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Coal

Tracking Britain's record coal-free run

Tracking Britain's record coal-free run

Updated daily: Britain has recorded its first coal-free month since the Industrial Revolution, having now gone without coal-fired generation for 49 consecutive days and counting... Read more

Industrial emissions

6 big polluters that have pledged to go net zero

6 big polluters that have pledged to go net zero

Shell has set out a high-level plan for reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, hot on the heels of BP’s pledge to go net zero, but green groups remain unconvinced. ENDS take a look at the big firms making big promises... Read more

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Climate change

UK must include full carbon footprint in climate goals, commission says

The UK government risks undermining its credibility on tackling climate change unless it accounts for the carbon footprint of imported goods and services, according to a group of MPs and representatives from industry and civil society

Energy

Gas distributor plans ‘green hydrogen’ network for 300 homes

Energy firm SGN is preparing a bid for government funding to build a 'zero-carbon hydrogen network' to heat up to 300 homes in Fife that would provide evidence for the UK’s long-term strategy to decarbonise domestic heating

Environmental Law

Legal campaigners seek action against government’s ‘outdated energy policy’

The government is facing the prospect of legal action against energy planning policies described as incompatible with its climate change goals after failing to respond to demands for a review

Climate change

Watchdog highlights green challenges at the Ministry of Defence

Independent advisers from the National Audit Office have raised concerns with how the Ministry of Defence has approached environmental issues, calling for 'major changes' if it is to meet the government’s climate goals

Analysis

Environmental Politics

10 demands made by the Natural Capital Committee

10 demands made by the Natural Capital Committee

The government advisors’ seventh annual report, published this week, offered some strongly-worded criticism of the government’s flagship green plans, including the environment and agriculture bills. Here’s what you need to know about the committee’s key demands

Environmental Politics

‘No rules are better than bad rules’: Why COP25 ended in deadlock

The international climate conference achieved little this year, with carbon markets decisions deferred to the 2020 summit in Glasgow. Isabella Kaminski looks at what stymied the critical talks

Climate change

Net zero: 6 breakthrough technologies for heavy industry

Decarbonising heavy industry presents a major challenge to reaching net-zero emissions. But new solutions are on the horizon. ENDS looks at six emerging technologies

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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