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Fracking friend or climate campaigner? The two sides of Jeremy Hunt

Fracking friend or climate campaigner? The two sides of Jeremy Hunt

With Jeremy Hunt still in the running to be the next Conservative Party leader, ENDS examines his environmental track record

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Environmental Politics

UK bids to host major UN climate change gathering ‘COP26’ in 2020

The UK has put forward its bid to lead COP26 climate talks in partnership with Italy which will host the preparatory events beforehand

Climate change

EU calls for ‘substantially more ambitious’ UK climate policies for 2030

The UK’s existing set of climate action policies are not ambitious or comprehensive enough to meet its obligations under EU law, the European Commission has warned

Coal

Government delays final decision on opencast coal mine

The government has said it needs more time to assess the potential climate change impacts of the proposed Druridge Bay opencast coal mine on the Northumberland coast before it can make a final planning decision

Coal

SSE to close coal-fired Fiddler’s Ferry power station

Energy firm SSE has announced plans to close the last of its coal-fired power stations next year, claiming its deteriorating financial performance was unsustainable

Policy

Businesses set up Net-Zero Carbon Taskforce

Business in the Community has launched a taskforce aimed at ensuring companies across the UK can play a greater role in combating the climate crisis

Analysis

Environmental Politics

Net-zero by 2050: 15 things you need to know

Net-zero by 2050: 15 things you need to know

Theresa May has committed to slashing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 after the Committee on Climate Change's report deemed it “necessary, feasible and cost-effective”. Here are 15 things you need to know about the committee's recommendations

Energy

Fact checker: Is the UK a big hitter on emissions reduction?

The UK’s current CO2 emissions stand at around 361 million tonnes – 39% below 1990 levels, according to the latest statistics from BEIS. ENDS takes a look at the figures

Environmental Politics

10 key policy updates to look out for this May

Scan upcoming policy changes on oil and gas decommissioning, energy efficiency for small and medium businesses, environmental governance in Scotland, resources and waste recycling, low carbon energy generation, the industrial energy transformation fund, and the marine environment in Wales

Carbon trading

How a government bailout saved British Steel from a £500m environment fine

British Steel found itself in some serious financial trouble last week, without ready means to pay a massive emissions trading liability. Gareth Simkins looks into why the government had to step in

Energy

What does ‘net-zero by 2050’ mean for big industry?

The government’s climate change advisers say the lion’s share of greenhouse gas cuts can be achieved through existing technologies. Isabella Kaminski looks at what this means for heavy industry

Carbon & energy efficiency

Data check: What BEIS's latest figures show about UK carbon emissions

The UK has done much to reduce its carbon emissions since 1990 but transport remains stuck in the slow lane, according to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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