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UK energy use falls, as renewable generation climbs to record levels

E.ONs Scroby Sands offshore wind farm

Records tumble as new statistics reveal falling energy use, plummeting coal demand, and soaring renewables output

18 Dec 2014

OECD: 'No evidence' green policies dampen productivity

A businessman sat at a desk in a green pasture

Organisation says more stringent environmental policies can drive innovation and deliver an overall improvement in production efficiency

17 Dec 2014

Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room join forces

Richard Branson bowtie

Leading green business-focused think tanks to join forces in a bid to better promote market-led responses to climate change

17 Dec 2014

Barnacle Goose chicks, the energy market, and the failures of state planning

Ovo Energy's Guy Newey reflects on the lessons contained for energy policy in David Attenborough's latest wildlife documentary

17 Dec 2014

Lima deal paves path to pragmatic and imperfect Paris Treaty

The denouement to the Lima Summit may have been wearingly familiar, but it raises hopes for a 'we'll do what we can' climate treaty that would deliver a major boost to the global green economy

15 Dec 2014

CCC boss: Delaying decarbonisation would leave economy uninsured against climate impacts

Committee on Climate Change's new chief executive, Matthew Bell, makes case for cost effective decarbonisation

11 Dec 2014

Green economy faces sustainability skills gap

IEMA warns just 13 per cent of companies feel able to deal with 'perfect storm' of climate, resource and population pressures

10 Dec 2014

Green QE: The missing piece of the puzzle

Molly Scott Cato argues a green investment strategy could achieve social and environmental benefits while driving jobs and growth

10 Dec 2014

Australia named worst-performing industrial country on climate change

Performance index released at Lima climate talks puts Denmark in the best-performing slot, followed by Sweden and Britain

09 Dec 2014

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

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

Corporate titans join 'better growth' campaign

Aldersgate Group urges business to aim for 'maximum wellbeing for minimum planetary input', rather than focus solely on economic growth

09 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

Lord Stern calls for "dynamic" international climate change treaty

Influential economist warns that insisting on a legally-binding treaty could prove to be "a serious mistake"

08 Dec 2014

What does oil at $70 a barrel mean for the green economy?

Steady returns from renewables investments ensure sector is confident it can ride out oil price plunging below $60 a barrel

05 Dec 2014

Germany redoubles emission-reduction efforts with wide-ranging green economy plan

Domestic energy efficiency, electric cars, and renewables all set to benefit as German government approves plan to meet emissions targets

04 Dec 2014

Aldersgate Group: 'An Economy That Works' launch

Alliance of businesses, NGOs, and policy-makers launches a new campaign and report arguing a successful economy must work harder for the environment and for society

03 Dec 2014

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

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: 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

CBI boss reasserts business community's commitment to green growth

John Cridland tells Environmental Industries Commission he has a mandate from the CBI's members to push for green growth

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

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

Is E.ON about to become a green corporate powerhouse?

E.ON's decision to reinvent itself as a renewables and clean tech specialist could mark a watershed moment for the European energy sector

01 Dec 2014

Green regulations cripple the economy? Show me the proof

If environmental red tape is the source of so many economic woes, why is the evidence of the harm they cause so sketchy?

28 Nov 2014

Will the EU's €315 billion investment plan deliver the sustainable growth the global economy needs?

Too much capital across Europe is sitting idle, argues Martin Schoenberg of Climate Change Capital, the EU's infrastructure investment plan provides a way to put it to a good and green use

27 Nov 2014

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