Lack of regulation and talent gap hold back Scotland’s ESG investment sector

Scotland is missing an opportunity to become a leader in the rapidly growing field of ethical investment due to an unprepared workforce and a lack of clarity around regulation. Betsy Williamson, MD of Core-Asset...

What are the Climate Change Implications for Commercial Property Transactions?

In the commercial real estate sector, climate change has fast climbed the list of priorities. Investors and regulators are introducing more stringent rules, while employees and tenants demand action on the development of sustainable...

Ground-breaking deal to establish two new Green Freeports

The new hubs will support regeneration in Scotland and the government’s bid to level-up all four corners of the United Kingdom. Bidders for the two Green Freeports must specify how they will create high-quality jobs...

A new direction for offsets: leaving the sham behind

Grandiose corporate claims about offsetting are a massive greenwash, argues Scott Poynton, the founder of climate change initiative My Carbon Zero. Forget feelgood strategies, companies need to act on the root causes of their...

Are you ready for the new climate and sustainability disclosure requirements?

Philip Richards, ESG and Net Zero Lead at BiU explains the new and upcoming reporting obligations for UK firms. In October 2021, the UK government published its Greening Finance Roadmap, which sets out new standards...

Met Office heatwave thresholds to be updated ahead of Summer 2022

Met Office heatwave thresholds are to be updated ahead of Summer 2022 as the UK sees impacts due to climate change. Warming across the country has, however, not been even with some regions experiencing more...

IPCC Sixth Assessment Report: Taking action now can secure our future

Human-induced climate change is causing dangerous and widespread disruption in nature and affecting the lives of billions of people around the world, despite efforts to reduce the risks. People and ecosystems least able to...

Greenwashing environmental credentials

Firms making ‘dodgy’ green claims could face action, warns Nick McAleenan, Partner at JMW Solicitors. “Greenwashing” is nothing new. In the 1980s and 1990s The Body Shop tapped in, very successfully, to the marketability of...

Sustainability– the critical first steps

As with any major initiative, setting and achieving new corporate environmental goals requires careful planning. Nicolas Walden, Senior Director at The Hackett Group, outlines the three key criteria you should consider. Over the past year,...

Will the CEO of the future mean Chief Environment Officer?

Probably not, argues Hark’s Jordan Appleson, but that doesn’t mean UK workers won’t be professionally involved in improving sustainability in years to come (if not already!). W e often hear about improving energy efficiency or tackling...