Can the government deliver on its 'climate-friendly farming' promises?

As Ministers announce fresh details on the biggest shake-up in agricultural policy in 50 years, questions remain as to how effective promised subsidy reforms will prove The government has today set out its much-anticipated roadmap for delivering “the biggest change in agricultural policy in half a century”, as it seeks to gradually replace the EU’s […]

Energy giants urge Prime Minister to set net zero power target

Johnson urged by major energy companies to emulate US president-elect Joe Biden and set a deadline for the decarbonisation of Britain’s power system ahead of 2050 net zero goal SSE, Drax, Shell, BP, Sembcorp, and National Grid ESO have urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to set a clear deadline to reduce emissions from Britain’s power […]

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 […]

Why business needs to see an ambitious NDC

ScottishPower’s Keith Anderson argues that the growing band of businesses and investors committed to accelerating the net zero transition need the government to submit a suitably ambitious national climate action plan to the UN As 2020 draws to an end and we look forward optimistically to a path out of the pandemic, we can begin […]

How climate change might affect investment returns

VIDEO: What Schroders’ analysis tell us about global warming and investments? Schroders has integrated climate change into its global investment returns forecasts for the next three decades, uncovering the stark impact global warming is set to have on international markets. Here, broadcaster Aaron Safir introduces Schroders economist Irene Lauro, head of sustainable investment Andy Howard, […]

Zoom in on Net Zero – with environmental scientist Dr Tara Shine

VIDEO: Leading scientist, policy advisor and author talks to BusinessGreen’s James Murray about her new book on everyday climate actions, the challenges of COP negotiations, and the links between climate change and human rights Dr Tara Shine has been an environmental scientist, policy advisor and science communicator for over 20 years, during which time she […]

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 […]

Why anyone who cares about climate action should have Georgia on their mind

As Andrew Warren argues, the high profile re-run election for Georgia’s two Senate seats could yet determine the direction of US – and by extension global – climate efforts for years to come Everyone now knows that, come January 20, America will have a new President, Joe Biden. Everyone that is except perhaps an increasingly […]

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 […]

E.P.A.’s Final Deregulatory Rush Runs Into Open Staff Resistance

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency was rushing to complete one of its last regulatory priorities, aiming to obstruct the creation of air- and water-pollution controls far into the future, when a senior career scientist moved to hobble it. Thomas Sinks directed the E.P.A.’s science advisory office and later managed the agency’s rules and […]

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 […]

More pieces of IKEA's sustainability puzzle come together

IKEA Baltimore location / Credit: Distributed Solar Development The global retail giant is beefing up its take-back service to mark Black Friday, but its sweeping sustainability plans extend far beyond recycling and re-use Black Friday is upon us. For IKEA, that marks the expanded launch of a program to buy back furniture in an effort […]

Upstart Hazel finds cachet for innovative sachets that extend produce shelf life

In 2017, Hazel Technologies was a plucky young startup with enough scientific success to raise $800,000 in seed funding and score a $600,000 development grant from the US Department of Agriculture. In late 2020, the company is finding early commercial success in its mission to decrease food waste through its innovative packaging. Hazel creates packaging inserts, or sachets, […]

Future Homes Standard: No time like 2023

A target for all new homes to be built without fossil fuel heating was initially announced, then de-announced, for 2023 – but how realistic is that target date, ponders ECIU’s Jess Ralston Underneath the headlines on electric cars, one of the most intriguing aspects of the Prime Ministers 10-point-plan was the announcement and then de-announcement […]

EU watchdog slams Commission for appointing BlackRock as ESG finance advisor

European Ombudsman calls on EU to update its conflict of interest guidelines for procurement contracts following its decision to hire a business division of world’s leading fossil fuel financier to develop ESG banking regulation study The European Union’s watchdog has ruled the European Commission failed to adequately consider conflicts of interest when it appointed BlackRock […]

Backtracking: More rail projects awarded funding through Beeching cuts reversal programme

Department for Transport announces second round of winners from the ‘ideas fund’ for its Restoring Your Railway Fund, geared at resuscitating mothballed railway lines and stations Fifteen communities across the UK have clinched government funding to support plans to revive railways lines and stations shuttered during the infamous Beeching cuts that slashed Britain’s railway network […]

Italian gas giant Snam targets carbon neutrality by 2040

Europe’s biggest gas pipeline company unveils multi-billion Euro investment plan to transition to hydrogen and biomethane Italian gas and energy infrastructure giant Snam has set its sights on becoming a carbon neutral company by 2040, pledging to invest €7.5bn over the next four years in hydrogen, biomethane, energy efficiency, and digitisation to help drive its […]

Sachet away: MPs and business leaders call for ban on plastic sample sachets

Campaign estimates 122 billion plastic sachets containing free samples of perfumes, skincare, and other products are produced each year Top business leaders, MPs, and campaigners have today stepped up calls for an EU-wide ban on plastic sachets used to provide free samples of beauty, skincare, and household cleaning products, warning that hundreds of millions of […]

The clock keeps ticking

Climate change and the green recovery was notably sidelined by Rishi Sunak in a speech that added little to the ‘Build Back Better’ vision the government touted over the summer As John Cleese famously observed in the 1986 film Clockwise, “it’s not the despair. I can take the despair. It’s the hope I can’t stand”. […]

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 […]

Spending Review and National Infrastructure Strategy: Five key takeaways

The government has said net zero is a leading priority BusinessGreen rounds up the top green headlines from government’s latest slew of fiscal and policy announcements Following the £12bn green investment drive underpinning the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution last week, there was cautious hope in the green economy that […]

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 […]

England flood protection plans 'lack clarity' in key areas, watchdog warns

Devastating floods across parts of the UK in recent years have caused huge damage to homes and businesses Environment Agency on track to meet flood protection defence targets, but many gaps in data remain, says NAO The government’s spending watchdog has raised concerns about England’s flood protection programme as the winter nears, warning that while […]

Time to set a new precedent for global trade policy

UK trade policy must set an ambitious new precedent that supports green growth and accelerates global action on climate and biodiversity, writes Aldersgate Group’s Kate Young With its departure from the European Union, the UK has the opportunity to develop its own trade policy for the first time in 40 years, enabled through the Trade […]

What happened to onshore wind and solar in the PM's Ten Point Plan?

The government should introduce dedicated annual auctions for onshore wind and solar that can boost their deployment, argues RSPB’s Seb Berry In an otherwise encouraging set of announcements, surprisingly, the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan failed to say anything about solar PV, or the other cheapest renewable, onshore wind. Twenty years…

Illegal Tampering by Diesel Pickup Owners Is Worsening Pollution, E.P.A. Says

WASHINGTON — The owners and operators of more than half a million diesel pickup trucks have been illegally disabling their vehicles’ emissions control technology over the past decade, allowing excess emissions equivalent to 9 million extra trucks on the road, a new federal report has concluded. The practice, described in a report by the Environmental […]

Permit Denied for Pebble Mine Project in Alaska

The Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday denied a permit for the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska, likely dealing a death blow to a long-disputed project that aimed to extract one of the world’s largest deposits of copper and gold ore, but which threatened breeding grounds for salmon in the pristine Bristol Bay region. The […]

The Spending Review: Green announcements at a glance

All the green details from the government’s new Spending Review and National Infrastructure Strategy Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled his first Spending Review to Parliament this afternoon, outlining a raft of public spending plans geared at resuscitating the UK economy as the nation battles through the ongoing health and economic crises. With UK GDP expected to […]

'He muffed it': Green economy reacts to Rishi Sunak's first Spending Review

National Infrastructure Bank welcomed, but failure to build on government’s new 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution is roundly condemned by green groups Chancellor Rishi Sunak today reiterated the Treasury’s commitment to delivering on the UK’s net zero emissions goal, announcing plans for a new National Infrastructure Bank, record investment in new infrastructure…

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 […]

Biden ramps up plan to put US on 'irreversible path to achieve net zero emissions'

President-elect’s ambitious climate strategy secures first victory, as General Motors ditches support for emissions standards legal battle President-elect Joe Biden yesterday used a day of major announcements from his transition team to reiterate how climate action will be at the heart of his administration, confirming that John Kerry has been nominated as the White House’s […]

Here Are The Facts About Heaters for Both Indoors and Outdoors

It’s getting chilly out there. And whether you’re hosting an alfresco Thanksgiving celebration or just trying not to freeze while working from home, you may be curious about the best way to heat yourself, but not the planet, this winter. Let’s look at outdoor options first. Many people have purchased fire pits and patio heaters […]

Camel and Benson & Hedges owner sparks fresh net zero ambition

JTI claims to have the largest market volume share of any UK tobacco company | Credit: Irina Irisa Japan Tobacco International touts plan to reach net zero emissions by end of decade through fleet electrification, energy efficiency measures, and transition to clean energy The owner of Benson & Hedges, Camel, Silk Cut, and American Spirit […]

Machine learning solves the problem with M&T

A new product has been launched today which brings machine learning into the energy management arena. Reduct is the new game-changing platform developed by Verco. Time is the biggest constraint on effective energy management Many users of Monitoring & Targeting (M&T) platforms will know about the benefits but also the challenges that exist in extracting […]