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Brexit – Boris Demands New Concessions From the EU
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Boris Johnson has requested that the EU reworks the terms of the UK’s future relationship with the union to allow Britain to significantly diverge from European rules after Brexit. Theresa May had committed to a level playing field in key areas such as the environment and social standards. Although non-binding, the political declaration that was drafted by Mrs May, was intended as the key document defining the path of future negotiations once Britain has left the EU. The European Commission...

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UK to Host COP 26 Climate Conference in Glasgow
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The UK has formally received the backing of all countries responsible for agreeing on the host of the COP26 climate conference. The event will take place in Glasgow in December 2020, with more than 30,000 national policy leaders, business representatives and climate scientists from across the world in attendance. As part of the bid to host, the UK Government has agreed that the event will be hosted in partnership with Italy, with the main event held in Glasgow and a...

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Scottish Government: Protecting Scotland’s Future with Green Initiatives
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The Scottish Government has unveiled it’s legislative programme for the year, entitled Protecting Scotland’s future. The manifesto is wide-ranging but has a strong focus on efforts to tackle climate change, putting the transition to net-zero emissions at the heart of the Scottish National Investment Bank’s work. The Scottish government has pledged to ensure that, by 2024, all new homes must use renewable or low-carbon heat. The new policy package has been widely welcomed across the UK's green economy, including by...

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Smaller Energy Suppliers Struggle For Survival
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Small energy companies risk going out of business which will see thousands of business and domestic customers be forced to move to the supplier appointed by Ofgem. The energy industry is going through a period of consolidation following the significant rise in the number of energy suppliers, from 12 to 70, since 2010. In total, 14 suppliers have crashed out of the market since the start of 2018. When a supplier ceases to trade, Ofgem appoints a supplier to...

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Consultation: Developing a Market for Energy Efficiency
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The Government is seeking views on market barriers to energy efficiency in the UK. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial strategy (BEIS) is looking at how it can create new markets for energy efficiency, develop the wider energy market to contribute to flexibility, deliver a robust network infrastructure and provide reliable alternatives to distributed generation. The conclusion of the Electricity Demand Reduction (EDR) pilot, including publication of the final evaluation report, and the recent changes in electricity systems and...

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Wide-Reaching Climate Change Action Needed to Prevent 7% GDP Loss by 2100
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A new study produced by researchers from the University of Cambridge and published by the National Bureau of Economic Research predicts that average global temperatures will rise by more than 4°C by 2100 based on current trajectories. It claims that all nations will be impacted whether rich or poor, hot or cold. The study used data from 174 countries dating back to 1960 to reach its findings. Adopting a business-as-usual approach to climate change mitigation and carbon emissions will also...

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New PM’s Cabinet reshuffle includes COP26 President
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Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has undertaken a huge overhaul of cabinet ministers; officially the biggest clear out of Cabinet without a change of party in power. Boris Johnson oversaw 17 ministers being sacked or resigning from their posts. Both the BEIS Secretary and the Energy Minister have left as part of the new-look Government, which also includes a significant reshuffle at Defra. Former Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom has replaced Greg Clark as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial...

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VAT Changes to the Reduced Rate for Turbines
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The Government has introduced a measure to remove the reduction in the 5% VAT rate for the installation of wind turbines and water turbines. Businesses that provide and install energy-saving materials (ESMs) and customers who have the ESMs installed will be affected. The measure brings consistency with the requirements of existing legislation governing the application of VAT in the EU. The UK is required to follow the judgement of the CJEU (Case C-161/14), which narrows the scope of the...

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UK Green Finance Strategy Supports 2050 Zero Emissions Goal
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The Government has revealed its landmark Green Finance Strategy, outlining plans to increase investment in sustainable projects and infrastructure. how the finance sector and better climate disclosure from corporates can drive progress towards wider action on climate change and the push towards net-zero emissions. The Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister, John Glen, made the announcement at the third Green Finance Summit in London, stating that financial services will have a bigger role to play than any...

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UK Set to Host COP 26 in 2020 in Partnership with Italy
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The UK has formally announced its intention to host next year's international COP climate conference as part of a partnership with Italy that will see the latter host a pre-COP event. As part of the proposal, the countries would assume the Presidency of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in a unique partnership. The UK will host the COP conference and Italy will host the pre-COP event, which includes a...

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