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Government doubles budget for supporting energy-intensive businesses through price crisis and net-zero

As part of the Energy Security Strategy, first published on Thursday (6 April), the Government is extending the Scheme through to the end of March 2025. It was originally scheduled…

Should businesses be legally required to set science-based climate targets?

…course for 2.7-3.5C of warming by 2100 – an increase that will have devastating impacts on humanity and nature. Separately, much research has been undertaken into corporate net-zero commitments, revealing…

Hollow Mountain: Drax files plans for UK’s first major pumped storage project in more than 40 years

…take around one year for the Scottish Government to decide whether to grant consent under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989. In a statement, Drax said the expanded project…

Morrisons creates ‘tree advisor’ team to help farmers meet nature goals

…farming network in the UK by 2030. The advisors will help farmers to apply for government funding and grants to deliver their tree schemes and to generate income from them…

IEA warns that net-zero transition will ‘be harder and slower without nuclear’, as key Sizewell C decision awaited

…– and whether the Government is making adequate interventions to shield low-income households from these costs. The Government, the Guardian reports, has rejected a proposal for electricity suppliers to be…

Environment Ministers amongst MP exodus as Boris Johnson steps down

…their COP26 commitments”. He is yet to comment on the Prime Minister. Elsewhere, former Environment Secretary Michael Gove, who hadn’t planned to resign, has been sacked as Levelling Up, Housing…

Theresa May: Next Tory leader ‘must not take foot off the accelerator’ on climate

…price crisis. Badenoch has stated that she believes reaching net-zero goes against the Government’s commitment to levelling up. The Conservative Party intends to choose a new leader in early September….

Growth Plan: Tories set to weaken environmental requirements for developers

…of tax for a limited time. The Government will also relax planning rules in these areas – including, the Treasury has confirmed, environmental requirements for developers. The Treasury has stated…

Reports: Defra set to scrap plans to pay farmers for nature restoration and creation

…to incentivise farmers to play their part in delivering the Conservative Party’s commitment to leave nature in a better state for the next generation. Then, in early 2022 Defra launched…

BEIS gives £15m funding boost to heat pump innovators

Government is aiming for heat pumps to cost the same as gas boilers to buy and run by 2030. It is hoped that the projects will collectively be able to…

One week left to respond to UK Government’s Net-Zero Review

The review was kick-started late last month, with new Prime Minister Liz Truss stating that her Government would seek to change the nation’s plans for delivering its 2050 net-zero target…

Lord Deben: The UK’s net-zero review is an opportunity to accelerate delivery, not an excuse to water down ambition

…Conservative Party’s commitment on energy efficiency from its 2019 General Election Manifesto. The document touts a total energy efficiency spending pot of more than £9bn, of which, £6.3bn should be…

UK Government’s £500m investment in energy-efficient schools branded ‘a sticking plaster’

…in a warm and safe environment.” ‘Sticking plaster’ The National Education Union stated in September that unless the Government provided more funding to shield schools from rising energy costs, “…

How will the energy price crisis affect UK Plc’s net-zero transition?

…and, already, there have been many a scandal over the flouting of Covid-19 restrictions. At the same time, calls are intensifying on all fronts for the Government to take more…

Wilko’s face mask recycling and Sydney’s net-zero buildings: The sustainability success stories of the week

…Export Finance, the UK Government recently committed to stop financial fossil fuel projects overseas and to ramp up financing for clean energy. A success story in this space comes from…

Report: Just 6% of UK’s tax revenue is ‘green’

…provided last financial year. Pinsent Masons’ head of tax Jason Collins said the Government will find it “significantly harder…over time” to reach its 2050 net-zero target without a “wholesale change”…

Road to net-zero: UK business giants team up to accelerate investment in low-carbon transport

…While the Government has scaled up funding in this space recently, the Green Finance Institute believes the private sector will be key to deliver the £20bn of infrastructure needed this…

Report: UK lagging behind other G7 nations on green finance and jobs

…the fields of low-carbon steel, hydrogen, electric vehicles (EVs) and tidal power. The Conservative Government’s headline commitment on green jobs is to host two million roles by 2030. Organisations including…

UK’s coal-fired electricity ban officially brought forward to 2024

…in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, participating nations collectively agreed to develop net-zero targets for their power sectors in the 2030s. Dates will vary between nations but there are new shared commitments…

COP26 Action Tracker: China’s ETS launches as UK’s Cambo oilfield plans draw controversy

…systematically integrate climate risk considerations into financial systems, with attendees speaking in support of carbon pricing and mandatory disclosures. There were no overarching new commitments in these fields, however. Another…