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Mayor Boris 'set to miss' host of green goals

Brixton solar rooftop scheme

London Assembly report finds London is off-track on emissions targets with retrofiting workplaces and decentralised energy the biggest worries

25 Jul 2014

The coalition's green gains may not be done just yet

John Alker UK Green Building Council

UK Green Building Council's John Alker argues there are a number of crucial green policies in the pipeline where the coalition could yet deliver some late victories

25 Jul 2014

Voters want more renewables to tackle energy insecurity

A picture of a wind turbine against a blue sky

Poll for RenewableUK finds almost half of respondents say investing in green energy is a 'top priority’ irrespective of voting intention

24 Jul 2014

Updated: What will happen to the Big Six ECO "windfall"?

Energy industry declares "there is no windfall" and hints any savings could take years to filter through to customers, as energy efficiency sector calls for savings to be reinvested in insulation

23 Jul 2014

Government proposes legal target for tackling fuel poverty, but critics warn of loopholes

Potential loopholes and anger over latest windfall for the Big Six mean many within the energy efficiency sector remain less than impressed at latest proposals

22 Jul 2014

Kudos to Cameron for his carbon-cutting clarity

The long-awaited decision to retain the fourth carbon budget provides investors with some much needed certainty, now government and business must deliver on it

22 Jul 2014

Government confirms fourth carbon budget

FT reports that Chancellor George Osborne has been forced to back down over his opposition to current post-2020 carbon targets

22 Jul 2014

If Paterson's 'green blob' exists it is a lot bigger than he thinks

Owen Paterson's attack on the environmental movement ignores both climate risks and the mainstream success of the green economy

21 Jul 2014

I was sacked by David Cameron to appease 'the green blob', says Paterson

Former environment secretary suggests he was removed from cabinet because of 'powerful, self-serving' environmental lobby

21 Jul 2014

BRICS group announce plan for $100bn sustainable development bank

"We reiterate our belief that renewable and clean energy, research and development of new technologies and energy efficiency, can constitute an important driver to promote sustainable development"

18 Jul 2014

Flint: Climate change is a threat to our national security

Caroline Flint speech to the CBI Energy Conference - in full

18 Jul 2014

Abbott finally kills off Australian carbon tax

Australian Prime Minister accused of 'short-sighted, opportunistic selfish politics' as controversial carbon pricing scheme is axed

17 Jul 2014

Davey renews calls for an end to "unhealthy low" carbon prices

UK government publishes position paper on Emission Trading Scheme reforms calling for the cancellation of an 'ambitious volume' of excess allowances

17 Jul 2014

CBI: Politicians must stop playing blame game with energy policies

Business lobby group will call for "honest" debate over future energy trends after new survey reveals majority of people grasp energy trillema

17 Jul 2014

Down with reshuffles!

Alan Whitehead praises out-going Climate Change Minister Greg Barker and argues that we need more Ministers with a long-standing interest in their brief

17 Jul 2014

Has Cameron quietly downgraded his government’s climate change minister?

DECC insists change from minister of state for climate change to undersecretary of state for climate change 'doesn't make any difference' to government's approach

16 Jul 2014

Greg Barker: 'Climate change and care for our planet is the cause of my life'

Former Climate Change and Energy Minister suggests he may work with Environmental Defense Fund after quitting politics next year

16 Jul 2014

So, farewell then Greg Barker

Tributes paid as the hugely popular Energy and Climate Change Minister steps down

16 Jul 2014

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