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Councils to have declared ‘climate emergency’ still backing road and airport expansion, BBC finds

Government to grant them additional funding and powers to transition to net-zero, orchestrated by UK100. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: “We have already…

COP26: Nations collectively agree to sustainable food systems policies and pledge to accelerate green agriculture innovation

commitment to addressing the twin challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change,” said First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. “Most importantly, following the UK government’s withdrawal from the EU Life scheme, it…

New committee launched to help UK Government avoid hydrogen policy pitfalls

commitment made in the Ten-Point Plan for the UK to host 5GW of “low-carbon” hydrogen generation capacity by 2030. In a statement, the Commission said it is concerned that the…

TSB and Aviva Investors plot pathway to net-zero carbon

…Partnership’s Climate Commitment. The commitment covers not only the real estate and infrastructure covered by the Platform’s portfolios, but Aviva Investors’ private debt services also. Aviva Investors will funnel £2.5bn…

EY targets carbon negativity for 2021

…SBTi published data around corporate action in 2020, spanning investments, new commitments and progress on existing commitments. The data revealed that the rate of commitments to science-based targets was twice…

Wealthy nations still well short of $100bn climate finance promise

…existing commitment to provide $100bn in annual funding to help low-income nations decarbonise while accelerating climate adaptation. A separate Oxfam report reiterated that G7 governments are failing to deliver on…

Dewley Hill: Newcastle City Council blocks controversial coal mine

…was not compatible with the UK’s climate targets or its own commitment to net-zero by 2030 and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Moreover, the UK Government has enshrined in…

UK allocates first round of support from £500m Blue Planet Fund

…to tackle plastic waste in developing countries. Since GPAP launched in 2018, it has secured a commitment by Indonesia to reduce 70% of mismanaged waste by 2025 and a commitment

Lord Bilimoria: ESG is ‘not a tick-box exercise, companies must live their purpose’

…more and more; it’s not just companies making commitments, led by boards making commitments. It’s every individual in the companies understanding the transition and getting fully behind it.” For Lord…

Centrica, a major innovator in low-carbon energy and the UK energy supply, has joined the Hydrogen Taskforce

…in the North-East of England. The Taskforce welcomed the Prime Minister’s recent announcement that the Government is committed to developing 5GW of low-carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 and £240…

‘Proposals fall far short’: Green economy left disappointed at Queen’s speech

Delivered today from 11.30am, the speech reiterated the UK’s commitment to delivering an economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, outlining measures to help the NHS innovate and to support businesses…

Close policy gaps now or risk missing net-zero, E.ON and CBI warn UK Ministers

…by the Government and/or local authorities. The Green Homes Grant, announced in 2020, notably closed with less than 10% of the £2bn of promised funding spent. The Government cited difficulties…

Pay communities to host offshore wind farms, Leadsom and Rudd urge UK Government

…Offshore Wind Farms’, the document argues the case for better community engagement from the UK Government as it strives to deliver an ambition for the nation to host 40GW of…

Four top tips for helping your business to comply with ESOS Phase 3

Government’s list of valid routes to compliance with survey requirements. A word of warning, also: the Government is considering extending ESOS Phase 3 to medium-sized businesses. Presenters in this session…

Levelling up: Low-carbon transport transition could unlock billions for UK’s local economies, REA says

…financing the UK’s low-carbon transport transition, the REA report sets out a series of recommendations for policymakers in central Government. REA chief executive Nina Skorupska said that the Government needs…

From energy bills to policy ‘sticking plasters’: Could housing derail the UK’s just net-zero ambition?

…and sustainability). There is, therefore, widespread disappointment that Ministers are “neglecting” demand-side interventions, favouring instead new commitments for generation. So, what exactly has the Government achieved on green housing to…

Energy price crisis: What demand-side measures are being planned in the UK?

Energy costs in the UK have been rising since last summer, most steeply since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February. The UK Government first intervened in February with a confirmation…

Rishi Sunak moves to reinstate fracking ban in UK

commitments made at COP26 and continue towards the net-zero target for 2050. As the fracking motion from Labour emerged, the now former Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg proposed that the fracking…

From rewilding to renewable energy: Seven UK green policy stories to follow in 2022

…return to Parliament was delayed as the Government delivered new lockdown restrictions. The purpose of the Bill is to support the delivery of the UK’s 25-Year Plan for the environment…

Graham Stuart: More North Sea oil and gas ‘entirely compatible’ with UK’s net-zero transition

…today, near the beginning of my remarks, with a new Prime Minister and new Government, that the Government’s steadfast commitment to delivering net-zero remains. “The aftershocks from the Covid-19 pandemic…