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Campaigners claimed that policymakers had only considered the environmental impact of five of the Scheme's 50+ projects

Climate impact of UK's £27.4bn roads plan 'not a matter for the courts', judge rules

The High Court has ruled that the Government did not need to assess the climate impact of its second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2), after green campaigners argued that the £27.4bn package is not aligned with the 2050 net-zero commitment.

The UK Government's vision involves bringing seven Gigafactories online by 2027 

UK's plans to scale battery production 'insufficient for net-zero transition'

The UK Government's plans to support the battery manufacturing sector to scale up are not sufficient to deliver the transition to net-zero, nor to ensure that the UK remains a leader in this market globally, a Lords Committee is warning.

Under current regulations, passenger planes can use blends of up to 50% SAF - but, because the market is so small, most airlines are recording far smaller proportions 

UK Government mulls sustainable aviation fuel mandate as £15m pledged for waste-to-jet-fuel plants

After the publication of the Transport Decarbonisation Plan earlier this month, the UK Government has begun consulting on introducing sustainability requirements for jet fuel producers from 2025.

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Innovation Strategy: UK Government bets on nature-based climate solutions and CCUS

Energy and environment technologies have been named as one of seven priority focus areas of the UK's new Innovation Strategy, designed to increase annual public R&D to a record £22bn.

Pictured: The San Juan Generating Station, one of the US's 241 coal-fired power plants

G20 nations have funnelled $3.3trn into fossil fuel subsidies since 2015, BNEF reveals

G20 member countries collectively allocated subsidies topping $3.3trn to the oil, coal, gas and fossil-fuelled electricity generation sectors between 2015 and 2019 - a level incompatible with the Paris Agreement.

The report outlines what the Board considers to be "proportional use of trade policy" to accelerate decarbonisation 

Liz Truss's advisers urge UK to reject 'green protectionism' in international trade deals

Government trade advisers led by Trade Secretary Liz Truss have called for greater free trade for low-carbon technologies amid the net-zero transition, but green groups argue that poorly regulated free trade has been a major driver of the climate emergency in the first instance.

National Grid has outlined a string of net-zero scenarios, but concerns have been raised about its ability to advise impartially 

National Grid could lose electricity system operator role under new BEIS and Ofgem plans

The UK Government and energy regulator Ofgem have outlined their initial views on replacing National Grid with a new independent system operator for electricity and gas, as part of a string of policy updates designed to accelerate the low-carbon transition.

Low-carbon recovery spending has been insufficient in almost all nations but moreso in the Global South, the IEA has stated

IEA: Global emissions to reach record high by 2023, with governments breaking green recovery promises

Just 2% of the Covid-19 stimulus funding promised by nations has been spent on clean energy, meaning that global emissions are likely to hit a record high in 2023 and continue rising thereafter.

This new series will be running regularly, bringing you the key headlines, statistics and events in the run-up to COP26

COP26 Action Tracker: China's ETS launches as UK's Cambo oilfield plans draw controversy

With less than four months to go until COP26, this new series from edie will provide a regular temperature check of global climate action from nations and businesses.

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Theresa May named as new Aldersgate Group chair

Green business coalition the Aldersgate Group has named former Prime Minister Theresa May as its new chair, effective from Tuesday (20 July).

The CCC estimates that UK councils will be able to influence one-third of the emissions generated in their local areas through partnerships and place-shaping

'Serious weaknesses' in UK Government's plans for engaging local councils on net-zero, report warns

Local councils are finding it hard to engage with the UK Government on issues relating to the net-zero transition, including target-setting and securing funding, the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed.

From new plans to decarbonise transport to shifts within the Green Party, it has been a busy week for policy relating to energy and the environment in the UK

Six UK green policy stories you need to know about

The past few days have seen the UK Government making a flurry of announcements on green policy packages and spending pots. Here, edie rounds up the major headlines in brief.

The UK consumes natural resources at more than twice the rate considered sustainable

Report: Circular economy could deliver 80% of UK's next carbon budget

By embedding circular economy principles in major policy frameworks, the UK could deliver 80% of the additional emissions cuts needed to meet its Fifth Carbon Budget, which covers 2028-2032.

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Transport Minister Rachel Maclean: UK can be a 'pacesetter' for green industrial revolution

EXCLUSIVE: Transport Minister Rachel Maclean believes that the newly released Transport Decarbonisation Plan can spur the next industrial revolution that ushers in unprecedented levels of innovation to help meet the national net-zero target.

The Strategy marks the first major review of the UK’s food system for 75+ years

National Food Strategy presses UK Government to clarify environmental incentives for farmers post-Brexit

With the food system accounting for 20% of the UK's domestic emissions and driving biodiversity loss, the Government must urgently clarify plans for implementing the Agriculture Bill and for preventing imports produced using lower environmental standards.

The EU's 2050 net-zero target is supported by a 2030 goal to cut emissions by 55%

Europe's 'Fit for 55' climate package: What is included?

The European Commission has tabled a package of energy and climate laws aimed at reaching the EU's 2030 goal of cutting emissions by 55%, and putting it on track to hit net zero by 2050.

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Green Jobs Taskforce urges UK Government to close funding and skills gaps

Every single role in the UK could become a "green job" in the future - but only if the Government clarifies the path to net-zero by 2050, including new measures to invest in low-carbon technologies and to build a robust skills pipeline.

The Plan covers all forms of transport, but some sectors have stronger policy commitments than others

At a glance: Everything you need to know about the UK’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan

The UK Government has unveiled its domestic plan designed to align the transport sector with the national net-zero target. Here, edie pulls out what this means for all modes of transport moving forward.

The Plan was originally due out in late 2020 but was delayed amid Covid-19 and, reportedly, calls for more ambitious targets 

'Clarity and confidence for the road ahead': Green economy reacts to Transport Decarbonisation Plan

The UK Government's Transport Decarbonisation Plan is set for publication today (14 July), outlining plans to align all domestic travel and logistics with the national net-zero target. Here, we round up the reaction to this policy package from thought leaders and key organisations across the green economy.

The Plan was originally due out in late 2020 but was delayed amid Covid-19 and, reportedly, calls for more ambitious targets 

Transport Decarbonisation Plan: UK Government to ban new petrol and diesel truck sales by 2040

The UK Government has unveiled its much-anticipated Transport Decarbonisation Plan, designed to align all modes of domestic transport with the national net-zero target.

Pictured: Chamberlain Square in Birmingham. Mayor Andy Street is one of the communique's 32 signatories. 

Give UK local authorities new powers to accelerate net-zero transition, Mayors urge Government

More than 30 mayors and council leaders from across the UK have co-signed a new communique urging the Government to grant them additional funding and powers to transition to net-zero across sectors including energy, transport and the built environment.

At present, extinction rates are 100 times higher than the natural baseline due to human activity

'Urgent policy action needed': UN unveils draft Paris-style plan to halt biodiversity loss

Eliminating all plastic pollution and ending $500bn of annual government subsidies that harm nature are among the targets in a UN draft plan for averting Earth's sixth mass extinction.

Pictured: Plastic waste dumped illegally in Turkey. Image: Caner Ozkan / Greenpeace

Turkey reverses ban on plastics imports for recycling

Just eight days after a ban on the import of certain kinds of plastic waste was instated by the Turkish Government in a bid to reduce plastic pollution, the mandate has been lifted for PET.

Under the most ambitious scenario, the UK would reach net-zero by 2047

2TWh of hydrogen and 37 million EVs: How can the UK reach net-zero emissions?

The National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO)'s latest Future Energy Scenarios (FES) report has outlined four potential scenarios for decarbonisation in the UK, three of which would see the UK reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Here, edie outlines what is required to meet the legally binding target.

COP26 Primer: Clean Transport

edie’s COP26 Primer Reports are about seizing the green opportunity. Produced in the run-up to the official talks, this mini-series of reports are based on the five key themes of COP26: Clean Energy, Clean Transport, Climate Resilience, Nature-Based Solutions, and Climate Finance. This report examines approaches to clean transport.

Without better engagement, the public are likely to see net-zero as something imposed on them by the Government rather than something that benefits them, the MPs warn

UK Government 'not taking the public's views on net-zero transition into account'

The Government's plans for engaging the general public with the net-zero transition and ensuring that impacts are socially fair have been "insufficient to date", MPs are warning.

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Pay communities to host offshore wind farms, Leadsom and Rudd urge UK Government

Former Energy Secretaries Dame Andrea Leadsom and Amber Rudd are warning Ministers that plans to dramatically scale up offshore wind across the UK could incite backlash from local communities.

According to the paper, some 80% of global annual emissions are not covered by carbon pricing mechanisms

Carbon prices must treble by 2030, $6.6trn investor coalition urges

The UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, whose members manage $6.6trn of assets, is warning that the world won't decarbonise rapidly enough to deliver the Paris Agreement without a "radical overhaul" of carbon pricing.

This new series will be running regularly, bringing you the key headlines, statistics and events in the run-up to COP26

COP26 Action Tracker: Recapping the G7 Summit and outlining a green policy wishlist

With less than five months to go until COP26, this new series from edie will provide a regular temperature check of global climate action from nations and businesses.

Achieving the benefits forecast in the report will require further investment in incentives for learners and employers, as well as changes to schooling

Report: UK green jobs set to be better-paid than roles in high-carbon industries

New jobs created to help drive the UK's transition to net-zero could pay 18% more than the national average salary - and 30% more than the average salary offered by companies in high-emitting sectors.

The UN estimates that food and drink production alone has been the driver of 75% of deforestation by area size to date

Current nature targets 'not enough': WWF calls for UK to cut global environmental footprint by 75%

If the UK is to properly address its climate impacts, it must reduce the environmental impact of products made domestically and imported by 75% this decade.

The Court concluded that the French Government is not taking "all the necessary measures" to meet its 2030 climate goals

'Landmark ruling': French Government ordered to align with climate targets within nine months

France's top administrative court has condemned the Government's failure to comply with the Paris Agreement and fight global warming, giving it nine months to get in line with the climate objectives it signed up to.

Pictured: Drax's power plant in Selby, North Yorkshire

Stop subsidising Drax's biomass operations, UK's biggest green charities urge Government

Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and The Wildlife Trusts are among the coalition of green groups urging the UK Government to end subsidies for industrial-scale biomass projects, including Drax's power plant in North Yorkshire.

The Government claims the new rules could extend the lifespan of some products by 10 years

UK's 'right to repair' laws come into force, in bid to cut electrical waste

Manufacturers of goods including washing machines, TVs and fridges will be mandated to do more to help customers repair them for longer from this week, under new Government rules.

A Green Savings Bond offered by National Savings and Investments (NS&I) will also help fund green projects

Chancellor Rishi Sunak issues £15bn green gilt drive to assist net-zero ambition

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has today (1 July) outlined plans to transform the UK’s financial services industry through £15bn of green bonds that will support projects that decarbonise key parts of the UK economy while improving climate resiliency and adaptation.

Collectively, RIS2 projects cover some 4,000 miles of road. As well as capacity additions, works include resurfacing and changed layouts

UK Government taken to court over climate impact of £27.4bn roads plan

The High Court is this week hearing a challenge to the UK Government's second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2), with opponents claiming that the £27.4bn package is not aligned with the 2050 net-zero commitment.

The EAC report also criticises funding cuts to public bodies and calls for the Government to increase Natural England’s multi-year funding

UK's 'poorly mixed cocktail' of policy driving biodiversity decline, MPs warn

The UK is not treating biodiversity loss with the same urgency as the climate crisis, according to a group of MPs that have warned that current Government policies are inadequate to address a sharp decline in nature-based losses.

Pictured: Drax's power station in North Yorkshire, where two coal units will close later this year. Image: Drax/ A.Chadwick

UK's coal-fired electricity ban officially brought forward to 2024

From 1 October 2024 - one year earlier than originally planned - coal-fired electricity generation will be banned in the UK.

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Major nature restoration scheme for Yorkshire as Defra outlines new conservation measures

WWF, Natural England and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust have launched a major landscape restoration project in the Yorkshire Dales, in the same week that the Government has proposed new measures to protect and restore habitats.

Enabling policies could also support up to 60,000 new jobs in the sector

Biogas sector spells out role in helping UK reach net-zero emissions

Almost 50 organisations have supported a declaration sent to the Prime Minister outlining how the biogas sector can support the net-zero ambition, provided clear and enabling policies are introduced.

So far the European Commission has endorsed nine recovery plans from EU countries

Recovery plans fall short of EU green spending goals, campaigners warn

As the European Commission starts endorsing national recovery plans submitted by EU countries, campaigners are growing concerned that the EU executive may not fully enforce the fund's green spending target.

The report reveals that the UK would have to deliver levels of decarbonisation comparable to 2020 every year, but that emissions are already rebounding post-Covid-19

'An alarming lack of net-zero progress': Green economy reacts to latest CCC report

Prominent groups and individuals across the UK's green economy have expressed anger and disappointment about the nation's lack of progress on decarbonisation despite its net-zero pledge, as evidenced in the Climate Change Committee's (CCC) latest report.

With current policies, the UK is only likely to deliver one-fifth of the emissions reductions needed by 2035

CCC: UK 'has no coherent plan to reduce emissions this decade', despite net-zero pledge

The UK Government has not yet backed up its long-term climate target of net-zero by 2050, often described as "world-leading" by Ministers, with realistic and ambitious delivery plans, the Climate Change Committee (CCC) is warning.

While welcoming efforts to decarbonise the sector, the IPPR notes that only one-third of the bottom 10% in terms of household income own a car

Government urged to prioritise public transport, walking and cycling to reduce emissions

The Government's efforts to decarbonise transport are focusing too much on electric vehicles (EVs) and could fail to provide affordable and clean transport alternatives that cut overall car use, new IPPR analysis has found.

The Aldersgate Group represents dozens of the UK's biggest businesses and trade groups

Net-zero, Brexit and Covid-19: Businesses say now is perfect time to 'green' UK's financial system

The UK government is being urged to ensure that its ongoing review of financial services regulations properly accounts for the scale of the twin climate and nature crises by influential business coalition the Aldersgate Group.

Sir David King (pictured) is chairing the new Group. Image: ClimateRepair, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sir_David_King_-_photograph..jpg 

Climate Crisis Advisory Group: New body launches, modelled after British scientists' Covid-19 initiative

A global group of climate scientists and thought leaders in the field have launched a new independent group, tasked with advising and criticising national governments on their policy response to the climate emergency.

Under the UK and EU's agreement, mutual changes to energy policy can be made until summer 2026

Green Brexit? Report accuses UK of failing to effectively replace EU energy systems policy

Brexit is making the UK's transition to net-zero "more complex", a new report has warned, stating that Covid-19 has further delayed efforts to set strong decarbonisation policies for an independent UK.

Policy loopholes need to be closed urgently to shift the world in favour of low-carbon energy at a pace needed to deliver net-zero, REN21 is warning

Report: Global fossil fuel use not yet in decline, despite renewable energy pledges

Fossil fuels accounted for some 80% of global final energy consumption in 2019, the same share of the energy mix as a decade ago, a major new report has revealed.

Pictured: The aftermath of Storm Ciara at Climping Beach, Sussex, in 2020

'Less talk and more action is needed': Green economy reacts to major climate adaptation report from the CCC

Environmental charities, think tanks and business groups are urging the UK government to take the Climate Change Committee's (CCC) new advice on building resilience to risks including floods, heatwaves and international supply chain disruption.

Hotter, wetter winters, hotter, drier summers and impacts to global supply chains could result in losses worth billions of pounds. Pictured: Flooding around the River Severn, Shropshire

Cost of climate damage to UK could triple without better adaptation plans, CCC warns

Climate risks to the UK are increasing in number and magnitude more rapidly than expected, with billions of pounds worth of infrastructure at risk in the coming decades.

Media outlets including The Guardian are reporting that Environment Minister George Eustice had wanted stricter requirements on farming and climate

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.

Several key policy packages relating to net-zero had been delayed as Ministers prioritised the Covid-19 response

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".

Green groups have been staging protests outside the summit, calling for stronger action on the climate and nature emergencies

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.

Governments are facing mounting pressure to deliver preparations for COP26, five months out from the conference in Glasgow

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.

The UK's 2019 'State of Nature' report revealed that most UK species have declined since the 1970s, with 15% now facing extinction 

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.

Pictured: Chancellor Rishi Sunak at the recent G7 Finance Ministers' Meeting. Image: HM Treasury, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/hmtreasury/51224385548/)

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.

Pictured: A stretch of shoreline in Cornwall

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.

The UK was the first major nation to confirm plans to mandate climate disclosure back in November 2020

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).

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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.

Scaling investment to match G7 peers could help the UK create 1.24 million green jobs, the TUC report claims

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.

Certain firms will be required to disclose in line with TCFD recommendations in the UK from 2022, but investors are arguing the case for a joined-up global approach 

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.

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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".

The G7 Summit will continue to focus on the net-zero transition

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.

Pictured: Rannerdale Knots, Lake District

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.

Pictured: The West Burton A coal power plant in Nottinghamshire. The UK's last coal plants will need to come offline by the end of 2024. Image: Richard Croft, CC ShareAlike 2.0, geograph commons

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.

Image: Caner Ozkan / Greenpeace

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.

The new UK ETS is the world's fourth-largest in terms of volume

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?"

The policy updates build on an overarching vision to protect 30% of land for nature

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.

Pictured: A semi-submersible oil rig off the coast of Aberdeenshire 

'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'.

Environmental charities, thought leaders and Green Party representatives have expressed disappointment over the announcements

'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.

Pictured: Ellesmere Port, one of the UK's industrial clusters planning to adopt innovative technologies to align with net-zero 

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.

The analysis comes after the recent 'tax day' provided few climate-related announcements

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.

Pictured: Scotland's Whitelee wind farm

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.

The Government now expects the use of single-use carrier bags to fall by a further 70-80% for SMEs

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.

Deforestation is believed to have accelerated amid Covid-19, and green groups are concerned that new legislation could make the problem worse still

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.

Pictured: A diver working with seagrass in Dale Bay, Wales. Image: WWF/Lewis Jeffries 

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.

By January 2021 over 1,600 projects had benefited from ISCF funding. But MPs are concerned about whether they will truly help meet targets like net-zero 

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.

The new body could be supported by organisations like the Environment Agency and CCC, the report states

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.

Pictured: The Volvo XC40 Recharge. Volvo is one of the 27 business signatories

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.

All key parts of the financial sector are represented in UKSIF's membership, including banks, pension providers, insurers and asset owners

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.

After this year's Budget and the first 'Tax Day', further announcements are due in the second half of the year

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.

Pictured: Durdle Door, Dorset

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.

The news comes after BooHoo was accused of using UK factories paying staff less than half of minimum wage

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.

The poll results come after the recent 'tax day' provided few climate-related announcements

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.

The scheme had targeted 600,000 homes, but just 53,000 homes made successful applications before its closure

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.

Today's summit will run from 8am to 3pm Washington time

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. 

Policymakers were keen to confirm new targets ahead of the Biden Administration's Earth Day summit

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.

The report is published to mark Earth Day, with the final publications due later this year 

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.

The new target will become enshrined in law by the end of June 2021

'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.

The target will become enshrined in law by the end of June 2021

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.

More than 1.2 million jobs could be created within two years and 2.7 million jobs over ten years, offsetting the jobs lost because of the pandemic

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.

Progress in decarbonising electricity must be replicated in other sectors, lest the UK miss its 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.

Coal accounted for almost 58% of China's energy generation pre-pandemic

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.

The CLEAN Act was introduced to the House of Representatives last month, headlined by net-zero by 2050 

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.

The UK government imposed a moratorium on fracking in England in 2019. Scotland and Wales have moratoria in place against hydraulic fracturing.

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.

The Government has repeatedly been warned that it is off track to meet its target of two million 'green-collar' jobs by 2030

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.

Ministers face mounting pressure to clarify the Government's long-term plans for energy efficient, low-carbon homes

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.


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