Recently, the British Environment Secretary, Liz Truss, has been strongly criticized for the announced plan to cut subsidies for new developments. The Environment Secretary has launched a program to ensure that more agricultural land is dedicated to crops and food: in that way, farmers will no longer be able to claim subsidies for filling fields with solar panels. Campaigners have strongly criticized this announcement stressing the importance to reinforce renewable energy policy with concrete instruments. According to Ms Truss, solar farms represent important and innovative instruments to boost development and green energy. However, these instruments represent a big problem if we use land that can grow crops, fruit and vegetables, the Secretary add. The director of policy at the London School of Economics’ Grantham Institute has criticized the new plan highlighting that this decision represents an echo of the previous environmental policy in contrast with renewables. Additionally, experts argue that the new Secretary should focus on the risks of climate change which are one of the most challenging and even urgent issues of the political agenda. In this framework, environmentalist groups hope that the Minister will change her view about renewables, undertaking measures to achieve a sustainable society, and abandoning the previous policy aimed to promote fracking. The gLAWcal Team POREEN project Wednesday, 22 October 2014 (Source: The Independent)