EA derails super dairy
William Neville, of Burges Salmon, the Bristol-based law firm laments the Environment Agency's objections to a super dairy.
Depletion of water resources more serious than oil reserves
The depletion of underground water resources through overpumping is a far more serious issue than the depletion of oil reserves, the head of an environmental think-tank has warned.
Tomato growers reap benefits of horticultural LEDs
Two of Britain's biggest tomato growers are now benefiting from a transition to horticultural LED lighting, which is increasing yields and significantly reducing energy usage for both businesses.
UK businesses face increasing risk of drought, warns water sector
Companies are being called upon to ramp up water efficiency measures, share best practices and water consumption and open up new communication streams surrounding water conservation after a new report commissioned by water companies revealed the growing risk of drought facing the UK.
Treasury to underwrite Horizon 2020 projects beyond EU membership
The UK's innovation agency has vowed to ensure that science and research plays a "central role in a progressive industrial strategy", after Chancellor Philip Hammond revealed that the Treasury will underwrite business and academic funding for approved Horizon 2020 projects.
National Trust calls for complete reform of British farm subsidies
The National Trust has called for complete reform of the British farm subsidy system after Brexit, by ending payments for owning land and only rewarding farmers who improve the environment and help wildlife.
Global water shortages to deliver 'severe hit' to economies, World Bank warns
Water shortages will deliver a "severe hit" to the economies of the Middle East, central Asia, and Africa by the middle of the century, taking double digits off their GDP, the World Bank warned on Tuesday.
UN and Google forge 'eye-in-the-sky' forest mapping partnership
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has turned to tech giant Google to implement a high-resolution satellite-based data mapping system which could usher in an "unprecedented level of environmental literacy" for the forestry sector.
Scotland ploughs £50m into food security and climate research
The Scottish Government has announced it will be investing £48m for innovative scientific research in the agriculture and environmental sectors in an effort to strengthen global challenges such as food security and climate change.
Cargill partners with WRI to tackle supply chain deforestation and water risk
International agri-foods business Cargill has forged a new partnership with global research organisation World Resources Institute (WRI) to improve the sustainability of its supply chain, with a particular focus on deforestation and water risk.
Data collection for agricultural supply chains set for streamlined upgrade
A host of big brand food producers including Mondelez, PepsiCo and Marks & Spencer will have their agricultural supply chain data collection and management streamlined through a new platform partnership between Sedex and the Sustainable Agricultural Initiative (SAI).
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.
Study: Reducing meat and dairy consumption required to meet climate goals
Europeans need to eat less beef and consume less dairy products in order to reach the EU's climate goals, according to a new study by Swedish researchers.
US Navy launches first biofuel-powered ship
The first ever US Navy ship to run on an alternative fuel blend as part of its regular operations, has been deployed from California.
Can underground herb gardens boost Britain's food security?
A hydroponic herb garden beneath the streets of Clapham could provide an agricultural model for Britain to save valuable resources and boost food security, London catering firm Vacherin has claimed.
Re-shaped Defra vows to make Britain a global leader in farming
Environment Secretary Liz Truss has today (6 January) vowed to make Britain a global leader in sustainable farming by announcing improved flood defences, increased agricultural investment and greater risk-response capabilities as part of a shake-up for the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Coca-Cola and Pepsi unite on the road to Paris
With less than a week to go until COP21, global beverage giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have thrown their weight behind a business-led push for global leaders to secure a robust international climate agreement in Paris.
DuPont to invest $10bn in sustainable food R&D
American chemical giant DuPont has unveiled a new set of sustainability targets for 2020 including a $10bn investment in international food security, commitments to sustainable innovation and a reduction of its own environmental footprint.
Data-powered farming needed to feed booming population, says WRAP
Data-enabled technology, new consumer eating habits and reducing waste will all prove vital in ensuring the UK has a sustainable supply of protein over the next 10 years, according to new research from WRAP.
Collaboration and innovation vital to solve 'forgotten problems' of water scarcity
Both the public and private sectors need to realise there is no 'silver bullet' to deal with the rising yet largely ignored water scarcity crisis, a panel of industry experts has concluded.
Heineken: Green partnerships only way to tackle planet's problems
EXCLUSIVE: Partnerships are the 'new age of sustainability', according to the director of global sustainable development at Heineken.
Food waste coalition begins push for value chain collaboration
Pepsi, Unilever and WWF are among a collection of businesses and NGOs that have joined a new coalition organisation tasked with inspiring companies to adopt comprehensive food waste programmes.
Food firms must collaborate to unearth climate risks, says CDP
Some of the world's largest food, beverage and tobacco brands are missing out on significant financial and production quality gains by failing to mitigate climate risks and reduce carbon emissions, a new report has warned.
Food giant General Mills announces 10-year plan to slash emissions by 28%
US food producer General Mills has announced that it aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 28% across the entirety of its value chain in the next 10 years.
Diageo saves almost 3 billion litres of water
Diageo has improved its water efficiency by more than 10% in the past year, according to the drinks giant's latest sustainability report.
'Shade balls' to save drought-stricken Los Angeles 300 million gallons of water
Los Angeles is using millions of 'shade balls' to prevent water loss during California's worst drought in recorded history.
Innocent drinks: Sustainability is now a business imperative
EXCLUSIVE: We are moving from a point in time where companies do sustainability because it's the 'right thing to do', to a point it is essential to the bottom line.
Runaway maize? AD sector fends off criticism over damage to land
The anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has hit back at criticism from the Soil Association which claims that soil destruction caused by biofuel production is threatening the UK's food security.
Research farm could slash environmental impact of livestock
Researchers are trying to reverse beef's reputation as the least environmentally friendly meat with a 'model farm' established in Devon.
UK dairy industry commits to enhancing biodiversity
British dairy processors have pledged to enhance biodiversity on processing sites, the trade association has announced.
Wasteful supply chains cost European food industry £7bn a year
Companies in the European food and agriculture (F&A) industry could save more than £7bn by adopting new food-waste strategies.
North Sea economy and ecology at risk without UK Government action
The UK Government must act now to prevent the degradation of economic opportunities and natural ecosystems in the North Sea, a House of Lords report warned on Tuesday.
UK must have power to decide on GM crops, say MPs
GM crops are an indispensable tool in the fight against global hunger and the UK should retain ultimate power to decide on the technology, MP's have claimed.
Minister's claims that solar panels harm UK food security are false
British food security is not being harmed by the spread of solar panels in the countryside as claimed by the UK's environment secretary, documents from her own department reveal.
Collaborate or lose money: New report warns of global sustainability pressures on big business
Resource pressures in global commodity markets will derail the business goals of multinational corporations unless they start to collaborate with local stakeholders.
Dedicating land to bioenergy won't curb climate change, says WRI
Do not grow crops for energy instead of food. That is the message of a new report from the World Resources Institute (WRI), which claims that dedicating crops to generating bioenergy is too inefficient to solve energy crises and makes it harder to sustainably feed the planet.
GM crops to be fast-tracked in UK following EU vote
GM crops look set to be brought to the UK market speedily after MEPs approve new legislation allowing countries to choose whether to grow the crops, in a rubber-stamping vote on Tuesday (13 January).
Food and drink firms 'must improve efficiency' to protect dwindling water supply
The food and drink industry must curtail the amount of water used in production to avoid two thirds of the world's population living in 'water-scarce' areas by 2050.
UK's biggest solar farm connects to national grid
The biggest solar farm in the UK, capable of powering 14,000 homes a year, has been connected to the national grid in Oxfordshire.
Sustainable agriculture: Urgent action needed to adapt to climate change, report finds
Agricultural systems will need to transform significantly in order to adapt to climate change, according to a new study from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).
Corporate giants set sustainable agriculture goals
Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture has announced that its member companies - including Unilever, General Mills, Kellogg's, Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble - have committed to drive sustainable agriculture in the US with six new environmental pledges.
ReFood unveils industry-first food waste scholarship
Food waste recycling specialist ReFood has unveiled the industry's first dedicated scholarship programme to inspire the next generation of sustainable students.
Sustainable food systems: Alternative recipes to feed the 9 billion
With food security riding high on policymakers' agenda in the wake of the global food crisis, edie has come across some of the more alternative methods of feeding an estimated nine billion people, including seaweed farms, cockroaches, drones and 3D printers...
Global free-for-all has 'water bank' running dry
An incendiary report from a NASA scientist which warns that the world's water supplies are rapidly dwindling has sparked calls for changes to UK water policy
£5m boost for sustainable food innovations
UK businesses and universities will receive £5m funding to help them solve some of the world's greatest agricultural challenges such as food security and sustainability.
Are solar farms really hitting British food production?
Environment secretary Liz Truss has cut solar farm's subsidies saying they harm food production, but most UK solar farms successfully produce food as well. Karl Mathiesen investigates.
Government scraps solar subsidies for farmers
Solar farms on agricultural land could soon be a thing of the past following an announcement from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) that farmers will lose their right to claim subsidies for fields filled with solar panels.
Good, better, best: Whole Foods launches rating system for environmental impact of produce
Whole Foods Market has introduced the Responsibly Grown produce rating system which assesses the impact of farming practices on the environment and human health.
Solarcentury to build 'UK's most environmentally-friendly solar farm'
Composting toilets, biodiesel generators and a car sharing scheme for staff will all be features of a new 48MW solar farm which developers say will set the 'highest environmental standards ever for a ground-mounted solar installation'.
Governments and business leaders unite to end deforestation
A public-private partnership of multinationals, governments, civil society and indigenous peoples have pledged to halve the rate of deforestation by 2020 and eradicate the issue completely by 2030.
Solar energy offers 'lifeline' for struggling farmers
More and more British farmers are combining their sheep, chickens and other poultry with rows of solar panels and producing a double output of food and home-grown energy, according to a new report.
First commercial-scale biofuel plant opens in US
The USA's first commercial-scale biofuel plant is now open and will eventually produce more than 110 million litres of fuel a year from corn waste.
Brewing a better future: Heineken highlights benefits of local sourcing
Dutch brewing company Heineken has stepped up its commitment to source the majority of its agricultural raw materials from Africa in a bid to boost crop yield and cash income for smallholder farms across the continent.
PepsiCo set to launch soft drink made from cashew fruit waste
PepsiCo plans to create a new soft drink using what has traditionally been an agricultural waste product - juice obtained from cashew apples.
Business leaders to announce new plans to tackle climate change at UN event
Political figureheads will join leaders from business and civil society to announce new commitments and practical actions to address climate change at a climate summit hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon next month.
H&M leads the field in sustainable cotton use
H&M has topped the list of the world's biggest users of certified organic cotton, according to the Textile Exchange's latest report.
Walmart and General Mills join forces to harvest more sustainable crops
General Mills chief sustainability officer Jerry Lynch has revealed how his company is working with Walmart to accelerate innovation in sustainable agriculture down the supply chain.
IKEA sets sights on making sustainable cotton affordable for all
IKEA is aiming to secure 100% cotton from more sustainable sources by the end of 2015 as it looks to broaden its impact and make sustainable cotton a mainstream commodity.
Growing risk to material supply as UK approaches 'end of an era'
The Government is being urged to act now over escalating risks to the supply of essential manufacturing materials.
Nestlé chairman urges 'wasteful' supply chains to tackle food and water losses
Nestlé Group chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe has called for more action to be taken to reduce supply chain food waste, arguing it would also help address issues around water shortages.
'It is our duty to act now': WWC and FAO unite to combat water and food security
The World Water Council (WWC) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) have agreed to increase their collaboration amidst growing concerns about global water and food security.
EU Commission gives environmental technologies the green light with new verification scheme
Environmental Technology Verification (ETV), a new scheme to promote innovative green technologies, has been launched in the UK by the European Commission.
Nestlé ranks people alongside water as a growing 'scarce resource'
One of Nestlé's senior representatives has highlighted the rising threat of unsustainable water use and its potentially devastating effects on global food security over the next 40 years.
UK chief scientist calls for urgent debate on climate change mitigation
It's time to move on from the basics of whether global warming is happening to how best to respond, says chief science adviser
Food and biofuels likely to be hit by rising water risks to corn supplies
High water stress is jeopardising one-third of the world's corn crop, sparking food and biofuel security fears within the agricultural industry and related supply chains.
Resource use 'must be separated from economic growth', says UNEP
The unsustainable use of natural resources will continue to have a 'crippling' impact on price volatility and the environment unless economic growth is decoupled from resource consumption, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Monsanto targets smarter irrigation to drive 25% water use reduction by 2020
Agricultural giant Monsanto has pledged to increase irrigation water efficiency across its global seed production operations by 25% by 2020 and will report on its progress in meeting this goal.
Water & Business: How to avoid the looming 'crisis'
In less than 16 years, the UN says that the demand for fresh water will outstrip supply by 40%. Businesses are acutely aware of the impending risks of managing with less water, but many are confused about exactly what to do, and where it should start. Peter Knight provides some clarity.
EU moves to scrap 'best before' labels in bid to cut food waste
A group of European Union states led by the Netherlands and Sweden are calling on the European Commission to scrap 'best before' labels on a host of long life products in a bid to cut down on food waste.
Emissions from 10 food and drinks companies 'higher than Scandinavia'
Cereal and softdrinks brands among top polluters singled out in Oxfam report for not doing enough on climate change.
Business Secretary opens London's 'first' commercial-scale AD plant
Business Secretary Vince Cable has opened London's first commercial-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Dagenham.
Waitrose teams up with ITM Power to produce renewable fertiliser
Supermarket chain Waitrose is stepping up its sustainability drive by joining forces with the Technology Strategy Board and ITM Power to develop a system for the production of renewable fertiliser.
Why water issues are now commercially important
Water is essential for life, but many businesses still fail to recognise the commercial importance of this vital resource. Darran Messem explains why businesses must take note.
IPCC report: Climate change impacts occurring from the tropics to the poles
The effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) latest report.
Will water scarcity ever challenge carbon emissions as a business priority?
When it comes to exposure and coverage, carbon emissions reign supreme. But is it time water security became the central environmental issue? Leigh Stringer investigates
UN report: Investment in forest conservation will accelerate sustainable growth
Sustainable economic growth can be accelerated by investing $30bn per year in tropical forest conservation, according to a new UN report.
Water shortages will put UK energy security 'in danger' say researchers
UK policymakers are being called on to give greater consideration to the electricity sector's 'water footprint', as water shortages are likely to impact energy generation in the future.
Report: Intensive meat production devouring land and raw materials
The current industrialised meat and dairy production system is "untenable" and needs a radical rethink to reduce its impact on the environment, according to a new report.
Water rises to top as 'most urgent' sustainability challenge
Water scarcity, climate change and poverty are now society's most urgent challenges according to hundreds of sustainability experts across the world.
Plugging the future food gap relies heavily on slashing waste
Tackling food waste successfully will be critical to meet the world's growing food needs as new research proposes that the planet will need 70% more food to feed a global population of 9.6 billion in 2050.
House of Lords evidence session targets economic value of waste
A House of Lords committee is meeting today to explore the opportunities of creating a multi-million pound economy from waste products across agriculture, industry and households.
Coffee industry launches new GHG calculating methodology
Global coffee companies Lavazza, Nestle and illycaffe are amongst a group of organisations to launch a new methodology to calculate Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from green coffee production.
PM not delivering on environmental commitments report warns
The Government is failing to deliver nearly a third of its natural environment commitments, finds a new report.
Farming sector: 'time to pull plug on water waste'
Government policy must be shaped to enable farmers to better capture water "during times of plenty" to help the industry produce more food during shortages, says the NFU.
Coca-Cola closes in on creating plant-based packaging from bio-waste
Coca-Cola is on the cusp of transforming agricultural waste into polyester plastic to generate a more sustainable ingredient for its PlantBottle packaging.
European Parliament votes for controversial biofuel cap
The European Parliament's environment committee (ENVI) has today voted in favour of legislation to cap the percentage of biofuels in European renewable energy transport targets at 5.5%.
European Parliament urged to vote against 'unfair' biofuel cap
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has called on the European Parliament Environment Committee (ENVI) to vote against proposals to reduce EU renewable transport targets this Thursday.
EEA calls into question 'carbon neutral' biomass
The European Environment Agency (EEA) has said that the production of bioenergy is not always carbon neutral and must follow EU resource efficiency principles, but experts say more research is needed.
Demand grows for global targets to slash food waste
A global standard to measure and report on the amount of food wasted across the world is being called for as World Environment Day gets underway.
Businesses asked how EU environment policies impact the UK
Defra and DECC have launched a consultation asking businesses and organisations whether being a part of the EU helps or hinders their work on the environment and climate change.
Sustainability must go mainstream: Interview with Peter Bakker
Business cannot succeed in a society that fails - that is the personal mantra of Peter Bakker, president of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. He takes time out to tell Zeljka Davis why
House of Lords sounds alarm over EU low carbon investment uncertainty
A clearer EU policy is needed to unlock investment in secure, affordable and low carbon energy, according to a report released today by the House of Lords.
Ireland set to fall short of EU 2020 emissions target
Ireland is at significant risk of not meeting its EU 2020 targets even under the best-case scenario, according to figures released by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today.
Resource efficiency is key to the evolution of the 'smart city'
The evolution of the 'smart city' will require a new way of providing infrastructure and utilities to a growing population as well as a major uptake in resource efficiency, finds Leigh Stringer.
Unilever ahead of target on sustainable sourcing
Unilever is now sourcing more than a third of its agricultural raw materials sustainably, exceeding the interim milestone of 30% it set itself in 2010 under its Sustainable Living Plan.
World's first sustainable sourcing guide launched for agricultural raw materials
Seven global organisations have launched the world's first practitioner's guide to sustainable sourcing of agricultural raw materials, which aims to help protect crops and the global water supply.
UN rallies to combat global drought
Four UN institutions have launched a project aimed at increasing water capacities and developing risk based water management policies to tackle drought around the world.
Nestlé chief: water shortages could spark global food crisis by 2030
Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke has warned that water scarcity will be the cause of massive food shortages within the next 15 to 20 years unless decisive action is taken.
Nestlé boss adds waste to list of supply chain risk factors
Nestlé chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe has identified wasteful agriculture practices as a "major challenge" to tackle within its global supply chain as it looks to ramp up production levels.
Global coalition pledges to cut emissions in oil and gas sector
More than a dozen Ministers from countries around the world have released a statement calling for faster action in reducing venting, leakage, and flaring of natural gas from oil and gas operations.