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

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

April 2018

It has been reported that UK firms could save as much as £1bn on their energy bills by changing the ‘energy behaviours’ of their employees, rather than relying on technical solutions.

RBS and Tesco extend employee engagement programmes

EXCLUSIVE: RBS and Tesco have both confirmed that their respective behaviour change initiatives are being rolled out across the wider workforce after successful trial periods saw increased efficiencies and reduced costs.

The OPRL label is recognised by almost three-quarters of consumers

Unilever joins On-Pack Recycling Label scheme to boost plastics recycling

Unilever has joined the On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) scheme to promote the recyclability of its products to consumers, while a six-month trial of clean-cold technology in the company's ice cream transportation trucks has delivered cost-effective environmental benefits.

The report says that while the UK has maintained a consensus on the need for action on climate change, buy-in across government departments is “too uneven”

Report: zero emissions target needed to push UK beyond Paris Agreement

The government should publish a target by 2020 for achieving "net zero" emissions, according to a new report.

Iceland has already brought out 100 new lines without palm oil in 2018

Iceland pledges to stop using palm oil in own-brand food

Frozen food giant Iceland has vowed to remove palm oil from all of its own-brand food products by the end of 2018.

The offer will initially cover new builds from UK housebuilders Barratt Homes, Berkeley Group, Countryside Properties, Crest Nicholson and Redrow Homes

Barclays offers green homes mortgage on select new builds

Barclays has launched a Green Home Mortgage scheme, offering homebuyers preferential interest rates and savings of more than £1,300 on energy-efficient new build houses.

Waitrose claims the the move will save more than 52 million cups a year

Waitrose to remove disposable coffee cups from stores by autumn

Waitrose has ramped up its efforts to tackle plastic waste with a pledge to remove all disposable coffee cups from its shops before the end of 2018.

The Prime Minister called on other Commonwealth nations to join the fight against plastic pollution, by signing up to a newly-formed Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance

Theresa May outlines plan to ban plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that a consultation will take place later this year to prepare England for a national ban on plastic straws, drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds.

Costa already offers in-store recycling at more than 2,000 of its stores across the UK

Costa aims to lead industry transformation with pledge to recycle half a billion coffee cups

EXCLUSIVE: Costa Coffee's energy & environment manager Oliver Rosevear has said the retailer wants to drive cross-industry collaboration on coffee cup recycling, as it today (18 April) makes a bold commitment to recycle the equivalent of its entire annual sales of takeaway cups – at a financial cost to the business.

Signatories will aim to make 70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled and composted

UK businesses make world-first pact to slash plastic packaging

Major firms including Nestlé, Marks & Spencer (M&S) and Unilever have today (26 April) made joint commitments to make unnecessary single-use plastic packaging "a thing of the past".

Approximately 340,000 takeaway hot drinks are sold by BTP annually, generating more than £1m in sales value

Boston Tea Party becomes first coffee chain to ban all disposable cups

UK-based Boston Tea Party (BTP) will become the first coffee chain to implement an outright ban on disposable, paper-based coffee cups, with consumers having to purchase or loan reusable cups from 1 June 2018.



April 2017

The REA's latest recruit sees opportunities in the convergence of renewable energy generation with the move towards greater numbers of plug-in vehicles, especially the longer-range, affordable EVs now coming to market

Electric vehicle energy storage provides 'perfect opportunity' for UK

EXCLUSIVE: The UK's expanding low-carbon vehicle market offers the "perfect opportunity" for businesses to export surplus energy to the grid, according to the new head of electric vehicles (EVs) at the Renewable Energy Association (REA).

A new study has found that the UK Government could deliver 1GW of new onshore wind capacity at no additional cost to consumers above the long-term wholesale price of power

Reports reiterate value of strong policy signals in clean energy revolution

As new research indicates that the global decarbonisation process can be kick-started by a small group of countries with the right policy incentives, a separate study has found that the UK Government can now deliver 1GW of new onshore wind subsidy-free.

Heat networks could deliver up to 18% of UK heating demand by 2030, up from current levels of 2% today, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has claimed

Government awards £24m for district heating projects

The Government has today (7 April) awarded £24m for nine district heat network infrastructure projects across the country to provide households and businesses with clean and efficient heating systems.

The new facility will dry and refine the glass into a recycled standard that has been cleaned and crushed into small fragments

Veolia to build £10m closed-loop glass recycling facility

Resource management firm Veolia has agreed a deal to construct and operate a state-of-the-art glass cullet processing facility in a closed-loop partnership with a UK wool insulation manufacturer.

The Government has worked with businesses and academics to identify core industrial challenges that can be overcome through additional funding

EV batteries and robotics first in line for BEIS £1bn innovation fund

The UK Government has unveiled a £1bn investment fund for cutting-edge technologies such as self-driving vehicles, artificial intelligence (AI) and batteries for clean and flexible energy storage.

The energy storage system will control energy consumption from Walmart's on-site renewables arrays, including solar PV and wind energy

Walmart kickstarts energy storage project to 'increase reliance' on renewables

American retail giant Walmart has penned a deal to combine energy storage systems with on-site renewables, in order to balance energy generation at numerous Southern California stores.

The Government has also announced the first set of winners for the second round of its connected autonomous vehicles competition

Greg Clark announces £109m fund into 'cutting-edge' transport research

Business Secretary Greg Clark has awarded more than £109m of government funding to develop driverless and low-carbon vehicles.

The new current account will begin with a phased rollout from June this year

Triodos launches UK's 'most sustainable' personal current account

Sustainable banking group Triodos has today (26 April) ramped up efforts to disrupt the "dysfunctional" banking sector through the launch of a new personal current account that embraces responsible finance.

Daimler has suggested that the systems are scalable, meaning that the units could be employed in large-scale industry systems as well as private homes

Mercedes-Benz brings energy storage units to the UK

Mercedes-Benz wants to introduce a "private energy revolution" to UK, after commencing deliveries of energy storage units that can connect with renewable energy sources.

In the open message, business leaders claim that a backing from G20 nations would create greater visibility on climate risks, while also uncovering new opportunities for business growth

Major firms implore G20 to act on climate-disclosure risks

The chief executives of 27 global businesses, including HSBC, Unilever and PwC, have called on G20 governments to adopt recommendations that call on companies to disclose climate-related financial risks.



April 2014

The UK's 260,000 hospitality and catering outlets produce around four million tonnes of food waste each year

Hospitality industry urged to focus on recycling food waste

Hospitality businesses across the UK should be recycling surplus food, as a new report reveals the sector is set to spend an extra £32m sending food waste to landfill this year.

Asia Pulp and Paper is to support the conservation of one million hectares of rainforest in Indonesia

Giant rainforest buffer zone planned to protect Indonesian wildlife

Paper company responds to criticism with 1m hectare conservation plan but green groups say it won't stop loggers

British Airways takes off with sustainable jet fuel

British Airways gives green light to use waste for jet fuel

British Airways has announced that it will start producing jet fuel made from waste destined for landfill in order to reduce its carbon emissions.

Left to right Ealing Council leader Julian Bell and Greenredeem spokesman Rob Crumbie

Ealing Council launches recycling reward programme

Ealing Council has partnered up with Greenreedem, a subsidiary of waste management firm Grundon, to introduce a recycling rewards programme for its residents.

The London Assembly Environment Committee says 24,000 properties in London are at significant risk of river flooding

Reduce London's flood risk by 'reviving rivers' says Environment Committee

The London Assembly Environment Committee has today called for more impetus on sustainable drainage and river restoration to reduce flood risk.

A new hydro-turbine which has been installed at the National Trust's Hafod y Llan farm in Snowdonia, Wales will be the first to sell electricity through its new renewable energy trading company

National Trust launches green energy trading company

The National Trust has announced today that it will sell renewable energy generated from its estate through a new trading company, National Trust Renewable Energy Ltd.

Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud

Designers recycle airliner on Channel 4 programme

Three designers, who specialise in turning scrap into cash, have made an array of new products from an Airbus aircraft which was featured on a Channel 4 programme hosted by Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud.

RCN urges healthcare organisations to use new guidance

Healthcare sector urged to strengthen staff training on waste management

Healthcare organisations need to strengthen staff training on waste management in order to reduce their impact on the environment and reduce costs, according to new guidance issued by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

More than 80% of students believe that sustainable development should be actively promoted and incorporated by UK universities

Video Students want jobs with businesses that 'value sustainability'

EXCLUSIVE Today's students want to gain employment with companies who truly value the importance of sustainability, says National Union of Students (NUS) senior project officer Jesse Scharf. Scroll down for video

Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik (pictured):

EU approves more than €280m for new environment and climate projects

The European Commission has today approved €282.6m (£232m) funding for 225 new projects under the LIFE+ programme, the European Union's environment fund.



April 2009