 2016 and 2021 to boost capacity and production

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.

The White House has confirmed that a “much smaller” US delegation is set to attend the UN climate change summit in Bonn this week

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.

The immediate green community response to the Government’s Air Quality Plan has been, by and large, overwhelmingly negative

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's Francisco Carranza was speaking at the launch of a new energy storage partnership between Eaton and Manchester City Football Club

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.

The High Court last week ordered the UK Government to carry on with its release before 9 May

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.

From 1 April 2023, all existing tenancies will be subject to minimum energy performance standards, with F and G-rated building phased-out of British building stock

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.

Colin Church believes a fairer waste system that incentives responsible companies to design more resourceful packaging to improve recycling would help to boost recycling rates

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).

Class action on behalf of asthma suffers may still go ahead over repeated failure to tackle illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide

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.

As part of its response, the Government revealed that it will publish an Aviation Strategy white paper in 2018 as part of a broader aviation commitment

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".

If the Government wishes to challenge the decision, it would have to go directly to the Appeal Court due to the ruling from Judge Garnham

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.

The Government should look for effective ways to promote responsible business behaviour, MPs insist

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.

Campaigners have attacked the government request to be allowed to breach Monday deadline to publish air quality plan

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.

The engineering sector claims an integrated solution to energy policy can be achieved through available technologies such as offshore wind, district heating and biomethane plants

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 resigned as leader of the Green Party last August after four years at the helm. Photo: Edinburgh Greens/Flickr

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.

The thinktank insists that low-cost batteries, including those in EVs, mean many individual households and commercial buildings could operate off grid for months at a time by 2025

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.

The industry body has set out a series of policy recommendations for ensuring emissions targets for the early 2030s are met

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.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap General Election on 8 June

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.

BEIS representatives Nick Hurd, Greg Clark and Jesse Norman appeared before the BEIS Committee in Parliament today

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.

Tennis ace Andy Murray is part of the group which accuses the UK Government of “dragging its feet” over the release of long-awaited environmental frameworks such as the 25-Year Environment Plan

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.

Theresa May's decision to call a snap election casts further doubt over the release of the Industrial Strategy, along with other key environmental frameworks. Credit: Tom Evans

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.

A new study has found that the UK Government could deliver 1GW of new onshore wind capacity at no additional cost to consumers above the long-term wholesale price of power

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.

The letter calls on the BEIS to “take advantage of the expertise and support of business” by launching a consultation on the plan

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.

Environmentalists who have seen a draft version of the 25-Year Environment Plan have said it is

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".

Heat networks could deliver up to 18% of UK heating demand by 2030, up from current levels of 2% today, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has claimed

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 believes the unique position of power held by company boards makes them ideal candidates to drive the long-term global sustainablility agenda

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.

Vince Cable, former Business Secretary, Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the CBI, and Professor Paul Ekins, director of the Institute of Sustainable Resources at UCL

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.

Hurd claimed that a more decentralised approach to Government was changing the relationships and conversations between central ministers, mayors and business communities

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's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (right) put pen to paper for a climate deal with Governor of California Edmund G Brown (left) in Sacramento this week

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.

The central London ULEZ is expected to result in nearly a 50% reduction in road transport NOx emissions in 2020

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.

Last week, the Treasury denied forcing the now-defunct Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) to axe a competition for carbon capture and storage pilot projects in late 2015

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).

Data released from the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) the day before the closure indicated that electricity from renewables shrunk in 2016

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.

The funding was initially announced in the Autumn Statement as part of £390m funding to build on the UK’s “competitive advantage in the development of connected, autonomous vehicles

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.

With Article 50 now triggered, the UK has two years to negotiate its withdrawal

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.

A subsea interconnector being built between Norway and the UK - expected to be 740km long - will allow the two countries to share surplus renewable energy from 2020

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.

The tracker, available online from the Autumn, will provide a free ‘health check’ service to London fleet operators to understand where improvements could be made across their fleet

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.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) expects the energy bill for a typical firm to fall by £200,000 in 2016/17 as a result of the measure

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.

edie takes an in-depth look at the things we already know about Brexit that will shape the future for the green business community

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.

The letter to Business Secretary Greg Clark calls for the introduction of minimum standards on efficiency for existing homes

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.

Italy is among several countries languishing at the bottom of the table for alleged attempts to weaken the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR)

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.

The document said that leaving the loophole open risked 133 million tonnes of unearned carbon credits falling into governments hands

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.

Diane Regas (centre-left) and John Podesta (centre-right) believe that US businesses will continue on a sustainable long-term trajectory in spite of any political setbacks

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.

Therese Coffey reserved praise for the retailers and manufacturers that collaborate to reduce food waste levels through the Courtauld Commitment

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.

The investment was first revealed in the recently published draft Energy Strategy, which included a new target to deliver 50% of Scotland’s energy needs from renewable sources by 2030

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.

The expert panel agreed that a close energy relationship with the UK's European neighbours will provide certainty for investors

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.

With the right support the biogas industry could deliver 250MW of new generation capacity over the next two years, according to ADBA

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.

The 2014 Toyota FCV Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle. Toyota has vowed to work with ministers to help the UK “realise the significant potential of hydrogen as a clean and sustainable source of power”

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.

The consultation is expected to feed into a broader innovation inquiry due to be launched in the next month

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.

Creagh said the UK should seek to implement a fresh national Environmental Protection Act for issues around resource efficiency, air pollution, chemicals regulation

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.

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.

The Package will only be finalised once both the Parliament and Council of Ministers agree on an identical text

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.

The European Parliament has backed resolutions demanding a 40% binding efficiency target and is likely to call for greater ambition in the bill

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.

Last week EU member states voted to approve a package of reforms to the mechanism to tackle a long-running oversupply of allowances

'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.

Did Chancellor Philip Hammond's 2017 Budget announcement fulfil the hopes and expectations of environment and sustainability professionals?

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...

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Spring Budget speech this afternoon, but it contained little for sustainability professionals to get excited about

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.

Will Chancellor Philip Hammond's 2017 Budget announcement fulfil the hopes and expectations of environment and sustainability professionals?

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.

FoE insists that a scrappage scheme targeted at the dirtiest cars, paid for by an initial £800 charge for people buying new diesel vehicles, would raise around £500m

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.

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) is “deeply disappointed” with the Treasury’s inaction to adequately factor in long-term sustainability risks into its decisions

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.

Member states approve changes, including €12bn innovation fund, to emissions plan for cleaner technology and pollution cuts

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.

The European approach towards waste is hampered by unclear objectives, poor data and definitions and a failure to reflect the UK context, Policy Exchange contends

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.

The NCC's chair Dieter Helm claimed that Brexit offered opportunities to reverse environmental deterioration

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.

The report calls on Government to reduce household energy bills and fuel poverty, create more than 100,000 jobs through efficiency measures and deliver one million homes

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.

Defra’s long-awaited 25-Year Environment Plan has been delayed by the BRexit vote, leaving uncertainty as to whether environmental protections provided by the EU will be maintained

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.

BEIS insists its top priority is to make sure UK families and businesses have secure, affordable energy supplies

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.

From 1 April 2023, all existing tenancies will be subject to minimum energy performance standards, with F and G-rated building phased-out of British building stock

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.

The Greener UK coalition has gained support from 194 MPs and now has a combined membership of 7.9 million

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 lambasted the “disastrous plan” to sell of the Green Investment Bank “just as it is getting established”

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 agreed that natural capital valuations and environmental degradation risks must align with the 25 Year Environment Plan in order to reach broader global goals

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.

IEMA’s response to the consultation lists five key recommendations to ensure that sustainability grows hand-in-hand with the competitiveness of UK businesses

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.

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.

An estimated 40,000 early deaths across the UK are caused by rising air pollution levels each year

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.

An increase in flooding is the biggest climate-related concern for 73% of British adults

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).

Lord Teverson claims that trade deals with United Nations members could see the environmental performance of policies and products downsized

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.

One of the main concerns listed in the report was the Government’s “worryingly complacent” attitude towards the loss of the enforcement regime

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.

Shaun Spiers joins Green Alliance at a critical moment for the future of the UK environment

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.

Lucas, the Brighton Pavilion MP, has called for a new “Environment Act” to be introduced – noting that there is no UK equivalent to acting on breaches of environmental legislation

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.

His decision to step down comes a week after Shadow Defra Secretary Rachael Maskell resigned from the Shadow Cabinet

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).

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.

Dr William Kyte OBE proposed the creation of a UK-based ETS scheme which mirrors the EU model

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.

The committee dismissed a BEIS report last November, which it said did not break down the impacts of policies to a household level

Lack of transparency over green energy subsidies 'shambolic', say MPs

MPs have criticised ministers for their "shambolic" failure to regularly spell out the impact of government green policies on household energy bills.

Discussions are understood to have taken place about the possibility of a pilot diesel scrappage scheme in areas of the UK with the worst pollution, before a nationwide rollout

Government thought to be planning diesel scrappage scheme

As German car manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) faces its first legal action from a German customer over the "dieselgate" scandal, fresh reports suggest the UK Government is considering the national rollout of a diesel scrappage scheme.

Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye last week announced that all of the Airport's energy usage will be generated from renewable sources within the next few months

Heathrow 'surprised' as Government omits air quality regulation from plans

Heathrow Airport has today (3 February) urged the Government to ensure independent regulation of the air quality impact of the Airport's expansion, a day after ministers launched a consultation on proposals for the third runway.

The Brexit White Paper states that leaving the EU offers the UK an opportunity to deliver a “cleaner, healthier environment, benefiting people and the economy”

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).

Myron Ebell confirmed that the President will attempt to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency - a move which he deems “an aspirational goal” due to opposition within Congress

EXCLUSIVE: US withdrawal from Paris Agreement 'could happen any day', says Trump aide

EXCLUSIVE: The US will initiate all of Donald Trump's major climate change policy changes - including highly controversial moves to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and abolish the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - in the next few months, a key aide of the President has told edie.

Therese Coffey, pictured here, was due to speak at the launch event of a new Aldersgate Group report today, but was unwell

Businesses must lead Britain's resource revolution, claims Defra minister

The UK's ambition to become one of the most resource-efficient economies in the world must be led by private-sector innovation, according to Defra Resource Minister Therese Coffey.

A report earlier this week claimed that US President Donald Trump has instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to remove the climate change page from its website

US climate action under siege ahead of Trump meeting with May

As Theresa May prepares to become the first world leader to meet officially with Donald Trump on Thursday (27 January), a flurry of reports have suggested that the US president is set to diminish the country's climate change commitments.

The funding announcement follows the launch of a consultation on the Government’s new Industrial Strategy on Monday

BEIS commits £28m to energy innovation

As part of its commitment to reduce industrial energy costs and decarbonise the UK economy, Government has committed £28m to energy innovation projects.

The Natural Capital Committee says that Brexit provides a “great opportunity” to embed strong and ambitious environmental objectives into UK law

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.

Ministers revealed details of a £50m fund for 13 low-carbon, heating and storage projects across Scotland will be announced next month

Scotland unveils 50% renewable energy goal for 2030

Scotland's new target to deliver 50% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2030 has been hailed as a "landmark moment" in the country's low-carbon transition.

Reports suggest the preferred bidder has already lined up a series of potential buyers for the GIB’s most valuable assets, which include wind farms

Is the Green Investment Bank sale on the rocks?

The future of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) was thrown further into doubt this week, as a rival bidder called for a Government rethink on the prospective sale to Australian bank Macquarie.

The Industrial Strategy green paper provides a strong signal in areas such as green innovation and climate change resilience, but offers little help for low-carbon heat and CCS

Industrial Strategy green paper: A step in the right direction or too little, too late?

The Government has unveiled its much-anticipated Industrial Strategy, outlining plans to transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. But does the green paper offer enough tangible evidence that we are on the best pathway to a low-carbon economy?

The UK Government has vowed to build an Industrial Strategy that addresses long-term challenges to the UK economy

Government proposes Industrial Strategy to 'back Britain for the long-term'

Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to "keep costs down for businesses" as she today (23 January) unveiled the Government's plans to deliver a wide-ranging Industrial Strategy, which will seek to to maximise the economic potential of a low-carbon transition.

The Corporate Leaders Group wants Greg Clark to provide a strategy that supports the UK’s low-carbon transition through job creation, improved production and an innovation boost

Business leaders call for imminent Industrial Strategy to engage low-carbon firms

Ahead of Prime Minister Theresa May's widely-expected unveiling of the UK's Industrial Strategy blueprint this week, a coalition of European business leaders including Tesco, Kingfisher and Unilever has called upon the Government to work with innovative companies to deliver a zero-carbon economy.


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