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UK Government to invest £26m in tackling modern slavery in Asia

The Government has announced that it will invest £26m into a string of initiatives aimed at combatting modern slavery and child labour across six Asian countries.

Non-state actors made a number of pledges and a call to action at the San Francisco summit. Image: Global Climate Action Summit

Global Climate Action Summit: Lack of government climate ambition balanced by non-state action

San Francisco's Global Climate Action Summit ended on 14 September with non-state actors sending a call to action to governments ahead of the crucial COP24 in December, while highlighting their pivotal role in reducing emissions and reaching climate targets.

(L-R): Presenter EIC executive director Matthew Farrow;
Verco’s team; and compere Rufus Hound

Meet the Sustainability Leader: Verco - Consultancy of the Year 2018

The Verco team is a unique and exceptional blend of consultants, engineers and software developers dedicated to mitigating the impacts of climate change and shaping the future of the low-carbon economy. Its aim is to help clients become sustainability leaders in their sectors which is achieved by regularly checking their progress against Verco's proprietary maturity matrix.

The commitment comes after California met 34% of its energy needs with renewable power last year

California commits to 100% renewable energy by 2045

The California Assembly has passed a bill that commits the state to transition to a 100% renewable energy grid by 2045, making it the largest economy in the world to have made such a pledge.

The current carbon price in the EU is €18.28 - up more than threefold since May 2017

Report: EU carbon prices could hit €40 over next five years

European Union (EU) carbon prices could more than double to €40 per tonne between 2019 and 2023, spurring the transition away from coal power across the bloc.

edie at 20: How did sustainability become so business-critical?

edie's 20th anniversary as a sustainable business media brand is an ideal opportunity to remind ourselves of the past two decades of corporate sustainability, which have seen it evolve from an environmental add-on to a fundamental aspect of growth.

Brown called for universal and standardised report by all governments across the globe by 2030

California Governor challenges major businesses to report on climate impact

The likes of Amazon, Facebook and Caterpillar have been challenged to measure their climate impact by California's Governor Jerry Brown.

Six of the top ten supplier leaders are based in Europe

'High risk' meat and fish sector failing to combat climate-related business risks

More than half of global meat and fish suppliers have been labelled as "high risk", with new research warning that the sector is failing to manage sustainability issues such as greenhouse gas emissions and antibiotics stewardship.

Valentines special: All that glitters is not gold

Are you considering buying a piece of jewellery for someone close to you this Valentines day? Gold and diamonds are frequently bought as gifts on special occasions. It is reported that Americans spend more than $10bn dollars on jewellery on Valentines Day and Mothers day.

The blackwater system will reduce the building’s water footprint by 76%

In practice: Salesforce's largest US blackwater recycling system

As part of a move to redefine its business purpose through staff well-being and sustainability, Salesforce has used its flagship San Francisco headquarters to champion water efficiency in an area notorious for severe droughts.

Brown said that his goal is to create a global emissions trading system. Image: European Parliament

EU and California to discuss linking carbon markets

The EU and California are beginning talks to potentially create a common carbon market that could also include China.

Global deposit return schemes

Deposit return schemes add a small deposit on to the cost of drinks which is refunded to the consumer when the container is returned. Hence, the incentive for consumers to recycle their drinks containers is much greater. Containers, such as glass, can be refilled and other such as cans can be recycled, eliminating wastage of the containers.

What does the future hold for sustainable manufacturing

We are witnessing an era of unprecedented technological change, with the fourth Industrial Revolution now well underway.

Home Depot has a target in place to source 135MW of renewable energy by 2020

Home Depot to fit retail stores with solar panels and Tesla Powerpacks

The world's largest home improvement retailer, Home Depot, has signed an agreement with GE and Tesla to create "mini solar farms" at 50 stores in the US.

Speaking out on sustainability

Recently, my son's school invited me to come in and give a presentation on what I do as the global sustainability director at Mars. I've spoken with business leaders inside and outside of Mars, policy makers, NGOs and journalists on multiple continents. But I've never had to tell that story to 30 kids between the ages of 8 and 13 (with my son watching, no less...)

Donald in Wonderland - US withdrawal from the Paris agreement

Trump just wishes that climate change would go away. We would all like climate change to be a dream. Some hard choices could be avoided, and we could keep environmentally damaging luxuries, such as fast cars and golf resorts.

How should the world react to US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement? Ignore Trump and get on with the job

In pursuit of his America First agenda, Donald Trump has announced that he wants America to be the first country to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, just seven months after it entered into force.

Trump's Paris pullout may mean less for climate action than we think

Almost universal condemnation has greeted President Trump's decision to withdraw from and renegotiate American participation in the Paris Agreement. But energy industry experts I have spoken to are less concerned.

Maximising the value of your sustainability report - webinar presentations

View the presentations that were given by a leading cross-sector panel of sustainability experts who discussed their views on how to maximise the value of sustainability reports in a recent edie webinar, sponsored by classification organisanion DNV GL.

Obama argued that no country “large or small, rich or poor, would be immune from the impacts of climate change”

Clean energy revolution 'locked in' by business aspirations, says Obama

The former US President Barack Obama has dismissed fears that the Trump administration could scupper clean energy growth in the US, but suggested that no country could afford to "sit on the sidelines" when combatting climate change.

Top tips to achieve supply chain sustainability

You’re only as strong as your weakest link. For sustainability professionals, supply chains can be highly complex and full of links that must be closely managed and supported to help achieve overarching corporate social responsibility standards.

The energy storage system will control energy consumption from Walmart's on-site renewables arrays, including solar PV and wind energy

Walmart kickstarts energy storage project to 'increase reliance' on renewables

American retail giant Walmart has penned a deal to combine energy storage systems with on-site renewables, in order to balance energy generation at numerous Southern California stores.

PwC currently recycles or reuses around 85% of the waste it produces, generating £500,000 for the firm annually in the process

Going Circular: PwC's staff engagement success story

As part of edie's engagement month of editorial content, Matt Mace takes a closer look at the innovative behaviour change approaches being adopted by PwC as the professional services firm seeks to mobilise waste reduction efforts of thousands of staff members to deliver a closed-loop organisation.

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.

Better together on sustainability, better together in the EU?

Last week, I was sat in a bar in the beautiful (and very green) Austrian village of Göss, about 100 miles south of Vienna.

Safe and legal neutralisation of wastewater

Caustic soda, magnesium hydroxide or liquid lime?

Energy Entrepreneurs Report 2016

Energy entrepreneurs are leading the transformation to a low-carbon future.

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.

Lessons in law: What should companies be disclosing about slavery in their supply chains?

The US has seen a wave or lawsuits arising against companies alleging that their products have been made by slaves.

Las Vegas’s power drama captures an ongoing dilemma in the new energy economy

Las Vegas casinos seek to power their bright lights with renewable energy

The glittering Las Vegas strip is not an obvious model for energy conservation. Yet hidden above the glowing Eiffel Tower, neon resort awnings and a black pyramid that shines a beam of light into space, is one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in the country.

The USS Stockdale departing Naval Base San Diego

US Navy launches first biofuel-powered ship

The first ever US Navy ship to run on an alternative fuel blend as part of its regular operations, has been deployed from California.

Infratech claims that the system can generate around 50% more energy than rooftop solar systems

Floating solar array generates energy and protects California's water

A 1MW floating solar panel array consisting of more than 3000 panels is set to provide clean energy and water sanitation in California, after successful trials in the Australian Outback.

A rising tide on the corporate agenda - Overcoming the world's water challenges together

Seen from space, it looks like there's water everywhere on earth - roughly 70% of our planet's surface is covered by it.

Get out of jail free: Legal compliance - a game of Monopoly?

We have been running a series of Breakfast briefings in London and Brighton under our theme ‚¬~taking business beyond compliance‚¬"¢, featuring the Modern Slavery Act and the key changes to the ISO 14001.


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