UK temperatures hit 40C record sparking fresh calls for bolder climate action

Green groups warn heatwave is ‘taster of things to come’, as campaigners call for more ambitious net zero strategy and renewed focus on climate resilience Green groups are calling on the government to urgently strengthen its net zero and climate resilience efforts as the UK today experienced its hottest day on record with temperatures topping … Read more

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

‘World’s first zero carbon healthcare service’: NHS Property Services unveils new Green Plan

A three-year ‘Green Plan’ to help the NHS deliver on its goals of net zero emissions by 2040 and mitigate the impacts of climate change has today been published by NHS Property Services (NHSPS). The first-of-its-kind plan forms part of the NHSPS’ wider ‘Delivering a Greener NHS’ program and will see the estate manager of … Read more

Carbon tariffs: Government confirms it is to consult on carbon border adjustment mechanism

The British government is to formally consult on proposals designed to tackle so-called ‘carbon leakage’, as policymakers in the UK, EU, and US step up efforts to stop intensive carbon companies responding to higher carbon prices and tightening climate regulations by relocating to jurisdications with more lax policy regimes. The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) of … Read more

Green lane: Tarmac confirms switch to low carbon asphalt

Low carbon asphalt is set to become a feature of Britain’s roads after Tarmac this week announced it is to make its emissions-saving warm mix material standard for road building in the UK. From July, 40 of Tarmac’s asphalt plants across the UK will default to using the new warm mix for all lower layer … Read more

G7: Coal, energy security and biodiversity top UK agenda for Berlin meeting

The UK government has promised to push its fellow G7 nations to accelerate the shift towards green energy, reduce dependency on fossil fuels, and ramp up efforts to tackle biodiversity loss, as climate and energy minister of the world’s leading climate meet for a summit in Berlin this week. COP26 President Alok Sharma, Business, Energy … Read more

IEA: The G7 can and must lead on decarbonising heavy industry

International Energy Agency argues UK, USA and EU and others have the ‘economic heft, technology leadership and international alliances’ to pioneer the development of low carbon industrial hubs G7 nations such as the UK, the US, and Germany must urgently carve out a leading role in the decarbonisation of heavy industries such as steel, cement … Read more