Vattenfall to buy power from ‘largest’ Dutch onshore wind farm

The 220 existing turbines at the Zeewolde wind farm will be replaced by 91 ‘larger and more powerful’ ones

Sheep and lamb in snow
Extreme weather leaves Scottish farmers with £161m bill

A new report suggests an exceptionally hot summer and an unusually cold winter negatively affected livestock and crop yields

Picture of sheep in Welsh farm.
Tougher rules for Welsh farmers to tackle water pollution

They will be introduced next spring and will come into force in January 2020

Water restrictions likely next spring if winter rainfall is below average

A delay in refilling groundwater aquifers could increase the risk of drought in the east and south east of England in 2019

Welsh farmers offered £6m to tackle agricultural pollution

The Sustainable Production Grant scheme will open on 3rd September

UK confirms £540k boost to reward farmers for environmental outcomes

It is the first agri-environment scheme to be directly funded by the UK

UK clean air strategy proposes to ban polluting wood burners

The new proposals are estimated to reduce the costs of air pollution by £1bn every year by 2020

New rules for farmers to prevent water pollution

New requirements for farmers in England to improve and protect the quality of water have come into force. Under the rules, it is mandatory for all farmers to maintain good practice to prevent water pollution incidents. Farming-related pollution incidents can harm wildlife in rivers and seas, impact the economy and result in higher bills from […]

EU approves Italy’s €4.7bn public support for biofuels

Italy’s plans to provide €4.7 billion (£4.2bn) of public support for advanced biomethane and biofuels have been approved by the European Commission. The scheme, which will run until 2022, supports the production and distribution of second and third-generation biofuels for use in transport. Under the project, producers of advanced biomethane and biofuels receive a premium […]

Gove pledges streamlined support for farmers to protect environment

The government has pledged to streamline support for farmers to protect wildlife, enhance the environment and improve land use as the UK leaves the EU. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the current system of farm support under the EU’s “burdensome” Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is “inefficient, ineffective, inequitable and environmentally harmful”. The CAP sustains the […]