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Since 2010, Parker has reduced its energy intensity by 42% and greenhouse gas intensity by 50%

US firm Parker aims for carbon-neutral operations by 2040

US motions and controls firm Parker has unveiled plans to reach carbon neutrality across its operations by 2040, with fresh new carbon reduction targets set to be submitted to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

The statistics cover contracted or tendered technologies such as renewables, storage and aggregator solutions

UK smashes annual grid flexibility record seven months into 2021

New statistics have revealed that 2021 has already broken a "network flexibility" record, with contracted smart energy solutions and grid flexibility up 45% compared to annual levels from 2020.

Orkney's tidal turbine and Ferrero's paper packaging: 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 sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

Lloyds of London has faced pressure to improve its climate approach for several years

Lloyd's outlines plans to increase green investments but stops short of full Paris Agreement alignment

Insurance and investment giant Lloyd's of London has published a new climate action roadmap, detailing plans to increase support for low-carbon transport, energy and industrial technologies.

WGS claims that, across the entire production lifecycle, the biogas reduces carbon emissions by more than 95%

Glenfiddich to power delivery trucks with onsite biogas fuelling stations

Scotch whisky brand Glenfiddich has introduced fuelling stations at a distillery in Scotland to enable parts of its fleet to run on biogas made from the residues of its own distilling process.

The Government’s overarching ambition on EV charging is to ensure that drivers are never more than 30 miles away from a rapid charging point

'Postcode lottery' of charging access and costs undermining UK's EV revolution plans, MPs warn

The UK's 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel car sales is not yet being supported by adequate plans for improving access to electric vehicle (EV) charging or for improving electricity networks, MPs are warning.

The dairy sector accounts for around 3% of annual global emissions - a similar proportion to aviation

Dairy giants and UN to jointly plot global course to net-zero by 2050

A swathe of businesses, research hubs and other organisations within the livestock and dairy sectors are supporting a new UN-backed initiative plotting a course to net-zero emissions.

It is estimated that around £30bn of investment into heat networks will be required by 2050 to meet the net-zero target

SGN and Vital Energi launch joint venture for zero-carbon heat networks

Gas distribution company SGN and UK renewable energy solutions provider Vital Energi have agreed on a new 50:50 joint venture to create an energy services company (ESCO) that will own and operate low and zero-carbon heat networks.

Dixons Carphone operates 14 brands across eight countries, including Currys PC World here in the UK

Dixons Carphone and Dassault Systèmes unveil new science-based climate targets

Technology retailer Dixons Carphone and software giant Dassault Systèmes have had updated climate targets approved in line with the Paris Agreement's 1.5C trajectory by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).

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

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

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

Businesses have been tasked with aligning to the ambitions of Race to Zero

New environmental roadmap developed for homebuilders

UK homebuilders have backed a new Government-led plan to ensure that new builds are zero-carbon ready by 2025 as well as improving biodiversity and reducing waste.

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

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

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

FTSE 250 firm Cranswick had already announced a vision to become a net-zero business by 2040 

Cranswick to halve emissions by 2030 under new 1.5C science-based targets

Cranswick has achieved verification from the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) for new climate targets that will require the firm to halve emissions by the end of the decade.

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Vodafone trials 'UK's first' smart electricity substation on road to net-zero

Telecommunications giant Vodafone has partnered with UK Power Networks to trial 'smart' methods of delivering energy flexibility at electricity substations, designed to improve efficiency and cut emissions.

The carmaker is forging ahead with the development of Vision EQXX – an EV that is expected to have a range of more than 600 miles

Mercedes-Benz to go all-electric for vehicles by 2030

Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to move its entire product portfolio to electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030, to be supported by a £34bn investment and plans to run eight gigafactories for battery production.

Reaching the EU’s 2030 climate goal will require a significant build-up in the production of renewable electricity, which is needed to feed the electrolysers generating green hydrogen

EU's green hydrogen plans hailed as 'true game-changer' by industry

The European Commission boosted regulatory support for green hydrogen in its proposed overhaul of climate legislation published last week, with the renewable hydrogen coalition calling it "a true game changer" for the nascent EU industry.

Shell wants to install 800 charging points across the Waitrose estate by 2025

Waitrose teams with Shell to install EV charge points across UK stores

Waitrose has announced it is working with Shell to install 800 electric vehicle (EV) charging points in up to 100 stores across the UK by 2025.

edie summarises how the world can reach net-zero emissions by 2050, according to BNEF

How the world can reach net-zero emissions by 2050, according to BloombergNEF

BloombergNEF has published its latest New Energy Outlook report, examining three progress pathways to reach net-zero globally by 2050. Here, edie summaries what will need to change to deliver this low-carbon trajectory.

Anglian Water will also develop an offsetting strategy for residual emissions by planting 50 hectares of woodland on its sites

Onsite renewables and EVs: Anglian Water outlines net-zero routemap for 2030

Anglian Water has published a detailed routemap outlining how onsite renewables, electric vehicles (EVs), hydrogen and biogas production will deliver its ambition to reach net-zero by 2030.

The report features a host of recommendations to capture the benefits of CCUS in the UK

UK urged to level-up regions through CCUS supply chains

The trade body for the Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) industry in the UK has noted that a successful rollout of the technology could create a thriving supply chain in the UK which would deliver job growth, provided enabling policies are introduced.

By 2035, the CLC will have reduced construction product emissions by 66% from 2018 levels

Construction Leadership Council plots path to net-zero

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC), which is co-chaired by Minister for Business and Industry, Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Anne-Marie Trevelyan, has outlined plans to help the sector reach net-zero emissions as part of the wider national target.

Pictured: An artist's impression of the planned site in Sandwell. Image: Pivot Power/ Greenhouse PR

100MW battery 'energy superhub' set for the West Midlands

Two new grid-scale battery energy storage projects are set to be installed in Coventry and Sandwell, with a combined capacity of 100MW.

Currently, Shell is aiming to reduce the carbon intensity of its products by 20% by 2030

Shell to appeal court ruling compelling it to set more ambitious climate targets

Royal Dutch Shell has confirmed plans to appeal a court ruling ordering the energy major to set stronger targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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

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

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

Pictured: Panellists at the initiative's launch event at The Culpeper, Shoreditch, one of the 36 pilot locations. Image: Net-Zero Now

Net-zero pubs and bars scheme to help UK sector accelerate climate action amid Covid-19 recovery

A new industry protocol and certification standard has been launched to help the UK's bars and pubs reach net-zero before the national legal deadline of 2050.

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

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

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

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Prysmian Group eyes net-zero emissions between 2035 and 2040

The world's largest supplier of cables to the energy and telecoms sectors, Prysmian Group, has pledged to reach net-zero for its global operations between 2035 and 2040, and a net-zero global value chain by 2050.

El Salvador's first wind farm and seagrass-restoring gin: 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 sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

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

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

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

Earlier this year, Royal Mail announced plans to add an additional 3,000 low-emission delivery vans to its fleet

Royal Mail to switch all company cars to EVs by 2030

Royal Mail has announced that all of its company cars will be electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030, with salary sacrifice schemes and mileage reimbursement packages set to be adjusted to only account for low-carbon forms of transport.

The UK's pensions sector covers some £3trn of investment and while large schemes are required to measure and disclose climate risks, net-zero transition plans are not yet mandatory

Net-zero investment portfolios promised by 14 major UK pension funds

The chairs of corporate pension funds including Tesco, Unilever, BT and Pennon are among the signatories of a new commitment to halve portfolio emissions by 2030 and bring them to net-zero by 2050.

The green recovery package will enable the sector to tackle an array of environmental issues

Water sector unveils £2.7bn green recovery framework

The water sector has unveiled a new green recovery framework that will funnel £2.7bn into initiatives that reduce flood risk, improve water quality and cut emissions on the road to net-zero.

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

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

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

Maclean and Wayth will be delivering our morning keynote speeches at the event

Taking place TODAY: edie's Clean Energy & Transport Forum

edie's new Clean Energy & Transport forum, is taking place today (15 July) with a fantastic line-up of keynote speakers including the Department for Transport's Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Rachel Maclean.

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

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

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

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

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

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Net-zero by 2045: Go-Ahead Group launches updated climate strategy

Public transport giant Go-Ahead Group has launched a new climate strategy headlined by commitments to cut emissions by 75% by 2035 and bring them to net-zero by 2045.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Persil, Comfort, Sunlight, Surf and Seventh Generation formulations with the enzymes will be tested 

Unilever eyes optimised enzymes in bid for fossil-fuel-free laundry products

Unilever has announced a new partnership with protein design start-up Arzeda, which will see it test new enzymes in cleaning and laundry products in order to lower their carbon footprint.

Pictured: The Movano-e. Image: Vauxhall Motors

Vauxhall to only sell pure electric cars and vans from 2028

British automotive brand Vauxhall Motors has confirmed that it will not sell any cars or vans with internal combustion engines (ICEs) from 2028 onwards, including hybrids.

Scope 3 emissions account for 98% of the company's emissions

Lidl commits to carbon neutrality by 2022

Lidl GB has announced plans to become a carbon-neutral business by 2022 alongside wider commitments to reduce operational emissions and encouraging key suppliers to set their own climate commitments.

The UK's manufacturing sector employs some 2.7 million people and represents 69% of the national private sector's annual R&D investment

Survey: 3 in 4 manufacturing executives don't understand their company's carbon footprint

A survey of more than 150 C-suite executives at UK-based manufacturers has revealed a gap in understanding about calculating and reducing emissions in line with climate science and the national net-zero target.

The new Alliance is expecting dozens of new members to sign up ahead of COP26 in November 

Insurance giants team up for net-zero alliance, but are urged to stop supporting fossil fuels

AXA, Allianz, Aviva, Generali, Munich Re, SCOR, Swiss Re and Zurich Insurance Group have launched a new 'Net-Zero Insurance Alliance', of which members will be required to deliver net-zero emissions by 2050 across their insurance and reinsurance portfolios.

Pictured: Solar panels installed on student accommodation at the University's campus in Falmer. Image: University of Sussex

University of Sussex targets net-zero emissions by 2035

The University of Sussex has unveiled a new sustainability strategy featuring commitments to bring emissions across all scopes to net-zero by 2035 and to create the UK's "most biodiverse" campus.

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

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

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

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The Net-Zero Business podcast: Exploring Staffordshire University's One Planet Pledge

In response to the accelerated pace at which businesses 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. Up next, we speak to Staffordshire University's chief financial officer and deputy chief executive officer Sally McGill and lecturer Dr Eleanor Atkins.

The report detailing the survey findings is free to download

45% of UK businesses yet to set net-zero targets, survey reveals

The state of net-zero target-setting across the UK's private and public sectors is mixed, with 52% of organisations having set such a goal and 45% yet to do so, a new edie survey has revealed.

Businesses believe the East Coast Cluster can capture, transport and store up to 27 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually by 2030

East Coast Cluster: Teesside and Humber gear up to host CCS technologies

Energy giants and businesses operating in Teesside and Humberside look set to collaborate on the deployment of carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) technology in a bid to create net-zero industrial clusters.

Asos has also confirmed plans to set science-based emissions goals next year

Asos reduced emissions by 13% in 2020, despite pandemic parcel boom

Online fashion giant Asos has revealed a 13% year-on-year reduction in its carbon footprint for 2020, despite a surge in sales as lockdown restrictions forced physical stores to close.

More than 50,000 jobs in carbon-intensive industries would also be safeguarded

UK's carbon capture and storage market could create 50,000 jobs

The UK could become an early mover in the global carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) market and create up to 50,000 jobs if new enabling policies are introduced.

The 2021 Championships are the first since the Club refreshed its environmental targets

How sustainable is Wimbledon 2021?

With the summer's biggest tennis event set to conclude on Sunday (11 July), edie explores whether the Wimbledon organisers have aced their environmental sustainability efforts for 2021.

Pictured: The Talinay wind park in Chile. Image: Enel

'World's largest' sustainability-linked bond issue from Enel three times oversubscribed

Italian energy major Enel has revealed that it received orders of some $12bn for its sustainability-linked bond - three times more than its $4bn price point.

Live emissions and energy data from the net-zero pilot restaurant will be used to inform a roadmap to decarbonisation across the KFC UK&I estate

KFC and Pilgrim's target net-zero by 2040

KFC UK & Ireland has announced a new commitment to reach net-zero ten years ahead of the legal deadline of 2050, in the same week that meat giant Pilgrim's announced a global net-zero target, also for 2040.

The Net-Zero Business Barometer - Summer 2021

New for 2021, edie’s bi-annual Net-Zero Business Barometer provides a regular temperature check and progress update regarding the decarbonisation of organisations across the UK.

COP26 is set to take place from 1 November to 12 November in Glasgow

Salesforce signs on as latest Principal Partner for COP26

Business software giant Salesforce has been announced as the latest Principal Partner for COP26 - the highest level of sponsorship for the climate summit.

Each of the four founding retailers already has climate targets aligned with Race to Zero requirements - unlike 95% of the global sector. Image: Walmart

Race to Zero: Retailers forge new climate-focused collaboration

H&M Group, Walmart, Kingfisher and Ikea's parent company Ingka Group have launched a new initiative designed to help retailers collaborate in overcoming challenges on the transition to net-zero.

It's time to enlist historic buildings in climate action

All great political and economic revolutions are achieved through a combination of 'Big Bang' - the wow, if you will - and evolutionary developments in society. The Storming of the Bastille was the culmination of a huge societal shift experienced in France over many decades, for example. Big Bang plus incremental change.

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

Most fashion brands 'failing to disclose supply chain emissions', despite net-zero pledge

Just one-quarter of apparel giants are disclosing emissions from manufacturing and processing and less than one-fifth have revealed the carbon footprint of their raw materials, Fashion Revolution's annual ranking of 250 of the world's largest fashion retailers and brands has revealed.

Around 135,000 jobs would be created in the North, Midlands and East England, with a further 57,000 jobs set to be created in Scotland

UK's clean energy pipeline on course to unlock 625,000 green jobs

The UK's focus on decarbonisation and clean energy looks set to unlock 625,000 jobs, equivalent to 90% of jobs lost to the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research.

#SustyTalk: Green Angel Syndicate CEO Nick Lyth on maximising the sustainable investment opportunity

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Green Angel Syndicate founder and chief executive Nick Lyth.

Sales of EVs and plug-in hybrids PHEVs have skyrocketed by more than 100% compared to the same period last year in the UK

Vauxhall's Cheshire site to produce new electric vans as EV sales skyrocket in the UK

Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire has been earmarked to produce new electric vans, while a group of automakers gears up to collaborate on charging points for heavy-duty vehicles.

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

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

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

Pictured: The 'Refhyne' project. Image: Shell

Hydrogen: Shell opens Europe's largest electrolyser as Centrica eyes storage at Rough

Shell has opened a 10MW hydrogen electrolysis plant - believed to be Europe's biggest - near Cologne, Germany, in the same week that Centrica revealed that it would like to convert its Rough natural gas storage facility for hydrogen by 2026.

The new Tracker covers some $25trn of managed and owned assets

Analysis: Two-thirds of UK finance firms have climate targets, but most are failing to shift investments

While most of the UK's biggest banks and asset managers have updated their climate targets in light of net-zero, finance flows are still ultimately favouring high-carbon projects and businesses, according to new analysis of more than 1,200 financial institutions.

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

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

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

Nissan's Gigafactory and REN's plastic-free samples: 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 sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

Both draft business plans are subject to final approval from regulator Ofgem

Net-zero energy transition: UK Power Networks and Northern Powergrid outline £7.7bn investment plans

Electricity distributors UK Power Networks and Northern Powergrid have outlined business plans backed by £4.5bn and £3.2bn of spending respectively, both with a heavy focus on low-carbon generation and technologies.

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

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

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

In 2018, London's emissions were 29% lower than in 1990. A 78% reduction by 2035 will be needed to comply with the Sixth Carbon Budget

London Climate Action Week: How is the capital planning to reach net-zero?

This week marks London Climate Action Week - one of the biggest UK-based events in the run-up to COP26. To mark the occasion, edie explores how the capital is embarking on its own transition to net-zero by 2030.

The MoU will aim to develop SAFs

Rolls-Royce and Shell agree on new partnership on sustainable aviation fuels

Rolls-Royce and Shell have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to help build towards their respective net-zero targets by developing and scaling Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) for the sector.

Amazon's overarching emissions goal is net-zero by 2040

Amazon's carbon footprint grew 19% in 2020 amid pandemic parcel boom

Amazon has revealed that its absolute global carbon emissions rose 19% year-on-year in 2020, largely due to increased demand for online shopping as lockdown restrictions forced physical stores to close.

The gigafactory looks set to provide batteries to power up to 100,000 Nissan EVs annually

Nissan unveils plans for £1bn electric vehicle hub and battery gigafactory in Sunderland

Nissan looks set to transform its flagship Sunderland manufacturing facility into a £1bn electric vehicle (EV) hub that will feature a 9GWh battery production gigafactory - the first of its kind in the UK.

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

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

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

Investors for a Just Transition is France-based at present, with an international launch planned at COP26 in November

Investors worth €3.6trn collaborate to promote just transition to net-zero

AXA, Aviva France and Eiffel are among the members of a new coalition of investors convened to promote a just low-carbon transition across Europe. Collectively, members represent €3.6trn of assets under management.

The news comes amid increasing debate around how credible corporate net-zero targets really are

New net-zero networks launched for lawyers and professional institutions

Lawyers for Net-Zero, a new non-profit working with in-house legal counsel teams, has officially launched, in the same week that the UK's biggest professional institutions are set to launch a new Charter for Climate Action.

Businesses from the UK, France, US and Asia were assessed by BCG

Report: UK telecoms giants leading sector's global net-zero transition

Four in ten of the world's biggest telecommunications companies are behind on the delivery of their environmental targets, but British firms are decarbonising far more rapidly than their international counterparts, new Boston Consulting Group (BCG) analysis has found.

Grosvenor’s historic London estate in Mayfair and Belgravia is its main source of direct emissions

Grosvenor joins Race to Zero campaign

Property developer Grosvenor Britain & Ireland has joined the Race to Zero initiative, joining thousands of other businesses striving to achieve an overarching goal of halving emissions by 2030 and reaching net-zero by 2050 at the latest.

Pictured: Equinor's chief executive and president Anders Opedal at the firm's recent Capital Markets Day event. Image: Equinor

Equinor plans 1.8GW of low-carbon hydrogen production in UK, tripling previous target

Energy major Equinor has outlined plans to deliver 1.8GW of low-carbon hydrogen production capacity in the UK by 2030, primarily through its work on the Zero Carbon Humber industrial cluster.

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Construction firm Henry Boot targets net-zero by 2030

Sheffield-based construction firm Henry Boot has launched a new Net-Zero Carbon Framework, featuring commitments to switch to electric vehicles (EVs) and phase out diesel generators.

A total annual capacity target of 50 GWh has been set for 2030, of which 20 GWh will go to Renault

Renault acquires stake in battery developer Verkor as Gigafactory vision takes shape

Renault Group has acquired a stake of more than 20% in French industrial firm Verkor that will help with the development of high-performance battery cells for electric vehicles (EVs) and the creation of a European 'Gigafactory'.

We round up ten of the key findings from the major survey

In numbers: Are the UK public prepared for the net-zero transition?

With less than five months until COP26, the UK Government surveyed almost 7,000 people to garner how much they know about the net-zero transition. Here, edie rounds up the key findings.

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Green campaigners slam Bristol Airport's new carbon-neutral and net-zero targets

Bristol Airport has unveiled plans to reach net-zero by 2030, but green groups are accusing the business of greenwashing, as emissions from flights will not be covered.

Tasmania's 200% renewables goal and Toast Ale's B-Corp recertification: 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 sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

Microsoft's climate goals entail becoming carbon negative this decade

Microsoft announced as latest COP26 Principal Partner

Global technology giant Microsoft has been named as the latest Principal Partner for COP26 - the highest level of sponsorship for the climate summit.

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Sustainable Business Covered podcast: What role do carbon markets and pricing play in the net-zero transition?

With news around offsetting schemes and emissions trading featuring heavily in headlines in recent weeks, episode 103 of the Sustainable Business Covered Podcast explores their role in the net-zero transition.

The retailer has committed to moving its entire heavy goods vehicle (HGV) fleet from diesel to gas by 2024

Asda reduces emissions by 16% over 12-month period

Supermarket giant Asda has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 16% over the last year, as it builds towards a net-zero carbon goal set for 2040.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The new strategy also includes targets to achieve zero waste to landfill by 2028

Western Power Distribution targets net-zero emissions by 2028

Western Power Distribution (WPD) has outlined plans to reach net-zero emissions for its operations by 2028, as part of a new environment strategy that aims to convert its commercial fleet to low-carbon vehicles in the same timeframe.

The coalition represents most of the major businesses across the UK's aviation value chain, including British Airways. Stock image.

UK aviation sector sets interim climate goals on road to net-zero by 2050, but won't cap growth

A coalition representing the UK's major airports, airlines and plane manufacturers has, after publishing a controversial plan for reaching net-zero by 2050 last year, announced new interim climate goals and pledged to refresh its approach to low-carbon technologies.

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Facebook achieves net-zero operations, 100% renewable electricity

Facebook has revealed that it achieved net-zero operational emissions in 2020, after eliminating the majority of its greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint and investing in carbon removal projects.

Targets for reducing Scope 3 (indirect) emissions in line with climate science are still under development at the Airport

Gatwick plots path to net-zero before 2040

Gatwick Airport believes it can reduce its Scope 1 (operations) and Scope 2 (power-related) emissions by 80% by 2030, against a 1990 baseline, as it works to deliver net-zero in these areas before 2040.

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Johnson Matthey targets net-zero by 2040

Chemicals and technology manufacturing giant Johnson Matthey (JM) has set a 2040 net-zero target, with interim science-based targets to cut emissions filed for 2030.

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

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

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

Pictured: The all-electric plane used for Rolls-Royce's ACCEL demonstrator. Image: Rolls-Royce

Electric aircraft and alternative fuels: Rolls-Royce plots path to net-zero by 2050

Rolls-Royce has outlined plans to overhaul its R&D spending and product offerings in a bid to reach net-zero operations by 2030 and net-zero across the whole business value chain by 2050.

A survey of businesses found that more than 75% do not believe the Government’s 5GW aim is ambitious enough

Businesses call on UK Government to deliver 'world-leading' hydrogen sector

Businesses do not believe the Government is being ambitious enough in efforts to create a "world-leading" hydrogen market, with the commitment of 5GW of green and blue hydrogen by 2030 failing to generate confidence within the private sector.

53% of Trusts said they are currently not aligned with the overall NHS goal of net-zero by 2040

Half of NHS Trusts off-track on climate targets, new data reveals

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request for data on the low-carbon transition, responded to by more than 140 NHS Trusts across the UK, has revealed that half are set to miss their decarbonisation targets.


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