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European Union agrees to slash CO2 'at least 40 per cent' by 2030

David Cameron arrives at European Council photo by EU Council

Deal struck in the early hours of this morning includes binding 27 per cent target for renewable energy and voluntary energy savings goal

24 Oct 2014

Could Portugal's interconnector demands threaten EU 2030 climate targets?

Grid infrastructure

Reports suggest latest draft of Climate and Energy package exclude binding target on cross border power cables

23 Oct 2014

WWF: UK needs four million heat pumps

A ground source heat pump

New report warns UK risks missing 2030 low carbon heat goals without concerted action

23 Oct 2014

Could DECC cut solar farm subsidies yet again?

Officials insists there are 'currently no plans' to reduce support for smaller solar farms, but ministerial statement leaves door open for pre-election cuts

23 Oct 2014

Piketty: 'This is an unprecedented opportunity to drive investment in low-carbon growth'

‘Rockstar economist’ joins colleagues to urge European leaders to agree ambitious climate package and provide 'springboard' to cleaner world

22 Oct 2014

Big business and trade unions lead calls for bold EU climate change package

CBI and European Trade Union Confederation both issue plea for governments to deliver ambitious emissions reduction goals

22 Oct 2014

Blue chips call for ambitious EU climate package, as concerns mount over lack of CCS support

Corporate giants demand emissions reduction target of at least 40 per cent, as leaked letter reveals UK concerns over lack of focus on carbon capture and storage

21 Oct 2014

Denmark's plan to offset transport emissions sparks EU row

Green champion’s push to funnel car emissions into the emissions trading system seen as attempt to bend rules

21 Oct 2014

Greens knock Lib Dems into fifth place with fresh poll surge

Lord Ashcroft poll puts Greens on eight per cent as party's support base continues to expand

21 Oct 2014

Davey hints at sweeteners for Eastern Europe as part of EU climate deal

Energy and climate change secretary confident an ambitious emissions reduction agreement can be done next week

17 Oct 2014

Ed Davey: Owen Paterson doesn't seem to understand very much about energy policy

Energy and Climate Change Secretary slams former colleague's "reckless" and "irresponsible" plan to suspend Climate Change Act

16 Oct 2014

Italy unveils first national mandate for advanced biofuels

Country declares fuel suppliers must have at least 0.6 per cent of advance biofuel in petrol or diesel, rising to one per cent in 2022

15 Oct 2014

Energy giants reiterate call for EU renewables target

Alstom, DuPont and Kingspan join with wind and solar industries in urging European leaders to confirm 2030 renewables target

14 Oct 2014

UK to allow fracking companies to use 'any substance' under homes

Proposed amendment in Infrastructure Bill would make mockery of world class shale gas regulation claims, campaigners say

14 Oct 2014

Updated: Green Party bashes 'out of touch' broadcasters over election debate lock out

Caroline Lucas MP confirms party is seeking legal action over BBC, ITV, Sky News and Channel 4 proposals to invite Nigel Farage into TV debates, but exclude Green Party

13 Oct 2014

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