The future's bright for sustainable business: 7 things we learnt at edie Live 2016
After a fascinating two days of inspiration, insight and expertise, edie looks back at some of the most important lessons taken away from edie Live 2016.
Humans damaging the environment faster than it can recover, UN finds
Degradation of the world's natural resources by humans is rapidly outpacing the planet's ability to absorb the damage, meaning the rate of deterioration is increasing globally, the most comprehensive environmental study ever undertaken by the UN has found.
Coalition for Urban Transitions launched to accelerate global climate commitments
A new coalition consisting of 83 affiliated cities, a global economic commission and the Word Resources Institute (WRI) was launched on Thursday (5 May), with the aim of using metropolitan areas as an "evidence base" to highlight the sustainable climate solutions available to policy makers.
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 .
Air pollution killing 430,000 Europeans a year
Air pollution is responsible for up to 430,000 premature deaths a year across Europe, a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) has found.
Primary school teachers want to bring sustainability back to school
An overwhelming majority of primary school teachers believe they should be teaching children about the effects of climate change, despite sustainability no longer being a statutory requirement in the curriculum.
Recycling 'just one thing' could spark London's resource revolution
A new behavioural change campaign has been launched to develop Londoners' understanding of what can be recycled, as the capital aims to hit recycling targets set by Mayor Boris Johnson.
World set to use more energy for cooling than heating
The world faces a looming and potentially calamitous "cold crunch", with demand for air conditioning and refrigeration growing so fast that it threatens to smash pledges and targets for global warming.
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.
Floating wind turbines could be cost-competitive in 10 years, says ETI
Floating offshore wind could be a credible, cost-effective form of low-carbon energy for the UK by the mid-2020's, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has claimed.
1.85 million Brits financing 'positive investment' market
A record 1.85 million people across the UK have invested a total of £3.6bn in ways that to create positive social and environmental impact, according to a market update from investment platform Ethex.
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.
'Vulnerable 20' countries will share economies to fight climate change
Finance ministers representing over 700 million people have announced a series of financial mechanisms to invest in climate resiliency and lower emissions for 20 of the world's most vulnerable countries.
VW scandal caused nearly 1m tonnes of extra pollution, analysis shows
Volkswagen's rigging of emissions tests for 11m cars means they may be responsible for nearly 1m tonnes of air pollution every year, roughly the same as the UK's combined emissions for all power stations, vehicles, industry and agriculture, a Guardian analysis suggests.
WRI: Extreme water stress in Middle East could stoke civil unrest
Countries from the Middle East will likely be be exposed to 'extreme water stress' by 2040, threatening national security, the World Resources Institute has found.
H&M launch €1m grant for clothes-recycling innovations
Swedish clothing chain H&M will offer a €1m grant for pioneering ideas which 'close the loop' on discarded clothing.
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.
Google Street View to map urban air quality and pollution
Environmental monitoring company Aclima has announced a new partnership with Google Earth Outreach to map urban air quality and pollution.
Climate change: world's wealthiest understand, but only half see it as threat
People living in the world's wealthiest nations generally understand what climate change is but in many countries just half perceive it to be a threat, new research has found.
London's 'Walkie Talkie' skyscraper achieves top sustainability rating
One the most recent additions to the London skyline has achieved BREEAM Excellent rating, making it one of the most sustainable buildings in the city.
E-Waste: The circular economy's achilles heel
With Recycle Week in full flow, James Rubin, chief executive of waste clearance firm Enviro Waste, highlights the huge importance of tackling e-waste in the transition to a circular economy.
TFL targets one million Londoners in car clubs
A plan to get one million Londoners into car clubs by 2025 was launched today in the capital.
London leads charge towards sustainable megacities
London is the only 'megacity' in the world where electricity use per capita is going down while GDP is going up, according to a new University of Toronto study.
Energy and agricultural sectors guzzling world's water supplies, says UN
The energy and agricultural sectors "must be held accountable" for their vast water consumption and take steps to lower it, said a UN report released Tuesday.
Green Deal should be extended to include water efficiency, says Green Alliance
The Government should expand its popular Green Deal support scheme to include water efficiency, according to a new report from environmental think-tank Green Alliance.
Dedicating land to bioenergy won't curb climate change, says WRI
Do not grow crops for energy instead of food. That is the message of a new report from the World Resources Institute (WRI), which claims that dedicating crops to generating bioenergy is too inefficient to solve energy crises and makes it harder to sustainably feed the planet.
Natural capital: Urgent action needed from next Government, report finds
England's 'natural capital' is in long-term decline and must be addressed immediately, according to the third and final State of Natural Capital report from the Natural Capital Committee (NCC).
Report: Businesses 'surprisingly relaxed' about water impacts of fracking
Key stakeholders in the use and procurement of shale gas appear unconcerned about the potential impacts of fracking on water pollution and water resources, according to a new report from a sustainability consultancy firm.
Sustainable food systems: Alternative recipes to feed the 9 billion
With food security riding high on policymakers' agenda in the wake of the global food crisis, edie has come across some of the more alternative methods of feeding an estimated nine billion people, including seaweed farms, cockroaches, drones and 3D printers...
WRAP chief praises Wales' green achievements
Wales is leading the green agenda and is on track to secure a resource efficient future, according to WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin.
Earth lost 50% of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF
Species across land, rivers and seas decimated as humans kill for food in unsustainable numbers and destroy habitats.
Survey reveals widespread misconceptions about energy and climate change
A new survey has revealed a 'huge gap' between reality and the perception of the UK public on some key climate and energy issues.
A brighter future: using solar power to tackle the water crisis in Ethiopia
There are 44.5 million people in Ethiopia that don't have access to safe drinking water. Renewable energy is an ideal solution in remote areas with no mains electricity. We take a look at a WaterAid project that used solar power to save lives.
WRAP chief calls for UK to aim for food waste-free future
The UK needs to take bolder steps in tackling food waste to help future generations avoid resource scarcity challenges, according to WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin.
Majority of online consumers will pay more for sustainability
Consumer appetite for sustainable brands is growing as new research reveals that more than half of online shoppers are prepared to pay a premium for socially responsible products and services.
Nestlé ranks people alongside water as a growing 'scarce resource'
One of Nestlé's senior representatives has highlighted the rising threat of unsustainable water use and its potentially devastating effects on global food security over the next 40 years.
Time for behaviour change: UK wasting £500m on annual energy bills
The UK has the potential to save up to 2.2TWh of energy every year - representing almost £500m in utility bills - through simple behavioural change adopted by businesses and consumers across the country.
Resource use 'must be separated from economic growth', says UNEP
The unsustainable use of natural resources will continue to have a 'crippling' impact on price volatility and the environment unless economic growth is decoupled from resource consumption, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Unilever calls for business 'mindfulness' on consumption
Unilever CEO Paul Polman has questioned whether businesses are in denial over the growing trend for mindful consumption, as he called for companies to widen their understanding on the issue.
Water & Business: How to avoid the looming 'crisis'
In less than 16 years, the UN says that the demand for fresh water will outstrip supply by 40%. Businesses are acutely aware of the impending risks of managing with less water, but many are confused about exactly what to do, and where it should start. Peter Knight provides some clarity.
Greater Expectations: Rethinking investment towards a sustainable future
Progress towards a green and sustainable economy is way too slow and our perspectives on investment will need to undergo a radical shift if we are to give our businesses the right conditions in which they can deliver a truly prosperous future, says Michael Townsend.
EU moves to scrap 'best before' labels in bid to cut food waste
A group of European Union states led by the Netherlands and Sweden are calling on the European Commission to scrap 'best before' labels on a host of long life products in a bid to cut down on food waste.
Emissions from 10 food and drinks companies 'higher than Scandinavia'
Cereal and softdrinks brands among top polluters singled out in Oxfam report for not doing enough on climate change.
Shell points to 'resource resilience' for future cities
Shell has called for more co-operation and collaboration within cities to build resilience to growing pressures on global energy, food and water systems.
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.
Councils spending £3.9bn on household waste collection, study finds
Local authorities in England spent £3.9bn managing household waste collections in 2012/13, according to new research.
Will water scarcity ever challenge carbon emissions as a business priority?
When it comes to exposure and coverage, carbon emissions reign supreme. But is it time water security became the central environmental issue? Leigh Stringer investigates
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
UK food security faces 'real threat' from international water shortages
Despite the UK experiencing the wettest winter in 250 years, researchers are warning that Britain's food supply is likely to become increasingly susceptible to global water shortages.
WWF teams up with packaging giant on green project
WWF International and Mondi Group have announced today (20 February) that they will work together in a three-year strategic partnership that focuses on increasing environmental stewardship in the packaging and paper sectors.
Water shortages will put UK energy security 'in danger' say researchers
UK policymakers are being called on to give greater consideration to the electricity sector's 'water footprint', as water shortages are likely to impact energy generation in the future.
Water security now ranks as one of greatest risks to civilisation
Water is now one of the highest global risks, alongside the economy, unemployment, food shortages and extreme weather patterns, new research has found.
UK's political will on climate change flagging and 'currently not fit for purpose'
Human response to climate change is unfolding as a political tragedy because scientific knowledge and economic power are pointing in different directions, a new report claims.
Plugging the future food gap relies heavily on slashing waste
Tackling food waste successfully will be critical to meet the world's growing food needs as new research proposes that the planet will need 70% more food to feed a global population of 9.6 billion in 2050.
New fuel cell technology puts an end to wall socket charging
A global power technology company has developed a new fuel cell device that could end the need to charge and power smartphones through the wall socket.
Water demand underlies many of the problems we face, says prof David King
The "short-termism" from Government and the private sector, combined with a growing population, means "we are already using the next generation's fresh water supply, says professor David King.
UK and US engineers to collaborate on global water issues
A new trans-Atlantic collaboration, 'Clean Water for All', will bring leading water engineers from the United States and the UK together to tackle problems of providing clean, sustainable water supplies.
Lincolnshire's new reservoir to secure water supply for area's growing industry
Water security in the Lincolnshire area has been boosted this week as the county's new reservoir receives its first flow of water.
UK food supply at risk due to severe water shortages
Farmers in England are facing increasing challenges to meet the demands of a growing population due to rising water scarcity fuelled by climate change, according to a report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).
European Parliament urged to vote against 'unfair' biofuel cap
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has called on the European Parliament Environment Committee (ENVI) to vote against proposals to reduce EU renewable transport targets this Thursday.
EXCLUSIVE: Less healthcare better for sustainable NHS, says director
The NHS Sustainable Development Unit director has said that an environmentally-conscious and sustainable public health service will provide less healthcare in the future.
World Bank's new climate change report intensifies need for water action
The impact of climate change is increasing the urgency for action on water and sanitation across the globe, says WaterAid in response to a new report from the World Bank published today.
UN leader calls for 'global response' on World Day to Combat Desertification
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a collective global response to drought and a shift from crisis management to drought preparedness and resilience.
Diminishing water supply signals 'time to reverse land degradation'
The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) has called attention to the risks of drought and water scarcity and the importance of sustaining healthy soils.
Too many EU citizens and businesses unaware of environmental issues
Raising awareness of environmental issues amongst EU citizens and businesses is the first step to achieving behavioural change and reducing the impact created by EU cities, says the European Commission's director-general for Environment.
EXCLUSIVE: EU Commission to focus environmental efforts on SMEs says Potocnik
Small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) will be one of the European Commission's top priorities in its effort to reduce resource consumption and the EU's environmental impact, says the European Commissioner for Environment.
Climate change floods on the rise as central Europe lies submerged
Recent floods in central Europe are likely to increase for several reasons including climate change, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Businesses called on to protect Natural Capital for World Environment Day
Two of the key figures involved in the inaugural World Forum on Natural Capital have today urged business leaders that the benefits of properly valuing natural capital must not be underestimated.
EU democracies still rewarding short-term thinking says environment commissioner
Europe's democracies are organised in a way that reward short-term environmental and financial thinking and "punish" long-term ideas, says Janez Potocnik.
Water firms must 'share' supplies to improve resilience says EA chief
Water companies must secure water supplies against a changing climate and a growing population, says chairman of the Environment Agency (EA) Lord Chris Smith.
More than one in three to vote pro-wind in local elections
Supporting wind farms could help candidates win seats in local elections taking place across England tomorrow, according to new research.
UK shale not necessarily 'silver bullet' to low energy prices
The Government should not assume that gas prices will fall due to a shale gas revolution in the UK, according to a report from the Energy and Climate Change Committee.
Resource efficiency is key to the evolution of the 'smart city'
The evolution of the 'smart city' will require a new way of providing infrastructure and utilities to a growing population as well as a major uptake in resource efficiency, finds Leigh Stringer.
World pays homage to water as experts warn of looming scarcity crisis
As the competitive tension between business and nations grow, and the population continues to rise, the perception of water as an unlimited resource will become out of date, say experts at the University of Leicester.
Water-related disasters inhibiting global sustainability
The global population living in flood-prone river basins has increased 114% in the last 40 years, while the number of people located on coastlines exposed to cyclones has risen almost 200%, according to experts.
Extreme weather in 2012 demonstrates risk to British business
It is vital that businesses in Britain have a secure water supply in the face of increasingly extreme weather, according to the Environment Agency (EA) chairman Lord Smith.
Small businesses set to benefit from mammoth water meter roll-out
At least 20% of the 1,600 jobs created by Irish Water's domestic water metering programme will be given to people from small local businesses and the unemployed, it was announced today.
Water and sewerage bills to rise by more than 3%
The average household water and sewerage bill in England and Wales is forecast to increase by 3.5%, or about £13 per year, says Ofwat.
Ofwat proposals to combat unsustainable water use
Ofwat has today announced proposals to change the way it regulates the water and sewerage sector, in an attempt to ensure the sustainable management of water.
Masdar launches pioneering desalination technology
A pilot program to test and develop energy-efficient seawater desalination technologies, which can be powered by renewable energy sources, has launched in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Smart water networks could save billions worldwide
Smart water networks could save utilities up to $12.5bn (£7.75bn) a year worldwide, according to research commissioned by utility infrastructure company Sensus.
Minister commends Northern Irish water scheme
Two water and sewage improvement schemes in the Keady area of County Armagh, amounting to £7.7m, have been commended by the Government.
European water investment 'getting smarter'
Efficiency will be a top priority for water utilities in the coming years and will create a favourable environment for innovations, finance and new business models, according to new analysis.
Public urged to have say in Scottish Water plans
Scottish Water today launched a consultation encouraging customers to voice ideas and opinions on the future of water services in Scotland up and till 2040.
Lack of government action increases UK water risk
The risk of flooding and water shortage in 2013 has increased because the Government has been 'too slow' in taking action to improve water management in the UK, warn environmental leaders.
CCS is 'unattractive but vital' to meeting carbon targets
Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) can be a suitable solution for reducing carbon emissions but high costs and a challenging implementation process are making it unattractive to those in the energy industry, says Carbon Trust chairman, James Smith.
Big business must restore public faith through sustainability
Only 24% of the population think large companies have a positive effect on their local community and environment, with 26% believing they have a negative effect, according to a recent poll.
Playing Catch Up - implementing a sustainability strategy in an emerging economy
Sustainability is a core element of any modern business. Companies in the developed world have been investing heavily in the implementation of CSR and sustainability strategies in recent years and the expectation to communicate sustainability has never been greater, says Liz Wilks. In the UK for example, HM Treasury now requires sustainability reports to be published in Annual Reports and Accounts.
Social media: why it's good to talk
Driving dialogue and debate on key waste issues through the use of twitter or facebook is both valuable and cost-effective. So get connected, urges Gareth Morton
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.
NHS report reveals environmental impact of UK care homes
The residential care sector accounts for at least 3.4m tonnes of CO2 each year and almost £1.1bn in natural resource costs, according to an NHS report.
Industry guide helps businesses manage water sustainably
Businesses will be able to manage water sustainably with the help of a new guide released by a group of industry bodies.
Legislation backing energy efficiency is key to sustainable cities of the future
Legislation and regulation that encourages the public to reduce energy consumption is key to developing the sustainable cities of the future, says energy management firm Schneider Electric.
€2.4m wastewater treatment build starts in Ireland
Work on a €2.4m wastewater treatment plant at Kilmallock in County Limerick will begin later this month, replacing a 1940s plant which has been outgrown by the size of the local population.
Unilever teams up with Facebook to switch on safe water
Unilever has launched a scheme to provide safe clean drinking water to communities around the world by harnessing the power of social networking.
Coca-Cola $3.5m drive to advance clean water access
Coca-Cola has pledged to commit $3.5m to help accelerate the development of sustainable water access in drought-hit parts of Africa.
Multi-euro EBRD loan for Turkish wastewater treatment plant
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a loan of up to €20M to finance the construction of Mezitli wastewater treatment plant in Turkish city Mersin, which has a population of close to one million people.
GDP will be 'severely hampered' by water scarcity, warns HSBC
HSBC has invested $100m in a five-year Water Programme set up in partnership with WaterAid, WWF and Earthwatch, after reporting that gross domestic product (GDP) will be affected by water scarcity.
Water next big 'sustainability threat' for business
Water scarcity will affect "every angle of our lives" and businesses must put board support at the top of their sustainable business plans.
Inflatable barrier helps protect Amsterdam
A bespoke inflatable dam manufactured in Manchester is providing flood protection in Amsterdam, writes Mike Saunders, Dunlop GRG's business development manager