New energy tech ‘could get UK halfway to 2030 emissions targets’

The country has committed to cut carbon by a fifth across the healthcare, industry and hospitality sectors

Scotland sets sight on 90% emissions reduction by 2050

The target will be legally binding, subject to the consent of the Scottish Parliament

Ministry of Justice responds to environmental report

In its original report, the Environmental Audit Committee claimed the department failed to meet its own “unambitious” environmental targets

Target aims for 100% renewable energy

US retailer Target aims to source 100% renewable energy for its domestic operations. It is part of its wider climate policy, which includes reducing emissions from its facilities by 25% by 2025 by ramping up its use of solar and wind power. It also aims to increase the energy efficiency of heating and lighting in […]

China slashes sulphur emissions by 11%

China has cut its sulphur dioxide emissions by 11% between 2006 and 2010. That’s according to a new report from the Grantham Institute, which shows this result exceeds the nation’s plan of a 10% reduction, helping to improve air quality and slash the negative effects associated with toxic pollution. The research by Thomas Stoerk used […]

Property consultants hit 78% of 2020 green targets

A real estate investment consultancy has already accomplished 78% of its 2020 sustainability targets set in 2016. JLL UK completed 14 of its 18 green corporate targets, including cutting total energy consumption across all of its offices by 26% since 2012. The company, which is a member of the World Green Building Council’s Corporate Advisory Board, also secured […]

China scales back renewables, increases coal use

China has reduced its solar and wind targets but plans to increase the use of coal by 2020. The National Energy Administration (NEA) has cut solar capacity from 150GW to 110GW and slashed wind targets from 250GW to 210GW, according to Asia Europe Clean Energy Advisory (AECEA). However the nation’s new Five-Year Plan states China would boost coal capacity – […]

Half of New York energy to be green by 2030

A New York State mandate requires 50% of electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the New York State Public Service Commission’s approval of the state’s Clean Energy Standard, which will double renewables and slash carbon emissions. Utilities and suppliers will be required to provide 26.31% of the state’s electricity through renewables in 2017, growing […]

Stick to carbon emissions targets, says CCC

There is no legal or economic case for reducing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions targets, the government’s climate change advisers said today. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) believes there is nothing to “justify a lowering of ambition” of the fourth carbon budget which was set in 2011 to meet the target of cutting 80% […]

Renewable industry pushes EU to set 2030 targets

The EU has been pushed to set legally binding 2030 targets by the renewable industry in an open letter signed by 65 companies and associations. The letter was organised the European Renewable Energy Council and sent to the European Parliament President Martin Schulz, the EU Energy Ministers and the EU Energy and Climate Commissioners. Signatories […]