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Tackling Construction Pollution: Statistics Support the Need for Bold Action
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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has written to Defra to ask the Government for greater powers to tackle construction pollution, as industry experts call for urgent action to improve the state of sustainability in the UK built environment. With half of the capital’s air pollution caused by non-transport sources, Mr Khan has requested new powers to implement a hard-hitting plan of action that combats emissions produced from machinery and the domestic burning of solid fuels. With more than...

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New Measures to Drive Investment in Clean Growth and Greater Climate Change Reporting
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The UK government has announced new measures to accelerate investment in clean growth with a Green Finance Taskforce. The transition to a low carbon economy needs a multi-billion pound investment and is a key element of the government’s industrial strategy. It asserts that a strong economy and consistent efforts to tackle climate change must go hand in hand if the UK is to become a global hub for investment in clean growth and, in order to succeed, it needs...

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Gove Promises Gold Standard Policies In ‘Green’ Brexit
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Environment Secretary Michael Gove has asserted that the UK is presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity to become global leaders on environmental management as part of a vow to deliver a ‘green’ Brexit. In one of his first major speeches as Environment Secretary, Gove has pledged to reform the common agricultural policy (CAP) to a system built on rigorous scientific analysis. Gove believes that leaving the EU gives the UK the opportunity to reform how it manages climate...

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Is It Time To Stop Exemption for Energy Intensive Industry Renewable Costs?
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The Government has made a move toward giving exemptions from some of the costs associated with renewable energy policies to Britain's most energy-intensive industries. The move has ignited a debate over whether such a move is needed for the growth of green business. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has confirmed that it intended to push ahead with plans to make businesses operating in areas such as heavy manufacturing and mining exempt from paying the Renewables...

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New Smart Meter Bill: Consumers Lose Out Yet Again!
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The Smart Meter Bill, contained within the Queen’s speech, purports to reinforce the requirement on suppliers to install a smart meter to all household and business energy meters by 2020. The new bill however introduces two changes: It extends the government’s powers to make changes to smart meter regulations by five years to ensure that the rollout is delivered effectively; and introduces a Special Administration Regime to ensure the continuing operation of the national smart meter service if a...

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Act Now – ESOS Phase 2 Compliance is a Win-Win Opportunity
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The second phase of the UK Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), which requires all large businesses to produce reports on energy use and efficiency every four years, is now underway. There had been some speculation that ESOS would be discontinued after the UK general election, having been placed under consideration by the previous Government’s 2015 energy efficiency tax landscape review. Brexit had also led businesses to question ESOS, as the scheme was brought in as part of the...

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Article 50 and Beyond: The Impact of Brexit on the Environment
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Since Article 50 was triggered and the UK's departure from the European Union (EU) officially commenced there has been significant political drama that has overshadowed the process. The Government has had little to say on green policies and the General Election did little to improve on that. There has been little publicity on the effect that Brexit will have Britain's green business community. The Prime Minister, Teresa May promised to get the right deal for every single person in this...

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Protests at Fracking Sites in Lancashire but No Decision As Yet For Scotland
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The challenge to the contentious decision made by the Secretary of State for Local Authorities and Government to grant Cuadrilla’s appeal against Lancashire County Council to drill and frack eight wells over two sites in Lancaster has been refused. The decision was challenged by Preston New Road Action Group, a local anti-fracking group, and campaigner Gayzer Frackman. They argued that the decision was flawed as it had not appropriately considered the climate change risks associated with the development however...

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DCP228 – Changes to Distribution Charges Increase Need for Energy Monitoring and Targeting
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Changes to electricity distribution charges will bring a greater need for energy monitoring and targeting to protect businesses from price hikes by increasing the focus on energy optimisation at all times moving the focus from the weekday peak period. DCP 228 is an Ofgem approved amendment to electricity distribution charges and will take effect from April 2018. Since 2010, the Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) have recovered costs for managing the local networks through a triple-tiered, Red-Amber-Green, time-based structure heavily...

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EU Ministers Agree Compromise on COP21 Energy Saving Targets
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On Monday 26th June 2017, EU ministers met for talks aimed at reaching a compromise on energy saving targets after 2021. This represents the first hurdle toward implementing the Paris Agreement for lower carbon emissions and limiting climate change. The agreement seeks to phase out net greenhouse gas emissions by the second half of the century and limit global warming to 1.5%. The European Union has vowed to take over international leadership on climate after United States President, Donald Trump,...

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