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From expert insights on gaining strategic boardroom buy-in to interactive sessions on the importance of leadership at every level of business, we've rounded up the best of the quotes from edie Live 2016

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.

Coachella Valley in California - an area grappling with shrinking water supplies

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.

The Coalition will aim to communicate with national leaders and Ministers of Finance, Energy, Transportation and Economy, in order to unlock the potential of sustainable cities

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.

It is ‘almost impossible’ for UK electricity demand to be met by 2025, engineers say

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 .

The UK saw approximately 37,800 deaths from air pollution in 2013

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.

92% of primary school teachers felt they should be teaching children about the effects of climate change

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.

If every Londoner recycled one extra plastic bottle a week for a year, enough energy would be saved to power Wembley Stadium for two years

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.

Worldwide power consumption for air conditioning is forecast to surge 33-fold by 2100

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.

Carbon Tracker's research director James Leaton said shareholders in fossil fuel companies were having their money spent on projects that relied on high demand and high prices long into the future

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.

The ETI projected a floating turbine LCOE of £85/MWh by the mid 2020's

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.

Community-owned renewables projects raised £26m last year

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 expects to save 800GWh of energy a year from 2016

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.

Ministers have thrown their weight behind a $100bn commitment as well as supporting an international financial transaction tax

'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.

The company admitted the device may have been fitted to 11m of its vehicles worldwide

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.

Climate change and population growth has led to many countries suffering from water stress

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.

The Global Change Award, launched by H&M aims to create clothes for an expanding population while reducing environmental impact

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.

As climate change causes temperatures to rise even higher in the second half of the century, even more serious food shocks - where production drops by up to 10% - are also likely to occur much more often by 2070

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.

Aclima and Google are working together using Street View to monitor air pollution

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.

Red melting snow at high altitude in the Alps. Whilst most of Europe are aware of climate change, far fewer consider it to be detrimental

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.

The recent addition to London's skyline produces its own electricity through solar panels and hydrogen fuel

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.

The average city dweller's car is only used for 4.6 hours a week, meaning that the vehicle is actually parked for 97% of the time.

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.

Megacities are home to 6.7% of the world's population, yet they consume 9.3% of global electricity and produce 12.6% of global waste

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.

By 2030, global demand for freshwater will exceed supply by 40%

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.

Water metres could save a household £78 a year

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.

Bioenergy is the use of recently living plants for energy

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.

Like the fiscal deficit, successive governments have allowed a large natural capital debt to build up, argues the NCC

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).

Experts disagree about the potential impact of fracking on the water supply

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.

By 2050, the Earth will be home to nine billion people and food production will have to increase by 70%

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 is aiming to help Wales secure a resource efficient future

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.

The global population is catching fish faster than the oceans can restock

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.

The survey shows a perceived lack of consensus among climate scientists

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.

Tirfie Tikura, a mother in Gellabo village, whose life has been changed by the solar-powered water pumping system

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.

Liz Goodwin: UK needs to focus on preventing food waste

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.

More than half of online shoppers are prepared to pay a premium for socially responsible products

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's executive vice president Nandu Nandkishore says water will become the most precious commodity in the world

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.

Lightbulb moment: Behavioural energy efficiency remains 'largely untapped by much of Europe'

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.

This new report was produced by the United Nations Environment Programme-hosted International Resource Panel

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).

Polman said that there was tendency for marketers to be blinkered by consumption-based business models

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.

Peter Knight is Chairman of The Context Group

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.

The majority of energy managers consider funding to be the greatest barrier to initiating energy-saving programmes

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.

Current EU legislation requires all food to carry a best before date

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.

Oxfam singled out Kellogg and General Mills as two of the worst on climate change policies

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 is keen to alert policymakers and business leaders to the 'stress nexus' (photo credit: Shell International Ltd)

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 could save millions if they made their services more efficient

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.

Business priority weighs more on reducing carbon emissions than water consumption

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.

 High conservation value ecosystems in Russia

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.

The Governments energy generation plans could make water shortages a bigger issue

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.

The Government has shown

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.

Intelligent Energy will launch the Upp device in Africa where demand for mobile technology has significantly increased over the last few years but powering options are still limited

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.

Professor David King:

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.

Lincoln's reservoir in the construction phase

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.

David Pencheon

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.

Karl Falkenberg

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.

Janez Potocnik

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.

European Commissioner for Environment Janez Potocnik speaking at the opening session of Green Week in Brussels

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.

EA chairman Lord Chris Smith

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.

Population growth is a major consideration in developing the 'smart city'

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.

(l-r) Dr. Corrado Sommariva and Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber

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.

(L-R) Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy, Bill Gowdy Acting Director of Engineering Procurement NI Water, Deputy Lord Mayor of Armagh Cllr Sylvia McRoberts, and Trevor Haslett Chief Executive of NI Water view the upgraded Wastewater Treatment Wor

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.

Government must take more action or risk further flooding, says environmental leaders

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.

Carbon Trust chairman, James Smith

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.

Kingfisher CEO Ian Cheshire

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.

Dr Liz Wilks, Asia Pulp and Paper's sustainability manager

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

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.

The report claims residential homes accounted for around £505m in food costs generating around 622,250 tonnes of CO2 in 2008/09

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.

The Water for Business guide will help businesses use water more effectively and support their efforts in adopting more sustainable solutions

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.

Energy efficient cities will need strong backing from the government

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.

The Waterworks Facebook app should help provide cleaner water for communities around the world

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.

Inflated dam during test, following installation at Omval

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

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