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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...


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New Government Praised For A Solid Start On Climate Change

Christian Aid today notes the work done by the new Government as the Fifth Carbon Budget passed both Houses or Parliament just less than a week after the new Prime Minister was appointed. Responding to the successful passage of the budget through Parliament, Christian Aid’s Principal Climate Change Adviser Dr...


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Brexit Presents Energy Opportunities For Britain

The creation of new departments and sectors are said to represent new openings for Britain. The fabrication of a new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and the absorption of the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) into it, represents an ‘industrial, economic and technological opportunity’ for Britain,...


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Tax Could Take Falling Of £150 Million A Week

The Resolution Foundation (RF) says any post-Brexit downturn needs active fiscal and monetary policies to alleviate large impact. The IMF’s revised outlook for GDP growth in the UK would mean the tax falling of around £150m a week, presenting a huge challenge to the new Chancellor, the Resolution Foundation...


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1 Million UK Jobs Threatened After Complete Leadership Vacuum Post-Brexit

The UK financial services sector is yet to see a strong and able leader post-Brexit, causing UK sector competitiveness and threatened jobs, says Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). In The Review, the CISI’s quarterly member magazine, the CISI notes that for three weeks since the EU referendum on...


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NFU’s Complaint of ‘Fake’ Farm Branding Causes Response From Chief Executive

The Soil Association respond to the recent complaint claiming the use of fake farm names and misleading branding in the industry. A comment from chief executive, Helen Browning, on the NFU’s complaint over ‘fake’ farm branding follows, “The Soil Association strongly supports the NFU’s complaint over ‘fake’ farm branding. We...


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‘Breakaway Unit’ Needed For Social Enterprise And Social Investment SEUK Says

Minister Rob Wilson has been moved from the Cabinet Office to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK has responded to this decision. Holbrook said: “Social enterprises are businesses and need to be recognised as such by Government. We would...


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Earnings For Millennials Fall £8,000 During Their 20s Due To ‘Generational Pay Penalty’

Theresa May has highlighted the intergenerational inequality and has warned of Britain’s longstanding promise of ‘generational pay progress’ which could result in a ‘pay penalty’ for millennials, who are at risk of being the first generation to earn less than their predecessors over the course of their working lives. This...


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£44k Extra Rent Paid by Millennials Compared to Baby Boomers by Age 30

According to the Resolution Foundation, fewer home owners and rising costs in the private rental sector mean that millennials will have spent £44,0000 more in rent by the time they reach 30 compared to baby boomers. The analysis, published ahead of the launch of the Resolution Foundation’s flagship Intergenerational Commission...


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Energy And Climate Intelligence Unit Comment On Reshuffle

Richard Black, Director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) commented on the excellent appointment of Greg Clark as Secretary of State for Business. Black said “Greg Clark is an excellent appointment. He understands climate change, and has written influential papers on the benefits of Britain developing a low-carbon...


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Public Good Promised Are Not Being Delivered By CAP

The reformed CAP for 2014-2020 is missing clear tools to guide and direct investments towards sustainable agriculture. The majority of resources available are limited to supporting individual farm practices and they do not promote a comprehensive transition towards sustainable agriculture. Although the so-called “greening” measures are a step in the right...


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Solar Trade Association Give Thoughts On Recent Changes In Government

As part of Theresa May’s new government, Greg Clark has been appointed Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Paul Barwell, CEO of the Solar Trade Association, commented: “We’re pleased to welcome Greg Clark as the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and...


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Renewable Energy Must be at Forefront of UK Infrastructure Plans

Chief Executive of RenewableUK, Hugh McNeal, has responded to the recent creation of the new Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The new department will be headed by Greg Clark MP who is now Secretary of State. Hugh McNeal said: “We’re looking forward to working supportively with Mr...


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Bottom-Up Approach Better Than Top-Down In Banking Culture New Report Suggests

A report recently published by NEST indicates that firms who rely on the mantra of “Tone from the Top” may not be achieving optimum results in terms of embedding the desired culture in their firms. The research, revealed at a CISI seminar this week, points to the need for engagement by...