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Carbon & energy efficiency

Are the planned new home standards fit for purpose?

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... Read more

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Land, Ecology & Development

Pioneering waste to jet fuel plant hit by Natural England objection

The nature regulator Natural England has issued an objection to plans for a first-of-a-kind waste to jet fuel plant in the Humber Estuary, warning that the proposals as submitted would have an adverse effect on nearby protected sites

Planning & land use

Environmental queries delay nuclear decision for further 6 months

A planning decision on a new nuclear power plant in north Wales has been delayed for a further six months in order to give the secretary of state more time to consider the environmental effects of the scheme


Coal power stations close as government nears decision on major new coal mine

The closure of Aberthaw and Fiddlers Ferry coal-fired power stations has left only three such plants operational across the UK. Meanwhile, the government is set to decide within a week on allowing a major coal mine to go ahead

Supply chain

UK should introduce carbon border tax, says free-market think tank

A think tank with close ties to the Conservative Party has called on the government to tackle ‘carbon leakage’ by introducing a tax on imported electricity and carbon-intensive goods


Cuadrilla breaches permit again

Fracking firm Cuadrilla breached rules on monitoring a flare at its Preston New Road site, part of terms added to its environmental permit last year


Environmental Politics

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

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?


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?

Renewable energy

Infographic: Focus on renewable energy

Renewables are on the rise across Europe, but the UK is among the countries struggling to meet their target

Renewable energy

Interview: Wind entrepreneur Dale Vince on carbon neutrality and running the world's greenest football club

The one-time hippie turned green entrepreneur, best known as the owner of green energy provider Ecotricity, has a new project – getting the world’s greenest football club to climb the league

Environmental Law

Policy briefing: Get ready for the European Green Deal

The European Commission has promised a radical transformation of the EU economy with a wide-ranging decarbonisation plan. How will the proposals affect UK businesses?

Land, Ecology & Development

Why cities are failing to harness digital technology to make green gains

£104bn is expected to be invested annually in smart city technologies by 2021, according to the International Data Corporation. But some fear the potential environmental gains are not being given enough weight in digital strategies

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