COP26 Action Tracker: G20 members clash on coal as credibility of corporate net-zero targets questioned
With less than 100 days to go until COP26, this new series from edie will provide a regular temperature check of global climate action from nations and businesses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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).