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EU green lights key mechanisms in UK clean energy market overhaul

London Array offshore wind farm

Contracts for Difference and Capacity Market mechanism secure state aid approval, as critics warn reforms throw a lifeline to dirty coal power

23 Jul 2014

What will happen to the Big Six ECO "windfall"?

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Energy industry declares "there is no windfall" and hints any savings could take years to filter through to customers, as energy efficiency sector calls for savings to be reinvested in insulation

23 Jul 2014

Top university backtracks over wind turbine fire claims

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Imperial College London admits it may have misled media over research analysing frequency and impact of wind industry fires

23 Jul 2014

Government proposes legal target for tackling fuel poverty, but critics warn of loopholes

Potential loopholes and anger over latest windfall for the Big Six mean many within the energy efficiency sector remain less than impressed at latest proposals

22 Jul 2014

UK's most polluting power plants revealed

New report by NGOs accuse UK and Germany of undermining efforts to tackle climate change by continuing to rely heavily on carbon intensive coal

22 Jul 2014

Can businesses lead the crackdown on London's air pollution problem?

New scheme launches in Victoria after Mayor branded claims Oxford Street has world's worst NO2 levels as 'b*ll*cks'

22 Jul 2014

CBI calls for green aerospace strategy to open door for airport expansion

Wide-ranging new report argues the UK needs more airport capacity, but it must come hand-in-hand with green innovation

21 Jul 2014

Denmark declares wind 'cheapest' form of power

New analysis shows onshore wind beats all other forms of electricity generation on cost, as DONG Energy sells stake in Gode Wind 2 offshore project

21 Jul 2014

What can we expect from the New York climate summit?

Climate Change Capital's chairman James Cameron looks ahead to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's crucial climate summit

21 Jul 2014

MPs: Prime Minister must support cycling with more than just warm words

Transport Select Committee calls for £10 per person to be spent on cycling by 2020

18 Jul 2014

DECC report reveals how renewables investment is dominating the energy market

As the government announces new business energy efficiency programme, report reveals investment in clean energy is an order of magnitude larger than anticipated shale gas spending

18 Jul 2014

Green Investment Bank warns of energy from waste investment gap

New report suggests UK requires £5bn to fund new energy from waste infrastructure through to 2020

17 Jul 2014

Davey renews calls for an end to "unhealthy low" carbon prices

UK government publishes position paper on Emission Trading Scheme reforms calling for the cancellation of an 'ambitious volume' of excess allowances

17 Jul 2014

Has Cameron quietly downgraded his government’s climate change minister?

DECC insists change from minister of state for climate change to undersecretary of state for climate change 'doesn't make any difference' to government's approach

16 Jul 2014

Tidal lagoon power 'could earn £27bn for UK economy'

New industry backed report highlights economic opportunities associated with building six tidal lagoons around UK coastlines

16 Jul 2014

UK plastic bag use continues to rise

New WRAP figures reveal stark differences between those countries with levies and those without

15 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

Murdoch on climate change: 'The Maldives might disappear or something'

As Australian government edges towards repealing carbon tax, media magnate gives voice to his climate scepticism

14 Jul 2014

Ground runway plans or fly past climate goals, green groups warn

WWF and RSPB reports argue emissions growth from a new runway would mean crippling carbon cuts for the rest of the economy

14 Jul 2014

Will the UK ever meet its NO2 pollution limits?

Defra predicts many cities will not comply with EU limits for at least another decade

11 Jul 2014

Analysts: Global climate change deal unlikely to prevent dangerous climate change

New analysis by Thomson Reuters Point Carbon suggests the world will blow its carbon budget by 2048, even if China and USA match the EU's 2030 pledges

11 Jul 2014

Legal row escalates as solar firms slam government over "inflated" cost claims

Lawyers reject government's claim that controversial cuts to solar subsidies saved households £50 a year

11 Jul 2014

Could an Environmental Goods Agreement unlock a surge in green growth?

Critical talks are underway to bring an end to import tariffs on green goods and services, ending clean tech trade wars

10 Jul 2014

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