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Calls have been made for further Government investment across several areas in order to meet the nation's upcoming carbon budgets

The £1bn opportunity: How new Government funding could spur the low-carbon transition

After the Government announced that it will pour £1bn of funding into innovative research and development projects across the UK, edie explores five areas of the green economy which could use a funding boost if the nation is to reach future carbon targets.

Legislation may have to be altered if wind and solar generation are to be included in the UK capacity market

Government to consider opening Capacity Market to renewables

The UK Government will consider opening up the Capacity Market to solar and wind generation under a newly published review into the Market's scope, objectives and the way it is regulated.

Food security in Britain is in long-term decline, with the country producing 60% of what it needs to feed itself, compared with 74% 30 years ago,

UK would run out of food a year from now with no-deal Brexit, NFU warns

Britain would run out of food on this date next year if it cannot continue to easily import from the EU and elsewhere after Brexit, the National Farmers' Union has warned.

edie at 20: Despite the idiocy that is Brexit, we can do it

For edie's 20th anniversary, prominent environmental peer Lord Deben reflects on green policy, Brexit, carbon budgets and flat-earthers.

The likes of Green Party's Caroline Lucas, Lib Dem leader Vince Cable, Ed Davey and the Environmental Audit Committee’s chair Mary Creagh have backed the letter

More than 100 MPs back calls for net-zero emissions target

More than 100 MPs have now signed a letter calling on Prime Minister Theresa May to establish a net-zero emissions target for 2050.

The EAC report pointed towards a change in green policy as an underlying cause of the sharp fall in clean investment

Government 'coasting on climate change' after fall in clean energy investment

Members of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) have criticised the Government for "relying on past successes" towards tackling climate change, after a damning report revealed that clean energy investment in the UK fell by 56% last year.

MPs insist new a body such have the power take the Government and other public bodies to court where standards are breached

MPs insist new post-Brexit green watchdog must have legal powers

The Government should create legally-binding targets for environmental issues that can be scrutinised by a new independent oversight body, MPs have claimed.

Collectively, the offshore wind sector plans to double its generation output by 2030 to 30GW

UK Government plots course for additional offshore wind capacity

The UK Government has unveiled plans to add between 1GW to 2GW of renewable wind power annually throughout the 2020s, after Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry outlined the next wave of Contract for Difference (CfD) auctions.

The consultation paper states Government intervention may still be required to support solar and wind projects

No replacement for Feed-in Tariff 'major blow' for renewables

The Government has axed subsidies for new small-scale low-carbon electricity generation, sparking dismay from renewable energy bodies.

The PM said that a new Environment Bill would help deliver “opportunities we think will be available to us in this area when we leave the EU”. Image: Raul Mee

Theresa May confirms UK will publish an Environment Bill

Theresa May has announced that the Government will introduce a new Environmental Bill that incorporates measures on air quality among a range of issues.

A carbon divided would “lock in” political and public support for climate change action, the report states

Economy-wide carbon tax would create 'level playing field' for UK businesses

An economy-wide carbon tax is needed to reduce the cost of decarbonisation and level the playing field for the UK's heavy industry, according to a new report from think-tank Policy Exchange.

£68m has been set aside to support small and medium-sized companies with research and development opportunities

UK to champion green aviation through £343m Sector Deal

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has vowed that the UK will "lead the world" on an electric and hybrid aircraft revolution, after announcing the £343m Aerospace Sector Deal as part of the UK Government's Industrial Strategy.

The document sets out, as expected, proposals for the UK to agree to a “common rulebook” of standards for food and goods after Brexit

Brexit White Paper: Everything you need to know about the UK’s environmental aspirations

The Government has today (July 12) published its much-awaited Brexit White Paper, which includes a non-regression requirement to ensure environmental standards do not slip lower than existing European Union (EU) regulation.

Gove re-affirmed his belief that Brexit has given the UK a

Michael Gove vows to safeguard environmental standards post-Brexit

Following the shock resignations of both Boris Johnson and David Davies over the Prime Minister's Chequers proposals, Environment Secretary Michael Gove has re-affirmed that environmental standards will not "slip lower" than those of the European Union (EU) post-Brexit.

edie's George Ogleby takes a look at some of the biggest green policy milestones and developments over the past 20 years

edie at 20: How the green agenda entered the UK's political mainstream

As edie celebrates its 20th year as an industry-leading sustainability brand, insight editor George Ogleby examines the extent to which UK green policy has shaped the country's low-carbon, resource efficiency agenda over the past two decades.

The larger tidal lagoons which TLP plans to build after Swansea would cost about the same as new build nuclear plants using the same methodology, TLP’s audit concludes

Government 'distorted figures', says Tidal Lagoon Power

The developer behind plans to build a £1.3bn tidal lagoon plant in Swansea Bay has accused the government of distorting figures used to justify its decision not to back the scheme.

Renewables were a “golden opportunity” to make the UK greener and make energy affordable, the NIC said

Cool down nuclear plan because renewables are better bet, says NIC

Government advisers have told ministers to back only a single new nuclear power station after Hinkley Point C in the next few years, because renewable energy sources could prove a safer investment.

On the Mission Possible sofa with the ECIU's Richard Black and RSPB's Melanie Coath

The seventh episode of our new sustainable business chat show sees the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit's (ECIU) director Richard Black joined by RSPB's senior climate change policy officer Melanie Coath to discuss whether legislation is enabling or hindering the uptake of renewables in the UK.

Greenpeace warned that the strategy outlined a

Road to Zero: Green economy reacts as Government unveils EV strategy

While the Government's much-awaited Road to Zero strategy has been hailed by some members of the green economy as a "positive first step" towards the 2040 phase-out of diesel and petrol vehicles, critics have voiced disappointment that it did not commit to bringing the ban forward.

The strategy outlines how EV infrastructure, research and development will be improved before 2040

Everything you need to know about the Government’s Road to Zero strategy

The Government has unveiled its much-anticipated Road to Zero strategy, detailing how a £1.5bn investment into electric vehicle (EV) research, development and infrastructure will help phase out petrol and diesel sales by 2040.

The move to increase the target comes after the sector last year saved £104m through sustainability measures

UK raises public sector greenhouse gas target

After the public sector met its 2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets three years early, the UK Government has this week increased the aim by 10% in a bid to green the sector while saving more than £300m.

The deal will see £170m of Government funding invested in innovations to green the sector

Construction Sector Deal: Government sets course for halving building energy use and emissions

The Government has launched its much-anticipated £420m construction sector deal, which provides a framework for the built environment sector to halve the energy use of new buildings by 2030.

The government wants to separate the issue of access to its waters from that of how much British fish is exported to the EU in its Brexit discussions with Brussels

UK vows to play hard-ball with EU over fishing waters

The UK outlined plans to overhaul its fishing policy on Wednesday, insisting that it would decide unilaterally how much access to give to EU boats after it leaves the bloc next March.

The report was unveiled at the House of Commons Photo: Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development

Government must embed SDGs into Brexit strategy, report urges

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should be placed at the heart of the UK's Brexit strategy, according to a new report stating that government policy is performing inadequately across three-quarters of the targets listed under goals.

The report found that the transport, heat, agriculture and built environment sectors were making slow decarbonisation progress

Reaction round-up: What does the green economy make of the Committee on Climate Change report?

In the wake of a new Committee on Climate Change (CCC) report, which predicts that the UK will miss its future carbon budgets, the green economy is calling on the Government to take bolder actions to decarbonise the transport, heat and agriculture sectors.

The government’s pledge to end the sales of pure petrol and diesel cars by 2040 is far too unambitious, Lord Deben said

Lord Deben: Housing and car industries should be 'ashamed' of climate record

The homebuilding and carmaking industries "should be ashamed" of their efforts to tackle global warming, according to the UK government's official climate change adviser.

Tory councillor Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth, said the third runway proposal would not survive “independent, lawful and rational” scrutiny in the courts

Grayling to face legal action over Heathrow expansion plan

The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, is facing a fresh headache over Heathrow as a group of councils confirmed they were planning legal action against expansion, just hours after MPs voted overwhelmingly to back a third runway.

A formal increase of the emissions target would have to be supported by the European Council

EU aims to increase 2030 carbon reduction target to 45%

The European Union (EU) looks likely to increase its 2030 carbon reduction target by 5% following months of discussions amongst negotiators.

Miliband, who is now the Labour MP for Doncaster North, claimed that the 2008 Climate Change Act was no longer

Ed Miliband pushes for net-zero emissions goal ahead of UN summit

EXCLUSIVE: Former Labour leader Ed Miliband has called on the UK Government to build momentum towards the next UN climate summit by enshrining a new net-zero emissions target for 2050.

Energy policy remained the most pressing challenge identified in the survey

Energy industry growing nervous over 'Brexit fog'

Uncertainty surrounding Brexit is a mounting concern for the energy industry, according to a new report by the Energy Institute.

edie invites sustainability professionals and industry experts onto the Mission Possible sofa to discuss how business can achieve a sustainable future

On the Mission Possible sofa with UK GBC's Alastair Mant and the EIC's Matthew Farrow

The fourth episode of our new sustainable business chat show sees the UK Green Building Council's (UK GBC) head of industry engagement Alastair Mant joined by the Environmental Industries Commission's (EIC) executive director Matthew Farrow to discuss the role of collaboration.

The House of Lords will now consider the amendment again next Monday (18 June)

EU Withdrawal Bill: MPs vote to 'give teeth' to post-Brexit green watchdog

MPs have voted in favour of an amendment which promises legislation on environmental principles and a new post-Brexit watchdog, but green campaigners have expressed concern over a watering down of current standards.

Zac Goldsmith (right) said he expected primary legislation setting out environmental principles to be published before the end of the year

Government set to back down in post-Brexit green standards dispute

The Government will reportedly this week give its backing to an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill which aims to ensure that environmental standards are maintained post-Brexit.

The letter lauded the “cross-party consensus” that exists on the issue of climate change and said the move would be popular

MPs and peers push for 'net zero' emissions by 2050

A cross-party group of senior MPs and peers have urged the government to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to "net zero" by 2050.

This round-up looks at seven nations that are implementing bold regulatory changes to reduce the amount of plastic seeping into the environment

World Environment Day: Seven countries leading the charge on plastics pollution

Today (5 June) marks World Environment Day, the UN’s global vehicle to inspire action on a plethora of pressing environmental issues, notably plastics pollution. Here, edie scans the globe to see how nations are putting an end to certain types of plastic.

The EAC does not believe that a voluntary approach will be effective in the medium-term

MPs urge UK Government to make climate risk reporting mandatory

Ministers have urged the UK Government to make it mandatory for companies and asset owners to report on climate-related risks by 2022 in order to "fix" the short-term mindset of the current financial system.

Cheshire claimed that sustainability issues would be dealt with as nationally and globally “important” post-Brexit

Does Brexit offer the chance for UK to push climate action to new heights?

Despite mounting fears over the potential threats Brexit poses to the UK's green economy, industry leaders have claimed that leaving the EU could provide the nation with opportunities to innovate in order to remain a global leader in the sustainability sphere.

The inquiry will call on Ministers to define what a realistic level of cost reduction is, and when it should be aimed for

BEIS calls for evidence on using CCS to hit 2050 emissions targets

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has launched an inquiry into the role carbon capture and storage (CCS) will play in helping the UK meet its 2050 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80%, against a 1990 baseline.

The fact that the strategy has not set a date for the net-zero goal has left several environmental groups unsatisfied

Scotland proposes 90% emissions reduction target

Scotland has published its draft climate change strategy, which has a headline target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions 90% by 2050 and achieving a 100% reduction "as soon as possible".

UKPN's head of innovation Ian Cameron discussed the barriers to market for energy storage

Policy needed to solve the 'Rubik's cube' of energy storage

EXCLUSIVE: Regulatory frameworks need to act as a "steady hand" to grow the business case for energy storage solutions, with expert delegates from UK Power Networks (UKPN) and energy not-for-profit Regen SW likening the market to a Rubik's cube that was almost aligned.

The new clean air strategy is a response to an EU directive on cutting harmful emissions

UK's new air pollution strategy 'hugely disappointing', says Labour

A new clean air strategy published by the UK government has been criticised as "hugely disappointing" by the Labour party. Other groups said it did little to tackle the dirty diesel vehicles that are the main source of toxic air in urban areas.

Green Alliance chief executive and edie Live conference chair Shaun Spiers will be providing the opening remarks at the Sustainability Keynote theatre on the first morning of the show

Green Alliance: Government's 2042 plastic waste ban 'hopeless'

EXCLUSIVE: The Government should seek to bring forward its 2042 deadline to ban all avoidable plastic waste by "at least" 10 years, according to environmental group the Green Alliance.

The recommendation report was published following discussion with environment secretary Michael Gove, in December last year

Packaging industry calls for policy reform to boost plastics recycling

A host of UK packaging organisations have called for more recycling collection points, tax reliefs for recycled content and a universal list of acceptable materials as part of a desired regulation reform to make it easier for consumers to recycle packaging waste.

Ministers hope the proposed tax breaks could “help the white van man go green”

Government calls for evidence on green van tax breaks

The Government has launched a two-month consultation into possible changes to the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) that could incentivise van drivers to choose low-emission vehicles.

MPs point towards a change in green policy as an underlying cause of the sharp fall in clean investment

MPs decry 'worrying collapse' of clean investment

MPs have called on the Government to secure low-carbon energy investment after a "dramatic and worrying collapse" since 2015.

Ministers were forced by UK courts to improve the plan in February, after losing in the high court for the third time to environmental lawyers ClientEarth

UK taken to Europe's highest court over air pollution

The UK and five other nations have been referred to Europe's highest court for failing to tackle illegal levels of air pollution.

The RHI is on track to install barely one-fifth of the 513,000 new heating systems expected to be delivered by the scheme, according to the report

RHI fails to provide value for money, PAC concludes

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has failed to provide value for money for the £23 billion that it is set to cost taxpayers, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has concluded.

Plastic coffee cup lids and plastic cutlery will be substituted, cutting a total of more than 1.1 million pieces of single-use plastic from Parliamentary waste

Parliament vows to 'eliminate' single-use plastics from operations by 2019

Parliament has today announced its goal to "virtually eliminate" single-use plastics from its internal operations by 2019, by taking measures such as phasing out sauce sachets, banning the sale of single-use water bottles and introducing a "latte levy" on disposable coffee cups.

A new carbon goal is compliant with the Paris Agreement’s pledge to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5C, according to the strategy

Mayor Sadiq Khan unveils goals to make London world's 'greenest city'

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced plans to make the capital the "greenest" city in the world by 2050, with a series of targets put in place to improve air quality, boost renewables investments and halve food waste.

The government insists there will be no weakening of environmental protections

Campaigners attack plan for new watchdog to protect environment after Brexit

The government's plans for a new environmental watchdog to maintain standards and hold ministers to account in post-Brexit Britain has come under near universal attack from green campaigners.

Recent figures show a 1.8% rise in CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use in 2017 in the EU

Secret UK push to weaken EU climate laws 'completely mad'

A secret UK push to weaken key EU climate laws before Brexit risks scotching the bloc's Paris commitments, MEPs say.

Cardiff Bay. Wales is developing a new behaviour change initiative in a bid to make residents “see the value of tap water” and choose it over bottled drinks

Wales unveils ambition to become world's first 'refill nation'

The Welsh Government has today (8 May) outlined the country's plan to become the world's first 'refill nation', where access to drinking water in public places is universal.

A delay to the government’s £400m electric charging plan could hamper efforts to reduce pollution from cars

Ministers' £400m plan for electric car charging infrastructure delayed

A £400m government plan to build electric car charging points looks likely to be significantly delayed, in a blow to car manufacturers and efforts to tackle air pollution in UK cities.

More than 16,000 people have joined Friends of the Earth’s online petition to encourage UK retailers to ban the use of select pesticides

European Union agrees to ban on bee-harming insecticides

The European Union has announced a ban on three widely-used insecticides due to the threat that they pose to bees, although some green groups are calling for further bans on other chemicals.

The Prime Minister called on other Commonwealth nations to join the fight against plastic pollution, by signing up to a newly-formed Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance

Theresa May outlines plan to ban plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that a consultation will take place later this year to prepare England for a national ban on plastic straws, drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds.

The report says it is not enough to fall back on international environment commitments, which are mostly far laxer than EU standards

Green Brexit unlikely despite government claims, report concludes

Government promises of a green Brexit have been cast into doubt by a new study that warns of declining protections for water, birds and habitats once Britain leaves the European Union.

More than 100 expert speakers will appear across four stages to provide visitors with the insight and inspiration they need to take action across all areas of sustainable development

edie Live 2018: Show programme complete as plastics and SDGs take centre stage

The show content for edie's annual exhibition has been confirmed, with plastics waste, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), energy storage and employee engagement among the hot topics that will be debated across four theatres at the two-day show in May.

The report says that while the UK has maintained a consensus on the need for action on climate change, buy-in across government departments is “too uneven”

Report: zero emissions target needed to push UK beyond Paris Agreement

The government should publish a target by 2020 for achieving "net zero" emissions, according to a new report.

Launched last September, the Green Finance Taskforce includes top financial experts from Aviva, Barclays, HSBC, Legal & General, and the Bank of England

Green Finance Taskforce outlines UK clean investment to-do list

The Government's green finance advisers have put forward a ten-point list of investment guidelines which they believe would accelerate the UK's global low-carbon leadership credentials.

edie has spoken with leading figures from the UK's waste and resource management industry to hear their thoughts on the Government's deposit return scheme proposals

'Unanswered questions': Green community reacts to the UK's deposit return scheme plans

With the headlines dominated by the Government's proposals for a national deposit return scheme, edie has enlisted the insights of industry experts to gauge their thoughts on whether the move will boost the UK's resource efficiency prospects.

Businesses will be responsible for ensuring a bottle is effectively recycled once a bottle is returned

Government unveils vision for national deposit return scheme

The Government will aim to crack down on plastic pollution with a deposit return scheme in England for single-use drinks containers.

MPs raise concerns about a potential staff shortage at Defra, which has suffered from severe job losses in the past eight years

Gove confirms Defra set for 70 Brexit workstreams

MPs have raised concerns about Defra's capability to deliver environmental protections amid an escalating amount of resources dedicated to Brexit-related tasks.

The letter calls for confirmation that energy standards will be significantly improved from 2020

Business leaders call for net-zero carbon standards for buildings by 2030

More than 50 business leaders from some of the UK's largest construction and property firms have called on ministers to implement policies that ensure all new buildings are built to net-zero carbon standards by 2030.

The announcements for part of a £3.5bn plan to improve air quality and reduce harmful emissions

UK Government launches £220m Clean Air Fund

The UK Government has unveiled a £220m fund to improve air quality across the most polluted areas in the country, alongside a £40m support scheme for local authorities to combat air pollution.

Perry has previously said she wants to enable onshore wind projects to compete for subsidies in areas where they enjoy public support

Onshore wind and solar could compete for subsidies in CfDs

Claire Perry has signalled that onshore wind and solar projects will be allowed to compete for subsidies in a future Contract for Difference (CfD) auction.

Mike Coupe has led Sainsbury's through its commitment to reduce volumes of own packaging by 50% by 2020

Plastic packaging a 'policy failure', claims Sainsbury's boss

Sainsbury's chief executive Mike Coupe says Britain's plastic waste crisis has been exacerbated by a "failure of public policy" and is calling for a more unified approach to recycling.

Paris, Frankfurt and New York were noted as centres most likely to grow across the rankings over the next two to three years

London ranked as global leader in green finance movement

London has been ranked as the best financial hub in the world for green financing offerings, with a new report predicting that the market for green offers will grow "substantially in size and quality".

The report claimed that air pollution is costing the UK £20bn annually, as it is linked as a contributing factor to an estimated 40,000 early deaths annually

MPs demand change over Government's 'box-ticking' air quality plan

An unprecedented new report complied by four MP committees has accused the Government of viewing air quality as a "box-ticking exercise" and has called for a new Clean Air Act to be introduced.

Business Secretary Greg Clark has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on clean energy with Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid A Al-Falih

UK and Saudi Arabia sign clean energy pact

The UK has agreed to create closer ties with Saudi Arabia on developing low-carbon technologies that can help foster economic growth in both countries.

The report, sponsored by Centrica Business Solutions, investigates the key drivers, challenges and opportunities facing public-sector sustainability professionals

Public-sector sustainability professionals braced for negative impacts of Brexit

Almost three-quarters of sustainability professionals working within public sector organisations believe the UK's impending departure from the European Union (EU) will hinder the delivery of their strategies and projects, according to a new report launched by edie today (28 February).

Corbyn said that barrier-free trade of low carbon goods is necessary to underpin the growth of the UK’s low carbon and renewable energy sector

Labour would keep Britain in EU internal energy market

Jeremy Corbyn has pledged that Labour would keep Britain in the EU internal energy market (IEM) and the Euratom nuclear co-operation treaty.

The Government last month unveiled its 25-Year Environment Plan, which pledges to eliminate all

MPs query Government's delay on plastics tax consultation

MPs have questioned the whereabouts of a consultation on single-use plastics first proposed by the Chancellor in last year's Autumn Budget.

Justice Garnham described the fact that ClientEarth can bring the UK Government back to court immediately as “wholly exceptional”

ClientEarth wins third legal battle against Government's 'shambolic' air quality policies

The High Court has once again ruled that the UK Government's efforts to combat toxic air pollution are unlawful, marking the third time that environmental law firm ClientEarth have won a court case against ministers.

Members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Electric and Autonomous Vehicles include former Energy Secretary Sir Ed Dave and Mark Pawsey MP, a member of the BEIS Committee

MPs form group to raise profile of electric and driverless vehicle agenda

A new cross-party group of politicians has been set up to to raise awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of electric and driverless vehicles.

Girling warned that the distraction and “uncertainty” of Brexit could stop carbon-intensive industries from accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy

Business benefits of EU ETS reform clouded by Brexit uncertainty

EXCLUSIVE: Last week's vote in favour to reform the EU's carbon market is a "strong signal" that energy-intensive businesses should accelerate decarbonisation processes, although the European Parliament's rapporteur on the reform has warned that Brexit will act as high-profile distraction.

Creagh had hoped that last month’s cabinet reshuffle would shed some light on improved progress, but response was either non-existent or negative

Government's SDG implementation 'a total fail', says EAC chair

The UK Government's attempts at addressing and implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been labelled "a total fail" by the chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) Mary Creagh.

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.

Concerns around the UK’s capacity to deliver a so-called “Green Brexit” must be resolved, the coalition insists

UK green protections at 'high risk' post-Brexit

Key areas of UK environmental policy such as air quality, chemicals and waste are at "high risk" of being less protected after Britain's departure from the EU, a coalition of green groups has warned.

The fall of 56% in the UK was the steepest decline, far out-stripping the decrease of 26% for Europe as a whole

UK green energy investment halves after policy changes

Investment in clean energy plunged further in Britain than in any other country last year because of government policy changes, new figures show.

edie has rounded up seven key measures in the 25-year Environment Plan that will likely have a big impact on the operations of the green business community

25-year Environment Plan: Seven key talking points for sustainability professionals

With the dust settled on the launch of the Government's plan to improve the environment over a generation, edie has taken a look at seven key measures that could have the biggest impact on those in the sustainability and energy management community.

edie provides a full round-up of the green business reaction to the Government's 25-year Environment Plan

25-year Environment Plan: Green business reaction

The Government has set out how it intends to enhance the UK's environment by creating richer habitats for wildlife, improving air and water quality and "curbing the scourge of plastic" in the world's oceans. But how have members of the green community reacted?

Contrary to national media reports, the document will not include proposals for a plastic bottle deposit scheme

War on plastic waste to play central role in UK's 25-year Environment Plan

The Government will today unveil its plans to eliminate avoidable plastic waste by 2042, with proposals to include an extension of the 5p plastic bag charge and a tax on containers such as takeaway boxes.

The 25-year Environment Plan includes pledges to eliminate avoidable waste and introduce new safeguards for wildlife

25-year Environment Plan: UK unveils long-term strategy for 'greener future'

Theresa May has today outlined a vision for a "cleaner, greener Britain", unveiling the long-awaited 25-year Environment Plan which pledges to eliminate all "avoidable" plastic waste by the end of 2042.

As part of the additional income needed, Oettinger said a plastic tax and changes to the Emissions Trading System (ETS) would be proposed

Plastic tax and ETS tinkering could plug Brexit hole, suggests EU budget chief

EU Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger has revealed that the European Commission will propose taxing plastic and shifting emissions trading income to EU level, in an attempt to balance the bloc's coffers once the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

The bill does not require that current environmental standards are maintained after Brexit, nor does it contain a general requirement that the public should be consulted on potentially significant changes

Brexit bill may have broken international environment law, says UN

The British government may have breached a major "environmental democracy" law by failing to consult the public when drawing up Brexit legislation.

Greg Clark remains as BEIS Secretary while Claire Perry moves up to the role of BEIS Minister and, in that capacity, gets the right to attend cabinet

Reshuffle: Greg Clark keeps top BEIS role as Claire Perry gains cabinet spot

Greg Clark has held onto his role as BEIS Secretary in the cabinet reshuffle after widespread speculation about his future, while his colleague Claire Perry has gained a promotion within the department.

The PM has made a conscious effort in recent weeks to focus on environmental issues in a bid to boost her party's image among younger voters

Theresa May hints at plastic bottle charge ahead of key environmental speech

Theresa May has indicated that the Government will introduce a 5p charge on plastic bottles, in the run up to a major speech on Thursday where the PM is expected to outline her long-term vision for the UK's environment.

The report calls on retailers to take more responsibility by not only enforcing a 25p levy on disposable cups, but also encouraging “a culture of using a reusable cup wherever possible”

Latte levy: MPs call for systems overhaul to recycle all disposable coffee cups

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has called for all single-use coffee cups to be recycled by 2023, as a new report claims there is "no excuse" for the UK Government's reluctance to address coffee cup waste and that voluntary approaches from retailers are "not working".

The plans will offer additional funds to farmers who work together to make environmental improvements at “landscape scale”

Michael Gove: UK to reward farmers for environmental practices post-Brexit

Michael Gove will indicate that the UK will replace the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post-Brexit with a system that gives subsidies to farmers who try to enhance the natural environment.

The report also states that power sector emissions are anticipated to fall by 53 per cent between 2015 and 2020

BEIS cuts projection for greenhouse gas emissions

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has lowered its projection for greenhouse gas emissions during the fourth and fifth carbon budgets.

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

What a difference a year makes. Let us briefly cast our minds back to the halcyon days of January 2017 - who would have thought that a widely-ridiculed Jeremy Corbyn would soon become favourite to be the next PM; that a divorced mixed-raced American actress would be about to enter the Royal Family, or that a vastly experienced England cricket team would succumb to a humiliating Ashes defeat Down Under before the Boxing Day test?

Ministers agreed to pursue the Commission’s proposed 27% 2030 target, despite calls from the Parliament, business leaders and environmental groups for more ambition

EU ministers stumble towards joint position on future energy laws

Energy ministers on Monday (18 December) took well over 15 hours to agree common positions on four clean energy draft pieces of EU legislation ahead of a final round of talks in 2018 with the European Parliament and Commission.

New opportunities for climate leadership in 2018

Cities and companies have raised the bar in tackling climate change this year - there are new opportunities for leadership in 2018.

The North of England accounts for more than a third of low-carbon jobs in England and generated 48% of all renewable energy in 2015 – the largest of any region

Report calls for UK Government to devolve carbon budgets to regional levels

The UK Government has been urged to devolve national carbon budgets down to regional levels in order to create socioeconomic benefits that can be captured by promoting low-carbon job growth across specific areas of the UK, a new report has suggested.

Environmental regulations can act as an important tool to support business innovation and competitiveness, the report finds

Well-designed green regulations support business growth, study finds

The economic benefits of strong environmental regulations far outweigh the associated compliance costs, a new report from the Aldersgate Group has concluded.

While the UK banks have performed poorly in the rankings, they are still making efforts to capture green markets

UK banking performance at odds with Government's green finance leadership ambitions

The UK Government's ambition to promote the UK as a global leader of green finance post-Brexit is already at risk, with a new report finding that French banks have shown "marked leadership in green banking" because of innovative new legislation.

Leaving REACH while maintaining its rules could
make the UK vulnerable to legal challenges from businesses wanting to use potentially dangerous chemicals, the group warns

Brexit could lead to 'backsliding' on product design, recycling and chemicals safety

A business coalition which includes Boot and Kingfisher has warned that Brexit could result in a downgrade in domestic eco-design standards, an increase in the use of dangerous chemicals, and "backsliding" on recycling.

MEPs supported increasing the Commission’s proposed 27% target to 35% without imposing binding national targets

MEPs vote for stronger EU efficiency and renewable energy targets

MEPs voted on Tuesday (28 November) in favour of increasing efficiency and renewable energy targets, in a decisive morning for EU energy and climate policy that provoked both jubilation and disappointment.

Perry revealed that the Government is examining ways to support onshore wind in parts of the UK where the technology is popular

UK will be 'pretty close' to reaching fifth carbon budget, says Climate Change Minister

Climate Change Minister Claire Perry today confirmed the Government will look to provide support for onshore wind, as she faced a grilling from MPs over the UK's ability to achieve its mid-term decarbonisation goals.

Members of the green community have expressed satisfaction that clean growth has been set out as one of the four 'Grand Challenges' in the Strategy

Industrial Strategy: Green business reaction

The green business community has broadly praised the UK's newly-launched Industrial Strategy for recognising clean energy as a top priority for British industry.


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