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Government confirms the end of subsidies for UK onshore wind

The Government is pushing ahead with its pledge to end public subsidies for onshore wind farms, by closing the Renewables Obligation scheme across Great Britain from the beginning of next April.

UK’s first Carbon Trust-certified renewable electricity supply scheme launched

Responsible businesses can now have increased confidence in the credentials of the renewable electricity that they have purchased, with help from a pioneering initiative launched by SmartestEnergy, the UK’s largest purchaser of renewable electricity from the independent generation sector.

Hundreds of jobs lost as two leading clean energy firms go to the wall

In a hammer blow to the UK's renewable energy industry, two of nation's leading clean energy firms have gone into administration within hours of each other, and a third has sold his UK business, with two of them blaming the government about-turn on energy policy.

Ecotricity calls for “level playing field” for energy subsidies

UK green energy company Ecotricity has today challenged the Government to scrap subsidies for nuclear power and fossil fuels to create a level playing field after it slashes support for renewable energy.

Sky and WWF raise over £9 million to help protect Amazon rainforest

Sky Rainforest Rescue, the six-year partnership between Sky and WWF, has raised over £9 million to help keep one billion trees standing in the Amazon.

VW emissions scandal: academics reveal findings of UK’s first study of diesel engine emissions

A team at The University of Manchester is testing a diesel Volkswagen engine to try to get an accurate picture of how polluting it actually is.

5p charge on plastic carrier bags comes into force in England

A five pence tax on plastic bags must be extended to all shops to prevent further damage to the environment, campaigners have warned.

Leading businesses rewarded for cutting emissions in the supply chain

Seven large businesses have demonstrated their sustainability leadership by becoming the first organisations to be awarded the new Carbon Trust Standard for Supply Chain, launched today at an event at the British Academy in Central London.

Trade associations attack Government policy on renewables

The seven trade associations that represent the UK’s renewable energy industry have published a joint statement criticising the Government’s action of withdrawing subsidy support.

Insurance CEOs call on Bank of England to take climate action

The leaders of 15 ClimateWise members have today written an open letter to the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, and the UK’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).

Energy efficiency of Samsung TVs in question as 'test cheating' row continues

Independent lab tests have found that some Samsung TVs in Europe appear to use less energy during official testing conditions than they do during real-world use, raising questions about whether they are set up to game energy efficiency tests.

Car sharing and energy saving IT help Chapters Financial slash carbon emissions

A small firm of Surrey-based independent financial advisers has reduced its carbon emissions by almost a quarter in the last 12 months thanks to putting in place sustainable practices such as car-sharing, energy saving computers and paper recycling.

Shell abandons drilling for oil in Arctic

Shell has abandoned its controversial drilling operations in the Alaskan Arctic in the face of mounting opposition in what jubilant environmentalists described as "an unmitigated defeat" for big oil.

£14 billion of council pension funds invested in fossil fuels

UK local authorities have ploughed £14 billion of their pension funds into fossil fuel investments, according to new research released today.

Scotland hits record-high renewable energy levels but warns of cuts

A record amount of Scotland’s electricity was generated from renewables in the first half of 2015.

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