Mars unveils 'world's largest' coral reef restoration programme

Cat food brand Sheba has set its sights on restoring more than 185,000 square metres of coral reefs around the world by 2029, as part of a 10-year investment initiative announced yesterday in partnership with US environmental group The Nature Conservancy. The Mars-owned brand claims the coral restoration programme is the world’s largest to date, […]

Top brands concoct plan to 'green' the chemicals used in everyday goods

Companies across the consumer goods supply chain have this week teamed up to investigate how polymers in liquid formulations (PLFs) – the widely used chemicals found in shampoo, paint, adhesives, fertilisers, lubricants, and cosmetics – can be made more sustainable. Consumer goods giant Unilever, chemicals companies Afton Chemical and Scott Bader, and Crown Paints have […]

BP and Pure Planet plot app to help manage home energy and EV use

BP has teamed up with green energy supplier Pure Planet to launch a new digital service they claim will enable customers to control their home energy, electric vehicles (EVs), batteries, smart heating, solar power and carbon offsetting from a single smart phone app. The two firms plan to launch the smart home energy control service […]

Emissions Cuts Could Drop the Impact of Melting Ice on Oceans by Half

A new study said that limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius could reduce sea level rise from melting ice sheets from about 10 inches to about five by 2100. Scientists on Wednesday reported another reason the world should sharply rein in global warming: doing so would likely cut in half the current projected amount of […]

Germany moves to beef up climate law with new 2030 carbon target

The German government has today announced plans to strengthen its climate targets, following a court ruling last week that concluded Ministers had failed to adequately set out how long term emissions goals would be met. Finance Minister Olaf Scholz confirmed the government would now aim to cut emissions by 65 per cent by 2030 against […]

ClimateCare and Natural Capital Partners announce voluntary carbon market merger

Two of the leading providers in the fast-expanding voluntary carbon market, ClimateCare and Natural Capital Partners, have today joined forces through a private equity backed deal designed to accelerate the development of credible carbon offset projects. The merger was arranged by Averna Capital and funded by Averna’s investors with a view to bringing together the […]

COP26: UK and India pledge to 'deepen work on climate change'

Hopes that the COP26 Climate Summit will proceed as scheduled this autumn received a boost yesterday, following a virtual meeting between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, which saw the two countries agree a new roadmap to bolster climate action ahead of the high profile Glasgow Summit. The leader-level call, […]

AdGreen initiative proposes sector levy to finance net zero resources and training

AdGreen, the sustainability initiative for the UK advertising sector, has this morning announced it will launch a voluntary levy for production and advertising companies to help fund resources, tools, and training designed to slash the sector’s environmental impact. The group announced the plans as it published a new sustainability hand book for ad production teams […]

Circular economy: Ikea kicks off furniture buy back business nationwide

Ikea customers can now sell their used flat pack furniture back to the store, after the Swedish furniture giant’s ‘buy back’ scheme launched nationwide today. The resale scheme, which was due to launch in late November but was delayed by successive Covid-19 lockdowns, allows customers to exchange dressers, tables, chairs, cabinets, and bookshelves they no […]

Blustery bank holiday weather sets new UK wind power generation record

Blustery weather over the Bank Holiday saw Britain’s growing fleet of wind farms deliver more power than ever before, according to figures published by National Grid ESO. The grid operator confirmed yesterday that onshore and offshore wind turbines generated more than 17.6GW of electricity at 3:30pm on Monday afternoon, beating the previous record of 17.5GW […]

Co-op vows all own-brand food and drink will be 'carbon neutral' by 2025

The Co-op has announced its own-brand food and drink will be ‘carbon neutral’ by 2025, as it unveiled a new 10-point climate plan designed to help it achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040. Announcing its climate strategy this morning, the retailer claimed it was the first supermarket in the world to pledge to sell […]

Hydrogen is high on the agenda for mayor election candidates across the UK

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Global Vaccine Crisis Sends Ominous Signal for Fighting Climate Change

The gap between rich and poor countries on vaccinations highlights the failure of richer nations to see it in their self-interest to urgently help poorer ones fight a shared crisis. The stark gap in vaccination rates between the world’s rich and poor countries is emerging as a test for how the world responds to that […]

China Is Set to Rule Electric Car Production

ZHAOQING, China — Xpeng Motors, a Chinese electric car start-up, recently opened a large assembly plant in southeastern China and is building a matching factory nearby. It has announced plans for a third. Another Chinese electric car company, Nio, has opened one large factory in central China and is preparing to build a second a […]

EU carbon price breaches record €50 per tonne mark

EU CO2 prices have surged to record highs in recent years Cost of pollution on Europe’s emissions trading scheme continues to surge with analysts bullish of further rapid rise this year Carbon prices on the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) have topped €50 per tonne for the first time, according to reports, as tightening […]

Could a nature protection jobs drive help 'level up' the UK?

Scottish wetland and woodland | Credit: Peter Cairns, The Wildlife Trusts Analysis commissioned by green campaigners reveals link between constituencies facing high employment challenges and those with high nature restoration potential The term ‘green jobs’ is used liberally by politicians, policy analysts, and the media, encompassing everything from sustainable investment analysts to wind farm technicians, […]

Poll: Two-thirds of UK savers keen to make climate-friendly pension switch

YouGov survey comes as trustee of £67.6bn university pension schemes announces 2050 net zero plan Tens of millions of UK pension savers would switch to green retirement schemes that support climate-friendly investments if offered the opportunity from their provider, according to a new YouGov poll today which signals growing consumer interest in sustainable investing. The […]

Time for Treasury to move the net zero debate forward

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Arrival and Uber hail plans for purpose-built electric car

Arrival today teased the design for its new electric car, which is to be developed in partnership with Uber / Credit: Arrival Electric van and bus specialist announces it is working with global ride-hailing giant to develop affordable electric vehicle for taxi fleets Plans to electrify urban road transport took a leap forward this morning, […]

'Supercharging adoption of sustainable solutions': Top brands sign up to 100+ Accelerator green supply chain programme

The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, and Unilever join AB InBev 100+ Accelerator programme to fund and pilot sustainable innovation in supply chains The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, and Unilever, have teamed up with Budweiser’s parent company, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), to expand an investment programme working with start-ups to fund and pilot sustainable innovation in […]

A Growing Summertime Risk for Cities: Power Failures During Heat Waves

The author of a new study said the combination of blackouts and extreme heat “may be the deadliest climate-related event we can imagine.” WASHINGTON — The growing risk of overlapping heat waves and power failures poses a severe threat that major American cities are not prepared for, new research suggests. Power failures have increased by […]

Scientists tout pea plant discovery as potential breakthrough for sustainable farming

Revelation that plants make ‘smart investment decisions’ when interacting with soil bacteria could ultimately curb use of toxic nitrogen fertilisers, according to researchers Researchers at the University of Oxford have made a discovery about how plants interact with soil bacteria that they claim could eventually help reduce the use of nitrogen fertilisers in farming. The […]

E.P.A. to Announce Sharp Limits on Powerful Greenhouse Gases

The Biden administration is moving quickly to limit hydrofluorocarbons, the Earth-warming chemicals used in air-conditioning and refrigeration. WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday moved to sharply cut down on the use and production of powerful greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and air-conditioning, part of the Biden administration’s larger strategy of trying to slow […]

UK100: Give local authorities more power and funding to deliver net zero

Local leaders network warns UK’s current approach to local government is ‘structurally incapable of delivering net zero’ Local authorities are ready and willing to deliver on the UK’s climate goals, but efforts are being thwarted by lack of funding, investment, and resources, a new report has warned. The Power Shift Report, published today by local […]

Chipotle got its hands dirty to achieve waste diversion goals

Fast food chain reveals how ‘in the weeds detail’ helped deliver on ambitious waste goals Chipotle’s head of sustainability, Caitlin Leibert, celebrated her 10-year anniversary at Chipotle announcing a historic achievement for the brand: most of the company’s waste no longer ends up in landfills.  Reaching a 50 per cent waste diversion rate by 2020 […]

Global Briefing: Epicurious vows to move beyond beef

Surging demand for sustainable cooking recipes, German hydrogen hub development plans, and the beginning of the end for Japanese coal power? Epicurious reveals it pulled plug on beef recipes in support of more sustainable diets The hugely influential US food media brand Epicurious this week announced it has moved “left beef behind”, confirming…

In defence of net zero

Concerns about the efficacy of net zero targets are justified, but could condemnation of the concept from Greta Thunberg and others inadvertently serve to undermine efforts to decarbonise? “The enemy of a good plan is the dream of a perfect one” Carl von Clausewitz, 1780-1831 Related articles    The backlash is underway. And it’s coming […]

Green Homes Grant: How to turn a mess into a marvel

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Housebuilders heart hedgehogs: Taylor Wimpey debuts new environmental strategy, as industry publishes biodiversity guide

Credit: The National House Building Council Taylor Wimpey, one of the UK’s largest residential homebuilders, has announced a string of “ambitious” climate targets as part of its new environmental strategy. The strategy, titled ‘Building a Better World’, sets a series of targets to curb its direct environmental impacts, alongside specific pledges to enhance nature on […]

Every little helps: Tesco to offer suppliers access to sustainbility-linked finance

Supermarket giant to offer suppliers access to preferential financing rates if they commit to science based emissions targets and carbon reporting Tesco is set to become the first UK retailer to offer sustainability-linked supply chain finance, in a bid to encourage more suppliers to sign up to science-based emissions reduction targets. The voluntary programme, developed […]

How clean energy and fossil fuels interests fight to own the jobs narrative

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'The next frontier in fast food sustainability': How fast food firms' neglect of water risks could take a bite out of the economy

Major investor engagement campaign clinches a number of climate commitments from fast food giants but warns progress on water scarcity and TCFD disclosures remains slow The fast food industry faces myriad climate and environmental risks over the coming years, as climate regulation abounds, consumer demand shifts, and extreme weather events batter supply chains and drive…

Senate Passes $35 Billion Water Bill, but Bigger Infrastructure Fights Loom

The lopsided vote was a reminder that bipartisan cooperation on public works projects is possible, but lawmakers in both parties said the spirit of compromise could be fleeting. WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a $35 billion measure to clean up the nation’s water systems, offering a brief moment of bipartisan cooperation amid […]

'Climate+': E.ON unveils duo of 'sustainable' energy tariffs

All gas supplied to customers that sign up to new ‘Climate+’ home energy tariff will be accompanies by carbon offsets, energy supplier announces E.ON has ramped up its clean energy offering for customers, unveiling a ‘sustainable’ charging tariff for electric vehicle (EVs) drivers and a new home energy tariff that supplies customers with renewable electricity […]

CBI: Employers should take responsibility for commuters' carbon emissions

Business body calls on government and corporates to work together to encourage greener commuting practices The coronavirus crisis may have sparked a major debate about the future of the daily commute, as businesses across the country have embraced home-working practices that could become a new normal for many organisations. But now the CBI has warned […]

Tesla’s Latest Solar Stumble: Big Price Increases

On an October evening five years ago, Elon Musk used a former set for “Desperate Housewives” to show off Tesla’s latest innovation: roof shingles that can generate electricity from the sun without unsightly solar panels. After delays, Tesla began rolling out the shingles in a big way this year, but it is already encountering a […]

Race to Zero strengthens and clarifies minimum net zero criteria for members

Following recent criticism of net zero targets, the UN-backed campaign tightens its standards and notes that ‘the concept of net zero is complex and the science and best practices are developing fast’ The UN-backed Race to Zero has bolstered the minimum criteria that non-state actors must meet to be accredited by the climate campaign amid […]

Vertical farmer LettUsGrow sets sights on commercial greenhouse market with new Harper Adams partnership

EXCLUSIVE: New research project to explore how vertical farming approaches could be applied to the greenhouse sector to boost yields and curb environmental impacts Vertical farming technology is poised to branch out into the commercial greenhouse sector, after indoor farming specialist LettUsGrow announced a major new partnership with Harper Adams, the UK’s leading specialist agri-food […]