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edie's third Business Barometer for 2019 sets out the key challenges and opportunities for energy leaders and managers going into 2020 and the next decade of climate action.

REA's Nina Skorupska: Business holds 'untapped potential' to achieve net-zero

EXCLUSIVE: REA's chief executive Nina Skorupska has claimed at an edie event that declarations of a 'climate emergency' must be backed up by robust net-zero emissions and clean energy strategies from business, to avoid the term becoming "greenwash or rhetoric".

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WATCH: Al Gore on disruptive politics, Green New Deals and climate strikes

During a 30-minute keynote speech at the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen, former vice president Al Gore gave a rousing speech on the climate crisis and global efforts to transition to a net-zero economy. Here, edie rounds up the key points of his speech for you to watch.

Going 100%: How landlords hold the key to corporate renewable energy targets

This brand-new edie report developed in partnership with Big Clean Switch and The Climate Group's RE100 campaign sheds light on the relationship between landlords and tenants on the big issue of renewable energy.

Talking electric vehicles with BT's Howard Lungley and UPS's Claire Thompson-Sage

edie's Mission Possible sofa chat show returns for 2019. In the final episode, edie discusses the barriers and opportunities of transitioning to electric vehicles (EVs) with Howard Lungley, head of strategy, digital impact and sustainability at BT Group and Claire Thompson-Sage, sustainable development co-ordinator at UPS.

Talking SDG engagement with Ben Kellard, Peter Andrews and Tor Harris

edie's Mission Possible sofa chat show returns for 2019. In this episode, edie discusses the Sustainable Development Goals with leading experts from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Waitrose.

Talking ethical and sustainable fashion with Sarah Ditty and Neliana Fuenmayor

edie's Mission Possible sofa chat show returns for 2019. In this episode, edie discusses how transparency can help create a more ethical and sustainable fashion industry with Fashion Revolution's policy director Sarah Ditty and A Transparent Company's founder Neliana Fuenmayor.

Talking sustainability leadership with Gudrun Cartwright, Steve Kenzie and Rosanna Cole

edie's Mission Possible sofa chat show returns for 2019. In this episode, edie discusses what it means to be a sustainability leader with Business in the Community's environment director Gudrun Cartwright, N Global Compact's UK network director Steve Kenzie and supply chain expert Rosanna Cole.

Talking plastics and behaviour change with Michelle Norman, Brendan Rouse & Marcel Arsand

edie's Mission Possible sofa chat show returns for 2019. In the fourth episode, edie discusses resource efficiency with Michelle Norman, corporate affairs and sustainability director at Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Marcel Arsand, chairman at Can Makers and Brendan Rouse, sustainability manager at Landsec.

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Insight, inspiration and innovation continue into final day of edie Live 2019

Members of the UK's sustainability and energy management communities have descended upon the NEC in their thousands, with sessions at full capacity throughout the first day of edie Live 2019 and the action now set continue into the second and final day (22 May).

Video Inside Forest Green Rovers – the world's greenest football club

With the Football League approaching its nail-biting climax, edie pays a matchday visit to Forest Green Rovers to explore how the Ecotricity-owned outfit is uniting sport and environmental consciousness.

National Apprenticeship Week: The skills you need to become a great sustainability leader

To mark National Apprenticeship Week (4-8 March), edie recently spoke with a selection of renowned sustainability leaders to find out what skills are essential for up-and-coming professionals to succeed in their careers.

Kick-starting 2019 with the Sustainability Leadership Programme

For those of you looking to make 2019 the year that you lead your organisations to sustainable growth, Cranfield and edie's new Sustainability Leadership Programme - starting in January - is the ideal opportunity to set yourself up for success.

L-R: The University of Warwick’s Joel Cardinal, Balfour Beatty's Maria Spyrou, Tesco’s Anna Menezes-Dowson, Whitbread's Ross Greenhalgh and edie's Luke Nicholls

WATCH: How can business harness energy innovation?

With companies increasingly moving past energy efficiency measures and exploring innovative energy technologies such as battery storage, a group of business experts recently met in Birmingham to discuss what the future of energy looks like for the UK's business community. Here, edie rounds up their key takeaways.

WATCH: BEIS director outlines vision for a zero-carbon built environment

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy's (BEIS) Director of energy efficiency Ben Golding has outlined the "win-wins" that can be generated by businesses and public sector organisation by mobilising action towards a zero-carbon built environment by 2050.

Former National Grid boss Steve Holliday: Britain is undergoing a chaotic energy revolution

Former National Grid boss Steve Holliday has championed the role that businesses and innovators have played in igniting a "chaotic revolution" in the energy sector, by accelerating demand for renewable energy and battery storage installations.

The Climate Coach: Transport

It will take you twenty minutes to get there - depending on traffic. Not an unusual statement wherever you live. People design cities and communities and yet often it is people that seem to be least considered as most of the space for movement is taken up by cars, vans and lorries. Pedestrians are pushed to the side and cyclists must brave traffic with a risk for their lives.

How to create the right foundation for corporate activism to thrive

We've entered a new era of corporate activism. From US retailer Patagonia suing President Trump over proposed changes to Utah's national monuments, to the Salesforce chief executive who threatened to withdraw investment from the state of Indiana if an anti-LGBT law was not withdrawn, businesses are getting better at balancing commercial goals with social responsibility.

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.

The Climate Coach: Renewable Energy

I have a dream, of a society where children play safely outside in green, common areas, where there are no cars. People travel to work in electric powered trains, buses and through electric car share. They walk and cycle to school, to the local shop and to meet friends. A dream where renewable energy sources provide all the power we need - for heating, electricity and transport - in businesses as well as in homes.

Talking tactics, strategy and goals for successful sustainability reporting

At Virgin Media, we're known for putting our people and customers at the heart of everything we do. This runs through our business from the way we design our products and services, how we create inclusive workplaces, to the way we disclose our social and environmental performance. Here are my key learnings to successfully embed a sustainability strategy.

On the Mission Possible sofa with the ECIU's Richard Black and RSPB's Melanie Coath

The seventh episode of our new sustainable business chat show sees the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit's (ECIU) director Richard Black joined by RSPB's senior climate change policy officer Melanie Coath to discuss whether legislation is enabling or hindering the uptake of renewables in the UK.

E.ON's Michael Lewis sits down with edie's Luke Nicholls in the third episode of the Mission Possible sofa interviews

On the Mission Possible sofa with E.ON's chief executive Michael Lewis

The third episode of our new sustainable business chat show sees E.ON's chief executive Michael Lewis discuss what energy innovation can do to unlock future sustainability opportunities.

We've rounded up the best of the quotes from edie Live 2018

edie Live 2018: eight key things we learned

After a fascinating two days of inspiration, insight and expertise, edie looks back at some of the most crucial messages taken away from edie Live 2018.

(L-R): Surfdome's Adam Hall and A Plastic Planet's Henri Allen sit down with edie's Matt Mace in the first episode of the Mission Possible sofa interviews

Video On the Mission Possible sofa with Surfdome's Adam Hall and A Plastic Planet's Henri Allen

The first of a brand new sustainable business chat show devised by edie sees outdoor wear retailer Surfdome's head of sustainability Adam Hall joined by campaign group A Plastic Planet's head of operations Henri Allen to discuss how businesses can collectively solve the plastics problem.

Clean Air Day 2018: Our opportunity to address air pollution

What will you do for Clean Air Day 2018? 21 June is just one month away and the opportunity for sustainability professionals to bring the issue of air pollution to the attention of our workplaces is on the horizon.

P&G's vice-president of sustainability Virginie Helias explains how the manufacturer is accelerating the shift towards a circular economy.

This is Mission Possible: How P&G is achieving a sustainable future for resources

This series of video interviews showcases the sustainability superheroes who are achieving 'Mission Possible' for their business. Here, Procter & Gamble's (P&G) vice-president of global sustainability Virginie Helias explains how the manufacturer is accelerating the shift towards a circular economy.

Carlsberg's director of sustainability Simon Boas-Hoffmeyer explains how the brewer has adopted a leadership position on sustainability

This is Mission Possible: How Carlsberg is demonstrating business leadership on sustainability

This series of video interviews showcases the sustainability superheroes who are achieving 'Mission Possible' for their business. Here, Carlsberg's director of sustainability Simon Boas-Hoffmeyer explains how the brewer has adopted a leadership position on sustainability through its new CSR programme, Together Towards Zero.

Heathrow's sustainability and environment director Matthew Gorman explains how the Airport is working to achieve a sustainable future for mobility

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.

BT's head of sustainable business policy Gabrielle Ginér explains how she is working to achieve a sustainable future for BT's energy use

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.

Landsec's head of sustainability Caroline Hill explains how she is working to achieve a sustainable future for the built environment

Video How Landsec is achieving a sustainable future for the built environment

This brand new series of video interviews showcases the sustainability superheroes who are achieving 'Mission Possible' for their business. First up: Landsec's head of sustainability Caroline Hill explains how the property developer is working to achieve a sustainable future for the built environment.

How to communicate effectively for sustainable behaviour change

Debbie Griffiths is a business writer who specialises in CSR and sustainability communications. In this 5-minute blog she shares some hints and tips on communication for behaviour change.

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.

When it’s good to be a #ProperTosser

If there's one image that's helped to shift behaviour in the foodservice sector more than any other this year, then it is hard to think of a more effective one that that of the wretched turtle with a plastic straw up its nostril. Sometimes it takes a graphic in-your-face picture to make people sit up, think and act.

Why the SDGs are a big thing for SMEs

Did you know that the UK has adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? If you do, you are one of few - just one in 10 UK citizens know about the SDGs. Why do so few people know what they are?

Wise Minds: The energy transition and large utilities

The UK energy system is in flux. It is changing more quickly - and more fundamentally - than at any point since the Industrial Revolution.

The Sustainability Oscars 2017: Celebrating the best of climate-change cinema

With the film awards season in full swing and the 2017 Oscars ceremony just around the corner, edie rolls out the green carpet to bring you this very felicitous - but by no means official - round up of the best actors, actresses, films and documentaries that have been taking climate activism to the mainstream.

Businesses with one eye on the horizon are turning to new methods to drive home their sustainability message in a way the CSR reports and glowing PR stories can’t

Engagement evolution: 6 exciting trends directing the future of sustainability communications

As edie's engagement month of editorial content rolls on, we round-up some of the latest techniques and platforms businesses are using to drive sustainability engagement among internal and external stakeholders.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau carried Google’s 360-degree Trekker Street View camera across areas of Greenland. Photo Richard Schuster/Google Maps

Google and Game of Thrones star team-up to highlight 'terror' of climate change

Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is swapping the Riverlands of Westeros for the icecaps of Greenland, as part of a new awareness project with Google to visually demonstrate the impacts of climate change.

(Top-left to bottom-right): ING's Léon Wijnands, Danone's Emmanuelle Wargon, Statoil's Charlotte Wolff-Bye, and Adnams' Andy Wood spoke at the Sustainability Leaders Forum

Challenges, opportunities and priorities: Sustainability leaders answer the big questions

What is the biggest challenge facing sustainability professionals? What makes an effective CSR leader? And what should be at the top of your list of priorities for 2017? Last week's Sustainability Leaders Forum was the perfect opportunity to find out...


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