Smarter flood risk management in England

Does better catchment management hold the key to managing flood risk?
Smarter flood risk management in England
Severe flooding has occurred in 13 of the 16 years since 2000, with the worst floods in the north of England in 2015 costing the economy over £5 billion.

Our new analysis reveals that England’s current approach to flood risk is contradictory, and skewed in favour of reactive responses that ignore the central role of land management in building flood resilience.

We make three recommendations that would lead to a greater level of resilience for either the same or lower cost than current approaches.

Smarter flood risk management in England
Press release: 28 November 2016

Renewable energy locator

How does your area compare?
Renewable energy locator
We’ve updated our Renewable Energy Locator which allows you to compare how renewables are doing in different areas of England and Wales, compared by region, county and local authority, searching by name or postcode.

Using data commissioned from Regen SW, it includes information from over 800,000 individual projects, accurate to the end of March 2016.

Find out how your area compares on renewables and share the results on social media with #renewablelocator

Green Alliance has also revealed that two Welsh counties are the most improved for solar and onshore wind progress in England and Wales over the past year. Press release: 22 November 2016

Future low carbon investment in the UK

Priorities for the government's climate strategy
Future low carbon investment in the UK
The present UK government has already taken important steps to maintain its reputation as a climate leader, such as approving the fifth carbon budget earlier this year. In 2017, it will publish two major long term plans on the future of low carbon policy and investment: a carbon plan and an industrial strategy.

Together with CAFOD, Christian Aid, Greenpeace, RSPB and WWF, we’ve published a report setting out priorities for the government’s climate strategy, to include staying ambitious on low carbon power, rethinking low carbon heat policy and creating a market for innovation in low carbon transport.

Future low carbon investment in the UK: priorities for the government’s climate strategy
Press release: 16 November 2016/News release 23 November 2016

Better products by design: ensuring high standards for UK consumers

Better products by design: ensuring high standards for UK consumers
Consumers across Europe are getting a bad deal. Products such as smartphones and washing machines aren’t lasting as long as they should, resulting in a huge waste of money and resources.

This study reveals how simple problems that frustrate consumers and waste resources could easily be fixed with new product standards for repairability and durability. It recommends that the EU’s circular economy package, which is being negotiated now, should set ecodesign standards to ensure better products.

Better products by design: ensuring high standards for UK consumers

Pledge for the Environment

Calling on MPs to commit to strong environment laws post-referendum
Pledge for the Environment
A coalition of the UK's leading environmental groups are calling on MPs to sign our ‘Pledge for the Environment’ to show their support for establishing the UK as a world leader on the environment following the EU referendum.

We are asking them to commit to match or exceed current environmental, wildlife and habitat protections, ratify the Paris agreement and to support farmers and landowners to deliver environmental benefits alongside a thriving farming sector.

Over 130 MPs have already added their names:

Read the pledge

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