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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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'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.
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-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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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'.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.