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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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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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‘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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ClientEarth Reaction To IPPR Report

Alan Andrews, Lawyer for ClientEarth, has responded to the IPPR report into air pollution in the midst of ClientEarth’s case against the government over air pollution. Andrews stated: “This report should send a clear message to the UK government that an ambitious and bold Clean Air Act is needed for...


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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...


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Carbon Trust Joins European Offshore Wind Developers To Reduce Costs Of Offshore Wind

A new European phrase of world-leading collaborative development, research and demonstration (R&D) programme – the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) was revealed by The Carbon Trust. This programme is designed to impact the levelised cost of energy (LCoE) from offshore wind and improve efficiency, availability and reduce costs of existing...


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Rates on Solar Rooftop Installations Could Rise Eight Times Next Year

There is a call for intervention by Ministers from the Solar industry to avoid a crippling tax hike. As reported by the Financial Times today, the Solar Trade Association has uncovered that business rates taxes on commercial rooftop solar installations will rise by between six and eight times as...


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Cities Must be Given the Remit to Introduce Low Emission Zones

Today, the independent think thank for liberal conservatism, Bright Blue, has launched a campaign calling for all city council across England to be given the remit to draw up low emission zones in order to reduce air pollution. London will soon introduce an ultra-low emission zone and the Government...


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Rexel agrees UK’s low carbon vision has not ended with Brexit

Fears that the possible Brexit will negatively effect the Government’s commitment to creating a low-carbon economy have been dispelled as leading renewable specialist, Rexel UK welcomes news of the UK’s competitive new carbon reduction target for the early 2030s. In a compelling proposal delivered to Parliament on 30 June...


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Green Alliance Welcome Amber Rudd’s Climate Vision

This morning at the second day of the Business and Climate Summit, Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, discussed the future of climate change in Britain following Brexit. She was positive, stating that UK will remain an international leader in the fight against climate change....


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Greenpeace Respond to Speeches on Britain’s Climate

The UK’s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate has announced Britain’s Climate Change Act will be protected and climate change is still a top priority for the nation despite the results of last week’s EU referendum. Amber Rudd was speaking at the Business and Climate Summit in London...


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IEMA Discuss Britain’s Sustainability Future

Britain’s Leave campaign were announced as victors of the EU referendum this morning. The historic result revealed UK voters had decided to leave the European Union with a 52% majority. Martin Baxter, IEMA’s Chief Policy Advisor, has commented on the environment and sustainability effects of the UK’s decision to...


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National Living Wage Boosts Pay Growth

Labour market statistics have revealed that in the last few months real wage growth has increased and unemployment has dropped. The Resolution Foundation has said that the positive news is due to a surge in pay by the new National Living Wage. The Foundation says that it is encouraging...


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EU Referendum Registration Deadline Extended

The deadline to vote in the EU referendum was originally midnight on Tuesday 7 June, but it has been extended. The decision was made after an enormous number of people tried to access the site on Tuesday evening and the Cabinet Office’s Register to Vote website crashed, leaving around...


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Report Finds Employment Inequalities After “Time Out” Penalty

Resolution Foundation, an independent think tank, has produced a report that highlights differences in employment prospects between disabled people and non-disabled people who have been unemployed for over a year. The publication finds that the odds of a disabled person returning to work after this period of time are reduced...