Then there were five: Fiddler's Ferry coal power plant to close

SSE will close its last coal-fired power station early next year, to leave just five coal plants left on UK grid The UK’s journey away from fossil fuels gathered steam yesterday with SSE’s announcement of plans to close another coal-fired power station, leaving just five coal plants operational across the country. SSE said it will […]

Hydrogen could replace natural gas in homes, say experts

New report from the Institution of Engineering and Technology concludes there is ‘no reason’ why hydrogen can’t safely be used in the UK gas grid There is “no reason” why hydrogen can’t be used instead of natural gas to be used for heating and cooking in people’s homes, engineering experts have concluded. Experts from five […]

IRENA: 11 million people now work in green energy

Solar continues to employ the most people, with growth into new markets through 2018 | Credit: Siemens The number of people employed in renewable energy jobs worldwide rose to eleven million in 2018, their highest ever level, according to the latest analysis by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). That’s up from 10.3 million the previous year, […]

Global briefing: Australia approves Adani coal mine

Plans to build the Carmichael coal mine have faced years of opposition from environmental campaigners | Credit: Takver Australia approves Adani coal mine  Australia’s government this week granted final approval to the controversial Carmichael coal mine project, to be built in Queensland by Indian company Adani.  The project has been subject to years of delays […]

Tractors, software and the right to repair

A major link in the circular economy: DIY fixes. A major kink in the transition to a circular economy: lobby efforts against DIY fixes This article was adapted from the newsletter VERGE Weekly, running Wednesdays. Subscribe here. During the latest state legislative cycle — which is mostly wound down for this year — lawmakers considered…

Australia, in a Victory for Coal, Clears the Way for a Disputed Mine

Plans for a fiercely contested coal mine in northeastern Australia received a long-awaited government green light on Thursday, less than a month after conservative politicians who champion coal triumphed in national elections. An environmental permit issued by the Queensland State government cleared the way for an Indian company, the Adani Group, to start work on […]

How Tanker Attacks on a Skinny Waterway Could Affect Oil Prices

The Strait of Hormuz, sometimes described as the world’s most important oil choke point, is a gateway for almost a third of all crude oil and other petroleum products carried by tanker. But it is also an increasingly dangerous place because of recent attacks on tankers, raising fears that the route is vulnerable to assaults […]

Aluminium industry must take the lead in building the low-carbon economy

Former Energy and Climate Change Secretary Lord Greg Barker makes the case for low-carbon aluminium in a low-carbon world Last month, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) delivered a report to the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments on how the UK can achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. It comes at a vital time – […]

Packaging-free summer? Solero trials wrapper-less multipack

Unilever brand debuts new wrapper-less lolly packaging designed to cut plastic waste by 35 per cent As summer beckons Unilever has debuted its latest packaging innovation, which promises to cut plastic packaging for one of its leading ice cream brands by over a third. The consumer goods giant this week announced the launch of its […]

The heat is on: Managing climate risk will take a mindset shift

A Paris-compliant business strategy is the only smart move in the face of the rising climate change threat, argues ClientEarth’s Stephanie Morton For a long time, climate change was seen purely as an environmental and social threat by the business world. Now we are finally seeing a growing awareness of the financial ramifications of a […]

Energy system must be digitised to deliver net zero, says government taskforce

A ‘risk averse culture’ is preventing the UK energy system from benefiting from a data revolution Government and Ofgem must prioritise collection and publication of energy data to usher in low-carbon energy revolution, says taskforce The government’s plans for a net zero grid are being hindered by “poor quality” and “inaccurate” data on the UK […]

Royal Ascot bets on re-use revolution

World famous race meeting to introduce ‘Re-Cup’ re-use initiative in bid to slash plastic waste The re-use revolution is going to the races next week, after Royal Ascot announced it is to replace disposable plastic glasses with re-usable alternatives that will collected, washed, and re-used each day. Ascot Racecourse announced it has set a target […]

Labour considers earlier net zero emission target

Shadow Chancellor tells the FT climate science suggests 2050 net zero target date may have to be pulled forward Labour has signalled it could pull forward the new 2050 target date for the UK to deliver a net zero emission economy, arguing the latest climate science suggests an earlier date may be required. In an […]

'Unsustainable path': Energy emissions rise at fastest rate in seven years

BP warns of a ‘growing divergence’ between demands for climate action and pace of emissions cuts, as extreme weather pushes up global fossil fuel use Carbon emissions from the global energy industry rose at their fastest pace in seven years last year, according to new data released this week by oil giant BP which provides […]

Onshore wind farms in UK could cut £50 a year off energy bills

Government urged to overturn effective ban to help meet ambitious climate targets Government ministers face rising calls to lift their block on onshore wind farms to help meet the UK’s ambitious climate targets while reducing home energy bills. Some of Europe’s largest energy investors have urged the government to overturn an effective ban on new […]

Japan outlines high-tech strategy to meet Paris climate commitments

Carbon capture and storage and carbon dioxide-free hydrogen figure prominently in roadmap to become carbon neutral soon after 2050 Japan’s cabinet has adopted an ambitious emissions reduction strategy, which aims to harness innovative technologies to ensure the country becomes ‘carbon neutral’ soon after 2050. The strategy outlines how the country will reach its Paris Agreement commitments […]

Sip, sparkle and drink: Kellogg's turns cereal waste into beer

Firm teams up with Seven Brothers brewery to make beer from discarded Coco Pops and Rice Krispies Could ‘snap, crackle, and pop’ take on a new meaning? Cereal giant Kellogg’s has this week unveiled two new products that turn its waste cereals into beer. The company teamed up with Salford-based Brewery Seven Bro7hers to turn […]

Norwegian Oil Fund prepares for £13bn pivot from fossil fuels to renewables

Around $7.5bn set to be divested from 150 oil and gas firms, with a further $7.5bn drawn out of coal companies following crucial parliamentary vote The Norwegian parliament yesterday voted to instruct the country’s trillion-dollar sovereign wealth fund to ditch more than $13bn in fossil fuel stocks, in what experts estimate may be the world’s […]

SDG8: Getting to work on a brighter future for people and planet

A decent job is one of the main aspirations for people around the world, bringing with it the promise of economic security, a sense of pride and community, and a route to a better life for oneself and one’s family. But in the age of a ‘climate emergency’, the sense of what constitutes a decent […]

Boosting India's fight against plastic pollution

India’s governments must focus on education to kickstart the country’s battle against plastic waste, argues Link Legal’s Sidhartha Srivastava Images of turtles caught in plastic bags, seals trapped in plastic rings, birds making nests with plastic straws. They’re not nice to see, but they’ve been incredibly effective at finally getting the general…

National Grid announces flurry of investments in disruptive technologies

New investments to focus on firms at the cutting-edge of energy and information technology Sound recognition, decision analytics, and AI are among the latest technologies to receive financing from National Grid, as the firm’s investment and innovation arm this week added four new companies and two new strategic fund investments to its portfolio. The investments were […]

A very public message to get serious about combatting climate change

UK industry must prepare for the radical supply chain changes deep decarbonisation will bring, argues Victoria Sinclair of ScottishPower Renewables It’s 2019 and environmental interests are having a moment. There is a surge in public interest for fighting climate change, and a socio-political movement that is getting serious about combating rising…

Net Zero Next: What happens now the UK has pledged to go net zero?

From re-writing carbon budgets to Treasury reviews into decarbonisation costs, BusinessGreen walks you through the next steps for the UK’s historic net zero strategy Yesterday, in genuinely momentous news for the UK economy, the government set the wheels in motion to upgrade the country’s legal climate targets to a net zero emissions goal for mid-century. Such […]

Net Zero Now: An overnight success, 20 years in the making

The adoption of a net zero target is a genuinely historic breakthrough that promises to define the UK’s eventual post-Brexit revival It was the US comedian Eddie Cantor who first declared that “it takes 20 years to make an overnight success”. He was talking about showbiz, but he inadvertently provided the defining motto for breakthrough […]

Climate Change Poses Major Risks to Financial Markets, Regulator Warns

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — A top financial regulator is opening a public effort to highlight the risk that climate change poses to the nation’s financial markets, setting up a clash with a president who has mocked global warming and whose administration has […]

Net Zero Taskforce to drive private sector pursuit of 2050 goal

Business in the Community announces new task force featuring top executives from Drax Group, Sky, Aston Martin, EDF Energy, the Environment Agency, and others Business in the Community has today launched a new Net Zero Taskforce to support the private sector’s transition to a zero carbon economic model. Timed to coincide with the UK government’s confirmation […]

Net Zero: Treasury to launch review of decarbonisation costs

Government will accept CCC advice to review how the remaining costs of achieving net zero emissions can be managed in a way that is fair for consumers and businesses The Treasury will launch a review exploring how the costs of delivering a net zero emissions goal should be shared across the economy, Business Secretary Greg […]

U.K. Will Cut Net Greenhouse Emissions to Zero, Theresa May Vows

LONDON — Britain would bring its net production of greenhouse gases to zero by 2050 under legislation that Prime Minister Theresa May proposed on Wednesday, a move that would make it the first of the world’s major economic powers to commit to ending its contribution to global warming. The plan does not say how the […]

Lib Dem leadership candidates back mandatory climate-related risks disclosure

Ed Davey calls for the disclosure of climate-related risks to be made mandatory, to help investors assess companies’ preparedness for the low-carbon transition Lib Dem leadership contender Ed Davey yesterday set out detailed proposals to make disclosure of climate-related risks mandatory for UK companies and investors, echoing similar calls from rival candidate Jo Swinson. Speaking at […]

Unilever reveals Sustainable Living Brands are driving three quarters of its growth

Consumer goods giant confirms its green-focused brands are growing 69 per cent faster than the rest of its business Anyone looking for an explanation of why consumer goods brands are so interested in strengthening their environmental credentials need look no further than the latest update from multinational Unilever. Speaking at the Deutsche Bank Global Consumer […]

UK river defences 'prevent £1.1bn a year in flood damage'

First ever financial study stresses need for investment in face of climate crisis Flood damage estimated at £1.1bn a year is being prevented by the UK’s network of river barriers and defences, according to research. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) says it is the first time the financial contribution of river defences has been […]

For the birds? Does our focus on carbon mean we miss wider environmental issues?

BusinessGreen Leaders Summit 2019 The BusinessGreen Leaders’ Summit will bring together some of the UK’s top green executives, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, campaigners, and politicians to explore how the pace, reach, and adoption of green business innovation can be accelerated, and the barriers to adoption overcome. Date: 23 Oct 2019 The Crystal One Siemens Brothers Way […]

In the Green Room with…Pret A Manger's Laura Gutowski

Pret’s director of strategy and sustainability talks teleportation, nuclear fusion and carbon taxes for food BusinessGreen’s In the Green Room series asks leading sustainability executives about the events, issues, and trends that have shaped their careers.   Name: Laura Gutowski   Job Title: Director…

Government releases £23m for EV battery development

Government hopes extra cash will keep the UK ‘at the forefront’ of electric car development amid bleak news for country’s auto industry The government has awarded an extra £23m in funding to help accelerate the development of electric batteries in the UK, as it battles to keep the country’s auto sector at the cutting edge […]

'The right economic choice': Government to deliver net zero emissions law

BREAKING: Days before leaving office, Theresa May moves to secure climate legacy by amending legislation to deliver historic and world-leading net zero emissions target In one of her final acts as British Prime Minister, Theresa May will tomorrow move to enshrine a net zero emissions target into UK law, setting a goal to effectively end […]

Net Zero Target: The Green Economy reacts

‘UK business stands squarely behind the government’s commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050’ The government will tomorrow lay a statutory instrument before Parliament that will amend the Climate Change Act and introduce a legally-binding net zero emission target for 2050. The move makes the UK the first G7 economy to adopt a net […]

Welsh Government backs 2050 net zero goal

Committee on Climate Change said Wales should target 95 per cent cut in emissions by 2050 – but Welsh government says it would rather go net zero The Welsh government today announced plans to back a net zero emissions target for 2050, in a bid to make history as the first UK government to go […]

Forest twice size of UK destroyed in decade for big consumer brands – report

Greenpeace estimates 50 million hectares cleared by 2020, warning companies must evolve to prevent ‘climate breakdown’ An area twice the size of the UK has been destroyed for products such as palm oil and soy over the last decade, according to analysis by Greenpeace International. In 2010, members of the Consumer Goods Forum, including some […]

Ÿnsect officially launches plans for Europe's first 'premium insect protein' factory

Pioneering French company announces it has secured €20m of EU funding to support cutting-edge FARMYNG project Plans for a new factory have officially launched in France today, with the company behind the cutting-edge project declaring the proposed site in Amiens will deliver the first “fully automated industrial facility to produce premium insect protein”. Fresh from […]

Ocado to plough £17m into vertical farming ventures

Supermarket giant plans to grow leafy greens in urban farms next to its distribution centres Online supermarket firm Ocado yesterday revealed plans to invest up to £17m in vertical farming ventures, in a bid to become a leader in the emerging agriculture industry. Vertical farming allows a variety of crops – typically leafy greens and herbs – […]

Tory leadership candidates back UK net zero target

As speculation continues over whether Theresa May will deliver a new net zero goal for the UK economy, all the candidates to replace her – bar one – publicly back new 2050 target All of the frontrunners to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister have publicly confirmed they would introduce a net zero emission target […]

'Super battery' approved for UK's largest onshore wind farm

Scottish government has approved ScottishPower’s plans to install a massive 50MW battery on the Whitelee wind farm near Glasgow The UK’s largest wind farm is set to have a ‘super battery’ installed next year, transforming the site into a major new energy storage facility for the UK.  Yesterday the Scottish government approved plans for ScottishPower’s Whitelee wind […]

We must fight for a future for our children

The children of today will live until the end of the century – they will know whether we have succeeded in the climate fight, says WWF’s Gareth Redmond-King I don’t have kids and that’s partly because I don’t think I have the temperament to cope with them. They’re fascinating and entertaining, to be sure. Nephews […]