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EU climate talks enter end game with everything still to play for

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Final frantic round of negotiations and lobbying aims to deliver ambitious yet workable energy and climate change package

20 Oct 2014

Davey hints at sweeteners for Eastern Europe as part of EU climate deal

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Energy and climate change secretary confident an ambitious emissions reduction agreement can be done next week

17 Oct 2014

Energy giants reiterate call for EU renewables target

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Alstom, DuPont and Kingspan join with wind and solar industries in urging European leaders to confirm 2030 renewables target

14 Oct 2014

Businesses rally EU leaders to secure ambitious 2030 climate and energy package

Tesco, Unilever, EDF and Shell join major call for heads of state to agree 2030 targets later this month

07 Oct 2014

Could the 2°C climate target be completely wrong?

The global warming goal that nearly 200 governments have agreed on should be ditched, say scientists writing in Nature

02 Oct 2014

UK carbon budgets to make each household £565 a year better off

New report from Cambridge Econometrics explores how decarbonisation's efficiency savings, health benefits and energy security gains will boost UK GDP by 1.1 per cent

10 Sep 2014

Our climate goals are an economic opportunity for the UK

Nick Molho explores how political leaders can realise the economic benefits offered by the UK carbon budgets

10 Sep 2014

EU mulls €30bn low carbon fund for industry and member states

Draft proposals reportedly suggest increased support to help poorer member states and heavy industry meet 2030 climate goals

02 Sep 2014

Carbon prices to average €23 in the 2020, analysts say

But Thomson Reuters predicts without emissions trading scheme reform and 2030 climate targets EU Allowances may remain at €14

01 Sep 2014

Nespresso pledges £330m to become "carbon neutral" by 2020

Leading coffee brand brews up host of green supply chain and recycling commitments

27 Aug 2014

New coal power stations threat to EU’s emissions target

Burning Europe’s lignite reserves would wipe out carbon budget from 2020 until the end of the century, says Greenpeace

27 Aug 2014

Having a carbon budget is great, but how are we going to meet it?

The Green Party's Natalie Bennett argues that while the government may have agreed to new carbon targets it is not doing nearly enough to meet them

13 Aug 2014

France delivers long-awaited green energy bill

Landmark energy bill promises to deliver huge surge in renewables and energy efficiency investment

04 Aug 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

BBC broadcasts its carbon-cutting success

Corporation reveals it has cut energy consumption by 20 per cent thanks to switch to greener studios, but carbon impact of travel keeps climbing

22 Jul 2014

UK off course for post 2020 carbon targets, CCC warns

Committee on Climate Change's annual progress report says lack of certainty beyond 2020 is eroding the country's chance of meeting fourth carbon budget

15 Jul 2014

Carbon budget progress report - at a glance

The most important figures and recommendations from today's Committee on Climate Change report

15 Jul 2014

SABMiller brews up ambitious new sustainability goals

Leading brewer sets new series of green targets, following success of initial sustainability push

14 Jul 2014

UN issued with roadmap on how to avoid climate catastrophe

Report is the first of its kind to prescribe concrete actions that the biggest 15 economies must take to keep warming below 2C

09 Jul 2014

US giants save more than $1bn from low carbon investments

Report finds largest companies benefiting from energy efficiency and green energy schemes, but scale of investment still below level needed

20 Jun 2014

Green Growth Group urges EU to revamp energy security strategy

Major new report, backed by the UK and Germany, highlights the economic and energy security gains on offer from an ambitious EU decarbonisation strategy

19 Jun 2014

UK data centres poised to power up emissions savings

Sector expected to sign first agreements to improve efficiency in return for carbon tax rebates later this year

17 Jun 2014

Report: How continental interconnectors could cut UK decarbonisation costs

Policy Exchange paper recommends building connectors to Europe and allowing overseas generators to compete for UK subsidies

12 Jun 2014

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