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The engagement drive means that, as of 2016, 98% of Edinburgh's waste is diverted from landfill - a “huge increase” on 2015 levels

In practice: Edinburgh Zoo's behaviour change drive to increase recycling

Attracting more than half a million visitors each year, Edinburgh Zoo has a significant opportunity to engage consumers on sustainability at a large scale. Here, edie charts an award-winning behaviour change drive which has helped the attraction divert 98% of its waste away from landfill.

Bywaters has reduced its carbon emissions by around 45% and saved more than 640 tonnes of CO2 since February 2016

In practice: London's largest solar retrofit project

Waste management firm Bywaters has dramatically reduced its energy usage and achieved near self-sufficiency following the delivery of a 1MW solar retrofit project at its plant in East London.

Smurfit Kappa's €134m (£120m) investment in new technologies at its Nettingsdorf Paper Mill will significantly reduce emissions while increasing production output

In practice: Smurfit Kappa's £120m onsite sustainability drive

With one eye on a key carbon reduction goal for 2020, paper-based packaging company Smurfit Kappa recently undertook a multi-million-euro investment into new boiler and steam turbine systems at one of its major manufacturing facilities in Austria which will significantly reduce emissions.

The low-carbon systems utilised throughout the facility have resulted in a 45% reduction in energy use compared to an industry-standard data centre

In practice: Capgemini's carbon-cutting Merlin data centre

With data centres accounting for 40% of Capgemini's total emissions and 70% of energy use, IT consulting firm's decision to develop an ultra-sustainable, energy-efficient data centre has driven great results, helping to push the company beyond a carbon goal one year ahead of schedule.

The £50m Bermondsey Dive Under project required a collaborative approach between client, designers and contractors

In practice: Network Rail's Bermondsey Dive Under biodiversity project

Network Rail's infrastructure project received CEEQUAL Excellent Whole Team Award of 96.6%, having increased biodiversity in the area by 113%. The score is currently the highest that has been achieved by a completed project on the £7bn Thameslink expansion programme.

Satellite company Inmarsat, telecomms equipment supplier Ericsson, and technology firm Intel have together created new blueprints that foster sustainable innovation among Kigali's residents

Test bed: Turning Kigali into Africa's smart cities hub

edie investigates the green business potential of breakthrough technologies and innovations in this new series of 'test bed' case studies. Up next: a look at how a new public-private partnership is using the Internet of Things (IoT) to transform the Rwandan capital of Kigali into a connected smart city that champions sustainable agriculture and water management.

The apartments at 119 Ebury Street apartments offer a number of benefits to residents including lower energy bills, improved indoor air quality and better sound-proofing

In practice: Grosvenor's highly sustainable redevelopment of a heritage building

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland's building project at 119 Ebury Street, Belgravia, is the UK's first listed building to achieve BREEAM 'Outstanding', utilising a range of low-carbon technologies that significantly reduce the site's environmental footprint.

Coffee cups, lids and coffee grounds generated by over 300 shops, bars and restaurants across the 12-acre Canary Wharf Estate are now recycled through the use of designated bins

In practice: Canary Wharf Group's closed-loop Clean Coffee Zone

With the Canary Wharf Estate welcoming almost a million visitors every week, site owner Canary Wharf Group has seized upon an opportunity to ignite a resource revolution. Through the creation of closed-loop 'Clean Coffee Zone', coffee-related waste is now recycled and turned into new resources.

PwC's central London office, which was recently refurbished to BREEAM 'outstanding' standards. Photo: PwC

In practice: PwC's new programme to drive responsible technology

With technological advances having an unprecedented impact on business operations, accountancy firm PwC has published a new responsible technology policy, setting out commitments and actions to ensure society can reap the benefits of the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution'.

Until now, landfill or burning were the only options for disposing of MDF, but MDF Recovery has developed a novel, proprietary process to recover wood fibre from the material

Test bed: Scaling up a world-first recycling solution for MDF

edie investigates the green business potential of breakthrough technologies and innovations in this new series of 'test bed' case studies. First up: a look at a world-first solution that creates a secondary material from recycled MDF boards, generating zero waste in the process.

Megatrends: Exploring the future of sustainable business

This exclusive edie report explores the business impact of five key megatrends that are shaping the world we live in: climate change; technology and innovation; population growth and social change; urbanisation and smart cities; and economic growth.

The vehicles are expected to generate overall lifetime savings of £75,000 to £100,00 compared to a diesel equivalent

Waitrose eyes 50 biomethane trucks by end of 2017

EXCLUSIVE: British retail chain Waitrose aims to have 50 100% biomethane gas-fuelled trucks operating in its fleet by the end of year, in an effort to lower emissions from its distribution fleet.

In practice: Costa's new low-carbon coffee roastery

What makes Costa Coffee’s new £38m roastery in Basildon "one of the most sustainable buildings in the world"? This free case study provides an overview of all the low-carbon and resource-efficient features of the retailer's flagship sustainability project.

In practice: Gatwick Airport's 'world-first' waste management plant

Gatwick’s pioneering energy-from-waste plant represents a huge step forward for sustainable aviation. Find out how it works, who was involved and the key results the facility is driving in this new 'in practice' case study.

SDGs mean business: How credible standards can help companies deliver the 2030 Agenda

This new report published by WWF and ISEAL indicates how businesses can contribute strongly to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and unlock new market opportunities by using credible voluntary sustainability standards to transform entire sectors and supply chains.

10 top tips to drive engagement with your CSR report

What are the key components required to produce a sustainability report which drives engagement on a range of CSR issues among key stakeholders? edie brings you the secrets to sustainability reporting success with this latest top-tips guide for businesses.

INFOGRAPHIC: Energy efficiency benchmarking survey

edie, in association with E.ON, conducted a survey with selected readers responsible for energy management, asking them to identify the energy efficiency activity they had already completed or had underway.

ISO 50001 is available to any business of any size, but its suitability will largely depend on the energy requirements of the business

edie launches free ISO 50001 guide for energy managers

Organisations and energy managers with an interest in the ISO 50001 energy management system now have access to a free comprehensive 'edie explains' guide which breaks down all of the key information required to gain certification.

Laser-cut aluminum sheet blanks produced at Novelis Nachterstedt for use in automotive parts. Photo: Edelman

Jaguar Land Rover drives circular value chain with REALCAR project

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will incorporate a sustainable aluminium alloy that contains up to 75% recycled content into the manufacturing of all of its vehicles, thanks to a successful collaborative project between the British carmaker and US aluminium can recycler Novelis.

Shoppers can now trade-in their unwanted gadgets at Argos stores up and down the country

Argos launches nationwide gadget trade-in scheme

Argos is embracing the circular economy with the rollout of a new gadget trade-in service across the retailer's 788 UK stores.

(L-R): Andy Whittam, University of Reading, Energy Saving Trust chief executive Philip Sellwood, compere Alistair McGowan and Dan Fernbank, University of Reading

What makes a Sustainability Leader? Case study: University of Reading

With deadline day for entry to the 2015 Sustainability Leaders Awards closing on Thursday (30 July), we take a closer look at the outstanding energy efficiency initiative from the University of Reading that won over last year's judges.

L-r: Whitbread's Ben Brakes, Professor Tom Stephenson of Cranfield University, Waterscan's Nick Hayes and compere Alistair McGowan

What makes a Sustainability Leader? Case study: Whitbread Group & Waterscan

With deadline day for entry to the 2015 Sustainability Leaders Awards later this week, we take a closer look at the outstanding water management initiative from Whitbread Group and Waterscan that won over last year's judges.

(L-R): Ecolateral’s Peter Jones; DHL Envirosolution’s Amanda Williams and Andrew Haynes; and compere Alistair McGowan

What makes a Sustainability Leader? Case study: JD Wetherspoon & DHL

With deadline day for entry to edie's 2015 Sustainability Leaders Awards fast approaching, we take a closer look at the collaboration between pub chain JD Wetherspoon and logistics firm DHL Supply Chain which took home last year's Waste & Resource Management award.

(L-R): Rachel Bradley, B&Q, host Alistair McGowan, Ben Smith, B&Q and Charlotte Doyle, Sounds Commercial

What makes a Sustainability Leader? Case study: B&Q

With deadline day for entry to the 2015 Sustainability Leaders Awards fast approaching, this new series of articles profiles the businesses, people and initiatives that won over last year's judges. And where better to start than 2014 hat-trick winner B&Q?

Kingfisher: Compliance to Resilience

For companies already driving bottom-line efficiencies and top- line growth through sustainability initiatives, meeting industry standards and complying with government regulations is simply a ‘permission to play’. What happens to an organisation when it goes beyond compliance?

With their more nimble approach to business, SMEs can make good progress on sustainability

Sustainable SMEs: small steps for big success

Andrew Shortis, managing director of the newfound Minimise Group, explains how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can emulate big-brand sustainability ambitions.

The fund will train third sector staff to repair electronics, textiles and furniture

Scottish third sector given funding to boost repair skills

Scottish third sector organisations who specialise in re-use could be given up to £1500 each to help them train their staff to repair electronics, textiles and furniture.

Sustainability reporting: explained

An introductory guide on the principle sustainability reporting frameworks and best practice guidance, from CSR sustainability consultancy CLT envirolaw.

Sustainability Services for Laboratories

The UK is a world leader in setting legally binding emission targets. Back in 2008, we were the first country worldwide to set our emission targets. Since then, VWR has been developing a diverse range of unique services to help our customers reduce their laboratory running costs.

STA Annual Guide 2015

The Source Testing Association Annual Guide is an essential guide to UK source testing services for UK process operators and anyone with an interest in stack testing.

Fuel ethanol is the most cost-effective way to decarbonise transport

Policymakers urged to accelerate shift to bio-based economy

The European Renewable Ethanol Industry Association (ePURE) has advised European policymakers to establish a long-term framework to expand Europe's network of biorefineries by 2030.


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