Sony pictures a zero carbon future
Improving the environmental performance and energy efficiency of its products has put Sony on the path to sustainability
It is one of the nation’s most celebrated musical events. Now the Glastonbury Festival is also one of the greenest too.
New innovation hub aims to commercialise closed-loop CO2 feedstock
A new open innovation programme was officially launched this week (24 October) that could see around 10% of global emissions funneled into a CO2 recycling initiative that aims to replace petroleum as a feedstock in the plastic manufacturing process.
Kigali deal on HFCs is big step in fighting climate change
They went to Kigali to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and take 0.5C out of future global warming, and the 170 countries that successfully negotiated an amendment to the Montreal protocol treaty agreed to get rid of 90% of them. Not bad for four days and three long nights of hard work.
Food manufacturers unveil 2025 targets to deliver 'sustainable food system of the future'
McCain Foods, Cadbury, Coca-Cola GB and McVitie's are among a host of British food and drink manufacturers that have developed a series of ambitious new sustainability commitments this week.
Nottingham smashes climate targets four years early
Nottingham has surpassed its climate change targets four years early, according to Government data which shows a 33% reduction in the city's carbon emissions since 2005.
Virgin Media hails 'biggest carbon reduction ever' following major efficiency drive
Telecoms giant Virgin Media has recorded its "biggest ever" annual carbon reduction, with emissions falling by 6.1% between 2014 and 2015 as a part of the firm's 'Digital for Good' sustainability programme launched last year.
World's largest carbon producers face landmark human rights case
The world's largest oil, coal, cement and mining companies have been given 45 days to respond to a complaint that their greenhouse gas emissions have violated the human rights of millions of people living in the Phillippines.
Sainsbury's freezes emissions with liquid nitrogen refrigerated engine
British supermarket chain Sainsbury's has become the first company in the world to trial a refrigerated delivery truck cooled by a liquid nitrogen powered engine, as the retailer works towards its commitment to significantly reduce absolute carbon emissions by 2020.
Member states slash EU emissions by 24%
Ahead of the European Union (EU) referendum date later this week, new figures have revealed that total EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have plummeted to record lows, with the UK accounting for a significant proportion of the overall reductions.
Nissan turns to bio-ethanol to accelerate 'carbon-neutral' transport ambition
Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has unveiled the results a ground-breaking research and development (R&D) drive, which will establish a Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC)-powered engine system that runs on bio-ethanol electric power.
Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere forecast to shatter milestone
Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 will shatter the symbolic barrier of 400 parts per million (ppm) this year and will not fall below it our in our lifetimes, according to a new Met Office study.
Global brands urge EC President to propose heavy-goods efficiency standards
Global brands such as IKEA, Nestlé and Philips have urged the President of the European Commission (EC) to propose post-2020 CO2 reductions for heavy-goods vehicles in Europe, raising issues over the impact that European transport legislation would have on the UK if the country were to leave the European Union (EU).
World could warm by massive 10C if all fossil fuels are burned
The planet would warm by searing 10C if all fossil fuels are burned, according to a new study, leaving some regions uninhabitable and wreaking profound damage on human health, food supplies and the global economy.
British CCS 'could service many parts of mainland Europe'
Carbon and capture storage (CCS) sites face no technical difficulties to permanently and safely store industrial-scale CO2 off the coast of the UK, and the hubs could potentially be developed to service mainland Europe, according to a new report produced for the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).
Wyke Farms becomes first UK dairy to earn Carbon Trust triple certification
The UK's largest independent cheese producer and milk processor has become the first British dairy farm to hold a Carbon Trust Standard triple certification for improving environmental performance across carbon emissions, water use and waste.
'Painful learning process' for Verizon as it downgrades carbon reduction projections
America's largest wireless telecoms provider has drastically reduced estimations of the environmental impact of the products and services it offers after previously using 'over-optimistic' assumptions to inform its sustainability report.
FedEx plans to deliver 'future of aviation' with biofuels drive
The world's largest express transportation company is pioneering the use of sustainable aviation fuels through a new partnership which will see millions of gallons of biofuel produced from waste wood biomass.
IRENA: Doubling renewable energy by 2030 will put world on track for Paris goals
An international accelerated push to double the share of renewables in the global energy mix by 2030 would lead to annual savings of $4.2trn and limit temperature rise to the crucial 2C target established at the Paris climate change conference, new research has claimed.
Zero carbon emissions target to be enshrined in UK law
The UK will enshrine in law a long-term goal of reducing its carbon emissions to zero, as called for in last year's historic Paris climate deal.
Global initiative introduces first proposal to reduce airplane pollution
International Civil Aviation Organisation plan of 4% fuel reduction of new aircraft starting in 2028 not enough to halt emissions, environmental groups say
NFL stadium to cut energy use by three quarters
Sun Life Stadium, the home of the Miami Dolphins American football team, has announced that its stadium floodlights will be converted to an 'advanced LED system' that will cut energy use by approximately 75%.
Statoil digs into CCS possibilities in Norway
Fossil fuel giant Statoil will carry out feasibility studies for carbon capture and storage (CCS) at three locations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, the firm revealed this week.
GIB makes third investment in Northern Ireland's AD industry
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) and private equity group Foresight have committed to invest £1.7m in the construction of an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Northern Ireland.
COP21 Monday review: Energy pledges hit the headlines
A packed first day of week two at COP21 saw businesses, nations and organisations take aim at the cause of two thirds of global emissions - energy generation.
COP21 Day 5 review: Stock rising on green finance
Although Friday at the COP was nominally Oceans Day, the news agenda was dominated by green commitments aiming to transform the global financial system.
Investor pressure helps cut corporate emissions by 641 million tonnes
Influential investors with $22trn in assets have helped reduce global corporate emissions by 641 million tonnes through collaboration with CDP's Carbon Action initiative.
COP21 Day 2 review: Deforestation top of the unofficial agenda
Tuesday at COP21 was dominated by forests, as a plethora of NGO's, businesses and dignitaries unveiled reforestation pledges, underlining the importance of carbon sequestration in reducing emissions.
Is the profit-over-planet business model dead?
EXCLUSIVE: The business model of the 20th century that considers the services rendered by nature to be free, available and infinite is dying.
Peatland protection code could cut UK emissions by 200 million tonnes
A new Government-backed code to protect and restore the UK's peatlands could reportedly cut national CO2 emissions by 200 million tonnes by 2050.
MPs call for diesel cars scrappage scheme to tackle air pollution
The government should consider a scrappage scheme for diesel cars to get polluting vehicles off the streets of England's cities, where they contribute to tens of thousands of premature deaths every year, according to an influential committee of MPs.
Tata Steel to install 80,000 solar panels on Dutch steelworks
Indian manufacturing giant Tata Steel has announced plans to create one of the world's largest rooftop solar installations in the Netherlands.
edie backs 'clean cooking' through emissions offset partnership
edie is supporting the rollout of efficient cooking stoves in the developing world thanks to a partnership with ClimateCare.
British Airways ranked as least efficient major transatlantic airline
British Airway has ranked last in a new analysis of the fuel efficiency of the 20 largest airlines that fly transatlantic routes.
European Parliament to become first carbon neutral EU institution
The European Parliament will become the first EU institution to be 100% carbon neutral as of 2016, thanks to a carbon offsetting programme.
Kia kick-starts autonomous EV development with $12bn roadmap
South Korean carmaker Kia Motors is investing $10.2bn into the development of hybrid and pure electric vehicles (EVs), with an additional $2bn going towards the development of autonomous vehicle technology.
Earth's climate entering new 'permanent reality' as CO2 hits new high
The Earth's climate will enter a new "permanent reality" from next year when concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere are likely to pass a historic milestone, the head of the UN's weather agency has warned.
Whitbread continues slashing emissions and water use
The UK's largest hospitality company has released its 2015 corporate responsibility report, detailing continued progress in water, energy and waste.
CCS projects to capture 28 million tonnes of CO2 this year
The 15 operational carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects worldwide will capture 28 million tonnes of carbon this year alone, a new report from the Global CCS Institute has found.
The future is here: mass-market hydrogen cars take to Britain's roads
The first mass production hydrogen cars, billed for more than a decade as a clean alternative to petrol and diesel vehicles but only glimpsed as concepts at automotive trade shows, have arrived on British roads.
China and France say Paris climate pact should have five-year reviews
French president François Hollande claimed China and France had taken a "historic" step towards tackling climate change on Monday after the two countries agreed any deal reached in Paris next month should include checks on whether signatories are keeping their commitments to reduce emissions.
LowCVP calls for collaboration to develop 'trucks of the future'
The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) is calling on Britain's fleet operators and local authorities to band together to create a new low-carbon market for heavy goods vehicles.
Scotland's plastic bag charge sees usage drop by 80%
The number of plastic carrier bags handed out in Scottish shops has reduced by at least 650 million in the first year of the nation's 5p charge.
Google backs Africa's largest wind farm
Google has announced plans to buy a 12.5% stake in the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project in Northern Kenya - Africa's largest wind farm.
Brighton 'Earthship' crowdsources for new energy systems
An entirely self-sufficient, off-the-grid building designed to educate students and the public about low-carbon issues has turned to crowdfunding to upgrade its own energy and water systems.
Twice the size of Wales: ambitious plans for rainforest protection
Environmental charity Size of Wales intends to double the area of tropical rainforest it helps protect as its contribution to tackling climate change. Here, the charity's Peter Davies explains the role of business in tackling deforestation.
Volvo announces range-wide electrification plan
Swedish carmaker Volvo has announced a comprehensive electrification strategy which will see plug-in hybrids introduced across its entire range and a fully electric car on sale by 2019.
Toyota targets 90% emissions reduction by 2050
Japanese carmaker Toyota has unveiled a series of ambitious new environmental targets with an overall aim to eliminate the use of gasoline cars and cut average carbon emissions from all of its vehicles and products by more than 90% by 2050.
BP: Oil unlikely to be fully exploited due to climate concerns
The world's oil resources are unlikely to ever be fully exploited, BP has admitted, due to international concern about climate change.
Waitrose turns grass into egg boxes
Waitrose has given the humble egg box a green makeover with the launch of a revolutionary new packaging material made from ryegrass and paper.
VIDEO: Sky raises £9m through Rainforest Rescue initiative
Sky has raised more than £9m to help keep a billion trees standing in the Amazon, thanks to a six-year partnership with WWF which concluded last week.
Half of Africa could be powered by renewables by 2030, says IRENA
Africa could generate 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 if they were to follow guidelines laid out in a new report from the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA).
Scottish renewables displace record levels of CO2 in 2014
Scotland's renewable energy sector displaced 12.3 million tonnes of carbon emissions last year - a 120% increase since 2010, new data has revealed.
Airlines call on governments to 'complement' climate action
Twenty-eight chief executives and aviation association leaders have penned an open letter to global governments urging them to commit to a joint approach to help deliver emissions reductions across the sector.
Heineken UK cuts emissions but water efficiency flatlines
Brewing giant Heineken UK has released its 2014 Sustainability Report, revealing small reductions in emissions from production and distribution, but no change in water efficiency.
Statoil: Carbon price should be Paris priority
EXCLUSIVE: An international price on carbon is the most efficient way of driving investment into low-carbon technologies and should be a policy priority at the Paris climate change conference in December.
UK, France and Germany lobbied for flawed car emissions tests, documents reveal
The UK, France and Germany have been accused of hypocrisy for lobbying behind the scenes to keep outmoded car tests for carbon emissions, but later publicly calling for a European investigation into Volkswagen's rigging of car air pollution tests.
VW scandal caused nearly 1m tonnes of extra pollution, analysis shows
Volkswagen's rigging of emissions tests for 11m cars means they may be responsible for nearly 1m tonnes of air pollution every year, roughly the same as the UK's combined emissions for all power stations, vehicles, industry and agriculture, a Guardian analysis suggests.
Fossil fuel companies face world-first human rights complaint
Chevron, BP and Shell are among 50 oil companies who face an investigation from the Phillipine courts, after accusations that they have fuelled 'catastrophic climate change resulting in human rights violations'.
Regional governments commit to GHG savings greater than US annual emissions
Regional governments from 11 different countries across four continents have pledged to cut their emissions by more than 7.9 gigatonnes through the UN-supported Compact of States and Regions.
Carbon capture innovation could slash energy costs by 80%
Power plants and other industrial producers of CO2 may soon be able to capture their emissions using 80% less energy, thanks to a new carbon capture technology being developed by General Electric (GE).
Unilever's Paul Polman receives UN's highest environmental accolade
Unilever's chief executive has been named as one of the winners of the United Nations' Champion of the Earth Award for his work as a 'tireless advocate' for sustainable business models.
GSK to slash emissions by 25% with new supplier exchange
Global chemicals giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has set up a new information exchange for its suppliers to share best practice on energy efficiency and reducing environmental impacts.
Kering: Monetising environmental impacts helped secure our future
EXCLUSIVE: Putting an economic value on the whole range of a company's environmental impacts is the best way to get business executives to understand sustainability issues, according to luxury goods and sporstwear firm Kering.
UBS to power UK headquarters with solar as part of 100% renewable pledge
UBS will power its new central London headquarters using rooftop solar panels as part of a green transformation that has also seen the financial firm commit to using 100% renewable energy by 2020.
Rexam's 'can-do' attitude prompts positive progress on green goals
Global beverage can maker Rexam has achieved 16 out of 20 sustainability commitments set in 2010, with an ongoing pledge to deliver "a thriving circular economy" for the sector by championing product and project innovation.
AkzoNobel goes full steam ahead to slash CO2 emissions
Chemical giant AkzoNobel has announced a new deal to purchase sustainably-generated steam that will reduce its carbon emissions by more than 100,000 tonnes a year.
Onshore wind investors put off by punitive policies
More than half of the major sources of project finance for renewable energy developers say they will not lend to onshore wind projects in the UK until there is more clarity around subsidies.
Aviation & maritime emissions will rocket without clear targets, report warns
Global carbon emissions from the world's aviation and maritime sectors could rise 250% by 2050 without tangible targets from governments to reduce carbon rates, a report has warned.
Coal burning costs UK between £2.5bn and £7bn from premature deaths
Deaths related to emissions from coal cost the UK economy between £2.47bn and £7.15bn in 2013, according to a comprehensive overview of coal production in Europe.
Oil and gas majors could be forced to pay for CCS in the UK
Companies that import or extract oil and gas in the UK could be forced to pay for the cost of storing carbon emissions underground, under a new amendment to the Energy Bill.
World's largest 'smog vacuum' opens in Rotterdam
The world's first ever smog-absorbing tower, designed to provide pockets of clean air in polluted cities, opened on Friday in the Netherlands.
RBS unveils 8 green innovations at global headquarters
The Royal Bank of Scotland has announced the eight eco-innovations that will be trialled at its world headquarters in Gogarburn as part of its innovation sponsorship programme.
Aeroplane efficiency more than a decade behind schedule
Despite a 45% reduction in average aircraft fuel burn in the last 40 years, the aviation industry is still around 12 years behind efficiency targets set by the UN's aviation body.
Sustainability rating scheme to promote 'healthier' UK homes
A new 5-star rating scheme is being introduced by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to help house-buyers make informed decisions about the green credentials of their homes.
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
This week in sustainability has seen some major political announcements across the globe, big news involving the Amazon rainforest and recycling initiatives taking centre stage.
Kickstarter fund for 'emission warning' smokestack completed in first week
Architect Bjorke Ingels has successfully crowdfunded $25,000 to build a prototype chimney that will release a huge steam ring for every tonne of CO2 emitted at a Copenhagen energy-from-waste (EfW) plant.
Formula 1-style energy recovery system could reduce lorry emissions by 25%
A French start-up claims to have developed the world's first Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for road freight vehicles.
VIDEO: CO2 can be converted into nanofibres worth £25,000 a tonne
Scientists have discovered a new process that could convert atmospheric CO2 into valuable carbon nanofibres.
US Navy to purchase power from 650,000 solar panels
The US Navy has agreed a 20-year deal to buy solar energy from a 210MW power plant in the Arizona desert.
Crown Estate opens up CCS 'treasure map'
Information about potential sites for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the UK has been made freely available to the public.
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
This week in numbers has seen some surprising electric vehicle developments and exciting new figures for renewable energy and e-waste recycling.
Driving change: What will the planet's roads look like in 2050?
From algae refuelling stations to wildlife bridges, the roads of the future will not just be inanimate slugs of concrete, but an important part of an emissions-free planet. How will we get there? Brad Allen finds out.
China's carbon emissions from fossil fuels may be 14% lower than thought
China's carbon emissions from fossil fuels and cement production may have been overestimated by as much as 14%, according to a new analysis by scientific researchers.
E.ON begins construction of giant 5MW battery
German energy company E.ON has started constructing the world's first modular large-scale battery in the German town of Aachen.
First hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai arrive in Europe
Toyota has introduced its first production-grade hydrogen-powered Mirai sedans to Europe this week.
Teesside set for world's largest combined heat and power biomass plant
Teesside is to be the site of the world's largest new power and steam biomass plant as part of a new £424m project.
Zero Waste Scotland launches guide to office resource efficiency
The Scottish Government-funded Zero Waste Scotland has launched a new toolkit that aims to help businesses improve their resource efficiency.
London hosts energy efficiency challenge for businesses
The London Mayor's office has launched its second Business Energy Challenge to encourage corporations to step up to meeting city-wide emissions targets.
Cambridge launches green vision to cut emissions by a third by 2020
The University of Cambridge is aiming to cut carbon emissions by 34% as part of its new sustainability strategy for the next five years.
VIDEO: Nissan plots 5 most breathtaking electric-car journeys in Europe
Japanese carmaker Nissan has unveiled a guide to five of the most breathtaking journeys across Europe that can be made by electric vehicles.
Leicester embraces pedal power with plans for electric cycle hubs
Leicester City Council is planning to add cycling to the city's sustainable transport network using new Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle (EPAC) hubs.
Morrisons announces new partnership to tackle food waste
Supermarket chain Morrisons has announced it is working with charity FoodCycle to tackle UK poverty and food waste.
Google Street View to map urban air quality and pollution
Environmental monitoring company Aclima has announced a new partnership with Google Earth Outreach to map urban air quality and pollution.
What makes a Sustainability Leader? Case study: University of Reading
With deadline day for entry to the 2015 Sustainability Leaders Awards closing on Thursday (30 July), we take a closer look at the outstanding energy efficiency initiative from the University of Reading that won over last year's judges.
Lord Stern: 10 years on from the Stern Review
Ten years after the infamous Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change was commissioned, Lord Nicholas Stern has warned the risks of global warming are even greater now than ever before.
Improving air conditioner efficiency could reduce global warming, report finds
Improving the energy efficiency of air conditioners could save up to 100 billion tonnes of CO2 by 2050, according to new research from the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD).
Green Investment Bank seals future of Sheffield biomass plant
Developers of a new biomass plant in Sheffield have secured £30m funding from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) and fund managers Equitix.
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
The past seven days saw the UK's poor air quality hit the headlines, with London's pollution issues causing particular concern for politicians and environmental groups alike.
Climatarian: The new way to cut carbon emissions from your diet
Climate change is not normally on people's minds when they choose what to have for lunch, but a new diet is calling for people to go 'Climatarian' for their health and for the planet.