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

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April 2016

The reformed Emissions Trading System would allow sectors, such as the maritime and steel industries, to adopt a carbon pricing set at international level

EU ETS in need of 'ambitious' revamp, MEPs warn

The European Union (EU) has been urged to revamp its Emission Trading System (ETS) to allow for free allowances to be given to the industries that need them most, even though it was revealed that struggling Tata Steel has received £700m from the ETS since 2008.

The researchers claim there is now urgent need for a higher qualified workforce to avoid further skills shortages across the electric vehicle sector

Electric cars worth £51bn to UK economy 'if Government acts now'

The UK Government will lose out on major economic benefits unless it makes a significant investment in upgrading the nation's electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and upskilling the motor industry, an independent academic report will warn this week.

Building management systems could soon be phased out and replaced with more advanced, IoT-based models

Data analysis: taking behaviour change to the 'next level'

EXCLUSIVE: Data analysis can be an integral method to ignite energy-conscious behaviour change among staff, with energy management company SSE Enterprise claiming that the Internet of Things (IoT) could revolutionise how companies interact with sustainability number-crunching.

Peabody’s debt issues has irked many green organisations and companies, with reactions ranging from the optimism to anger

Green groups anticipate "dawn of a clean industrial era" as Peabody files for bankruptcy

The world's largest privately owned coal producer Peabody Energy Corp has today (13 April) filed for bankruptcy, with organisations lamenting its inability to 'adjust to new energy markets' as a detrimental factor in the decision.

The new mapping system could provide researchers with an effective platform to differentiate between forest destruction caused by climate change and deforestation

UN and Google forge 'eye-in-the-sky' forest mapping partnership

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has turned to tech giant Google to implement a high-resolution satellite-based data mapping system which could usher in an "unprecedented level of environmental literacy" for the forestry sector.

The winner will be announced on May 17 at the UK’s largest energy, sustainability and resource efficiency event, edie Live

edie Live Innovation Competition finalists announced

Innovative and pioneering technologies - from hybrid commercial vehicles to energy storage, innovative AD solutions to retail refrigeration - will take to the stage next month, after 10 forward-thinking companies made it through to the final of edie's Innovation Zone competition.

All cars included in the investigation failed to meet the EU limit when tested under “real-world” conditions, with DfT finding that the average emissions were five times higher

Britain's diesel car emissions 'five times over EU limits', Government tests reveal

Recent claims by the UK Government that it is "leading the push" for greater emissions testing in diesel cars have been branded as "misleading", after a Department for Transport (DfT) investigation revealed that some vehicles are still producing up to 12 times the EU maximum limit for road-tested emissions.

The sustainability standards of bananas help ensure that farms comply with rigorous criteria designed to protect biodiversity, workers, families and nearby communities

Aldi jumps on sustainable bananas bandwagon

Supermarket Aldi UK has become the latest retailer to pledge to source its entire UK range of bananas from either Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance-certified farms before the end of 2016.

BP’s warning of a fossil fuel pull-out from Europe was repeated three times in the letter, most stridently over plans to mandate new pollution cuts and clean technologies

EU dropped climate policies after BP threat of oil industry 'exodus'

The EU abandoned or weakened key proposals for new environmental protections after receiving a letter from a top BP executive which warned of an exodus of the oil industry from Europe if the proposals went ahead.

April 2015

Fossil fuel divestment campaigners at a rally outside Oxford University, which recently deferred its divestment decision

Top academics ask world's universities to divest from fossil fuels

It is both unethical and untenable for universities around the world to continue to invest in fossil fuel companies whose plans to prospect for more oil, coal and gas endanger future global prosperity, according to an influential group of academics.

Labour has committed to decarbonisation of the UK energy mix, pledged to lead increased global climate change ambition, and will improve energy efficiency, in the Green Plan

Labour launches Green Manifesto separating itself from political mix

Labour has today (20 April) launched a 'green manifesto' outlining a wealth of agenda on environmental issues ahead of the General Election next month.

The new technique converts 100% of corn sugars into hydrogen fuel - nearly tripling the efficiency of currently available systems.

Hydrogen fuel from corn husks could displace petrol

Scientists from Virginia Tech University have found a cheap, efficient way to produce hydrogen fuel using corn waste which could revolutionise law-carbon transport.

The Quit Club, the newest phase of the company's Quit Smoking for Good campaign, likens the emissions diesel cars produce to smoking

Quit Club: Toyota urges businesses to 'stop smoking by quitting diesel'

Businesses are being encouraged to switch their company vehicle fleets from diesel engines to petrol hybrids in a new initiative launched by Toyota & Lexus Fleet Services this month.

Windermere Golf Club in the Lake District has installed a 100kW biomass boiler system which will save the venue up to £20,000 a year

Golf clubs go green with biomass installations

The biomass boom is sweeping into the world of golf with two UK clubs investing in wood pellet boiler systems to reduce energy costs and enhance their sustainability credentials.

The majority of consumers agree that it is the combined responsibility of individuals, consumer brands and the Government to help maintain a sustainable future

Green businesses missing out on reputational gains

Sustainability-minded brands are failing to capitalise on the consumer-goodwill that a green approach to business can generate.

The intended plant will combine coal gasification with CCS technologies in a single facility for the first time

£4.2m investment powers development of UK's first CCS plant

The Scottish and UK Governments have announced a £4.2m investment in industrial research and feasibility studies for a 570MW Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) plant in Scotland.

The majority of people (55%) have now heard of the Government's 'Feed-in Tariff' (FIT) scheme

Majority of UK consumers would install rooftop solar, survey finds

As many as 60% of UK consumers would consider installing solar panels for the first time in the next five years.

Baleària's Martin i Soler passenger ferry has seen a 12% improvement in fuel-efficiency since using AkzoNobel's biocide-free advanced hull coating

AkzoNobel makes waves with carbon credits scheme

Spanish ferry operator Balearia has signed up to AkzoNobel's landmark program which financially incentivises ship owners to reduce carbon emissions by earning carbon credits.

Amongst pre-election Budget announcements March was a big month for renewables news

GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in March 2015

What were the biggest stories for sustainability professionals in March? Find out in our round-up which takes a look-back at the month in pictures.

April 2012

Energy industry salaries much higher than national average

UK energy professionals receive a "significantly" higher average salary than workers in other industries a new survey has revealed.

UK pledges to double water and sanitation aid efforts by 2015

The UK Government has pledged to double the number of people it intends to reach worldwide with safe water, sanitation and hygiene education by 2015.

Wind power backed by majority of Brits

The British public are generally supportive of wind power and most find the appearance of wind farms on the landscape acceptable - with just a small minority opposing development.

Keep wind FIT cuts 'bite-sized' says industry

The need to persuade Government not to impose large Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) cuts on the wind power sector, but to keep such action bite-sized, emerged as a major concern during this week's RenewableUK conference in Glasgow.

WRG slapped with fine for 'rotten egg' landfill odour

WRG Waste Services has been fined £10,500 for failing to contain offensive odours emanating from its Greengairs landfill site in North Lanarkshire.

Walmart braces itself for final zero waste hurdle

Walmart's zero waste drive generated cost savings of more than $231m for the business last year, but the company admits that improving on this will be a daunting task.

Hospital trust opts for integrated waste solution

East Cheshire NHS Trust has outsourced all of its waste management to one provider in a bid to double recycling rates.

Nike partners NASA for zero waste 'game changer'

Nike has joined forces with NASA to launch a global zero waste challenge, seeking "game changing" innovations that could revolutionise how the planet deals with its waste.

Carbon reporting delay 'costly and bureaucratic', say businesses

A move by government to delay mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reporting is proving costly and bureaucratic for businesses, an edie poll has revealed.

Quality drive set to benefit wood reprocessors

Wood recyclers have received a boost with the launch of a new standard that guarantees the quality of recovered wood products.

April 2007

US prepares for Earth Day

News in Brief

Conflicts in Africa have already been blamed on increasing water scarcity, for example in Darfur

Climate change is security threat, says UN

Conflict over water and other resources is likely to increasingly fuel wars as the climate warms, the UN Security Council warned this week as it debated climate-related security threats, despite disagreement from some developing countries.

Water companies to plan 25 years in advance

Water companies must now balance supply and demand on a quarter-century scale, after a law that makes 25-year water resource plans compulsory came into force on April 1st.

The effect of pollution in the Yangtze is irreversible

Health check paints bleak future for Yangtze

Fertiliser run-off from countless farms and gardens is choking the lower reaches of China's biggest river and the authorities appear powerless to stop it.

Campaigners hope warnings could prove an effective deterrent to flying

Tobacco-style warnings urged for flights

Cigarette-style warnings should be introduced on flights to alert people to the effect aircraft emissions have on the climate, a think tank has said.

Commission backs pan-European pipeline

The construction of a Black Sea oil pipeline claimed to significantly reduce the chances of tanker accidents was endorsed by the European Commission on Tuesday.

Water giant faces £8.5m fine

The water regulator is to fine United Utilities £8.5m for repeatedly breaking trading rules over the 2005-2007 period.

Insurer publishes CSR report

News in Brief

Water policy 'outdated' as climate changes

Britain's water policy urgently needs updating to adapt the country to a changing climate, environment minister Ian Pearson has said.

The Aral Sea in 2004, prior to the dam being built.

Aral Sea 'making good recovery'

The Aral Sea is recovering faster than expected as the dam built in 2005 continues to bring the desired effects, according to the World Bank, which funded the Kok-Aral dam project.