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Irish energy industry calls for new links to Europe amid Brexit fears

Grid operator boss calls on Brussels to approve funding for a new electricity connection to France to avoid isolation from continent — Ireland’s grid operator is lobbying Brussels to fast track funding to connect the country to the rest of Europe, citing concerns about becoming isolated after Brexit, its boss told Climate Home News. Ireland …

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In Ireland, Brexit proofing must mean climate proofing

Brexit has lead to delays in climate action just at the moment when bold plans could soften the impact of the UK divorce, writes MEP Lynn Boylan — Brexit presents a massive threat for Ireland’s economy, citizens’ rights and, most importantly, Ireland’s peace agreement; but how about our progress on climate change? While Brexit is …

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No deal Brexit to leave UK without green watchdog for two years – report

Changes to UK environment oversight and the Irish power market will not be set by 29 March, the Institute for Government said, and a crash out will leave no time to do so — A no deal departure from the EU in March would leave Britain without oversight of key energy and environment problems until …

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MPs call to expand post-Brexit green programme across whole government

Indications that Britain’s new environmental watchdog will be government-funded raise questions about its independence, the National Audit Office said — The UK government’s plan to replace EU environmental oversight must extend across policy areas such as business, transport and communities, the National Audit Office (NAO) warned on Wednesday. The government’s 25-year environment plan, published a …

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UK failed to enforce EU air quality standards – what will happen after Brexit

Government has astonishing record of fighting demands to meet legal obligations — Air pollution was until recently regarded as a problem mainly for those whose health was already compromised or vulnerable in some way: the very old, the very young, and those with existing respiratory problems such as asthma. Thanks to groundbreaking research in the …

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New air pollution plans improve on EU rules, government claims

UK proposals include new regulations on farmers, wood-burning stoves and diesel cars — The government has set out new plans on air pollution that ministers say go beyond existing EU rules, with a pledge to improve air quality nationwide to the standards the World Health Organization (WH0) recommends. Farmers will be subject to such air …

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UK anti-pollution drive undermined by leaving EU, say campaigners

As he launches new restrictions on pollution secretary Michael Gove says Brexit is a chance to go greener, but NGOs worry the regulatory bite is missing — Britain’s latest clean air strategy sets significantly tighter air pollution limits than the EU’s, but could lack the regulatory teeth to enforce them after Brexit. In the strategy …

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Post-Brexit green watchdog could sue ministers, says Gove

But Green groups say proposals will mean weaker protection for nature after UK leaves EU — A new post-Brexit green watchdog will be able to sue the government over environmental failings, according to new plans set out by Michael Gove. However, campaign groups have questioned the independence of the body because the chairperson and budget will …

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UK’s green watchdog will be powerless over climate change post-Brexit

Environmentalists accuse government of using withdrawal of EU controls to weaken regulation — Ministers are “deliberately weakening” the green watchdog that will hold the government to account after Britain leaves the EU, according to Labour’s shadow Brexit minister. Theresa May pledged last January to create a “world-leading, independent, statutory body” to ensure ministers stick to …

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UK government refuses to commit to EU clean energy targets after Brexit

The UK helped craft a deal on EU renewable and energy efficiency ambition but its participation after it leaves the union is uncertain — Until the UK leaves the EU, it is taking part in Brussels policymaking as usual – including a clean energy package agreed on Tuesday. But the energy department in Westminster has …

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