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Back to work: what’s on the policy radar this autumn?

Back to work: what’s on the policy radar this autumn?

ENDS takes a look at 14 of the biggest policy changes to prepare for as people head back to work, if not the office, this autumn

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Environmental Politics

BEIS ‘drawing up greener industrial strategy’

The government is reportedly ripping up its industrial strategy and replacing it with one intended to focus on science, technology and meeting environmental objectives

Energy EIA Benchmarking Monitor

EIA Benchmarking Monitor: live table

Our live table contains details of the latest EIA activity on major projects being decided via the fast-track Planning Act 2008 regime for infrastructure schemes in England and Wales.

Renewable energy

Plans for 350MW Essex solar farm unveiled

Plans for a 350-megawatt solar farm near Chelmsford in Essex have been revealed by a joint venture that includes energy firm EDF Renewables UK

Climate change

UK Climate Assembly verdict: 7 things the government must do to hit net zero

The government will need to take action including taxing frequent flyers, planting more trees and improving public transport if the UK is to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, according to the final report from the Climate Assembly

Energy

‘Environmentally unacceptable’: Government rejects opencast coal mine a second time

The communities secretary has for a second time rejected plans for a £120m Highthorn opencast coal mine near Druridge Bay in Northumberland, against a planning inspector’s recommendations, this time on ‘environmentally unacceptable’ grounds

Analysis

Renewable energy

Infographic: Focus on a record breaking year for UK solar power

Infographic: Focus on a record breaking year for UK solar power

UK solar records have tumbled in 2020, with the nation’s largest solar park awarded planning consent and a new record set for peak generation

Energy

Homes of 2030: 6 green housing schemes of the future

The government has announced six finalists in a competition to design the low-carbon, age-friendly homes of the future. Here’s what the next generation of housing estates could look like

Renewable energy

Fuel of the future? 8 clean hydrogen projects you need to know about

Billed as the fuel of the future for high emitting sectors from aviation to steel, hydrogen is rapidly moving up the political agenda. ENDS takes you through eight of Europe’s most innovative projects

Environmental Politics

Boris Johnson’s green recovery plan: 10 things you need to know

The prime minister has pledged massive investment in cleantech to help the UK’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis, but there are concerns about his plans for new roads and streamlining the planning regime. ENDS sets out what you need to know

Energy

‘Cutting it fine’: What would a UK emissions trading system look like?

The government’s plan to replace the EU emissions trading system remains sketchy and could be scrapped entirely in favour of a carbon tax. Gareth Simkins looks at what might materialise before the transition period ends

Coal

Tracking Britain's coal-free run: record run ends at 67 days without coal

Updated daily: Britain's record coal-free run is over after 67 days, 22 hours and 55 minutes, following a coal unit running tests after essential maintenance. This had been the longest run without coal for Britain since 1882

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