MPs launch inquiry into nuclear waste disposal

They will examine the draft National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure’s objective and scope of the guidance for those considering applications

MPs launch inquiry into sustainable seas

The Environmental Audit Committee is seeking views on topics, including the forms of pollution and climate change impacts

MPs concerned about increasing Brexit-related work for Defra

Environment Secretary Michael Gove told the Environmental Audit Committee longer term work streams for his department could increase from 43 to 70 triggered by Brexit

UK Government accused of treating air quality as ‘box-ticking exercise’

A joint report from four committees says the government has failed to protect the public from “poisonous air”, with 40,000 early deaths costing the UK £20 billion annually

MPs join campaign to boost engineering jobs

More than 30 MPs have joined a campaign to inspire the next generation of engineers. The politicians have pledged to support the Year of Engineering, which aims to get young people across the UK into the industry and tackle a major skills gap. The move will see government work with hundreds of industry partners to […]

Nearly 200 MPs demand energy price cap from Theresa May

Theresa May is being urged to implement an energy price cap by a cross-party group of MPs. Nearly 80 Tory MPs and 116 Labour, SNP and Green Party members have written a letter to the Prime Minister and Energy Secretary Greg Clark demanding the move, in a bid to protect consumers on standard variable tariffs. […]

Parliamentary pensions come under divestment pressure

Parliamentary support for divestment grows as 50 MPs call for a fossil free pension fund. In recent weeks, representatives from the UK’s major political parties have demanded the £612 million Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund (PCPF) “uphold its fiduciary duty and take the financial risks of climate change seriously” by disclosing and limiting its investments in fossil fuels. The Divestment group Fossil […]

Government ‘not working domestically to deliver sustainable development goals’

The UK Government seems more concerned with promoting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals abroad than working with businesses domestically to meet the targets. That’s according to a group of MPs, who believe the government’s “doughnut-shaped approach” – which is to see the goals as something for the UK to help other countries do, rather than […]

MPs: All energy tech should compete in single auction for low cost power

The UK Government should allow all technologies to compete in a single, “technology-neutral” auction to supply electricity at the lowest possible cost to consumers. That’s the suggestion from the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee (EAC), which believes consumers may be paying “unnecessarily high costs” to meet the UK’s interim carbon budget targets. The carbon […]

MPs criticise UK Government over Heathrow air quality

The UK Government is being criticised for “still not doing enough” to show it can mitigate the environmental impacts of the planned new runway at Heathrow Airport. MPs on the cross party Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) say they have seen “little evidence so far of the step change” in the government’s approach to environmental mitigation […]