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Under the ‘microScope’: Are net zero targets a setup for future failure or scientific success?

In its landmark Net Zero Strategy, the UK government pledged to unlock £90bn in private investment and create 440,000 green jobs by 2030 on the path to reaching net zero emissions in 2050.  But a net zero economy demands net zero…

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Big Nature Impact Fund: UK government announces COP27 funding boost for new public-private initiative

UK Environment Secretary Thérèse Coffey has today called for renewed global action to protect and enhance nature, as the government announced additional funding for a series of nature-focused initiatives. Speaking at the COP27 Climate Summit in Sharm El Sheikh, Coffey reiterated the…

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‘End the wait. Insulate’: How an ‘oven-ready, cost neutral’ efficiency plan could tackle the energy bills crisis

With a little over 24 hours to go until the government's crucial Autumn Statement, green groups have launched a last ditch attempt to convince the Treasury that a more ambitious approach to the net zero...

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G20 reaffirms commitment to Paris Agreement’s 1.5C temperature goal

Leaders of the world's biggest economies have today signalled their continued support for an ambitious outcome from the tense on-going climate negotiations at the COP27 Summit, emphasising their support for capping global warming at 1.5C, ramping up climate finance, cutting back…

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‘First of a Kind’: Government awards funding for green train innovations

Self-charging trains could soon make their way onto Britain's railways thanks to the latest round of clean tech innovation funding from the UK government. The Department for Transport (DfT) yesterday announced the results of the First of a Kind 2022 competition,…

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The ‘big how’: How business can put sustainability strategy into practice in a volatile world

In the 12 months since the energy and bustle of COP26 in Glasgow and now the expectation of COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, the case for a deep and urgent response from business to our climate crisis has grown stronger than ever.…

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G20: EU and US unveil further details of $600bn global infrastructure investment plan

The US and European Union today unveiled further details of their plan to collectively mobilise $600bn-worth of investments in "sustainable transparent and quality infrastructure" in low and middle income countries worldwide by 2027 on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in…

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‘Deficit of credibility’: Net zero targets at publicly-listed firms falling short of UN standards, report warns

Net zero targets at the world's largest publicly listed companies are largely failing to meet the new integrity standards set out by the United Nations, a new analysis has warned. The Net Zero Tracker initiative assessed thousands of climate plans against…

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COP27: UK, US, and EU lead $20bn deal to help wean Indonesia off coal power

A major multi-billion pound deal to help wean Indonesia off coal-fired generation and ensure emissions from the nation's fast-expanding power sector peak by 2030 has been announced today, brokered by a coalition of industrialised nations, including the US, Japan, and the…

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‘Greener Home Reward’: Barclays builds out green mortgage plans with £2,000 reward offer

Barclays has become the latest bank to launch a new green mortgage pilot scheme, today revealing plans to offer a reward of up to £2,000 to customers that undertake selected home energy efficiency improvements. Dubbed the Greener Home Reward, the bank…

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COP27: Alok Sharma urges ministers to defend 1.5C target as fears of backsliding build

The 1.5C temperature  goal is reportedly a key point of contention between negotiating parties at the Sharm El Sheikh Summit, with China and other large emerging markets understood to be pushing for any COP27 cover text to stick to the Paris…

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‘World first’: Zenobē to invest £750m in trio of Scottish battery projects

Zenobē has announced it has begun construction on a sweeping portfolio of utility-scale battery storage projects in Scotland that could deliver a major boost to the UK's drive to deliver a zero carbon grid. The power storage company announced this morning…

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‘Britain Remade’: New campaign launched to accelerate UK green growth

A former Number 10 advisor has today unveiled plans for a wide-ranging new campaign designed to drive UK economic growth through the development of new clean energy infrastructure, housing, and local transport networks. Sam Richards, who served as energy and climate…

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H&M, Ben & Jerry’s, and Kering join collective low carbon fibre purchase pledge

A host of global fashion brands and consumer goods retailers, including H&M, Ben & Jerry's and Stella McCartney, have today collectively committed to purchasing 550,000 tonnes of low carbon alternative fibres for textiles and packaging, in a move aimed at curbing…

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Global market for ‘nature tech’ poised to triple to $6bn by 2030

The global market for technologies designed to support nature-based climate solutions represents a "burgeoning market opportunity" that could triple to $6bn by 2030, according to fresh analysis released today. Research led by the Nature4Climate coalition of green NGOs and investment platform…

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‘Out of every crisis comes an opportunity’: China, India, and EU could outpace emissions targets, study finds

The rapid deployment of clean energy should see the world's largest emitting countries and trading blocs meet their emissions targets ahead of schedule, according to a new analysis published this morning by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU). In a…

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WMO warns economic losses from Asian extreme weather are ‘rocketing’

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has today warned that economic losses resulting from extreme weather are rocketing across the Asian continent, as glacier retreat starts to pose a growing threat to water security across large parts of the region. The UN-backed…

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Research: UK renewables curbed demand for costly fossil gas in October

The UK's growing sources of wind, solar and hydro power served to significantly curb millions of households' reliance on expensive, carbon-intensive fossil fuels last month, further underscoring the benefits of expanding clean, renewable electricity sources to tackle the ongoing energy crisis.…

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IEMA publishes Climate Change Adaptation Practitioner Guidance

The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) has today published new outlining how organisations can adapt to a changing climate, from both a strategic and practical perspective. Titled IEMA Climate Change Adaptation Practitioner Guidance, the guide aims to help the…

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COP27: Grant Shapps to announce £65m clean energy funding boost

The UK government has today announced a new £65m industrial decarbonisation funding package, as part of the international Breakthrough Agenda that was launched at last year's COP26 Summit with a mission to tackle emissions from carbon intensive industries. Business Secretary Grant…

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