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July 2019

The packs could be rolled out nationwide if the trial proves successful 

Aldi to remove plastic packaging from toilet roll packs

Aldi could save more than 900 tonnes of plastic each year, after announcing trials to remove plastic packaging from toilet roll packs at 174 stores across the UK.

The BEIS committee in the Commons is questioning the Chancellor on the net zero carbon economy costs as part of its investigation into the Clean Growth Strategy

Questions raised about £1trn adaptation cost to net zero carbon economy

Questions have been raised about the £1trn cost estimate of establishing a net-zero carbon economy by the Common's Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) committee.

Sales of pure EVs are up - but wide-scale adoption is slow and some plug-in vehicle registrations have declined in 2019.

Government injects £37m into innovative EV charging projects

Plans have been outlined by the government to invest £37m into twelve projects to drive forward growth in ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs).

Levi Strauss & Co agree IFC deal to help meet carbon goals

A multi-million-pound co-operation agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has been signed by Levi Strauss & Co to assist the firm in meeting its science-based targets by 2025.

Johnson was criticised for only mentioning battery technology in his speech outside No. 10

Boris Johnson insists climate change at the 'absolute core' of Government

Boris Johnson pledged to place tackling climate change at the "absolute core" of the Government's actions during his first appearance in the House of Commons as Prime Minister.

'Ecorefills' are Unilever's latest foray into plastics-reducing innovations 

Unilever: Innovation is the 'cornerstone' to plastics reduction

EXCLUSIVE: Product and systems innovations will be a "key cornerstone" in meeting Unilever's five-point plastics reduction strategy, which champions behaviour change and total phase-outs where possible alongside incremental reductions.

The goals were announced in April, but have since been approved by the SBTi

Co-op to halve emissions with 1.5C science-based target

The Co-op has joined a select group of business leaders committed to aligning emissions reduction strategies with the highest ambition of the Paris Agreement, after pledging to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.

London is one of 13 European cities which has already implemented restrictions on petrol and diesel vehicles

Bloomberg: Petrol and diesel bans reaching critical mass in European cities

Businesses with fleets across mainland Europe will have to phase out petrol and diesel vehicles within a decade or risk losing business in key cities, new research from Bloomberg has suggested.

Aftermath Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique and Zimbabwe

UK Government provides £250m climate aid package for Africa

The UK Government has announced its largest single direct climate investment in Africa, after pledging to provide a £250m aid package to help the continent improve climate resilience.

100 of the new charging points will be installed before Christmas

UK's rapid EV charging stock 'to double by 2024'

Electric vehicle (EV) charging network firm Engenie has unveiled fresh plans for expansion, which it claims will enable it to double the number of rapid chargers in the UK by 2024.



July 2018

Although the sector is set to benefit from low-carbon revenues, the report notes that board-level climate understanding and action remains low

Capital goods sector primed to capitalise on low-carbon transition, says CDP

The capital goods sector is on the "verge of a low-carbon industrial revolution" with numerous high-profile companies urged to turn to microgrids, energy storage and hybrid renewables to lower emissions and capture new economic opportunities, a new report has found.

The move to increase the target comes after the sector last year saved £104m through sustainability measures

UK raises public sector greenhouse gas target

After the public sector met its 2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets three years early, the UK Government has this week increased the aim by 10% in a bid to green the sector while saving more than £300m.

Bio-based cars and smart agriculture also feature in this week's round up

Low-carbon rockets and seed-shooting drones: the best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change. Here, edie rounds-up five of the best.

The EEA survey revealed a divide between chemical pollution in ground and surface water sites

Most of Europe's rivers and lakes fail water quality tests - report

The vast majority of Europe's rivers, lakes and estuaries have failed to meet minimum ecological standards for habitat degradation and pollution, according to a damning new report.

The larger tidal lagoons which TLP plans to build after Swansea would cost about the same as new build nuclear plants using the same methodology, TLP’s audit concludes

Government 'distorted figures', says Tidal Lagoon Power

The developer behind plans to build a £1.3bn tidal lagoon plant in Swansea Bay has accused the government of distorting figures used to justify its decision not to back the scheme.

The sachets were created in partnership with packaging development company Skipping Rocks Lab

Just Eat trials seaweed sachets as alternative to single-use plastics

Online food ordering firm Just Eat has commenced a trial of compostable sachets made from seaweed, as part of an effort to reduce the amount of plastic used by its UK restaurant partners.

Around 15 million tonnes of used textile waste is sent to landfill each year in the US

Delta Air Lines to recycle 158 tonnes of old uniforms in textile diversion scheme

Delta Air Lines has announced that it will send more than 158 tonnes of its old uniforms to be upcycled or recycled in what it claims will be one of the largest textile diversion schemes by a single US-based corporation.

Mastercard has ‘bold’ science-based target approved

Mastercard has become the first payments industry firm to gain approval for science-based targets, as the company aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20% by 2025.

The strategy outlines how EV infrastructure, research and development will be improved before 2040

Everything you need to know about the Government’s Road to Zero strategy

The Government has unveiled its much-anticipated Road to Zero strategy, detailing how a £1.5bn investment into electric vehicle (EV) research, development and infrastructure will help phase out petrol and diesel sales by 2040.

Fossil fuels’ share of energy investment needs to drop to 40% by 2030 to meet climate targets

IEA warns of 'worrying trend' as global investment in renewables falls

The world's energy watchdog has sounded the alarm over a "worrying" pause in the shift to clean energy after global investment in renewables fell 7% to $318bn (£240bn) last year.



July 2015

Gates told the Financial Times that current renewable technologies would only be able to reduce CO2 emissions at “beyond astronomical cost

Bill Gates: Next-gen renewable tech could be solution to climate change

Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has called for international Governments to triple R&D funding for renewable technologies in order to find a 'magic solution' to climate change.

Carbon Tracker estimates that $85bn of Shell's and BG's potential future LNG project options may not be needed

$283bn of liquefied natural gas projects 'unnecessary'

Approximately $283bn of potential liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects are likely to be surplus to requirements over the next 10 years if the world is to limit global warming to two degrees, experts have warned.

If left unchanged, the EU ETS will reportedly add nearly £30 a tonne to average steel production costs by 2030

EU decarbonisation policies could cost UK steel £300m a year

The EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) could cost the UK steel sector more than £300m a year by 2030, according to a new report from the industry.

Aviva chief executive Mark Wilson committed the company to £2.5bn investment in clean energy

Aviva commits £2.5bn to green investments following climate risk report

Insurance giant Aviva has announced a target to invest £500m every year for five years in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

SunEdison's expansion has made it the world's leading renewable energy development company

SunEdison continues global expansion with two major deals

International renewable energy firm SunEdison has expanded its solar portfolio with a $2.2bn deal, as well as securing a new channel to the UK energy market in a separate acquisition.

The renewable energy companies say local planning changes are lacking clarity

Small-scale wind turbine developers protest changes to local planning laws

Small and medium-scale wind turbine manufacturers have written to Communities Secretary Greg Clark to protest changes to planning guidance for onshore wind turbines.

Solar Impulse 2's flight from Japan to Hawaii is expected to last 120 hours. Photo: Solar Impulse

Solar plane glides past world record in 80-hour solo flight

The solar plane Solar Impulse 2 has broken the world records for distance and duration of solar aviation, flying continuously for more than 80 hours and travelling 6000 km across the Pacific.

Pacific islands such as Fiji could provide 100% of their energy from renewable sources

IRENA: Pacific islands should embrace natural renewables resources

Small island nations can secure substantial economic benefits by developing renewable energy sources, according to a series of new reports.

Moixa is planning to install more than 1MW of its energy storage systems by the end of 2015. Photo: Moixa Technology

Crowdfunding charge for new energy storage system

A London-based energy storage firm has launched a new crowdfunding campaign for a system which could rival Tesla, Powervault and other players in the UK's surging battery market.

The multinational pharmaceutical company identified water reduction as one of its central environmental challenges

Johnson & Johnson cuts emissions as water becomes main sustainability challenge

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson reduced its carbon emissions in 2014, but the firm is close to missing its 2015 water consumption target.



July 2010

Green groups urge suspension of Arctic oil drilling

Environmental groups have called for the suspension of offshore drilling in the Arctic in the aftermath of the BP Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

Northern Ireland lagging behind on recycling rates

Northern Ireland lags behind other parts of the UK with households recycling less than 30% of waste.

China joins exclusive high-tech nuclear club

China has become the eighth country in the world to generate electricity using the latest advances in nuclear reactor technology.

Scotland earmarked for Carbon Capture and Storage project

A gas-fired power station in Aberdeenshire is set to become one of the first Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) demonstration projects in the UK.

Investigation into hundreds of fish deaths to get underway

Investigators from the Environment Agency are to electrify fish to discover if the population has recovered from a devastating pollution leak two years ago.

Government blocks Belfast EFW

Plans for a £40 million energy from waste (EFW) plant have gone back to the drawing board after being thrown out by ministers.

Government hopes to encourage more small-scale renewable generation

The Government is today (July 12) launching a consultation into plans it hopes will help communities become more energy self-sufficient.

Remediation planned for 140 hectares of chemically polluted land

A consortium will tackle 140 hectares of heavily polluted land in Belgium damaged by years of chemical industry work.

Colin Drummond, Viridor chief executive officer

Waste boss goes undercover on TV show

The chief executive of one of the UK's biggest waste, recycling and renewable energy companies goes undercover at his own company as part of a new Channel 4 series.

Welsh announce plans for new green building rules

A series of planned measures announced by the Welsh Government this morning (July 9) will mean new buildings in the country will have to be greener.