Energy

20 actions parish and town councils can take on the climate and nature emergency

Mike Childs01 Oct 2019

Parish and town councils may not be as powerful as local authorities but they can “do their bit” in addressing the climate and nature emergency and be a force for change.

Court order quashes fracking policy

03 Jun 2019

A recent ruling by a High Court judge has huge significance both for those fighting fracking applications and for planning authorities and communities looking to prepare climate-friendly, resilient plans and policies.

Faster, deeper, and fairer carbon pollution cuts needed

03 Jun 2019

Faster, deeper and fairer carbon pollution cuts than those recommended by the Committee on Climate Change are possible and necessary.

Onshore wind: is its delivery being hampered by a lack of identified areas in Local Plans?

21 May 2019

New onshore wind turbines cannot receive planning permission unless an area is identified as suitable for wind energy in a local or neighbourhood plan.

UK Coal – why the government mustn't dig us into a hole

10 May 2019

The government is about to decide on planning permission for a coal mine at Druridge Bay. It must say no. We've already got more than enough coal for power generation.

Making the polluter pay for the transition to net zero

24 Mar 2019

Should the fossil fuel industry fund the transition to zero carbon? In the UK they cause around £44 billion worth of damage each year.

33 actions local authorities can take on climate change

19 Mar 2019

Despite cutbacks there is still a lot local authorities can do on climate change

How the gas industry is trying to kill eco heating

Mike Childs21 Feb 2019

The gas industry wants to increase the UK’s consumption of natural gas. And it's come up with a cunning plan.

Reducing greenhouse gases: our position

13 Nov 2018

Why we need to reduce global warming greenhouse gases rapidly: Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland's position.

The future of heating

Mike Childs01 Aug 2018

The UK should use renewable energy to heat homes and businesses. It should do that through electric heating backed up by renewably-produced hydrogen.

Nuclear energy: our position

27 Nov 2017

We need low-carbon energy. But renewables like wind and solar, and energy efficiency are better than nuclear power: Friends of the Earth's position.

An environmental and socially just agenda for housing

09 Oct 20141.13 MB PDF file

We need a completely different approach to housing. Housing policy is neither providing affordable quality homes, nor protecting ecosystem services.

A plan for clean British energy

14 Sep 20122.24 MB PDF file

Powering the UK with renewables – and without nuclear energy.

The health impacts of cold homes and fuel poverty

Marmot Review Team01 May 2011650 kB PDF fileDirect download

Making the case for aligning the environmental and health benefits of reducing fuel poverty and improving the thermal efficiency of UK housing stock.

The impact of abolishing National Indicator 186

11 Feb 201145 kB PDF file

In 2010 the government abolished the National Performance Framework (NPF). We examine the impact on the ability of local authorities to cut carbon emissions.