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UK government launches plan to tackle fuel poverty

In an attempt to tackle the wide bearing issue of fuel poverty, the government has announced legislature to upgrade coldest homes to lower energy bills for the UK’s poorest. Low income households will now receive support to improve heat insulation. Within practicality, the government will improve as many houses...


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Royal Mail shares slump after decline in parcel revenues

Recently privatised Royal Mail has seen a serious fall in share prices after renewed fears of declining parcel delivery revenues resurface. Privatised last year in October, Royal Mail now faces a 4% decline in share pricing, at 447p per share, compared to 455p when it began trading as a...


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Pensioners to receive free and impartial guidance, government says

The government has confirmed that independent organisations, rather than pension schemes and providers, will provide the guaranteed guidance for all retirees announced in this year’s budget. The changes are part of plans to give pensioners more flexibility whilst encouraging people to save and think about the long term. In...


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Government commits to fourth carbon budget in boost for renewable energy investors

The UK government has announced today that its fourth carbon budget – which sets emission reduction targets in the mid 2020s – will remain unchanged despite pressure to the weaken the measures. The UK has in place a number of targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, building towards the...


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Multi-million pound boost for British food industry as public sector told to buy local

The government has announced a new and improved food and drink buying standard, which means from 2017 central government will commit to buying local produce. Overall, up to £400 million could be spent on food and drink sourced from the UK. Currently, government, hospitals, schools and other public sector...


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High levels of pollution in Scotland’s streets show air quality targets will be missed

Air pollution in many busy Scottish streets is on track to break legal air quality limits this year, new figures from Friends of the Earth (FoE) Scotland have revealed. The figures build on recent predictions from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) that show Scotland is...


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£10m fund to reduce energy demand announced

The government has announced a fund with a budget of £20 million to help organisations and businesses in the UK reduce their carbon footprint. In a talk at the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) energy conference yesterday, energy and climate change secretary, Ed Davey announced details of a £10...


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Boost for clean energy as Sussex offshore wind farm gets go-ahead

The UK government has announced consent for a 175 turbine offshore wind farm about 13km off the coast of Sussex. The Rampion wind farm is expected to create over 750 jobs and marks a significant contribution to the renewable energy market, with the site having the potential to generate...


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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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