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

Take a trip into the past and see what stories were in the news in June 2016, 2015, 2012, 2007

June 2016

Total GHG emissions at EU level decreased by 185 million tonnes CO2-equivalent between 2013 and 2014, with Germany and the UK accounting for about 45% of the total reductions

Member states slash EU emissions by 24%

Ahead of the European Union (EU) referendum date later this week, new figures have revealed that total EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have plummeted to record lows, with the UK accounting for a significant proportion of the overall reductions.

Sue Armstrong-Brown told delegates at edie's Resource Revolution Conference that the Government’s approval of the Fifth Carbon Budget has created a sign of hope that green policies won’t be ignored post-Brexit

Post-Brexit Britain must embrace circular economy to trade with EU, says Green Alliance

EXCLUSIVE: The legislation established as part of the European Union's nascent Circular Economy Package will still shape how a post-Brexit Britain develops new resource-efficient products and closed-loop business models, regardless of whether we stay in the single market or not.

The system will comprise 50 Solarworld 260 panels on both the 41st and 42nd floor, making it one of the highest solar installations in the UK

London's South Bank Tower to generate electricity from solar rooftop system

London's South Bank Tower is expected to save around 11,850 kg of C02 after a 100-panel, 26 kilowatt-peak (kWp) solar PV system was installed on the roof of the newly-developed skyscraper.

Members should receive investment returns at an annual rate of 5% for the first three years

M&S invites customers to invest in community solar project

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched a unique collaborative initiative designed to generate renewable electricity from solar panels installed on the retailer's stores.

The company has announced that since 2005 carbon emissions have fallen by 14% per metric tonne of food produced, just short of its 15-20% target for the end of 2015

Kellogg's pours 'heart and soul' into new science-based targets as footprints shrink

Food manufacturer Kellogg's has unveiled new reductions across key operational footprints that the "business depends on", as the company drives towards its new science-based sustainability targets.

Ian Duncan MEP has spearheaded the European Parliament's reform of the Emissions Trading Scheme, the EU's flagship policy to tackle climate change. Photo: Ian Duncan/Flickr

Brexit calls EU climate action into question as top MEP quits

The European Union's plans to reform its broken carbon market have been thrown into turmoil after the British lead MEP on the bill to revise the Emissions Trading System resigned after the UK voted to leave the bloc.

(L-R): Stuart McLean, print centre manager at Herald and Times Group; and Ron Ramage, chief executive of Flexitricity

Demand response spreads to the media as Scottish publisher embraces smart-grid thinking

The Herald and Times Group has discovered a new revenue stream worth up to £250,000 after becoming the first newspaper group to sign up to Edinburgh-based aggregator Flexitricity's demand response initiative.

Are the edie readers right in their decision to vote remain? Or have the impacts of a potential Brexit been blown out of proportion by a media frenzy?

EU Referendum QUIZ: who said what on the environmental ramifications?

In or Out? By the early hours of Friday morning, Britain will finally have an answer to the ongoing Hokey-Cokey dilemma on whether or not we will remain in the European Union (EU).

Nissan began integrating renewable energy sources in Sunderland in 2005 when the company installed its first wind turbines on site

Nissan switches on solar farm at largest European plant in Sunderland

Japanese carmaker and leading electric vehicle (EV) producer Nissan has completed the installation of a 4.75MW solar farm in Sunderland - its biggest manufacturing plant in Europe - which along with other renewable sources will generate enough power to build more than 31,000 cars every year.

Lidl has pledged to communicate directly with suppliers to gain a better understanding of production challenges and consumers’ needs

Lidl makes ethical fruit and veg pledge to support British suppliers

German discount retailer Lidl has today (21 June) announced a commitment to the National Farmers' Union (NFU) Fruit and Vegetable Pledge, underlining the importance of maintaining long-term, sustainable relationships with its British farmers and suppliers.

June 2015

CCE aims to use 1.2l of water per 1l of product by 2020.

Coca-Cola bottler targets 50% emissions cut and circular waste models

One of the world's largest soft-drink bottlers, Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), has set ambitious new targets for waste and emissions today, claiming that climate change is one of the most significant risks to its business.

The US already has 13 CCS installations in operation and six under construction, but there are no commercial scale CCS installations operating in the EU

Grantham Institute: Extend green subsidies to carbon capture

The UK and other EU countries should extend green subsidies, such as the Contracts for Difference scheme, to carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, an influential think-tank has claimed.

Based on trends before the introduction of the new plan, UK recycling rates for plastic packaging would be 38% in 2017

UK plastics industry lays out roadmap to 57% recycling rate

A sector-wide plan to meet the UK Government's proposed target of 57% plastic packaging recycling by 2017, was launched yesterday.

The study claims to be the 'missing piece' for securing future low-carbon transport

£10bn investment needed to drive low-carbon transport industry

More than £10bn will need to be invested in low-carbon transport if the UK is to meet its carbon emission reduction targets by 2050.

Lego will establish a Sustainable Materials Centre at its headquarters in Billund, Denmark

Lego ploughs £100m into research for greener products

The world's largest toymaker is to build a new Sustainable Materials Centre in its search for more environmentally-friendly materials to be used in its products and packaging.

Countries could peak energy-related emissions by 2020 with no additional expenditure, claims the IEA

IEA: Energy emissions could peak by 2020 with right plan

Global emissions from energy use could peak within the next five years if Governments spend an extra $130bn on renewable energy, improve energy efficiency and ban new coal-fired power plants.

You have just over six weeks to enter the 2015 Sustainability Leaders Awards

edie Sustainability Leaders Awards 2015 officially open!

Entry has now opened for one of the most prestigious awards schemes in the UK sustainability sector - the edie Sustainability Leaders Awards.

The top 1,000 largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting companies are responsible for about 20% of the world's annual GHG emissions

UN: Businesses initiatives can save 630m tonnes of CO2

Ambitious climate action from the world's largest corporations could save 630m tonnes of CO2e in 2020, according to new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Amber Rudd backed the transferal of some of her powers to the Oil and Gas Authority

Rudd reiterates support for UK oil and gas

New Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has praised the Tory Government's support for oil and gas set out in the Queen's Speech, insisting the fossil fuels must continue to play an essential part of the UK's energy mix over the coming decades.

The solar array on the roof of F1's Leicestershire factory

Metal manufacturer targets £170,000 solar savings

A UK metalwork manufacturer expects to save £170,000 on its energy bills after installing a 28.5kWp solar PV array on the roof of its Leicestershire factory.

June 2012

UK and Norway agree energy partnership

A pioneering energy partnership between the UK and Norway, which aims to secure affordable and sustainable long term energy supplies for the two countries, has been unveiled.

Minister Hogan unveils Environment Partnership Fund

Ireland's environment minister Phil Hogan has allocated €337,000 to the Environment Partnership Fund 2012.

Wolseley achieves zero waste aspirations

Building products firm Wolseley UK's Leamington Spa site is now zero waste to landfill after a number of its operating facilities reached ambitious waste targets.

Credit: Alexander Gordeyev / Shutterstock.com

Positive sustainability goals set for 2014 World Cup

A $20m sustainability strategy has been developed by FIFA for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, seeking not only to mitigate the negative environmental impact of the event but to also maximise its positive effects.

'Inefficient' EfW plants must be more carbon-conscious

Energy recovery facilities are not being run efficiently enough and must utilise their heat potential to maximise carbon savings, a leading technology provider has claimed.

Councils not reinvesting waste profits in recycling

Local authorities do not have the money to invest in recycling despite securing more lucrative waste contracts off the back of increased material prices.

Coca-Cola $3.5m drive to advance clean water access

Coca-Cola has pledged to commit $3.5m to help accelerate the development of sustainable water access in drought-hit parts of Africa.

Environment Agency chairman Lord Chris Smith will chair this year's panel

Edie awards judging panel finalised - enter now!

Chaired by Environment Agency chairman Lord Smith, the judging panel for this year's Sustainability Leaders Awards is made up of genuine leaders in the field from across a spectrum of disciplines and experience.

Ford seeks UK waste partners for recovery push

Motor giant Ford is seeking to enter into strategic partnerships with waste management firms as part of its zero waste drive.

E.ON receives 800 million euro bid for its EfW arm

Energy giant E.ON has received a bid worth more than 800 million euros (£642m) for its energy-from-waste business division, according to Reuters.

June 2007

Court 'shoots down EPA' on Clean Air Act ruling

A US Federal Court has denied appeals by the US Environmental Protection Agency and industry to overturn the same court's December, 2006 ruling that struck down the agency's rule attempting to weaken protections against harmful smog-forming pollution.

Chinese city without water

The taps were turned back on for more than 2 million people in an eastern Chinese city, after a local lake was clogged up by a foul-smelling blue-green algae affecting water supply.

Aim to reach waste neutrality in construction

A tool measuring performance towards 'waste neutrality' in construction has been launched by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme).

US refinery hit with fine for pollution

An American refinery has been fined $1 million for threatening groundwater supplies by dumping polluted water into wells.

Redefinition of waste should increase recycling

Classifying a host of waste products as raw materials could break down the administrative barriers that currently make them difficult to reuse.

Desalination plant sends the wrong signal - Livingstone

Controversy over Government-approved plans for a Thames Water desalination plant flared this week as London Mayor Ken Livingstone continues to declare his opposition to the initiative despite the operator's commitment to powering the facility with renewable energy.

The EU will tighten its controls on mercury in 2011

'Zero Mercury' in EU by 2011

Exporting mercury from the European Union will be banned from 2011, the EU governments agreed yesterday.

Water-pipe micro turbines could be energy solution

Water mains could be a new source of new energy, if a new technology developed in the UK is successful.

Glastonbury seeks to persuade festival goers to go green

News in Brief

Giving the EA strategic powers will provide better protection for England's coast, say Government

EA given strategic coastal flooding role

The Environment Agency has been asked by Government to become more directly involved in plans to protect coastal areas from flooding and erosion.