Channel 4 to host UK’s first leaders’ debate on climate change

It is awaiting confirmation from Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage for the ‘Emergency on Planet Earth’ debate

‘Only 4% of UK citizens trust politicians to be honest about the environment’

Politicians were the second-least trusted group after celebrities, who were trusted by only 3% of the populace

Labour Party ‘has dropped plans to go net zero by 2030’

It has announced it will instead work towards achieving the goal of carbon neutrality ‘well before 2050’

Boris Johnson: Conservative Party will increase UK’s offshore wind goal to 40GW

The Prime Minister says the party will increase the nation’s 2030 target if they win the upcoming general election

UK’s COP26 President Claire Perry not to seek re-election

She was recently appointed to head the next major UN climate summit which will take place in Glasgow if the UK’s bid is successful

Cabinet reshuffle: Michael Gove appointed Environment Secretary

Michael Gove has returned to the front bench as Environment Secretary. He has taken over Andrea Leadsom’s role, who has now been appointed the new Leader of the House of Commons by Theresa May as part of the Cabinet reshuffle. It comes in the wake of losing her majority in the general election. Mrs May […]

UK energy department ‘should be broken up’

The UK Government should break up the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). That’s the view of Tony Lodge, Research Fellow at Centre for Policy Studies, who believes there is a “huge opportunity to separate electricity and other industry parts away from climate change and emissions”. He said the government should also accept the […]

Guest Blog: Dave Cockshott – Business as usual…but for how long?

For weeks the country has been braced for weeks of uncertainty following the general election, with the potential of hung parliaments, unstable coalitions, and the threat of a second election before the year ended.  The unexpected outcome of a majority Conservative government could mean far greater stability than most predicted: a continuation of policy rather […]

Lord Bourne joins DECC

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth has become the latest addition to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). DECC made the announcement on its twitter account. He joins newly appointed Energy Secretary Amber Rudd and Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom, who replaced Matt Hancock – now the Minister of State at the Cabinet Office. Lord Bourne […]

Guest Blog: Mervyn Bowden – The new energy landscape

I’d be the first to regret the electoral demise of Ed Davey, who I felt had a great handle on the energy brief coming into the election. Having heard Ed speak several times, his grasp of the current energy issues was coherent and practical. Where he fell – and perhaps it was a national party […]