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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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CCC: Progress on low-carbon hydrogen ‘must begin now’ in UK

Hydrogen is a “credible” option for reducing UK’s emissions if used “selectively”, according to the government’s climate advisers. ... Read More

UK policy | Nov 22. 2018.
KD9KY5 The Pavilion, a timber framed building under construction at Spinningfields, Manchester, UK.

CCC: UK should ‘move away’ from large-scale biomass burning

The UK should not give support to any new large-scale biomass power plants unless they include carbon capture and storage (CCS), according to the... Read More

Energy | Nov 15. 2018.
Cattle amongst rolling hills, UK. Credit: Peter Cavanagh / Alamy Stock Photo. F0X3FN

CCC: Farming needs a ‘revolution’ for UK to meet climate goals

Greenhouse gas emissions from the land-use and agriculture sector are set to increase unless the UK’s "unsustainable” approach changes, warns the... Read More

UK policy | Nov 15. 2018.
Sir John Armitt at the Global Engineering Congress, London. Credit: Tom Prater / Carbon Brief.

The Carbon Brief Interview: Sir John Armitt

Sir John Armitt is the chair of the National Infrastructure Commission. He was awarded a CBE for his services to the rail industry in 2007 and a... Read More

Interviews | Nov 13. 2018.
A tree planting scheme in the National Forest. Credit: Bill Allsopp / Alamy Stock Photo. M5YF1P

Budget 2018: Key climate and energy announcements

Philip Hammond, the chancellor, has delivered his last budget before the UK is set to leave the EU in March 2019. It was a lengthy speech full of... Read More

UK policy | Oct 30. 2018.
FEMFKX Brighton, UK. 8th February, 2016. UK Weather: Huge waves break over Brighton seafront at high tide by the pier as Storm Imogen batters the south coast today with the weather forecast predicting wind speeds of up to 90 mph causing widespread flooding and damage Credit: Simon Dack/Alamy Live News

CCC: England’s coastal defences need ‘urgent’ rethink to cope with climate change

New policies are “urgently” needed to protect homes and landscapes from coastal flooding and erosion in the long term, the Committee on Climate... Read More

UK policy | Oct 26. 2018.

UK homes need ‘deep efficiency retrofit’ to meet climate goals

A nationwide programme to upgrade the UK’s housing stock will be essential to meeting the country’s 2050 climate commitments, a new report says. ... Read More

UK policy | Oct 11. 2018.
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