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Environmental Politics

How green is Kwasi Kwarteng?

How green is Kwasi Kwarteng?

Though saying little about the environment prior to joining the government, the new business secretary has had a vigorous year and a half in charge of energy and clean growth objectives. Here’s what you need to know... Read more

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Environmental Politics

Sharma ‘apoplectic’ over coal mine decision

COP26 president Alok Sharma is said to be 'apoplectic' with the communities secretary Robert Jenrick for not calling in an application for the development of Britain’s first new deep coal mine in decades


Court upholds huge gas plant consent but campaigners hail 'important legal precedent on climate'

The Court of Appeal has upheld a ministerial planning consent for a new gas-fired plant at the Drax power station in Yorkshire, however, lawyers claim that the decision has set 'an important legal precedent for assessing major energy projects on their climate change impact'

Environmental Politics

BEIS begins search for 'world-changing' net zero director general

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has begun the search for a new director general to help deliver the government's net zero ambitions

Green buildings

Government sets out ‘radical’ measures to reduce emissions from buildings

The government has set out new energy efficiency standards under which new homes are expected to produce 75-80% lower carbon emissions, in a bid to ensure all homes in the UK are highly energy-efficient and ‘zero carbon ready’ by 2025

Environmental Politics

Questions raised over fossil fuel investor donations to Kwarteng

Newly-installed business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, who has charge of the UK’s net zero aspirations, accepted £20,500 from companies in the fossil fuel economy to support his 2019 re-election bid


Environmental Politics

Policy radar: The changes to prepare for in 2021

Policy radar: The changes to prepare for in 2021

After a Covid-induced malaise, the next 12 months is set to be a bumper period for strategies and consultations on the swathe of policies needed to address Brexit, climate change, air pollution and biodiversity in the UK


Energy White Paper: Is the UK ‘on the cusp of a green industrial revolution’?

The Energy White Paper elaborates on last month’s 10-point Green Industrial Revolution Plan, yet its 170 pages offer little detail on plans for industrial decarbonisation. Gareth Simkins reports


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


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


National Infrastructure Strategy: 7 things you need to know

A new National Infrastructure Strategy backed by ‘hundreds of billions of pounds of public and private investment’ to ‘transform the UK’s networks’ has been launched today alongside chancellor Rishi Sunak’s spending review statement. Here’s what you need to know

Environmental Law

The 5 largest civil penalties for emissions trading breaches

Insolvent airline Flybe has been hit with the UK’s largest ever penalty for an environmental offence, Here are the five largest such bills for failing to meet emissions trading system obligations

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