Environment

Analysis: UK retailers’ plastics pact ‘must be backed up by real change’

Angeli Mehta, (May 4, 2018)

Angeli Mehta peels the lid off the commitment by Britain’s biggest supermarkets and brands to create a circular economy for plastics by 2025 and finds that huge barriers will need to be overcome

Greenpeace is right to hold our feet to the fire on deforestation, says Unilever chief

Terry Slavin, (May 1, 2018)

Paul Polman talks to Terry Slavin about the food giant's commitment to sustainable palm oil sourcing and his work to bring transformational change on a global level

‘Climate criminal’ Shell fails to soothe troubled waters with energy transition plan

Oliver Balch, (Apr 16, 2018)

The oil major's 15-year decarbonisation strategy is not going to satisfy green groups or activist investors, writes Oliver Balch. Meanwhile Danish pension fund PKA has moved to exclude oil and gas companies

The restoration economy: why trees are the next growth opportunity

Angeli Mehta, (Mar 21, 2018)

Angeli Mehta reports on how companies such as EcoPlanet Bamboo and Michelin are looking to turn a profit while helping to restore degraded land

Natural capital case study: Birmingham's approach to creating a liveable city

Angeli Mehta, (Mar 17, 2018)

The UK city has pioneered a natural capital planning tool that takes account of 10 ecosystem services. Angeli Mehta reports

Will sustainability be on CEOs' in-trays after Davos?

Oliver Balch, (Jan 31, 2018)

Oliver Balch rounds up the main messages from four days in the Swiss alps and hopes initiatives such as science-based targets, RE100, and new circular economy platforms will be kept front of mind

10 takeaways from Europe’s landmark sustainable finance plan

Andrew Voysey, (Jan 30, 2018)

Andrew Voysey of the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership explains how the high-level expert group's recommendations could unlock the barriers to a green economy in the EU

Philippe Joubert: 'Boards have a fiduciary duty to protect planet Earth'

Angeli Mehta, (Jan 12, 2018)

Angeli Mehta meets the founder of Earth on Board, which is leading a push to move boards away from a focus on short-term profits to creating long-term value for companies – and society

How WRI is working to tip the balance in favour of the planet

Terry Slavin, (Jan 9, 2018)

On the eve of his Stories to Watch 2018 address, Terry Slavin talks to World Resources Institute president Andrew Steer about what it will take to scale up action on climate and the SDGs

CSR Cheat Sheet: 'No company will meet its 2020 zero-deforestation goals'

Oliver Balch, (Dec 19, 2017)

Nestlé, Mars, Marks & Spencer, Danone and Kellogg top scorers in Forest 500 report; ocean plastics backlash grows; EU probes IKEA tax affairs

Ethical Corporation's top 10 stories of 2017

Terry Slavin, (Dec 15, 2017)

Tesla boss Elon Musk was a major player in two of our 10 biggest stories of the year: the dizzying rise of electric vehicles and spectacular growth of microgrids

Top stories of 2017: #9 US super-storms spur growth of resilience movement

April Streeter, (Dec 14, 2017)

The hurricanes that battered North America this year have boosted awareness of climate change and increased cities' resolve to act

Top stories of 2017: #3 Energy storage and microgrids take centre stage

Mike Scott, (Dec 13, 2017)

With energy storage forecast to experience the same explosive growth trajectory as solar, the barriers to a distributed energy future are tumbling down, writes Mike Scott

Opinion: ‘We need sustainability leaders to champion circular economy in IT’

Mark Jolly, (Dec 13, 2017)

Companies replace IT equipment every four to five years, a waste of critical raw materials with huge environmental and social costs, argues Cranfield University professor Mark Jolley. With refurbished computers now nearly as high-performing as new, there needs to be an end to the make-use-dispose culture

Top stories of 2017: #1 The future of mobility turns electric

Angeli Mehta, (Dec 13, 2017)

Angeli Mehta asks whether this year marked the beginning of the end of our love affair with the combustion engine

Top stories of 2017: #8 Britain seems to back away from hard Brexit

Martin Wright, (Dec 12, 2017)

Some sort of exit from the EU now looks certain, says Martin Wright. But Michael Gove’s moves to safeguard bees and tackle plastics gave comfort to environmentalists this year

Schneider Electric, EDF make major climate pledges ahead of One Planet summit

Terry Slavin, (Dec 11, 2017)

89 French companies sign up to climate action ahead of Macron’s green finance summit to mark two years since the Paris Agreement

Green finance: Deforestation brings risk of $1trn in stranded assets, warns CDP

Terry Slavin, (Nov 23, 2017)

More than a third of companies with links to commodities such as timber, soy, palm oil and beef fail to address deforestation at the board level. In the US two-thirds of boards are failing to tackle this increasing risk

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