Energy Charter Treaty: UK claims 'carve-out' reforms will help strengthen net zero ambitions

But campaigners slam concessions, arguing they continue to give fossil fuel investments another 10 years of legal protection Both the UK and European Union have secured opt-outs from provisions in the global Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) governing fossil fuel investments, with the ‘modernised’ international set to have “a much stronger focus on promoting clean, affordable … Read more

UK joins US, EU, and Brazil in global sustainable food production coalition

The UK has signed up to a global coalition geared towards promoting sustainable food production, joining scores of major nations, trade bodies, and academic experts across the grain, dairy, and livestock sectors worldwide, Environment Secretary George Eustice announced yesterday. Launched last year at a summit in the US, the Sustainable Productivity Growth Coalition (SPG) counts … Read more

Study: Accelerated clean energy transition could slash family energy bills

The family of four in the world’s most developed nations could save $2,000 (£1,574) a year on their energy bills if typical engineer a rapid switch to clean energy sources, a major new report released today suggests. The research – released just days ahead of the G7 leaders’ summit in Berlin – argues that implementing … Read more

Reports: German finance minister pushes back against EU 2035 fossil fuel car ban plan

EU plans to ban sales of internal combustion engine cars from 2035 could face a significant roadblock in Germany, after the country’s finance minister yesterday expressed opposition to the target date, which forms a key pillar of Europe’s green agenda. The European Commission has proposed mandating a total phaseout of all new internal combustion engine … Read more

'Historic decision': MEPs vote to end sale of petrol and diesel cars, but challenges remain for EU climate plans

A day of high drama in Brussels ended with a huge boost to efforts to phase out petrol and diesel cars and a row over reforms to the EU’s emissions trading scheme The scale of the divisions in Brussels over the future direction of the EU’s climate strategy were laid bare yesterday by a fractious … Read more

WorldGBC publishes EU roadmap for delivering net zero construction

Updated building regulations, a focus on sustainable procurement, and better modeling of the whole-life environmental impact of developments are all required. If the European Union is to accelerate progress on decarbonising buildings and construction, The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has said. Launched this week, the EU Policy Roadmap has been developed with the support … Read more