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October 2018

Heathrow estimates that there are currently more than 100 electric aviation projects underway globally. Image: Airbus

Heathrow to waive landing fees for world's first electric aircraft

Heathrow Airport has announced that it will waive a year's worth of landing charges for the world's first electric passenger plane once it is developed, in a bid to encourage the low-carbon transition to gather pace in the aviation sector.

The technology company has reduced emissions by more than 80% since 1996

BT pledges to become a net-zero-carbon business by 2045

As the UK Government announces plans to discuss a potential net-zero emissions strategy, technology giant BT has pledged to become a net-zero-carbon business by 2045.

The Ooho! sachets used by Just Eat have been created by packaging firm Skipping Rocks Lab and can be discarded through home compost or in normal household bins

Just Eat expands trials of seaweed-based sauce sachets to replace single-use plastics

Online food ordering firm Just Eat is expanding a trial of replacing single-use plastic sauce sachets with a seaweed-based alternative to 10 London restaurants for the next eight weeks.

Hilton currently operates 41 hotels across Africa, with 53 more set to open in the next five years

Hilton makes first investment to drive sustainable travel in Africa

Hotel giant Hilton has made its first investment into improving the sustainability of travel in Africa, as it strives to meet a target of halving its environmental footprint by 2030.

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

VW’s electric microbuses and Ikea’s furniture servitisation drive: 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.

It's non-stop for the edie team in this episode, as we embark on a week-long 'podcasting relay', broadcasting from some of the biggest events of Green GB Week

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: The Great Green GB Week relay

It's episode 50 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast, and the edie team undergo a week-long podcasting relay, interviewing an array of sustainability experts from the likes of Adnams, BT, Good Energy, PwC and WWF as part of the UK Government's Green GB Week.

edie rounds up the key facts from The Consumer Goods Forum and Futerra's survey

In numbers: The growing consumer demand for corporate transparency

The Consumer Goods Forum and social change agency Futerra surveyed more than 3,600 consumers on the importance of purpose-led brands and transparency surrounding environmental, social and ethical issues. Here, edie rounds up the key facts and figures.

Lidl will purchase enough Roundtable for Responsible Soy (RTRS) credits to cover its entire supply chain

Lidl becomes first UK retailer to purchase 100% sustainably-sourced soy

Discount chain Lidl has become the first UK retailer to switch to 100% sustainably-sourced soy for its own-brand products, after joining the Government's Roundtable for Sustainable Soy.

The 7.5-tonne all-electric trucks have a 60-mile range, according to Hovis

Hovis incorporates first all-electric trucks into delivery fleet

Bakery giant Hovis has today (11 October) introduced its first all-electric vehicles into its UK delivery fleet in a bid to reduce air pollution in urban areas.

Aurora Energy Research predicts that 13GW of storage and flexibility assets will be installed across the UK by 2030

Energy storage needs £6bn UK investment by 2030 to keep pace with renewables, research finds

More than £6bn will need to be invested in the UK's energy storage market by 2030 if the nation is to decarbonise at the rate necessary to meet legally-binding carbon targets.

October 2017

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

Climate visas and smart trains: the best green innovations of the week

In a week of COP23 preparations and global reports, edie rounds up the low-carbon and resource-efficient innovations that could shape the future.

The CHP installations are part of a three-year project to upgrade energy facilities at UEA

Veolia to deliver major carbon savings for University of East Anglia

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is set to generate more than 80% of electricity onsite after waste management firm Veolia installed two latest generation combined heat and power (CHP) units.

The UN Commission on Trade Development (UNCTAD) estimates that up to $7trn of investment will be needed annually to meet the SDGs by 2030

Investors urged to engage with Sustainable Development Goals

Investors have been urged to support the "world's most pressing environmental, social and economic issues" by using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a capital allocation guide.

The REA believes that the decline in growth stemmed from Government policies restricting routes to markets for solar PV technology

Shrinking solar deployment darkens UK's record low-carbon electricity mix

Despite low-carbon sources providing more than half of all UK energy generation for the second time, the Government has been urged to address policy barriers that have "unnecessarily impeded" the development of solar technologies over the last two years.

Researchers claim that local authorities could relax rules on the use of certain materials to allow for the installation of energy-efficient windows

Report: Preservation policies could hamper Clean Growth Strategy's household efficiency plans

Preservation policies for listed buildings and homes in conservation areas could scupper the measures to improve domestic energy efficiency as set out in the newly-released Clean Growth Strategy.

The EU ETS sets a cap on the total emissions from electricity generation and enables UK-based industries to purchase emissions reductions from overseas

European Commission moves to Brexit-proof Emissions Trading System

The European Commission has agreed on a new measure to protect its Emissions Trading System (ETS) against a potential breakdown in Brexit negotiations.

Nissan's Paul Willcox discusses the Denmark trials for bi-directional charging

Nissan's 'revolutionary' mobility plan aims to 'remove any barrier' for EV uptake

New LEAF and van models, a rollout on new public charging infrastructure and an innovative commitment to give users free access to flexible electricity sourcing were all announced as pillars in Nissan's "revolutionary mobility energy plan" to "remove any barrier" from electric vehicle use.

Companies are under increasing pressure to disclose by investors worried that the next financial crash could be climate-related

KPMG: Three quarters of businesses not acknowledging climate-related risks

Despite investors ramping up the pressure on the corporate disclosure of climate-related risks, nearly three quarters of large and mid-cap companies don't acknowledge the financial risks of climate change in their annual financial reports.

This year, UK consumers look set to spend £510m on Halloween costumes

Waste organisations prepare to tackle a horror show on Halloween

Halloween weekend is upon us, and whether people plan on carving Pennywise the Clown into pumpkins or go trick or treating as Donald Trump, the waste sector is gearing up for its own modern-day horror story.

A mounting body of evidence showing that oxo-degradable plastics fragment into tiny pieces, including microplastics

Coalition calls for oxo-degradable plastic ban

A coalition of businesses, NGOs, scientists and politicians have come together to call for a ban on oxo-degradable plastic packaging, which has been linked to microplastics pollution.

October 2014

The 4,000 solar panels will generate approximately 876 MWh each year - enough to power 185 homes

Solar-powered beer: Heineken unveils UK's largest green brewery

Heineken has taken its sustainability strategy to the next level by becoming the first major brewer in the UK to implement a large-scale solar panel installation on the roof of one of its flagship production sites in North Yorkshire.

The carrot approach is twice as effective as the stick in improving dry recycling rates, according to Greenredeem study

Councils improve recycling rates by adopting reward schemes, new study finds

Local authorities that introduce recycling incentives for households tend to have higher recycling rates than those that offer compulsory recycling systems, according to new research.

Edie explains: The EU climate talks

The European Council - 28 EU Government leaders - will meet this week (23-24 October) in Brussels to discuss and reach a final agreement on the 2030 climate and energy policy framework.

Full divestment will mean the reallocation of around £18m of current investments over a 10-year period

Glasgow pioneers academic fossil fuel divestment in Europe

The University of Glasgow has become the first scholastic institution in Europe to pledge to divest from the fossil fuel industry.

The CDP index dispels outmoded arguments that sustainability is a profit-paring pursuit

Profit or planet? Global index reveals economic benefits of sustainable business

A new study has revealed that carbon-conscious companies are proving to be more profitable than their more polluting rivals.

The system provides specific 'green solutions' designed to reduce the environmental impact of hotels

Video Hotel giant eyes 25% energy reduction with green scheme rollout

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced that 'Green Engage' programme is being extended to incorporate the company's global estate of over 4,700 hotels.

Efficient appliances could save £214bn annually

UN launches global alliance for energy-efficient appliances

A switch to energy-efficient appliances and equipment would reduce global electricity consumption by more than 10%, cutting US$350bn (£214bn) off annual electricity bills and reducing global CO2 emissions by 1.25 billion tonnes.

The wind farm could generate £1.9m a year for the local community

Britain's largest community wind-farm secures £11m funding

The Beinn Ghrideag Community Wind Farm on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland has been deemed a 'breakthrough project for community energy' after receiving £11m of funding from Santander.

The winner of the new award will receive £5,000 and the opportunity to develop their work for a commercial market

New clothing design award launched to scale-up sustainable fashion

The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is putting sustainable fashion in the spotlight with the announcement of a new award which celebrates designers that can reduce the environmental impact of clothes.

The legislation will see solar glass pricing reach £3.66 per square meter by 2018

EU sanctions to spark price rise in solar glass

Businesses looking to add solar installations should move fast, investor services firm IHS has warned, as EU duties on Chinese firms look set to inflate international prices of solar glass.

October 2009

Firm ordered to stop discharging effluent

A company has been ordered to stop effluent discharges while an investigation into water pollution in the River Trent continues.

Tickets available for CRC clinic

Edie is hosting a meeting of leading environmental policy makers looking at the likely impacts of the Government's Carbon Reduction Commitment.

Energy industry must do more to attract bright sparks

The children of today dream about becoming footballers, pop stars and actors - but few seem keen to seek out a career in the energy sector.

EcoCampus award for Birmingham City Uni

Birmingham City University has received an award for its efforts to manage its environmental impacts.

'Vital' to green UK housing to cut carbon

It is vital to green old and new housing to meet a government target of cutting carbon emissions by 80%, according to a new report.

Climate swoop hailed 'massive success' despite arrests

Green activists have called this weekend's climate swoop a 'massive success' after breaking into and spending 24 hours outside Ratcliffe coal-fired power station.

International investigation into £1bn carbon tax dodge

A scam that uses carbon trading to avoid paying tax is being investigated in countries across Europe, including the UK.

First ever combined eco-light bulb and battery collection

A supermarket has launched what it's claiming is the first ever combined light bulb and battery recycling service.

Energy efficiency in homes is low hanging fruit

Government targets to ensure all newly built homes are zero carbon by 2016 are admirable, but this is a drop in the ocean compared to the savings that could be made by more aggressively tackling the emissions from the existing housing stock.

Joan ruddock MP (standing) announces the green voice of the UK

Green voice of the UK announced

A blogger from Essex who tries to live as frugally as possible has been announced as the first Green voice of the UK.