edie explains: Onsite generation
This edie explains business guide, produced in association with E.ON, provides an in- depth summary of onsite generation, which allows businesses to make and use their own energy at a particular location, rather than buying that energy through the grid.
Halting Deforestation and Achieving Sustainability
Now is a critical moment to pause and consider how the current attention to “deforestation-free” sourcing can support the broader goal of protecting Earth’s natural ecosystems while sustaining a growing population and supporting equitable development.
MIT Report: Joining Forces: Collaboration and Leadership for Sustainability
The importance of sustainability as a business issue has steadily grown over the past two decades. Most businesses understand that their sustained success depends upon the economic, social and ecological contexts in which they operate. But the stability of those contexts can no longer be taken for granted. The physical environment is becoming more unpredictable, a more interconnected global economy is altering social conditions, and technological innovation is transforming the nature of consumption and production
Sector summary: The state of sustainability in retail
This edie insight report explores some of the key drivers, challenges and opportunities facing sustainable business within the UK retail sector.
How positive psychology can bring consumers along on the sustainability journey
EXCLUSIVE: Businesses that force their sustainability agenda upon consumers through prescriptive orders and instructions are in a "dangerous place", the founder of social enterprise Hubbub has warned.
edie Energy Insights 2017
EXCLUSIVE REPORT: edie's latest report offers an insight into business energy procurement, planning and purchasing priorities from efficiencies to onsite generation.
Election 2017 manifesto matrix: What the parties have said on energy and the environment
It's decision time. Tension is mounting among the green business community ahead of the UK election - but which party offers the most promising green policy approach? Here, edie has rounded up the most important inclusions (and exclusions) from each of the main parties' manifestos into a single, easy-to- read document.
Sustainability megatrends: edie explores the future of sustainable business
EXCLUSIVE: What will the world look like in five, 10, 50 or 500 years' time? That is the crucial question underpinning edie's latest in-depth report into five global megatrends that are shaping the future of corporate sustainability.
Insight and inspiration - a roundup of the latest edie interviews with the experts
EXCLUSIVE: From behaviour change to smart buildings, energy security to driving efficiency at scale, we round up the latest exclusive insight and interviews with sustainability business leaders.
Natural capital: Credible concept or spurious sustainability approach?
EXCLUSIVE: Natural capital accounting can be a "disaster" for sustainability professionals and is not an effective way of engaging the finance community with environmental issues, the head of sustainability and finance at UK brewer Adnams has said.
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.
Power Forward: How the largest US companies are capturing business value while addressing climate change
The largest US companies are increasing their clean energy and energy efficiency efforts while improving their bottom lines.
edie explains: ISO 20400
This edie explains business guide, produced in association with edie's supporting partners Action Sustainability and BSI, provides an in- depth summary of the new ISO 20400 Standard which is the world's first international standard for sustainable procurement
Sustainability megatrends: Realising the business case for sustainable economic growth
edie's series of exclusive thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends culminates with New Climate Economy's programme director Helen Mountford exploring how businesses and governments are developing more sustainable models of economic growth that are fit for the future.
One month until edie Live 2017 - get your ticket now
With just one month to go until doors open for edie Live 2017 we take a look at why it is the destination event for sustainability and energy managers.
Philips agrees €1bn loan connecting sustainability performance with finance
Philips has agreed a pioneering €1bn loan in collaboration with banking group ING, with an interest rate dependent on the year-on-year advance of the global lighting firm's sustainability performance.
Green Investment Bank sold to Macquarie in £2.3bn deal
The UK Government has completed the sale of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) to Australian investment bank Macquarie today (20 April) for a sum of £2.3bn.
In practice: GSK funds UK's first carbon-neutral laboratory
Designed for Nottingham University and built by engineering firm AECOM, the new GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry project is a world-first, earning the highest certifications under the BREEAM and LEED standards and driving impressive savings.
UK leads G7 on 'decoupling' emissions reduction from wealth creation
The UK has been more successful than any other G7 nation at decoupling emissions growth from that of the economy over the past 25 years, according to a new report.
Changing the world: How are these megatrends shaping the future of sustainable business?
Sustainability professionals are invited to take part in a short survey as part of edie's ongoing series of thought-leadership articles on sustainability megatrends, which will be compiled into an exclusive report and presented at the edie Live exhibition in May.
Industrial strategy fit for the future: perspectives on building a competitive UK economy
This publication brings together the views of respected thinkers from politics, business, trade unions and academia on the kind of economy the industrial strategy should be building and the role low carbon and resource efficiency can play.
Study: Backing fossil fuels is economically and politically irresponsible
A shift away from fossil fuels to renewables is needed at international level if the targets of the Paris climate deal are to be met. The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue wants to set an example by bringing plenty new to the table.
Minister responds to fears over GIB restructuring
Business and energy minister Nick Hurd has written to the head of the Environmental Audit Committee to respond to concerns over the restructuring of the Green Investment Bank ahead of its sale.
COP22: Major firms lead low-carbon energy drive
The first week of COP22 in Marrakech rounded-off on energy day, with a range of companies demonstrating their commitment to a low-carbon future with pledges to source 100% renewable energy.
Paris pathway paved with risk and opportunity for business, says CDP chief
EXCLUSIVE: "A story of risk and opportunity" is emerging for businesses that are yet to modify their operational plans to account for climate change and drive the transition to a "well-below two degrees" world, the chief executive of global disclosure organisation CDP has claimed.
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.
Developed nations 'confident' of hitting $100bn climate action pledge
Developed countries are "confident" that $100bn will be financed annually to aid climate actions in developing countries by 2020, a new report compiled by the UK and Australia has revealed.
Low-carbon sector growth key to boosting national economies, study finds
Countries reliant on high carbon intensity (HCI) sectors such as utilities, manufacturing and transport will struggle to boost economic activity while reducing emissions, a new report has claimed.
Businesses match governments with bold climate pledges during Climate Week NYC
The level of climate ambition shown from businesses during Climate Week 2016 in New York City (NYC) is continuing to mount, with eight more companies making 100% renewable energy pledges and four firms committing to double the energy productivity of their operations.
Tax haven money could power half the world with renewable energy
Campaign group Friends of the Earth has issued a "wake-up call" for the G20 leaders with a new report revealing that the money hidden in tax havens could be enough to power half of the world using 100% renewable sources by 2030.
London sets the benchmark for mobilising climate finance
A new report has praised London for its ability to mobilise climate finance, and has called on global cites to turn to the private sector in order to invest the necessary $57trn in infrastructure to transition to a low-carbon economy.
Ikea chief: Business and governments must go all in for a carbon-free 21st century
The chief sustainability officer of the world's biggest furniture retailer has called on global governments to galvanise the low-carbon movement, primarily through carbon pricing, to enable companies to unlock the "tremendous" business opportunities that lie ahead.
Green Bond market in urgent need of 'vigorous' industry standards, says WWF
Industry standards in the Green Bond market are needed in order to overcome the "complexity and confusion" that is currently hampering investor confidence in financing green projects, new research from WWF has suggested.
World could warm by massive 10C if all fossil fuels are burned
The planet would warm by searing 10C if all fossil fuels are burned, according to a new study, leaving some regions uninhabitable and wreaking profound damage on human health, food supplies and the global economy.
Edinburgh launches 'Remakery' to ignite re-use and repair revolution
An Edinburgh social enterprise has set up a unique re-use and repair superstore to encourage second-hand shopping and enable more people to learn key repair skills in the Scottish capital, as a way of driving a circular economy.
Coalition for Urban Transitions launched to accelerate global climate commitments
A new coalition consisting of 83 affiliated cities, a global economic commission and the Word Resources Institute (WRI) was launched on Thursday (5 May), with the aim of using metropolitan areas as an "evidence base" to highlight the sustainable climate solutions available to policy makers.
Could the circular economy salvage Britain's struggling steel industry?
The ongoing debate over the UK's escalating steel crisis has failed to consider the circular economy as a potential solution, with Tata Steel's Port Talbot production plant well-positioned to become a national remanufacturing hub as a way of securing a more sustainable future.
Apple ranked as highest scoring corporation for climate influence
Tech giant Apple's continuous drive to champion renewable energy has seen it top a list of more than 150 companies - including rivals Microsoft and Google - to receive the first 'A+ grade' from a sustainability analysis group.
Christiana Figueres expects Paris Agreement to take effect in 2018
The UN's soon-to-depart climate chief has said that the Paris climate change pact agreed last December could come into force two years earlier than the originally planned date of 2020.
The EU Referendum and the UK Environment: An Expert Review
This expert review provides a detailed review of the academic evidence on how EU membership has influenced UK policies, systems of decision making and environmental quality. Containing 14 chapters and over 60,000 words, it documents how the EU has affected UK environmental policy and how, in turn, the UK has worked through the EU to shape wider, international thinking. It has been authored by 14 international experts, who have drawn on the findings of over 700 publications to offer an impartial and authoritative assessment of the evidence.
Could the UK's first Green ISA create a £60bn investment pot?
The UK's first 'Innovative Finance ISA' launched today (6 April) from investment platform Abundance, allowing investors to finance renewable projects through an operative tax ISA that could boost the green economy by £28.5bn.
Could climate change destroy $24trn in financial assets?
A 'worst case scenario' climate change impact could see $24trn wiped-out from assets, placing 17% of the world's economy at severe risk, new research from the London School of Economics (LSE) has warned.
On wings of waste: Plane fuelled by recycled plastic wins Attenborough's approval
A plan to fly across America in a plane powered by recycled plastic has been welcomed by legendary broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough as a "sign of hope in a very depressing world".
The importance of measuring and evaluating your CSR impact
Taco Terheijden, director of cocoa sustainability at global chocolate supplier Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate, explains the new approach the organisation is taking to monitor, measure and evaluation its wide-ranging sustainability strategy.
Lord Stern: Flawed economic models underestimate climate risk
Flawed climate economic modelling is underestimating the damage that climate change is causing as well as underestimating the potential of technology to remedy these damages, Lord Nicholas Stern has claimed.
Defra halves local authority funding to tackle air pollution crisis
The amount of money given to local authorities in England to allow them to combat rising air pollution issues has been halved, the Government has confirmed.
Unilever and Novelis collaborate to educate on circular economy
Sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future has launched two new online tools designed to help businesses embrace the circular economy, following partnerships with consumer goods firm Unilever and the world's biggest aluminium can recycler Novelis.
Friday-Ad embraces sharing economy delivery solution
Users of classifieds marketplace Friday-Ad can now have their items delivered thanks to a new partnership with Norwegian 'social delivery' firm Nimber.
10 ways DECC is encouraging investment in clean energy (according to DECC)
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has released a list of ten ways it is encouraging investment in clean energy in response to the latest wave of criticism of its policies.
The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics
The circular economy is gaining growing attention as a potential way for our society to increase prosperity, while reducing demands on finite raw materials and minimising negative externalities. Such a transition requires a systemic approach, which entails moving beyond incremental improvements to the existing model as well as developing new collaboration mechanisms.
Economists label climate change biggest threat to global economy
Climate change has been labelled as the biggest potential threat to the global economy in 2016, seen as more severe than weapons of mass destruction, cyber-crimes and mass involuntary migration, according to experts surveyed by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
EU unveils new €6bn circular economy package
The European Commission has launched its much-anticipated circular economy package, including weakened recycling targets, tools to halve food waste by 2030, and measures to promote reparability in the design phase of products.
Air pollution killing 430,000 Europeans a year
Air pollution is responsible for up to 430,000 premature deaths a year across Europe, a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) has found.
Unilever to be carbon positive by 2030
Global consumer goods firm Unilever has announced a new target to be carbon positive across its operations by 2030.
Could cutting meat from our diets bridge a post-Paris 'emissions gap'?
A dietary change that relieves the demand for animal protein could play an instrumental role in plugging the post-Paris emissions gap, according to a new report from independent policy institute Chatham House.
GIB backs £10bn green projects in three years
In the last three years, the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has committed £2.3 billion to 58 green infrastructure projects with a total value of £10.1 billion, making it the most active investor in the UK's renewable energy and energy efficiency industries.
British Airways ranked as least efficient major transatlantic airline
British Airway has ranked last in a new analysis of the fuel efficiency of the 20 largest airlines that fly transatlantic routes.
New web platform to streamline sustainability reporting
A trio of global sustainability organisations are creating a new reporting platform which aims to help businesses make sense of the reporting requirements that affect them on a regional, national and international level.
Recycling 'just one thing' could spark London's resource revolution
A new behavioural change campaign has been launched to develop Londoners' understanding of what can be recycled, as the capital aims to hit recycling targets set by Mayor Boris Johnson.
World only half way to meeting emissions target with current pledges
Current global efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions leave about half of the reductions needed still to be found, according to a new analysis by the UN.
G20 could deliver 40% of 2C target with better energy standards, report claims
Raising and normalising energy efficiency standards across the G20 group of rich countries could deliver 40% of the emissions cuts needed to limit global warming to two degrees, a major new report has found.
Akzonobel eyes global shift to water-based paints
EXCLUSIVE: Dutch paint manufacturer AkzoNobel is set to begin a global, industry-wide push to move away from solvent-based paints towards more environmentally-friendly water-based paints.
LowCVP calls for collaboration to develop 'trucks of the future'
The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) is calling on Britain's fleet operators and local authorities to band together to create a new low-carbon market for heavy goods vehicles.
Ovo Energy shuns coal and nuclear
Independent energy supplier Ovo Energy has announced it has removed coal and nuclear generation from its entire fuel mix.
Zero Waste Scotland launches social media campaign to inspire upcycling
Zero Waste Scotland has launched an 8-week social media campaign to encourage Scots to 'upcycle' unwanted pieces of furniture.
UK climate watchdog recommends 54% emissions cut by 2030
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has published its initial recommendations for the UK's fifth carbon budget, suggesting a 54% cut in emissions by 2030 from a 1990 baseline.
Automotive sustainability: are cars of the future needed today?
In the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, a sector already low on public confidence is left with big questions to answer. But for one Swedish automotive entrepreneur, the crisis presents an opportunity to accelerate the move to all-electric transport.
UK leads G20 nations on low-carbon growth
The UK has broken records for national low-carbon growth and the country now tops PwC's G20 Low Carbon Economy Index, but energy experts warn the results are largely due to "circumstance rather than policy".
'Vulnerable 20' countries will share economies to fight climate change
Finance ministers representing over 700 million people have announced a series of financial mechanisms to invest in climate resiliency and lower emissions for 20 of the world's most vulnerable countries.
Global carbon price urgently needed, says New Climate Economy
Carbon pricing can significantly reduce emissions without harming the global economy, a new report from the influential New Climate Economy (NCE) think-tank has asserted.
Paris climate talks should not put figure on finance, says World Bank vice-president
The Paris conference on climate change should not set a target for future financial assistance to developing countries, according to the World Bank's top official on climate change.
Half of Africa could be powered by renewables by 2030, says IRENA
Africa could generate 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 if they were to follow guidelines laid out in a new report from the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA).
UK energy policy threatening Northern Powerhouse, say trade unions
Yorkshire and the Humber has the opportunity to become Europe's leading low-carbon industrial zone, but punitive Government policy is putting that potential at risk, according to a new report from the national trade union.
Google enters circular economy partnership with Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Google has become the latest major company to partner with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in order to accelerate the planet's transition to a circular economy.
Labour conference: Every community should own a clean energy power station
Labour's new Shadow Energy Secretary Lisa Nandy has pledged to 'democratise' the energy system by boosting community-owned renewables across the country.
UK Councils have £14bn invested in 'risky' fossil fuels
UK councils have invested around £14bn - equating to 6% of their collective pension funds - into risky fossil fuels, according to new figures released today (24 September).
Major companies commit to 100% renewable energy ahead of Paris talks
A host of high-profile companies, including NIKE and Procter & Gamble, are the latest to join RE100 - an initiative whose members are committed to sourcing 100% renewable energy
Unilever's Paul Polman receives UN's highest environmental accolade
Unilever's chief executive has been named as one of the winners of the United Nations' Champion of the Earth Award for his work as a 'tireless advocate' for sustainable business models.
edie explains: COP21 Paris Climate Conference
From November 30th to December 11th this year, Paris will play host one of the most important climate conferences in the history of mankind. Here's everything you need to know...
The Low Carbon Economy – From Stick to Carrot
Britain is at risk of missing a huge opportunity. Policymakers must stop hitting firms with the big stick of ever-higher carbon taxes and levies, eroding their global competitiveness. Instead, they should be offering carrots, incentives to install energy saving equipment, invest in unexplored low-carbon technologies ahead of the curve, and become leaders in the low-carbon markets that must inevitably boom over the next couple of decades if governments around the world are to meet their climate change targets.
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
This week saw a clutter of stories from all over the sustainability spectrum with consequences both grand and small.
Bristol saves £1m a year from 20,000 upgraded streetlights
A change of bulbs in 20,000 streetlamps in Bristol has seen the council save £1m a year on energy bills, reducing C02 emissions by 4,000 tonnes in the process.
Britons throw away more than 300,000 tonnes of reusable furniture every year
A new report has called on local authorities and manufacturers of 'bulky waste' - waste too big for normal disposal - to put a greater emphasis on the reuse of unwanted furniture.
Circular economy can create 3 million jobs - WRAP
A European transition to the circular economy could create three million extra jobs by 2030 and reduce unemployment by 520,000, a new WRAP study has claimed.
George Osborne accused of 'disastrous' assault on green agenda
Ed Davey, the former energy and climate change secretary, has accused George Osborne of putting tens of billions of pounds' worth of private sector investment at risk with an assault on the green agenda he pioneered.
Planning permission granted for England's largest onshore wind farm
Plans to expand Scout Moor onshore wind farm in Lancashire have been given the green light by the local council.
Fat cat pay at fossil fuel companies drives climate crisis - report
Executives at the 30 biggest publicly held coal, oil and gas companies in the US were paid more than leaders of other major corporations, about 9% higher than the S&P 500 average, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) found.
Shell and Gazprom among companies backing 2C limit
More than a third of the world's largest listed companies, including major fossil fuel producers, say they would support an international deal limiting global warming to 2 degrees, according to research by CDP.
WRAP highlights three priorities for EU circular economy package
The Waste and Resources Action Plan (WRAP) has revealed its response to the EU's circular economy consultation, detailing three key targets for the forthcoming package.
Only one third of European e-waste 'properly recycled'
Just one third of all used-but-still-functioning electronics were properly recycled across the EU in 2012, according to a major new study by the UN and Interpol.
Zero Waste Scotland seeks designers to create new range with recycled clothes
Wannabe designers could get their big break by creating the next must-have fashion trend from a pile of discarded clothing.
Rio de Janeiro's new superhighway to be lit by 4,300 solar lights
Japanese solar firm Kyocera has completed the installation of 4,300 solar streetlights along Brazils new motoring artery, the Arco Metropolitano do Rio de Janeiro.
H&M launch €1m grant for clothes-recycling innovations
Swedish clothing chain H&M will offer a €1m grant for pioneering ideas which 'close the loop' on discarded clothing.
Scottish green energy transition could create 44,000 new jobs
Rebuilding Scotland's energy sector around green technology could generate 44,000 additional jobs compared to the current oil-and-gas status quo.
H&M closes the loop with recycled denim range
Swedish clothing giant H&M is making strides towards its goal of creating a closed loop for fashion with the launch of a new denim range made from recycled and organic cotton.
Brazil and Germany team up on climate change and deforestation
Germany has pledged €550m to help Brazil's deforestation and energy efficiency programmes as part of a new climate change agreement between the two countries.
Crown Estate opens up CCS 'treasure map'
Information about potential sites for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the UK has been made freely available to the public.
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
This week in numbers has seen some surprising electric vehicle developments and exciting new figures for renewable energy and e-waste recycling.
Driving change: What will the planet's roads look like in 2050?
From algae refuelling stations to wildlife bridges, the roads of the future will not just be inanimate slugs of concrete, but an important part of an emissions-free planet. How will we get there? Brad Allen finds out.
Green Alliance: Circular economy package must tackle product design flaws
The EU's forthcoming circular economy package must encourage manufacturers to design products to be longer-lasting and more repairable, according to the Green Alliance.