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Ed Davey confirms UK carbon budget will not be changed

The Chancellor, George Osborne's hopes of weakening the UK's carbon budget for the next decade were quashed on Tuesday when Lib Dem Energy Secretary, Ed Davey, said the target would not be changed.

I was sacked as Environment Secretary to appease "green blob", says Owen Paterson

Owen Paterson has suggested that David Cameron's decision to sack him as Environment Secretary was driven by his desire to appease the "powerful, self-serving" environmental lobby – dismissed by Paterson as "the green blob".

Three-quarters of businesses want to see energy security made a top priority, CBI poll reveals

Three quarters of UK businesses and households are worried enough about energy security to rate security of supply as a "crucial energy objective of the UK", according to a survey published today by the leading business group the CBI.

England's first south coast offshore wind farm gets go-ahead

The first offshore wind farm to be built along the south coast of England has been given the greenlight by the Government today.

Will renewable energy be able to sustain an independent Scotland?

As September 18th – the day Scottish nationals vote whether to stay in or leave the UK – draws closer, Peter Rolton, ceo of the Rolton Group and former government advisor on the UK’s Renewables Advisory Board, considers what the clean energy landscape may look like in a post-referendum, independent Scotland.

Greg Barker resignation leaves "big hole" in Government's green policy

Greg Barker’s resignation as Energy and Climate Change Minister will leave a "big hole" in Government, the green industry said today following David Cameron's biggest reshuffle since taking office.

Liz Truss named new Environment Secretary

Liz Truss is to be the new Environment Secretary, as part of David Cameron’s Cabinet reshuffle.

Green Deal and ECO have failed to put UK on track to meet carbon targets, climate watchdog says

The Coalition’s flagship insulation programmes have failed to put the UK on the right track to meet its commitments on cutting greenhouse gases, a review by the statutory advisers on climate change has found.

Businesses should be incentivised to protect themselves against flooding, climate watchdog says

Incentives for businesses to make their properties more resilient to flooding has been recommended by a new report by the Government's climate change advisor.

Feed-in Tariff: Government may have to pay £132m in damages to solar firms

The Government faces the prospect of paying £132 million in damages to solar and construction companies for unlawful policy changes made to subsidies for solar electricity.

Flooding: budget cuts putting three-quarters of flood defences at risk

Three-quarters of the UK’s flood defences are being inadequately maintained due to budget cuts, putting homes at risk and storing up problems for the future, the Government’s climate change advisers warned on Wednesday.

Floods: Government spin on defence funding cuts revealed in leaked document

The government’s drive to spin its cuts to flood protection funding has been revealed in a leaked communications strategy from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), seen by the Guardian.

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive "proving popular", Government maintains

The Government has downplayed reports its fledgling domestic Renewable Heat Incentive is at risk of going the same way as the Green Deal, maintaining it is "proving popular".

70 per cent of household waste may have to be recycled under new EU proposals

Councils will have to recycle 70 per cent of household waste by the end of the next decade, under proposals unveiled on Wednesday by the European Commission. This would require a significant increase in the proportion of UK waste diverted from landfill.

£16bn of renewable energy contracts criticised for not giving consumers value for money

A parliamentary spending watchdog warns today that the Government may have handed benefits to corporate power providers at the expense of consumers by awarding £16.6 billion of renewable energy contracts without putting them out to competitive tender.


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Ed Davey confirms UK carbon budget will not be changed
Ed Davey has confirmed that the fourth carbon budget, which caps the UK's carbon emissions, will not be changed
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