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This edition of our monthly cleantech roundup recaps on COP26 and edie's Net-Zero November 2021 campaign 

'Smart' food waste tags and brilliant bees: The best green innovations of November 2021

As November comes to a close, edie and our innovation partner Springwise have rounded up some of the best breakthrough technologies and carbon-cutting solutions which could accelerate climate action over the coming months and years.

Customers in the US will be the first to benefit from the new repair option

Apple to support customers to repair their own phones and Mac computers

Apple is set to launch a new 'self-service' repair offering for iPhone and Mac users in 2022, whereby people will be provided with spare parts, tools and instructions to repair their own tech.

Pictured: A panel from the UN's Government Office for Science, put on to set the scene for the day

Science and Innovation Day at COP26: Nations forge new collaborations on climate resilience, health, low-carbon materials

As Science and Innovation Day (9 November) begins at COP26, a string of new collaborations has been launched by nations, in a bid to make low-carbon materials and industrial technologies affordable, and to improve climate resilience in developing nations.

How businesses can help in the fight against climate change

For many organisations, the impact of Covid-19 has been catastrophic. No matter the industry, the pandemic presented a real and immediate challenge, meaning issues, such as sustainability, were pushed down the list of priorities for many businesses, argues Boris Manev, head of sustainability and government affairs at Epson Europe.

Are you our next winner? You have until 1 October 2021 to apply for the 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet Virgin Media's 'small but mighty' sustainability team

With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards less than two weeks away, this series showcases the achievements of previous winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: Winner of our 'Team of the Year' award, Virgin Media.

To help deliver the goal of carbon neutrality, Hitachi will invest around €10bn over a three-year period

Hitachi targets carbon-neutral value chain by 2050

Hitachi, one of the Principal Partners to the COP26 conference, has revised its sustainability targets with a new plan to achieve carbon neutrality across its entire value chain by 2050.

Pictured: Vodafone's 'Speechmark' office in Southwark, where the trials took place

Vodafone plans 1,500 energy-efficient 5G radios after trials halve energy consumption

Vodafone has announced plans to deploy 1,500 low-power 5G units, after trials in Central London delivered a 43% reduction in energy consumption.

Image: AT&T

AT&T pledges to help other businesses reduce emissions by a billion tonnes

US-based telecoms giant AT&T has pledged to help business clients avoid at least one billion metric tonnes - one gigaton - of greenhouse gas emissions by 2035.

To help deliver against the new commitments, Mode, which launched in 2020, has set up an internal sustainability committee 

Mode Global targets net-zero from cryptocurrency operations by 2030

Fintech major Mode Global Holdings has committed to achieving net-zero emissions from its cryptocurrency operations by the end of the decade, outlining plans to ensure they are powered by renewable electricity.

The initiative's original ambition was to reach 100 members by COP26, which begins on 1 November

Dozens of businesses sign up for Tech Zero taskforce, taking membership past the 100 mark

A coalition of fast-growing UK tech firms, convened to inform policymaking and garner further industry support ahead of COP26, has amassed the support of more than 100 businesses.

Businesses from the UK, France, US and Asia were assessed by BCG

Report: UK telecoms giants leading sector's global net-zero transition

Four in ten of the world's biggest telecommunications companies are behind on the delivery of their environmental targets, but British firms are decarbonising far more rapidly than their international counterparts, new Boston Consulting Group (BCG) analysis has found.

Monzo, OakNorth and Vodafone also joined Tech Zero today

UK's fastest-growing tech firms unveil net-zero framework for the sector

A new taskforce, set up to inform the Government's green policymaking and garner support for climate action across the tech industry, has today (14 June) published a set of commitments designed to unify ambition and action in the sector.

Carbon footprint calculator tool provider Doconony also works with the likes of Mastercard

Klarna to show consumers the carbon footprint of their shopping

'Buy now, pay later' platform Klarna has launched a new tool that lets customers track the carbon footprint of their purchases.

Bulb’s chief executive and co-founder Hayden Wood is leading the new taskforce (stock image)

'Tech Zero taskforce': UK tech firms to inform Government's net-zero approach

Fast-growing UK tech firms including Bulb, Starling Bank and Olio have formed a new taskforce that will inform the government's green policymaking and garner industry support ahead of COP26.

Image: Virgin Media

Virgin Media targets net-zero carbon operations for 2025

Virgin Media has committed to achieve net-zero operations by the end of 2025 and to transition its entire fleet to electric vehicles by 2030, as part of a sweeping new sustainability strategy.

The tool has already proven successful in France

Green beauty: Garnier to launch digital sustainability labelling

L'Oreal-owned brand Garnier is set to launch a digital tool enabling UK customers to track the environmental and social impact of its haircare products.

AI-enabled 'smart' EV batteries and 3D solar panels: The best green innovations of October 2020

Every month, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn their green ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best from October 2020.

More case studies can be found in edie's green manufacturing report

How are manufacturers approaching net-zero and the green recovery?

The manufacturing sector has a rich history of innovating to overcome persistent challenges. But the twin disruptions of the net-zero transition and the Covid-19 pandemic have made the sector's green efforts paramount to business prosperity. Here, edie explores how manufacturers are navigating these challenges.

Solutions could help the UK become a leading market for smart energy, mobility, connected homes and buildings and climate modelling scenarios

Climate crowdsourcing: Government urged to put digital technology at heart of net-zero strategy

A new report has called on the UK Government to secure a windfall of the emerging digital climate tech sector by embracing low-carbon innovation through policy measures - a move which could help slash emissions and add billions to the UK economy.

The technology could improve the traceability of the "first mile" of the supply chain.

Unilever trials geolocation tech to tackle deforestation in palm oil supply chains

Unilever is piloting new geolocation technology in a bid to ensure it meets its zero-deforestation targets, which cover supply chains including palm oil, soy and paper and board.

Microsoft has set aside $1bn to help develop carbon reduction and removal technologies across its supply chain

Microsoft targeting one million tonnes of carbon removal by October

Microsoft has unveiled plans to capture one million metric tonnes of carbon from the environment by the end of the fiscal year, as part of its commitment to become carbon-negative by 2030.

The three interviewees discuss the pros and cons of sustainability in the digital era

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Streaming and the environment

Episode 87 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast sees edie discuss the energy impact of streaming and digitalisation, featuring interviews with former npower chief executive Paul Massara, UCL professor Yiannis Andreopoulos and vinyl CD manufacturer and retailer Key Production.

The move builds on 1.5C-aligned emissions targets 

Logitech to roll out carbon labelling

Electronics giant Logitech is set to introduce labels communicating the carbon footprint of products to its entire portfolio, starting this year.

O2 has already reduced operational emissions by more than 80% since 2010 and claims the new targets will help it "move further and faster"

O2 targets net-zero network and operations by 2025

Telecommunications giant O2 has pledged to achieve net-zero across its entire business and mobile network by 2025 - a move it claims will make it the UK's first net-zero mobile network provider.

The built environment accounts for 40% of national energy use and around one-third of emissions

UK commercial properties wasting £60m in avoidable energy bills

UK businesses are wasting energy to the tune of £60m in unnecessary energy bills, according to a new Green Alliance report that is calling for better commercial energy management to help reach the UK's climate targets.

Browse our green innovation predictions for 2020, then take our poll (below) to have your say

Horizon scanning: Eight innovations set to shake-up sustainability in 2020

The past 12 months proved to be an exciting time for green innovation, with new products and systems emerging and scaling amid a backdrop of climate protests. Here, edie scans the horizon for innovations that could transform sustainability in 2020.

The new 'Samsung Global Goals' app will be available in 19 languages as Samsung looks to "mobilise the next generation of citizens to take action and achieve the Goals together"

Samsung Global Goals: Tech giant unveils SDG app

Samsung is launching a new new mobile app and a range of special-edition accessories to help educate its consumers on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In action: edie publisher's AI-assisted IT software to reduce energy

In an effort to 'walk the walk' with sustainability' and reduce carbon emissions, edie's parent company Faversham House has trialled innovative computer software to measure, manage and ultimately reduce associated energy.


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