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This month's innovations could drive major change in the agri-food, battery and fashion sectors

Batteries made from trees and blockchain to tackle deforestation: The best green innovations of July 2021

Every month, 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 from July 2021.

Under current regulations, passenger planes can use blends of up to 50% SAF - but, because the market is so small, most airlines are recording far smaller proportions 

UK Government mulls sustainable aviation fuel mandate as £15m pledged for waste-to-jet-fuel plants

After the publication of the Transport Decarbonisation Plan earlier this month, the UK Government has begun consulting on introducing sustainability requirements for jet fuel producers from 2025.

Winning designs will be unveiled in 2022. Image: RCA

Terra Carta Design Lab: Prince of Wales' latest climate initiative to support students

Prince Charles has partnered with former Apple chief design officer Sir Jony Ive to develop a new scheme supporting students to develop "credible and sustainable" solutions to the climate crisis.

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Innovation Strategy: UK Government bets on nature-based climate solutions and CCUS

Energy and environment technologies have been named as one of seven priority focus areas of the UK's new Innovation Strategy, designed to increase annual public R&D to a record £22bn.

#SustyTalk: Model and activist Arizona Muse on restoring soil and nature

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with model and environmental activist Arizona Muse.

Image: P&G/ Paboco 

P&G's Lenor to pilot 100,000 paper bottles in 2022

EXCLUSIVE: Procter & Gamble (P&G) has joined the Paper Bottle Company (Paboco) collaboration and will launch its first paper pulp-based bottles in European markets next year, the firm has announced this week. 

Persil, Comfort, Sunlight, Surf and Seventh Generation formulations with the enzymes will be tested 

Unilever eyes optimised enzymes in bid for fossil-fuel-free laundry products

Unilever has announced a new partnership with protein design start-up Arzeda, which will see it test new enzymes in cleaning and laundry products in order to lower their carbon footprint.

This month's innovations could have siginifcant impacts in the built environment, nature conservation, food, metals and minerals and recycling sectors

Lab-grown salmon and seed-bombing 'skyscrapers': The best green innovations of June 2021

Every month, 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 five of the best from June 2021.

Each refill 'bubble' contains 60% less plastic than a standard 1.5-litre bottle, while holding more than three times as much water 

Evian launches plastic-reducing refill device to UK market

Following a string of trials and a launch in France, water brand evian has launched a refillable home water dispenser in the UK.

The official communique covers most parts of the green agenda, but with detail lacking

G7: What was (and wasn't) agreed by world leaders to combat the climate crisis

From "green Marshall Plans" and net-zero energy sectors to a lack of clarity on green spending and transport decarbonisation, edie rounds up what was and wasn't agreed at the G7 Summit.

The innovations explored here could make sectors including heat, agriculture and plastics more sustainable

Domestic heat batteries and 'champagne' carbon capture: The best green innovations of May 2021

Every month, 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 from May 2021.

Image: The Vegetarian Butcher

Unilever forges fungi partnership to scale up plant-based protein

As part of a plan to reach €1bn in sales target for plant-based meat and dairy alternatives, Unilever has partnered with a food-tech firm producing fungi-based mycoprotein.

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edie launches new business guide on flexible energy for net-zero

edie has today (10 May) launched a free guide outlining the key considerations, challenges and opportunities for businesses looking to trial and deploy flexible energy solutions.

PLFs are found in products including paint, cosmetics, shampoos and adhesives. They are classed as 'low environmental concern' in terms of toxicity, but bear a high carbon footprint and are hard-to-recycle. 

Consumer goods giants team up for greener chemicals drive

Unilever and Crown Paints are among the members of a new task force exploring how to make the polymers commonly used in consumer products - often based on fossil fuel derivatives - more sustainable.

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Unilever, Coca-Cola and Colgate-Palmolive join AB InBev's sustainability accelerator

Consumer goods giants Unilever, Coca-Cola and Colgate-Palmolive have agreed to fund and pilot innovations designed to improve supply chain sustainability through Anheuser-Busch InBev's (AB InBev) accelerator scheme.

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Pandora to ditch mined diamonds over sustainability concerns

The world's largest jewellery brand, Pandora, has announced plans to stop sourcing mined diamonds and to switch to only lab-grown alternatives.

These innovations could help make sectors including shipping and energy more sustainable, and improve water access for those in need 

Captured carbon shipping fuel and heat-reflecting paint: The best green innovations of April 2021

Every month, 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 from April 2021.

By January 2021 over 1,600 projects had benefited from ISCF funding. But MPs are concerned about whether they will truly help meet targets like net-zero 

UK Government 'unable to prove it will meet green R&D targets'

The UK Government has not outlined how it will deliver on plans to ramp up green R&D funding in fields like construction, manufacturing, transport and plastics, MPs have claimed, as they call for an "overhaul" of the funding process.

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Unilever launches first laundry capsule using captured carbon from heavy industry

After pledging to remove all virgin, fossil-based carbon from cleaning and laundry products by 2030, Unilever has successfully developed a laundry capsule using emissions captured from heavy industry.

These innovations could help make sectors including transport, heat, recycling and agriculture more sustainable

Microwave boilers and autonomous EVs: The best green innovations of March 2021

Every month, 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 five of the best from March 2021.

Image: Mars Petcare and Futerra

Mars Petcare debuts insect-based cat food and packaging with less plastic

Mars Petcare has announced plans to launch what it claims is the UK's first fully insect-based cat food, after releasing new packaging formats that contain less plastic.

#SustyTalk​: ING's Ben Colegrave on financing the hydrogen revolution

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with ING's director for corporate finance on energy, Benjamin Colegrave.

#SustyTalk: Kao Corporation's Dave Muenz on plastic packaging innovation

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Kao Corporation's senior vice president for ESG, Dave Muenz, hosted as part of our Circular Economy Week.

Pictured: One of the new 'Embodied Beauty' flooring styles in an office. Image: Interface

Interface launches its first 'carbon negative' carpets

In a major step towards its vision to become a carbon-negative business by 2040, modular flooring firm Interface has launched its first carbon-negative certified products in the UK.

Pictured: CNG Fuels' Warrington refuelling station

Ground broken at biomethane refuelling station in first for Scotland

Scotland's first renewable biomethane refuelling station will open this year, the developers have announced, after ground was broken at the project site today (25 March).

Mace Group is striving to phase-out diesel generators by 2026

Mace Group to use hydrogen generators at construction sites

In what it claims is a first for the UK's construction sector, Mace Group has signed a deal that will see it deploy hydrogen generators to replace diesel generators at construction sites.

Pictured: UGG's new 'Plant Power' platform shoes

Clarks and UGG unveil sustainable shoe innovations

Clarks has launched what it claims is its 'most sustainable sneaker yet', while UGG is debuting shoes made using responsibly sourced, plant-based materials.

Pictured: Facilities engineers at one of Chevron's existing US gas projects

Microsoft and Chevron partner on bioenergy and carbon capture project

Oil and gas major Chevron is collaborating with Schlumberger's New Energy arm and Microsoft to develop a major bioenergy plant with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) in California.

Coty is involved in dozens of the world's largest fragrance brands, including Calvin Klein. Gucci and Chloe. 

Coty partners with LanzaTech to use captured carbon in perfumes

US-based beauty giant Coty has forged a partnership with LanzaTech, whereby carbon captured using the firm's technology will be used to manufacture fragrance ingredients.

This month's innovations could have significant environmental benefits for sectors including maritime, aviation and packaging 

Aviation fuel made from air and next-gen hydropower: The best green innovations of February 2021

Every month, 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 from February 2021.

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New report: What role can the public sector play in delivering a green recovery?

edie has this week published the latest in a new series of reports looking at how businesses from key sectors can respond to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic by focusing on a green recovery. This time, the focus is on the public sector.

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Maersk accelerates plans for carbon-neutral shipping

Danish shipping giant Maersk is aiming to launch its first carbon-neutral liner vessel in 2023 - seven years earlier than initially planned.

This month's innovations could drive significant change in the energy, shipping and agri-food sectors

Seaweed animal feed and solar panels made from waste fruit: The best green innovations of January 2021

Every month, 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 from January 2021.

Last month, PepsiCo committed to reducing emissions across its value chain by 40% by 2030 before reaching net-zero by 2040

PepsiCo and Beyond Meat launch 'planet partnership' for plant-based proteins

PepsiCo is the latest food and drink giant to strike up a working partnership with Beyond Meat, with both firms producing a new joint venture to increase production of plant-based protein.

Microsoft met and surpassed a target to secure the removal of one million metric tonnes of carbon

Microsoft turns to Climeworks to deliver carbon capture techology

Microsoft has turned to Climeworks' carbon dioxide removal technology as one of the key measures that will help with a mission to reach negative emissions by 2030 and remove the company's historic emissions by 2050.

Boeing is striving to halve emissions by 2050 and sees biofuels playing a key role in meeting the target

Boeing planning to debut 100% biofuel planes by 2030

Boeing Co has unveiled plans to deliver commercial aircraft capable of using 100% biofuel by 2030. Using existing technologies under current regulations, it can only use biofuel blends of up to 50%.

While the focus on masks and sanitisation was clear to see, many exhibitors showcased innovations with environmental benefits

Plastic-free sachets and hydrogen-powered F1 cars: The best green innovations from CES 2021

From big-name corporates to tiny startups, the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) saw thousands of companies showcase their newest tech-based innovations. Here, edie rounds up some of the biggest announcements around green products.

Each winning project will get a grant of between £50,000 and £250,000

£2m challenge kick-starts for water-related innovations

Regulator Owfat has this week launched a new £2m challenge, which will award those developing innovative solutions to the UK water sector's biggest environmental challenges such as climate change and pollution.

Giraffe Innovation’s Rob Holdway and compere Julia Bradbury (right) present P&G with the award

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet circular economy innovators, P&G

With less than a month until the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards, this feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winners of the Circular Economy Innovation of the Year, Procter & Gamble.

Images (clockwise from top-left): Taco Bell UK, M&S, Subway, Wagamama 

Veganuary: Asda unveils plant-based 'butcher' as campaign gets record 440,000 sign-ups

The Veganuary campaign has received a record 440,000 sign-ups to its 31-day challenge - and, keen to grab a piece of the plant-based action, the UK's biggest supermarkets and food-to-go chains are debuting new products.

Browse our green innovation predictions for 2021

Horizon scanning: Eight green innovations set to shake-up sustainability in 2021

Over the past 12 months, countless innovations which could help businesses and nations deliver a green recovery. Here, edie rounds up nine key products and concepts that could transform sustainability in 2021.

#SustyTalk: P&G's Frantz Beznik on water stewardship and green innovations

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive interview with Procter & Gamble's global head of sustainable innovation Frantz Beznik.

SDG Spotlight: How Businesses Can Achieve Goal 12; Responsible Production and Consumption

edie's latest SDG Spotlight report, produced in association with Rio, looks at how businesses can transform operations, services, supply chains and strategies to help deliver Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption.

This month's innovations could drive significant change in the energy, conservation, fashion and automotive sectors

Tree-planting drones and textile recycling: The best green innovations of November 2020

Every month, 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 from November 2020.

The EU's hydrogen strategy targets 10 million tonnes of green hydrogen production within a decade 

Renewable Hydrogen Coalition: trade bodies team up to grow Europe's green hydrogen sector

Trade bodies including WindEurope and SolarPowerEurope have received backing from Bill-Gates-backed Breakthrough Energy to form a new coalition aimed at growing renewable hydrogen production and use across the continent.

Pictured: A double-decker hydrogen bus from Wrightbus. The company has secured a share of the new funding. 

BEIS announces £183m funding round for electric vehicles and cleantech start-ups

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has allocated new multi-million-pound funding pots to cleantech innovators, including companies developing AI for wind turbines and high-power batteries for electric cars.

AI-enabled 'smart' EV batteries and 3D solar panels: The best green innovations of October 2020

Every month, 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 from October 2020.

The bottles will be available to customers by 2024. Image: L'Oreal

L'Oreal unveils 'world's first' plastic bottles made from captured carbon

L'Oreal has created a prototype shampoo bottle from 'recycled' captured carbon, mitigating the need for virgin fossil-based plastics.

Pictured: One of Plastic Energy's plants in Spain

Nestle outlines plans to bring UK's first commercial scale chemical plastic recycling plant online

Nestle has partnered with a chemical plastic recycling company with two commercial-scale facilities online in Spain, in the hopes of developing a similar plant in the UK.

Pictured: Bacardi Rum products housed in the new material

Bacardi to launch biodegradable spirits bottles by 2023

Alcoholic beverage giant Bacardi has said it will be ready to launch a plastic-free, bio-based spirits bottle that degrades outside of industrial conditions by 2023.

Pictured: One of Xampla's prototype sachets

Unilever's former chief sustainability officer to chair plant-based plastic venture

Unilever's former chief sustainability officer Jeff Seabright has been appointed as chair of a Cambridge-based scale-up that creates plant-protein-based alternatives to single-use plastic.

'Made to be Remade' is Adidas' tagline for the model

It's a shoe-in: Adidas unveils recyclable trainers as UGG reveals new climate and materials commitments

Adidas has started fresh pilots for a recyclable mono-material shoe made using recycled plastic, in the same week that UGG launched new social and environmental sustainability commitments.

The technologies identified could add up to €790bn of gross added value to the European economy annually by 2030

Capgemini: EU must invest in high-impact climate technologies through green recovery funding

The EU must allocate portions of its €750bn Covid-19 recovery fund to emerging, innovative technologies which decarbonise energy, the built environment, industry, transport and the agri-food sector if it is to meet its net-zero goal by 2050, new analysis has found.

Left to right: Council co-leaders Douglas Lumsden and Jenny Laing; Wrightbus' executive chair Jo Bamford and First Aberdeen's operations director David Phillips

World's first hydrogen-powered double-decker bus hits Scottish streets

Real-world trials of the world's first hydrogen-powered double-decker bus have officially begun in Aberdeen - five years after the city unveiled a hydrogen production and bus refuelling facility.

Customers will be able to watch their used items being recycled

H&M brings 'garment-to-garment' recycling machines in-store

H&M has installed a machine which disassembles old clothing and re-assembles the material into new textiles in one of its stores, in what it claims is a first for the fashion industry.

Sir David Attenborough (pictured left) is helping to promote the prize

Earthshot Prize: Royals to spend £50m on climate and nature innovations by 2030

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have officially launched what they describe as the "most prestigious global environment prize in history", which will allocate £50m to projects tackling the climate and nature crises over a ten-year period.

This round-up highlights innovative technical solutions to some of the world's most pressing environmental challenges

Plastic-eating 'super-enzymes' and water-based fuel: The best green innovations of September 2020

Every month, 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 from September 2020.

#SustyTalk: Unilever's Ian Howell on shifting to fossil-free cleaning and laundry

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Unilever Home Care's R&D Director Ian Howell, who outlines what it'll take for the company to remove fossil-based carbon from its products by 2030 and dramatically reduce their climate impact.

While climate tech still only accounts for 6% of the venture capital market, it’s representation has grown by more than 3750% in absolute terms since 2013

Climate technology investments growing five times faster than average market rates

Venture capital investment into climate-related technology is growing five times faster than the average rate of all other industry investments, with new analysis from PwC finding that corporate and investor demands for low-carbon innovation led to $16bn being invested in 2019.

Pictured: The third ZEROe concept. Image: Airbus

Airbus unveils plans to debut zero-emission hydrogen planes by 2035

Aerospace manufacturing giant Airbus has revealed three futuristic concept designs for zero-emission aircraft with hydrogen as the primary power source, claiming that they could operate commercial flights by 2035.

Amazon will look to engage other Climate Pledge signatories in the investment programme moving forward

Carbon capture and EVs: Amazon unveils first beneficiaries of $2bn climate fund

Amazon has announced the first beneficiaries of its $2bn Climate Pledge Fund, with organisations developing carbon removal technologies, nature-based carbon markets and electric vehicle (EV) innovations set to benefit.

The emissions footprint of Unilever's laundry and cleaning products will be cut by 20% as a result of the changes.

Clean Future: Unilever to remove fossil-fuel-based carbon from cleaning products by 2030

Unilever has unveiled plans to replace 100% of the carbon derived from fossil fuels in its cleaning and laundry products with captured, natural and recycled carbon within a decade.

E-waste contains materials including copper, iron, gold, silver and platinum

Work restarts at UK's first commercial refinery for recycled metals from e-waste

Work to create the UK's first commercial-scale refinery extracting precious metals from waste electronics and electricals has restarted after Covid-19 related delays, meaning that the facility should become operational within 12 months.

Vuna will launch in Switzerland this month before Nestle plots roll-outs in other national markets. Image: Nestle

Nestlé launches vegan tuna alternative after record plant-based 'meat' sales

Nestle has launched its first plant-based seafood alternative, a tuna substitute called Vuna, after its sales of plant-based meat alternatives surpassed £166m last year.

According to Wood Mackenzie, less than 1% of all global hydrogen production each year is fully powered by renewables

BEIS eyes CfD model to help scale-up UK's green hydrogen economy

Large-scale hydrogen projects with renewables could soon be included in the UK's Contracts for Difference (CfD) auctions, after a new government report identified the mechanism as a favoured option for scaling up 'green' hydrogen technologies.

If successful, the pilot could pave the way for larger projects

National Grid kick-starts UK's first trials of grid-injected biomethane from cow manure

Biogas produced from straw and cow manure has been directly injected into the gas grid in Cambridgeshire, in what the National Grid is calling a UK first.

This month's innovations could drive significant change in the built environment, agri-food and waste management sectors 

Autonomous farming and AI-enabled energy trackers: The best green innovations of July 2020

Every month, 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 five of the best from July 2020.

Pictured: Nottingham Trent University's associate professor in sustainable food production, Dr Emily Burton, who is contributing to REACT-FIRST. Image: NTU

Fresh government funding for animal feed made from captured CO2

The UK Government has unveiled a £24m funding pot for innovations aimed at transforming the food system, including a project using captured CO2 to manufacture animal feed, amid fresh warnings of agriculture's links to illegal deforestation.

Amazon Air currently operates more than 50 aircraft. Image: Amazon

Amazon starts sourcing bio-jet fuel in drive to slash air cargo emissions

Amazon's air cargo arm has signed a deal to source six million gallons of bio-based sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), as the e-commerce giant works towards its 2040 net-zero target.

The IEA recently warned that the Covid-19 crisis could slow progress on low-carbon technology and widen progress gaps between sub-sectors

IEA: Most technologies needed to achieve net-zero aren't yet mature

Some 75% of the emissions reductions necessary to meet net-zero are dependent on technologies which have not yet reached commercial maturity, new analysis from the International Energy Agency (IEA) has found.

There are now less than 10 years to achieve the SDGs

One Young World: Business giants invest £500k in SDG-aligned innovations

AstraZeneca, Deloitte and BP are among a cohort big-name businesses to have jointly unveiled £500,000 of grant funding for young innovators working on projects driving progress towards the aims of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This round-up highlights innovative technical solutions to some of the world's most pressing environmental challenges

'Green Swan' observatories and Europe's biggest electric plane: The best green innovations of the month

Every month, 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 from June 2020.

Pictured: An artist's impression of the proposed facility

John Lewis Partnership to build bio-methane refuelling station at UK HQ

Building on a pledge convert its 600-strong fleet of diesel delivery trucks to be powered by bio-methane by 2028, John Lewis Partnership is building a biomethane filling station at its Bracknell headquarters.

Adidas has committed to a 30% reduction in its carbon footprint by 203

Adidas and Allbirds to develop sports shoes with 'lowest recorded' carbon footprint

Sporting giant Adidas has teamed up with shoe brand Allbirds to develop solutions that would create one of the lowest carbon footprints ever recorded for a sports shoe.

#SustyTalk: AB InBev's Ezgi Barcenas on sustainability innovation during lockdown

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with brewer AB InBev's global vice president for sustainability Ezgi Barcenas discussing how the supply chain engagement will change as a result of the coronavirus and how innovation can help unlock a new green economy.

The coronavirus has exposed a lack of focus on supply chain sustainability

Coronavirus and globalisation: What next for supply chain sustainability?

Covid-19 has brought global economies to a standstill and knocked the confidence in global and connected trade. Would businesses benefit from pivoting to more localised value chains, or do global supply chains enable a global shift towards a climate-resilient future?

The energy sector is currently the second-highest emitter in the UK, behind transport

Carbon pricing, flexibility and scaling-up hydrogen: UK energy sector unveils net-zero innovation plans

The body representing the UK's electricity and gas transmission and distribution sector has set out its plans for reaching net-zero by 2050, concluding that this ambition will only be achieved if a "whole-systems" approach to transformation is adopted.

LRS, along with Just Eat and Selfridges, has been a long-term corporate backer of the innovative packaging. Image: LRS 

Lucozade Ribena Suntory gets go-ahead for edible seaweed sachets in gym vending machines

Following a successful pilot at races in 2018, Lucozade Ribena Suntory (LRS) is trialling drinks housed in plastic-free, edible seaweed-based sachets in vending machines in gyms.

This round-up highlights innovative technical solutions to some of the world's most pressing environmental challenges

Solar planes and IBM's seawater batteries: The best green innovations of February 2020

Every month, 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 from February 2020.

Pictured L-R: Leigh Taylor from Econic Technologies, Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng and Drax's vice president for innovation, Jason Shipstone 

New CCUS project to turn biomass emissions into plastic products

Drax Group is set to pilot technology which will see carbon emissions captured from its biomass plant in Yorkshire and used to displace oil in the production of plastics.

An artist's impression of the Gravity campus. The facility has been designed with built-in green features such as low-carbon materials, electric vehicle chargers and buildings with passive daylighting. 

UK's first 'smart' commercial hub signs 50-year clean energy innovation deal with E.ON

The developers of what purports to be the UK's first "smart" commercial campus have singed a 50-year deal with E.ON, that will see the utility giant develop, test and scale-up clean energy solutions in the west country.

The tool's launch event heard from businesses which have been trialling Circulytics, and Foundation representatives. Pictured L-R: and CHEP Europe's Michael Pooley; DS Smith's Stefano Rossi; Enel's Luca Meini and The Foundation's data and metrics lead Jarkko Havas.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation unveils 'landmark' digital tool to help businesses track circular economy progress

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has today (14 January) launched a new digital tool which enables businesses of all sizes and sectors to measure their contribution to the circular economy and identify ways in which to close the loop further.

Browse our green innovation predictions for 2020, then take our poll (below) to have your say

Horizon scanning: Eight innovations set to shake-up sustainability in 2020

The past 12 months proved to be an exciting time for green innovation, with new products and systems emerging and scaling amid a backdrop of climate protests. Here, edie scans the horizon for innovations that could transform sustainability in 2020.

KFC's vegan burger (pictured) proved a hit during trials last summer.

Veganuary: Fast food giants launch plant-based meals as red meat sales plummet

Food-to-go giants including Greggs, KFC and McDonald's have all launched new plant-based options to mark Veganuary, after supermarkets recorded a plunge in meat sales which looks set to continue into 2020.

Earthshot Prize: Royals aim to spur 'decade of action to repair planet'

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have partnered with Sir David Attenborough to launch the 'Earthshot Prize' - a new fund for individuals and organisations working to restore the environment.

Zero-carbon ships 'on the horizon' under fuel levy plan

Shipping companies would have to pay a small levy on every tonne of fuel they use under proposals aimed at developing zero-carbon vessels within 10 years, transforming the high-carbon global shipping business.

Charlie founded EO Charging in 2015 and has grown the business from a small start-up to a firm present in more than 30 countries around the world.

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2019: Charlie Jardine, EO Charging

This series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Next up: Charlie Jardine, founder and chief executive of EO charging.

The plastic-free range (pictured) is designed to help shoppers create a three-course meal. Image: Iceland

Iceland slashes plastics packaging across Christmas range by 97%

Iceland has claimed that its Christmas range of food and drinks for 2019, which includes 18 plastic-free lines, contains 97% less plastic than its 2017 range.

The HGVs taking part in the trial ranged from 12 to 44 tonnes. Image: Cenex

Government-backed trial of biomethane trucks slashes emissions for Asda

The coalition of businesses leading a UK-wide trial of biomethane fuels for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), including Asda and Kuehne + Nagel, has revealed that the scheme mitigated the emission of 1,400 tonnes of CO2e over a two-year period.

The new packaging is recyclable at kerbside and compostable. Image: Heineken UK

Heineken to eliminate shrinkwrap and plastic rings from multipacks sold in the UK

Heineken has today (7 November) announced plans to remove all plastic shrinkwrap and rings from multipacks of beer and cider sold in the UK by the end of 2021.

This crop of innovations could drive significant sustainability progress within the energy, transport, recycling, construction and fashion sectors 

Stella McCartney's fur-free fur and flying taxis: The top 10 green innovations of October 2019

Each month, 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 nine of the best.

Senior sustainability and CSR professionals from a range of sectors convened for the roundtable discussion

Sustainability 2.0 roundtable: What's stopping businesses from investing in green innovations?

In an era of unparalleled technological advancements - and with the UK's net-zero target looming - businesses of all sizes can reap rewards from investing in scalable technologies with positive social and environmental impacts. So, what's stopping UK plc identifying and investing in green innovations?

The UK is currently due to leave the EU on 31 October, with or without a deal. 

Survey: Brexit uncertainty halting sustainability investment

Almost a third of businesses claim to have delayed green innovation projects in the last 12 months due to the political uncertainty over Brexit, research from Schneider Electric has revealed.

The bags will be rolled out across selected knitwear lines this month. Image: Finisterre 

Finisterre to switch from plastic bags to 'water-soluble' biodegradable alternative

Outdoor clothing brand Finisterre is set to achieve its ambition of eliminating all plastics packaging which is neither reusable nor biodegradable, after investing in bags which naturally break down in soil and in water.

This week's innovations could deliver significant resource efficiency and carbon reduction benefits 

Zero-emission planes and boats that double as microgrids: 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.

(L-R) Presenter Rob Holdway, director, Giraffe Innovation, Yellow Octopus Fashion’s Jack Ostrowski and compere Michaela Strachan

Meet the Sustainability Leader: Circular Economy Innovation - Yellow Octopus Fashion

With entries now open for edie's Sustainability Leaders Awards 2020, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2019 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winner of our Circular Economy Innovation Award, Yellow Octopus Fashion.

Asda pilots plastic-free innovation in fight against food waste

Asda is trialling an innovative new material which could help mitigate the need for plastic food packaging, without leading to an increase in food waste.

This week's innovations could deliver significant resource efficiency and carbon reduction benefits 

Shellfish 'plastics' and hydrogen-powered gin: 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.

Image credits: KFC and Neat Burger

Beyond Meat: Lewis Hamilton and KFC wade into alternative protein market

Fast-food chain KFC's trial of vegan nuggets sold out in just five hours, while British Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has announced the launch of a plant-based burger chain across the globe.

This week's innovations could drive significant change in the transport, construction and food sectors 

SAP's app against poverty and self-charging EVs: 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.


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