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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.

More than four in ten species in the UK have experienced population decline since 1970

Boris Johnson commits government to protecting 30% of UK's land

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that the UK will sign an international commitment binding nations to protect 30% of their land-based habitats - a move designed to halt biodiversity loss.

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As Boris Johnson unveils COP26 'launchpad' event, is the world on track for a green recovery?

In a speech to world leaders today, Boris Johnson confirmed that the UK will co-host a climate event with the UN in December and will spend the coming months urging other nations to update their emissions targets. But is the UK keeping its own promises for a green recovery? And are world leaders walking the talk on their own commitments?

The jobs would be created over a three-to-four-year period

Green recovery: 'Retrofit revolution' could create half a million UK jobs

More than 455,000 'white van' jobs could be created across the UK's property and construction sectors if the government increases funding for retrofit projects and green skills as part of its Covid-19 recovery package.

China accounts for 28% of the world's emissions and almost 10% of global GDP

China's carbon-neutral target for 2060: What does it mean for global climate action?

The world's largest emitting country, China, has pledged to carbon neutrality by 2060, in a surprising yet welcome move that will boost global negotiations on climate action ahead of next year's COP26 summit.

Some report suggest that business compliance with the Act still falls below 50%

Big businesses face mandatory digital modern slavery reporting

The UK Government has made the first major changes to the Modern Slavery Act since its introduction in 2015, extending requirements to public bodies including local authorities and tightening rules for big businesses.

Carbon Price Support in the UK is currently £18 per tonne 

Higher carbon prices could raise £27bn for green recovery by 2030, experts tell UK Government

The UK's price on carbon will need to reach £75 per tonne by 2030 if the nation is to meet its 2050 net-zero target - a price which would raise up to £27bn of finance for low-carbon sectors.

Each business is a member of two or more organisations which lobbied against stricter legislation in the past two years, the report claims

'Hypocrisy': Consumer goods giants accused of covert lobbying against stronger plastics legislation

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Danone are among ten major food & beverage and consumer goods firms facing accusations of covertly lobbying against stronger plastics-related legislation, in spite of their public commitments to tackle plastics pollution.

Timelines for enshrining the target in law will be confirmed this week

'We can do it!': EU chief announces 55% emissions reduction target for 2030

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has confirmed plans to target a 55% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 as part of a broader European Green Deal programme aimed at reaching "climate neutrality" by mid-century.

The UK has failed to meet any of the 20 Aichi Biodiversity targets agreed upon in 2010, recent RSBP research concluded

Charities urge Boris Johnson to create 'new era for nature' post-Covid-19

The National Trust, WWF and RSBP are among the 27 major charities urging Boris Johnson to promise to set ambitious targets for the conservation and restoration of UK nature at the UN biodiversity summit in Kunming later this month.

Image: Green Alliance

Mark Carney: Climate considerations must be 'embedded' in every financial decision for a truly green recovery

Former Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has outlined his vision for financing a green economic recovery for Covid-19 in the UK, calling for measures to ensure that every financial decision made by the private sector takes climate into account.

The call to action comes as the EU is set to negotiate on the 2030 target, with the European Parliament's environment committee voting for a new EU-wide target of a 60% reduction by 2030

Business and investor giants urge EU to raise 2030 emissions target

More than 150 businesses and a group of investors with €33trn in assets under management have today (15 September) called on the European Union (EU) to back the ambitions set out in its Green Deal by committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.

The end game, regardless, would be to achieve climate neutrality by 2050

EU lawmakers up the ante, vote for 60% climate target for 2030

The European Parliament's environment committee has voted for a new EU-wide target to reduce carbon emissions 60% by 2030, setting the stage for tough negotiations with EU countries and the European Commission, which is expected to propose a 55% goal next week. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Sharma was quizzed on the UK's roads programme, green buildings grants and COP26 preparations 

Alok Sharma promises 'joined-up thinking' on net-zero policy, but examples remain scarce

Business Secretary Alok Sharma delivered rhetoric that the Government will approach the net-zero emissions commitment for 2050 through a "joined-up thinking" approach, but was unable to confirm any concrete policy announcements that would ensure fossil fuels aren't locked into the future economy.

The report specifically calls for an overhaul on how the public engages with land and air transport, while encouraging them to eat healthier diets and gain access to more technologies to reduce household emissions

Choice and information: UK citizens' assembly outlines policy and lifestyle overhauls for net-zero transition

The first UK-wide citizens' assembly on climate change, Climate Assembly UK, has issued a list of recommendations as to how travel, diets, power generation and building use can be revamped to help society transition to net-emissions by 2050.

Backsliding on existing negotiations could see the UK weaken existing environmental policies

Is Brexit at odds with the UK's net-zero emissions target?

The Government's Brexit negotiations could set the nation up to miss its net-zero commitments, with Boris Johnson's intention to renegade on parts of the Withdrawal Agreement sparking fresh concerns about law-bound efforts to combat the ecological and climate crises.

The whitepaper notes that the UK’s future energy system will have to be supported by technologies still in their infancy - carbon capture and storage (CCS), energy storage and hydrogen production

UK slipping behind on build rate required for net-zero target

The UK is achieving less than half of the required build rate to deliver energy systems that will reach net-zero emissions by 2050, according to a new whitepaper from engineering consultancy Atkins.

CBI research shows that for every £1 spent on construction activity, £2.92 is created in wider value to the economy

UK needs 'significant' overhaul of infrastructure investment to reach net-zero, report claims

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has claimed that the UK Government needs to "undertake a significant programme of infrastructure investment" to enable regulators and private investment to create funding for critical net-zero infrastructure.

Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Scotland commits £1.6bn for national green recovery

The Scottish Government has outlined a new £1.6bn spending framework that will form part of an enhanced New Deal for the country that will improve biodiversity, slash emissions from heating and buildings and support 5,000 low-carbon jobs.

The UK's oil and gas sector employs 270,000+ people and pays £350m+ in taxes annually

BEIS to review whether UK's oil and gas licencing regime is net-zero compatible

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will review whether its plans for the future oil and gas licencing regime are "aligned with tackling climate change" and compatible with the UK's 2050 net-zero target.

The virgin plastics industry is described in the report as a 'bloated behemoth' which is primed for disruption

Report: World could reach peak plastic production in 2027, risking billions of dollars for oil majors

Global oil majors are planning to invest $400bn in virgin plastic production within five years - but much of this investment is at risk as governments beef up plastics and climate targets, and as consumers continue to push for plastic-free products.

Pictured: Lithium mine at Salinas Grandes salt desert, Jujuy province, Argentina

EU to launch raw materials industry alliance

The European Commission will announce the launch of a new industry alliance this week, with a view to building a complete EU supply chain for raw materials like lithium, which are seen as critical for the bloc's digital and green transitions.

The protestors are calling for MPs to back the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill

Extinction Rebellion: Two weeks of climate protests kick off as Parliament returns

Extinction Rebellion (XR) has this week begun a two-week programme of in-person demonstrations across cities including London, Manchester and Cardiff, timed to coincide with the reconvening of Parliament after the summer recess.

Retailers must donate funds raised through the charge to charity

UK plastic bag charge to be doubled and extended to all retailers

The UK Government has confirmed that the 5p charge on single-use plastic carrier bags will be doubled to 10p and extended to all retailers from April 2021.

Davey served at the now-defunct DECC for three years, as part of the coalition government. Image: Ed Davey

Ed Davey: Former Energy and Climate Change Secretary appointed Liberal Democrat leader

Ed Davey MP, who served as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change under David Cameron's government, has been elected as the Liberal Democrat party's new leader.

The legislation would apply only to large businesses, with supermarkets, FMCG brands and fashion majors likely to be among the most affected 

Defra plans crackdown on deforestation in UK corporates' supply chains

Large companies in the UK could soon be mandated to prove that their supply chains are free from illegal deforestation or face hefty fines, under new due diligence legislation being developed by the Department for Food, the Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Road transport accounted for one-fifth of the UK's emissions in 2019

Green groups outraged as government presses on with £27.4bn roads plan

The Treasury and Highways England are facing criticism after the latest string of details about the UK Government's £27.4bn road-building plan was published, with green groups arguing that the money would have been better spent on public transport and digital infrastructure.

The Environment Bill will be reintroduced to Parliament shortly after the summer recess finishes

Environment Bill update: UK to introduce legally binding nature, water, air and waste targets from 2022

After enshrining its 2050 net-zero target in law last year, the UK Government is developing similar legally binding targets for biodiversity, air quality, water and waste.

Councils are required to develop and deliver the projects in collaboration with a diverse range of stakeholders

Defra selects local authorities to spearhead innovative nature restoration projects

Local authorities in Cornwall, Buckinghamshire, Greater Manchester, Cumbria and Northumberland have been selected to trial place-based nature restoration strategies, which, if successful, could be replicated across the UK.

The calls to action are designed by a select group of MPs, but the One Nation group says they support its broader stance on environmental policy

Tory MPs call for Boris Johnson to go further and faster on climate in Covid-19 recovery plans

A group of 100 moderate Conservative MPs have called on Boris Johnson to beef up green legislation and investment through the UK's Covid-19 recovery strategy, and are particularly keen for the national petrol and diesel car ban to be moved forward to 2030.

Plan B’s director Tim Crosland argued that the decision remains a “fundamental breach of the social contract” and is working to file a claim with the courts

Treasury defends lack of 'green strings' tied to corporate Covid-19 relief packages

The Government has defended its decision to issue billion-pound bailouts for carbon-intensive companies and sectors, with the Treasury hitting back at accusations that the Paris Agreement and the climate crisis had been cast aside, but a court case still looms.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), which found that an all-in system would generate £2bn over a 10-year period

MPs outline support for 'all-in' deposit return system

A group of 20 MPs have signed a motion calling for all materials to be covered by a UK deposit return scheme for cups, bottles and containers to boost recycling rates.

Bevan became Chief Executive of the Environment Agency in 2015

Environment Agency chief: UK has one chance to get post-Brexit, post-Covid-19 regulation right

The Environment Agency's (EA) chief executive Sir James Bevan has delivered a rousing speech to the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, urging policymakers to embed key environmental regulations from the EU into UK law ahead of Brexit, and to strengthen certain regulations to stimulate green growth.

Longer-term reforms are expected to be consulted on in 2021

UK Government extends Climate Change Agreement tax breaks

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is extending its Climate Change Agreement (CCA) scheme for businesses by two years, following a consultation which highlighted its popularity.

The pilot will assist Defra’s 25-year Environment Plan, which includes a commitment to increase tree planting across the UK to 30,000 hectares per year by 2025

Vodafone and Defra launch IoT tree monitoring system to inform climate policy

Vodafone has enrolled in a new partnership with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to use Internet of Things (IoT) technology to monitor and research tree growth to assist in tackling the climate crisis.

Recycling levels have languished in England for several years and the country is currently not on track to achieve its recycling target of 50% by 2020

UK targets 65% municipal waste recycling rates under EU's circular economy package

The UK Government has today (30 July) agreed to transpose aspects of the European Union's Circular Economy Package into UK law, agreeing on targets to recycle 65% of household waste by 2035 and to allow a maximum of 10% municipal waste going to landfill in the same timeframe.

The IEA is forecasting an 8% year-on-year decline in coal generation - but government recovery plans could result in the coal sector rebounding

Report: Governments collectively failing to deliver net-zero-aligned coal phase-out

Coal accounted for 40% of carbon emissions from energy use last year and this trend is unlikely to be stopped by existing commitments from national governments - including so-called 'green' Covid-19 recovery strategies.

In a letter to Environment Secretary George Eustice, the Committee has outlined the importance of keeping to the level playing field in order to strengthen relations with the EU

Lack of trust could derail EU UK environment agreement

A group of MPs has urged the UK Government to overcome barriers to enshrining strong environmental legislation as part of trade agreements with the European Union (EU), warning that a lack of trust between the two parties could derail a common goal to combat the climate crisis.

The DfT wants cycling to be the "natural first choice" for short-distance journeys

Boris Johnson unveils £2bn boost for walking and cycling infrastructure

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has launched a £2bn package aimed at incentivising walking and cycling as the UK lockdown eases.

The Industrial Strategy was developed under Theresa May, at a time when the UK's long-term climate targets were more lenient and when unemployment levels were lower

MPs question whether the UK's Industrial Strategy is fit-for-purpose

MPs on the BEIS Committee are launching an inquiry into the UK's Industrial Strategy, questioning whether major updates to the policy package are needed in light of the 2050 net-zero target and the Covid-19 crisis.

Heat accounts for one-third of the UK's annual greenhouse gas emissions

CBI: UK won't reach net-zero without 2025 ban on non-hydrogen-ready boilers

The CBI has warned that the UK is unlikely to meet its 2050 net-zero target without sweeping policy changes on heat, including the creation of a National Delivery Body and a requirement for all boilers to be hydrogen-ready by 2025.

The Treasury has costed the UK's Covid-19 recovery package at £160bn. Since lockdown began, around £4bn has been earmarked for the green economy specifically

Boris Johnson outlines £750m green spending for heavy industry and aviation

Boris Johnson has unveiled a £350m funding pot for technologies like carbon capture and storage (CCS) and hydrogen alongside a £400m sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) pledge, to be spent as part of the UK's Covid-19 recovery effort.

The updated deal raises spending on climate action from 25% to 30%

Coronavirus: EU's recovery deal lacking climate spending accountability, green groups warn

Following four nights of negotiations, the European Union (EU) has agreed its biggest joint borrowing plan ever recorded, pledging €750bn to a coronavirus recovery package, but green groups have expressed concerns that focus and accountability on green spending have "taken a battering".

EV uptake in the UK is growing exponentially, but pure-electric vehicles still account for just less than 0.5% of the national stock

Shell encourages UK Government to bring petrol and diesel car sale forward

Shell's Country Chair for the UK has said that the national ban on petrol and diesel car sales could and should be moved forward to 2030, to ensure that the 2050 net-zero target is met.

Around 80% of the UK’s environmental laws have been forged in partnership with other nations in Europe

Defra unveils natural capital 'assessment' funding as post-Brexit green recovery shapes up

Environment Minister George Eustice has announced a new £5m Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment to protect the UK's environment as part of a new package of Environment Bill measures, on the same day that the Government unveiled a £16m sustainable farming package in South America.

The largest contributor to unconditional fossil fuel financing is the US

G20 nations funnel $151bn of Covid-19 recovery funding into fossil fuels

Of the Covid-19 recovery funding allocated to energy companies by G20 governments, 56% has been handed to fossil fuel projects, equivalent to $151bn (£119bn).

Battery storage projects are becoming increasingly common in the UK, but investment and installation had lagged in the first half of 2020

Energy storage planning regulations eased in bid to spur net-zero transition

The UK Government has moved to relax planning rules for large-scale energy storage arrays, in the hopes of speeding up the energy sector's net-zero transition and boosting investment in the sector post-lockdown.

The hearing formed part of the Committee's inquiry into the green recovery. Image: Gov.uk

Alok Sharma: Energy White Paper and Heat Strategy coming this Autumn

Following months of delays and amid mounting pressure from businesses and climate advisors alike, the UK Government will publish the Energy White Paper, Heat Strategy and Buildings Strategy alongside the Autumn Statement, Alok Sharma has confirmed.

Financing the net-zero transition should not result in unintended negative social consequences, the report urges

Create net-zero development bank to spur post-Brexit low-carbon transition, MPs urge

By creating a National Investment Bank with an explicit net-zero mandate, Ministers could reap the benefits of the UK's Brexit transition period, Covid-19 recovery planning and low-carbon transition simultaneously, MPs, economists and local leaders are urging.

The study calls for investment to be unlocked to improve the energy efficiency of UK homes

Government urged to spend £5bn to unlock £100bn green recovery

A group of businesses, mayors and political leaders have called on the Conservative government to spend £5bn to deliver on its promised manifesto pledges in order to unlock £100bn in capital investment on energy efficiency and create more than 300,000 green jobs.

The hydrogen strategy forms part of the Bloc's Green Deal, a policy package intended to deliver net-zero by 2050 

EU hydrogen strategy: Bloc charts path towards 100% renewable hydrogen

The European Commission unveiled plans to promote hydrogen based entirely on renewable electricity like wind and solar, but said low-carbon hydrogen derived from fossil fuels will also be supported in order to scale up production in the short term.

The fossil fuel lobby has been the most active of any sector since March

Report: Governments are bowing to fossil fuel lobbying in Covid-19 recovery planning

Almost two-thirds of the interventions which fossil fuel lobbyists made in policymaking between March and June were successful, new analysis has revealed.

Plan B argues the funding set aside for a green recovery is less than what has been issued to climate-wrecking projects and industries

Government threatened with legal action over coronavirus recovery package

The UK Government is facing another court challenge over climate-wrecking policy decisions, with UK-based Plan B threatening legal action over the recent coronavirus recovery package, calling it a "new deal for polluters".

Currently, just 15% of the world’s land and 7% of the ocean has some degree of protection

Protect one-third of world's oceans and land to deliver $500bn economic boost, scientists urge

Protecting 30% of oceans and land globally would reap economic benefits five times greater than the initial costs of conservation and restoration, a major new scientific report has concluded.

In total, the Update detailed £160bn of spending. Image: Parliament Live TV

'An encouraging start': Reaction as Treasury unveils £3bn boost for green economy

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has delivered his Summer Economic Update to Parliament, including a £3bn package to stimulate the UK's green economy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has broadly been welcomed by key individuals and organisations.

The survey results come as the Treasury prepares to announce new plans on retrofitting

Survey: Energy professionals believe retrofitting is key to a green Covid-19 recovery

A survey of 350 UK-based energy professionals has found that 80% want the majority of the UK's Covid-19 recovery package funnelled into 'green' industries, with energy efficiency retrofits for housing cited as the most popular route to both economic recovery and net-zero.

Sunak's speech has been long-awaited, given that other nations, including Spain and Germany, have already outlined full Covid-19 recovery measures

Green Recovery: Treasury unveils £3bn package spotlighting energy efficiency and reskilling

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has outlined the key details of a £3bn plan intended to create thousands of "green-collar" jobs, improve energy efficiency and conserve natural resources.

Shipping accounts for about 2% of global greenhouse gases and is considered hard-to-abate

MEPs set to navigate shipping into the EU's carbon market

Members of the European Parliament's environment committee (ENVI) will vote on Tuesday (7 July) on a package of measures intended to clean up the maritime sector and to include shipping in the EU's Emissions Trading System (ETS).

The Treasury will reveal more details around the recovery package next week, and is under mounting pressure to ensure that it is "green"

Brits believe a non-green Covid-19 recovery would be bad for the economy, cross-party survey reveals

A survey of more than 2,000 UK voters, in which all major political preferences were accounted for, has revealed that the majority of Brits want a "green" recovery from Covid-19, in which measures designed to boost the economy also serve to reduce pollution and emissions.

Clockwise from bottom-left: CCC deputy chair Baronness Brown; chair Lord Deben and director of analysis Mike Thompson

CCC: UK's net-zero transition could be easier than first thought

The Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) chair, co-chair and chief analyst believe that the UK's transition to net-zero could be accelerated, rather than hampered, by the Covid-19 crisis.

Following Johnson's speech, further details will be provided by the Treasury in the coming weeks. Image: 10 Downing Street

'A false start': Green groups express disappointment in Boris Johnson's 'New Deal' recovery package

Key members of the UK's green economy have been offering their thoughts on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Covid-19 recovery package, the fundamentals of which have now been unveiled. The general feeling is one of dismay, following months of campaigning.

Johnson will confirm that the National Infrastructure Strategy will be published this Autumn

Boris Johnson's New Deal for Britain yet to align with green recovery calls

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce a multi-billion-pound "New Deal for Britain" that prioritises jobs and infrastructure growth to respond to the economic crash caused by Covid-19, but following months of calls for a "green recovery," the environment is largely absent from the plan.

The plan's fundamentals will be revealed this week, with further detail to be provided by the Treasury in the coming weeks

Policy wishlist: What does the UK's green economy want from the coronavirus recovery package?

After weeks of speculation, Boris Johnson is set to outline the fundamentals of the UK's Covid-19 recovery plan on Tuesday (30 June). Here, we round up nine of the specific measures which green economy experts are urging for inclusion.

Carbon pricing has proven a key sticking-point in debates around both the net-zero transition and delivering a low-carbon recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic

EU carbon price to reach €32 by 2030, short of required price for UK's net-zero target

The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) has published its latest carbon pricing forecast and vowed to lobby for the net-zero transition by 2050 at the latest, while the Zero Carbon Commission is t calling for a UK carbon price of £75 per tonne by 2030.

The need for additional training is most pronounced in the transport, mining and built environment sectors

1 in 10 jobs at risk without 'green' reskilling, Mayors warn Treasury

Up to 2.2 million Brits could face unemployment unless the UK's Covid-19 recovery package contains measures to reskill them for "green-collar" roles, Mayors and council leaders representing 25 million residents have warned.

The inquiry will run for three months

MPs to probe whether Covid-19 recovery package is truly 'green'

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has launched a new inquiry into the environmental and social implications of the UK Government's Covid-19 recovery package, just one day before the plan's key aspects are due to be unveiled by Boris Johnson.

The UK's recovery package is due imminently, with Boris Johnson having repeatedly assured that its measures will create a greener economy

Deep retrofits, community energy and net-zero stress tests: Green Alliance publishes Covid-19 recovery recommendations

Green Alliance has issued a string of policy recommendations for creating a "green and resilient" Covid-19 recovery package, which, if enacted in full, could close the £14.1bn annual investment gap between current levels of finance and those needed to meet net-zero by 2050.

The CCC's major recommendations cover the UK's most-emitting sectors, surface transport, heavy industry, the built environment, energy and agriculture

'We're still walking when we should run': Green economy leaders urge Ministers to implement latest CCC recommendations

Key organisations and individuals from across the UK's green economy have backed the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) latest progress report to Parliament, urging Ministers to seize the "once-in-a-lifetime" chance to create a green Covid-19 recovery.

The CCC submitted its broader Covid-19 recovery principles to Parliament in May

CCC: Covid-19 recovery a 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' to spur net-zero transition

Producing a Covid-19 recovery plan which is fully aligned with the UK's 2050 net-zero climate target is "absolutely necessary and entirely possible" with strong coordination across Whitehall, Ministers have been told by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

41% of the UK's plant and animal species have declined since 1970, according to RSPB. On a global scale, a sixth mass extinction is predicted within the century.

IPPR: UK 'acutely vulnerable' to environmental breakdown

UK policymakers have 'historically disregarded' the economic, social and environmental risks posed by the degradation of nature, meaning more ambition and action is now desperately needed to mitigate further damage and adapt to changes which are already baked-in.

The call to action comes as the Trade Bill progresses through the House of Commons

Post-Brexit trade policy must encourage 'race to the top' on environmental standards, business giants urge

A coalition of business leaders is urging Ministers to ensure that post-Brexit Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) not only include non-regression clauses on environmental standards, but actively promote stronger requirements on a global scale.

The specifics of the €750bn package are still being finalised

EU recovery fund leaves €1.6trn investment gap towards climate targets, experts say

Calculations by experts show that the EU's planned economic rescue package, worth €750bn, is nowhere near enough to achieve the bloc's climate targets. Even in the best-case scenario, only one-third of the costs would be covered.

Other cities and nations have included investments in active travel in their recovery packages

Climate Assembly: 79% of Brits want Covid-19 recovery package tied to net-zero

A survey of the members of the UK's Climate Assembly, who were chosen to resemble the national population in terms of both social demographics and views on environmental issues, found that almost eight in ten want net-zero alignment embedded in all facets of the upcoming Covid-19 recovery package.

A play on 'build back better', the letter urges measures to help the UK 'grow back better' by taking more ambitious action on nature

25,000 jobs could be created through nature investment, charities tell Treasury

By providing funding for 330 "shovel-ready" nature restoration projects, the UK Government could create 10,000 jobs in the short-term and a further 15,000 in the long-term, while putting itself on track to meet key climate, biodiversity, tree planting and wellbeing targets.

As we move into the second half of June, just six months of the initial transition period remain

Is the UK on track for a green Brexit?

It's been a big week for Brexit news, with the UK kick-starting trade talks with Australia and progressing negotiations with the US and EU. But concerns that the promised 'green' Brexit will fail to materialise are mounting against a backdrop of no-deal warnings and the Covid-19 pandemic.


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