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Grangemouth oil refinery complex on the Firth of Forth

Analysis: UK primary energy use in 2018 was the lowest in half a century

Falling energy use and surging offshore wind are among the trends revealed in the latest round of government figures on the energy flowing through the... Read More

UK policy | Aug 1. 2019.
Construction of Hinkley Point C’s first reactor commences, June 2019. Credit: EDF.

Analysis: Does the UK ‘require’ new nuclear to reach net-zero emissions?

A new government consultation, published this week, asserts that the UK “will…require” new nuclear and gas-fired power stations with carbon... Read More

UK policy | Jul 26. 2019.
Houses of Parliament at night. Credit: Stockinasia / Alamy Stock Photo.

CCC: UK has just 18 months to avoid 'embarrassment' over climate inaction

The UK government only has 12-18 months left to raise its game on climate policy, or risk “embarrassment” as the likely host of the COP26 UN... Read More

UK policy | Jul 10. 2019.
Overlooking London Heathrow

Guest post: Planned growth of UK airports not consistent with net-zero climate goal

Dr Declan Finney is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Leeds’ Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS); and Dr Giulio... Read More

Guest posts | Jun 24. 2019.
No.10 Downing Street at night, London, UK. Credit: Jeff Gilbert / Alamy Stock Photo.

In-depth Q&A: The UK becomes first major economy to set net-zero climate goal

The UK is to raise its ambition on climate change by setting a legally binding target to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to “net-zero” by 2050,... Read More

UK emissions | Jun 12. 2019.
UK electricity map

Interactive: How the UK transformed its electricity supply in just a decade

This interactive article shows how the UK has transformed its electricity supply in a decade – and how things are expected to continue changing. ... Read More

Features | Jun 12. 2019.
Satellite image of the UK, 2012.

In-depth: The UK should reach ‘net-zero’ climate goal by 2050, says CCC

The UK should legislate for and reach a net-zero emissions goal by 2050, so as to end its contribution to global warming within 30 years. ... Read More

UK emissions | May 2. 2019.
Wandsworth, south London, 1970s. Credit: Simon Holdcroft / Alamy Stock Photo. ARRHB8

Guest post: Energy efficiency contributed 25% of UK economic growth since 1971

Dr Paul Brockway is a university academic fellow at the University of Leeds; Dr Marco Sakai is lecturer at the University of York; Prof John Barrett... Read More

Guest posts | Feb 22. 2019.
D1JFGJ Cavity wall insulation for new housing, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK.

UK homes ‘shockingly unprepared’ for climate change, says CCC

The UK’s housing emissions are “off track” to meet the country’s climate targets, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says in a new report. ... Read More

UK policy | Feb 21. 2019.
Black Law Wind Farm, Scotland, UK. Credit: Ian Rutherford / Alamy Stock Photo. FF4HF2

Analysis: Why the UK’s CO2 emissions have fallen 38% since 1990

The UK’s CO2 emissions peaked in the year 1973 and have declined by around 38% since 1990, faster than any other major developed country. ... Read More

UK emissions | Feb 4. 2019.
EP6P4C Golden twin towers of the Court of Justice of the European Union, in European Quarter, Kirchberg, Luxembourg, behind the EU flag

Q&A: What next for UK capacity market after surprise EU ruling?

The UK capacity market, the main government policy for “keeping the lights on”, has been rendered illegal after a surprise EU court ruling issued... Read More

UK policy | Nov 22. 2018.
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