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Energy minister: UK’s carbon footprint is smallest since the Industrial Revolution

"Direct government intervention may sometimes be necessary to protect consumers as the markets catch up"

By Claire Perry   December 2018

For two months last year, Britain's power supply was coal-free

In October I flicked a virtual switch on a tablet and transformed the iconic London Eye from its usual red to green. This marked the start of the inaugural Green GB Week, which also coincided with the European launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report warning of the urgent need to hold global temperatures below 1.5C. It formed a stark reminder of the huge challenges we face. 

But businesses, public bodies, academics and entrepreneurs have a…

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