Cleantech bucks bleak economic trend

The cleantech sector is bucking the economic doom and gloom with the majority of business leaders expecting positive prospects over the next year. More than 68% of cleantech businesses expect their revenues to go up in the next 12 months compared with half (52%) of businesses globally. A similar percentage (62%) expects profits to rise […]

Don’t panic over carbon reporting – “embrace it”

Nick Clegg’s plans to make all firms listed on the London Stock Exchange report on their carbon from 2013 have been hailed as “good for the British economy”. The Deputy Prime Minister’s announcement this week came as a surprise to some despite the fact many businesses have been campaigning for it for a while. Privately […]

UK’s “stalled” green economy could slip further

The green economy which David Cameron declared would be crucial in leading the country out of recession has “stalled” and is in danger of slipping further behind, MPs warned today. On the day financial crisis in Europe looked even less likely to clear up with the prospect of Greece exiting the euro firmly on the […]

DECC launch EU ETS red tape consultation

Government has launched a consultation with industry to help cut red tape from the EU Emissions Trading System. The plans intend to replace 13 sets of regulation with just one by January 2013, when the third phase of the ETS begins. This is the first major change proposed to legislation by DECC as a result […]

Government pushes low carbon buildings in new rules

The Government is pushing forward with proposals to cut carbon emissions in new and existing buildings. Its latest consultation on building laws is aimed at ushering in a wave of zero-carbon homes. Communities Minister Andrew Stunell this week announced the consultation on plans to change building regulations. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) […]

Last chance to have say in DECC’s energy Red Tape Challenge

This week is the public’s last chance to get across their views on energy regulations as part of the Government’s blitz on red tape. Energy Minister Charles Hendry launched the energy department’s involvement in the Cabinet Office’s Red Tape Challenge in November last year. It is part of the Government’s bid to cut back on […]

Confusion over red tape challenge

The Government’s red tape challenge for the energy sector got off to a shaky start when an official admitted the CRC can’t be scrapped under its remit. Dr Jeanie Cruickshank, Head of Better Regulation at DECC, was speaking at npower’s Red Tape Challenge briefing in Central London this morning. She admitted scrapping the unpopular scheme […]