Business the key player in food waste fight, says Resource Minister
Businesses must act as a vital bridge between the consumer and Government to tackle the growing issue of household food waste, Resource Minister Therese Coffey has claimed.
Scotland grants £10m for low-carbon rural projects
The Scottish Government has today (22 March) announced a £10m fund to support innovative low-carbon energy projects in rural parts of Scotland.
Can the UK become a world-leader on decentralised energy post-Brexit?
Britain's imminent departure from the European Union (EU) offers an opportunity to push the nation towards the forefront of an interconnected, decentralised energy system - but only if the Government delivers constructive regulatory support mechanisms.
ADBA: UK risks missing carbon budgets unless AD is given Government backing
EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government must revise its policy approach to help companies realise the significant economic and environmental benefits of sending food waste to anaerobic digestion (AD), the industry's trade association has insisted.
Hydrogen fuel boost for Britain as MPs gear up for 'unprecedented' scrutiny of air quality policy
The UK Government has set up a new £23m fund to boost the uptake of hydrogen vehicles and infrastructure, while MPs have today (20 March) joined forces to launch an "unprecedented" four-pronged investigation into the UK's approach on air quality.
MPs to inspect role of electric vehicles in UK Industrial Strategy
MPs from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee have today (16 March) launched a consultation into the role of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK's low-carbon transition.
Mary Creagh: Ministers running out of time to establish post-Brexit green legislation
EXCLUSIVE: On the same day that MPs launched an inquiry into the role of sustainability in the policymaking of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the Environmental Audit Committee's (EAC) chair Mary Creagh has chastised the Government for failing to place climate change and resource efficiency at the heart of its agenda.
What would happen if Britain had no carbon price support?
Research from Imperial College London - commissioned by UK power station operator Drax - has found that operating without a carbon price would have increased Britain's carbon emissions by 21%, levels not seen since the 19th Century.
Circular Economy Package: MEPs pledge to restore recycling targets in landmark vote
The European Parliament has voted to restore recycling and landfill targets that had been lowered by the European Commission in its re-tabled Circular Economy Package.
Member states move to weaken EU energy efficiency targets
European Union (EU) member states have moved to weaken the bloc's 2030 energy efficiency goals, setting up tough negotiations with the European Parliament, which backs stronger legislation.
'Difficult to see' UK remaining in EU ETS
The UK is unlikely to remain part of the EU emissions trading system (ETS) following Brexit, an academic from the Institute for European Environmental Policy has told edie's sister title Utility Week.
Budget 2017: The green business reaction
Did Philip Hammond pull any big green surprises out of his little red box today? Or were key sustainability issues once again placed on the back-burner in the Chancellor's Spending Review? Here's the full industry reaction, as it comes in...
Budget 2017: Chancellor confirms electric vehicle funding, announces new recycling targets
BREAKING: Key proposals on the future of carbon pricing, renewable energy subsidies and air quality remain on the UK Government's 'to-do' list as Chancellor Philip Hammond offered relatively little for the green economy to get excited about in his 2017 Budget this afternoon.
Budget 2017 preview: Seven green policy hopes for Philip Hammond's Spring Budget
As Chancellor Philip Hammond prepares to deliver his first - and last - Spring Budget on Wednesday (8 March), edie rounds up the key environmental issues that the sustainability community will hope are included in the Government's spending plans.
Almost half of British public would support diesel scrappage scheme, research finds
In the build-up to Wednesday's Spring Budget, Friends of the Earth (FoE) is calling for Chancellor Philip Hammond to introduce a diesel scrappage scheme, as a poll shows that almost half of car-owning UK adults would be likely to switch to a cleaner vehicle with Government support.
MPs 'deeply worried' about gaps between UK climate targets and policy delivery
The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has expressed its concern over the gaps between the UK's decarbonisation ambition and current policymaking, on the same day that the Treasury faced criticism from MPs for failing to improve its approach to environmental sustainability.
Reform of EU carbon trading scheme agreed
An overhaul of the EU's flagship trading scheme for cutting carbon emissions by European industries has been approved by the member states.
Report: Brexit offers escape hatch from £2bn EU waste policy costs
British businesses would lose as much as £2bn over the next 20 years through the EU's Circular Economy Package, according to a new report from think-tank Policy Exchange, which is calling on the UK to adopt a better waste and resource management framework post-Brexit.
Post-Brexit environmental legislation could boost natural capital into the mainstream
The 25-year environmental plan can act as a catapult to launch the concept of natural capital into the mainstream, the Chair of the Natural Capital Committee (NCC) has claimed.
Green buildings primed to assist Government with national policies
The construction and property industry is "eager" to work with the UK Government to boost housebuilding standards, improve economic growth and help achieve binding carbon targets, but this will only be possible if an array of new policies are introduced.
Five green policy priorities to stop Brexit ruining our environment
From the delivery of an ambitious 25-Year Environment Plan to the avoidance of ineffective 'zombie legislation', Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) executive director Matthew Farrow outlines the key steps that must be taken by the Government to ensure Britain's exit from the EU will not have a negative impact on our environment.
Green industry pours scorn on House of Lords electricity market paper
A new House of Lords report which finds that Government support for low-carbon technologies has led to rising prices for electricity consumers has been labelled "confused" and "misconceived" by sections of the green community.
Commercial building energy efficiency guidance delivers 'vital clarity' for business
This week's publication of the Government's guidance about the new minimum efficiency standard for privately rented commercial buildings has been welcomed by the industry for providing "vital clarity" to businesses.
Greener UK coalition launches Brexit environmental manifesto
A coalition of green groups including Friends of the Earth (FoE), Greenpeace and WWF has today (22 February) launched a green policy manifesto which outlines the opportunities to maintain and enhance the UK's environment post-Brexit.
Tim Farron: It's time for a green industrial revolution
Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron has called on the UK Government to spur a new "industrial revolution" of clean technology to help the country reduce net emissions by 100% by 2050.
Businesses call for SDGs to act as a pillar for long-term environmental policy
More than 60 organisations have called on the UK Government to place the spirit and aims of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the heart of the proposed 25 Year Environment Plan to foster natural capital valuation and increase business prosperity.
Corporate Governance Reform must account for long-term sustainability, says IEMA
Attempts to enhance the competitiveness of UK businesses through the Corporate Governance Reform should account for long-term financial performances covering environmental and social factors, the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) has claimed.
Financial giants repeat calls for G20 to phase-out fossil fuel support
The financial sector is calling on G20 governments to sever ties with the fossil fuel sector, as 16 major companies with assets under management worth $2.8trn signed a joint statement for governments to phase-out subsidies by 2020.
New coalition calls for 'fair and ambitious' Clean Air Act
A coalition of green groups including ClientEarth, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth (FoE) has launched today (15 February) to encourage the UK Government to take "urgent action" on air pollution through the creation of a new Clean Air Act.
Survey reveals 'discernible shift' towards public acceptance of climate change
A rising majority of British adults understand that climate change is real and is primarily caused by human activity, according to a new survey published by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU).
UK must play 'careful game' to balance green policy and new trade deals
EXCLUSIVE: In its pursuit of new trade deals post-Brexit, the UK must be careful that product and resource standards don't handicap businesses from exporting back into Europe, the chair of the EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee has warned.
Report: Enforcement mechanisms 'critical' for post-Brexit environmental prosperity
Introducing and transposing key environmental legislation that enforces political stability once the UK leaves the European Union (EU) will be "critical" to ensuring investor confidence, a new report from a House of Lords Committee has claimed.
Green Alliance announces new chief executive
Former head of the Campaign to Protect Rural England Shaun Spiers has been confirmed as the new chief executive of environmental think tank Green Alliance.
A cocktail of risks: Brexit a 'danger' to environmental legislation, says Caroline Lucas
Just five days after the House of Commons voted to trigger Article 50 and take formal steps to leave the European Union (EU), a new report from Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has warned that Brexit forms a "cocktail of risks" for the UK's environmental protection.
Clive Lewis resigns as BEIS Shadow Secretary as MPs approve Brexit bill
Labour MP Clive Lewis has stepped down from his role as the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Shadow Secretary due to opposition to the Government's approved bill to withdraw the UK from the European Union (EU).
EU must phase out coal by 2030 to meet Paris goals, report claims
The last European coal plant must be closed by 2030 if the continent is to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement, a new report from non-profit institute Climate Analytics has stated.
Does Brexit offer a ‘golden opportunity’ to pursue EU ETS alternatives?
With MPs set to vote on the final amendments of the bill to withdraw the country from the European Union (EU), the debate surrounding the UK's future involvement in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) has intensified this week with a lively debate in Parliament.
Lack of transparency over green energy subsidies 'shambolic', say MPs
MPs have criticised ministers for their "shambolic" failure to regularly spell out the impact of government green policies on household energy bills.
Government thought to be planning diesel scrappage scheme
As German car manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) faces its first legal action from a German customer over the "dieselgate" scandal, fresh reports suggest the UK Government is considering the national rollout of a diesel scrappage scheme.
Heathrow 'surprised' as Government omits air quality regulation from plans
Heathrow Airport has today (3 February) urged the Government to ensure independent regulation of the air quality impact of the Airport's expansion, a day after ministers launched a consultation on proposals for the third runway.
Brexit White Paper: Government underlines vision for 'cleaner, healthier environment'
The UK Government has today (2 February) released its much-anticipated Brexit White Paper document, providing assurances that the nation will remain a "leading actor" on climate change and environmental policy following its imminent departure from the European Union (EU).
EXCLUSIVE: US withdrawal from Paris Agreement 'could happen any day', says Trump aide
EXCLUSIVE: The US will initiate all of Donald Trump's major climate change policy changes - including highly controversial moves to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and abolish the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - in the next few months, a key aide of the President has told edie.
Businesses must lead Britain's resource revolution, claims Defra minister
The UK's ambition to become one of the most resource-efficient economies in the world must be led by private-sector innovation, according to Defra Resource Minister Therese Coffey.
US climate action under siege ahead of Trump meeting with May
As Theresa May prepares to become the first world leader to meet officially with Donald Trump on Thursday (27 January), a flurry of reports have suggested that the US president is set to diminish the country's climate change commitments.
BEIS commits £28m to energy innovation
As part of its commitment to reduce industrial energy costs and decarbonise the UK economy, Government has committed £28m to energy innovation projects.
Defra urged to make 'rapid progress' with release of environment plan
The UK Government must swiftly implement a legally-binding 25-Year Environment Plan to halt the decline of the country's natural capital, an independent advisory body has said.
Scotland unveils 50% renewable energy goal for 2030
Scotland's new target to deliver 50% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2030 has been hailed as a "landmark moment" in the country's low-carbon transition.
Is the Green Investment Bank sale on the rocks?
The future of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) was thrown further into doubt this week, as a rival bidder called for a Government rethink on the prospective sale to Australian bank Macquarie.
Industrial Strategy green paper: A step in the right direction or too little, too late?
The Government has unveiled its much-anticipated Industrial Strategy, outlining plans to transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. But does the green paper offer enough tangible evidence that we are on the best pathway to a low-carbon economy?
Government proposes Industrial Strategy to 'back Britain for the long-term'
Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to "keep costs down for businesses" as she today (23 January) unveiled the Government's plans to deliver a wide-ranging Industrial Strategy, which will seek to to maximise the economic potential of a low-carbon transition.
Business leaders call for imminent Industrial Strategy to engage low-carbon firms
Ahead of Prime Minister Theresa May's widely-expected unveiling of the UK's Industrial Strategy blueprint this week, a coalition of European business leaders including Tesco, Kingfisher and Unilever has called upon the Government to work with innovative companies to deliver a zero-carbon economy.
Scotland sets 'climate-leading' 66% emissions reduction target for 2032
The Scottish Government has put forward new proposals to achieve a 66% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2032, after surpassing its 2020 targets six years early.
CCS left with 'uphill battle' due to Government failings, says National Audit Office
The UK Government's "ambitious, but ultimately, unsuccessful" plan develop and deploy Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) incurred costs of £100m and failed to achieve value for money, the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.
Defra outlines five-year climate action plan in national risk assessment
On the same day that the Met Office confirmed that 2016 was the hottest year since records began, the UK Government has today (18 January) highlighted the need to ramp up national efforts on climate change over the next five years in a new report of its own.
Yes we did: A complete timeline of Barack Obama's climate legacy
As Barack Obama waves goodbye to eight years in the White House, edie takes a stroll down memory lane to round-up all of the landmark pledges and announcements made by the outgoing US President who strove to leave a safer environment for future generations.
Halve European food waste by 2030, green groups urge MEPs ahead of crucial vote
Ahead of the European Parliament's (EP) landmark vote on key food waste regulations next week, a union of organisations have today (18 January) backed calls for a 50% food waste reduction across the continent by 2030.
SNP calls on UK Government to end 'shameful' renewables record
The Conservative Government's "shameful" renewable energy policy record risks threatening the UK's economic prosperity and investment opportunities in a "thriving" industry, the Scottish National Party (SNP) has warned.
Fears mount over Green Investment Bank sale as MPs warn of asset-stripping
MPs have today (11 January) raised concerns over the proposed sale of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) to private investors in a letter which urges Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Secretary Greg Clark to consider the bank's long-term role in the green economy.
Government unveils £20m funding for low-carbon freight projects
The UK Government has unveiled £20m investment for firms developing low-carbon vehicle projects as part of an overarching plan for all new cars and vans to be zero-emission by 2040.
Dear Mr Trump: We need a low-carbon USA, say 600 firms
More than 630 of America's largest companies and investors have renewed calls for President-elect Donald Trump to re-consider his climate change denial stance and support the nation's low-carbon policies.
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".
London breaches annual air pollution limits in five days
London has been handed another "shameful reminder" of its toxic air pollution levels as the capital breaches the annual legal limit within five days of 2017.
Labour launches Industrial Strategy consultation
The Labour Party has today (5 January) launched a consultation with businesses, trade unions and the public about the priorities of its proposed Industrial Strategy.
Happy New Year: Seventeen big reasons for the green economy to be excited about 2017
From new sustainability standards and ambitious green policy strategies through to major renewable energy projects and autonomous vehicle trials, we look ahead to some of the most promising trends and developments set to boost the green economy in 2017.
Can Scotland continue its climate lead in 2017?
New figures show that Scotland is leading the UK in reducing the climate impact of electricity generation, but green groups are calling for the country to go further and "blaze the trail" for global pollution-free power by instilling a national 50% renewable energy target.
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.
What will be the big environment events in 2017?
From air pollution to Trump and wildlife extinction, we look at the major environmental issues for the year ahead.
North Yorkshire fracking approved by High Court ruling
Fracking in North Yorkshire will go ahead after a legal challenge by green campaigners was dismissed by a High Court ruling, in the same week that President Obama permanently banned new oil and gas drilling in most US-owned waters in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.
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).
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.
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.
Solar thermal remains part of renewable heat reforms
The Government has today (14 December) set out new proposals for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). All four currently-supported technologies will remain part of the scheme.
Manufacturers call on Government to deliver low-carbon Energy Statement
The UK Government must introduce reforms which increase the uptake of low-carbon technologies to restore the "tepid" confidence in Britain's future energy security, according to the manufacturers' organisation EEF.
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.
EU decides against tinkering with flagship nature directives
After undergoing a much-criticised European Commission-helmed 'fitness check', the EU's main nature directives have been ruled fit for purpose and will not be rewritten or weakened, in a huge win for environmentalists.
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.
28 days later: What we know so far about the climate impact of Trump
In the first 28 days since Donald Trump's presidential triumph in the US elections, edie investigates the initial impact of the climate change denier's victory on the global green economy.
Sadiq Khan unveils Hydrogen double-decker as London is issued high air pollution alert
Sadiq Khan has issued air quality alerts across the capital for the first time, in the same week that the London Mayor unveiled the world's first double-decker hydrogen bus.
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.
EU winter package met with mixed green business reception
As the European Commission (EC) today (30 November) unveils its energy winter package aimed at helping to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2030, edie analyses the major talking points of the document's key proposals.
'Long, loud and legal' policies crucial to supporting low-carbon transition, says Ikea chief
The growing megatrends surrounding demographical evolution, decarbonisation and digitalisation will increase the need for the private sector to inform policymakers of the types of legislation that are needed to support low-carbon growth, Ikea's chief sustainability officer Steve Howard has claimed.
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.
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.
European businesses fear 'lost decade' for renewables ahead of EU proposals
As the European Commission (EC) prepares to present its energy package for 2030 on Wednesday (30 November), a coalition of multinational businesses including BT, Philips Lighting and Kingfisher has called for more ambitious energy legislation to replace the current renewables directive.
Green Alliance: Public spending on flood strategy 'perverse'
The UK Government's "perverse" flood strategy makes four times as much money available to actions that could increase flood risk instead of preventing flooding, according to new research from Green Alliance.
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.
Will Trump join forces with US cities to combat climate change?
As Donald Trump's climate-denying rhetoric appeared to soften this week, the Mayors of 35 US cities have vowed to accelerate efforts towards a low-carbon transition - with or without the President-elect.
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.
UK has second-highest number of deaths from NO2 pollution in Europe
The UK is second only to Italy in Europe for the highest number of annual deaths from a major air pollutant, a report has found just days after a court gave UK ministers a deadline for drawing up a stronger air quality plan.
Autumn Statement 2016: The green business reaction
Did new Chancellor Philip Hammond provide a Christmas cracker of an Autumn Statement that delivered on the Government's green promises? Or was this another cold turkey that once again failed to provide the green pledges we were all hoping for? Here's the full industry reaction, as it comes in...
Autumn Statement 2016: Chancellor confirms carbon price floor freeze and low-carbon transport funding
Philip Hammond has confirmed that the UK's carbon price floor will be capped through to 2020, and announced £390m of new funding for low-carbon transport, as the Chancellor delivered his first - and last - Autumn Statement on behalf of the UK Government.
Lack of funding blamed for poor university sustainability results
A lack of Government funding to support sustainability in Britain's higher education establishments has led to a year-on-year fall in carbon emission reductions across the sector since 2013, according to new research from a student campaign network.
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 Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 15 - Fresh from Marrakesh
The Carbon Trust's chief executive Tom Delay and Asia Pulp & Paper's director of sustainability Aida Greenbury are the special guests on this week's podcast episode, which reviews the the UN's two-week COP22 climate talks in Marrakesh.
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.
Government long-term climate strategy should be 'business friendly', says Corporate Leaders Group
The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group (CLG), which represents European business leaders such as Tesco, Kingfisher and Unilever, has outlined the importance of "business friendly" national government long-term policy planning to deliver the vision of the Paris Agreement.
Leaked EU energy package subsidises fossil fuels, undermines renewables
The EU claims to be promoting an ambitious agenda at the Marrakesh climate conference, but its latest piece of energy legislation could subsidise new coal capacity and undermine market access for renewables.
Treasury failing to take long-term environmental costs into account, MPs say
The Treasury has been lambasted by MPs for failing to adequately factor in long-term sustainability risks into its decisions, with the carbon capture and storage (CCS) and zero-carbon homes policies specifically cited as detrimental to both the economy and investor confidence.
Green groups call for 'bold' Government action to ignite UK's low-carbon transition
The UK Government can embed a "world class" low-carbon environment that could mobilise significant investment streams, but only if current policy gaps and mixed legislative signals are addressed with "bold" action.
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.