Business leaders call for imminent Industrial Strategy to engage low-carbon firms
Ahead of Prime Minister Theresa May's widely-expected unveiling of the UK's Industrial Strategy blueprint next week, a coalition of European business leaders including Tesco, Kingfisher and Unilever has called upon the Government to work with innovative companies to deliver a zero-carbon economy.
Scotland sets 'climate-leading' 66% emissions reduction target for 2032
The Scottish Government has put forward new proposals to achieve a 66% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2032, after surpassing its 2020 targets six years early.
CCS left with 'uphill battle' due to Government failings, says National Audit Office
The UK Government's "ambitious, but ultimately, unsuccessful" plan develop and deploy Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) incurred costs of £100m and failed to achieve value for money, the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.
Defra outlines five-year climate action plan in national risk assessment
On the same day that the Met Office confirmed that 2016 was the hottest year since records began, the UK Government has today (18 January) highlighted the need to ramp up national efforts on climate change over the next five years in a new report of its own.
Yes we did: A complete timeline of Barack Obama's climate legacy
As Barack Obama waves goodbye to eight years in the White House, edie takes a stroll down memory lane to round-up all of the landmark pledges and announcements made by the outgoing US President who strove to leave a safer environment for future generations.
Halve European food waste by 2030, green groups urge MEPs ahead of crucial vote
Ahead of the European Parliament's (EP) landmark vote on key food waste regulations next week, a union of organisations have today (18 January) backed calls for a 50% food waste reduction across the continent by 2030.
SNP calls on UK Government to end 'shameful' renewables record
The Conservative Government's "shameful" renewable energy policy record risks threatening the UK's economic prosperity and investment opportunities in a "thriving" industry, the Scottish National Party (SNP) has warned.
Fears mount over Green Investment Bank sale as MPs warn of asset-stripping
MPs have today (11 January) raised concerns over the proposed sale of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) to private investors in a letter which urges Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Secretary Greg Clark to consider the bank's long-term role in the green economy.
Government unveils £20m funding for low-carbon freight projects
The UK Government has unveiled £20m investment for firms developing low-carbon vehicle projects as part of an overarching plan for all new cars and vans to be zero-emission by 2040.
Dear Mr Trump: We need a low-carbon USA, say 600 firms
More than 630 of America's largest companies and investors have renewed calls for President-elect Donald Trump to re-consider his climate change denial stance and support the nation's low-carbon policies.
Nick Hurd: Brexit offers the flexibility to strengthen Britain's decarbonisation commitments
Climate Change Minister Nick Hurd has insisted that Brexit will give the UK the opportunity to look at the low-carbon transition through a "prism of national interests" that could lead to significant economic growth, but only if the Government can overcome multiple "difficult challenges".
London breaches annual air pollution limits in five days
London has been handed another "shameful reminder" of its toxic air pollution levels as the capital breaches the annual legal limit within five days of 2017.
Labour launches Industrial Strategy consultation
The Labour Party has today (5 January) launched a consultation with businesses, trade unions and the public about the priorities of its proposed Industrial Strategy.
Happy New Year: Seventeen big reasons for the green economy to be excited about 2017
From new sustainability standards and ambitious green policy strategies through to major renewable energy projects and autonomous vehicle trials, we look ahead to some of the most promising trends and developments set to boost the green economy in 2017.
Can Scotland continue its climate lead in 2017?
New figures show that Scotland is leading the UK in reducing the climate impact of electricity generation, but green groups are calling for the country to go further and "blaze the trail" for global pollution-free power by instilling a national 50% renewable energy target.
New Environmental Protection Act vital post-Brexit, MPs say
MPs and green campaigners are today (4 January) calling on the UK Government to build environmental safeguards into the Great Repeal Bill during Brexit negotiations, with a fresh report proposing the introduction of a new Environmental Protection Act to maintain current standards.
What will be the big environment events in 2017?
From air pollution to Trump and wildlife extinction, we look at the major environmental issues for the year ahead.
North Yorkshire fracking approved by High Court ruling
Fracking in North Yorkshire will go ahead after a legal challenge by green campaigners was dismissed by a High Court ruling, in the same week that President Obama permanently banned new oil and gas drilling in most US-owned waters in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.
Government must prioritise lower energy costs in 2017, say manufacturers
Energy costs and changes to European Union (EU) energy policy are the biggest concerns for British manufacturers, according to new research from npower Business Solutions (nBS).
2017 presents plethora of policy opportunities for sustainability, says IEMA
The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) has outlined the five key areas of policy reformation that will shape the sustainability agenda as the UK begins its departure from the European Union (EU) in 2017.
From disruptors to Hinkley: 7 things we've learnt about Greg Clark's industrial strategy
As Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark fielded questions from the Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee, edie round-ups seven key talking points that look set to form integral roles in the highly-anticipated industrial strategy.
Solar thermal remains part of renewable heat reforms
The Government has today (14 December) set out new proposals for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). All four currently-supported technologies will remain part of the scheme.
Manufacturers call on Government to deliver low-carbon Energy Statement
The UK Government must introduce reforms which increase the uptake of low-carbon technologies to restore the "tepid" confidence in Britain's future energy security, according to the manufacturers' organisation EEF.
UK agrees to new EU air pollution laws, raising 'awkward' Brexit questions
The UK has agreed to adopt new European Union (EU) legislation on air quality, which sets stricter national limits for the emission of some of the most dangerous air pollutants.
EU decides against tinkering with flagship nature directives
After undergoing a much-criticised European Commission-helmed 'fitness check', the EU's main nature directives have been ruled fit for purpose and will not be rewritten or weakened, in a huge win for environmentalists.
Britain's green groups unite to fight for environmental protection post-Brexit
The National Trust, RSPB, WWF and Friends of the Earth are among 13 environmental organisations that have today (8 December) come together to form the Greener UK coalition.
28 days later: What we know so far about the climate impact of Trump
In the first 28 days since Donald Trump's presidential triumph in the US elections, edie investigates the initial impact of the climate change denier's victory on the global green economy.
Sadiq Khan unveils Hydrogen double-decker as London is issued high air pollution alert
Sadiq Khan has issued air quality alerts across the capital for the first time, in the same week that the London Mayor unveiled the world's first double-decker hydrogen bus.
UK firms want EU climate policy retained, says Committee on Climate Change
The Government has been presented with a "very strong message" from the private sector, calling for European Union (EU) climate legislation to be retained post-Brexit, with the promised Industrial Strategy acting as an ideal vehicle to align policies to the low-carbon agenda.
EU winter package met with mixed green business reception
As the European Commission (EC) today (30 November) unveils its energy winter package aimed at helping to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2030, edie analyses the major talking points of the document's key proposals.
'Long, loud and legal' policies crucial to supporting low-carbon transition, says Ikea chief
The growing megatrends surrounding demographical evolution, decarbonisation and digitalisation will increase the need for the private sector to inform policymakers of the types of legislation that are needed to support low-carbon growth, Ikea's chief sustainability officer Steve Howard has claimed.
How Brexit can streamline retail supply chains by harnessing the growth of Africa
Brexit can place UK retailers at the vanguard of nascent agricultural and manufacturing supply sectors in Africa, but only if the UK Government retains current tariff-free access to products from the continent.
Caroline Lucas calls for new Environmental Act to strengthen green policy post-Brexit
The UK must create a new Environmental Act, subject to legal oversight and accountability mechanisms, which replaces and strengthens environmental protections post-Brexit, Green Party Co-Leader Caroline Lucas has said.
European businesses fear 'lost decade' for renewables ahead of EU proposals
As the European Commission (EC) prepares to present its energy package for 2030 on Wednesday (30 November), a coalition of multinational businesses including BT, Philips Lighting and Kingfisher has called for more ambitious energy legislation to replace the current renewables directive.
Green Alliance: Public spending on flood strategy 'perverse'
The UK Government's "perverse" flood strategy makes four times as much money available to actions that could increase flood risk instead of preventing flooding, according to new research from Green Alliance.
Michael Liebreich: Policy alignment needed to make Britain a low-carbon leader
The UK can "truly be a leader" in the global low-carbon economy, but only if a policy alignment is introduced that allows considerations of the energy mix to also shape trade, tax and research and development (R&D) legislation, the chairman of Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has said.
Will Trump join forces with US cities to combat climate change?
As Donald Trump's climate-denying rhetoric appeared to soften this week, the Mayors of 35 US cities have vowed to accelerate efforts towards a low-carbon transition - with or without the President-elect.
Brexit must unite Britain's farming and environment policies, says FDF
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has called on the UK Government to provide "leadership" on environmental policies post-Brexit, claiming that the two 25-year plans to strengthen environment and food and farming policies should be combined alongside energy legislation.
UK has second-highest number of deaths from NO2 pollution in Europe
The UK is second only to Italy in Europe for the highest number of annual deaths from a major air pollutant, a report has found just days after a court gave UK ministers a deadline for drawing up a stronger air quality plan.
Autumn Statement 2016: The green business reaction
Did new Chancellor Philip Hammond provide a Christmas cracker of an Autumn Statement that delivered on the Government's green promises? Or was this another cold turkey that once again failed to provide the green pledges we were all hoping for? Here's the full industry reaction, as it comes in...
Autumn Statement 2016: Chancellor confirms carbon price floor freeze and low-carbon transport funding
Philip Hammond has confirmed that the UK's carbon price floor will be capped through to 2020, and announced £390m of new funding for low-carbon transport, as the Chancellor delivered his first - and last - Autumn Statement on behalf of the UK Government.
Lack of funding blamed for poor university sustainability results
A lack of Government funding to support sustainability in Britain's higher education establishments has led to a year-on-year fall in carbon emission reductions across the sector since 2013, according to new research from a student campaign network.
Autumn Statement: BEIS Committee chief calls for green policy turnaround
EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government should use this week's Autumn Statement as an opportunity to reverse a downfall in green investment attractiveness by committing to a range of low-carbon projects such as tidal lagoons, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and offshore wind.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 15 - Fresh from Marrakesh
The Carbon Trust's chief executive Tom Delay and Asia Pulp & Paper's director of sustainability Aida Greenbury are the special guests on this week's podcast episode, which reviews the the UN's two-week COP22 climate talks in Marrakesh.
New climate watchdog launches inquiry into Brexit implications
MPs have today (18 November) launched a new inquiry examining the implications of Brexit on the Britain's energy sector and its national climate change commitments.
Government long-term climate strategy should be 'business friendly', says Corporate Leaders Group
The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group (CLG), which represents European business leaders such as Tesco, Kingfisher and Unilever, has outlined the importance of "business friendly" national government long-term policy planning to deliver the vision of the Paris Agreement.
Leaked EU energy package subsidises fossil fuels, undermines renewables
The EU claims to be promoting an ambitious agenda at the Marrakesh climate conference, but its latest piece of energy legislation could subsidise new coal capacity and undermine market access for renewables.
Treasury failing to take long-term environmental costs into account, MPs say
The Treasury has been lambasted by MPs for failing to adequately factor in long-term sustainability risks into its decisions, with the carbon capture and storage (CCS) and zero-carbon homes policies specifically cited as detrimental to both the economy and investor confidence.
Green groups call for 'bold' Government action to ignite UK's low-carbon transition
The UK Government can embed a "world class" low-carbon environment that could mobilise significant investment streams, but only if current policy gaps and mixed legislative signals are addressed with "bold" action.
Industry experts call for streamlined environmental standards post-Brexit
UK trade would benefit from efficient environmental standards post-Brexit, such as the removal of staid aid requirements and an overlap of energy efficiency standards, according to experts from the chemical and manufacturing sectors.
Does Donald Trump's Presidential triumph spell the end of America's climate progress?
Donald Trump has pulled off one of the biggest electoral shocks in US history, beating Democrat Hillary Clinton to become the 45th US President. edie explores what this could mean for the country's future international leadership on climate action.
Government unveils increased support for renewables, commits to coal phase out
The UK Government has reinforced its commitment to upgrade the UK's energy infrastructure, outlining plans to provide £290m support for renewable energy projects and phase out unabated coal power generation by 2025.
UK and India to strengthen clean energy and smart cities partnership
The UK and Indian Government have confirmed a continued partnership towards strengthening clean energy, climate change and smart city initiatives post-Brexit.
Sir David King: Businesses must ensure infrastructure investment is fit for purpose
EXCLUSIVE: The UK's Special Representative for Climate Change Sir David King has stressed the "critical" importance that the private sector matches the Government's climate obligations by investing in infrastructure "fit for purpose" in the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Government can draw public towards electric cars, says Hyundai chief
EXCLUSIVE: Hyundai's UK chief executive Tony Whitehorn believes the Government can ignite a surge of public interest in electric and low-carbon vehicles by developing more infrastructure and implementing effective policy incentives that spark widespread behaviour change.
Brexit concerns mount for UK's waste and water industries
The UK's departure from the European Union (EU) could result in economic downturn and the slow degradation of environmental regulations in the waste and water industries.
COP22: Seven green business wishes for the Marrakesh climate talks
edie hears sustainability professionals, businessmen and environmental activists to round-up exactly what the green economy wants to see from the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) climate change talks in Marrakesh, Morocco.
Greenpeace calls for London diesel scrappage scheme
On the same day that environmental law firm ClientEarth won an historic air quality court battle with the Government, a new report supported by Greenpeace has called for urgent action to phase out diesel vehicles from London's roads to ensure air pollution is brought down to safe levels.
ClientEarth wins air pollution case against UK Government in High Court
Environmental law firm ClientEarth has today (2 November) won its High Court case against the UK Government over the failure of ministers to tackle illegal air quality levels across the country.
MPs call for 'radical' flood defence overhaul to protect businesses
MPs are urging the Government to overhaul its flood protection system to help reduce the long-term flood risks for UK businesses and communities.
Public support for renewables rises as nuclear and fracking falls
Public backing for nuclear energy and fracking has fallen in recent months while support for clean energy continues to surge, according to the latest opinion tracker from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Green groups call for clarity and certainty on Defra's 25-year plan
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) must build a robust framework of domestic legislation in order to ensure adequate protection of Britain's natural environment post-Brexit.
Solar industry 'left in limbo' over delays to RHI decision
The Solar Trade Association (STA) and the Energy Saving Trust are among a group of 21 organisations that have penned a letter to the minister of state for energy and intellectual property Baroness Neville-Rolfe, calling on her to retain solar thermal within the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
Government unveils charging plans to put EVs in driving seat
The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced plans to increase the convenience and availability of electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints, as part of an overarching ambition to make nearly all new cars and vans zero-emission by 2040.
Britain's renewable attractiveness at all-time low
The UK has fallen to an all-time low in EY's table of the world's most attractive renewable energy markets due to Brexit uncertainty, the demise of DECC, and the approval of the Hinkley Point C power station.
Leadsom admits uncertainty over post-Brexit environmental laws
Andrea Leadsom has confirmed that the majority of European Union (EU) environmental legislation will be transferred across into UK law in the immediate aftermath of Brexit, but uncertainty looms for around a third of green regulations which the Defra Sectretary admitted "won't be easy to transpose".
'Climate-wrecking' Heathrow Airport expansion approved by Government
The long-anticipated expansion of London's Heathrow Airport has been approved by Government ministers - a decision that has been lambasted by green groups and environmental campaigners for its potential impact on Britain's air quality and emissions.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 13 - Britain's great green policy progressives
London Mayor Sadiq Khan and ClientEarth chief executive James Thornton are the special guests on this week's podcast episode which investigates London's ongoing air quality crisis, the Government's green policy priorities, and the role of business in delivering a low-carbon economy.
Treasury blocked air quality plans in favour of 'absolute minimum' measures
The Treasury blocked plans to bring UK air pollution within legal limits as part of an "entire approach driven by cost", the High Court heard yesterday (18 October) in a retrial over illegal air levels.
BEIS aims to rollout emissions reduction plan in February
The permanent secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Alex Chisholm revealed that he expects an emissions reduction plan to be published by the end of February 2017.
Final call: MPs urge UK to 'get a move on' with energy storage and demand response
In its last report before being disbanded, the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) has urged the UK Government to incentivise innovative energy storage and demand response technologies that could provide a clean, flexible and secure energy system fit for the future.
Brexit, Paris and low-carbon heat: 10 green policy messages for the UK Government
As the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) releases three new reports on the UK meeting its climate commitments, edie rounds up the key green policy calls made by the Committee surrounding low-carbon heat, Brexit and the Paris Agreement.
Climate watchdog calls for 'concrete green policy action' amidst Paris Agreement and Brexit
Britain's green policies must be preserved or strengthened post-Brexit and a credible new strategy on low-carbon heat must be delivered as soon as possible, but it is still too early for the Government to adopt stricter targets for tackling climate change in line with the soon-to-be-ratified Paris Agreement, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said.
ClientEarth: UK in breach of law over 'dangerously neglected' Climate Change Act
The UK Government must "revive" the Climate Change Act or face the "real risk" of missing future carbon budgets, environmental law firm ClientEarth has claimed.
UK loses top 10 spot in global energy ranking for the first time
The UK has fallen out of the top 10 of a respected international league table of countries' energy sectors for the first time.
Sadiq Khan: I want business on-board to ignite London's green revolution
EXCLUSIVE: Businesses are front and centre of Sadiq Khan's ambitious plans to create "the greenest city in the world", the London Mayor told edie today (10 October) as he unveiled detailed proposals to improve the capital's air quality.
REA calls for energy policy reform to unlock storage megashift
The UK has "multiple gigawatts" of energy storage capacity that is proposed or in the development pipeline, but this will fail to come to fruition without a joined-up and more supportive policy structure from Government, the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has claimed.
Clive Lewis appointed as shadow business and energy secretary
Clive Lewis has been appointed as Labour's new shadow business and energy secretary as part of Jeremy Corbyn's first reshuffle since being re-elected as party leader.
Fracking in UK given go-ahead as Lancashire council rejection overturned
Communities secretary, Sajid Javid has overturned Lancashire county council's rejection of a fracking site, paving the way for shale company Cuadrilla to drill in the county next year and drawing outrage from local groups, environmentalists and politicians.
The devil's in the detail as Tories and Labour outline low-carbon strategies
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Secretary Greg Clark addressed the Conservative Party Conference on Monday (4 October) with a promise to "upgrade" the UK's clean energy system, but a distinct lack of specific green policy pledges contrasted with the raft of legislation proposals made at last week's corresponding Labour Party Conference.
'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.
New research outlines economic windfall opportunity for post-Brexit farming
A new sustainable land management model that could direct millions of pounds towards farming methods that reduce flooding, restore wildlife and enhance clean water has been proposed by the National Trust and the Green Alliance.
Climate chief: UK must not use Brexit to water down environment laws
The UK must not water down its environmental laws as it leaves the European Union, one of the government's most senior advisers on climate change has warned.
Energy policy cannot be dependent on any single project, says UK climate watchdog
Energy policy is about more than just Hinkley and "cannot be dependent on any single project", the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has warned.
Keep EU environmental legislation post-Brexit, urge manufacturers
Manufacturers want to see EU environmental legislation transposed to a post-Brexit Britain, but also recognise an opportunity to cut 'red tape' and explore a simpler, more UK-specific approach to green policy.
Ed Davey: Irresponsible Tories betting the nation on gas and nuclear
Former Energy Secretary Ed Davey has accused the current Government of playing "fast and loose" with the UK's long-term energy security by prioritising gas and nuclear investment over support for low-carbon and renewable energy sources.
Treasury hits back on green policy record
The Treasury has responded to claims that previous energy policy decisions have produced long-term uncertainty among investors, with ministerial officials insisting the department remains committed to sustainable economic growth and meeting the UK's legally-binding carbon targets.
Hinkley Point: Green economy reacts as Government approves nuclear power deal
The Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset has today (15 September) been given the go-ahead by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, ending months of speculation and dividing opinion among Britain's industry groups and environmentalists.
Why Scotland's leading emissions drive needs renovating
A new report from the Climate Change Committee (CCC) has revealed that Scotland is the exemplar Home Nation in regards to emission reductions, but with a major shift to the energy mix now integrated, the country may need to turn to other areas to keep pace with reduction targets.
Global cost-effectiveness of renewables revealed amid fears over domestic energy security
New analysis has highlighted the need for policymakers and investors to exploit the global cost-effectiveness of renewable power generation, as the Renewable Energy Association (REA) casts a doubt over the UK Government's willingness to prioritise energy security in post-Brexit negotiations.
BEIS needs to 'completely re-think' strategy for heating
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy needs to "completely re-think" its strategy for the decarbonisation of heating, Policy Exchange has warned.
UK climate targets at risk unless 'immediate action' taken to develop CCS
The UK Government must take "immediate action" to boost the development of the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology in order to reduce the cost of meeting Britain's climate change obligations by up to £5bn each year, according to a report by the Parliamentary Advisory Group.
Biodiversity in the spotlight as reports highlight need for infrastructure advances
An international collaboration of top biologists has found that vital improvements must be made to forecast the global impact of climate change on plants and wildlife, as a separate report outlines how a planning framework is necessary for the UK to reverse biodiversity loss by 2020.
Enabling policies needed to accelerate Northern green economy, says Aldersgate Group
A comprehensive emission reduction plan and policy frameworks that enable the uptake of low-carbon projects are necessary to "champion investment" in the North, a new report from environmental coalition The Aldersgate Group has claimed.
Defra and BEIS planning delays increase fears over Brexit impact on green policy
Resource Minister Theresa Coffey has confirmed the postponement of Defra's 25-year environment plan until 2017, in the same week that Energy Minister Nick Hurd revealed that the Government may also delay the release of a plan on the UK's carbon reduction targets until next year.
Heat and transport: UK will miss low-carbon targets 'without major improvements'
The UK will miss crucial 2020 renewable heat and transport targets and significantly damage its global reputation as a climate leader unless "major policy improvements" are rapidly enforced, a major new report from the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) has concluded.
National Flood Resilience Review: Government recruits business leaders to design new defences
Defra is looking to take a cross-sector approach to protecting critical infrastructure through closer collaboration between water, telecoms and power companies, as the Government releases its much-anticipated National Flood Resilience Review.
Business leaders call for 'green growth narrative' to support climate action
Green business leaders from a range of industries have unanimously called for a narrative of "green growth" to be adopted by policymakers and the private sector alike, in an effort to ramp up climate finance and accelerate the shift towards a global low-carbon economy.
Jeremy Corbyn's energy manifesto: 'wishful thinking' or a welcome change from 'incompatible' climate commitments?
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has unveiled his Party's energy and environment manifesto that aims to accelerate renewables generation, ban fracking and end fossil fuel reliance. But would a Labour Government really strengthen EU-driven policies or instead become a naive and short-sighted regime?
Nick Hurd: Paris Agreement ratification must be matched by business-driven domestic policy
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Minister of State has confirmed that the UK will ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change "as soon as possible", but insisted that the treaty must be replicated by a resilient domestic low-carbon energy policy developed in collaboration with the business sector.