Tag: green economy

Business travellers planning to cut future flights, poll finds

Only a third of business flyers expect to return to same level of air travel as before coronavirus pandemic Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Most business travellers in the UK will take fewer flights than they used to, according to a poll, thanks to increased use of video conferencing. Only a […]

Bank of England given green remit to aid net zero carbon goal

Cross-party environmental audit committee welcomes decision but urges Treasury to go further Analysis: Sunak digs in for battle against financial cost of Covid Budget 2021: key points at a glance Budget 2021 live: Sunak to freeze income tax thresholds The chancellor has changed the remit of the Bank of England’s interest rate-setting monetary policy committee […]

‘It’s awakened me’: UK climate assembly participants hail a life-changing event

From buying an electric car to starting a secondhand clothes business, attendees talk of the unexpected delights of the first UK citizens’ assembly At the start of 2020, Sue Peachey could never have predicted how her life would change over the next 12 months. She was one of 108 people to take part in the […]

Brexit deal threatens UK labour and climate standards, thinktank warns

IPPR says commitments on workers’ rights are weak, but agreement is better than a no-deal outcome UK workers’ rights and climate and other environmental protections are at serious risk of being eroded under the Brexit trade deal, a leading thinktank has warned. The Institute for Public Policy Research said that under the agreement struck on […]

BlackRock votes against 49 companies for lack of climate crisis progress

World’s largest asset manager reveals votes against directors on environment issues BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has disclosed that in the past year it has voted 55 times against directors at 49 companies for failing to make progress on tackling the climate crisis. The firm announced its sustainability focus in January, when it said […]

The Guardian view on politics and the environment: we demand better | Editorial

The British public are way ahead of the government in their ideas for a fairer, greener country. Time for Downing Street to listen Earlier this month, a dance troupe on an ITV light entertainment show created one of the most complained-about television moments of the past decade. In their performance, the dancers of Diversity reflected […]

UK must become global leader in tackling climate crisis, says CBI

Carolyn Fairbairn calls for more green jobs to help economy recover from Covid-19 See all our coronavirus coverage Britain needs to step up and become a global leader in climate action, creating a number of green jobs and boosting productivity to help the economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the CBI will say on Monday. […]

The Guardian view on the green recovery: Britain is being left behind | Editorial

The government talks a good game when it comes to radical policymaking. But its failure to invest in a zero-carbon future tells a different story Senior figures in this government like to view themselves as insurgents against a hidebound Whitehall establishment. This is partly because Boris Johnson won the last election after pledging to “get […]

UK arts’ leading figures join call for green recovery from coronavirus crisis

Exclusive: Sir Mark Rylance, Neil Tennant, Brian Eno and head of Tate sign letter to government The chiefs of scores of the UK’s foremost arts and culture organisations have joined the call for a green recovery from the coronavirus crisis, even as their own sector faces the biggest threat to its existence in modern times. […]

Ofgem sets out nine-point plan to prioritise climate crisis

Regulator aims to support investment in low-carbon technology while protecting households from price rises Britain’s energy regulator has said it will change how it governs the industry to help meet the government’s climate targets, after coming under fire for failing to prioritise the climate emergency. The regulator published a wide-ranging climate action plan on Monday, […]