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Credible sustainability standards can help businesses in sectors like cotton production and make a tangible contribution to the SDGs, WWF says

WWF: Third-party sustainability standards can advance SDG progress for business

Businesses can contribute strongly to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and unlock new market opportunities by using credible voluntary sustainability standards, a new report from WWF has claimed.

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Book your free expert advice clinics at edie Live

Visitors to edie Live are being given the chance to book free, one-to-one advice clinics to help them plan all aspects of their sustainability strategies.

With less than 2% of European buildings replaced every year, the IIGCC has called on the directives to champion renovation and refurbishment

Investors call for legally-binding, zero-energy building standards

A group of climate investors have urged the European Union to create and implement a binding, long-term target that re-shapes energy frameworks and pushes building sectors across the continent towards a near-zero energy standard by 2050.

With businesses facing a wealth of guidance and instruction frameworks it can be easy to become shackled by the reporting standards

Sustainability Reporting: Taking the first steps

Convincing stakeholders - and perhaps even yourself - to undertake your company's first sustainability report is a daunting task. What are the key first steps you must take to embark upon a successful sustainability reporting journey.

In the near future Volvo predicts that these trucks will be able to book their own services and workshop administrations

LowCVP calls for collaboration to develop 'trucks of the future'

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) is calling on Britain's fleet operators and local authorities to band together to create a new low-carbon market for heavy goods vehicles.

The new labels will allow businesses to show the source, carbon footprint and point of generation of their electricity

UK's first renewable electricity supply scheme launched

A new energy label that specifies the source and carbon footprint of a company's electricity supply has been launched in the UK today (8 October), in a bid to boost business confidence in renewables.

In July, 83 applications for solar farms with a value of £431m were made

Solar planning applications up 84% in July with subsidy cuts looming

Planning applications for solar farms almost doubled month-on-month in July, as developers scrambled to get their projects approved before subsidy cuts come into force.

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

This week saw a clutter of stories from all over the sustainability spectrum with consequences both grand and small.

The Government's decision appears to go against both public opinion and the advice of the industry

Government axes renewable feed-in tariff pre-accreditation

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has confirmed plans to remove a key part of the feed-in tariff for renewable energy schemes, despite vast opposition to the proposals.

DECC said that technology deployment costs had fallen by more than 50% in some bands, leading to an installation boom which had created

Feed-in Tariff could be closed to new applicants by January 2016

The Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme, which offers subsidy support to small scale renewables, could be closed to new applicants by January 2016, the Government announced today.

New ABDA figures showed that AD now provides more capacity than the Wylfa nuclear power plant in Wales

UK's AD capacity now greater than a nuclear power station

The UK's anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has surpassed the 500MW capacity milestone, with 411 plants across the farming, waste and water sectors.

China's emissions were found to be around 14% lower than thought

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

This week in numbers has seen some surprising electric vehicle developments and exciting new figures for renewable energy and e-waste recycling.

The REA fears small projects on schools and farms could be killed off

Feed-in tariff changes will 'kill deployment' of small renewables, industry warns

Community renewables and anaerobic digestion (AD) are most at risk from the proposed changes in the Government's feed-in tariff (FIT) review, the renewable energy industry has warned.

Subsidy cuts could reportedly threaten Scotland's small-scale renewable projects

Scotland now home to 660,000 solar panels

New figures have revealed the massive amount of small-scale renewable projects deployed in Scotland, but industry figures warned that further development could be crippled by recent subsidy cuts.

Scotland Energy Minister Fergus Ewing and Wales Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant have written to Rudd urging her to support community schemes

Community energy will take brunt of subsidy cuts, warn Scotland and Wales

Community energy schemes will be hit hardest by Amber Rudd's recent energy subsidy shake-up, ministers from Scotland and Wales have warned.

Kingspan was one of more than 200 businesses to sign a letter condemning the Government's halt of its zero-carbon homes policy

New insulation technology could boost building efficiency by 20%

Kingspan Insulation has developed what it calls "the most significant insulated panel technology breakthrough in a decade".

Organisations that meet the qualification criteria must carry out an ESOS assessment and notify compliance by 5 December, 2015

ESOS compliance: Environment Agency steps up awareness efforts

The Environment Agency remains confident that business awareness of the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is continuing to rise, as it releases new guidance and prepares to host a series of free compliance workshops ahead of the December deadline.

Winners of the Product, Management and Biodiversity awards meet Commissioner Vella

European Business Awards for the Environment: Winners announced

Innovation, competitiveness and outstanding environmental performance helped five firms from across Europe win the European Business Awards (EBAE) for the Environment earlier this week.


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