Wider economic factors have caused cement's decline, though lack of compensation for the carbon price floor and EU ETS will be increasingly challenging. Photograph: 123RF

Climate policies ‘not primary cause’ of UK cement decline

Recession, labour costs and volatility in coal and gas prices have been the main drivers behind the domestic cement industry’s deterioration, research has found

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Sarah Allardyce, wind energy analyst at Mott Macdonald, offers insights into her role.

The UK's industrial strategy needs to be backed by more coherent climate policies and a financial strategy, say policy analysts. Photograph: Andrey Guryanov / 123RF

Industrial strategy needs coherent finance and low-carbon policy

Better access to green finance and a coherent climate policy framework are vital to the success of the UK’s industrial strategy in delivering a low-carbon economy, say analysts

Soubry to join Green Steel Council

The former business minister, a strong advocate for UK steel, will help to seek out ways of implementing low carbon solutions in the hard-pressed sector

Simon Lyster, non-executive director, Northumbrian Water Group,is among four non-executive directors reappointed to the board of Natural England. Pic: Natural England

Natural England and HSE confirm appointments

Four key members of the board of Natural England have been reappointed and a vital new HSE role covering chemical safety issues during Brexit has been filled

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Government challenged to provide Brexit business certainty

A strong case is being made to policymakers for continuing ambition on the environment after EU withdrawal, reports Isabella Kaminski, but will they listen?

The Red Tape initiative is supported by a number of former and serving MPs, alongside six QCs.

‘Non-partisan’ scheme aims to slash red tape

The Red Tape Initiative is the latest deregulatory effort to be launched in the UK, seeking to reduce burdens in a post-Brexit nation

The programme will assess feasibility of large-scale deployment of technologies such as biomass emergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). Photograph: Andrei Merkulov/123RF

Research programme to investigate carbon removal

The capture and storage of carbon from biomass and the use of steel slag to trap emissions are among the potentially game-changing negative emissions technologies to receive funding

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