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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

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... Read more

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Agriculture & forestry

Only 7% of of Britain’s native woodlands in ‘good ecological condition’

Britain’s native woodlands are in a sorry state with just 7% in good condition and many suffering from a wide range of threats, including the planning regime, according to a new report

Environmental Politics

Pandemic lockdown slashed carbon emissions

The UK’s greenhouse gas output fell by almost nine percent last year as coronavirus lockdown measures shut down large parts of the economy, according to provisional statistics released yesterday.

Policy

Sunak: Financial regulators must consider net zero target

The chancellor Rishi Sunak has written to the UK’s principal financial regulators telling them to consider climate change when making decisions

Policy

Government's net zero roadmap ‘not yet practical’

The Industrial Strategy Council has criticised the government’s net zero plans in its final report before being disbanded

Analysis

Energy

Energy White Paper: 19 things you need to know

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

Regulation

Should regulation underpin Johnson’s 10-point plan?

The government will need to find the right combination of policy, financing and regulation to make its green industrial revolution a success, finds Catherine Early

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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