Morrisons to axe plastic bags from stores nationwide

Morrisons will offer customers 30p paper bags instead | Credit: Morrisons Supermarket announces it will gradually phase out ‘bags for life’ from all its stores over the coming year Morrisons has announced plans to become the first supermarket to completely remove plastic bags from its stores in a bid to curb the mountains of plastic […]

British Army plots solar energy drive as it confirms 2050 net zero goal

The British Army is targeting net zero emissions by 2050, according to the MoD Plan to marshall a greener future for armed forces comes amid confusion about timeframe of Army’s net zero goal, which has previously announced for an earlier date The British Army has unveiled plans to install a fleet of solar farms across […]

Report: UK requires 'substantial and sustainable' behaviour change to hit net zero

The UK’s roll out of smart meters has been delayed by the pandemic The public-private Energy Research Partnership warns all new decarbonisation incentives must include ‘behaviour change enabling plans’ for corporates and the public Achieving net zero will require a “cultural revolution” of information-driven decision making, visible peer pressure and strong government policies that encourage […]

'World first': SSE and Equinor plot major blue hydrogen power plant in Scunthorpe

Partnership will explore whether SSE’s under-construction Keadby 2 gas-fired power station could be ‘progressively decarbonised’ through hydrogen blending SSE and Equinor have unveiled plans for a ‘clean power hub’ near Scunthorpe, comprised of a blue hydrogen-fuelled power station alongside a fossil gas power plant equipped with carbon capture technology, with the energy giants aiming to […]

Good Energy announces former Moneysupermarket executive as new CEO

Nigel Pocklington is set to take over as Good Energy’s CEO from May 2021 | Credit: Good Energy Nigel Pocklington to take the reins from the green energy supplier’s founder Juliet Davenport, who will become non-executive director of the clean energy business Good Energy has appointed Nigel Pocklington as its new CEO, with the former […]

'Europe's largest': Zenobe plots 'pioneering' 100MW battery project near Chester

Zenobe was founded in 2017 | Credit: Zenobe Zenobe claims Battery will be largest grid-connected battery in Europe and first to absorb reactive power directly from a transmission network Zenobe Energy has announced plans for a “pioneering” 100MW battery storage project in north-west England, which it claims will be the largest of its kind in […]

Natural capital: Carbon sink value of UK waters estimated at £57bn

The government estimates roughly 24 per cent of UK waters are ‘protected to some degree’ Carbon sequestration in and around UK waters trumps value of potential fossil fuel extraction in these areas, Office for National Statistics estimates The UK’s marine environment has more value as a store of carbon than it does as a site […]

Shell invests in US aviation biofuels start-up LanzaJet

SAFs can be blended with conventional jet fuel in bid to reduce emissions from flight | Credit: LanzaJet Funding from oil giant aims to help scale production of waste-based fuel that can be mixed into conventional jet fuel in bid to reduce carbon footprint of flight Shell has invested in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) firm […]

Unilever and Lubrizol green R&D projects snap up share of £75m UK funding

Unilever’s Materials Innovation Factory in Liverpool | Credit: Unilever Winners of £75m public-private funding round for innovative technologies announced as government faces flak for ‘effective cut’ to UK’s research budget post-Brexit Projects exploring how shampoo, soap and other household goods can be manufactured more sustainably are among nine major business-led research schemes to have snapped […]

Volkswagen mocked as automaker sows confusion with April Fools' Day name-change

VW spokespeople have revealed plans – unveiled just yesterday – to rename US branch ‘Voltswagen’ were a marketing stunt Volkswagen’s environmental agenda is once again courting controversy, after the firm confirmed late last night it will not rebrand its US operations as ‘Voltswagen’ in a nod to its electric future, despite announcing the name change […]

WRI: Primary rainforest destruction increased 12 per cent between 2019 and 2020

Deforestation in the Amazon and other tropical forests fuels the climate and biodiversity crises | Credit: iStock Update from NGO’s Global Forest Watch scheme highlights that deforestation of tropical forests crucial for biodiversity and storing carbon continue to rise 2020 was meant to be a landmark year in the fight against deforestation, a year by […]

Volkswagen of America to rebrand as 'Voltswagen' in green marketing push

All electric vehicles sold in the US roads will be brandished with Voltswagen name, company confirms Volkswagen’s US arm has announced it is to be renamed as ‘Voltswagen of America’ in May, as the auto giant looks to accelerate the development of its electric vehicle (EV) business. The announcement comes a day after Volkswagen of […]

BSI publishes net zero blueprint for scaling industrial biotechnology sector

Chemicals is one area where industrial biotechnology has major emissions reduction potential, according to report National standards body partners with government innovation agency InnovateUK and the Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum on major new report setting out full potential for bio feedstocks The British Standards Institution (BSI) has this morning published a roadmap setting out how […]

COP26: Speculation mounts over plans for in-person Glasgow Summit

The conference is slated for Glasgow in November Reports suggest UK government is facing calls to scale back in-person component of high profile Climate Summit, as concerns over coronavirus risks continue Speculation is mounting about whether parts of the forthcoming COP26 Climate Summit could be moved online, as Covid-19 cases continue to soar around the […]

EV start-up Arrival secures record IPO with $13.6bn float on Nasdaq

Arrival’s van is set to start production next year | Credit: Arrival Oxfordshire-based start-up Arrival began trading on the tech-heavy Nasdaq under ticker ARVL at 1:30pm UK time British electric van and bus start-up Arrival is believed to have delivered the biggest stock market listing of all time by a UK firm, after securing a […]

Key UK financial regulators mandated to consider climate issues

Sunak speaks at a Bloomberg conference earlier this week | Credit: The Treasury Chancellor demands that PCA and FCA take net zero target into account, just weeks after similarly updating key Bank of England regulators’ remit All of the UK’s principal financial regulators now have an explicit mandate to consider climate-related risks and trends in […]

Survey of top business executives reveals fears Covid-19 crisis could stall corporate climate action

Business leaders from around the world provide perspectives on the impact economic downturn could have on corporate sustainability efforts in major Deloitte poll A survey of hundreds of top business executives by consultancy giant Deloitte suggests the Covid-19 crisis could slow sustainability initiatives at companies around the world, despite climate change remaining a major concern […]

Government unlocks £560m for upgrades of UK's least energy efficient homes

Lancaster West Estate in West London | Credit: Danny Robinson/Wikipedia Creative Commons Funding boost designed to ‘green’ homes of low-income families and social housing tenants, but RIBA warns new support is ‘simply not enough’ The government has today announced a £562m cash boost for local authorities designed to make tens of thousands of the UK’s […]

'Long way to go': Top investors warn climate plans from world's most polluting firms set to miss net zero goals

Mining, metals, oil and gas, aviation, automotive, chemicals and paper are among the sectors inspected by the framework First edition of investor coalition’s ‘net zero company benchmark’ highlights long distance big emitters must travel before climate engagement is aligned with Paris Agreement goals Despite the wave of net zero and climate commitments unveiled by corporates […]

New £20m competition aims to chart a greener future for UK shipping

Artist impression of a zero emission ferry being developed by Artemis Technologies in Belfast | Credit: Artemis Technologies New Department for Transport initiative will support development of zero emission vessels and infrastructure that can propel decarbonisation of shipping The government has called on shipbuilders, shipping firms, ports, scientists, and academics to submit proposals to a […]

Water Day: Prince of Wales kicks off water-focused climate finance drive

Credit: WaterAid, Jordi Ruiz Cirera Water Aid-led Resilient Water Accelerator launched as UN-backed Race to Zero campaign urges water utilities around the world to commit to net zero emissions The Prince of Wales has today launched a new initiative geared at fast tracking finance for improving water services in water-stressed regions in Africa and South […]

BP unveils plans for 1GW blue hydrogen production facility in Tees Valley

The Teesworks site where BP is planning a major CCS project| Credit: BP Oil major announces intention to build major hydrogen plant just days after government grants funding for carbon transportation and storage network in region BP has announced plans to develop the UK’s largest blue hydrogen facility in the Tees Valley, just days after […]

HSBC and IFC emerging market green bond fund raises $538m

HSBC and IFC tout sizeable fund raise as evidence of investor appetite in funding net zero transition in emerging markets HSBC Asset Management and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) have this week announced a $538m fund raise through a pioneering green bond designed to increase access to climate mitigation finance in emerging economies. PROPARCO, a […]

'No plan nor meaningful delivery': MPs slam government's 'woefully inadequate' domestic energy efficiency plans

Environmental Audit Committee warns government has underestimated challenge of decarbonising UK’s housing stock, putting net zero goal in jeapordy MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) have accused the government of “failing to grasp” the challenge of decarbonising the nation’s housing stock, warning that existing support for homeowners looking to ‘green’ their homes falls far […]

IEMA launches new diversity drive for sustainability sector

Diverse Sustainability Initiative aims to provide mentorship and support to existing workers from diverse backgrounds while making environmental professions more accessible to minority groups The Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) has unveiled a new scheme that aims to boost the environment and sustainability sector’s chronically low levels of racial diversity. The Woodland Trust, […]

Swiss Re plots global exit from coal by 2040

St Mary Axe, known as the Gherkin, Swiss Re headquarters in London | Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Unsplash Reinsurance giants revs up coal phase-out as it pledges to reduce carbon intensity of equity and corporate bond portfolios by 35 per cent by 2025 Swiss Re has announced it is to phase out thermal coal from its treaty […]