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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...

Each video features a different sustainability expert discussing a particular skillset, coming together to reveal what makes a successful sustainability leader. (Scroll down to play videos)

VIDEO: The skills you need to become a sustainability leader

What makes a great sustainability leader? Here, edie rounds up all of our 'sustainability skills' videos filmed over the past month, and brings you a final episode on how to effectively lead your company's CSR strategy - marking the start of our Sustainability Leadership Month.

Carillion's chief sustainability officer David Picton discusses the role of ‘The Storyteller’ within a sustainability team. (Scroll down to play video).

VIDEO: 60-second sustainability skill - The Storyteller

The penultimate episode of our series of sustainability skills videos sees Carillion's chief sustainability officer David Picton explain the importance of being a good storyteller when looking to drive positive change within your organisation and beyond.

Supply Chain Sustainability School chair Shaun McCarthy discusses the role of ‘The Collaborator’ within a sustainability team. (Scroll down to play video).

VIDEO: 60-second sustainability skill - The Collaborator

The next in our series of sustainability skills videos sees Supply Chain Sustainability School chair Shaun McCarthy explain how sustainability professionals can use collaborative skills and techniques to drive positive change within their organisation and beyond.

The Body Shop's international commitment & corporate communications director Kate Levine discusses the role of ‘The Influencer’ in a sustainability team. (Scroll down to play video).

VIDEO: 60-second sustainability skill - The Influencer (Part 2)

The next in our mini-series of short videos produced as part of edie's 'sustainability skills' month sees The Body's Shop's Kate Levine give her take on the importance of influencing skills for sustainability professionals to drive positive change within their organisation and beyond.

Swarovski's vice president of sustainability Dax Lovegrove discusses the role of ‘The Disruptor’ within a sustainability team. (Scroll down to play video).

VIDEO: 60-second sustainability skill - The Disruptor

In part four of our series of sustainability skills videos, Swarovski's new vice president of sustainability Dax Lovegrove explains the importance of using disruptive innovation to drive positive change within your organisation and beyond.

How can a sustainability professional inspire and encourage people to change? Paul Toyne spoke to edie at the RSA building in London. (Scroll down to play video).

VIDEO: 60-second sustainability skill - The Motivator

Part three of our mini-series of sustainability skills videos sees London Sustainable Development Commissioner and sustainability expert Paul Toyne explain how sustainability professionals can utilise motivational skills to drive positive change within their organisation and beyond.

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VIDEO: 60-second sustainability skill - The Innovator

In the second part of a new series of sustainability skills videos, Interface's co-innovation partner Jon Khoo explains how sustainability professionals can utilise innovation skills to drive positive change within their organisation and beyond.

How can influencing skills be used by sustainability professionals change the behaviours of key stakeholders and customers? (Scroll down for video)

VIDEO: 60-second sustainability skill - The Influencer (Part 1)

In the first of a brand new series of short videos produced as part of edie's 'sustainability skills' month, green business leader-turned advisor Richard Gillies explains the influencing skills that sustainability professionals can use to drive positive change within their organisation and beyond.

For Obama, who has just three months left in office, businesses could hold the key to “straddle between the world as it is and the world that we want it to be”

Video: DiCaprio and Obama on role of business and carbon tax in the climate 'battle against time'

US President Barack Obama has called on businesses to invest and innovate in order to "build a bridge to a clean energy future" during an interview with actor-turned-environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio, warning that the planet is in a "race against time" to combat climate change.

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Report: Air pollution could be resulting in more UK road accidents

A new correlation between air pollution and traffic accidents has heightened the need to improve air quality, an action that could be accelerated through the use of infrared technology acting as a visual demonstration of vehicle emissions.

Dutch brewer Heineken USA and telecoms firm Virgin Media are adopting a 'show-not-tell' CSR reporting model to drive consumer engagement

Virgin Media and Heineken USA revolutionise CSR reporting with gamification and 360-degree video

EXCLUSIVE: As investors, campaign groups and consumers continue to pile pressure on companies to accelerate progress towards ambitious climate goals, some of the stalwarts of sustainability reporting are beginning to look beyond traditional methods of disclosure to drive stakeholder engagement with their CSR reports.

In 2015, Virgin Media increased the data on its network whilst reducing its CO2 per terabyte by 35%

Virgin Media hails 'biggest carbon reduction ever' following major efficiency drive

Telecoms giant Virgin Media has recorded its "biggest ever" annual carbon reduction, with emissions falling by 6.1% between 2014 and 2015 as a part of the firm's 'Digital for Good' sustainability programme launched last year.

The Pokemon Go app set a new Apple record for most downloads in one week, and has been downloaded more than 75 million times across iOS and Android, surpassing Twitter and Tinder

Pokemon Go: Green business opportunity or environmental headache?

As people of all ages roam the streets in search of Pokemon, has this new, interconnected age of smartphone capabilities provided a green business opportunity for a fully fledged sharing economy, or will the increased energy demand spoil the environmental potential?

Located high in the Austrian mountains, the traditional Göss  brewery is now powered entirely by renewable and re-usable energy sources. (Scroll down to play video)

VIDEO: Inside Göss - the world's first major carbon-neutral brewery

Fancy a beer with a net-zero carbon footprint? Join edie editor Luke Nicholls high up in the Austrian mountains for a behind-the-scenes video tour of the first large-scale carbon-neutral brewery in the world.

Thousands upon thousands of energy managers, sustainability professionals and resource efficiency experts have been visiting the two-day show, which offers insight, inspiration and expertise through a host of new features

edie Live 2016: A look back at Day 1 (video) and a look ahead to Day 2

After a fascinating first day of inspiration, insight and expertise, edie explores what's in store today (18 May) for the second and final day of the 2016 edie Live exhibition at the NEC Birmingham. And there's still time to attend!

Devrim Celal (left), CFO/COO of Upside Energy, which fended off tough competition from nine other green innovations to be crowned the Innovation Zone competition winner

VIDEO: Innovation Zone Competition winner unveiled at edie Live

A pioneering 'virtual energy store' that connects renewable energy to distribution networks has today (17 May) been crowned the winner of edie's Innovation Zone Competition at the edie Live exhibition in Birmingham.

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas spoke exclusively with edie after featuring in a panel debate about the impact of EU membership on UK environmental policy. Photo: carolinelucas.com

Caroline Lucas: Brexit is a frightening prospect for Britain's environment

EXCLUSIVE: Energy policies would be rolled back, demand for environmental experts would drop and Britain's voice on international climate change negotiations would be lost if the nation votes to leave the EU in the upcoming referendum, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has said.

BT, H&M, Heineken and Henkel have all turned to rap music as a way of spreading their CSR messages

Rap battle: Sustainability's latest Millennial marketing trend

From BT laying down a track about minimising emissions to a Dutch hip-hop star freestyling about Heineken's reduced water consumption, edie explores the latest trend in CSR reporting: rap music.

Mark Ruffalo took time out of his hectic film promotion schedule to urge the UK Government to rethink its energy strategy

VIDEO: "Mr Cameron, you're making an enormous mistake" - Mark Ruffalo slams PM over UK fracking plans

Hollywood star Mark Ruffalo has sent a passionate plea to UK Prime Minister David Cameron to stop fracking in the UK and instead embrace the global renewable energy revolution.

Forum for the Future’s director of sustainable business David Bent is a partner of the edieLive 2016 Innovation Zone (scroll down for video)

The time is NOW for green innovation and creative destruction, says Forum for the Future

EXCLUSIVE: The world needs to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to incrementalism and embrace innovation and creative destruction if we are to achieve the bold emission reduction pledges set out at the Paris climate talks.

Ban Ki-moon stated that the investor community is of critical importance to the success of the Paris climate deal

Ban Ki-moon calls for doubling of clean energy investment

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for global investment into clean energy to be doubled by 2020 in order to keep global temperature increases below 2C as set out in Paris.

The Alliance confirmed that over the course of the conference the vehicles saved almost 182 barrels of oil

Electric vehicle fleet covers more than 100,000 zero emission miles at COP21

With delegates frantically negotiating a legally-binding climate deal in Paris earlier this month, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has announced that its fleet of 200 electric vehicles saved more than 18 tonnes of carbon equivalent emissions over the two weeks.

Energy generated through charging can be stored at home or fed back into the grid

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.

Sky Rainforest Rescue Jaguar and WWF Panda held a 'discovery trail' for school pupils at Alice Holt Forest in Hampshire

VIDEO: Sky raises £9m through Rainforest Rescue initiative

Sky has raised more than £9m to help keep a billion trees standing in the Amazon, thanks to a six-year partnership with WWF which concluded last week.

Three UK companies will share a £25 million fund to help them turn waste products into green fuel

Government dishes out £25m for 'next generation' waste to biofuel plants

Whisky, forestry and household by-products will be turned into biofuels thanks to new funding awarded today by the Department for Transport.

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VIDEO: edie investigates Asia Pulp & Paper's zero-deforestation progress

EXCLUSIVE: Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has revolutionised its approach to deforestation, but the group's sustainability journey has not been without its challenges. In this mini-documentary, edie takes a tour of APP's operations in Indonesia.

Around 170 workers and 60 vehicles will be in action at Notting Hill, collecting enough waste to potentially travel 84km on the Tube - four times the length of the Victoria line.

Waste from Notting Hill Carnival could power 80,000 hot showers

Westminster City Council are expecting to collect around 200 tonnes of waste from Notting Hill Carnival this weekend, which, if converted correctly will generate enough energy to power 80,000 showers.

Shell will begin drilling operations near the coast of Alaska

Shell given final go-ahead for Arctic oil drilling

Shell has received final permission from the US Government to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean for the first time since 2012.

The Nebia claims to be 70% more water efficient than regular showers

Water-saving shower crowdfunds almost $1m in less than 2 days

A new shower that is 70% more water-efficient than regular models is nearing $1m of funding in its Kickstarter campaign less than 48 hours after launch.

Musk said the biggest order taken had been for 250 Powerpacks, with an average of 5-10 per order

Tesla already has reservations for $1bn worth of energy storage

Tesla has taken 100,000 reservations for its Powerpack and Powerwall battery products, worth approximately $1bn, according to founder Elon Musk.

The Greenpeace orchestral protest compares Shell's arctic drilling the Titanic disaster

Greenpeace holds 'Titanic' protest against Shell Arctic oil drilling

Greenpeace has today (3 August) held the opening recital of a month-long run of musical protests against Arctic oil drilling taking place outside Shell's offices in London.

Obama's Clean Power Plan will carbon emissions from power plants by almost a third

Obama launches Clean Power Plan to slash power plant emissions

President Obama is set to launch the final version of America's Clean Power Plan today (3 August) to tackle carbon emissions from power plants.

Clinton called for the US to increase its solar capacity by 700%. Photo: Marc Nozell

Hillary Clinton pledges to build half a billion solar panels in first term as US President

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has promised to build more than 500 million solar panels by the end of her first term has US President.

Shoppers can now trade-in their unwanted gadgets at Argos stores up and down the country

Argos launches nationwide gadget trade-in scheme

Argos is embracing the circular economy with the rollout of a new gadget trade-in service across the retailer's 788 UK stores.

Moixa is planning to install more than 1MW of its energy storage systems by the end of 2015. Photo: Moixa Technology

Crowdfunding charge for new energy storage system

A London-based energy storage firm has launched a new crowdfunding campaign for a system which could rival Tesla, Powervault and other players in the UK's surging battery market.

Pier Luigi Sigismondi recently spoke at a Unilever zero-waste event, urging other businesses to make their own sustainability commitments

Unilever's supply chain chief: Employee engagement holds key to long-term success

EXCLUSIVE: Unilever's chief supply chain officer Pier Luigi Sigismondi believes a "lack of focus and understanding" and short-termism is holding back the global transition to a more sustainable economy.

Harry, Niall, Liam and Louis are trying to rally 1D fans into action on climate change and poverty

VIDEO: One Direction call on army of fans to 'change the world'

Boyband One Direction have called on fans around the world to push governments to address climate change and poverty.

More than 40,000 farmers have already benefited from Starbucks' Global Farmer Fund

Starbucks allocates £19m for farmers fighting climate change

Global coffee giant Starbucks has added £19m to its Global Farmer Fund which offers loans to farmers help them become more resilient to climate change.

Lego will establish a Sustainable Materials Centre at its headquarters in Billund, Denmark

Lego ploughs £100m into research for greener products

The world's largest toymaker is to build a new Sustainable Materials Centre in its search for more environmentally-friendly materials to be used in its products and packaging.

The report also revealed a normalised carbon-footprint reduction of 17% since 2011, a 28% reduction in water consumption since 2012, and 95% diversion-from-landfill rate

Carillion sustainability efforts net £27m profit

UK construction giant Carillion added £27.2m to its bottom line in 2014 thanks to sustainability efforts, according to the firm's latest CSR report.

The One Drop of Life app brings to light the importance of water resources in an entertaining manner

Microsoft turns to gamification to tackle water crisis

Tech giant Microsoft has taken its corporate social responsibility to the world of smartphones, with the launch of a new mobile app designed to raise awareness of global water issues.

Samsung: Risk & resilience in manufacturing

Manufacturing is exposed to resource security and supply chain risk like no other sector. Managing and mitigating risk to ensure business continuity and ultimately operational resilience poses a very real challenge for industry. Here, Samsung explains how it is turning risk into opportunity.

NEF: Improving the use of energy in buildings

Energy management strategies come in all shapes and sizes depending on the organisation. Here, the National Energy Foundation (NEF) explores how to simplify supply chain challenges, change behaviour and make significant energy savings.

Sunswift's eVe solar-powered car

VIDEO: Solar sports car nears road-readiness

A team of Australian students claim they are less than three months away from completing the Southern Hemisphere's first road-legal solar-powered car.

Can we afford to tackle climage change? Guardian journalists and prominent authors, economists and campaigners have explored the finance of keeping fossil fuels in the ground

Earth Day: scientists say 75% of known fossil fuel reserves must stay in ground

Three-quarters of known fossil fuel reserves must be kept in the ground if humanity is to avoid the worst effects of climate change, a group of leading scientists and economists have said in a statement timed to coincide with Earth Day.

In the European Union 8% of its e-waste will just be thrown into waste bins - amounting to 0.7 million tonnes

Majority of 40 million tonne global e-waste binned, says UNU

The amount of discarded electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste) globally reached 41.8 million tonnes in 2014, with the vast majority neither re-used nor disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.

A circular economy is about making the most of our products and infrastructure, especially when they are being left idle. Photo: Green Alliance

How to achieve a truly circular economy

The concept of a circular economy is quickly becoming widely accepted in the business world. But, as Interface's European president and CEO Rob Boogaard argues, there is still more conversation around the topic than action.

A growing number of brands and companies are using social media to communicate sustainability strategies to their customers

#Sustainability: Five ways social media is driving CSR

With key sustainability credentials often hidden deep within long annual reports, businesses are increasingly embracing the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to communicate directly with their customer base.

The Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) is capable of flying both day and night purely powered by 17,000 solar cells installed along its both its wings

Video: Take-off for round-the-world solar flight

A plane that is attempting to be the first to fly round the world without fuel successfully took off on the first leg of its journey from Abu Dhabi this morning.

The fund will train third sector staff to repair electronics, textiles and furniture

Scottish third sector given funding to boost repair skills

Scottish third sector organisations who specialise in re-use could be given up to £1500 each to help them train their staff to repair electronics, textiles and furniture.

There are now more than 301,000 ISO 14000 certificates issued across the world

Edie explains: ISO 14001

In the latest edie explains, we take a look at ISO 14001 - the updated version of the environmental management framework outlined by the International Standards Organisation (ISO).

The solar farm will power Apple's new ring-shaped headquarters in Cupertino, California

Apple announces $850m giant solar farm

"The time for change is now," proclaimed Apple CEO Tim Cook as he announced the tech giant is committing $848m to clean energy in the form of a 280MW solar farm in California.

Greenpeace welcomed the report as a

APP earns plaudits for deforestation progress

One of the world's largest paper companies, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), has made 'moderate progress' on its forest conservation efforts, according to an independent investigation by the Rainforest Alliance.

Al Gore, Pharrell Williams and Kevin Wall announced Live Earth 2015 at the World Economic Forum in Davos

VIDEO: Live Earth 2015: Road to Paris campaign launched in Davos

Former US vice president Al Gore has teamed up with US hit maker Pharrell Williams to announce a series of concerts in a campaign to raise awareness of climate change ahead of UN Climate talks in Paris in December.

The campaign features posters on UK buses and an online video

Snack attack: Doritos under fire for palm oil provenance

The consumer group SumOfUs has launched an international ad campaign slamming Doritos and parent company PepsiCo for its 'destruction of the rainforest' and 'unsustainable use of palm oil'.

Omni-Processor uses a steam engine to produce enough energy to burn the next batch of waste

VIDEO: Bill Gates backs human waste to water project

A recent visit to 'a new kind of sewage treatment plant' saw Microsoft founder Bill Gates drink water procured from human waste, which the business magnate described as a 'delicious' and affordable way to improve sanitation in poor countries.

Apple had promised to improve working conditions in its suppliers' factories

Apple suppliers accused of poor treatment of workers

Apple has again come under fire for the treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make its products, following a new investigation by BBC Panorama.

P&G serves nearly five billion people around the world with its brands

P&G hits waste reduction target six years early, sets new sustainability goals

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has released its 16th annual sustainability report, confirming it has met two key sustainability targets ahead of schedule and detailing four new environmental performance goals for 2020.

European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans gives a wry smile to onlookers in European Parliament

European Commission scraps Circular Economy Package, 'more ambitious' proposal awaits

The European Commission has today (16 December) confirmed it is scrapping plans to introduce a Circular Economy Package, instead announcing it will launch a 'broader and more ambitious' waste package next year.

Laminate packaging saw approximately 16,000 tonnes of aluminium sent to landfill last year

VIDEO: Scientists turn old toothpaste tubes into fuel and precious metal

Nestlé, Kraft Foods and Mondelez International are part-funding a new commercial-scale recycling plant that can turn old toothpaste tubes into aluminium and fuel in just three minutes.

An average shuttle launch dumped approximately 4.5 million tonnes of C02 into the atmosphere

Spaceflight sustainability: Houston, we have a (pollution) problem

In the wake of a historic moment in space exploration - the first landing of a robot on a comet - edie got to wondering about the environmental impacts and whether we are destroying the planet by trying to leave its atmosphere so often.

Shanghai is a major exporter of solar panels

VIDEO: Report: China can double renewable energy output by 2030

China can double its renewable energy output to 26% by 2030, a new report has found, but only with an annual investment of $145bn.


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