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Ford earned an “A” grade for its water conservation commitments from global environmental disclosure agency CDP in 2015.

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.

Under Ambition 2025, FDF will develop a comprehensive online signposting tool to guide members in integrating sustainable sourcing into their supply chains

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.

President of Hungary Janos Ader called on businesses to prevent a looming water crisis Photo courtesy of Financial Times Live

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.

Dagevos called on companies to introduce innovative new design methods that stopped “plastic leakage” into oceans occurring in new closed-loop models

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".

The report claims that the schemes would enable companies to save money while improving produce and restoring the environment

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.

Ford found that a single vehicle can produce more than 64 ounces of water each hour, which is enough to produce around four bottles of water

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.

An effective response to the significant and growing risk of drought in England and Wales is possible if concerted action is taken now, Water UK says

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.

David Lloyd has become one of the first companies to switch supplier ahead of the water market opening up to competition next year

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.

The 55,000 tonne ship will have 10 retractable solar panelled sails and retractable wind generators to produce renewable energy, which is used to power a hybrid propulsion engine

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.

Planned for completion in 2019, the AD facility will be capable of processing 131 tonnes of dry sludge a day and will provide 55% of Knostrop’s energy needs

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.

edie has brought together the best water sustainability innovations into one neat and tidy blue bubble

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.

The campaign urges consumers to become more water-conscious and purchase foods with a lower water footprint

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.

This year alone, PepsiCo has reduced water usage by approximately 3.2bn litres whilst growing its beverage and snack manufacturing volume

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.

The certification was achieved as World Water Week commences and as a Fairtrade report revealed that climate change will lead to a decline in coffee production over the next 30 years

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 and its bottling partners improved water use efficiency by 2.5% between 2014 and 2015, adding to a cumulative 27% improvement since 2004

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.

The 2.0 litre Ford EcoBlue engine – which utilises a clean-burning combustion system - is expected to reduce water and energy consumption by 50%

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.

Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, struck in 2013 and was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded

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.

A bathroom in Malmaison Hotel in Aberdeen, Scotland, where businesses have been able to choose their water and waste water services provider since 2008

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.

Ki-moon called on Governments to intensify voluntary efforts and engage with the business sector to drive change

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 has established a 2020 goal to restore a volume of water equal to the volume of water consumed by breweries located in water-stressed areas

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.

Huge spectacles, such as Wimbledon, must showcase their sustainability credentials if they’re to coexist with the 21st Century’s global agenda

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.

The Prosper initiative covers “five shared imperatives” that tailor themselves to creating meaningful contributions to the SDGs

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).

(L-R): Thames Water's sales manager Alan Munro meets with Schuh's managing director Colin Temple

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.

With the majority of aquifers lying across national borders, companies have to deal with water scarcity issues without governance

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 has built on progress at its production sites to reduce landfill waste, with only 0.74% of total waste sent to landfills in the previous fiscal year

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 will officially take up his new role as chief executive of WRAP on 30 June

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).

Removing phosphates from Fairy dishwasher tablets is the latest action to further P&G’s environmental credentials

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.

The average standards were significantly higher across the rest of the continent, with more than 84% of countries meeting the ‘excellent’ level

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.

CCE, which made its first ever appearance on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index last September, also made in-roads in its renewable energy sourcing target

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.

Governments have grown increasingly concerned about the threat to water supply because of a combination of climate change and increasing demand

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 currently uses 6.4 million cubic meters of water each year – enough to fill Wembley stadium one and a half times over

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.

The new mapping system could provide researchers with an effective platform to differentiate between forest destruction caused by climate change and deforestation

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.

The new AD plant will supply up to 25% of the First Milk creamery’s energy requirements

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.

Hydrogen cars could share the future automotive market with electric vehicles (EV) by optimising a sharing economy policy

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 has remained dedicated in its commitment to developing innovative products and technologies that require less energy and produce fewer emissions

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.

As part of the project a team of drivers travelled to four of the London-based hydrogen refuelling stations in the FCEV

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.

There may not be a silver bullet to tackle water use, but that hasn’t stopped a collaborative push to tackle the issue

#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.

The boat will be used each day to fish more waste out of the water systems and put a spotlight on the effects of plastics in our waters

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 has pledged to ramp up its sustainability efforts in an attempt to improve its created value to environmental footprint correlation by 75%

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.

Companies should share newfound sustainability practices with their supply chains and encourage them to adopt water strategies

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).

More than 1.6 billion cups of coffee are drunk every day

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.

Hampden Park stadium has cut its water consumption by 35% and scored savings of £40,000 per year

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.

The World Green Building Trends study reveals that global green building continues to double every three years

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.

The floating solar pontoon will cover around a tenth of the reservoir – enough to fill eight Wembley football pitches

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.

High-voltage power lines. The UK has an enviable wind resource for the new demand response scheme, with Scotland the windiest country in Europe

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.

The move is expected to save almost 2,500 tonnes of carbon emissions in 2016 alone

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.

Cemfree contains up to 60% lower embedded carbon than concrete

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.

“The critical point is that change can happen,” said the report.

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.

The hydroponics system uses 70% less water than traditional open-field farming

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.

The Scottish Parliament will also be an official Resource Efficiency Pledge Ambassador

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.

A rendering of the upgraded Sun Life Stadium featuring LED lights. Photo: Miami Dolphins

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%.

BT has become a pioneer of the low-carbon transition, with a host of new initiatives launched as part of its 'Net Good Goal'

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.

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.

Energy storage, green buildings and water security all feature among the 2016 green business wishlist

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.

In the US, 41% of all freshwater withdrawals are for thermoelectric cooling

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.

Waterscan's system is the first of its kind to be approved by the Regulation and Supervision Bureau for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi

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.

Sagemcom will be trialling BT's new assessment tool from this month

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.

The system cut daily water consumption in the hotel kitchens from 6,177 litres to 513 litres

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 made a seperate pledge to support charities helping flood victims by matching every pound raised, up to £2m

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.

Hydricity production combines solar generation with hydrogen production and storage that the researchers claim could rival solar PV systems and energy storage technologies

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.

Infratech claims that the system can generate around 50% more energy than rooftop solar systems

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.

The draft document handed to the French on Saturday has refined 50 pages down to just over 20

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.

The Paris Pact on Water and Climate Change Adaptation has already secured $1bn funding

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.

There looks set to be a 76% increase in the global consumption of meat by 2050

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 refers to resources that provide goods and services essential to a functional society and economy

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.

Energy would be generated by pumping heated water up from granite hot rocks three miles underground through 25cm-wide bore holes

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.

One goal calls for a 7% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 2020

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.

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...

The catamaran will play host to six environmental conferences and events during COP21: Credit Vincent Brunet

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.

The report claimed that ending poverty and fighting climate change could be be more effectively achieved if addressed together

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.

Concentrations of CO2 stood at a global annual average of 397.7ppm in 2014

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.

The firm is targeting a 15% cut in carbon efficiency and a 20% cut in water consumption by 2020 compared to 2014

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.

There are around 260,000 business units employing 3.2 million people located in flood risk areas in the UK

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.

A statement from the Foundation said that H&M had the potential to “fundamentally shift” the extent to which the clothing sector restores and regenerates fabrics and fibres for productive use

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.

The sector has seen a growing trend in acquiring more sustainable fibre choices

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 Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle has arrived in the UK, with a price tag of just over £53,000

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.

A cotton harvest in action

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.

Floating offshore differs from conventional offshore wind farms by using turbines attached to the seabed by a three-point mooring spread

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.

Water is a forgotten factor of production...the primary challenge is therefore to make the forgotten unforgettable

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.

Once completed the Godley site will dwarf the only other solar site in the UK, an 800 panel pilot scheme in Berkshire

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.

The 150-hectare site will recycle rain and surface water to use for flushing toilets, washing clothes watering gardens

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.

Max Worthington and Dr Justin Chalker (L to R) from Flinders University uncovered the substance's mercury absorbing ability

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 expects to save 800GWh of energy a year from 2016

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.

The key feature of any Earthship is that they are self-sufficient not relying on mains water or energy from big companies

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.

Ignoring sustainability issues could prove costly to restaurants

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.

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.

The plant removes the salt from the water and turns it into usable products

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.

Natural capital refers to the elements of the natural environment that provide valuable goods and functions

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.

Unexpected pollution incidents an lead to significant fines and a substantial bill for environmental remediation

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.

Natural capital refers to the elements of the natural environment that provide valuable goods and functions such as clean air, clean water, food and recreation

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 Chris Smith (left) will be replaced by Richard Benyon (right) as chairman of the UKWP

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 global sustainability director Kevin Rabinovitch said the company was

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 Land Rover's Nigel Clarke talks to a young boy from Visionary Academy School in Kenya while he fills a cup with water from a LifeStraw purifier

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.

In 2014, PepsiCo reduced its water intensity by 23% compared to 2006, delivering a cost saving of $17m

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.

Maurice Jenkens estimates we will see the first industrial-scale floating wind park of around 200MW within the next 10 years

'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's innovation platform aims to encourage peer-to-peer collaboration

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.

Writing in the report introduction, managing director David Forde said:

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.

Image: Screenshot of Bank of England video

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.

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