Budget 2020 – greener than it first appears?

The Budget on 11 March 2020 was overshadowed by the coronavirus crisis so the important energy and climate related announcements it contained have not had as much publicity as they deserve.

Spending Round 2019: Chancellor pledges £60m for air quality and net zero goal

Sajid Javid said leaving the EU provides an opportunity for Britain to set ‘world leading’ environmental standards

Infrastructure chief urges Chancellor to commit to major energy and transport upgrades

National Infrastructure Commission Chair Sir John Armitt is demanding action to meet the UK’s infrastructure challenges, with ‘clear and and lasting’ plans as well as stable funding

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Philip Hammond calls for more action on sustainable global growth

A new release from the UK Government says the Chancellor will talk at the annual IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington over the coming days

Budget 2017: Chancellor considers tax on single-use plastic items

  The UK Government is considering introducing a tax on single-use plastic items, including polystyrene takeaway boxes and bubble wrap. Chancellor Philip Hammond said he will work with Environment Secretary Michael Gove to investigate how the tax system and charges on single-use plastic items can reduce waste. A call for evidence is to be launched […]

Budget ‘must strengthen carbon price and renewables’

The Chancellor should use the imminent Autumn Budget to strengthen carbon pricing and extend subsidies for renewable energy. That’s the suggestion from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, which warns the freeze on the carbon price support rate at £18 per tonne is inconsistent with achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. The group […]

Chancellor ‘must close delivery truck pollution loophole’

The Chancellor could save £126 million and slash pollution by closing a tax loophole encouraging delivery trucks to use red diesel. That’s according to the Dearman Engine Company, which says an estimated 26,000 cold delivery trucks have two engines – one propelling the truck and the second cooling the storage compartment. While main engines are […]

Firms urge Osborne “reconsider zero carbon homes”

More than 200 businesses have urged the Chancellor to reconsider the government’s decision to end the zero carbon homes policy. In the “Fixing the Foundations” plan, George Osborne axed the policy which was designed to ensure all new homes built from 2016 would meet zero carbon standards. Mr Osborne also terminated a sister policy which applied to all […]

Summer Budget 2015: Changes to car tax and Climate Change Levy

  Chancellor George Osborne has announced a change in the structure of tax on new cars from 2017. All new cars will be classed in one of three new bands: zero-emission, standard and premium. Tax will then be paid accordingly with no special rate for the first year. Around three-quarters of all new cars currently […]

Golden Boy Brits would back shale gas – Osborne

Shale gas and nuclear power were the chosen favourites for Chancellor George Osborne in his speech at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham yesterday. The Tory MP conjured up Britain’s engineering history to paint a picture of how the future will be fuelled – arguing in favour of fracking and nuclear. Referencing a statue which stands […]