Not all of UK’s pension funds taking climate risks into account

The Environmental Audit Committee said six out of 25 industry leaders do not formally consider climate change as a strategic danger

Ministry of Justice responds to environmental report

In its original report, the Environmental Audit Committee claimed the department failed to meet its own “unambitious” environmental targets

EU invests €98.2m in going green

The EU is to invest €98.2 million (£86.8m) in 10 projects supporting Europe’s transition to a low carbon, circular economy. The funding covers a wide range of schemes designed to help protect the environment and mitigate against climate change impacts. Additional funding from project partners means the total budget reaches €182.2 million (£161.3m). A €34.2 […]

New funding available for bright environmental ideas

Young people with innovative business ideas, including those to tackle environmental issues, can now apply for support. A new scheme run by the Prince’s Trust and Innovate UK is offering financial assistance and expert coaching to 18 to 30-year-olds able to commit 15 hours a week to their innovation. The partners say funding will be […]

Brexit legislation ‘may breach environmental democracy laws’

Brexit legislation may breach environmental democracy laws because the British public weren’t consulted. That’s according to a UN-backed committee, which is considering a complaint from Friends of the Earth (FoE) that the bill to withdraw from the EU breaches the Aarhus convention requiring public input on changes to green rules. The activism group has said […]

‘UK must transpose EU’s green laws after Brexit’

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) should transpose the EU’s environmental and resource efficiency policies to the UK following Brexit. That’s according to a new report from Green Alliance, which is calling for more than 1,100 pieces of environmental legislation to be replicated. The group claims differing environmental standards would create competitive […]

Committee concerned about environmental laws after Brexit

The UK Government is “worryingly complacent” over how it will enforce environmental regulations after the UK leaves the EU. That’s according to the EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee, which believes upholding environmental standards after Brexit will be hard. It states European institutions such as the Commission and the Court of Justice have had a “strong […]

Value of renewables doubled over four years

The value of renewable energy activities in the UK shot up from £2.2 billion to £4.5 billion between 2010 and 2014. That’s according to revised figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) relating to the UK’s environmental goods and services sector (EGSS) during the period. The numbers show the amount of green products being created and how resources […]

Competition launched to boost green-tech

A competition to help eco-tech developers become verified as green has been launched. The competition is run by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) offering free Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) to successful technology developers. ETV is a tool to help new environmental technologies reach the market. The competition was announced at the All-Energy conference in Glasgow by Scottish […]

Industry hails ‘record breaking’ interest in North Sea

A trade body for the oil and gas sector has welcomed the Government’s announcement for new exploration licences in the North Sea. DECC revealed 167 winners of the 27th oil and gas Licensing Round earlier today, claiming investors’ interest in the North Sea is at “record breaking” levels, with 224 applications received this year. Mike […]