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Government faces calls to raise Zero Carbon Homes standards

MPs are being urged to back amendments to the infrastructure bill today to “restore” the government’s Zero Carbon Homes standards, which are set to come in next year. The UK had been on track to deliver “genuinely zero carbon homes for new build in 2016”. However, according to a...


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M&S, Unilever and London Stock Exchange among world’s most sustainable companies

The 2015 Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies in the World Index includes UK based companies Marks & Spencer, Unilever and London Stock Exchange. In total, 11 British companies make the list, up from eight last year. Household product company Reckitt Benckiser is the highest placed UK company at number...


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Bank switching increases 12% in 2014

The number of Brits switching their bank account reached 1.16 million, a 12% increase on the previous year, in 2014, as awareness and confidence in the bank switching service increases. Figures from the Payment Council now show that over two-thirds of people in the UK are aware of the...


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Business leaders embracing sustainability but Europe lagging behind

Business leaders around the world are increasingly embracing sustainability and are confident of their abilities to turn challenges into opportunities, according to a new report that also found Europe is lagging behind. Whilst business leaders in China are the most optimistic, with 48% stating they can take advantage of...


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Co-op Bank extends list of companies it won’t lend to

As the Co-operative Bank re-launches its ethical policy following a customer survey on the issues, it has extended the list of companies that the bank will not finance to include companies involved in irresponsible gambling, pay day lenders and businesses that do not responsibly pay tax. The Co-operative Bank...


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50 UK companies feature in Sustainably Yearbook for investors

Fifty UK based companies have been named in RobecoSAM’s 2015 Sustainability Yearbook, which has been described as a “compass” for responsible investors, with seven of the businesses being awarded ‘gold class’ medals.  The UK has seen 50 of its companies being included in a Sustainability Yearbook with seven –...


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Charity Bank first European bank to achieve B Corporation certification

The UK’s Charity Bank has become the first bank in Europe to achieve certification as a B Corporation, a status for companies that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corporation is described as being to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee....


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Study: majority of fossil fuel reserves must remain unburnt

A new study has cautioned policymakers that the vast majority of fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground and unburnt if the world is to avoid dangerous levels of climate change. The researchers also warned that fossil fuel investments are becoming “increasingly risky”. The research from the University...


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FTSE chief executives surpass average annual salary in 2 days

By late afternoon on January 6 company executives that returned to work the previous day will have earned more than the average UK worker earns in an entire year, according to calculations by think-tank the High Pay Centre. FTSE 100 chief executives are paid on average £4.72 million, even...


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7,000 properties to be lost due to rising sea levels, says Environment Agency

By the end of the century an estimated 7,000 properties across England and Wales will be lost to rising sea levels, according to the Environment Agency, after a decision that states the cost of protecting the properties would be too high. The risk of flooding in the UK is...


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Financial resilience not enough to restore confidence in banking sector, says BoE

If the banking sector is to restore confidence and trust it must have “strong, effective and well-informed” management and governance, not just financial resilience, according to the Bank of England (BoE). The comments come after eight high street banks underwent a stress test to assess how well they would...


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Wheat yields estimated to fall 6% for every 1C temperature increase

Globally wheat yields will see a 6% decrease for every 1C temperature increase, according to new research. The study highlights the impact climate change will have on the global food system and could push prices higher. Leaders have agreed to try and limit global warming to 2C, above which...


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Climate change could cut crop production by 18%

Climate change is set to have uncertain effects on the world’s agriculture system, and could lead to anywhere between an 18% decline in production and a 3% increase, according to research. The study calls for carefully planned adaptation strategies to anticipate changes. The study, from the International Institute for...


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Climate finance of $150bn needed to limit climate change

Pledges made by Europe, China and US to cut carbon emissions and move to more sustainable energy sources are and an “important step forward” but a more comprehensive effort is needed to prevent catastrophic climate change, according to the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. A study from the...


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EU air pollution and recycling laws could be scrapped

Leaked documents suggest that EU plans to curb air pollution and improve recycling rates could be scrapped. The two directives at risk aim to create a circular economy and prevent premature deaths linked to air pollution. Whilst no decision will be made until next week, the leaked documents, which...



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