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  • The Scottish Court of Session judgement opens the way for up to 2.3GW wind capacity but sea birds remain a concern. Photograph: Michael Rosskothen/123RF

    Court clears way for major offshore Scottish wind projects

    A successful appeal against an RSPB legal block has cleared the way for four major offshore wind projects, although concerns over sea bird impacts remain

  • Businesses, including BT, are turning to science-based targets as a way of setting credible emission-reduction goals. Photograph: Cathy Yeulet/123RF

    Science-based targets take on emissions

    A growing number of high-profile companies are adopting carbon reduction targets based on their contribution to global emissions and the Paris Agreement. Paul Hatchwell looks at how a more science-based approach is giving firms greater confidence about their sustainability goals and the resources needed

  • Figure: Main elements of a science-based target setting method

    The making of a science-based target for cutting emissions

    The Science-Based Targets Initiative has produced a draft guide to developing science-based targets.

  • Paul Hatchwell, climate and energy editor, ENDS Report

    Time for a more scientific approach

    Paul Hatchwell: The Paris Agreement seem far removed from the daily concerns of businesses balancing energy efficiency and emissions reduction investments against other compliance and competitiveness issues. But it is not.

  • Delays in implementation of new RHI tariffs threaten prolonged policy uncertainty for the biomass energy sector. Photograph: Peter Robinson CC BY-SA 2.0

    RHI reforms face further delays

    Controversial changes to renewable heat incentive tariffs and sustainability criteria have been delayed again due to the snap general election

  • Dr Chris Tuppen, founder of Advancing Sustainability Ltd

    Insider Insight – Chris Tuppen

    Dr Chris Tuppen, founder of Advancing Sustainability Ltd with 27 years experience in sustainability, shares his careers insights

  • Scotland Excel's innovative £800m energy efficiency framework will boost work for local contractors. Photograph: Kzenon/123RF

    Scotland gets £800m domestic energy efficiency boost

    A £800m collective procurement scheme for driving low-cost energy efficiency upgrades to Scottish homes could boost demand for local providers

  • Tesco's 2050 carbon neutrality commitment is now based on science-based targets, with early conversion to 100% renewable electricity. Photograph: Anthony Baggett/123RF

    Tesco becomes first supermarket with science-based targets

    The Tesco group is seeking carbon neutrality by 2050 through interim absolute reduction targets and a move to 100% renewable electricity by 2030

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