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Next EU Environment Council date confirmed

Nick Palmer Senior Writer

Next EU Environment Council date confirmed On Wednesday 3 October, Energy and Clean Growth Minister Kwasi Kwarteng revealed that the next EU Environment Council will take place on 4 October in Luxembourg. Focus will be placed on the adoption of the EU’s preparations for the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), alongside a debate on the proposed EU long-term strategy on climate, ‘Clean Planet for all: EU’s strategic long-term vision for a climate-neutral economy’. There will also be a discussion and adoption of two Council conclusions: one on the EU’s 8th Environmental Action Programme and the other on the framework for a circular and sustainable economy. Parliament Government to provide £220mn to accelerate fusion electricity During a visit to the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKEA) Culham Science Centre HQ in Oxfordshire on Thursday 3 October, Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom announced the UK government’s plans to commit £220mn to the conceptual design of a fusion power station, the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP), with the aim to turn this into a commercial technology to support global energy demand. The machine will allow engineers and scientists to produce a conceptual design for the reactor (a ‘tokamak’) to generate fusion energy and convert it into electricity. UKAEA and partners from industry and academia will pool their expertise to complete the design by 2024. Government Scottish government: fracking “...

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