The Telegraph reports that, in a speech today, energy secretary Amber Rudd will say it is "perverse" that coal, the "dirtiest fossil fuel" is still such a major part of the UK’s energy system – providing 29 per cent of the UK’s electricity last year. The paper reports that Rudd will say that the country’s "dozen remaining unabated coal-fired power stations must all close by 2025 at the latest, and will be restricted in their usage from 2023".
But the Guardian reports that Rudd is also to "reset" Britain’s energy policy "in a direction that downgrades tackling climate change from its highest priorities". The paper says that "Rudd will say she wants policy to focus on making energy affordable and secure". She will say the aim is a "consumer-led, competition-focused energy system that has energy security at the heart of it", and will suggest that the balance has swung too far in favour of climate change policies at the expense of keeping energy affordable.
The Financial Times (subscription) reports that "rapid growth in the East of England and Northern Ireland is helping to push up house prices in the UK". The paper says that overall prices "rose 6.1 per cent in the year to September, but the headline figure obscures widespread variations across the country". It adds: " While prices in the east rose 8.4 per cent, according to new data from the Office for National Statistics, those in the North East increased by only 1.1 per cent."
The Independent reports that India’s Taj Mahal landmark has been stained yellow by smoke from a nearby crematorium. The paper says the country’s Supreme Court "has ordered a state government to remove the offending crematorium or make it environmentally friendly to protect the iconic monument in the city of Agra".