• Britain Hit By Another Climate Policy Fiasco: £168 Million Up In Smoke

    • Date: 20/01/17
    • The Construction Index

    Failed attempts by the UK government to encourage the development of carbon capture and storage have cost the tax payer £168m, according to a report from the National Audit Office (NAO). The government spent £100m on a competition to promote carbon capture and storage (CCS) schemes but it all fell apart. This was even after […]

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  • Green Energy Scandal Brings Down Northern Irland’s Government

    • Date: 16/01/17
    • Brendan Cole, International Business Times

    Fresh elections in Northern Ireland will be called after its power-sharing Assembly collapsed over the fallout of a botched renewable energy scheme. Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness quit as deputy first minister on 9 January and, in a motion in the devolved parliament on Monday (16 January), his party refused to replace him. Under the terms […]

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  • Poll: Majority Distrust British NGOs

    • Date: 16/01/17
    • Order-order; Edelman

    More than half of those polled now actively distrust British NGOs The release of Edelman’s annual “Trust barometer” is particularly well-timed given Oxfam’s attack on philanthropists this morning. The survey of 33,000 respondents in 28 countries has found that trust in NGOs in Britain has plummeted by four points compared to last year. This means […]

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  • Ikea Refuses To Spend £524m Green Energy Pot In Britain Until Government Commits To More Subsidies

    • Date: 16/01/17
    • Huffington Post

    Ikea has said it won’t spend a single penny of its mammoth £524m (€600m) green fund in Britain until the government makes it easier to invest in renewable energy. In a rare attack on government policy, the Swedish flatpack giant declared it would have to go elsewhere to finance projects, including wind farms, due to the UK’s […]

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  • Green Energy Plant Blamed After 1,000 Fish Die At One Of Britain’s Best-Loved Salmon And Trout Rivers

    • Date: 15/01/17
    • Nic North, Mail on Sunday

    A supposedly ‘green’ power plant has been blamed for killing more than 1,000 fish on one of Britain’s best-loved salmon and trout rivers. Officials are investigating if a fault caused hundreds of thousands of gallons of toxic waste to be discharged from an anaerobic digester and into the picturesque River Teifi in West Wales, killing […]

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  • UK Government Signals Green Energy Project Is Uneconomic

    • Date: 13/01/17
    • Ben Webster, The Times

    The world’s first tidal lagoon power station may be too expensive despite a government-commissioned review strongly backing it, according to Whitehall sources. An impression of the wall at Swansea Bay. A Whitehall source has said the project is “very expensive” Tidal Lagoon Power/PA Wire Charles Hendry, the former Conservative energy minister who led the review, […]

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  • UK Climate Minister Backs Fracking

    • Date: 11/01/17
    • Ben Webster, The Times

    Fracking could give Britain a cheap and abundant source of home-produced energy and it would be “irresponsible to future generations” to ignore its potential benefits, according to the climate change minister. Nick Hurd told MPs that exploring for shale gas was consistent with the government’s commitment to tackling climate change. He appeared before the Commons […]

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  • Northern Ireland Crisis Deepens Over Green Energy Scandal

    • Date: 10/01/17
    • Vivienne Russell, Public Finance

    Fresh elections to the Northern Ireland Executive are expected in the coming weeks after Martin McGuinness resigned as deputy first minister in protest at the botched administration of a green energy scheme. In the run up to Christmas, the Northern Ireland Executive was rocked by the fallout from the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, established in […]

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