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Six changes to UK green policy that you need to know about this week

…principles designed to get the UK on track with the Government’s commitment to “build back greener and leave the environment in a better state for future generations”. Principles include integration…

Government unveils ‘radical’ energy efficiency standards for homes and offices

The Government responded to the ongoing consultation on the Future Homes Standard last night (19 January), outlining new time-bound targets to lower carbon emissions from the built environment. Housing Minister…

Treasury could mandate UK financial firms to add climate labels to products

…will need to act to ensure it meets both its climate targets and its commitment to “levelling up”. The report outlines how sector-specific pathways to decarbonisation could form the foundation…

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

…Agreement commitments or legally binding net-zero by 2050 target, given that the Department for Transport (DfT) did not “properly” measure or disclose the emissions impact of the Strategy. TAN also…

Government ringfences £265m for next Contracts for Difference auction

The £265m CfD auction will take place later this year, according to the Government. It will see £200m invested into offshore wind projects, helping to meet a Government promise of…

Climate Change Committee: UK Government needs to ‘raise ambitions’ on reaching net-zero

Government. The watchdog notes that the UK will have to publish a strengthened Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) prior to COP27. It calls on the Government to include stronger plans on…

Get to work implementing COP26 climate pact, UK businesses and green groups urge Government

…last week, which said the UK will need to “genuinely increase ambitions” to meet the new commitments agreed at the summit, the letter recommends that the Government reviews how it…

British businesses urge introduction of carbon tariff on imports

…for low-carbon products. The report acknowledges the UK Government’s continual emphasis on the private sector as being key to the delivery of the net-zero transition, and the narrative it is…

UK Government set to double 2030 hydrogen power target to 10GW

…hydrogen, the funding is expected to help towards a national commitment of 5GW of green and blue hydrogen by 2030, issued by the Government as part of the Ten Point…

British SMEs need more Government support on sustainability, surveys find

…a focus on the climate commitments made in recent years,” said Novuna Business Finance’s head of insight Joanna Morris. “The global debate on climate change often focuses on major businesses…

Introduce a carbon tariff on imports as soon as possible, MPs urge Government

The call to action comes from the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), which has today (4 April) published its report on ‘greening imports’. The report forms part of the Committee’s inquiry…

Five major UK supermarkets pledge to halve food system’s environmental impact by 2030

…targets by the end of 2022. On nature, there is a commitment to halt degradation this decade. There are also commitments to halve the environmental impact of supply chains and…

COP26: Asset managers representing $87.trn in assets vow to stop financing deforestation

…said: “The high-level pledge by governments to stop deforestation, combined with unprecedented finance commitments, is hugely important. – but success also hinges on the private sector and the international financial…

Next G7 Summit in Cornwall to be certified as carbon neutral

Government has appointed Arup and Crowberry Consulting to help achieve ISO 20121 certification and deliver a carbon-neutral event. Additionally, the Government is funding four carbon offsetting projects in developing countries,…

Government tables Environment Bill amendments to ‘halt’ biodiversity decline by 2030

…of the UK’s nature-based efforts. It builds on the G7’s commitment to halting and reverting the loss of biodiversity by 2030. Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “The Environment Bill is…

UK retailers to be banned from selling peat in 2024

…damaged by peat removal by 2035. The Government has committed under the 25-Year Environment Plan to leave natural habitats in a better state for the next generation, but this commitment

Amazon and Unilever among businesses teaming with governments on $1bn deforestation pledge

…carbon sinks are protected from deforestation while protecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples and members of local communities. Finance will be allocated to countries and jurisdictions that can showcase commitments…

Governments urged to redirect $1trn of ‘planet-wrecking’ subsidies to nature conservation and restoration

…– a precursor to this official deal, based around its headline commitment to protect and restore 30% of habitats and created in recognition of Covid-19-related delays to the conference. Aside…

‘Be more ambitious’: MPs press Government to beef up air quality policies before lockdown lifts

…sufficient resources to deliver, and without effective engagement from Government”. It calls for Defra and the DfT to work with other government departments, including the Treasury, to develop mechanisms and…

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

commitments. The CCC acknowledges that Covid-19 has delayed progress on a host of new green policy packages but states that these must now all be published before COP26 this November….