Survey finds ‘terrifying’ insect decline in UK, compounding risk to crops Locked

Study used citizen response science and a free downloadable app to assess insect loss over time

UK

CSO hires accelerate, bolstering ESG scores Locked

A global survey by PwC found the UK ranks highly for putting sustainability at the heart of the boardroom: companies appointed about as many CSOs in 2020-21 as in the prior eight years combined.

Global, UK

Clients and costs blamed for construction sustainability shortfall Locked

Report highlights “lost decade” of sustainability progress in the construction industry, citing a lack of client demand for sustainability and the perceived financial costs of sustainable projects as barriers.

UK

Arup to advise on ‘exemplar’ green business park Locked

Brownfield project hopes to deliver 3,000 new jobs for Liverpool city region and to benefit from the Liverpool freeport

UK

Think tank calls for green bonds to decarbonise British economy Locked

Bond yield would be linked to targets on reducing carbon dioxide emissions and renewable energy generation, and could be one of Britain’s great economic success stories

UK

Expert Opinion: Climate change — can businesses afford to do nothing? Locked

Andrew Coburn, CEO of Cambridge-based, ‘deep-tech’ start-up Risilience, outlines the opportunities presented by integrating climate considerations into business strategy — and the risks of not doing so.

UK

Savills Earth: Guiding clients through the ESG maze Locked

April 2022 saw the first anniversary of Savills Earth, the energy and sustainability wing of the FTSE250 real estate services group. Ian Grant discusses its origins, the net zero agenda and energy, with its head David Jackson and directors Chris Cummings and Nick Green.

UK

Insight: Closing credibility and capability gaps in ESG Locked

Exploring how market and regulatory forces around ESG & sustainability are creating unprecedented demand for talent, and how service providers are responding strategically. Experts from specialist advisory, training and recruitment firms offer tips for building world-class ESG capabilities.

UK

Stantec reaches carbon neutral in Europe Locked

Canadian-headquartered firm expects to claim global carbon neutrality for 2022 emissions early next year.

Europe, Global, North America, UK

Jacobs raises ambition on climate goals Locked

Global consultancy major is already carbon neutral for operations and business travel and uses 100% low-carbon electricity.

Global, North America, UK

UK nuclear revival may be ‘unachievable’ Locked

Does the UK have the time, money and political will to embark on new nuclear projects?

UK

Accenture acquires European firms to ‘scale up’ in sustainability Locked

Avieco, the UK-based sustainability consulting boutique, and Belgian sustainable engineering and advisory group Greenfish join Accenture Sustainability Services

Europe, Global, UK

ESG overtakes commodities as number one global mining risk, says KPMG Locked

KPMG reports that the majority of survey respondents expect a disruption in the mining sector due to ESG risk in the next three years

Global, UK

Deloitte announces $1bn investment in global sustainability & climate practice Locked

New global practice set to be one of the largest global networks of sustainability experience providing client-related services, data-driven research, and assets and capabilities

Global, UK

Jacobs chosen for Sizewell B extension Locked

Plans would give the UK’s most modern nuclear power station two more decades of operation

UK

Expert Opinion: The past, present and future of ESG and credit risk Locked

David Harper, financial trainer at Fitch Learning, explains the development of ESG in credit risk analysis and how Fitch is embedding ESG within its decision making

Global, UK

RSK Group acquires two renewable energy firms in March Locked

RSK expands renewable energy design, as well as renewable services capabilities, with two latest acquisitions - Absolute Solar & Wind and Inis Environmental Consultants - bringing total to 28 for this financial year

UK

ERM Dolphyn and Source Energie announce plans to develop Celtic Sea floating wind site Locked

Goal is production of green hydrogen rather than electricity - to reduce reliance on fossil fuels

UK

New air targets ‘tougher than EU‘ era standards claims Defra Locked

Defra’s consultation includes air, water and nature protection but excludes PFAS and the official powers of the Office for Environmental Protection

UK

RPS leads research team on UK water leakage plan Locked

Reducing leakage and increasing reservoir capacity are critical to UK plans for increasing resilience against global warming

UK

Cities should ‘own’ net zero in locally-adapted strategies, says PwC Locked

Reports calls for place specific approach to de-carbonising heating, building and transport in UK conurbations

UK

Expert opinion: With big business set to fall under TCFD, can it help drive climate action? Locked

Sarah Winne, strategic sustainability associate with Ramboll details the benefits of adopting guidelines while they are still voluntary

UK

Impact assessment reports commissioned for Inis Ealga Marine Energy Park Locked

Lead consultant Royal HaskoningDHV, alongside partner consultants Mott MacDonald have been tasked with producing an environmental impact assessment report and a natural impact statement for Irish offshore wind park

UK

ESG: how does it really relate to corporate sustainability? Locked

Owner and CEO of UK-based ESG consulting and risk management specialist InvestAssure says companies need to ensure the sustainability of their operational performance matches up to their official ESG ratings

Asia Pacific, Europe, Global, UK

WSP back to organic growth, sights set on being ‘undisputed industry leader’ Locked

Global professional services firm sees doubling of earth & environment revenues through FY21 largely thanks to Golder acquisition, and embarks on three-year growth plan focused on ESG, technology and innovation 

Global, North America, UK

RPS bosses pleased with ‘good set of numbers’ for 2021 despite challenges Locked

Group CEO and CFO take Environment Analyst through the year’s highlights, as international firm delivers solid results and pipeline going into 2022 against backdrop of lingering pandemic, inflationary pressures, energy market transition, and the ‘great resignation’

Europe, Global, UK

Moody’s to refine ESG methodology Locked

Refinements to system reflect the growing integration of ESG factors into financial analysis

Global, UK

Government boost for UK green shipping Locked

New government office (UK SHORE) launched to stimulate the development of zero emission fuels, including hydrogen, electricity and ammonia

UK

Government ‘lacks credible plan’ for hitting net zero targets Locked

The UK government is on course to miss its net zero targets due to a lack of policy detail and clarity regarding financial incentives, says the House of Lords committee

UK

Expert Opinion: Net zero - what will life be like in 2050? Locked

Frédérique Carrier, head of investment strategy, RBC Wealth Management, looks at some of the current challenges to achieving net zero, some feasible solutions, and what the world of tomorrow might look like if these solutions are not only implemented, but effectively paid for.

Global, UK