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Lord Stern says the economic conditions brought about by the financial crisis made it easier to make progress on climate change

World leaders missed chance to tackle climate change, says economist

World leaders missed the perfect opportunity to tackle climate change during the global economic crisis, according to the influential economist and academic Lord Stern.

Households are wasting less food by planning meals, being better organised with shopping and making their own lunches, according the FSA report.

Brits prevent food waste to save money, new survey finds

UK householders are changing their eating habits and preventing food waste due to financial pressures, according to a new survey by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The majority of SMEs say they have 'insufficient' access to subsidies and incentives for environmental changes

Financial barriers continue to block green innovation, says EEA

A report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) has concluded that eco-innovation amongst small and medium enterprises (SMEs) faces 'major financial barriers' across the EU.

Per capita greenhouse gas emissions in the EU have decreased by almost a quarter since 1990

EU reports lowest greenhouse gas emissions on record

The European Union's is within reach of its 20% reduction in greenhouse gasses by 2020, with emissions across its 28 member states falling by a further 1.3% in 2012.

Matthew Brandis and Diane Yarrow are solicitors at B P Collins LLP

Travails of the unexpected: Managing your environmental risk

With the economy recovering, partnering with a trusted law firm can help companies prepare for growth by mitigating the environmental risk throughout the business lifecycle. According to solicitors Matthew Brandis and Diane Yarrow, it's all about 'avoiding the travails of the unexpected'.

The UKERC report recommends that the UK government should expand energy efficiency programmes

Political uncertainties risk derailing UK's energy strategy, finds report

Britain's progression towards a low-carbon economy is being hampered by political uncertainties surrounding recent energy price hikes, the impact of the recession and on-going concerns about energy security.

Ethical food and drink sales increased by 36% in 2012, to £10.16bn

Ethical product sales grow 12% despite 'recessionary pressures'

Sales of ethical products grew by more than 12% in 2012 pushing the value of the ethical market to more than £54bn, according to new report.

The environmental consultancy sector expanded in 2012 despite poor  GDP growth

UK's environmental consultancy sector grows for second consecutive year

The UK environmental consultancy (EC) sector continues to expand, increasing by 6.1% in 2012 to £1.3bn, according to a new report.

Dieter Helm: EMR will need full review to address issues

The Government's Energy Market Reform (EMR) is supposed to "solve our energy problems" but is it a solution for the next 25 years and is it going to make sure that we achieve our low-carbon transition, keep the lights on and ensure prices are affordable? Leigh Stringer talks to professor of energy policy at Oxford University Dieter Helm

EXCLUSIVE: Robust systems essential for long-term sustainability

Sustainability professionals must stand back from their business and decide which areas are most important, and then focus on them relentlessly, says UPS' director of sustainability for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Peter Harris.

Ditching low carbon investment could drag UK back into recession

Infrastructure investment worth £180bn and equating to 12% of GDP is at risk because of the Government's unclear commitment to a low- carbon economy, according to a report released today.

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REA appoints Nina Skorupska new chief executive

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has appointed Dr Nina Skorupska as its new chief executive, three months after Gaynor Hartnell announced that she would step down from the position.

Ireland set to fall short of EU 2020 emissions target

Ireland is at significant risk of not meeting its EU 2020 targets even under the best-case scenario, according to figures released by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today.

EXCLUSIVE: Balfour Beatty says cutting supply chain emissions 'cannot be top priority'

Multinational construction and engineering group Balfour Beatty, which operates in over 80 countries, has said that its global nature is hindering it from reducing its CO2 emissions.

Lib Dems call for clear departure from Tory green policy

A group of prominent Liberal Democrats have launched a book arguing that a low carbon economy and environmental investment will bring about a reversal in the economic downturn and set it apart from its Coalition partners.

British Gas to boost youth employment with sustainability training

Unemployed young people are to benefit from free sustainability training, after British Gas announced plans to open up 1,000 energy efficiency retro-fitting jobs over the next three years.

Solar industry commends Government for commitment and vision

The Government's recent recognition and support of the solar industry has been hailed by those in the sector as an important commitment for the UK's energy future.

EU ETS £250m compensation scheme needs 'tightening' warn MPs

Large companies already profiting from the over allocation of EU Emissions Trading System allowances (ETS) could be over-compensated by the Government, MPs have warned.

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UK's environment industry must unite to protect future

The UK's environmental industry must match the lobbying firepower of opposing industries to strengthen government policy on environmental protection, says the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC).

Recession slashes food waste, but poorer diet results

Food waste generated by households has dropped significantly since the UK went into recession, but food poverty appears to be on the rise according to latest research.

Euro crisis adds to carbon pricing and trading volatility

The Euro crisis, coupled with unresolved global issues over the post-2012 Kyoto framework, continues to make carbon pricing a volatile and unpredictable activity.

Careful planning can reduce leftovers

WLWA influences consumer behaviour to cut food waste

West London Waste Authority takes a more holistic approach to tackling food waste issues. Nick Warburton reports

Protecting the natural environment, particularly water, is high on the list of environmental priorities for Ireland

Economic pressures impact on Ireland's environment

Ireland is facing formidable environmental challenges, particularly in relation to water, climate change and nature protection, concludes the latest country report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). That's despite the environment being described as 'generally in good condition overall'.

Prime Minister David Cameron, Secretary of State Edward Davey, US Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Minister of State Greg Barker at the third Clean Energy Ministerial event in London

Environmental leaders slam Cameron's speech as 'hot air'

Prime Minister David Cameron has come under fire from leading environmental figures after what was heralded as a keynote green economic speech was downgraded.

Troubled ETS must have 'robust' carbon price, say analysts

EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions dropped by 2.45% in 2011 as a result of the continuing economic downturn - fuelling concerns that Europe's carbon market will be oversupplied until 2020.

Carluccio's customers and staff believe that sustainability is important, says CEO Simon Kossoff

Carluccio's ups ante with fish sourcing policy

Carluccio's has improved its fish sourcing and waste management. But challenges remain on the path to sustainability

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.

Lower waste volumes are impacting on landfill operations across the UK

Recession results in over 100 landfill site closures

Over 100 landfill sites have closed in the UK since the recession began in 2008, according to latest research.

Scotland cutting emissions says CCC

Scotland's 2009 emissions fell 3% below the 2010 target according to the report of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

Grundfos fixes off-gassing problem at US plant

Vapour locking at low flow rates was posing problems for Point South wastewater treatment plant, South Carolina. Heidi Berger, sales director - dosing and disinfection for Grundfos, explains how the situation was improved

Autumn Statement 2011 industry reactions

"Clueless", says Green Party; "myopic", says WWF; "polluter's charter", says Greenpeace.

New Zealand's Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith with the Upston family

Time to get happy with nappy composting

OCS/Cannon Hygiene is applying New Zealand's composting know-how to the UK's disposable nappy problem. Katie Coyne reports

Cuts to green schemes are an 'own goal' - CBI

CBI wades into FITs fight branding cuts an 'own goal'

Powerful business lobby group the CBI last night branded cuts to the Feed-In Tariff (FITs) subsides the 'latest in a string of government own goals'.

Environmental consultancy market shrinks for second consecutive year

The UK environmental consultancy market is continuing to decline as new research shows the sector contracted by 8.4% in 2010, losing £113m in value to now stand at £1,230m.

Branson says more must be done to clean up 'dirty energy'

Richard Branson urges renewables push to prevent global recession

Sir Richard Branson has warned that the world faces "the mother of all recessions" unless much more is done to encourage the development of renewable energy.

Desso has developed new carpets that are more effective at capturing and retaining fine dust

Desso's Cradle to Cradle strategy pays off

In 2007, Stef Kranendijk, CEO of Desso, a European carpet manufacturer based in the Netherlands had to decide a route forward for the company.

Venue: the 02 arena

O2 calls on technology

The mobile phone company O2 has been recertified by the Carbon Trust - and is using technology to cut emissions.

New for the family market: the five-seater Toyota Prius V

Toyota drives forward with greener models

Car manufacturer Toyota has achieved record sales of its hybrid vehicles, which it sees as crucial to the company's future

'We create innovation - and when it works big guys do the same'

'We create innovation - and when it works big guys do the same'

As the chief executive of Good Energy, the UK's only supplier of electricity solely from 100% renewable sources, Juliet Davenport is on a mission. She tells Erik Jaques why she's frustrated by government policy - and how she hopes the company can play a major role in moving the nation towards its targets

Chris Huhne on the Fourth Carbon Budget

Energy minister, Chris Huhne, has written about why the Coalition Government has set an ambitious fourth carbon budget.

CCC report highlights 'lack of progress'

Ambitious targets to retrofit housing and measures to increase renewable energy production are the main recommendations of the latest Committee on Climate Change (CCC) report.

Landfill ban for waste wood could prove futile

A landfill ban on waste wood may have little effect according to new research that suggests that 74% of this material stream is already being recovered.

WASTE REVIEW: Shift from 'waste to resource' a bridge too far, say experts

Serious questions are being raised over whether the UK is ready to make the leap from a waste to a resource management industry in light of yesterday's policy announcement (14 June).

Gambling on the future of the market?

As government spending cuts bite, mergers, takeovers and joint working will become the hallmark of contracting. Dean Stiles considers the impact on the construction industry.

Chris Huhne and PM David Cameron

Huhne announces 2027 GHG target

Under pressure energy minister, Chris Huhne, survived a rocky exchange with rival MPs as he outlined far reaching emissions reduction measures.

Irish emissions up as economy creaks into action

Ireland's emissions increased slightly last year, according to new figures.

EU emissions up 3% as recession eases

European Union carbon emissions increased by slightly more than 3% last year as the continent's economy improved.


Valpak met obligations for 2010

Valpak says that it has successfully met its customers' 2010 packaging waste obligations.

Skills shortage fears as jobs are slashed

Contractors are bracing themselves for a skills shortage in the water industry within the next six to 12 months. The early end to the AMP4 cycle and slow start to AMP5 by some water utilities has led to job losses among contractors and consultants.

MPs: end of recession will equal emissions rise

The influential Committee on Climate Change has called for a 'step change' in tackling rising emissions as it claims only the world-wide recession has slowed it.

Greenwash tackled by environmental experts

As an increasing number of high profile companies are being caught out for making green claims they cannot back up, a round table event looked at how to expose 'greenwash.'

Finning gets order worth over £1M for Caterpillar equipment

Finning wins fleet renewal business

Finning has struck a three-year, service support-led deal, for nine items of Caterpillar equipment worth over £1M, with Raymond Brown Group, for use in its construction, minerals and recycling divisions.

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.

Surprise as Thames chief Owens quits

The sudden announcement that David Owens, chief executive of Thames Water, has stepped down has taken the industry by surprise. In the announcement on 30 November, Owens said, "After leading the turnaround of Thames Water for the last three years, I am now looking forward to my next challenge."

It's time for bold action from businesses and world leaders

Sir David King, the director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford, said: "Victim of Success should be compulsory reading for all people with influence on the future direction of society, from world leaders and policy makers to teachers and voters.

My next holiday apartment must have solar water heating

Summer holidays are a time for reflection on family, life and the world in general. A few years ago, for our summer holiday we rented a cottage on an island in the middle of a lake in central Finland. Our cottage was the only building on the island, which was so small that I could swim around it before breakfast.

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.

The price at the pump isn't the whole story

The myth that the price of plastic should correlate directly with the price of oil is a wide misconception, and one that needs to be debunked. Asset International's Dr Vasilios Samaras explains how other factors come into the equation.

Growing greener

Whether your company is small, medium or large, it can do its bit for the environment. And, as Sarah Davidson reports, despite the economic gloom, this year's Sunday Times Green List received more entries than ever

What gets inspected gets done

There is now a bewildering variety of government schemes to encourage business to be friendlier to the environment. Catherine Golds says the way out of the maze is through an environmental management system

Jack Carnell

South Staffs Water boss is new EU Skills chairman

South Staffordshire Water managing director Jack Carnell is the new chairman of Energy & Utility Skills (EU Skills), the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the gas, power, waste management and water industries. He has taken over from John Wybrew, who has been chairman for the past five years.

Where the work is

The economic crisis is decimating workforces around the world. But, out of the blackness, a huge demand is growing for climate change and carbon-reduction services. And with this comes new jobs - as the government aims to create a green economy that will pull us out of the recession, writes John Haven

Why carrots beat sticks

It's all very well threatening countries with legislative sticks, writes BT's Chris Tuppen. But carrots can prove more effective at encouraging countries to achieve emissions targets. And, for countries to do this, big businesses need to change their polluting ways - something BT has been incentivised to do for years

More than words

With CSR commitments proving to withstand the recession - and in some cases being ramped up in response to a drive for cost efficiency - companies need to stay alert to the risks of greenwash when planning communications, writes Kate Sturley

SWW's helping hand

South West Water (SWW) is pumping a further £15M into the regional economy a year ahead of schedule to help recession-hit local businesses. The extra investment is on top of the £152M already earmarked to be spent in 2009/10 and is in line with the government's plans to stimulate infrastructure spending during the economic downturn.

Redundancy - getting it right

Making staff redundant is difficult enough, but you also need to ensure you follow all the correct procedures, which is when the services of an outside HR consultant can be invaluable to help you through the legal minefield.

Shake-up needed to meet carbon targets

The water industry faces a radical shake-up and must adopt innovative technology to meet the demands of a low carbon future, says a report by the Council for Science and Technology, which is funded by the government.

Climate change at heart of AMP plans

Improving consumer services and tackling the effects of climate change are at the heart of the water companies' final business plans for the AMP5 cycle covering 2010-2015. The plans outline what each company needs to maintain assets, improve services and deal with its impact on the environment.

Under pressure - the impact of the recession on the sustainability agenda

The recession is having a huge impact on corporate spending, not least on sustainability budgets. The common advice is for businesses to adopt green principles and invest in low-carbon technologies to help them through the downturn. But are companies listening and acting on that counsel, wonders Tom Idle

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'

Four-layer filter delivers savings

Scottish firm Filter Clear has shrugged off the recession with its Spruce Filter product, increasing staff threefold and keeping its turnover in the pink of health. Natasha Wiseman reveals how four is the company's lucky number

Neglect is not worth the risk

A range of legislation affects health and safety in the water industry. Geoff Hooke, secretary general to the British Safety Industry Federation reminds employers where to direct their attention

Concrete pipes are a tough option for the tough times

When the going gets tough, the tough get going, goes the expression. Andy Goring argues that with the times being tough - what with the recession and new policies for flood mitigation - concrete pipes could be an appropriately tough response.

Optimistic yet realistic - ERM boss

This is the attitude of ERM's Keryn James, and it reflects the positive actions of her company in these turbulent economic times. Tom Idle met up with the firm's new managing director of UK & Ireland to discuss future challenges, and some of the solutions

The course to Copenhagen

In the run up to the UN talks in December, which will hopefully set a global deal for climate change, business leaders, top consultants, and environmental experts reflect on 2008 - and share their hopes and fears for the year ahead

Why bother with an EMS?

Managing your environmental footprint is a step in the right direction but, by taking the next step to certification, companies are able to fully realise the benefits of implementing an environmental management system.

The market rules, okay?

Climate change solutions, says Ciwem executive director, Nick Reeves, cannot be left to the market nor to personal conduct alone

The color of money

Hard on the heels of the climate change levy and associated energy-saving enhanced capital allowances, the government has launched for consultation the Green Technology Challenge. Matt MacAllan reports.

‘Green’ hotels reduce impacts of recession

Efficiency measures carried out in so-called ‘green’ hotels have better prepared such establishments for the latest economic downturn, lessening its effects on them.

The Dead Sea is continually shrinking leaving dry, infertile sea-beds

Dead Sea ‘dying’

Environmentalists say that the Dead Sea is in danger of drying up and that its surrounding nature reserves are threatened by development.

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