Climate Change Agreement

DEFINITION: A UK Government policy which provides a 90% discount for businesses within energy-intensive sectors that agree upon targets to improve their energy efficiency or reduce carbon emissions.

See also: Climate change

See also: Climate Change Act

 

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Ed Miliband named as BEIS Shadow Secretary

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The revolving credit facility has a five-year duration. Image: UPM

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According to the Ellen Macarthur Foundation, a bin lorry full of fashion is landfilled every second globally. Stock image.

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Using 33% of revenues for energy efficiency can ensure fuel-poor households are not adversely affected by carbon taxation

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The Budget sets the building block for natural and technological climate solutions, but the hard yards are ahead to reach net-zero Image: Rishi Sunak

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The strategies build towards the bloc's net-zero target for 2050

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The commitment builds on Cornwall Council's plan to reach net-zero operational emissions within a decade. Image: Royal Cornwall NHS Hospital

Cornwall becomes first NHS region to set 2030 net-zero target

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The city has cut its carbon emissions by 18% since 2012

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The assessment took into account a string of extreme weather events made worse or more likely by rising global temperatures, including the Australia bushfires (pictured) 

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Forestry growth and rapid deployment of renewables could put the UK on course for its net-zero target

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Asset managers, corporates and the public remain largely unaware of the climate risks of their investments

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The technology has delivered annual carbon savings of 8,783 tonnes of CO2e for Sainsbury’s

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Danone Waters closes in on 100% recycled plastic and carbon-neutral goals in the UK

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UK water sector targets renewables and efficiency improvements for net-zero 2030 goal

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Pictured: Residents of Birtadeurali in Nepal Image: WaterAid/ Mani Karmacharya

WaterAid: Global climate finance insufficient to 'save lives and livelihoods'

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (pictured) met with Greta Thunberg today

EU debuts climate law 'compass', Greta dismisses it as 'surrender'

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Manchester set a 2038 net-zero target in 2018

Manchester City Council spells out five-year action plan to halve emissions

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Truss's objectives paper explicitly mentions the environment 180 times - but is it ambitious enough to meet the twin challenges of the climate and nature emergencies?

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Parts of Italy - the co-host for the summit - are currently closed to all-but-essential travel over the outbreak 

Vital COP26 climate talks could be derailed by coronavirus

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Kwarteng also announced that the Government would consult on issuing tougher EPC standards for private-owner landlords

UK Government hints at RHI extension

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The strategy seeks to develop “open-source, business-relevant reference scenarios” for regulators, financial firms and businesses to test climate resilience investment

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Judges have said that the third runway could go ahead, provided it fits in with the UK’s climate commitments

Government won't appeal Heathrow expansion court decision

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All MPA members have backed the new commitments

Film and TV giants are phasing out red meat, ditch plastic bottles and save energy

Netflix, Warner Bros. and Sky are among the businesses to have received praise for taking action on environmental issues such as plastics, food waste and energy efficiency.

While many mining giants include SDG logos on their report, they fail to report on their negative environmental impacts, the report concludes. Image: Jacquie S/ Pixabay/ CC BY 2.0 

World's largest mining firms 'selectively reporting' on positive sustainability progress, report warns

Many of the world's largest mining companies are choosing to omit mentions of their negative environmental and social impacts from their annual report, highlighting and overstating positive impacts instead, a new report has warned.

Weihl launched the new venture on Saturday (22 February). Image: ClimateVoice

Facebook's former sustainability chief now helping staff pressure corporates on climate

Facebook's former sustainability director and Google's former clean energy czar Bill Weihl has launched a new venture aimed at helping staff at corporates press their employers for more ambitious climate action.

The Group’s first-ever reference to global heating signals growing economic concerns over climate change

G20 sounds alarm over climate emergency despite US objections

The G20 group of the world's wealthiest nations have agreed for the first time to collectively sound the alarm over the threat to the financial system posed by the climate emergency.

The plan will aim to protect a percentage of the Earth's land and sea

Negotiations start on global 'Paris-style' deal to avert Earth's sixth mass extinction

National governments will meet in Rome this week to discuss and reflect on a 20-point UN draft proposal to halt irreversible ecological damage, which looks set to be formally adopted in October.

Damage caused by the River Don in Sheffield, Yorkshire, which burst its banks in November due to flooding

Are businesses ignoring climate resilience on the net-zero journey?

From the flooding caused by Storm Dennis in the UK to the wildfires that have plagued Australia, the damage caused by climate change is becoming more tangible and frightfully frequent. But is the business response of pledging to deliver net-zero emissions enough?

More than three-quarters of the teens said the work of Greta Thunberg is influencing their decisions. Image: RSC

'Greta effect': One in four UK teens eyeing a green career, survey finds

A survey of more than 1,000 teenagers in the UK has found that around one-quarter (23%) are keen to pursue a career in the green economy.

In 2019, Heathrow had around 80 million passengers board flights at the airport 

Heathrow commits to becoming zero-carbon airport by mid-2030s

Heathrow Airport has announced its intention to become a zero-carbon airport by the mid-2030s, after reaching carbon-neutral status for its buildings and infrastructure today (21 February).

The FRC will consider how investors are addressing climate change under a new Stewardship Code, which will be issued from the beginning of 2021

Financial Reporting Council launches 'major' review of corporate climate reporting

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is set to launch a major review into the quality of how companies and auditors are reporting on climate change impacts and risks, including the pace at which the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework has been adopted.

The Met Office's current Cray computers (pictured) will be phased out from 2022. Image: Met Office. 

Government unveils plans for £1.2bn climate 'supercomputer'

The Government has promised to strengthen the UK's resilience to flooding and drought by investing £1.2 billion in the world's most advanced weather and climate forecaster.

The strategy also commits to a year-on-year reduction of construction waste

Sir Robert McAlpine targets net-zero emissions by 2024

Building and civil engineering company Sir Robert McAlpine has announced a new public commitment to implement carbon reduction initiatives to reach net-zero emissions in the next five years.

Of the 856 cities reporting climate data to CDP, 105 (12%) received an 'A' grade

Which UK cities are climate 'A-Listers' - and why?

CDP has this week published its Cities A List, revealing the global cities that are leading efforts to tackle climate challenges. Here, edie looks at the five UK cities to have made the cut, summarising their green plans and progress to date.

Flights could account for around 25% of the UK’s emissions by 2050

Hubbub targets stag and hen dos to lower UK flying climate impacts

Environmental charity Hubbub has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the impacts of flying, after research commissioned by the group found that almost half of all flights taken by men aged 20-45 and a third of flights from women in the same age group were for stag and hen dos.

The UN is warning that there is only a limited time left to avert the world's sixth mass extinction. Image: NPS Climate Change Response 

World leaders urged to 'step back from precipice' of ecological ruin

Humanity's ongoing destruction of nature threatens the survival of our species, a group of former foreign ministers has warned, calling on leaders to step back from "the precipice" of irreversible ecological ruin and protect nature.

As of September 2018, Bezos's net worth has stood around the $152bn mark. Image: Seattle City Council, CC BY 2.0

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos unveils $10bn climate fund

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, widely regarded as the richest man in modern history, has pledged to funnel $10bn (£7.7bn) of his personal fortune into a new fund aimed at tackling climate challenges.

Just nine months ago, analysis by the ECIU found that 16% of GDP was covered by net-zero carbon emission ambitions

Report: 49% of world's GDP covered by net-zero targets

Just under half of the world's annual GDP is now covered by nations, regions and cities that are legislating for a net-zero emissions target, a new study has revealed.

Helena Helmersson spent more than five years in H&M’s sustainability team before taking the helm as CEO

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Since 2005, Delta has reduced its absolute GHG footprint by 11% from 46 million metric tonnes to 41 million metric tonnes. Image Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines commits $1bn to become carbon neutral

US-based Delta Air Lines has committed $1bn over the next decade to mitigate emissions from its business to become carbon neutral, with the company pledging to minimise its reliance on the carbon offset market.

Each of these success stories exemplifies how businesses are ramping up ambitions and actions in all areas of sustainable development 

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Sharma has a busy 10 months ahead. Image: Gov.uk

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The Working Group, National Church Institutions and every cathedral body and Diocesan Synod will provide progress reports and updates towards the net-zero ambition every three years

Church of England commits to net-zero emissions by 2030

The Church of England will "urgently examine" what will be required to reach net-zero emissions, after a vote was passed to set the target for 2030, 15 years ahead of an initially recommended date.

Sky will target a 50% absolute reduction in emissions by 2030

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EXCLUSIVE: Sky is facing the daunting task of engaging with 11,000 companies and 24 million customers as part of its new commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030. The group's head of responsible business Fiona Ball outlines how Sky is "dissecting" this target to manage the transformation.

More than 8,000 people objected to the expansion. Image: Bristol Airport

Plan to expand Bristol airport rejected after climate protests

A scheme to expand Bristol airport has been rejected following protests that it would exacerbate the climate emergency, damage the health of local people, and harm flora and fauna.

Most of the costs will be caused by the loss of natural coastal protection services, which in turn will lead to increased flooding 

Nature loss to rock global economy by £8trn by 2050

The UK is set to take an annual economic hit of at least £16bn through the destruction of natural ecosystems, with global costs set to spiral to almost £8trn by 2050, a new WWF report has warned.

The new COP26 president will be announced this week, with Gove tipped as one of the fore-runners

Michael Gove urges 'most transparent ever COP' for Glasgow

Former Environment Secretary Michael Gove has laid out his big asks for COP26 preparations and denied rumours that he will replace former Energy Minister Claire O'Neill as the event's president during this week's cabinet reshuffle.

Green groups are critical of the project's approach to carbon reduction and biodiversity 

Can HS2 comply with the UK's net-zero target?

With Prime Minister Boris Johnson giving the green light to the £100bn HS2, edie examines whether the controversial high-speed rail project can align with the UK's net-zero emissions future.

Any waste beer produced that fails to meet the company’s quality standards will be distilled and turned into Vodka

BrewDog to upcycle and trade used cans for company equity

Craft beer firm BrewDog has unveiled a new sustainability action plan that will allow consumers to trade in beer cans for upcycling and recycling in exchange for an equity stake in the company.

The Telegraph has reported that Barclays looks set to act on shareholder calls to ditch fossil fuel investments

Reports: BlackRock and Barclays to act on climate investment calls

As reports emerge that Barclays is set to agree on shareholder calls to phase-out fossil fuel investments, BlackRock has already made strides on its stance to remove fossil fuel firms from its portfolio.

Businesses are gearing up to redefine their purpose

10 ways business leadership will evolve during a crucial decade for sustainability

Sustainability experts and thought leaders were in attendance at edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum to outline how the role of business in a society battling social and environmental crises like never before will change.