Ministerial cars to go electric?

Government ministers could be whizzing around Westminster in electric cars if rumours are to be believed. Members of the Cabinet are keen to set an example for the rest of the public sector, an unnamed Whitehall source told the Evening Standard. The source said: “Why shouldn’t the ministerial car fleet become one of the first […]

Bulgaria government resigns after energy price riots

The entire Bulgarian Cabinet is resigning in the wake of huge riots partly sparked by high electricity prices. Violence spread through the East European country after power price rises of 13% last year and more austerity measures linked to the Eurozone crisis. Video footage shows crowds chanting, waving Bulgarian national flags and throwing flares when […]

Union ‘confident’ nuclear waste facility will go through

Unions across the country are “disappointed” with Cumbria Council’s decision against building a nuclear waste facility in the area but some are “confident” it will go through. The response follows a no-vote from the County Council Cabinet members on Wednesday as they withdrew from the process of finding a host community to build a £12 […]

New Energy Minister adopts “balanced” energy mix refrain

Newly appointed Energy Minister John Hayes has adopted his predecessor’s refrain of a “balanced” energy mix in his first statement since coming into the role late yesterday. Replacing Charles Hendry in the Prime Minister’s Cabinet reshuffle, the Tory MP declared it was “crucial time both for our energy security and for tackling climate change”. In […]

Owen Paterson takes over as Environment Secretary

Owen Paterson will become Environment Secretary after the Prime Minister’s Cabinet reshuffle today. The former Northern Ireland Secretary and conservative MP  takes over from fellow Tory Caroline Spelman and will become responsible for a budget of more than £2billion at the Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs. He voted moderately for policies to stop climate […]

Full steam ahead, says new energy secretary

It’s full steam ahead for “green growth and green jobs,” according to DECC’s new Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey. On his first official visit as a Cabinet member, Mr Davey joined Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at a testing site for sustainable homes where he met graduates considering green construction jobs. Mr Davey […]

Chancellor puts UK economy before cutting emissions

Britain’s businesses must not be jeopardised by the country’s low carbon commitments, Chancellor George Osborne has suggested. In a speech to the Conservative Party conference yesterday, the Chancellor gave the strongest signal yet that the economy would be prioritised over cutting emissions. At first conceding that “we must have investment in greener energy. And that’s […]