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The decarbonisation rate of the G20 is short of the 3% average rate required to reach national pledges to the Paris Agreement

G20 falls behind on national decarbonisation pledges

The UK is "strongly outperforming" the rest of G20 in decoupling emissions from economic growth, but businesses and governments have been warned that the goals of the Paris Agreement won't be achieved with current decarbonisation ambitions.

The UN Commission on Trade Development (UNCTAD) estimates that up to $7trn of investment will be needed annually to meet the SDGs by 2030

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Investors have been urged to support the "world's most pressing environmental, social and economic issues" by using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a capital allocation guide.

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The new linear production line at the site is capable of producing 72,000 bottles per hour, all of which are 100% recyclable

Evian unveils carbon-neutral bottling site

Danone-owned bottled water brand Evian has unveiled its new production facility in France that will modernise how the company produces and transports its products, as part of a wider goal to become the first carbon-neutral Danone brand by 2020.

Nearly nine in ten Millennials surveyed (86%) are interested in sustainable investing, compared with three-quarters of individual investors overall (75%)

Millennials twice as likely to invest in green business, survey reveals

Millennials are driving global growth in sustainable investing, according to financial services firm Morgan Stanley, which has discovered that the younger generation are twice as likely to invest in companies targeting social or environmental goals.

The statement calls on G20 nations to lead the transformation by “initiating and implementing” and “global paradigm shift” on an energy transition

Global companies call on nations to push for 'well-below' 2C Paris target

More than 50 global companies including Unilever, M&S and Adidas have called on nations meeting in Paris to discuss climate progress, to phase-out fossil fuel subsidies by 2025 and create the framework to limit global warming increases to well below 2C.

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JP Morgan commits to 100% renewables as it makes $200bn clean finance vow

One of the world's biggest banking institutions JP Morgan Chase, has pledged to facilitate the "largest commitment" by a financial institution in the form of a $200bn clean financing fund, alongside a transition to 100% renewable energy.

Sector insight: The state of sustainability in retail

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Trewin Restorick is concerned that the current choppy waters of British politics means the Government isn't “part of the picture” when it comes to resource efficiency

How positive psychology can bring consumers along on the sustainability journey

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We hear from those that are already making sustainability happen about the best initiatives in UK business.

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Natural capital: Credible concept or spurious sustainability approach?

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The two Dutch firms have agreed the first deal in the syndicated loan market where the pricing is linked to a Sustainalytics rating

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.

The privatisation of the Green Investment Bank has faced a wave of opposition from green campaigners and senior officials in Westminster

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.

Factors behind the UK’s success include the switch from coal to gas for generating electricity and energy-efficiency schemes cutting demand

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.

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Changing the world: How are these megatrends shaping the future of sustainable business?

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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.

Ahead of the G20 summit in July, the German government feels it is its duty to remind fellow governments of their obligations to the Paris Agreement

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.

Hurd  repeated the reassurance that the government’s main objective in the privatisation process is to “ensure that any sale protects the Green Investment Bank's (GIB) green values

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.

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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.

While 85% of businesses have emissions targets in place, these targets would only take them a quarter of the way towards being operationally in line with the 2C global warming threshold

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.

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 report outlines that more than 30 governments, including the US, UK and Japan had pledged new funds in 2015

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.

The study found that economic growth has pushed up emissions, but increased changes from businesses have helped to constrain this increase

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.

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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.

Globally every year up to $600bn (£450bn) of government tax revenue is lost through tax avoidance alone

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.

Investing in London’s waste and energy infrastructure created a “revolving investment fund” that helped in the regeneration of certain areas in the city

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's chief sustainability officer Steve Howard told delegates at the Business and Climate Summit that an 'all-in' mindset will be required to drive low-carbon, transformational change

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.

WWF is concerned that continued “greenwashing” will occur as more bonds – perceived as green – are issued despite only offering minor environmental benefits and improvements

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.

Other recent studies have shown that extreme heatwaves could push the climate beyond human endurance in parts of the world

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.

Workshop spaces and a tour of the premises will be available to visitors during the grand opening of the Remakery, located at 125 Leith Walk

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.

The Coalition will aim to communicate with national leaders and Ministers of Finance, Energy, Transportation and Economy, in order to unlock the potential of sustainable cities

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.

Economisrt Kate Raworth (speaking) has developed the ‘doughnut’ of planetary and social boundaries - a playfully serious approach to framing the global resource challenge

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 was the only company to receive an A+ grade from analyst InfluenceMap

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’ optimistic predictions about the Paris Agreement follows a series of positive announcements on climate change made by national governments and big businesses

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.

Abundance has suggested that there is a huge demand for green financing and has exemplified this through its Great British Money Survey

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.

The research showed that limiting global warming to 2C would see financial assets fall by $315bn less than the current 2.5C trajectory

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.

British-born pilot and adventurer Jeremy Rowsell climbs on board the 'On Wings of Waste' plane to raise awareness of plastic pollution

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".

Cargill works to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and simultaneously secure the sustainable supply of cocoa and chocolate products

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.

According to Lord Stern, the Paris Agreement could also be nullified unless ‘incremental improvements’ to economic models are introduced

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.

Ealing and Islington were the two London Boroughs to receive new funds. Almost 9,500 people being killed by air pollution in London in 2010

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.

Both tools are designed to help change mindsets about product life cycles, material flows and processes

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.

The Nimber delivery function was added to certain Friday-Ad product categories on the website last week

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.

Amber Rudd said Government policies were designed to keep bills low and maintain energy security

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.

After appearing in the top five for the last three editions the failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation has moved to the top

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).

European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans (centre) says the new circular economy package could bring net savings of €600bn a year

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.

The UK saw approximately 37,800 deaths from air pollution in 2013

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 was recently named by sustainability experts as having made the biggest contribution to advancing solutions to climate change in the past five years

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.

There looks set to be a 76% increase in the global consumption of meat by 2050

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.

The bank has so far invested in projects ranging from an offshore wind farm off the Brighton coast to the installation of 10,000 LED streetlights in Glasgow

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.

Seating configuration and aircraft fuel burn explain about 80% of the variation in fuel efficiency among  airlines

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.

The Reporting Exchange platform will be available in open beta format at the end of 2016 to enable public users to share their feedback

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.

If every Londoner recycled one extra plastic bottle a week for a year, enough energy would be saved to power Wembley Stadium for two years

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.

Current pledges are likely to lead to emissions of 53 to 58 GT of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2025

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.

The NCE said G20 countries are well positioned to benefit from high efficiency targets, given their market scale, influence on technological uptake and massive energy consumption

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.

In the near future Volvo predicts that these trucks will be able to book their own services and workshop administrations

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.

The removal of coal from Ovo's energy mix has cut its carbon emissions by 34%

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 said that re-using rather than recycling 100 sofas can save 1.5 tonnes of carbon.

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.

The CCC will publish its official recommendations for the fifth carbon budget, covering 2028-2032 in November

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.

Uniti is a futuristic electric city car, designed to spur the next leap forward in automotive sustainability. Image: Uniti

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.

The UK has seen a 19% year-on-year increase in renewable energy consumption, according to PwC

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".

Ministers have thrown their weight behind a $100bn commitment as well as supporting an international financial transaction tax

'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.

A carbon pricing system already covers 12% of global emissions

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.

The World Bank's special envoy for climate change says a new climate finance agreement should not include a figure

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.

In 2013 renewable energy accounted for just 5% Africa's total final energy consumption (TFEC)

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).

Royd Moor windfarm in Yorkshire - the prime region for a low-carbon industrial zone, according to TUC

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 joins Cisco, Kingfisher, Philips, Renault and Unilever as a 'Global Partner' of the Foundation

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.

Nandy said community energy could be a new powerhouse

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.

The research marks the first time that the £231 billion investments of all 418 local councils have been ranked by fossil fuel investment and released publicly

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).

RE100 an ambitious global campaign from the Climate Group and CDP, has seen members rise from 12 to 36 just one year after launch

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

Paul Polman, who joined Unilever in 2009, received the award in the Entrepreneurial Vision category

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

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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.

During the initial upgrade, annual savings reached £500,000, but since the completion of the project the council estimates savings of £1m a year

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.

With the collectors unable to enter a residents home the furniture is either left outside and exposed to weather, or cut up into pieces so it can be transported to landfill

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.

The report found that there are already 3.4 million people employed in circular economy jobs

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.

Ed Davey says the chancellor is pursuing 'bonkers economics'

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.

The Scout Moor expansion would see a further 16 turbines added to the 25 existing turbines

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.

None of the 30 top fossil fuel companies encourage moves to cleaner energy

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.

None of the 28 energy companies responded

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.

The EU closed its consultation on what the circular economy package should look like on the 20 August, and is expected to present the plan by the end of 2015

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.

The report also discovered 'widespread theft' of valuable components such as circuit boards and precious metals from waste electronics, resulting in an annual estimated loss between €800m and €1.7bn

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's new campaign will aim to 'show consumers the true value of their discarded clothing'

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.

The entire project will produce around 2.8GWh of solar energy per year

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.


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