Environment Secretary confirms green farming subsidy regime to proceed

Environment Secretary Thérèse Coffey has confirmed the government's post-Brexit agricultural subsidy regime is to roll out as originally planned next year, as she sought to alleviate widespread concerns among farmers about the government's ability to deliver the sweeping reform package. Speaking…

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Regulators Pioneer Fund: Green projects secure multi-million pound funding boost

Projects designed to spur the decarbonisation of shipping, healthcare, industry, and aviation are among the latest cohort of recipients of the government's Regulators Pioneer Fund, which aims to support initiatives that remove regulatory barriers to innovation. Some £961,650 of the £12m…

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Water firms’ sewage fines to be ringfenced for environmental protection, government confirms

The government has announced it will directly invest money raised from fines imposed on water companies for polluting rivers into projects that improve the environment and water quality. In an announcement this morning, the government confirmed funds raised from sewage pollution…

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‘Our final offer’: EU proposes Loss and Damage compromise to break deadlocked COP27 negotiations

The success of the COP27 Climate Summit in Sharm el Sheikh looks set to hinge on whether a compromise deal on loss and damage funding and countries' willingness to ramp up decarbonisation efforts can be reached, after the EU declared it…

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‘A tactical game, but a good one’: At COP27 support grows for India’s fossil fuel phase down proposal

The French government has become the latest to publicly back a proposal by the Indian government to ensure any final agreement at the COP27 Climate Summit in Sharm El Sheikh includes a reference to phasing...

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The ‘big how’: How business can put sustainability strategy into practice in a volatile world

In the 12 months since the energy and bustle of COP26 in Glasgow and now the expectation of COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, the case for a deep and urgent response from business to our climate crisis has grown stronger than ever.…

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‘Deficit of credibility’: Net zero targets at publicly-listed firms falling short of UN standards, report warns

Net zero targets at the world's largest publicly listed companies are largely failing to meet the new integrity standards set out by the United Nations, a new analysis has warned. The Net Zero Tracker initiative assessed thousands of climate plans against…

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COP27: Alok Sharma urges ministers to defend 1.5C target as fears of backsliding build

The 1.5C temperature  goal is reportedly a key point of contention between negotiating parties at the Sharm El Sheikh Summit, with China and other large emerging markets understood to be pushing for any COP27 cover text to stick to the Paris…

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‘World first’: Zenobē to invest £750m in trio of Scottish battery projects

Zenobē has announced it has begun construction on a sweeping portfolio of utility-scale battery storage projects in Scotland that could deliver a major boost to the UK's drive to deliver a zero carbon grid. The power storage company announced this morning…

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‘Out of every crisis comes an opportunity’: China, India, and EU could outpace emissions targets, study finds

The rapid deployment of clean energy should see the world's largest emitting countries and trading blocs meet their emissions targets ahead of schedule, according to a new analysis published this morning by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU). In a…

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COP27: International Organisation for Standardisation launches Net Zero Guidelines

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has today published new guidelines for all actors and organisations working to deliver net zero pledges. The guidelines are intended as a "single core reference text" for the influential ISO platform, which provides standards for…

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Breakthrough Agenda: Governments chalk up collaboration priorities for coming year

Dozens of governments from around the world have pledged to work together on a series of initiatives over the coming year that aim to accelerate the decarbonisation of the power, road transport, steel, hydrogen, and agricultural sectors. At a side event…

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Mechanical engineers dub net zero transition ‘world’s most ambitious engineering project’

The net zero transition has been dubbed the world's most ambitious engineering project by the UK's leading trade body for mechanical engineers. In a report published this morning, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) looks at the engineering challenges that must…

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‘Bretton Woods II’: Aviva Investors calls for financial system overhaul to prevent climate collapse

Aviva Investors has this morning called for a radical shakeup of the financial architecture that underpins the global economy to stop financial players channelling funds into activities that are driving the climate crisis and divert capital towards measures that tackle climate…

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Climate-resilient agriculture: Indoor-grown wheat trials result in superior yields

A vertical farming company has announced it has successfully grown wheat indoors using no soil, no pesticides, and limited water. Amsterdam-headquartered start-up Infarm announced today on the sidelines of the COP27 Climate Summit in Egypt that initial trials of its indoor-grown…

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