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August 2016

The letter called on G20 countries to begin preparing to strengthen their emissions targets, as was required by Paris

Investors controlling $13tn call on G20 leaders to ratify Paris climate agreement

A group of 130 institutions that control US$13tn of investments have called on G20 nations to ratify the Paris Agreement this year and accelerate investment in clean energy and forced disclosure of climate-related financial risk.

Coca-Cola and its bottling partners improved water use efficiency by 2.5% between 2014 and 2015, adding to a cumulative 27% improvement since 2004

Coca-Cola hits global water replenishment goal five years early

Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola has become the first Fortune 500 Company to replenish all of the water it uses globally back to nature and communities.

EDF’s new nuclear power station, Hinkley Point C, got the go-ahead from the supplier at the end of July but the Government then delayed its confirmation

'State of flux': Hinkley alternatives would be cheaper and simpler, ECIU finds

The UK could meet its future energy and climate change targets without constructing the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, and the continued development of renewables and energy efficiency measures would in fact work out cheaper, a major new report has found.

Nissan's Env200 and Leaf models being charged in a car park. The carmaker is the most successful EV manufacturer in the UK mainstream vehicle market

EV charging stations will overtake petrol stations by 2020

There will be more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations than petrol stations in the UK within four years, according to Japanese carmaker Nissan.

The union added that National Grid’s policy of paying companies to stop working using consumer’s money is a “bonkers policy that only a natural monopoly would dare to implement”

DSR is 'fanciful nonsense', says union

GMB has slammed National Grid as being "naively complacent" over its intention to use demand-side response (DSR) to avoid blackouts, and has called for the company to be stripped of its system operator role.

Lockwood drew attention to the failure of the LCF to take account of the effect of changing wholesale prices on contracts for difference payments

Uncertainty is 'built into' the Levy Control Framework, warns expert

Uncertainty is "built into" the Levy Control Framework because the factors which determine the cost of renewable subsidies are themselves "variable and uncertain", an expert from the University of Exeter has warned.

So far, 700 churches have signed up as part of the ‘big church switch’ initiative promoted by charities Christian Aid and Tearfund

UK churches show faith in renewable energy suppliers

Figures released today (1 September) have revealed that 3,500 UK churches have switched electricity suppliers to those that will only source renewable electricity, while US architects have also demanded new legislative action on climate change.

As well as bringing her expertise on how the UK can decarbonise its transport industries through the use of renewables, Skorupska will also bring a forward-thinking attitude

REA chief executive joins new-look Transport for London board

The chief executive of the Renewable Energy Association (REA) Dr Nina Skorupska hopes to bring her expertise on renewable energy to a smaller and more diverse Transport for London (TfL), after being named on the Board of Governors.

Storm in a coffee cup: The Lib Dems claim a 5p charge would drive a cultural shift, but Simply Cups says this isn't isn't in the interests of retailers or consumers

Should Britain introduce a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups?

The Liberal Democrats have stepped into the war on waste, calling for a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups to cut usage. But is this the best solution to the issue?

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UK needs to invest £215bn in energy by 2030: Barclays

The UK will need to invest an "eye-watering" £215bn in its energy system by 2030 in order to replace aging assets and decarbonise, analysis by Barclays Research has found.

August 2015

The letter asks food and beverage companies for increased transparency and disclosure about their exposure to water risk

Global investors urge food firms to address rising water risks

Investors managing more than $2.6trn in assets have sent joint letters to 15 international food and drink companies amid growing concerns over water security and pollution.

Inder Poonaji will join Viridor on 1 September

Viridor snaps up Nestle's Inder Poonaji to drive sustainability strategy

Waste management firm Viridor has recruited Nestle's former head of sustainability, Inder Poonaji, to direct its own sustainability, safety, health environment and quality divisions.

edie's inaugural Sustainability Skills Workshop will take place in London on 26 January 2016

edie launches brand new Sustainability Skills Workshop

The sustainability leaders of tomorrow will be able to enhance their existing skills and develop new ones thanks to a brand new edie workshop being launched next year.

Rubicon has a commitment to diverting 100% of its customers' waste to 'truly sustainable' alternatives by 2022

Uber-style app for garbage aims to boost recycling rates

A US waste start-up has announced plans to launch an app that allows users to call for a rubbish collection, the same way they might schedule an Uber taxi.

Forewind said it was shelving the 2.4GW Dogger Bank Teesside C and D plans in order to focus on the first four projects

Dogger Bank: Plans for 2.4GW of offshore wind capacity scrapped

The giant Dogger Bank offshore wind project - scheduled to consist of six individual wind farms - will not be fully built, it has been confirmed today (7 August).

What a floating offshore wind project could look like, courtesy of Swedish developer Hexicon

France sets sights on first ever floating wind farm

The French Government has launched a tender asking for companies to submit plans to build the world's first floating wind farm.

The system, designed by British company ITM Power, has reportedly been measured at an overall energy efficiency of 86%

RWE fires up power-to-gas energy storage plant

Germany's largest power producer has unveiled a €2m power-to-gas energy storage plant in the Westphalia region.

Morrisons is the latest food retailer to team up with the charity FoodCycle

Morrisons announces new partnership to tackle food waste

Supermarket chain Morrisons has announced it is working with charity FoodCycle to tackle UK poverty and food waste.

Refreshing reductions: the brewer of Coors Light cut water use by 3.3%

Molson Coors saves 500 million litres in water reduction drive

Global beer producer Molson Coors is on track towards its 2020 energy targets with reductions in carbon emissions, water use and waste-to-landfill, according to its latest sustainability report released today (17 August).

60% of landlords are unlikely to improve energy efficiency for tenants

Construction industry: Lack of incentives blocking energy-efficient housing

The Government should incentivise low-carbon technologies, such as residential heating equipment and cooling technologies, to help the construction industry meet carbon targets.

August 2012

The Green Deal has the potential to support a quarter of a million jobs through installation measures such as wall insulation

Free Green Deal support for SMEs in London

A support package has been launched by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) to prepare small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for the upcoming Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

With the help of the Carbon Trust, Ford Britain hopes to deliver lowest ever carbon footprint

Carbon Trust helps Ford speed up energy efficient plan

The Carbon Trust is collaborating with Ford to deliver energy efficient services across 550 of the motor giants UK dealerships.

Glasgow shopping centre achieves zero waste in six weeks

Silverburn shopping centre is now sending zero waste to landfill, according to its new waste contractor Shanks Group.

Carling brewer goes beyond zero waste with AD drive

Britain's biggest brewer Molson Coors is on track to reach its zero waste to landfill target by the end of the year and is now looking to close the loop through energy recovery.

Dong expects to start construction on the three wind projects in 2015

Dong Energy acquires three wind projects in Germany for €100m

Dong Energy has acquired three offshore wind development projects in Germany that amount to a capacity of up to 900 megawatts.

Demand for sustainable packaging drives up value for bio-plastics

The global market for biodegradable plastics is expected to soar over the next six years, driven by a growing demand for eco-friendly packaging.

The stored hydrogen for the bus fleet will be converted back into electricity

Scotland to see first hydrogen buses by 2014

A project which aims to have a fleet of 10 hydrogen fuelled buses operating in Aberdeen by early 2014 has been launched by the Scottish Government.

Gary Neville has submitted new 'greener' proposals for his eco-home

Residents tackle Gary Neville's wind turbine plans

Ex-Manchester United player Gary Neville has decided not to install a wind turbine at his 'eco-home' after local residents contested the plans.

The adiZero Primeknit reduces the amount of materials needed by eliminating waste from leftover trimmings

Adidas enters running for eco-trainer range

Olympic sponsor Adidas has taken on Nike in the race to produce a more sustainable running shoe with the launch of its adiZero Primeknit range last week.

Neil Griffiths with Henry Garthwaite of the Carbon Trust

TNT reinforce carbon credentials

UK delivery company TNT Express has been recertified to the Carbon Trust Standard.

August 2007

'Pack your bags and leave' community tells Coca Cola

A community in the southern Indian state of Kerala has received government support to take soft drink giant Coca-Cola to India's Supreme Court on the grounds of pollution and over-exploitation of local resources resulting in water shortages.

Water infrastructure failing to attract investment

Unlike other infrastructure areas, private investors have shown little interest in putting funds into the water industry as economic uncertainties make the sector a less attractive prospect.

EU emissions trading scheme an 'embarrassing failure', think tank says

The attempt to create a global carbon market and a "global price for carbon" through trading is unlikely to be successful, says a think tank devoted to debating the direction of the EU in a new report published earlier this week.

More driving linked to obesity and higher CO2 emissions

Increased use of cars is causing higher levels of obesity as well as rising carbon dioxide emissions, says a new report published this week by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP).

The wind energy sector is still growing fast

'Over 15,000MW' of wind power installed in 2006

Wind turbines erected around the world last year will produce as much energy as 23 coal-fired power stations, according to analysis by an American think tank.

Loss of water through evaporation and plants is a big issue for Australia

Australia funds water loss research

Close to $3 million is being poured into studies outlining how water is lost through evaporation and plant use, Australian government announced late last week.

Potential pay-as-you-throw schemes explored

The Local Government Association has revealed proposals outlining how householders could be charged according to the amount of waste they produced.

The injunction sought by BAA has been severely limited

Teeth knocked out of BAA injunction

A far-reaching injunction which could have restricted the movement and behaviour of up to 5 million potential protesters at Heathrow has been significantly watered down by a High Court judge.

Panel to boost energy efficiency in Scottish homes

An expert panel has been set up to recommend measures to make houses and buildings in Scotland more energy efficient, it was announced this week.

Road side litter is an environmental menace and dangerous to tidy up, says the Highways Agency

Campaign tackles road waste

Verges strewn with litter are, sadly, a common sight on Britain's highways but a new campaign is targeting motorists, asking them to take responsibility for the waste they produce during their journey.