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Energy Efficient Scotland: Consultation on Long Term Emissions Reduction in Buildings
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On 2nd May 2018 the Scottish Government released its latest publication ‘The Energy Efficient Scotland: Route Map’. The 20-year plan outlines the vision of Scotland being energy efficient and ensuring that all homes and buildings are warmer, greener and more efficient by 2040. The Scottish Climate Change Plan, published in February 2018, sets out the policies and proposals that will keep Scotland on course to achieve the 2050 target of cutting total greenhouse gas emissions by 80%. To achieve...

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What will you do for Clean Air Day 2018?
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Clean Air Day 2018 is on 21st June giving sustainability professionals the opportunity to bring the issue of air pollution to the attention of their workplaces. Air pollution affects all of us at work, home and on our travels. The pollutants in the air we breathe cause heart and lung diseases, shortens the life of around 29,000 people every year and costs the NHS around £20bn. Whilst it has become commonplace to employers to focus on climate change and the...

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CRC Phase 3 – Delay Registration As Scheme Due to Close
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Current legislation requires compliance from qualifying organisations for Phase 3 of CRC by the end of January 2019. Despite the planned scrapping of the scheme, organisations that used 6 GWh of qualifying electricity from 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018 will qualify for Phase 3 and are required to fully participate. In the 2016 Spring Budget, the Chancellor announced that the UK Government has decided to close the CRC from the end of the current Phase (Phase 2), and...

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Commonwealth Heads Pledge 1.5°C Limit to Temperature Increase
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The 53 member states of the Commonwealth have agreed to renew commitments to the Paris Agreement that would pursue efforts to limit temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels as defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) took place in London and Windsor from 16 to 20 April 2018 during which there were a number of green announcements before arriving at the pledge.   A declaration was signed during the later...

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April 2018: A significant month for energy legislation in the UK
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On 1st April 2018, important energy industry changes came into effect. The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) is a set of legal requirements that aim to improve the energy efficiency of commercially-rented properties across England and Wales. From 1st April 2018, it became unlawful to agree a new lease for a commercial and domestic privately rented property with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G. This will also apply to all existing tenancies on 1st April 2020, and...

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Ground-Breaking Heat Networks Investment Project to Launch in Autumn 2018
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The Government has announced a new scheme for consumers and non-domestic users to participate in a trailblazing heat networks project. Delivering on its commitment to tackle energy bills using innovative, low carbon solutions, the government announcement means that consumers and non-domestic users such as hospitals, schools and council buildings will be able to participate in a mass rollout of heat networks. Demonstrating its commitment to the Clean Growth Strategy, a key policy for the UK’s Industrial Strategy, the government’s Heat...

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Government Consults on £6bn Energy Efficiency Funding for Low-Income Households
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The government has unveiled plans to invest £6bn in energy efficiency as part of its clean growth strategy. Nearly a million more low income households are to benefit from energy saving measures under the new plans, with flagship schemes to help reduce bills for thousands more families until at least 2028. The funding announcement is the latest step in the delivery of the government’s Clean Growth Strategy, which aims to bring 2.5 million fuel poor homes up to an Energy...

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Scottish Government Targets 66% Emissions Reduction By 2032
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The Scottish government has outlined a new target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 66% by 2032. Reduction targets are measured against a baseline set of figures from 1990. The Climate Change Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, set out the government's draft climate change plan for the next 15 years which include a fully-decarbonised electricity sector and 80% of domestic heat coming from low-carbon sources. Ministers committed last year to cut harmful CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050, with a new interim...

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Government Must Clean Up Act After Losing Air Pollution Court Case
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The UK government has been criticised by the Courts, for the third time, for failing to produce an adequate plan to tackle the growing problem of air pollution in a landmark judgment that will force ministers back to the drawing board. Air pollution has become a leading test case for environmental legal activism in the UK due to scientists reporting that as many as 40,000 people a year die from illnesses related to air pollution across the country. A...

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May Sets Out Her Vision Ahead of Upcoming Brexit Negotiations
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Speaking in London today, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, called for a wide-ranging free trade deal with the EU after Brexit. The speech was delivered ahead of the start of negotiations on the UK’s future partnership with Brussels during which it was confirmed that Britain would leave the European Union's single market and customs union. May set out some hard facts about the departure acknowledging that "We are leaving the single market… life is going to be different". This is...

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