Category: United Kingdom

‘No one knew they existed’: wild heirs of lost British honeybee found at Blenheim

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Thousands of rare forest honeybees that appear to be the last wild descendants of Britain’s native honeybee population have been discovered in the ancient woodlands of Blenheim Palace.

The newly discovered subspecies, or ecotype, of honeybee is smaller, furrier and darker than the honeybees found in managed beehives, and is believed to be related to the indigenous wild honeybees that foraged the English countryside for centuries. Until now, it was presumed all these bees had been completely wiped out by disease and competition from imported species.

UK makes it official: Mandatory climate disclosure to become law

Read the full story at ESG Today.

Days ahead of the COP26 climate conference, the UK government announced formal plans to introduce legislation requiring mandatory climate-related disclosure by companies and financial institutions.

The legislation is expected to become law in April 2022, at which time more than 1,300 of the country’s largest publicly listed companies and financial institutions will become the first to provide reporting in line with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

Tesco’s wonky fruit and veg scheme saves 50 million packs of food

Read the full story at Retail Gazette.

Tesco has announced that its food waste scheme has saved 50 million packs of fruit and vegetables from going to waste.

The initiative, which is called Perfectly Imperfect, offers customers wonky food that would otherwise be at risk of going to waste.

Turning over a new leaf: the humble hedge stages a remarkable comeback

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Agriculture turns full-circle as the trend for ripping out hedges is reversed… and farmers hail the ecological benefits.

How to collaborate successfully on food waste and surplus

Read the full story at Food Manufacture.

Peter Worsey, Sector Specialist in Food & Drink at WRAP, talks about the ways in which manufacturers and retailers can collaborate to improve their current performance and continue reducing food waste and surplus in the UK.

COP26: Scotland to restore and extend Celtic rainforest as global leaders pledge to end deforestation

Read the full story at The Scotsman.

Rare and internationally important Celtic rainforests in Scotland are to be restored and expanded as part of a £500 million national investment in the country’s natural economy.

‘Adapt or die,’ U.K. Environment Agency warns on climate change

Read the full story in the New York Times.

With more extreme weather events expected to bring floods and droughts, the body urged world leaders to focus on mitigating the effects of global warming.

UK completes largest ever inaugural sovereign green bond offering

Read the full story at ESG Today.

The UK government announced this week the completion of its first “Green Gilt” offering, raising £10 billion for projects aimed at helping the country meet its net zero and other environmental goals, in the largest ever inaugural sovereign green bond issuance.

Anti-greenwashing project launches for UK food and drink sector

Read the full story at Beverage Daily.

The UK’s Environment Agency has announced a project to standardise metrics to measure the environmental performance of the food and drink sector. FoodNavigator asks the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) for its take on the initiative.

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