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John Lewis's Birmingham branch is designed to be the company's most efficient full-line department store, utilising LEDs, heat pumps and combined cooling, heating and power

10 top tips to deliver a sustainable built environment

Continuing edie's 'green buildings month' of editorial content, John Lewis's sustainable development manager Phil Birch offers up 10 tips to successfully accelerate sustainable development within the built environment, despite an ongoing period of "political uncertainty".

A floor tile collection facility. Image courtesy: Interface

Record 125,000 tonnes of carpet diverted from UK landfill

More than 125,000 tonnes of carpet was reused, recycled or recovered for energy in 2015 by industry recycling group Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK) - an 11% increase on 2014.

The FRN has brokered more than 20 partnerships with various retailers, aiming to boost the circular economy and alleviate poverty

Ikea and John Lewis bolster nationwide re-use programme

More than 78,000 items of furniture and electronics were donated to people living in poverty across the UK last year, under take-back schemes organised by major retailers and the Furniture Re-use Network (FRN).

Businesses and sustainability leaders urge a period of stable policy for a low-carbon future

Economy needs 'stable policies' to secure low-carbon future, says Aldersgate report

A new report from the Aldersgate Group has brought together voices from the economy, academia and civil society to spell out key priorities for meeting carbon targets.

Waitrose’s Leckford Estate farm expects the array to save around 7 tonnes of CO2 annually thanks to the solar array

Waitrose dairy farm unveils rooftop solar array

A Waitrose dairy farm in Hampshire is now generating its own renewable energy after installing a 186 KWp solar array on the roof of a milk parlour.

The Task Group is made up of major companies challenged with delivering zero carbon non-domestic buildings from 2019

Green Building Task Group formed to identify zero-carbon solutions

John Lewis, Whitbread and Saint Gobain are among the big businesses that have formed a new Task Group to help inform the upcoming zero-carbon building standards in the UK.

The partership's recent efforts forays into onsite renewables were described as

John Lewis to reassess green targets after slow progress

Upmarket department store firm John Lewis has announced it will review its green goals after seeing its absolute emissions grow by almost 7% last year.

Over 100 million farmers in the developing world are responsible for 90% of the world's cotton production

Cotton supply chain urged to help reduce water footprint

More support is needed for smallholder cotton farmers in the developing world as they grapple with the effects of water scarcity which could put the global cotton industry at serious risk.

Coffee giant Costa signs up to paper cup recycling scheme - Simply Cups

Costa signs up to paper cup recycling scheme

Coffeehouse giant Costa has announced that it has joined a paper cup recycling scheme called Simply Cups.

The John Lewis Spa and Wellbing Centre on the banks of the Bala Lake is now fuelled by a biomass boiler

John Lewis adds biomass to sustainability credentials

The John Lewis Partnership has upped its commitment to wood heating with the installation of a Euroheat biomass boiler at a new-build spa and wellness centre for its staff.

The agreement will provide a major boost to renewable generation projects owned by communities, farmers and small businesses across the UK

John Lewis deal offers independent renewable generators route to market

The John Lewis Partnership has signed a new energy supply deal which will see more than 380 Waitrose and John Lewis sites supplied with 100% renewable electricity.

John Lewis measures up pros of pay-as-you-throw

The John Lewis Partnership is exploring a pay-by-weight model for its waste collection activities in a bid to gather more accurate data that will inform its sustainability strategy

Major clothing retailers sign environmental footprint commitment

Companies representing more than a third of UK clothing sales have signed a commitment to measure, report and lower their environmental footprints.

Sustainability failing in retail sector due to 'landlord mistrust'

Most shopping centre retailers are not buying into the sustainability agenda due to mistrust issues around leasing arrangements, according to new research.

John Lewis sets up national network for sofa reuse

John Lewis has launched a nationwide sofa reuse scheme to help support disadvantaged communities and provide local employment opportunities.

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