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Business Energy Barometer: April - May 2020

edie's Business Barometer for 2020 sets out the key challenges and opportunities for energy leaders and managers going into a decade of climate action.

Ricoh will prioritise the use of renewables to help decarbonise its operations and push towards the science-based targets

Ricoh sets 1.5C science-based target as part of zero-emissions ambition

Japanese electronics firm Ricoh has confirmed that it has had a new target to reduce emissions by 63% by 2030 approved by Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) as aligned to the 1.5C ambition of the Paris Agreement.

Progress on the goal will be independently assessed each year

UK water sector targets renewables and efficiency improvements for net-zero 2030 goal

UK water companies will focus on self-generated renewables, energy efficiency improvements and the roll-out of low-emission vehicles as part of a new roadmap to help the water sector reach net-zero emissions by 2030.

Burberry has set a targeted 30% absolute reduction in scope 3 emissions by 2030. Image: Mparweo/Wikipedia

Burberry introduces carbon 'insetting' fund

Luxury fashion firm Burberry will create a "regeneration fund" to support a new portfolio of "carbon insetting projects" that aim to deliver regenerative agriculture practices across its supply chain - a move that will see its Autumn/Winter 2020 runway show at London Fashion Week become carbon-neutral.

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Tesla Gigafactory halted over German forest clearance complaint

Tesla's plan to build a new Gigafactory for electric vehicle (EV) production in Germany has been temporarily halted by a court order concerning the clearance of more than 90 hectares of forest in Brandenburg.

Business guide to Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR)

Almost a year since it was introduced, this business guide to Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR), provides energy and sustainability professionals with everything they need to know about the legislation and how to comply.

The Bill confirms that the OEP will cover all climate change legislation, including the commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050

UK Government's 'gold standard' Environment Bill reintroduced

The UK Government's long-awaited Environment Bill has finally been reintroduced to Parliament, outlining powers to stop the exports of plastic waste to developing countries, and revamped governance systems on clean air and biodiversity and two-yearly reviews to update the Bill if required.

The tree-planting campaign will be launched in partner cities around the world, including London, New York, Stockholm, Helsinki, Ankara and Barcelona

Priceless Planet: Investor coalition pledges to plant 100 million trees

A group of global investors, including Mastercard, Citibank and Santander UK, have launched a new coalition focused on making investments that preserve and restore the environment, starting with a pledge to plant 100 million trees in the next five years.

Pictured: The National Trust’s director-general Hilary McGrady unveiling the new strategy at the Barbican Centre in London

National Trust to plant 20 million trees in bid to become net-zero by 2030

The National Trust has unveiled a plan to become net-zero carbon by 2030, which features one of the UK's biggest forest expansion projects.

According to the IPCC, humanity currently uses 72% of the Earth's ice-free land surface 

Convert half of UK farmland to nature, urges top scientist

Half of the nation's farmland needs to be transformed into woodlands and natural habitat to fight the climate crisis and restore wildlife, according to a former chief scientific adviser to the UK government.

Returning Prime Minister Brosi Johnson will now turn his attention to 'getting Brexit done', despite also having a raft of green policy issues to deal with. Image: Chatham House (Flickr) https://www.flickr.com/photos/chathamhouse/30562517863

General Election result: Conservative landslide victory raises fresh concerns for green economy

The results are in and Boris Johnson's Conservative Party has won the 2019 General Election with an historic landslide majority, prompting fresh concerns about the strength of environmental regulations in the UK post-Brexit.

Images: UNClimateChange Flickr

America's Pledge and Europe's Green Deal: What happened on days 8 & 9 of COP25?

COP25 - the UN's annual two-week-long climate summit - has entered its second week in Madrid. Here, edie rounds up all the key news and views from the last few days of the event.

Each of these success stories exemplifies how businesses are ramping up ambitions and actions in all areas of sustainable development 

VW's supermarket EV chargers and Levi's upcycled bags: 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

Progress towards the goal will be independently assessed each year, with reports made public

Water companies take first steps on net-zero 2030 commitment

The UK's major water companies have this week (2 December) launched the first major project to develop a roadmap that will help the sector achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Pictured: Roydon Common Nature Reserve 

UK Government's spending on trees 'has plummeted by £20m since 2015'

The UK Government spent almost £20m less on tree planting in the financial year 2017-18 than it did in 2014-15, according to an analysis of official figures by Friends of the Earth (FotE).

Each of these success stories highlights how businesses and governments across the world are ramping up ambitions and actions across all areas of sustainable development

The Mirror's climate issue and Shanghai's 'city of trees': 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.

Mission Possible: Achieving a net-zero carbon future for manufacturing

As the movement towards net-zero carbon takes hold across the commercial sector, this fresh insight report looks at how manufacturing companies are driving forward their own goals.

The campaign was launched after new research estimated that a worldwide planting programme could remove up to 66% of manmade emissions in a bid to mitigate the climate crisis

MPs urge Government to address 'ecological crisis'

After research revealed that tree planting was the biggest and cheapest way to mitigate climate change, a new cross-party campaign had called on the UK Government to combat the "ecological crises" in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Research suggests that 3.6m hectares of tropical forest were cleared in 2018 – equivalent to the size of Belgium

European food industry driving deforestation and climate change, report says

The European food industry's inability to source commodities that are sustainability produced is fuelling deforestation and driving climate change, according to new data.

Mission Possible: Achieving a sustainable future for hospitality and leisure

This brand-new sector insight report provides a comprehensive overview of the steps that organisations within Britain's hospitality and leisure sector can take to achieve a sustainable future, today.

Carbon credits purchased by Etsy will be used to fund reforestation initiatives and renewable energy projects

Etsy to offset global shipping emissions

Online retailer Etsy has announced plans to offset 100% of its carbon emissions generated from shipping items, free of charge for its customers.

Roydon Common Nature Reserve

Agency protecting English environment reaches 'crisis point'

Thousands of environmentally important sites across England are coming under threat as the government body charged with their care struggles with understaffing, slashed budgets and an increasing workload.

Why tree planting should be part of your climate change strategy

12 years. That's all the time we have to limit global warming to the 1.5°C target laid out by October's UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.

The onus is on the sector to transform an appearance of bricks, mortar and profit to one of culture and purpose

Can sustainability help retailers overcome a 'trust deficit'?

EXCLUSIVE: With the retail sector battling against low trust-levels, high-street closures and a transition to e-commerce, delegates at edie's Responsible Retail conference claimed that embedding sustainability as part of a holistic brand purpose can drive prosperity for businesses.

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.

The Aqualagon is heated to 30C all year round through geothermal energy

Sustainability 'imagineered': The Disney-led resort powered by geothermal energy

edie's senior reporter Matt Mace travels to the outskirts of Paris to uncover how Villages Nature Paris tapped into geothermal energy to deliver on a holistic 10-step sustainability framework.

Sector insight: The state of sustainability 2018

This exclusive insight report explores the key drivers, challenges and opportunities facing sustainable business in the UK.

Xerox to offset customer paper footprints through reforestation platform

Printing services company Xerox is offering a "you print one, we'll plant one" offer to consumers, to ensure that individual paper usage is covered by planting new trees across numerous reforestation projects.

How business can play a part in the new Northern Forest

The Government has announced £5.7 million to kick start the planting of 50 million trees across the North of England through an ambitious new plan by the Woodland Trust and Community Forests. The project is set to deliver huge benefits, and businesses and large organisations will have a vital role to play.

Earlier this month, the Government announced plans to support the Woodland Trust’s Northern Forest project

Yorkshire Water backs Northern Forest to reduce flood risk and offset carbon emissions

Yorkshire Water has announced plans to plant one million trees as part of the creation of a Northern Forest, while also addressing flood risk and offsetting carbon emissions.

The three-year development represents a £90m investment from AccorHotels, and the building was delivered on time and to budget

In practice: AccorHotels' new project targeting BREEAM excellent certification

Ahead of edie's flagship Sustainability Leaders Awards in January, edie is taking a closer look at some of the projects initiatives that have been deemed worthy of a finalist position by our expert judges. Up next: AccorHotels' new London hotel.

Everyone is talking about blockchain, so why all the hype?

When 10,000 government delegates met at COP23 to tackle climate change, the UNFCC and other sponsors brought 100 blockchain developers to Bonn with one purpose - to code for climate.

Deep breath: change the conversation

Air quality in our towns and cities is a critical issue but action and progress will be sorely limited unless we grasp the challenge of awareness, behaviour and pro-active communications.

The Great Northern Forest contains 20,000 plant and animal species. Photo: Jari Stahl/Greenpeace

Velvet owner accused of sourcing pulp from protected forest region

The owner of well-known UK-based toilet paper brands Velvet and Cushelle is facing accusations of sourcing pulp from protected areas of the Great Northern Forest in Sweden.

Electric Vehicles??

With all the hype over recent announcements about Electric Vehicles I wonder if we are maybe missing something important

The UK is the biggest importer of wood pellets in the European Union (EU), shipping in more than seven million tonnes from the US and Canada in 2015

UK's biomass ambition: Low-cost solution or forest full of loopholes?

A new report has outlined that using waste and biomass for gasification can help the UK meet its 2050 carbon targets at a lower cost to the economy, on the same day that research condemned a biomass standard used by Drax, E.ON and DONG as a "forest of loopholes".


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