AB Sugar targets water, carbon and plastics under new sustainability commitment
Global sugar company AB Sugar has launched its first ever group-wide sustainability report, outlining bold new commitments to cut carbon emissions and water use by 30% and ensure all plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or bio-degradable by 2030.
World's largest brewer develops greener way to put bubbles in beer
The world's largest brewer is rolling out what it claims is a greener way to put bubbles in beer and reduce its CO2 emissions by 5%.
Northumbrian Water goes 100% renewable through green deal with Orsted
Northumbrian Water will power all 1,858 of its sites using renewable electricity for the next four years after signing a deal with Danish energy supplier Orsted.
Land degradation threatens human wellbeing, major report warns
Land degradation is undermining the wellbeing of two-fifths of humanity, raising the risks of migration and conflict, according to the most comprehensive global assessment of the problem to date.
Greggs builds appetite for water efficiency with service switch
On-the-go food retailer Greggs has chosen water retail company Business Stream to supply services to all of its managed outlets and major production sites across the UK.
AB InBev places climate-science into communities with new 2025 goals
EXCLUSIVE: Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is linking science-based climate goals with a "moral" belief that it should be influencing the communities it operates in, after announcing new climate, water and supply chain goals for 2025.
World Water Day: Top brands and retailers sign up to new Courtauld 2025 water ambition
The likes of Coca-Cola, Sainsbury's and Tesco have all given their backing to a new Courtauld 2025 water ambition, amid a flurry of corporate activity around water efficiency on World Water Day (22 March).
London to pilot water bottle refill scheme to slash plastic waste
Major firms including Costa Coffee, Leon and Whole Foods will offer tap water refills across London stores as part of a pilot scheme to slash single-use plastic bottles in the capital.
Microplastics found in more than 90% of bottled water, study says
A new analysis of some of the world's most popular bottled water brands says more than 90% contain tiny pieces of plastic.
Ofwat accuses water firms of being ill-prepared for adverse weather
Several water companies have "fallen well short" on their forward planning to ensure the recent adverse weather did not impact water supplies, Ofwat has said.
Carlsberg cuts carbon emissions 16% in two years
Carlsberg has reduced its carbon emissions by 16% in two years, driven by the elimination of coal as a fuel source at nine breweries in China, as outlined in the company's latest sustainability report.
Network Rail to roll out free water fountains at national stations
Network Rail has stepped up its efforts to reduce plastic waste with proposals to introduce free water fountains at its managed stations.
Water retail market reaches 100,000 milestone
More than 100,000 supply points have switched water retailer in the first 10 months of the market, according to figures released by the market operator - MOSL.
Yorkshire Water backs Northern Forest to reduce flood risk and offset carbon emissions
Yorkshire Water has announced plans to plant one million trees as part of the creation of a Northern Forest, while also addressing flood risk and offsetting carbon emissions.
Water firms back national scheme to cut plastic bottle use
The water industry has launched a national scheme today (25 January) to cut plastic bottle use by tens of millions each year, while increasing the availability of free drinking water.
In practice: Salesforce's largest US blackwater recycling system
As part of a move to redefine its business purpose through staff well-being and sustainability, Salesforce has used its flagship San Francisco headquarters to champion water efficiency in an area notorious for severe droughts.
25-year Environment Plan: Green business reaction
The Government has set out how it intends to enhance the UK's environment by creating richer habitats for wildlife, improving air and water quality and "curbing the scourge of plastic" in the world's oceans. But how have members of the green community reacted?
25-year Environment Plan: UK unveils long-term strategy for 'greener future'
Theresa May has today outlined a vision for a "cleaner, greener Britain", unveiling the long-awaited 25-year Environment Plan which pledges to eliminate all "avoidable" plastic waste by the end of 2042.
Roadchef switches water supplier to drive efficiency improvements
Motorway services operator Roadchef has switched water and wastewater supply for all 27 of its sites in England to Wave.
'More needs to be done' as microbeads ban comes into force
A ban on the manufacture of certain products containing plastic microbeads has today (9 January) entered into force, although MPs and green groups have reiterated that more action is needed to tackle the global problem of plastic waste.
English rivers polluted by powerful insecticides, first tests reveal
Rivers in England are contaminated with powerful insecticides, new testing has revealed, increasing concerns over the impact of the toxic chemicals on fish and birds.
In practice: AccorHotels' new project targeting BREEAM excellent certification
Ahead of edie's flagship Sustainability Leaders Awards in January, edie is taking a closer look at some of the projects initiatives that have been deemed worthy of a finalist position by our expert judges. Up next: AccorHotels' new London hotel.
How to solve the plastics problem: Live edie webinar takes place AT 2PM TODAY
Interface, P&G, Surfdome and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation complete an all-star line-up of circular economy experts for edie's live, interactive webinar focused on plastic packaging sustainability - taking place today (Thursday 7 December) at 2pm.
Global support group launched to ease water pressures related to urbanisation
The United Nations has convened a host of organisations including the World Water Council (WWC) and the Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) to create frameworks that enable cities to overcome political, financial, technological and behavioural barriers associated with water.
In practice: Oxford University Hospitals' money-saving CHP retrofit
Oxford University Hospitals benefited from a finance procurement system that partnered the Trust with companies that could replace aging heat and power infrastructure with a combined heat and power system that would generate massive economic savings.
Water risks still 'invisible' to finance sector, says ING
Commercial banks are struggling to overcome a communications barrier with businesses to gain insight into portfolio risks specifically associated with water, according to Dutch bank ING's vice president for sustainable finance Ambika Jindal.
Marston's brewer receives water self-supply licence
Brewery and pub retailer Marston's, which operates more than 1,600 pubs, bars and lodges has been granted a self-supply licence to supply its own water and wastewater services.
Smurfit Kappa hits water goal three years early
Packaging giant Smurfit Kappa has hit its 2020 environmental target to reduce the chemical oxygen demand (COD) in water discharge thanks to a £50m investment in sustainable technology.
Business focus on water management reaching 'record levels', says CDP
The number of big businesses investing in water security has reached "record levels", with new analysis from CDP finding that more than $23bn has been invested in 2017 as some companies place an "internal price on water" to justify funding decisions.
World Water Council: Water infrastructure investment must to triple to combat climate change
As UN delegates meet in Bonn this week to commence the COP23 climate conference, the World Water Council (WWC) has reported that financial investment into water infrastructure needs to triple to €255bn annually to combat climate change and meet sanitation targets.
In practice: Landsec's BREEAM Outstanding headquarters designed to WELL standards
As more companies look to create the right work environments for staff wellbeing, Landsec created the UK's largest fully WELL Certified space for staff health, which also achieved a BREEAM Outstanding rating.
Coca-Cola applies for water self-supply licence
Multinational bottling firm Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has redoubled its water stewardship commitment by applying for a self-supply water and sewerage retail licence.
Sustainability Leaders Awards 2018 shortlist revealed!
After a record-breaking number of entries, the judging panel has met, the decisions have been made and edie is proud to reveal the finalists for the 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards.
Pollution racks up 9 million deaths a year worldwide
Pollution causes 9 million deaths around the world every year, according to a landmark new study which found that one in six of all deaths are linked to polluted air, water and soil.
Sky to ban single-use plastics by 2020
Broadcasting company Sky has announced that all single-use plastics will be removed from its products, operations and supply chain by 2020 and will also invest £25m into an Ocean Rescue Innovation Fund to develop remedies to the amount of waste seeping into oceans.
WWF: UK could lose £35bn by 2050 through extreme weather
Researchers have warned that future droughts could dent the UK economy by around £35bn unless extreme weather scenarios are factored into governmental and business decisions.
Uncle Ben's to source all basmati rice through certified sustainability standard
All basmati rice sold under the world's largest rice brand will be sourced under a sustainability platform to address human rights issues in supply chains and improve the environmental impact of farming practices.
PepsiCo makes slow progress as it embeds new sustainability strategy
Food and beverage company PepsiCo has made inroads into its new set of sustainability targets, although a year of calibrating on new baselines means that progress will have to accelerate to reach key goals.
San Miguel drops plastic water bottle production
Asian beverage giant San Miguel Corporation has announced its intention to discontinue the plastic-bottled Purewater line to boost the company's commitment to tackling "pressing" social and environmental issues.
Evian unveils carbon-neutral bottling site
Danone-owned bottled water brand Evian has unveiled its new production facility in France that will modernise how the company produces and transports its products, as part of a wider goal to become the first carbon-neutral Danone brand by 2020.
United Utilities fined £666,000 for polluting river with raw sewage
United Utilities has been ordered to pay a fine of £666,000 after pleading guilty to polluting a river with untreated sewage effluent in Greater Manchester.
Water-hungry food companies ignoring supply chain risks, report finds
Just six of the world's largest food companies have set sustainable water-sourcing targets for the majority of their agricultural inputs, as a new report reveals that water risks in the supply chain are still largely ignored.
Whitbread first hospitality firm to be granted water self-supply licence
Regulator Ofwat has granted hospitality giant Whitbread a self-supply licence to deliver its own water and wastewater services for all of its brands in England.
World Water Week: 10 shocking facts about the global water crisis
As research released for World Water Week (27 August - 1 September) warns that more than 100 cities face flood-related risks similar to those currently being felt in Houston, edie dives deep into the data to pull out 10 alarming statistics which underline why businesses must act NOW.
Ford focuses on water stewardship as it approaches key carbon target
Automotive giant Ford will place an increased focus on improving water security, as the company's latest sustainability report reveals that it is within touching distance of a 30% carbon reduction goal originally scheduled for 2025.
Majority of SMEs still unaware of water retail competition
More than half of small businesses are still unaware of the open water retail market, according to research by the Consumer Council for Water.
Borough Market to phase out plastic bottle sales with free fountains
London's Borough Market is to introduce free drinking water fountains as part of a new pledge to phase out sales of all single-use plastic bottles over the next six months.
Holland and Barrett capitalises on water retail competition with new supply deal
Health food retailer Holland and Barrett has brought hundreds of its UK sites under one contract for water retail services, after striking a new three-year deal with Anglian Water Business.
Businesses bag big savings through water retail competition
Metal manufacturer Magnesium Elektron is among a number of organisations from across the public and private sectors that have realised thousands of pounds' worth of efficiency savings by capitalising on the UK's newly opened water retail market.
Bottle deposit scheme could catalyse a two-third reduction in plastic marine litter
A deposit scheme for plastic drink containers could reduce one third of UK plastic seeping into the oceans, with four extra actions able to reduce plastic marine litter even further, new analysis from the Green Alliance thinktank has revealed.
36,000 businesses have switched water retailer since market competition opened
More than 36,000 businesses have switched water retailer since the market opened to competition earlier this year, with around 60% of those switches coming from low-water-users.
Brewing for the future: How MillerCoors slashed its water footprint through supplier engagement
A supply chain management philosophy built on engagement over enforcement enabled brewer MillerCoors to reduce its water footprint by 17% last year. Here, Matt Mace investigates how the firm has been galvanising the farmer community to create resilient, future-proofed beer supply chains.
Water market opening has made an 'April fool' of businesses
Businesses have been taken for an "April fool" with the promise of a competitive and open water market, utility consultancy Utilitywise has insisted, as research reveals fewer than 1% of businesses have switched water retailer since the market opened.
MillerCoors slashes water use by 15 billion gallons
US brewers MillerCoors used 15bn fewer gallons of water across its value chain in 2016, as new farming and irrigation systems and wet weather reduced the firm's water consumption by almost 17%.
Welsh Water secures £250m renewables loan and DONG Energy deal
The sixth largest regulated water and sewage company in England and Wales has secured a £250m loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance on-site renewable generation projects, alongside a clean energy purchasing agreement with providers DONG Energy.
WRAP's sustainable clothing plan nears water and carbon targets
More than half of the UK clothing market has achieved a collective 10% reduction in carbon emissions through a collaborative involvement with WRAP's Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP), a new report has revealed.
Marston's brewery seeks to supply own water retail services
Brewery and pub retailer Marston's has applied to Ofwat for a water self-supply licence, which would allow it to provide its own water retail services.
UK Coal Authority turns to solar to offset water treatment costs
A regulatory body of the UK coal industry has named the latest contractor for a four-year renewable energy framework to offset the costs of its 75 mine water treatment sites.
Coca-Cola European Partners closing in on 100% renewables target
Multinational bottling company Coca Cola European Partners (CCEP) has almost cut emissions in half over the past six years, as it closes in on a target to purchase 100% of its electricity from renewable sources.
Water firms urged to scale up efficiency ambition
Water companies must scale up ambition and innovation in their water efficiency programmes with customers, according to not-for-profit organisation Waterwise.
Tesco hit with £8m fine for petrol pollution incident
Tesco has been ordered to pay £8m in fines and costs, after pleading guilty to causing pollution through a petrol leak in Lancashire.
Dirty Fashion: Global retailers vow to respond to 'toxic' supply chain practices
Fashion retailers H&M and Marks and Spencer (M&S) have vowed to implement new supply chain management approaches, after a new report linked some of the world's largest fashion brands with highly-polluting facilities that are producing man-made viscose fibres.
Carlsberg targets zero-emission breweries under industry-leading sustainability strategy
EXCLUSIVE: Carlsberg has launched a new "industry-leading" sustainability strategy that aims to push beyond the company's own group strategy and exceed science-based recommendations by eliminating carbon emissions and halving water usage at breweries by 2030.
Water retail market switch passes 22,000 mark
In the first two months of the market, 22,539 supply points have switched water retailer, data from the market operator has revealed.
Oceans apart: Why businesses need to embed water efficiency across departments
With water availability declining as energy demand rises, some of the private sector's leading lights on water management believe now is the time for businesses to embed holistic water stewardship programmes that capture the interests of other departments. edie's Matt Mace investigates.
Food and drink manufacturers enhance water management under new ambition
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has revealed that members who voluntarily reported on water use in 2016 have reduced consumption in the production of food and drink items by 35.8% since 2007.
'Weak' Tories have broken environmental promises, says Lib Dem peer
EXCLUSIVE: The Conservative Party's environmental policy record since the 2015 General Election will be remembered as a period of broken promises, the Liberal Democrats' Deputy Leader in the House of Lords has told edie.
H&M Foundation donates £5m in second stage of WaterAid partnership
The H&M Foundation is launching the second stage of its partnership with WaterAid to deliver safe water and sanitation to four of the world's poorest communities.
UK bathing water ranks next from last in EU beach table
The UK is second bottom in a league table ranking EU countries on the quality of their bathing water, stoking fears that the "dirty man of Europe" could be on his way home after Brexit.
Insight and inspiration - a roundup of the latest edie interviews with the experts
EXCLUSIVE: From behaviour change to smart buildings, energy security to driving efficiency at scale, we round up the latest exclusive insight and interviews with sustainability business leaders.
edie Live Exhibitor Spotlight: A-Consult
With only ONE WEEK to go before edie Live at the NEC on 23-24 May we get up close and personal with some of our exhibitors to find out what visitors can expect to see at the show, what's new and how they can help in the drive towards sustainability targets.
Water companies losing vast amounts through leakage, as drought fears rise
Fears of a drought are rising after an exceptionally dry spell and water companies are asking customers to save water, but the vast amount of water that leaks from company pipes every day has not fallen for at least four years, according to a Guardian analysis.
World's largest brewer saves £50m through sustainability strategy
The world's largest brewer has saved $60m (£46.5m) in the past four years through energy-efficiency improvements, while also passing key water stewardship and carbon reduction targets.
edie Live exhibitor focus: Planet Mark
Ahead of edie Live at the NEC on 23-24 May, we get up close and personal with some of our exhibitors to find out what visitors can expect to see from them at the show, what's new and how they can help in the drive towards sustainability targets.
Olam International pairs sustainability and financial reporting for the first time
Agri-business supplier Olam International has announced cuts to carbon intensity and water usage in its own operations in a sustainability report that has been merged with its annual financial report for the first time.
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
Sustainability megatrends: Urbanisation, smart cities and the future of green business
edie's series of exclusive thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends continues with PwC's director of cities and urbanisation, Dan Dowling, exploring how urbanisation and smart city growth can be a powerful force for sustainable development and shared prosperity, if it's managed correctly.
Pressure mounts on Defra to release environment strategy
An array of sustainability and environmental experts have told edie the Government must "stop dithering" and publish its long-awaited 25-Year Environment Plan, after a leaked version of the document was criticised for providing "grand promises with zero detail".
Water retail competition: Thousands of business water customers switch in week one
A total of 8,876 premises have switched water retailer in the first week of the competitive market. This includes approximately 7,500 customers which chose to pre-switch before market opening.
Whitbread and Kwik Fit seize opportunity of water retail competition
Hospitality giant Whitbread Group and vehicle servicing chain Kwik Fit are among the first wave of companies to capitalise on the newly-opened water retail market in an effort to improve efficiency and drive down costs.
Open for business: England launches world's largest water retail market
The water retail market for England's non-domestic water customers is now officially open for business, with company's across the country able to grasp a portion of an expected £200m economic boost that the opening is expected to bring.
Article 50: What we know (and don't know) about the environmental impact of Brexit
As the UK's departure process from the European Union (EU) officially commences with the triggering of Article 50, edie takes an in-depth look at how Brexit could affect Britain's green business community.
Northumbrian and Anglian team up for water retail market
With just over a week to go until the non-household water retail market opens, Anglian Water Business (AWB) and NWG Business have teamed up to create a new retailer of water and wastewater services in England and Scotland.
Thames Water hit with record £20m fine for 'catastrophic' Thames pollution
Thames Water has today (22 March) been hit with a record £20.3m fine for polluting the River Thames with 1.4 billion litres of raw sewage.
Circular wastewater systems 'underexploited', says United Nations
As companies link up with charities to raise awareness of World Water Day, a new report from the United Nations (UN) has suggested that the "vast potential" of using wastewater as a resource remains "underexploited".
Perspectives for the energy transition: Investment needs for a low-carbon energy system
This joint study looks at the potential for decarbonisation in the energy sector in G20 countries and around the world and the economic and social benefits that can be developed as a result.
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.
Water retail competition savings will be 'more than expected'
Water consultancy Waterscan has suggested savings returned to large multi-site customers in the competitive non-domestic water market will be "more than expected".
Sustainability megatrends: It's time for business to collaborate on climate change
Continuing edie's new megatrends series of thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends, World Resources Institute's Eliot Metzger and Moushumi Chaudhury explore how businesses are dealing with the widespread effects of climate change.
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.
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".
Is it time for a plastic bottle tax?
Following the success that the UK's plastic bag charge has had on changing consumer behaviours and reducing waste, environmental campaigners and industry experts have this week been discussing the viability of a plastic bottle deposit scheme. Would such a scheme be successful?
edie explores sustainability megatrends: Part 1 - Climate change
Kicking off edie's new series of thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends. The Climate Group's corporate partnerships director Mike Peirce explores how climate change is radically changing the way we do business.
Food and drink sector tastes strong environmental progress
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has revealed that its members, which include major brands such as Cadburys, Danone, and Kelloggs, have achieved a collective reduction of 46% in CO2 emissions since 1990, as the group builds on fresh targets for 2025.
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.
Chemicals company applies for first Scottish self-supply licence
Earls Gate Water, a subsidiary of chemical company CalaChem, has become the first non-household water customer in Scotland to apply to provide its own retail services.
Brewer becomes first to seek to supply its own water retail services
Pub retailer and brewer Greene King has become the first non-household water customer to apply to provide its own retail services when the market opens in April.
Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017: meet the winners!
Welcome to the winners report for the 2017 Sustainability Leaders Awards. Organised by edie, these awards recognise excellence across the spectrum of sustainable business; from the best efficiency programmes through to product innovation, from stakeholder engagement and CSR initiatives to the people making it happen.
Businesses in the dark about water retail competition, survey reveals
Two-thirds of organisations remain unaware of imminent changes to the water market which will allow all non-domestic water users in England to switch suppliers of their water retail services.
Swansea Bay: £1.3bn tidal lagoon project earns much-needed backing from Hendry Review
Plans to build the world's first tidal lagoon-based renewable energy system in Swansea Bay have today (12 January) received support from a long-awaited, Government-commissioned review assessing the viability of the project.