Insight

Energy NPS Consultation response

Rebecca Murray24 Mar 2022246 kB PDF file

Read Friends of the Earth's consultation response to Draft National Policy Statements for energy infrastructure.

NSIP Reform Consultation December 2021

Rebecca Murray24 Mar 2022297 kB PDF file

Read Friends of the Earth's consultation responses to the National Significant Infrastructure Planning (NSIP) process and its interactions.

Government's latest changes to planning rules are far from reassuring

Rebecca Murray21 Mar 2022

Read the latest update on planning reforms from Rebecca Murray our Senior Planner. While it’s a small victory that government has agreed to drop plans for a complete overhaul of the planning system, they have failed again to bring planning reforms in line with the country's climate and nature goals. The government should provide the right legal framework and national guidance to make our climate and nature commitments a reality.

Friends of the Earth vs UK Export Finance: Litigation Briefing

17 Mar 2022

Read the legal briefing on the divisional court judgement for Friends of the Earth versus UK Export Finance (and others).

The future of heating

Mike Childs21 Feb 2022

Meeting climate targets through electric heating backed by renewably-produced hydrogen.

Road to zero carbon: council action on green jobs and skills

25 Jan 20222.08 MB PDF file

A report for Friends of the Earth, Ashden and others on what councils can do to boost green skills in their areas, including for disadvantaged communities.

Is flooding in Northern Ireland getting worse?

Mike Childs11 Jan 2022

This briefing examines why so many more homes are threatened by flood water, where they are and what we can do to manage flood risk.

Environment Act won’t halt deforestation or protect human rights

Clare Oxborrow06 Jan 2022

Commodity supply chains are trashing forests and trampling human rights. Clare Oxborrow explains why the government’s new Environment Act will fail to protect communities and why it must take effective action to regulate UK companies.

The future of Drax: old, inefficient, damaging and expensive

09 Dec 2021

Drax power station in Selby, Yorkshire is old, inefficient, environmentally damaging and will need £billions of subsidies to survive. We argue it should start preparing for closure and its workers retrained for decent jobs elsewhere.

When will the government act to halt plastic pollution?

Camilla Zerr01 Dec 2021

Camilla Zerr, Plastics campaigner reflects on the current crisis and government’s slow progress in facing up to the plastics reduction challenge.

Rank of fuel poverty neighbourhoods by LA

17 Nov 202137 kB XLSX file

Data on levels of fuel poverty in neighbourhoods by local authority area.

Tackling climate breakdown – how do government strategies measure up?

Mike Childs16 Nov 2021

In the run-up to and at the climate talks at COP26, there was an avalanche of pledges, promises and strategies – but do they add up? Mike Childs, Head of Science, Policy & Research, gives his verdict.

Tip of the iceberg: The future of fossil fuel extraction

26 Oct 2021

This report explores how the UK government supports fossil fuel extraction at home and abroad. It reveals the 40 new UK oil, gas and coal extraction projects that are in the pipeline for approval in the next few years.

A dangerous distraction – the offsetting con

Mike Childs and Paul de Zylva22 Oct 2021

Carbon offsetting and nature offsetting are both worsening the climate and nature emergencies. They can’t be made to work, at least not at scale, and trying to do so is dangerous distraction from the real job at hand, cutting carbon emissions and restoring nature.

“Immediately halt any new extraction projects” in the UK, authors of landmark study reveal

Steve Pye, Dan Welsby, James Price, Paul Ekins and Danny Gross15 Oct 2021

Friends of the Earth interview the authors of the milestone academic study that estimates how much oil, fossil methane gas and coal needs to remain in the ground. They reveal that new fossil fuel extraction projects in the UK are incompatible with limiting global heating to 1.5 degrees.