Environmental News on this day... for March 2016, 2015, 2012, 2007

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March 2016

While Starbucks has made moves to reduce waste, questions remain over the recyclability of paper cups - which are sealed with a polyethylene (plastic) lining on the interior

Starbucks responds to War on Waste with 'bring your own cup' discount

Following a wave of intense criticism about its lack of action on the circular economy, coffee shop chain Starbucks will trial a 50p discount on its drinks if consumers bring their own cup, in an attempt to curb the rising issue of coffee cup recycling.

Hanson’s West Drayton Asphalt Plant in the London Borough of Hillingdon. The building materials supplier is now being paid for taking this cleaner, cheaper and smarter approach to grid balancing

Hanson embraces demand response approach to energy management

Building materials supplier Hanson UK is pioneering a demand-side response approach to energy management, with the technology being rolled out to 29 of the company's quarries across the country.

Efficiency studies estimate that misleading energy claims by product manufacturers could cost consumers around €10.5bn (£8bn) in extra bills

Nearly 1 in 5 home appliances uses more energy than advertised, survey finds

Nearly one in five fridges, dishwashers, microwaves and other household gadgets guzzle more energy than advertised according to a three-year survey of Europe's home appliance industry.

With this announcement, US President Barack Obama appears to be passing the baton of climate leadership to Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

US and Canada promise to lead world to low carbon economy

The US and Canada declared they would help lead the transition to a low carbon global economy on Thursday, in a dramatic role reversal for two countries once derided as climate change villains.

Lord Greg Barker cited the potential of the Old Oak brownfield site and the capacity of the adjacent Park Royal industrial estate as catalysts to drive a low-carbon movement in London

Lord Barker: Transform London's West End into 'Silicon Valley' of green innovation

Ex-Energy Minister Lord Greg Barker has called on the next London Mayor to deliver a greener capital by transforming the city's West End into the 'Silicon Valley' of low-carbon technology and innovation.

Experts warn that the capital faces a substantial air pollution challenge 60 years on from the Clean Air Act and needs “an equally robust response” as that piece of pioneering legislation

10 policy steps to clean up London's air

Tackling emissions from gas boilers, imposing tighter standards on diesel vehicles and restricting the most polluting vehicles from entering the capital are among a raft of measures that the next London Mayor should introduce to cut pollution and help people live longer.

Heineken employees will now be able to find and collaborate with local causes that matter to them and manage their participation and support for their chosen causes

Heineken gets Neighbourly with community investment drive

Dutch beer company Heineken has become the latest major business to join a social media platform designed to help communities connect with companies through local charitable, environmental and social enterprise projects.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will frame the UN's policies and agenda over the next 15 years

UN Global Compact seeks 'change agents' to accelerate action on SDGs

The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) has launched a 'pioneers programme' to accelerate grassroots leadership on the new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Premier Inn hotel at East Mayne in Basildon - one of the three largest rooftop solar installations to be installed on Whitbread's properties

Whitbread rolls out rooftop solar systems at 88 Premier Inns

Britain's largest hospitality company has completed the installation of solar panels on the rooftops of 88 of its Premier Inn hotels across the country.

The Innovation Competition is looking for the best green ideas that edie Live can help turn into market-ready propositions

edie's 2016 Innovation Zone Competition deadline EXTENDED

Owing to popular demand, edie has extended the deadline for the Innovation Competition taking place at edie Live, giving entrepreneurs and SMEs that have developed green technologies, systems or business models an extra week to submit their entries.

March 2015

Electrolux reduced its carbon emissions by 22% by the end of 2014 on 2005 base levels

Electrolux makes progress against target to be 'sustainability leader' in home appliances

Home-appliance manufacturer Electrolux has released its sustainability report for 2014, outlining good progress against its objective "to be the sustainability leader in our industry".

Green Alliance's Dustin Benton says CCS is the only choice to decarbonise industry

CCS is 'only choice' to decarbonise UK industry, says Green Alliance

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is the best way to decarbonise British industry, according to a new report from the influential Green Alliance think-tank.

The increased flexibility will make solar PV a much more attractive investment for businesses, says Decc.

Government announces 'roaming' solar Feed-in Tariff

Businesses will soon be able to take solar panels with them when they relocate without losing subsidies, the Government has announced today.

Coca-Cola HBC saved 1.1m cubic metres of water last year

Coca-Cola bottler slashes 1.1m cubic metres from water usage

The second largest Coca-Cola bottler in the world has released its sustainability report revealing notable gains in water-efficiency, energy use and recycling.

The environmental group says that community energy has the ability to be a driving force in the UK's transition to a low-carbon economy

Friends of the Earth release 7-point plan to boost community energy

Friends of the Earth (FoE) is calling on the next UK Government to make community energy a priority by removing the current barriers to the sector's development. It has issued a seven point plan for action that would help community energy realise its full potential.

Conservative MP Peter Lilley voiced his controversial views on climate change during the Ecobuild exhibition at ExCel London

Tory MP snubs 'expensive renewables' in climate clash

The Conservative Party's low-carbon ambitions were thrown into question today (3 March) as one of its MPs became embroiled in a row about the science of climate change and condemned further investment in renewables.

The hub hotel achieved over 85% in the worldwide environmental rating system for buildings due to its state-of-the-art heat, cooling and energy saving technologies

Whitbread's hub by Premier Inn hotel achieves 'Outstanding' BREEAM first

The hub by Premier Inn in London's Covent Garden has become the first hotel to achieve an 'Outstanding' BREEAM rating at design stage.

The need for a dedicated body is being made ever-more presing by volatile resource prices and increased competition for dwindling supplies

A secure and resilient economy: Does the UK need an Office for Resource Management?

With the UK lagging behind other industrialised nations on resource security and productivity, several influential lobbies and think-tanks have called for a dedicated office to tackle the problem.

BCC Research expects the global electric vehicle market to be worth $109.8bn by 2019

Reports reveal breadth and benefits of electric vehicle market growth

Two separate reports released today (9 March) have shed light on the expected upsurge in electric vehicle (EV) demand, and the multitude of benefits that this market growth will bring to the UK's environment, economy and health.

Oxford University Fossil Free said the deferral represented a

Oxford University defers decision on fossil fuel divestment

Oxford University has deferred its decision on whether to divest fossil fuels from its £3.8bn endowment, saying the matter needed "thorough consideration".

March 2012

BiogenGreenfinch preferred bidder for Welsh AD plant

Gwynedd Council has appointed BiogenGreenfinch as preferred bidder for the construction of an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in north west Wales.

Westminster Abbey, London

Westminster Abbey prays for energy saving

Westminster Abbey has responded to the Church of England (CoE) carbon reduction target of 80% by 2050 by installing voltage power optimisation (VOI) units on site.

London to roll out 'time bands' for waste collections

A new 'time banding' system for commercial and residential bagged waste collections in London is set to launch from April 1, in a bid to improve hygiene.

£101m funding to green bus network

The Department for Transport has unveiled plans to increase the number of low carbon buses across England - thanks to a new £101m package of improvements.

Sainbury's reaches solar panel milestone

Sainsbury's multi-roof solar panel installation programme has so far generated 7.0 MWp of electricity - enough to power 2,000 homes for a year.

Chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne

Budget 2012: Businesses call for government to commit to green economy

Businesses have called on the Government to commit to the green economy and clarify how it intends to drive its growth ambitions with its long-term climate change objectives in tomorrow's (March 21) budget announcement.

Dairy processors drive down carbon emissions

The UK dairy processing industry has slashed its carbon emissions by 28%, against a 2000 baseline - cutting emissions by nearly 75,000 tonnes a year.

Hotel chain seeks to double recycling rates

Hotel chain Hillbrooke is looking to double recycling rates and cut disposal costs as part of a new corporate waste strategy.

The new solar panels at Ikleston Hospital

Ikleston Hospital invests in solar to cut costs

An NHS community hospital in Derbyshire is taking action to reduce its carbon footprint and cut costs by installing more than 200 solar panels.

Fukushima Daiichi Plant

EnergySolutions secures Fukushima decontamination contract

International nuclear services company EnergySolutions has been awarded the contract of cleaning-up contaminated seawater used to cool reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan.

March 2007

Waste not, want not: unwanted furniture should not be treated as rubbish

London records furniture recycling surge

An increasing number of householders are looking for ways to ensure unwanted furniture finds a new home rather than finding its way to landfill.

Energy efficiency is a laughing matter

News in Brief

EU takes Poland to court over wetland motorway plans

The European Commission is taking Poland to the European Court of Justice over a controversial plan to pass a major motorway across the site of a unique peat land nature reserve, and asking for immediate stop to building works while the case is debated.

Litter levels should be a matter of public record - Mayor

Ken Livingstone has written to David Miliband calling on the Environment secretary to force London's boroughs to come clean on their levels of litter and frequency of street cleaning.

THe construction industry needs to adapt to survive, according to the EA

Construction industry could be next victim of climate change

The British construction industry could be wiped out if it fails to adapt to climate change, according to environmental regulators.

Private water suppliers must clean up their act

Drinking water supplied by private schemes in Ireland is still often contaminated with E. coli, the benchmark indicator for water quality, according to regulators.

Government pledges to build green

Green building is at the heart of Government plans for a more sustainable public sector.

Hybrid school buses hit American streets

News in Brief

Massive fine for polluting refinery

A refinery in Memphis, Tennessee has agreed to pay $2.2 million to resolve allegations that it violated the Clean Air Act.

So far hosepipe bans applied to garden watering and car washing only

Tougher hosepipe ban rules on the horizon

Hosepipe ban rules are about to get tougher as the filling of private pools and even the washing of "personal watercraft" are added to the list of what not to do with a hosepipe during a drought.