Green GB Week to highlight clean growth opportunities

It will be launched on 15th October 2018

UKIP pledges to withdraw from Paris deal, repeal Climate Change Act

The UK Independent Party (UKIP) has vowed to withdraw from the Paris agreement and repeal the Climate Change Act if it wins the general election. It believes the Act, which it claims will cost the UK around £319 million, “has no basis in science” and its aim of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by […]

Finland ‘commits to 80% emissions cut by 2050’

Finland has reportedly adopted the nation’s first Climate Change Act, with a legally binding target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050. The new law extends the country’s existing emissions target for 2020 and includes a long-term plan showing how it aims to decarbonise its economy. Finland’s Environment Minister is reported […]

Including aviation and shipping in Climate Act a ‘no-brainer’

The UK Government should include aviation and shipping in the Climate Change Act as it is a “no-brainer”. That’s the view of environmental group WWF, commenting after the Energy and Climate Change Committee warned the Government that the exclusion would not help avoid global temperature rises of 2°C. The Committee said this could “water down” […]

MPs warn aviation and shipping should be in Climate Act

UK MPs have warned the Government that excluding aviation and shipping from the Climate Change Act would “water down” the country’s 2050 target. The Energy and Climate Change Committee has written to the Economic Secretary to the Treasury Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin and the Energy and Climate Change Minister […]

Climate Committee warns more gas would breach law

The UK Government has been warned it will breach the Climate Change Act if it goes ahead with plans for more investment in gas. The concern from the Climate Change Committee (CCC) follows Chancellor George Osborne’s declaration earlier this year that gas will be the UK’s number one energy source while last week he gave […]

Government’s claim to be the greenest is an “empty boast”

The claim to be the greenest Government ever looks like an “increasingly empty boast”, according to WWF. Their comments come as a report by the Committee on Climate Change showed concerns about the UK’s challenge to meet its carbon targets. Keith Allott, Head of Climate Change at WWF-UK said the Government risks letting the Climate […]

New Green Deal insulation plans “would take 100 years”

Lobbyists are claiming it would take 100 years to put insulation into all the UK’s homes under the Government’s new plans for its scheme to boost home energy efficiency measures. Today DECC released its updated plans for the Green Deal including a new impact assessment which estimates how many jobs it will create and how […]

No reason why shipping and airlines ‘should not be taxed on carbon’

International shipping and airlines should be officially included in emissions laws, suggests a new report out today from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the Government’s independent climate advisers. At the moment, rules which govern carbon emissions don’t include the two industries. When the Climate Change Act became law in 2008, these were initially left out […]

Overhaul to heating needed to meet 2050 targets

The UK will miss its CO2 emissions target for 2050 unless the way buildings are heated is fundamentally changed. This is according to a new report published by the Royal Academy of Engineering, which says the 80% cut in emissions set by the 2008 Climate Change Act will be missed. The report, ‘Heat: degrees of […]