New government needs to be green

The new government has been urged to act quickly to secure clean energy supplies and take the environment seriously by UK charities and businesses. RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, Maria McCaffery, said: “We hope that one of the new Government’s priorities will be to act quickly to secure our home-grown energy supplies based on clean sources including […]

UK coal use fingered in “Europe’s Dirty 30” report

The UK was fingered today by climate campaigners for coming joint first in a list of Europe’s “dirtiest” coal power plants. Germany and the UK have nine of the dirtiest coal plants apiece according to the “Europe’s Dirty 30” report released by groups including WWF and the European Environmental Bureau. Poland’s Belchatow plant came top […]

Industry “shock” at Hayes anti-wind jibes

The wind industry is in “shock” after new Energy Minister John Hayes’ reported anti-turbine comments in a daily newspaper this morning. The minister is reported as criticising wind turbines for “peppering” the landscape, the day after he attended a renewable energy conference in Glasgow. Industry figures said the minister had been “warm” towards them at […]

Institute of Directors rebuffs “iffy” criticism of shale gas report

The Institute of Directors has strongly countered criticism its latest report about shale gas is based on “iffy assumptions”. In a report published today the business group calculates there could be as many as 35,000 jobs created by a shale gas industry in the UK, which would also cut carbon and give a boost to […]

Environmental hurdles for third runway are “disappearing”

Environmental objections to a third runway at Heathrow airport are “disappearing”, the chair of the energy and climate change committee said today. Senior Tory MP Tim Yeo claimed the inclusion of airlines under the EU emissions trading scheme means Heathrow could be expanded without damaging the environment. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, the MP said: […]

Cautious welcome for carbon reporting from its champions

Plans to make all firms listed on the London Stock Exchange report on their greenhouse gas emissions have received a cautious welcome from one of its main backers. Business lobbying group the CBI has vocally campaigned for blanket carbon reporting to give companies an even footing. It said the regulation must be done “sensibly”. This […]

Household bills to rise by £200 for nuclear power

Household bills are expected to rise by £200 per year following today’s Energy Bill announcement. Campaigners say the rise will be used for nuclear power in a bid to improve energy security in the future. Fuel poverty organisations are concerned about the soaring costs of nuclear power as they claim this will have a huge […]

Queen’s Speech climate snub is “deeply worrying”

The Queen’s Speech has been dubbed “deeply worrying” by Caroline Lucas, leader of the Green Party. Today the Queen confirmed the Energy Bill will be set before Parliament soon. DECC said the Bill will be put forward in a draft form within a few weeks and will include the long-awaited Electricity Market Reform. But the […]

UK is not alone…

Mexico has provisionally passed national climate change laws, which would make it only the second country in the world after the UK to set legally binding commitments. Last night the Mexican House of Representatives passed the law with 280 votes for, 10 against and one abstention. The decision sees Mexico overcome a “major hurdle”, according to […]

Green Bank borrowing delay makes it a ‘lame duck’

The Green Investment Bank (GIB) will “start life as a lame duck” if the Chancellor refuses to let it borrow money from “day one”. That’s the concern about the Government’s new lending body, which green groups suggest won’t be able to fulfil its potential if it can’t borrow money until 2015. Yesterday Edinburgh was revealed […]