• New Japan government seen cautious on climate, supportive of renewables

    19 December 2012

    The landslide election in Japan of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is likely to see a partial reversal of the country's nuclear phase-out and a more cautious approach to climate change mitigation – but continuation of policies to support renewables, observers said.

  • UK politician to push for decarbonisation target in Energy Bill

    18 December 2012

    A leading Conservative politician is to propose an amendment to the UK's Energy Bill to mandate a 2030 decarbonisation target for the power sector.

  • Dash for gas risks undermining UK renewables

    06 December 2012

    The UK government has given the green light to 30 new gas power stations and potentially opened the door to widespread fracking in a move that critics fear will undermine confidence in renewables.

  • EU to start work on post-2020 renewables support

    04 December 2012

    EU energy ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday invited the European Commission to start work on a post-2020 policy framework for renewable energy to "ensure that the strong impetus provided by the current legislative framework is not lost".

  • CSAPR rehearing decision expected soon – but rescue seen unlikely

    03 December 2012

    The DC Circuit Court is likely to decide whether to rehear a decision invalidating the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) in the next few months, but market participants are not expecting a judicial rescue.

  • Emitters get reprieve in UK Energy Bill

    29 November 2012

    The UK government plans to let energy-intensive industries off some of the bill for the UK's shift towards clean energy, claiming that "decarbonisation should not mean deindustrialisation".

  • UK's Green Investment Bank opens with sights on institutions

    28 November 2012

    Making the UK's offshore wind farms attractive to pension funds and insurance companies will be key to the success of the country's newly launched Green Investment Bank (GIB), its chief investment officer said.

  • California holds first carbon auction as legal threats loom

    27 November 2012

    California has hailed its first auction of carbon allowances as a success, but legal challenges continue to undermine confidence in its future.

  • Aviation wins reprieve from EU emissions rules

    13 November 2012

    The European Commission has suspended the application of its emissions trading system to international aviation, in a surprise move which gives the industry a year to come up with a global plan to control its greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Clean energy, carbon and Obama 2

    12 November 2012

    There's little question that renewable energy developers and environmental groups are glad to see Obama back in the White House. But with Congress still divided, how much benefit are they likely to see? Gloria Gonzalez reports