Environmental News on this day... for February 2016, 2015, 2012, 2007

Take a trip into the past and see what stories were in the news in February 2016, 2015, 2012, 2007

February 2016

TfL has announced numerous initiatives over the last few years aimed at streamlining London’s traffic issues while simultaneously lowering emissions and pollution

London streets set for green transformation with TfL trials

An intelligent solar-powered street,a noise-absorbing green wall and an electric vehicle delivery service are among the innovative sustainability schemes that have been awarded Future Streets Incubator funding by Transport for London (TfL).

The UKERC report has warned that investors would be unwilling to invest into gas projects unless enhanced policy incentives and infrastructure are in place

Natural gas capabilities in the UK 'very limited' without carbon capture, report warns

Using natural gas as a bridging fuel to a cleaner energy mix in the UK will only act as a "stop-gap", with its viability as an energy source severely limited beyond 2020 unless carbon capture and storage (CSS) technology is rolled out, the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) has warned.

(L-R): The London Mayoral candidates Zac Goldsmith (Conservative); Sadiq Khan (Labour); Sian Berry (Green Party); Peter Whittle (UKIP); and Caroline Pidgeon (Liberal Democrat)

#GreenerLondon: 7 ways the next Mayor can deliver a sustainable capital

The National Trust, WWF, RSPB and Greenpeace are among a coalition of the UK's most prominent environmental organisations challenging the next London Mayor to transform the capital into a world-leading sustainable city.

#EndFossilFuelSubsidies London petition delivery. Photo: Stephen Brown/350.org

UK councils warned of 'severe penalties' of fossil fuel divestment

Local authorities have been warned that they will face "severe penalties" if they divest from fossil fuel holdings or boycott oil, coal or gas firms in procurement tenders, the UK government has said.

Blackrock controls assets worth around $4.6trn

World's largest investor: We want companies with long-term sustainability plan

The chief executive of the world's largest investment firm, Blackrock, has called for companies to build environmental, social and governance (ESG) management into their business models, calling it a sign of 'operational excellence'.

Tesla’s rise to the top could be set to accelerate further, with the company's ethos seemingly beginning to shift from performance and range to price

Tesla's Model S leapfrogs Nissan's Leaf as top choice for new EVs

Electric vehicle (EV) pioneer Tesla has become the most popular brand for new EV buyers as new figures reveal that annual sales of its Model S rose by more than 50% in 2015, while sales of the Nissan Leaf dropped by 30%.

Mark Ruffalo took time out of his hectic film promotion schedule to urge the UK Government to rethink its energy strategy

VIDEO: "Mr Cameron, you're making an enormous mistake" - Mark Ruffalo slams PM over UK fracking plans

Hollywood star Mark Ruffalo has sent a passionate plea to UK Prime Minister David Cameron to stop fracking in the UK and instead embrace the global renewable energy revolution.

Ecosurety lists lower emissions, reduced congestion, travelling costs and improved punctuality as benefits in using a sharing economy scheme

New sharing economy platform launched to depollute morning commute

A new online sharing economy platform offers employees from different organisations in the UK the opportunity to 'buddy up' and share their commute to work, reducing transport costs and emissions.

Outdated devices and appliances are regularly thrown away, even though they still work

Shorter and shorter electronics product-life is 'unacceptable'

Broken, out of fashion, replaced by a shinier version - electronic devices are being used for a decreasing amount of time before being disposed of, according to a new study.

Cancelations to the White Rose and Peterhead projects have left investor confidence at an all-time low

DECC urged to make U-turn on 'disappointing and damaging' CCS cancellation

The Department of Energy & Climate Change's (DECC) decision to cancel the £1bn funding competition for carbon capture and storage (CCS) initiatives could make it 'challenging' for the UK to meet climate change commitments, the Energy and Climate Change Committee has warned.

February 2015

M&S has been working for the past 18 months on the footwear as part of its efforts to address social and environmental issues through its 'Plan A' programme

These are not just shoes...These are M&S's new sustainable shoes

Rice husks, plastic bottles and coffee grounds are all being used in the manufacture of Marks and Spencer's first range of sustainable footwear - 'Footglove Earth'.

Ephesus installed 312 new LED fixtures at the 72,000 seat University of Phoenix stadium to replace 780 metal halide bulbs

VIDEO: Super Bowl 2015 lit entirely by LEDs

Sunday's Super Bowl match, which was watched by more than 100 million people worldwide, was the first to be lit entirely by energy-efficient LED lights.

Green infrastructure can reduce maintenance and energy costs as well mitigating health risks

Green spaces add value to building projects, says UKGBC

Property developers can increase the value of their land by incorporating more parks, trees and green spaces into their projects, finds a new report from the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC).

Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) has been awarded ISO 20121 certification for sustainability across all its operations this week

Ben Ainslie Racing puts sailing in sustainability spotlight

Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) has been awarded ISO 20121 certification for sustainability across all its operations this week, the first such certification for a sports team in the UK.

Solar voltaics is set to become the cheapest form of electricity production in many regions of the world following massive cost reductions

Solar energy emerging as cheapest power source, report finds

Solar is set to become the cheapest form of electricity production in many regions of the world following massive cost reductions.

Landlords in England and Wales will be legally required to upgrade their leakiest properties to an energy efficiency rating of at least Band E by April 2018

Next government 'must address loophole in new energy efficiency regulations'

The new laws which will effectively ban landlords from letting energy-inefficient homes contain a 'loophole' that means tens of thousands of people living in poorly-insulated homes will be left in the cold.

Customer demand for sustainable fish has soared, but supermarkets are falling behind on the amount of sustainable products they stock

Growing demand for sustainable seafood not being met by retailers

Supermarkets may well have upped their efforts when it comes to food waste and emissions reductions, but many are still not doing enough when it comes to sustainably caught fish, according to new research from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

The ETI says that the value of CCS and bioenergy to the energy system is £200bn each

Bioenergy and CCS crucial for UK's low-carbon transition, says ETI

The UK must include bioenergy and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technologies in its low-carbon plans to avoid wasting investment and ensure 2050 targets remain achievable, according to a new report from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

UK company's efficiency gains have

Failing energy policy costing UK firms millions, says TUC

The government has not done enough to help UK businesses improve their energy efficiency, claims a new report released Friday by the Trade Unions Congress (TUC).

Carlsberg has initiated a three-year project to develop a biodegradable and biobased bottle made from sustainably sourced wood-fibre

Carlsberg toasts circular economy with biodegradable beer bottles

Carlsberg has launched a new cross-sector collaborative project to develop the world's first fully biodegradable wood-fibre beer bottle as part of its Carlsberg Circular Community (CCC) initiative.

February 2012

Finding a use for bottom ash will help divert this by-product from landfill

Incinerator bottom ash recovery plant gets green light

A facility to recover bottom ash from a planned incineration plant has won planning permission from Cheshire West & Chester Council.

Flooding and water scarcity ranked as top threat for UK

Water scarcity and flooding is likely to become the main problem for the UK in the future, which will need to adapt to increase its reliance, was the stark warning from the first comprehensive climate change risk study.

Samsung to invest £100m and create 500 Scottish green jobs

Korean electronics giant Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has committed to create 500 renewable energy jobs and invest £100m in Scotland.

National Trust Solar PV Scheme

National Trust commits to solar power

The National Trust has demonstrated its support for the UK solar power industry by commissioning renewable energy consultants Dulas to deliver its biggest solar panel installation yet.

Sainsbury's is increasingly looking to engage the consumer in its sustainability decision-making

Sainsbury's seeks customer views on future water scarcity

Sainsbury's is canvassing opinion among its customers on how to tackle the growing issue of water scarcity as it prepares to debate the problem with key stakeholders in a closed meeting next week.

CBI calls for green tax reform and CRC to be scrapped

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is calling on the chancellor George Osborne to reduce the burden on businesses by reforming the UK's environmental taxes and ditching the carbon reduction commitment (CRC).

Government says renewables and efficiency 'vital' to energy security

The Government seeks to improve the UK's energy security by making it more resilient, diverse and energy efficient, it announced today (February 22).

Ofwat appoints new board members

Water regulator Ofwat has appointed two new members to its board and a new senior director of markets.

Harvesting algae for biofuels could soon become cheaper and easier

Scientists claim breakthrough for algae-powered biofuels

Pioneering technology using microbubbles could solve the difficulties of harvesting algae for use as a biofuel, according to scientists.

Water scarcity short film competition launches

An international short film competition which aims to generate debate around water scarcity and mark World Water Day 2012 has launched.

February 2007

Melting ice is unlikely to switch off the Gulf Stream, say scientists

IPCC warns against climate panic

The threat of climate change is serious and must be addressed but we should avoid exaggerating the problem, according to a non-partisan gathering of international scientists.

Businesses to clean up after customers and employees

Fast food joints and office blocks where workers huddle around smoking on the doorstep could find themselves subject to new litter laws if Government proposals are adopted.

US sets new standards for vehicle emissions

The permitted levels of several pollutants which impact on air quality are to be cut in the USA.

America's 'top 100' corporate citizens praised

A members' organisation for corporate responsibility officers in the USA has named the leading one hundred companies in the field.

Pesticides campaigner takes Defra to the High Court

A woman who has been fighting for stricter laws controlling the spraying of agricultural chemicals has welcomed a judge's decision to allow her to take her battle to the next level.

Housing is often far from flood-resistant in Madagascar

Madagascar floods leave thousands homeless

A series of floods have left 7,000 people homeless in Madagascar this cyclone season after tropical storms lashed the island this week.

Green light for Royal eco-home

Plans for a grand house incorporating a raft of environmentally-friendly designs have been given the go ahead by Herefordshire Council.

Surfers are vulnerable to marine pollution incidents

Surfers warned to take care near Napoli wreck site

Surfers and others who use the sea for recreation are being advised to take care on the south coast in the wake of the MSC Napoli disaster.

Australians to drink recycled sewage as drought continues

Australians are to follow in Britain's footsteps and start recycling sewage for drinking water, the premier of Queensland State announced to considerable public outcry.