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Green Budget 2012 - All the latest

BusinessGreen runs down all the green business news from Budget 2012

It is being trailed as one of the most politically significant Budgets of recent years. But while the debate rages over cuts to the 50p tax rate and the effectiveness of the government's deficit-reduction strategy, green business leaders will also be expecting significant news on the future direction of the UK's low carbon economy.

BusinessGreen runs down all the green news from Budget 2012.

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Green Budget 2012: Osborne extends tax breaks for green fleets

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Green Budget 2012: Carbon Reduction Commitment to be reformed or axed

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Green Budget 2012: Osborne signals UK is open for renewables business

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Green Budget 2012 – What to expect

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