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Nissan given green light on 20MW solar farm expansion at Sunderland plant

Nissan has been given the green light to expand a solar farm at its Sunderland plant, which is currently undergoing a huge investment project to create a new Gigafactory.

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Net-Zero Business podcast: Princes' journey to carbon neutrality and spotlight on beyond-supply energy options

In response to the accelerated pace at which corporates are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie's monthly Net-Zero Business podcast was created. Up next, we talk low-carbon food and drink with Princes and business energy solutions with EDF Energy.

After a bumper year for UK green policy updates, what gaps remain on the road to net-zero?

Although the UK Government has published a swathe of environmental policy updates around COP26 this year, there are still "mixed signals" as the argument that sustainability and profitability are at odds rages on.

Earlier this year, two representatives from activist investors Engine No. 1  were appointed to the ExxonMobil board

Exxon pledges $15bn to meet updated decarbonisation targets, but fails to align with climate science

ExxonMobil has announced a new plan to reduce absolute emissions by 20% by 2030 and kick-started a $15bn investment plan through to 2027. But the firm will likely continue to face intense scrutiny from the green economy.

In total, Amazon has announced 274 global renewable energy projects, including 105 utility-scale wind and solar projects, and 169 solar rooftops on facilities and stores worldwide

Amazon increases renewable energy procurement by 40%

Online retail giant Amazon has revealed that it increased its renewable energy procurement by 40% over the last year, scaling its renewable energy project portfolio by more than 2GW of capacity.

A further EU policy update is due in mid December

EU to start measuring embodied carbon emissions from buildings

The European Commission is considering a new EU-wide requirement to measure the carbon emissions associated with construction materials throughout their whole lifecycle but is expected to stop short of regulating.

Thompson reflected on what COP26 means for sustainable business in the coming years, the so-called "decade of delivery"

National Grid: Post-COP26, net-zero ambitions must urgently be turned into action

EXCLUSIVE: National Grid's UK sustainability manager Steven Thompson has spoken of how stakeholders from all parts of society are no longer likely to be impressed by long-term net-zero visions, without credible plans for delivery this decade.

Pictured: The Catalyst building in Newcastle

North of Tyne Combined Authority launches new fund to help SMEs take climate action

The North of Tyne Combined Authority has launched a new £18m Green New Deal Fund, which will support public sector organisations and local SMEs to decarbonise their operations and improve nature.

Businesses, trade groups, individuals and others have until 20 December to have their say on the proposed extension

UK Government set to extend deadlines for non-domestic renewable heat scheme

UK businesses seeking the Government's support to decarbonise will likely have an extra year to apply to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), as a proposed extension to the scheme has been announced.

Miliband will step into a newly create climate role in the Shadow Cabinet 

Ed Miliband named Shadow Secretary for climate change and net-zero in Labour reshuffle

Labour has named former party leader Ed Miliband as its new Shadow Secretary of State of Climate Change and Net Zero, as part of a Shadow Cabinet reshuffle that will see him champion a New Green Deal in the UK.

Plans are currently misaligned with net-zero by 2050 and the concept of levelling up, the Barometer shows

Report: Yorkshire, Wales, among UK regions in urgent need of more green jobs

The UK Government's plans will not be enough to deliver its vision of two million jobs by 2030 overall, and also risk backwards steps on the levelling up piece, PwC is warning.

Pictured: The Teesworks industrial zone on Teesside - the proposed site for BP's projects. Image: BP

BP plans 500MW green hydrogen plant in UK

Energy giant BP has announced plans to co-locate a new 500MW green hydrogen facility with its blue hydrogen facility, proposed for Teesside.

edie's long-standing weekly roundup continues, bringing you positive news from the green economy

Hydrogen fuel cell partnerships and new government funding for UK tidal: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainable business success stories of the week from across the globe.

B Corp Bruichladdich Distillery (pictured) is the base for one of the four projects to receive funding

Scottish distilleries receive £11.3m Government funding pot for hydrogen and biogas

A string of Scottish distilleries have received funding from the UK Government's Net-Zero Innovation Portfolio, to help them switch to low-carbon heating systems that use hydrogen and biogas.

There has been much talk about the need for a just transition this year, but few companies are walking the talk at this stage, the Alliance's research has shown

WBA: Companies unwilling to draw up net-zero transition plans are 'being willfully obtuse'

The World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) has told edie that, despite the growing global movement towards net-zero - and the implementation of just transition mandates for businesses in nations including the UK - some firms are still arguing that they don't need to change their strategies.

SMEs account for around half of employment - and half of business-related emissions - globally 

New climate disclosure framework launched to help SMEs on road to net-zero

CDP and the SME Climate Hub have launched a new framework to help SMEs measure, report and reduce their climate impacts, amid growing concerns that they are facing numerous decarbonisation barriers that do not impact large firms as much.

A recording of all of the sessions will be available to watch on-demand for those who register

Taking place TODAY: edie's online Net-Zero Carbon Inspiration Sessions

Sustainability specialists from Pukka Herbs, Virgin Media O2, Costain and the Zero Carbon Forum are among our host of expert speakers for our digital Net-Zero Carbon Inspiration Sessions, taking place TODAY (25 November).

edie Explains: Scope 3 carbon emissions

What are Scope 3 emissions? How are they calculated? How can they be mitigated and reduced? And, what are the business benefits of doing so? This free edie Explains guide gives you everything you need to know.

Pictured: Smiths School of Enterprise and the Environment, where the Group is based. Image: Oxford University

Oxford University bags £4.5m from Ikea Foundation for sustainable finance research

Retailer Ikea's charitable foundation is allocating a £4.5m grant to the University of Oxford's Sustainable Finance Group, which is working to help the UK's financial sector align with the Paris Agreement's climate pathways.

IONITY currently has 1,500 charging points across 400 locations, including 16 in the UK

IONITY: Car giants and BlackRock plan €700m investment to scale rapid EV charging network

The automakers behind the IONITY venture - which is planning to create a "super" network of rapid electric vehicle (EV) chargers across Europe - have announced an investment package aimed at quadrupling the project's charging stock by 2025.

35 of the 50 electric utilities assessed will likely see emissions increasing in the short-term

Almost all electric utilities and carmakers failing to decarbonise in line with 1.5C, says damning report

Just 7% of large carmakers and 2% of large electric utility firms are decarbonising at the pace required to avert the worst impacts of the climate crisis, according to a major new analysis of 80 corporates out today (24 November).

The UEA's Enterprise Centre, pictured, is used as a best-practice case study in the report. Image: BDP

New Net-Zero Estate Playbook plots decarbonisation of UK Government's buildings

The UK Government has published a new 'playbook' detailing how it plans to decarbonise public sector buildings including schools, hospitals and prisons in line with national net-zero targets.

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Carbon Innovation Fund: Co-op to allocate £3m to projects creating low-carbon food systems

Retailer the Co-op and its charity, the Co-op Foundation, are launching a £3m innovation fund that will support projects that slash greenhouse gas emissions and improve social sustainability across the food value chain.

edie's long-standing weekly roundup returns post-COP26 with five of this week's positive news stories

Ford's EV ambition and Ocado's ClimeWorks partnership: The sustainable business success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainable business success stories of the week from across the globe.

For most large fashion brands, emissions from production, manufacturing and materials will all be higher than from direct operations

Bringing fashion industry emissions to net-zero by 2050 'a $1trn investment opportunity', report finds

The global fashion industry is currently on a 3C temperature pathway and bringing it down to 1.5C, a new report has revealed, will take $1.04trn of investment in low-carbon solutions and moves to dramatically improve resource efficiency.

Under the theme of "Seize the moment", Net-Zero November 2021 is focused on turning global ambitions into tangible business actions

Net-Zero November: Keep up the momentum post-COP26 with edie's bumper month of content and events

The dust is now settling on COP26, but the award-winning edie content team will be keeping the conversation going throughout Net-Zero November - a whole month of digital content and live events dedicated to turning ambition into action as we deliver a more resilient, zero-carbon economy.

Globally, energy intensity is on track for a 1.9% year-on-year decrease in 2021

IEA: Rate of energy efficiency improvements needs to double to put world on track for net-zero

Globally, energy efficiency has improved in 2021 after a rocky 2020, according to a new analysis from the International Energy Agency (IEA). But the rate of progress will need to at least double to put the world on track for net-zero by 2050, the Agency is warning.

The results suggest that end-users are still struggling to properly address Scope 3 (indirect) emissions

Only one in four UK suppliers regularly asked for climate data by end-user businesses, survey reveals

Despite an uptick in corporate commitments to net-zero supply chains, just 25% of the UK suppliers polled in a recent survey stated that their buyers routinely ask them for emissions information.

Sunderland (pictured) is one of six new additions to the A-List

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

CDP has just published its 2021 Cities A-list, with the UK having more than twice as many locations on the list than in 2020. Here, edie looks at the 10 UK cities to have made the cut, summarising their green plans and progress to date.

EVs are just one manufacturing area that could be hit by supply issues

UK facing green industry supply chain pressures, urged to boost recycling and productivity

The UK is facing a supply chain crunch on critical components needed for green industries like electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing, with a new Green Alliance report calling for the UK to build up domestic recycling of these valuable materials as part of energy saving measures.

Image: Natural History Museum

London's Natural History Museum to cut emissions by 60% within a decade

In what it claims is the first 1.5C-aligned science-based emissions reductions target from a museum, the Natural History Museum has announced a new aim for a 60% reduction in carbon emissions by 2031.

To date, more than 400 public EV chargers have been installed across Devon. Image: Devon County Council

Funding boost to develop EV charging infrastructure roadmap for UK's rural regions

A project working to map out the future of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in the UK's rural regions, trialling solutions in Devon, has received grant funding from Innovate UK this week.

The longer the transition is delayed, the report warns, the higher the additional cost - with a non-linear increase forecast

Report: Climate inaction from energy and automotive firms to rack up costs of $150bn each year

Businesses in the coal, oil and gas, power generation and automotive sectors are failing to plan for an orderly net-zero transition, posing a sizeable risk to financial markets, a new report is warning.

Pictured: The Walney offshore wind farm, off the coast of Cumbria. Image: SSE Renewables

SSE outlines £12.5bn net-zero investment plan through to 2026

Energy giant SSE has unveiled a £12.5bn capital investment plan for decarbonisation through to 2026, representing a 65% increase in spending on the low-carbon transition on current levels.

Image: Sir Robert McAlpine

Landsec outlines £135m net-zero investment plans as Sir Robert McAlpine announces next decarbonisation steps

In positive moves towards a low-carbon built environment sector in the UK, property developer Landsec has published a multi-million-pound investment scheme to support the delivery of science-based emissions targets, while construction and engineering firm Sir Robert McAlpine has pledged to develop 1.5C-aligned targets.  

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Starbucks and Arla to trial new sustainable dairy sourcing blueprint in the UK

Starbucks has partnered with Arla UK to support dairy farmers in reducing emissions, as the coffee chain strives to halve carbon emissions across its value chain by 2030.

Many corporates with multinational supply chains and operations will see Scope 3 emissions accounting for 90% or more of their absolute emissions footprint

Tackling Scope 3 emissions: New initiative launched to help businesses achieve net-zero value chains

In recognition of the fact that indirect (Scope 3) emissions typically account for the bulk of a business's climate footprint, a new initiative has been launched to help firms of all sizes and sectors measure and reduce them in line with climate science.

Businesses had a key role at COP26, a role that is even more important now. Image: UNClimateChange

Glasgow Climate Pact: How can businesses keep 1.5C alive?

The UK Government wanted COP26 to keep the 1.5C trajectory of the Paris Agreement "alive" and the verdict is that it has, but just barely. But with some nations set to renegade on mechanisms included in COP26's Glasgow Climate Pact, it is clear that businesses need to become a unified driver of the net-zero movement.

Shell set a net-zero target for 2050 last year and has faced scrutiny over the credibility of its decarbonisation plans

Shell cites net-zero as reason for moving base from the Netherlands to the UK

Royal Dutch Shell is planning to simplify its share structure and move its tax residence and head office to the UK, in a move it claims will help it to "accelerate" its net-zero plans.

The hydrogen will help to decarbonise heavy vehicles at the Port and, in time, across the South East. Image: Shoreham Port

Major green hydrogen facility planned for West Sussex

Another major green hydrogen production project for the UK is progressing, with the Port of Shoreham in West Sussex having granted H2 Green permission to develop a renewable energy hub.

The NIC released its last major assessment in 2018, before the UK legislated for net-zero by 2050

'Few quick wins or cheap fixes': NIC begins plotting delivery of net-zero UK energy systems

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has outlined plans for addressing some of the UK's major barriers to net-zero through to 2023, pledging an increased focus on low-carbon heating and scaling up hydrogen.

Several studies in recent times have found that most corporate net-zero targets will not be met without credible plans for reducing emissions in the interim 

Survey: Two-thirds of UK firms with net-zero targets don't have the data to support delivery

Just 35% of UK-based businesses with net-zero targets have collected their emissions baseline data and prepared to measure emissions going forward, a new survey has found.

(L-R): Magali Anderson (Holcim), Luke Nicholls (edie), Zoe Haseman (Jacobs) and Munish Datta (UKGBC) took part in a lively podcast panel discussion within the COP26 Green Zone

COP26 Covered Podcast episode 13: The Built Environment Day climate debate LIVE

With the final full day of COP26 being Cities, Regions & Built Environment Day, Luke convenes a lively podcast panel to discuss the key announcements and net-zero developments across the sector – featuring senior reps from the UK Green Building Council, building materials company Holcim, and professional services firm Jacobs.

Triodos is aiming to have it's net-zero target validated by the SBTi

Insetting and mandatory disclosure: Triodos Bank on how the finance sector can reach net-zero

Last week, Triodos Bank UK unveiled a net-zero emissions target for its loans and fund investments for 2035. To mark Net-Zero November, the bank's chief executive Bevis Watts discusses how mandatory planning and disclosure can drive the sector to invest in low-carbon and nature-based solutions.

Emissions from the UK's building and infrastructure sector will need to fall by 88% by 2050 in UKGBC's net-zero scenario 

COP26: UKGBC unveils new tool to help businesses measure and reduce carbon across building lifecycles

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has unveiled its much-anticipated Whole Life Carbon Roadmap - a tool to help businesses across the built environment sector measure and cut carbon from materials, processes, operation and demolition.

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Fossil fuel phase-outs and new climate action plans remain in COP26 final draft, with strings attached

COP26 President Alok Sharma had unveiled a final draft proposal for negotiations, with key measures to raising climate ambitions by the end of 2022 and the phase-out of "inefficient" fossil fuel subsidies surviving in the texts.

We're into the last stretch of negotiations, with the UK Unit still hoping to announce a final agreed text by 6pm GMT on Friday

9 things you need to know from Transport Day at COP26

Transport has been the order of the day for the presidency programme at COP26 on the second and final Wednesday (10 November) of the summit. Here, edie rounds up eight of the day's major headlines.

#SustyTalk: Seizing the clean transport opportunities of 2021

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive panel discussion, held to take stock of the biggest opportunities and challenges for low-carbon transport in the context of Covid-19 and the climate crisis.

Aviation is responsible for around 3% of global annual emissions

COP26: Nations to develop aviation emissions targets, airlines use joint purchasing power to scale alternative fuels

Nations and states representing more than 40% of global aviation emissions have committed to developing a new 1.5C-aligned joint emissions target at COP26, while a coalition of aviation firms have unveiled new measures to scale supply chains for sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs).

Transport is the UK's most-emitting sector

COP26: US, China, major brands sit out of new global pledge on transitioning to 100% zero-emission vehicles

To mark Transport Day (10 November) at COP26, 32 nations plus hundreds of cities, regions and businesses have signed a new commitment to end petrol and diesel vehicle sales by 2040 - but there are several notable absences.

The report was published to coincide with Transport Day at COP26

Report: New funding mechanisms needed for EVs and charging to spur low-carbon transport uptake

Vehicle and charging bundles, health certification for batteries and local authority engagement are among 18 recommendations from the Green Finance Institute in order to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK.

Rolls Royce SMR estimates that each Small Modular Reactor could be capable of powering one million homes

Government allocates £210m for small modular nuclear reactors

The UK Government has confirmed a funding pot of £210m to assist the development of the small modular reactors (SMR) that will be backed by more than £250m in private sector investment.

Sectors represented include those whose business models will need to change to meet the net-zero challenge, including transport, mining and energy, as well as those financing the transition 

Survey: Half of large businesses yet to set clear low-carbon transition plans, risking climate goals and worker livelihoods

A survey of chief executives and other board members at more than 1,000 companies has found that, despite acknowledgement of climate risks and the need for reskilling in the low-carbon transition, just half have a detailed plan for reducing emissions and supporting workers.

The WBCSD claims that the businesses will spur demand for "lower-carbon" hydrogen than the current reliance on grey hydrogen

Businesses pledge to expand green hydrogen supply and demand at COP26

A group of 28 global companies spanning the mining, manufacturing and financial sectors has pledged to grow both the demand and supply of green hydrogen, in a move that could help nations meet net-zero commitments.

Pictured: A panel from the UN's Government Office for Science, put on to set the scene for the day

Science and Innovation Day at COP26: Nations forge new collaborations on climate resilience, health, low-carbon materials

As Science and Innovation Day (9 November) begins at COP26, a string of new collaborations has been launched by nations, in a bid to make low-carbon materials and industrial technologies affordable, and to improve climate resilience in developing nations.

Technology focus areas will affect sectors including chemicals (pictured), steel, building materials, construction and transport

COP26: 23 nations commit to cleantech 'missions' on buildings, heavy industries, fuels, carbon capture

China, India, the UK, US and EU are among a cohort of 23 governments announcing new plans to catalyse cleantech investment today (9 November) at COP26 in Glasgow.

Jesus College, Cambridge (pictured) is one of the Declaration's first signatories

'COP26 Declaration': £5.9bn asset owners set out net-zero expectations

UK-based asset owners with investments of more than £5.9bn, including universities and NGOs, have called for their asset managers to align their portfolios with a 1.5C temperature pathway on the road to net-zero by 2050 at the latest and have set minimum expectations for fund managers on exclusions, divestment and engagement.'

Images: UNClimate CHange (flickr)

The first week of COP26: The 10 biggest stories

It's half-time on the two-week push to move the world towards the 1.5C ambition of the Paris Agreement, with negotiations set to continue following a rest day on Sunday (7 November). Here, edie summarises all the key development from the first week of COP26.

Today at COP26, the programme is focused on youth and public engagement

COP26: Solar-powered boilers and better climate curriculum promised for UK schools

Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi has delivered a COP26 in Glasgow today, outlining the next steps for decarbonizing UK schools and improving climate-related education for under-18s.

HSBC UK's chief executive unveiled the new loan offering at COP26

HSBC UK launches £500m green fund for SMEs

UK banking giant has launched a new £500m green funding initiative to help small and medium-sized businesses decarbonise and invest in green initiatives.

Video The Climate Group's Helen Clarkson on uniting businesses for clean energy systems at COP26

EXCLUSIVE: The Climate Group's chief executive Helen Clarkson has spoken to edie on Energy Day of COP26 in Glasgow, discussing the need for businesses to collectively use their purchasing power, policy influence and community links to help accelerate a just transition to clean energy.

In total, 14 countries have now signed onto the initiative

Major nations join global plan to improve product energy efficiency

Australia, Indonesia, Japan and Nigeria have joined a collaborative initiative steered by the UK Government and the International Energy Agency (IEA) aimed at drastically improving the energy efficiency of appliances such as lighting, refrigerators and air conditioners.

Video #SustyTalk: Seizing the clean energy opportunities of 2021

edie's #SustyTalk video interview series continues with an exclusive panel discussion, published to mark 'energy day' at COP26. This panel, hosted in association with Virgin Media O2, also features experts from National Grid, Lekela and the REA.

Video #SustyTalk: EDF's Matthew Nunn on energy strategies fit for the net-zero transition

edie's #SustyTalk series of sustainability-related interviews continues with an exclusive discussion with EDF UK's director of I&C sales and marketing Matthew Nunn, as part of edie's Net-Zero November.

The necessity of net-zero

To mark Energy Day at COP26, edie's headline sponsor of Net-Zero November, EDF, outlines how businesses can get to grips with net-zero strategies.

Centrica has published its net-zero transition plan today (4 November), and will update it at least once every three years

Centrica CEO: UK Government is right to mandate net-zero transition plans from businesses

EXCLUSIVE: Centrica's chief executive Chris O'Shea has told edie that investors have been pushing the business to publish a net-zero transition plan - but that other firms may not be feeling this pressure, making the UK Government's new mandatory disclosure requirements essential.

Pictured: Nigel Topping, formerly of the We Mean Business Coalition, is the face of the campaign. Image: High-Level Climate Champions 

60% of Britain's largest businesses now signed up to Race to Zero

Almost two-thirds of FTSE100 companies have signed up to the UN's Race to Zero campaign, designed to accelerate the adoption of credible net-zero targets at, during, and beyond COP26.

Video Natwest’s Rishi Madlani on financing the global net-zero transition

EXCLUSIVE: Natwest Group's head of sustainable finance has spoken to edie on Finance Day of COP26 in Glasgow, discussing the need for greater alignment between Governments, banks and regions to accelerate green business action beyond the climate talks.

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Corporate Determined Contributions: Business vows to play its part in delivering Paris Agreement

Businesses are calling at COP26 for a mechanism for delivering emissions reductions aligned with the Paris Agreement, similar to that currently used by countries - Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Announcements are spilling out of COP26 from all angles 

Top 10 talking points: The story so far at COP26

It's been a frantic first few days at COP26 as world leaders opened the two-week negotiations with a raft of new pledges and collaborative efforts to tackle some of the world's most pressing environmental issues. Here, edie rounds up the key talking points so far.

Carney claimed the $130trn from GFANZ was sufficient in delivering net-zero

International Sustainability Standards Board launches as investors worth $130trn focus in on climate

The IFRS Foundation Trustees have marked Finance Day at COP26 by confirming the formation of an International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) to create a globe baseline for corporate sustainability disclosures that meet investor demands.

For most businesses, the supply chain will generate far greater levels of emissions than operations - yet indirect emissions remain more challenging to measure and manage

BT and Unilever among business giants supporting other firms to halve supplier emissions

A new collaborative platform for businesses striving to cut emissions sharply across their supply chains has been launched by a string of big businesses including BT, Unilever and Ikea.

The Scottish Events Campus (pictured) was once again jam-packed, as the World Leaders Summit proportion of COP26 wrapped up 

7 things you need to know from Day Two of the COP26 World Leaders Summit

After scene-setting speeches from Sir David Attenborough, Barbados' Prime Minister Mia Mottley and others on Monday (1 November), Tuesday was another jam-packed day at COP26. Here, edie rounds up seven key announcements from Day Two of the World Leaders Summit.

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World leaders launch 'breakthrough agenda' for affordable cleantech globally

More than 40 world leaders, including those representing the UK, the US, India, China and the EU, have signed up to a new declaration aiming to deliver clean and affordable technology and solutions across the globe by 2030.

Johan Rockström is one of the world’s most influential climate scientists, with more than 25 years experience

Video Johan Rockström on avoiding 'disaster path' for climate change at COP26

EXCLUSIVE: One of the world's most influential Earth scientists, Johan Rockström, has told edie that the COP26 climate summit is 'one of our final chances' to bring the world back to within the 1.5C limit of global warming, and that businesses have a critical role to play in accelerating climate action.

Pictured: JCB chair Lord Bamford accompanying Prime Minister Boris Johnson on a site visit in October. Image: JCB

JCB signs multi-billion-pound green hydrogen deal

Industrial equipment manufacturer JCB has signed a deal to purchase billions of pounds' worth of green hydrogen from Australia, and confirmed plans to accelerate the development of the next generation of hydrogen engines.

Johnson said that history would judge world leaders at this summit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveils £3bn climate aid commitment at COP26

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled major new climate funding of more than £3bn to help developing nations embrace green growth, as he used his speech at the COP26 Opening Ceremony to call on nations to "set off on a journey to a cleaner, greener future".

Just transition measures were found to be weak in-house, and weaker still in terms of protecting broader communities and advocating for policy support 

Energy and automotive giants 'failing to ensure just transition to net-zero for workers and communities'

A major assessment of how automotive, oil and gas and electric utility giants are approaching decarbonisation has found that almost none have properly planned to safeguard workers and communities against the potential impacts on their livelihoods.

The facility is tied to performances against emissions, food waste and transport over the next five years

John Lewis links £420m loan to net-zero target

The John Lewis Partnership has signed a five-year revolving credit facility worth £420m that will be linked to environmental targets such as the retailer's effort to reach net-zero emissions by 2035.

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Report: $100trn needed to get global supply chains to net-zero and up to half must go to SMEs

Up to half of the estimated $100trn investment needed to get global supply chains to net-zero by 2050 will need to go to SMEs, a new analysis from HSBC and Boston Consulting Group has concluded.

Pictured: Manchester, which is aiming for net-zero by 2038

UK Government failing to support local councils on road to net-zero, MPs warn

Despite numerous warnings that the UK will not meet its net-zero target without better supporting local low-carbon transitions for buildings and transport, little has been done by the Government in recent months to engage councils.

Most businesses think they will have to go beyond net-zero to tackle the climate crisis

Six in 10 businesses are concerned that delivering against long-term net-zero targets alone will not create an adequate response to the climate crisis, a major survey by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has revealed.

Less 'Blah, Blah, Blah'! More action

Greta Thunberg has called for business and governments to stop the 'blah, blah, blah' and get on with tackling the climate crisis. Tim Wynn-Jones, Business Development Director at Centrica Business Solutions, discusses how business can 'walk the talk' on sustainability.

The validation process will open for corporates in January 2022

Science Based Targets initiative launches net-zero standard for corporates

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has today (28 October) unveiled the world's first standard for corporate net-zero emissions aligned to climate science.

The guidance papers were launched ahead of COP26

Net-zero guidance launched for financial institutions and pension providers

Ahead of the G20 Summit in Rome this weekend, the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has published a set of recommendations for financial institutions to reach net-zero, while a net-zero transition plan has also been published for pension providers.

Key challenges to target-setting and delivery included a lack of policy clarity and a lack of in-house skills

Just 41% of UK businesses prepared to transition to net-zero by 2050, Microsoft research finds

Most UK businesses have "one foot in and one foot out" on sustainability, with more than half (59%) unprepared to meet the Government's legally binding 2050 net-zero target, new research covering almost 2,000 firms has found.

Sainsbury's first set a net-zero target in January 2020 

Sainsbury's brings net-zero target forward to 2035 for direct emissions

Sainsbury's is bringing forward its net-zero commitment for operational emissions from 2040 to 2035, claiming that "extensive investment and innovation" will enable more rapid decarbonisation.

UK-based businesses with 1.5C-aligned targets only account for 3% of annual national business-related emissions

Report: UK can still meet climate ambitions if all large businesses in set 1.5C science-based targets

Unless all large businesses in the UK draw up and implement plans decarbonise in line with the Paris Agreement's 1.5C trajectory within two years, the nation risks missing its long-term net-zero target.

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Rio Tinto announces $7.5bn plan to halve operational carbon emissions by 2030

Multinational mining giant Rio Tinto has increased its decarbonisation targets and announced a $7.5bn spending plan to support the halving of operational carbon emissions by 2030.

Glasgow is gearing up to host COP26 in November

Glasgow unveils Green Deal draft to reach net-zero emissions by 2030

Glasgow City Council has unveiled its draft plan for a new Green Deal that would see the city reach net-zero emissions by 2030 while also improving resiliency and quality of living.

Thousands of pages of green policy updates have been published this week. Here, we recap on the key talking points 

Recapping a bumper week for UK green policy: Here's what you need to know

To say it has been a busy week for green policy announcements in the UK would be an understatement. Here, edie recaps the key changes from the Net-Zero Strategy, Heat and Buildings Strategy, Environment Bill and HM Treasury.

The second green gilt is a 32-year bond, maturing on 31 July 2053, making it the sovereign green bond with the longest maturity in the world

UK's second green gilt raises a further £6bn for low-carbon projects

The UK Treasury has confirmed the second sale of its green gilts package, bringing total funding for projects assisting the net-zero transition to £16bn to date.

The organisation's emissions fell by 60% last year

Emissions reductions and offsetting enable EY to reach carbon-negative status

Professional services firm EY has announced that it a combination of decarbonising and offsetting now means that it removes more carbon than it emits.

The BBC first announced plans to develop a net-zero strategy this January 

BBC sets science-based targets to support 2030 net-zero goal

The BBC has announced plans to cut direct emissions by 46% by 2030, and indirect emissions by 28% within the same timeframe, before offsetting emissions to reach net-zero.

The roadmap was launched at an event in London (pictured), featuring the chief executives of supporting businesses and trade bodies

UK's biggest restaurants and brewers pledge net-zero operations by 2030, value chains by 2040

A coalition of almost 30 of the UK's biggest restaurants and brewers including Nando's, Burger King and Adnams, set up to plot a joint course to net-zero for the sector, has now revealed its plans for delivering decarbonisation.

SMEs are responsible for half of the UK's business-related emissions, making their decarbonisation crucial to achieving net-zero

Survey: Three-quarters of UK SMEs without credible plans to reduce emissions

UK-based small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) will need far more support to decarbonise, lest the nation risk missing its net-zero target, a new survey has revealed.

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BMW inks deal for fossil-free steel manufactured using hydrogen and renewables

BMW Group has announced plans to begin sourcing steel produced using fossil-fuel-free methods from 2025, claiming that the material produces up to 95% less emissions on a lifecycle basis.

The strategy collects all previous climate commitments as well as building on them

At a glance: All the key announcements in the Net-Zero Strategy

The UK Government has finally published its Net-Zero Strategy, a comprehensive run-through of how the nation will decarbonise in a way that "transforms every sector of the global economy", although some green groups don't believe the steps outlined in the Strategy can mobilise action to deliver net-zero by 2050.

Around 1.7% of GDP derived from taxes on fossil fuels

Net-Zero Review: Carbon pricing won't offset tax revenue losses from fossil fuels

On the day that the UK's Net-Zero Strategy was published, the Treasury has warned that policies must be put in place to address a £37bn deficit that could arise from a loss of tax revenue as the shift away from fossil fuel continues.

A preview of the Strategy was released last night (18 October), with BEIS providing the full document today. Here, we pull out the key announcements 

Four key inclusions in the Heat and Buildings Strategy

The UK Government has unveiled its long-awaited plans for transitioning heat and buildings to net-zero. Here, edie pulls out the key facts and stats from the Heat and Buildings Strategy.


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