Decision on controversial Cumbria coal mine delayed until November

The decision on whether to grant planning permission to a controversial mine in Cumbria that would produce coal for the steel industry has been delayed by a further three months, the government has confirmed. A letter sent yesterday by the Department of Levelling Up, Communities, and Housing to the Friends of the Earth campaign group, … Read more

Global Briefing: Biden hails 'historic' US Senate deal promising $369bn climate action boost

Plus Germany energy efficiency funding, global coal demand rises, and the rest of the top green business news from around the world this week Biden: Senate deal ‘most significant’ climate legislation in US history Hopes of ending the epic deadlock that has so far scuppered much of President Biden’s climate agenda in the US were … Read more

RWE and ArcelorMittal ink major wind farm and green hydrogen deal

A series of new offshore wind farms and hydrogen facilities to supply the renewable energy and green hydrogen required for low-emissions steel production in Germany are set to be built following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between energy company RWE and steel producer ArcelorMittal. In a statement the two firms said the partnership … Read more

IEA: Clean tech drives record-breaking energy investment

Surging investment in clean energy, energy efficiency, and electricity grids is set to push clean energy spending to a record high in 2022, according to the latest figures from the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA’s World Energy Investment 2022 Report, published yesterday, predicts that global energy investment is to increase by eight per cent … Read more

COP President looks to advance South Africa’s flagship Just Energy Transition Partnership

COP26 President Alok Sharma has traveled to South Africa this week in a bid to help promote the country’s high profile Just Energy Transition Partnership (JTEP), which aims to mobilize billions of dollars of climate finance in support of the economy’s shift away from coal power. The JTEP was agreed on the sidelines of last … Read more

‘Just in case’: UK extends life of EDF’s West Burton coal-fired power station

The government has confirmed that energy giant EDF has agreed to keep its West Burton coal-fired power station online over the coming winter, with discussions ongoing about the prospect of two further coal plants similarly extending their life. Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng announced the move late afternoon on Twitterstating that “with uncertainty in … Read more

G7 nations pledge to deliver near-zero carbon electricity grids by 2035

Climate ministers of G7 nations have this afternoon pledged to deliver “predominately decarbonised” electricity systems by 2035, while taking “concrete and timely steps” to phase out unabated coal power generation. In a communique published at the close of a three-day Energy and Environment Ministerial meeting in Berlin this week, the world’s largest climate set out … Read more

G7: Coal, energy security and biodiversity top UK agenda for Berlin meeting

The UK government has promised to push its fellow G7 nations to accelerate the shift towards green energy, reduce dependency on fossil fuels, and ramp up efforts to tackle biodiversity loss, as climate and energy minister of the world’s leading climate meet for a summit in Berlin this week. COP26 President Alok Sharma, Business, Energy … Read more