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The UK will no longer need to export used batteries across Europe thanks to the development of a new plant which will allow the country to be self-sufficient in battery recycling as it prepares to leave the EU.

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

A record 16m tonnes of electronic trash, containing both toxic and valuable materials, are estimated to have been generated in 12 countries in east and south-east Asia in a single year

Tech firms called upon to advance e-waste transparency

Major tech firms including Apple and Dell have been urged to improve transparency in electronics recycling supply chains by the global toxic trade watchdog organisation.

Unilever last year achieved its commitment of sending zero non-hazardous waste to landfill across its manufacturing operations. Photo: unilever.co.uk

Unilever commits to 100% recyclable plastic packaging by 2025

On the same day that the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) unveiled a business-backed action plan to crack down on plastic waste, global consumer goods giant Unilever has made a bold new pledge to ensure that 100% of its plastic packaging is fully re-usable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

Carbon Trust: ZERO WASTE TO LANDFILL

How your organisation can reduce its environmental impact through reuse, recycling or recovery

Ford, MillerCoors, Nestle, Vacherin and Vauxhall are among an increasing number of businesses that have achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status

Carbon Trust launches zero-waste-to-landfill certification

Advisory firm The Carbon Trust has unveiled a new certification to award business achievements in diverting zero waste to landfill.

100% sustainable timber markets: the economic and business case

The economic value of natural capital is beginning to be integrated into decisions by policy-makers and corporate leaders. Forests are a particularly valuable natural capital asset, providing timber while also supplying a range of ecosystem services, such as carbon sequestration, water provision, flood prevention, erosion control and biodiversity.

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 Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 04 - Plan A progress and carbon-neutral beer

Listen to exclusive interviews with M&S's director of sustainable business Mike Barry, the new director of the Corporate Leaders Group Jill Duggan, and Heineken's director of global sustainable development Michael Dickstein in this fourth episode of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast.

Safe and legal neutralisation of wastewater

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Many businesses are currently nowhere near even appreciating our planetary boundaries, let alone managing within them

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Our aspirations for sustainable growth and prosperity have little chance of being realised, if we don't manage within all our planetary boundaries. Mike Townsend explores how we need to get over our delusions, and find a new course for business success.

World green building trends 2016

For green building to accelerate globally, building industry professionals require the latest data and trends to inform their decisions. The World Green Building Trends 2016 Study.

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Displays, headsets and notebooks can now be ranked based on the chemical substances used in the manufacturing process. Image: TCO Development

Tech firms take action on hazardous materials

Dell, Samsung and LG are among the first tech firms to certify their products against new criteria for hazardous chemical substances, in a bid to reassure customers about their environmental standards.

The University of Cambridge will slash carbon emissions and reduce water consumption

Cambridge launches green vision to cut emissions by a third by 2020

The University of Cambridge is aiming to cut carbon emissions by 34% as part of its new sustainability strategy for the next five years.

Asda Green Britain Index

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Pier Luigi Sigismondi recently spoke at a Unilever zero-waste event, urging other businesses to make their own sustainability commitments

Unilever's supply chain chief: Employee engagement holds key to long-term success

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The multinational pharmaceutical company identified water reduction as one of its central environmental challenges

Johnson & Johnson cuts emissions as water becomes main sustainability challenge

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson reduced its carbon emissions in 2014, but the firm is close to missing its 2015 water consumption target.

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Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie calls on sports teams to champion sustainability

Four time Olympic gold winner Sir Ben Ainslie has called on the UK's sporting organisations to raise the profile of sustainability, as the Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) sailing team's new energy efficient headquarters in Portsmouth reaches its final stages of construction.

The carbon impacts of the circular economy

This report uses Scotland’s ground-breaking Carbon Metric, as well as other peer-reviewed research conducted by Zero Waste Scotland, to quantify the potential carbon impacts of a more circular economy in Scotland.

Carbon Trust Report: Titans or Titanics?

This report seeks to understand and explain how large businesses are responding to climate change and resource scarcity today, incorporating insights from qualitative interviews with industry experts, alongside independent market research into the views of global corporate leaders.

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Growing global demand for consumer goods is putting key resources – and our economy – under increasing pressure, yet all too often companies are not fully aware of the true extent of their natural resource demands

After 35 years of service, Ardley landfill site in Oxfordshire will no longer be accepting non-hazardous waste

Landfill closures promote waste as resource

Waste management firm Viridor has hailed the closure of two landfill sites as the "end of an era" as non-recyclable waste is instead being transformed into energy.

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Doing Business with Nature: Opportunities from Natural Capital

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The new rules from the Environmental Protection Agency will usher in the first controls for the handling and storage of coal ash

EPA issues new regulations for handling coal ash

The Obama Administration complied with a court order and unveiled the first rules for coal ash on Friday - but left it up to local authorities to decide on handling and storage of the toxic waste.


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