'Absolutely no reason for delay': Where are the UK's promised post-Brexit environmental principles?

Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) urges next Prime Minister to rapidly roll out environmental legal principles right across Whitehall in order to support robust policymaking The process of developing the UK’s post-Brexit environmental principles has dragged for four years, and there can be no more excuses for any further delays to their implementation across Whitehall. That … 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

Carbon tariffs: Government confirms it is to consult on carbon border adjustment mechanism

The British government is to formally consult on proposals designed to tackle so-called ‘carbon leakage’, as policymakers in the UK, EU, and US step up efforts to stop intensive carbon companies responding to higher carbon prices and tightening climate regulations by relocating to jurisdications with more lax policy regimes. The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) of … Read more

UK government ‘lacks ambition’ on green steel, MPs warns

The future of the UK’s steel industry is under threat unless investment is made in new technologies to decarbonise production, but government green steel initiatives to date remain vastly underpowered, Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has warned. A report by the MP select committee today argues current UK government efforts geared towards slashing the climate … Read more

MPs launch probe into financial sector’s role in the UK’s net zero transition

Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) is to probe the role of the financial sector in the UK’s net zero transition efforts, citing concerns that few nations and financial institutions have made explicit commitments to phase out fossil fuels or boost transparency over their high-carbon investments . As part of the inquiry announced today, the Committee … Read more

‘No progress’: MPs slam government failure to curb CO2 from construction and demolition of buildings

A dearth of policy designed to tackle the significant emissions generated by the construction and demolition of buildings is damaging the chances of the UK achieving net zero, MPs on Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) have warned today. A report by the select committee this morning warns that UK building decarbonisation policy has to date … Read more

The drive to clean up England's polluted waterways has finally stepped up a gear

After decades of inaction, regulators, water companies and central government appeared to have woken up to the pressing need to protect and restore England’s rivers, writes Philip Dunne MP Regular BusinessGreen readers will be familiar with the shocking statistics around water quality: only 14 per cent of rivers in England can claim good ecological status; … Read more