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EMR: Enough Talk Already

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Like Scotland, the UK energy market is gearing up for a massive shake-up - Nathan Goode hopes everyone is ready for it

17 Sep 2014

Action that doesn't cost the Earth

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In the last in our series on climate economics, Steven Heath of Knauf Insulation argues new evidence that climate action can boost the economy should be translated into Treasury policy

15 Sep 2014

The universal language of food waste

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WRAP's Dr Richard Swannell explores why governments around the world are starting to wake up to the food waste scandal

15 Sep 2014

The encouraging economics of climate change policy

In the latest in our series on the economic merits of climate policy, Siemens' Matthew Knight argues that this week's WWF report shows we can afford to tackle climate risk

12 Sep 2014

Sceptical about Conservative scepticism

The problem with opinion surveys is that the answers they produce are only as good as the questions they ask and the samples they survey

11 Sep 2014

How incentives hold key to the future of environmentalism

Writing in his new book, How to be a Conservative, Professor Roger Scruton argues a more localised environmentalism would allow green campaigners and conservatives to find common cause

11 Sep 2014

How low carbon investment could deliver the economic re-balancing the UK craves

Prof Jim Watson of the UK Energy Research Centre argues that this week's new report on the benefits of meeting the UK's carbon budgets holds plenty of lessons for policymakers

11 Sep 2014

Will UK climate change policies make us better or worse off?

Trevor Maynard of Lloyd’s of London argues the economic case for decarbonisation has never been more compelling, even before you consider the need to insure against climate change

10 Sep 2014

Our climate goals are an economic opportunity for the UK

Nick Molho explores how political leaders can realise the economic benefits offered by the UK carbon budgets

10 Sep 2014

Is the circular economy concept finally coming of age?

Green Alliance's Jonny Hazell outlines how a flurry of new policy proposals suggests that resource efficiency is beginning to gain much needed traction in boardrooms

09 Sep 2014

The climate outlook is bleak, but there are glimmers of hope

It's like groundhog day only worse, with the sixth year of the PwC Low Carbon Economy Index, but there are small signs of change

09 Sep 2014

Rented homes and energy efficiency: A sad tale of intention and action

Labour's Alan Whitehead warns rules to improve the efficiency of rented accomodation include a worrying loophole that will leave many tenants living in cold and draughty homes

08 Sep 2014

Will 'smart cities' prove smart enough?

Matthew Farrow of the Environmental Industries Commission reveals how the association is investigating whether green issues are getting a fair hearing in 'smart city' plans

05 Sep 2014

Baroness Verma: "The industrial revolution had a price - a carbon price"

Baroness Verma's speech on the creation of an "energy saving society" - in full

04 Sep 2014

Natural versus Synthetic Textiles

Martyn Jones of Alliance Trust Investments reveals how the company has attempted to work out which is the greenest fabric

04 Sep 2014

Lib Dems may promise new green bills, but what of their record in government?

Labour's Barry Gardiner says the Lib Dems' proposed Green Laws are not enough to reverse the decline in the environment the coalition has overseen

03 Sep 2014

Towards a Greener Britain

The RSPB's Martin Harper reveals how the green communities' proposals for next year's election are so compelling they could win over Malcolm Tucker

01 Sep 2014

Wanted: The big change mindset

Stephanie Draper of Forum for the Future reveals how systems thinking could help sustainability executives deliver the real corporate transformations they crave

29 Aug 2014

Beyond energy: Maximising the value of renewable resources

The REA's Dr Nina Skorupska explores the many varied materials that renewable technologies produce and the role of certification in building markets for these products

27 Aug 2014

When clean tech tribes go to war

Policy Exchange's Guy Newey argues technology tribalism is understandable but counter-productive, which is why we need a market-based approach to decarbonisation

21 Aug 2014

No-one home

National political parties are failing on climate change, argues Tom Burke, hope increasingly comes from local government

20 Aug 2014

Allocation, Allocation, Allocation

RenewableUK's Maria McCaffery warns that the transition to the government's new subsidy regime risks hampering the development of an offshore wind industry Ministers have committed to expanding

18 Aug 2014

Having a carbon budget is great, but how are we going to meet it?

The Green Party's Natalie Bennett argues that while the government may have agreed to new carbon targets it is not doing nearly enough to meet them

13 Aug 2014

What can sustainability execs learn from the geeks that have inherited the Earth?

Commercial Group's Simon Graham looks at the future of sustainability at the Board table to see what lessons can be learned from the other relative newcomer, IT.

12 Aug 2014

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