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Solar industry to launch supply chain sustainability and transparency scheme in 2023

The UK and Europe's solar trade associations have announced plans to develop a comprehensive corporate sustainability standard aimed at boosting the sustainability, transparency, and accountability of the industry's rapidly-growing supply chain. The Solar Stewardship Initiative (SSI), co-launched this week by Solar…

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LanzaTech inks $500m partnership with Mark Carney’s Brookfield

Carbon capture technology specialist LanzaTech has secured $500m of backing from Mark Carney-affiliated investment giant Brookfield, as part of a strategic partnership aimed at co-developing commercial plants that recycle CO2 into new commodities and products. Announced yesterday, the funding partnership will…

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A large majority of British voters continue to back ambitious climate policies, but is the government listening?

The scale of the electoral gamble the government is undertaking by reviving plans for fracking in the UK and weighing plans to roll back environmental protections was again underlined today by a major...

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John Lewis Partnership promises to achieve ‘zero deforestation’ across key commodities

The John Lewis Partnership has committed to ensuring the soy, palm oil, cocoa, beef, leather, timber, and man-made cellulosic materials in its own-brand products do not cause deforestation, as part of a new package of measures announced this morning designed to…

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Study: Failure to improve global waste management will push climate goals out of reach

Effective waste management policies could play a major role in the effort to stabilise global temperatures at safer levels, with a new report calculating that 1.4 billion tonnes of greenhouse emissions could be slashed annually through improved recycling, composting, and waste…

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Water companies ordered to shave £150m off customer bills after missing environmental targets

A raft of water companies have been ordered to return £150m to customers because they failed to meet their targets around pollution, biodiversity, sewer flooding and continuity of supply. Ofwat, the water sector regulator for England and Wales, today announced financial…

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Conservative Party conference: Calls grow for government rethink on energy efficiency and nature policies

Since the Conservative Party conference kicked off in Birmingham this weekend, there appear to be growing concerns from within the Party's own ranks about about the government's policy direction on both...

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Drax accused of using wood from carbon-rich forest in Canada to supply UK power plant

Drax has come in for renewed scrutiny over the environmental sustainability of its supply chain, with a major investigation having found evidence of carbon-rich primary forests in western Canada being felled to supply wood pellet feedstock for Britain's biggest power station…

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New climate risk methodology launched for asset owners and investors

A new tool has been launched that helps asset owners and investors assess the risk posed to critical infrastructure by climate change. Engineering consultancy Mott Macdonald and investor body Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment (CCRI) have launched a first-of-its-kind guide on…

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Ecosia to invest €250,000 in Ripple Energy’s third UK renewables project

Internet search engine Ecosia is planning to invest €250,000 in Ripple Energy's latest community-owned renewable power project, marking the tree-planting non-profit's first major investment in the UK. The ‘green' search engine - which funnels its profits towards tree-planting and other environmental…

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‘Returns could be in the trillions’: Report touts huge investment opportunity of carbon removal technologies

Growing numbers of businesses are now investing in carbon removals such as direct air capture (DAC), enhanced weathering and biochar technologies in a bid to secure future financial savings and position themselves as climate leaders, according to voluntary carbon market ratings…

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‘Faulty thermometer’: World Bank accused of overstating annual climate finance budget by $7bn

The World Bank has this morning been accused by Oxfam of overstating by billions of dollars the amount of climate finance it has mobilised for poorer nations. An audit of the World Bank's climate finance disclosures in 2020 found the development…

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Post-industrial plastics recycling plant opened in UK’s automotive heartlands

MBA Polymers has opened a facility in central Birmingham that will enable car makers, electronics firms, and other manufacturers to "buy back" recycled plastic. The company, the plastics recycling arm of recycler EMR, said the facility - its third in the…

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‘The next era of aviation’: Eviation hails first electric ‘commuter’ plane flight

Eviation Aircraft has hailed the first flight of its zero emission, battery-powered 'commuter and cargo' plane in the US earlier this week as "a historic day and major milestone in electric aviation". The electric plane developer confirmed its Alice aircraft took…

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Jaguar Land Rover to retrain 29,000 staff worldwide to prepare for all-electric future

Jaguar Land Rover is rolling out a global electric vehicle (EV) upskilling drive in a bid to retrain up to 29,000 employees over the next three years to prepare the auto manufacturer for its transition to an 'all-electric' future.  The company…

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‘We need to do everything we can’: Drax sets out case for bioenergy and carbon capture and storage

Drax's commercial director for innovation mounted a staunch defence of the negative emissions potential offered by planned bioenergy and carbon capture and storage (BECCS) projects at the Net Zero Festival yesterday afternoon. Speaking during a session exploring the potential of negative…

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Gas Flares Might Release More Methane Than Thought, Study Finds

Flaring, meant to burn off the planet-warming gas at industrial sites, doesn’t always work as intended, according to researchers.The oil industry practice of burning unwanted methane is less effective than previously assumed, scientists said Thursday, resulting in new estimates for releases…

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Even as Oil Prices Ease, U.S. Keeps Tapping Strategic Reserve

The administration’s move has brought down gasoline prices. Some experts say continued withdrawals could test the nation’s energy security.Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, President Biden has overseen the largest sale of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve ever, to ease prices…

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Hospitals in Coastal Cities Risk Flooding Even in ‘Weak’ Hurricanes, Study Finds

In a large proportion of the metropolitan areas along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States, at least half of the hospitals are at risk of flooding even from relatively weak hurricanes, a new study found.Projected sea level rise…

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UK Infrastructure Bank teams up with Bristol, Manchester and West Yorkshire to accelerate net zero projects

The UK Infrastructure Bank has today unveiled plans to team up with local authorities in Bristol, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire to develop net zero focused pilot projects aimed at combating climate change. The announcement follows the publicly-owned bank's pledge in…

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Businesses ‘unaware’ of their pensions’ climate impact, research finds

Businesses are in the dark about the carbon footprint of their pension schemes despite most employees wanting their pots to be more sustainable, according to research findings published today by the Make My Money Matter  (MMMM) campaign and Scottish Widows. The…

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Net Zero Review: Chris Skidmore promises ‘no rowing back’ on net zero strategy as call for evidence launched

Chris Skidmore has promised there will be "no rowing back" on the UK's Net Zero Strategy or climate commitments, as the MP today launched a public call for evidence to help inform the hotly-anticipated review he has been tasked with carrying…

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