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UK water companies accused of discharging raw sewage even during dry weather

…can down the road, legitimising sewage pollution for the next 27 years”. Surfers Against Sewage’s report raises a fresh concern – that water companies may be releasing sewage even in…

Our sustainability journey: our progress so far

…diverse and inclusive place to work. Most recently, we’ve done this by becoming an accredited Living Wage employer, which means all our staff are paid at least the Living Wage. That’s…

Spring Statement: Rishi Sunak announces VAT relief for home energy efficiency retrofits

…National Living Wage for those aged 23 and over, from £8.91 to £9.50. Elsewhere, the Household Support Fund was extended with a second £500m package; the amount of money each…

Water firms accused of harming UK’s seafood supply chains through sewage dumping

…of sewage discharge in 2021, totalling some 161,000 hours. The new analysis has been published at a time when sewage dumping in seaside regions is receiving much media coverage. Surfers…

If we want to meet the SDGs, we need to ditch empty rhetoric and invest in young people

…and attractive to young people. Businesses can also play an important role here by addressing the gap in living income and living wages in value chains. Crucially, gender dimensions—for example…

Most fashion brands ‘failing to disclose supply chain emissions’, despite net-zero pledge

…brands assessed are not disclosing the number of workers in their supply chain that are being paid a living wage. Most of that 99% are also not outlining plans on…

‘Oil and gas companies aren’t the ones in need of help this year’: Green economy reacts to the Spring Statement

…resulted in a cost of living crisis. The Office for Budget Responsibility is forecasting that inflation will average 7.4% this year – a 40-year high. This is likely to result…

New sleeper trains for Stockholm and France’s boost for renewables: The sustainability success stories of the week August second week

…BUILT ENVIRONMENT: Senior assisted living development aiming for Living Building certification In our last edition of this roundup for July 2022, we spotlighted plans for a new education hub in…

MPs blast lack of regulation and enforcement as ‘chemical cocktail’ forms in UK waterways

…Environment Agency (EA) has revealed that water companies discharged raw sewage into UK waterways more than 400,000 times in 2020 alone, with storm overflow pipes pumping sewage for more than…

UK Government proposes £56bn investment plan to stop sewage discharges to water companies

…2035. Environment Agency data for 2021 states that untreated sewage was discharged into coastal bathing waters across England for a total of 160,000 hours, in 25,000 separate discharge incidents. Water…

Report: Just 12 businesses account for more than half of UK’s packaging litter

The figures, published today (11 August) by environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage, account for the packaging collected during its ‘Million Mile Clean’ campaign this May. The fortnight-long campaign convened more…

Budget Day: What does Rishi Sunak’s plan mean for the UK’s green economy?

…the economic recovery from Covid-19. The National Living Wage got a 6.6% increase to £9.50 per hour, with the changes coming into effect in April 2022. Similarly, a pay freeze…

‘A sobering picture’: 99% of businesses neglecting social sustainability commitments

living wages and working hours. The WBA found that while most companies in the SDG2000 had commitments to health and safety, just 4% were able to disclose aspects such as…

Net-zero: Collaboration or bust

…to help decarbonise society at Future Living Berlin, Germany. This smart city located in an area called Berlin-Adlershof, features a smart quarter complex with 90 apartments, ten commercial units and…

Energy price crisis: Would an ‘energy furlough scheme’ help homes and businesses?

…of a wider uprating scheme for benefits. Blackford has also advocated an increase in the minimum wage to a ‘real living wage’. Scottish Labour is pressing Nicola Sturgeon to hold…

Multiplex’s social strategy and Spain’s clean energy package: The sustainability success stories of the week

…Real Living Wage or more, and to ensure one-third of company spend goes to SMEs. There are also commitments to end employee exposure to diesel emissions and to offer 50…

Unilever Beauty & Personal Care targets 1.5 million hectares of nature conservation by 2030

…the value chain will receive a living wage by 2030 and earmarked a €2bn pot to help those from under-represented social groups. The nature commitment is the headline environmental sustainability…

The wrong messages ahead of COP26: Green economy reacts to Rishi Sunak’s Budget

…attention was given to the need to deliver an economic recovery from Covid-19 and to deliver pay rises for key workers. The National Living Wage was increased and the NHS…

‘A feeble to-do list’: Environmental groups and agriculture sector react to UK Government’s Food Strategy

…environment, food and rural affairs: “The UK is in a cost-of-living crisis with food prices spiralling, real-wages falling, growth plummeting and taxes up. It is clear now that the Government…

How is the UK’s green economy reacting to Rishi Sunak becoming the next Prime Minister?

…attract investment and dealing with significant challenges around the cost of living, energy security and regional inequalities. Accelerating the UK’s transition towards net zero emissions and restoring nature are central…