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70% of the emissions associated with UK animal agriculture can be attributed to feed. Image: Morrisons

KP Snacks to scale regenerative farming, Morrisons turns to insect-based chicken feed

In two positive sustainability moves in the UK's farming sector, KP Snacks has outlined plans to scale regenerative potato farming and Morrisons will begin decreasing the use of soy - a commodity linked to deforestation - in chicken feed.

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Carbon Innovation Fund: Co-op to allocate £3m to projects creating low-carbon food systems

Retailer the Co-op and its charity, the Co-op Foundation, are launching a £3m innovation fund that will support projects that slash greenhouse gas emissions and improve social sustainability across the food value chain.

The UK introduced a similar requirement earlier this year

EU proposes mandatory due diligence to stop deforestation in supply chains

The European Commission tabled its plan on Wednesday (17 November) to introduce mandatory due diligence for products sold on the EU market to make sure they are not linked to deforestation or forest degradation.

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Starbucks and Arla to trial new sustainable dairy sourcing blueprint in the UK

Starbucks has partnered with Arla UK to support dairy farmers in reducing emissions, as the coffee chain strives to halve carbon emissions across its value chain by 2030.

Businesses had a key role at COP26, a role that is even more important now. Image: UNClimateChange

Glasgow Climate Pact: How can businesses keep 1.5C alive?

The UK Government wanted COP26 to keep the 1.5C trajectory of the Paris Agreement "alive" and the verdict is that it has, but just barely. But with some nations set to renegade on mechanisms included in COP26's Glasgow Climate Pact, it is clear that businesses need to become a unified driver of the net-zero movement.

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The first week of COP26: The 10 biggest stories

It's half-time on the two-week push to move the world towards the 1.5C ambition of the Paris Agreement, with negotiations set to continue following a rest day on Sunday (7 November). Here, edie summarises all the key development from the first week of COP26.

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8 things you need to know from Nature Day at COP26

Saturday (6 November) here at COP26 was Nature and Land Use Day, with a flurry of major announcements coming from nations, the finance sector and consumer goods companies. Here, edie rounds up eight key headlines from the day.

Proceedings today (6 November) at COP26 will focus on nature, ahead of the summit's only rest day tomorrow

COP26: Nations collectively agree to sustainable food systems policies and pledge to accelerate green agriculture innovation

To mark Nature and Land Use Day at COP26, 150 organisations have agreed to accelerate the deployment of green innovations for the agriculture sector, while 45 nations have agreed to reform policies to support a sustainable food system.

In tandem to announcements from governments and end-user businesses today at COP26, several key moves are being made in the field of private finance

COP26: Asset managers representing $87.trn in assets vow to stop financing deforestation

Building on national and international commitments made at COP26 to mark Nature and Land Use Day, major financial institutions have pledged to stop financing agri-food firms linked to deforestation by 2025.

The UN report finds that the costs of adaptation look set to reach the higher end of $140-$300bn each year by 2030

UN: World facing 'gathering storm' with tenfold increase needed in climate adaption finance

As world leaders champion new decarbonisation strategies at COP26, a new report from the UN has called for an urgent increase in finance that is focused on adapting to the impacts of the climate crisis, with current economic flows requiring a "step change" to protect developing countries.

Earlier this year, the Scottish Government forged an agreement with the Scottish Green Party Parliamentary Group

Scotland outlines plans to double onshore wind capacity by 2030, ramp up regenerative agriculture

On the eve of COP26, the Scottish Government has launched a consultation on a new onshore wind generation target for 2030 and provided new funding for restoring nature on farms.

Regenerative agriculture improves soil quality and biodiversity, while reducing farm emissions and water consumption. Image: Unilever

Unilever-owned Knorr outlines plans to start 50 regenerative agriculture projects within five years

Unilever's largest food brand Knorr has revealed plans to initiate more than 50 regenerative agriculture projects by 2026, with schemes planned that cover 80% of its key ingredients.

The CCC warns that some “strategic gaps” exist, namely that not all sectors have clear plans and pathways to tackle emissions

Net-Zero Strategy 'achievable and affordable' but policy gaps need addressing, CCC notes

The Government's Net-Zero Strategy is an "achievable and affordable" means to reaching its legally binding climate target, but some policy gaps still need to be addressed, according to the Climate Change Committee (CCC).

Alpro (pictured) is one of the Alliance's five founding organisations 

Plant-based food and beverage firms team up in bid to accelerate diet shifts

Alpro, Oatly, ProVeg UK and Upfield have formed a new coalition for the UK's plant-based food and drinks sector, in a bid to engage other businesses, policymakers and individuals with the transition to more sustainable diets.

Moving further, faster, towards a future-proofed food sector

Recurring extreme weather events and the latest research, have all served to highlight that climate change is the biggest threat facing our planet and the species that live here. World Food Day can bring to life the role the sector can play in combatting this threat.

There will be 2,600 Companion Series boxes available to purchase, with £26 from each sale invested in conservation and regenerative agriculture projects

UK brewers launch food waste beer and call on world leaders to strengthen climate action

A group of 25 UK breweries has called on world leaders to seize a "once in a lifetime opportunity" to combat the climate emergency at COP26, as they launch a limited-edition collection of beers that combat food waste and improve conservation.

Are you ready to follow in AeroFarms' footsteps? Submit your entry to the 2022 edie Awards by Friday 8 October 2021

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet circular economy innovation champions AeroFarms

With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards on Friday (8 October), this series showcases the achievements of previous winners. Up next: Winner of our 'Circular Economy Innovation' award, AeroFarms.

According to the RSPB and WWF, an area equivalent to 88% of the UK's total land is required to produce imported forest risk commodities annually

UK businesses should be banned from sourcing and investing in goods that cause deforestation, MPs argue

The UK Government has been implored, once again, to strengthen its plans for eliminating deforestation from international supply chains, with MPs arguing for a clampdown on deforestation deemed legal overseas.

Ready to follow in Regin's footsteps? Entries for the 2022 Awards close on 1 October 2021

What makes a sustainable business leader? Meet Bakkafrost CEO Regin Jacobsen

With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards on Friday (1 October), this series showcases the achievements of previous winners. Up next: Winner of our 'Sustainable Business Leader of the Year' award, Regin Jacobsen.

The Business Guide to Net-Zero Carbon Buildings

With buildings now accounting for more than half of total city emissions on average, it’s clear that urgent and dramatic action is required to accelerate the decarbonisation of the built environment. In addition, the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic has seen those that are able to work from home, creating a new dynamic for the energy use and management of corporate buildings.

Globally, food and agriculture account for more than one-third of annual emissions

World's biggest food companies accused of failing on climate action, human rights protections

Less than 10% of the world's largest food companies are aiming to reduce their emissions in line with climate science, while less than 13% are taking sufficient action to eliminate forced labour.

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Big-name businesses boost nature targets at global conservation congress

A string of businesses are using the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Congress this week as a backdrop for updating biodiversity strategies, with new announcements from the likes of L'Occitane, Walmart, Pernod Ricard and Kering.

MEPs from various member states and political parties have criticized the strategy

EU lawmakers slam flagship forest strategy as 'vague' and 'overstepping EU remit'

European lawmakers from across the political spectrum have united in criticism against the European Commission's new flagship Forest Strategy, describing it as vague and superficial while flagging concerns that it goes beyond the remit of EU competences.

edie Explains: Sub-metering

What is sub-metering? What are the different ways an organisation can use submetering? What are the business benefits of sub- metering? What is the cost of installing sub-meters? And, how can sub-metering support other aspects of a business’ net-zero journey? This new Explains guide from edie answers all of these questions and more.

Ceres assessed companies at various points in the food value chain, from suppliers, to manufacturers, to retailers and restaurants 

US food giants including Costco and JBS accused of failing to tackle Scope 3 emissions

An analysis of how 50 of North America's largest food companies' climate efforts has found that less than half (38%) disclose their indirect (Scope 3) emissions.

Tesco is expecting to see benefits in terms of improved soil quality, reduced water consumption and a boost for biodiversity

Tesco to subsidise more sustainable livestock feed for dairy farmers

Tesco is piloting a new scheme for UK-based dairy farmers, whereby they receive subsidies for growing more sustainable feed.

This new series will be running regularly, bringing you the key headlines, statistics and events in the run-up to COP26. Bottom-left image: David Mirzoeff 

COP26 Action Tracker: Nations urged to respond to IPCC report as Cambo oilfield row rolls on

With less than 100 days to go until COP26, this new series from edie will provide a regular temperature check of global climate action from nations and businesses.

#SustyTalk: Danone's Yann-Gael Rio on scaling regenerative agriculture

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Danone's vice-president for agriculture procurement and sustainability, Yann-Gael Rio.

JBS’s chief executive Gilberto Tomazoni met with Alok Sharma, President-Designate of COP26

World’s largest meat company JBS joins Race to Zero initiative

The world’s largest meat company, JBS, met with COP26 President Alok Sharma to formally join the Race to Zero campaign, building on a net-zero commitment set earlier this year.

#SustyTalk: Purina's Jeff Hamilton on alternative proteins and regenerative agriculture

edie's #SustyTalk series of sustainability-related interviews continues with an exclusive discussion with Purina EMEA's chief executive Jeff Hamilton.

The dairy sector accounts for around 3% of annual global emissions - a similar proportion to aviation

Dairy giants and UN to jointly plot global course to net-zero by 2050

A swathe of businesses, research hubs and other organisations within the livestock and dairy sectors are supporting a new UN-backed initiative plotting a course to net-zero emissions.

FTSE 250 firm Cranswick had already announced a vision to become a net-zero business by 2040 

Cranswick to halve emissions by 2030 under new 1.5C science-based targets

Cranswick has achieved verification from the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) for new climate targets that will require the firm to halve emissions by the end of the decade.

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Sustainable Business Covered podcast: How can we change food systems for the better?

With the UN's pre-event for the Food Systems Summit taking place this month, episode 105 of the Sustainable Business Covered Podcast explores how food systems can be transformed for better outcomes for planet and people.

#SustyTalk: Model and activist Arizona Muse on restoring soil and nature

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with model and environmental activist Arizona Muse.

Is protein diversification the next clean energy for the net-zero economy?

Helena Wright, policy director at FAIRR looks at how nature-based solutions and and change in the global food system can drive progress towards net-zero emissions.

The report outlines what the Board considers to be "proportional use of trade policy" to accelerate decarbonisation 

Liz Truss's advisers urge UK to reject 'green protectionism' in international trade deals

Government trade advisers led by Trade Secretary Liz Truss have called for greater free trade for low-carbon technologies amid the net-zero transition, but green groups argue that poorly regulated free trade has been a major driver of the climate emergency in the first instance.

The research warns that agriculture is lagging behind, with just 0.1% of its annual $8trn going into circular initiatives

Circular economy attracting $1.3trn in annual investments, but dwarfed by linear spending models

Governments, investors and corporates collectively funnel more than $1.3trn annually into circular economy initiatives, but this is just a fraction of the money that is currently spent on linear methods of consumption and resource use.

From new plans to decarbonise transport to shifts within the Green Party, it has been a busy week for policy relating to energy and the environment in the UK

Six UK green policy stories you need to know about

The past few days have seen the UK Government making a flurry of announcements on green policy packages and spending pots. Here, edie rounds up the major headlines in brief.

The Strategy marks the first major review of the UK’s food system for 75+ years

National Food Strategy presses UK Government to clarify environmental incentives for farmers post-Brexit

With the food system accounting for 20% of the UK's domestic emissions and driving biodiversity loss, the Government must urgently clarify plans for implementing the Agriculture Bill and for preventing imports produced using lower environmental standards.

The 2021 Championships are the first since the Club refreshed its environmental targets

How sustainable is Wimbledon 2021?

With the summer's biggest tennis event set to conclude on Sunday (11 July), edie explores whether the Wimbledon organisers have aced their environmental sustainability efforts for 2021.

For land use, roundtable members have agreed to a commitment to ensure that the value chain is a net-positive contributor to nature

Global beef sector sets out biodiversity and climate commitments

A coalition of global beef producers, including JBS, Rabobank and Cargill, have collectively agreed to reduce the sector's contribution to climate change by 30% by 2030, as part of a new sustainability roadmap that also aims to improve biodiversity and animal welfare.

COP26 Primer: Climate Finance

edie’s COP26 Primer Reports are about seizing the green opportunity. Produced in the run-up to the official talks, this mini-series of reports are based on the five key themes of COP26: Clean Energy, Clean Transport, Climate Resilience, Nature-Based Solutions, and Climate Finance.

Tasmania's 200% renewables goal and Toast Ale's B-Corp recertification: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

Enabling policies could also support up to 60,000 new jobs in the sector

Biogas sector spells out role in helping UK reach net-zero emissions

Almost 50 organisations have supported a declaration sent to the Prime Minister outlining how the biogas sector can support the net-zero ambition, provided clear and enabling policies are introduced.

The Group will also upskill employees to educate them on new climate-related initiatives as they are introduced

Addo Food Group targets net-zero emissions by 2035

The owner of food brands such as Wall's, Bowyers and Pork Farms has announced its intention to reach net-zero emissions by 2035 by setting science-based targets across its whole value chain in line with the 1.5C ambition of the Paris Agreement.

Hotter, wetter winters, hotter, drier summers and impacts to global supply chains could result in losses worth billions of pounds. Pictured: Flooding around the River Severn, Shropshire

Cost of climate damage to UK could triple without better adaptation plans, CCC warns

Climate risks to the UK are increasing in number and magnitude more rapidly than expected, with billions of pounds worth of infrastructure at risk in the coming decades.

Tyson Foods produces around one-fifth of all the beef, pork and chicken in the US 

Tyson Foods sets global net-zero target for 2050

The world's second-largest meat processor and marketer, Tyson Foods, has set a 2050 net-zero deadline covering all global operations and the supply chain.

In 2019, Burberry set a science-based target aligned to the 1.5C trajectory of the Paris Agreement

Burberry to become 'climate positive' by 2040

Luxury fashion firm Burberry has updated its science-based targets in a bid to become "climate positive" by 2040, a move that will aim to decarbonise the value chain and utilise a bespoke carbon insetting fund.

The new commitment was unveiled as part of the company’s latest sustainability report

McCain commits to regenerative agriculture across all farms by 2030

The UK's largest manufacturer of frozen potato products, McCain, has today (7 June) committed to ensuring that every potato grown across its 370,000 acres worldwide is done so using regenerative agricultural practices by 2030.

The report estimates that annual investments into NbS will need to reach $536bn annually by 2050

$8trn funding gap: UN report calls for four-fold increase in nature-based solutions investment

The world is facing an $8.1trn financing gap into nature to help combat the climate crisis and ecological breakdown, according to a new UN report that warns that annual investments into nature-based solutions (NbS) need to increase fourfold by 2050.

The module is currently focused on the mining and agriculture sectors – two of the most exposed sectors to biodiversity-related risks

ENCORE: UN-backed biodiversity module to help investors factor nature into spending decisions

A new UN-back module has been launched today to enable financial institutions to map their exposure to biodiversity risks based on sectoral activities, in a bid to push the economy towards a nature-positive future.

Estimates suggest that financing this market will reach $854bn annually by 2030 to halt natural degradation

Investors and businesses urged to address $700bn nature-based solutions finance gap

A new report has warned that a $700bn investment gap into "Nature-based Solutions" needs to be addressed in order to meet wider net-zero goals and combat the climate crisis.

Image: Wyke Farms

Lidl unveils carbon-neutral cheddar cheese

In what it claims is a first in the UK's supermarket sector, Lidl GB has announced plans to begin selling cheddar certified as carbon neutral this year.

Compass Group has become a signatory of Business Ambition for 1.5°C

Food services firm Compass targets net-zero emissions by 2030

The UK's largest food services company, Compass Group UK & Ireland, will switch to 100% electric vehicles (EVs), move 40% of its food offerings to plant-based proteins and will launch a £1m carbon reduction fund in a bid to reach net-zero emissions by 2030.

Iceland is also exploring alternatives to soy, but Walker admits that there aren’t any commercially scalable solutions ready

Iceland boss Richard Walker: Collective business activism required to hold politicians to account

EXCLUSIVE: Iceland Foods' boss Richard Walker believes that 'collective business activism' is essential in driving policymakers to align with the sustainability movement, following a recent letter sent by food retailers to the Brazilian Government urging them to reconsider a new land bill that could increase deforestation.

Faye joined SGN in 2009 and has studied with the Open University to work her way up to her current role

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Faye Hyslop, SGN

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Faye Hyslop, environment manager at SGN.

Thousands of farms across Europe form Arla's supply chain, which it describes as a "micro food system"

Arla unveils new measures to help farmers self-generate renewable energy

After pledging to become a net-zero business, dairy major Arla Foods has outlined new measures to help farmers across the supply chain generate their own renewable energy and sell any excess.

Last year, Timberland pledged to ensure that it has a net-positive impact on nature within a decade

Timberland, Vans, The North Face to develop regenerative rubber supply chain

The VF Corporation, which owns brands such as Timberland, Vans and The North Face, is partnering with a Thailand-based design consultancy to create the fashion industry's first regenerative rubber supply system.

Read on for key webinar takeaways in brief, and watch on-demand to catch up in full. Image: The Woodland Trust

Six top tips for developing a leading business biodiversity strategy

Biodiversity is steadily rising up the business agenda in the run-up to COP26. But how can the private sector go beyond greenwashing to deliver meaningful, engaging, science-based strategies?

Data from more than 8,100 farms was collected to generate the averages. Image: Arla Foods

Arla completes 'big data' Scope 3 emissions footprint on road to net-zero

Dairy major Arla Foods has completed what it claims is one of the biggest analyses of data on Scope 3 (indirect) carbon emissions in the sector, as it strives to deliver net-zero carbon by 2050.

The webinar will take place at 11am (BST) on Wednesday 21 April and will be available to watch on-demand for those who register

Available to watch on-demand: edie's biodiversity webinar featuring Kering and Unilever

Speakers from Kering, Unilever and the Woodland Trust discussed the role of biodiversity in shaping and assisting sustainability strategies on a webinar that took place on Wednesday (21 April). A recording of the sessions is available to watch on-demand.

Progress in decarbonising electricity must be replicated in other sectors, lest the UK miss its net-zero target

Green Alliance: Government 'complacency' risks UK's net-zero transition

Despite strong progress in decarbonising electricity generation, the UK Government is not doing enough to support the low-carbon transition in hard-to-abate sector like agriculture and transport.

Heineken is also joining the Business Ambition for 1.5C, the Race to Zero and the RE100 programme to accelerate decarbonisation and increase clean energy uptake

Heineken targets carbon-neutral value chain by 2040

Global brewer Heineken has unveiled a new corporate strategy to become carbon-neutral across its operations by 2030 and then across its entire value chain by 2040.

Pictured: A sheep farm in Scotland

British farmers 'planning to ramp up net-zero investments as part of Covid-19 recovery'

A survey of hundreds of UK farmers has found that record proportions are planning to invest in measures to improve energy efficiency, increase renewable energy sourcing and boost carbon sequestration.

JBS has also committed to eliminating all cases of illegal Amazon deforestation from its supply chain by 2025 and across other Brazilian regions by 2030

Meat giant JBS commits to net-zero emissions and zero deforestation

Brazilian meat producer JBS has ringfenced $1bn to reaching net-zero emissions across its value chain by 2040, while also aiming to eliminate illegal deforestation.

Image: Starbucks/ Joshua Trujillo

Carbon-neutral coffee and water-efficient farms: Starbucks plots path to 'resource positivity'

Starbucks has announced new measures to deliver carbon-neutrality across parts of its coffee supply chains and to boost water stewardship in coffee-growing communities, as part of its vision to become 'resource positive' by 2030.

Circular economy principles include nature restoration, as well as minimising resource use and maximising reuse and recycling

How businesses are enhancing water stewardship using circular economy principles

To mark World Water Day 2021, edie explores how businesses regarded as leaders in corporate water stewardship have put circular economy principles into practice in supply chains and operations.

Nomad Foods will introduce on-pack communications for customers detailing how the partnership is improving biodiversity

Birds Eye owner Nomad Foods launches nature-positive partnership with WWF

Nomad Foods, which owns brands such as Birds Eye, Findus and Green Cuisine, has unveiled a new strategic partnership with WWF that will deliver "nature-positive" farming practices to protect and promote biodiversity while tackling the climate crisis.

The likes of Pernod Ricard and Nestle have already enshrined biodiversity into their sustainability strategies

Cutting through complexity: Can biodiversity be embedded into corporate strategies?

In recent months, the importance of biodiversity in combatting the climate crisis has reached a new level understanding, with policymakers and academics peering into this complex topic to try and outline how the private sector can champion it. Here, edie hears from the businesses that have already enshrined regenerative practices into their business model.

Cattle farmers may have to transition to different animal breeds that produce less methane. Image: Morrisons

Morrisons to source exclusively from net-zero British farms by 2030

Morrisons has revealed an ambition to become the first UK supermarket to use only farms certified as net-zero when sourcing products and ingredients from British suppliers.

The strategy warns there are currently “wide gaps” in knowledge, which need to be closed in order to prevent “climate-blind” decision making

EU unveils data-driven climate adaptation strategy, drawing green criticism

More and better data is needed to improve knowledge of how to adapt to climate change, according to the European Commission's new adaptation strategy, which immediately came under fire from green activists for missing binding targets.

Nestle on regenerative agriculture and the climate crisis

Andy Griffiths, Head of Value Chain Sustainability, writes on the importance of Nestlé's focus on climate change including regenerative agriculture and protection of water.

Pictured: Fresh cocoa fruit. Stock image. 

Nestlé and Mondelēz among chocolate giants facing child slavery lawsuit over supply chain practices

A human rights firm has filed a lawsuit against major chocolate companies Nestlé, Cargill, Barry Callebaut, Mars, Olam, Hershey and Mondelēz, following allegations of child slave labour in their cocoa supply chains.

The report names the shift away from animal protein as a "lever" for changing the global food system for the better

Biodiversity loss: Agriculture 'threatening 86% of at-risk species', says major UN-backed report

Global food systems are the world's biggest driver of nature loss and urgent systemic change to address this will result in an uptick of plant-based diets, according to a major new report.

Pictured: edie content director Luke Nicholls (right) and compere Julia Bradbury (left) present Barry Callebaut with the award

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet Business of the Year, Barry Callebaut

With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards taking place on Wednesday (3 February), this feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winners of the Business of the Year award, Barry Callebaut.

Last month, PepsiCo committed to reducing emissions across its value chain by 40% by 2030 before reaching net-zero by 2040

PepsiCo and Beyond Meat launch 'planet partnership' for plant-based proteins

PepsiCo is the latest food and drink giant to strike up a working partnership with Beyond Meat, with both firms producing a new joint venture to increase production of plant-based protein.

There are particular concerns about the decision's implications for the meat sector

Trade Bill: UK Government votes to allow food imports with lower environmental standards

The UK Government is being accused of backtracking on non-regression pledges around post-Brexit food standards, after MPs voted against amendments to the trade bill this week.

Bee-killing pesticides called neonicotinoids were approved for UK use earlier this month, despite non-regression commitments on environmental standards

EU lawmakers raise concerns about UK 'regression' on pesticides

Lawmakers in the European Parliament have raised concerns about possible UK regression on pesticides and gene editing at a meeting on the new EU-UK trade agreement.

Some of the world's largest banks have been linked to industries that are causing mass deforestation and biodiversity loss

Banks urged to set time-bound targets to tackle deforestation

A new report has outlined how banks can take proactive steps to improve traceability and accountability of contributions to deforestation, as part of a first step to accelerating action towards a forest-restorative economy.

At present, just 2% of agricultural land has been set aside for biodiversity-rich ponds, hedges and meadows

Report: More farmland must be converted to forests and meadows if UK is to reach net-zero

Land use in the UK must be dramatically transformed by the end of the decade if the UK is to meet its 2050 net-zero target, with space re-allocated from livestock to vegetables, meadows and hedges. This will result in all of us eating less meat and more plant-based foods.

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Horizon scanning: Eight green innovations set to shake-up sustainability in 2021

Over the past 12 months, countless innovations which could help businesses and nations deliver a green recovery. Here, edie rounds up nine key products and concepts that could transform sustainability in 2021.

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Starbucks outlines next steps on renewable energy and regenerative agriculture

Starbucks has outlined the first steps it will take to meet the 2030 sustainability targets it launched earlier this year, headlined by commitments to halve emissions, water use and waste sent to landfill.

Image: US Cotton Trust Protocol

Gap targets 100% sustainably sourced cotton by 2025

Fashion giant Gap Inc has pledged to only source cotton which is certified as sustainable within five years, through the US Cotton Trust Protocol.

PepsiCo could apply the method to oats and corn as well as potatoes 

Walkers turns to beer-based carbon capture for low-carbon potatoes

Crisp brand Walkers is scaling up efforts to repurpose potato peelings and captured carbon for use as fertiliser - a system which can reduce emissions associated with potato growing by 70%.

More than two-thirds of Nestle's annual absolute emissions are attributable to the supply chain 

Nestle outlines roadmap to net-zero by 2050, backed with more than £2bn of investment

Nestle has committed to halve its absolute emissions by 2030 and bring them to net-zero by 2050, and outlined plans for new investments in renewable electricity, carbon offsetting and regenerative agriculture.

All changes are designed to ensure that by 2028, farmers can operate safely and profitably without subsidy support

'Fraught with risk': Government's sustainable farming plan sparks concern amongst green groups

The UK Government has unveiled plans to deliver the most significant change to land management and farming practices in 50 years as a replacement to the EU's Common Agricultural Policy, a move that has sparked widespread concern amongst green groups due to a lack of detail.

Growth will be delivered by a rollout of the Vegetarian Butcher, which Unilever acquired in 2018. In addition, more vegan options for brands such as Hellmann’s, Magnum and Wall’s will be introduced

Unilever to halve food waste, sets €1bn sales target for plant-based food alternatives

Consumer goods giant Unilever has unveiled a new "future foods" strategy that will see the company commit to halving food waste, improving nutritional standards and set a €1bn sales target for plant-based meat and dairy alternatives.

Greta Thunberg and other youth activists have vocally criticized the decision

Common Agricultural Policy to remain part of EU's biodiversity funding, despite criticism

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), voted on this week in the European Parliament and Council, will remain by far the biggest funding source for biodiversity protection schemes at EU level, despite claims that it has encouraged intensive and damaging farming.

The publication has been timed to mark World Food Day on Friday (16 October)

Governments urged to reform food systems as part of Covid-19 green recovery efforts

World leaders "know" they must help reform food systems to protect the environment and improve public health and should use their Covid-19 recovery plans to raise ambitions and accelerate action in this area.

The Bill returned to Parliament this week following Covid-19-related delays

Agriculture Bill: Outrage as bid to protect environmental and food safety standards rejected

Groups and individuals across the green economy have expressed anger and disappointment after an amendment to the Agriculture Bill, designed to require imported food to meet domestic standards, was thrown out by the Government.

Tesco will introduce plant-based alternatives across 20 different food categories

Tesco to increase sales of meat alternatives by 300% to reduce environmental impact of products

Tesco has become the first UK retailer to set public sales targets for plant-based meat alternatives, pledging to increase sales of those products by 300% by 2025 as part of an ongoing commitment to halve the environmental impact of the average shopping basket.

Mission Possible: Achieving a green recovery for manufacturing

edie's Mission Possible campaign has evolved to focus on the green recovery, with a new series of reports outlining the challenges that businesses in key sectors face in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, and the opportunities that the green recovery will bring. First up, manufacturing.

A more in-depth analysis of Nespresso's carbon footprint will also be conducted by teams in the UK & Ireland

Nespresso targets carbon neutrality by 2022

Nespresso has outlined plans to reduce supply chain emissions, invest in insetting at coffee farms and purchase carbon offsets to reach carbon neutrality by 2022.

5 sustainability communications lessons from David Attenborough's Extinction: The Facts

David Attenborough's latest BBC documentary has been called both "heartwarming" and "gut-wrenching" since it aired on Sunday evening (13 September). But beyond the striking facts and shocking images, it provides viewers with several lessons on how to get environmental communications right, edie's senior reporter Sarah George explains.

If natural disasters occur at the same rate recorded over the last 30 years, 1.2 billion could be displaced globally by 2050

Climate crisis to cause mass population displacement and growth in refugees, report finds

The ecological and climate crises are on course to displace more than 1.2 billion people by 2050, as natural disasters, food shortages and water scarcity create mass disruptions to global migration trends.

Backsliding on existing negotiations could see the UK weaken existing environmental policies

Is Brexit at odds with the UK's net-zero emissions target?

The Government's Brexit negotiations could set the nation up to miss its net-zero commitments, with Boris Johnson's intention to renegade on parts of the Withdrawal Agreement sparking fresh concerns about law-bound efforts to combat the ecological and climate crises.

Pictured: An ROC-certified, California-based apricot farm which supplies to Patagonia Provisions. Image: Keri Oberly for Patagonia

Patagonia: Regenerative agriculture is the next sustainability frontier for fashion and food

EXCLUSIVE: Patagonia's vice president for social & environmental responsibility has told of how she witnessed a "groundswell" in regenerative farming in recent months, of a scale that has been unprecedented during her 10+ years working across supply chains.

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Climate change and agriculture driving record levels of deforestation, WWF report finds

Climate change and agriculture are fueling record levels of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, with fires in the area 33% higher over that last 12 months than the previous year.

The company’s 17 production sites generate, on average 7g of carbon per dollar of sales. Image: HelloFresh

HelloFresh to offset entire carbon footprint

Meal kit provider HelloFresh has announced its intention to offset 100% of carbon emissions from internal operations and offices, corporate travel and deliveries.

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Patagonia ups regenerative agriculture efforts

Outdoor clothing company Patagonia has launched new campaigns to highlight the benefits of regenerative organic agriculture in tackling the climate and ecological crises, having launched a new range of cotton T-shirts sourced from farms promoting sustainable agriculture methods.


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