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UK coal subsidy loophole set to be closed

Piles of coal

Government officials confirm old coal power stations will not be eligible for funding that could have helped them stay open to the 2020s

01 Aug 2014

IMF: Getting energy prices right will drive economic benefits

Emissions trading

New study argues rebalancing fiscal policy to reflect true cost of energy could drive down emissions and make tax system fairer

01 Aug 2014

Government outlines plans for heavy industry green levy compensation scheme

Steel production

Consultation published on method to determine which sectors should get relief from green energy policy costs

01 Aug 2014

Lib Dems suggest putting forests in trusts to avoid privatisation

Party is committed to planting 3.5m trees if they stay in power in attempt to woo back voters from the Greens and Labour

31 Jul 2014

Manufacturers make a splash with £2m of water savings

New WRAP figures reveal continued success of voluntary Federation House Commitment

31 Jul 2014

Sir Stuart Rose urges politicians to defy ‘flat-earthers' and deliver vote-winning green policy

Former M&S boss urges political and business leaders to push climate action back up the agenda

31 Jul 2014

Consumers urged to consider renewable heat savings with new DECC calculator

Government launches RHI calculator to encourage uptake of renewable heat technologies

31 Jul 2014

California and Mexico ink climate action alliance, as Obama prepares latest green push

President Obama poised to announce fresh climate policies, as California and Mexico seek to establish clean tech hub

29 Jul 2014

Reports: Mayor Boris to penalise London's diesel drivers

Diesel vehicles expected to face £10 charge from 2020 to enter capital's planned ultra low emission zone

29 Jul 2014

Government pushes ahead with fracking plan despite wide opposition

Public Health England and Natural England among groups against shale gas exploration in areas including national parks

29 Jul 2014

Fracking threatens Tory election hopes, Greenpeace warns

Analysis finds 77 per cent of targeted seats have been opened up for exploration, despite low levels of public support for fracking

29 Jul 2014

UK to 'take car clubs up a gear' with £500,000 boost

Funding earmarked for two pilot projects designed to provide wider access to car clubs and electric vehicles

29 Jul 2014

US solar tariffs on Chinese imports will 'hinder' deployment, industry warns

Levies of more than 165 per cent imposed after anti-dumping complaint threaten to re-ignite US-China trade spat

28 Jul 2014

Fracking push gets go-ahead across UK as ministers tighten safeguards

Drilling will be allowed in national parks in 'exceptional circumstances' but ministers retain power to veto plans

28 Jul 2014

Ban bee-harming pesticides, MPs say

Environmental Audit Committee also questions role of industry in funding research into impact of pesticides

28 Jul 2014

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