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February 2019

SUSTAIN will aim to transform the entire supply chain of the steel sector

Zero-waste and carbon-neutral: £35m programme launched to transform UK steel sector

UK steelmakers and university experts are teaming together on a seven-year research programme aimed at boosting the productivity of the steel sector by championing carbon capture techniques and minimising industrial waste streams.

The Government estimates that an overhaul to the EPR system will raise between £800m and £1bn annually for recycling and disposal

Government unveils deposit return scheme blueprints as part of waste management revamp

The UK Government has launched a 12-week consultation to explore how a "world-leading" tax on plastic packaging, standardised waste collections across the country and varying deposit return schemes for single-use items could overhaul and modernise the national waste management system.

These 30 youthful visionaries were given the unique opportunity to develop their sustainability skills and knowledge throughout the year via bespoke content and events

Meet edie's 30 under 30 class of 2019

Aspiring young sustainability, CSR and energy professionals from the likes of the BBC, innocent Drinks, Formula E and Harrods were among the inaugural members of edie's new 30 Under 30 initiative for 2019.

Recycling rates at St Pancras have increased from 26% the year before to 79%

Eurostar turns to phase-outs and recycled content to lower plastics footprint

High-speed rail service Eurostar will phase-out plastic water bottles from its business lounges during 2019, in a move that will reduce the organisation's plastics footprint by more than 100,000 bottles annually.

edie rounds up the key facts outlined in the IPPR's 'this is a crisis' report

#ThisIsACrisis: 7 harsh realities of the global climate crisis

As humanity's negative impacts on the planet continue to grow, a new landmark report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is warning that the time period we have left to avert an "age of environmental breakdown" is growing rapidly smaller. Here, edie rounds up seven of the report's key findings.

Iceland has set the prices of all loose product lines to be lower than those of their pre-packaged equivalents

Iceland removes plastic packaging from fresh produce lines in 'greengrocer' scheme

Supermarket Iceland is trialing the removal of plastic packaging from its fruit and vegetable lines at one of its largest UK stores, in a bid to gauge whether consumers are willing to buy loose produce.

Friends of the Earth is calling for free bus rides to be offered to all UK-based under-30s this year

Campaigners call for free bus schemes as UK struggles to decarbonise transport sector

Green campaigners have begun lobbying for the UK Government and local authorities to offer free bus travel, after the latest official figures confirmed that transport was the most carbon-intense sector nationwide in 2017.

This weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

Evian's reusable water bottles and VW's 'carbon-neutral' EVs: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

The government is exploring two variants of the deposit return system

All in or on-the-go?: Green economy reacts to Defra's deposit return scheme vision

The consultation on the UK's waste management process has sparked new debates on standardised waste collections and the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regime. But the green economy wants to go "all in" on deposit return systems.

New 'climate hubs' will be created in Edinburgh, Belfast and Leeds (pictured), while some of London's existing schemes will be scaled up

UK cities to become climate 'hubs' under new £3.5m scheme

The UK Government has launched a new £3.5m initiative aimed at connecting the nation's largest cities in a collective effort to tackle climate challenges.

February 2018

LanzaTech's jet fuel is currently undergoing a review process and will need to be qualified for use on commercial flights. Image: Virgin Atlantic

Sir Richard Branson: Commercial low-carbon jet fuel 'within touching distance'

A decade on from Virgin Atlantic's first commercial flight using low-carbon fuel mix, the company's founder Sir Richard Branson believes that government incentives can help scale-up sustainable fuel use at a price on par with traditional aviation fuels.

The company has added 12 new jobs at the demonstration plant, since it relocated from London to Cheshire in 2017

EU-backed carbon capture utilisation plant opens in UK

The UK's first carbon capture demonstrator plant has opened today (1 March), providing a new treatment that can convert carbon dioxide into polyol compounds that can be used in various manufacturing processes.

The home delivery market reportedly grew 10 times faster than the nation's appetite for eating-out in 2017

Online food delivery services commit to plastics takeaway

The war on plastics has entered the rapidly growing online food delivery sector, with industry competitors Deliveroo and Just Eat both making pledges today (1 March) to cut down the amount of plastic packaging used by customers.

The Government last month unveiled its 25-Year Environment Plan, which pledges to eliminate all

MPs query Government's delay on plastics tax consultation

MPs have questioned the whereabouts of a consultation on single-use plastics first proposed by the Chancellor in last year's Autumn Budget.

The company had already reached its 2020 emission targets for production

Drop the C: Heineken outlines science-based targets ambition

Brewer Heineken has today (12 February) unveiled a new sustainability strategy that commits to ramping up renewable energy production, piloting an internal carbon price and setting science-based targets across distribution, cooling and packaging.

Basel’s own energy supply company powers the city’s electricity, which is already 100% renewable

CDP: 100 global cities use renewables for at least 70% of electricity needs

More than 100 global cities are now sourcing at least 70% of their electricity from renewables sources, new research has found.

For every switch, Ikea will receive a commission payment, which will support local community initiatives within each store’s area

Ikea joins Big Clean Switch to offer 100% renewable energy tariff

Ikea is calling for households to join its latest joint venture - a collective energy switch that promises an exclusive 100% renewable electricity tariff.

B Corp businesses grow 28 times faster than national average

New research has revealed that businesses within the purpose-driven B Corp movement are growing 28 times faster than the national economic growth of 0.5%.

Lloyds aligns 2020 goals with SDGs in bid to 'help Britain prosper'

Banking giant Lloyds has vowed to "help British people and businesses prosper" with a set of 2020 CSR targets which are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Water bills on the archipelago have surged recently due to more frequent droughts and storms, while warming waters have brought seasonal jellyfish plagues and degraded marine ecosystems

Balearics launch pioneering plan to phase out emissions

The Balearic islands' government has launched a pioneering plan to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, potentially setting itself on a collision course with the Spanish government.

February 2015

Regeneration company Hayworth Estates has completed the installation of a 500KW wind turbine at a former surface mine in Derbyshire

Brownfields go green with new wind power projects

Regeneration company Hayworth Estates has completed the installation of a 500KW wind turbine at a former surface mine in Derbyshire as the first of two new restoration projects to redevelop brownfield sites into low-carbon energy projects.

Greenpeace welcomed the report as a

APP earns plaudits for deforestation progress

One of the world's largest paper companies, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), has made 'moderate progress' on its forest conservation efforts, according to an independent investigation by the Rainforest Alliance.

Tim Yeo is chairman of the Commons energy and climate change committee

Tim Yeo: Paris climate talks must allow emissions trading system to be linked

The chairman of Parliament's Energy and Climate Change Committee says a new global climate deal due to be agreed at the COP21 Paris meeting must allow for carbon trading between countries.

(L-R): Shaun Kingsbury (GIB); Matthew Hancock MP; and Nigel Aitchison (Foresight) launched the new £50m fund for UK waste infrastructure at the Birmingham BioPower plant

Green Investment Bank launches £50m fund for UK waste infrastructure

Business Minister Matthew Hancock has unveiled details of a £50m investment from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) into a new fund targeting small-scale recycling and waste management projects across the country.

The GRFA says global ethanol production utilizes only 2% of grain supplies, which is 'not enough to compete with food production or significantly alter food prices.

Biofuels don't harm food production, trade group insists

A biofuels industry group has struck back at a recent WRI report which questioned the sustainability of bioenergy, claiming it presented 'false data' on the environmental impacts of the technology.

Major international events and big business announcements made for a busy start to the year

GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in January 2015

Solar-powered planes, battery-powered trains and wonky parsnips feature among our gallery of the most-read stories for sustainability professionals in January.

The world's largest solar farm capable of powering 160,000 Californian homes opened yesterday in the Southern Californian desert

World's largest solar farm opens in Californian desert

The world's largest solar farm capable of powering 160,000 homes opened yesterday in the Southern Californian desert.

The FSC Chain of Custody certification allows wood fibres in FSC labelled products to be traced at every step through the supply chain

Tetra Pak's entire supply chain certified for FSC-labelled products

Tetra Pak can now supply packaging from responsibly-managed wood sources from any of its 92 facilities worldwide, having received full Forest Stewardship Council certification (FSC).

Network costs currently make up around 23% of an energy bill

Manufacturers support calls for better energy network regulation

The manufacturers' organisation EEF has welcomed a parliamentary report which criticises Ofgem for allowing the operators of Britain energy networks to make "greater than expected profit".

The European Parliament has agreed a new target on 'advanced biofuels'

MEP's slap new limits on biofuels from food

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to limit the amount of food crops used in the production of biofuels, but environmental groups say the new laws don't go far enough.

February 2010

Prince Charles

Prince launches sustainable wool campaign

The Prince of Wales is calling on industry to recognise the 'immense value' wool can bring to both fashion and housing.

Scotland sets up team to deliver on Zero Waste aspirations

Scotland has moved a step closer towards its goal of a zero waste society in announcing how it plans to deliver on its aspirations.

Green light for huge UK gas storage site

Gas storage in the UK could be increased by as much as 30%, according to the government as it gave the green light to a new facility this morning.

Double boost for UK off shore oil and gas industry

Ministers hope a new round of licenses for offshore oil and gas exploration will give the country's industry a much needed shot in the arm.

Cut carbon for Lent

Christians around the world have began fasting for Lent - but one bishop is urging people not give up chocolate or alcohol but carbon instead.

Investigation into hacked emails underway

An investigation into allegations in hacked emails appearing to show scientists destroying data against climate change has got underway.

England amongst the worst for nitrate pollution

Nitrate pollution is down across the European Union showing new legislation is 'proving effective', according to the European Commission.

Nuclear industry's environmental performance revealed

A report looking at where the nuclear industry is tackling its environmental impact - and where there is room for improvement - has been published by the Environment Agency.

NASA calls for reflective roofs to cool towns

Increasing the reflectivity of roofs and pavements could result in significant cooling, buying time for carbon-cutting initiatives that would slow global warming in the longer term.

Scotland's budget reveals green schemes

Backing from Green and Conservative ministers has sealed Scotland's 2010 budget.