2017: The ‘Greenest Year Ever’ for Electricity

The UK smashed 13 clean energy records last year in the ‘greenest year ever’ for electricity production in the country, according to WWF analysis of National Grid data. The sweep of new records was powered by the rise of green energy on the system, WWF said last week, with highlights …

Energy UK Calls on Government to Deliver ‘Low Carbon Future’​

The energy industry has today stepped up calls for a major overhaul of the UK’s energy policy regime in order to ensure carbon targets are met “at least cost to consumers”. Trade body Energy UK has published a major new report, entitled Pathways to a Low Carbon Future, which underscores …

Building Firms Urge Government to Deliver Bold Clean Growth Plan

More than 30 green construction, heat and energy efficiency organisations have urged Business Secretary Greg Clark to publish the UK’s long-awaited Clean Growth Plan and deliver bold new policies to decarbonise homes and buildings. In a letter to the Secretary of State coordinated by WWF, leading building firms such as …

Low-Carbon Policy ‘Less Vital than Low Energy Bills and Security’

Ministers should establish a new energy commission to spur on construction of power stations because successive governments have failed to encourage enough fresh power capacity in the UK, according to a House of Lords report. Subsidy-backed growth in renewable energy projects, such as windfarms, has deterred the construction of new …

Coal Collapse Pushes UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions Down Four Per Cent in 2015

UK greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly four per cent last year, continuing a long-running trend that has seen the country’s emissions drop 38 per cent since 1990. The latest official statistical release from National Statistics today confirms total greenhouse gas emissions in 2015 reached 495.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide …

UK Can Still Meet Carbon Targets with Heathrow Expansion, Government Says

The addition of a third runway at Heathrow will not endanger the UK’s ability to meet its legally binding climate change targets, the government has claimed in a new Airports National Policy Statement released today. The document, which acts as a public consultation on the controversial proposals to expand airport …