From green bonds to solar roads: France's low-carbon revolution is taking shape
History was made in France a little over a year ago when national delegates from across the world agreed on a landmark climate deal. With the Paris Agreement now ratified, the host nation is introducing a plethora of fresh green legislation aimed at transforming the way it interacts with the environment.
UK coal-powered electricity projected to fall by record amount
The amount of electricity generated from UK coal power stations is on track to fall by two-thirds this year, a decline which analysts said was so steep and fast it was unprecedented globally.
Quarter of global emissions could be covered by a carbon price in 2017, says World Bank
If policymakers can embed a carbon price within "complimentary" green legislation, then climate change mitigation costs could fall by almost a third by 2030, a new report from the World Bank has found.
Coal would last 'a thousand years' in Trump's US
With polling day just one month away, presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton offered two very different glimpses into the future of US energy policy.
Baker & McKenzie becomes first law firm to join carbon price coalition
Multinational law firm Baker & McKenzie has become the first legal industry representatives to join the World Bank's Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC) in a commitment to help clients "respond innovatively to the risks - and opportunities" of an economically regulated low carbon future.
'Project blackout fear': Green economy scolds think tank research into Britain's energy mix
A new report questioning the economic value of renewable energy and phase out of coal-fired power plants has faced retaliation from green organisations for undermining the role of renewable generation in the UK's future energy mix.
From the US to the Marshall Islands: Global climate action is on the march
COP21's frantic, last-minute climate deal bookmarked a new era for global sustainability, and as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) evolve into tangible action, edie looks at six recent instances where national action is speaking louder than words.
From Exxon to Jack Black: The call for a global carbon price is gathering pace
As the Paris Agreement nears its crucial ratification stage, individuals, organisations and entire nations are beginning to ease away from fossil fuels in their energy consumption habits. Now, with COP22 in Marrakech just around the corner, the call for a carbon price is becoming hard to ignore.
Felipe Calderón: Universal carbon pricing and green bonds needed to entice investors
Former President of Mexico and chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate Felipe Calderón has called for a universal carbon pricing mechanism to promote private investment in low-carbon technologies and "get the job done" following the Paris Agreement.
UN heavyweights call for Paris ratification by end of year
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and COP21 President Ségolène Royal have all called on the world's governments to "turn aspirations into urgent implementation" by ratifying the Paris Agreement ahead of the COP22 climate talks at the end of the year.
Aggressive innovation needed as tipping point looms for cement industry
Global cement companies have been urged to innovate as a means to "future-proof" the sector, after a new report from climate change research provider CDP warned that the majority of emission reduction targets in the industry look set to expire.
Policies should push companies beyond compliance, says new Corporate Leaders Group director
EXCLUSIVE: Policymakers should foster the creative thinking shown by the private sector in order to "unleash new business models and new motivations" that will act as catalysts to allow business to evolve beyond compliance mindsets.
Sir David King: UK should shift renewable energy subsidy focus to offshore wind
The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) should concentrate its limited renewable energy subsidy budget on offshore wind, in an effort to drive down costs and increase investor demand, the UK's chief climate envoy has told edie.
EU ETS in need of 'ambitious' revamp, MEPs warn
The European Union (EU) has been urged to revamp its Emission Trading System (ETS) to allow for free allowances to be given to the industries that need them most, even though it was revealed that struggling Tata Steel has received £700m from the ETS since 2008.
Scrapping carbon price floor would 'level the playing field', manufacturers claim
EXCLUSIVE: Clearer policy amendments, including the scrapping of the carbon price floor, would prove instrumental in securing the long-term stability of Britain's energy-intensive companies, the manufacturer's organisation EEF has claimed.
Ban Ki-moon calls for doubling of clean energy investment
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for global investment into clean energy to be doubled by 2020 in order to keep global temperature increases below 2C as set out in Paris.
Christiana Figueres: The hard work starts NOW for sustainable business
One month on from the successful Paris climate summit, UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres says businesses must now act as the catalyst in a "virtuous and self-reinforcing" transition to a low-carbon global economy.
£20-a-tonne carbon tax would increase UK consumer prices by less than 1%
A modest tax of £20 per tonne of carbon emissions across the UK economy would have 'little impact' on consumer prices, a new study from London School of Economics has found.
Adidas, Puma, Aldi, Commerzbank demand EU policy overhaul after COP21
Adidas, Puma, Aldi, and Commerzbank are among more than 30 German business giants demanding an overhaul of EU climate and energy policy after Saturday's landmark deal to limit global warming at COP21.
Elon Musk says robust carbon tax would speed global clean energy transition
Elon Musk, the renowned innovator, believes the widespread introduction of a carbon price could halve the time it takes the world to transition to clean energy and make a huge difference to the impact of climate change.
New energy tax would 'hinder UK's climate targets'
The UK Treasury has been warned that the UK could fall short of climate change targets if taxes continue to based on energy consumption rather than GHG emissions.
Is the profit-over-planet business model dead?
EXCLUSIVE: The business model of the 20th century that considers the services rendered by nature to be free, available and infinite is dying.
Battle lines forming as EU holds first debate on ETS reform
France, the UK, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are backing a more targeted approach for heavy industries, at risk of closing down or relocating abroad, due to increased pressure to reduce global warming emissions.
Bonn talks: carbon price progress, climate finance failure
Business leaders have welcomed the recognition of carbon pricing within the latest draft text of the climate agreement, but concerns remain over the lack of progress on climate finance from richer nations.
81 global companies join Obama in climate pledge
Nike, McDonalds, Sony and Dell are among 81 corporations that have signed up to a new White House-sponsored pledge promising individual and collective action on climate change.
Global carbon price urgently needed, says New Climate Economy
Carbon pricing can significantly reduce emissions without harming the global economy, a new report from the influential New Climate Economy (NCE) think-tank has asserted.
Mars investigating internal carbon price
EXCLUSIVE: Global food giant Mars is considering adopting an internal price on carbon to help it prepare for future low-carbon policies.
Statoil: Carbon price should be Paris priority
EXCLUSIVE: An international price on carbon is the most efficient way of driving investment into low-carbon technologies and should be a policy priority at the Paris climate change conference in December.
What I want from Paris: 21 climate leaders on COP21 - Part one
EXCLUSIVE: In the first of a two-part feature, edie brings you the voices of sustainability professionals, politicians, businessmen and environmental activists on what they want to see from the Paris climate talks.
European Parliament votes for early carbon market reform
The European Parliament has endorsed plans to reform the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), it was announced yesterday (8 July).
Grantham Institute: Extend green subsidies to carbon capture
The UK and other EU countries should extend green subsidies, such as the Contracts for Difference scheme, to carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, an influential think-tank has claimed.
Businesses must lead by example on climate change, says Lord Stern
Business leaders, cities and young people should be placing more pressure on world leaders to create "political tipping points" for action on climate change, according to economist and academic Lord Nicholas Stern.
Oil and gas giants ask UN for global carbon price
Six of Europe's largest oil and gas companies have written to the UN asking for the establishment of an international carbon price.
Energy industry calls for new emissions targets to aid low-carbon growth
World governments must sign a clear new agreement on greenhouse gas emissions at a crunch conference in Paris this December, leaders of the world's energy industry have urged.
EU to clamp down on 'glut' of carbon permits in the ETS
EU lawmakers have agreed to fastrack a reform to the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS), to deal with the surplus of allowances in the system.
BP backs climate change transparency at AGM
An overwhelming majority of BP shareholders have backed a resolution forcing the company to be more transparent about its impact on climate change.
WWF releases five-step plan for 'truly sustainable' EU economy
Environmental group WWF has called on the EU to stop spending money trying to rejuvenate the current economy and instead reap the financial benefits of switching to a sustainable system.
Tim Yeo: Paris climate talks must allow emissions trading system to be linked
The chairman of Parliament's Energy and Climate Change Committee says a new global climate deal due to be agreed at the COP21 Paris meeting must allow for carbon trading between countries.
EU must limit carbon permits, says Corporate Leaders Group
The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) must be reformed to include a Market Stability Reserve (MSR) by 2017 at the latest, to keep the continent on track for developing a low-carbon economy.
AD will help keep the UK's lights on, says Huhne
Anaerobic digestion (AD) will help the UK to keep its lights on and provide energy security because it has the ability to supply power that can be easily switched on and off, according to former energy secretary Chris Huhne.
Australia named worst-performing industrial country on climate change
Performance index released at Lima climate talks puts Denmark in the best-performing slot, followed by Sweden and Britain.
2030 pact UK's most significant environmental deal ever - Ed Davey
A minimum 40% plunge in Europe's CO2 emissions by 2030 agreed by EU leaders last week was a "historic moment" on the road to a global climate deal, enabled by a new British relationship with Poland, the energy minister Ed Davey has told the Guardian.
Big business leads the way on carbon pricing
Major corporations are outpacing governments by preparing for a financial future with carbon pricing.
Budget 2014: Osborne caps carbon tax as part of his 'Budget for a resilient economy'
The Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed a cap on the Carbon Price Floor at £18 per ton of CO2 from 2016-2017 to the end of the decade.
Budget 2014: U-turn on Carbon Price Floor will 'muddy an already confused landscape'
The future of the Carbon Price Floor has come under the spotlight this week, with concerns that the Chancellor George Osborne may freeze the policy in today's Budget.
Manufacturers call on Osborne to boost energy efficiency
Four major industry associations have called on the Chancellor George Osborne to both address rising energy costs and support investments in industrial energy efficiency measures.
CDP: Carbon pricing now standard operating practice in business planning
Google, Walt Disney Company, Walmart and Microsoft are amongst a group of major US companies incorporating 'internal carbon prices' into their business strategies.