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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.

Deben stressed the importance for the UK to retain membership of the ETS at a time when the EU is in talks to create a common carbon market that could include China

Lord Deben: Green regulatory oversight critical to soften 'damaging' Brexit

EXCLUSIVE: Ensuring parliamentary scrutiny and independent environmental regulation should be the main priorities during Brexit talks to limit the "damaging" impacts of the UK's departure, according to the prominent environmental peer Lord Deben.

The Strategy comes after a green paper consultation earlier this year received almost 2,000 responses from industry and academia

Industrial Strategy launched: Clean growth at core of UK's vision for economic prosperity

Business Secretary Greg Clark has today (27 November) launched the UK's much-anticipated Industrial Strategy, which sets out a vision for clean technology and innovation to play a key role in boosting the UK's long-term economic prospects.

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) will look at how the Government’s recently launched Green Finance Taskforce can accelerate private sector funding in green technologies

MPs to scrutinise Government's green finance strategy

MPs have launched a wide-ranging investigation looking at how the UK Government aims to fulfil its pledge to become a "world leader" in green finance.

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered the 2017 Autumn Budget to a jubilant House of Commons

Budget 2017: Chancellor takes action on air quality, electric vehicles and plastic waste

Chancellor Philip Hammond has today pledged to build an economy "fit for the future" by announcing new air quality funding, tax incentives for electric cars, and measures to combat plastic waste in his 2017 Autumn Budget.

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

Budget 2017: Live 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 Autumn Budget? Here's the live action and green business reaction, as it comes in...

One of Baroness Brown's major concerns regarding the strategy is its so-called “flexibility” mechanisms, which enable the Government to borrow from

Clean Growth Strategy 'flexibilities' could put Paris goals at risk

The aspirations of the Clean Growth Strategy have been praised as a "step in the right direction" by green economy experts, but concerns have been raised that the Government's willingness to rely on banking and borrowing from carbon budgets could put the goals of the Paris Agreement at risk.

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 hopes ahead of Philip Hammond's statement

A new levy on plastic packaging? Higher taxes for diesel vehicles? Multi-million-pound spending on EV charging infrastructure? edie previews the green-related announcements likely to be included in the Autumn Budget on Wednesday (22 November).

Last month, the UK cemented its position in the top 10 rankings of the world's most attractive countries for renewable energy investment

Can government and investors make post-Brexit UK a green finance leader?

The recent Clean Growth Strategy has created a multi-billion-pound framework for low-carbon growth, but the UK Government is still keen to strengthen relationships with investors to tackle the "hard and challenging" times ahead.

Research has shown that the forest and land-use sector could deliver 37% of the emissions reductions required by 2030 to halt dangerous levels of global warming

UK Government provides £62m to combat deforestation in Latin America

The UK Government has announced two new projects worth £62m will help tackle deforestation across Latin America by promoting sustainable new business models and sourcing practices.

Sir Philip Lowe recently served as a non-executive Board Member of the UK's Competition and Markets Authority

Will post-Brexit Britain choose political sovereignty over close EU climate and energy ties?

The UK will need to sacrifice some of its political sovereignty if it wants to maintain a close post-Brexit relationship with the EU over climate and energy-related affairs, according to a top former EU Commission figure.

The consultation will call on organisations to provide evidence of whether devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland want to embark on individual approaches

Defra to launch consultation on independent body for environmental standards

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed that an independent body to hold the Government to account over environmental standards after the UK has left the European Union will be established following a consultation early next year.

Figures show that around 29.9% less diesel vehicles were sold in October 2017 than in the same month last year

Reports: Chancellor to raise diesel taxes in Autumn Budget

Chancellor Philip Hammond will raise taxes for diesel vehicles in the upcoming Autumn Budget in an attempt to boost the uptake of low-carbon alternatives, according to media reports.

Michael Gove said he was keen to work with British farmers to explore alternative approaches to grow crops without neonics

Defra throws weight behind total ban on bee-harming pesticides

The UK Government has given its support to a proposed European-wide ban on toxic pesticides that have a damaging effect on the dwindling honeybee population.

The Government's new air quality plan fails to deliver on previous commitments to introduce clean air zones in five cities by 2020, says ClientEarth

Government faces fresh air quality legal case

The Government is being taken to court for the third time by environmental lawyers over the UK's illegal levels of toxic air pollution.

MPs said they are looking for “far greater clarity on energy and climate change policy to ensure that industry can plan for the future

Ministers offer 'scant detail' on post-Brexit green policy, MPs warn

The Government has faced criticism for providing "scant detail" on areas relating to post-Brexit energy and climate change policy, such as the UK's role in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS).

Michael Gove said there was a “strong and powerful case” for an independent body to improve on the EU’s judicial system

Michael Gove outlines plans to address environmental 'governance gap'

Defra Secretary Michael Gove has vowed to consult on the creation of a new environmental body to ensure the UK avoids a "governance gap" after leaving the EU.

The REA believes that the decline in growth stemmed from Government policies restricting routes to markets for solar PV technology

Shrinking solar deployment darkens UK's record low-carbon electricity mix

Despite low-carbon sources providing more than half of all UK energy generation for the second time, the Government has been urged to address policy barriers that have "unnecessarily impeded" the development of solar technologies over the last two years.

Red diesel is currently subject to a lower 5% VAT rate compared to standard diesel

Diesel tax loophole 'thwarting' Government's clean air strategy

Government efforts to improve air quality and phase-out the use of diesel vehicles are being undermined by a tax loophole that allows refrigerated lorries to use "red diesel" and pollute the highways.

The UK has faced numerous warnings that it will miss its 2020 renewable heat target unless

Renewable heat legislation delays a 'significant threat' to UK's climate change goals

Fresh delays to the reform of UK renewable heat policy have been described by green groups as a "significant threat" to the country's long-term climate ambitions.

The cost of energy review examined how the UK can reduce energy costs while achieving climate change targets

Energy cost review: Dieter Helm's study calls for radical changes to Britain's energy policy

The costs of energy for UK businesses are higher than necessary and policymakers must streamline clean energy regulations in order to deliver cheaper, decarbonised power, a major Government-backed study has concluded.

ECIU says that price reductions mean that onshore wind farms do not need a subsidy, but most developments still require centrally-agreed fixed-price contacts

'Perverse' onshore wind policy could cost UK £1bn

The Government's "outdated" policy on onshore wind could cost the UK around £1bn over the next four or five years, according to the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU).

Claire Perry will personally chair a separate new CCS council with industry

Climate change minister pledges to 'break the deadlock' on CCS

Climate change minister Claire Perry is convening a taskforce next month to deliver carbon capture and storage plants more cost effectively.

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

UK energy firms call on chancellor to boost carbon tax

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

Researchers claim that local authorities could relax rules on the use of certain materials to allow for the installation of energy-efficient windows

Report: Preservation policies could hamper Clean Growth Strategy's household efficiency plans

Preservation policies for listed buildings and homes in conservation areas could scupper the measures to improve domestic energy efficiency as set out in the newly-released Clean Growth Strategy.

The strategy notes that “there is currently sufficient projected surplus available to carry forward to meet the fourth carbon budget and some of the fifth carbon budget”

Will the UK reach its carbon budget targets with the Clean Growth Strategy?

The Government's long-awaited Clean Growth Strategy details more than 50 initiatives to decarbonise the UK economy in line with the fourth and fifth carbon budgets, but does the ambition have enough quantifiable targets in place to deliver?

Experts of the green economy sweep through the 165-page document to outline their thoughts

Reaction round-up: What does the green economy make of the Clean Growth Strategy?

The Government has pledged numerous multi-billion-pound investments to drive down carbon emissions across the economy as part of the Clean Growth Strategy, but does it "breathe new life" into the low-carbon sector or do the details "fall short"?

The strategy captures 50 new measures to drive economic growth across the core pillars of the UK economy

From CCS to zero waste: Clean Growth Strategy to slash emissions and boost economic growth

The Government has unveiled its highly-anticipated Clean Growth Strategy, detailing how multi-billion-pound investments into low-carbon innovations and household energy-efficiency will push the UK towards its future carbon budgets.

The latest CFD auction in September saw the cost of new offshore wind fall by 50% compared to 2015 and resulted in over 3GW of new generation which could power 3.6 million homes

Government makes £557m available for new renewables projects

The UK government has made up to £557 million available for "less established" renewables projects in a new set of Contracts for Difference (CfD) auctions planned for spring 2019.

The climate change minister revealed her ambition for the UK to create a “gold standard” for accelerating green finance opportunities

Claire Perry: Clean Growth Strategy will set 'decarbonisation pathway' across UK economy

The Government's long-anticipated Clean Growth Strategy launches tomorrow (12 October), and the Minister of State for Climate Change Claire Perry has vowed to "march on a decarbonisation pathway" across the entire UK economy to meet national carbon commitments.

edie has delivered a full round-up off all the key green-related speeches and announcements from the respective Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem conferences over the past three weeks

Autumn conference round-up: What did the main parties say about the green economy?

With the curtains now drawn on the 2017 autumn party conference season, edie has provided a full round-up of the major green-related highlights from the party conventions over the past three weeks.

Green campaigners have described the announcement as “excellent news” for those that have campaigned against fracking in recent years

Scottish Government approves ban on fracking

The Scottish Government has announced an "effective ban" on the growth of shale gas in the country after a public consultation found that citizens are overwhelmingly opposed to fracking.

Evidence submitted will be examined by the Government’s working group which includes corporate giants such as Coca-Cola and Tesco

Michael Gove seeks evidence on plastic bottle deposit scheme

Defra Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed he will work with businesses to see how a drinks container deposit return scheme could work in England.

The report recommends that the Government extends the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) to cover public sector institutions such as the NHS, defence and education

Businesses could save £1.3bn a year through energy efficiency policy shakeup, research claims

Ministers must adopt several new energy efficiency measures to help unlock savings of £1.3bn a year for UK businesses, according to a new report from think tank Policy Exchange.

Campaigners are calling on Michael Gove not to derail food waste efforts after promising to deliver a planet that is ‘greener, cleaner, better, richer’ to the next generation

Defra 'sabotaging' EU targets to halve food waste

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has been urged not to "row back" on the fight to cut food waste as leaks claim that his Ministry is trying to scupper an EU agreement on reduction targets.

The Lib Dems have launched a report that warns the UK is not on track to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit global warming to 1.5C

Lib Dems propose 'carbon-free' Britain by 2050

The Liberal Democrats have urged the Government to bring forward the UK's climate targets by a decade as a new report suggests that the country is on course to miss the Paris Agreement objectives.

Figures suggest that $13.5trn of investment is required between 2015 and 2030 in the energy sector alone for countries to meet their Paris Agreement targets

Government launches Green Finance Taskforce to help businesses invest in clean growth

The Government has today (18 September) launched a Green Finance Taskforce to assist the low-carbon economy and boost the UK's position as a "world leader" in clean growth investment.

London breached its nominal annual air pollution limits five days into 2017

Britain flouting duty to protect citizens from toxic air pollution - UN

The UK government is "flouting" its duty to protect the lives and health of its citizens from illegal and dangerous levels of air pollution, according to the UN's special rapporteur on human rights related to toxic waste.

Randall, a former trustee of nature conservation charity RSPB, has a strong environmental background

Sir John Randall installed as PM's environment advisor

Theresa May has appointed former Tory MP Sir John Randall to the role of special advisor on the environment.

The report highlights some alarming green economy trends that need to be addressed by the long-awaited Clean Growth plan

Report: UK's leadership role in green economy hinges on 'ambitious' Clean Growth Plan

The UK's leadership role in the green economy is "far from guaranteed" due to delays in the Government's Clean Growth Plan, with a new report revealing that ambitious new policies in areas such as electric vehicles (EVs) could halve the oil imports in the UK.

Outside the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The ECJ can fine governments if they fail to comply with judgements, a power which green groups say gives the process teeth

UK faces post-Brexit environmental 'governance gap', warns green coalition

As the Government prepares to publish a policy paper on the European Court of Justice (ECJ), a coalition of green organisations has called on ministers to clarify how environmental laws will be enforced post-Brexit.

The high rates of landfill tax and increased transportation distances across the UK for waste disposal means that taxpayers and businesses could be hit with higher waste disposal costs

Hard Brexit a 'disaster scenario' for waste treatment capacity, warns Suez

The UK is faced with a "potential disaster scenario" that could see a Hard Brexit exacerbate a shortfall of waste treatment infrastructure over the next 10 years, waste management firm Suez has warned.

The Liver Building, Liverpool. The North’s green energy sector generates half of all green jobs in the country

Report: Hard Brexit poses threat to North England's green economy

As the Government this week reiterates its pledge to maintain high standards for the environment post-Brexit, researchers have warned that a so-called hard Brexit could disproportionately threaten the green economy in the North of England.

edie spoke with Shirley Rodrigues to get under the skin of City Hall’s bold plan to make London

London's new Environment Strategy: Five key questions answered

As London Mayor Sadiq Khan puts forward a long-term vision to make the capital one of the greenest cities in the world, edie speaks with Khan's Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy Shirley Rodrigues to discuss how City Hall aims to put its ambitious plans into practice.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan launched his draft London Environment Strategy at Woodberry Wetlands in Hackney this morning. Photo: Sadiq Khan/facebook

Green groups praise Sadiq Khan's pledge to make London world's first National Park City

The Renewable Energy Association (REA), the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) and the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) are among a host of organisations that have welcomed a new strategy from London Mayor Sadiq Khan which seeks to make the capital "greener, cleaner and ready for the future".

Of the money earmarked for fossil fuels, oil and gas received a total of 87% of UK funds, with 9% going to coal

Britain spent 'twice as much on overseas fossil fuels as renewables'

The UK has spent more than twice as much overseas support on fossil fuels projects as on renewable ones so far this decade, according to research commissioned by the Catholic aid agency Cafod.

Sophie Walker became JLL UK's head of sustainability in 2016, joining from the firm's Upstream Sustainability Services division

Flexibility essential for post-Brexit sustainability, says JLL UK

Sustainability professionals must be flexible in their pursuit of long-term CSR goals during the current period of political and business uncertainty created by Brexit, the head of sustainability at property and investment management firm JLL UK has said.

Dieter Helm's review will consider the role of technologies such as electric vehicles, energy storage, robotics and artificial intelligence

Dieter Helm to lead cost of energy review

Professor Dieter Helm has been appointed to lead the cost of energy review promised in the Conservative manifesto and Industrial Strategy, Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has announced.

The Hinkley site has taken its first delivery of rock armour for the base of sea wall, which will be 780 metres long to protect against flooding

Hinkley C: Labour warns of 'potential timebomb' of quitting Euratom

The government's decision to quit Euratom has put a "potential timebomb" under plans to build the Hinkley C nuclear power plant, Labour's energy spokesman has warned.

The Air Quality Plan will help local authorities reduce emissions by retrofitting the most polluting diesel vehicles and changing road layouts

Air Quality Plan: Diesel and petrol cars banned by 2040, £255m to tackle pollution blackspots

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has today unveiled the Government's long-awaited Air Quality Plan, which includes a ban on all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 and a £255m fund to help councils crack down on emissions.

A shift away from compensation to exemption from the Renewables Obligation scheme would save energy-intensive industries around £196m annually

Should energy-intensive businesses be exempt from renewable energy costs?

A move from Government to exempt Britain's energy-intensive industries from some of the costs associated with renewable energy policies has ignited a debate over whether such a move is necessary for the growth of green business.

Gove used his speech at WWF’s Living Planet Centre to claim that the UK can “develop global gold standard policies” on environmental management. Image Defra UK twitter

Michael Gove vows to implement 'gold standard' policies as part of a green Brexit

Environment Secretary Michael Gove believes that Brexit has given the UK a "once in a lifetime opportunity" to become global leaders on agricultural management, as part of a vow to deliver a "green" Brexit.

Labour's Alan Whitehead labelled the Conservatives' delayed release of the Clean Growth Plan

Shadow Energy Minister slams 'deplorable' delay of Clean Growth Plan

EXCLUSIVE: The continued delay of a long-term strategy to decarbonise the UK is a matter of "considerable shame" for the Government, according to Labour's Shadow Energy & Climate Change Minister Alan Whitehead.

Environmental groups are calling for clarity over which mechanisms will be used to replicate the roles played by the European Commission and the European Court of Justice

Brexit: Green community condemns 'environment-shaped hole' in Repeal Bill

The Government's Bill to convert EU regulations into British law has faced criticism from MPs and green groups for failing to ensure that environmental protections will be maintained post-Brexit.

Defra Secretary of State Michael Gove gave the opening address at a summer reception held in London by environmental think tank Green Alliance

Michael Gove heralds Brexit opportunity to reshape environment policy

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has pledged to use Britain's exit from the EU as an opportunity to redevelop the green policies surrounding the nation's farming and fishing industries in a way that "puts the environment first".

Angela Smith MP (left) and Baroness Parminter have raised concerns about the Government's delay in publishing the 25-Year Environment Plan

Has Defra's environment plan been 'kicked into the long grass'?

Opposition party politicians have expressed concern that the green business community has been "fobbed off" over the multiple delays of the Government's proposed 25-Year Environment Plan.

The government’s latest proposals were published on 5 May and were widely condemned

Tory air pollution plans ruled not unlawful as they are in draft form

The government has won the latest court challenge over the UK's air pollution crisis.

Jetty construction at Hinkley Point C

Price tag for Hinkley Point C swells by £1.5bn

Less than a year after getting the final go-ahead, Hinkley Point C is already on course to breach its budget by £1.5 billion, EDF has admitted.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) warns that “it is no longer justified or wise” to delay publication of the long-awaited Clean Growth Plan

Further delay of climate plans could derail UK's low-carbon shift, warns CCC

Ministers could derail the UK's low-carbon transition unless they deliver urgent new plans to reduce emissions across the country, the Government's independent climate advisory body has warned.

Sustainability professionals and green groups are calling for the new UK Government to step up its green policy ambition and finally release a number of key environmental frameworks

It's time for ACTION: 14 green policy priorities for the new UK Government - Part two

A decentralised energy system, more ambitious renewable energy targets and a stronger low-carbon heat and transport policy are all listed in the second part of edie's feature exploring the most critical areas of green policy that Theresa May's new Government must prioritise.

What the report clearly stresses is the need for a transitional arrangement to smooth the path to Brexit

Report maps UK's 'uncertain' energy landscape post-Brexit

As Britain looks set to leave the EU's Single Market, business consultants have attempted to map out the numerous challenges facing the energy sector after Brexit, making the case for a transition phase to smooth the exit path.

Policy Exchange has called upon Ministers to develop a technology-neutral strategy that involves new technologies such as hydrogen and natural gas vehicles

Policy Exchange: Government must act to stem £170bn loss in fuel duty tax receipts

The Government must consider how it will recover a forecasted £170bn hole in lost fuel duty tax receipts if the UK remains on course to hit the energy targets set out in the Fifth Carbon Budget, a new report from think tank Policy Exchange has warned.

Hinkley Point C is among the projects expected to be negatively affected by UK’s planned withdrawal from the Euratom treaty

UK on track to miss carbon emissions target due to stalled energy policy

The UK's ambitious target of slashing carbon emissions by more than half within 13 years is at risk because of government dithering on energy policy, industry professionals have warned.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan speaking at the launch of a consultation into air quality last year. Photo: Sadiq Khan/Facebook

Sadiq Khan: Gove must get a grip on 'life and death' air pollution crisis

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has requested an urgent meeting with the new environment secretary, Michael Gove, to urge him to get a grip on Britain's "life and death" air pollution crisis.

The move to block EU ban comes despite environment secretary Michael Gove saying, ‘I don’t want to water down’ EU protections

Tories aim to block full EU ban on bee-harming pesticides

Conservative politicians are trying to stop a complete EU ban on bee-harming pesticides, despite the new environment secretary Michael Gove's statement earlier this week, in which he said "I absolutely don't want to water down" EU environmental protections.

The Queen's Speech promised to build the

Queen's Speech: Government reiterates support for Paris Agreement and low-carbon Industrial Strategy

The Queen's Speech has outlined the Government's commitment to maintain global climate change leadership, alongside proposals to ensure the electric vehicle (EV) market begins to thrive over the upcoming years.

Sustainability professionals and green groups are calling for the new UK Government to step up its green policy ambition and finally release a number of key environmental frameworks

It's time for ACTION: 14 green policy priorities for the new UK Government - Part one

From environmental plans and air quality proposals through to energy efficiency schemes and low-carbon industrial strategies, edie has identified the most critical areas of green policy that Theresa May's new Government must prioritise to ensure the UK bears the fruits of a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy.

Devizes MP Claire Perry, the newly-appointed Minister of State for Climate Change

Claire Perry named as new Climate Change Minister

The ongoing Conservative ministerial reshuffle has seen Claire Perry take over from Nick Hurd as Minister of State for Climate Change, amid concern over new Defra Secretary Michael Gove's track record on green issues.

Michael Gove replaces Andrea Leadsom, who has shifted sideways to become leader of the House of Commons. Photo: Policy Exchange/Flickr

Michael Gove appointed Environment Secretary in cabinet reshuffle

Michael Gove, one of the driving forces of the Brexit campaign, has made a shock return to the front bench to lead Defra as part of a reshuffle of Theresa May's cabinet following the UK General Election.

Prime Minister Theresa May (centre) with Northern Irish First Minister and DUP Leader Arlene Foster (left) and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (right), in 2016. Photo: Tom Evans/flickr

Uncertain times for green business as Tories form 'Government of certainty' with climate-sceptic DUP

Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will form a Government with the support of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in a move that environmental groups are fearing could have damaging consequences for Britain's green economy.

Sustainability professionals now face concerns over the inevitable delay of major proposed environmental legislation such as The Clean Growth Plan and the 25-Year Environment Plan

General Election results: Green economy braced for further uncertainty after hung parliament vote

Clouds of uncertainty continue to hover over the future of a number of key long-term environmental policy frameworks as the Conservative Party has failed to win an overall majority in a shock outcome of the UK General Election.

edie's manifesto matrix allows you to easily rank each party against the others on the areas of green policy that are most important to you. (Scroll down for download link)

Election 2017 manifesto matrix: What the parties have pledged on energy and environment policy

Which party has taken the most ambitious stance on tackling air quality? Which would prioritise energy efficiency and ban fracking? And has anyone mentioned the Sustainable Development Goals? edie has rounded up the most important inclusions (and exclusions) from each of the main parties’ manifestos into a single document.

edie's exclusive green policy survey reveals the hopes and expectations of sustainability and energy professionals when it comes to environmental legislation

Election 2017: Seven charts that underline the importance of ambitious green policy

EXCLUSIVE: The manifestos are in, and so are the results of edie's green policy survey which reveals the areas of energy and environment legislation that our readers want the next UK Government to prioritise.

Election 2017 manifesto matrix: What the parties have said on energy and the environment

It's decision time. Tension is mounting among the green business community ahead of the UK election - but which party offers the most promising green policy approach? Here, edie has rounded up the most important inclusions (and exclusions) from each of the main parties' manifestos into a single, easy-to- read document.

ClientEarth, who have defeated ministers twice, return to court in a bid to remove ‘major flaws’ from air quality plans

UK government sued for third time over illegal air pollution from diesels

Environmental lawyers are taking the government to the high court for a third time in a bid to remove "major flaws" from minister's plans to tackle the UK's illegal levels of air pollution.

The Liberal Democrats' environmental spokesperson Baroness Parminter told edie that her Party's proposed legislation would help protect the environment and boost the economy following Brexit

'Weak' Tories have broken environmental promises, says Lib Dem peer

EXCLUSIVE: The Conservative Party's environmental policy record since the 2015 General Election will be remembered as a period of broken promises, the Liberal Democrats' Deputy Leader in the House of Lords has told edie.

(From left to right): Lib Dem environment spokesperson Baroness Parminter, Resource Minister Thérèse Coffey, event chair Clive Anderson, Shadow Secretary for International Trade  Barry Gardiner, and Green Party London Assembly member Caroline Russell

Greener UK debate: Parties trade blows over environmental ambitions ahead of election

Environmental representatives from the UK's major political parties clashed last night (30 May) over international climate change leadership and other key green policy issues at a General Election hustings event in London.

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: Last chance to tell us the issues that matter most

The countdown to the General Election is on and tension is beginning to mount among the green business community as to which political party to vote for. Take edie's short survey to tell us which areas of energy and environment policy you want the next UK Government to prioritise.

The SNP manifesto contains a pledge to press the UK Government to match Scotland’s commitment and ambition in the low-carbon sphere

SNP manifesto: Environmental protections, onshore wind support and carbon capture leadership

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has pledged to strengthen Scotland's environmental protections as the Party's newly released manifesto calls for a second independence referendum to be held "at the end of the Brexit process."

Skorupska called for clarity on how the Industrial Strategy plans integrate decentralised and smart technologies to enable the UK to reach its low-carbon commitments

A 'committed' Government can spur post-Brexit renewables job growth, says REA

EXCLUSIVE: The UK's departure from the European Union (EU) should be facilitated by a new Government that uses key "lighthouse areas" to outline how the country plans embed low-carbon smart technologies into operations as a means to attract better investment options.

edie editor Luke (right), senior reporter Matt (left) and reporter George (centre) recorded a special two-part episode of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast from the edie Live show floor

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.

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).


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