Electric racing pioneers partner with COP26 to accelerate EV revolution

Carbon neutral Formula E team Envision Virgin Racing has joined forces with the UN COP26 climate summit to drive the EV revolution Electric racing team Envision Virgin Racing will carry COP26 campaign branding and run string of sustainability programmes around the world Leading electric motorsport team Envision Virgin Racing announced today that it is partnering […]

WWF: Restored oceans could net UK a £50bn economic boost

Restoration of marine carbon sinks such as kelp forests and seagrass meadows is essential to mitigate climate change, WWF says in a new report Report argues ambitious Ocean Recovery Strategy could create 100,000 clean energy jobs, protect and restore carbon sinks, and allow fish stocks to recover Restoring the UK’s seas to health could deliver […]

Is laundry fuelling the marine plastics crisis?

A new study from Canadian non-profit Ocean Wise has shown that synthetic fibres, many released from clothing and textiles during domestic laundry, make up a large proportion of microplastics in the Arctic Ocean Clothing and textiles are a major and underacknowledged source of microplastics pollutions in the world’s oceans, a new study analysing seawater samples […]

Hitachi investment to boost GRIDSERVE electric forecourts rollout

The investment builds on the successful launch of the UK’s first electric forecourt last year in Braintree, Essex Financial giant Hitachi Capital yesterday announced a £10m investment in UK electric vehicle (EV) charging network developer GRIDSERVE, a deal that extends the two firm’s cooperation following the recent successful launch of the UK’s first electric forecourt. […]

Unilever and Alibaba launch 'world first' AI-powered closed-loop recycling system

New recycling machines are being installed in Shanghai and Hangzhou, with an eye on rolling them out right across China in the future Two of the globe’s biggest consumer goods firms have come together to create recycling machines that use artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically identify and sort plastic packaging. The Waste Free World initiative […]

Distilleries receive first phase of £10m green whisky fund

The Green Distilleries competition will provide £10m of funding to 17 distilleries across England and Scotland Scotch lovers will soon be able to sup their favourite tipple with a cleaner conscience, after 17 whisky distilleries today received the first phase of £10m in government funding to help the golden liquor go green. The money will […]

Are there turbulent seas ahead for shipping firms as banks back net zero efforts?

Shipping firms face multiple challenges as they work to green one of the most difficult-to-decarbonise industries Shipping firms face an uncertain decade as they work to align their fleets with IMO carbon intensity targets, the latest briefing from Lloyds List Intelligence warns Shipowners face a challenging decade ahead if they are to remain afloat through […]

Back two-way EV charging technology to slash costs and emissions, white paper urges

Nissan’s Leaf (pictured) and e-NV200 models are both capable of vehicle-to-grid charging Vehicle-to-grid charging technology can deliver power system cost savings of almost £900m while helping slash the carbon intensity of electric vehicles, a new white paper backed by BEIS and EV manufacturer Nissan argues Innovative technology enabling electric vehicles (EVs) to both give and […]

Air Protein raises $32m to spur commercialisation of lab-made meat

Air Protein uses innovative technology to create high-protein-content “meat” from elements in the air The new funding was led by ADM Ventures, Barclays and GV (formerly Google Ventures) Air Protein, a pioneer in producing meat made in labs from elements in the air, has successfully raised $32m through its latest Series A round of fundraising, […]

Legal & General pumps up financial backing for low-carbon heat

Heat pumps are primed to play a critical role in decarbonising heating, one of the biggest challenges facing the UK as it works towards net zero Financial giant Legal & General has announced additional backing for heat pump technology, building on investments made last year British financial services giant Legal & General announced yesterday that […]

Medicine pack recycling initiative rolls out across UK pharmacies

Customers can drop off their empty medicine packs in dedicated bins at participating pharmacies Brits can now recycle their empty medicine blister packets by dropping them off at pharmacies participating in the latest initiative from recycling specialist Terracycle A new recycling initiative seeking to tackle the waste generated by medicine blister packets is being rolled […]

MSC: Over-fishing depriving 72 million people of food

Overfishing has driven a precipitous decline in the abundance of ocean life, experts warn The Marine Stewardship Council warns that a growing population and increased demand for seafood are set to place even greater pressure on the world’s ravaged fish stocks Over-fishing is robbing the world’s poor of sufficient protein to feed 72 million people, […]

Decarbonising the final 20 per cent: Is hydrogen up to the challenge?

Many governments expect hydrogen to play a critical role in reaching net zero Many governments are hoping hydrogen can bridge the most difficult sections of their net zero roadmaps – but precisely how hydrogen will enable deep decarbonisation is not yet clear, a new report from Edison warns Hydrogen is set to play a key […]

Major banks 'co-responsible' for plastics crisis, first-of-its-kind investigation argues

Discarded plastic is responsible for one of the world’s most severe environmental crises The world’s biggest banks are indiscriminately funding firms responsible for devastating marine ecosystems and fuelling climate change via their plastics production, a new report from Portfolio Earth concludes Major banks are “co-responsible” for the plastics crisis that is afflicting the world’s oceans […]

Deregulation drive has crippled progress towards UK's environmental goals, study argues

Water quality, air quality, nature protection, and the decarbonisation of the housing sector have all been damaged by deregulation and the erosion of enforcement capacity, according to a damning new report from Unchecked UK Environmental deregulation has comprehensively failed to deliver the efficiency and cost-savings promised by successive governments as part of an ideological drive […]

Nestlé targets regenerative agriculture in €3bn climate plan

Nestle aims to ramp up regenerative agriculture in its supply chain, such as on this coffee plantation in Brazil Food and drink giant’s roadmap includes major focus on scaling up regenerative agriculture across supply chains worldwide as it sets sights on net zero emissions by 2050 Nestlé has today unveiled a multi-billion pound plan to […]

How a slowdown in energy efficiency progress is jeopardising global climate goals

Boosting energy efficiency is seen as essential to reaching the world’s climate goals The Covid-19 pandemic has caused energy efficiency investments to tumble while increasing the energy intensity of the global economy, according to the International Energy Agency Global progress on energy efficiency was stymied through 2020 by the Covid-19 crisis, intensifying the need for […]

5G set to usher in energy efficiency revolution in telecoms, study finds

Research conducted by mobile operators Nokia and Telefonica, compared 5G to legacy networks including 4G, finding the former to be far more efficient Transitioning telecommunications networks to 5G could provide a major boost for energy efficiency, with the upgraded networks up to 90 per cent more efficient than their 4G counterparts, according to a new […]

PepsiCo to switch to fully recycled plastic bottles across nine European nations

PepsiCo soft drink packaging will be made from 100 per cent recycled plastics in nine European countries from 2022 The goal is a marked acceleration of targets previously announced by the firm, reflecting technological innovations and market development in the use of recycled plastics PepsiCo has pledged to stop selling beverage bottles made from virgin […]

PepsiCo to switch to fully recycled plastic bottles across nine EU nations

PepsiCo soft drink packaging will be made from 100 per cent recycled plastics in nine European countries from 2022 The goal is a marked acceleration of targets previously announced by the firm, reflecting technological innovations and market development in the use of recycled plastics PepsiCo has pledged to stop selling beverage bottles made from virgin […]

Construction begins on pioneering CO2 removal plant in the Icelandic tundra

Construction site for the pioneering Climeworks CO2 removal and storage facility in Iceland, known as Orca Construction has begun on a pioneering new plant that will directly capture carbon dioxide from the air and store it in subterranean wells deep in Icelandic basalt, Climeworks, the pioneering firm behind the project, announced today. Once complete, the […]

New tool promises to help shippers choose the greenest services

Designed by French start-up Searoutes, new tool uses route data and vessel characteristics to calculate CO2 emissions A new tool promises to help firms cut emissions from their supply chains and shippers maximise their contribution to tackling the climate crisis by choosing shipping services that emit the least CO2. Named Searoutes and designed by a […]

DNV: Current climate policies inadequate to solve emissions crisis

Solar and wind are forecast to power 62 per cent of electricity generation by 2050 – but this is not enough to reach net-zero, DNV warns Norwegian environmental auditing giant DNV argues more radical climate action is needed across five key strategic areas in a new report published today For many climate observers, November has […]

Renewables revolution powers UK to top of decarbonisation league table

Drax’s power station in North Yorkshire symbolises the shift in energy sources, having switched from coal to biomass as part of the firm’s ambitious decarbonisation strategy New report finds that the UK has decarbonised its electricity system twice as fast any another major economy The UK has halved the carbon intensity of its electricity system […]

CISL launches business guide for injecting sustainable practices into everyday operations

Unilever is among the firms providing advice on integrating sustainability into everyday business practices New guide draws on the expertise of recognised corporate sustainability leaders such as Ikea and Unilever to set out 10 principles for effectively embedding environmental action within an organisation How can businesses ensure they integrate and deliver sustainable practices throughout their […]

Better Finance, Better Food: Investors urged to help transform the food system

Innovative financial models could help place the world’s food system on a sustainable footing A new report has compiled more than 50 examples of financial projects aimed at generating more than $1bn in capital for sustainable land-use projects Transforming today’s food and land use system so it is aligned with a sustainable future could unlock […]

Are Amazon and Apple 'dodging responsibility' for the escalating e-waste crisis?

Electronic waste is among the world’s most pressing environmental crises Environmental Audit Commitee argues electronic and retail giants need to join their brick and mortar rivals in contributing more to a circular economy, but the tech powerhouses insist they are leading efforts to tackle global e-waste mountain MPs have accused tech giants such as Amazon […]

Enel powers up €190bn green energy investment blitz through to 2030

Energy giant Enel is aiming to cut carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2030, on its way to reaching net-zero by 2050 European energy giant unveils investment strategy that will see it invest €160bn directly in green infrastructure, while leveraging a further €30bn from other parties Italian energy giant Enel has outlined plans to […]

Could emerging market EV boom herald the 'end of the oil era'?

Electric vehicle uptake in emerging markets means the sun is setting on the oil era, Carbon Tracker predicts Latest Carbon Tracker report explores how surging demand for EVs in China and India are set to make a massive dent in forecast oil demand throughout the 2020s Decisive adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in key emerging […]

Hydrogen trials and net zero commitments offer boost to green heating plans

Hydrogen boilers installed in Spadeadam, Northumberland, as part of a low-carbon heating trial Leading boiler provider Baxi unveils plans to become carbon neutral by 2030, as high profile hydrogen heating trial chalks off key milestone Efforts to tackle one of the most intractable challenges to the UK’s net zero ambitions, decarbonising heat, continued this week […]

Mayor of London ploughs £10m into 'Green New Deal' projects

The funding will focus on tackling building and transport emissions and supporting new green businesses, according to City Hall A host of green projects in London are set to benefit from £10m in funding announced yesteday as part of the capital’s ‘Green New Deal Fund’, which the Mayor of London claims could create up to […]

Food firms neglecting climate resilience in supply chains, CDP warns

Companies are chasing profits from product innovations such as plant-based meat but failing to invest in supply chain resilience, study finds Leading companies operating in the global food supply chain are underestimating key environmental risks, proritising small-scale product innovations while ignoring opportunities to create a more sustainable food system, according to CDP. A new study […]

Food firms neglecting supply chain climate resilience, CDP warns

Companies are chasing profits from product innovations such as plant-based meat but failing to invest in supply chain resilience, study finds Leading companies operating in the global food supply chain are underestimating key environmental risks, proritising small-scale product innovations while ignoring opportunities to create a more sustainable food system, according to a new report from […]

City of London announces £40m solar power purchase deal in UK first

Solar energy harvested in Dorset could soon be powering London’s financial district The 15-year deal will see City of London Corporation help fund a 49MW solar farm in Dorset to help power the UK capital’s financial district London’s Square Mile could soon be powered with solar energy harvested in the Dorset countryside, thanks to a […]

Fiat teams up with Kaluza to design smart EV charging service

The two firms to test new charging service next year on Fiat 500 electric vehicles in drive to cut down on emissions and costs for drivers Italian carmaker Fiat and UK energy software specialist Kaluza are joining forces to develop a new smart charging service they claim can drive down costs and emissions for electric […]