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'Ecorefills' are Unilever's latest foray into plastics-reducing innovations 

Unilever: Innovation is the 'cornerstone' to plastics reduction

EXCLUSIVE: Product and systems innovations will be a "key cornerstone" in meeting Unilever's five-point plastics reduction strategy, which champions behaviour change and total phase-outs where possible alongside incremental reductions.

This week's innovations could prove transformational for the fashion, consumer goods and beverage sectors

Unilever's refills and the 'world's first' 100% recycled hoodie: The best green innovations of the week

Every week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn their green ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best.

Dozens of sustainability professionals and materials technologists took part in the event. Image: Dhruv Boruah

edie's Plastics Thinkathon: Six moonshot business ideas that could eliminate single-use plastics

With businesses continuing to make plastic-reduction commitments in the face of ever-growing stakeholder pressure, edie recently hosted a 'Plastics Thinkathon' to spur collaborative action on achieving a single-use plastic-free future, today. Here, we round up the potentially transformational results.

Chris Gaylard of Network Rail presented his team's thinking at the design sprint in Birmingham

Energy management design sprint (Part One): How to unlock innovation in your business

In the first of a special two-part feature, edie reveals the results of two full-day workshops which applied principles of 'design thinking' to the role of the energy manager. Here, we summarise our first workshop, which explored how this group can harness energy innovations.

Wedberg wants Sandvik employees to collectively submit 100,000 ideas for green innovations by 2030 

Sandvik: Employees are 'crucial' for embedding sustainability

EXCLUSIVE: As it develops a roadmap for its ambitious new 2030 targets on carbon and resources, engineering giant Sandvik's group head of sustainability believes that input from employees will be "crucial" for making the shifts needed to align with the Paris Agreement.

The Winnow technology is set to be installed in a further 30 properties over the next few months

IHG taps into AI technology in bid to slash food waste by 30%

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is using artificial intelligence (AI) technology across its restaurant and bar operations in a bid to achieve a 30% reduction in food waste.

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations aimed at tackling dirty air have emerged since Clean Air Day 2018 

Bio-solar 'leaves' and electric ice cream vans: The best green innovations for Clean Air Day

To mark Clean Air Day (20 June), edie has rounded up some of the best innovations being explored by companies across the globe to help tackle the environmental and health impacts of air pollution.

This week's innovations could help boost sustainable progress in the food, road transport and energy sectors 

Tarmac's recycled asphalt and Unilever's plastic-free boxes: The best green innovations of the week

Every week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn their green ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best.

This week's innovations could drive significant change across the marine transport, aviation and plastics sectors 

Fish scale plastics and lifts which store energy: The best green innovations of the week

Every week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn their green ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best.

This week's innovations could drive significant progress across the retail, textiles and utilities sectors

H&M's orange peel dresses and Waitrose's 'invisible' door: The best green innovations of the week

Every week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn their green ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best.

This week's innovations could drive significant sustainability progress within the food, built environment and energy sectors 

'Eco' blocks and 'super' crops: The best green innovations of the week

Eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations that could help businesses and nations accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy are emerging every week. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

(L-R) Heathrow's Matt Prescott, Mitie Energy's Peter Nisbet, Yellow Octopus Fashion's Jack Ostrowski, AB Sugar's Katharine Teague and edie's Matt Mace

LIVE Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Unlocking innovation in sustainability and energy

Day Two of edie Live saw the second LIVE broadcast of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast, this time focusing on unleashing the power of innovation with industry experts from Heathrow, AB Sugar, Yellow Octopus Fashion and Mitie Energy.

Circular economy solutions, onsite renewable energy generation and storage, and ground-source heat pumps are among the low-carbon technologies Rolls Royce is investing in

Circular economies and scenario analysis: How Rolls Royce is innovating for zero-carbon operations

EXCLUSIVE: As the UK Government mulls over whether to adopt a 2050 target for net-zero carbon emissions, engineering and aerospace giant Rolls Royce is going beyond the "low-hanging fruit" as it continues on its pathway to zero-carbon operations by 2030.

<p>This week's innovations could drive significant positive change across the agri-food, plastics and energy storage sectors </p>

Hydrogen storage 'sponges' and 'infinitely' recyclable plastic: The best green innovations of the week

Every week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn their green ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best.

<p>Waitrose & Partners has a 2025 goal of making all its own-brand packaging is either recyclable, reusable or home compostable</p>

Bioreefs and plastic-free periods: Waitrose announces winners of £1m plastic challenge

A "bioreef" of mussels, an initiative that tackles ghost fishing gear and a behaviour change campaign that reduces plastic pollution from period products are among the winners of Waitrose & Partners' £1m plastic pollution innovation challenge.

<p>The initial designs for the car were unveiled last September. Image: Lightyear</p>

Solar car with range of 'up to 800km' to launch next month

Dutch electric vehicle (EV) startup Lightyear has confirmed that it will unveil a prototype of the world's first long-range solar-powered passenger car next month, claiming that the vehicle will have a range of up to 800km (497 miles).

<p>Navarro has a strong track record when it comes to innovation and was the head of customer innovation for the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)</p>

Innovation shift: Why radical change must focus on entire value chains

Current efforts to introduce new waves of innovation that address key climate issues need to be "scientific, scalable and systemic" with a focus on industry-wide collaboration, according to the chief executive of a corporate system's accelerator aiming to transform sustainability across 10 industry value chains.

These innovations could help to green the urban housing, maritime shipping and water utility sectors

Tesla's extended range EVs and off-grid treehouses: The best green innovations of the week

Every week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn their green ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best.

The new quarterly Business Barometer has been designed primarily for members of edie's Energy Leaders Club – the free members club for in-house energy managers and practitioners

Closing at 5pm: Energy managers called upon to take edie's 'Business Barometer' survey

edie is calling on all UK-based energy managers and practitioners to take a new industry survey which will help to inform an exclusive 'Business Barometer' being developed to identify key energy trends and opportunities.

This week's innovations could drive significant positive change across the technology, energy and consumer goods sectors

Algae carbon capture and lobster protein plastic: The best green innovations of the week

Every week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn their green ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best.

This week's innovations could drive significant and sustainable change across the renewables, consumer goods and built environment sectors

Algae-boosted solar panels and floating cities: The best green innovations of the week

Every week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn their green ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best.

The founding water firms are urging other companies to join the Fund, after its launch this morning (9 April)

UK water firms join global funding alliance helping sector to champion green innovation

UK-based water companies Severn Trent and United Utilities are among a group of 10 global water firms to have jointly launched a new innovation fund aimed at supporting green solutions to the sector's biggest sustainability challenges.

This week's green innovations could help drive sustainability action across the transport, food and packaging sectors

Burger King's meat-free Whopper and bendy electric buses: The best green innovations of the week

Every week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn energy and sustainability ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best.

Illustration of Pivot Power’s consented Southampton battery project

Virtual power plants and 'super hubs': Four smart UK energy systems projects launched by Claire Perry

Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry has today (3 April) launched four smart energy systems demonstrator projects across the UK, in a bid to help towns and cities become "hubs" to spur the low-carbon transition across the electricity, heat, cooling and transport sectors.

The companies will collaboratively develop a device which combines their existing microgrid technologies. Pictured: A Rolls-Royce MTU unit

Rolls-Royce and ABB partner to develop microgrid solution for business

Rolls-Royce's Power Systems arm has secured a partnership with robotics and technology firm ABB, which will see the companies collaboratively developing a new microgrid solution for commercial and industrial applications.

This week's innovations could drive sustainable change across the energy, waste management and transport sectors

Cheese waste vodka and EV battery recycling: The best green innovations of the week

Every week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn energy and sustainability ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best.

This week's innovations could drive significant sustainability progress across the catering, wine and EV sectors

NASA-certified showers and AI-enabled bins: The best green innovations of the week

Each week, many eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations emerge that could help businesses and nations accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. And each week, edie rounds-up six of the best.

This week's innovations could drive significant sustainability improvements for the logistics, power and beverage sectors

Ikea's solar blockchain and autonomous electric trucks: The best green innovations of the week

Every week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn energy and sustainability ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best.

SolarVille aims to showcase how neighbourhood energy solutions could be created using blockchain

Ikea creates blockchain solution to "democratise" renewable energy

Plans have been created by furniture giant Ikea's innovation lab Space 10 to develop a blockchain-powered solar microgrid.

This week's innovations could spur positive changes within the transport, plastics and renewable energy sectors

Squid protein plastics and carbon capture breakthroughs: The best green innovations of the week

Every week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn energy and sustainability ambitions into actions Here, we round-up six of the best from the past seven days.

The bottle consists of 100% recycled material and is, in turn, 100% recyclable

SC Johnson launches industry-first 100% ocean plastic bottle

Home cleaning product manufacturer SC Johnson has developed the industry's first plastic bottle made entirely from recycled ocean plastic for its Windex cleaning brand.

The UK is estimated to send more than one million tonnes of black plastics to landfill every year

Closed-loop solution for black plastics receives £800,000 Government backing

A project aimed at creating a solution for hard-to-recycle black plastic that places recycled content into food-grade packaging has been awarded £800,000 under the UK Government's Innovate UK grant scheme, in order to bring the technology to market.

edie reporter Sarah George explores how Thinkathons could help corporates harness creative minds to tackle the plastics crisis

edie's Plastics Thinkathon results (Part Two): Solving the behaviour change challenge

With businesses continuing to develop plastic-reduction strategies in the face of ever-growing stakeholder pressure, edie recently hosted the world's first 'Plastics Thinkathon' to co-create scalable solutions to the issue. In the final part of this feature, Sarah George reveals the results to tackling behaviour change.

This week's innovations could spur sustainable change within the logistics, mining and energy sectors

Ikea's air-purifying curtains and solar space stations: The best green innovations of the week

Each week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change emerge. And each week edie rounds-up six of the best.

The system steers cold air directly back down fridge units to stop cold air from spilling out onto the aisles

Waitrose installs Formula One technology to boost energy savings from fridges

Supermarket Waitrose & Partners is set to install innovative technology inspired by Formula One race cars across its stores, in a move it claims will reduce the energy consumption of its refrigerators by up to 25%.

edie reporter Sarah George explores how Thinkathons could help corporates harness creative minds to tackle the plastics crisis

edie's Plastics Thinkathon results (Part One): The Lazy Lunch and shampoo bars

With businesses continuing to make plastic-reduction pledges in the face of ever-growing stakeholder pressure, edie recently hosted the world's first 'Plastics Thinkathon' to co-create scalable solutions to the issue. In this two-part feature, Sarah George reveals the potentially game-changing results.

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations aimed at tackling dirty air have emerged in recent times

Pollutant-trapping pavements and electric rickshaws: The best green innovations to tackle air quality

To coincide with the UK's Clean Air Summit, edie has rounded up some of the ground-breaking innovations being explored by companies across the globe as we look to tackle the dangers of air pollution.

More than 300 million tonnes of plastic are produced each year

Sky and National Geographic launch Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge

Broadcaster Sky has launched a one-year competition alongside National Geographic to uncover and support new solutions that can help tackle single-use plastics through a $1.5m (£1.1m) investment fund.

This week's best innovations could drive significant change across the fashion, renewables and plastics sectors

Printed solar panels and carbon capture breakthroughs: The best green innovations of the week

Each week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change emerge. And each week edie rounds-up six of the best.

This week's best innovations could drive significant change across the fashion, transport and energy storage sectors

Eggshell energy storage and lab-grown leather: The best green innovations of the week

Each week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change emerge. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

Typical pasta usually contains about 10g of protein per bowl, while Jimini’s insect fusilli contains 18g

Selfridges launches insect-based food range as demand for sustainable protein grows

Department store Selfridges has unveiled plans to stock a range of insect-based snacks, in a bid to showcase the environmental and nutritional benefits of alternative proteins to UK customers.

Successful applicants to the scheme will be given between £150,000 and £300,000 by Waitrose & Partners

Waitrose to invest £1m in innovative projects tackling plastic waste

Retailer Waitrose & Partners has today (28 January) launched a new £1m grant scheme which will funnel investment into projects and products aimed at tackling the global plastic pollution problem.

This week's best innovations could drive significant change across the food, renewables and retail sectors

Insect-based pet food and blockchain apps: The best green innovations of the week

Each week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change emerge. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

Dhruv Boruah will be supporting edie’s Plastics Thinkathon at the Sustainability Leaders Forum on 5-6 February

Thinkathons and Hackathons: How new ways of thinking could solve the plastics problem

With awareness of plastic pollution at an all-time high, the onus is now on corporates to harness young and creative minds in innovative ways to solve the issue. Could 'Hackathons' and 'Thinkathons' hold the key?

During a six-month trial of the bottle, Highland Spring found customers were not put off by its cloudy appearance or slightly higher price

Highland Spring rolls out UK's first 100% recycled water bottle

Scottish water brand Highland Spring has confirmed that it will make the UK's first water bottle made with 100% recycled plastic a permanent part of its range, following a successful trial.

This week's innovations demonstrate how plastic can be eliminated at source, recycled into new products and removed from  waterways

Bubble barriers and 'naked' shampoo: Six of the best innovations for tackling plastics pollution

Following the launch of our Mission Possible Plastics Hub this week, edie has rounded up some of the ground-breaking innovations which could help businesses and nations ramp up their efforts to tackle the perils of plastic pollution, once and for all.

Over the two Thinkathon sessions, the group will explore how businesses can play a leading role in eliminating unnecessary single-use plastics

edie opens applications for 'Plastics Thinkathon' at Sustainability Leaders Forum

Sustainability, energy and resource efficiency professionals are being called upon to help businesses collectively solve the problem of plastics pollution by taking part in a unique 'Plastics Thinkathon' on the sidelines of edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum in London next month.

This week's innovations demonstrate how technology can be utilised to drive carbon, waste, water and energy savings

Hydrogen bikes and electric 'delivery dogs': The best green innovations of CES 2019

From big-name corporates to tiny startups, this week saw more than 4,500 firms showcase their newest tech-based innovations to a crowd of thousands at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Here, edie rounds some of the displays that could have the biggest sustainability impacts.

The technology has already rebuilt three hectares of reef habitat near Indonesia

Mars upscales trials of innovative device which 'rebuilds' coral reefs

Mars has unveiled plans to scale up trials of an innovative technology which 'rebuilds' coral reefs, after partnering with Australia's James Cook University to launch a string of tropical habitat restoration programmes.

VW will trial the first mobile station in the first half of 2019 at its home city of Wolfsburg in Germany

VW unveils mobile charging station using second-life EV batteries

Volkswagen (VW) has unveiled a glimpse of what it claims is the "first power bank for the e-car", a mobile rapid charger consisting of second life electric vehicle (EV) batteries that can charge up to four vehicles simultaneously.

While keeping one eye on the present, edie has scanned the horizons to identify nine broad innovation areas that could be set to ignite in 2019

Horizon scanning: Nine innovations set to shake-up sustainability in 2019

Over the past 12 months, countless innovations which could help businesses and nations deliver on resource and carbon commitments have emerged. Here, edie rounds up nine key products and concepts that could transform sustainability in 2019.

Which of these innovations would you be most excited to see scaled up? Select your favourite by clicking the 'Vote' button in the list below

The best green innovations of 2018: VOTE for your favourite

From flying taxis and hydrogen-powered HGVs, to seaweed sachets and plastic-eating enzymes, edie rounds up 10 of 2018's biggest green innovations - but which was your favourite?

This week's innovations could help reduce food waste, make farming more efficient and store power generated using renewable arrays

Sugarcane shoes and silicon energy storage: The best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

This week's innovations could help decarbonise fuel, make fashion more sustainable and boost home insulation rates

Carbon-negative fuel and coconut-based clothing: The best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

Operating across five sectors, 3M releases 1,000 new products each year

3M commits to design all new products with 'built-in' sustainability value

Multinational consumer goods, healthcare and industry firm 3M has today (6 December) unveiled a new requirement for all products it releases from January 2019 to be designed with "sustainability value" built in.

The innovative fuel will be used to power two large-scale porjects by the end of 2019 - namely a cement plant and a manufacturing facility

World's first carbon-negative fuel set to be unveiled at COP24 Summit

A Swedish startup is set to unveil what it claims is the world's first carbon-negative fuel at the COP24 climate summit in Poland, in a bid to help nations decarbonise the hard-to-abate transport and heat sectors.

The funding forms part of the Government's Industrial Strategy, which aims to address issues of pollution and resource scarcity

Government pledges £60m to spur development of bioplastic innovations

The UK Government has today (5 December) unveiled plans to invest £60m in projects aimed at developing closed-loop bioplastics made from industrial or post-consumer food waste.

This week's innovations could help create energy from waste, decarbonise aviation and reduce takeaway cup use

Potato-based 'wood' and contactless coffee cups: The best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

This week's innovations could help to decarbonise shipping, house those living in slums and feed our livestock more sustainably

CO2-eating bacteria and dead-fish fuel: The best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

This week's innovations could help to electrify rural homes, clean waterways and make agriculture more climate resilient

Solar-powered TVs and plastic-busting boats: The best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

BNEF's latest analysis forecasts that global energy storage capacity will reach one terawatt by 2040

BNEF: Global energy storage investment to hit $1.2trn by 2040

Global investment into energy storage technologies including batteries is set to reach $1.2trn by 2040 as technology costs fall, according to new research by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

This week's innovations could spur sustainable change within the transport, packaging and sanitation sectors

Waterless toilets and hydrogen-powered HGVs: The best green innovations of the week

Each week, a number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change emerge. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

Expect production to begin around the same time as the US version in 2022-2023

Nikola Motor showcases autonomous hydrogen-powered lorry for European market

Low-emission truck manufacturer, and ongoing rival to Tesla, Nikola Motor Company has unveiled a new autonomous, hydrogen-powered lorry that is set to roll out across Europe by 2023.

This week's innovations could help to mitigate flood risks, reduce single-use plastic use and electrify transport

Potato-based plastic and easyJet's electric plane: The best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. Here, edie rounds-up five of the best.

This week's best innovations could drive significant change across the food, shipping and automotive sectors

BMW's closed-loop batteries and AI-powered beehives: The best innovations for Green GB Week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

This week's best innovations could drive significant change across the fashion, aviation and agricultural sectors

Carbon-negative batteries and food waste plastics: The best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

The new packaging carries a label encouraging customers to recycle it along with their paper waste

Waitrose trials bio-based alternative to black plastic

Waitrose & Partners is set to trial innovative, fibre-based packaging across its range of Italian ready meals as part of the supermarket group's commitment to eliminate black plastics from its own-brand products by 2019.

The report once again highlights the urgent need for bold climate actions from business and policymakers

IPCC 1.5C report: How can business drive the creation of a carbon-neutral world?

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is celebrating its 30th birthday this year, and has done so by releasing a landmark report that acknowledges the severity of the challenge at hand. But how can business stop being part of the problem, and co-create the necessary solutions?

This week's best innovations could drive significant change across the packaging, waste management and fashion industries

Plastic-fighting bubbles and AI-powered bins: The best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

Virgin has said it will explore the feasibility of sourcing enough of the low-carbon fuel to power more of its long-haul routes

Virgin Atlantic to showcase low-carbon 'recycled' jet fuel next month

Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will use an innovative low-carbon jet fuel made from recycled waste gases to power one of its London to Florida flights in October.

This week's best innovations could drive significant change across the transport, renewable power and recycling sectors

Golden solar 'sandwiches' and flying electric taxis: The best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

Stena Line has pledged to use AI across its entire fleet by 2021

First AI-assisted passenger boat sets sail to boost fuel efficiency

Ferry giant Stena Line has unveiled what it claims is the world's first passenger boat that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to determine the most fuel-efficient route.

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations aimed at tackling waste challenges have emerged recently

Seaweed-based bottles and food-saving filters: The best green innovations for Zero Waste Week

To mark Zero Waste Week (3-7 September), edie has rounded up some of the ground-breaking innovations being explored by companies across the globe as the focus on waste among consumers, politicians and the business community reaches a fever pitch.

UKGBC believes that innovative approaches are needed to help reduce emissions, waste and energy use in the construction sector

UKGBC launches sustainable innovation guide for built environment

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has launched an innovation manual to help companies working in the built environment sector put sustainability at the heart of their operations.

The innovations were judged as the best solutions to some of the key sustainability challenges facing the aviation sector

Heathrow to act as test bed for green corridors and plastic-waste roads

Heathrow Airport is set to install innovative road surfacing made from recycled plastic waste alongside "green corridors", after announcing the winners of its inaugural Sustainable Innovation Prize.

Machine makers are leading the way to low-carbon

With regulators and markets increasingly demanding the decarbonisation of high-emitting sectors, we are on the verge of a low-carbon industrial revolution. However, to get over the line the products and services supplied to these sectors need to transform.

edie has once again pulled the best innovation stories of the week into this neat and tidy little green package

Edible straws and ultra-fast EV chargers: the best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

AB InBev will announce the winners of its accelerator scheme in September during UN Climate Week

AB InBev unveils innovation accelerator for green startups

The owner of alcoholic brands including Corona, Stella Artois and Budweiser is calling on startups to join new innovation programme aimed at solving more than 100 sustainability challenges by 2025.

As noted in the University’s latest sustainability update, carbon emissions have been reduced by 47% since 2010 - surpassing a 43% target almost two years early

Why the University of London is crowdsourcing a zero-carbon target

EXCLUSIVE: The University of London is working on a full environmental strategy that will enable the campus to reach zero carbon emissions by 2036. To get there, it has called on leading universities to deliver a range of ideas and technologies as part of a "crowdsourcing" event.

The launch comes after an Iceland survey revealed that the majority of customers now avoid food and drink products made with synthetic ingredients

Iceland launches plastic-free chewing gum in UK first

Frozen food giant Iceland has today (August 1) launched a range of plastic-free chewing gum, making it the first supermarket in the UK to offer a biodegradable alternative.

A range of zero-emission passenger cars, buses, ride-sharing

Toyota to operate autonomous, zero-emission vehicles at 2020 Olympic Games

Toyota will provide more than 3,000 passenger vehicles for use at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo and will use the events to showcase its latest innovations in zero-emissions and autonomous vehicles.

The sachets were created in partnership with packaging development company Skipping Rocks Lab

Just Eat trials seaweed sachets as alternative to single-use plastics

Online food ordering firm Just Eat has commenced a trial of compostable sachets made from seaweed, as part of an effort to reduce the amount of plastic used by its UK restaurant partners.

The money will fund a group of at up to 15 fellows to research potential SDG breakthroughs for three years

Unilever and Sainsbury's among funders for Prince of Wales SDG programme

More than a dozen big-name businesses, including Unilever, Asda and Sainsbury's, have teamed up to work on a Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) initiative to support progress towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Cargill hopes the winning innovations can be scaled up and commercialised to drive sector-wide change

Cargill launches innovation competition to cut shipping sector emissions

Food and agricultural company Cargill has called on businesses to innovate, develop and scale new technologies with the potential to reduce the shipping sector's gross CO2 emissions by 10%.

The innovation could help plant waste be re-purposed into resources for countless industries

Scientists create 'promiscuous' enzyme that turns plant waste into sustainable products

Scientists have created a new family of enzymes which break down plant waste into high-grade, high-value materials that can be converted into nylon, plastics and biofuels.

edie has once again pulled the best innovation stories of the week into this neat and tidy little green package

'Promiscuous' enzymes and fjord-cooled data centres: The best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

Pivot Power aims to have operational batteries at 10 of the 45 sites, which are all near towns and major roads, within the next 18 months

UK to host world's first battery and rapid EV charging network

The world's first 2GW network of grid-scale batteries and rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging stations is set to be installed in the UK at a cost of £1.6bn, as the result of a partnership announced today by the National Grid and Pivot Power.

The 10 innovations explored in the report are being showcased in the dedicated Mission Possible Innovation Centre at edie Live 2018

Bright ideas: edie explores 10 of the best green innovations in latest insight report

From perovskite solar cells to waste-sucking rubbish bins, edie's latest report profiles 10 potentially game-changing green innovations, which will also be showcased in the Mission Possible Innovation Centre at edie Live next week (22-23 May)

The new method involves heating the brew to below boiling point and then blowing nitrogen or CO2 into the tank to create bubbles without changing the taste

World's largest brewer develops greener way to put bubbles in beer

The world's largest brewer is rolling out what it claims is a greener way to put bubbles in beer and reduce its CO2 emissions by 5%.

Built-in watering and Internet of Things (IoT) monitoring mean it is largely self-sustainable

The Crown Estate deploys London's first air purifying CityTree

An outdoor "living wall" with an air purifying capability of 275 natural tress that can reduce harmful pollutants by up to 30% had been launched by The Crown Estate near Piccadilly Circus.

The webinar, hosted in association with EnerNOC, will incorporate a live audience Q&A involving the three speakers

Taking place on Tuesday: Live energy innovation webinar

Energy experts from Aggregate Industries and Oxford University are among the confirmed speakers for a live, interactive webinar taking place on Tuesday 20 March which will focus on delivering the smart grid of the future, today.

The tyre concept also features a non-pneumatic construction that has been 3d-printed with rubber powder from recycled tyres

Moss-covered recycled tyre combats air pollution on the go

One of the world's largest tyre companies has unveiled a new prototype for a recycled tyre that uses moss to clean the air as it drives, while also generating electricity to power added sensors and processing units.

The report investigates what must happen next to accelerate the transition to low-carbon, resource-efficient business models within the public sector

Public-sector sustainability: edie launches latest sector insight report

The key drivers, challenges and opportunities facing sustainable business in the UK public sector are revealed in edie's latest sector insight report, published today (28 February).

Six finalists will be selected to give a 10-minute pitch to a judging panel consisting of Heathrow’s senior executives

Heathrow launches Sustainable Innovation Prize to assist expansion aims

UK businesses have been urged to support Heathrow Airport's expansion efforts by applying for a Sustainable Innovation Prize that addresses certain environmental challenges and uses the airport as a "live laboratory".

Taking the lead on energy: 10 business examples of low-carbon innovation

The global energy system is undergoing a radical transition. Renewable energy costs are tumbling and new approaches to energy management such as battery storage and demand response are offering new ways for organisations to operate more sustainably.

The Active Response project will mark the first time an electricity network can provide additional capacity, ahead of time, to areas that have extra demand to charge vehicles

Autonomous network project to facilitate UK electric vehicle demand

As a survey reveals that almost half of British companies are currently unwilling to invest in electric vehicles (EVs), UK Power Networks has unveiled a new initiative that could save parts of the UK £270m by 2030 by channeling spare capacity towards charging use.

With the average Londoner drinking 2.3 cups of coffee a day, more than 200,000 tonnes of waste is produced that would otherwise end up in landfill

London buses to be powered by waste coffee grounds

London buses will soon transport people around the capital using a fuel partly derived from waste coffee grounds, after Royal Dutch Shell and Bio-bean agreed a deal with Transport for London (TfL).

As part of the Government’s commitment to energy innovation, it unveiled an £84m fund for artificial intelligence and robotics

UK Government backs 'virtual power plant' platform and robotics research

Battery developers Moixa has secured government funding to expand its flexible energy platform that transforms third-party batteries and electric vehicles (EVs) into "virtual power plants", while the UK Government has also unveiled an £84m fund for robotics and energy innovation.

Smurfit Kappa is is well on-track to supersede its 2020 target to slash overall emissions by a quarter

Innovative trucks help Smurfit Kappa slash supply chain emissions

Global packaging firm Smurfit Kappa has pioneered innovative new trucks which are claimed to have slashed emissions by 20% and reduced the number of annual trips by almost one-third.

edie Explains: Energy resilience

Energy resilience is about ensuring a business has a reliable, regular supply of energy and contingency measures in place in the event of a power failure.


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