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Public sector bodies: Is now the time to monitor, analyse and manage your energy consumption?

Businesses and Public sector bodies spend the equivalent of £22bn on energy every year. Yet it is often overlooked by these organisations, who lack the knowledge of how much they are consuming or even potentially wasting.

Three-quarters of the world’s mega cities are coastal, creating considerable risk and impact on water systems

Global support group launched to ease water pressures related to urbanisation

The United Nations has convened a host of organisations including the World Water Council (WWC) and the Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) to create frameworks that enable cities to overcome political, financial, technological and behavioural barriers associated with water.

edie Explains: The green office

The purpose of a green office programme is to enable a business to improve the efficiency of its everyday operations by taking practical steps to reduce office resource consumption and implement more sustainable practices that benefit both the organisation and its employees.

Towards a sustainable economy

CISL and its recently formed Rewiring the Economy Inquiry Group published its latest report ‘Towards a sustainable economy’, to identify new business approaches that can drive progress towards the SDGs.

London breached its nominal annual air pollution limits five days into 2017

Britain flouting duty to protect citizens from toxic air pollution - UN

The UK government is "flouting" its duty to protect the lives and health of its citizens from illegal and dangerous levels of air pollution, according to the UN's special rapporteur on human rights related to toxic waste.

Nearly nine in ten Millennials surveyed (86%) are interested in sustainable investing, compared with three-quarters of individual investors overall (75%)

Millennials twice as likely to invest in green business, survey reveals

Millennials are driving global growth in sustainable investing, according to financial services firm Morgan Stanley, which has discovered that the younger generation are twice as likely to invest in companies targeting social or environmental goals.

The megatrends featured within the report will be discussed in more detail at a free half-day conference taking place at edie Live on 24 May

Sustainability megatrends: edie explores the future of sustainable business

EXCLUSIVE: What will the world look like in five, 10, 50 or 500 years' time? That is the crucial question underpinning edie's latest in-depth report into five global megatrends that are shaping the future of corporate sustainability.

The UN projects a world population of up to 11 billion by 2050

Businesses warned of increasingly finite resources as global population passes 7.5 billion

The business community faces rising prices and "cutthroat" competition as the global population continues to surge, according to research which shows there are now 7.5 billion people in the world.

edie Live exhibitor focus: Total Gas & Power

Ahead of edie Live at the NEC on 23-24 May, we get up close and personal with some of our exhibitors to find out what visitors can expect to see from them at the show, what's new and how they can help in the drive towards sustainability targets.

The long-term decline in bees across England has been linked to the use of neonicotinoid insecticides

B&Q bans harmful pesticides from plant range to save bees

B&Q has today (9 May) become the first home improvement retailer to announce it will grow its flowering plant range free from the world's most widely used insecticides, to address Britain's declining bee population.

A pilot project aimed at tackling slum housing has recently started in Jakarta, Indonesia

AkzoNobel launches sustainable cities coalition to manage rapid urbanisation

Dutch paints manufacturer AkzoNobel has brought together an alliance of major businesses, NGOs and government representatives to focus on building sustainable cities and communities across the world.

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.

edie has set up a quick, anonymous survey that allows you to put forward your views on the relationship between these five megatrends and sustainable business

Changing the world: How are these megatrends shaping the future of sustainable business?

Sustainability professionals are invited to take part in a short survey as part of edie's ongoing series of thought-leadership articles on sustainability megatrends, which will be compiled into an exclusive report and presented at the edie Live exhibition in May.

The world is facing demographic and social transformations that will have profound implications both locally and globally, posing significant challenges for governments and businesses

Sustainability megatrends: The ever-changing landscape of population growth and social change

Next in edie's series of thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends, Carillion's chief sustainability officer David Picton explores how businesses can adapt to the increasing challenges of demographic and social change at a time when populations are continuing to rise and people in all regions are living longer.

edie explains: ISO 14001

This edie explains business guide, produced in association with edie's supporting partner NQA, provides an in-depth summary of the ISO 14001 Standard which is used to establish and maintain a continuous level of environmental performance improvements.

The New Plastics Economy: Catalysing action

This new report is one of the first key deliverables of the New Plastics Economy initiative.It represents a logical next step to the 2016 report: from rethinking the future of plastics to catalysing action.

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.

From expert insights on gaining strategic boardroom buy-in to interactive sessions on the importance of leadership at every level of business, we've rounded up the best of the quotes from edie Live 2016

The future's bright for sustainable business: 7 things we learnt at edie Live 2016

After a fascinating two days of inspiration, insight and expertise, edie looks back at some of the most important lessons taken away from edie Live 2016.

Coachella Valley in California - an area grappling with shrinking water supplies

Humans damaging the environment faster than it can recover, UN finds

Degradation of the world's natural resources by humans is rapidly outpacing the planet's ability to absorb the damage, meaning the rate of deterioration is increasing globally, the most comprehensive environmental study ever undertaken by the UN has found.

Beyond the Perfect Storm: The Corporate Sustainability Challenge

Transforming the world to sustainability requires organisational leadership, skilled professionals and a desire for change. Concerns that were once viewed as distant and risks that were uncertain are now increasingly having an impact on businesses, economic prosperity and communities, health and wellbeing. Climate change, population growth, threats to nature, resource concerns, and global development pressures all combine to herald a ‘perfect storm’.

The Coalition will aim to communicate with national leaders and Ministers of Finance, Energy, Transportation and Economy, in order to unlock the potential of sustainable cities

Coalition for Urban Transitions launched to accelerate global climate commitments

A new coalition consisting of 83 affiliated cities, a global economic commission and the Word Resources Institute (WRI) was launched on Thursday (5 May), with the aim of using metropolitan areas as an "evidence base" to highlight the sustainable climate solutions available to policy makers.

Business and the renewables revolution: Why smart companies are switching to renewable electricity

Leading corporations around the world are tackling climate change and driving progress toward a low-carbon economy by using renewable electricity to power all their operations.

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.

It is ‘almost impossible’ for UK electricity demand to be met by 2025, engineers say

Engineers warn of looming UK energy gap

The UK is facing an unprecedented "energy gap" in a decade's time, according to engineers, with demand for electricity likely to outstrip supply by more than 40%, which could lead to black outs .

The UK saw approximately 37,800 deaths from air pollution in 2013

Air pollution killing 430,000 Europeans a year

Air pollution is responsible for up to 430,000 premature deaths a year across Europe, a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) has found.

92% of primary school teachers felt they should be teaching children about the effects of climate change

Primary school teachers want to bring sustainability back to school

An overwhelming majority of primary school teachers believe they should be teaching children about the effects of climate change, despite sustainability no longer being a statutory requirement in the curriculum.

Meet the 2015 Sustainability Leaders - Winner Report

Welcome to the winners report for the 2015 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 and the people who are making it happen.

If every Londoner recycled one extra plastic bottle a week for a year, enough energy would be saved to power Wembley Stadium for two years

Recycling 'just one thing' could spark London's resource revolution

A new behavioural change campaign has been launched to develop Londoners' understanding of what can be recycled, as the capital aims to hit recycling targets set by Mayor Boris Johnson.

Worldwide power consumption for air conditioning is forecast to surge 33-fold by 2100

World set to use more energy for cooling than heating

The world faces a looming and potentially calamitous "cold crunch", with demand for air conditioning and refrigeration growing so fast that it threatens to smash pledges and targets for global warming.

Carbon Tracker's research director James Leaton said shareholders in fossil fuel companies were having their money spent on projects that relied on high demand and high prices long into the future

Are fossil fuel companies using IEA reports to talk up demand?

International Energy Agency (IEA) projections that show the world will continue its heavy reliance on fossil fuels deep into this century are uncertain and being used to mislead governments and shareholders, according to a new report.

The ETI projected a floating turbine LCOE of £85/MWh by the mid 2020's

Floating wind turbines could be cost-competitive in 10 years, says ETI

Floating offshore wind could be a credible, cost-effective form of low-carbon energy for the UK by the mid-2020's, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has claimed.

Community-owned renewables projects raised £26m last year

1.85 million Brits financing 'positive investment' market

A record 1.85 million people across the UK have invested a total of £3.6bn in ways that to create positive social and environmental impact, according to a market update from investment platform Ethex.

Ford expects to save 800GWh of energy a year from 2016

Ford factories save enough energy 'to power Oxford for a year'

US carmaker Ford has announced its European factories will have cut energy consumption by 25% in 2016 compared with 2011, saving around 800GWh a year.

Ministers have thrown their weight behind a $100bn commitment as well as supporting an international financial transaction tax

'Vulnerable 20' countries will share economies to fight climate change

Finance ministers representing over 700 million people have announced a series of financial mechanisms to invest in climate resiliency and lower emissions for 20 of the world's most vulnerable countries.

The company admitted the device may have been fitted to 11m of its vehicles worldwide

VW scandal caused nearly 1m tonnes of extra pollution, analysis shows

Volkswagen's rigging of emissions tests for 11m cars means they may be responsible for nearly 1m tonnes of air pollution every year, roughly the same as the UK's combined emissions for all power stations, vehicles, industry and agriculture, a Guardian analysis suggests.

Climate change and population growth has led to many countries suffering from water stress

WRI: Extreme water stress in Middle East could stoke civil unrest

Countries from the Middle East will likely be be exposed to 'extreme water stress' by 2040, threatening national security, the World Resources Institute has found.

The Global Change Award, launched by H&M aims to create clothes for an expanding population while reducing environmental impact

H&M launch €1m grant for clothes-recycling innovations

Swedish clothing chain H&M will offer a €1m grant for pioneering ideas which 'close the loop' on discarded clothing.

As climate change causes temperatures to rise even higher in the second half of the century, even more serious food shocks - where production drops by up to 10% - are also likely to occur much more often by 2070

Food production shocks 'will happen more often because of extreme weather'

Major "shocks" to global food production will be three times more likely within 25 years because of an increase in extreme weather brought about by global warming, warns a new report.

Aclima and Google are working together using Street View to monitor air pollution

Google Street View to map urban air quality and pollution

Environmental monitoring company Aclima has announced a new partnership with Google Earth Outreach to map urban air quality and pollution.

Red melting snow at high altitude in the Alps. Whilst most of Europe are aware of climate change, far fewer consider it to be detrimental

Climate change: world's wealthiest understand, but only half see it as threat

People living in the world's wealthiest nations generally understand what climate change is but in many countries just half perceive it to be a threat, new research has found.

The recent addition to London's skyline produces its own electricity through solar panels and hydrogen fuel

London's 'Walkie Talkie' skyscraper achieves top sustainability rating

One the most recent additions to the London skyline has achieved BREEAM Excellent rating, making it one of the most sustainable buildings in the city.

E-Waste: The circular economy's achilles heel

With Recycle Week in full flow, James Rubin, chief executive of waste clearance firm Enviro Waste, highlights the huge importance of tackling e-waste in the transition to a circular economy.

The average city dweller's car is only used for 4.6 hours a week, meaning that the vehicle is actually parked for 97% of the time.

TFL targets one million Londoners in car clubs

A plan to get one million Londoners into car clubs by 2025 was launched today in the capital.

Megacities are home to 6.7% of the world's population, yet they consume 9.3% of global electricity and produce 12.6% of global waste

London leads charge towards sustainable megacities

London is the only 'megacity' in the world where electricity use per capita is going down while GDP is going up, according to a new University of Toronto study.

An Office for Resource Management

The rationale for the establishment of an Office for Resource Management (ORM) is to create a policy unit responsible for driving the shift from waste to resource and towards the circular economy. The ORM would have three main areas of policy interest: resource security, efficiency and husbandry.

Accounting for Sustainability: Managing future uncertainty

This guide, produced by the Prince's Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Leadership Network, provides an introduction to integrating risks resulting from macro sustainability trends into business decision-making.

Resource efficient business models: the roadmap to resilience and prosperity

This report sets out the Aldersgate Group’s views on how government and others can show real leadership in transforming the economy of the UK into one that is fit for our resource-constrained future.

By 2030, global demand for freshwater will exceed supply by 40%

Energy and agricultural sectors guzzling world's water supplies, says UN

The energy and agricultural sectors "must be held accountable" for their vast water consumption and take steps to lower it, said a UN report released Tuesday.

Water metres could save a household £78 a year

Green Deal should be extended to include water efficiency, says Green Alliance

The Government should expand its popular Green Deal support scheme to include water efficiency, according to a new report from environmental think-tank Green Alliance.

Bioenergy is the use of recently living plants for energy

Dedicating land to bioenergy won't curb climate change, says WRI

Do not grow crops for energy instead of food. That is the message of a new report from the World Resources Institute (WRI), which claims that dedicating crops to generating bioenergy is too inefficient to solve energy crises and makes it harder to sustainably feed the planet.

Like the fiscal deficit, successive governments have allowed a large natural capital debt to build up, argues the NCC

Natural capital: Urgent action needed from next Government, report finds

England's 'natural capital' is in long-term decline and must be addressed immediately, according to the third and final State of Natural Capital report from the Natural Capital Committee (NCC).


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