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News round-up: fishing policy, climate change, Green Deal, biomass

Sustainable development news from government and public bodies: new Common Fishing Policy; UK responds to EU on climate change; more Green Deal cashback available; Ed Davey opens biomass generator at Drax.

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New Common Fisheries Policy deal ends discards

A new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) has been agreed by the EU Parliament and came into force on 1 January 2014. The new CFP will radically transform fishing practices in Europe through a ban on the wasteful practice of discarding perfectly edible fish, a legally binding commitment to fishing at sustainable levels, and decentralised decision making, allowing Member States to agree the measures appropriate to their fisheries.
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UK responds to EU Commission 2030 White Paper

In January the EU Commission published its 2030 White Paper on climate change and in March 2014 it is due to be debated in the European Council and Parliament.
More on page 10 of the lstest DECC review, available from…

More cash-back for people carrying out Green Deal home improvements

Changes to the government’s Green Deal cash-back scheme have been announced, to help more households drive down fuel bills and reduce carbon emissions by carrying out energy efficiency improvements. The changes include increases to the amount of money consumers get back on some Green Deal measures, such as double glazing, solid wall insulation and ‘room in roof’ insulation (eg, for those with loft conversions).
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Ed Davey opens biomass generator at Drax in North Yorkshire

Britain’s largest coal-fired power station is set to become one of Europe’s biggest renewable electricity generators, with the potential for new future generation on the site to be based on truly clean coal.
More on page 12 of the latest DECC review, available from…

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