Boris Johnson: ‘Future will be clean, green and prosperous’

He said the UK would lead the world in delivering the 2050 net-zero target and promised the UK would be the home of electric cars and planes

Boris Johnson: Britain is leading the world in battery tech

The new prime minister sacked more than half the cabinet, including Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark

Tory leadership debate: Will the environment and net zero emissions be top priorities?

A televised debate saw the five candidates answer various questions from the public

Theresa May to step down as prime minister

She said she is ‘proud’ of the progress made in eliminating plastic waste, tackling climate change and improving air quality

Theresa May outlines green plans and plastic bans

Theresa May has laid out a 25-year plan for reducing waste and tackling climate change. In a landmark speech this morning, the Prime Minister promised to eliminate avoidable plastic waste by 2042 and set up a £7 billion fund for developing innovative alternatives and new recycling techniques. As part of the phase-out, she plans to […]

Claire Perry promoted to cabinet in reshuffle

Climate Change Minister Claire Perry will be a member of cabinet following Theresa May’s reshuffle. Following the promotion, she will attend as Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Mrs Perry has previously worked on delivering the UK’s Clean Growth Strategy to decarbonise energy and heat across the country. […]

Theresa May considers charge on plastic bottles

Theresa May has suggested she is considering introducing a 5p tax on single-use plastic bottles to help clean up the environment. The Prime Minister said the move would be helpful in changing consumer behaviour. A similar levy on carrier bags has resulted in an 83% reduction in the number of single-use plastic bags being used […]

Tidal lagoon supporters go to Downing Street

A letter urging the Prime Minister to approve the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon has been handed in to Downing Street. Organised by local group Love the Lagoon, more than 100 businesses signed the letter backing the £1.3 billion project, which Charles Hendry suggested would offer a “strong contribution” to the UK’s energy supply. The project’s […]

UK to invest £5.8bn in tackling climate change in developing countries

The UK Government has announced it will spend £5.8 billion to help developing countries tackle climate change. Prime Minister David Cameron made the announcement at the UN Assembly in New York where world leaders discussed measures to achieve global targets to fight poverty and take climate action. He said: “We will increase the amount of aid we […]

PM asked to intervene as green policies ‘axed or weakened’

UK green groups are urging the prime minister to intervene following 10 environmental policies being either “cancelled or watered down” in the first three months of the new government. These policies include support for renewable technologies and tax exemptions for low carbon vehicles, which have existed for more than a decade. They also include the part-privatisation of the Green […]