Northumbrian Water to pay out £1.1m over pollution offences

The financial contributions are expected to go towards environmentally focused work located in and around the areas where the incidents occurred

Air pollution exposure could negatively affect women’s fertility

New research has found women may have an earlier menopause and leave them with fewer years to have children

National Grid confirms pan-European balancing market launch delayed

It said French transmission system operator RTE is ‘experiencing difficulties’ with its implementation of Project TERRE

First of more than 100 solar-powered electric forecourts planned for Essex

It is part of GRIDSERVE’s £1bn UK-wide programme to make EV charging ‘as easy as using petrol stations’

Huge VAT increase for solar and battery storage products

Supplies of coal as a fuel for homes will continue to receive a reduced 5% VAT rate

Biffa guilty of exporting banned waste to China

The waste giant said it ‘strongly contested’ the decision and is considering making an appeal

House of Commons passes net zero carbon emissions bill

The draft order would amend the 2050 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target in the Climate Change Act from at least 80% to 100%

Green bonds surpass $100bn milestone in first half of 2019

Climate Bonds expects the impact of the EU’s Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance will help open the 2020s path toward the first trillion in annual green finance investment

Southern Water faces record £126m penalty over ‘shocking’ sewage failures

The Environment Agency has launched a criminal investigation into the case

Best Buy targets 75% emissions reductions by 2030

The electronics retailer has also pledged to help consumers reduce their emissions by 20% and save $5bn during that period