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Solar industry will keep fighting after Government threaten to cut off support

The Government have held a consultation about the Renewable Heat Incentive. Following the discussion, it has emerged that solar thermal energy could be cut off from government support. Solar thermal is the only technology threatened with removal from renewable heat scheme. The solar industry has pledged to continue their...


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British public backs renewables and wants more projects in their areas

Official government statistics show that the British public believes renewable energy provides noticeable economic benefits. More than half the people surveyed also said they want more clean energy projects built in their area. The Public Attitudes Tracking Survey published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change highlighted that...


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REA hold mixed reaction to changes in government proposals on biogas and biomass

The Government consultation into the reform of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) closed yesterday. The Renewable Energy Association (REA) who cover power, transport and heat, responded to proposals regarding biogas and biomass. They are encouraging the Government to support a wide range of renewable heat technologies in order to...


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Ministers review Trade Union Bill after defeat in House of Lords

The Government’s Trade Union Bill has faced fierce criticism from unions and the Labour Party. Just last month the House of Lords defeated the government in votes on the Bill. Ministers sat down this week to review the proposed changes. Trade unionists will still be forced to ‘opt in’...


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Flooding policy needs reboot says new industry-led report

Flood policy needs a reboot says leading trade body as it publishes ‘Turning the Tide’, a new policy recommendations report for living safely and prosperously in an increasingly flood prone country. Within the context of the National Flood Resilience Review, the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) urges the Government to...


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UK Government’s Healthy Eating Guidelines Recommend Sustainable Fish

Following a recent update, the UK government’s official healthy eating guidelines now recommend that consumers choose fish from sustainable sources, including Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified seafood. The EatWell Guide, produced by Public Health England, gives official recommendations on which foods should be eaten for a healthy, balanced diet....


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Renewable Electricity Growth is Strong, But New Government Data Reveal Overall Energy Policy Failure

New statistics released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change today have revealed significant increases in the installation of new renewable electricity capacity, over a period where overall electricity generation fell. Renewable electricity in 2015 made up 24.7% of the overall electricity generated in the UK, a record-breaking...


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Government Figures Show Renewables Breaking New Records and Electricity Bills Coming Down

New official figures released today highlight the record performance of renewable energy over the past year. Renewables are playing a central role in powering Britain’s homes, business and factories – and fuel bills are falling. The data, from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, show that in 2015...


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Govt Says it Won’t Increase VAT on Solar – Friends of the Earth Reaction

Reacting to news that the government will not oppose an amendment to the Finance Bill on Tuesday that would block a VAT increase on solar panels and insulation, Friends of the Earth renewables campaigner Alasdair Cameron said: “This looks like good news – a VAT hike so soon after the...


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Parliamentary Ructions over Government Treatment of Solar Power

Parliamentarians of all parties, in both the Lords and the Commons, are objecting to the government’s treatment of solar power.  Labour has tabled an amendment to the Finance Bill which would prevent a damaging potential VAT rise on domestic solar systems in future, which will be voted on next...


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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...