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The latest renewable energy news and issues affecting your business, from renewable fuels and energy to wind power, biofuels and renewable regulations and policies.

Conservative Government's green policy changes slammed by environment groups

Environment and conservation groups representing millions of people have written to David Cameron to register their "major concern" at the cancellation or weakening of 10 green polices since he was re-elected.

Slashing green subsidies will make it hard for businesses to invest in renewables again

The Government’s U-turn on renewable energy risks sending this country back to the dark ages of relying only on fossil fuel, argues Estelle Brachlianoff, senior vice-president, Veolia UK and Ireland.

Onshore wind subsidies to end from April 2016

The Government has confirmed it will end subsidies for onshore wind energy in April 2016, a year earlier than planned.

Swansea Tidal Lagoon under scrutiny over £300m contract to Chinese firm

A £300 million contract with a Chinese company to build a sea wall for the Government’s flagship renewable energy project at Swansea Bay has been called into question amid allegations that it may have been awarded improperly.

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon given Government greenlight

The Government has given planning consent for the construction of the world’s first tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay.

G7 commit to decarbornise global economy "in the course of this century"

The G7 leading industrial nations have agreed to cut greenhouse gases by phasing out the use of fossil fuels by the end of the century, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has announced.

Fracking: Labour leader contestant Andy Burnham in favour of moratorium

A moratorium on fracking should be imposed until stronger scientific evidence can show it is safe to drill for shale gas, Andy Burnham, the frontrunner in the Labour leadership contest, is to say.

Scotland calls for consultation over onshore wind subsidies

The Scottish Energy Minister has called for an "adult discussion" with the UK government over the future of wind farm subsidies, after writing to Amber Rudd to express his concern that Scotland is being shut out of discussions.

Cleantech innovator Pavegen smashes through Crowdcube investment target

With just over a month left for its crowdfunding, clean tech company Pavegen has already smashed its £750,000 target and hit £1,081,940 pledged from 905 investors on investment platform Crowdcube.

RenewableUK warns DECC of legal action over early onshore wind subsidy cut

The UK renewable energy industry has warned the Government’s new Climate Secretary that she will face a legal challenge if she oversees the "wilful destruction" of the industry by retrospectively curtailing subsidies.

Energy giants call for adoption of "widespread carbon pricing"

Chiefs of global energy companies including BP, Shell, Total and Eni have called on world leaders to recognise the role natural gas can play in a low carbon economy and urged to adopt a carbon pricing scheme in all countries ahead of UN talks in Paris.

Energy industry calls for climate deal in Paris that supports low carbon investment

World governments must sign a clear new agreement on greenhouse gas emissions at a crunch conference in Paris this December, leaders of the world’s energy industry have urged.

Charity Platform to launch first fossil fuel-free pension scheme

London charity Platform is launching the first cooperative and fossil fuel-free pension scheme in the UK, focused on sustainable society and renewable energy.

Axa to divest £330m from coal; triple cleantech investments

The insurance company Axa has said it will remove around €500m (£355m) of coal investments from its portfolio, in a move that reflects long-term concerns in the insurance industry over climate change.

E.ON and Green Investment Bank partner on £1.3bn Rampion offshore wind project

Energy giant E.ON has partnered with the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) over the construction of the Rampion offshore wind farm – expected to power 300,000 homes.


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Conservative Government's green policy changes slammed by environment groups
Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has announced a end to subsidies for wind and solar power and funding for the Green Deal since May
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