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Could BEIS be the vehicle the low carbon economy has been waiting for?

Climate change took centre stage in the controversy surrounding the formation of Theresa May’s government this July. One day into her premiership, it was announced that DECC would be merged with BIS, to form BEIS. Politicians and campaigners were quick to point out that, in the acronym acrobatics of the new Prime Minister’s departmental restructure, […]

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Brexit need not mean the end of the UK’s strong environmental rules says WWF legal adviser Debbie Tripley

The European Union has contributed a lot to environmental policies in the UK, such as the EU Birds and Habitats directives, which saw the rare bittern brought back from the brink of extinction in the UK, and which have protected a range of wildlife sites up and down our country and across Europe. Now that […]

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Keeping climate policy alive after Brexit

“Climate Change is not a risk that has been downgraded after the Referendum” Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Climate change is a political issue. It is such a big problem that we cannot tackle it without ambitious legislation from global governments to reduce our emissions. Of course, we encourage individuals […]

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A low carbon energy system won’t build itself

If the UK is to meet its climate change targets at least cost, the Government’s stated intention, then the power sector must be largely decarbonised by 2030. The Energy Bill had its Second Reading in Parliament last week. This again put the spotlight on Government support for the renewable sector, given the battle between the […]

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Wind turbines at Lambrigg wind farm, owned by Npower, near Sedburgh, Cumbria, UK © Global Warming Images / WWF

Reversing nature’s decline is a wise investment – business as usual will be far more costly

Environmental and economic goals do not conflict and a healthy natural world is the foundation of a resilient, productive economy. Given recent extreme weather events in the UK and around the world, and the global scientific consensus that climate change will make such events more common, these words should by now be regarded by both […]

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