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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.

Ikea's new PÅTÅR coffee range is both UTZ and EU Organic-certified

Ikea and McDonald's go 'all-in' for sustainable coffee

Furniture retailer Ikea and fast food business McDonald's have both announced fresh commitments to sell coffee from certified-sustainable sources.

Workshop spaces and a tour of the premises will be available to visitors during the grand opening of the Remakery, located at 125 Leith Walk

Edinburgh launches 'Remakery' to ignite re-use and repair revolution

An Edinburgh social enterprise has set up a unique re-use and repair superstore to encourage second-hand shopping and enable more people to learn key repair skills in the Scottish capital, as a way of driving a circular economy.

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.

Arguments have been made that audits are causing too much duplication and costs too much money

Supply chain audits at risk of becoming 'Frankenstein monsters', experts warn

Supply chain audits are in danger of compromising working conditions and creating unnecessary costs unless a new model is introduced, industry experts have cautioned.

Green hero: Sustainability leaders spend years fine-tuning their talents to deliver a long-term vision and inspire change

Top 10 skills that every sustainability professionals needs

From being a good storyteller to 'wearing different hats', the modern day sustainability professional needs a huge array of skills to be able to work towards a long-term vision and inspire change within - and outside of - their organisation.

Asda will help social enterprises sell products directly to members of the public via supermarkets

Asda uses carrier bag charge to fund social enterprise scheme

Asda has used money it has generated from the carrier bag charge to fund a ground-breaking new scheme in Scotland which aims to increase the availability of supermarket products that have a positive social or environmental impact.

Kye Gbangbola offers his top tips for writing a sustainability report

Sustainability reporting: 10 secrets to success

The concept of developing meaningful, effective and engaging sustainability reports has started to weigh anchor in the business sphere, evolving from a swept-aside entrée to the meaty bulk of fundamental corporate social responsibility.

Challis leads RBS's sustainability agenda innovation activities

What skills do you need to build a successful career in sustainability?

As vice-president of innovation and sustainability at consumer goods giant RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser), David Challis has, by any measure, built a successful career in sustainability.

Spending just 2% of your budget on employee engagement can generate savings of 10%

Top tips: 5 ways to create an effective behaviour change programme

Three-quarters of energy managers surveyed in a recent edie report claimed that employee engagement and behaviour change was a top priority this year. But they also listed it as one of the biggest barriers to getting their energy efficiency schemes off the ground...

his new project will support residents to create community reuse enterprises on their housing estates

London adopts re-use hubs to tackle waste issues

Five new reuse hubs have been planted across various housing estates in London that will collect, refurbish and redistribute unwanted furniture, as part of a community engagement scheme to tackle the root causes of fly-tipping.

Just 16% of business leaders confirmed that they have significant changes in the pipeline

Business leaders unmoved by low-carbon transition, survey reveals

More than 40% of business leaders continue to dismiss climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy as a 'minor concern', according to new research from Aston University.

Just 13% of businesses are confident they have the skills to successfully compete in a modern sustainable economy

Are 'slow-to-adjust' business schools contributing to the sustainability skills gap?

EXCLUSIVE: Business schools are contributing to the sustainability skills gap by failing to offer enough environmental and ecological education, despite an increasing demand from businesses.

A few strategies were highlighted throughout the report that have been successfully implemented by a small amount large companies

Report: Executive boards failing to 'walk the walk' on sustainability

Corporate board directors are failing to deliver tangible environmental impacts despite incorporating sustainability into a company's ethos, a new report has found.

The campaign invites food and grocery industry companies to help their employees reduce household food waste throughout October

Food waste: Employee behaviour change campaign launched

Food and grocery businesses across the UK are helping their employees to reduce their household food waste through a month-long campaign co-ordinated by WRAP and food research firm IGD.

Current waste disposal regulations aren't clearly defined leading to a lot of hazardous waste being disposed of incorrectly

New US regulations could prevent 6,400 tonnes of hazardous waste entering waterways

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed two new rules banning healthcare facilities from flushing their hazardous waste pharmaceuticals down the drain, to help protect drinking and surface water.

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.

President Obama delivered his keynote speech at the Clean Energy Summit 8.0

Obama sparks 'American energy revolution' with $1bn green investment

President Obama unveiled on Monday a package of programmes to help America switch to cleaner energy, including $1bn in loan guarantees to boost 'innovative' technologies, like smart grids and solar rooftops.

Zero Waste Scotland's new toolkit aims to boost staff engagement

Zero Waste Scotland launches guide to office resource efficiency

The Scottish Government-funded Zero Waste Scotland has launched a new toolkit that aims to help businesses improve their resource efficiency.

Inder Poonaji will join Viridor on 1 September

Viridor snaps up Nestle's Inder Poonaji to drive sustainability strategy

Waste management firm Viridor has recruited Nestle's former head of sustainability, Inder Poonaji, to direct its own sustainability, safety, health environment and quality divisions.

The Church of England will divest from fossil fuel extraction and implement new green guidelines

Church of England announces new 'ecotheology' in divestment from fossil fuel extraction

The Church of England has adopted a new climate change policy which will see it divest from coal mining and oil from tar sands.

The partnership comes as part of the Uk-wide 'Love your clothes' campaign

Zero Waste Scotland partners with festival to promote 'eco-friendly' fashion

This year's Edinburgh International Fashion Festival will feature a new focus on sustainability, thanks to a new partnership with Zero Waste Scotland.

More than 40,000 farmers have already benefited from Starbucks' Global Farmer Fund

Starbucks allocates £19m for farmers fighting climate change

Global coffee giant Starbucks has added £19m to its Global Farmer Fund which offers loans to farmers help them become more resilient to climate change.

The 162 metre-tall tower will carry up to 200 people at a time in its observation pod. Photo: Brightoni360

Brighton's i360 tower to set 'global benchmark' for green tourism

Construction has now been underway for one year on i360 - Brighton's new vertical cable car that is planning to set a new benchmark for sustainable attractions.

Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters. Photo courtesy of Shaun Roster

Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie calls on sports teams to champion sustainability

Four time Olympic gold winner Sir Ben Ainslie has called on the UK's sporting organisations to raise the profile of sustainability, as the Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) sailing team's new energy efficient headquarters in Portsmouth reaches its final stages of construction.

A record 9,000 new ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) were registered in the UK in the first quarter of 2015.

Electric car sales accelerate by 366%

A record 9,000 new ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) were registered in the UK in the first quarter of 2015.

(L-R): Pauline Traetto (director of the BRE Academy); Tim Balcon (CEO of IEMA) and BRE's Peter Bonfield

IEMA and BRE form educational collaboration to plug sustainability skills gap

The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and BRE's training body, the BRE Academy, have formed a new partnership to develop sustainability training courses with a focus on the built environment.

Sustainability Live 2015 will feature a brand new high-level conference alongside three seminar theatres, all of which are CPD-accredited

Sustainability Live achieves CPD approval

edie is delighted to announce that Sustainability Live has been awarded Approved Training Provider status by the Energy Institute, meaning we can continue to deliver CPD-accredited workshops and seminars for energy management professionals.

The National Grid said the new design will help it respond to the growing need to transfer energy from renewable sources, to the grid.

First 'greener' pylons erected in UK

National Grid has finished construction of its new 'greener' electricity pylons at a trial site in Nottinghamshire.

A present and growing skills gap threatens the growth and perhaps even the future of low-carbon companies

Minding the gap: Developing the skills for a sustainable economy

To mark National Apprenticeship Week (9-13 March) David Kirkham, chief executive of Employer First, assesses the skills plight facing the drive for sustainable business.

Greenpeace welcomed the report as a

APP earns plaudits for deforestation progress

One of the world's largest paper companies, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), has made 'moderate progress' on its forest conservation efforts, according to an independent investigation by the Rainforest Alliance.

Apple had promised to improve working conditions in its suppliers' factories

Apple suppliers accused of poor treatment of workers

Apple has again come under fire for the treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make its products, following a new investigation by BBC Panorama.

The Humber-side college is set to open its doors in late 2016 and will offer students post-A-level professional qualifications.

National wind energy college unveiled to bridge sustainability skills gap

The Government has today (11 December) announced details of the National College of Wind Energy based in the Humber area.


IEMA: Urgent action needed to fill sustainability skills gap

The business world is facing a 'perfect storm' of rising energy costs, shrinking water supplies and extreme weather events - but these issues can only be mitigated by a workforce trained for the sustainable economy.

Zero Waste Scotland launches fund for material recovery facility operators

Zero Waste Scotland launches new funding scheme to improve recycling quality

Zero Waste Scotland has unveiled a new £90,000 capital grant fund for materials recovery facility (MRF) operators to purchase standardised testing equipment enabling them to effectively test, monitor and record their material quality.

The guide identifies the challenges and opportunities of campus sustainability in terms of energy, waste, and water consumption.

Top universities publish guide to 'forge path to sustainable future'

Oxford and Cambridge are among 10 of the world's top universities to have published the 'Green Guide for Universities', helping universities worldwide become more sustainable.

The resource management industry views the circular economy in a positive light

Resource management industry gives thumbs up to circular economy, new report finds

The resource management sector has embraced the circular economy and is positive about the financial and environmental opportunities it offers, according to a new report.

The 'Working on Waste' campaign will encourage food and grocery company employees to reduce household waste

Food industry unites in campaign to cut household food waste

The Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) has launched a 'Working on Waste' campaign to bring UK food and grocery companies together to help their employees reduce household food waste.

One sixth of Assam's 30 million citizens live in tea-growing communities

Tesco tackles child exploitation in tea trade supply chain

Tesco is leading a partnership to support children in tea-growing communities who may be vulnerable to trafficking and abuse.

H&M's new denim range is tested based on its washing processes, including water and energy consumption

H&M's 'Conscious Denim' range unveiled to tackle water and energy use

Clothing giant H&M has launched a new range of denim made from more sustainable material that has been graded to assess its environmental impact.

The new T-Pylon next to the traditional Lattice Tower

National Grid's 'T-Pylons' to be made in the UK

Mabey Bridge, a UK manufacturer of tubular structures, has been awarded the first contract to deliver supporting structures for National Grid's new generation of 'T-Pylons', which is smaller than the traditional lattice pylons.

The new Level 3 Water Process Technician and Utilities Engineering Technician apprenticeships, have now been approved by the Departments for Business, Innovations & Skills and Education

Water and waste management sectors create Trailblazer Apprenticeships

Young people aiming to build careers in the water and waste management sectors will soon be able to participate in two new apprenticeship schemes, thanks to some of the top employers in the industries.

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.

The work is being sponsored by Microsoft's Registered Refurbisher Programme, which already works with PC refurbishers to extend the life of Windows PCs

Microsoft-iFixit scheme offers free training for fledgling repair and reuse firms

Microsoft has entered into a partnership with iFixit, the online repair manual site, to boost the reuse market for smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere have been at record levels unseen in over 800,000 years

10 reasons to be hopeful that we will overcome climate change

From action in China and the US to falling solar costs and rising electric car sales, there is cause to be hopeful...

Philips' circular economy project manager Dr Markus Laubscher said that working with higher education institutions could help companies gain a better understanding of the dynamics at play

Philips: Academics can help 'skill-up' business leaders for circular economy

Philips has stressed the importance of collaboration between the business and academic worlds to push forward the circular economy agenda.

The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges represents more than 230 higher education institutions across the UK

UNEP targets British universities to develop future stars of sustainability

Universities and colleges across the UK have signed an agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to encourage sustainable innovation among future generations.

The Garden Centre Group operates 140 sites across the UK with brands including Blooms,  Heighley Gate and Sanders

The Garden Centre Group goes green

The Garden Centre Group (TGCG) has fired up its ambition to be 'a catalyst for change in the horticulture industry' by doubling its recycling rate and setting a target of 95% diversion from landfill by the end of 2016.

Campbell's has achieved a 20.7% reduction in operational water use in 2013, against a 2008 baseline

Campbell's upgrades manufacturing operations to cut water use by 50%

Campbell Soup Company is re-evaluating its production processes in a bid to halve its operational water use per tonne of food produced by 2020.

Adidas supplier upcycles food packaging into new trainer parts

Adidas is set to introduce a supplier-led innovation into its footwear products - a heel counter that contains more than 50% recycled content sourced from used food packaging.

RCN urges healthcare organisations to use new guidance

Healthcare sector urged to strengthen staff training on waste management

Healthcare organisations need to strengthen staff training on waste management in order to reduce their impact on the environment and reduce costs, according to new guidance issued by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

LGA wants to see a thriving markete for reuse goods

LGA urges retailers to expand take-back services to prevent waste

The Local Government Association is urging retailers to expand or introduce take-back services for unwanted goods to divert them away from landfill and encourage reuse.

Nestle is cutting water use at its operations in the EU as water scarcity is affecting one in ten people living in the region

Nestlé commits to 40% water reduction across EU operations

Nestlé has committed to reducing water consumption by 40% across its European production sites by 2020, compared to 2010 levels.

Karelia is home to one of Europe's last great forests

IKEA's FSC certificate suspension lifted

IKEA's Swedwood Karelia forestry operation has regained its Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certificate, following a successful appeal by the company.

Staff morale at Defra is low

Defra staff lack 'confidence' in bosses

Less than a third of staff working at Defra have confidence in decisions made by their managers, according to a departmental staff survey.

Farmers peeling cocoa fruit

Barry Callebaut educates farmers to establish sustainable cocoa supply chain

Global chocolate and cocoa manufacturer Barry Callebaut is aiming to take farmer engagement to the "next level" by addressing the gaps in knowledge, materials and funding that are seen as barriers to sustainable cocoa supply chains.

M&S announces project to protect 5,000 acres of rainforest

Retailer Marks & Spencer has announced a new partnership with a charity that will protect 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) of rainforest in Peru.

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.

Whitbread is the operator of the UK's largest hotel chain, Premier Inn

EXCLUSIVE: Digital technology will lead us to a green economy

Digital technology and effective engagement in sustainability will lead the way to 'greening' the economy, says Whitbread's head of energy and environment Chris George.

Ellen MacArthur with some of the summer school students including Chidi Ofoegbu (far right)

EXCLUSIVE: Ellen MacArthur student enthused by business ambition

One of the first students to enrol in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation summer school has spoken of his optimism that the circular economy will "become the model of choice for all businesses" going forward.

Chidi Ofoegbu examines how circular economy theory can work in action

Lessons learnt from the school of Ellen MacArthur

Circular economy student Chidi Ofoegbu recently participated in the first Schmidt-MacArthur summer school and has since returned to South Africa to continue his studies in this field. He talks to Maxine Perella about the experience

Businesses offered environmental qualifications to drive greener workforce

Businesses are being offered three new training courses aimed at helping them reduce the environmental impact of their company and develop a 'greener' workforce.

HSE backs safety blueprint as waste industry acts to curb fatalities

A five-prong plan for driving down the number of people killed and seriously injured in the waste and recycling industry has been published.

MRF training modules set to plug operational skills gap

A series of dedicated training packages for materials recycling facilities (MRF) managers has been launched in respond to growing demand for plant commissioning and operating skills.

Bio-based economy gets boost with €6.2m SME project

The European Commission has launched a three-year project aimed at supporting the development of the bio-based economy in North West Europe (NWE).

Bez Perez is Coca-Cola's first chief sustainability officer

Coke CSO urges value chain to invest in 'powerful' women

Coca-Cola's chief sustainability officer Bea Perez has called for greater empowerment of women entrepreneurs, arguing they need more visibility within business.

H&M saves 450 million litres of water in 2012

Clothing manufacturer and retailer H&M saved 450 million litres of water by improving its water-intensive production in 2012, according to its annual sustainability report.

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.

Youth training scheme aids waste industry recruitment

A training project for London's young unemployed is targeting the construction and waste management industries, giving disadvantaged youths valuable work experience in one of the economy's growing sectors.

£3bn at stake for Scottish firms as resource management service gears up

An advice service has been set up to help Scottish organisations and businesses save almost £3bn by reducing energy, water and raw materials costs.

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Skills-based waste training proves popular with job seekers

A Government backed training scheme that aims to prepare job-seekers for a career in the waste and recycling industry is attracting substantial interest.

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.

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.

Training course advises firms on how to profit from waste

Businesses are to be trained in how to cut waste costs across their operations to become more resource-efficient, under new plans unveiled this week.

Old fashioned business leaders curbing sustainable development

Business leaders unwilling to accept issues around sustainability are preventing the world from tackling climate change and resource scarcity, says HW Fisher.

Hydro International's UK Stormwater division director Alex Stephenson

Local authorities condemn Government over SuDS commitment

Local authorities are concerned over the Government's long-term commitment to implementing the compulsory use of Sustainable Drainage Schemes (SuDS) in England and Wales, according to a survey.

EU wind industry in skills shortage crisis

The European wind industry faces a severe skills shortage of around 5,500 appropriately qualified staff per year, according to the EU's Wind Energy Technology Platform (TPWind).

£100m Northern Ireland Water contract up for grabs

NI Water is offering a £100m water and sewerage networks service contract to bidders, following an information day on Thursday 28 February 2013.

H&M to minimise water impact through 'cutting-edge' strategy

H&M's new global water strategy will significantly reduce its water impact throughout its operations and supply chain, the fashion retailer has announced today.

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MOD declares war on water wastage

MOD industry partners will be responsible for reducing water consumption in UK military establishments, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has announced.

Putting its stamp on sustainability

FedEx's drive for a more environmentally aware workforce is proving that high level communication and a competitive edge internally can significantly improve the efficiency of a business' operations.

BIS: Building skills for a green economy

The Green Economy Team at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) sets out a clear business case for kitting out a new generation of skilled workers in sustainable resource management

The coffee shop chain is expanding its work with the Rainforest Alliance to train-up farmers across South America. Photo: Caffé Nero/Facebook

Caffé Nero triples sustainable farming training scheme

Coffee shop chain Caffé Nero has is tripling its efforts to promote sustainable practices to coffee farmers as a means to improve the "transparency and addressability" of its supply chain.

A taste for sustainability

Facing the prospect of a global shortfall in cocoa production of one million tonnes by 2020, Mars Chocolate has implemented a worldwide sustainability initiative, working with the five million smallholders who grow the majority of the world's cocoa - "putting farmers first" to increase yield.

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.

Paul Hillman - the new president of CIWEM

CIWEM appoints new president

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) has appointed former Environment Director at Ramboll UK, Paul Hillman, as its president.

Women rise up the water and waste agenda

The positive impact of women working in the water and waste sectors has been highlighted as calls grow for more recognition of their talent and skills.

The new technology could allow for more accurate pinpointing of leaks, reducing the length of trench that needs to be dug.

New technology targets water wastage

A new innovative technology has been designed that could help water companies to reduce wastage from leaking water pipes.

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.

EXCLUSIVE: Anglian reaps cost savings from FOG clean-up

Anglian Water has managed to cut sewer blockages by 75% thanks to a simple marketing campaign.

More skills required to meet 2020 energy targets

Improved workforce skills and training is needed to help the UK meet its 2020 energy efficiency targets according to a new building and construction sector analysis.

B&Q sets up energy saving call centre for customers

An energy saving call centre, backed by online and in-store advice, is being launched by home products retailer B&Q.

65% of environmental graduates surveyed disagreed that this was the 'greenest Government ever'

Green graduates frustrated that they can't do more, says report

Almost two thirds of graduates in green jobs are frustrated in their roles and feel their skills are being underused.

NIW's Trevor Haslett: "I thought if anyone is going to turn the company around it would be best done by someone who knows the business inside out"

'I've taken blunt questions - and given honest answers'

The winter crisis of 2010/11 has forced Northern Ireland Water to change the way that it operates. In an exclusive interview, chief executive Trevor Haslett gives WWT editor Natasha Wiseman the inside story

LCA impacts sorely lacking in biofuels policy

The Government must demonstrate a greater understanding of life cycle assessment (LCA) impacts if policy drivers are to be effective in developing the biofuels market, a leading research body has said.

EU leaders must show 'political will' on energy efficiency

EU member states need to stop "watering down" their energy efficiency proposals and recognise the potential for job growth, according to the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).

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Coca-Cola delivers water security to drought-hit Somalia

The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation has launched an initiative to increase the water security of thousands of people in Somalia.

Wind energy to create 80,000 jobs by 2020

Trade body RenewableUK yesterday launched its UK Wind Energy Charter, outlining three principles to ensure the security of the industry and its economic contribution going forward.

Government forks out £3.5m for green skills training

Energy secretary Ed Davey has unveiled £3.5m of green skills funding in a bid to train hundreds of people ahead of the Government's flagship Green Deal roll out.

US agency looks to improve water quality for small enterprises

The US Environmental Protection Agency is to provide up to $15m in funding for training and technical assistance to small drinking and wastewater systems across the States.

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