Sweet success? How the sugar tax will impact Britain's low-carbon commitments
Many of us will have made a healthy New Year's resolution, often tailored to running off a Christmas dinner or two and reducing the amount of sugar in our diets. In light of the UK's upcoming sugar tax, what impact could a sugar-reduced diet have on the environment and the sustainability of big food retailers?
Coca-Cola bottler extends 2020 sustainability targets
One of Coca-Cola's leading bottlers, Coca-Cola HBC, has on Friday (30 September) unveiled seven new sustainability goals to build on the company's initial 2020 targets made last year.
Coca-Cola hits global water replenishment goal five years early
Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola has become the first Fortune 500 Company to replenish all of the water it uses globally back to nature and communities.
Coca-Cola Enterprises closes in on 2020 footprint reduction targets
Soft-drinks bottlers Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is celebrating its 10-year sustainability journey by revealing wholesale reductions in carbon emissions, packaging use and water consumption, as the company strides towards its 2020 targets.
Science-based targets initiative passes 150 companies milestone
Ice cream brand Ben and Jerry's and Japanese car manufacturer Toyota are among a wave of 41 big businesses that have joined the Science-Based Targets initiative, which calls on corporations to cut their carbon footprints in line with a 2C global warming limit.
Coca-Cola Enterprises reveals five-step pathway to 'factory of the future'
Collaboration, effective data management and bridging the skills gap form key parts of a new five-step pathway to creating a sustainable 'factory of the future' in the UK food and drink industry, drawn up by soft-drinks bottler Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE).
Coca-Cola calls on policymakers to take circular economy 'leap of faith'
Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola has called on global governments and regulators to ignite a 'cultural shift' towards closed-loop business models - a transition that will only be possible if policymakers take a 'leap of faith' to back the circular economy.
Businesses in the dark about climate risks in half their supply chains
Almost half of the key suppliers for global companies like Dell, Unilever and Walmart fail to respond to requests for climate information, new research from CDP has revealed.
RE100 companies halfway to 100% renewable target
The 53 companies that have signed up to the RE100 pledge to source 100% renewable energy are on average, halfway to their goals, a new report by The Climate Group and CDP shows.
Corporate giants adopt 'science-based' carbon targets in Paris
Some of the world's biggest brands including Coca-Cola Enterprises, General Mills, Sony and Procter & Gamble are among a new wave of 114 companies that have adopted science-based carbon reduction targets that would save almost 800 million tonnes of CO2.
BMW and Coca-Cola join latest wave of RE100 pledges
Carmaker BMW and soft drinks producer Coca Cola Enterprises are among the latest companies pledging to source all of their electricity from renewable energy sources as they join The Climate Group's RE100 initiative.
Coca-Cola and Pepsi unite on the road to Paris
With less than a week to go until COP21, global beverage giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have thrown their weight behind a business-led push for global leaders to secure a robust international climate agreement in Paris.
Major companies commit to 100% renewable energy ahead of Paris talks
A host of high-profile companies, including NIKE and Procter & Gamble, are the latest to join RE100 - an initiative whose members are committed to sourcing 100% renewable energy
Dow Jones reveals worlds most sustainable companies
The 2015 edition of the influential Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) has been released, with Unilever, LG, AkzoNobel and Volkswagen ranking among the industry leaders.
Food giant General Mills announces 10-year plan to slash emissions by 28%
US food producer General Mills has announced that it aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 28% across the entirety of its value chain in the next 10 years.
Coca-Cola ups water efficiency 10%, lags behind emissions targets
The world's largest beverage company has released its 2014/15 sustainability report, revealing a 10% improvement in water efficiency, but a slowdown in emissions reductions.
American firms pledge $140bn to support Obama's climate action
Apple, Coca-Cola and Walmart are among 13 American multinationals that have put forward $140bn of new low-carbon investment in an announcement at the White House today (27 July).
Zero Waste Scotland partners with festival to promote 'eco-friendly' fashion
This year's Edinburgh International Fashion Festival will feature a new focus on sustainability, thanks to a new partnership with Zero Waste Scotland.
Coca-Cola bottler highlights six keys to sustainable manufacturing
Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has released the first results from its partnership with Cranfield University, outlining six key themes in sustainability for the industry in the coming years.
How CCE plans to meet its most ambitious sustainability targets yet
Joe Franses, director of corporate responsibility and sustainability at Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), explains how the bottling firm is planning to spritz up its green efforts over the next five years.
Coca-Cola bottler targets 50% emissions cut and circular waste models
One of the world's largest soft-drink bottlers, Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), has set ambitious new targets for waste and emissions today, claiming that climate change is one of the most significant risks to its business.
UK importers face spiralling water risks
Up to 80% of all UK imports come from countries with at least some level of water risk, according to a new report from WWF.
Worlds' most sustainable food and drink companies revealed by Oxfam
Unilever has finished first in Ofxam's 'Battle of the Brands' campaign which takes a look at the agricultural sourcing policies of the top 10 food and beverage companies.
Coca-Cola bottler slashes 1.1m cubic metres from water usage
The second largest Coca-Cola bottler in the world has released its sustainability report revealing notable gains in water-efficiency, energy use and recycling.
Coca-Cola and Nestle back food-and-drink pouch recycling scheme
Flexible laminate packaging, such as food and drink pouches, could soon be included in existing household recycling schemes thanks to a new trial.
US food industry neglecting sustainable packaging, report finds
The United States is missing out on $11.4bn in potential recycling revenue, largely contributed to by only recycling 14% of plastic packaging.
Coca-Cola keeps green bottle commitment following ECO Plastics sale
Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has insisted its use of recycled materials in bottles will not drop following the sale of its 50% stake in the UK's only plastic bottle recycling plant.
Coca-Cola blasted for 'highly unsustainable' water use in India
Government authorities have declared that Coca-Cola is 'over-exploiting' the groundwater around its controversial bottling factory in Mehdiganj, Northern India.
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'.
Coca-Cola on track to be water neutral, but carbon emissions climb
Coca-Cola is on track to balance 100% of its water use across global operations by 2020, as the company's 2013/14 Sustainability Report revealed that Coca-Cola replenished 108.5 billion litres of water last year - about 68% of its total usage.
Pepsi promotes positive water impact, admits recycling challenge
PepsiCo saved 14 billion litres of water across its global operations last year, thanks to a 20% improvement in water-use efficiency, according to the company's latest sustainability report.
Coca-Cola launches scheme to help communities Keep Scotland Beautiful
Coco-Cola Enterprises has joined forces with Keep Scotland Beautiful to give people and communities more control in improving their local areas.
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.
Big brands team up with Recoup to launch new plastics recycling campaign
Big brands such as Coca-Cola Enterprises, Nestlé and retailer Marks & Spencer have partnered up to launch a new plastics recycling campaign called Pledge 4 Plastics.
Coca-Cola rapped for using too much water
Coca-Cola has been labelled a 'shameless and unethical company' after being forced to abandon a new $25m bottling plant in northern India because it was extracting too much groundwater.
Coca-Cola expands Africa safe water initiative and invests $5bn for sustainable development
The Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partners have announced a $5bn investment at the US-African Leaders Summit in Washington.
Top 50 global green brands - the full list
Interbrand has named the top 50 'Best Global Green Brands' for 2014. We give you the run down below, and links to the latest sustainability activity that helped the leaders make the list.
Ford ranked top global green brand for 2014 as carmakers race ahead
Ford has taken the top spot from Toyota as the number one global green brand this year - with car makers claiming all top four positions - according to Interbrand's latest annual ranking table.
Tesco, Nestlé and Coca-Cola to test recycling options for 'challenging' materials
A consortium involving Tesco UK, Nestlé UK & Ireland and Coca-Cola Enterprises has won government funding to undertake research into cost-effective collection and reprocessing methods for hard-to-recycle packaging materials.
Coca-Cola tackles water scarcity with Danube restoration project
Coca-Cola Enterprises has reinforced its global water stewardship efforts in a ground-breaking collaboration with WWF to restore vital wetlands and floodplains along the Danube River.
'It is our duty to act now': WWC and FAO unite to combat water and food security
The World Water Council (WWC) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) have agreed to increase their collaboration amidst growing concerns about global water and food security.
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).
Ford and Heinz work together to develop waste tomato-based plastics
Car giant Ford Motor Company and food giant H.J. Heinz Company have announced that they are working together to explore the use of tomato fibres in developing bioplastic materials that can be used in vehicle manufacturing.
Ellen MacArthur CEO points to smarter plastic packaging as bridge to circularity
Ellen MacArthur Foundation CEO Jamie Butterworth has said that applying smart labelling technologies to plastic packaging could help the food and drink industry build more circular models.
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.
In Conversation with Coca-Cola's Joe Franses
From recycling commitments to revamped water strategies, Coca Cola Enterprises (CCE) is putting sustainability firmly in the spotlight. Edie talks with director of corporate responsibility and sustainability, Joe Franses, to find out more about the group's various green initiatives.
Coca-Cola's river restoration work may shape sustainable water strategy
Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is working to restore two river habitats in the UK which could potentially act as a template model as the company looks to scale up its water stewardship work across the business.
Emissions from 10 food and drinks companies 'higher than Scandinavia'
Cereal and softdrinks brands among top polluters singled out in Oxfam report for not doing enough on climate change.
Coca-Cola and McDonald's sign up to litter prevention pledge
Fast food giants McDonald's and KFC, along with Coca-Cola Enterprises and Wrigley, have signed up to a litter prevention commitment organised by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
Net Positive 'route map' launched as signpost for business
The principles that should be applied if companies want to take a Net Positive approach to their business have been defined for the first time, as interest in this methodology grows.
Corporate sector told to raise the bar on water stewardship
A leading authority on water has urged the global business community to 'lift its game' in delivering corporate water stewardship on the ground.
Tetra Pak uses bio-based plastic for carton packaging in Brazil
Tetra Pak has announced that all of the packages it produces in Brazil are now using bio-based low-density polyethylene (LDPE).
Walmart joins forces with multinational companies to develop recycling fund
US retail giant Walmart has brought together members of its supply chain with the aim of developing a $100m 'Closed Loop Fund' to improve the US' recycling record.
Coca-Cola promotes recycling in Bangladesh with arcade machine that runs on empty bottles
Drinks giant Coca-Cola has produced an arcade machine that runs on empty plastic coke bottles instead of coins to promote recycling in the city of Dhaka in Bangladesh.
Waitrose teams up with ITM Power to produce renewable fertiliser
Supermarket chain Waitrose is stepping up its sustainability drive by joining forces with the Technology Strategy Board and ITM Power to develop a system for the production of renewable fertiliser.
Householders 'misunderstand' what happens to waste, study finds
Householders in the UK and France often assume that the recycling process ends when they discard an item, according to a new study commissioned by Coca Cola Enterprises and the University of Exeter.
Leading cultural change through senior leadership
Senior leadership is acknowledging that societal and environmental challenges are bigger than us all, says John F Brock
Cola-Cola looks beyond water targets to wider policy challenge
Coca-Cola's director of global water stewardship Greg Koch has revealed that policy engagement is the fastest growing area of the company's work on water as he called for greater government intervention on the issue.
Food and drink giants form new group to boost recycling in Scotland
A new group of drink and food packaging heavyweights has been established to work closely with the Scottish Government to help it boost recycling, and provide partnership support for waste reduction and anti-littering programmes.
Call for 'realistic' EU packaging targets
The European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN) has called for a "realistic" approach to European Union packaging targets, stating that "tailored" efforts are still needed to help some member states reach targets.
Coca-Cola lightweights 330ml glass bottle
Drinks giant Coca-Cola has unveiled a 330ml-sized glass bottle that weighs just 190g, thanks to a partnership with glass container manufacturer Ardagh.
Coca-Cola looks to France to build on UK recycling success
Coca-Cola Enterprises has released the first set of results from a nationwide consumer-facing recycling campaign in France, a country where it is looking to replicate the success of its British closed loop bottle recycling model.
Indian authorities to evict Coca-Cola from 'illegally occupied land'
Local authorities in India are reclaiming land from beverage giant Coca-Cola, after the company was found guilty of illegally occupying the land at its bottling plant in Mehdiganj.
Waitrose joins Tesco in putting a new 'spin' on customer recycling
Waitrose has become the second major food retailer to team up with Coca-Cola Enterprises to encourage higher household recycling rates through the launch of a customer pledge scheme.
Young designers call on fashion world to drop sustainability 'stigma'
The fashion industry has "no excuse" to continue shunning sustainability given the wealth of materials that can now be recycled into clothing, a leading designer has argued.
Waste industry collaborates for closed loop packaging solution
Eco Plastics has joined forces with leading waste contractor Viridor, announcing a 12-month contract to help close the loop in soft drinks packaging.
Tesco gets 37,000 customers promising to recycle more
Tesco has hailed its online customer recycling pledge scheme set up in June with Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) as a success, announcing that the initiative has attracted 37,000 pledges so far.
BT, Coca-Cola and Kingfisher sign up to build Net Positive movement
A number of brand leaders have joined forces with NGOs to build momentum around Net Positive in bid to scale up the agenda.
Global brands back recycling network to combat waste in Chile
Nestlé, Walmart, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Unilever have joined forces to improve waste management in Chile by supporting a new recycling network.
Global brands link with WWF to form bioplastic alliance
Big consumer brands such as Nike, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Coca-Cola and the conservation group WWF have launched the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance (BFA), which will promote the development of plant-based plastics.
Coca-Cola vows to axe suppliers guilty of land grabbing
Drinks firm announces zero-tolerance policy and encourages other companies to follow UN's responsible governance rules
UK needs effective engagement plan to encourage recycling
The UK needs a more visible national campaign to encourage recycling, according to a waste expert at Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE).
Senior leadership most important factor in driving corporate sustainability
Senior leadership engagement is the most important factor in determining the success of companies' sustainability strategies over the next three years, according to a new study published today.
Coca-Cola puts reuse before recycling in latest consumer campaign
Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has launched a new consumer-facing recycling campaign for plastic bottles aimed at getting the public to think more creatively about such packaging.
Cola-Cola's water-neutral aims hinge on building 'smarter' supply chain
Cola-Cola's executive vice president Alex Cummings has said that water is the "single most important environmental issue" for the company as it looks to make its global operations water-neutral by 2020.
Coca-Cola closes in on creating plant-based packaging from bio-waste
Coca-Cola is on the cusp of transforming agricultural waste into polyester plastic to generate a more sustainable ingredient for its PlantBottle packaging.
AkzoNobel achieves water standard for cutting consumption
AkzoNobel's UK Decorative Paints business has become the first company in the DIY and construction industry to achieve the Carbon Trust's Water Standard award for cutting water use.
Coca-Cola sets 25% water efficiency target
Coca-Cola has set a target of improving water efficiency by 25% by 2020 throughout its own operations as well as those of nearly 300 bottling partners in more than 200 countries.
Tesco teams up with Coca-Cola to incentivise customer recycling
Tesco is joining forces with Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) to encourage customers to recycle more at home through an incentive pledge-based scheme.
Coca-Cola reaches lowest ever water usage ratio
Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has recorded its lowest level of water used to make one litre of product, according to its sustainability report released today.
Coca-Cola hunts for the elusive 'black box' of recycling behaviour
Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has revealed more detail on its international pilot project to explore the social science behind recycling by studying people's waste habits in the home.
Coca-Cola teams up with council to pilot community outreach recycling
Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has joined forces with Milton Keynes Council to develop a project that will utilise the power of peer-to-peer community pledges to improve local recycling rates.
EXCLUSIVE: Tackling water scarcity 'critical' to success of the beverage industry
Businesses in the beverage industry have effectively recognised the need to improve water efficiency within their operations but progress must continue to secure the sectors future, says Coca Cola Enterprises' (CCE) Joe Franses.
Sainsburys cuts water consumption by 50%
Sainsbury's has reduced its water consumption across its estate by 50% since 2005, largely due to recycling and utilising rainwater throughout its operations.
Coke CSO urges value chain to invest in 'powerful' women
Coca-Cola's chief sustainability officer Bea Perez has called for greater empowerment of women entrepreneurs, arguing they need more visibility within business.
VIDEO: Closing the loop now 'business critical' says Coca Cola
Coca Cola Enterprises talks about how closed loop models for packaging materials is raising the bar for brand reputation in the third of our Resource Revolution thought leader video interview series.
Britain 'years ahead' with world's first 100% recycled plastic products
A British company has created the world's first rigid, food-safe products from 100% recycled plastic bottles, lids and milk cartons.
World's first sustainable sourcing guide launched for agricultural raw materials
Seven global organisations have launched the world's first practitioner's guide to sustainable sourcing of agricultural raw materials, which aims to help protect crops and the global water supply.
World's largest plastics plant hits recycling milestone
Coca Cola Enterprises' (CCE) joint venture with recycling firm ECO Plastics, called Continuum Recycling, has ramped up its capacity to 100% and has now sorted a quarter of a billion bottles.
Coca-Cola on track to fully abolish HFC fridges
More than 85% of Coca-Cola Enterprise's (CCE) new refrigerator purchases since 2011 have been HFC-free and as of 2013 all commercial arrangements for new refrigerators will meet this standard.
Oxfam exposes supply chain 'failings' of biggest food brands
Oxfam has launched a brand scrutiny exercise of some of the world's largest food and beverage companies in a call for greater transparency.
Water standard will accelerate move to low-carbon economy
Water conservation and reduction in water use will not only provide businesses with substantial savings it is also essential to becoming a sustainable, low-carbon economy, says the Carbon Trust.
Global standard to build water efficiency into future business plans
The world's first international award for water reduction aimed at galvanising business action on measuring, managing and reducing water use, has been launched by the Carbon Trust.
'Soft' approach offers water security and flood protection for business
Businesses are in danger of relying too heavily on technological solutions for sustainable water management and need to take a more holistic approach in strategic planning.
Coca Cola receives first certifications for water stewardship
The European Water Stewardship (EWS) has handed over its first certifications, which take into account water quality, quantity and governance aspects, to Coca Cola.
Sustainability Reporting Winner: Coca Cola Enterprises
Through its latest Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability report, Coca Cola Enterprises (CCE) is taking broader accountability outside its own operations and is working across its value chain as it seeks to grow a low-carbon, zero-waste business.
Coca-Cola invests in world's largest plant-based packaging facility
Coca-Cola Company is ramping up production of its plant-based packaging in its bid to bring lower-carbon plastics to the marketplace.
Research community 'vital' to corporate water efficiency
Scientific information from the research community is essential if large corporations are to manage water consumption and prepare themselves for periods of potential water scarcity, says Joe Franses of Coca Cola Enterprises.
Coca-Cola taps into waste heat for pilot energy project
Coca-Cola Enterprises is exploring the feasibility of using residual heat from glass manufacture as a form of closed loop energy for its drinks production lines.
'No business model' if environmental issues ignored
The small majority of companies ignoring environmental issues must change their behaviour and get on board or risk going bust in the next ten to 15 years, says M&S' head of sustainability Mike Barry.