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ISO 50001 is available to any business of any size, but its suitability will largely depend on the energy requirements of the business

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.

There are now 286 fisheries worldwide that are MSC-certified, with 38 new additions in 2015-2016.

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's new PÅTÅR coffee range is both UTZ and EU Organic-certified

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 of Corvallis will generate around 300,000kWh of renewable electricity annually through solar photovoltaics, and also return unused energy back to a local power grid

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.

The certification was achieved as World Water Week commences and as a Fairtrade report revealed that climate change will lead to a decline in coffee production over the next 30 years

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.

M&C hotel group undertook a number of sustainability initiatives including fitting 17,000 LEDs in sites across the UK, resulting in £1m in savings

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.

On Friday (5 August), the RSPO reinstated the IOI Group with its certification starting today (8 August) based upon the actions taken since its suspension

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 now operates more than 5,500 self-service coffee machines in nine international markets, with plans to expand to 8,000 machines by 2020. Photo: costa.co.uk

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's Threadneedle Street branch in London. The building society has achieved triple re-certification to the Carbon Trust Standards for carbon, water and waste

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.

Bulb was awarded B Corp status, becoming the first energy supplier to receive the certification, due to meeting ‘rigorous’ standards of environmental and social responsibility

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 became the first UK airport to propose a series of environmental targets, including energy reduction, recycling and a 'mystery shopper' programme for retailers

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.

Register for edie Live on May 17-18 and book your free, expert advice clinics

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.

Efficiency studies estimate that misleading energy claims by product manufacturers could cost consumers around €10.5bn (£8bn) in extra bills

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 rewarded ship owners who converted the coatings of their ship's hull to the carbon-saving Intersleek coating produced by the firm

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.

The Rio Olympics will incorporate a wide range of initiatives designed to save water and cut waste and emissions from transportation, stadiums and the events themselves

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.

Kit Kat, which is part of the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, was certified was first certified by Fairtrade in the UK in 2013

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.

The meals form part of WWF's LiveWell project which aims to encourage sustainable eating habits

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.

Displays, headsets and notebooks can now be ranked based on the chemical substances used in the manufacturing process. Image: TCO Development

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.

McDonalds will source wood fibre from recycled sources certified to at least one global standard

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 will focus on high-impact areas such as business travel and site emissions

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.

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.

npower has reduced carbon emissions, water use and waste by implementing a range of energy saving techniques

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.

Clariant said its new commitments would secure the company's long-term future

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.

Tropical forest sources have the greatest net-cost benefit for FSC certification, according to the report

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).

Businesses will be key to solving water challenges, according to the Carbon Trust

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 has achieved carbon neutral status at its factory and headquarters. Photo: Lamborghini

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 Decorative Paint UK has received Triple Standard for reducing emissions, water use and waste

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 has invested in renewable energy and energy-from-waste installations at its sites

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.

Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters. Photo courtesy of Shaun Roster

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.

The Whitbread-owned coffee shop chain was praised for its sustainable, ethical, and local sourcing of ingredients

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.

Melbourne's Rectangle Stadium features a rainwater collection system that saves up to 500,000 gallons of water every year

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 (BAR) has been awarded ISO 20121 certification for sustainability across all its operations this week

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.

The FSC Chain of Custody certification allows wood fibres in FSC labelled products to be traced at every step through the supply chain

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).

There are now more than 301,000 ISO 14000 certificates issued across the world

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).

Air France-KLM is ranked as the best-performing aviation company on the Sustainability Scorecard

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's Cocoa Life program has partnered with Fairtrade certification and verification body Flocert as part of the supplier's sustainable cocoa pledge

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.

The upcoming revision of the ISO 14001 standard has been welcomed by more than 90% of environment and sustainability professionals

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 became the first UK supermarket to launch a washing up liquid using mass balance certified sustainable palm oil.

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 serves nearly five billion people around the world with its brands

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 - Five Steps to Ensure Responsible Sourcing' provides a step-by-step approach to mapping the use of palm oil

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.

MCERTS is the Environment Agency's Monitoring Certification Scheme

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?

The Carbon Trust praised 02's stretching sustainability targets

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.

The two car companies allegedly sold 1.2 million cars whose design specifications did not conform to those certified to EPA

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.

The report offers solutions to help get the four principles right.

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.

The GwyriAD plant turns 11,000 tonnes of food waste per year into green electricity

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.

The certificates will help to generate the equivalent amount of energy to heat 15 M&S Simply Food stores all year round

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.

The proposed scheme will improve access for Brazilian businesses to international export markets

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 has held the Carbon Trust Standard since 2010 and was the first data centre company to be recertified in 2012

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.

Biofertiliser restores much-needed nutrients, water and organic matter back into the soil

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 relaunches Seed Sensations range in renewable polyethylene bags

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.

An artists impression of the Yubileyniy Stadium planned for 2018 in Saransk. pic: Gradproject CJSC Moscow

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.

Danone says the partnership with Avantium is a big step towards using 100% renewable materials

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 has replenished an estimated 108.5 billion liters of water back to communities and nature to date

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.

The albert+ badge, awarded to Springwatch, demonstrates that a programme's senior staff have taken a strong lead on sustainability. Photo: Shutterstock / mikecphoto

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.

The main raw material for the production of cartons is wood fibre, which is a renewable resource

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 Express Services has reduced the amount of waste it sends to landfill by more than 3,200 tonnes between 2011 and 2013

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.

Greenpeace alleges that UK high street building supply chain Jewson has been selling Ipe wood from Para state without being able to show the documents that prove it is legal

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 is a stevia-based sugar substitute developed jointly by The Coca-Cola Company and Cargill

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.

The Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard defines criteria for good water stewardship and has been designed to align with other sustainability initiatives

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.

Karelia is home to one of Europe's last great forests

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.

 High conservation value ecosystems in Russia

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.

The new standartd is likely to be published before the end of this year

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.

By 2050, demand for wood and paper-based products is estimated to have tripled from current levels

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's wind turbine generated 89% of the organisation's electricity needs in 2012. Image courtesy of Sam Stephenson

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.

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