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DECC officially announces first contract for difference allocation dates

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Baroness Verma confirms timetable for first contract for difference allocation

29 Aug 2014

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

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

29 Aug 2014

Community energy needs flexible rules to succeed, sector says

Solar panel at Fulston Manor in Kent

Ministers must authorise Ofgem to positively discriminate towards community renewables if UK is to reap benefits of locally-owned power generation

29 Aug 2014

Plastic bag use plummets following Northern Ireland levy

Assembly confirms five pence levy has delivered desired reduction in plastic bag use

29 Aug 2014

IEA Renewables Report - At a glance

All the key stats from the International Energy Organisation's latest assessment of the global market

28 Aug 2014

Global green energy growth threatened by policy uncertainty, IEA warns

Latest renewables report finds growing risks to deployment if support wavers over cost concerns

28 Aug 2014

Chile prepares carbon tax legislation

South American country poised to approve plans for $5 a tonne carbon tax as part of new climate legislation package

28 Aug 2014

Climate change is happening and may be irreversible, IPCC warns

Leaked draft report outlines huge scale of global threat, as Obama administration edges forward with strategy for international negotiations

27 Aug 2014

New coal power stations threat to EU’s emissions target

Burning Europe’s lignite reserves would wipe out carbon budget from 2020 until the end of the century, says Greenpeace

27 Aug 2014

Advertising watchdog tears up government's 'misleading' Green Deal ads

ASA says DECC was wrong to claim energy efficiency policy would save consumers money and push up house prices

27 Aug 2014

Reports: Indian Supreme Court rules coal mining licences illegal

BBC reports that all mining licences awarded to coal firms between 1993 and 2010 have been deemed illegal

26 Aug 2014

Clegg and Davey aim to help put clean tech on front foot in India

Nick Clegg and Ed Davey meet Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in bid to bolster UK investment in low-carbon economy

26 Aug 2014

Washington Post urges America to embrace climate action

On both sides of the Atlantic the race is underway to push climate action back up the political agenda

26 Aug 2014

Labour attempts to strengthen regulation of UK fracking industry

Opposition party to table amendments to Lords infrastructure bill that would tighten rules for companies drilling for shale gas

26 Aug 2014

Is the EU sucking the power out of our vacuum cleaner market?

New Ecodesign efficiency rules have faced opposition from UKIP and Dyson, but what impact will they really have on the industry?

26 Aug 2014

Unilever confirms it has quit BusinessEurope lobby group

Spokeswoman confirms it is seeking to work with 'likeminded' organisations to drive green policies

22 Aug 2014

Scottish government rejects 114MW wind farm

Glenmorie wind farm denied planning permission amid landscape concerns

22 Aug 2014

Manufacturers warn carbon costs will force them out of Europe

Industry organisation EEF calls for greater protection for energy intensive industries from cost of decarbonisation

22 Aug 2014

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