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Queen Speech: "worrying omissions" of climate change action

The Queen will formally open the next Parliamentary year at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday, setting out the Conservative Government’s agenda for the next 12 months. But there are concerns that the speech will do little to mitigate the effects of climate change or invest for the future.

Make energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority, business leaders tell Osborne

Leaders of major UK companies, including Whitbread, BAM Construct, Willmott Dixon and Kingfisher, have called on George Osborne today to put energy efficiency at the heart of the Government’s economic plan.

Green Deal passes £50m loans barrier

The Green Deal, the Government’s home energy efficiency scheme that has struggled to get off the ground, has broken through the £50 million barrier in terms of loan applications and finance plans passing through the system.

Fracking: public support dwindles, as Amber Rudd backs shale gas extraction

Public opposition to fracking in the UK has continued to rise, according to polling released as the new Conservative Energy Secretary said she would "deliver shale" now the impediment of the Liberal Democrats had been removed.

Renewable energy generation up 20 per cent

Green electricity generation increased by a fifth in 2014, according to figures released today by industry body the Renewable Energy Association (REA).

Amber Rudd appointed new Energy and Climate Change Secretary

Amber Rudd has been appointed new Energy and Climate Change Secretary.

Green energy sector fearful about future under Conservative Government

The UK green energy sector has called on David Cameron to "show leadership", not turn his back on the renewables industry, following the Conservatives’ victory at the General Election.

How worried should the green sector be about a Conservative Government?

The next five years will be crucial in the global fight against climate change but the Conservatives must improve their shaky record on green issues if they are to meet the challenge.

Green’s Caroline Lucas holds seat with big increase in majority

The Green’s Caroline Lucas has retained her Brighton Pavilion seat, giving her party it’s only seat of the 2015 General Election.

Conservatives heading for electoral victory as SNP surge in Scotland

David Cameron is on course to secure an astonishing electoral triumph as the Conservative party headed towards an overall majority and unseated a raft of senior political opponents including the Labour shadow chancellor, Ed Balls, and the Lib Dem business secretary, Vince Cable.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey loses seat as Conservatives set to win majority in election

Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey, has lost his seat in a General Election result that has seen his party practically wiped out.

Dale Vince's green plan: ban coal plants, scrap VAT for EVs and bring in 'cow tax'

Dale Vince, the chairman of the renewable energy firm Ecotricity and a major Labour donor, has published a plan for four fifths of British power generation to be derived from renewable energy within 15 years, calling for the introduction of "a cow tax" to reduce UK beef consumption.

Election 2015: £120 billion green sector sidelined in general election campaign

Nearly a million people are employed in the green business sector in the UK, but few would realise it from the debates so far in the 2015 general election.

Shell lobby for gas undermined key EU renewables targets, documents reveal

Shell successfully lobbied to undermine European renewable energy targets ahead of a key agreement on emissions cuts reached in October last year, newly released documents reveal.

Top scientist release Earth Day statement: "COP21 is the moment of truth"

Three-quarters of known fossil fuel reserves must be kept in the ground if humanity is to avoid the worst effects of climate change, a group of leading scientists and economists have said in a statement timed to coincide with Earth Day.


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