Sector summary: The state of sustainability in manufacturing
This edie Insight report explores some of the key drivers, challenges and opportunities facing sustainability in UK manufacturing.
edie Energy Insights 2017
EXCLUSIVE REPORT: edie's latest report offers an insight into business energy procurement, planning and purchasing priorities from efficiencies to onsite generation.
edie Explains: Energy data optimisation
The latest in our ‘edie Explains’ series is dedicated to understanding energy data optimisation. This can be a complex issue, but our step-by-step guide takes you through the process and provides top tips for success.
The state of sustainability: edie launches manufacturing sector report
The key sustainability drivers, challenges and opportunities facing UK businesses are being explored in a new series of industry-focused edie insight reports, with the second sector summary investigating the state of sustainability in manufacturing published today (7 September).
Jaguar Land Rover expands its aluminium circular economy drive
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has launched the REALITY programme, an expansion on its closed-loop aluminium recycling programme that will place end-of-life materials into new high-performance JLR products.
Carbon Trust chosen to lead Government's £9.2m industrial innovation platform
The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has named the Carbon Trust as the overseer of a new £9.2m accelerator programme aimed at increasing the development of cost-efficient energy innovations.
Should energy-intensive businesses be exempt from renewable energy costs?
A move from Government to exempt Britain's energy-intensive industries from some of the costs associated with renewable energy policies has ignited a debate over whether such a move is necessary for the growth of green business.
From villains to heroes: Are Pringles and Lucozade about to unveil more sustainable packaging?
EXCLUSIVE: Moves by Kellogg's and Lucozade to develop more sustainable packaging solutions for Pringles tubes and Lucozade Sport bottles would send out a "fantastic message" to other manufacturers, the chief executive of a recycling trade body has said.
Brewing for the future: How MillerCoors slashed its water footprint through supplier engagement
A supply chain management philosophy built on engagement over enforcement enabled brewer MillerCoors to reduce its water footprint by 17% last year. Here, Matt Mace investigates how the firm has been galvanising the farmer community to create resilient, future-proofed beer supply chains.
Consumers 'misled' on green benefits of lightweight car engines
Researchers are calling for the introduction of energy rating labelling for all motor vehicles after evidence found that green regulations are misleading customers about the environmental benefits of lightweight aluminium engines.
The state of sustainability: edie launches new series of sector summary reports
The key sustainability drivers, challenges and opportunities facing UK businesses are being explored in a new series of industry-focused edie insight reports, with the inaugural sector summary investigating the state of sustainability in retail published today (5 July).
Coca-Cola European Partners cuts carbon with £39m automation investment
Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has announced a £39m automation investment which the bottling company claims will save 3,867 tonnes of CO2 a year.
Dell will be using 100 million pounds of recycled materials in its products by 2020
Technology giant Dell has set itself a new target after surpassing its 2020 goal to use 50 million pounds of sustainable materials in its products.
Sustainable manufacturing roundtable: Turning challenges into opportunities
Sustainability and energy management experts from some of the world's biggest businesses recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and British Gas, to explore the role of the manufacturing sector in shaping the future of energy.
Food and drink manufacturers enhance water management under new ambition
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has revealed that members who voluntarily reported on water use in 2016 have reduced consumption in the production of food and drink items by 35.8% since 2007.
Toyota drives 'Digiman' project to develop 50,000 fuel cell stacks by 2020
Japanese carmaker Toyota will be responsible for best practice requirements in a £3m programme created by several public and private bodies which aims to create a platform for fuel cell production for zero-emission cars.
edie explains: ISO 20400
This edie explains business guide, produced in association with edie's supporting partners Action Sustainability and BSI, provides an in- depth summary of the new ISO 20400 Standard which is the world's first international standard for sustainable procurement
EV batteries and robotics first in line for BEIS £1bn innovation fund
The UK Government has unveiled a £1bn investment fund for cutting-edge technologies such as self-driving vehicles, artificial intelligence (AI) and batteries for clean and flexible energy storage.
Industrial strategy fit for the future: perspectives on building a competitive UK economy
This publication brings together the views of respected thinkers from politics, business, trade unions and academia on the kind of economy the industrial strategy should be building and the role low carbon and resource efficiency can play.
Collaboration for Impact: Insights Report
New research by Corporate Citizenship reveals that an era of collaboration is upon us. As companies aspire to achieve greater societal impact, they are moving away from traditional partnership models and seeking out new models of collaboration.
Can UK plc set the pace on energy?
As faith in government continues to nosedive and with the triple threat of rising prices, interruption to energy supply and climate change, edie asks, is it going to be up to UK business to solve the energy crisis and keep the lights on?
Jaguar Land Rover continues energy efficiency drive amid business expansion
A increased investment in a range of energy efficiency and low-carbon initiatives, including an agreement to purchase 100% of its electricity from renewable sources, has seen Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) decouple energy consumption per vehicle produced from a business expansion and wider data capture.
Business encouraged to go 'above and beyond' packaging legislation through new checklist
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the Industry Council for research on Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) have partnered together to launch a new "sustainability checklist" to help companies optimise their packaging systems.
Europe's first large-scale battery factory hopes to emulate Tesla's Gigafactory
Former Tesla executives have unveiled plans to build the largest European battery factory in Sweden, with an ultimate aim to rival the expected output of Tesla's US-based Gigafactory by 2024.
Tesla pushes for three more Gigafactories
Disruptive car manufacturer and self-proclaimed "integrated sustainable energy company" Tesla has revealed that it hopes to finalise locations for at least two new Gigafactories by the end of 2017, with the possibility of adding a third being discussed.
Smurfit Kappa hits certification goal for sustainably-sourced packaging
Global paper-based packaging firm Smurfit Kappa has completed its goal of ensuring that 90% of all packaging sold to consumers is Chain of Custody certified, demonstrating full-transparency and a willingness to source from verified certification systems.
Food and drink sector tastes strong environmental progress
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has revealed that its members, which include major brands such as Cadburys, Danone, and Kelloggs, have achieved a collective reduction of 46% in CO2 emissions since 1990, as the group builds on fresh targets for 2025.
Does Brexit offer a ‘golden opportunity’ to pursue EU ETS alternatives?
With MPs set to vote on the final amendments of the bill to withdraw the country from the European Union (EU), the debate surrounding the UK's future involvement in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) has intensified this week with a lively debate in Parliament.
Energy efficiency: What does it take to change behaviours?
Aligning corporate energy reduction targets with individuals' motivations and behaviours can drive significant savings, but is incredibly difficult. Kicking off edie's engagement month of editorial content, we investigate how energy managers can get the rest of their organisation on board with his or her efficiency strategy and effect real change.
10 ways to drive engagement with energy efficiency
edie brings you the second energy efficiency cheat sheet in association with E.ON, this time focusing on the top 10 ways to drive engagement and change behaviours around energy efficiency.
Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017: meet the winners!
Welcome to the winners report for the 2017 Sustainability Leaders Awards. Organised by edie, these awards recognise excellence across the spectrum of sustainable business; from the best efficiency programmes through to product innovation, from stakeholder engagement and CSR initiatives to the people making it happen.
Arnold Schwarzenegger spotlights fully-electric Mercedes G-Wagon
Renowned actor and former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger will test drive a prototype of a fully-electrified, off-road Mercedes G 350d as part of a development agreement with Austrian battery specialist Kreisel Electric.
P&G develops world's first recyclable shampoo bottle made from beach plastic
The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has today (19 January) announced that it will be mass-producing the world's first recyclable shampoo bottle made from up to 25% post-consumer recycled (PCR) beach plastic.
Could this MDF recycling innovation solve a circular economy conundrum for retailers?
A breakthrough technology that recycles medium-density fibreboard (MDF) can deliver a commercially-viable process to recover wood fibre from the material, according to the solution's creator.
Unilever commits to 100% recyclable plastic packaging by 2025
On the same day that the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) unveiled a business-backed action plan to crack down on plastic waste, global consumer goods giant Unilever has made a bold new pledge to ensure that 100% of its plastic packaging is fully re-usable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
P&G steps up circular economy commitment with bold zero-waste pledge
Multinational consumer goods firm P&G has announced a major environmental New Year's Resolution: to effectively eliminate all manufacturing waste from its global network of more than 100 production sites by 2020.
Tesla Gigafactory commences battery cell production
Tesla has begun mass production of a new battery cell that will be used in Tesla's energy storage products and upcoming Model 3 at its Nevada-based Gigafactory.
UK manufacturers could invest £2.5bn in clean energy by 2025, Barclays claims
British manufacturers could inject £2.56bn into the UK economy and cut energy consumption by nearly a third over the next decade by investing in clean technologies and efficiency measures, according to research from British multinational bank Barclays.
'World first': Indian firm succeeds with subsidy-free carbon capture and utilisation project
An Indian chemicals company has introduced a world first to the carbon capture market, by utilising subsidy-free technology to turn CO2 from its own boilers into make base chemicals with a wide range of uses.
Government must prioritise lower energy costs in 2017, say manufacturers
Energy costs and changes to European Union (EU) energy policy are the biggest concerns for British manufacturers, according to new research from npower Business Solutions (nBS).
10 top tips to move from compliance to competitive edge on energy management
The energy efficiency path can be a long and winding road for businesses, but cutting through it can prove invaluable for long-term success.
edie Explains Water Retail
What are the benefits to your business? How do you switch? Which company should you choose and what happens if you don’t act when the market opens in April next year?
Manufacturers call on Government to deliver low-carbon Energy Statement
The UK Government must introduce reforms which increase the uptake of low-carbon technologies to restore the "tepid" confidence in Britain's future energy security, according to the manufacturers' organisation EEF.
How BMW is revving up for an electric vehicle circular economy
EXCLUSIVE: The ongoing electrification of the transport sector looks set to open up new avenues for improved resource management and closed-loop practices for carmakers looking to push beyond regulatory compliance, BMW's environmental programmes manager has said.
UK firms want EU climate policy retained, says Committee on Climate Change
The Government has been presented with a "very strong message" from the private sector, calling for European Union (EU) climate legislation to be retained post-Brexit, with the promised Industrial Strategy acting as an ideal vehicle to align policies to the low-carbon agenda.
How Brexit can streamline retail supply chains by harnessing the growth of Africa
Brexit can place UK retailers at the vanguard of nascent agricultural and manufacturing supply sectors in Africa, but only if the UK Government retains current tariff-free access to products from the continent.
Jaguar Land Rover wants Midlands to act as electric vehicle hub
Britain's largest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has provided a potential boost to the post-Brexit manufacturing sector, after the company's chief executive suggested that the UK should act as a central hub for JLR's electric vehicle (EV) ambitions.
Research underpins need for Scottish business leadership on food waste
Scottish businesses have been urged to provide "clear leadership" on food waste, as new research shows that an estimated 1.35 million tonnes of food and drink is wasted in the country each year.
INFOGRAPHIC: Energy efficiency benchmarking survey
edie, in association with E.ON, conducted a survey with selected readers responsible for energy management, asking them to identify the energy efficiency activity they had already completed or had underway.
VF corporation exceeds carbon reduction goals by 'large margin'
International apparel and footwear company VF corporation has reduced its global carbon emissions by 12% from 2011 to 2015 - exceeding its original 5% goal for the five-year period.
Industry experts call for streamlined environmental standards post-Brexit
UK trade would benefit from efficient environmental standards post-Brexit, such as the removal of staid aid requirements and an overlap of energy efficiency standards, according to experts from the chemical and manufacturing sectors.
edie Explains Demand Response
This guide to demand response, produced in association with edie’s supporting partner Flexitricity, explores and explains demand response for energy and sustainability professionals.
Government can draw public towards electric cars, says Hyundai chief
EXCLUSIVE: Hyundai's UK chief executive Tony Whitehorn believes the Government can ignite a surge of public interest in electric and low-carbon vehicles by developing more infrastructure and implementing effective policy incentives that spark widespread behaviour change.
Circular economy can unlock £4bn 'hidden' UK reuse mine, says Veolia
Companies located in "strategically important" sectors in the UK are currently sitting on a £4bn "hidden mine" that can only be unlocked by transitioning to a circular economy that turns waste into a monetary and valuable resource, a new report from waste specialists Veolia has found.
New innovation hub aims to commercialise closed-loop CO2 feedstock
A new open innovation programme was officially launched this week (24 October) that could see around 10% of global emissions funneled into a CO2 recycling initiative that aims to replace petroleum as a feedstock in the plastic manufacturing process.
Ford drives forward with water stewardship goals
Ford has reinforced its sustainability commitments with a new target to reduce its water use by nearly three-quarters since the turn of the millennium, as the US automotive firm moves towards using zero potable water for vehicle manufacturing processes.
Saab owner prepares to roll out 250,000 EVs
Saab's successor company National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has formed a new partnership with technology firm Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to help bring more than 250,000 electric vehicles (EVs) to the global automotive market.
European businesses call for EU to cut 'ruinous' tariffs on chinese solar
Businesses across Europe, including more than 60 based in the UK, are calling on the European Union (EU) to remove trade measures on Chinese solar modules and cells that have had "unforeseen consequences" on the European solar value chain.
edie explains: ISO 50001
This ISO 50001 guide, produced in association with edie's supporting partner NQA, provides an in-depth summary of the ISO 50001 Standard which can be used by an organisation to establish and maintain a continuous level of energy performance improvements.
PepsiCo lifts lid on fresh green business goals
Global food and beverage company PepsiCo has unveiled a revamped list of climate commitments, incorporating plans to decouple emissions from business growth, have a positive water impact, and achieve zero waste to landfill.
Food manufacturers unveil 2025 targets to deliver 'sustainable food system of the future'
McCain Foods, Cadbury, Coca-Cola GB and McVitie's are among a host of British food and drink manufacturers that have developed a series of ambitious new sustainability commitments this week.
WRAP's National Recycling Guidelines
Following extensive consultation with the recycling industry, WRAP has developed a list of items that can and cannot be recycled, along with how they should be presented by householders. This document outlines how and why the recycling guidelines have been developed, including a summary of results from consumer testing.
Energy storage in the UK: An overview
The aim of this report is to increase knowledge of the industry among various stakeholders.
Lucozade Ribena Suntory strives to quench energy usage
Soft drinks firm Lucozade Ribena Suntory (LRS) has introduced an energy management partnership in a bid to reduce its UK factory's annual energy consumption by 5%.
The story of Roermond: How Smurfit Kappa is making the circular economy a reality
Packaging giant Smurfit Kappa invites edie on a behind-the-scenes tour of its pioneering zero-waste paper mill in the Netherlands, which stands as an exemplar of the firm's global circular economy ambitions.
edie Sustainability Leaders Forum - full programme
No longer a matter of compliance, sustainability is a strategic imperative as investors, NGOs, employees and consumers demand more from organisations. But what does sustainability leadership look like in an uncertain regulatory climate and how will that evolve as business leaders take a critical, long-term view of their growth strategies?
Keep EU environmental legislation post-Brexit, urge manufacturers
Manufacturers want to see EU environmental legislation transposed to a post-Brexit Britain, but also recognise an opportunity to cut 'red tape' and explore a simpler, more UK-specific approach to green policy.
General Motors joins RE100 pledge to source 100% renewables
Automotive giant General Motors (GM) has established new sustainability commitments to source all electricity across its global operations from 100% renewable sources by 2050, and will join the RE100 to mobilise the transition.
Jaguar unveils Formula E vehicle as reports surface of an electric SUV rollout
British automotive giant Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has revealed the design for its upcoming Formula E racing car, while reports have also surfaced suggesting that a fully-electric SUV could be in the pipeline.
World's largest canmaker updates sustainability goals to account for Rexam acquisition
The world's largest canmaker Ball Corporation, has outlined a new sustainability agenda which will see it adopt science-based carbon targets and lead the field in next-generation spacecraft propulsion systems.
edie Responsible Retail Conference programme
Can sustainability and profitability go hand-in-hand? Are current retail business models fit for purpose if we are to deliver the transformational change needed to create a low-carbon, zero-waste economy? Download now.
100% sustainable timber markets: the economic and business case
The economic value of natural capital is beginning to be integrated into decisions by policy-makers and corporate leaders. Forests are a particularly valuable natural capital asset, providing timber while also supplying a range of ecosystem services, such as carbon sequestration, water provision, flood prevention, erosion control and biodiversity.
Ford's Dagenham facilities expected to halve energy and water consumption
Ford's new diesel engine production line is expected to cut energy and water use by 50% for each engine built at the company's Dagenham diesel centre in the UK.
Seven things you probably didn't know about Tesla's gigantic Gigafactory
Out in the Nevada desert, business magnate Elon Musk has officially opened the doors to Tesla's $5bn (£3.8bn) Gigafactory, which will act as the foundation for a substantial growth in production for the firm's electric vehicles and energy storage systems.
Heading Earthwards: Johnson & Johnson dives deep to green up healthcare
It's widely recognised that the healthcare sector has a large and costly environmental footprint. Hospitals in particular account for some of the most energy-intensive facilities, yet many traditionally have been slow to embrace resource efficiency. A study by the University of Chicago found that the industry stands to save up to $15bn over 10 years by adopting more sustainable practices - it's an opportunity that hasn't gone unnoticed by Johnson & Johnson (J&J), the world's sixth-largest consumer health company.
Scottish Government announces £20m investment for low-carbon infrastructure projects
A working coalition between the Scottish Government, public agencies and sector specialists has today (11 June) announced the launch of funding support aimed at the delivery of large scale transformational low-carbon infrastructure projects based in Scotland.
General Motors turns to resource efficiency to alleviate regulatory 'perfect storm'
EXCLUSIVE: Amidst all of the political uncertainty surrounding the UK's pending departure from the European Union, General Motors' (GM) regulatory affairs and CSR manager has said that embedding closed-loop processes is enabling the company to thrive amidst an ongoing "regulatory storm".
The Business End of Climate Change
In the first edition of this study, researchers look at five initiatives that companies have joined to limit climate change: Science Based Targets, EP100, RE100, Zero Deforestation and the Low Carbon Technology Partnership initiative (LCTPi).
How demand-response is delivering big energy reductions for Saint-Gobain
UK construction material manufacturer Saint-Gobain has made a total saving of £165,000 and experienced an 11% fall in energy demand across its 20 sites in the UK and Ireland, after powering down its factories at peak energy periods.
The demands of supply: How BT's customer-focused carbon commitments rest in the hands of suppliers
edie's Matt Mace talks to BT's head of sustainable business policy Gabrielle Giner on how the company's customer-centric carbon reduction commitment is influenced by a flexible and highly innovative supply chain.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 04 - Plan A progress and carbon-neutral beer
Listen to exclusive interviews with M&S's director of sustainable business Mike Barry, the new director of the Corporate Leaders Group Jill Duggan, and Heineken's director of global sustainable development Michael Dickstein in this fourth episode of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast.
Energy generation in space will 'save' the world, says Jeff Bezos
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has outlined the future for his ongoing space exploration ambitions, which could see Earth "saved" by building around-the-clock solar factories in space that would replace energy-intensive manufacturing sectors.
Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 02 - Monkey dating and the 'S' word
Listen to an exclusive interview with The Body Shop's director of corporate responsibility and go behind the scenes at edie's Sustainability Communications Conference in this second episode of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast.
Ford aims to implement carbon-based foam products by 2021
American car giant Ford has set itself a five year window to introduce new foam and plastic components made from carbon dioxide feedstock, as the carmaker becomes the first in its industry to test the viability of CO2-based materials.
Remanufacturing no longer a 'niche' business model, says Innovate UK
EXCLUSIVE: Remanufacturing has a "crucial role" to play in every large-scale heavy industry business approach, the lead technologist resource efficiency at Innovate UK told an audience of sustainability professionals at edie Live.
Energy Entrepreneurs Report 2016
Energy entrepreneurs are leading the transformation to a low-carbon future.
How Encirc is smashing the glass ceiling of supply chain sustainability
As businesses begin to look beyond the 'low-hanging fruit' of on-site sustainability solutions, a growing number of firms are turning their attentions to supply chain management as a way of reducing emissions and environmental footprints even further.
Could the circular economy salvage Britain's struggling steel industry?
The ongoing debate over the UK's escalating steel crisis has failed to consider the circular economy as a potential solution, with Tata Steel's Port Talbot production plant well-positioned to become a national remanufacturing hub as a way of securing a more sustainable future.
Scotland turns to carbon capture to alleviate industrial pressure
Researchers from Scotland have been awarded £2.8m to investigate how Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) can support the UK's efforts to reduce emissions in the manufacturing sector, after scientists claimed that a massive CCS drive will be necessary to combat climate change.
Tata Steel crisis: Four green solutions for the struggling steel industry
As the Tata Steel crisis rumbles on, commentators are pointing fingers at energy prices and green policies as key reasons behind Tata's decision to exit the UK. Are they right, or could a reformed green policy landscape and enhanced focus on sustainability actually end up convincing energy-intensive manufacturers to stay put?
RB exceeds waste reductions targets as emissions lag
Health and hygiene company RB, which owns brands including Durex, Calgon and Gaviscon, has revealed it has reached its waste management goals five years early, although improvement on carbon reductions is still needed.
Scrapping carbon price floor would 'level the playing field', manufacturers claim
EXCLUSIVE: Clearer policy amendments, including the scrapping of the carbon price floor, would prove instrumental in securing the long-term stability of Britain's energy-intensive companies, the manufacturer's organisation EEF has claimed.
Apple now powered by 93% renewable energy
With all eyes glued to the unveiling of Apple's new 'iPhone SE', the tech giant took to the stage in California this week to confirm that 93% of its global facilities are now running on renewable energy, before unveiling its eye-catching answer to the problem of e-waste.
Coca-Cola Enterprises reveals five-step pathway to 'factory of the future'
Collaboration, effective data management and bridging the skills gap form key parts of a new five-step pathway to creating a sustainable 'factory of the future' in the UK food and drink industry, drawn up by soft-drinks bottler Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE).
Emission impossible: Ford and General Motors 'at risk of losing billions in emissions penalties'
US car giants Ford and General Motors are at risk of losing $1.8bn for non-compliance on their fleet emissions after regulations were tightened in the wake of the Volkswagen (VW) diesel scandal.
World green building trends 2016
For green building to accelerate globally, building industry professionals require the latest data and trends to inform their decisions. The World Green Building Trends 2016 Study.
Circular economy boon for Scotland with £70m Investment Fund
A new centre of excellence and an innovative new strategy for manufacturing form part of a major new investment aimed at revolutionising Scotland's circular economy.
Jaguar Land Rover drives circular value chain with REALCAR project
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will incorporate a sustainable aluminium alloy that contains up to 75% recycled content into the manufacturing of all of its vehicles, thanks to a successful collaborative project between the British carmaker and US aluminium can recycler Novelis.
Car industry launches free take-back scheme
The British automotive industry has launched a new take-back collection service designed to help recycle 'orphan' cars.
Rio Olympics earns top sustainability benchmark
The 2016 Rio Oympic and Paralympic games has been awarded the top global sustainability certificate for events, ISO 20121.