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May 2019

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edie Live 2019: Green ambitions to be turned into ACTION as show doors open

Thousands of energy, CSR sustainability professionals are descending upon the NEC Birmingham today (21 May) as edie Live 2019 officially opens its doors - and there's still time to register for a free two-day pass to the conference.

Utility leaders support UK bid to host UN climate conference

Leaders in the energy and water sectors have pledged their support for the UK's bid to host the 2020 UN Conference of the Parties climate conference (COP26).

<p>Tesco became the first UK supermarket to disclose its food waste data in 2013</p>

Tesco slashes food waste by 17% in one year

Supermarket giant Tesco has published its annual food waste figures, revealing that it wasted 17% less food by weight during 2018-19 than during the previous 12-month period.

Talking net-zero with Julia Barrett and Simon Graham

edie's Mission Possible sofa chat show returns for 2019. In the second episode, edie discusses net-zero with Julia Barrett, director of sustainability, Re-Thinking at Willmott Dixon and Simon Graham, head of innovation at De Courcy Alexander.

The collective capacity of the UK's independent renewable arrays surpassed 14GW for the first time last year. Pictured: The Hornsea 2 wind farm

In numbers: Charting the rapid growth of renewable energy in the UK

A new report tracking investments into independent clean energy and energy storage technologies in the UK has illustrated the speed at which to low-carbon transition is gripping the power sector. Here, edie rounds up the key findings.

The global palm oil industry generates more than $50bn annually, but traditional plantations have driven widespread destruction of tropical rainforests

Estée Lauder targets sustainable palm oil supply chain through farmer empowerment

US-based cosmetics giant Estée Lauder has launched its first sustainability programme for palm oil supply chains, which will see the company work with Indonesian farmers to champion better social conditions and environmental conservation.

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast episode returns to edie Live 2019 in the form of an on-stage panel discussion

LIVE Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Leadership in the post-CSR era

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast returns, this time we're broadcasting LIVE from a panel discussion at the UK's largest sustainability and energy exhibition, edie Live. In this episode, four industry experts discuss how sustainability leadership is undergoing a transformation.

<p>Wall's has already reached 40,000 people across 76 Madagascan villages through its programmes for vanilla farmers</p>

New Wall's tool lets consumers track positive vanilla supply chain impacts

Unilever-owned ice cream brand Wall's will launch a new digital tool enabling consumers to track how their purchases are empowering people in the communities which form its vanilla supply chains in Africa.

The items will be banned from sale next April

Plastic straws, cotton buds and drink stirrers to be banned in England

Plastic straws and drink stirrers, and cotton buds with plastic stems will be banned from sale and use in England from next April, the UK Government has confirmed.

The achievement comes just two years after Britain marked its first full day without coal. Pictured: Eggborough power station, Yorkshire

UK completes first coal-free week since Industrial Revolution

The UK has just completed its first week without any domestic coal generation on the power grid since before the Industrial Revolution, marking a significant milestone in its low-carbon energy transition.

May 2018

The UK will play a leading role in designing and running the project, with an international steering board in place to oversee the work

UK spearheads new £50m plastics innovation hub

Unilever and Waitrose have backed a new UK-led research and innovation hub that aims to tackle plastic waste through innovative solutions.

The I-PACE vehicles have a 90kWh lithium-ion battery and a range of 298 miles

Heathrow to host 200-strong electric Jaguar I-Pace fleet

Heathrow has signed a deal that will see 200 Jaguar all-electric I-Pace vehicles made available to passengers travelling to and from the Airport.

The 10 innovations explored in the report are being showcased in the dedicated Mission Possible Innovation Centre at edie Live 2018

Bright ideas: edie explores 10 of the best green innovations in latest insight report

From perovskite solar cells to waste-sucking rubbish bins, edie's latest report profiles 10 potentially game-changing green innovations, which will also be showcased in the Mission Possible Innovation Centre at edie Live next week (22-23 May)

The research, published the journal Nature, is among the first to assess the economic impact of meeting the Paris climate goals

Hitting toughest climate target will save world $30tn in damages, analysis shows

Achieving the toughest climate change target set in the global Paris agreement will save the world about $30tn in damages, far more than the costs of cutting carbon emissions, according to a new economic analysis.

Big-name clothing brands team up to 'Make Fashion Circular'

Gap, H&M, Nike and Burberry are among the major brands which will lead a new Ellen MacArthur Foundation initiative that aims to help drive a circular fashion industry.

This new weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

Achieving Mission Possible: 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.

Take a look through all of the month's most-read news stories, and click the links in the descriptions below to read them for yourself

Plastic innovation, storage networks and EV integration: Top 10 sustainability stories of May 2018

It was a month of long-term renewables targets, plastics innovation investment and fleet electrification exploration. Take a look back at May's biggest sustainability stories in this round-up.

The inquiry will call on Ministers to define what a realistic level of cost reduction is, and when it should be aimed for

BEIS calls for evidence on using CCS to hit 2050 emissions targets

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has launched an inquiry into the role carbon capture and storage (CCS) will play in helping the UK meet its 2050 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80%, against a 1990 baseline.

Based at the company’s Hemel Hempstead depot, the dual-compartment TRU will use liquid nitrogen to generate both electrical power and further cooling

Marks & Spencer trials liquid nitrogen deliveries to slash emissions

British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) will trial a zero emissions liquid-nitrogen refrigeration truck for its chilled grocery deliveries, with a view to a nationwide rollout.

Recent figures show a 1.8% rise in CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use in 2017 in the EU

Secret UK push to weaken EU climate laws 'completely mad'

A secret UK push to weaken key EU climate laws before Brexit risks scotching the bloc's Paris commitments, MEPs say.

May 2015

Quarterly recycling rates in England rose just 0.1% year-on-year

Recycling rates could drop without Government intervention, says ESA

The new Conservative Government is being urged to work closely with the waste-management sector to counteract an anticipated downturn in recycling rates across England.

The company plans to reduce carbon by a further 15% and water by 20% against a 2014 baseline, while bumping recycling rates to 80%

Whitbread sets new sustainability targets after rapid gains

The parent company of Costa and Premier Inn has today announced a new set of sustainability targets for 2020, having achieved existing goals three years ahead of schedule.

Unilever' CEO Paul Polman gave a full review of the company's progress on sustainability at the group's London headquarters

Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan drives business growth

The business case for sustainability couldn't be clearer: Unilever's 'Sustainable Living' brands accounted for half of the company's growth in 2014 and grew at twice the rate of the rest of the business, chief executive Paul Polman has revealed.

No companies examined by WWF could provide provide evidence that they had carried out 'sufficient due diligence' in their timber sourcing

UK consumers 'in the dark' over timber provenance

British consumers are being 'kept in the dark' about the sourcing practices of some of the UK's largest timber users, according to a new report from WWF.

The report praised the UK court's willingness to hear environmental cases.

UK ranks 6th in new environmental democracy index

The UK has been ranked sixth in a new index from the World Resources Institute (WRI) which tracks how 70 countries around the world are progressing on 'environmental democracy'

The dangers for UK businesses can include supply chain disruption from floods, droughts and poor water quality.

UK importers face spiralling water risks

Up to 80% of all UK imports come from countries with at least some level of water risk, according to a new report from WWF.

The 400MW Rampion Offshore Wind Farm will be built eight miles off the Brighton coast, between Peacehaven and Worthing

Green bank kick-starts Rampion south coast wind farm

The UK Green Investment Bank has today (18 May) taken a £236m stake in in the first offshore wind farm off the south coast of England, in a joint venture with energy giant E.ON.

An Apple store in Beijing - one of 18 retail outlets in China

Apple beefs up green commitments in China

Tech giant Apple has announced a new partnership with WWF to reduce the impact of its packaging needs on forests in China.

The UK will add 801 MW in 2015, a 1.5% drop from 2014

UK to lose offshore wind top spot to Germany

Germany will install more than 2,000 MW of offshore wind capacity in 2015, taking the UK's crown as the global installation leader.

(Front row left to right): Kingspan's Louise Foody, Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell and ESB director Paddy Hayes with three members of Ulster Rugby Club at the launch of Kingspan ESB

Northern Ireland set for solar revolution with new funding offer

The renewable energy industry in Northern Ireland has received a welcome boost this week with the launch of a new fully-funded solar solution which could save businesses up to £320m.

May 2010

Ed Miliband holds his seat

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband has held onto his seat as an MP as the election remains neck and neck.

Irish air space closes again as EU meets to discuss volcano response

EU transport chiefs are meeting today (May 4) to discuss how to cope with future volcanic eruptions.

Dozens die in Afghan floods

A second wave of flooding has hit Afghanistan just a week after widespread flash floods left more than 60 dead and thousands homeless.

Polls open today in UK Parliamentary election

Voters go to the polls in one of the closest general elections in a generation today (May 6).

National Grid chief executive Steve Holliday

Surprise £3.2bn rights issue by National Grid

The National Grid launched a surprise £3.2bn rights issue drive yesterday (May 20) aimed at overhauling the UK's power infrastructure.

American retail giant's first UK store will focus on green technology

American retail chain Best Buy will open its first British store tomorrow (April 30) and is claiming a first by stocking a range of electric vehicles, scooters and bicycles.

Australia 'four times as wasteful as Europe'

The volume of waste produced, recycling rates and value of the industry in Australia have been published for the first time - and show that the average Australian throws away four times as much as the average European.

Mr Johnson reusing his old coffee cup

Stop that latte becoming litter says mayor

A campaign urging coffee drinkers to pledge to reuse their coffee cup to grow food was backed by Boris Johnson this morning.

Make the most of the CRC - Sainsbury's

Organisations covered by the Carbon Reduction Commitment should embrace the opportunities it creates, since as there's no avoiding it they may as well reap what benefits it brings.

Planning and investment key priorities for new Government - waste industry

Improvements to the planning system, getting the finance in place, recognising the potential for energy generation and providing a clear policy framework for the future are going to be critical for the new Government if it wants waste management to work in the UK.