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Ready to follow in Crystal Doors' footsteps? Entries for the 2022 Awards close on 1 October 2021

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.

The hub contains advice for both online and bricks-and-mortar retailers 

New online hub to help UK's independent retailers become more sustainable

After much recent research concluding that UK-based small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are struggling to improve their environmental credentials, the Retail Sector Council (RSC) has launched a new digital hub offering practical advice.

This new series will be running regularly, bringing you the key headlines, statistics and events in the run-up to COP26. Bottom-left image: David Mirzoeff 

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.

SMEs named cost as the biggest barrier to taking climate action

Just one in ten UK SMEs measuring their carbon emissions, survey finds

A poll of more than 1,000 UK-based small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) has found that just one in ten are measuring the carbon footprint of their operations, with many unsure of how to start climate action in the wake of Covid-19.

The hour-long webinar explored the practicalities of implementing circular economy models and partnerships

How can we accelerate the circular economy transition? Here are 5 top tips

With COP26 on the horizon and the economic recovery from Covid-19 continuing, much has been said in recent weeks about the climate and social benefits of the circular economy. But how can businesses and public sector organisations help accelerate the transition away from taking, making and disposing?

In general, the smaller a business is, the less likely it is to be in a position to decarbonise in line with net-zero, the survey found

Survey: 4 in 10 UK SMEs unsure how to prepare for net-zero

A survey of decision-makers at more than 1,000 small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) across the UK has found that four in 10 are unsure of how the Government's commitment to net-zero by 2050 will affect them.

Businesses that sign up will receive climate-related support from the likes of NatWest, Google, Scottish Power and BT

Prime Minister Boris Johnson urges UK SMEs to make net-zero commitments

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has issued a rallying call to the UK's small and medium-sized (SME) businesses to make small steps to reduce emissions and contribute to the UK's net-zero target for 2050.

All edie podcast episodes can be listened to via iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud. Image right: Fashion Revolution 

Sustainable Business Covered Podcast: Marking Fashion Revolution Week 2021

In episode 100 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast, senior reporter Sarah George delivers three exclusive interviews with sustainable and ethical SMEs to mark Fashion Revolution Week.

Research has shown that SMEs would like more practical support from trade bodies and the Government on the road to net-zero

New coalition to help UK SMEs align with net-zero amid Covid-19 recovery

After research revealing that most UK SMEs face challenges relating to jargon and finance in the low-carbon transition, a new initiative has been launched to offer support.

Green groups have largely welcomed the new strategy, but want more details

'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?

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What does sustainable business leadership look like in 2021? edie publishes results of flagship survey

edie has today published a comprehensive report breaking down exactly what 'business leadership' looks like as the UK strives to build back from the coronavirus pandemic through a green recovery focused on low-carbon ambitions and a just transition.

We summarise the key facts and stats from the new surveys

In numbers: How prepared are UK businesses for the net-zero transition?

The UK Government's 2050 net-zero target is legally binding, meaning that businesses of all sizes and sectors must accelerate decarbonisation efforts. But two new major surveys have highlighted major challenges for the private sector. Here, edie rounds up the key findings.

Representatives from more than 500 businesses were surveyed

6 in 10 UK SMEs believe net-zero and the green recovery is good for business

Almost two-thirds (61%) of small and medium-sized businesses in Britain believe that the move to a greener economy post-Covid-19 presents positive opportunities, a new poll of more than 500 SMEs has found.

edie's content director Luke Nicholls spoke with IMAGINE co-founder Paul Polman for a special episode of #SustyTalk on Thursday

Paul Polman: Why partnerships and purpose are critical to business survival

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses that are built on longer-term, multi-stakeholder models and have a strong purpose at their core will be much better placed to recover from the coronavirus crisis, Unilever's former chief executive Paul Polman has told edie.

The majority of sustainability professionals are able to work from home without much disruption, but this majority are also having to postpone sustainability and CSR announcements for the time-being

In charts: How coronavirus is impacting sustainability professionals across the UK

EXCLUSIVE: An edie survey of more than 100 sustainability professionals across the country has revealed exactly how the global pandemic of Covid-19 has impacted day-to-day working for those leading the CSR agenda for their organisations. Here are the results...

The USER projects aims to use hot water cylinders to balance grid demand

SMEs and households to benefit from energy efficiency clean technology trials

The UK Government has backed a new digital energy efficiency platform for SMEs to receive automated advice to save energy, in the same week that a smart homes project that uses AI technology on hot water systems to generate storage capacity and manage grid demand commenced.

The two organisations have called on businesses to turn to staff engagement programmes and pilots of new innovations and setups to change behaviours

Report: One in five UK businesses not motivated by environmental impact of plastics

Keep Britain Tidy and Brita UK have called on UK businesses to explore behaviour change and staff engagement initiatives to accelerate action on single-use plastics, after their survey found that 20% of businesses are 'not at all' motivated by the environmental impacts of the plastics they use.

Just under a quarter (23%) of respondents admitted that the organisation is primarily driven by making long-term costs savings

UK SMEs aiming to ramp up sustainability actions

Almost two-thirds of UK small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) have signalled their intentions to improve environmental sustainability practices due to heightened consumer awareness and new legislation, according to a new survey.

The City’s Energy, Transport and Green New Deal Lead Kye Dudd discusses how Bristol is transitioning to net-zero

Net-zero cities: Bristol's mission to be carbon-neutral by 2030

Launched as part of edie's Net-Zero November campaign, this new mini-series explores how local authorities are collaborating with businesses to actuate community-centred sustainability schemes on the road to net-zero emissions. We begin with a look at Bristol City Council's commitment to be carbon-neutral by 2030 - 20 years ahead of the Government's 2050 deadline.

20% claim they aren’t motivated by concerns for the environment in the slightest

Survey: Almost half of UK SMEs failing to act on single-use plastics

A major survey of more than 1,000 UK small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) has found while the majority of businesses understand the importance of reducing single-use plastics, 40% are yet to carry out basic measures to reduce plastic waste.

HSBC has pledged to provide $100bn in sustainable financing by 2025. Image: HSBC

HSBC to support UK businesses with green finance offerings

One day after the Government launched its Green Finance Strategy, banking giant HSBC has launched a new range of green finance services aimed at helping businesses of all sizes strengthen sustainability initiatives.

Carbon Credentials joins the small number of SMEs worldwide to have set a science-based target

Carbon Credentials to cut Scope 3 emissions through approved science-based target

Energy and carbon management company Carbon Credentials is ready to walk the walk on climate goals, after having new targets to reduce Scope 3 value chain emissions approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Extinction Rebellion organisers claim that demonstrations are planned in 80 cities across 33 countries Image Julia Hawkins, flickr

Extinction Rebellion: Role of business in society is being defined by climate change

As thousands of climate protestors continue to blockade key London landmarks as part of the Extinction Rebellion protests, businesses have been warned that action or inaction to combat climate change will define their role in future societies.

The Catapult is looking for smart, digitally connected heating and cooling solutions that use data to deliver services

Energy Catapult launches SME support for low carbon heating and cooling

A new programme has been launched by the government's Energy Systems Catapult centre to assist small and medium sized businesses (SME) develop low carbon heating and cooling.

Five ways retailers are using Black Friday to champion CSR

Today (23 November) marks Black Friday - but while the majority of companies and consumers conform to this spending spree, a select few a using the occasion to champion resource efficiency, social sustainability and environmental conservation. Here, edie outlines how five companies that are turning that trend on its head.

Scottish Government launches 'cashback' scheme to help SMEs bolster energy efficiency

The Scottish Government has partnered with Zero Waste Scotland to launch a "cashback" scheme which offers interest-free loans to small businesses that install energy efficiency measures.


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