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Sustainability Leaders Awards: Early-bird ceremony tickets available until this Friday

Anyone wishing to purchase tickets and tables for the world's largest sustainable business awards scheme have until Friday to access the early booking discount.

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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.

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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?

A new countryside: Restoration of biodiversity in the UK

'This is our last chance'. These were the words of Sir David Attenborough at COP26. They apply equally to rebuilding biodiversity as they do to addressing climate change.

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.

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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.

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COP26 Covered Podcast episode 8: Nature Day reflections, carbon-negative countries and net-positive brands

In this bumper episode of the COP26 Covered podcast, the edie team reflect on the hugely important nature day and what it means for business – featuring chats with cosmetics giant Natura & Co, the Head of the COP26 Nature Campaign, and the Government of Panama.

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Nations to mobilise $12bn to tackle deforestation and land degradation

A total of 12 countries have pledged to mobilise more than $12bn in donor support to halt and reverse deforestation across the globe, while also protecting human rights.

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.

Nature conservation and restoration seems to be high on this COP's to-do list, following the first half of the UN's 15th biodiversity conference 

COP26: More than 100 nations pledge to end deforestation by 2030

World leaders representing more than 100 nations, which between them play host to more than 85% of forests globally, have committed to end deforestation and reverse land degradation at COP26 in Glasgow.

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Salesforce founder pledges $100m to reforestation, as L'Oreal chooses UK for first allocation of $58m nature fund

Salesforce and the venture capital firm run by its founder Marc Benioff have announced $300m in climate-related investments, on the same day that L'Oreal confirmed the first recipient of funding from its €50m nature fund.

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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.

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).

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.

There will be 2,600 Companion Series boxes available to purchase, with £26 from each sale invested in conservation and regenerative agriculture projects

UK brewers launch food waste beer and call on world leaders to strengthen climate action

A group of 25 UK breweries has called on world leaders to seize a "once in a lifetime opportunity" to combat the climate emergency at COP26, as they launch a limited-edition collection of beers that combat food waste and improve conservation.

The world failed to deliver the last set of UN biodiversity targets, meaning there is a long way to go to prevent Earth's sixth mass extinction 

First part of UN's biodiversity summit closes with strong progress towards treaty adoption

The first half of the UN's Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has come to a close in Kunming, with China and the EU scaling up commitments to funding for nature conservation and restoration.

AXA has covered more than 60,000 hectares of forests through certification schemes

AXA unveils €1.5bn biodiversity commitment

Insurance company AXA has unveiled a new €1.5bn commitment to improve biodiversity and combat deforestation across key global hotspots.

Scientists have warned that Earth is on the brink of a sixth mass extinction 

Commitment to halt nature loss not enough, big businesses warn world leaders

Businesses including Unilever, Natura & Co and H&M Group are urging world leaders to use the UN's Convention on Biological Diversity to commit to reversing nature loss by 2030, lest they risk a "dead planet" in the near future.

Almost two-thirds of small charities in Neighbourly’s network say they need more volunteering support

Businesses to support grassroots green charities through new Neighbourly platform

Businesses including Danone and Coca-Cola are supporting a new initiative to provide grassroots charities with access to funding and volunteers to deliver local planting and environmental initiatives.

More than 40% of the total $11.6trn in assets across PDBs is “highly dependent on vulnerable ecosystems” 

Banks linked to $800bn in annual nature destruction, report warns

A new report has warned that lending activities from public development banks is linked to around $800bn in annual damage to nature and ecosystems, according to a new report that is calling on banks to run stress tests on nature-related financial risks.

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.

The UK has a total of 15 National Parks that contain almost a quarter of the UK’s peatland

Business giants support UK National Parks restoration project

Major UK businesses including Santander UK, Gatwick Airport and Southern Co-op have all backed a new National Parks project aimed at rolling out restoration schemes across the UK.

Kew's Royal Botanic Gardens in London are home to the world's largest living plant collection

Kew Gardens promises increased focus on nature-based climate solutions and biodiversity restoration

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, has outlined plans for expanding research and outreach regarding nature-based climate solutions and efforts to prevent Earth's sixth mass extinction.

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'Woodlands for Water' and the 'Northern Forest': Defra confirms multi-million-pound funding for UK forest projects

A £15m Government funding boost has been confirmed for a project aiming to plant 50 million trees between Liverpool and Hull, in the same week that Ministers published plans for 3,000 hectares of new woodlands along waterways.

The first project to benefit is planting 22 million trees across Italy, including in Milan (pictured)

Amazon promises €20m for nature-based climate solutions in Europe

E-commerce giant Amazon has pledged to spend €20m (£17.2m) on nature-based projects across Europe, in a bid to improve carbon sequestration, boost climate resilience and improve biodiversity and wellbeing.

World Green Building Week: 11 of the best innovations for a better built environment

To mark World Green Buildings Week (20-24 September) edie and its new content partner Springwise have rounded-up some of the most innovative solutions available that are helping to improve sustainability across the built environment sector.

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.

Uniting action on climate and nature through Great Big Green Week

On behalf of the Climate Coalition, Katie White, executive director of advocacy and campaigns at WWF, discusses how Great Big Green Week can act as a beacon in highlighting the urgent need for action on climate and nature.

The MPs are warning that the Bank is failing to consider the impacts that biodiversity loss and the climate crisis will have on financial stability

MPs call on Bank of England to improve green finance approaches

MPs across all political parties have jointly written to the Bank of England, warning that it is failing to appropriately support the green economy by not pivoting away from the fossil fuel industry.

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Big-name businesses boost nature targets at global conservation congress

A string of businesses are using the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Congress this week as a backdrop for updating biodiversity strategies, with new announcements from the likes of L'Occitane, Walmart, Pernod Ricard and Kering.

MEPs from various member states and political parties have criticized the strategy

EU lawmakers slam flagship forest strategy as 'vague' and 'overstepping EU remit'

European lawmakers from across the political spectrum have united in criticism against the European Commission's new flagship Forest Strategy, describing it as vague and superficial while flagging concerns that it goes beyond the remit of EU competences.

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.

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edie's latest COP26 Primer report focuses on nature-based solutions

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: Nature-Based Solutions.

Pictured: The 400MW Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, off the coast of Sussex

How will the offshore wind sector's expansion affect biodiversity? UK Government launches major research drive

A four-year research programme assessing the potential impact that the UK's offshore wind sector will have on marine ecosystems as it grows has been launched.

In-person negotiations are now scheduled to take place in Kunming from 25 April to 8 May 2022

COP15: In-person negotiations on global biodiversity treaty pushed back to 2022

In-person meetings set for October and designed to create a new global agreement on improving biodiversity have been delayed until 2022, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This new series will be running regularly, bringing you the key headlines, statistics and events in the run-up to COP26. Bottom-left image: David Mirzoeff 

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.

Projects will focus on marine conservation and tackling plastics pollution in developing countries

UK allocates first round of support from £500m Blue Planet Fund

Global projects focused on protecting oceans and combatting the climate crisis have been awarded a share of the UK's £500m Blue Planet Fund.

Pictured: Alex Robertson-Jones and Professor Bill Sanderson, of Heriot-Watt University, inspecting the oysters

Glenmorangie marks 'milestone' on oyster reef restoration scheme in Scotland

A scheme funded by Glenmorangie to return native European oysters to the Dornoch Firth, in a move to boost biodiversity and improve the landscape's ability to sequester carbon, has successfully completed its latest phase.

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.

Nature charities have previouly voiced concern over a lack of funding

Conservation and restoration projects secure share of £80m green recovery fund

Almost 100 nature-based projects will receive a share of the Government's £80m Green Recovery Challenge Fund, designed to promote nature restoration and conservation.

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.

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Sustainable Business Covered podcast: How can we change food systems for the better?

With the UN's pre-event for the Food Systems Summit taking place this month, episode 105 of the Sustainable Business Covered Podcast explores how food systems can be transformed for better outcomes for planet and people.

Is protein diversification the next clean energy for the net-zero economy?

Helena Wright, policy director at FAIRR looks at how nature-based solutions and and change in the global food system can drive progress towards net-zero emissions.

#SustyTalk: Kingfisher's Caroline Laurie on business, biodiversity and green finance

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion Kingfisher's head of responsible business and sustainability Caroline Laurie.

At present, extinction rates are 100 times higher than the natural baseline due to human activity

'Urgent policy action needed': UN unveils draft Paris-style plan to halt biodiversity loss

Eliminating all plastic pollution and ending $500bn of annual government subsidies that harm nature are among the targets in a UN draft plan for averting Earth's sixth mass extinction.

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.

The EAC report also criticises funding cuts to public bodies and calls for the Government to increase Natural England’s multi-year funding

UK's 'poorly mixed cocktail' of policy driving biodiversity decline, MPs warn

The UK is not treating biodiversity loss with the same urgency as the climate crisis, according to a group of MPs that have warned that current Government policies are inadequate to address a sharp decline in nature-based losses.

For land use, roundtable members have agreed to a commitment to ensure that the value chain is a net-positive contributor to nature

Global beef sector sets out biodiversity and climate commitments

A coalition of global beef producers, including JBS, Rabobank and Cargill, have collectively agreed to reduce the sector's contribution to climate change by 30% by 2030, as part of a new sustainability roadmap that also aims to improve biodiversity and animal welfare.

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.

The initiative will aim to assist shoppers globally to support sustainability programmes

Every Action Counts: New business alliance to encourage one billion consumers to support sustainability causes

A new alliance of banking firms, consumer goods giants and digital platforms, including Mastercard and BBVA, has launched to encourage individuals around the world to deliver positive actions that improve biodiversity and sustainable behaviours.

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Major nature restoration scheme for Yorkshire as Defra outlines new conservation measures

WWF, Natural England and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust have launched a major landscape restoration project in the Yorkshire Dales, in the same week that the Government has proposed new measures to protect and restore habitats.

So far the European Commission has endorsed nine recovery plans from EU countries

Recovery plans fall short of EU green spending goals, campaigners warn

As the European Commission starts endorsing national recovery plans submitted by EU countries, campaigners are growing concerned that the EU executive may not fully enforce the fund's green spending target.

Cotton has a market value of $12bn and accounts for 31% of raw materials used in the textile market

Global cotton-growing regions facing increased exposure to climate risks

Global cotton production is vastly unprepared for the looming climate crisis, with more than half of the world's growing regions set to be exposed to water scarcity and extreme weather events that will disrupt the market.

Businesses are under pressure to measure and disclose natural capital impacts, but often cite challenges in terms of metrics and data collection

Natural capital accounting standard launched by BSI

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has issued its first standard aimed at helping businesses and public sector bodies measure the extent and value of their impacts on nature.

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.

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.

The UK's 2019 'State of Nature' report revealed that most UK species have declined since the 1970s, with 15% now facing extinction 

UK Government commits to 'nature-positive' future following landmark biodiversity review

Following the publication of the landmark Dasgupta Review, which argued the case for biodiversity considerations to be embedded in all economic decisions by the government, a new commitment for all large infrastructure projects to be 'nature positive' has been made.

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.

The report comes ahead of the 15th COP on biodiversity and the 26th COP on climate

'Narrow focus' leaving world off-track on climate crisis and nature loss, major UN report warns

Governments are largely failing to respond to the interconnected nature of global heating and the impending sixth mass extinction, not only leaving the world off-track to meet key goals but making the transition to a sustainable future more expensive and less efficient.

Pictured: A stretch of shoreline in Cornwall

World Oceans Day: UK Government to ban damaging fishing in new marine protected areas

Following pressure from green groups, the UK Government has confirmed plans to introduce a new class of protected areas around the English coastline, in a bid to prevent damage from sectors including fishing.

World Oceans Day: Preserving the planet's life source for future generations

Nomad Foods' chief executive Stefan Descheemaeker issues a call to action for all of us to protect the precious resource that is the world's oceans.

The TNFD has officially launched today

Can the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures solve the global ecological crisis?

The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) officially launched on Friday (4 June) with an overarching aim to align corporate reporting and financial spending to alleviate nature-related risks. Here, edie explores whether the new initiative can generate enough momentum to deliver tangible change.

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.

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edie launches new business guide on the circular economy

Organisations looking to accelerate the transition to a circular economy now have access to a comprehensive 'edie explains' guide which breaks down everything there is to know about achieving a zero-waste world.

Lessons from Yozma for UK conservation

In February of 2021 Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta released the final report of a multi-year review of the economics of biodiversity. This report emphasised that biodiversity is an integral component of global economies and that the continued loss of biodiversity would have devastating impacts on human society.

The module is currently focused on the mining and agriculture sectors – two of the most exposed sectors to biodiversity-related risks

ENCORE: UN-backed biodiversity module to help investors factor nature into spending decisions

A new UN-back module has been launched today to enable financial institutions to map their exposure to biodiversity risks based on sectoral activities, in a bid to push the economy towards a nature-positive future.

The Science-Based Targets Initiative has verified the ambition in line with 1.5C

Kew Gardens eyes net-positive climate impact by 2030

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, has published a 'Manifesto for Change' headlined by a commitment to reduce, sequester and offset more emissions than it generates.

#SustyTalk: Seizing the biodiversity and nature opportunities of 2021

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive panel discussion, held to mark the UN's International Day of Biological Diversity.

Estimates suggest that financing this market will reach $854bn annually by 2030 to halt natural degradation

Investors and businesses urged to address $700bn nature-based solutions finance gap

A new report has warned that a $700bn investment gap into "Nature-based Solutions" needs to be addressed in order to meet wider net-zero goals and combat the climate crisis.

The policy updates build on an overarching vision to protect 30% of land for nature

Trees, peat and net-zero: UK to enshrine new nature goals in law

The Government is set to enshrine a commitment to halt species decline and nature loss by 2030 in law and has pledged to treble tree planting this parliament.

Pictured: HiPP UK's marketing director Richard Walker planting the scheme's first tree, an oak, at the National Trust's Runnymede site in Surrey

Baby food brand HiPP Organic pledges to plant 50,000 trees

German multinational baby feeding brand HiPP Organic has partnered with the National Trust on a major tree-planting initiative, which forms part of its plans to become climate positive.

The ‘Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework’ is set to be adopted by governments when the Conference of Parties to the CBD meets in Kunming, China, on October 21

Global Paris-style biodiversity agreement 'lacks scientific basis', researchers warn

Efforts to formulate a "Paris-style" agreement to halt global biodiversity loss lack definition, fails to align with the scientific need to reverse nature loss and place Indigenous People at risk, according to a global alliance of NGOs.

Iceland is also exploring alternatives to soy, but Walker admits that there aren’t any commercially scalable solutions ready

Iceland boss Richard Walker: Collective business activism required to hold politicians to account

EXCLUSIVE: Iceland Foods' boss Richard Walker believes that 'collective business activism' is essential in driving policymakers to align with the sustainability movement, following a recent letter sent by food retailers to the Brazilian Government urging them to reconsider a new land bill that could increase deforestation.

Deforestation is believed to have accelerated amid Covid-19, and green groups are concerned that new legislation could make the problem worse still

From Aldi to Waitrose: UK food giants threaten to boycott Brazilian suppliers over deforestation

A string of big-name supermarkets, food-to-go chains, suppliers and manufacturers have threatened to boycott Brazilian products if lawmakers there do not bolster laws designed to protect the Amazon rainforest.

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.

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.

The webinar will take place at 11am (BST) on Wednesday 21 April and will be available to watch on-demand for those who register

Available to watch on-demand: edie's biodiversity webinar featuring Kering and Unilever

Speakers from Kering, Unilever and the Woodland Trust discussed the role of biodiversity in shaping and assisting sustainability strategies on a webinar that took place on Wednesday (21 April). A recording of the sessions is available to watch on-demand.

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.

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.

Tropical forests and islands, as well as mountains, are facing higher extinction risks than the global average, according to the paper

Delivering Paris Agreement could help save most endangered species, report reveals

More than nine in ten plant and animal species will face challenges if the current global warming trajectory continues, a new study has revealed. But most species could be saved from extinction if the world delivers on the Paris Agreement.

In 2019, 21.8 million hectares of UK waters are protected to some degree

UK's marine natural capital assets valued at £211bn

The UK's marine assets, which include renewable energy production, tourism attraction, sustainable fishing and carbon sequestration, have reached a value of £211bn, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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.

Commodities covered by the coalition include palm oil (pictured), soy and forest products like wood and paper

Consumer goods giants plot course to deforestation-free supply chains

A coalition of 20 multinational consumer goods firms have developed a roadmap to eliminate commodity-driven deforestation, after pledging last year to deliver a 'forest-positive' impact.

The UK has already lost up to 92% of its seagrass in the last century

Carlsberg and WWF launch seagrass restoration project

Beer giant Carlsberg will team up with WWF on a year-long partnership to restore carbon sequestering seagrass meadows across the UK coastline.

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What is the role between business and biodiversity? Access edie's new Explains guide

edie has this week published a new downloadable guide outlining all the key considerations for businesses that are looking to incorporate biodiversity into a holistic sustainability strategy.

Pictured: Mangroves, which could provide an investment opportunity for those seeking biodiversity and carbon sequestration

Is biodiversity being forgotten in sustainable corporate finance?

EXCLUSIVE: The issuance of sustainability bonds and sustainability-linked loans in the private sector is gathering pace, but are businesses using them to help avert the nature crisis?

Nomad Foods will introduce on-pack communications for customers detailing how the partnership is improving biodiversity

Birds Eye owner Nomad Foods launches nature-positive partnership with WWF

Nomad Foods, which owns brands such as Birds Eye, Findus and Green Cuisine, has unveiled a new strategic partnership with WWF that will deliver "nature-positive" farming practices to protect and promote biodiversity while tackling the climate crisis.

edie Explains: Biodiversity and Business

What is the relationship between biodiversity and business? What are the operational challenges and opportunities surrounding biodiversity? And what steps can be taken to reverse nature loss and restore natural habitats? This free edie Explains guide answers all of those key questions and more.

The likes of Pernod Ricard and Nestle have already enshrined biodiversity into their sustainability strategies

Cutting through complexity: Can biodiversity be embedded into corporate strategies?

In recent months, the importance of biodiversity in combatting the climate crisis has reached a new level understanding, with policymakers and academics peering into this complex topic to try and outline how the private sector can champion it. Here, edie hears from the businesses that have already enshrined regenerative practices into their business model.

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.

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.

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.

Nestle on regenerative agriculture and the climate crisis

Andy Griffiths, Head of Value Chain Sustainability, writes on the importance of Nestlé's focus on climate change including regenerative agriculture and protection of water.

The strategy warns there are currently “wide gaps” in knowledge, which need to be closed in order to prevent “climate-blind” decision making

EU unveils data-driven climate adaptation strategy, drawing green criticism

More and better data is needed to improve knowledge of how to adapt to climate change, according to the European Commission's new adaptation strategy, which immediately came under fire from green activists for missing binding targets.

The fund will support key legislative frameworks, including the 25 Year Environment Plan

Defra unveils £10m fund for nature-based climate solutions

The Government has unveiled a new £10m fund to support nature-based projects that combat the climate crisis, in the same week that Oxford University launched a new venture studio designed to uncover similar solutions.

The report names the shift away from animal protein as a "lever" for changing the global food system for the better

Biodiversity loss: Agriculture 'threatening 86% of at-risk species', says major UN-backed report

Global food systems are the world's biggest driver of nature loss and urgent systemic change to address this will result in an uptick of plant-based diets, according to a major new report.

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 Dasgupta Review was commissioned by HM Treasury and lays out key recommendations to reversing manmade declines in biodiversity 

Landmark review calls for nature to be included in economic decision making

A new landmark review has been launched today (2 February), outlining how businesses and policymakers can include and account for nature as part of economic decisions, with many claiming the findings could be as influential as the Stern review on climate change.

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.


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