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Checking in for a greener stay

The hotel sector was one of the first to wake up to the cost savings associated with improved environmental performance, and we are all familiar with signs in bathrooms urging us to reuse towels where possible to cut down on water and energy use.

With less than 2% of European buildings replaced every year, the IIGCC has called on the directives to champion renovation and refurbishment

Investors call for legally-binding, zero-energy building standards

A group of climate investors have urged the European Union to create and implement a binding, long-term target that re-shapes energy frameworks and pushes building sectors across the continent towards a near-zero energy standard by 2050.

In the near future Volvo predicts that these trucks will be able to book their own services and workshop administrations

LowCVP calls for collaboration to develop 'trucks of the future'

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) is calling on Britain's fleet operators and local authorities to band together to create a new low-carbon market for heavy goods vehicles.

The new labels will allow businesses to show the source, carbon footprint and point of generation of their electricity

UK's first renewable electricity supply scheme launched

A new energy label that specifies the source and carbon footprint of a company's electricity supply has been launched in the UK today (8 October), in a bid to boost business confidence in renewables.

In July, 83 applications for solar farms with a value of £431m were made

Solar planning applications up 84% in July with subsidy cuts looming

Planning applications for solar farms almost doubled month-on-month in July, as developers scrambled to get their projects approved before subsidy cuts come into force.

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

This week saw a clutter of stories from all over the sustainability spectrum with consequences both grand and small.

The Government's decision appears to go against both public opinion and the advice of the industry

Government axes renewable feed-in tariff pre-accreditation

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has confirmed plans to remove a key part of the feed-in tariff for renewable energy schemes, despite vast opposition to the proposals.

DECC said that technology deployment costs had fallen by more than 50% in some bands, leading to an installation boom which had created

Feed-in Tariff could be closed to new applicants by January 2016

The Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme, which offers subsidy support to small scale renewables, could be closed to new applicants by January 2016, the Government announced today.

New ABDA figures showed that AD now provides more capacity than the Wylfa nuclear power plant in Wales

UK's AD capacity now greater than a nuclear power station

The UK's anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has surpassed the 500MW capacity milestone, with 411 plants across the farming, waste and water sectors.

China's emissions were found to be around 14% lower than thought

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

This week in numbers has seen some surprising electric vehicle developments and exciting new figures for renewable energy and e-waste recycling.

The REA fears small projects on schools and farms could be killed off

Feed-in tariff changes will 'kill deployment' of small renewables, industry warns

Community renewables and anaerobic digestion (AD) are most at risk from the proposed changes in the Government's feed-in tariff (FIT) review, the renewable energy industry has warned.

Subsidy cuts could reportedly threaten Scotland's small-scale renewable projects

Scotland now home to 660,000 solar panels

New figures have revealed the massive amount of small-scale renewable projects deployed in Scotland, but industry figures warned that further development could be crippled by recent subsidy cuts.

Scotland Energy Minister Fergus Ewing and Wales Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant have written to Rudd urging her to support community schemes

Community energy will take brunt of subsidy cuts, warn Scotland and Wales

Community energy schemes will be hit hardest by Amber Rudd's recent energy subsidy shake-up, ministers from Scotland and Wales have warned.

Kingspan was one of more than 200 businesses to sign a letter condemning the Government's halt of its zero-carbon homes policy

New insulation technology could boost building efficiency by 20%

Kingspan Insulation has developed what it calls "the most significant insulated panel technology breakthrough in a decade".

Organisations that meet the qualification criteria must carry out an ESOS assessment and notify compliance by 5 December, 2015

ESOS compliance: Environment Agency steps up awareness efforts

The Environment Agency remains confident that business awareness of the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is continuing to rise, as it releases new guidance and prepares to host a series of free compliance workshops ahead of the December deadline.

Winners of the Product, Management and Biodiversity awards meet Commissioner Vella

European Business Awards for the Environment: Winners announced

Innovation, competitiveness and outstanding environmental performance helped five firms from across Europe win the European Business Awards (EBAE) for the Environment earlier this week.

The triggering of a 10% FiT cut in October for hydro follows a 5% cut in April this year, and precedes another 10% cut planned for next April

FiT cut will cost 500kW hydro schemes £250,000

The latest Feed in Tariff (FiT) reduction for the hydro sector, due in October this year, will cut returns for a typical 500kW hydro development by £13,000 a year, adding up to a lifetime earnings loss in excess of £250,000.

Nikwax produces performance solutions for outdoor clothing and equipment that are environmentally safe

Nikwax: Using green chemistry to stand out from the crowd

Winning the Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development is no easy task. But for Nikwax, it was deserved recognition. From harvesting rainwater to adopting a stringent restricted chemicals policy, the waterproofing and aftercare manufacturer is leading the way as a truly 'sustainable' business.

Flying high: Kathy Morrissey and John Thain

Stansted Airport wins accolade for zero waste progress

Stansted Airport has been recognised for its recycling achievements with a 'Gold' accreditation by National Recycling Stars, a waste industry accreditation scheme.

First sustainability accreditation for food destinations created

The first ever sustainability accreditation for food destinations has been developed by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).

Final day to enter Sustainability Leaders Awards 2013!!

Get your entry in now before you miss the deadline and it's too late!

Two days left to enter the Sustainability Leaders Awards 2013!!

There's still time to make sure your company, initiative, project or person is in the running to be named a Sustainability Leader 2013... but it is running out!

Sustainability Leaders Awards deadline extended

Due to the volume of requests we have received for more time to submit entries to this year's Sustainability Leaders Awards we have taken the decision to extend the deadline.

Awards deadline looming: end of play today!

Entry for the Sustainability Leaders Awards 2013 will close at 5pm today, Thursday July 4th.

Government must adopt RHI 'lock in' mechanism says industry

Two industry groups have called on the Government to change budgeting rules for the renewable heat incentive (RHI), to increase investor certainty and unlock hundreds of millions of pounds of funding.

Act now - only three days to deadline!

Deadline for entry into the Sustainability Leaders Awards 2013 is 5pm this Thursday - July 4th.

84% feel qualifications in sustainability could be vital to improving their current employability

Sustainability knowledge 'essential' for boosting industry growth

More than three quarters (76%) of professionals believe that a greater focus on sustainability within the built environment could help to boost overall industry growth, according to new research.

Smartphone market gets its first sustainability standard

A sustainability certification scheme for smartphones has been introduced in, what is claimed, a world first.

VW's solar PV array is the largest of any car manufacturer in the US

Why being green means thinking blue for Volkswagen

Waterless technology, rainwater harvesting, Platinum LEED certification and the largest solar PV array of any car manufacturer in the US, Rob Bell finds out what's driving VW's 'Think Blue.Factory' strategy at its Chattanooga facility stateside

Bombay Sapphire distillery world's first to achieve highest level of sustainable construction

A Bombay Sapphire gin distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire has become the first distillery to achieve the highest level of sustainable construction under the BREEAM accreditation.

WEEE gets reuse boost with best practice standard

The world's first certification scheme to promote the reuse of used and waste electrical and electronic equipment (UEEE & WEEE) has been launched this week.

2012 was the third year in which Carlsberg Polska cooperated with major retailers in Poland to set up a waste collection scheme

Carlsberg demonstrates CSR credentials with reduced energy consumption

Global brewer Carlsberg has reduced its energy consumption and agreed a new strategy for sustainable packaging, according to its annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report released today.

Roadmap points to higher standards for waste compliance

Calls to raise standards in waste management have heightened with the publication of a roadmap that seeks to make the industry more accountable for its environmental performance.

Register for edie Live on May 17-18 and book your free, expert advice clinics

Book your free expert advice clinics at edie Live

Visitors to edie Live are being given the chance to book free, one-to-one advice clinics to help them plan all aspects of their sustainability strategies.

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.

Chairman of Inteb, Philip Hargreaves

Why training is essential to the Green Deal's success

The Government's flagship energy efficiency initiative, The Green Deal, has launched this month, with an initial focus on low energy installations within the social housing sector. Philip Hargreaves looks at why the quality of workmanship is vital to the success of the Green Deal.

The Gold Standard will be extended into forests and land use with the acquisition of the CarbonFix standard

Carbon standards combine in 'powerhouse' agreement

Two of the world's leading carbon offset standards are being combined into a new land-use carbon 'powerhouse'.

Last call for entries in the Liveable Cities awards

The Corporation of London has issued a last call for entries to the fourth annual Liveable City Awards.

Robert Barrington of ISIS with the overall winner award.

Investment firm is top company for sustainable business in City of London

ISIS Asset Management has won the City of London’s top sustainability award for its socially responsible investment that encourages companies to improve their environmental management regimes. ISIS also aims to improve issues, such as bribery and corruption and child labour.

News Release: Casella Cel Re-introduces UKAS Calibration Service

Casella CEL’s Laboratory is now up and running and complying with the new UKAS accreditation.

Casella CEL re-introduces UKAS Calibration Services

Casella CEL’s Laboratory is now up and running and complying with the new UKAS accreditation.

Marriott develops its first carbon neutral CHP plant

The London Heathrow Marriott has announced that its new combined heat and power plant will be carbon neutral, the company’s first ever such initiative.

Government emphasises commitment to renewable energy

The Government is strongly committed to renewable energy, but needs input from industry, according to Energy Minister, Anna Walker, talking at the Renewables 2000 Summit in London on 10 October.

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