More than half UK businesses say they’ll hit net zero by 2027

However, only 40% are looking to make energy efficiency improvements

HS2 Residents’ Commissioner appointed to deal with local concerns

Stewart Jackson will take-up the position, as the high-speed railway continues development

Self-driving cars get government backing

Changes to the Highway Code have been made, meaning autonomous cars could hit roads as early as the end of this year

Governmental clean energy spending rose by 50% in Covid recovery

However, developing economies represent just one-tenth of this spending, a new report claims

‘Tree planting targets could come at the cost of culture’

There are worries that the heavy push to stop climate change could impact local wildlife and heritage

Bidding opens for Scottish green free ports

Applicants will have to demonstrate how the projects will advance Scotland’s net zero aims

UN: ‘Nature-based funding must triple by 2030’

To achieve net zero, a new report stresses nature-based spending must quadruple by 2050

Government to boost nature recovery and protect landscapes

More ambitious measures will be put in place to protect national parks across England and stop climate change and biodiversity loss

Taiwanese fund launches $2.3bn climate change pension mandate

The mandate will be one of the largest in Asia, encouraging green investment in the region

North of Tyne launches £18m low carbon fund

The investment will drive clean and green innovation across the area – including EVs, heat pumps and energy efficiency