Government unveils new Sector Deal championing low-carbon aviation
The UK Government has unveiled its highly-anticipated Sector Deal for the aerospace industry, outlining plans to funnel £125m into sustainable aviation projects including those developing electric aircraft.
ETI: Local planning key to limiting cost of decarbonising the UK
Local energy planning will be key to minimising the costs of decarbonisation, according to new study commissioned by the Energy Technologies Institute.
Wales pledges to phase-out fossil fuels in favour of renewables
The Welsh Government has committed to phase out the continued extraction and use of fossil fuels, including those obtained by fracking, as it strives to reduce national carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, against a 2011 baseline.
Report: UK among nations leading the world's low-carbon transition
When it comes to implementing policies and fostering corporate leadership ambitions which help reduce emissions and mitigate the negative effects of climate change, the UK has adopted a leadership position that is second only to Denmark.
Defra launches call for evidence on 'biodiversity net-gain' developments
The Government is consulting on whether property developers should be required to deliver a "biodiversity net-gain" when building new housing or commercial projects.
UN: World must triple efforts or face catastrophic climate change
Countries are failing to take the action needed to stave off the worst effects of climate change, a UN report has found, and the commitments made in the 2015 Paris agreement will not be met unless governments introduce additional measures as a matter of urgency.
Interface, Unilever and Coca-Cola among business leaders calling for UK net-zero emissions target
The chief executives of major UK-based companies including Interface, Coca-Cola European Partners and Unilever have called for Prime Minister Theresa May to set legally binding targets that ensure the UK reaches net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.
BEIS signals policy shift on export tariff
Energy and clean growth minister Claire Perry has signalled a shift in policy when it comes to the closure of the Feed-in Tariff.
Michael Gove set to remain as Defra Secretary
Michael Gove will stay on at Defra after turning down the role of Brexit Secretary, according to reports.
EU approves more ambitious renewables target, commits to palm oil phase-out
The European Parliament has voted to approve a set of new clean energy laws for 2030, outlining plans to increase the bloc's use of renewable energy and ban the sale of high-emission biofuels made from palm and soybean oil.
'Fundamental' agriculture reforms needed for UK to reach carbon neutrality, says CCC
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has today (15 November) urged ministers to implement policies that will "fundamentally reform" the way in which the UK's land is used, in order to create carbon sinks and accelerate progress towards carbon neutrality.
Report: G20 nations off track to meet Paris Agreement goals, despite clean energy promises
Of the energy provided to G20 nations during the past 10 years, 82% was generated using coal, oil or gas - despite the bloc's promises to transition to clean power.
Net zero emissions review may prompt changes to existing carbon budgets
Claire Perry has confirmed that the already agreed carbon budgets may be amended in response to the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) net zero emissions review.
Retailers to pay up to £1bn for recycling under waste strategy
Supermarkets, retailers and major drinks brands are set to pay tens of millions of pounds more towards recycling their used packaging under the government's new waste strategy expected to be published this month, the Guardian understands.
MPs urge online fashion giants to disclose environmental and social impacts
In letters to five of the UK's largest online-only fashion retailers, including Amazon and ASOS, the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has called on brands within the so-called "fast fashion" industry to disclose the full extent of their environmental and social impacts.
WATCH: BEIS director outlines vision for a zero-carbon built environment
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy's (BEIS) Director of energy efficiency Ben Golding has outlined the "win-wins" that can be generated by businesses and public sector organisation by mobilising action towards a zero-carbon built environment by 2050.
MPs condemn raid on hundreds of environment staff to work on Brexit
Hundreds of staff who protect biodiversity and enforce environmental regulations in the UK have been redeployed to work on Brexit.
MPs call for ‘watchdog with teeth' to oversee environmental standards post-Brexit
MPs have called on the Government to strengthen the commitments made in its 25-year Environment Plan in order to prepare for the event of a no-deal Brexit scenario, claiming that the UK is currently at risk of losing one-third of green legislation if no agreement with the EU is agreed.
Climate Change Act: Experts reflect on pioneering legislation 10 years on
With November marking the 10th anniversary of the UK Climate Change Act (CCA) receiving Royal Assent, a host of leading sustainability experts have provided their insights on the impact of the ground-breaking legislation on Britain's low-carbon economy.
Government snubs MPs' calls for mandatory climate-risk reporting
Ministers have rejected recommendations from MPs to introduce mandatory climate-related financial disclosures for large firms and asset owners.
Plastics pacts, Mission Possible pledges and the Autumn Budget: Top 10 sustainability stories of October 2018
As October comes to a close and we begin to dust off our old Halloween costumes, edie rounds up some of the top sustainability stories and standout pieces of content from the last 31 days - from new collaborative commitments to plastic and Mission Possible pledges to the green economy measures outlined in this year's Budget.
Three years on: How the Modern Slavery Act has reshaped best practice for sustainable business
The Modern Slavery Act (MSA) served to highlight issues of human rights abuses and human trafficking when it was written into UK law three years ago. But with half of UK businesses still pre-compliance with the Act, edie explores the impact it has had on sustainable business practices to date.
Latte levy: Was the Chancellor right to reject a tax on disposable cups?
A major talking point of yesterday's Autumn Budget was the Chancellor's decision to rule out a latte levy on disposable cups. Here, edie investigates the extent to which such a proposal could have provided a much-needed boost to the UK's coffers and helped policymakers drive a resource-efficient economy.
Autumn Budget 2018: Chancellor commits to new plastic tax, rules out 'latte levy'
BREAKING: Chancellor Philip Hammond has today (29 October) pledged to introduce a new tax on plastic packaging in his 2018 Autumn Budget, which also includes a carbon price freeze and multi-million-pound investment for business energy efficiency.
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.
Autumn Budget preview: Five green policy predictions ahead of Philip Hammond's statement
A new levy on plastic packaging? A watered-down carbon price? An increase to the Climate Change Levy (CCL)? edie previews the green-related announcements likely to be included in the Autumn Budget on Monday (29 November).
European parliament approves sweeping ban on single-use plastics
The European Parliament has overwhelmingly backed a wide-ranging ban on single-use plastics in an effort to tackle pollution in seas, fields and waterways.
Green GB Week: a UK policy wishlist to drive clean growth action
With the Government launching the nation's first-ever Green GB Week last week, dozens of sustainability experts met throughout the week to discuss the nation's clean growth agenda. Here, edie rounds up ten of their top green policy recommendations for the Government to place the UK on the road to a low-carbon economy.
Government proposes UK-wide ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds for next year
The UK Government has today (22 October) confirmed that it will introduce a string of policies aimed at banning the sale and distribution of plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds by 2020.
Could a 'no deal' Brexit be a 'golden opportunity' for the UK's green economy?
In light of the Government’s latest wave of 'no deal' Brexit planning updates, resource management experts have claimed that the scenario could force the UK to manage its waste more efficiently.
Climate watchdog 'surprised' by carbon budget review restrictions
Claire Perry's instruction that the upcoming review of the UK's carbon emissions reduction framework should not cover pre-2032 targets was a "surprise" to the climate change watchdog, its chief executive has admitted.
BEIS announces green buildings drive and single-use plastics crackdown
EXCLUSIVE: The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has today (16 October) underlined its commitment to phasing out single-use plastics and reducing its estate emissions by 66% through two new commitments that have been posted on edie's Mission Possible Pledge Wall.
UK Government seeks advice from Committee on Climate Change on net-zero emissions goal
The UK Government has confirmed that it is seeking advice from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) on how best to bolster its carbon reduction targets and create a net-zero economy.
CCC: Government's Road to Zero strategy not ambitious enough
The UK Government's official climate change watchdog has warned ministers that the new Road to Zero strategy will not be sufficient to meet national and international climate targets.
One year on from the Clean Growth Strategy - making the case for energy efficiency in the UK
Antoinette Sandbach MP writes on the importance of energy efficiency in the UK, as a follow-up to a Carbon Connect roundtable she co-chaired: 'The Clean Growth Strategy - Next Steps for Heat and Energy Efficiency' in December 2017, which was part of a roundtable series looking in depth at the Clean Growth Strategy. The roundtable series was the basis to a new policy brief 'One year on: delivering clean growth' which has been launched on the Carbon Connect website today (12 October).
Government launches landmark review into UK business action on SDGs
The UK Government has this week launched its first voluntary review into how the nation's business community is contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Industrial Strategy roundtable: What impact is it having on manufacturing sustainability?
Sustainability and energy managers from a range of businesses recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and Centrica Business Solutions to discuss the impact the Government's Industrial Strategy is having on manufacturing sustainability.
Green Investment Group funnels £1.6bn into clean energy projects
The Green Investment Group made or arranged £1.6bn of investments in clean energy projects in the 12-months following its privatisation, according to the company's first annual progress report.
Brexit countdown: How the green economy could fare in each possible deal scenario
With Brexit negotiations hurtling towards an uncertain outcome, and many questions still unanswered, edie investigates how the UK's green agenda could be affected in each of the three most likely scenarios.
UK commits to Carbon Neutrality Coalition to deliver net-zero emissions
Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that the UK will be joining 18 other countries that have committed to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 at the earliest, while also setting aside £160m to help developing nations transition to cleaner energy systems.
Labour commits to 2050 net-zero emissions target, Corbyn vows green jobs 'revolution'
Labour has committed itself to a net-zero target of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, as Jeremy Corbyn vows to "kickstart a green jobs revolution" in the UK.
UK Parliament to replace single-use plastic items with compostable alternatives
The UK Parliament will replace single-use plastic cutlery, coffee cups and lids, drinking straws and containers with compostable alternatives that will be treated at a specialist waste facility.
UK energy managers ‘unaware’ of impacts of rising non-commodity costs
More than half of senior UK energy professionals are "unaware or unsure" of the potential impacts which rising non-commodity costs will have on their firm, according to new Government figures.
Business leaders call for post-Brexit vehicle emissions roadmap
A coalition of leaders from business, politics and civil society have today (11 September) called for "much greater clarity" on how vehicle emissions will be reduced post-Brexit, on the same day that the UK Government is hosting the world’s first zero emission vehicles summit in Birmingham.
Scottish clean energy projects to get increased investment
Clean energy has been promised a share of an extra £1.5 billion per annum pledged by Nicola Sturgeon for infrastructure in Scotland.
Green Party appoints Jonathan Bartley and Sian Berry as co-leaders
The Green Party has appointed Jonathan Bartley and Sian Berry as its co-leaders, after former co-leader Caroline Lucas stepped down earlier this year.
40% of solar installers 'set to leave UK amid subsidy cuts'
Companies accounting for more than 40% of the UK's solar installation industry could leave the national market if the Government does not extend the export tariff and provide a replacement for the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme.
Business giants urge UK, EU to continue energy and climate cooperation after Brexit
A top-level business alliance has called on UK and EU leaders to ensure Brexit includes a comprehensive Climate and Energy Chapter, amid worries about the UK's commitment to international climate policies after the country leaves the European Union.
UK's green watchdog will be powerless over climate change post-Brexit
Ministers are "deliberately weakening" the green watchdog that will hold the government to account after Britain leaves the EU, according to Labour's shadow Brexit minister.
Everything you need to know about the Europe-wide Halogen bulb ban
Earlier this month, the European Union (EU) voted to ban the sale of Halogen lightbulbs across the bloc. With the ban set to come into force 1 September, edie rounds up the key ramifications of the phase-out.
UK plastic bag charge set to double to 10p
The Government has confirmed that it will launch a consultation on whether the nation's current charge for single-use plastic carrier bags should be doubled to 10p and rolled out to every shop in the country.
Calls for Government to 'urgently' stabilise UK solar sector amid subsidy closures
More than 200 stakeholders in the UK's solar sector, including energy companies, NGOs and city leaders, have called on the Government to continue an export tariff once the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme ends next March.
UK mayors call for Theresa May to deliver 'tough and urgent' action on air pollution
The leaders of 17 UK cities including London, Greater Manchester and Liverpool have made a joint call for Prime Minister Theresa May to take "tough and urgent action" to reduce the nation's air pollution levels.
Sadiq Khan calls for rethink on solar subsidies closure
London mayor Sadiq Khan was written to the Government expressing his concerns that a decision to let financial solar incentives expire next year could create a "cliff edge" for the wider solar market.
Trump administration scraps Obama-era regulation on coal emissions
The Trump administration has put forward a greenhouse gas emissions plan that could boost output from coal-fired power plants rather than push them towards closure and result in as many as 1,400 premature deaths each year.
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.
The £1bn opportunity: How new Government funding could spur the low-carbon transition
After the Government announced that it will pour £1bn of funding into innovative research and development projects across the UK, edie explores five areas of the green economy which could use a funding boost if the nation is to reach future carbon targets.
Government to consider opening Capacity Market to renewables
The UK Government will consider opening up the Capacity Market to solar and wind generation under a newly published review into the Market's scope, objectives and the way it is regulated.
UK would run out of food a year from now with no-deal Brexit, NFU warns
Britain would run out of food on this date next year if it cannot continue to easily import from the EU and elsewhere after Brexit, the National Farmers' Union has warned.
edie at 20: Despite the idiocy that is Brexit, we can do it
For edie's 20th anniversary, prominent environmental peer Lord Deben reflects on green policy, Brexit, carbon budgets and flat-earthers.
More than 100 MPs back calls for net-zero emissions target
More than 100 MPs have now signed a letter calling on Prime Minister Theresa May to establish a net-zero emissions target for 2050.
Government 'coasting on climate change' after fall in clean energy investment
Members of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) have criticised the Government for "relying on past successes" towards tackling climate change, after a damning report revealed that clean energy investment in the UK fell by 56% last year.
MPs insist new post-Brexit green watchdog must have legal powers
The Government should create legally-binding targets for environmental issues that can be scrutinised by a new independent oversight body, MPs have claimed.
UK Government plots course for additional offshore wind capacity
The UK Government has unveiled plans to add between 1GW to 2GW of renewable wind power annually throughout the 2020s, after Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry outlined the next wave of Contract for Difference (CfD) auctions.
No replacement for Feed-in Tariff 'major blow' for renewables
The Government has axed subsidies for new small-scale low-carbon electricity generation, sparking dismay from renewable energy bodies.
Theresa May confirms UK will publish an Environment Bill
Theresa May has announced that the Government will introduce a new Environmental Bill that incorporates measures on air quality among a range of issues.
Economy-wide carbon tax would create 'level playing field' for UK businesses
An economy-wide carbon tax is needed to reduce the cost of decarbonisation and level the playing field for the UK's heavy industry, according to a new report from think-tank Policy Exchange.
UK to champion green aviation through £343m Sector Deal
Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has vowed that the UK will "lead the world" on an electric and hybrid aircraft revolution, after announcing the £343m Aerospace Sector Deal as part of the UK Government's Industrial Strategy.
Brexit White Paper: Everything you need to know about the UK’s environmental aspirations
The Government has today (July 12) published its much-awaited Brexit White Paper, which includes a non-regression requirement to ensure environmental standards do not slip lower than existing European Union (EU) regulation.
Michael Gove vows to safeguard environmental standards post-Brexit
Following the shock resignations of both Boris Johnson and David Davies over the Prime Minister's Chequers proposals, Environment Secretary Michael Gove has re-affirmed that environmental standards will not "slip lower" than those of the European Union (EU) post-Brexit.
edie at 20: How the green agenda entered the UK's political mainstream
As edie celebrates its 20th year as an industry-leading sustainability brand, insight editor George Ogleby examines the extent to which UK green policy has shaped the country's low-carbon, resource efficiency agenda over the past two decades.
Government 'distorted figures', says Tidal Lagoon Power
The developer behind plans to build a £1.3bn tidal lagoon plant in Swansea Bay has accused the government of distorting figures used to justify its decision not to back the scheme.
Cool down nuclear plan because renewables are better bet, says NIC
Government advisers have told ministers to back only a single new nuclear power station after Hinkley Point C in the next few years, because renewable energy sources could prove a safer investment.
On the Mission Possible sofa with the ECIU's Richard Black and RSPB's Melanie Coath
The seventh episode of our new sustainable business chat show sees the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit's (ECIU) director Richard Black joined by RSPB's senior climate change policy officer Melanie Coath to discuss whether legislation is enabling or hindering the uptake of renewables in the UK.
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.
Everything you need to know about the Government’s Road to Zero strategy
The Government has unveiled its much-anticipated Road to Zero strategy, detailing how a £1.5bn investment into electric vehicle (EV) research, development and infrastructure will help phase out petrol and diesel sales by 2040.
UK raises public sector greenhouse gas target
After the public sector met its 2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets three years early, the UK Government has this week increased the aim by 10% in a bid to green the sector while saving more than £300m.
Construction Sector Deal: Government sets course for halving building energy use and emissions
The Government has launched its much-anticipated £420m construction sector deal, which provides a framework for the built environment sector to halve the energy use of new buildings by 2030.
UK vows to play hard-ball with EU over fishing waters
The UK outlined plans to overhaul its fishing policy on Wednesday, insisting that it would decide unilaterally how much access to give to EU boats after it leaves the bloc next March.
Government must embed SDGs into Brexit strategy, report urges
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should be placed at the heart of the UK's Brexit strategy, according to a new report stating that government policy is performing inadequately across three-quarters of the targets listed under goals.
Reaction round-up: What does the green economy make of the Committee on Climate Change report?
In the wake of a new Committee on Climate Change (CCC) report, which predicts that the UK will miss its future carbon budgets, the green economy is calling on the Government to take bolder actions to decarbonise the transport, heat and agriculture sectors.
Lord Deben: Housing and car industries should be 'ashamed' of climate record
The homebuilding and carmaking industries "should be ashamed" of their efforts to tackle global warming, according to the UK government's official climate change adviser.
Grayling to face legal action over Heathrow expansion plan
The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, is facing a fresh headache over Heathrow as a group of councils confirmed they were planning legal action against expansion, just hours after MPs voted overwhelmingly to back a third runway.
EU aims to increase 2030 carbon reduction target to 45%
The European Union (EU) looks likely to increase its 2030 carbon reduction target by 5% following months of discussions amongst negotiators.
Ed Miliband pushes for net-zero emissions goal ahead of UN summit
EXCLUSIVE: Former Labour leader Ed Miliband has called on the UK Government to build momentum towards the next UN climate summit by enshrining a new net-zero emissions target for 2050.
Energy industry growing nervous over 'Brexit fog'
Uncertainty surrounding Brexit is a mounting concern for the energy industry, according to a new report by the Energy Institute.
On the Mission Possible sofa with UK GBC's Alastair Mant and the EIC's Matthew Farrow
The fourth episode of our new sustainable business chat show sees the UK Green Building Council's (UK GBC) head of industry engagement Alastair Mant joined by the Environmental Industries Commission's (EIC) executive director Matthew Farrow to discuss the role of collaboration.
EU Withdrawal Bill: MPs vote to 'give teeth' to post-Brexit green watchdog
MPs have voted in favour of an amendment which promises legislation on environmental principles and a new post-Brexit watchdog, but green campaigners have expressed concern over a watering down of current standards.
Government set to back down in post-Brexit green standards dispute
The Government will reportedly this week give its backing to an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill which aims to ensure that environmental standards are maintained post-Brexit.
MPs and peers push for 'net zero' emissions by 2050
A cross-party group of senior MPs and peers have urged the government to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to "net zero" by 2050.
World Environment Day: Seven countries leading the charge on plastics pollution
Today (5 June) marks World Environment Day, the UN’s global vehicle to inspire action on a plethora of pressing environmental issues, notably plastics pollution. Here, edie scans the globe to see how nations are putting an end to certain types of plastic.
MPs urge UK Government to make climate risk reporting mandatory
Ministers have urged the UK Government to make it mandatory for companies and asset owners to report on climate-related risks by 2022 in order to "fix" the short-term mindset of the current financial system.
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.
BEIS calls for evidence on using CCS to hit 2050 emissions targets
The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has launched an inquiry into the role carbon capture and storage (CCS) will play in helping the UK meet its 2050 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80%, against a 1990 baseline.
Scotland proposes 90% emissions reduction target
Scotland has published its draft climate change strategy, which has a headline target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions 90% by 2050 and achieving a 100% reduction "as soon as possible".
Policy needed to solve the 'Rubik's cube' of energy storage
EXCLUSIVE: Regulatory frameworks need to act as a "steady hand" to grow the business case for energy storage solutions, with expert delegates from UK Power Networks (UKPN) and energy not-for-profit Regen SW likening the market to a Rubik's cube that was almost aligned.
UK's new air pollution strategy 'hugely disappointing', says Labour
A new clean air strategy published by the UK government has been criticised as "hugely disappointing" by the Labour party. Other groups said it did little to tackle the dirty diesel vehicles that are the main source of toxic air in urban areas.
Green Alliance: Government's 2042 plastic waste ban 'hopeless'
EXCLUSIVE: The Government should seek to bring forward its 2042 deadline to ban all avoidable plastic waste by "at least" 10 years, according to environmental group the Green Alliance.
Packaging industry calls for policy reform to boost plastics recycling
A host of UK packaging organisations have called for more recycling collection points, tax reliefs for recycled content and a universal list of acceptable materials as part of a desired regulation reform to make it easier for consumers to recycle packaging waste.
Government calls for evidence on green van tax breaks
The Government has launched a two-month consultation into possible changes to the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) that could incentivise van drivers to choose low-emission vehicles.