Starbucks' wind deal and Unilever's recycled plastics: 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.
Business giants launch plastics 'credit' scheme to tackle pollution
Danone, Veolia, Nestlé and Tetra Pak have jointly launched a global initiative aimed at standardising and accelerating corporate action on plastics, in a bid to help businesses align plastic reductions with economic and social sustainability.
Leon and Veolia partner to launch reverse-vending scheme in London
Restaurant chain Leon and waste management firm Veolia have collaborated to install a reverse vending machine at London King's Cross Estate, in a bid to encourage consumers to recycle.
Business giants commit $1bn to launch Alliance to End Plastic Waste
Major companies from across the plastics value chain, including Procter & Gamble (P&G), Veolia and ExxonMobil, have today (16 January) committed more than $1bn (£777m) as part of a new alliance aimed at eliminating plastic waste in the environment.
Tetra Pak partners with Veolia to improve recyclability of beverage carton components
Packaging giant Tetra Pak has partnered with global resource and waste management firm Veolia to develop technologies and infrastructure that will enable all components of beverage cartons to be recycled within the European Union (EU).
Unilever partners with Veolia to create circular economy for plastic packaging
Consumer goods giant Unilever has today (24 October) agreed a partnership with waste management Veolia, which will see the companies work together to develop innovative solutions to the plastic waste crisis.
Almost two-thirds of UK businesses yet to set emissions targets, survey reveals
Almost two-thirds (61%) of companies in the UK's private sector have not yet set a specific, numerical target for reducing their emissions, a new survey from consultancy YouGov has revealed.
Veolia to trial electric bin lorries powered by energy-from-waste
Waste management firm Veolia’s vehicle fleet is set to include two fully-electric bin lorries, which will be charged with power derived from waste collected by the company.
Veolia to recycle 120 million coffee cups in 2019
Waste management firm Veolia has announced it will increase the number of coffee cups it collects for recycling annually by 300%, by working with retailers such as Costa, Starbucks and McDonald's on in-store collection services.
McDonald's joins Starbucks to fund new coffee cup innovations
McDonald's has committed £3.8m ($5m) to help research, develop and commercialise recyclable and compostable coffee cups, joining Starbucks as a founding member of the NextGen Cup Consortium and Challenge.
Wetherspoon and Veolia partner up to tackle food waste
Pub chain J D Wetherspoon has teamed up with waste management firm Veolia to convert more than 11,000 tonnes of food waste into green energy.
In Practice: The 'world-first' closed-loop glass recycling facility
Knauf Insulation's aim to ensure that recycled contents are embedded into the products it manufactures has seen the company strike a long-term partnership with waste specialists Veolia to create a closed-loop system for glass waste.
West End rolls out mobile coffee cup recycling points
Westminster street sweepers will become mobile coffee cup recycling points in a new scheme aimed at driving resource efficiency in the capital.
Veolia opens 'world-first' closed-loop glass recycling facility
A new £10m high-tech recycling facility which turns glass into insulation has been hailed as a "real boost" for the UK's circular economy.
Veolia to deliver major carbon savings for University of East Anglia
The University of East Anglia (UEA) is set to generate more than 80% of electricity onsite after waste management firm Veolia installed two latest generation combined heat and power (CHP) units.
Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Meeting the drivers of the circular economy
Waste specialists Veolia discuss how investing in people can help drive emerging new business models, while UK start up Rype Office explains how 007 and the NHS are linked together through remanufacturing.
Investing in business means investing in people, says Veolia
Businesses must diversify their workforce to nurture the next generation of CSR leaders, according to waste management firm Veolia's senior executive vice-president UK & Ireland.
Selfridges' yellow shopping bags to be made from coffee cups
Selfridges has teamed up with waste management firm Veolia and British papermaker James Cropper to reprocess disposable coffee cup waste into yellow shopping bags in a closed-loop system.
Brand purpose: Do it right to unleash its potential
Brand purpose is a relatively nascent business concept. There is still much confusion about its core definition and what it actually means in terms of delivery. Perhaps the most important thing to understand about brand purpose is its strategic weight and its potential to plant the work of sustainability teams firmly into the heart of a business.
Natural History Museum renews energy contract after big efficiency gains
The Natural History Museum has secured a new 10-year energy performance contract (EPC) with waste management firm Veolia after recording hundreds of thousands of pounds in energy efficiency savings.
Veolia and GMB clash over 'false' recycling diversion claims
Resource management firm Veolia has labelled accusations from general trade union GMB that the company was deliberately sending recyclable household waste to incinerators as "false and entirely incorrect".
Celebrating success for business and the environment
This week I attended our 2017 Awards Gala Dinner. Always an inspiring event where the very best of responsible business is celebrated, what I found most encouraging last night was the focus on the environment across all areas.
Veolia rolls out national in-store coffee cup recycling scheme
Waste management firm Veolia has today (19 June) launched the national rollout of an in-store coffee cup recycling scheme for its customers, as research shows the UK public is overwhelmingly behind efforts to tackle the issue.
The open water market: the benefits of bundled services
A major benefit of the open water market is the ability to bundle utility services, which will give rise to cost savings and efficiency. This is definitely something businesses should be considering.
Veolia to build £10m closed-loop glass recycling facility
Resource management firm Veolia has agreed a deal to construct and operate a state-of-the-art glass cullet processing facility in a closed-loop partnership with a UK wool insulation manufacturer.
Preparations for water retail competition ramp up
The water retail market opens in just over two weeks, and preparations have continued apace, with new deals announced between water companies and a number of customers choosing to pre-switch. But at this time of revolutionary change, it is important to remember that the benefits are about more than just switching for a quick discount.
Business Stream and Veolia team up for water retail
Business Stream and Veolia have announced a new partnership in the run-up to market opening, to provide business customers with a "complete retail water package".
Costa goes nationwide with in-store coffee cup recycling scheme
Coffee shop chain Costa Coffee has taken a huge step forward in the war on waste coffee cups with the rollout of a pioneering cup recycling scheme to more than 2,000 of its stores across the UK.
Veolia and Southern Water turn to sewage to boost renewables generation
Southern Water has moved to reduce its carbon footprint by converting sewage into renewable energy, after waste specialists Veolia installed new combined heat and power (CHP) engines at treatment facilities in Hampshire and Kent.
Joining forces to fight food poverty
As the winter nights draw in and the end of the year begins to loom, I've been reflecting back on 2016 and what FoodCycle and our volunteers have achieved.
Veolia ramps up circular economy drive with Leeds EfW plant opening
Waste management firm Veolia has opened a giant energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in Leeds, in the same week that the company has reported positive progress towards achieving 'circularity' in 40% of its operations by the year 2020.
Collaboration the catalyst for circular economy adoption, say business leaders
Businesses are beginning to understand and reap the benefits of implementing circular operating models, but adoption across numerous sectors will likely flounder unless enhanced cooperation paves the way to the "collaborative economy".
Circular economy can unlock £4bn 'hidden' UK reuse mine, says Veolia
Companies located in "strategically important" sectors in the UK are currently sitting on a £4bn "hidden mine" that can only be unlocked by transitioning to a circular economy that turns waste into a monetary and valuable resource, a new report from waste specialists Veolia has found.
Carnival clean-up: Notting Hill waste to generate 100MWh of electricity
Westminster City Council is planning to collect all of the waste from Notting Hill Carnival and use it to generate electricity for the National Grid - all in time to have the streets clean for the Tuesday morning commute.
Coming of age: The heroes and villains of the circular economy
The circular economy is growing up; moving beyond simple radical resource efficiency, towards an authentic triple-bottom-line. As with any transition, not everything is great. Business model innovation is the battleground for success - and while there are heroes, there are also villains holding back the real transformation that is needed.
Rio 2016 Olympics: How sustainable is the greatest show on Earth?
It was dubbed a "green games for a blue planet" during the bidding process, but the event has since become shrouded in controversy, with venues contaminated with waste, waters infected with superbugs, and the host city's air quality remaining at deadly levels. So, just how 'sustainable' is the Rio 2016 Olympics?