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Around half of the UK’s food waste total - around 7.3 million tonnes - derives from the home

How can we exploit new methods to tackle consumer food waste in a digital age?

Technological advances and social media are set to become increasingly powerful tools in helping retailers and environmental organisations to engage consumers on food waste reduction.

It’s clearly an area with room for exponential growth, but with sustainability professionals unaware of how it works, are they missing out on a game-changing solution?

What can blockchain do for corporate sustainability?

The fruits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution continue to accelerate how businesses act within society; but nestled in alongside automation and the Internet of Things, can little-known blockchain truly revolutionise sustainability?

It was agreed that part of the problem stemmed from the “lack of a truly joined-up” national industrial and digital strategy

Skills gap concerns cloud UK's position in the 'global technology race'

Business leaders across the automotive, utilities, construction, aerospace, and services sectors have warned that a skills gap is holding the UK back in a "global technology race", which separate analysis suggests could generate £34.8bn for London's economy by 2030.

PwC's central London office, which was recently refurbished to BREEAM 'outstanding' standards. Photo: PwC

In practice: PwC's new programme to drive responsible technology

With technological advances having an unprecedented impact on business operations, accountancy firm PwC has published a new responsible technology policy, setting out commitments and actions to ensure society can reap the benefits of the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution'.

PwC has established a series of commitments and actions that that will help showcase the positive role of technology, as well as mitigate potentially adverse social, ethical and environmental concerns

How digital technology can be a force for good in sustainability

Harnessing the digital technologies of the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution' will accelerate solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), PwC's head of corporate sustainability has claimed.

As a member of the RE100, BT is also reducing operational emissions by switching to 100% renewable energy

BT's carbon-combative products and services generate £5.3bn in revenue

BT's consumer operations and products that contribute to carbon savings now represent 22% of the company's annual revenue and are worth £5.3bn.

techUK's Susanne Baker, pictured here speaking at edie Live, noted that the regulatory frameworks would mirror current purchasing trends by consumers

Longevity or recyclability? Policy shift set to impact e-waste, says techUK

Eco-design is the "unsung" hero of climate action, and a host of new regulatory frameworks could soon create an ideal marketplace for technology businesses that are championing the circular economy.

We hear from those that are already making sustainability happen about the best initiatives in UK business.

Insight and inspiration - a roundup of the latest edie interviews with the experts

EXCLUSIVE: From behaviour change to smart buildings, energy security to driving efficiency at scale, we round up the latest exclusive insight and interviews with sustainability business leaders.

Three in five businesses claimed they would switch energy supplier in the event of a cyber breach

Two-thirds of UK businesses 'significantly concerned' over energy-related cyber risks

Energy suppliers have been urged prioritise privacy and transparency and seek third-party assistance in an effort to strengthen cyber security during a period of disruptive technological growth, after a survey revealed that UK businesses would switch suppliers after a cyber breach.

Brummelhuis claimed that combining LED lighting with IoT characteristics could deliver energy savings between 50% to 80%

Philips: Smart lighting systems can champion the circular economy

EXCLUSIVE: Connected lighting systems can act as the "backbone" of the smart buildings transition to promote resource and energy efficiency, the senior director of sustainability at Philips has said.

The skyline of Istanbul, Turkey - a nation that is currently 73% urbanised and projected to be 80% urbanised by 2030

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.

Silver lining: Businesses are switching back-end systems such as CRM, data and email servers to the cloud, which is leading to significant emissions reductions

Sustainability megatrends: The unstoppable force of technology and innovation

Continuing edie's series of thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends, techUK's head of environment and compliance Susanne Baker discusses the importance of harnessing green innovations and technological breakthroughs to deliver a cleaner and more efficient world.

The growth of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), is likely to streamline approaches to waste management, which faces a 62% chance of becoming automated

Are waste management jobs at threat from automation?

As a new report warns that that waste, water and sewage management teams could be replaced by automated technology by 2030, a UK-based company has agreed to supply fuel cells for drones used for supply chain inventory tracking in the logistics sector.

From autinomous drones to virtual reality experiences, the sheer pace and acceleration of technological advances is having a huge impact on sustainable business

Sustainability megatrends: technological innovations for the earth

Continuing edie's series of thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends, PwC's sustainability and climate Change partner Celine Herweijer explores how green innovations and technological breakthroughs are driving the fourth Industrial Revolution.

A “moderate” technology adoption across the globe could create $900bn in savings, while an “accelerated” system could pump $1.6trn into the economy

Technology growth can spur low-carbon energy system and save $1.6trn, says report

The rapid rise of technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), automation, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) could save between $900bn to $1.6trn to the global economy by 2035, according to a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI).

As well as real-time data readings, smart cities will also foster the Internet of Things (IoT) in the future

Get REAL: Framework launched to place people at the heart of smart city transition

As digitalisation streamlines the way that humans interact with the cities that they live in, a new framework has been launched to ensure that local authorities and policy makers place people at the heart of the smart city transition.

Artificial intelligence will drive a new market that will secure the world’s most vital infrastructure in the digital economy, the report states

What does the sustainable business of the future look like?

Disruptive innovations such as 'smart' water technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and cyber security offer companies an opportunity to address global risks and drive business growth in the coming decades, according to a new UN-backed study of the future of sustainability.

Allianz found that 30% of respondents are concerned about new digital hazards, with cyber security ranking as the 2nd highest business concern in the UK and the US

Cyber threats and climate change ranked as key business concerns by Allianz

Climate change and cyber security have been highlighted as two of the major concerns for companies that will be subjected to an increasingly "unpredictable business environment" in 2017, new research from financial giant Allianz has found.

Travis Perkins achieved an 11% reduction in emissions from electricity use in 2015

How Travis Perkins is exploiting big data to maximise energy savings

Off the back of another successful year of energy reduction, British builders' merchant Travis Perkins is placing an extra focus on data analysis in order to take its energy management strategy onto the next level, the group's energy manager has said.

The telecoms business hopes to achieve these savings through utilising high-tech solutions and tackling emissions across its supply chain

Telefonica expects to save €90m through new energy efficiency measures

Multinational broadband and telecommunications provider Telefonica has announced its global Energy and Climate Change objectives for 2020, which will aim to introduce several energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that will save the company around €90m.

Smart Energy GB’s research reveals that more than eight in 10 think that the smart meter roll-out is important for the British economy

Business leaders recognise 'incredible opportunities' of smart energy technology

The vast majority of Britain's business leaders have given their backing to the rollout of smart technology across the country, according to new research.

BT Group's head of sustainability Niall Dunne told delegates at the Business and Climate Summit that disruptive business models will help to decentralise the world's energy systems

Internet of Things paves way for connected cars of the future, says BT's sustainability chief

The automotive industry has the power to become a lynchpin of the 'Internet of things' (IoT) phenomenon, connecting cars with homes and transforming the way we use and store energy, BT Group's head of sustainability Niall Dunne has said.

Liam the robot - Apple's answer to e-waste. The KTN report suggests that automation and robotics will enable increased productivity in areas such as waste separation and processing

What resource efficiency innovations are needed today for the circular economy of the future?

The development of offsite construction solutions, the Internet of Things, and robotics and automation will prove crucial in utilising the untapped potential of waste-to-resource innovations and addressing the challenges involved in recovering valuable materials, according to a new report from the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).

According to the report, smart technology will fail to reach its potential without the aid of incentivised policies

Report: Digital technology uptake needed to reach Sustainable Development Goals

A host of technology frontrunners including Microsoft, BT and Verizon have urged countries to accelerate the uptake of digital technology, claiming that smart solutions and the Internet of Things (IoT) would be "indispensable" to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UK and the EU must build on the “leap forward” it established in Paris last year, to allow companies to embrace more creative ways of sustainable thinking

Policies should push companies beyond compliance, says new Corporate Leaders Group director

EXCLUSIVE: Policymakers should foster the creative thinking shown by the private sector in order to "unleash new business models and new motivations" that will act as catalysts to allow business to evolve beyond compliance mindsets.

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largest LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) certified building. Image: Vodafone

Vodafone targets energy innovation with Sustainable Business drive

Off the back of rising greenhouse gas emissions, telecoms giant Vodafone is championing 'energy innovation' as one of three new 'global transformation goals' under a new, 10-year Sustainable Business strategy.

BT claims that using ICT to streamline and improve energy efficiency could account for more than half of the estimated carbon reductions

ICT solutions can reduce EU carbon emissions by 1.5Gt, says BT

Utilising and enhancing smart manufacturing, smart buildings and smart energy could reduce the European Union's (EU) carbon footprint by more than 1.5Gt by 2030, a new report from communications giant BT has found.

Speaking at edie Live, Tech UK's Susanne Baker urged companies to embrace the concept and use it to create more efficient supply chains

Internet of Things 'can unlock huge range of circular economy opportunities'

EXCLUSIVE: The Internet of Things (IoT) phenomenon will play a "critical role" in creating efficient reverse logistics within supply chains, with big players such as Samsung, eBay and UPS already recognising its potential, the UK trade association for the technology sector has said.

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.


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