From taxes to targets: How can the UK curb its offshore carbon emissions?

Imported emissions make up 46 per cent of the UK’s carbon footprint Major report makes the case for new carbon tax on imported goods and goods, as the Environment Secretary reveals the UK’s climate targets could eventually cover carbon embodied in imported goods Imported emissions have always been a hugely contentious issue, with campaigners maintaining […]

BYD and ADL to expand UK electric bus manufacturing operations

Firms announce plans to transfer assembly of electric buses from China to UK, citing need to meet growing demand of zero emission buses British bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and the UK arm of Chinese electric vehicle company BYD have announced plans to move a greater proportion of the assembly line for their popular […]

Study: Urban air quality improved less during Covid-19 lockdown than previously thought

Researchers reveal NO2 emission reductions during first lockdown were lower than previously thought, amidst warnings ozone levels actually increased The first wave of coronavirus lockdowns around the world delivered more modest improvements to urban air quality than previously thought, research published today in scientific journal Science Advances has found. Scientists from the University of Birmingham […]

TSB banks on new roadmap to deliver net zero operational emissions by 2030

10-year plan sets out how high profile bank intends to slash emissions generated by company cars, buildings, and boilers TSB has today set out how it plans to achieve net zero emissions across its operations by 2030, unveiling a decarbonisation strategy that focuses on inking ‘net zero partnerships’ with key suppliers, boosting the efficiency of […]

Study: Fleet electrification primed to soar as heavier-duty EVs come online

Study published this week by US charging network ChargePoint predicts growing range of specialist commercial vehicles will turbocharge corporates’ shift away from fossil fuels The fleet market for electric vehicles (EV) is set to boom over the coming years as zero emission versions of heavy-duty vehicles that have previously resisted electrification hit the market. That […]

Verdantix expands ESG research practice to meet surging demand for green tech

Independent research firm says rebooted sustainability practice will allow companies to grow more sustainably The ecosystem of firms working to help corporates and technology developers deliver a net zero emission economy has expanded further, after independent research and advisory firm Verdantix today announced it has grown its dedicated environmental, social and governance (ESG) and sustainability […]

'Environmentally regressive': UK government approves use of bee-harming pesticide banned in EU

Decision to temporarily lift restrictions of neonicotinoid insecticide on sugar beet crops prompts outcry from public and conservation groups Conservationists have slammed the government’s decision late last week to approve the use of a pesticide known to harm bees, predicting the move will destroy wildflowers, pollute rivers, and further debilitate Britain’s declining bee population. The […]

Blow for climate campaigners as government refuses to block controversial Cumbrian coal mining project

Artist’s impression of West Cumbria Mining’s controversial colliery plan | Credit: West Cumbria Mining Decision not to intervene in planning process for coal mine draws widespread condemnation from politicians and green campaigners amid concerns over project’s climate impact The government has refused to intervene in the planning process for a controversial coal mine in Cumbria, […]

Global coffee players brew up 2050 climate plan to slash 1.5 gigatonnes of CO2

Farmers on the truck at coffee plantation in Alfenas, the southern part of Minas Gerais state, the center of coffee production in Brazil | Credit: dolphinphoto Starbucks, Walmart, McDonalds and Nescafe among more than 150 coffee retailers and producers to join collective pledge to invest in forestry protection and smallholder farm efficiency A global coalition […]

Poll: UK banking customers demanding greener financial services

Deloitte’s Better Banking Survey reveals a public increasingly concerned about the social and environmental credentials of the companies entrusted with their money Banks that finance fossil fuel infrastructure and engage in other types of environmentally destructive activity are running the risk of losing customers, according to recent poll of public attitudes undertaken by Deloitte. More […]

Veganuary 2021: Record 440,000 commit to plant-based diet challenge

Domino’s plant-based range now includes vegan nuggets and a chicken-alternative pizza | Domino’s More than 440,000 people have so far signed up to the 31-day challenge in the UK, making this year’s the biggest yet, according to Veganuary The New Year has got off to a roaring start for the UK’s plant-based food sector, with […]

Ecotricity strikes landmark deal to secure geothermal power from Cornish plant

Major milestone for emerging renewable energy sector as developers of UK’s first geothermal power plant agree to sell 3MW of baseload power to green energy supplier Geothermal energy in the UK took a major step forward this week, after the developer of the nation’s first geothermal power plant struck landmark deals to supply electricity to […]

Campaigners vow to oppose Gatwick Aiport's 'stealth' second runway following shareholder approval of plans

As Gatwick kicks off planning permission process for plans to convert an emergency runway into functioning second runway, campaigners accuse airport off being ‘disengenuous’ by understating scale of upgrade Campaigners have accused Gatwick Airport of being “callous to communities” after the airport revealed major shareholders had greenlit plans to upgrade its spare runway into a […]

Tesco toasts removal of one billion pieces of plastic from its shelves in 2020

Supermarkets have been facing growing public pressure to reduce plastic waste | Credit: Tesco Supermarket claims to have met its pledge to remove one billion pieces of plastic, working with suppliers to remove unnecessary and excessive packaging of products Tesco claims to have made significant headway last year in cutting back on the plastic stocked […]

Government unveils £8m to advance plans for six net zero industrial hubs

Latest funding to be split between six regional industrial decarbonisation projects across the UK in support of hydrogen, carbon capture and renewable energy technologies A raft of industrial firms have been granted £8m to produce detailed decarbonisation roadmaps setting out how they could leverage clean energy technologies to slash emissions over the coming decade, as […]

'Disastrous extremes': Christian Aid catalogues $145bn cost of 2020 weather disasters

The most costly climate-related weather disasters in 2020 hit the highest total ever, the report claims | Credit: John Carnemolla Most costly floods, windstorms, tropical cyclones and fires in 2020 killed thousands of people across the globe and displaced millions, charity finds The world’s 10 most expensive climate-related weather disasters in 2020 together cost more […]

'Gold standard': Bankers draft net zero rules for financial services sector

Bankers for Net Zero alliance convened by All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Fair Business Banking unveils framework for sector’s role in accelerating UK decarbonisation A new framework has been launched to guide UK banks’ decarbonisation efforts in the lead up to next year’s vital COP26 climate conference, focusing on fossil fuel divestment, climate-responsible advocacy, […]

Britain's wind turbines deliver new record amid blustery weather

Wind power generation hit a new high of 17.3GW last week during short period when zero carbon electricity produced nearly three-quarters of output, National Grid ESO reveals Wind power in Britain broke a yet another new record on Friday, when gusty winter weather saw the UK’s growing fleet of onshore and offshore turbines produce nearly […]

Government faces fresh legal threat over Heathrow expansion plans

Good Law Project and Ecotricity CEO Dale Vince threaten court action unless government reviews airports planning policy before the final approval process for third runway begins Plans to build a third runway at Heathrow are potentially facing yet further legal obstacles, after campaigners vowed to take the government to court if it does not update […]

Supreme Court overturns ruling blocking Heathrow third runway

BREAKING: Campaigners vow to challenge decision in European Court of Human Rights, arguing the Supreme Court has ‘betrayed’ the public by ruling Ministers did not have to consider the Paris Agreement when approving the controversial project The Supreme Court has this morning ruled the government acted lawfully when it approved the expansion of Heathrow Airport, […]

'Step up to be counted': EU launches major climate engagement campaign

Count On Us campaign will urge EU citizens to embrace a number of carbon cutting measures, such as reducing food waste, travelling by bike and foot, and investing in better home insulation A major new EU-backed campaign has launched today with the goal of encouraging citizens across the continent to take steps to reduce their […]

Unilever to submit climate transition strategy to shareholder vote

Firm claims to be largest company in the world to offer shareholders a regular say on its climate strategy Consumer goods giant Unilever is to give shareholders a vote on its climate action plans, becoming the largest business in the world to engage so directly with its shareholders over its sustainability strategy. Announcing the move […]

M&S gears up for major relaunch of trail-blazing 'Plan A' sustainability strategy

First task of ESG board committee formed this week by the retailer will be to establish plan for relaunch of M&S’ ‘Plan A’ sustainability programme M&S has announced it plans to reboot its sustainability programme next year after setting up a new board-level committee dedicated solely to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. The new […]

Energy White Paper: The green economy reacts

‘Business stands ready to deliver the investment and innovation needed to turn ambition into reality, and the proposals outlined in the Energy White Paper will give firms further confidence to deliver new infrastructure’ The government has today finally published its  long-awaited Energy White Paper, setting out its vision for building a zero emission energy system […]