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Has the Supreme Court hobbled the UK’s climate efforts?

Has the Supreme Court hobbled the UK’s climate efforts?

A ruling that overturned a decision over the legality of the government’s airports policy has been met with dismay by many, but does it have a material impact on the nation’s ability to tackle climate change? James Fair reports... Read more

Energy

The Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy: 15 things you need to know

The Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy: 15 things you need to know

The government has set out how it plans to bring down industrial greenhouse gas emissions to a tenth of current levels by 2050. Here’s what you need to know

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Energy

Plans for Peterhead CCS power station announced

Energy firms SSE Thermal and Equinor have announced that they are to develop a 900 megawatt power station fired on natural gas that will capture its CO2 and pipe it for storage offshore

Environmental Politics

‘Not enough stick and not enough carrot’: green taxes fall to 6% of takings

‘Wholesale change’ in tax policy is required for the county to reach net zero, with greater effort required to hit polluters and reward green investment, according to an analysis

Energy

‘No silver bullet’: EA set to adopt diverse offsetting strategy

The Environment Agency (EA) will have to adopt more than one method of offsetting emissions to reach its goal of hitting net zero by 2030, it has concluded

Environmental Politics

Leadsom: Treasury must back PM’s green vision

Former business secretary Andrea Leadsom has said that the Treasury’s forthcoming Net Zero Review is “an unparalleled opportunity for the Treasury to row in behind the prime minister’s green vision”

Analysis

Environmental Politics

COP26 countdown: Can the UK’s claim to be a world leader be met?

COP26 countdown: Can the UK’s claim to be a world leader be met?

The government has a huge task to justify its claims of being an environmental world leader ahead of the Glasgow climate conference this November, with critical strategies still awaited and key planks of its green agenda yet to be delivered. Here’s what you need to know

Energy

Energy White Paper: 19 things you need to know

Today’s Energy White Paper sets the direction of travel for energy policy as the sector decarbonises over the next three decades. Here’s what you need to know

Environmental Politics

Brexit countdown: 9 loose ends that need tying up

With less than a month to go before the end of the transition period, the government still has a number of loose ends to tie up, including policy decisions, regulations and operational challenges. Here’s what you need to know

Editor's Pick

10 ways the government must step up on climate adaptation, according to its own advisers

10 ways the government must step up on climate adaptation, according to its own advisers

The Committee on Climate Change has criticised the government over its failure to prepare the country for the impacts of climate change, recommending it step up action on land and water management. Here’s what you need to know about the committee’s concerns and Whitehall’s response

Environmental Politics

How is the Conservative Party grappling with net zero?

How is the Conservative Party grappling with net zero?

The government wants to lead the world on climate action and attract younger voters, but competing forces within the party will not make the transition a simple one. Simon Pickstone reports

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