One foot in ‘today’, the other in ‘tomorrow’
The retail sector has done much in the last decade on sustainability, but it is increasingly apparent that all this has just been a dress rehearsal, a beginning not an end.
Responsible Retail: edie launches sector insight report at conference
edie has this week launched a new report providing an in-depth look at the practical steps that can be taken by sustainability professionals in the retail industry to achieve a sustainable future, today.
LAST CHANCE to enter the Sustainability Leaders Awards 2019
Its Deadline day for the revamped Sustainability Leaders Awards, meaning that if you want your green business project, strategy or team to get the recognition it deserves, entries must be submitted by 5pm TODAY.
Meet the Sustainability Leader: Sustainable Business of the Year - BaxterStorey
With the entry deadline for edie's revamped 2019 Sustainability Leaders Awards extended until 21 September, this feature series will showcase the achievements of the 2018 winners, revealing their secrets to success. Up next: our 2018 Sustainability Business of the Year winners: BaxterStorey.
Science-based targets driving corporate climate commitments to new heights
More than 130 corporates have committed to set science-based emissions reduction targets in line with the 2C trajectory outlined in the Paris Agreement this year, covering one-eighth of total market capitalisation.
Manufacturing the future: We must chase the positive and reverse climate change
Interface's vice-president and chief sustainability officer Erin Meezan recently provided the foreword to edie's brand-new sector insight report, which provides an end-to-end overview of the steps that organisations within Britain's manufacturing industry can take to achieve a sustainable future, today.
Sustainable business futures: edie launches new series of sector insight reports
edie has this week launched a brand-new series of industry-focused reports which map out the pathways for businesses to achieve a sustainable future – with the first report exploring what that future looks like in manufacturing.
Building a sustainable business: Watching your environmental footprint and the bottom line
Meeting environmental responsibilities - at a consumer and business level - has skyrocketed up the UK policy agenda this year. Now a major focus for the general public, this has led to monumental changes in everyday practices, such as charging for single-use plastic carrier bags, and more recently, the introduction of a charge on single-use paper cups.
Australia's clean energy plan and Carlsberg's waterfall-powered pub: The sustainability success stories of the week
As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.
edie at 20: How global resource efficiency has transformed since 1998
As part of a running content series to mark edie's 20th anniversary as a sustainable business media brand, we have produced an infographic which explores the changing ways in which businesses and nations have transformed the way they consume the world's resources over the past two decades.
The SDG roundtable: Getting engaged with the Global Goals - Part One
Sustainability and corporate responsibility managers from a range of businesses recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and DNV GL to discuss how the private sector is stepping up efforts to drive engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
edie at 20: How did sustainability become so business-critical?
edie's 20th anniversary as a sustainable business media brand is an ideal opportunity to remind ourselves of the past two decades of corporate sustainability, which have seen it evolve from an environmental add-on to a fundamental aspect of growth.
Available on demand: The SDG 'power hour' webinar
Sustainability experts from BT, the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) and DNV GL are all featured in edie's webinar focused on business engagement with the SDGs, which is now available to watch on demand.
On the Mission Possible sofa with Interface's Jon Khoo and Kingfisher's Caroline Laurie
The eighth and final episode of our new sustainable business chat show sees Interface's innovation partner Jon Khoo joined by Kingfisher's head of sustainability Caroline Laurie to discuss how sustainability can be embedded across the business, including at boardroom level.
edie at 20: The changing global energy outlook
As part of a running content series to mark edie's 20th anniversary as a sustainable business media brand, we have produced an infographic which explores the transformation of the global energy system over the past two decades.
edie at 20: Is sustainability finally coming home?
It's official - edie is now 20 years old. Our 20th anniversary as a sustainable business media brand offers a chance to celebrate and reflect upon the tremendous achievements of the green economy - but it is also a time for us to realise the immense opportunity that now lies ahead.
World Cup 2018 sustainability quiz: are you our tournament winner?
Which footballing superstar is also a champion for the global CSR agenda? How many tonnes of CO2 will be emitted during the World Cup? And who are the sustainability bad boys of the tournament? Test your knowledge in edie's Fifa World Cup 2018 sustainability quiz...
edie's Luke Nicholls named Publishing Innovator of the Year
edie's content director Luke Nicholls was last night crowned Publishing Innovator of the Year at a glittering awards ceremony in London.
edie and Cranfield University launch new Sustainability Leadership Programme
edie has renewed its partnership with Cranfield University to develop a world-class education programme which will equip sustainability professionals with concrete ideas and new abilities to effectively embed sustainability into core business strategy.
On the Mission Possible sofa with UK GBC's Alastair Mant and the EIC's Matthew Farrow
The fourth episode of our new sustainable business chat show sees the UK Green Building Council's (UK GBC) head of industry engagement Alastair Mant joined by the Environmental Industries Commission's (EIC) executive director Matthew Farrow to discuss the role of collaboration.
Birthday Honours: Sustainability leaders make Queen's 2018 list
The Queen's 2018 Birthday Honours list has recognised the outstanding achievements of a number of senior figures across the UK's sustainability and energy sectors.
edie Explains: Electric vehicles
This brand new edie Explains guide breaks down everything there is to know about deploying electric vehicles (EVs) across your business fleet.
Powering ahead: Learning from the leaders in onsite energy generation
Energy costs are rising, clean technology costs are tumbling, and new off-grid opportunities are becoming more viable – NOW is the time to upgrade your organisation’s sustainability strategy through onsite energy solutions, and this webinar will show you the way.
On the Mission Possible sofa with Futerra's Solitaire Townsend and ICRS's Anita Longley
The second episode of our new sustainable business chat show sees Futerra's co-founder Solitaire Townsend joined by Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS) chair Anita Longley to discuss the sustainability leaders of tomorrow.
Show me the money… from sustainability
At my keynote at edie Live, I spoke about a vision of a sustainable built environment, how far away from it we currently are and what the industry is doing to move towards it. It's evident that, despite some positive progress, we need to fast-track the level of change and one way of achieving that is by making the business case for sustainability abundantly clear.
The future of sustainable business: edie launches landmark Mission Possible 2018 report
edie has published its flagship 2018 report for the Mission Possible campaign, exploring how businesses are scaling up effort and innovation across all areas of development to achieve a sustainable future.
Unleashing the next wave of sustainable business leaders
At this month's edie Live conference in Birmingham, I'll be joining a panel to discuss how we encourage more businesses to join the green revolution. I was pleased to be asked, because the question of how we support and develop sustainable business leaders is something - in my new role as ICRS Chair - I am closely concerned with.
Final places remaining for free Mission Possible Workshops at edie Live
Sustainability and energy professionals have just a few days left to pre-book their place for a series of free 'co-creation' workshops taking place at edie Live on 22-23 May.
Bright ideas: edie explores 10 of the best green innovations in latest insight report
From perovskite solar cells to waste-sucking rubbish bins, edie's latest report profiles 10 potentially game-changing green innovations, which will also be showcased in the Mission Possible Innovation Centre at edie Live next week (22-23 May)
edie makes new sustainability commitments for 'Mission Possible Pledge Wall' at edie Live
Sustainability, energy and resource professionals are being called upon to make bold new commitments for our 'Mission Possible Pledge Wall' being built at the edie Live exhibition next week (22-23 May) – and we are going to be leading by example, announcing two new sustainability pledges of our own.
The state of sustainability 2018: edie publishes final insight report for UK businesses
edie's year-long sector insight report series concludes today (14 May) with the final edition which rounds up the key sustainability drivers, challenges and opportunities facing Britain's biggest industries.
This is Mission Possible: How Heathrow is achieving a sustainable future for mobility
This series of video interviews showcases the sustainability superheroes who are achieving 'Mission Possible' for their business. Here, Heathrow's sustainability and environment director Matthew Gorman explains how the Airport is working to achieve a sustainable future for mobility.
WEBINAR: How to uncover savings and improve your operational performance through energy insight
Our expert panel will discuss how to use advanced energy insights to help you to uncover savings and improve your operational performance.
SC Johnson tweaks brand purpose as emissions tumble
SC Johnson, ubiquitously known as "a family company", has updated its identity to place sustainability at the heart of business strategy, as outlined in the company’s latest sustainability report which revealed that emissions have been halved over an 18-year period.
This is Mission Possible: How BT is achieving a sustainable future for energy
This new series of video interviews showcases the sustainability superheroes who are achieving 'Mission Possible' for their business. Here, BT's head of sustainable business Gabrielle Ginér explains how the telecoms business is working to achieve a sustainable future for its energy.
Inside Heathrow 2.0: One week left to register for webinar featuring Airport's chief executive
Taking place on Monday 23 April, edie's next webinar will see Heathrow Airport's chief executive and director of sustainability join representatives from Business in The Community and The Climate Group to provide a progress update on the 'Heathrow 2.0' sustainability plan.
How Integrated Reporting can help to transform the global economy
Although many people can tune out when they hear the words 'corporate reporting', the reality is that meaningful reporting can transform the global economy, and business has a real opportunity to lead the way.
Final call for hospitality sustainability professionals to take industry survey
Sustainability, CSR energy professionals working within Britain's hospitality and leisure sector have just a few days left to take part in a short survey which will help to inform edie's next insight report looking at the sustainability challenges and opportunities facing the sector.
Achieving Mission Possible: The sustainability success stories of the week
Corporate leadership on food waste and cross-sector electric vehicle (EV) partnerships feature in the second edition of edie's new content series which rounds up some of the world's most inspirational sustainability initiatives that are transforming business, for good.
Construction sector sustainability: edie launches latest sector insight report
The key drivers, challenges and opportunities facing sustainable business in the UK construction sector are revealed in edie's latest sector insight report, published this week.
Final call for edie readers to take the 'Mission Possible' sustainability survey
Sustainability, energy and environment professionals and experts have just one week left to take part in a short survey which will help inform a major new report investigating business progress towards a sustainable future.
Hospitality & leisure professionals invited to take edie's 5-minute sustainability survey
Sustainability professionals, energy managers and CSR experts working for hospitality and leisure businesses are invited to take part in a short survey which will help to inform edie's next insight report into the sustainability challenges and opportunities facing the industry.
NEW SERIES – Achieving Mission Possible: The sustainability success stories of the week
With edie's Mission Possible campaign now in full swing, we're bringing you a brand new content series which rounds up some of the world's most inspirational sustainability projects and initiatives that are transforming business, for good.
This is Mission Possible: edie's sustainable business campaign has officially begun...
Today (21 March) marks the official launch of Mission Possible – edie's brand new campaign which seeks to empower and inspire sustainability, energy and resource efficiency professionals to achieve a sustainable future for their business.
The sustainability communications handbook
This handbook equips you with the knowledge and insight required to help your audience understand the true value of sustainability, from the boardroom, to your staff, consumers and investors.
The 'resource currency': Pushing sustainability higher up the corporate agenda
Recently, I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at the edie Sustainability Leaders Forum. Everyone I spoke to was passionate about pushing sustainability up the agenda in their respective boardrooms so for me, this was an ideal opportunity to engage with businesses which have already bought into the sustainability concept, but who feel they can make an even greater difference in the way their businesses think and operate.
The path to public-sector sustainability is paved with good intentions
As part of edie's latest sector insight report, the Carbon Trust's managing director for programmes and cities Richard Rugg charts the progress being made across the sector towards a sustainable future.
Achieving a circular economy: New business guide launched by edie
Organisations looking to accelerate the transition to a circular economy now have access to a comprehensive 'edie explains' guide which breaks down everything there is to know about achieving a zero-waste world.
Public-sector sustainability: edie launches latest sector insight report
The key drivers, challenges and opportunities facing sustainable business in the UK public sector are revealed in edie's latest sector insight report, published today (28 February).
Sector insight: The state of sustainability in the public sector
This exclusive insight report explores the key drivers, challenges and opportunities facing sustainability in the UK's public sector.
edie Explains: ESOS Phase 2
This edie Explains guide, produced in association with Schneider Electric, will help organisations in their preparations to comply with the second phase of the UK Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).
Report: Majority of UK SMEs struggling to embed sustainability
Almost three-quarters of UK SMEs are struggling to embed sustainability practices, citing costs issues and unfavourable government policies as major stumbling blocks, according to a new report.
Achieving a sustainable future is Mission Possible
What does the sustainable business of 2030 look like? This is the question asked to 18 sustainability business leaders in a two-day workshop as part of the edie Sustainability Leaders Forum, sponsored by Cranfield University and facilitated by Organisations that Flow; where it is a Mission Possible to achieve a sustainable future.
edie Explains: ISO 14001
This updated edie Explains guide, produced in association with 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.
SDG roundtable: Five ways to move from ambition to action
Sustainability and corporate responsibility managers from a range of businesses across the country recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and UL EHS Sustainability, which explored the steps required to take the lead on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Work in the construction sector? Take edie's 5-minute 'state of sustainability' survey
Sustainability professionals, CSR experts and energy managers working within Britain's construction sector are invited to take part in a short survey which will help to inform edie's next insight report into the sustainability challenges and opportunities facing the sector.
What does the future role look like for the sustainability manager?
Sustainability leaders from AkzoNobel, Asda, Rolls Royce and Taylor Wimpey gave their thoughts on the future role of the sustainability manager during an action-packed first morning of the edie Sustainability Leaders Forum.
Sustainability Leaders Awards 2018: Winners revealed at glittering ceremony
02, Adnams, Co-op and Royal Mail were among the big winners of edie's 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards, announced at an awards ceremony in London on Wednesday evening (24 January).
Adnams: Our transition to 100% Renewable Electricity
Transitioning away from polluting, finite fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy is something that a growing cohort of responsible businesses are doing. The likes of the Sustainable Development Goals, Science Based Targets, RE100, CDP and others have brought home the importance. More directly, we have always told the business case for sustainability in three elements: business resilience, cost saving, and brand reputation
From coffee cup solutions to Tesla launches: edie's top 10 sustainability stories of 2017
The year has thrown up some truly memorable sustainability success stories from across the world. Here, edie has rounded up 10 of the best stories of 2017.
edie's big fat sustainability quiz of the year 2017
When was Earth Overshoot Day? Which city pledged to introduce the world's first zero-emission zone? And just how cheap has offshore wind become? Take edie's 2017 sustainability quiz of the year to test your knowledge on some of the biggest moments in the global sustainability agenda over the past 12 months.
Philippe Joubert: Policy frameworks will define climate action in 2018
The concept that markets can direct themselves without government guidance is a "fallacy" and policymakers must create the regulatory frameworks that enable businesses to thrive on a low-carbon pathway in 2018.
Final call for public sector professionals to take 'state of sustainability' survey
Sustainability professionals, CSR experts and energy managers working within Britain's public sector have just one week left to take part in a short survey which will help to inform edie's next insight report looking at the sustainability challenges and opportunities facing the sector.
edie explains: ISO 50001
This ISO 50001 guide, produced in association with edie's supporting partner NQA, provides an in-depth summary of the ISO 50001 Standard which can be used by an organisation to establish and maintain a continuous level of energy performance improvements.
Become a green game changer by integrating sustainability into design
If you want to change-the-game on sustainability get started by considering environmental and social issues during early-stage design.
Work in the public sector? Take edie's 5-minute 'state of sustainability' survey
Sustainability professionals, CSR experts and energy managers working within Britain's public sector are invited to take part in a short survey which will help to inform edie's next insight report into the sustainability challenges and opportunities facing the sector.
Sustainability Leaders Awards 2018 shortlist revealed!
After a record-breaking number of entries, the judging panel has met, the decisions have been made and edie is proud to reveal the finalists for the 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards.
Sustainability Leaders Awards 2018: Meet the finalists
After a record-breaking number of entries, the judging panel has met, the decisions have been made and edie is proud to reveal the finalists for the 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards.
Raising the bar on sustainability: Not just “the what” you do, but “how” you do it
Sustainable business is on the rise. More and more organisations are realising that they can do well by being good to people and planet. The most recent report on sustainability performance of listed companies, from Carbon Clear, states that the transition towards more sustainable business is happening more because of carrots (demand) rather than sticks (regulation).
Finding sustainable purpose: How we found new life after public funding through profit for purpose
Britain's Energy Coast's chief executive Michael Pemberton discusses the company's transformation from a publicly-funded entity to a firm with a profit for purpose property business model that champions sustainability in the built environment.
Majority of FTSE 100 firms not reporting on climate change risks
Almost two-thirds of FTSE 100 companies are "doing their shareholders a disservice" by not reporting on the risk of climate change in their annual reports, according to new research.
The Body Shop takeover could mark 'major turning point' in corporate sustainability movement
The recent takeover of The Body Shop by an ethically-minded global cosmetics firm could represent a "major turning point" in the transition towards the private sector operating as a "force for good".
Sustainability Leaders Awards 2018: FINAL deadline TODAY!
The extended Sustainability Leaders Awards 2018 entry deadline ends today! It means if you want your project, initiative, strategy or people to get the recognition they deserve, you have until midnight tonight to get your entries in.
Your top sustainable innovation questions answered
In August I delivered the Sustainable Innovation Masterclass as part of Edie's webinar series. This generated a great debate and a lot of questions from attendees, that we simply didn't have time to answer in the allotted time. This blog revisits and answer these questions as a way to keep the debate going. Do chip in and let us know what you think.
edie Explains: Energy data optimisation
The latest in our ‘edie Explains’ series is dedicated to understanding energy data optimisation. This can be a complex issue, but our step-by-step guide takes you through the process and provides top tips for success.
Sector insight: The state of sustainability in manufacturing
This edie Insight report explores some of the key drivers, challenges and opportunities facing sustainability in UK manufacturing.
Willmott Dixon cuts carbon emissions by 13% in a year
Construction firm Willmott Dixon has called on the industry to "strive to find less carbon-intensive ways to operate", as the company's latest sustainability report details a 13% reduction in carbon emissions over the last 12 months.
edie media pack
edie is an integrated, year-round resource providing thousands of energy, sustainability and resource efficiency professionals with the practical information, insight and intelligence they need to make their businesses more sustainable.
The employers’ guide to smart meters and energy efficiency awareness at work and at home
This document provides guidance and materials for running an energy efficiency awareness campaign at work, including practical advice to employees on how they can benefit from getting a smart meter and saving energy at home.
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.
Sustainability Leaders Awards 2018: Early-bird entry deadline on FRIDAY
Organisations and individuals that are helping to deliver excellence within the green economy can still take advantage of the cheaper, early-bird entry rate for edie's 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards, which expires this Friday, 11 August.
edie explains: Onsite generation
This edie explains business guide, produced in association with E.ON, provides an in- depth summary of onsite generation, which allows businesses to make and use their own energy at a particular location, rather than buying that energy through the grid.
TODAY AT 11AM: Tune into edie's free webinar on supply chain ethics
Sustainability and CSR professionals can tune into a live, interactive webinar on Tuesday 25 July, which will discuss how businesses can enhance social sustainability through ethical supply chain management.
Sustainability Leaders Awards 2018: Meet the judges
With the 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards now open, edie takes a closer look at the esteemed panel of judges who will be presiding over this year's entries.
Climate change enters the boardroom: The business implications of the G20 Task Force report
Climate change poses some of the most significant monetary risks to the corporate sector, yet too often remains the reserve of specialised sustainability professionals.
Three dilemmas for sustainable Innovation
I recently met with an old colleague who enquired about my fledging sustainable innovation consulting business. "How" he asked "do you get companies to do more transformative innovation rather than simply giving clients the easy innovation option?" It's a great question and I'll return to my answer in a while.
edie's 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards open for entries
Entries are now open for the 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards, which recognise the incredible people, initiatives and products that are helping to deliver excellence within the green economy.
From 'reducing' to 'reversing': How can business leaders win the war on carbon?
EXCLUSIVE: The global climate movement must undergo a fundamental shift in thinking and communicative approach in order to instil business leaders with the belief that they can reverse global warming, the special guests on edie's latest podcast episode have said.
EY: Corporate purpose crucial in uncertain global economy
The majority of businesses believe that having a well-integrated corporate purpose, rather than maximising shareholder value, holds the key to succeeding in the uncertain global climate, according to new research from EY.
Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Under the canopy and what's all the hubbub?
The founder of behaviour change charity Hubbub discusses his mission to achieve a resource revolution, while US manufacturer SC Johnson takes us on a virtual reality tour of the Amazon rainforest as part of its latest CSR drive.
Why partnerships and scale are the key to a bold sustainable business plan
As the Fourth Industrial Revolution gathers pace, fusing technologies, disrupting in multiple directions and reinventing business and production models, businesses are faced with a series of conflicting scenarios.
Sustainable manufacturing roundtable: Turning challenges into opportunities
Sustainability and energy management experts from some of the world's biggest businesses recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and British Gas, to explore the role of the manufacturing sector in shaping the future of energy.
Cut through the complexity with edie's new sustainability Jargon Buster
Navigating the ever-growing swarm of industry terms, regulations and acronyms associated with sustainability and energy management is no easy task. edie's brand new 'Jargon Buster' will help you cut through that complexity with a full A-Z glossary of the need-to-known terms.
The sustainable business benefits of sourcing and serving local
British food has undergone a revolution in the last 20 years. Once the laughing stock of Europe, we can now boast more varieties of cheese than France, world class, award-winning wines and restaurants the envy of the world.
Vote for change: Why Labour has the edge over the Conservatives
The nation holds it breath once more as we prepare for yet another monumental political decision which could have seismic consequences for the future of British politics and society. But before we head to the polling booths, it is crucial to remember an issue avoided by large sections of the mainstream media: how the outcome of this General Election could significantly impact the future of our environment.
PwC decouples emissions from business growth with 28% carbon reduction over 10 years
EXCLUSIVE: PwC's head of corporate sustainability has stressed the importance of setting ambitious environmental targets and engaging with other company departments after revealing that the professional services firm has exceeded a 10-year carbon reduction goal.
edie Live exhibitor focus: EWT
With the doors at edie Live opening in just a few days, 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.
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.