sustainable thinking



DECC articles

UK outlines latest nuclear waste storage plans

Cooling towers at a nuclear power station

Government to begin two year search for a site to host a Geological Disposal Facility

24 Jul 2014

Drax biomass plans bolstered as new calculator highlights emissions-saving potential

Tree felling in Richmond Park for biomass energy centre at Heathrow Airport

Government-backed report concludes that sustainable biomass can cut carbon emissions, but fears remain that some projects could lead to higher emissions

24 Jul 2014

EU green lights key mechanisms in UK clean energy market overhaul

London Array offshore wind farm

Contracts for Difference and Capacity Market mechanism secure state aid approval, as critics warn reforms throw a lifeline to dirty coal power

23 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 trims Green Deal home improvement incentives as scheme passes £50m milestone

Government reports 12,200 applications have been received by Green Deal energy efficiency incentive scheme

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

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

Davey: "We are the fourth most energy secure country in the world"

Ed Davey's speech to CBI Energy Conference - in full

18 Jul 2014

DECC report reveals how renewables investment is dominating the energy market

As the government announces new business energy efficiency programme, report reveals investment in clean energy is an order of magnitude larger than anticipated shale gas spending

18 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

Government green lights E.ON's Rampion offshore wind farm

Project off the coast of Sussex set to generate £2bn of investment

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

A tale of two Tories

The departures of Owen Paterson and Greg Barker send conflicting signals about the direction of the Tory's green agenda decarbonisation

15 Jul 2014

Update: Amber Rudd appointed to DECC Ministerial role

George Osborne's former PPS to become Minister at Department of Energy and Climate Change

15 Jul 2014

Matt Hancock to replace Michael Fallon as Energy Minister

Business Minister steps up to take over from Fallon after his move to Defence Secretary

15 Jul 2014

Legal row escalates as solar firms slam government over "inflated" cost claims

Lawyers reject government's claim that controversial cuts to solar subsidies saved households £50 a year

11 Jul 2014

High Court rules solar firms entitled to compensation over illegal subsidy cuts

Solar companies to pursue claim for £132m after crucial ruling, as government signals that it will appeal against court decision

09 Jul 2014

DECC to dish out a further £1m in Big Energy Saving Network funding

Charity and community groups invited to bid for latest round of funding to support energy-saving campaigns

08 Jul 2014

EDF in line for £800m windfall from subsidy scheme to keep lights on

Energy firm which operates most of UK nuclear power plants could undercut competitors at auction launch capacity market

07 Jul 2014

Green energy developers told how to gain community investment

Joint industry-government taskforce outlines proposals to offer communities the chance to invest in local projects

04 Jul 2014

Green energy contracts too generous, National Audit Office says

Industry moves to defend contracts for offshore wind and biomass projects against NAO claim they may have inflated costs for consumers

27 Jun 2014

Over £2.6m dished out as Green Deal cashback scheme gets off to flying start

Government reports a surge in interest in energy efficiency scheme following last week's launch of new cash incentive

19 Jun 2014

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