Government’s actions to tackle climate change ‘falling well-short of what’s needed’

The Committee on Climate Change has warned the government’s policies are still only making sustainable changes at an “incremental” level

MPs launch inquiry into net zero government

It will focus on the sustainability of the government’s estate and procurement processes and what action it needs to take to achieve the 2050 goal

Bulk of UK public say government should offer tax relief for community energy

Around 82% of people think the government should do more to help local communities generate their own energy

Rural renewables get £10m funding boost

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy says the money aims to help countryside communities install clean electricity, cut their bills and reduce emissions

Businesses urge government to set 2050 net zero goal ‘immediately’

The signatories of an open letter cover businesses from various industry sectors including energy, finance, consumer goods, retail, construction, water and communication

Offshore wind turbines
UK launches third Contracts for Difference round

The latest auction will support up to 6GW of new renewable energy, enough to power around 350,000 homes each year

UK environment
UK ‘must establish strong environment framework to support investment’

The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment says this is required to provide certainty and encourage investment

Climate
UK ‘must shift focus of aid strategy towards climate change’

A new report from the International Development Committee suggests climate change needs to be tackled to solve issues such as poverty, conflict, disease and starvation

Pound coins
Renewable Energy Association contests proposed tax hike on low carbon tech

The clean energy organisation has called on HMRC not to increase VAT rates for technologies such as domestic solar, biomass boilers and battery storage

Smart meters
Ofgem launches smart metering costs and price cap allowance consultation

The regulator says it welcomes responses from suppliers and consumer groups, as well as stakeholders and the wider public