UK banks and investors responsible for nearly double the UK’s annual carbon emissions, report finds

A new report, published on 25 May 2021 by Greenpeace UK and WWF, finds that UK banks and asset managers were responsible for financing 805 million tonnes of CO2 in 2019, which would make The City of London the 9th biggest emitter of CO2 in the world if it were a country – ranked higher than Germany. The new research points towards finance as one of the UK’s biggest contributors to climate change and supports calls for regulation to be introduced across the sector to bring it into line with…

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Campaigners call for ‘street revolution’ to stop air pollution bounce-back

As we begin easing of lockdown restrictions, a broad coalition of environment and transport organisations are calling on the Westminster national government and local leaders to urgently and fundamentally redesign transport in a way that is better for public health, cleaner air and the climate. In an open letter – written to the Secretaries of State for Transport, Environment, the Chancellor, leaders of local and regional authorities, and city mayors – 9 NGOs, including, Greenpeace UK, Living Streets, Cycling UK, Transport & Environment and CPRE the countryside charity, set out…

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Iceland Foods and Co-op support UK Deposit Return Scheme

Iceland and the Co-op have become the first supermarkets to back a UK-wide bottle deposit return system (DRS) as a way of tackling the growing threat of ocean plastic pollution. The announcements came in a response to a Greenpeace survey of supermarkets views about the introduction of a UK-wide DRS system. Scotland has already decided to introduce a DRS and England and Wales are currently considering the option. In response to the survey Iceland stated that it ‘fully supports Greenpeace’s call for the Government to impose a bottle Deposit Return…

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