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Drax’s biomass storage domes, which hold 300,000 tonnes of compressed wood pellets between them - enough to power Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and Liverpool for more than 12 days. Photo: Drax

Britain's biomass generation carries big emissions risk, report claims

The UK's renewable energy industry has hit back at new economic analysis which finds that biomass power could be causing more carbon pollution than burning coal or natural gas, claiming it is "distorting the facts".

The motor company has agreed to pay a fine to the EPA for selling roughly 340,000 tuners that alter emission control systems beyond legal limits since 2008. Photo: Harley-Davidson

Harley-Davidson fined $15m for polluting 'super tuners'

American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson has reached a settlement with US authorities to pay $15m (£11m) and stop selling an aftermarket tuning product that exceeds national pollution limits.

According to the Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC), just under 9% of the UK’s imports arrived from China in 2013

UK's carbon footprint rises 3%, what happens next?

New figures published by Defra have revealed that the UK's carbon footprint grew by 3% between 2012 and 2013. With ambitious international and national carbon reduction targets now in place to enshrine low-carbon actions into law, is this a mere blip on the radar, or does the UK need radicalise its approach to emission goals?

When adjusted to account for EU-wide emissions trading measures reductions actually increase to more than 45%

Scotland ranks second in Western European greenhouse gas reductions

Over the last 25 years, only Sweden has achieved bigger greenhouse gas emissions reduction levels than Scotland across Western Europe, the Scottish Government revealed on Sunday (31 July).

Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, struck in 2013 and was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded

World's largest carbon producers face landmark human rights case

The world's largest oil, coal, cement and mining companies have been given 45 days to respond to a complaint that their greenhouse gas emissions have violated the human rights of millions of people living in the Phillippines.

The new Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal has tasked Interserve with constructing a modern and sustainable building in a water-scarce area

Decoupling emissions from economic growth: the Interserve success story

With a number of global reports recently highlighting that national carbon reductions are being achieved while economies are growing, one of Britain's biggest construction firms is proving that sustainability and profitability can also go hand-in-hand for businesses.

Total GHG emissions at EU level decreased by 185 million tonnes CO2-equivalent between 2013 and 2014, with Germany and the UK accounting for about 45% of the total reductions

Member states slash EU emissions by 24%

Ahead of the European Union (EU) referendum date later this week, new figures have revealed that total EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have plummeted to record lows, with the UK accounting for a significant proportion of the overall reductions.

Figures published on the Scottish Government's website also revealed that Scotland met its annual climate change targets for the first time since 2010

Scotland exceeds 'world-leading' emissions target six years early

Scotland has exceeded its 2020 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 42% six years early and confirmed plans to establish a "new and more testing" objective, new Government figures have revealed.

Streamlining can make a big difference to a truck's fuel efficiency

Truck emissions limits crucial to achieving EU climate goals, report finds

Introducing EU-wide CO2 standards for trucks would bring significant savings and place Europe on track to fulfil its Paris climate commitments to cap global warming, a new study has found.

Anti-fracking campaigners may seek a judicial review if they do not get a satisfactory response from the council

Campaigners threaten legal action over fracking decision

Campaigners have written to North Yorkshire County Council, threatening to take legal action over its decision to approve Third Energy's plans for fracking near the village of Kirby Misperton.

Coachella Valley in California - an area grappling with shrinking water supplies

Humans damaging the environment faster than it can recover, UN finds

Degradation of the world's natural resources by humans is rapidly outpacing the planet's ability to absorb the damage, meaning the rate of deterioration is increasing globally, the most comprehensive environmental study ever undertaken by the UN has found.

Many businesses are currently nowhere near even appreciating our planetary boundaries, let alone managing within them

Getting over peak delusion: Four strategies for sustainable prosperity within planetary boundaries

Our aspirations for sustainable growth and prosperity have little chance of being realised, if we don't manage within all our planetary boundaries. Mike Townsend explores how we need to get over our delusions, and find a new course for business success.

If the budget is not approved, the government will be open to legal challenge and judicial review

Tory MPs tell Cameron to accept steep cuts needed for UK's fifth carbon budget

Twenty Conservative MPs have written to the prime minister urging him to accept the steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions required by the UK's 'fifth carbon budget'.

Vegetable oils from crops such as palm, rapeseed and soy are blended with fossil diesel to create biodiesel

Biodiesel worse for the environment than fossil fuels, warn green campaigners

Instead of reducing levels of pollution, the use of biodiesel in transport will increase emissions by 4% - the same as putting an extra 12 million cars on the road in 2020 - green campaigners have said.

The SSI recently launched a new sustainability  Roadmap, setting out the key milestones and priorities that must be met in order to create a sustainable shipping industry by 2040

Shipping industry urged not to 'miss the boat' on emissions reductions

Calls for the global shipping industry to reduce its carbon emissions intensified this week as a coalition of companies from across the sector have demanded climate action from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) ahead of a forthcoming committee meeting.

The 21 countries collectively reduced CO2 emissions by slightly more than 1 billion tonnes per year between 2000 and 2014

WRI: 21 countries are reducing emissions while growing economies

The UK is listed among 21 nations that have achieved annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions while experiencing continued growth in GDP since the turn of the century, in a new report from the World Resources Institute (WRI).

British-born pilot and adventurer Jeremy Rowsell climbs on board the 'On Wings of Waste' plane to raise awareness of plastic pollution

On wings of waste: Plane fuelled by recycled plastic wins Attenborough's approval

A plan to fly across America in a plane powered by recycled plastic has been welcomed by legendary broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough as a "sign of hope in a very depressing world".

The figures for 2015 mark the first time that emissions have stalled while economic growth has increased

Early signs of climate progress as emissions stall for second year running

The battle to reduce global warming received a welcome boost today (16 March), with new data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) revealing that international energy-related emissions stalled for the second year running in 2015.

A lack of availability of skilled labour, issues over worker welfare and increased demand for transparency and regulation are among the key challenges facing the shipping industry, according to the SSI

New sustainability roadmap launched as shipping industry hits troubled waters over emissions

A coalition of businesses and NGOs including AkzoNobel, Unilever and WWF is introducing a 2040 roadmap and set of shared commitments to help the shipping industry navigate the 'significant challenges' it faces on reducing emissions.

International Civil Aviation Organisation plan of 4% fuel reduction of new aircraft starting in 2028 not enough to halt emissions, environmental groups say

Global initiative introduces first proposal to reduce airplane pollution

International Civil Aviation Organisation plan of 4% fuel reduction of new aircraft starting in 2028 not enough to halt emissions, environmental groups say

Deforestation is responsible for approximately 15% of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions

From 'zero deforestation' to lasting solutions: Beyond COP21, what is needed to save forests?

Following a spate of global zero-deforestation initiatives and commitments at last month's Paris climate conference, environmental campaigner and Forum for the Future founder Jonathon Porritt investigates the practical, sustainable solutions needed to mitigate and eliminate tropical deforestation.

The 114 companies have committed to set science based target reductions

Corporate giants adopt 'science-based' carbon targets in Paris

Some of the world's biggest brands including Coca-Cola Enterprises, General Mills, Sony and Procter & Gamble are among a new wave of 114 companies that have adopted science-based carbon reduction targets that would save almost 800 million tonnes of CO2.

CDP's initiative has seen 304 global investors come together to help tackle climate change by reducing emissions

Investor pressure helps cut corporate emissions by 641 million tonnes

Influential investors with $22trn in assets have helped reduce global corporate emissions by 641 million tonnes through collaboration with CDP's Carbon Action initiative.

Using 17 proven climate solutions from across the globe 12 gigatonnes of GHG emissions can be reduced

Report: Current climate change solutions can cut a quarter of global emissions

A new report supported by world-leading institutions has found that global emissions could be reduced by up to 25% by using already-established climate solutions that do not need to be supported by new inventions or vast amounts of capital.

Seating configuration and aircraft fuel burn explain about 80% of the variation in fuel efficiency among  airlines

British Airways ranked as least efficient major transatlantic airline

British Airway has ranked last in a new analysis of the fuel efficiency of the 20 largest airlines that fly transatlantic routes.

The meals form part of WWF's LiveWell project which aims to encourage sustainable eating habits

WWF launches line of sustainable meals

Conservation charity WWF has teamed up with facilities manager and food services provider Sodexo to launch a new range of 10 'sustainable' meals.

Branson believes that a long term goal can transform industries and create a lasting impact

Branson's B Team calls for long-term climate goals beyond Paris

An environmental coalition of 22 business leaders including Sir Richard Branson and Unilever's Paul Polman have penned an open letter ahead of the crucial Paris talks calling for an 'actionable' global commitment of 'Net-Zero by 2050'.

MEPs today called for three binding 2030 targets of at least 40% greenhouse gas emissions, at least 30% for renewables, and at least 40% for energy efficiency

MEPs fail to boost EU renewables, efficiency targets before COP21

The European Parliament's energy committee today (10 November) rejected a push by MEPs to increase the EU's 2030 climate and energy targets and to make them legally binding.

Current pledges are likely to lead to emissions of 53 to 58 GT of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2025

World only half way to meeting emissions target with current pledges

Current global efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions leave about half of the reductions needed still to be found, according to a new analysis by the UN.

The NCE said G20 countries are well positioned to benefit from high efficiency targets, given their market scale, influence on technological uptake and massive energy consumption

G20 could deliver 40% of 2C target with better energy standards, report claims

Raising and normalising energy efficiency standards across the G20 group of rich countries could deliver 40% of the emissions cuts needed to limit global warming to two degrees, a major new report has found.

Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete at today's press conference. Photo: European Commission

EU will beat 2020 emissions target but won't raise it without backing at COP21

The European Union is on track to beat its target reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 but any move to increase it from 20% to 30% will only be considered if matched by developed countries at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Sky Rainforest Rescue Jaguar and WWF Panda held a 'discovery trail' for school pupils at Alice Holt Forest in Hampshire

VIDEO: Sky raises £9m through Rainforest Rescue initiative

Sky has raised more than £9m to help keep a billion trees standing in the Amazon, thanks to a six-year partnership with WWF which concluded last week.

Jakarta cityscape in Indonesia, which is world's sixth biggest producer of greenhouse gas emissions

Indonesia to cut carbon emissions by 29% by 2030

Indonesia, one of the world's biggest carbon polluters, said it would cut greenhouse gas emissions 29% by 2030 compared to what it is currently on course for.

The biomass CHP plant in Cramlington, Northumberland, will generate 213GWh of renewable electricity annually. Photo: Estover Energy

North East set for green energy surge with two more CHP plants

Almost £300m is being invested in two new combined heat and power (CHP) plants in Northumberland and Durham.

The majority of GHG emissions from food occur before produce leaves the gate, in the growing portion of a producers supply chain

Food firms must collaborate to unearth climate risks, says CDP

Some of the world's largest food, beverage and tobacco brands are missing out on significant financial and production quality gains by failing to mitigate climate risks and reduce carbon emissions, a new report has warned.

None of the 28 energy companies responded

Shell and Gazprom among companies backing 2C limit

More than a third of the world's largest listed companies, including major fossil fuel producers, say they would support an international deal limiting global warming to 2 degrees, according to research by CDP.

General Mills made a commitment to sustainability, in 2013, to source its 10 priority ingredients from sustainable sources

Food giant General Mills announces 10-year plan to slash emissions by 28%

US food producer General Mills has announced that it aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 28% across the entirety of its value chain in the next 10 years.

ATTO is taller than the Eiffel Tower and will start collecting data on heat, water, cloud formation, carbon absorption and weather patterns

Brazil constructs climate tower in heart of Amazon to monitor climate change

Researchers in Brazil have finished constructing a 325-metre high tower that will analyse the Amazon rainforest's gas emissions, to help understand climate change.

Campaigners caller for mass mobilisation on the scale of the slavery abolition and anti-apartheid movements to trigger

Top campaigners call for mass climate action ahead of Paris conference

Desmond Tutu, Vivienne Westwood, Naomi Klein and Noam Chomsky are among a group of prolific figures who will issue a mass call to action on Thursday ahead of the UN's crunch climate change conference in Paris in December.

New ABDA figures showed that AD now provides more capacity than the Wylfa nuclear power plant in Wales

UK's AD capacity now greater than a nuclear power station

The UK's anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has surpassed the 500MW capacity milestone, with 411 plants across the farming, waste and water sectors.

A Chinese steelworks industrial building. China is the world's biggest producer and consumer of energy

China's carbon emissions from fossil fuels may be 14% lower than thought

China's carbon emissions from fossil fuels and cement production may have been overestimated by as much as 14%, according to a new analysis by scientific researchers.

APP's Aida Greenbury (centre-left) announced the peatland restoration plan at a conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, earlier today

Pulp & paper giant retires plantations to curb emissions

One of the world's largest pulp and paper manufacturers has today (13 August) pledged to immediately retire some of its commercial plantation areas in a bid to cut greenhouse gas emissions. edie editor Luke Nicholls reports from Jakarta.

Green groups have contrasted the UK's approach with Obama's ambitious announcement

Obama's clean power action contrasts with 'small-minded' UK approach

Green groups have compared US President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan with the lack of UK Government action, claiming Prime Minister David Cameron needs to do more to meet climate change targets.

Obama's Clean Power Plan will carbon emissions from power plants by almost a third

Obama launches Clean Power Plan to slash power plant emissions

President Obama is set to launch the final version of America's Clean Power Plan today (3 August) to tackle carbon emissions from power plants.

Clinton called for the US to increase its solar capacity by 700%. Photo: Marc Nozell

Hillary Clinton pledges to build half a billion solar panels in first term as US President

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has promised to build more than 500 million solar panels by the end of her first term has US President.

London businesses are woefully unprepared for the impact of climate change

London's economy facing 'great unknown' on climate risks, warns Assembly

Businesses in London are unprepared for the impacts of global warming and more than half of FTSE 100 companies have no strategy to deal with climate change.

Lord Stern's new paper says the economic case for halting climate change is stronger than ever

Lord Stern: 10 years on from the Stern Review

Ten years after the infamous Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change was commissioned, Lord Nicholas Stern has warned the risks of global warming are even greater now than ever before.

Just 19% of companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange reported on their greenhouse gas emissions

19% of Asia's blue chips disclose green performance

Companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange are slowly improving their carbon reporting measures, but the emissions of those companies are continuing to rise.

The new biomass plant in Sheffield is expected to provide over 6.5MW of power capacity

Green Investment Bank seals future of Sheffield biomass plant

Developers of a new biomass plant in Sheffield have secured £30m funding from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) and fund managers Equitix.

Globally, 90% of the excess heat caused by the rise in greenhouse gas emissions is absorbed by the oceans

Warming of oceans due to climate change is unstoppable, say US scientists

The warming of the oceans due to climate change is now unstoppable after record temperatures last year, bringing additional sea-level rise, and raising the risks of severe storms, US government climate scientists said on Thursday.

Climatarians would follow a climate-conscious diet, cutting high-carbon beef and mutton for sustainable alternatives

Climatarian: The new way to cut carbon emissions from your diet

Climate change is not normally on people's minds when they choose what to have for lunch, but a new diet is calling for people to go 'Climatarian' for their health and for the planet.

Unilever and WWF plan to fight deforestation through a new campaign to engage consumers

WWF and Unilever announce campaign to protect one million trees

WWF and Unilever have launched a one-year partnership to engage consumers in the fight against deforestation, it was announced today (7 July).

 Prince Charles has called for profound changes to how businesses are run and economies are managed

Prince Charles: rewire the global economy to stop climate change

Prince Charles has said that "profound changes" to the global economic system are needed in order to avert environmental catastrophe, in an uncompromising speech delivered in front of an audience of senior business leaders and politicians.

DECC have awarded £6m to stimulate growth in heat network innovation

DECC awards £6m to heat network innovators

Nine heat network projects from across the UK will receive a share of £6m as part of a competition run by the Government's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The researchers hope to cut greenhouse gas emissions and find better farming practices

Research farm could slash environmental impact of livestock

Researchers are trying to reverse beef's reputation as the least environmentally friendly meat with a 'model farm' established in Devon.

The study claims to be the 'missing piece' for securing future low-carbon transport

£10bn investment needed to drive low-carbon transport industry

More than £10bn will need to be invested in low-carbon transport if the UK is to meet its carbon emission reduction targets by 2050.

Amber Rudd says UK is committed to the global goal of making $100bn a year available by 2020 for developing countries

Climate aid key to Paris deal, says Amber Rudd

Climate aid to developing countries is likely to be the biggest sticking point hindering a global deal at the UN climate talks in Paris later this year, according to the UK's energy and climate secretary.

The Don't Nuke The Climate campaign, is led by the Netherland's World Information Service on Energy (WISE)

Ban nuclear from Paris talks, green groups urge

An international coalition of clean energy groups have launched a new campaign asking for the nuclear power industry to be barred from the UN climate talks in Paris.

The efforts to slim down a text of around 90 pages into what could form the basis of a new global agreement on greenhouse gas emissions failed to make significant progress

Sluggish pace mars Bonn negotiations on text for Paris climate deal

Climate change negotiators meeting in Bonn on Thursday made slow progress as two weeks of talks drew to a close, with participants and civil society groups frustrated by the sluggish pace of forging a potential agreement.

The leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US met in Germany on 7-8 June 2015. Photo: EU Council

G7 leaders make historic pledge to phase out fossil fuels

The G7 summit of economic powers has thrown its weight behind a goal to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2100 in what has been hailed as an unequivocal sign on climate action.

28 Member States of the European Union, have national targets for greenhouse gas emissions

75% of global emissions covered by national targets

Three-quarters of the world's annual emissions of greenhouse gases are now limited by national targets, according to a new study published today (1 June).

World Energy Council has called for new and ambitious thinking to meet emissions targets and energy security requirements

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.

The direct GHG emissions from Shell-operated facilities were 76 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent in 2014 - an increase of 3 million tonnes compared with 2013

Shell sustainability report: Business growth thwarts green ambitions

Royal Dutch Shell released 76 million tonnes of direct greenhouse gas emissions, used 193 million cubic metres of fresh water, and disposed of 2.2 million tonnes of waste in 2014.

The plan will require industries such as paper mills and dye and chemical plants to treat discharged water, setting high penalties for those that do not comply with the new regulations

China to clean up act on environment with water commitment

China is set to tackle its heavily-polluted water supplies by enforcing polluting industries to treat discharged water.

The US is expected to offer emissions cuts of 26% to 28% by 2025 relative to 2005 levels

US set to pledge emissions cuts of up to 28% ahead of global climate treaty

The US will pledge to cut carbon pollution by up to 28%, doubling the pace of current emissions cuts, under a global agreement on climate change to be finalised in Paris at the end of the year.

An exit from the European Union would seriously impact the UK's energy security and hamper future cleantec investment

Political consensus: EU membership crucial for UK's voice on climate change

An exit from the European Union (EU) would seriously impact the UK's energy security and hamper future cleantec investment, members of four of the main political parties have unanimously agreed.

Charted success: Five graphs that show the UK's low-carbon future is in sight

The Government has released two major reports detailing the UK's emissions figures for 2014 and where it got its' energy from. And there is reason for optimism.

he development of solar energy is complicated by the need to find space for power-generating equipment without altering the surrounding area

City-based solar is best source of clean energy, says study

Building solar systems into the infrastructure of cities could be the most efficient way to provide clean energy according to a new study by Stanford University.

Jeremy Leggett recently stepped down from Solarcentury, to focus on other campaigns in the lead up to the Paris climate talks in December

Jeremy Leggett: It's time to wake up to the fact that the war on carbon is being won

The green energy entrepreneur, environmental campaigner and founder of Solarcentury says the renewables revolution is gathering pace, and UK businesses are on the front-line.

China burnt less coal last year than expected

Global emissions stall in 2014 following slowdown in China's economy

A slowdown in China's economic growth helped the world to a pause in the upward rise in greenhouse gas emissions last year, according to data released on Friday.

Tim Yeo says people who think fracking is an environmental problem are mistaken

Shale gas should be at centre of next government's energy policy - Tim Yeo

Shale gas exploration can be environmentally sound, and should be the centrepiece of the next government's energy policy, the Conservative's most senior green-leaning MP has urged.

A 30% increase in energy prices would lower EU exports by 0.5%

Rising price of carbon would have almost no effect on EU trade, study finds

The EU could increase its carbon price tenfold without any real impact on international exports, academics have found.

The project will be the first commercial scale, Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) gasification plant to be financed by third party investors in the UK

£30m waste-to-energy investment by GIB propels sector into 'new phase'

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has made a 'landmark' £30m investment in the construction of a new £60m advanced-technology Waste to Energy (WtE) plant in Hertfordshire.

Citi's new finance commitment is part of a larger five-year sustainability scheme

Citi backs sustainability with $100bn finance commitment

Global bank Citi has announced a landmark 10-year $100bn commitment to finance activities that reduce carbon emissions, help communities adapt to climate change and directly finance sustainable infrastructure such as green housing.

Tim Yeo is chairman of the Commons energy and climate change committee

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.

UKEF allocated £1.13bn to help fossil fuel energy operations during the last parliament

UK spent 300 times more on fossil fuels than clean energy despite green pledge

The UK government has broken a key pledge to support green energy abroad over "dirty" energy projects by spending more than three hundred times as much backing fossil fuel energy compared with clean energy projects via the government's export credit agency.

Energy consumption by European Union members has fallen to its lowest level since the early 1990s

EU energy consumption at lowest level for 20 years

Energy consumption by European Union members has fallen to its lowest level since the early 1990s, but the EU is still heavily reliant on imported energy to meet its needs, the latest research shows.

London ranks as the second most sustainable city in the world, according to the Arcadis Index

UK cities dominate global sustainability index

London ranks as the world's second most sustainable city, with Manchester and Birmingham also cracking the top 20 of the Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index Report.

Coal consumption growth in China has been responsible for more than half of global CO2 emission growth in the past 10 years

End of China's coal boom in sight as consumption falls for first time

China's coal consumption fell for the first time in 2014 due to a rapid increase in renewable generation capacity, energy efficiency improvements and a shift away from heavy industry.

The new protocol is the product of a four year collaborative process.

WRI launches new GHG reporting guidance for businesses

The World Resources Institute (WRI) has launched an updated reporting guidance to help businesses keep track of their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from purchased electricity.

L'Oreal has pledged to transform its sustainability footprint by 2020

L'Oreal aims to improve environmental profile of packaging labels

Cosmetics giant L'Oreal Americas and self-adhesive label firm Avery Dennison are collaborating to identify and reduce the environmental impacts of packaging labels throughout the entire label lifecycle.

The US was on track to be the world's biggest producer of oil in 2015

Activists say Obama action on methane emissions 'misses 90% of pollution'

Barack Obama has defied a Republican Congress to move ahead on his climate agenda on Wednesday, cracking down on methane emissions from America's oil and natural gas boom.

Grassroots campaigns calling on civic leaders to endorse the initiative have been launched in 123 towns and cities across the UK

Global campaign aims to inspire British cities to choose 100% clean energy

Hope that example set by Munich, Seattle, Lima and others will prompt pledges to commit to zero emissions by 2050.

The Global 500 accounts for more than tenth of international emissions and more than a quarter of GDP

Emissions of world's largest firms continue to rise

The greenhouse gas emissions of the world's 500 largest companies increased by 3.1% from 2010 to 2013, threatening the UN-set target to keep global warming within 2C.

The Standard uses detailed criteria to address 11 key sustainability issues

Aluminium sector unveils new global sustainability standard

BMW Group and Nestlé Nespresso are among 28 organisations to have collaborated on a new standard to improve the environmental, social and governance performance of the aluminium industry.

Diageo has announced 20 new sustainability and responsibility targets for 2020

Diageo raises a glass to water efficiency with revamped CSR targets

International alcohol firm Diageo has committed to dramatically reduce its water use through a 50% improvement in water use efficiency by 2020.

The general consensus among environmental leaders is that the talks are an 'important step' towards an agreement in Paris

Lima climate talks: What was (and wasn't) agreed...

The recent UN climate talks concluded with international representatives drawing up a draft proposal which will commit all countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions. But is that enough to limit global warming?

The plan was hailed as an important first step towards a climate change deal due to be finalised in Paris next year

Lima climate change talks reach global warming agreement

International negotiators at the Lima climate change talks have agreed on a plan to fight global warming that would for the first time commit all countries to cutting their greenhouse gas emissions.

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture is focused on defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production

Corporate giants set sustainable agriculture goals

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture has announced that its member companies - including Unilever, General Mills, Kellogg's, Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble - have committed to drive sustainable agriculture in the US with six new environmental pledges.

Low-carbon investment of £11.6bn in Leeds could deliver annual emission reductions of 21.8% in 2025

From Lima to Leeds: Cities could cut emissions by 34% at no net cost, report finds

Cities across the world could bring in billions of dollars of investments that would completely pay for themselves while delivering carbon savings of up to 34% of global energy-related emissions, according to a new report.

Volvo has announced that it will renew its partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as part of the Climate Savers programme

Volvo commits to speed up progress of zero carbon transport

The Volvo Group will shift its focus to reducing CO2 emissions throughout the transport and construction sector, as well as from its own products and production.

The plant will provide power to the grid and the heat off-take will be used by Stobart's wood drying facility nearby

GIB invests in North West's largest waste wood plant

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) will provide £16.9m of mezzanine loans and a £13.2m equity investment for one of the UK's largest waste wood processing plants.

International primary energy demand is set to increase by 37% by 2040

Fossil fuel subsidies obstructing renewable energy investment, warns IEA

Fossil fuel subsidies totalled $550bn in 2013 - more than four-times those to renewables - and are holding back investment in efficiency and renewable energy.

China has promised to increase its use of energy from zero-emission sources to 20% by 2030, while the US has pledged to cut its emissions to 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025

China and US strike deal on carbon cuts in push for global climate pact

The United States and China have unveiled a secretly negotiated deal to reduce their greenhouse gas output, with China agreeing to cap emissions for the first time and the US committing to deep reductions by 2025.

CmiA cotton emits up to 40% fewer greenhouse gas emissions and saves more than 2,100 litres of water

Sustainable cotton 'saves water and reduces emissions'

Sustainable cotton cuts greenhouse gas emissions and saves water, dramatically reducing its environmental impact compared with irrigated cotton.

The two car companies allegedly sold 1.2 million cars whose design specifications did not conform to those certified to EPA

Hyundai and Kia ordered to pay $100m for breaching US Clean Air Act

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Justice has announced a settlement with carmakers Hyundai and Kia which will see them pay $100m civil penalty to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations.

The IPCC report was unveiled after a week of intense debate between scientists and government officials in Copenhagen

IPCC: Fossil fuels 'must be phased out by 2100' to limit climate change

"Science has spoken. There is no ambiguity in their message. Leaders must act. Time is not on our side."

Business Secretary Vince Cable and the GIB's chief executive Shaun Kingsbury were, of course, proud of the Bank's achievements to date

£5bn in 2 years: Green Investment Bank drives uptake in UK renewables

David Cameron has praised the positive impact of the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB), which has ploughed more than £5bn worth of investment in 37 green energy investment projects across the country since its inception two years ago.

EU climate package: Leaders agree on 40% emissions cut by 2030

The 28 leaders of the European Union have committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030, despite deep divisions among some Member States over how to produce energy.

The open letter was composed by 57 companies representing approximately 4.5m employees

EU urged to agree 'robust 2030 climate goals'

Tesco, Kingfisher and Shell are among a group of big businesses and environmental organisations that are pushing EU leaders to lay out a clear 2030 energy and climate policy framework.

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