Royal Mail starts trial of drone deliveries to explore ways to slash emissions

Drones are initially to be used to deliver PPE, Covid testing kits and mail to the Isles of Scilly

Cadent completes £11m energy projects in Rochdale and Oldham

The rebuild of the sites is designed to prepare the local gas network for its net zero journey

Queen’s Speech expected to feature environment, energy and climate commitments

The bill is expected to set out new legally binding environmental targets

Sir David Attenborough named COP26 People’s Advocate

The renowned natural historian and broadcaster will address world leaders at major international events over the next six months to stress the need to firmly put climate and protection of nature at the top of their agenda

Howzat? Bamboo cricket bats are more sustainable, researchers say

University of Cambridge research shows bats made from bamboo offer a better ‘sweet spot’ compared to conventional willow ones

Government unveils new plans to boost recycling in England

Plans being considered include the introduction of statutory guidance on new minimum service standards for rubbish and recycling collections, subject to an assessment of affordability and value for money

Nearly 44,000 trees to be planted near schools, hospitals and deprived areas

The government reportedly aims to plant 143 million new trees a year by 2035

National Grid adopts power flow tech to free up 1.5GW of new network capacity

The innovative project will help overcome grid constraint bottlenecks by intelligently routing power, allowing use of the existing network to be maximised

Climate change brewing disaster for Kenyan tea industry

The UK imports half its tea from Kenya but climate change could mean that more than a quarter of tea farms in the country are destroyed by 2050

North Yorkshire to spend £2m to cut carbon in public buildings

Nearly 20 schools, care homes and libraries are to benefit from the scheme