Driving change: How can businesses increase efficiency for a greener fleet?
Whether it's the rollout of electric vehicles (EVs), the use of telematics, or the strategic positioning of distribution centres, there is now a multitude of options available to businesses looking to reduce fleet emissions. But which is the best route to take? edie's George Ogleby investigates.
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.
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
Energy Transitions Commission: Better energy, greater prosperity
The Energy Transitions Commission’s flagship report sets out achievable pathways to limit global warming to well below 2C while stimulating economic development and social progress.
Sustainability megatrends: Urbanisation, smart cities and the future of green business
edie's series of exclusive thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends continues with PwC's director of cities and urbanisation, Dan Dowling, exploring how urbanisation and smart city growth can be a powerful force for sustainable development and shared prosperity, if it's managed correctly.
Planning for a circular economy
The Environmental Services Association, the voice of the UK’s resource and waste management industry, has set out a number of recommendations to more closely align the planning system with the strategic objectives of the circular economy.
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.
Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017: meet the winners!
Welcome to the winners report for the 2017 Sustainability Leaders Awards. Organised by edie, these awards recognise excellence across the spectrum of sustainable business; from the best efficiency programmes through to product innovation, from stakeholder engagement and CSR initiatives to the people making it happen.
10 top tips to move from compliance to competitive edge on energy management
The energy efficiency path can be a long and winding road for businesses, but cutting through it can prove invaluable for long-term success.
INFOGRAPHIC: Energy efficiency benchmarking survey
edie, in association with E.ON, conducted a survey with selected readers responsible for energy management, asking them to identify the energy efficiency activity they had already completed or had underway.
Carlsberg obtains circular economy certification for Kronenbourg glass bottles
Global beverage company Carlsberg has become the first company in the world to be accredited with a Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) bronze certification for a glass beverage packaging.
Tesla's Model 3 to utilise solar roof technology
Tesla's recent foray into the solar market looks set to pay dividends for its highly anticipated Model 3, after the company's chief executive Elon Musk revealed that the recently launched solar roof panels would feature in some form on the new vehicle.
Coming of age: The heroes and villains of the circular economy
The circular economy is growing up; moving beyond simple radical resource efficiency, towards an authentic triple-bottom-line. As with any transition, not everything is great. Business model innovation is the battleground for success - and while there are heroes, there are also villains holding back the real transformation that is needed.
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.
The Business End of Climate Change
In the first edition of this study, researchers look at five initiatives that companies have joined to limit climate change: Science Based Targets, EP100, RE100, Zero Deforestation and the Low Carbon Technology Partnership initiative (LCTPi).
Into the Dragon's Den: A guide to boardroom buy-in on sustainability
In this three-part 'guide to' series for sustainability professionals, edie asks the experts about how to overcome major challenges and seize hidden opportunities on the path to driving green business. First up: the daunting task of getting the board on-board.
edie Environment & Energy Awards 2016: Meet the winners
Take a full read through each of the projects and initiatives that fended off tough competition to be crowned winners of edie's 2016 Environment & Energy (E&E) Awards.
Cleantech innovation: the collaboration equation
In the penultimate part of this cleantech innovation feature mini-series, Carbon Limiting Technologies (CLT) directors Beverley Gower-Jones and Mark Bornhoft explain how green innovators should be interacting with big corporations to carve out a route to market and ensure they aren't "designing in the dark".
How Encirc is smashing the glass ceiling of supply chain sustainability
As businesses begin to look beyond the 'low-hanging fruit' of on-site sustainability solutions, a growing number of firms are turning their attentions to supply chain management as a way of reducing emissions and environmental footprints even further.
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.
Collaboration for a closed-loop value chain: Transferable learning points from the REALCAR project
Creating a space to collaborate, reflect, learn and share lessons from the REALCAR (REcycled ALuminium CAR) closed-loop project.
BMW investigates solar-harvesting material for windshield de-icing
Automotive giant BMW is exploring the potential of a sunlight-harvesting material with the ability to release heat on demand, as an efficient means of de-icing car windshields.
CDP Climate Change Report 2015
CDP was set up, almost 15 years ago, to serve investors. A small group of 35 institutions, managing US$4 trillion in assets, wanted to see companies reporting reliable, comprehensive information about climate change risks and opportunities.
Revolutionary solar windows could generate 50 times more energy than regular PVs
An American solar firm has launched a new liquid technology that turns regular windows into solar panels which could be up to 50 times more productive than regular roof-based photovoltaics.
£80m saved as Wales' recycling rates continue to rise
Latest figures show that Wales' recycling and composting rate for the past year has reached 56% - a 2% climb from 2013.
Premier League sustainability: Creating the world's greenest football club
The Premier League season got underway this weekend with a winning start for Manchester United and dropped points for Arsenal and Chelsea.
WRAP and Valpak embark on joint packaging recycling project
Resource body WRAP and environmental consultancy Valpak are to collaborate on new research into the flow of paper and card waste through the market.
Glastonbury to Shambala: 5 festivals going green this summer
British Summer Time means one thing to tens of thousands across the country: festival season. But how are this year's big events attempting to green-up the party experience?
VIDEO: How Interface is turning windscreens into carpets
Modular flooring manufacturer Interface has unveiled its latest green innovation, this time creating the world's first recycled latex substitute for carpets using laminate found in car windows.
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.
Sustainability reporting: explained
An introductory guide on the principle sustainability reporting frameworks and best practice guidance, from CSR sustainability consultancy CLT envirolaw.
UK resource governance for the 21st century
High and volatile resource prices have been identified as one of the key macroeconomic trends of the 21st century.
Aylesford Newsprint goes into administration
Aylesford Newsprint, a paper manufacturer which specialises in recycling paper for reuse as newsprint, has gone into administration.
Environment Agency guide: Complying with ESOS
The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is an energy assessment and energy saving scheme, estimated to lead to £1.6bn of net benefits to the UK, with the majority of these being directly felt by businesses as a result of energy savings.
Circular economy for smart devices: Opportunities in the US, UK and India
Smartphones, tablets and laptops have moved from the fringe of computing to the mainstream in just five years. Sales of these smart devices exploded as consumers saw the benefits of seamless connectivity, and were drawn to the simplicity. of new user interfaces.
CDP Report: Supply Chain Sustainability Revealed: A Country Comparison
Climate change is once again rising up the global agenda. Physical climate, regulatory and consumer preference changes expose supply chains to growing levels of climate risk. Uneven responses among suppliers present threats and opportunities for companies at the top of supply chains
Infographic: How the circular economy could create 200,000 jobs
The circular economy, it seems, can not only preserve resources and reduce emissions, it can also provide a massive boost to the UK economy in the process. Here's how...
Costs of air pollution from European industrial facilities 2008–2012
In 2011, the European Environment Agency (EEA) published a first assessment of the costs of air pollution caused by European industrial facilities.The report Revealing the costs of air pollution from industrial facilities in Europe (EEA, 2011) applied a simplified modelling approach to assess the damage costs to health and the environment in 2009, caused by pollutant emissions from industrial facilities officially reported to the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E- PRTR).
FEAD president urges new Environment Commissioner to back circular economy package
The president of European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services, David Palmer-Jones, has written to the new European Commissioner for the environment Karmenu Vella urging him to back the European Commission's circular economy package.
Zero travel emissions for Sustainability Leaders Forum delegates
Delegates at the Sustainability Leaders Forum, organised by edie, had their travel emissions calculated and offset through Climate Care's LifeStraw Carbon for Water project.
Todaysure Matthews Limited providing on-going support against the Ebola outbreak
Todaysure Matthews Limited are part of a leading group of environmental companies, with dedicated manufacturing plants in the UK, Europe and the USA, each specialising in the manufacture of waste processing, incineration and cremation products.
Pathways for Heat: Low Carbon Heat for Buildings
This report calls on the next Government to set heat as a priority for the coming decade. During the 2010-2015 Parliament, the big energy policy priority was progressing power sector decarbonisation by agreeing Electricity Market Reform. Now Electricity Market Reform is legislated and being implemented, it is time for policy-makers to reassess their priorities. We must scale up efforts to prepare for decarbonising heat in buildings by filling the gaps in the evidence that shapes strategy and deploying solutions to develop delivery models and meet targets.
MCA report: Low Carbon, Higher Growth
Earlier this year, as part of its Growth Programme, the MCA Think Tank assembled expert consultants working to help businesses reduce their carbon footprints. The session considered whether efforts to reduce carbon, instead of being a burden on enterprise, provided business opportunities in their own right. Their observations are the basis of this report.
EU sanctions to spark price rise in solar glass
Businesses looking to add solar installations should move fast, investor services firm IHS has warned, as EU duties on Chinese firms look set to inflate international prices of solar glass.
Councils improve recycling rates by adopting reward schemes, new study finds
Local authorities that introduce recycling incentives for households tend to have higher recycling rates than those that offer compulsory recycling systems, according to new research.
Molson Coors turns beer green with lightweight innovation
Juggling sustainability with customer expectations is a daily balancing act for brewery firms like Molson Coors. The solution it would seem lies in not in the beer, but the packaging, as Maxine Perella finds out.
Manufacturing: powering the economy - an agenda for Government to 2020
EEF is calling on all parties to put delivering a long-term growth strategy at the top of their agenda for government. This should build on existing sector industry strategies, adding a strategic approach to working across government.
Closing the loop: Building the environmental supply chain
Globalised business was built on the back of cheap oil, near-unlimited access to resources and a culture of discarding. Companies created highly dispersed globalised sourcing, production and sales footprints. Products and materials criss-crossed the world on their journey from manufacturing to market. Considerations about the environmental impact of this highly extended supply chain model took a back seat to growth.
Survey reveals lack of understanding over hazardous waste disposal
Four million British SMEs could face prosecution with up to 80% illegally disposing hazardous waste.
VIDEO: Shell unveils world's first football pitch to be powered by players' footsteps
Oil giant Shell has installed 200 kinetic energy tiles at a community football pitch in the Morro da Mineira favela near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.