Environmental News on this day... for August 2018, 2017, 2014, 2009

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August 2018

The current carbon price in the EU is €18.28 - up more than threefold since May 2017

Report: EU carbon prices could hit €40 over next five years

European Union (EU) carbon prices could more than double to €40 per tonne between 2019 and 2023, spurring the transition away from coal power across the bloc.

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

Australia's clean energy plan and Carlsberg's waterfall-powered pub: 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.

As noted in the University’s latest sustainability update, carbon emissions have been reduced by 47% since 2010 - surpassing a 43% target almost two years early

Why the University of London is crowdsourcing a zero-carbon target

EXCLUSIVE: The University of London is working on a full environmental strategy that will enable the campus to reach zero carbon emissions by 2036. To get there, it has called on leading universities to deliver a range of ideas and technologies as part of a "crowdsourcing" event.

The fountains form part of Khan’s draft London plan, which includes a commitment to make clean drinking water widely available

London Mayor unveils 20 new water fountains in bid to reduce single-use plastic

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has confirmed that 20 new water fountains will be installed across the capital as part of a scheme to slash the amount of single-use plastic bottles that are purchased.

It is claimed that collaborations to tackle the key drivers of food waste could reduce the amount of annual food loss by $700bn by 2030

Global food waste set to rise a third by 2030 without ‘aggressive’ action

The amount of food wasted each year worldwide is set to rise by a third by 2030 without "urgent and aggressive" action from nations and corporates.

The boat was launched by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Thérèse Coffey. image: Defra

Hubbub launches second waste-cleaning boat made from recycled plastics

Environmental charity Hubbub has launched its second waste-cleaning boat made from recycled plastic today (30 August), with funding jointly provided by Tideway and Starbuck’s 5p paper cup surcharge.

Ball Corporation will work with suppliers and move to purchase more renewable power to achieve the targets

Ball Corporation commits to science-based targets tackling supply chain emissions

Global packaging firm Ball Corporation has set new science-based targets within the company's direct operations and across its supply chain to reduce its emissions intensity by 58% by 2030.

The self-supply option allows Greene King to buy its water and wastewater services at the wholesale price, which is a protected price that all retailers pay

Greene King saving more than 600,000 pints of water daily since water retail switch

Pub chain and brewer Greene King has revealed that it is saving more than 600,000 pints of water each day since obtaining a self-supply licence to deliver its own water and wastewater services last year.

The free entry guide offers advice on submitting an entry worthy of winning a coveted 2019 Sustainability Leaders Award

How to win a Sustainability Leaders Award: A guide to entering

The deadline to enter the 2019 Sustainability Leaders Awards is now just one month away. With that in mind, edie has created a free online guide outlining our top tips to make your entry stand out from the crowd.

edie rounds up the key facts from ClientEarth’s survey

In numbers: the UK public's attitudes towards climate change

In late July, environmental law firm ClientEarth and YouGov surveyed more than 2,000 UK adults on attitudes across a spectrum of climate-related questions. With the survey released on Monday (20 August), edie rounds-up the relevant facts and figures.

August 2017

Environmental campaigners said the carmakers had not gone far enough

Carmakers accused of 'clutching at straws' over retrofitting polluting diesels

Major car makers are being accused of clutching at straws after they agreed to fit software to 5m diesel vehicles in Germany to reduce harmful emissions by up to 30%.

Real-world drivers using the technology have reported up to 20% improvement in fuel efficiency

New hydrogen technology could slash engine emissions by 80%

A British manufacturer has launched a new hydrogen additive technology that can reportedly reduce engine emissions by as much as 80% and offer up to a 20% improvement in fuel efficiency.

Researchers insists that the market forces driving the economic benefits of clean energy are far more powerful than a small group of climate-sceptic politicians

Clean energy stocks outpacing fossil fuel investments in Trump era, report finds

Global clean energy stocks have surged past investments in fossil fuels in the past year despite the political shockwaves caused by Donald Trump's US presidency, new research has found.

Around 80,000 solar panels installed at the Moray site

Scotland's largest solar farm given go-ahead

Planning permission has been granted for what will be Scotland's largest solar farm, a 20MW project in the north-east of the country.

The health and wellbeing retailer is anticipating

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.

The Liver Building, Liverpool. The North’s green energy sector generates half of all green jobs in the country

Report: Hard Brexit poses threat to North England's green economy

As the Government this week reiterates its pledge to maintain high standards for the environment post-Brexit, researchers have warned that a so-called hard Brexit could disproportionately threaten the green economy in the North of England.

Online customers will still be able to opt for single-use carrier bags for their shopping or select a bagless delivery, which the majority of online shoppers are now doing

Tesco to scrap single-use carrier bags in favour of 'bag for life'

The UK's largest supermarket group is replacing all of its 5p single-use carrier bags – which it sold more than 600 million of last year – with a new 10p 'bag for life' made from 94% recycled plastic.

London’s historic food market also aims to achieve zero landfill with biodegradable packaging and compostable leftovers

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.

PwC insists that improved techniques for analysing big data have the potential to deliver better planning decisions and real-time operational outcomes that can improve sustainability

Policymakers must embrace technology to deliver sustainable transport systems, says PwC

New planning models which adopt collaborative and tech-savvy approaches are required to create future sustainable and connected transport systems, according to a new report from PwC.

DHL is the largest electric fleet operator in Germany, with more than 3,000 older StreetScooter models and 10,500 pedelecs currently utilised

First of many: DHL and Ford unveil new electric delivery van model

Delivery firm Deutsche Post DHL Group has today (16 August) kickstarted a new collaborative partnership with Ford that will place around 150 electric delivery vans into German delivery services in 2017.

August 2014

The project received £2.6m in funding from more than 600 local investors

Energy co-op secures turbine funding from locals

An energy co-operative has been given the green light to build a wind turbine in Derbyshire having raised more than £2.6m through a successful public share offer with 600 local investors.

Three steps all businesses should take on water management

Businesses could benefit from taking a three-pronged approach to fast-track effective water management strategies, a sustainability expert has said.

Metal recycling, which offers far greater carbon savings, has fallen 4% in 2013

Council emissions savings down 3% as recycling rate stalls

The amount of CO2 being saved by local councils in England and Wales through recycling fell by 3%, between 2011/12 and 2012/13, according to a new recycling report released last week.

The 1,248 panels cover an area the size of more than seven tennis courts and will generate more than 280,000KWh of electricity each year

Largest local authority rooftop solar array goes live

Work on the largest local authority rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system in the UK has been completed at the Northacre Resource Recovery Centre in Westbury and will save £1.5m over the next 20 years.

Kimberly-Clark teams have been sharing best practices in scrap material sorting and sales, identifying material reuse and recycling opportunities within the company's operations and supply chain, and developing relationships with outside recyclers

Kimberly-Clark pilots circular economy model as it charts progress on water and waste

Kimberly-Clark is exploring opportunities around the circular economy as it looks to secure a more reliable supply of fibre for recycling and use in the products it sells.

General Motors has teamed up with local composting startup Detroit Dirt to take food waste such as coffee grounds and fruit and vegetable peelings from restaurant kitchens in its portfolio and mix them with herbivore manure

General Motors hails 'circular economy' solution for its food waste

General Motors is composting food waste from its global headquarters in Detroit, US, for redistribution in urban farming initiatives throughout the city in what it is calling a "circular" initiative.

The vast majority of Americans say they would recycle beverage containers at a retail location if proper bins were available

PepsiCo targets recycling at petrol pumps to fuel packaging recovery rates

PepsiCo is to expand the number of recycling bins at petrol stations and convenience stores across the US, as part of a five-year plan to drive up packaging recovery rates.

Seven communities have been given the funding green light to develop local sustainable transport schemes

Government announces extra £900K for sustainable transport

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer has announced an additional £900,000 of funding for seven local sustainable transport schemes in the UK.

TelecityGroup has held the Carbon Trust Standard since 2010 and was the first data centre company to be recertified in 2012

TelecityGroup best in sector for carbon management under Carbon Trust Standard

TelecityGroup has been recertified under the Carbon Trust Standard and achieved a 92.5% score for carbon management qualitative assessment.

Scottish Government aims to take a proactive approach to tackle marine litter.

Scotland unveils strategy to tackle marine litter

The Scottish Government has announced that it has launched a new strategy to tackle marine litter.

August 2009

London traffic lights turn green

Energy saving LEDs are to replace inefficient lightbulbs in 3,500 London traffic lights, saving £200,000 per year in fuel bills.

Standard will help organisations climb CRC league table

Organisations that can demonstrate that they measure, manage and reduce their carbon footprint could find themselves in a better starting position when the Carbon Reduction Commitment kicks in next year.

Multi-million dollar brownfields clean up

Brownfield contaminated sites across the United States are set for a $55m clean-up scheme.

Crumbling coastline threatens landfill spills

Coastal rubbish tips that long since covered over and abandoned could cause a fresh headache as erosion threatens to open them up and wash the waste into the sea.

Ireland gets first climate camp

Environmental activists have taken up residence outside a peat-burning power plant in central Ireland to protest over the use of the natural resource.

Ireland plans climate change bill

The Irish government has said it will draw up a law tying the country to carbon cuts in what is being seen as a concession to Greens in parliament.

The Sayano-Shushenskaya power station

Death toll rising after accident at one the world's largest hydropower stations

Two water ducts appear to have collapsed in Russia's largest hydro-electricity station killing several workers injuring more than 60 and leaving rescuers looking for dozens of missing people.

Las Vegas strip gets sustainable

Las Vegas' 24 hour a day power draining strip is going to get a lot greener with details of a new sustainable resort released this week.

Climate camp protesters swoop on London

Protesters will gather in a number of locations in central London today for the 2009 Camp for Climate Action.

Biofuels 'disastrous' and fuelling climate change

Billions of pounds invested in biofuels is 'disastrous' and increasing climate change, according to a Christian Aid report.