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UK Government’s Healthy Eating Guidelines Recommend Sustainable Fish

Following a recent update, the UK government’s official healthy eating guidelines now recommend that consumers choose fish from sustainable sources, including Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified seafood. The EatWell Guide, produced by Public Health England, gives official recommendations on which foods should be eaten for a healthy, balanced diet....


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Renewable Electricity Growth is Strong, But New Government Data Reveal Overall Energy Policy Failure

New statistics released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change today have revealed significant increases in the installation of new renewable electricity capacity, over a period where overall electricity generation fell. Renewable electricity in 2015 made up 24.7% of the overall electricity generated in the UK, a record-breaking...


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Government Figures Show Renewables Breaking New Records and Electricity Bills Coming Down

New official figures released today highlight the record performance of renewable energy over the past year. Renewables are playing a central role in powering Britain’s homes, business and factories – and fuel bills are falling. The data, from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, show that in 2015...


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Govt Says it Won’t Increase VAT on Solar – Friends of the Earth Reaction

Reacting to news that the government will not oppose an amendment to the Finance Bill on Tuesday that would block a VAT increase on solar panels and insulation, Friends of the Earth renewables campaigner Alasdair Cameron said: “This looks like good news – a VAT hike so soon after the...


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Parliamentary Ructions over Government Treatment of Solar Power

Parliamentarians of all parties, in both the Lords and the Commons, are objecting to the government’s treatment of solar power.  Labour has tabled an amendment to the Finance Bill which would prevent a damaging potential VAT rise on domestic solar systems in future, which will be voted on next...


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Low and Zero Carbon Homes Threatened by Government Policies, Report Finds

The Government’s ability to meet EU targets for delivering low carbon homes following the Paris international climate change agreement has been challenged by a new report. The report entitled ‘Future of policy and standards for low and zero carbon homes’, by academics from the University of Westminster and the...


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Scottish Government Must Reduce Carbon Emissions from Air Travel

Responding to the launch today of a consultation on plans to halve air passenger duty (APD) on flights from Scottish airports , Mike Robinson, a Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) board member who sits on the Scottish Government APD stakeholder forum, said: “This is about fairness. This is one of...


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Govt Must Restore Investor Confidence in UK energy sector, Warn MPs – Friends of the Earth reaction

Govt must restore investor confidence in UK energy sector, warn MPs – Friends of the Earth reaction  Responding to a report today (Thursday, 3 March 2016) by a committee of MPs warning that there is increased nervousness among some investors looking at energy projects in the UK, Friends of...


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Outcry at Government Proposal to Drop Solar Thermal from UK Renewables Push

The Government has today published a consultation proposing to end support for solar thermal hot water heating, just as the UK market had started to recover. If the proposals go through the internationally proven technology will be cut out of the Renewable Heat Incentive entirely next year. This is...


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Government Proposes a 98% Fall in the Deployment of One of The Most Cost-Effective Renewable Heat Systems

Significant changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) proposed today by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) pose a 98% and 78% reduction in the deployment of biomass boilers by 2021. If enacted, the Renewable Energy Association (REA) argues that this would collapse an industry that the...


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New NIC Report Emphasises Positive Impacts of Energy Storage, but Government Policy Remains Barrier

A new report released today by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) shows the huge potential for consumer savings by adopting a more flexible and storage-oriented energy system. The REA welcomes the findings that “Smart Power” could save the UK £8 billion a year by 2030, but urges action particularly...


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HSI/UK Welcomes National Wildlife Crime Unit 4 Year Funding from Government

In response to the Government’s announement today that it will fund the National Wildlife Crime Unit for the next four years, Humane Society International/UK has issued the following response: Claire Bass, Executive Director of Humane Society International/UK says “HSI applauds the announcement by Defra and the Home Office today committing...


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Legal Warning Over Government Air Pollution Plans – Friends of the Earth Reaction

Responding to news today that ClientEarth will take the UK government to the High Court over their failure to tackle air pollution, unless they respond with a clear plan of action in the next 10 days, Oliver Hayes, Friends of the Earth clean air campaigner, said “Environment groups should not...


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Zero Waste Scotland Welcomes Bold New Targets on Food Waste and Circular Economy

Zero Waste Scotland today welcomed the launch of a bold new food waste reduction target as part of the Scottish Government’s new Circular Economy Strategy: Making Things Last. EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella joined Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead to announce the launch of the strategy during a visit to...


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New Government Rules Could Hinder Councils’ Long-Term Investment and Damage Savings

The significant progress that has been made in new rules for the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) which requires policies on how funds consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and stewardship is at considerable risk unless remaining concerns relating to the draft regulations are addressed. The industry body...