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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 48 consecutive days and counting... Read more

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Environmental Law

Judge upholds Drax gas plant approval

Former energy secretary Andrea Leadsom did not act unlawfully in granting permission for Drax power station's plans to replace its two remaining coal-fired units with four gas turbines, the High Court has ruled

Environmental Politics

10 key things that happened this week

10 of the biggest stories from this week: Natural England overhauls planning, licensing and monitoring activity; Conservation concerns raised over ‘reckless’ plans for UK’s largest solar park; Regulator accused of ‘wholesale beaver slaughter’

Planning & land use

Conservation concerns raised over ‘reckless’ plans for UK’s largest solar park

A conservationist has spoken out against plans to create the UK’s biggest commercial solar farm and has launched a petition to prevent it from being developed

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Legal campaigners seek action against government’s ‘outdated energy policy’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

Analysis

Coal

Infographic: Britain's record coal-free run

Infographic: Britain's record coal-free run

Britain is nearing 50 days without coal-fired generation, smashing the previous coal-free record of 18 days, set in June 2019.

Green buildings

The debrief: How a London council is using public transport to heat homes

An expanded district heat scheme deriving warmth from an unlikely source is helping more than a thousand homes cut their energy bills in north London

Industrial emissions

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

Carbon & energy efficiency

Are the planned new home standards fit for purpose?

New homes built to the proposed Future Homes Standard should reduce carbon emissions by 75-80% compared with those built to current requirements. So why do some built environment professionals think the proposals are a step in the wrong direction?

Environmental Politics

Interview: Sam Hall on how his Conservative Environment Network can influence parliament

Former special adviser Sam Hall heads a network of Conservative backbenchers committed to environmental action, which could wield significant influence over the development of green laws in this parliament. But can he find consensus?

Energy

Fact checker: The UK’s coal-free fortnight

The UK’s coal-fired power stations did not operate for 18 days last June but does that mean the country avoided relying on the fossil fuel completely?

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