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Britain's environmental consultancy sector outstripped the nation’s economic growth of 2.2% by a significant margin in 2015

Brexit poses uncertainty, opportunity for Britain's environmental consultants: report

The UK's Brexit vote is expected to have a significant impact on the nation's environmental consultancy sector, with market growth in 2016 estimated to be almost half what it was in 2015 due to the uncertainties looming over client investment decisions.

Nick Hurd has said that the Government will address carbon performances in the upcoming Emissions Reduction Plan, which the Climate Minister claimed would be released in the next few months

Nick Hurd: Brexit offers the flexibility to strengthen Britain's decarbonisation commitments

Climate Change Minister Nick Hurd has insisted that Brexit will give the UK the opportunity to look at the low-carbon transition through a "prism of national interests" that could lead to significant economic growth, but only if the Government can overcome multiple "difficult challenges".

Friends of the Earth are urging that environmental laws should not be “deleted on a minister’s whim”

New Environmental Protection Act vital post-Brexit, MPs say

MPs and green campaigners are today (4 January) calling on the UK Government to build environmental safeguards into the Great Repeal Bill during Brexit negotiations, with a fresh report proposing the introduction of a new Environmental Protection Act to maintain current standards.

Ecosurety believes the UK must be a part of any discussions on design parameters if it wants to avoid facing fragmented compliance requirements for exported products post-Brexit

UK packaging producers warned of mounting costs from EU fees disparity

The growing trend of European countries implementing differentiated fees based on eco-design and recyclability criteria could result in higher payments for British packaging producers with compliance obligations outside the UK, according to resource efficiency specialist Ecosurety.

The nBS report states that a shift towards a more fluid supply and demand system must coincide with replaced generation capacity and further investment in the UK’s renewable industry

Government must prioritise lower energy costs in 2017, say manufacturers

Energy costs and changes to European Union (EU) energy policy are the biggest concerns for British manufacturers, according to new research from npower Business Solutions (nBS).

With the UK set to speed-up its departure from the European Union, 2017 will introduce numerous opportunities and challenges for business

2017 presents plethora of policy opportunities for sustainability, says IEMA

The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) has outlined the five key areas of policy reformation that will shape the sustainability agenda as the UK begins its departure from the European Union (EU) in 2017.

Clark's meeting with the BEIS Committee offered insight into what areas and technologies will feature prominently in the industrial strategy

From disruptors to Hinkley: 7 things we've learnt about Greg Clark's industrial strategy

As Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark fielded questions from the Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee, edie round-ups seven key talking points that look set to form integral roles in the highly-anticipated industrial strategy.

The decision has been met with scepticism among green campaigners concerned about how the UK Government will enforce the legislation post-Brexit

UK agrees to new EU air pollution laws, raising 'awkward' Brexit questions

The UK has agreed to adopt new European Union (EU) legislation on air quality, which sets stricter national limits for the emission of some of the most dangerous air pollutants.

The growth in AD plants gives the UK more capacity to recycle food waste, more sustainable farming and wastewater treatment, more low-carbon baseload electricity, and more green gas in the grid

AD sector doubles in 2016 as Ecotricity targets fracking sites for new green gas plants

Britain now has almost 90 plants injecting green biomethane into the gas grid - nearly double the number in operation this time last year, according to a new report.

The Greener UK coalition is concerned that the UK’s natural environment is struggling, with more than half of species declining, temperatures rising, and air pollution leading to poor health

Britain's green groups unite to fight for environmental protection post-Brexit

The National Trust, RSPB, WWF and Friends of the Earth are among 13 environmental organisations that have today (8 December) come together to form the Greener UK coalition.

The panel at the Financial Times event was also quizzed on the role of carbon intensive manufacturing sectors in a low-carbon economy

UK firms want EU climate policy retained, says Committee on Climate Change

The Government has been presented with a "very strong message" from the private sector, calling for European Union (EU) climate legislation to be retained post-Brexit, with the promised Industrial Strategy acting as an ideal vehicle to align policies to the low-carbon agenda.

With sub-Saharan Africa producing 6.5% of the world’s cotton, UK retailers could shorten complex supply chains by boosting economic prosperity in African countries

How Brexit can streamline retail supply chains by harnessing the growth of Africa

Brexit can place UK retailers at the vanguard of nascent agricultural and manufacturing supply sectors in Africa, but only if the UK Government retains current tariff-free access to products from the continent.

Green Party Co-Leader Caroline Lucas called for compliance mechanisms to replace those currently provided by the European Commission (EC) and the European Court of Justice (ECJ)

Caroline Lucas calls for new Environmental Act to strengthen green policy post-Brexit

The UK must create a new Environmental Act, subject to legal oversight and accountability mechanisms, which replaces and strengthens environmental protections post-Brexit, Green Party Co-Leader Caroline Lucas has said.

JLR is working with the Warwick Manufacturing Group to develop the batteries for the I-Pace EV, which will go on sale in 2018

Jaguar Land Rover wants Midlands to act as electric vehicle hub

Britain's largest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has provided a potential boost to the post-Brexit manufacturing sector, after the company's chief executive suggested that the UK should act as a central hub for JLR's electric vehicle (EV) ambitions.

BNEF chairman Michael Liebreich felt that the private sector should set and provide “volume signals” to indicate that it was committed to renewable deployment and improve investor confidence

Michael Liebreich: Policy alignment needed to make Britain a low-carbon leader

The UK can "truly be a leader" in the global low-carbon economy, but only if a policy alignment is introduced that allows considerations of the energy mix to also shape trade, tax and research and development (R&D) legislation, the chairman of Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has said.

Defra Secretary Andrea Leadsom has confirmed that the frameworks for the two separate 25-year environment and food & farming plans will be launched on separate pathways

Brexit must unite Britain's farming and environment policies, says FDF

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has called on the UK Government to provide "leadership" on environmental policies post-Brexit, claiming that the two 25-year plans to strengthen environment and food and farming policies should be combined alongside energy legislation.

Will new Chancellor Philip Hammond dedicate any part of his first Autumn Statement to the green economy? Stay tuned to edie on Wednesday

Autumn Statement 2016: 10 green policy hopes for Philip Hammond's first budget announcement

From unveiling a low-carbon Industrial Strategy and confirming post-Brexit support for renewables through to enabling a smart, flexible energy system and providing more expenditure to prevent flooding - will new Chancellor Philip Hammond deliver on our green policy wishlist in his first Autumn Statement?

BEIS Committee chair Iain Wright says the low-carbon economy will be 'front and centre' of the Committee’s role in scrutinising BEIS. Photo: FEWeek

Autumn Statement: BEIS Committee chief calls for green policy turnaround

EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government should use this week's Autumn Statement as an opportunity to reverse a downfall in green investment attractiveness by committing to a range of low-carbon projects such as tidal lagoons, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and offshore wind.

The BEIS Committee’s call for evidence builds on written submissions received by the former ECC Committee in its previous two inquiries

New climate watchdog launches inquiry into Brexit implications

MPs have today (18 November) launched a new inquiry examining the implications of Brexit on the Britain's energy sector and its national climate change commitments.

EEF climate and environment policy advisor Finella Elliott (left) and Chemical Industries Association chief executive Steve Elliot (right) appeared in the House of Lords

Industry experts call for streamlined environmental standards post-Brexit

UK trade would benefit from efficient environmental standards post-Brexit, such as the removal of staid aid requirements and an overlap of energy efficiency standards, according to experts from the chemical and manufacturing sectors.

Water UK’s director of environment Sarah Mukherjee (left) and Environmental Services Association (ESA) executive director Jacob Hayler (right) appeared before the EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

Brexit concerns mount for UK's waste and water industries

The UK's departure from the European Union (EU) could result in economic downturn and the slow degradation of environmental regulations in the waste and water industries.

UN climate chiefs celebrating the introduction of the deal in Paris photo: UNClimate/Flickr

Paris Agreement officially enters force: what happens next?

In the early hours of this morning (4 November), vision turned into reality as the Paris Agreement officially came into force, ushering a new era of climate action. But what does this actually mean for the global green economy?

WWF's director of advocacy Trevor Hutchings (left) and Green Alliance acting director Leah Davis (centre) addressed the EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee yesterday

Green groups call for clarity and certainty on Defra's 25-year plan

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) must build a robust framework of domestic legislation in order to ensure adequate protection of Britain's natural environment post-Brexit.

Despite the down beat outlook, the report suggests that the emergence of battery storage and demand response measures offer a potential to boost UK renewables investment

Britain's renewable attractiveness at all-time low

The UK has fallen to an all-time low in EY's table of the world's most attractive renewable energy markets due to Brexit uncertainty, the demise of DECC, and the approval of the Hinkley Point C power station.

Defra Secretary Andrea Leadsom appeared before the Environmental Audit Committee in Parliament today

Leadsom admits uncertainty over post-Brexit environmental laws

Andrea Leadsom has confirmed that the majority of European Union (EU) environmental legislation will be transferred across into UK law in the immediate aftermath of Brexit, but uncertainty looms for around a third of green regulations which the Defra Sectretary admitted "won't be easy to transpose".

The CCC urges the Government to “vigorously pursue” a package of measures it has identified in order to meet existing national climate commitments at the lowest cost

Brexit, Paris and low-carbon heat: 10 green policy messages for the UK Government

As the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) releases three new reports on the UK meeting its climate commitments, edie rounds up the key green policy calls made by the Committee surrounding low-carbon heat, Brexit and the Paris Agreement.

Meeting the UK’s Climate Change Act and living up to the Paris Agreement will require new and renewed green policies through the 2020s

Climate watchdog calls for 'concrete green policy action' amidst Paris Agreement and Brexit

Britain's green policies must be preserved or strengthened post-Brexit and a credible new strategy on low-carbon heat must be delivered as soon as possible, but it is still too early for the Government to adopt stricter targets for tackling climate change in line with the soon-to-be-ratified Paris Agreement, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said.

(L-R): BEIS Secretary Greg Clark and Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary Barry Gardiner

The devil's in the detail as Tories and Labour outline low-carbon strategies

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Secretary Greg Clark addressed the Conservative Party Conference on Monday (4 October) with a promise to "upgrade" the UK's clean energy system, but a distinct lack of specific green policy pledges contrasted with the raft of legislation proposals made at last week's corresponding Labour Party Conference.

The report claims that the schemes would enable companies to save money while improving produce and restoring the environment

New research outlines economic windfall opportunity for post-Brexit farming

A new sustainable land management model that could direct millions of pounds towards farming methods that reduce flooding, restore wildlife and enhance clean water has been proposed by the National Trust and the Green Alliance.

Under a high-impact scenario, a CCC report said, summer temperatures in Edinburgh could rise by 4.4C by 2060, and five-day rainfall levels increase in the city by nearly 25% to 78.4mm

Climate chief: UK must not use Brexit to water down environment laws

The UK must not water down its environmental laws as it leaves the European Union, one of the government's most senior advisers on climate change has warned.

The sheer scale of EU-led environmental legislation means full transposition is the only practical short-term option, according to the report

Keep EU environmental legislation post-Brexit, urge manufacturers

Manufacturers want to see EU environmental legislation transposed to a post-Brexit Britain, but also recognise an opportunity to cut 'red tape' and explore a simpler, more UK-specific approach to green policy.

With the Scottish Government set to release an updated Climate Change Plan later this year, the CCC is calling for greater focus on under-developed areas such as transport

Why Scotland's leading emissions drive needs renovating

A new report from the Climate Change Committee (CCC) has revealed that Scotland is the exemplar Home Nation in regards to emission reductions, but with a major shift to the energy mix now integrated, the country may need to turn to other areas to keep pace with reduction targets.

Fresh evidence reveals that renewable power generation costs are lower, on average, worldwide than those of fossil fuels

Global cost-effectiveness of renewables revealed amid fears over domestic energy security

New analysis has highlighted the need for policymakers and investors to exploit the global cost-effectiveness of renewable power generation, as the Renewable Energy Association (REA) casts a doubt over the UK Government's willingness to prioritise energy security in post-Brexit negotiations.

The results for the second quarter of 2016 revealed that just one-third of respondents were operating under a “business as usual” approach since the Brexit vote

Report: Energy sector experiencing 'negative impacts' of Brexit vote

The majority of energy efficiency suppliers fear that it is a matter of time before consumers are subject to rising prices leading to a slowdown in investment, with suppliers already claiming that the Brexit vote is negatively impacting the sector.

Resource Minister Theresa Coffey has delayed Defra's 25-year plan, while Climate Minister Nick Hurd has delayed the release of a carbon reduction plan

Defra and BEIS planning delays increase fears over Brexit impact on green policy

Resource Minister Theresa Coffey has confirmed the postponement of Defra's 25-year environment plan until 2017, in the same week that Energy Minister Nick Hurd revealed that the Government may also delay the release of a plan on the UK's carbon reduction targets until next year.

edie has heard from more than a dozen leading environmental figures who have exclusively revealed their biggest green policy hopes and expectations for the next few months

What we want from BEIS: a wishlist for the green economy - Part one

EXCLUSIVE: In the first of a two-part feature, edie speaks to the sustainability professionals, politicians, businessmen and environmental activists working across the green economy to find out they want to see from the Government in this new Parliamentary session.

In order for the Paris Agreement to come into force, the deal needs to be officially ratified by at least 55 countries, representing 55% of global carbon emissions

Pressure mounts on UK to 'work with Europe' and ratify Paris deal

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has revealed that it will seek to ratifying the Paris Agreement "as soon as possible", after both the Liberal Democrats and Labour urged the Government to ratify the deal..

According to the YouGov survey, 57% of people think British farming subsidies should put more or the same emphasis on environmental protection than current EU subsidies

MPs and public in unison over maintaining post-Brexit environmental protection

Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) chair Mary Creagh has supported calls from the public for the Government to ensure that European Union (EU) rules that protect Britain's natural environment "are not lost" during Brexit negotiations.

The €762,000 will be split across two research projects with €627,000 given to iScape project research and €135,000 granted to the EU Clean Sky 1 project

University of Surrey receives post-Brexit EU grant for smart cities research

The University of Surrey has received a new €762,000 grant from the European Union (EU) to conduct research into the development of smart cities and the environmental impact of a cleaner aeronautics industry, allaying fears of a broken environmental relationship between the UK and Europe after the Brexit vote.

National Trust already manages its land for the benefit of nature rather than for food production. Renewables, flood protection services and eco-tourism could pay more than subsidies

National Trust calls for complete reform of British farm subsidies

The National Trust has called for complete reform of the British farm subsidy system after Brexit, by ending payments for owning land and only rewarding farmers who improve the environment and help wildlife.

The letter claimed that business investors required “stability” and that the Brexit strategy should provide evidence on how the UK plans to implement new environment protection standards

MPs call for evidence on post-Brexit environment strategy

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has set a September deadline for the new Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (EU) David Davis, and new Minister for the Environment Therese Coffey to reveal how they plan to handle environmental policies during exit negotiations.

The Brexit bus publicity stunt coincided with the release of a Greenpeace air pollution paper which revealed that London is set to miss WHO air quality guidelines. Photo: Greenpeace

Greenpeace hires Brexit campaign blunder-bus as 'vehicle for change'

Greenpeace has hired Vote Leave's European Union (EU) referendum bus with plans to rebrand it a "vehicle for change", in the same week that the campaign group released new air pollution research that shows clean air will be a reality only if diesel vehicles are phased out altogether.

The alliance state that UK final energy consumption should fall to 129.2 million tonnes of oil equivalent or less by 2020

Green coalition urges Greg Clark to commit to key EU 2020 energy targets

An alliance of trade bodies, pressure groups and NGOs has called upon the new Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) head to give assurances that the Government will continue to meet European Union (EU) directives and targets until Brexit terms are in place.

Moving energy and climate change issues into the business sphere could help align business strategies to low-carbon operations

The demise of DECC: What next for the UK's green business prospects?

As the dust settles on the shock announcement that DECC has been axed and merged into an expanded business department, attentions have inevitably turned to what the transfer of power means for the green economy and what opportunities and challenges will arise from the new regime.

The study found that the counties whose climate commitments would be most affected by the UK’s departure were Portugal, Slovenia, Malta, Greece, Cyprus, Spain and Italy

Brexit will force EU countries 'to make deeper, costlier carbon cuts'

Brexit will force the European Union's remaining 27 countries to spend billions of Euros on cutting carbon emissions deeper to compensate for the UK leaving, according to experts.

The organisations suggest that improved food, farming and trade policies can help to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from farming and food industries by 80% by 2050

Theresa May urged to place food and fishing policies at the centre of post-Brexit strategy

In her first full day in office, new Prime Minister Theresa May has been urged by more than 80 organisations to adopt "common-sense" food, farming and fishing policies, in the wake of the UK's decision to leave the European Union (EU).

As with the rest of his tenure, Cameron's Government took

David Cameron's legacy: 'greenest government ever' or 'lukewarm at best'?

One of the most seismic political upheavals in modern British political history takes yet another twist today (13 July) as Prime Minister David Cameron steps down after six years in power. As he prepares to take part in his final Prime Minister's Questions this lunchtime, edie takes a look at his environmental legacy and the green outlook for his successor Theresa May.

The project is scheduled for completion in February 2017, creating the likely scenario that the UK will still be in the EU when it is launched

European Union launches best practice 'library' for energy efficiency measures

A new European Union (EU) project aimed at sharing best practice for energy efficiency measures across all sectors has raised concerns over the UK's ability to collaborate with other countries in the aftermath of the Brexit vote.

As part of its enquiry the ECC is inviting responses about implications of the UK’s exit from the EU on the both the UK’s and the EU’s COP21 pledges

Fracking and CCS hit the spotlight as MPs launch inquiry into Brexit implications

The Environment and Climate Change Committee (ECCC) of MPs has launched an inquiry to explore the implications for UK climate policy of leaving the European Union (EU), amid major concerns over the uncertain futures of shale gas exploration and carbon capture and storage (CCS).

The EU is thought to have the world’s largest body of environmental legislation

UN calls for post-Brexit UK to link with EU on environment policy

The UN's new environment chief has called for a post-Brexit Britain to link up with the EU on environment policy, adopting key bloc climate laws and maintaining its nature directives.

A panel of political, business and civil society leaders discussed the environmental implications of the EU Referendum earlier today. Photo: Aldersgate Group/Twitter

Communication a necessity for post-Brexit green business prosperity

The fear and uncertainty surrounding the vote to leave the European Union puts the UK Government under increased pressure to create a strong green policy framework, as sustainability professionals and environmentalists "go on the march" and communicate to create legislative prosperity.

Energy Secretary and Tory Party leadership hopeful Andrea Leadsom spoke at the Utility Week Energy Summit in London this week

Andrea Leadsom: However we choose to leave the EU, we remain committed to dealing with climate change

Conservative Party leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom took to the plinth in her capacity as Energy Minister at the Utility Week Energy Summit, insisting that the UK "remains committed to dealing with climate change", no matter the outcome of Brexit.

Sue Armstrong-Brown told delegates at edie's Resource Revolution Conference that the Government’s approval of the Fifth Carbon Budget has created a sign of hope that green policies won’t be ignored post-Brexit

Post-Brexit Britain must embrace circular economy to trade with EU, says Green Alliance

EXCLUSIVE: The legislation established as part of the European Union's nascent Circular Economy Package will still shape how a post-Brexit Britain develops new resource-efficient products and closed-loop business models, regardless of whether we stay in the single market or not.

Research conducted by YouGov has demonstrated widespread domestic concern about air pollution and support for the introduction of Clean Air Zones

Britain urged to improve air quality efforts 'whatever the outcome of Brexit'

The UK Government is once again being urged to ramp up efforts to deal with the "deadly issue" of air pollution, this time as new reports suggest that "watered-down" proposals agreed by European Union (EU) Member States could lead to nearly 10,000 additional deaths across the continent.

Andrea Leadsom’s leadership bid arrives after a week of political turmoil in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the EU

Andrea Leadsom confirms Tory leadership bid

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom has today (30 June) announced her intentions to become the next leader of the Conservative Party, on the same day that Ex-London mayor Boris Johnson surprisingly ruled himself out of the race.

With Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon exploring the possibilities of a second independence referendum, there are concerns that environmental policies could be “eroded”

UK Government urged to future-proof renewables amid Brexit 'volatility'

The vote to leave the European Union (EU) may have created a "fragile" confidence within the clean energy industry, but multiple organisations have called on the Government to build a cross-party coalition that provides wind energy with a viable route to market.

Leadsom said the government’s commitment to cooperating with others to tackle the issue remains as strong as ever

Leadsom: Energy policy will not change due to Brexit

The UK's energy policy will not change as a result of the vote to leave European Union, energy minister Andrea Leadsom has said.

UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd declared that the much anticipated Fifth carbon budget would be outlined on Thursday (30 June), which could establish carbon reductions commitments of 54% or more

Amber Rudd: Post-Brexit Britain will not step back from climate leadership

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd made a surprise appearance at the Business and Climate Summit in London today (29 June) to insist that the UK will not "turn its back" on the global battle to mitigate climate change, despite the nation voting to leave the European Union (EU) last week.

Analysts say Brexit will create uncertainty for energy sector, which could hit £20bn investment a year needed to replace ageing, dirty power plants

Leave vote makes UK's transition to clean energy harder, say experts

The UK's challenge to build a clean, secure and affordable energy system has become significantly harder amid the political and economic turmoil following the nation's vote to leave the European Union.

UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres spoke at the Business and Climate Summit in London's Guildhall earlier today (28 June)

Climate action provides 'thread of certainty' for post-Brexit Britain, says Christiana Figueres

The UN's soon-to-depart climate chief has quashed claims that the UK's impending departure from the European Union (EU) could derail the Paris Agreement, instead claiming that a concerted effort to tackle climate change could be the "thread of continuity" that the UK needs during this "uncertain and volatile" period.

Scotland will seek to remain in the EU and will continue to have a say on energy policy in the single market, Angus MacNeil says

Scotland 'will lead England' on energy policy post-Brexit

Scotland will be the decision-maker in terms of energy policy once the British exit from the European Union is confirmed, according to the Energy and Climate Change select committee (ECCC).

Labour's shadow energy and climate change secretary Lisa Nandy says Jeremy Corbyn could be leading the party towards a formal split

Lisa Nandy resigns from Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet

BREAKING: Labour Shadow Energy Secretary Lisa Nandy has today (27 June) led a string of shadow ministers to resign from the Party's cabinet in the wake of Britain's decision to leave the European Union (EU).

Once article 50 has be invoked, and the UK officially takes steps to leave the EU, it would no longer be required to comply with the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package

Brexit could 'weaken' business standards for recycling and air quality

The UK's impending decision to leave the European Union (EU) could lead to a "weakening of domestic standards" that fails to incentivise businesses to improve recycling rates and tackle air quality issues, a new report has found.

Ian Duncan MEP has spearheaded the European Parliament's reform of the Emissions Trading Scheme, the EU's flagship policy to tackle climate change. Photo: Ian Duncan/Flickr

Brexit calls EU climate action into question as top MEP quits

The European Union's plans to reform its broken carbon market have been thrown into turmoil after the British lead MEP on the bill to revise the Emissions Trading System resigned after the UK voted to leave the bloc.


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