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‘Stop Hinkley’ Campaign writes to new Secretary of State

The Stop Hinkley Campaign has written to the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to ask him to stamp his own mark on energy policy by ditching proposals for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C.   Stop Hinkley Spokesperson Allan Jeffery said: “Now even the financial...


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40 MW Wind Project approved in Dam Nai, Vietnam

Southeast Asia’s leading wind energy developer, The Blue Circle, has received an Investment Certificate from the Vietnamese authorities for its 40 Megawatt (MW) Dam Nai project, in Ninh Thuan province, South Vietnam.   Sixteen months after having been granted site exclusivity from the provincial authorities, the Singapore-based renewable energy...


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Key to Reducing cost of UK Climate Action lies in Scotland’s ‘clusters’

A new study of “clusters” of industrial facilities in Scotland supports recent advice to the UK Government that a focus on delivering shared transport and storage infrastructure can greatly reduce the cost of achieving deep cuts in the UK’s carbon emissions.   The analysis published by Scottish Carbon Capture...


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Vienna Meeting sees Christian Aid’s Encouragement for Tackling Climate Change

Christian Aid has welcomed the commitments made by countries this week in Vienna to reduce the global production and use of climate change causing HFCs, a manmade greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide. Speaking from Vienna, Benson Ireri, Christian Aid’s Senior Policy Officer, was pleased that progress had been...


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CO2 Fingerprint Discovery allows Safe Storage of Greenhouse Gas

Scientists have found an inexpensive way to help monitor the safe storage of carbon dioxide captured from power stations and industrial sources. Their work will help the development of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology, in which CO2 from power stations and industrial sources is held deep underground, to...


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Environment Secretary affirms Scotland’s Commitment following Referendum Result

Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change, Environment and Land Reform, says Scotland will continue to play its full part in contributing to EU-wide environmental policies. Ms Cunningham gave the commitment in a letter to environmental organisations ahead of a meeting on Thursday to discuss the implications of the EU referendum result....


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Solar Survey Respondents Reveal Third of UK Solar Jobs Lost

A third of solar jobs have been lost in the past year and a further 30% of solar businesses are expected to cut staff in the next 12 months. The 238 solar industry firms surveyed said they collectively employed 3,665 people now compared to 5,362 a year ago, a fall...


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Government Misses Air Pollution Report Deadline

The government has failed to report to Parliament on its planned action to address air pollution, ignoring the deadline set by a committee of MPs. In April this year, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Efra), a cross-party parliamentary group which acts as a policy watchdog for Defra,...


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Greenlight Given To Vattenfall For European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre

WWF Scotland have today commented on the Vattenfall announcement of £300million investment in the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), Fabrice Leveque, WWF Scotland climate and energy policy officer, said: “This is very positive news and provides a welcome boost to Scotland’s offshore wind sector. The commitment means millions...


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NHS Could Save £26.4 Million A Year With CHP

A report called Securing Healthy Returns, which analyses the financial value of key sustainability measures in the NHS, has declared that combined heat and power (CHP) provides the biggest energy saving opportunity. This can amount to £26.4 million per year which is enough to fund the salaries of more than...


First EU-IAEA Senior Officials Meeting. Brussels, Belgium, 25 January 2013 by IAEA via Flckr

New Report From European Court Shows Weaknesses In 2020 Targets

Under the Renewable Energy Directive, EU Member States can only use biofuels certified as sustainable to reach their 2020 target of sourcing ten per cent of the energy in transport from renewable sources. Most biofuels placed on the EU market are certified through voluntary schemes recognised by the European...


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Rising Business Uncertainty Post-Referendum

Resolution Foundation responds to the latest labour market statistic showing business uncertainty post-vote to be a major challenge. The UK employment rate reached a new record high of 74.4 per cent in the three months to May, largely off the back of rising self-employment. With employee numbers also showing a...


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Risk Of Animal Experiments To Rise In UK After Brexit

Following Brexit, the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) is concerned that hard-fought EU regulations on animal experiments could be rolled back in the UK. Decades of progress have seen the replacement of outdated animal tests with advanced non-animal techniques. Government figures released today show a rise in the number of...


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EU Emission Targets Don’t Meet Paris Agreement Goals

EU countries’ climate targets are too weak to prevent devastating climate change. According to Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, the Commission missed an important opportunity to scale up EU climate action in today’s proposal by failing to introduce a ratchet-up mechanism to increase targets over time and by refusing...


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House Of Commons Report Confirms The Green Deal Design A Failure

Today’s House of Commons Public Accounts Committee report highlights failures with the design and implementation of household energy efficiency schemes. Rich Twinn, Policy Advisor at the UK Green Building Council, said, “the Public Accounts Committee report makes clear that implementation of the Green Deal was woefully inadequate. The wildly optimistic...