New York announces $567m to help low income households pay off past energy bills

Utilities will be required to provide a one-time credit to customers on low incomes across the state, with the programme expected to benefit more than 327,000 people

Ofwat calls on water firms to support struggling customers

The water regulator has urged companies to deal sensitively with people with money issues

Governmental clean energy spending rose by 50% in Covid recovery

However, developing economies represent just one-tenth of this spending, a new report claims

Government criticised for signing ‘PPE recycling’ contracts

Veolia and Suez have reportedly been awarded contracts that will allow them to ‘incinerate’ unused PPE at their sites

British emissions rose by 4.7% last year

The lifting of lockdown led to higher transport and power station emissions

Scotland sets out plans to introduce charges on single-use coffee cups

A panel of environmental advisers previously suggested a charge of between 20p and 25p – but it was not legislated as work was paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic

BEIS invests £30m in data science

It has increased the number of data scientists employed by more than 450 in the last five years

UK ‘cuts greenhouse gas emissions by nearly a tenth in 2020’

Transport was to blame for almost a quarter of all the UK’s emissions in 2020, official data suggests

Scottish university gives plastic PPE waste a second life!

The waste will be converted into a secondary raw material that will be used for new commercial products

IEA: “Surging electricity demand put world power systems under strain”

Global electricity demand grew by 6% in 2021, the largest percentage rise since 2010, the IEA said