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Data check: The latest UK greenhouse gas emissions statistics

Data check: The latest UK greenhouse gas emissions statistics

In 2019 all major sectors reduced their emissions year on year, apart from agriculture, which increased them by 1%.

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Government has ‘no plan’ for achieving Net Zero, say MPs

The government 'lacks a plan for how it will achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050' despite setting the target in law almost two years ago, according to a cross party group of MPs


Minister scraps Industrial Strategy Council

Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng is axing a panel of business leaders that was set up to advise the government on its industrial strategy, prompting suggestions that the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy could soon be remoulded and rebranded

Environmental Politics

Budget 2021: the winners and losers

The chancellor gave a boost to infrastructure and green finance yesterday but critics say Rishi Sunak missed an opportunity to turbocharge a green industrial revolution. ENDS takes a look at some of the winners and losers from yesterday’s Budget


Budget 2021: Sunak invests in ‘green industries across the UK’

A new infrastructure bank, a carbon offsetting market and a greener remit for the Bank of England were among a raft of measures supporting ‘green industries’ unveiled by chancellor Rishi Sunak as part of today’s Budget announcements

Climate change

Case for Cumbrian mine ‘lies in tatters’ as questions surface over sulphur content of coal

Doubts were raised early on in the planning process about whether coking coal from the proposed Whitehaven mine in Cumbria can be used in the UK steel industry, weakening a key strand in the case in support of the mine’s consent, media reports have suggested


Environmental Politics

Just how green is DEFRA?

Just how green is DEFRA?

The department responsible for leading the way on the environment is not meeting its own green targets. Will its performance embarrass the government in the year it hosts the global climate summit? asks David Burrows


The coal mine decision that sparked a Whitehall row: 8 things you need to know

This week it emerged that tempers erupted in Whitehall after the go-ahead was given for the development of Britain’s first new deep coal mine in decades. Here's what you need to know

Renewable energy

Data check: Boxing day's wind power record

Boxing Day 2020 saw just over half of the country’s electricity demand met by wind power.

Planning & land use

The debrief: How an infrastructure firm is working to deliver biodiversity net gain

With the Environment Bill making its way through parliament, 2021 looks set to be the year that biodiversity net gain takes a significant step forward in England. But in Scotland, one firm is already working to deliver it


Get ready for the UK’s emissions trading scheme

In December the government opted to continue with an EU-style emissions cap-and-trade scheme to drive decarbonisation of heavy industry after Brexit. Here is what we know so far

Environmental Politics

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

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