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
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 Hot Rot Organic Solutions managing director James Lloyd, argues that parts of the Landfill Directive are out of date and operators in the wastewater and sewage treatment industries are continuing to landfill waste, instead of investing in proven recycling technologies which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.
Glasgow flood defences effort makes difference
A complex partnership is reaping the rewards of integrated surface water management in Glasgow. MWH programme manager, Jeremy Osborne explains
Interview: Terry Tamminen
Terry Tamminen is recalling the day after Arnold Schwarzenegger swept to victory in California's 2003 gubernatorial elections.
Solum Gruppen plans to enter UK AD market
Solum Gruppen of Denmark is planning to enter the UK market by opening an office to identify and deliver projects for its Aikan dry anaerobic digestion (AD) and in-vessel composting technology in the UK and Ireland.
Norton Rose election briefing: climate change and energy
The law firm looks at how the way we vote could impact on policy and regulation.
Good governance a must
Anna Walker's independent review of water charging for Defra tells authorities that they need more than just technical expertise to satisfy customers and the public, writes Barrie Clarke
Red tape hampers reducing greenhouse emissions
Policy and regulation are hampering water industry efforts to bring down greenhouse gas emissions.
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.
Bush’s energy plan will raise incomes and lower unemployment
US President George W Bush’s much criticised energy plan will raise average incomes and lower unemployment, says a new report by a prominent US policy think-tank.
News in brief
UK news briefs
Effluent meter project falters
A project to develop a performance specification and verification procedure for trade effluent meters - a £40,000 contract awarded to Sira Test & Certification Ltd by the DTI last June - has effectively ground to a halt following the presentation of the Project Team's findings at a Technology Transfer Group meeting at Sira's Chislehurst premises.
Big brands 'failing' on palm oil policies, Greenpeace claims
PepsiCo, Colgate-Palmolive and Johnson & Johnson are among a raft of consumer goods companies that are "letting their customers down" by failing to break the link between the use of palm oil in everyday products and deforestation, a new Greenpeace report has concluded.
Infrastructure Commission calls for raft of changes to UK energy policy
The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has called for a raft of regulatory changes to create a level playing field that would allow energy storage and demand flexibility to ensure security in the UK's future low-carbon energy system.
'Jenga green policy' damaging UK's low-carbon prospects ahead of 5th carbon budget
The UK is at serious risk of missing the requirements set out in the legally-binding fourth carbon budget, unless an "immediate policy gap" is filled, the chief executive of the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has warned.
Andrea Leadsom is 'sick and tired' of green policy critics
Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom is "sick and tired" of the barrage of complaints being fired at the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) over its punitive cuts to renewable energy subsidies.
Energy industry demands 'urgent review' of Levy Control Framework
The trade association for the UK energy industry Energy has called on the Government to "urgently review" the Levy Control Framework (LCF), providing clarity to companies and investors.
Paris goals will cost $12 trillion, says Bloomberg
More than $12trn will need to be invested in new renewable power generation over the next 25 years to achieve the climate goals laid out in the Paris agreement, according to a new report from research group Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and sustainability non-profit Ceres.
Engineers warn of looming UK energy gap
The UK is facing an unprecedented "energy gap" in a decade's time, according to engineers, with demand for electricity likely to outstrip supply by more than 40%, which could lead to black outs .
Unilever and National Grid labelled 'true leaders' in post-Paris policy push
Unilever and National Grid are among the select few companies to be heralded as 'true leaders' for their support of the policies set in place in Paris last month, according to corporate analysts InfluenceMap.
Global middle class can drive climate action, says UBS
The global middle class could hold the key to mobilising climate action, a new report from financial services firm UBS has claimed.
RenewableUK snaps up DECC director as new chief exec
The national trade association for Britain's wind, wave and tidal power industries has recruited a top civil servant at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as its new chief executive.
Major energy U-turn needed to meet Paris targets, government warned
The government has been warned that a major U-turn in energy policy is required if it is to avoid charges of blatant hypocrisy following the commitments it made in the Paris climate deal this weekend.
New circular economy package: The reaction
The European Commission has launched an "ambitious" new circular economy package that it says will boost competitiveness, create jobs and generate sustainable growth. But what does the industry think?
New Circular Economy Package 'less ambitious' than axed predecessor
The European Commission's draft waste and incineration laws to replace the package it axed under its drive for "better regulation", has weaker targets for recycling and landfill than its predecessor.
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.
Paris climate deal must be legally binding, EU tells John Kerry
The EU has warned the Obama administration that a global climate deal at the Paris summit must be legally binding, after the US secretary of state John Kerry said that it "definitively" would not be a treaty.
EV's 'too expensive' to tackle air pollution alone, says EIC
Electric cars could be up to five times more expensive than other methods of tackling air pollution on our roads, a new report from the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has found.
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.
New circular economy package takes shape
The European Commission's new circular economy package will include fresh legislation on waste, fertilisers, and water reuse, "strong commitments" on Eco-design, strategies for handling plastics and chemicals, and "major" funding for innovation.
Dieselgate: EU eases car emissions limit in spite of VW scandal
European Member States have this week reached a compromised deal on the introduction of "real-world" emissions tests which would essentially allow vehicles to continue emitting more than twice the agreed pollution limits.
Battle lines forming as EU holds first debate on ETS reform
France, the UK, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are backing a more targeted approach for heavy industries, at risk of closing down or relocating abroad, due to increased pressure to reduce global warming emissions.
Bonn talks: carbon price progress, climate finance failure
Business leaders have welcomed the recognition of carbon pricing within the latest draft text of the climate agreement, but concerns remain over the lack of progress on climate finance from richer nations.
Are fossil fuel companies using IEA reports to talk up demand?
International Energy Agency (IEA) projections that show the world will continue its heavy reliance on fossil fuels deep into this century are uncertain and being used to mislead governments and shareholders, according to a new report.
Scotland's plastic bag charge sees usage drop by 80%
The number of plastic carrier bags handed out in Scottish shops has reduced by at least 650 million in the first year of the nation's 5p charge.
MPs to scrutinise EU green policies ahead of Brexit referendum
The cross-party Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has announced it will hold a public enquiry to assess the effectiveness of European environmental policy in the UK, ahead of the nation's planned in-out EU referendum.
Britain's forests, soil and rivers worth £1.6tn, says environment secretary
Britain's forests, soil and rivers are worth at least £1.6tn and should be quantified in the same way as the country's man-made infrastructure, environment secretary Liz Truss has said
Cities reluctant to publish climate risk reports
Thousands of cities signing up to the new Covenant of Mayors today (15 October) will submit reports on their vulnerability to climate change to the European Commission every two years - but are under no obligation to make the information public.
UK failing on renewable heat targets
The UK is on track to miss legally binding targets on low-carbon heat, according to a report released Wednesday by the Policy Connect think-tank.
BP: Oil unlikely to be fully exploited due to climate concerns
The world's oil resources are unlikely to ever be fully exploited, BP has admitted, due to international concern about climate change.
Britain's blackout warnings 'do not reflect reality'
Headlines warning that the lights will go out thanks to power station closures and the increasing use of renewable energy are 'largely unfounded', a new report from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has claimed.
Environment Agency extends ESOS deadline
Businesses that fail to meet the December deadline to comply with the Government's new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) may be granted a reprieve until at least the end of January, the Environment Agency (EA) has confirmed.
Wales recycling rates on the up, England urged to take heed
Rising recycling rates in Wales have prompted calls for the rest of the UK to follow suit and develop clearer, more coherent national waste management strategies in order to reach EU targets.
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.
Airlines call on governments to 'complement' climate action
Twenty-eight chief executives and aviation association leaders have penned an open letter to global governments urging them to commit to a joint approach to help deliver emissions reductions across the sector.
Government advocates CCS despite Drax dropout
The UK Government has reiterated its support for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, after energy giant Drax pulled out the UK's flagship project.
ISO 14001 certifications jumped 7% in past year
The number of ISO 14001 certificates issued has grown 7% in the past year, taking the total to more than 324,000 worldwide.
VW chief resigns over emissions scandal
Volkswagen (VW) chief executive Martin Winterkorn has resigned after a hailstorm of criticism over the carmaker's emissions-rigging scandal.
Al Gore: UK must face up to 'inconvenient truth' with climate strategy
Former US Vice President Al Gore has launched a scathing attack on Britain's floundering energy and climate policy, demanding "actions rather than words" from Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of the crucial climate change conference in Paris this December.
North East set for green energy surge with two more CHP plants
Almost £300m is being invested in two new combined heat and power (CHP) plants in Northumberland and Durham.
Construction begins on Britain's first 'split-ownership' solar farm
The first UK solar farm to be part-owned by both community and commercial groups is now being built at Braydon Manor Farm near Swindon.
Utility-scale battery market to hit $8.3bn by 2024
The market for utility-scale battery storage is expected to increase 18-fold by 2024, according to analysis released today by market research firm Frost & Sullivan.
Manufacturers call for policy shift 'from stick to carrot' on green taxes
The UK Government should move away from out-dated green taxes which target businesses and instead offer green tax incentives to reduce carbon emissions, according to the manufacturers' organisation EEF.
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.
Energy-efficient homes undervalued by mortgage lenders
Energy-efficient homes could increase in value if banks and building societies used more accurate estimates of household energy bills in their mortgage calculations, a new report has found.
What went on in Bonn: Climate talks stall ahead of Paris
The UN climate talks in Bonn have been "painstakingly slow" according to some observers, but the final day (Friday) generated some optimism, particularly with regards to funding for poor countries dealing with extreme weather.
Business leaders shift strategic investments in light of green growth
Three quarters of CEOs claim they are developing new products and services to respond to climate change - and a third say it's already helping them grow their business.
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.
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.
Is it perfect policy timing for waste?
The United Nations, European Commission and UK Government have all recently announced key policy themes around waste and resources. The question is, will they complement each other?
27 fracking blocks offered to energy companies
Twenty seven blocks of land across the UK have been formally offered to energy companies by the UK Government for the extraction of onshore oil and gas.
Muslim leaders call for global action on climate change
Leading representatives of Islam have called for action to tackle climate change across the world, at a symposium in Istanbul today (18 August).
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.
Solar industry looks to Chinese imports to ease subsidy squeeze
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has called for the EU to drop import tariffs on Chinese solar modules, claiming the cheaper equipment could help the industry overcome subsidy cuts.
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.
Groundbreaking house can power itself and two neighbours
A new contender for Britain's greenest home has been unveiled in North Yorkshire.
Teesside set for world's largest combined heat and power biomass plant
Teesside is to be the site of the world's largest new power and steam biomass plant as part of a new £424m project.
Standard Chartered abandons giant coal mining project
One of the UK's largest banks, Standard Chartered, has announced it is pulling out of a major coal mining project in Australia.
Premier League sustainability: Creating the world's greenest football club
The Premier League season got underway this weekend with a winning start for Manchester United and dropped points for Arsenal and Chelsea.
London hosts energy efficiency challenge for businesses
The London Mayor's office has launched its second Business Energy Challenge to encourage corporations to step up to meeting city-wide emissions targets.
The only way is ethics: How BBC Worldwide is improving its supply chain
EXCLUSIVE: The only way to improve ethical practice in a manufacturing supply chain is to collaborate with the manufacturers.
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.
Farming biogas leads 40% increase in sector electricity generation
Growth in the UK anaerobic digestion (AD) sector has seen electricity generation from bioenergy surge by 40% from 2013-14, according to figures from the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA).
GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in July 2015
The story of July has been cuts and lots off them.
Lord Bourne: Green policy shake-up necessary to curb energy bills
EXCLUSIVE: After a flurry of shock green policy announcements, the Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) says such drastic changes were needed to drive down consumer bills.
Drax: Biomass needed to balance 'unreliable' wind and solar
Biomass will have an important role to play in the UK's future energy mix thanks to its ability to balance supply from more unreliable technologies such as wind and solar.
Linking sustainability and responsibility: participation toward social justice
Leading businesses now connect sustainability not just with being 'green', but with being a proactive force for good in a globalised economy.
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.
Government pulls plug on Green Deal 'to protect taxpayers'
The Government's Green Deal energy efficiency loans scheme is to close in light of "low take-up and concerns about industry standards."
Solar sector sets out 'grid-parity' roadmap following subsidy cut
The UK solar industry remains on track to deliver power without subsidies by 2020, but clearer and more stable support from the Government will be needed in order to avoid a 'cliff-edge' of deployment.
P&G pledges to make 230 million bottles a year out of recycled plastic
Procter & Gamble (P&G) has today (23 July) announced a 'packaging overhaul', which will see some of the consumer good giant's flagship brands packaged in bottles made from recycled plastic.
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.
Amber Rudd lays out DECC's priorities for 2015 and beyond
UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has answered crucial questions on the Government's approach to energy efficiency, fracking, renewable energy subsidies and climate change.
Construction firms receive '3 trees' for sustainable timber progress
Businesses are making positive steps towards zero-deforestation future, according to the latest 'timber scorecard' published by WWF-UK.
Small-scale wind turbine developers protest changes to local planning laws
Small and medium-scale wind turbine manufacturers have written to Communities Secretary Greg Clark to protest changes to planning guidance for onshore wind turbines.
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.
Circular economy package: Policy priorities for the UK
The European Commission's long-awaited circular economy package must take into consideration renewable and decentralised energy, economic growth and voluntary agreements as a means to minimise waste across the continent.
Insurance industry 'essential policy instrument' to help those at climate risk
The insurance industry must be utilized to protect citizens at risk from climate change, a new report from the University of Cambridge's Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) has claimed.
Church of England announces new 'ecotheology' in divestment from fossil fuel extraction
The Church of England has adopted a new climate change policy which will see it divest from coal mining and oil from tar sands.
Government tears down zero-carbon building regulations
Green groups and house building organisations have lambasted the Government's latest plan to axe 'zero-carbon' plans for future UK homes.
Inside the Budget's 'climate-shaped hole'
It is 24 hours since the emergency budget, and the renewable energy sector is in a state of dismay following the new Government's decision to remove the exemption for renewables under the Climate Change Levy (CCL).
European Parliament votes for early carbon market reform
The European Parliament has endorsed plans to reform the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), it was announced yesterday (8 July).
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.
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.
ISO 14001 final changes will tackle 'broader environmental issues'
The ISO 14001 international standard to environment management systems has been revised in a final redraft.
'Make air pollution visible' campaign launched to improve UK air quality
A new campaign plans to bring together businesses, government and local groups to solve the problem of air pollution in the UK.
Scottish wind generation hits record levels in first quarter
Scottish wind power generated a record 4,452GWh of electricity in the first quarter of 2015, enough to power almost a million Scottish homes for a year, according to figures published today by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
£10bn investment needed to drive low-carbon transport industry
More than £10bn will need to be invested in low-carbon transport if the UK is to meet its carbon emission reduction targets by 2050.
UK offshore wind breezes past 5GW milestone
The UK's offshore wind capacity has passed 5GW for the first time, with the official inauguration of the Gwynt y Mor wind farm off the coast of North Wales.