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WWF: UK needs four million heat pumps

A ground source heat pump

New report warns UK risks missing 2030 low carbon heat goals without concerted action

23 Oct 2014

Could DECC cut solar farm subsidies yet again?

Ketton cement works solar array

Officials insists there are 'currently no plans' to reduce support for smaller solar farms, but ministerial statement leaves door open for pre-election cuts

23 Oct 2014

Ten things you need to know about the EU 2030 climate and energy package

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As David Cameron joins the negotiations for a 2030 carbon reduction target, BusinessGreen assesses the key questions raised by the EU's new energy and climate change strategy

23 Oct 2014

WTO environmental goods liberalization - not just green, but also good

It may not have commanded the same attention as the controversial TTIP talks, but as Tatjana Sachse explains efforts to agree a green trade deal could have huge implications for the low carbon economy

23 Oct 2014

Piketty: 'This is an unprecedented opportunity to drive investment in low-carbon growth'

‘Rockstar economist’ joins colleagues to urge European leaders to agree ambitious climate package and provide 'springboard' to cleaner world

22 Oct 2014

Updated: Advertising watchdog confirms Green Deal ads were 'misleading'

Government comes under fire for promising homeowners savings through energy efficiency scheme as new figures spark fears over Home Improvement Fund

22 Oct 2014

Big business and trade unions lead calls for bold EU climate change package

CBI and European Trade Union Confederation both issue plea for governments to deliver ambitious emissions reduction goals

22 Oct 2014

MPs slam Defra's decision to bin waste management policies

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee calls for local recycling targets in England, warning country is on track to miss 2020 targets

22 Oct 2014

Why we need an equivalent of the Climate Change Committee for air pollution

Matthew Farrow of the Environmental Industries Commission argues it is time for the government to introduce a Committee on Air Quality

22 Oct 2014

Seven questions for Liz Truss' solar farm crackdown

Defra's plans to reduce CAP payments for farmers installing solar arrays raise more questions than answers

21 Oct 2014

Blue chips call for ambitious EU climate package, as concerns mount over lack of CCS support

Corporate giants demand emissions reduction target of at least 40 per cent, as leaked letter reveals UK concerns over lack of focus on carbon capture and storage

21 Oct 2014

Denmark's plan to offset transport emissions sparks EU row

Green champion’s push to funnel car emissions into the emissions trading system seen as attempt to bend rules

21 Oct 2014

Liz Truss accused of trying to woo UKIP voters with 'minute' solar subsidy cuts

Solar and farming industries slam Environment Secretary for 'misguided' attack on solar farm developments

21 Oct 2014

Greens knock Lib Dems into fifth place with fresh poll surge

Lord Ashcroft poll puts Greens on eight per cent as party's support base continues to expand

21 Oct 2014

Insurers tell Osborne £500m extra needed for flood defences

Companies and NGOs write to Chancellor George Osborne warning millions of homes could be left at risk without greater investment

21 Oct 2014

A business plea for a strong 2030 energy and climate deal

Chief executive of Rockwool calls for European Council to show leadership and approve on an ambitious energy savings target this week

21 Oct 2014

EU climate talks enter end game with everything still to play for

Final frantic round of negotiations and lobbying aims to deliver ambitious yet workable energy and climate change package

20 Oct 2014

How Scotland is seeking to stamp out carrier bag waste

As Scotland starts charging for single use bags from today, BusinessGreen looks at the finer details of the waste-tackling policy

20 Oct 2014

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