Black Friday is the antithesis of sustainable business, but there's an alternative
It's that time again. Today is Black Friday, the biggest sales event of the year, as Britain's retailers stack high and sell low before Christmas. Sustainable Development Goal 12 (sustainable consumption and production patterns) seems all but forgotten for the time being.
Zipcar's new London EV fleet clocks up 20,000 trips in three months
Car-sharing firm Zipcar has revealed that its customers have made more than 20,000 trips in its new London-based fleet of electric vehicles (EVs), three months after the fleet was launched.
Volkswagen to launch electric car sharing initiative in Berlin
Volkswagen has announced that it will launch a car-sharing pool of 2,000 fully electric vehicles in Berlin, in the same week that new research revealed that Europe-wide sales of new electric vehicles (EVs) grew by more than 40% in the first half of 2018.
Zipcar unveils 2025 London EV car sharing vision
Zipcar UK has outlined its target to get 800,000 Londoners actively using 9,000 zero-emissions, shared cars in the capital by 2025.
Auto giants launch EV-sharing platform in China
Chinese ride-sharing firm Didi Chuxing (Didi) has partnered with 12 automakers, including Geely Auto and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, to launch a new app-based, electric-vehicle-sharing platform.
Uber to scrap all diesel and petrol vehicles by 2022
Uber is adding a 35p green fee charge to all rides in London to facilitate a £150m funding pot that enables all drivers to transition to electric vehicles by 2022.
Why a responsible business is a sustainable business
As a sustainability consultant, I have been following the meteoric rise of the 'gig economy', and the news around some of the best-known companies in the space.
What a competition tells us about the circular economy
In July, I was privileged to be asked to join a brainstorming session with the Amsterdam Economic Board. This regional advisory body works with businesses, government agencies and knowledge institutes to sustainably enhance the prosperity and wellbeing of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, which has a population of more than 2.3 million people.
Carbon footprint of UK clothing on the rise, despite uptake in resales
The carbon footprint of clothing has climbed by 9% since 2012 in the UK, despite the amount of clothing in household residual waste falling by 50,000 tonnes in the same period, although changes to shopping habits could alleviate environmental pressures.
Businesses should target employee commutes to lower emissions, says Ecosurety
Office-based, service businesses looking to reduce emissions should target employee commutes ahead of other energy-saving programmes, resource efficiency specialists Ecosurety has claimed.
Sharing economy makes inroads to combat London's air pollution
A rise in car club members in London is reducing the number of diesel vehicles on the roads, leading to less air pollution and a reduction in vehicle carbon emissions.
Drones and autonomous vehicles: Can Ford’s delivery vision take flight?
As online shopping becomes the norm, retailers are casting eyes to the emissions of the fleets that transport goods around the country, but could electric and autonomous driving and drones act as a viable method to transport deliveries? Ford seems to think so.
From disruptors to established leaders: Britain's sharing economy set for 60% upsurge in 2017
Sales generated by the UK's five biggest sharing economy sectors could grow by as much as £8bn this year, driven by an increasingly digitally literate and entrepreneurial population, according to new predictions from professional services firm PwC.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 16 - Sharing cars and driving green innovation
The countdown to Christmas has begun, and this week edie brings you a cracker of a podcast episode, featuring exclusive interviews with car sharing service Zipcar, advisory firm the Carbon Trust and green innovation group Climate-KIC.
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.
Click and collect shopping can deliver 'greenest Christmas yet', says Doddle
With the festive season just around the corner, new research from parcel delivery company Doddle has revealed the carbon footprint hidden inside Christmas present deliveries.
Nissan launches 'social network' car-share ownership scheme
Japanese carmaker Nissan has unveiled the world's first social network-powered shared car ownership scheme, which invoices individuals based on the monthly usage of a nearby fleet of Nissan Micra Acentas.
Disruptive technology: The 'great hope' for widespread business model shake-ups
EXCLUSIVE: The unstoppable rise of "disruptive" technology such as cloud storage and the Internet of Things (IoT) will inevitably pave way for new and more sustainable business models, but entire industries will have to embrace this transitional period in different ways to accelerate the shift towards a circular and sharing-based economy.
On-the-go H2O spearheads Ford's company-wide innovation drive at 'record pace'
Motor giant Ford's recent innovation push is being driven by employees across all areas of the business at "record pace", with a prototype that turns condensation from air conditioners into drinking water just one of the 3,500 innovations submitted this year.
Ford launches new shuttle and bike-sharing services as part of City Solutions initiative
Motor company Ford has created a new City Solutions team, which will seek to solve congestion issues in the world's busiest cities, starting in San Francisco where the acquisition of a crowd-sourced shuttle service will streamline transportation in the area.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 09 - Doddle deliveries and zero-waste restaurants
What happens when the sharing economy meets parcel delivery services? Have we reached a crucial tipping point in consumer awareness of key CSR issues? And what does the sustainable restaurant of the future look like?
Coming of age: The heroes and villains of the circular economy
The circular economy is growing up; moving beyond simple radical resource efficiency, towards an authentic triple-bottom-line. As with any transition, not everything is great. Business model innovation is the battleground for success - and while there are heroes, there are also villains holding back the real transformation that is needed.
Nissan unveils world's first bio-ethanol electric vehicle and zero-emission sports car
Low-emission vehicle specialist Nissan has unveiled the world's first fuel-cell powered vehicle that runs on bio-ethanol power, which also has an unprecedented cruising range of more than 600km, as well as a new sports car model.
Pokemon Go: Green business opportunity or environmental headache?
As people of all ages roam the streets in search of Pokemon, has this new, interconnected age of smartphone capabilities provided a green business opportunity for a fully fledged sharing economy, or will the increased energy demand spoil the environmental potential?
Inside the access economy: Amazon and Nimber forge different paths to optimise logistics
EXCLUSIVE: As Amazon and Sainsbury's ramp up efforts to improve delivery times, the chief executive of 'social delivery' service Nimber has claimed that the next few years will be a defining era for crowd logistics and the sharing economy.
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.
Sustainable city transport: revving up for innovation?
Globally, urbanisation is continuing at a significant pace, with 66% of the population expected to live in urban areas by 2050, with an estimated 41 mega-cities - those with more than 10 million in habitants - by 2030.
Ford focuses on innovation as energy use and emissions tumble
US car manufacturer Ford has unveiled the results of its ongoing sustainability push, with reductions in water and energy use and carbon emissions highlighted in its 17th annual Sustainability Report, which was largely focused on a renewed innovation drive.
Westminster set for electric vehicle boon with new car sharing scheme
Westminster City Council has today (7 June) unveiled a new car sharing scheme that will offer 40 hybrid electric vehicles (EVs) to car club members at a cost-competitive price, with new charging infrastructure also added to boost the initiative.
Servitisation is the 'posterchild' for the circular economy, says Veolia
EXCLUSIVE: Companies looking to accelerate the transition to a resource-efficient future by adopting closed-loop principles should take advantage of servitisation - dubbed the "posterchild" of the circular economy by Veolia's head of circular economy at edie Live today (17 May).
Bristol NHS Trust slam brakes on emissions through journey-sharing app
A specially-developed journey-sharing app is helping NHS staff across Bristol and South Gloucestershire reduce congestion, CO2 emissions and travel costs by enabling them to find walking, cycling or car-pooling "buddies" to share their daily commute to work.
The ‘decade of disruption’ starts NOW: an edie Live primer
As thousands of sustainability professionals, energy managers and resource efficiency experts prepare to descend upon the NEC Birmingham for edie Live 2016, it's worth reminding ourselves of the big pledges, initiatives, collaborations and innovations that have together ignited a green industrial revolution at just the right time.