Environment Minister Therese Coffey steps down temporarily

MP for Macclesfield David Rutley is taking over her role as she recovers from a “period of illness”

Thames Water boosts bills to pay for “super sewer”

Thames Water could boost its bills by as much as £80 a year to pay for a four billion pound super sewer in London. The water provider which operates 66,500 miles of sewer is said to have warned its wastewater customers – it has around 14 million of these – by leaflets about the rise. […]

Canada ‘to miss emissions target by a fifth’

Canada is likely to miss its emissions target by a fifth, its Environment Minister is said to have announced yesterday. The North American nation was one of the countries seen to be obstructing agreements at the COP 17 summit in Durban earlier this year. The country’s yearly greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 will be 19% […]

Ofgem advice translated to Welsh

Ofgem’s customer advice has been translated into Welsh to help more customers switch energy supplier to get cheaper bills. The Welsh language version of an on-line consumer awareness campaign called the Energy Best Deal was launched today byEnvironment Minister for Wales John Griffiths. Earlier this year, the energy regulator’s Retail Market Review showed that energy […]

Water companies pick up tab for private sewers

Private sewers in England and Wales will change hands from householders to water companies under a new overhaul of regulations drawn up by the Government. Drains and sewers that run under people’s property or gardens and connect to the public sewer system will be run by companies from 1 October 2011. It is estimated that […]

London narrowly avoids EU air quality fine

London has narrowly avoided a huge fine for breaching EU rules on air pollution. A letter from the European Commission, released by Defra through a Freedom of Information request, revealed the near miss.Campaigners worry the UK could still have to pay millions if London fails air quality levels again. EU laws restrict two types of […]