Swap beef for beans and save the world!

Swapping beef for beans could have a “huge impact” on reducing US greenhouse gas emissions and free up an area of cropland larger than France. A team of scientists from four US universities found if the whole of the US made this dietary change, the country could achieve up to 75% of its climate change targets by 2020. […]

‘Major food producers missing chance to cut climate risks’

Many of the world’s biggest food, beverage and tobacco firms are missing their chance to reduce climate risks. That’s according to a report from not-for-profit organisation Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). It showed some brands, such as Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s and Nestle, are tackling climate change. More than a third of the 97 companies it researched saw lower costs from implementing climate […]

Costco agrees to $2.3m settlement over Clean Air Act charges

Costco Wholesale Corporation has agreed to pay $335,000 (£203,547) in penalties to settle allegations it violated the US Government’s Clean Air Act. It will also spend $2 million (£1.2m) in the next three years to fix leaks in its refrigeration systems and make other improvements at 274 of its stores in a bid to cut […]

MPs urge Britain to stick to climate targets

Britain must stick to its targets for limiting greenhouse gas emissions despite criticism from the Treasury, a group of MPs have warned. The UK Government is required to set a series of targets for greenhouse gas emissions over five-year periods up to 2027, known as carbon budgets, which aims to put the nation on track […]

DECC seeks views on proposed EU ETS penalty changes

The UK Government is seeking views on the proposed changes to regulations on simplifying the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) penalties for businesses. The ETS was introduced in 2005 to help the EU meet its obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 8% below the 1990 level under the Kyoto Protocol – the first global […]

Shanghai Disneyland plans a ‘green’ future

The new Shanghai Disney Resort is installing a low carbon power source in a bid to be more environmentally friendly. The theme park in China which will open in 2015 is installing a Combined Cooling, Heating Power Plant (CCHP). That is a gas-fired power facility which generates cooling and heating from engine waste heat and […]

UK Government pledges support to tackle deforestation

The UK Government has joined a public-private initiative to tackle deforestation and help address climate change and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker (pictured) pledged support to the Tropical Forests Alliance 2020, which provides a forum to share best practice with major private companies that have adopted sustainable supply chains […]

Nestlé to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35%

The owner of brands such as Nescafe, KitKat and Cheerios has upped its green credentials and announced its plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by 2015. As part of its new set of environmental commitments, the Swiss multinational firm also aims to cut energy consumption by a quarter in the next two years, […]

Australia launches first carbon capture plant

Australia has launched its first fully-integrated carbon capture plant technology in central Queensland in a bid to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Claimed to be “one of the world’s most advanced carbon capture projects”, the $208 million (£128.3m) Callide Oxyfuel Project aims use the technology with an existing coal-fired power station to produce electricity with lower […]

Rise in Japan’s emissions due to nuclear shutdowns

Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.9% this year up to March compared to the previous year due to a rise in fossil fuel generation. It follows the shutdown of nuclear reactors after the Fukushima disaster last year, which used to provide around 30% of the country’s electricity. According to figures released by the Ministry of […]