Climate change

DEFINITION: A long-term shift in global weather patterns or average temperatures. Scientific research shows that, compared with climate change patterns throughout Earth’s history, the rate of temperature rise the Industrial Revolution is extremely high. Rising temperatures can lead to extreme weather such as droughts, sea level rises and retreating glaciers.

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The roundtable was chaired by Business in the Community’s environmental director Gudrun Cartwright and included 16 other sustainability and climate leaders

Climate leadership roundtable: Are we on the right track for a net-zero economy?

The UK Government's recent move to legislate for net-zero emissions by 2050 has been widely welcomed across the green economy - but how should businesses respond? edie recently convened a group of sustainability leaders from an array of industry sectors to discuss exactly that.

TCFD uses scenario analysis to map company performance against various global warming trajectories

Can TCFD recommendations communicate a business response to the 'climate emergency'?

Against a backdrop of Extinction Rebellion protests and declarations of a "climate emergency", businesses will need to articulate their role in combatting climate change. Could the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures' (TCFD) recommendations create the ideal framework to do so?

SDG Spotlight: How businesses can achieve Goal 13 – Climate Action

This brand-new edie report maps out exactly how the business community can collectively achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 – Climate Action – within the next decade.

Pictured: Goldsmiths' new warden Professor Frances Corner (L) speaking to allotment coordinator and senior lecturer for fine arts Dr Ros Gray (R) 

Goldsmiths bans beef burgers as it declares 'Climate Emergency'

Goldsmiths, University of London, has become the latest UK university to officially declare a 'Climate Emergency', unveiling a string of new sustainability measures to be taken for the new academic year.

UK Resources & Waste Strategy: A blueprint for business leadership

This edie insight guide provides sustainability and environmental professionals with a detailed breakdown of all of the key elements of the UK Government's Resources and Waste Strategy, and what they mean for business.

The Scottish Events campus where the UN's COP26 climate conference will be held, should the UK and Italy win their join bid to host the two-week talks

Glasgow lined up to host COP26 climate change summit

Glasgow is set to host the COP26 climate change summit next year, should the UK win the bid to host the international event, the Government has said.

Humans use around 72% of the world’s ice-free land surface, the IPCC concluded 

IPCC: Shift in land use crucial to avert climate emergency

The systemic ways in which global businesses are using land is a "major contributor" to climate change and must be radically transformed if the aims of the Paris Agreement to be met.

17 countries including India, home to 1.3 billion people, are identified as having ‘extremely high’ water stress

Extreme water stress affects a quarter of the world's population, say experts

A quarter of the world's population across 17 countries are living in regions of extremely high water stress, a measure of the level of competition over water resources, a new report has revealed.

The report concludes that getting the same amount of mobility from gasoline as from new renewables in tandem with EVs over the next 25 years would cost 6.2 to seven times more

Report: Economics of petrol and diesel in 'irreversible decline'

Oil production costs must fall to $10-20 per barrel for petrol and diesel to compete effectively against renewable power in the transport sector, a new report has claimed.

edie spoke to ITV's senior manager of Social Purpose Julia Giannini. Image: ITV

More than TV: Can ITV place climate change at the core of its business purpose?

EXCLUSIVE: Following 18 months of radical internal transformation, edie asks how media company ITV is ready to revitalise years of strong CSR work to make environmental stewardship, health and wellbeing and societal change the core purpose of its business model.

The survey was carried out in late July 

In numbers: What behaviours will Brits happily change to champion sustainability?

A new survey of more than 2,000 adults in the UK has shed new light on the actions they are - and aren't - willing to take to help reduce their environmental footprints. Here, edie rounds up the key findings.

The Aldersgate Group has been engaging with Government over net-zero for more than a year

Business leaders put pressure on Boris Johnson over next net-zero steps

Members of the Aldersgate Group have today (1 August) jointly sent a green policy manifesto to new Prime Minister Boris Johnson, outlining the next steps they'd like him to take on bolstering the UK's 2050 net-zero target.

Emerging economies will pose challenges around consumerism, but can also benefit from cheaper clean technologies 

From climate change to urbanisation: BlackRock's five megatrends that will disrupt society

A new report from BlackRock has found that climate change, resource scarcity and growing consumerism will create disruptive structural shifts across industries as a "confluence of global megatrends" begin to clash.

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Johnson's green credentials and London Climate Action Week: Top 10 sustainability stories of July 2019

As July comes to a close, we take a look back at a month packed full of sustainability and energy news. This round up includes Boris Johnson's green credentials, what his cabinet reshuffle means for sustainable business, and Paul Polman's new venture.

The current production techniques within the sector are already close to their efficiency limits, meaning radical innovation and new business models are required

Climate change to shock steel sector profitability, report warns

The global steel sector is facing a vicious cocktail of climate impacts that could see water scarcity, global warming and an increased carbon price place more than 10% of the sector's economic value at risk, according to a new report from CDP.

Shalit (pictured) turned pages of data into one poster and then an online database. Image: ClimateView

Swedish lessons: Can data management enable the UK to deliver a net-zero economy?

The UK's net-zero climate target has been widely welcomed, but is currently lacking some actual points of delivery. Fortunately, Sweden's own net-zero target can teach politicians some interesting lessons, including how big data and digitisation can mobilise action plans.

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Available to watch on demand: edie's Earth Overshoot webinar

edie's latest webinar, which took place Monday 29 July and will saw sustainability experts from Tesco, AB Sugar and the Global Footprint Network discuss how business can champion the circular economy to push back Earth Overshoot Day - the day that humanity uses up all of the planet's natural resources for the year - is available to watch on demand.

The current trend means that humanity is consuming the resources of 1.7 Earths in a year

Earth Overshoot Day: Planet's yearly resource 'budget' already spent

Humanity has today (29 July) used up its annual allowance of natural resources for 2019, sparking calls for businesses and citizens to re-examine approaches to consumption and consumerism.

Johnson was criticised for only mentioning battery technology in his speech outside No. 10

Boris Johnson insists climate change at the 'absolute core' of Government

Boris Johnson pledged to place tackling climate change at the "absolute core" of the Government's actions during his first appearance in the House of Commons as Prime Minister.

Image: Campaign Against Climate Change

Survey: Most Brits more concerned about climate change than Brexit

More than seven in ten UK residents believe that tackling climate change is a more pressing issue for the nation than delivering Brexit, a new survey has found.

(L-R) Theresa Villiers now heads up Defra, while Andrea Leadsom leads BEIS

BEIS and Defra's new look: What we know about Leadsom and Villiers' views on the environment

And breathe. In what has been the biggest political reshuffle since the 1960s, Andrea Leadsom has been appointed Business Secretary at BEIS, while Theresa Villiers has become Defra's new Environment Secretary. So, how well do the pair match up with their respective briefs?

Theresa Villiers appears to be an advocate for climate action, strong environmental policies and low-carbon initiatives. Photo: Nikki Powell [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

Cabinet reshuffle: Theresa Villiers replaces Michael Gove as Environment Secretary

Theresa Villiers last night (24 July) returned to Government by taking over from Michael Gove as UK Environment Secretary, as part of a radical change of cabinet from new Prime Minister Boris Johnson.  

(L-R): Andrea Leadsom replaces Greg Clark at BEIS, while Claire Perry has become President of the UK's COP26 climate conference

Cabinet reshuffle: Andrea Leadsom replaces Greg Clark as Business Secretary, Claire Perry becomes COP26 President

Former Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom last night (24 July) replaced Greg Clark as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), while Energy Minister Claire Perry has relinquished her role and has been named President of the UK's COP26 climate talks.

These six challenges should be the key focus for the new Prime Minister

Six huge challenges Boris Johnson must tackle, according to the green economy

With Boris Johnson winning the race to become the new Prime Minister, edie has reached out to the green economy experts to create a six-pillar wishlist that could drive the UK's climate aspiration to unprecedented heights.

A spokesperson for the council said the move would widely be regarded as a “reasonable compromise”

Scottish school climate strikers limited to one day off for protests annually

The City of Edinburgh Council has brought in new measures to prevent schoolchildren from taking more than one day out of lessons per academic year for climate strikes.

MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip Boris Johnson: our next Prime Minister? (Image: Wikipedia/Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The next Prime Minister: Exploring Boris Johnson's enigmatic views on the environment

Boris Johnson, the MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, has been announced as the new Prime Minister on Wednesday afternoon (24 July). But what are his views on climate change, the environment, and sustainability?

Coal-fired power plant in South Africa

UK's overseas energy aid spending on fossil fuels spirals to £4.6bn

Over the last seven years, the UK has spent 60% of its overseas support for energy investment in developing countries on fossil fuels, with more than £4.6bn spent on climate-wrecking projects.

Almost 600 companies have committed to climate action through the SBTi

Business giants commit to delivering net-zero strategies

More than 20 companies, including Telefonica, Vodafone and Unilever, with a total market capitalisation of more than $1.2trn have committed to setting science-based targets aligned to 1.5C reductions and net-zero emissions for 2050.

The publication of the study comes in the same week that Extinction Rebellion has kick-started its summer wave of protests 

Survey: Business failing to keep pace with public pressure for climate action

The UK public does not believe that big businesses are acting rapidly enough to mitigate or help society adapt to the 'Climate Emergency', a new survey has concluded.

UN General Assembly in New York

UN launches Green Finance Platform to improve banks and business interactions

The UN's Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) has launched two new platforms to improve the dialogue and actions between the finance sector and businesses in order to accelerate the growth of green finance.

The Environment Secretary will also use today’s speech to build on the swelling notion of addressing the climate emergency Image: Chatham House

Michael Gove backs comprehensive 'all-in' deposit return system for plastics

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has publicly backed a deposit return system for plastic containers, irrespective of size, while also warning that time is running out to avert the climate emergency.

For Burberry, 1.5C was the intended target from the outset

How Burberry joined the business elite in setting a 1.5C science-based target

EXCLUSIVE: As Burberry became the latest corporate to set a science-based target aligned to the Paris Agreement's most ambitious pathway, the company's vice president of corporate responsibility outlined how the goal was set, and what happens next.

Aftermath Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique and Zimbabwe

UK Government provides £250m climate aid package for Africa

The UK Government has announced its largest single direct climate investment in Africa, after pledging to provide a £250m aid package to help the continent improve climate resilience.

 Image: Julia Hawkins, flickr

Extinction Rebellion protests block traffic in five UK cities

Extinction Rebellion has carried out protests in five UK cities, marking the start of what it describes as a "summer uprising".

Manchester City Council set its net-zero target in December 2018, following a feasibility study by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

Manchester declares 'Climate Emergency' as Leeds bolsters net-zero preparations

Manchester City Council has become the latest local authority to formally declare a 'Climate Emergency', placing it among a coalition of more than 100 others across the UK and Ireland.

The international shipping industry is currently responsible for about 2.5% of global CO2 emissions

UK launches Clean Maritime Strategy to spur net-zero ambitions

The UK Government has announced a new maritime strategy, calling for all new vessels to be designed with zero-emissions capable technologies by 2025.

GRI and CDP believe that better engagement with the private sectors will create a new mindset for businesses to explore their own climate targets

Report: Nations must engage with private sector to achieve Paris Agreement

A new whitepaper from GRI and CDP has outlined the importance of increasing private sector engagement in meeting national climate change commitments made under the Paris Agreement.

More than 80  individuals including Solitaire Townsend and Ed Gillespie, will refuse to work on fossil fuel briefs, no matter the agency they are with

'Thanks XR': PR agencies agree to disclose 'climate conflicts'

More than 80 individual 'creatives' and 40 PR agencies have responded to a call from Extinction Rebellion by promising to disclose "climate conflicts" and income generated from working with high-carbon organisations, with some outright refusing to work with the fossil fuel industry.

From transport to the built environment, its clear that policy efforts to date have made the net-zero target nothing more than "warm words" 

Green economy wishlist: How to turn the net-zero pipedream into a low-carbon pipeline

With the latest Committee on Climate Change (CCC) progress report revealing that no UK sector has showcased "good progress" to managing climate risk, the green economy has unanimously called for a net-zero philosophy to steer the nation towards its climate targets.

Sir David Attenborough was questioned by MPs in front of a large audience

Sir David Attenborough: 'Radical' battle against climate change can be a 'huge opportunity'

Sir David Attenborough has welcomed that the UK's net-zero carbon emissions target, noting that any nation that can "get ahead of the game" on the climate movement can generate huge economic and societal opportunities, provided "radical change" is introduced.

The index was launched today (8 July) by London Stock Exchange Group subsidiary FTSE Russell

'World's first' climate-based government bond index launched in London

Global index and analytics giant FTSE Russell has launched a new bond index which weights products on how prepared their respective governments are to mitigate and adapt to climate impacts.

The campaign was launched after new research estimated that a worldwide planting programme could remove up to 66% of manmade emissions in a bid to mitigate the climate crisis

MPs urge Government to address 'ecological crisis'

After research revealed that tree planting was the biggest and cheapest way to mitigate climate change, a new cross-party campaign had called on the UK Government to combat the "ecological crises" in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

More than 9,000 companies and investors with more than $4trn in assets have pledged their support to the SDGs

Paul Polman co-founds Imagine venture to drive corporate action towards SDGs

Ex-Unilever chief executive Paul Polman has launched a new global initiative aimed at combatting poverty and climate change as part of efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Carbon prices in the EU currently stand at about €27 per tonne. Image: Greenpeace EU

Official EU petition calls for minimum carbon price

The European Commission has registered an official petition that calls on the EU executive to set up a minimum carbon price, "discourage the consumption of fossil fuels" and keep global warming to below 1.5C.

The EAC is due to assess the government's own internal ambitions to be net-zero across all departments

Environmental Audit Committee to quiz government on net-zero targets

A fresh inquiry into the government's net-zero carbon emissions targets will be undertaken by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC).

Hundreds of climate-related events took place across London 

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: The London Climate Action Week relay

Episode 67 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast sees the edie team travel to numerous events during London Climate Action Week, securing exclusive interviews with the Green Finance Institute, Microsoft, the Green Alliance and more.

The move is being made by International Development Secretary Rory Stewart, who fears he may not retain his post once a new Prime Minister is selected

UK to put climate crisis and environment at the heart of overseas aid

The UK will have an "ethical" development policy that puts the climate emergency and environmental protection at the heart of overseas aid, with more than £190m to be spent directly on climate-related issues in the first initiative, the Government has announced.

Thomas noted that businesses needed to get better at providing relevant data to investors. Image: GFI

What does the Green Finance Strategy mean for business?

Following the launch of the UK Government's Green Finance Strategy, the chief executive of the Green Finance Institute has outlined how climate disclosure, policy signals and a robust business case for sustainability will transform how corporates engage with the finance community.

Dr Lee noted the need for more robust carbon pricing. Image: IPCC

IPCC chair: Global transition to net-zero 'not a burden' to the economy

The chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Dr Hoesung Lee, has dismissed fears from investors and nations that reaching net-zero emissions will place too much strain on the global economy.

The film acts as a rallying call for business

Our Planet: WWF film calls on business to combat environmental degradation

A new short film, inspired by the Our Planet Netflix series, has been published by WWF, calling on the business community to recognise the link between environmental degradation and business prosperity in order to drive change at scale.

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Five key considerations for businesses attempting to reach net-zero emissions

Last week saw edie host a webinar on the UK's 2050 net zero carbon ambitions. Here are five key takeaways from the live question and answer event, which featured Skanska, Nottingham City Council, Business in the Community, and sponsor Ørsted.

The strategy includes expectations for publicly listed companies and asset owners to disclose climate risk and impact data by 2022

UK unveils Green Finance Strategy to drive progress towards net-zero goal

The UK Government has unveiled its highly anticipated Green Finance Strategy, outlining how the finance sector and better climate disclosure from corporates can drive progress towards wider action on climate change and the push towards net-zero emissions.

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The group would propose a vote on setting up the “common sense” committee at the first sitting of the new Parliament next week

EU leftists demand 'climate emergency' Parliament committee

The European Parliament's leftist group (GUE/NGL) has proposed setting up a special climate emergency parliamentary committee to shift the spotlight on to green issues even more over the next five years.

The goals were announced in April, but have since been approved by the SBTi

Co-op to halve emissions with 1.5C science-based target

The Co-op has joined a select group of business leaders committed to aligning emissions reduction strategies with the highest ambition of the Paris Agreement, after pledging to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.

This weekly round-up details how businesses are ramping up their ambitions and actions across all areas of sustainable development 

Co-op's 1.5C target and India's 500GW renewables goal: 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.

Click on each link to read the stories in full

Net-zero laws and Hugh's War on Plastics: Top 10 sustainability stories of June 2019

As June 2019 comes to a sweltering close, edie rounds up some of the most-read sustainability stories and standout pieces of content from the past 30 days - from net-zero laws to a new war on plastics.

Aerial view of Bonn

UN climate talks end amid major questioning of landmark 1.5C IPCC report

Climate negotiations ended in Bonn, Germany, Thursday (27 June), with Saudi Arabia questioning the scientific value of the UN's 1.5 °C global warming report. No agreement has been reached on the carbon mechanisms enshrined in Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

The webinar will take a live Q&A format, with the audience able to submit question in advance and during the session itself

AVAILABLE ON DEMAND: edie's climate emergency Q&A webinar

edie brought together energy and climate experts from Nottingham City Council, Skanska, Business in the Community (BITC) and Ørsted for a live Q&A-style webinar about the UK's climate emergency and net-zero carbon targets.

Energy and Clean Growth Minister Chris Skidmore passing the bill into law

It's official: UK sets net-zero target into law

The UK has made history by officially enshrining a net-zero emissions target for 2050 into UK law, after MPs unanimously supported the decision.

From 2pm today (26 June) alarm clocks and mobile alarms will be set off to send a message to MPs that they need to “wake up”

The Time is Now: Climate campaigners lobby for change outside Parliament

Thousands of campaigners across the UK are marching towards Parliament in a bid to urge MPs and the Government to strengthen commitments to tackling climate change, just days after the House of Commons approved draft recommendations for a national net-zero target.

Last year, Glastonbury Festival announced an "enormous project" to create a site-wide ban on plastic water bottles for 2019

Glastonbury 2019: Waste management key priority for majority of festival attendees

As Glastonbury opens today (26 June), a new survey has shown that sustainability and waste management is a key priority for festival goers this year.

Both companies announced new climate goals next week

Puma sets science-based target while Nike envisions carbon neutrality

Sportswear giant Puma has set a new science-based target to reduce emissions by 35% by 2030, while fellow sports brand Nike has joined the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

The new ECIU analysis shows that at least 34 companies with annual income above $1bn have set net-zero emissions targets

Report: Net-zero targets now cover one-sixth of global economy

Almost a sixth of the entire global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is now covered by net zero carbon emissions targets, according to a report.

Chapter Zero is in discussion with other FTSE chairs about becoming involved in the initiative

Chapter Zero: New executive-level forum launched to place climate change in the boardroom

A new collaborative initiative has been launched to help board executives better recognise and take action on "one of the biggest challenges" facing business today, climate change.

Burberry has already achieved carbon neutral status across the Americas region, EMEIA retail stores and its UK operations Image: Mparweo/Wikipedia

Burberry to reduce emissions by 95% through approved 1.5C science-based target

Luxury fashion giant Burberry has joined just a handful of companies in setting a science-based target aligned to the 1.5C trajectory of the Paris Agreement, after committing to reducing its operational emissions by 95% by 2022.

It is the first in a series of speeches by the shadow chancellor

Private sector must be forced to invest in 'green revolution', says Labour

Labour will back measures deterring investment in fossil fuels as part of a new drive to stop the financial sector from funding global heating, John McDonnell will reveal this week.

The framework was a key discussion point at Bloomberg's Sustainable Business Summit in London this week 

New EU framework to help firms measure and disclose climate risks and impacts

The European Commission has published a new framework aimed at helping corporates and investors to calculate and disclose their climate-related risks and impacts, in a bid to help accelerate financial support for the low-carbon transition.

 All EU member states have pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40%, get 32% of energy from renewables and boost energy efficiency by 32.5%

UK climate plan unclear, European Commission claims

A British government climate action plan is "unclear" and lacks key details about how the UK will reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next 12 years, the European commission has said.

The signatories claim that technological innovation will enable a “relentless pursuit of improvements in fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions”

Aerospace giants back technology to provide 'relentless' aviation decarbonisation

The chief technology officers of seven major aerospace manufacturers have released a joint statement outlining how the firms are committed to sharing best practice to decarbonise the sector as it approaches its "third era" of electrification and digitalisation.

The survey was carried out on 4 June 

Survey: Majority of Brits want 'urgent' policy action on climate change

The vast majority of the British public would like to see politicians take more "urgent action" to tackle climate challenges and mass biodiversity loss, a new survey has found.

Battersea Power Station: The UK's heat, power and construction sectors are at risk from the net-zero transition

UK sectors face system shocks during net-zero transition

The road to net-zero emissions in the UK will create system shocks and disruption that will hit organisations across the electricity, heat, transport and construction industries the hardest, according to new research published by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC).

The partnership will form part of a wider strategic partnership focusing on climate change

UK looks set to host COP26 in partnership with Italy

The UK has formally proposed its intention to host next year's international COP climate conference as part of a partnership with Italy that will see the latter host a pre-COP event.

It is estimated that the number of flights at Heathrow Airport will increase from 480,000 currently to 760,000 each year by 2026

Heathrow's third runway 'masterplan' at odds with national net-zero aim, campaigners warn

Plans to re-route the M25, divert rivers and reposition car parks and buildings as part of the masterplan for Heathrow Airport's third runway approval have been described as "climate-wrecking" by concerned politicians and green groups.

Switzerland topped the league table for sustainable business. Pictured: Schweizer Zucker's Aarberg sugar factory 

KPMG: European firms leading global drive for sustainable business

European business majors have been ranked among the most ambitious when it comes to tackling climate challenges - and the most prepared for adapting to the risks global warming poses - in a new report by KPMG.

Henry initially began his career in hospitality management before joining BaxterStorey's four-strong sustainability team

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2019: Henry Cawson, BaxterStorey

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Next up: Henry Cawson, sustainability manager at BaxterStorey.

The company’s “inclusive capitalism” business model is described growing while creating positive value for all its key stakeholders, such as  “understanding the needs of low-income consumers in emerging markets” and providing relevant solutions

How 'inclusive capitalism' can create prosperity for people, planet and profits for Firmenich

EXCLUSIVE: Fragrance & flavour company Firmenich is using an "inclusive capitalism" business model to deliver benefits for profits, the planet and people in a way that is causing others to "rally" behind the concept of sustainability.

The announcement follows months of climate protests by students and groups such as Extinction Rebellion - but what happens next? 

The UK Government's net-zero commitment: What happens next?

A statutory instrument to amend the Climate Change Act of 2008 to account for a net-zero target by 2050 will be laid in Parliament today (12 June), marking a first among the G7 nations. But what, exactly, happens next?

The Climate Change Act will now be amended to account for net-zero emissions by 2050

Prime Minister agrees legally binding net-zero emissions target for 2050

In one of her last acts as Prime Minister, Theresa May has confirmed that Parliament will implement the recommendations of the Committee on Climate Change, creating a legally binding net-zero carbon target for 2050.

Two-thirds of the world’s energy demand increase was due to higher demand in China

Energy industry's carbon emissions rise at fastest rate in nearly a decade

Carbon emissions from the global energy industry rose at the fastest rate in almost a decade in 2018 after surprise swings in global temperatures stoked extra demand for fossil fuels.

Research suggests that 3.6m hectares of tropical forest were cleared in 2018 – equivalent to the size of Belgium

European food industry driving deforestation and climate change, report says

The European food industry's inability to source commodities that are sustainability produced is fuelling deforestation and driving climate change, according to new data.

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SDG Spotlight report: What is the role of business in creating clean energy for all?

edie has launched its latest SDG Spotlight report, looking at how businesses can transform operations, services, supply chains and strategies to help achieve the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs), with the latest focusing on Goal 7: Clean Energy.

The strategy was launched by MPs Steve Double (centre) and Geraint Davies (left)

Plastic pollution and global heating: Cross-party MPs unveil new strategy for ocean conservation

A coalition of MPs hailing from across the political spectrum have launched a new strategy detailing key policy actions they will take to champion ocean conservation, shortly after the Government's Marine Strategy was branded a "spectacular failure" by green groups.

The CCC's advice on legislating for net-zero by 2050, requested by the Government after the IPCC report last autumn, was published on 2 May

Parliament to debate bill committing UK to net-zero by 2050

A bill which would commit the UK Government to reducing national carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050 will be put to Parliament next Tuesday (11 June), the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) committee has confirmed today (7 June)

The new report notes that almost 800 organisations have expressed support for the recommendations

Climate-related financial disclosures 'still insufficient for investors', says TCFD

Efforts to disclose climate-related data aligned to the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD's) recommendations have increased by more than 50%, but concerns remain that companies aren't providing enough information to inform the investor community.

The budget proposals were unveiled on Wednesday (5 June)

Climate becomes top priority in EU's 2020 budget

The European Commission proposed on Wednesday (5 June) a budget worth €168.3bn for the bloc in 2020, aimed at promoting a more competitive European economy and solidarity and security in the EU. This is the last budget under the 2014-2020 fiscal period and put climate change at the top of the agenda.

For some, the SDGs have proved to be “better measures of success” than financial returns alone

The Global Goals: Can the 'long-term North Star' guide businesses to value creation?

At edie Live, experts from the private and public sectors discussed business progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Here, edie explores whether there's still time left for sustainability and energy professionals to harness the Global Goals to truly transform business, for good.

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Emergency response: edie's next webinar focuses on the push towards net-zero

edie is set to empower businesses to respond to the climate emergency by hosting a bespoke Q&A webinar that will explore how corporates can transition towards net-zero and respond to growing consumer concerns on climate change.

The company has an approved science-based target to reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 100% by 2030, compared to 2015 levels

Unilever boss calls for business push on net-zero emissions

Unilever's new chief executive Alan Jope has written to trade associations and business groups that the consumer goods giant is a member of, asking for clarity on whether they believe a transition to net-zero emissions by 2050 is essential.

Readings from Hawaii observatory bring the threshold of 450ppm closer sooner than had been anticipated (stock photo)

Latest greenhouse gas emissions data shows steep rises in CO2 for seventh year

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased by the second highest annual rise in the past six decades, according to new data.

SDG Spotlight: How businesses can achieve Goal 7 - Clean and affordable energy

This edie report, sponsored by Centrica Business Solutions, sets out exactly how the business community can collectively achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, within the next decade.

According to the REA, technologies such as modern biomass boilers, biofuels and anaerobic digestion can create an affordable means to provide instant carbon reductions

Bioenergy a 'no regrets solution' to reaching net-zero, report says

Increasing the deployment of bioenergy renewable sources by more than 10% would enable the UK to affordably meet future carbon budgets while also overcoming an "impending nuclear gap", a new report from the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has found.

Around one-quarter of the potential losses were attributed to stranded assets

CDP: Climate risks could cost corporates $1trn, with biggest losses before 2025

A group of 215 of the largest companies in the world risk collectively losing up to $1trn to climate impacts, with most of this risk set to hit within the next five years, new research from CDP has found.

Carbon Credentials joins the small number of SMEs worldwide to have set a science-based target

Carbon Credentials to cut Scope 3 emissions through approved science-based target

Energy and carbon management company Carbon Credentials is ready to walk the walk on climate goals, after having new targets to reduce Scope 3 value chain emissions approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Bristol City Council has recorded a 71% reduction in carbon emissions from its direct activities against a 2005 baseline

Bristol City Council turns to blockchain to incentivise behaviour change

Bristol City Council is seeking to spur progress towards an ambition to create a carbon-neutral city by 2030 by teaming with a Manchester-based energy technology firm to incentivise employees to act more sustainably through a blockchain-enabled platform.

Francesca Osowska warned of abandoned rural areas

'Radical action by 2030' needed to tackle Scotland's climate challenges

The head of Scotland's nature conservation agency has warned the country faces an "apocalyse" of flooded towns, dead forests and polluted rivers unless urgent action is taken to cut CO2 emissions.

Agnes set up Auto Trader’s first sustainability meeting in October 2017, joining edie's 30 Under 30 list less than two years later

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2019: Agnes Altmets, Auto Trader

This brand-new editorial series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. First up: Agnes Altmets, digital analyst at online car marketplace Auto Trader.

More than 500 businesses across the world have publicly committed to set greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in line with climate science through the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)

NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND: edie's Scope 3 emissions webinar with Multiplex, CDP and Carbon Credentials

Sustainability and energy professionals looking to gain key insights on tackling Scope 3 emissions as part of the science-based targets process can tune into a free one-hour webinar featuring Multiplex Construction Europe, CDP and Carbon Credentials, on-demand.

Talking sustainability leadership with Gudrun Cartwright, Steve Kenzie and Rosanna Cole

edie's Mission Possible sofa chat show returns for 2019. In this episode, edie discusses what it means to be a sustainability leader with Business in the Community's environment director Gudrun Cartwright, N Global Compact's UK network director Steve Kenzie and supply chain expert Rosanna Cole.

DFID currently has a £1.1bn annual budget for foreign climate initiatives

UK 'to double' aid support for climate challenges in developing nations

The UK's International Development Secretary Rory Stewart has revealed plans to double the amount of foreign aid spent on climate-related projects to over the next five years.