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Government to re-launch Green Deal grant scheme with £30m fund

Department of Energy & Climate Change

Green Deal Home Improvement Fund to be re-opened from this Wednesday, offering households up to £5,600 off energy-efficiency improvements

07 Dec 2014

Incentives help to nearly double recycling rates

Litter for recycling

Research from recycling rewards firm Greenredeem suggests incentives more effective at boosting recycling rates, compared with compulsory schemes

16 Oct 2014

British firm Ineos accused of ‘bribes and bulldozers’ approach to fracking

fracking shale gas site

The company is offering six per cent of future shale gas revenues to those sitting on reserves or affected by their extraction

29 Sep 2014

Hong Kong aims to halve greenhouse gas emissions

City administrator outlines plans to incentivise businesses to build greener buildings or reduce power use

24 Sep 2014

MPs: Green Deal needs stamp duty discounts to drive home insulation

Energy and Climate Change Committee warns government that the Green Deal will continue to remain unattractive to most consumers without new incentives

15 Sep 2014

Tesla's battery Gigafactory lands in Nevada

Work on plant set to build batteries for 500,000 electric cars already underway outside Reno

05 Sep 2014

Pickles launches £5m recycling reward scheme in latest bin collection salvo

Funding scheme offering vouchers to household that recycle is only open to councils with weekly bin pick ups

29 Aug 2014

Report: Japan to crank up green car grants

Government poised to offer incentives worth nearly $30,000 to early adopters of new hydrogen car

28 Jul 2014

Over £2.6m dished out as Green Deal cashback scheme gets off to flying start

Government reports a surge in interest in energy efficiency scheme following last week's launch of new cash incentive

19 Jun 2014

EU approves Czech renewable incentives scheme

Czech Republic renewables sector receives a major boost as European Commission grants state aid approval to new feed-in tariff scheme

12 Jun 2014

Will flexible working really shrink your carbon footprint?

Carbon Trust analysis reveals homeworking only delivers net carbon savings for those who live far from their offices

21 May 2014

Npower fined £125,000 by Ofgem for green energy reporting error

Company handed penalty by Ofgem after using incorrect data to calculate the amount of electricity supplied to customers

19 May 2014

DIY renewables: Offering a share to local communities

Rebecca Willis, co-chair of the government's new Shared Ownership Taskforce, sets out plans to ensure communities benefit from new wind farms

30 Apr 2014

Concerns escalate over fresh solar subsidy reforms

EXCLUSIVE: Imminent review of solar support schemes expected to tilt market in favour of large rooftop installations, but move fuels fears among solar farm developers

29 Apr 2014

Are women failing to break through the green glass ceiling?

Women earning less than men in sustainability roles reports major new salary survey

09 Apr 2014

Anaerobic digestion industry laments "slap in the face" for developers

Trade association warns bankruptcies a real possibility for companies specialising in small-scale AD projects

20 Feb 2014

Blow to anaerobic digestion industry as subsidy rethink ruled out

Exclusive: Cuts to support levels for anaerobic digestion plants to take effect from April, but ministers hint improvements to policy regime could be in pipeline

19 Feb 2014

Are recycling incentive schemes working?

Serco-backed study shows that local authorities that operate recycling incentive schemes are sending less waste to landfill, but lack of data makes analysis difficult

19 Feb 2014

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