PepsiCo lifts lid on fresh green business goals
Global food and beverage company PepsiCo has unveiled a revamped list of climate commitments, incorporating plans to decouple emissions from business growth, have a positive water impact, and achieve zero waste to landfill.
Scotch whisky makers set 'challenging' green goals
The Scottish whisky industry has this week unveiled four new "challenging" sustainability targets in an effort to reduce carbon, drive water efficiency and embrace circular economy models in the supply chain.
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.
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.
Diageo reports 'good progress' towards environmental goals
Multinational alcoholic beverage company Diageo has reported "notable improvements" in the management of water efficiency and reduction of carbon emissions and waste materials, as well as taking new steps to promote responsible drinking, in the group's latest CSR report.
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.
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.
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).
edie Environment & Energy Awards 2016: The finalists
The judging is complete and the shortlist of finalists has been drawn up for edie's 2016 Environment & Energy Awards, which recognise excellence in on-site energy, water and resource management.
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.
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.
Molson Coors brews up big efficiency savings with new energy centre
A new UK energy centre installed at Molson Coors' Burton Brewery has reduced the firm's operational carbon emissions by 6.5% - amounting to cost savings of more than £750,000 - in its first year of operation.
Golden State: How California is surviving its worst drought in history
California remains in the claws of the longest drought in the state's history, placing unprecedented strain on the its water supplies. But could the scramble to save water actually help the state in the long run?
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
This week edie reported plenty of tech news from Silicon Valley, UK food waste figures and developments from our very own foreign correspondent in Indonesia.
Diageo saves almost 3 billion litres of water
Diageo has improved its water efficiency by more than 10% in the past year, according to the drinks giant's latest sustainability report.
Coca-Cola ups water efficiency 10%, lags behind emissions targets
The world's largest beverage company has released its 2014/15 sustainability report, revealing a 10% improvement in water efficiency, but a slowdown in emissions reductions.
Food and dairy industries report water intensity improvements
The UK dairy industry and food and drink manufacturers have made significant steps towards improving water efficiency, according to a new report published today (6 July).
New water benchmarking scheme targets 'forgotten utility'
Britain's first national water benchmarking scheme has been launched, allowing businesses to reduce water usage by an average of 30% and regain up to £500m in lost annual revenue.
Costa served with 'excellent' sustainable café rating
Coffee shop chain Costa has become the first café business in the UK to join the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), after being named a 'Two Star Sustainability Champion' by the organisation.
£100,000 loans on offer to boost Scottish firms' efficiency
Zero Waste Scotland is offering interest-free loans up to £100,000 to help Scottish businesses improve their resource efficiency.
Q&A: The importance of water efficiency for businesses
Resource Efficient Scotland recently held a Q&A session with Dr Stuart Ballinger, project director for the Water Technology List, to discuss why and how businesses should reduce their water use.
Diageo to slash water use in half
Drinks giant Diageo has vowed to improve its water efficiency by 50%, replenish water in water-stressed areas and return all waste water back to the environment as part of an ambitious new water stewardship strategy.
Lloyds Bank bets big on renewables
Britain's fourth-largest bank, Lloyds, has released its 2014 Responsible Business Review, revealing a revamped commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency but increases in water consumption.
Coca-Cola bottler slashes 1.1m cubic metres from water usage
The second largest Coca-Cola bottler in the world has released its sustainability report revealing notable gains in water-efficiency, energy use and recycling.
Nestle achieves key sustainability targets ahead of time
Nestlé has today released its Creating Shared Value Report 2014, revealing it to have hit several key sustainability targets two years early.
Electrolux makes progress against target to be 'sustainability leader' in home appliances
Home-appliance manufacturer Electrolux has released its sustainability report for 2014, outlining good progress against its objective "to be the sustainability leader in our industry".
10-step water efficiency guide launched for Scotland's public sector
A new 10-step guide advising how public bodies can save water and help to save £2bn for the Scottish economy has been released by the Government-funded Resource Efficient Scotland programme.
White House puts $674.7bn price tag on improving US water infrastructure
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched the Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Centre to enable communities and businesses across the country to finance the $674.7bn of improvements needed to improve water infrastructure.
Diageo raises a glass to water efficiency with revamped CSR targets
International alcohol firm Diageo has committed to dramatically reduce its water use through a 50% improvement in water use efficiency by 2020.
Coca-Cola on track to be water neutral, but carbon emissions climb
Coca-Cola is on track to balance 100% of its water use across global operations by 2020, as the company's 2013/14 Sustainability Report revealed that Coca-Cola replenished 108.5 billion litres of water last year - about 68% of its total usage.
World Water Week: Top 10 tips to reduce your consumption
With World Water Week taking place this week, there has never been a better time for businesses to help raise the profile of today's most pressing water challenges and take extra steps to tackle the issues of water security and quality.
Cotton supply chain urged to help reduce water footprint
More support is needed for smallholder cotton farmers in the developing world as they grapple with the effects of water scarcity which could put the global cotton industry at serious risk.
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.
Diageo highlights water achievements as it moves towards integrated reporting
Premium drinks firm Diageo has made its first step towards integrated reporting by disclosing sustainability and responsibility performance alongside financial reporting.
Bacardi commits to sustainable sugarcane
Spirits giant Bacardi has pledged that all of its sugarcane products will come from sustainable sources by 2022.
ISO publishes standard for measuring water footprint
Businesses across the globe will now be able to measure the environmental impact of water use and pollution with a new ISO standard, published today (31 July).
Food and drink manufacturers reap rewards of water reduction
Members of the food and drink manufacturing industry have saved more than £2m in the purchase of water alone between 2012 and 2013, with collective water reductions of 1.35 million m3.
VIDEO: SABMiller sets ambitious new sustainability targets
The world's second-largest brewer SABMiller, which owns more than 150 brands including Peroni, Miller Lite and Grolsh, has announced today (9 July) a set of new sustainability targets to cut water consumption and CO2 emissions by 2020.
Scottish Businesses save £100m on water bills
The benefits of a competitive water market have been made clear in Scotland, with more than £100m cut from the water bills of businesses and public sector organisations since competition was introduced in 2008.
AT&T sets formal water goal and launches free toolkit on back of pilot work
Telecommunications firm AT&T is seeking to scale up the impact of its water efficiency work within the built environment following a series of successful pilots.
Coca-Cola takes water replenishment to new heights
Coca-Cola remains on track to become 'water neutral' by 2020, having last year returned 68% of the water used in its finished beverages to the communities it was taken from.
Monsanto targets smarter irrigation to drive 25% water use reduction by 2020
Agricultural giant Monsanto has pledged to increase irrigation water efficiency across its global seed production operations by 25% by 2020 and will report on its progress in meeting this goal.
Water & Business: How to avoid the looming 'crisis'
In less than 16 years, the UN says that the demand for fresh water will outstrip supply by 40%. Businesses are acutely aware of the impending risks of managing with less water, but many are confused about exactly what to do, and where it should start. Peter Knight provides some clarity.
United Utilities cuts carbon emissions by 11%
United Utilities has reduced its carbon footprint by 11% over the past year, with a recently opened anaerobic digestion (AD) plant taking the water giant's renewable energy production to new heights.
Scottish distilleries in good spirits with new energy efficiency fund
A Bacardi distillery in Scotland is set to reduce its carbon footprint by up to 90% with an energy efficiency project it is able to bring to life with new funding from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB).
Water Bill passing set to bring competition to England's £2bn water market
Businesses across the country will be able to choose their supplier of water and waste water services for the first time, with the long-awaited Water Bill granted Royal Assent last night (14 May).
Rising water threats likely to hit business profits by 2020
Water risks are set to intensify as new research reveals that 60% of major US corporations believe this issue will affect business growth and profitability within the next five years.
Energy sector's use of water 'being ignored', says study
The vital issue of the energy sector's use of water is being overlooked by the current Government, putting energy security at risk.
Water risk factor now 'closing in' on global coal industry
Businesses need to urgently address unmanaged water risks as new research highlights that more than half of the world's largest coal-producing and consuming countries are now facing high levels of water stress.
Big changes ahead: how the Water Bill can make businesses more sustainable
Water forms an important part of business sustainability. Or at least it should, says Ian Hewson. But the reality is that most businesses in England are used to being presented with a bill at the end of every month or quarter for the amount of water they have consumed, with little visibility of how they can reduce consumption and cut costs.
Why water issues are now commercially important
Water is essential for life, but many businesses still fail to recognise the commercial importance of this vital resource. Darran Messem explains why businesses must take note.
Henkel cuts energy consumption despite 2% increase in production
Persil and Locktite manufacturer Henkel reduced its energy consumption and carbon emissions in 2013 despite production volumes rising.
IHG reduces water and carbon 'per occupied hotel room'
Global hotel franchise InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) reduced its carbon footprint and water consumption per occupied room in 2013, largely due to more hotels signing up to the company's online 'green' engagement system.
UK food security faces 'real threat' from international water shortages
Despite the UK experiencing the wettest winter in 250 years, researchers are warning that Britain's food supply is likely to become increasingly susceptible to global water shortages.
Water shortages now hindering energy production
The World Bank has launched an initiative to help countries mitigate the impact of water scarcity on energy security, arguing that water shortages are now slowing down global energy production.
Novo Nordisk reports 2013 increases in water, energy and CO2 emissions
Major pharmaceuticals company Novo Nordisk has reported increases in water use, energy consumption, CO2 emissions and total waste produced, for the second consecutive year.
United Utilities targets material reuse under waste prevention drive
United Utilities is looking at innovative ways to recycle hard-to-handle waste materials, such as grit, as part of its materials reuse drive.
Colgate squeezes out water use during manufacture
Colgate-Palmolive has developed a system to help identify and share best practice on water reduction throughout all of its global manufacturing sites.
Brewing industry hits 2020 carbon target eight years early
The UK brewing sector has achieved its 2020 carbon emissions target eight years early and is on track to meet its 2020 target for improved water efficiency.
Government launches consultation on water abstraction reform
The Government is aiming to "modernise" the way water is abstracted from rivers and groundwater following the launch of a new consultation on license reforms.
Cemex's new policy puts water scarcity higher up the agenda
Global building materials firm Cemex has implemented a corporate water policy to increase water efficiency by managing consumption and utilising sustainable water sources such as rainwater.
Novelis on track to meet 2020 water reduction target
Global aluminium company Novelis has reduced its water-use intensity by 16% from 2007-2009 average levels, putting it on track to achieve its 25% reduction target by 2020.
Nike helps reshape dyeing industry with new waterfree facility
Nike has today opened a waterfree dyeing facility in Taiwan that eliminates the use of water and process chemicals from fabric dyeing.
CDP report: Global companies taking 'outdated approach' to water issues
A misguided approach to water-related risk management has become "business as usual" at the world's largest global companies, according to the latest CDP Global Water Report.
Sainsbury's stores go 'water neutral'
Sainsbury's has moved to reset the bar in terms of water efficiency with its first 'water neutral' store in Weymouth Gateway. Next month, a new site opening in Leicester will also achieve the same status.
Greywater recycling benefits must be better communicated
Greywater recycling systems could make a significant contribution towards cutting water consumption, but are unlikely to catch on in the UK without financial incentives according to new research.
Water efficiency drive wins recognition for Bentley
Bentley is the first car manufacturer, and one of the first 10 companies full stop, to achieve the Carbon Trust Water Standard after reducing water consumption at head office by more than 35% in one year.
London Environment Committee to question Thames Water on management plans
The London Assembly's Environment Committee is to discuss longer-term water management plans with Thames Water, including action being taken to improve water efficiency in London's homes and businesses.
UK paper industry calls for policy review on raw materials
MPs must evaluate their policies on raw materials, energy and water, to ensure that the UK Paper Industry remains competitive in the global arena, says the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI).
EU must 'redouble efforts' on water efficiency or risk undermining economy
Europe needs to redouble its efforts on water efficiency and price water to reflect purifying and transportation costs, according to a new report by the EEA.
Nestlé yields 60% factory water savings by tweaking production process
Nestle has reduced water use in one of its factories by almost two thirds in less than 12 months due to a combination of new technology and employee awareness training.
Whitbread's 'robust approach' to water efficiency recognised by Carbon Trust
Premier Inn and Costa parent company, Whitbread, has achieved the Carbon Trust Water Standard for demonstrating a "robust approach" to water measurement and management, and achieving year-on-year reductions in use.
O2 on target to cut water consumption by 25% by 2015
O2 is on target to cut water consumption by 25% from its offices and switch sites by 2015, despite usage increasing by almost 17m litres in 2012, according to the company's latest sustainability report.
New guidance published to help businesses better understand value of water
New guidance to help businesses assess the value of water to their operations, as well as to society as a whole, has been published by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
Global leaders call for 'cooperation and solid partnerships' to tackle water issues
Global leaders have called for strengthened cooperation over water issues at the opening of the 23rd World Water Week in Stockholm.
Business must drive collective action and face up to 'underlying water risks'
Companies only undertaking water-related activities from a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) perspective, are unlikely to address the underlying water risks they face, nor harness the potential opportunities, a new report claims.
Irish goat farm achieves 'water champion' status
Family-run Broughgammon Farm in Ballycastle has become the second farm to receive the Consumer Council's 'Water Champion's' Award for reducing usage and saving money through the implementation of efficiency measures.
Diageo improves water efficiency despite production increase
Beverage company Diageo has improved water efficiency throughout its operations by 1.5% and reduced the volume of water wasted in water-stressed locations by 7%, according to the company's 2013 sustainability report.
Australia's above average temperatures force increase in Telstra's water use
Australian telecommunications company Telstra's water consumption increased by 7.5% year-on-year in 2012, mainly due to increases in data load in the network and associated use of air-conditioning.
Those wasting water should pay for environmental costs says CIWEM
Basic water usage should be charged to combat wastefulness and increase efficiency, says the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).
EXCLUSIVE: Governments must 'localise water systems' to secure supply
Local governments and water utilities should reuse and recycle water to the greatest extent possible before transporting it from one area to another, says Autodesk.
In Deep Water: How technology can localise and restore urban water infrastructure
Many of us have experienced the growth of the "buy local food" movement in recent years. Brian Young and Emma Stewart, Sustainability Solutions at Autodesk, would like to propose an even more effective movement: "drink local".
Calls mount to design water sensitivity into urban landscapes
More must be done to drive water sensitive urban design where water cycle management is integrated with the built environment, according to a construction think tank.
Global beer production cuts down on water and energy use
Breweries have reduced their energy usage by over 9% and water usage by over 17% over the past four years, according to a global survey.
The rising water risk behind mining for metals
Water management is fast emerging as a critical issue within the metals and mining sector, whose high dependence on it is now throwing up a number of operational, financial and reputational challenges. Maxine Perella investigates
In conversation with Diageo's Michael Alexander
Diageo's head of environment, Michael Alexander, talks to edie about how the major beverage company is focusing on water efficiency and how collaborating is a growing trend within sectors when tackling resource scarcity.
EXCLUSIVE: Saracens' new waterless pitch provides environmental and commercial advantages
Saracens' new artificial waterless pitch has brought interest from sports clubs across the country as well as the green community, says club community director Gordon Banks.
EXCLUSIVE: Center Parcs drives water efficiency as consumption continues to rise
Center Parcs is focusing on reducing its water impact after the company announced an increase in consumption in 2012 despite implementing measures to cut use.
AkzoNobel achieves water standard for cutting consumption
AkzoNobel's UK Decorative Paints business has become the first company in the DIY and construction industry to achieve the Carbon Trust's Water Standard award for cutting water use.
Coca-Cola sets 25% water efficiency target
Coca-Cola has set a target of improving water efficiency by 25% by 2020 throughout its own operations as well as those of nearly 300 bottling partners in more than 200 countries.
EXCLUSIVE: Resource efficiency essential as consumption costs set to rocket says Accor
Ensuring resources are used efficiently has become a necessity for businesses as global energy costs continue to rise and water scarcity increases, says Accor's executive vice president of sustainable development Sophie Flak.
Major retailers agree on new water efficiency labelling
A group of DIY retailers, builders' merchants and manufacturers have agreed to introduce a voluntary labelling scheme to help consumers identify the water efficiency of bathroom fittings.
Brits wasting 2 billion litres of water per day in the shower
British homes are using nine billion litres of water every day, with showers being the biggest consumers of water in the home, according to the largest study ever conducted on household water use.
Don't treat water risk in isolation, warns SABMiller chief
A joined up approach to water, food and energy is critical if big business is to safeguard against future risks in water security, according to SABMiller chief executive Alan Clark.
Nissan carbon emissions up by 5.5%
Nissan's CO2 emissions increased by 5.5% in the fiscal year 2012, compared with the previous year, according to its sustainability report released today.
Water firms must 'share' supplies to improve resilience says EA chief
Water companies must secure water supplies against a changing climate and a growing population, says chairman of the Environment Agency (EA) Lord Chris Smith.
Bayer cuts water use by 7% but progress on waste and CO2 stalls
German healthcare firm Bayer reduced its water consumption by 6.6% in 2012 compared to the previous year, partly due to the closure of one of its production sites in the US.
EXCLUSIVE: Tackling water scarcity 'critical' to success of the beverage industry
Businesses in the beverage industry have effectively recognised the need to improve water efficiency within their operations but progress must continue to secure the sectors future, says Coca Cola Enterprises' (CCE) Joe Franses.
Bacardi reduces water use but energy consumption up 7%
Bacardi improved its water efficiency per unit of product by 11% in 2012 compared to 2011, due to increased production volumes and water efficiency measures.