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Pictured: Plants at one of ADM's soy plantations. The firm produces a swathe of commodities including oilseeds, corn, wheat flour and cocoa. 

World's largest food supplier targets 25% emissions cut by 2035

The world's largest food and ingredient supplier, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), has set new emissions and energy targets which it claims are aligned with the Paris Agreement's 2C trajectory.

Campaigners have described industry lobbying of EU to defer impending regulations as shameless

Carmakers accused of trying to use coronavirus crisis to avert EU emissions crackdown

The motor industry has been accused by campaigners of trying to use the coronavirus crisis to avert stricter environmental regulation, after correspondence showed carmakers had lobbied the EU to defer impending laws.

Ricoh will prioritise the use of renewables to help decarbonise its operations and push towards the science-based targets

Ricoh sets 1.5C science-based target as part of zero-emissions ambition

Japanese electronics firm Ricoh has confirmed that it has had a new target to reduce emissions by 63% by 2030 approved by Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) as aligned to the 1.5C ambition of the Paris Agreement.

The move comes after months of mounting pressure from investors and climate activists. Image: Barclays

Barclays sets 2050 net-zero climate policy, covering operations and investments

British banking giant Barclays has pledged to become a net-zero business by 2050, under new a new climate policy which covers both direct operations and finance allocated externally.

edie’s senior reporter Sarah George interviews Mitie's director of sustainability, social value and fleet Simon King

The Net-Zero Business Podcast: A deeper dive into Mitie's 2025 net-zero strategy

In response to the accelerated pace at which corporates are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie has launched a new spin-off of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. First up on the Net-Zero Business podcast is an exclusive interview with facilities management giant Mitie.

The report adds that Scope 3 emissions account for 90% of BAT’s total carbon footprint

British American Tobacco targets carbon neutrality by 2030

British American Tobacco (BAT) has announced a new ambition to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 and eliminating unnecessary single-use plastics by 2025, having slashed emissions by almost 50% since 2000.

Western Europe continues to be the most mature market, accounting for nine of the top 10 and 12 places across the respective rankings

London tops green finance rankings, for now

London has again topped a ranking list of major cities for the quality of its green finance offerings and services, but looks set to slide down the table over the coming months.

Birmingham's CAZ was due to be launched early this summer

Coronavirus: London pauses ULEZ as Birmingham asks to postpone Clean Air Zone launch

In the same week that Transport for London (TfL) suspended charges for the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), Birmingham City Council has asked the UK Government for permission to postpone the launch of its Clean Air Zone.

The webinar provided practical insights and fresh guidance on delivering deep decarbonisation and accelerating climate action

Nine top tips for developing and delivering a net-zero strategy

While the coronavirus outbreak is undeniably top-of-mind at present, mid-to-long-term planning for decarbonisation remains crucial in light of the global climate crisis - and, on a national basis, the UK Government's 2050 net-zero target. Here, edie rounds up nine top tips for organisations looking to develop and deliver net-zero strategies during this crucial decade.

The postponement will give businesses in the city more time to develop and implement electric vehicle (EV) plans

Oxford's Zero Emission Zone launch postponed over coronavirus disruption

Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council are delaying the launch of the city-centre Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ), originally slated for December 2020, in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

The EU's Green Deal sets a 2050 net-zero target for the bloc - but an interim aim for 2030 is yet to be finalised.

EU exploring cost-benefit of 55% emissions cut by 2030

In the middle of the Covid 19 outbreak, the European Commission published last week what would have otherwise been a high-profile initiative: the launch of a cost-benefit analysis of increasing the EU's climate ambition for 2030 in view of reaching net-zero emissions by mid-century.

Defra analysts broadly attribute this trend to the decarbonisation of energy used to manufacture products. Pictured: The Cottam Coal plant, which closed last September. Image: EDF

UK's carbon footprint 21% below peak levels, latest Government figures show

The UK's total carbon footprint - a term used to cover consumption-related emissions wherever in the world they occur - fell by 21% between 2007 and 2017, new Government data has revealed.

The aim of EP100 is not only to reduce the environmental impact of partaking firms, but to encourage the embedding of energy efficiency in all business strategies. Image: Thai Union

EP100: Thai Union pledges to double energy productivity

Food production giant Thai Union has pledged to double energy productivity across the business, under The Climate Group's EP100 initiative.

The revolving credit facility has a five-year duration. Image: UPM

UPM signs for €750m sustainability-linked loan

Finnish forest industry giant UPM has signed for a €750m (£693m) revolving credit facility, with a margin tied to its ability to meet long-term climate and biodiversity targets.

Images: Samsonite/Neste

Samsonite, Neste, make fresh carbon-neutral commitments

Luggage giant Samsonite has pledged to become a carbon-neutral company by 2025, in the same week that innovative fuel producer Neste unveiled a plan to achieve carbon-neutral production by 2035.

According to the New London Architecture (NLA), there are more than 750 office buildings in  central London and more than a further 210 in the pipeline

JLL: Green offices more likely to bring in rent premium, less likely to sit empty

Property giant JLL has unveiled new research charting the financial benefits of investment in sustainable office buildings, including rent premium, future risk mitigation and higher tenancy rates.

Offset projects started before 2016 are being excluded and, from January 2021, businesses will need to purchase credits verified through one of just six schemes 

UN tightens carbon offsetting rules for aviation sector

The UN's International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) will introduce stricter rules on carbon offsetting for airlines next year, in a bid to reduce greenwashing and ensure robust carbon accounting.

Globally, the built environment accounts for around 40% of emissions

Built environment: Avison Young and St. Modwen set net-zero carbon targets

Real estate advisor Avison Young and housebuilder St. Modwen have become the latest companies in the built environment sector to pledge to achieve net-zero carbon emissions.

The Budget is the first since the UK set its 2050 net-zero target, and may be the last before the nation hosts COP26. Image: Rishi Sunak

'A mixed picture': Key green economy figures react to the Budget's environmental provisions

After Chancellor Rishi Sunak opened his red budget box to reveal fresh funding for natural climate solutions and carbon capture and storage (CCS), edie rounds up what key green economy leaders make of the new financial measures for the net-zero transition.

The commitment builds on Cornwall Council's plan to reach net-zero operational emissions within a decade. Image: Royal Cornwall NHS Hospital

Cornwall becomes first NHS region to set 2030 net-zero target

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly's sustainability and transformation partnership (STP), which includes all key NHS provisions across the region, has set a 2030 net-zero target in what it claims is a UK first.

Pictured: The updated version of Chevrolet's Bolt EV. Image: GM

General Motors unveils $20bn electric vehicle transition plan

General Motors (GM) will spend $20bn (£15.25bn) on electrifying its vehicle portfolio by 2025, as part of a new electric vehicle (EV) strategy.

Global oil demand has not undergone a full-year decline in more than a decade. Image: Agência Brasil, CC BY 3.0 

Report: Coronavirus likely to see oil demands decline throughout 2020

The IEA has altered its oil market forecast in light of the impact of coronavirus and, where it was predicting an 825,000-barrel increase in daily demand, it is now anticipating that demand will be one million barrels less per day in 2020 than in 2019.

Sunak has said that decarbonisation and nature protection will receive headline mentions in this week's Budget - but green groups have urged the Treasury to go further and faster. Image: Rishi Sunak

Budget: Green groups urge £33bn annual investment to meet UK's net-zero target

Ahead of Wednesday's (11 March) Budget, green groups have put forward their key asks for Chancellor Rishi Sunak. Here, edie rounds up the calls to action - including recent IPPR analysis claiming that £33bn more must be spent annually on decarbonisation to meet the 2050 net-zero target.

Pure EVs accounted for 2% of registrations in the UK in 2019 - but a rapid uptick is expected 

UK companies to invest £12bn in switch to electric vehicles

British companies are expected to spend more than £12bn switching their fossil fuel vehicles for clean electric versions over the next two years.

The technology has delivered annual carbon savings of 8,783 tonnes of CO2e for Sainsbury’s

'Formula One Fridges' delivering carbon savings for Sainsbury's

Sainsbury's has announced that its new Battersea Park Station has been fitted with its 400,000th Aerofoil technology solution that helps improve the energy usage of fridges, as it builds on its net-zero emissions target for 2040.

Manchester set a 2038 net-zero target in 2018

Manchester City Council spells out five-year action plan to halve emissions

Manchester City Council hopes to approve a new action plan that would commit to halving the council's carbon footprint by 2025, in assistance with the city's wider ambition to reach net-zero emissions by 2038.

While praising progress to date, the report highlights the gap between current policy results and those needed to meet the fifth carbon budget

Report: UK needs to more than double carbon reductions to hit 2030 climate target

The UK will have to more than double the rate it is currently reducing CO2 emissions in order to meet its 2030 target, despite strong progress in 2019, a report by Carbon Brief has found.

Ikea's global value chain emitted 24.9 million tonnes of CO2e in  financial year 2019, 4.3% less than the year prior

'A climate first': Ikea slashes global emissions as business growth continues

Ikea has recorded a year-on-year decrease in its total carbon footprint, despite expanding its operations, for the first time in its history.

O2 has already reduced operational emissions by more than 80% since 2010 and claims the new targets will help it "move further and faster"

O2 targets net-zero network and operations by 2025

Telecommunications giant O2 has pledged to achieve net-zero across its entire business and mobile network by 2025 - a move it claims will make it the UK's first net-zero mobile network provider.

Scaling up renewable energy generation is listed in the analysis as one of the most important climate solutions of our lifetime.  Image: Project Drawdown 

Report: Existing climate solutions, not innovations, crucial to meeting net-zero

Humanity will be able to reach a net-zero world by 2050 - as recommended by the IPCC in its landmark report on climate change - using existing, established technologies and practices, a major new scientific study has concluded.

National Express has nine bus garages and 650+ coach destinations in the UK

National Express vows to deliver zero-emission bus and coach fleets

Transport operator National Express Group has pledged to transition to a "fully zero-emission" UK bus fleet by 2030 and UK coach fleet by 2035.

An artist's impression of how the wind farm and hydrogen facility (right) could look in 2030. Image: Shell Nederland

Shell proposes 'Europe's largest' green hydrogen project

Energy major Shell has unveiled plans to develop what it claims will be Europe's largest 'green' hydrogen generation project, powered by wind energy, in The Netherlands.

The initiative forms part of the GSMA’s climate action roadmap for the industry, which has already seen operators disclose impacts via CDP

Science-based pathway for net-zero emissions established for telecoms sector

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and the GSMA have forged a new partnership to develop a sector-specific decarbonisation pathway that will outline how all companies in the mobile sector can set science-based targets.

The report also calls for legislation to support the deployment of electricity storage by providing a statutory definition of the technology

NIC calls for 'decisive action' to deliver flexible electricity system

The government's infrastructure advisor has told ministers that ensuring there are "no barriers" to future interconnector projects should be prioritised as the UK exits the EU.

Pivot Power is aiming to develop 2GW of grid-scale energy storage arrays in the UK by 2030. Pictured: An artist's impression of Pivot Power's planned Southampton site

Oxford and Kent to host 50MW grid-scale battery storage arrays

Electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure company Pivot Power has ordered two 50MW battery storage arrays to be located in Oxford and Kent respectively.

The Peterborough-wide project is expected to cut household and business energy bills by up to 25% once completed in 2022

Peterborough unveils plans for UK's largest low-carbon 'smart-city' regeneration project

Peterborough City Council has unveiled a plan to host the UK's largest smart, low-carbon city energy system including renewable electricity generation, energy storage and heat networks.

Under the commitment, all new sites will need to be carbon-neutral from the outset, including the Koodaideri iron ore mine in East Pilbara, Australia (pictured). Image: Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto sets 2050 net-zero goal - but excludes Scope 3 emissions

Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto has set a commitment to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its global operations by 2050, backed with a $1bn investment pot.

Green corporate investments made in 2019 will mitigate 2.4 gigatons of emissions over their lifetime - but a rapid upscaling is needed to meet net-zero by mid-century

CDP: Europe's biggest corporates must double green investments to reach net-zero

Some 880 of Europe's largest businesses collectively invested €124bn (£103.8bn) in low-carbon initiatives in 2019 - but this equates to just 12% of their capital expenditure, when 25% will be needed to meet the EU's 2050 net-zero target.

The global cement industry is estimated to account for 6-7% of man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually and is widely considered hard-to-abate. Image: Cemex

Cemex targets net-zero concrete by 2050

Multinational cement and building materials giant Cemex has pledged to reach net-zero across its operations and products by 2050, as part of a new climate action strategy.

The majority (90%) of Mitie's carbon footprint can be attributed to transport 

Facilities management giant Mitie sets 2025 net-zero carbon target

British facilities management (FM) firm Mitie has set a net-zero carbon target for 2025, which it claims is the most ambitious in the national FM sector.

Pictured: Glencore's Ferrochrome smelter in Lydenburg, South Africa

Glencore slams BP's net-zero target as it outlines measures to cap coal use

The chief executive of coal giant Glencore dubbed BP's 2050 net-zero target "wishy-washy" as he outlined how his firm will tackle scope 3 emissions through to 2035.

The strategy also commits to a year-on-year reduction of construction waste

Sir Robert McAlpine targets net-zero emissions by 2024

Building and civil engineering company Sir Robert McAlpine has announced a new public commitment to implement carbon reduction initiatives to reach net-zero emissions in the next five years.

Of the 856 cities reporting climate data to CDP, 105 (12%) received an 'A' grade

Which UK cities are climate 'A-Listers' - and why?

CDP has this week published its Cities A List, revealing the global cities that are leading efforts to tackle climate challenges. Here, edie looks at the five UK cities to have made the cut, summarising their green plans and progress to date.

The commitment covers emissions related to preparations for, and the operations of, the tournament. Image: FIFA/ Al Sadd SC

FIFA vows to deliver carbon-neutral 2022 World Cup

FIFA and the State of Qatar have jointly launched a sustainability strategy for the 2022 World Cup, headlined by a commitment to deliver carbon-neutrality across the event's operations.

Steel is widely regarded as a hard-to-abate sector, with the production of every tonne of material emitting 1.8 tonnes of CO2. Image: Leeds University 

UK universities receive £1.26m boost for low-carbon steel roadmap

Scientists at the Universities of Sheffield and Leeds have been awarded £1.26m to accelerate their work developing low-carbon solutions for the steel sector.

The solar plant which will supply Heineken Spain will be co-located with Iberdrola’s El Andevalo wind farm (pictured)

Heineken to switch to 100% renewable electricity in Spain

Heineken's Spanish arm has signed a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) that will see it switch to 100% renewable electricity from solar later this year.

Since 2005, Delta has reduced its absolute GHG footprint by 11% from 46 million metric tonnes to 41 million metric tonnes. Image Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines commits $1bn to become carbon neutral

US-based Delta Air Lines has committed $1bn over the next decade to mitigate emissions from its business to become carbon neutral, with the company pledging to minimise its reliance on the carbon offset market.

Pictured: Pod Point’s founder and chief executive Erik Fairbairn

EDF takes over EV charging giant Pod Point

Energy giant EDF has acquired a majority stake in one of the UK's largest electric vehicle (EV) charging firms, Pod Point.

Under the deals, British Gas Business will supply 100% renewable electricity. Image: Francis Tyers, CC BY 3.0 

'A landmark moment': NHS to boost renewable energy sourcing

More than 11% of the NHS's estate will be switched to 100% renewable electricity this spring, under new energy deals signed by its Property Services arm.

Policymakers have been facing calls for shorter-term roadmaps to help decarbonise homes in line with its 2050 target.

Government opposes 'powerless' energy efficiency proposals

The government has rejected calls to beef up its target of getting all homes to the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Band C standard by 2035 - while signalling that its own heat policy road map will be published "very soon".

The Working Group, National Church Institutions and every cathedral body and Diocesan Synod will provide progress reports and updates towards the net-zero ambition every three years

Church of England commits to net-zero emissions by 2030

The Church of England will "urgently examine" what will be required to reach net-zero emissions, after a vote was passed to set the target for 2030, 15 years ahead of an initially recommended date.

According to EU officials, the Commission is now working on preparing the ground for an ETS-extension proposal

EU starts to chart shipping's new green course

The shipping industry will soon have to pay for its environmental impact in the EU, as both the European Commission and Parliament are moving forward with plans to include vessels in the bloc's flagship carbon market. But there are choppy waters ahead.

Other oil and gas majors with net-zero targets include Eni and Equinor

BP sets 2050 net-zero carbon target

BP's new chief executive has set an ambition to shrink the oil giant's carbon footprint to net zero by 2050 and will cut the carbon intensity of the energy it sells by 50% over the same period.

Sky will target a 50% absolute reduction in emissions by 2030

Dissecting the challenge: How Sky is approaching its net-zero target

EXCLUSIVE: Sky is facing the daunting task of engaging with 11,000 companies and 24 million customers as part of its new commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030. The group's head of responsible business Fiona Ball outlines how Sky is "dissecting" this target to manage the transformation.

More than 8,000 people objected to the expansion. Image: Bristol Airport

Plan to expand Bristol airport rejected after climate protests

A scheme to expand Bristol airport has been rejected following protests that it would exacerbate the climate emergency, damage the health of local people, and harm flora and fauna.

The panel included representatives from the finance, environmental services, engineering, cement, food manufacturing and retail sectors. Image: Aldersgate Group

Carbon trading clarity and citizens in the spotlight: What do businesses want from COP26?

With a successor to the COP26 presidency role yet to be announced, all eyes are on Westminster for news on its plans for organising the crucial summit. But - beyond a stable delivery team - what are UK business's big asks of the conference, both in terms of organisation and execution?

Power generation capacity may have to grow by 75% to account for additional demand

Sector coupling: Electrification of transport and buildings could slash emissions by 60%

Mass-Scale electrification of the transport, buildings and industrial sectors could enable Europe to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60% over the next 30 years, according to a new report published today by research company BloombergNEF (BNEF).

A lack of vehicle supply from the auto industry is now the top corporate barrier to the EV transition

Lack of vehicle supply stifling corporate uptake of EVs

Corporates are spurring demand for electric vehicles (EVs) across the globe, but concerns persist about a lack of vehicles supply, according to an annual update from the group behind the EV100 initiative.

Javid will unveil his first Budget on 11 March. Image: Creative Britain, OGL v1.0

Reports: Budget to include new energy efficiency and EV subsidies to spur net-zero progress

Chancellor Sajid Javid is mulling a string of new subsidies to reduce building and transport emissions from homeowners and public sector organisations for next month's Budget, it has been reported.

Equinor has said it will need to become a "broad energy company" to meet its targets. Image: Equinor

Equinor to dramatically increase wind investment under new climate strategy

Energy major Equinor has pledged to grow its renewable energy generation capacity tenfold over the next six years, in a major shake-up to its climate targets.

The company has faced criticism from green groups but is keen to move forward. Image: Ryanair

Ryanair: 'We're reviewing everything around environmental sustainability'

EXCLUSIVE: Amid increasing pressure from the general public, policymakers and investors, Ryanair's first director of sustainability has said the airline is reviewing its environmental targets and processes.

The UK's heat networks currently serve about 500,000 customers, but this could rise to five million by mid-century 

UK's low-carbon heat networks receive £40m Government boost

The Government has outlined how it will allocate £40m to bring seven new low-carbon heat networks online across London, Leeds, Liverpool and Bristol.

Pictured: Signatories to the emergency declaration.

Bristol City Council declares 'ecological emergency', invests in battery storage

Bristol City Council has this week passed a motion to declare an 'ecological emergency' and approved plans to install a battery storage unit at City Hall.

The trade body has set out recommendations for tackling fuel poverty, energy waste in homes and businesses and protecting vulnerable customers on the road to net-zero

Energy UK calls for tax-funded energy efficiency scheme

Trade body Energy UK has proposed that general taxation is used to fund a national energy efficiency programme.

The UK Green Building Council supported Barratt through its target development

UK's largest housebuilder sets 1.5C-aligned emissions targets

Barratt Development has committed to reducing direct and indirect carbon emissions in line with the Paris Agreement's more ambitious 1.5C trajectory.

The UK Government has just moved the ban on new petrol and diesel car sales forward to 2035. Image: OVO Energy

Northern Powergrid and OVO Energy make fresh bids to spur EV uptake

Northern Powergrid has launched a new digital tool to help business customers install electric vehicle (EV) charging points, in the same week that OVO Energy partnered with Mitsubishi to offer free EV miles to individual customers.

ClimateCare’s chief executive Vaughan Lindsay was speaking on day one of the Sustainability Leaders Forum

edie's publisher Faversham House expands ClimateCare partnership to offset event travel emissions

edie's publishing company Faversham House has announced an expansion to its partnership with ClimateCare to offset all carbon emissions from speaker and delegate travel across all its events throughout 2020.

Robinson said that nations couldn't look to make themselves net-zero while continuing to fund polluting projects in developing countries

Mary Robinson: Business and governments must avoid net-zero 'hypocrisy'

EXCLUSIVE: The former president of Ireland Mary Robinson has claimed that net-zero commitments made by governments and corporates must lead to a "just transition" that also combats the "hypocrisy" of ignoring fossil fuel developments further afield.

Sky has recorded a 55% reduction in carbon intensity and a 39% reduction in business travel emissions

'A critical decade': Sky commits to net-zero emissions by 2030

Broadcaster Sky has today (4 February) unveiled a new commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 through strategies to make its products more energy efficient, its film and TV more sustainable and by engaging consumers and the value chain to "go zero".

Image: Asda 

Asda pledges to halve emissions by 2025

Asda has committed to halving its Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 (power-related) emissions by 2025, under new targets which it claims are aligned with a 1.5C trajectory.

It is the first major awards season event to tout carbon neutrality. Image: Stuart Chalmers, CC BY 2.0

Bafta delivers its first carbon-neutral ceremony

Bafta has invested in a string of initiatives to decarbonise and reduce the resource impact of its 2020 film awards ceremony, which took place in London this Sunday (2 January).

The plan includes fresh funding, a new regulatory approach, and promises to change processes for collaboration with policymakers and industry. Pictured: The Walney Wind Farms

Ofgem sets out nine-point plan to prioritise climate crisis

Britain's energy regulator has said it will change how it governs the industry to help meet the government's climate targets, after coming under fire for failing to prioritise the climate emergency.

The analysis forecasts inadequate emissions reductions across sectors including energy, transport and the built environment. Image: The coal-fired Ratcliffe on Soar Power Station. Roger Kidd, CC BY 2.0

UK set to breach fifth carbon budget, despite setting net-zero goal

The UK is still set to miss its fifth carbon budget despite the creation of a legally-binding net-zero target for 2050 last year, new analysis has found.

The company's carbon-neutral strategy revolves around energy efficiency, renewables and offsetting. Image: EY 

EY targets carbon neutrality by end of 2020

Professional services giant EY has pledged to become a carbon-neutral business by the end of the year, through investments in decarbonising its operations and in carbon offsetting schemes.

£3.7bn is equivalent to around 3% of the NHS's annual spend. Image: Francis Tyers, CC BY 3.0 

Report: Stronger green policies for transport and homes would save NHS £3.7bn each year

By implementing stronger policies around walking, cycling, electric vehicles and energy efficiency in homes, the Government could save the NHS at least £3.7bn per year.

National Grid is targeting net-zero by 2050, with its ESO claiming it will be ready to handle zero-carbon power by 2025 

Electricity and gas networks 'failing to show true leadership on net-zero'

The RIIO2 challenge group has lamented a lack of "true leadership" among network operators on subject of decarbonisation, stating that none of the companies that submitted business plans to Ofgem in December have been "genuinely proactive".

The taskforce will publish its first two analyses to coincide with COP26

Businesses team up to launch net-zero infrastructure taskforce

Industry bodies representing hundreds of firms across the engineering and environmental technologies sectors have partnered to analyse how the UK's infrastructure should be redesigned to meet net-zero by 2050.

140,000 existing 'green-collar' roles will need filling, while a further 260,000 must be created, the analysis concludes 

National Grid: 400,000 energy jobs must be filled to hit net-zero

More than 117,000 roles will need to be filled in the energy sector by 2030, and a further 283,000 by 2050, if the UK is to meet its net-zero target.

Pictured clockwise from top left: The Congress Centre; plastics campaigner Melati Wijsen; activist Greta Thunberg and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Images: WEF

Davos 2020: Calls to climate action and everything else you may have missed

Over the past few days, reports and announcements around sustainability have been launched at a pace, as more than 3,000 business leaders, policymakers and thought leaders and Bill Nye gathered in Davos for the World Economic Forum (WEF). This round-up highlights the key green talking points that you need to know.

The Alliance will support the electrification of transport and logistics fleets across North America 

Big names including Amazon and Ikea spearhead new corporate EV alliance

A new alliance aimed at helping businesses to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) is being spearheaded by some of the world's most recognisable corporates, including Amazon, Ikea and Siemens.

Staff and students at the University of Worcester

Worcester and London universities to trial sustainable diets behaviour change programme

Students at the University of Worcester, City and the University of London will take part in a new European trial designed to change behaviours and promote sustainable diets and climate-friendly meals.

An artist's impression of the Gravity campus. The facility has been designed with built-in green features such as low-carbon materials, electric vehicle chargers and buildings with passive daylighting. 

UK's first 'smart' commercial hub signs 50-year clean energy innovation deal with E.ON

The developers of what purports to be the UK's first "smart" commercial campus have singed a 50-year deal with E.ON, that will see the utility giant develop, test and scale-up clean energy solutions in the west country.

Pictured: AstraZeneca's R&D hub in China 

Ambition Zero Carbon: AstraZeneca targets carbon-negativity by 2030

Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has pledged to become carbon-negative across its entire value chain by 2030, with an interim ambition of reaching net-zero operational carbon emissions from operations by 2025.

Unlike previous ambitions, Microsoft's new target covers Scope 3 emissions. Pictured: Microsoft's flagship UK store on Oxford Street, London. 

'Transformation through transparency': How Microsoft will collaborate to meet its carbon-negative goals

EXCLUSIVE: As it strives to meet its boldest sustainability target to date - becoming "carbon-negative" by 2030 - Microsoft will need to forge innovative collaborations with businesses across and beyond its supply chain.

The Government is aiming to spread the funding across all UK regions 

Government boosts funding for on-street EV charging

The government has doubled its funding for the installation of electric vehicle (EV) chargers on residential streets to £10 million.

The report outlines how oil and gas firms could change their investment approaches in line with the Paris Agreement

IEA: Oil and gas firms investing less than 1% of funds in low-carbon transition

Of the investments collectively made by the world's largest public, private and state-owned oil and gas giants in 2018, less than 1% went towards low-carbon activities such as building renewable energy infrastructure or installing carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) technologies.

The pledge will cover all 11 of Lloyds Banking Group's brands

Lloyds Banking Group to halve carbon emissions of investments by 2030

Lloyd's Banking Group has pledged to halve the carbon emissions generated by projects it finances by 2030, in support of the UK's 2050 net-zero target.

ONS employment figures show that the UK is home to more "green-collar" jobs than in 2015, but fewer than in 2014 

Latest Government figures spark fears that UK's green economy is 'stagnating'

The latest Government figures reveal that turnover in the UK's low-carbon economy was £46.7bn in 2018, up from £40.5bn in 2015. But the 2018 figure is still equivalent to just 1% of national non-financial turnover, experts have warned.

All UK businesses will be required to reach net-zero by 2050, with the survey exploring how they plan to make this transition 

Survey: Lack of know-how hampering net-zero progress from businesses

Ever more UK businesses are targeting net-zero by, or ahead of, the Government's 2050 deadline. But half of businesses with net-zero targets are struggling to plan to deliver against them, a new survey has found.

Microsoft will launch a $1bn climate innovation fund, using its own capital, to help develop carbon reduction and removal technologies

'Neutral is not enough': Microsoft pledges to become carbon-negative by 2030

Tech giant Microsoft has today (16 January) unveiled a bold new plan to reduce its carbon impact to below net-zero by 2030, with an additional goal of removing carbon from the atmosphere that the company has emitted since it was founded in 1975.

Pictured: A rooftop solar array at PepsiCo's HQ in Harrison, NY. 

Visa and PepsiCo celebrate 100% renewable electricity milestones

Visa has met its target to use 100% renewable electricity across its global operations, in the same week that PepsiCo announced that 100% of the electricity used across its US operations will be renewable by the end of 2020.

The plan builds on the firm's existing pledge to reach net-zero carbon by 2021 

Forster Communications targets 'climate-positivity' by 2023

Social change PR agency Forster Communications has pledged to become 'climate-positive' by 2023, reversing and mitigating more negative environmental impacts than it generates through its direct and indirect actions.

John Dunne, Wates' group health, safety, environment and quality director

Wates Group targets zero waste and carbon by 2025

Private-owned construction firm Wates Group has committed to new goals that target zero waste from all onsite operations and zero carbon emissions from operations and vehicle fleets by 2025.

Quorn claims the greenhouse gas (GHG) impact of its Mycoprotein is 90% lower than beef

Quorn rolls out carbon footprint labelling

Quorn Foods is introducing labels detailing the carbon footprint of its products to some of its most popular lines, as consumer interest in the climate impact of groceries rises.

Pictured: The National Trust’s director-general Hilary McGrady unveiling the new strategy at the Barbican Centre in London

National Trust to plant 20 million trees in bid to become net-zero by 2030

The National Trust has unveiled a plan to become net-zero carbon by 2030, which features one of the UK's biggest forest expansion projects.

Pictured: Equinor's Sleipner oil field. Image: Øyvind Gravås and Bo B. Randulff

'Near zero' by 2050: Equinor outlines new long-term emissions targets

Norwegian oil and gas giant Equinor has pledged to bringing the greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint of its onshore plants and offshore fields to "near zero" by 2050.

The offsetting scheme will complement investments in fuel-efficient aircraft and innovative fuels. Image: P. Masclet/ master films 

British Airways begins offsetting domestic flight emissions in first step towards net-zero

British Airways has begun offsetting all emissions generated through domestic flights within the UK, at no additional cost to passengers.

Pictured: Liverpool Waters’ Princes Dock. Image: Peel L&P

UK's first net-zero offices certified in Manchester and Liverpool

A portfolio of 11 office properties across Liverpool and Greater Manchester have been verified as net-zero carbon against the UK Green Building Council's (UKGBC) standard, in what the developer has described as a national first.

With a year to go, oil firm’s $2bn investment is well below its own guidance of $4bn-$6bn

Royal Dutch Shell may fail to reach green energy targets

Royal Dutch Shell is at risk of falling short on plans to invest up to $6bn (£4.6bn) in green energy projects between 2016 and the end of 2020, with its slow progress likely to raise concern that oil companies are not moving fast enough to help tackle the climate crisis.

Tristar's vessel was originally built in 2008 and has been retrofitted for its new purpose as an LNG transporter. Image: Tristar

Shipping giants debut LNG and hydrogen vessels

Multinational fuel giant Tristar has added a liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker to its international shipping fleet for the first time, in the same week that Kawasaki Heavy Industries debuted the world's first ship capable of transporting large volumes of liquid hydrogen.


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