Ford drives forward with water stewardship goals
Ford has reinforced its sustainability commitments with a new target to reduce its water use by nearly three-quarters since the turn of the millennium, as the US automotive firm moves towards using zero potable water for vehicle manufacturing processes.
Food manufacturers unveil 2025 targets to deliver 'sustainable food system of the future'
McCain Foods, Cadbury, Coca-Cola GB and McVitie's are among a host of British food and drink manufacturers that have developed a series of ambitious new sustainability commitments this week.
Businesses urged to view water as economic risk rather than environmental issue
Efforts to combat water scarcity are "absent from the portfolios" of investors, and it is now the responsibility of the private sector to step up water efficiency practices to build understanding that water is an economic risk as well as an environmental one.
Plastic Soup Foundation: UK microbeads ban first step to implementing plastic circular economy
EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government's decision to introduce a national ban on microbeads can act as an "important step" that mobilises countries to look beyond microbeads in the ocean and focus on creating a plastic circular economy "without leakage".
New research outlines economic windfall opportunity for post-Brexit farming
A new sustainable land management model that could direct millions of pounds towards farming methods that reduce flooding, restore wildlife and enhance clean water has been proposed by the National Trust and the Green Alliance.
On-the-go H2O spearheads Ford's company-wide innovation drive at 'record pace'
Motor giant Ford's recent innovation push is being driven by employees across all areas of the business at "record pace", with a prototype that turns condensation from air conditioners into drinking water just one of the 3,500 innovations submitted this year.
UK businesses face increasing risk of drought, warns water sector
Companies are being called upon to ramp up water efficiency measures, share best practices and water consumption and open up new communication streams surrounding water conservation after a new report commissioned by water companies revealed the growing risk of drought facing the UK.
Gym chain seals UK's largest water supplier switch
Sports and leisure business David Lloyd has switched to newly-formed retailer Water Plus to supply all 84 of its UK health clubs and gyms, marking the largest UK-wide water supplier switch to date.
Is this the most sustainable ship in the world?
As the International Maritime Organisation struggles to stay afloat amidst a barrage of calls to establish a global shipping initiative, a new 10-mast cruise liner that harnesses solar and wind power may just have set the benchmark for the sector.
Yorkshire Water eyes 15% emissions reduction with giant AD plant
Water service provider Yorkshire Water has been given the go-ahead to build a £72m state-of-the-art anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at its Knostrop works in the centre of Leeds.
World Water Week: Six innovations to quench the global thirst for clean water
With World Water Week bringing experts and innovators to Stockholm to foster new thinking and develop solutions to water-related issues, edie rounds-up the projects and products that could aid efforts to combat water scarcity.
Knorr calls on consumers to consider the 'hidden' impacts of water in food consumption
During World Water Week, food producer Knorr has launched a new behaviour change campaign to drive awareness of the "hidden" water waste impacts in food production, encouraging consumers to take action to reduce their water footprint.
PepsiCo exceeds water stewardship goals with 26% reduction
During World Water Week, PepsiCo has revealed that its water stewardship efforts have led to a 26% reduction in operational water usage since 2006 - exceeding its initial 20% goal.
Olam gains water certification for plantation as Fairtrade warns of climate-driven coffee decline
With a new report from Fairtrade warning that climate change could stunt global coffee production by 50%, supplier Olam International has become the first agri-business globally to achieve the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard - for it's coffee plantation in Tanzania.
Coca-Cola hits global water replenishment goal five years early
Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola has become the first Fortune 500 Company to replenish all of the water it uses globally back to nature and communities.
Ford's Dagenham facilities expected to halve energy and water consumption
Ford's new diesel engine production line is expected to cut energy and water use by 50% for each engine built at the company's Dagenham diesel centre in the UK.
World's largest carbon producers face landmark human rights case
The world's largest oil, coal, cement and mining companies have been given 45 days to respond to a complaint that their greenhouse gas emissions have violated the human rights of millions of people living in the Phillippines.
Hotel chain set for £75,000 savings with water supplier switch
Luxury hotel group Malmaison and Hotel du Vin has signed a ground-breaking contract with Anglian Water Business (AWB) to supply water to all of its UK properties, ahead of next year's water retail market reform.
Businesses urged to 'think differently' and adopt Sustainable Development Goals
The Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) has called on business, governments and local authorities to adopt new ways of thinking that align the "critical challenges of our time" with operational models and frameworks.
MillerCoors raises a glass to water stewardship efforts
The second-largest brewing company in the US has reduced water consumption in its breweries, including those in water-stressed California, by 128m gallons last year, while greenhouse gas emissions and waste produced also tumbled.
Serving up sustainability: Wimbledon in numbers
Up to 10 million people are due to tune in to watch the Wimbledon Men's Singles Final this Sunday, the culmination of a tournament which will have been visited by more than 500,000 tennis fans during the fortnight of matches.
How the Sustainable Development Goals are shaping corporate responsibility at SABMiller
International brewing company SABMiller has revealed annual cuts to key environmental footprints, after tweaking its "Prosper" sustainability initiative to align to the global targets established in the United Nation's (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Schuh steps into big savings with water supplier switch
High street footwear giant schuh is set to reduce overheads by £62,000 thanks to a change in water supplier in addition to the identification of a watercourse that was absorbing run-off drainage from one of the retailer's distribution centres.
Businesses urged to combat water scarcity and become 'stewards of limited resources'
Businesses have been warned that in order to thrive in a low-carbon future they must first "navigate a mosaic of global realities", that has seen water scarcity hit a variety of regions and threaten to destabilise infrastructure, extractives and agriculture.
Bacardi mixes perfect cocktail of water, energy and waste reductions
Global spirits giant Bacardi has surpassed annual targets in improving water use, energy efficiency and recycling rates and is on course to obtain 100% of sugarcane-derived products from sustainably certified sources by 2022.
Marcus Gover to replace Liz Goodwin as WRAP chief executive
Marcus Gover will replace Liz Goodwin as the new chief executive of the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the charity has announced today (13 June).
Procter & Gamble to eliminate phosphates from dishwasher tablets globally
Consumer goods firm Procter & Gamble has announced a new innovation which will end phosphate use from all retail and professional Fairy dishwasher tablets by 2017, significantly reducing the environmental footprint of its products in addition to improving cleaning performance.
UK in hot water as bathing sites rank worst in EU
The UK has the highest proportion of bathing water sites rated as 'poor quality' in the European Union (EU), results from the European Environment Agency's (EEA) annual bathing water report show.
Coca-Cola Enterprises closes in on 2020 footprint reduction targets
Soft-drinks bottlers Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is celebrating its 10-year sustainability journey by revealing wholesale reductions in carbon emissions, packaging use and water consumption, as the company strides towards its 2020 targets.
Global water shortages to deliver 'severe hit' to economies, World Bank warns
Water shortages will deliver a "severe hit" to the economies of the Middle East, central Asia, and Africa by the middle of the century, taking double digits off their GDP, the World Bank warned on Tuesday.
Tesco calls for improved data access for water consumption
EXCLUSIVE: With water regulator Ofwat confirming that a reform of the water retail market will take place on time, Britain's biggest supermarket chain is calling on suppliers to incentivise a new and competitive water market through the "difficult beast" of data management.
UN and Google forge 'eye-in-the-sky' forest mapping partnership
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has turned to tech giant Google to implement a high-resolution satellite-based data mapping system which could usher in an "unprecedented level of environmental literacy" for the forestry sector.
UK's largest on-site dairy AD plant to generate green energy from Cumbrian cheese
One of the UK's largest cheese creameries, First Milk, has announced the completion of a giant on-site anaerobic digestion (AD) plant which is feeding bio-methane to the national gas grid.
How a sharing economy could catapult hydrogen vehicles into the mainstream
EXCLUSIVE: Embracing a sharing economy could allow hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles to carve out a niche route to accelerate into the mainstream vehicle mix, but only if efforts to boost infrastructure productions are increased.
RB exceeds waste reductions targets as emissions lag
Health and hygiene company RB, which owns brands including Durex, Calgon and Gaviscon, has revealed it has reached its waste management goals five years early, although improvement on carbon reductions is still needed.
Hyundai races past records for hydrogen fuel range
Hyundai has broken two world records in an attempt to showcase the capabilities of its hydrogen fuel cell, in the same week that fellow South Korean carmaker KIA announced one of its electric vehicles will travel 2,500 miles across England and Ireland in a single journey.
#WorldWaterDay: Green groups and businesses unite in fresh awareness drive
With today (22 march) marking the UN's World Water Day, edie has rounded up all of the latest company announcements and industry statistics that together highlight how critical the issue of water scarcity has become.
Interface builds boat from 7,000 plastic bottles to tackle ocean pollution
The world's largest carpet tile manufacturer has joined forces with a 'plastic fishing' company to design and create a unique boat made from more than 7,000 plastic bottles fished from the canals of Amsterdam.
Henkel unveils new sustainability goals after surging past interim targets
Persil, Schwarzkopf shampoo and Pritt Stick manufacturer Henkel has unveiled a multitude of new sustainability goals after reaching and surpassing a variety of interim targets that form the foundation of its Sustainability Strategy for 2030.
Food and drink firms urged to promote water stewardship across supply chains
A new action plan that promotes water stewardship in the UK food and drink sector and builds supply chains that are more resilient to 'precarious' flooding and water shortage risks has been launched today (9 March).
Green beans: 5 sustainable coffee innovations
Coffee. It got you out of bed this morning, it's an excuse to meet an old friend and it propels you through those late-night deadlines. We all love coffee - 1.6 billion cups of it are drunk every day - and supplying that demand has made it the second most traded commodity on the planet after oil.
Football stadium tracks water use, saves £40,000
Scotland's national football stadium has reduced its water consumption by 35% in the space of 15 months after installing monitoring equipment which identified anomalies and spikes in water usage.
Global green buildings 'to double by 2018', study finds
The number of companies that have more than 60% of their building projects certified 'green' is expected to more than double over the next two years, according to a new study.
London set for Europe's largest floating solar system
Europe's biggest ever floating solar array is being installed on the Queen Elizabeth II Reservoir, to the south of the River Thames.
Blustery Britain brings windfall for businesses with new demand response scheme
Days when Britain's renewable energy output is at its greatest could prove to be a money-spinner for energy-intensive businesses under a new automated 'demand turn-up' service being piloted by National Grid.
Ireland's national stadium goes 100% renewable for Six Nations
Aviva stadium, home of the Ireland rugby team will be fully powered by renewable energy for the upcoming 2016 Six Nations tournament, becoming the first stadium in the competition to be so.
Anglian Water eyes low-carbon concrete as building block of sustainable transition
Anglian Water has become the first water company to trial a new environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional concrete.
Businesses in the dark about climate risks in half their supply chains
Almost half of the key suppliers for global companies like Dell, Unilever and Walmart fail to respond to requests for climate information, new research from CDP has revealed.
Can underground herb gardens boost Britain's food security?
A hydroponic herb garden beneath the streets of Clapham could provide an agricultural model for Britain to save valuable resources and boost food security, London catering firm Vacherin has claimed.
Holyrood joins Scotland's resource efficiency drive
The Scottish Parliament has become the latest organisation to sign up to a national resource efficiency campaign in Scotland.
NFL stadium to cut energy use by three quarters
Sun Life Stadium, the home of the Miami Dolphins American football team, has announced that its stadium floodlights will be converted to an 'advanced LED system' that will cut energy use by approximately 75%.
A Better Future: How BT is using ICT to drive behaviour change
As eyes turn from global goals to golden globes, it is perhaps surprising just how quickly COP21 has fallen off the radar in the space of a month.
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.
16 New Year's resolutions for the green economy in 2016 - Part two
In the second part of edie's 2016 green business wishlist, we look forward to business model shake-ups, new water-saving technologies and Tesla's hotly-anticipated foray into the UK's energy storage market.
Water shortages threaten future global power supply
More than 60% of the world's power stations could have their output affected by climate change-related water shortages, according to a new study published in the Nature Climate Change journal.
Abu Dhabi Premier Inn slashes water use by 24%
An innovative greywater recycling systems has helped one of Whitbread's newest hotels reduce water use by nearly a quarter in one of the world's highest water consuming countries.
BT launches 7-step supply chain assessment tool
UK telecoms giant BT has collaborated with French firm Sagemcom - the manufacturer of the BT Home Hub - to pilot a new supplier sustainability assessment tool.
Marriott nets huge water savings with new kitchen tech
The London Heathrow Marriott hotel has successfully trialled a new pot-washing technology in its kitchens that has cut water use by almost 92% - potentially saving around two million litres of water a year.
Cameron pledges £40m to fix flood defences
Prime Minister David Cameron has unveiled a new package of more than £40m to help repair breached flood defences in Yorkshire.
Could 'hydricity' be the next big energy breakthrough?
With the legally-binding targets of the Paris climate deal reiterating the need for a seismic shift in the development of low-carbon infrastructure and technologies, US researchers are investigating one potential answer.
Floating solar array generates energy and protects California's water
A 1MW floating solar panel array consisting of more than 3000 panels is set to provide clean energy and water sanitation in California, after successful trials in the Australian Outback.
Paris climate change talks yield first draft amid air of optimism
Negotiators paving the way for a global climate change agreement in Paris have cleared a major hurdle, producing a draft accord in record time and raising hopes that a full week of minister-led talks can now clinch a deal despite many sticking points.
COP21 Day 3 review: Water commitments begin pouring in
The third day of the Paris climate summit saw attention turn to water, an area that is often overlooked in sustainability due to its low cost but is absolutely vital to the functioning of many businesses, not to mention countries.
Could cutting meat from our diets bridge a post-Paris 'emissions gap'?
A dietary change that relieves the demand for animal protein could play an instrumental role in plugging the post-Paris emissions gap, according to a new report from independent policy institute Chatham House.
Natural capital: the next generation of CSR?
With the World Forum on Natural Capital taking place this week, AECOM's Petrina Rowcroft explores how leading figures in the field are helping to shape the emerging dialogue around how we can better account for the value of natural capital.
Eden Project bids to power homes and 'biomes' with geothermal power
A tropical fish farm, medical facility and computer servers could be powered by "hot rocks" underneath the Eden project if plans to create one of the UK's only geothermal plants get underway.
DuPont to invest $10bn in sustainable food R&D
American chemical giant DuPont has unveiled a new set of sustainability targets for 2020 including a $10bn investment in international food security, commitments to sustainable innovation and a reduction of its own environmental footprint.
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...
World's largest solar-powered boat sets sail for Paris talks
The world's largest solar-powered boat is en route to Paris for the COP21 climate conference, where it will be moored up as an 'ambassador vessel' to draw attention to the key issues of ocean plastic waste and maritime emissions.
World Bank: Climate change could plunge 100 million people into poverty
Climate change risks could force more than 100 million people into poverty by 2030, a new study from the World Bank has found.
Earth's climate entering new 'permanent reality' as CO2 hits new high
The Earth's climate will enter a new "permanent reality" from next year when concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere are likely to pass a historic milestone, the head of the UN's weather agency has warned.
Whitbread continues slashing emissions and water use
The UK's largest hospitality company has released its 2015 corporate responsibility report, detailing continued progress in water, energy and waste.
Environment Agency urges businesses to prepare for future floods
The Environment Agency has launched its annual Flood Action campaign, calling on businesses to prepare themselves for potentially extreme weather over the coming months.
H&M joins Ellen MacArthur Foundation to 'revolutionise' clothing fibre recycling
International fashion brand H&M has pledged to take ideas from the paper industry to improve the circularity of its clothing fibres, after becoming the latest Global Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Fashion industry closing in on carbon and water reduction targets
Water impacts in the clothing supply chain have been reduced by 12.5% per tonne of clothing since 2013, while carbon impacts have also been cut by 3.5% per tonne, WRAP has announced.
The future is here: mass-market hydrogen cars take to Britain's roads
The first mass production hydrogen cars, billed for more than a decade as a clean alternative to petrol and diesel vehicles but only glimpsed as concepts at automotive trade shows, have arrived on British roads.
Kering: Urgent action needed to protect fashion supply chain
The fashion industry urgently needs to improve its supply chain resiliency as climate change inevitably starts to impact the production of vital raw materials like cotton, leather and silk.
Scotland set for world's largest floating offshore wind farm
The Scottish Government has granted consent for the world's largest floating offshore wind farm to be developed off the coast of Peterhead.
Akzonobel eyes global shift to water-based paints
EXCLUSIVE: Dutch paint manufacturer AkzoNobel is set to begin a global, industry-wide push to move away from solvent-based paints towards more environmentally-friendly water-based paints.
Green Halloween: 7 scary sustainability stats
It's the time of year for fancy dress, scary movies, vampires and werewolves. But there are real horrors in the world lurking in the shadows; creeping out of exhaust pipes and rising from the tombs of forgotten costumes and plastic broomsticks.
Collaboration and innovation vital to solve 'forgotten problems' of water scarcity
Both the public and private sectors need to realise there is no 'silver bullet' to deal with the rising yet largely ignored water scarcity crisis, a panel of industry experts has concluded.
Manchester set for Europe's largest floating solar project
Installation has started today (26 October) on Europe's largest floating solar power system which will generate 2.7GWh of renewable, zero carbon energy each year on a reservoir near Manchester.
University of Cambridge develops UK's largest water recycling system
The University of Cambridge has signed an agreement with Cambridge Water to support the UK's largest water recycling system at the University's North West Cambridge Development site.
New substance uses orange peel to absorb mercury from water
Australian researchers are seeking an international patent after discovering that harmful mercury can be removed from water using industrial waste and orange peels.
Ford factories save enough energy 'to power Oxford for a year'
US carmaker Ford has announced its European factories will have cut energy consumption by 25% in 2016 compared with 2011, saving around 800GWh a year.
Brighton 'Earthship' crowdsources for new energy systems
An entirely self-sufficient, off-the-grid building designed to educate students and the public about low-carbon issues has turned to crowdfunding to upgrade its own energy and water systems.
Food waste: Opportunity knocks for hospitality businesses
With sustainability becoming an increasingly important factor in dining decisions, ReFood's commercial director Philip Simpson explores how increasing food waste recycling in bars, restaurants and hotels could boost customer footfall, as well as reducing waste management costs.
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.
America's largest solar desalination project seeks $10m crowdfunding
A California company is trying to crowdfund $10m to part-fund the building of the US' largest solar desalination project.
Blue chips begin live testing natural capital processes
More than 40 of the world's biggest businesses have been given access to the new draft of a new Protocol which enables business to effectively gauge environmental impacts and develop natural capital business models.
Environmental pollution - is your business watertight?
Business owners and site managers need to ensure that their facilities are protected from water pollution and flooding. How will spill containment systems work in a real-life emergency? Would regulatory authorities be satisfied that containment systems are effective? David Cole from Hydro Consultancy finds out.
UK firms ignoring £7bn of natural capital benefits
Businesses and landowners could be missing out on a £7bn windfall by ignoring the natural capital potential of their land, according to new analysis by infrastructure services firm Aecom.
Lord Smith replaced by Tory MP as UK Water Partnership chairman
Lord Chris Smith is stepping down as chairman of the newfound UK Water Partnership (UKWP) less than six months after its launch.
Mars investigating internal carbon price
EXCLUSIVE: Global food giant Mars is considering adopting an internal price on carbon to help it prepare for future low-carbon policies.
Jaguar takes 'Environmental Innovation' to Kenya
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has embarked upon a new five-year CSR initiative in Africa which will see the carmaker provide 300,000 Kenyan schoolchildren with access to safe water.
PepsiCo's green plan saves $375m
PepsiCo's sustainability initiatives on energy, waste and water have saved the soft drinks giant more than $375m since 2010, according to its latest sustainability report.
'Matter of time' before floating wind is competitive power source
It is only 'a matter of time' before floating offshore wind farms become an important source of clean power in several countries around the world, including Scotland, the US and Japan, according to one industry expert.
Unilever unveils innovation competition winners
The development of modular water sanitation infrastructure; an iron-deficiency educational programme and a water-saving shower have been announced as the three winning ideas from Unilever's global innovation crowdsourcing campaign.
Heineken UK cuts emissions but water efficiency flatlines
Brewing giant Heineken UK has released its 2014 Sustainability Report, revealing small reductions in emissions from production and distribution, but no change in water efficiency.
Carney warns of risks from climate change 'tragedy of the horizon'
Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, has warned that climate change will lead to financial crises and falling living standards unless the world's leading countries do more to ensure that their companies come clean about their current and future carbon emissions.