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Carnival clean-up: Notting Hill waste to generate 100MWh of electricity

Westminster City Council is planning to collect all of the waste from Notting Hill Carnival and use it to generate electricity for the National Grid - all in time to have the streets clean for the Tuesday morning commute.

Sadiq Khan at Islington Bunhill Energy Centre

Sadiq Kahn unveils plan for London 'clean energy revolution'

Labour's London Mayor candidate Sadiq Khan has outlined his ambition to ignite a 'clean energy revolution' in the capital, pledging to be the 'greenest mayor ever'.

The conservation fund aims to protect around six million acres of US forest

World's largest wood pellet producer embarks on sustainable forestry project

US firm Enviva - the world's largest producer of wood pellets - has announced the establishment of a new $5m, 10-year forest conservation project in North Carolina and Virginia.

Tropical forests occupy 7% of the Earth's surface, but absorb nearly a fifth of man-made carbon emissions

Twice the size of Wales: ambitious plans for rainforest protection

Environmental charity Size of Wales intends to double the area of tropical rainforest it helps protect as its contribution to tackling climate change. Here, the charity's Peter Davies explains the role of business in tackling deforestation.

Liz Truss said Britain should follow the US and quantify the benefits it gets from nature

Britain's forests, soil and rivers worth £1.6tn, says environment secretary

Britain's forests, soil and rivers are worth at least £1.6tn and should be quantified in the same way as the country's man-made infrastructure, environment secretary Liz Truss has said

Sky Rainforest Rescue Jaguar and WWF Panda held a 'discovery trail' for school pupils at Alice Holt Forest in Hampshire

VIDEO: Sky raises £9m through Rainforest Rescue initiative

Sky has raised more than £9m to help keep a billion trees standing in the Amazon, thanks to a six-year partnership with WWF which concluded last week.

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

As we edge closer to the climate conference in Paris, this week saw a clash of horns over the energy we use. But that hasn't stopped some truly innovative green developments popping up across the globe, from Delhi to... Barnsley.

The report examines the forest-food nexus, which is growing ever more strained by the need to increase food production by up to 50% by 2050

UN: $200bn agricultural subsidies driving deforestation

International governments could be unwittingly driving deforestation through misguided agricultural subsidies, a new UN brief has found.

Google said the tool should help more homeowners take advantage of the record-low prices of solar energy

Google could tell you how much solar power your roof can generate

Google can now tell you how much solar energy you could generate by installing solar panels on your house - if you live in the right place.

WWF-UK assessed 128 major UK businesses on their timber sustainability

Construction firms receive '3 trees' for sustainable timber progress

Businesses are making positive steps towards zero-deforestation future, according to the latest 'timber scorecard' published by WWF-UK.

Unilever and WWF plan to fight deforestation through a new campaign to engage consumers

WWF and Unilever announce campaign to protect one million trees

WWF and Unilever have launched a one-year partnership to engage consumers in the fight against deforestation, it was announced today (7 July).

Deforestation is a complex problem that entails many interlinked sustainability issues, the Rainforest Alliance paper says

Deforestation-free declarations lack accountability, says Rainforest Alliance

The recent surge in deforestation-free pledges is an exciting development, but needs definition, focus and accountability to turn the objective into reality.

Matthew Pencharz, the Mayor's senior advisor on environment and energy, planted the 20,000th new tree in Streatham - a Prunus Royal Burgundy

Boris brings 20,000 street trees to London

20,000 trees have now been planted along London's roads as part of Boris Johnson's Street Tree scheme to improve air quality and increase green spaces across the capital.

A tropical rainforest in Borneo being destroyed to make way for oil palm plantation

30% of Indonesia's wood comes from illegal sources, report finds

The Indonesian pulp and paper industry has once again come under fire from conservationists, this time for the legality of fibre supply.


Boris calls on Londoners to recycle Christmas waste

Boris Johnson has urged Londoners to think about how they dispose of their festive rubbish, saying that recycling could save the capital around £4m in disposal costs.

Have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Edie Christmas Quiz: Put your festive knowledge to the test...

Get your office in the festive spirit by testing your knowledge in our brain-bending Christmas quiz.

A further 2,400 new hybrid buses will be rolled out by 2020

Boris faces up to London's air quality crisis with £330m green spree

2,400 hybrid buses, zero-emission taxis and 10,000 street trees will all be coming to London as part of new plans announced by Boris Johnson in a bid to tackle the capital's air pollution problems.

The US Department of Defence is the country's largest consumer of fossil fuels

What's the environmental impact of modern war?

Ban Ki-moon has called on nations to do more to protect the environment from the destruction of war, but even in times of peace our militaries have a huge impact on natural resources.

The clothing company has chosen to donate to the Trees for Life charity

Superdry signs bag-saving charity pledge

Two weeks before the Scottish carrier bag charge comes into force, fashion brand Superdry has signed up to Zero Waste Scotland's Carrier Bag Commitment.

The company saved 100 acres of rainforest in 2013 - equivalent to more than 49 football pitches or 1,500 tennis courts

Office Coffee Company saves 26,000 tonnes of CO2

A sustainability-focused business model adopted by a Gloucestershire-based coffee supplier has helped its business customers slash more than 26,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over the past year.

Volkswagen has a goal to reduce freshwater consumption across its brand portfolio by 25% by 2018

Volkswagen closes in on wastewater-free automotive production

Volkswagen Group is looking to make its production factories "wastewater-free" and has revealed that it is close to achieving this at a number of sites.

Jérôme Perez is head of sustainability at Nestlé Nespresso

Nespresso's Sustainability Challenge: Education holds the key to building a sustainable future

Climate change, resource scarcity and labour are problems that are not going to be resolved in the short-term and there is a very real need to ensure both current and future business students understand the importance of sustainability for the future success of business. Nespresso's head of sustainability Jérôme Perez explains why...

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.

SC Johnson's Pledge and Pronto bottles now use compressed air rather than LPGs in the aerosols

Making the Pledge: SC Johnson charts sustainability over time

On the 50th anniversary of SC Johnson's Europlant factory, the group's senior director for manufacturing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Clint Filipowicz, discusses how sustainable business practices have developed to now underpin the company.

The research involved developing methods to control the breakdown of lignin using bacteria and extracting these chemicals in significant quantities

Next-generation bioplastics 'could be made from trees'

Southampton-based plastic manufacturer Biome Bioplastics has released ground-breaking research that demonstrates the feasibility of creating low-cost, high-performance bioplastics using lignin derived from wood.

Greenpeace alleges that UK high street building supply chain Jewson has been selling Ipe wood from Para state without being able to show the documents that prove it is legal

Brazil laundering illegal timber on a 'massive and growing scale'

Greenpeace uncovers evidence that illegally logged timber is being sold on to buyers in the UK, US, Europe and China.

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

IKEA's FSC certificate suspended for poor forestry practices in Russia

Furniture giant IKEA has had its forest management certificate suspended for its operations in Karelia, Russia, after the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) revealed concerns with poor forestry practices.

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.

Sky has made the best progress against target in business travel as CO2 emissions per full-time employee have been cut by 18%

Sky cuts carbon but waste to landfill increases

Sky has reduced its 'carbon intensity' by 33% since 2008-9 as the broadcaster begins to "realise the gains" made from its long-term investment in renewable and low-carbon sources of energy. Absolute carbon emissions remained stable at 100,045 tonnes.

CO2 neutral search engine green 'alternative to Google'

Berlin-based search engine Ecosia aims to turn green niche products into a mass phenomenon by providing users with green information when entering search terms.

B&Q's flagship eco-store in New Malden

Time is of the essence for sustainable supply chains, says B&Q

Finding enough time to ensure supply chains are fully sustainable is one of the central challenges facing companies, according to B&Q senior sustainability manager George Padelopoulos.

An aerial shot of the anaerobic digestor, already in place at Stoke Bardolph

Severn Trent Water to invest in £15m AD plant

Severn Trent Water is to invest £15m into an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant that will break down, digest and turn sewage sludge into clean, renewable energy.

John Gilliland, Resourceful Organics Ltd (left) and Bill Gowdy, NI Water's director of engineering procurement sign the agreement to trial the new willows technology

NI Water use willow trees for 'environmentally acceptable' filtration

NI Water is to trial the use of willows as a natural vegetative filter to clean wastewater from its site in Dungannon.

Climate week kicks off with rise of the 're-generation'

Brits are increasingly choosing to recycle, reuse or resell items they no longer want instead of sending them to landfill, according to a nationwide poll.

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Hobbit-like humans may emerge as global warming takes hold

Humans will have to cope with less food and shrink to the size of hobbits if they are to survive in a warmer world, according to scientists.

Christmas recycling could save London 'millions of pounds'

London Mayor Boris Johnson has called on the nation's capital to recycle this Christmas and save £3.5m in the process.

Dirty biomass could lead to 'carbon fraud' claim green campaigners

Burning wood in power stations is worse for the climate than burning coal, a recent report from green lobbyists warns.

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.

Airdrie's new storm tank will help alleviate flooding in the area

Scottish Water completes £22m water improvement project

Scottish Water has completed a project in the Airdrie area that will improve water quality and alleviate flooding issues dating back to the 1960s.

Fair Squared condoms are produced in a CO2 neutral factory, while the rubber used comes from responsibly managed plantations

Eco condoms penetrate fairtrade market

Condoms produced by a carbon neutral manufacturer and made from fair trade rubber, have hit UK shelves.

More companies will develop smarter supply chains in the future because consumers will demand it, says senior buyer Christina Archer

The Body Shop: beauty products with a positive impact

The Body Shop built its reputation on its fair trading programme and commitment to animal welfare. Sustainable Business hears how the company's responsible sourcing makes a difference to communities around the globe and helps protect the planet too.

The Woodland Carbon Code has been in operation for a year

Accreditation scheme helps clear atmosphere of 1m tonnes of CO2

A government approved accreditation scheme may have cleared more than 1m tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, according to the Forestry Commission.

Chris Packham sees corporate partnerships as crucial to driving growth in green sector

Asking price too low for green skills - Chris Packham

TV presenter Chris Packham has called on the environmental sector to recognise and exploit the value of its "unique skill set" which he believes has been undersold for too long.

Reckitt Benckiser beats emissions reduction target

Reckitt Benckiser (RB) has beaten its lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions target of 20% by 2020 - eight-years ahead of schedule.

Coffee growers turn to carbon credits for help

The devastating impact of climate change on coffee production globally could be significantly off-set by reforestation programmes funded by carbon trading, using carbon credits earned by newly planted trees.

Accor's 21 sustainability targets have been embedded in the group's operations

Accor unveils five-year sustainability strategy

The world's largest hotel operator today unveiled its Planet 21 initiative - setting out 21 new commitments to the environment and sustainability to be achieved by 2015.

The new Andrex Eco roll

Andrex rolls out new recycled fibre and bamboo toilet tissue

Andrex has launched a pioneering environmentally-friendly toilet tissue which uses recycled fibre and bamboo, as well as 100% recycled and recyclable packaging.

Timber companies urged to prepare for new regulations

Timber buyers and traders are being urged to prepare now for the European Timber Regulation (EUTR) in a bid to avoid potential criminal charges.

Protestors pledge to fight energy giant nuclear power plans

Anti-nuclear protesters have taken squatting rights on farmland owned by energy giant EDF after it was given the go-ahead to clear the proposed nuclear power site in Somerset.

VIDEO: Recycled Christmas trees used for flood defences

The Environment Agency (EA) is using discarded Christmas trees in a bid to build 'greener' flood defences along river banks.

Boris urges Londoners to recycle Christmas waste

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is calling on Londoners to recycle their Christmas waste in a bid to save the capital £2.7m.

Two bitter winters hit Accor's energy cutting drive

French owned hotel giant Accor broke its silence this week to talk about how it has moved sustainability up the agenda.

Woodland Trust wins £60,000 RBC grant for water project

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has awarded conservation charity Woodland Trust £60,000 to help it increase awareness of the role trees play in managing water and flood management.

Bulmers has a long history of collaboration with local farmers

Bulmers aims to brew a better future

Bulmers is supporting the campaign for the restoration of England's lost hedgerows as part of its sustainability programme

Leak reveals plans to turn Eiffel Tower into 'giant tree'

The iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris could be set to become a flagship for ecotourism, after a leak reveals a firm wants to turn it into a "giant tree" by draping it in around 600,000 plants.

The Mayor of London's director of environment Kulveer Ranger puts the final piece in place

Green wall unveiled at Edgware Road Tube station

A the 200sq m green wall was completed this morning in a ceremony that saw The Mayor of London's director of the environment Kulveer Ranger, slot the final piece into place at the sit on Marylebone Road.

Government urged to protect UK's wood resource

Campaigners are ramping up the pressure on government to change the subsidy regime for electricity generators to stop the UK's limited wood resources going up in smoke.

New device 'thousands of times' more powerful than a tree in capturing CO2

A pioneering new device which has the ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the air more effectively than a tree has been unveiled.

Scotland's 'largest' flood prevention scheme launches

Glasgow City Council has launched a pioneering £53m flood prevention scheme, creating 90,000sq m of bio diverse habitat.

United Utilities call for witnesses after callous thieves axe ancient tree

United Utilities is appealing for witnesses after thieves chopped down a 120-year-old tree, near its Stocks Reservoir site, Lancashire.

Islington goes retro with SUDS

A retrofit SUDS system that’s one of the UK’s first, is capturing more than rainwater. Natasha Wiseman went to take a look

New focus on trees and climate change mitigation

New research allows scientists to predict how much future pollution can be removed from the atmosphere by trees.

Protesters blockade nuclear power plant

About 100 protesters are blockading a power station as part of an on-going campaign against plans to build a new nuclear station on the site.

Photo by Mainichi Corporation

Eco Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai dies from cancer

Sustainability guru and Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Wangari Maathai has died from cancer aged 71.

David MacKay insists that there is no single right answer to achieving the emissions target, but favours the hedging scenario

David MacKay

David Strahan meets David MacKay, chief scientific adviser, DECC

Mitchell Joachim: future vistas and hardcore ecological aspiration

Interview: Mitchell Joachim

Erik Jaques meets the founder of Terreform ONE

All of the company's cereal packets are made from recycled board and any waste cardboard is recycled on site at Poundbury

Breakfast cereal maker backs tree planting

A campaign to encourage people to plant native trees throughout the UK has won the support of muesli maker Dorset Cereals, writes Tom Idle

Government approves carbon accreditation scheme

In a UK first the British government has approved a carbon accreditation scheme set up to recognise business' efforts to capture and store carbon.

United Utilities to overhaul Lancaster sewer

Major works to improve water quality in Lancashire's River Lune will soon be underway.

Skye community completes forest buy out

A community group in Skye are now the proud owners of almost 4.5million square metres of forest, after a successful bid to purchase the land from the government.

Green light for Hinkley C despite protests

Energy giant EDF has won approval to start work on what would be the first nuclear power station built in the UK for 20 years, despite protests from local campaigners.

New beginning for St Germans

Providing flood protection for more than 25,000 homes and 70,000ha of Cambridgeshire farmland, together valued at more than £4-5B, is a major responsibility, and one which falls to the Middle Level Commissioners (MLC). The body was set up 150 year ago to provide water and land management for the Middle Level, an area of the Cambridgeshire Fens reclaimed during the l7th century

Brazillian model Giselle Bündchen

Tree-planting celebrities help mark World Environment Day

People famous and not so famous across the world are getting reading to mark World Environment Day (WED) on Sunday (5 June).

Tree project to mark Queen's Jubilee

The Woodland Trust has launched a £10 million project to create community woods across the UK.

U-turn on forests' sale

The government performed an extraordinary U-turn on plans to sell off English forests yesterday (February 17), in the face of public outcry.

B&Q claims to be first retailer to buy 100% renewable wood

Do-it-yourself giant B&Q has become the first major UK retailer to only buy timber from proven responsible sources.

Forest sell-off plans cause alarm

Concerns are being expressed over government plans to sell off half of England's state-owned forests.

edie TV News January round up

edie TV News kicks off its first round-up of 2011 with a look at the big stories making environmental headlines this month.

Olympian effort flows through

The site for the London Olympics 2012 includes a brand new deep water pumping station - and the UK's biggest municipal water recycling project ever. But, as Claire Smith reports, the capital's impressive engineering history is not being forgotten

Severnside: recycling old Christmas cards

Severnside partners Woodland Trust in card scheme

Severnside Recycling has linked up with the Woodland Trust for the fourth consecutive year to launch a Christmas card recycling scheme.

Sean Bean backs Woodland Trust card recycling

Hollywood star Sean Bean will be the last face of the Woodland Trust's Christmas card recycling scheme.

New 'eco' log to be produced in Ireland

A natural and sustainable fire log made of willow is to be produced in Ireland.

Forestry sale plans confirmed

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has outlined its plans to reform the public forestry estate, in a letter to MPs.

Castle to heat itself with locally grown wood

A castle is to be powered with locally grown wood in an effort to become more self sufficient.

Timberland to plant five million trees

Outdoor shoe specialist Timberland has stepped up its green endeavours with a bold pledge to plant five million trees in five years.

Green light for UK's first dual waste gasification power plant

Planners have given the thumbs up to the UK's first dual waste gasification power plant after odour issues were cleared up.

Welsh pledge national support to tackle forest destruction

An area of African tropical forest the size of Wales is set to be safeguarded, thanks to an army of Welsh environmentalists and volunteers.

Biomass could boost renewable power and green jobs

The Irish government has launched a campaign aimed at encouraging smaller producers of energy into the market.

Power company's customers invest in rainforest

Around 30,000 people are now each the proud owner of an acre of Amazon rainforest as a result of a unique initiative, launched yesterday (September 8) by an energy company.

Tree growth and climate change

ADAS' principal consultant, Jon Abbatt, led the study into tree growth and climate change and believes the results confirm the prediction that warmer temperatures and increased rainfall - climatic changes associated with global warming effects the UK - would speed up growth rates.

Tree protection to help Russian tiger

The Russian government is boosting protection of its rare wild tigers by tightening controls on logging of a tree vital to their habitat.

Palm oil research project could halt rainforest destruction

A research programme to map how the UK uses imported palm oil could halt the loss of rainforest thousands of miles away, according to the Government.

Sainsbury's to plant two million trees

A supermarket chain is to plant two million trees over the next five years as part of new environmental drive.

L-R: Mr Murray (the Mayor’s husband), Cllr Sue Murray, David Campbell-Lenaghan, the council’s waste & street scene management officer, and Ayleford’s Gemma Barratt

Aylesford Newsprint reaches paper milestone

Aylesford Newsprint has celebrated recycling the 60,000th tonne of paper collected by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council's kerbside green box scheme.

How to save the beaches and the bathing waters

A recent Panorama programme highlighted the need for greater investment in Britain's CSO infrastructure. But, as Chris Day and Alex Stephenson report, tackling pollution hotspots is not as hard or as expensive as some people believe.

Money does grow on trees

Investors looking to make a profit from the latest environmental technology are putting their cash into trees.

Out of this world - Mars

Chocolate company Mars has set an audacious target to certify its entire supply chain of cocoa by 2020. Tom Idle talks to the company's director of plant science, Howard Shapiro, to find out more

Planetary ambition

Retail giant B&Q is no slouch on sustainability. But, in 2008, it brought in some impressively stringent self-imposed guidelines - in the form of the One Planet Living initiative - which it hopes will benefit its bottom line as well as the environment, writes Duncan Brown

Wood heating 'good for environment'

John Gulland, director of the Wood Heat Policy Institute, argues the environmental case for wood burning.

Rolling in it

According to a government survey, office waste costs UK business more than £15B a year. Dr David Gillett calls on today's firms to realise the win-win commercial and environmental benefits of going green

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