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
Serving up a solution for restaurant food waste
Doggy bags could soon be back in fashion as restaurants look to cut down on the amount of food waste left by diners. It's all part of a new campaign, as Tom Tanner explains
Scotland sees recycling rate rise
New figures from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) reveal that more local authority collected municipal waste is being recycled or composted and less is going to landfill.
New flood and water management act to hit farmers
The new Flood and Water Management Act 2010 is likely to have a significant impact on farming operations, especially on low lying land or where there is a farm reservoir or man-made lake, according to legal firm Burges Salmon.
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.
Pesticide residues found in 40% of European foodstuffs
Pesticide residues were found in an average of 40% of fruit and vegetables tested, according to a recently published report summarising national monitoring programmes across the EU and Norway in 1996. The Maximum Residue Levels were exceeded in 3% of samples.
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.
The litter levy: Should brands take more responsibility for the UK's waste woes?
Brands such as McDonald's, Coca Cola, Costa Coffee and Wrigley should strive to become a "big part of the solution" to the amount of litter plaguing UK streets, by working with the Government to implement an Extended Produce Responsibility (EPR) scheme.
Tomato growers reap benefits of horticultural LEDs
Two of Britain's biggest tomato growers are now benefiting from a transition to horticultural LED lighting, which is increasing yields and significantly reducing energy usage for both businesses.
Carnival clean-up: Notting Hill waste to generate 100MWh of electricity
Westminster City Council is planning to collect all of the waste from Notting Hill Carnival and use it to generate electricity for the National Grid - all in time to have the streets clean for the Tuesday morning commute.
Surveys reveal growing consumer demand for food supply chain ethics
New research has revealed that an overwhelming majority of UK consumers believe it is the responsibility of Governments and businesses to guarantee food supply chain sustainability, while a separate YouGov poll has found that most Brits would now be willing to pay a premium for products which possess strong green credentials.
KFC urged to phase out harmful antiobiotics in meat supply
Consumer groups and shareholder investors are calling upon fast-food chain KFC to phase out harmful antibiotic use in its meat supply in order to combat the "catastrophic" global health threat of antibiotic-resistant "superbug" bacteria.
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.
Is biofuel production the long-term answer to enhancing food security?
With the United Nations calling for countries to mobilise efforts to improve food and energy security, new research has suggested that an accelerated push to generate sustainably sourced biofuel could actually eradicate long-term hunger.
Global standard launched to tackle swelling food waste issues
Companies and countries have been urged to ramp up efforts to prevent food waste, through a new global standard that outlines reporting requirements on food management for business and governments to adhere to.
Kellogg's pours 'heart and soul' into new science-based targets as footprints shrink
Food manufacturer Kellogg's has unveiled new reductions across key operational footprints that the "business depends on", as the company drives towards its new science-based sustainability targets.
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.
M&S Energy re-launches £350,000 community energy fund
Marks and Spencer (M&S) Energy has launched the second edition of its Community Energy Fund to offer local energy projects across the UK up to £350,000 in funding.
Aldi jumps on sustainable bananas bandwagon
Supermarket Aldi UK has become the latest retailer to pledge to source its entire UK range of bananas from either Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance-certified farms before the end of 2016.
M&S becomes first retailer to make Responsible Fishing pledge
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has made an industry-leading commitment to support and improve the environmental sustainability of the fishing sector by signing up to the UK's Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS).
UN and Google forge 'eye-in-the-sky' forest mapping partnership
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has turned to tech giant Google to implement a high-resolution satellite-based data mapping system which could usher in an "unprecedented level of environmental literacy" for the forestry sector.
Underground herb farm surfaces to strengthen London's food supplies
Garlic chives, wasabi mustard and salad rocket - produced in a former World War II bunker in Clapham - are ready to be delivered to nearby homes, as London's first underground herb farm officially opens full production services.
Two of Britain's largest recycling plants set to close
Lancashire County Council has revealed that a recent surge in national recycling rates along with the severe financial situation facing the local authority has contributed to the closure of two of Britain's biggest recycling plants.
UK's largest on-site dairy AD plant to generate green energy from Cumbrian cheese
One of the UK's largest cheese creameries, First Milk, has announced the completion of a giant on-site anaerobic digestion (AD) plant which is feeding bio-methane to the national gas grid.
Scotland ploughs £50m into food security and climate research
The Scottish Government has announced it will be investing £48m for innovative scientific research in the agriculture and environmental sectors in an effort to strengthen global challenges such as food security and climate change.
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).
10 years to save £20bn: WRAP unveils revamped Courtauld Commitment 'to transform food industry'
The Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is today (15 March) urging Britain's food and drink firms to pledge major reductions in food waste and carbon emissions - which could deliver £20bn in savings for the UK economy - through its pioneering new Courtald Commitment 2025.
Tesco rolls out 'FoodCloud' waste donation scheme
Tesco has commenced a national roll-out of a comprehensive and innovative online 'FoodCloud' platform that redirects surplus food from stores to provide millions of meals to local charities and community groups across the country.
Study: Reducing meat and dairy consumption required to meet climate goals
Europeans need to eat less beef and consume less dairy products in order to reach the EU's climate goals, according to a new study by Swedish researchers.
Global Innovation Fund unveils first investments
The newly-formed Global Innovation Fund (GIF) has announced its first tranche of investments in London today (9 February), with £3m being allocated to eight social innovation projects in the developing world.
Combined sugar and carbon tax could reduce UK emissions by 19 million tonnes
By combining a sugar tax on soft drinks with a food-based carbon tax, the UK could raise £3.6bn in revenue; reduce carbon emissions by 19 million tonnes annually and increase life expectancy, researchers from Oxford University have claimed.
Tetra Pak shoots for 100 million fully recyclable cartons
Food packaging and processing company Tetra Pak expects to deliver more than 100 million packs of 100% recyclable, bio-based cartons to customers during 2016 as the company expands its portfolio across Europe.
Scottish 'doggy bag' scheme could cut restaurant food waste by 42%
The Scottish Government has launched a new food-waste reduction scheme designed to encourage restaurant goers to take their leftovers home with them.
Can underground herb gardens boost Britain's food security?
A hydroponic herb garden beneath the streets of Clapham could provide an agricultural model for Britain to save valuable resources and boost food security, London catering firm Vacherin has claimed.
Supply chain sustainability key to navigating food consumption minefield
With experts warning that consumer eating habits are likely to be impacted by climate change and the obesity crisis rather than price fluctuations and global supplies, businesses are being urged to source more 'sustainable' products to sway demand.
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.
Bristol becomes beacon of best practice for sustainable cities at COP21
The UK's first and current European Green Capital, Bristol, is encouraging other cities across the continent to 'go green' as it shares an online toolkit at the Cities and Regions Pavilion within the COP21 climate conference.
Stop the Rot: Skip of food waste arrives at supermarket HQs
A skip full of food waste has been delivered to various supermarket headquarters across the UK, as part of a new campaign supported by celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and environmentalist George Monbiot.
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.
DuPont to invest $10bn in sustainable food R&D
American chemical giant DuPont has unveiled a new set of sustainability targets for 2020 including a $10bn investment in international food security, commitments to sustainable innovation and a reduction of its own environmental footprint.
WWF launches line of sustainable meals
Conservation charity WWF has teamed up with facilities manager and food services provider Sodexo to launch a new range of 10 'sustainable' meals.
Nestle forms new energy reduction partnership
The world's largest food company has announced a new partnership with Sheffield Hallam University to explore resource efficiency across a range of its operational value chain.
New emissions figures give boost to UK renewable fuel industry
Emissions from arable land in the UK could be 15% lower than previously thought, according to new estimates, marking a potential boost in the amount of crops grown specifically for use in renewable fuels.
Green Halloween: 7 scary sustainability stats
It's the time of year for fancy dress, scary movies, vampires and werewolves. But there are real horrors in the world lurking in the shadows; creeping out of exhaust pipes and rising from the tombs of forgotten costumes and plastic broomsticks.
United Biscuits crunches emissions with waste cooking oil-fuelled fleet
McVitie's biscuits, Jaffa Cakes and Twiglets are taking greener journeys to retail partners thanks to the extension of a biofuel project from manufacturer United Biscuits, which sees its delivery trucks powered by used cooking oil.
Fruit Pastilles get greener as Nestlé fires up giant solar system
Nestlé's Fawdon factory in Newcastle upon Tyne, which produces Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles, Rolo, Toffee Crisp and Caramac, is now home to the largest solar panel installation in the North East of England.
Collaboration and innovation vital to solve 'forgotten problems' of water scarcity
Both the public and private sectors need to realise there is no 'silver bullet' to deal with the rising yet largely ignored water scarcity crisis, a panel of industry experts has concluded.
WRAP targets textile waste reductions across Europe
A new initiative launched has been launched by WRAP to reduce the carbon, water and waste footprints of the textiles industries across 11 European countries.
Food waste coalition begins push for value chain collaboration
Pepsi, Unilever and WWF are among a collection of businesses and NGOs that have joined a new coalition organisation tasked with inspiring companies to adopt comprehensive food waste programmes.
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.
Food waste: Employee behaviour change campaign launched
Food and grocery businesses across the UK are helping their employees to reduce their household food waste through a month-long campaign co-ordinated by WRAP and food research firm IGD.
M&S to donate surplus food to charities
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has today (9 October) announced the launch of a nationwide food redistribution scheme which will see 150 of the supermarket's biggest stores pass surplus food onto a host of local charities.
Mars investigating internal carbon price
EXCLUSIVE: Global food giant Mars is considering adopting an internal price on carbon to help it prepare for future low-carbon policies.
Global food firms unite to demand climate action
The chief executives of 10 multinational food and beverage companies including Mars, Nestlé and Unilever have come together to urge political leaders to forge a robust climate deal in Paris this December.
Carney warns of risks from climate change 'tragedy of the horizon'
Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, has warned that climate change will lead to financial crises and falling living standards unless the world's leading countries do more to ensure that their companies come clean about their current and future carbon emissions.
Green jobs boost for Wales with clean energy hub
Plans to build a Centre of Renewable Energy Excellence in Pembrokeshire have been unveiled in Wales, in a bid to make the area an international standard-bearing for green energy.
World's first 'climate refugee' faces deportation
The man who tried to become the world's first climate refugee is set to be deported from New Zealand in the next week.
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.
Restaurateurs 'lack tools and knowledge to save energy', survey reveals
Three-quarters of restaurant owners, managers and chefs claim they do not have the tools and knowledge to implement green initiatives at their establishments, despite 80% considering sustainability when making business decisions.
Costa makes Litter Prevention Commitment with #costacleanup
Staff from more than 650 Costa stores headed out to the streets in a mass litter-pick on Sunday (13 September) to commemorate the coffee shop chain partnering with environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
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.
WWF: Business collaboration imperative for long-term food security
Businesses must be willing to move from individual efforts to collective action in order to deliver long-term food security, WWF-UK has insisted.
Government dishes out £25m for 'next generation' waste to biofuel plants
Whisky, forestry and household by-products will be turned into biofuels thanks to new funding awarded today by the Department for Transport.
Food firms must collaborate to unearth climate risks, says CDP
Some of the world's largest food, beverage and tobacco brands are missing out on significant financial and production quality gains by failing to mitigate climate risks and reduce carbon emissions, a new report has warned.
UN: $200bn agricultural subsidies driving deforestation
International governments could be unwittingly driving deforestation through misguided agricultural subsidies, a new UN brief has found.
Viridor unveils UK's most advanced glass recycling facility
Recycling and resources firm Viridor today opened a £25m glass recycling facility in Newhouse, North Lanarkshire.
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.
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.
Barack Obama in Alaska: global fight against climate change starts here
Shrinking Alaskan glaciers served as a vivid backdrop for Barack Obama's latest push for action on climate change in Anchorage on Monday night as he warned that the equivalent of 75 blocks of ice the size of the national mall in Washington were melting from the state every year.
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.
UK's AD capacity now greater than a nuclear power station
The UK's anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has surpassed the 500MW capacity milestone, with 411 plants across the farming, waste and water sectors.
Innovate UK funds 'breakthrough' microbead replacement
A Canadian biotech company claims to have developed a commercial-scale biodegradable replacement for the harmful synthetic microbeads found in many beauty products.
£80m saved as Wales' recycling rates continue to rise
Latest figures show that Wales' recycling and composting rate for the past year has reached 56% - a 2% climb from 2013.
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.
RWE fires up power-to-gas energy storage plant
Germany's largest power producer has unveiled a €2m power-to-gas energy storage plant in the Westphalia region.
Global investors urge food firms to address rising water risks
Investors managing more than $2.6trn in assets have sent joint letters to 15 international food and drink companies amid growing concerns over water security and pollution.
One third of people want more children educated about recycling
A survey has shown that 30% of people in the UK believe that more should be done to educate school children about recycling.
Food production shocks 'will happen more often because of extreme weather'
Major "shocks" to global food production will be three times more likely within 25 years because of an increase in extreme weather brought about by global warming, warns a new report.
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
This week edie reported plenty of tech news from Silicon Valley, UK food waste figures and developments from our very own foreign correspondent in Indonesia.
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.
UK wastes the most food in Europe
The UK is the worst-performing country in Europe when it comes to food waste, throwing away almost 6kg of food per household every week.
WRAP and Valpak embark on joint packaging recycling project
Resource body WRAP and environmental consultancy Valpak are to collaborate on new research into the flow of paper and card waste through the market.
WRAP funding slashed despite five-fold return on investment
Recent Government spending cuts led to a 38% drop in income for the Waste & Resources Action Plan (WRAP) in 2014/15, despite the organisation delivering a five-fold return on its funding.
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.
It's not easy being green, according to Britain's biggest consumer panel
Nine in 10 UK consumers care about 'being green', but the same number admit to throwing away food, according to a major new survey carried out by Asda.
GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in July 2015
The story of July has been cuts and lots off them.
Majority of banks fail to encourage sustainable forestry, UN finds
The majority of financial institutions do not have policies requiring clients to comply with forestry regulations, according to a study by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) revealed today (29 July).
McVitie's 'Biscuit Wrapper Brigade' recycles one millionth wrapper
United Biscuits has reached the one-million milestone for biscuit wrapper recycling with its partners TerraCycle.
Aston University researchers pioneer portable biofuel facility
Aston University has developed new technology to convert waste and residues, such as babywipes, into biofuel.
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).
Moving from recycling to re-use in the food logistics industry
Moving away from recycling and towards re-using is the only way forward for the food transit industry, writes PPS Equipment managing director Joanne Moss.
Runaway maize? AD sector fends off criticism over damage to land
The anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has hit back at criticism from the Soil Association which claims that soil destruction caused by biofuel production is threatening the UK's food security.
'Social supermarket' unites with surplus charity unite to tackle food poverty
A new partnership between Community Shop and the charity Food Cycle is set to prevent even more food waste while providing social benefits to deprived areas.
University caterers tuck in to new sustainability scheme
University food and drink is set to become more sustainable after the announcement of a new sector-backed sustainability partnership.
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?
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.
Selfridges stops selling plastic water bottles to save oceans
London retailer Selfridges has stopped the sale of single-use plastic water bottles in its shops as part of a campaign to reduce pollution of the oceans.
Invest in cold technology or miss carbon targets, industry experts warn
Industry experts have warned the UK will fail to reach its carbon emissions targets without investment in cold energy generation.
Food and dairy industries report water intensity improvements
The UK dairy industry and food and drink manufacturers have made significant steps towards improving water efficiency, according to a new report published today (6 July).
Fracking could hurt house prices, health and environment, official report says
Fracking operations to extract shale gas in Britain could cause nearby house prices to fall by up to 7% and create a risk of environmental damage, according to a government report that has been published in full for the first time.