Energy efficiency: The sleeping giant of the net zero transition

Rasmus Valanko from the We Mean Business Coalition sets out what companies can do to reduce their energy use in order to drive down costs and emissions The Russian invasion of Ukraine has sent shockwaves through Europe and around the world. Whilst the immediate humanitarian crisis must be the highest priority, the longer-term implications are […]

Study: Microplastics found in 90 per cent of leading cosmetics products

Research prompts calls for stricter legislation and deeper research to curb the prevalence of tiny synthetic polymer particles Consumer goods giants continue to face growing scrutiny over their reliance on plastics, with fresh research published yesterday having found microplastics in products manufactured by almost 90 per cent of the top-selling cosmetics brands. Touted as a […]

Energy Security Strategy: Where did it all go wrong?

Campaigners have slammed the UK’s long-awaited energy independence plan, warning Ministers have missed a major opportunity to boost energy security and climate action – but was it really that bad? After weeks of delay and much political wrangling, the UK’s Energy Security Strategy was finally released yesterday, sparking a decidedly mixed response from across the […]

‘The electrified next chapter’: Production of Ford’s flagship e-van starts in Turkey

US car giant heralds production of e-Transit as pivotal moment in its drive to electrify its European sales Ford is celebrating the start of commercial production of its all-electric e-Transit van in Turkey, heralding the achievement as a landmark moment in the US carmaker’s electrification strategy. The carmaker announced this morning that the Ford e-Transit […]

Global Briefing: Sweden to set world’s first consumption-based climate goal

Germany’s clean energy blitz, Abu Dhabi’s plastic bag ban, EU proposals for a coal embargo on Russia, and all the big green business news from around the world this week ‘Historical’: Sweden to set target for consumption emissions  Sweden is on track to become the first country to start counting consumption-based emissions in its climate […]

Greggs takes major bite out of food waste as it eyes science-based climate goals

Bakery chain’s second annual sustainability report highlights progress on green energy, food waste, recycling labelling, and supply chain engagement Greggs has slashed its food waste, upped its use of renewable energy, and assessed the carbon footprint of its entire value chain, with the high street bakery brand now planning to establish its first science-based climate […]

Porsche-backed startup pictures breakthrough for 3D printing using metal

Seurat Technologies reveals growing customer interest in cutting-edge 3D printing systems This article was adapted from Climate Tech Weekly, a free newsletter focused on climate technologies. Much of the most impactful climate tech works its magic behind the scenes. I firmly believe the convergence of digitalisation and industrial transformation is one great example of that […]

Why are climate-committed banks living in a fuel’s paradise?

The world’s biggest banks are struggling to live up to their net zero commitments, and activists have noticed Frustration with the banking industry is gaining currency – in particular, the sector’s role in financing fossil fuels. A new report from a consortium of activist NGOs led by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) found that fossil-fuel financing […]

BEIS boosts relief for heavy industries facing soaring electricity costs

Government provides more detail on proposals unveiled in yesterday’s Energy Security Strategy on how it will support businesses facing record electricity bills The government has announced plans to extend its support scheme for energy-intensive businesses facing soaring bills amid the international gas price crisis, arguing the funding will ensure the UK remains an attractive location […]

Chancellor urges UK financial regulators to back Energy Security Strategy

Rishi Sunak calls on Bank of England to encourage financial sector to back domestic oil and gas production ‘where practical and relevant’ Chancellor Rishi Sunak has stepped up pressure on the Bank of England to encourage the financial sector to back domestic oil and gas production “where practical and relevant” in support of the UK’s […]