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August 2019

The 5p charge has been widely attributed to a drop in plastic bag pollution on UK coastlines 

Four years on: How have supermarkets responded to the 5p plastic bag charge?

The UK Government published its annual figures on single-use plastic bag sales last week, revealing that distribution by large retailers has fallen 90% since the 5p charge was introduced. But exactly what role have supermarkets played in that transition?

BNEF predicts that 10 nations will represent three-quarters of the market by 2040

Report: Energy storage to smash 1,000GW milestone by 2040

Energy storage installations are poised for a 122-fold increase between now and 2040, as the uptake of renewable energy and electric vehicles (EVs) and falling costs of technology provide an ideal platform to drive demand for storage solutions.

Tree planting above Gorpley reservoir in Calderdale where up to 200,000 trees will be planted Image: Yorkshire Water

UK water companies to plant 11 million trees to assist carbon-neutral aims

A host of major UK water companies, local authorities and NGOs have today (15 August) teamed on a new tree-planting initiative that will assist the delivery of a carbon-neutral water industry by 2030.

The research programme will last for two years. Image: Widerøe

Rolls-Royce teams with Norway's largest regional airline on zero-emission aircraft scheme

Rolls-Royce is partnering with the largest regional airline in Scandinavia on a joint research programme aimed at unlocking and developing technology to enable zero-emission aviation.

The UK's peatlands currently embody around 3.2 billion tonnes of carbon - the equivalent of nine years' of national emissions 

UK must ban peat use to reach net-zero, Veolia argues

Veolia has urged the UK Government to implement a ban on the destruction of peatlands for compost, arguing that such a policy will be necessary to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

This weekly round-up explores how organisations across the world are ramping up efforts in all fields of sustainable development

BP's Chinese EV chargers and circular football pitches: 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.

The next phase of the project, which is due to be completed in the coming months, will extend the network to a further 450 homes

Underground line to heat up London homes during winter

The sweltering temperatures on the tube's Northern line will soon begin keeping homes in Islington, north London, cosy through the colder months, under a scheme to harness the heat from the underground.

The Scottish Events campus where the UN's COP26 climate conference will be held, should the UK and Italy win their join bid to host the two-week talks

Glasgow lined up to host COP26 climate change summit

Glasgow is set to host the COP26 climate change summit next year, should the UK win the bid to host the international event, the Government has said.

The Aldersgate Group has been engaging with Government over net-zero for more than a year

Business leaders put pressure on Boris Johnson over next net-zero steps

Members of the Aldersgate Group have today (1 August) jointly sent a green policy manifesto to new Prime Minister Boris Johnson, outlining the next steps they'd like him to take on bolstering the UK's 2050 net-zero target.

the Co-op notes that 156 English councils (48%) do not have kerbside food waste collections

Co-op lobbies for universal local food waste collection systems

The Co-op has called for the UK Government and local authorities to accelerate the introduction of a universal food waste collection process, claiming that the move could stop more than 350,000 tonnes of food waste being sent to landfill in England alone.



August 2018

This is the latest in a string of legal actions taken against Heathrow expansion. Photo: HACAN

Fresh legal action taken against Heathrow Airport expansion

Climate change charity Plan B has initiated legal action against Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, in a challenge to the proposed Heathrow expansion.

The existing system of single phase supply has worked while electricity demand has been relatively limited but will be overloaded by increased demand from electric vehicles (EVs)

Upgrade home electricity supply systems to unlock low-carbon technologies, says REA

The single "phase" electricity supply system, which has been the norm in UK homes since before the Second World War, should be scrapped for new homes, a report has urged.

The Group, which consists of the EIB and EIF, reduced its emissions intensity by 2.8% year-on-year

European Investment Bank Group halves emissions intensity as staff numbers increase

The European Investment Bank (EIB) Group has announced that it has halved its emissions intensity over the past decade, despite staff numbers increasing more than two-fold over the ten-year period.

The partnership will see seven bring banks installed across the county for a two-year period

ACE UK partners with Cornwall Council to boost beverage carton recycling rates

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) has partnered with Cornwall Council to open a set of new recycling banks for food and drink cartons and paper coffee cups across the region, in a bid to boost recycling rates for the items.

The first green bond, worth €600m, was issued last year

SSE issues second green bond to fund renewable sector

SSE has issued a second green bond worth €650m, confirming the big six supplier as the largest issuer of green bonds from the UK corporate sector.

Food security in Britain is in long-term decline, with the country producing 60% of what it needs to feed itself, compared with 74% 30 years ago,

UK would run out of food a year from now with no-deal Brexit, NFU warns

Britain would run out of food on this date next year if it cannot continue to easily import from the EU and elsewhere after Brexit, the National Farmers' Union has warned.

The 30-minute masterclass offers a taster of the brand new Sustainability Leadership Programme, developed by Cranfield University for edie's network of sustainability professionals

edie's next 30-minute masterclass: How to implement the circular economy

Sustainability professionals seeking to drive value from the transition to a circular economy are invited to take part in a free, online masterclass taking place on Wednesday 12 September.

Schreve said that investors need to ensure that the green finance market focuses on backing “quality” over quantity for environmental and social funding opportunities

How ING is avoiding greenwash in the new green finance era

EXCLUSIVE: ING's global head of sustainable finance Leonie Schreve believes that stronger internal relations between the finance and sustainability departments within businesses will create more access to green loans and bonds to assist the low-carbon transition.

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

Solar-powered breweries and Ikea's electric rickshaws: 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.

With 2,025 corporates now disclosing their water footprint through CDP, the organisation believes they can act as a

World Water Week: Seven ways businesses are progressing water stewardship

As research released for World Water Week (August 26 -31) reveals that the number of large companies pledging to measure, manage and report their water risks has doubled over the last three years, edie rounds up seven ways that the business community is progressing water stewardship efforts worldwide.



August 2015

On top of the significant revenue gain, more effective recovery of materials could be environmentally beneficial by reducing manufacturers' reliance on natural resources

Recycling e-waste could be worth up to €3.7bn by 2020

Efficient recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) could be worth €3.7bn to the European economy by 2020, a new study has found.

In her column, Rudd claimed shale could create 60,000 new jobs in the UK and generate billions of pounds for the economy

Rudd warns councils to speed up fracking decisions

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd has announced the Government will be writing to local councils to urge them to speed up planning decisions on fracking.

Photo: Carys Lavin on readingfestival.com

Reading Festival launches re-use campaign to tackle thousands of abandoned tents

Reading Festival has announced a new campaign to help reduce the 20 tonnes of reusable camping equipment abandoned at the festival every year.

Businesses and campaign groups have put their names to the Litter Manifesto

McDonalds and Wrigley add support to national Litter Manifesto

Businesses and campaign groups have backed a new Litter Manifesto calling on the Government to tackle the UK's £1bn litter problem.

The Greenpeace orchestral protest compares Shell's arctic drilling the Titanic disaster

Greenpeace holds 'Titanic' protest against Shell Arctic oil drilling

Greenpeace has today (3 August) held the opening recital of a month-long run of musical protests against Arctic oil drilling taking place outside Shell's offices in London.

Inder Poonaji will join Viridor on 1 September

Viridor snaps up Nestle's Inder Poonaji to drive sustainability strategy

Waste management firm Viridor has recruited Nestle's former head of sustainability, Inder Poonaji, to direct its own sustainability, safety, health environment and quality divisions.

Sheffield City Council says it plans to deploy the heat meters to 6,000 homes on its district heating network

Sheffield heat meter pilot saves locals £238 on heating bills

A trial of heat meters in 227 council homes in Sheffield has cut heating bills by approximately £238 per house.

edie's inaugural Sustainability Skills Workshop will take place in London on 26 January 2016

edie launches brand new Sustainability Skills Workshop

The sustainability leaders of tomorrow will be able to enhance their existing skills and develop new ones thanks to a brand new edie workshop being launched next year.

Obama's Clean Power Plan will carbon emissions from power plants by almost a third

Obama launches Clean Power Plan to slash power plant emissions

President Obama is set to launch the final version of America's Clean Power Plan today (3 August) to tackle carbon emissions from power plants.

During the trip, the Leaf and an all-electric support van saved approximately 20 kg CO2 emissions

Video Nissan plots 5 most breathtaking electric-car journeys in Europe

Japanese carmaker Nissan has unveiled a guide to five of the most breathtaking journeys across Europe that can be made by electric vehicles.



August 2010

Low carbon restaurant opens first UK outlet

A restaurant which claims to be the only one in the world to print the carbon footprint of every product on its menu as opened its first UK outlet.

Professor Martin Tangney

Scientists develop bio-fuel from whisky waste

Waste from whisky distilling has been transformed into a bio-fuel by Scottish scientists.

Green machine debuts in Emerald Isle

A car dubbed the world's first affordable mass produced electric vehicle made its European debut in Ireland this month.

US regulator shrugs off climate deniers

America's environmental watchdog has rebuffed challenges to a scientific study it published declaring climate change real, man-made and a threat to human health and the natural world.

Tree protection to help Russian tiger

The Russian government is boosting protection of its rare wild tigers by tightening controls on logging of a tree vital to their habitat.

Nick Clegg announces plan for 'new Green Deal'

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has announced plans a new Green Deal which he says is part of the coalition's 'quiet green revolution' to create jobs and protect the environment.

Public wants greener kitchens, superstore chain says

Householders want kitchens of the future to be kinder to the environment, a new report reveals.

Business fears over impending CRC scheme

Businesses say mapping energy use is their biggest concern when it comes to a new government scheme to tackle carbon emissions.

Olympic Park connected with inland waterways

British Waterways has reopened a derelict lock on Waterworks River in east London for the first time in over 40 years following a restoration project costing £400,000.

Incinerators feature heavily in Defra's waste review

Plans to burn waste for energy feature prominently in a new waste review launched this morning (29 July) by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).