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The sector deal forms part of the Industrial Strategy, which lists mobility as one of the four 'Grand Challenges' facing the UK

Government unveils new Sector Deal championing low-carbon aviation

The UK Government has unveiled its highly-anticipated Sector Deal for the aerospace industry, outlining plans to funnel £125m into sustainable aviation projects including those developing electric aircraft.

Local policies would result in more efficient adoption of low-carbon technologies than nationwide laws, the ETI has claimed

ETI: Local planning key to limiting cost of decarbonising the UK

Local energy planning will be key to minimising the costs of decarbonisation, according to new study commissioned by the Energy Technologies Institute.

During the industrial era, Wales was home to the three largest coal exporting ports in the world

Wales pledges to phase-out fossil fuels in favour of renewables

The Welsh Government has committed to phase out the continued extraction and use of fossil fuels, including those obtained by fracking, as it strives to reduce national carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, against a 2011 baseline.

Drax Group, which commissioned the research, recently began its six-month CCS pilot scheme in Yorkshire (pictured)

Report: UK among nations leading the world's low-carbon transition

When it comes to implementing policies and fostering corporate leadership ambitions which help reduce emissions and mitigate the negative effects of climate change, the UK has adopted a leadership position that is second only to Denmark.

Some developers already follow a biodiversity net-gain approach voluntarily

Defra launches call for evidence on 'biodiversity net-gain' developments

The Government is consulting on whether property developers should be required to deliver a "biodiversity net-gain" when building new housing or commercial projects.

The UN report warns that there is still a

UN: World must triple efforts or face catastrophic climate change

Countries are failing to take the action needed to stave off the worst effects of climate change, a UN report has found, and the commitments made in the 2015 Paris agreement will not be met unless governments introduce additional measures as a matter of urgency.

The business leaders note that the UK has acted as a leader on climate change since the publication of the Climate Change Act

Interface, Unilever and Coca-Cola among business leaders calling for UK net-zero emissions target

The chief executives of major UK-based companies including Interface, Coca-Cola European Partners and Unilever have called for Prime Minister Theresa May to set legally binding targets that ensure the UK reaches net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.

In a consultation published in July, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy proposed to completely close scheme to new applicants in March 2019, with no replacement

BEIS signals policy shift on export tariff

Energy and clean growth minister Claire Perry has signalled a shift in policy when it comes to the closure of the Feed-in Tariff.

Gove has previously been supportive of May’s Chequers deal. Image: Chatham House

Michael Gove set to remain as Defra Secretary

Michael Gove will stay on at Defra after turning down the role of Brexit Secretary, according to reports.

The new policies include a 5% increase in the proportion of the bloc's energy mix which will need to be met with renewable generation by 2030

EU approves more ambitious renewables target, commits to palm oil phase-out

The European Parliament has voted to approve a set of new clean energy laws for 2030, outlining plans to increase the bloc's use of renewable energy and ban the sale of high-emission biofuels made from palm and soybean oil.

The CCC recommends the planting of 1.5 million hectares of new forest and 1.2 hectares million of bioenergy crops by 2050

'Fundamental' agriculture reforms needed for UK to reach carbon neutrality, says CCC

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has today (15 November) urged ministers to implement policies that will "fundamentally reform" the way in which the UK's land is used, in order to create carbon sinks and accelerate progress towards carbon neutrality.

The findings come ahead of the UN's COP24 conference, where delegates will develop a

Report: G20 nations off track to meet Paris Agreement goals, despite clean energy promises

Of the energy provided to G20 nations during the past 10 years, 82% was generated using coal, oil or gas - despite the bloc's promises to transition to clean power.

Plan B responded by calling for an “urgent clarification” on whether the CCC would be permitted to recommend changes to the agreed carbon budgets

Net zero emissions review may prompt changes to existing carbon budgets

Claire Perry has confirmed that the already agreed carbon budgets may be amended in response to the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) net zero emissions review.

In 2017, local authorities spent £700m on collecting and sorting recycling, compared with £73m from major businesses including leading supermarket chains and retailers

Retailers to pay up to £1bn for recycling under waste strategy

Supermarkets, retailers and major drinks brands are set to pay tens of millions of pounds more towards recycling their used packaging under the government's new waste strategy expected to be published this month, the Guardian understands.

The EAC's request for greater disclosure has been sent to Amazon UK, Asos, Boohoo, Misguided and PrettyLittleThing

MPs urge online fashion giants to disclose environmental and social impacts

In letters to five of the UK's largest online-only fashion retailers, including Amazon and ASOS, the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has called on brands within the so-called "fast fashion" industry to disclose the full extent of their environmental and social impacts.

WATCH: BEIS director outlines vision for a zero-carbon built environment

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy's (BEIS) Director of energy efficiency Ben Golding has outlined the "win-wins" that can be generated by businesses and public sector organisation by mobilising action towards a zero-carbon built environment by 2050.

The agency has lost a large number of staff between 2010 and 2018

MPs condemn raid on hundreds of environment staff to work on Brexit

Hundreds of staff who protect biodiversity and enforce environmental regulations in the UK have been redeployed to work on Brexit.

EAC chair Mary Creagh has dubbed the Government's response to concerns about the impact of a no-deal Brexit on the green economy

MPs call for ‘watchdog with teeth' to oversee environmental standards post-Brexit

MPs have called on the Government to strengthen the commitments made in its 25-year Environment Plan in order to prepare for the event of a no-deal Brexit scenario, claiming that the UK is currently at risk of losing one-third of green legislation if no agreement with the EU is agreed.

A host of sustainability experts have explored whether the Climate Change Act has lived up to its ambition

Climate Change Act: Experts reflect on pioneering legislation 10 years on

With November marking the 10th anniversary of the UK Climate Change Act (CCA) receiving Royal Assent, a host of leading sustainability experts have provided their insights on the impact of the ground-breaking legislation on Britain's low-carbon economy.

Ministers have accepted proposals to improve pension fund governance

Government snubs MPs' calls for mandatory climate-risk reporting

Ministers have rejected recommendations from MPs to introduce mandatory climate-related financial disclosures for large firms and asset owners.

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Plastics pacts, Mission Possible pledges and the Autumn Budget: Top 10 sustainability stories of October 2018

As October comes to a close and we begin to dust off our old Halloween costumes, edie rounds up some of the top sustainability stories and standout pieces of content from the last 31 days - from new collaborative commitments to plastic and Mission Possible pledges to the green economy measures outlined in this year's Budget.

Before the MSA was launched, modern slavery was considered a supply chain issue beyond the company’s direct remit. Three years on, edie explores what has changed

Three years on: How the Modern Slavery Act has reshaped best practice for sustainable business

The Modern Slavery Act (MSA) served to highlight issues of human rights abuses and human trafficking when it was written into UK law three years ago. But with half of UK businesses still pre-compliance with the Act, edie explores the impact it has had on sustainable business practices to date.

The Government will now look at the best way to tackle the environmental impact of cups in its imminent Resources and Waste Strategy

Latte levy: Was the Chancellor right to reject a tax on disposable cups?

A major talking point of yesterday's Autumn Budget was the Chancellor's decision to rule out a latte levy on disposable cups. Here, edie investigates the extent to which such a proposal could have provided a much-needed boost to the UK's coffers and helped policymakers drive a resource-efficient economy.

The Chancellor delivered his final Budget this afternoon ahead of the UK's departure from the EU

Autumn Budget 2018: Chancellor commits to new plastic tax, rules out 'latte levy'

BREAKING: Chancellor Philip Hammond has today (29 October) pledged to introduce a new tax on plastic packaging in his 2018 Autumn Budget, which also includes a carbon price freeze and multi-million-pound investment for business energy efficiency.

edie brings you the latest green business reaction after Chancellor Philip Hammond unveiled the Autumn Budget for 2018

Autumn Budget 2018: Live green economy reaction

After Chancellor Philip Hammond opened his red budget box to detail a tax on plastics and a carbon price freeze, edie rounds up what key green economy leaders are making of the new financial measures for low-carbon innovations and resource efficiency.

edie has provided a round-up of the areas where Chancellor Philip Hammond could deliver for the green economy

Autumn Budget preview: Five green policy predictions ahead of Philip Hammond's statement

A new levy on plastic packaging? A watered-down carbon price? An increase to the Climate Change Levy (CCL)? edie previews the green-related announcements likely to be included in the Autumn Budget on Monday (29 November).

The proposed legislation catapults the EU into a leadership position in tackling the growing plastic pollution crisis

European parliament approves sweeping ban on single-use plastics

The European Parliament has overwhelmingly backed a wide-ranging ban on single-use plastics in an effort to tackle pollution in seas, fields and waterways.

edie has rounded up ten key priorities for policymakers overseeing the UK’s low-carbon transition, as raised by politicians, business leaders and sustainability professionals during Green GB Week

Green GB Week: a UK policy wishlist to drive clean growth action

With the Government launching the nation's first-ever Green GB Week last week, dozens of sustainability experts met throughout the week to discuss the nation's clean growth agenda. Here, edie rounds up ten of their top green policy recommendations for the Government to place the UK on the road to a low-carbon economy.

The consultation aligns with the 25 Year Environment Plan's ambition to eliminate avoidable plastic waste

Government proposes UK-wide ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds for next year

The UK Government has today (22 October) confirmed that it will introduce a string of policies aimed at banning the sale and distribution of plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds by 2020.

The Government has shed more light on the implications a 'no deal' Brexit could have on the nation's green economy

Could a 'no deal' Brexit be a 'golden opportunity' for the UK's green economy?

In light of the Government’s latest wave of 'no deal' Brexit planning updates, resource management experts have claimed that the scenario could force the UK to manage its waste more efficiently.

Past work carried out by the CCC in 2016 showed that reducing emissions to 92% of 1990 levels was feasible

Climate watchdog 'surprised' by carbon budget review restrictions

Claire Perry's instruction that the upcoming review of the UK's carbon emissions reduction framework should not cover pre-2032 targets was a "surprise" to the climate change watchdog, its chief executive has admitted.

During Green GB Week, no single-use coffee cups will be on sale in the coffee bars within the Department's 1 Victoria Street headquarters

BEIS announces green buildings drive and single-use plastics crackdown

EXCLUSIVE: The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has today (16 October) underlined its commitment to phasing out single-use plastics and reducing its estate emissions by 66% through two new commitments that have been posted on edie's Mission Possible Pledge Wall.

The CCC is set to deliver its recommendations to Government by March 2019

UK Government seeks advice from Committee on Climate Change on net-zero emissions goal

The UK Government has confirmed that it is seeking advice from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) on how best to bolster its carbon reduction targets and create a net-zero economy.

Published in July, the Road to Zero strategy has faced criticism from the likes of WWF and Greenpeace

CCC: Government's Road to Zero strategy not ambitious enough

The UK Government's official climate change watchdog has warned ministers that the new Road to Zero strategy will not be sufficient to meet national and international climate targets.

One year on from the Clean Growth Strategy - making the case for energy efficiency in the UK

Antoinette Sandbach MP writes on the importance of energy efficiency in the UK, as a follow-up to a Carbon Connect roundtable she co-chaired: 'The Clean Growth Strategy - Next Steps for Heat and Energy Efficiency' in December 2017, which was part of a roundtable series looking in depth at the Clean Growth Strategy. The roundtable series was the basis to a new policy brief 'One year on: delivering clean growth' which has been launched on the Carbon Connect website today (12 October).

The Voluntary National Review will be submitted to the UN ahead of next summer's High-Level Political Forum

Government launches landmark review into UK business action on SDGs

The UK Government has this week launched its first voluntary review into how the nation's business community is contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sustainability experts from an array of businesses came together to discuss the potential methods to engage with the Industrial Strategy

The Industrial Strategy roundtable: What impact is it having on manufacturing sustainability?

Sustainability and energy managers from a range of businesses recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and Centrica Business Solutions to discuss the impact the Government's Industrial Strategy is having on manufacturing sustainability.

The organisation was set up by the government as the Green Investment Bank in 2012. It was rebranded as the Green Investment Group after being sold to Macquarie for £2.3bn in August 2017

Green Investment Group funnels £1.6bn into clean energy projects

The Green Investment Group made or arranged £1.6bn of investments in clean energy projects in the 12-months following its privatisation, according to the company's first annual progress report.

edie has looked at the options on the table to explore the environmental implications of each potential Brexit deal

Brexit countdown: How the green economy could fare in each possible deal scenario

With Brexit negotiations hurtling towards an uncertain outcome, and many questions still unanswered, edie investigates how the UK's green agenda could be affected in each of the three most likely scenarios.

The Carbon Neutrality Coalition came out of the One Planet Summit in December 2017

UK commits to Carbon Neutrality Coalition to deliver net-zero emissions

Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that the UK will be joining 18 other countries that have committed to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 at the earliest, while also setting aside £160m to help developing nations transition to cleaner energy systems.

Jeremy Corbyn is set to say new green jobs  will bring

Labour commits to 2050 net-zero emissions target, Corbyn vows green jobs 'revolution'

Labour has committed itself to a net-zero target of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, as Jeremy Corbyn vows to "kickstart a green jobs revolution" in the UK.

Waste service providers Bywaters will collect and take the items to a composting facility

UK Parliament to replace single-use plastic items with compostable alternatives

The UK Parliament will replace single-use plastic cutlery, coffee cups and lids, drinking straws and containers with compostable alternatives that will be treated at a specialist waste facility.

YouGov asked 250 senior energy managers about how well-informed about costs they felt

UK energy managers ‘unaware’ of impacts of rising non-commodity costs

More than half of senior UK energy professionals are "unaware or unsure" of the potential impacts which rising non-commodity costs will have on their firm, according to new Government figures.

The briefing paper urges the Government to make four key changes to support the EV revolution

Business leaders call for post-Brexit vehicle emissions roadmap

A coalition of leaders from business, politics and civil society have today (11 September) called for "much greater clarity" on how vehicle emissions will be reduced post-Brexit, on the same day that the UK Government is hosting the world’s first zero emission vehicles summit in Birmingham.

Clean energy projects will benefit from increased investment alongside schools, hospitals, transport and digital connectivity

Scottish clean energy projects to get increased investment

Clean energy has been promised a share of an extra £1.5 billion per annum pledged by Nicola Sturgeon for infrastructure in Scotland.

The pair began to campaign together after Brighton MP Caroline Lucas stepped down from her position as co-leader earlier this year (image: Green Party)

Green Party appoints Jonathan Bartley and Sian Berry as co-leaders

The Green Party has appointed Jonathan Bartley and Sian Berry as its co-leaders, after former co-leader Caroline Lucas stepped down earlier this year.

The REA claims that the closure of the solar export tariffs would put thousands of jobs in the UK's solar sector at risk

40% of solar installers 'set to leave UK amid subsidy cuts'

Companies accounting for more than 40% of the UK's solar installation industry could leave the national market if the Government does not extend the export tariff and provide a replacement for the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme.

The UK government has so far refused to say whether it will stay committed to clean energy targets agreed at European level after Brexit

Business giants urge UK, EU to continue energy and climate cooperation after Brexit

A top-level business alliance has called on UK and EU leaders to ensure Brexit includes a comprehensive Climate and Energy Chapter, amid worries about the UK's commitment to international climate policies after the country leaves the European Union.

A spokesman for the BEIS said the government was committed to meeting its climate change targets

UK's green watchdog will be powerless over climate change post-Brexit

Ministers are "deliberately weakening" the green watchdog that will hold the government to account after Britain leaves the EU, according to Labour's shadow Brexit minister.

The ban includes most Halogen bulb products, with the exception of certain bulbs for ovens as well as capsule, linear, low-voltage reflector bulbs

Everything you need to know about the Europe-wide Halogen bulb ban

Earlier this month, the European Union (EU) voted to ban the sale of Halogen lightbulbs across the bloc. With the ban set to come into force 1 September, edie rounds up the key ramifications of the phase-out.

Since the 5p charge was introduced in 2015, the average consumer now buys 121 fewer bags each year

UK plastic bag charge set to double to 10p

The Government has confirmed that it will launch a consultation on whether the nation's current charge for single-use plastic carrier bags should be doubled to 10p and rolled out to every shop in the country.

More than 200 stakeholders have signed a letter claiming that the closure of the solar export tariffs would slow progress towards a smart and flexible energy system

Calls for Government to 'urgently' stabilise UK solar sector amid subsidy closures

More than 200 stakeholders in the UK's solar sector, including energy companies, NGOs and city leaders, have called on the Government to continue an export tariff once the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme ends next March.

The group of 17 leaders have made three recommendations on how to best tackle the UK's air pollution problem

UK mayors call for Theresa May to deliver 'tough and urgent' action on air pollution

The leaders of 17 UK cities including London, Greater Manchester and Liverpool have made a joint call for Prime Minister Theresa May to take "tough and urgent action" to reduce the nation's air pollution levels.

Cuts to the FiT scheme back in 2015 created a 75% fall in installations

Sadiq Khan calls for rethink on solar subsidies closure

London mayor Sadiq Khan was written to the Government expressing his concerns that a decision to let financial solar incentives expire next year could create a "cliff edge" for the wider solar market.

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

Trump administration scraps Obama-era regulation on coal emissions

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

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edie at 20 QUIZ: How much do you know about the low-carbon transition?

To mark edie's 20th anniversary as a sustainable business media brand, we're putting readers to the test with a 20-question trivia quiz about the ways in which the green economy has transformed since 1998.

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.


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