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April 2019

The global drinks firm launched a new sustainability strategy on 3 April 2019. Images: Pernod Ricard

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: In the Green Room with Pernod Ricard's Vanessa Wright

Welcome back to the green room - edie's exclusive interview hub for sustainability leaders, brought to you as part of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next to provide the insights of a leading sustainable business: Pernod Ricard's vice president of global sustainability Vanessa Wright.

Puro will hold the first auctions where CORCs will be traded in May and June this year

Finnish businesses set up 'world's first' marketplace for carbon removal certificates

A group of Finnish businesses have partnered with global financial solutions firm South Pole and Swedish bank SEB to launch a new marketplace for science-based CO2 removal certificates, in a bid to scale methods that can capture and remove carbon globally.

Verizon targets carbon neutrality by 2035

US-based telecommunications and technology giant Verizon has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality across its Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 (electricity and heat) footprints by 2035.

The report also provides an update on the company’s resource efficiency efforts, including reductions on food waste goals

Co-op to halve emissions by 2025

The Co-op has announced new goals to reduce its direct emissions by 50% and product-related emissions by 11%, after reaching a previous carbon goal three years ahead of schedule.

Heavy industries like cement, steel and chemicals are heavy users of fossil fuels, accounting for about 14% of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions

Zero-emission EU industry 'within reach' but costly, study finds

Bringing down emissions from heavy industry to net-zero by 2050 is possible but will require costly new production processes and a 25-60% increase in near-term capital investments to reach €40-50 billion per year, according to new research published on Thursday (25 April).

Walmart hopes the move will encourage greater disclosure and innovation from suppliers. Pictured: Solar arrays operated by Walmart China

Walmart partners with HSBC to launch green finance programme for suppliers

As part of a partnership with HSBC, US-based retail giant Walmart has developed a green finance initiative that rewards suppliers for setting, meeting or exceeding ambitious sustainability aims.

Late last year, the UK Government unveiled plans to

Report: Clear CCUS policy needed for UK net-zero emissions goal

The UK Government should update its "vague terminology" on carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) deployment in the UK to create clear policy drivers that transform the technology into a primary tool to meet national and international climate change targets.

The coalition was founded at the Paris One Planet Summit in 2017 and is convened by Banque De France

Coalition of central banks urge finance sector to 'raise the bar' on climate action

A coalition of 36 central banks and regulators, including the Bank of England and the World Bank, have issued a rallying cry urging all stakeholders across the global sector to address climate challenges by "greening" the financial system.

Photo: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

'Historic breakthrough': Norway's giant oil fund dives into renewables

Norway's $1tn oil fund, the world's largest sovereign wealth fund, is to plunge billions of dollars into wind and solar power projects.

Engenie currently hosts 16 EV chargers at Marston's pubs and is targeting 400 by the end of 2020. Image: Engenie

Marston's to power rapid EV chargers with 100% renewable electricity

Pub chain and brewer Marston's has inked a deal which will see it power the 400 electric vehicle (EV) chargers it is installing across its UK estate with 100% renewable energy.

April 2018

Incorporating expert sessions and live audience Q&A, the webinar is free to watch live at 2pm on 17 April, and will be available on-demand afterwards

What does it take to change behaviours? edie webinar taking place on TUESDAY

edie's next one-hour webinar session will take place on Tuesday 17 April 2018, with experts from Tesco, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and EDF Energy set to provide their top tips on driving staff engagement on energy and sustainability.

The webinar included Heathrow's chief executive John Holland-Kaye and director of sustainability Matthew Gorman, alongside Business in the Community chief executive Amanda Mackenzie and The Climate Group's corporate partnerships director Mike Peirce

On-demand webinar: Inside Heathrow's 2.0 sustainability strategy

With the 'Heathrow 2.0' sustainability update landing on Monday (22 April), edie hosted a live, interactive webinar featuring the Airport's chief executive John Holland-Kaye to discuss how the business has progressed on its mission to lead the industry on sustainable growth.

Nestlé has vowed to play an “active role” in the development of recycling schemes across the country where it operates

Nestlé aims to make all packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025

Nestlé has become the latest firm to step up its action on plastic waste, with a pledge to make all of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

More than 370 businesses have joined the Science Based Targets initiative since its launch in 2015

More than 100 corporates have science-based targets approved

L'Oréal and Electrolux are among the latest businesses to have their emission reduction goals approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Response to the announcement has been largely negative

BP's low-carbon strategy comes under fire

BP's new sustainability strategy to level-out increases to emissions during a period of business growth has been labelled as "too small" an effort to reduce the company's exposure to climate risk.

Strong collective performance across the UK supermarket industry is held back by Iceland, Morrisons and Marks and Spencer (M&S)

Aldi tops UK supermarkets for sustainable seafood products

Aldi has edged out Sainsbury's and Lidl in offering the largest amount of sustainable seafood to UK customers, according to new findings from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Around 600,000 straws will be converted to home compostable material as a result

Waitrose builds on plastics pledge by switching to paper straws in cafes

Waitrose has revealed it will build on a commitment to stop selling packs of single-use plastics straws later this year, by replacing all plastic straws used in its onsite cafes with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper alternatives.

London Stock Exchange Group sustainability manager Sara Lovisolo says the technical work behind the opportunities offered by climate action is weaker than measuring mitigation

Climate change mitigation should be viewed as business opportunity, says London Stock Exchange

Businesses and investors should focus more on measuring and reporting the positive impacts of sustainability efforts rather than purely analysing the risks posed by climate change, according to the sustainability manager of the London Stock Exchange Group.

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

Achieving Mission Possible: The sustainability success stories of the week

Corporate leadership on food waste and cross-sector electric vehicle (EV) partnerships feature in the second edition of edie's new content series which rounds up some of the world's most inspirational sustainability initiatives that are transforming business, for good.

Take a look through all of the month's most-read news stories, and click the links in the descriptions below to read them for yourself

Top 10 sustainability stories of March 2018

It was a month of plastic take back schemes, big Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) commitments and high-profile business innovations. Take a look back at March's biggest sustainability stories in this round-up.

April 2015

Labour plans to decarbonise the electricity supply by 2030, and embark on a

Labour manifesto: Red Ed goes green with energy policy

Labour released its election manifesto on Monday, reaffirming bold pledges on climate change and decarbonising the UK energy supply, but a conspicuous lack of waste-related policy.

The National Grid said the new design will help it respond to the growing need to transfer energy from renewable sources, to the grid.

First 'greener' pylons erected in UK

National Grid has finished construction of its new 'greener' electricity pylons at a trial site in Nottinghamshire.

Zero Waste Scotland is calling for people across the country to join its mission to reduce food waste

Scotland to recruit 'volunteer army' to drive circular economy

Zero Waste Scotland is recruiting more than 1,000 'zero waste volunteers' to support its mission to reduce food waste, boost recycling rates and promote re-use, repairing and sharing across the country.

An exit from the European Union would seriously impact the UK's energy security and hamper future cleantec investment

Political consensus: EU membership crucial for UK's voice on climate change

An exit from the European Union (EU) would seriously impact the UK's energy security and hamper future cleantec investment, members of four of the main political parties have unanimously agreed.

Eighty-two percent of our Energy Management Survey respondents had heard of ESOS, but only 39% have started to engage with a lead assessor

ESOS awareness on the rise, but energy managers remain sceptical

EXCLUSIVE: The majority of UK businesses are now aware of the impending Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), but the minority of affected businesses believe it will actually help them develop plans to become more energy-efficient.

The manifesto particularly focuses on waste collection as an area that requires fresh direction

Recycling industry releases manifesto for next Government

A Resource Management and Circular Economy Act, a ban on biodegradable waste to landfill, and a statutory duty on businesses to collect and submit data on waste all form part of a new manifesto for the next UK Government released by the recycling industry today (1 April).

Developers Skeleton Technologies have developed an energy storage method that stores energy in an electric field using 'curved graphene'

New energy storage solution space-bound

The European Space Agency (ESA) has chosen a new energy storage technology for possible orbit in 2018 which is expected to cut mission costs and improve energy efficiency.

The Toolkit provides practical guidance for producers on how to identify HCS forests and integrate them with other land use planning approaches

APP backs 'No Deforestation' toolkit

A toolkit developed by leading plantation companies and NGOs including Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) and Unilever has been launched to help companies end deforestation in their supply chains.

The Green Party has put climate change at the heart of its manifesto, ahead of the UK General Election in May

Green Party manifesto: Renewables revolution critical to curb climate change

"The climate is the ultimate common good," states the Green Party's election manifesto, which pledges to ramp up spending on renewables, prioritise home energy efficiency and put an end the UK's dependency on fossil fuels.

The IT giant is striving to supply 100% of the virgin fibres used in its paper and packaging from sustainably managed forests or controlled wood sources

A greener Apple: IT giant announces two new projects

Global IT giant Apple has announced it is greening its operations further by building more renewable energy capacity and offsetting its paper supply chain's impact.

April 2010

American builders need to get lead aware

Despite almost 30 years of effort to reduce the risk of American children being exposed to lead, over a million are still being poisoned by paint containing the toxic metal every year.

Greens pledge more jobs and investment

The Green Party has pledged to cut funding to the military and road building as part of their election manifesto.

Solar power revenue lights up the states

US solar power industry revenue increased by a whopping 36% last year compared with 2008, according to the trade association representing the industry.

Belgium scraps 'phonebook for all' approach in waste crackdown

News in Brief

Manchester college sets standard for sustainable schools

A Manchester sixth form college with arguably the best Ofsted report in the country has added another feather to its cap by developing one of the greenest buildings on any campus.

UN wades into water row

The UN has called on Central Asian leaders to co-operate to help protect dwindling water resources in the area.

Water firms win appeal against EA sewer regs

Appeals against the Environment Agency's attempts to tighten environmental standards on sewage overflows have found largely in favour of the water companies that launched them.

Moving to a low carbon sustainable economy on the agenda at ET

The road towards a low carbon economy will be laid out at the ET theatre during sustainabilitylive!

Discussing remediation at BEX

A high level panel chaired by a leading remediation expert will discuss the latest breakthroughs in the industry at BEX.

Somalia blames piracy on toxic waste dumps

African leaders meeting to discuss maritime security have said there are numerous social and environmental problems at the root of the rise of piracy off the east coast of the continent - including contaminated land.