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£1m fund announced for Oxford sustainable transport

Oxfordshire county council has announced a boost to green transport in the county thanks to a £1 million investment through the local sustainable transport fund. The UK government created the sustainable transport fund after the ‘creating growth, cutting carbon’ white paper in 2011, which aimed to cut carbon emissions...


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 16 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. Lessons in sustainability from the city that touches the clouds Sustainable Investment Bootcamp, Edinburgh – review Liz Truss to replace Owen Paterson...


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UK losing £1.7 billion from reusable waste going to landfill – report

A new report highlights the lack of organisation within UK waste management, saying a more circular economy could also bring £2 billion in private investment to Britain. The study by the Green Alliance backed Circular Economy Task Force shows recycling rates only rose 0.2% between 2012 and 2013. Although...


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Drax wins court appeal over coal-to-biomass conversion investment contract

Drax Group has won a High Court battle to overturn the government’s ruling that one of its coal-to-biomass conversion projects was ineligible for a new subsidy scheme. In a surprise decision in April, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced that only one of Drax’s two planned...


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Low carbon and renewables week kicks off at first-of-its-kind international business festival

The International Festival for Business (IFB) seeks to connect businesses around the world and this week hopes to raise awareness on innovation taking place in the low carbon and renewable energy sector. The IFB is a 50-day festival running for seven weeks from the start of June. It is...


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Carbon budgets can be met but policies must be strengthened, advisers warn

The UK can meet its carbon budgets, at an affordable cost, but only if the government strengthens key policies, according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). In a report, the committee acknowledges that progress has been made but urges the government to go further. A progress report from...


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Liz Truss to replace Owen Paterson as environment secretary

Owen Paterson has been sacked as environment secretary as a part of a government reshuffle, with his critics welcoming the move. Paterson has previously been the subject of strong criticism for failing to take climate change seriously, supporting the badger cull and GM crops. Paterson, who became the environment...


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Electric vehicles in UK could reach 5 million with right polices, says National Grid

Government policy and the health of the economy will play a huge role in the uptake of electric cars, a report from the National Grid shows. Strong environmental policy could see the number of electric cars soar to over 5 million in the next two decades it predicts. The...


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National Grid ‘underestimates threat of coal’, says WWF

Environmental group WWF has criticised the National Grid’s Future Energy Scenarios report because it “underestimates threat of coal”. The organisation states that the report assumes that most of the UK’s old and inefficient coal power stations will close down by 2023, instead of choosing to extend their lives by...


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Support for social enterprises as Labour reveals plans for shakeup of public contracts

Some public service contracts could be reserved exclusively for social enterprises under plans from Labour, Chi Onwurrah, shadow cabinet office minister, has announced. Labour say they will “make social enterprises the new innovative frontline of the public sector”, with the hope of promoting socially driven organisations and limiting the grip...


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Britain revealed to have sold sarin gas ingredients to Syria

Chemicals and components that were used to manufacture sarin, a deadly nerve agent, in Syria were sold by Britain, a leaked Foreign Office document obtained by the BBC’s Newsnight has revealed. The documents focus on British companies selling supplies during the 1980s and the government has argued that over...


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National Grid: UK can meet climate and renewable energy targets with the right policies

The UK can meet its decarbonisation targets and successfully go green if the government delivers strong policies, according to a cautious report from the National Grid that acknowledges the uncertainty over our energy future. The report presents four scenarios, each providing very different visions of the UK’s future, but...


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British Gas to spearhead community energy push to put solar on 8,000 roofs

A new community solar partnership worth £60m has been announced between British Gas and a range of social enterprises, with the aim to deliver cleaner, cheaper energy to schools, councils and community buildings across the UK. In the first project of its kind, British Gas has teamed up with...


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DECC offers £1m grant to promote energy saving

Charities and community organisations across the UK have been offered a share of a £1 million government grant, to fund efforts advising consumers about the benefits of saving energy. The government hopes the money will help vulnerable households, struggling to deal with rising energy bills, cut their spending.  From...


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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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