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Sunak rolls back EV and home heating policies, citing cost-of-living crisis

…of meaningful democratic debate about how we get [to net-zero]” and accused previous governments of making green commitments without either properly funding their delivery or communicating what they would entail…

UK ‘falling behind the EU on ESG standards’, MPs warn

…market, charlatan consultants can run riot, damaging businesses and undermining markets. This needs to be checked through Government-led solutions.” The report notes that, even in the EU, Government policymaking on…

UK considers axing VAT on battery storage co-located with home solar

MPs on the cross-party Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) wrote to the Government earlier this month, warning that the UK would likely not meet its target to host 70GW of solar…

45% of Brits say UK is ‘not at all prepared’ for changing climate

…opinions on climate adaptation, ahead of the publication of an updated Government plan due later this year. National Trust stated that the UK’s changing climate is not “visible only to…

Therese Coffey calls on businesses to ‘shape efforts’ to deliver global nature goals

…various initiatives that the Government is championing to drive progress, adding that the UK would also play a part in the global efforts to mobilise at least $200bn for nature…

UK significantly off-track to meet household energy goals

New research from WWF and Scottish Power found that the Government looks set to miss a target to reduce energy demand from households by 15% by 2030, based on current…

Climate in court: UN tracks doubling of legal cases filed within five years

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has this week published new global figures on climate-related litigation, revealing the increasing pressure that governments and big businesses are being put under by citizens…

India defines ‘green hydrogen’ and ringfences $7bn for electric buses

…a cost of $12bn, the Indian government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been issuing contracts inviting companies to invest based on the aggregate demand from the state governments….

TUC: UK risks 800,000 manufacturing jobs without green industrial strategy

The trade union’s headline claim is that some 800,000 existing jobs in manufacturing and supply chains could be put at risk unless the Government puts forward a clear, long-term industrial…

Scotland outlines plans to end fossil-fuelled building heating by 2045

…heat pumps, electric storage heaters or heat networks,” the Government said in a statement, adding that other technologies may also fall under proposed laws. Heat networks will be encouraged as…

Scotland increases landfill tax, confirms sharp rise in offshore wind budget

…the UK Government’s tax brackets. Less fanfare was made around the Scottish Government’s spending plans to support its 2045 net-zero target and aims on nature and the circular economy –…

Future Homes Standard too weak on energy efficiency and renewables, sector leaders warn

…the consultation deadline on 6 March. In 2019, the Government launched the first consultation on the Future Homes Standard, slated for implementation in 2025, with the aim of establishing ‘world-leading…

Banks to be assessed against new net-zero standard

…IIGCC produced the standard in partnership with the TPI Centre at the London School of Economics. Under the standard, banks can assess their long-term net-zero commitments and interim targets, as…

The UK has fallen behind on the Sustainable Development Goals – Our children deserve better

…in 2020. More than half of FTSE100 companies have measurable commitments to support the SDGs, and 47% are reporting their progress. 18% of FTSE250 companies made measurable commitments to the…

Forster Communications targets net-positive environmental and social impact

…to have public nature conservation commitments by March 2026. A key new social target is ensuring that all clients have public commitments to fair pay for staff and suppliers by…

Creating a real circular economy is key to the net-zero transition

…effective ways to increase recycling. That is why central to our plan is a commitment to work with Governments around the world to advocate comprehensive DRS systems. Such schemes give…

From CEO surveys to a $100bn carbon markets moonshot: The 10 biggest sustainable business announcements from Davos 2024

…organisations. Collectively, they have more than 120 commitments to purchase near-zero emission goods and services by 2030, representing $16bn in annual market demands. Recent Coalition joiners include Salesforce, Qatar Airways,…

PwC: 55% of global GDP at risk from nature loss

governments alone. Philanthropists, corporates and carbon markets will all need to play a role. Beyond top-level commitments to make deforestation illegal – and to properly enforce these commitments – Governments…

Patagonia’s campaign for the oceans and Uber’s carbon calculator: The sustainability success stories of the week

…for things like bread bags and carrier bags. MOBILITY: Uber launches carbon calculator to promote electric rides Building on global net-zero commitment for 2040, Uber has this week unveiled a…

‘British power for British jobs’: Labour Party outlines vision for the green economy

…also create a new publicly-owned energy generation firm, GB Energy. We already knew of this commitment but, today, Starmer confirmed that it would be based in Scotland. It could provide…