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Low and Zero Carbon Homes Threatened by Government Policies, Report Finds

The Government’s ability to meet EU targets for delivering low carbon homes following the Paris international climate change agreement has been challenged by a new report. The report entitled ‘Future of policy and standards for low and zero carbon homes’, by academics from the University of Westminster and the...


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Scottish Government Must Reduce Carbon Emissions from Air Travel

Responding to the launch today of a consultation on plans to halve air passenger duty (APD) on flights from Scottish airports , Mike Robinson, a Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) board member who sits on the Scottish Government APD stakeholder forum, said: “This is about fairness. This is one of...


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Just a Fifth of Companies Believe that Their Impacts are Understood, New Report Reveals

Just one in five companies believes that external stakeholders have a good understanding of their impacts on the world, according to a new report. Corporate Citizenship, a global management consultancy specialising in sustainability, has today released Impact for Change: Better Business for a Better World. The report outlines how...


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Govt Must Restore Investor Confidence in UK energy sector, Warn MPs – Friends of the Earth reaction

Govt must restore investor confidence in UK energy sector, warn MPs – Friends of the Earth reaction  Responding to a report today (Thursday, 3 March 2016) by a committee of MPs warning that there is increased nervousness among some investors looking at energy projects in the UK, Friends of...


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Outcry at Government Proposal to Drop Solar Thermal from UK Renewables Push

The Government has today published a consultation proposing to end support for solar thermal hot water heating, just as the UK market had started to recover. If the proposals go through the internationally proven technology will be cut out of the Renewable Heat Incentive entirely next year. This is...


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Government Proposes a 98% Fall in the Deployment of One of The Most Cost-Effective Renewable Heat Systems

Significant changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) proposed today by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) pose a 98% and 78% reduction in the deployment of biomass boilers by 2021. If enacted, the Renewable Energy Association (REA) argues that this would collapse an industry that the...


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New NIC Report Emphasises Positive Impacts of Energy Storage, but Government Policy Remains Barrier

A new report released today by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) shows the huge potential for consumer savings by adopting a more flexible and storage-oriented energy system. The REA welcomes the findings that “Smart Power” could save the UK £8 billion a year by 2030, but urges action particularly...


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HSI/UK Welcomes National Wildlife Crime Unit 4 Year Funding from Government

In response to the Government’s announement today that it will fund the National Wildlife Crime Unit for the next four years, Humane Society International/UK has issued the following response: Claire Bass, Executive Director of Humane Society International/UK says “HSI applauds the announcement by Defra and the Home Office today committing...


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Legal Warning Over Government Air Pollution Plans – Friends of the Earth Reaction

Responding to news today that ClientEarth will take the UK government to the High Court over their failure to tackle air pollution, unless they respond with a clear plan of action in the next 10 days, Oliver Hayes, Friends of the Earth clean air campaigner, said “Environment groups should not...


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Zero Waste Scotland Welcomes Bold New Targets on Food Waste and Circular Economy

Zero Waste Scotland today welcomed the launch of a bold new food waste reduction target as part of the Scottish Government’s new Circular Economy Strategy: Making Things Last. EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella joined Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead to announce the launch of the strategy during a visit to...


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New Government Rules Could Hinder Councils’ Long-Term Investment and Damage Savings

The significant progress that has been made in new rules for the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) which requires policies on how funds consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and stewardship is at considerable risk unless remaining concerns relating to the draft regulations are addressed. The industry body...


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Electoral Reform Society: ‘Are government Burying the News on Cuts to Opposition Funding?’

Campaigners are concerned the government may be ‘sweeping under the rug’ the consultation on proposed 19% cuts to opposition party funding today, as it launches its consultation document on the controversial changes on the same day as the expected EU referendum deal. Will Brett, Head of Campaigns and Communications at...


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Sustainalytics – 10 Companies in 2016 Getting Ahead of the Climate Change Curve

Sustainalytics’ is planning to publish its new thematic research report, 10 for 2016 – The Paris Agreement: Triumph of the Optimists. In short, the report offers a top-down assessment of the COP21 Summit agreement and a bottom-up analysis of ten companies we believe are getting ahead of the climate change...


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Government Survey Shows RHI Central to Decarbonising Heat and Reducing Costs

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has today released several reports on renewable heating. The reports conclude that the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been critical to decarbonising the UK heat sector so far and that the vast majority of applicants have been happy under it. The reports...


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Fracking: Govt Urged to Let Local People Decide, as Lancashire Public Hearing Gets Under Way

The government must let people in Lancashire decide whether they want fracking to take place in their local community, says Friends of the Earth ahead of a public hearing on the issue in Blackpool later today . The public hearing is part of a wider Public Inquiry...