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Electric vehicle charging © Gareth Redmond-King, 2017 climate

Electric vehicles – which country is leading the charge?






Barely two months into his presidency, French president Emmanuel Macron continues to throw down the gauntlet on tackling climate change. Having banned new oil and gas exploration, his government has now set 2050 as the year by which France will be carbon neutral.  This is genuine ambition, announced as 19 world leaders lined up against […]

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Westminster General Election

After the UK General Election, what does the next government need to do for the environment?






So, an election campaign that most had expected to deliver an increased Conservative majority ends in a hung parliament, and a Conservative government supported by the Democratic Unionist Party. Those in the business of predicting poll results might be better reading tea leaves for inspiration, but amid the shock, what does this all mean for […]

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Westminster at dawn © Gareth Redmond-King climate change

Rebut the nonsense, seize the opportunities






Well it’s been a pretty significant few weeks. Nine months after the vote on EU membership, the war of words is over and the formal exit proceedings have started. It’s quite the moment for reflection, when you realise just how many of us were born into Britain the European Union member state – or were […]

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The Prime Minister responded to an open letter, published in The Times, that was signed by more 80 UK companies © WWF

Making ourselves heard – Prime Minister responds to our call for action on sustainable development






In January more than 80 UK companies wrote to the Prime Minister about how sustainable development is good for business and asking her government to engage with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I’m pleased to report that the Prime Minister has replied, but was it what we wanted to hear? You can read the original […]

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Volunteers needed! Ensure ICAO’s global aviation climate measure works for people and planet






Right now, 191 countries are in the final throes of negotiating a global climate agreement for the aviation sector. It’s happening at the Assembly of the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal. By far the majority of countries support the deal, which would require airlines to offset the industry’s growth in emissions from […]

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Sign for the new BEIS Department © gov.uk

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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