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Archive for July, 2010

British Gas Reports Profits as Government Lauds Carbon Cutting Measures

Despite having lowered its prices for many customers, British Gas has reported operating profits of £585 million for the first half of 2010. After cutting gas prices in February, British Gas acquired some 223,000 new customers to take its total number of customers to just under 15.8 million. According to the firm’s parent company, Centrica, […]

Concerns Mount as UK Government Ponders New Green Tax

As if the housing market had not endured enough difficulties in recent times, it has been reported that the coalition Government is considering a new green tax that could add around £850 to the cost of buying a typical home. Furthermore, new owners would be required to spend at least £15,000 on energy efficiency improvements […]

Coalition Government Axes Sustainable Development Commission

Despite promising to become the “greenest government ever”, Prime Minister David Cameron has sought to bypass green initiatives in favour of deep public spending cuts. This week, the Government has announced that it has made plans to close the Sustainable Development Commission, which operates a broad selection of projects in the economic sphere. Whilst hardly […]

Energy Saving Trust Claims Homes Could Go Green for £3,000

The global recession has had both a positive and negative effect on the environmental situation in the UK. On the one hand, the economic downturn has contributed towards lower carbon emissions – although, CO2 levels are expected to rise again as the country claws its way out of the recession – on the other hand, […]

Greenpeace Argues Case for Renewable Energy in the European Union

According to a report published last week by Greenpeace International, the European Union could reduce carbon emissions by up to 95% compared to 1990 levels if it fully harnesses renewable technologies, such as wind turbines and solar panels. The report also argues the European Union could obtain as much as 92% of its total energy […]

Committee on Climate Change Warns Government on Emissions Targets

The Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change, David Kennedy, has just warned the new coalition government urgent action must be taken if the UK is to meet its carbon emissions targets. Mr Kennedy claimed at least four key areas must be addressed, including policy changes to reform the electricity market. Mr Kennedy said: […]