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FUTURE BUILDINGS STANDARD: REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS

FUTURE BUILDINGS STANDARD: REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS

New and existing buildings in England will have to meet strict energy efficiency standards in the future under plans outlined by the government. The Climate Change Committee’s last annual report in June 2020 highlighted the need to make low carbon heating the dominant...

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GOVERNMENT DELAYS THE LONG AWAITED ENVIRONMENT BILL

GOVERNMENT DELAYS THE LONG AWAITED ENVIRONMENT BILL

The Environment Bill, which was due to be back before Parliament on 26th January 2021, was further delayed following on the move to postpone it in December 2020.  Prior to the pandemic, the Bill was making progress through Parliament and had been highly praised for...

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ENERGY WHITE PAPER: AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT THE ROAD AHEAD

ENERGY WHITE PAPER: AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT THE ROAD AHEAD

After months of waiting, the UK Government launched its white paper setting out the agenda for the energy sector and its role in tackling climate change late in December 2020. The White Paper builds on Boris Johnson’s Ten-Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution...

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UK EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME REPLACES EU ETS FOR PARTICIPANTS

UK EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME REPLACES EU ETS FOR PARTICIPANTS

The UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) replaced the UK’s participation in the EU ETS from 1 January 2021. The Government has established the scheme to increase the climate ambition of the UK’s carbon pricing policy and provides continuity of emissions trading for UK...

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AMENDMENTS TO THE HEAT NETWORK REGULATIONS

AMENDMENTS TO THE HEAT NETWORK REGULATIONS

Heat in buildings is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and the de-carbonisation of heat will be a critical part of the journey to meeting the UK’s Net Zero Carbon target. One policy area which has been under review by the UK government is the Heat...

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COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE PUBLISHES SIXTH CARBON BUDGET

COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE PUBLISHES SIXTH CARBON BUDGET

The UK’s Sixth Carbon Budget report was published by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) on 9th December 2020. The carbon budgets were first introduced to the UK under the 2008 Climate Change Act. Each carbon budget provides a 5 year statutory cap on greenhouse gas...

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