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Ministers accused of having 'heads in the sand' over waste problems

landfill site photo courtesy of Veolia

Environmental Audit Committee chair says government should be doing far more to shift the UK towards a resource-efficient circular economy

01 Nov 2014

BusinessGreen debates zero deforestation

Indonesia rainforest photo by Rainforest Action Network

Catch up with BusinessGreen's Twitter debate with Aida Greenbury, managing director of sustainability for Asia Pulp and Paper

31 Oct 2014

Coal gets cold shoulder from Denmark and Germany

A coal power plant with a cooling tower

Danish minister says country is looking at ways to ditch coal power within 10 years, while Germany mulls shutting down capacity

31 Oct 2014

Report highlights 'strong' economic case for national energy efficiency overhaul

Campaign group says making home insulation a national infrastructure priority would increase UK GDP by £14bn and create 108,000 jobs

30 Oct 2014

How the deforestation agenda came in from the wilderness

Governments and businesses across the world are working to arrest the loss of forests, but financial and political barriers remain

30 Oct 2014

Fracking investments under threat from falling oil prices

Shale gas companies and oil majors seeing profits eaten away as crude prices dip to $80 a barrel

29 Oct 2014

Mining companies should report on climate impacts, MPs say

Select committee calls for tough Social Responsibility Index to ensure environmental and social governance matches financial oversight

29 Oct 2014

Green Deal Finance Company says liquidation 'highly unlikely' as demand accelerates

Company confirms weekly demand for Green Deal plans has topped £2m for the first time, further fuelling hopes that refinancing package can be agreed

29 Oct 2014

EU could cut emissions 24 per cent by 2020

Preliminary figures suggest bloc is on track to meet all three 2020 climate and energy goals

28 Oct 2014

Fresh reports reveal how solar and wind are closing in on grid parity

Rooftop solar set to be as cheap as grid energy in all 50 US states by 2016, while forecasts for huge wind energy growth raise prospects of falling costs

28 Oct 2014

Adam Smith Institute anti-wind farm report 'smacks of desperation", says RenewableUK

Wind farm industry says latest report ignores crucial facts about benefits of clean technology source

27 Oct 2014

Green Investment Bank eyes first profits as it celebrates second birthday

GIB chief executive Shaun Kingsbury reveals future for Treasury-backed bank includes 'crowding in private finance'

27 Oct 2014

Why understanding the true value of water is smart business

Forward-thinking businesses ought to monetize water risk so it can be factored into investment decisions and considered alongside other business metrics

24 Oct 2014

Ed Davey hails 'historic' EU climate and energy package

UK government downplays fears new framework will fail to drive investment in low carbon technology and fund coal power in Eastern Europe

24 Oct 2014

EU 2030 climate and energy package - the green economy reaction

What the sector is saying about the deal to cut emissions 40 per cent and deliver 27 per cent renewable energy by 2030

24 Oct 2014

Ten things you need to know about the EU 2030 climate and energy package

As David Cameron joins the negotiations for a 2030 carbon reduction target, BusinessGreen assesses the key questions raised by the EU's new energy and climate change strategy

23 Oct 2014

Car clubs could rid London's streets of 120,000 cars

Study finds boosting car sharing scheme membership could have considerable environmental and economic benefits

23 Oct 2014

Updated: Advertising watchdog confirms Green Deal ads were 'misleading'

Government comes under fire for promising homeowners savings through energy efficiency scheme as new figures spark fears over Home Improvement Fund

22 Oct 2014

MPs slam Defra's decision to bin waste management policies

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee calls for local recycling targets in England, warning country is on track to miss 2020 targets

22 Oct 2014

Seven questions for Liz Truss' solar farm crackdown

Defra's plans to reduce CAP payments for farmers installing solar arrays raise more questions than answers

21 Oct 2014

Liz Truss accused of trying to woo UKIP voters with 'minute' solar subsidy cuts

Solar and farming industries slam Environment Secretary for 'misguided' attack on solar farm developments

21 Oct 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

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

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

20 Oct 2014

EU clean tech sector losing ground to China and Japan

Falling levels of investment and policy instability allowing countries to overtake European pioneers, EY warns

20 Oct 2014

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