Environmental News on this day... for October 2016, 2015, 2012, 2007

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October 2016

Smart Energy GB’s research reveals that more than eight in 10 think that the smart meter roll-out is important for the British economy

Business leaders recognise 'incredible opportunities' of smart energy technology

The vast majority of Britain's business leaders have given their backing to the rollout of smart technology across the country, according to new research.

Defra’s watchdog is proposing an extension to current water and sewerage companies’ roles to include drainage responsibilities held by local authorities

MPs call for 'radical' flood defence overhaul to protect businesses

MPs are urging the Government to overhaul its flood protection system to help reduce the long-term flood risks for UK businesses and communities.

President of Hungary Janos Ader called on businesses to prevent a looming water crisis Photo courtesy of Financial Times Live

Businesses urged to view water as economic risk rather than environmental issue

Efforts to combat water scarcity are "absent from the portfolios" of investors, and it is now the responsibility of the private sector to step up water efficiency practices to build understanding that water is an economic risk as well as an environmental one.

More than 260 million children are now employed across the globe, with an estimated 170 million subjected to child labour working conditions

How Britain's retailers can solve the Syrian refugee supply chain quandary

The shock revelation that Syrian refugee children have been found making clothes for a number of British fashion brands serves to highlight the desperate need for more robust procedures and increased collaboration among businesses to drive truly sustainable and ethical supply chains.

Some of the world’s biggest shipping groups say ‘ambitious’ action is needed at a key UN meeting to bring the industry in line with Paris climate goal

Shipping 'progressives' call for industry carbon emission cuts

Many of the world's biggest shipowners and charterers have called on heads of state to take swift action to force carbon emission cuts on their industry which is the only sector in the world not now bound by climate change targets.

Research has revealed that the overwhelming majority of the English population now carry their own bags when food shopping following the charge roll-out

Tesco's single-use carrier bag numbers drop by 1.5 billion

On the first anniversary of the carrier bag charge roll-out, UK supermarket giant Tesco has revealed that more than 1.5 billion single-use carrier bags have been saved by its customers in England since the levy's introduction.

Hunt believes the whole sector must continue to build trust, share best-practice sustainability approaches and prove that emerging technologies work in practice

Demand-response 'makes complete sense' for heavy industry

EXCLUSIVE: The business case for demand-response now makes "complete sense" and should be exploited alongside other emerging green technologies such as battery storage systems, one of Britain's largest construction materials suppliers has said.

According to Szaky, consumers are purchasing around ten times more stuff compared to 100 years ago, the majority of which is “voluntary consumerism”

TerraCycle: Recycling won't solve the waste dilemma, but consumers can

Improving economic incentives behind waste collection models and a "silent revolution" in how consumers interact with products will be essential in tackling "monumental environmental crises", all of which can be linked back to waste.

The fresh funding commitment will see thousands more electric vehicle chargepoints installed on streets and at workplaces across the UK

Government provides £35m funding boost for ultra-low emission vehicles

A £35m funding package to increase the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) has been announced by Transport Minister John Hayes.

(L-R): AkzoNobel’s director of sustainability André Veneman with Grimaldi Group's Dario Bocchetti

AkzoNobel issues shipping industry's record number of carbon credits

Italian Shipping company Grimaldi Group has received the largest ever issuance from AkzoNobel's carbon credits scheme, which has seen 14 vessels presented with 109,617 carbon credits.

October 2015

ESOS requires all 'large enterprises' to produce detailed reports on their energy use every four years

Environment Agency extends ESOS deadline

Businesses that fail to meet the December deadline to comply with the Government's new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) may be granted a reprieve until at least the end of January, the Environment Agency (EA) has confirmed.

The alliance - known as the Carbon Pricing Panel - is convened by World Bank president Jim Yong Kim and IMF managing director Christine Lagarde

Merkel and Hollande among world leaders calling for global carbon price

A unique group of international heads of state, city leaders and international development banks has joined forces to call for an international price on carbon.

The World Bank and EIB could deliver a combined $51bn climate finance under their new commitments

Development banks to deliver $51bn annual climate finance

Two of the world's largest development banks have unveiled separate commitments to boost climate-related financing by up to a third.

It is the first time these organisations have joined forces publicly to call for action on climate change

Global food firms unite to demand climate action

The chief executives of 10 multinational food and beverage companies including Mars, Nestlé and Unilever have come together to urge political leaders to forge a robust climate deal in Paris this December.

The IWFC highlights that food waste occurs throughout every phase of the industry's supply chain from harvesting to consumption

Food waste coalition begins push for value chain collaboration

Pepsi, Unilever and WWF are among a collection of businesses and NGOs that have joined a new coalition organisation tasked with inspiring companies to adopt comprehensive food waste programmes.

Liz Truss said Britain should follow the US and quantify the benefits it gets from nature

Britain's forests, soil and rivers worth £1.6tn, says environment secretary

Britain's forests, soil and rivers are worth at least £1.6tn and should be quantified in the same way as the country's man-made infrastructure, environment secretary Liz Truss has said

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.

Currently all MAG airports are certified to ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standards

Manchester Airports Group reports rapid descent of carbon emissions

Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has seen the total carbon emissions from all of its airports fall by 16% over the past year, according to its latest CSR report.

Jaguar Land Rover's Nigel Clarke talks to a young boy from Visionary Academy School in Kenya while he fills a cup with water from a LifeStraw purifier

Jaguar takes 'Environmental Innovation' to Kenya

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has embarked upon a new five-year CSR initiative in Africa which will see the carmaker provide 300,000 Kenyan schoolchildren with access to safe water.

Unilever's innovation platform aims to encourage peer-to-peer collaboration

Unilever unveils innovation competition winners

The development of modular water sanitation infrastructure; an iron-deficiency educational programme and a water-saving shower have been announced as the three winning ideas from Unilever's global innovation crowdsourcing campaign.

October 2012

Storage system to deliver 75% of household electricity from solar panels

The UK's first green energy storage system that can be installed as part of a new domestic PV system or retrofitted will be unveiled tomorrow.

The banks of the River Chess

Olympic star joins fight to save British rivers

Double Olympic gold medal-winning rower James Cracknell has joined Natural Environment Minister Richard Benyon in urging the public to show support for the 'Love Your River' campaign.

TrustMark has voiced its concerns about a huge wave of 'ancillary works' triggered by the Green Deal scheme

Government must tackle rogue traders cashing in on Green Deal

A group of 20 consumer advice bodies, charities, trade associations and building industry organisations is urging the Government to tackle the risk of rogue traders cashing in on the Green Deal scheme, as it officially becomes law today.

Dublin's water supply is at 96% capacity and described as on a

Dublin's water supply on 'knife edge' says new research

Ireland is in desperate need of water efficiency improvements and implementing metering and efficiency subsidies across Irish households is key to achieving them, according to the latest research from Trinity College Dublin.

The River Lea - one of the most polluted river in the UK

Polluted river to be cleaned up with Defra funding

A green charity has been awarded £341,000 to create innovative systems to reduce river pollution in Enfield, North London.

UK energy to derail if 2020 target not met

An influential MP has urged policy makers to make clear and stable decisions if Britain is to meet its 2020 renewables target.

EU environmental laws pose risk to British energy security

Britain could run out of energy generating capacity in the winter of 2015-16 as a result of EU environmental laws and coal plant closures, according to Ofgem.

M&S promises to halt toxic chemical release from supply chain

Marks & Spencer has pledged to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its supply chain and products by 2020, following pressure from campaign group Greenpeace.

Shaun Kingsbury will take the helm at the GIB

Low carbon champion appointed to head up GIB

Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced the new chief executive and executive team who will head up the UK's Green Investment Bank (GIB).

edie to host 'creating value from sustainability' webinar

edie and Temple Group are hosting a webinar based on the results of a recently published survey of why businesses are prioritising sustainability.

October 2007

Diverse champions aim to inspire Londoners to go green

Over a dozen green individuals from a wide range of backgrounds are being held up as examples to fellow Londoners in an effort to encourage the city to go green.

Starve your bin: London Mayor Ken Livingstone at the launch of the city's latest anti-waste campaign

Triple your recycling Londoners told

Londoners should aim to recycle three times as much of their waste as they do at present or the city could face fines running into the billions for missing targets.

EU stands firm on aviation emissions

The European Union has said it will not back down on plans to introduce an aviation emissions trading scheme despite failure to reach an international agreement.

Difficult decisions for Scottish hydropower

Scotland is struggling to strike a balance between the need for clean energy and the desire to protect the ecosystems of its rivers and lochs.

Australian government announces solar city plans

Adelaide is set to become Australia's first "solar city" as part of a $75m government pilot scheme.

Science Museum takes climate debate to the people

A new exhibition at London's Science Museum aims to bring the climate change debate to the general public, presenting the facts and asking them to make up their own minds on possible solutions.

Hundreds of millions of Africans live without the luxury of mains electricity

Competition to give green lighting to Africa

The World Bank has launched an initiative to provide environmentally-friendly lighting in Africa.

Liverpool is fly-tipping capital of England

Nearly half of all incidents of fly-tipping reported by local authorities are taking place in the Liverpool area.

London should be carbon trading capital

London should aspire to be the global centre for carbon trading in the drive to fight climate change.

Research underway into summer floods

Research is underway in Bradford and Leeds in a bid to tackle some of the problems behind the floods that devastated the country this summer.