Adam Vaughan

Energy 14-05-2018

‘From coal to clean’ – UK does not need to turn to gas, says WWF

The UK has no need to build new large gas-fired power stations to replace the coal plants that the government has pledged to switch off by 2025, the World Wide Fund for Nature has argued. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
Electric cars 07-05-2018

Lack of models, not charging points, ‘holding back electric car market’

The rise of electric cars in Europe is being hampered by a lack of models for consumers to choose from rather than a lack of public recharging points, according to energy companies and carmakers. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
Energy 18-04-2018

Demand for cooling could outstrip heating as Earth warms

A burgeoning middle class and a warming world will result in energy demand for cooling overtaking that for heating by the middle of the century, researchers have predicted. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Electric cars 27-02-2018

Energy storage progress could slash electric car charging times

Researchers have claimed a breakthrough in energy storage technology that could enable electric cars to be driven as far as petrol and diesel vehicles, and recharge in minutes rather than hours. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Energy 08-01-2018

UK government spells out plan to shut down coal plants

One of the UK’s eight remaining coal power stations is expected to cease generating electricity this year, the government has said as it laid out new rules that will force all the plants to close by 2025. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Energy 17-11-2017

World’s biggest sovereign wealth fund proposes ditching oil and gas holdings

The Norwegian central bank, which runs the country’s sovereign wealth fund – the world’s biggest – has told its government it should dump its shares in oil and gas companies, in a move that could have significant consequences for the sector. EURACTIV's media partner The Guardian reports.
Energy 17-10-2017

‘Black gold’ rush to peak in 2030 thanks to rise of electric car

World petrol demand will peak within 13 years thanks to the impact of electric cars and more efficient engines, energy experts have predicted. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Energy 28-09-2017

UK celebrates greenest summer in history as clean energy records smashed

The UK has set a new landmark for clean energy after authorities announced that the electricity powering British homes and businesses this summer was the greenest ever. EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.
Energy 11-09-2017

UK renewables boosted as costs fall below price of nuclear power

Offshore windfarms are to be built for a record low price in the UK early next decade, after developers bid far more aggressively than expected for a multimillion-pound pot of government subsidies. EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.
Energy 06-09-2017

Better energy efficiency measures could cut UK costs by billions

More efficient use of energy in the UK would save as much power as could be generated by six new nuclear reactors and shave £7.5bn (€8.1bn) from energy costs, experts have calculated. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Electric cars 14-08-2017

Rise of electric car solves little if driven by fossil fuels, warns windfarm boss

The rise of electric cars will be an empty victory for the environment if they are powered by fossil fuels instead of renewables, according to the UK boss of the world’s biggest offshore windfarm developer. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Energy 09-02-2017

Almost 90% of new energy in Europe came from renewable sources in 2016

Renewable energy made up nearly nine-tenths of new power added to Europe’s electricity grids last year, in a sign of the continent’s rapid shift away from fossil fuels. Euractiv's media partner The Guardian reports.
Climate change 18-03-2016

Ed Miliband: Tories far too able to ‘do wrong things’ on climate change

David Cameron’s government is to blame for overseeing the fraying of the UK’s cross-party consensus for action on climate change, according to Ed Miliband.
Development Policy 07-05-2015

Greenpeace India could close within a month due to government crackdown

Greenpeace India will be forced to close within a month with the loss of 340 jobs because of a government crackdown on its funding, the organisation’s chief has warned.

UK cities will exceed EU pollution limits until 2030, figures show

Air pollution levels in London, Birmingham, and Leeds will exceed European limits until at least 2030, newly-published figures show.

Oxford students, alumni protest over Shell Earth sciences funding

Students and alumni of Oxford University protested on Thursday (9 May) at the opening of a new lab in its Earth sciences department that is funded with £5.9 million (€7 million) from the Shell oil company.
Climate change 16-04-2013

MEPs reject proposed reform of emissions trading scheme

The EU's flagship scheme for cutting carbon emissions suffered one of the most serious setbacks in its chequered history on Tuesday (16 April), when MEPs voted against a proposal to shore up the price of carbon in the Emissions Trading System (ETS).
Brexit 05-02-2013

Cameron pushes energy efficiency as motor of green growth

The UK must prioritise growth in "green industries" such as energy efficiency and renewable energy, David Cameron said on Monday. The remarks are likely to antagonise those Tory MPs who have campaigned for cuts to green energy subsidies and the watering down of climate targets.
Brexit 22-10-2012

UK green deal: Households to get up to £1,000 for insulation

Householders insulating their homes from January will be able to claim hundreds – and potentially thousands – of pounds back in cash from the government, the energy secretary, Ed Davey, said on Friday (19 October).
Renewable energies 28-10-2011

Solar subsidies to be cut by more than half

Britain's solar subsidies will be dramatically cut by more than half, according to government documents that were prematurely published online and quickly taken down.
Energy 24-10-2011

Solar heating ‘can provide over half of households’ hot water

Solar heating systems can provide over half of households' hot water needs, according to the largest ever field trial of the green energy devices, conducted in the UK.