Environmental News on this day... for June 2018, 2017, 2014, 2009

Take a trip into the past and see what stories were in the news in June 2018, 2017, 2014, 2009

June 2018

The London Stock Exchange is currently home to 78 green bonds which have raised more than $24.5bn

UK to host new Green Finance Institute

The Government will fund a new Green Finance Institute alongside the City of London Corporation to "champion sustainable finance" in the UK and abroad.

The update came with pledges to donate a further £4.5m to NGOs helping to tackle water scarcity in Asia

PepsiCo expands stewardship efforts across water-stressed regions

Food and drink manufacturing giant PepsiCo has announced that its campaign to expand access to safe water in its areas of operation has provided 16 million people with clean water, putting it on track to reach 25 million by 2025.

The move will see Shell research and develop solutions to common offshore wind barriers, including technology costs

Shell joins Carbon Trust programme to drive lower offshore wind costs

Shell Global Solutions International BV, the technical services and technologies arm of oil and gas giant Shell, has today (June 21) announced that it has joined a Carbon Trust programme aimed at overcoming market barriers to offshore wind deployment.

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

30-minute masterclass: How to lead a sustainability strategy for your business

Sustainability and CSR professionals wanting to lead a sustainability strategy for their business can tune into an on-demand, 30 minute masterclass webinar.

The government’s pledge to end the sales of pure petrol and diesel cars by 2040 is far too unambitious, Lord Deben said

Lord Deben: Housing and car industries should be 'ashamed' of climate record

The homebuilding and carmaking industries "should be ashamed" of their efforts to tackle global warming, according to the UK government's official climate change adviser.

Some of the biggest renewable export deals struck last year by UK companies surpassed £7m each, RenewableUK found

Five things you probably didn't know about the UK's renewable export market

As a new report reveals that the UK's marine and wind energy companies exported goods and services to an impressive 44 countries across the globe last year, edie rounds up some of the key trends in the UK’s renewable imports and exports.

Through a partnership with Thread International and the First Mile Coalition, HP purchased 170 tonnes of PCR plastic from Haiti last year

HP used eight million 'ocean-bound' plastic bottles in products last year

HP has revealed that it has diverted 170 tonnes of plastic from the oceans over the past 12 months, after pledging to recycle "ocean-bound" plastic bottles for use in its range of ink cartridges.

McDonald’s joins the likes of Waitrose, Burger King and Costa in agreeing to phase-out plastic straw use

McDonald's to ban plastic straws in all its UK restaurants

Following a successful trial of paper and biodegradable alternatives, McDonald's has announced that it will begin phasing out plastic straws in all its UK and Ireland restaurants by the end of this year.

Volvo hopes the move will encourage other car manufacturers to incorporate recycled materials in their components

Volvo to use 25% recycled plastic in new vehicles

After recently pledging to ban single-use plastics across its premises and events by the end of next year, Swedish carmaker Volvo has announced a new target of using at least 25% recycled plastic in all new vehicles it produces by 2025.

E.ON's Michael Lewis sits down with edie's Luke Nicholls in the third episode of the Mission Possible sofa interviews

On the Mission Possible sofa with E.ON's chief executive Michael Lewis

The third episode of our new sustainable business chat show sees E.ON's chief executive Michael Lewis discuss what energy innovation can do to unlock future sustainability opportunities.



June 2017

Devizes MP Claire Perry, the newly-appointed Minister of State for Climate Change

Claire Perry named as new Climate Change Minister

The ongoing Conservative ministerial reshuffle has seen Claire Perry take over from Nick Hurd as Minister of State for Climate Change, amid concern over new Defra Secretary Michael Gove's track record on green issues.

The retailer has cut absolute carbon emissions by more than 20% since 2005 and is on track to achieve a 30% reduction target set for 2020

Sainsbury's commits to 100% LED lighting by 2020

Sainsbury's has become the first supermarket in the UK to make a commitment to switch to 100% LED lighting by 2020.

AO Recycling will build on TRG’s expertise to “significantly increase” UK WEEE recycling capacity, including an aim to deliver industry-leading recovery rates

Retailer set to become the UK's largest fridge recycler

Online electricals retailer AO looks set to become the UK's largest fridge recycler, after merging with The Recycling Group (TRG) in a move expected to recycle up to 700,000 fridges annually.

Although Polman called for swift business actions, delegates at the event warned that “bold and fast” commitments could become susceptible to greenwashing

Paul Polman: Businesses must champion sustainability in era of 'short-sighted' politics

Unilever's chief executive Paul Polman has called on the business community to deliver the low-carbon transition during a period of "short-sighted" politics, while business leaders from McDonald's, SC Johnson and C&A have advised that consumer trust must be at the heart of action.

The fund offers investment of £50-250,000 for “high-growth potential” sustainability businesses

Crowdfunding success for sustainability start-up fund

An investment fund for start-ups that support sustainability principles such as the circular economy has secured more than £1m after exceeding its original crowdfunding target by 22%.

Together Towards Zero sets 2030 targets for carbon, water, zero irresponsible drinking and a zero accidents culture that are “much bigger in scale and scope” than previous aims

Carlsberg targets zero-emission breweries under industry-leading sustainability strategy

EXCLUSIVE: Carlsberg has launched a new "industry-leading" sustainability strategy that aims to push beyond the company's own group strategy and exceed science-based recommendations by eliminating carbon emissions and halving water usage at breweries by 2030.

The research found that only 29% of the firms reporting to the scheme disclose their performance against carbon emission reduction targets

Report: UK businesses have 'long way to go' to reduce emissions

UK businesses have been urged to ramp up efforts to reduce carbon emissions after research found that organisations involved in the Government's Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) energy efficiency scheme emitted more than 41 million tonnes of carbon dioxide during the 2015-16 compliance year.

Sustainability professionals now face concerns over the inevitable delay of major proposed environmental legislation such as The Clean Growth Plan and the 25-Year Environment Plan

General Election results: Green economy braced for further uncertainty after hung parliament vote

Clouds of uncertainty continue to hover over the future of a number of key long-term environmental policy frameworks as the Conservative Party has failed to win an overall majority in a shock outcome of the UK General Election.

The 38-page sustainability report outlines Heathrow's aim to ensure the Airport's expansion is seen as

Green buildings focus helps Heathrow hit 2020 carbon reduction target

The installation of more than 100,000 LEDs and a rooftop solar system helped Heathrow Airport achieve a 14% year-on-year reduction in carbon emissions from its buildings, enabling the business to hit a target that was set for 2020.

Through the Powervault system, the batteries are given an estimated 10 years of additional life use

Renault enters UK energy storage market with Powervault and M&S trials

Renault has become the latest carmaker to venture into the energy storage market, after partnering with energy equipment suppliers Powervault and Marks & Spencer (M&S) to trial used electric vehicle (EV) batteries in home energy storage units in the UK.



June 2014

The Carbon Trust believes Chinese wind turbines are less reliable than those made by European counterparts

British expertise can help China hit 'critical' offshore wind targets

The UK is leading the way when it comes to offshore wind; with new reports from the Carbon Trust claiming that our expertise could help China hit a deployment target of 5GW of offshore wind by 2015.

The Government has been accused of having 'an unjustified bias against the solar industry

Solar league table: Britain's top solar-powered constituencies revealed

Andrew Lansley is top of the class, Justine Greening is bottom, and Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey is lagging behind in a new 'league table' and interactive map of constituencies and solar power.

The report indicates that closed-loop reprocessing technologies could be a significant contributor to GDP growth

Reuse and closed-loop recovery models set to power UK growth

Reuse and smarter 'closed-loop' reprocessing technologies offer two of the biggest growth opportunities for the UK's waste sector, new research has revealed.

Retailers often have to source from overseas suppliers to ensure they have sufficient quantities of produce. Photo: Rob Crandall / Shutterstock.com

Cross-sectoral cooperation key to managing water risk in retail sector

Retailers must widen their investment portfolio and look to engage with a broad range of stakeholder groups if they wish to secure future water supplies within their supply chains, new research suggests.

Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions rose by 400,000 tonnes between 2011 and 2012

Scotland unveils 'package of measures' after missing carbon targets for third year in a row

The Scottish Government is finally waking up to the challenge of cutting carbon emissions after failing to hit targets set in the Climate Change Act for a third consecutive year.

Welsh businesses in the commercial sector diverted an estimated 68% of waste from landfill in 2012

Welsh businesses walk the talk on waste-to-landfill reduction

Wales is moving ever-closer to adopting a resource-efficient circular economy with businesses in the commercial, construction and demolition sectors all recycling more than ever.

The two organisations are seeking to address fears that future water shortages could lead growing to local and regional tensions

'It is our duty to act now': WWC and FAO unite to combat water and food security

The World Water Council (WWC) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) have agreed to increase their collaboration amidst growing concerns about global water and food security.

The research involved developing methods to control the breakdown of lignin using bacteria and extracting these chemicals in significant quantities

Next-generation bioplastics 'could be made from trees'

Southampton-based plastic manufacturer Biome Bioplastics has released ground-breaking research that demonstrates the feasibility of creating low-cost, high-performance bioplastics using lignin derived from wood.

Monsanto expects it's water efficiency measures to save 135-360 billion litres of water per year by 2020

Monsanto targets smarter irrigation to drive 25% water use reduction by 2020

Agricultural giant Monsanto has pledged to increase irrigation water efficiency across its global seed production operations by 25% by 2020 and will report on its progress in meeting this goal.

TNT Express Services has reduced the amount of waste it sends to landfill by more than 3,200 tonnes between 2011 and 2013

TNT rewarded for waste-reduction initiatives

TNT Express Services has become the first business in the UK transport and logistics industry to receive the Carbon Trust Waste Standard for significantly increasing the amount of waste it sends for recycling rather than to landfill.



June 2009