UK-Australia trade deal branded 'catastrophic' for environment and animal welfare
The UK and Australia have outlined the broad terms of their post-Brexit trade deal, leaving green groups, British farmers and some MPs concerned about the environmental and social implications.
Close policy gaps now or risk missing net-zero, E.ON and CBI warn UK Ministers
Electricity provider E.ON has released a new report showing how current policy frameworks leave the UK off-track to deliver its net-zero target by 2050, the day after the Confederation of British Industries (CBI) called on Ministers to "make 2021 the boldest year of net-zero action".
G7 final communique: Nations promise coal phase-out and $100bn climate finance
The final agreements from this year's G7 summit have been published, featuring commitments to phase-out coal-fired power generation and get back on track to deliver $100bn of climate finance to less wealthy nations.
Be bolder with climate policies, 70 CEOs and investors worth $41trn tell world leaders
An alliance of more than 70 chief executives has written to world leaders in support of "bold and courageous commitments, policies and actions" on tackling the climate crisis, on the same day that a similar call to action has been made by investors representing trillions of dollars of assets.
Environment Bill updates leave green groups doubting UK's commitment to halt nature loss
Some of the UK's biggest nature charities have called amendments made to the Environment Bill this week "weakly worded", arguing that they leave loopholes for the UK to backtrack on a commitment to improve nature for the next generation.
UK Government launches new taskforce to tackle greenwashing in finance sector
The UK Government is set to launch a new advisory group tasked with creating a 'green taxonomy' for finance, in a bid to crack down on greenwashing in the investment space.
World Oceans Day: UK Government to ban damaging fishing in new marine protected areas
Following pressure from green groups, the UK Government has confirmed plans to introduce a new class of protected areas around the English coastline, in a bid to prevent damage from sectors including fishing.
G7 agree on 'historic steps' to make climate reporting mandatory
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak met with finance ministers in London this weekend, with discussions leading to a historic agreement that G7 nations will mandate climate reporting in line with the recommendations of the global Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
UK urged to end new oil and gas licencing as Extinction Rebellion protestors target BP
More than 50 environmental charities and campaign groups are urging the UK Government to ban new oil and gas licencing either at the G7 Summit this month, or ahead of COP26 in November.
Report: UK lagging behind other G7 nations on green finance and jobs
On a per-person basis, the UK is committing just 6% of the amount of funding to the green recovery from Covid-19 pledged by the US, and just 13% of that promised by Italy.
Give us sector-specific guidance on net-zero transition, investment giants tell G7 nations
A group of investors with £8.5trn of assets under management has called on G7 nations to introduce new climate disclosure and action mandates for big businesses - and to provide more detail on how their long-term climate goals will be delivered.
EU and Japan seal 'green alliance' in bid for climate neutrality
The European Union and Japan have reaffirmed their "shared ambition of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050" at the conclusion of a bilateral summit which included the signature of an EU-Japan "Green Alliance".
Next G7 Summit in Cornwall to be certified as carbon neutral
The UK Government has confirmed that the next G7 Summit, due to take place in Cornwall next month, will comply with internationally recognised standards for carbon neutrality.
Environment Bill returns to Parliament with new binding targets for nature
The Environment Bill will return to Parliament today (26 May), following Covid-19 related delays.
G7 nations agree 2030s net-zero targets for power sector
The leaders of the G7 nations have agreed a joint commitment to ensure their power sectors reach net-zero in the 2030s, setting up for the economy-wide transition by 2050.
Turkey to ban plastic imports after 'recycling' from UK and other nations dumped and burned
The Turkish Government has outlined plans to ban the import of certain kinds of plastic waste, after a Greenpeace investigation found that plastics sent to Turkey for recycling were actually polluting the environment.
UK ETS: Post-Brexit carbon market opens for first time with carbon price topping £50 per tonne
The UK's carbon price has hit £50 as the nation's post-Brexit emissions trading scheme (ETS) opened for the first time on Wednesday morning (19 May).
The challenge for Biden, Boris, and the rest of us
Imagine yourself several decades from now, settled happily in your rocking chair, when your wide-eyed great-granddaughter walks into the room. She fixes you with a stare and asks the question you have long dreaded: "What exactly did you do to cut carbon emissions from the UK's stock of homes and commercial buildings in the early twenty-first century?"
Trees, peat and net-zero: UK to enshrine new nature goals in law
The Government is set to enshrine a commitment to halt species decline and nature loss by 2030 in law and has pledged to treble tree planting this parliament.
'Unlawful and irrational': UK Government taken to court over oil and gas subsidies
Environmental campaigners have launched a legal challenge against the UK Government, arguing that its continued support for expanding oil and gas production in the North Sea is incompatible with its climate laws and commitment to 'levelling up'.
'Proposals fall far short': Green economy left disappointed at Queen's speech
With the UK's official reopening of Parliament this week, the Queen travelled to the House of Lords to outline Governmental priorities for the coming months. Many had expected more to be said about tackling climate change and nature loss.
50,000 jobs by 2050: UK Government outlines plans to scale up carbon capture sector
According to a new paper from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the UK's carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) sector could scale rapidly to support 50,000 jobs by mid-century.
Report: Just 6% of UK's tax revenue is 'green'
The share of UK tax revenue directly raised from supporting businesses and individuals to reduce their environmental footprint was just 6% in 2020, new analysis has revealed, as the Treasury faces mounting pressure to align with net-zero.
Report: UK must more than double onshore wind capacity by 2030 to meet climate targets
RenewableUK is urging Ministers to set specific, legally binding 2030 targets for renewable energy generation to help deliver its net-zero target, including growing the nation's onshore wind capacity to 30GW.
10p plastic bag charge comes into force for all businesses
The UK Government has confirmed that it is increasing the levy applied to single-use plastic carrier bags to 10p.
From Aldi to Waitrose: UK food giants threaten to boycott Brazilian suppliers over deforestation
A string of big-name supermarkets, food-to-go chains, suppliers and manufacturers have threatened to boycott Brazilian products if lawmakers there do not bolster laws designed to protect the Amazon rainforest.
Green Alliance: Nature jobs would benefit UK regions hit hardest by unemployment
At least 16,000 jobs in nature conservation and restoration could be created as part of the UK's Covid-19 recovery plans, with areas facing the greatest employment challenges set to benefit the most.
UK Government 'unable to prove it will meet green R&D targets'
The UK Government has not outlined how it will deliver on plans to ramp up green R&D funding in fields like construction, manufacturing, transport and plastics, MPs have claimed, as they call for an "overhaul" of the funding process.
Accounting, offsetting and sequestering: UK urged to set up carbon regulator on road to net-zero
To ensure that emissions reductions are delivered in line with the Paris Agreement and forthcoming carbon budgets, and that the carbon offsetting and removal markets do not greenwash as they scale, the UK could set up a dedicated regulator.
Business giants press EU to ban petrol and diesel car sales by 2035
Ikea, Uber and Sky are among a coalition of 27 businesses urging the EU to ban new petrol and diesel car sales by 2035, in light of the bloc's long-term net-zero vision.
Investors worth £10trn outline policy vision for sustainable finance in net-zero transition
UKSIF, which represents more than 260 members with more than £10trn of assets under management, has called on the Government to better support a 'just' transition to net-zero.
MPs accuse Treasury and HMRC of shirking climate responsibilities
The Treasury and HMRC are failing to respond to a "climate storm breaking all around us", failing to make the necessary changes to tax systems and short-term funding packages needed for the 'just' transition to net-zero.
edie Explains: The business opportunity of COP26
What is COP26? What are the summit’s aims and desired outcomes? How does the COP process work? And what is the business opportunity before, during and after the talks? This new edie Explains guide answers all of these questions and more.
UK Government urged to accelerate ocean protection in COP26 plans
Major UK nature charities including WWF and RSPB have unveiled plans to assess the UK Government's measures to conserve and restore marine habitats this year, urging Ministers to take action ahead of COP26 this November.
BEIS mulling fashion adjudicator to tackle human rights abuses
MPs have proposed the creation of a clothing sector adjudicator, in a bid to hold fashion firms accountable for labour abuses and environmental issues in their supply chains.
6 in 10 Brits support 'green taxes', Green Alliance survey shows
A survey of more than 2,000 adults in the UK has found that six in ten would support taxes that make environmentally damaging behaviours, such as frequent flying, more expensive.
Green Homes Grant: Less than 10% of promised vouchers issued
Less than £200m of the £2bn of vouchers initially promised under the UK's Green Homes Grant Scheme has been issued, new official Government figures show.
US sets first 2030 climate goal as Canada and Japan increase targets
US President Joe Biden has unveiled a new 2030 climate target, entailing a 50-52% reduction in emissions against a 2005 baseline. Canada and Japan, meanwhile, have increased their 2030 climate targets.
Breakthrough as EU negotiators clinch deal on European climate law
European Union negotiators reached a deal on the European Climate Law after 14 hours of talks on Wednesday (21 April), allowing the EU to go into this week's US-hosted climate summit with an agreement on the bloc's 2030 target.
Treasury could mandate UK financial firms to add climate labels to products
HM Treasury has today (22 April) published the results of its two-year review on how the financial system must change to support the net-zero transition, recommending changes to tackle greenwash, empower consumers and properly prepare government departments for future costs.
'A credible path to net-zero': Green groups react to UK's Sixth Carbon Budget
The Government will seek to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035 as part of a new Sixth Carbon Budget, a decision that has been welcomed by green groups, although some are calling for more detailed action plans.
Sixth Carbon Budget: UK to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has agreed to legislate a new target to reduce national emissions by 78% by 2035, including emissions from international shipping and aviation, following the Climate Change Committee's advice on the Sixth Carbon Budget.
Green jobs primed to replace all jobs lost to Covid-19
New research has found that more than 800,000 job losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic in the UK could be replaced by new green jobs, provided government and private investment is mobilised to push towards the 2050 net-zero target.
Green Alliance: Government 'complacency' risks UK's net-zero transition
Despite strong progress in decarbonising electricity generation, the UK Government is not doing enough to support the low-carbon transition in hard-to-abate sector like agriculture and transport.
Report: China's carbon neutrality goal only achievable with major coal phase-out
If China is to meet its 2060 ambition of carbon neutrality, announced last year, it must shut hundreds of gigawatts of coal generation and reform emissions trading as a priority, a new report has revealed.
Back net-zero vision with 'bold' 2030 climate goal, 300 CEOs tell Biden
Chief executives from the likes of Unilever, Microsoft and Apple are among the 310 business leaders urging the Biden administration to back up its 2050 net-zero target with a strong interim emissions goal.
Fracking ban should continue for UK to meet net-zero, CCC warns
The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has told the UK Government that restrictions on onshore fracking for shale gas must be continued until scientists have a better understanding of its full environmental impact.
UK hosting 30,000 fewer green jobs than in 2014, official figures show
New data from the Office for National Statistics reveals that the UK hosted 202,100 low-carbon and renewable energy jobs in 2019 - 30,000 fewer than in 2014.
Green Homes Grant scheme to officially close this week, UK Government confirms
The UK Government has confirmed that it will axe its Green Homes Grant Scheme, which had £1.5bn of its £2bn funding pot withdrawn, on Wednesday (31 March).
Recycling rates are down, so what's the solution?
The latest data from the Department for Environment & Rural Affairs shows that household recycling rates in England have increased by just over 1% in the last 5 years.
5 changes to green policy that you need to know about this week
There have been several important changes to green policy packages in the UK and Ireland this week. Here, edie rounds up the flurry of announcements.
Government launches consultations on Deposit Return Scheme and Extended Producer Responsibility
MPs have today introduced new consultations to create the largest ever overhaul to the waste and resources sector, recommending that manufacturers cover the full costs of recycling packaging waste, standardising domestic and commercial waste collection and introducing a Deposit Return Scheme for certain types of packaging in 2024.
'Outrageous hypocrisy': Government condemned over £16bn oil and gas sector 'bailout'
Green groups have expressed their anger at the Government's new £16bn sector deal that pledges to align the oil and gas sector with the national net-zero target, while also ending financing for overseas fossil fuel projects, with many frustrated by a refusal to end oil and gas licensing.
Tax Day: Treasury will review controversial proposals for aviation duties
The Treasury has provided more than 30 updates to tax rules in the UK, but has stopped short of providing VAT breaks for energy-efficient and resource-efficient materials and business models that many had hoped for.
In charts: How big is the UK's waste mountain - and what are we recycling?
As part of edie's Circular Economy Week campaign, we take a look at the official facts and stats regarding some of the UK's biggest waste streams, outlining how much is generated and what proportions are recycled.
Government commits £560m to decarbonise housing
The Government has issued £500m from the Green Homes Grant and £62m from a Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund to improve the energy efficiency of 50,000 UK households.
#SustyTalk: Biffa's Jeff Rhodes on the Resources and Waste Strategy
edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Biffa's head of environment & external affairs Jeff Rhodes, hosted as part of our Circular Economy Week.
Use compostable packaging to boost food waste recycling, UK Government told
With separate household food waste collections set to roll out across England by 2023, Ministers are being urged to spur the adoption of compostable packaging for food products.
'Woefully inadequate': MPs slam Government's energy efficiency plans after Green Homes Grant fiasco
The UK will miss its long-term, legally binding climate targets unless the Government addresses energy efficiency in homes as a priority, MPs are warning.
Boris Johnson: Climate and biodiversity will be 'UK's top international priority'
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated that the UK Government will develop more ambitious climate and nature targets and initiatives as it completes an Integrated review of international policy.
Fashion brands set to cover recycling costs under new UK Government plans
The UK Government has today (18 March) begun consulting on measures to reduce waste from sectors including fashion, furniture, electricals and electronics - including new charges that would see businesses contribute to recycling costs.
Government unveils new Industrial Strategy to spur decarbonisation and create green jobs
The UK Government has today (17 March) revamped the Industrial Strategy to align manufacturing and construction efforts to the national net-zero target, with more than £1bn to funnelled into industry, schools and hospitals.
'Another vital step to net-zero': Green economy reacts to the Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy
The UK Government has unveiled a new Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy that will spur rapid decarbonisation across industry, the public sector, construction and manufacturing. But do green groups believe the strategy will put the nation on course for net-zero by 2050?
Green recovery could deliver 1.2 million construction and manufacturing jobs
More than one million green manufacturing and construction jobs could be created in the UK, if the Government introduced enabling policies, new data has found.
'Green bus revolution': UK to ban diesel bus sales and boost electric and hydrogen fleets
The UK Government has committed to ending the sale of new diesel buses and increasing sales of British-built, zero-emission models, in a move that should help tackle climate change and air pollution.
Report: Cumbria can create 9,000 green jobs by 2035, without a coal mine
Proponents of Cumbria's proposed coal mine often point to its potential to create 500 new roles. But the county could create thousands of jobs and attract billions of pounds of investment if it opts, instead, to expand low-carbon sectors.
Government orders public inquiry into Cumbria coal mine
The Government is set to intervene in the controversial plan to open a new coal mine in Cumbria, with a fresh inquiry as to whether it can be opened while keeping to national climate commitments mooted to take place.
Six changes to UK green policy that you need to know about this week
The UK Government has announced several important changes to green policy packages this week. Here, edie rounds up the flurry announcements from BEIS, Defra and the Treasury.
Cut taxes for low-carbon heating, energy efficiency and EVs, CBI urges
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is planning to outline a string of tax changes later this month, with the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) urging him to use the moment to support the net-zero transition.
Government confirms 2030 ban on petrol and diesel cars, unveils £20m electric vehicle package
The Government has officially confirmed that the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars has been moved forward to 2030, while also announcing a new £20m funding pot for electric vehicle (EV) innovation.
Ed Miliband criticises Government decision to 'axe' Industrial Strategy
Shadow Business Secretary Ed Miliband has criticised a decision from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to archive the flagship Industrial Strategy, joining concerns from green groups that the decision could dent business and policymaker relations.
UK Government has 'no plan' for reaching net-zero, MPs warn
Almost two years after enshrining the 2050 net-zero target in UK law, cross-party MPs have heard evidence that the Government still lacks a credible plan for delivery.
US takes step towards 2050 net-zero target with sweeping climate bill
A wide-ranging climate bill has been introduced to the US House of Representatives this week that, if passed, will commit the nation to net-zero by 2050.
Green growth or greenwashing? Business leaders react to Rishi Sunak's 2021 Budget
After Chancellor Rishi Sunak opened his red Budget box to provide more detail on green bonds and net-zero innovation finance, there has been a mixed reaction from green economy leaders - as edie summarises in this article.
Budget 2021: Sunak confirms Net-Zero Innovation Fund, announces freeports to spur green investment
Rishi Sunak delivered his Budget for 2021 today (3 March), pledging to put green investment at the heart of the UK's economic recovery from Covid-19. But the Chancellor has come under fire for failing to mention a number of critical policy enablers for the UK's net-zero carbon transition.
UK government confirms interim environmental watchdog and emissions trading scheme launch
The UK Government has confirmed that England's post-Brexit environmental watchdog will launch in July on an interim basis and that its domestic emissions trading scheme (ETS) will launch in May.
Budget 2021: Businesses and charities make last-minute calls for green funding to Rishi Sunak
With the 2021 Budget being announced on Wednesday (3 March), Chancellor Rishi Sunak is facing mounting pressure over the Green Homes Grant, National Nature Service and other green policy decisions.
Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak 'set to unveil green savings bonds and net-zero innovation programmes'
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed that he will launch green savings bonds at the Budget on Wednesday. There are also media reports of a £1bn portfolio to support innovations that will accelerate the UK's net-zero transition.
Government urged to block Leeds Bradford Airport expansion on climate grounds
Environmental groups are urging the UK Government to halt a proposed expansion of Leeds Bradford Airport, on the grounds that it is incompatible with the 2050 net-zero target.
EU unveils data-driven climate adaptation strategy, drawing green criticism
More and better data is needed to improve knowledge of how to adapt to climate change, according to the European Commission's new adaptation strategy, which immediately came under fire from green activists for missing binding targets.
Will the 2021 Budget help the UK deliver a green recovery?
Chancellor Rishi Sunak will deliver his second Budget on 3 March. But, faced with the challenge of supporting the economy as the UK completes its lockdown exit roadmap, will the Budget deliver an appropriate response to the climate and nature emergencies?
Hydrogen: Is UK policy and industry at a tipping point?
Recent weeks have seen influential bodies urging the Government to publish the Hydrogen Strategy sooner rather than later. In tandem, announcements have been made about hydrogen-powered homes and vehicles. So, is the UK's hydrogen revolution about to begin?
Survey: Two-thirds of Brits support UK's green industrial revolution plans
A survey of 3,000 UK adults has found that almost two-thirds support a rapid expansion of the UK's hydrogen, electric vehicle (EV), clean energy, carbon capture and nature sectors.
Stop offshoring emissions to poorer countries, Fairtrade Foundation urges Government
Almost half of the emissions linked to UK consumption are generated overseas, a new Fairtrade Foundation analysis has revealed, with the organization urging Boris Johnson to do more to support the net-zero transition internationally.
London, Tees Valley and County Durham residents call for better support for green jobs
The organisers of citizens' climate juries in London and North East have revealed their key calls to actions for Mayors, councils and the central government, including job creation in low-carbon sectors and a longer-term alternative to the Green Homes Grant.
Green recovery: MPs call for VAT breaks for energy efficiency, electric vehicles and circular economy
MPs are urging Boris Johnson's Government to take a broader "green recovery" approach, going beyond low-carbon electricity and transport to provide policy supports for nature restoration and the circular economy.
Boris Johnson faces pressure from his own Tory MPs to close net-zero 'policy gaps'
More than two dozen Conservative MPs have committed to championing green policies and solutions that will help the UK meet its net-zero target in Parliament, amid concerns that major policy gaps remain.
Green recovery report: Just 12% of global Covid-19 stimulus will benefit climate and nature
G20 nations have spent $14.9trn on Covid-19 stimulus packages for businesses since the Covid-19 pandemic began - but only 12% has gone to industries with a positive impact in the fight against climate change and nature loss.
Billions to be slashed from Green Homes Grant budget
The Government is facing criticism for a decision to pull the majority of funding for the £2bn Green Homes Grant, less than a year after it was unveiled to improve household energy efficiency and play a key role in an economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
Kwasi Kwarteng: Recent policy decisions send mixed messages on UK climate action
BEIS Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has admitted that the UK needs a stronger and more joined-up policy framework to deliver its net-zero target and claimed that decisions such as not blocking a new coal mine in Cumbria "send mixed messages".
'Be more ambitious': MPs press Government to beef up air quality policies before lockdown lifts
The UK Government should adopt the World Health Organisation's (WHO) guidelines on air pollution and step up funding and communications to help businesses and communities deliver on stricter goals to reduce particulates.
'Historic step' as European Parliament approves green recovery fund
Lawmakers in the European Parliament have voted to pass the EU's €672.5bn recovery and resilience facility, unlocking unprecedented funding aimed at helping Europe "build back better" after the COVID-19 crisis.
Green groups call for assurances over National Infrastructure Bank
A host of green groups have written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, urging for the implementation of a UK National Infrastructure Bank (NIB) to de-risk private investment into low-carbon solutions.
Cumbria County Council puts plans for controversial coal mine on hold
After much criticism of its decision to approve the UK's first deep coal mine in more than 30 years, Cumbria County Council has confirmed that it will reconsider the move.
Green Homes Grant: Government admits that meeting 600,000 homes target could take a decade
When the Government launched its Green Homes Grant last year, it aimed to improve energy efficiency for 600,000 homes. But a BEIS minister has admitted that just 20,000 vouchers have been issued to date.
Government support needed to 'mainstream' green jobs, say IEMA and CISL leads
To deliver its vision of having two million people in green jobs by 2030, the UK Government will need to develop a joined-up strategy and a body with "teeth" to close the skills gap and create the roles of the future.
Biodiversity loss: Agriculture 'threatening 86% of at-risk species', says major UN-backed report
Global food systems are the world's biggest driver of nature loss and urgent systemic change to address this will result in an uptick of plant-based diets, according to a major new report.
UK's progress on nature and the environment 'painfully slow', MPs warn
The UK Government is not on track to deliver its vision of improving the natural environment within a generation, due to "serious delays" implementing legislation and "disappointing progress" against existing goals and requirements on air, water and wildlife.
Report: UK needs to install five times as many EV charging points to meet climate goals
In recent years, an average 7,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging points have been installed annually across the UK. But that rate will need to increase to 35,000 per year.
Treasury 'not planning mandatory net-zero stress tests' for major government investments
Treasury representatives have said that the government won't make it mandatory for all projects to prove they can comply with the 2050 net-zero target in order to secure funding.