The future's bright for sustainable business: 7 things we learnt at edie Live 2016
After a fascinating two days of inspiration, insight and expertise, edie looks back at some of the most important lessons taken away from edie Live 2016.
Why businesses need to take a 'bottom-up' approach to sustainability
EXCLUSIVE: Businesses must adopt a bottom-up approach to embedding sustainability within the company culture, according to the sustainability director of carpet tile manufacturer Interface.
Sustainable Business Covered: edie launches brand new podcast for sustainability professionals
The edie editorial team brings you the latest news, insights and inspiration from the world of sustainable business in a brand new podcast, with the first episode broadcast directly from this week's edie Live exhibition in Birmingham.
Global Action Plan launches new platform to motivate sustainable champions
EXCLUSIVE: Independent charity Global Action Plan (GAP) announced on Wednesday (18 May) at edie Live that it is launching a new Catalyst initiative aimed at creating a network of sustainability champions that can motivate one another to mobilise the workforce.
Remanufacturing no longer a 'niche' business model, says Innovate UK
EXCLUSIVE: Remanufacturing has a "crucial role" to play in every large-scale heavy industry business approach, the lead technologist resource efficiency at Innovate UK told an audience of sustainability professionals at edie Live.
Internet of Things 'can unlock huge range of circular economy opportunities'
EXCLUSIVE: The Internet of Things (IoT) phenomenon will play a "critical role" in creating efficient reverse logistics within supply chains, with big players such as Samsung, eBay and UPS already recognising its potential, the UK trade association for the technology sector has said.
Primark signals intention to join WRAP in war on fashion waste
EXCLUSIVE: High street retailer Primark plans to ramp up its ambitions to drive resource efficiency within the fashion sector, after revealing clear intentions to sign up to WRAP's Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) and the European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP) initiatives.
Business as usual approach pushing the world past its environmental boundary, says IEMA
Companies operating with a "business as usual" approach are driving the planet past its environmental and social boundaries and will need to adapt to address the combined force of global megatrends, a new IEMA report has revealed.
edie Live 2016: A look back at Day 1 (video) and a look ahead to Day 2
After a fascinating first day of inspiration, insight and expertise, edie explores what's in store today (18 May) for the second and final day of the 2016 edie Live exhibition at the NEC Birmingham. And there's still time to attend!
VIDEO: Innovation Zone Competition winner unveiled at edie Live
A pioneering 'virtual energy store' that connects renewable energy to distribution networks has today (17 May) been crowned the winner of edie's Innovation Zone Competition at the edie Live exhibition in Birmingham.
Servitisation is the 'posterchild' for the circular economy, says Veolia
EXCLUSIVE: Companies looking to accelerate the transition to a resource-efficient future by adopting closed-loop principles should take advantage of servitisation - dubbed the "posterchild" of the circular economy by Veolia's head of circular economy at edie Live today (17 May).
Government criticised for 'lack of foresight' over low-carbon heat
EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government has "suppressed the progress" of green technologies through a chop-and-change approach to green policies such as the RHI scheme, an audience of sustainability professionals at edie Live was told today (17 May).
Tesco issues rallying call for innovators to help tackle food waste
EXCLUSIVE: Off the back of an impressive track record using innovative platforms to tackle the growing problem of food waste, Britain's biggest supermarket chain has reached out to innovators to introduce further waste reduction solutions.
Show doors open for first day of edie Live - here's what's in store...
Representatives from DECC, National Grid, Forum for the Future and WRAP are all set to grace the stages of the NEC Birmingham today (17 May) as the edie Live 2016 exhibition officially opens - and there's still time to get your own free pass for the show!
edie Environment & Energy Awards 2016: Winners announced at glittering ceremony
Heineken UK, National Trust and The Crown Estate were among the big winners of edie's 2016 Environment & Energy (E&E) Awards, announced at an awards ceremony in Birmingham earlier this evening (16 May)
edie Live 2016: Last chance to register before the show doors open!
Thousands of energy managers, sustainability professionals and resource efficiency experts are set to descend upon the NEC Birmingham on Tuesday (17 May) for the first day of the edie Live 2016 exhibition.
Companies must look 'beyond the storm' and embrace long-term strategies, says IEMA
Companies failing to account for looming long-term megatrends are at risk of becoming "unviable businesses", unless a transformative switch away from short-term thinking can be introduced, the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment's (IEMA) policy and practice lead has claimed.
Cleantech innovation: the legal necessities of joining forces
In the final installment of edie's cleantech innovation feature mini-series, Hamish Corner - partner at law firm Penningtons Manches - outlines the legal necessities that must be established and protected by green entrepreneurs when entering collaborative partnerships with larger corporations.
edie Live 2016: What the speakers have to say
With the days counting down until the edie Live 2016 exhibition doors open, and with more than 120 industry experts set to feature across two days within the NEC Birmingham, edie has captured some of the most insightful soundbites from all of our recent speaker interviews.
How the 'spirit' of internal collaboration is reducing waste at Whitbread
EXCLUSIVE: Communication and innovation regarding waste reduction methods has become the "heart of corporate culture" at Whitbread, due to "extremely well aligned" managerial departments which collaborate internally, the company's procurement manager has claimed.
Waste industry calls for 'urgent Government intervention' to drive UK circular economy
Whilst UK recycling rates continue to creep upwards, "urgent Government intervention" is needed to create a more resilient waste collection system that transforms the nation into a world-leader when it comes to waste and resource management.
Cleantech innovation: the collaboration equation
In the penultimate part of this cleantech innovation feature mini-series, Carbon Limiting Technologies (CLT) directors Beverley Gower-Jones and Mark Bornhoft explain how green innovators should be interacting with big corporations to carve out a route to market and ensure they aren't "designing in the dark".
UK Government aims to triple hydrogen vehicle numbers with £2m funding pot
The UK Government's vision to ensure that almost all cars on the roads by 2050 are zero-emission reached another milestone on Tuesday (10 May), after a £2m funding pot aimed at tripling the number of hydrogen vehicles in the UK was revealed.
Veolia: energy and heat are the missing pieces of the circular economy jigsaw
EXCLUSIVE: Businesses are missing out on the benefits of taking a closed-loop approach to energy and heat consumption due to being too "hung-up" on waste-driven models, the head of circular economy at Veolia has claimed.
edie Live 2016: five days until doors open!
The final countdown to the edie Live 2016 exhibition has begun, with more than 120 industry experts set to feature in 33 sessions across two days at the NEC Birmingham on 17-18 May.
Could Defra paint a circular economy picture for the coatings industry?
EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government has been urged to procure paint for building renovations from recycled waste streams to accelerate a circular economy in the coatings industry, which is attempting to address "challenging issues" of paint disposal.
Why the new world of sustainability leadership lies in products
EXCLUSIVE: Companies that are tackling key environmental and societal issues through they way they design, make and sell products will become the leaders of the low-carbon economy, as customer-facing begin to diversify their services in favour of sustainable business.
Cleantech innovation: Strategies for scaling up
In the second part of this cleantech innovation feature mini-series, Hamish Corner - a partner at UK law firm Penningtons Manches LLP - outlines the key challenges and potential solutions for green entrepreneurs and start-ups when it comes to attracting funding to turn proven prototypes into a commercial success.
How Encirc is smashing the glass ceiling of supply chain sustainability
As businesses begin to look beyond the 'low-hanging fruit' of on-site sustainability solutions, a growing number of firms are turning their attentions to supply chain management as a way of reducing emissions and environmental footprints even further.
edie Live survey reveals extent of gender pay gap in sustainability
The average annual salary of men working as energy, sustainability and resource efficiency professionals is £11,500 higher than women, edie Live's Sustainability Salary Snapshot survey has revealed.
DONG Energy offers subsidised renewable electricity to UK businesses
Utility company DONG Energy will offer UK businesses the chance to purchase renewable electricity at a subsidised rate, by absorbing cost premiums to ensure that green energy prices are no higher than traditional "brown energy" sources.
SMEs urge Government to provide energy efficiency grants
A large proportion of Britain's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) believe that the Government should provide grants towards the installation costs of energy efficiency measures, according to a survey from the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC).
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.
How Jacobs and Dunlop are engineering a green industrial revolution
EXCLUSIVE: With question marks still looming over the Tata Steel crisis, manufacturers large and small are taking steps to ensure that energy-intensive industries aren't left behind in the global movement to a low-carbon future.
Policies 'getting in the way' of green building design, construction giant warns
EXCLUSIVE: The implementation of efficient and sustainable building practices is being hindered by Government and Mayoral politics which are attempting to "promise the Earth" rather than incentivising the built environment, infrastructure and construction firm AECOM has claimed.
Scotland 'well-prepared' to embrace disruptive circular economy business models
EXCLUSIVE: The willingness of Scotland's universities, councils and health services to embrace new initiatives based on circular economy principles has allowed disruptive innovators to gain a foothold in the UK market and expand their business.
How ISO 50001 has reduced energy use and sparked behaviour change at npower
EXCLUSIVE: UK gas and electricity supplier npower has revealed that compliance with ISO 50001 has played a crucial part of the company's energy and carbon reduction efforts, igniting behaviour change among staff as a result.
Sainsbury's takes "seismic leap" with naturally refrigerated trucks
British supermarket chain Sainsbury's has ramped up its attempts to curb transport emissions after becoming the first company in the world to incorporate "closed-loop" natural refrigerant trailer units for its delivery vehicles.
UK could save billions by embracing low-carbon transport
A transition to low-carbon transport could reduce global spending on oil and save £232bn a year between 2020 and 2030, according to a new report from economic analysts.
edie Live Innovation Competition finalists announced
Innovative and pioneering technologies - from hybrid commercial vehicles to energy storage, innovative AD solutions to retail refrigeration - will take to the stage next month, after 10 forward-thinking companies made it through to the final of edie's Innovation Zone competition.
RBS hits £1bn milestone for green loans
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has doubled its financial lending to sustainable energy projects, with more than 400 small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) acting as benefactors of a £1bn lending spree from the bank in 2015.
Data analysis: taking behaviour change to the 'next level'
EXCLUSIVE: Data analysis can be an integral method to ignite energy-conscious behaviour change among staff, with energy management company SSE Enterprise claiming that the Internet of Things (IoT) could revolutionise how companies interact with sustainability number-crunching.
Costa eyes four more 'zero-energy' coffee shops in the next year
EXCLUSIVE: Whitbread-owned Coffee shop chain Costa is planning to introduce at least four more of its innovative 'zero-energy' coffee shops across the UK within the next 12 months, after a pilot store in Shropshire delivered significant energy savings for the hospitality group.
Sustainability simplified - cutting the complexity
The sustainability management role is a complex one and individual needs and priorities are different depending on organisation type, business focus and sometimes even the day of the week. So, to cut through the complexity, we are bringing the edie experience to life.
How a sharing economy could catapult hydrogen vehicles into the mainstream
EXCLUSIVE: Embracing a sharing economy could allow hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles to carve out a niche route to accelerate into the mainstream vehicle mix, but only if efforts to boost infrastructure productions are increased.
University challenge: How behaviour change can unite staff and students on sustainability
Britain's universities are facing the same carbon conundrum as the entire global economy: how can you achieve meaningful emissions reductions while the market in which you operate continues to grow? Birmingham's Aston University believes it has found the most effective answer: behaviour change.
Oxfam tackles fashion waste through redistribution scheme
Oxfam have joined forces with the UK's largest independent parcel delivery service CollectPlus to offer a convenient way for people to return unwanted clothing from the nation's wardrobes, after research showed that a total of 350 million items are unused in the UK.
Scrapping carbon price floor would 'level the playing field', manufacturers claim
EXCLUSIVE: Clearer policy amendments, including the scrapping of the carbon price floor, would prove instrumental in securing the long-term stability of Britain's energy-intensive companies, the manufacturer's organisation EEF has claimed.
Zero Carbon Hub closes following green building policy changes
An influential public-private body tasked with transitioning all new homes to be built under zero-carbon regulations has today (31 March) confirmed it has ceased operations following the Government's controversial decision to stop pursuing zero-homes targets.
Last chance to enter edie's 2016 Innovation Zone Competition
Entrepreneurs and SMEs that have developed green technologies, systems or business models have just a few days left to enter a new competition designed to promote and support innovation in the sustainability space.
edie Environment & Energy Awards 2016: The finalists
The judging is complete and the shortlist of finalists has been drawn up for edie's 2016 Environment & Energy Awards, which recognise excellence in on-site energy, water and resource management.
edie Live 2016 opens for registration
Registration is now open for the UK's leading event for energy, sustainability and resource efficiency professionals, offering visitors a host of new features, networking events and high-level keynote stage.
Q&A with WRAP's outgoing chief executive Liz Goodwin
As the Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) prepares for the next chapter of its resource revolution quest under a new leader, edie speaks with outgoing chief executive Liz Goodwin about the charity's success story so far, and her own plans for the future.
The time is NOW for green innovation and creative destruction, says Forum for the Future
EXCLUSIVE: The world needs to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to incrementalism and embrace innovation and creative destruction if we are to achieve the bold emission reduction pledges set out at the Paris climate talks.
Environment & Energy Awards: FOUR days left to enter
Deadline day for the 2016 Environment & Energy (E&E) Awards is fast approaching, with individuals and organisations having until the end of the day on Friday (29 January) to submit their entries.
Environment & Energy Awards: Deadline EXTENDED
Owing to popular demand, edie has extended the entry deadline for the 2016 Environment & Energy (E&E) Awards by one week, to Friday, 29 January.
edie Live seeks emerging sustainability solutions for 2016 Innovation Zone Competition
SMEs that have developed green technologies, systems or business models are being invited to enter a new competition designed to promote and support innovation in the sustainability space.
Deadline day approaches for edie's Environment & Energy Awards
The final entry deadline for edie's 2016 Environment & Energy (E&E) Awards is fast approaching, with less than 10 days left for organisations and individuals to send in their submissions.
Environment and Energy Awards open for entry
Taking place as part of edie Live, formerly Sustainability Live, Nemex and Energy Recovery, the edie Environment and Energy Awards are open for submissions.
GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in April 2015
It was the month of the big party pledges, zero energy coffees and smartphones made from food waste. Take a look back at April's most-read sustainability news stories in our gallery round-up.
Government announces more solar subsidy cuts
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is reducing feed-in tariff payments for ground-mounted solar farms by 28% this summer.
Solar price reductions no longer dependent on subsidies, says REA
Prices would continue to fall in the UK solar industry even if all subsidies were removed, a representative of the Renewable Energy Association (REA) told an audience at Sustainability Live this week.
Crowdfunding "could deter future investment in green business"
Green businesses that raise finance through crowdfunding could have trouble getting bigger investors on board further down the line, according to an expert speaker at Sustainability Live.
Food waste shortages already impacting AD industry, says NNFCC
EXCLUSIVE: Rapid expansion in the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry over the past year has taken it from an 'emerging, niche waste treatment industry' to one providing a significant contribution to the UK's electricity production.
Environment & Energy Awards 2015: Winners revealed
AkzoNobel, B&Q and Sainsbury's were among the big winners at the 16th annual Environment & Energy Awards 2015, announced at glittering awards ceremony in Birmingham last night (22 April).
Sainsbury's makes clear business case for sustainability
EXCLUSIVE: Behaviour change, on-site generation and smarter systems have helped Sainsbury's reduce its absolute energy consumption by 17% since 2005, whilst growing the business by 46% over the same period.
'Ambitious innovation' needed to turn climate change into opportunity
EXCLUSIVE: Forget resilience - we need to innovate our way out of trouble. That was the message put forward forecasting expert James Woudhuysen in his keynote address at edie's Sustainability Live Conference earlier today (21 April).
Sustainability Live 2015 preview: 10 reasons to visit
The UK's leading hub for energy and sustainability solutions returns to the NEC Birmingham next week (21-23 April) with a host of exciting features, a brand new high-level conference, and a special secret we are about to reveal...
Sustainability Live achieves CPD approval
edie is delighted to announce that Sustainability Live has been awarded Approved Training Provider status by the Energy Institute, meaning we can continue to deliver CPD-accredited workshops and seminars for energy management professionals.
ESOS awareness on the rise, but energy managers remain sceptical
EXCLUSIVE: The majority of UK businesses are now aware of the impending Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), but the minority of affected businesses believe it will actually help them develop plans to become more energy-efficient.
edie energy management survey: Businesses 'more committed than ever'
EXCLUSIVE: Employee engagement, behaviour change and technology upgrades are the key areas businesses are focusing on to become more energy efficient, but funding remains the biggest barrier to initiating energy-saving programmes.
Aluminium-ion battery could revolutionise energy storage
Stanford University has developed a new fast-charging aluminium-ion battery that could be a legitimate option for grid-level storage of renewable energy.
Sustainability Live conference almost fully-booked
The brand new strategic conference, to be launched by edie at Sustainability Live this April, is now at capacity on both Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd, with only 10 places left for Thursday April 23rd.
Opportunity knocks for green energy procurement, says M&S
EXCLUSIVE: "There is no excuse for organisations not to buy green electricity." That's the view of Gio Patellaro, head of energy supply and risk at M&S, who says the market is ripe for firms to decarbonise their energy supply and realise the financial benefits.
Industry-changing technologies announced for edie Innovation Zone
edie is delighted to announce the emerging technologies that will be on show in the brand new edie Innovation Zone at Sustainability Live next month (April 21-23 at the NEC, Birmingham).
Government goes global with GIB
The Government has given the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) £200m to expand its investment portfolio into India and Africa.
UK GIB launches 'Green Investment Handbook'
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has published its 'Green Investment Handbook', outlining the processes that underpin its investment decisions.
Businesses must 'think outside of the box' with sustainability strategies, says Carlsberg
EXCLUSIVE: Today's business models are not fit for purpose if we are to deliver the transformational change needed to create a sustainable future, and firms need to be willing to step out of their 'comfort zone' to drive positive change.
System revolutionaries: Sharing economy will destroy inactive incumbents, says Forum for the Future
EXCLUSIVE: Forum for the Future's director of sustainability David Bent believes the rapid growth of innovative new business models such as the sharing economy and servitisation is putting large, incumbent firms at risk of being left behind in the transition to a sustainable future.
Have a drink on edie... with our Sustainability Live Topic Trails
Four exciting new 'Topic Trails' are being launched at Sustainability Live 2015, allowing visitors to follow bespoke routes through the show based on key industry trends, with the chance to win a luxury holiday to boot.
Edie explains: Non-domestic smart meters
Smart meters are the next generation of gas and electricity meters. But what are the business benefits of using them? How expensive and complicated are they? And are you obliged to have one in your organisation? edie explains...
Innovate UK supports circular business models with new competition
Innovate UK has launched a competition to fund projects exploring the business case for a circular economy of goods.
UK at risk of manufacturer exodus without global emissions deal, says EEF
EXCLUSIVE: Large UK manufacturers could be forced to move their operations overseas if countries cannot agree a unilateral cap on emissions at the UN climate change conference in Paris.
NEC to send 120 tonnes of food waste to new Birmingham AD plant
Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre (NEC) has become one of the first local businesses to send its food waste to Severn Trent Green Power's £13 million anaerobic digestion (AD) plant.
UKGBC slams Cameron's 'short-sighted' starter homes plan
David Cameron's plan to exempt 200,000 homes from zero-carbon standards will lock buyers into higher energy bills and poorer quality housing, says the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC).
M&S completes UK's largest rooftop solar project, more on horizon
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has completed the installation of the UK's largest single-roof-mounted solar panel array at its East Midlands distribution centre.
GIB invests in groundbreaking £111m recycling plant
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) is one of three investors funding a first-of-its-kind £111m recycling and waste facility in Scotland.
ESOS compliance: Environment Agency steps up awareness efforts
The Environment Agency remains confident that business awareness of the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is continuing to rise, as it releases new guidance and prepares to host a series of free compliance workshops ahead of the December deadline.
Packed seminar programme answers 'how to' for energy and sustainability managers
A programme of 36 CPD-accredited seminars, three workshops and more than 120 speakers will answer the practical 'how-to' questions posed by energy and sustainability managers from organisations of all sizes and from all sectors at Sustainability Live 2015.
Next government 'must address loophole in new energy efficiency regulations'
The new laws which will effectively ban landlords from letting energy-inefficient homes contain a 'loophole' that means tens of thousands of people living in poorly-insulated homes will be left in the cold.
RBS Innovation Gateway: Turning green ideas into a resource-efficient reality
Almost a year on from the launch of the RBS Innovation Gateway, the bank's head of customer innovation Marcela Navarro reveals which projects have been successful so far and explains how her initiative is helping to accelerate new products to market, drive resource efficiency and, ultimately, save money.
Sustainability still seen as an optional extra, says MD
EXCLUSIVE: Sustainability is still seen as something that's "nice to have rather than essential" for big businesses - an assumption which is stifling the UK's transition to a green economy.
Straw houses could unlock potential for ultra-low-carbon homes
Straw panels have been used to build seven eco-homes in Bristol in a first for a low-cost and fuel efficient building material which promises to reduce heating bills by 90% over that of brick-built housing.
Product innovation still lacking among businesses, claims sustainability expert
EXCLUSIVE: For businesses battling the perfect storm of volatile raw material prices, international conflict and global warming, the best form of defence is attack and product innovation holds the key to prepare for an increasingly uncertain future.
Forum for the Future launches new collaboration platform
Businesses can now take advantage of a new online tool enabling them to track sustainability trends, share resources and spot opportunities for collaboration.
Environment & Energy Awards 2015: Finalists revealed
Entries have been assessed and the shortlist has been drawn up for the 16th annual Environment & Energy Awards, which celebrate advancements in green technologies; excellence in energy and water management and outstanding business sustainability performances.
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.
New ESOS guide for manufacturers launched by EEF
EEF, the manufacturer's organisation, has today (29 January) published a free guide to help ease British manufacturers into the impending Energy Savings opportunity Scheme (ESOS).
Call for posters: edie launches brand new Innovation Zone at Sustainability Live 2015
For the first time, edie will be hosting an Innovation Zone at Sustainability Live 2015 to showcase the best emerging, pre-commercialised sustainability solutions.
edie launches Sustainability Live conference for 2015
The speaker programme has been confirmed and registration is now live for a brand new, high-level conference at the UK's leading hub for energy and sustainability solutions for the business community.