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Community Energy Sector Rejects Treasury Closure of Tax Reliefs

The Government Legal Department has responded to Community Energy England’s pre-action letter about the removal of tax relief from community energy enterprises. HM Treasury concedes that it gave only five weeks’ notice of the change, and not the six months which it had promised in the Budget. Government lawyers contend...


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Scotland National Park Byelaws

300 camping places to co-incide with new byelaws. Investment in improving the quality and number of camping places in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs will accompany new seasonal byelaws being introduced in environmentally sensitive areas covering 3.7 per cent of Scotland’s first National Park. Environment Minister Aileen McLeod has approved...


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Closure of UK Coal and Nuclear Plants to Create Electricity Supply Gap of Up To 55% by 2025

New report: closure of UK coal and nuclear plants to create electricity supply gap of up to 55% by 2025 UK has neither the time, resources nor enough people with the right skills to build sufficient gas-fired or nuclear power stations to plug the gap Greater reliance on interconnectors...


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Better Regulation Could See House Building and CO2 Reductions Go Hand in Hand

The scrapping of the Zero Carbon Homes policy in July 2015 has left a policy vacuum that urgently needs filling, says the Solar Trade Association. The solar trade body has submitted its response to the government’s ‘Cutting red tape review of house building’, calling for the government to set out...


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Cleantech Group Unveils the 2015 Global Cleantech 100 List

Cleantech Group, whose mission is to connect corporates and investors to sustainable innovation through the online i3 Connect platform and its world-renowned global events series, today released its seventh annual Global Cleantech 100 list and report. The list recognizes the 100 innovative private companies, regarded today as the most likely...


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Hinkley Point C Will Add 80% to The UK Radioactive Waste Stockpile

As press reports suggest that EDF may take a final investment decision on the Hinkley Point C proposals on Wednesday this week, the Stop Hinkley Campaign has released a new briefing on the huge impact the Somerset reactors would have on the UK’s radioactive waste stockpile. The proposed Hinkley...


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Danube Water Quality: Little Improvement Due to “Lack of Ambition” in Management Plans, Say EU Auditors

There has been little improvement in water quality along the Danube, despite countries in the river basin   implementing the EU Water Framework Directive since 2004, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors.  The auditors highlight “lack of ambition” in the countries’ plans as the main...


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Hazardous Chemicals Found in Many Outdoor Clothing Brands

Hazardous and persistent chemicals, dangerous to human health and the environment, have been found in the products of leading outdoor brands. Brands like The North Face, Patagonia, Mammut, Columbia and Haglofs keep using PFCs to make their gear waterproof despite their claims of sustainability and love for nature, a...


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MEPs Back Responsible Investment And Consideration Of Environmental Risks In Pensions

In November a group of civil society organisations wrote to MEPs calling on them to vote in favour of measures on Responsible Investment and transparency in the revision of the IORPs (Institutions for Occupational Retirement) Directive. Yesterday MEPs voted in favour of mandating consideration of environmental risks in pension...


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Thai Communities Appeal Xayaburi Lawsuit Verdict at Supreme Administrative Court

Lawyers for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the Xayaburi Dam’s Power Purchase Agreement, filed an appeal today with Thailand’s Supreme Administrative Court to reverse the ruling by the Administrative Court, who dismissed the case on December 25, 2015. The appeal asks that the Supreme Court order the lower...


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Noble Foods, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Coop Group (Switzerland) Lead Global Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare

Noble Foods, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Coop Group (Switzerland) have attained the highest marks in the global Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare report, published tomorrow. Now in its fourth year, the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) provides an annual review of how 90 of the world’s...


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Slave Labour and Unethical Practices are Driving Half of Top Career Movers Away from Employers

Generation Sustainability “S” job candidates are refusing to work for unethical employers. With the spotlight on sustainability and environmental issues following the recent Paris climate talks, prime job candidates are now much more selective about the employers they choose to work for. Over half of “Generation S” candidates would refuse to...


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Natural Capital and Traditional Nature Conservation Approaches Should Work Together in the UK

A new government approach is needed to reverse the continuing decline of the UK’s natural environment, says a new report by think tank Green Alliance. Nature conservation and the more recently developed natural capital thinking both offer ways to tackle issues such as species decline and soil degradation. Until now, they...


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RSPB and Ecotricity to Build New Wind Turbine in Green Energy Partnership

RSPB and Ecotricity, Britain’s leading green energy company, will install a wind turbine at the nature conservation charity’s headquarters over the next few weeks. Work begins in Sandy, Bedfordshire on Monday 25 January, and the 100 metre tall wind turbine will generate around two million units of green energy every...


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Haringey Pension Fund Divests From Coal, Invests £200M In Low-Carbon Fund

A ground-breaking pledge to invest one third of Haringey Council’s equity funds into a Low Carbon Fund was agreed by the council’s Pensions Committee last week. The innovative approach will mean that the council will have no investments in coal industries anywhere in the world, and also comes with an agreement...