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Why Joe Biden's inauguration provides a timely injection for climate optimism

The 46th President of the US wasted little time in ushering in a new era of climate action that will see the world's largest economy join the net-zero movement - a welcome injection of optimism as nations approach the hard yards in alleviating the climate crisis.

Pictured: A CGI mock-up of the proposed plant. Image: Drax

Legal bid to stop UK from building Europe's biggest gas-fired power plant fails

The Court of Appeal has thrown out a legal challenge to the UK Government's decision to grant planning permission for Drax's major new gas-fired power plant.

The EU's directive banning plastic waste exports to non-OECD countries came into force earlier this month

UK Government faces fresh accusations of backtracking on post-Brexit environment pledges

MPs and Lords, including former Shadow Environment Secretary Lord Clark, are urging the Government to prove that it won't export low-quality plastics to developing nations for recycling, arguing that policy loopholes currently exist.

The Biden Administration is expected to reverse more than 100 climate-related policies introduced by Trump

Biden returns US to Paris Agreement as part of climate policy overhaul

In one of his first acts after being sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America, Joe Biden moved to readmit the US back into the Paris Agreement, claiming that tackling the climate crisis, racial inequality and current coronavirus pandemic were the "gravest responsibilities" that countries face.

Pictured: Flooding in Lome, Togo. 

Developed nations accused of over-reporting climate adaptation finance by billions

Wealthy nations have exaggerated figures around how much finance they have provided to developing countries for climate adaptation, with up to $20bn less spent than promised between 2013 and 2017.

There are particular concerns about the decision's implications for the meat sector

Trade Bill: UK Government votes to allow food imports with lower environmental standards

The UK Government is being accused of backtracking on non-regression pledges around post-Brexit food standards, after MPs voted against amendments to the trade bill this week.

New homes will be required to have a reduced carbon footprint of 31% by 2021 compared to current levels

Government unveils 'radical' energy efficiency standards for homes and offices

All homes and business facilities will be required to meet new energy efficiency standards that reduce energy consumption and lower bills by 2025, after the Government finally outlined responses to the Future Homes Standard.

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.

Financial constraints on councils were found to be a key barrier

Centrica: UK will only host 35 EV chargers per council by 2025

Local authorities in the UK will play host to just 35 on-street electric vehicle (EV) chargers on average by 2025, new research from Centrica has concluded.

Bee-killing pesticides called neonicotinoids were approved for UK use earlier this month, despite non-regression commitments on environmental standards

EU lawmakers raise concerns about UK 'regression' on pesticides

Lawmakers in the European Parliament have raised concerns about possible UK regression on pesticides and gene editing at a meeting on the new EU-UK trade agreement.

WWF believes that just 1% of UK seas are properly protected, so meeting the 30% target will require extensive investment and collaboration

Protect at least a third of British seas to unlock £50bn boost, WWF urges

By aligning with the UN's recommendations and committing to fully protect at least one-third of UK seas, the government could catalyse a £50bn boost for the economy and unlock 100,000 jobs.

Links between the UK and EU ETSs could become more challenging over time, if the bloc and UK diverge on climate legislation 

UK carbon trading scheme 'leaves many questions unanswered'

As the UK takes its first steps away from the EU, there are still plenty of open questions about how it will align with Europe on climate policy, and in particular, with the EU's flagship emissions trading scheme (ETS).

Pictured: A mangrove forest in the Caribbean 

Boris Johnson promises £3bn of climate finance for nature by 2026

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has outlined plans to allocate at least £3bn of the international climate finance that the UK will spend through to 2026 on nature-based solutions.

The global biodiversity funding gap could surpass $824bn by 2030, Global Canopy warns

Governments urged to redirect $1trn of 'planet-wrecking' subsidies to nature conservation and restoration

Governments collectively funnel more than $1trn of subsidies into businesses that harm nature, including fossil fuel majors, mining giants and industrial agriculture, every year.

The reshuffle will enable Sharma to focus on the COP26 climate summit full-time. Image: Gov UK

Kwasi Kwarteng steps up to BEIS Secretary post as Alok Sharma takes on full-time COP Presidency

The Government has confirmed that Alok Sharma will step down from his position as Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to enable more focus on his role as COP26 President, with Kwasi Kwarteng named as his replacement.

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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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.

The research warns that up to 10 million jobs will need to be replaced or retained as part of the net-zero transition

Report: 10 million high-carbon jobs to be retrained or replaced as part of net-zero transition

Research from a new cross-party programme exploring the net-zero transition in the UK has warned that 10 million jobs will either need to be retrained or replaced if the nation is to meet its climate commitments.

MPs are due to return from recess next Monday (11 January)

A net-zero New Year? The 7 green policies UK businesses are still waiting for

December saw a flurry of green policy announcements, from the Energy White Paper to the decision to end finance to fossil fuels overseas. But several key policy gaps remain on the road to net-zero as we enter a new year - and will need to be closed ahead of COP26.

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Ministers urged to cut VAT on batteries for homes after Brexit

The UK should reverse the increase on home energy storage systems implemented by the EU last year after Brexit, trade bodies representing the energy industry have told ministers.

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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.

Good things come to those who persist: Why 2020 didn't derail climate action

It's been a tumultuous and tiring year that impacted the lives of everyone. But amidst the tragedy caused by the coronavirus pandemic, heroes emerged to prove we can adapt when facing a crisis - and the climate crisis is still very much shaping decisions moving forward.

The Treasury reiterates that net-zero is “essential” in delivering long-term prosperity

Net-zero impact on UK economy to be 'relatively small', Treasury finds

The HM Treasury has published a final report in the build-up to a Net-Zero Spending Review, claiming that the transition to meeting the UK's long-term climate goals could deliver "slightly positive or slightly negative" economic growth for the UK, depending on how decisive policy action is.

Pictured: An artist's impression of the expanded airport from above

Heathrow Airport: Supreme Court gives go-ahead for third runway, despite climate campaigns

The Supreme Court has decided to allow the Heathrow Airport expansion, despite the fact that the Court of Appeal ruled it unlawful on climate grounds earlier this year.

Green Groups have welcomed the announcement, but more detail is still being required

An 'undisputed urgency to act': Green economy reacts to the Energy White Paper

The Government has unveiled the long-awaited Energy White Paper today (14 December), with green groups welcoming the focus it provides to both job growth and rapid decarbonisation in order to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

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.

Edinburgh City Council is the first Scottish council to join the initiative 

UK's net-zero target should be 2045, 100 councils and mayors tell Boris Johnson

English and Scottish local authorities representing one-third of the population have committed to reaching net-zero community emissions by 2045 - and are urging the UK Government to follow suit.

The Heat and Buildings Strategy was promised by the end of 2020 - but time is fast running out

Heat Strategy: Government urged to spend £65bn on energy-efficient homes by 2035

Representatives from more than 200 businesses, housing associations, local authorities and trade bodies are urging Ministers to ensure that the upcoming Heat and Buildings Strategy mobilises enough finance to address "major" barriers to decarbonisation.

Coordinated and collaborative action is needed on housing to meet net-zero

The extension to the Green Homes Grant scheme is a vital part of the government's recent ten-point green plan - improving the energy efficiency of homes and cutting emissions while stimulating jobs and ensuring wider health and financial benefits for communities.

UK Government's welcome backing of CCUS a huge boost for net-zero 2050

The turn of the decade brought hope and expectation on a renewed commitment to tackling climate change as the eyes of the world turned towards the UK ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).

The CCC will publish its sixth carbon budget this month

CCC pushes Boris Johnson to bolster UK's 2030 climate target ahead of COP26

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) is urging Boris Johnson to commit to reducing the UK's emissions by at least 68% by 2030, through its updated Paris Agreement pledge for COP26.

The UK's oil and gas sector represents 230,000 onshore jobs and 30,000 offshore roles

Green recovery: UK urged to accelerate 'just' transition from North Sea oil and gas

With thousands of UK-based oil and gas workers on furlough and the sector's economic recovery likely to be slow, policymakers are facing calls to cap North Sea fossil fuel production and reskill communities for low-carbon industries.

The NIB has been welcomed across the green economy, but many say the devil is in the details

Green Finance Institute: UK's new National Investment Bank must go beyond energy

The UK's new National Investment Bank (NIB) must have strong net-zero criteria and support the low-carbon transition in the transport, built environment and nature sector as well as energy, the Green Finance Institute (GFI) is urging.

Transport is the most-emitting sector in the UK and in many other countries

Electric vehicle revolution: Government creates Zero-Emission Vehicle Transition Council

The UK Government has set up a new coalition of international ministers and car sector representatives, to support the global transition and its own ban on new petrol and diesel car sales from 2030.

The letter is supported by SMEs in the green economy and by corporate giants

Business giants urge Boris Johnson to confirm 2030 climate target

More than 75 major businesses have penned an open letter to Boris Johnson calling for an "ambitious", legally-binding, interim climate target to support the transition to net-zero by 2050.

All changes are designed to ensure that by 2028, farmers can operate safely and profitably without subsidy support

'Fraught with risk': Government's sustainable farming plan sparks concern amongst green groups

The UK Government has unveiled plans to deliver the most significant change to land management and farming practices in 50 years as a replacement to the EU's Common Agricultural Policy, a move that has sparked widespread concern amongst green groups due to a lack of detail.

MPs are concerned that bricks-and-mortar retailers are held to different requirements than online marketplaces

Government 'must hold businesses like Apple and Amazon to account over e-waste'

Electronics brands and online retailers have been "dodging responsibility" for their e-waste impacts - and new laws could help stop them from producing tech that is hard to repair or recycle.

Sunak was originally meant to unveil the NIS at the Budget in March. Image: Parliament Live TV

How is the green economy reacting to the Spending Review and National Infrastructure Strategy?

Green groups have dubbed the Spending Review a "missed opportunity" for the green recovery movement and net-zero transition, urging more new investment and clarity on climate requirements for the national investment bank.

The 100-page report outlines the Government’s intention to “deliver an infrastructure revolution” that is tied to net-zero

National Infrastructure Strategy: Government to deliver 'revolution' tied to net-zero

The Government has launched its long-awaited National Infrastructure Strategy, detailing how transport, industry, energy and the built environment will be transformed to reach net-zero, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak using his spending review to confirm a £12bn commitment to the net-zero transition in 2021-2022.

Around one-eighth of the money given to pensioners in the UK is spent on energy and transport

Net-zero pensions 'could deliver £1trn for UK's green recovery'

By re-allocating a proportion of state pensions to low-carbon energy and transport, and giving seniors access to these sectors for free, the UK Government could unlock £1trn for the net-zero transition.

Rishi Sunak is expected to outline how £100bn will be spent on infrastructure in the UK

Government set to unveil national infrastructure bank tied to net-zero

The Government is expected to unveil the long-awaited National Infrastructure Strategy (NIS) this week alongside the Spending Review, with a National Infrastructure Bank set to be created to replace the UK's involvement with the European Investment Bank and funnel capital towards net-zero projects.

The UK government recently eased planning restrictions on battery storage applications to help the sector's economic recovery

Report: Renewables and flexible energy could cut £660m off UK's net-zero transition

If the UK government were to back renewable generation and flexible energy technologies like battery storage instead of a new nuclear plant, some £660m could be saved through to 2030, a new analysis has concluded.

Canada will need to address its dependence on fossil fuels to meet the new target

Net-zero by 2050: Canada tables first climate legislation in more than a decade

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tabled a bill which would legally bind the nation to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

The Government insists this is "only the start" of a green policy rollout

Is Boris Johnson's Ten Point Plan enough to reach net-zero?

Businesses, green groups and entire sectors welcomed the far-reaching announcement from the UK Government to issue a Ten Point Plan that would put the nation on the road to net-zero, but already analysis suggests that more is required to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

Griffith previously served as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Chief Business Adviser

Andrew Griffith: What we know about COP26's net-zero business champion

Boris Johnson has chosen Conservative MP Andrew Griffith as the UK's Net-Zero Business Champion for COP26. Here, we outline what we know about his history on climate action and his views on key environmental issues.

E.ON: 7 in 10 Brits want air pollution information in daily weather forecasts

A survey of more than 4,000 adults in the UK has found that almost three-quarters want information on air pollution in their local area to be included in daily weather forecasts.

New dawn: The 10-point plan will radically change key industrial sectors in the UK in order to eliminate the nation's contribution to climate change

Boris Johnson unveils £12bn Ten Point Plan for net-zero transition

Clean hydrogen, carbon capture and storage (CCS), zero-carbon transport and offshore wind are all key pillars of Boris Johnson's Ten Point Plan to push the UK towards net-zero emissions, which will be backed by £12bn in Government investment and aim to create 250,000 new green jobs.

The £12bn plan will support up to 250,000 green jobs, with the Government aiming to secure three times as much investment from the private sector by 2030

'An ambitious plan for a green industrial revolution': Reaction to Boris Johnson's Ten Point net-zero plan

Green groups have welcomed a new Ten Point Llan from Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and build towards the net-zero emissions target, but the lack of a clear roadmap is dampening an otherwise monumental green policy moment.

Under the EU's Green New Deal, the EIB is planning to become a 'climate bank'

European Investment Bank unveils £1trn green investment plan through 2030

EU member states have approved the European Investment Bank's (EIB) plans to spend €1trn on the green economy within a decade and to ban funding for fossil fuel projects and airport expansions.

Pictured: The Peak District 

Defra doubles £40m green recovery fund for nature after huge demand

The Department for Food, the Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a second £40m round of its Green Recovery Challenge Fund, designed to promote nature restoration and conservation, after the initial round proved to be massively oversubscribed.

Trevelyan previously served as the Secretary of State for International Development (DFID), which was merged with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office earlier this year

Anne-Marie Trevelyan: What we know about COP26's 'international adaptation' champion

The UK Government has appointed Conservative MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan to the role of International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26. But as the first woman appointed to a senior role for the crucial climate summit, Trevelyan has a patchy history on climate action.

The Energy Minister and Apprenticeships and Skills Minister will co-chair the Taskforce

Green Jobs Taskforce: Government vows to create two million jobs in low-carbon and nature sectors

Following pressure from business groups and NGOs, the UK Government has launched a Green Jobs Taskforce to help unemployed people and those in transitioning industries into new, skilled jobs.

Johnson has commenced a year-long countdown to COP26. Image: Foreign Office flickr

'No time to waste': Boris Johnson to set out 10-point plan to boost net-zero commitment

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has issued a global rallying call on nations to put forward raised ambitions to tackle the climate emergency as part of a year-long run-up to COP26, with the UK set to publish a 10-point plan to boost green jobs and reach net-zero imminently.

Around 80% of deforestation to date is linked to agriculture

Environment Bill: UK businesses to be banned from sourcing through deforesters overseas

New measures designed to stop UK-based businesses from importing products or materials linked to deforestation abroad have been added to the Environment Bill - but some green groups argue that loopholes will remain.

Ministers had been expected to include gas, but claim it could risk the bloc's long-term climate goals

Gas denied 'transition' fuel status in draft EU green finance rules

Power plants fuelled by natural gas will not be classed as "sustainable" or "transition" investments in Europe unless they meet emission limits which are so low that none are currently able to comply, according to draft EU rules seen by EURACTIV.

Johnson has chosen the slogan 'build, build, build'. Labour wants him to 'Build it in Britain' and 'Build Back Better'

Green Recovery: Labour challenges UK Government to spend £30bn on low-carbon economy

The Labour Party is urging the Government to use the Treasury's spending review later this month to allocate multi-billion-pound packages to low-carbon sectors and to launch new reskilling and green finance initiatives.

Major investors and influential corporate groups had been encouraging the changes

Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirms UK's first sovereign green bond, mandatory TCFD disclosures

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has made a string of major announcements on green finance, confirming that the UK will issue its first green gilts in 2021 and will introduce new climate disclosure requirements.

Boris Johnson is expected to flesh out his ten-point green recovery plan this week 

IPPR: UK Government must spend £33bn annually to combat climate and nature crises

The UK Government is allocating just £4bn annually to initiatives designed to reverse nature loss and tackle climate change, when the scale of the challenges requires some £33bn.

Businesses which apply for the extension will have until March 2022 to finalise their appliacations

BEIS gives businesses extra 12 months to apply for RHI

The UK Government has confirmed that it will extend the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme by 12 months, in light of the impact of Covid-19 on the private sector.

The first step of the plan was announced a month ago today

BT and Royal Mail tell Boris Johnson to bring back his ten-point green recovery plan

The UK's four biggest fleet operators - BT, Royal Mail, Centrica and DPD - are calling for Boris Johnson to announce the remainder of his ten-point green recovery plan, including new policy support for electric vehicles (EVs).

Ed Davey has already voiced his support for the Bill

MPs mull stricter legal climate requirements for pension funds

MPs are being presented with a new Bill today which, if implemented, would force pension funds and other investors to align all 'default' funds with the Paris Agreement.

Globally, e-waste is the fastest-growing domestic waste stream

Boris Johnson urged to prevent e-waste mountain in Brexit planning

Poorly-made and hard-to-recycle electronics could "flood" the UK market after Brexit, resulting in an e-waste mountain, unless ministers act now to protect standards. That is according to a new report from Green Alliance.

The EIB is already working to remove fossil fuel production and generation from its loan books

EU bank mulls ban on cash for airport expansions

The European Investment Bank (EIB) could withdraw support for new airports, according to a draft climate roadmap seen by EURACTIV. However, the bank is set to keep funding motorways, as well as approving investments under the old rules until 2022.

The Fund is allocated on a short-term, competitive basis

Charities call for investment boost as Defra reveals its Green Recovery Fund is hugely oversubscribed

More than 20 of the UK's biggest environmental charities are calling for additional funding for nature in Covid-19 stimulus planning, after Environment Minister Rebecca Pow revealed that the Green Recovery Fund is almost seven times oversubscribed.

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 NCC claims that the state of nature in the UK has not improved since 2011

Natural Capital Committee: Environment Bill updates must stop businesses destroying nature

The UK Government must "urgently" help large businesses to value the natural resources in their value chains and to promote conservation and restoration at scale, the Natural Capital Committee (NCC) has concluded.

Representatives from more than 500 businesses were surveyed

6 in 10 UK SMEs believe net-zero and the green recovery is good for business

Almost two-thirds (61%) of small and medium-sized businesses in Britain believe that the move to a greener economy post-Covid-19 presents positive opportunities, a new poll of more than 500 SMEs has found.

Collectively, G20 nations have allocated 33% more funding to fossil fuels than low-carbon generation since March

UK's Covid-19 recovery package for energy 'not net-zero aligned', report finds

The UK Government has earmarked £3.8bn of stimulus funding for legacy fossil fuel and nuclear generation, compared to just £121m for renewables, a damning new report has claimed.

The OEP is due to start operating in January 2021

Environment Bill: Amendments raise fresh concerns over post-Brexit watchdog

Proposed amendments to the Environment Bill have sparked concerns around green campaign groups, who claim they could delay the introduction of the UK's post-Brexit watchdog and weaken its powers.

Without a framework, vital decisions about the future of our land cannot be made

If we are to fulfil our Government's commitments on levelling up, carbon net-zero, housing, infrastructure, nature recovery and more, we need a process to prioritise the many pressures on our green and pleasant land. Currently, there's no such mechanism in England to help us decide how best to meet these commitments.

Some 40% of South Korea's electricity generation currently relies on coal, compared to 6% for renewables

Net-zero by 2050: South Korea to enshrine new climate target in law

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has declared that the country will achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, bringing its climate commitments in line with the likes of the UK and Japan.

Despite playing host to a growing renewable energy sector, Japan is still largely reliant on coal

Japan to legislate for 2050 net-zero target

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has vowed to enshrine a 2050 net-zero target in national law, major news outlets across the globe are reporting.

The Conservative Party risks failing to deliver on its overarching pledge to improve nature for the next generation, the report warns

Natural Capital Committee: UK failing on promise to leave nature better for the next generation

The quality of the UK's soil, freshwater and marine habitats has declined in recent years, meaning that the Government is likely to fail to meet its long-term environmental promises without a step-change in action.

The EU approved a directive to ban oxo-degradable plastics in 2019

Supermarket and packaging giants call for UK-wide ban on degradable plastics

Representatives from the likes of Tesco, Waitrose, Aldi and the Co-op have signed an open letter to Ministers calling for a ban on plastics which are only degradable in industrial conditions with chemical additives.

Greta Thunberg and other youth activists have vocally criticized the decision

Common Agricultural Policy to remain part of EU's biodiversity funding, despite criticism

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), voted on this week in the European Parliament and Council, will remain by far the biggest funding source for biodiversity protection schemes at EU level, despite claims that it has encouraged intensive and damaging farming.

Departments are having to play catch-up after Covid-19-related delays - but will they move rapidly enough and co-ordinate ambitions and actions?

Towards net-zero: The 8 green policies UK businesses are still waiting for

The UK Government vowed last week to publish a "comprehensive" net-zero strategy ahead of COP26 in November 2021. But several glaring policy gaps remain. Here, edie rounds up the major policy announcements the green economy is waiting for.

The UK received top scores on several Goals, including SDGs relating to sanitation, energy access and renewable energy

UK 'among best nations globally' for SDG alignment

Although global progress towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) remains insufficient to meet the 2030 deadline, the UK is among the nations leading the way on alignment and, as such, is a prime market for impact investment.

The report urges policymakers to pair environmental progress with job creation, rather than pitting the concerns against each other

Report: Green recovery would cut global emissions by 7% and create millions of jobs

If all major nations developed strong plans for a green recovery from Covid-19, global annual emissions would be 7% lower in 2030 than in 2019 and millions of new jobs would be created in sectors including energy, transport and materials.

The Government has responded to advice from the CCC

Government to publish 'comprehensive' net-zero strategy in build up to COP26

The UK Government has responded to the latest Committee on Climate Change (CCC) progress report, pledging to publish a "comprehensive" strategy that will detail how all parts of the economy will decarbonise in line with the national net-zero emissions target for 2050.

The publication has been timed to mark World Food Day on Friday (16 October)

Governments urged to reform food systems as part of Covid-19 green recovery efforts

World leaders "know" they must help reform food systems to protect the environment and improve public health and should use their Covid-19 recovery plans to raise ambitions and accelerate action in this area.

The measures outlined would create talent for sectors like renewable energy generation, electric and active transport and nature conservation and restoration 

Net-zero must be embedded in school curriculums, Aldersgate Group urges

The Aldersgate Group has warned that a skills deficit is hampering the growth of the UK's low-carbon economies and called for environmental sustainability to be embedded in national school curriculums and higher and further education offerings.

The European Commission and individual member countries are being urged to follow suit

Lawmakers vote to exclude fossil fuels from EU recovery fund

The environment committee in the European Parliament has voted to exclude fossil fuels from support under the EU's €750bn recovery fund intended to boost the bloc's economy in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

A truly green recovery is not yet guaranteed for the UK, the report concludes

2021 will be 'a critical window' for creating a sustainable future, major report warns

The decisions taken by businesses, investors and the government in the UK over the next six to 18 months will either lock us into unsustainable systems or bring about a resilient future with intersectional benefits for the environment and society, a major new report argues.

The businesses are calling for targeted policies that will support and enable viable projects to commence over the next decade

Businesses and green groups call for Government to set out 'negative emissions' policy framework

The National Farmers Union (NFU), Heathrow Airport and the Renewable Energy Association (REA) are amongst the organisations that have formed the Coalition for Negative Emissions, which is this week calling on the UK Government to set an "unambiguous commitment" to carbon capture and negative emissions.

The Bill returned to Parliament this week following Covid-19-related delays

Agriculture Bill: Outrage as bid to protect environmental and food safety standards rejected

Groups and individuals across the green economy have expressed anger and disappointment after an amendment to the Agriculture Bill, designed to require imported food to meet domestic standards, was thrown out by the Government.

Decarbonising home heating is essential to the net-zero transition, but will be a disruptive process

Report: UK's domestic heat 'extremely unlikely' to reach net-zero without policy overhaul

Some 10 million homes will need to have their fossil fuel heating systems replaced by 2035 if the UK is to meet its net-zero target - but the rate of government-supported upgrades is just one-fifth of this level, a new policy briefing has concluded.

The Government is facing mounting pressure to join-up its approach to financing a green economic recovery from the recession

Issue green sovereign bond to finance UK's Covid-19 recovery, investors urge Government

A group of 30 major investors with more than £10trn of assets under management collectively are calling for the UK Government to launch a green sovereign bond to ensure adequate funding is put behind its mission to deliver a "green" Covid-19 recovery.

Several key green policy announcements are expected in the coming weeks, but the paper warns that deeper change is needed

Government's current green policy approach risks alienating British public, IPPR warns

The UK's current political system is "dangerously unprepared" to not only rise to the challenge of the climate and nature crises, but to ensure a just transition and earn public trust, the IPPR is warning.

Scotland enshrined a 2045 net-zero target in law last winter

Scotland must go beyond power to meet net-zero by 2045, Committee on Climate Change warns

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has told the Scottish Government that it should apply learnings from the low-carbon transition in the nation's electricity sector to heat and transport, lest it risk missing its 2045 net-zero target.

Jope succeeds Paul Polman, who served as CEO for more than 10 years and is widely regarded as the father of modern CSR. Image: Unilever

Unilever CEO: Climate change and Covid-19 mean capitalism must change

Unilever's chief executive officer Alan Jope has said the business has found itself "at the centre" of discussions around redesigning capitalism with environmental and social sustainability in mind post-pandemic.

Pictured: The Walney Extension offshore wind farm

'Build Back Greener': Boris Johnson vows that UK will host 40GW of offshore wind by 2030

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has plans for every home in the UK to be powered with electricity from offshore wind farms within the decade and has unveiled a £160m pot to support the sector.

In a 4.4C world, annual climate-related damage costs could be 17 times higher in 2200 than 2070, the report predicts

CDP: Paris Agreement alignment could cut climate change costs by two-thirds

The mean damage costs of climate change will reach $5.4trn annually by 2070 and "spiral" to up to $31trn per year by 2200 if the global temperature rise hits 4.4C by the end of this century - which it will unless 'business-as-usual' is transformed.

The report is one of the latest major contributions to the UK's green recovery movement

Aldersgate Group: 'Urgent decisions' needed to join up UK's net-zero policy framework

The UK Government must use its Covid-19 recovery planning to ensure that sector-specific challenges and loopholes on the road to net-zero by 2050 are addressed and must not permit any further postponements to key policy decisions, a major new Aldersgate Group report has concluded.

About 17% of the Amazonian rainforest is estimated to have been destroyed over the past 50 years

Plans to halt deforestation not strong enough, Tesco, Nestle and Nandos tell UK Government

McDonald's, Nandos, Nestle, Mondelez and all of the UK's 'big seven' supermarkets have urged the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) to bolster its proposed legislation for tackling deforestation in supply chains.

Aviva Investors is notably represented on the EU High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and is a founding partner of the World Benchmarking Alliance

Aviva sets 2050 net-zero target for pensions, urges Government to force others to follow suit

Aviva has committed to ensuring that companies held in its auto-enrolment default pension funds generate net-zero emissions by 2050 - and urged the Government to make this a unified commitment across the sector.

Pictured: A fossil fuel project in the North Sea

UK Government reps 'discussing potential COP26 sponsorship deals with oil majors'

Despite a promise to ensure that COP26's corporate sponsors are "making real contributions" to climate action, government representatives have reportedly been in discussions with some of the world's highest emitting firms, including Equinor, BP and Shell.

Offsetting schemes often involve conserving, restoring or creating habitats like woodland, which sequester carbon

NGOs attack plans to include carbon offseting in EU climate goals

Environmental campaigners have condemned proposals to include carbon credits from projects in developing countries when the European Parliament votes on the EU's proposed climate law next week.

A 2019 review commissioned for Defra recommended the creation a National Nature Service 

Survey: 8 in 10 Brits want nature jobs for those left unemployed by Covid-19

More than eight in ten adults in the UK want the Government to help those left unemployed by the pandemic into nature-related roles, a new survey of 1,609 people has found.

Just 2% of the world’s terrestrial habitat which is degraded and would benefit from restoration is currently receiving such attention

$500bn per year needed to halt nature loss and boost biodiversity, nations and businesses told

A coalition of more than 140 nature conservation groups is calling on governments and businesses to ensure that $500bn of funding is provided annually to protect, restore and create habitats.

In 2018, five billion single-use plastic straws entered circulation in England

Plastic straws to be banned in England from Thursday

Single-use plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds will be banned from sale and distribution in England from Thursday (1 October), following Covid-19 related delays.


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