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In the US the trial of ExxonMobil has started, where the company is defending itself against charges that it lied to investors about the cost of carbon emissions to its business.
Posted: 22/10/2019
The Government has announced a consultation on introducing green number plates for zero emission cars.
Posted: 22/10/2019
Over 300 current and former MPs have put their names to the Divest Parliament Pledge that calls on the trustees of the Parliamentary Pension Fund to end its investments in fossil fuel companies.
Posted: 22/10/2019
The UK’s largest fully electric vehicle (EV) delivery service, Gnewt by Menzies Distribution, is to trial the use of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology.
Posted: 22/10/2019
Unilever brand Dove has announced that it will be moving to 100 per cent recycled plastic bottles and new plastic free packaging.
Posted: 21/10/2019
Lloyd’s Charities Trust has launched a new disaster resilience partnership with Habitat for Humanity, as part of the insurance marketplace’s ongoing response to communities around the world placed at risk by climate change.
Posted: 21/10/2019
Solar PV installations on houses and commercial buildings will leap over the next five years, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its latest renewable energy market forecast. Known collectively as distributed PV, and part of the predicted decentralisation of energy production, the growth in solar energy will form the backbone of renewable growth in the next few years.
Posted: 21/10/2019
The total issuance of sustainable debt has now surpassed $1tr, according to data compiled by BloombergNEF (BNEF).
Posted: 18/10/2019
BP Ventures has invested in Grid Edge, a developer of AI technology that enables customers to predict, control and optimise their building’s energy profile. The investment is in support of BP Alternative Energy’s wider strategy of low-carbon power, storage and digital energy.
Posted: 18/10/2019
US bank Wells Fargo has announced a major deal to date on renewable energy, with a 10-year structured energy agreement with Reliant, an NRG Energy company.
Posted: 18/10/2019
Entries are now open for our major awards, encompassing all that is great in UK enterprises. Whether working to avert climate change, partnering with a charity, making energy use more efficient or creating better buildings and places the awards, now in their sixth year help recognise the achievements and advances that protect, support and improve the world.
Posted: 17/10/2019
Volvo Cars has launched one of the most ambitious plans in the automotive industry, aiming to reduce its lifecycle carbon footprint per car by 40 per cent between 2018 and 2025. This is the first, tangible step towards Volvo Cars’ ambition of becoming a climate-neutral company by 2040.
Posted: 17/10/2019
The FCA has published a statement setting out its proposals to improve climate change disclosures by issuers and information to consumers on green financial products and services.
Posted: 16/10/2019
Insurance and reinsurance provider AXIS Capital Holdings has announced a new policy addressing thermal coal and oil sands-related underwriting and investments.
Posted: 16/10/2019
Adidas UK is partnering with Stuffstr, allowing customers to sell back their unwanted clothing for store credit, regardless of condition, creating a closed-loop, circular economy solution for the fashion industry.
Posted: 16/10/2019
Debenhams reports that in the five years since it started supporting Help for Heroes, it has raised over £2.3m. The Manchester branch of Debenhams has also recently participated in Help for Heroes’ new 40,000 Strong campaign by giving the charity two of its windows with live mannequins in the display.
Posted: 16/10/2019
In the third quarter of 2019, the UK’s renewable energy sources (wind farms, solar panels, biomass and hydro plants) managed to generate more electricity than the combined output from power stations fired by fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas).
Posted: 15/10/2019
The Queen’s speech confirmed the Government’s intention to press ahead with its environmental measures – subject, of course, to a General Election.
Posted: 15/10/2019
The European Investment Bank (EIB) could limit funding for fossil fuels as it looks to increase funding for green energy.
Posted: 15/10/2019
An analysis of the implementation of the reporting framework outlined by the voluntary Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) in the banking sector reveals that of the 76 banks that endorse the TCFD framework only 39 started disclosing.
Posted: 15/10/2019
Enel Finance International (EFI), the Dutch subsidiary of Enel has launched a bond is linked to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Group’s first “General Purpose SDG Linked Bond” issued on the European market.
Posted: 14/10/2019
Carlsberg Group has been detailing its quest to create a ‘greener’ bottle, under the title of “the world’s first paper bottle" for beer.
Posted: 14/10/2019
According to The National Infrastructure Commission, the UK will fail to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 if regulators aren’t given new powers to ensure utility companies invest in sustainable infrastructure.
Posted: 14/10/2019
The IMF has released the October 2019 edition of the Fiscal Monitor, that emphasises the case for using carbon taxes, or similar pricing schemes such as emission trading systems, to implement climate mitigation strategies.
Posted: 14/10/2019
Ecclesiastical has joined Sir Martyn Lewis, former chairman of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, in funding TapSimple, a combination of fundraising software and hardware that provides contactless donation.
Posted: 14/10/2019
Under a new agreement, BEE Midtown – covering 400 businesses in central London – and the UKSSD will design collaborative programmes to enable member businesses to work together to develop solutions and accelerate progress on the SDGs in Midtown and beyond.
Posted: 10/10/2019
Aldi, Lidl, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco have supply chains that involve poor pay and harsh working conditions, according to new research published by Oxfam.
Posted: 10/10/2019
Ethical Angel is an expanding network that allows corporate volunteers to be matched with opportunities. Labayk is an Islamic social media that gives to charity. Together they represent a move to use technology for good as the major providers remain dogged by controversy.
Posted: 10/10/2019
The Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility (WEOF), a partnership between Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has delivered $1.45bn in investments over the past five years for local financial institutions to lend to women-owned businesses. This first-of-its-kind finance facility has supported nearly 53,000 entrepreneurs in developing countries through 53 financial institutions across 33 countries to date, according to a progress report released today.
Posted: 10/10/2019
Seven leading retailers have joined together in an effort to improve the mental wellbeing of staff, with the help of Samaritans.
Posted: 10/10/2019
Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney has said that companies should use their annual reports to develop the reporting of the climate emergency on their businesses in the run-up to further stress tests.
Posted: 09/10/2019
BlackRock has launched its first circular economy fund with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The Fund aims to drive investments in businesses already contributing to, or benefiting from, the transition to a circular economy.
Posted: 09/10/2019
PepsiCo has announced that it has priced the company's first-ever Green Bond, with the net proceeds of the $1bn Green Bond offering funding a series of initiatives to advance the company’s sustainability agenda.
Posted: 09/10/2019
The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (the Lab) has announced the launch of six new financial instruments for climate-related projects in developing countries.
Posted: 09/10/2019
Big Society Capital and Bristol City Council are cornerstone investors in City Funds, a ‘place-based’ impact investment fund aiming to address the causes and effects of inequality, whilst generating a financial return for investors.
Posted: 09/10/2019
Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) is partnering with Hands on London, a non-profit organisation focusing on community service, to pack hygiene and wellness kits to support the homeless.
Posted: 09/10/2019
Young people starting their first job should be automatically enrolled in a sustainable pension, the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has argued. UKSIF-commissioned polling shows millennials that want their savings to make a positive impact as well as making money and UKSIF is now urging MPs to support sustainable auto-enrolment.
Posted: 09/10/2019
KLM has partnered with Microsoft to explore cooperation on sustainable air travel. Signing an agreement in Washington, the two companies will commit to purchase sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which has the potential to reduce up to 80 per cent of CO2 emissions compared to fossil fuel, across the lifecycle, when used on a large scale.
Posted: 09/10/2019
Through a new partnership in the US, Burberry and The RealReal hope to support and promote the benefits of a circular economy for fashion by encouraging customers to extend the life of their products through resale.
Posted: 09/10/2019
Campaign #ActForWater is launching alongside the final episode of P&G and National Geographic's six-part docuseries ACTIVATE, co-produced by Global Citizen and RadicalMedia which sheds light on the issue of drinking water.
Posted: 09/10/2019
Mental Health UK and Lloyds Banking Group are extending their partnership for a further two years, with the aim to raise £4m by the end of 2021 and enable Mental Health UK to reach half a million young people and train over 2,500 teachers.
Posted: 09/10/2019
At the Commons Treasury Committee on the subject of unlocking private capital for net-zero, UKSIF has been giving evidence in the second public hearing into decarbonisation of the UK economy and green finance.
Posted: 08/10/2019
Bermuda-based insurance run-off specialist Catalina Holdings is partnering with the British Lung Foundation, committing £5 million in funding to accelerate research into mesothelioma.
Posted: 08/10/2019
Procter & Gamble has announced a nationwide campaign to help accelerate the efforts to provide access to clean water to those in need around the world.
Posted: 08/10/2019
Good Money Week is this week (7 October) and new research agency Impact Lens has used the occasion to highlight three funds with processes to ensure their investments are responsible yet have outperformed the MSCI World Index over the last year.
Posted: 07/10/2019
A collection of 20 universities, including Newcastle and Exeter, have combined their buying, and in a deal brokered by The Energy Consortium (TEC) and Squeaky Clean Energy, have signed a decade long deal worth £50m to use renewable energy.
Posted: 07/10/2019
Unilever has announced a new set of commitments to reduce its plastic waste and boost a circular economy for plastics.
Posted: 07/10/2019
EcoAct’s ninth annual report shows that the FTSE 100 has a growing commitment to climate action, reflected by an increase in the number of companies setting science-based targets, using renewable energy, and reporting climate-related risks following the recommendations of the TCFD.
Posted: 07/10/2019
Coca-Cola has demonstrated a bottle made using recovered and recycled marine plastics, the first-ever example of food and drink packaging made using litter retrieved from the Mediterranean Sea and beaches.
Posted: 04/10/2019
The effects of man upon climate change are almost universally acknowledged, if not quite. Surprisingly some the countries in which one might automatically assume few deniers, the evidence points the other way.
Posted: 04/10/2019
Epson Europe has unveiled its European Sustainability Report, The Green Choice, highlighting the launch of the New Horizons education programme through which Epson will support over 10,000 students of all ages. The programme aims to inspire young people’s creativity and increase their understanding and awareness of environmental issues that will have an impact on the future of society.
Posted: 03/10/2019
Investor group Climate Action 100+ has published a progress report, Breakthrough, showing that despite the significant progress has been achieved, more needs to be done by the world’s largest corporate greenhouse gas(GHG) emitters in tackling climate change.
Posted: 03/10/2019
Retirement living provider Audley has been busy fundraising, with staff, owners and members of the local community taking part in numerous events, from bake-offs to superhero dress-up days, to raise money for the Dove Ward, part of Great Western Hospitals NHS Trust, the British Heart Foundation, and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Posted: 03/10/2019
Ørsted has announced that the final wind turbine has been installed at Hornsea One offshore wind farm.
Posted: 03/10/2019
The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) will end its partnership with BP at the end of the year, bringing to a close a partnership that started eight years ago and has helped enable the RSC’s £5 ticket scheme for 16 – 25-year olds.
Posted: 03/10/2019
The Department for International Development (DFID) has released a comprehensive study of the UK public’s demand for sustainable investment opportunities.
Posted: 02/10/2019
The plan by the Labour Party to nationalise the largest energy suppliers will be officially adopted following a conference vote, alongside a commitment to a carbon net-zero policy.
Posted: 02/10/2019
A partnership between Siemens and local government will aim to unlock over £100bn for clean energy schemes as part of the UK's drive to meet net-zero emissions.
Posted: 02/10/2019
AXA has today launched a TV campaign with Liverpool Football Club focusing on mental health.
Posted: 02/10/2019
Trustees need advice on how the new ESG risk reporting guidelines will change disclosure of investment strategies according to a report by Royal London and Herbert Smith Freehills.
Posted: 01/10/2019
Michael Meehan has taken over the chair at the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF).
Posted: 01/10/2019
Ireland will plant 440 million trees over twenty years as part of the Irish government's Climate Action Plan.
Posted: 01/10/2019
IFC has listed its first Canadian dollar green bond on the Euronext Dublin and Luxembourg stock exchanges.
Posted: 01/10/2019
VW is now facing a mass lawsuit in Germany, the first of its kind, as the emissions scandal still casts a shadow over the company despite is recent conversion to electric vehicles.
Posted: 30/09/2019
The IHS Markit Global Carbon Index has been unveiled, claiming the title as the first benchmark for the global price of carbon credits.
Posted: 27/09/2019
Federated Investors Hermes Investment Management and UBS have announced the launch of the SDG Engagement High Yield Credit funds.
Posted: 27/09/2019
Unilever-Lifebuoy and The Power of Nutrition have launched a new partnership using mobile phones and a programme called Mobile Doctarni, a voice-based service that delivers critical health and hygiene information to mothers living in rural parts of India, where access to doctors or information is limited.
Posted: 27/09/2019
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy latest Energy Trends report shows that the last quarter was the first since the 19th century in which coal fell below 1 per cent of total energy generation, providing just 0.6 per cent of the UK’s electricity between April and June.
Posted: 26/09/2019
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy latest Energy Trends report shows that the last quarter was the first since the 19th century in which coal fell below 1 per cent of total energy generation, providing just 0.6 per cent of the UK’s electricity between April and June.
Posted: 26/09/2019
SAP and UNICEF have embarked on a partnership to provide quality education, life skills and job skills training to young people in disadvantaged communities.
Posted: 26/09/2019
Major UK banks are presenting a ‘confusing and conflicting’ account of their sustainability initiatives to customers according to insight agency Kingfisher.
Posted: 26/09/2019
Google - carbon-neutral since 2007- has just made the largest corporate purchase of renewable energy in history
Posted: 25/09/2019
WRAP and IGD’s Food Waste Reduction Roadmap is one year old and has now signed up more than half of the UK food industry’s turnover via 156 companies.
Posted: 25/09/2019
A plan to build a 3,000km undersea cable so that solar energy can be exported from Australia to Singapore has received a major boost from billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes through his investment vehicle, Grok Ventures.
Posted: 25/09/2019
Two major solar projects have been given the green light with the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Dutch bank FMO agreeing to finance construction and operation of new solar photovoltaic plants in Kenya.
Posted: 25/09/2019
The UN Climate Action announced a ‘major step up’ in progress as 77 countries committed to cut emissions to net-zero by 2050, and 70 countries have announced that they will either boost their national action plans by 2020 or have started the process of doing so.
Posted: 24/09/2019
Some of the world’s largest investors have formed an alliance to further global decarbonisation. Comprising of pension funds and insurers with a combined $2.4tr in investments the alliance has committed to carbon-neutral investment portfolios by 2050.
Posted: 24/09/2019
Stella Artois, Budweiser and Bud Light are to be plastic ring-free, removing 850 tonnes of plastic annually.
Posted: 23/09/2019
IFC has reached a milestone having recorded a cumulative green bond issuance of $10bn threshold following a trade with Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF).
Posted: 23/09/2019
Companies with a combined market capitalisation of over US$2.3tr have committed to aligning their businesses with limiting the impacts of climate change.
Posted: 23/09/2019
The State of Massachusetts noted as a leader on climate change has been urged to adopt a net-zero carbon policy by investors and companies with a target date of 2050.
Posted: 20/09/2019
Insurance giant Lloyd's of London's is still reeling from a Bloomberg report of sexual harassment in the market place.
Posted: 20/09/2019
OVO is announcing a new strategic direction for the next ten years, outlined in its Plan Zero. Plan Zero sets out how OVO will transform its business, operations and impact to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Posted: 19/09/2019
UK Finance will be pledging its support for the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative’s Principles for Responsible Banking at the UN General Assembly in New York.
Posted: 19/09/2019
SAP has announced that it will be creating a new market place for the trading of recycled plastics and plastic alternatives. Using the SAP Ariba solution, this is the next phase of SAP’s ‘Plastics Cloud Programme’ for the reduction of plastic waste.
Posted: 19/09/2019
Facebook has announced plans to create an Independent Oversight Board to deal with content and privacy concerns.
Posted: 18/09/2019
Contracts for Difference results are expected to include new offshore and onshore wind projects.
Posted: 18/09/2019
A report has investigated large investing firms' efforts to hold energy and utility companies accountable for climate change, revealing fossil-friendly voting trends in some.
Posted: 18/09/2019
New blockchain technology could be used to access supply chain sustainability information.
Posted: 18/09/2019
A report has analysed 135 companies' awareness and action on climate change.
Posted: 18/09/2019
Germany is considering increasing taxes on domestic flights.
Posted: 17/09/2019
Greenhouse gas emissions in the UK have increased despite better efficiency and more demand for electric vehicles.
Posted: 17/09/2019
A report has accused Unilever of failing to meet nutrition commitments for Maizena products in Mexico.
Posted: 17/09/2019
A new report has claimed that sustainable food and land use could create significant business opportunities by 2030.
Posted: 16/09/2019
Australian unions, NGOs, and public health groups have joined to oppose the potential reversal of a ban on nuclear energy.
Posted: 16/09/2019
A number of Japanese companies have complied with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, though the country continues to invest in domestic and foreign coal.
Posted: 16/09/2019
New climate protection measures will be announced on 20 September.
Posted: 16/09/2019
The Environment Agency Pension Fund has been included in this year’s PRI Leaders’ Group, along with a number of European Pension Funds.
Posted: 13/09/2019
New research has shown the effects of rising temperature on emissions.
Posted: 13/09/2019
Controversial brand Nestlé has announced a new net zero emissions goal.
Posted: 13/09/2019
A research project has managed to turn CO2 into liquid fuel.
Posted: 13/09/2019
The National Grid had begun cutting senior staff in the months before the August power outage.
Posted: 12/09/2019
A new report has predicted that a rapid energy transition will not be enough to bring temperature increases below 2°C.
Posted: 12/09/2019
Scottish police vehicles will switch to electric and hybrid vehicles in an effort to reduce carbon emissions.
Posted: 12/09/2019
Consumer brands have joined a campaign to push the cleaning product industry toward sustainability, though some members have yet to implement targets.
Posted: 11/09/2019
California has passed a bill ensuring minimum wage and other benefits to gig economy workers, opposed by gig platform firms.
Posted: 11/09/2019
The farmer’s union has announced a carbon reduction plan, though some groups think it is not enough.
Posted: 11/09/2019
Protesters have blocked the entrance to the Lancashire fracking site.
Posted: 11/09/2019
The CPT has decided to only purchase ultra-low or zero emission buses starting in 2025.
Posted: 10/09/2019
$11tn have been divested from the fossil fuel industry.
Posted: 10/09/2019
A report has predicted growth in the geothermal energy market.
Posted: 10/09/2019
New research estimates that global environmental investment could see quadruple returns.
Posted: 10/09/2019
Drax Group, Equinor and National Grid are exploring the potential for carbon capture and hydrogen production sites in Humber.
Posted: 09/09/2019
Hyundai will join joint venture IONITY to promote electric vehicle infrastructure.
Posted: 09/09/2019
The UK’s retail sourcing practices rank among the worst in terms of sustainability.
Posted: 09/09/2019
Northern Ireland has surpassed its 2020 renewable energy generation goal a year ahead of schedule.
Posted: 06/09/2019
Global renewable energy investment is on track to hit $2.6trn.
Posted: 06/09/2019
Recent major oil investments are not compatible with the Paris Agreement targets according to economic analysis.
Posted: 06/09/2019
Electric car registrations show record growth in August while the new car market continues to decline.
Posted: 06/09/2019
Climate activists have been left dissatisfied with Chancellor Javid’s new spending plan.
Posted: 05/09/2019
Porsche has unveiled a new fully-electric car, hoping to rival Tesla’s market dominance.
Posted: 05/09/2019
Hormel has unveiled a new meat substitute, in the midst of accusations of meat and dairy industry unsustainability.
Posted: 05/09/2019
Germany’s onshore wind market is slowing down, putting the country’s renewable energy targets at risk.
Posted: 03/09/2019
Australia is set to reach its renewable energy goals by 2020.
Posted: 04/09/2019
The UK’s oil and gas industry’s new blueprint to net-zero carbon emissions has been met with accusations of lobbying.
Posted: 04/09/2019
Singapore could use reserves and borrowing to fund its climate change measures.
Posted: 04/09/2019
New research implicates the meat, dairy and fish industries in sustainability shortcomings.
Posted: 04/09/2019
Eighteen civil society organisations have signed a letter to the new Chancellor, requesting increased environment spending.
Posted: 03/09/2019
Rolls-Royce and Widerøe have partnered in a joint research programme to create zero-emission aviation.
Posted: 03/09/2019
A new base for Ørsted’s Hornsea Two project is officially set to open in Lincolnshire.
Posted: 03/09/2019
Eight climate activists glued themselves to Barclays Bank headquarters in Manchester during Extinction Rebellion's protest.
Posted: 03/09/2019
A scaled-down Frankfurt Auto Show will advocate for automobile sustainability, while anti-protest security is tightened.
Posted: 03/09/2019
A report on BlackRock’s investment portfolio has revealed relationships with deforesting industries.
Posted: 02/09/2019
Cuadrilla has apologised following a record-breaking tremor.
Posted: 02/09/2019
Muirhall Energy will begin construction of Scotland’s first subsidy-free onshore wind project.
Posted: 02/09/2019
Vattenfall and Shell NewMotion have entered an electric vehicle charging station deal, while the Government looks to steer the industry toward co-operation.
Posted: 02/09/2019
A southern Cumbrian wind farm has caused local debate.
Posted: 30/08/2019
BloombergNEF has investigated hydrogen's potential for steel production.
Posted: 30/08/2019
Volkswagen has developed a new treatment system to decrease nitrogen oxide emissions.
Posted: 29/08/2019
A new study links climate change to European flooding.
Posted: 29/08/2019
Hydrogen power could be used to produce gin.
Posted: 29/08/2019
Extinction Rebellion will take to the streets of Manchester in another environmental protest.
Posted: 29/08/2019
The UK will double support to developing countries in fight against GHGs.
Posted: 29/08/2019
The Crown Estate has awarded extension rights to seven offshore wind farms.
Posted: 29/08/2019
A Ceres webinar builds on the findings of the IPCC's report.
Posted: 28/08/2019
BP has agreed to sell its Alaskan business to local firm Hilcorp.
Posted: 28/08/2019
BBOXX has received a significant investment from Mitsubishi.
Posted: 28/08/2019
Macquarie is beginning to shift focus toward renewables and community investment.
Posted: 28/08/2019
Aldershot is the home to the world’s first solar powered railway line.
Posted: 27/08/2019
Fires rage in Brazil as public attention increases
Posted: 27/08/2019
Bay State Wind and Vineyard Wind compete to begin offshore construction of a new wind project in Massachusetts.
Posted: 27/08/2019
Seismic tremors over the bank holiday are believed to be the UK’s largest fracking-related tremors to date.
Posted: 27/08/2019
Australia’s coal exports could see short term growth but long term decline.
Posted: 27/08/2019
Cuadrilla’s fracking has been shut down once again following another seismic tremor.
Posted: 23/08/2019
Prices drop and demand rises for hydrogen gas. The west may begin outsourcing production-side labour to match China’s low costs.
Posted: 23/08/2019
A number of energy providers, environmental activism groups and universities are urging the Government to incorporate AI into efforts against climate change.
Posted: 23/08/2019
A new report sheds light on Japanese energy industry double standards.
Posted: 21/08/2019
A new study claims that gas from UK fracking may be in short supply.
Posted: 21/08/2019
Enchant Energy Corporation has signed an agreement with the City of Farmington to keep a coal-fired power plant open with carbon capture tech.
Posted: 21/08/2019
The University of Liverpool will divest from all fossil fuel companies following student action.
Posted: 20/08/2019
Australia emits the 12th most sulphur dioxide of any country. Greenpeace blames coal.
Posted: 20/08/2019
UKCI will spend £14m on clean energy project funding in South Africa, as studies show the country’s coal industry beginning to struggle.
Posted: 20/08/2019
Bureau Veritas is pointing businesses toward supply chain sustainability.
Posted: 19/08/2019
Chinese financiers provided over USD $1bn in bonds meant for sustainable investment to coal and fossil fuel projects.
Posted: 19/08/2019
Over 3,000 churches across the UK are switching to zero-carbon energy.
Posted: 19/08/2019
Small clean energy suppliers face pressure from Ofgem to meet renewable energy obligations, or risk having licences revoked.
Posted: 19/08/2019
Australia finds itself at odds with Pacific Island leaders following a “watered down” Pacific Island Forum statement.
Posted: 19/08/2019
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has set out new positions on fracking, causing concern from environmental groups.
Posted: 16/08/2019
The Banks Group has launched a legal challenge against the current Contracts for Difference auction.
Posted: 16/08/2019
Cuadrilla will resume Lancashire fracking activities until November.
Posted: 16/08/2019
China has pledged to cap greenhouse gas emissions following analysis from NCSC.
Posted: 15/08/2019
Three environmental energy companies have teamed up with a new deal to convert waste to hydrogen.
Posted: 15/08/2019
With atmospheric methane levels rising, fracking could be to blame.
Posted: 15/08/2019
A number of MPs have signed a letter addressed to the prime minister requesting an amendment to allow the development of onshore wind farms, while studies indicate their vast potential.
Posted: 15/08/2019
More flexible capacity is necessary to avoid events like the power outage on Friday, according to Aurora.
Posted: 14/08/2019
The EPA faces a lawsuit over plans to replace Obama-era environmental legislation.
Posted: 14/08/2019
A study has identified market opportunities for local solar energy production in China, as the country prepares to remove government subsidies in the industry.
Posted: 14/08/2019
Ørsted has decided to phase out fossil-fuelled vehicles, making its car fleet 100 per cent electric, though the company has yet to clarify the logistics of the phase-out process.
Posted: 14/08/2019
Macquarie’s Green Investment Group will acquire the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm from ScottishPower Renewables.
Posted: 13/08/2019
The City of Helsinki is preparing to release a new app with the aim of promoting environmentally friendly local businesses.
Posted: 13/08/2019
A report from BloombergNEF predicts continued and accelerated growth in the world renewable energy market, with two-thirds of the world’s energy coming from renewable sources by 2050.
Posted: 13/08/2019
Shortly after the brief disconnection of Hornsea One, wind energy producer Ørsted has opened a formal consultation phase in Yorkshire to discuss plans for Hornsea Four.
Posted: 13/08/2019
A report by Moody’s shows substantial growth in green bond issuance for the second financial quarter of 2019.
Posted: 12/08/2019
£2.5m of government funding will go to new electric vehicle charging stations across the UK, despite market uncertainties.
Posted: 12/08/2019
Good Energy takes aim at “greenwashing” energy suppliers and a REGO loophole.
Posted: 12/08/2019
Questions remain surrounding the UK’s power failure on Friday.
Posted: 12/08/2019
A report from the IPCC identifies land as a critical resource for the reduction of carbon emissions, and encourages early action to support the climates of at-risk developing countries.
Posted: 12/08/2019
Porsche has partnered with South Pole in pursuit of sustainability goals, but questions of “greenwashing” remain.
Posted: 09/08/2019
1MDB’s scandals continue to escalate as the Malaysian government files criminal charges against former and current Goldman Sachs heads.
Posted: 09/08/2019
Research indicates that re-purposing North Sea oil rigs could help reduce emissions and expenses.
Posted: 09/08/2019
A document from COAL21 has raised concerns about the group’s allocation of funds and its ties to lobbyists.
Posted: 08/08/2019
Data released by the SMMT indicates a declining UK market for new cars in general, while pure electric vehicles show substantial growth.
Posted: 06/08/2019
Burberry has partnered with Aquafil to use its sustainable ECONYL fabrics to continue its drive toward environmental sustainability.
Posted: 06/08/2019
Google has released a new list of sustainability commitments, outlining goals for the coming years.
Posted: 06/08/2019
Cuadrilla is seeking more time to complete its Lancashire fracking operation despite past seismic and environmental backlash.
Posted: 06/08/2019
Smart DCC has unveiled a new plan to expand and develop its smart meter business and clientele under pressure from the UK government’s sustainability targets.
Posted: 05/08/2019
Diageo is investing in sustainable energy for their production in Africa, setting new targets after missing its 2015 sustainability goals.
Posted: 05/08/2019
Russia’s new floating nuclear power plant is set to begin its Arctic voyage, despite concerns of a “Chernobyl on ice”.
Posted: 05/08/2019
The new Energy Minister is under pressure to support the development of onshore wind farms in the UK.
Posted: 05/08/2019
While Ecotricity plans its new energy mill, Dale Vince claims that the UK has enough grass to power every home.
Posted: 05/08/2019
The IISD reports that a reallocation of fossil fuel subsidy money would be sufficient for a transition to clean energy.
Posted: 02/08/2019
Amazon has revealed plans to continue to invest in renewable energy, announcing two new wind farm projects, one in the EU and one in the US. But sceptics remain concerned about environmental consequences of fast-fulfilment shipping.
Posted: 02/08/2019
Good Energy has been provided with a permanent exemption from the Default Tariff Cap, allowing it to charge above the cap, due to its ability to source 100 per cent of its energy from renewable sources.
Posted: 02/08/2019
Wind farm developer Ørsted has signed a contract with Tekmar Energy, to produce the world’s largest offshore wind farm Hornsea Two, continuing the rapid expansion of Ørsted's business.
Posted: 02/08/2019
Only four coal power plants will remain in Britain following RWE’s announcement of plans to close its last coal fired power station in the UK.
Posted: 02/08/2019
The IPPR proposed a Sustainable Economy Act with new targets that cover a wider range of sustainability goals, in light of post-Brexit environmental concerns.
Posted: 01/08/2019
Moody’s indicates a positive long-term credit rating for Shell following the energy producer’s move toward low-carbon energy.
Posted: 01/08/2019
BP continues its expansion into emerging new energy markets, from solar panels in Brazil to electric car charging stations in China.
Posted: 01/08/2019
A recent report from the IEEFA found that BlackRock, the world’s biggest investment firm with an investment fund larger than the economy of Japan, made significant losses over the past decade, likely due to fossil fuel investments.
Posted: 01/08/2019
Financial forecasters predict significant growth in the stationary energy storage market over the next 20 years, as lithium-ion battery costs drop and demand for renewable energy rises.
Posted: 01/08/2019
Volkswagen is set to enter a new partnership with an electric car charging software manufacturer, amid German prosecutions of the ex-Audi boss over the emissions cheating scandal of 2015.
Posted: 01/08/2019
Statistics released by the UK government show a 90 per cent decrease in plastic bag sales by the seven biggest grocery retailers since 2015, after the imposition of the mandatory 5p charge. But sceptics remain concerned about “lightweight” loopholes.
Posted: 31/07/2019
The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has welcomed three new partners to their network.
Posted: 31/07/2019
Moody’s Investors Service announced its acquisition of Four Twenty Seven, after purchasing a majority share in the climate change risk assessment and economic analysis firm. Through this acquisition, Moody’s will expand its research and assessment capabilities and potentially increase or decrease the credit ratings of numerous businesses and countries, leading investors to reconsider their lending.
Posted: 31/07/2019
Asset manager Schroders announced its purchase of a majority share in BlueOrchard, a frontier and emerging market-focused impact investing firm, reflecting a shift in investor’s interests and demands.
Posted: 31/07/2019
BP has outlined its continued expansion in its alternative energy portfolio with a significant growth for its Lightsource BP programme in Brazil, a $30m investment in Calysta, a multinational biotech firm who uses microorganisms to convert methane into protein for livestock feed as well as fuel and plastic and its recent investment in the agriculture developer and food producer Bunge, a story reported on earlier.
Posted: 30/07/19
Unilever sent a strong warning to its sub-brands this week, urging them to embrace environmental sustainability or risk being sold.
Posted: 30/07/19
Centrica will deliver a dedicated home charging installation service and electrified vehicle tariffs from British Gas and Bord Gáis Energy under the new partnership with Ford.
Posted: 30/07/2019
Protesters have closed part of Moorgate, demonstrating outside the offices of Drax Power.
Posted: 30/07/2019
In a recent draft of an energy industry proposed lending policy, the European Investment Bank (EIB) laid out a plan to take steps toward the achievement of the environmental sustainability goals set in the Paris Climate Accord. This creates conflict with their previous investments in the non-renewable fossil fuel industry.
Posted: 29/07/2019
Virgin Media recently has announced its commitment to the use of 100 per cent renewable electricity. The telecommunications giant joins Apple, BT, Coca-Cola and numerous others in the RE100 initiative.
Posted: 29/07/2019
The annual Digest of UK Energy Statistics, published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, provides definitive figures for 2018 for the first time showing that low carbon electricity generation (renewables and nuclear) hit a record 52.6 per cent and coal dropped to a record annual low of 5.1 per cent.
Posted: 26/07/2019
The annual Digest of UK Energy Statistics, published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, provides definitive figures for 2018 for the first time showing that low carbon electricity generation (renewables and nuclear) hit a record 52.6 per cent and coal dropped to a record annual low of 5.1 per cent.
Posted: 26/07/2019
The annual Digest of UK Energy Statistics, published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, provides definitive figures for 2018 for the first time showing that low carbon electricity generation (renewables and nuclear) hit a record 52.6 per cent and coal dropped to a record annual low of 5.1 per cent.
Posted: 26/07/2019
Zara owner Inditex has announced that the Zara brand will switch to fully sustainable fabrics in the next six years, with other brands in the portfolio to follow.
Posted: 26/07/2019
The communications agency Hotwire is to engage in a pro bono communications programme with WaterAid, the international development organisation. The global partnership will use Hotwire’s expertise to help increase awareness of the charity and the issues faced by those who live without access to clean water, toilets and good hygiene and as a result, drive donations, volunteering and advocacy.
Posted: 26/07/2019
Ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit, 27 companies with a combined market capitalisation of $1.2tr have committed to set 1.5C climate targets aligned with a net-zero future, challenging governments to match their ambition.
Posted: 26/07/2019
Working in conjunction with BASF, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is part of a pilot project called ChemCycling that upcycles domestic waste plastic, otherwise destined for landfill or incinerators, into new high-quality materials.
Posted: 26/07/2019
Ove 200 prominent CEOS from across Europe have joined a message to Ursula von der Leyen, Charles Michel, and David Maria Sassoli, the newly elected Presidents of the European Commission, Council of the European Union, and European Parliament, calls for an overarching strategy for sustainability by 2030. President von der Leyen has expressed her desire to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent in the world by 2050.
Posted: 26/07/2019
BP has agreed to form a joint venture with American agribusiness and food company Bunge to create a bioenergy company.
Posted: 26/07/2019
Data security, data privacy and climate change are the top three issues that consumers in the UK expect companies to take a stand on, according to new research.
Posted: 17/07/2019
Asda is to stop providing single-use plastic carrier bags with its online grocery orders removing 85 million plastic bags from production each year.
Posted: 17/07/2019
As the offshore wind sector expands and prices fall, asset owners and investors are becoming increasingly exposed to technical and supply chain risks, alongside natural catastrophe and extreme weather.
Posted: 17/07/2019
Uber has attempted to move beyond having a ‘box to check or a target to hit’ on its diversity and inclusion, making a commitment to D&I in a wider sense, considering the ‘cumulative impact of various and simultaneous identities’.
Posted: 17/07/2019
AstraZeneca has announced that the pharmaceutical giant is to switch its fleet of 16,000 vehicles to electric to limit the health impacts of air pollution across the globe.
Posted: 17/07/2019
Shell Ventures and Sumitomo Corporation have invested in US-based LO3 Energy to further develop blockchain-based community energy platform, allowing distributed renewable energy resources (DERs) into local energy networks.
Posted: 16/07/2019
The Access Bank UK used its annual Access Bank Polo Day to record a pledge of $970,000 to build and equip 70 new classrooms, for children's education in Northern Nigeria. Since the UNICEF/Access Bank initiative was started in 2005 it has built schools in Kaduna and, kept more than 8,000 students in continuous education.
Posted: 16/07/2019
The National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has announced it is joining the global alliance of governments, businesses and organisations working to progress the transition away from coal power, the Powering Past Coal Alliance.
Posted: 16/07/2019
There is a failure of transparency from major corporations regarding their impact on global deforestation, according to a new report released today by environmental non-profit CDP.
Posted: 16/07/2019
The Department for Transport has put forward the idea for public consultation that all new-build homes need to be fitted with an electric car chargepoint. If this results in law, England will be the first country to introduce mandatory chargepoints in new housing.
Posted: 15/07/2019
Nordea Liv & Pension Sweden has swapped out €2.1bn of traditional investments and into low-carbon footprint investments in a major shift of investment strategy.
Posted: 15/07/2019
A Select Committee report, 21st Report - Energy efficiency: building towards net-zero warns that a major upgrade of the energy performance of the UK’s entire building stock will be a needed pillar of any credible strategy to reach net zero emissions.
Posted: 15/07/2019
Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds and London are all to see protests over climate change organised by Extinction Rebellion as the group attempts to sway public opinion behind a faster decarbonisation in the UK.
Posted: 15/07/2019
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is backing the ‘all-in’ deposit scheme, one of the two currently proposed by the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra), estimating that it could create £2bn for the economy over ten years. This is compared to just £250m that would be generated by the alternative ‘on-the-go’ system.
Posted: 12/07/2019
Reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 is achievable, but not all scenarios can achieve it, according to the National Grid Electricity System Operator's Future Energy Scenarios report.
Posted: 12/07/2019
Swedish energy group Vattenfall and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, the UK innovation and research centre, is giving innovators in the offshore wind supply chain the opportunity to test and demonstrate technologies in real-world conditions at Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), off Aberdeen in a new £1.5m joint programme.
Posted: 11/07/2019
Engenie is planning to double the current number of rapid charge points in the UK by 2024, funded by a £35m investment commitment from Cube Infrastructure Fund II.
Posted: 11/07/2019
There is a classic management line: ‘what gets measured gets done’, which is, of course, a wry way of saying be careful about what you want to measure. The latest appears to be that if you ask for boxes to be ticked, you will get boxes ticked – but you might not really achieve what was intended.
Posted: 11/07/2019
VW Group is to group its environmental measures under the banner goTOzero, with Oliver Blume, member of the group board of management responsible for environmental protection, saying: "Our efforts to improve environmental protection cover the entire product cycle, from development, production and operation to the subsequent recycling of our vehicles and administration. We also involve our suppliers. Only together can we achieve our goals".
Posted: 11/07/2019
Greene King, in partnership with The Prince’s Trust, has now recorded helping over 300 young people across the UK kick-start their careers, with the help of training, work experience and employment.
Posted: 10/07/2019
As the last VW Beetle rolls off the line in Mexico, another legend is entering a new phase the Mini, first produced in 1959, is meeting its sixtieth year by going all electric.
Posted: 10/07/2019
A new report assessing the climate performance of 274 of the world’s highest-emitting publicly-listed companies finds that almost half (46 per cent) do not adequately consider climate risk in operational decision-making and a quarter (25 per cent) do not report their own emissions at all, undermining a key recommendation of the Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD).
Posted: 10/07/2019
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has stated that in order to fulfil its promise to reduce emissions to net-zero by 2050, the Government must act decisively within the next 18 months.
Posted: 10/07/2019
OPRL’s steering group are reviewing labelling rules to take account of sortation processes and the likelihood of reprocessing with the aim of creating labels to reflect the whole recycling process.
Posted: 09/07/2019
The first government bond index to adjust index weights based on each country’s preparedness and resilience to climate change risk has been launched by FTSE Russell.
Posted: 09/07/2019
The Government is to invest £37m into electric charging infrastructure, dividing the investment between twelve projects including wireless charging technologies - charging without the need to plug in a cable.
Posted: 09/07/2019
E.ON is to provide all of its residential customers across Britain with a 100 per cent renewable electricity supply at no extra cost.
Posted: 09/07/2019
Paul Polman, the ex-CEO of Unilever is heading up a new group to address poverty and climate change along with EY’s Valerie Keller and Jeff Seabright, Unilever’s chief sustainability officer. The Imagine foundation and corporation is to campaign for global goals for sustainable development, and is aligned to Polman’s (and Better Society’s) vision that business and the private sector had a critical role to play is creating meaningful change.
Posted: 08/07/2019
Centrica, Mitie and SSE have joined the Climate Group’s global EV100 initiative for electric vehicles (EVs).
Posted: 08/07/2019
Climate change lawsuits have been launched in at least 28 countries around the world, according to a new report published by the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Posted: 08/07/2019
A new independent institute that will make it easier for people to invest their money to benefit communities has been launched. The Impact Investing Institute will encourage savers to choose ISAs, pensions and savings products that can produce an additional social or environmental benefit.
Posted: 08/07/2019
Happy belated birthday, just a year since GDPR came into force, the ICO has issued its biggest fine to British Airways (BA) for a data breach relating to 500,000 customers.
Posted: 08/07/2019
Rays of Sunshine, a charity supporting children with serious or life-limiting illnesses, has been partnered by mutual provider Foresters Friendly Society as their annual charity.
Posted: 08/07/2019
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will build its new range of electrified cars in the UK, safeguarding thousands of jobs, with the new fully electric XJ slated as the first product.
Posted: 05/07/2019
Street Elite, a scheme run by charity The Change Foundation and funded by the Berkeley Foundation, targets unemployed young women in the borough, giving them 12 weeks of personal training and mentoring, followed by group activities designed to build confidence and prepare them for the world of work.
Posted: 05/07/2019
This year’s energy auction, designed to encourage more renewable energy, may well see offshore wind at wholesale rates and a real shift to renewables making up the bulk of the UK’s energy supply.
Posted: 05/07/2019
The British public is more positive to brands taking a stance on ESG (86 per cent) and animal rights (77 per cent) than on gender equality (64 per cent) or LGBT+ issues (56 per cent), according to a YouGov survey. But more people think they should take a stance in all instances.
Posted: 04/07/2019
The UK new car market declined for the fourth consecutive month, with alternatively fuelled vehicles sales falling for the first time in 26 months.
Posted: 04/07/2019
The National Trust has tightened its stance on divestment, and whereas it had previously required that no investment be made directly in companies which derived more than 10 per cent of their turnover from the extraction of thermal coal or oil from oil sands.
Posted: 04/07/2019
Boutique environmental finance firm Sustainable Investment Management (SIM) plans to issue $1bn in green bonds over the next four years related to the sustainable production of soy and corn.
Posted: 04/07/2019
The London Stock Exchange (LSE) will now list coal, oil and gas companies under a non-renewable energy category. Index provider FTSE Russell has placed companies such as BP and Shell in the category, having previously categorised them as oil and gas producers, grouping them with coal producers that were placed under basic materials/mining.
Posted: 03/07/2019
Adidas UK is in trouble over its use of social media. The company somewhat failed to account for the contrary nature of humans when it asked Twitter users to send in their usernames so that it could virtually create Arsenal FC shirts and retweet them. Naturally, some used the opportunity to create offensive and racist slogans.
Posted: 02/05/2019
The Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm in Liverpool Bay is now into its second year of energy production, and the associated community fund has reached the 100th local project being awarded a grant, with total grants now just short of £1m.
Posted: 02/07/2019
The Government has published its Green Finance Strategy for the financial sector with the objectives of aligning private sector financial flows with clean, environmentally sustainable and resilient growth, supported by government action, and the strengthening of the competitiveness of the UK financial sector.
Posted: 02/07/2019
Chubb, the largest commercial insurance company in the US, has stated that it will no longer sell insurance for new coal-fired power plants, and to companies that derive more than 30 per cent of their revenues from thermal coal mining, making it the first US major insurer to do so.
Posted: 01/07/2019
Aviva has launched a workplace pension default investment strategy that considers ESG factors. The Stewardship Lifestyle Strategy takes account of ESG issues throughout the growth and consolidation phases.
Posted: 01/07/2019
G20 leaders at the summit in Osaka have agreed on a range of priorities including helping society adapt to the digital transformation of economies, empowering women, tackling inequalities, meeting the challenges of an ageing society, promoting quality infrastructure, addressing environmental degradation and strengthening the international tax system.
Posted: 01/07/2019
Countries that score highest on ESG issues benefit from tighter credit default swap (CDS) spreads, according to new research from the Credit and Responsibility teams at Hermes Investment Management and the Macroeconomic Research team at Beyond Ratings.
Posted: 01/07/2019
WRAP, the body overseeing The UK Plastics Pact, has published a list of eight problematic or unnecessary single-use plastics that Pact members will be expected to remove from the shelf by the end of 2020.
Posted: 28/06/2019
The PIMCO Foundation, the philanthropic arm of fixed income investment managers PIMCO, has awarded $2m to The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN).
Posted: 28/06/2019
A survey of US institutional investors’ use of proxy voting with public companies finds responsible investors use their proxy votes to signal approval or disapproval of the gender and racial diversity on corporate boards.
Posted: 28/06/2019
Co-op has committed to further steps to curb its emissions having already halved its emissions in the ten years from 2006.
Posted: 27/06/2019
Protesters gathered to lobby Westminster over climate change with the Time is Now group reporting 15,000 people from a broad coalition of organisations, charities, NGOs and individuals, including surfers and nuns attending the demonstration.
Posted: 27/06/2019
UK Power Networks is inviting charities and community groups to apply for grants under its £300,000 Power Partners fund which aims to support organisations that work to alleviate fuel poverty, support people in vulnerable circumstances and make community buildings warmer and cheaper to heat.
Posted: 27/06/2019
As investors, governments and regulators increasingly understand infrastructure as an asset class that should be benchmarked with the same level of insight as buildings, BRE Global has launched CEEQUAL Version 6.
Posted: 27/06/2019
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has awarded £26m to accelerate the rollout of carbon capture and storage.
Posted: 27/06/2019
Last year 53 per cent of all the palm oil imported into the EU was used to make biodiesel for cars and trucks and 12 per cent to generate electricity and heating.
Posted: 27/06/2019
BP’s latest Statistical Review of World Energy shows that primary energy consumption grew 2.9 per cent last year, almost double its 10-year average and the fastest since 2010.
Posted: 27/06/2019
The 1.4 GW, Hornsea Two will overtake its sister project Hornsea One as the biggest offshore wind farm in the world when operational in 2022, and 30 Transition Pieces (TPs) will be manufactured at EEW OSB, in Teesside.
Posted: 27/06/2019
The UK government has now confirmed its target to be net zero in carbon emissions by 2050, making it the first major, G7, economy to do so.
Posted: 27/06/2019
Ahead of the G20 Summit in Japan, research from think-tank ODI reveals that major economies are still maintaining subsidies to the fossil fuel industry.
Posted: 25/06/2019
“The British public wants to recycle but we can’t get away from the vast amounts of waste that poorly designed packaging creates”, quoted Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, from a petition, signed by almost 250,000 people urging the Government to ban all non-recyclable food packaging that was debated in Parliament.
Posted: 25/06/2019
Global recruitment company Robert Walters has written to the Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice to offer the company’s resources in a number of prisons following the publication of Unlocking a Better Life, a report into how to achieve employment revolution in UK prisons by think-tank Onward.
Posted: 25/06/2019
Zurich Insurance Group has updated its fossil fuel policy that details moves to wind down investments and insurance coverage for coal developers, utilities, mine operators, and companies heavily involved in tar sands and oil shale.
Posted: 25/06/2019
RenewableUK has released figures showing that offshore wind has grown by 16 per cent in the last year, with the US gaining the most capacity and accounting for half (48 per cent) of growth globally despite a less environmentally friendly political climate.
Posted: 25/06/2019
Boots is replacing its plastic bags with paper bags. The move follows negative coverage of its central pharmacy prescriptions moving to plastic packaging – and this will stay the case.
Posted: 24/06/2019
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell is expected to attempt to harden Labour’s stance on the environment by announcing a review of the finance sector’s role in climate change in a speech in the City.
Posted: 24/06/2019
The Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) is launching a £100m, 10-year programme today to support the growth of UK businesses looking to capitalise on the huge opportunities offered by the growth in offshore wind around the world.
Posted: 24/06/2019
At the Garzweiler lignite mine in Germany, hundreds of white dressed protesters blocked access and demanded the immediate ending of coal use.
Posted: 24/06/2019
Three EU countries are in danger of derailing the EU’s fraught climate change targets, with Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic unwilling to place the EU’s strategic programme for 2019-24 in writing.
Posted: 21/06/2019
As Britain moves towards a new era of clean energy, new research commissioned by National Grid has found that “climate anxiety” is exacerbated by a perceived lack of urgency around addressing the problem and the impact this will have on future generations.
Posted: 21/06/2019
Britain has achieved a historic electricity generation milestone, generating more electricity from zero-carbon sources than fossil fuels for the first time.
Posted: 21/06/2019
A series of ‘citizens’ assemblies’ will be set up in the autumn with the outcomes recorded in a report to help frame further Government actions on climate change.
Posted: 21/06/2019
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined Bank of Scotland (BoS) £45,500,000 for failures to disclose information about its suspicions that fraud may have occurred at the Impaired Assets (IAR) team of Halifax Bank of Scotland.
Posted: 21/06/2019
The chief technology officers (CTOs) of seven of the world’s major aerospace manufacturers have released a joint statement to demonstrate how they are collaborating to help drive the sustainability of aviation
Posted: 20/06/2019
Alan Jope, the Unilever CEO, has warned that woke-washing is undermining the advertising industry’s credibility and trust.
Posted: 20/06/2019
Nokia has announced today a five-year multicurrency revolving credit facility (RCF) introducing a sustainability pricing mechanism linking the margin of the RCF to two of Nokia's key sustainability targets: the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions attributed to Nokia's operations and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions attributed to Nokia's customers' use of Nokia's products.
Posted: 20/06/2019
Insurance company Mapre is launching the Mapre Inclusión Responsable – an investment fund which invests in European companies which actively seek to include disabled people within their workforces.
Posted: 20/06/2019
Law firm Fieldfisher has partnered long-term charity partner the National Deaf Children’s Society to take on the London Legal Walk, completing a 10km walk through the historic Royal Parks and raising funds for the charity’s work supporting deaf children.
Posted: 20/06/2019
Drastically reduced costs will mean that wind, solar and battery technology will account for half of the grid energy requirements worldwide by 2050.
Posted: 19/06/2019
HP has released its 2018 Sustainable Impact Report, which includes an industry-leading goal to increase recycled content plastics to 30 per cent by 2025.
Posted: 19/06/2019
New certification standards revealed at the second annual World Cannabis Congress will encourage and validate actions by members of the global cannabis industry to advance environmental stewardship, social responsibility and good governance.
Posted: 19/06/2019
Sky has reaffirmed its commitment to the Armed Forces, including its partnership with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) to support the employment of veterans.
Posted: 19/06/2019
A potential limited tax on fast fashion has been rejected by the Government, despite the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) accusing it of vacillating and failing to take to kerb waste and place responsibility on retailers for the waste they produce.
Posted: 19/06/2019
Costa Coffee has signed up to the Government’s pledge to help halve food waste by 2030.
Posted: 18/06/2019
Think tank REN21 has expressed fears over a coherent renewable energy programme, saying that polices are ‘erratic’ and holding the sector back from its potential contribution to cutting carbon pollution and meeting climate and development targets.
Posted: 18/06/2019
The European Commission’s expert group on sustainable finance has published a draft list of projects that can be deemed ‘green and climate-proof’.
Posted: 18/06/2019
Eleven major shipping banks, representing a bank loan portfolio to global shipping of approximately $100bn will integrate climate considerations into lending decisions to incentivise maritime shipping’s decarbonisation
Posted: 18/06/2019
Nest, the largest UK pension master trust, has confirmed it will be going tobacco-free across all of its investments.
Posted: 17/06/2019
Switzerland, Singapore and the US are the most sustainable investment markets in the world with companies listed in these countries delivering the most positive social and environmental benefits, research by Schroders claims.
Posted: 17/06/2019
The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) raised over £125,000 at its annual ball with proceeds going to aid local communities.
Posted: 17/06/2019
Despite the disparate energy policies of the EU and differing geopolitical reasons for them, the EU is attempting to follow the UK’s lead toward a net zero carbon policy by 2050.
Posted: 17/06/2019
A group of 88 major investors, with nearly $10tr in assets, is targeting companies that are not transparent enough about their environmental impact and pushing them to disclose this information through the CDP environmental disclosure platform.
Posted: 17/06/2019
Fifteen countries are responsible for more than two-thirds of global CO2 emissions, with China and the US responsible for more than 40 per cent, and China creating almost double the emissions of second-placed US, which is in turn responsible for more than twice the level of third-placed India.
Posted: 14/06/2019
SSE has announced plans to shut its Fiddler’s Ferry coal-fired plant near Warrington by March 2020, reducing the number of UK’s coal-fired power plants to five.
Posted: 14/06/2019
A new rule in the Advertising Codes, which will apply to broadcast and non-broadcast media (including online and social media), banning harmful gender stereotypes in adverts has come into force.
Posted: 14/06/2019
Unilever has reported that its Sustainable Living brands have managed to grow at a rate of 69 per cent faster than the rest of its business last year.
Posted: 13/06/2019
Volvo and Uber have jointly developed a production car capable of driving by itself. An XC90 base vehicle has been equipped with safety features that allow Uber to easily install its own self-driving system, enabling the possible future deployment of self-driving cars in Uber’s network as an autonomous ridesharing service.
Posted: 13/06/2019
Big Society Capital has released its latest annual review of 2018, underlining two trends for working with traditional lenders to fund social programmes and the developing requirements to measure impact successfully.
Posted: 13/06/2019
The world’s largest sovereign fund has continued to divest from climate-related activities and has now formally withdrawn investment in fossil fuels.
Posted: 13/06/2019
The EU governments’ plans to cut pollution from transport, Europe’s biggest emitter, will fail to meet their own 2030 emissions targets.
Posted: 13/06/2019
Volkswagen Group and Goldman Sachs are leading a $1bn investment in Northvolt, alongside BMW Group, AMF, Folksam Group and IMAS Foundation.
Posted: 12/06/2019
The world is a more peaceful place, but climate change presents a major and growing concern for stability.
Posted: 12/06/2019
ESG standards are many and varied, confusing public and professionals alike – a point that has been made by several commentators, including this one.
Posted: 12/06/2019
Danone, Tetra Pak, Nestlé and Veolia are leading a scheme to reduce plastic waste and recycle more plastic waste.
Posted: 12/06/2019
Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) has today revealed the corporate leaders and laggards on climate change, following the first engagement period under its Climate Impact Pledge.
Posted: 12/06/2019
Legislation will now put the UK on the path to become the first major economy to set net zero emissions target in law.
Posted: 12/06/2019
Barclays has joined RE100 with a commitment to source all of its energy requirements from renewable electricity for its global operations by 2030, with an interim goal of being 90 per cent renewable by 2025.
Posted: 11/06/2019
The Environmental Audit Committee has published its report into UK Export Finance (UKEF) investigating the scale and impact of financing of fossil fuels in developing countries, revealing that most of UKEF’s investment undermines the UK’s climate commitments.
Posted: 11/06/2019
The John Lewis Partnership has called on the Government to make all occupational health services tax exempt, to encourage employer investment in the physical and mental health of workers.
Posted: 11/06/2019
An ESG low carbon multi-factor ETF has listed on the London Stock Exchange - the Ossiam US ESG Low Carbon Equity Factors UCITS ETF.
Posted: 11/06/2019
As part of Crédit Agricole’s latest published roadmap, the Group has committed to a common climate strategy, in line with the Paris Agreement, with its implementation certified by an independent body and published in 2020 based on the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
Posted: 10/06/2019
The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has welcomed the publication of the 2019 Status Report by the industry-led Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) providing an overview of the extent to which company reports from 2018 included information aligned with the core TCFD recommendations published in June 2017.
Posted: 10/06/2019
Michael Bloomberg has pledged $500m to a campaign to close every coal-fired power station in the US and stop the growing use of natural gas.
Posted: 10/06/2019
Project Proof, an Ellen MacArthur Foundation Pioneer Project led by Mondi, has developed a usable pouch prototype containing 20 per cent post-consumer waste bringing flexible packaging one step closer to a circular economy.
Posted: 10/06/2019
The majority of the UK public (83 per cent) are making efforts to cut the amount of plastic they use and throw away, however, a survey by the phone-recycling company Gazelle, also found that eight out of ten (81 per cent) say that although they want to do more to help the environment, they feel confused about what can and cannot be reused or recycled.
Posted: 10/06/2019
The first airport reusable cup trial has been launched by Starbucks and Hubbub with Gatwick Airport. The trial will offer drop off points for Starbucks reusable cups throughout the airport’s South Terminal to help cut paper cup waste and address throw-away culture.
Posted: 10/06/2019
Philip Hammond has acknowledged the need to move to a zero carbon economy, but highlighted the cost, and need to transition over time.
Posted: 07/06/2019
Unilever CEO Alan Jope has written an open letter to its trade associations and business groups, stating the need to accept the issues of climate change and requesting urgent action to shift economies onto a ‘zero carbon pathway’.
Posted: 07/06/2019
Greene King is partnering with the Innovation Gateway to accelerate its progress in reducing its carbon footprint, energy use and waste generation of its buildings, joining up with Tesco, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Heathrow Airport among others.
Posted: 07/06/2019
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and BMW Group have confirmed they are joining forces to develop next-generation Electric Drive Units (EDUs).
Posted: 06/06/2019
At the end of 2018 telecommunications giant BT pledged to become net zero of carbon emissions by 2045.
Posted: 06/06/2019
Carmaker SEAT has reduced the environmental impact of its Martorell factory by 34 per cent since 2010, including cutting 2.4m tonnes of CO2 emissions and installing pollution-killing pavements.
Posted: 06/06/2019
Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I has officially opened its new eco-friendly headquarters. Awarded with the Gold Standard award for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) it reinforces the group’s ambition to be the UK’s most sustainable brewer.
Posted: 06/06/2019
Over 900 Iceland Food is launching its Charity Week to raise £500,000 for Alzheimer's Research UK.
Posted: 05/06/2019
The Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) was meant to bring CO2 emissions in line with the real-world by more closely replicating actual vehicle use in laboratory tests, but while real-world diesel car CO2 emissions are now close to the latest laboratory results, tests of petrol cars and real emissions appear to vary widely.
Posted: 05/06/2019
UK and Dutch financial regulators have agreed to work more closely together to protect and enhance the integrity and stability of both countries financial systems
Posted: 05/06/2019
Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest luxury cruise operator, emitted nearly ten times more sulphur oxide (SOX) around European coasts than all of the 260 million European cars in 2017, a new analysis by sustainable transport group Transport & Environment reveals.
Posted: 05/06/2019
Vienna Insurance Group (VIG) has published an ‘anti-coal policy’ and will no longer insure new coal power plants and mines, stop its investments in coal power plants and mines and extend existing contracts only under certain conditions.
Posted: 05/06/2019
Finland is aiming to be the world’s first fossil fuel free society, becoming completely carbon neutral by 2035.
Posted: 05/06/2019
The Canadian government has launched a Climate Action Incentive Fund (CAIF) with up to Can$218m (£141m) in its first year (2019-2020), funded from the proceeds of the federal carbon pollution pricing system.
Posted: 05/06/2019
A dedicated refillable zone, the UK's first supermarket frozen ‘pick and mix’ and first borrow-a-box scheme are among a series of ideas being tested from Waitrose & Partners, with the potential to save thousands of tonnes of plastic and packaging.
Posted: 04/06/2019
Some of the world’s biggest companies representing nearly $17tr in market capitalisation have valued the climate risks to their businesses at almost US$1tr - with many likely to hit within the next five years.
Posted: 04/06/2019
Allia Impact Finance has undergone a rebrand, and will now be known as Allia C&C as part of the overall Allia group.
Posted: 04/06/2019
Volvo Cars is joining other car makers, service providers and national governments in a pan-European pilot project to share traffic safety data generated by cars and infrastructure, in the interest of safer roads.
Posted: 04/06/2019
The RSPB has used a new finance deal with Triodos Bank to install renewable energy projects across its nature reserves.
Posted: 04/06/2019
Kellogg Company unveiled its next-generation commitment to address global food security aligned with the UN SDGs with its eleventh annual corporate responsibility report.
Posted: 04/06/2019
Ørsted has officially commenced new operations on Hornsea One, located 120km off the Yorkshire Coast.
Posted: 03/06/2019
FX consulting firm Audere has launched a new service for internationally operating charities under its recently established social division known as ‘Charitytransfers.org’. As many iNGOs have a low level of foreign exchange knowledge, transfers can result in overcharging.
Posted: 03/06/2019
Pensions Minister Guy Opperman has stated that the financial risks of climate change are “too important to ignore” and that the pensions industry help tackle the issue.
Posted: 03/06/2019
A total of 41 new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) around the UK coast will be created as listed areas, bringing the total of protected areas up to 91 and forming a 'Blue Belt' of 220,000 square kilometres.
Posted: 31/05/2019
The National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has confirmed that the UK has managed to go coal less in electricity generation for two weeks and also beaten the record for solar power this month.
Posted: 31/05/2019
A new fund to help develop innovative European companies and bring clean energy technologies to the market has been created, as the first of its kind to cater for the required capital intensity and long development horizons that these technologies require.
Posted: 31/05/2019
The Quilter Foundation has announced it is opening a fund designed to support charities which deliver programmes aimed at helping young adults build skills, experience and confidence to build a secure future through employment.
Posted: 31/05/2019
Global hotel group Hilton is celebrating celebrate its 100th anniversary with “random acts of hospitality” in its local communities and creation of the Hilton Effect Foundation, which will help create a better world by making positive impact investments.
Posted: 31/05/2019
The Association of Member Nominated Trustees (AMNT) review into fund managers' voting policies and practices found that few fund managers had what the AMNT considers best practice public voting policies and guidelines on climate change, gender and ethnic diversity.
Posted: 31/05/2019
The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) and QSA Partners have announced that they are working with a number of fashion retailers to develop and pilot a range of new circular economy business models such as clothes hire, product resale, repair and rental services.
Posted: 30/05/2017
Waitrose & Partners will introduce an ‘invisible door’ that has the potential to save British retailers a combined £1.5bn per year by reducing their energy bills.
Posted: 30/05/2017
Only 10 million of the 43 million highly-polluting diesel cars and vans that were caught in the ‘Dieselgate’ emissions scandal have been recalled since 2015 according to EU data.
Posted: 30/05/2017
Dutch insurance and asset management company Nationale Nederlanden Group (NN Group) has pledged to phase out investments in the coal industry by 2030.
Posted: 29/05/2019
Recruitment software company Hireserve has created a guide to volunteering for business leaders, HR professionals and all those focused on enhancing their organisation’s CSR and internal communications.
Posted: 28/05/2019
Energy companies Drax Group, Equinor and National Grid Ventures have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) committing them to work together to explore how a large-scale carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) network.
Posted: 28/05/2019
Norwegian pension provider KLP will dispose of all its shares in companies which produce alcohol, gambling and pornography.
Posted: 28/05/2019
Head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has voiced a concern that the concept of ‘identify politics’ is divisive and undermines the coherence of society.
Posted: 28/05/2019
The Co-op has issued a Sustainability Bond raising £300m with the proceeds exclusively to be used on supporting and promoting Fairtrade, its producers and communities.
Posted: 28/05/2019
Ashley Andrew, the UK MD of Hyundai, has suggested that hydrogen could be the future for commercial transport, pointing out that 15 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU in 2015 came directly from shipping.
Posted: 24/05/2015
Ørsted has launched two new green gas products for commercial operators seeking to help decarbonise their energy needs.
Posted: 24/05/2015
Aberdeen Standard Investments, Deutsche Bank KPMG, The Berkeley Group, Deloitte, Warner Bros., ITV, Deutsche Bank and Capital One were all among the winners at the Better Society Awards 2019, celebrated with a packed ceremony in London last night.
Posted: 24/05/2015
Wealthy individuals and charities are being asked to donate more protect the environment and the climate, with a group of scientists writing a letter to the wealthiest hundred charitable bodies and families.
Posted: 23/05/2019
Shareholders have defeated proposals that would have made the company consider the societal impact of its facial recognition technology and its action on climate change.
Posted: 23/05/2019
Hong Kong has announced the successful issuance of a $1bn inaugural green bond under its Government Green Bond Programme.
Posted: 23/05/2019
A Kenyan company is using waste plastic to create roof tiles for homes with the support of FTSE 100 packaging company Mondi.
Posted: 23/05/2019
In Washington, over 75 businesses, including BP, eBay, Nike, Mars, Microsoft, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Shell, Tesla and Unilever are meeting with federal lawmakers to call on Congress to pass meaningful climate legislation in the US, including placing a price on carbon.
Posted: 23/05/2019
Amazon wants to sell its facial recognition technology to US police forces but is facing opposition at its forthcoming AGM.
Posted: 22/05/2019
A report from Chatham house warns that insufficient attention has been paid to the circular economy (CE) pathways in developing countries, despite considerable innovation and policy progress.
Posted: 22/05/2019
The Government should create a market for so-called ‘negative emissions’ that result from the removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
Posted: 22/05/2019
At an eventful BP AGM in Aberdeen, days after Greenpeace dropped one tonne inhabited cubes in front of its headquarters gates, shareholders have voted overwhelmingly for the company to make greater disclosure on how its business will align with climate goals.
Posted: 22/05/2019
New measures that cover plastic straws, plastic drinks stirrers and plastic cotton buds in England will come into force from April 2020.
Posted: 22/05/2019
The Bank of Italy is proposing a new scheme that will reward companies that meet ESG criteria.
Posted: 21/05/2019
Community benefit society Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN) has now raised £2m on the Triodos crowdfunding platform, with investment coming from both institutional investors and retail investors.
Posted: 20/05/2019
BP’s St James Square headquarters has been blockaded with a series of containers, forcing the company to advise workers to stay home.
Posted: 20/05/2019
Tesco has retained its top spot in the Global Governance RE 100 Index, the ranking based on compliance and conformance with the UK Modern Slavery Act (MSA) (2015) and good practice in human rights of London’s largest commercial landlords by square foot.
Posted: 20/05/2019
The UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ drew attention to the imminent dangers of climate change, bluntly stating that conflict was a likely and increasingly probable outcome if climate change was not tackled, saying, “military strategists see clearly the possibility of climate impacts increasing tensions over resources and mass movements of people everywhere in the world.”
Posted: 17/05/2019
CFA UK, the membership body for investment professionals, is to launch a qualification in ESG.
Posted: 17/05/2019
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its World Energy Investment 2019 report, highlighting several shifts in energy production, use and investment.
Posted: 16/05/2019
A report from PwC has revealed that the overall rate of forced departures of CEOs is generally steady, but that recent trends, but more CEOs are being dismissed for ethical lapses than for financial performance or board struggles.
Posted: 16/05/2019
Dr Rhian-Mari Thomas, the former Global Head of Green Banking, Founder and Chair of the Green Banking Council at Barclays, has been appointed as the first CEO for the Green Finance Institute.
Posted: 16/05/2019
A new study suggests that more than a third of companies have no whistleblowing system in place. The Whistleblowing Report 2019, which was conducted by the University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur in Switzerland and published by EQS Group sought the views of 1,392 companies across the UK, France, Germany and Switzerland.
Posted: 15/05/2019
Following the announcement of Starbucks $1bn Sustainability Bond, Starbucks has joined the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as a principal member in the new ReSource Plastic programme.
Posted: 15/05/2019
Off-grid energy companies are turning to the crowd to raise debt finance with over $31m raised last year from the crowd to provide energy to sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia – an increase of $20m from 2017 – with research by Energy 4 Impact revealing that over 90 per cent of crowd-sourced funds for energy access in 2018 was raised on peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms.
Posted: 15/05/2019
Extinction Rebellion disrupted a speech by the Minister for Local Government, Rishi Sunak, at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association's (PLSA) Local Authority Conference.
Posted: 15/05/2019
Transport for London (TfL) is to introduce the world's first hydrogen double decker buses next year, helping tackle the capital's air quality crisis.
Posted: 14/05/2019
Nestlé, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Waitrose have signed up to help halve food waste by 2030 in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Posted: 14/05/2019
A report that looks at the health impact of plastic pollution and rubbish on the world’s poorest people has found that each year between 400,000 and a million people (at the upper end one person every 30 seconds) are dying in developing countries from illnesses and diseases like diarrhoea, malaria and cancers caused by living near uncollected waste and plastic pollution.
Posted: 14/05/2019
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales has made an address to investment professionals at the CFA Institute Annual Conference urging the sector to show leadership in helping keep climate change to the Paris Agreement.
Posted: 14/05/2019
Starbucks has completed the issuance of a $1bn sustainability bond, the largest of the three the company has issued to date.
Posted: 14/05/2019
VW and Daimler are due their respective annual general meetings amid the continuing issues surrounding the emissions scandal, public distrust in diesel power and attempts to switch rapidly to electric vehicles as the public and governments look to zero-emission options.
Posted: 14/05/2019
UK employees spend £13.6bn on takeaway lunches and Hubbub has discovered that this habit is generating 10.7bn items of packaging waste much of which isn’t recycled or recyclable.
Posted: 14/05/2019
Now in the third year of supporting mental health and working alongside charity partner, Mental Health UK, Lloyds Banking Group has committed to training 2.500 colleagues as Mental Health Advocates by 2021.
Posted: 13/05/2019
OVO Foundation (OVO Energy's charity arm) has announced it has increased its investment in Project Jua, an electrification project that will reach 300,000 people across 300 sites in Kenya in three years.
Posted: 13/05/2019
CDP has released a list of the 43 global cities that can be regarded as possessing climate leadership.
Posted: 13/05/2019
The growth of onshore wind energy is collapsing in Germany, jeopardising both German and EU renewables targets.
Posted: 10/05/2019
Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) and UK Youth have announced a national programme to equip young people with confidence, skills and experience following research revealing that over half of 16-25 year-olds cite anxiety as the key barrier to gaining employment.
Posted: 10/05/2019
The last time the UK lasted a week without coal-powered electricity was in 1882, but the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has confirmed the milestone in decarbonisation – with 13.24 on Wednesday 8th May marking the moment that the last coal-powered generator came off the grid, making it exactly a week of coal-free production.
Posted: 09/05/2019
NGO Carbon Tracker has announced a new project, funded by a $1.7m grant from Google.org, to use satellite imagery to measure carbon emissions from large power plants globally.
Posted: 09/05/2019
International Development Committee, a select committee of the House of Commons, has called for a major shift in emphasis and increased funding for policies to reduce climate change, saying that in order to have a meaningful impact on the threats facing developing nations more will need to be done.
Posted: 09/05/2019
The Government has awarded more than £4m to Fareshare, Company Shop Group, The Felix Project and Food Works Sheffield as the first tranche of a £15m scheme launched in January by Environment Secretary Michael Gove to help overcome barriers to getting food currently going to waste onto people’s plates.
Posted: 08/05/2019
Polestar, the Volvo Cars electric performance brand, has significantly expanded its research and development capacity with the establishment of a new centre in the UK. Situated in Coventry, England, the new facility will allow Polestar to increase its ability to engineer future electric performance vehicles.
Posted: 08/05/2019
Metro Bank is to join forces with Teenage Cancer Trust as the bank’s chosen charity partner for the next 12 months.
Posted: 08/05/2019
Charity Movement to Work (MtW) has announced that one of the UK’s largest producers of fish and seafood, has taken on all the young people to whom it offered work-placement opportunities in the last 12 months.
Posted: 07/05/2019
The UK new car market declined by 4.1 percent in April, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) with 161,064 units registered, the second lowest April volume since 2012.
Posted: 07/05/2019
Centrica and Carers UK have written to employers to encourage support for carers, with the aim of helping one million carers stay in or return to work by 2020. The two organisations are also calling on the Government to introduce 5 to 10 days of mandatory paid carers leave for all employers.
Posted: 07/05/2019
The Earth’s resources will face failure without radical action, and nearly one million species risk extinction within decades, UN biodiversity report has predicted.
Posted: 07/05/2019
A poll of the public that indicates a general unwillingness to reduce the amount they drive, fly and eat meat despite the growing awareness of climate change.
Posted: 03/05/2019
Natixis and subsidiary Groupama Gan Vie are launching a unit-linked insurance product that supports energy transition. The green structured note makes it possible to directly finance renewable energy projects in wind, solar, hydraulic and biomass schemes. The funds will be audited by an external auditor and green debt securities will be evaluated by an extra-financial environmental rating agency.
Posted: 03/05/2019
The CBI has commented on the independent Committee on Climate Change’s proposal that the Government commits to a net-zero reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the UK by 2050.
Posted: 03/05/2019
The John Lewis Partnership’s employees have donated over 24,500 hours in the last year through its Golden Jubilee Trust long-term volunteering programme, creating a new record since the launch of the programme 19 years ago
Posted: 02/05/2019
A recent survey reveals that 35 per cent of PR and communications agencies have declined or refused to engage in greenwashing and astroturfing campaigns for clients. Astroturfing is the practice of making a message appear as if it originates from grassroots participants.
Posted: 02/05/2019
A national climate emergency has been declared by Parliament, with MPs calling on the government to set a zero emission target by 2050 – currently, the pledge is to reduce carbon emissions by 80 per cent compared to 1990 levels by that date.
Posted: 1/05/2019
The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has called on the Government not to delay the Green Finance Strategy, which was due to be published in Spring 2019 and to use it to set out a plan to achieve net zero.
Posted: 02/05/2019
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) wants the UK to lead the fight against climate change and asks other countries to follow suit to give an even chance of staying below 1.5C temperature rises by 2100.
Posted: 02/05/2019
Currently, the Government intends to stop the sale of diesel and petrol cars by 2040, but the Committee on Climate Change members are advising that this is too late and should be closer to 2030.
Posted: 01/05/2019
A Sky News report states that Greg Clark, the business secretary, will facilitate a loan of £100m to the country’s second-biggest steelmaker to pay the EU carbon credits.
Posted: 01/05/2019
Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC), a social enterprise and fund manager has invested £250,000 in Futures, another social enterprise which provides jobs and skills advice, training and apprenticeships in Nottinghamshire, via a loan.
Posted: 01/05/2019
Public drinking fountains in London are reducing plastic bottle use, and over the last year the equivalent of more than 155,000 bottles of single-use plastic bottles (500ml) have been dispensed by the free-to-use fountains.
Posted: 30/04/2019
In the UK, 60m tonnes of material which is ordered for use in building projects has to be sent to landfill sites each year. Focus Logistics wants to help reduce construction waste, working with major developers such as Berkerly, RedRow and Barratt.
Posted: 30/04/2019
Staff at the NHS Business Services Authority have chosen two charities to partner with this coming year, following their success in fundraising for the British Heart Foundation during last year. This time around the organisation is partnering with both the Trussell Trust and the Samaritans with fundraising and volunteering for the charities.
Posted: 30/04/2019
Cocoa Life, the Mondelēz International programme that sources sustainable cocoa, has published its Annual Report with a commitment that by 2025 all Mondelēz chocolate brands will source their cocoa sustainably through the programme.
Posted: 30/04/2019
Triodos has been granted a UK banking licence to operate as a subsidiary company, wholly owned by Triodos Bank NV, which will become effective immediately after midnight on 1 May 2019.
Posted: 29/04/2019