A new green energy manifesto released by a Scottish trade body has put a range of measures before the next UK Government in an effort to boost renewable energy development.
Legal proceedings against a British-flagged oil tanker held by Tehran since July have concluded, Iran's government spokesman has said, although he does not know when the vessel will leave.
The UK Government is providing £750 million a year in tax breaks to North Sea oil and gas, despite a pledge five years ago to end fossil fuel subsidies, campaigners said. A further £414 million in public money is going into fossil fuel exploration overseas from Siberia in Russia to Brazil, India and Nigeria, a report by the Overseas Development Institute and Oil Change International said. The organisations accused the UK Government of providing a total of £1.2 billion in subsidies a year despite signing up to a pledge by G20 countries in 2009 to phase out fossil fuel subsidies. Since then, generous tax breaks have been provided to international energy giants to explore in riskier, deep-water fields in the North Sea, they said.
The UK government today called for a global climate deal.