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New UK air pollution plan must be drawn up urgently, rules Supreme Court

The UK’s Supreme Court has ruled that the Government must formulate new plans on cutting air pollution as a matter of urgency.

UK flouting EU energy efficiency laws, campaigners say

Energy waste campaigners are calling for Brussels to file legal proceedings against the UK for flouting EU energy-saving laws, following new research by the AEA Ricardo consultancy.

Big Six are cause of Green Deal failure, Greg Barker says

The Big Six energy companies undermined the Government’s flagship programme to upgrade the energy efficiency of Britain’s housing stock, according to the former Climate Minister who is now David Cameron’s climate envoy.

New regulations to force landlords to upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes

Landlords will be banned from renting out England and Wales’ draughtiest homes from 2018 in a bid to cut energy bills and carbon emissions.

Carbon bubble: firms should have to disclose investments in fossil fuels, says Davey

Britain’s Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey, has said companies should be required to disclose their investments in fossil fuels, bringing firmly into the mainstream the idea that climate risk will affect the value of such holdings.

EU green label regulations could lead to inefficient vacuum cleaners, manufacturers warn

Consumers are being urged to buy powerful vacuum cleaners while they can after it emerged that some of the most powerful models on the market will disappear in September when a new EU rule comes into force.

Diesel vehicles may be charged in London

Drivers in London with vehicles fuelled by diesel will be charged an additional fee similar to the existing £11.50 congestion charge, if proposals by the mayor Boris Johnson are accepted.

Complaints about domestic biomass "disappointing"

The number of complaints about biomass boiler installations is running at around one in five the rate of systems applying for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) – the Government’s main incentive to get people to switch to renewable heating systems – figures obtained by GreenWise reveal.

Government ‘Zero Carbon Homes’ policy "in tatters", says industry

Businesses working to reduce household energy bills and carbon emissions in buildings have reacted angrily to new details released by Government on its controversial 'Allowable Solutions', claiming its zero carbon homes policy is now "in tatters".

Neonicotinoids: Syngenta seeks "emergency" exemption on EU-banned insecticide

Almost one-third of all oilseed rape in the UK could be treated with a banned insecticide if the government grants an "emergency" exemption to the pesticide manufacturer Syngenta, it has emerged.

Queen's speech: zero carbon homes plans "worst row-backs on green policy"

The green building and renewable energy sectors have reacted angrily to new legislation introduced today in the Queen's Speech that effectively waters-down a previous pledge that all new homes will need to be zero carbon by 2016.

Plastic bag charge for England confirmed in Queen's Speech

Plans to introduce a five pence charge on plastic bags in England were cemented today as part of the Queen’s Speech.

Zero carbon homes: infrastructure bill to usher in watered down green standards

The Coalition has effectively abandoned a pledge to make all new homes "zero-carbon" by 2016, as new legislation in the Queen's speech would not apply to housing built in small developments and companies would be allowed to buy exemptions from new green standards.

Green businesses condemn David Cameron’s “boast” of slashing green regulations

Organisations and companies operating in the green business sector have reacted angrily to David Cameron’s pledge to small businesses to slash environmental and green building regulations.

Cameron tells small businesses he will rip up green regulations

David Cameron will on Monday boast of tearing up 80,000 pages of environmental protections and building guidelines as part of a new push to build more houses and cut costs for businesses.


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