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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...


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Scottish Government welcomes first council to sign up to new consistent approach to recycling.

Scotland’s Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead has praised Falkirk Council for its commitment to improving recycling in Scotland, after announcing today (Thursday) it is the first local authority to sign up to the Scottish Government and COSLA’s new Household Recycling Charter. The Cabinet Secretary was joined by Councillor Craig Martin,...


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UK Green Investment Bank to Establish a Special Share

The UK Government (the Government) has today announced that the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) will create a ‘special share’ in the company as part of the process to introduce private capital to the organisation. The special share will be held by a separate company independent of both GIB...


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UK Government Takes Step in The Right Direction for Hard-pressed Rivers

Today, WWF-UK, The Angling Trust and RSPB welcomed confirmation that Government will reform the water abstraction licence regime, the national system that approves water being taken out of the environment for use by the public, businesses and farms. Dominic Gogol, Water Policy Manager, WWF-UK, said: “Our rivers and their inhabitants...


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UK Inaction Highlighted as French Police Raid Renault

Responding to the news that French anti-fraud detectives had raided Renault factories, ClientEarth lawyer Alan Andrews said: “If it is true that another car manufacturer has cheated emissions tests, it will be a damaging reputational blow for a car industry that is largely resisting cleaning up dirty diesel. “If...


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2016 Finalists Announced For WTTC Tourism For Tomorrow Awards

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced the 15 Finalists for its 2016 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards in the five categories; Community, Destination, Environment, Innovation and People. The 15 Finalists, which were chosen after a rigorous judging process, showcase the highest level of sustainability practices within the...