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January 2019

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

Ikea's solar homes and Manchester's 'net-zero' pledge: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

This week's innovations demonstrate how technology can be utilised to drive carbon, waste, water and energy savings

Hydrogen bikes and electric 'delivery dogs': The best green innovations of CES 2019

From big-name corporates to tiny startups, this week saw more than 4,500 firms showcase their newest tech-based innovations to a crowd of thousands at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Here, edie rounds some of the displays that could have the biggest sustainability impacts.

The Government claims the 2040 ban is ambitious enough to meet its 2050 target of making “almost every car” in the UK zero-emission

Government rejects calls to bring 2040 petrol and diesel car ban forward

The UK Government has confirmed that it will not bring the date of its 2040 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars forward, despite pressure from MPs and green campaign groups to set a 2032 deadline.

More than 800 million people are chronically undernourished and a further 2 billion are classed as obese

International treaty needed to stop food sector from driving climate change, scientists warn

Social issues caused by the framework of the world's existing food systems, including malnutrition and obesity, are set to be exacerbated in the coming years by the industry's climate impacts, new scientific research has concluded.

Léon Wijnands insists that the success of the climate disclosure movement could rely to an extent on the ability of the finance sector to develop a standard to attribute data to financial products.

Will 2019 be the year of climate-risk reporting?

The next 12 months will see a steep rise in the number of companies embedding climate-related data and disclosure into core business models, according to ING's global head of sustainability.

This week's annual summit in Davos was the 48th hosted by the World Economic Forum

Davos 2019: Circular economy opportunities and everything else you may have missed

Over the past few days, sustainability professionals have been bombarded with reports and announcements as more than 3,000 business leaders, policymakers, thought leaders and Matt Damon gathered in Davos for the World Economic Forum (WEF). This round-up highlights the key talking points that you need to know.

Stena Line has pledged to install power supply connections for electrified ferries at 25% of its terminals by 2020

Stena Line installs onshore power supply connection to support electric ferry fleet

Ferry giant Stena Line has installed what it claims is Oslo's first onshore power supply connection for ferries, in a move that will enable it to recharge its hybrid-electric boats in port for the first time.

edie rounds up the key facts from Changing Markets Foundation survey on public perceptions of supply chain practices in the fashion industry

In numbers: The UK public's attitudes to supply chain practices in the fashion industry

A new survey which examines the UK public's attitudes towards supply chain responsibility within the fashion industry has today (10 January) been published. Here, edie rounds up the key facts and figures.

The technologies will drive the city towards its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030

Bristol to connect first private housing development to low-carbon heat network

Bristol City Council has unveiled ambitious plans to connect its first evert commercial housing development site to an existing heat network, in a move that will enable developers to use low-carbon heat sources for building while generating income for the council.

The global livestock industry accounts for 15% of the world's carbon emissions, and uses 83% of all existing agricultural land

Veganuary: Why meat-free meals could be the key to tackling climate challenges

It may be the time of year for celebrations and resolutions, but this week also marked the start of Veganuary - a month-long campaign encouraging meat-eaters to switch to plant-based foods. With this in mind, edie explores the full environmental and social impacts of the animal protein industry, and what the global business community is doing to reduce our reliance on it.

January 2018

Concerns around the UK’s capacity to deliver a so-called “Green Brexit” must be resolved, the coalition insists

UK green protections at 'high risk' post-Brexit

Key areas of UK environmental policy such as air quality, chemicals and waste are at "high risk" of being less protected after Britain's departure from the EU, a coalition of green groups has warned.

Carbon Trust chief executive Tom Delay gazes into his sustainability crystal ball to look at the major trends that could shape the green economy in 2018

Transparency, Trump and tipping points: The key trends that could define sustainability in 2018

EXCLUSIVE: The green economy in 2018 will likely be shaped by a corporate drive to increase financial disclosure, a "tipping point" for major clean technologies, and a pendulum swing in global sustainability leadership towards the developing world.

edie has once again pulled the best innovation stories of the week into this neat and tidy little green package

Transparent solar cells and hydrogen bikes: the best green innovations of the week

In a week where the circular economy was front and centre of global discussions, edie rounds up the low-carbon and resource-efficient innovations that could shape the future.

edie brings you a special, CES edition of the green innovations of the week

Brain-to-vehicle technology and solar Wi-Fi: the best green innovations at CES 2018

Around 185,000 people descended into Las Vegas last week to check out the latest gadgets and tech innovations on show at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). edie has selected some of the best displays that could have the biggest sustainability impacts.

The bill does not require that current environmental standards are maintained after Brexit, nor does it contain a general requirement that the public should be consulted on potentially significant changes

Brexit bill may have broken international environment law, says UN

The British government may have breached a major "environmental democracy" law by failing to consult the public when drawing up Brexit legislation.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) insists that new policies will be required to close the remaining “emissions gap”

Clean Growth Strategy 'not enough' to meet UK's carbon targets, climate advisers warn

Urgent action is needed to flesh out current plans in the Clean Growth Strategy in order to meet the UK's fourth and fifth carbon budgets, the Government's climate change watchdog has cautioned.

The UK has the most green procurement leaders in Europe, including BT, Interserve, PwC and Rolls-Royce

Apple and Sky among swelling list of green procurement leaders

The number of top companies leading the way on tackling emissions on the supplier chain has doubled in the past year, but many corporates are still missing out on the business opportunities of supplier engagement.

In addition to incentivising recycling, the Commission will instead pump money into initiatives that use raw materials other than oil

EU maps out plastics vision in new strategy

The European Commission presented on Tuesday (16 January) its eagerly anticipated strategy on how the EU intends to approach plastic production and pollution over the next decade and beyond.

GE has been involved in battery storage solutions since 2010 and has launched 19 large-scale commercial projects worldwide

General Electric targets giant Midlands battery storage system

General Electric (GE) is targeting a portion of the UK's growing battery storage market, after partnering with London energy firm Arenko to create one of the UK's largest fully-integrate battery storage solutions.

CDP has ranked BMW, Daimler and Toyota the best performing companies on climate-related metrics, with Subaru, FCA and Suzuki ranking lowest

CDP: Global car industry must embrace low-carbon shift to ensure survival

Traditional carmakers will face multi-million-pound fines and a huge loss in market share to tech firms such as Uber and Google unless they embrace the low-carbon vehicle transition.

January 2015

Six new gas engines will deliver cheaper low-carbon electricity for the Tube network

Boris brings Underground into 21st century with low-carbon investment

London's infamous Tube network will become more energy efficient under new plans to transform Greenwich Power Station into a combined heat and power plant with new gas engines that are cleaner, quieter and up to 90% more efficient.

The REA has launched UK Solar in a bid to become

REA champions solar and storage with two new trade bodies

The Renewable Energy Assocation (REA) has launched two new industry bodies - UK Solar and UK Energy Storage - to support the growth and integration of both sectors across the country.

The online tool was launched in 2010, but has been used exclusively by governments - including India and China - until its full global release yesterday

UK takes lead on climate change modelling with new Global Calculator

The UK has reinforced its 'leading position' on climate change ahead of Paris 2015 with DECC launching a new tool to help businesses and governments understand the environmental impacts of energy and emissions policies.

The rise in global wind power installed capacity will increase the demand for wind turbine components across the value chain

Wind power: Global investment to hit £66bn by 2020

Global investment in wind power projects will reach $101bn (£66.6bn) by the end of 2020 as capacity is expected to rise from 364.9GW in 2014 to 650.8GW by 2020 in response to increased demand.

Coal consumption growth in China has been responsible for more than half of global CO2 emission growth in the past 10 years

End of China's coal boom in sight as consumption falls for first time

China's coal consumption fell for the first time in 2014 due to a rapid increase in renewable generation capacity, energy efficiency improvements and a shift away from heavy industry.

Decc estimates businesses could save more than £250m if they reduce energy consumption by less than 1% as a result of energy audits

Majority of businesses now aware of ESOS, says Decc

The Department for Energy & Climate Change (Decc) has insisted it is doing all it can to raise awareness of the impending Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), despite more industry research suggesting businesses are still not informed enough.

There are now 28 biomethane to grid projects with a combined capacity of 1.8 billion kWh of gas per year

Green gas now 'serious contender' to renewables market, says REA

Biomethane capacity in the UK has grown to a level that means it should now be seen as a 'serious contender' to the renewable energy market, the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has said.

Network Rail has highlighted the potential for battery-powered trains to bridge gaps between electrified parts of the network

Video Network Rail trials Britain's first battery-powered train

The first battery-powered train to run on Britain's rail network in more than 50 years will carry its first passengers this week.

The new protocol is the product of a four year collaborative process.

WRI launches new GHG reporting guidance for businesses

The World Resources Institute (WRI) has launched an updated reporting guidance to help businesses keep track of their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from purchased electricity.

Circular Economy Package will be binned - what's next?

The European Commission's decision to scrap the widely-favoured Circular Economy Package has been confirmed, leaving the UK's resource and waste management sector waiting in anticipation for what comes next.

January 2010

Bailiffs begin clearing coal mine protest site

Bailiffs stormed a site occupied by protesters since the summer in an ongoing fight to stop an open cast mine starting there.

Tax paper bags too NGO urges Irish Government

Once seen as a pioneer in tackling the environmental impact of disposable shopping bags, Ireland risks being left behind as other countries introduce more progressive measures to address the issue.

Anyone want an old turbine? Wind farm revamp leads to offer

Plans to replace turbines from Britain's first commercial wind farm with new, more efficient models have left ten ageing but perfectly operational turbines up for grabs.

Mr Johnson clearing a river in south London last year

London to set ambitious waste cutting targets

London is set to slash the amount of waste it sends to landfill, under ambitions plans announced this morning.

Authorities issue traditional Christmas recycling plea

In what is becoming as much a part of the Christmas rituals as mince pies or swapping cards Government and local authorities have launched the official plea to dispose of all that additional festive waste responsibly.

US Green Building Council offers to help rebuild Haiti

Devastated Haiti could be rebuilt in more environmentally friendly way after the US Green Building Council pledged to support the work.

California adopts green building standards

California has become the first American state to adopt a mandatory green building standards code.

3000 barrels of oil leak from pipeline

Almost 130,000 gallons or the equivalent of 3,000 barrels of crude has leaked from an American oil pipe.

Recession will not 'deflect' low carbon economy - Miliband

The minister for energy and climate change has promised not to allow the recession to 'deflect' from Britain's moves towards a low carbon economy.

Flood-hit Irish communities receive Government aid

Communities affected by the recent spate of serious flooding in Ireland are to receive additional funding from central government to help them foot the bill for emergency services and recovery.