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

Take a trip into the past and see what stories were in the news in June 2016, 2015, 2012, 2007

June 2016

(L-R): Stuart McLean, print centre manager at Herald and Times Group; and Ron Ramage, chief executive of Flexitricity

Demand response spreads to the media as Scottish publisher embraces smart-grid thinking

The Herald and Times Group has discovered a new revenue stream worth up to £250,000 after becoming the first newspaper group to sign up to Edinburgh-based aggregator Flexitricity's demand response initiative.

Marcus Gover will officially take up his new role as chief executive of WRAP on 30 June

Marcus Gover to replace Liz Goodwin as WRAP chief executive

Marcus Gover will replace Liz Goodwin as the new chief executive of the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the charity has announced today (13 June).

PAN UK, Solidaridad and WWF have urged all companies using large volumes of cotton to set, report and deliver on time-bound targets for cotton sustainability

Majority of global companies 'failing to deliver' on cotton sustainability

An overwhelming majority of global companies using the highest volume of cotton internationally have "failed to deliver" on sourcing sustainably, with industry experts calling on companies "serious about sustainability" to source 100% more sustainable cotton by 2020.

With investors playing a big role in reducing corporate emissions, Felipe Calderón believes now is the time for the implementation of a universal carbon price

Felipe Calderón: Universal carbon pricing and green bonds needed to entice investors

Former President of Mexico and chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate Felipe Calderón has called for a universal carbon pricing mechanism to promote private investment in low-carbon technologies and "get the job done" following the Paris Agreement.

The Committee on Climate Change report calls for clear and consistent policies in the heating sector that are attractive to landlords and overcome behavioural barriers

Government must prioritise low-carbon heat and transport, says Committee on Climate Change

On the same day that Ministers accepted the proposals of the ambitious Fifth Carbon Budget, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has called for stronger Government action in the areas of heating, transport and low-carbon generation in its latest progress report.

Buildings in London are currently emitting 32m metric tonnes of CO2 annually, compared to the two million emitted by building in Paris

London's green building sector threatened by quantity over quality approach

The global rise in green buildings is providing proof that cites shouldn't be "trapped and weighed down by aging infrastructure", with a new whitepaper suggesting that London should mirror Paris's strategies in order to become the global leader on green buildings.

Participating Green Building Councils will be invited to develop action plans, with an aim to launch a net zero certification within their respective countries

Ground-breaking 'net zero' buildings project launched by WorldGBC

All of the world's buildings will be 'net zero' emissions by 2050, under a bold, pioneering plan unveiled today (28 June) by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC).

Ikea's chief sustainability officer Steve Howard told delegates at the Business and Climate Summit that an 'all-in' mindset will be required to drive low-carbon, transformational change

Ikea chief: Business and governments must go all in for a carbon-free 21st century

The chief sustainability officer of the world's biggest furniture retailer has called on global governments to galvanise the low-carbon movement, primarily through carbon pricing, to enable companies to unlock the "tremendous" business opportunities that lie ahead.

The UK Government has taken heed of advice from the Committee on Climate Change in setting ambitious emissions reduction levels under the Fifth Carbon Budget

Fifth Carbon Budget: UK Government sends positive message with ambitious emissions reduction plan

BREAKING: The UK Government has provided a much-needed confidence boost for the green economy by approving the Fifth Carbon Budget, taking heed of ambitious proposals from MPs to limit the annual emissions to 57% below 1990 levels by the year 2032.

This year's event features mini gyms that create their own energy and solar arrays that power Attenborough documentaries ©Kris Williams

Glastonbury 2016: 10 reasons this is the most sustainable festival yet

As the rain falls and the gates open at Worthy Farm for this year's Glastonbury festival, edie rounds up the green initiatives being introduced to ensure that, even if the fields don't remain green, the festival certainly will.

June 2015

(L-R): James Capel and Peter Goodwin of Simply Cups at the stakeholder event in London earlier this week

Simply Cups scales up to drive circular economy

A London-based paper cup recycling initiative that helps retailers and hospitality businesses close the loop on disposable coffee cups is expanding to recover additional waste materials and launching a roadmap to develop new local infrastructure.

The hybrid Metrocab is driven by two electric motors, with a 1-litre petrol engine range extender

Zero-emissions black cab enters mass production

London's only operating zero-emissions capable black cab, the Metrocab, is going into volume production in Coventry next year.

There are an estimated 85 million unused phones in the UK, which would cost £110m to replace

Mobile phone contracts model due an upgrade, researchers claim

The 'frequent upgrades' business model for mobile phones is not fit for purpose if the industry is to deliver the transformational change needed to create a sustainable future, according to new research from the University of Surrey.

Artists impression of the Wyre Tidal Barrage

£200m Lancashire tidal power project gathers momentum

A £200m tidal energy project in Lancashire is going ahead after the developers obtained rights to use the land.

CCE aims to use 1.2l of water per 1l of product by 2020.

Coca-Cola bottler targets 50% emissions cut and circular waste models

One of the world's largest soft-drink bottlers, Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), has set ambitious new targets for waste and emissions today, claiming that climate change is one of the most significant risks to its business.

Global renewable installed capacity reached 1.712 GW in 2014, an 8.5% year-on-year uptick

Global domination: 164 countries now have renewables pledge

Twenty new countries set renewable energy targets in 2014, meaning that 164 countries around the globe now have some form of commitment or support for clean energy.

Clean energy investment offers clear net employment gains compared to fossil fuel spending, according to the report

Report: Clean energy investment creates more jobs than fossil fuels

The global transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and energy efficiency will be a net creator of jobs, a new UN report has claimed.

Through Plan A, M&S has the goal of becoming the world's most sustainable major retailer

M&S moves from risk to resilience with positive Plan A progress

Another year of strong progress on its Plan A sustainability programme has seen Marks & Spencer (M&S) achieve almost half of its social and environmental commitments ahead of schedule, with just a handful missed or delivered late.

World Environment Day is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment

World Environment Day: 10 things we should ALL be thinking about

The 2015 edition of World Environment Day is surrounded, fittingly, by a maelstrom of debate around climate change.

The report is one of the first globally to quantify the environmental impacts of the circular economy at a national scale

Scotland makes climate case for circular economy

A circular economy in Scotland would reduce carbon emissions by up to 11 million tonnes a year without sacrificing the nation's financial prosperity, a new report from Zero Waste Scotland has found.

June 2012

New Look's Cardiff branch

New Look aims to slash energy costs with LED lighting

High street fashion chain New Look is set to install energy efficient LED lighting in 600 stores across the UK as it looks to reduce energy consumption and cut costs.

Councils not reinvesting waste profits in recycling

Local authorities do not have the money to invest in recycling despite securing more lucrative waste contracts off the back of increased material prices.

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Consultation pays off for 40MW biomass project

Strong consultation involvement with the local community is being heralded as a major success point in the granting of approval this week for a 40MW biomass plant in the East of England.

UN makes new sustainable energy commitments

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has marked Energy Day at Rio+20 by issuing three new commitments to action in support of his Sustainable Energy for All Initiative.

Three water companies to end hosepipe bans

Thames Water, Anglian Water and Southern Water have announced today that the hosepipe bans, which came into force on April 5, will be lifted tomorrow.

Flash flood warnings issued for south east

The Environment Agency (EA) has issued a number of flash flood warnings for the south east as torrential rainfall continues to cause surface water flooding.

There are definitely two sides of the fence when it comes to how positive Rio+20 has been

Rio+20 draft divides opinion

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, and Environment Secretary, Caroline Spelman, say the Rio+20 draft agreement is broadly positive but that they would have liked it to be stronger and to go further, others fail to see the positive angle...

Hospitality industry launches carbon measurement tool

A group of major global hospitality companies have joined forces to launch a new tool to help measure and report on their carbon emissions.

World's largest wind farm is now fully operational

Walney Wind Farm, claimed to be the world's largest operational offshore wind farm with 102 turbines, is now in full working order, it was announced today by SSE, one of the companies behind the development.

2050 energy roadmap wins backing in Luxembourg

UK Energy Minister Charles Hendry has welcomed the progress made today at the Energy Council meeting in Luxembourg where 26 Member States reached agreement on the 2050 Energy Roadmap.

June 2007

Waste industry debates AWC

Waste operators have hit back at the "media tirade" against fortnightly rubbish collections saying the system can work.

Campaign to reuse furniture

A furniture installation made of recycled furniture went on the show this week as part of a campaign to boost furniture reuse in London.

Public wants Government to lead on climate change

Britons want the government to do more to combat climate change but are not doing enough themselves, a new poll reveals.

Nation split on HIPs

Planned information packs to help home buyers easily assess the energy efficiency of a potential property have met with a mixed response among the public, despite the fact that most people say the cost of utility bills is a consideration when choosing a house.

A staggering one in twenty road journeys in the UK can be linked to the NHS

Climate change poses dual challenge for NHS

As one of the UK's largest carbon emitters and an organisation which will have to deal first hand with the health impacts of intense weather and natural disasters, the NHS is in an unenviable position when it comes to climate change.

Ex-EPA chief denies allegations over 9/11 pollution

A former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency is being criticized over September 11 workers' health and safety from toxic pollutants following the attacks.

Hilary Benn new Environment Secretary

News in Brief

Edie launches environmental awards

This summer edie.net is launching a series of awards to recognise the good work being done by environmental consultants.

Carbon trading plans gain pace Down Under

Australia and New Zealand have announced plans to set up carbon trading schemes with the hope of persuading other countries in the region to follow suit.

The Parc du Cinquantenaire

Europe gears up for Green Week

A beautiful Belgian park has been transformed to play host to an exhibition of some of the environmental inventions and gadgets which could shape our future, as the European Commission prepares for its annual Green Week.