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Global wildlife populations have halved over the past 40 years, while significant economic gains have been made by businesses through the explotiation of the natural environment

Businesses remain unaware of natural capital impact, warns WWF

EXCLUSIVE: The majority of businesses are critically failing to address the impact of their operations on the world's depleting stock of natural resources, according to WWF-UK's director of advocacy.

The GAA brings together growers and producers, traders, agri-service providers, agri-tech suppliers, and a variety of other specialists to create a diverse and informed forum

New agri-business alliance formed to help deliver SDGs

A coalition of 36 leading agri-businesses have joined forces to launch the Global Agri-business Alliance (GAA), aiming to tackle environmental and social challenges affecting agricultural supply chains and rural communities worldwide.

The Mersey Gateway Project sparked the need for further research on the environmental impact of large infrastructure projects

AECOM partners with University of Salford to fund sustainable infrastructure research

Environmental consultancy firm AECOM and the University of Salford have struck up a new partnership that aims to improve understanding of how major infrastructure programmes interact with the environment.

UK businesses that fail to adequately plan for continuity of their timber resource could be left exposed with fewer commercial options, WWF says

Prepare for a global 'timber supply crunch', WWF warns UK retailers

"Urgent action" is needed from British businesses to invest in more sustainable timber sourcing practices, as highly-sourced areas suffer from a dangerous shortage of resources, a new report commissioned by the WWF has warned.

More than 40 of the world's biggest companies included Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical Company Hugo Boss, Kering and Nestlé were allowed access to an initial draft of the Protocol

Natural Capital Protocol launch 'heralds a new era' for green business

The Natural Capital Protocol has been launched today (13 July) to offer businesses a standardised framework to identify, measure, and value impacts and dependencies on natural assets, raw materials and natural infrastructure.

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.

Defra – which operates on a £2bn budget – will be scrutinised on its ability to deliver initiatives that cover air quality, rural proofing, flooding and animal welfare

Defra set for '5 years of scrutiny' as MPs raise concerns over environment policy

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) looks set to enter a "five-year period of scrutiny" after MPs this week raised concerns over the Department's ability to deliver on key flood protection, air pollution and animal welfare strategies.

The NCC will give advice on the state of England’s natural capital to the Economic Affairs Cabinet Committee

Defra strengthens natural capital commitment with Committee reform

Defra has strengthened its efforts to improve England's natural capital by reforming a six-member strong Natural Capital Committee (NCC) which will spearhead the implementation of the Department's 25-year environmental plan.

The current decline of the UK’s natural environment has led to 80% of its peatlands damaged and soil degradation costing an estimated £1.4bn a year

Green Alliance: Alignment of natural capital and conservation needed to halt decline of UK nature

The warring factions of natural capital and traditional nature conservation should work together to create a hybrid method to controlling the decline of nature in the UK, according to a new report from environmental think tank Green Alliance.

Natural Capital refers to resources that provide goods and services essential to a functional society and economy

Natural capital: the next generation of CSR?

With the World Forum on Natural Capital taking place this week, AECOM's Petrina Rowcroft explores how leading figures in the field are helping to shape the emerging dialogue around how we can better account for the value of natural capital.

Up to 20 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the world's oceans each year

Biodegradable plastics not a 'quick fix' for marine litter

The increased use of products labelled 'biodegradable' will not significantly decrease the volume of harmful plastics entering the ocean, a new UN report has concluded.

Peatlands cover around 10% of the UK and store more than 20 times the amount of carbon as all the country's forests

Peatland protection code could cut UK emissions by 200 million tonnes

A new Government-backed code to protect and restore the UK's peatlands could reportedly cut national CO2 emissions by 200 million tonnes by 2050.

Chris Harrop, Trevor Hutchings and Nigel Stansfield speaking at the SLF

Businesses urged to deliver 'net-positive' sustainability plans

Businesses have been urged to push for 'net-positive' in order to bridge the gap between a 'probable future' deprived of natural assets and a 'preferred future' where companies can prosper as sustainable leaders.

“Rather than living off our capital we should be living off our interest,” Hutchings said

Nature calls: Why business needs to take natural capital into account

Businesses are "sawing off the branch on which they stand" by failing to account for the natural capital impacts of their operations, a senior member of WWF-UK has said.

Natural Capital refers to resources that provide goods and services essential to a functional society and economy, such as water, timber and food

Britain must prioritise and invest in natural capital, says Aldersgate Group

A major new report released today (17 November) calls on the UK Government to support businesses investing in natural capital by improving policy integration to reduce costs and promote growth.

Liz Truss said Britain should follow the US and quantify the benefits it gets from nature

Britain's forests, soil and rivers worth £1.6tn, says environment secretary

Britain's forests, soil and rivers are worth at least £1.6tn and should be quantified in the same way as the country's man-made infrastructure, environment secretary Liz Truss has said

Natural capital refers to the elements of the natural environment that provide valuable goods and functions

Blue chips begin live testing natural capital processes

More than 40 of the world's biggest businesses have been given access to the new draft of a new Protocol which enables business to effectively gauge environmental impacts and develop natural capital business models.

Natural capital refers to the elements of the natural environment that provide valuable goods and functions such as clean air, clean water, food and recreation

UK firms ignoring £7bn of natural capital benefits

Businesses and landowners could be missing out on a £7bn windfall by ignoring the natural capital potential of their land, according to new analysis by infrastructure services firm Aecom.

Kering's flagship Puma store in London. Photo: Manuel Schlüter

Kering: Monetising environmental impacts helped secure our future

EXCLUSIVE: Putting an economic value on the whole range of a company's environmental impacts is the best way to get business executives to understand sustainability issues, according to luxury goods and sporstwear firm Kering.

The UNEP found major financial institutions have few policies in place to counter deforestation

Majority of banks fail to encourage sustainable forestry, UN finds

The majority of financial institutions do not have policies requiring clients to comply with forestry regulations, according to a study by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) revealed today (29 July).

Green Alliance wants to ensure short-term economic growth isn't at the expense of nature

Nestle & National Trust jump aboard Green Alliance nature crusade

Environmental think tank Green Alliance has partnered with Nestlé and the National Trust for the launch of two new projects which aim to address the UK Government's "failures" surrounding the decline of the nation's natural environment.

The Joint Links group is protesting the EU's 'fitness check' of its Birds and Habitats Directives, which could diminish natural capital protections

Campaigners fight 'biggest threat to European biodiversity in a generation'

One hundred voluntary organisations across the UK have united to protest what they are terming the 'single biggest threat to UK and European nature and biodiversity in a generation'.

93% of respondents want sustainability to be put above party politics

Measure UK prosperity in natural capital, say IEMA members

A measure of natural capital should be used alongside GDP to measure the overall 'prosperity' of the UK, according to 92% of sustainability professionals.

Natural capital refers to the elements of the natural environment that provide valuable goods and functions such as clean air, clean water, food and recreation

Nature & Wellbeing Act needed to protect dwindling natural capital

The UK's current rate of loss of biodiversity and natural capital is reaching a crisis point and "significant new effort" will be needed by the incoming government to ensure the delivery of much-needed national infrastructure.

Edie explains: Natural capital

It's vital to business operations, yet is ignored on the balance sheet of the vast majority of companies. In the latest edie explains, we find out what natural capital really means, and what your business should be doing about it.

The EIB and European Commission are joining forces to launch two financial initiatives with a €715m investment

EIB launches initiatives to support European climate and biodiversity challenges

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Commission have joined forces to launch two financial initiatives with a €715m investment to encourage private sector involvement in schemes that reduce energy use and conserve natural capital.

Like the fiscal deficit, successive governments have allowed a large natural capital debt to build up, argues the NCC

Natural capital: Urgent action needed from next Government, report finds

England's 'natural capital' is in long-term decline and must be addressed immediately, according to the third and final State of Natural Capital report from the Natural Capital Committee (NCC).

Global natural capital standard for business moves step closer

A valuation framework for natural capital is being developed to enable businesses to gauge their environmental impacts more effectively and build a financial case for sustainability.

It is estimated that more than 160,000 tonnes of flexible laminate packaging enters the UK marketplace each year

Tesco, Nestlé and Coca-Cola to test recycling options for 'challenging' materials

A consortium involving Tesco UK, Nestlé UK & Ireland and Coca-Cola Enterprises has won government funding to undertake research into cost-effective collection and reprocessing methods for hard-to-recycle packaging materials.

The total natural capital cost of plastic in the consumer goods industry is estimated to be more than US$75bn a year

Businesses urged to consider plastic footprint as concerns grow over marine ecosystems

Businesses could significantly enhance their sustainability credentials by improving the way they measure, manage and report the amount of plastic they use in their operations and across the supply chain.

The majority of energy managers consider funding to be the greatest barrier to initiating energy-saving programmes

Greater Expectations: Rethinking investment towards a sustainable future

Progress towards a green and sustainable economy is way too slow and our perspectives on investment will need to undergo a radical shift if we are to give our businesses the right conditions in which they can deliver a truly prosperous future, says Michael Townsend.

The report urges businesses to be more proactive in tackling natural capital issues

Finance officers urged to make business case for natural capital

Chief finance officers are being urged to look beyond short-term corporate reporting and start accounting for natural capital in their balance sheets.

Earthshine's Michael Townsend says businesses need to prepare to take on the 'de-growth' challenge

Growth - the real elephant in the room?

EXCLUSIVE Is the pursuit of continuous growth the single biggest issue for our businesses and our economies? Will the circular economy provide the silver bullet, or do we need to go further? Michael Townsend investigates.

Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik (pictured):

EU approves more than €280m for new environment and climate projects

The European Commission has today approved €282.6m (£232m) funding for 225 new projects under the LIFE+ programme, the European Union's environment fund.

The UN says ecosystem services from tropical forests is estimated at an average of $6,120 per hectare each year.

UN report: Investment in forest conservation will accelerate sustainable growth

Sustainable economic growth can be accelerated by investing $30bn per year in tropical forest conservation, according to a new UN report.

Natural Capital - the missing piece of the economic jigsaw

There is a growing realisation among some businesses and policy makers that economics has failed to take account of a third form of capital, natural capital, says Claire Wansbury and Rupert Haines.

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