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Aviation & maritime emissions will rocket without clear targets, report warns

Global carbon emissions from the world's aviation and maritime sectors could rise 250% by 2050 without tangible targets from governments to reduce carbon rates, a report has warned.

Heating coffee beans to 700-900 °C could produce a stable carbon capture, capable of absorbing 7% of its body weight in methane, in just 24 hours

Scientists discover easy way to store methane in coffee

Used coffee beans could be a simple and cheap alternative for methane storage, new scientific research has found.

The electrical cycle hub will aim to encourage cycling and decrease traffic

Leicester embraces pedal power with plans for electric cycle hubs

Leicester City Council is planning to add cycling to the city's sustainable transport network using new Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle (EPAC) hubs.

July has seen spending cuts and, well, more spending cuts

GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in July 2015

The story of July has been cuts and lots off them.

Air quality made headlines this week as new figures revealed the extent of London's pollution problem

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

The past seven days saw the UK's poor air quality hit the headlines, with London's pollution issues causing particular concern for politicians and environmental groups alike.

The recycling scheme is being rolled out to Network Rail's six biggest stations

Railway stations go full steam ahead with coffee recycling scheme

The company that owns and operates Britain's stations, Network Rail, has announced a new partnership to turn coffee waste into biofuel.

Retro-fitting vehicles with aerodynamic features, new tyres and weight reductions could also cut fuel consumption by up to 45%

Greener vehicles could save firms £20bn

Corporate fleet managers across Europe could cut millions of tonnes of CO2 and save £20bn a year by taking advantage of available green technologies and efficiency techniques.

Just one in five businesses said they will implement the recommended energy savings measures regardless

Half of businesses expect ESOS to cost more than it saves

Almost half the businesses covered by the Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) expect the scheme to cost them more money than they will save on energy bills, according to a new survey.

Gareth Williams reccommends using ISO50001 as a route to ESOS compliance

ESOS opportunity will empower energy managers, says Northern Rail

EXCLUSIVE: Implementing energy-saving initiatives highlighted by the Government's Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) should be a 'no-brainer' for businesses, according to the energy and environment manager at Northern Rail.

Network Rail could save £30m on electricity costs by installing solar panels on unused trackside land

National Rail land 'could produce 2.4GW of solar power'

Network Rail could save £30m on electricity costs by installing solar panels on unused trackside land, as well as cutting nearly 900 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year, according to a new report.

Network Rail has highlighted the potential for battery-powered trains to bridge gaps between electrified parts of the network

VIDEO: Network Rail trials Britain's first battery-powered train

The first battery-powered train to run on Britain's rail network in more than 50 years will carry its first passengers this week.

The fare cut would cost Government about £1.8bn per year

Green Party pledges to cut train and bus fares

In the first announced policy from its forthcoming General Election manifesto, the Green Party has proposed a 10% cut in rail and bus fares "to relieve the national reliance on carbon-intensive forms of transport".

The CHP plant will capture heat produced in the process of electricity generation and use it to warm city centre buildings

New Street station keeps Birmingham on track with CO2 reduction targets

Network Rail is embarking upon a joint project to install 1.5km district heating pipe-work to supply excess heat from Birmingham New Street station to offices and other buildings in the city.

The prototype is a retrofitted Abellio Greater Anglia Class 379 train and could, if trials prove successful, be used in non-electrified parts of the rail network

Network Rail trials battery-powered trains

On-track trials have begun with a prototype battery-powered train, the UK's first, at a test track in Derby. If successful, a roll out could mean a significant carbon reduction compared with diesel-powered trains.

End of the line: Extreme weather and flooding have impacted numerous rail lines and services over the past year

Network Rail ramps up weather resilience following UK floods

The rail operator is developing new weather resilience and climate change adaptation plans for all of its routes following the floods that hit numerous services earlier this year.

Mitie's energy and water use, fuel consumption and waste generation all rose over last year mainly, says the company, due to an increase in the company's estate

Mitie reports strong sustainability performance in 2014

FTSE 250 strategic outsourcer Mitie has claimed a significant increase in sustainability performance for the ninth consecutive year and "strong progress towards its 2020 targets".

Tesco wants to become a zero-carbon business by 2050

Tesco turns to sea and rail travel to cut transport emissions

Tesco has slashed its freight transport emissions by 14 per cent over the past two years, off the back of a 50% reduction achieved between 2006 and 2012.

One of the Environment Audit Committee's recommendations is to lower the maximum speed of HS2 trains

HS2 needs separate 'ring-fenced' budget to safeguard environment

Environmental safeguarding must be better implemented into the planning of the HS2 project with the help of a separate budget, MPs are recommending.

Network Rail to fall short of 2014 waste target

Network Rail has announced that achieving its 2014 waste diversion target is "not possible".

Southern Railway steams ahead with network-wide biodiversity push

Southern Railway has entered into a partnership with Sussex Wildlife Trust to launch a biodiversity project which it hopes to expand across its entire rail network.

Southern Railway sets out platform for smarter resource efficiency

One of the UK's leading train operators is looking to forge stronger networks in its sustainable ambitions, to leave a lasting legacy both on and off the tracks. Maxine Perella reports

Clapham Junction station will automatically be able to dim the lights down to a minimum value when the station is not in operation

Clapham Junction to cut energy consumption with 'intelligent' lighting

The UK's busiest train station, Clapham Junction, is cutting energy consumption through the implementation of lighting efficiencies.

UPS: en route to a fuel efficient future

From using electric vehicles in New York City during the 1930s to operating one of the world's largest fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, UPS has long practiced environmentally-conscious innovations. Leigh Stringer looks into the company's approach to further reducing its CO2 emissions

UPS driver fuels liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicle. UPS plans to purchase approximately 1000 additional LNG vehicles and build four refueling stations by the end of 2014.

UPS cuts CO2 by 2.1% despite increase in shipping volume

UPS has reduced its global scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions year-on-year by 2.1% in 2012, despite a 2.3% increase in total shipping volume.

Is Center Parcs the definitive sustainable holiday destination?

Opening the doors to its new holiday village in Woburn Forest next year, Center Parcs has carved out a strong position in the holiday market as one of the UK's most economic and sustainable options, finds Leigh Stringer.

Global Action Plan to put smarter business travel on the agenda

Companies that cut down on business travel and adopt smarter working practices can reduce costs, carbon emissions and increase productivity, according to environmental charity Global Action Plan (GAP).

Unilever takes to rail logistics for supply chain carbon gains

Unilever has launched Green Express, a sustainable logistics initiative that aims to slash carbon emissions across its supply chain.

Jonathon Porritt

EXCLUSIVE: Transport industry 'unlikely' to collaborate on environmental impact says Porritt

Environmental regulation will only partly drive improvement in the transport industry as it stimulates "one part of the business brain" and does not engage the more creative, innovative side needed for change, says Jonathon Porritt.

In conversation with Eurostar's Peter Bragg

This week we catch-up with Eurostar's head of environment and energy, Peter Bragg, on why we should all take European high-speed rail instead of short-haul flights and why consumer engagement in environmental issues has declined.

Mega port removes 9,000 lorries from UK roads

A new mega port in London, to be opened at the end of the year, has mitigated the impact of 9,000 lorry journeys by using a cargo ship to deliver 90,000 tonnes of construction aggregate.

B&Qs dual fuel lorries

B&Q partners up to create greener fleet

The UK's largest home improvement retailer B&Q is powering 50 of its lorries with natural gas produced from waste, to develop a greener operating fleet.

London Bridge Station scores highest for sustainability

London Bridge Station has achieved the highest ever CEEQUAL rating for sustainability in civil engineering following a major redevelopment of the site.

The report's authors state that CO2 emissions savings could be four times Government predictions if the system is made as 'green as possible'

High-speed rail could offer carbon savings of over 70%

High-speed rail networks have the potential to deliver massive carbon benefits but only if backed by bold Government policy initiatives and the right development choices, concludes a report commissioned by three UK environmental bodies.

The Coalition will consider a  Heathrow expansion after the end of this parliament

Rift widens between green lobbyists and businesses as Heathrow U-turn looms

David Cameron yesterday reassured opponents to a third runway at Heathrow that he would honour his manifesto not to expand it before the end of the current parliament.

A sustainable solution - the modular accommodation for eco-friendly waste processing at Westwood

Sustainable solution for Network Rail waste processing equipment

A sustainable, modular building has been constructed to accommodate eco-friendly waste processing equipment at Westwood, Network Rail's training centre near Coventry.

UK top of the world for energy efficiency

The UK has come top in a new energy efficiency ranking of the world's major economies. In the inaugural International Energy Efficiency Scorecard, the UK scored 67 from a maximum 100 points.

When complete, the installation, comprising 4,400 panels, will generate up to 50% of the station's energy requirements

Time for PV panic is passed says Panasonic

It's time to move on from the "chaos and panic" created by the Government around feed-in tariffs (FiTs) and show just how efficient solar power can be, says Panasonic Europe business development manager for photovoltaics (PV) Christian Comes.

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.

Haulier slashes carbon emissions

Transportation company NYK (Nippon Yusen Kabushiki) has saved 100 tonnes of CO2 every month in the last year by reducing the number of transportation miles by about 100,000km by utilising the UK rail network and journey rationalisation.

The five-year sustainability targets are set to be achieved by April 2014

Stagecoach re-certified for carbon savings

Transport group Stagecoach has announced a 5.6% reduction in carbon emissions over the past two years, earning it the Carbon Trust Standard for the second time.

Barging into the future

Could freight by water be the way forward for waste? As British industry seeks cost-effective alternatives to road-based transport, Malcolm Chilton makes the case

Exclusive - UK to miss renewable fuel targets

A landmark Government study suggests the UK will miss its renewable transport targets unless there is 'significant investment' in a new generation of biofuels.

Tesco named top UK climate change business

Tesco has been named the best UK company for its efforts in tackling climate change by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

Mr Fry

VIDEO: World-wide energy management standard due?

A leading energy management expert has outlined the need for a world-wide energy management standard.

First UK biofuel flight - aviation history or PR stunt?

Thomson Airways has become the first UK-based airline to run a biofuel powered fully commercial passenger flight in what is being hailed either as a breakthrough for sustainable aviation or dismissed as a PR stunt.

Work starts on world's largest solar PV bridge in London

More than 4,400 panels could make Blackfriars in central London the world's largest solar bridge, according to Network Rail.

First metro rail system gets UN carbon credits

Delhi's metro system has become the first in the world to win United Nations (UN) certification for carbon credits opening the door to millions of pounds in potential funding.

SEPA results reveal bathing water quality improvements

Nearly 100% of Scottish bathing waters have passed European bathing water quality standards this summer, as a result of daily prediction and technology improvements.

Site clearance work at the Limmo Peninsula

Crossrail construction project approaches zero waste

Crossrail has surpassed initial construction recycling targets to achieve a 98% rate for site clearance at the eastern running tunnels section of its landmark rail project.

Set for growth: Nick Prescott, one of the managers at family firm WSR Recycling

WSR set to double processing capacity at Widnes waste site

WSR Recycling is investing £4M in an expansion programme that will double processing capacity at its waste recovery site in Widnes, Cheshire.

Thames Water facing 'significant' compensation payout to Network Rail

Thames Water is currently in discussions with Network Rail, which is looking to secure a 'significant seven figure' compensation payout, after a burst water pipe disrupted train services last week.

In the past 12 months, waste improvements have saved 1,348 tonnes of waste to landfill

Molson Coors targets waste and reduces carbon emissions

The UK's biggest brewer has set out its environmental goals for the future, promising to divert all production waste away from landfill for each of its four sites by the end of 2012.

Senior management now has a responsibility for carbon reduction targets

Go-Ahead takes the greener route

As a leading public transport company Go-Ahead has a big carbon footprint. But the firm is taking positive steps to reduce it.

Power is not an end. It's a means to an end

Power is not an end. It's a means to an end

Zac Goldsmith, the billionaire's son and former Ecologist editor, has his sights set on becoming a Conservative MP at the next general election. And, as he tells Tom Idle, he has no intention of toning down his strong and convincing views on the environment for the sake of political expediency

Burst water main leads to travel chaos

Trains services between London and Brighton have been suspended after a burst water main flooded railway lines.

Kulveer Ranger joins edie awards judging panel

Kulveer Ranger, the Director of Environment and Digital London for the London Mayor's Office, has joined the Edie Awards for Exellence 2011 judging panel.

Energy leaders call for action on metal thefts

Dangerous thefts of metal from the UK's energy infrastructure are to be put under the spotlight by MPs.

Forward thinking

A corporate revolution has taken place at Veolia's UK operation. Chief executive, Frédéric Devos, tells Natasha Wiseman some of the thinking behind it

Why Budget changes bode well for water infrastructure

The construction industry won’t see an immediate boost from last month’s Budget. But new planning measures should make a difference, says Dean Stiles.

Clouds of uncertainty

What does the future hold for the troubled utility Northern Ireland Water after the catastrophic water shortages of last year? Dean Stiles reports.

Gurney buys Turriff

Infrastructure support services company May Gurney has bought Turriff Group for a cash consideration of up to £13.6M. Turriff, one of Scotland's largest utility infrastructure maintenance companies, brings with it a £90M order book.

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.

The eye-catching qr5

Funds rush to back wind as solar slumps

Wind power investment is soaring as investment funds look to plug the gap left by solar following the announcement of potential changes to the Feed-In Tariffs (FITs), according to one of the smaller manufacturers.

Brownfield site gets £9 million for rail development

The government has awarded £9 million to a project to develop a brownfield site in Cheshire.

Pipeline project comes into focus

The £125M West East Link Main (WELM) pipeline scheme for United Utilities is one of the most ambitious pipeline projects that the North-west of England has ever seen. Maurice Corridan, project director at J Murphy & Sons, gives the low-down on the project.

Infrastructure companies report on preparations for climate change

Reports will be published today (January 28) from major infrastructure organisations on their readiness to cope with the impacts of climate change.

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

The Brig y Cwm site in Merthyr Tydfil

Covanta faces opposition to proposed EfW plant

Covanta Energy has submitted formal plans to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) to build a £400M energy-from-waste (EfW) facility near the Welsh town of Merthyr Tydfil.

The city of Hamburg

'Train of Ideas' gets Hamburg a green award

Hamburg will be the European Commission's European Green Capital for 2011. The award was announced at the first European Green Capital Conference, currently taking place in Stockholm.

Purchase boosts Mott presence Down Under

Engineering, management and development consultant Mott MacDonald has expanded its operations in Australia having bought independent employee-owned Sydney and Canberra-based consultant Hughes Trueman. The company has also opened offices in Adelaide and Melbourne.

Julia Gillard agrees to work with the Greens

Labour win Australian election

High speed rail and anti climate change measures have been promised by Australia's green party after its support helped Labour seal the country's election.

That's peak performance

A small wastewater treatment plant in mountainous Switzerland working on a tight budget is benefiting from Tsurumi's economical FHP decanting pumps.

Mouchel’s new RI boss confident about future

Tom Rowe has been named as the new managing director of Mouchel's Regulated Industries business stream, which provides design and operational management services to private and public organisations regulated by the Government in the water, energy, and environment sectors.

Lining up for the future

Climate change has brought more and more heavy rainfall events and flooding across the nation. The maintenance of culverts beneath vital infrastructure has never been so important.

Growing without pain

The population of the Dorset town of Gillingham is expanding fast. So when its existing wastewater system was struggling to cope with peak demands, action had to be taken. Installing four of Nordic Water's Dynasand moving sand bed filters proved a fine solution.

An artist's impression of new centre

Rail operators on track to build flagship new green headquarters

The new Network Rail headquarters will fly the green flag using recycled building materials, green roofs and rainwater harvesting.

Norton Rose election briefing: climate change and energy

The law firm looks at how the way we vote could impact on policy and regulation.

How green was the budget? What industry says

The Green Investment Bank dominated budget responses from the business community but there was concern about how far £2bn would stretch and exactly who would get what.

Construction slowdown hits contaminated land work

Contaminated land has been hard hit by the economic downturn but the future is looking strong for those who can ride out short term woes.

Discarded rubbish is a major blight on the countryside

Fly-tipping evidence gathering project gets underway

The Environment Agency has launched a pilot with eight major UK landowners to identify the real extent of fly-tipping on private land. This follows initial research which has revealed that 94% of private landowners suffer from illegal dumping of waste.

CECA findings reveal order books slump

Civil contractors suggest that the current economic downturn is slowing even though total order books continue to decline, a new Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) survey has revealed.

Herculean task for McNicholas

Utilities contractor McNicholas has taken on utilities diversion project at an urban development in Croydon and a newly created sports park using some of the latest 3D civil engineering software. David York of Autodesk explains

Analysis: Conservative Party report: The Low Carbon Economy

The Conservatives have unveiled their latest environmental policy document. Tom Idle analyses the party's plans - which centre around a 'blueprint for a better energy future', and a call for an 'electricity internet'

Landfill diversion drive for Manchester City Council

First council signs WRAP pledge to halve landfill tonnage

Manchester City Council has become the first English council to sign up to WRAP's voluntary agreement to halve the amount of waste it sends to landfill.

Lessons from the future

All waste is recycled. Cars are banned, with rapid-transit pods in their place. Wind towers, geothermal technology, and virtually every surface, collect energy. It sounds like science fiction but, writes Erik Jaques, this is the world's first zero-carbon city - and it's being built now

No-dig carves niche for itself

When trenchless technology was first developed, it was just a rumble in the underground - many people were resistant to it. Nick Sheehan reveals it has come a long way - in variety of techniques, and bringing people round to its way of thinking.

Scouring for a solution

Overloaded and dirty filters can have a deleterious effect on a filtration system. Peter Noyce takes a look at the solution of air-scouring filters, in particular an American system that is starting to make inroads in the UK.

Dairy gets breath of fresh air

Landia has helped a dairy to meet strict discharge consents with a submersible mixer, which has improved the mixing and aeration of the effluent plant's balance tank

How clean are your filters?

A US technology for the removal of solids collected in water filtration plants is now available in the UK. Peter Noyce, filtration specialist at GB Municipal, explains

All you need, under one roof

If a plant has to deal with several manufacturers after a component part of a pump is faulty or has failed, the resultant confusion can lead to costly downtime. Lee Tebbatt explains the benefits of getting pump spares from one source.

They're not always wrapped up in parcels

Maureen Gaines explains that, although people associate DHL with parcels, there is more to it than that - like helping the water utilities with their supply chains.

Divide and conquer

Dividing Cambridge Water's area of coverage into district meter areas is helping the utility overcome the problem of excessive leakage. Cambridge Water's design and standards engineer, John Brock, and consultant Mouchel's project engineer, Gareth Mallows, explain the part software plays in the solution

Off the road and on the right track

A road project in Scotland needed the rerouting of a water main and power cables. Underground Moling Services director Jim Morrison explains how cooperation between stakeholders led to the desired result

Water under the bridge

Underground Moling Services has completed a complex operation involving the rerouting of a water main and power cables during the renovation of a 100-year-old bridge. Space was tight, and time even tighter.

Brian Paddick on greening London

The Lib Dem candidate for London Mayor shares his environmental vision with edie.

Material gains

The 2016 carbon-neutral challenge set by the government is a significant one for business. But, with the public becoming increasingly aware of sustainability issues, it is also a financial opportunity for construction firms, merchants and manufacturers, writes Kevin Stanley

Regulatory cycle is out of step

The five year regulatory cycle is failing the water industry and its customers, writes Chris Hoggart, chair of the EIC's Water Pollution Control Group - which is lobbying the government for change

The boom and bust effect

The five-year regulatory cycle does not work, writes Chris Hoggart of the EIC. Why not simply have staggered investment programmes so that water companies are not all running to the same cycle?

Green route to developing Africa

Many assume that multinationals investing in developing countries abandon their environmental principals in the quest for a fast buck. But, on a recent trip to East Africa, Tom Idle was surprised to find cement giant Lafarge is going to extraordinary lengths to apply green principals in this dynamic emerging market

Who pays for past pollution?

Who is responsible for cleaning up land polluted by companies that no longer exist? A recent ruling has clarified the matter for the gas industry, but for others it may not be so clear, Jo Garbett discovers

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