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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

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?

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Energy

CCS set to be funded through contracts for difference

A government consultation launched last week has proposed that carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) schemes should be supported through the Contracts for Difference (CfD) regime, in a similar way to renewable power

Energy

‘Dilly dally and delay’: Treasury blocks carbon cheques plan

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has thwarted a plan to compensate households for a rise in the cost of gas, while the end of new gas boiler installations is being pushed back to 2040, according to reports

Planning & land use

Government considering further planning reforms to support net zero

The housing ministry has said it intends to carry out a ‘fuller review’ of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), following concerns about how it responds to reaching net zero by 2050

Energy

Green Gas Levy to support biogas injection launches this autumn

A new support scheme for injecting biomethane into the gas grid, funded by a new charge on suppliers of fossil gas, will launch this autumn

Analysis

Environmental Politics

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

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

Climate change

Data check: The pathway to net zero

The Committee on Climate Change said in April that the delivery of the sixth carbon budget will be a challenge for government and society and that its interest in setting targets will now decline, while its 'fascination with delivery increases'

Industrial emissions

Can the government make good on its 78% emissions cut pledge?

The government is making bold pledges in the run up to COP26 but many say the policies to drive action are lacking and that past flip flopping has damaged industry confidence. Danny Halpin reports

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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