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Hot Rot managing director James Lloyd argues that parts of the Landfill Directive disincentivise water and sewage companies from adopting a more sustainable approach to waste disposal

The unfair benefits of Water Discounting

Does the wastewater and sewage industry need to be subsidised by the public purse to continue landfilling sewage waste? Hot Rot Organic Solutions managing director James Lloyd, argues that parts of the Landfill Directive are out of date and operators in the wastewater and sewage treatment industries are continuing to landfill waste, instead of investing in proven recycling technologies which can treat this valuable resource.

Caroline Lucas writes for edie

Caroline Lucas MP for Brighton Pavilion and leader of the Green party of England and Wales writes exclusively for edie about the future of UK energy supplies and her first year in Parliament.

Flanders is a great model that other nations should aspire to

Flanders: a society built on recycling

With its popular recycling parks, fashionable reuse shops and tiny landfill rates for household waste, Flanders in Belgium looks like an unqualified waste management success story. David Gilliver investigates

Influential environmental mind: Terry Tamminen

Interview: Terry Tamminen

Terry Tamminen is recalling the day after Arnold Schwarzenegger swept to victory in California's 2003 gubernatorial elections.

Gambling on the future of the market?

As government spending cuts bite, mergers, takeovers and joint working will become the hallmark of contracting. Dean Stiles considers the impact on the construction industry.

Counting the cost of cutting

The Coalition’s spending plans have now been revealed. But what, asks Dean Stiles, will the cuts mean for the water industry?

Tightening the belt means spending more astutely

Water companies will invest around £27B in the industry over the next five years, says Water UK. It is important that works are kept on schedule and disruption is minimised. Fundamental to this is an efficient supply chain. Paul Quinn reports.

Under pressure - the impact of the recession on the sustainability agenda

The recession is having a huge impact on corporate spending, not least on sustainability budgets. The common advice is for businesses to adopt green principles and invest in low-carbon technologies to help them through the downturn. But are companies listening and acting on that counsel, wonders Tom Idle

Depletion of water resources more serious than oil reserves

The depletion of underground water resources through overpumping is a far more serious issue than the depletion of oil reserves, the head of an environmental think-tank has warned.

Other recent studies have shown that extreme heatwaves could push the climate beyond human endurance in parts of the world

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.

Workshop spaces and a tour of the premises will be available to visitors during the grand opening of the Remakery, located at 125 Leith Walk

Edinburgh launches 'Remakery' to ignite re-use and repair revolution

An Edinburgh social enterprise has set up a unique re-use and repair superstore to encourage second-hand shopping and enable more people to learn key repair skills in the Scottish capital, as a way of driving a circular economy.

The Coalition will aim to communicate with national leaders and Ministers of Finance, Energy, Transportation and Economy, in order to unlock the potential of sustainable cities

Coalition for Urban Transitions launched to accelerate global climate commitments

A new coalition consisting of 83 affiliated cities, a global economic commission and the Word Resources Institute (WRI) was launched on Thursday (5 May), with the aim of using metropolitan areas as an "evidence base" to highlight the sustainable climate solutions available to policy makers.

Economisrt Kate Raworth (speaking) has developed the ‘doughnut’ of planetary and social boundaries - a playfully serious approach to framing the global resource challenge

Could the circular economy salvage Britain's struggling steel industry?

The ongoing debate over the UK's escalating steel crisis has failed to consider the circular economy as a potential solution, with Tata Steel's Port Talbot production plant well-positioned to become a national remanufacturing hub as a way of securing a more sustainable future.

Apple was the only company to receive an A+ grade from analyst InfluenceMap

Apple ranked as highest scoring corporation for climate influence

Tech giant Apple's continuous drive to champion renewable energy has seen it top a list of more than 150 companies - including rivals Microsoft and Google - to receive the first 'A+ grade' from a sustainability analysis group.

Christiana Figueres’ optimistic predictions about the Paris Agreement follows a series of positive announcements on climate change made by national governments and big businesses

Christiana Figueres expects Paris Agreement to take effect in 2018

The UN's soon-to-depart climate chief has said that the Paris climate change pact agreed last December could come into force two years earlier than the originally planned date of 2020.

Abundance has suggested that there is a huge demand for green financing and has exemplified this through its Great British Money Survey

Could the UK's first Green ISA create a £60bn investment pot?

The UK's first 'Innovative Finance ISA' launched today (6 April) from investment platform Abundance, allowing investors to finance renewable projects through an operative tax ISA that could boost the green economy by £28.5bn.

The research showed that limiting global warming to 2C would see financial assets fall by $315bn less than the current 2.5C trajectory

Could climate change destroy $24trn in financial assets?

A 'worst case scenario' climate change impact could see $24trn wiped-out from assets, placing 17% of the world's economy at severe risk, new research from the London School of Economics (LSE) has warned.

British-born pilot and adventurer Jeremy Rowsell climbs on board the 'On Wings of Waste' plane to raise awareness of plastic pollution

On wings of waste: Plane fuelled by recycled plastic wins Attenborough's approval

A plan to fly across America in a plane powered by recycled plastic has been welcomed by legendary broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough as a "sign of hope in a very depressing world".

According to Lord Stern, the Paris Agreement could also be nullified unless ‘incremental improvements’ to economic models are introduced

Lord Stern: Flawed economic models underestimate climate risk

Flawed climate economic modelling is underestimating the damage that climate change is causing as well as underestimating the potential of technology to remedy these damages, Lord Nicholas Stern has claimed.

Ealing and Islington were the two London Boroughs to receive new funds. Almost 9,500 people being killed by air pollution in London in 2010

Defra halves local authority funding to tackle air pollution crisis

The amount of money given to local authorities in England to allow them to combat rising air pollution issues has been halved, the Government has confirmed.

Both tools are designed to help change mindsets about product life cycles, material flows and processes

Unilever and Novelis collaborate to educate on circular economy

Sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future has launched two new online tools designed to help businesses embrace the circular economy, following partnerships with consumer goods firm Unilever and the world's biggest aluminium can recycler Novelis.

The Nimber delivery function was added to certain Friday-Ad product categories on the website last week

Friday-Ad embraces sharing economy delivery solution

Users of classifieds marketplace Friday-Ad can now have their items delivered thanks to a new partnership with Norwegian 'social delivery' firm Nimber.

Amber Rudd said Government policies were designed to keep bills low and maintain energy security

10 ways DECC is encouraging investment in clean energy (according to DECC)

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has released a list of ten ways it is encouraging investment in clean energy in response to the latest wave of criticism of its policies.

After appearing in the top five for the last three editions the failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation has moved to the top

Economists label climate change biggest threat to global economy

Climate change has been labelled as the biggest potential threat to the global economy in 2016, seen as more severe than weapons of mass destruction, cyber-crimes and mass involuntary migration, according to experts surveyed by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans (centre) says the new circular economy package could bring net savings of €600bn a year

EU unveils new €6bn circular economy package

The European Commission has launched its much-anticipated circular economy package, including weakened recycling targets, tools to halve food waste by 2030, and measures to promote reparability in the design phase of products.

The UK saw approximately 37,800 deaths from air pollution in 2013

Air pollution killing 430,000 Europeans a year

Air pollution is responsible for up to 430,000 premature deaths a year across Europe, a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) has found.

Unilever was recently named by sustainability experts as having made the biggest contribution to advancing solutions to climate change in the past five years

Unilever to be carbon positive by 2030

Global consumer goods firm Unilever has announced a new target to be carbon positive across its operations by 2030.

There looks set to be a 76% increase in the global consumption of meat by 2050

Could cutting meat from our diets bridge a post-Paris 'emissions gap'?

A dietary change that relieves the demand for animal protein could play an instrumental role in plugging the post-Paris emissions gap, according to a new report from independent policy institute Chatham House.

The bank has so far invested in projects ranging from an offshore wind farm off the Brighton coast to the installation of 10,000 LED streetlights in Glasgow

GIB backs £10bn green projects in three years

In the last three years, the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has committed £2.3 billion to 58 green infrastructure projects with a total value of £10.1 billion, making it the most active investor in the UK's renewable energy and energy efficiency industries.

Seating configuration and aircraft fuel burn explain about 80% of the variation in fuel efficiency among  airlines

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.

The Reporting Exchange platform will be available in open beta format at the end of 2016 to enable public users to share their feedback

New web platform to streamline sustainability reporting

A trio of global sustainability organisations are creating a new reporting platform which aims to help businesses make sense of the reporting requirements that affect them on a regional, national and international level.

If every Londoner recycled one extra plastic bottle a week for a year, enough energy would be saved to power Wembley Stadium for two years

Recycling 'just one thing' could spark London's resource revolution

A new behavioural change campaign has been launched to develop Londoners' understanding of what can be recycled, as the capital aims to hit recycling targets set by Mayor Boris Johnson.

Current pledges are likely to lead to emissions of 53 to 58 GT of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2025

World only half way to meeting emissions target with current pledges

Current global efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions leave about half of the reductions needed still to be found, according to a new analysis by the UN.

The NCE said G20 countries are well positioned to benefit from high efficiency targets, given their market scale, influence on technological uptake and massive energy consumption

G20 could deliver 40% of 2C target with better energy standards, report claims

Raising and normalising energy efficiency standards across the G20 group of rich countries could deliver 40% of the emissions cuts needed to limit global warming to two degrees, a major new report has found.

Akzonobel eyes global shift to water-based paints

EXCLUSIVE: Dutch paint manufacturer AkzoNobel is set to begin a global, industry-wide push to move away from solvent-based paints towards more environmentally-friendly water-based paints.

In the near future Volvo predicts that these trucks will be able to book their own services and workshop administrations

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.

The removal of coal from Ovo's energy mix has cut its carbon emissions by 34%

Ovo Energy shuns coal and nuclear

Independent energy supplier Ovo Energy has announced it has removed coal and nuclear generation from its entire fuel mix.

Zero Waste Scotland said that re-using rather than recycling 100 sofas can save 1.5 tonnes of carbon.

Zero Waste Scotland launches social media campaign to inspire upcycling

Zero Waste Scotland has launched an 8-week social media campaign to encourage Scots to 'upcycle' unwanted pieces of furniture.

The CCC will publish its official recommendations for the fifth carbon budget, covering 2028-2032 in November

UK climate watchdog recommends 54% emissions cut by 2030

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has published its initial recommendations for the UK's fifth carbon budget, suggesting a 54% cut in emissions by 2030 from a 1990 baseline.

The UK has seen a 19% year-on-year increase in renewable energy consumption, according to PwC

UK leads G20 nations on low-carbon growth

The UK has broken records for national low-carbon growth and the country now tops PwC's G20 Low Carbon Economy Index, but energy experts warn the results are largely due to "circumstance rather than policy".

Ministers have thrown their weight behind a $100bn commitment as well as supporting an international financial transaction tax

'Vulnerable 20' countries will share economies to fight climate change

Finance ministers representing over 700 million people have announced a series of financial mechanisms to invest in climate resiliency and lower emissions for 20 of the world's most vulnerable countries.

A carbon pricing system already covers 12% of global emissions

Global carbon price urgently needed, says New Climate Economy

Carbon pricing can significantly reduce emissions without harming the global economy, a new report from the influential New Climate Economy (NCE) think-tank has asserted.

The World Bank's special envoy for climate change says a new climate finance agreement should not include a figure

Paris climate talks should not put figure on finance, says World Bank vice-president

The Paris conference on climate change should not set a target for future financial assistance to developing countries, according to the World Bank's top official on climate change.

In 2013 renewable energy accounted for just 5% Africa's total final energy consumption (TFEC)

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).

Royd Moor windfarm in Yorkshire - the prime region for a low-carbon industrial zone, according to TUC

UK energy policy threatening Northern Powerhouse, say trade unions

Yorkshire and the Humber has the opportunity to become Europe's leading low-carbon industrial zone, but punitive Government policy is putting that potential at risk, according to a new report from the national trade union.

Google joins Cisco, Kingfisher, Philips, Renault and Unilever as a 'Global Partner' of the Foundation

Google enters circular economy partnership with Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Google has become the latest major company to partner with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in order to accelerate the planet's transition to a circular economy.

Nandy said community energy could be a new powerhouse

Labour conference: Every community should own a clean energy power station

Labour's new Shadow Energy Secretary Lisa Nandy has pledged to 'democratise' the energy system by boosting community-owned renewables across the country.

The research marks the first time that the £231 billion investments of all 418 local councils have been ranked by fossil fuel investment and released publicly

UK Councils have £14bn invested in 'risky' fossil fuels

UK councils have invested around £14bn - equating to 6% of their collective pension funds - into risky fossil fuels, according to new figures released today (24 September).

RE100 an ambitious global campaign from the Climate Group and CDP, has seen members rise from 12 to 36 just one year after launch

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

Paul Polman, who joined Unilever in 2009, received the award in the Entrepreneurial Vision category

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.

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

This week saw a clutter of stories from all over the sustainability spectrum with consequences both grand and small.

During the initial upgrade, annual savings reached £500,000, but since the completion of the project the council estimates savings of £1m a year

Bristol saves £1m a year from 20,000 upgraded streetlights

A change of bulbs in 20,000 streetlamps in Bristol has seen the council save £1m a year on energy bills, reducing C02 emissions by 4,000 tonnes in the process.

With the collectors unable to enter a residents home the furniture is either left outside and exposed to weather, or cut up into pieces so it can be transported to landfill

Britons throw away more than 300,000 tonnes of reusable furniture every year

A new report has called on local authorities and manufacturers of 'bulky waste' - waste too big for normal disposal - to put a greater emphasis on the reuse of unwanted furniture.

The report found that there are already 3.4 million people employed in circular economy jobs

Circular economy can create 3 million jobs - WRAP

A European transition to the circular economy could create three million extra jobs by 2030 and reduce unemployment by 520,000, a new WRAP study has claimed.

Ed Davey says the chancellor is pursuing 'bonkers economics'

George Osborne accused of 'disastrous' assault on green agenda

Ed Davey, the former energy and climate change secretary, has accused George Osborne of putting tens of billions of pounds' worth of private sector investment at risk with an assault on the green agenda he pioneered.

The Scout Moor expansion would see a further 16 turbines added to the 25 existing turbines

Planning permission granted for England's largest onshore wind farm

Plans to expand Scout Moor onshore wind farm in Lancashire have been given the green light by the local council.

None of the 30 top fossil fuel companies encourage moves to cleaner energy

Fat cat pay at fossil fuel companies drives climate crisis - report

Executives at the 30 biggest publicly held coal, oil and gas companies in the US were paid more than leaders of other major corporations, about 9% higher than the S&P 500 average, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) found.

None of the 28 energy companies responded

Shell and Gazprom among companies backing 2C limit

More than a third of the world's largest listed companies, including major fossil fuel producers, say they would support an international deal limiting global warming to 2 degrees, according to research by CDP.

The EU closed its consultation on what the circular economy package should look like on the 20 August, and is expected to present the plan by the end of 2015

WRAP highlights three priorities for EU circular economy package

The Waste and Resources Action Plan (WRAP) has revealed its response to the EU's circular economy consultation, detailing three key targets for the forthcoming package.

The report also discovered 'widespread theft' of valuable components such as circuit boards and precious metals from waste electronics, resulting in an annual estimated loss between €800m and €1.7bn

Only one third of European e-waste 'properly recycled'

Just one third of all used-but-still-functioning electronics were properly recycled across the EU in 2012, according to a major new study by the UN and Interpol.

Zero Waste Scotland's new campaign will aim to 'show consumers the true value of their discarded clothing'

Zero Waste Scotland seeks designers to create new range with recycled clothes

Wannabe designers could get their big break by creating the next must-have fashion trend from a pile of discarded clothing.

The entire project will produce around 2.8GWh of solar energy per year

Rio de Janeiro's new superhighway to be lit by 4,300 solar lights

Japanese solar firm Kyocera has completed the installation of 4,300 solar streetlights along Brazils new motoring artery, the Arco Metropolitano do Rio de Janeiro.

The Global Change Award, launched by H&M aims to create clothes for an expanding population while reducing environmental impact

H&M launch €1m grant for clothes-recycling innovations

Swedish clothing chain H&M will offer a €1m grant for pioneering ideas which 'close the loop' on discarded clothing.

One of the major policies listed in the report was to nationalise Grangemouth refinery

Scottish green energy transition could create 44,000 new jobs

Rebuilding Scotland's energy sector around green technology could generate 44,000 additional jobs compared to the current oil-and-gas status quo.

H&M aims to create a closed-loop system for textiles by turning unwanted garments into new apparel

H&M closes the loop with recycled denim range

Swedish clothing giant H&M is making strides towards its goal of creating a closed loop for fashion with the launch of a new denim range made from recycled and organic cotton.

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff pledged to end deforestation by 2030

Brazil and Germany team up on climate change and deforestation

Germany has pledged €550m to help Brazil's deforestation and energy efficiency programmes as part of a new climate change agreement between the two countries.

The 'CO2 Stored' database previously cost £4,000 to access

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.

China's emissions were found to be around 14% lower than thought

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.

The project – named Mission Zero Corridor - takes its name from Interface’s Mission Zero initiative

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.

Top of the list of priorities, according to the Green Alliance, is increasing repairability in the design phase

Green Alliance: Circular economy package must tackle product design flaws

The EU's forthcoming circular economy package must encourage manufacturers to design products to be longer-lasting and more repairable, according to the Green Alliance.

On top of the significant revenue gain, more effective recovery of materials could be environmentally beneficial by reducing manufacturers' reliance on natural resources

Recycling e-waste could be worth up to €3.7bn by 2020

Efficient recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) could be worth €3.7bn to the European economy by 2020, a new study has found.

Why do so many people work so hard just to build up the funds to quit?

For the seventh part of our series with Ashridge Business School, Chris Nichols delves into 'Reinventing Work'; asking why people stay in jobs that make them unhappy, and explaining how the Ashridge MSc in Sustainability & Responsibility can help.

The sun sets on Longannet power station

Scotland's last coal-fired power station to close in March

Scottish Power has announced that its coal-fired Longannet power station will be closing on 31 March 2016 after 46 years of service .

Diageo’s plant is expected to produce around 8,000MW hours of energy

Diageo whiskey factory turns waste into renewable heat

Global drinks firm Diageo will generate 2 million cubic metres of biogas a year from its whiskey factory in Scotland thanks to a new anaerobic digestion plant.

Air pollution is killing an average of 4,000 Chinese every day

China's air pollution crisis killing 1.6 million each year

Air pollution kills an average of 4,000 people every day in China, according to a new study by researchers at Berkeley Earth.

Earth Overshoot Day has moved from early October in 2000 to August 13th this year

Overshoot Day: Humans burn through year's worth of natural resources by mid-August

Humanity has used up a full year's supply of ecological resources by the middle of August, according to an international NGO.

Protesters from Don't Frack Lancashire. Photo: Friends of the Earth

Government could push through fracking applications if councils delay

Fracking planing applications that are being held up by local councils could be fast-tracked by Government, following new measures announced today by Energy Secretary Amber Rudd and Communities Secretary Greg Clark.

The smart roads could be used to charge electric vehicles while driving

Highways England tests wireless charging for UK's motorways

Britain's roads could soon be fitted with wireless charging technology for electric cars following a new pilot scheme announced Tuesday.

In her column, Rudd claimed shale could create 60,000 new jobs in the UK and generate billions of pounds for the economy

Rudd warns councils to speed up fracking decisions

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd has announced the Government will be writing to local councils to urge them to speed up planning decisions on fracking.

Forewind said it was shelving the 2.4GW Dogger Bank Teesside C and D plans in order to focus on the first four projects

Dogger Bank: Plans for 2.4GW of offshore wind capacity scrapped

The giant Dogger Bank offshore wind project - scheduled to consist of six individual wind farms - will not be fully built, it has been confirmed today (7 August).

Jeremy Corbyn's ambitious environmental strategy comes after a number of cuts to renewable energy

Labour frontrunner launches ambitious environmental manifesto

Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn has announced a far-reaching green vision for his environmental policy in an announcement today (7 August).

The Facility is being launched today at Edinburgh's Ocean Terminal shopping centre

Scotland opens shared circular economy design hub

A new communal working space designed to encourage fashion and textile workers to work more sustainably has opened in Edinburgh.

The electrical cycle hub will aim to encourage cycling and decrease traffic

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.

Green groups have contrasted the UK's approach with Obama's ambitious announcement

Obama's clean power action contrasts with 'small-minded' UK approach

Green groups have compared US President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan with the lack of UK Government action, claiming Prime Minister David Cameron needs to do more to meet climate change targets.

Obama's Clean Power Plan will carbon emissions from power plants by almost a third

Obama launches Clean Power Plan to slash power plant emissions

President Obama is set to launch the final version of America's Clean Power Plan today (3 August) to tackle carbon emissions from power plants.

'Get to the Game' travel platform could help save fans £100,000 each week

Sharing economy could save football fans a million car miles

The sharing economy picked up an unlikely new advocate this week as the Football League announced a new partnership with to encourage fans to travel to games as efficiently as possible.

Inder Poonaji will join Viridor on 1 September

Viridor snaps up Nestle's Inder Poonaji to drive sustainability strategy

Waste management firm Viridor has recruited Nestle's former head of sustainability, Inder Poonaji, to direct its own sustainability, safety, health environment and quality divisions.

July has seen spending cuts and, well, more spending cuts

GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in July 2015

The story of July has been cuts and lots off them.

Zero Waste Scotland believes investing in remanufacturing could add £620m to the Scottish economy

Scotland offers £100,000 to remanufacturing innovators

Zero Waste Scotland's chief executive Iain Gulland has today (28 July) announced the launch of a new fund to boost remanufacturing innovation.

The announcement from the White House represents $140bn in planned low-carbon investment

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).

Shoppers can now trade-in their unwanted gadgets at Argos stores up and down the country

Argos launches nationwide gadget trade-in scheme

Argos is embracing the circular economy with the rollout of a new gadget trade-in service across the retailer's 788 UK stores.

Aviva chief executive Mark Wilson committed the company to £2.5bn investment in clean energy

Aviva commits £2.5bn to green investments following climate risk report

Insurance giant Aviva has announced a target to invest £500m every year for five years in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Amber Rudd is giving her first major speech on climate change since the election

Rudd reiterates Tory commitment to climate action

After a week that has seen the Conservative Government cut renewable energy subsidies and close off key energy efficiency schemes, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has said "it cannot be left to one part of the political spectrum to dictate the solution" to climate change.

Levi Strauss will offer discounts to customers recycling clothing in its stores

Levi's rolls out clothing recycling scheme across US stores

Levi Strauss has announced plans to open clothing recycling collection points at all its local stores.

Lord Stern's new paper says the economic case for halting climate change is stronger than ever

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.

Replacing inefficient air conditioning units around the world could prevent billions of tonnes of CO2

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).

246 business leaders have called on the Chancellor to rethink the policy u-turn

Business leaders unite against Tories' zero-carbon homes U-turn

More than 200 businesses have put their names to a letter today (20 July) calling on Chancellor George Osborne to reconsider ending the Government's plans for zero-carbon homes.

Leading change for sustainability is a messy but rewarding business, writes Margaret Gearty

Intervening in systems: Three steps to sustainability success

If we see the world as a complex and inter-connected web of systems, what can we do to promote sustainable transformation? How do we go beyond simple mechanical models of change to be influential in a complex systems world?

The launch of the new energy-positive house comes less than a week after the Government scrapped zero-carbon housing targets. Photo: Cardiff University

Britain's first 'carbon-positive' house opens in Wales

The UK's first purpose-built, energy-positive house has opened in Wales, just days after the Government announced it was scrapping energy efficiency targets for new homes.

So far, the scheme has reprocessed 1,000 tonnes of plastic bags, turning them into 500,000 refuse sacks

Veolia closes the loop on Southwark's plastic bags

Previously unrecycled plastic bags are being turned into refuse sacks thanks to an innovative new process from waste-disposal firm Veolia.

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