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 […]

Cameron defends his green record

Prime Minister David Cameron hit back on the radio this morning regarding his lack of concern for energy. He said his government had “a very strong green record” and the Conservative party had grown the economy but cut carbon emissions. Mr Cameron said the party had “set up the world’s first green investment bank”, which has “billions of […]

‘Critical stage’ for UK-Norway electricity link

Plans to build an interconnector between the UK and Norway are entering a “critical stage” which needs favourable policy decisions. That’s the view of National Grid which has been working with Norwegian firm Statnett for the past five years in developing the 700km electricity link – which will be the longest interconnector in the world. […]

Solar park approved in David Cameron’s backyard

A solar plant in Prime Minister David Cameron’s constituency has bagged planning approval. Energy firm Solarcentury announced the consent from local councillors to build a 13.4 MWp solar park near Eynsham, Oxfordshire. The solar park will generate enough clean solar electricity to power the equivalent of around 4,000 homes once connected to the grid. Frans […]

David Cameron dodges question on green levies for the chop

Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday dodged questions about which green levies he has in his sights. On Wednesday during Prime Minister’s Questions he declared it was time to “roll back” green levies and taxes on energy bills. These are recycled to pay for renewable power sources and energy efficiency subsidies. Probed on the issue yesterday, […]