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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).

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

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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.

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.

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.

Wind energy output peaked at 9.5GW on Wednesday 7 June

Windy weather brings new renewable energy record

Windy weather brought with it a new renewable record on Wednesday lunchtime as output from wind, solar, biomass and hydro peaked at 19.3GW - more than half of all demand.

Many businesses already utilising fleet management and telematics technology have reported fuel savings of as much as two gallons per vehicle per day

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For 2016, renewables supplied more than half of the global electricity demand growth, mainly through hydro technology, which accounted for half of this share

Emissions flat for third year running as economy boom continues

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Of the 17 hottest years ever recorded, 16 have now occurred since 2000, and scientists expect this pattern to continue

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The thinktank’s analysis found that high carbon infrastructure, which it defines as fossil fuel power stations, airports and road building, was faring little better

Renewables investment in UK will fall 95% over next three years - study

Investment in windfarms will fall off a "cliff edge" over the next three years and put the UK's greenhouse gas reduction targets at risk, according to a new analysis.

BNEF chairman Michael Liebreich felt that the private sector should set and provide “volume signals” to indicate that it was committed to renewable deployment and improve investor confidence

Michael Liebreich: Policy alignment needed to make Britain a low-carbon leader

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During Q3 2016, coal accounted for just 3% of the UK's electricity

Low-carbon sources claim majority share in UK energy mix

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The tracker revealed a record high of 71% of people supporting onshore wind, up from the previous high of 70% in 2014

Public support for renewables rises as nuclear and fracking falls

Public backing for nuclear energy and fracking has fallen in recent months while support for clean energy continues to surge, according to the latest opinion tracker from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

John Lewis's Birmingham branch is designed to be the company's most efficient full-line department store, utilising LEDs, heat pumps and combined cooling, heating and power

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An artist's impression of Hinkley Point C, which was approved by the UK Government last week

Energy policy cannot be dependent on any single project, says UK climate watchdog

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Davey told Newsnight the most pressing concern with Hinkley is that it could be unbuildable

Ed Davey: Irresponsible Tories betting the nation on gas and nuclear

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The controversial scheme in Somerset has been approved by Theresa May more than a decade after Tony Blair gave his backing for the development of new nuclear

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As Prime Minister Theresa May finally gives the green light for Hinkley Point, edie takes a look back at the various twists and turns of the controversial nuclear energy project which has taken more than a decade to gain Government approval.

The controversial £18bn scheme in Somerset, which has been criticised over costs and national security worries, will proceed after a new agreement was struck with EDF

Hinkley Point: Green economy reacts as Government approves nuclear power deal

The Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset has today (15 September) been given the go-ahead by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, ending months of speculation and dividing opinion among Britain's industry groups and environmentalists.

Unnerved by GMB’s claims, Flexitricity are looking to introduce DR into the domestic sector, saying there is “untapped potential”

Demand response 'vital' even if Hinkley gets green light, says Flexitricity

Demand response will form a "vital part of a secure, affordable and sustainable energy future" and shouldn't necessarily be viewed as a competitive alternative to the delayed Hinkley Point C nuclear project.

The union added that National Grid’s policy of paying companies to stop working using consumer’s money is a “bonkers policy that only a natural monopoly would dare to implement”

DSR is 'fanciful nonsense', says union

GMB has slammed National Grid as being "naively complacent" over its intention to use demand-side response (DSR) to avoid blackouts, and has called for the company to be stripped of its system operator role.

The new epoch would be defined by nuclear bomb tests, plastic pollution, power plant soot and the bones of domesticated chickens among other factors

The Anthropocene epoch: scientists declare dawn of human-influenced age

Humanity's impact on the Earth is now so profound that a new geological epoch - the Anthropocene - needs to be declared, according to an official expert group who presented the recommendation to the International Geological Congress in Cape Town on Monday.

EDF’s new nuclear power station, Hinkley Point C, got the go-ahead from the supplier at the end of July but the Government then delayed its confirmation

'State of flux': Hinkley alternatives would be cheaper and simpler, ECIU finds

The UK could meet its future energy and climate change targets without constructing the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, and the continued development of renewables and energy efficiency measures would in fact work out cheaper, a major new report has found.

EDF’s new nuclear power station, Hinkley Point C got the go-ahead from the supplier last week but the government has since delayed its confirmation

Energy efficiency would be cheaper than Hinkley

Installing energy efficiency could be £12 billion cheaper than the construction of the Hinkley Point C new nuclear power plant.

The Telegraph said both EDF and government sources had thought that ministers would sign off the subsidy deal for the plant today

UK government delays Hinkley decision

Hinkley has suffered a setback almost immediately, as the government delays a decision on whether or not to approve the £18 billion nuclear project until the autumn.

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Hinkley Point C to go ahead after EDF board approves project

Britain is set to get its first new nuclear power station for a generation after EDF's directors voted in favour of building Hinkley Point C.

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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.

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom said contingency plans were in place to protect the UK energy security in the event of sustained Hinkley postponements

New nuclear remains in pole position to drive Britain's decarbonisation, says DECC

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom has today (24 May) underlined the Government's prioritisation of nuclear energy, insisting it remains in "pole position" to drive down Britain's emissions, ahead of other technologies due to its comparatively low-cost to the UK taxpayer.

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Solar installations remain the popular choice for renewables among the public, while support for biomass has wavered slightly

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Public support for the UK's renewables revolution has reached an all-time high, with the latest Public Attitudes survey from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) revealing that eight in 10 Brits support the uptake of clean technology.

The report says that Hinkley Point C would be the most expensive building on Earth

Scrapping Hinkley for renewable alternatives will save 'tens of billions'

Scrapping plans for new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset and building huge amounts of renewable power instead would save the UK tens of billions of pounds, according to an analysis that compares likely future costs.

Investors have called on the Government to help them understand how the Levy Control Framework is calculated to provide more stability and clarity

Treasury insists low investor confidence is due to volatile energy prices

Low investor confidence in the UK energy sector is more due to "staggering volatility" of energy prices than Government policy on low-carbon, the Treasury has said.

Record falls in coal production were coupled with a significant rise in crude oil production

UK's low-carbon energy generation soared in 2015, but so did oil production

Low-carbon energy sources rose to account for 43% of the UK's electricity supply last year, but oil production saw its first significant increase this millennium, provisional figures released today (25 February) have revealed.

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 ETI said the key to reducing the cost of CCS is delivering a small number of large plants sequentially

CCS decision will add billions to cost of UK decarbonisation, says ETI

The Government's controversial decision to scrap carbon capture and storage (CCS) funding in the UK could add £1bn-2bn a year to the cost of decarbonisation throughout the 2020's, new analysis from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has warned.

RWE is effectively splitting the company in two as two thirds of its current 60,000 strong staff will now operate the new renewables entity

German energy giant unveils $42bn renewables branch

Germany's second largest utility company RWE has announced plans to separate its growing renewable energy initiatives from its conventional energy business in a drive that is expected to deliver $42bn in annual revenues.

The 10 year plan to close coal-fired plans will form part of a policy to make energy affordable and secure

Amber Rudd to 'reset' Britain's energy policy with coal phase-out

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has announced plans to "reset" Britain's energy policy by prioritising the closure of all traditional coal-fired plants by 2025 as Britain commits to building new infrastructure "fit for the 21st century".

CDP Climate Change Report 2015

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Industrial Evolution: Making British manufacturing sustainable

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The deal guarantees plant operators EDF a 35-year Contract for Difference strike price of £92.50

Hinkley nuclear deal: 6 things green businesses need to know

The Hinkley Point nuclear reactor could be producing power in 2025 after the UK Government secured a £8bn investment from its Chinese counterpart yesterday.

The removal of coal from Ovo's energy mix has cut its carbon emissions by 34%

Ovo Energy shuns coal and nuclear

Independent energy supplier Ovo Energy has announced it has removed coal and nuclear generation from its entire fuel mix.

Although the ETI report doesn't mention Hinkley Point by name, its central argument is calling for more of these large-scale projects

ETI: New nuclear key for Britan's low-carbon transition

New nuclear reactors have a major role to play in delivering low-carbon electricity in the UK, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has claimed.

Carbon Reporting Performance of the FTSE 100 - Carbon Clear

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The cost of solar generated electricity fell by around $300/Mwh in five years from 2010

Tumbling renewable energy costs close in on fossil fuels

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New ABDA figures showed that AD now provides more capacity than the Wylfa nuclear power plant in Wales

UK's AD capacity now greater than a nuclear power station

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Air pollution is killing an average of 4,000 Chinese every day

China's air pollution crisis killing 1.6 million each year

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As climate change causes temperatures to rise even higher in the second half of the century, even more serious food shocks - where production drops by up to 10% - are also likely to occur much more often by 2070

Food production shocks 'will happen more often because of extreme weather'

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Jeremy Corbyn's ambitious environmental strategy comes after a number of cuts to renewable energy

Labour frontrunner launches ambitious environmental manifesto

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Just 19% of companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange reported on their greenhouse gas emissions

19% of Asia's blue chips disclose green performance

Companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange are slowly improving their carbon reporting measures, but the emissions of those companies are continuing to rise.

We have failed to address the system risks of climate change, warns the report

UK Foreign Office: Climate change threat must be handled like nuclear proliferation

Climate change should be treated with the same gravity as the threat of nuclear war, a major new report from the UK Foreign Office has warned.

Will Osborne deliver the green budget the industry wants?

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The wrong side of history? 7 baffling climate-sceptic quotes

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85% of edie readers responded to our survey suggesting they are in favour of subsidies for nuclear energy

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

This week has produced some surprising numbers, from edie readers' views on nuclear power to the Government's planned part-privatisation of the Green Investment Bank.

More than 350 edie readers responded to a question asking whether the UK Government should continue to support and subsidise nuclear power

Poll: 85% of sustainability professionals support nuclear subsidies

More than 85% of sustainability professionals and green experts currently support the continued subsidisation of nuclear power in the UK, a new edie poll has found.

The Don't Nuke The Climate campaign, is led by the Netherland's World Information Service on Energy (WISE)

Ban nuclear from Paris talks, green groups urge

An international coalition of clean energy groups have launched a new campaign asking for the nuclear power industry to be barred from the UN climate talks in Paris.

The subsidies required to fund this renewable capacity 'oversupply' would cost £9.1bn - £1.5bn more than the Treasury's Levy Control Framework limit.

Renewables projects could be £1.6bn over Government budget

The UK is spending billions of pounds of taxpayer money on 'generous' subsidies for renewable energy which is resulting in a 'significant oversupply' relative to EU renewable targets.

People are less concerned about the UK becoming too dependent on energy from other countries (72% down from 80%).

Public confidence rising that the UK can 'keep the lights on'

The number of people identifying energy supply as one of the top three issues facing Britain has fallen by a third since March 2014, to 21%.

900MW of renewable capacity was installed in the US, compared to 300MW of natural gas

US installs three times as much renewable capacity as fossil fuels

Renewable energy sources accounted for more than three quarters of new capacity installed in the US in the first quarter of 2015.

Green Alliance's Dustin Benton says CCS is the only choice to decarbonise industry

CCS is 'only choice' to decarbonise UK industry, says Green Alliance

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is the best way to decarbonise British industry, according to a new report from the influential Green Alliance think-tank.

Wind power is still the dominant UK technology

CfD auction: What it really means for renewables...

The first wave of the Governments new Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme was announced today, with 27 projects receiving more than £315m.

The ETI says that the value of CCS and bioenergy to the energy system is £200bn each

Bioenergy and CCS crucial for UK's low-carbon transition, says ETI

The UK must include bioenergy and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technologies in its low-carbon plans to avoid wasting investment and ensure 2050 targets remain achievable, according to a new report from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

Energy consumption by European Union members has fallen to its lowest level since the early 1990s

EU energy consumption at lowest level for 20 years

Energy consumption by European Union members has fallen to its lowest level since the early 1990s, but the EU is still heavily reliant on imported energy to meet its needs, the latest research shows.

Obama and Modi have agreed to co-operate closely on climate change ahead of the Paris 2015 summit

Obama backs India's clean energy goals

US President Barack Obama has pledged financial support for India's revamped solar energy targets and "made a personal commitment" with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to pursue a strong global climate agreement in Paris.

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GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance

The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol is a multistakeholder partnership of businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), governments, and others convened by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Greenpeace argued that cheap, clean nuclear reactors are currently an unrealistic proposition

Nuclear power best answer to climate change, scientists claim

Nuclear energy is an essential resource for replacing fossil fuels and environmental activists must drop their opposition to it, leading scientists have warned.

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Triple Win: The social, economic and environmental case for remanufacturing

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