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2014, the year...UK green politics got interesting

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In the first part of a new series, BusinessGreen looks at the green business stories that defined 2014

22 Dec 2014

Can bottom up climate action work without top down policy?

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

19 Dec 2014

Cameron's CCS cheerleading only highlights how he has failed the sector

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In declaring CCS is likely to play a major role in UK's decarbonisation efforts the Prime Minister draws attention to his failure to deliver progress on carbon capture technology

17 Dec 2014

David Cameron declares UK has 'enough' onshore wind farms

Prime Minister adds he would be 'very happy' if fracking came to his Witney constituency

16 Dec 2014

Terra Firma considers washing hands of green energy developer Infinis

Announcement comes after private equity firm issues scathing attack on government's short-sighted wind farm policies

16 Dec 2014

Tories attacked over green infrastructure squeeze, as Miliband declares climate action a top priority

New analysis suggests high carbon projects now dominate UK's infrastructure pipeline, as Labour leader argues 'tackling climate change is the most important thing I can do in politics'

08 Dec 2014

Aldersgate Group calls on politicians to embrace 'positive' green vision

Green business group sets out 50-point election manifesto wishlist ahead of Autumn Statement

02 Dec 2014

Miliband: EU Brexit would torch UK's climate change credibility

Ed Miliband urges green businesses and campaigners to push politicians for bolder climate action

21 Nov 2014

Ann Widdecombe, Godwin's Law, and why the Climate Change Rebels were wrong

The latest attack on the Climate Change Act is perhaps the most confusing and incoherent yet

29 Oct 2014

Owen Paterson: The Kevin Pietersen of climate politics

The former environment secretary and sacked cricketer may not appear to have much in common, but look a little closer

13 Oct 2014

Paterson slammed over Climate Change Act 'outburst'

Former cabinet colleague warns ripping up the Climate Change Act would be 'one of the most stupid economic decisions imaginable'

13 Oct 2014

Illogical Conservatives risk tying themselves in knots over wind farms

RenewableUK's Maf Smith reflects on a decidedly mixed start to the Party Conference season for the renewable energy industry

06 Oct 2014

Lord Deben: 'The climate change consensus will not be overturned'

Committee on Climate Change chairman reveals his thoughts on coalition, the free market's role in tackling climate change, and his love of Twitter

02 Oct 2014

Lord Deben on the coalition, fracking, and climate sceptics

"I don't think you can talk about this government as one that has been ineffective or failed to deliver"

02 Oct 2014

Did Cameron forget the 'green bit'?

The Prime Minister glossed over environmental issues in a speech that was designed to focus on traditional Tory strengths, but where does that leave the Conservative's confusing climate policies

01 Oct 2014

David Cameron Conference Speech - Live Blog

BusinessGreen reports on the green developments from the Prime Minister's keynote conference speech

01 Oct 2014

Who speaks for the Conservative Party on climate change?

The Prime Minister reckons climate change is a grave threat, but the Chancellor does not think it worthy of mention - where does this leave Tory environmental policy?

29 Sep 2014

Osborne promises new wave of high and low carbon infrastructure

Chancellor argues fracking, runways and new roads must be delivered alongside nuclear and renewables

29 Sep 2014

Truss: We're now leading international efforts to tackle climate change

Liz Truss speech to the Conservative Party conference - in full

29 Sep 2014

Cameron's first-time buyers plans slammed by green builders

Industry concerned Conservative proposal to build 100,000 cheap homes ignores zero carbon standards

29 Sep 2014

Amber Rudd: 'I'm a Thatcherite when it comes to climate change'

In her first interview since joining the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd talks climate scepticism and business investment

23 Sep 2014

Governments need to understand that onshore wind is supported by UK public

Gordon MacDougall, UK and Ireland managing director for RES, explains why the company has helped set up a new campaign to promote British wind energy

15 Sep 2014

British wind power industry targets sceptical politicians with new campaign

Companies join forces to convince UK politicians that onshore wind is both affordable and popular

15 Sep 2014

Sceptical about Conservative scepticism

The problem with opinion surveys is that the answers they produce are only as good as the questions they ask and the samples they survey

11 Sep 2014

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