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February 2018

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has expressed disappointment that the report “overlooked” the benefits of EfW, while failing to provide any alternative solutions

London Assembly: Energy-from-Waste a 'last resort' option

A report which claims that London should seek to limit the amount of materials it sends to Energy-from-Waste (EfW) has been met by a mixed response from members of the sustainability community.

A total of 40 MPs have also pledged to give up plastics for Lent, including minister of state for energy and clean growth Clair Perry

Church of England and ClientEarth give up plastics for Lent

The Church of England has provided worshippers with a calendar of tips to avoid using single-use plastic during Lent, with MPs and environmental law firm ClientEarth also agreeing to the pledge.

Regulator Ofgem has estimated that 4.4% of non-domestic schemes were non-compliant during 2016-17, with around £3m in estimated overpayments to RHI participants

NAO: Renewable Heat Incentive has not achieved value for money

The UK Government's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme has "not achieved value for money", according to the National Audit Office (NAO).

The report, sponsored by Centrica Business Solutions, investigates the key drivers, challenges and opportunities facing public-sector sustainability professionals

Public-sector sustainability professionals braced for negative impacts of Brexit

Almost three-quarters of sustainability professionals working within public sector organisations believe the UK's impending departure from the European Union (EU) will hinder the delivery of their strategies and projects, according to a new report launched by edie today (28 February).

The pledge was announced last night (13 February), live on air on the One Show programme

BBC vows to 'lead the way' with single-use plastics ban by 2020

The BBC has announced it will launch a new "three-step plan" to remove single-use plastics from its operations by 2020.

The report notes a 16% reduction in carbon emissions and a 6% reduction in water use since 2015

Carlsberg cuts carbon emissions 16% in two years

Carlsberg has reduced its carbon emissions by 16% in two years, driven by the elimination of coal as a fuel source at nine breweries in China, as outlined in the company's latest sustainability report.

Visa joins the likes of Nike, Telefonica, Kellogg’s and Schneider Electric in targeting a transition to 100% renewables

Visa pledges to use 100% renewable electricity by 2019

Digital payments multinational Visa has become the latest firm to join The Climate Group's RE100 project with a pledge to use 100% renewable across its operations by 2019.

Oil taxes predictably emerged as the most substantially used financial tool, as they topped €50 per tCO2 on average

OECD urges countries to tax dirty energy

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has encouraged governments to start taxing CO2 emissions more aggressively, in a new report which warns that current taxation levels are not enough to fight climate change effectively.

All materials used by Harrogate are recyclable and the company runs zero-waste-to-landfill operations

Harrogate Water bottles to contain 50% recycled content

Britain's oldest water brand, Harrogate Water, has stepped up its plastic efforts with the announcement that all products will contain 50% recycled content from April 2018.

Take a look through all of the month's most-read news stories, and click the links in the descriptions below to read them for yourself

Top 10 sustainability stories of February 2018

It was a month of big plastic pledges, electric vehicle (EV) excitement and the launch of Mission Possible. Take a look back at February's biggest sustainability stories in this brand-new round-up.



February 2017

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.

Warwickshire's Upton House is now fuelled by two wood-pellet boilers, saving £6,000 a year on energy bills and 55 tonnes of carbon emissions. Photo: National Trust

National Trust champions on-site solutions in renewables revolution

EXCLUSIVE: The National Trust is continuing its march towards self-sufficient energy generation, having produced 12% of its heat from on-site renewable energy sources in 2016 – four years ahead of Britain's national renewable heat targets.

The UK will not meet its target to generate 15% of its energy from renewables sources by 2020, based on current trajectories

Report: Business backing for clean technology could deliver a zero-carbon UK

The UK can become entirely self-sufficient for its energy needs if businesses and policymakers can together demonstrate a strengthened support for existing low-carbon technologies, a new report from research organisation Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) has claimed.

BEIS insists its top priority is to make sure UK families and businesses have secure, affordable energy supplies

Green industry pours scorn on House of Lords electricity market paper

A new House of Lords report which finds that Government support for low-carbon technologies has led to rising prices for electricity consumers has been labelled "confused" and "misconceived" by sections of the green community.

By equipping the Moovit app with CleanSpace Tags – personal air pollution smart sensors - commuters can now collect real time air pollution data

Lord Drayson and Moovit unveil air monitoring transport app for UK commuters

Commuters attempting to navigate around London and other UK cities on public transport can now generate routes that keep clear of areas with high levels of air pollution, through a new data collection add-on for the world's number one transport app Moovit.

Trials for the charging lamps are underway, while wind-harvesting technology has been backed by a new partnership

Lightbulb moment: UK streetlights get innovative green makeover

Streetlights connected to electricity networks in Kensington and Chelsea will now act as charge points for electric vehicles (EVs), while a Lanarkshire-based IT specialist has agreed to fund development of wind-harvesting lampposts in the UK.

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

Professor Trash Wheel & wet steam energy: The best green innovations of the week

In a week that saw the private sector strengthen its resource and ethics commitments, edie rounds up the low-carbon, resource efficient technologies and innovations that could drive business agendas in the future.

The amount of Fairtrade cocoa sourced by Co-op will increase five-fold to 2,848 tonnes

Co-op becomes first UK retailer to source 100% Fairtrade cocoa

Co-op has become the first UK retailer to only sell and use 100% Fairtrade cocoa in its products, and has called on other retailers to increase their commitments to the Fairtrade initiative.

In future, other Ikea products such as the REINSVOLL wardrobe doors, set to launch in August 2017, will feature the recyclable foil

Ikea launches kitchen range made from recycled plastic bottles

The world's biggest furniture retailer Ikea has launched a new range of kitchen fronts made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles and reclaimed wood, eliminating the need for virgin oil-based plastics in the range.

Despite a 16% growth in production since 2010, the firm has worked with suppliers to cut emissions by 15% in the same timeframe

Tetra Pak commits to science-based emissions target

Swedish food processing and packaging company Tetra Pak has today (2 February) pledged to reduce emissions by 58% through a partnership with the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBT).



February 2014

EU Commission takes legal action against UK for 'persistent air pollution'

The European Commission has launched legal proceedings against the UK for its failure to cut air pollution, particularly the toxic gas, nitrogen dioxide (NOx).

Coca-Cola looks to France to build on UK recycling success

Coca-Cola Enterprises has released the first set of results from a nationwide consumer-facing recycling campaign in France, a country where it is looking to replicate the success of its British closed loop bottle recycling model.

Advanced Power Generation Technology Forum say CCS is to play a pivotal role if the fossil fuel and energy-intensive industries are to keep in step with the low-carbon agenda

New CCS technology strategy to 'confront challenges'

A new technology strategy aimed at turning Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) into a mainstream carbon abatement technology has been launched.

Lights made from recycled bottles

Nottingham Trent University turns on green lights made from recycled plastic bottles

Lights made from recycled plastic bottles will soon go on the market following an international study led by Nottingham Trent University.

Packaging recycling rates increase across Europe

Call for 'realistic' EU packaging targets

The European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN) has called for a "realistic" approach to European Union packaging targets, stating that "tailored" efforts are still needed to help some member states reach targets.

Plastic packaging made from fermented wastewater could save industry millions

Plastic packaging made from the fermented wastewater of processed juice could save industry millions in production costs and tap into growing consumer demand for environmentally friendly products.

New aerodynamics research will lead to more efficient aircraft and wind turbines

Planes that use far less fuel and wind turbines that significantly increase energy production will be the result of a new scientific project into aerodynamics, say researchers.

The Crown Estate's head of sustainability Mark Gough

Crown Estate's integrated approach to sustainability result of 'ripping up strategy'

After ten years, The Crown Estate's award-winning sustainability strategy had become so embedded in operations it was no longer needed. Instead it now simply informs all aspects of one holistic business plan according to head of sustainability Mark Gough.

Valentine's Day sweethearts urged to buy ethical jewellery

More than 100 jewellery retailers, from high street to high end, are endorsing ethical purchasing of jewellery on Valentine's Day by committing to more responsible sourcing of precious metals.

Phase 1 of the London Array being installed in April 2013

London Array expansion plans scrapped as 'environmental impact uncertain'

The consortium behind the London Array offshore wind farm has today confirmed that plans to expand the project have been abandoned following a review of the sites environmental impact.



February 2009