Net Zero 

The latest news and analysis related to the UK's legal target to release net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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Products & Chemicals

What links chemicals and climate change?

Grangemouth petrochemical works

At first glance, the links between climate change and chemical pollution are not easy to see. But they are closer than some might expect, reports Gareth Simkins

Carbon reporting

Is regulation needed to prevent net zero greenwashing?

Offshore oil rigs flaring gas

The run-in to COP26 had businesses racing to commit to net zero but there are concerns many of the targets were rushed and fall far short of what’s needed to keep temperatures below 1.5 degrees. David Burrows reports... Read more

Latest news

Transport emissions

Aviation industry received 4.4m free ETS pollution allowances in 2021, says report

£242 million worth of UK Emissions Trading System allowances were given to the UK aviation industry 'for free' in 2021, according to campaigners, who are calling for reform of the carbon trading mechanism

Climate change

How the climate watchdog has graded the government’s progress towards net zero

The government's statutory climate advisers today delivered an assessment of the UK’s progress towards net zero, warning that ‘we have not seen the necessary tangible progress in a host of areas’. Click through to view the watchdog's report card in full

Climate change

EXCLUSIVE: Government considering new greenhouse gas removals regulator

The government is considering the creation of a new regulator which would oversee greenhouse gas removals, sources have told ENDS, with the government confirming that options for ‘regulatory oversight’ are being explored

Climate change

Flood-risk homes will be ‘impossible to insure’ unless banks take more climate action, says Bank of England

Banks could face a loss of up to 15% in annual profits if they do not take early climate action, according to a stress test carried out by the Bank of England, which found homes at risk of flooding could become impossible to insure in the future

Analysis

Environmental Politics

What should a net zero policy test look like?

Treasury building

Organisations ranging from the Climate Change Committee to the Trades Union Congress have all called for the government to implement a ‘net zero test’. But how would it work, what would it achieve and why would it be necessary? Gareth Simkins reports

Energy

Carbon capture and storage plants: What are they and where are they?

Rather than being motivated purely by environmental and regulatory pressures, the world’s largest carbon capture facilities are dominated by those that use CO2 to produce more oil and gas. Here’s what you need to know

Energy

Can ‘critical’ carbon capture projects really work?

Carbon capture and storage infrastructure has a patchy record internationally and two previous government funding rounds collapsed. Gareth Simkins examines the industry’s renewed prospects

Editor's Pick

10 ways the government must step up on climate adaptation, according to its own advisers

The government has responded to the climate change criticisms of the CCC. Photograph: Andrew Hasson/Getty Images

The Committee on Climate Change has criticised the government over its failure to prepare the country for the impacts of climate change, recommending it step up action on land and water management. Here’s what you need to know about the committee’s concerns and Whitehall’s response

Environmental Politics

How is the Conservative Party grappling with net zero?

Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The government wants to lead the world on climate action and attract younger voters, but competing forces within the party will not make the transition a simple one. Simon Pickstone reports