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Green Deal: use tax incentives to rescue energy efficiency scheme, MPs urge

Stamp duty discounts, variable council tax rates and other financial incentives should be offered to help households reduce energy bills and revive the Government’s flagship conservation initiative, a group of MPs has urged in a scathing report.

'Demand-side response': cheaper and greener than building new power plants, say MPs

Britain risks locking itself into an expensive and unnecessary programme of power plant construction under flawed new policies being pursued by the Government, a key committee of MPs has warned.

Half of Brits want businesses to have to report on their social and environmental impact

More than half of Britons want to see businesses legally obliged to report on the on the positive and negative impact they have on society or the communities in which they operate, results of a nationwide survey released today reveal.

Scottish independence could see exit of Green Investment Bank

The prospect of an independent Scotland is calling into question the future of the UK Green Investment Bank and how Scottish green infrastructure projects will be funded going forward.

£60m graphene centre to be built in Manchester

A £60 million innovation centre to develop commercial and environmentally friendly applications of 'wonder-material’ Graphene is to be built in Manchester.

Ed Davey unveils UK's strategy for climate talks in Paris

World governments are facing a "pivotal moment" on dealing with climate change, the UK's Energy Secretary will say on Tuesday, before a meeting of heads of state and government in New York this month.

UK's biggest coastal flood management scheme completed in Somerset

An ambitious and controversial coastal realignment scheme – billed as the largest in the UK in modern times – has been completed, with sea water pouring on to the Steart peninsula in Somerset for the first time in centuries.

Green issues to barely get a mention in Caroline Lucas' Green party conference speech

The Green party is positioning itself as the "real opposition" to the coalition, opening up a bitter fight with Labour on the left wing of UK politics, as the party’s key figures prepare to contest general election seats in parliament.

Small businesses hit by ongoing Green Deal payment delays

Small businesses say they continue to be left out of pocket and are facing job losses in the debacle following the sudden closure of a multi-million pound cashback scheme to drive take up of the Green Deal, the Government’s beleaguered energy efficiency programme.

Leading businesses launch first social impact assessment tool

Leading businesses, including UK retailer Marks and Spencer and Dutch chemicals giant AkzoNobel, have launched a comprehensive handbook for assessing the social impact of products, billing the guide as the "next frontier for sustainability".

National Grid prepares for possibility of power shortages this winter

National Grid has called on electricity suppliers to declare how much spare capacity they could muster to cover peak times either side of Christmas – highlighting the possibility of power shortages this winter.

Government slammed over "inappropriate" new household recycling fund

A new multi-million Government fund aimed at incentivising households to recycle more has been criticised by the waste management sector, which has called it "inappropriate" and spoken of its "growing concern" that the UK is set to miss its EU targets on recycling.

Green Alliance's 'Greener Britain' report sets out green goals for next Parliament

Green campaigners are calling on all of the UK's political parties to include key environmental pledges in their manifestos ahead of next spring's general election.

Fuel cell "mini-power stations" could reduce energy bills by 21 per cent

Low emission fuel cell systems could be deployed in more than five million premises by 2030, enabling homes and businesses to slash their energy bills, while delivering clean and secure energy to the UK, according to a new industry report released this week.

Renewable technologies power 22 per cent of world's electricity

Wind, solar and other renewable power capacity grew at its strongest ever pace last year and now produces 22 per cent of the world's electricity, the International Energy Agency said on Thursday in a new report.

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