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Environmental groups celebrate as Leeds Bradford Airport withdraws expansion plans

…in keeping with the Airport’s commitment to net-zero operational emissions by 2023 and with Leeds’ plans to reach net-zero by 2030. The terminal building itself, the Airport has repeatedly highlighted,…

Wind, solar, hydrogen, nuclear and efficiency: Labour unveils five-point energy security plan

…context, one Rolls-Royce SMR will cost up to £2bn These commitments may well be updated when the Energy Independence Strategy is published. If not, there are likely to be more…

Tackling greenwashing: Government urged to develop formal definitions for jargon like ‘carbon-neutral’

…CMA is recommending that the Government introduces legislative definitions for some of the sustainability terms that are most commonly used on products and packaging – but which consumers find the…

Developer unveils plans for four UK green hydrogen production sites, as Government firms up hydrogen village plans

Plans to develop a hydrogen neighbourhood by 2023 and a hydrogen village by 2025 were first floated by the UK Government in November 2020, through the Ten-Point Plan for a…

Scotland and EU exceed 2020 climate targets, but are warned of rebounding emissions post-lockdown

The Scottish Government has confirmed that national decreases in emissions between 1990 and 2020 exceeded key commitments, shortly after the EU posted a 34% reduction within the same timeframe, where…

Energy Security Strategy: Closure of one of UK’s last three coal power stations postponed

…This approach has been criticized by environmental groups and the Government’s own climate advisors. The Strategy also reiterated the Government’s consideration of a short-term extension to coal generation. Ministers have…

Boris Johnson planning energy market shake-up to end ‘ludicrous’ electricity prices for homes and businesses

…you can get prices down. The UK Government had already, before the Energy Security Strategy was published in April, confirmed plans to begin altering the levies placed on gas and…

Office for Environmental Protection calls on Government to strengthen ‘unambitious’ nature targets

…2030, but notes that Defra’s current plans “provide little clarity” on how these proposed targets will work alongside existing environmental commitments. Specifically, the OEP has stated that the Government will…

High Court deems Government’s Net-Zero Strategy unlawful

The Government’s landmark Net-Zero Strategy, first published last October in the run-up to COP26 in Glasgow, has been ruled as inadequate and unlawful by the High Court, following a successful…

Critical Minerals Strategy: UK Government unveils plans to enhance use and sustainability of minerals supply chain

The Government has, this morning (22 July), unveiled its first ‘Critical Minerals Strategy’. The strategy outlines the importance of minerals such as graphite, lithium and silicon in boosting key markets…

Government’s response to energy price crisis ‘already out of date’, MPs warn

…the Government has repeatedly missed opportunities on energy efficiency, with the Green Homes Grant having failed and the Energy Security Strategy being dubbed an ‘Energy Generation Strategy’ due to the…

UK Government allocates £54m heat network funding amid slow uptake of heat pump grants for individual homes

…set to allocate a total of £320m of funding from Government coffers. A £19.1m tranche of funding was made available in March, and the Government has stated that a larger…

Government funnels £37m into domestic bioenergy with focus on hydrogen, but is urged to look more closely at international supply chain

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has confirmed today (4 August) the award of £32m of funding from the biomass feedstocks portion of the Government’s £1bn biomass…

UK Government proposes £56bn investment plan to stop sewage discharges to water companies

…will be expected to consider nature-based solutions in their planning,” Defra has stated. To enable the tracking of progress, the Plan sets out a commitment for all overflows to have…

Use COP27 to phase-out fossil fuels, $39trn investor coalition and hundreds of health groups urge

…UN-convened annual summits. As the statement is an open letter, all governments are urged by the investors to update their Paris Agreement commitments ahead of COP27, as they promised to…

UK wildlife charities hatch plan to pressure Government on environmental protection

…be paid for “common goods” such as better water, air and soil quality. The idea was to incentivise farmers to play their part in delivering the Conservative Party’s commitment to…

New Environment Secretary: Defra ‘listening to all sides’ in farmer payment review

…speech to supporting Liz Truss’s Government’s plans for post-Brexit deregulation with the intent of growing the economy. Through a new ‘Retained EU Law Bill’, the Government is set to “sunset”…

Ministers ‘wrestling’ to prevent renewables revenue cap from undermining investment

…the next decade. “The Government recognises the need to preserve our most productive arable farmland and it is important that the government can strike the right balance between these concerns…

Recycle Week slammed as ‘greenwashing’ as MPs call for more sweeping single-use plastic bans

…Queen’s death. Spearheaded by Recycle Now, a public-facing campaign from Government-backed WRAP, the idea of the week is to encourage people to “recycle more of the right things, more often”….

Tesco and WWF call for mandatory farm food waste reporting

…to drive down waste across the food system,” said WWF’s executive director of advocacy and campaigns Kate Norgrove. “At the same time, Ministers must reaffirm the Government’s commitment to incentives…