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The coalition also expressed their support for the youth climate strikes. Image European Commission

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The UN has warned that arctic temperatures are likely to rise by 3-5C above pre-industrial levels, even if the Paris Agreement goals are met

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Global energy-related emissions are set to peak by 2024 and fall by 20% by 2050

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A coalition of 300+ investors have been urging BP to bolster its decarbonisation efforts for more than a year

BP links employee bonuses with climate progress in Paris Agreement alignment drive

Following pressure from green investors, oil and gas giant BP has pledged to align its business with the aims of the Paris Agreement and has begun linking staff bonuses to its low-carbon progress.

Despite the ruling, Plan B is optimistic that the UK Government will set new climate targets in the near future

Calls for review of UK's 2050 climate target rejected by Court of Appeals

An appeal to bring forward the UK's current climate commitments to align with scientific research on the necessity to limit average global warming to 1.5C has been rejected by the Court of Appeals.

MEPs welcomed the Commission’s effort but warn that of the several scenarios on offer only the two net-zero emissions options are “compatible with the Union’s [Paris Agreement] commitment”

MEPs locked in dispute over EU's climate plan

European lawmakers are locked in a dispute over a landmark climate plan that is meant to drag the EU into compliance with the Paris Agreement, as parliamentary committees tussle over who should take the lead.

The call to action has been sent to Domino's, McDonald’s, Chipotle, Yum! Brands, Restaurant Brands International and Wendy’s

Investors press fast food giants to 'urgently' improve supply chain sustainability

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Ocean growth hub amongst projects backed by £279m Industrial Strategy investment

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Coal-fired power plant in Patnow, Konin, Poland

EU forges deal on coal phase-out, with special Polish clause

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The rulebook aims to provide some homogeneity at the global level, assuming that all countries contribute to the fight against global warming. Photo: IRENA (Flickr)

Nations agree on Paris Agreement rulebook, fail on climate ambition

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UK Energy Minister Claire Perry appeared at the summit today to discuss low-carbon power and carbon capture and storage (CCS)

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Investment firm Schroders said there could be $23tn of global economic losses a year in the long term without rapid action

Tackle climate or face financial crash, say world's biggest investors

Global investors managing $32tn issued a stark warning to governments at the UN climate summit on Monday, demanding urgent cuts in carbon emissions and the phasing out of all coal burning. Without these, the world faces a financial crash several times worse than the 2008 crisis, they said.

Merlin Entertainments operates more than 120 attractions worldwide, including 32 in the UK

Merlin Entertainments switches to 100% renewable electricity for UK attractions

Legoland, Sea Life and Madame Tussauds operator Merlin Entertainments is now sourcing 100% renewably-generated electricity across its UK attractions, after signing a supply deal with green power firm Ecotricity.

Developed nations are relying on gas and oil - rather than renewables - as the coal phase-out continues, the IEA has warned

IEA: Global carbon emissions set to rise in 2018, breaking five-year decline

The amount of carbon emitted by the world's most economically advanced nations is set to rise before the end of 2018, bucking a five-year decline in emissions, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned.

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Banking giants pledge to align investment portfolios with Paris Agreement

BBVA, BNP Paribas, Standard Chartered and Société Générale have pledged to measure the climate-related impacts of their lending portfolios and assist companies they invest in with aligning their respective sustainability strategies with the Paris Agreement goals.

Negotiators in Poland must produce a rulebook governing how action pledged under the Paris agreement was tracked and reported to ensure all nations play their part

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European Parliament in Brussels

New EU plan comes out fighting for 'climate neutrality' by 2050

The European Commission has unveiled its much-anticipated plan for a "climate-neutral Europe" on Wednesday (28 November), in an effort to show EU countries how to stick to the goals of the Paris Agreement and endorse a shared long-term strategy.

The UN report warns that there is still a

UN: World must triple efforts or face catastrophic climate change

Countries are failing to take the action needed to stave off the worst effects of climate change, a UN report has found, and the commitments made in the 2015 Paris agreement will not be met unless governments introduce additional measures as a matter of urgency.

Berlaymont officials are due to give the strategy a final vetting this week

10 countries demand net-zero emission goal in new EU climate strategy

Ministers from ten EU countries have urged the European Commission to chart a "credible and detailed" path towards net-zero emissions in 2050, ahead of the launch of a landmark climate strategy next week.

The findings come ahead of the UN's COP24 conference, where delegates will develop a

Report: G20 nations off track to meet Paris Agreement goals, despite clean energy promises

Of the energy provided to G20 nations during the past 10 years, 82% was generated using coal, oil or gas - despite the bloc's promises to transition to clean power.

Global carbon emissions are expected to rise to a new record level in 2018

Global economic growth threatening climate change progress, report warns

The expansion in the global economy is undermining the world's efforts to achieve the objectives set out in the Paris Agreement, a new report from global consultancy Capgemini has warned.

Investors have outlined the regulatory, economic and reputational risks that companies could face if they lobby against climate change action

Top European firms warned over lobbying against stronger climate policy

A group of investors worth $2trn has urged 55 major European businesses to review their relationships with organisations with lobbying practices "inconsistent" with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Governments will gather in Katowice, Poland for the COP24 climate change summit in Poland in December

Report: Few countries have emissions targets that match their Paris Agreement pledges

Most countries signed up to the Paris Agreement, including the UK, have failed to set domestic targets that are at least as ambitious as their pledged contributions, according to a damning new report.

Cement is one of the world's carbon-heavy industries, accounting for 6% of global CO2 emissions

World Cement Association aligns climate action strategy with 2C trajectory

Global non-profit World Cement Association (WCA) has released a climate action strategy targeting carbon emissions and waste management, in a drive to help the industry align with the Paris Agreement's goal of limiting the global temperature increase below 2C.

While renewables have been growing strongly, their growth isn’t large enough to reverse CO2 emissions trends, Birol said

'Bad news' and 'despair': Global carbon emissions to hit new record in 2018, IEA says

Global carbon emissions will rise to a new record level in 2018, making the chances of reaching a target to keep temperature increases to 1.5 or 2°C "weaker and weaker every year, every month," the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) has said.

From left-right: Unilever’s Thomas Lingard, CDP's Jennie Gleed, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership's Sarah Millar, BT's Gabrielle Giner and WWF's Jaco Du Toit

Science Based Targets initiative to support businesses with 1.5C goals in wake of IPCC report

The Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) will place a renewed focus on assisting businesses in setting emissions reduction goals aligned with the 1.5C ambition of the Paris Agreement, a WWF official has revealed.

King also joined the growing list of experts and policy leaders calling of the UK Government to enshrine a net-zero carbon goal into law. Image: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Sir David King: Urgent focus needed on climate 'restoration'

The UK Government's former chief scientific advisor Sir David King has called for a $150 carbon price to be implemented globally and for the UK Government to focus on a net-zero emissions policy for 2045 to start to "repair and restore" the climate.

The report once again highlights the urgent need for bold climate actions from business and policymakers

IPCC 1.5C report: How can business drive the creation of a carbon-neutral world?

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The letter states:

Business leaders call on EU to set net-zero emissions strategy

A group of business and civil society leaders, including Paul Polman, Christiana Figueres, Sir Richard Branson and Arianna Huffington, has called on the European Union (EU) to increase climate actions and "ensure targets are aligned with a just transition to net-zero emissions" by 2050.

Cheshire explained that greenhush and greenwashing could both harm business reputations. Tucker Images

No more 'Greenhush': Sir Ian Cheshire urges business to get vocal on sustainability

The chairman of Barclays UK and Debenhams had suggested that the business community has a "moral imperative" to deliver and communicate real change that brings in new business models to alleviate key climate concerns.

Since 2000, the UK has reduced emissions by 29% while growing the economy by 34%

Report: UK leading G20 in low-carbon transition

The UK is leading the rest of the G20 nations in transitioning towards a low-carbon future by decoupling emissions from economic growth, although global decarbonisation rates aren't currently strong enough to meet the ambitions of the Paris Agreement.

The world has already warmed by around 1C over the past century

World 'nowhere near on track' to avoid warming beyond 1.5C target

The world's governments are "nowhere near on track" to meet their commitment to avoid global warming of more than 1.5C above the pre-industrial period, according to an author of a key UN report that will outline the dangers of breaching this limit.

The Carbon Neutrality Coalition came out of the One Planet Summit in December 2017

UK commits to Carbon Neutrality Coalition to deliver net-zero emissions

Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that the UK will be joining 18 other countries that have committed to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 at the earliest, while also setting aside £160m to help developing nations transition to cleaner energy systems.

The European Commission has proposed a 30% cut in vehicle emissions by 2030, although MEPs are pushing to raise that figure to 45%

EU must end new petrol and diesel car sales by 2030 to meet climate targets - report

New petrol and diesel car sales in Europe must be phased out before 2030 if the auto sector is to play its part in holding global warming to the Paris agreement's 1.5C goal, a new analysis has found.

Non-state actors made a number of pledges and a call to action at the San Francisco summit. Image: Global Climate Action Summit

Global Climate Action Summit: Lack of government climate ambition balanced by non-state action

San Francisco's Global Climate Action Summit ended on 14 September with non-state actors sending a call to action to governments ahead of the crucial COP24 in December, while highlighting their pivotal role in reducing emissions and reaching climate targets.

The bank will track the technology shift needed to decarbonise the world's most carbon-heavy sectors in line with the Paris Agreement goals

ING to align £450bn investment portfolio with Paris Agreement goals

ING has revealed that it will work with the companies covered by its £456m ($600bn) green investment portfolio to help align their respective sustainability strategies with the aims of the Paris Agreement.

Bacardi, Molson Coors, L'Oreal and Kraft Heinz are among the 480 corporations aiming for science-based targets

Science-based targets driving corporate climate commitments to new heights

More than 130 corporates have committed to set science-based emissions reduction targets in line with the 2C trajectory outlined in the Paris Agreement this year, covering one-eighth of total market capitalisation.

The Climate Coach: Transport

It will take you twenty minutes to get there - depending on traffic. Not an unusual statement wherever you live. People design cities and communities and yet often it is people that seem to be least considered as most of the space for movement is taken up by cars, vans and lorries. Pedestrians are pushed to the side and cyclists must brave traffic with a risk for their lives.

Future gazing the role of the sustainability profession

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The report states that the commitments are

Emissions commitments from business and authorities 'insufficient’ to meet Paris goals

Even if the 2,175 companies and 8,419 cities, states and regions to have made emission-cutting commitments achieve their pledges in full, the result will not be sufficient to realise a 2C trajectory in line with the Paris Agreement.

The current carbon price in the EU is €18.28 - up more than threefold since May 2017

Report: EU carbon prices could hit €40 over next five years

European Union (EU) carbon prices could more than double to €40 per tonne between 2019 and 2023, spurring the transition away from coal power across the bloc.

Ball Corporation will work with suppliers and move to purchase more renewable power to achieve the targets

Ball Corporation commits to science-based targets tackling supply chain emissions

Global packaging firm Ball Corporation has set new science-based targets within the company's direct operations and across its supply chain to reduce its emissions intensity by 58% by 2030.

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The likes of Green Party's Caroline Lucas, Lib Dem leader Vince Cable, Ed Davey and the Environmental Audit Committee’s chair Mary Creagh have backed the letter

More than 100 MPs back calls for net-zero emissions target

More than 100 MPs have now signed a letter calling on Prime Minister Theresa May to establish a net-zero emissions target for 2050.

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What's the business case for climate science?

Let's be honest, the transition to a low carbon economy is going to require some difficult and far-reaching change from most companies and sectors. But emerging leadership from the corporate world is showing that remodelling business strategies around climate science is already driving innovation, growth and other business benefits.

Aldi’s sustainability report updates progress towards a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions generated per m2 of sales floor by 30%

Aldi exploring emissions reduction goal aligned to Paris Agreement

The UK's fastest growing supermarket Aldi will align its future sustainability strategy "well below" the 2C target set by the Paris Agreement, the company's international managing director of corporate responsibility, Sven van den Boomen, has claimed.

The EU and China have emerged as leaders of the COP21 agreement Image: UNclimatechange

China, EU reaffirm Paris climate commitment, vow more cooperation

China and the European Union on Monday reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris climate change pact and called other signatories to do the same, saying action against rising global temperatures had become more important than ever.

The Climate Coach: Renewable Energy

I have a dream, of a society where children play safely outside in green, common areas, where there are no cars. People travel to work in electric powered trains, buses and through electric car share. They walk and cycle to school, to the local shop and to meet friends. A dream where renewable energy sources provide all the power we need - for heating, electricity and transport - in businesses as well as in homes.

Molson Coors is part of more than 400 corporations aiming for science-based targets

Molson Coors gets stamp of approval for science-based target

Multinational brewer Molson Coors has had its target of halving greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its operations by 2025 approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).

The Irish fossil fuel divestment bill was passed in the lower house of parliament on Thursday

Ireland becomes world's first country to divest from fossil fuels

The Republic of Ireland will become the world's first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies, after a bill was passed with all-party support in the lower house of parliament.

The group of ten European mayors are part of a wider coalition of 9,000 cities worldwide, which have committed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030

Mayors urge EU to aim for net-zero emissions by 2050

The mayors of ten major European cities -including Paris, London, Milan and Barcelona - have issued a joint call for the EU to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement.

The document has been issued in the build up to the UN Climate Summit set to take place in September 2019 in New York to review the Paris Agreement commitments

UK among nations to pledge stronger climate ambition

The UK has joined 22 other countries in signing a pledge to explore the potential to step up their climate commitments before 2020 and calling for other nations to do the same.

CAN Europe said no single EU country is performing sufficiently well in both ambition and progress towards reducing carbon emissions

EU countries 'off target' on carbon emissions: report

Most European nations are set to miss their carbon reduction pledges made as part of the Paris Agreement, according to a new ranking of "good", "bad" and "ugly" countries published today (18 June) by Europe's leading NGO coalition on climate change.

The SBTi's overall aim is that, by 2020, science-based targets will become standard business practice

Ikea gets stamp of approval for 80% science-based emissions target

The Ikea Group has had its target of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its stores and operations by 80% by 2030 approved by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).

It's time we embrace the fierce urgency of now

Jonathon Porritt recently provided the foreword to edie's flagship 2018 report for the Mission Possible campaign, which explores how businesses are scaling up effort and innovation across all areas of development to achieve a sustainable future.

“Together we believe that the full implementation of the Paris Agreement means much deeper emission cuts than currently planned,”

Businesses, NGOs make joint plea for higher EU ambition on climate change

A unique coalition of businesses and investors representing over €21 trillion in assets have joined forces with local authorities and civil society groups to urge EU leaders to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy in order to keep global warming below 2°C.

The summit has failed to produce a climate agreement with President Trump for the second year running

Paris Agreement ‘G6’ formed as Trump skips climate meetings

As the G7 summit in Canada came to a close, leaders of the so-called "G6" nations reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement, while President Trump asserted that the US would instead prioritise energy security and economic growth over carbon reductions.

Ikea’s climate positive ambition aims to fulfil the retailer’s contribution to the Paris Agreement through an emissions reduction across the value chain that is aligned to climate science

Ikea to ban single-use plastics, targets 'climate-positive' status under new strategy

Removing all single-use plastics products from its range globally, eliminating more greenhouse gas emissions than its value chain emits, and generating more renewables than it consumes are all headline goals of Ikea's updated People and Planet Positive strategy.

Firms are encouraged to promote the aims across the supply chain by incentivising energy demand reductions and the uptake of renewable energy solutions

World Green Building Council calls for net-zero building sector by 2030

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has called on the built environment sector to set ambitious targets that eliminate carbon emissions for building portfolios by 2030, in order to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement.

The report highlights that Europe is primed to embrace a new circular economy, with EU industrial emissions potentially reduced by 56% by 2050

Report: Circular economy a 'powerful force' to meeting Paris Agreement goals

Circular business models and greater material efficiency of products in the transport and built environment sectors could reduce emissions by 3.6 billion tonnes annually - putting the globe on course to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement.

The findings suggest that a rapid decline in fossil fuel demand is no longer dependent on stronger policies

'Carbon bubble' could spark global financial crisis, study warns

Plunging prices for renewable energy and rapidly increasing investment in low-carbon technologies could leave fossil fuel companies with trillions in stranded assets and spark a global financial crisis, a new study has found.

G7 governments provided at least $80.62bn in fiscal support and $19.54bn in public finance for fossil fuels in 2015 and 2016

G7 countries pour $100bn a year into oil, gas and coal: study

Each year, at least $100bn goes to support the production and consumption of oil, gas and coal, according to a major new study published on Monday (4 June). That is despite a promise from all G7 and G20 members to stop subsidising fossil fuels by 2025.

Cheshire claimed that sustainability issues would be dealt with as nationally and globally “important” post-Brexit

Does Brexit offer the chance for UK to push climate action to new heights?

Despite mounting fears over the potential threats Brexit poses to the UK's green economy, industry leaders have claimed that leaving the EU could provide the nation with opportunities to innovate in order to remain a global leader in the sustainability sphere.

IRENA has previously predicted that renewables will be cost competitive with fossil fuels by 2020

Why now is the time for corporates to set long-term targets for renewables

A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) found that corporates have actively sourced renewable energy equivalent to the overall demand of France, but renewables demand could soar if companies turned voluntary agreements into active goals.

UK insurers Aviva and Legal & General claimed second and fourth place respectively

UK insurers lead the ranks for climate action

UK insurance companies Aviva and Legal & General have taken two of the top four spots in a ranking of global insurers on their climate strategies, but globally the sector is struggling to set climate targets in line with the Paris Agreement.

The chain’s 2030 strategy also includes pledges to halve waste and water consumption levels

Hilton to halve environmental impact, starting with plastic straw ban

Global hospitality firm Hilton has unveiled a number of new sustainability ambitions that has seen it become the first in its sector to set an approved science-based target, alongside goals to halve water use and waste and remove plastic straws from its estate by the end of the year.

Lewis said that scaling up seasonal storage was “the last piece of the jigsaw”

Energy storage revolution within 10 years is essential, says E.ON boss

EXCLUSIVE: E.ON chief executive Michael Lewis has claimed that an energy storage revolution must happen within a decade if the world is to meet the Paris Agreement goals.

The LDC group voiced frustrations over having to adapt to a changing climate, all while striving to lift their people out of poverty

Developing nations call for 'urgent' action to develop Paris Agreement rulebook

A network of some of the least developed countries in the world has called on developed economies to turn "concepts into action" by accelerating the implementation of a 'rule book' for the Paris Agreement through increased climate finance.

So far, 16 insurers have divested an estimated €22bn from coal companies

Allianz pledges to stop insuring coal plants as pressure mounts on insurance industry

Financial services firm Allianz has set a target to eliminate its insurance coverage for coal, amid heightened pressure on the industry to end its support for the fossil fuel.

Poland, this year’s host of the COP climate conference, continues to rely heavily on coal and is alone in the EU planning expansion

Most countries failing on Paris Agreement pledges, report warns

Many governments are not on course to meet their Paris Agreement commitments, according to a damning new report which shows a host of countries across the globe are not yet willing or able to phase out coal.

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, presents the EU’s post-2020 long-term budget proposals [© European Union, 2018 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service]

EU proposes 25% 'climate quota' in new long-term budget

The clean energy transition and other initiatives to decarbonise Europe's economy will represent 25% of EU spending under a seven-year EU budget plan put forward by the European Commission on Wednesday (2 May).

In addition, governments announced the establishment of a Commonwealth Blue Charter led by the UK and Vanuatu, image: Michael Garnett/Flickr

Commonwealth to 'pursue' 1.5C Paris goal

The 53 member states of the Commonwealth have agreed to renew commitments to the Paris Agreement that would "pursue" efforts to limit temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Developed with assistance from the Carbon Trust, the emissions targets are aligned to the goals of the Paris Agreement

Whitbread sets science-based target to halve emissions intensity

The UK's largest hospitality company Whitbread, has pledged to halve emissions in the next seven years as part of an "industry-leading" science-based target.

Under the global Paris agreement, countries have committed to curbing temperature rises to “well below” 2C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to keep them to 1.5C

UK to review climate target raising hopes of a zero emissions pledge

The UK is to review its long-term target to cut climate emissions as part of global efforts to curb rising temperatures, the government has announced.

More than 370 businesses have joined the Science Based Targets initiative since its launch in 2015

More than 100 corporates have science-based targets approved

L'Oréal and Electrolux are among the latest businesses to have their emission reduction goals approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

London Stock Exchange Group sustainability manager Sara Lovisolo says the technical work behind the opportunities offered by climate action is weaker than measuring mitigation

Climate change mitigation should be viewed as business opportunity, says London Stock Exchange

Businesses and investors should focus more on measuring and reporting the positive impacts of sustainability efforts rather than purely analysing the risks posed by climate change, according to the sustainability manager of the London Stock Exchange Group.

The report says that while the UK has maintained a consensus on the need for action on climate change, buy-in across government departments is “too uneven”

Report: zero emissions target needed to push UK beyond Paris Agreement

The government should publish a target by 2020 for achieving "net zero" emissions, according to a new report.

According to a report by the European Parliament, the shipping industry could contribute up to 17% of global CO2 emissions by 2050 if left unregulated

International Maritime Organisation 'too slow' on emissions strategy

The International Maritime Organisation has moved too slowly on drafting its greenhouse gas strategy and reducing emissions from shipping, Transparency International has warned, urging the global shipping regulator to improve its governance, transparency and efficiency.

NatWest purchases 100% of its energy from renewable sources

NatWest delivers £3.5bn low-carbon lending in three years

Banking giant NatWest has pledged to deliver of £10bn lending to UK renewable energy and energy efficiency projects by 2020, having provided £3.5bn over the past three years.

The company had already announced that by 2025, 100% of its guest packaging will come from recycled, renewable or certified sources

McDonald's to reduce emissions by a third under approved science-based targets

McDonald's has become the first global restaurant company to have an emissions reduction target approved by the Science-Based Target Initiative (SBTI), as the fast food giant outlines plans to reduce carbon emissions by 150 million tonnes.

The path to public-sector sustainability is paved with good intentions

As part of edie's latest sector insight report, the Carbon Trust's managing director for programmes and cities Richard Rugg charts the progress being made across the sector towards a sustainable future.

Private investors will be exposed to 88% of the spending on unnecessary fossil fuel projects under this prediction

Climate policies place $1.6trn fossil fuel costs at risk, report warns

Fossil fuel companies are exposed to $1.6trn in potential expenditure by basing business decisions on existing policies rather than international climate goals, while businesses committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity will require $94bn to reach their goals.

Water bills on the archipelago have surged recently due to more frequent droughts and storms, while warming waters have brought seasonal jellyfish plagues and degraded marine ecosystems

Balearics launch pioneering plan to phase out emissions

The Balearic islands' government has launched a pioneering plan to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, potentially setting itself on a collision course with the Spanish government.

8 global sustainability trends to watch out for in 2018

Over the past 12 months, challenges around addressing sustainability issues have featured consistently in global headlines. Despite mixed political messages about our transition to a low-carbon future, the private sector has continued to drive sustainability up the business agenda; from Science Based Targets (SBTs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to increased investor scrutiny over non-financial reporting.


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