UK MPs launch inquiry into carbon capture and storage

They will examine the government’s commitment to deploying the technology and whether it has a ‘Plan B’ to meet climate targets should the desired cost reductions not materialise

Ministry of Justice ‘failing to meet unambitious green targets’

The Ministry of Justice has failed to meet its own “unambitious” environmental targets in a number of key areas. That includes carbon targets, Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) certification and ultra-low emissions vehicles, according to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC). In a damning report, the EAC states it found “significant gaps and weaknesses” […]

Scotland misses carbon targets for third year running

Scotland has missed its target for slashing greenhouse gas emissions for the third year in a row, new statistics reveal. The latest data published by the Scottish Government shows Scotland missed its legally-binding emissions targets by 2.4 million tonnes equivalent of CO2 in 2012. The emissions target for 2012 was to trim emissions of six […]

UK firms struggling to get green finance

Businesses wishing to invest in green technologies need more help from government to access finance or the country risks missing carbon targets. That’s according to a survey by Siemens Industry and the Energy Institute which found businesses are struggling to get the cash needed to invest in energy efficiency projects. In the new poll of […]

Energy efficiency key to meeting UK’s carbon targets

Energy efficiency needs to be at the heart of UK energy policy for the nation to meet its ambitious carbon target of cutting emissions by 80% by 2050. In a letter to Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker, the head of the trade body for the energy sector has highlighted the need for the […]

Unions want two nuclear plant designs

MPs and two of Britain’s largest trade unions are concerned only one type of design could be picked by nuclear power firms operating in the UK, potentially jeopardising jobs and energy security. The call comes as the nuclear group behind Horizon Nuclear Power is due to announce its chosen reactor design for a new plant […]

Huhne: UK walking the walk on CO2

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne today declared that the UK economy was on track to meet its carbon targets. He launched the Government’s Carbon Plan, which sets out the progress made towards cutting emissions by at least 80% on 1990 levels by 2050. The plan suggests UK emissions have already been cut by more than 25% […]