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  • Local Government Association declares official climate emergency

    The Local Government Association (LGA) has declared a climate emergency. The organisation, which represents local government across England and Wales has said drastic action must be taken to avoid “runaway global warming and climate breakdown”. The move, which follows in the footsteps of more than half of councils in the UK, was announced in a […]

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  • Economics of petrol and diesel vehicles in ‘relentless and irreversible decline’

    The economics of petrol and diesel vehicles are in a “relentless and irreversible decline”. That’s according to French bank BNP Parabas, which says electric vehicles (EVs) powered by new wind and solar projects will get six to seven times more power than petrol cars for the same capital cost. A new report published by the […]

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  • Decarbonising Wales ‘must be central to regional planning’

    Decarbonising society and responding to the threats of climate change must be central to all regional planning. That’s the verdict from the Welsh Government, which has set out a 20-year vision on how to transform the country into a clean, connected and sustainable powerhouse. Housing and Local Government Minister Julie James has launched a consultation […]

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  • Birmingham Uni granted €4m for rare earth metals recycling facility

    The University of Birmingham has been awarded €4 million (£3.7m) to set up a pilot facility to reclaim rare earth materials from electronic devices. The facility will focus on recycling magnets made of neodymium, boron and iron, which are found in electric vehicles (EVs), wind turbine generators, household appliances and hard disk drives. The use […]

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  • Brexit: Businesses ‘excited’ about renewables, clean growth and EV opportunities

    A range of businesses that met with newly appointed Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said they were “excited” about the opportunities after Brexit, including developing renewable energy, clean growth and electric vehicles (EVs). ScottishPower, INEOS and General Electric were among businesses that met with Ms Leadsom for her first roundtable on the UK leaving the EU, […]

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  • US plans to build nuclear test ‘fast’ reactor

    The US is planning to build a new “fast” reactor to test future fuels and materials the industry is designing for nuclear power plants. The Department of Energy said it will develop an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to study the impacts of building a ‘Versatile Test Reactor’ to […]

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  • Ofgem proposes ‘tough but fair’ approach to next DNO price control

    Ofgem is proposing a “tough but fair” approach to the next price control for electricity distribution network operators (DNOs) from 2023. It has published an open letter, seeking views in response to its plans to ensure the 14 DNOs currently operating in Britain reduce emissions while ensuring costs are kept “as low as possible” for […]

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  • Cluster developments ‘can maximise oil and gas recovery from UKCS’

    Cluster developments have signficant potential in maximising oil and gas recovery from the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). That’s the conclusion reached in new research published by Professor Alex Kemp and Dr Linda Stephen from the University of Aberdeen, who say cluster developments greatly improve economic viability by using common infrastructure to develop a group of fields […]

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  • Fracking debate deadlock ‘likely to continue as neither side makes compelling case’

    The deadlocked debate around the controversial process of fracking is likely to continue as neither side makes a compelling case against or in favour of pursuing it in the UK. That’s according to a new study from researchers at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, who note arguments put forward by […]

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  • Government revs up funding cap for electric delivery bikes

    Businesses, traders and charities can now apply for up to £200,000 worth of funding for electric delivery bikes following an increase in the cap. The government is upping the limit from £50,000 when the eCargo Bike Grant Fund was initially open to applications in April 2019 to support the adoption of sustainable transport by businesses […]

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