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Climatists are sceptical, as Johnson urges ‘Green Marshall plan’ on G7 leaders

Influential environmental campaigners E3G have given a guarded welcome to the government’s reported intention to urge a ‘green Marshall plan’ on world leaders meeting...

Court and investors turn screw on oil leviathans to speed up decarbonisation

Legal and shareholder pressure on global fossil fuel extractors ratcheted still tighter yesterday, as Shell, Exxon and Chevron were separately ordered by institutions to...

The Energyst – Latest issue out now

The latest edition of The Energyst is now ready to read today online or via the new Energyst App. The Energyst is now published monthly,...

The future is here: IEA’s “new normal” means 90% of post-Covid power investment will...

Further confirmation – if confirmation were needed – that this planet energy’s future is both green and low-carbon, comes today from the world’s power...

“British kit for British CfDs”, BEIS signals, as coal-to-biomass is dropped in December’s AR4...

Britain’s next auction round of clean power generation under five-year CfD support will open for bids in December, the government has announced.   In a...

Ban greenwashing, and make REGOs worth the paper they’re written on, Ofgem is urged

Energy retailing’s dirty, not-so-little secret has come under renewed scrutiny, with two prominent power providers uniting in a call to banish ‘greenwashing’. In their joint...

Treasury & HMRC ‘haven’t got a scooby’ on tax use to prime Britain’s green...

Whitehall’s most powerful ministry and its tax collectors have come in for stinging criticism from law-makers, over their ”poor” understanding on how taxpayers’ cash...

Brits fear bankruptcies of power suppliers, support green taxes, don’t believe government on biomass

A trio of environmentally-related opinion polls out today provides a snapshot of Britons favouring personal taxes based on carbon consumption distrusting the Johnson government...

Government ‘abandoned’ Green Homes Grant scheme, say MPs

The Johnson government walked away from its undelivered flagship policy to insulate Britain’s energy-wasting homes, MPs claim in a scathing new report. Chaired by senior...

Earth Day:  “Purge greenwash from banks’ and firms’ communications with their audiences”, Treasury committee...

Companies and banks should face censure if they exaggerate the environmental sustainability of their lending and operations, an influential Parliamentary committee urges today (Thursday...

Nearly half of world’s biggest companies factoring cost of carbon into business plans

Corporate accounting for the cost of carbon is rising, with the number of companies using or planning to use an internal carbon price increasing...

UK to speed up Net Zero drive, targeting 78% emissions cuts by 2035

The government is reportedly set to announce an acceleration of the UK’s drive towards carbon neutrality sought by the middle of the century. By 2035...

Future Buildings Standard must be more ambitious, say construction and environmental groups

A coalition of built environment and climate action organisations has written to the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government...

Electricity North West budgets £ 2bn for RIIO – ED2 to upgrade network

DNO Electricity North West has completed its largest ever consultation, committing just under £2bn in its first draft of intended network upgrades running until...

Have your say on the Call for Evidence on the UK ETS

Have your say on the Call for Evidence on the UK ETS The UK ETS launched on 1 January 2021, providing some reassurance of a...

National Grid ESO to pay £1.5 million over electricity demand forecasts

An Ofgem investigation has found that the electricity system operator, National Grid ESO has not provided accurate and unbiased electricity demand forecasts back non...

Have your say on the Call for Evidence on the UK ETS

The UK ETS launched on 1 January 2021, providing some reassurance of a smooth transition from the EU scheme for participants.  The Government is...

Electricity framework is undermining wholesale markets and creating a reliance on government decision-making

The UK electricity market is not functioning effectively and is progressively undermining wholesale electricity markets and creating a perpetual reliance on government decision-making according to...

Government boosts energy efficiency spending to £1.3 billion with extra funding for green homes

£300 million of extra funding is to be invested to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s homes through energy efficiency and low carbon...

Ireland sets 51% emissions reduction by end of the decade

Ireland's government has approved legislation to reach net- Zero emissions no later than 2050 with an interim target of 51% reduction in emissions by the...