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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.

Corporate Human Rights Benchmark: Key Findings 2017

This benchmark report provides a comparative snapshot year-on- year of the largest companies on the planet, looking at the policies, processes, and practices they have in place to systematise their human rights approach and how they respond to serious allegations.

The EY report warns that the current record levels of financial support for new projects could fall even further in 2017, in the aftermath of renewable energy final subsidy deadlines

Britain's renewable energy attractiveness 'on a landslide'

The UK's attractiveness as a destination for investment in renewable energy has reached an all-time low, due to a series of unexpected green policy U-turns and the on-going uncertainty surrounding the role of renewables in our energy mix.

The Treasury announced last summer it would be scrapping regulations on house building including a planned increase in on-site energy efficiency standards in order to streamline development

Lords reject Government decision to scrap zero-carbon homes

The Government's efforts to scale-back on key green policies has been blocked, after the House of Lords voted to reintroduce on-site carbon compliance standards for homes and extend the grace period criteria for onshore wind farm subsidies.

Energy intensive industries in the UK are currently spending around £390m a year through energy policy costs

Manufacturers seek security as Government launches consultation on energy cost relief

Manufacturers have warned that permanent exemption from energy policy costs is the 'only long-term solution' that can secure the future of energy intensive sectors such as the steel industry, after the Government opened a consultation which could save these industries £390m a year.

Lightsource will hard-wire a 4.84MWp off-site solar farm into the Belfast International Airport private network – providing 27% of the airport’s annual electricity demand

Belfast set for largest UK airport solar project

Belfast International Airport will receive power from a 4.84MWp off-site solar farm developed by Lightsource Renewable Energy in what is the UK's largest airport Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) solar project.

The the new solar farms signify what could be the last projects to benefit from the RO Scheme which will expire on Friday (1 April)

Battery-connected community solar farms completed ahead of RO deadline

Two new £5m community solar farms have been connected to the grid in Stratford and Chesterfield, representing two of the last renewable energy projects to qualify for Renewables Obligation (RO) subsidy entitlement.

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.

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

As we edge closer to the climate conference in Paris, this week saw a clash of horns over the energy we use. But that hasn't stopped some truly innovative green developments popping up across the globe, from Delhi to... Barnsley.

Scotland Energy Minister Fergus Ewing and Wales Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant have written to Rudd urging her to support community schemes

Community energy will take brunt of subsidy cuts, warn Scotland and Wales

Community energy schemes will be hit hardest by Amber Rudd's recent energy subsidy shake-up, ministers from Scotland and Wales have warned.

Scientists found the butterfly's wings were 7C warmer when held at a 13 degree angle compared to flat

Butterfly bio-engineering could boost solar panel output by 50%

Mimicking the structure of a butterfly's wings could boost the output of solar panels by almost 50%, researchers from the University of Exeter have claimed.

David Cameron has been called on to make good on environmental promises

Green groups urge Cameron to address 'woeful' environmental record

Leading environmental groups have written to Prime Minister David Cameron to criticise the scrapping of 10 green policies in the first few months of the new Conservative Government.

The report details solar's impressive cost reduction over the past decade and models different scenarios to grid parity in the next five years

Solar sector sets out 'grid-parity' roadmap following subsidy cut

The UK solar industry remains on track to deliver power without subsidies by 2020, but clearer and more stable support from the Government will be needed in order to avoid a 'cliff-edge' of deployment.

Financial support for many new solar farms will end under the Government's new plans

Solar subsidies to end as Government seeks to control costs

The Department for Energy and Climate Change has dealt another series of blows to the renewable energy industry with fresh proposals to cease financial support for solar and biomass conversion plants and amend the feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme for smaller projects.

Investment in independent renewable energy hit £1.1m every day in 2014

Record investment in independent renewables tops £400m

Independent renewable energy received record levels of investment in 2014, totalling £417m, according to a new report from SmartestEnergy.

Wind energy generation was up in Scotland, but ministers say the cut to wind subsidies threatens development

Scottish wind generation hits record levels in first quarter

Scottish wind power generated a record 4,452GWh of electricity in the first quarter of 2015, enough to power almost a million Scottish homes for a year, according to figures published today by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Labour MP Alan Whitehead was speaking at an energy-from-waste industry conference held by Siemens in London this week

DECC's subsidy budget reaching crisis point, warns Labour MP

The Government's Levy Control Framework (LCF), which is meant to provide clean energy subsidies through to 2020/21, is "effectively completely bust", a Labour MP has warned.

The Solar Independance Plan explains the importance of backing the domestic industry with stable and predictable policy support

2020 vision: STA unveils master plan to make solar cheaper than fossil fuels

It was widely expected that the two solar farms would not be able to deliver electricity at £50/MWh

No large-scale solar farms to be built in 2015/16

No large-scale solar farms are scheduled to be built in the UK this financial year, as the two solar projects that won funding in the recent Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction will not go ahead.

The large-scale solar subsidy cuts were a mistake and could prevent it from competing with fossil fuels, Leonie Greene says

Why solar needs a serious strategy from the new Government

The treatment of non-domestic solar is illogical and leaves this star industry bewildered, writes Leonie Greene, head of external affairs at the Solar Trade Association (STA).

Welland Bio Power Plant will divert up to 60,000 dry tonnes of dry waste wood from landfill each year

New energy-from-waste plant 'signals industry shift'

A £51.6m renewable energy power plant which will provide the equivalent of 17,000 homes with electricity generated from waste wood has been given the go-ahead to be built in Northamptonshire.

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Circular economy for smart devices: Opportunities in the US, UK and India

Smartphones, tablets and laptops have moved from the fringe of computing to the mainstream in just five years. Sales of these smart devices exploded as consumers saw the benefits of seamless connectivity, and were drawn to the simplicity. of new user interfaces.

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Cutting the cost of water: The case for improving water efficiency in the UK

The demands of maintaining a clean, safe water supply and sewerage system have led to household bills rising at above inflation levels for a number of years.


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