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 […]

EV projects to catch £40m of government cash

The UK Government is providing a range of innovative electric vehicle (EV) projects with around £40 million of funding. The money, being offered through Innovate UK, will be split across 27 projects involving 66 organisations. Most of these aim to help make EV batteries longer-lasting, cleaner and more powerful, with the ultimate aim of overcoming the […]

Feed-in Tariff scheme to close in April 2019

The Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme is scheduled for closure in April 2019. The announcement comes after the government’s announcement of a new levy framework being introduced to curb costs on bills and provide certainty to investors. FiTs pay people for creating their own sustainable, clean electricity, with extra payments available when they generate more than […]

BEIS Committee presses Greg Clark on helping vulnerable energy customers

The Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has written to Greg Clark to press him on government efforts to help vulnerable energy customers. Rachel Reeves’ letter demands answers on the government’s plans to remove legal barriers to energy suppliers identifying vulnerable customers – Ofgem has said current restrictions on data-sharing mean […]