Extinction Rebellion climate activists spray fake blood outside Treasury

Supporters of the group stood nearby holding banners saying ‘this is an emergency’ and ‘act now’

Veolia scoops up Westminster’s waste

Veolia has won three waste treatment contracts totaling £71 million from Westminster City Council. The resource management company will provide solutions to help the council reach its target of zero waste to landfill. The agreement covers treating food waste and the recycling of standard bin waste for the next three and half years. It will […]

UK energy efficiency schemes need ‘policy predictability’

Policies for energy efficiency schemes in the UK must be predictable. That’s according to Joanne Wade, Director, Association for the Conservation of Energy, who gave evidence at an energy efficiency hearing at Westminster yesterday. Speaking to the Energy and Climate Change Committee, she said: “It’s no good changing policies every year.” She added industry has “little trust” […]

Green Deal ‘needed trialling before it was launched’

The Green Deal needed “more support and trialling before hitting the mass market”. That’s according to Lawrence Slade, Energy UK CEO who gave evidence to the Energy and Climate Change Committee at Westminster today. The Green Deal, which was scrapped by DECC earlier this year, allowed householders to make their homes more energy efficient by installing technologies such as solar panels […]

Surfers ‘at risk from increased pollution’

Surfers in the UK could be at risk due to an increase in pollution incidents. That’s according to Andy Cummins, Campaign Director for ‘Surfers Against Sewage’, an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches. The charity joined hundreds of people who marched across Westminster as part of a lobby this week to urge […]

SNP: Scotland should make own decisions on oil and gas

The “mismanagement of successive Westminster Governments” has shown why Scotland needs to make its own decisions on oil and gas. That’s the view of the Scottish National Party (SNP), which made the comment following George Osborne’s trip to Scotland yesterday where he warned the nation could see “very significant” tax rises if it established an […]

London bottom of league table for solar installations

The city of London is lagging behind on solar installations compared to other parts of the country, according to a new report. It found London boroughs make up 23 out of the 25 lowest ranking local authorities and the capital fell in the bottom 10 in the national league table. The boroughs of Westminster, Kensington […]

MPs’ vote sees Davey duck decarbonisation target

MPs voted against including a decarbonisation target in the Energy Bill yesterday, despite Labour’s attempt to force the issue. The party tried to add an amendment which would set a 2030 target to decarbonise the power sector in the Bill. However this failed when MPs voted in the House of Commons last night, with 206 […]

Scotland’s fuel poverty efforts ‘held back’ by UK Government

The Scottish Government’s efforts to tackle fuel poverty have been “held back” due to “mixed messages” from Westminster. That’s the view of Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, whose comment comes after the recent price hikes in gas and electricity prices by five of the ‘Big Six’ suppliers. Announcing a £6 million funding to help Scottish homes […]

Scotland’s wind support a ‘stark contrast’ to Westminster’s ‘political games’

The Scottish Government’s announcement to support onshore wind stands in “stark contrast” to the “political games and infighting” in Westminster, the WWF said. The comment follows First Minister Alex Salmond’s confirmation yesterday suggesting the level of support for onshore wind shouldn’t be cut by more than 10%. The Scottish Government will be providing support at […]