Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

While New Year's resolutions to give up alcohol or head to the gym are strained or even broken, this week saw the continued commitment to building a sustainable future - even if some sectors are struggling to shed those stubborn carbon footprints.

This week has seen the major climate talkers head to Davos and New York to wax lyrical about the importance of businesses taking the initiative in combatting climate change. In a stand of muddled defiance governments have been getting in on the act too – even if their policies suggest otherwise.

In the UK the highly controversial Feed-in Tariff subsidy cuts led to frantic rush to get installations off the ground and onto roofs before last week’s deadline.

One of the more prominent solar installations was completed in record time in Brighton – yet despite the solar movement fears remain over the looming issues of ‘blackout Britain’.

UK’s climate watchdog has informed the government to stick with the original carbon reduction target despite added pressure to deliver further reductions in the wake of the Paris climate deal.

London continues to bulk-up its electric vehicle plans after it made the cut for Britain’s ‘green car revolution’ which will see EVs given access to bus lanes in a move that can’t possibly go wrong.

Across the pond New York announced a huge new energy plan aiming to strengthen the state’s clean energy economy.

If only there was a more efficient way to get to New York than by plane. Airbus seems intent on sticking heads in the sand until a mooted weaker aviation emissions standard is established.

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Matt Mace

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