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Analysis: Treasury’s caution raises red flags about UK’s net-zero strategy

Angeli Mehta, (Oct 21, 2021)

While business reaction to the long-awaited strategy was mainly positive, there are fears of a rift in government over finance, and concerns that the low-carbon heat strategy will not do enough to wean the nation off gas boilers, reports Angeli Mehta

‘We won't turn Britain's aging housing stock green without investing in the skills agenda'

Harriet Lamb, (Oct 19, 2021)

Comment: Ashden's Harriet Lamb warns that the UK government’s new Heat and Buildings strategy to tackle climate change is doomed unless it ramps up training of young people to join the green economy

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

Chad Holliday: ‘Hard-to-abate industries have to pull their own weight on tackling climate change’

Oliver Balch, (Oct 5, 2021)

Oliver Balch interviews the new chair of The Mission Possible Partnership, which is helping seven of the world’s most carbon-intensive industries to achieve a 1.5C future

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

ESG Watch: Airlines and chemicals sector feel weight of collective investor pressure

Mike Scott, (Oct 5, 2021)

In his monthly analysis of the latest sustainable investment news, Mike Scott reports on Climate TRACE, which aims to radically improve monitoring of emissions, and growing calls for more surveillance of ESG industry

Big food companies ‘failing dismally’ on both climate and human rights

Terry Slavin, (Sep 27, 2021)

Terry Slavin reports on the findings of the World Benchmarking Alliance’s first assessment of how the world’s biggest food producers, restaurants and retailers are performing on the SDGs

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

‘Sustainable solutions exist for the two billion people who lack access to cooling’

Giles Bristow, (Sep 14, 2021)

Comment: Giles Bristow of Ashden urges impact investors to back innovators in the Global South who have developed affordable and effective alternatives to air conditioning

Asia battles to get to grips with the urban heat island effect

Jill Baker, (Sep 12, 2021)

Jill Baker reports on how a region at the forefront of climate change impacts is working to turn down the heat while addressing spiralling demand for energy-hungry air conditioning

Cities in front line of battle to cut emissions from buildings in U.S.

Sarah LaBrecque, (Sep 12, 2021)

With President Biden’s American Jobs Plan failing to deliver as promised, Sarah LaBrecque reports on how cities like Cincinnati are taking the lead on mitigating and adapting to climate change

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

Paving the road to net zero with bricks made from plastic waste

Mark Hillsdon, (Sep 12, 2021)

Mark Hillsdon reports on how venture capital firm 2150 is among those backing technologies that seek to cut construction waste and plastic pollution while reducing embodied CO2 emissions in the built environment

The startups leading the charge towards more planet-friendly cement

Oliver Balch, (Sep 12, 2021)

Oliver Balch takes a look at Svante, CarbonCure and Solidia, three eco-minded innovators that have won venture capital funding for their bid to drive down emissions in the construction industry

Magali Anderson: ‘My job is to decarbonise the mass-production of cement’

Oliver Balch, (Sep 12, 2021)

Oliver Balch speaks to Holcim’s head of sustainability about the Swiss construction giant's efforts to shift to greener alternatives in its quest to becoming net zero by 2050

The race to clean up the world’s most heavily emitting metal

Angeli Mehta, (Sep 12, 2021)

Angeli Mehta reports on how Climate Group's SteelZero initiative is boosting demand for low-carbon alternatives from Sweden's SSAB and MIT spinout Boston Metals