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The plan will be refreshed at the end of the year to account for impact caused by the coronavirus

Net-zero by 2030: Decarbonisation plans presented to Exeter City Council

A plan detailing how the city of Exeter can achieve net-zero emissions through reduced energy consumption, renewables uptake and the promoting of healthy living have been presented to the city council for approval.

The majority of sustainability professionals are able to work from home without much disruption, but this majority are also having to postpone sustainability and CSR announcements for the time-being

In charts: How coronvirus is impacting sustainability professionals across the UK

EXCLUSIVE: An edie survey of more than 100 sustainability professionals across the country has revealed exactly how the global pandemic of Covid-19 has impacted day-to-day working for those leading the CSR agenda for their organisations. Here are the results...





Pictured: Cumbria's Walney Extension wind farm, the largest offshore wind array in the world

New renewable energy capacity hit record levels in 2019

Almost three-quarters of new electricity generation capacity built in 2019 uses renewable energy, representing an all-time record. New data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) shows solar, wind and other green technologies now provide more than one-third of the world's power, marking another record.

Climate Week NYC brings together national, state and regional government leaders, businesses and the broader climate sector to accelerate climate action. Last year, over 350 events took place

Climate Week NYC given September go-ahead as 'virtual' event

The Climate Group group has today (6 April) confirmed that its major week-long event designed to ramp up corporate action on climate change will still take place during September, but will be coordinated through a virtual platform.

Eligible customers will be able to receive support from Wednesday 8 April 2020

OVO offers £50m financial support package to customers impacted by coronavirus

The UK's largest independent energy supplier, OVO Energy, has unveiled a £50m "hardship" fund to assist customers that are struggling financially due to impacts of the coronavirus, as the wider energy industry works on a long-term plan to support customers during the period of disruption.

The EAC has given Sharma until 30 April to provide a response

MPs call for climate policy clarity on COP26 progress following postponement

The chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has written to COP26 President Alok Sharma to seek an update on the "sad but unfortunate necessity" of postponing the climate summit, noting that climate change cannot afford to slip down the political agenda.

The UK’s annual food waste output in 2017 stood at 10.2 million tonnes

Government issues £3m grant to tackle food waste during coronavirus outbreak

The UK Government has issued a £3.25m redistribution fund across England to help organisations cut back on food waste by redistributing surplus stock during the coronavirus outbreak.

Chief executives from leading oil and gas giants are set to meet with President Donald Trump today to officially ask for relief support in relation to Covid-19

Polluters see coronavirus as chance to lobby against climate policies

Corporate lobbying groups have been accused of “taking advantage” of the chaos caused by the coronavirus outbreak, with oil and gas groups and automotive coalitions found to have been calling for relaxed or postponed environmental regulations as response mechanisms to the virus.

It is another setback for global climate negotiations following the disappointment of the 2019 conference in Madrid

COP26 climate summit postponed due to coronavirus

The crucial summit to negotiate for higher ambitions on climate change scheduled for November in Glasgow has been postponed, with new dates for the meeting to be decided in the coming months. However, there are some positives to the delay.

It is yet to be confirmed when the conference will take place in 2021

A 'sensible step' and 'opportunity to rebuild': Green economy reacts to COP26 postponement

Green groups have expressed disappointment but understanding that the COP26 climate summit scheduled for Glasgow in November has been postponed until 2021, with many citing the opportunity for countries to accelerate climate action in the meantime.

Implementations of Green New Deals are faltering due to economic pressures, but the movement could be the just transition society needs

'Normal was a crisis': Why the Green New Deal is the perfect response for the post-Covid-19 economy

As the economy and society continue to suffer from the impacts of the coronavirus, experts are already exploring how to stimulate a financial recovery. All roads could lead to a Green New Deal, but the green economy will need a clear and concise voice to push policy towards it.

Campaigners have described industry lobbying of EU to defer impending regulations as shameless

Carmakers accused of trying to use coronavirus crisis to avert EU emissions crackdown

The motor industry has been accused by campaigners of trying to use the coronavirus crisis to avert stricter environmental regulation, after correspondence showed carmakers had lobbied the EU to defer impending laws.

Reports suggest that concerns around food hygiene due to Covid-19 could increase plastic packaging intensity

Coronavirus and plastics: Are we headed back towards single-use?

As the global economy struggles with the pressures of Covid-19, some industry groups are using the need for more protective equipment as a means to lobby for the removal of charges and bans on single-use plastics. edie explores why that cannot be allowed to happen.

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Earth Hour went digital amid coronavirus pandemic - but still broke records

Businesses, governments and individuals in a record-breaking 190 nations took part in this year's Earth Day, despite the event having to be moved online amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The Chinese firm originally started out as a mobile phone battery manufacturer

BYD to offer electric vehicle components to auto rivals

Chinese automaker BYD has announced that it will "open its technology and products to the whole world" by sharing its electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing components with rivals and the rest of the industry, on the same week that it fully formed a joint research venture with Tesla.

Pictured:  European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has maintained that she wants the Green Deal to be the "hallmark" of her tenure

EU leaders back 'green transition' in coronavirus recovery plan

While attention continues to focus on the urgent health aspects of the COVID-19 outbreak, EU leaders have called on the European Commission to start preparing "a comprehensive recovery plan" that integrates green and digital aspects.

Each week, edie rounds up some of the best sustainability stories across five key pillars

Green freebies for coronavirus heroes and California's clean energy boost: 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 council, hosted by the REA, has called for full reassurance that UK production, imports and transportation remain open

Calls for Government to secure biomass pipeline during coronavirus outbreak

Associations from the UK's biomass fuel supply chain have called for the UK Government to ensure the sector can continue to deliver low-carbon heating to households and business facilities that are still open and under increased pressure due to the coronavirus outbreak.

US and China remain the world’s largest markets for onshore wind power development

World's wind power capacity up by fifth after record year

The world's wind power capacity grew by almost a fifth in 2019 after a year of record growth for offshore windfarms and a boom in onshore projects in the US and China.

Birmingham's CAZ was due to be launched early this summer

Coronavirus: London pauses ULEZ as Birmingham asks to postpone Clean Air Zone launch

In the same week that Transport for London (TfL) suspended charges for the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), Birmingham City Council has asked the UK Government for permission to postpone the launch of its Clean Air Zone.

The new normal: Life in lockdown for edie and our audience

As we adjust to new ways of working through the Coronavirus outbreak, the edie content team have co-created a new diary to stay connected with one another, and our audience. In this first entry, Luke, Matt, James and Sarah explain how 'lockdown' has affected them and their industry contacts.

As of 11am today (25 March), 336,004 cases of Covid-19 had been confirmed globally

In numbers: Tracking coronavirus' impact on energy and the environment

The economic slowdown borne by the Covid-19 pandemic has altered energy demands, impacted emissions from transport and industry and seen key green policy meetings postponed. Here, edie rounds up 19 key stats and facts about the energy and nature context of the outbreak. 

Energy professionals, like most, are currently dealing with changes to their role. These key considerations will help to navigate these changes in the coming weeks.

Coronavirus: Seven key considerations for energy professionals

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to slow economies across the world, industrial and commercial energy demand is falling as domestic demand increases. Here, edie summarises seven ways which energy professionals can respond to this challenge and others borne by the current pandemic.

Both were set to be questioned on the UK's preparations for COP26

Committee meetings with Claire O'Neill and Alok Sharma postponed

Due to the ongoing disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee session with former COP26 President Claire O'Neill and the Lords Committee meeting with her replacement Alok Sharma have both been postponed.

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UN: 4.2 billion people without sanitation amid coronavirus - and climate change set to worsen the problem

A continuing shortfall in water infrastructure investments from national governments and the private sector has left billions exposed to the Covid 19 pandemic and will make the climate crisis worse in both the short and long-term.

The slowdown in large-scale clean energy projects started before coronavirus crisis due to lack of state support, the analysis concludes

Energy storage boom stalls in Europe

Europe's energy storage boom stalled last year due to a slowdown in large-scale schemes designed to store clean electricity from major renewable energy projects, according to the European Association for Storage of Energy (Ease).

The suspensions are until further notice, with all affected staff receiving full pay. Image: Tesla

Coronavirus: Tesla pauses EV production at two key sites as BYD pivots manufacturing

Tesla will temporarily suspend production at two of its US factories from the end of today's (23 March) working hours - making it the latest electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer to scale back plant operations in light of the Covid 19 pandemic.

The postponement will give businesses in the city more time to develop and implement electric vehicle (EV) plans

Oxford's Zero Emission Zone launch postponed over coronavirus disruption

Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council are delaying the launch of the city-centre Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ), originally slated for December 2020, in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

Alongside enshrined carbon targets, the campaigners want the Government to ensure that worker rights regarding wages and conditions are embedded into the bailout

Link airline coronavirus rescue package to climate targets, campaigners urge

Campaigning groups have called for any Government bailout of airline companies due to the impact of the coronavirus to include conditional links for worker rights, fair taxing systems and transparent action plans on climate change.

Each week, edie rounds up some of the best sustainability stories across five key pillars

Support for coronavirus-hit charities and biomethane trucks: 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.

Image: XR Youth members at a march last year

Online climate strikes: XR turns to digital activism amid coronavirus pandemic

Extinction Rebellion's (XR) Youth arm has taken its campaign to demand that fossil fuel representatives are excluded from COP26 negotiations online, after pausing mass demonstrations in light of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Now is not the time for environmental grandstanding

The Covid-19 pandemic should urge us to couple environmental and social sustainability, not pit them against each other, edie's senior reporter Sarah George argues.

Frans Timmermans, the Commission’s executive vice-president in charge of the Green Deal, will be in self-imposed quarantine until 20 March

Green Deal facing delays due to coronavirus, EU admits

The European Commission is having to re-order its priorities in the face of the coronavirus crisis, with "non-essential" initiatives like the biodiversity strategy and the farm-to-fork strategy likely to be delayed by several weeks.

Companies are performing slightly better on the governance of climate-related risks

Heavy-emitting firms 'off-track' to deliver low-carbon world

More than 80% of the highest-emitting listed companies are failing to deliver emissions reductions aligned to the Paris Agreement's 2C global warming limit, with many companies also failing to account for climate mitigation and risk strategies.

Carmakers are facing dwindling sales and supply chain issues, particularly where parts are coming from China. Image: Nissan

Coronavirus: Carmakers including Nissan pause EV manufacturing

Several of the world's largest carmakers, including Nissan and Toyota, have paused manufacturing lines in light of the coronavirus pandemic, including those producing electric vehicles (EVs).

The UK Government insists it is on track to deliver crucial UN Climate Summit in November as planned

Coronavirus vs. climate change and COP26: What happens next?

The coronavirus pandemic has brought the global economy to a standstill, with some now doubting whether the crucial climate talks scheduled for COP26 will be able to go ahead. So, asks Matt Mace, what impact would delaying the summit have on international efforts to combat the climate crisis?

These top tips will help readers pivot their engagement strategies and use transferrable skills for the greater good during this trying time

Six ways CSR professionals can communicate through the coronavirus outbreak

As the Covid 19 outbreak continues across the globe, CSR and sustainability professionals, like most, will be grappling with changes to their working schedule and job remit. Here, edie rounds up six pieces of best-practice advice for evolving engagement with key contacts during these uncertain times.

As of 2018, England's water consumption on a per capita basis was 143 litres daily 

UK water industry criticises 'unclear' Government approach to efficiency

The trade body representing the UK's water sector has criticised the Government's previous action and planned moves for water efficiency in homes and business, as water use is set to rise amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

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.

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 assessment took into account a string of extreme weather events made worse or more likely by rising global temperatures, including the Australia bushfires (pictured) 

UN head: Global action on climate crisis 'way off track'

The world is "way off track" in dealing with the climate emergency and time is fast running out, the UN secretary general has said.

Can the coronavirus outbreak teach us how to clean up the planet?

A microbe has changed how we interact with our surroundings across the globe, inadvertently cleaning the planet in the process. But how do we keep up the climate battle after the virus is gone?

The store trials will last for four weeks

Starbucks trials compostable paper cups, places ban on reusables due to coronavirus

Starbucks has announced it will trial the use of recyclable and compostable paper cups in the UK, but has placed a ban on customers using personal re-usable cups due to concerns over the coronavirus.

Global oil demand has not undergone a full-year decline in more than a decade. Image: Agência Brasil, CC BY 3.0 

Report: Coronavirus likely to see oil demands decline throughout 2020

The IEA has altered its oil market forecast in light of the impact of coronavirus and, where it was predicting an 825,000-barrel increase in daily demand, it is now anticipating that demand will be one million barrels less per day in 2020 than in 2019.

Parts of Italy - the co-host for the summit - are currently closed to all-but-essential travel over the outbreak 

Vital COP26 climate talks could be derailed by coronavirus

Concern is growing among campaigners that vital UN climate talks will be derailed by the coronavirus outbreak, while government officials are working to find ways round the problem.

The plan will aim to protect a percentage of the Earth's land and sea

Negotiations start on global 'Paris-style' deal to avert Earth's sixth mass extinction

National governments will meet in Rome this week to discuss and reflect on a 20-point UN draft proposal to halt irreversible ecological damage, which looks set to be formally adopted in October.


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