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Getting commitment on carbon

After 12 years, the Environment Industry Commission's message on climate change finally seems to be getting through, writes the organisation's director, Merlin Hyman. But there is still a lack of ambition

Carbon commitment 'lacks ambition'

The government's new Carbon Reduction Commitment aims to cut emissions from large non-energy-intensive organisations such as water companies. Merlin Hyman of the EIC analyses the scheme, which starts in 2010, and questions its efficacy.

Learning lessons in logistics

The retail sector has pioneered increased transport efficiency. And water utilities are beginning to slash operating costs and reduce their carbon footprints by applying the same principles to their supply chains, writes Dean Stiles.

How to make rainwater management work

Waterscan's innovative Aqua-Control systems have been approved to join the UK Enhanced Capital Allowance scheme. Neil Pendle outlines the driving forces that are expanding the commercial rainwater management market.

'Every industry should be an environmental one'

He's been environment minister for less than a year, but David Miliband has a clear vision for the environmental performance of business

How many planets?

Today there are more than twice the number of people alive than there were 50 years ago, and we've breached environmental limits. It's time for a population policy, writes Nick Reeves

A different kind of market

With a different and more liberal market for water, says Ciwem executive director, Nick Reeves, Britain could avoid future crises

Making degrade

Millions of tonnes of household waste is landfilled in the UK every year, much of which is packaging. Degradable and biodegradable materials are increasingly used but still, among the public, general confusion abounds. Becky Toal reports

Ikea begins bag revolution

When Tom Idle visited Ikea to ask UK environment manager Charlie Browne why it decided to charge for its carrier bags, he met a company constantly striving to be the best

Building a green Games

All eyes are on London to put environmental responsibility into practice with the 2012 Olympics. Matt Nichols presents a plan to support the green agenda

Hard talk

When it comes to saving the planet, says CIWEM executive director Nick Reeves, tough decisions need not always be bad ones.

Hard talk

When it comes to saving the planet, says CIWEM executive director Nick Reeves, tough decisions need not always be bad ones.

Pack it in

The country's largest supermarket chains have come together, revealing a commitment to waste minimisation by agreeing to pioneer new ways of packaging their products. Tom Idle reports

The campaign aims to follow on from the exposure generated by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's War on Waste TV series

Stop the Rot: Skip of food waste arrives at supermarket HQs

A skip full of food waste has been delivered to various supermarket headquarters across the UK, as part of a new campaign supported by celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and environmentalist George Monbiot.

Since the launch of this partnership Tesco and its customers have donated 27.5 million meals to FareShare

Tesco fights war on waste with revamped food donation scheme

UK retail giant Tesco has announced it is donating a further 700,000 meals from its 10 distribution centres to charities in an attempt to reduce the amount of surplus food the company is producing.

The Hammond family farm in Norfolk are forced to throw away more than 20 tonnes of waste parsnips a week

Hugh's war on food waste: Are supermarkets doing enough?

Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has gone to war on waste, with a new TV show highlighting the food waste caused by exacting supermarket standards. But the retailers have been quick to tell edie about the steps they're taking to tackle the problem.

Retailers account for just over 1% of the estimated annual 15m tonnes of UK food waste

UK supermarkets slash food waste by 20,000 tonnes

The UK's leading retailers have banded together to reduce supermarket food waste by 20,000 tonnes over the past year, according to a new report from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

The IWFC highlights that food waste occurs throughout every phase of the industry's supply chain from harvesting to consumption

Food waste coalition begins push for value chain collaboration

Pepsi, Unilever and WWF are among a collection of businesses and NGOs that have joined a new coalition organisation tasked with inspiring companies to adopt comprehensive food waste programmes.

The 5p plastic bag levy will be introduced nationwide by the Government and will be compulsory for businesses that employ the equivalent of 250 or more full-time employees

Sustainability stats: Plastic bag charge in numbers

From Monday (5 October), England will officially adopt the levy currently used by the rest of the UK which charges consumers for the use of single-use carrier bags in shops and supermarkets.

For the first time in its five year history, the report provides an overall analysis of business sectors as well as individual companies

'Game-changers': BT and M&S top FTSE100 on carbon management

Telecommunications giant BT has secured top spot in a report of the carbon reporting performance of the top 100 companies floated on the Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE 100).

As part of the pledge supermarkets will have to ensure costumers that all their own brand products come from sustainable sources

Britain's supermarkets step up deforestation efforts with WWF campaign

The 'Big Four' supermarkets, which together account for more than 70% of the UK's grocery market, have pledged to ensure that all timber and wood-based products will be sustainably-sourced by 2020.

The study found that 16% of all food that reached consumers was thrown away

UK wastes the most food in Europe

The UK is the worst-performing country in Europe when it comes to food waste, throwing away almost 6kg of food per household every week.

Majority of Brits believe all plastic bags should be biodegradable

The majority of Britons believe all plastic bags should be both recyclable and biodegradable, according to a new YouGov poll.

Morrisons is the latest food retailer to team up with the charity FoodCycle

Morrisons announces new partnership to tackle food waste

Supermarket chain Morrisons has announced it is working with charity FoodCycle to tackle UK poverty and food waste.

While 90% said they cared about being green, almost the same number admitted throwing out food waste

It's not easy being green, according to Britain's biggest consumer panel

Nine in 10 UK consumers care about 'being green', but the same number admit to throwing away food, according to a major new survey carried out by Asda.

Overall plastic bag use in the UK has increased 2.4% from 2013-14

UK plastic bag use up again, but single-use charges cut Scottish consumption

Plastic bag use in the UK has increased for the fifth year running, with almost nine billion bags used collectively in 2014, according to data released today (24 July).

Community Shop and Food Cycle aim to reduce food waste and food poverty together. Photo: FoodCycle

'Social supermarket' unites with surplus charity unite to tackle food poverty

A new partnership between Community Shop and the charity Food Cycle is set to prevent even more food waste while providing social benefits to deprived areas.

Experts from the food and refrigeration industries called for more investment to drive innovations

Invest in cold technology or miss carbon targets, industry experts warn

Industry experts have warned the UK will fail to reach its carbon emissions targets without investment in cold energy generation.

(L-R): Alice Ellison (BRC); Matt Wood (Asda); Paul Crewe (Sainsbury's); and Matt Simister (Tesco) at the Fareshare Food Surplus Summit

Supermarkets take shared responsibility for food waste crackdown

The UK's three largest supermarket chains and the trade body which represents them have unanimously agreed that more collaboration is needed to redistribute more surplus food to charities.

The scheme is already in place at Tesco stores in Ireland, and will now be piloted in ten Tesco stores around the UK

Tesco to turn surplus food into 70 million meals for charities

Tesco has announced a new plan to cut food waste by handing out tonnes of surplus food to charities at the end of each day.

The EU wastes approximately 89m tonnes of food every year, with the UK the worst performing country in the bloc, throwing away 15m tonnes of food

Supermarket food waste campaign gathers pace

Almost 130,000 people have signed a petition calling on the UK government to force supermarkets to give unsold food to charities.

Community Shop reduces food waste by selling residual stock that would be thrown away by major retailers

Boris banks on social supermarkets to reduce food waste

London could be set for a wave of 'social supermarkets' that reduce food waste by selling surplus stock at much lower prices than the high street, thanks to £300,000 of new funding from Mayor Boris Johnson.

The two companies have worked together to produce a new retrofittable aerofoil system based on aero flow technology used in Formula One

Supermarket fridges kept cool with F1 technology

A technology developed in Formula One racing could revolutionise refrigeration in the UK's supermarkets and convenience stores by drastically reducing the energy needed for cooling.

There are 53 companies signed up to the agreement, including major grocery retailers, household brands and manufacturers

Courtald Commitment hails greener packaging, increased food redistribution

WRAP's Courtauld Commitment Phase 3 has seen 80% more food being redistributed by retailers and food manufacturers, and a 4.5% reduction of the carbon impacts of packaging in its first year.

The UK wastes 15m tonnes of food per year. EFRA is urging Government to provide WRAP with funding to help tackle this food waste problem.

MPs urge Government to provide WRAP with 'sufficient funding' to help tackle food waste

A cross-party group of MPs has urged the Government to provide WRAP with 'sufficient public funding' for it to maintain momentum in its food waste reduction programmes.

The supermarket chain will donate the funds arising from the bag charge to support community projects across Scotland

Asda donates carrier bag charge to Scottish community projects

Asda has announced it will be donating £145,000 raised from the mandatory 5p charge for single-use carrier bags (SUCB) to community projects across Scotland through a new Community Capital scheme.

Only 1.3% of all food waste came from the seven major supermarkets in 2013

Supermarket food waste: Combined figures revealed for first time

The UK's seven major supermarkets contributed to just 1.3% of all food waste in 2013, according to new figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

The Community Shop in West Norwood, Lambeth, will stock food at a 70% discount from retailers and brands

VIDEO: London's first 'social supermarket' opens to tackle food waste and poverty

Surplus food from the likes of Asda, Tesco and M&S is being resold at heavily discounted prices through a new 'social supermarket' project, which opened its first store in London this week.

MPs call on WRAP to set tougher food redistribution targets for retailers and manufacturers.

MPs urge food industry to increase surplus redistribution

A cross-party group of MPs has urged the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to set food retailers and manufacturers a target of doubling the proportion of surplus food they redistribute to food assistance providers and other voluntary organisations to help eliminate hunger.

More than 200,000 'EkoFunnels' and 'Fat Traps' will be available at participating Waitrose stores and sent out with Sainsbury's online deliveries

Supermarkets come together to fight the festive fat

Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat. But Sainsbury's and Waitrose are keen for that fat to cause less pain in the drains this year with the launch of a nationwide initiative to reduce sewer blockages and increase recycling of festive feast generates.

LED lighting is key to helping M&S achieve its 35% energy reduction target by 2015 and 50% by 2020

M&S Plan A: Product sustainability grows as LED rollout begins

M&S will bring LED lighting to every M&S food hall over the next two years as part of its ongoing Plan A 2020 programme which has given sustainability attributes to 63% of products within the first six months.

Lynsay Brown, Co-operative Food; and Alasdair Miles of HWEnergy at the wood fuel store

Co-op hints at biomass rollout following pilot

The Co-operative has become the latest major retailer to make the switch to biomass with the adoption of the renewable heat system at one of its supermarkets in the Scottish Highlands.

Every retailer in Scotland will charge at least 5p for each new carrier bag they give to shoppers.

Carrier bag charge: In numbers

On Monday (20 October), Scotland will introduce its levy on single-use carrier bags (SUCB), meaning they can no longer be given away free of charge. To help explain the facts and figures surrounding the levy, edie has compiled a list of carrier bag sustainability statistics.

EU loopholes allow more than half of timber imports to come from illegal sources

UK firms make sustainable timber pledge

Tesco, M&S, Homebase and Sky are among a coalition of big businesses that have signed up to a new WWF-UK commitment to use 100% sustainable timber by 2020.

More than four in ten shoppers admit to throwing away a 'bag for life' after just one use

Bag for life? Millions of reusable shopping bags sent to landfill

Seven out of 10 shoppers are throwing out supermarket 'bags for life' after only a few shops, a new survey has found.

UK shoppers use an average of almost 11 plastic bags per month

Plastic bag usage on the up, WRAP data shows

The number of single-use plastic bags handed out to shoppers by UK supermarkets has risen for the fourth year running, according to new figures for WRAP.

The Wild Fisheries Annual Review will allow the public to judge Asda on its track record for sustainable seafood

Asda lands world's first sustainable seafood report

Fresh from reporting on the wide-ranging impacts of climate change on its supply chain, Asda has achieved a 'global first' by giving a full disclosure on how and where it sources its fish.

The new plant is now fully operational and will enable Wyke Farms to recover up to 95% of its factory wastewater

Wyke Farms goes 100% Green with £1m water recovery plant

The UK's largest independent cheese producer and milk processor has today (2 July) officially opened a new water recovery plant which effectively closes the loop on its wastewater.

Inventor Martin Myerscough and the Green Your Cup, which has a thin film liner which separates easily from the paper

World's first fully recyclable paper cup to hit UK high streets

'Cardboard' bottle creator produces cup design aimed at cutting 25,000 tones of landfill waste a year.

Sainsbury's achieved its zero-waste-to-landfill target within three years

Closing the loop: Sainsbury's powers supermarket entirely by food waste

Sainsbury's in Cannock has today (21 July) become the UK's first supermarket to run on electricity generated solely from food waste.

Asda has 580 stores nationwide, employing over 180,000 people

Asda reveals impact of climate change on supply chain

Climate change is having a direct impact on 95% of fresh produce stocked in Asda stores, with food sourcing, processing and transportation all facing an growing threat from environmental issues.

Waitrose's new pack of mixed tomatoes

Waitrose unveils misshapen tomatoes in bid to cut food waste

Waitrose has announced that it has started to sell a range of misshapen tomatoes in an attempt to cut down on food waste.

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.

Political visit to plastic film recycling facility by Ed Davey (pictured above).

Energy Secretary visits UK's first plastic film recycling facility

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey has paid a visit to the UK's first shopping bag and plastic film recycling facility in London.

Left to right: First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones, Biogen chairman John Ibbett and Gwynedd Council councillor Huw Edwards

Wales' first purpose-built AD plant officially opens

Carwyn Jones, the First Minister of Wales, has officially opened Wales' first purpose-built anaerobic digestion facility in Llwyn Isaf, near Caernarfon.

Peers urge supermarkets to to prioritise redistribution  over energy recovery

Supermarkets should pick food banks over AD, say peers

Supermarkets should redistribute unsold food to food banks rather than sending it to be recycled via anaerobic digestion (AD), a House of Lords committee has said.

Wrap says that surplus food can be effectively redistributed to local charities

Supermarkets producing 'viable volumes' of surplus food that could go to charity, study finds

Retailers are producing "viable volumes" of surplus food that arise at the back of store which could be redistributed direct to charity and provide social benefit, according to new report from the Waste and Resources Action Programme(WRAP).

The farm tunnels sit beneath the Northern Line near Clapham North tube station

First 'subterranean farm' to improve sustainability of London's food system

The first underground farm in London has been launched with hopes to improve the long-term sustainability of the Capital's food system.

New green pledges from retail giants to cut food waste

Supermarket giants sign up to new targets to slash food waste

The UK's biggest supermarket chains have committed to revealing the amount of food they throw away in a bid to cut food waste.

Sainsbury's intensifies Christmas card recycling

With more than a billion greeting cards sold each year in the UK Sainsbury's is encouraging Brits to recycle by extending the number of Christmas card collection points in its stores this year.

A national wish list for waste prevention

In light of the Government's recently published waste prevention programme, Eunomia has produced a short waste prevention wish list - simple measures which could make a real difference

Shoppers prefer to buy beautiful food

Tesco: Shoppers who shun 'ugly' fruit contribute to food waste

Too many British shoppers are shunning misshapen fruit and vegetables and are responsible for a lot of food waste, a Tesco executive has said.

UK's first 'social supermarket' opens to help fight food poverty

Community Shop in Goldthorpe gives local shoppers access to surplus food from supermarkets for up to 70% less

Tesco accused of carrying rubbish in food trucks to cut costs

Supermarket insists that move causes no risks to hygiene and that new routines are cutting carbon emissions

Food waste campaigner Tristram Stuart

Celebrities say 'come swine with us' for pig food waste campaign

A string of celebrities including Phillip Schofield, Janet Street Porter and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall are backing a national campaign to feed pigs with food waste.

Brits increasingly turned off by 'tedious' task of recycling

Nearly a third of people admit to not recycling as much as they could due to the fact that they can't be bothered, according to a new study.

Plant-based packaging breakthrough mooted for ready meals

A pilot production process has gone live to determine how commercially feasible it is to apply plant fibre-based packaging to wet food ready meals.

Degradable plastics specialist offers to collect bags for recycling

Symphony Environmental has contacted Defra offering to accept all of England's oxo-biodegradble and plastic shopping bags for recycling.

The new plant will produce 1.56MWh - enough energy to power 2,000 homes

North east beefs up food waste recycling with new AD plant

A new £8m anaerobic digestion (AD) plant, which will process up to 50,000 tonnes of commercial food waste, has been unveiled in County Durham.

The food waste issue needs to capture the public imagination in the same way Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Fish Fight campaign has

Food waste needs celebrity touch to create public appetite

Action to tackle food waste could depend on whether the issue can attract the same profile as campaigns such as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's on fish discards.

Stacking up: Sainsbury's is hoping that a raft of smaller measures and employee engagement intiatives will add up to some serious savings

Sainsbury's staff campaign to cut electricity by 3%

Sainsbury's hopes that a new staff engagement campaign will help reduce its electricity use by 3% within two years. This will save the company "millions" in energy bills.

Is Wyke Farms leading a revolution of sustainable grocers?

Britain's largest family owned cheese maker Wyke Farms plans to lead the "green revolution in grocery" through its 100% green strategy which looks at energy, water and waste issues within the business. Leigh Stringer talks to managing director and third generation family member, Richard Clothier.

Single-use plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to degrade

Plastic bag levy to be introduced in England - but not until 2015

Following much speculation late last week Nick Clegg confirmed on Saturday that England is to follow Wales and Northern Ireland in introducing a 5p levy on single-use plastic bags. However, the charge will not be introduced until after the 2015 election.

Tristram Stuart wants to see greater accountability among the leading supermarkets

EXCLUSIVE: Supermarkets accused of food waste scandal 'cover-up'

Global food waste campaigner Tristram Stuart has hit out at supermarkets for not being transparent enough on the amount of food being wasted across their supply chains.

How honest are supermarkets being on food waste?

It's time for the major food retailers to open up and reveal in granular detail how much food is being wasted across their supply chains - Tristram Stuart puts his point of view across to Maxine Perella

Food retailers must consider sustainable 'brand power' of British

Creating a brand concept around the sustainability of British farming and food could help drive better environmental practice across supply chains for food producers and retailers.

Sainsbury's 100,000 solar panels will help it reduce CO2 emissions by an estimated 9,785 tonnes per year

Sainsbury's hits renewables milestone with 100,000 solar panels

Sainsbury's has installed 100,000 photovoltaic solar panels across 210 stores, retaining its status as the largest multi-roof solar panel operator in Europe.

Look familiar? Despite consumers' good intentions they still took home more carrier bags last year than the year before

Bad news on bag use as consumption increases year-on-year

Progress on reducing the number of single-use carrier bags issued in the UK has stalled according to the latest figures from WRAP - in fact, last year saw an increase in usage.

Farmers 'forced' to throw away up to 40% of food grown for supermarkets

Kenyan farmers suppling UK and European supermarkets are being forced to discard as much as two-fifths of what they grow, an undercover investigation has revealed.

Complexities and advantages of a green supply chain

Organisations are facing increasing challenges to balance business performance with environmental issues and these challenges have created a new area of green supply chain management, says Ron Basu.

UK anaerobic digestion industry surpasses 100 plant 'milestone'

The number of anaerobic digestion (AD) plants in the UK outside of the water industry has nearly doubled since September 2011, exceeding the 100 mark for the first time, according to figures released today.

LED technology lights up the way for retail food waste

Food retailers could be set to benefit from a simple solution to Britain's food waste problem with the introduction of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting.

Retail giants join forces to better redistribute food waste

Businesses have pledged to increase the amount of redistributed surplus food generated within their supply chains in a bid to cut down on waste.

Greater disclosure needed to 'cut the fluff' out of sustainability

Product transparency has the potential to transform sustainability in practice and effect long-term behavioural change across society, according to a leading authority on CSR.

EXCLUSIVE: Retailers look to exert pressure on supply chain waste

Greater supply chain collaboration to design out waste will dominate retailer efforts around sustainability this year, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

AD operators warned of future market risks

Turbulence in the anaerobic digestion market is a distinct possibility over the next three years as operators grapple with the marginal versus operational costs of running a plant.

L-r: compere Sue Perkins, Professor Tom Stephenson, Cranfield University and David Merefield, Sainsbury's

Waste Management: Food & Drink Winner: Sainsbury's

By diverting all of its food waste from landfill - a key requirement of its 20 by 20 Sustainability Plan - Sainsbury's now claims to be the UK's largest user of anaerobic digestion.

Customers 'demanding action' on environmental issues

Retailer's are leading the way in environmental and ethical standards but those in the sector could be doing more, says Marks & Spencer's (M&S) Adam Elman.

Corrugated packaging proves popular in combating food waste

Corrugated packaging is playing a pivotal role in supply chain sustainability by reducing the amount of food waste, according to a leading trade body.

The grocery retail sector alone accounts for some 18.6m square metres of parking or vehicle movement areas

Shopping around for the best SuDS

The design of supermarket car parks and other hard surfacing needs re-conceptualising with SuDS in mind, argues ACO Technologies research director Martin Fairley

Sainsbury's seeks local authority partners for recycling drive

Sainsbury's is looking to enter into partnerships with councils to boost customer recycling facilities at a third of its stores in the UK.

Sainsbury's has installed 69,500 solar panels to 169 UK stores

Solar installation makes Sainsbury's largest operator in UK and Europe

Sainsbury's has installed 69,500 new photovoltaic solar panels across 169 stores in the UK, making it the largest solar panel operator in the UK and Europe.

Albert Bartlett's bar-coded bin system is reducing waste and saving the company money

Albert Bartlett makes huge savings with waste cut system

Potato packing company Albert Bartlett has saved £200,000 a year by assessing its waste through a unique bar-coded bin system.

Tesco's target to roll-out 150 HFC-free stores has been disrupted by technology issues

Tesco falls behind on climate-friendly refrigerant target

Tesco has fallen behind in its efforts to make 150 stores in the UK Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) free by 2012, according to a report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).

Sainsbury's is rolling out its renewables initiative to 100 stores

Sainsbury's renewables initiative to reduce energy consumption by 30%

Sainsbury's will reduce energy consumption by up to 30% in 100 stores through generating renewable energy to provide heating, hot water and cooling.

Food and drink sector urged to cut back on water usage

Food and drink businesses are being challenged to reduce water usage, looking at everything from repairing leaks to considering switching production for a wet to dry process.

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

Defra talks may shift food waste balance in favour of charities

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman will hold high-level talks with major retailers and food charities today to examine how more edible food waste can re-distributed to those in need.

Being happy with less requires a fundamental rethink in society

How do we learn to consume less?

What role can manufacturers play within the supply chain in influencing and changing consumer behaviour? Ramon Arratia attempts to find out

The latest packaging innovation adopted by Tesco could 'double' best before dates on fresh fruit and veg

ANALYSIS: Packaging, the new food waste saviour?

Tesco has raised the stakes on the supermarket food waste front by announcing its second wave of packaging designed to keep produce fresher for longer.

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