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Water reduction project takes off

London Stansted Airport has carried out a programme of leak detection and pipe repair that has reduced water consumption on the site by nearly a third and water use in 2011 fell by 205m litres compared with the year before. Sustainable Business finds out more.

Time to focus on black carbon?

Air pollution is recognised as a risk to human health. But, says Jim Mills, different strategies for measuring Black Carbon could improve lives - and help the fight against climate change

Driving ahead: The case for metrics

A single piece of data has helped to transform the European motor industry. But, says Ramon Arratia, it isn't a complete solution

Rising to the Challenge: As If People Matter, Part 3

In the third piece in our five-part series 'As If People Matter', Michael Townsend discusses the qualities that business leaders must show to shine in a changing world

Sustainable aviation: Flying's future

The development of aviation through the 20th century was inspiring. But, says Peter McManners, greener air vehicles must launch a Third Golden Age

Shale gas: Between a rock and a hard place

Could shale gas production make an important contribution to the future UK power supply? The prospect of hydrofracking alarms environmentalists. But, says Rob Bell, politicians will find it difficult to resist

Natural gas: a viable low-carbon solution?

According to the gas industry, natural gas is the perfect bridge fuel to civilisation's sustainable future - solving peak oil and helping the battle against climate change. David Strahan weighs up the evidence

Cemex invests in alternative fuels

Cemex UK has invested heavily on improving its environmental performance, with the focus now turning to alternative fuels

FedEx now operates Boeing 777F aircraft, helping to cut down on fuel usage

FedEx bids to improve community relations

With its new environmental programme, the global giant FedEx intends to bring change to the company and communities

McDonald's says that it will initially focus on raw materials such as beef, poultry, coffee, palm oil and packaging

McDonald's commits to sustainable beef supply chain

McDonald's has committed to improving the sustainability of its beef production - and much more besides

Senior management now has a responsibility for carbon reduction targets and carbon is a boardroom topic of discussion

Go-Ahead takes steps to reduce carbon footprint

As a leading public transport company Go-Ahead has a big carbon footprint. But the firm is taking positive steps to reduce it

Water efficiency at heart of Heineken's sustainability focus

As part of its sustainability agenda, Heineken International aims to cut its emissions and water use - and empower local communities

Diageo's brands include Guinness and Johnnie Walker. The company plans to cut emissions and increase water efficiency

Diageo invest in green production plants

By investing in environmentally sustainable production, Diageo has shown its commitment to a green vision of the future

Pooling knowledge and expertise will be vital if the industry is to reduce its carbon footprint

Whitbread focuses on energy efficiency

Armed with a new list of expert recommendations, Whitbread is aiming to lead the hospitality sector towards sustainability

Future vision: an artist's impression of how the library will look

Green construction in action: Library of Birmingham

It has been hailed as a people's palace - and one of the most significant cultural projects undertaken in the UK for years that is set to transform the lives of millions. As the striking new Library of Birmingham takes shape, Simon Dingle explains how a clear sustainability plan was the key to Carillion's successful bid to become Birmingham City Council's construction partner on the project

A worker at the Cumbernauld anaerobic digestion plant

Waste shows its potential

SMEs can benefit both economically and environmentally from waste. Ian Goodfellow explains how the waste management industry, the Responsibility Deal and new regulation are all making a difference

Connect, encourage: As If People Matter, Part 2

In the second of our five-part series 'As If People Matter', Michael Townsend explains how engaging people is vital in making a successful and lasting transition towards sustainable business and delivering tangible business benefits

A people-centred approach: As If People Matter, Part 1

In this, the first of a five-part series, 'As If People Matter', covering all perspectives of a people-centred approach to sustainability in business, Michael Townsend explains how the strategy links to superior business - and economic - performance

Counting the cost of mandatory reporting

Mandatory carbon reporting is looming - but opinion remains divided over whether this additional regulation is an effective way of driving emissions down or just extra red tape. Mike Scott reports

Surviving creative destruction

The world is going through a major economic transition in which capitalism must evolve. Michael Townsend considers the €~strategic icebergs€™ on the horizon €" and how businesses should respond

Soap suds and savings

Washrooms can account for a significant percentage of water use in offices. But, say Ann Durrant and Alexandra McKay, companies can reduce their impact on this natural resource and save money by switching from lotion to foam soaps and changing their employees handwashing technique

Natural wonder: Biodiversity strategies in action

Urban areas can provide homes for many species and plants that bring a multitude of benefits to the population. Dr Richard Delahay and Mark Line, explain why companies should strive to contribute to a richer environment by enhancing the biodiversity

10 reasons NOT to write a CSR report

The pressure to report may be increasing - but that doesn't mean your company has to jump into the reporting pool. Elaine Cohen outlines ten valid arguments for the debut CSR report to be put on hold

Morrisons has signed a three-year customer-supplier agreement with EDF Energy

Solving the supply-demand conundrum

As the UK's energy market changes to answer a complex set of challenges, how should energy buyers respond? Should they stick with traditional procurement strategies focused on lowest price outcomes, or consider alternative approaches to deliver long-term value-for-money? Sid Cox explains the issues and suggests some answers

Among conventional power plants, gas-fired plants consume the least amount of water per unit of energy produced

The water-energy connection

The close links between water and energy mean that efficiencies made in one sector have a beneficial effect in the other. Businesses and investors must be alert to the fact, says Mike Scott.

The sky's the limit

From New Year's Day, airlines operating in Europe became subject to emissions restrictions - now the EU's controversial new trading scheme has come into force. How, asks Mike Scott, does it affect the industry?

Visions of the future

What will the future be like in terms of consumer lifestyles in 2025? And how will these be affected by sustainability issues? The FutureScapes project aims to find out. Chris Clifton reports

Bulmers has a long history of collaboration with local farmers

Bulmers aims to brew a better future

Bulmers is supporting the campaign for the restoration of England's lost hedgerows as part of its sustainability programme

The carbon challenge is seen as an opportunity

Climate change and population growth spurring on Anglian Water

Sustainability has become key to Anglian Water's investment decision-making as it looks to minimise environmental impacts

Raising a glass to the future: Sam Caglione

Sam Caglione

Erik Jaques meets Sam Caglione, founder and CEO of Dogfish Head brewery

Tetra Pak promises a more sustainable future

Environmental ambitions have been placed at the very heart of the global packaging firm Tetra Pak's business

Canon tones up its environmental message

Canon has been going green for years. And now the company has cracked the problem of recycling toner bottles

Sony pictures a zero carbon future

Improving the environmental performance and energy efficiency of its products has put Sony on the path to sustainability

Samantha Heath

Erik Jaques meets Samantha Heath, the chief executive of London Sustainability Exchange

Interview: Bob Hertzberg

Erik Jaques meets Bob Hertzberg, former Speaker of the California Assembly and co-founder Renewable Capital

Jaguar drives forward on innovation

A business scorecard with innovation targets is central to Jaguar Land Rover's plans for a leaner and greener future

Ambitious plans for canned fish

Seafood company John West is determined to continue putting sustainable fishing practices at the heart of its business

The Government needs to provide the appropriate infrastructure to meet the sustainability challenge, says Martin Charter

Martin Charter

Tom Idle meets Martin Charter, director of the Centre for Sustainable Design

'People who are 40 or younger expect you to be sustainable in your business practices,' says Chip Conley

Chip Conley

Erik Jaques meets Chip Conley, executive chairman and chief creative officer, Joie de Vivre Hospitality

Speedy says that One Plan offers improved  efficiency, reduced costs and competitive  advantage for customers

Speedy's sustainability strategy urges suppliers to get onside

Speedy, one of the UK's biggest providers of equipment rental and support services, has launched a new sustainability strategy called One Plan - and is urging suppliers to keep up or risk losing out.

In the past 12 months, waste improvements have saved 1,348 tonnes of waste to landfill

Molson Coors targets waste and reduces carbon emissions

The UK's biggest brewer has set out its environmental goals for the future, promising to divert all production waste away from landfill for each of its four sites by the end of 2012.

Desso has developed new carpets that are more effective at capturing and retaining fine dust

Desso's Cradle to Cradle strategy pays off

In 2007, Stef Kranendijk, CEO of Desso, a European carpet manufacturer based in the Netherlands had to decide a route forward for the company.

Trewin Restorick says that he wants the UK to have a sustainable economy that hits the science-identified carbon targets

Trewin Restorick

Tom Idle meets Trewin Restorick, CEO of the Global Action Plan

David MacKay insists that there is no single right answer to achieving the emissions target, but favours the hedging scenario

David MacKay

David Strahan meets David MacKay, chief scientific adviser, DECC

Best foot forward: Timberland's new store uses materials such as reclaimed wood and recycled stoneware tiles

Timberland takes another green step forward

The Timberland Company has opened a new store in San Francisco, which it says is one of its most eco-conscious to date.

The company has improved efficiency of power use in its bottling operations and transportation

Coca-Cola Hellenic scores A+ for effort

The Athens-based Coca-Cola Hellenic makes its debut Leaders appearance thanks to its rigorous reporting and CSR activities across the 28 countries in which it operates. It is the first European food and beverage company to reach an 'A+' rating according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for its CSR report.

Sustainability has been elevated to board level, says Darroch

Jeremy Darroch

Tom Idle meets Jeremy Darroch, CEO BSkyB

'Our purpose is to help businesses see the value of sustainability,' says Rachel Brown

Rachel Brown

Katie Coyne meets Rachel Brown, CEO and founder of New Zealand's Sustainable Business Network

FedEx now operates Boeing 777F aircraft, helping to cut down on fuel usage

Environmental programme brings change to FedEx

The sprawling global logistics and transportation business FedEx is taking its commitment to sustainability to the next level.

It's not about how big Hara can get, according to CEO Amit Chatterjee, but about how big an opportunity the company can address

Amit Chatterjee

Erik Jaques meets Amit Chatterjee, CEO and founder of Hara

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