Greg Clark: UK needs clean energy ‘upgrade’

The UK needs an infrastructure upgrade that is resilient and supports clean energy. That’s the view of Greg Clark, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary, who was addressing the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham this morning. He believes Britain has low carbon energy systems “that lead the world” but also a “failure of successive governments […]

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom to stand for Tory leadership

Energy and Climate Change Minister Andrea Leadsom has joined the race to become the next leader of the Conservative Party. The MP for South Northamptonshire declared she wants to “make the most of the Brexit opportunities” in a post on social media. Ms Leadsom, who campaigned to leave the EU, rose to the fore after […]

Tories’ manifesto ‘recipe for higher energy bills’

The pledges made by the Conservative Party on energy could lead to higher energy bills. That’s the view of environmental group Greenpeace, which claims scrapping support for onshore wind will lead to investment in more expensive sources of green energy. Doug Parr, Greenpeace UK’s Chief Scientist said: “The Tory manifesto pledge on energy is a […]

Tories vow continued support for fracking

The Conservative Party said it would continue supporting the “safe development” of shale gas and the North Sea oil and gas industry. Under Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans, his party will ensure local communities share the proceeds through “generous” community benefit packages. A Sovereign Wealth Fund would be created for the North of England so […]

Coalition parties have ‘missed opportunities’ on climate change says FoE

Friends of the Earth believes the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties have both “missed great opportunities” on climate change since they formed their coalition government. In a review of the government’s performance so far, FoE’s head of climate Mike Childs said that the Lib Dems should have stuck to their pre-election target of a 42% […]