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Reports: Japan mulls 30 per cent renewables target

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Local media reports that Environment Minister is making case for ambitious renewable energy target

01 Sep 2014

France underlines commitment to "legally binding" agreement at Paris climate summit

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Are the UN summit's hosts on a collision course with the Obama administration?

01 Sep 2014

NGOs call for manifestos to create a 'greener Britain'

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Leading NGOs set out wish list for 2015 election, including new policies on decarbonisation, marine protection, and resource security, as well as a Nature and Well-being Act

01 Sep 2014

Pickles launches £5m recycling reward scheme in latest bin collection salvo

Funding scheme offering vouchers to household that recycle is only open to councils with weekly bin pick ups

29 Aug 2014

Plastic bag use plummets following Northern Ireland levy

Assembly confirms five pence levy has delivered desired reduction in plastic bag use

29 Aug 2014

Chile prepares carbon tax legislation

South American country poised to approve plans for $5 a tonne carbon tax as part of new climate legislation package

28 Aug 2014

New coal power stations threat to EU’s emissions target

Burning Europe’s lignite reserves would wipe out carbon budget from 2020 until the end of the century, says Greenpeace

27 Aug 2014

Reports: Indian Supreme Court rules coal mining licences illegal

BBC reports that all mining licences awarded to coal firms between 1993 and 2010 have been deemed illegal

26 Aug 2014

Labour attempts to strengthen regulation of UK fracking industry

Opposition party to table amendments to Lords infrastructure bill that would tighten rules for companies drilling for shale gas

26 Aug 2014

Unilever confirms it has quit BusinessEurope lobby group

Spokeswoman confirms it is seeking to work with 'likeminded' organisations to drive green policies

22 Aug 2014

Scottish government rejects 114MW wind farm

Glenmorie wind farm denied planning permission amid landscape concerns

22 Aug 2014

Survey: Saving money is number one reason for businesses to go green

New Grant Thornton report shows corporates are increasingly realising financial benefits from CSR efforts

21 Aug 2014

UK lobbying to keep open one of Europe's dirtiest coal power stations

Government seeks exemption from European law that would close down Aberthaw for its excessive nitrogen oxide emissions

20 Aug 2014

Anti-fracking group stages day of action

Protests at offices of Defra and energy firm in London, Swansea University campus and sites in East Yorkshire and Blackpool

19 Aug 2014

Australian renewable energy target changes 'amount to economic vandalism'

'How does this fit with the PM's often-stated position that Australia is open for business?', energy company boss asks

18 Aug 2014

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