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Government dishes out £1bn to existing power plants to 'keep the lights on'

A coal power plant with a cooling tower

Demand Side Response loses out, as first capacity market auction pays £900m to old gas and coal plants to stay online

19 Dec 2014

Need to talk to a climate denier? Here’s how


Discussing climate change is a challenge. Columbia University and ecoAmerica offer 10 tips for effectively getting your point across

19 Dec 2014

Can bottom up climate action work without top down policy?


Matthew Farrow of the Environmental Industries Commission reflects on a flurry of green economy speeches from leading figures

19 Dec 2014

Renewables on the rise - At a glance

New government figures chart the UK's transition to a low carbon economy - BusinessGreen brings you the key findings

18 Dec 2014

UK tax regime putting brake on electric cars, study finds

Campaign group Transport & Environment says the government can drive further cuts in average new car emissions by shaking up taxes

18 Dec 2014

Situation 'critical' for British marine-power industry

Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult says marine-power industry needs £300m to get first arrays in the water

18 Dec 2014

The Green Party is Kodak - It should be Google

Robertsbridge's Brendan May fears the Green Party's policies and approach mean it is about to blow its biggest opportunity in a generation

18 Dec 2014

OECD: 'No evidence' green policies dampen productivity

Organisation says more stringent environmental policies can drive innovation and deliver an overall improvement in production efficiency

17 Dec 2014

Barnacle Goose chicks, the energy market, and the failures of state planning

Ovo Energy's Guy Newey reflects on the lessons contained for energy policy in David Attenborough's latest wildlife documentary

17 Dec 2014

MPs target Eric Pickles over wind farm planning delays

Communities and Local Government committee says delays to reviewed applications could deter investment

16 Dec 2014

Updated: UK 'silent' over Brussels' plans to ditch pollution and waste laws

Leaked document show Commission President wants to 'clear decks' so time and energy can be invested in proposals that will have biggest impact on jobs and growth

16 Dec 2014

That capacity auction: it's all going well, isn't it?

Alan Whitehead takes a magnifying glass to the government's new capacity auction and uncovers fears that it may not deliver the back up that is promised

16 Dec 2014

Lima Call for Climate Action – At a glance

If you missed the conclusions or just need a refresher, BusinessGreen runs down the key commitments from the Lima climate deal

15 Dec 2014

Lima Call for Climate Action - The reaction

BusinessGreen runs through all the reaction to the latest UN climate agreement

15 Dec 2014

Britain’s dinosaur capacity market will worsen energy ‘trilemma’

Professor Catherine Mitchell reveals why she is none too impressed with the government's new capacity market

15 Dec 2014

End to tax relief for anaerobic digestion puts £130m potential investment at risk

Industry hits out at Chancellor's plans to exclude technology from investment tax breaks, warning emerging sector will be hit hard

15 Dec 2014

MPs: Cameron must not water down world's sustainable development goals

"In some areas the Government appears to be actively encouraging unsustainable development," says Joan Walley MP

15 Dec 2014

How green energy consumers become energy efficient consumers

Juliet Davenport reveals how those Good Energy customers who generate their own power tend to embrace energy-saving measures

15 Dec 2014

Drax: Biomass plans still on track despite subsidy rule changes

Government wants to change law so that it can reduce future subsidies for biomass co-firing plants under Renewable Obligation scheme

12 Dec 2014

What Google can teach us about innovation in sustainability

Volans John Elkington explores how Google has become one of the most important and intriguing players in the sustainability space

12 Dec 2014

Removing the barriers to Demand Side Response

National Grid's Duncan Burt explains how a new service aims to encourage more organisations into the demand side response market

12 Dec 2014

RWE: British wind power market is 'stagnating'

Energy giant slams height restrictions and Eric Pickles' 'political intervention' in planning system

12 Dec 2014

Changing Diets

Martyn Jones of Alliance Trust Investments explains how growing demand for healthy and more 'natural' foods is creating new sustainable investment opportunities

12 Dec 2014

Lima Summit: US downplays hopes of India climate pact, as UN launches Gigaton campaign

Ed Davey throws weight behind 'carbon bubble' hypothesis, as Greenpeace apologises to hosts over protest stunt and UNEP launches 1 Gigaton Coalition

11 Dec 2014

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