Mission Possible: Achieving a green recovery for manufacturing
edie's Mission Possible campaign has evolved to focus on the green recovery, with a new series of reports outlining the challenges that businesses in key sectors face in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, and the opportunities that the green recovery will bring. First up, manufacturing.
Coventry battery Gigafactory plans given the go-ahead
Outline planning permission has been granted for the development of a new Gigafactory for electric vehicle (EV) batteries in the West Midlands, with the developers hoping to begin operations in 2025.
Chrysler to launch full electric vehicle portfolio by 2028
Fiat-owned car manufacturer Chrysler has unveiled a vision to introduce its first battery electric vehicle (EV) in the next three years, as part of a wider commitment to launch a full EV portfolio by 2028.
Ibstock targets net-zero operations by 2040
Brick and concrete product manufacturer Ibstock has unveiled a new target to become a net-zero business by 2040, with a detailed strategy set to be published over the coming months.
The Net-Zero November 2021 summary report
This report summarises all of the key announcements and discussion points from edie's Net-Zero November 2021 campaign; acting as a blueprint for business leadership as we begin to move from ambition into action in 2022 and beyond.
AstraZeneca to support UK biomethane and CCS project in drive to decarbonise heat
AstraZeneca has forged a partnership with energy firm Future Biogas, to support the development of a 125GWh biomethane production plant fitted with carbon capture technology, so it can source low-carbon heat locally.
JTI: Sustainability professionals need to 'ride the momentum' of COP26 into the New Year
EXCLUSIVE: As we approach the end of a whirlwind year for the sustainability profession, Japan Tobacco International's (JTI) UK environmental lead Kirsty Rice reflects on how professionals can keep the momentum going and deliver deep decarbonisation and a just transition in 2022.
Nissan given green light on 20MW solar farm expansion at Sunderland plant
Nissan has been given the green light to expand a solar farm at its Sunderland plant, which is currently undergoing a huge investment project to create a new Gigafactory.
Automotive supplier Marelli targets carbon-neutral operations by 2030
Global automotive supplier Marelli has unveiled a new goal to become carbon neutral across its direct impacts and operations by 2030, with a focus on onsite renewable generation and energy efficiency upgrades to be introduced.
Nissan promises £13.2bn of investment in EV revolution this decade
Japanese carmaker Nissan has unveiled a new investment plan worth two trillion yen (£13.2bn), aimed at accelerating its electric vehicle (EV) transition through to 2030.
Report: UK's EV revolution will create 50 million sq ft of Gigafactories
If the UK is to meet its 2040 target of ending new petrol and diesel vehicle sales, the national Gigafactory stock will need to grow to as much as 50 million square feet of factories and warehouses.
Almost all electric utilities and carmakers failing to decarbonise in line with 1.5C, says damning report
Just 7% of large carmakers and 2% of large electric utility firms are decarbonising at the pace required to avert the worst impacts of the climate crisis, according to a major new analysis of 80 corporates out today (24 November).
UK facing green industry supply chain pressures, urged to boost recycling and productivity
The UK is facing a supply chain crunch on critical components needed for green industries like electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing, with a new Green Alliance report calling for the UK to build up domestic recycling of these valuable materials as part of energy saving measures.
Retail giants launch Race to Zero accelerator to get more businesses targeting net-zero
Some of the biggest brands in the retail industry have launched a new accelerator pledge, urging other businesses in the sector to sign up to the UN's Race to Zero campaign and set and achieve 1.5C-aligned carbon reduction targets.
Businesses pledge to expand green hydrogen supply and demand at COP26
A group of 28 global companies spanning the mining, manufacturing and financial sectors has pledged to grow both the demand and supply of green hydrogen, in a move that could help nations meet net-zero commitments.
JCB signs multi-billion-pound green hydrogen deal
Industrial equipment manufacturer JCB has signed a deal to purchase billions of pounds' worth of green hydrogen from Australia, and confirmed plans to accelerate the development of the next generation of hydrogen engines.
The Better Business Roundtable: Purpose, Culture and Impact
The climate crisis is raging. Technologies are evolving. The future of work is upon us and new paradigms of growth are emerging. NOW is the time to reinvent business models, shift corporate cultures, change our understanding of value, and reposition business as a force for positive change.
edie Explains: Carbon Offsetting
What is carbon offsetting in the terms of a businesses’ carbon emissions strategy? How does the carbon offset process and its market work? And, at what point should a business turn to carbon offsetting?
BMW inks deal for fossil-free steel manufactured using hydrogen and renewables
BMW Group has announced plans to begin sourcing steel produced using fossil-fuel-free methods from 2025, claiming that the material produces up to 95% less emissions on a lifecycle basis.
Budweiser to deliver carbon-neutral brewery through green hydrogen deal
Budweiser Brewing Group has unveiled plans to create its first green hydrogen supply to a brewery, through a new agreement with energy firm Protium to use onsite renewables at the Magor brewery in South Wales to generate hydrogen to power the facility.
Mitsubishi Corporation to invest £12.6bn to reach net-zero emissions
Mitsubishi Corporation has established new emissions reduction targets that will see the company reach net-zero by 2050 through a £12.6bn investment into an array of low-carbon solutions.
British American Tobacco joins Race to Zero and targets net-zero emissions by 2050
British American Tobacco (BAT) is the latest company to sign up to the UN's Race to Zero initiative, pledging to halve global emissions by 2030 and reach net-zero by no later than 2050.
Jaguar Land Rover launches blockchain trials to source low-carbon leather
Transport giant Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has trialled blockchain technology to trace the carbon impacts of its leather supply chain, as part of its overarching net-zero commitment.
General Motors set to hit 100% renewable energy milestone in the US five years earlier than planned
Automotive giant General Motors (GM) has pushed a commitment to source 100% renewable energy for its US operations forward from 2030 to 2025.
Ford confirms $11.4bn investment in electric vehicles
Automaker Ford has unveiled plans to develop two new electric vehicle (EV) battery factories and a "mega campus" for EV research and development, at a total cost of $11.4bn.
Budweiser teams with EN+ Group in aim to produce its lowest carbon footprint for beer cans
The Budweiser Brewing Group has unveiled plans to trial the production of beer cans with its lowest lifecycle carbon footprint, by collaborating with key companies across the value chain including aluminium producer EN+ Group.
What makes a sustainability leader? Meet the supply chain champions ADM
With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards less than a month away, this series showcases the achievements of previous winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: Winner of our Supply Chain Excellence' award, ADM.
Plans before pledges: How P&G has evolved its climate strategy to target a net-zero value chain by 2040
EXCLUSIVE: Procter & Gamble (P&G) has unveiled a new climate action plan to reach net-zero emissions across its value chain by 2040, with the company's vice president for global sustainability Jack Mcaneny telling edie that the "absolute priority is reducing emissions".
660,000 jobs at risk unless UK improves approach to net-zero target, research warns
The UK's sluggish progress towards its net-zero emissions target for 2050 could see more than 600,000 jobs move to other countries that are better embracing the green transition, new analysis has warned.
Low-carbon business: PwC and Silentnight announce science-based targets as Howden makes net-zero pledge
'Big Four' accounting firm PwC has had its climate targets validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), while bed brand Silentnight has committed to develop SBTi-approved targets within 24 months.
Coca-Cola Europacific Partners achieves carbon-neutral certification for two factories
Europe's largest Coca-Cola bottler, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP), has certified its first two factories as carbon-neutral - one in Spain and the other in Sweden.
PepsiCo starts work on its 'most sustainable' European manufacturing plant
PepsiCo has held a foundation laying ceremony for a new PLN 1bn (£188m) food manufacturing plant in Poland, which it claims will be its most sustainable facility in Europe.
Milestones for hydrogen aircraft and glass production projects in the UK
One of the world's first large-scale demonstrations of 100% hydrogen firing for glass production has concluded in Liverpool, in the same week that ZeroAvia inked a new deal to support its hydrogen plane trials in the Cotswolds.
Britvic switches more brands to 100% recycled plastic bottles
Britvic has announced that its Robinsons, Lipton Ice Tea and drench brands are moving to 100% recycled plastic (rPET) for all 500ml bottles, as part of a wider commitment to move to fully recycled content in the UK by 2022.
Major fashion brands accused of failing to phase out fossil fuels, despite net-zero pledges
A new index ranking 47 large fashion brands on their efforts to remove fossil fuels from their supply chains and products has given most a failing grade, with the likes of Primark, Uniqlo and Marks & Spencer named as laggards.
What makes a sustainability leader? Meet small business champions Crystal Doors
With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of previous winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: Our Small Business of the Year, Crystal Doors.
Retail, tech and manufacturing: UK Net-Zero Business Champion urges firms to bolster climate targets
Andrew Griffith MP, the UK COP26 Unit's Net-Zero Business Champion, has published open letters to retail, technology and manufacturing firms, urging them to commit to halving emissions by 2030 on the road to net-zero by 2050 at the latest.
COP26 Action Tracker: Nations urged to respond to IPCC report as Cambo oilfield row rolls on
With less than 100 days to go until COP26, this new series from edie will provide a regular temperature check of global climate action from nations and businesses.
Humber region to benefit from £260m offshore wind investment
More than £260m has been granted in Government funding to develop next generation wind turbines in the Humber region, in a move that will support the UK's net-zero vision while creating and safeguarding more than 1,000 green jobs.
US firm Parker aims for carbon-neutral operations by 2040
US motions and controls firm Parker has unveiled plans to reach carbon neutrality across its operations by 2040, with fresh new carbon reduction targets set to be submitted to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
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.
ArcelorMittal eyes $10bn investment to reduce emissions by 2030
Steel manufacturing giant ArcelorMittal has announced plans to reduce carbon emissions by 25% by 2030 as part of a wider net-zero ambition for 2050, with the new target set to be back by a $10bn investment into low-carbon and circular solutions.
UK's plans to scale battery production 'insufficient for net-zero transition'
The UK Government's plans to support the battery manufacturing sector to scale up are not sufficient to deliver the transition to net-zero, nor to ensure that the UK remains a leader in this market globally, a Lords Committee is warning.
Mercedes-Benz to go all-electric for vehicles by 2030
Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to move its entire product portfolio to electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030, to be supported by a £34bn investment and plans to run eight gigafactories for battery production.
Cranswick to halve emissions by 2030 under new 1.5C science-based targets
Cranswick has achieved verification from the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) for new climate targets that will require the firm to halve emissions by the end of the decade.
British Glass outlines net-zero roadmap for 2050
The businesses representing the UK's glass sector have outlined a new roadmap that will enable the industry to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
Coventry battery Gigafactory plans take a step forward, as MPs call for more Government funding
The developers of a new Gigafactory for electric vehicle (EV) batteries in Coventry have filed a planning application - but MPs are warning that the UK Government's £500m pot for Gigafactory development will need to be scaled significantly.
Unilever announced as latest COP26 Principal Partner
Anglo-Dutch FMCG giant Unilever has been announced as the latest Principal Partner for COP26 - the highest level of sponsorship for the climate summit.
Vauxhall to only sell pure electric cars and vans from 2028
British automotive brand Vauxhall Motors has confirmed that it will not sell any cars or vans with internal combustion engines (ICEs) from 2028 onwards, including hybrids.
Survey: 3 in 4 manufacturing executives don't understand their company's carbon footprint
A survey of more than 150 C-suite executives at UK-based manufacturers has revealed a gap in understanding about calculating and reducing emissions in line with climate science and the national net-zero target.
East Coast Cluster: Teesside and Humber gear up to host CCS technologies
Energy giants and businesses operating in Teesside and Humberside look set to collaborate on the deployment of carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) technology in a bid to create net-zero industrial clusters.
Report: Built environment failing to account for lifecycle emissions of projects
Businesses operating in the built environment sector have been called upon to adopt a whole lifecycle approach to assessing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with a new report finding that less than 1% of global building projects currently calculate and report on lifecycle emissions.
Most fashion brands 'failing to disclose supply chain emissions', despite net-zero pledge
Just one-quarter of apparel giants are disclosing emissions from manufacturing and processing and less than one-fifth have revealed the carbon footprint of their raw materials, Fashion Revolution's annual ranking of 250 of the world's largest fashion retailers and brands has revealed.
Hyundai joins RE100 as Porsche urges suppliers to source 100% renewable electricity
Hyundai Motor Group's five largest affiliate brands are applying to the Climate Group's RE100 scheme this month, the business has revealed, shortly after Porsche unveiled new measures to help suppliers procure renewable electricity.
Nissan unveils plans for £1bn electric vehicle hub and battery gigafactory in Sunderland
Nissan looks set to transform its flagship Sunderland manufacturing facility into a £1bn electric vehicle (EV) hub that will feature a 9GWh battery production gigafactory - the first of its kind in the UK.
50 new EV 'supercharging' hubs planned for UK
Gridserve, the company behind the UK's first "electric forecourt", has announced plans to launch a UK-wide network of rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging points in a bid to help combat range anxiety.
COP26 Primer: Climate Finance
edie’s COP26 Primer Reports are about seizing the green opportunity. Produced in the run-up to the official talks, this mini-series of reports are based on the five key themes of COP26: Clean Energy, Clean Transport, Climate Resilience, Nature-Based Solutions, and Climate Finance.
edie Explains: The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
What are the TCFD recomendations? Why does climate disclosure matter? How do you access the financial impacts of climate change? And, what is scenario analysis? This free edie Explains guide gives you everything you need to know.
Johnson Matthey targets net-zero by 2040
Chemicals and technology manufacturing giant Johnson Matthey (JM) has set a 2040 net-zero target, with interim science-based targets to cut emissions filed for 2030.
Electric aircraft and alternative fuels: Rolls-Royce plots path to net-zero by 2050
Rolls-Royce has outlined plans to overhaul its R&D spending and product offerings in a bid to reach net-zero operations by 2030 and net-zero across the whole business value chain by 2050.
The business guide to net-zero carbon reporting
The past 12 months have seen thousands of businesses announce net-zero strategies in line with national targets and in response to increased stakeholder pressure. So, what exactly makes a credible net-zero strategy, and - crucially - how should businesses be measuring and reporting their climate impacts to deliver decarbonisation at scale?
Kingfisher, DS Smith and Turner & Townsend unveil science-based targets
Screwfix and B&Q's parent firm Kingfisher has had carbon reduction targets consistent with the required pace to limit global warming to the 1.5C target of the Paris Agreement approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), while both packaging firm DS Smith and consultants Turner & Townsend have unveiled net-zero commitments.
McCain commits to regenerative agriculture across all farms by 2030
The UK's largest manufacturer of frozen potato products, McCain, has today (7 June) committed to ensuring that every potato grown across its 370,000 acres worldwide is done so using regenerative agricultural practices by 2030.
Mondi inks €750m adjustable loan based on SDG performance
Packaging giant Mondi has signed a new €750m revolving multicurrency credit facility agreement (RCF) that will be adjusted based on the company's performance against its sustainability strategy that is aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Net-Zero Business podcast: Inside Childbase Partnership's 2030 roadmap
In response to the accelerated pace at which businesses are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie has launched a new spin-off of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next, we speak to Childbase Partnership's health, safety and environment director, Mark Bird.
Kingspan signs for €700m sustainability-linked loan
Building materials and design giant Kingspan has signed for a new €700m revolving credit facility with interest rates linked to environmental targets.
Nissan invests £52m into closed-loop aluminium production at Sunderland facility
Nissan has confirmed a new £52m investment into its Sunderland facility that will enable the use of recycled and lightweight aluminium for the production of Qashqai vehicles to reduce the energy required for material processing.
Banking giants team up to accelerate net-zero transition for steel industry
Six leading lenders to the steel industry - ING, Citi, Goldman Sachs, Societe Generale, Standard Chartered and UniCredit - have created a new working group focusing on decarbonisation.
Manufacturing giants unite on £1m Flexible Plastic Fund
Mars UK, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever are all supporting a new £1m initiative to improve the recyclability of "flexible" plastic bags, wrappers, films, pouches, packets and sachets.
Manufacturer McCormick's first net-zero building set for Peterborough
Multinational food ingredients manufacturer McCormick has confirmed that a new facility in Peterborough looks set to become its first net-zero carbon building.
Absolut replaces plastics from bottle necks as part of paper-based bottle development
The Absolut Company has unveiled the latest milestone in its mission to create a fully paper-based drinks bottle, having replaced the plastic used to shape bottle necks, with a bio-based barrier.
Adidas and Allbirds unveil running shoes with 'lowest recorded' carbon footprint
The average running shoe has a carbon footprint of 13.6kg of CO2e. Following months of collaboration, Adidas and Allbirds have unveiled a prototype pair with a footprint of less than 3kg.
The edie Communications Handbook 2021
This handbook, developed as part of edie’s Engagement Week 2021, provides you with the best-practice advice and expert insight you need to relay the importance of sustainability to key stakeholders.
#SustyTalk: GM's Al Hildreth on the evolution of corporate water stewardship
edie's #SustyTalk video interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with General Motors' global energy manager Al Hildreth.
Johnson & Johnson Vision to power global HQ with 100% solar electricity
Johnson & Johnson Vision, the manufacturer of ACUVUE contact lenses, has signed a ten-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with a solar farm to cover 100% of the electricity consumption of its headquarters.
Ibstock outlines steps to create world's first net-zero carbon brick factory
Brick manufacturer Ibstock has chosen its Atlas facility in the West Midlands as the location for what it claims will be the world's net-zero carbon brick factory.
UK's food and drink sector targets net-zero emissions by 2040
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF), which represents more than 300 companies, has today (27 April) unveiled an ambition on behalf of the sector to reach net-zero emissions by 2040.
Mars and PepsiCo launch new supply chain climate programme
Food and beverage giants Mars, PepsiCo and McCormick have teamed up to launch a new coalition aimed at encouraging suppliers to reduce carbon emissions in alignment with climate science.
Kingspan targets net-zero carbon manufacturing by 2030
Building materials and design giant Kingspan has pledged to reach net-zero emissions from its estate of more than 160 manufacturing sites this decade.
More than 100 Apple suppliers to switch to 100% renewables
Apple has revealed that more than 100 of its manufacturing partners across the supply chain have agreed to source 100% renewable electricity for the production of Apple products, a move that looks set to avoid more than 15 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.
Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Charlotte Pumford, Vivobarefoot
This new 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. Up next: Charlotte Pumford, Vivobarefoot's sustainability manager.
Danone-owned dairy giant unveils lifetime carbon emissions for its products
Horizon Organic, the largest USDA certified organic dairy brand in the world, has publicly disclosed the summary of life cycle assessments (LCA) for its whole milk half gallons, in a bid to outline areas of improvement as it strives to become "carbon positive" by 2025.
Available to watch on-demand: edie's Circular Economy Inspiration sessions
Experts from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Ikea, Innovate UK and The Body Shop took part in The Circular Economy Inspiration Sessions - an afternoon of live, interactive presentations and discussions on Thursday 25 March.
Recycling rates are down, so what's the solution?
The latest data from the Department for Environment & Rural Affairs shows that household recycling rates in England have increased by just over 1% in the last 5 years.
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.
Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Sam Lux, Department for BEIS
This new 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. Up next: Sam Lux, policy advisor at BEIS.
Ocado and KP Snacks detail progress on plastic phase-outs
Online retailer Ocado had launched a refresh of its own-range products that will remove more than nine million pieces of packaging while also reducing the amount of plastic used, while KP Snacks has also announced packaging reductions.
Government unveils new Industrial Strategy to spur decarbonisation and create green jobs
The UK Government has today (17 March) revamped the Industrial Strategy to align manufacturing and construction efforts to the national net-zero target, with more than £1bn to funnelled into industry, schools and hospitals.
'Another vital step to net-zero': Green economy reacts to the Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy
The UK Government has unveiled a new Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy that will spur rapid decarbonisation across industry, the public sector, construction and manufacturing. But do green groups believe the strategy will put the nation on course for net-zero by 2050?
edie Explains: Biodiversity and Business
What is the relationship between biodiversity and business? What are the operational challenges and opportunities surrounding biodiversity? And what steps can be taken to reverse nature loss and restore natural habitats? This free edie Explains guide answers all of those key questions and more.
Green recovery could deliver 1.2 million construction and manufacturing jobs
More than one million green manufacturing and construction jobs could be created in the UK, if the Government introduced enabling policies, new data has found.
Nissan to install on-site solar farm at Sunderland plant
Nissan has unveiled plans to build a new solar farm at its Sunderland Plant - the facility at the heart of its Leaf electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing process.
British American Tobacco targets carbon-neutral value chain by 2050
British American Tobacco (BAT) has updated an ambition of becoming carbon neutral across its business by 2030 to now account for its entire value chain by 2050.
Henkel targets climate positivity as Nokia unveils 1.5C science-based targets
Persil and Schwarzkopf owner Henkel has committed to delivering a positive climate impact by 2040, in the same week that Nokia unveiled new science-based emissions targets.
Molson Coors unveils bottles with 90% lower carbon footprint
The Molson Coors Beverage Company is rolling out new glass beer bottles that have reduced the carbon emissions associated with production by up to 90%.
Next wave of speakers confirmed for edie's circular economy online event
Experts from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Ikea, Innovate UK and The Body Shop have been confirmed among the first wave of speakers for The Circular Economy Inspiration Sessions – an afternoon of live, interactive presentations and discussions taking place virtually on Thursday 25 March.
Nestle on regenerative agriculture and the climate crisis
Andy Griffiths, Head of Value Chain Sustainability, writes on the importance of Nestlé's focus on climate change including regenerative agriculture and protection of water.
Food and drink businesses meet carbon reduction goals five years early
The UK's food and drinks sector has collectively slashed carbon emissions by 55% since 1990, surpassing a target set for 2025.
Michelin unveils plans to ditch unsustainable tyre materials
Michelin has committed to switching to 100% renewable, recycled and bio-based materials for its tyres by 2050.
Coventry unveils plans to host battery Gigafactory by 2025
Coventry City Council has partnered with a local airport to develop plans for a major battery Gigafactory that would help to scale up the local electric vehicle (EV) and energy sectors.