Environmental News on this day... for October 2016, 2015, 2012, 2007

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October 2016

Javid deferred a decision on the second site, at Roseacre Wood, to give Cuadrilla more time to provide evidence on road traffic issues

Fracking in UK given go-ahead as Lancashire council rejection overturned

Communities secretary, Sajid Javid has overturned Lancashire county council's rejection of a fracking site, paving the way for shale company Cuadrilla to drill in the county next year and drawing outrage from local groups, environmentalists and politicians.

Zero Waste Scotland chief executive Iain Gulland and Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change, Environment and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham at the Scottish Resources Conference 2016 in Edinburgh

Scotland opens up 'circular regions' funding to drive SME resource revolution

Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change, Environment and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham has this week announced a targeted funding call to better support the nation's SMEs in embrace the shift to a circular economy.

Nations agreed to a last-minute decision to drop plans of aligning ICAO policies with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5/2C pathway

Global aviation climate deal agreed: 'Mission accomplished' or 'timid step' forward?

Representatives from 191 nations finally pieced together a global deal to introduce a carbon offset scheme for the aviation sector in Montreal last night (6 October), although the agreement has been acknowledged as a "timid step in the right direction" by green groups.

Despite the down beat outlook, the report suggests that the emergence of battery storage and demand response measures offer a potential to boost UK renewables investment

Britain's renewable attractiveness at all-time low

The UK has fallen to an all-time low in EY's table of the world's most attractive renewable energy markets due to Brexit uncertainty, the demise of DECC, and the approval of the Hinkley Point C power station.

Toyota of Corvallis will generate around 300,000kWh of renewable electricity annually through solar photovoltaics, and also return unused energy back to a local power grid

Toyota set to unveil 'world's first' net zero energy automotive dealership

Motor giant Toyota is "on schedule" to unveil the world's first certified net-zero energy automotive dealership, after striking a deal with the architects of the building to collect data to ensure that the facility is producing more energy than it uses.

The fresh funding commitment will see thousands more electric vehicle chargepoints installed on streets and at workplaces across the UK

Government provides £35m funding boost for ultra-low emission vehicles

A £35m funding package to increase the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) has been announced by Transport Minister John Hayes.

Businesses are missing out on attracting investment from the ever-growing number of investors that incorporate CSR information into their financial analysis and decision-making

Businesses must address 'internal disconnect' to deliver sustainability success

Sustainability and investor agendas are becoming increasingly intertwined, but gaps in knowledge and understanding are preventing companies and investors from sharpening their focus on long-term sustainable value creation, a new report has found.

NEVS acquired the main assets of the former Saab Automobile company after it shut down earlier this year

Saab owner prepares to roll out 250,000 EVs

Saab's successor company National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has formed a new partnership with technology firm Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to help bring more than 250,000 electric vehicles (EVs) to the global automotive market.

Unlike the smart meters being rolled out by the UK government, the new system is anonymous, with no data on household energy use being collected, avoiding concerns about privacy

An energy first as UK successfully transmits data via national electricity grid

Data has been transmitted across a national electricity grid for the first time, in what could be a significant step towards the creation of virtual power stations, where many thousands of homes and businesses combine to manage electricity use more smartly.

The fall in battery prices is an essential component of the growing popularisation of EVs, with a very steep drop in prices to around €250 per kWh in 2015

Europe poised for electric car boom as sales surge towards half a million

Europe will have more than 500,000 electric vehicles (EVs) on its roads by the end of 2016 thanks to technology advancements, a rapid fall in the price of batteries and successful European Union (EU) policy enablers, a new report has revealed.

October 2015

Mars UK will become the first UK company to commit to Fairtrade's new Cocoa Sourcing Program

Fairtrade Mars Bars hit UK shelves

Mars Bars containing Fairtrade-certified cocoa have gone on sale in the UK and Ireland for the first time today.

The alliance - known as the Carbon Pricing Panel - is convened by World Bank president Jim Yong Kim and IMF managing director Christine Lagarde

Merkel and Hollande among world leaders calling for global carbon price

A unique group of international heads of state, city leaders and international development banks has joined forces to call for an international price on carbon.

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

It was a week of sustainability news that saw supermarkets step up their circular economy ambitions; fears of 'Blackout Britain' allayed by the National Grid, and natural capital finally being taken seriously.

The United Nations flag flies above the German city of Bonn, where the final round of preliminary climate negotiations came to a close

Bonn talks: carbon price progress, climate finance failure

Business leaders have welcomed the recognition of carbon pricing within the latest draft text of the climate agreement, but concerns remain over the lack of progress on climate finance from richer nations.

A gecko's pads can reportedly support 132 kilograms

Ford to boost recycling by mimicking gecko 'stickiness'

American car company Ford has announced plans to mimic the sticky toe pads of geckos to help it boost the recyclability of its car parts.

Current will essentially act as an energy consultancy,  beginning with more than $1bn of revenue

GE to 'transform energy sector' with $1bn cleantech start-up

American conglomerate General Electric (GE) has launched a new clean energy start-up, grouping together its LED, solar, energy storage and electric vehicle businesses.

Google joins Cisco, Kingfisher, Philips, Renault and Unilever as a 'Global Partner' of the Foundation

Google enters circular economy partnership with Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Google has become the latest major company to partner with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in order to accelerate the planet's transition to a circular economy.

The National Grid is assuming net interconnector imports of 1.1GW  from Europe

National Grid: Interconnectors vital to UK energy stability

Interconnectors will play an increasingly important role for the National Grid as it strives to 'keep the lights on' this winter, according to the company's new Winter Outlook report.

BP's chief economist accepted that oil reserves would never be fully exhausted

BP: Oil unlikely to be fully exploited due to climate concerns

The world's oil resources are unlikely to ever be fully exploited, BP has admitted, due to international concern about climate change.

East Renfrewshire wind farm, Scotland. The country's renewable energy systems displaced more than a million tonnes of CO2 each month in 2014

Scottish renewables displace record levels of CO2 in 2014

Scotland's renewable energy sector displaced 12.3 million tonnes of carbon emissions last year - a 120% increase since 2010, new data has revealed.

October 2012

The IGF and its member organisations have set several measures to become a more environmentally responsible sport

Golf lands on the green with sustainability efforts

The International Golf Federation (IGF) has announced that it will promote best practice to minimise the sport's consumption of non-renewable natural resources.

TrustMark has voiced its concerns about a huge wave of 'ancillary works' triggered by the Green Deal scheme

Government must tackle rogue traders cashing in on Green Deal

A group of 20 consumer advice bodies, charities, trade associations and building industry organisations is urging the Government to tackle the risk of rogue traders cashing in on the Green Deal scheme, as it officially becomes law today.

Global companies fail to address water concerns at board level

The world's largest companies are not doing enough to assess water strategies or provide transparent water-related risk assessments to investors, despite a sharp rise in company reports of detrimental impacts from droughts and other water-related issues.

John Lewis looks to close loop by keeping waste in UK

John Lewis Partnership is looking to take greater accountability for its waste arisings by focusing on end destination and keeping secondary materials in the UK wherever possible.

YouGov's study shows that people want to make money and make a difference with their savings and investments

Responsibly-managed assets pass €1trillion in the UK

Responsible investment is on the rise as 45% of British adults with savings or investments want at least some of their assets to have green and ethical considerations taken into account, according to a study released today by YouGov.

Divide over Welsh sustainability body widens

A majority of organisations agree that a new Welsh independent body should be set up to carry out the Government's Sustainable Development Bill, according to the results of a 10-week consultation published yesterday.

Head of CDP supply chain, Dexter Galvin

Businesses must not wait for consumers to drive sustainability

Businesses must collaborate to ensure they achieve sustainability throughout their supply chain and should not wait for consumers to push their agendas, says the Carbon Disclosure Projects (CDP) Dexter Galvin.

UK takes poll position in EU carbon cutting targets

The UK is leading the EU in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, according to figures released today by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

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Tesco top retailer for carbon cutting fourth year in a row

Tesco has been named top UK retailer for tackling climate change according to the Carbon Disclosure Project's (CDP) FTSE 350 Leadership index.

Drax sells £190m of shares to invest in biomass conversion

The owner of the UK's largest power station, Drax, plans to sell £190m of shares in order to transform it into a predominantly biomass-fuelled power generator.

October 2007

Nobel Prize for Gore

News in Brief

Tories promise energy revolution

The Conservatives have promised to start an energy revolution if they win the next General Election.

Toxic tip typical of African waste crisis

UN-sponsored research has shown that a vast unregulated dump on the outskirts of Nairobi is a breeding ground for disease and is contaminating the surrounding area with toxic chemicals.

Environmental salaries on the rise

The average earnings of environmental professionals have shot up by almost 10% in the past two years, a new report has revealed.

WRAP launches scheme to boost SME recycling

Thousands of pounds of funding are up for grabs as part of a drive to enable more small businesses to recycle.

New regs aim to ease wood recycling

The recycling of unused timber is to be deregulated to remove obstacles which make reuse more difficult.

UN-approved carbon offsets up for grabs

A leading carbon trading company has become one of the first to offer UN-regulated carbon credits for companies voluntarily trying to offset their emissions.

Businesses need to focus on corporate responsibility - Gormley

Irish businesses need to focus on corporate responsibility when looking at environmental issues, a Government minister has said.

US committee recommends emissions caps

A committee of US politicians have begun publishing a series of white papers on climate change recommending the introduction of a cap-and-trade system.

Oz beer hit by drought

Beer prices in Australia could soar following months of drought, officials in New South Wales have warned.