Biodiversity 'offsetting' proposals could be 'license to trash'
The Government's proposals to introduce biodiversity offsetting in the UK have been met with apprehension by environmental groups, who feel it could be a "license to trash" for developers.
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
SC Johnson goes 'Acre-for-Acre' with customers to protect the Amazon rainforest
Cleaning products manufacturer SC Johnson has unveiled a new challenge to help with the "necessity" of saving the Amazon rainforest, by challenging consumers to protect 10,000 acres.
Sweet success? How the sugar tax will impact Britain's low-carbon commitments
Many of us will have made a healthy New Year's resolution, often tailored to running off a Christmas dinner or two and reducing the amount of sugar in our diets. In light of the UK's upcoming sugar tax, what impact could a sugar-reduced diet have on the environment and the sustainability of big food retailers?
The Body Shop accelerates CSR commitments through East Croydon innovation hub
EXCLUSIVE: The Body Shop has officially unveiled a £1m innovation hub in East Croydon that it claims will enhance the company's ability to reduce the environmental impact of its product category footprints and develop an innovation pipeline to deliver pioneering cosmetics produced from biodiversity hotspots.
The Body Shop extends Southeast Asian biodiversity programme
The Body Shop has today (1 November) extended its Bio-Bridges programme which aims to regenerate 75 million square metres of forest by 2020.
Biodiversity in the spotlight as reports highlight need for infrastructure advances
An international collaboration of top biologists has found that vital improvements must be made to forecast the global impact of climate change on plants and wildlife, as a separate report outlines how a planning framework is necessary for the UK to reverse biodiversity loss by 2020.
Brighton sets 'sustainability benchmark' for eco-tourism with i360 opening
The world's first vertical cable car, the British Airways i360, has opened on Brighton's seafront, with the developers "aiming to set a new global benchmark in sustainability".
National Trust calls for complete reform of British farm subsidies
The National Trust has called for complete reform of the British farm subsidy system after Brexit, by ending payments for owning land and only rewarding farmers who improve the environment and help wildlife.
MPs call for evidence on post-Brexit environment strategy
The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has set a September deadline for the new Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (EU) David Davis, and new Minister for the Environment Therese Coffey to reveal how they plan to handle environmental policies during exit negotiations.
Brexit would free UK from 'spirit-crushing' green directives, says minister
The UK could develop a more flexible approach to environmental protection free of "spirit-crushing" Brussels directives if it votes to leave the EU, the farming minister, George Eustice, has said.
How The Body Shop is using 'monkey dating' to tackle deforestation
The Body Shop has today (24 May) officially launched its new Bio-Bridges programme, which aims to regenerate and reconnect 75 million square metres of damaged forests, as part of the beauty products retailer's ambitious new CSR strategy.
Sir David Attenborough hails Cory's landfill transformation
Sir David Attenborough has officially opened a nature park on a former landfill site in Essex, hailing it a "new chapter" for the region's landscape.
Edie explains: Natural capital
It's vital to business operations, yet is ignored on the balance sheet of the vast majority of companies. In the latest edie explains, we find out what natural capital really means, and what your business should be doing about it.
UK's largest (and greenest) solar farm connects to grid
The 48MW Southwick Estate Solar Farm in Hampshire is now operating as the UK's largest solar farm following grid connection earlier this week.
Bioeconomy ready to boom, says Government report
The UK bioeconomy could be worth £100bn a year with Government support, claimed a new report from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
EIB launches initiatives to support European climate and biodiversity challenges
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Commission have joined forces to launch two financial initiatives with a €715m investment to encourage private sector involvement in schemes that reduce energy use and conserve natural capital.
Sustainable development goals must not be undermined, say MPs
With UN negotiators eventually reaching a watered-down deal in Peru over the weekend, the UK Parliament's green watchdog is now warning the Government to uphold its Sustainable Development Goals ahead of Paris 2015.
UNEP: Protected areas 'vital' to global economy and climate
More than six million square kilometres of land has been 'protected' in the past four years, but a new UNEP report has argued that better funding and management would help these areas boost local economies and mitigate the impact of climate change.
Are solar farms really hitting British food production?
Environment secretary Liz Truss has cut solar farm's subsidies saying they harm food production, but most UK solar farms successfully produce food as well. Karl Mathiesen investigates.
Drugs flushed into the environment could be cause of wildlife decline
New studies show antidepressants causing starlings to feed less and contraceptive drugs reducing fish populations in lakes.
Earth lost 50% of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF
Species across land, rivers and seas decimated as humans kill for food in unsustainable numbers and destroy habitats.
MPs give 'red card' to Government's green record
The UK's self-proclaimed 'Greenest Government Ever' has been given a 'red card' for its limited progress in reducing air pollution, protecting biodiversity and preventing flooding.
Solar energy offers 'lifeline' for struggling farmers
More and more British farmers are combining their sheep, chickens and other poultry with rows of solar panels and producing a double output of food and home-grown energy, according to a new report.
Stopping climate meltdown needs the courage that saved the ozone layer
Governments dither on the solution to global warming - but the Montreal protocol is a reminder of a time when they took their hands out of their pockets.
Lib Dems plan five new laws for a 'greener' Britain
The Liberal Democrat manifesto will include plans for five new laws to protect the environment, the party announced today.
Lessons learned: using GRI's G4 reporting guidelines
UPS director of sustainability, EMEA Peter Harris shares the challenges, solutions and lessons learned from adhering to the Global Reporting Initiative's G4 guidelines.
Nestlé secures sustainable milk supply chain for Kit Kat and Nescafé
Nestlé has set up a partnership within its milk supply chain to drive sustainability through lower carbon emissions and on-farm biodiversity. Its Kit Kat and Nescafé brands are the first to benefit from the move.
Coca-Cola tackles water scarcity with Danube restoration project
Coca-Cola Enterprises has reinforced its global water stewardship efforts in a ground-breaking collaboration with WWF to restore vital wetlands and floodplains along the Danube River.
Pickles accused of picking on solar sector
The UK's solar farm industry has been dealt another blow following an intervention by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and the reported scrapping of two major solar projects in Suffolk.
Commission withdraws environmental proposals
The European Commission has announced the withdrawal of its proposal for a Soil Framework Directive and for a directive on access to justice in environmental matters, which would have transcribed the third pillar of the Aarhus Convention into European law.
EU approves more than €280m for new environment and climate projects
The European Commission has today approved €282.6m (£232m) funding for 225 new projects under the LIFE+ programme, the European Union's environment fund.
BRE launches guidance on how to optimise biodiversity on solar farms
The BRE National Solar Centre (BRE NSC) is unveiling guidance today on how to turn solar farms into biodiversity 'hotspots'.
HS2 needs separate 'ring-fenced' budget to safeguard environment
Environmental safeguarding must be better implemented into the planning of the HS2 project with the help of a separate budget, MPs are recommending.
Is sustainability getting too clever for its own good?
Every month there appears to be a new buzzword on the block, seeking to define the trends shaping green business. But as the language evolves, could it be in danger of becoming too self-serving and elitist? Maxine Perella reports
Kingfisher's Ian Cheshire on shaping the built environment
Energy efficiency to biodiversity offsetting, shaping the built environment requires us to consider all potential impacts, writes Ian Cheshire
SEPA misses two green targets
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has announced that it has failed to meet some of its environmental targets.
Natural Capital - the missing piece of the economic jigsaw
There is a growing realisation among some businesses and policy makers that economics has failed to take account of a third form of capital, natural capital, says Claire Wansbury and Rupert Haines.
Report: Intensive meat production devouring land and raw materials
The current industrialised meat and dairy production system is "untenable" and needs a radical rethink to reduce its impact on the environment, according to a new report.
Microbeads pollution - a drop in the ocean for the beauty industry
The threat plastic pollution poses to marine wildlife is now a recognised issue amongst consumers, businesses and governments, but is the damage from microplastics, found in many beauty products, a problem literally being washed down the drain? Leigh Stringer investigates
Cemex's new policy puts water scarcity higher up the agenda
Global building materials firm Cemex has implemented a corporate water policy to increase water efficiency by managing consumption and utilising sustainable water sources such as rainwater.
Regent's Place 'exemplar' for sustainable development
Regents Place, a 13-acre mixed-use site, located north of the Euston Road, has undergone a transformation to establish the building as an exemplar of sustainable development.
PM not delivering on environmental commitments report warns
The Government is failing to deliver nearly a third of its natural environment commitments, finds a new report.
Government's biodiversity offsetting proposals 'too simplistic'
Government proposals to introduce a system of 'biodiversity offsetting' must be improved to properly protect Britain's wildlife and woodlands, according to the Environmental Audit Committee.
Southern Railway steams ahead with network-wide biodiversity push
Southern Railway has entered into a partnership with Sussex Wildlife Trust to launch a biodiversity project which it hopes to expand across its entire rail network.
Southern Railway sets out platform for smarter resource efficiency
One of the UK's leading train operators is looking to forge stronger networks in its sustainable ambitions, to leave a lasting legacy both on and off the tracks. Maxine Perella reports
Top tips: 5 ways to create an effective behaviour change programme
Three-quarters of energy managers surveyed in a recent edie report claimed that employee engagement and behaviour change was a top priority this year. But they also listed it as one of the biggest barriers to getting their energy efficiency schemes off the ground...
Lessons learnt from the school of Ellen MacArthur
Circular economy student Chidi Ofoegbu recently participated in the first Schmidt-MacArthur summer school and has since returned to South Africa to continue his studies in this field. He talks to Maxine Perella about the experience
Barry Gardiner appointed shadow minister for natural environment
Labour Leader Ed Miliband has appointed Barry Gardiner as Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries.
EEA calls into question 'carbon neutral' biomass
The European Environment Agency (EEA) has said that the production of bioenergy is not always carbon neutral and must follow EU resource efficiency principles, but experts say more research is needed.
In conversation with Eurostar's Peter Bragg
This week we catch-up with Eurostar's head of environment and energy, Peter Bragg, on why we should all take European high-speed rail instead of short-haul flights and why consumer engagement in environmental issues has declined.
Businesses called on to protect Natural Capital for World Environment Day
Two of the key figures involved in the inaugural World Forum on Natural Capital have today urged business leaders that the benefits of properly valuing natural capital must not be underestimated.
EXCLUSIVE: Green 'industry' bullying weak minded politicians says UKIP's Nigel Farage
The environmental movement has become politicised, urbanised and is 'full of profound deep ignorance' says UKIP leader Nigel Farage.
UKIP's Nigel Farage on wind farms, global warming and Charles Darwin
His political views have been criticised for being 'offensive' and controversial, so it comes as little surprise that Nigel Farage's environmental ideologies are equally unorthodox. Leigh Stringer talks to the UKIP leader about the Government's environmental strategy and his connection to Charles Darwin.
UN calls for greater collaborative effort to achieve global water security
The United Nations (UN) has called for stronger scientific alliances to understand and protect natural resources, warning that unless greater efforts are made to reverse current trends the world will run out of freshwater.
Sustainability must go mainstream: Interview with Peter Bakker
Business cannot succeed in a society that fails - that is the personal mantra of Peter Bakker, president of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. He takes time out to tell Zeljka Davis why
EXCLUSIVE: Internal engagement 'vital' for a low carbon construction sector
The construction industry must try to drive sustainability further into distribution, from raw material extraction right the way through to completed construction projects, says CEMEX's Andy Spencer.
Climate change report card prompts action to conserve biodiversity
The Living With Environmental Change Partnership (LWEC) has gathered together the latest evidence and observations to show how climate change is affecting the UK's countryside.
Greater urgency needed to green up London's built environment
More inclusivity must be built into London's smart city agenda to safeguard its infrastructure against future climate threats, a leading sustainability analyst has warned.
EXCLUSIVE: APP responds to allegations of 'irresponsible' deforestation policy
Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) announced today that it has not breached its deforestation policy following allegations by WWF that it will not provide "any real conservation benefits".
Study warns of 'significant risk' to businesses not managing natural capital
The economic value and conservation of natural resources must be integrated more closely into global business models, according to a study.
Nature must be 'new lens' for corporate resource security
Business needs to re-examine its relationship with nature and start integrating true resource value into operational strategies, if it is to guard against future risk.
Businesses rally to promote profit sense of valuing environment
A group of influential businesses has published its final report to the Government advising that substantial economic benefits could be made if companies value their surrounding environment more.
Europe must double efforts to protect water supply
Europe needs to intensify efforts to keep sufficient quantity and quality of fresh water to maintain the regions ecosystems, according to a series of reports published by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
EU ministers urge Member States to safeguard water resources
EU Environment Ministers have set out key actions to improve governance of those involved in managing water resources.
Euro leaders call for wasteful goods to be 'taken off market'
The European Commission is calling for a cull of resource-inefficient consumer goods across Europe to stimulate markets for products and services that have lower lifecycle impacts.
Center Parcs engages employees in energy efficiency
Family holiday company Center Parcs has launched a UK-wide scheme encouraging employees to engage with energy saving away from the workplace.
Water management crucial in fight against rising tide of ecosystem damage
Water must be managed within sustainable limits in order to stop the damage to ecosystems, says the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Stepping into an ethical future
Social and environmental responsibility is the foundation upon which French shoe and accessory manufacturer Veja built its business from the outset - with considerable success, going from manufacturing 5,000 pairs of shoes to 125,000 pairs in just six years.
Playing Catch Up - implementing a sustainability strategy in an emerging economy
Sustainability is a core element of any modern business. Companies in the developed world have been investing heavily in the implementation of CSR and sustainability strategies in recent years and the expectation to communicate sustainability has never been greater, says Liz Wilks. In the UK for example, HM Treasury now requires sustainability reports to be published in Annual Reports and Accounts.
Sustainable businesses need 'transparent dialogue with stakeholders'
Feedback and the views from stakeholders must be accounted for when businesses develop their sustainability strategies, says Asia Pulp & Paper's (APP) sustainability manager.
Sustainable drainage systems resource website launched
A website that provides a variety of resources for those involved in delivering sustainable drainage systems (SUDS) was launched this week.
VIDEO: The river's edge - a journey of transformation
The team working on the rivers and wetlands of the Olympic Park, one of Europe's biggest greening projects, faced numerous challenges, explains Ruth Boyle of engineering consultancy Atkins
ANALYSIS: Has reshuffle dealt Defra a poor hand?
The exit of Caroline Spelman from Defra's secretarial post yesterday was one of the first predicted in the hours leading up to Cameron's first major cabinet reshuffle since the coalition took office. That in itself is significant.
Wiki-style river restoration website launched
A website that enables the collation and sharing of information on river restoration projects across Europe was launched yesterday.
Sustainable business could gain from community and local authority bond
A closer relationship between communities and local authorities that focus on sustainability goals will offer strong opportunities for businesses.
Sustainable solution for Network Rail waste processing equipment
A sustainable, modular building has been constructed to accommodate eco-friendly waste processing equipment at Westwood, Network Rail's training centre near Coventry.
Recession slashes food waste, but poorer diet results
Food waste generated by households has dropped significantly since the UK went into recession, but food poverty appears to be on the rise according to latest research.
New government indicators allow public to monitor sustainable development
A new set of government indicators will allow the public and businesses to monitor the UK's progress towards sustainable long-term growth.
Biodiversity guide looks to educate planners
A new guide has been published to help planners better account for nature and understand its economic value to communities.
Scotland sacrifices sustainability for hydro nation goal
Scotland is placing commercial gain over sustainability in its bid to become the world's first 'hydro nation'.
Asking price too low for green skills - Chris Packham
TV presenter Chris Packham has called on the environmental sector to recognise and exploit the value of its "unique skill set" which he believes has been undersold for too long.
Minister Hogan unveils Environment Partnership Fund
Ireland's environment minister Phil Hogan has allocated €337,000 to the Environment Partnership Fund 2012.
Supply chain engagement 'key', says Boots
Collaborative supply chain partnerships are going to become increasingly important in getting sustainable products to market as the UK makes the transition towards a circular economy, according to a Boots spokesperson.
Food supply sustainability offers 'large opportunities'
There are large opportunities for food businesses who 'get it right' in terms of supply chain sustainability and resilience, according to UK champion for Global Food Security Professor Tim Benton.
UPDATED: Culprit behind BP hoax revealed
On the eve of the BP AGM in London protest action around oil and gas giants BP has heated up with a hoax press release appearing on a fake London 2012 Olympic Games website stating it has been dropped as a sustainability partner.
M&S set to launch flagship eco-store
Marks & Spencer has unveiled plans for its largest sustainable store yet as part of its Plan A commitment in Cheshire Oaks near Ellesmere Port.
OECD environmental study paints 'grim' picture of 2050
A 50% increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, an 85% global dependence on fossil fuels, a 400% increase in water demand from manufacturing and urban air pollution to be the number one environmental cause of premature death... the OECD predictions for 2050 make stark reading.
Blue chips begin live testing natural capital processes
More than 40 of the world's biggest businesses have been given access to the new draft of a new Protocol which enables business to effectively gauge environmental impacts and develop natural capital business models.
Forth Energy pulls plug on energy plant
Forth Energy has withdrawn plans to build a combined heat and power (CHP) plant at the Port Of Leith, after new proposals to develop it as a hub for offshore renewable energy emerged.
Businesses urged to reduce water usage
Water flows have improved in the UK's rivers as a result of tighter rules on abstraction for businesses, water companies and agriculture, but there is still a way to go says the Environment Agency (EA).
Making Growth Green
Caroline Spelman Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Scotland's 'largest' flood prevention scheme launches
Glasgow City Council has launched a pioneering £53m flood prevention scheme, creating 90,000sq m of bio diverse habitat.
John West launches full supply chain transparency application
UK canned seafood manufacturer John West has unveiled plans to bring "full transparency" to its supply chain.
Irish peatlands to play 'important role' in tackling carbon emissions
Irish peatlands will play a vital role in key areas such as climate change and biodiversity, according to research by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA).
South East Water builds river walkway for eels
South East Water (SEW) has fitted a special 'eel pass' on a river weir in East Sussex, in a bid to help the creatures migrate more easily from the sea and thrive.
Prince Philip to celebrate 25 years of honorary fellowship
The Duke of Edinburgh will be celebrating 25 years honorary fellowship of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) at a reception at Buckingham Palace next week (October 11).
Minister Hogan announces significant funding for environment projects
The minister for the environment, community and local government, Phil Hogan has unveiled a six figure funding pot for local environment initiatives, with local authorities providing match funding.
Grand designs on water
Water sensitive urban design has a big role to play in creating an economical and resilient water infrastructure for the UK, argues Paul Shaffer, associate of the construction industry association, CIRIA
Ministers have shown high aspirations in unpromising circumstances, says Barrie Clarke of Undercurrent. And a new manifesto for the environment is good for the water business