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UPDATE:

On Tuesday 24th July, ten days after we delivered them a letter with more than 36,000 of your signatures, the government published their new National Planning Policy Framework. The good news is the blocks have been partially lifted, so that turbines reaching the end of their life can be rebuilt. The bad news is there’s still a block on new developments, including small scale community projects.

It’s great that there’s been progress, but we still have work to do. Stay spooned for more updates in the fight for clean energy – because there is no Planet B!

A clean energy future is within reach, but to get there the UK government needs to unleash the power of wind!

Sign the petition now!

We think wind energy is great! It's clean, it's cheap - and it's an important part of our clean energy mix. But the government has banned new onshore wind in England - putting our national action on climate change at risk and rejecting one of the public’s favourite types of energy.

It’s time to send the government an urgent message about the kind of future we want.

Dear James Brokenshire, Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Please unlock onshore wind in England by removing the additional planning requirements introduced by the written ministerial statement on onshore wind, issued 18 June 2015.

 

Renewable Energy in the UK is at Risk... And It Needs Your Help!

It’s official, Brits love wind power! Yet despite this, the UK government is making it really tricky for people to build wind turbines - planning regulations are now so tight that no new turbines can be built in England... even if the community wants them! If we want to stand any chance of keeping the promises made in 2015's Paris Climate Agreement, then we must act now!

We want to see a world powered by clean, cheap wind power - not fossil fuels like fracking. That’s why we’re supporting our pals at 10:10 in sending an urgent message to the government about the kind of future we want. Sign the petition NOW to show the government that the British public want onshore wind back at the front of the fight against climate change.

 

Big Clean Planet!

We’ve teamed up with Big Clean Switch to help you power your world with clean, renewable energy. If we switch our homes to clean energy in our thousands, we can make a real difference. Not only will you be saving the planet but you’re likely to save money AND you can switch in less time than it takes to finish an ice-cream. 

Hop on board the clean energy train and help turn our big planet into a clean one. Choo Choo! 

Interested? Find out more here!

 

Oh Great British Weather!

The UK is lucky enough to have a wealth of renewable energy sources right on its doorstep. Sure, us Brits like to grumble about the grey days, but let's look on the bright side - our weather gives our country a huge potential to tap into clean energy, in particular wind, which we think is pretty awesome!

Fossil Fuels. Renewable Energy. Global Warming. Climate Change. Climate Justice.
What Does It All Mean?

We live in a world where the effects of climate change are increasingly real; from melting ice caps to rampant forest fires, it can no longer be denied that human-made carbon pollution is affecting our fragile planet. The scientific evidence is clear: global warming is real and already impacting people around the world. The question now is, “ what are we doing about it?”

The Effects on Our Planet and Its People:

Every passing year, we see changing patterns of precipitation, including more intense rainfall events around the world, dramatic changes in the arctic, changes in agricultural growing seasons and rising sea levels and ocean acidification. Some of these changes in our climate will have dramatic ecological and social consequences. The cruel irony of climate change is that people in the developing world, who can least afford to adapt to climate change, will pay the steepest price for the 200 years of industrialisation and pollution from the developed world. It truly is an issue of climate justice.

Solutions:

It is more urgent than ever that we take steps to dramatically reduce global greenhouse gas emissions – and to do it in a way that equitably shares the burdens and risks of climate change among the nations of the world. Ultimately, we have to break the link between economic growth and development from natural resource extraction and depletion.

There is no quick fix to solve climate change, but we know what we need to do. We must:

  • Divest from fossil fuels
  • Increase renewable energy sources
  • Put a price on carbon pollution
  • Work with developing countries to invest in renewable energy

That’s why we’re supporting 10:10 as they call on the government to give clean, renewable wind energy a fair chance!

What Does it Mean for Ben & Jerry’s?

We believe that only a strong, global, and grassroots movement is capable of delivering the low carbon economies of the future. That’s why Ben & Jerry’s has a long history of fighting for climate justice and finding ways to reduce the environmental impact of our business. In 2002, we launched a carbon offsets program for our Vermont manufacturing facilities. In 2007, we ran our first global warming advocacy campaign in partnership with the Dave Matthews Band. Over the course of 2015 Ben & Jerry’s teamed up with Avaaz to help almost 400,000 of our aspiring activist fans take action on climate and become a part of the global climate movement. We’ve invested early and often in efficiencies throughout our manufacturing facilities, supply chain, and Scoop Shops to increase energy efficiency and shrink our carbon footprint.

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Nearly all businesses have greenhouse gas emissions associated with their operations, and that includes Ben & Jerry’s. We rely on agriculture for our main ingredients, especially dairy, as well as manufacturing to make our products, trucks to transport our finished products and freezers to keep our ice cream cold. As a dairy company, we know our carbon footprint isn’t the greatest, and are working throughout our operations to reduce it. We are working with our farmers to reduce methane emissions from farms, we lead the change to a cleaner, greener freezer in the United States and built the Chunkinator at our Netherlands factory which helps power the factory from ice cream bi-products.  We also know what we’ve done is not nearly enough and we must do more. We make progress and report on this each year in our our Social and Environmental Assessment (SEAR) Report. Read more about the steps we’re taking to reduce our carbon footprint and our plan to get to 100% clean energy at all of our U.S. sites by 2020.

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