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Government dishes out £1bn to existing power plants to 'keep the lights on'

A coal power plant with a cooling tower

Demand Side Response loses out, as first capacity market auction pays £900m to old gas and coal plants to stay online

19 Dec 2014

Renewables on the rise - At a glance

RWE Gwynt y Mor offshore wind farm

New government figures chart the UK's transition to a low carbon economy - BusinessGreen brings you the key findings

18 Dec 2014

UK tax regime putting brake on electric cars, study finds

Cars stuck in traffic jam from behind

Campaign group Transport & Environment says the government can drive further cuts in average new car emissions by shaking up taxes

18 Dec 2014

Situation 'critical' for British marine-power industry

Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult says marine-power industry needs £300m to get first arrays in the water

18 Dec 2014

OECD: 'No evidence' green policies dampen productivity

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

17 Dec 2014

MPs target Eric Pickles over wind farm planning delays

Communities and Local Government committee says delays to reviewed applications could deter investment

16 Dec 2014

Updated: UK 'silent' over Brussels' plans to ditch pollution and waste laws

Leaked document show Commission President wants to 'clear decks' so time and energy can be invested in proposals that will have biggest impact on jobs and growth

16 Dec 2014

Lima Call for Climate Action – At a glance

If you missed the conclusions or just need a refresher, BusinessGreen runs down the key commitments from the Lima climate deal

15 Dec 2014

Lima Call for Climate Action - The reaction

BusinessGreen runs through all the reaction to the latest UN climate agreement

15 Dec 2014

End to tax relief for anaerobic digestion puts £130m potential investment at risk

Industry hits out at Chancellor's plans to exclude technology from investment tax breaks, warning emerging sector will be hit hard

15 Dec 2014

MPs: Cameron must not water down world's sustainable development goals

"In some areas the Government appears to be actively encouraging unsustainable development," says Joan Walley MP

15 Dec 2014

Drax: Biomass plans still on track despite subsidy rule changes

Government wants to change law so that it can reduce future subsidies for biomass co-firing plants under Renewable Obligation scheme

12 Dec 2014

Lima Summit: US downplays hopes of India climate pact, as UN launches Gigaton campaign

Ed Davey throws weight behind 'carbon bubble' hypothesis, as Greenpeace apologises to hosts over protest stunt and UNEP launches 1 Gigaton Coalition

11 Dec 2014

Lima Summit: Hopes build for 'Paris Alliance' as Lima Summit edges towards climate deal

The Lima Summit is making progress - an ambitious global climate treaty could well be on the horizon

10 Dec 2014

Cities launch yardstick to measure greenhouse gas emissions

C40 and WRI link up to unveil new standard, as EU is urged to boost efforts to curb transport emissions

09 Dec 2014

MPs call for Low Emission Zones across UK to tackle 'killer' air pollution

Committee also calls for less favourable tax regime for diesel vehicles and says new schools and hospitals must be built away from 'hotspots'

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

RWE chief: We will not follow E.ON in ditching fossil fuels

But energy giant admits it did consider separating renewables and conventional power businesses two years ago

04 Dec 2014

UK solar could be subsidy free by 2020, study claims

But researchers warn plans to rapidly reduce subsidies could "seriously damage" the industry

04 Dec 2014

Autumn Statement 2014: Green business reaction

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

03 Dec 2014

Shopping centres call for carbon reporting scheme to be scrapped

BCSC urges government to bring forward review of Carbon Reduction Commitment, arguing it overlaps with new ESOS scheme

03 Dec 2014

Businesses need to plug flood defence spending gap, says environment committee chief

Anne McIntosh, chairwoman of the EFRA select committee, warns of huge repair and maintenance investment black hole

02 Dec 2014

DECC poised to reopen popular Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

Government to allocate portion of £100m fund to next phase of GDHIF, after sudden closure of incentive scheme this summer

02 Dec 2014

Autumn Statement: Campaigners warn £2.3bn flooding pledge will fail to protect UK from climate change

Campaigners say £2.3bn flood protection budget for next six years will create funding gap of at least £500m

01 Dec 2014

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