Sustainability & ESG News

UK companies reticent about their ESG strategy Locked

Just 43% of UK companies refer to their sustainability strategy on their websites, compared with 60% of European companies.

UK

Climate scorecards will ‘hold councils to account’ Locked

Charity to start scoring councils on their climate actions in January 2023.

UK

Consultants say net zero is ‘vital to economic growth’ Locked

Responses to the government’s Skidmore review insist that only decarbonising energy generation, construction and infrastructure will stimulate the economy.

UK

Private equity firm Palatine earns ‘B Corp’ status Locked

Sustainable investing record secures coveted business accreditation for mid-market PE investor.

UK

Sustainable rail: embracing the principles and the potential Locked

Environment Analyst’s latest Sustainability Delivery Group (SDG) roundtable discussed the opportunities for the railway industry to contribute to the nation’s sustainability goals, and the challenges in achieving its own.

UK

Expert Opinion: Why a virtual energy system is critical to net zero Locked

Carolina Tortora, head of digital transformation and innovation strategy at National Grid ESO, highlights the work being done to deliver a ‘virtual energy system’ and the role of a single virtual grid in realising the UK’s net zero goals.

UK

Climate, energy transition and IIJA help drive Jacobs Locked

Global major reports 10% net revenue growth in FY22, with ESG and ‘outcome-driven’ opportunities through Jacobs/PA Consulting pairing unlocking ‘compelling value proposition’.

Global, North America, UK

Venture capital boom for green building Locked

Green building design, materials and technology sector experienced an 84% compound annual growth rate over last five years.

Europe, Global

Analysis: unpacking the outcomes of COP27 Locked

This year's climate conference in Egypt produced five key takeaways for environmental and sustainability consulting firms to consider, suggests Jonathan Ballantine – with additional commentary from Anthesis.

Europe, Global

Addressing ‘hard to abate’ sectors is key to net zero Locked

Electrification coupled with hydrogen technology and renewable or nuclear energy are urgently needed for intensely emitting industries.

Global, North America

A green industrial vision for the valleys Locked

Ben Burggraaf, CEO of Net Zero Industry Wales, argues that South Wales is emerging as a front-runner in the green industrial revolution, with the potential to sustain and create thousands of jobs – and a pioneering net zero economy.

UK, Wales

Climate and Ecology Bill ready for the Commons Locked

Peer claims that half of natural biological diversity has been lost in the UK, placing us last in the G7 and in the bottom 10% of the world.

UK

Treasury taskforce publishes transition plan guidelines Locked

Consultation opens on new framework and guidance intended to help private sector produce “gold-standard” net zero plans.

UK

Energy transition 'most ambitious engineering project ever' Locked

IMechE report calls on professional institutions to embed net zero principles and skills into educational courses and accreditation programmes to avert engineering skills crisis.

UK

Companies ‘dragging their heels’ on climate, finds EY Locked

Majority of large companies’ climate commitments are not going far enough to align with the Paris Agreement, survey reveals.

Europe, Global, UK

ERM forms Asia-Pacific carbon management partnership Locked

Sustainability firm teams up with Asia Pacific partners to promote smart carbon measurement and management technology in the region.

Asia Pacific, Global

Q&A: People-centred climate action transforms urban outcomes Locked

Lucy Latham of global disclosure platform CDP spoke with Environment Analyst about the implications of CDP’s annual report, this year focusing on climate change and cities.

Europe, Global, UK

EU parliament adopts stringent corporate reporting law Locked

EU-listed companies, banks, insurance companies and multinationals with significant EU activity will have to comply with the more rigorous CSRD sustainability reporting directive.

Europe, Global, UK

ERM publishes frameworks for corporate climate reporting Locked

Publications aimed at senior execs bring new approaches to climate scenario analysis and decarbonisation planning respectively.

Global, UK

UK at COP27: enabling a just transition Locked

Attendees at COP27 are emphasising the urgency with which promises made during COP26 need to be turned into reality. Innovative financial and legislative tools will be key to that process, suggest UK business leaders.

UK

Support from banks to help SMEs reach net zero Locked

Banking alliance says small businesses risk losing customers and access to funding if they are not supported in their net zero transition.

UK

UK climate tech investment set to double Locked

Report recommends UK focuses on enabling ‘gigacorns’ – companies that can remove a gigaton of carbon from the environment each year.

UK

WSP UK claims to be ‘almost half’ green Locked

UK division of Canadian-headquartered firm makes good progress on carbon reduction but lags on proportion of senior positions held by women.

Europe, Global, UK

Government fails to specify environmental targets Locked

Suite of environmental organisations complain that targets for river quality, protected landscapes and recycling have not been published.

UK

Banks call for national insulation campaign Locked

Better insulation would reduce household spending, freeing up disposable income to be spent in local economies, argues report.

UK

More jeopardy for Lower Thames Crossing Locked

Could National Highways’ largest ever engineering project fall foul of budget pressures and environmental concerns?

UK

Survey suggests corporate sustainability reporting must come of age Locked

Bureau Veritas UK suggests sheer complexity of data is biggest hurdle

Global, UK

COP27: Deloitte reports on climate risks and opportunities to workforce Locked

Research by consultancy suggests just transition could create more than 300 million new jobs, but some 800 million risk being disrupted by climate crisis

Africa & Middle East, Asia Pacific, Global, UK

CDP to use ISSB climate standard in global platform Locked

Move has potential to align disclosure requirements and deliver consistent climate data for investors.

Global, UK

C40 and Google launch carbon-free cities programme Locked

Tech giant steps up to help major cities decarbonise 

Europe, Global, UK