Environmental News on this day... for December 2015, 2014, 2011, 2006

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December 2015

Solar companies have gone bust, community projects have closed and some energy experts are now predicting the end of the UK solar industry

Updated Feed-in Tariff timeline: The rise and fall of solar subsidies

With the Government's decision on major cuts to solar subsidies finally revealed, edie charts the rise and fall of the successful feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme which have been slashed by 64%.

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

After months of anticipation all eyes turned to Paris as COP21 finally kick-started. While still in its infancy the climate talks have already birthed some innovative announcement and pledges as countries from around the globe commit to tackling climate change.

COP21 negotiators worked through Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights to draw upand agree the final climate deal

COP21: World leaders agree legally-binding climate deal in Paris

History has been made at the COP21 climate change conference in Paris as world leaders agreed to adopt an "ambitious and balanced" final deal, including a "legally-binding" agreement to keep global warming "well below 2C".

NASA's design concept for supersonic flight is one step closer through new commercial green tech innovations

NASA cleantech offers emissions windfall for aviation industry

NASA has claimed that America's aviation industry could reduce pollutant emissions by 75% - saving $250bn in the process - by incorporating refined green technologies that the Agency has developed over the past six years.

George Osborne announced during the Autumn Statement that DECC's budget will be reduced by 22% over the next four years

DECC axes £1bn carbon capture fund

The Department of Energy & Climate Change has axed a £1bn fund to commercialise carbon capture & storage (CCS) in the UK.

The survey found that just over half of the companies stated carbon reduction targets in reports

KPMG: Lack of consistency clouds carbon reporting

Carbon reporting from the world's largest 250 companies lacks consistency and makes it practically impossible for stakeholders to compare performances, according to the 2015 edition of the KPMG Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting.

Credits will be generated from sustainable projects in developing countries which companies can then purchase to reduce carbon footprints

Companies pledge support to vulnerable supply chains through Fairtrade Carbon Credits scheme

Logistics company DHL and retailer Marks & Spencer are among a host of businesses backing a new Fairtrade initiative which offsets 'unavoidable' emissions by supporting rural supply chains.

Solheim said that 40% of the Ben and Jerry's entire carbon footprint comes from the production of dairy ice cream

Ben & Jerry's makes non-dairy ice cream to slash emissions

Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's is introducing a non-dairy alternative that will result in 40% lower emissions during the production process compared with it's traditional ice cream equivalents.

The GSC said solar could provide 10% of global power by 2030

Global Solar Council launched at COP21

A new international trade body has been launched for the solar industry today (7 December) at COP21 in Paris.

The planet loses an average of 3.3 million hectares of forests each year

Unilever and M&S offer 'preferential sourcing' to countries with sustainable forestry policies

Unilever and Marks and Spencer's have announced they will try and source commodities like palm oil, beef, soy and paper from countries and regions with ambitious climate and forestry initiatives, in a joint effort to end global deforestation.

December 2014

The Standard uses detailed criteria to address 11 key sustainability issues

Aluminium sector unveils new global sustainability standard

BMW Group and Nestlé Nespresso are among 28 organisations to have collaborated on a new standard to improve the environmental, social and governance performance of the aluminium industry.

Reducing GHG emissions and adaptation to unavoidable impacts are complementary actions both needed to cope with climate change

EEA: Transport sector must reduce emissions and adapt to climate change impacts

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transport sector must continue to fall considerably to meet targets over coming decades.

Sustainability stats: The week in numbers (28/11/2014)

What great data did we see in the past seven days? In the latest edition of our popular series, edie takes a look-back at some of the fascinating figures from the worlds of energy, waste and water.

Finance, Insurers and SMEs are most vulnerable to climate risks

London businesses ill-prepared for climate change, report finds

London businesses are are not equipped to deal with the risks of climate change, a new report from the London Assembly has found.

More than 120 towns across the state of New York have outlawed fracking

New York state to ban fracking over 'red flags' to public health

The state of New York said it would ban the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing on Wednesday because of "red flags" about its risks to public health.

Former energy secretary Chris Huhne says that AD is a dispatchable source of renewable energy

AD will help keep the UK's lights on, says Huhne

Anaerobic digestion (AD) will help the UK to keep its lights on and provide energy security because it has the ability to supply power that can be easily switched on and off, according to former energy secretary Chris Huhne.

12 Days of a sustainable Christmas...

Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it is also the most wasteful. Edie brings you 12 sustainability facts to inspire a greener Christmas this year.

Around 556,000 tonnes of flexible packaging ends up in landfill every year

Nestle and Unilever look to create food packaging circular economy

Unilever and Nestle are part of a collaborative project that aims to improve the recyclability of 'flexible packaging' such as sweet and crisp wrappers.

The general consensus among environmental leaders is that the talks are an 'important step' towards an agreement in Paris

Lima climate talks: What was (and wasn't) agreed...

The recent UN climate talks concluded with international representatives drawing up a draft proposal which will commit all countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions. But is that enough to limit global warming?

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture is focused on defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production

Corporate giants set sustainable agriculture goals

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture has announced that its member companies - including Unilever, General Mills, Kellogg's, Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble - have committed to drive sustainable agriculture in the US with six new environmental pledges.

December 2011

EA sets up crime team to crack down on illegal waste sites

The Environment Agency (EA) plans to crack down on illegal waste sites with a new environmental crime taskforce that it has set up today (December 8).

Window of opportunity: Merritt Plastics' Simon Readman, Cllrs Kevin Miller and George Wharmby,  Tessenderlo Group's Albert Vasseur and Eurocell's Patrick Bateman

UK's largest PVC-U window frame recycling plant opens

A new PVC-U recycling plant for end-of-life window frames officially opened in Derbyshire yesterday (December 9).

NIW chief executive Trevor Haslett and regional development minister Danny Kennedy

Northern Ireland Water unveils £7m wastewater upgrade plans

Northern Ireland Water (NIW) has unveiled plans for a £7m upgrade to Newcastle wastewater treatment works.

FITs campaigners call on Cameron to secure future of UK solar

Solar industry campaigners are set to deliver a letter to Downing Street later today (December 13) calling on David Cameron and Nick Clegg to secure the future of the UK solar industry and save thousands of jobs.

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

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

Jacqui MacCaig speaking at the ADBA conference

Catering and hospitality sector potentially lucrative markets for AD

Food waste from hotels, pubs, clubs, restaurants and schools is an untapped market for the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry, according to a key industry figure.

Artist's impression of the EnergyPark site

EfW biomass plant gains double ROCs approval

An energy-from-waste facility in Peterborough has received renewable obligation certificate (ROCs) pre-accreditation approval from Ofgem.

Video: African nations pushing for 'ambitious' commitments at COP17

Ministers from more than 50 African nations spoke out today (December 5) to demand an 'ambitious' second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol after holding crunch weekend talks.

Supply chain water saving campaign launches

A new campaign which aims to raise awareness among food and drink companies of the impact water stress could have on long-term sustainability has been launched by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Energy industry mitigation for climate change plans published

Security measures aimed at protecting the UK's energy infrastructure from the effects of climate changes were published over the weekend.

December 2006

Geo-pressure power could help cut the UK's carbon emissions

New renewable source 'to generate 1GW by 2015'

A green energy source that could provide 1GW of power by harnessing the pressure of the earth's interior has officially been added to the UK's renewables mix after receiving renewable accreditation from Ofgem.

Climate change threatens staple food crops

News in Brief

RDA vows to watch its waste

New in Brief

The EU can afford to be tough on ETS terms for airlines, the ippr says

Airlines could cash in on emissions trading

Airlines could make billions of pounds following the inclusion of aviation in European emissions trading despite small reductions in air traffic that higher ticket prices would bring, two separate reports warn this week.

Water meters, quotas and fines to solve 'water crisis'

Water meters for all homes and a "huge increase" in fines for polluting are needed to save Britain's rivers and wetlands, an alliance of conservation and angling groups has said.

Businesses call on EU to get tough on climate change

A coterie of leading UK businesses is calling on the EU to do more to combat climate change by clarifying its targets on reducing emissions, outline what the corporate world can do to help meet them and provide more support for innovative low-carbon technologies.

Chemical safety talks collapse

Hopes that those on either side of the great REACH debate to reach an accord before the European Parliament's second vote on the chemical safety regulations have been dashed, making it more likely that the legislation will have to go through the conciliation process - the results of which are hard to predict.

'Massive' investment needed to climate-proof South East

Billions of pounds-worth of infrastructure is needed to protect the South East of England from the impacts of climate change, countryside campaigners have said.

Starbucks is one of the leading purchasers of renewable enery in the USA

Top US corporations told to buy more clean energy

America's biggest companies are being asked to dig into their corporate wallets and use their massive purchasing power to boost the demand for renewable energy in the States.

Pure will take

Charity to 'purify' carbon market

Britain's first climate change charity committed to reducing carbon emissions by buying up the right to pollute hit the carbon market this week.