E.P.A. Is Letting Cities Dump More Raw Sewage Into Rivers for Years to Come

The Environmental Protection Agency has made it easier for cities to keep dumping raw sewage into rivers by letting them delay or otherwise change federally imposed fixes to their sewer systems, according to interviews with local officials, water utilities and their lobbyists. Cities have long complained about the cost of meeting federal requirements to upgrade […]

E.P.A. Is Letting Cities Dump More Raw Sewage Into Rivers for Years to Come

The Environmental Protection Agency has made it easier for cities to keep dumping raw sewage into rivers by letting them delay or otherwise change federally imposed fixes to their sewer systems, according to interviews with local officials, water utilities and their lobbyists. Cities have long complained about the cost of meeting federal requirements to upgrade […]

New York is kicking California's butt in building electrification

America’s twin economic hubs have started a race to electrify their buildings – and so far the Big Apple is winning This article is adapted from GreenBiz’s newsletter Energy Weekly, running Thursdays. Subscribe here. Two states on opposite sides of the nation have come to the same conclusion: They cannot meet their…

Smart charging key to unlocking electric vehicles

But smart charging won’t take off unless it works for the user, warns TechUK’s Susanne Baker Digital technologies have been identified as being at the heart of driving a sustainable and affordable transition to electric vehicles in a new report by Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce, Energising…

Nigel Topping appointed UK climate champion

Former We Mean Business CEO tasked with getting businesses, investors, organisations, and cities engaged with the COP26 summit happening in Glasgow in November Nigel Topping, the former CEO of climate organisation We Mean Business, has been appointed by the UK government as its ‘high level climate action champion’ ahead of the COP26 climate summit it […]

Tesco banishes shrink wrap for multipack cans

Tesco will no longer sell shrink wrapped multipacks on popular canned goods from March | Credit: tupungato Heinz is exploring ways to roll out the initiative across other retailers, a move that could reduce CO2 emissions by up to 3300 tonnes a year. Tesco is outlawing shrink wrap used to bind multipacks of cans together […]

Action to tackle UK food waste is delivering results, WRAP data suggests

Action to slash food waste is accelerating in the UK, with both households and businesses stepping up efforts to reduce the amount they throw away, according to new data from sustainability charity WRAP show. Total UK food waste fell by almost half a million tonnes in just three years, WRAP’s latest Courtauld Commitment 2025 report […]

Ceres launches corporate alliance to accelerate electric vehicle transition

DHL, one of the alliance’s founding members, is aiming to reach net zero emissions from transport activities by 2050 Alliance brings together Amazon, DHL, and others in a bid to drive development of electric vehicle market Investor-backed sustainability non-profit Ceres has this week launched a new alliance designed to help companies accelerate the transition to […]

Wild solutions: Public bodies back CCC call for expansion of forests, peatlands, and wetlands

Expanding the UK’s woodland is one nature-based solution recommended by the Committee on Climate Change The Environment Agency, Forestry Commission and Natural England have voiced strong support for several key recommendations outlined in today’s Committee on Climate Change land use report Nature-based solutions such as planting forests, protecting peatland, and restoring natural habitats should provide […]

Meat giant Tyson Foods launches 'sustainable protein' coalition

Memphis Meats is disrupting the protein sector with cultured meat grown in a lab | Credit: Memphis Meat Coalition includes leaders from “all forms of protein” will meet to discuss ways to increase global protein supply Tyson Foods, the world’s second-largest meat processor, has this week announced it is convening a new ‘Coalition for Sustainable […]

'Nature is not an asset class': Prince Charles calls for 'evolution' of economic model

Heir to the throne launches Sustainable Markets Council to bring together industry leaders to drive breakthroughs in decarbonisation The Prince of Wales has announced plans to host a series of industry roundtables that will bring together experts, executives, and investors to identify ways to rapidly decarbonise the global economy. Speaking at the World Economic Forum […]

Trump Removes Pollution Controls on Streams and Wetlands

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday will finalize a rule to strip away environmental protections for streams, wetlands and other water bodies, handing a victory to farmers, fossil fuel producers and real estate developers who said Obama-era rules had shackled them with onerous and unnecessary burdens. From Day 1 of his administration, President Trump […]

PG&E Announces Deal to Exit Bankruptcy, but Governor Balks

Pacific Gas & Electric, the giant California utility, said Wednesday that it had resolved differences with its creditors over how to restructure the company, clearing one of the last major hurdles to its exit from bankruptcy. But even before the announcement was made, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared that the plan was insufficient. He said it […]

Our world is on fire – and business must help put it out

Credit: John Carnemolla As world leaders gather in Davos, WWF’s Christianne Close and Margaret Kuhlow urge businesses to take the lead in tackling climate and nature crisis Recently, there have been some promising moves by business on climate change and nature loss. The new Davos Manifesto calls for a better kind of capitalism which engages […]

AstraZeneca promises to get to net zero 10 years ahead of schedule

AstraZeneca scientists are working to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from respiratory inhalers $1bn ‘Ambition Zero Carbon’ aims for zero carbon emissions across global operations by 2025, and ensure entire value chain is carbon negative by 2030 British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has said it will invest $1bn in a bid to reach zero carbon emissions across its global […]

Aldi joins campaign to turn back the period products plastics tide

Aldi is removing all plastic applicators from its own brand tampons by the end of the month German discount supermarket Aldi is removing plastic applicators from its own-brand tampons from the end of this month Aldi is scrapping plastic applicators from its own-brand tampons and replacing them with cardboard alternatives, the supermarket announced yesterday The […]

Church of England and insurer Generali join $4.3tr Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance

Church and Italian insurer are latest to join growing group of world’s largest pension funds and insurers committed to fully decarbonising their investments by 2050 The Church of England and Italian insurance giant Generali have both committed to fully decarbonising their investment portfolios 2050, after they became the latest major additions to the UN-backed Net-Zero Asset Owner […]

Bank of America becomes carbon neutral one year ahead of schedule

Bank of America has pioneered low-carbon investment strategies over the past decade The US investment giant has switched to 100 per cent renewable electricity, cut emissions and bought offsets Bank of America has become the latest corporate to hit carbon neutrality, with the firm announcing yesterday it has met the target a year ahead of […]

Citizens' Assembly set to craft UK strategy for Net Zero

110 people will arrive in Birmingham this weekend to decide how the UK should reach net zero emissions | Credit: Hydromet 110 members of the public will travel to Birmingham this weekend for the first in a series of weekend workshops to help establish how radical the UK could be in pursuing net zero Strangers […]

BNP Paribas launches innovative carbon offset investment fund

BNP Paribas has led the way in developing green approaches to navigating the world’s financial markets | Credit: phaustov The fund extends a European version which has already reached €300m in assets under management since its launch in March last year BNP Paribas has this week launched an innovative global investment fund that aims to […]

Making Yellow School Buses a Little More Green

This article is part of our continuing Fast Forward series, which examines technological, economic, social and cultural shifts that happen as businesses evolve. Just ask any parent — yellow school buses, with their classic look, signature smell and rumbling sound, remain largely unchanged from decades past. But with advances in technology, those old buses are […]

Claims by PG&E Wildfire Victims Reach 80,000

A deadline extension and an aggressive effort to track down victims have doubled the number of damage claims against Pacific Gas & Electric over California wildfires started by its equipment. A filing Tuesday related to the giant utility’s bankruptcy case said more than 80,000 people were now seeking to tap into a relief fund projected […]

C&A owners launch Laudes Foundation in bid 'to reshape global markets'

The Foundation aims to build on C&A’s work pioneering circular economy principles across the fashion industry The family behind fashion retailer C&A yesterday launched a new foundation which it says will work with actors across business, policy, and civil society to address inequality and the climate crisis. The Laudes Foundation aims to collaborate with investors […]

C&A owners launch Laudes Foundation in bid 'to reshape global markets'

The Foundation aims to build on C&A’s work pioneering circular economy principles across the fashion industry The family behind fashion retailer C&A yesterday launched a new foundation which it says will work with actors across business, policy, and civil society to address inequality and the climate crisis. The Laudes Foundation aims to collaborate with investors […]

Bloomberg launches new climate-focused global media brand

Bloomberg Green becomes latest addition to global media empire, promising to ‘bring clarity and data where there is currently fog and fear’ Bloomberg Green has become the latest addition to billionaire mogul Michael Bloomberg’s global media empire, with the new climate change-focused news brand promising to “bring clarity and data where there is currently fog […]

The government must revive onshore wind if it wants to be a climate leader

Alan Whitehead MP If the government is sincere about tackling the climate emergency, it must remove barriers to onshore wind in England, argues Alan Whitehead MP Rebecca Williams of RenewableUK reminded us this week that, to all intents and purposes, the well of onshore wind projects in the UK has now run dry. RenewableUK’s data […]

Lloyds pledges to halve emissions from projects it finances by 2030

Banks are under increasing investor pressure to confront the climate impact of their lending strategies The UK lender’s pledge builds on previous commitments not to finance new coal-fired power stations or Arctic oil and gas exploration Banking giant Lloyds yesterday pledged to more than halve the carbon emissions generated by the projects it finances by […]

Trump and the Teenager: A Climate Showdown at Davos

DAVOS, Switzerland — Neither uttered the other’s name. But President Trump and the Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg took unmistakable aim at each other on Tuesday at this conference of business and government figures, reprising their roles as antagonists on the global stage. The 73-year-old president and 17-year-old activist dominated the first full day of […]

Greta Thunberg’s Remarks at the Davos Economic Forum

DAVOS, Switzerland — Greta Thunberg spoke here Tuesday afternoon at an event hosted by The New York Times and the World Economic Forum. Here is the full transcript of her remarks: One year ago I came to Davos and told you that our house is on fire. I said I wanted you to panic. I’ve […]

Greta Thunberg’s Message at Davos Forum: ‘Our House Is Still on Fire’

DAVOS, Switzerland — Greta Thunberg on Tuesday punched a hole in the promises emerging from a forum of the global political and business elite and offered instead an ultimatum: Stop investing in fossil fuels immediately, or explain to your children why you did not protect them from the “climate chaos” you created. “I wonder, what […]

'The world needs leadership': Starbucks pledges to become 'resource positive'

Starbucks has set new 2030 green goals with the aim of being ‘resource positive’ in the long run | Credit: Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson outlines major new sustainability strategy for the coffee giant, promising tough environmental targets will ‘create greater value for all stakeholders’ It seems Microsoft was just the start of a trend. Just […]

'The world needs leadership': Starbucks pledges to become 'resource positive'

Starbucks has set new 2030 green goals with the aim of being ‘resource positive’ in the long run | Credit: Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson outlines major new sustainability strategy for the coffee giant, promising tough environmental targets will ‘create greater value for all stakeholders’ It seems Microsoft was just the start of a trend. Just […]

Renewable pivots pay off as Ørsted and Neste top global sustainability rankings

Nordic firms again dominated the top spots in Corporate Knights’ 16th annual list of the world’s most sustainable corporations, unveiled at Davos this morning Ørsted has become the first energy company to top the Corporate Knights’ Global 100 rankings of the world’s most sustainable businesses, a decade after the Danish power firm began its pivot […]