Climate and Energy

Government loses solar appeal

Two workmen bin a solar panel outside the Royal Courts of Justice

Photo: Friends of the Earth

Solar appeal decision delayed

Workmen bin a solar panel outside the Royal Courts of Justice

Photo: Friends of the Earth

The uncertainty over the future of the UK's solar feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme continues, after three court of appeal judges failed to decide if the government's proposed changes were unlawful.

DECC raises feed-in tariff budget

Two workmen binning a solar panel outside the Royal Courts of Justice

Photo: Friends of the Earth

The government has raised the spending cap feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme by nearly £200m to prevent the scheme exceeding its budget. It has done this by re-allocating funds previously earmarked for the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme.

Government appeals against solar power ruling

Workmen binning a solar panel outside the Royal Courts of Justice

Photo: Friends of the Earth

The government today filed a request to the Court of Appeal against a High Court ruling on 21 December that its plans to rush through cuts to solar feed-in tariffs (FIT) were unlawful.

Final Demand campaign update

Final demand. Stop the big energy companies taking us for a ride. 

Almost 20,000 people so far have signed the Final Demand petition asking for a public inquiry into the Big Six energy companies. More paper petitions are coming in every day and the number of signatures continues to grow.

Solar power tarifs legal win

Two workmen bin a solar panel outside the Royal Courts of Justice

Photo: Friends of the Earth

The High Court has upheld a legal challenge from Friends of the Earth and two solar electricity firms, Solar Century and HomeSun, against the government's decision to slash feed-in tariff incentives for solar installations.

Facebook 'friends' renewable energy

corridor of computer cabinets

Facebook has pledged to work with Greenpeace to source more renewable energy to power its giant data centres.

The social networking company announced yesterday that it will work with Greenpeace to increase the energy efficiency of its IT infrastructure, switch from coal to renewable energy where possible, and promote clean energy to its millions of users.

Biggest polluter at climate talks

Cyswllt Hinsawdd Affrica - The African Climate Connection

South African energy company Sasol is the world’s leader in coal-to-liquid (CTL) technology. This is the most carbon-intensive way of making petrol and diesel. Sasol’s Secunda plant produces more carbon dioxide emissions than any other single source in the world.

Fund the poor not corporations

Cyswllt Hinsawdd Affrica / The African Climate Connection 

Throughout the developing world, people are paying a terrible price for a climate crisis not of their making.

The worst droughts in over 60 years in East Africa have pushed parts of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somaliland to near the point of collapse, threatening the lives and livelihoods of more than 10 million people.

EU must lead in Durban

People standing in front of wind turbines with EU act now sign

Photo: Friends of the Earth Europe

The next series of UN climate talks kick off in Durban, South Africa, on Tuesday.

All around the world millions of the poorest people are already facing the impacts of climate change, including floods, famine, and severe weather events.

We are facing a planetary emergency and have very little time left to avoid catastrophic climate change.

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