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Green & Black's new edition bars will be sourced using Mondelez International's Cocoa Life initiative

Green & Black's removes Fairtrade from new UK chocolate range

Mondelez International is expanding the new branding initiative of its sustainable sourcing commitment, after it was revealed that a new edition of a Green & Black's bar would go on sale without any Fairtrade branding.

The new £10 note will be issued on 14 September 2017, and has been described by Carney as “safer, stronger and cleaner”

New £5 and £10 banknotes have smaller lifetime carbon impact

New £5 and £10 notes unveiled by the Bank of England earlier this month have carbon footprints 16% and 8% lower than previous paper versions, new analysis from the Carbon Trust has revealed.

All projects certified under the Gold Standard for the Global Goals will have to contribute to at least three SDGs, with the Climate Action goal being a mandatory requirement

New standard launched to certify business commitments to SDGs

A new standard was launched on Monday (10 July) to quantify, certify and maximise the business contributions to the development of climate change mitigation and other key targets listed by the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Waitrose has said that its customers are

Waitrose commits to 100% Fairtrade tea amid Sainsbury's alternative scheme controversy

British supermarket chain Waitrose has strengthened its commitment to source Fairtrade tea, as fellow retailer Sainsbury's continues to face criticism for launching its own 'Fairly Traded' sustainability standard.

The certification can reduce overhead costs, bringing more retrofit projects to the market

'Investor-ready' green certification project rolled-out for district energy and street lighting

A green certification project aimed at standardising how building projects are measured and developed to accelerate investment opportunities has received backing from the Horizon 2020 programme to expand across Europe.

The UK is the biggest importer of wood pellets in the European Union (EU), shipping in more than seven million tonnes from the US and Canada in 2015

UK's biomass ambition: Low-cost solution or forest full of loopholes?

A new report has outlined that using waste and biomass for gasification can help the UK meet its 2050 carbon targets at a lower cost to the economy, on the same day that research condemned a biomass standard used by Drax, E.ON and DONG as a "forest of loopholes".

The Environment Agency is encouraging businesses to begin carrying out energy audits before the ESOS Phase 2 compliance deadline of 5 December 2019

ESOS: Government begins issuing non-compliance fines as Phase 2 begins

With the second phase of the UK Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) now underway, the Environment Agency has revealed that hundreds of organisations will be hit with large fines for failing to comply with Phase 1 of the mandatory scheme.

182,000 cocoa, coffee and tea farmers are certified under both standards, and a single standard will allow farmers and businesses to invest in sustainable practices more easily

Rainforest Alliance and UTZ to 'redefine sustainability standards' with merger

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses look set to benefit from a streamlined certification process within agriculture supply chains, after the Rainforest Alliance announced an intention "redefine the certification landscape" by merging with fellow sustainability certifiers UTZ.

Sainsbury's has replaced the Fairtrade logo with its own Fairly Traded mark on key lines of the retailer's own-brand tea

Sainsbury's prompts backlash from Fairtrade after developing its own 'Fairly Traded' eco-label

Sainsbury's has clashed with The Fairtrade Foundation after the supermarket group launched its own sustainability standard which effectively negates the need for external ethical certification labels on its products.

The work also shows that, even if diesel cars did meet emissions limits, there would still be 70,000 early deaths per year

38,000 people a year die early because of diesel emissions testing failures

The global human health impact of the diesel emissions scandal has been revealed by new research showing a minimum of 38,000 people a year die early due to the failure of diesel vehicles to meet official limits in real driving conditions.

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University library in Bucharest, Europe. BREEAM still has an 80% market share on the continent

LEED and BREEAM can generate 'stories of leadership' for businesses, says USGBC

EXCLUSIVE: The ongoing expansion of LEED certification opportunities in Europe can enable businesses to become leaders in the built environment, by obtaining duel, third-party certifications that highlight the business case for green buildings.

edie Live exhibitor focus: Planet Mark

Ahead of edie Live at the NEC on 23-24 May, we get up close and personal with some of our exhibitors to find out what visitors can expect to see from them at the show, what's new and how they can help in the drive towards sustainability targets.

The MSC will include new priority species such as squid, octopus, crab and seaweed

Marine Stewardship Council unveils new sustainable seafood targets to mark 20th anniversary

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has celebrated its 20th anniversary by unveiling new targets to increase the amount of sustainable seafood caught across the world.

The announcement means there are now more than 2,000 restaurant locations across the UK serving MSC-certified traceable and sustainable seafood

Premier Inn pledges to deliver three million sustainable fish and chip meals

Premier Inn has become the world's largest Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified national hotel chain, meaning an extra three million sustainable portions of fish and chips will be served across the UK each year.

The standard acts as the world’s first independent certification for organisations that are measuring and managing supply chain emissions

O2 becomes first company to receive highest Carbon Trust Standard for supply chains

As the United Nations launches a framework to help businesses assess sustainability impacts, digital communications provider O2 has been named as the first organisation in the world to receive the highest Carbon Trust Standard for supply chains.

Greenhouse PR has embarked on campaigns such as launching Europe’s first renewable biomethane fuel for HGV’s and establishing smart battery technology to enhance the UK grid

Greenhouse PR certified as sustainable business

Greenhouse PR has become one of the first sustainability-focused UK consultancies to gain certification as a B Corporation thanks to a distinguished social and environmental performance.

Credible sustainability standards can help businesses in sectors like cotton production and make a tangible contribution to the SDGs, WWF says

WWF: Third-party sustainability standards can advance SDG progress for business

Businesses can contribute strongly to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and unlock new market opportunities by using credible voluntary sustainability standards, a new report from WWF has claimed.

Retail ready packaging from Smurfit Kappa, which has strict sourcing policies for its virgin and recovered fibres

Smurfit Kappa hits certification goal for sustainably-sourced packaging

Global paper-based packaging firm Smurfit Kappa has completed its goal of ensuring that 90% of all packaging sold to consumers is Chain of Custody certified, demonstrating full-transparency and a willingness to source from verified certification systems.

The decision to make tracking compulsory has been backed by PACT, the trade association for independent media firms and television companies

BBC launches mandatory carbon tracking scheme

From April this year, all BBC televisions programmes will be required to track their carbon footprint using a "hotspot" identifying calculator.

So far, 11 of WGBC’s 74 Green Building Councils including councils in Brazil, the US and the United Arab Emirates have signed up to the project to support the private sector

First batch of businesses offer support for net-zero building project

Three businesses have thrown their weight behind a new project aimed at achieving net zero emissions in the global building stock by 2050.

SmartestEnergy's chief executive Robert Groves says that the firm is seeing more business customers asking for certificate-backed renewable electricity products

SmartestEnergy launches UK's first certified 100% renewable electricity product

Independent green energy supplier SmartestEnergy has launched the UK's first independently certified 100% renewable electricity product for businesses.

The business benefits of the ISO 14001 Standard will depend on several factors, including the organisation’s industry; environmental policy; products and service offerings

edie publishes free ISO 14001 guide for environmental professionals

Organisations and professionals with an interest in the ISO 14001 environmental management system standard now have access to a free, comprehensive 'edie explains' guide which breaks down all of the key information required to gain certification.

Ford, MillerCoors, Nestle, Vacherin and Vauxhall are among an increasing number of businesses that have achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status

Carbon Trust launches zero-waste-to-landfill certification

Advisory firm The Carbon Trust has unveiled a new certification to award business achievements in diverting zero waste to landfill.

edie has already shortlisted Grosvenor’s 119 Ebury Street project as a finalist in the 2017 Sustainability Leaders Awards

Grosvenor achieves first ever BREEAM Outstanding rating for a listed building

International development and management company Grosvenor's retrofit project at 119 Ebury Street in London's Belgravia has become the first ever listed residential building to achieve a BREEAM 'Outstanding' rating for its strong environmental credentials.

More than half of UK consumers said that they would feel

Consumer demand for green products 'reaching a tipping point'

Companies that clearly demonstrate the climate credentials of their products could gain a significant competitive and commercial advantage, according to a new report which reveals that two thirds of consumers across the UK, France and Germany would now like to see a recognisable carbon footprint label on goods.

C2C forms the basis of the company’s Carlsberg Circular Community (CCC) initiative, that partners with suppliers to develop products that are optimised for recycling and reuse

Carlsberg obtains circular economy certification for Kronenbourg glass bottles

Global beverage company Carlsberg has become the first company in the world to be accredited with a Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) bronze certification for a glass beverage packaging.

The adoption of management systems was flagged as the most important initiative to support integration processes, as indicated by 53% of the respondents

Business sustainability integration hampered by short-termism, survey finds

The progress of integrating sustainability within business operations is still being hindered by a focus on short-term results and a lack of management awareness, according to a new survey conducted by a global consultant in risk management.

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.

There are now 286 fisheries worldwide that are MSC-certified, with 38 new additions in 2015-2016.

Retailers and restaurants stepping up to the plate on sustainable seafood

Fisheries, supermarkets and foodservice businesses are together driving up demand for traceable, sustainable seafood as a new report from the Marine Stewardship council (MSC) reveals that the volume of MSC-certified catch increased by a further 6% last year.

Ikea's new PÅTÅR coffee range is both UTZ and EU Organic-certified

Ikea and McDonald's go 'all-in' for sustainable coffee

Furniture retailer Ikea and fast food business McDonald's have both announced fresh commitments to sell coffee from certified-sustainable sources.

Toyota of Corvallis will generate around 300,000kWh of renewable electricity annually through solar photovoltaics, and also return unused energy back to a local power grid

Toyota set to unveil 'world's first' net zero energy automotive dealership

Motor giant Toyota is "on schedule" to unveil the world's first certified net-zero energy automotive dealership, after striking a deal with the architects of the building to collect data to ensure that the facility is producing more energy than it uses.

The certification was achieved as World Water Week commences and as a Fairtrade report revealed that climate change will lead to a decline in coffee production over the next 30 years

Olam gains water certification for plantation as Fairtrade warns of climate-driven coffee decline

With a new report from Fairtrade warning that climate change could stunt global coffee production by 50%, supplier Olam International has become the first agri-business globally to achieve the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard - for it's coffee plantation in Tanzania.

M&C hotel group undertook a number of sustainability initiatives including fitting 17,000 LEDs in sites across the UK, resulting in £1m in savings

Millennium and Copthorne retains Carbon Trust Standard certification

Millennium and Copthorne (M&C) Hotels has achieved a re-certification to the Carbon Trust Standard after achieving a 10.9% reduction in emissions over a two-year period.

On Friday (5 August), the RSPO reinstated the IOI Group with its certification starting today (8 August) based upon the actions taken since its suspension

RSPO re-certifies IOI Group after initial suspension

Palm oil giant IOI has had its sustainability credentials re-certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) following its suspension by the certification body earlier in the year.

Costa Express now operates more than 5,500 self-service coffee machines in nine international markets, with plans to expand to 8,000 machines by 2020. Photo: costa.co.uk

Costa Express served ISO 14001 sustainability standard

Costa Coffee has been awarded the ISO 14001 International Standard for Environmental Management Systems for its self-serve 'Express' outlets, less than a week after the organisation was scrutinised for its approach to managing waste coffee cups.

Nationwide's Threadneedle Street branch in London. The building society has achieved triple re-certification to the Carbon Trust Standards for carbon, water and waste

Nationwide rewarded with Carbon Trust Triple Standard after exceeding sustainability targets

The world's largest building society, Nationwide, has become the first high street financial services provider in the UK to achieve triple re-certification to the Carbon Trust Standards for its "holistic approach" to managing carbon, water and waste.

Bulb was awarded B Corp status, becoming the first energy supplier to receive the certification, due to meeting ‘rigorous’ standards of environmental and social responsibility

Certified green energy supplier becomes first in UK to cover switching fees

Renewable energy supplier Bulb has become the first UK supplier to offer to pay-off exiting tariff fees to new customers and businesses who decide to switch suppliers, just a week after receiving new certification for its transparency towards environmental impacts.

Heathrow became the first UK airport to propose a series of environmental targets, including energy reduction, recycling and a 'mystery shopper' programme for retailers

Heathrow becomes first airport to earn four Carbon Trust Standards

Heathrow has become the first airport in the world to simultaneously hold four certifications from the Carbon Trust Standard, after working to reduce key environmental footprints both in-house and across its supply chain.

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Efficiency studies estimate that misleading energy claims by product manufacturers could cost consumers around €10.5bn (£8bn) in extra bills

Nearly 1 in 5 home appliances uses more energy than advertised, survey finds

Nearly one in five fridges, dishwashers, microwaves and other household gadgets guzzle more energy than advertised according to a three-year survey of Europe's home appliance industry.

AkzoNobel rewarded ship owners who converted the coatings of their ship's hull to the carbon-saving Intersleek coating produced by the firm

AkzoNobel slashes shipping emissions through $500,000 carbon credit scheme

Paint and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has issued more than 126,000 carbon credits - worth more than $500,000 - to 16 ships in a move that has reduced the emissions of each vessel by 4,000 tonnes annually.

The Rio Olympics will incorporate a wide range of initiatives designed to save water and cut waste and emissions from transportation, stadiums and the events themselves

Rio Olympics earns top sustainability benchmark

The 2016 Rio Oympic and Paralympic games has been awarded the top global sustainability certificate for events, ISO 20121.

Kit Kat, which is part of the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, was certified was first certified by Fairtrade in the UK in 2013

Greener Kit Kats on the way as Nestlé achieves 100% sustainable cocoa

Nestlé Professional UK & Ireland has become the first major confectionary company in the hospitality and foodservice sector to source 100 certified sustainable cocoa for its chocolate and biscuits.

The meals form part of WWF's LiveWell project which aims to encourage sustainable eating habits

WWF launches line of sustainable meals

Conservation charity WWF has teamed up with facilities manager and food services provider Sodexo to launch a new range of 10 'sustainable' meals.

Displays, headsets and notebooks can now be ranked based on the chemical substances used in the manufacturing process. Image: TCO Development

Tech firms take action on hazardous materials

Dell, Samsung and LG are among the first tech firms to certify their products against new criteria for hazardous chemical substances, in a bid to reassure customers about their environmental standards.

McDonalds will source wood fibre from recycled sources certified to at least one global standard

McDonald's sources certified wood fibre for front end packaging

Fast-food giant McDonalds has announced that all of its European-sourced packaging is now sourced from chain-of-custody certified wood fibre, as the company continues on its journey to source 100% sustainable packaging in Europe.

Willmott Dixon will focus on high-impact areas such as business travel and site emissions

Willmott Dixon pledges to halve emissions by 2020

Construction group Willmott Dixon has unveiled ambitious plans to slash its carbon emissions in half by 2020 from a 2010 baseline.

The Carbon Trust has launched the world's first certification standard for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in an organisation's supply chain

Carbon Trust launches world's first certification standard for supply chain emissions

Organisations working to measure, manage and reduce the carbon emissions of their supply chain will now be able to benchmark progress and gain recognition for their efforts with the world's first independent certification scheme.

npower has reduced carbon emissions, water use and waste by implementing a range of energy saving techniques

npower earns energy sector's first Carbon Trust triple certification

Energy supplier npower has become the first company in the UK energy industry to be awarded the prestigious Carbon Trust Triple Standard for significant reduction measures across energy, waste and water.

Clariant said its new commitments would secure the company's long-term future

Chemicals giant commits to zero-deforestation, using fewer resources

Swiss chemicals company Clariant has announced a series of new sustainability pledges, including a zero-deforestation policy and the removal of heavy-metal-based pigments from certain processes.

Tropical forest sources have the greatest net-cost benefit for FSC certification, according to the report

FSC certification provides profit incentive for sustainable forestry

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification can provide net cost-benefits to forest operators, according to a new report from the WWF released today (5 August).

Businesses will be key to solving water challenges, according to the Carbon Trust

Carbon Trust rolls out new water footprinting certification

Businesses with a smart approach to water consumption are being urged to sign up to the Carbon Trust's new Water Footprint label.

Lamborghini has achieved carbon neutral status at its factory and headquarters. Photo: Lamborghini

Lamborghini shifts green credentials into top gear with carbon neutrality

Supercar maker Lamborghini has achieved carbon neutral certification for its headquarters and factory in Italy.

AkzoNobel Decorative Paint UK has received Triple Standard for reducing emissions, water use and waste

AkzoNobel awarded Carbon Trust Triple Standard

AkzoNobel Decorative Paints UK has achieved the Carbon Trust Triple Standard after achieving major reductions in water, waste and carbon.

Yorkshire Water has invested in renewable energy and energy-from-waste installations at its sites

Yorkshire Water to halve carbon emissions at new sites by 2020

Yorkshire Water has set out a series of six new carbon reduction commitments today as part of a commitment to the Infrastructure Carbon Review.

Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters. Photo courtesy of Shaun Roster

Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie calls on sports teams to champion sustainability

Four time Olympic gold winner Sir Ben Ainslie has called on the UK's sporting organisations to raise the profile of sustainability, as the Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) sailing team's new energy efficient headquarters in Portsmouth reaches its final stages of construction.

The Whitbread-owned coffee shop chain was praised for its sustainable, ethical, and local sourcing of ingredients

Costa served with 'excellent' sustainable café rating

Coffee shop chain Costa has become the first café business in the UK to join the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), after being named a 'Two Star Sustainability Champion' by the organisation.

Melbourne's Rectangle Stadium features a rainwater collection system that saves up to 500,000 gallons of water every year

Greening the game: The world's most sustainable stadiums

Sports stadiums and pitches often require vast amounts of energy, water and raw materials to maintain them, with little prior thought given to sustainability. But the vast amounts of money involved in professional sport lends itself to exciting innovations, and the stadiums are no different.

Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) has been awarded ISO 20121 certification for sustainability across all its operations this week

Ben Ainslie Racing puts sailing in sustainability spotlight

Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) has been awarded ISO 20121 certification for sustainability across all its operations this week, the first such certification for a sports team in the UK.

The FSC Chain of Custody certification allows wood fibres in FSC labelled products to be traced at every step through the supply chain

Tetra Pak's entire supply chain certified for FSC-labelled products

Tetra Pak can now supply packaging from responsibly-managed wood sources from any of its 92 facilities worldwide, having received full Forest Stewardship Council certification (FSC).

There are now more than 301,000 ISO 14000 certificates issued across the world

Edie explains: ISO 14001

In the latest edie explains, we take a look at ISO 14001 - the updated version of the environmental management framework outlined by the International Standards Organisation (ISO).

Air France-KLM is ranked as the best-performing aviation company on the Sustainability Scorecard

Sustainable aviation: Increase in biofuel use 'on the horizon'

A new report outlining the uptake of biofuels across the aviation industry claims that airlines are poised to shift up a gear on integrating sustainable biofuels into their operations.

Mondelez's Cocoa Life program has partnered with Fairtrade certification and verification body Flocert as part of the supplier's sustainable cocoa pledge

Mondelez launches new cocoa supply chain sustainability initiative

The world's largest chocolate company is taking a hands-on approach to supply chain management and transparency by employing a bespoke verification system in a bid to improve the social, trade and environmental standards of the cocoa industry.

The upcoming revision of the ISO 14001 standard has been welcomed by more than 90% of environment and sustainability professionals

Looking forward to ISO 14001:2015

Since first adopted in 1996, ISO 14001 has become the most widely-recognised standard for environmental management. There are now over 301,000 certificates issued across the world, with an increase of over 17,000 last year.

Sainsbury's became the first UK supermarket to launch a washing up liquid using mass balance certified sustainable palm oil.

Sainsbury's reaches sustainable palm oil benchmark

Sainsbury's has burnished its green credentials today, by sourcing 95% of its palm oil from certified sustainable suppliers.

P&G serves nearly five billion people around the world with its brands

P&G hits waste reduction target six years early, sets new sustainability goals

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has released its 16th annual sustainability report, confirming it has met two key sustainability targets ahead of schedule and detailing four new environmental performance goals for 2020.

'Sustainable Palm Oil - Five Steps to Ensure Responsible Sourcing' provides a step-by-step approach to mapping the use of palm oil

Sustainable palm oil sourcing guide launched for food and drink firms

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has drawn up a new guide to help food and drink manufacturers switch to sustainably-sourced palm oil.

MCERTS is the Environment Agency's Monitoring Certification Scheme

Edie explains: MCERTS

The Environment Agencies Monitoring Certification Scheme (MCERTS) is designed to ensure that potential polluters are monitoring their emissions effectively. But how exactly does the Scheme work?

The Carbon Trust praised 02's stretching sustainability targets

O2 achieves ground-breaking sustainability Triple Standard

O2 has become the first mobile telecommunications company in the world to achieve the Carbon Trust Triple Standard for carbon, water and waste.

The two car companies allegedly sold 1.2 million cars whose design specifications did not conform to those certified to EPA

Hyundai and Kia ordered to pay $100m for breaching US Clean Air Act

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Justice has announced a settlement with carmakers Hyundai and Kia which will see them pay $100m civil penalty to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations.

The report offers solutions to help get the four principles right.

Firms advised to ameliorate environmental supply chains

Businesses must think differently about their supply chains and the 'costs' attached to going green according to a report by president of the lharrington group LLC Lisa Harrington.

The GwyriAD plant turns 11,000 tonnes of food waste per year into green electricity

Wales welcomes first certified biofertiliser plant

Food waste management firm Biogen has become Wales' first producer of certified biofertiliser at its anaerobic digestion (AD) plant near Caernarfon.

The certificates will help to generate the equivalent amount of energy to heat 15 M&S Simply Food stores all year round

M&S turns to biogas for renewable revolution

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has agreed a landmark deal with a major biogas plant operator for the purchase of biomethane certificates which will reduce the retailer's carbon footprint by more than 6,400 tonnes.

The proposed scheme will improve access for Brazilian businesses to international export markets

Brazil to benefit from new sustainable product certification scheme

The growth of low carbon technologies in Brazil is set to accelerate with a new sustainable production certification scheme being developed by the Carbon Trust.


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