Environmental News on this day... for February 2017, 2016, 2013, 2008

Take a trip into the past and see what stories were in the news in February 2017, 2016, 2013, 2008

February 2017

The paper calls for a re-think on the tonnage-based EU waste targets to incorporate measures focused on wider environmental goals such as CO2 impacts

UK should consider new 2025 recycling targets, claims EIC

The UK should consult on new recycling targets for 2025 to boost investor confidence in the waste sector, according to a new report from the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC).

Take the four steps to successful energy management

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Despite Europe’s installed wind power capacity now standing at 153.7GW, it is still a relatively small fraction of the region’s 918.8GW of total power capacity

Almost 90% of new power in Europe from renewable sources in 2016

Renewable energy sources made up nearly nine-tenths of new power added to Europe's electricity grids last year, in a sign of the continent's rapid shift away from fossil fuels.

edie has once again pulled together the best innovations that could drive the global low-carbon transition into this neat and tidy little green package

Urine batteries and impossible food: the best green innovations of the week

In a week where businesses ramped-up resource efficiency methods, edie rounds up some of the latest and greatest green innovations that could strengthen and already solid business case for low-carbon technology.

The scheme places drivers into weekly prize draws for spa trips and supercar events, providing they can hit efficiency-related KPIs

Allianz sponsors gamification scheme to enhance efficiency for UK van fleets

The UK's second largest fleet insurer Allianz has turned to gamification to encourage higher levels of driving efficiency amongst its customers, through a new sponsored partnership Lightfoot.

Retail ready packaging from Smurfit Kappa, which has strict sourcing policies for its virgin and recovered fibres

Smurfit Kappa hits certification goal for sustainably-sourced packaging

Global paper-based packaging firm Smurfit Kappa has completed its goal of ensuring that 90% of all packaging sold to consumers is Chain of Custody certified, demonstrating full-transparency and a willingness to source from verified certification systems.

The current downward trend in emissions has placed the UK on track to surpass its second carbon budget, which requires a 29% reduction in emissions below 1990 levels

Coal phase-out sees UK emissions tumble by 4%

A fall in coal use, and subsequent rise in renewables and nuclear electricity sources, has been listed as a prime driver in the UK registering a 4% decline in carbon emissions in 2015, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed.

The Laggan hydro dam. Organisations are concerned that hydropower had been singled-out for

Scotland's renewable energy schemes 'crippled' by business rates revaluation

Small Scottish renewable energy schemes could be faced with new business rates of up to 650%, rousing fears that future investment into renewables could be stunted in the country.

The Nevada factory, Gigafactory One, is currently being built in stages so that manufacturing can still take place as the base expands

Tesla pushes for three more Gigafactories

Disruptive car manufacturer and self-proclaimed "integrated sustainable energy company" Tesla has revealed that it hopes to finalise locations for at least two new Gigafactories by the end of 2017, with the possibility of adding a third being discussed.

The Tidyman logo is used to help consumers understand how their actions impact on the environment and to encourage correct disposal methods

Harrogate Water turns to iconic Tidyman logo to raise recycling awareness

As reports emerge that UK ministers are likely to reject a plastic bottle deposit scheme, Britain's largest independent bottled water company has agreed to place the iconic 'Tidyman' logo on its products in a new partnership with Keep Britain Tidy.

February 2016

A panoramic view of Valencia, Spain - one of the countries that will see existing buildings renovated and retrofitted to improve energy efficiency

World's largest retrofit project launched to slash building emissions

The world's largest collaborative project on existing buildings has been launched across Europe as nations attempt to implement 'renovation strategies' in an effort to lower emissions in existing buildings across the continent.

The Body Shop now has 14 specific, measurable 2020 targets that make the business accountable for its sustainability plan

Green makeover: The Body Shop enters new era of sustainable business with bold CSR strategy

The Body Shop has today (2 February) launched an ambitious new CSR strategy including an overarching goal to be the world's most ethical and truly sustainable global business".

Outdated devices and appliances are regularly thrown away, even though they still work

Shorter and shorter electronics product-life is 'unacceptable'

Broken, out of fashion, replaced by a shinier version - electronic devices are being used for a decreasing amount of time before being disposed of, according to a new study.

MillerCoors Fort Worth Brewery in Texas reduced waste by 66 percent in 2015 compared to 2014

MillerCoors toasts zero waste to landfill status after behaviour change drive

America's second-largest brewer has achieved landfill-free operations at all of its major breweries across the country, thanks to an enhanced focus on employee engagement and behaviour change.

Edinburgh's Royal Mile at night. Scotland is currently lit by more than 900,000 street lights, costing local authorities £41m a year in electricity bills

Scotland spends to save with LED streets funding boost

Nearly one-third of Scotland's streets will be LED-lit by April 2017 as local councils have announced that a further £56m will be invested in a nationwide lighting replacement programme over the next 12 months.

Liz Goodwin became chief executive of WRAP in 2007, having joined the organisation in 2001

Liz Goodwin to step down as WRAP chief executive

Liz Goodwin will step down as chief executive of the UK Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) later this year, after nine years in the role.

Former Shell chairman Lord Bearsted gifted the Upton House estate and its extensive art and porcelain collections to the National Trust in 1948. Photo: National Trust

Former home of oil tycoon given green makeover by National Trust

A country house in Warwickshire that was once powered by 25,000 litres of oil every year is now fuelled by two wood-pellet boilers, saving £6,000 a year on energy bills and 55 tonnes of carbon emissions.

The high street chain is avoiding the 5p plastic carrier bag levy by offering handleless bags to customers free of charge

Card Factory defends plastic bag tax avoidance

Greetings cards retailer Card Factory has fended off criticism of it's decision to sell plastic bags without handles as a way of avoiding the 5p carrier bag charge.

The UK’s largest array of rooftop solar panels is installed on a distribution centre for M&S - one of the companies signed up to the RE100 scheme. Photo: First Industrial

UK firms missing out on renewables revolution

The business benefits of making the switch from fossil fuels to renewables have been made even clearer today (2 March) with a new report revealing that clean electricity adds less than 1% to power bills, drives employee engagement and wins new customers.

Leonardo DiCaprio has been a vocal activist in raising the issue of climate change to a global audience

Leonardo DiCaprio warns of 'urgent threat' of climate change in Oscars speech

Leonardo DiCaprio ended his 22-year wait to finally take home an Oscar last night (28 February), and the environmental activist used his acceptance speech to urge people across the globe to act on the "urgent threat" of climate change.

February 2013

Carpet waste diversion up 30% as demand for recovery grows

Recovery of carpet waste has accelerated over the past 12 months due to sustained efforts across the supply chain in capturing this material stream.

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Lessons must be learnt from catastrophic 1953 floods

Investment in infrastructure must be in line with the threat of rising waters in the face of climate change and increased rainfall, experts have said on the 60th anniversary of the 1953 North Sea floods.

Biffa found guilty in landfill site pollution case

Biffa has been fined £105,000 for failing to manage pollution from its Tyne and Wear landfill site in line with environmental legislation.

Artist's impression of the new MBT facility in Essex

In brief: Energy-from-waste contract news

The latest activity in the energy recovery sector sees three major infrastructure projects take flight including a novel incinerator bottom ash recycling facility underpinned by a sustainable mode of transport.

EU leaders triple funds on climate action

European leaders have agreed to commit 20% of all EU spending to mitigate climate change, following two days of negotiations.

Scotland paves new path for citizenship recycling

Scotland is to roll out thousands of public recycling bins across the country in a bid to make people more accountable for their waste when away from home.

BT drives renewables plan with new windfarm in Northumberland

British renewable energy company RES has signed an agreement with telecommunications provider BT to develop a new wind farm in Northumberland.

Waste sector to invest £7bn to become circular economy 'enabler'

Significant investment in infrastructure will be the focus of the waste industry for the next five years, as demand for resource-led treatment solutions grows.

UK public fully on board with renewable energy mission

Generating electricity, fuel and heat through the use of renewable energy is supported by 79% of the UK public, with just 4% opposed, according to a government survey published today.

PUMA closes the loop with first cradle-to-cradle product line

PUMA has unveiled its first cradle-to-cradle collection product range comprising footwear, apparel and accessories - of all which have been certified as 100% biodegradable or recyclable.

February 2008

MPs slam pay-as-you-throw pilots

Government plans for pilot pay-as-you-throw schemes are a "messy compromise" made in the face of media opposition, a group of MPs have said.

Power industry 'needs simplifying' for smart meters

Smart metering has the power to revolutionise energy use in the UK - but only if Government and the power industry make "bold and brave" decisions now, a senior figure at E.ON UK has said.

Environmental quality low in London's deprived areas

The quality of the environment in the most deprived areas of London is much worse than in the city's affluent areas, Government statistics have revealed.

An artist's impression of the rear of the ZAP Alias

Plans for $30K electric sports car unveiled

An electric car manufacturer has announced plans for a new car that will be able to top 100 miles per hour and do 0 to 60 in just 5.7 seconds - and all for a cost of just $30,000.

NI Environment Minister looks for comment on wind energy

Northern Ireland Environment Minister Arlene Foster has issued draft planning guidance on the development of wind energy in the country.

Greener trains roll out across Ireland

The trains used in Ireland are being updated and the new fleet will be the greenest diesel train fleet in Europe, it has been claimed.

More food waste needs to be diverted from Irish landfill, EPA have said

'Action needed' to hit biodegradable waste targets

Promoting at-source composting, increasing the landfill levy and developing a national waste management plan are among the suggestions from Irish environmental experts to help the country divert more biodegradable material from landfill.

Construction industry told to crackdown on water pollution

The construction and demolition industry was responsible for more than 120 cases of pollution that caused environmental damage to waterways in England and Wales in 2006.

Local authorities share waste tips

Local authorities in Ireland have been showcasing what they are doing to tackle waste issues in their areas.

Sustainable business award launched

Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) has launched a search for the most energy efficient firms in Ireland.