Boost for climate trading, peanuts for renewables and a carrot for recycling

The Government's comprehensive spending review has produced a disappointing outcome for efforts to combat climate change, with £30 million to help launch an emissions trading scheme the only genuinely new money provided, and very little funding allocated to help the biomass and offshore wind power industries over the next three years. Local authority waste and recycling services will benefit from a new £140 million fund over that period - but increases in landfill tax and waste volumes mean that recycling will continue to have to compete with other council services for the additional money they need to meet the new statutory waste targets.

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