MPs launch inquiry into sustainable seas

The Environmental Audit Committee is seeking views on topics, including the forms of pollution and climate change impacts

MPs concerned about increasing Brexit-related work for Defra

Environment Secretary Michael Gove told the Environmental Audit Committee longer term work streams for his department could increase from 43 to 70 triggered by Brexit

Letter penned to government demanding green goal answers

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has written to the Cabinet Office Minister calling for the government to include the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in departmental plans. Mary Creagh MP wrote to David Lidington MP to ask why only two departments mentioned the SDGs in their Single Departmental Plans (SDPs) – these were the Department for […]

UK ‘needs a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles’

The UK needs to introduce a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles to boost the recycling rate to 90%. That’s according to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), which has called on the government to implement a number of measures to reduce waste. Other suggestions include making it a legal requirement to provide free drinking water […]

MPs concerned about UK green bank’s proposed sale

MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) have raised concerns about the proposed sale of the Green Investment Bank to an Australian bank. They have sent a letter to Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary Greg Clark, seeking assurances as to how ministers intend to ensure any future sale guarantees the green purposes of the […]

Government to be questioned on GIB privatisation

The government is going to be questioned on the privatisation of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) tomorrow. It is the second evidence session by the Environmental Audit Committee into the bank’s future. It follows the government’s announcement to part-privatise it and comes after laws governing the bank’s green purposes were cancelled. The Committee will hear from the […]

UK MPs call for urgent action on deadly air pollution

Building new schools, hospitals and care homes next to air pollution hotspots should be banned, according to MPs. The Environmental Audit Committee has warned air pollution is a “public health crisis” and is causing nearly as many deaths as smoking. Its report suggests young people face suffering lung damage as a result of nitrogen dioxide […]

Who has the energy to tackle bad air?

Energy Bill has extensive experience working for suppliers, TPIs and other energy companies. Still employed in the industry, he writes exclusively for ELN on the energy issues of the day. Asthma did for my sports career. That’s what I tell myself. It couldn’t have been down to a lack of talent. After all, I have […]

Fallon: Uncertainty …What uncertainty?

Energy Minister Michael Fallon yesterday denied that investors in energy sector had been left in dark over long term government policy . When asked by Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee whether the government had provided as much certainty as possible, he responded firmly: “Yes. I think obviously if you’re undertaking a major revision of the energy […]

MPs say green levies WON’T increase bills in longer term

MPs have told the Government green levies won’t increase energy bills in the long term, undercutting pledges from Prime Minister David Cameron on the issue. The Prime Minister has repeated his resolve to “roll back” green levies and changes to these are expected in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on Thursday (5 December). But Joan Walley MP, […]