Maitland Green: Our Weekly Update – 8 March 2018

8th March 2018
Research from Carbon Brief has found that a reduction in Britain’s coal consumption has driven a startling reduction in CO2 emissions. Britain’s carbon emissions have sunk to a level last recorded in 1890.
Today is International Women’s Day and recent figures from the UN indicate that women are more likely than men to be affected by climate change. The data revealed that 80% of people displaced by climate change are women.
The News in Brief:

Energy & Clean Tech
In Westminster and the EU

Waste & Resources

Natural Environment
In Westminster and the EU
  • Labour released a report highlighting the impact of polluted air on the elderly. Labour has pledged to introduce a new Clean Air Act to address air pollution, should it be elected to power.
  • MSPs have told Scotland’s salmon farming industry that it must improve production methods in order to avoid causing permanent damage to the environment.
  • The UN has launched its Environmental Rights Initiative. The initiative is aimed to help governments strengthen, develop and implement policy and legal frameworks protecting environmental rights, and assist businesses to better understand their environmental rights obligations.

Green Finance & Responsible Investing
 In Westminster and the EU

Quote of the Week
Francis O’Sullivan, Research Director for the MIT Energy Initiative comments on the tipping point towards a Green Economy in an interview in Politico: “People still think of clean energy as an agenda pushed by political activists, marginal stuff that doesn’t deserve a seat at the grown-up table. We’ve entered a new era where that’s not true.”