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Taking the measure of sustainability

Managing what you measure remains as true a maxim as ever in the world of sustainability, especially given the additional impetus provided to governments, businesses and civil society by the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, measuring progress on sustainability - whether for businesses or cities - is a complex task.

The 14-page edie explains guide helps environmental professionals understand exactly what they need to do before, during and after the ISO 14001 certification process

ISO 14001: edie launches updated practical guide to implementation

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

Now for clean growth – let’s hope it’s real this time

If, like me, you're downloading a burgeoning number of Government reports committing us to clean growth, low carbon infrastructures and greater disclosure on climate risk, you'll either be feeling 'at last, the tide has turned'; or suspending your lingering cynicism about commitments to the green economy. Is it all real this time?

Students need the 'sustain' ability

Iain Patton, CEO at the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), talks to representatives from the education, business and sustainability sectors about megatrends in education.

Back to school: Capturing sustainability work opportunities

In light of the Back to School period, London Metropolitan University's Sustainability Manager, Rachel Ward, describes how she managed to get her foot in the door and how today's students can do the same.

Why science alone won’t resolve planetary boundaries

As a sustainability professional, I remember relishing in Johan Rockström and 28 scientists' 2009 creation of "a safe operating space for humanity", the framework of Planetary Boundaries.

edie Live exhibitor focus: EWT

With the doors at edie Live opening in just a few days, 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.

A growing number of businesses are turning to natural capital accounting to underpin their sustainability strategy, but is it the right approach to take?

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.

Environmentalists who have seen a draft version of the 25-Year Environment Plan have said it is

Pressure mounts on Defra to release environment strategy

An array of sustainability and environmental experts have told edie the Government must "stop dithering" and publish its long-awaited 25-Year Environment Plan, after a leaked version of the document was criticised for providing "grand promises with zero detail".

Putting the O in H2O: Where is the Opportunity in water?

I've been working on Environmental Management Systems (EMS) with businesses for over 20 years. Their drivers for EMS (often legal compliance and cost savings) have led some to focus on quick-wins, typically in waste and energy.

Environmental gearing: Bridging the gap between sustainability and finance

For several years now, environmental practitioners have sought to capture the attention of the finance community in order to better embed environmental management into the commercial operations of a business.

Lucas, the Brighton Pavilion MP, has called for a new “Environment Act” to be introduced – noting that there is no UK equivalent to acting on breaches of environmental legislation

A cocktail of risks: Brexit a 'danger' to environmental legislation, says Caroline Lucas

Just five days after the House of Commons voted to trigger Article 50 and take formal steps to leave the European Union (EU), a new report from Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has warned that Brexit forms a "cocktail of risks" for the UK's environmental protection.

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.

Britain's environmental consultancy sector outstripped the nation’s economic growth of 2.2% by a significant margin in 2015

Brexit poses uncertainty, opportunity for Britain's environmental consultants: report

The UK's Brexit vote is expected to have a significant impact on the nation's environmental consultancy sector, with market growth in 2016 estimated to be almost half what it was in 2015 due to the uncertainties looming over client investment decisions.

The Greener UK coalition is concerned that the UK’s natural environment is struggling, with more than half of species declining, temperatures rising, and air pollution leading to poor health

Britain's green groups unite to fight for environmental protection post-Brexit

The National Trust, RSPB, WWF and Friends of the Earth are among 13 environmental organisations that have today (8 December) come together to form the Greener UK coalition.

Scotch whisky producers 'collective' volunteer strategy is the only one of its kind to cover an entire Scottish industry

Scotch whisky makers set 'challenging' green goals

The Scottish whisky industry has this week unveiled four new "challenging" sustainability targets in an effort to reduce carbon, drive water efficiency and embrace circular economy models in the supply chain.

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.

What's next for the coffee cup?

Our national obsession with coffee is high profile news. There are 16,500 coffee shops across the UK, as well as many smaller in-store or at work vending machines and grabbing a cappuccino is a social activity that millions of us take part in every day.

The Curve Insights Report 2016

The Curve exists to tackle a market failure in corporate energy management. We estimate around half of commercially attractive energy projects, which we define as having a better return than an organisation’s core business, are being missed. And we see the lack of credible information about the available options and outcomes as the major contributor to this market failure.

WWF UK chief executive David Nussbaum RSPB chief executive Mike Clarke suggested that leaving the EU would put recent environmental achievements in jeopardy

Better, cleaner, greener: Environmentalist groups outline green benefits of EU

Leading green groups including World Wildlife Fund (WWF), RSPB and Friends of the Earth (FotE) have outlined the environmental benefits of the UK remaining in the European Union (EU), stating that "there is no argument to be had" when taking into consideration the positive impact that Britain's membership has had on its nature and environment.

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

Two weeks ago, I was sat on the Leaders Stage at the edie Live exhibition in Birmingham, chairing a session on 'new business models'.

Register for edie Live on May 17-18 and book your free, expert advice clinics

Book your free expert advice clinics at edie Live

Visitors to edie Live are being given the chance to book free, one-to-one advice clinics to help them plan all aspects of their sustainability strategies.

With businesses facing a wealth of guidance and instruction frameworks it can be easy to become shackled by the reporting standards

Sustainability Reporting: Taking the first steps

Convincing stakeholders - and perhaps even yourself - to undertake your company's first sustainability report is a daunting task. What are the key first steps you must take to embark upon a successful sustainability reporting journey.


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