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Energy and Carbon

David Cameron has told the World Economic Forum that Europe will need to provide cheap and predictable sources of energy in order to encourage businesses to relocate- including shale gas - and that burdensome regulation could drive investors away.

A reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below the 1990 level and an EU-wide binding target for renewable energy of at least 27% are among the key elements of the European Commission’s new EU framework on climate and energy for 2030.

The World Bank is warning that the availability of and access to water is negatively impacting energy production across the world – and the problem is only expected to get worse.

According to new research published today, supply chain progress on reducing carbon emissions is stalling as a result of regulatory uncertainties.

Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, has today announced plans to collaborate with the European Investment Bank – the financial arm of the European Union – to accelerate the development of clean energy projects in parts of the Middle East and North Africa.

The Government has granted planning consent for the Able Marine Energy Park – identified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and currently under the aegis of the Planning Inspectorate.

The Government has launched a formal consultation on its proposals for large scale shale gas production in the UK by the 2020s -however, the independent assessment accompanying the proposals has warned that it could also place a substantial burden on existing waste water treatment infrastructure capacity.

The Crown Estate has launched an industry engagement process to understand market interest in future tidal range and lagoons projects around the UK.

Scottish Government Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing has today granted planning consent for a hydroelectric pumped storage generating station at Coire Glas, near Spean Bridge.

Major industry leaders today joined Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, Lord Deighton and Business and Energy Minister, Michael Fallon in signing a joint initiative to reduce carbon in infrastructure which could save as much as 24 million tonnes of carbon and £1.46 billion a year by 2050.

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