Environment

‘As Britain returns to work, companies ignore public demands for clean air at their peril’

Chris Large, (Jul 1, 2020)

Comment: Global Action Plan’s Co-CEO Chris Large explains why 15 leading UK businesses are seeking to prevent cities going back to pre-lockdown pollution levels by launching the Business for Clean Air initiative

‘Why now is the time for brands to invest in recycled plastics and waste-picker communities’

Andrew Almack, (Jul 1, 2020)

Comment: Plastics For Change’s Andrew Almack argues that companies can help tackle poverty and pollution by sourcing plastic from the 15 million informal waste workers who are the backbone of the recycling sector in emerging economies like India

'We can't just focus on UK cities. Green investment must be targeted at rural areas too'

Steve Count, (Jun 29, 2020)

Cllr Steve Count, chair of the newly launched Countryside Climate Network, argues that supporting rural ingenuity from the Silicon Fen to the Scottish Highlands will yield climate and economic dividends in the run-up to Cop26

HP and Sinctronics join forces to close the loop on e-waste in Brazil

Catherine Early, (Jun 5, 2020)

Catherine Early reports on how the IT product giant's commitment to send zero waste to landfill led it to set up shop with Flex's recycling unit in São Paolo

The war on plastics runs into a perfect storm with Covid-19

Angeli Mehta, (Jun 2, 2020)

With hygiene concerns trumping worries about leakage of plastic waste into the environment, single-use plastic is back with a vengeance. Angeli Mehta assesses the damage, and points to bright spots amid the gloom

Cities 'should be at heart of revolution in how we produce food'

Mark Hillsdon, (May 27, 2020)

With the 20km of land that surrounds urban areas home to 40% of all global croplands, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation believes the road to a more circular food system starts at city hall. Mark Hillsdon reports

A mission to soften the impact of soft goods on the planet

Oliver Balch, (May 27, 2020)

Oliver Balch talks to Kelly Hall of DSM-Niaga about the Dutch start-up’s approach to making household items, from mattresses to carpeting, fully recyclable

From Bogota to Birmingham: the cities that are opening cycling to the masses

Cara Jenkinson, (May 22, 2020)

Comment: Cara Jenkinson of Ashden highlights some innovative projects that show how cities can get their citizens moving safely again as they emerge from Covid-19 lockdowns

Calls for green Covid-19 recovery packages from companies and 220 regional governments

Terry Slavin, (May 18, 2020)

Policymakers must use the trillions of dollars they are preparing to inject into their economies to support efforts to tackle climate change, urges a coalition of 155 companies that have set science-based targets. Terry Slavin reports

'We have to move from shareholder to stakeholder value,' says UN Assistant Secretary-General

Liam Dowd, (May 7, 2020)

Ethical Corporation's managing director Liam Dowd talks to Satya Tripathi, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Head of New York Office at UN Environment Programme on build back better, moving from shareholder value to stakeholder values and more

Infographic: Why nature is key to protecting human health

Terry Slavin, (May 7, 2020)

One big lesson for business from the Covid-19 crisis is the importance of safeguarding biodiversity in their supply chains in order to prevent future pandemics

Access to water is ‘matter of life or death’ for millions amid growing pandemic

Mark Hillsdon, (May 2, 2020)

With one in four health facilities lacking basic water services, Mark Hillsdon reports on how Unilever and Colgate-Palmolive are among the companies helping to tackle the critical issue of water, sanitation and hygiene

Will Covid-19 allow us to flatten the curve on climate change?

Angeli Mehta, (May 2, 2020)

With the IEA predicting that global CO2 emissions will fall 8% this year, Angeli Mehta weighs the early evidence of whether the pandemic will speed the energy transition

To prevent future pandemics 'no company should source from recently deforested land’

Angeli Mehta, (May 2, 2020)

One big lesson from Covid-19 is that human health is dependent on protecting the health of the planet. Angeli Mehta reports on the rise of biodiversity on the global business agenda

‘Companies mustn't stand by as attacks on human rights defenders rise during Covid-19’

Christen Dobson, (Apr 28, 2020)

In this comment piece, Christen Dobson of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and Ali Hines of Global Witness say safeguarding labour rights and rights to land and resources is a strategic imperative for companies and institutional investors

‘We have self-isolated from our environment for far too long’

Arlo Brady, (Apr 22, 2020)

In this #EarthDay comment piece, Freuds CEO Dr Arlo Brady says there is no way we can socially distance our way out of the climate crisis, but the Covid-19 may hold other lessons about the importance of a speedy response and global cooperation

‘We are running out of time to fiddle around,’ says Earth Day co-founder

Terry Slavin, (Apr 21, 2020)

50 years after he helped start the US environmental movement by bringing 20 million people on the streets, Denis Hayes is urging US voters to prevent the 'worst president in US history' from being re-elected in November. Terry Slavin reports

The race to cool our sweltering cities in Ethical Corporation

Terry Slavin, (Apr 6, 2020)

In the April issue of our free to download magazine, Ethical Corporation focuses on the drive to make access to low-carbon cooling a priority in the fight against climate change and to deliver the SDGs. We also look at another vastly overlooked weapon in the climate change arsenal: energy efficiency

The man struggling to bring energy efficiency in from the cold

Terry Slavin, (Apr 6, 2020)

Terry Slavin speaks to Benoit Lebot, former head of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation, about his frustrated efforts to elevate demand reduction on the global climate agenda

The companies taking energy use from the boiler room to the boardroom

Mike Scott, (Apr 6, 2020)

Mike Scott reports on how signatories to The Climate Group's EP100, including Mahindra, Johnson Controls and H&M, are aiming to double energy productivity as part of their response to climate change

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