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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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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...


tar sands by Howl Arts Collective via Flickr

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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MPs: fracking incompatible with climate change targets

A group of MPs have called for the UK’s fledgling fracking industry to be put on hold because the method is incompatible with climate change targets and presents “significant localised” environmental risks to public health. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, involves drilling and injecting fluids into the ground at 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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European lawmakers fail to back carbon market reforms

The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), the largest in the world, saw the price of carbon fall after a European Parliament committee failed to back a reform package. The EU-ETS covers more than 11,000 factories and companies. It operates on a cap-and-trade system, where the total amount of...


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World Bank: green bonds changing investor expectations

Green bonds are changing investor expectations and making sustainable investing easier, according to the World Bank. The organisation also predicts that sustainable investment will eventually become the standard way for managing a fixed-term portfolio. Green bonds act the same way as traditional bonds, paying out defined payments over a...


power plant by Lisa Murray via Flickr

Climate change pushes doomsday clock closer to midnight

Climate change and nuclear proliferation have led to scientist deciding to move the symbolic doomsday clock closer to midnight signalling growing threats to humanity and the earth. The clock now reads three minutes to midnight. The doomsday clock was created in 1947 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists...


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Cuadrilla’s Lancashire fracking plans ‘should be refused’

Plans to frack at two sites in Lancashire “should be refused” because of noise levels and traffic, according to a report from Lancashire County Council. Energy firm Cuadrilla had applied to explore Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood for shale gas. However, planning officers ruled that the application for the...


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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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Supermarkets and government called on to encourage sustainable food

Both food retailers and the government must work to encourage sustainable food consumption and cut down on waste if the UK is to have a sustainable food supply in the face of environmental and health challenges, according to MPs. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, argues that government,...


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The year ahead for Blue & Green Tomorrow

The year ahead is set to be a busy 12 months for Blue & Green Tomorrow, after many triumphs and a small setback in 2014 we’ve finalised our business and editorial calendar for 2015 ensuring that we remain the most widely read cheerleader for all things sustainable, as well...


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Public opinion and policy priorities creating uncertainty for renewable investors

Despite the need for renewables to solve the energy trilemma of affordability, security of supply and decarbonisation investment in the sector is at risk because public opinion and policy priorities are creating uncertainty for UK investors, a report warns. Left-wing think tank Fabian Society argues in the report –...


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Amazon to use wind to power data centres

Amazon is set to use wind to power its data centres forming its giant global network after announcing a commitment to use renewables last year. Amazon Web Services has announced a partnership with Pattern Energy Group to support the construction and operation of a 150 megawatt wind farm in...


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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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