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Monday 26 June 2017
26 June 2017 - NEWS UPDATE
Green Living

Bristol short-listed for European Green Capital award

Bristol been short-listed as the 2015 European Green Capital, it was announced today. The city will represent the UK with Glasgow after the deadline for submitting entries for the prestigious award closed this week.

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Government efficiency plan to save 22 power-stations worth of energy

A transformation in the way energy is used across the UK economy could help boost growth and jobs, and investing in energy efficiency could save up to 22 power stations-worth of energy by 2020, according to the Government's Energy Efficiency Strategy published today.

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South West forests searched for Chalara ash dieback disease

Hundreds of staff members from Government agencies are this weekend checking sites across the UK including the South West for signs of the tree disease Chalara ash dieback.

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Ash die-back disease       Photo: Forestry Commission

 

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UK leads EU in cutting greenhouse gas emissions

The UK is leading the EU in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, according to figures released by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Britain cut greenhouse gas emissions by 6%, more than any other European country in 2011, over-achieving on targets under the Kyoto protocol on climate change.

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Ofgem proposals for fair and simple energy tariffs

Ofgem has unveiled proposals to force suppliers to tell customers about the cheapest gas and electricity tariffs they have on offer. The energy regulator said the proposals would make the market "simpler, clearer and fairer". The plans include firms to showing their cheapest tariff on bills as well as banning complex multi-tier tariffs, the availability of new personalised information to help consumers find their best deal, and ensuring customers default to the cheapest option at the end of fixed-term contract.

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Up to £1,000 available to householders insulating their homes

Householders insulating their homes from January will be able to claim discounts of up to £1,000 in cash from the government, the Energy Secretary Ed Davey said today. As part of the Coalition's flagship environmental policy, £125m of the funding will be provided through a cash-back scheme, which will offer households payments based on the number of energy efficiency measures they install.

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Osborne announces generous tax breaks likely for shale gas

Chancellor George Osborne today announced likely tax breaks for shale gas as his Cabinet colleague Ed Davey, the Energy Secretary, said he hoped drilling would resume soon.

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Plymouth and Wrocław Sustainability Link

The University of Plymouth and the City of Wrocław join forces this week to launch a major new initiative: the Centre for Sustainable Development.