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.

The report calls for more powers for local authorities on green buildings and the use of council and business rates to meet clean growth objectives

Report: Local areas to miss net-zero goals without Government support

Government needs to incentivise and support local funding and devolved powers in order to move the UK's local areas to a net-zero carbon economy, a new report has claimed.

In the UK, a Green New Deal was first put forward by the Green Party, calling for a 50% cut in emissions within a decade

Mayors Khan and Street call for Green New Deal to empower regions on climate action

London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Conservative Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, have called on the UK Government to introduce a Green New Deal that devolves power to enable regions to create a fair and just transition to a net-zero economy.

According to the ONS, China was accountable as the biggest source of imported emissions, representing 82 million tonnes in 2015

Territorial emissions: ONS data shows 35-year difference in UK peak emissions

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has found that the UK's emissions peaked in 2007, rather than 1972, if territorial emissions from imports abroad were taken into account.

The new rail line and wood pellet loading bay with sawmill residues in view at Drax LaSalle BioEnergy. Image Drax

Drax launches sustainable biomass strategy

Drax has outlined how it will use the latest science and best practice to ensure that biomass use is sustainably sourced and not linked to deforestation, with the UK Governments former chief scientific adviser Sir John Beddington confirmed as chair of a new Independent Advisory Board (IAB).

Airlines UK believes that sustainable aviation fuels can cut carbon emissions by 30% by 2050

UK airline industry calls on Government to spur sector to net-zero

The industry body for UK airlines believes that a renewed partnership with the Government can help the sector achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, as long as investment opportunities into green technologies are created.

Between 2018 and 2025, Volvo Cars will reduce its lifecycle carbon footprint by 40%

Volvo Cars to become carbon-neutral by 2040

Volvo Cars has announced plans to become a carbon-neutral company by 2040, with short-term targets in place to slash emissions by 40% and generate 50% of its global sales from electric vehicles (EVs).

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson to chair Government climate change sub-committee

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been revealed as the chair for a new Cabinet committee on climate change that will drive progress towards net-zero across all areas of Government.

The publisher has not yet outlined how it will get to net-zero. Image: GMG

Hold the front page: The Guardian targets net-zero by 2030

Guardian Media Group - the publishing house behind titles including The Guardian and The Observer - has pledged to become a net-zero business by 2030.

Registration is now open for the forum, which takes place 4 -5 February 

Igniting a decade of business transformation: Sustainability Leaders Forum 2020 line-up revealed

Experts, disruptors and innovators from companies including Unilever, LEGO and Firmenich have been confirmed for the star-studded line up of edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum - the UK's only dedicated sustainability event that combines strategic insight with practical outputs for business.

The Government has unveiled how it plans to leave the environment in a better state 

Deposit return schemes and biodiversity net-gain: Raft of new policies unveiled in Environment Bill

The UK Government has launched its new governance system on issues covering clean air, waste management and plastics pollution, natural capital approaches and water stewardship, in the form of the long-awaited Environment Bill. 

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WATCH: Al Gore on disruptive politics, Green New Deals and climate strikes

During a 30-minute keynote speech at the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen, former vice president Al Gore gave a rousing speech on the climate crisis and global efforts to transition to a net-zero economy. Here, edie rounds up the key points of his speech for you to watch.

Darroch was speaking at a WWF Where the World Turns event to discuss the role of business in combatting climate change

'We're up for it': Sky exploring its role in net-zero future

Sky's chief executive Jeremy Darroch has claimed that the company is "figuring out" how it can help push the UK to net-zero emissions before the 2050 deadline.

According to the World Health Organization, nine in 10 citizens around the world breathe dirty air, with seven people dying prematurely due to health problems linked to air pollution

London joins global cities on 'race to the top' for clean air

The mayors of 35 cities, including London, Los Angeles and Milan, have signed a new declaration to tackle the dangers of air pollution and the climate crisis by pledging to improve air quality through measures that go above and beyond existing national commitments.

For cities, food is one of the largest sources of greenhouse related to consumption

Fourteen mayors sign declaration to promote sustainable food policies in their cities

Fourteen cities announced on Thursday (10 October) that they would pay particular attention to the sustainable and healthy food supply in their cities in the future. This way, they aim to save 60% of the carbon emissions in the food sector.

The Global Green New Deal was launched at the C40 Cities summit in Copenhagen

Bloomberg and mayors call for Global Green New Deal to 'marry economy and ecology'

The Mayors of cities including Los Angeles, Copenhagen and Paris have issued a rallying call for the adoption of a Global Green New Deal that recognises the threat of the climate emergency and strives to transition to a low-carbon future through a fair and just transition.

Dublin is one of the first European cities to use the EIE platform

Google's city emissions tool expands into Europe

Google's online emissions dataset tool to help city planners build policies to lower emissions has launched across Europe today, with Dublin, Krakow, Birmingham, and the greater metropolitan area of Manchester set to use it to assist with planning developments.

Globally, around 800 firms have publicly given their support to the TCFD recommendations - but this doesn't necessarily result in full disclosure

Aldersgate Group: UK must make TCFD reporting mandatory to reach net-zero

The UK will not meet its 2050 net-zero goal unless corporates and investors are legally mandated to report on their climate risks and the actions they are taking to mitigate them, the Aldersgate Group has warned.

Carney (pictured) launched the TCFD in 2015 with Michael Bloomberg. Image: Bank of England

'Draw up climate rules or have them imposed', Bank of England tells corporates

The governor of the Bank of England has warned major corporations that they have two years to agree rules for reporting climate risks before global regulators devise their own and make them compulsory.

The facility could become operational in October 2023. Image: Drax

'Risking a carbon budget blowout': UK Government gives go-ahead to Drax gas plant

The UK Government is "risking a carbon budget blowout" by overruling a recommendation from its planning authority in order to give the green light to Drax's large-scale gas power plant, which had been refused on climate grounds.

Photo by Nora Lorek for National Geographic

P&G to donate 500,000 litres of clean water across the globe

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has launched a new campaign to donate up to half a million litres of clean water to in-need communities around the world, and is encouraging UK citizens to take part by watching and sharing a new docuseries.

Los Angeles is one of the cities to have reached peak emissions

C40: 30 cities have reached peak emissions

Thirty of the world's largest cities, including London, New York and Copenhagen, have now reached a peak in their greenhouse gas emissions, according to new analysis which has examined the climate actions of cities aiming to curb emissions by 2020.

The energy will be supplied by TEC’s current and future energy partners, namely EDF Energy, Norwegian energy giant Statkraft and renewables supplier Squeaky Clean Energy

UK universities ink £50m renewables deal

A group of 20 UK universities has agreed a £50m deal to purchase renewable energy over a 10-year period through the Energy Consortium (TEC).

The blueprint is due for publication in 2020. Image: KLM

KLM partners with Microsoft to create sustainable aviation 'blueprint'

Dutch airline KLM and tech giant Microsoft have partnered to develop a 'blueprint' outlining how the aviation sector can decarbonise in line with the Paris Agreement.

Shell's corporate membership deal will not be renewed upon its expiry in June 2020. Image: the National Theatre

National Theatre to end Shell membership deal amid climate protests

The National Theatre has announced plans to end its corporate membership deal with Shell last year, following climate protests calling on arts and culture bodies to cut ties with fossil fuel firms.

More than four in ten species have experienced population decline since 1970, including puffins (pictured). Image: the National Trust 

Green Party declares 'nature emergency'

The Green Party has built on its declaration of a 'climate emergency' by declaring a 'nature emergency' in response to biodiversity decline.

Wadia (second from left) spoke alongside former US Energy Secretary Steven Chu (far left), the European Investment Bank's vice president Ambroise Fayolle and The Florence School of Regulation’s director Jean-Michel Glachant. Image: InnoEnergy

Ex-Nike sustainability lead: Business climate activism can sway policy

Amid the growing climate movement among citizens, brands can now use changing consumer demands as a foundation to shape green policy, Nike's former vice-president of sustainable business and innovation Cyrus Wadia has claimed.

Total will be able to reduce the overall cost of the integration process. Image: Total

Total signs cleantech deal to produce hydrogen at refineries

French energy giant Total has signed a cooperation agreement with the Sunfire cleantech company to integrate capture waste heat and CO2 at a German refinery to create synthetic methanol and hydrogen to be used to reduce energy and transport emissions.

The report notes that investor pressure played a key role in net-zero commitments from corporates including Nestlé, ArcelorMittal, Centrica and Thyssenkrupp

Investor pressure slowly pushing firms to set net-zero targets

An investor group overseeing more than $35trn in assets has seen positive responses from corporates on calls to cut net emissions to zero by 2050, despite the group's first progress report finding that just 9% of the companies it has focused on have set targets aligned with a 2C warming.

Image: EcoAct 

Half of UK businesses 'targeting carbon neutrality by 2030'

A survey of 502 UK businesses has found that almost half are aiming to be carbon-neutral by 2030, with 8% claiming they had already reached this milestone.

It is estimated that 2.3 million people are currently enrolled in higher education in the UK

Universities, colleges and students urged accelerate climate action

New guidance aimed at helping universities and colleges mitigate and adapt to climate change has been released, in the same week as the launch of a new educational charity aimed at engaging students with environmental issues.

UKEF is estimated to have provided an average of £551m in support of fossil fuel production overseas each year between 2014 and 2016 

UK Government will continue to invest in fossil fuels overseas, despite MPs' concerns

The Government has broadly rejected a string of recommendations from MPs aimed at decarbonising the portfolio of the UK's export credit agency, which has continually been found to be financing fossil fuel projects in developing nations.

Between 2016 and 2018 UK paper cup recycling rates increased 16-fold Image: Pret

Pret extends shop floor cup recycling scheme to 350 UK stores

Pret has announced the expansion of its in-store coffee cup recycling scheme to more than 350 UK stores, following successful pilots in London, Leeds and Glasgow.

Take a look through all of the month's most-read news stories and click the links in the descriptions below to read them for yourself. Images: (Clockwise from top left) Patagonia, edie, UN Photo/Cia Pak, Sarah George

Climate strikes and UN Summits: The top 10 sustainability stories of September 2019

With Autumn now here, we take a look back at a September packed full of sustainability and energy news. This round-up includes all the highlights from the UN Climate Action Summit, net-zero announcements and climate strikes.

Leadsom claimed the new plan would "benefit communities and households". Image: DECC flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/deccgovuk/17525221491 

Conservatives focus on nuclear and EVs in net-zero vision for 2050

The Conservative Party has unveiled its manifesto for a net-zero carbon economy, which includes commitments to plant more than one million trees and sets aside £1bn for electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing, but fails to match Labour's ambition in pushing the 2050 timeframe forward.

Images (clockwise): UN Global Compact, UN Photo/Cia Pak, Mars, UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Everything you may have missed: The sustainability success stories of the UN Climate Summit

As the week of the UN's Climate Action Summit in New York draws to a close, edie highlights the numerous new green commitments, events and announcements made by businesses.

Policies on energy, nature, waste and air quality are all at risk to Brexit

Post-Brexit threats to green policy intensifying, think tank warns

UK think tank Greener UK has warned that threats to environmental regulations related to climate change, waste, air quality and natural resources are escalating due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

The pop up opened on Thursday (26 September) and will run for three weeks. Image: Patagonia

Action Works: Patagonia opens pop-up activist café in London

Outdoor clothing company Patagonia has opened a pop-up café in central London, which will play host to climate activist training courses.

The standard also sets out how organisations can prioritise measures that will increase resilience against future climate shocks

BSI launches new ISO standard for climate change adaptation

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has published its first standard on climate change adaptation, creating a framework for how businesses can develop measures and report and assess strategy and plans which increase resilience against climate impacts.

In total, Kering's 2018 offsets will cover 2.4 million tonnes of CO2e

Refashioned approach: Kering goes carbon-neutral

The luxury fashion group behind brands such as Cartier, Balenciaga and Saint Laurent has confirmed plans to offset its entire 2018 greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint, including its supply chain emissions.

In its position, the Council included six objectives that would help to distinguish what represents ‘green finance’

EU Council maintains nuclear as eligible for 'green' finance

EU ministers have decided not to exclude nuclear projects from being eligible for sustainable finance grants, despite the demands of a group of member states and the European Parliament.

The new Bill aligns with the CCC's advice for the UK to meet net-zero by mid-century

Scotland Climate Bill: MSPs unanimously back 2045 net-zero target

Scottish MSPs have voted 113 to 0 to back the introduction of a new Climate Bill, committing the nation to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2045.

Hladin Wolfe suggested that siloed departments couldn't bring around the required change for sustainable business. Image: Patagonia 

Patagonia Action Works: 'Time up' for CSR departments in the climate activism era

EXCLUSIVE: As outdoor company Patagonia issued the next programme in its 45-year history of activism, the company's director of environmental initiatives has claimed that isolated departments overseeing sustainability have no function as more people demand action on the climate emergency.

The report represents the work of 104 scientists and references nearly 7,000 publications

Sea-level rise to affect one billion people by 2050, landmark IPCC report reveals

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has today (25 September) published its highly anticipated landmark report detailing how climate change will affect the world's oceans and cryosphere, and the impacts this will have on human health, the economy and wildlife.

John Holland-Kaye joined more than 60 Heads of State at the UN Summit on Climate Action this week

Heathrow CEO: Aviation sector must set net-zero plan 'as soon as possible'

EXCLUSIVE: Heathrow Airport's chief executive John Holland-Kaye has joined the growing calls for the aviation sector to implement a net-zero strategy, claiming that "imposing punitive costs" will not deter people from flying less.

The UN claims this is the first time this many investors have made a net-zero pledge on the same day.

'Unprecedented': Investors responsible for $2.4trn commit to net-zero alignment

A group of finance giants, collectively responsible for investments worth $2.4trn, have committed to ensuring that their respective portfolios are carbon-neutral by 2050.

Worldwide, aviation is one of the fastest-growing sectors for greenhouse gas emissions, which increased by 76.1% between 1990 and 2012

CCC: Net-zero strategies for shipping and aviation 'must cap growth in demand'

If the UK is to meet its 2050 net-zero target, Ministers must develop sector-specific strategies with time-bound, numerical targets for decarbonising the international aviation and shipping (IAS).

More than a third of the companies analysed are not disclosing their carbon emissions. Stock image of factory in China 

Most of world's biggest firms 'unlikely' to meet Paris climate targets

More than four-fifths of the world's largest companies are unlikely to meet the targets set out in the Paris climate agreement by 2050, according to fresh analysis of their climate disclosures.

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Boris Johnson unveils £1bn climate aid fund and forest restoration push

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a £1bn fund to aid developing nations in transitioning to a low-carbon economy and tackling climate change, alongside a fresh new push to halt deforestation.

Speaking exclusively to edie, Gamboa said that the report acts as a market signal for how companies within the built environment sector should act

Embodied carbon: WorldGBC embarks on 'radical' new approach towards net-zero

EXCLUSIVE: The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has issued a new report outlining how companies in the sector can focus on both operational and embodied carbon to reach net-zero emission buildings by 2050, warning the companies ignoring this new approach could be "outpaced by the innovators".

Collectively, the participating banks manage $47trn in assets. Image: Paulm27/ Wikimedia Commons

Banks representing one-third of global market to align with Paris climate targets

A coalition of 130 banks, representing one-third of the worldwide banking sector, have committed to aligning their actions with the aims of the Paris Agreement.

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

FT's climate campaign and urban rooftop farming: 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.

This episode features seven interviews, live from the strike

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: LIVE from the Global Climate Strike

Episode 71 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast is packed with exclusive interviews from students, chief executives and sustainability representatives that attended the Global Day of Climate Strikes on Friday (20 September), outlining the role that business has to play in mitigating climate impacts.

Pictured: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

Amazon commits to net-zero by 2040 following staff protests

E-commerce giant Amazon has pledged to reach net-zero carbon emissions across its operations by 2040, after its staff lobbied for the firm to take more bold action on climate change.

Climate resolutions have become increasingly common at stakeholder votes, as investor and public pressure for businesses to act on climate change grows. Image: PXHere 

Wall Street investment giants 'voting against key climate resolutions'

Some of Wall Street's largest asset management companies are failing to live up to commitments to use their voting power to fight the climate crisis, according to a new report.

Image: SodaStream 

Businesses gear up for day of global climate strikes

Shoe brand Allbirds, tea firm Pukka Herbs and PepsiCo subsidiary SodaStream have joined the coalition of businesses throwing their weight behind the worldwide day of climate strikes on Friday (20 September).

Wellington city and harbour from Mount Victoria

Net-zero cities can unlock $24tn opportunity, report finds

Investment into readily available technologies could reduce emissions from cities by 90% by 2050, while creating a global economic benefit worth almost $24trn (£19trn), a new report has claimed.

Weinberg believes the strategy sets a "clear direction of travel" for OVO's overarching mission to "power [the] world with positive energy". Image: Sarah George 

Plan Zero: Inside OVO Energy's bold vision to 'fight the climate crisis'

EXCLUSIVE: OVO Energy has today (19 September) published its first sustainability strategy, including plans not only to reach net-zero in its own operations 20 years ahead of the Government's deadline, but to mobilise society in collective climate activism.

Sustainable Supply Chains: 5 key areas for sustainability professionals

This new report, sponsored by alternative pallet company PALLITE, offers sustainability professionals insight into the key areas of sustainable supply chain management.

In 2018, renewable energy growth reached 7.2%, its highest since 2010, but still accounts for less than 12% of the energy system

Global decarbonisation efforts 'stall', pushing climate goals out of reach

Global decarbonisation efforts will need to be seven times greater than current efforts, if the world is to stand a fair chance of limiting global warming to 1.5C, according to a new PwC report which found that the rate of global decarbonisation has slowed to its lowest level since 2011.

The strategy launch was timed to coincide with World Water Week

Context, community and collaboration: Inside Levi Strauss' updated water action strategy

EXCLUSIVE: In revamping the water strategy for its global supply chain, Levi Strauss hopes to further embed a science-based and community-focused approach to its sustainability work, the firm's vice president for sustainability Michael Kobori has revealed.

22% of respondents opposed the idea of limiting flights 

Brits support limiting air travel and meat reductions to combat climate change

More than two-thirds of the general public would support measures to limit flights and air travel in order to combat climate change, while more than half believe that reducing meat in diets should also be prioritised.

The report warns that climate change is already impacting farmers in the UK and Europe, as well as those further afield 

Climate change threatening security of UK's food and medicine supply, MPs warn

The UK's failure to tackle climate challenges in food supply chains overseas is risking national food security and the NHS is "not sufficiently resourced" to deal with global warming, a new report from MPs has warned.

Unilever claims it is engaging with Changing Markets about their research

Unilever criticised over food nutrition claims

Unilever has been accused of offering food products that haven't been fortified to add necessary nutrients that mitigate health concerns, with a new report claiming that the companies Maizena and cornflour produce in Mexico fail to deliver on brand commitments.

Around 3.6m hectares of tropical forest are estimated to have been cleared in 2018 – equivalent to the size of Belgium

Report: Deforestation booming due to weak policy and corporate inaction

A lack of policy support or ambitious action from corporates involved in agriculture has led to an area of tree cover the size of the UK being lost globally each year between 2014 and 2018, a new report has concluded.

Selfridges believes the pop-up supports its vision of a department store being "=a social centre, not merely a place for shopping". Image: Selfridges 

Second-hand September: Selfridges hosts clothing resale pop-up

Luxury department store Selfridges is showcasing second-hand clothing at its flagship store as part of a collaboration with resale platform Depop.

Nestlé Headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland. Image: Nestle flickr

Nestlé sets net-zero climate goal for 2050

Nestlé has today (12 September) unveiled wide-sweeping plans to enhance carbon sequestration, procure 100% renewable electricity and launch more food and drink products that have improved environmental footprints, as part of an overall goal to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

Around 1.4 million people took part in March's global strike, with calls to action now directed at businesses as well as policymakers. Image: Greenpeace

TUC and Amnesty International come out in support of student climate strikes

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has urged members to support student climate strikers on 20 September as Amnesty International called on head teachers worldwide to back their global protests.

The NFU claims that net-zero can be met for the sector by 2040, even as it grows. Image: NFU

NFU: UK farming sector can reach net-zero by 2040, without ditching beef

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has unveiled a new vision to help the sector meet net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, ten years ahead of the Government's nationwide target.

Almost 600 companies have committed to climate action through the SBTi, but the majority of these targets are aligned to 2C. Image: EN+ Group

Aluminium giant EN+ Group to develop net-zero strategy

Aluminium and hydropower giant EN+ Group has committed to develop emissions targets in line with a 1.5C trajectory within 24 months.

Pictured: The Scottish Events campus where the UN's COP26 climate conference will be held

International allies give go-ahead for UK to host COP26

The UK last night (10 September) formally received the backing of all countries responsible for agreeing on the host of the COP26 climate conference.

Pictured: Inside one of Amazon's US fulfilment centres. Image: Amazon US

Amazon staff plan mass walkout over slow climate action

More than 900 Amazon employees have said they will walk out later this month in support of the School Strikes for Climate movement.

Investing $1.8trn in climate adaptation over the next decade should be made a top priority, the GCA has urged

Report: World 'gravely' unprepared for effects of climate crisis

The world's readiness for the inevitable effects of the climate crisis is "gravely insufficient", according to a new report from global leaders.

Business Energy Barometer: August - September 2019

edie's second Business Energy Barometer report maps out the key energy drivers, challenges and opportunities facing UK businesses, based on an in-depth survey of energy managers across the country in the past quarterly period.

Green GB Week delayed due to Brexit

Green GB and NI Week is due to be delayed until next year as a result of the current situation regarding the UK's exit from the European Union.

Pictured: A coal-fired power plant in south Germany. Image: x1klima

EU countries have 'no concrete plans' to phase out fossil fuel subsidies: report

Not a single EU member state has so far spelled out a comprehensive plan to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, despite a commitment taken at the G20 ten years ago to eliminate them, according to a fresh analysis of the bloc's 28 National Energy and Climate Plans.

Londoners and those aged 65 and over were particularly loath to change behaviours

UK public unlikely to change habits despite concerns about environment

People are reportedly reluctant to adopt environmentally friendly lifestyle changes despite claiming to care more about damage to the natural environment than ever before.

The episode features three exclusive interviews, all exploring the alternative protein market. Images: BOL Foods and Soylent

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Peas Please and planet-saving diets

The latest episode of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast sees edie's content editor Matt Mace explore the rising popularity of veganism to help save the planet, featuring exclusive interviews with PwC, BOL Foods and Soylent.

The proposed VAT increase is set to be implemented from 1 October 

Green groups joined by 17,500 citizens in calls to overturn domestic solar VAT hike

More than 17,000 UK citizens have signed a petition calling on the UK Government to scrap proposed plans to increase the VAT on household solar and storage from 5% to 20%.

Investment decisions on a further $21bn in 12 high-carbon projects are due this year

Oil and gas companies risking £1.8trn in stranded assets during low-carbon transition, report warns

Oil and gas companies have spent £40.5bn ($50bn) on investment projects that undermine the Paris Agreement, with a new report from think tank Carbon Tracker warning that major companies risk wasting £1.8trn ($2.2trn) on stranded assets by 2030.

Friends of the Earth's chief executive Craig Bennett (pictured) is heading up the joint campaign

Microsoft launches climate-focused communications campaign

Microsoft, through its MSN arm, has launched a new campaign aimed at uniting members of the public in tackling climate change through behaviour change and activism.

Due to its fast-growing nature and carbon-sequestering qualities, WWF has dubbed seagrass " akey weapon in the battle against climate change". Image: WWF

Sky partners with WWF on UK's biggest seagrass restoration scheme

Sky's Ocean Rescue arm has partnered with WWF on a new project aimed at restoring carbon-sequestering seagrass habitats in west Wales.

The report predicts that the value of European agriculture could fall 16% in 30 years due to drought and higher rainfall

Benefits to farmers of global heating outweighed by losses, says report

Any advantages to European agriculture from a warming world will be outweighed by the losses from extreme events and environmental stress, leading to a probable large economic loss for farming in the next 30 years, research on the impacts of the climate crisis has found.

The new policy package has been widely welcomed across the UK's green economy, including by the Committee on Climate Change

Scottish government unveils swathe of green initiatives

The Scottish government has pledged to ensure that, by 2024, all new homes must use renewable or low-carbon heat.

In the Blueprint, the industry has committed to keeping production above one million barrels of oil equivalent per day

Oil and gas industry's net-zero blueprint branded 'overt lobbying'

Green groups have criticised the UK's offshore oil and gas industry's blueprint to contribute to net-zero emissions by 2035, claiming that the accompanying evidence fails to "leave fossil fuels in the ground".

77% of the firms surveyed for the Index do not measure their GHG emissions. Image: PETA 

Report: Food giants 'sourcing from suppliers flouting climate commitments'

Companies supplying meat and dairy to some of the world's biggest food firms, including Nestle, McDonalds and Walmart, are failing to act in line with their key clients' environmental ambitions.

Clockwise: Schneider Electric’s senior vice-president for sustainability Gilles Vermot Desroches, DSM’s vice-president for sustainability Jeff Turner, Salesforce’s vice-president for sustainability Patrick Flynn and We Mean Business chief executive Nigel Topping

Meeting net-zero requires 'rapidly escalating' carbon pricing, corporate leaders urge

Senior sustainability representatives at major corporates have called on national governments to implement "meaningful and rapidly-escalating" carbon pricing, in order to support businesses on the road to net-zero.

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Business climate strikes and a new Premier League season: Top 10 sustainability stories of August 2019

As a new September arrives, we take a look back at an August packed full of sustainability and energy news. This round-up includes business support for climate strikes, 'planet-saving' beer and your chance to win a Sustainability Leaders Award.

The warning has been sent to every English council currently developing a new local plan

Dozens of councils set to miss legal climate obligations, ClientEarth warns

Environmental law firm ClientEarth has warned more than 100 local authorities that they will miss their legal climate targets without strengthening plans to decarbonise buildings and transport.

Both religious leaders used their speeches to declare a "climate emergency". Image: Zebra48bo/Wikimedia Commons Zebra48bo [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

Pope and Archbishop of Canterbury urge 'drastic measures' on climate change

Both Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby have called for greater global action to tackle climate change, in speeches made to mark the UN Climate Summit and the Global Ethical Finance Summit respectively.

More than 2,600MW of onshore wind capacity came online in 2017

Scotland's first subsidy-free onshore windfarm to be operational by 2020

A 46MW onshore windfarm in Dumfries and Galloway, in south-west Scotland, has joined the race to become the first in the country to become operational without the support of Government subsidies.

The charities argue that more funding is needed to decarbonise transport, the build environment and heavy industry in particular

UK funding to tackle climate crisis 'must double', Government warned

Britain's biggest environmental groups have warned the government that funding to tackle the climate emergency must be more than double next year to avoid an even greater cost from catastrophic ecological breakdown in the future.

The investors forming the coalition noted that 13 of the 17 banks that financed the Dakota Access Pipeline project were also signatories to the Equator Principles

Equator Principles: Global banks failing to uphold environmental and social risk agreements

An investor coalition representing more than $2.9trn has urged global banks to strengthen efforts that protect the rights of indigenous people and the environment that they rely on.

The UK as clocked up almost three weeks of coal-free power in 2019

Coal generation becoming a 'distant memory' as share of energy mix falls to 0.7%

The amount of energy generated from coal sources in the UK has fallen to a record-low output of 0.7% - a 63% decline on the same period the year prior - with low-carbon making up more than half of the UK's energy mix.

Image credits: KFC and Neat Burger

Beyond Meat: Lewis Hamilton and KFC wade into alternative protein market

Fast-food chain KFC's trial of vegan nuggets sold out in just five hours, while British Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has announced the launch of a plant-based burger chain across the globe.

BEIS has also announced £350m of new funding alongside the grants – £100 million for a competition to boost hydrogen production and £250m for a new Clean Steel Fund

Government sets aside funds to explore low-carbon hydrogen

The government has awarded 20 projects a share of £7 million to explore innovative ways of making and using low-carbon hydrogen.

Olivia started at Fashion Lab before joining Whitbread

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 class of 2020: Olivia Murphy, Whitbread

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: Olivia Murphy, sustainability manager at hospitality giant Whitbread.

The Brazilian Amazon lost 1,114.8 sq km (430 sq miles) – an area equivalent to Hong Kong – in the first 26 days of August

Worst of wildfires still to come' despite Brazil claiming crisis is under control

The fires raging in the Brazilian Amazon are likely to intensify over the coming weeks, a leading environmental expert has warned, despite government claims the situation had been controlled.