‘Most global firms now have carbon targets in place’

The world’s biggest corporate firms are picking up the pace on climate action, with 89% having now set carbon emissions targets. That’s according to a new report from environmental disclosure platform CDP, which shows around 14% of the 1,073 companies sampled are either committed to or already have targets approved under the Science Based Targets […]

UK’s carbon targets ‘within reach with right policies’

The UK’s carbon emission reduction targets are within reach if the right policies are implemented. That’s according to the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA), which has submitted its recommendations for the forthcoming Autumn Budget to the Chancellor. It suggests the government needs to address the fuel poverty faced by more than 2.5 million houses in […]

Leading firms call on UK Government to back green goals

A total of 84 leading firms have called on the government to back international green goals. The companies, which include HSBC, IKEA and Unilever, penned a letter to British Prime Minister Theresa May, asking for it to commit to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The companies say green development is essential to the long-term prosperity and wellbeing […]

Big business shows small firms advantages of green energy

Small businesses are being encouraged to switch to green energy after Google and Apple announced plans to reach a 100% renewable energy target as part of RE100. RE100 is a global collaborative initiative of 83 of the world’s most influential companies. As well as Google and Apple, its partners include IKEA, Adobe, and Diageo. All […]

Aviation emissions must lose altitude by 2020

The aviation industry has outlined a new set of goals to reduce emissions in the future. The aviation industry aims to increase fuel efficiency across the fleet by 1.5% a year until 2020, to stabilise CO2 emissions at 2020 levels and cut CO2 emissions to half of 2005 levels by 2050. These goals will be addressed through technological, […]

Leaked letter reveals UK will miss green target

The UK will miss a major legally-binding renewable target, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has admitted in a leaked letter. In a candid private message to other cabinet ministers, she reveals the country is predicted to fall short of its EU obligations of generating 15% of its energy from green sources by 2020. The letter, which […]

Public asked views on EU efficiency

A new public consultation has opened on the EU’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. Open until 31 October 2015, this consultation offers you the chance to give feedback on EU rules designed to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. Under the 2010 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, energy performance certificates must be included in all […]

UK not on track to meet renewable energy targets

The UK is not on track to meet its renewable energy targets, according to a new report. In 2013, the nation’s share of renewable energy stood at 5.1%, lagging behind its 2020 goal of 15%. However, the UK Government claims the country is on track to meet the interim target of 5.4% for 2013/14 by […]

IEA: Energy emissions could peak by 2020

A peak in global energy emissions could be achieved by 2020 at no net economic cost, according to a new report. The International Energy Agency (IEA) said this can be met using only proven technologies and policies and without having to change the economic or development forecasts of any region. The IEA is an intergovernmental organisation which examines […]

Global renewable targets quadrupled since 2005

Renewable energy targets have quadrupled globally since 2005, according to a new report. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) found 164 countries have adopted at least one type of green energy target – up from just 43 countries in 2005. IRENA is an intergovernmental organisation which promotes the adoption and sustainable use of renewable energy. […]