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Sustainability Leaders Awards 2021: Meet the Finalists

After a record-breaking year of entries, the judges have convened, decisions have been made and edie is proud to unveil the well- deserved finalists for the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards. This report outlines the who's who of sustainability excellence.

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.

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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.

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.

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Fossil fuel phase-outs and new climate action plans remain in COP26 final draft, with strings attached

COP26 President Alok Sharma had unveiled a final draft proposal for negotiations, with key measures to raising climate ambitions by the end of 2022 and the phase-out of "inefficient" fossil fuel subsidies surviving in the texts.

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.

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'?

In total, 14 countries have now signed onto the initiative

Major nations join global plan to improve product energy efficiency

Australia, Indonesia, Japan and Nigeria have joined a collaborative initiative steered by the UK Government and the International Energy Agency (IEA) aimed at drastically improving the energy efficiency of appliances such as lighting, refrigerators and air conditioners.

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.

Pictured: COP26 President Alok Sharma on stage today (4 November). Image: Greg Hands MP, BEIS Minister

Powering Past Coal and upping energy efficiency: 7 things you need to know from Energy Day at COP26

Following on from Finance Day here at COP26 was Energy Day, on which international agreements were reached on coal and just transition principles. Here, edie rounds up seven key headlines from the day.

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.

The first official full day has been jam-packed with panel talks, protests and photo ops. Here, we round up key happenings in terms of international speeches and pledges. Image: UK COP26 Unit 

COP26 World Leaders Summit: 6 things you need to know from Day 1

World leaders were officially welcomed to COP26 on Monday (1 November), with a host of Prime Ministers and national leaders joined by Sir David Attenborough and Prince Charles in setting a tone of urgency for two weeks of critical climate negotiations. Here at the key announcements from Day One of the World Leaders Summit.

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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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.

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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.

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.

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 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.

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.

The CCAG is calling for a revamp of carbon pricing policies and mechanisms

Scientists call for revamped and increased carbon pricing

A group of climate scientists has called for a complete revamp of carbon pricing mechanisms in the build-up to COP26 to ensure that they actively reflect the scale of action required to respond to the climate crisis and enable businesses to deliver deep emissions cuts.

The two landmark announcements are a timely boost going into COP26

US doubles climate finance to $11bn as China pledges an end to overseas coal support

With less than two months to go until COP26, the world's two largest emitters - China and the US - have both announced landmark agreements that look set to bolster climate finance availability and drastically reduce the pipeline for overseas coal projects.

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.

COP26 Primer: Nature-based solutions

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 nature-based solutions.

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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.

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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.

Pictured: Ruth Edwards MP visiting the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in 2020. Image: Uniper

UK's last coal-fired power plant to close in September 2024

Uniper has announced plans to end generation at its coal-fired Ratcliffe-on-Soar power plant in September 2024, a month before the UK Government's legal requirement to do so.

Since 2000, the world’s coal-fired power capacity has doubled, with growth in China and other Asian nations accounting for the bulk of the expansion

Finance giants 'drawing up plans to accelerate coal plant closures in Asia'

Financial firms including Prudential, BlackRock Real Assets, HSBC and Citi have reportedly signaled their support for a new proposal from the Asian Development Bank, designed to accelerate the transition away from coal-fired electricity.

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.

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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.

Pictured: The San Juan Generating Station, one of the US's 241 coal-fired power plants

G20 nations have funnelled $3.3trn into fossil fuel subsidies since 2015, BNEF reveals

G20 member countries collectively allocated subsidies topping $3.3trn to the oil, coal, gas and fossil-fuelled electricity generation sectors between 2015 and 2019 - a level incompatible with the Paris Agreement.

Pictured: Solar panels being installed on a farm in India

Report: Global demand for fossil-fuel-fired electricity has peaked

After demand for fossil fuels for electricity generation peaked across developed markets in 2007, it has now peaked across developing markets as well, according to a new report.

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.

Pictured: Drax's power station in North Yorkshire, where two coal units will close later this year. Image: Drax/ A.Chadwick

UK's coal-fired electricity ban officially brought forward to 2024

From 1 October 2024 - one year earlier than originally planned - coal-fired electricity generation will be banned in the UK.

RE100 members have created a demand for 334TWh of renewable electricity

Business demand for renewables greater than that of UK's total power usage

Businesses that have made public commitments to procure 100% renewable energy have created a combined demand that is bigger than the national requirements from the likes of the UK and Italy, with separate research showing that two-thirds of renewables globally are cheaper than fossil fuels.

Global average solar installation costs are likely to be down 10% year-on-year, according to the IEA

IEA: Renewables set to attract 70% of global energy investment in 2021

Global energy investment is likely to rebound to pre-pandemic levels this year, with most finance going towards renewables - but, ultimately, the new generation capacity financed will not be compatible with long-term climate goals.

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.

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.

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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.

The edie Communications Handbook 2021

This handbook, developed as part of edie’s Engagement Week 2021, provides you with the best-practice advice and expert insight you need to relay the importance of sustainability to key stakeholders.

Greece goes coal-free as Moto installs EV chargers: 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.

Coal and gas demands could be higher this year than in 2019, but oil is set for a far slower recovery

Global energy emissions set to rebound as Covid-19 lockdowns lift, IEA warns

Global energy demand is rebounding rapidly from the Covid-19-related slump, with fossil fuels set to play a major role in meeting this demand, the International Energy Agency (IEA) is warning.

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.

When the carbon intensity reached its lowest, wind energy accounted for 39% of the electricity mix, with solar and nuclear delivering 21% and 16% respectively

UK records lowest power grid carbon intensity

On Easter Monday, the UK recorded its lowest level of carbon intensity for electricity use, the National Grid ESO has confirmed.

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.

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.

Swiss Re's UK headquarters are located within the Gherkin (pictured)

'Systematic climate approach': Swiss Re plots global coal phase-out by 2040

Insurance and reinsurance giant Swiss Re has announced new climate targets for financed emissions and pledged to stop serving the global coal sector by 2040.

Hungary's coal exit and London's first 'tiny forest': The Sustainability Success Stories of the week

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Pictured: The coastline in Whitehaven, Cumbria

Report: Cumbria can create 9,000 green jobs by 2035, without a coal mine

Proponents of Cumbria's proposed coal mine often point to its potential to create 500 new roles. But the county could create thousands of jobs and attract billions of pounds of investment if it opts, instead, to expand low-carbon sectors.

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.

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.

Pictured: An artist's impression of the completed mine. Image: West Cumbria Mining Company 

Cumbria County Council puts plans for controversial coal mine on hold

After much criticism of its decision to approve the UK's first deep coal mine in more than 30 years, Cumbria County Council has confirmed that it will reconsider the move.

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.

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.

Pictured: An artist's impression of the completed mine. Image: West Cumbria Mining Company 

Kwasi Kwarteng admits 'tension' between UK's new coal mine and climate ambitions

BEIS Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has admitted that the Government's decision not to intervene with the planning process for a new coal mine in Cumbria is at odds with its domestic climate targets and the messages it wants to send as COP26 host.

Aldi's plastic-free packaging and Portugal's coal phase-out: The sustainability success stories of the week

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In action: the world's first fully commercial carbon capture and utilisation plant

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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.

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Cumbria coal mine: Government won't block UK's first deep coal mine in three decades

Despite pressure from green groups, the UK Government has said it will not intervene in Cumbria County Council's decision to approve a deep coal mine in Whitehaven - the first facility of its kind to gain planning approval in 30 years.

Pictured: A barge carrying coal on the Yangtze river

China 'preparing to launch its first emissions trading scheme'

The Chinese government is drawing up the first emissions trading scheme in the nation's history, after it committed to carbon neutrality by 2060.

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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.

Lloyds of London's members have previously supported projects like the Adani thermal coal mine in Australia 

Lloyds of London finally agrees to divest from coal

Insurance giant Lloyds of London has promised to end investment in coal, oil sands and fossil fuel exploration in the Arctic, following years a pressure from climate campaigners.

Businesses, trade bodies and nations including France had pushed for the 55% target

EU clinches hard-fought deal on 55% 2030 climate target

European leaders haggled through the night to clinch a deal on the bloc's updated climate target for 2030 on Friday morning (11 December), agreeing an EU-wide goal of cutting net greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030.

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.

Pictured: Uniper's gas storage plant in Etzel, Germany

Uniper targets carbon neutrality by 2050, outlines coal-free vision

German multinational energy giant Uniper has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality across its global business by 2050, outlining new goals around coal phase-outs and green hydrogen.

Companies recording a significant proportion of revenue from tar sands are among those set to be excluded

Scottish Widows to divest £440m from companies lagging on environmental and social sustainability

Pensions provider Scottish Widows has outlined plans to divest at least £440m from companies that have failed to meet its ESG standards, in what is claims is the most far-reaching exclusions process in the sector.

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.

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 Sustainability Reporting and Communications Handbook 2020

Updated in September 2020, the Sustainability Reporting and Communications Handbook provides expert advice on engaging key stakeholders with your sustainability strategy; along with fresh insights to shape, deliver and share a compelling sustainability report.

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Samsung faces youth climate protests over involvement in new Vietnam coal plant

Climate protestors have gathered outside Samsung's flagship UK store on Oxford Street this morning (21 August), calling on the firm to halt plans to help build a new coal-fired power plant in Vietnam.

Key investors had been urging BHP to divest from coal

BHP to exit thermal coal mining within two years

The world's largest mining company BHP has unveiled plans to sell off its thermal coal mines by the end of 2022, after developing new climate targets last year.

Britain has operated for almost 3,300 hours without coal so far in 2020 – more than 60% of the year

Heatwaves bring Britain's coal-free run to an end

Britain's run of more than 55 days without relying on coal for power came to an end this morning, with the National Grid firing up a coal-fired plant in Nottinghamshire to combat low energy output during the current heatwave.

Credit Suisse's previous sustainable finance mechanisms have been tailored towards the Sustainable Development Goals

Credit Suisse cuts fossil fuel lending as part of £250bn green finance promise

Swiss investment bank Credit Suisse has unveiled plans to provide more than £250bn in financing geared towards green bonds and the low-carbon economy over the next decade, as well as pledging to limit financing to the oil and gas sector.

The IEA is forecasting an 8% year-on-year decline in coal generation - but government recovery plans could result in the coal sector rebounding

Report: Governments collectively failing to deliver net-zero-aligned coal phase-out

Coal accounted for 40% of carbon emissions from energy use last year and this trend is unlikely to be stopped by existing commitments from national governments - including so-called 'green' Covid-19 recovery strategies.

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

Spain's coal phase-out and Danone's carbon-neutral factory: The sustainability success stories of the week

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'Good all round': Exploring Innocent Drinks' first sustainability report

EXCLUSIVE: Innocent drinks has launched its first "good all round" report, the company's innovative take on the traditional sustainability report outlining progress against its carbon-neutral, circular economy and staff engagement ambitions.

45-Minute Masterclass: Accelerating the smart grid transition for your business

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Pictured: The Cottam coal power station, which closed permanently in October 2019. Image: EDF

Britain goes 60 days without coal-fired power generation

As of midnight today (10 June), Britain has had no coal-fired power generation on its grid for a full two months - the longest period since the Industrial Revolution.

Carbon Tracker warns that any oil or gas producers attempting to revert to “business as usual” could be risking in excess of $100trn in potential profits

Fossil fuel profits set to collapse by two-thirds

The global market value of fossil fuels is set to collapse by almost two-thirds, creating heightened economic risk for companies, financial markets and countries failing to embrace new low-carbon technology.

Purpose from passion: How UK communities can help deliver net-zero

As we continue to seek new and innovative strategies to 'Build Back Better', Anda Baumerte, Sustainability Manager and Community Energy Contact at Northern Powergrid outlines how with DNO support community energy projects can transform our energy network and play a vital role in the transition to net-zero.

BNP Paribas will no longer accept new customers whose share of coal-derived revenue accounts for more than 25%

BNP Paribas accelerates coal phase-out as BlackRock predicts clean energy future

Corporate bank BNP Paribas is speeding up its phase-out of support for coal projects, while BlackRock has claimed that renewables are still the course of action for the global energy mix. However, other investors that have made low-carbon commitments have been accused of supporting a tar sands oil project in Canada.

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.

Coronavirus lockdowns have seen national energy demand fall by 15% for the month of April.

Coronavirus lockdown: UK hits coal-free month

The UK has gone more than 30 days without relying on coal for power, with gas, nuclear and renewables providing enough demand during a period of lower energy demand because of the coronavirus lockdown.

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.

Coal is set to be hit particularly hard by the pandemic

IEA: Global emissions in 2020 to plummet by largest margin ever recorded due to Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic is set to deliver the biggest disruption to the energy system since the 1930s, with global electricity demand to fall by 5% while the level of emissions for 2020 are set to fall by 8% - the largest annual decrease in emissions ever recorded, according to the IEA.

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.

40% of banks are failing to develop financing and investing restrictions or exclusions on high-carbon portfolios

Barclays and HSBC blasted over £158bn fossil fuel financing

Banking giants Barclays and HSBC have been accused of financing a combined £158bn into the fossil fuel sector since the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2015, despite both organisations pledging to ramp up sustainable investment portfolios.

The studies explored public attitudes to living more sustainable during lockdown and potential emissions savings 

In numbers: Public attitudes and pollution impacts of the coronavirus lockdown in the UK

A survey has explored how public attitudes towards sustainable living have changed during the UK's Covid-19 lockdown, while separate analysis has examined the potential carbon reductions that a 12-week lockdown would generate in the UK.

The peak record in solar generation also contributed to the UK’s longest coal-free period in 2020 so far

UK smashes solar generation record

Solar use in the UK broke an all-time peak generation record on Monday (20 April), accounting for almost 30% of UK electricity demand, with the UK also operating for more than 11 consecutive days without coal.

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).

CLG Europe members and affiliate members including Unilever, Iberdrola, INGKA Group, ENEL, Royal DSM, Signify Europe are signatories to the alliance

Coronavirus: Business leaders join European Green Recovery alliance

Business members of the European Corporate Leaders Group (CLG Europe) have joined the European Parliament, policymakers and NGOs in forming an alliance for a "green recovery" of the European economy that assists with the ongoing fight against the climate crisis.

Climate experts had expected emissions to rise in 2020

Carbon emissions from fossil fuels could fall by 2.5bn tonnes in 2020

Global carbon emissions from the fossil fuel industry could fall by a record 2.5bn tonnes this year, a reduction of 5%, as the coronavirus pandemic triggers the biggest drop in demand for fossil fuels on record.

The thinktank found that 46% of global coal plants will be running at a loss in 2020, rising to 52% by 2030

Nations risking 'uneconomic' coronavirus responses by prioritising coal, report warns

China, the US, India and European nations are at risk of being burdened with uneconomic, long-term plans to stimulate their economies in response to the coronavirus outbreak by focusing on new coal capacity, a new study from Carbon Tracker warns.

Solar demand could fall by as much as 16% due to a reliance on production in China

Solar demand could fall for first time in 30 years due to Coronavirus

BloombergNEF (BNEF) analysis suggests that the ramifications of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) will lead to downgrades in forecasts for renewables deployment and electric vehicle (EV) development, with solar capacity set to fall 16% compared to previous estimates.

Primary energy production fell for the first time in four years

Low-carbon generation edges past 50% share of UK's power demand

New statistics from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have confirmed that low-carbon generation accounted for more than 51% of the electricity supplied in the UK in 2019, a 2% growth on 2018 levels.

Drax announced its ambitions to become carbon negative by 2030 at the UN's COP25 summit in December last year

Drax to end coal generation in 2021

Drax has announced plans to end commercial coal generation at its coal-fired power station in North Yorkshire in 2021 - ahead of the UK's 2025 deadline - in a move expected to cost up to £35m and lead to job reductions off at least 200.

Pictured: Glencore's Ferrochrome smelter in Lydenburg, South Africa

Glencore slams BP's net-zero target as it outlines measures to cap coal use

The chief executive of coal giant Glencore dubbed BP's 2050 net-zero target "wishy-washy" as he outlined how his firm will tackle scope 3 emissions through to 2035.

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

RBS's climate goals and Aldi's plastic bag crackdown: 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.


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