MPs and peers call on Parliament to set net zero emission target

They believe a goal set in law is vital for the nation to meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement

Government offers £500,000 for tech firms to tackle social issues

Areas of focus include reducing plastic pollution, boosting clean growth and developing low carbon mobility

UK plans to wipe-out wet wipes within 25 years

Defra says the product would be among the ‘avoidable plastic waste’ it aims to eliminate as part of its new environmental plans

BEIS appoints law firm to help with heat networks

Womble Bond Dickinson will provide guidance to assist local authorities and other public bodies in developing low carbon infrastructure

Jeremy Corbyn vows energy co-operation post-Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn has vowed the Labour Party would make sure the UK remains part of the EU’s internal energy market (IEM) and the Euratom nuclear co-operation treaty after Brexit. In a speech focussed on the country’s future trading relations, the Leader of the Opposition said continued membership of the IEM is essential to the development […]

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 Government to slash emissions by 32% before 2020

The UK Government plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 32% by 2020, down from a 2010 baseline. It also aims to reduce the number of domestic business flights by at least 30%, reduce the amount of waste going to landfill to less than 10% and slash paper use by at least […]

Government opens consultation on renters’ energy efficiency

The UK Government has opened a consultation on changing the regulations for private rent landlords’ minimum energy efficiency standards. The regulations will govern how 300,000 privately rented homes currently below the minimum energy efficiency standards will be brought up to standard. Landlords will have to pay for improved insulation and other efficiency features such as […]

Canada invests in oil spill cleanup tech

The Canadian Government has invested nearly CAD$1.4 million (£820,000) across two new projects working to develop oil spill cleanup technologies. Through the national Oil Spill Response Science (OSRS) programme, it has provided CAD$991,500 (£578,000) to research and development firm C-CORE, which is working to increase the efficiency of existing mechanical oil recovery systems in the […]

UK Government faces air pollution High Court hearing

A judge has ordered a High Court hearing on the latest challenge against the UK Government’s proposed plans to tackle air pollution. Environmental lawyers ClientEarth said Justice Nicklin has expedited the case over “illegal and harmful” levels of air pollution and will be heard in the High Court before 23rd February 2018. It will be […]