Green light for Electric Vehicles Bill in Parliament

Government will be granted new powers to kick-start the rollout of EV chargers across the UK

Energy price cap to become law this winter

It has passed through Parliament and is expected to protect millions of consumers from increases in tariffs

UK to ratify international agreement to reduce air pollution

The amended Gothenburg Protocol sets ambitious international targets, including new national emission reduction commitments to be met by 2020 and beyond

UK Parliament crackdown on plastic waste

A 25p charge will be added to hot drinks served in single-use cups as part of a trial

New combustion plant emissions controls passed by Parliament

Restrictions on air pollution from combustion plants and generators have been passed by Parliament this week. Unregulated medium sized combustion plants (MCPs) and generators, commonly used to heat hospitals, hotels, offices, prisons and other large buildings as well as power some industries, are currently a significant source of pollution. The new rules are expected to […]

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 […]

Lights out at UK Parliament and Big Ben for Earth Hour

The UK Houses of Parliament and Big Ben will be plunged into darkness today as part of a global environmental campaign. They will join thousands of landmarks across London and the world, including the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building, in a global gesture of solidarity in the fight against climate change. WWF’s Earth […]

MPs launch campaign to divest pension fund from fossil fuels

A cross-party group of MPs are calling for the Parliamentary Pension Fund to be divested from fossil fuels. They have launched the ‘Divest Parliament’ campaign alongside environmental group 350.org, asking for greater transparency on the Parliamentary Pension Fund’s £589 million investments and demanding a commitment to divest from fossil fuels to tackle climate change. They add […]

Pakistan’s Parliament world’s first to run on solar

The Parliament of Pakistan has become the first in the world to be powered solely by solar energy. Officially termed the Majlis-e-Shoora, the nation’s seat of government in Islamabad has installed a rooftop solar array. It has so far generated 80MW of electricity, out of which 62MW is used to power the Parliament House and […]

Corbyn critisises Tory’s record on renewables

The gap between Britain’s current share of renewables and its 2020 target is the biggest in the European Union. That’s according to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who challenged the Prime Minister on the government’s renewable energy record. Mr Cameron said: “We spent record sums helping developing countries to go green and in the next five years we are […]