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National Grid prepares for Olympic demand spike

National Grid is preparing for a 400MW spike in demand on Saturday (13 August) as people tune in to watch Olympic athletes compete for gold medals.

The Olympic torch that lit the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony. The 2016 Games succeeded in raising global awareness of the looming consequences of climate change

Rio 2016: a beacon of hope for the global climate movement?

The earth's population woke up this morning (8 August) to the news that humanity has overshot its annual budget for natural resources four months early. But will the daunting realisations of 'Earth Overshoot Day' finally shift into the mainstream thanks to high-profile events such as the Rio 2016 Olympics?

Rio's 2016 Summer Games plays host to 42 Olympic sports from 5-21 August 2016

Rio 2016 Olympics: How sustainable is the greatest show on Earth?

It was dubbed a "green games for a blue planet" during the bidding process, but the event has since become shrouded in controversy, with venues contaminated with waste, waters infected with superbugs, and the host city's air quality remaining at deadly levels. So, just how 'sustainable' is the Rio 2016 Olympics?

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Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie calls on sports teams to champion sustainability

Four time Olympic gold winner Sir Ben Ainslie has called on the UK's sporting organisations to raise the profile of sustainability, as the Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) sailing team's new energy efficient headquarters in Portsmouth reaches its final stages of construction.

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Glasgow 2014 sets new sustainability standard for Commonwealth Games

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has today (June 27) announced it has achieved ISO 20121, the international standard for Sustainable Event Management.

Why water issues are now commercially important

Water is essential for life, but many businesses still fail to recognise the commercial importance of this vital resource. Darran Messem explains why businesses must take note.

Why water must be on par with energy and carbon issues

The energy intensity of water is rising, which makes understanding the synergies between the two a priority for business and governments. But is enough being done? Leigh Stringer investigates

4.3 billion visits were made by people to urban parks and green spaces over the last four years

Business leaders called on to protect UK's green spaces

Two of the country's leading environmental charity bosses are calling on business leaders and local authorities to strike a new deal to protect and maintain the country's green spaces.

Opening the box on sustainable jewellery

The versatility of gold and other precious metals, combined with their rise in value, has attracted a wide range of investors. However, this surge in interest brings with it an augmented level of scrutiny.

Sainsburys cuts water consumption by 50%

Sainsbury's has reduced its water consumption across its estate by 50% since 2005, largely due to recycling and utilising rainwater throughout its operations.

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Olympic effort needed to slash waste throughout £36bn events sector

Lessons must be learnt from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games if the UK's £36bn events industry is to achieve zero waste to landfill by 2020, according to WRAP.

DECC's new Permanent Secretary Stephen Lovegrove

DECC appoints new Permanent Secretary

David Cameron has approved the appointment of Stephen Lovegrove as the new Permanent Secretary at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

London 2012 reports substantial CO2 savings

The London 2012 Olympic games has achieved carbon emissions savings of around 400,000 tons, despite larger than expected spectator-related emissions, according to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic games (LOCOG).

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Sustainable Transport Winner: London 2012

When London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the city made a commitment to deliver a truly sustainable Games. Its main aim was to get 100% of spectators to venues by walking, cycling and using public transport, and to inspire people of all ages to change the way they travel.

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London 2012 praised for 'medal winning' waste performance

Waste management operations at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games offered a valuable opportunity for spectators to observe sustainability in practice, according to an independent review.

First Milk analyses water use to drive sustainability agenda

Major UK dairy, First Milk, is working with a new water supplier to improve efficiency and use, after it highlighted water as a key objective in its recently published sustainability policy.

The banks of the River Chess

Olympic star joins fight to save British rivers

Double Olympic gold medal-winning rower James Cracknell has joined Natural Environment Minister Richard Benyon in urging the public to show support for the 'Love Your River' campaign.

The funded projects will address overseas and UK water security challenges

Government floods water industry with R&D funding

The water industry has received funding of more than £2.5m from the Government to deliver innovative projects that aim to safeguard future water supplies.

One of the taxis at a Heathrow airport hydrogen fuelling station.

Schwarzenegger helps terminate London's CO2 emissions

Arnold Schwarzenegger was among the celebrities to ride in London's new fleet of hydrogen fuel cell powered taxis during the Olympic and Paralympic games.

Olympic pledge sees Coca-Cola recycle over 10 million bottles

Coca-Cola has delivered on a key target to recycle 10.5 million plastic bottles from the London 2012 Olympic games, returning most of them back to shelf within 6 weeks.

The installation of a wetland plant

VIDEO: The river's edge - a journey of transformation

The team working on the rivers and wetlands of the Olympic Park, one of Europe's biggest greening projects, faced numerous challenges, explains Ruth Boyle of engineering consultancy Atkins

Changes made by companies during the Olympics included, shutting down their offices for one day each week

Businesses reduce environmental impact by planning for Olympic disruption

Businesses who planned for disruption during the Olympics benefited from changing their work and travel patterns and reduced their impact on the environment, according to research by environmental charity Global Action Plan (GAP).

The sewer treatment works at Edmonton, London

Sewer upgrade to improve water quality in local river

A project to upgrade sewage treatment works in Edmonton London will improve the environmental impact on the area's local river, says Thames Water.

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Olympic stadium 'packaging' to help house vulnerable children

Fabric wrap that surrounds the Olympic stadium will be reused as sheltering for vulnerable children in Rio de Janeiro and Uganda.

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'Olympic blaze' at recycling centre remains mystery

Fire-fighters say it could take up to a week for the cause of a fire at a recycling plant in Dagenham, East London to be determined.

Low carbon schemes in Birmingham and Leicester recently received extensions allowing infrastructures energy capacity to expand

Low carbon energy capacity expands with scheme extensions

A UK low carbon district energy infrastructure will now have the capacity to deliver over 500 GWh per year after recent energy schemes received contract extensions.

Nike and Abel Kiriu go distance for green Olympics

Marathon world champion Abel Kirui will take his place at the starting line at the London Olympics this Sunday kitted out head to toe in sustainable performance footwear and clothing.

UK pulls a shocker with euro 'waste medal' ranking

The UK has performed a "miracle" to come eighth in an EU waste league table according to a leading industry figure.

Onshore wind and solar power: 2 of the technologies shrouded in uncertainty

Open letter calls for leadership on renewable energy

More than 200 organisations have signed an open letter to 10 Downing Street calling for the Government to demonstrate clear and consistent leadership on the future of renewable energy.

UPS tests the waters with zero waste drive

Global logistics leader UPS has embarked on a zero waste to landfill programme using two of its sites as "test beds" to trial various minimisation and recovery methods.

The Olympic Stadium relies on HFC-based equipment

Natural refrigerants needed throughout Olympic venues to cut emissions

The Olympic Games could significantly improve on greenhouse gas emissions if all venues at the event used natural refrigerants over climate affecting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Coca-Cola spreads recycling message during Olympic torch relay

Olympic sponsor Coca-Cola has released details on its initiative to engage thousands of sports fans around the country in the importance of recycling during the Olympic Flame's 70-day torch relay.

The adiZero Primeknit reduces the amount of materials needed by eliminating waste from leftover trimmings

Adidas enters running for eco-trainer range

Olympic sponsor Adidas has taken on Nike in the race to produce a more sustainable running shoe with the launch of its adiZero Primeknit range last week.

Non-renewable source fuels Olympic cauldron

Olympic organisers considered using biogas to fuel the Olympic cauldron but chose to use less eco-friendly natural gas to reduce costs.

Clean GB - the Westminster team had the streets cleansed and ready to go an hour and 20 minutes after the cycling road race ended

Clean GB - the Olympic waste squad

A 200-strong 'clean team' may well be the unsung heroes of the London games as they work to keep the streets of the capital clear of rubbish throughout the Olympics, clearing 17,000 bags of rubbish over the first weekend of the games alone.

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Manchester United scores sustainability standards hat-trick

With the eyes of the world on Old Trafford during the London 2012 Olympic football tournament, Manchester United has been awarded a newly-launched international sustainability certification.

High profile names support campaign for plastic free Olympics

Celebrities throw weight behind 'plastic bag free' Olympic Games

High profile names such as David Attenborough, Richard Branson and Vivienne Westwood have announced their support for the Greener upon Thames campaign, which aims to have the London Olympic Games 2012 plastic bag free.

Food and drink industry manufactures big water savings

Food and drink manufacturers have cut their operational water use by 14.4% thanks to an industry-wide voluntary agreement.

EDF has installed energy monitoring technology at the Olympic park - London 2012

EDF to provide Olympic park with real-time energy monitoring

EDF Energy has installed monitoring technology at sports venues across the Olympic park to show real-time energy consumption at the 2012 games.

Olympics must create legacy for compostable packaging

Plant-based packaging is set to play a major role at London 2012 but it will be for nothing if brand owners and waste companies fail to build on this opportunity, a leading Olympics advisor has warned.

London 2012 has 'sustainability in its DNA' says IOC

London 2012 will be the first Olympic Games to measure its carbon footprint over the entire project term and the first to commit to a zero waste to landfill target according to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Flooded tube line causes chaos for commuters

Central Line commuters in London were forced to evacuate on foot after a Thames Water burst water main flooded Transport for London (TFL) rail tracks.

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Majority of EU bathing waters meet quality standards

A new report has revealed that 92.1% of bathing waters in the European Union now meet the minimum water quality standards set by the Bathing Water Directive.

Olympics air pollution to be viewed in 3D

Air pollution during the London 2012 Olympic Games is set to be monitored using pioneering 3D technology developed by the University of Leicester (UoL).

Olympics legacy unveils zero waste and carbon vision

The London 2012 Olympic Games legacy will set a benchmark for sustainable living with the creation of a park complex built to zero carbon and waste standards.

London 2012 'failing' to deliver on zero waste pledge

Despite a commitment to a zero waste Olympic games, shops and suppliers at London 2012 will be able to hand out plastic bags to visitors.

UPDATED: Culprit behind BP hoax revealed

On the eve of the BP AGM in London protest action around oil and gas giants BP has heated up with a hoax press release appearing on a fake London 2012 Olympic Games website stating it has been dropped as a sustainability partner.

Olympics delivery project 'hindered' scope for reuse

London 2012 organisers have missed a significant reuse opportunity according to sustainability experts involved in the Olympic Park construction programme.

Resource efficiency will drive investment decisions, says Coca Cola

Coca Cola Enterprises (CCE) has made a commitment to ensure retailers selling its products keep sustainability "high on the agenda" and predicts it will drive store investment decisions in the future.

Water minister Richard Benyon takes part in the clean-up in East London

Boris and Benyon support waterways clean-up campaign

London mayor Boris Johnson and water minister Richard Benyon are backing a new campaign to "clean and green" East London's rivers and canals ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.

ANALYSIS: British soft drink sector tackles water wastage

Reducing water use by 20% by 2020, compared with a 2007 baseline, in the production chain is the second key area flagged up in the British Soft Drinks Association's (BSDA) Sustainability Progress report.

Old Ford wastewater plant

London 2012 Olympic Park to use recycled wastewater

A new £7m water recycling facility is set to turn Londoner's wastewater into non-drinkable water for flushing toilets and irrigating gardens at the London 2012 Olympic Park.

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Coca-Cola unveils plastic recycling scheme for London 2012

Coca-Cola has announced it is planning to recycle all clear plastic waste collected at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games into 80 million new coke bottles.

Congratulations to the 2011 Awards for Environmental Excellence winners!

A lavish black-tie gala ceremony saw edie's Awards for Environmental Excellence 2011 winners announced. Pictures and video below.

UK's first hydrogen fuelling network set to open in London

Commuters in London will soon be able to travel using a greater range of zero emission vehicles as the UK's first network of hydrogen fuelling stations prepares to open.

Landfill to play crucial role in delivering London 2012 legacy

SITA UK is to donate £500,000 through its landfill trust programme to help regenerate derelict land in East London as part of the Olympic Legacy Programme.

A Wenlock 2012 mascot figure

London 2012 needs to shout about merchandising energy efficiency

The sustainability watchdog for London 2012 has revealed the Olympics are performing well on meeting the green agenda - but warned the organising committee it needs to communicate those credentials more effectively.

The River Kennet

Panorama reveals a quarter of UK's rivers are under threat

Thames Water was put under the spotlight last night (September 19) by BBC investigative series Panorama, which explored the issue of water scarcity in the UK and the effects water abstraction has on rivers.

London 2012 will 'act as a catalyst' for good waste management

The chair of the Commission for a Sustainable London (CSL) 2012, an independent body which monitors the Olympics and Paralympics, spoke about how the Olympics can support good waste management and help achieve a target of zero waste.

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Thames Water begins pipe replacement project near Olympic Park

Thames Water is replacing century-old pipes near the Olympic Park in a bid to reduce leaks and bursts.

Digital flood alert sirens to be unveiled for 2012

Hi-tech digital sirens warning of coastal flooding are set to replace World War two alarms for the Olympic Games.

Londoners would be 'crazy' not to go for new energy saving programme, says Boris

London mayor, Boris Johnson, has unveiled a new energy efficiency programme to help Londoners make savings on their annual energy and water bills.

Sustainability has been elevated to board level, says Darroch

Jeremy Darroch

Tom Idle meets Jeremy Darroch, CEO BSkyB

CCE's biomethane truck on display at the show

Coca-Cola set to fuel biomethane fleet for the London Olympics

Coca-Cola Enterprises will be delivering its branded soft drinks to the London 2012 Olympic Games on trucks fuelled by biomethane as part of a drive to cut carbon emissions within its fleet operations.

New reservoir and treatment works for Lincoln

Anglian Water has unveiled plans for a new £40 million reservoir and water treatment works near Lincoln.

London commuters the greenest

A survey of commuter's transport emissions has thrown up the surprising result that Londoners are the country's greenest.

Judging day at the Environment Agency

Edie Awards shortlist announced

The shortlist for the Edie Awards for Environmental Excellence 2011 has been drawn up.

LeakFrog saves 10 million litres of water a day

Thames Water's gadget, the LeakFrog is helping the company to repair leaks quickly and hit its annual leakage targets.

The old and new cathedrals stand side by side

Coventry first cathedral to fit photovoltaic panels

Coventry is to become the first cathedral in the country to fit solar panels to its roof.

Innovative approach taken in Belfast deep-shaft project

Rethinking the site of the drive motor, saved costs in one of Northern Ireland's biggest infrastructure projects, says Frank Cooper, sales director at Bedford Pumps

The alleyway before it was cleared

London launches Olympic clean up drive

London will be swept in a two month clean up aimed at tidying the city ahead of the Olympics and removing potential fire sources.

St Germans pumping station keeps fens flood-free

The 100m3/s capacity pumping station at Wiggenhall St Germans in Norfolk has now been formally opened by Lord James Russell, marking the culmination of this huge construction and flood defence project. Atkins’ John Sheppard explains.

Food for thought: packaging waste will be minimised when the games are on

Olympics to serve up compostable food packaging

London 2012 will use compostable packaging for some of the food sold on-site during the Olympic games as part of its latest sustainability drive.

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Thames Water: Olympic winner

Thames Water has been chosen as the London 2012 Water Utility Services Provider for the Games.

ESTA Energy Manager of the Year Paul Moran of Harper Adams University College.

Environment and Energy Awards 2011 winners

The energy and environment sectors proved their resilience to the economic downturn as outstanding individuals, organisations and groups were celebrated at the Environment and Energy Awards.

Manchester United FC have already used the tool for its own waste operations

Events industry gets tool to tackle waste

The events industry is being encouraged to reduce its waste more effectively with a free online planning tool to assist event organisers in drawing up appropriate action plans.

2012 Olympics to meet less than 50% of renewable power generation target

The 2012 Olympics is to miss a target of generating 20% of its energy from renewable sources, according to report released today (April 11).

L to R: Doug Norwood of GPL and Dave Long from Borough of Broxbourne

Broxbourne takes delivery of new sweepers

The Borough of Broxbourne has taken delivery of four new Johnston CX200 street sweepers, in a 12-month contract hire deal with GPL (Go Plant) worth around £100,000.

Olympian effort flows through

The site for the London Olympics 2012 includes a brand new deep water pumping station - and the UK's biggest municipal water recycling project ever. But, as Claire Smith reports, the capital's impressive engineering history is not being forgotten

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Dorset councils join forces to cut costs

All seven Dorset councils have signed up to the Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP), which is aiming to save up to £2M a year by 2015-16.

Olympic stadium contamination clean up costs revealed

Cleaning up the Olympic stadium site will cost almost £13 million according to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).

Assembly warning on environmental aims of 2012 Games

In a report out today (October 29), the London Assembly's Environment Committee has warned that the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games could fail short of its environmental aims.

Olympics showcase green energy centre credentials

The state-of-the-art energy centre at the Olympic Park was unveiled last week revealing the largest such scheme to ever be built in the UK.

Boris Johnson: new bins are

London Mayor tackles Underground litter

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has announced that the number of bins on the Tube network will be increased by 25% by the end of this year.

pH water – the silent polluter

Concrete washwater is highly toxic to fish and other wildlife. With the construction industry promoting environmental improvements, the issue can no longer be ignored, says Dr Richard Coulton.

Olympic Park connected with inland waterways

British Waterways has reopened a derelict lock on Waterworks River in east London for the first time in over 40 years following a restoration project costing £400,000.

India is off the starting blocks towards greenest Commonwealth Games

It's not just the London Olympics gearing up to be the greenest games ever but the looming 2010 Commonwealth Games in the India's Delhi.

Blow to London's greenest Olympic Games bid

The London Olympics in 2012 are set to fall short of a target to source at least 20% of energy from new local renewable schemes.

'Concerns' over 2012 Olympic waste management

London's 2012 Olympic Games are on target for making 'world class' waste reduction targets but there are 'concerns' over the process, according to an independent watchdog.

Cutting the ribbon: Roger Black (left) with Ken Stevens

Olympic champ Roger Black opens Southampton MRF

Former Olympic athlete and silver medalist Roger Black has officially opened SCA Recycling's new £15M MRF in Southampton, Hampshire.

Just exactly guru are you?

Green guru Jonathon Porritt may have long quit the classroom at the London comprehensive he used to work at, but he is still very much the teacher. Erik Jaques goes back to school and gets a lesson in sustainability

Banking on monitoring to keep the Thames sweet

In terms of pollution, the Thames used to be a real stinker - excessive odour from it even led to the closure of Parliament in 1858. But these days the river is coming up smelling of roses, thanks to monitoring stations along its banks.

China turns to bio-treatment

One of the impacts of China's exponential industrial growth is the pollution of its waterways. But the country's government is making inroads into the issue, with biological treatment a favourite, writes Dr Jeffrey J Chen.

Tracking and controlling air pollution

With air quality issues at the Beijing Olympics making headlines around the world, Phil Branchflower, air quality associate at SLR Consulting, reviews the impact of pollutants on local air quality.

A whole world of local skills

If communities are to become sustainable then they are going to have to be given new skills. Sir Michael Latham - chairman of ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council for the construction industry - outlines the role training can play in this

On your marks, get set, drill

If plumbing were an Olympic sport, it would look a lot like the IWO National Drilling & Tapping Championship.

GLA 'filters out' industry views

Plant hire firms feel proposed legislation covering particulate emissions ignores the fact that they are unprepared to implement them. Dean Stiles reports on the stand-off.

Environmental experts wanted to advise on Olympics

News in Brief

Siltbuster - solving the shortage down under

The highest level of water restrictions has been imposed by East Gippsland Water in Australia following harmful pollution affecting the Mitchell River. To overcome the resultant water shortage there, the water company turned to Siltbuster find a solution that would improve water supply to 17,000 residents in the region.

London plans 'greenest Games ever'

With 2012 days to go until the London Olympic Games kick off organisers came up with a strategy outlining how they plan to make the games the "greenest ever."

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