Environmental News on this day... for April 2017, 2016, 2013, 2008

Take a trip into the past and see what stories were in the news in April 2017, 2016, 2013, 2008

April 2017

Tennis ace Andy Murray is part of the group which accuses the UK Government of “dragging its feet” over the release of long-awaited environmental frameworks such as the 25-Year Environment Plan

Famous faces unite against post-Brexit environmental 'race to the bottom'

An unlikely alliance of business entrepreneurs, media personalities and sporting figures have come together with green groups to warn that Brexit could lead to an "environmental race to the bottom" if the low-carbon economy isn't prioritised.

The Innovation Lab officially launched in December with a workshop aimed at identifying “breakthrough challenges” that would form the basis for nine-months of workshops and programmes

Carillion joins UK Green Building Council Innovation Lab

UK construction giant Carillion has become the latest partner of the UK Green Building Council's (UK-GBC) Innovation Lab, which aims to solve systemic challenges in the built environment through collaborative and sustainable innovation.

A report published by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) shows that an extra 138.5GW of global renewable energy capacity last year was aided by tumbling costs

Renewables revolution surges both at home and abroad

The low-carbon and renewables revolution is in full swing, both domestically and on a global scale, as figures show the UK sector made a turnover of £43bn in 2015, and a UN-backed report highlights a record amount of world renewable energy capacity installed last year at plummeting costs.

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 'Maximising the value of your sustainability report' webinar will take place on 4 May at 11am

Speaker line-up confirmed for edie's sustainability reporting webinar

Sustainability representatives from Gatwick Airport, Dell and Asia Pulp & Paper are among the expert speakers that will feature in next week's live webinar on maximising the value of reporting.

Natalie Bennett resigned as leader of the Green Party last August after four years at the helm. Photo: Edinburgh Greens/Flickr

Natalie Bennett: Electoral reform is crucial to take back control of our environment

EXCLUSIVE: The 2017 General Election offers an opportunity to campaign against a "hopelessly out-of-date" electoral system and establish a government that makes sensible, long-term green policy decisions, the former leader of the Green Party has claimed.

If the Government wishes to challenge the decision, it would have to go directly to the Appeal Court due to the ruling from Judge Garnham

High Court ruling: UK Government given a fortnight to publish air quality draft

The High Court has ordered the UK Government to publish a new air quality regime, despite ministers arguing that publication of the plan would add "controversy" to the upcoming general election.

The standard acts as the world’s first independent certification for organisations that are measuring and managing supply chain emissions

O2 becomes first company to receive highest Carbon Trust Standard for supply chains

As the United Nations launches a framework to help businesses assess sustainability impacts, digital communications provider O2 has been named as the first organisation in the world to receive the highest Carbon Trust Standard for supply chains.

The ESA is calling for a more strategic approach to planning policy for energy-from-waste plants across the UK

UK's planning system stifling circular economy progress, industry claims

An "outdated" culture within many of Britain's planning authorities is causing punitive delays to new waste management projects and the system must be improved in order to develop more sustainable business models shaped by the circular economy.

edie Live exhibitor focus: Munters

Ahead of edie Live at the NEC on 23-24 May, we get up close and personal with some of our exhibitors to find out what visitors can expect to see from them at the show, what's new and how they can help in the drive towards sustainability targets.

April 2016

The report suggests that low-carbon mobility would reduce demand for oil, leading to lower global oil prices

UK could save billions by embracing low-carbon transport

A transition to low-carbon transport could reduce global spending on oil and save £232bn a year between 2020 and 2030, according to a new report from economic analysts.

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas spoke exclusively with edie after featuring in a panel debate about the impact of EU membership on UK environmental policy. Photo: carolinelucas.com

Caroline Lucas: Brexit is a frightening prospect for Britain's environment

EXCLUSIVE: Energy policies would be rolled back, demand for environmental experts would drop and Britain's voice on international climate change negotiations would be lost if the nation votes to leave the EU in the upcoming referendum, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has said.

Last week, Tetra Pak announced it will have delivered 200 billion packages labelled with the FSC logo by the end of April 2016

Tetra Pak's bio-based carton hits new milestones

Swedish food processing and packaging company Tetra Pak has announced the launch of a new bio-based version of its Tetra Top package which will have a plant-based renewable content of more than 80%.

Hydrogen cars could share the future automotive market with electric vehicles (EV) by optimising a sharing economy policy

How a sharing economy could catapult hydrogen vehicles into the mainstream

EXCLUSIVE: Embracing a sharing economy could allow hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles to carve out a niche route to accelerate into the mainstream vehicle mix, but only if efforts to boost infrastructure productions are increased.

The UK's Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Lord Nick Bourne, signing the Paris Agreement last week

Paris climate deal: countries with about half of global emissions to join this year

The White House has said countries accounting for about half of the world's greenhouse gas emissions would join the Paris climate agreement this year, bringing the agreement "within striking distance" of entering into force.

All NHS facilities, including NHS Lothian in Edinburgh which is close to the National Monument, are signed up to Warp-it

Scotland 'well-prepared' to embrace disruptive circular economy business models

EXCLUSIVE: The willingness of Scotland's universities, councils and health services to embrace new initiatives based on circular economy principles has allowed disruptive innovators to gain a foothold in the UK market and expand their business.

LOréal’s largest retail brand The Body Shop launched an ambitious new CSR strategy including an overarching goal to be the world's “most ethical and truly sustainable global business

L'Oréal chases "carbon-balanced" commitment as footprints shrink

Cosmetics giant L'Oréal has made significant progress in its sustainable development plan, with figures showing the company is on course to reach targets to reduce emissions, water consumption and waste generation by 60% by 2020.

Christiana Figueres’ optimistic predictions about the Paris Agreement follows a series of positive announcements on climate change made by national governments and big businesses

Christiana Figueres expects Paris Agreement to take effect in 2018

The UN's soon-to-depart climate chief has said that the Paris climate change pact agreed last December could come into force two years earlier than the originally planned date of 2020.

The proposed third runway at Heathrow has been labelled a

Heathrow and TfL at odds over environmental impact of expansion

Proposals for a third runway at Heathrow could cost the taxpayer around £17bn and aggravate London's air pollution because of increased traffic levels, according to documents obtained by Greenpeace from Transport for London (TfL).

Armies powered by sugar, washing machines powered by exercise and smartphones powered by the sun all feature this week's green innovation round-up

Solar smartphone screens and edible packaging: the best green innovations of the week

After a week that saw the steel industry reach crisis point, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that show that, in spite of the potential death of a bastion of the industrial revolution, entrepreneurs from across the globe are accelerating the green revolution.

April 2013

EU launches Green Paper to define 2030 carbon targets

The European Commission has published its Green Paper today which focuses on developing a 2030 framework for EU climate change and energy policies.

Government to support European funding for CCS

The Government has committed to support the winning projects of its £1bn carbon capture and storage (CCS) competition, if they choose to apply for European finding, under new guidance published today.

Cheese delivery to The Goring Hotel with a Nissan LEAF

Cheesemakers use EVs to achieve UK's first carbon neutral cheese

Winterdale Cheesemakers is now producing the UK's first carbon neutral cheese after the company chose to deliver its products using 100% electric vehicles.

Anglo American invests more in water reduction but records 17% rise in 2012

Global mining firm Anglo American increased its water usage by 17% in 2012 to 139.2 million cubic metres (m3), up from 115.3 million m3 in 2011.

Unilever ahead of target on sustainable sourcing

Unilever is now sourcing more than a third of its agricultural raw materials sustainably, exceeding the interim milestone of 30% it set itself in 2010 under its Sustainable Living Plan.

The airline industry is the latest to respond to consumer demand for

Virgin Atlantic soars to sustainable in-flight catering

Virgin Atlantic's global catering operations are to be evaluated and rated for their sustainability credentials by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).

Fat-fuelled power station to supply London sewage works

Fat and oil from restaurants will soon power the world's largest fat-fuelled power station at Beckton in East London, Thames Water announced today.

Marc Engel:

Unilever: it's time to challenge our value chain on sustainable sourcing

Unilever's chief procurement officer Marc Engel has promised to be "relentless" in driving the company's efforts to reach its goal of sourcing 100% of raw materials sustainably by 2020.

SSE has been fined for its misleading sales activities

Ofgem imposes 'largest ever fine' on SSE for misselling

Ofgem has today said it will fine SSE £10.5m, the largest ever imposed on an energy supplier, for numerous breaches of its obligations relating to telephone, instore and doorstep sales activities.

UK Government 'disappointed' with vote against EU ETS backloading proposal

The UK Government has expressed its disappointment in yesterday's vote rejecting the European Commissions backloading proposal under the controversial EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) but said it respects the views of MEPs.

April 2008

Grant for oilfield water reuse

The US department of energy has awarded a $1.8m grant to research the reuse of water used in oilfield production.

Fragile beauty: the Tahoe could become a poster child for the environmental movement in the USA

Flagship lake not above environmental change

A lake considered by many Americans as the embodiment of nature's grandeur is feeling the bite of climate change.

Friends of the Earth said the price of food is rising because of the use of crops for biofuels

Ministers urged to join biofuel debate

Labour Party environment spokesperson Joanna Tuffy has urged ministers to get behind European Environment Agency scientists, according to Friends Of The Earth Ireland.

Bush said GHG cuts must not harm the American economy

Bush: GHG emission growth to halt by 2025

President George Bush has announced a target to stop the growth of America's greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.

Veolia told to open incinerator documents

Waste firm Veolia Environmental Services has been ordered to hand over documents about its proposed incinerator in East Sussex after a legal challenge from environmental campaigners.

Second phase of energy ratings scheme comes into force

Commercial buildings and new homes have become the latest buildings to fall under the Government's energy performance certificate scheme.

Climate publicity campaign launched

The government has launched a major marketing and advertising campaign aimed at reducing Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions.

Study explores water efficiency impact on drainage

Drainage design standards should be reviewed to keep up with the drive to improve water efficiency - and avoid blocked drains and sewers.

UK will meet Kyoto commitments - Benn

The UK is still on track to go beyond its Kyoto targets according to figures released by Government this week.

Nearly 4,000 volunteers scoured Britain's beaches as part of the survey (Copyright T Fanshawe)

British beaches 'littered with plastic'

The amount of plastic littering British beaches is at its highest level since records began, according to the Marine Conservation Society.