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Business can be sustainable and profitable, says Unilever boss

The chief executive of Unilever, Paul Polman, has heavily criticised the business world for focusing solely on profits and failing to take sustainability and global challenges into account. He argued that businesses don’t need to choose between financial gain and having a positive impact. Speaking ahead of Unilever’s Sustainable...


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North Sea nations key to Europe’s low-carbon transition, says report

North Sea nations, including the UK, have the skills and storage capacity to deliver a carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry that is capable of transforming Europe’s industry and power sectors, according to a report from Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS).  The report argues that CCS technology can...


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Report: achieving renewable energy targets could address water challenges

Meeting renewable energy targets could significantly cut the amount of water used for generating electricity as water scarcity becomes a bigger risk, according to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Changing the way we use water and cutting down where possible is hugely important as climate...


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Report: supply chain collaboration can boost sustainability and investment return

Collaborating with supply chain partners on sustainability initiatives can boost outcomes, including financial return and reducing a firm’s environmental footprint, according to a new report. The report comes from CDP and Accenture and uses information from a supply chain programme, where companies can request that their supplier disclose information...


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Renewable generation to double by 2025

By 2025 the global installed capacity of renewable energy generation will more than double to reach over 3,200 gigawatts (GW), when compared to 2012, with an average annual growth rate of 5.7%, according to consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. A report from the firm notes that renewable energy has...


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General election: Green Party turns to the crowd to raise funds

As the general election draws nearer and the campaigning starts, the Green Party have turned to crowdfunding as an innovative way to raise funds and their political profile, whilst offering voters more choice. In the last three months 64 Green Party parliamentary candidates have used Crowdfunder to gather support,...


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World can meet climate targets and live well, finds government initiative

The world can cut carbon emissions and limit global temperature increase to 2C whilst still prospering and maintaining lifestyles, according to new online tool the Global Calculator, a project led by the UK government. The initiative uses data reviewed by over 150 international experts and concludes that the world...


woodland river by Robert Pittman via Flickr

Decline of UK’s natural environment ‘costly’ to economy and wellbeing

The UK’s natural capital is in decline and must be safeguarded, according to a report from the Natural Capital Committee. The study warns that a declining natural environment is proving “costly” to our wellbeing and economy. The committee argues that England’s natural capital, which is defined as elements of...


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US north-east cost faces ‘historic’ blizzard

A “potentially historic blizzard” could see as much as 3ft of snow hit the US north-east coast, the National Weather Service has warned. The warning comes as a study suggests that extreme weather events could double due to climate change. The US forecast led to travel bans, public transport...


Offshore wind turbine, Thames Estuary- Phault (flickr name)

New Energy & Cleantech Awards deadline approaching

There are just two days left to submit nominations for the New Energy & Cleantech Awards, which recognise those who play a pivotal role in shaping the future of green energy and cleantech industries. The awards are now in their eighth year and will be held on April 29...


Prince Charles by Reza Akram via Flickr

Prince Charles: climate agreement should be ‘new Magna Carta for the Earth’

Prince Charles has called on the international community to act on climate change before we reach an irreversible situation. He said the climate change agreement, which is set to be decided in Paris later this year, should “be seen as a new Magna Carta for the Earth, and humanity’s...


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Government forced to U-turn on fracking plans

The government has been forced to change plans on where fracking can occur across the UK after conceding to Labour’s calls to close 13 environmental loopholes in the industry’s regulation. Energy secretary Ed Davey accepted amendments to the infrastructure bill put forward by Labour. The amendments include an outright...


red brick houses by Alex Pepperhill via Flickr

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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UBS sponsors fund that aims to deliver financial and social return

A series of Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) funds across UK cities are set to launch and offer both a social and financial return, the funds are from social impact investment specialist Resonance and will be sponsored by wealth manager UBS. The first SITR fund aims to launch in...


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Oxford University committee meets to discuss fossil fuel divestment

The Oxford University General Purposes Committee will meet today to discuss whether or not to recommend fossil fuel divestment, following a campaign from students, academics and local residents. In May last year, students and residents of Oxford took to the streets in demonstrations calling for local authorities and the...



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