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The Treasury data doesn't lie: The UK's green infrastructure strategy is under threat

Chancellor George Osborne presenting the 2013 Budget in the traditional red box

The government's knee jerk support for high carbon infrastructure risks derailing long term plans to build a genuinely green economy - business groups must lead a fight back

09 Dec 2014

Autumn Statement 2014: Fossil fuel tax breaks to the fore as Osborne rejects green growth opportunities

Oil rig

Green Building Council slams stamp duty reforms as a the 'mother of all missed opportunities' for tackling fuel poverty and carbon emissions

03 Dec 2014

Autumn Statement 2014: Green business reaction

A HM Treasury sign

What the sector is saying about George Osborne's mid-year financial update

03 Dec 2014

Autumn Statement 2014: BusinessGreen live blog

BusinessGreen offers instant reaction and analysis to the environmental and energy news from Chancellor George Osborne's mid-year statement

03 Dec 2014

Autumn Statement 2014: The green business wishlist

Leading figures in the green economy outline what path the Chancellor should take in today's economic update

03 Dec 2014

Action on the environment is too important to be used as a political football

Nick Molho, Executive Director at the Aldersgate Group, asks if environmental action could inject some much-needed optimism into the general election campaign

02 Dec 2014

Businesses and charities unite to call for urgent action on excess winter deaths

Energy efficiency groups and fuel poverty campaigners call on government to deliver emergency funding to reverse sharp drop in home improvements

01 Dec 2014

Insurers tell Osborne £500m extra needed for flood defences

Companies and NGOs write to Chancellor George Osborne warning millions of homes could be left at risk without greater investment

21 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

UK sketches out plan for materials science hub

Chancellor welcomes plans for new national research centre, as Manchester Univeristy confirms £60m graphene research hub

11 Sep 2014

Could Boris Johnson position himself as next 'green' Tory leader?

Mayor of London aims thinly veiled swipe at George Osborne's lack of support for the low carbon economy, arguing "you can have growth that is environmentally friendly"

11 Aug 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

Blindfolds, robots, and the Treasury's flawed climate modelling

New study reveals how the Treasury modelling being used to justify opposition to ambitious carbon budgets is staggeringly flawed

02 May 2014

Committee on Climate Change downplays impact of carbon price floor freeze

Committee accused of putting "blind faith" in EU emissions trading scheme to tackle coal industry renaissance

02 Apr 2014

Green Budget 2014: At a glance

BusinessGreen runs through the key announcements for the green economy in today's Budget

19 Mar 2014

Budget 2014: Critics claim increased flood defence spending fails to hit the mark

Osborne pledges £140m to help keep the tides at bay, but industry insiders warn it will fail to plug funding gap

19 Mar 2014

Budget 2014: Osborne's carbon price freeze sparks green investment fears

Chancellor unveils £7bn support package to help industry with rising energy costs, fueling concerns decarbonisation efforts could be undermined

19 Mar 2014

Green Budget 2014: As it happened

BusinessGreen runs down all the Budget announcements that will impact the green economy as they happen

19 Mar 2014

Could Budget 2014 deliver a surprise green infrastructure boost?

Reports suggest Treasury is to unveil new £50bn list of infrastructure projects seeking private investment, including numerous high profile low carbon developments

19 Mar 2014

Budget 2014 – The green business wishlist

Retaining carbon taxes, boosting energy efficiency, and tackling climate change are among the issues George Osborne should address

19 Mar 2014

Budget 2014: Where is the climate of urgency?

Cameron and Osborne have recently highlighted the importance of action on climate change - you would expect today's Budget to build on that commitment, but sadly it won't

19 Mar 2014

Budget 2014: Carbon Price Floor row to overshadow new green investment

Renewables industry warns heavily trailed decision to freeze carbon price floor could see £4bn of clean energy investment put at risk

18 Mar 2014

Budget 2014: Is the Government playing Jenga with the building blocks of energy policy?

Nina Skorupska warns that messing with the carbon price floor risks bringing the entire fragile edifice of government clean energy policy tumbling down

18 Mar 2014

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