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Focusing on green homes could save the UK over £12bn, says report

The Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) released its election manifesto on Monday, claiming that investing in greener homes for the UK could save up to £12.1 billion annually. The manifesto, which uses the government’s own online calculator to make the predictions, says policymakers should focus on insulating buildings and helping...


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Wales future generations bill ‘falls short’ in enforcing sustainability

A pioneering bill that would require public bodies in Wales to consider sustainability in all decision-making has been criticised for its vagueness and lack of ambition. The wellbeing of future generations bill was formally introduced to ministers at the National Assembly on Monday and will now begin its legislative passage....


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Businesses urge PM not to drop support for solar industry

As the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) closes its consultation on financial support for solar farms, companies are urging the government to rethink its plans. Some 150 businesses from the solar industry have signed a letter urging David Cameron to protect the solar rooftop market above 5...


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Climate change biggest concern for future generations in Wales

Climate change is the biggest issue that the future generations of Wales will have to face, according to a survey released as the government reads a new bill that will embed sustainability into the heart of policymaking and legislation. Some 69.5% of respondents from a variety of networks, NGOs...


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Government predicts an overcrowded planet riddled with conflict by 2050

A new report forecasting the future of the planet, published by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), has described a world overpopulated and undernourished, with a high probability of consistent conflict. The report, entitled ‘Global Strategic Trends’,also warns that ageing populations will become the burden of the young, as the...


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Study: climate change policies could have positive effect on UK economy

Policies to tackle climate change could have a positive effect on the UK economy, according to a new report that challenges those that say sustainability will harm economic growth. A range of studies and lobby groups have previously criticised climate change policies for harming the economy because of the...


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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 7 July headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Buy one, give one free: the rise of philanthropic business Fracking could pose risk to almost half of UK’s drinking water –...


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Government taskforce outlines plan to up community renewables investment

The government’s shared ownership taskforce has set out draft proposals to improve community investment in renewable projects and make this approach the norm by 2015. The taskforce is made up of representatives from the renewables industry, such as the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and the Solar Trade Association (STA),...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 3 July headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Big Potential fund will help charities and social enterprises diversify income Sustainability as a business benefit in the commercial property sector EU...


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Voters ‘duped’ by government on recall bill, say MPs

A cross-party group of MPs have come together to formulate an alternative to the government’s long-awaited recall bill, calling for voters to have the final say in the sacking of MPs. All three of the main political parties promised to introduce a recall bill ahead of the last general...


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Government urged to uphold ban on bee-killing pesticides

A coalition of campaigners have urged prime minister David Cameron to uphold a ban on bee-killing pesticides, as his cabinet decides whether to grant an emergency exemption for one of the controversial chemicals. On Tuesday, the government is expected to rule on an appeal from the pesticide manufacturer Syngenta...


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Policy uncertainty risks required £375bn of infrastructure investment

The UK’s ageing infrastructure needs £375 billion of investment to ensure that it is up to the task of meeting the needs of a growing population and achieving climate change targets, such as emission reductions, according to the public accounts committee. However, despite the vast amount of investment needed,...


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NAO questions government’s £16.6bn renewable energy contracts

The government’s spending watchdog has questioned whether the early contracts awarded to eight renewable energy projects, collectively worth £16.6 billion, have overpaid energy firms at the expense of the taxpayer. In April, the government stepped in to offer contracts to the projects – five offshore wind farms, one biomass...


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Badger vaccinations to be rolled out across England

Badger vaccinations could mean an end to culling as the government announces plans to roll out such schemes across England. Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is a devastating disease for the farming industry, with 314,000 infected cattle slaughtered in the last decade. This year it is expected to cost the taxpayer...


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Ethical investment: using negative screens to avoid ‘sin stocks’ is a thing of the past

Regina Schwegler and Judith Reutimann, of Switzerland-based sustainability rating agency Inrate, discuss the role of exclusion screenings in sustainable investment. Excluding certain stocks from an investment universe due to violation of minimum standards is a widely used practice for socially responsible investments (SRI). It can be valuable for financial,...



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