Iceland effectively bans heavy fuel oil in shipping sector to curb emissions

The new regulation will restrict exhaust emissions containing high levels of sulphur from being burned by ships in the nation’s territorial waters

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Energy customers miss out on £5.1m compensation from network operators

A new report by Citizens Advice suggests many customers miss out on payment because they forget to apply or are unaware

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Regulatory changes ‘could mean renewable revenues are slashed’

SmartestEnergy suggests Ofgem’s proposed embedded benefit cuts and the Targeted Charging Review could mean renewable projects lose up to £15 per MWh

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Tougher rules for Welsh farmers to tackle water pollution

They will be introduced next spring and will come into force in January 2020

Scott Pruitt’s EPA outlines energy reforms

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said there are multiple ways to protect the environment and safeguard public health while pursuing economic growth and energy independence. In a new report, Administrator Scott Pruitt identifies a number of key initiatives to advance these goals and reduce “unnecessary regulatory burdens” on the development and use of […]

Ofgem invites firms to trial new business models

Ofgem is inviting firms to trial new business models and products that cannot currently operate under existing regulations. It has launched the second window of the “regulatory sandbox” for businesses looking to introduce innovative or significantly different propositions to the energy sector. To be eligible, businesses must offer innovation that benefits consumers and demonstrate what […]

Ofgem seeks ideas to simplify regulations

Ofgem is inviting new ideas to help it simplify, clarify and make its regulations work better. It has launched a consultation for its ‘Simplification Plan 2016-17’ which aims to reduce burdens and allow it to become more consistent, transparent and targeted in its work. The regulator has a legal duty to review its activities and […]

Slashing green tape ‘can save businesses £1.5bn’

Businesses could save as much as £1.5 billion over five years – or £300 million every year – through reforms to environmental legislation, a new report reveals. The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) published 336 reform proposals – including improving 428 regulations – that cover sectors including environment, water, marine and […]

New Ofgem rules to cut energy bills ‘backfire’

New Ofgem rules intended to cut energy bills will leave some SSE customers out of pocket as the supplier plans to scrap its cheaper tariffs, it has been revealed. Regulations imposed by Ofgem’s Retail Market Review limit energy suppliers to offering four different tariffs and were meant to reduce bills by forcing suppliers to put […]

DECC seeks views on proposed EU ETS penalty changes

The UK Government is seeking views on the proposed changes to regulations on simplifying the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) penalties for businesses. The ETS was introduced in 2005 to help the EU meet its obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 8% below the 1990 level under the Kyoto Protocol – the first global […]