edie launches free ISO 50001 guide for energy managers
Organisations and energy managers with an interest in the ISO 50001 energy management system now have access to a free comprehensive 'edie explains' guide which breaks down all of the key information required to gain certification.
Retailers and restaurants stepping up to the plate on sustainable seafood
Fisheries, supermarkets and foodservice businesses are together driving up demand for traceable, sustainable seafood as a new report from the Marine Stewardship council (MSC) reveals that the volume of MSC-certified catch increased by a further 6% last year.
Ikea and McDonald's go 'all-in' for sustainable coffee
Furniture retailer Ikea and fast food business McDonald's have both announced fresh commitments to sell coffee from certified-sustainable sources.
Toyota set to unveil 'world's first' net zero energy automotive dealership
Motor giant Toyota is "on schedule" to unveil the world's first certified net-zero energy automotive dealership, after striking a deal with the architects of the building to collect data to ensure that the facility is producing more energy than it uses.
Olam gains water certification for plantation as Fairtrade warns of climate-driven coffee decline
With a new report from Fairtrade warning that climate change could stunt global coffee production by 50%, supplier Olam International has become the first agri-business globally to achieve the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard - for it's coffee plantation in Tanzania.
Millennium and Copthorne retains Carbon Trust Standard certification
Millennium and Copthorne (M&C) Hotels has achieved a re-certification to the Carbon Trust Standard after achieving a 10.9% reduction in emissions over a two-year period.
RSPO re-certifies IOI Group after initial suspension
Palm oil giant IOI has had its sustainability credentials re-certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) following its suspension by the certification body earlier in the year.
Costa Express served ISO 14001 sustainability standard
Costa Coffee has been awarded the ISO 14001 International Standard for Environmental Management Systems for its self-serve 'Express' outlets, less than a week after the organisation was scrutinised for its approach to managing waste coffee cups.
Nationwide rewarded with Carbon Trust Triple Standard after exceeding sustainability targets
The world's largest building society, Nationwide, has become the first high street financial services provider in the UK to achieve triple re-certification to the Carbon Trust Standards for its "holistic approach" to managing carbon, water and waste.
Certified green energy supplier becomes first in UK to cover switching fees
Renewable energy supplier Bulb has become the first UK supplier to offer to pay-off exiting tariff fees to new customers and businesses who decide to switch suppliers, just a week after receiving new certification for its transparency towards environmental impacts.
Heathrow becomes first airport to earn four Carbon Trust Standards
Heathrow has become the first airport in the world to simultaneously hold four certifications from the Carbon Trust Standard, after working to reduce key environmental footprints both in-house and across its supply chain.
Book your free expert advice clinics at edie Live
Visitors to edie Live are being given the chance to book free, one-to-one advice clinics to help them plan all aspects of their sustainability strategies.
Nearly 1 in 5 home appliances uses more energy than advertised, survey finds
Nearly one in five fridges, dishwashers, microwaves and other household gadgets guzzle more energy than advertised according to a three-year survey of Europe's home appliance industry.
AkzoNobel slashes shipping emissions through $500,000 carbon credit scheme
Paint and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has issued more than 126,000 carbon credits - worth more than $500,000 - to 16 ships in a move that has reduced the emissions of each vessel by 4,000 tonnes annually.
Rio Olympics earns top sustainability benchmark
The 2016 Rio Oympic and Paralympic games has been awarded the top global sustainability certificate for events, ISO 20121.
Greener Kit Kats on the way as Nestlé achieves 100% sustainable cocoa
Nestlé Professional UK & Ireland has become the first major confectionary company in the hospitality and foodservice sector to source 100 certified sustainable cocoa for its chocolate and biscuits.
WWF launches line of sustainable meals
Conservation charity WWF has teamed up with facilities manager and food services provider Sodexo to launch a new range of 10 'sustainable' meals.
Tech firms take action on hazardous materials
Dell, Samsung and LG are among the first tech firms to certify their products against new criteria for hazardous chemical substances, in a bid to reassure customers about their environmental standards.
McDonald's sources certified wood fibre for front end packaging
Fast-food giant McDonalds has announced that all of its European-sourced packaging is now sourced from chain-of-custody certified wood fibre, as the company continues on its journey to source 100% sustainable packaging in Europe.
Willmott Dixon pledges to halve emissions by 2020
Construction group Willmott Dixon has unveiled ambitious plans to slash its carbon emissions in half by 2020 from a 2010 baseline.
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.
npower earns energy sector's first Carbon Trust triple certification
Energy supplier npower has become the first company in the UK energy industry to be awarded the prestigious Carbon Trust Triple Standard for significant reduction measures across energy, waste and water.
Chemicals giant commits to zero-deforestation, using fewer resources
Swiss chemicals company Clariant has announced a series of new sustainability pledges, including a zero-deforestation policy and the removal of heavy-metal-based pigments from certain processes.
FSC certification provides profit incentive for sustainable forestry
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification can provide net cost-benefits to forest operators, according to a new report from the WWF released today (5 August).
Carbon Trust rolls out new water footprinting certification
Businesses with a smart approach to water consumption are being urged to sign up to the Carbon Trust's new Water Footprint label.
Lamborghini shifts green credentials into top gear with carbon neutrality
Supercar maker Lamborghini has achieved carbon neutral certification for its headquarters and factory in Italy.
AkzoNobel awarded Carbon Trust Triple Standard
AkzoNobel Decorative Paints UK has achieved the Carbon Trust Triple Standard after achieving major reductions in water, waste and carbon.
Yorkshire Water to halve carbon emissions at new sites by 2020
Yorkshire Water has set out a series of six new carbon reduction commitments today as part of a commitment to the Infrastructure Carbon Review.
Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie calls on sports teams to champion sustainability
Four time Olympic gold winner Sir Ben Ainslie has called on the UK's sporting organisations to raise the profile of sustainability, as the Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) sailing team's new energy efficient headquarters in Portsmouth reaches its final stages of construction.
Costa served with 'excellent' sustainable café rating
Coffee shop chain Costa has become the first café business in the UK to join the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), after being named a 'Two Star Sustainability Champion' by the organisation.
Greening the game: The world's most sustainable stadiums
Sports stadiums and pitches often require vast amounts of energy, water and raw materials to maintain them, with little prior thought given to sustainability. But the vast amounts of money involved in professional sport lends itself to exciting innovations, and the stadiums are no different.
Ben Ainslie Racing puts sailing in sustainability spotlight
Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) has been awarded ISO 20121 certification for sustainability across all its operations this week, the first such certification for a sports team in the UK.
Tetra Pak's entire supply chain certified for FSC-labelled products
Tetra Pak can now supply packaging from responsibly-managed wood sources from any of its 92 facilities worldwide, having received full Forest Stewardship Council certification (FSC).
Edie explains: ISO 14001
In the latest edie explains, we take a look at ISO 14001 - the updated version of the environmental management framework outlined by the International Standards Organisation (ISO).
Sustainable aviation: Increase in biofuel use 'on the horizon'
A new report outlining the uptake of biofuels across the aviation industry claims that airlines are poised to shift up a gear on integrating sustainable biofuels into their operations.
Mondelez launches new cocoa supply chain sustainability initiative
The world's largest chocolate company is taking a hands-on approach to supply chain management and transparency by employing a bespoke verification system in a bid to improve the social, trade and environmental standards of the cocoa industry.
Looking forward to ISO 14001:2015
Since first adopted in 1996, ISO 14001 has become the most widely-recognised standard for environmental management. There are now over 301,000 certificates issued across the world, with an increase of over 17,000 last year.
Sainsbury's reaches sustainable palm oil benchmark
Sainsbury's has burnished its green credentials today, by sourcing 95% of its palm oil from certified sustainable suppliers.
P&G hits waste reduction target six years early, sets new sustainability goals
Procter & Gamble (P&G) has released its 16th annual sustainability report, confirming it has met two key sustainability targets ahead of schedule and detailing four new environmental performance goals for 2020.
Sustainable palm oil sourcing guide launched for food and drink firms
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has drawn up a new guide to help food and drink manufacturers switch to sustainably-sourced palm oil.
Edie explains: MCERTS
The Environment Agencies Monitoring Certification Scheme (MCERTS) is designed to ensure that potential polluters are monitoring their emissions effectively. But how exactly does the Scheme work?
O2 achieves ground-breaking sustainability Triple Standard
O2 has become the first mobile telecommunications company in the world to achieve the Carbon Trust Triple Standard for carbon, water and waste.
Hyundai and Kia ordered to pay $100m for breaching US Clean Air Act
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Justice has announced a settlement with carmakers Hyundai and Kia which will see them pay $100m civil penalty to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations.
Firms advised to ameliorate environmental supply chains
Businesses must think differently about their supply chains and the 'costs' attached to going green according to a report by president of the lharrington group LLC Lisa Harrington.
Wales welcomes first certified biofertiliser plant
Food waste management firm Biogen has become Wales' first producer of certified biofertiliser at its anaerobic digestion (AD) plant near Caernarfon.
M&S turns to biogas for renewable revolution
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has agreed a landmark deal with a major biogas plant operator for the purchase of biomethane certificates which will reduce the retailer's carbon footprint by more than 6,400 tonnes.
Brazil to benefit from new sustainable product certification scheme
The growth of low carbon technologies in Brazil is set to accelerate with a new sustainable production certification scheme being developed by the Carbon Trust.
TelecityGroup best in sector for carbon management under Carbon Trust Standard
TelecityGroup has been recertified under the Carbon Trust Standard and achieved a 92.5% score for carbon management qualitative assessment.
Renewable fertiliser update to drive green farming
The UK farming industry is set to become more environmentally friendly and sustainable with the publication of an updated specification for renewable fertiliser and the re-launch of the Compost Certification Scheme.
Hovis unveils sugarcane-based bread bag
Bread brand Hovis has announced that it has rolled out a new plant-based bread bag across its Seed Sensation range in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint.
Russia goes green with 2018 World Cup preparations
With the excitement of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil now over, planning and construction is already underway in the 2018 host nation Russia, with a particular focus on energy efficiency and sustainability.
Coca-Cola and Danone invest in advanced bioplastics for drinks packaging
Coca-Cola and Danone are among a consortium of companies that are looking to scale up the next generation of bioplastics by investing in a commercial scale facility for the production of PEF (polyethylene furanoate).
Coca-Cola takes water replenishment to new heights
Coca-Cola remains on track to become 'water neutral' by 2020, having last year returned 68% of the water used in its finished beverages to the communities it was taken from.
BBC and BAFTA eco-standard gets screen debut on Springwatch
BBC's Springwatch is one of the first British TV programmes to demonstrate to viewers that it has met high environmental standards by displaying an on-screen certification badge on its credits.
Carton manufacturers focus on verified traceability
The UK's largest producers of beverage cartons are well on track to meet their commitment to source 100% 'fully traceable' wood fibre by 2015, according to a new industry report.
TNT rewarded for waste-reduction initiatives
TNT Express Services has become the first business in the UK transport and logistics industry to receive the Carbon Trust Waste Standard for significantly increasing the amount of waste it sends for recycling rather than to landfill.
Brazil laundering illegal timber on a 'massive and growing scale'
Greenpeace uncovers evidence that illegally logged timber is being sold on to buyers in the UK, US, Europe and China.
Truvia hits sustainability targets ahead of time
Calorie-free sweetner brand Truvia has already exceeded its 2015 sustainability targets; reducing its carbon emissions and waste by 50%, from a 2010 baseline.
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.
Global brands sign up to international water stewardship standard
Several global organisations, including food companies Nestle and General Mills, have today announced their commitment to the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard, which aims to promote a global framework for sustainable use of freshwater resources.
IKEA's FSC certificate suspension lifted
IKEA's Swedwood Karelia forestry operation has regained its Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certificate, following a successful appeal by the company.
Virgin Trains achieves environmental management certification
Virgin Trains has achieved ISO 14001, the internationally recognised Environmental Management System standard.
WWF teams up with packaging giant on green project
WWF International and Mondi Group have announced today (20 February) that they will work together in a three-year strategic partnership that focuses on increasing environmental stewardship in the packaging and paper sectors.
Cradle to Cradle Institute unveils new product registry system
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has launched a new product registry designed to increase transparency from manufacturers.
BSI water footprinting standard moves step closer
A new international standard for water footprinting - ISO 14046 - is expected to be released later this year as consultation closes this week on a draft version.
Cutting down on illegal logging through supply chain controls
Businesses with forest products in their supply chains have an environmental, economic and ethical obligation to do their part in cutting illegal logging, says APP's Aida Greenbury.
Wembley Stadium achieves international environmental certification
Wembley has become one of the first national stadiums to be certified to ISO 14001, the international standard for the implementation of Environmental Management Systems.
Leading companies commit to scaling up sustainable forest management
Leading forest, paper and packaging companies are committing to support forest certification systems to significantly scale up sustainable forest management.
Woodland schemes cutting down corporate emissions
Since the launch of the Woodland Carbon Code in 2011, UK businesses have become more aware of the benefits of emissions sequestration through the investment of sustainably managed woodlands. Leigh Stringer finds out how robust science is turning this scheme into a potential game-changer
Bupa picks up global Carbon Trust Standard on journey to reduce CO2 by 20%
Bupa has become the first healthcare company in the private sector to be awarded global Carbon Trust Standard certification, for its work on measuring, managing and reducing its carbon footprint.
Glyndebourne Opera House achieves top rating for sustainability commitment
Glyndebourne Opera House has been accredited for its long-term commitment to reducing its environmental impact and improving its sustainable use of energy, waste, water and travel.
Opening the box on sustainable jewellery
The versatility of gold and other precious metals, combined with their rise in value, has attracted a wide range of investors. However, this surge in interest brings with it an augmented level of scrutiny.
EXCLUSIVE: Managing sustainable development must involve 'cultural shift'
Management of sustainable development is not a business task that can be delegated to one team or one individual, it involves a strategic and cultural shift, says NQA's Neil Rotheroe.
A rounded approach to managing sustainable development
Management of sustainable development is not a business task that can be delegated to one team or one individual: it involves a strategic and cultural shift for most organisations, says Neil Rotheroe.
London marks progress towards becoming a Fairtrade city
London's real progress towards becoming a Fairtrade city has been announced by Deputy Mayor Nicky Gavron, but the message resounding through City Hall is that more must still be done to secure the title.
Marriott develops its first carbon neutral CHP plant
The London Heathrow Marriott has announced that its new combined heat and power plant will be carbon neutral, the company’s first ever such initiative.