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John Lewis's Birmingham branch is designed to be the company's most efficient full-line department store, utilising LEDs, heat pumps and combined cooling, heating and power

10 top tips to deliver a sustainable built environment

Continuing edie's 'green buildings month' of editorial content, John Lewis's sustainable development manager Phil Birch offers up 10 tips to successfully accelerate sustainable development within the built environment, despite an ongoing period of "political uncertainty".

The average green building uses 25% less energy and 11% less water than a traditional structure

Laying the foundations for a more sustainable built environment

Kicking off edie's 'green buildings month' of editorial content, World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) chief executive Terri Wills argues it is time to change our perspectives on the buildings we use every day, and start seeing them as an integral part of the solution to global warming.

edie took a behind-the-scenes tour of a paper mill owned and run by Smurfit Kappa, one of the world’s largest paper-based packaging businesses

The story of Roermond: How Smurfit Kappa is making the circular economy a reality

Packaging giant Smurfit Kappa invites edie on a behind-the-scenes tour of its pioneering zero-waste paper mill in the Netherlands, which stands as an exemplar of the firm's global circular economy ambitions.

The skyline of Sweden's third-largest city, Malmö - where retailers are finding ‘purpose’ and economic growth, beyond shopping and consumption

The best retailers for the world: Driving responsible retail and one-planet prosperity

Low-carbon, resource-efficient retail is the only way forward, but we might also need to dig deeper if we are to find one-planet prosperity. Ahead of Wednesday's Responsible Retail Conference, Mike Townsend explores the real challenges and opportunities - along with evidence of an innovative shift - taking place in Sweden.

The Bangladesh Accord was introduced to ensure tragedies like the Rana Plaza building collapse of 2013 don't happen again

Three years on from Rana Plaza: How The Bangladesh Accord plans to leave a positive supply chain legacy

Three years on from the Rana Plaza tragedy, edie's Matt Mace speaks to the executive director of the Bangladesh Accord Rob Wayss on why the seemingly "slow movement" of improving safety standards in the country shouldn't take away from the "unprecedented progress" shown by willing brand signatories.

Andrex has a key role to play in engaging employees, customers and consumers to take action on the global sanitation crisis

Sharing sustainability success: From selling to showing

Kimberly-Clark's head of sustainability for EMEA Tom Berry explores how some of the world's most intractable development issues, such as increasing access to education and improving sanitation, require effective behaviour change programmes to create real progress.

Jude Hughes (centre) collects her E&E Award from host Andrew Ryan (far left) and the Energy Institute's Sarah Beacock (right)

How to be a Sustainability Leader: Awards Q&A with Energy Manager of the Year

As the deadline for edie's Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017 approaches, we talk to last year's Energy Manager of the Year Jude Hughes to find out her secrets to success and top tips for Awards entrants.

According to CDP, the number of large companies that use an internal carbon price will pass the 1,000 mark within the next year, with 437 companies already operating with one as of 2015

From Exxon to Jack Black: The call for a global carbon price is gathering pace

As the Paris Agreement nears its crucial ratification stage, individuals, organisations and entire nations are beginning to ease away from fossil fuels in their energy consumption habits. Now, with COP22 in Marrakech just around the corner, the call for a carbon price is becoming hard to ignore.

Supported by the Sustainable Development Goals, retailers are now able to strengthen their individual CSR policies at a boardroom level

Policies, data and imports: tackling the trilemma of collaboration for Britain's retailers

In the wake of some key waste and resource efficiency issues being brought to light within the UK retail sector, edie's Matt Mace speaks to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) about how to drive collaboration in this highly-competitive market as a means to deliver low-carbon, resource-efficient ways of doing business.

The real heroes of the resource revolution are the people and businesses that are ready to address the real challenges and make real shifts

Coming of age: The heroes and villains of the circular economy

The circular economy is growing up; moving beyond simple radical resource efficiency, towards an authentic triple-bottom-line. As with any transition, not everything is great. Business model innovation is the battleground for success - and while there are heroes, there are also villains holding back the real transformation that is needed.

Rio's 2016 Summer Games plays host to 42 Olympic sports from 5-21 August 2016

Rio 2016 Olympics: How sustainable is the greatest show on Earth?

It was dubbed a "green games for a blue planet" during the bidding process, but the event has since become shrouded in controversy, with venues contaminated with waste, waters infected with superbugs, and the host city's air quality remaining at deadly levels. So, just how 'sustainable' is the Rio 2016 Olympics?

The Pokemon Go app set a new Apple record for most downloads in one week, and has been downloaded more than 75 million times across iOS and Android, surpassing Twitter and Tinder

Pokemon Go: Green business opportunity or environmental headache?

As people of all ages roam the streets in search of Pokemon, has this new, interconnected age of smartphone capabilities provided a green business opportunity for a fully fledged sharing economy, or will the increased energy demand spoil the environmental potential?

Marcela Navarro's Business Cubed has begun work with engine manufacturer Cummins, acting as a “de-risking model” that could open up investment across a variety of green innovation markets

Business Cubed: one woman's mission to de-risk the global green innovation market

As a growing number of businesses look to tap into the huge potential of low-carbon innovators and sustainability start-ups to drive internal CSR programmes, Matt Mace talks to the creator of the successful RBS Innovation Gateway as she embarks on a brave new venture to bring even more ready-for-market green innovations into the mainstream.

There are still murmurs within sustainability departments (which develop into muffled screams in the marketing departments) that sustainability simply can’t do what sex can… sell

The 'S' word: A guide to communicating sustainability to consumers

In the final part of edie's 'guide-to' series for sustainable professionals, Matt Mace explores how to communicate sustainability to different business departments and consumers, and asks the experts whether it is time to disregard the 'S' word altogether.

Earthwards recognition is reserved for the company’s most improved products, which must achieve three significant improvements across seven impact areas

Heading Earthwards: Johnson & Johnson dives deep to green up healthcare

It's widely recognised that the healthcare sector has a large and costly environmental footprint. Hospitals in particular account for some of the most energy-intensive facilities, yet many traditionally have been slow to embrace resource efficiency. A study by the University of Chicago found that the industry stands to save up to $15bn over 10 years by adopting more sustainable practices - it's an opportunity that hasn't gone unnoticed by Johnson & Johnson (J&J), the world's sixth-largest consumer health company.

Trail blazing: A successful behaviour change initiative can be a crucial part of driving sustainability and CSR programmes throughout an organisation

Lighting the match: A guide to employee engagement and behaviour change

In the second part of edie's 'guide-to' series for sustainability professionals, Matt Mace asks the experts about how to overcome major challenges and seize otherwise unobtainable opportunities that present themselves when igniting behaviour change throughout an organisation.

Step-by-step approach: the construction and operation of the built environment currently accounts for more than 60% of UK materials consumption and one third of all waste

Building Revolutions: Designing a circular economy for the built environment

The circular economy makes complete sense for short-lived consumer products, but can it really work for something as enduring and complex as a building? David Cheshire, sustainability director at engineering firm AECOM, provides an answer.

The new Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal has tasked Interserve with constructing a modern and sustainable building in a water-scarce area

Decoupling emissions from economic growth: the Interserve success story

With a number of global reports recently highlighting that national carbon reductions are being achieved while economies are growing, one of Britain's biggest construction firms is proving that sustainability and profitability can also go hand-in-hand for businesses.

Carpet is woven at Interface Europe's manufacuring facility in Scherpenzeel, the Netherlands. The company wants to ignite a green industrial revolution. Photo: Interface

Climate Take Back: Inside Interface's bold new mission to reverse climate change

EXCLUSIVE: Just four years away from its ambitious Mission Zero deadline, global carpet manufacturer and sustainability leader Interface has decided to evolve its sustainability strategy, developing an unparalleled initiative that goes "beyond the boundaries" of any single company. edie's Matt Mace investigates.

BT is beginning to unleash the willingness of the public to combat climate change through ambitious CSR goals

The demands of supply: How BT's customer-focused carbon commitments rest in the hands of suppliers

edie's Matt Mace talks to BT's head of sustainable business policy Gabrielle Giner on how the company's customer-centric carbon reduction commitment is influenced by a flexible and highly innovative supply chain.

Gold-diggers: Sustainability professionals need to know exactly how to approach their board, and must be able to present a compelling case for investment

Into the Dragon's Den: A guide to boardroom buy-in on sustainability

In this three-part 'guide to' series for sustainability professionals, edie asks the experts about how to overcome major challenges and seize hidden opportunities on the path to driving green business. First up: the daunting task of getting the board on-board.

To the victors come the spoils: edie's 2016 Environment & Energy Award-winners were announced at a glittering ceremony at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham

edie Environment & Energy Awards 2016: Meet the winners

Take a full read through each of the projects and initiatives that fended off tough competition to be crowned winners of edie's 2016 Environment & Energy (E&E) Awards.

Many businesses are currently nowhere near even appreciating our planetary boundaries, let alone managing within them

Getting over peak delusion: Four strategies for sustainable prosperity within planetary boundaries

Our aspirations for sustainable growth and prosperity have little chance of being realised, if we don't manage within all our planetary boundaries. Mike Townsend explores how we need to get over our delusions, and find a new course for business success.

Green SMEs normally encounter four key legal elements that need to be addressed to ensure that a cleantech innovation is able to scale up

Cleantech innovation: the legal necessities of joining forces

In the final installment of edie's cleantech innovation feature mini-series, Hamish Corner - partner at law firm Penningtons Manches - outlines the legal necessities that must be established and protected by green entrepreneurs when entering collaborative partnerships with larger corporations.

The relationship between large and small businesses could be enhanced further if SMEs were more proactive while developing solutions

Cleantech innovation: the collaboration equation

In the penultimate part of this cleantech innovation feature mini-series, Carbon Limiting Technologies (CLT) directors Beverley Gower-Jones and Mark Bornhoft explain how green innovators should be interacting with big corporations to carve out a route to market and ensure they aren't "designing in the dark".

Funding gap: Cleantech innovators will face numerous challenges when attracting investors to take a 'leap of faith' towards commercial success

Cleantech innovation: Strategies for scaling up

In the second part of this cleantech innovation feature mini-series, Hamish Corner - a partner at UK law firm Penningtons Manches LLP - outlines the key challenges and potential solutions for green entrepreneurs and start-ups when it comes to attracting funding to turn proven prototypes into a commercial success.

Climate choices: Emissions from the energy sector have stalled, but our response to global warming is still dangerously slow

Beyond carbon confusion: strategies for real business impact

Carbon dioxide emissions appear to be stalling - have we reached the holy grail of economic decoupling? Caution is needed to avoid complacency and to find strategies that deliver a real impact.

BT, H&M, Heineken and Henkel have all turned to rap music as a way of spreading their CSR messages

Rap battle: Sustainability's latest Millennial marketing trend

From BT laying down a track about minimising emissions to a Dutch hip-hop star freestyling about Heineken's reduced water consumption, edie explores the latest trend in CSR reporting: rap music.

A psychological approach to energy management can alter employees' energy habits and help an entire company embrace more efficient ways of working

Carbon psychology: 10 ways to change behaviours and keep energy costs under control

Ahead of edie's Effective Energy Management Conference, we have enlisted the expertise of a 'carbon psychologist' to bring you 10 innovative, non-technical methods to change behaviours, improve energy efficiency and reduce consumption.

Aston University has introduced monthly Go Green workbooks which are sent to each department, calling for evidence and ideas on how to improve energy efficiency

University challenge: How behaviour change can unite staff and students on sustainability

Britain's universities are facing the same carbon conundrum as the entire global economy: how can you achieve meaningful emissions reductions while the market in which you operate continues to grow? Birmingham's Aston University believes it has found the most effective answer: behaviour change.

Analysis of a sample of the ESOS assessments undertaken by the Carbon Trust shows an average energy spend of around £1.8m

ESOS: what have we learned about the energy efficiency opportunities?

With the extended grace period for compliance with the Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) coming to an end, David Tobin, energy consultant at the Carbon Trust, provides an insight into the environmental and financial benefits that the Scheme offers to businesses across a variety of industries.

Lightbulb moment: CLT is anticipating a boom in the upscale of cleantech innovation similar to the rise of the Internet

Cleantech innovation: Navigating the minefield of investment

Innovation holds the key to unlock the global green industrial revolution. But how easy is it for low-carbon entrepreneurs and cleantech start-ups to secure vital funding and ultimately achieve commercial success? In this new feature mini-series, we explore the risks and opportunities surrounding green innovation investment.

Brimming with 39 commitments the Nestlé in Society CSR report is as much a behemoth of sustainability pledges as it is a beacon of business best practice

No breaks for Nestlé in its relentless pursuit of global supply chain sustainability

If you're one of the thousands of people across the globe heeding Nestlé's advice to 'have a break, have a KitKat' this lunchtime, it might be worth taking an additional moment to consider exactly how the world's largest food company is working to ensure its snacks are sustainably and ethically produced.

Cargill works to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and simultaneously secure the sustainable supply of cocoa and chocolate products

The importance of measuring and evaluating your CSR impact

Taco Terheijden, director of cocoa sustainability at global chocolate supplier Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate, explains the new approach the organisation is taking to monitor, measure and evaluation its wide-ranging sustainability strategy.

The return on investment on a complete LED retrofit is between two and three years for a typical office block

Onsite solutions: edie explains LED lighting

In the first of a brand new series investigating the costs, benefits and legislative backdrop of onsite sustainability solutions for your business, edie takes a closer look at LED lighting.

Prime Minister David Cameron has rejected allegations that recent cuts to renewable energy subsidies have undermined investor confidence

It's time to redress the balance of the UK's energy trilemma

With the Government recently announcing its intention to publish a new climate change and emissions reduction plan by the end of 2016, Carbon2018's Melanie Kendall-Reid explains the importance of considering all aspects of the 'energy trilemma' to build an effective strategy.

Penrhyn castle in Wales - one of a number of National Trust properties that have ditched fossil fuels to become energy self-sufficient

Green and pleasant land: How the National Trust is making sustainability beautiful

In 1895, the National Trust was established to preserve Britain's heritage and open spaces. More than 120 years later, these areas need protecting from an even greater threat. The iron claws of urbanisation and the industrial revolution have slowly receded, replaced by the icy fangs of climate change.

More than 1.6 billion cups of coffee are drunk every day

Green beans: 5 sustainable coffee innovations

Coffee. It got you out of bed this morning, it's an excuse to meet an old friend and it propels you through those late-night deadlines. We all love coffee - 1.6 billion cups of it are drunk every day - and supplying that demand has made it the second most traded commodity on the planet after oil.

One in six of the eight billion meals served throughout the hospitality sector each year is wasted

Serving up a food waste solution

With the annual cost of food waste in the hospitality and foodservice sector set to reach £3bn this year, ReFood's Philip Simpson discusses the challenges facing the industry and how businesses can recuperate losses through better reduction and recycling strategies.

edie spoke with Liz Goodwin shortly after WRAP confirmed she would be stepping down as its chief executive

Q&A with WRAP's outgoing chief executive Liz Goodwin

As the Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) prepares for the next chapter of its resource revolution quest under a new leader, edie speaks with outgoing chief executive Liz Goodwin about the charity's success story so far, and her own plans for the future.

Green hero: Sustainability leaders spend years fine-tuning their talents to deliver a long-term vision and inspire change

Top 10 skills that every sustainability professionals needs

From being a good storyteller to 'wearing different hats', the modern day sustainability professional needs a huge array of skills to be able to work towards a long-term vision and inspire change within - and outside of - their organisation.

edie was invited for a tour of Tetra Pak's offices in Lund, Sweden

Circular dreams: Tetra Pak's quest for a resource revolution

With recent reports revealing the enormity of the plastic waste challenge, the need for business-led action has never been clearer. Here, edie reporter Matt Mace pays a visit to Tetra Pak's headquarters in Sweden, where the packaging company is embarking on an ambitious mission to drive a global circular economy.

The narrative of the Paris accord provides the perfect backdrop to create a compelling sustainability story

Fifty shades of green: Telling your sustainability story

With this week being National Storytelling Week (30 January - 6 February), edie reporter Matt Mace investigates how creating a compelling and evocative sustainability story can turn a big green idea into reality.

Businesses could use demand response technology to lower their demand for electricity and therefore avoiding the need to turn on conventional power stations

Demand response: paving the way for a lower carbon economy

As the gap between supply and demand of energy in the UK becomes ever narrower, Alastair Martin, chief strategy officer of 'demand response' company Flextricity, highlights the role of business in developing a robust, reliable demand side response (DSR) mechanism to fill in for failing power stations.

A successful materiality assessment allows a business to prioritise its environmental efforts and spend accordingly, helping to maximise return on investment

Sustainability reporting: Why conduct a materiality assessment?

In the third part of edie's sustainability reporting feature series, we explore how CSR reports can be used to monitor and manage the most important environmental issues affecting your company.

Kye Gbangbola offers his top tips for writing a sustainability report

Sustainability reporting: 10 secrets to success

The concept of developing meaningful, effective and engaging sustainability reports has started to weigh anchor in the business sphere, evolving from a swept-aside entrée to the meaty bulk of fundamental corporate social responsibility.

Challis leads RBS's sustainability agenda innovation activities

What skills do you need to build a successful career in sustainability?

As vice-president of innovation and sustainability at consumer goods giant RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser), David Challis has, by any measure, built a successful career in sustainability.

President Obama has been an influential driver in promoting low-carbon and sustainable plans and policies

Timeline: Barack Obama's global climate legacy

From his early campaigning on environmental issues before taking office in 2009 to the passion and enthusiasm he displayed at the historic climate talks in Paris last month, edie charts Barack Obama's most significant climate actions as he enters his final year as US President.

The Internet of Things refers to the wirelss transfer of information between objects or machines

How the Internet of Things is transforming sustainability

2016 will be the year that the Internet of Things market starts to make a profound impact on the world of sustainability, with endless possibilities to slash global emissions through interconnected devices and objects.

BT has become a pioneer of the low-carbon transition, with a host of new initiatives launched as part of its 'Net Good Goal'

A Better Future: How BT is using ICT to drive behaviour change

As eyes turn from global goals to golden globes, it is perhaps surprising just how quickly COP21 has fallen off the radar in the space of a month.

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