Key announcements from the King's Speech 2024

Yesterday (Wednesday 17 July) King Charles delivered the Labour government's first King's Speech in the House of Lords.

Part of the State Opening of Parliament ceremony, the speech marks th...

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Three solar projects approved in "rooftop revolution"

Three solar projects have been granted development consent by the Department for Energy, Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) this week, in what the Secretary Ed Miliband has descr...

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Defra investigated over authorisation for banned bee-killing pesticide

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is under investigation by the environmental watchdog after a bee-killing pesticide, that was banned by the EU,...

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Directive on common rules promoting the repair of goods published

Last week, Directive (EU) 2024/1799, on common rules promoting the repair of goods, was officially published in the Official Journal.

The Directi...

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Chris Stark to lead UK to clean power by 2030

Climate expert Chris Stark has been newly appointed to lead the UK clean energy taskforce.

He is expected to lead a "mission control centre" on clean energy, which will work with energy com...

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EIA for a crude oil extraction project unsuccessful

In R (on the application of Finch on behalf of the Weald Action Group) v Surrey County Council, the central issue was the correct application of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) p...

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It's Bees' Needs Week!

This week (8-14 July) is Bees' Needs Week, which is an annual event co-ordinated by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), working alongside a host...

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Energy Secretary sets out his priorities

The newly appointed Secretary of State for Energy, Security and Net Zero, Ed Miliband, has set out his priorities for the department following his appointment on 5 July 2024.

In his message...

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DEFRA sets out new top five priorities

The new Secretary of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Steve Reed, has outlined his five core priorities.

In a video message shared fro...

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June 2024 is warmest on record

Data collected from Copernicus Climate Change Service, a scientific organisation under the scope of the EU space programme, has shown that June 2024 was the warmest June recorded globally.


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Ban on onshore windfarms lifted

Chancellor Rachel Reeves has announced that longstanding restrictions on onshore wind farms in England will be lifted.

The new Labour Government intend to overhaul the N...

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Health and safety reform in Labour's first 100 days

The new Labour administration has reiterated its plans to legislate on a broad range of employment law in their first 100 days in government, that will have implications for employees health and sa...

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Labour forms new Government - what happens next?

On 22 May 2024, former Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called a general election and Parliament was subsequently dissolved. Following several weeks of political campaigning, leafleting and debating, Lab...

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Circular Economy Bill passed in Scotland

The Scottish government have voted unanimously to pass the Circular Economy Bill.

First proposed in 2023, the Bill set...

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Preserving 1.2% of land could save Earth's most threatened species

A new study undertaken by environmental organisation Resolve, has found that protecting 1.2% of the Earth’s surface for nature would be enough to prevent the extinction of the world’s m...

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