Carbon budget

DEFINITION: The UK Government has set five-yearly carbon budgets which currently run until 2032. They restrict the amount of greenhouse gases the UK can legally emit in a five-year period. The UK’s Fifth carbon budget aims to limit the annual emissions to 57% below 1990 levels by the year 2032.

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The collaborative scheme targets a carbon-neutral region by 2038

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Miele claims that the move will boost McDonald’s annual biofuel production by one-fifth

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Evian unveils refillable device in bid to slash plastic waste

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The World Bank has argued that the study “paints a distorted picture of [its] energy sector work”

The World Bank accused of dodging 'no-coal' pledge by funnelling billions of dollars into fossil fuels

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Calls for sustainable business action mount amid school climate strikes

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£45m worth of losses were recorded in the sheep sub-sector alone during the 12-month period

Extreme weather events cost Scottish farmers £161m in 2018, WWF finds

Extreme weather events such as heatwaves and the so-called 'Beast from the East' contributed to £161m in losses for farmers across Scotland during the 2017-18 financial year, new research from WWF Scotland has found.

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Ikea's new Greenwich store receives highest BREEAM sustainability rating

Home improvement retailer Ikea's Greenwich store has achieved sustainable construction certification BREEAM's 'Outstanding' status, just over two months after it opened.

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Marston's to power rapid EV chargers with 100% renewable electricity

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Trump appointee David Malpass has said that the World Bank's climate change action plan remains a priority for the organisation

New World Bank chief confirms commitment to environment

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The world is currently around 1C warmer than in pre-industrial times, with the Arctic believed to be warming twice as fast as the global average

UK emissions linked to annual Arctic ice loss larger than four cities

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Milk & More has installed dedicated EV charging points at 25 of its distribution centres to support the electrification of its fleet

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Meeting the 86% mark would require renewables’ overall share of the energy mix to grow six times faster than current rates between 2020 and 2050

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In total, 25 organisations have now joined the Commitment, and are set to collectively electrify more than 65,000 vans within a decade

Nine fleet operators join Clean Van Commitment as ULEZ launches in London

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The first of the projects, in Donegal, Ireland, is set to be the country's first large-scale wind farm to operate without government subsidies

Amazon to support three major new wind power projects

E-commerce giant Amazon has signed a trio of agreements to support three new large-scale wind energy projects, as it strives to meet its long-term aim of sourcing 100% renewable power globally.

Shell will offset emissions generated by motorists using its services, as well as those from the extraction, refining and distribution of its fuel

Shell commits $300m to conservation and carbon offset projects

Oil giant Shell has unveiled plans to invest $300m over the next three years on conservation and carbon offset projects in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint by up to 3%.

The ULEZ replaces the T-Charge and operates alongside the Congestion Charge

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Shell is thought to be responsible for about 2% of all global carbon emissions. Pictured: Shell's Appomattox project in the Gulf of Mexico

Shell taken to court over climate impacts and alleged human rights 'violations'

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According to the UN, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from cooling are currently on track to increase by 90% by 2050

The Cool Coalition: Business giants unite in drive for low-emission cooling

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Bank of America commits $300bn to sustainable finance

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London businesses turn to cargo bikes ahead of Ultra Low Emission Zone

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Lithium-ion batteries, the technology of choice for electric vehicles, are not produced at the same scale in Europe as in other regions, particularly China

Europe risks 'second mover' status on battery tech, auditors warn

Europe could be left behind in the international battery-building race, the EU auditors have warned in a report and stressed that better storage is needed if the bloc is to hit its climate and energy targets.

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Deliveroo launches electric scooter rental scheme in London

Food delivery service Deliveroo has partnered with electric moped rental firm Elmovo to launch a zero-emission scooter hire scheme for its London-based riders.

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Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry has today (3 April) launched four smart energy systems demonstrator projects across the UK, in a bid to help towns and cities become "hubs" to spur the low-carbon transition across the electricity, heat, cooling and transport sectors.

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Pernod Ricard targets SDGs and regenerative agriculture as part of 2030 goals

Beverage giant Pernod Ricard has today (3 April) launched a new sustainability roadmap aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that commits to ambitious new targets relating to regenerative agriculture and biodiversity, recyclable packaging and a science-based carbon target.

The companies will collaboratively develop a device which combines their existing microgrid technologies. Pictured: A Rolls-Royce MTU unit

Rolls-Royce and ABB partner to develop microgrid solution for business

Rolls-Royce's Power Systems arm has secured a partnership with robotics and technology firm ABB, which will see the companies collaboratively developing a new microgrid solution for commercial and industrial applications.

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Ryanair becomes first non-coal company to rank among Europe's top ten carbon emitters

Irish airline Ryanair was the EU's ninth highest corporate carbon emitter in 2018, making it the first corporate without holdings in coal-fired power plants to ever rank within the bloc's top 10 most emitting firms.

The move builds on SC Johnson's existing portfolio of wind, solar and energy-from-waste generation

SC Johnson to power US headquarters with geothermal energy

US-based consumer goods giant SC Johnson has revealed plans to use geothermal energy for the heating and cooling of its headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin.

Ikea's 'People and Planet Positive' strategy includes a 2020 target of producing more renewable power than it uses

Ikea reveals mixed progress towards 'climate-positive' and circular economy goals

The world's largest furniture retailer has revealed that 70% of the materials used to make its products during 2018 were either renewable or recycled, as it strives to reach the 100% mark by 2030.

Participants of REBA account for 95% of all large-scale corporate renewable energy deals in the US to date

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Almost two-thirds of UK businesses yet to set emissions targets, survey reveals

Almost two-thirds (61%) of companies in the UK's private sector have not yet set a specific, numerical target for reducing their emissions, a new survey from consultancy YouGov has revealed.

Friends of the Earth says the figure of £44bn is

Report: UK oil and gas industry 'responsible for £44bn of damage each year'

The UK's oil and gas sector is causing £44bn worth of costs through environmental damage, negative social impacts and healthcare spending, a new Friends of the Earth (FotE) report has concluded.

 EU climate boss Miguel Arias Cañete previously tried to get 45% approved as official policy

EU on track for 50% emission cuts by 2030, study says

While Germany and Eastern European countries continue to oppose raising the EU's 40% emission reduction target for 2030, a new analysis insists the bloc will actually manage at least 50% cuts under a business-as-usual scenario taking into account the latest coal phase-out pledges.

The CCC’s chairman Lord Deben (L) and team leader for building and industry Jenny Hill (R)

CCC calls for stamp duty and winter fuel payment reform to help decarbonise homes

Members of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) have called on Ministers to alter the Government's fiscal policies for winter fuel allowances and stamp duty on homes, in a bid to help decarbonise the UK's housing stock.

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Target’s chairman and chief executive Brian Cornell first announced the firm's desire to set a science-based target in 2017

Target supports suppliers to set science-based emissions aims after having own goals approved

US-based retail giant Target has pledged to ensure that 80% of its suppliers set science-based emissions-reduction targets by 2023, after it was given the Science Based Targets Initiative's (SBTi) stamp of approval for its own carbon and greenhouse gas (GHG) ambitions this week.

Battery storage is now poised to play a key role in the low-carbon energy transition, BNEF has claimed

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The first chargers will be installed at select Morrisons supermarkets by the end of April 2019

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Green Party MP and co-leader Caroline Lucas presents the Decarbonisation and Economic Growth Bill

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A Private Members Bill in the House of Commons yesterday (26 March) could mark the day in history that serious discussion began on bringing a "Green New Deal" (GND) into UK legislation.

The move builds on Bloomberg's service as the UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and the co-founder of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)

Michael Bloomberg to launch decarbonisation tracker for utility firms

Businessman and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg has unveiled fresh plans to utilise his firm Bloomberg LP and its charitable arm, Bloomberg Philanthropies, to help the utility sector to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.

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Since 2000, the UK has reduced emissions by 29% while growing the economy by 34%

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The Co-op made the move to look at “different ways” of bringing products closer to shoppers

Co-op launches new online delivery service with e-bikes

Zero emissions online delivery is being launched by Co-op through a partnership scheme with e-cargobikes.com.

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Panasonic's zero-carbon factories and Ford's $850m EV plant: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

The latest episode of the sustainable business covered podcast features four exclusive interviews

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: ZEDpods, World Water Day and the 12 goals of Exeter

Episode 59 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast sees Matt, Sarah and newcomer James Evison deliver interviews discussing World Water Day, low-carbon buildings and a 12-step plan to improve health and sustainability in the city of Exeter.

More than £2.5m each has been offered for clean bus tech to the top bidding local authorities

Fresh £25m round of clean bus funding for local authorities

New funding from Government has been offered to 14 local authorities as part of the Clean Bus Technology Fund.

The Centre will formally start on 1st May 2019

Cardiff University chosen for £5m climate change research centre

Cardiff University will act as the location for a new £5m research centre that will connect industries, governments and charities to tackle climate change.

The facility has been closed for more than a year, with regeneration set to cost $7.4m AUD

Old Toyota manufacturing plant set to re-open as hydrogen 'hub'

A decommissioned manufacturing plant, previously used by Toyota to make combustion engine vehicles, is set to re-open as a hydrogen production and fuelling facility, the carmaker has confirmed.