Low carbon packages: FedEx pledges to deliver 'carbon neutrality' across its operations by 2040 with $2bn investment drive

Air cargo operator pledges to invest in sustainable fuels, carbon capture research, and fleet electrification in bid to meet new climate goals Package delivery giant and airline operator FedEx has announced it plans to achieve ‘carbon neutrality’ across its operations within the next 20 years through investments in electrification, sustainable fuels, energy efficiency, and carbon […]

Octopus extends reach of Electric Juice Network with Ionity tie-up

Energy giant signs charging network operator Ionity up to fast expanding network, as latest sales figures underscore growing popularity of EVs Octopus Energy announced this week it has significantly expanded its roaming EV charging service, the Electric Juice Network (EJN), after signing up German charging network IONITY. The addition means the charge network will for […]

eBay UK launches Certified Refurbished hub

Following roll out in the US and Australia, new hub debuts in UK in response to soaring lockdown demand for refurbished items eBay UK has today announced the launch of a new Certified Refurbished hub, designed to make it easier for consumers to find high-quality second hand products that have been properly refurbished and independently […]

Thai Union and Tesco pledge to clean up tuna supply chains as demand surges

Sales of canned tuna have surged during the pandemic, driving wholesale prices up more than 40 per cent Thai Union has committed to implementing 100 per cent monitoring of its tuna supply chain by 2025, while Tesco pledged to make all its tuna MSC-certified by 2025 Global seafood giant Thai Union yesterday announced a pioneering […]

Funding boost for Storegga's vision of world-leading CCS on UK shores

Efforts to develop innovative carbon reduction and removal technology on UK shores received a boost this week, as geotechnology pioneer Storegga announced fresh investment from Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC and Japanese investment giant Mitsui, alongside further backing from cornerstone investor Macquarie. The new funding – the precise amount of which was not disclosed – […]

Wyoming Coal Country Pivots, Reluctantly, to Wind Farms

#masthead-section-label, #masthead-bar-one { display: none }Climate and EnvironmentCoast-to-Coast CrisesTexas’ PowerClimate PledgesReversing Trump’s RollbacksThe Ekola Flats Wind Farm in Carbon County. Carbon County, Wyoming, Knows Which Way the Wind Is Blowing In the heart of coal country, the town of Rawlins will soon be home to one of the nation’s largest wind farms. But pride in […]

'Burger King For Good': Fast food giant launches detailed sustainability charter

Fast food giant Burger King has published a new “charter” detailing a raft of sustainability goals A new sustainability strategy from Burger King has set out a raft of targets and ambitions around food waste, plastic use, sustainable packaging, and commodities Burger King has launched a sustainability roadmap that will see the fast food giant […]

Zoom in on Net Zero – with Sarasin & Partners' Natasha Landell-Mills

VIDEO: Head of stewardship at the asset manager joins James Murray for a chat ahead of BusinessGreen’s Net Zero Finance summit Natasha Landell-Mills is head of stewardship at Sarasin & Partners LLP, a mid-sized investment firm which manages around £15bn of assets on behalf of a range of different clients, including organisations, charities and individuals. […]

The pathways to net zero with smarter grids and a hydrogen future

Energy Networks Association chief executive David Smith sets out the sector’s efforts to build a net zero grid ‘as quickly as possible’ While we navigate the effects of the pandemic and look forward to brighter and better times ahead, the UK’s electricity and gas network companies are helping to create tomorrow’s energy networks by transforming…

Budget 2021: All the green announcements at a glance

BusinessGreen’s all-you-need-to-know guide to the raft of key green tax and spending pledges in Rishi Sunak’s second budget In his Budget address to Parliament this afternoon, Chancellor Rishi Sunak waxed lyrical about a future where the UK’s old industrial centres are transformed into clean energy powerhouses that provide well-paid, green jobs and drive the long […]

Exxon Mobil’s Chief Says It Is ‘Supportive’ of Zero-Emission Goals

#masthead-section-label, #masthead-bar-one { display: none }The Coronavirus OutbreakliveLatest UpdatesMaps and CasesRisk Near YouVaccine RolloutNew Variants Tracker Advertisement Continue reading the main story Supported by Continue reading the main storyExxon Mobil’s Chief Says It Is ‘Supportive’ of Zero-Emission Goals Darren Woods, in an interview before an annual presentation to investors today, also suggested there was common […]

A Budget of green miracles and disasters

Today’s Budget significantly improves the UK’s green investment climate, but it was still a long way short of the comprehensive net zero transition strategy that is so desperately needed I was reminded the other day of George Monbiot’s response to the dramatic and historic finalisation of the Paris Agreement in late 2015. “By comparison to […]

'We need a real commitment to green growth': The green economy reacts to the Budget

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak is under pressure to use the Budget to deliver a green recovery from the Covid-19 crisis All the reaction from green groups, businesses, political figures to Rishi Sunak’s hugely important pandemic-recovery, pre-COP26 Budget announcement The Chancellor Rishi Sunak today unveiled arguably the most important Budget in at least a decade, featuring […]

'Future economy': Sunak pledges to put green investment at heart of economic recovery

Chancellor touts potential of offshore wind, carbon capture, freeports, and green finance, but freezes fuel duty and leaves questions over energy efficiency and electric vehicle infrastructure unanswered Chancellor Rishi Sunak today closed his Budget address to Parliament by hymning the potential of clean technologies to create “decent well-paid green jobs” and drive the recovery from […]

Coal loses out in latest auction for winter back-up grid supply contracts

Capacity Market clears at record high price of £45/kW with gas, demand side response, and battery storage projects sweeping up lion’s share of contracts Gas power, demand side response (DSR), and battery storage sites have secured the lion’s share of contracts designed to help ensure the lights are kept on during next winter’s peak in […]

Global Wind Organisation trained workforce passes 100,000 mark

Number of workers trained by international renewables body surges 12 per cent in the past year, as demand for wind technicians continues to grow As governments around the world announce plans for recovery plans that aim to create green jobs in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, new figures have today revealed how demand for […]

HyPoint debuts prototype of air-cooled hydrogen fuel cell for aviation

HyPoint partner ZeroAvia achieved flight with a hydrogen-electric plane last summer | Credit: ZeroAvia US firm says its new solution boasts three times the power of a regular fuel cell by weight, providing a boost to hopes of hydrogen powered aircraft Zero emission flight powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology moved one step closer to […]

The wrong sort of recovery?

Well, that didn’t last long. The fact that emissions are rebounding fast now that vaccines are being rolled out and lockdown measures around the world are being gradually eased was to be expected. But the International Energy Association’s (IEA) confirmation yesterday that global energy related emissions were two per cent higher in December 2020 than […]

UK urged to use presidency of G7 and COP26 to help 'green global finance'

The report argues central banks must redesign asset purchase schemes to take account of environment-related risks Policy Exchange report details steps government could take to tackle the environmental and climate risks plaguing the global financial system The government must leverage its platform as host of the G7 and co-host of the COP26 Climate Summit later […]

Can the public sector drive business decarbonisation?

The buying power of public sector organisations can have a huge influence on the market for green products and services, writes Dr Joanne Wade from the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) The public sector is responsible for around four per cent of UK energy consumption. Viewed this way, it doesn’t sound like it can have […]

'Beyond GDP': UN mulls adoption of green prosperity measure

Logs in a river after deforestation in Riau in Indonesia UN Secretary-General António Guterres urges nations to consider the costs of economic profit against damage to the environment Could the world be about to move ‘beyond GDP’? A “ground-breaking” economic framework to incorporate environmental and human wellbeing into traditional measurements of prosperity is currently under […]

How Green Are Electric Vehicles?

#masthead-section-label, #masthead-bar-one { display: none }The Transition to Electric CarsInvesting in BatteriesGM’s Electric Car GoalsCan the Power Grid Handle It?Benefits of Electric Cars Advertisement Continue reading the main story Supported by Continue reading the main storyHow Green Are Electric Vehicles? In short: Very green. But plug-in cars still have environmental effects. Here’s a guide to […]

Miami Says It Can Adapt to Rising Seas. Not Everyone Is Convinced.

#masthead-section-label, #masthead-bar-one { display: none }Climate and EnvironmentCoast-to-Coast CrisesTexas’ PowerClimate PledgesReversing Trump’s Rollbacks Advertisement Continue reading the main story Supported by Continue reading the main storyMiami Says It Can Adapt to Rising Seas. Not Everyone Is Convinced. Officials have a new plan to manage rising water. Succeed or fail, it will very likely become a […]

Reversing Trump, Interior Department Moves Swiftly on Climate Change

#masthead-section-label, #masthead-bar-one { display: none }Climate and EnvironmentCoast-to-Coast CrisesTexas’ PowerClimate PledgesReversing Trump’s Rollbacks Advertisement Continue reading the main story Supported by Continue reading the main storyReversing Trump, Interior Department Moves Swiftly on Climate Change Representative Deb Haaland being sworn in to her Senate confirmation hearing last month.Credit…Pool photo by Jim Watson March 2, 2021Updated 10:21 […]

Could a greener post-Brexit trading policy soon take shape?

Climate and environmental issues should be ‘integral’ to UK trade policy, independent advisors have said Government confirms the Interim Office for Environmental Protection is to be up and running in July, as independent advisors warn Ministers against ‘race to the bottom’ on food and farming standards The government’s ‘green Brexit’ plans have been taking further […]

IEA: Global CO2 emissions already on rebound after historic fall in 2020

Hopes of a green recovery from the pandemic dealt a major blow as data shows energy-related CO2 emissions are already rising above pre-crisis levels Global energy-related carbon emissions appear to have already rebounded after a dramatic drop in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic last year, dealing a major blow to hopes of a more […]

Rewriting the green growth rule book: How environmental regulation could help fast track the UK's economic recovery

Sunset over arable farmland in Suffolk | Credit: iStock Aldersgate Group makes the case that ‘ambitious, well-designed and properly enforced environmental regulations’ can drive the UK’s economic prosperity in new analysis Some leading Brexiteers have long argued the UK’s break from the EU provides an opportunity to re-write the nation’s rule book and rid the […]

Study attributes 1,500 UK deaths and $9bn of damage to climate change since 2000

Climate change-induced heatwaves have killed 1,500 people in the UK since 2000, the study estimates The deaths occurred during two severe heatwaves over past two decades, while climate change also caused $9bn of damages in a series of extreme floods, University of Oxford study finds At least 1,500 excess deaths directly attributable to human-induced climate […]

UK carbon emissions trading scheme to launch in May

Government confirms auction calendar for the UK’s post-Brexit carbon trading market following its exit from the EU’s ETS The UK’s domestic emissions trading scheme (ETS) is finally poised to launch in early summer, with the first auction of carbon allowances for since Britain’s exit from the European Union’s carbon market earmarked for 21 May, the […]

Centrica pulls forward its net zero target to 2045

British Gas owner and UK’s largest energy supplier unveils accelerated decarbonisation timeline as it reports major losses for 2020 financial year Energy giant Centrica has pulled forward two of its leading green pledges by five years, aiming to become a net zero business by 2045 and to operate a fully electric vehicle (EV) fleet by […]

Plant-based fast food: Beyond Meat inks deals for McDonald's, KFC and Pizza Hut

Demand for plant-based protein has ballooned in recent years| Credit: Beyond Meat Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, KFC, and McDonald’s are gearing up to expand their plant-based lines amid surging demand for sustainable food Plant-based meat is poised to become standard fare at a number of fast food chains, with alternative proteins brand Beyond Meat having […]