Plastic innovation, storage networks and EV integration: Top 10 sustainability stories of May 2018

It was a month of long-term renewables targets, plastics innovation investment and fleet electrification exploration. Take a look back at May's biggest sustainability stories in this round-up.

Take a look through all of the month's most-read news stories, and click the links in the descriptions below to read them for yourself

Take a look through all of the month's most-read news stories, and click the links in the descriptions below to read them for yourself

In this latest instalment of a new monthly top-10 round-up, edie has collated some of the news and features that readers were keen to read and share during May 2018.

May saw hundreds of industry experts flock to the NEC in Birmingham during the two-day edie Live show, imparting inspiration, insight and expertise – but news of businesses striving ahead to unveil new commitments, reports and collaborations to help deliver on sustainability pledges poured in throughout the month.

As this round-up proves, businesses are charging ahead with new sustainability ideas, frameworks and innovations. So, take a look through all of the month's most-read news stories, and click the links in the descriptions below to read them for yourself.

World's largest brewer orders 800 hydrogen-electric trucks

May’s most-read news story covered how Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) ordered 800 zero-emission, hydrogen-electric semi-trucks as part of its bid to run its entire fleet of long-haul trucks on clean energy by 2025.

UK spearheads new £50m plastics innovation hub

Stories with Unilever in tend to be of interest to sustainability professionals, and the consumer goods giant made headlines this month by teaming up with Waitrose to back a new £50m UK-led research and innovation hub that aims to tackle plastic waste through innovative solutions.

UK to host world's first battery and rapid EV charging network

With battery storage and the EV revolution remaining hot topics last month, it was hardly surprising that news of the world’s first 2GW network of grid-scale batteries and rapid EV chargers being built in the UK, at a cost of £1.6bn, was well-read.

The Essential Eight: edie launches supply chain sustainability handbook

Throughout the year, edie brings its readers a range of downloads in the form of sector insights, edie explains guides and helpful handbooks. The document sitting at the top of the download table for May is the ‘supply chain sustainability handbook’, which lists eight essential opportunities that businesses can seize now to drive supply chain sustainability.

The future of sustainable business: edie launches landmark Mission Possible 2018 report

One of the highlights of the annual edie Live event, held at Birmingham’s NEC this month, was the launch of edie’s flagship 2018 report for the Mission Possible campaign, exploring how businesses are scaling up effort and innovation across all areas of development to achieve a sustainable future.

On the Mission Possible sofa with Futerra's Solitaire Townsend and ICRS's Anita Longley

Another show highlight were the Mission Possible sofa chats, with readers particularly keen to find out why Futerra’s Solitaire Townsend and the ICRS’s Anita Longley believe the role of a sustainability professional has evolved into a business-critical position.

Why now is the time for corporates to set long-term targets for renewables

A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) found that corporates have actively sourced renewable energy equivalent to the overall demand of France, but renewables demand could soar if companies turned voluntary agreements into active goals.

Top 10 tips for telling your sustainability story

edie is committed to bringing sustainability professionals together at events to learn how they can achieve their Mission Possible. May was no different, with 160 delegates gathering at our annual Sustainability Communications event to ask how to communicate their sustainability strategy in a way that engages stakeholders, employees and consumers alike.

How behaviour change helped Capgemini meet its carbon goals three years early

Our exclusive interview with Capgemini’s global head of corporate sustainability, James Robey, reveals how combining behaviour change with energy efficiency technology enabled the global IT consultancy to surpass its carbon reduction goal three years early.

Electrifying your fleet roundtable: Turning challenges into opportunities

As the EV revolution continues to gather pace, sustainability and energy management experts from some of the world's biggest businesses met at the Accelerate event to explore how challenges can be turned into opportunities when it comes to fleet electrification.

Sarah George


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