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Politicians risking much-needed renewable energy investment, says CBI

Populist politics and short-term thinking are risking crucial investment in energy and threatening our ability to reach climate change targets, the UK’s leading business lobby group has warned. On Thursday, the CBI will publish a new poll of over 550 business leaders and 2,300 households that reveals growing concern...


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Plastic bag use in England rises for fourth year running

Campaigners say the government should have acted sooner to stop the increase on plastic bag use with figures showing UK supermarkets gave out 8.3 billion bags in 2013. Wrap is a not for profit company set up to encourage resource efficiency in the UK. They published data on Tuesday,...


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Carney: Bank of England taking steps to avoid ‘mortgage risks’ and increased ‘indebtedness’

The Bank of England (BoE) governor Mark Carney has expressed steps the bank will take in order to prevent another mortgage crisis. Giving evidence to the treasury select committee, Carney said in some cases high ratio mortgages were necessary, especially for first time buyers, who’s wages were developing. He...


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Scotland could become base for UK spaceport, as today marks anniversary for Apollo 11 mission

Government plans for the UK’s first dedicated base for space planes includes Scotland as its primary location – as today marks the anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, where man first touched down on the Moon. According to the plans, the commercial and industrial spaceport  would be completed by...


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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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