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Nuclear Reactor Designs 'Approved'

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altRegulators are expected to announce that they have approved the design for nuclear reactors put forward by EDF and Areva as suitable to be built in the UK.

The move will mark the end of a five-year, £35 million "generic design assessment" process by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and the Environment Agency to assess the companies' UK EPR reactor for use in the UK.

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‘City deals’ unlock low carbon growth for Britain’s regions

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altA Government scheme that has enabled some of Britain’s biggest cities to have more spending control in areas such as planning and transport is proving to be an effective driver for low carbon growth, according to a new report by the Green Alliance.

The research by the green think tank found that 'city deals’, which the Government has introduced to unlock the economic potential of cities, are driving low carbon growth across eight major cities, but that some authorities are doing better at embedding low carbon growth in their city deals than others.

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How green is your tally?

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altWales’s Environment Minister, John Griffiths, has launched a plan which sets out how the Government will work with the construction sector to increase its recycling rates and reduce the amount of waste it sends to landfill.

The plan is aimed at the construction and demolition industry and sets out how it can play its part in the delivery of Wales’s recycling targets.

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Energy Bill to protect steel and cement industries

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altThe bill also said energy intensive industries, such as steel and cement producers, would be exempt from additional costs from moves to encourage investment in new low-carbon production. The Energy Intensive Industries (EIIs) exemption will be subject to State Aid clearance from the European Commission.

A new government company will act as a counter-party for Contracts for Difference, which are aimed at giving investors stable revenues on low carbon energy projects at a fixed level, or strike price, helping developers to secure upfront costs on projects while also protecting consumers from rising energy bills.

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Retrofitting can cut carbon emissions in homes by at least half

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altThe Institute for Sustainability and UCL Energy Institute (UCL-Energy) has produced ‘ Retrofit Insights: perspectives for an emerging industry’, an independent analysis of  the Technology Strategy Board’s £17 million ‘Retrofit for the Future’ (R4tF) programme.

The findings help address key issues such as fuel poverty, rising energy bills, carbon emissions reduction targets, jobs and growth and innovation in the UK’s housing stock. Crucially, they address how the sector can tap into a potential £500 billion retrofit market while ensuring the best outcomes for householders.

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