Major businesses call on Government to back carbon targets

An alliance of more than 100 organisations including businesses, trade groups, investors and NGOs, have urged the UK Government to follow the advice of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and stick to its carbon reduction targets. Firms including SSE, Kingfisher, DONG Energy, WWF and the Renewable Energy Association (REA) published a joint statement in […]

Government delays decision on aviation emissions

The UK Government’s decision on whether to include international aviation and shipping emissions in the carbon budget has been delayed to 2016. The news follows the European Commission’s proposal last month to suspend international aspects of the aviation EU Emissions Trading Scheme. This was to allow the International Civil Aviation Organisation work towards developing a […]

UK must take note of Energy Select Committee’s proposals

The UK Government should take note of the “clarion call” from the Energy Select Committee to stop its dash for gas and set a decarbonisation target for the power sector. The comment from RenewableUK follows Tim Yeo, the Chair of the Committee, warning the UK could be left behind if the Government doesn’t set the […]

Cameron’s decision on gas ‘extremely reckless’

The Prime Minister questioning whether the UK really needs a decarbonisation target and letting Ministers “gamble” the energy future on a dash for gas is “extremely reckless”. That’s the view of environmental group Friends of the Earth, commenting on David Cameron’s evidence session yesterday about the future of UK policy and the “green Government”. Mr […]

Miliband calls for ‘clear’ decarbonisation plan

Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for a “clear goal” to decarbonise the power sector by 2030. He said the Government must create an attractive place for investors and give them the confidence needed to invest in new low carbon sources of energy. His comments come as the Climate Change Committee warned the UK Government’s […]

Lib Dems vote for 2030 decarbonising target

The Liberal Democrats today voted in favour of decarbonising the UK power sector within two decades. At the Autumn Conference in Brighton, delegates approved an emissions target of 50-100 grams of carbon dioxide per kilowatt hour (KWh) for any fossil fuel plant built after 2030. This puts added pressure on the UK Government as it […]

UK shouldn’t jump on shale gas “bandwagon”

Three environmental groups are calling on the Government to meet two key tests before jumping on the shale gas “bandwagon”. Friends of the Earth, RSPB and WWF have written to the Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey asking to prove shale gas doesn’t affect the nation’s ability to deliver on its climate change targets […]

FoE: Time to take our foot off the gas

The UK needs to take its “foot off the gas” as it is a risk for the country to rely on it, according to a new report. Green group Friends of the Earth (FoE) suggests we need to focus on developing clean energy, using the country’s potential for wind, wave and solar power. The news […]

‘Sun is starting to shine’ on solar

Environmental group, Friends of the Earth, claims the “sun is starting to shine again” on the solar industry following a year and half of uncertainty. The organisation welcomed the Government’s Feed-in Tariff reduction following a letter it sent to DECC last week asking for more certainty in the UK solar sector. Andy Atkins, CEO of […]

Is the Budget good for energy business?

The Chancellor’s opening gambit got straight to the point yesterday, saying his Budget “unashamedly backs business.” The CBI, a business organisation which represents some 240,000 businesses, welcomed the news. John Cridland, CBI Director-General said: “The Chancellor has painted a clearer vision of how the UK will earn its living in the future and, by seizing […]