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16 February 2012 Consultation begins on proposed single environment agency for Wales

The Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) has opened a consultation on proposals to merge together the Environment Agency Wales (EA), the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) and the Forestry Commission Wales (FC) to form a Single Environment Agency (SEA) with responsibility for managing all of Wales’s natural resources.

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30 January 2012 Government defeated on FIT consultation

The government attempts to make substantial reductions to Feed-In Tariffs (“FITs”) suffered a setback last week, when the Court of Appeal upheld a decision by the High Court that its consultation process was unlawful.

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13 January 2012 HS2 gets go-ahead

The UK’s biggest and most controversial infrastructure project since the construction of the motorways, the high-speed rail network (HS2), was given the go ahead earlier this week despite strong opposition.

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9 December 2011 Increase in Bio-energy use needed to hit 2050 targets

The government’s advisors on climate change, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), published its latest report this week warning that in order to hit 2050 emissions targets the UK will need to increase its use of Bio-energy to make up 10% of the UK’s total energy usage, as compared with the current 2%.

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18 November 2011 Isle of Wight goes Green

Plans have been unveiled showing how the Isle of Wight intends to become self sufficient by 2020.

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18 November 2011 Chernobyl restrictions on Welsh farms to be lifted

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a consultation on whether to remove the controls remaining on UK farms imposed after the Chernobyl disaster 25 years ago.

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4 November 2011 Cuts in feed in tariffs for solar panel sites

The government has announced proposed cuts of over 50% in the feed in tariffs (FIT) subsidy for domestic solar panel schemes.

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20 October 2011 Energy Bill becomes law

The Coalition Government’s Energy Bill became law today.

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30 September 2011 The end for the plastic bag

From 1 October 2011 shoppers in Wales will have to pay 5p for each ‘single use carrier bag’ used in shops.

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13 September 2011 Steps to improve marine protection gather pace

The locations of 127 proposed marine conservation zones (MCZs) around England and Wales were announced on 8 September 2011.

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