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

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September 2018

edie's Matt Mace and Ball Corporation's Ramon Arratia discuss the new resource efficiency paradigm

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: In the Green Room with Ball's Ramon Arratia

Welcome back to the green room - edie's exclusive interview hub for sustainability leaders, brought to you as part of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next to provide the insights of a leading sustainable business: Ball Corporation's sustainability director Ramon Arratia.

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Lord Deben: Businesses must avoid 'knee-jerk' plastic phase-outs

Committee on Climate Change (CCC) chairman Lord Deben has urged companies to avoid making "knee-jerk" decisions on plastics packaging, warning that "reactionary" choices to consumer demands could lead to unintended environmental consequences.

Stena Line has pledged to use AI across its entire fleet by 2021

First AI-assisted passenger boat sets sail to boost fuel efficiency

Ferry giant Stena Line has unveiled what it claims is the world's first passenger boat that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to determine the most fuel-efficient route.

Founder members of the task force include the High-Value Manufacturing Catapult, Innovate UK and Schneider Electric

Green tech task force launched to improve resource efficiency of UK businesses

Think tank Green Alliance has launched a new green technology task force in a bid to encourage the development of innovations which will improve resource efficiency in the UK's manufacturing sector, which could unlock up to £10bn in profit in the process.

Ryan McDonnell, Lidl’s commercial board director, said the “significant move away from black plastic demonstrates our dedication to tackling this important topic”

Lidl to stop using black plastic fruit and vegetable packaging

Lidl UK says it will remove black plastic from its entire fruit and vegetable range by the end of the month.

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Plastics, Pledge Walls the potential 'death' of CSR: Top 10 sustainability stories of September 2018

Another month has passed which means it's time to remind ourselves of September's most-read sustainability stories and standout pieces of content from September - from massive plastic phase-outs and circular economy masterclasses to new supply chain commitments and a discussion about the future of CSR.

Innovations in the built environment are key to making net zero the new normal

Solar window cells and 100-year heat pumps: the best innovations for World Green Building Week

To mark World Green Building Week, edie has re-focused its usual green innovations of the week series to deliver six of the best solutions to help decarbonise the built environment.

Outside of solar arrays, energy-harnessing materials suitable for the built environment are in their infancy

Energy-generating building materials backed by £36m Government funding

The UK Government will spend more than £36m on new technology that will enable building materials to generate, store and release clean energy.

YouGov asked 250 senior energy managers about how well-informed about costs they felt

UK energy managers ‘unaware’ of impacts of rising non-commodity costs

More than half of senior UK energy professionals are "unaware or unsure" of the potential impacts which rising non-commodity costs will have on their firm, according to new Government figures.

The Alliance launch coincides with the UN General Assembly’s Global Goals Week in New York, which aims to drive action and raise awareness of the SDGs. Photo: Neil Baynes

The World Benchmarking Alliance launches to rank businesses on SDGs

A global multi-stakeholder initiative has been launched to measure and incentivise business efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

September 2017

edie has once again pulled the best innovation stories of the week into this neat and tidy little green package

Origami apparel and insect-inspired solar: the best green innovations of the week

In a breakthrough week for the manufacturing sectors, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could help to accelerate the global shift towards a prosperous low-carbon future.

Energy consumption at the 54,000-seater stadium surges during football matches and events. Image: Amsterdam ArenA

Nissan LEAF batteries to power up Amsterdam ArenA's energy storage system

Nissan and power management company Eaton will implement one of Europe's largest commercial energy storage systems, after striking a deal to install a 3MW system of electric vehicle (EV) batteries at the car park of the Amsterdam ArenA stadium.

Veolia’s desire to harness the potential of the younger generation forms part of its overarching ambition to become a company at the forefront of a resource revolution

Investing in business means investing in people, says Veolia

Businesses must diversify their workforce to nurture the next generation of CSR leaders, according to waste management firm Veolia's senior executive vice-president UK & Ireland.

Cox and Power rings made using Fairtrade Gold Image: Ian Berry, Magnum Photos.

First batch of African Fairtrade gold arrives in the UK

Fairtrade has announced the first ever shipment of certified African Fairtrade gold into the UK, in a move backed by Philips that could unlock new ethical sourcing opportunities for businesses ranging from jewellers to tech specialists.

EXCLUSIVE: edie Explains Solar PPAs guide published

A power purchase agreement (PPA), is a contract between an energy generator and an energy buyer or 'end-user'. PPAs can provide a fixed price for energy generated over the duration of the contract, removing exposure to energy price volatility and allowing for accurate and predictable cost planning.

Only 52 of the 127 institutions analysed look set to meet or exceed their 2020 carbon targets

Best performance to date unlikely to help English universities hit carbon goals

English universities have achieved their best year-on-year reduction in carbon emissions to date, although an annual 7% reduction is unlikely to put the sector on track to meet a 2020 carbon reduction target.

More than 40 social landlords including local authorities will be involved across England and Wales. Photo: Solarplicity

£1bn solar project set to power 800,000 UK homes

More than 800,000 low-income UK households will have access to cheap solar electricity in the next five years thanks to a £1bn Government-led programme.

London breached its nominal annual air pollution limits five days into 2017

Britain flouting duty to protect citizens from toxic air pollution - UN

The UK government is "flouting" its duty to protect the lives and health of its citizens from illegal and dangerous levels of air pollution, according to the UN's special rapporteur on human rights related to toxic waste.

While PepsiCo is a quarter of the way to its 2025 goals for annual water replenishment, the company has made slow progress across key sourcing targets

PepsiCo makes slow progress as it embeds new sustainability strategy

Food and beverage company PepsiCo has made inroads into its new set of sustainability targets, although a year of calibrating on new baselines means that progress will have to accelerate to reach key goals.

The majority of carmakers will face penalties of €95 for every gram of CO2 above the limit, multiplied by the number of cars they sell in 2020

Top carmakers must make 'rapid changes' or face billions in emissions fines

Major car manufacturers such as Ford, BMW and Volkswagen (VW) are on course to miss EU emissions targets and could be set to face billions in fines, according to new research.

September 2014

The regeneration project will see 706 new homes connected to an energy efficient heat and power system. Image courtesy of Conran & Partners

Landlord goes green with Green Man Lane project

One of the UK's leading landlords has boosted its environmental credentials with a £136m regeneration programme connecting new homes to an energy efficient heat and power system.

Morre than 120 international figureheads descended upon the UN headquarters in New York for the 2014 Climate Summit

Climate Summit: Five things you need to know

The UN Climate Summit in New York saw a host of impassioned speeches, revamped national commitments and new industry-led initiatives. But what does this all mean for your business? Edie's round-up should help...

The destruction of the world's rainforests is one of the largest causes of CO2 emissions

Governments and business leaders unite to end deforestation

A public-private partnership of multinationals, governments, civil society and indigenous peoples have pledged to halve the rate of deforestation by 2020 and eradicate the issue completely by 2030.

The report was based on a total of 767 interviews carried out in two separate surveys with purchasers and their consultants

Free download: The edie environmental consultancy report 2013/14

What is currently top of the agenda for environmental consultancy firms? How are businesses engaging with those firms? And does the environmental consulting market have the potential for further growth? All of the key questions are answered in edie's latest piece of in-depth research.

Over 100 million farmers in the developing world are responsible for 90% of the world's cotton production

Cotton supply chain urged to help reduce water footprint

More support is needed for smallholder cotton farmers in the developing world as they grapple with the effects of water scarcity which could put the global cotton industry at serious risk.

The settlement covers 274 Costco stores that have commercial refrigeration equipment regulated by the Clean Air Act

Costco to cut refrigerant emissions in deal with EPA

America's second largest retailer Costco Wholesale Corporation has been forced to cut the emissions of ozone-depleting and greenhouse gas chemicals from its refrigeration equipment after violating national regulations set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

SEP managing partner Calum Paterson says the market opportunity for energy infrastructure finance is 'very attractive'

New £135m fund launched for UK energy projects

UK venture capital firm Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) has today (2 September) announced it has raised £135m for a new infrastructure fund to invest in a diversified portfolio of UK-based clean energy projects.

Heathrow  is the first airport terminal to be judged as 'Excellent' by the BRE

Air passengers up, emissions down at UK airports

UK airports have cut their carbon footprints by 3%, despite a 5% passenger rise since 2010, according to a new report from the Airport Operators Association (AOA).

Virgin Media gave a 'thumbs down' for its total direct and indirect emissions in 2013

Virgin Media falling short of carbon reduction target

Virgin Media's total carbon emissions have risen by 2.6% since 2007, leaving the communications giant a long way from reaching its 2015 goal of a 15% reduction.

Wind power overtook coal-fired power plants for generation on five separate occasions in August

Wind power breezes past nuclear and coal in record-breaking August

The British summer may be over but it has ended on a high for the renewables sector, with new records set and wind generation levels exceeding both nuclear and coal.

September 2009

Gail Porter tries out an electric scooter

Gail Porter opens Camden's Green Motor Expo

TV presenter Gail Porter opened Camden's Green Motor Expo before trying out a range of environmentally friendly vehicles.

Wales smashes landfill reduction targets

Welsh councils have smashed targets for reducing the amount of waste they send to landfills reaching the 2010 mark a year early.

Irish litter campaign's 'blot on the landscape' supermarket claim

A snapshot survey suggests many Irish supermarkets are failing to deal with waste building up on their premises.

Council boss resigns over fraud allegation slurs

The leader of Eden District Council has resigned following his arrest for alleged fraud relating to the recycling company he manages.

Hazardous coal ash locations released for first time after spill

Locations of hazardous coal ash created by the energy industry burning it for power have been released by America's environment watchdog.

Population control the solution to climate change

A week after the Royal Society published its musings on technological solutions that might curb climate change, another organisation has come up with what it believes is the cheapest and most effective way to tackle emissions - contraception.

Waste shipped to Brazil meant for landfill

The Environment Agency has revealed waste shipped to Brazil was meant for landfill and was therefore against international rules.

An air capture design Credit Chris Bolin and the Discovery Channel

Geoengineering 'dangerous and unproven'

Boats pumping out clouds and thousands of mirrors in space are among geoengineering ideas outlined by the Royal Society.

Biffa signs deal for three automated recycling plants

Refuse firm Biffa UK signed a multi-million pound deal which aims to sort and recycle 90% of 200,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste a year.

Banking on waste

Banks are still keen to invest in waste firms large and small, according to a leading financier from Lloyds TSB.