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'Could COP26 signal the end of coal? Only if we invest in green jobs and training'

Fiona Duggan, (Nov 8, 2021)

COMMENT: If lower-income countries are to phase out fossil fuels the transition has to be economically and socially just, writes Fiona Duggan of sustainable energy charity Ashden

Can focus on nature in Glasgow’s COP finally turn the tide on deforestation?

Terry Slavin, (Nov 7, 2021)

Terry Slavin asks whether all the programmes and finance announced last week will reach the smallholder farmers and indigenous people on the frontlines of protecting forests in tropical countries

Progress on methane and forests at COP, but much heavy lifting needed to put 1.5C in reach

Angeli Mehta, (Nov 5, 2021)

There will need to be big breakthroughs on transport and heavy industry emissions next week for the climate talks in Glasgow to be deemed a success, reports Angeli Mehta

'We must turn the international standards system into a tool to help the world get to net-zero'

Scott Steedman, (Nov 1, 2021)

COMMENT: The ISO’s London Declaration is a key step towards helping government and industry meet carbon-free ambitions, writes Scott Steedman, Director of Standards at the British Standards Institution

ESG Watch: New net-zero standard aims to help investors mind the climate action gap

Mike Scott, (Oct 28, 2021)

With new reports out ahead of COP26 highlighting the need to pick up speed and ambition on driving down emissions, Mike Scott rounds up the latest developments by investors to rise to the challenge

Investors want to back net-zero, but COP26 needs to come up with a plan, says Günther Thallinger

Oliver Balch, (Oct 27, 2021)

In an interview with the chair of the Net-Zero Assets Owner Alliance, Oliver Balch asks what institutional investors are hoping to hear from governments at COP26

Policy Watch: On eve of COP26, all eyes are on whether G20 will step up on climate ambition

Angeli Mehta, (Oct 27, 2021)

In her latest monthly column, Angeli Mehta sees room for optimism that the Glasgow climate talks will alter the current trajectory of a disastrous 2.7C rise in warming by the end of the century

Brand Watch: Corporates hope deforestation-free supply chain pledges will get boost from COP26

Oliver Balch, (Oct 27, 2021)

In his monthly column, Oliver Balch reports on some of the big issues for fast-moving consumer goods companies ahead of the crucial climate conference

Three ways to get the UK’s electric vehicle revolution on the road

Andy Wales, (Oct 18, 2021)

Comment: Andy Wales of BT Group explains how the Johnson government can unlock private sector investment of £50bn in infrastructure and electric fleets in the UK over the next five years

Will extending cap and trade to transport and buildings help Europe reach its climate goals?

David Veredas and Wim Van Hyfte, (Oct 15, 2021)

Comment: David Veredas and Wim Van Hyfte say adding those two sectors would bring 80% of Europe’s greenhouse gases under its emissions trading scheme, but quick implementation will be key

‘Business cannot become truly sustainable without protecting nature’

Pietro Bertazzi, (Oct 7, 2021)

Comment: Ahead of this year’s momentous COP summits, action to tackle biodiversity loss must be at the heart of both government action and corporate strategy, write Pietro Bertazzi and Helen Finlay of CDP

Greta Thunberg: ‘Our hopes drown in your empty promises’ to tackle climate change

Terry Slavin, (Oct 7, 2021)

In the latest issue of Sustainable Business Review, we look at how soaring gas prices are undermining emission-reduction pledges, the potential for Google's greening of its search engine to empower conscious consumption, and how aviation and chemicals companies are feeling the heat from ESG investors

Policy Watch: Kerry tells world leaders to ‘stop the BS’ and lift ambition at Glasgow

Angeli Mehta, (Oct 5, 2021)

Angeli Mehta takes stock of progress in the run-up to COP26 as the global energy crisis threatens to put the energy transition into reverse

‘Averting climate disaster means going big on food systems transformation’

Ruth Richardson, (Sep 22, 2021)

Comment: Ruth Richardson and Peter Bakker hope this week’s UN Food Systems Summit will deliver concrete results towards make the food and agriculture sector more equitable and nature-positive

Can we rise to the towering task of cutting building emissions?

Terry Slavin, (Sep 14, 2021)

The built environment is responsible for 39% of greenhouse gas emissions, but the sector is dangerously off track when it comes to decarbonisation. In the latest issue of The Ethical Corporation we look at efforts to overcome the challenges in the UK, U.S., Europe and Asia, and the drive to dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of cement and steel

UK’s climate leadership 'on shaky ground with failure to tackle sustainable heating'

Mark Hillsdon, (Sep 12, 2021)

Mark Hillsdon reports on how cities like Glasgow and Manchester are leading the way on low-carbon homes amid a lack of leadership from central government

Hopes for success at COP26 dim despite alarm raised by IPCC

Terry Slavin, (Sep 7, 2021)

In this month's issue of The Sustainable Business Review we report on pre-COP26 climate diplomacy, how ESG investors are turning up the heat under companies while coming under increased scrutiny themselves, and how 'water-positivity' is becoming the new net zero

ESG Watch: IPCC’s ‘code red for humanity’ lays out challenge for investors

Mike Scott, (Sep 7, 2021)

In this month’s round-up, Mike Scott reports on a new coalition to speed up Asia’s exit from coal, Ceres’s Ambition 2030 initiative, and increasing scrutiny of ESG, including probes into DWS in the US and Germany

Brand Watch 2: FSC slowness to drop Korindo shows need for brands to pull up their socks

Oliver Balch, (Jul 27, 2021)

In the second part of his monthly Brand Watch column, Oliver Balch looks at the need for credibility in voluntary sustainability initiatives, the oil and gas sector's smirched report card, and Timberland's community cotton in Haiti. He also reports on the row over Ben & Jerry's stance on Israel

'There should be no room for deforestation on British plates'

John Randall, (Jul 19, 2021)

Comment: John Randall, Baron Randall of Uxbridge, warns that the Environment Bill, currently being scrutinised in the House of Lords, has loopholes that will allow meat linked to deforestation to enter UK food supply chains