Sustainability Leaders Awards 2014: the case studies
Seventy-four shortlisted finalists were whittled down to winners across 14 categories at the Sustainability Leaders Awards, which celebrate the very best in sustainable business.
Millennials twice as likely to invest in green business, survey reveals
Millennials are driving global growth in sustainable investing, according to financial services firm Morgan Stanley, which has discovered that the younger generation are twice as likely to invest in companies targeting social or environmental goals.
Carmakers accused of 'clutching at straws' over retrofitting polluting diesels
Major car makers are being accused of clutching at straws after they agreed to fit software to 5m diesel vehicles in Germany to reduce harmful emissions by up to 30%.
Biofuels needed but some more polluting than fossil fuels, report warns
Biofuel use needs to increase to help fight climate change as liquid fuels will be needed by aircraft and ships for many decades to come, finds a new report requested by the UK government.
Consumers 'misled' on green benefits of lightweight car engines
Researchers are calling for the introduction of energy rating labelling for all motor vehicles after evidence found that green regulations are misleading customers about the environmental benefits of lightweight aluminium engines.
Sector summary: The state of sustainability in retail
This edie insight report explores some of the key drivers, challenges and opportunities facing sustainable business within the UK retail sector.
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.
Royal Mail delivers carbon reduction goal four years early
The UK's largest delivery company Royal Mail, has surpassed a 20% carbon reduction target four years early, and will strive to maintain carbon intensity levels over the next few years as business demands evolve.
UPS focuses on renewables and alternative fuels to deliver new science-based target
Delivery firm UPS has today (27 June) unveiled a new science-based target to reduce carbon emissions by 12% by 2025, alongside goals to source a quarter of its electricity needs from renewables and a scale-up of its alternative fuels programme.
Driving change: How can businesses increase efficiency for a greener fleet?
Whether it's the rollout of electric vehicles (EVs), the use of telematics, or the strategic positioning of distribution centres, there is now a multitude of options available to businesses looking to reduce fleet emissions. But which is the best route to take? edie's George Ogleby investigates.
Renault enters UK energy storage market with Powervault and M&S trials
Renault has become the latest carmaker to venture into the energy storage market, after partnering with energy equipment suppliers Powervault and Marks & Spencer (M&S) to trial used electric vehicle (EV) batteries in home energy storage units in the UK.
UPS unveils Dublin 'eco package hub' to reduce delivery van journeys
An "urban eco package hub" has been launched by package delivery firm UPS that will limit the amount of delivery vehicles operating in the city centre to ease congestion and pollution concerns.
38,000 people a year die early because of diesel emissions testing failures
The global human health impact of the diesel emissions scandal has been revealed by new research showing a minimum of 38,000 people a year die early due to the failure of diesel vehicles to meet official limits in real driving conditions.
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edie explains: ISO 20400
This edie explains business guide, produced in association with edie's supporting partners Action Sustainability and BSI, provides an in- depth summary of the new ISO 20400 Standard which is the world's first international standard for sustainable procurement
London ranked second for low-emission transport transition
London has been ranked second for cities leading the push to decarbonise its transport sector, making it a "likely candidate" to become the world's first zero-emissions city, according to a new report.
One month until edie Live 2017 - get your ticket now
With just one month to go until doors open for edie Live 2017 we take a look at why it is the destination event for sustainability and energy managers.
Food manufacturer achieves 'staggering' fuel efficiency savings through new tyres
Ginsters Cornish Pasty brand owner, Samworth Brothers, has significantly enhanced the fuel efficiency of its vehicle fleet through the use of energy-saving Michelin tyres, according to the findings of a year-long trial.
Friends of the Earth launches air quality proposals ahead of impending Government plan
The Government has today (11 April) been called upon to commit to clean air quality measures by climate change campaign group Friends of the Earth (FoE), as a new survey shows that almost half of UK citizens support restriction on polluting vehicles.
A guide to effective sustainability communications
Whether it's driving engaging with employees to maximise results, with stakeholders to translate progress, or with consumers to drive awareness and brand value, getting sustainability communications right is crucial, and getting it wrong can be disastrous.
BMW and Volkswagen lead 'next level' automotive supply chain partnership
Ten global automotive giants including BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and Volkswagen (VW) have launched a new partnership to integrate a common approach to sustainability throughout the automotive supply chain.
Breakthroughs for biofuel in aviation and transport sectors
Car manufacturer SEAT has provided insight into its innovative project that turns wastewater into a biomethane fuel capable of reducing CO2 emissions by 80% compared to traditional vehicles, while NASA has released data on the viability on using biofuels in jet engines.
Emergency services struggling with ULEZ compliance
London's police, fire brigade and ambulance services will fail to meet earlier deadlines to comply with proposed Ultra Low Emissions Zones (ULEZ), as financial pressures hinder the uptake of low-emission vehicles in fleets.
Minister responds to fears over GIB restructuring
Business and energy minister Nick Hurd has written to the head of the Environmental Audit Committee to respond to concerns over the restructuring of the Green Investment Bank ahead of its sale.
Hyundai unveils hydrogen vehicle concept with boosted driving range
As the transition to low-emission transport drives ahead, South Korean motor company Hyundia has reaffirmed its commitment to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by unveiling a new concept car at the Geneva Motor Show.
End UK tax incentives for diesel vehicles, ministers are urged
Ministers are coming under growing pressure to remove tax incentives for diesel cars and offer compensation to motorists so they can swap to more environmentally friendly vehicles.
London to enforce world’s 'toughest' vehicle emissions charge in October, says Sadiq Khan
The "toughest" emission standard of any world city will enter into force in London from October 23, after London Mayor Sadiq Khan today (17 February) confirmed a £10 T-Charge to help curb air pollution in the capital.
Low-carbon vehicles claim record UK market share
Low-carbon vehicles secured a record share of the UK new car market last month, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has claimed.
edie explains: ISO 14001
This edie explains business guide, produced in association with edie's supporting partner 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.
Dieselgate: UK motorists launch class-action suit against VW
Thousands of British motorists have launched a lawsuit against Volkswagen over the "dieselgate" emissions scandal, in a claim that could end up costing the carmaker billions of pounds.
Europe vehicle industry meeting emissions targets, report claims
Virtually all of the largest car and van manufacturers met European Union (EU) company-specific emissions targets in 2015, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has claimed.
Dieselgate: EC begins legal action against UK and other EU nations
The European commission has started legal action against the UK and six other EU states for failing to act against car emissions cheating in the wake of the "dieselgate" scandal.
Sadiq Khan doubles investment in clean air policies
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has stepped up his commitment to tackling the capital's deadly air pollution levels by doubling the investment in air quality improvements over the next five years.
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.
INFOGRAPHIC: Energy efficiency benchmarking survey
edie, in association with E.ON, conducted a survey with selected readers responsible for energy management, asking them to identify the energy efficiency activity they had already completed or had underway.
UK's green bus transition could deliver £248m by 2020
Low-Carbon Emissions Buses (LCEBs) could deliver more than £248m in social benefits to the UK by 2020 and reduce transport emissions by 432,000 tonnes, after a new report outlined the benefits that current green fleets are demonstrating.
Tesla's Model 3 to utilise solar roof technology
Tesla's recent foray into the solar market looks set to pay dividends for its highly anticipated Model 3, after the company's chief executive Elon Musk revealed that the recently launched solar roof panels would feature in some form on the new vehicle.
Greenpeace calls for London diesel scrappage scheme
On the same day that environmental law firm ClientEarth won an historic air quality court battle with the Government, a new report supported by Greenpeace has called for urgent action to phase out diesel vehicles from London's roads to ensure air pollution is brought down to safe levels.
SolarCity and Airbnb offer cash incentives on solar installations
As Tesla begins to make waves in the autonomous driving sphere, its sister company SolarCity has also branched-out into a new domain - partnering with hospitality company Airbnb to offer cash rebates on solar array installations.
Saab owner prepares to roll out 250,000 EVs
Saab's successor company National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has formed a new partnership with technology firm Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to help bring more than 250,000 electric vehicles (EVs) to the global automotive market.
Government provides £35m funding boost for ultra-low emission vehicles
A £35m funding package to increase the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) has been announced by Transport Minister John Hayes.
Toyota set to unveil 'world's first' net zero energy automotive dealership
Motor giant Toyota is "on schedule" to unveil the world's first certified net-zero energy automotive dealership, after striking a deal with the architects of the building to collect data to ensure that the facility is producing more energy than it uses.
'Paradigm shift' to electric vehicles required to meet global climate targets
Zero-emission vehicles will need to hold a dominant automotive market share by 2035 for the Paris Agreement's global warming target of 1.5C to be truly achievable, research group Climate Action Tracker (CAT) has claimed.
Britain is ready for the green bus transition, says Volvo Buses
The president of Volvo Buses believes an open standard that doesn't lock cities into contracts with individual suppliers could prove vital in accelerating the uptake of low-carbon buses across the country, and is calling on new stakeholders to engage in the conversation.
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.
DfT trials highlight economic and environmental upside of longer lorries
The introduction of longer semi-trailer (LST) goods vehicles could saved operators £33m in transport costs, with carbon savings anticipated to reach 3,000 tonnes over the course of a 10-year trial, the Department for Transport (DfT) has revealed.
Emissions from new diesel cars are still far higher than official limit
New diesel cars are still emitting many times the official limit for polluting nitrogen oxides when driven on the road, almost a year after the Volkswagen emissions scandal broke.
EV charging stations will overtake petrol stations by 2020
There will be more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations than petrol stations in the UK within four years, according to Japanese carmaker Nissan.
Vehicle emissions standard forms 'centrepiece' of EU's low-carbon vision
A new legislative proposal from the European Union (EU) that creates binding targets for Member States to reduce emissions in the transport, buildings, agriculture, waste, land-use and forestry sectors will hinge on the ability to accelerate low-carbon technology and fuels in the automotive industry.
Ford turns to tequila to explore new bio-materials
Automotive giant Ford Motor Company has announced a new collaborative research approach with the world's biggest tequila producer Jose Cuervo, that will explore the potential of bio-materials made from the by-products of tequila production.
European Commission set to establish post-2020 transport efficiency standards
Plans outlined in a leaked draft document from the European Commission (EC) to introduce efficiency standards for new cars, vans and trucks by the mid-2020s has been lauded as a "step in the right direction" by Transport & Environment (T&E).
How Kia is using carbon capture technology to reduce production emissions
South Korean car manufacturer Kia has demonstrated its commitment to develop carbon capture and regeneration technologies as the company attempts to significantly reduce emissions in its production process, as revealed in its latest CSR report.
General Motors turns to resource efficiency to alleviate regulatory 'perfect storm'
EXCLUSIVE: Amidst all of the political uncertainty surrounding the UK's pending departure from the European Union, General Motors' (GM) regulatory affairs and CSR manager has said that embedding closed-loop processes is enabling the company to thrive amidst an ongoing "regulatory storm".
Tesco's distribution fleet at risk of being 'left behind' in decarbonisation movement
Tesco's engineering and maintenance manager has claimed that there is "no love for the lorry" when it comes to promoting fuel efficiency and decarbonising exhaust emissions, and has called on Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and policymakers to provide more clarity on a low-carbon future for freight fleets.
European Commission warned of car emissions test cheating, five years before VW scandal
The European commission was warned by its own experts that a car maker was suspected of cheating emissions tests five years before the VW emissions scandal.
DHL unveils competitions aimed at unearthing circular economy innovations
Delivery services company Deutsche Post DHL has called on innovators and visionaries from across the globe to generate new ideas covering the concept of sustainable logistics and robotics, as the firm launches two new challenge competitions to incentivise the circular economy movement.
Securing healthy returns
The NHS, social care, and public health system face challenging times to ensure the investments we make have the best possible outcomes for current and future generations.
Nissan turns to bio-ethanol to accelerate 'carbon-neutral' transport ambition
Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has unveiled the results a ground-breaking research and development (R&D) drive, which will establish a Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC)-powered engine system that runs on bio-ethanol electric power.
Truck emissions limits crucial to achieving EU climate goals, report finds
Introducing EU-wide CO2 standards for trucks would bring significant savings and place Europe on track to fulfil its Paris climate commitments to cap global warming, a new study has found.
Electric vehicles are the new 'focal point' for Hyundai
South Korean motor company Hyundai has unveiled future blueprints to accelerate the transition to electric and hybrid vehicles, aiming to circulate 26 new-fuel cars and SUVs into its production by 2020.
London: fatal lung conditions 'more likely' in deprived boroughs
People living in some of London's most deprived areas have up to twice as much chance of dying from life-threatening lung conditions - from cancer to asthma - as those in the richest areas, new research has shown.
Nissan switches on solar farm at largest European plant in Sunderland
Japanese carmaker and leading electric vehicle (EV) producer Nissan has completed the installation of a 4.75MW solar farm in Sunderland - its biggest manufacturing plant in Europe - which along with other renewable sources will generate enough power to build more than 31,000 cars every year.
Volvo's innovative concept truck cuts fuel consumption by 30%
Heavy commercial vehicle manufacturer Volvo Group has developed a new concept truck which can make 30% savings in fuel consumption, with the vehicle forming part of a five-year long research project aiming to improve the efficiency of long-haul transportation by 50%.
Getting over peak delusion: Four strategies for sustainable prosperity within planetary boundaries
Our aspirations for sustainable growth and prosperity have little chance of being realised, if we don't manage within all our planetary boundaries. Mike Townsend explores how we need to get over our delusions, and find a new course for business success.
Nissan denies accusations of vehicle emissions fraud
Japanese carmaker Nissan has denied accusations that it has cheated emissions tests, following claims from South Korea's Environment Ministry that more than 800 UK-built Qashqai models were set to be recalled.
Nissan revs up for 'decade of disruption' with UK's first vehicle-to-grid energy storage system
Japanese carmaker and leading electric vehicle (EV) producer Nissan is "turning science fiction into science fact" with a groundbreaking new scheme that will turn allow consumers to sell energy stored by Nissan Leaf cars back to the National Grid.
Volvo's driverless cars are heading for London to reduce pollution
Swedish car manufacturer Volvo Cars has revealed it will be trialling an ambitious autonomous driving (AD) system in the UK next year, representing the "largest and most extensive AD testing programme on Britain's streets".
Volvo targets a million EV cars by 2025
Swedish carmaker Volvo Cars has announced a commitment to sell a total of one million electric vehicles (EVs) by 2020 through the introduction of a new range of plug-in hybrids and its first all-electric model.
10 policy steps to clean up London's air
Tackling emissions from gas boilers, imposing tighter standards on diesel vehicles and restricting the most polluting vehicles from entering the capital are among a raft of measures that the next London Mayor should introduce to cut pollution and help people live longer.
UPS calls for 'level playing field' of low-emission fleets
EXCLUSIVE: Packaging and transportation giant UPS has called on the UK Government to create a 'level playing field' by allowing the transport sector to create a better support system for vehicle electrification and enable more investment into biofuels.
New diesel tax would generate £500m and accelerate the switch to clean transport
New road tax implementations, aimed specifically at diesel vehicles, could generate more than £500m to fund a diesel car scrappage scheme that would ease manufacturing pressures associated with the consumer transition to electric vehicles, a think tank has claimed.
Volvo joins carmakers' call to standardise electric car charging
A global standard for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure is "sorely needed" as the last piece in the jigsaw to cement the rising popularity of EVs, Swedish car manufacturer Volvo has claimed.
India's largest car manufacturer joins drive for 100% renewable power
India's largest carmaker has become the second company from the country to join The Climate Group's RE100 initiative - a move that will see the firm source 100% of its energy use from renewable generation.
World green building trends 2016
For green building to accelerate globally, building industry professionals require the latest data and trends to inform their decisions. The World Green Building Trends 2016 Study.
Auto industry pushes £500bn road maintenance plan as 'green' initiative
Europe's car industry has suggested that the continent's entire road network be resurfaced at a cost of hundreds of billions of euros as a "climate initiative" so that it does not need to make mandatory car emissions cuts by 2030.
0.01% of Britain's vans are ultra-low emission - FoI figures
Despite the number of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV) on Britain's roads continuing to increase year-on-year, 'green' vans represent just 0.01% of light goods vehicles on the road, according to new analysis from insurance provider Direct Line for Business.
Construction firm uses driver tracking device to slash emissions
One of the UK's leading construction and engineering companies has seen a 22% reduction in carbon emissions following the implementation of tracking devices in its vehicles to drive a behaviour change campaign.
Jaguar Land Rover drives circular value chain with REALCAR project
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will incorporate a sustainable aluminium alloy that contains up to 75% recycled content into the manufacturing of all of its vehicles, thanks to a successful collaborative project between the British carmaker and US aluminium can recycler Novelis.
Car industry launches free take-back scheme
The British automotive industry has launched a new take-back collection service designed to help recycle 'orphan' cars.
EVs are stable energy storage asset, says Innovate UK
Innovate UK has brushed aside ongoing fears around using electric and plug-in vehicles as an energy storage facility, insisting they present a "car park of energy storage" for UK network companies after 2025.
Britain's driverless cars prospect receives £20m funding boost
Eight R&D projects will share £20m of Government funding to help them develop the next generation of autonomous vehicles, Business Secretary Sajid Javid has announced.
Paris goals will cost $12 trillion, says Bloomberg
More than $12trn will need to be invested in new renewable power generation over the next 25 years to achieve the climate goals laid out in the Paris agreement, according to a new report from research group Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and sustainability non-profit Ceres.
Are Uber and Lyft helping or hurting the environment?
Are on-demand ride services like Uber and Lyft good or bad for the environment? It's an increasingly urgent question as the services proliferate, but the answer is currently unclear .
Brompton Bicycle turns over new Leaf with Nissan partnership
UK-based folding bike manufacturer Brompton Bicycle has launched a new salary-sacrifice car leasing scheme for employees, with the all-electric Nissan Leaf proving the most popular choice.
VIDEO: Tesla cars could be driving themselves in just two years
Pioneering electric car manufacturer Tesla has unveiled a new software upgrade that could soon see Tesla cars driving around automatically to meet their owners.
BMW investigates solar-harvesting material for windshield de-icing
Automotive giant BMW is exploring the potential of a sunlight-harvesting material with the ability to release heat on demand, as an efficient means of de-icing car windshields.
London takes just one week to breach annual air pollution limits
London has already breached annual pollution limits just one week into 2016, and only weeks after the government published its plans to clean up the UK's air.
UK low-emission vehicles secure largest-ever market share
Sales of alternatively-fuelled vehicles (AFVs) rose more than 40% in the UK last year, gaining a largest ever market share of 2.8%.
Jaguar to enter world of electric motorsport
Jaguar has announced that it will contest the next season of Formula E, as the race to develop more efficient and affordable electric cars gears up.
Nissan 'energy hub' cars will store and return electricity to the grid
The world's bestselling electric car manufacturer Nissan has teamed up with energy powerhouse Enel to revolutionise the EV market by allowing drivers to act as 'energy hubs' with the ability to store and send back excess electricity to the grid.
Environment Agency reveals James Bond-esque flood-tackling gadgetry
The Environment Agency has unveiled an armoury of high-tech equipment it will use to fight the spectre of potential flooding this winter, including lasers, solar-powered cameras and a remote-controlled robot called Mr Nosey.
EV's 'too expensive' to tackle air pollution alone, says EIC
Electric cars could be up to five times more expensive than other methods of tackling air pollution on our roads, a new report from the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has found.
G20 could deliver 40% of 2C target with better energy standards, report claims
Raising and normalising energy efficiency standards across the G20 group of rich countries could deliver 40% of the emissions cuts needed to limit global warming to two degrees, a major new report has found.
The future is here: mass-market hydrogen cars take to Britain's roads
The first mass production hydrogen cars, billed for more than a decade as a clean alternative to petrol and diesel vehicles but only glimpsed as concepts at automotive trade shows, have arrived on British roads.
View From the Top: How Corporate Boards Engage on Sustainability Performance
A unique dynamic exists between investors and board members. Directors are responsible for ensuring value for us, the shareholders. Yet, even the most patient investors must become involved these days in helping directors focus on the longterm. Because in an increasingly volatile, global, tech-driven, and competitive economic environment, short-termism often overwhelms planning for sustainable growth and returns.
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.
Ford factories save enough energy 'to power Oxford for a year'
US carmaker Ford has announced its European factories will have cut energy consumption by 25% in 2016 compared with 2011, saving around 800GWh a year.
Volvo announces range-wide electrification plan
Swedish carmaker Volvo has announced a comprehensive electrification strategy which will see plug-in hybrids introduced across its entire range and a fully electric car on sale by 2019.
Toyota targets 90% emissions reduction by 2050
Japanese carmaker Toyota has unveiled a series of ambitious new environmental targets with an overall aim to eliminate the use of gasoline cars and cut average carbon emissions from all of its vehicles and products by more than 90% by 2050.
Automotive sustainability: are cars of the future needed today?
In the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, a sector already low on public confidence is left with big questions to answer. But for one Swedish automotive entrepreneur, the crisis presents an opportunity to accelerate the move to all-electric transport.