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
InterfaceFLOR's climb to conquer Mount Sustainability
Global carpet tile manufacturer InterfaceFLOR is on a mission to eliminate its entire environmental impact by 2020. Ramon Arratia talks to Maxine Perella about its journey so far
Sony pictures a zero carbon future
Improving the environmental performance and energy efficiency of its products has put Sony on the path to sustainability
PepsiCo lifts lid on fresh green business goals
Global food and beverage company PepsiCo has unveiled a revamped list of climate commitments, incorporating plans to decouple emissions from business growth, have a positive water impact, and achieve zero waste to landfill.
Ford drives forward with water stewardship goals
Ford has reinforced its sustainability commitments with a new target to reduce its water use by nearly three-quarters since the turn of the millennium, as the US automotive firm moves towards using zero potable water for vehicle manufacturing processes.
Saab owner prepares to roll out 250,000 EVs
Saab's successor company National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has formed a new partnership with technology firm Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to help bring more than 250,000 electric vehicles (EVs) to the global automotive market.
European businesses call for EU to cut 'ruinous' tariffs on chinese solar
Businesses across Europe, including more than 60 based in the UK, are calling on the European Union (EU) to remove trade measures on Chinese solar modules and cells that have had "unforeseen consequences" on the European solar value chain.
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 story of Roermond: How Smurfit Kappa is making the circular economy a reality
Packaging giant Smurfit Kappa invites edie on a behind-the-scenes tour of its pioneering zero-waste paper mill in the Netherlands, which stands as an exemplar of the firm's global circular economy ambitions.
Lucozade Ribena Suntory strives to quench energy usage
Soft drinks firm Lucozade Ribena Suntory (LRS) has introduced an energy management partnership in a bid to reduce its UK factory's annual energy consumption by 5%.
World's largest canmaker updates sustainability goals to account for Rexam acquisition
The world's largest canmaker Ball Corporation, has outlined a new sustainability agenda which will see it adopt science-based carbon targets and lead the field in next-generation spacecraft propulsion systems.
Ford's Dagenham facilities expected to halve energy and water consumption
Ford's new diesel engine production line is expected to cut energy and water use by 50% for each engine built at the company's Dagenham diesel centre in the UK.
Seven things you probably didn't know about Tesla's gigantic Gigafactory
Out in the Nevada desert, business magnate Elon Musk has officially opened the doors to Tesla's $5bn (£3.8bn) Gigafactory, which will act as the foundation for a substantial growth in production for the firm's electric vehicles and energy storage systems.
Heading Earthwards: Johnson & Johnson dives deep to green up healthcare
It's widely recognised that the healthcare sector has a large and costly environmental footprint. Hospitals in particular account for some of the most energy-intensive facilities, yet many traditionally have been slow to embrace resource efficiency. A study by the University of Chicago found that the industry stands to save up to $15bn over 10 years by adopting more sustainable practices - it's an opportunity that hasn't gone unnoticed by Johnson & Johnson (J&J), the world's sixth-largest consumer health company.
Scottish Government announces £20m investment for low-carbon infrastructure projects
A working coalition between the Scottish Government, public agencies and sector specialists has today (11 June) announced the launch of funding support aimed at the delivery of large scale transformational low-carbon infrastructure projects based in Scotland.
General Motors turns to resource efficiency to alleviate regulatory 'perfect storm'
EXCLUSIVE: Amidst all of the political uncertainty surrounding the UK's pending departure from the European Union, General Motors' (GM) regulatory affairs and CSR manager has said that embedding closed-loop processes is enabling the company to thrive amidst an ongoing "regulatory storm".
How demand-response is delivering big energy reductions for Saint-Gobain
UK construction material manufacturer Saint-Gobain has made a total saving of £165,000 and experienced an 11% fall in energy demand across its 20 sites in the UK and Ireland, after powering down its factories at peak energy periods.
The demands of supply: How BT's customer-focused carbon commitments rest in the hands of suppliers
edie's Matt Mace talks to BT's head of sustainable business policy Gabrielle Giner on how the company's customer-centric carbon reduction commitment is influenced by a flexible and highly innovative supply chain.
Energy generation in space will 'save' the world, says Jeff Bezos
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has outlined the future for his ongoing space exploration ambitions, which could see Earth "saved" by building around-the-clock solar factories in space that would replace energy-intensive manufacturing sectors.
Ford aims to implement carbon-based foam products by 2021
American car giant Ford has set itself a five year window to introduce new foam and plastic components made from carbon dioxide feedstock, as the carmaker becomes the first in its industry to test the viability of CO2-based materials.
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.
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.
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.
Scotland turns to carbon capture to alleviate industrial pressure
Researchers from Scotland have been awarded £2.8m to investigate how Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) can support the UK's efforts to reduce emissions in the manufacturing sector, after scientists claimed that a massive CCS drive will be necessary to combat climate change.
Tata Steel crisis: Four green solutions for the struggling steel industry
As the Tata Steel crisis rumbles on, commentators are pointing fingers at energy prices and green policies as key reasons behind Tata's decision to exit the UK. Are they right, or could a reformed green policy landscape and enhanced focus on sustainability actually end up convincing energy-intensive manufacturers to stay put?
RB exceeds waste reductions targets as emissions lag
Health and hygiene company RB, which owns brands including Durex, Calgon and Gaviscon, has revealed it has reached its waste management goals five years early, although improvement on carbon reductions is still needed.
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.
Apple now powered by 93% renewable energy
With all eyes glued to the unveiling of Apple's new 'iPhone SE', the tech giant took to the stage in California this week to confirm that 93% of its global facilities are now running on renewable energy, before unveiling its eye-catching answer to the problem of e-waste.
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).
Emission impossible: Ford and General Motors 'at risk of losing billions in emissions penalties'
US car giants Ford and General Motors are at risk of losing $1.8bn for non-compliance on their fleet emissions after regulations were tightened in the wake of the Volkswagen (VW) diesel scandal.
Circular economy boon for Scotland with £70m Investment Fund
A new centre of excellence and an innovative new strategy for manufacturing form part of a major new investment aimed at revolutionising Scotland's circular economy.
Jaguar Land Rover drives circular value chain with REALCAR project
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will incorporate a sustainable aluminium alloy that contains up to 75% recycled content into the manufacturing of all of its vehicles, thanks to a successful collaborative project between the British carmaker and US aluminium can recycler Novelis.
Car industry launches free take-back scheme
The British automotive industry has launched a new take-back collection service designed to help recycle 'orphan' cars.
Rio Olympics earns top sustainability benchmark
The 2016 Rio Oympic and Paralympic games has been awarded the top global sustainability certificate for events, ISO 20121.
Brexit would be damaging for UK environment, experts warn
Leaving the EU could threaten a range of Britain's environmental policies from energy efficiency to natural capital, a group of high-level environment experts have told Environment Secretary Liz Truss.
US Navy launches first biofuel-powered ship
The first ever US Navy ship to run on an alternative fuel blend as part of its regular operations, has been deployed from California.
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
The renewables revolution is now firmly underway in Asia. This week's sustainability news threw up some fascinating figures showing that China has consolidated its position as the planet's leading installer of solar power.
European remanufacturing sector could triple by 2030
The European remanufacturing sector could be worth €90bn by 2030 if it receives cross-sector policy support and investment from industry, a new report has found.
LG triples solar production capacity in South Korea with $435m investment
Multinational electronics company LG has today (13 January) announced plans to triple solar cell production capacity to 3GW in South Korea through a $435m investment.
Ford: New remanufacturing method could cut emissions by 50%
Ford has developed an innovative recycling technique that aims to give a new lease of life to old engines that would otherwise be scrapped.
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.
Galvanising the manufacturing sector to reduce carbon emissions
With the Paris Climate Conference fast-approaching, business and political leaders are preparing to discuss a plan of action to achieve the communal goal of a universal agreement on climate change. Here, Ramon Arratia, sustainability director at Interface, reflects on the role of the manufacturing industry in reducing carbon emissions.
Tata Steel to install 80,000 solar panels on Dutch steelworks
Indian manufacturing giant Tata Steel has announced plans to create one of the world's largest rooftop solar installations in the Netherlands.
Smart technology could slash global emissions by 15%
The spread of mobile devices and and uptake of smart technology could help reduce global GHG emissions by up to 15% by 2030 - more than the current footprint of the EU and the US combined - according to a new report from Swedish communication technology company Ericsson.
Kia kick-starts autonomous EV development with $12bn roadmap
South Korean carmaker Kia Motors is investing $10.2bn into the development of hybrid and pure electric vehicles (EVs), with an additional $2bn going towards the development of autonomous vehicle technology.
Top tips: 5 ways to create an effective behaviour change programme
Three-quarters of energy managers surveyed in a recent edie report claimed that employee engagement and behaviour change was a top priority this year. But they also listed it as one of the biggest barriers to getting their energy efficiency schemes off the ground...
Tech firms take action on hazardous materials
Dell, Samsung and LG are among the first tech firms to certify their products against new criteria for hazardous chemical substances, in a bid to reassure customers about their environmental standards.
General Electric and BHP Billiton team up to lower mining emissions
American conglomerate General Electric (GE) has today (2 November) teamed up with a leading mining company to identify ways to lower GHG emissions from mining operations.
Voluntary agreement sees UK retailers cut 80,000 tonnes of waste
Britain's manufacturers and retailers have reduced their ingredient, product and packaging waste by 80,000 tonnes since 2012, thanks to a voluntary agreement organised by WRAP.
Manufacturing Commission urges Britain to lead green revolution
Britain's manufacturing industry is in desperate need of a second Industrial Revolution, this time based on stronger energy efficiency policies from Government and an embedded sustainability mindset within big businesses.
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.
Clothing giants aim to boost worker welfare
Levi's, H&M, Nike and Adidas are among a group of clothing brands that have launched a new initiative that seeks to improve working conditions in clothing manufacturing across the world.
Ford factories save enough energy 'to power Oxford for a year'
US carmaker Ford has announced its European factories will have cut energy consumption by 25% in 2016 compared with 2011, saving around 800GWh a year.
Toyota targets 90% emissions reduction by 2050
Japanese carmaker Toyota has unveiled a series of ambitious new environmental targets with an overall aim to eliminate the use of gasoline cars and cut average carbon emissions from all of its vehicles and products by more than 90% by 2050.
Automotive sustainability: are cars of the future needed today?
In the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, a sector already low on public confidence is left with big questions to answer. But for one Swedish automotive entrepreneur, the crisis presents an opportunity to accelerate the move to all-electric transport.
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.
Scotland unveils Storage Network to harness power of renewables
Industry body Scottish Renewables has taken steps to complement and improve the country's growing renewables sector by launching a new Storage Network.
UK economy (still) missing out on remanufacturing revolution
The UK continues to lag behind the rest of the world when it comes to developing a remanufacturing industry, with a notable lack of cooperation between Government and industry stifling the transition to a more circular economy.
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.
On-site solutions will help manufacturers weather energy-price storm, says EEF
EXCLUSIVE: On-site solutions such as rooftop solar panels and anaerobic digestion (AD) will be vital tools for businesses looking to secure future energy supply and lower energy bills.
Smooth industrial robot movements could cut energy consumption by up to 40%
The energy consumption of industrial robots could be cut by up to 40% thanks to new movement optimization techniques developed by researchers from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.
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.
Total ends coal production as fossil fuel stocks dive
The world's fifth-largest energy company Total will no longer produce coal after selling off its last mining affiliate, Total Coal South Africa.
Revolutionary solar windows could generate 50 times more energy than regular PVs
An American solar firm has launched a new liquid technology that turns regular windows into solar panels which could be up to 50 times more productive than regular roof-based photovoltaics.
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.
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.
Greater Manchester businesses make £100m efficiency gains
Manchester's Business Growth Hub has saved businesses more than £100m since its inception in 2001, according to figures announced today (6 August).
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.
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.
Ben Ainslie Racing team sails ahead with sustainable headquarters
At the launch of the America's Cup World Series sailing championship, Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing has announced the sustainability measures in place at its recently finished team headquarters in Portsmouth.
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.
EU decarbonisation policies could cost UK steel £300m a year
The EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) could cost the UK steel sector more than £300m a year by 2030, according to a new report from the industry.
Interface unveils latest circular economy innovation
Global flooring manufacturer Interface has developed the first ever biobased backing for carpet tiles, as part of the company's Mission Zero pledge to eliminate all negative effects on the environment by the year 2020.
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).
Coca-Cola bottler highlights six keys to sustainable manufacturing
Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has released the first results from its partnership with Cranfield University, outlining six key themes in sustainability for the industry in the coming years.
Metal manufacturer targets £170,000 solar savings
A UK metalwork manufacturer expects to save £170,000 on its energy bills after installing a 28.5kWp solar PV array on the roof of its Leicestershire factory.
Coca-Cola bottler targets 50% emissions cut and circular waste models
One of the world's largest soft-drink bottlers, Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), has set ambitious new targets for waste and emissions today, claiming that climate change is one of the most significant risks to its business.
Major offshore wind power deal struck for East Anglia ONE
The biggest ever deal for a consented project in the UK's wind energy sector has been agreed for what will be one of the world's largest wind farms when it's built off the Suffolk coast.
VIDEO: How Interface is turning windscreens into carpets
Modular flooring manufacturer Interface has unveiled its latest green innovation, this time creating the world's first recycled latex substitute for carpets using laminate found in car windows.
EU launches new remanufacturing network
The European Commission has launched a new lobby group that aims to boost remanufacturing throughout the EU.
Nestle achieves zero waste to landfill in the US
Nestle has achieved zero waste to landfill in all of its US factories as part of its ongoing commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its products.
RB struggles to align social and sustainability goals
Global consumer goods firm RB has reported mixed successes on progress towards its environmental targets in its 2014 Sustainability Report, released on Thursday.
Queen Elizabeth awards sustainable business achievement
Automotive giant Jaguar Land Rover and surplus food re-distributor Company Shop have been recognised as sustainability leaders by receiving a Queens Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development today.
Worlds' most sustainable food and drink companies revealed by Oxfam
Unilever has finished first in Ofxam's 'Battle of the Brands' campaign which takes a look at the agricultural sourcing policies of the top 10 food and beverage companies.
Getting ahead of the curve on energy investment
Building a better case for ROI on energy efficiency would help accelerate take-up of renewable technologies, but lack of data is a stumbling block. A new digital platform built on peer-to-peer sharing could overcome this, as Maxine Perella finds out.
'Imported' emissions inflating UK carbon footprint
The UK has been overstating the success of its emissions reduction efforts by failing to account for emissions embedded in imported goods.
CO2 reductions could block circular economy, carmakers warned
The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) is calling on car manufacturers to ensure that using lightweight materials to achieve CO2 reductions doesn't prevent circular manufacturing processes.
Sustainable cars: Looking beyond the tailpipe...
Following a plethora of ultra-low emission vehicle announcements from governments and industry, electric cars are beginning to be adopted by the public and will one day become commonplace. But, as Lucinda Dann investigates, a car's green credentials don't just lie in its exhaust emissions.
SME manufacturers benefitting from shared resource efficiency expertise
Ten manufacturing SMEs in England and Wales are collaborating to improve resource efficiency as part of a new action-based research programme organised by Defra.
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.
Closing the loop: Centre of Excellence needed to support UK remanufacturing, report argues
The UK is lagging behind other developed nations in harnessing the value of remanufacturing and needs its own Centre of Excellence to support the rapidly-growing industry.
Aylesford Newsprint goes into administration
Aylesford Newsprint, a paper manufacturer which specialises in recycling paper for reuse as newsprint, has gone into administration.
Kingspan Energy unveils largest rooftop solar PV array in Ireland
Solar provider Kingspan Energy has installed Ireland's largest rooftop solar PV system on a manufacturing plant in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.
Unilever achieves zero waste to landfill across global manufacturing network
Unilever is now sending zero non-hazardous waste to landfill from its global factory network of 240 factories in 67 countries, saving more than €200m in waste costs.
Food and Drink manufacturers slash CO2 emissions by 35%
Food and drink manufacturers have achieved their target for reducing their carbon dioxide emissions by 35%, way ahead of the 2020 deadline set by the Food and Drink Federation's Five-fold Environmental Ambition.
Circular economy 'could create more than 200,000 jobs' in the UK
The development of a circular economy could create more than 200,000 jobs across the UK by 2030, according to a new study by WRAP and Green Alliance.
L'Oreal aims to improve environmental profile of packaging labels
Cosmetics giant L'Oreal Americas and self-adhesive label firm Avery Dennison are collaborating to identify and reduce the environmental impacts of packaging labels throughout the entire label lifecycle.
Scottish fashion designers encouraged to apply for textile fund to aid circular economy
Textile and fashion designers in Scotland are being encouraged to apply for funding from Zero Waste Scotland to help them reduce textile waste.
P&G hits waste reduction target six years early, sets new sustainability goals
Procter & Gamble (P&G) has released its 16th annual sustainability report, confirming it has met two key sustainability targets ahead of schedule and detailing four new environmental performance goals for 2020.