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World Water Week: Valuing our natural environment

We all 'appreciate' a babbling brook and beautiful rivers and oceans, but what is the value of our natural environment? World Water Week provides us all with the perfect opportunity to reflect on the importance of water stewardship, which is not only about doing the right thing, it's also about generating real business benefits as a result.

Carlsberg's Sverige brewery in Falkenberg is the firm's first carbon-neutral site

Carlsberg exploring energy storage to supplement onsite generation

EXCLUSIVE: Carlsberg’s director of environment and utilities, Adam Pawelas, has revealed that the global brewer is in the “early stages” of exploring integration methods for energy storage to support onsite generation.

Incorporating expert sessions and live audience Q&A, the webinar is free to watch live at 11am on 31 May, and will be available on-demand afterwards

Learning from the leaders in onsite generation: edie's webinar available on demand

The hour-long webinar that explores how the National Trust and Carlsberg are using onsite technology to drive renewables use and lower energy consumption is now available to watch on demand.

The signatories will reconvene annually to share their progress and best practice across catchments

Corporate giants team up to champion UK water stewardship

Marks & Spencer (M&S), Asda and Coca-Cola are among the 60 businesses and NGOs that have committed to a new initiative which aims to tackle water scarcity and stress in the UK through collaborative catchment management.

Incorporating expert sessions and live audience Q&A, the webinar is free to watch live at 11am on 31 May, and will be available on-demand afterwards

One week left to register for onsite renewables webinar

Individuals and organisations looking to explore the options on onsite technology to drive renewables use and lower energy consumption are encouraged to tune into a free webinar next week, featuring expert insight from Carlsberg, the National Trust and Centrica Business Solutions.

Using real-experience case studies, this hour-long session will hear from some of the leaders in onsite generation

Powering ahead: Carlsberg and National Trust to discuss onsite renewables in edie's next webinar

Individuals and organisations looking to explore the options on onsite technology to drive renewables use and lower energy consumption are encouraged to tune into a free webinar later this month, featuring expert insight from Carlsberg, the National Trust and Centrica Business Solutions.

Ecotricity will fund the creation of a full-time national energy manager role at English Heritage, which looks after historic sites such as Stonehenge

English Heritage to deploy green energy champions across estate

Charity English Heritage is set to appoint 20 green energy champions among its staff in a bid to improve energy efficiency and monitor energy consumption across its estate of more than 400 historic sites.

Historic Environment Scotland worked with Royal Household to reduce carbon emissions at the Palace of Holyroodhouse by 40%

UK charities and heritage sites saved £7m through onsite renewables in 2017

More than 100 not-for-profit organisations, including the National Trust, RSPB and Oxfam, have collectively saved almost £7m on energy procurement costs from fossil fuel sources, after generating more than 48GWh on renewable energy to power estates in 2017.

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.

Warwickshire's Upton House is now fuelled by two wood-pellet boilers, saving £6,000 a year on energy bills and 55 tonnes of carbon emissions. Photo: National Trust

National Trust champions on-site solutions in renewables revolution

EXCLUSIVE: The National Trust is continuing its march towards self-sufficient energy generation, having produced 12% of its heat from on-site renewable energy sources in 2016 – four years ahead of Britain's national renewable heat targets.

The report claims that the schemes would enable companies to save money while improving produce and restoring the environment

New research outlines economic windfall opportunity for post-Brexit farming

A new sustainable land management model that could direct millions of pounds towards farming methods that reduce flooding, restore wildlife and enhance clean water has been proposed by the National Trust and the Green Alliance.

National Trust already manages its land for the benefit of nature rather than for food production. Renewables, flood protection services and eco-tourism could pay more than subsidies

National Trust calls for complete reform of British farm subsidies

The National Trust has called for complete reform of the British farm subsidy system after Brexit, by ending payments for owning land and only rewarding farmers who improve the environment and help wildlife.

Life is like a game of Jenga for green building developers

"Wow. People are doing so many great things in this area, there is just so much happening right now - this is an outstanding set of initiatives."

Penrhyn castle in Wales - one of a number of National Trust properties that have ditched fossil fuels to become energy self-sufficient

Green and pleasant land: How the National Trust is making sustainability beautiful

In 1895, the National Trust was established to preserve Britain's heritage and open spaces. More than 120 years later, these areas need protecting from an even greater threat. The iron claws of urbanisation and the industrial revolution have slowly receded, replaced by the icy fangs of climate change.

Former Shell chairman Lord Bearsted gifted the Upton House estate and its extensive art and porcelain collections to the National Trust in 1948. Photo: National Trust

Former home of oil tycoon given green makeover by National Trust

A country house in Warwickshire that was once powered by 25,000 litres of oil every year is now fuelled by two wood-pellet boilers, saving £6,000 a year on energy bills and 55 tonnes of carbon emissions.

Are you ready for the new era of sustainable business?

"The Paris agreement was fabulous in one way and terrible in another. It was fabulous because it gives us a very strong ambition and a strong steer. It was terrible because there is no commitment to action."

Almost one thousand people from more than 100 organisations have been able to collaborate and share knowledge on sustainability through the network

National Trust's 'environmental dating agency' slashes CO2 emissions

An 'environmental dating agency', which brings together like-minded companies at events and meetings to help them share energy-saving tips, has helped members save nearly 15,000 tonnes of CO2 over the past year.

The group argued that Britain could actually lose sovereignty over its environmental policies

Brexit would be damaging for UK environment, experts warn

Leaving the EU could threaten a range of Britain's environmental policies from energy efficiency to natural capital, a group of high-level environment experts have told Environment Secretary Liz Truss.

The solar panels have been installed on a rocky hillside above the Garden's overflow car park

National Trust installs 'modern art' solar array at historic garden

The National Trust has switched on a unique 175-panel solar array which has been likened to modern art due to its construction on rocky hillside terrain in north Wales.


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