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Big brands call on UK Government to 'stop the solar tax hike'

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COP22: Major firms lead low-carbon energy drive

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Meeting the UK’s Climate Change Act and living up to the Paris Agreement will require new and renewed green policies through the 2020s

Climate watchdog calls for 'concrete green policy action' amidst Paris Agreement and Brexit

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Scotland will seek to remain in the EU and will continue to have a say on energy policy in the single market, Angus MacNeil says

Scotland 'will lead England' on energy policy post-Brexit

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UK renewables cuts 'risk slowing shift to clean energy'

The UK government risks slowing the shift to clean energy sources by cutting support for renewable energy and strongly backing gas as a transitional fuel, according to the UN's environment chief.

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Could Donald Trump 'dramatically threaten' the Paris climate deal?

Former COP21 president Laurent Fabius has warned that having a "climate change denier" as US president could "dramatically" threaten global action on climate change agreed upon as part of the historic Paris accord.

(L-R): London Mayoral candidates Zac Goldsmith (Conservatives); Sadiq Khan (Labour); Sian Berry (Green Party); Peter Whittle (UKIP); and Caroline Pidgeon (Liberal Democrat)

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AECOM's Ant Wilson highlighted the Government’s U-turn on the zero-carbon homes policy as a reason why the built environment is failing to grasp what is considered sustainable

Policies 'getting in the way' of green building design, construction giant warns

EXCLUSIVE: The implementation of efficient and sustainable building practices is being hindered by Government and Mayoral politics which are attempting to "promise the Earth" rather than incentivising the built environment, infrastructure and construction firm AECOM has claimed.

Apple was the only company to receive an A+ grade from analyst InfluenceMap

Apple ranked as highest scoring corporation for climate influence

Tech giant Apple's continuous drive to champion renewable energy has seen it top a list of more than 150 companies - including rivals Microsoft and Google - to receive the first 'A+ grade' from a sustainability analysis group.

As climate change disrupts weather systems, flooding will become more common in coastal cities

EU pushed towards 'climate disclosure' regime for investors

Pressure is building on global regulators and the European Commission to "stress-test" portfolios of large institutional investors against long-term objectives to reduce climate change, in a move that could shift billions in investment away from fossil fuels.

The IPPR says the new energy company could perform a similar role to Transport for London by managing demand and driving behaviour change

Energy for London: Thinktank calls for city energy company

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has called on the next London Mayor to set up a publicly-run energy company for London.

Abundance has suggested that there is a huge demand for green financing and has exemplified this through its Great British Money Survey

Could the UK's first Green ISA create a £60bn investment pot?

The UK's first 'Innovative Finance ISA' launched today (6 April) from investment platform Abundance, allowing investors to finance renewable projects through an operative tax ISA that could boost the green economy by £28.5bn.

The UK's carbon price floor rose from ?9.54 to ?18.08 in 2015 - a far cry from the European value of ?4 per tonne of carbon

Scrapping carbon price floor would 'level the playing field', manufacturers claim

EXCLUSIVE: Clearer policy amendments, including the scrapping of the carbon price floor, would prove instrumental in securing the long-term stability of Britain's energy-intensive companies, the manufacturer's organisation EEF has claimed.

A patch of forest remains between palm oil plantations in Indonesia. Photo: Ulet Ifansasti/Greenpeace

Big brands 'failing' on palm oil policies, Greenpeace claims

PepsiCo, Colgate-Palmolive and Johnson & Johnson are among a raft of consumer goods companies that are "letting their customers down" by failing to break the link between the use of palm oil in everyday products and deforestation, a new Greenpeace report has concluded.

The National Infrastructure Commission was asked to analyse and make recommendations about how the UK should transition towards a secure low-carbon energy system

Infrastructure Commission calls for raft of changes to UK energy policy

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has called for a raft of regulatory changes to create a level playing field that would allow energy storage and demand flexibility to ensure security in the UK's future low-carbon energy system.

The UK  Government's haphazard approach to energy policy was likened to a game of Jenga that is inevitably about to come crashing down

'Jenga green policy' damaging UK's low-carbon prospects ahead of 5th carbon budget

The UK is at serious risk of missing the requirements set out in the legally-binding fourth carbon budget, unless an "immediate policy gap" is filled, the chief executive of the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has warned.

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom was involved in a heated exchange with ECCC chair Angus MacNeil in Parliament yesterday (2 March)

Andrea Leadsom is 'sick and tired' of green policy critics

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom is "sick and tired" of the barrage of complaints being fired at the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) over its punitive cuts to renewable energy subsidies.

The Government's Levy Control Framework aims to protect consumers by capping energy subsides for low-carbon generation until 2020

Energy industry demands 'urgent review' of Levy Control Framework

The trade association for the UK energy industry Energy has called on the Government to "urgently review" the Levy Control Framework (LCF), providing clarity to companies and investors.

World green building trends 2016

For green building to accelerate globally, building industry professionals require the latest data and trends to inform their decisions. The World Green Building Trends 2016 Study.

Clean energy investment enjoyed its best year ever in 2015 but is still $200bn short of necessary levels

Paris goals will cost $12 trillion, says Bloomberg

More than $12trn will need to be invested in new renewable power generation over the next 25 years to achieve the climate goals laid out in the Paris agreement, according to a new report from research group Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and sustainability non-profit Ceres.

It is ‘almost impossible’ for UK electricity demand to be met by 2025, engineers say

Engineers warn of looming UK energy gap

The UK is facing an unprecedented "energy gap" in a decade's time, according to engineers, with demand for electricity likely to outstrip supply by more than 40%, which could lead to black outs .

The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics

The circular economy is gaining growing attention as a potential way for our society to increase prosperity, while reducing demands on finite raw materials and minimising negative externalities. Such a transition requires a systemic approach, which entails moving beyond incremental improvements to the existing model as well as developing new collaboration mechanisms.

The report highlights how company CEOs such as Unilever’s Paul Polman and Apple's Tim Cook have driven the attitude change from within the private sector

Unilever and National Grid labelled 'true leaders' in post-Paris policy push

Unilever and National Grid are among the select few companies to be heralded as 'true leaders' for their support of the policies set in place in Paris last month, according to corporate analysts InfluenceMap.

The report found the middle class is becomingly increasingly aware of the risks posed to them by climate change

Global middle class can drive climate action, says UBS

The global middle class could hold the key to mobilising climate action, a new report from financial services firm UBS has claimed.

Hugh McNeal will make the switch from the Department of Energy and Climate Change to RenewableUK in April

RenewableUK snaps up DECC director as new chief exec

The national trade association for Britain's wind, wave and tidal power industries has recruited a top civil servant at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as its new chief executive.

A proposed 90% cut in solar subsidies, alongside other energy policy changes, risks the government being accused of hypocrisy after climate deal

Major energy U-turn needed to meet Paris targets, government warned

The government has been warned that a major U-turn in energy policy is required if it is to avoid charges of blatant hypocrisy following the commitments it made in the Paris climate deal this weekend.

The new circular economy package aims to

New circular economy package: The reaction

The European Commission has launched an "ambitious" new circular economy package that it says will boost competitiveness, create jobs and generate sustainable growth. But what does the industry think?

Landfill will not be banned after all, according to leaked documents

New Circular Economy Package 'less ambitious' than axed predecessor

The European Commission's draft waste and incineration laws to replace the package it axed under its drive for "better regulation", has weaker targets for recycling and landfill than its predecessor.

There looks set to be a 76% increase in the global consumption of meat by 2050

Could cutting meat from our diets bridge a post-Paris 'emissions gap'?

A dietary change that relieves the demand for animal protein could play an instrumental role in plugging the post-Paris emissions gap, according to a new report from independent policy institute Chatham House.

US secretary of state, John Kerry, has said that any climate deal in Paris is 'definitively not going to be a treaty'

Paris climate deal must be legally binding, EU tells John Kerry

The EU has warned the Obama administration that a global climate deal at the Paris summit must be legally binding, after the US secretary of state John Kerry said that it "definitively" would not be a treaty.

Outside of technology, the EIC report also calls for the establishment of a statutory Air Quality Committee

EV's 'too expensive' to tackle air pollution alone, says EIC

Electric cars could be up to five times more expensive than other methods of tackling air pollution on our roads, a new report from the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has found.

The NCE said G20 countries are well positioned to benefit from high efficiency targets, given their market scale, influence on technological uptake and massive energy consumption

G20 could deliver 40% of 2C target with better energy standards, report claims

Raising and normalising energy efficiency standards across the G20 group of rich countries could deliver 40% of the emissions cuts needed to limit global warming to two degrees, a major new report has found.

CDP Climate Change Report 2015

CDP was set up, almost 15 years ago, to serve investors. A small group of 35 institutions, managing US$4 trillion in assets, wanted to see companies reporting reliable, comprehensive information about climate change risks and opportunities.

The European Commission agrees a circular economy is necessary in a world with finite resources and a booming population

New circular economy package takes shape

The European Commission's new circular economy package will include fresh legislation on waste, fertilisers, and water reuse, "strong commitments" on Eco-design, strategies for handling plastics and chemicals, and "major" funding for innovation.

New cars could still be emitting more than twice the legal emissions limits in 2017, under these latest proposals

Dieselgate: EU eases car emissions limit in spite of VW scandal

European Member States have this week reached a compromised deal on the introduction of "real-world" emissions tests which would essentially allow vehicles to continue emitting more than twice the agreed pollution limits.

The EU's Emissions Trading System is the world's biggest scheme for trading emissions allowances

Battle lines forming as EU holds first debate on ETS reform

France, the UK, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are backing a more targeted approach for heavy industries, at risk of closing down or relocating abroad, due to increased pressure to reduce global warming emissions.

The United Nations flag flies above the German city of Bonn, where the final round of preliminary climate negotiations came to a close

Bonn talks: carbon price progress, climate finance failure

Business leaders have welcomed the recognition of carbon pricing within the latest draft text of the climate agreement, but concerns remain over the lack of progress on climate finance from richer nations.

Carbon Tracker's research director James Leaton said shareholders in fossil fuel companies were having their money spent on projects that relied on high demand and high prices long into the future

Are fossil fuel companies using IEA reports to talk up demand?

International Energy Agency (IEA) projections that show the world will continue its heavy reliance on fossil fuels deep into this century are uncertain and being used to mislead governments and shareholders, according to a new report.

Scotland's environment secretary, Richard Lochhead, hailed the 5p plastic bag charge as a 'major success'

Scotland's plastic bag charge sees usage drop by 80%

The number of plastic carrier bags handed out in Scottish shops has reduced by at least 650 million in the first year of the nation's 5p charge.

The enquiry will examine the advantages and disadvantages of EU environmental policy in the UK

MPs to scrutinise EU green policies ahead of Brexit referendum

The cross-party Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has announced it will hold a public enquiry to assess the effectiveness of European environmental policy in the UK, ahead of the nation's planned in-out EU referendum.

Liz Truss said Britain should follow the US and quantify the benefits it gets from nature

Britain's forests, soil and rivers worth £1.6tn, says environment secretary

Britain's forests, soil and rivers are worth at least £1.6tn and should be quantified in the same way as the country's man-made infrastructure, environment secretary Liz Truss has said

The Covenant of Mayors 2013 ceremony. Photo: Griet Dekoninck

Cities reluctant to publish climate risk reports

Thousands of cities signing up to the new Covenant of Mayors today (15 October) will submit reports on their vulnerability to climate change to the European Commission every two years - but are under no obligation to make the information public.

Heat accounts for nearly half of the energy consumed in the UK and a third of carbon emissions

UK failing on renewable heat targets

The UK is on track to miss legally binding targets on low-carbon heat, according to a report released Wednesday by the Policy Connect think-tank.

BP's chief economist accepted that oil reserves would never be fully exhausted

BP: Oil unlikely to be fully exploited due to climate concerns

The world's oil resources are unlikely to ever be fully exploited, BP has admitted, due to international concern about climate change.

Mainstream media has carried nearly 500 articles over the past decade, warning that the lights would go out imminently - something which has not matched reality

Britain's blackout warnings 'do not reflect reality'

Headlines warning that the lights will go out thanks to power station closures and the increasing use of renewable energy are 'largely unfounded', a new report from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has claimed.

Uniti is a futuristic electric city car, designed to spur the next leap forward in automotive sustainability. Image: Uniti

Automotive sustainability: are cars of the future needed today?

In the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, a sector already low on public confidence is left with big questions to answer. But for one Swedish automotive entrepreneur, the crisis presents an opportunity to accelerate the move to all-electric transport.

ESOS requires all 'large enterprises' to produce detailed reports on their energy use every four years

Environment Agency extends ESOS deadline

Businesses that fail to meet the December deadline to comply with the Government's new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) may be granted a reprieve until at least the end of January, the Environment Agency (EA) has confirmed.

Wales has shown the rest of the UK that reaching the 50% EU target is eminently achievable, according to Suez Environment

Wales recycling rates on the up, England urged to take heed

Rising recycling rates in Wales have prompted calls for the rest of the UK to follow suit and develop clearer, more coherent national waste management strategies in order to reach EU targets.

Royd Moor windfarm in Yorkshire - the prime region for a low-carbon industrial zone, according to TUC

UK energy policy threatening Northern Powerhouse, say trade unions

Yorkshire and the Humber has the opportunity to become Europe's leading low-carbon industrial zone, but punitive Government policy is putting that potential at risk, according to a new report from the national trade union.

One recent report warned that global carbon emissions from the world's aviation and maritime sectors could rise by 250%

Airlines call on governments to 'complement' climate action

Twenty-eight chief executives and aviation association leaders have penned an open letter to global governments urging them to commit to a joint approach to help deliver emissions reductions across the sector.

Drax has dropped out of the White Rose CCS project, citing financial concerns

Government advocates CCS despite Drax dropout

The UK Government has reiterated its support for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, after energy giant Drax pulled out the UK's flagship project.

The data on the global uptake of ISO 14001 comes a week after a revised version of the standard was published

ISO 14001 certifications jumped 7% in past year

The number of ISO 14001 certificates issued has grown 7% in the past year, taking the total to more than 324,000 worldwide.

Martin Winterkorn said he was shocked by events of past few days and hopes to provide Volkswagen with a fresh start by resigning

VW chief resigns over emissions scandal

Volkswagen (VW) chief executive Martin Winterkorn has resigned after a hailstorm of criticism over the carmaker's emissions-rigging scandal.

Al Gore was speaking at a major climate leadership event hosted by Green Alliance and the CBI in London

Al Gore: UK must face up to 'inconvenient truth' with climate strategy

Former US Vice President Al Gore has launched a scathing attack on Britain's floundering energy and climate policy, demanding "actions rather than words" from Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of the crucial climate change conference in Paris this December.

The biomass CHP plant in Cramlington, Northumberland, will generate 213GWh of renewable electricity annually. Photo: Estover Energy

North East set for green energy surge with two more CHP plants

Almost £300m is being invested in two new combined heat and power (CHP) plants in Northumberland and Durham.

More than three quarters of UK households would support renewable energy projects such as wind turbines and solar farms if the profits generated benefitted the local community

Construction begins on Britain's first 'split-ownership' solar farm

The first UK solar farm to be part-owned by both community and commercial groups is now being built at Braydon Manor Farm near Swindon.

Tesla’s Powerpack is set to face competition from Panasonic, Sony and a host of smaller companies

Utility-scale battery market to hit $8.3bn by 2024

The market for utility-scale battery storage is expected to increase 18-fold by 2024, according to analysis released today by market research firm Frost & Sullivan.

The report calls on Government to 'reduce the overall burden' placed onto businesses through energy taxations and levies

Manufacturers call for policy shift 'from stick to carrot' on green taxes

The UK Government should move away from out-dated green taxes which target businesses and instead offer green tax incentives to reduce carbon emissions, according to the manufacturers' organisation EEF.

With the collectors unable to enter a residents home the furniture is either left outside and exposed to weather, or cut up into pieces so it can be transported to landfill

Britons throw away more than 300,000 tonnes of reusable furniture every year

A new report has called on local authorities and manufacturers of 'bulky waste' - waste too big for normal disposal - to put a greater emphasis on the reuse of unwanted furniture.

Current approaches for estimating energy costs can be out by up to £45,000 over the course of a 25-year mortgage

Energy-efficient homes undervalued by mortgage lenders

Energy-efficient homes could increase in value if banks and building societies used more accurate estimates of household energy bills in their mortgage calculations, a new report has found.

Climate charity Action Aid said it was seriously concerned about the 'fragile progress'

What went on in Bonn: Climate talks stall ahead of Paris

The UN climate talks in Bonn have been "painstakingly slow" according to some observers, but the final day (Friday) generated some optimism, particularly with regards to funding for poor countries dealing with extreme weather.


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