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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.

To combat the dramatic cuts, DECC is suggesting an introduction of a default degression to the tariffs

DECC launches consultation proposals to slash biogas subsidies

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has delivered another blow to the UK's clean energy industry, after proposing to completely cut Feed-in Tariff (FiT) schemes for large anaerobic digestion (AD) site and "severely" reduce subsidies for small and medium scale plants.

Veolia's Forbes McDougall stated that a growing middle class and the the influence of millennials has created the perfect backdrop to introduce servitisation models

Servitisation is the 'posterchild' for the circular economy, says Veolia

EXCLUSIVE: Companies looking to accelerate the transition to a resource-efficient future by adopting closed-loop principles should take advantage of servitisation - dubbed the "posterchild" of the circular economy by Veolia's head of circular economy at edie Live today (17 May).

Veolia's head of circular economy Forbes McDougall says companies will need to focus on the way energy and heat is generated and consumed, in order to complete the circular economy jigsaw

Veolia: energy and heat are the missing pieces of the circular economy jigsaw

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses are missing out on the benefits of taking a closed-loop approach to energy and heat consumption due to being too "hung-up" on waste-driven models, the head of circular economy at Veolia has claimed.

Veolia's executive vice-president Estelle Brachlianoff explained how the company has adopted an operation-wide ethos to promote sustainability

From utilities to mining: How Veolia has paved the way for a circular economy

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Veolia's executive vice-president Estelle Brachlianoff discussed her biggest achievements, challenges and secrets to success in a revealing on-stage interview with edie.

If every Londoner recycled one extra plastic bottle a week for a year, enough energy would be saved to power Wembley Stadium for two years

Recycling 'just one thing' could spark London's resource revolution

A new behavioural change campaign has been launched to develop Londoners' understanding of what can be recycled, as the capital aims to hit recycling targets set by Mayor Boris Johnson.

The new energy-from-waste plant will remove recyclable waste from black bins and recover energy from what is left over. Image: Veolia

Veolia puts Leeds at heart of circular economy ambition

Waste and water giant Veolia wants Leeds to become "a hub for circular economy innovation", induced by a flagship energy-from-waste (EfW) plant that the firm says will provide a multiple boost for the city.

Signing the Litter Prevention Commitment is the latest in a line of sustainable goals set by Costa Coffee

Costa makes Litter Prevention Commitment with #costacleanup

Staff from more than 650 Costa stores headed out to the streets in a mass litter-pick on Sunday (13 September) to commemorate the coffee shop chain partnering with environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The campaign has seen a series of interactive installations and exhibitions in Villiers Street to encourage people not to litter

Westminster tackles cigarette & gum litter with innovative behaviour change campaign

Giant cigarettes, voting ashtrays and music-playing poles have seen the amounts of gum and cigarette butts left on the streets of Westminster fall rapidly.

Around 170 workers and 60 vehicles will be in action at Notting Hill, collecting enough waste to potentially travel 84km on the Tube - four times the length of the Victoria line.

Waste from Notting Hill Carnival could power 80,000 hot showers

Westminster City Council are expecting to collect around 200 tonnes of waste from Notting Hill Carnival this weekend, which, if converted correctly will generate enough energy to power 80,000 showers.

Businesses and campaign groups have put their names to the Litter Manifesto

McDonalds and Wrigley add support to national Litter Manifesto

Businesses and campaign groups have backed a new Litter Manifesto calling on the Government to tackle the UK's £1bn litter problem.

So far, the scheme has reprocessed 1,000 tonnes of plastic bags, turning them into 500,000 refuse sacks

Veolia closes the loop on Southwark's plastic bags

Previously unrecycled plastic bags are being turned into refuse sacks thanks to an innovative new process from waste-disposal firm Veolia.

Circular business processes combined with a service-based economy would provide a significant boost to the UK economy

£29bn: the value of a UK 'circular revolution'

Closing the loop on resource use and moving to a service-based economy has the potential to boost the UK economy by 1.8% over a 10-year period, according to new research.

Based on trends before the introduction of the new plan, UK recycling rates for plastic packaging would be 38% in 2017

UK plastics industry lays out roadmap to 57% recycling rate

A sector-wide plan to meet the UK Government's proposed target of 57% plastic packaging recycling by 2017, was launched yesterday.

The project seeks to to manufacture synthesis gas from domestic and other waste and use it as a feedstock for making products such as methanol and ammonia

Waste-to-chemicals value network boosted by new partners

A circular economy project investigating how waste can be used as a feedstock for the chemical industry has more than doubled in size since being launched late last year.

The company plans to reduce carbon by a further 15% and water by 20% against a 2014 baseline, while bumping recycling rates to 80%

Whitbread sets new sustainability targets after rapid gains

The parent company of Costa and Premier Inn has today announced a new set of sustainability targets for 2020, having achieved existing goals three years ahead of schedule.

Eunomia finds that the UK is at risk of having more residual waste treatment plants than it needs

UK heading for waste treatment overcapacity, new report finds

The UK is at risk of having far more incineration capacity than it needs by 2017/18, according to a new report by resource management consultancy Eunomia.

Recoup chief executive Stuart Foster (pictured left) and Resources Management Minister Dan Rogerson (pictured right) launch new plastics recycling campaign

Big brands team up with Recoup to launch new plastics recycling campaign

Big brands such as Coca-Cola Enterprises, Nestlé and retailer Marks & Spencer have partnered up to launch a new plastics recycling campaign called Pledge 4 Plastics.

Industry group claims that the UK needs more waste treatment infrastructure

Resource management industry urges Government to launch investigation into waste facility 'infrastructure gap'

A resource management industry group has written to a number of ministers urging them to launch an investigation into tackling the UK's waste facility "infrastructure gap".

The new EEPPA aggregates data from EPCs across the EU

Climate-KIC launches green property index proposal

The EU's principle initiative for climate innovation, Climate-KIC, has unveiled details of a ground-breaking proposal to create a single index for benchmarking the energy efficiency of building stock across the continent.

Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud

Designers recycle airliner on Channel 4 programme

Three designers, who specialise in turning scrap into cash, have made an array of new products from an Airbus aircraft which was featured on a Channel 4 programme hosted by Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud.

The new report is called 'Waste Infrastructure Requirements for England'

'Significant gaps' in regional waste infrastructure, study finds

There are significant capacity gaps in regional infrastructure, in England, to treat valuable materials which arise as wastes, a new report commissioned by waste management company Veolia Environnement has found.

Veolia UK and Northern Europe executive vice president Estelle Brachlianoff

Veolia calls on Government to back UK waste projects

The Government must support recycling and waste projects to encourage inward investment, according to Veolia Environnement UK and Northern Europe executive vice president Estelle Brachlianoff.

Waste in the capital

Fifty-one vehicles used to clear London's NYE waste

Fifty-one waste vehicles have been employed to clear up waste from central London, which includes more than 15,000 empty champagne bottles, according to Westminster City Council.

Veolia's Imagine 2050 report describes two cities

Veolia unveils bin-less homes vision

Veolia Environnement has launched a vision for the management of household waste in bin-less homes of the future which includes nanoscopic robots sorting materials, self-cleaning surfaces and water purification systems based on plants and bacteria.

Liz is working across LAWR, edie and the Resource Revolution

Resource efficiency expertise bolstered by new appointment

edie is delighted to welcome Liz Gyekye to the Water & Environment division team as editor of Local Authority Waste & Recycling (LAWR).

FCC sells 50% stake in Proactiva to Veolia Environnement

FCC, the global infrastructure and environmental services group, has reached an agreement to sell its 50% stake in Proactiva Medio Ambiente to French multi-national Veolia Environnement for 150 million euros.

Westminster locks out metal theft with Taylor-made bin device

Westminster City Council will be rolling out a new waste bin container-locking device across the borough this summer following successful security trials earlier this year.

Upcycling to strut its stuff at London Fashion Week

Liora Lassalle, the winner of this year's sustainable fashion award, the Estethica / Veolia Re-Source competition, will launch her first collection during London Fashion Week February 15 - 19 2013.

Water Industry Achievement Awards 2013 finalists announced

WET News and Water & Wastewater Treatment(WWT) have announced the finalists for the Water Industry Achievement Awards 2013.

Falling waste volumes see more landfill site closures

Thirty landfill sites have closed in the past year, reflecting the decreasing amount of waste being disposed of in this way in the UK.

Planning permission for waste plants makes haste

Planning consent for waste plants is outpacing applications according to new research, which appears to contradict industry perceptions.

Hampshire leads race to be first zero waste county

Hampshire is poised to be become the first UK county council to achieve zero waste to landfill following the opening of a solid recovery fuel (SRF) facility.

Veolia wins £460m PFI waste deal as it goes plastic fantastic

Veolia has secured a 25-year PFI contract worth £460m with Leeds City Council for residual municipal waste treatment and energy recovery.

More than a million people are expected to visit Notting Hill Carnival over the Bank Holiday weekend. Photo: Notting Hill Carnival/Facebook

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.

Veolia calls for waste planning to be fast-tracked

The UK needs to speed up its planning process to make the deliverability of waste infrastructure faster and more efficient, according to an industry expert.

Veolia and Suez move to quash merger rumours

The French parent companies of Veolia and SITA, two of the UK's biggest waste contractors, have denied merger talks following intense market speculation about the possibility of a deal.

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