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The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 12 - From green apprentice to sustainability leader

As The Apprentice returns to our TV screens for its 12th series, edie speaks exclusively to a former candidate who has big renewable energy ambitions, and a sustainability leader who has developed a unique solution to the complex challenge of behaviour change.

According to Forum For the Future's David Bent, the rise in technology and new business models would create a competitive advantage for those that embrace change with open arms

Disruptive technology: The 'great hope' for widespread business model shake-ups

EXCLUSIVE: The unstoppable rise of "disruptive" technology such as cloud storage and the Internet of Things (IoT) will inevitably pave way for new and more sustainable business models, but entire industries will have to embrace this transitional period in different ways to accelerate the shift towards a circular and sharing-based economy.

edie’s exclusive, interactive webinar titled 'Cutting Complexity: Mapping energy efficiency in your organisation' revealed the secrets to successful energy management

How can businesses change behaviours to drive energy efficiency?

UK energy managers can drive employee engagement with company-wide energy efficiency programmes through simple messages focused on the positive impacts of change and the effective internal dissemination of energy and environment management systems.

Delegates from EEF, Tata Steel, npower Business Solutions and  Cebr claim that behaviour change should be advanced inline with technological enhancement

Carbon psychology: The £860m opportunity for UK energy management

Retail, manufacturing and administration firms would be the biggest beneficiaries of up to £860m in energy savings across Britain if a "carbon psychology" approach is taken to improve business energy management processes.

Due to the success of the trials, Keep Britain Tidy has now announced that Nottingham, Haringey, Sutton and Kettering will be given the “charity bin facelift”

Wrigley and Keep Britain Tidy slash litter rates by 30% with charity bin trials

Five successful waste reduction trials across the UK has seen litter in the selected areas reduced by 30%, leading to charity Keep Britain Tidy and The Wrigley Company to extend the project to four extra regions.

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.

The initiative, which started this month (September), will run for three years and engage with 33 London boroughs with the help of housebuilders and hospitality and food service businesses

European Commission funds WRAP's £2.7m London-wide food waste reduction plan

WRAP has launched a new London-wide behaviour change initiative that aims to prevent food waste in the capital as well as promoting best practice measures for recycling unavoidable food waste.

The Hackney-based initiative will be recorded and recreated as a short film to further drive the campaign. In total, 11 local authorities and partners across the UK will take part

Hackney Council welcomes pop-up Litter Lounge to tackle chewing gum waste

A corner of Hackney has been transformed into the UK's first "Litter Lounge", a new behavioral change concept that calls on passing consumers to drop chewing gum into a pop-up living room.

Move for Europe founder Charles Perry believes a business cannot drive the low-carbon transition without a fundamental behaviour change within its workforce

Can sustainability professionals lead a 'social movement' to drive the green economy?

Environment and sustainability professionals can become the leaders of a new social movement that paves the way for a low-carbon, resource efficient future where fossil fuel consumption and air pollution are eradicated from human activities.

The campaign urges consumers to become more water-conscious and purchase foods with a lower water footprint

Knorr calls on consumers to consider the 'hidden' impacts of water in food consumption

During World Water Week, food producer Knorr has launched a new behaviour change campaign to drive awareness of the "hidden" water waste impacts in food production, encouraging consumers to take action to reduce their water footprint.

Santos revealed that by sharpening the Unilever Foundry brief over time, the consumer goods firm has been able to pull in more innovative sustainability solutions

Ignoring innovation is the biggest risk companies can take, warns Unilever

EXCLUSIVE: A failure to utilise innovation and take risks is "arguably the biggest risk a company can take" in the global transition to a low-carbon economy, the senior vice president of global marketing at Unilever has said.

A wide range of organisations will help Unilever and Hubbub develop fresh messaging on food waste and run engaging campaigns which encourage households to better understand the value of food

Unilever and Hubbub launch 'Joint Ambition for Zero Food Waste Britain'

Global consumer goods firm Unilever has teamed up with social enterprise charity Hubbub to launch a collaborative, social media-driven project aimed at eliminating food waste.

Research showed that 81% of customers planned to followed the advice provided since the launch, while two million customers are making changes in the homes as a result of the scheme

Asda becomes first supermarket to show customer food waste savings

Asda customers have saved £57 a year on average after the supermarket chain launched a campaign to tackle domestic food waste.

Recycling remuneration: Local authorities that have taken on recycling rewards schemes have seen a significant growth in recycling rates

Could rewards schemes reinvigorate Britain's static recycling rates?

Long-term investment in rewards-based behaviour change schemes is the only way to reinvigorate plateauing recycling rates in a post-Brexit Britain, with 'quick-win' solutions failing to deliver for local authorities across the country.

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.

Recommendations listed in the report would provide crucial stepping stones to allow the NHS to achieve the £22bn energy efficiency savings target outlined in the Five Year Forward View

NHS revamp offers £400m windfall and vast emissions reductions

A new online tool could save the NHS more than £400m while simultaneously reducing carbon emissions by one million tonnes each year by 2020 and providing health benefits to patients, research from a new report has suggested.

Could glass farming villages and extinction labels help fight the war on food waste?

Dandelion tyres and farms in glass cocoons: the best green innovations of the week

After a week that saw the concept of collaboration emerge triumphantly, edie has rounded up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could bring people, businesses and entire nations closer together as we continue the transition to a low-carbon economy.

edie editor Luke Nicholls interviews P&G's global sustainability director Virginie Helias for this sustainability skills special

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 03 - Sustainability skills special

In this special edition of edie's weekly podcast, we sit down with P&G's global sustainability director Virginie Helias, who provides an insight into the skills and expertise she's acquired after 28 years' experience with the FMCG firm.

Join edie editor Luke Nicholls and the team as they explore the latest green business trends and developments in this podcast from

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 02 - Monkey dating and the 'S' word

The edie editorial team brings you the latest news, insights and inspiration from the world of sustainable business, with this second episode featuring an exclusive interview with The Body Shop and going behind the scenes at this week's Sustainability Communications Conference.

Gardner – a self-proclaimed “honorary millennial – urged businesses to motivate the 1.8bn millennials on the planet by using “passion points” such as fashion and music

Businesses urged to 'make friends with disruption' and embrace the millennial movement

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses should do more to drive the sustainability agenda by embracing the willingness of the first "digital natives and a globally empathetic generation" in order to ignite behaviour change within consumers, the chief executive of collaborative organisation Collectively has said.

Workshop spaces and a tour of the premises will be available to visitors during the grand opening of the Remakery, located at 125 Leith Walk

Edinburgh launches 'Remakery' to ignite re-use and repair revolution

An Edinburgh social enterprise has set up a unique re-use and repair superstore to encourage second-hand shopping and enable more people to learn key repair skills in the Scottish capital, as a way of driving a circular economy.

Large revealed that the Catalyst programme is seeking 10 organisations to sign up, offering to bring in 50 “champions” each, in order to establish an initial network of 500 champions

Global Action Plan launches new platform to motivate sustainable champions

EXCLUSIVE: Independent charity Global Action Plan (GAP) announced on Wednesday (18 May) at edie Live that it is launching a new Catalyst initiative aimed at creating a network of sustainability champions that can motivate one another to mobilise the workforce.

One of the more prominent ways that npower has sparked this behaviour change is through the Environmental, Action, Sustainability and You (EASY) campaign

How ISO 50001 has reduced energy use and sparked behaviour change at npower

EXCLUSIVE: UK gas and electricity supplier npower has revealed that compliance with ISO 50001 has played a crucial part of the company's energy and carbon reduction efforts, igniting behaviour change among staff as a result.

Building management systems could soon be phased out and replaced with more advanced, IoT-based models

Data analysis: taking behaviour change to the 'next level'

EXCLUSIVE: Data analysis can be an integral method to ignite energy-conscious behaviour change among staff, with energy management company SSE Enterprise claiming that the Internet of Things (IoT) could revolutionise how companies interact with sustainability number-crunching.

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.

Nando’s is currently exploring the potential use of food waste to power a selection of its UK restaurants

How Nando's is spicing up its on-site energy management

EXCLUSIVE: International restaurant chain Nando's is rolling out a number of on-site technology upgrades and innovative behaviour change methods, while exploring the possibility of food waste-powered restaurants, in a bid to take energy management in its UK sites "to the next level".

An improved circular economy model in London could create 40,000 new jobs by 2030

London builds 'circular economy hierarchy' into public procurement

The Greater London Authority (GLA) is redefining its public procurement policies in a bid to position London as a global circular economy hub.

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.

Lidl has pledged to donate at least £1m over a 12 month period, with proceeds going to CLIC Sargent, Keep Scotland Beautiful and Keep Wales Tidy

Lidl uses plastic bag charge to help Keep Britain Tidy

German discount supermarket chain Lidl has today (19 February) pledged to donate a minimum of £1m raised from its 5p plastic bag charge to charity, in a bid to educate children on litter prevention.

MillerCoors Fort Worth Brewery in Texas reduced waste by 66 percent in 2015 compared to 2014

MillerCoors toasts zero waste to landfill status after behaviour change drive

America's second-largest brewer has achieved landfill-free operations at all of its major breweries across the country, thanks to an enhanced focus on employee engagement and behaviour change.

Murphy used information from the vehicle tracking technology to engage with drivers on safe and fuel-efficient driving

Construction firm uses driver tracking device to slash emissions

One of the UK's leading construction and engineering companies has seen a 22% reduction in carbon emissions following the implementation of tracking devices in its vehicles to drive a behaviour change campaign.

By the end of the Week, it is hoped that students will make individual pledges to help lower their carbon footprint

Go Green Week: Universities champion sustainable behaviour change

Universities across the country are switching off appliances, sending excess clothing to charity shops and cycling to seminars as part of national 'Go Green Week' - a week dedicated to raising awareness on tackling climate issues.

Sainsbury's head of sustainability, engineering, energy and environment Paul Crewe (centre) was speaking at edie's Sustainability Skills workshop in London

Storytelling skills crucial for sustainability success, says Sainsbury's

EXCLUSIVE: Being an expert storyteller and "humanising" environmental projects have become vital skills for sustainability professionals to embed a strong CSR culture throughout their organisation, the head of sustainability at Sainsbury's has claimed.

The report also claimed to show for the first time, that behaviour change is now frequently delivering ‘metered’ energy savings

British firms rolling out energy efficiency schemes at record rate

UK businesses are implementing energy efficiency schemes at the highest rate ever, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and energy analyst firm EEVS.

Jeremy Paxman gave the keynote address at the Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA) Environment Seminar in Birmingham

Jeremy Paxman issues rallying call for businesses to "win the war on litter"

Veteran BBC interrogator Jeremy Paxman has said he is "sick to the back teeth" of Britain's rising litter problem and is calling on businesses to take the initiative and collaborate for a mass behaviour change campaign to curb the issue.

The events address the issue of throw-away fashion cultures in an attempt to halt the growing amount of unnecessary waste being sent to landfill

Hubbub launches upcycling workshops to 'reinvent' unused clothes

Hubbub is launching a new series of low-cost upcycling events that allow people to 're-fashion' their wardrobes, in an effort to reinvigorate the £30bn of underused clothes that lay dormant in wardrobes in the UK.

Clean for the Queen urges people to report environmental issues such as litter concerns to councils throughout the year by using a smart phone application

Britain urged to 'Clean for the Queen' with anti-litter app

Members of the public are being urged to report environmental issues to their local council using a mobile app, as part of a new anti-litter behaviour change campaign launched to coincide with the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations.

The study found that a blue shade similar to Walmart's logo and green were perceived as more environmentally conscious

Blue is the new green: Logo colours send a sustainable message

Brands that use shades of blue as part of its company image are perceived as the most environmentally sustainable, new research has found.

Any textiles not fit for repurposing will be recycled for uses such as mattress filling

Ocado takes on uniform waste quandary with pioneering re-use scheme

Ocado has teamed up with social enterprise charity Hubbub and a prison in Northumberland for an innovative new partnership that will prevent the online retailer's corporate uniforms being unnecessarily sent to landfill.

There looks set to be a 76% increase in the global consumption of meat by 2050

Could cutting meat from our diets bridge a post-Paris 'emissions gap'?

A dietary change that relieves the demand for animal protein could play an instrumental role in plugging the post-Paris emissions gap, according to a new report from independent policy institute Chatham House.

Spending just 2% of your budget on employee engagement can generate savings of 10%

Top tips: 5 ways to create an effective behaviour change programme

Three-quarters of energy managers surveyed in a recent edie report claimed that employee engagement and behaviour change was a top priority this year. But they also listed it as one of the biggest barriers to getting their energy efficiency schemes off the ground...

More than 98% of Arts Council-funded organisations are now participating in the Environmental Sustainability Partnership programme

Arts and culture goes green with ambitious behaviour change initiative

England's arts and culture sector has saved 12,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions and £2.3m in the last two years thanks to an ambitious sustainability programme organized by Arts Council England and green charity Julie's Bicycle and .

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall sits atop a seven-tonne pile of discarded clothes, which the UK generates in just 10 minutes

Hugh's War on Waste puts fast fashion in the spotlight

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall continued his 'war on waste' last night (9 November), with the second episode of his TV show highlighting the need for a more sustainable fashion industry.

The Hammond family farm in Norfolk are forced to throw away more than 20 tonnes of waste parsnips a week

Hugh's war on food waste: Are supermarkets doing enough?

Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has gone to war on waste, with a new TV show highlighting the food waste caused by exacting supermarket standards. But the retailers have been quick to tell edie about the steps they're taking to tackle the problem.

Data-enabled technology presents one of the greatest opportunities for the food system since the Green Revolution, said the report

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.

A few strategies were highlighted throughout the report that have been successfully implemented by a small amount large companies

Report: Executive boards failing to 'walk the walk' on sustainability

Corporate board directors are failing to deliver tangible environmental impacts despite incorporating sustainability into a company's ethos, a new report has found.

IKEA has sourced its more sustainable cotton from sources grown to the Better Cotton Standard

IKEA becomes first major retailer to use '100% sustainable' cotton

Swedish retail giant IKEA has announced today (30 October) that it has become the first major retailer to source all of the cotton used in products from certified sustainable sources.

The 'take, make, waste' economy is running up against the world's increasingly scarce raw materials

Let's throw away old notions of waste: it's time for new circular economy policies

The circular economy is about much more than recycling and landfill. As Accenture's Peter Lacy argues, businesses and consumers need governments to reward innovation through effective incentives.

The University will dedicate a week of teaching for all second year undergraduates about understanding the challenge of climate change and the requirements of a low-carbon economy

Aston University leads climate action with first ever student Carbon Week

Aston University will become the first university to offer its undergraduate students training in how climate change impacts businesses and society, when it hosts Carbon Week 2015 at the start of November.

The campaign invites food and grocery industry companies to help their employees reduce household food waste throughout October

Food waste: Employee behaviour change campaign launched

Food and grocery businesses across the UK are helping their employees to reduce their household food waste through a month-long campaign co-ordinated by WRAP and food research firm IGD.

The Carbon Trust has launched the world's first certification standard for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in an organisation's supply chain

Carbon Trust launches world's first certification standard for supply chain emissions

Organisations working to measure, manage and reduce the carbon emissions of their supply chain will now be able to benchmark progress and gain recognition for their efforts with the world's first independent certification scheme.

Christ Church college at the University of Oxford - one of the worst-performing universities based on carbon emissions

Growth in universities takes toll on sector emissions

Universities and colleges in England have fallen further behind their collective 2020 carbon reduction target, with absolute emissions increasing in the last academic year.

Businesses and campaign groups have put their names to the Litter Manifesto

McDonalds and Wrigley add support to national Litter Manifesto

Businesses and campaign groups have backed a new Litter Manifesto calling on the Government to tackle the UK's £1bn litter problem.

edie's inaugural Sustainability Skills Workshop will take place in London on 26 January 2016

edie launches brand new Sustainability Skills Workshop

The sustainability leaders of tomorrow will be able to enhance their existing skills and develop new ones thanks to a brand new edie workshop being launched next year.

The Clean Up Britain campaign estimates littering costs the UK around £1bn per year

Clean up campaign to use behavioural science to end littering epidemic

An anti-littering campaign headed up by former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman is to use 'nudge theory' to cure Britain's littering bug.

The Interceptor is an eight-part BBC One drama filmed on location around London. (Photo: Des Willie/BBC)

BBC puts sustainable TV production in the spotlight for new series

The BBC's new primetime police drama The Interceptor has achieved top ratings for sustainability standards in TV production thanks to a raft of green initiatives.

You have just over six weeks to enter the 2015 Sustainability Leaders Awards

edie Sustainability Leaders Awards 2015 officially open!

Entry has now opened for one of the most prestigious awards schemes in the UK sustainability sector - the edie Sustainability Leaders Awards.

Dow recently announced an ambitious sustainability program featuring seven goals for 2025

Businesses at centre of circular revolution, says Dow

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses must collaborate with policymakers, suppliers and consumers if they are serious about driving a circular economy, according to the director of sustainability programs at Dow Chemical.

The One Drop of Life app brings to light the importance of water resources in an entertaining manner

Microsoft turns to gamification to tackle water crisis

Tech giant Microsoft has taken its corporate social responsibility to the world of smartphones, with the launch of a new mobile app designed to raise awareness of global water issues.

Generating behaviour change and sustainable employee engagement requires both emotional and intellectual intelligence

Empowering change: Three steps to improve employee engagement

The recent flurry of ambitious new behaviour change programmes from big business shows no signs of abating, with sustainability professionals citing it as one of their top priorities this year.

Gareth Williams reccommends using ISO50001 as a route to ESOS compliance

ESOS opportunity will empower energy managers, says Northern Rail

EXCLUSIVE: Implementing energy-saving initiatives highlighted by the Government's Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) should be a 'no-brainer' for businesses, according to the energy and environment manager at Northern Rail.

The Co-op Group's BREEAM-certified headquarters in Manchester

Co-op launches B2B green power business

The Co-operative Group has established a new business-to-business energy services arm known as Co-operative Power.

M&S believes the biggest energy savings come from a combination of technology and behaviour change

M&S embarks on new behaviour change plan

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has launched a new behavior change campaign to help it cut energy use by 50% across UK operations by 2020.

Paul Crewe gave an update on Sainsbury's energy reduction at Sustainability Live this week

Sainsbury's makes clear business case for sustainability

EXCLUSIVE: Behaviour change, on-site generation and smarter systems have helped Sainsbury's reduce its absolute energy consumption by 17% since 2005, whilst growing the business by 46% over the same period.

Jaguar Land Rover received the award for its development of a 'whole-lifecycle' approach to manufacturing while cutting the environmental cost of production

Queen Elizabeth awards sustainable business achievement

Automotive giant Jaguar Land Rover and surplus food re-distributor Company Shop have been recognised as sustainability leaders by receiving a Queens Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development today.

edie energy management survey: in numbers

EXCLUSIVE: edie's third annual energy management survey reveals what businesses are doing to become more energy-efficient, why they are doing it and how successfully it's being done.

Queensgate Shopping Centre in Peterborough has implemented a first-of-its-kind assessment scheme, the Growing Greener pledge

Retailer engagement brings huge environmental benefits for shopping centre

Queensgate Shopping Centre in Peterborough has successfully engaged with its retailers to achieve significant reductions in energy, waste and water use.

Unilver's Anna Owens:

Unilever forms behaviour change partnership to tackle 'shocking' UK recycling rates

Unilever UK is seeking to promote green behaviour beyond its own operations in the form of a new recycling incentivisation partnership.

Zero Waste Scotland wants to show people that second-hand isn't second-best

Zero Waste Scotland urges shoppers to embrace sharing economy

Zero Waste Scotland is bringing the 'sharing economy' concept to Glasgow with a week of activity planned to encourage shoppers to swap and pass on their old goods.

Only 1.3% of all food waste came from the seven major supermarkets in 2013

Supermarket food waste: Combined figures revealed for first time

The UK's seven major supermarkets contributed to just 1.3% of all food waste in 2013, according to new figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

More than 200,000 'EkoFunnels' and 'Fat Traps' will be available at participating Waitrose stores and sent out with Sainsbury's online deliveries

Supermarkets come together to fight the festive fat

Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat. But Sainsbury's and Waitrose are keen for that fat to cause less pain in the drains this year with the launch of a nationwide initiative to reduce sewer blockages and increase recycling of festive feast generates.

Unilever hope to draw attention to the 'food waste versus food poverty' paradox

Unilever promotes sustainable living to combat food waste and food poverty

Unilever UK will advertise its corporate umbrella brand on prime-time television to raise sustainability issues and highlight the paradox of food waste versus food poverty in the developed world.

Sue Armstrong-Brown has become the chair Chair of the Circular Economy Task Force less than two weeks into her new job as policy director of Green Alliance

EXCLUSIVE: Circular Economy Task Force to put policy reform in the spotlight

The newly appointed chair of the Circular Economy Task Force has revealed that changing Government policy will be the central focus of a 'new and ambitious phase' for the business-led group in the run-up to the next General Election.

Businesses' websites will be updated to encourage consumers to 'use less, waste less and pay less'. (Image shown is a mock-up version).

Big Energy Vision: Nationwide campaign launched to encourage greener thinking

Kingfisher, Global Action Plan and the National Trust are among a host of big businesses and charities that have united to launch a major campaign which encourages UK households to control rising energy bills and reduce emissions.

More than 25 leading multinational companies are supporting the Collectively sustainability platform

Global brands unite for digital sustainability platform

Coca-Cola, Google and Nike are among a coalition of some of the world's biggest companies that are sponsoring a global digital platform which aims to drive behaviour change among millennials by making more sustainable living 'the new normal'.

Douglas McMaster is opening the UK's first permanent zero-waste restaurant in Brighton. Photo: Julia Claxton

Closed-loop dining: Inside the UK's first zero-waste restaurant

Visionary young chef Douglas McMaster is hoping to ignite behaviour change in the hospitality industry as he prepares to open the doors of the UK's first permanent zero-waste eatery in Brighton.

Virgin Media gave a 'thumbs down' for its total direct and indirect emissions in 2013

Virgin Media falling short of carbon reduction target

Virgin Media's total carbon emissions have risen by 2.6% since 2007, leaving the communications giant a long way from reaching its 2015 goal of a 15% reduction.

Participants receive 25 Clubcard points or a 50p coupon for pledging to recycle more at home

Tesco and Coca-Cola launch joint campaign to boost recycling rates

Tesco has teamed up with Coca-Cola Enterprises to launch an educational online recycling campaign in a bid to stimulate behaviour change among consumers.

Separate recycling bin for glass, paper, cardboard and plastic will be electronically weighed at collection

Pickles announces £5m recycling incentives fund

English councils that only offer fortnightly bin collections are 'short-changing residents with an inferior service' according to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles who has today (29 August) launched a £5m recycling fund to reward areas that offer weekly refuse collections.

The Restart Project plans to develop a

Electronics repair charity powers up 'citizen-led' circular economy

Social enterprise The Restart Project will scale up its electronic repair activities by becoming a people-led platform for circular economy innovation.

BT is looking into the development of standards for using data for social good purposes. Pic: BT

VIDEO: BT crowdsources ideas on how to frame big data 'for social good'

BT is actively exploring how digital technology can fast-track efforts to progress sustainable consumption through more effective curation of big data.

77% of respondents to the survey said that their business used sustainability policy just to comply with increased regulation

'Box-ticking' approach compromises sustainable business

Businesses are operating 'on the border of compliancy' when it comes to sustainable business practice, with more than three quarters primarily concerned about their corporate image when introducing sustainability measures.

A circular economy would decouple economic growth from resource consumption

10 things you need to know about the circular economy

A working circular economy could be a practical solution to the planet's emerging resource problems. Here's 10 facts you should know.

Lightbulb moment: Behavioural energy efficiency remains 'largely untapped by much of Europe'

Time for behaviour change: UK wasting £500m on annual energy bills

The UK has the potential to save up to 2.2TWh of energy every year - representing almost £500m in utility bills - through simple behavioural change adopted by businesses and consumers across the country.

The hospitality sector is set to spend an extra £32m sending food waste to landfill this year

Boris Johnson puts food waste in the spotlight for London's hospitality businesses

London Mayor Boris Johnson is urging restaurants, pubs and hotels across the capital to sign up to a new scheme that could significantly reduce food waste, saving thousands of pounds in the process.

New Easter egg recycling facilities in Sainsbury's

Sainsbury's unveils recycling bins for Easter egg packaging

Retail giant Sainsbury's has launched a brand new scheme to let customers recycle their Easter egg packaging, in a bid to divert household waste away from landfill.

Unilever: 200 sites now achieving zero non-hazardous waste to landfill

More than three-quarters of Unilever's global factory network no longer sends non-hazardous waste to landfill, up from 20% three years ago.

Surveying 406 people responsible for their organisations energy management, 65% said they are considering upgrading or replacing their current lighting systems

Technology upgrades top priority for energy managers, report finds

Almost 80% of energy managers will focus on technology upgrades or replacement in the next 12 months to drive energy efficiency throughout their organisations, according to new research.

We need the biggest overhaul in business thinking, ever in order to effect transformative and lasting change

Time for change - telling a new sustainability story

EXCLUSIVE The ultimate aim is to ensure sustainability is embedded in everything UK plc does, an integral part of our corporate DNA. We may be getting closer to the heart of business, but we're not there yet. So, Michael Townsend asks, is it time to change our story?

Trewin Restorick: set for new challenges

Global Action Plan founder steps down to embark on fresh challenge

Trewin Restorick is stepping down from his role of running Global Action Plan, the environmental behaviour change charity, to pursue a new venture.

Sustainable consumption 'stumbling in dark' without policy intervention

Efforts to tackle sustainable consumption may be failing due to too much focus on changing individual behaviour, rather than concentrating on the importance of systems change.

Disruptive thinking: a step-change to corporate sustainability

To avoid 'commercially murdering' the sustainability agenda a strong jolt of corporate "disruption" from the very people who may be holding it back will be the defining step in the movement, Global Action Plan's Trewin Restorick tells Leigh Stringer

Making obsolescence obsolete: a mobile concept

While society and the economy have benefited from the swift growth of smartphone technology, it has also led to an unsustainable disposable model with billions of used smartphones discarded every year, reports Leigh Stringer

Autumn statement - missed opportunity for confirming strategy on environmental taxes

Business craves long-term certainty in order to invest, but in perpetuating uncertainty with green taxes and levies, the Government risks failing to achieve its environmental policy objectives and putting up the costs of investment - the worst possible outcome.

The new Green Coffee Carbon Footprint Product Category Rule (CFP-PCR) will drive consistency in the application of GHG emissions calculations by

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.

If emerging best practice is driven across the infrastructure sector over the coming years, the anticipated carbon savings could add almost £1.5bn per year to the UK economy

Construction sector lays foundations for low-carbon infrastructure

Cross-sector businesses, many of which are construction firms, have joined with Government to launch an initiative that aims to cut 24 million tonnes of carbon emissions from infrastructure projects by 2050.

In 2012, commercial sector buildings were responsible for approximately 10% of the UK's overall GHG emissions

Gov must help businesses relate energy efficiency to 'bottom line'

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) is being urged to offer low interest loans to SMEs to stimulate the market for energy efficiency.

Unilever targets parents as 'unlockers' of behaviour change

Unilever is following up its Sustainable Living Plan with the launch of Project Sunlight, an initiative to motivate millions of people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles.

WRAP's EU 2020 vision shows that direct material inputs for the EU-27 could decline by 2.8% between 2010 and 2020 resulting in a material saving of 188Mt by 2020

Circular economy could save EU business £330bn

Wide-scale adoption of a resource efficient circular economy could help the EU private sector save £330bn and avoid 500 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, according to WRAP.

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