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Following COP26, the CCC has called on the UK Government to strengthen domestic and international approaches to reaching net-zero

Climate Change Committee: UK Government needs to 'raise ambitions' on reaching net-zero

Keeping 1.5°C alive: The COP26 summary report for business

Compiled from our first-hand insights and experiences in Glasgow, this report amalgamates and summarises all of the key announcements and business takeaways from every day of COP26 – including notable news stories, video interviews, podcast chats, and an exclusive foreword penned by COP26 President Alok Sharma.

BT Group aims to go fully circular by 2030

Telecommunications giant BT has formalised the acceleration of its net-zero target for operations, from 2045 to 2030, and set a new ambition to become a circular business by the end of the decade.

Deloitte (pictured) is the largest new participating firm in terms of staff numbers

Goldman Sachs, NatWest, among 9 new corporates joining climate-focused employee engagement drive

Nine businesses with more than 480,000 employees collectively have joined the Count Us In initiative, which supports businesses to engage their staff with the net-zero transition.

A further EU policy update is due in mid December

EU to start measuring embodied carbon emissions from buildings

The European Commission is considering a new EU-wide requirement to measure the carbon emissions associated with construction materials throughout their whole lifecycle but is expected to stop short of regulating.

Thompson reflected on what COP26 means for sustainable business in the coming years, the so-called "decade of delivery"

National Grid: Post-COP26, net-zero ambitions must urgently be turned into action

EXCLUSIVE: National Grid's UK sustainability manager Steven Thompson has spoken of how stakeholders from all parts of society are no longer likely to be impressed by long-term net-zero visions, without credible plans for delivery this decade.

Pictured: The Catalyst building in Newcastle

North of Tyne Combined Authority launches new fund to help SMEs take climate action

The North of Tyne Combined Authority has launched a new £18m Green New Deal Fund, which will support public sector organisations and local SMEs to decarbonise their operations and improve nature.

Businesses, trade groups, individuals and others have until 20 December to have their say on the proposed extension

UK Government set to extend deadlines for non-domestic renewable heat scheme

UK businesses seeking the Government's support to decarbonise will likely have an extra year to apply to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), as a proposed extension to the scheme has been announced.

The forestry programme is part of the company’s ambition Zero Carbon commitment 

AstraZeneca partners with Forestry England on tree-planting drive

Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has unveiled a new partnership programme with Forestry England and Borders Forest Trust to plant more than one million trees across the UK by 2025, as part of the company's efforts to become a carbon-negative business by 2030.

Miliband will step into a newly create climate role in the Shadow Cabinet 

Ed Miliband named Shadow Secretary for climate change and net-zero in Labour reshuffle

Labour has named former party leader Ed Miliband as its new Shadow Secretary of State of Climate Change and Net Zero, as part of a Shadow Cabinet reshuffle that will see him champion a New Green Deal in the UK.

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Now available to watch on-demand: edie's online Net-Zero Carbon Inspiration Sessions

Sustainability specialists from Pukka Herbs, Virgin Media O2, Costain and the Zero Carbon Forum took part in edie's digital Net-Zero Carbon Inspiration Sessions last week. These free sessions are now available to watch on-demand. 

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Vodafone to trial phone masts with inbuilt wind turbines

Telecoms giant Vodafone will start trialling self-powered mobile masts later this year, as it works to achieve net-zero for its UK operations by 2027.

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edie launches new business guide on Scope 3 emissions

As businesses continue to set and perform against ambitious decarbonisation targets, reducing Scope 3 emissions is quickly being incorporated into business strategies. As such, edie has launched a new guide detailing everything businesses need to know.

There has been much talk about the need for a just transition this year, but few companies are walking the talk at this stage, the Alliance's research has shown

WBA: Companies unwilling to draw up net-zero transition plans are 'being willfully obtuse'

The World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) has told edie that, despite the growing global movement towards net-zero - and the implementation of just transition mandates for businesses in nations including the UK - some firms are still arguing that they don't need to change their strategies.

SMEs account for around half of employment - and half of business-related emissions - globally 

New climate disclosure framework launched to help SMEs on road to net-zero

CDP and the SME Climate Hub have launched a new framework to help SMEs measure, report and reduce their climate impacts, amid growing concerns that they are facing numerous decarbonisation barriers that do not impact large firms as much.

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Taking place TODAY: edie's online Net-Zero Carbon Inspiration Sessions

Sustainability specialists from Pukka Herbs, Virgin Media O2, Costain and the Zero Carbon Forum are among our host of expert speakers for our digital Net-Zero Carbon Inspiration Sessions, taking place TODAY (25 November).

Target-setting has grown exponentially, but further detail is now urgently needed, the analysis found

Most corporations support net-zero, but only one-third plan to address all of their indirect emissions

A major new analysis of the global net-zero movement has found that the share of revenues from listed firms with targets of some kind has increased almost four-fold within a year. Nonetheless, there is much to be done on making these targets credible.

Seize the moment: The Net-Zero Carbon Inspiration Sessions

As the flagship digital event of edie’s Net-Zero November campaign, the Net-Zero Carbon Inspiration Sessions offer up an afternoon of live, interactive webinar presentations and discussions – all dedicated to accelerating your organisation’s decarbonisation progress.

edie speaks to experts to uncover how the market for NbS is improving to alleviate fears of greenwash

From greenwash to supply squeezes: How COP26 changed the nature-based solutions market

At COP26 earlier this month, the mechanisms on the Paris Agreement rulebook were finally agreed upon, with key aspects on carbon markets defined in unison by world nations. So, will this new and strengthened carbon market assist corporate net-zero targets, particularly through the lens of nature-based solutions?

In terms of market capitalisation, ExxonMobil was one of the top three offenders named in the report

Eight in ten oil and gas majors on track to breach Paris Agreement, despite increase in net-zero pledges

An analysis of the emissions and climate plans of 58 oil and gas giants has found that most are failing to decarbonise in line with climate science, with Saudi Aramco, ExxonMobil and Chevron among the worst offenders.

PwC found that 58% of FTSE 100 companies now link ESG measures to executive pay, which is more than a 30% increase year on year

FTSE 100 firms increasingly linking executive pay to ESG measures

New research from PwC has found that almost two-thirds of FTSE 100s now include some sort of environmental, social and governance (ESG) measure as part of executive incentive pay plans, up from less than half in 2020.

The Sustainability Leaders Awards ceremony, which will reveal our winners, takes place as an in-person event at the Park Plaza London Westminster hotel on Wednesday 2 February 2022

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2022: Shortlist of finalists revealed

After a record-breaking year of hundreds of entries across 23 categories, edie is proud to announce the shortlist of finalists for the Sustainability Leaders Awards 2022! Drumroll please...

For most large fashion brands, emissions from production, manufacturing and materials will all be higher than from direct operations

Bringing fashion industry emissions to net-zero by 2050 'a $1trn investment opportunity', report finds

The global fashion industry is currently on a 3C temperature pathway and bringing it down to 1.5C, a new report has revealed, will take $1.04trn of investment in low-carbon solutions and moves to dramatically improve resource efficiency.

Under the theme of "Seize the moment", Net-Zero November 2021 is focused on turning global ambitions into tangible business actions

Net-Zero November: Keep up the momentum post-COP26 with edie's bumper month of content and events

The dust is now settling on COP26, but the award-winning edie content team will be keeping the conversation going throughout Net-Zero November - a whole month of digital content and live events dedicated to turning ambition into action as we deliver a more resilient, zero-carbon economy.

EVs are just one manufacturing area that could be hit by supply issues

UK facing green industry supply chain pressures, urged to boost recycling and productivity

The UK is facing a supply chain crunch on critical components needed for green industries like electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing, with a new Green Alliance report calling for the UK to build up domestic recycling of these valuable materials as part of energy saving measures.

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London's Natural History Museum to cut emissions by 60% within a decade

In what it claims is the first 1.5C-aligned science-based emissions reductions target from a museum, the Natural History Museum has announced a new aim for a 60% reduction in carbon emissions by 2031.

The longer the transition is delayed, the report warns, the higher the additional cost - with a non-linear increase forecast

Report: Climate inaction from energy and automotive firms to rack up costs of $150bn each year

Businesses in the coal, oil and gas, power generation and automotive sectors are failing to plan for an orderly net-zero transition, posing a sizeable risk to financial markets, a new report is warning.

Pictured: The Walney offshore wind farm, off the coast of Cumbria. Image: SSE Renewables

SSE outlines £12.5bn net-zero investment plan through to 2026

Energy giant SSE has unveiled a £12.5bn capital investment plan for decarbonisation through to 2026, representing a 65% increase in spending on the low-carbon transition on current levels.

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Landsec outlines £135m net-zero investment plans as Sir Robert McAlpine announces next decarbonisation steps

In positive moves towards a low-carbon built environment sector in the UK, property developer Landsec has published a multi-million-pound investment scheme to support the delivery of science-based emissions targets, while construction and engineering firm Sir Robert McAlpine has pledged to develop 1.5C-aligned targets.  

Businesses had a key role at COP26, a role that is even more important now. Image: UNClimateChange

Glasgow Climate Pact: How can businesses keep 1.5C alive?

The UK Government wanted COP26 to keep the 1.5C trajectory of the Paris Agreement "alive" and the verdict is that it has, but just barely. But with some nations set to renegade on mechanisms included in COP26's Glasgow Climate Pact, it is clear that businesses need to become a unified driver of the net-zero movement.

Shell set a net-zero target for 2050 last year and has faced scrutiny over the credibility of its decarbonisation plans

Shell cites net-zero as reason for moving base from the Netherlands to the UK

Royal Dutch Shell is planning to simplify its share structure and move its tax residence and head office to the UK, in a move it claims will help it to "accelerate" its net-zero plans.

The NIC released its last major assessment in 2018, before the UK legislated for net-zero by 2050

'Few quick wins or cheap fixes': NIC begins plotting delivery of net-zero UK energy systems

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has outlined plans for addressing some of the UK's major barriers to net-zero through to 2023, pledging an increased focus on low-carbon heating and scaling up hydrogen.

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Glasgow Climate Pact: The 7 key talking points from the new global deal at COP26

As the dust settles on COP26 in Glasgow, people are still getting to grips with the new Glasgow Climate Pact and what that means for the global climate movement. Here, edie outlines seven key talking points (not all of them bad) from this historic new announcement.

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Glasgow Climate Pact: World leaders agree final climate deal at COP26

BREAKING: The gavel has finally come down and world leaders have this evening (13 November) agreed the new 'Glasgow Climate Pact', which calls on all nations to set new climate targets by the end of next year and phasing down unabated fossil fuel usage and inefficient subsidies.  

edie brings you the latest developments, pictures and videos LIVE from the ground at COP26

COP26 climate agreement: As it happened

The Glasgow Climate Pact has been agreed, receiving a mixed reaction across the world. Follow all the action and reaction as it happened in edie's live blog. 

Regardless of language, nations will likely be asked to submit new 2030 actions plans next year. Image: UNClimateChange

Updated COP26 draft plan waters down key language on fossil fuels and NDCs

With negotiations scheduled to finish later today (12 November) at COP26, a new draft plan has been unveiled with subtle yet important changes, such as "requesting" that nations submit updated climate plans by the end of 2022, but has watered down facets on fossil fuels.

Several studies in recent times have found that most corporate net-zero targets will not be met without credible plans for reducing emissions in the interim 

Survey: Two-thirds of UK firms with net-zero targets don't have the data to support delivery

Just 35% of UK-based businesses with net-zero targets have collected their emissions baseline data and prepared to measure emissions going forward, a new survey has found.

Video Interface's Erin Meezan on why raising climate ambitions is good for business

EXCLUSIVE: The chief sustainability officer of carpet tile manufacturer Interface has told edie that setting stretching, ambitious and uncomfortable climate targets was key to galvanising businesses and unlocking innovation.

Triodos is aiming to have it's net-zero target validated by the SBTi

Insetting and mandatory disclosure: Triodos Bank on how the finance sector can reach net-zero

Last week, Triodos Bank UK unveiled a net-zero emissions target for its loans and fund investments for 2035. To mark Net-Zero November, the bank's chief executive Bevis Watts discusses how mandatory planning and disclosure can drive the sector to invest in low-carbon and nature-based solutions.

Retail associations will aim to get members signed up to Race to Zero

Retail giants launch Race to Zero accelerator to get more businesses targeting net-zero

Some of the biggest brands in the retail industry have launched a new accelerator pledge, urging other businesses in the sector to sign up to the UN's Race to Zero campaign and set and achieve 1.5C-aligned carbon reduction targets.

The Youth Council was unveiled at COP26

Activists in the boardroom: The Body Shop's Youth Council on the future of sustainable business

At COP26, the Body Shop explored how a youth council could ensure that younger generations had their voices and issues heard by decision makers. Here, edie summarises what this youth council wants to see from businesses moving forward.

The documents set up a tense negotiating period at Glasgow

COP26 draft plan: Countries urged to submit and strengthen climate plans

The COP26 Presidency Unit has published the draft "cover decision" of negotiations at the summit so far, calling on nations to "revisit and strengthen" their 2030 climate targets by the end of 2022 in order to keep any chance of reaching the 1.5C pathway of the Paris Agreement alive.

The report was published to coincide with Transport Day at COP26

Report: New funding mechanisms needed for EVs and charging to spur low-carbon transport uptake

Vehicle and charging bundles, health certification for batteries and local authority engagement are among 18 recommendations from the Green Finance Institute in order to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK.

Rolls Royce SMR estimates that each Small Modular Reactor could be capable of powering one million homes

Government allocates £210m for small modular nuclear reactors

The UK Government has confirmed a funding pot of £210m to assist the development of the small modular reactors (SMR) that will be backed by more than £250m in private sector investment.

Sectors represented include those whose business models will need to change to meet the net-zero challenge, including transport, mining and energy, as well as those financing the transition 

Survey: Half of large businesses yet to set clear low-carbon transition plans, risking climate goals and worker livelihoods

A survey of chief executives and other board members at more than 1,000 companies has found that, despite acknowledgement of climate risks and the need for reskilling in the low-carbon transition, just half have a detailed plan for reducing emissions and supporting workers.

We Mean Business Coalition's chief executive María Mendiluce spoke with edie's content director Luke Nicholls in the Business Pavilion at COP26

María Mendiluce on keeping 1.5C alive and achieving global carbon market deal at COP26

EXCLUSIVE: The chief executive of the We Mean Business Coalition has told edie that the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C is 'alive, but in intensive care' and that world leaders must 'get their act together' to unlock Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

The WBCSD claims that the businesses will spur demand for "lower-carbon" hydrogen than the current reliance on grey hydrogen

Businesses pledge to expand green hydrogen supply and demand at COP26

A group of 28 global companies spanning the mining, manufacturing and financial sectors has pledged to grow both the demand and supply of green hydrogen, in a move that could help nations meet net-zero commitments.

Race to Resiliency has also confirmed that members to date have helped to increase the climate resilience of more than 2.3 billion people globally

New framework launched at COP26 to help businesses and regions measure climate resiliency

A UN programme to get cities, regions, businesses and investors to improve approaches to resiliency has launched a new set of metric systems today (8 November) at COP26, to assist with a goal of making four billion people more resilient to an array of risks by 2030.

Jesus College, Cambridge (pictured) is one of the Declaration's first signatories

'COP26 Declaration': £5.9bn asset owners set out net-zero expectations

UK-based asset owners with investments of more than £5.9bn, including universities and NGOs, have called for their asset managers to align their portfolios with a 1.5C temperature pathway on the road to net-zero by 2050 at the latest and have set minimum expectations for fund managers on exclusions, divestment and engagement.'

Paul Polman spoke to edie within the Action Zone of COP26, at the end of the first week of the climate summit

Video Paul Polman on moving from 'blah, blah, blah' to 'action, action, action' in COP26 week 2

Former Unilever CEO Paul Polman has spoken to edie about the need to translate the 'tremendous' national announcements made so far at COP26 into transformative industry action, as we enter a crucial second week of the climate summit.

Images: UNClimate CHange (flickr)

The first week of COP26: The 10 biggest stories

It's half-time on the two-week push to move the world towards the 1.5C ambition of the Paris Agreement, with negotiations set to continue following a rest day on Sunday (7 November). Here, edie summarises all the key development from the first week of COP26.

For the first time, national ambitions and commitments pushed the world into the 2C threshold of the Paris Agreement

COP26 week 1 analysis: Is the world any closer to 1.5C?

The first week of negotiations in Glasgow has led to some head-spinning announcements, the formulation of crucial climate coalitions and some massive restructures to the economy. One question still needs answering though: is COP26 'keeping 1.5C alive'?

Nigel Topping spoke to edie's content director Luke Nicholls in the COP6 Action Zone, at the halfway point of the climate talks

Video UN Climate Champion Nigel Topping on moving from 'Pledge' to 'Plan' on net-zero at COP26

EXCLUSIVE: The UN's High-Level Champion for Climate Action and leader of the Race to Zero campaign has told edie that businesses must begin publishing credible five-year plans to progress towards net-zero targets off the back of the COP26 climate summit.

Video Unilever's Marc Engel on net-zero targets, Scope 3 emissions and nature-based finance

EXCLUSIVE: Unilever's chief supply chain officer Marc Engel told edie that businesses need to figure out "how big their nets" are when setting net-zero targets that can too often rely on offsetting, while also welcoming some promising frameworks unveiled at COP26.

Coutts chief executive Peter Flavel spoke with edie's content director Luke Nicholls atop the Radisson Red hotel next to the SEC Centre in Glasgow

Video Coutts CEO Peter Flavel on corporate climate action and achieving a just transition at COP26

EXCLUSIVE: The chief executive of private banking and wealth management firm Coutts has told edie he is "very positive" to see so many businesses present at COP26, but that there's still "a lot to do" when it comes to advancing a just transition to net-zero economies.

HSBC UK's chief executive unveiled the new loan offering at COP26

HSBC UK launches £500m green fund for SMEs

UK banking giant has launched a new £500m green funding initiative to help small and medium-sized businesses decarbonise and invest in green initiatives.

This mini-series of podcasts will feature round-ups, special guests, listener quizzes and more – all available to listen and subscribe to, for free

COP26 Covered podcast episode 6: Net-zero transitions, resilient cities and Pokemon protests

The team are re-united in the Blue Zone to reflect on a fast and furious Energy Day of COP26, featuring chats with the Energy Transitions Commission, Resilient Cities Network and Mastercard - and we catch an army of Pikachus outside of the COP walls.

It is believed the new commitments could signal the end of more than 40GW of coal across 20 countries Image: UNClimateChange

COP26: 190 nations, regions and organisations commit to major coal power and financing phase-outs

A coalition of the world's major economies, financial institutions and organisations have come together to accelerate efforts to phase-out coal generating capacity and financing for new fossil fuel projects at COP26.

Video #SustyTalk: EDF's Matthew Nunn on energy strategies fit for the net-zero transition

edie's #SustyTalk series of sustainability-related interviews continues with an exclusive discussion with EDF UK's director of I&C sales and marketing Matthew Nunn, as part of edie's Net-Zero November.

The UN report finds that the costs of adaptation look set to reach the higher end of $140-$300bn each year by 2030

UN: World facing 'gathering storm' with tenfold increase needed in climate adaption finance

As world leaders champion new decarbonisation strategies at COP26, a new report from the UN has called for an urgent increase in finance that is focused on adapting to the impacts of the climate crisis, with current economic flows requiring a "step change" to protect developing countries.

Pictured: Nigel Topping, formerly of the We Mean Business Coalition, is the face of the campaign. Image: High-Level Climate Champions 

60% of Britain's largest businesses now signed up to Race to Zero

Almost two-thirds of FTSE100 companies have signed up to the UN's Race to Zero campaign, designed to accelerate the adoption of credible net-zero targets at, during, and beyond COP26.

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'Moving the trillions': 6 things you need to know from Finance Day at COP26

With the World Leaders Summit wrapped up, the COP26 presidency programme now consists of themed days for non-state actors, as negotiations continue. Wednesday (3 November) was finance day - one of the most highly anticipated. Here, edie rounds up six key headlines from the day.

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Corporate Determined Contributions: Business vows to play its part in delivering Paris Agreement

Businesses are calling at COP26 for a mechanism for delivering emissions reductions aligned with the Paris Agreement, similar to that currently used by countries - Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Announcements are spilling out of COP26 from all angles 

Top 10 talking points: The story so far at COP26

It's been a frantic first few days at COP26 as world leaders opened the two-week negotiations with a raft of new pledges and collaborative efforts to tackle some of the world's most pressing environmental issues. Here, edie rounds up the key talking points so far.

Carney claimed the $130trn from GFANZ was sufficient in delivering net-zero

International Sustainability Standards Board launches as investors worth $130trn focus in on climate

The IFRS Foundation Trustees have marked Finance Day at COP26 by confirming the formation of an International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) to create a globe baseline for corporate sustainability disclosures that meet investor demands.

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World leaders launch 'breakthrough agenda' for affordable cleantech globally

More than 40 world leaders, including those representing the UK, the US, India, China and the EU, have signed up to a new declaration aiming to deliver clean and affordable technology and solutions across the globe by 2030.

Under the theme of "Seize the moment", Net-Zero November 2021 will be focused on turning global ambitions into tangible business actions

Net-Zero November: edie's mega month of content and events kicks off this week

As critical negotiations at COP26 formally start, the award-winning edie content has launched Net-Zero November - a return to an entire month's worth of digital content and live events, all dedicated to accelerating the race to a more resilient, zero-carbon economy.

Pictured: World leaders convene at the Trevi Fountain, minus attendees from China and Russia, who dialled in virtually. Image: G20

G20: What was (and wasn't) agreed by world leaders on the eve of COP26

From 1.5C intentions and an end to international coal finance, to weak promises on fossil fuel subsidies, edie rounds up the green successes and failures of the G20 summit in Rome.

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'Paris promised, Glasgow must deliver': Alok Sharma issues call to action at COP26 opening ceremony

In the official opening address for the COP26 climate summit, the UK's COP26 President Alok Sharma called on nations to work collaboratively to deliver the aims of the Paris Agreement and "launch a decade of ever-increasing action and ambition" that keeps 1.5C alive.

The facility is tied to performances against emissions, food waste and transport over the next five years

John Lewis links £420m loan to net-zero target

The John Lewis Partnership has signed a five-year revolving credit facility worth £420m that will be linked to environmental targets such as the retailer's effort to reach net-zero emissions by 2035.

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Report: $100trn needed to get global supply chains to net-zero and up to half must go to SMEs

Up to half of the estimated $100trn investment needed to get global supply chains to net-zero by 2050 will need to go to SMEs, a new analysis from HSBC and Boston Consulting Group has concluded.

The UK becomes the first G20 nation to legislate TCFD reporting

UK to enforce mandatory TCFD reporting from April 2022

The UK Government has today (29 October) confirmed it will make it mandatory for large companies to disclose information in alignment with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), becoming the first G20 nation to enshrine it into law.

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Standard Chartered sets 2030 climate goals on road to net-zero by 2050

Banking and financial services giant Standard Chartered has updated its plans for reaching net-zero financed emissions by 2050, but green groups are unimpressed that it has stopped short of ending coal support.

Pictured: Manchester, which is aiming for net-zero by 2038

UK Government failing to support local councils on road to net-zero, MPs warn

Despite numerous warnings that the UK will not meet its net-zero target without better supporting local low-carbon transitions for buildings and transport, little has been done by the Government in recent months to engage councils.

edie outlines what can be expected and what needs to happen at COP26

Make or Break: 5 key talking points that will determine the success of COP26

COP26 is upon us. Postponements, political unrest and climate laggards being slow to join the table has left negotiations in a precarious yet achievable position. Here, edie summarises the key discussion points that could make or break COP26.

Most businesses think they will have to go beyond net-zero to tackle the climate crisis

Six in 10 businesses are concerned that delivering against long-term net-zero targets alone will not create an adequate response to the climate crisis, a major survey by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has revealed.

The funds analysed account for more than a third of the total asset fund industry

CDP: Less than 1% of funds worth $27trn are aligned to the Paris Agreement

Less than 1% of investment funds worth $27trn are currently aligned with the Paris Agreement's target to keep global temperature increases "well below" 2C, according to new analysis from CDP.

The validation process will open for corporates in January 2022

Science Based Targets initiative launches net-zero standard for corporates

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has today (28 October) unveiled the world's first standard for corporate net-zero emissions aligned to climate science.

The guidance papers were launched ahead of COP26

Net-zero guidance launched for financial institutions and pension providers

Ahead of the G20 Summit in Rome this weekend, the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has published a set of recommendations for financial institutions to reach net-zero, while a net-zero transition plan has also been published for pension providers.

Key challenges to target-setting and delivery included a lack of policy clarity and a lack of in-house skills

Just 41% of UK businesses prepared to transition to net-zero by 2050, Microsoft research finds

Most UK businesses have "one foot in and one foot out" on sustainability, with more than half (59%) unprepared to meet the Government's legally binding 2050 net-zero target, new research covering almost 2,000 firms has found.

Pictured: Glasgow, one of the six cities making fresh commitments, and the host city for COP26

Global fossil fuel divestment movement surpasses $39trn as cities and faith groups make new pledges

More than 70 faith institutions and the cities of Glasgow, Paris, Copenhagen, Seattle, Auckland and Rio De Janeiro have committed to divest from fossil fuels, pushing the global amount of capital covered by such commitments to $39.2trn.

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edie launches new Explains guide for businesses on carbon offsetting

edie has today (26 October) published a new explains guide, focusing on how businesses should approach the use of carbon offsetting to assist a carbon reduction strategy.

80% of Covid-19 recovery funding from national governments to date has gone to activities likely to increase or maintain emissions, the report reveals

UN Emissions Gap report: World has failed to accelerate climate action in Covid-19 recovery plans

Climate commitments and plans from national governments are currently aligned with a 2.7C temperature increase, despite many nations badging their updated targets as net-zero or compliant with the Paris Agreement's 1.5C pathway.

The CCC warns that some “strategic gaps” exist, namely that not all sectors have clear plans and pathways to tackle emissions

Net-Zero Strategy 'achievable and affordable' but policy gaps need addressing, CCC notes

The Government's Net-Zero Strategy is an "achievable and affordable" means to reaching its legally binding climate target, but some policy gaps still need to be addressed, according to the Climate Change Committee (CCC).

Sainsbury's first set a net-zero target in January 2020 

Sainsbury's brings net-zero target forward to 2035 for direct emissions

Sainsbury's is bringing forward its net-zero commitment for operational emissions from 2040 to 2035, claiming that "extensive investment and innovation" will enable more rapid decarbonisation.

edie Explains: Carbon Offsetting

What is carbon offsetting in the terms of a businesses’ carbon emissions strategy? How does the carbon offset process and its market work? And, at what point should a business turn to carbon offsetting?

UK-based businesses with 1.5C-aligned targets only account for 3% of annual national business-related emissions

Report: UK can still meet climate ambitions if all large businesses in set 1.5C science-based targets

Unless all large businesses in the UK draw up and implement plans decarbonise in line with the Paris Agreement's 1.5C trajectory within two years, the nation risks missing its long-term net-zero target.

Attendees included chief executives, chief sustainability officers and MPs

Sky chief Jeremy Darroch: Businesses and governments must stop playing 'game of numbers' on climate

Sky's chief executive Jeremy Darroch has used his last public speech while in his role to deliver a call to action from governments and the private sector on the eve of COP26, urging a move from talk or box-ticking to comprehensive action.

Glasgow is gearing up to host COP26 in November

Glasgow unveils Green Deal draft to reach net-zero emissions by 2030

Glasgow City Council has unveiled its draft plan for a new Green Deal that would see the city reach net-zero emissions by 2030 while also improving resiliency and quality of living.

Thousands of pages of green policy updates have been published this week. Here, we recap on the key talking points 

Recapping a bumper week for UK green policy: Here's what you need to know

To say it has been a busy week for green policy announcements in the UK would be an understatement. Here, edie recaps the key changes from the Net-Zero Strategy, Heat and Buildings Strategy, Environment Bill and HM Treasury.

The second green gilt is a 32-year bond, maturing on 31 July 2053, making it the sovereign green bond with the longest maturity in the world

UK's second green gilt raises a further £6bn for low-carbon projects

The UK Treasury has confirmed the second sale of its green gilts package, bringing total funding for projects assisting the net-zero transition to £16bn to date.

The healthcare company is also joining the Race to Zero programme with Health Care Without Harm, an official partner to the global initiative

Bupa targets net-zero emissions by 2040

International healthcare company Bupa has joined the UN's Race to Zero programme and has pledged to reach net-zero emissions by 2040.

The organisation's emissions fell by 60% last year

Emissions reductions and offsetting enable EY to reach carbon-negative status

Professional services firm EY has announced that it a combination of decarbonising and offsetting now means that it removes more carbon than it emits.

The BBC first announced plans to develop a net-zero strategy this January 

BBC sets science-based targets to support 2030 net-zero goal

The BBC has announced plans to cut direct emissions by 46% by 2030, and indirect emissions by 28% within the same timeframe, before offsetting emissions to reach net-zero.

Video What are the sustainable business opportunities of COP26?

With COP26 fast approaching, edie spoke to a number of sustainability professionals during its recent Climate Action Workshops to find out how they plan to harness the momentum of the global summit and translate it into tangible corporate action.

The roadmap was launched at an event in London (pictured), featuring the chief executives of supporting businesses and trade bodies

UK's biggest restaurants and brewers pledge net-zero operations by 2030, value chains by 2040

A coalition of almost 30 of the UK's biggest restaurants and brewers including Nando's, Burger King and Adnams, set up to plot a joint course to net-zero for the sector, has now revealed its plans for delivering decarbonisation.

SMEs are responsible for half of the UK's business-related emissions, making their decarbonisation crucial to achieving net-zero

Survey: Three-quarters of UK SMEs without credible plans to reduce emissions

UK-based small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) will need far more support to decarbonise, lest the nation risk missing its net-zero target, a new survey has revealed.

The strategy collects all previous climate commitments as well as building on them

At a glance: All the key announcements in the Net-Zero Strategy

The UK Government has finally published its Net-Zero Strategy, a comprehensive run-through of how the nation will decarbonise in a way that "transforms every sector of the global economy", although some green groups don't believe the steps outlined in the Strategy can mobilise action to deliver net-zero by 2050.

UNEP found that governments plan to produce more than double the amount of fossil fuels in 2030 than what would be consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5C

Nations on course to breach Paris Agreement targets through rising fossil fuel production

The world is on course to produce around 110% more fossil fuels than what is compatible with a 1.5C future, according to a new UN report warning that governments plan to double fossil fuel production by 2030 despite setting net-zero targets.

Around 1.7% of GDP derived from taxes on fossil fuels

Net-Zero Review: Carbon pricing won't offset tax revenue losses from fossil fuels

On the day that the UK's Net-Zero Strategy was published, the Treasury has warned that policies must be put in place to address a £37bn deficit that could arise from a loss of tax revenue as the shift away from fossil fuel continues.

The 2022 Forum will offer two full days of inspiring keynotes, dynamic panel sessions, interactive workshops and facilitated networking

Time to transform: edie's flagship Sustainability Leaders Forum set for awe-inspiring London return

Belu Water, Ecover, Elvis & Kresse and Zero Hour are among the disruptive brands and purpose-led campaigns set to feature at edie's biggest event of the year, which returns as a live, in-person event in February.

edie rounds up the positive initial reaction and those who have been left wanting more urgency

A substantial step forward, or huge letdown? The green economy reacts to the Net-Zero Strategy

The UK's Net-Zero Strategy is finally here, but the reaction to the nation's blueprint to decarbonisation ranges from those believing it provides much-needed clarity for business to others claiming it does nowhere near enough to drive all parts of the economy to net-zero by 2050.

The Prime Minister is expected to announce that deals worth £9.7bn have been secured at the Summit

Bill Gates forms partnership with UK Government to mobilise £400m green innovation fund

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed a new strategic partnership with Bill Gates's energy innovation platform that will mobilise £400m for cutting-edge green technologies that drive progress towards net-zero emissions.

The £12.bn will be spent under “energy-transformation investment guidelines” and will target renewable energy amongst other solutions

Mitsubishi Corporation to invest £12.6bn to reach net-zero emissions

Mitsubishi Corporation has established new emissions reduction targets that will see the company reach net-zero by 2050 through a £12.6bn investment into an array of low-carbon solutions.

The facility will include battery storage and a hydrogen refuelling station for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) and forklift trucks

Budweiser to deliver carbon-neutral brewery through green hydrogen deal

Budweiser Brewing Group has unveiled plans to create its first green hydrogen supply to a brewery, through a new agreement with energy firm Protium to use onsite renewables at the Magor brewery in South Wales to generate hydrogen to power the facility.

The company, which employs more than 30,000 people, will aim to become carbon neutral across its direct operations by 2025

Sodexo targets net-zero value chain by 2045

Food and facilities service firm Sodexo has unveiled new climate commitments to reach net-zero by 2045, with a new interim target to reaching carbon-neutral operations also set for 2025.

Under the theme of "Seize the moment", Net-Zero November 2021 will be focused on turning global ambitions into tangible business actions

Net-Zero November: edie to bolster COP26 coverage with bumper month of content and events

With the crucial COP26 climate summit now just weeks away, the award-winning edie content team is gearing up for the return of Net-Zero November - an entire month's worth of digital content and live events, all dedicated to accelerating the race to a more resilient, zero-carbon economy.

All edie podcast episodes can be listened to via iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud

Net-Zero Business podcast: IHG's low-carbon hotels and a spotlight on ESOS phase 3

In response to the accelerated pace at which corporates are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie's monthly Net-Zero Business podcast was created. Up next, we talk low-carbon hotels with IHG and energy efficiency with Inspired Energy.

Race to Zero now represents more than 4,000 businesses

British American Tobacco joins Race to Zero and targets net-zero emissions by 2050

British American Tobacco (BAT) is the latest company to sign up to the UN's Race to Zero initiative, pledging to halve global emissions by 2030 and reach net-zero by no later than 2050.

Pictured: An artist's impression of the timber-framed Pavillion in Stratford's International Quarter. Image: Lendlease

Green leases, renewable electricity and alternative fuels: Inside Lendlease's first year working towards absolute zero emissions

International property and investments group Lendlease has spoken exclusively with edie about the actions it has taken to decarbonise in its first year since setting a 2025 net-zero target for operations and a 2040 'absolute zero-carbon' target.

The company has appointed new climate change specialists to strengthen its sustainability team

John Lewis joins Race to Zero as work starts on 1.5C science-based targets

The John Lewis Partnership has appointed new climate specialists to oversee the development of science-based targets in line with the 1.5C pathway of the Paris Agreement, as the retailer builds towards its net-zero target for 2035.

Steel accounts for around 7% of global annual emissions, while aviation accounts for around 3%

Steel and aviation sectors plot pathway to net-zero by 2050

Dozens of big-name businesses across some of the world's highest emitting and hardest to decarbonise sectors have signed up to new multi-trillion-dollar pathways for reaching net-zero by 2050.

The research used a “digital twin” to create a virtual replica of the material that was tracked through the leather supply chain 

Jaguar Land Rover launches blockchain trials to source low-carbon leather

Transport giant Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has trialled blockchain technology to trace the carbon impacts of its leather supply chain, as part of its overarching net-zero commitment.

Ahead of COP26 Sunak has called on other G7 nations to support the IMF’s proposed Resilience and Sustainability Trust

G7 to explore carbon pricing and green finance for developing nations

G7 Finance Ministers have agreed on a new set of principles aimed at improving global supply chain resiliency and backing a new initiative from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) aimed at helping developing countries boost green economic opportunities.

Some G20 nations - which account for 75% of global greenhouse gas emissions –  are on course to exceed emissions levels in 2019

G20 must strengthen climate targets if Paris Agreement is to be met

New research has warned that despite the rise in national net-zero targets, the G20 is on course to bulldoze past both the 1.5C and 2C pathways of the Paris Agreement.

Williams Racing is now the first Formula 1 Team to be a signatory of the UNFCCC’s UN Sports for Climate Action Framework

Williams Racing commits to becoming 'climate positive' by 2030

Williams Racing team has set out a new five-pillar sustainability strategy that sees the Formula 1 team commit to becoming "climate positive" by 2030.

edie speaks exclusively to Salesforce’s head of clean energy and carbon Max Scher

How Salesforce became a net-zero business and what happens next

EXCLUSIVE: Last month, Salesforce announced it had become a net-zero business across its value chain. Here, edie explores how offsetting and location-based decarbonisation plans have created a unique road to combatting the climate crisis.

As much as $4trn of additional climate finance will be needed within a decade to deliver net-zero by 2050, the report states

'Stubbornness of the status quo' jeopardising Paris Agreement progress, IEA warns

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published this year's World Energy Outlook, revealing that the world is seeing the second-largest year-on-year increase in CO2 emissions on record post-pandemic.

The cement and concrete sector accounts for around 7% of annual global emissions 

Concrete commitment: Cement industry sets 2030 climate goals on road to net-zero by 2050

Some of the world's largest cement and concrete businesses have committed to reduce the emissions intensity of their products by up to 25% this decade, as the industry works towards a shared net-zero vision for 2050.

Grosvenor’s historic London estate in Mayfair and Belgravia is its main source of direct emissions

Grosvenor to use carbon offsetting earlier than planned, in bid to become carbon-neutral by 2025

Property developer Grosvenor Britain & Ireland has announced a carbon offsetting strategy to bolster its 2030 net-zero goal, confirming plans to reach carbon neutrality by 2025 through carbon credit purchases.

Virgin Atlantic has already delivered a 20% reduction in fleet carbon emissions

Virgin Atlantic unveils new carbon targets to help reach net-zero by 2050

Virgin Atlantic has today (11 October) confirmed new carbon targets that will push the company towards a goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

G20 leaders are meeting in Rome on October 30-31, ahead of COP26

Finance giants to G20 leaders: Close policy loopholes to end financing for activities that will derail net-zero

An alliance of finance giants collectively representing $90trn in assets is urging G20 nations to end fossil fuel subsidies, bolster carbon pricing and introduce new climate mandates for businesses, to ensure long-term net-zero pledges are credible.

The analysis links listed firms to twice the amount of emissions than previously estimated 

Report: Listed firms linked to 40% of global emissions

New research has suggested that listed companies are responsible for 40% of all climate-related emissions, a figure far greater than previous estimates.

71% of the UK's pensions sector is equivalent to some £2trn

Only 3 in 10 major UK pension schemes have credible net-zero plans

The Make My Money Matter Campaign has released research concluding that 71% of the UK's largest pension schemes do not yet have credible plans for reaching net-zero - a proportion representing more than £2trn.

HSBC sets 2050 net-zero financed emissions target for £36bn UK pension scheme

One of the largest corporate pension schemes in the UK has set a 2050 net-zero financed emissions targets, with an interim aim to halve emissions by 2030.

Meeting the target will require a major shift in the UK's electricity mix, in which unabated gas currently plays a key role

UK Government firms up 100% clean electricity target for 2035

The UK Government has confirmed that plans to end unabated fossil fuelled electricity generation by 2035, floated by Boris Johnson at the Conservative Party Conference, will be enshrined in law.

UK membership associations currently cover more than 13 million working professionals

UK professional institutions launch Charter for Climate Action

The UK's leading professional institutions have launched a new Charter for Climate Action, calling on bodies to reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement while upskilling their workforces to champion the sustainability movement.

More detailed plans are expected following the publication of the UK's Heat and Buildings Strategy

Heat and Buildings Strategy: Scotland sets out investments to deliver net-zero built environment

With still no sign of the UK's Heat and Buildings Strategy, the Scottish Government has unveiled its intention to cut emissions from the built environment by 68% by 2030 through a £1.8bn investment plan to transform the nation's building stock to net-zero by 2045.

The report found that just 5% of analysed firms are on course to reach their net-zero ambitions across scope 1 and 2 emissions

European businesses off course to meeting net-zero pledges

Almost one-third of Europe's largest companies have pledged to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest, but only 5% are on course to reach these ambitions, a new study has found.

Last year, KPMG committed to becoming a net-zero company and sourcing 100% renewable electricity globally by 2030

KPMG to invest $1.5bn on global ESG solutions

Professional services giant KPMG has unveiled a new $1.5bn investment plan to improve understanding of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) that helps businesses make strong contributions to decarbonisation and societal prosperity.

The current commitment does not yet cover Scope 3 emissions

International Council on Mining and Metals targets net-zero emissions by 2050

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has unveiled a new strategic target for its members to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 "or sooner" with pathways and plans to account for Scope 3 emissions to be published over the coming years.

(L-R): Bridget Jackson, Will Kirkpatrick, Sam Lux and Brendan Abadie joined edie's content director Luke Nicholls on stage

How can we unlock the sustainable business opportunities of COP26?

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses must use COP26 as an opportunity to improve the climate narrative, making it more engaging and accessible, while also pushing policymakers for more clarity on laying the foundations for the net-zero transition.

Covid-19 aside, aviation has been one of the fastest-growing sectors in terms of emissions in recent years

IATA signals support for global net-zero aviation sector by 2050, with strategy reliant on SAF

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has supported a resolution calling for the global sector to reach net-zero by 2050, unveiling plans that rely on sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) for 65% of emissions cuts.

COP26 engagement lead Nick Baker: Businesses are 'key lever' to delivering Paris Agreement

The UK COP26 Unit's deputy director for engagement, Nick Baker, has called on businesses to step-up their own commitments and "turbocharge collaboration" on climate ahead of the conference, to help keep a 1.5C future within reach.

Since 2015, the company has reduced its value chain emissions by more than 7%, despite growing the business

Mars targets net-zero value chain by 2050

Mars Incorporated has committed to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its full value chain by 2050, building on an existing commitment to reach net-zero across operations by 2040.

Late last week, the TNFD named 30 new additions to help develop the framework

Banking giants join Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures framework development

Senior figures from global banking giants including BlackRock, HSBC and Bank of America have been selected to help shape a new global framework on nature-related corporate disclosure.

Pension funds, like other players in the finance sector, have been urged to provide clarity on their climate action plans before COP26

Avon, Phoenix Group and TfL: Pension schemes covering billions bolster net-zero ambitions

The £10.6bn Transport for London (TfL) pension fund, £4.5bn Avon Pension Fund, and Phoenix Group, which manages £250bn of investments, have all set interim ambitions to reduce financed emissions on the road to net-zero.

McDonald's has long been the target of green campaigners, over its climate impact, packaging footprint and meat and dairy supply chains

McDonald's targets net-zero value chain globally by 2050

Fast-food giant McDonald's has set a 2050 global net-zero target covering operations and the supply chain, while its UK & Ireland business has set a more ambitious 2040 deadline.

The brand new, seven-page guide was published on Friday (1 October)

edie publishes new business guide to ESOS Phase 3

edie has published a new free-to-download business guide answering FAQs about compliance with the UK's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). There will also be a webinar on this topic next Thursday (14 October).

Pictured: Eastbourne

Five UK councils commit to launching green bonds

The Green Finance Institute (GFI) has announced the first five councils to sign on to its Local Climate Bond campaign, which commits members to developing green bond issuance plans within 18 months.

Pictured: The Bauhaus office block in Manchester, which is WELL Gold certified

Orchard Street accelerates net-zero targets through new pathway

Commercial property investment manager Orchard Street has published a pathway to net-zero emissions, including a plan to reach the milestone for corporate and landlord emissions and refurbishments 20 years earlier than planned.

M&S’s Plan A strategy was launched in 2007

M&S refreshes Plan A strategy to deliver net-zero value chain by 2040

Retailer M&S has refreshed its iconic Plan A sustainability strategy to encompass a new commitment to reach net-zero emissions across its entire supply chain and product category by 2040.

Coal is one of the six areas covered; the report argues the case for nations to go beyond commitments to no new coal and to draw up plans for closing existing plants

Report: Action on just six issues can deliver 90% of emissions reductions needed to limit global heating to 1.5C

The Energy Transitions Commission has published a new landmark report, outlining how policymakers can deliver the deep emissions cuts needed this decade to put the world on track to deliver the Paris Agreement.

The letter calls for the immediate end to new coal power development

Business giants call on G20 to strengthen climate commitments

Some of the world's largest businesses, including Unilever, Netflix and Volvo, have written to the G20 calling on nations to strengthen climate targets and deliver on climate finance commitments in the build-up to COP26.

Diageo unveiled a new commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2030

Diageo opens its first carbon-neutral distillery in Kentucky

Brewing giant Diageo has opened its first carbon-neutral distillery, located in Kentucky, that will use renewables and virtual metering technology to avoid the emissions equivalent to around 25,000 vehicles, as it builds towards its net-zero ambition for 2030.

The Business Guide to Net-Zero Carbon Buildings provides a much-needed breakdown of how organisations can achieve net-zero carbon buildings

edie launches new business guide on net-zero carbon buildings

edie has published a brand new guide exploring how businesses can improve energy efficiency, data collection, local network sharing and staff engagement and wellbeing as part of a long-term journey to deliver net-zero emissions for the built environment.

Pictured: One of Tesc's fully electric home delivery vans

Tesco sets 2050 net-zero target for supply chain

Building on a commitment to reach net-zero operational emissions by 2035 and to cut supplier emissions by 35% within the same timeframe, Tesco ha updated its ambitions for decarbonising the supply chain.

The scheme replicates the well-established NABERS Australian rating system

NABERS: New energy rating scheme for offices available in UK

A new energy rating scheme for UK offices has officially launched this week in a bid to help businesses reach net-zero targets by bridging the gap between the design and in-use energy performance of their buildings.

The Business Guide to Net-Zero Carbon Buildings

With buildings now accounting for more than half of total city emissions on average, it’s clear that urgent and dramatic action is required to accelerate the decarbonisation of the built environment. In addition, the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic has seen those that are able to work from home, creating a new dynamic for the energy use and management of corporate buildings.

The move comes 15 months after the firm updated its overarching climate targets 

Unilever outlines plans to halve supplier emissions by 2030

FMCG giant Unilever has outlined plans to help suppliers representing two-thirds of its upstream emissions to decarbonise in line with climate science.

Shipping accounts for 80% of global trade and 3% of greenhouse gas emissions

Shipping and fuel giants call for government action to spur net-zero progress

More than 150 major organisations across the global maritime value chain have called on governments to develop policies that will enable full decarbonisation of the entire sector.

Pictured: Industrial activity at Port Talbot 

Report: UK businesses only set to deliver one-third of emissions cuts needed for net-zero

A study of the decarbonisation plans of 17 of the UK's biggest sectors has found that most are recording either stable or increasing emissions, jeapordising the nation's chance of meeting net-zero by 2050.

The paper are for the UK government to raise the minimum threshold for Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings required to lease or sell a property

UK's retrofit industry must grow by ten times to play role in reaching net-zero

The UK's retrofitting industry needs to grow by ten times its current size if the UK is to decarbonise its housing stock at a pace suitable for the wider net-zero emissions target, new research has revealed.

Collectively, Paris Aligned Asset Owners now represent more than $2.35trn in assets 

Major UK pension funds among latest investors to join global net-zero commitment

Tesco Pension Investment, the London Pensions Fund Authority and Railpen are among 12 asset owners to have this week joined a global collaboration designed to spur the transition to net-zero-aligned investing.

World leaders are set to discuss a global biodiversity framework next month, as part of virtual CBD negotiations

Investors call for stronger global biodiversity framework to be delivered at COP15

A group of investors worth more than $10.6trn in assets under management has issued a statement ahead of the Convention on Biological Diversity's COP15 next month, calling for heightened global action to end deforestation and ensure sustainable land use.

The first priority of the body is to finalise the creation of the Core Carbon Principles (CCPs)

New governing body formed to oversee voluntary carbon markets

The Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets has announced the formation of an independent governance body for carbon markets and credits that will aim to set a global benchmark in proving the social value and carbon reduction potential of carbon credits and offsetting.

edie commits to amplify Race to Zero membership by supporting readers, event attendees and club members in their decarbonisation efforts

edie announced as official Race to Zero Accelerator and media partner ahead of COP26

edie has today (21 September) been announced as an official "Accelerator" of the UN-backed Race to Zero campaign as part of a concerted effort to build momentum for the global race to net-zero emissions in the run-up to the COP26 climate talks.

The new Initiative will report annually on its progress 

Investment consultants advising $10trn of assets launch new net-zero initiative

A dozen investment consulting firms, collectively responsible for advising asset owners and managers worth $10trn, have launched a new global initiative aimed at accelerating the net-zero transition.

The Climate Pledge now has more than 200 business signatories 

86 new businesses sign Amazon's climate pledge, as BT and Moody's shift net-zero deadlines forward

Procter & Gamble (P&G), Selfridges, Asos and Nespresso are among the 86 new signatories of The Climate Pledge, meaning they will need to reach net-zero by 2040 at the latest.

The UK’s Net Zero Strategy is expected to be published in October

UK businesses call for coherent Net-Zero Strategy supported by Treasury

More than 80 UK businesses have signed a joint letter sent to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, calling on the Government to strengthen domestic approaches to climate leadership, namely through the publication of the upcoming Net-Zero Strategy.

Oxfam states that developing nations could miss out on up to £57bn over a six-year period

Wealthy nations still well short of $100bn climate finance promise

Wealthy nations are failing to address a finance gap on the long-standing pledge to mobilise $100bn (£72.5bn) annually to help developing nations adapt to the climate crisis, according to new research from Oxfam which found that up to £57bn may not be delivered across a six-year period.

Bio-based Crocs and Illinois' zero-carbon bill: The sustainability success stories of the week

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

The survey found that 65% believe governments are failing young people

'The future is frightening': Climate change linked to psychological distress in young people

A global study of more than 10,000 young people aged 16-25 has found that a perceived failure from governments and nations on climate action is leading to cases of distress and anxiety, with some feeling future generations have been "betrayed" by inaction.

Pictured: Berwick Bank Project Director Alex Meredith

SSE to combine projects to create 4.1GW offshore wind farm in Scotland

SSE Renewables has announced plans to merge two proposed offshore windfarms in a move that would create enough clean power to provide for all of Scotland's households twice over.

The Network argues that cities have received “a disproportionate amount of funds for climate action”

UK's net-zero progress 'too city-focused', councils warn

A group of 36 county councils has called on the UK Government to provide more funding that enables areas outside of cities to reach net-zero emissions, warning the decarbonisation across key areas such as buildings and transport is slowing in these regions.

The training will be available online to all ad professionals, in the UK and internationally, via the IPA’s CPD platform

Advertising industry launches net-zero training qualification for workers

Workers in the advertising sector will soon be able to access new training qualification programmes to create a better understanding of how the sector can reduce emissions and promote sustainable products and services as part of the wider net-zero movement.

Asos will also ensure that at least 50% of leadership-level positions within the company a represented by women by 2030

Asos targets net-zero value chain by 2030 as part of sweeping new ESG strategy

Online fashion retailer Asos has launched a new sweeping sustainability strategy, outlining plans to deliver a net-zero value chain, embed circular design principles, increase human rights transparency and improve leadership-level diversity across the organisation, by 2030 at the latest.

The proposal will be tabled next year

EU plans certification scheme for carbon dioxide removals

The European Commission will publish a policy paper by the end of the year on "the sustainable management of the carbon cycle" - the first step towards an EU-wide certification scheme for negative emissions coming from agriculture, forestry and other sources, that will be tabled in 2022.

MPs remained in key climate positions in the build up to COP26

Kwarteng and Sharma keep key climate roles as part of cabinet reshuffle

COP26 President Alok Sharma and BEIS Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng have both remained in their respective positions, as part of the Prime Minister's cabinet reshuffle that saw former Environment Secretary Michael Gove step into the head of Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The research finds that emissions are likely to be the same levels in 2030 as they are today

Just one country on course to meet 1.5C target, new research warns

Only Gambia is currently on course to deliver climate action that is in alignment with the 1.5C pathway of the Paris Agreement, according to new research from Climate Action Tracker (CAT), which warns that momentum on updating climate targets has stalled.

the WorldGBC is now calling for businesses to account for the whole lifecycle impact of all new buildings and major renovations

'Reduction-first approach': WorldGBC updates net-zero buildings commitment

The World Green Buildings Council (WorldGBC) has today (15 September) unveiled an update to its longstanding Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, that aims to ignite a "reduction-first" approach to decarbonisation to halve emissions from the sector by 2030 and tackle lifecycle emissions.

The investors will now launch a pilot programme to trial the standard with volunteering businesses including BP, Eni, Repsol, Shell and Total

Investors spell out net-zero expectations for oil and gas sector

A host of global investors, worth a collective $10.4trn in assets under management, have engaged with the likes of BP and Shell to lay out expectations as to how the oil and gas sector should transition to net-zero emissions.

The Climate Action Plan details how replacing raw materials, embracing the circular economy and reducing carbon through better water usage will all assist with the wider net-zero goal

Plans before pledges: How P&G has evolved its climate strategy to target a net-zero value chain by 2040

EXCLUSIVE: Procter & Gamble (P&G) has unveiled a new climate action plan to reach net-zero emissions across its value chain by 2040, with the company's vice president for global sustainability Jack Mcaneny telling edie that the "absolute priority is reducing emissions".

The guide is free to download for edie users

edie publishes updated guide on the business opportunities of COP26

edie has published an updated Explains guide detailing everything you need to know about this year's COP26 climate summit and how businesses can get involved and use the discussions to improve their approach to sustainability and the net-zero transition.

The consultancy is calling for investors and corporates to strengthen relations and disclosure related to current or intended net-zero business pledges

Half of UK investors facing 'major' climate-related risks to assets

Around 50% of the UK's institutional investors are facing "major" climate-related threats that could impact the value of their portfolios - namely those focused on the private sector - according to new research.

Construction of the base is scheduled for later this year, with completion set for late 2022

Dogger Bank: World's largest windfarm's operations base to be net-zero carbon

The Dogger Bank Wind Farm, off the North East coast of England, will have its new operations and maintenance (O&M) base constructed and operated under recognised standards for net-zero buildings.

Shipping is currently responsible for around 3% of global CO2e emissions

UK Government calls for 'absolute zero' emissions goal for global shipping sector

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has called on the global maritime sector to agree on an "absolute zero" emissions target by 2050, as the UK looks set to host a demonstration week for the future of shipping.

The £265m earmarked for the next auction is the biggest yet, according to the Government

Government ringfences £265m for next Contracts for Difference auction

The UK Government has today (13 September) confirmed that up to £265m will be funnelled into the next Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction round, a record amount of money aimed at spurring uptake in clean energy deployment including offshore wind, solar and tidal technologies.

The TUC based its analysis on data from the ONS and Catapult Energy Systems

660,000 jobs at risk unless UK improves approach to net-zero target, research warns

The UK's sluggish progress towards its net-zero emissions target for 2050 could see more than 600,000 jobs move to other countries that are better embracing the green transition, new analysis has warned.

To help deliver the goal of carbon neutrality, Hitachi will invest around €10bn over a three-year period

Hitachi targets carbon-neutral value chain by 2050

Hitachi, one of the Principal Partners to the COP26 conference, has revised its sustainability targets with a new plan to achieve carbon neutrality across its entire value chain by 2050.

Cisco targets net-zero by 2040, Illumina by 2050

Tech giant Cisco has pledged to reach net-zero emissions for operations by 2025 and the supply chain by 2040, while healthcare research and solutions firm Illumina has set a 2050 target.

The business guide to COP26

What's happening on each day of the COP26 climate summit this November? How does the COP process work, and what are the desired outcomes? In the final run-up to the talks, edie's definitive business guide to COP26 has you covered.

The chemicals sector is responsible for between 5% and 6% of global annual emissions

$1.6trn investor coalition pushes chemicals sector on net-zero

It is technically feasible to fully decarbonise the production of chemicals by 2050 and it is becoming increasingly economically viable to do so, according to responsible investment group ShareAction.

Aviation is widely considered a hard-to-abate sector and is one of the fastest-growing in the world in terms of emissions

Airlines could account for 20% of global emissions by 2050, report finds

Unless the aviation sector accelerates efforts to decarbonise, its share of global annual emissions could grow from 3% at present to 20% by 2050, according to a new analysis from Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

The new runway would see Heathrow Airport go from overseeing 480,000 takeoffs and landings each year (the 2019 baseline) to around 740,000

Transport Secretary rejects calls to oppose Heathrow Airport expansion on climate grounds

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has stated that the Government will continue to support a third runway at Heathrow Airport, arguing that it would "not be appropriate" to review airport planning rules over climate concerns.

Image: Sky Sports

#GameZero: Sky and Tottenham team up to deliver net-zero carbon football match

Sky has teamed up with Tottenham Hotspur to host the "world's first" net-zero carbon elite-level football match.

Ready to follow in Holcim's footsteps? Entries for the 2022 Awards close on 1 October 2021

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet net-zero champions Holcim

With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards less than a month away, this series showcases the achievements of previous winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: Winner of our 'Net-Zero Carbon Strategy' award, Holcim Group.

80% of the banks have net-zero financed emissions targets for 2050 or sooner - but questions remain as to how this milestone will be reached

Europe's biggest banks failing to end coal financing despite net-zero climate pledges, report finds

An analysis of how 25 of Europe's largest banks are acting on climate issues has found that fewer than half have committed to ending financing for coal activities.

Amazon believes the Accelerator will enable farmers to utilise NbS to combat the climate crisis

Amazon launches nature-based solutions 'accelerator' to support farmers and cut emissions

Amazon has today (2 September) launched a new agroforestry and restoration programme that will utilise nature-based solutions (NbS) while improving livelihoods for local farmers in the Brazilian Amazonian region.

The 'Drive CO2 Neutral' campaign has been running in the UK as well as the Netherlands

Shell campaign promoting carbon offsetting is greenwashing, Dutch advertising watchdog rules

The Netherlands' advertising watchdog has urged Royal Dutch Shell to stop running a campaign promoting fuel purchases as 'carbon neutral', providing that customers purchase offsets.

Ofgem has stated that the fund will help businesses and households to decarbonise, while also reducing bills 

Ofgem pledges £450m for innovations to decarbonise energy networks

Regulator Ofgem has launched a new £450m fund to help energy networks develop innovative technologies that will accelerate the transition to a low-carbon energy system in the UK.

Last year, the City of London Corporation committed to reaching net-zero across its investments and supply chain by 2040

City of London Corporation issues contract to reduce energy costs by £500,000 annually

The City of London Corporation has awarded a contract to Vital Energi to carry out energy-related retrofits of iconic buildings such as the Barbican Centre and Guildhall School of Music and Drama that will save almost £500,000 each year.

Heating, cooling and water at the site will be reused, while rainwater will be collected and used onsite

PepsiCo starts work on its 'most sustainable' European manufacturing plant

PepsiCo has held a foundation laying ceremony for a new PLN 1bn (£188m) food manufacturing plant in Poland, which it claims will be its most sustainable facility in Europe.

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The Net-Zero Business podcast: Inside the Co-op's 10-point climate action plan

In response to the accelerated pace at which businesses are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie is hosting a monthly podcast series exploring target development and delivery. This month, we speak to the Co-operative Group.

Green policy decisions made this year will affect the climate for decades to come, the report warns

Go beyond net-zero and target net-negative emissions, climate scientists urge

A group of world-renowned climate scientists is arguing that ambitions for reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 will no longer be enough to avoid the worst impacts of global heating, in light of the fact that change is happening more rapidly than predicted.

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Swiss Re turns to Climeworks' direct air CO2 capture to meet net-zero goal

Swiss Re has signed a ten-year agreement with carbon capture tech firm Climeworks, under which it is purchasing carbon removals from direct air capture (DAC) facilities and the associated carbon storage.

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edie launches new explains guide on sub-metering

edie has today (24 August) launched a new Explains guide detailing everything the businesses need to know and consider when looking to install sub-metering solutions to assist with wider decarbonisation plans.

A recording of the session will be available to watch, on-demand, for those who register

edie's next masterclass to focus on Scope 3 emissions on the road to net-zero

edie's next free masterclass will take place in September and focuses on how businesses can get to grips with measuring and managing Scope 3 emissions in order to support ambitious net-zero targets.

edie Explains: Sub-metering

What is sub-metering? What are the different ways an organisation can use submetering? What are the business benefits of sub- metering? What is the cost of installing sub-meters? And, how can sub-metering support other aspects of a business’ net-zero journey? This new Explains guide from edie answers all of these questions and more.

Stagecoach has already invested £1bn on 7,000 low-carbon vehicles over the last 10 years

Stagecoach calls for transport policy overhaul as part of carbon-neutral roadmap

Transport group Stagecoach has unveiled a new roadmap to becoming a carbon-neutral business by 2050, while also calling for the UK Government to fix "contradictory policies" associated with the transport sector and the need to reach net-zero emissions.

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London's University College Hospitals declare 'climate and health emergency', set net-zero target

The University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has outlined plans to reach net-zero operational carbon emissions by 2031, emphasising the impacts of the climate crisis on public health.

104 councils have now pledged their support to the Bill and are encouraging Government officials to pass it into law

Councils throw support behind Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill

More than 100 local authorities and councils have publicly backed the Climate and Ecological Emergency (CEE) Bill, which is set to be debated in Parliament next month and calls for the UK to do more to tackle its contribution to the climate crisis.

The UK Government has faced mounting pressure to provide more long-term clarity for businesses on approaching the net-zero transition

Retail, tech and manufacturing: UK Net-Zero Business Champion urges firms to bolster climate targets

Andrew Griffith MP, the UK COP26 Unit's Net-Zero Business Champion, has published open letters to retail, technology and manufacturing firms, urging them to commit to halving emissions by 2030 on the road to net-zero by 2050 at the latest.

To help deliver against the new commitments, Mode, which launched in 2020, has set up an internal sustainability committee 

Mode Global targets net-zero from cryptocurrency operations by 2030

Fintech major Mode Global Holdings has committed to achieving net-zero emissions from its cryptocurrency operations by the end of the decade, outlining plans to ensure they are powered by renewable electricity.

The Government claims that together, the four projects could save almost 32 million tonnes of carbon emissions

Government funnels £91m into ultra-fast charging projects and extended-range EVs

Projects that increase the range of electric vehicles (EVs), create batteries that can charge in as little as 12 minutes and hydrogen-powered heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) have all been awarded a share of £91m from the UK Government.

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COP26 Action Tracker: Nations urged to respond to IPCC report as Cambo oilfield row rolls on

With less than 100 days to go until COP26, this new series from edie will provide a regular temperature check of global climate action from nations and businesses.

Hydrogen looks set to be a key enabler in the decarbonisation of heat, transport and heavy industry

5 ways the Hydrogen Strategy can help the UK's net-zero ambition

The UK Government has unveiled its long-awaited Hydrogen Strategy, outlining how a multi-billion-pound investment into the technology can reduce emissions and create jobs on the road to net-zero. Here, edie looks at five roles that hydrogen could play in delivering rapid decarbonisation.

Leeds (pictured) has declared a 'climate emergency' and set a 2030 net-zero target, but is supporting airport expansion 

Councils to have declared 'climate emergency' still backing road and airport expansion, BBC finds

A swathe of councils in England have made 'climate emergency' declarations in recent years, but an analysis from the BBC has found that more than one-third are still planning high-carbon infrastructure.

The initiative's original ambition was to reach 100 members by COP26, which begins on 1 November

Dozens of businesses sign up for Tech Zero taskforce, taking membership past the 100 mark

A coalition of fast-growing UK tech firms, convened to inform policymaking and garner further industry support ahead of COP26, has amassed the support of more than 100 businesses.

Just 0.01 of annual GDP is being spent on climate-related initiatives 

UK Government failing on green spending requirements to reach net-zero, WWF warns

The UK Government is not allocating the required spending to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, with new analysis warning that an existing policy gap could add billions of pounds to the total cost of decarbonisation.

Part of the funding has been provided by the Government’s £160m Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Support Scheme

Humber region to benefit from £260m offshore wind investment

More than £260m has been granted in Government funding to develop next generation wind turbines in the Humber region, in a move that will support the UK's net-zero vision while creating and safeguarding more than 1,000 green jobs.

edie outlines how businesses can begin to respond to the report in order to accelerate decarbonisation and improve long-term resiliency against a changing climate

5 key corporate net-zero considerations based on the latest IPCC report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued a report warning that irreversible and unprecedented changes to the planet are being caused by the climate crisis. Here, edie summarises how businesses should respond to the warnings in the new landmark report.

SMEs named cost as the biggest barrier to taking climate action

Just one in ten UK SMEs measuring their carbon emissions, survey finds

A poll of more than 1,000 UK-based small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) has found that just one in ten are measuring the carbon footprint of their operations, with many unsure of how to start climate action in the wake of Covid-19.

JBS’s chief executive Gilberto Tomazoni met with Alok Sharma, President-Designate of COP26

World’s largest meat company JBS joins Race to Zero initiative

The world’s largest meat company, JBS, met with COP26 President Alok Sharma to formally join the Race to Zero campaign, building on a net-zero commitment set earlier this year.

According to the report, no regions will be immune to the impacts of the climate crisis in the coming decades

'The package currently on the table is perilously inadequate': Green economy reacts to new IPCC report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Working Group 1 has published a major new report outlining how the severity of the physical impacts of the climate crisis will grow without immediate and deep cuts to emissions. Here, edie rounds up the key pieces of reaction from across the UK's green economy.

Pictured right: Heineken's 'Greener Bar' at the ExCel Centre in London

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Spotlight on net-zero buildings, bars and beverages

In episode 106 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast, edie explores how the net-zero transition is being managed across the places we live, work and socialise.

Beauty businesses of all sizes are eligible to join the coalition. Image: Beauty Kitchen

New beauty industry coalition to accelerate sector's net-zero transition

Lush, Avon and Walgreens Boots Alliance are among the founding members of a new sustainability coalition for the beauty industry, which will develop shared goals on climate action and other pressing issues.

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Princes targets carbon-neutral operations by 2030, using 'minimal' offsetting

Food and drink manufacturer Princes has committed to achieving carbon-neutral operations globally within a decade and stated that it will prioritise decarbonisation over offsetting.

More than 90% of metal produced in the world is steel, and the sector is accountable for around 9% of global emissions

Investors lay out expectations for steel sector to reach net-zero emissions

An initiative involving more than 500 investors representing $55trn in assets has outlined a set of priorities that it will engage in to help the global steel sector reach net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.

Each company is progressing towards ambitious climate targets

Mars, Diageo and Dropbox unveil major renewables milestones

Mars, Diageo and Dropbox have all unveiled plans to add more renewables to their electricity mix, with Diageo planning for an onsite solar farm in Scotland.

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Kingspan Group and Royal DSM get seal of approval for science-based climate commitments

Building materials manufacturer Kingspan has pledged to cut operational emissions by 90% this decade, while Royal DSM has pledged a 50% cut within the same timeframe, under newly-approved science-based climate targets.

This new series will be running regularly, bringing you the key headlines, statistics and events in the run-up to COP26

COP26 Action Tracker: G20 members clash on coal as credibility of corporate net-zero targets questioned

With less than 100 days to go until COP26, this new series from edie will provide a regular temperature check of global climate action from nations and businesses.

A decline in wind investments was offset by offerings from renewable energy firms

Renewable energy investments reach new heights for first half of 2021

Investment into clean energy projects and companies swelled to $174bn in the first half of 2021, with record levels of public market financing offsetting a decline in renewable project investments.

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UK's largest pub company and WSH join Zero Carbon Forum

The UK's largest pub company Stonegate Group and hospitality giant Westbury Street Holdings (WSH) have joined the Zero Carbon Forum initiative, which is developing a roadmap to net-zero for the industry.

The charity argues that land-based carbon removal methods could cause food prices to grow by 80% by 2050, pushing even more people into cases of hunger

Nations and businesses 'hiding behind net-zero smokescreen', Oxfam warns

Governments and corporates are relying too much on 'unproven and unrealistic' carbon removal and offsetting schemes in order to reach net-zero targets, with a new report from Oxfam warning that a land area five times the size of India would be required to create new forests for these measures.

The statistics cover contracted or tendered technologies such as renewables, storage and aggregator solutions

UK smashes annual grid flexibility record seven months into 2021

New statistics have revealed that 2021 has already broken a "network flexibility" record, with contracted smart energy solutions and grid flexibility up 45% compared to annual levels from 2020.

Investors are calling for net-zero targets to come with detailed transition plans

Investors seek accountability over corporate net-zero commitments

More than 50 global investors, managing more than $14trn in assets, are calling for new corporate governance structures and standards to be introduced to improve the accountability of net-zero carbon commitments.

The company will work with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to validate efforts to reach net-zero emissions

ArcelorMittal eyes $10bn investment to reduce emissions by 2030

Steel manufacturing giant ArcelorMittal has announced plans to reduce carbon emissions by 25% by 2030 as part of a wider net-zero ambition for 2050, with the new target set to be back by a $10bn investment into low-carbon and circular solutions.

The integration of renewables has contributed to a 22.7% reduction in Scope 1 & 2 emissions against a 2018 baseline

Sky powered by 100% renewables globally

Broadcaster Sky is now powered by 100% renewable electricity across its entire operations, meeting a commitment to the RE100 initiative and building towards its net-zero target for 2030.

According to EDF, the offering would enable fleet customers to save around £350 in energy cost savings annually

EDF and Nissan launch V2G charging solution for business fleets

EDF and Nissan have launched a new service for UK businesses that enables electric vehicle (EV) fleets to access vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging technology.

Common offsetting projects include tree planting and other nature restoration or creation, as well as helping communities to access renewable electricity or clean cooking fuel. Image: VCMI

Carbon offsetting: New 'integrity initiative' launched to tackle greenwashing

With an increasing amount of businesses turning to carbon offsetting to deliver net-zero climate goals, a new initiative has been launched to ensure that voluntary carbon markets actually deliver the levels of mitigation and sequestration needed.

Lloyds of London has faced pressure to improve its climate approach for several years

Lloyd's outlines plans to increase green investments but stops short of full Paris Agreement alignment

Insurance and investment giant Lloyd's of London has published a new climate action roadmap, detailing plans to increase support for low-carbon transport, energy and industrial technologies.

The proposed plan would use the Siemens Mobility ‘eHighway’ technology, which has been trialled on small road systems in Germany and Sweden

UK Government exploring feasibility of 'electric highways' for zero-emission trucks

The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded a share of £20m to a consortium of businesses that will explore how long-range trucks can be electrified using overhead wires on motorways across the country, to assist with the UK's net-zero emissions target.

The dairy sector accounts for around 3% of annual global emissions - a similar proportion to aviation

Dairy giants and UN to jointly plot global course to net-zero by 2050

A swathe of businesses, research hubs and other organisations within the livestock and dairy sectors are supporting a new UN-backed initiative plotting a course to net-zero emissions.

Howard Boyd will help oversee the GFI’s work in the build-up to the COP26 climate summit this November in Glasgow

Emma Howard Boyd confirmed as interim chair of Green Finance Institute

The Green Finance Institute (GFI) has announced that the Environment Agency's chair Emma Howard Boyd CBE has been appointed as interim chair at the institute, following the passing of Sir Roger Gifford in May.

Scottish Widows research found that 56% of defined benefit (DB) pension savers would consider investing their pension funds in clean, fossil fuel-free energy

Scottish Widows 'reboots' £250m environment fund to screen against fossil fuels

Scottish Widows has launched a 'rebooted' Environmental Fund that will give six million customers the chance to invest in "great green" British businesses, while screening against exposure to fossil fuels.

It is estimated that around £30bn of investment into heat networks will be required by 2050 to meet the net-zero target

SGN and Vital Energi launch joint venture for zero-carbon heat networks

Gas distribution company SGN and UK renewable energy solutions provider Vital Energi have agreed on a new 50:50 joint venture to create an energy services company (ESCO) that will own and operate low and zero-carbon heat networks.

Dixons Carphone operates 14 brands across eight countries, including Currys PC World here in the UK

Dixons Carphone and Dassault Systèmes unveil new science-based climate targets

Technology retailer Dixons Carphone and software giant Dassault Systèmes have had updated climate targets approved in line with the Paris Agreement's 1.5C trajectory by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).

Campaigners claimed that policymakers had only considered the environmental impact of five of the Scheme's 50+ projects

Climate impact of UK's £27.4bn roads plan 'not a matter for the courts', judge rules

The High Court has ruled that the Government did not need to assess the climate impact of its second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2), after green campaigners argued that the £27.4bn package is not aligned with the 2050 net-zero commitment.

Businesses have been tasked with aligning to the ambitions of Race to Zero

New environmental roadmap developed for homebuilders

UK homebuilders have backed a new Government-led plan to ensure that new builds are zero-carbon ready by 2025 as well as improving biodiversity and reducing waste.

Make My Money Matter calls on the pension schemes to match the 1.5C ambition of the Paris Agreement

Pension schemes urged to set net-zero targets ahead of COP26

More than 80 defined benefit (DB) pension schemes have been urged to align with the Paris Agreement by aiming to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest while also ensuring a rapid exit from coal investments.

The roadmap divides city-based emissions into five sectors that have the greatest climate impact

Roadmap developed to help Oxford reach net-zero emissions by 2040

A new science-based roadmap has been developed outlining how carbon budgets, rooftop solar and electric vehicles (EVs) can help Oxford reach net-zero emissions by 2040.

Last month, the company revealed that it reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 16% over the last year, as it builds towards a net-zero carbon goal set for 2040

Asda to move entire company car fleet to EVs by 2025

Asda has confirmed it will move its entire company car fleet of 600 vehicles to electric by 2025, a move that will save more than 2,000 tonnes of carbon emissions on the road to net-zero.

Shell wants to install 800 charging points across the Waitrose estate by 2025

Waitrose teams with Shell to install EV charge points across UK stores

Waitrose has announced it is working with Shell to install 800 electric vehicle (EV) charging points in up to 100 stores across the UK by 2025.

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How the world can reach net-zero emissions by 2050, according to BloombergNEF

BloombergNEF has published its latest New Energy Outlook report, examining three progress pathways to reach net-zero globally by 2050. Here, edie summaries what will need to change to deliver this low-carbon trajectory.

Anglian Water will also develop an offsetting strategy for residual emissions by planting 50 hectares of woodland on its sites

Onsite renewables and EVs: Anglian Water outlines net-zero routemap for 2030

Anglian Water has published a detailed routemap outlining how onsite renewables, electric vehicles (EVs), hydrogen and biogas production will deliver its ambition to reach net-zero by 2030.

The report features a host of recommendations to capture the benefits of CCUS in the UK

UK urged to level-up regions through CCUS supply chains

The trade body for the Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) industry in the UK has noted that a successful rollout of the technology could create a thriving supply chain in the UK which would deliver job growth, provided enabling policies are introduced.

By 2035, the CLC will have reduced construction product emissions by 66% from 2018 levels

Construction Leadership Council plots path to net-zero

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC), which is co-chaired by Minister for Business and Industry, Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Anne-Marie Trevelyan, has outlined plans to help the sector reach net-zero emissions as part of the wider national target.

The sustainability report claims that “just one of our inert anode cells can generate the same volume of oxygen as 70 hectares of forest”

EN+ Group turns to oxygen-producing method to decarbonise aluminium

Aluminium and hydropower giant EN+ Group has built on a target to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 by also confirming the development of the world's lowest carbon aluminium from inert anode technologies.

Pictured: Panellists at the initiative's launch event at The Culpeper, Shoreditch, one of the 36 pilot locations. Image: Net-Zero Now

Net-zero pubs and bars scheme to help UK sector accelerate climate action amid Covid-19 recovery

A new industry protocol and certification standard has been launched to help the UK's bars and pubs reach net-zero before the national legal deadline of 2050.

The UK Government has faced criticism due to planned  £27.4bn roads building expansion, with legal cases on climate grounds being issued

Highways England seeks road to net-zero by 2050

Highways England has unveiled plans to reach net-zero across its operations by 2030 as part of a step to deliver net-zero travel across English roads by 2050.

The industry's existing roadmap was targeting an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050

British Glass outlines net-zero roadmap for 2050

The businesses representing the UK's glass sector have outlined a new roadmap that will enable the industry to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

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Prysmian Group eyes net-zero emissions between 2035 and 2040

The world's largest supplier of cables to the energy and telecoms sectors, Prysmian Group, has pledged to reach net-zero for its global operations between 2035 and 2040, and a net-zero global value chain by 2050.

The CCC estimates that UK councils will be able to influence one-third of the emissions generated in their local areas through partnerships and place-shaping

'Serious weaknesses' in UK Government's plans for engaging local councils on net-zero, report warns

Local councils are finding it hard to engage with the UK Government on issues relating to the net-zero transition, including target-setting and securing funding, the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed.

Earlier this year, Royal Mail announced plans to add an additional 3,000 low-emission delivery vans to its fleet

Royal Mail to switch all company cars to EVs by 2030

Royal Mail has announced that all of its company cars will be electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030, with salary sacrifice schemes and mileage reimbursement packages set to be adjusted to only account for low-carbon forms of transport.

ScottishPower and Shell claim it would be the “world’s first large-scale” system for the technology

ScottishPower and Shell bid to develop large-scale floating windfarms in UK

ScottishPower and Shell have submitted a joint bid to develop large-scale floating offshore windfarm systems in the northeast of Scotland, with a decision expected to be made next year.

The UK's pensions sector covers some £3trn of investment and while large schemes are required to measure and disclose climate risks, net-zero transition plans are not yet mandatory

Net-zero investment portfolios promised by 14 major UK pension funds

The chairs of corporate pension funds including Tesco, Unilever, BT and Pennon are among the signatories of a new commitment to halve portfolio emissions by 2030 and bring them to net-zero by 2050.

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Transport Minister Rachel Maclean: UK can be a 'pacesetter' for green industrial revolution

EXCLUSIVE: Transport Minister Rachel Maclean believes that the newly released Transport Decarbonisation Plan can spur the next industrial revolution that ushers in unprecedented levels of innovation to help meet the national net-zero target.

Both businesses are aiming for net-zero by 2040 at the latest

Inditex and Elsevier commit to net-zero emissions by 2040

Clothing giant Inditex and research publishing firm Elsevier are the latest corporates to have updated their corporate strategies, setting ambitions to reach net-zero emissions by 2040 at the latest.

The green recovery package will enable the sector to tackle an array of environmental issues

Water sector unveils £2.7bn green recovery framework

The water sector has unveiled a new green recovery framework that will funnel £2.7bn into initiatives that reduce flood risk, improve water quality and cut emissions on the road to net-zero.

Waygood has been with Aviva Investors for 14 years, founding its Centre for Sustainable Fiance Excellence

Aviva's Steve Waygood: Now is the time for finance firms to become climate macro-stewards

With the world on track for 3.2C of warming by the end of the decade, by UN estimates, Aviva Investors' chief responsible investment officer Steve Waygood is urging professionals in his line of work to go beyond their four walls and influence international climate plans.

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Green Jobs Taskforce urges UK Government to close funding and skills gaps

Every single role in the UK could become a "green job" in the future - but only if the Government clarifies the path to net-zero by 2050, including new measures to invest in low-carbon technologies and to build a robust skills pipeline.

Policymakers are discussing the controversial reforms this week

Business reiterate Brazil boycott as nation urged to set deforestation-linked bonds

Nando's, Ocado and the Woolworths Group are the latest businesses to have signed a letter urging Brazilian policymakers to reject a new land-use proposal that could further spur deforestation in the Amazonian region, with a new report urging the nation to link efforts to combat deforestation to sovereign bonds.

The Plan covers all forms of transport, but some sectors have stronger policy commitments than others

At a glance: Everything you need to know about the UK’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan

The UK Government has unveiled its domestic plan designed to align the transport sector with the national net-zero target. Here, edie pulls out what this means for all modes of transport moving forward.

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Net-zero by 2045: Go-Ahead Group launches updated climate strategy

Public transport giant Go-Ahead Group has launched a new climate strategy headlined by commitments to cut emissions by 75% by 2035 and bring them to net-zero by 2045.

The Plan was originally due out in late 2020 but was delayed amid Covid-19 and, reportedly, calls for more ambitious targets 

Transport Decarbonisation Plan: UK Government to ban new petrol and diesel truck sales by 2040

The UK Government has unveiled its much-anticipated Transport Decarbonisation Plan, designed to align all modes of domestic transport with the national net-zero target.

The day's events were chaired by Richard Howitt, senior associate at Frank Bold LLP and former chief executive of the International Integrated Reporting Council

Could making ESG more 'financially relevant' combat greenwashing?

At the first day of edie's Sustainable Investment Conference, expert speakers from EY, JP Morgan, Credit Suisse and Citi debated how the definition of leadership in relation to ESG investing is evolving. Here, we round up their key talking points.

Pictured: Chamberlain Square in Birmingham. Mayor Andy Street is one of the communique's 32 signatories. 

Give UK local authorities new powers to accelerate net-zero transition, Mayors urge Government

More than 30 mayors and council leaders from across the UK have co-signed a new communique urging the Government to grant them additional funding and powers to transition to net-zero across sectors including energy, transport and the built environment.

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edie's latest COP26 Primer report focuses on clean transport

As part of the brand-new Countdown to COP26 Festival of digital content and events, edie has this week launched its latest "Primer Report" which provides need-to-know insights into the key themes of this year's crucial climate talks. Up next: Clean Transport.

Pictured: Solar panels installed on student accommodation at the University's campus in Falmer. Image: University of Sussex

University of Sussex targets net-zero emissions by 2035

The University of Sussex has unveiled a new sustainability strategy featuring commitments to bring emissions across all scopes to net-zero by 2035 and to create the UK's "most biodiverse" campus.

Under the most ambitious scenario, the UK would reach net-zero by 2047

2TWh of hydrogen and 37 million EVs: How can the UK reach net-zero emissions?

The National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO)'s latest Future Energy Scenarios (FES) report has outlined four potential scenarios for decarbonisation in the UK, three of which would see the UK reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Here, edie outlines what is required to meet the legally binding target.

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The Net-Zero Business podcast: Exploring Staffordshire University's One Planet Pledge

In response to the accelerated pace at which businesses are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie has launched a new spin-off of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next, we speak to Staffordshire University's chief financial officer and deputy chief executive officer Sally McGill and lecturer Dr Eleanor Atkins.

The CFP is aiming to generate at least $500m

BlackRock secures $250m for climate projects in developing countries

The world's largest investor BlackRock has secured more than $250m from global investors and governments to support clean energy uptake and climate infrastructure across countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa.

The report detailing the survey findings is free to download

45% of UK businesses yet to set net-zero targets, survey reveals

The state of net-zero target-setting across the UK's private and public sectors is mixed, with 52% of organisations having set such a goal and 45% yet to do so, a new edie survey has revealed.

Businesses believe the East Coast Cluster can capture, transport and store up to 27 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually by 2030

East Coast Cluster: Teesside and Humber gear up to host CCS technologies

Energy giants and businesses operating in Teesside and Humberside look set to collaborate on the deployment of carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) technology in a bid to create net-zero industrial clusters.

COP26 Primer: Clean Transport

edie’s COP26 Primer Reports are about seizing the green opportunity. Produced in the run-up to the official talks, this mini-series of reports are based on the five key themes of COP26: Clean Energy, Clean Transport, Climate Resilience, Nature-Based Solutions, and Climate Finance. This report examines approaches to clean transport.

More than 50,000 jobs in carbon-intensive industries would also be safeguarded

UK's carbon capture and storage market could create 50,000 jobs

The UK could become an early mover in the global carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) market and create up to 50,000 jobs if new enabling policies are introduced.

Common offsetting projects include tree planting and other nature restoration or creation, as well as helping communities to access renewable electricity or clean cooking fuel

Carbon offsetting: Global governance body to be formed this year

With more businesses turning to carbon offsetting as a means to net-zero, the sector will need to grow dramatically - but concerns persist about greenwashing. To that end, plans have been drawn up to launch an independent governance body by the end of 2021.

Without better engagement, the public are likely to see net-zero as something imposed on them by the Government rather than something that benefits them, the MPs warn

UK Government 'not taking the public's views on net-zero transition into account'

The Government's plans for engaging the general public with the net-zero transition and ensuring that impacts are socially fair have been "insufficient to date", MPs are warning.

As few as six materials, including concrete and steel, account for 70% of the construction-related embodied carbon

Report: Built environment failing to account for lifecycle emissions of projects

Businesses operating in the built environment sector have been called upon to adopt a whole lifecycle approach to assessing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with a new report finding that less than 1% of global building projects currently calculate and report on lifecycle emissions.

Cadogan has signed the Better Building Partnership Climate Change Commitment and will publish a pathway to net-zero emissions in due course

Cadogan sets net-zero emissions target for 2030

Property developer and investor Cadogan Estates has unveiled a set of sweeping sustainability targets to reduce waste and water usage alongside a headline commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2030.

Live emissions and energy data from the net-zero pilot restaurant will be used to inform a roadmap to decarbonisation across the KFC UK&I estate

KFC and Pilgrim's target net-zero by 2040

KFC UK & Ireland has announced a new commitment to reach net-zero ten years ahead of the legal deadline of 2050, in the same week that meat giant Pilgrim's announced a global net-zero target, also for 2040.

The Net-Zero Business Barometer - Summer 2021

New for 2021, edie’s bi-annual Net-Zero Business Barometer provides a regular temperature check and progress update regarding the decarbonisation of organisations across the UK.

The Barometer report has been published today (7 July) and is free to access 

How are UK businesses approaching the net-zero transition? Find out with edie's new Barometer

The first edition of edie's new bi-annual Net-Zero Business Barometer, providing a regular temperature check and progress update regarding the decarbonisation of organisations across the UK, is now available to download.

COP26 is set to take place from 1 November to 12 November in Glasgow

Salesforce signs on as latest Principal Partner for COP26

Business software giant Salesforce has been announced as the latest Principal Partner for COP26 - the highest level of sponsorship for the climate summit.

The letters request a response by 15 August

Investors call on banking giants to step up on climate and biodiversity commitments

More than 100 investors, including the likes of Aviva and M&G Investments, representing $4.2trn in assets under management have written to some of the world's biggest banks, calling on them to strengthen climate and biodiversity targets this year.

Around 135,000 jobs would be created in the North, Midlands and East England, with a further 57,000 jobs set to be created in Scotland

UK's clean energy pipeline on course to unlock 625,000 green jobs

The UK's focus on decarbonisation and clean energy looks set to unlock 625,000 jobs, equivalent to 90% of jobs lost to the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research.

A net-zero roadmap looks set to be launched at COP26

Cement industry plots path to net-zero through new global platform

Some of the world's largest cement and concrete businesses have joined a new collaborative platform aimed at transforming the sector to enable the delivery of carbon-neutral concrete by 2050.

According to the paper, some 80% of global annual emissions are not covered by carbon pricing mechanisms

Carbon prices must treble by 2030, $6.6trn investor coalition urges

The UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, whose members manage $6.6trn of assets, is warning that the world won't decarbonise rapidly enough to deliver the Paris Agreement without a "radical overhaul" of carbon pricing.

Pictured: The 'Refhyne' project. Image: Shell

Hydrogen: Shell opens Europe's largest electrolyser as Centrica eyes storage at Rough

Shell has opened a 10MW hydrogen electrolysis plant - believed to be Europe's biggest - near Cologne, Germany, in the same week that Centrica revealed that it would like to convert its Rough natural gas storage facility for hydrogen by 2026.

The new Tracker covers some $25trn of managed and owned assets

Analysis: Two-thirds of UK finance firms have climate targets, but most are failing to shift investments

While most of the UK's biggest banks and asset managers have updated their climate targets in light of net-zero, finance flows are still ultimately favouring high-carbon projects and businesses, according to new analysis of more than 1,200 financial institutions.

Achieving the benefits forecast in the report will require further investment in incentives for learners and employers, as well as changes to schooling

Report: UK green jobs set to be better-paid than roles in high-carbon industries

New jobs created to help drive the UK's transition to net-zero could pay 18% more than the national average salary - and 30% more than the average salary offered by companies in high-emitting sectors.

In 2018, London's emissions were 29% lower than in 1990. A 78% reduction by 2035 will be needed to comply with the Sixth Carbon Budget

London Climate Action Week: How is the capital planning to reach net-zero?

This week marks London Climate Action Week - one of the biggest UK-based events in the run-up to COP26. To mark the occasion, edie explores how the capital is embarking on its own transition to net-zero by 2030.

The MoU will aim to develop SAFs

Rolls-Royce and Shell agree on new partnership on sustainable aviation fuels

Rolls-Royce and Shell have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to help build towards their respective net-zero targets by developing and scaling Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) for the sector.

Amazon's overarching emissions goal is net-zero by 2040

Amazon's carbon footprint grew 19% in 2020 amid pandemic parcel boom

Amazon has revealed that its absolute global carbon emissions rose 19% year-on-year in 2020, largely due to increased demand for online shopping as lockdown restrictions forced physical stores to close.

The sector has reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 46% since 1990

UK's waste management sector targets net-zero emissions through £10bn infrastructure overhaul

The trade body representing the UK's resource and waste management industry has unveiled a sector-wide commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2040, through a £10bn investment into new recycling infrastructure and a focus on zero-emission vehicles.

The news comes amid increasing debate around how credible corporate net-zero targets really are

New net-zero networks launched for lawyers and professional institutions

Lawyers for Net-Zero, a new non-profit working with in-house legal counsel teams, has officially launched, in the same week that the UK's biggest professional institutions are set to launch a new Charter for Climate Action.

This report, sponsored by UL, examines how crucial green finance is in driving the net-zero transition and overcoming the climate crisis

edie's latest COP26 Primer report focuses on climate finance

As part of the brand-new Countdown to COP26 Festival of digital content and events, edie has this week launched its latest "Primer Report" which provides need-to-know insights into the key themes of this year's crucial climate talks. Up next: Climate Finance.

Businesses from the UK, France, US and Asia were assessed by BCG

Report: UK telecoms giants leading sector's global net-zero transition

Four in ten of the world's biggest telecommunications companies are behind on the delivery of their environmental targets, but British firms are decarbonising far more rapidly than their international counterparts, new Boston Consulting Group (BCG) analysis has found.

Grosvenor’s historic London estate in Mayfair and Belgravia is its main source of direct emissions

Grosvenor joins Race to Zero campaign

Property developer Grosvenor Britain & Ireland has joined the Race to Zero initiative, joining thousands of other businesses striving to achieve an overarching goal of halving emissions by 2030 and reaching net-zero by 2050 at the latest.

Image: Henry Boot

Construction firm Henry Boot targets net-zero by 2030

Sheffield-based construction firm Henry Boot has launched a new Net-Zero Carbon Framework, featuring commitments to switch to electric vehicles (EVs) and phase out diesel generators.

The study will explore how smarter home energy usage can assist with the UK's net-zero target

CrowdFlex: Energy giants launch study on domestic energy flexibility

Octopus Energy and electric vehicle (EV) charging experts Ohme have partnered with the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) to analyse the attitudes and behaviour of more than 25,000 households in relation to EVs and smart home solutions.

We round up ten of the key findings from the major survey

In numbers: Are the UK public prepared for the net-zero transition?

With less than five months until COP26, the UK Government surveyed almost 7,000 people to garner how much they know about the net-zero transition. Here, edie rounds up the key findings.

Image: Bristol Airport

Green campaigners slam Bristol Airport's new carbon-neutral and net-zero targets

Bristol Airport has unveiled plans to reach net-zero by 2030, but green groups are accusing the business of greenwashing, as emissions from flights will not be covered.

Tasmania's 200% renewables goal and Toast Ale's B-Corp recertification: 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.

Microsoft's climate goals entail becoming carbon negative this decade

Microsoft announced as latest COP26 Principal Partner

Global technology giant Microsoft has been named as the latest Principal Partner for COP26 - the highest level of sponsorship for the climate summit.

The retailer has committed to moving its entire heavy goods vehicle (HGV) fleet from diesel to gas by 2024

Asda reduces emissions by 16% over 12-month period

Supermarket giant Asda has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 16% over the last year, as it builds towards a net-zero carbon goal set for 2040.

The masterclass is available to watch on-demand

Available to watch on-demand: edie's masterclass on TCFD implementation for business

edie's latest webinar took place this week and focused on how businesses can get to grips with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). It is now available to watch on repeat.

Priority areas for spending include energy, agriculture, food, water and land, cities, transport and manufacturing

World Bank increases climate finance for developing nations

The World Bank Group has issued a new spending plan through to 2025 that will ensure that an average of 35% of total spending is focused on climate adaptation and decarbonisation in developing countries.

The report reveals that the UK would have to deliver levels of decarbonisation comparable to 2020 every year, but that emissions are already rebounding post-Covid-19

'An alarming lack of net-zero progress': Green economy reacts to latest CCC report

Prominent groups and individuals across the UK's green economy have expressed anger and disappointment about the nation's lack of progress on decarbonisation despite its net-zero pledge, as evidenced in the Climate Change Committee's (CCC) latest report.

With current policies, the UK is only likely to deliver one-fifth of the emissions reductions needed by 2035

CCC: UK 'has no coherent plan to reduce emissions this decade', despite net-zero pledge

The UK Government has not yet backed up its long-term climate target of net-zero by 2050, often described as "world-leading" by Ministers, with realistic and ambitious delivery plans, the Climate Change Committee (CCC) is warning.

Target's share price increased after the company unveiled the new commitments late on Tuesday (22 June)

Target pledges to reach net-zero and become a 'circular' business by 2040

US retail giant Target has outlined a sweeping new sustainability vision through to 2040, including commitments to net-zero emissions and eliminating waste.

While welcoming efforts to decarbonise the sector, the IPPR notes that only one-third of the bottom 10% in terms of household income own a car

Government urged to prioritise public transport, walking and cycling to reduce emissions

The Government's efforts to decarbonise transport are focusing too much on electric vehicles (EVs) and could fail to provide affordable and clean transport alternatives that cut overall car use, new IPPR analysis has found.

The coalition represents most of the major businesses across the UK's aviation value chain, including British Airways. Stock image.

UK aviation sector sets interim climate goals on road to net-zero by 2050, but won't cap growth

A coalition representing the UK's major airports, airlines and plane manufacturers has, after publishing a controversial plan for reaching net-zero by 2050 last year, announced new interim climate goals and pledged to refresh its approach to low-carbon technologies.

The Group will also upskill employees to educate them on new climate-related initiatives as they are introduced

Addo Food Group targets net-zero emissions by 2035

The owner of food brands such as Wall's, Bowyers and Pork Farms has announced its intention to reach net-zero emissions by 2035 by setting science-based targets across its whole value chain in line with the 1.5C ambition of the Paris Agreement.

Image: Facebook

Facebook achieves net-zero operations, 100% renewable electricity

Facebook has revealed that it achieved net-zero operational emissions in 2020, after eliminating the majority of its greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint and investing in carbon removal projects.

Targets for reducing Scope 3 (indirect) emissions in line with climate science are still under development at the Airport

Gatwick plots path to net-zero before 2040

Gatwick Airport believes it can reduce its Scope 1 (operations) and Scope 2 (power-related) emissions by 80% by 2030, against a 1990 baseline, as it works to deliver net-zero in these areas before 2040.

Aviva has been warning the Government that the financial sector is not yet aligned with the net-zero transition, and will continue to do so ahead of COP26

Aviva and WWF push UK to mandate climate transition plans for financial sector

British financial institutions should be mandated to outline their plans for decarbonising investments in line with the national net-zero target by the end of 2023, Aviva Investors is recommending.

Sir David King (pictured) is chairing the new Group. Image: ClimateRepair, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sir_David_King_-_photograph..jpg 

Climate Crisis Advisory Group: New body launches, modelled after British scientists' Covid-19 initiative

A global group of climate scientists and thought leaders in the field have launched a new independent group, tasked with advising and criticising national governments on their policy response to the climate emergency.

Image: JM

Johnson Matthey targets net-zero by 2040

Chemicals and technology manufacturing giant Johnson Matthey (JM) has set a 2040 net-zero target, with interim science-based targets to cut emissions filed for 2030.

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edie launches new business guide on net-zero carbon reporting

edie has published a new free guide on reporting for businesses that are looking for advice on measuring and reporting climate impacts in line with the net-zero movement.

The company also unveiled a biodiversity net-gain target

Spirax-Sarco 'refreshes' sustainability strategy with net-zero and biodiversity goals

Engineering firm Spirax-Sarco has 'refreshed' its sustainability strategy, unveiling new pledges towards net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity and waste management.

Under the UK and EU's agreement, mutual changes to energy policy can be made until summer 2026

Green Brexit? Report accuses UK of failing to effectively replace EU energy systems policy

Brexit is making the UK's transition to net-zero "more complex", a new report has warned, stating that Covid-19 has further delayed efforts to set strong decarbonisation policies for an independent UK.

Pictured: The all-electric plane used for Rolls-Royce's ACCEL demonstrator. Image: Rolls-Royce

Electric aircraft and alternative fuels: Rolls-Royce plots path to net-zero by 2050

Rolls-Royce has outlined plans to overhaul its R&D spending and product offerings in a bid to reach net-zero operations by 2030 and net-zero across the whole business value chain by 2050.

A survey of businesses found that more than 75% do not believe the Government’s 5GW aim is ambitious enough

Businesses call on UK Government to deliver 'world-leading' hydrogen sector

Businesses do not believe the Government is being ambitious enough in efforts to create a "world-leading" hydrogen market, with the commitment of 5GW of green and blue hydrogen by 2030 failing to generate confidence within the private sector.

53% of Trusts said they are currently not aligned with the overall NHS goal of net-zero by 2040

Half of NHS Trusts off-track on climate targets, new data reveals

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request for data on the low-carbon transition, responded to by more than 140 NHS Trusts across the UK, has revealed that half are set to miss their decarbonisation targets.

Anglian Water has a commitment to become a net-zero business by 2030

Anglian Water issues £250m sustainability-linked investment framework

Anglian Water has unveiled its first sustainability-linked bond framework, worth £250m, that will enable investment into low-carbon initiatives and projects that improve climate resilience across the areas where it operates.

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CLOSING TODAY: Take edie's net-zero carbon business survey (10 minutes)

Energy, carbon and sustainability professionals across all industries are being asked to take our 10-minute "Business Barometer" survey which tracks the decarbonisation progress of businesses across the country. This survey closes TODAY (Friday 18 June), so don't miss your chance to participate. 

Trebling solar capacity would see carbon emissions fall by 21.2 million tonnes annually, equating to 4.7% of the UK’s emissions in 2019

UK set to double solar capacity by 2030, but more required to help reach net-zero

The UK is on course to double its solar capacity by 2030, but will need to treble it if the nation is to meet its net-zero target for 2050, with Solar Energy UK calling for overhauls to policy to spur the national market.

The 2027 target for UK operations will assist with a global net-zero target for 2040

Vodafone to reach net-zero carbon emissions in UK by 2027

Vodafone plans to eliminate carbon emissions from its entire UK operations by 2027, as part of a sweeping set of commitments that will see the technology giant invest in electric vehicles (EVs) and update supplier contracts based on environmental credentials.

The business guide to net-zero carbon reporting

The past 12 months have seen thousands of businesses announce net-zero strategies in line with national targets and in response to increased stakeholder pressure. So, what exactly makes a credible net-zero strategy, and - crucially - how should businesses be measuring and reporting their climate impacts to deliver decarbonisation at scale?

Tyson Foods produces around one-fifth of all the beef, pork and chicken in the US 

Tyson Foods sets global net-zero target for 2050

The world's second-largest meat processor and marketer, Tyson Foods, has set a 2050 net-zero deadline covering all global operations and the supply chain.

The two businesses join forces with the hundreds of other companies signed up to each initiative 

Polestar and Google to halve emissions and join Race to Zero campaign

Swedish electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Polestar and technology giant Google are the latest firms that have agreed to halve emissions by 2030 as part of a wider effort to deliver net-zero value chains, by joining the UN's Race to Zero campaign and the Exponential Roadmap Initiative.

Several key policy packages relating to net-zero had been delayed as Ministers prioritised the Covid-19 response

Close policy gaps now or risk missing net-zero, E.ON and CBI warn UK Ministers

Electricity provider E.ON has released a new report showing how current policy frameworks leave the UK off-track to deliver its net-zero target by 2050, the day after the Confederation of British Industries (CBI) called on Ministers to "make 2021 the boldest year of net-zero action".

In 2019, Burberry set a science-based target aligned to the 1.5C trajectory of the Paris Agreement

Burberry to become 'climate positive' by 2040

Luxury fashion firm Burberry has updated its science-based targets in a bid to become "climate positive" by 2040, a move that will aim to decarbonise the value chain and utilise a bespoke carbon insetting fund.

Monzo, OakNorth and Vodafone also joined Tech Zero today

UK's fastest-growing tech firms unveil net-zero framework for the sector

A new taskforce, set up to inform the Government's green policymaking and garner support for climate action across the tech industry, has today (14 June) published a set of commitments designed to unify ambition and action in the sector.

In general, the smaller a business is, the less likely it is to be in a position to decarbonise in line with net-zero, the survey found

Survey: 4 in 10 UK SMEs unsure how to prepare for net-zero

A survey of decision-makers at more than 1,000 small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) across the UK has found that four in 10 are unsure of how the Government's commitment to net-zero by 2050 will affect them.

The official communique covers most parts of the green agenda, but with detail lacking

G7: What was (and wasn't) agreed by world leaders to combat the climate crisis

From "green Marshall Plans" and net-zero energy sectors to a lack of clarity on green spending and transport decarbonisation, edie rounds up what was and wasn't agreed at the G7 Summit.

Lobbying demands detailed in the report include calls for jet fuel to be included in 'green' government funding and against higher environmental taxes

Airlines accused of lobbying against stronger EU climate policy

Aviation giants including British Airways' parent company International Airlines Group (IAG) and Ryanair have been accused of opposing proposals for stronger climate policy in the European Union (EU), as the bloc works towards a 2050 net-zero target.

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Net-Zero Carbon Playbook: edie launches new business blueprint report

edie has launched a new report that acts as a business blueprint of key considerations for the UK private sector to assist with efforts to reach net-zero carbon emissions.

All three companies are aligning targets with the Paris Agreement pathways

Kingfisher, DS Smith and Turner & Townsend unveil science-based targets

Screwfix and B&Q's parent firm Kingfisher has had carbon reduction targets consistent with the required pace to limit global warming to the 1.5C target of the Paris Agreement approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), while both packaging firm DS Smith and consultants Turner & Townsend have unveiled net-zero commitments.

The Net-Zero Carbon Playbook

We know the net-zero carbon future we want to achieve. But how are we going to achieve it? Inspired by edie’s award-winning Mission Possible campaign, this Net-Zero Carbon Playbook inspires and empowers businesses to ramp up efforts across all areas of sustainable development to achieve net-zero.

More and more companies are linking the performance against sustainability targets to loans and bonds

HP and JBS issue sustainability-linked bonds to drive towards net-zero

The world's largest protein producer, JBS, has announced the issuance of a $1bn sustainability-linked bond tied to net-zero targets, while technology firm HP has unveiled its sustainable bonds framework.

The roundtable discussed the barriers and opportunities facing business

Net-zero and COP26: Achieving Mission Possible

Six months out from the COP26 summit, edie hosted an exclusive virtual roundtable discussion with a select group of sustainability leaders, exploring how businesses can accelerate the net-zero carbon transition in the run-up to the crucial climate talks.

The UK Government has confirmed that the Summit will take place between 11-13 June in Carbis Bay, Cornwall

Climate change at the G7 Summit: Everything you need to know

World leaders are meeting in Cornwall this week (11-13 June) as part of the G7 Summit. The climate crisis is a key theme for policymakers going into the event, but how much prominence will it have as the world's largest economies attempt to respond to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic?

Image: George Rex, CC BY SA (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rogersg/22573356606)

Bank of England's 'fiendishly complicated' climate stress tests launched for financial sector

The Bank of England has released new information on the requirements of its upcoming climate stress tests, which will require large banks and insurers to measure and disclose climate-related risks.

Through the initiative, asset owners commit to decarbonising pension funds and investment portfolios by 2050 at the latest

ABP and National Trust sign up to net-zero investment initiative

Europe's largest pension fund, the Church of Sweden and the National Trust are among six new signatories to a global net-zero asset owner commitment to decarbonise financial portfolios in line with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement.

The UK was the first major nation to confirm plans to mandate climate disclosure back in November 2020

G7 agree on 'historic steps' to make climate reporting mandatory

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak met with finance ministers in London this weekend, with discussions leading to a historic agreement that G7 nations will mandate climate reporting in line with the recommendations of the global Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

The science-based targets could be unveiled this year

Highland Spring commits to net-zero emissions by 2040

The Highland Spring Group has unveiled an ambition to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040, with targets in place to halve emissions by 2030 through soon-to-be-developed science-based targets.

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The Net-Zero Business podcast: Inside Childbase Partnership's 2030 roadmap

In response to the accelerated pace at which businesses are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie has launched a new spin-off of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next, we speak to Childbase Partnership's health, safety and environment director, Mark Bird.

Maclean is amongst a host of expert speakers for the event

Transport Minister among keynote speakers for edie's Clean Energy & Transport Forum

The Department for Transport's Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Rachel Maclean has been confirmed as one of the keynote speakers for edie's new Clean Energy & Transport Forum, which takes place Thursday 15 July.

Pictured: The charging unit offered during the trial. Image: Ovo Energy

'World's largest' V2G trial finds that EV drivers could cut £725 off electricity bills

Ovo Energy and Cenex have wrapped up a three-year trial of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) chargers at UK homes and revealed that the technology could help motorists reduce electricity bills by up to £725 per year.

Image: XR South East UK

UK urged to end new oil and gas licencing as Extinction Rebellion protestors target BP

More than 50 environmental charities and campaign groups are urging the UK Government to ban new oil and gas licencing either at the G7 Summit this month, or ahead of COP26 in November.

Certain firms will be required to disclose in line with TCFD recommendations in the UK from 2022, but investors are arguing the case for a joined-up global approach 

Give us sector-specific guidance on net-zero transition, investment giants tell G7 nations

A group of investors with £8.5trn of assets under management has called on G7 nations to introduce new climate disclosure and action mandates for big businesses - and to provide more detail on how their long-term climate goals will be delivered.

Image: European Union

EU and Japan seal 'green alliance' in bid for climate neutrality

The European Union and Japan have reaffirmed their "shared ambition of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050" at the conclusion of a bilateral summit which included the signature of an EU-Japan "Green Alliance".

HSBC must now publish a plan outlining its new phase-out policy

Shareholders pass vote for HSBC to phase-out global coal financing by 2040

Shareholders of HSBC have today passed a proposed management resolution that commits the bank to phase-out financing for the coal industry by 2040 worldwide, following successful campaigning from investors.

The report estimates that annual investments into NbS will need to reach $536bn annually by 2050

$8trn funding gap: UN report calls for four-fold increase in nature-based solutions investment

The world is facing an $8.1trn financing gap into nature to help combat the climate crisis and ecological breakdown, according to a new UN report that warns that annual investments into nature-based solutions (NbS) need to increase fourfold by 2050.

Businesses that sign up will receive climate-related support from the likes of NatWest, Google, Scottish Power and BT

Prime Minister Boris Johnson urges UK SMEs to make net-zero commitments

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has issued a rallying call to the UK's small and medium-sized (SME) businesses to make small steps to reduce emissions and contribute to the UK's net-zero target for 2050.

The G7 Summit will continue to focus on the net-zero transition

Next G7 Summit in Cornwall to be certified as carbon neutral

The UK Government has confirmed that the next G7 Summit, due to take place in Cornwall next month, will comply with internationally recognised standards for carbon neutrality.

The chance of temporarily reaching 1.5C above pre-industrial levels has roughly doubled compared to last year’s predictions

World's hottest year on the horizon, new Met Office climate analysis warns

There is a 90% chance that one of the next five years will be the hottest on record, a new report from the Met Office and World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) is warning.

After BP shareholders rejected a climate motion earlier this month, several other major players will now be forced to strengthen targets 

Climate activists appointed to ExxonMobil board as Chevron shareholders back stronger emissions goals

Shareholder motions filed by climate activists have passed at US fossil fuel giants ExxonMobil and Chevron, with disgruntled investors clearly keen to see more ambitious emissions reduction targets.

Currently, Shell is aiming to reduce the carbon intensity of its products by 20% by 2030

Dutch court orders Shell to strengthen carbon reduction targets

A Dutch court has ordered a groundbreaking ruling for Royal Dutch Shell to raise its commitments to carbon reduction, in what could mark the first of many legal cases against energy firms on climate grounds.

The two upcoming events form an integral part of the six-month Festival

Countdown to COP26 Festival: Flagship July events to focus on crucial themes of climate talks

edie has today (26 May) officially unveiled the content programmes and initial speaker line-ups for the next two events to be delivered under the Countdown to COP26 Festival programme - covering the key COP themes of net-zero carbon energy, clean transport and climate finance.

McCormick has partnered with Natural Capital Partners to offset any remaining emissions

Manufacturer McCormick's first net-zero building set for Peterborough

Multinational food ingredients manufacturer McCormick has confirmed that a new facility in Peterborough looks set to become its first net-zero carbon building.

The company's latest sustainability report outlines key progress to decarbonise and achieve zero waste

More than a single moment in time: Virgin Media's approach to sustainability reporting

EXCLUSIVE: Virgin Media has today (25 May) launched its latest sustainability report, detailing efforts towards a new net-zero target. The company's head of sustainability Katie Buchanan outlines how the standalone report is evolving into an interactive extravaganza.

Pictured: The West Burton A coal power plant in Nottinghamshire. The UK's last coal plants will need to come offline by the end of 2024. Image: Richard Croft, CC ShareAlike 2.0, geograph commons

G7 nations agree 2030s net-zero targets for power sector

The leaders of the G7 nations have agreed a joint commitment to ensure their power sectors reach net-zero in the 2030s, setting up for the economy-wide transition by 2050.

Cathay Pacific operates a fleet of more than 150 aircraft, serving destinations across the US, Asia, Europe and Australia 

Cathay Pacific sets global net-zero target for 2050

Major international airline Cathay Pacific Group has set a 2050 net-zero target and unveiled a three-pronged delivery strategy, based on energy efficiency, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and offsetting.

Collectively, the 57 local authorities represent more than 35% of the UK population and 28% of England’s land area

One-third of UK population represented by local authority net-zero commitments

Five more UK councils have joined a 'net-zero pledge', meaning that one-third of the UK population is now represented by councils aiming to reach net-zero emissions at least five years ahead of Central Government's 2050 commitment.

The debate took place at edie's flagship Countdown to COP26 virtual event

Policy direction and pricing: How do we get all UK businesses to 100% clean electricity?

Poor policy direction, a lack of public awareness and financial challenges must all be overcome for the UK's private sector to deliver on the COP26 aim on clean energy, an expert panel has agreed.

Toombs outlined how business can contribute to each COP26 'goal', including a new fourth ambition on collaboration 

'Engage your suppliers and competitors': COP26 architect urges business collaboration ahead of crucial climate summit

The UK COP26 unit's director of partnerships and engagement, Matt Toombs, used his keynote speech at edie's flagship Countdown to COP26 event to outline exactly how businesses can properly prepare for the crucial talks.

Viridor is aiming to have the technology installed and running at its Runcorn site (pictured) by 2026

Viridor targets net-negative emissions by 2045 through carbon capture technology

Waste management firm Viridor has committed to becoming a net-zero emissions business by 2040 and to then move further by reaching net-negative emissions five years later.

Pictured: The West Burton A coal power plant in Nottinghamshire. Image: Richard Croft, CC ShareAlike 2.0, geograph commons

UK's electricity grid emissions up year-on-year, despite net-zero pledge

Data revealing that the carbon intensity of the UK's electricity was 5% higher in the first months of 2021 than 2020 has prompted industry calls for greater support for new wind, solar and nuclear capacity.

Taking place on Thursday 20 May, the Countdown to COP26 event features speed networking and panel discussions with an array of sustainability and climate leaders

Taking place today: Last chance to register for edie's flagship Countdown to COP26 event

The UK Cabinet Office's director of partnerships and engagement Matt Toombs has joined the likes of WBCSD director Claire O'Neill and O2's head of corporate responsibility and sustainability Tracey Herald among the headline speakers at edie's Countdown to COP26 virtual event Thursday (20 May). 

The latest RECAI warns that future renewables deployment will require a further $5.2trn of investment

UK climbs energy investment rankings, but concerns persist over green finance availability

The UK has climbed one position to fourth in the rankings for EY's national attractiveness of renewable energy investment, but the organisation has warned that global green finance efforts need to improve considerably to meet clean energy demand for existing climate commitments.

Achieving Net-Zero Carbon Heating: Six Top Tips for Businesses

Produced in partnership with Centrica Business Solutions, this handy ‘top tips’ guide provides organisations across the private and public sector with six clear and concise pieces of advice on adopting low-carbon heating technologies and processes.

Campaigners claimed that Shell's plans could only cut emissions by 10% by 2030, in absolute terms

Shell shareholders vote against climate activists' net-zero plans

Royal Dutch Shell received overwhelming backing for its own energy transition strategy at its AGM today (18 May), but a shareholder resolution that would have forced accelerated climate action did not pass.

The UK's pensions sector covers some £3trn of investment

Ikea and BrewDog among backers of new green pensions commitment

A string of 50 major businesses, NGOs and trade bodies have pledged to ensure their pension plans are 'green' this year, and are urging others to follow suit.

IEA: World must stop petrol and diesel car sales by 2035 for net-zero transition

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a landmark report outlining the sweeping changes needed in the power, energy and heat sectors if the world is to have the best chance of limiting temperature increases to 1.5C.

Costs associated with a system increasingly powered by renewable electricity include intermittent generation and the need for more infrastructure. Flexibility, the report claims, could help lower price tags and bills

UK's net-zero bill could be £16.7bn lower with flexible energy, new report reveals

The annual cost of the UK's net-zero transition could be billions of pounds cheaper if policymakers and the public and private sectors collaborate to scale up battery storage, hydrogen and other flexible energy innovations.

In action: Skanska's rollout of EV charging with Pod Point

Skanska is aiming for net-zero emissions by 2045 and is committed to converting its fleet of company cars to electric. This "In action" guide explains how working with Pod Point on the integration of EV charge points is helping with these goals.

Image: Nando's, picturing some of the chain's plant-based menu items

Nando's on track to reach carbon neutrality this year

As restaurants in England begin to welcome customers indoors for the first time in 2021, Nando's has announced that it is on track to become a carbon-neutral business by November.

Net-zero villages and Royal Mail delivery drones: 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.

BP has a net-zero emissions target set for 2050

BP shareholders reject tougher climate targets

More than one-fifth of BP shareholders supported a resolution from climate activists calling on the energy giant to set tougher emission reduction targets for its net-zero transition, but ultimately the filing was rejected.

The groups are also calling for nuclear to be included in national emission reduction plans

Nuclear industry warns that planned closures could derail global net-zero transition

Key groups representing the global nuclear industry have penned an open letter to world leaders warning that the proposed retirement of existing nuclear plants could derail the net-zero transition, calling for the technology to have the same access to climate finance as renewables.

Over a four-year period, BT also reduced the carbon intensity of its supply chain by 19%

BT cuts emissions by 14% over 12-month period

Over the last 12 months, BT Group has reduced the carbon intensity of its operations by 14%, putting the company on course to reach net-zero emissions by 2045, while broadcaster Sky has had carbon reduction targets for its net-zero ambition approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Typical shoes are some of the fashion sector's highest carbon and hardest-to-recycle items

Adidas and Allbirds unveil running shoes with 'lowest recorded' carbon footprint

The average running shoe has a carbon footprint of 13.6kg of CO2e. Following months of collaboration, Adidas and Allbirds have unveiled a prototype pair with a footprint of less than 3kg.

The firm distributes more than one-quarter (27%) of the UK's electricity 

UK Power Networks sets science-based emissions targets on journey to net-zero

In what it claims is a first among UK distribution network operators, UK Power Networks has had its emissions goals green-lit by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).

#SustyTalk​: Counting down to COP26 with O2's Tracey Herald

With COP26 less than six months away, edie has launched a new series of videos with high-level speakers, designed to inspire and empower your preparations for the conference. Up next, O2's head of corporate responsibility and sustainability Tracey Herald.

Environmental charities, thought leaders and Green Party representatives have expressed disappointment over the announcements

'Proposals fall far short': Green economy left disappointed at Queen's speech

With the UK's official reopening of Parliament this week, the Queen travelled to the House of Lords to outline Governmental priorities for the coming months. Many had expected more to be said about tackling climate change and nature loss.

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edie launches new business guide on flexible energy for net-zero

edie has today (10 May) launched a free guide outlining the key considerations, challenges and opportunities for businesses looking to trial and deploy flexible energy solutions.

Compass Group has become a signatory of Business Ambition for 1.5°C

Food services firm Compass targets net-zero emissions by 2030

The UK's largest food services company, Compass Group UK & Ireland, will switch to 100% electric vehicles (EVs), move 40% of its food offerings to plant-based proteins and will launch a £1m carbon reduction fund in a bid to reach net-zero emissions by 2030.

'Non-essential' retailers were permitted to open again in England in April, following almost four months of lockdown restrictions. Pictured: Stores in Oxford 

UK's retail giants 'have halved emissions since 2005'

An analysis of the climate footprint of dozens of the UK's best-known retailers has revealed that the sector's carbon emissions are down 49% on 2005 levels.

The Festival will run from May through to October, kicking off with a flagship eponymous virtual event on 20 May

edie launches Countdown to COP26 Festival of content and events ahead of crucial climate summit

edie has today (7 May) unveiled a six-month programme of digital content and events which will unite thousands of business leaders, sustainability and energy professionals, policymakers, academics and green groups in the run-up to the COP26 climate talks.

Ad Net Zero will aim to decarbonise the sector while advertising greener products and services

Carbon calculators and combatting greenwash: How will the advertising sector reach net-zero?

Last year, the advertising sector's trade body launched a new initiative to reach net-zero by 2030. To mark Engagement Week, edie explores how the sector is collaborating to meet this milestone while also spurring a wider culture change that informs the public on sustainable products and services.

According to CAT, new climate plans from the US, the EU27, China and Japan are responsible for shrinking the emissions gap

Report: Nations falling short on collective efforts to meet Paris Agreement

Nations are adopting stronger climate targets in the build-up to COP26, but new research has revealed that current policies would still lead to global warming twice what it should be if the world is to meet the aims of the Paris Agreement.

Thousands of farms across Europe form Arla's supply chain, which it describes as a "micro food system"

Arla unveils new measures to help farmers self-generate renewable energy

After pledging to become a net-zero business, dairy major Arla Foods has outlined new measures to help farmers across the supply chain generate their own renewable energy and sell any excess.

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Now available on-demand: edie's online masterclass on low-carbon heat

edie's free online masterclass exploring how businesses can decarbonise heating on the road to net-zero is now available to watch on-demand. 

The BGA is encouraging corporates to sign up to the Race to Zero campaign

UK green groups form new business alliance to spur corporate race to net-zero

A cohort of UK corporate green groups have formally banded together to launch the UK Business Group Alliance for Net Zero (BGA), in a bid to raise climate action in the build-up to COP26 and to ensure the nation meets its net-zero target for 2050.

The new body could be supported by organisations like the Environment Agency and CCC, the report states

Accounting, offsetting and sequestering: UK urged to set up carbon regulator on road to net-zero

To ensure that emissions reductions are delivered in line with the Paris Agreement and forthcoming carbon budgets, and that the carbon offsetting and removal markets do not greenwash as they scale, the UK could set up a dedicated regulator.

Oddbox’s own product surplus is also donated to charities The Felix Project and City Harvest

B Corp Oddbox targets net-zero emissions by 2030

Surplus fruit and vegetable redistributor Oddbox has unveiled new pledges to reach net-zero emissions by 2030 and reduce emissions by saving 150,000 tonnes of food waste by 2025.

Image: Multiplex Europe/ Albert Soh

'One Decade to Act': Multiplex Europe plots course to net-zero

Major construction contractor Multiplex Europe has outlined a string of 2030 climate targets on the road to net-zero by 2050, including measures to cut on-site emissions and embodied carbon.

Image: Johnson & Johnson Vision

Johnson & Johnson Vision to power global HQ with 100% solar electricity

Johnson & Johnson Vision, the manufacturer of ACUVUE contact lenses, has signed a ten-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with a solar farm to cover 100% of the electricity consumption of its headquarters.

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Report: What are the business opportunities of COP26?

edie has today (28 April) published a new Explains guide detailing everything you need to know about this year's COP26 climate summit and how businesses can get involved and use the discussions to improve their approach to sustainability and the net-zero transition.

After this year's Budget and the first 'Tax Day', further announcements are due in the second half of the year

MPs accuse Treasury and HMRC of shirking climate responsibilities

The Treasury and HMRC are failing to respond to a "climate storm breaking all around us", failing to make the necessary changes to tax systems and short-term funding packages needed for the 'just' transition to net-zero.

edie Explains: The business opportunity of COP26

What is COP26? What are the summit’s aims and desired outcomes? How does the COP process work? And what is the business opportunity before, during and after the talks? This new edie Explains guide answers all of these questions and more.

Last year, Timberland pledged to ensure that it has a net-positive impact on nature within a decade

Timberland, Vans, The North Face to develop regenerative rubber supply chain

The VF Corporation, which owns brands such as Timberland, Vans and The North Face, is partnering with a Thailand-based design consultancy to create the fashion industry's first regenerative rubber supply system.

Pictured: The AECOM offices in Markham, Canada

AECOM to become a net-zero business by 2030

Consultancy AECOM has committed to delivering net-zero operations this year and a net-zero value chain by 2030, as part of a sweeping new ESG strategy.

The FDF will launch a dedicated roadmap to net-zero at COP26

UK's food and drink sector targets net-zero emissions by 2040

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF), which represents more than 300 companies, has today (27 April) unveiled an ambition on behalf of the sector to reach net-zero emissions by 2040.

The investment into the Atlas factory will deliver net-zero emissions across Scope 1 and 2, Ibstock has confirmed. Scope 3 will be addressed at a later date

Ibstock outlines steps to create world's first net-zero carbon brick factory

Brick manufacturer Ibstock has chosen its Atlas facility in the West Midlands as the location for what it claims will be the world's net-zero carbon brick factory.

BlackRock now manages more than $200bn in long-term sustainable strategies

BlackRock launches temperature-aligned investments funds

The world's largest investor BlackRock has unveiled two new temperature-based exchange funds aimed at helping investors align portfolios with the pathways of the Paris Agreement.

The LEAF initiative aims to mobilise at least $1bn to support emissions reductions by ensuring tropical forests that act as carbon sinks are protected from deforestation

Amazon and Unilever among businesses teaming with governments on $1bn deforestation pledge

A group of businesses including Amazon, Unilever, and Nestlé has joined the UK, US and Norwegian governments in setting up a new public-private initiative committing $1bn to combat the climate crisis through the conservation and preservation of tropical forests across the globe.

Today's summit will run from 8am to 3pm Washington time

US sets first 2030 climate goal as Canada and Japan increase targets

US President Joe Biden has unveiled a new 2030 climate target, entailing a 50-52% reduction in emissions against a 2005 baseline. Canada and Japan, meanwhile, have increased their 2030 climate targets. 

First held on 22 April 1970, Earth Day is an annual celebration 

From Burger King to Whitbread: Business giants mark Earth Day with new climate targets

Several well-known brands, including Burger King, Ribena, Lucozade and Visa, have marked Earth Day 2021 by announcing new climate targets such as net-zero ambitions.

The report is published to mark Earth Day, with the final publications due later this year 

Treasury could mandate UK financial firms to add climate labels to products

HM Treasury has today (22 April) published the results of its two-year review on how the financial system must change to support the net-zero transition, recommending changes to tackle greenwash, empower consumers and properly prepare government departments for future costs.

The first 160 member firms collectively represent $70trn of assets under management

Mark Carney to chair 'Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net-Zero' ahead of COP26

A new initiative from the US and UK Governments, designed to unite the global financial sector on the net-zero transition, has launched, confirming Mark Carney as chair.

HP notes that focusing on the circular economy will assist with the net-zero ambition

HP targets net-zero value chain by 2040

HP has confirmed it will transform parts of its business from a transactional model to a services-based proposition, as part of a sweeping new climate strategy that will see the business's value chain reach net-zero by 2040 and embrace closed-loop materials.

Many of the new signatories already have standalone net-zero commitments

Climate Pledge: Amazon's net-zero initiative passes 100 corporate signatories

Colgate-Palmolive, PepsiCo and Sainsbury's are among the 52 businesses joining The Climate Pledge, co-organised by Amazon and Global Optimism, today (21 April).

The new target will become enshrined in law by the end of June 2021

'A credible path to net-zero': Green groups react to UK's Sixth Carbon Budget

The Government will seek to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035 as part of a new Sixth Carbon Budget, a decision that has been welcomed by green groups, although some are calling for more detailed action plans.

The target will become enshrined in law by the end of June 2021

Sixth Carbon Budget: UK to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has agreed to legislate a new target to reduce national emissions by 78% by 2035, including emissions from international shipping and aviation, following the Climate Change Committee's advice on the Sixth Carbon Budget.

Carbon stored in deep peat soils such as those in fens and raised bogs are up to eight times greater than the amount stored by an equivalent area of tropical rainforest

Natural England: Biodiversity critical to reaching net-zero

Peatlands, woodlands and coastal marine habitats are all vital in helping the UK reach net-zero emissions by 2050, but efforts need to be made to improve biodiversity conservation and restoration.

Mulberry's new strategy comes ahead of Earth Day on Thursday (22 April)

Regenerative and circular net-zero transition: Inside Mulberry's new sustainability strategy

In an exclusive interview with edie, Mulberry's chief executive Thierry Andretta explains how its new ambitions to reach net-zero by 2035 and champion transparency, regeneration and circularity will be delivered.

Progress in decarbonising electricity must be replicated in other sectors, lest the UK miss its net-zero target

Green Alliance: Government 'complacency' risks UK's net-zero transition

Despite strong progress in decarbonising electricity generation, the UK Government is not doing enough to support the low-carbon transition in hard-to-abate sector like agriculture and transport.

Revised targets will be published at an as-yet-unspecified date

MSCI commits to net-zero emissions before 2040

American finance firm MSCI has announced its intention to reach net-zero emissions before 2040, pledging to revamp its current decarbonisation goals and align with the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

Citi and HSBC, pictured here at Canary Wharf, are among the banks being called upon by the investors

Ditch fossil fuel finance, $11trn investor coalition tells big banks

A coalition of 35 major investors with $11trn of assets under management collectively are calling on banks to "enhance" their climate targets, backing up long-term visions with action in the short-term.

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Net-Zero Business podcast: Inside the UK's low-carbon heat transition

In response to the accelerated pace at which corporates are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie's monthly Net-Zero Business podcast was created. Up next, we talk low-carbon heat with Centrica Business Solutions and the Heat Pump Federation.

The fund aims to ensure financial return for investors

Apple launches $200m forestry restoration fund

Technology giant Apple has partnered with Conservation International and Goldman Sachs to create an investment fund focused on carbon-sequestering forestry restoration programmes that will remove at least one million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year.

Mars is currently engaging its largest 200 suppliers to decarbonise

Mars and PepsiCo launch new supply chain climate programme

Food and beverage giants Mars, PepsiCo and McCormick have teamed up to launch a new coalition aimed at encouraging suppliers to reduce carbon emissions in alignment with climate science.

Coal accounted for almost 58% of China's energy generation pre-pandemic

Report: China's carbon neutrality goal only achievable with major coal phase-out

If China is to meet its 2060 ambition of carbon neutrality, announced last year, it must shut hundreds of gigawatts of coal generation and reform emissions trading as a priority, a new report has revealed.

More than 80% of the global sector's emissions are attributable to direct and indirect fossil fuel use

Healthcare sector plots first global roadmap to net-zero

In what has been described as a world first, the healthcare sector has developed a global framework for reaching net-zero by 2050 at the latest.

Research has shown that SMEs would like more practical support from trade bodies and the Government on the road to net-zero

New coalition to help UK SMEs align with net-zero amid Covid-19 recovery

After research revealing that most UK SMEs face challenges relating to jargon and finance in the low-carbon transition, a new initiative has been launched to offer support.

The CLEAN Act was introduced to the House of Representatives last month, headlined by net-zero by 2050 

Back net-zero vision with 'bold' 2030 climate goal, 300 CEOs tell Biden

Chief executives from the likes of Unilever, Microsoft and Apple are among the 310 business leaders urging the Biden administration to back up its 2050 net-zero target with a strong interim emissions goal.

Image: Kingspan 

Kingspan targets net-zero carbon manufacturing by 2030

Building materials and design giant Kingspan has pledged to reach net-zero emissions from its estate of more than 160 manufacturing sites this decade.

The commitment will support a broader $1.5trn sustainable finance goal that is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Bank of America commits $1trn to global sustainability initiatives

The Bank of America has increased an existing $300bn sustainable business initiatives fund to attempt to mobilise $1trn by 2030 for initiatives that will support the net-zero transition.

edie Explains: Net-zero carbon heating

What is net-zero carbon heating? Why is net-zero carbon heating important? What are the different forms of net-zero carbon heating? What are the business benefits of net-zero carbon heating? This explains guide answers all of these questions and more

The net-zero commitments cover business operations, digital infrastructure and the sector’s historic emissions

Crypto Climate Accord aims for 100% renewables and net-zero digital currency by 2040

A new global accord has been set up to align the swelling cryptocurrency market with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement by ensuring that blockchain and energy-intensive currency mining systems are powered by renewables and reach net-zero emissions by 2040.

RouteZero will support the UK’s efforts to mobilise climate action in the build-up to COP26

RouteZero: Climate Group launches new initiative to decarbonise road transport

International non-profit the Climate Group had partnered with the UN High-Level Climate Champions to launch a new initiative aimed at getting businesses, cities and regions to completely decarbonise all forms of road transport.

A further 80 solar farms are to be introduced across the Army’s estate in the next seven years

British Army to switch on first solar farm as part of net-zero aspiration

The British Army is progressing with the first of four solar photovoltaic farms, which will save more than £1m in energy costs and help the Army reach net-zero emissions by 2045.

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edie launches new business guide on net-zero carbon heating

edie has today (7 April) launched a new guide detailing everything businesses need to know and consider when looking to decarbonise heating in line with the net-zero movement.

The EV manufacturer has already provided a labelling system to outline the lifetime carbon footprint of its new vehicles. Image: Polestar

'A moonshot goal': Polestar aims to develop offset-free, climate-neutral car

Swedish electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Polestar has unveiled an ambitious new intention to create the first "truly" carbon-neutral car by 2030, by reducing emissions across the value chain and without relying on offsetting.

Under the UNFCCC developed nations committed to financing $100bn annually by 2020, however, developed nations have failed to fulfil this commitment

G7 ponders increasing climate finance in build-up to COP26

Chancellor Rishi Sunak met with G7 finance ministers and central bank governors to discuss the role of finance in supporting the net-zero transition and implored developed nations to raise efforts to generate $100bn in annual revenue to support developing nations combat the climate crisis.

UK peatlands store more than three billion tonnes of carbon

Co-op bans sale of peat-based compost to reduce emissions

Retailer Co-op has introduced a ban on peat-based compost in a bid to help customers reduce their greenhouse gas emissions footprint and reach its own carbon commitments.

Earlier this year, Etsy set science-based targets and pledged to reach net-zero emissions by 2030

Etsy to offset emissions from packaging materials

Online retailer Etsy has confirmed its intention to offset all of the carbon emissions associated with its packaging, as it builds towards its net-zero emissions commitment set for 2030.

Pictured: World of Books' warehouse operations 

UK's largest used books business targets carbon neutrality by 2022

World of Books Group, the UK's largest retailer for used books, has committed to becoming a carbon-neutral business by 2022.

Stewart joined Netflix six months ago and has been spending much of her time preparing the net-zero strategy

Sustainable sets and nature-based investments: Inside Netflix's new net-zero strategy

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has this week pledged to reach net-zero emissions by 2022. In an exclusive interview with edie, the firm's sustainability officer Emma Stewart outlines how it plans to ramp up in-house carbon reductions and use offsetting to meet this new climate goal.

Pictured: The SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, where COP26 will take place this November

One-third of the UK's biggest businesses signed up to 'Race to Zero' ahead of COP26

Almost one in three FTSE100 companies have signed up to the UN's Race to Zero campaign, designed to accelerate the adoption of net-zero targets ahead of COP26.

Image: Sky Media

'Sky Zero Footprint Fund': Broadcaster launches £2m sustainable media prize

After committing to becoming a net-zero business by 2030, Sky has unveiled a new competition to encourage firms across the media sector to accelerate their own sustainability initiatives and engage audiences with environmental issues.

Taking place on Thursday 20 May, 8.45am-3pm (BST), Countdown to COP26 is the perfect primer for the official UN climate talks scheduled for November 

Countdown to COP26: edie launches bumper virtual event ahead of climate talks

Registration is now open for a brand-new edie event which aims to help businesses seize the opportunity of the UN's COP26 climate summit later this year, with a stellar speaker line-up including senior representatives from BEIS, ClientEarth, Green Alliance, We Mean Business and the High-Level Champions for Climate Action.

36% of assets under management globally are now covered by the scheme

Dozens of big-name investors including BlackRock join Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative

The Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative now covers more than one-third of assets under management globally, after 43 big names, including BlackRock and the Vanguard Group, signed up.

Wilko's face mask recycling and Sydney's net-zero buildings: 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.

Tesco revealed that it has reduced its emissions by 50% compared to 2015 levels, far outpacing its science-based targets to deliver a 35% reduction

Tesco unveils climate manifesto to assist net-zero target

Tesco has unveiled a new "climate manifesto", pledging to help customers eat more sustainable diets, reducing food waste from farm to fork, and ramping up its efforts to become a net-zero business by 2035.

British Land's portfolio is currently valued at around £14.8bn

British Land confirms approved science-based targets on journey to net-zero

Property development and investment giant British Land has had interim carbon reductions targets to help deliver net-zero emissions approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Most of the new jobs would be in energy efficiency - but there are also major opportunities in energy generation and manufacturing

UK's net-zero transition will create up to 1.7 million green jobs this decade, report finds

If the UK Government adopts the Climate Change Committee's Sixth Carbon Budget advice and supports businesses accordingly, some 1.7 million new 'green-collar' jobs can be created by 2030.

The 10.7% reduction is the largest proportional fall in UK greenhouse gas emissions in a single year 

Covid-19 sees carbon emissions fall 10% in 2020 as UK nears half-way mark to net-zero

The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic delivered an estimated 10.7% reduction in carbon emissions in 2020, with total greenhouse gas emissions almost 50% lower than they were in 1990, the baseline year for the UK's net-zero target.

The decision could impact more than 1,500 businesses

Government ponders mandatory TCFD requirements for businesses in 2022

The Government is considering creating a legal requirement for private UK companies to outline and disclose climate-related risks to their business in line with Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations, with a mandate potentially coming into force next year.

The Plan covers direct and supply chain emissions, as well as climate risk disclosures and advocacy ahead of COP26 

'Climate Transition Action Plan': Unilever puts net-zero roadmap to shareholder vote

Unilever has outlined plans for delivering its 2039 net-zero target and will put them to a shareholder vote in May, in what is regarded as the first move of its kind by a multinational corporation.

JBS has also committed to eliminating all cases of illegal Amazon deforestation from its supply chain by 2025 and across other Brazilian regions by 2030

Meat giant JBS commits to net-zero emissions and zero deforestation

Brazilian meat producer JBS has ringfenced $1bn to reaching net-zero emissions across its value chain by 2040, while also aiming to eliminate illegal deforestation.

Green groups claim the decision is against efforts to champion climate action in the build up to COP26

'Outrageous hypocrisy': Government condemned over £16bn oil and gas sector 'bailout'

Green groups have expressed their anger at the Government's new £16bn sector deal that pledges to align the oil and gas sector with the national net-zero target, while also ending financing for overseas fossil fuel projects, with many frustrated by a refusal to end oil and gas licensing.

The report aims to quantify how robust a net-zero target is by whether it meets the criteria set out by the UN Race to Zero Campaign

One-fifth of world's largest corporates have set net-zero targets

More than 20% of the world's largest corporates, worth sales of more than $14trn, have now committed to net-zero targets, but more transparency and short-term targets are required to navigate potential greenwash issues.

Sky will act as the principal media partner for COP26, which is scheduled to take place in Glasgow this November

Daily Climate Show: Sky to launch dedicated climate news programme

Sky is launching a daily news show dedicated to the rising necessity of tackling the climate crisis and the solutions that exist to do so.

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Net-Zero Business podcast: EY's journey to, and beyond, carbon neutrality

In response to the accelerated pace at which businesses are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie has launched a new spin-off of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next, we speak to EY's global vice chair for sustainability, Steve Varley.

Unite Students will launch detailed plans to reach net-zero later this year  

Unite Students set net-zero carbon goal for 2030

Real estate investment company Unite Students, which provides students with accommodation across the UK, has set a new sustainability commitment to reach net-zero carbon across its operations and construction by 2030.

ShareAction’s research states that car manufacturers can align with new vehicle standards by setting a carbon reduction target of 25% by 2025 and 65% by 2030

'Asleep at the wheel': European carmakers risking fines over vehicle emissions

Europe's five largest carmakers are at risk of being "displaced by competitors" by failing to align phase-outs of traditional petrol and diesel vehicles with accelerating regulation emerging on the continent.

Pictured: Oxford, UK

UK cities leading the way on net-zero and renewable energy, report finds

Almost three-quarters (73%) of the UK's urban population live in towns and cities with net-zero targets and/or strong local policies on renewable energy, compared to a global average of just 25%.

Pictured: Morgan Sindall staff taking part in the Carbon Literacy Trust partnership scheme in schools

Morgan Sindall outlines fresh carbon accounting and engagement moves on road to net-zero

After announcing a 2030 net-zero target last month, Morgan Sindall Group has outlined new measures to track and reduce carbon across its construction business - and to engage the communities where its construction projects are located.

 The report combines an array of real-life case studies with expert viewpoints, key facts and stats

Can businesses achieve SDG 13 - Climate Action? Find out in edie's new report

edie has launched its latest SDG Spotlight report, looking at how businesses can transform to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) post-lockdown, with the latest focusing on Goal 13: Climate Action.

The Government expects the strategy to deliver at least three megatons of captured carbon from industry by 2030

Government unveils new Industrial Strategy to spur decarbonisation and create green jobs

The UK Government has today (17 March) revamped the Industrial Strategy to align manufacturing and construction efforts to the national net-zero target, with more than £1bn to funnelled into industry, schools and hospitals.

Green groups have largely welcomed the new strategy, but want more details

'Another vital step to net-zero': Green economy reacts to the Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy

The UK Government has unveiled a new Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy that will spur rapid decarbonisation across industry, the public sector, construction and manufacturing. But do green groups believe the strategy will put the nation on course for net-zero by 2050?

The masterclass is now available to watch on-demand. Image: The Carbon Trust

Six top tips for super-charging energy efficiency on the road to net-zero

Last week, edie hosted a 45-minute masterclass on energy efficiency, featuring expert speakers from BEIS, BAM Nuttall and the Carbon Trust. Here, we round up their key takeaways.

Money needs to be re-aligned in order to stimulate this demand

IRENA: Existing solutions can spur progress to net-zero

Global power sourced from renewables is set to treble by 2050, with wind, solar and hydrogen all required to account for 90% of all decarbonisation solutions to push the global economy towards the 1.5C pathway, a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has found.

Dixons Carphone operates 14 brands across eight countries, including Currys PC World here in the UK. Collectively, these brands have around 10,000 suppliers.

Dixons Carphone plots path to net-zero supply chain emissions

After pledging to become a net-zero business by 2040, Dixons Carphone has announced plans to help its 10,000 suppliers measure and reduce their climate impact.

Pictured: Octopus Renewables' onshore wind farm in Fraisethrope, East Riding of Yorkshire.

Brunel Pensions Partnership targets net-zero as Nest accelerates renewable energy investment

The UK's largest Government-backed pension scheme, Nest, has pledged £250m to renewable energy projects this year, while Brunel Pension Partnership has outlined a new net-zero target.

The Council has already approved the project twice, but Jenrick has called for a public inquiry to take place

Government orders public inquiry into Cumbria coal mine

The Government is set to intervene in the controversial plan to open a new coal mine in Cumbria, with a fresh inquiry as to whether it can be opened while keeping to national climate commitments mooted to take place.

The masterclass will be available to watch on-demand for those who have registered. Image: Carbon Trust

Now available on demand: edie's 45-minute masterclass on energy efficiency

edie's online masterclass on energy efficiency, featuring expert speakers from BEIS, Bam Nuttall and the Carbon Trust, is now available to watch on-demand. 

The resolution will be put to a vote in May at HSBC’s AGM

HSBC to vote on phase-out of fossil fuel funding

HSBC will propose a new commitment to completely phase-out financing of coal-fired power and thermal coal mines by 2040 globally, following negotiations with a group of investors with $2.4tn in assets under management.

BAT has increased renewable energy use to 26%, up 10% from last year

British American Tobacco targets carbon-neutral value chain by 2050

British American Tobacco (BAT) has updated an ambition of becoming carbon neutral across its business by 2030 to now account for its entire value chain by 2050.

Pearson’s science-based targets include a goal to achieve an absolute reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 50% in the next 10 years against a 2018 baseline

Pearson targets net-zero carbon by 2030

Learning and education company Pearson has built on science-based targets set last year to commit to net-zero emissions in the next decade, as part of a new sustainable business plan published alongside an updated company strategy.

It is yet to be confirmed whether the Strategy will be disbanded entirely, or rebranded as part of a new growth plan

Ed Miliband criticises Government decision to 'axe' Industrial Strategy

Shadow Business Secretary Ed Miliband has criticised a decision from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to archive the flagship Industrial Strategy, joining concerns from green groups that the decision could dent business and policymaker relations.

The framework is designed to help investors deliver long-term net-zero financed emissions goals

Major investors apply net-zero alignment framework to $8trn of assets

A coalition of 35 big-name investors has become the first to apply a new net-zero investment framework to their portfolios, with $8trn of assets covered.

Cattle farmers may have to transition to different animal breeds that produce less methane. Image: Morrisons

Morrisons to source exclusively from net-zero British farms by 2030

Morrisons has revealed an ambition to become the first UK supermarket to use only farms certified as net-zero when sourcing products and ingredients from British suppliers.

Pictured: Jersey City, where Goldman Sachs Tower is located

Goldman Sachs pledges net-zero supply chain by 2030, financed emissions by 2050

Goldman Sachs' chairman and chief executive David Solomon has updated the firm's sustainable finance commitments to target net-zero financed emissions by 2050.

each sector faces its own challenges and opportunities in embracing the green recovery

Sector by sector: What are the key ingredients to achieve a green recovery?

Over the past 12 months edie has collected data and spoken to leading sustainability and energy experts on how key UK sectors can achieve a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Here, edie summarises some key themes found in our detailed sector insight reports.

The Colne Valley Western Slopes project will consist of 127 hectares of new chalk grassland, woodland, wood pasture and wetland habitats

HS2 to create 127-hectare biodiversity hotspot to assist carbon reduction efforts

The HS2 project team has announced plans to create more than 120 hectares of new carbon-sequestering grassland, woodland and wetland habitats that will reuse soil and chalk from tunnel excavations.

Pictured: An aerial view of Henkel's headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany

Henkel targets climate positivity as Nokia unveils 1.5C science-based targets

Persil and Schwarzkopf owner Henkel has committed to delivering a positive climate impact by 2040, in the same week that Nokia unveiled new science-based emissions targets.

The reports come in the same week as the 2021 Budget, which was criticised for failing to rise to the scale of the net-zero challenge 

UK Government has 'no plan' for reaching net-zero, MPs warn

Almost two years after enshrining the 2050 net-zero target in UK law, cross-party MPs have heard evidence that the Government still lacks a credible plan for delivery.

Mastercard built on its SDG-aligned sustainability strategy last year with new climate targets

Mastercard issues $600m sustainability bond to help finance net-zero transition

Mastercard has issued a $600m sustainability bond and is planning to use proceeds to further its alignment with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and deliver its 2050 net-zero pledge.

The IPCC has stated that achieving the Paris Agreement's 1.5C pathway will require net global emissions to reach zero by 2050

US takes step towards 2050 net-zero target with sweeping climate bill

A wide-ranging climate bill has been introduced to the US House of Representatives this week that, if passed, will commit the nation to net-zero by 2050.

FedEx operates more than 600 aircraft and 84,000 road transport vehicles, so meeting the target will require significant changes

FedEx commits to carbon-neutral global operations by 2040

FedEx has pledged to transition to carbon-neutral operations globally by 2040, earmarking new finance for electric vehicles, more sustainable aircraft and carbon sequestration.

'Our ESG agenda can't just be a separate layer that sits above what we do day-to-day,' Fraser said in a statement. 

New Citi boss unveils net-zero financed emissions vision

Finance giant Citigroup's new chief executive, Jane Fraser, has unveiled a new commitment to reach net-zero financed emissions by 2050.

Through 2030, investment opportunities will grow in sectors like wind and solar generation, the report states. Pictured: The Walney Extension offshore wind farm

Report: Strong net-zero policy could help UK attract £350bn of investment by 2050

The low-carbon energy transition in the UK could lead to the development of £350bn of investible assets by 2050 - but only if businesses and policymakers do more to support key sectors.

Sunak will be hosting a press conference after the Budget speech on Wednesday. Image: HM Treasury 

Budget 2021: Businesses and charities make last-minute calls for green funding to Rishi Sunak

With the 2021 Budget being announced on Wednesday (3 March), Chancellor Rishi Sunak is facing mounting pressure over the Green Homes Grant, National Nature Service and other green policy decisions.

Sunak will open his red Budget box on Wednesday afternoon

Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak 'set to unveil green savings bonds and net-zero innovation programmes'

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed that he will launch green savings bonds at the Budget on Wednesday. There are also media reports of a £1bn portfolio to support innovations that will accelerate the UK's net-zero transition.

Bulb’s chief executive and co-founder Hayden Wood is leading the new taskforce (stock image)

'Tech Zero taskforce': UK tech firms to inform Government's net-zero approach

Fast-growing UK tech firms including Bulb, Starling Bank and Olio have formed a new taskforce that will inform the government's green policymaking and garner industry support ahead of COP26.

Aviva's approach for financed emissions includes a mix of divestment and engagement

Aviva Investors targets net-zero by 2040

Aviva has pledged to reach net-zero across its operations, supply chain and financing activities by 2040, in what it claims is the most ambitious net-zero pledge from a large, UK-based financial services firm.

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The Net Zero Business Podcast: Inside Ella's Kitchen's climate action plans

In response to the accelerated pace at which businesses are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie has launched a spin-off of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next, we speak to Ella's Kitchen chief executive Mark Cuddigan.

Several of the nations that have proposed non-Paris-aligned 2030 targets have longer-term net-zero goals

UN: Global climate pledges will only reduce emissions by 1% this decade

The world is falling "far short" of alignment with the Paris Agreement, despite the fact that many nations have updated their climate targets.

Pictured: An artist's impression of the project. Image: Leeds Bradford Airport

Government urged to block Leeds Bradford Airport expansion on climate grounds

Environmental groups are urging the UK Government to halt a proposed expansion of Leeds Bradford Airport, on the grounds that it is incompatible with the 2050 net-zero target.

The BII whitepaper charts particular opportunities in sectors like renewable energy generation, technology and healthcare

BlackRock Investment Institute: Tackling climate change will provide a financial boost, not a net cost

BlackRock's insights arm is forecasting that the net-zero transition could create a cumulative output gain of almost 25% by 2040, if delivered in an "orderly" fashion.

'Principal partner' is the highest level of sponsorship for the conference, which has been described as the most important since the Paris Agreement was ratified in 2015

Sainsbury's confirmed as principal partner for COP26

Supermarket Sainsbury's has signed for the highest tier of sponsorship for COP26, ahead of the event in Glasgow this November.

Last year, Morgan Sindall was among the construction firms to jointly declare a climate emergency

Morgan Sindall targets net-zero emissions by 2030

The Morgan Sindall Group is the latest construction company to commit to reaching net-zero emissions, aiming to reach that milestone by 2030 at the latest.

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New report: What role can the public sector play in delivering a green recovery?

edie has this week published the latest in a new series of reports looking at how businesses from key sectors can respond to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic by focusing on a green recovery. This time, the focus is on the public sector.

From September 2021, E10 will be mandated across the UK, in a bid to reduce emissions from transport

UK introduces new mandate on sustainable petrol blends

The UK Government will mandate the introduction and use of a new blend of petrol containing up to 10% sustainable bioethanol from September this year.

Last month, the Court of Appeal dismissed a legal challenge to grant planning permission for Drax's major new gas-fired power plant

Drax scraps gas plant plans in Yorkshire, following climate concerns

Drax is scrapping plans to build the largest gas plant in Europe, which has faced legal challenges on climate grounds in recent months.

The B Corp standard is one of the most popular as a marker of a purpose-led brand

BrewDog announces B Corp certification

Scottish craft brewer BrewDog is the latest company to achieve B Corp certification, highlighting the company's dedication to becoming a force for good and focusing on carbon offsetting and reduction.

In 2016, the firm agreed to power its operations with 100% renewable electricity, a target that has been met

Etsy commits to net-zero emissions by 2030

Online retailer Etsy has pledged to "deepening its commitment to a sustainable future" by setting science-based targets and pledging to reach net-zero emissions by 2030.

#SustyTalk: Virgin Media's Katie Buchanan on net-zero targets and social sustainability

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Virgin Media's head of sustainability Katie Buchanan, following the launch of a new Meaningful Connections sustainability strategy.

Natalie joined Grosvenor in 2015, where she combines her expertise in sustainability management with her experience as an analyst and surveyor

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Natalie Orde, Grosvenor Europe

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. Up next: Grosvenor Europe's sustainability manager Natalie Orde.

FDF members have also delivered strong progress on water stewardship

Food and drink businesses meet carbon reduction goals five years early

The UK's food and drinks sector has collectively slashed carbon emissions by 55% since 1990, surpassing a target set for 2025.

The success of the transition would hinge on enabling policies and roadmaps, steered by the UK Government

UK can create 200,000 jobs through clean technology drive

The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) has claimed that the UK can reach 100% renewable electricity in the next 11 years, with clean technology uptake set to create 200,000 new jobs provided the Government can deliver enabling policies.

A new sourcing policy will also be introduced, which Greggs will report annually on

Greggs targets carbon neutrality and improved diversity through new sustainability pledges

Food retailer Greggs has unveiled a new set of sustainability commitments that will see it become a carbon-neutral business, use 100% renewable energy, reduce packaging waste by a quarter and improve workforce diversity.

Mission Possible: Achieving a green recovery for the public sector

edie's Mission Possible campaign has evolved to focus on the green recovery, with a new series of reports outlining the challenges that businesses in key sectors face in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, and the opportunities that the green recovery will bring. Up next, the public sector.

Image: Virgin Media

Virgin Media targets net-zero carbon operations for 2025

Virgin Media has committed to achieve net-zero operations by the end of 2025 and to transition its entire fleet to electric vehicles by 2030, as part of a sweeping new sustainability strategy.

The multi-billion-pound plan outlined short-term support for a range of low-carbon sectors

Survey: Two-thirds of Brits support UK's green industrial revolution plans

A survey of 3,000 UK adults has found that almost two-thirds support a rapid expansion of the UK's hydrogen, electric vehicle (EV), clean energy, carbon capture and nature sectors.

Image: Fairtrade Foundation

Stop offshoring emissions to poorer countries, Fairtrade Foundation urges Government

Almost half of the emissions linked to UK consumption are generated overseas, a new Fairtrade Foundation analysis has revealed, with the organization urging Boris Johnson to do more to support the net-zero transition internationally.

Of the 111 companies in global heavy industry surveyed, only 16 are well on track to aligning strategies with the Paris Agreement

Global heavy industry failing to align with Paris climate goals

Only 14% of publicly listed companies in the steel, cement, aluminum, paper and mining sector are on track to meet the Paris Agreement's 2°C climate target, according to a report by the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), a global investor group supported by the UN. Still, some European companies offer hope, EURACTIV Germany reports.

The projects chosen by WeTransfer are linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and meet Gold Standard and Verified Carbon Standard certifications

WeTransfer turns to offsets to achieve carbon-neutral certification

Digital file transferring service WeTransfer has confirmed it has achieved carbon neutral status, following a pledge to reduce emissions by 30% by 2025 that was set last year.

The “Terra Carta” outlines ten areas of action for businesses looking to respond to the scale of the interconnected climate and nature crises 

Banking giants unite with Prince of Wales on financial net-zero taskforce

The Prince of Wales' Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI) has announced that executives from the likes of Bank of America, BNP Paribas, NatWest and Lloyds have joined on as members of a new Financial Services Task Force aiming to create a net-zero investor sector.

The first phase of research will last until early 2022

Heathrow secures Government funding to develop net-zero aviation roadmap

Heathrow Airport has secured Government funding for a project dedicated to developing a blueprint for delivering a net-zero UK aviation sector, by or ahead of the national 2050 deadline.

Many of the new signatories already have targets to reach - or go beyond - net-zero

Climate Pledge: 20 businesses including IBM and Iceland Foods join Amazon's net-zero commitment

Tech giant IBM, supermarket Iceland Foods and food supplier Cranswick are among the 20 new signatories of Amazon and Global Optimism's Climate Pledge, which requires members to target net-zero by 2040 at the latest.

Pictured: Jaguar's only pure electric car to date, the I-Pace SUV. Image: JLR

Jaguar to switch to fully electric vehicle portfolio by 2025

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will stop producing petrol and diesel vehicles under its Jaguar brand by 2025 and switch to electric-only models, as part of a sweeping new business strategy.

The Champions will focus on areas highlighted by the CCC

Boris Johnson faces pressure from his own Tory MPs to close net-zero 'policy gaps'

More than two dozen Conservative MPs have committed to championing green policies and solutions that will help the UK meet its net-zero target in Parliament, amid concerns that major policy gaps remain.

Funding for fossil fuels has been, globally, greater than for low-carbon sectors - and much funding has been provided without environmental conditions

Green recovery report: Just 12% of global Covid-19 stimulus will benefit climate and nature

G20 nations have spent $14.9trn on Covid-19 stimulus packages for businesses since the Covid-19 pandemic began - but only 12% has gone to industries with a positive impact in the fight against climate change and nature loss.

MPs suggested that around £320m of the fund would be made available moving forward

Billions to be slashed from Green Homes Grant budget

The Government is facing criticism for a decision to pull the majority of funding for the £2bn Green Homes Grant, less than a year after it was unveiled to improve household energy efficiency and play a key role in an economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bank of America is one of the biggest players in the US market, with more than $2.1trn of assets under management 

Bank of America targets net-zero financed emissions and supply chains by 2050

After being accused by investors and green groups of continuing to finance high-carbon projects, Bank of America has pledged to reach net-zero emissions across the projects it finances and its supply chain by 2050.

Image: HP 

HP unveils sustainability 'changemaker' and 'catalyst' schemes

Tech giant HP has launched a new scheme offering industry partners the resources and traning they need to accelerate sustainability progress, in the same week that Octopus Energy unveiled what it claims is the world's first energy technology research organisation.

Like many fossil fuel majors, Shell has significantly changed business plans in the wake of the IPCC's landmark report and, latterly, Covid-19

Shell reaches peak oil and emissions as it plots net-zero pathway

Shell has published an updated business strategy in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and its pledge to reach net-zero emissions, which confirms that 2019 will be its peak in terms of oil production.

CCS is viewed as a crucial technology in reaching net-zero emissions

ExxonMobil, LafargeHolcim and Elon Musk: The corporate giants placing their faith in CCS

Over the last couple of days, the world's largest cement manufacturer, one of the world's largest fossil fuel firms and the founder of the biggest electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer have all unveiled strategic efforts to commercialise carbon capture and storage projects.

Sunak additionally launched a £4bn “levelling up” fund, designed to help cities, towns and regions improve infrastructure and skills

Green groups call for assurances over National Infrastructure Bank

A host of green groups have written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, urging for the implementation of a UK National Infrastructure Bank (NIB) to de-risk private investment into low-carbon solutions.

edie also hosted a bespoke roundtable discussion with sustainability representatives present at the Forum, sponsored by EDF

Sustainability Leaders Forum: Five top tips for turning climate ambition into action

With the dust settling on three days of thought-provoking conversations at edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum (SLF), edie rounds up how businesses can make 2021 a super year for climate action, which turns ambition into action for corporate sustainability.

Image: Premier Inn

Premier Inn turns to flywheel energy storage to assist electric vehicle charging

Whitbread-owned Premier Inn has installed a kinetic energy storage system for electric vehicle (EV) charging at its Leipzig hotel in Germany to help overcome poor grid balance.

In 2012, the total capacity of applications stood at just 2MW

UK's energy storage pipeline passes 16GW

The UK has more than 16GW of battery storage capacity planned across more than 700 projects, with the technology emerging as a key enabler of the net-zero target, new research has revealed.

All projects will need to demonstrate how they meet both the Government’s net-zero target and the Ten Point Plan

UK Power Networks funnels £80m into net-zero projects

The network operator that provides energy to more than 18 million people across London and the South East has launched an £80m fund to support projects that will contribute to the UK's net-zero emissions target for 2050.

CDP research shows that, on average, supply chain emissions are up to 11.4 times higher than operational emissions

Poor environmental disclosure to add $120bn to supply chain costs

Businesses could face up to $120bn in additional costs across their supply chains from the impacts of climate and environmental breakdown in the next five years, new research from CDP has warned.

Scottish Widows has some six million UK customers

Green pensions: Scottish Widows charts pathway to net-zero financed emissions

Pensions and insurance giant Scottish Widows, which manages funds totalling £170bn, has committed to halving financed emissions by 2030 on the pathway to net-zero.

The award-winning edie editorial team delivers three exclusive interviews live from the virtual Forum

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Making 2021 the super year for climate action at the Sustainability Leaders Forum

The new edie podcast episode is brought to you live from our virtual Sustainability Leaders Forum, a three-day conference designed to unite international corporate leaders, sustainability experts, government representatives, investors and NGOs on the shared mission to accelerate climate action.

Fewer than 25% reference the impact that the climate crisis will have on future and current business models

Business giants' climate disclosure 'clearly inadequate', lawyers warn

Lawyers have warned that the majority of FTSE 100 and the largest companies on the FTSE 250 are failing to disclose adequate climate-related data as part of annual corporate reporting frameworks, with some potentially breaching UK law.

River Severn in Flood at Atcham in Shropshire

Health of 12 million Brits at risk from climate crisis

More than 12 million people living in the UK are vulnerable to the physical, mental and health impacts of the climate crisis, a new report has warned.

Image: Avantium

Avantium targets net-zero operations and shoots for fossil-free chemicals sector

Chemicals firm Avantium has vowed to become a net-zero and fully circular business by 2030, as part of a new sustainability strategy aiming to make the entire sector fossil-fuel-free by 2050.

Pictured: One of Sainsbury's' zero-emission electric 'Evie' vans

Sainsbury's outlines science-based targets to slash emissions on the path to net-zero

Sainsbury's has unveiled a new ambition to reduce emissions from its supply chain by 30% by 2030, as it strives to become a net-zero business by 2040.

Before becoming an MP, Griffith held high-level roles at Sky and Just Eat

UK's Net-Zero Business Champion: We must spark conversations outside our usual circles

The UK's Net-Zero Business Champion, Andrew Griffith MP, used his platform at edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum to urge professionals to engage with their supply chains, competitors and communities to maximise positive outcomes ahead of COP26.

Comedian Rachel Parris was on hand to announce the winners

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2021: Winners revealed at glittering virtual ceremony

Willmott Dixon, the Midcounties Co-operative and Virgin Media were among the big winners of edie's 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards, announced at a fun-packed virtual awards ceremony on Wednesday afternoon (3 February).

Pictured: An artist's impression of the redevelopment of CDL's Republic Plaza property, located in Singapore’s Central Business District

Real estate giant CDL targets net-zero operations by 2030

City Developments Limited (CDL) has become the first large business in Southeast Asia to sign the World Green Building Council's (WorldGBC) net-zero carbon buildings commitment.

The Sustainability Leaders Forum is running through to Thursday (4 February) in an all-new virtual format

How can businesses become climate advocates? Here are 8 top tips

Since the UK set its 2050 net-zero target in law, many major businesses have outlined plans for getting there faster. But leadership on climate involves taking a stand and engaging others, as well as going further and faster in-house.

A host of green finance experts met virtually on day one of the Sustainability Leaders Forum

Finance and policy: The external drivers forcing businesses to take climate action

Sustainability professionals have often found frustration when trying to embed CSR across an entire organisation, but the mainstreaming of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing looks set to create new momentum behind the green recovery.

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2021: Meet the Winners

This special report provides in-depth profiles of all of the winners of edie's 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards, along with exclusive comments from our judges and summaries of all 189 finalists across 24 categories.

Companies from the oil and gas, metals, mining and utilities sectors will all be subjected to the programme and will be required to set science-based targets 

Aviva Investors warns it will divest from climate laggards

Aviva Investors has warned that it will fully divest from companies that fail to decarbonise in alignment with net-zero climate science and will issue a new programme that engages with carbon-intensive companies to meet climate goals.

Smart Pension will also introduce a new Social Impact Fund in the next few months

Smart Pension commits to net-zero emissions ahead of Government deadline

Workplace pension provider Smart Pension has joined an initiative led by Comic Relief co-founder Richard Curtis that will see the company commit to net-zero emissions "well ahead" of the Government's 2050 deadline.

The trial is part of Ocado Retail’s target to become net-zero by 2035

Ocado trials electric vehicles for rapid deliveries

Ocado has launched a trial of electric vehicles (EVs) for its rapid grocery delivery service in the heart of London, as part of the retailer's ongoing commitment to reaching net-zero emissions.

The green economy has welcomed the review with open arms

As influential as the Stern Review: Green economy reacts to the Dasgupta biodiversity study

A new landmark review, commissioned by the Government, has suggested that services provided by nature should be assigned an economic value that is used to inform future policy decisions, a move that has been unanimously welcomed by green groups.

The Treasury is notably in the process of conducting its net-zero review

Treasury 'not planning mandatory net-zero stress tests' for major government investments

Treasury representatives have said that the government won't make it mandatory for all projects to prove they can comply with the 2050 net-zero target in order to secure funding.

Last month, PepsiCo committed to reducing emissions across its value chain by 40% by 2030 before reaching net-zero by 2040

PepsiCo and Beyond Meat launch 'planet partnership' for plant-based proteins

PepsiCo is the latest food and drink giant to strike up a working partnership with Beyond Meat, with both firms producing a new joint venture to increase production of plant-based protein.

The CCC claims that the mine is projected to increase UK emissions by 0.4 million megatonnes of CO2e annually

Climate Change Committee calls for rethink on Cumbrian coal mine approval

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) is the latest organisation urging the UK Government to reconsider the planning approval for a new coal mine in Cumbria, warning that it will increase emissions and create a "negative impression" of UK green policy in the build-up to COP26.

From net-zero strategy to personal sustainability skills, the Forum has a topic for everyone to make 2021 a super year for sustainability

Last chance to register: COP26 business champion Andrew Griffith to deliver keynote at the Sustainability Leaders Forum

edie has today (29 January) confirmed a final addition to the Sustainability Leaders Forum speaker line-up in the form of Andrew Griffith MP, who will deliver a keynote speech about the business opportunity of COP26 on the second day of the virtual event, which runs from 2-4 February.

Microsoft met and surpassed a target to secure the removal of one million metric tonnes of carbon

Microsoft turns to Climeworks to deliver carbon capture techology

Microsoft has turned to Climeworks' carbon dioxide removal technology as one of the key measures that will help with a mission to reach negative emissions by 2030 and remove the company's historic emissions by 2050.

The company will offer 30 all-electric models globally, with EVs expected to account for 40% of US market entries by the end of 2025

General Motors aims to become carbon neutral by 2040

General Motors (GM) will target carbon neutrality across its operations and products globally by 2040, while also committing to set science-based targets that would deliver net-zero emissions ten years later.

More than eight billion allowances changed hands through European markets in 2020, a near-20% increase on 2019 levels

Global carbon market grew 20% in 2020

The valuation of the global carbon market grew 20% in 2020, totalling almost €230bn and the fourth consecutive year of record growth, new research has found.

Currently, corporate commitments under the Race to Zero campaign cover more than 12% of the global economy and $9.8trn in revenue

COP26 President launches challenge to deliver net-zero 'tipping points' in every sector

The UN High-Level Climate Champions and COP26 President Alok Sharma have today (28 January) unveiled a radical new roadmap to push the global economy towards net-zero emissions, targeting a range of near-term, sectoral tipping points to deliver decarbonisation.

The sectors represented by the new Partnership collectively represent 30% of global annual emissions

Mission Possible Partnership: Hundreds of transport and industrial businesses form climate coalition

Some 400 heavy emitters from the transport and industrial sectors have formed a new collaborative partnership aimed at accelerating the low-carbon transition, with financial backing from Amazon's Jeff Bezos.

The company will also aim to tackle emissions from the supply chain, which accounts for more than 70% of Mastercard’s total carbon footprint

Mastercard commits to net-zero carbon by 2050

Mastercard has pledged to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, aiming to expand the use of onsite solar technology while also decarbonising its supply chain.

The webinar is now available on-demand. Images (clockwise from top left): NHM, NHM, Adobe Stock and Carbon Clean

5 top tips for choosing onsite technologies on the road to net-zero

With businesses under pressure to minimise energy costs, improve resilience and accelerate decarbonisation, what role can onsite technologies and systems play? Here, edie rounds up best-practice advice from the business leaders on this vitally important topic.

Plans are also in place for the packaging to be rolled out across other brands next year

Nestlé reduces plastic from cereal packaging and rolls out paper Smarties packs worldwide

Well-known cereal brands including Cheerios, Shreddies and Shredded Wheat are set to reduce the amount of plastic used in packaging by more than 600 tonnes annually, while Nestlé's Smarties brand is also switching to recyclable paper packaging worldwide.

The letter summarised that the current pandemic has actually accelerated efforts to transition to a sustainable economy

BlackRock's Larry Fink warns CEOs that 'no issue ranks higher than climate change'

BlackRock's chief executive Larry Fink has written to businesses to warn them that "no issue ranks higher than climate change" and that the current coronavirus pandemic serves as a "stark reminder" of the need to drastically combat climate-related risks.

Pictured: The Pince gave a rousing speech via Zoom. Image: Corporate Knights 

Prince Charles: Sustainable business leadership alone won't combat climate change

While congratulating companies to have been named the most sustainable in the world, the Prince of Wales has warned that more must be done to deliver the global low-carbon transition in line with the Paris Agreement's 1.5C trajectory.

#SustyTalk: Anglian Water's Andy Brown on collaboration for a just transition to net-zero

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive talk with Anglian Water's head of sustainability Andy Brown.

Join us at the online edie Sustainability Leaders Awards Wednesday 3 February 2021! Cost is £50+VAT per ticket

One week left to book your place at edie's Sustainability Leaders Awards

There is still time to book your ticket for edie's award-winning Sustainability Leaders Forum and Sustainability Leaders Awards, which will recognise excellence in corporate sustainability via a prestigious virtual ceremony taking place next week.

Major emissions sources for EY include office energy use, business travel and the supply chain

EY targets carbon negativity for 2021

After achieving an ambition to become carbon neutral in 2020 by upping investments in carbon offsetting, EY has committed to remove and offset more carbon than it emits globally this year.

In 2020, the number of companies committed to the SBTi surpassed the 1,000 mark

Companies with science-based targets planning $25.9bn climate mitigation investments

Major companies to have aligned their emissions reductions targets with climate science are collectively planning to invest more than $25.9bn in climate mitigation through to 2030, according to new analysis covering firms including Tesco and Mastercard.

Circle Economy has repeatedly stated that the majority of global annual emissions are released during the extraction of materials and manufacturing of goods

Circular economy can slash global emissions by 39%, says major new report

A major new report, released to coincide with the original dates for the World Economic Forum's event in Davos, has found that 39% of global annual emissions could be mitigated by changing the ways in which we use natural raw materials.

Pictured: Salford's Slate Yard development, backed by Legal & General

Legal & General plots course to net-zero real estate across £21bn UK portfolio

Legal & General's Real Assets arm has outlined plans to reach net-zero across its UK real estate portfolio by 2050, including new investments in onsite renewable energy and carbon offsetting.

We summarise the key facts and stats from the new surveys

In numbers: How prepared are UK businesses for the net-zero transition?

The UK Government's 2050 net-zero target is legally binding, meaning that businesses of all sizes and sectors must accelerate decarbonisation efforts. But two new major surveys have highlighted major challenges for the private sector. Here, edie rounds up the key findings.

The bank doubled its corporate bond programme in response to Covid-19. Image: George Rex, CC BY SA

Bank of England's high-carbon financing a 'moral hazard', MPs warn

The Bank of England risks creating 'moral hazard' by continuing to finance high-carbon projects and companies and providing no-strings-attached financing to carbon intensives companies, the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has warned.

One scenario suggests more than 3,000% growth in electric vehicles and a 2,500% rise in domestic heat pumps by 2030

Electric vehicles and heat pumps set for exponential growth on road to net-zero

More than 4.5 million electric vehicles (EVs) could be on UK roads, almost 250,000 households could feature solar technology and between 450,000 to more than one million domestic electric heat pumps could be installed by 2030 in order to reach net-zero, new research has found.

The webinar features speakers from Costain Group, Ibstock Brick, the Natural History Museum and Carbon Clean

Now available on demand: edie's free webinar exploring onsite net-zero technologies

edie's latest webinar is now available to watch on-demand. Tune in to hear experts providing best-practice advice on investing in and integrating net-zero technologies to help assist with decarbonisation targets.

The companies are responsible for owning and operating the infrastructure that delivers gas to 85% of homes in Great Britain

Major gas grid companies team up to outline hydrogen deployment plans

Britain's five major gas grid companies have launched a major collaborative plan to create the UK's first hydrogen town by 2030 as well as creating a network of hydrogen refuelling stations for transport and helping to decarbonise industrial clusters.

The Biden Administration is expected to reverse more than 100 climate-related policies introduced by Trump

Biden returns US to Paris Agreement as part of climate policy overhaul

In one of his first acts after being sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America, Joe Biden moved to readmit the US back into the Paris Agreement, claiming that tackling the climate crisis, racial inequality and current coronavirus pandemic were the "gravest responsibilities" that countries face.

The average company’s supply chain emissions are estimated to be around five-and-a-half times greater than those generated by their direct operations

'A game-changing opportunity to fight climate change': WEF pushes businesses on supply chain decarbonisation

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is urging businesses to do more to tackle their supply chain emissions, which often represent the bulk of their total climate footprint, and has published new advice on how to do so.

Unilever will seek to equip 10 million young people with skills to prepare them for better job opportunities by 2030

Unilever sets supply chain living wage aim and €2bn diversity commitment

Unilever has today (21 January) unveiled a raft of new commitments aimed at building a more equitable and inclusive society by vowing to ensure the people across its value chain earn at least a living wage by 2030 and spending €2bn annually with suppliers consisting of under-represented groups by 2025.

New homes will be required to have a reduced carbon footprint of 31% by 2021 compared to current levels

Government unveils 'radical' energy efficiency standards for homes and offices

All homes and business facilities will be required to meet new energy efficiency standards that reduce energy consumption and lower bills by 2025, after the Government finally outlined responses to the Future Homes Standard.

#SustyTalk: BNP Paribas' Mark Lewis on market shifts for the net-zero transition

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive talk with BNP Paribas Asset Management's chief sustainability strategist Mark Lewis.

The net-zero ambition will be delivered through the creation of an internal “climate change taskforce” led by chief operation officer Vyacheslav Solomin

EN+ Group commits to net-zero by 2050

Aluminium and hydropower giant EN+ Group has announced its intention to become a net-zero business by 2050, with a target also in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by 2030.

The Sustainability Skills Seminars will be hosted virtually on 4 February – the third and final day of edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum

Sustainability Skills Seminars: edie introduces educational final day to Sustainability Leaders Forum

edie's award-winning events team has organised dedicated "Skills Seminars" to run on the third and final day of the Sustainability Leaders Forum (2-4 February), educating and empowering sustainability and CSR professionals to lead on climate action in 2021. 

Pictured: The Bauhaus office block in Manchester, which is WELL Gold certified

Orchard Street targets net-zero across £4bn portfolio of buildings

Commercial property investment manager Orchard Street, which manages retail units, offices and industrial facilities worth more than £4bn, has outlined plans to reach net-zero ahead of the UK government's 2050 deadline.

The survey results will form the basis of a major new report being published by edie in March

The 2021 Sustainable Business Leadership Survey (8 minutes)

From Covid-19 to COP26, this flagship annual survey asks sustainability, CSR and energy leaders about the biggest drivers, challenges and opportunities facing green business in 2021.

The reports are free to download, and outline key considerations and best-practice top-tips for energy managers

edie launches series of mini reports to help businesses spark an energy revolution

edie has launched a new series of summary reports developed from SPARK! - an exclusive virtual event where energy leaders explored the key challenges and opportunities of the net-zero transition.

All edie podcast episodes can be listened to via iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud

Net-Zero Business podcast: Inside the University of Exeter's climate emergency plans

In response to the accelerated pace at which businesses are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie has launched a new spin-off of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next, we speak to the University of Exeter's Head of Environment and Climate Emergency, Dr Emma Page.

The EU NFRD reporting mechanism was created to ensure that the impacts of sustainability are considered more broadly throughout the whole business

NGOs call for heightened standards on corporate sustainability reporting

An alliance of NGOs has called for the European Union's Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD) to be reformed to ensure that more corporates are disclosing relevant climate-related information.

Five ways to ignite behavior change on energy use

This report showcases the output of edie's SPARK! event, where expert energy professionals from a range of sectors shared experiences driving engagement to change behaviours around energy use.

Between 2011 and 2019, gross operational emissions from the UK's water sector fell by almost 45% - but work must be accelerated to meet net-zero by 2030

UK water sector joins UN's 'Race to Zero' ahead of COP26

Water UK, the trade body representing all major companies in the sector, has been named as an official partner for the UNFCCC's Race to Zero Campaign, which was set up to inspire a holistic and ambitious approach to the global net-zero transition.

The 2050 target will cover emissions across the company’s default pension fund ranges. Aegon will also place its corporate operations under the net-zero ambition

Financial firm Aegon commits to net-zero emissions by 2050

Financial services firm Aegon has become the latest corporate to commit to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, targeting the decarbonisation of its pension fund ranges and main operations.

The BBC is expected to flesh out the net-zero commitments over the coming months

BBC to outline net-zero target for 2030

The BBC's director-general Tim Davie has outlined ambitions to staff for the broadcaster to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030, with further details expected later in the year.

PepsiCo owns brands including 7UP, Tropicana and Pringles, as well as its namesake, Pepsi 

PepsiCo targets net-zero by 2040

PepsiCo has committed to reducing emissions across its value chain by 40% by 2030 before reaching net-zero by 2040, as part of new climate plans it claims are Paris-Agreement-aligned.

#SustyTalk: Suntory Beverage & Food's Michelle Norman on net-zero, plastics and the green recovery

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Suntory Beverage & Food GB&I's Michelle Norman revisiting the company's key climate and plastics milestones from 2020 and looking ahead to what this year will hold for corporate sustainability.

A series of digital events will be hosted by the company in the run up to COP26

Envision Virgin Racing confirmed as COP26 partner for 'together for our planet' campaign

Motorsport team Envision Virgin Racing has been named as the latest company to be announced as a key partner for the COP26 climate summit, joining the "Together for Our Planet campaign" to encourage global climate action and raise awareness of the electric vehicle (EV) transition.

Mace will now aim to further reduce its absolute emissions by 10% each year through to 2026

Mace achieves net-zero operations and developments

Major construction and consultancy firm Mace has announced that it is now a net-zero business, after investing in measures to reduce emissions and setting up an offsetting scheme.

The case study is free to download. Image: Carbon Clean

Inside the world's first fully commercial carbon capture and utilisation plant

edie has today (14 January) published a new case study, taking readers on an in-depth exploration of the world's first fully commercial carbon capture and utilisation plant in India.

InfluenceMap assessed firms which collectively manage more than $50trn of assets

Report: Major asset managers still voting against tougher climate measures

In the same week that BlackRock was widely criticised for continuing to hold $85bn in coal, an analysis of the world's 30 largest fund managers has found that the global sector is failing to translate high-level climate commitments into investment decisions and support for shareholder resolutions.

WWF believes that just 1% of UK seas are properly protected, so meeting the 30% target will require extensive investment and collaboration

Protect at least a third of British seas to unlock £50bn boost, WWF urges

By aligning with the UN's recommendations and committing to fully protect at least one-third of UK seas, the government could catalyse a £50bn boost for the economy and unlock 100,000 jobs.

Gas and renewables have proven more resilient to the impacts of the pandemic than oil

McKinsey: Global fossil fuel demand will peak in 2027

One of the world's largest consultancies has published analysis outlining how global fossil fuel demand could peak by 2027. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic accelerating trends in electrification and energy efficiency.

Six ideas to achieve your flexible energy future on the road to net-zero

This report showcases the output of edie's SPARK! event, where expert energy professionals from a range of sectors discussed the role that smart and flexible energy technologies and systems will play in the net-zero transition.

The offsets will fund forest conservation overseas and forest creation in the UK

LEON debuts 'carbon-neutral' burgers and fries

Fast-food chain LEON has measured the carbon footprint of some of its most popular menu items and is offsetting the equivalent emissions by investing in forests.

TSB is developing science-based targets to support its net-zero vision

TSB and Aviva Investors plot pathway to net-zero carbon

Major retail bank TSB has unveiled its plans to reach net-zero by 2030, after cutting operational emissions by 66% during 2020. At the same time, Aviva Investors has revealed its plans to decarbonise its real assets portfolio.

Links between the UK and EU ETSs could become more challenging over time, if the bloc and UK diverge on climate legislation 

UK carbon trading scheme 'leaves many questions unanswered'

As the UK takes its first steps away from the EU, there are still plenty of open questions about how it will align with Europe on climate policy, and in particular, with the EU's flagship emissions trading scheme (ETS).

#SustyTalk: How can the built environment deliver a green recovery?

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with a special panel discussion on the green recovery for the built environment, featuring Bennetts Associates' director Peter Fisher and FORE Partnership's managing director Basil Demeroutis.

Sky has introduced a new Planet Test for TV production

Sky confirmed as COP26 principal media partner

Sky has been named as the principal media partner for the COP26 climate summit and has published new sustainability criteria for its TV productions.

Six top tips for accelerating your electric fleet transition

This report showcases the output of edie's SPARK! event, where expert energy professionals from a range of sectors shared experiences integrating electric vehicles (EV) into their organisations' fleets.

Apple links executive pay to performance against ESG targets

Apple has confirmed plans to modify the bonuses its executives receive depending on how much progress the business makes towards key environmental and social targets.

If the new resolution receives more than 75% of votes at the bank’s upcoming AGM in April, HSBC would be required to publish a strategy

Investors file climate resolution at HSBC

Investors with a combined $2.4trn in assets under management have filed a resolution at HSBC, calling on the bank to publish a strategy that outlines efforts to reduce exposure to fossil fuel assets.

Four top tips for building a great net-zero carbon strategy

This report showcases the output of edie's SPARK! event, where expert energy professionals from a range of sectors shared experiences developing and delivering net-zero strategies.

The reshuffle will enable Sharma to focus on the COP26 climate summit full-time. Image: Gov UK

Kwasi Kwarteng steps up to BEIS Secretary post as Alok Sharma takes on full-time COP Presidency

The Government has confirmed that Alok Sharma will step down from his position as Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to enable more focus on his role as COP26 President, with Kwasi Kwarteng named as his replacement.

The report is free to download

Report: Can the built environment achieve a green recovery?

edie has today (8 January) launched a free report detailing the appetite within the built environment sector to collaborate to overcome the challenges presented by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and to "build back better" by championing the green recovery.

Mission Possible: Achieving a green recovery for the built environment

edie's Mission Possible campaign has evolved to focus on the green recovery, with a new series of reports outlining the challenges that businesses in key sectors face in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, and the opportunities that the green recovery will bring. Up next, the built environment.

At present, just 2% of agricultural land has been set aside for biodiversity-rich ponds, hedges and meadows

Report: More farmland must be converted to forests and meadows if UK is to reach net-zero

Land use in the UK must be dramatically transformed by the end of the decade if the UK is to meet its 2050 net-zero target, with space re-allocated from livestock to vegetables, meadows and hedges. This will result in all of us eating less meat and more plant-based foods.

marine and airborne monitor and offshore floating wind will be championed through the funding

Government commits £200m innovation fund to tackle Covid-19 and climate crisis

Computers capable of tracking diseases and a floating offshore wind test lab are just two of the technologies to benefit from a new £213m government investment pot that aims to upgrade scientific approaches to combatting Covid-19 and the climate crisis.

Lenovo recently set science-based targets to halve emissions from its operations

Lenovo to deliver global rollout of customer offset scheme

Computer manufacturer Lenovo has unveiled plans to rollout a carbon offsetting scheme for customer purchases across the globe, following a trial run in the Nordics that saw 26,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide offset.

The airport has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with flights dropping by 80% since March 2020

Gatwick Airport under fire over 'callous' runway expansion plan

Green groups have criticised the decision from Gatwick Airport to transform its emergency runway into a fully functioning second runway, claiming that the organisation is "ignoring" noise and emissions issues.

Stanlow Ellesmere Port, one of the selected project locations

Funding allocated to six projects aiming to develop world's first net-zero industrial cluster

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has selected six projects across the UK that will receive a share of £8m in funding to drive progress towards creating the world's first net-zero emissions industrial zone by 2040.

The research warns that up to 10 million jobs will need to be replaced or retained as part of the net-zero transition

Report: 10 million high-carbon jobs to be retrained or replaced as part of net-zero transition

Research from a new cross-party programme exploring the net-zero transition in the UK has warned that 10 million jobs will either need to be retrained or replaced if the nation is to meet its climate commitments.

edie has highlighted 21 aspirational new goals that professionals can work towards to help drive business prosperity while alleviating some key environmental and planetary concerns

21 New Year's resolutions for sustainability professionals in 2021 and beyond

At last, 2020 has drawn to a close and while the first parts of a new year might not create a respite from a global pandemic and an economic crash, it does create the ideal opportunity to look at the climate crisis with a reinvigorated approach.

MPs are due to return from recess next Monday (11 January)

A net-zero New Year? The 7 green policies UK businesses are still waiting for

December saw a flurry of green policy announcements, from the Energy White Paper to the decision to end finance to fossil fuels overseas. But several key policy gaps remain on the road to net-zero as we enter a new year - and will need to be closed ahead of COP26.

How well do you remember some of this year's biggest green business stories?

edie's big fat sustainabiliy quiz of the year: 2020 edition

Take edie's 2020 quiz of the year to test your knowledge on some of the biggest moments in the global sustainability space over the past 12 months.

We summarise the best-read and most important stories of 2020

Net-zero targets, virtual climate events and green recovery debates: The sustainability stories of 2020

With less than a week until Christmas, edie recaps what has been a busy year for sustainability stories, from the growing green recovery movement to the election of Joe Biden.

Pizza Express (pictured) is one of 18 founding brand members

Zero Carbon Forum: UK's biggest restaurants team up to plot pathway to net-zero

Nando's, Burger King, KFC and Pizza Express are among the first business members of a new hospitality industry coalition that is plotting a pathway to net-zero for the sector.

Image: Defend Dewley Hill

Dewley Hill: Newcastle City Council blocks controversial coal mine

Climate campaigners have expressed relief after an application to turn more than 250 acres of greenbelt land near Newcastle into an opencast coal mine was blocked.

The one-hour webinar is now available to watch on-demand

Five top tips for making 2021 your organisation's 'super year' for sustainability

With less than a decade to meet the Global Goals and put the global economy onto a clear trajectory to deliver a just net-zero transition, edie is rounding up some best-practice advice for ramping up environmental and social ambitions and actions in the New Year.

Green finance has been a major topic amid the events of 2020

Banks pressured to divest from fossil fuels and deforesters ahead of COP26

MPs, trade bodies and the UN's Environment Programme are urging banks to unify their response to the net-zero transition ahead of COP26 next November and commit to time-bound phase-outs for fossil fuel finance.

Pictured: Black giving an interview with Sky News in 2019. Image: ECIU

ECIU founder Richard Black steps down as director

The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has confirmed that its founder Richard Black is stepping down as director, after setting up the environmental non-profit in 2014.

Based on the current decarbonisation rate, PwC warns that the century’s global carbon budget would be used up by the end of this decade

Global decarbonisation efforts need to be five times greater to reach 1.5C pathway

Global efforts to combat the climate crisis will need to be five times greater than current levels, with new research warning that the rate that carbon emissions are decoupled from economic growth slowed in 2019.

The UK's oil and gas sector employs 270,000+ people and pays £350m+ in taxes annually

UK's oil and gas sector outlines net-zero vision, but remains reluctant to downsize

The watchdog for the UK's oil and gas industry has published a strategy designed to align businesses with the 2050 net-zero target, but green groups want more done to cap production and increase investment in renewables.

Businesses are planning to launch sustainable products and services to appeal to customers in 2021

Survey: Three-quarters of UK businesses turning to sustainability to bounce back from Covid-19

A survey of 1,000 UK businesses has found that more than three-quarters are planning to increase their sustainability focus in 2021, as part of their plans to financially recover from Covid-19.

The Treasury reiterates that net-zero is “essential” in delivering long-term prosperity

Net-zero impact on UK economy to be 'relatively small', Treasury finds

The HM Treasury has published a final report in the build-up to a Net-Zero Spending Review, claiming that the transition to meeting the UK's long-term climate goals could deliver "slightly positive or slightly negative" economic growth for the UK, depending on how decisive policy action is.

Green finance has been an increasingly core issue in 2020

Science-based targets and renewable energy investments: Credit Suisse and Nest unveil first steps towards net-zero

Swiss investment bank Credit Suisse has unveiled a string of new climate measures, in the same week that the UK's largest pension scheme, Nest, outlined steps to help it meet its net-zero goal.

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: In the Green Room with EN+ Group's Lord Barker

To mark episode 94 of the edie podcast, content editor Matt Mace makes a long-overdue return to the Green Room, to discuss how Covid-19, climate policy and Brexit have impacted corporate sustainability with EN+ Group's non-executive chairman and former DECC minister Lord Barker.

The news comes just weeks after it was revealed that English and Scottish local authorities representing one-third of the population have committed to reaching net-zero community emissions by 2045

Councils not confident of reaching net-zero commitments

More than a third of councils in the UK are not confident that they'll be able to meet public commitments to reaching net-zero emissions, with a "black hole" of data hindering efforts on energy efficiency plans.

The Roadmap will help Lendlease align with the 1.5C trajectory

Lendlease outlines roadmap to reach zero carbon emissions in Europe

International property and investments group Lendlease has launched a new roadmap which outlines how eliminating diesel use on construction sites and procuring 100% renewable electricity will help the company reach net-zero emissions by 2040.

Corporate members of the initiative represent a combined turnover of €284bn

Telefónica, Nestlé and Ragn-Sells commit to net-zero supply chains

Technology giant Telefónica, food manufacturer Nestlé and waste management firm Ragn-Sells are the latest businesses to sign up to a collaborative movement to reduce value chain emissions in line with the 1.5C ambition of the Paris Agreement.

Under some scenarios being explored by the Government, solar PV capacity could reach between 80-120GW of capacity

Government ponders 120GW of solar to help reach net-zero

On the same day that the Energy White Paper was unveiled, the Government also launched a new consultation on how financing and deployment of renewable technologies can accelerate action towards net-zero, with up to 120GW of solar capacity mooted as a means to quadruple green energy nationally.

No information has been released as to what the revamped Plan A will include, but M&S did commit to net-zero emissions in 2020

M&S to relaunch Plan A sustainability strategy

M&S is planning to relaunch its industry-leading Plan A sustainability programme in 2021 to reflect on the changing environmental and social needs globally, with a new ESG Board Sub-Committee to be set up to scrutinise the strategy.

The White Paper builds on the Ten Point Plan and National Infrastructure Strategy

Five things you need to know about the Energy White Paper

After months of delays, the UK Government finally unveiled its Energy White Paper on Monday (14 December) detailing how an overhaul to transport, energy and infrastructure will deliver an "overwhelmingly decarbonised power in the 2030s" on the road to net-zero by 2050.

Green Groups have welcomed the announcement, but more detail is still being required

An 'undisputed urgency to act': Green economy reacts to the Energy White Paper

The Government has unveiled the long-awaited Energy White Paper today (14 December), with green groups welcoming the focus it provides to both job growth and rapid decarbonisation in order to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

The White Paper builds on numerous commitments outlined by Government in recent months

Energy White Paper: Government confirms £6.7bn warm homes package and UK ETS

The UK Government has finally released its Energy White Paper, detailing steps to deliver "overwhelmingly decarbonised power in the 2030s", with a new £6.7bn support scheme to be set up to tackle fuel poverty and a UK variant of the Emissions Trading Scheme to be introduced.

Unilever will seek an advisory vote every three years on any proposed updates to the plan

Unilever to let shareholders vote on new climate targets

Unilever has become one of the first global companies to voluntarily commit to putting new climate targets to a shareholder vote, with the company's science-based targets currently focusing on zero emissions for its operations.

The Adaptation Communication will be submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) alongside the newly created NDC

UK ramps up climate adaptation plans in build up to COP26

The UK has become one of the first countries to publish an official plan setting out how the nation is responding to the climate crisis through adaptation and resiliency plans that focus on flood prevention and rewilding.

The Chancellor announced in March the UKEF would receive an additional £2bn to finance clean energy projects overseas

UK Government to end support for overseas fossil fuel projects

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that the UK Government will end financing and support for overseas fossil fuel projects in the build-up to COP26 in 2021.

Infrastructure and R&D around electricity, heating and transport will need to change dramatically through 2050 

Hydrogen, nuclear and wind: UK's energy network operators chart course to net-zero

Energy Networks Association - the industry body representing all major energy network operators in the UK - has published a routemap outlining how they will align with net-zero and support the transition to green electricity, heat, transport and industry.

WHSmith will engage with suppliers to agree on a set of pathways to achieve net-zero for Scope 3 emissions by 2040

WHSmith targets net-zero emissions by 2025

Retailer WHSmith has unveiled a new five-year sustainability plan to reduce its operational emissions to zero by 2025, with the company set to engage with suppliers to help them become net-zero.

The company has also committed to becoming carbon negative across its operations and business travel by 2030

Jacobs reaches 100% renewables and net-zero emissions for business operations

Engineering firm Jacobs has revealed it is now powered by 100% renewable energy and has reached net-zero emissions for its operations and business travel, pledging to become carbon negative by 2030.

A recording of the webinar is available to watch on-demand

Available to watch on demand: Webinar on making 2021 the 'super year' for corporate sustainability

edie's most recent explored the redefinition of corporate sustainability leadership in 2021, through the lens of buildings and transport, the Sustainable Development Goals and net-zero strategies, featuring expert insight from Anglian Water, Business in the Community and EDF Energy. A recording of the session is now available to watch.

Pictured: An artist's impression of Grosvenor's build-to-rent neighbourhood, under development in Berdmonsey 

Think Zero: Grosvenor plots pathway to net-zero by 2030

Property developer Grosvenor Britain & Ireland has outlined plans to become a net-zero business by 2030 and earmarked £90m to retrofit and 'future-proof' its portfolio of buildings across London.

Edinburgh City Council is the first Scottish council to join the initiative 

UK's net-zero target should be 2045, 100 councils and mayors tell Boris Johnson

English and Scottish local authorities representing one-third of the population have committed to reaching net-zero community emissions by 2045 - and are urging the UK Government to follow suit.

Many of the new signatories already have targets to reach - or go beyond - net-zero

13 big businesses including Unilever and Microsoft join Amazon's Climate Pledge

More than a dozen large businesses including Unilever, Microsoft and Coca-Cola European Partners have signed up to Amazon's Climate Pledge, which requires signatories to reach net-zero by 2040 or sooner.

CWG plays host to more than 7.7 million square feet of office space and almost one million square feet of retail space

Canary Wharf Group targets net-zero by 2030

London-based property giant Canary Wharf Group (CWG) has outlined plans for reaching net-zero by 2030, including new commitments on electric vehicles and heat.

CCC chair Lord Deben said many high-emitting industries will need to become "wholly different"

'A game-changer': UK's green economy leaders react to the Sixth Carbon Budget

Green groups and trade bodies have broadly welcomed the Climate Change Committee's Sixth Carbon Budget, headlined by a recommendation to cut annual emissions by 78% by 2035. But they want to see the Government act rapidly and boldly to prove it can deliver.

The CCC recommends that the UK hosts 100GW of offshore wind generation capacity by 2050 

Sixth Carbon Budget: UK will need to cut emissions by 78% by 2035 to meet net-zero

Under the original Climate Change Act, the UK Pledged to cut net emissions by 80% by 2050. Now, it will need to deliver a 78% reduction by 2035 if it is to meet its long-term net-zero commitment.

Worldwide, investment in energy efficiency worldwide is likely to be down 9% year-on-year

IEA: Energy efficiency improvements for 2020 'the weakest in a decade'

Despite nations investing in retrofitting and businesses looking to make energy savings amid lockdown restrictions, global progress on energy efficiency has slowed in 2020, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Pictured: An artist's impression of the Museum's planned redevelopment of its garden, with biodiversity in mind

Natural History Museum targets carbon neutrality by 2035

London's Natural History Museum has outlined new climate targets, stating that there is "not any time to waste" in the transition to net-zero.

Pictured: Glencore's Ferrochrome smelter in Lydenburg, South Africa

Glencore sets 2050 net-zero target, but won't divest from coal

Swiss multinational mining and materials giant Glencore has set new climate targets headlined by a 2050 net-zero vision, covering all scopes.

Image: CCEP

Coca-Cola's largest European bottler targets net-zero by 2040

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has committed to reducing net emissions across its value chain by 30% by 2030, before bringing them to net-zero by 2040.

The 14-page report is free to download

Accelerating climate action: edie publishes Net-Zero November round-up report

For those who missed edie's special themed month of content - Net-Zero November, headlined by Net-Zero Live - edie has published a report recapping all the key announcements and talking points.

Green groups have welcomed the commitment, but want more detailed outlines of how decarbonisation will be delivered

A 'vital step': Green economy reacts to the UK's new climate commitment

Green groups and business leaders have welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement that the UK has created an updated domestic emissions target for 2030 as its contribution to the Paris Agreement, but with progress lacking against upcoming carbon budgets, many want to see more detailed action plans.

Pictured: Leeds. Leeds City Council declared a climate emergency in March 2019, outlining an ambition to “work towards” a net-zero carbon city by 2030. 

Local authorities 'need more government support to deliver net-zero visions'

Three-quarters of local councils in England have declared climate emergencies - but funding shortages and issues with the skills pipeline could hinder their net-zero progress, according to new analysis from Green Alliance.

The new target meets the recommendation of the Climate Change Committee 

UK to slash emissions by 68% by 2030, as part of Paris Agreement NDC

The UK Government will aim to reduce emissions by 68% by 2030, as part of a domestic action plan that will deliver the nation's contribution towards the Paris Agreement and limiting global temperature increases to well below 2C and build towards net-zero by 2050.

The Net-Zero November 2020 summary report

Produced in association with headline sponsor EDF, this report summarised all of the key announcements and discussion points from Net-Zero November 2020; acting as a blueprint for business leadership as we begin to move from ambition into action in 2021 and beyond.

Image: Uber

Transport giants including Uber sign on to Amazon's 2040 net-zero vision

Transport businesses including Uber and JetBlue have signed Amazon's Climate Pledge, which is headlined by a commitment to reach net-zero emissions across all scopes by 2040.

More than two-thirds of Nestle's annual absolute emissions are attributable to the supply chain 

Nestle outlines roadmap to net-zero by 2050, backed with more than £2bn of investment

Nestle has committed to halve its absolute emissions by 2030 and bring them to net-zero by 2050, and outlined plans for new investments in renewable electricity, carbon offsetting and regenerative agriculture.

The edie Explains guide is free to download for edie readers

edie launches new business guide to carbon capture, utilisation and storage

Organisations looking to understand the benefits and opportunities of the booming carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) market can access a free 'edie Explains' guide which breaks down everything you need to know about the technology.

edie Explains: Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage

What is carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS)? What are the different types of CCUS technology? How can businesses benefit from CCUS? And what are the costs associated with CCUS? This new edie Explains guide answers all of these key questions and more.

Steel is a notoriously high-emitting and hard-to-abate sector

The Climate Group unites business giants in push for net-zero steel

Multiplex Construction Europe and Grosvenor Britain & Ireland are among the members of a new business-led initiative designed to drive the net-zero transition in the global steel sector.

The letter is supported by SMEs in the green economy and by corporate giants

Business giants urge Boris Johnson to confirm 2030 climate target

More than 75 major businesses have penned an open letter to Boris Johnson calling for an "ambitious", legally-binding, interim climate target to support the transition to net-zero by 2050.

#SustyTalk: Polestar's Fredrika Klarén on EVs and lifetime emissions

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with the electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Polestar's head of sustainability Fredrika Klarén discussing the net-zero transport transition.

The report warns that failure to support the already struggling sector could result in the UK becoming a buyer, rather than supplier, of green energy and technology

North Sea energy sector requires 'urgent investment' to reach net-zero

Investment into net-zero technologies such as floating offshore wind and clean hydrogen could capture up to £125bn in annual benefits from the North Sea energy sector, but a new report has warned that jobs in the area could fall by at least 20% without incentivising policies.

When fully operational, the windfarm will provide enough clean electricity to power more than 4.5 million UK homes and it is expected to trigger capital investments of around £9bn in total

World's largest offshore windfarm reaches £6bn financial close

Financial close has been confirmed on two phases of the world's largest offshore windfarm, Dogger Bank, with capital expenditure reaching around £6bn, which is the largest offshore wind project financing globally.

Each episode provides a deep dive into a net-zero or carbon-neutral strategy in less than 30 minutes

Net-Zero Navigators Podcast: Meet Iberostar's Dr Megan Morikawa

To mark Net-Zero November, edie is publishing a mini series of podcasts interviewing the trendsetters and trailblazers in the net-zero movement. Up next: Iberostar's head of sustainability Dr Megan Morikawa.

The report has been created in assistance with Reconomy and uses exclusive results from edie’s green recovery survey of 243 sustainability and energy professionals

Report: Can the retail sector deliver a green recovery?

edie has published a new report detailing how retailers can build back better from the coronavirus pandemic by aligning long-term strategies with the need to combat the climate crisis, foster new innovations and ultimately spur a green recovery.

The MPs are calling for the Government to level up areas of the North through green measures

MPs set out vision for net-zero Northern Powerhouse

Conservative MPs representing the North of England believe that the Government's Ten Point Plan and the net-zero target can contribute to a levelling up agenda that would create thousands of green jobs in the North.

Survey: Just 1 in 10 businesses have backed up net-zero ambitions with science-based targets

While the number of businesses setting net-zero commitments has grown rapidly in recent months, just 10% of firms have set interim science-based emissions targets to ensure they're aligning with climate science.

Sky’s commitment will see its entire fleet of 5,000 vehicles transition to zero emissions by 2030

Sky invests in 151 electric vans as part of net-zero ambition

Sky is integrating more than 150 Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vans (PHEVs) into its UK fleet, as part of its bid to become a net-zero business by 2030.

Sunak was originally meant to unveil the NIS at the Budget in March. Image: Parliament Live TV

How is the green economy reacting to the Spending Review and National Infrastructure Strategy?

Green groups have dubbed the Spending Review a "missed opportunity" for the green recovery movement and net-zero transition, urging more new investment and clarity on climate requirements for the national investment bank.

The 100-page report outlines the Government’s intention to “deliver an infrastructure revolution” that is tied to net-zero

National Infrastructure Strategy: Government to deliver 'revolution' tied to net-zero

The Government has launched its long-awaited National Infrastructure Strategy, detailing how transport, industry, energy and the built environment will be transformed to reach net-zero, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak using his spending review to confirm a £12bn commitment to the net-zero transition in 2021-2022.





edie is seizing a unique opportunity to evolve its biggest event of the year into a truly global, collaborative experience

BEIS, Lego Group and Anglian Water confirmed among latest wave of speakers for Sustainability Leaders Forum

The chief executive of Anglian Water, Peter Simpson, and Minister for Business Energy and Clean Growth Kwasi Kwarteng are among the latest headline speakers that will feature at edie's biggest event of the year - the Sustainability Leaders Forum - which takes place as a global, virtual event on 2-4 February 2021.

A UK Task Force will be set up, comprising of other departments, that will help push the strategy forward

Japan Tobacco International commits to net-zero by 2030

Japan Tobacco International (JTI UK) has committed to reaching net-zero emissions in the next decade by procuring 100% renewable energy, transitioning its UK fleet to electric vehicles (EV) and diverting waste from landfill.

Around one-eighth of the money given to pensioners in the UK is spent on energy and transport

Net-zero pensions 'could deliver £1trn for UK's green recovery'

By re-allocating a proportion of state pensions to low-carbon energy and transport, and giving seniors access to these sectors for free, the UK Government could unlock £1trn for the net-zero transition.

Mission Possible: Achieving a green recovery for retail

edie's Mission Possible campaign has evolved to focus on the green recovery, with a new series of reports outlining the challenges that businesses in key sectors face in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, and the opportunities that the green recovery will bring. Up next, retail.

The edie Podcast is now streaming on Soundcloud, Spotify and iTunes

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: A Net-Zero November special

Episode 93 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast rounds up all of the key goings-on from Net-Zero November - edie's themed month of content on accelerating the low-carbon transition.

The Government believes that the 12GW target will provide equivalent energy outputs to power 20 million electric vehicles annually

Government targets 12GW of renewables in latest CfD auction

The Government is aiming to double the amount of renewable energy procured through its Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, with 12GW of wind and solar energy being targeted.

The UK has bounced around the top seven of the rankings for the last few years

UK climbs to fifth for global renewables market outlook

The UK has leapfrogged Germany to rise to fifth in the rankings for national attractiveness of renewable energy investment and deployment opportunities.

Rishi Sunak is expected to outline how £100bn will be spent on infrastructure in the UK

Government set to unveil national infrastructure bank tied to net-zero

The Government is expected to unveil the long-awaited National Infrastructure Strategy (NIS) this week alongside the Spending Review, with a National Infrastructure Bank set to be created to replace the UK's involvement with the European Investment Bank and funnel capital towards net-zero projects.

The targets will set up the required decarbonisation rate to allow Vodafone to eliminate Scope 3 emissions completely by 2040

Vodafone sets net-zero target for 2040

Vodafone has committed to reducing its carbon emissions to net-zero by 2040 and will eliminate emissions from its activities and energy and halve scope 3 emissions by 2030.

Diageo's Lagavulin distillery (pictured) will achieve carbon-neutral operations by the end of 2020

Diageo targets net-zero operations by 2030

Brewing giant Diageo has committed to achieving net-zero operational emissions within a decade and to halving its indirect (Scope 3) emissions within the same timeframe, as part of a new ten-year strategy.

Canada will need to address its dependence on fossil fuels to meet the new target

Net-zero by 2050: Canada tables first climate legislation in more than a decade

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tabled a bill which would legally bind the nation to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

Each episode provides a deep dive into a net-zero or carbon-neutral strategy in less than 30 minutes

Net-Zero Navigators podcast: Meet Dentsu International's chief sustainability officer Anna Lungley

To mark Net-Zero November, edie is publishing a mini series of podcasts interviewing the trendsetters and trailblazers in the net-zero movement. Up next: Dentsu International's CSO Anna Lungley.

While many circular economy programmes are in their infancy, customers seem to be responding well, warming to the idea of more sustainable, circular products

The Great Reinvention: Cracking the code for circular economy business model innovation

After participating in edie's 'Business Model Innovation' open roundtable at Net-Zero Live earlier this month, sustainable business expert and commentator Mike Townsend explores four key shifts in search of the 'holy grail' - how we can transition to circular business models that are sustainable and profitable, yet also attractive for customers and suppliers.

SSE intends to spend the equivalent of almost £4m a day on low-carbon activities through to the end of 2025

SSE unveils 'just transition' strategy to benefit communities during net-zero transition

Energy giant SSE has issued a public "Just Transition" plan, which lays out steps to protect workers and communities as the business and the UK moves towards net-zero emissions.

The Government insists this is "only the start" of a green policy rollout

Is Boris Johnson's Ten Point Plan enough to reach net-zero?

Businesses, green groups and entire sectors welcomed the far-reaching announcement from the UK Government to issue a Ten Point Plan that would put the nation on the road to net-zero, but already analysis suggests that more is required to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

Griffith previously served as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Chief Business Adviser

Andrew Griffith: What we know about COP26's net-zero business champion

Boris Johnson has chosen Conservative MP Andrew Griffith as the UK's Net-Zero Business Champion for COP26. Here, we outline what we know about his history on climate action and his views on key environmental issues.

Industry specialist Jo Coombes and strategy advisor Tricia Duffy spearheaded the creation of the framework

UK's advertising sector charts course to net-zero by 2030

Trade body the Advertising Association has launched a collaborative initiative to support the UK's advertising industry to reach net-zero within a decade.

Under the ambition of Together We Can, the Sustainability Leaders Forum 2021 will be a collaborative online experience

edie scoops another prestigious award for Sustainability Leaders Forum

edie's flagship Sustainability Leaders Forum has built on consecutive Bronze accolades at the annual Conference Awards by being awarded Silver in the coveted Conference of the Year category.

LafargeHolcim has committed to becoming the first global building materials company to have targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)

LafargeHolcim links €850m to decarbonisation goals

The world's largest cement manufacturer, LafargeHolcim, has priced an €850m bond linked to the company's sustainability targets.

More than half of the required £40bn annual investment lacks policy frameworks that would deliver confidence to investors that long-term returns could be generated

Investment gap: £400bn required to deliver net-zero transition, report finds

On the day that the Government unveiled a new Ten Point Plan to drive investment to assist with the net-zero transition, a new report from PwC has warned that up to £400bn needs to be unlocked and funnelled into green infrastructure to meet the 2050 national target.

Henkel owns some of Europe's most recognisable FMCG brands, including Persil and Schwarzkopf 

Henkel targets net-zero by 2040 under Amazon's Climate Pledge

FMCG giant Henkel has joined Amazon's Climate Pledge, committing to reach net-zero emissions across all scopes by 2040.

New dawn: The 10-point plan will radically change key industrial sectors in the UK in order to eliminate the nation's contribution to climate change

Boris Johnson unveils £12bn Ten Point Plan for net-zero transition

Clean hydrogen, carbon capture and storage (CCS), zero-carbon transport and offshore wind are all key pillars of Boris Johnson's Ten Point Plan to push the UK towards net-zero emissions, which will be backed by £12bn in Government investment and aim to create 250,000 new green jobs.

The £12bn plan will support up to 250,000 green jobs, with the Government aiming to secure three times as much investment from the private sector by 2030

'An ambitious plan for a green industrial revolution': Reaction to Boris Johnson's Ten Point net-zero plan

Green groups have welcomed a new Ten Point Llan from Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and build towards the net-zero emissions target, but the lack of a clear roadmap is dampening an otherwise monumental green policy moment.

London was one of four cities to receive an 'A' Grade

Which UK cities are leading on climate action - and how?

CDP has this week published its Cities A List for 2020, revealing the global cities that are leading efforts to tackle climate challenges. Here, edie looks at the four UK cities to have made the cut, summarising their green plans and progress to date.

#SustyTalk: Counting down to COP26 with Chapter Zero, the Green Alliance and Fundación Avin

for Net-Zero November, edie hosts a special #SustyTalk video panel discussion on preparations for COP26 with the Green Alliance's Shaun Spiers, Chapter Zero's Susan Hooper and Fundación Avin and the UNFCCC's advisory panel's Ramiro Fernandez.

The UK's climate action is under mounting scrutiny in the lead-up to COP26

Leading or lagging: Is 2050 too late for net-zero in the UK?

When the UK first announced its legally binding net-zero target, it was described as 'world-leading'. But, given that the IPCC recommended 2050 as a final cut-off date, the debate has been intensifying around whether the nation can go further and faster.

While a gigafactory would improve competitiveness for the UK's EV market, it needs to look at circularity in the long term

How would a Gigafactory contribute to the UK's green recovery?

Reports have emerged that the UK is set to unveil funds for a national battery production centre in the UK, but efforts may still be required to ensure that battery production is aligned to the circular economy.

The coalition claims that a UK sustainable aviation fuels industry could deliver around £3bn in GVA and 20,200 jobs by the 2030s

Aviation sector spells out plans to be at heart of UK's green recovery

The chief executives from some of the largest organisations in the aviation sector have called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver legislative and financial support to create a sustainable aviation fuels industry that would help the sector reach net-zero emissions and assist with a national green recovery.

The Green Alliance argues that a net-zero aligned approach to infrastructure would help the nation deliver an economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic

Infrastructure policy placing UK's net-zero target at risk, thinktank warns

The UK's net-zero target is in jeopardy due to a lack of legislative requirements on key sectors and infrastructure, with thinktank the Green Alliance warning that there is currently an £11.4bn investment gap in reaching net-zero across transport, buildings, circular economy and natural infrastructure.

Pictured: One of Tesco's fully-electric home delivery vans

Tesco targets net-zero by 2035, accelerating climate plan

Tesco has set a 2035 net-zero target for its UK business, bringing the date forward from 2050 after fresh investment in renewable energy and electric vehicles (EV).

Each episode provides a deep dive into a net-zero or carbon-neutral strategy in less than 30 minutes

Net-Zero Navigators podcast: Meet Velux's vice-president for sustainability, Ingrid Reumert

To mark Net-Zero November, edie is publishing a mini series of podcasts interviewing the trendsetters and trailblazers in the net-zero movement. Up next: Velux's VP for global communications, sustainability & public affairs, Ingrid Reumert.

Carbon Copy uncovered the data through its new UK Carbon Zero Explorer interactive map

Majority of local authorities have declared climate emergencies

Almost two years on from when the first council in the UK declared a climate emergency and responded with ambitious decarbonisation plans, a new mapping tool has unveiled that nearly three-quarters of local councils have made similar declarations, with more than half of those committing to reach net-zero.

The deal with Tesco will take Low Carbon’s advanced renewable energy pipeline to more than 4GW

Tesco to co-create three UK solar farms

Tesco has confirmed a new partnership with a renewable energy investor that will facilitate the creation of three solar farms in the UK that will generate clean power equivalent to powering 44,800 homes.

Johnson has commenced a year-long countdown to COP26. Image: Foreign Office flickr

'No time to waste': Boris Johnson to set out 10-point plan to boost net-zero commitment

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has issued a global rallying call on nations to put forward raised ambitions to tackle the climate emergency as part of a year-long run-up to COP26, with the UK set to publish a 10-point plan to boost green jobs and reach net-zero imminently.

Between 2011 and 2019, gross operational emissions in the sector have fallen by almost 45%

Renewables and restoration: Water sector outlines net-zero routemap for 2030

The UK's major water companies will unveil a Routemap detailing how solar installations, electric vehicles and biomethane production will enable the sector to reach net-zero emissions by 2030.

The virtual Net-Zero Live event will include interactive panel discussions, facilitated networking sessions, educational masterclasses, and "open roundtable" discussions

Net-Zero Live 2020: Register for today's Net-Zero Resources sessions

Following a thought-provoking two days of edie's Net-Zero Live virtual event, businesses looking at resource efficiency can hear from Unilever, Coca-Cola, Mars, Timberland and WWF on the final day of the flagship event.

Many carbon offsetting schemes involve afforestation or reforestation - but what real-world benefits do they really bring?

Carbon offsetting: How are businesses avoiding greenwashing on the road to net-zero?

With the net-zero movement gathering pace, ever more businesses are turning to carbon offsetting to tackle hard-to-abate emissions. But is this a credible choice, or simply a clever greenwashing tactic?

Johnson has chosen the slogan 'build, build, build'. Labour wants him to 'Build it in Britain' and 'Build Back Better'

Green Recovery: Labour challenges UK Government to spend £30bn on low-carbon economy

The Labour Party is urging the Government to use the Treasury's spending review later this month to allocate multi-billion-pound packages to low-carbon sectors and to launch new reskilling and green finance initiatives.

The announcement for the BRC comes at a challenging time for the retail sector

UK retail sector pledges to reach net-zero emissions by 2040

More than 60 leading retailers, including Pret UK, Burberry, Sainsbury's and Missguided, have pledged to support a new collaborative roadmap to transform the sector and its supply chain to net-zero emissions by 2040.

COP26 was due started this week - here's what's happening instead

The UN's 26th climate conference - COP26 - should have begun in Glasgow this week. With the event postponed by 12 months due to Covid-19, edie explores the events keeping the international climate conversation going.

The target covers KPMG's global operations, which span 147+ countries

KPMG sets 2030 net-zero target

Professional services giant KPMG has committed to becoming a net-zero company and sourcing 100% renewable electricity globally by 2030.

With the US accounting for 14% of global emissions, the world’s largest economy will be a key driver in striving to reach required levels of global decarbonisation

US Election 2020: What does Joe Biden's win mean for the global climate emergency?

US President-elect Joe Biden is outlining that first steps of his transition plan after beating Donald Trump in the US election. While the latter is yet to concede the results, leadership under the Democrats will deliver a very different outlook on global efforts to combat the climate crisis.

Each episode provides a deep dive into a net-zero or carbon-neutral strategy in less than 30 minutes

Net-Zero Navigators podcast: Meet LSE's head of sustainability Charles Joly

To mark Net-Zero November, edie is publishing a mini series of podcasts interviewing the trendsetters and trailblazers in the net-zero movement. Up first: LSE's head of sustainability Charles Joly.

#SustyTalk: Zero-carbon energy transitions with Northern Powergrid and Oxford City Council

For Net-Zero November, edie's #SustyTalk video interview series has involved into a selection of panel discussions based on the low-carbon transition. For this episode, Tom Hayes from Zero-Carbon Oxford and Anda Baumerte from Northern Powergrid discuss the energy revolution.

More than £60m of specialist manufacturing equipment is in the final stages of commissioning

£130m battery development centre gears up in Coventry

A new multi-million-pound industrialisation centre to test recyclable and innovative battery systems is ready to become operational in Coventry.

The switch to renewable electricity will see BT’s carbon emissions in the year to March 2021 fall by an estimated 54,000 tonnes compared to last financial year

BT powered by 100% renewable electricity globally

BT has confirmed that all of its offices and shops globally are powered by 100% renewable electricity, as the technology giant builds towards its net-zero target.

If Biden does win, more than 60% of global emissions would be covered by a net-zero ambition

The Net-Zero election: Will the US continue to swim against the tide on climate change?

It is election night in the US and millions of citizens have already cast their vote on who should be the next president. The divide between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is evident, with one ready to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and the other ready to embrace the net-zero transition. The result of this election will likely shape global climate negotiations moving forward.

The firm has made several major climate announcements since Anders Opedal took over as chief executive

Equinor sets 2050 net-zero target, says 'peak oil' is likely in 2030

Norwegian energy major Equinor has set a 2050 net-zero target, going beyond its previous commitment to reach 'near-zero' emissions for North Sea operations.

The groups are calling for a fresh emissions goal to be set for 2030

Business groups call on Prime Minister to set Paris Agreement commitment by end of year

A number of green business groups have called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the UK Government to set a substantial commitment to the Paris Agreement that is aligned to the nation's own net-zero target.

Net-Zero Live is free-to-attend and has been shifted to a virtual format for 2020

Net-Zero Live 2020 preview: 8 things not to be missed at next week's virtual event

With just a week to go until Net-Zero Live 2020, hosted in association with EDF Energy, edie previews some moments from the virtual conference that readers will not want to miss out on.

ELC joined the RE100 in 2017, setting a deadline for the end of 2020 

The Estée Lauder Companies reaches net-zero operational emissions, 100% renewable electricity

The Estée Lauder Companies has announced that it is now operating as a net-zero carbon business and using renewable electricity to meet 100% of its demand globally.

Khoo outlined how Interface was aiming to have zero impact through its products and operations, and how that has changed the mindset of the business

Can business models act as carbon sinks to reach net-zero?

To kickstart edie's Net-Zero November, carpet manufacturer Interface's head of sustainability Jon Khoo reflects on the company's own ambitious Climate Take Back strategy, as well as discussing how business mindsets and models can "act like carbon sinks" to transform corporates into zero-impact organisations.

Primark is one of the world's largest fashion retailers with 385 stores and more than 70,000 employees 

Primark commits to deliver net-zero value chain by 2050

Fashion giant Primark has signed the UN's Fashion Charter, committing it to reducing emissions by 30% by 2030 and achieve net-zero by 2050.

Some 40% of South Korea's electricity generation currently relies on coal, compared to 6% for renewables

Net-zero by 2050: South Korea to enshrine new climate target in law

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has declared that the country will achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, bringing its climate commitments in line with the likes of the UK and Japan.

The report features insight on how innovation, collaboration and net-zero will shape a green recovery in the sector

edie launches new report detailing how the hospitality sector can achieve a green recovery

edie has launched its latest sector insight report, examining how the hospitality and leisure sector can build back better from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic by focusing on low-carbon strategies as part of a green recovery.

Products from small, independent businesses will be listed, as well as products from corporate giants like Unilever 

‘Climate Pledge Friendly’: Amazon opens virtual aisle for more sustainable products

Amazon has become the latest retailer to signpost more sustainable products, launching a 'Climate Pledge Friendly' filter for shoppers in Europe.

Many businesses and trade organisations have upped lobbying activities as nations develop post-Covid-19 plans

Investors ask most-emitting companies to prove their climate lobbying is Paris-Agreement-aligned

Dozens of the world's highest emitting corporates have been asked to explain how their lobbying activities impact climate change by an influential group of investors.

Mike Townsend, founder and chief executive of Earthshine Group, summarises the net-zero journey

Towards net-zero: Are we really the smartest of monkeys?

Setting the scene for edie's upcoming Net-Zero November month of themed content and events, sustainable business expert and commentator Mike Townsend takes a thought-provoking look at the various drivers, challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for businesses on our pathway towards a net-zero carbon, circular economy.

Mission Possible: Achieving a green recovery for hospitality and leisure

edie's Mission Possible campaign has evolved to focus on the green recovery, with a new series of reports outlining the challenges that businesses in key sectors face in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, and the opportunities that the green recovery will bring. Up next, hospitality and leisure.

NEP transportation and storage infrastructure linked to both sites could enable almost 50% of the UK’s industrial emissions to be decarbonised

Energy giants launch Northern Endurance Partnership to explore carbon capture opportunities

A group of businesses including BP, Shell and the National Grid have formed the Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP), which is aiming to develop carbon transportation and storage infrastructure in the North Sea to assist with plans to decarbonise the UK's industrial clusters.

The Council is additionally calling for organisations to declare support for inclusion, equality and diversity and to eliminate discrimination

WBCSD launches net-zero criteria for new and existing business members

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has launched new criteria to ensure that its business members align to science-based and net-zero targets to reduce emissions by no later than 2050.

Despite playing host to a growing renewable energy sector, Japan is still largely reliant on coal

Japan to legislate for 2050 net-zero target

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has vowed to enshrine a 2050 net-zero target in national law, major news outlets across the globe are reporting.

Lime has until October 2022 to develop its targets and have them verified in line with 1.5C

Net-zero by 2030: Lime becomes first micro-mobility firm to pledge to science-based targets

E-scooter and e-bike giant Lime has set a 2030 net-zero target and said it will develop science-based emissions reductions targets in the coming months.

Pictured: Year 2 pupils at a participating primary school

New scheme to help UK's schools align with net-zero

Charities including Ashden, Global Action Plan and the Fairtrade Foundation have teamed up to launch a new initiative helping UK schools transition to net-zero.

Green finance and dimensions of financial risk have been key talking-points in the wake of Covid-19

Just 3 in 10 UK banks have a net-zero target, PwC claims

A survey of 17 of the UK's largest banks has found that just five of them have net-zero targets or science-based emissions targets, meaning they risk breaching their legal requirements on climate change.

Dentsu International's emissions, on a per-employee basis, are now 43% lower than they were in 2015

Dentsu International sets 2030 net-zero target

Media and communications giant Dentsu International has announced a new 2030 net-zero target, underpinned by a science-based target to reduce absolute emissions by almost half.

LSE has reduced its direct carbon footprint by more than one-third since 2005

LSE to become carbon-neutral for this academic year

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has committed to achieving carbon neutrality for the 2020-2021 academic year, in what it claims is a first in the UK's higher education space.

Departments are having to play catch-up after Covid-19-related delays - but will they move rapidly enough and co-ordinate ambitions and actions?

Towards net-zero: The 8 green policies UK businesses are still waiting for

The UK Government vowed last week to publish a "comprehensive" net-zero strategy ahead of COP26 in November 2021. But several glaring policy gaps remain. Here, edie rounds up the major policy announcements the green economy is waiting for.

The retailer operates on a model whereby all staff are 'Partners' in the business. Image: JLP

John Lewis Partnership brings net-zero target forward to 2035

Waitrose and John Lewis' parent company has committed to becoming a net-zero business by 2035 - 15 years sooner than originally planned - as part of a sweeping new business strategy.

The awards mark an exceptional year for the edie brand, which has evolved all of its live events into innovative virtual formats

edie wins two prestigious digital publishing awards

edie has been named the Best Online Brand and the Digital Editorial Team of the Year by the Association of Online Publishers (AOP) – a double award-win which caps off an unprecedented year for the brand and its audience alike.

All edie podcast episodes can be listened to via iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud

Net-Zero Business podcast: Exploring Nespresso's plans for carbon-neutrality and catching up with Inspired Energy

In response to the accelerated pace at which corporates are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie has launched a new spin-off of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next, discussions on insetting and offsetting with Nespresso.

The Government has responded to advice from the CCC

Government to publish 'comprehensive' net-zero strategy in build up to COP26

The UK Government has responded to the latest Committee on Climate Change (CCC) progress report, pledging to publish a "comprehensive" strategy that will detail how all parts of the economy will decarbonise in line with the national net-zero emissions target for 2050.

The investment will also cut maintenance costs for the retailer

Sainsbury's invests in trucks powered by kinetic energy

As part of its net-zero commitment, Sainsbury's has purchased 1,200 lithium-ion trucks powered by kinetic energy, in a move that will save energy equivalent to powering 700 UK homes.

More than 400 million metric tons of plastic are produced globally every year

Electrolux debuts vacuum cleaner made from 100% recycled plastics

Electrolux has unveiled the first product range as part of a new "circular initiative" with Stena Recycling, a new vacuum cleaner made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastics and reused materials.

The measures outlined would create talent for sectors like renewable energy generation, electric and active transport and nature conservation and restoration 

Net-zero must be embedded in school curriculums, Aldersgate Group urges

The Aldersgate Group has warned that a skills deficit is hampering the growth of the UK's low-carbon economies and called for environmental sustainability to be embedded in national school curriculums and higher and further education offerings.

edie is seizing a unique opportunity to evolve its biggest event of the year into a truly global, collaborative experience

'Together We Can': edie unveils first wave of speakers for flagship Sustainability Leaders Forum 2021

Coca-Cola, Heineken, Ikea, ING, Sky, Willmott Dixon and Zalando are among the headline brands that will feature at edie's biggest event of the year – the Sustainability Leaders Forum – which takes place as a global, virtual event on 2-4 February 2021.

The businesses are calling for targeted policies that will support and enable viable projects to commence over the next decade

Businesses and green groups call for Government to set out 'negative emissions' policy framework

The National Farmers Union (NFU), Heathrow Airport and the Renewable Energy Association (REA) are amongst the organisations that have formed the Coalition for Negative Emissions, which is this week calling on the UK Government to set an "unambiguous commitment" to carbon capture and negative emissions.

The Alliance members state that they do not wish to engage in divestment exercises

Global investors kickstart 1.5C decarbonisation process for portfolios

Some of the world's largest investors accounting for $5trn in assets under management have agreed to set time-bound decarbonisation targets that will see the organisations work with companies in their portfolios to align to climate action.

The businesses are accountable for 13.5 gigatons of emissions across scope 1 and 2 – equivalent to 25% of all global emissions

From Tesla to Rio Tinto: Investors call on thousands of businesses to set science-based targets

Tesla, Nest, TIU, Roche Holding AG and Rio Tinto are amongst the 1,800 companies that have been urged to set science-based targets by a group of investors and financial institutions representing more than $20trn in assets under management.

The webinar is now available on-demand

6 top tips for optimising your energy data on the road to net-zero

The net-zero movement has expanded rapidly over the past 18 months, with 1,500+ businesses setting targets. But why is energy data optimisation so important to decarbonisation? And how best to do it?

The long-term commitment covers emissions from investments and the supply chain 

City of London Corporation targets net-zero by 2040

The City of London Corporation has committed to reaching net-zero across its investments and supply chain by 2040, with an interim ambition to generate net-zero operational emissions by 2027.

#SustyTalk: Signify's Joao Pola on business leadership for net-zero

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Signify UK & Ireland's chief executive Joao Pola, who outlines what it takes to embed climate action in business from the boardroom and beyond.

Remote workers in the UK are likely to use more light and heating in the coming months, while those in the southern hemisphere may use more cooling

New framework to help businesses account for emissions of remote workers

Energy and sustainability managers seeking to account for the emissions generated by employees working from home due to Covid-19 - of which there are 14 million in the UK alone - now have access to a new calculation tool.

Several major banks have outlined new climate targets since the pandemic began

HSBC sets net-zero target, plans $750bn of low-carbon investment by 2030

HSBC has committed to reaching net-zero financed emissions by 2050 and outlined plans to finance at least $750bn of low-carbon activities within a decade.

Decarbonising home heating is essential to the net-zero transition, but will be a disruptive process

Report: UK's domestic heat 'extremely unlikely' to reach net-zero without policy overhaul

Some 10 million homes will need to have their fossil fuel heating systems replaced by 2035 if the UK is to meet its net-zero target - but the rate of government-supported upgrades is just one-fifth of this level, a new policy briefing has concluded.

The BT Pension Scheme has joined the UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance

BT's £55bn pension scheme commits to net-zero emissions by 2035

The UK's largest corporate pensions investment fund, BT Pension Scheme, has signalled its intention to reach net-zero emissions by 2035 on behalf of its £55bn portfolio.

Vodafone has vowed to power its European network - spanning 11 national markets - with 100% renewable electricity by the end of July 2021

Vodafone saves £10m in energy costs over three-year period

Vodafone has worked with facilities management firm Mitie to reduce its UK carbon footprint by 25,000 tonnes over a three-year period, with improvements to building-based energy use saving the technology firm around £10m.

The UK Government has committed to fully decarbonising at least one industrial cluster by 2040. Pictured: Ellesmere Port

Major businesses back North West's net-zero industrial cluster, say it can come online by 2030

Businesses including Siemens and Tata Europe's chemicals arm have agreed to back plans for a net-zero industrial cluster in North West England, which developers say will be completed by 2030 and create 33,000 new jobs.

Several key green policy announcements are expected in the coming weeks, but the paper warns that deeper change is needed

Government's current green policy approach risks alienating British public, IPPR warns

The UK's current political system is "dangerously unprepared" to not only rise to the challenge of the climate and nature crises, but to ensure a just transition and earn public trust, the IPPR is warning.

ZCH could reduce the UK’s annual emissions by 15% and save industries around £27.5bn in carbon taxes by 2040

Businesses pour £75m into Humber's zero-carbon industrial cluster

A host of organisations have submitted a public and private sector bid of £75m to build key infrastructure to create the world's first zero-carbon industrial cluster in the Humber region.

Scotland enshrined a 2045 net-zero target in law last winter

Scotland must go beyond power to meet net-zero by 2045, Committee on Climate Change warns

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has told the Scottish Government that it should apply learnings from the low-carbon transition in the nation's electricity sector to heat and transport, lest it risk missing its 2045 net-zero target.

The masterclass is now available to watch on-demand

Available to watch on-demand: edie's energy data masterclass

edie's latest masterclass took place on Tuesday 6 October and explored how businesses can improve energy data monitoring and measurement and how this can assist with the wider net-zero transition. It is now available to watch on-demand.

Pictured: Nick Turton, external affairs director, Energy
Institute (left) and compere Julia Bradbury present
Michael McGowan with the award.

What makes a sustainability leader? Get to know Ibstock Brick's Michael McGowan

With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards entry deadline approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up first: Our Energy Management Leader of the Year, Ibstock's Michael McGowan.

The UK's cement and concrete sector has reduced its annual emissions by 53% since 1990 but must go further and faster to meet the nation's updated climate targets

UK concrete and cement industry claims it can 'go beyond net-zero' by 2050

The trade body representing the UK's concrete and cement industry has published a roadmap for achieving 'net-negative' emissions across the sector by mid-century, in which carbon capture and storage (CCS) plays a key role.

Since Covid-19 was declared a pandemic, several oil and gas majors have changed their climate and investment plans

Total to increase annual renewables investments to $3bn by 2030

French oil & gas major Total has pledged to increase its annual investments in renewables by 50% by 2030, against the $2bn allocated in 2019, as it strives to meet a 2050 net-zero target.

The report is one of the latest major contributions to the UK's green recovery movement

Aldersgate Group: 'Urgent decisions' needed to join up UK's net-zero policy framework

The UK Government must use its Covid-19 recovery planning to ensure that sector-specific challenges and loopholes on the road to net-zero by 2050 are addressed and must not permit any further postponements to key policy decisions, a major new Aldersgate Group report has concluded.

The new targets cover emissions from all Scopes

National Grid unveils science-based climate targets on road to net-zero

National Grid has had its interim targets for reaching net-zero by 2050 approved by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and vowed to transition to a zero-emission vehicle fleet within a decade.

Martin Baxter, chief policy advisor, IEMA (second right) and Julia Bradbury (far right) present the Willmott Dixon team with the award.

What makes a sustainability leader? Get to know Willmott Dixon's award-winning team

With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards entry deadline approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up first: The winner of our Team of the Year award, Willmott Dixon Group.

The NHS accounts for 4% of the UK’s carbon footprint

NHS sets net-zero emissions target for 2040

Despite the ongoing challenges in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, NHS England has signalled its intention to reach net-zero emissions through a plethora of new initiatives that will see 40 net-zero hospitals created alongside a £50m LED lighting upgrade.

The University of Cambridge became the first higher education institution in the world to set science-based targets in line with the Paris Agreement's more ambitious 1.5C trajectory

Cambridge University to divest £3.5bn fund from fossil fuels as part of net-zero ambition

The University of Cambridge will divest its £3.5bn endowment fund from fossil fuels by 2030, as part of a wider plan to reduce the University's emissions to net-zero by 2038.

edie's esteemed panel of judges will whittle down a shortlist of finalists and then decide upon all of the winners for the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2021: Meet the judges

With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards entry deadline approaching, edie takes a closer look at the esteemed panel of judges who will be presiding over this year's submissions.

More case studies can be found in edie's green manufacturing report

How are manufacturers approaching net-zero and the green recovery?

The manufacturing sector has a rich history of innovating to overcome persistent challenges. But the twin disruptions of the net-zero transition and the Covid-19 pandemic have made the sector's green efforts paramount to business prosperity. Here, edie explores how manufacturers are navigating these challenges.

The report outlines the Covid-19 challenges that manufacturers face, but also the opportunities of the green recovery for the sector

edie launches new report on achieving a green recovery for the manufacturing sector

edie has today (29 September) published the first in a new series of reports looking at how businesses from key sectors can respond to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic by focusing on a green recovery. First up, the manufacturing sector.

The strategy will also aim for the company’s supply chain partners to be net-zero carbon in operation by 2040

Willmott Dixon to become zero-carbon business by 2030

Construction firm Willmott Dixon has committed that all new build and refurbishment projects it delivers from 2030 onwards will be net-zero carbon in operation, as part of a new sustainability strategy that will see the company become zero-carbon in its own operations over the next decade.

Mission Possible: Achieving a green recovery for manufacturing

edie's Mission Possible campaign has evolved to focus on the green recovery, with a new series of reports outlining the challenges that businesses in key sectors face in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, and the opportunities that the green recovery will bring. First up, manufacturing.

Pictured: Researchers at the Sustainable Gas Institute (SGI) testing a small-scale CCS prototype in 2018

IEA: CCUS is essential to the net-zero transition

Carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) can deliver 15% of the global cumulative emissions reductions needed to reach net-zero and, without accelerated deployment, heavy industrial sectors risk not decarbonising in line with key climate agreements.

The announcement was made at Climate Week NYC

Business giants including Best Buy and Siemens join Amazon's climate pledge, target net-zero by 2040

Corporate giants Best Buy, Siemens, Schneider Electric and McKinstry, along with Spanish football club Real Betis, have joined Amazon's Climate Pledge and vowed to reach net-zero carbon by 2040.

The Government is ramping up spending on "greener" forms of housebuilding

Future Homes Task Force to ensure housebuilding is aligned to UK's net-zero target

A new cross-sector Future Homes Task Force is set to establish a multi-million-pound Delivery Hub to assist the built environment sector in improving the environmental footprint of new housebuilding.

While climate tech still only accounts for 6% of the venture capital market, it’s representation has grown by more than 3750% in absolute terms since 2013

Climate technology investments growing five times faster than average market rates

Venture capital investment into climate-related technology is growing five times faster than the average rate of all other industry investments, with new analysis from PwC finding that corporate and investor demands for low-carbon innovation led to $16bn being invested in 2019.

Some 22,000 students attend the University

University of Exeter launches sustainability behaviour change scheme in drive towards net-zero

The University of Exeter has launched sustainable behaviour change scheme Green Rewards for its staff and students, as part of its vision to become a net-zero organisation by 2040.





This 21-page report offers clear, practical steps on how businesses can advance global progress towards achieving all 17 SDGs by 2030

A blueprint for business leadership: edie launches renewed Sustainable Development Goals report

Sustainability and CSR professionals looking to embed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within their organisation's strategy now have access to a comprehensive new report breaking down exactly how businesses of all sizes and sectors can contribute to all 17 Global Goals.

Morgan Stanley will still have to develop a strategy for meeting its net-zero commitment

Morgan Stanley commits to net-zero financed emissions by 2050

Global banking firm Morgan Stanley has unveiled a new commitment to reach net-zero financed emissions by 2050, while new research reveals that while almost half of the FTSE 100 companies have net-zero commitments in place, they don't yet have detailed strategies to reach these goals.

China accounts for 28% of the world's emissions and almost 10% of global GDP

China's carbon-neutral target for 2060: What does it mean for global climate action?

The world's largest emitting country, China, has pledged to carbon neutrality by 2060, in a surprising yet welcome move that will boost global negotiations on climate action ahead of next year's COP26 summit.

The global cement industry is estimated to account for 6-7% of man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually

World's largest cement manufacturer commits to science-based targets and net-zero pathway

The world's largest cement manufacturer, LafargeHolcim, has committed to becoming the first global building materials company to have targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

PepsiCo currently powers facilities using a mix of renewable electricity of 18 countries, of which 9 are accounted for by 100% renewable electricity

PepsiCo targets 100% renewable electricity globally

PepsiCo has confirmed it has joined the Climate Group's RE100 initiative, pledging to source 100% renewable electricity across its operations by 2030, a move that could reduce the manufacturing giant's carbon footprint by 2.5 million tonnes.

The 2019/20 season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is currently on hold due to Covid-19, with new dates and locations set to be confirmed in the coming months

Formula E becomes world's first net-zero certified sport series

Formula E's ABB FIA Championship has become the world's first sporting series to be certified as net-zero, after offsetting all residual emissions from its six seasons of racing.

For many businesses, supply chain emissions are far greater than those attributable to operations 

Ikea, Unilever and BT spearhead net-zero supply chain initiative

Ikea, Unilever, BT, Ericsson and Telia are among the founding corporate members of a new initiative designed to help multinational supply chains align with the Paris Agreement's 1.5C trajectory.

The edie Podcast is now streaming on Soundcloud, Spotify and iTunes

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Talking net-zero for World Green Building Week 2020

Episode 91 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast delivers three exclusive interviews with experts across the built environment sector to mark World Green Building Week 2020. With buildings accounting for around 40% of global energy consumption and 33% of emissions, this sector is a key focus in the transition to net-zero.

#SustyTalk: Lloyds Banking Group's James Wilde on financing the green recovery

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Lloyds Banking Group's head of sustainability James Wilde taking part in a virtual discussion on financing the green recovery, as well as providing an update on the bank's efforts to halve its emissions.

Amazon will look to engage other Climate Pledge signatories in the investment programme moving forward

Carbon capture and EVs: Amazon unveils first beneficiaries of $2bn climate fund

Amazon has announced the first beneficiaries of its $2bn Climate Pledge Fund, with organisations developing carbon removal technologies, nature-based carbon markets and electric vehicle (EV) innovations set to benefit.

Arup’s net-zero target arrives alongside UK engineering manufacturer Spirax-Sarco’s own net-zero ambition

Arup, Spirax-Sarco and Bolt outline ambitious climate targets

Engineering firms Arup and Spirax-Sarco Engineering have unveiled new net-zero carbon targets, with Arup targeting net-zero emissions by 2030 and Spirax-Sarco aiming for 2040, while mobility platform Bolt aims to become carbon negative by the end of the year.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen confirmed on 16 September that the EU would back the proposed 55% reduction

Carbon prices to climb 50% over next decade following raised EU climate targets

Carbon prices across the European Union (EU) could increase by more than 50% over the next decade, with the bloc's proposed 55% reduction in emissions set to shape renewables and fossil fuel markets in the long-run, according to new analysis from the Refinitiv Carbon Research team.

BT has a net-zero emissions goal set for 2045

BT joins calls to accelerate climate action through 1.5C Business Playbook

BT has joined the likes of Ikea and Ericsson in supporting the 1.5C Business Playbook, calling for renewed efforts from corporates and policymakers to halve emissions by 2030 as part of a "race to zero".

The report recommends that all additional electricity generation capacity built from 2021 should be zero-carbon

Just 0.5% of global GDP needed to reach net-zero by 2050, report finds

By scaling up energy efficiency efforts and deploying renewable energy generation capacity far more rapidly, the world could "technically and economically" transition to net-zero by 2050 for the cost of less than 1% of global GDP annually through to mid-century.

ITV reaches more than 40 million viewers in the UK every week

ITV commits to net-zero emissions by 2030

ITV has built on a recent science-based targets announcement by committing to reaching net-zero emissions across the business by 2030.

Facebook is used by more than three billion people globally

Facebook launches climate science information centre, targets net-zero value chain by 2030

Facebook has launched a dedicated digital space where users can access “factual and up-to-date” information on climate science, modelling the tool after its Covid-19 information centre.

The call to action comes as the EU is set to negotiate on the 2030 target, with the European Parliament's environment committee voting for a new EU-wide target of a 60% reduction by 2030

Business and investor giants urge EU to raise 2030 emissions target

More than 150 businesses and a group of investors with €33trn in assets under management have today (15 September) called on the European Union (EU) to back the ambitions set out in its Green Deal by committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.

The majority of PwC's emissions footprint is attributable to travel

PwC targets net-zero operations and supply chain by 2030

PwC has unveiled plans to become a net-zero company by 2030, reducing and offsetting emissions from operations, travel and the supply chain.

The paper is the first step in an effort to ensure that corporate net-zero targets are aligned to climate science and efforts to deliver a net-zero world by no later than 2050

SBTi kickstarts process on global standard for science-based corporate net-zero targets

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has issued its first guidance on what will ultimately lead to the development of a new global standard to ensure that corporate net-zero carbon targets are aligned with climate science.

Get the recognition you and your organisation deserves by entering the Sustainability Leaders Awards

Sustainability Leaders Awards open for entries ahead of virtual ceremony

edie is proud to announce that the UK's largest and most prestigious sustainable business awards scheme has opened for entries, offering organisations and individuals the opportunity to be recognised and celebrated for leading on sustainability, energy and climate action.

BP: The world may have already passed peak oil

BP has become the first oil major to predict that global oil demand may not rebound to pre-Covid-19 levels if national governments collectively align their recovery strategies with net-zero.

Companies receiving the letter collectively account for 80% of industrial greenhouse gas emissions generated globally each year

Investors covering $47trn ask world's highest-emitting corporates to prove net-zero alignment

An initiative involving 500+ investors representing $47trn in assets has asked 161 of the world's largest corporate emitters, including fossil fuel and mining giants, requesting that they commit to net-zero targets and prove they are changing their business models and processes accordingly.

Several of oneworld's member airlines already had standalone net-zero commitments, including British Airways' parent firm IAG

13 major airlines commit to joint 2050 net-zero vision

British Airways, Qantas and American Airlines are among the 13 major airlines to have signed a new joint commitment to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

Unilever has pledged to transition to more sustainable sources of carbon, in line with its 2039 net-zero commitment

Unilever's Persil switches to bio-based formula and recycled plastic bottles

Unilever-owned cleaning brand Persil has launched a new liquid formulation made from plant-based stain removers and biodegradable ingredients that will be packaged in fully recyclable bottles made from 50% post-consumer recycled plastic.

Sharma was quizzed on the UK's roads programme, green buildings grants and COP26 preparations 

Alok Sharma promises 'joined-up thinking' on net-zero policy, but examples remain scarce

Business Secretary Alok Sharma delivered rhetoric that the Government will approach the net-zero emissions commitment for 2050 through a "joined-up thinking" approach, but was unable to confirm any concrete policy announcements that would ensure fossil fuels aren't locked into the future economy.

There is more than 10GW of large-scale solar being planned in the next few years

Renewable and technology associations team up to drive corporate demand for clean energy

UK trade associations, techUK, the Solar Trade Association (STA) and RenewableUK are forming a new partnership to encourage companies to purchase more renewable energy in a bid to spur the net-zero transition.

AdGreen will develop a strategic partnership with the BAFTA’s Albert initiative

Advertising sector launches new initiative to eliminate negative environmental impacts

A new initiative launched to eliminate the advertising industry's negative impact on the environment, which has been backed by the likes of Sky and Unilever.

The report specifically calls for an overhaul on how the public engages with land and air transport, while encouraging them to eat healthier diets and gain access to more technologies to reduce household emissions

Choice and information: UK citizens' assembly outlines policy and lifestyle overhauls for net-zero transition

The first UK-wide citizens' assembly on climate change, Climate Assembly UK, has issued a list of recommendations as to how travel, diets, power generation and building use can be revamped to help society transition to net-emissions by 2050.

The guide is free to download

edie launches new business guide on energy data optimisation

edie has today (9 September) published a new report outlining all the key considerations, challenges and benefits to investing in energy data optimisation to assist with low-carbon strategies.

Backsliding on existing negotiations could see the UK weaken existing environmental policies

Is Brexit at odds with the UK's net-zero emissions target?

The Government's Brexit negotiations could set the nation up to miss its net-zero commitments, with Boris Johnson's intention to renegade on parts of the Withdrawal Agreement sparking fresh concerns about law-bound efforts to combat the ecological and climate crises.

edie Explains: Energy data optimisation

What is energy data optimisation? Why should a business optimise its energy data? What are the costs and challenges of energy data optimisation? This new edie Explains guide answers everything you need to know about the topic.

The company has also set up new strategic partnerships with carmakers Renault and Nissan to give drivers access to electric vehicles (EVs) in Europe

Uber commits to becoming zero-emissions mobility platform by 2040

Uber has announced its intention to become a zero-emissions mobility platform by 2040, with all journeys to be completed via zero-emission vehicles, public transit and bespoke micro-mobility devices.

The whitepaper notes that the UK’s future energy system will have to be supported by technologies still in their infancy - carbon capture and storage (CCS), energy storage and hydrogen production

UK slipping behind on build rate required for net-zero target

The UK is achieving less than half of the required build rate to deliver energy systems that will reach net-zero emissions by 2050, according to a new whitepaper from engineering consultancy Atkins.

Sky recently unveiled a new commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 

Football broadcast on Sky Sports to be certified to highest sustainability standards

Sky Sports has confirmed that all Premier League and English Football League matches broadcast across its sports channels will be certified to sustainable production levels.

Solutions could help the UK become a leading market for smart energy, mobility, connected homes and buildings and climate modelling scenarios

Climate crowdsourcing: Government urged to put digital technology at heart of net-zero strategy

A new report has called on the UK Government to secure a windfall of the emerging digital climate tech sector by embracing low-carbon innovation through policy measures - a move which could help slash emissions and add billions to the UK economy.

CBI research shows that for every £1 spent on construction activity, £2.92 is created in wider value to the economy

UK needs 'significant' overhaul of infrastructure investment to reach net-zero, report claims

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has claimed that the UK Government needs to "undertake a significant programme of infrastructure investment" to enable regulators and private investment to create funding for critical net-zero infrastructure.

The webinar is now available to watch on-demand

5 top tips for tackling your organisation's Scope 3 emissions on the road to net-zero

Most organisations will find that a majority of their total emissions footprint sits within the Scope 3 (indirect) category, making this area a key focus for the transition to net-zero. But how challenges measuring, reporting on and reducing emissions across the value chain be overcome?

Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Scotland commits £1.6bn for national green recovery

The Scottish Government has outlined a new £1.6bn spending framework that will form part of an enhanced New Deal for the country that will improve biodiversity, slash emissions from heating and buildings and support 5,000 low-carbon jobs.

Offsetting schemes often involve conserving, restoring or creating habitats like woodland, which sequester carbon

Mark Carney assembles business giants in drive to scale carbon offsetting markets

Representatives from Unilever, Nestle, BP and Shell are among the members of a new private-sector taskforce aiming to scale up voluntary carbon credit markets, spearheaded by former Bank of England Governor Mark Carney.

By 2036, the circular economy could add £35bn to the UK economy

Report: Circular economy can halve emissions of UK infrastructure projects

Transitioning to a circular economy can assist in the net-zero transition, with a new report supported by AECOM stating that carbon reductions of up to 50% can be delivered and £35bn generated for the UK economy by using closed-loop materials throughout the design process of infrastructure projects.

BCG has been using 100% renewable electricity since 2019

Boston Consulting Group targets net-zero emissions by 2030

Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has unveiled a bold new ambition to reach net-zero emissions by 2030, pledging to invest in carbon removal projects for unavoidable emissions at a cost of around $80 per tonne.

Earlier this year, Microsoft unveiled a bold new plan to reduce its carbon impact to below net-zero by 2030

Microsoft joins European Corporate Leaders Group

Microsoft has joined the European Corporate Leaders Group (CLG Europe) to lobby for ambitious climate policy across the continent, with the European Union (EU) recently pushing for a carbon-neutrality goal.

The company claims the targets will assist with the identification of steps required to become a net-zero emissions business by 2050

Lenovo to halve emissions as part of science-based targets

Computer manufacturer Lenovo has unveiled new science-based targets to halve emissions from its operations and reduce value chain impacts by 25% by 2030, with a view to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

The Department is developing roadmaps to address its direct emissions and to influence external action

HMRC sets 2040 net-zero target

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has set a net-zero target for 2040 - a decade ahead of the national deadline - and pledged to halve emissions from non-operational business travel as a first step.

The global cement industry is estimated to account for 6-7% of man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually

Manufacturers aim for carbon-neutral cement by 2050

A group of the world's leading producers of cement have issued a new industry commitment to deliver carbon-neutral concrete by 2050.

The organisations involved want the report to provide data-led solutions that can inform business decisions on how to use NBS and how they can contribute to wider corporate strategies

Businesses urged to harness 'nature-based solutions' to combat climate emergency

Businesses have been called upon to trial and pilot 'nature-based solutions' (NBS) in helping them reduce environmental impacts while helping the surrounding areas improve resiliency against a range of climate risks.

More than 1,200 eSprinters will be provided, with an additional 600 eVitos – a smaller zero-emission electric van – also incorporated into the fleet

Mercedes-Benz targets zero-carbon emissions by 2040, provides 1,800 EVs to Amazon

Mercedes-Benz has joined Amazon's Climate Pledge, setting an aim to become a zero-carbon business by 2040, on the same day the company confirmed it would provide more than 1,800 electric vehicles (EVs) to the e-commerce giant's Delivery Service Partners.

Pictured: Davos, the event's host town

Davos delayed: World Economic Forum postpones 2021 event over Covid-19 concerns

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has postponed the 2021 iteration of its namesake conference in Davos, Switzerland, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Almost three-quarters of a million jobs have been lost in the UK as a result of the coronavirus pandemic

Transition Agreements: Companies urged to future-proof job security as part of net-zero disruption

Companies should make Transition Agreements with existing unions to ensure that job security, training and potential redeployment are covered as part of the UK's net-zero transition.

Over the next decade, IGS will aim to shift to clean energy solutions, including building on its existing solar division

Energy retailer IGS commits to net-zero by 2040

One of the US's largest energy retailers, IGS, has announced a new commitment to reach net-zero emissions for its operations and the services it provides to its domestic and business customers by 2040, pledging to provide 100% renewable electricity and carbon-neutral gas.

The assessment report highlights both policy and technical risks to deploying “dispersed” CCS, notably a lack of viable transportation methods

UK's CCS deployment lacking 'comprehensive' planning on non-cluster sites

The UK's net-zero transition is lacking a "comprehensive regulatory framework" to overcome challenges to "dispersed" sites that would be suitable for carbon capture technology (CCS) but that aren't located in industrial clusters.

The built environment is responsible for 39% of global emissions annually, making the sector a key focus for the net-zero transition

Mott MacDonald signs World Green Building Council's net-zero commitment

Five major companies including Mott MacDonald have signed up to the World Green Building Council's (WorldGBC) net-zero carbon commitment, which binds signatories to reach carbon neutral operations by 2030.

SSE employs more than 20,500 people, making it one of the 'big six' energy firms in the UK

SSE vows to produce 'Just Transition' plans to bolster science-based climate targets

SSE has become the first UK energy firm to commit to developing 'Just Transition' plans, which will protect affected workers and communities as it aligns with the UK's net-zero target.

Viridor’s ERF generates enough electricity to power around 68,448 households and will now provide low-carbon heat to homes and businesses

Energy recovery facility to heat homes in Cardiff via district heating network

A district-heating network connected to an energy recovery facility in Cardiff had secured £15m in Government funding to start its first phase of works, with the project potentially saving more than 5,000 tonnes of carbon annually.

Plan B’s director Tim Crosland argued that the decision remains a “fundamental breach of the social contract” and is working to file a claim with the courts

Treasury defends lack of 'green strings' tied to corporate Covid-19 relief packages

The Government has defended its decision to issue billion-pound bailouts for carbon-intensive companies and sectors, with the Treasury hitting back at accusations that the Paris Agreement and the climate crisis had been cast aside, but a court case still looms.

Sharma visited Instagroup in Wokingham. Image: Gov.uk

'Crack on': Alok Sharma implores businesses to join £2bn Green Homes Grant

Business Secretary Alok Sharma has called on tradespeople across the UK to access the Government's new £2bn Green Homes Grants scheme to mobilise efforts to improve the energy efficiency of the UK's housing stock.

Currently, around 95% of global hydrogen production comes from fossil fuel feedstocks

Hydrogen deployment could deliver 75,000 jobs and £18bn boon for UK economy

Utilising hydrogen production could generate £18bn for the UK economy and support more than 75,000 jobs over the next 15 years, according to a taskforce backed by the likes of Shell and BP.

The report also noted that the group achieved a 6.5% reduction in carbon emissions per tonne of production during the reporting year from a 2015 baseline

Ibstock to pilot net-zero factory

Brick manufacturer Ibstock has announced plans to pilot at least one net-zero factory, with the company outlining its intention to set a net-zero carbon goal for its operations in the near future.

#SustyTalk: Capgemini's James Robey on corporate climate action and COP26

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Capgemini's global head of corporate responsibility James Robey providing exclusive insight into the firm's new net-zero targets.

All edie podcast episodes can be listened to via iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud

Net-Zero Business podcast: Exploring Turley's journey to carbon neutrality

In response to the accelerated pace at which corporates are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie has launched a new spin-off of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next, discussions on engagement and offsetting with Turley.

The download explains everything you need to know about the growing importance of tackling Scope 3 emissions

Get to grips with Scope 3 emissions using edie's new Explains guide for businesses

edie has published a new explains guide, detailing everything businesses need to know to measure and act on scope 3 emissions.

Currently, around 95% of global hydrogen production comes from fossil fuel feedstocks

Government urged to ramp up hydrogen spending through national strategy

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) had called on the Government to implement a Hydrogen Strategy to assist in decarbonising carbon-intensive sectors, in the same week that the National Grid announced plans to build a new hydrogen testing facility.

The tool will help users turn their verbal commitments to a green recovery into tanglible, ambitious strategies

Analysts to help align economic recovery plans with net-zero

Many world leaders and businesses have given their verbal support for a 'green' economic recovery from Covid-19. Now, a group of analysts have begun work to develop data-driven digital tools which will help deliver on these commitments.

The supply chain can account for more than 90% of a company's environmental footprint

Scope 3 and the supply chain: How businesses are taking sustainability leadership to a new frontier

Not too long ago, sustainable leadership was defined by those 'getting their own house in order' through emissions reductions, but as the pace required to reduce emissions grows, so too does the efforts from businesses to assist the supply chain in decarbonising. Here, edie looks at some of the transformational ways businesses are engaging with suppliers.

The handbook is free to download

edie launches new handbook on ESG excellence and best practice

edie has published a new handbook outlining the key considerations and best practice advice to collecting and compiling Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data that investors are increasingly looking for, in order to spur the green recovery.

When BP first set its net-zero target, it was criticised as 'not credible' for lacking detailed delivery plans

BP vows to cut fossil fuel production by 40% by 2030

BP has unveiled plans to transition away from being an oil company and to become an integrated energy company instead, headlined by a commitment to decrease fossil-based hydrocarbon production within a decade.

The company operates 16 major production facilities worldwide

Novo Nordisk reaches 100% renewable electricity, sets 2030 net-zero target

Global healthcare firm Novo Nordisk has achieved its ambition to use 100% renewable electricity to power its production facilities.

Spearheaded by Net-Zero Live, the month will include an array of net-zero-themed exclusive interviews, downloadable guides, reader blogs, webinars and podcasts

edie's Net-Zero Live 2020 goes virtual as part of bumper month of inspirational content

edie's annual exhibition, Net-Zero Live 2020, will take place virtually over three days in November, as part of a themed month of digital content dedicated to accelerating climate action and helping business build back better.

#SustyTalk: PMI's Huub Savelkouls on ESG in the new normal

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Philip Morris International's (PMI) chief sustainability officer Huub Savelkouls, who discusses net-zero, integrated reporting and ESG.

Pictured: An artist's impression of the finished project. Image: Landsec

Landsec unveils plans for UK's first net-zero office in London

Property developer Landsec has revealed that it is progressing plans for what it hopes will be the UK's first net-zero commercial building - an office block in Southwark, south London.

Nest has more than nine million members

UK's largest pension scheme charts pathway to net-zero

The Government-backed National Employment Savings Trust (Nest) scheme is set to begin divesting from fossil fuel projects immediately, as part of a new roadmap designed to ensure its operations are aligned with the UK's net-zero target.

In a letter to Environment Secretary George Eustice, the Committee has outlined the importance of keeping to the level playing field in order to strengthen relations with the EU

Lack of trust could derail EU UK environment agreement

A group of MPs has urged the UK Government to overcome barriers to enshrining strong environmental legislation as part of trade agreements with the European Union (EU), warning that a lack of trust between the two parties could derail a common goal to combat the climate crisis.

The ESO said last year that the grid would be ready for net-zero by 2025

National Grid: UK's electricity system could go carbon-negative from 2033

The operating firm for National Grid is predicting that the UK's electricity grid could capture, offset or absorb more carbon than it emits by as early as 2033, if efforts to scale up renewable energy generation and carbon capture technologies are accelerated.

Iceland had been targeting a 30% cut to emissions between 2011 and 2020, but has delivered a 74% decrease. Image: Iceland/Webershandwick 

Iceland on track to become a net-zero business by 2042

Iceland Foods has revealed that it has reduced its operational emissions footprint by 74% since 2011, despite growing the business, putting it on track to reach net-zero by 2042.

Many cities and towns have set pre-2050 net-zero targets

Cadent and Electricity North West plot roadmap to net-zero Manchester by 2038

After the Greater Manchester Combined Authority pledged to reach net-zero by 2038 last year, the city-region's gas and electricity network operators have developed a delivery roadmap for its energy sector.

Other fashion brands targeting net-zero by 2050 include Zalando, Mango, Inditex, Kering and Nike

Hugo Boss to halve operational emissions within a decade

Hugo Boss has had its new emissions targets green-lit by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), including an ambition to reduce operational emissions by 51% by 2030.

The Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) has verified the new targets

Capgemini targets net-zero operations and supply chain by 2030

IT services and consultancy firm Capgemini has pledged to achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2025 and full net-zero alignment by 2030, after meeting one of its key emissions targets a decade ahead of schedule.

Microsoft has set aside $1bn to help develop carbon reduction and removal technologies across its supply chain

Microsoft targeting one million tonnes of carbon removal by October

Microsoft has unveiled plans to capture one million metric tonnes of carbon from the environment by the end of the fiscal year, as part of its commitment to become carbon-negative by 2030.

Heat accounts for one-third of the UK's annual greenhouse gas emissions

CBI: UK won't reach net-zero without 2025 ban on non-hydrogen-ready boilers

The CBI has warned that the UK is unlikely to meet its 2050 net-zero target without sweeping policy changes on heat, including the creation of a National Delivery Body and a requirement for all boilers to be hydrogen-ready by 2025.

With net-zero commitments from nations, cities and states now covering more than half of global GDP, the pressure is on businesses to lead the charge

Microsoft, Starbucks, Unilever amongst new corporate net-zero alliance

Nine major multinational corporates, led by Microsoft, have banded together to form a new initiative which will provide businesses with the roadmaps they need to achieve net-zero emissions by or before 2050.

Apple has committed to sharing its approach and progress towards carbon neutrality through a roadmap that will be shared with other companies

Apple targets net-zero emissions across operations, value chain and products

Apple has announced major plans to become net-zero emissions across its business, supply chains and products by 2030, pledging to reduce emissions by 75% and develop carbon removal solutions for the remaining 25%.

#SustyTalk: Goldsmiths' Stu Meades on a green Covid-19 recovery for UK universities

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with senior reporter Sarah George dialling Stu Meades of Greener Edge, the brains behind Goldsmiths, University of London's roadmap for reaching net-zero by 2025.

The updated deal raises spending on climate action from 25% to 30%

Coronavirus: EU's recovery deal lacking climate spending accountability, green groups warn

Following four nights of negotiations, the European Union (EU) has agreed its biggest joint borrowing plan ever recorded, pledging €750bn to a coronavirus recovery package, but green groups have expressed concerns that focus and accountability on green spending have "taken a battering".

Hull and the wider Humber region are seen as pivotal in the UK's transition to net-zero

University of Hull targets carbon neutrality by 2027

The University of Hull has pledged to achieve carbon-neutral operations within seven years, and will invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy generation technologies to meet this ambition.

The companies are now engaging with the Bank of England, the Financial Conduct Authority and the Competition & Markets Authority on a set of recommendations 

Bankers for Net-Zero: Banks sign up to steer UK green recovery

Barclays and Triodos are amongst the first five banks to sign up to a new commitment exploring how the banking sector can fund the net-zero transition to deliver a green recovery in the UK.

CWG's absolute annual emissions have been decreasing since 2016, despite expansions to its estate

Canary Wharf Group sets 1.5C-aligned science-based emissions targets

Canary Wharf Group (CWG) has pledged to reduce its direct emissions by 65% by 2030 and to develop a net-zero pathway before the end of 2020, after working with the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).

Many Coalition members have already set net-zero targets, but the new partnership aims to accelerate progress further

We Mean Business Coalition urging members to target net-zero by 2040 under new Amazon partnership

More than 1,200 businesses will be encouraged to set and supported to deliver against net-zero targets deadlined no later than 2040, after We Mean Business Coalition partnered with Amazon.

#SustyTalk: Ed Cox of the West Midlands Combined Authority on the green recovery

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive interview with the West Midlands Combined Authority's director of public service reform Ed Cox.

P&G is partnering with NGOs to restore, protect and improve habitats including the Atlantic Forest.  Image: WWF US/ Adriano Gambarini 

P&G targets carbon-neutral operations by 2030

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has pledged to ensure that its operational emissions are neutralised by 2030 - an aim is striving to achieve through investment in nature-based climate solutions.

The UK’s net-zero emissions target for 2050 will require every household to replace their heating system with lower carbon alternatives

Government urged to ratchet up spending into household energy efficiency

The UK Government has been urged to implement a Home Improvement Plan to facilitate more than £5bn in annual spending to improve the energy efficiency of the UK's housing stock to contribute to the net-zero target for 2050.

The hearing formed part of the Committee's inquiry into the green recovery. Image: Gov.uk

Alok Sharma: Energy White Paper and Heat Strategy coming this Autumn

Following months of delays and amid mounting pressure from businesses and climate advisors alike, the UK Government will publish the Energy White Paper, Heat Strategy and Buildings Strategy alongside the Autumn Statement, Alok Sharma has confirmed.

The net-zero target builds on a 26% reduction in carbon emissions and a 23% reduction in energy intensity recorded by M&G Real Estate since 2012

M&G Real Estate sets out net-zero commitment

M&G Real Estate has unveiled new carbon reduction targets, committing to reaching net-zero emissions across its operations by 2030 and its real estate portfolio by 2050, in line with the Government's net-zero target.

The study calls for investment to be unlocked to improve the energy efficiency of UK homes

Government urged to spend £5bn to unlock £100bn green recovery

A group of businesses, mayors and political leaders have called on the Conservative government to spend £5bn to deliver on its promised manifesto pledges in order to unlock £100bn in capital investment on energy efficiency and create more than 300,000 green jobs.

Image: EA

Environment Agency unveils five-year plan to bolster 2030 net-zero target

The Environment Agency (EA) has outlined its plans to boost climate resilience, improve natural resources and foster green growth through to 2025, after setting a 2030 net-zero target late last year.

#SustyTalk: Natura's Keyvan Macedo on brand purpose and net-zero

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Natura's senior sustainability manager Keyvan Macedo outlining the company's recent net-zero commitments and the role of brand purpose in reaching that ambition.

Nearly half the global population are already living in potential water-scarce areas 

England at serious risk of water shortage by 2040, MPs warn

England is at "serious risk" of running out of water within 20 years because of policymakers', regulators' and the water sector's failure to tackle leakage and align with net-zero.

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edie launches top tips guide for smart grids

edie has published a new top tips guide, outlining 10 clear and concise pieces of advice for businesses looking to explore smart grid technology.

Plan B argues the funding set aside for a green recovery is less than what has been issued to climate-wrecking projects and industries

Government threatened with legal action over coronavirus recovery package

The UK Government is facing another court challenge over climate-wrecking policy decisions, with UK-based Plan B threatening legal action over the recent coronavirus recovery package, calling it a "new deal for polluters".

Centrica recently announced a new commitment to becoming a net-zero organisation by 2050. Image: Centrica

British Gas orders 1,000 all-electric vans

British Gas has ordered 1,000 new all-electric vans from Vauxhall, in a move that will assist the gas company's parent firm Centrica on its commitment to have an entirely electric fleet by 2030.

Accelerating the smart grid transition: 10 top tips for business

Done right, the transition to smart, flexible energy systems can radically reduce carbon, increase business resilience, and open up exciting new revenue streams.

Sky Sports has meanwhile confirmed it is the first sports broadcaster to sign up to the UNFCCC Sports for Climate Action Framework

Sport broadcasters form new sustainability consortium

BBC, ITV, BT Sport and Sky Sports are some of the key broadcasters that have joined the BAFTA Sports Consortium, a new group set up to reduce the impact that sports broadcasting has on the environment.

Industry accounts for around 30% of global carbon emissions

UK among nations calling for low-carbon industrial transition to spur job growth

The UK has joined seven other nations in calling for industrial transitions to be delivered in a way that delivers new jobs and is in alignment with ongoing efforts to tackle the climate crisis.

Currently, climate action is consistent with limiting warming to 3.2°C by the end of the century

Translating targets into temperature: CDP launches new ratings system for climate crisis

CDP has today (7 July) launched a new set of ratings gauging the temperature pathway of investment portfolios, funds and stock indices in order to outline future climate-related risks to investors.

The IEA recently warned that the Covid-19 crisis could slow progress on low-carbon technology and widen progress gaps between sub-sectors

IEA: Most technologies needed to achieve net-zero aren't yet mature

Some 75% of the emissions reductions necessary to meet net-zero are dependent on technologies which have not yet reached commercial maturity, new analysis from the International Energy Agency (IEA) has found.

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Net-Zero Business podcast: Exploring smart grids with E.ON and Nottingham City Council

In response to the accelerated pace at which corporates are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie has launched a new spin-off of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next, smart grid discussions with E.ON and Nottingham City Council.

Clockwise from bottom-left: CCC deputy chair Baronness Brown; chair Lord Deben and director of analysis Mike Thompson

CCC: UK's net-zero transition could be easier than first thought

The Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) chair, co-chair and chief analyst believe that the UK's transition to net-zero could be accelerated, rather than hampered, by the Covid-19 crisis.

(L-R) Steve Cann, Future Food Solutions; Andrew Walker, Yorkshire Water; Lee Pitcher, Yorkshire Water; James Hopwood, Birds Eye, and; Paul Rhodes, Future Food Solutions, 

Yorkshire Water and Birds Eye to support carbon-capturing 'pop up rainforest'

A new business collaboration in the Humber region looks set to create a "pop up rainforest" that will help farmers plant a diverse range of cover crops that will capture carbon, reduce flooding risk and improve soil health.

Grocery, food-to-go and fashion retailers are particularly well-represented in the cohort

20 UK retailers to jointly plot course to net-zero ahead of national deadline

Boots, Next and Marks & Spencer (M&S) are among the 20 major retailers who have this week pledged to jointly develop a net-zero roadmap for the retail sector, with a target more ambitious than the national 2050 requirement.

Equinor is aiming to deliver a final investment decision on the plant in 2023, with production set to commence in 2026

Equinor to deliver world's largest at-scale hydrogen from carbon capture plant in Hull

Equinor has unveiled plans to develop the world's largest plant capable of converting natural gas to hydrogen in combination with carbon capture and storage (CCUS), as part of the zero-carbon industrial hub located in the Humber region.

The company has also committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity 

Barratt Developments sets net-zero target for 2040

The UK's largest housebuilder, Barratt Developments, has built on recently announced science-based targets by committing to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.

Johnson will confirm that the National Infrastructure Strategy will be published this Autumn

Boris Johnson's New Deal for Britain yet to align with green recovery calls

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce a multi-billion-pound "New Deal for Britain" that prioritises jobs and infrastructure growth to respond to the economic crash caused by Covid-19, but following months of calls for a "green recovery," the environment is largely absent from the plan.

The plan's fundamentals will be revealed this week, with further detail to be provided by the Treasury in the coming weeks

Policy wishlist: What does the UK's green economy want from the coronavirus recovery package?

After weeks of speculation, Boris Johnson is set to outline the fundamentals of the UK's Covid-19 recovery plan on Tuesday (30 June). Here, we round up nine of the specific measures which green economy experts are urging for inclusion.

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edie launches new explains guide for smart grid technology

Organisations looking to understand the benefits and opportunities of the smart grids revolution can access a free 'edie Explains' guide which breaks down everything you need to know about smart grids, energy flexibility and select technologies.

The inquiry will run for three months

MPs to probe whether Covid-19 recovery package is truly 'green'

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has launched a new inquiry into the environmental and social implications of the UK Government's Covid-19 recovery package, just one day before the plan's key aspects are due to be unveiled by Boris Johnson.

The UK's recovery package is due imminently, with Boris Johnson having repeatedly assured that its measures will create a greener economy

Deep retrofits, community energy and net-zero stress tests: Green Alliance publishes Covid-19 recovery recommendations

Green Alliance has issued a string of policy recommendations for creating a "green and resilient" Covid-19 recovery package, which, if enacted in full, could close the £14.1bn annual investment gap between current levels of finance and those needed to meet net-zero by 2050.

45-Minute Masterclass: Accelerating the smart grid transition for your business

With distributed energy assets fast becoming a mainstream part of the UK power network, this live online masterclass will equip businesses with the insights and inspiration they need to decentralise, decarbonise and democratise their energy through smart grid technologies and systems.

Targets which permit increased production or allow Scope 3 emissions to grow are misleading, Carbon Tracker argues

Report: Most oil majors' net-zero strategies are greenwash, with US firms faring the worst

Despite a major trend towards strengthening climate commitments in recent months, oil and gas majors are broadly failing to take responsibility for their entire emissions footprint, with some on track to deliver just a 3% cut in absolute emissions by 2050.

Image: ArcelorMittal Europe

ArcelorMittal Europe and Atos launch net-zero carbon roadmaps

Europe's largest steelmaker has vowed to reduce its carbon emissions by 30% by 2030 and bring them to net-zero by 2050, in the same week that ICT services giant Atos set a 2035 net-zero deadline.

The CCC submitted its broader Covid-19 recovery principles to Parliament in May

CCC: Covid-19 recovery a 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' to spur net-zero transition

Producing a Covid-19 recovery plan which is fully aligned with the UK's 2050 net-zero climate target is "absolutely necessary and entirely possible" with strong coordination across Whitehall, Ministers have been told by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

The call to action comes as the Trade Bill progresses through the House of Commons

Post-Brexit trade policy must encourage 'race to the top' on environmental standards, business giants urge

A coalition of business leaders is urging Ministers to ensure that post-Brexit Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) not only include non-regression clauses on environmental standards, but actively promote stronger requirements on a global scale.

Amazon to invest $2bn in low-carbon innovations

Amazon will invest at least $2bn (£1.6bn) in smaller firms creating technologies or services aimed at reducing carbon emissions to net-zero, the e-commerce giant announced on Tuesday (23 June).

British Land's portfolio is currently valued at around £14.8bn

British Land targets net-zero portfolio by 2030

Property development and investment giant British Land has unveiled a sweeping new sustainability strategy, headlined by a 2030 net-zero target for its office and retail estate.

As we move into the second half of June, just six months of the initial transition period remain

Is the UK on track for a green Brexit?

It's been a big week for Brexit news, with the UK kick-starting trade talks with Australia and progressing negotiations with the US and EU. But concerns that the promised 'green' Brexit will fail to materialise are mounting against a backdrop of no-deal warnings and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sky has repeatedly said that is views offsetting as part of a wider patchwork of solutions to decarbonisation, rather than a silver bullet

Director's (carbon) cut: Sky goes carbon-neutral across all original shows

Broadcaster Sky has achieved carbon-neutral certification across the entirety of its original programme portfolio, after offsetting all emissions generated by the 41 shows it produced in 2019.

The commitment covers The Body Shop, Avon, Aesop and Natura 

The Body Shop owner unveils 2030 net-zero commitment

Health and beauty giant Natura & Co - the parent firm of brands including The Body Shop and Avon - has unveiled a new package of sustainability commitments, headlined by a pledge to reach net-zero emissions within a decade.

Ministers are seeking to enable zero-carbon transatlantic passenger flights within a generation

Jet Zero Council: Government unveils new collaborative initiative to decarbonise aviation

The UK Government is developing a 'Jet Zero Council' - a coalition of Ministers, businesses, trade bodies and environmental groups who will collaboratively work to align the aviation sector with the 2050 net-zero target.

The new commitments will also focus on supply chain emissions and regenerative practices 

Unilever launches €1bn climate and nature fund, targets net-zero emissions by 2039

Consumer goods giant Unilever has unveiled a new set of sustainability commitments, pledging to end its contribution to deforestation, promote regenerative agriculture, transition to biodegradable ingredients and reach net-zero emissions for products by 2039 - all supported by a new €1bn Climate and Nature fund.

Solar panel installation, Tetra Pak site. Image: Tetra Pak

Tetra Pak targets net-zero value chain by 2050

Packaging firm Tetra Pak has today (11 June) committed to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its operations by 2030, with a longer-term target to achieve a net-zero emissions value chain by 2050.

Renewable energy generation will account for the largest proportion of the new roles, the report states

UK 'capable of creating 700,000 new green jobs by 2030'

With the correct support from central government and local authorities, the UK could create almost 700,000 new green jobs within a decade, and a further 488,000 through to 2050, new research has concluded.

The WMCA comprises 18 local authorities, covering Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull and the surrounding areas

West Midlands approves green Covid-19 recovery plan to spur net-zero transition by 2041

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has approved plans for a "green" recovery from Covid-19's economic impacts on the region, in what is believed to be a UK first.

Food and drink manufacturing relies heavily on heat, a hard-to-abate sector

Food and drink industry 'unable to meet net-zero without policy support for renewables and hydrogen'

The UK's food and drink manufacturing sector will be able to slash emissions by almost two-thirds by 2050, against a 2012 baseline, but will require further action and ambition from the government if it is to go further and align with the national net-zero goal.

The Airport claims it has been working since the recent Heathrow court ruling to examine how the expansion can be deliver in line with the Paris Agreement

Luton Airport to become 'most sustainable airport' by 2040

London Luton Airport has revealed an intention to become the UK's "most sustainable airport" by 2040, claiming that a planned expansion can be delivered in line with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement.

In order to maintain B-Corp status, companies must submit new data every three years, regardless of their size or sector. Image: WeTransfer

WeTransfer achieves B-Corp certification, pledges carbon neutrality

Digital file transferring service WeTransfer has today (10 June) confirmed that it has achieved B-Corp certification, joining more than 3,000 other businesses including the likes of Ben & Jerry's, The Body Shop and Cook.

he 1,051 companies contacted account for $8trn in market capitalisation and are estimated to emit more than 4,800 megatonnes of carbon

Investors target Facebook, Nintendo and other business giants over climate disclosure

More than 1,000 multinational companies have been contacted by a group of more than 100 investors, calling for relevant data on environmental performance and stewardship to be disclosed to CDP.

The UK's domestic recovery plans will be laid out in full later this month - but what are key figures and organisations doing to ensure they account for environmental, as well as economic, issues? 

Race to Zero: What's set to be included in the UK's green Covid-19 recovery package?

The UK Government's landmark global campaign for mobilising net-zero support ahead of the postponed COP26 summit - 'Race to Zero' - was launched late last week. But what decarbonisation activities are the likes of Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak and Alok Sharma backing for inclusion in national recovery planning?

R&D spend to will be used to develop more efficient solutions to combatting climate change

Rolls-Royce commits to net-zero carbon operations by 2030

Manufacturing giant Rolls-Royce has announced an intention to become a net-zero carbon business by 2030, alongside a wider ambition to enable sectors it sells to in becoming net-zero by 2050.

Investors are becoming increasingly vocal on the need for a green recovery from the pandemic that does not lock in fossil fuels to the future economy

Investors worth €11trn call for European green recovery from Covid-19 pandemic

More than 100 investors have written to European business and finance leaders, calling on them to ensure the delivering of the bloc-wide Green Deal and deliver a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

The businesses have committed to spurring the uptake of renewables and EVs while improving energy efficiency 

Businesses commit to renewables, electric vehicles and energy efficiency on World Environment Day

To mark World Environment Day (5 June), a host of major companies from across the globe have announced new commitments on climate action, by signing up to the Climate Group's leadership initiatives on renewables (RE100), electric vehicles (EV100) and smart energy use (EP100).

The built environment accounts for nearly 40% of global emissions

Number of organisations committed to net-zero buildings doubles in one year

The number of companies, cities, states and regions committed to delivering zero-carbon buildings has more than doubled in year, according to new findings from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) that confirms that 95 signatories are working towards its Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.

New analysis from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU)’s Net-Zero Tracker has found that 53% of global GDP is now covered by an intended or actual net-zero commitment

Race to Zero: COP26 campaign launched to push nations towards net-zero targets

To mark World Environment Day, the UK Government has launched its "Race to Zero" global campaign to mobilise support for the net-zero transition across businesses, cities and nations, with new data finding that 53% of global GDP is covered by a net-zero ambition in some form.

Two additional projects are expecting planning decisions in July

Government blocks Vattenfall's offshore windfarm expansion

The Government has refused to grant development consent for Vattenfall's 340MW windfarm extension off the coast of Kent, and has delayed two other planning decisions in the South East, in the same week that Total acquired a 51% stake in the £3bn Seagreen project in the Scottish North Sea.

BITC is calling for more investment into removing carbon from the atmosphere to account for current unavoidable emissions

UK businesses urged to 'redesign' relationship with nature

A new survey of UK businesses from Business in the Community (BITC) has found that less than one third have developed science-based, net-zero or carbon-restorative targets, with less than one in 10 listing the health of nature as a material issue for their business.

Heat accounts for more than a third of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions

Heat Networks Industry Council set up to spur zero-carbon networks and job growth

Organisations overseeing the UK's heat networks and industry have created a new Council that will oversee plans to drive up to £50bn in investment into the sector to create 35,000 new jobs and deliver zero-carbon heat networks.

The coronavirus pandemic has added additional strains on an already under-pressure sector

Coronavirus: Is this the beginning of the end for the 'self-sabotaging' meat sector?

The coronavirus could end up being the "straw that breaks the meat industry's back" with a new report warning that almost three-quarters of the world's largest meat, fish and dairy companies are at high risk from an array of criteria that could spark future pandemics.

WWF is calling on the Government to introduce a net-zero economic test that ensures that government spending and taxation is aligned towards the 2050 target

Green recovery: Net-zero transition can create £90bn annual benefits for the UK

The UK's net-zero transition can be the perfect remedy to the economic and health crises caused by the coronavirus, according to a new WWF-commissioned report that suggests that net-zero could deliver more than £90bn in annual benefits to the UK while growing the job market.

Zalando has committed to placing solar panels and low-carbon technology on all its new and existing fulfilment centres by 2023

Zalando unveils science-based targets, commits suppliers to set carbon goals

Online fashion retail platform Zalando has built on its commitment to carbon neutrality across its own operations by having targets to reduce operational carbon emissions by 80% and emissions from the production of private label products by 40% approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

BEIS wants to provide consistency for those accessing the market

UK proposes national Emissions Trading System to replace EU carbon market

The UK Government has published new proposals on its individual UK-wide Emissions Trading System (ETS) that would replace the EU's carbon trading variant.

In Action: How Centrica is leading the net-zero carbon transition

Energy services and solutions company Centrica recently announced a new commitment to become a “net-zero” organisation by 2050. This edie In Action case study charts the progress that the firm is now making towards its net- zero goal.

The Prime Minister last week reiterated a desire for the UK to deliver a "sustainable" recovery from the coronavirus pandemic

UK business giants call for national green recovery tied to net-zero

More than 200 UK businesses and investors, including Sky, Lloyds Bank and Asda, have called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver a green recovery plan from the coronavirus pandemic that builds a stronger and more inclusive economy.

BT has also reached some key sustainability targets

BT launches innovation platform and UK electric fleet alliance

BT has today (1 June) launched two new platforms to help accelerate green innovation in the UK and drive the adoption of electric vehicle (EV) fleets, both of which the tech giant believes will contribute to a green post-Covid19 recovery for the UK.

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

Electric flights and Barilla's recyclable packaging: The sustainability success stories of the week

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

The decision was agreed following consultation with 600 people, including staff members, students and alumni

University of Manchester targets net-zero investment portfolio

The University of Manchester has announced a new commitment to end investments into fossil fuel projects and organisations by 2022, in line to creating a net-zero investment portfolio by 2038 at the latest.

EI is aiming to reach net-zero “well before” 2050

Energy Institute sets science-based targets to reach net-zero emissions

The Energy Institute (EI) has announced a new ambition to become a net-zero organisation, agreeing to science-based targets to reducing emissions by almost 68% by 2030.

Concerns had been raised as to placing the storage system onto farmland. Stock image

BEIS approves UK's largest solar farm

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has this week approved what is set to be the UK's largest solar farm, located in Kent.

The report warns that the UK’s “generally robust historic resilience” may be challenged by future pandemics or other hidden factors

National Infrastructure Commission calls for climate resiliency planning and stress tests

The UK Government has been urged to set "clear resilience standards" that enables energy and water networks, transport, essential services and all infrastructure sectors to stress test and plan against hidden climate challenges on the horizon.

#SustyTalk: WSP UK's David Symons on net-zero pledges and a just recovery

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with environmental services firm WSP's director of sustainability David Symons discussing sector-wide pledges to net-zero emissions and how to build back better from the coronavirus pandemic.

Zalando’s online platform caters to 28 million customers in 17 markets

Zalando and Sustainable Apparel Coalition issue sustainable metrics for brands and retailers

German online fashion retailer Zalando has confirmed it will be the first retailer signed up to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) to use a new module that will make sustainability assessments mandatory for its private labels and partner brands sold on its platform.

McKinsey notes that allocating funding towards climate action will cut emissions, spur job growth and generate economic returns

'Use it or lose it': Pandemic recovery a decisive moment for climate action

A new report from global analyst firm McKinsey has found that recovery packages from the coronavirus pandemic will be decisive in putting the world on course to meeting the Paris Agreement, calling for low-carbon technologies and solutions to be prioritised.

Ofgem is due to make a decision on gas network investment in July.

UK's gas networks call for £900m investment into zero-carbon infrastructure

Britain's five gas networks companies have today outlined plans to spend more than £900m on zero-carbon energy infrastructure and hydrogen deployment across the UK, subject to Government approval on funding.

Adidas has committed to a 30% reduction in its carbon footprint by 203

Adidas and Allbirds to develop sports shoes with 'lowest recorded' carbon footprint

Sporting giant Adidas has teamed up with shoe brand Allbirds to develop solutions that would create one of the lowest carbon footprints ever recorded for a sports shoe.

Glasgow was announced as the host city for COP26

Reports: COP26 to be delayed until November 2021

Reports have emerged that the UK Government has put forward the first two weeks of November 2021 as new proposed dates for the crucial COP26 climate conference, citing concerns over the state of international travel safety due to the coronavirus.

Two-thirds of the UK’s 460,000 green jobs are located outside London and the South East

MPs call for Just Transition Fund to spur green recovery towards net-zero

A commission of cross-party MPs has added to the calls for the UK to prioritise and deliver a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, claiming that £30bn should be spent on a climate-focused recovery that also establishes a £5bn national Just Transition Fund.

The partners hope the project can be replicated internationally

Copenhagen Airport spearheads green hydrogen project for transport fuel

Renewable energy company Ørsted and Copenhagen Airport are amongst the consortium of businesses aiming to develop a hydrogen and sustainable transport fuel facility in the heart of the Danish capital.

edie Explains: Carbon offsetting

What is carbon offsetting in the terms of a businesses’ carbon emissions strategy? How does the carbon offset process and its market work? And, at what point should a business turn to carbon offsetting?

This guide explains how offsets can be utilised, what the key considerations are for businesses and how the process works

edie launches new business guide on carbon offsetting

edie has today (26 May) published a new explains guide, focusing on how businesses should approach the use of carbon offsetting to assist a carbon reduction strategy.

The health organisations are the latest to call for a green recovery

World health groups call for green coronavirus recovery

A coalition of global healthcare organisations, backed by more than 40 million healthcare professionals, have coordinated a written plea to governments to deliver health-based and climate-focused economic recoveries from the coronavirus pandemic.

Klyk has joined the O2 Direct Partner Network, where it will offer its closed-loop solution to O2 clients 

O2 targets e-waste with new Klyk partnership

O2 has agreed to a new partnership with technology refurbishment start-up Klyk to tackle the growing issue of electronic waste (e-waste) in the sector.

The developers claim that the farm would generate enough renewable electricity to power 91,000 homes and would reduce UK carbon emissions by 68,000 tonnes annually. Stock image

UK's largest solar farm expected to be approved

Development consent for what would be the UK's largest solar farm is expected to be confirmed by the Government this week, which could also see the world's largest energy storage system co-located at the site in the Kent countryside.

The fund is seeking additional private sector investment

Government launches £40m Clean Growth Fund to assist with net-zero vision

The UK Government has unveiled a £40m Clean Growth Fund to support start-up companies in the fields of low-carbon power, waste, transport and buildings, with hopes that funding could rise to £100m by 2021.

Plans are now in place to install CCS technologies at the VPI combined heat and power (CHP) plant

Zero-carbon Humber cluster to rollout carbon capture and hydrogen production

Plans to create the world's first zero-carbon industrial cluster in the Humber region reached another milestone this week, as Phillips 66 and Uniper signed an agreement to deploy a carbon capture and storage (CCUS) and hydrogen production facility.

The special two-part offers more than two hours of high-quality insight into the future of corporate leadership

Net-Zero Week Podcast (Two-part special): Green recoveries and net-zero strategy deep dives

For Net-Zero Week, the edie podcast is split into two parts, first to discuss green recoveries with Christiana Figueres, Jonathon Porritt and Paul Polman, before embarking on a deep dive of what makes a net-zero target with engineering firm Jacobs, online retailer Zalando and episode sponsors Centrica Business Solutions.

The UK could become a world leader for green hydrogen, as it could become cost competitive much faster, due to enabling policies and low-cost and highly abundant renewable

Report: Renewables to account for three-quarters of UK's power demand by 2050

The UK could source 76% of its power demand from renewables by 2050, according to a new report from RenewableUK which claims that the nation's net-zero target will spur rapid demand for green hydrogen while attracting more than £50bn to an already world-leading offshore wind sector.

edie's content director Luke Nicholls spoke with IMAGINE co-founder Paul Polman for a special episode of #SustyTalk on Thursday

Paul Polman: Why partnerships and purpose are critical to business survival

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses that are built on longer-term, multi-stakeholder models and have a strong purpose at their core will be much better placed to recover from the coronavirus crisis, Unilever's former chief executive Paul Polman has told edie.

edie's Mission Possible 2020 report explores how net-zero can be achieved across six industries: utilities, manufacturing, construction, retail, hospitality & leisure, and the Public Sector

Achieving a green recovery: edie launches flagship Mission Possible 2020 report

edie has this week published its flagship Mission Possible 2020 report which focuses on how businesses can lead a green recovery from Covid-19, featuring contributions from the likes of John Elkington and Christiana Figueres along with senior representatives from Carlsberg, WorldGBC and the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

Sessions across all three days are available to watch on-demand for those who have registered 

Available to watch on-demand: All Three days of of online Net-Zero Week events

Net-Zero Week was a themed week of editorial content and events dedicated to informing, inspiring and empowering sustainability and energy professionals on the road to a net-zero carbon future for their business, featuring three afternoons of online sessions which are available to watch on-demand.

The coalition of companies aims to begin construction in 2022, subject to additional funding, and the facility could be operational by 2025

Planning application for UK's first waste-to-jet fuel plant given green light

A planning application backed by Shell and British Airways to create the UK's first commercial-scale waste-to-jet fuel plant in North East Lincolnshire has been granted planning permission.

The scheme will include 8MW of heat pumps that will supply more than 80% of the required heat for the regeneration site

Vattenfall agrees to 8MW district heating scheme in Barnet

Vattenfall Heat UK will deliver an 8MW districting heating system to heat homes, schools and businesses in Barnet, with a view to removing all carbon-emitting sources from the system.

The sessions will be available to watch on-demand for those who have registered

Today at 1pm: Circular Economy online event featuring Hubbub, Amcor and Canary Wharf Group

Sustainability professionals and circular economy experts from a range of organisations and businesses across the value chain are set to appear on edie's Circular Economy online event, taking place on Thursday 21 May.

The Capacity Market will now be subjected to reporting and verification mechanisms that place a carbon emissions limit that will apply to all contracted technologies before July 2019

Government to introduce 'carbon threshold' for Capacity Market

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has outlined reforms to the Capacity Market auction system which will enable demand-side response technologies to bid for 15-year contracts while adding a carbon emissions limit to spur an increase of low-carbon assets offered contracts.

Conde Nast has also launched a new Sustainable Fashion Glossary, which will act as a new resource to help outline the fashion industry’s role in combatting the climate emergency

Conde Nast to become carbon-neutral by 2030

Global fashion media company Conde Nast, which owns brands including Vogue and GQ, has committed to becoming a carbon-neutral company by 2030 while committing to educate its audience on the climate emergency.

Business Energy Barometer: April - May 2020

edie's Business Barometer for 2020 sets out the key challenges and opportunities for energy leaders and managers going into a decade of climate action.

Around 80% of the UK’s building stock for 2050 is already built

Government taskforce sets out tools to unlock £65bn investment into green housing

The UK Government's Green Finance Institute (GFI) has found that scaling up green retrofitting of the UK's existing housing stock would require investments of up to £65bn while supporting the economic recovery, as the Green Alliance calls for policy amendments to retrofitting in the UK.

All three sessions will be available to watch on-demand for those who have registered

Today at 1pm: edie's Net-Zero Carbon online event

Former UK Energy Minister Lord Greg Barker, sustainability professionals from UPS and Skanska and the chief executives of green trade associations have all been confirmed to appear on edie's Net-Zero Carbon online event today (20 May).

The empty streets of Paris as a result of the lockdown, which is only starting to be lifted in the country

Lockdown sees global emissions fall by 17%

New research has suggested that daily global carbon emissions recorded in April 2020 were 17% lower compared to the same month last year, largely due to the coronavirus pandemic and forced lockdowns and postponement in production.

#SustyTalk: Amcor's David Clark on strengthening the circular economy during lockdown

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with packaging firm Amcor's vice president for sustainability David Clark discussing the role of the circular economy as part of a green economic response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Just 6% had explored short, medium and long-term risks that could emerge as the world moves along the low-carbon transition

Business giants failing to disclose climate-related risks

Europe's largest businesses are failing to provide relevant climate-related data to investors, which could jeopardise the European Union's aims to deliver a "just" carbon-neutral transition by 2050.

30% of manufacturers had been focusing heavily on energy efficiency investments over the last year

Report: UK manufacturers boosting profits by focusing on energy efficiency

UK manufacturers that have taken steps to improve energy efficiency and decarbonise operations are reaping benefits, with 40% reporting increased profit margins and 30% experiencing increased competitiveness.

The call from the SBTi comes as politicians prepare to outline economy recovery packages to respond to the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic

Business giants call for science-based green economic recovery

More than 150 business giants, including Carlsberg, H&M and Pernod Ricard, with a combined market capitalisation of more than $2.4trn, have signed a joint statement calling on all governments to align coronavirus economic responses to climate science.

The sessions will be available to watch on-demand for those who have registered

Today at 1pm: Register for the Business Leadership online event

Sustainability experts from L'Oreal, Microsoft, RBS and OVO Energy have all been confirmed for edie's Climate Action Business Leadership sessions, an afternoon of back-to-back online events focused on raising corporate sustainability actions.

edie's content director Luke Nicholls spoke with Forum for the Future's founder-director Jonathon Porritt over Microsoft Teams

Jonathon Porritt: Corporate advocacy must be cornerstone of coronavirus recovery

EXCLUSIVE: Business leaders must use the Covid-19 recovery process as an opportunity to promote the benefits of deep decarbonisation, and to rebuild an economy based on strong social and environmental values, Forum for the Future’s founder-director Jonathon Porritt has told edie.

Over the next 18 months, the working group will focus its efforts on identifying and exploring priorities for action to lay the foundations for net-zero in the UK

Carbon scorecards and working groups: Engineers gear up to support UK's net-zero ambition

The National Engineering Policy Centre (NEPC) has outlined the steps that the engineering sector can take to assist with the UK-wide decarbonisation to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, while WSP has led an economy-wide call for strengthened net-zero policies.

The 15-minute video interview with Christiana Figueres was recorded to kick-start edie's Net-Zero Week of themed content and online events

Christiana Figueres: Businesses must put net-zero at heart of green recovery

EXCLUSIVE: Governments and businesses have an "enormous opportunity" to build decarbonisation principles into the Covid-19 recovery process, the former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres has told edie.

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

Oxford's zero-carbon homes and L'Oreal's eco-fund: The sustainability success stories of the week

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

The research found that 42 million tonnes of CO2 would be removed from the atmosphere by switching to EVs

Switching all UK cars to electric vehicles would slash emissions by 12%, researchers claim

Switching all cars on UK roads to available electric vehicles (EVs) like the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model 3 would cut the nation's emissions by almost 12%, new research from Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has found.

The Commission is discussing an EU recovery fund, with MEPs meeting on Friday (15 May) to negotiate a new seven-year budgetary process

More than one million citizens back calls for EU green investments to spur Covid-19 recovery

More than 100 environmental NGOs and one million European citizens have joined the calls for the European Union (EU) to stimulate the economy through massive green investment efforts.

The report explores an array of low-carbon innovations, including battery storage, vehicle-to-grid (V2G), CHP systems and integration of renewables

edie launches free Decentralised Energy Toolkit for businesses

edie has today (13 May) launched a new toolkit, in association with UK Power Network Services, to outline and showcase how businesses large and small can explore distributed energy solutions to assist with decarbonisation strategies and give them more control over energy usage.

The report is free to download

Mission Possible: edie launches new sustainable business report for the retail sector

edie has published a new Mission Possible report today (12 May) outlining the key drives, challenges and opportunities facing sustainable businesses in the UK retail sector.

Mitie has already switched to 100% renewable energy across its business

Mitie signs up to RE100 following EP100 and EV100 commitments

Mitie has become the first facilities management firm to sign up to all three of the Climate Group's initiatives, after committing to source 100% renewables as part of the RE100 platform and having already signed up to the EV100 and EP100 initiatives.

EVBox will provide online training to Seven Trent’s installation partners on how to use the charge points

Severn Trent rolls out 350 electric vehicle charging point at UK facilities

The UK's second-biggest water company, Severn Trent, is installing more than 350 electric vehicle (EV) charge points across its sites, as part of its commitment to covert 100% of its transport fleet to electric by 2030.

The companies studied have all made recent commitments to combatting climate change, with some badging their new strategies as net-zero

Oil and gas giants overstating net-zero ambitions, study finds

Recent announcements from European oil and gas majors such as Total, Shell and BP to commit to net-zero aren't actually aligned to the required, science-based cuts to emissions to reach net-zero or the 1.5C target of the Paris Agreement, new research has found.

Centrica will also oversee a new sustainability programme focused on low-carbon technologies that will enable Lotus to mitigate the environmental impacts across its operations

Centrica and Lotus partner up on electric vehicle energy storage

Centrica, the parent company of British Gas, has announced a new strategic partnership with auto manufacturer Lotus to give electric vehicle (EV) owners more viability to store electricity and reduce household emissions.

edie has rounded up the key findings from the survey

In numbers: The public's understanding of net-zero and green policies

A government survey of more than 1,800 UK citizens has found that the public is largely unaware of net-zero movement and what that means for the UK, despite more than three-quarters of citizens being concerned about climate change.

During the last 10 years, the firm has reduced the absolute carbon emissions associated with its energy use by 63%

Law firm Slaughter and May's carbon goals approved by SBTi

Legal giant Slaughter and May has confirmed that a goal to reduce emissions by 50% by 2030 has been approved by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) as aligned to the 1.5C ambition of the Paris Agreement.

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

Wooden turbines and Schneider Electric's net-zero homes: 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.

One key recommendation is the inclusion of “climate conditionalities” into stimulus packages that enable different-sized corporates to recovery through sustainable actions

Business leaders call for recovery packages to be tied to net-zero corporate targets

The chief executives from 40 global organisations including BP, Heathrow Airport, Shell and HSBC, have called on governments to focus economic recovery packages in ways that enable sectors and businesses to transition to low-carbon and resilient models of operation.

The hydrogen that is produced will need to be low-carbon, cost-effective and spur an economic recovery, the EAC notes.

MPs to probe role of hydrogen in net-zero transition

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) is to seek advice on the role of low-carbon hydrogen production and utilisation in accordance with the UK's wider efforts to spur economic growth and reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The business guide is free to download

edie launches updated net-zero business guide to account for Covid-19 and green policy delays

Organisations looking to understand the various issues surrounding the hot topic of net-zero and how the trend could be impacted by the coronavirus and delays to critical green legislation now have access to a crucial new edie Explains guide, which breaks down everything you need-to-know on the topic.

edie Explains: Net-zero carbon business

What is 'net-zero' in the context of business emissions? Which organisations are most suited to adopting net-zero carbon strategies? And, what is the impact of the coronavirus on the net-zero movement?

#SustyTalk: Bournemouth University's Neil Smith on sustainable behaviour change during lockdown

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Bournemouth University's sustainability manager Neil Smith discussing how he has adapted a university-wide sustainable behaviour change scheme to account for home working and how the organisation is explaining its net-zero target.

Signatories of the alliance say they are committed to supporting post-pandemic “stimulus transformation plans” through climate action

Financiers join EU 'green recovery alliance'

More than 50 CEOs from the banking and insurance sector - including household names such as BNP Paribas, AXA, Allianz, and Santander - have joined the "green recovery alliance" in the European Parliament.

The CCC believes that the government can lead a shift to new social norms, including supporting home working and remote medical consultations as well as improved safety for cycling

CCC: Change tax systems to build green economic recovery post-coronavirus

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has advised Prime Minister Boris Johnson, COP26 President Alok Sharma and national first ministers across the UK, calling for climate action to be placed at the heart of an economic rebuild following the coronavirus pandemic.

Total commits to net-zero emissions by 2050 following investor pressure

Global energy company Total is the latest in the sector to commit to net-zero emissions, setting a target for 2050 or sooner after extensive engagement with a climate action investor coalition.

To date, 8.2MW of solar PV has been installed across 43 Scottish Water sites, capable of generating 6.5GWh of renewable electricity annually

Scottish Water switches on latest solar array at Dunfermline wastewater facility

A wastewater treatment facility in Dunfermline is the latest Scottish Water facility to be fitted with onsite solar technology, as the water company progresses towards its net-zero carbon target for 2040.

The study found that green projects create more jobs, deliver higher short-term returns per pound spent by the government, and lead to increased long-term cost savings

Green stimulus can repair global economy and climate, study says

Green economy recovery packages for the coronavirus crisis will repair the global economy and put the world on track to tackle climate breakdown, but time is running out to implement the changes needed, new analysis has shown.





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

World GBC's 'Paris proof' buildings and Abu Dhabi's low-cost solar: The sustainability success stories of the week

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

The masterclass is still available to watch on-demand

Five steps to building a resilient carbon strategy in a post-pandemic world

During edie's recent online masterclass, sustainability and energy specialists from Centrica and its Business Solutions arm discussed steps to building corporate carbon strategies while exploring how attitudes towards decarbonisation will change as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

From Engagement Week and Net-Zero Week, to the Mission Possible 2020 report and more #SustyTalks – edie will bring you a jam-packed programme of exclusive online content in May

Engagement, Net-Zero & Mission Possible: edie gears up for bumper month of online content and events

With the UK lockdown continuing into May, edie is keeping up the positive sustainability and climate action with a host of exclusive interviews and reports, two themed weeks of free online events, and the launch of the flagship Mission Possible 2020 report.

The decision was agreed by numerous stakeholders, including the Student Union and the OUem

Oxford University to divest from fossil fuels and align to net-zero strategies

Oxford University has announced that is divesting its remaining investments away from fossil fuel companies and how its fund management service can engage with organisations that showcase net-zero business plans.

#SustyTalk: Jacobs's Zoe Haseman on net-zero strategies during the coronavirus lockdown

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with sustainability engineering firm Jacobs's vice president for global sustainability Zoe Haseman, discussing the rollout of a new net-zero climate action plan and how the lockdown won't slow down corporate decarbonisation planning.

The report states that the global transition would impact every economy, while severely changing business models and societal habits

McKinsey: Reaching 1.5C a ‘daunting’ and unparalleled transition for all sectors

The global transition to limiting global temperature increases to 1.5C by 2050 has been labelled as a "daunting task", that would require unprecedented levels of decarbonisation for key sectors, with the world currently on course to exceed its carbon budget by 2031.

The NGOs expressed concern that no insurer has a commitment to only support projects which are consistent with the needs of a 1.5C transition

NGOs call on investors to respond to coronavirus pandemic through net-zero transition packages

A collection of NGOs have written to some of the world's largest insurers, calling on them to address economic responses to the coronavirus outbreak in ways that are aligned with the urgent need to combat the climate crisis and steer the global economy towards a net-zero future.

The 11th Petersberg Climate Dialogue reiterated the need for climate action during the pandemic

Messages of hope: How world leaders are rallying for a green Covid-19 recovery

The two-day Petersberg Climate Dialogue finished yesterday evening, with ministerial leaders from the UK, Germany, the EU and the UN all delivering rallying cries for nations to focus on climate mitigation as part of any efforts to stimulate the economic downturned caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

The RHI was put in place by the Government as a means to convert 12% of UK homes to renewable heat by the end of 2020

Government planning to replace RHI with Clean Heat Grant

The UK Government has outlined its intentions to replace the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) with a new Clean Heat Grant that will aim to help households and businesses decarbonise through technology and push the nation towards its net-zero target for 2050.

The company has developed a Life Cycle Assessment tool with third-party experts to evaluate the carbon impact of every process across the value chain

Allbirds running shoe made from renewable materials to feature 'carbon count' label

B Corp Allbirds has debuted a new running shoe made from renewable and natural materials and is the first product from the company to feature a physical "carbon count" label, detailing the lifecycle emissions of the product to consumers.

Yorkshire Tea worked with TIST (The International Small Group and Tree Planting Programme) to encourage smallholder tea farmers to plant fruit and nut trees around tea gardens

Yorkshire Tea achieves carbon-neutral certification for operations and products

Yorkshire Tea has announced that all its products are carbon neutral from field to shelf, following a five-year programme to reduce emissions across its supply chain and operations.

The four weeks of April has seen coal account for less than 1% of electricity generation

UK sets new record for coal-free generation

The UK has this morning broken its existing record for coal-free power generation, surpassing 18 consecutive days and counting.

The report notes that the UK offshore wind sector could have significant future employment potential and could act as an alternative for offshore oil and gas workers

EU's climate strategy can spur 'just' and resilient labour market

On the eve of the release of the EU's recovery strategy, a group of business leaders have called for the bloc's climate-neutral target to be coupled with a "just transition" that could deliver job growth against future climate, demographic and technological megatrends.

The Petersberg Climate Dialogue takes place over two days. Photo: BMU/Christoph Wehrer 2020.

Petersberg Climate Dialogue: Alok Sharma rallies for global net-zero transition policies

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and COP26 President, Alok Sharma, spoke at the 11th Petersberg Climate Dialogue to call on nations to "set clear targets and policies" that are aligned to a rapid net-zero transition and will stimulate green economic growth.

edie’s content editor Matt Mace interviews Buro Happold’s director of sustainability, Duncan Price 

The Net-Zero Business Podcast: How will the coronavirus impact Buro Happold's 2021 goal?

In response to the accelerated pace at which corporates are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie has launched a new spin-off of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next, an exclusive interview with engineering firm Buro Happold.

Jacobs' climate action plan has outlined steps to set science-based targets

Jacobs and CMS UK unveil net-zero targets

Engineering firm Jacobs has unveiled a new climate action plan that commits the company to reach net-zero emissions across operations and business travel by the end of the year, while UK law firm CMS has set a net-zero target for 2025, backed by science-based targets.

Oxford City Council has pledged to achieve net-zero carbon emissions within its own operations by the end of 2020

Oxford City Council adds electric vehicles to fleet as part of net-zero journey

Oxford City Council has had its first batch of electric vehicles (EVs) issued as both the council and the city gear up to deliver an "energy superhub" as part of a net-zero emissions trajectory.

Trains at the Evian facility

Evian achieves carbon neutral certification globally

Danone-owned bottled water brand Evian has confirmed it has achieved carbon neutral certification across all the countries where the brand operates, following efforts to improve the efficiency of facilities and logistics and reducing lifecycle emissions of its bottles.

According to the Guardian, Shell has a carbon footprint of more than 31 billion tonnes since 1965

Royal Dutch Shell commits to net-zero emissions by 2050

One of the world's largest emitters, Royal Dutch Shell, is set to announce plans to become a net-zero emissions business by 2050 at the latest at its Responsible Investment Annual Briefing today (16 April).

Consumption-based emissions have only reduced by 15% since 1990

Almost half of UK's carbon emissions not accounted for under net-zero target, report warns

The UK's net-zero target is failing to account for emissions from overseas manufacturing of products imported into the country, a figure which a new report from WWF claims accounts for 46% of the UK's annual carbon footprint.

According to the Climate Group, businesses signed up to its EP100 initiative have collectively shaved $55m (£45m) off their energy costs

Mitie to double energy productivity through EP100 initiative

British facilities management (FM) firm Mitie has built on its net-zero emissions target set for 2025 by joining the Climate Group's EP100 initiative to double its energy productivity.

The researchers do note that smaller-scale technologies won’t reach net-zero emissions by mid-Century in isolation and may have to be combined with larger-scale solutions

Prioritise Small-scale technology to deliver affordable net-zero transition, researchers claim

A new study has warned of focusing on "politically seductive" large-scale solutions such as nuclear and carbon capture and storage (CCS), noting that more granular solutions like energy storage, solar and heat pumps can be mass deployed at an affordable cost to enable a quicker net-zero transition.

UK Government urged to launch 'office for carbon removal' in crackdown on offsetting greenwash

The UK Government should open a national 'office for carbon removal' in order to verify that carbon offsets purchased by businesses in the drive for compliance with its net-zero target have a tangible climate impact.

Equinor has said it will need to become a "broad energy company" to meet its targets. Image: Equinor

Equinor leaves US oil and gas industry body due to 'lack of position' on climate policy

Norwegian oil and gas giant Equinor has announced that it is leaving a US oil and gas industry association due to a "misalignment" with the company's new climate commitments and is set to influence other associations to deliver strong climate targets.

The move comes after months of mounting pressure from investors and climate activists. Image: Barclays

Barclays sets 2050 net-zero climate policy, covering operations and investments

British banking giant Barclays has pledged to become a net-zero business by 2050, under new a new climate policy which covers both direct operations and finance allocated externally.

edie’s senior reporter Sarah George interviews Mitie's director of sustainability, social value and fleet Simon King

The Net-Zero Business Podcast: A deeper dive into Mitie's 2025 net-zero strategy

In response to the accelerated pace at which corporates are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie has launched a new spin-off of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. First up on the Net-Zero Business podcast is an exclusive interview with facilities management giant Mitie.

The report adds that Scope 3 emissions account for 90% of BAT’s total carbon footprint

British American Tobacco targets carbon neutrality by 2030

British American Tobacco (BAT) has announced a new ambition to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 and eliminating unnecessary single-use plastics by 2025, having slashed emissions by almost 50% since 2000.

The webinar provided practical insights and fresh guidance on delivering deep decarbonisation and accelerating climate action

Nine top tips for developing and delivering a net-zero strategy

While the coronavirus outbreak is undeniably top-of-mind at present, mid-to-long-term planning for decarbonisation remains crucial in light of the global climate crisis - and, on a national basis, the UK Government's 2050 net-zero target. Here, edie rounds up nine top tips for organisations looking to develop and deliver net-zero strategies during this crucial decade.

The EU's Green Deal sets a 2050 net-zero target for the bloc - but an interim aim for 2030 is yet to be finalised.

EU exploring cost-benefit of 55% emissions cut by 2030

In the middle of the Covid 19 outbreak, the European Commission published last week what would have otherwise been a high-profile initiative: the launch of a cost-benefit analysis of increasing the EU's climate ambition for 2030 in view of reaching net-zero emissions by mid-century.

The North West cluster could deliver 33,000 jobs. Image:Manchester Metropolitan University

Upskilling roadmap set up to decarbonise North West industrial cluster

An energy and hydrogen cluster set to be developed in the North West has pledged to create a roadmap to combat existing skills gaps for the low-carbon transition, as part of wider government plans to fully decarbonise industrial clusters in the UK.

Images: Samsonite/Neste

Samsonite, Neste, make fresh carbon-neutral commitments

Luggage giant Samsonite has pledged to become a carbon-neutral company by 2025, in the same week that innovative fuel producer Neste unveiled a plan to achieve carbon-neutral production by 2035.

The Council continued its leadership in the city’s carbon reduction efforts by launching a new strategy to reduce its own emissions by 55% by 2025

Net-zero cities: Leeds's mission to be carbon neutral by 2030

edie's new mini-series exploring how local authorities are collaborating with businesses to actuate community-centred sustainability schemes on the road to net-zero emissions continues, this time exploring how Leeds plans to become a net-zero city by 2030.

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

Does the Budget put the UK on course for net-zero emissions?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak's first Budget was brimming with green funding for natural climate solutions and carbon capture and storage (CCS), but key spending reviews and strategies on the horizon will clarify whether these will act as the launchpad for a net-zero carbon economy.

The move to 10-11 November means that Net-Zero Live will now take place during the first week of the COP26 climate talks which are being hosted in Glasgow

edie's Net-Zero Live 2020 suspended to 10-11 November 2020

edie's publisher Faversham House has announced that Net-Zero Live 2020 - originally due to take place at Birmingham's NEC on 19-20 May 2020 - has been suspended and moved to the new date of 10 -11 November 2020.

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

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly's sustainability and transformation partnership (STP), which includes all key NHS provisions across the region, has set a 2030 net-zero target in what it claims is a UK first.

Next week’s Budget will likely provide an indication of areas of focus for the NIS

National Infrastructure Strategy delay could spark net-zero planning focus

Reports have emerged that the Government's long-awaited 30-year National Infrastructure Strategy (NIS) is to be delayed again, citing beliefs that the £100bn strategy could be revamped to account for the UK's net-zero emissions target.

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

'Formula One Fridges' delivering carbon savings for Sainsbury's

Sainsbury's has announced that its new Battersea Park Station has been fitted with its 400,000th Aerofoil technology solution that helps improve the energy usage of fridges, as it builds on its net-zero emissions target for 2040.

Manchester set a 2038 net-zero target in 2018

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

Manchester City Council hopes to approve a new action plan that would commit to halving the council's carbon footprint by 2025, in assistance with the city's wider ambition to reach net-zero emissions by 2038.

O2 has already reduced operational emissions by more than 80% since 2010 and claims the new targets will help it "move further and faster"

O2 targets net-zero network and operations by 2025

Telecommunications giant O2 has pledged to achieve net-zero across its entire business and mobile network by 2025 - a move it claims will make it the UK's first net-zero mobile network provider.

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?

From climate action to chlorinated chicken: How will a US-UK trade deal impact the environment?

After International Trade Secretary Liz Truss kick-started UK-US negotiations for post-Brexit trade deals, edie explores how a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the US could impact progress towards the UK's net-zero target and affect other environmental standards.

The project could become operational during the mid-2020s

Oil and gas giants sign up to Teesside net-zero carbon capture project

BP, Eni, Equinor, Shell and Total have all signed up to spearhead the development of the Net-Zero Teesside project that aims to develop the UK's first decarbonised industrial cluster through the use of carbon capture, utilisation and storage technology (CCUS).

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Heathrow court case and Mary Robinson's net-zero speech: The top 10 sustainability stories of February 2020

With spring now on the horizon, we take a look back at a February packed full of sustainability and energy news. This round-up includes all the highlights from edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum and recaps a bumper month for green policy.

The initiative forms part of the GSMA’s climate action roadmap for the industry, which has already seen operators disclose impacts via CDP

Science-based pathway for net-zero emissions established for telecoms sector

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and the GSMA have forged a new partnership to develop a sector-specific decarbonisation pathway that will outline how all companies in the mobile sector can set science-based targets.

Under the commitment, all new sites will need to be carbon-neutral from the outset, including the Koodaideri iron ore mine in East Pilbara, Australia (pictured). Image: Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto sets 2050 net-zero goal - but excludes Scope 3 emissions

Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto has set a commitment to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its global operations by 2050, backed with a $1bn investment pot.

Green corporate investments made in 2019 will mitigate 2.4 gigatons of emissions over their lifetime - but a rapid upscaling is needed to meet net-zero by mid-century

CDP: Europe's biggest corporates must double green investments to reach net-zero

Some 880 of Europe's largest businesses collectively invested €124bn (£103.8bn) in low-carbon initiatives in 2019 - but this equates to just 12% of their capital expenditure, when 25% will be needed to meet the EU's 2050 net-zero target.

edie’s senior reporter Sarah George interviews the National Trust’s head of environmental practices Lizzy Carlyle 

The Net-Zero Business Podcast: Examining the National Trust’s 2030 net-zero strategy

In response to the accelerated pace at which corporates are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie has launched a new spin-off of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. First up on the Net-Zero Business podcast is an exclusive interview with the National Trust.

The global cement industry is estimated to account for 6-7% of man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually and is widely considered hard-to-abate. Image: Cemex

Cemex targets net-zero concrete by 2050

Multinational cement and building materials giant Cemex has pledged to reach net-zero across its operations and products by 2050, as part of a new climate action strategy.

The majority (90%) of Mitie's carbon footprint can be attributed to transport 

Facilities management giant Mitie sets 2025 net-zero carbon target

British facilities management (FM) firm Mitie has set a net-zero carbon target for 2025, which it claims is the most ambitious in the national FM sector.

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.

Net-Zero Live will take place on 10-11 November at the NEC Birmingham

Accelerating climate action: edie evolves flagship energy and sustainability event into Net-Zero Live 2020

The UK’s largest energy and sustainability event has been transformed into Net-Zero Live, a free-to-attend experience which will unite businesses, policymakers, investors, NGOs, product and solutions providers around a common purpose: to spark new ideas and actions on the path to a net-zero carbon future.

The commitment covers emissions related to preparations for, and the operations of, the tournament. Image: FIFA/ Al Sadd SC

FIFA vows to deliver carbon-neutral 2022 World Cup

FIFA and the State of Qatar have jointly launched a sustainability strategy for the 2022 World Cup, headlined by a commitment to deliver carbon-neutrality across the event's operations.

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.

Burberry has set a targeted 30% absolute reduction in scope 3 emissions by 2030. 

Burberry introduces carbon 'insetting' fund

Luxury fashion firm Burberry will create a "regeneration fund" to support a new portfolio of "carbon insetting projects" that aim to deliver regenerative agriculture practices across its supply chain - a move that will see its Autumn/Winter 2020 runway show at London Fashion Week become carbon-neutral.

Steel is widely regarded as a hard-to-abate sector, with the production of every tonne of material emitting 1.8 tonnes of CO2. Image: Leeds University 

UK universities receive £1.26m boost for low-carbon steel roadmap

Scientists at the Universities of Sheffield and Leeds have been awarded £1.26m to accelerate their work developing low-carbon solutions for the steel sector.

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.

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

Alok Sharma: What we know about the COP26 President's views on climate change

In an unexpected announcement, Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom has been replaced by International Development Secretary Alok Sharma, who has also been named as COP26 President. Here, edie examines Sharma's track record on climate legislation to date.

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.

Other oil and gas majors with net-zero targets include Eni and Equinor

BP sets 2050 net-zero carbon target

BP's new chief executive has set an ambition to shrink the oil giant's carbon footprint to net zero by 2050 and will cut the carbon intensity of the energy it sells by 50% over the same period.

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

Dissecting the challenge: How Sky is approaching its net-zero target

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.

Pictured L-R: ClimateCare CEO Vaughan Lindsay; IFC director Ousseynou Nakoulima; Interface's Erin Meezan; Vattenfall's Annika Ramskold and Futerra's Solitaire Townsend discussing how businesses can respond to the climate emergency. 

Seven top tips for kick-starting your organisation's net-zero transition

Last year, dozens of 'climate emergency' declarations were made by governments, local authorities, political parties and businesses. But how can sustainability, CSR and energy professionals help their organisations respond to these declarations with ambitious, impactful and long-lasting actions?

Robinson said that nations couldn't look to make themselves net-zero while continuing to fund polluting projects in developing countries

Mary Robinson: Business and governments must avoid net-zero 'hypocrisy'

EXCLUSIVE: The former president of Ireland Mary Robinson has claimed that net-zero commitments made by governments and corporates must lead to a "just transition" that also combats the "hypocrisy" of ignoring fossil fuel developments further afield.

A “Sustainable Aviation Fuels Road-Map” has also been released today, noting that alternative and sustainable fuels could account for one third of the UK’s demand for aviation fuel by 2050

UK aviation launches net-zero commitment for 2050, but won't cap growth

Key members of the UK aviation industry, including Boeing, Virgin Atlantic and London City Airport are among a coalition that has pledged to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in the sector by 2050, to assist with the UK's overall net-zero strategy.

The report highlights the potential environmental impact of scaling up biomass supply chains

Report: UK Government's net-zero plans 'over-reliant' on biomass and carbon capture

The UK Government is over-prioritising carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) and biomass in its net-zero plans and failing to account for the impact these technologies could have on land use.

The plan includes fresh funding, a new regulatory approach, and promises to change processes for collaboration with policymakers and industry

Ofgem sets out nine-point plan to prioritise climate crisis

Britain's energy regulator has said it will change how it governs the industry to help meet the government's climate targets, after coming under fire for failing to prioritise the climate emergency.

The analysis forecasts inadequate emissions reductions across sectors including energy, transport and the built environment

UK set to breach fifth carbon budget, despite setting net-zero goal

The UK is still set to miss its fifth carbon budget despite the creation of a legally-binding net-zero target for 2050 last year, new analysis has found.

The company's carbon-neutral strategy revolves around energy efficiency, renewables and offsetting. Image: EY 

EY targets carbon neutrality by end of 2020

Professional services giant EY has pledged to become a carbon-neutral business by the end of the year, through investments in decarbonising its operations and in carbon offsetting schemes.

National Grid is targeting net-zero by 2050, with its ESO claiming it will be ready to handle zero-carbon power by 2025 

Electricity and gas networks 'failing to show true leadership on net-zero'

The RIIO2 challenge group has lamented a lack of "true leadership" among network operators on subject of decarbonisation, stating that none of the companies that submitted business plans to Ofgem in December have been "genuinely proactive".

Mission Possible: Achieving a net-zero future for the public sector

edie's fifth guide in our series of net-zero reports across various industries looks at how the public sector are driving towards net-zero across their own operations and local communities.

The taskforce will publish its first two analyses to coincide with COP26

Businesses team up to launch net-zero infrastructure taskforce

Industry bodies representing hundreds of firms across the engineering and environmental technologies sectors have partnered to analyse how the UK's infrastructure should be redesigned to meet net-zero by 2050.

Sainsbury’s will work with suppliers to help them set individual net-zero commitments

Sainsbury's commits £1bn to become net-zero by 2040

Supermarket retailer Sainsbury's has pledged to invest £1bn over the next 20 years in order to become a net-zero business across its own operations.

140,000 existing 'green-collar' roles will need filling, while a further 260,000 must be created, the analysis concludes 

National Grid: 400,000 energy jobs must be filled to hit net-zero

More than 117,000 roles will need to be filled in the energy sector by 2030, and a further 283,000 by 2050, if the UK is to meet its net-zero target.

The local authority has also confirmed plans to bolster its existing £84m climate-related funding pot with an additional £1m of operational funding and £18m of capital investment

Net-zero cities: Oxford's mission to become carbon-neutral by 2030

edie's new mini-series exploring how local authorities are collaborating with businesses to actuate community-centred sustainability schemes on the road to net-zero emissions continues, this time with a look at how Oxford and its Citizens' Climate Assembly are aiming for net-zero by 2030.

Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer. Image Heriot-Watt University

Industrial Decarbonisation Champion to steer £20m innovation centre for net-zero transition

Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer has been appointed as an "Industrial Decarbonisation Champion" to oversee the development of a £20m research and innovation centre at Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University that will drive the delivery of the UK's net-zero emissions target.

More than 3,000 business leaders, policymakers, thought leaders and celebrities are due to gather in Switzerland for the Forum this week

World Economic Forum calls on business chiefs to set net-zero targets

All business leaders and companies attending the World Economic Forum in Davos this week have been asked to make public commitments to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 or earlier.

All UK businesses will be required to reach net-zero by 2050, with the survey exploring how they plan to make this transition 

Survey: Lack of know-how hampering net-zero progress from businesses

Ever more UK businesses are targeting net-zero by, or ahead of, the Government's 2050 deadline. But half of businesses with net-zero targets are struggling to plan to deliver against them, a new survey has found.

Microsoft will launch a $1bn climate innovation fund, using its own capital, to help develop carbon reduction and removal technologies

'Neutral is not enough': Microsoft pledges to become carbon-negative by 2030

Tech giant Microsoft has today (16 January) unveiled a bold new plan to reduce its carbon impact to below net-zero by 2030, with an additional goal of removing carbon from the atmosphere that the company has emitted since it was founded in 1975.

The plan builds on the firm's existing pledge to reach net-zero carbon by 2021 

Forster Communications targets 'climate-positivity' by 2023

Social change PR agency Forster Communications has pledged to become 'climate-positive' by 2023, reversing and mitigating more negative environmental impacts than it generates through its direct and indirect actions.

Pictured: The National Trust’s director-general Hilary McGrady unveiling the new strategy at the Barbican Centre in London

National Trust to plant 20 million trees in bid to become net-zero by 2030

The National Trust has unveiled a plan to become net-zero carbon by 2030, which features one of the UK's biggest forest expansion projects.

Pictured: Liverpool Waters’ Princes Dock. Image: Peel L&P

UK's first net-zero offices certified in Manchester and Liverpool

A portfolio of 11 office properties across Liverpool and Greater Manchester have been verified as net-zero carbon against the UK Green Building Council's (UKGBC) standard, in what the developer has described as a national first.

School strikes, science-based targets and climate emergency declarations: Recapping the sustainability stories of 2019

With just one week left until Christmas, edie recaps what has been a mammoth year for sustainability stories - from the UK's net-zero target to the growing business movement towards 1.5C.

The council’s declaration noted that “taking immediate action will help to protect Nottingham people from the consequences of irreversible climate change

Net-zero cities: Nottingham's mission to be carbon-neutral by 2028

edie's new mini-series exploring how local authorities are collaborating with businesses to actuate community-centred sustainability schemes on the road to net-zero emissions continues, this time with a look at how Nottingham plans to become the UK's first carbon-neutral city by 2028.

'Promises are not enough': Green economy reacts to Boris Johnson's historic election win

After the Conservative Party secured a landslide victory in the UK's general election, members of the nation's green economy are calling on Boris Johnson to turn the green ideations in his party's manifesto into action.

Pictured: Representatives from B Corp members at COP25. Image: Dr Ann Smith

Beyond Paris: 500 companies target net-zero by 2030

More than 500 businesses certified as B-Corps have committed to becoming net-zero by 2030 - 20 years ahead of the IPCC's deadline for limiting the global temperature increase to 1.5C.

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

Almost half of global GDP covered by net-zero targets and commitments

Around 40% of the world's annual GDP now derives from nations and regions that are discussing or have set legislative net-zero emissions targets, to be achieved by 2050 at the latest.

The energy company’s EV Everywhere platform enables drives to choose from a free charger or a two-year fixed energy plan to procure 100% green energy

OVO Energy and Mitsubishi forge net-zero transport partnership

OVO Energy and Mitsubishi Motors have announced a new UK partnership to help accelerate the decarbonisation of the transport sector in order to assist with the legally enshrined net-zero target for 2050.

'Set legally binding net-zero target now', investors urge EU leaders

A coalition of more than 40 investors collectively representing upwards of €6trn of assets under management has written to all EU heads of state, urging them to set legislation in line with net-zero by 2050 or sooner.

Business Energy Barometer: November-December 2019

edie's third Business Barometer for 2019 sets out the key challenges and opportunities for energy leaders and managers going into 2020 and the next decade of climate action.

The 4 big ideas for net-zero carbon strategies

Experts across energy management came together at edie’s SPARK! 2.0 event to discuss the role that strategy could play in the delivery of net-zero carbon targets.

Pictured: A Portugese offshore wind project jointly financed by Repsol, the EIB and EDP Renewables

Repsol targets net-zero by 2050

Spanish oil and gas giant Repsol has committed to becoming a net-zero emission business by 2050, across its own operations and its indirect impacts.

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Election debates and net-zero campaigns: The top 10 sustainability stories of November 2019

With COP25 and Christmas now on the horizon, we take a look back at a November packed full of sustainability and energy news. This round-up includes all the highlights from edie's Net Zero November campaign and the build-up to the UK general election.

Childbase Partnership runs 43 day nurseries throughout the South of England, providing for nearly 6,000 children aged between six weeks to five years

Childbase Partnership sets net-zero emissions target for 2030

UK childcare and education provider Childbase Partnership has announced a radical new commitment to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint across its nurseries and head office by 2030.

(L-R): Amelia Womack, Alan Simpson, Leslie Hook, Kwasi Kwarteng, Lord Fox and BT's head of environmental sustainability Gabrielle Giner

General election: How UK parties are addressing 9 key net-zero challenges

Ahead of Channel 4's leaders debate on climate change, representatives from the UK's four largest parties met in London to set out their plans for net-zero. Here, edie rounds up the key takeaways.

edie's General Election 2019 green policy manifesto matrix

edie has launched a policy manifesto matrix, outlining all the key commitments – and some notable omissions – that the Conservatives, Labour, Green Party and Liberal Democrats have issued.

The thinktank is calling for new measures to reach net-zero at the current 2050 deadline without spiralling costs or harming UK competitiveness

Net-zero by 2025 'practically impossible' due to spiralling costs, report finds

Moving the UK's net-zero emission target forward 25 years is "practically impossible", according to new thinktank research which found that setting a net-zero target for 2025 would cost £200bn each year at a minimum - more than the NHS's annual budget.

PMI first announced its factory decarbonisation target this summer, and is due to have a second location certified as carbon-neutral by 2020

Philip Morris: Offsetting isn't the 'credible' long-term solution to carbon-neutrality

EXCLUSIVE: As it strives to achieve carbon-neutrality across all factories by 2030, cigarette giant Phillip Morris International (PMI) will continue to "do the hard work first" and only use offsetting as the last piece of the puzzle, the firm's director of operational sustainability has said.

The interactive webinar featured presentations and a live Q&A with three expert speakers

Five top tips for improving energy efficiency on the road to net-zero

During an interactive webinar hosted by edie on Wednesday (20 November), experts from Direct Line Group (DLG) and BiU provided expert advice on how businesses of all sizes and sectors can improve energy efficiency in line with net-zero targets. Here, edie rounds up the key takeaways.

The City’s Energy, Transport and Green New Deal Lead Kye Dudd discusses how Bristol is transitioning to net-zero

Net-zero cities: Bristol's mission to be carbon-neutral by 2030

Launched as part of edie's Net-Zero November campaign, this new mini-series explores how local authorities are collaborating with businesses to actuate community-centred sustainability schemes on the road to net-zero emissions. We begin with a look at Bristol City Council's commitment to be carbon-neutral by 2030 - 20 years ahead of the Government's 2050 deadline.

edie is inviting businesses to make new business commitments

Roadshows, pledges and innovations: edie's Net-Zero November enters final week

edie's month of net-zero content moves into its final week, meaning businesses have more time to upload new pledges and gain insight and inspiration from the themed content being published this week.

The webinar will be available to watch on demand afterwards for those who registered

Available on demand: Energy efficiency 2.0 webinar for Net-Zero November

Shai Guness, compliance and CSR manager at Direct Line Group, spoke during an edie webinar, which will took place on Wednesday 20 November at 2pm (GMT) that outlined the role of energy efficiency in delivering net-zero.

The challenge calls for businesses to invest in “nature-based solutions” such as enhancing biodiversity and reforestation to act as carbon sinks

Gucci boss calls on business leaders to deliver net-zero supply chains

Gucci chief executive Marco Bizzarri has called on business leaders to sign up to a Carbon Neutral Challenge that sees businesses deliver greenhouse gas emissions reductions across their entire value chain in order to achieve net-zero emissions.

The latest episode features five exclusive interviews

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: The Net-Zero November business relay

Episode 75 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast lands during edie's Net-Zero November and delivers five exclusive interviews with energy and sustainability experts from the likes of National Trust, Costa and Yorkshire Water to discuss how businesses can transition to net-zero emissions.

EasyJet will also look to champion carbon capture technologies and sustainable aviation fuels in order to decarbonise its flights and operations. Image: EasyJet

EasyJet to offset all flight emissions, pushes for electric aircraft vision

EasyJet has become the first airline to operate net-zero flights, after agreeing to offset all emissions from fuel starting today (19 November) and will continue to work on rolling out electric aircraft in the future.

Interface has published a "lessons for the future" report to reflect on business commitments to sustainability 

Moonshots and loving carbon: Climate action requires step away from 'less bad' business models

Interface's regional sustainability manager Jon Khoo reflects on the success of the firm's Mission Zero sustainability strategy and why businesses need to set "moonshot goals", view the climate emergency through the lens of "climate optimism" and start "loving carbon".

The Pledge aims to unite the entirety of the sector in line with the UK's national net-zero target. Image: WSP

Environmental consultancies team up to launch sector-wide 'Pledge to Net-Zero'

Environmental consultancies WSP and AECOM have teamed up to launch a new pledge campaign, urging companies from across the environmental services sector to set science-based targets and report annually on decarbonisation progress.

National Grid has also pledged to spur the reduction of emissions that are outside of its direct control

National Grid commits to net-zero emissions target for 2050

The National Grid has announced a commitment to reduce its direct greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050, the same timeframe as the UK Government's legislative target.

The new policy will cut €2bn (£1.7bn) of yearly investments to fossil fuel projects

European Investment Bank to end financial support for fossil fuels by 2021

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has unveiled a new energy lending policy that will stop all financing for fossil fuel projects at the end of 2021 and unlock €1trn in sustainable development over the next decade.

Northcote will be speaking at edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum in February 2020

John Lewis & Partners: Net-zero a commercial opportunity for business

EXCLUSIVE: John Lewis & Partners' decision to set a net-zero target before the UK Government enshrined its 2050 target into law evidences the fact that sustainability and profitability now go hand-in-hand, the retailer's director of corporate responsibility has claimed.

The 2050 climate objective will be “the big highlight” of the Green Deal

Circular economy 'number one priority' of European Green Deal and net-zero ambitions

The circular economy, including new waste and recycling laws, will represent "half" of the EU's effort to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and will be erected as "the number one priority" of the upcoming European Green Deal, officials have said.

Tree planting is a common form of offsetting

Greenwash or necessity: What role does carbon offsetting play in reaching net-zero?

Several NGOs offering carbon offsetting have reported a fourfold increase in investment over the past two years - but with concerns around greenwashing persisting, where should businesses be positioning offsetting in their net-zero strategies?

Pictured (L-R): Jonathan Murray, LowCVP; Nick Turton, The Energy Institute; Susanne Baker, TechUK; Caroline Bragg, the ADE; Nina Skorupska, The REA; and Luke Nicholls, edie (chairing). 

First steps: What must businesses focus on now to deliver a net-zero UK by 2050?

According to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the UK's delivery against its 2050 net-zero target will require "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society" - but where, exactly, should the business response start?

Details on how F1 plans to meet its 2030 target are detailed in its first sustainability strategy. Image: F1

Formula 1 targets net-zero by 2030

Formula 1 (F1) has today (12 November) set a 2030 net-zero target that covers the on-track activity of its cars and the series' wider operations.

Nine of the companies have set a 2050 deadline to achieve net-zero, while four set a date of 2025 or 2030

Just one in 10 of world's largest energy firms have net-zero targets, report finds

Just 10% of the world's largest 132 coal, electricity and oil and gas companies have set time-based commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero, with just three companies also pledging to reduce indirect emissions as well.

Qantas’ offsetting approach is currently the largest in the aviation industry, accounting for around 10% of customer flights. Image: Qantas

Qantas to double flight offsets as part of net-zero 2050 commitment

Australian airline group Qantas will invest $50m in sustainable fuel over the next decade and offset growth in emissions from international and domestic flights in order to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

The Midlands airport is one of the first to commit to net-zero

Birmingham Airport sets net-zero carbon target for 2033

Birmingham Airport has set a commitment to become a net-zero carbon airport by 2033, noting that it has a "big opportunity" to reduce emissions via onsite renewable generation and would also minimise the use of carbon offsets.

A PV array at Landsec's Ludgate building

Landsec aiming to become net-zero business by 2030, sets 1.5C science-based target

Commercial real estate firm Landsec has launched an updated sustainability strategy for its carbon emissions, aiming to become a net-zero business by 2030 and reduce its absolute carbon emissions by 70% as part of a 1.5C science-based target.

A target of 2030 or sooner was supported by a majority of people in every age group

General Election: Majority of UK public calls for net-zero target to be pushed forward

More than half of UK citizens believe the Government should push the target to reach net-zero ambitions by 2050 forward by at least 20 years, with climate policy set to be a key battleground for the upcoming general election.

the WorldGBC, Landsec and Workspace are forming different but collective paths to net-zero

The collaborative push for net-zero emissions in the built environment

For Net-Zero November, edie sits down with a mainstay sustainability leader, a disruptive new firm and the organisation coordinating an entire sector to see how the built environment can collaboratively transition to a net-zero economy.

REA's Nina Skorupska: Business holds 'untapped potential' to achieve net-zero

EXCLUSIVE: REA's chief executive Nina Skorupska has claimed at an edie event that declarations of a 'climate emergency' must be backed up by robust net-zero emissions and clean energy strategies from business, to avoid the term becoming "greenwash or rhetoric".

The webinar will be available on-demand afterwards for those who've registered

Available to watch on demand: edie's net-zero business webinar

edie's most recent webinar outlined how businesses can engage staff, consumers, stakeholders and suppliers to inspire a global movement towards net-zero emissions, featuring experts from the UK Green Building Council, ITV and International Airlines Group (IAG).

Image: Ben Nuttall/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/101462707@N03/25454106673/

Google workers call on company to adopt aggressive climate plan

More than 1,000 Google workers have signed a public letter calling on their employer to commit to an aggressive "company-wide climate plan" including the cancellation of contracts with fossil fuel firms and the halting of donations to climate change deniers.

Williams believes the will of citizens is there to deliver a low-carbon economy in the US

Beyond Carbon: The $500m plan to create a low-carbon US, with or without Trump

EXCLUSIVE: President Donald Trump may have officially kickstarted the process to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement, but there is a movement of cities, states and businesses that is driving the nation towards 100% clean energy, with or without support from the federal government.

Clarke was quizzed on net-zero timeframes, technology solutions and Brexit

Treasury's net-zero minister: Climate action will be a 'signature theme' of next government

Speaking exclusively to edie following the launch of its Net-Zero Review, HM Treasury minister Simon Clarke outlines the Government's plans to deliver on the legislation to reduce the UK's emissions to net-zero by 2050.

The EAC's call to action comes shortly before the dissolution of parliament, which will halt its inquiry into the creation of a net-zero Government

Government should lead by example and target net-zero pre-2050, MPs urge

MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) have urged the Government to "put its own house in order" and set internal net-zero targets far more ambitious than the national 2050 deadline.

The guides are free to download for those who have registered 

Net-Zero November: Read up on edie's insight guides and webinars on net-zero

As edie launches Net-Zero November, the content team is resurfacing a collection of exclusive insight reports, guides and webinars on the topic across industries such as utilities, manufacturing and the built environment that are free to download for readers.

edie will bring you exclusive interviews, webinars and reports throughout the month

Net-Zero November: edie kicks off month of themed content and events with raft of new business pledges

The edie content team has officially kicked off Net-Zero November - a month of themed content and events to inform and empower sustainability and energy professionals on the road to a net-zero carbon, with Mission Possible pledges from Liberty Steel, Hammerson and HPE leading the way.

Weihl outlines how businesses can act as net-zero activists 

Facebook's former sustainability chief: Business needs to get vocal to reach net-zero

EXCLUSIVE: Facebook's former sustainability director and Google's former clean energy czar Bill Weihl has called on businesses to "go beyond their own four walls" and lobby for policies that create net-zero national economies in a "just" manner.

Grangemouth (pictured) is one of the key industrial clusters the Government is seeking to decarbonise

UK Government launches business fund to deliver net-zero industrial clusters

The UK Government has opened two innovation funds aimed at helping businesses plan and deploy technology to help reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

Pictured: A floating solar array on Thames Water's Queen Elizabeth II reservoir in Walton on Thames. Image: Thames Water

Thames Water switches to 100% renewable electricity in bid to meet net-zero by 2030

Thames Water has revealed that it is now using 100% renewable electricity across its operations, in a mix which is partly self-generated and partly sourced through power purchase agreements (PPAs).

Zalando will rollout a range of energy efficiency and green transport measures. Image: Zalando

Online retailer Zalando commits to net-zero emissions and plastic-free packaging

Online fashion platform Zalando has confirmed it will operate as a net-zero carbon emissions business from today (30 October), as well as committing to eliminating single-use plastics from its packaging by 2023.

The report calls on Ofgem and Government to do more to bring about support for flexible energy technologies such as battery storage

REA: Ofgem failing to realise crucial role of flexibility in reaching net-zero

With the UK's energy system becoming increasingly "democratised" and businesses and individuals generating and selling, as well as buying, energy, regulator Ofgem is not taking sufficient measures to bring about a flexible energy future.

BP's chief executive Bob Dudley and group chief economist Spencer Dale on stage at the One Young World summit

BP chief: Alternative to 'polluter pays' carbon tax can help meet net-zero

BP's chief executive Bob Dudley and group chief economist Spencer Dale believe that regional carbon prices that don't just tax the producers will enable the oil and gas giant to join the global transition to net-zero emissions, but neither were convinced of when that would happen.

Senior sustainability and CSR professionals from a range of sectors convened for the roundtable discussion

Sustainability 2.0 roundtable: What's stopping businesses from investing in green innovations?

In an era of unparalleled technological advancements - and with the UK's net-zero target looming - businesses of all sizes can reap rewards from investing in scalable technologies with positive social and environmental impacts. So, what's stopping UK plc identifying and investing in green innovations?

The month-long programme of content has been inspired by Net-Zero Live, edie’s flagship event of 2020 which takes place on 19-20 May at the NEC Birmingham

Net-Zero November: edie to launch themed month of content and events

The edie content team is gearing up for Net-Zero November – a month of themed content and events dedicated to informing, inspiring and empowering sustainability and energy professionals on the road to a net-zero carbon future for their business.

The UK has already met its first and second carbon budgets and is on track to meet the third - but off-course to meet the fourth ad fifth. Pictured: The SSE Ferrybridge coal power station

CCC sets sixth carbon budget date, urges Treasury to ramp up net-zero plans

The Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) chairman Lord Deben has confirmed that the body will publish its recommendations for the UK's sixth carbon budget in September 2020.

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.

As three of the UK's most-emitting sectors, new measures for transport, the built environment and power were mentioned repeatedly in the response paper. 

Government unveils new net-zero support for buildings and 'every single mode of transport'

The UK Government has published its highly-anticipated response to the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) advice on meeting net-zero carbon by 2050, including new measures to decarbonise business buildings and transport, and to support the uptake of energy storage at scale.

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.

Bentley Motors installed a solar carport at the site, consisting of 10,000 solar modules. The array has a 2.7MW capacity covering 1,378 parking spaces

Bentley achieves carbon-neutral certification at solar-powered Crewe plant

Bentley Motors' corporate headquarters and main manufacturing facility in Crewe has achieved carbon-neutral certification, with a solar-powered carport, green energy contracts and carbon offsets used to decarbonise the plant.

BA will offset emissions from domestic flights within the UK from 2020

British Airways sets net-zero commitment, plans to offset domestic flight emissions

International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of British Airways (BA), has become the first airline group to commit to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, as BA also announces plans to offset all domestic passenger flight emissions next year.

Howard Boyd (left) gave a keynote speech on the state of climate risk reporting. Image: Sarah George

Environment Agency targets net-zero by 2030

England's Environment Agency (EA) has committed to reaching net-zero carbon in its operations and supply chain by 2030 - two decades ahead of the UK Government's national target.

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.

Pictured: The Walney Extension offshore windfarm off the coast of Blackpool. Image: Orsted.

Labour commits to 37 new wind farms in green industrial revolution election push

Jeremy Corbyn has unveiled plans to create another 70,000 jobs in offshore windfarms part-owned by the public, as his party gears up for an election manifesto focusing on a green industrial revolution.

Robinson claimed that climate justice has grown from a "niche issue" in the 1990s to a "widely accepted" ideal

Mary Robinson: Businesses must make 'deep commitments' to climate justice

Former Irish President Mary Robinson has argued that the development of net-zero strategies centred around social justice and human rights will become the new marker of sustainable business leadership.

While all eyes were on Johnson's Brexit plans, he used his speech to deliver his strongest commitment to net-zero since becoming PM 

Image: Foreign and Commonwealth Office / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)”

'We can beat the sceptics': Boris Johnson bolsters net-zero commitment in Tory conference speech

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has used his platform at the Conservative Party conference to argue that the UK is primed to lead the global transition to net-zero emissions by mid-century.

The 2040 date is currently not aligned with the recommendations of the Government's own climate advisory body

Conservatives hint at plans for earlier petrol and diesel car sale ban

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said he would like the Government to "thoroughly explore" the feasibility of bringing its current 2040 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars forward.

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.

Mission Possible: Achieving a net-zero carbon future for manufacturing

As the movement towards net-zero carbon takes hold across the commercial sector, this fresh insight report looks at how manufacturing companies are driving forward their own goals.

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.

The company will also commit €1.5bn annually in net capital expenditure on onshore and offshore wind technology and solar photovoltaic and storage solutions

RWE to become carbon-neutral by 2040

German utilities giant RWE has unveiled a new strategy to transform itself into a carbon-neutral company by 2040 by funnelling billions into renewables projects, decommissioning existing coal-fired plants and backing carbon capture and storage technology.

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.

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.

The report suggests that adopting a circular economy framework across certain production areas would achieve emissions reductions totalling 9.3bn tonnes

Net-zero not possible without circular economy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation finds

Focusing on decarbonising the energy sector alone will not put the world within touching distance of a net-zero carbon economy, according to a new report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation which claims that the transition to a circular economy is also vital.

Around 27% of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions were attributable to the supply of energy in 2018, with almost all of this being CO2

edie explores what net-zero carbon looks like for UK utilities in new sector insight report series

Following the UK's world-leading commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, edie has launched a brand-new series of insight reports which investigate how particular industries can achieve rapid decarbonisation, starting with the utilities sector.

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.

Mission Possible: Achieving net-zero carbon in Utilities

Following the UK's world-leading commitment to reach net- zero emissions by 2050, this insight report investigates how the utilities sector can radically reduce carbon whilst enabling and empowering its customers to do the same.

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.

The motion was led by Lauren Townsend (pictured). Image: Twitter/Lauren Townsend

Labour commits to 2030 net-zero target as part of Green New Deal

Labour Party members have backed a pledge to reduce greenhouse emissions to net-zero by 2030 - two decades earlier that the government's current target.

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).

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.

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.

Image: MaxPixel 

World's biggest mobile operators vow climate disclosure in first step towards net-zero

BT Group and Vodafone Group are among a coalition of 50+ mobile operators to have agreed to begin publicly disclosing their climate impacts.

23 businesses, 23 cities and six states around the world have now signed the WGBC commitment. Image: JLL

JLL targets 'net-zero' buildings by 2030

Property consultancy JLL has signed the World Green Building Council's (WGBC) net-zero carbon buildings commitment, committing it to bring operational carbon emissions to zero by 2030.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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 UK achieved record levels of installations for onshore wind capacity in 2017 - but key industry players believe that current national policies could stifle this growth going forward

Utility giants urge stronger onshore wind policy support on road to net-zero

Scottish Power and SSE are among the big-name utility companies to have signed a letter urging the UK Government to implement greater policy support for onshore wind in light of its new net-zero target.

Audi's supply chain shake-up and Wales' coal plant closure: The sustainability success stories of the week

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

The 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.

Reeves (L) has made a number of recommendations and asked several scathing questions to Leadsom (R). Images: UK Parliament/ Conservative Party

Reeves grills Leadsom on net-zero preparations

Rachel Reeves MP, chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee, has grilled BEIS's new Secretary Andrea Leadsom over her sector-specific plans for helping the UK to reach net-zero by 2050.

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.

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.

Transport has been widely highlighted as a key focus area for action on the net-zero transition

Government unveils £80m pot to decarbonise aviation and road transport

In a bid to spur the development of new low-carbon transport technologies and systems on the path to net-zero by 2050, the UK has launched a new £80m funding pot for electric car and plane projects.

Under its existing remit, Ofgem is required to keep the government’s climate policies in mind but its primary obligation is to protect the interests of energy consumers. Pictured: Walney Wind Farm

Energy regulator 'out of touch over climate crisis', say businesses

The UK energy regulator is under fire for failing to prioritise the climate emergency as it draws up plans for Britain's energy system.

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 UK's heat networks currently serve about 500,000 customers, but this could rise to five million by mid-century 

Citizens Advice: Government lacking 'credible' plan to decarbonise heat

The Government's failure to implement a "credible" framework for the decarbonisation of heat for commercial and domestic use could undermine public confidence in the net-zero transition, Citizens Advice has warned.

Ovo Energy boss kick-starts campaign for general carbon charge

Ovo Energy's chief executive and founder Stephen Fitzpatrick has launched a new campaign aimed at bolstering the UK's emissions policies on the road to net-zero.

The CCC has highlighted particular challenges in the agriculture, built environment and conservation spaces 

CCC: Policy gaps leaving business unable to manage climate risks

None of the UK's largest 33 sectors have made good progress in improving the way they manage climate risk over the past 12 months, largely due to poor policy support.

The UK Government estimates that around 400,000 people are currently employed in "green-collar" jobs

Government commission necessary for 'just' transition to net-zero, trade unions argue

A coalition of trade unions have urged the UK Government to create a cross-party commission focused on ensuring that the transition to net-zero by 2050 is socially and economically "just".

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).

Miliband has been publicly advocating for net-zero since 2015

Ed Miliband: Social justice 'crucial' in meeting net-zero

The UK will not meet its 2050 net-zero goal unless decarbonisation policies are "explicityl and intrinsically" linked to the creation of a more socially equal society, former Labour leader Ed Miliband has argued.

London Mayor calls for Green New Deal for the UK

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged the UK Government to implement a US-style Green New Deal - a move he claims will help move climate-related policy discussions past talk and towards action.

The BEIS committee in the Commons is questioning the Chancellor on the net zero carbon economy costs as part of its investigation into the Clean Growth Strategy

Questions raised about £1trn adaptation cost to net zero carbon economy

Questions have been raised about the £1trn cost estimate of establishing a net-zero carbon economy by the Common's Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) committee.

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.

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.

Former National Grid boss Steve Holliday: We can't isolate oil & gas majors on path to net-zero

Former National Grid boss Steve Holliday urged greater business and policy action to involve oil and gas firms in the power sector's low-carbon transition, arguing that such businesses must be "central" to transformation.

The trade organisations behind the recommendations collectively represent the majority of the four million people employed in the UK’s food and drink industry

Food and drink giants press for long-term policies on decarbonisation and circularity

A collection of more than 30 organisations across the UK's food and drink supply chain have urged Ministers to bolster policies around long-term decarbonisation, climate resilience and resource efficiency for the sector.

The European Commission will advise member states on how best to alter their decarbonisations frameworks for the next decade at a meeting tomorrow (18 June)

18 EU countries now support 2050 carbon neutrality goal

Germany, Greece, Italy and Slovakia have added their names to a growing list of EU countries supporting a carbon neutrality objective for 2050, increasing the chances that a deal will be struck at an EU summit later this week, according to documents seen by EURACTIV.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has also argued that the UK's homes could jeopardise progress towards its legally binding emissions targets 

UK-wide homes retrofit project needed to hit 2050 net-zero goal

The task of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 presents a "vital role" for engineers, including the potential for a massive retrofitting programme across the UK's housing stock, a trade body has claimed.

Image credits: Canary Wharf Group and Eden Project Communities

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Net-zero announcements and plastic-free communities

Episode 65 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast sees edie's content editor Matt Mace and reporter Sarah George discuss net-zero legislation before introducing three exclusive interviews focused on resource efficiency with Canary Wharf Group, the Eden Project and the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB).

The Taskforce is being headed by the chief executive of Drax Group's B2B energy supply business. Pictured: Drax's North Yorkshire power station 

New business-led taskforce to help UK's private sector reach net-zero

Sky, UPS, Aston Martin and Drax are among the co-founders of a new business-led taskforce aimed at mobilising actors across the UK's private sector to decarbonise in line with the Government's new net-zero vision for 2050.

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 changes to the Climate Change Act will be laid in Parliament today 

'Hugely important for business': Green economy reacts to UK's net-zero target for 2050

Green leaders have come out in force to praise Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to amend the Climate Change Act of 2008 to account for a net-zero target by 2050 - and urged Ministers to detail how they plan to reach this long-term goal as soon as possible.

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.

Pictured: The Welsh Assembly building in Cardiff Bay.

Wales accepts CCC's 95% emissions reduction target

Plans for a 95% emissions reduction for Wales, proposed by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) as part of its recommendations on creating a net-zero economy in the UK by 2050, have been accepted by the Welsh Government.

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)

Humber produces more carbon emissions than any other industrial hub in the UK 

Government urged to set 2040 net-zero target for Humber

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has unveiled a new ambition to reduce the region's carbon emissions to net-zero by 2040 - 10 years ahead of the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) recommended 2050 deadline for the UK.

BT’s efforts to reduce emissions and combat climate change span more than 20 years

BT generates record £5.5bn through carbon-combative products and services

Telecommunications giant BT generated almost one-quarter (23.4%) of its total annual 2018 revenue through selling products and services which contribute to carbon savings at a consumer level, the business has revealed.

This weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

Carbon pricing calls and rubbish-fired plastics plants: The sustainability success stories of the week

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

The Government received its requested advice on legislating for net-zero carbon at the start of May, but is yet to make a formal decision on enshrining it in national law 

UK business giants put fresh pressure on government over net-zero

BT, Coca-Cola European Partners and Sainsbury's are among a coalition of 128 UK-based businesses, industry networks and investors to have written to Ministers demanding that a net-zero target for 2050 is legislated "immediately".

Dublin (pictured) is among the eight cities taking part 

Coalition of cities target net-zero carbon buildings by 2050

A coalition of eight European cities, including Dublin and Leeds, have pledged to completely decarbonise their existing building stocks by 2050.

April saw the term ‘Climate Change’ gain the highest number of Google searches since the December 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference

UK public want chief execs to lead on climate action, survey finds

Almost two-thirds (60%) of the UK public believe that the chief executives of corporations should be leading the national fight against climate change, a new survey has found.

The UK Government is currently deciding whether to legislate for a net-zero economy by 2050

Report: Electricity generation carbon prices to treble by 2050

Carbon prices for electricity generation should more than treble by 2050 and VAT rates on domestic energy use hiked to help drive emissions off the grid, according to a new report.

<p>German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Environment Minister Svenja Schulzeat the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin. Image: EPA-EFE/Michele Tantussi / POOL [Michele Tantussi/ epa]</p>

Merkel sends first strong message for climate neutrality by 2050

Chancellor Angela Merkel has indicated for the first time that Germany may join a European alliance to achieve greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050. At a recent EU summit, Germany was unwilling to join a similar initiative by nine EU member states.

<p>Scotland is aiming to reach net-zero by 2045, but Glasgow has unveiled plans to get there sooner</p>

Scottish Power pledges to make Glasgow UK's first 'net-zero' city

Scottish Power has pledged to turn Glasgow into the UK's first zero-carbon city with a mass rollout of electric vehicle (EV) charging points.

<p>Skanska UK's most famous projects include the Gherkin (pictured), Crossrail and the Scalpel</p>

Skanska UK pledges to become a carbon-neutral business by 2045

Construction and property development giant Skanska has committed to reduce the carbon emissions of its UK business to zero by 2045, without purchasing carbon credits for offsetting.

Heathrow first unveiled its plans for carbon-neutral expansion in 2017

Heathrow 'on-track' for carbon-neutral expansion

Heathrow Airport has claimed that it is "on-track" to meet its flagship ambition of becoming a "carbon-neutral" facility by 2020 and achieving net-zero carbon status for its planned expansion, after increasing its investments in renewable power and beginning peatland restoration last year.

The current 2030 goal is a 40% emissions reduction, but some EU nations have called for a longer-term net-zero target to be legislated for 2050. Image: euranet_plus Flickr

Juncker insists 2030 climate target is EU's top priority, not 2050 'net-zero' plan

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said that the EU should "concentrate on immediate and urgent" climate policies for 2030 rather than a proposed 2050 target defended by eight EU countries to reach net-zero emissions.

The Government's existing green targets were set in 2016 and will expire in 2020

MPs to scrutinise the UK Government's internal sustainability progress

As Ministers consider legislating for the adoption of a net-zero carbon target for 2050, a group of MPs are set to investigate the UK Government's internal sustainability targets and progress.

The evidence session was the first to discuss the CCC's net-zero advice, with Energy Minister Claire Perry set to take part in a future meeting

CCC boss: Net-zero before 2050 would be 'very risky' for UK economy

The Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) chief executive Chris Stark has defended the body's decision not to advise the Government on pathways which could create a net-zero carbon economy before 2050, arguing that doing so would be "very risky" from a social and economic perspective.

Policies on afforestation, low-carbon heat and electric transport will all need to be changed to achieve net-zero by 2050

Policy gaps: What's standing between the UK and a net-zero carbon economy?

This week, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published its highly anticipated recommendations detailing how the UK economy could reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest. But what policies will need to be changed to ensure that we get there?

Scotland has called on the UK Government to follow its lead in agreeing to a net-zero target

Scottish Government commits to net-zero emissions by 2045

The Scottish Government has today (2 May) announced plans to amend its Climate Change Bill and commit to a legally binding target of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 at the latest – leading the rest of the UK.

The Committee says achieving a net-zero carbon economy by 2050 will require a “whole-government” approach to fighting climate change

Net-zero emissions by 2050: CCC publishes long-awaited recommendations for UK Government

The UK must "set and vigorously pursue" a bold new climate change target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 'net-zero' levels by 2050 – replacing the current target of an 80% reduction against 1990 levels – according to a major new report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

Organisations were unanimously in favour of the recommendations outlined in the report

'Government must act now': Green economy reacts to the CCC's net-zero report

Green leaders have come out in force to praise the Committee on Climate Change's report - and requested immediate action from the government on the issues raised from its findings.

The climate emergency was declared just hours before the Committee on Climate Change called on the Government to set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 'net-zero' levels by 2050

UK Parliament becomes first in the world to pass motion declaring a 'climate emergency'

In a hugely symbolic move, the House of Commons had declared a climate emergency, admitting the need for a cross-party approach that would enable the UK to set a world-leading standard on climate action.

Further plans to tackle climate change are expected to be set out by the Labour party Image: Chatham House

Extinction Rebellion: Michael Gove admits need for urgent action

Planting more trees, restoring peatlands to health and using new technology to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere should all be pursued as a matter of urgency, the environment secretary, Michael Gove, has told climate change campaigners.

The report was launched against a backdrop of calls for a net-zero target to be enshrined into UK law

Framework launched to deliver net-zero built environment

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has launched a new framework today (30 April) outlining how developers, designers, owners, occupiers and policymakers can define and deliver a net-zero built environment.

The climate strikes have created a unique backdrop for Government to raise ambitions

Net-zero emissions and a Green New Deal for the UK: Key business questions, answered

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is providing its highly anticipated advice on setting a net-zero emissions target to the Government during a time where calls for a Green New Deal continue to grow. Here, edie explores how the UK can set a new standard for climate change policy.

Verizon targets carbon neutrality by 2035

US-based telecommunications and technology giant Verizon has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality across its Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 (electricity and heat) footprints by 2035.

Heavy industries like cement, steel and chemicals are heavy users of fossil fuels, accounting for about 14% of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions

Zero-emission EU industry 'within reach' but costly, study finds

Bringing down emissions from heavy industry to net-zero by 2050 is possible but will require costly new production processes and a 25-60% increase in near-term capital investments to reach €40-50 billion per year, according to new research published on Thursday (25 April).

The collaborative scheme targets a carbon-neutral region by 2038

Electricity North West launches zero-carbon plan

Electricity North West has announced plans to decarbonise the entire region within the next 20 years.

Thai Union relies on the oceans for its business and is recognised widely as a leader for its approach to sustainability

SDGs In Action: How Thai Union is achieving Goal 14 - Life Below Water

Welcome back to edie's new editorial series which breaks down exactly how businesses are turning the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into action. Up next: seafood-based food producer Thai Union outlines how it is creating healthy oceans by changing seafood for good.

Amazon targets carbon-neutral shipments by 2030

Online retailer Amazon has set an ongoing target of achieving carbon neutrality for all its global shipments, starting with a 2030 ambition of making half of its shipments 'net-zero'.

The call to action will be made to the EU Competitiveness Council in Brussels

Big-name businesses call on EU to set 'net-zero' emissions target for 2050

Unilever, Tesco and Heathrow Airport are among a coalition of 16 big-name corporates calling on the European Union (EU) to set a legally binding net-zero carbon emissions target for 2050, which would see the bloc achieve carbon neutrality within the next three decades.

The offsetting scheme will also cover the 65 stores Aldi UK & Ireland plans to open this year

Aldi achieves carbon neutrality for UK and Ireland operations

Supermarket chain Aldi UK and Ireland has achieved its 2019 target of becoming a 'net-zero' business, after investing in a carbon offsetting programme last year.

Nottingham City Council will expand its domestic solar and sustainable transport schemes under its bid to achieve carbon neutrality

Nottingham unveils bid to become the UK's first carbon-neutral city

Nottingham City Council has committed to becoming a 'net-zero carbon' city by 2028, after hitting its 2020 emission reductions goals two years early.