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BIS articles

Businesses handed £14m to develop carbon-cutting products


Vince Cable says funding will help UK tackle 'trilemma' of curbing emissions, boosting energy security, and lowering costs

06 Nov 2014

Mining companies should report on climate impacts, MPs say


Select committee calls for tough Social Responsibility Index to ensure environmental and social governance matches financial oversight

29 Oct 2014

Government promises £5m boost for agricultural innovation


Latest funding earmarked for projects that tackle food security and sustainability challenges

22 Oct 2014

UK invests £11m to get hydrogen cars on the road

Funding will encourage uptake of fuel cell vehicles in public fleets and establish network of refuelling stations

09 Oct 2014

Government enlists Love Home Swap chief to examine impact of sharing economy

Debbie Wosskow to lead BIS review of economic and social benefits of emerging models adopted by likes of Zipcar and Airbnb

30 Sep 2014

Government outlines plans for heavy industry green levy compensation scheme

Consultation published on method to determine which sectors should get relief from green energy policy costs

01 Aug 2014

Foreign investment in UK green energy climbs

New figures reveal overseas investors backed 61 UK renewable energy projects last year

21 Jul 2014

Offshore wind innovation sites struggle to stay afloat

Crown Estate puts up for-sale sign on Blyth offshore wind demonstration site previously developed by Narec

20 May 2014

Vince Cable hails 'vast' investment potential of energy from food waste

Business Secretary pushes button on TEG biogas plant, which was the first to be backed by the Green Investment Bank

23 Apr 2014

UK public: Sceptical on fracking, supportive of offshore wind, and clued-up about climate

Major new government poll finds sizeable majority of people are concerned about the environment and are supportive of renewable energy

17 Mar 2014

UK seeks to block EU's corporate reporting rules

EU bodies meet today to agree new ethical reporting rules for large companies, but UK, Germany, and Poland are seeking key exemptions

11 Feb 2014

Government's latest green corporate reporting push faces delays

Long-awaited guidelines to help smaller businesses report on their environmental impacts are still in the pipeline, BIS confirms

07 Jan 2014

UK accused of trying to water down Brussels' ethical reporting rules

Friends of the Earth claims government is backtracking on commitment to robust corporate reporting regulations

17 Dec 2013

How to catch up with mandatory carbon reporting

New government rules requiring all listed companies to report their greenhouse gas emissions come into effect today - but is the market ready?

01 Oct 2013

Low carbon construction gets £150m boost

Vince Cable says funding will help industry design and develop more energy efficient buildings

10 Sep 2013

UK green economy celebrates as government figures show £6bn boost

Government data confirms green goods and services market grew nearly five per cent to £128bn in 2011/12

25 Jul 2013

UK aims for low carbon vehicles lead with £1bn R&D centre

Government and industry set to share investment in new Advanced Propulsion Centre

15 Jul 2013

Greener fuels at heart of EU's €3.8bn biotech package

Commission set to unveil five public private partnerships worth a combined €22bn as UK pledges £60m synthetic biology funding

10 Jul 2013

Government to publish corporate responsibility action plan

New consultation aims to promote international standards, sustainable supply chains and corporate transparency

28 Jun 2013

Government ushers in green reporting revolution

From October this year all listed companies' annual reports must include a "strategic report" containing information on greenhouse gas emissions and human rights

14 Jun 2013

Government takes wraps off energy intensive industry compensation package

Heavy industry can apply for share of £250m pot designed to offset the impact of carbon pricing schemes from next month

20 May 2013

Government kicks off Offshore Wind Industry Council

New group chaired by Energy Minister Michale Fallon and Keith Anderson of ScottishPower to meet for the first time

16 May 2013

Green energy and transport to the fore as government boosts Technology Strategy Board funding

Government confirms £50m increase to Technology Strategy Board budget to £440m

14 May 2013

Sainsbury's jumps on hydrogen-powered bandwagon

Supermarket joins government-backed research programme to assess viability of hydrogen vehicle technologies

25 Apr 2013

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