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UK pension funds get green light to dump fossil fuels

Wednesday - Managers of the £1.5tn invested in Britain’sworkplace pension schemes are to be given new powers to dump shares in oil, gas and coal companies in favour of long-term investment in green and “social impact” opportunities.

City of London commits to 100% renewable

Wednesday - The City of London Corporation has announced plans to source 100 per cent of its electricity from renewables.

McDonald's bows to customer demands over straws

Monday - McDonald’s will end the use of plastic straws in its British restaurants next year, after nearly half a million people called on the company to ditch them.

Scotland takes pride in emissions cuts

15 Jun 18 - The Scottish Government says that as of 2016 the country has managed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 49 per cent compared to 1990.

Investor seeks removal of eight company chairs

13 Jun 18 - Britain’s biggest asset manager wants to remove the chairmen of the board at eight companies worldwide, which it says have failed to confront the threats posed by climate change.

Scotland wants to be among first to carbon zero

29 May 18 - New targets will set Scotland on course to become one of the first countries in the world to achieve a 100 per cent reduction in carbon emissions, the government has claimed.

Ex-coal plant to try new carbon capture system

23 May 18 - A former coal plant in the north of England will become the test site for a new way to remove carbon dioxide from electricity generation.

Brexit could wreck green agenda, says UN

22 May 18 - The United Nations has warned the UK government that the country's reputation is at risk over plans that would significantly weaken protections for the environment after Brexit.

London considering car-free days

18 May 18 - London is considering introducing car-free days in an attempt to tackle the city’s air pollution crisis that experts say is responsible for thousands of early deaths each year.

GAS BYPASS: UK could go from coal to clean

17 May 18 - The UK has been told there's no need to build large gas-fired power stations to replace the coal plants that the government has pledged to switch off by 2025.

UK proposes new law to create Green Brexit

16 May 18 - The UK Government is seeking to reassure the public that environmental laws will not be watered down after the country’s planned departure from the European Union.

Lloyds Bank pumps £2b into green projects

16 May 18 - Lloyds Bank is making an extra £2 billion available to help UK businesses implement sustainability initiatives.

Green homes earn more mortgage money

15 May 18 - Borrowers in the UK will be able to take out a bigger mortgage when buying greener properties for the first time, under a pioneering scheme to encourage energy efficiency.

UK faces huge bill to get rid of North Sea oil

8 May 18 - The UK’s North Sea clean-up costs – the price to be paid for decommissioning its oil and gas industry – will probably more than double, a British group says.

Starbucks customers like reusable cups

30 Apr 18 - A survey in UK Starbucks stores shows that reusable cup usage has surged by 156 per cent since the intoduction of a 5p charge.

BP chief urges Cambridge not to divest

26 Apr 18 - BP chief executive Bob Dudley has come under fire from campaigners after he urged Cambridge University not to drop its fossil fuel investments.

Tidal power comes of age with Scottish project

19 Apr 18 - The potential for the tides to generate clean, reliable electricity has taken a significant step with the completion of a flagship project in Scottish waters.

UK seeks advice on strengthening climate goal

Claire Perry

19 Apr 18 - The UK government has announced that it wants official advice on the “implications” of aligning its climate goals with the Paris Agreement.

Abandoned collieries could be key to heating homes

10 Apr 18 - Scientists are finalising plans to exploit the vast reservoir of warm water that fills a labyrinth of disused mines and porous rock layers underneath Glasgow.

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