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London raises flag on green taxi rollout

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Five manufacturers are planning to launch electric taxis in time for the 2018 start of London’s switchover to zero-emissions vehicles, with hydrogen fuel-cell models expected to follow.All new taxis licensed from 1 January 2018 must be capable of operating without producing polluting emissions within central London, according to a new policy announced yesterday by the capital’s mayor, Boris Johnson.The manufacturers claim the taxis – most of which will be battery powered with a

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The Developing Climate For Change

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In the global discussion over who’s going to do what about climate change, the argument that the rapid industrialisation of developing countries will render Western emissions cuts pointless is one of the biggest obstacles to a binding international deal. Indeed, just last week, environment ministers from the so-called BASIC countries (Brazil, South Africa, India and China), who were meeting ahead of next month’ crucial UN climate change summit, went as far as claiming that their nati

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Industry stunned over green fund shutdown

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Industry reacted with bitter disappointment to the abrupt shutdown of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) after a surge of applications drained the fund. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced the scheme’s closure “with immediate effect” on 24 July – just two days after announcing changes to the fund and urging people to snap up vouchers from the £120 million pot. Roger Webb, Heating and Hotwater Industry Council director, sai

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Brussels thumbs up for UK electricity reforms

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Government reforms aimed at ensuring the security of UK electricity supplies have been given the seal of approval by the European Commission (EC). Commissioners concluded that the proposed UK Capacity Market, part of the government’s electricity market reform programme, is in line with EU state aid rules. The Capacity Market includes the Contracts for Difference scheme, a mechanism for providing long-term price certainty for low-carbon electricity generation. Energy and Climate Change

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SSE and UKPN in £8 million storms payout

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Two energy firms have agreed to an extra £3.3 million payout following an Ofgem investigation into the way they handled last winter’s storms.  Energy giant SSE and UK Power Networks (UKPN) have already between them paid customers £4.7 million and committed to improvements, bringing the total to £8 million. The extra money – £2.3 million from SSE and £1 million from UKPN – will go to organisations such as the British Red Cross, that help vul

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Strong wind lifts renewables generation

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Around 15 per cent of Britain’s electricity is coming from clean renewable sources, helped along by a surge in wind power, the latest government energy statistics show. With renewable electricity more than doubling in four years, Energy Secretary Ed Davey said the figures showed the government’s investment in renewable energy such as wind, solar and hydro, was paying off. “This massive investment in green energy is accelerating, with 2013 a record year, with almost £8

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