Third of UK’s largest businesses make net zero commitments

The government is calling on more companies to follow suit and make pledges to join the fight against climate change

Around 40% of businesses’ online green claims ‘could be misleading’

The research found some websites were using ‘vague claims and unclear language’, including terms such as ‘eco’ or ‘sustainable’ or reference to ‘natural products’ without adequate explanation or evidence of the claims

Competition watchdog issues information to help businesses achieve sustainability goals

The CMA believes it is important competition law does not become an ‘unnecessary obstacle’ to sustainable development and businesses are not deterred from taking part in lawful environmental initiatives

Businesses in Ireland offered €14m for energy efficiency

Applicants must embed energy efficiency in the design of their projects, focusing on energy uses such as heating, cooling, refrigeration, compressed air and business processes

UK appoints champion to support businesses towards net zero goal

Mr Griffith will work towards supporting ‘as many UK businesses as possible’ to commit to net zero targets by 2050 or earlier

UK supports green Scottish businesses with £9m funding

Argyll-based Oceanium, which is developing an advanced biorefinery to help turn seaweed into food and compostable packaging products, is one of 85 projects receiving funding

Competition watchdog to investigate if ‘eco-friendly’ claims are misleading

The CMA is concerned the surge in demand for green products and services could incentivise some businesses to make misleading, vague or false claims about the environmental impacts of their products

From CSR to ESG: How your business should be reporting sustainability

2020 has brought into sharp relief the importance of sustainability. Businesses of all sizes are under scrutiny to play their part as the UK looks to reduce its emissions to net zero by 2050.

New York awards $2.5m for technologies that reduce carbon emissions

ThermoAl, a company from Canada, has received the top $1m prize for its software that uses artificial intelligence to help industrial firms optimise combustion operations

UK Government seeks views on future low carbon heat support beyond the RHI

The plan backs replacement of Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) with a new Clean Heat Grant, which will provide support for heat pumps and in certain circumstances biomass