Spring Statement: Chancellor consults on tax charges to tackle plastic waste

Philip Hammond said money raised from any tax changes would be invested in developing new, greener products and processes

New plans to protect consumers if energy supplier goes bust

New plans to ensure consumers continue to receive an uninterrupted supply of energy if a supplier goes bust have been published. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been developed setting out the details of how the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Ofgem and the Treasury will work together in such an event. […]

UK MPs urge Treasury to ‘green-check’ all decisions

The Treasury’s approach of “consistently favouring” short term priorities over long term sustainability is potentially increasing future costs and harming investor confidence. That’s the conclusion of the Environmental Audit Committee’s (EAC) major investigation, which found the Treasury has “ridden roughshod over other departments’ objectives”, changing and cancelling long-established environmental policies and projects at short notice. […]

Ed Davey: George Osborne is calling the shots on energy policy

Chancellor George Osborne is “calling the shots” when it comes to energy policy. That’s the view of former Energy Secretary Ed Davey who said they have had “quite a few standoffs” and a “big fight” over the Levy Control Framework (LCF), a tool used by government to support the control of costs to consumers arising […]

Treasury’s Spending Review to be audited for environmental impact

The Treasury’s Spending Review is to be audited for its environmental impact. The Environmental Audit Committee has commissioned the National Audit Office (NAO) to look into how effective it is as a tool to meet environmental protection and sustainable development objectives. It will focus on whether the Spending Review takes into account the evidence on long term […]

Treasury scraps tax breaks for community energy projects

Community green energy schemes have been dealt a major blow as the UK Government plans to cut their tax relief. It was revealed by the Treasury earlier this week during the third reading of the Finance Bill. Community energy is to be excluded from to a list of schemes, including the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), […]

DECC budget cut by £70m

The budget of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) will be reduced by £70 million for the 2015/16 financial year. Chancellor George Osborne made the announcement yesterday as part of the UK Government’s plans to reduce debt. The Treasury revealed plans to save £3 billion in total across different departments. The Department of Business, […]

North Sea exploration boost for oil and gas sector

The UK Treasury has unveiled a set of reforms to help boost oil and gas exploration in the North Sea. It includes introducing a basin-wide “investment allowance” designed to cut the tax rate for companies investing in the future of the UK Continental Shelf. It is estimated there could be up to 21 billion barrels […]

Cash pledge for nuclear power plant in Cumbria

The developer of a new nuclear power plant in Cumbria has signed an agreement with the Treasury to promote financing for the project. The deal establishes a process to enable access to the UK Guarantee Scheme, which was introduced in 2012 to help developers gain external project finance to cover the upfront costs. The Moorside […]

Another £100m “thrown” at the Green Deal

An extra £100 million is going towards the Government’s household energy efficiency scheme, Green Deal. The Treasury has opened the purse strings to fund a new phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund. It will be open to applications from householders by the end of November. A gold rush on the first fund, which […]