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From transport to the built environment, its clear that policy efforts to date have made the net-zero target nothing more than "warm words" 

Green economy wishlist: How to turn the net-zero pipedream into a low-carbon pipeline

With the latest Committee on Climate Change (CCC) progress report revealing that no UK sector has showcased "good progress" to managing climate risk, the green economy has unanimously called for a net-zero philosophy to steer the nation towards its climate targets.

The strategy includes expectations for publicly listed companies and asset owners to disclose climate risk and impact data by 2022

UK unveils Green Finance Strategy to drive progress towards net-zero goal

The UK Government has unveiled its highly anticipated Green Finance Strategy, outlining how the finance sector and better climate disclosure from corporates can drive progress towards wider action on climate change and the push towards net-zero emissions.

The climate emergency was declared just hours before the Committee on Climate Change called on the Government to set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 'net-zero' levels by 2050

UK Parliament becomes first in the world to pass motion declaring a 'climate emergency'

In a hugely symbolic move, the House of Commons had declared a climate emergency, admitting the need for a cross-party approach that would enable the UK to set a world-leading standard on climate action.

The third episode in this six-part series explores how Brexit will affect the policy and business spheres' approach to renewables

The Big Brexit Questions podcast: What next for the UK's renewable energy sector?

With MPs extending the deadline to organise a departure from the European Union, edie's new podcast mini-series explores the impact of Brexit on key areas of the UK's green economy. Up next: Renewable energy.

Hammond announced the UK Spring Statement last month. Image Flickr EU2017EE 

Philip Hammond joins finance coalition to spur climate action

Chancellor Philip Hammond has called on global financial leaders to place climate adaptation and mitigation at the heart of future economic policies and planning, after joining a new global coalition to drive action on climate change.

The free-to-download Brexit Matrix provides a much-needed overview of how the UK's different exit scenarios would impact green policy

edie's 'Brexit Matrix' maps out green policy impact of EU departure

With the ongoing Brexit negotiations continuing to cause confusion and uncertainty, edie has pieced together a new 'Matrix' which clearly explains the impacts that the UK's various exit scenarios would have on environmental policy.

Sustainable strategies: Learning from the (many) mistakes of Brexit

The Brexit process has been marred by a plethora of mistakes meaning that 'Brexit Day' is just another day of endless negotiations. However, the Government's failures are an opportunity to learn, and there are some key lessons for sustainability professionals.

Biodiversity was the big talking point from the Spring Statement

Fiddling the margins or a powerful signal? The green economy reacts to the Spring Statement

Chancellor Philip Hammond has today (13 March) unveiled new measures to champion biodiversity and drive resilience in the UK's housing stock as part of his Spring Statement, but reactions suggest the Government is still moving too slowly.

A full three-year spending review is scheduled for later this year to outline what funds will be available for each government department from 2020

Spring Statement: Chancellor unveils biodiversity plans and low-carbon homes requirements

BREAKING: Chancellor Philip Hammond has today (13 March) pledged to implement legislation requiring developers to deliver biodiversity net-gain through all projects in his 2019 Spring Statement, which also includes a review into the economic benefits of environmental conservation.

We need to put jobs and poverty at the centre of climate action

Discussions around climate change are in need of a new narrative that outlines the opportunities of a low-carbon transition, as renowned environmentalist Jeremy Leggett and Xynteo's Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President Philip Smith explain.

The government is exploring two variants of the deposit return system

All in or on-the-go?: Green economy reacts to Defra's deposit return scheme vision

The consultation on the UK's waste management process has sparked new debates on standardised waste collections and the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regime. But the green economy wants to go "all in" on deposit return systems.

The survey states that the number of employees working within the LCRE economy in the UK grew from 208,300 in 2016 to 209,500 full-time equivalents in 2017

UK's low-carbon economy surpasses £44bn

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown that the UK's low-carbon economy has reached record heights, with the sector growing by almost 7% in 2017 to £44.5bn.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been replaced by Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

The 10 Year Challenge: How the UK's low-carbon economy has changed

The 10-Year Challenge has swept across social media this month, providing celebrities with ample opportunity to show how little they've aged. However, the UK's low-carbon economy has changed drastically in this time, as edie explains.

Environment Agency director Ken Allison and  Marshalls’ director of sustainability Christopher Harrop were both recognised in the 2019 New Year's Honours list

New Year Honours 2019: Sustainability champions make Queen's list

The 2019 New Year Honours list has recognised the outstanding achievements of a number of senior figures across the UK's green economy.

Wilmar International supplies palm oil to several blue-chip companies, including Unilever, Proctor & Gamble and Mondelez International

World's biggest palm oil firm unveils new measures to end supply chain deforestation

Palm oil sourcing giant Wilmar International has unveiled plans to use satellite tracking and other digital technologies in a bid to eliminate deforestation risks from its supply chains.

edie brings you the latest green business reaction after Chancellor Philip Hammond unveiled the Autumn Budget for 2018. Image Flickr EU2017EE

Autumn Budget 2018: Live green economy reaction

After Chancellor Philip Hammond opened his red budget box to detail a tax on plastics and a carbon price freeze, edie rounds up what key green economy leaders are making of the new financial measures for low-carbon innovations and resource efficiency.

Abundance has more than 5,000 customers and has raised £77m to help finance 34 projects tailored towards low-carbon innovation and social action

Abundance Investment targets new shareholders to accelerate green project financing

Peer-to-peer finance platform Abundance Investment looks set to accelerate demand for environmental and social projects across the UK, by increasing its number of small shareholders 10-fold.

The report marks the latest in a long string of calls for ministers to place an increased focus on the North of England’s role in the low-carbon transition

Report: 46,000 new green jobs could be created in North of England by 2030

Around 46,000 new green economy jobs could be created in the North of England by 2030, a new report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has concluded.

Are you an edie-super-fan, or could your knowledge of the green economy use a little brushing up? Take our quiz to find out...

edie at 20 QUIZ: How much do you know about the low-carbon transition?

To mark edie's 20th anniversary as a sustainable business media brand, we're putting readers to the test with a 20-question trivia quiz about the ways in which the green economy has transformed since 1998.

What's the business case for climate science?

Let's be honest, the transition to a low carbon economy is going to require some difficult and far-reaching change from most companies and sectors. But emerging leadership from the corporate world is showing that remodelling business strategies around climate science is already driving innovation, growth and other business benefits.

edie at 20: Is sustainability finally coming home?

It's official - edie is now 20 years old. Our 20th anniversary as a sustainable business media brand offers a chance to celebrate and reflect upon the tremendous achievements of the green economy - but it is also a time for us to realise the immense opportunity that now lies ahead.

Greenpeace warned that the strategy outlined a

Road to Zero: Green economy reacts as Government unveils EV strategy

While the Government's much-awaited Road to Zero strategy has been hailed by some members of the green economy as a "positive first step" towards the 2040 phase-out of diesel and petrol vehicles, critics have voiced disappointment that it did not commit to bringing the ban forward.

Cheshire claimed that sustainability issues would be dealt with as nationally and globally “important” post-Brexit

Does Brexit offer the chance for UK to push climate action to new heights?

Despite mounting fears over the potential threats Brexit poses to the UK's green economy, industry leaders have claimed that leaving the EU could provide the nation with opportunities to innovate in order to remain a global leader in the sustainability sphere.

Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Euro and Social Dialogue, and Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. [Georges Boulougouris/European Commission]

EU tables ground-breaking 'low-carbon benchmark' for green finance

The European Commission presented on Thursday (24 May) a set of proposals aimed at boosting private investment in low-carbon technologies like renewable energies while increasing transparency in sustainable finance to avoid green-washing.

The LDC group voiced frustrations over having to adapt to a changing climate, all while striving to lift their people out of poverty

Developing nations call for 'urgent' action to develop Paris Agreement rulebook

A network of some of the least developed countries in the world has called on developed economies to turn "concepts into action" by accelerating the implementation of a 'rule book' for the Paris Agreement through increased climate finance.

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, presents the EU’s post-2020 long-term budget proposals [© European Union, 2018 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service]

EU proposes 25% 'climate quota' in new long-term budget

The clean energy transition and other initiatives to decarbonise Europe's economy will represent 25% of EU spending under a seven-year EU budget plan put forward by the European Commission on Wednesday (2 May).

World Water Day - How we can ensure resilience of our water supplies

Peter Simpson, CEO, Anglian Water, discusses the action we can take together on World Water Day to ensure the resilience of our water supplies

This episode features interviews with Kaitlin Crouch from ING, Bill Eyres from O2, Alexandra Stubbings from Talik & Co and the Forum’s chair Simon Cohen

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Day Two at the Sustainability Leaders Forum

Following on from yesterday's podcast covering day one of the Sustainability Leaders Forum, edie's senior reporter Matt Mace brings listeners a range of interviews from the likes of O2 and ING.

This should be a year to remember for the green economy, for all the right reasons

Five reasons to be cheerful about the green economy in 2018

From heightened corporate investment in clean energy sources, to an accelerated shift towards resource efficiency and new environmental legislation, we look at some of the major reasons to be optimistic about the outlook of the green economy in 2018.

(L-R): Tom Delay, Sally Uren, Shaun Kingsbury and Dr Joanne Wade were all recognised in the 2018 New Year's Honours list

New Year Honours 2018: Sustainability champions make Queen's list

The 2018 New Year Honours list has recognised the outstanding achievements of a number of senior figures across the UK's green economy.

Now for clean growth – let’s hope it’s real this time

If, like me, you're downloading a burgeoning number of Government reports committing us to clean growth, low carbon infrastructures and greater disclosure on climate risk, you'll either be feeling 'at last, the tide has turned'; or suspending your lingering cynicism about commitments to the green economy. Is it all real this time?

Last month, the UK cemented its position in the top 10 rankings of the world's most attractive countries for renewable energy investment

Can government and investors make post-Brexit UK a green finance leader?

The recent Clean Growth Strategy has created a multi-billion-pound framework for low-carbon growth, but the UK Government is still keen to strengthen relationships with investors to tackle the "hard and challenging" times ahead.

Experts of the green economy sweep through the 165-page document to outline their thoughts

Reaction round-up: What does the green economy make of the Clean Growth Strategy?

The Government has pledged numerous multi-billion-pound investments to drive down carbon emissions across the economy as part of the Clean Growth Strategy, but does it "breathe new life" into the low-carbon sector or do the details "fall short"?

The report highlights some alarming green economy trends that need to be addressed by the long-awaited Clean Growth plan

Report: UK's leadership role in green economy hinges on 'ambitious' Clean Growth Plan

The UK's leadership role in the green economy is "far from guaranteed" due to delays in the Government's Clean Growth Plan, with a new report revealing that ambitious new policies in areas such as electric vehicles (EVs) could halve the oil imports in the UK.

The Liver Building, Liverpool. The North’s green energy sector generates half of all green jobs in the country

Report: Hard Brexit poses threat to North England's green economy

As the Government this week reiterates its pledge to maintain high standards for the environment post-Brexit, researchers have warned that a so-called hard Brexit could disproportionately threaten the green economy in the North of England.

28% feel that ESG issues should be considered to legally protect the company

Survey: Nearly half of UK workers feel sustainability and profits can grow hand-in-hand

A quarter of UK workers would by "unwilling" to sacrifice profitability for the sake of higher environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards, although almost half feel that standards can be improved alongside benefits to a company's bottom line.

Building support for bioenergy in the new political climate

This year, Clearfleau is building on-site bio-energy plants for dairy, food and distillery businesses and will be doing more of these in 2018, with many new plants being built in Scotland.

Catalysing green finance: a priority for the new government

With Brexit negotiations kicking off and the government facing several immediate policy challenges, it would be easy for the new government to be entirely focused on short-term issues. However, it is in the UK's economic interest for the government to take a long-term view as it develops a new policy agenda.

What the new Government means for Britain's waste industry

As with any major political upheaval, there are positives and negatives to our new Conservative Government.

Sustainability professionals and green groups are calling for the new UK Government to step up its green policy ambition and finally release a number of key environmental frameworks

It's time for ACTION: 14 green policy priorities for the new UK Government - Part one

From environmental plans and air quality proposals through to energy efficiency schemes and low-carbon industrial strategies, edie has identified the most critical areas of green policy that Theresa May's new Government must prioritise to ensure the UK bears the fruits of a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy.

Sustainability professionals now face concerns over the inevitable delay of major proposed environmental legislation such as The Clean Growth Plan and the 25-Year Environment Plan

General Election results: Green economy braced for further uncertainty after hung parliament vote

Clouds of uncertainty continue to hover over the future of a number of key long-term environmental policy frameworks as the Conservative Party has failed to win an overall majority in a shock outcome of the UK General Election.

Vote for change: Why Labour has the edge over the Conservatives

The nation holds it breath once more as we prepare for yet another monumental political decision which could have seismic consequences for the future of British politics and society. But before we head to the polling booths, it is crucial to remember an issue avoided by large sections of the mainstream media: how the outcome of this General Election could significantly impact the future of our environment.

edie's five-minute green policy survey is your opportunity to lay out your top policy priorities for the year ahead, with the results curated into a full green business manifesto for edie readers

The great green policy survey: Last chance to tell us the issues that matter most

The countdown to the General Election is on and tension is beginning to mount among the green business community as to which political party to vote for. Take edie's short survey to tell us which areas of energy and environment policy you want the next UK Government to prioritise.

edie editor Luke (right), senior reporter Matt (left) and reporter George (centre) recorded a special two-part episode of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast from the edie Live show floor

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: We're back! And we're LIVE from edie Live (Part 2)

Sustainability leaders from the likes of BT, Interface and Vodafone are providing the insight and inspiration in the second of this special two-part episode of the podcast, brought to you live from the show floors of edie Live 2017.

Autonomous systems for environmental monitoring

Autonomous systems are a key priority in governmental agendas. In 2013, David Willetts included them as one of the Eight Great Technologies that will propel the UK to future growth. In 2017, the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund was created that prioritised "robotics systems...that can be deployed in extreme environments."

A capitalist agenda based on unbound profitability is being challenged by a new wave of economies focused on sustainable and responsible growth

Sustainability megatrends: Realising the business case for sustainable economic growth

edie's series of exclusive thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends culminates with New Climate Economy's programme director Helen Mountford exploring how businesses and governments are developing more sustainable models of economic growth that are fit for the future.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap General Election on 8 June

What will the 2017 General Election mean for green business?

With the nation set to undergo yet another major political decision after the shock announcement to call a snap election, edie investgates how the outcome of the poll on 8 June could impact sustainability and environmental professionals.

Hurd  repeated the reassurance that the government’s main objective in the privatisation process is to “ensure that any sale protects the Green Investment Bank's (GIB) green values

Minister responds to fears over GIB restructuring

Business and energy minister Nick Hurd has written to the head of the Environmental Audit Committee to respond to concerns over the restructuring of the Green Investment Bank ahead of its sale.

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Spring Budget speech this afternoon, but it contained little for sustainability professionals to get excited about

Budget 2017: Chancellor confirms electric vehicle funding, announces new recycling targets

BREAKING: Key proposals on the future of carbon pricing, renewable energy subsidies and air quality remain on the UK Government's 'to-do' list as Chancellor Philip Hammond offered relatively little for the green economy to get excited about in his 2017 Budget this afternoon.

Defra’s long-awaited 25-Year Environment Plan has been delayed by the BRexit vote, leaving uncertainty as to whether environmental protections provided by the EU will be maintained

Five green policy priorities to stop Brexit ruining our environment

From the delivery of an ambitious 25-Year Environment Plan to the avoidance of ineffective 'zombie legislation', Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) executive director Matthew Farrow outlines the key steps that must be taken by the Government to ensure Britain's exit from the EU will not have a negative impact on our environment.

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017 speech

In case you missed last night's Sustainability Leaders Awards ceremony, here is the short opening address I gave at the London Hilton on Hyde Park, in celebration of those who are driving the green industrial revolution.

The Industrial Strategy green paper provides a strong signal in areas such as green innovation and climate change resilience, but offers little help for low-carbon heat and CCS

Industrial Strategy green paper: A step in the right direction or too little, too late?

The Government has unveiled its much-anticipated Industrial Strategy, outlining plans to transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. But does the green paper offer enough tangible evidence that we are on the best pathway to a low-carbon economy?

Three trends that will power the circular economy in 2017

Last October witnessed a major milestone for the green economy. The adoption of the Paris Agreement was a huge achievement, with such a decisive, unified response underlining how far sustainability has moved up the agenda.

The 21-page report provides an overview of each of this year's Sustainability Leaders Awards finalists

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017: Meet the finalists

edie brings you a unique insight into the fast-expanding green business community, with a new report which summarises the various businesses, initiatives, teams and individuals that have been shortlisted as finalists for edie's 2017 Sustainability Leaders Awards.

A brave new era of sustainability leadership

It's fair to say that 2016 will go down as one of the more memorable years in our history, but perhaps for all the wrong reasons.

Sustainability consultant and leadership expert Alexandra Stubbings is a special guest on this week's podcast episode, discussing the key trends and developments to watch out for in 2017

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 17 - A New Year's Revolution for the green economy

The edie editorial team returns from the festive break to bring you this very special first podcast episode of 2017, with sustainability leadership expert Alexandra Stubbings coming into the studio to provide us with plenty of reasons to feel positive and optimistic about the year ahead.

This should be a year to remember for the green economy, for all the right reasons

Happy New Year: Seventeen big reasons for the green economy to be excited about 2017

From new sustainability standards and ambitious green policy strategies through to major renewable energy projects and autonomous vehicle trials, we look ahead to some of the most promising trends and developments set to boost the green economy in 2017.

We take a look at the 16 sustainability stories that have shaped the past 12 months for the green economy

16 from 2016: the crucial sustainability stories of the year

With the year drawing gradually to a close, edie examines the major highlights that defined the global environmental and sustainability agenda in the past 12 months.

The world may have no way to avoid the most devastating consequences of global warming if Donal Trump pulls the US out of the Paris Agreement

28 days later: What we know so far about the climate impact of Trump

In the first 28 days since Donald Trump's presidential triumph in the US elections, edie investigates the initial impact of the climate change denier's victory on the global green economy.

Taking inspiration from cities such as Vancouver, Stockholm and Copenhagen, Bournemouth wants to position itself at the vanguard of environmental protection

The Bournemouth Identity: Building a green business hub on the south coast

Climate change may be consuming shores and islands at a faster rate than ever before, but nestled on the southern coastline of the UK, Bournemouth Council has extended its climate change strategy beyond just delivering local efficiency improvements through to a long-term vision to become the nation's green economy leader.

Will new Chancellor Philip Hammond dedicate any part of his first Autumn Statement to the green economy? Stay tuned to edie on Wednesday. Image EU2017EE Flickr

Autumn Statement 2016: 10 green policy hopes for Philip Hammond's first budget announcement

From unveiling a low-carbon Industrial Strategy and confirming post-Brexit support for renewables through to enabling a smart, flexible energy system and providing more expenditure to prevent flooding - will new Chancellor Philip Hammond deliver on our green policy wishlist in his first Autumn Statement?

Chile and South Africa are mooted to add carbon prices, but it is the potential inclusion on China that would see carbon pricing account for at least 20% of global emissions next year

Quarter of global emissions could be covered by a carbon price in 2017, says World Bank

If policymakers can embed a carbon price within "complimentary" green legislation, then climate change mitigation costs could fall by almost a third by 2030, a new report from the World Bank has found.

The study found that economic growth has pushed up emissions, but increased changes from businesses have helped to constrain this increase

Low-carbon sector growth key to boosting national economies, study finds

Countries reliant on high carbon intensity (HCI) sectors such as utilities, manufacturing and transport will struggle to boost economic activity while reducing emissions, a new report has claimed.

Carney also called on the German government to push the low-carbon agenda once it assumes G20 presidency next year

'Rapid' low-carbon transition could damage economic stability, warns Bank of England

The transition to a low-carbon economy is filled with potential paradoxes that could lead to either the current generation having no "direct incentive" to drive change, or actually transitioning too quickly to the point where financial stability would be damaged.

Exposure to climate-related disasters such as floods, storms, or sea-level rise could have a huge impact on property and infrastructure, destroying value and raising insurance rates overnight

Investors fear next financial crisis will be climate-related

A rushed transition to clean energy triggered by extreme weather events linked to global warming "will be very expensive" to swallow for the economy, investors warned policymakers at an event in Bratislava.

The report outlines key targets that the Government should target in order to supplement the Northern Powerhouse agenda, with the green economy acting as a catalyst

Enabling policies needed to accelerate Northern green economy, says Aldersgate Group

A comprehensive emission reduction plan and policy frameworks that enable the uptake of low-carbon projects are necessary to "champion investment" in the North, a new report from environmental coalition The Aldersgate Group has claimed.

edie has heard from more than a dozen leading environmental figures who have exclusively revealed their biggest green policy hopes and expectations for the next few months

What we want from BEIS: a wishlist for the green economy - Part one

EXCLUSIVE: In the first of a two-part feature, edie speaks to the sustainability professionals, politicians, businessmen and environmental activists working across the green economy to find out they want to see from the Government in this new Parliamentary session.

Move for Europe founder Charles Perry believes a business cannot drive the low-carbon transition without a fundamental behaviour change within its workforce

Can sustainability professionals lead a 'social movement' to drive the green economy?

Environment and sustainability professionals can become the leaders of a new social movement that paves the way for a low-carbon, resource efficient future where fossil fuel consumption and air pollution are eradicated from human activities.

The four reports layout how cities, storage and transport form fundamental pillars to drive innovation and sustainable growth

What will the green economy look like in 10 years' time? Experts predict cleantech trends...

By 2026, the global adoption of a low-carbon economy will have taken huge strides, with smart city revenues and energy storage deployment skyrocketing, and the number of low-carbon heavy-duty vehicles on the roads also increasing at impressive rates.


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