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DEFINITION: A lack of sufficient available water resources to meet the demands of water usage within a region.
Marks & Spencer (M&S), Asda and Coca-Cola are among the 60 businesses and NGOs that have committed to a new initiative which aims to tackle water scarcity and stress in the UK through collaborative catchment management.
Food and drink manufacturing giant PepsiCo has announced that its campaign to expand access to safe water in its areas of operation has provided 16 million people with clean water, putting it on track to reach 25 million by 2025.
A coalition of corporations, politicians, academics and public-sector bodies has called on the UK Government to include flooding and drought risks in its housing agenda, after finding that 129% more UK homes will be at risk of flooding by 2050.
The likes of Coca-Cola, Sainsbury's and Tesco have all given their backing to a new Courtauld 2025 water ambition, amid a flurry of corporate activity around water efficiency on World Water Day (22 March).
Global brewer Carlsberg is seeking to create a community of young scientists to develop new projects and set industry standards for science-based and sustainability-driven research that will help the company deliver its CSR strategy.
As part of a move to redefine its business purpose through staff well-being and sustainability, Salesforce has used its flagship San Francisco headquarters to champion water efficiency in an area notorious for severe droughts.
Commercial banks are struggling to overcome a communications barrier with businesses to gain insight into portfolio risks specifically associated with water, according to Dutch bank ING's vice president for sustainable finance Ambika Jindal.
The number of big businesses investing in water security has reached "record levels", with new analysis from CDP finding that more than $23bn has been invested in 2017 as some companies place an "internal price on water" to justify funding decisions.
As UN delegates meet in Bonn this week to commence the COP23 climate conference, the World Water Council (WWC) has reported that financial investment into water infrastructure needs to triple to €255bn annually to combat climate change and meet sanitation targets.
Just six of the world's largest food companies have set sustainable water-sourcing targets for the majority of their agricultural inputs, as a new report reveals that water risks in the supply chain are still largely ignored.
As research released for World Water Week (27 August - 1 September) warns that more than 100 cities face flood-related risks similar to those currently being felt in Houston, edie dives deep into the data to pull out 10 alarming statistics which underline why businesses must act NOW.
Humanity has already used up its entire annual budget of planetary resources such as water, soil and clean air on the earliest day of the year since the Earth first went into "overshoot" in the early 1970s, according to research organisation Global Footprint Network.
A supply chain management philosophy built on engagement over enforcement enabled brewer MillerCoors to reduce its water footprint by 17% last year. Here, Matt Mace investigates how the firm has been galvanising the farmer community to create resilient, future-proofed beer supply chains.
Water companies must scale up ambition and innovation in their water efficiency programmes with customers, according to not-for-profit organisation Waterwise.
This edie insight report explores some of the key drivers,
opportunities facing sustainable business within the UK
This brand new edie Explains guide breaks down everything
there is to know about achieving a circular economy for
What are the business benefits of transitioning to low-carbon
vehicles? Which fuel
types are the most efficient? And what role can technology play
in changing driver
behaviours? This free edie Explains guide provides everything
you need to know when it
comes to greening your fleet.
Energy resilience is about ensuring a business has a
reliable, regular supply
of energy and contingency measures in place in the event of
a power failure.
A new era is upon us: the UN’s Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement on climate change, the
Modern Slavery Act (MSA) and the Task Force on Climate-
related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) have together paved
the way for an entirely new approach to corporate
Theresa May has today outlined a vision for a "cleaner, greener Britain", unveiling the long-awaited 25-year Environment Plan which pledges to eliminate all "avoidable" plastic waste by the end of 2042.
The global energy system is undergoing a radical transition. Renewable energy costs are
tumbling and new approaches to energy management such as battery storage and demand
response are offering new ways for organisations to operate more sustainably.
A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.
EXCLUSIVE: There is no "competitive leverage" to be gained by failing to work with rival brands to tackle ongoing waste issues regarding paper coffee cups and the wider use of plastics, Starbuck's vice president of corporate affairs Simon Redfern has claimed.
Ahead of edie's flagship Sustainability Leaders Awards in January, edie is taking a closer look at some of the projects initiatives that have been deemed worthy of a finalist position by our expert judges. Up next: AccorHotels' new London hotel.
Businesses and Public sector bodies spend the equivalent of £22bn on energy every year. Yet it is
often overlooked by these organisations, who lack the knowledge of how much they are
consuming or even potentially wasting.
Oxford University Hospitals benefited from a finance procurement system that partnered the Trust with companies that could replace aging heat and power infrastructure with a combined heat and power system that would generate massive economic savings.
This new report focuses on the opportunity for companies to
amplify their carbon reduction efforts by driving renewables
through their supply chains. Given how easy it is to choose
renewable electricity in the UK, businesses could be doing
more to engage with their suppliers.
UK businesses without an energy resilience strategy are
risking 17% of their
revenue, equating to £2.8m each year in damages and lost
is a key finding from Centrica Business Solutions’
research into the current
state of energy resilience.
As more companies look to create the right work environments for staff wellbeing, Landsec created the UK's largest fully WELL Certified space for staff health, which also achieved a BREEAM Outstanding rating.
After a record-breaking number of entries, the judging
panel has met, the
decisions have been made and edie is proud to reveal the
finalists for the
2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards.
In the latest in the edie Explains series, we look at
management systems (BEMS), exploring what they are, what
they do and what the
business benefit is.
The purpose of a green office programme is to enable a
business to improve the
efficiency of its everyday operations by taking practical
steps to reduce
office resource consumption and implement more
sustainable practices that
benefit both the organisation and its employees.
CISL and its recently formed Rewiring the Economy Inquiry
Group published its latest
report ‘Towards a sustainable economy’, to identify new
business approaches that can
drive progress towards the SDGs.
Regulator Ofwat has granted hospitality giant Whitbread a self-supply licence to deliver its own water and wastewater services for all of its brands in England.
This document provides guidance and materials for running an energy efficiency
awareness campaign at work, including practical advice to employees on how
they can benefit from getting a smart meter and saving energy at home.
This edie explains business guide, produced in association
with E.ON, provides an
in- depth summary of combined heat & power (CHP) systems,
which convert a single
fuel into both electricity and heat in one process.
This edie explains business guide, produced in
association with E.ON, provides
an in- depth summary of onsite generation, which allows
businesses to make and
use their own energy at a particular location, rather
than buying that energy
through the grid.
The UK energy system is in flux. It is changing more
quickly – and more fundamentally – than at any point since
the Industrial Revolution.
Sustainability and energy management experts from some of the world's biggest businesses recently gathered in Oxford for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and UK Power Networks Services, to explore how challenges can be turned into opportunities when it comes to fleet electrification.
After a fascinating two days of inspiration, insight and expertise, edie looks back at some of the most crucial messages taken away from edie Live 2018.
The world's first 2GW network of grid-scale batteries and rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging stations is set to be installed in the UK at a cost of £1.6bn, as the result of a partnership announced today by the National Grid and Pivot Power.
edie's senior reporter Matt Mace travels to the outskirts of Paris to uncover how Villages Nature Paris tapped into geothermal energy to deliver on a holistic 10-step sustainability framework.
The fruits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution continue to accelerate how businesses act within society; but nestled in alongside automation and the Internet of Things, can little-known blockchain truly revolutionise sustainability?
The mission, should we choose to accept it: achieving a low-carbon, resource-efficient industrial revolution. As we gear up for edie Live 2018 this webinar will hear from the leading businesses and experts that are scaling-up effort and innovation across all areas of sustainable development to make this Mission Possible.
This exclusive insight report explores the key drivers, challenges
and opportunities facing sustainability in the UK's
hospitality & leisure industry.
Aligning corporate sustainability targets with individuals' motivations and behaviours can drive significant savings, but it is incredibly difficult to achieve. In this webinar, we explore how energy and sustainability managers can effectively engage with employees to bring about positive change.
This exclusive insight report explores the key drivers,
opportunities facing sustainability in the UK's
The mission is clear: we must accelerate the shift to zero-carbon energy systems in order to slash emissions and mitigate global warming. But this mission IS possible: renewable energy costs are tumbling and new approaches to energy management such as battery storage and demand response are offering new ways for organisations to operate more sustainably.
This handbook equips you with the knowledge and insight required to help your
audience understand the true value of sustainability, from the boardroom, to
your staff, consumers and investors.
Major firms including Costa Coffee, Leon and Whole Foods will offer tap water refills across London stores as part of a pilot scheme to slash single-use plastic bottles in the capital.
AB InBev's recently-announced carbon reduction targets will see the global brewer lean on past best-practice examples to decarbonise facilities. One of the shining examples thus far has been the use of onsite technologies at the Magor brewery in Wales.
Millions of heavily polluting vehicles could eventually disappear from roads across Germany after its top administrative court ruled that cities have the right to ban diesel motors in an effort to improve deadly air quality levels.
This edie Explains guide, produced in association with
Schneider Electric, will help
organisations in their preparations to comply with the second
phase of the UK
Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).