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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.
CN2CYE industrial chemical plant.

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.
Onshore windfarm, Eaglesham Moor, East Renfrewshire, Scotland. Credit: Clynt Garnham Renewable Energy / Alamy Stock Photo. BCBYYF

Six charts show mixed progress for UK renewables

Onshore and offshore wind power rose by 34% last year in the UK compared to 2016, new government statistics show. ... Read More

Renewables | Jul 30. 2018.
PAGGF2 Lancashire, UK. 21 July 2018. The Reservoir is now showing very low levels due to a sustained dry period, and is shown here after 2 days of rain. United Utilities who own the reservoir intend to introduce a hosepipe ban from 5 August 2018. The reservoir supplies Liverpool via a series of reservoirs in the Rivington area, which were recently used to supply water for helicopters fighting the Winter Hill fires. The bridge shown is the Alance Bridge, which spans the River Yarrow, which would normally flow through it into the reservoir. Credit: Phil Taylor/Alamy Live News

In-depth: How the UK plans to adapt to climate change

The UK government last week published its updated strategy for tackling the impacts of climate change, including higher temperatures, drought and... Read More

UK policy | Jul 26. 2018.
Chris Stark, Chef Exectutive, Committee on Climate Change. Credit: Carbon Brief

The Carbon Brief Interview: Chris Stark

Chris Stark has been the chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) since April 2018. The CCC is the UK government’s official climate... Read More

Interviews | Jul 12. 2018.
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