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Mapped: the 'carbon budget busting' gas power pipeline

Mapped: the 'carbon budget busting' gas power pipeline

There are at least 17 gas-fired power stations pending possible construction in the UK, potentially threatening attainment of future carbon budgets

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Sustainability

Sturgeon launches £3bn green investment scheme while BEIS seeks views on £315m industrial energy fund

Projects to help Scotland meet its goal of reaching net zero by 2045 can now apply to access a £3bn fund, Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon announced yesterday

Environmental Politics

Infrastructure regulators need net zero powers, say government advisers

The UK will not reach its goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 unless utility companies are given new powers to direct investment in sustainable infrastructure, according to the government’s infrastructure advisory body

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Johnson promises an ‘environmental transformation’ under no deal

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced there will be an “environmental transformation” if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, in a new report on no deal preparations

EIA Benchmarking Monitor Energy

‘Utterly reprehensible!’: Drax gas plant approval sparks fury and disappointment

The government’s decision to disregard a panel of examiners’ recommendation to refuse Drax’s 3.6GW gas plant on climate change grounds has been met with anger in many quarters

Energy

Controversial Drax gas plant approval risks ‘carbon budget blowout’

Consent has been granted for Drax power station to replace its two remaining coal-fired units with four gas turbines, contrary to advice from the Planning Inspectorate

Analysis

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

Environmental Law

15 environmental policy and compliance deadlines to look out for in October

Important deadlines relating to plastics production and pollution, costs protection for environmental claims, environmental permitting, nitrates action, environmental damage reporting, waste management, water use and restriction of chemicals are coming up in October

Environmental Politics

Labour's emerging environmental policy: 10 things you need to know

The Labour Party conference saw the opposition set out new policies on net zero, offshore wind, electric vehicles and ‘battery gigafactories’. Here are 10 things you need to know

Waste

Are anaerobic digesters a net loss for the environment?

With an anaerobic digester spill killing 10,000 fish in Devon this month and the wider industry receiving flak for growing maize for feedstock, James Fair asks whether the booming low-carbon technology is ultimately good for the environment

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Do Boris Johnson’s new Spads want to slash environmental protections?

Could the recruitment of a group of young, libertarian special advisers lead to the erosion of environmental standards? Jocelyn Timperley reports

Environmental Law

9 environmental policy and compliance deadlines to look out for in August

Important deadlines relating to cosmetic products, transport procurement, ecolabel criteria, clean air zones, chemicals, flooding, and marine conservation are coming up in August

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