Green Alliance's response to EU referendum result

Green Alliance's response to EU referendum result
In response to the UK’s decision to leave the EU, Matthew Spencer, director of Green Alliance, said:

“The nation is divided, and our environment is one of the few things left which we have in common. Britain will now have to create new national laws and stronger public institutions to fill the gaping holes that will be left as we jettison strong EU environmental agreements. The public did not vote for a race to the bottom, they will expect standards of environmental protection to be at least as strong in the UK as they are in France and Germany. We now need a plan from government to achieve that.”
 
We must now avoid a race to the bottom 
After the Brexit vote: what next for the UK's environment? 
News release 29 June 2016: Green Alliance's response to Amber Rudd speech
 

UK risks being left behind in world’s fast growing low carbon market

UK risks being left behind in world’s fast growing low carbon market
As the world transitions to a low carbon economy, is the UK losing its lead?

Once at the forefront of exporting low carbon services and expertise, major energy policy u-turns have reduced confidence in the UK’s domestic low carbon industries, which is having an impact on its global ranking and market share. 

This analysis from six of the UK’s leading development and environment organisations makes recommendations for how government can restore the country as a market leader.

Will the UK economy succeed in a low carbon world?

Press release: 9 June 2016


 

Circular economy opportunities for the smartphone industry

How the changing mobile market can benefit the environment
Circular economy opportunities for the smartphone industry
Our new analysis looks at the lifetimes of the mobile phones used by eight million of O2's customers and shows people are using their phones for longer.

This is good news for the environment: extending the life of smart devices can cut yearly emissions significantly, and schemes such as O2 Recycle allows O2 and their customers to capture the value from used devices.

We provide recommendations for how both businesses and government can help facilitate and scale up this circular model.

The end of the upgrade? How O2 is adapting to a more circular mobile market
Press release: 31 May 2016

 

Renewable energy locator

How does your area compare on renewables in England and Wales?
Renewable energy locator
We’ve created a Renewable Energy Locator which makes it possible to see how renewables are doing in different areas of England and Wales, compared by region, county and local authority, searching by name or postcode.

Using data commissioned from Regen SW, it includes information from nearly 700,000 individual projects, accurate to the end of March 2015.

Find out how your area compares on renewables and share the results on social media.
 
#renewablelocator

Renewables investment

How to build on UK strengths in renewable energy
Renewables investment
Renewables are a UK success story: they're an important source of private investment and jobs, they have a proven track record of delivery and are persistently popular with the public. Their costs have also fallen significantly. 

We are close to the point where renewables will be able to out-compete their polluting rivals, but unclear signals from the government are holding back necessary investment.

Our infographic and report show why and how new investment is needed in renewable technologies to reduce the risk of a capacity shortfall and to make it possible to meet the UK's carbon budgets.

#keepitclean


 

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