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Thousands of business leaders urge Government for greater climate action

The letter calls on the Government to pledge to invest in renewables, take action to protect and restore nature, and end new fossil fuel developments in the UK. This comes…

UK Government urged to rule out hydrogen heating, especially in rural communities

…that the government should make “as soon as possible” in areas where evidence particular options are, or are not, suitable. It said the government should publish an assessment of future…

Scientists call on UK Government to fast track climate mitigation to respond to cost-of-living crisis

…another this coming season. Last month, 27 new licenses were offered under the former round. The King’s Speech today confirmed a new policy, mandating that the UK Government must host…

Bidirectional EV charging innovations bag UK Government funding

…the Government’s £1bn Net-Zero Innovation Portfolio. The Portfolio first launched in 2021 when Rishi Sunak, now Prime Minister, was Chancellor. Related news: UK Government confirms £79m boost for grid upgrades…

UK Government celebrates halving of domestic emissions since 1990

…third of the electricity generation mix and coal’s share had plummeted to 1.5% amid concerted efforts to retire coal plants. The Government has repeatedly been told by its climate advisory…

Government to ban bonuses for polluting water firms

The new proposals were laid out by Defra on Monday (12 February) and would stop bosses from receiving financial bonuses if their organisation had committed serious criminal breaches. The Government

MPs press UK Government for Land Use Framework

…“At present, we are unable to determine whether the Government is approaching this challenge with the required seriousness. We encourage the Government to publish the Framework without delay, and to…

UK Government rejects calls to widen ban on deforestation-linked imports

…the Government to extend the scope of a ban on the sale of imported forest commodities linked to deforestation, first promised in the 2021 Environment Act and with further details…

Local authority net-zero plans ‘strangled’ by Government’s inadequate funding pots

Government systems. A quarter of councils, according to the survey are generally unsuccessful in bidding for net-zero funds, while 60% have been dissuaded from bidding due to time and resource…

UK Government delays planning decision on mega-solar farm for fourth time

…is expected in the coming weeks. This will lay out commitments on skills, grid access, the supply chain and rooftop solar. David Blackman for Utility Week This article first appeared…

Campaign group launches legal case against Government over microplastics

In documents submitted to the High Court, the group contends that the EA acted unlawfully by reneging on its previous commitment to legislate on toxic sewage sludge by 2023, a…

Government-commissioned sustainable rail blueprint unveiled for Britain

The Blueprint’s focus lies in aligning with government objectives on carbon reduction, enhancing air quality, safeguarding biodiversity, conserving resources and improving the overall quality of life across the nation. The…

US Government unveils principles to boost trust in voluntary carbon markets

The US Government’s ‘Principles for Responsible Participation’ aim to address integrity concerns in voluntary carbon markets (VCMs) and enhance their potential to attract private capital for carbon reduction and removal…

UK Government approves three major solar farms, promises rooftop solar ‘revolution’

…ground last year, according to Solar Media. The Government is shortly set to unveil plans to boost rooftop solar, as well as supporting these large ground-mounted projects. Miliband said: “I…

SMEs struggling to report and act on sustainability, despite rising pressure

…feeling pressure to be more sustainable from their many stakeholders: customers topped the list at 59%, but others like government (26%) and employees (8%) were also factors.   However, very few of…

Claire Coutinho: Net-zero Minister welcomes ‘sensible adjustments’ to climate policies

…Chris Skidmore will hand-deliver a letter signed by more than 1,800 industry professionals urging the Government to take greater action on climate change and commit to a clear climate action…

Corporates face greenwashing concerns over misaligned trade association memberships

…every single company apart from Danone and Nestlé were members of trade associations that were at odds with corporate climate commitments. The German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) had seven “at…

Infrastructure experts cast doubt over UK’s biggest energy projects including nuclear clear-up

The Infrastructure and Project Authority (IPA) has also raised concerns about the majority of the Government’s other key energy infrastructure programmes, including the Low-Cost Nuclear Programme funding R&D for small…

Report: UK’s net-zero transition could bring £240bn economic boost

…could be £165bn extra, through to 2050, than it would be using the existing policy pathway set by the Government. This investment would help to catalyse a 6.4% growth in…

Heat pumps and EVs still too expensive for the majority of Brits, survey finds

…savings.” Carrots or sticks? The survey revealed far greater levels of support for Government funding to make lower-emission options more affordable than interventions that would essentially price most people out…