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Whitbread first hospitality firm to be granted water self-supply licence

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France bans COP21 climate marches in face of security risks

Massive climate marches planned in Paris around the COP21 climate talks will not go ahead because of security issues, the French Government has said.

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If given consent to start building the facility, the company wants to increase investment at the site to potentially £1.6bn over the next five years

Green jobs boost for Wales with clean energy hub

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India set to save £580m by installing 20 million LED streetlights

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The REA fears small projects on schools and farms could be killed off

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Shell will begin drilling operations near the coast of Alaska

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27 fracking blocks offered to energy companies

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Government could push through fracking applications if councils delay

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Rudd warns councils to speed up fracking decisions

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd has announced the Government will be writing to local councils to urge them to speed up planning decisions on fracking.

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The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has granted planning permission for the construction of a giant offshore windfarm off the North East coast of England.

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Small and medium-scale wind turbine manufacturers have written to Communities Secretary Greg Clark to protest changes to planning guidance for onshore wind turbines.

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The UK's first purpose-built, energy-positive house has opened in Wales, just days after the Government announced it was scrapping energy efficiency targets for new homes.

The Task Force calls for greater regulation but also for easing of planning regulations to allow onsite monitoring

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Friday to Saturday (3-4 July) mark celebrations of Solar Independence Day

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Fracking could hurt house prices, health and environment, official report says

Fracking operations to extract shale gas in Britain could cause nearby house prices to fall by up to 7% and create a risk of environmental damage, according to a government report that has been published in full for the first time.

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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

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Decc said the idea that fracking applications would receive less environmental scrutiny from the public was “simply untrue”.

Government defends plans to cut fracking red tape

The Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has dismissed claims that it intends to "fast-track fracking without public consent".

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The experts were broadly supportive of cap-and-trade with 19% saying it is an ideal abatement instrument, 66% saying it is the best we can agree on, and just 8% saying it does more harm than good.

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Friends of the Earth: Mind your step

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The UK will add 801 MW in 2015, a 1.5% drop from 2014

UK to lose offshore wind top spot to Germany

Germany will install more than 2,000 MW of offshore wind capacity in 2015, taking the UK's crown as the global installation leader.

The agreement will help Ecotricity fund a 40MW growth over the next 18 months,

Ecotricity secures £70m growth fund

Green-energy supplier Ecotricity has secured £70m through a refinancing deal with Aviva Investors, which it says will allow it to almost double its energy-generating capacity.

AD Biogas Plants - Design and operation of feedstock & silage clamps for maximum yield.

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In 2013, Mr Pickles approved 81.25% of housing schemes compared with only 28.6% of renewable energy projects

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Eunomia finds that the UK is at risk of having more residual waste treatment plants than it needs

UK heading for waste treatment overcapacity, new report finds

The UK is at risk of having far more incineration capacity than it needs by 2017/18, according to a new report by resource management consultancy Eunomia.

FEAD president David Palmer-Jones urges Commissioner Vella to keep circular economy package

FEAD president urges new Environment Commissioner to back circular economy package

The president of European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services, David Palmer-Jones, has written to the new European Commissioner for the environment Karmenu Vella urging him to back the European Commission's circular economy package.

The Green Alliance's new strategy aims to 'put the public back into public policy'

Power to the people: Green Alliance calls for more public involvement in UK environmental policy

Green Alliance has launched a new strategy focused on giving citizens a greater say in the nation's green infrastructure plans.

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MCA report: Low Carbon, Higher Growth

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Low carbon jobs: The evidence for net job creation from policy support for energy efficiency and renewable energy

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UK householders are changing their eating habits and preventing food waste due to financial pressures, according to a new survey by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The resource management industry views the circular economy in a positive light

Resource management industry gives thumbs up to circular economy, new report finds

The resource management sector has embraced the circular economy and is positive about the financial and environmental opportunities it offers, according to a new report.

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Closing the loop: Building the environmental supply chain

Globalised business was built on the back of cheap oil, near-unlimited access to resources and a culture of discarding. Companies created highly dispersed globalised sourcing, production and sales footprints. Products and materials criss-crossed the world on their journey from manufacturing to market. Considerations about the environmental impact of this highly extended supply chain model took a back seat to growth.

Building Competitive Green Industries: The Climate and Clean Technology Opportunity for Developing Countries

As we confront the challenge of climate change - a potentially lethal threat to our planet - it is vital that policymakers in every country resolve to take effective action to limit greenhouse-gas emissions. The technical challenge may seem daunting, yet taking far- sighted action to restrain climate-damaging emissions can have a net positive effect on the economy.

The Amager Bakke EfW plant will have a man-made ski slope on its roof. It will be accessible to the public and is due to open in the summer of 2017

Designing energy-from-waste plants for communities off-piste

Imagine going up an 85-metre climbing wall and then imagine viewing an artificial ski slope when you reach the top. Now imagine skiing down that ski slope which happens to rest on top of the roof of a €500m energy-from-waste (EfW) plant. Your imagination is not running wild - this is about to become reality in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2017. Liz Gyekye reports.


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