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UK Election: Our voices are even more powerful now

Posted by John Sauven — 9 June 2017 at 12:50pm - Comments
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Greenpeace doesn’t play party politics but we don’t stay quiet when it comes to holding political (or corporate) leaders to account. Our number one priority is protecting our natural environment, the foundation of a healthy life for all. That means stopping plastic going into our oceans and killing marine life. It means ending air pollution impacting our children’s health. It means dealing with climate change by investing in clean, renewable energy. It means ending the destruction of rainforests and other important ecosystems that all life depends on for its survival.

New petition: The government must urgently rethink plans to hike taxes on UK solar

Posted by Richard Casson — 15 December 2016 at 2:09pm - Comments
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This morning I sent an email to Greenpeace's email list, explaining how the government is due to introduce huge tax hikes that could have a devastating impact on the UK solar industry. Here's the email below in case you missed it, and a link to the petition you can sign to push back.

Government U-turn: Osborne Drops Plan To Hike Up The Cost Of Solar Panels

Posted by Rebecca Newsom — 22 March 2016 at 11:18am - Comments
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On Wednesday last week, chancellor George Osborne unveiled plans to hike up the amount of VAT on solar panels from 5% to 20%. 

The Long March Back to the 20th Century

Posted by Graham Thompson — 26 November 2015 at 12:58pm - Comments
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Whilst the influence of George Osborne on energy and environment policies has long been of concern, the progress made on the international stage by Blair and Prescott, and on the domestic front by Miliband’s Climate Change Act, plus the restraining influence of the Lib Dems during the coalition, have meant that that the UK’s progress on climate issues has been substantial enough to take time and effort to undo.

However, Osborne has the time, and appears to be putting in the effort.

If we don’t speak up, solar power in the UK will face a cloudy future

Posted by Richard Casson — 20 October 2015 at 2:56pm - Comments
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There was a time when it was rare to see solar power on rooftops here in the UK. Our cloudy skies and the high cost of panels meant the technology was out of reach in all but the sunniest parts of the country.

But over the last decade, things have changed dramatically.

UK can be almost entirely powered by renewable energy by 2030, new study shows

Posted by Richard Casson — 21 September 2015 at 10:37am - Comments
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"Can the UK run on renewable energy, and how long will it take us to get there?"

Here at Greenpeace those are two questions we get asked a lot, so today we're pleased to say we took a big step toward answering them.

Why is the ‘party of business’ doing everything they can to damage the main growth industries of the 21st century?

Posted by Graham Thompson — 22 July 2015 at 3:02pm - Comments
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You really do need to speak to your father-in-law, George.

Coal and nuclear are dying, and the future of energy lies in solar. This isn’t a Guardian reader’s fantasy, this is the established trend in energy markets. This isn’t a declaration of victory over carbon dioxide either – the trend isn’t fast enough to stop catastrophic climate change, at least not yet – but it’s useful information for policy makers. Unless you’re George Osborne, in which case it’s time to plough the nation’s remaining finances into life support for nuclear and coal whilst standing athwart history yelling ‘STOP!’ 


In pictures: Let's celebrate World Energy Day

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 22 October 2014 at 11:43am - Comments
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Today is World Energy Day which highlights the importance of society's choices regarding energy production and the environment. I love positive solution stories, so had a look in our photo archive to share some of our interesting energy pictures with you and celebrate this day.<--break->

In pictures: Seeing light after 33 years of darkness, first fully solar-powered village in India

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 24 July 2014 at 4:03pm - Comments
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A solar powered street lamp seen at the Bishunpur Tolla, Dharnai village.

We just take it for granted: cleaning our teeth with an electric toothbrush in the morning, unlimited texting, tweeting and snap-chatting with our friends on the way to work, safe and well-lit streets, superfast internet access from our desk, the list goes on.<--break->

But for 300 million people in India this is not a given as they are still waiting for electricity.

Energy Bill: too close to call

Posted by Richardg — 4 June 2013 at 2:20pm - Comments
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MPs are deciding whether a clean power target should be included in the Energy Bill. Will they back clean renewable power, or a costly, dirty dash for gas?

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