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New Climate Economy report: Do you want an iPad or a typewriter?

Toyota solar array

The landmark report makes it clear that delivering decarbonisation is all about choices. Political and business leaders need to ask what kind of future they want to invest in

16 Sep 2014

UK appeal to clean energy investors hits lowest point for five years

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EY report says 'mixed signals, dwindling budgets and political apathy' behind UK's drop to seventh in ranking of 40 leading nations

16 Sep 2014

Environmental Industries Commission Annual Conference 2014

Liz Truss - photo department of education

One day conference offering delegates the change to quiz the three main parties on their environmental commitments ahead of next year's election

15 Sep 2014

Action that doesn't cost the Earth

In the last in our series on climate economics, Steven Heath of Knauf Insulation argues new evidence that climate action can boost the economy should be translated into Treasury policy

15 Sep 2014

The encouraging economics of climate change policy

In the latest in our series on the economic merits of climate policy, Siemens' Matthew Knight argues that this week's WWF report shows we can afford to tackle climate risk

12 Sep 2014

How low carbon investment could deliver the economic re-balancing the UK craves

Prof Jim Watson of the UK Energy Research Centre argues that this week's new report on the benefits of meeting the UK's carbon budgets holds plenty of lessons for policymakers

11 Sep 2014

Will UK climate change policies make us better or worse off?

Trevor Maynard of Lloyd’s of London argues the economic case for decarbonisation has never been more compelling, even before you consider the need to insure against climate change

10 Sep 2014

Our climate goals are an economic opportunity for the UK

Nick Molho explores how political leaders can realise the economic benefits offered by the UK carbon budgets

10 Sep 2014

How hitting carbon targets will boost UK GDP

BusinessGreen takes a look at the landmark report from Cambridge Econometrics and its prediction that meeting the UK's carbon budgets will benefit the economy

10 Sep 2014

UK carbon budgets to make each household £565 a year better off

New report from Cambridge Econometrics explores how decarbonisation's efficiency savings, health benefits and energy security gains will boost UK GDP by 1.1 per cent

10 Sep 2014

Are consumers becoming more aware of environmentally sound business?

Hannah Coles of E4 Environment explains how third party accreditation can help your business avoid the 'greenwash' trap

09 Sep 2014

World leaders urged to aim for 'zero emissions' this century

Green NGOs call on world leaders preparing to travel to New York summit to target full decarbonisation, as UN climate chief makes case for 'climate neutrality' and campaigners prepare People's Climate March

08 Sep 2014

PwC: UK green economy efforts are starting to deliver, but climate crisis still looms

Major new study warns world remains on track for 4C warming this century, despite some encouraging progress from renewables industry

08 Sep 2014

Will 'smart cities' prove smart enough?

Matthew Farrow of the Environmental Industries Commission reveals how the association is investigating whether green issues are getting a fair hearing in 'smart city' plans

05 Sep 2014

John Elkington, the 'Breakthrough Challenge' and tomorrow's bottom line

Sustainable business pioneer John Elkington discusses his new book, the big challeges companies face and whether he's optimistic about the future

05 Sep 2014

Islands need 'blue-green' economy to tackle climate change

UNEP report outlines pressing need for island strategy focused on clean tech, resource efficiency, and sustainable consumption

03 Sep 2014

Sir David King preps launch of $10bn global clean tech 'Apollo programme'

Former chief scientist reveals plans for global fund to help slash cost of clean energy could take a major step forward this month

02 Sep 2014

A Greener Britain - What are the chances?

BusinessGreen runs the rule over the green NGO community's latest policy recommendations and asks if they will get a good hearing in Westminster

01 Sep 2014

Towards a Greener Britain

The RSPB's Martin Harper reveals how the green communities' proposals for next year's election are so compelling they could win over Malcolm Tucker

01 Sep 2014

NGOs call for manifestos to create a 'greener Britain'

Leading NGOs set out wish list for 2015 election, including new policies on decarbonisation, marine protection, and resource security, as well as a Nature and Well-being Act

01 Sep 2014

Wanted: The big change mindset

Stephanie Draper of Forum for the Future reveals how systems thinking could help sustainability executives deliver the real corporate transformations they crave

29 Aug 2014

Chile prepares carbon tax legislation

South American country poised to approve plans for $5 a tonne carbon tax as part of new climate legislation package

28 Aug 2014

US green energy share hits record levels as solar power doubles

Government figures show renewables accounted for more than 14 per cent of total US electricity production in the first half of this year

28 Aug 2014

DNV GL to launch Global Opportunity Network to identify green growth prospects

Risk management giant aims to identify areas where environmental challenges can be turned into business opportunities

27 Aug 2014

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