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Environmental Politics

Live consultations: Energy NPSs, beavers, marine environment, local biodiversity, water abstraction charges and ...

Live consultations: Energy NPSs, beavers, marine environment, local biodiversity, water abstraction charges and

ENDS’ round-up of the latest major government consultations, including major changes to the infrastructure planning regime for energy infrastructure, nature recovery strategies, beaver reintroduction and part three of the marine strategy...... Read more

Climate change

Briefing: The landmark UN climate report that signals a ‘code red for humanity’ ...

Briefing: The landmark UN climate report that signals a ‘code red for humanity’

The key messages from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s landmark report on climate change, how policymakers have responded, and the implications for the crunch COP26 climate summit

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Planning & land use

Climate change references to be strengthened in NPPF, says minister

Changes are to come to the National Planning Policy Framework which would strengthen references to climate change, a junior minister has confirmed.

Environmental Politics

Government ‘clearly confused’ on net zero plans

Senior figures from the National Audit Office and Institute for Government have questioned how well the government has organised itself to meet its climate goals

Energy

Call to remove green levies on bills as energy prices rocket

The energy industry has responded to surging wholesale energy prices by firing up little-used or mothballed coal units – and by repeating calls for policy costs to be funded from taxation

Environmental Politics

‘No centralised help’ for councils on net zero, says Lord Deben

Climate Change Committee (CCC) chair Lord Deben has told MPs that local authorities have been forced to go it alone in their efforts to reach net zero, ‘because there is no centralised help’

Analysis

Energy

Betting on blue: Is Whitehall right to back hydrogen from natural gas?

Betting on blue: Is Whitehall right to back hydrogen from natural gas?

Huge investment is going into hydrogen technologies to help meet net zero. But there are concerns that the nascent sector might be being over-hyped. Gareth Simkins reports

Policy

Sixth carbon budget signals acceleration to net zero

The government has committed the UK to reducing its emissions by 78% by 2035 compared with 1990 levels, with the target set to be enshrined in law. So what next?

Environmental Politics

Government response to the Dasgupta review: 15 things you need to know

A wealth of new measures were included in the government’s response to Sir Partha Dasgupta’s review of the economics of biodiversity, from greener schools to applying net gain to major infrastructure projects. 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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