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Theresa May unveils plan to halve building energy use by 2030

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UK construction firms have ramped up sustainability efforts, edie report finds

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UK construction industry aims to halve emissions in built environment by 2025

The Government has struck an agreement with the construction industry in a deal which aims to halve emissions in the built environment over the next eight years.

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Health and wellbeing: the next frontier for the built environment

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Raising the bar on sustainability: Not just “the what” you do, but “how” you do it

Sustainable business is on the rise. More and more organisations are realising that they can do well by being good to people and planet. The most recent report on sustainability performance of listed companies, from Carbon Clear, states that the transition towards more sustainable business is happening more because of carrots (demand) rather than sticks (regulation).

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BRE launches guidelines to combat modern slavery in the construction sector

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Construction firm Willmott Dixon has called on the industry to "strive to find less carbon-intensive ways to operate", as the company's latest sustainability report details a 13% reduction in carbon emissions over the last 12 months.

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For future targets, waste will be tackled alongside existing goals to conserve water as part of a wider aim of “improving resource efficiency”

Interserve updates sustainability targets to account for business growth

Construction firm Interserve has set new sustainability goals for 2020 and 2025 to better reflect the "sheer scale and change" of the business, which has reduced construction waste by a quarter and carbon emissions by almost 20% since 2013.

Bailey, who was charged with introducing and integrating the sustainability department at NG Bailey in 2008, claimed that sustainability was evolving into a “business and moral crusade”

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Kerbside drink carton collections up 16-fold in decade

The kerbside collection of beverage cartons for recycling has seen a 16-fold increase across local authorities in the past decade, according to new figures released this week.

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The key sustainability drivers, challenges and opportunities facing UK businesses are being explored in a new series of industry-focused edie insight reports, with the inaugural sector summary investigating the state of sustainability in retail published today (5 July).

A circular economy for the built environment

Circular economy concepts are being developed and trialled so fast that the Construction Products Association has created a Knowledge Resource for Circular Economy Thinking in Construction just to keep pace with the subject.

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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

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Carillion also surged past a 20% reduction goal for electricity consumption in offices, with current reductions sitting at 70%

Carillion surpasses carbon goal five years early

UK construction firm Carillion is "working hard" to set science-based targets for their sustainability programme, after the firm's latest sustainability report revealed that a carbon reduction target has been surpassed five years ahead of schedule.

Autonomous systems for environmental monitoring

Autonomous systems are a key priority in governmental agendas. In 2013, David Willetts included them as one of the Eight Great Technologies that will propel the UK to future growth. In 2017, the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund was created that prioritised "robotics systems...that can be deployed in extreme environments."

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As part of an ongoing transition towards alternatively- fuelled trucks and lower fleet emissions, Waitrose has spent the early months of 2017 trialling Europe’s first 500-mile biomethane trucks, with plans to scale-up the project over the coming years.

Wilson implored companies to introduce design methods and technologies that were both scalable and dismantlable

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The impacts of climate change are exasperating the living conditions of humans, forcing them to be adaptable, a trait that should be mirrored in the global building stock.

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

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edie Live exhibitor focus: Munters

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The world is facing demographic and social transformations that will have profound implications both locally and globally, posing significant challenges for governments and businesses

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

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Embodied carbon refers to the emissions that occur during the manufacturing, transport and construction of building materials and also accounts for end-of-life emissions

UK Green Building Council encourages firms to tackle embodied carbon

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has offered new guidance for construction and building firms on how to decarbonise their operations and supply chains further, through effective embodied carbon measurement.

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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.

Cat Hirst (centre) believes innovation can offer more than simply providing technical solutions for business

UK-GBC: Innovation will enable sustainability leadership in construction

EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from the launch of its inaugural Innovation Lab workshop, the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has claimed that fostering innovation can restore confidence and strengthen leadership in the built environment during a time of "increased difficulty and uncertainty".

The New Plastics Economy: Catalysing action

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The initial workshop highlighted the key challenges that the industry will face in regards to climate resilience, resource efficiency and technological advancements

UK Green Building Council aims to foster collaboration through new Innovation Lab

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Closing the gap: Five steps to improve building performance

It is commonly accepted that most of our non-domestic buildings are not performing as well as they could be, in terms of cutting carbon, reducing energy usage and meeting occupiers' needs.

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.

From 1990–2010, emissions from buildings more than doubled, and now represent 20% of global emissions

'Paris Agreement-proof' buildings needed to curtail soaring emissions

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The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 14 - The past, present and future of green buildings

As edie's green buildings month draws to a close, we visit the inspirational home of the UK Green Building Council for a live episode of the podcast, including an exclusive chat with the Council's campaign and policy director John Alker.

Energy efficiency: up to 35% of UK properties could be unlettable by 2018

It is estimated that up to 35% of properties in the UK could be unlettable by April 2018 if action is not taken to improve energy efficiency ratings. The Energy Act 2011 contains a provision for minimum energy standards, and from 1st April 2018 it will be unlawful for a landlord to lease a non-domestic property with an EPC Rating of less than E.

The technology will be used on future projects and the company hopes that other developers will follow in striving for carbon neutral projects

Hemel Hempstead set to welcome 'world's most sustainable residential tower'

The town of Hemel Hempstead is poised to welcome the world's "most sustainable residential tower" to its ranks in 2018, after Lumiere Developments unveiled the range of technologies it has turned to in order to create The Beacon.

The report cites cross-sector partnerships and collective leadership as key to delivering procurement policies which drive the circular transition

Consistent procurement critical to achieve circular construction, report claims

A collective, industry-led approach to procurement in the development of major infrastructure projects across the UK would help achieve a circular economy in the construction sector, a new report from a cross-sector group has found.

The average green building uses 25% less energy and 11% less water than a traditional structure

Laying the foundations for a more sustainable built environment

Kicking off edie's 'green buildings month' of editorial content, World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) chief executive Terri Wills argues it is time to change our perspectives on the buildings we use every day, and start seeing them as an integral part of the solution to global warming.

The coalition suggests that a clear 2050 vision must be aligned with the EU’s 2030 energy and climate objectives

Building industry calls for EU-wide 2050 energy efficiency vision

A coalition of industry-leading businesses from the building sector including AkzoNobel, Philips Lighting and Siemens have urged the European Commission (EC) to implement continent-wide action to improve the energy efficiency of Europe's building stock.

Circular housing turns cities in vital ecosystems

Housing solution based on circular economy principles can change cities' agility in the future.

The CSR report highlights that Tarmac is making “good progress” towards its 2020 target of a 37% reduction in carbon emissions after reaching a 27% fall by the end of 2015

Tarmac lays the foundation for concrete energy reduction

Construction firm Tarmac has ramped up its energy efficiency efforts through the roll out of on-site technologies, the uptake of demand-response, and the development of an energy management system to help measure, monitor and improve efficiencies across the business.

edie Responsible Retail Conference programme

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Photo: The i360 is expected to attract more than 700,000 visitors a year from existing tourists to the city, also bringing 165,000 to 305,000 new visitors. Photo: British Airways i360/Facebook

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".

Interserve confirmed that it will complete all current contracts, but will subsequently exit from the energy-from-waste business altogether

Interserve shares rocket after decision to close energy-from-waste business

Construction firm Interserve's share price has risen sharply after a decision to exit energy-from-waste contracts was announced as part of a half-year update this week.

PAS 2080 will be of use to all stakeholders responsible for delivering and managing infrastructure assets. Photo:  Duncan Symonds/Twitter

PAS 2080: Construction industry welcomes new guidance on carbon reduction in infrastructure

UK construction firms have praised the release of a new common framework for reducing carbon emissions when delivering infrastructure projects, which could mark a "key step-change" in supply chain sustainability.

The survey revealed that 74% of respondents claim to favour suppliers that offer low-carbon products or demonstrate green credentials

Three-quarters of UK construction firms operate a low-carbon strategy

New research has revealed that the UK construction industry recognises its long-term duty to the environment, with 75% of companies now operating a low-carbon or carbon reduction strategy.

Step-by-step approach: the construction and operation of the built environment currently accounts for more than 60% of UK materials consumption and one third of all waste

Building Revolutions: Designing a circular economy for the built environment

The circular economy makes complete sense for short-lived consumer products, but can it really work for something as enduring and complex as a building? David Cheshire, sustainability director at engineering firm AECOM, provides an answer.

With the fit-out of the Building Centre set for completion in October 2016, the UKGBC will hope to create a best practice example for an industry struggling to adapt to low-carbon trends

UKGBC to create sustainable exemplar for built environment through headquarters retrofit

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has unveiled the blueprints for the refurbishment of its London headquarters, which attempts to outline the feasibility of sustainable initiatives in the built environment.

Participating Green Building Councils will be invited to develop action plans, with an aim to launch a net zero certification within their respective countries

Ground-breaking 'net zero' buildings project launched by WorldGBC

All of the world's buildings will be 'net zero' emissions by 2050, under a bold, pioneering plan unveiled today (28 June) by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC).

The Business End of Climate Change

In the first edition of this study, researchers look at five initiatives that companies have joined to limit climate change: Science Based Targets, EP100, RE100, Zero Deforestation and the Low Carbon Technology Partnership initiative (LCTPi).

The new Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal has tasked Interserve with constructing a modern and sustainable building in a water-scarce area

Decoupling emissions from economic growth: the Interserve success story

With a number of global reports recently highlighting that national carbon reductions are being achieved while economies are growing, one of Britain's biggest construction firms is proving that sustainability and profitability can also go hand-in-hand for businesses.

An Urban House development at Kidbrooke Village in the Royal Borough of Greenwich

Berkeley Homes unveils sustainable housing design concept

Property developer Berkeley Homes has unveiled a new sustainable housing design concept which outperforms traditional terraced housing by reducing up to 25% off utility bills and allowing residents to save up to 83% on gas bills and 30% on water.

The report suggests that the prioritisation of waste or secondary materials seems to be largely driven by European Union (EU) legislation

Most European countries see construction as circular economy priority, report reveals

The majority of European countries have identified plastic and packaging, construction and demolition waste and food waste as key priority materials that need to be focused on in the transition to a circular economy, according to a new assessment from the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Breaking barriers: How to build a circular economy fit for the future

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Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 02 - Monkey dating and the 'S' word

Listen to an exclusive interview with The Body Shop's director of corporate responsibility and go behind the scenes at edie's Sustainability Communications Conference in this second episode of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast.

Safe and legal neutralisation of wastewater

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Low-carbon electricity groups such as offshore and onshore wind generated around £12.4 billion turnover in 2014

Britain's green economy worth £46.2bn, new figures reveal

The UK green economy generated £46.2bn turnover through the efforts of 238,500 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers in almost 100,000 low-carbon and renewable energy (LCRE) companies in 2014, a report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.

Beyond the Perfect Storm: The Corporate Sustainability Challenge

Transforming the world to sustainability requires organisational leadership, skilled professionals and a desire for change. Concerns that were once viewed as distant and risks that were uncertain are now increasingly having an impact on businesses, economic prosperity and communities, health and wellbeing. Climate change, population growth, threats to nature, resource concerns, and global development pressures all combine to herald a ‘perfect storm’.

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As thousands of sustainability professionals, energy managers and resource efficiency experts prepare to descend upon the NEC Birmingham for edie Live 2016, it's worth reminding ourselves of the big pledges, initiatives, collaborations and innovations that have together ignited a green industrial revolution at just the right time.

Berkeley will use the ESOS framework to drive an immediate in-house energy efficiency transition, before pursuing a carbon tax

Housebuilder 'takes a stand' against green policy changes with new carbon positive goal

EXCLUSIVE: The Berkeley Group is defying a lack of green policy support for the construction industry by pledging to lead a new sustainability movement, after unveiling a landmark plan to become Britain's first carbon-positive housebuilder.

Carillion aims to contribute £40m to profitability through sustainable actions by 2020

Carillion nets £33m profit from sustainability action

Carillion has added an additional £33.8m to its overall profits thanks to an increased focus on sustainable business practices, the British construction company has announced in its latest CSR report.

AECOM's Ant Wilson highlighted the Government’s U-turn on the zero-carbon homes policy as a reason why the built environment is failing to grasp what is considered sustainable

Policies 'getting in the way' of green building design, construction giant warns

EXCLUSIVE: The implementation of efficient and sustainable building practices is being hindered by Government and Mayoral politics which are attempting to "promise the Earth" rather than incentivising the built environment, infrastructure and construction firm AECOM has claimed.

Environmental Audit Committee: EU and UK Environmental Policy

The Environmental Audit Committee's intention in publishing this report is to inform the debate ahead of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU that will be held on 23 June, 2016.


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