What makes a sustainability leader? Inside Tideway's award-winning infrastructure project
With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of previous winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: the winner of our Building/Infrastructure Project of the Year Award, Tideway Legacy.
Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2019: Olivia Green, Wessex Water
This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Next up: Olivia Green, sustainability coordinator at Wessex Water.
At a glance: All the key announcements in the Net-Zero Strategy
The UK Government has finally published its Net-Zero Strategy, a comprehensive run-through of how the nation will decarbonise in a way that "transforms every sector of the global economy", although some green groups don't believe the steps outlined in the Strategy can mobilise action to deliver net-zero by 2050.
British American Tobacco joins Race to Zero and targets net-zero emissions by 2050
British American Tobacco (BAT) is the latest company to sign up to the UN's Race to Zero initiative, pledging to halve global emissions by 2030 and reach net-zero by no later than 2050.
UK brewers launch food waste beer and call on world leaders to strengthen climate action
A group of 25 UK breweries has called on world leaders to seize a "once in a lifetime opportunity" to combat the climate emergency at COP26, as they launch a limited-edition collection of beers that combat food waste and improve conservation.
Coral-conserving bacteria and carbon capture tech: The best green innovations of September 2021
As September comes to a close, edie and our innovation partner Springwise have rounded up some of the best breakthrough technologies and carbon-cutting solutions which could accelerate climate action over the coming months and years.
World Green Building Week: 11 of the best innovations for a better built environment
To mark World Green Buildings Week (20-24 September) edie and its new content partner Springwise have rounded-up some of the most innovative solutions available that are helping to improve sustainability across the built environment sector.
Bio-based Crocs and Illinois' zero-carbon bill: 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.
Plans before pledges: How P&G has evolved its climate strategy to target a net-zero value chain by 2040
EXCLUSIVE: Procter & Gamble (P&G) has unveiled a new climate action plan to reach net-zero emissions across its value chain by 2040, with the company's vice president for global sustainability Jack Mcaneny telling edie that the "absolute priority is reducing emissions".
edie publishes updated guide on the business opportunities of COP26
edie has published an updated Explains guide detailing everything you need to know about this year's COP26 climate summit and how businesses can get involved and use the discussions to improve their approach to sustainability and the net-zero transition.
Holcim Group targets net-positive nature impact, unveils new water targets
The world's largest cement company, Holcim Group, has launched what it claims is the first strategy in the sector targeting a net-positive impact on biodiversity, choosing a 2030 deadline.
COP26 Primer: Nature-based solutions
edie’s COP26 Primer Reports are about seizing the green opportunity. Produced in the run-up to the official talks, this mini-series of reports are based on the five key themes of COP26: Clean Energy, Clean Transport, Climate Resilience, Nature-Based Solutions, and Climate Finance. This report examines approaches to nature-based solutions.
Mars targets 'water balance' at manufacturing plants facing water stress
FMCG giant Mars has committed to achieving 'water balance' at five manufacturing sites in water-stressed areas by 2025 - a term meaning that, for every litre of water used, at least one litre is treated and reused.
Government tables Environment Bill amendments to 'halt' biodiversity decline by 2030
The UK Government has today (27 August) outlined a series of amendments to its flagship Environment Bill, which will deliver an overall ambition to "halt the decline in species abundance by 2030".
PepsiCo starts work on its 'most sustainable' European manufacturing plant
PepsiCo has held a foundation laying ceremony for a new PLN 1bn (£188m) food manufacturing plant in Poland, which it claims will be its most sustainable facility in Europe.
Fashion, finance and fossil fuels creating 'critical' water risks, CDP warns
The apparel, fossil fuel and financial services sectors are among those dealing the most damage to the world's water systems, according to a new analysis from CDP.
What makes a sustainability leader? Meet water management champions Barchester Healthcare & Demeter Water Solutions
With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of previous winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: Winner of our 'Water Management' award, Barchester Healthcare & Demeter Water Solutions.
edie launches new explains guide on sub-metering
edie has today (24 August) launched a new Explains guide detailing everything the businesses need to know and consider when looking to install sub-metering solutions to assist with wider decarbonisation plans.
What makes a sustainability leader? Meet small business champions Crystal Doors
With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of previous winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: Our Small Business of the Year, Crystal Doors.
Facebook targets 'water positivity' by 2030
Social media giant Facebook has committed to replenish more water than it consumes in its global operations by 2030.
UK allocates first round of support from £500m Blue Planet Fund
Global projects focused on protecting oceans and combatting the climate crisis have been awarded a share of the UK's £500m Blue Planet Fund.
Glenmorangie marks 'milestone' on oyster reef restoration scheme in Scotland
A scheme funded by Glenmorangie to return native European oysters to the Dornoch Firth, in a move to boost biodiversity and improve the landscape's ability to sequester carbon, has successfully completed its latest phase.
World’s largest meat company JBS joins Race to Zero initiative
The world’s largest meat company, JBS, met with COP26 President Alok Sharma to formally join the Race to Zero campaign, building on a net-zero commitment set earlier this year.
WRAP receives Walmart funding to drive food waste behaviour change in UK and Canada
The Walmart Foundation has provided around $750,000 to UK waste prevention charity WRAP, to kickstart a new initiative that will seek to reduce household waste in both the UK and Canada.
Lloyd's outlines plans to increase green investments but stops short of full Paris Agreement alignment
Insurance and investment giant Lloyd's of London has published a new climate action roadmap, detailing plans to increase support for low-carbon transport, energy and industrial technologies.
Conservation and restoration projects secure share of £80m green recovery fund
Almost 100 nature-based projects will receive a share of the Government's £80m Green Recovery Challenge Fund, designed to promote nature restoration and conservation.
Glenfiddich to power delivery trucks with onsite biogas fuelling stations
Scotch whisky brand Glenfiddich has introduced fuelling stations at a distillery in Scotland to enable parts of its fleet to run on biogas made from the residues of its own distilling process.
Onsite renewables and EVs: Anglian Water outlines net-zero routemap for 2030
Anglian Water has published a detailed routemap outlining how onsite renewables, electric vehicles (EVs), hydrogen and biogas production will deliver its ambition to reach net-zero by 2030.
Water sector unveils £2.7bn green recovery framework
The water sector has unveiled a new green recovery framework that will funnel £2.7bn into initiatives that reduce flood risk, improve water quality and cut emissions on the road to net-zero.
Inditex and Elsevier commit to net-zero emissions by 2040
Clothing giant Inditex and research publishing firm Elsevier are the latest corporates to have updated their corporate strategies, setting ambitions to reach net-zero emissions by 2040 at the latest.
Lidl commits to carbon neutrality by 2022
Lidl GB has announced plans to become a carbon-neutral business by 2022 alongside wider commitments to reduce operational emissions and encouraging key suppliers to set their own climate commitments.
Cadogan sets net-zero emissions target for 2030
Property developer and investor Cadogan Estates has unveiled a set of sweeping sustainability targets to reduce waste and water usage alongside a headline commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2030.
Tasmania's 200% renewables goal and Toast Ale's B-Corp recertification: 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.
Global cotton-growing regions facing increased exposure to climate risks
Global cotton production is vastly unprepared for the looming climate crisis, with more than half of the world's growing regions set to be exposed to water scarcity and extreme weather events that will disrupt the market.
Anglian Water issues £250m sustainability-linked investment framework
Anglian Water has unveiled its first sustainability-linked bond framework, worth £250m, that will enable investment into low-carbon initiatives and projects that improve climate resilience across the areas where it operates.
Highland Spring commits to net-zero emissions by 2040
The Highland Spring Group has unveiled an ambition to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040, with targets in place to halve emissions by 2030 through soon-to-be-developed science-based targets.
Can the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures solve the global ecological crisis?
The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) officially launched on Friday (4 June) with an overarching aim to align corporate reporting and financial spending to alleviate nature-related risks. Here, edie explores whether the new initiative can generate enough momentum to deliver tangible change.
UK water sector outlines £2.8bn green recovery plan
The UK's major water companies have outlined plans to collectively funnel almost £3bn into environmental projects and sustainable infrastructure and processes, with the support of regulator Ofwat and the UK Government.
#SustyTalk: GM's Al Hildreth on the evolution of corporate water stewardship
edie's #SustyTalk video interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with General Motors' global energy manager Al Hildreth.
B Corp Oddbox targets net-zero emissions by 2030
Surplus fruit and vegetable redistributor Oddbox has unveiled new pledges to reach net-zero emissions by 2030 and reduce emissions by saving 150,000 tonnes of food waste by 2025.
UK Government urged to accelerate ocean protection in COP26 plans
Major UK nature charities including WWF and RSPB have unveiled plans to assess the UK Government's measures to conserve and restore marine habitats this year, urging Ministers to take action ahead of COP26 this November.
Natural England: Biodiversity critical to reaching net-zero
Peatlands, woodlands and coastal marine habitats are all vital in helping the UK reach net-zero emissions by 2050, but efforts need to be made to improve biodiversity conservation and restoration.
UK's marine natural capital assets valued at £211bn
The UK's marine assets, which include renewable energy production, tourism attraction, sustainable fishing and carbon sequestration, have reached a value of £211bn, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Reckitt partners with WWF, pledging £10m donation
Reckitt, the parent company of brands including Air Wick and Dettol, has announced a three-year partnership with WWF focusing on nature conservation.
Carlsberg and WWF launch seagrass restoration project
Beer giant Carlsberg will team up with WWF on a year-long partnership to restore carbon sequestering seagrass meadows across the UK coastline.
Why the circular economy is primed to improve social sustainability and value chain resiliency
EXCLUSIVE: The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the fragility of both society and the sprawling value chains that the economy relies on. Shifting nations to a circular economy could be key in delivering a green recovery that champions sustainable income and environmental stewardship.
edie Explains: Sustainable Offices in the 'New Normal'
Why is it important for businesses to explore holistically sustainable offices, in the wake of Covid-19? And what are the key challenges and opportunities for businesses developing more sustainable offices? This free edie Explains guide answers these key questions and more.
Carbon-neutral coffee and water-efficient farms: Starbucks plots path to 'resource positivity'
Starbucks has announced new measures to deliver carbon-neutrality across parts of its coffee supply chains and to boost water stewardship in coffee-growing communities, as part of its vision to become 'resource positive' by 2030.
World Water Day: Prince Charles launches climate finance drive as businesses boost stewardship efforts
The Prince of Wales has launched a new initiative designed to scale up and fast-track finance to help alleviate water stress on World Water Day 2021.
How businesses are enhancing water stewardship using circular economy principles
To mark World Water Day 2021, edie explores how businesses regarded as leaders in corporate water stewardship have put circular economy principles into practice in supply chains and operations.
Birds Eye owner Nomad Foods launches nature-positive partnership with WWF
Nomad Foods, which owns brands such as Birds Eye, Findus and Green Cuisine, has unveiled a new strategic partnership with WWF that will deliver "nature-positive" farming practices to protect and promote biodiversity while tackling the climate crisis.
British American Tobacco targets carbon-neutral value chain by 2050
British American Tobacco (BAT) has updated an ambition of becoming carbon neutral across its business by 2030 to now account for its entire value chain by 2050.
SDG Spotlight: How Businesses Can Achieve Goal 6 - Clean Water & Sanitation
edie's latest SDG Spotlight report provides a detailed progress update on how businesses are transforming operations, services and supply chains to deliver Goal 6: Clean Water & Sanitation across the globe.
New report details how businesses can help deliver clean water and sanitation post-Covid-19
edie has launched its latest SDG Spotlight report, looking at how businesses can transform to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) post-lockdown, with the latest focusing on Goal 6: Clean Water & Sanitation.
CDP: Water risk costs for corporates five times higher than cost of action
Some $301bn of business value is at risk because of water stewardship challenges, yet it would take corporates just $55bn to deliver appropriate mitigation and adaptation initiatives.
EU unveils data-driven climate adaptation strategy, drawing green criticism
More and better data is needed to improve knowledge of how to adapt to climate change, according to the European Commission's new adaptation strategy, which immediately came under fire from green activists for missing binding targets.
Nestle on regenerative agriculture and the climate crisis
Andy Griffiths, Head of Value Chain Sustainability, writes on the importance of Nestlé's focus on climate change including regenerative agriculture and protection of water.
Food and drink businesses meet carbon reduction goals five years early
The UK's food and drinks sector has collectively slashed carbon emissions by 55% since 1990, surpassing a target set for 2025.
Carlsberg closes in on carbon reduction goals
Brewing giant Carlsberg's latest sustainability report has revealed that the company has reduced carbon emissions by 39% since 2015, as it closes in on a goal to halve brewery emissions by 50% by 2022.
Landmark review calls for nature to be included in economic decision making
A new landmark review has been launched today (2 February), outlining how businesses and policymakers can include and account for nature as part of economic decisions, with many claiming the findings could be as influential as the Stern review on climate change.
What makes a sustainability leader? Meet social sustainability champions Honeywell Hometown Solutions
With less than a week until the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards, this feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: the winners of the Social Sustainability & Community Development Award, Honeywell Hometown Solutions.
#SustyTalk: Anglian Water's Andy Brown on collaboration for a just transition to net-zero
edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive talk with Anglian Water's head of sustainability Andy Brown.
Now available on demand: edie's free webinar exploring onsite net-zero technologies
edie's latest webinar is now available to watch on-demand. Tune in to hear experts providing best-practice advice on investing in and integrating net-zero technologies to help assist with decarbonisation targets.
Plastic-free sachets and hydrogen-powered F1 cars: The best green innovations from CES 2021
From big-name corporates to tiny startups, the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) saw thousands of companies showcase their newest tech-based innovations. Here, edie rounds up some of the biggest announcements around green products.
£2m challenge kick-starts for water-related innovations
Regulator Owfat has this week launched a new £2m challenge, which will award those developing innovative solutions to the UK water sector's biggest environmental challenges such as climate change and pollution.
UK water sector joins UN's 'Race to Zero' ahead of COP26
Water UK, the trade body representing all major companies in the sector, has been named as an official partner for the UNFCCC's Race to Zero Campaign, which was set up to inspire a holistic and ambitious approach to the global net-zero transition.
Five ways to ignite behavior change on energy use
This report showcases the output of edie's SPARK! event, where expert energy professionals from a range of sectors shared experiences driving engagement to change behaviours around energy use.
Six ideas to achieve your flexible energy future on the road to net-zero
This report showcases the output of edie's SPARK! event, where expert energy professionals from a range of sectors discussed the role that smart and flexible energy technologies and systems will play in the net-zero transition.
Five ways to maximise the impact of your energy data
This report showcases the output of edie's SPARK! event, where expert energy professionals from a range of sectors discussed the role that energy data can play in the delivery of net-zero targets.
Bruichladdich distillery explores hydrogen heating
Bruichladdich Distillery is exploring how hydrogen combustion technology can reduce reliance on fuel oil to meet the island-based facility's heating demand.
Four top tips for building a great net-zero carbon strategy
This report showcases the output of edie's SPARK! event, where expert energy professionals from a range of sectors shared experiences developing and delivering net-zero strategies.
Horizon scanning: Eight green innovations set to shake-up sustainability in 2021
Over the past 12 months, countless innovations which could help businesses and nations deliver a green recovery. Here, edie rounds up nine key products and concepts that could transform sustainability in 2021.
New Years Honours 2021: The sustainability champions on the Queen's list
The outstanding achievements of dozens of people working across the UK's environmental sphere have been recognised by the Queen in this year's New Year's Honours list. Read on to find out more about the newly-awarded scientists, policy experts, green finance champions and conservationists.
#SustyTalk: P&G's Frantz Beznik on water stewardship and green innovations
edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive interview with Procter & Gamble's global head of sustainable innovation Frantz Beznik.
Unilever to let shareholders vote on new climate targets
Unilever has become one of the first global companies to voluntarily commit to putting new climate targets to a shareholder vote, with the company's science-based targets currently focusing on zero emissions for its operations.
SDG Spotlight: How Businesses Can Achieve Goal 12; Responsible Production and Consumption
edie's latest SDG Spotlight report, produced in association with Rio, looks at how businesses can transform operations, services, supply chains and strategies to help deliver Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption.
The Net-Zero November 2020 summary report
Produced in association with headline sponsor EDF, this report summarised all of the key announcements and discussion points from Net-Zero November 2020; acting as a blueprint for business leadership as we begin to move from ambition into action in 2021 and beyond.
edie Explains: Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage
What is carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS)? What are the different types of CCUS technology? How can businesses benefit from CCUS? And what are the costs associated with CCUS? This new edie Explains guide answers all of these key questions and more.
Sustainability leaders craft 10-point plan to revamp corporate purpose
Businesses in the vanguard of sustainability, including Unilever, Interface, Ikea and DSM, have come together to craft a new set of recommendations as to how the wider corporate community can embed a purpose aimed at tackling the climate crisis and social inequalities across the business.
Carlsberg turns to thermal solar tech to meet water stewardship ambitions
Multinational brewer Carlsberg Group has revealed that it is investing in the world's first solar thermal water purification facility, in India, as part of its work with WaterAid.
What makes a sustainability leader? Meet water management champions The Coca-Cola Foundation and WWF UK
With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winner of our Water Management Project of the Year award, The Coca-Cola Foundation and WWF UK.
Garnier launches shampoo bars with reduced environmental impact
L'Oreal brand Garnier is launching a new range of shampoo bars, packaged in 100% recyclable materials, that offer a 25% reduction in environmental impact compared to liquid shampoos.
New report details how businesses can help achieve SDG 7: Clean and Affordable Energy
edie's latest SDG Spotlight report, produced in association with Bryt Energy, looks at how businesses and national policies can transform operations, services, supply chains and strategies to help deliver Goal 7: Clean and Affordable Energy.
Unilever to halve food waste, sets €1bn sales target for plant-based food alternatives
Consumer goods giant Unilever has unveiled a new "future foods" strategy that will see the company commit to halving food waste, improving nutritional standards and set a €1bn sales target for plant-based meat and dairy alternatives.
Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Amali Bunter, Lidl GB
This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Lidl GB's senior responsible sourcing manager Amali Bunter.
Leading or lagging: Is 2050 too late for net-zero in the UK?
When the UK first announced its legally binding net-zero target, it was described as 'world-leading'. But, given that the IPCC recommended 2050 as a final cut-off date, the debate has been intensifying around whether the nation can go further and faster.
What makes a sustainability leader? Meet employee engagement champions Barry Callebaut
With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winner of our employee engagement initiative of the year, Barry Callebaut.
Infrastructure policy placing UK's net-zero target at risk, thinktank warns
The UK's net-zero target is in jeopardy due to a lack of legislative requirements on key sectors and infrastructure, with thinktank the Green Alliance warning that there is currently an £11.4bn investment gap in reaching net-zero across transport, buildings, circular economy and natural infrastructure.
Renewables and restoration: Water sector outlines net-zero routemap for 2030
The UK's major water companies will unveil a Routemap detailing how solar installations, electric vehicles and biomethane production will enable the sector to reach net-zero emissions by 2030.
Report: Only 1% of global climate finance helps water-stressed communities
Of the $73bn of international climate funding provided in 2018, less than 1% was allocated to help the world's poorest people access water and sanitation, a major new report from WaterAid reveals.
What makes a sustainability leader? Meet cleantech innovators Kaluza
With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards entry deadline approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winner of our Technological Innovation award: Kaluza.
P&G and Electrolux among corporate members of major new water security alliance
Businesses including Procter & Gamble (P&G), Electrolux and Suez have joined a new initiative aimed at uniting the private, public and third sectors with policymakers in a collective drive to tackle water scarcity.
SDG Spotlight: How Businesses Can Achieve Goal 9; Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
edie's latest SDG Spotlight report, produced in association with UK Power Networks Services, looks at how businesses can transform operations, services, supply chains and strategies to help deliver Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.
Sustainable MacFries Fund: McDonald's to invest in climate-friendly farming practices
McDonald's has launched a "Sustainable MacFries Fund" in partnership with McCain to improve the resilience of British potato farmers, while also collaborating with the Walmart Foundation, WWF and Cargill in the US to improve land use practices.
Microsoft to become water positive by 2030
Microsoft has built on its ambitious emissions reduction targets by committing to becoming a "water positive" business by 2030, pledging to replenish more water than it uses.
Climate crisis to cause mass population displacement and growth in refugees, report finds
The ecological and climate crises are on course to displace more than 1.2 billion people by 2050, as natural disasters, food shortages and water scarcity create mass disruptions to global migration trends.
The Green Recovery Business Roadmap
Much has been said about the need to deliver a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. But what new ways of working should businesses be exploring to assist with a just and low-carbon transition? This new report outlines EIGHT key considerations.
The Sustainability Reporting and Communications Handbook 2020
Updated in September 2020, the Sustainability Reporting and Communications Handbook provides expert advice on engaging key stakeholders with your sustainability strategy; along with fresh insights to shape, deliver and share a compelling sustainability report.
edie Explains: The Green recovery
What is the green recovery? Where does business sustainability fit into its wider context? What is happening at a policy level? And what does the future hold for green recovery efforts? This edie Explains guide answers all of these questions and more.