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Two-thirds of finance giants ‘continuing to fund deforestation’, report warns

…businesses making environment-related commitments on forests but not human-rights-related commitments to protect and empower forest communities. Overall, there is only a very slight improvement on the data recorded by Global…

8 things you need to know from Nature Day at COP26

…The commitment is being coordinated by the UNFCCC and the UK’s COP26 unit. Businesses involved in the commitment include Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer (M&S), the Co-op, OVO Energy,…

Cumbria County Council puts plans for controversial coal mine on hold

…jobs at the proposed mine, given the government’s net-zero commitment, and about whether the mine would slow down efforts to get the steel sector to adopt low-carbon technologies. Criticism came…

The cost of net-zero: The latest disinformation problem facing the climate crisis

commitments to tackle the climate crisis. The Strategy was published in October 2021 in preparation for COP26 in Glasgow. At the time, the Government badged the Strategy as a pathway…

Government launches consultations on Deposit Return Scheme and Extended Producer Responsibility

The Government has today (25 March) confirmed a 10-week consultation on proposed reforms to how the UK handles and treats its waste and resources through the Environment Bill, which has…

Climate change at the G7 Summit: Everything you need to know

…and prior to COP26. The UK will be keen to use these platforms to get nations and businesses to make fresh commitments to climate action. Additionally, the Government is expected…

Six green policy updates you need to know about this week

…split, Starmer followed up on Reeves’ speech with a commitment for a ten-year retrofitting scheme to boost the energy efficiency of buildings, stating that Labour would put aside £6bn per…

UK’s offshore wind sector grows as brands mark World Refill Day: The sustainability success stories of the week

…There will also be a new HGV Taskforce launching, modelled on the existing Bus Taskforce, through which industry, the Scottish Government and local councils collaborate. Crucially, the Government has promised…

Survey: 3 in 4 British manufacturers focus on energy savings in plans to slash emissions

…found to be ‘doing the right thing’ and responding to changing consumer demands. Government strategy was a motivator for just 7% of survey respondents, but compliance-related government requirements were flagged…

Green Chancellors and nature spending tests: What would net-zero and climate policy look like under Labour?

…could build on a commendable yet ultimately paper-thin approach to net-zero from the Government. However, a recent YouGov poll found that only 4% of surveyed Conservative members felt that net-zero…

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

…taking the UK Government to the High Court, arguing that RIS2 would risk the UK’s ability to align with the Paris Agreement and the long-standing commitment to leave nature in…

New Net-Zero Estate Playbook plots decarbonisation of UK Government’s buildings

…a month after the Government provided the first update to its ‘Greening the Government’ framework since the UK legislated for net-zero. The framework had always included measures to reduce water…

Government ponders 120GW of solar to help reach net-zero

…is clear. We look forward to seeing the Government’s plan to maximise the potential of cheap onshore renewables and clean energy storage.” “Additionally, we welcome the Government’s recognition in the…

As influential as the Stern Review: Green economy reacts to the Dasgupta biodiversity study

…the Government’s net-zero commitments. “We also need the UK Government to throw its full weight behind establishing a new Global Commission on Economy and Nature – because if we’re going…

Billions to be slashed from Green Homes Grant budget

…rather than demand. This rollover would have demonstrated the Government’s commitment to improving UK homes through energy efficiency and low carbon heat and given the industry the time and confidence…

Green Homes Grant scheme to officially close this week, UK Government confirms

…the fact that the government’s first attempt at a green recovery has been a deeply disappointing failure. “The government is setting ambitious policy goals and showing welcome international leadership in…

Green jobs primed to replace all jobs lost to Covid-19

…with the Government’s inclusion of the technology in the Contracts for Difference (CfD) process and subsequent commitments to scale-up dramatically in the coming decades. The number of direct roles increased…

Investors worth £10trn outline policy vision for sustainable finance in net-zero transition

…solely to environmental sustainability, the policy vision covers the Government’s commitment to socially ‘levelling up’ between and within regions and how this can be coupled with net-zero. According to UKSIF,…

UK Government ‘not taking the public’s views on net-zero transition into account’

The warning has been issued today (8 July) by MPs on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee, in a new report following up on the Government’s response to…

Multi-million-pound government funding boost for researchers exploring climate and social benefits of trees

…research partners, including the Forestry Commission, the National Environmental Research Council (NERC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Welsh Government, the Scottish Government and the UK Government’s Department…