Economy (Page 2)
Soaring oil price reignites fossil fuel debateGuardian Unlimited | 03 Mar 2011
As pressure grows on the government to stabilise fuel prices via tax breaks, green campaigners say this may be the ideal time to reduce the UK's dependence on oil and gas. High oil prices are a headache for governments. Ministers are acutely aware that the price at the petrol pump is one of the...
Homebuyers ignore efficiency labelsGuardian Unlimited | 02 Mar 2011
A Consumer Focus report found 79% of prospective buyers did not act on recommendations of energy performance certificates. Homebuyers overwhelmingly ignore energy labels designed to encourage greener homes, a new survey revealed on Wednesday. Consumer Focus carried out a survey to find out how useful prospective buyers and tenants found energy performance certificates (EPC), which vendors and landlords are legally required to provide when selling or letting a home.
EU proposal to ban fish discards - Greenpeace responseGreenpeace UK | 01 Mar 2011
Maria Damanaki, the European Fisheries commissioner, has drawn up a proposal to ban the controversial practice of discards - a perverse consequence of current quota rules imposed by Brussels, and will present it to a meeting of ministers and MEPs on Tuesday.
Plan to end discards protects fishermen for the long haulGuardian Unlimited | 01 Mar 2011
Throwing away thousands of tonnes of fish is unacceptable. At last the problem is getting a serious airing in Brussels. Half of the fish caught in the North Sea today are thrown away, dead, because of an EU fisheries policy that is no longer fit for purpose. We can all agree that the system is broken - throwing away thousands of tonnes of edible fish is unacceptable. But on Tuesday we heard a bold proposal from the European commission that would aim to eliminate discards.
UK coffee chains ratedGuardian Unlimited | 28 Feb 2011
When choosing between the big coffee chains, consumers should also consider the wages of the workers and the ethics of the company. Walk down your local high street you're likely to be presented with a choice between the big three UK coffee shop chains - Starbucks, Costa or Caffè Nero. Only...
Letters: A way to avoid companies' limited liability for corporation taxGuardian Unlimited | 23 Feb 2011
There is a simple way of addressing tax avoidance by companies (Editorial, 19 February). Profits in the hands of an accountant are an elastic concept. Revenue and Customs battles to stop companies deflating profits in this country and inflating them offshore - Barclays' use of tax havens is but a...
Target 'black carbon', recommends UNGuardian Unlimited | 23 Feb 2011
Cutting the amount of soot we pour into the atmosphere, and emissions of methane from agriculture, would be one of the most powerful ways to tackle climate change, a new report from the United Nations environment programme (Unep) has concluded. Preventing "black carbon" - particles of soot from industry and cooking fires – from polluting the air would help to cut global warming by as much as 0.5C, and reduce warming in the Arctic by about two thirds by 2030.
EU experts approve trace GM in feed imports: officialReuters | 22 Feb 2011
An EU committee voted on Tuesday to allow traces of unapproved genetically modified (GM) material in animal feed imports, the European Commission said, in a bid to secure grain supplies to the import-dependent bloc.
Green economy needs 2% of every nation's income, says UNGuardian Unlimited | 21 Feb 2011
Global green investment drive 'would pay off in terms of jobs, cleaner air and energy use' Obama, Hu Jintao and big business back call for every country to contribute. The United Nations will call on Monday for 2% of worldwide income to be invested in the green economy, a move it says would boost...
Tougher EU climate goal could boost GDP: studyReuters | 21 Feb 2011
A tougher European Union goal for cutting greenhouse gas emissions could create jobs and boost economic growth by 2020, rather than slow it down as many EU governments fear, a study said on Monday.
Co-operative Group commits to ambitious ethical operating planGuardian Unlimited | 18 Feb 2011
Co-op aims to cut carbon emissions by 35%, increase Fairtrade product lines and invest £1bn in green energy. The Co-operative Group is launching an ethical operating plan that it hopes will set a benchmark for corporate responsibility on carbon reduction, fair trade and community involvement. The group, which employs 120,000 staff, also plans to increase its membership from 6 million to 20 million and double its support for green energy to £1bn.
Response: We don't need to de-industrialise to meet our emissions targetsGuardian Unlimited | 18 Feb 2011
Investing in a low-carbon economy will create growth and keep Europe competitive. In your article on the debate over reducing European greenhouse gas emissions, EU energy commissioner Günther Oettinger is right to insist: "Look at our deficit - we need growth, and we need more industry" (EU energy...
EU to ban toxic chemicals in household plasticsReuters | 17 Feb 2011
The European Union will ban six toxic chemicals within three to five years, three of which are commonly used in plastic household items, the EU Commission said on Thursday.
Environment lobbyists hopeful of WTO fish dealReuters | 17 Feb 2011
Environmental activists are hopeful that negotiations at the World Trade Organization to curb fisheries subsidies, especially those on fuel, can produce a deal that will help end overfishing.
UK forest sale plan scrapped after outcryReuters | 17 Feb 2011
The British government on Thursday scrapped its controversial plans to sell the bulk of England's publicly owned forests after intense public opposition.
Business needs a clear message on renewablesGuardian Unlimited | 17 Feb 2011
Business is key to a low-carbon future, but the government must show more clarity and consistency. Earlier this week, I was invited along to the Business and a Sustainable Environment conference in London to give my views on the government's green business policy. The question was "how is government engaging with business to deliver the transition to a low-carbon economy?" My answer was: "not very well".
What is the economic cost of climate change?Guardian Unlimited | 16 Feb 2011
Economics and climate change are both complex subjects that contain significant areas of uncertainty - especially when it comes to making long-term predictions. Inevitably, therefore, it's impossible to accurately predict with any certainty the long-term economic costs of avoiding or coping with...
Forests sell-off abandoned as Cameron orders U-turnGuardian Unlimited | 16 Feb 2011
Plans scrapped after furious backlash and Ed Miliband jibing about PM changing the Conservative emblem to a tree. David Cameron has ordered ministers to carry out the government's biggest U-turn since the general election by abandoning plans to change the ownership of 258,000 hectares of...