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Needed Sustainable Finance Leadership

Governments Plan to Improve Clean Energy Effort

Mission Innovation partners came together at the first Mission Innovation (MI) Ministerial last week. At the event, ministers from all over the world revealed their governments’ five-year plans to double clean energy research and development funding. This year the European Commission, on behalf of the European Union, was also...


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FTA Sustainability Conference Gets Underway

Human rights, environment and trade policy changes are all on the agenda at this year’s Sustainability Conference of the Foreign Trade Association (FTA). The opening today will focus on cooperation in the supply chain in order to achieve long-lasting improvements. Members and stakeholders representing business, government, civil society and...


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Pact Puts EIB at the Heart of EU Sustainability

The Pact of Amsterdam has been signed by ministers from across Europe. The Pact of Amsterdam means the European Investment Bank (EIB) will be at the centre of local and regional communities, working with governments to build a more sustainable future. It also sets out the Urban Agenda for...


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Greenpeace Urge G7 Decarbonisation Plans

Greenpeace are urging world leaders to use this year’s G7 Summit to continue plans to decarbonise the global economy. They want the world to step away from fossil fuels and adopt steps that will comply with a less than 2˚C economy. Greenpeace want to see progress in the form...


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Bidding Begins for Green Investment Bank

Earlier this year the Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, announced that the Green Investment Bank (GIB) will be privatised. Since its launch in 2012, the GIB has funded dozens of waste and energy projects. Last week, three bidders were shortlisted to buy a majority stake in the GIB. According to...


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Public Services Act Won’t Be Extended

Social Enterprise UK helped lead the creation of the Social Value Act 2012 along with its members and partners. The Act was designed to open up more opportunities for Social Enterprises to win bids for the delivery of public services. Last week it was announced that the Act will not be extended....


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Britain Can Create Sustainable Railways

Yesterday Rail Minister Claire Perry put forward her vision for a sustainable railway in Britain. She discussed the idea of sustainable stations, battery storage solutions to power trains and community railways. Her speech also included the launch of the Rail Safety and Standards Board’s Sustainable Development Principles 2016. Claire...


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GIB Search for Special Share Trustees

Early March this year marked the beginning of the process to transfer the Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) into private ownership. The UK Business Secretary announced that the Government was inviting private sector investors to register their interest in GIB. As part of the process GIB will issue special...


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Government review “disappoints” say Social Enterprise UK

The CEO of Social Enterprise UK has responded to the Cabinet Office announcement that they will conduct a mission-led business review. Peter Holbrook isn’t happy with the Call for Evidence on mission-led businesses review put forward by the Government. He says their expert panel is missing key business voices. Peter...


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Campaigners Respond to Mayor’s Pollution Promises

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said he will clean up London’s air. He announced there will be a consultation on a number of policies, which include only buying clean energy double-decker buses from the year 2018. Campaigners across the UK have responded. Sophie Neuburg, Campaigner at Friends of...


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Solar Survey Will Assess Sector

Solar companies in the UK have been invited to fill out a confidential online survey by the Solar Trade Association (STA) and the PwC, the largest professional services firm in the world. The survey looks to learn more about the state of the UK solar industry and the results...


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Zero Carbon Policy Dumped by Government

The House of Lords forced a debate over the Government proposal to scrap the Zero Carbon Homes after it was removed without warning. However, according to the UK Green Building Council, the Government had their way in the end, beating the Lords yesterday by just four votes. Last summer,...


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Air Pollution is a Dark Cloud Hanging Over Britain

Air pollution causes tens of thousands of early deaths each year. It is estimated that 800 people a week – that’s 40,000 a year – are prematurely killed as a result of the toxic air in the UK. Young children and the elderly are affected the most. A report...


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Sadiq Khan Joins Air Pollution Battle

Today City Hall announced that Sadiq Khan, the newly appointed Mayor of London, will be a part of the renewed action against DEFRA. ClientEarth was granted permission to take the Government back to court last month because they failed to tackle illegal levels of air pollution in the UK....


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UK Government “Favour Fossil Fuel Generation”

Reforms to the UK capacity market have been published today. They have been met with mixed reviews from professionals who think the Government should move their focus away from fossil fuels. Commenting on reforms to the UK capacity market published today, Catherine Mitchell, Professor of Energy Policy at the University...