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December 2017

Which of these innovations would you be most excited to see scaled up? Select your favourite by clicking the 'Vote' button in the list below

The best green innovations of 2017: VOTE for your favourite

From flying taxis and autonomous trains to origami clothing and insect burgers, edie rounds up 10 of the best green innovations of 2017 - but which is your favourite?

The vans have been fitted with hardware to remotely monitor environmental emissions performance, driving range and the amount of electricity consumed

Electric van trials helped deliver Christmas presents to Londoners

Electric vans helped deliver an average of 80,000 parcels a week across London during the Christmas period, as the city's Mayor Sadiq Khan continues to combat rising air pollution in the capital.

Respondents to the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 eco-gift voucher which can be used to purchase a range of sustainably certified products

Final call for public sector professionals to take 'state of sustainability' survey

Sustainability professionals, CSR experts and energy managers working within Britain's public sector have just one week left to take part in a short survey which will help to inform edie's next insight report looking at the sustainability challenges and opportunities facing the sector.

Commitments covering palm oil and timber were by far the strongest examined by the report, but just 18 companies obtained full scores for policies

Corporates set to miss zero-deforestation targets for 2020

A new report has found that no sector is on track to achieve a deforestation-free supply chain by 2020, with individual companies adopting a "piecemeal approach" by largely ignoring big contribution areas to deforestation, such as cattle production.

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

Whiskey fuel and desert crops: the best green innovations of the week

In a week of monumental announcements at the One Planet summit in Paris, edie rounds up the low-carbon and resource-efficient innovations that could shape the future.

The North of England accounts for more than a third of low-carbon jobs in England and generated 48% of all renewable energy in 2015 – the largest of any region

Report calls for UK Government to devolve carbon budgets to regional levels

The UK Government has been urged to devolve national carbon budgets down to regional levels in order to create socioeconomic benefits that can be captured by promoting low-carbon job growth across specific areas of the UK, a new report has suggested.

BCI is the largest farm-level cotton sustainability programme in the world

Sustainable cotton fund reached 600,000 farmers in past year

More than 600,000 farmers have benefited from a Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) fund thanks to an almost doubled membership size in the past year.

Are you a sustainability superhero, or do you need to follow edie's green business news a little more closely in 2018? Take edie's quiz to find out...

edie's big fat sustainability quiz of the year 2017

When was Earth Overshoot Day? Which city pledged to introduce the world's first zero-emission zone? And just how cheap has offshore wind become? Take edie's 2017 sustainability quiz of the year to test your knowledge on some of the biggest moments in the global sustainability agenda over the past 12 months.

Redrow's Carey Fields development in Moulton near Northampton

Redrow targets biodiversity 'net gain' at new developments

UK housebuilder Redrow has announced that a "net gain" approach to biodiversity will be adopted across all new developments, following a trial period that successfully enhanced the ecological land value of certain projects.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from edie!

As 2017 draws to a close, the edie team is now off for a well-deserved break until the New Year, but we thought we'd leave you with a few festive treats to keep you up to date with the year's biggest sustainability stories.

December 2016

Volkswagen was forced to recall nearly half a million cars from the US market last year over the scandal

Dieselgate: EC begins legal action against UK and other EU nations

The European commission has started legal action against the UK and six other EU states for failing to act against car emissions cheating in the wake of the "dieselgate" scandal.

The Co-op says that its salmon products are made using “responsibly sourced fish”

Supermarkets urged to prevent high-risk salmon sourcing

Supermarket giants Sainsbury's and the Co-op have been called upon by a conservationist group to stop putting Scottish farmed fish on their shelves to maintain sustainable sourcing credentials.

The World Bank officially launched the partnership during COP22 in Marrakech, but this is the first time the Carbon Trust has issued a statement on its involvement

Carbon Trust joins World Bank project to boost clean innovation in emerging countries

Consultancy firm the Carbon Trust has teamed up with the World Bank in support of its new Climate Business Innovation Network (CBIN) to help commercialise clean technologies across developing countries.

EEF wants the Government to make immediate announcements on a full phase-out strategy for coal power by 2025 and a plan for the uptake of carbon capture and storage

Manufacturers call on Government to deliver low-carbon Energy Statement

The UK Government must introduce reforms which increase the uptake of low-carbon technologies to restore the "tepid" confidence in Britain's future energy security, according to the manufacturers' organisation EEF.

Recycling is primarily the responsibility of local authorities, which have suffered dramatic, austerity-driven budget cuts during the years when recycling rates have stalled and now declined

Recycling rates in England drop for first time

Recycling rates in England have fallen for the first time ever, prompting calls for a tax on packaging and meaning EU targets are now almost certain to be missed.

We take a look at the 16 sustainability stories that have shaped the past 12 months for the green economy

16 from 2016: the crucial sustainability stories of the year

With the year drawing gradually to a close, edie examines the major highlights that defined the global environmental and sustainability agenda in the past 12 months.

Tabled amendments to the EU ETS scheme include additional subsidies being given to pollution-heavy industries such as the steel and energy sector

Polluting industries stand to gain from EU ETS reform, report claims

A reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), which is being voted on by the European Parliament next week, could end up giving more than €230bn in subsidies to polluting industries, a new report has claimed.

Tesco CEO Dave Lewis is chair of the Champions 12.3, which supports UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 – halving food waste per capita and reducing food loss by 2030

Tesco boss calls for greater transparency to tackle food waste

EXCLUSIVE: Retailers are showing a "growing appetite" to collaborate to tackle food waste, but still need to provide clearer information and deliver better reporting standards to drive change, the chief executive of Britain's largest supermarket group has told edie.

Almost half of all plastic waste in the EU is still landfilled, reflecting an urgent need for more bio-based innovations to drive a new plastics economy

Bioplastics industry continues to expand despite low oil prices

The bioplastics industry is continuing to see stable growth despite falling oil prices, representing a positive shift in business attitudes towards manufacturing low-carbon, resource-efficient products. and a lack of stronger political support to realise the potential of bio-based materials in Europe.

Science-based emissions reduction targets are a crucial step in the global effort to prevent the worst consequences of climate change

Science-based targets top choice for sustainability leaders, edie survey reveals

The adoption of science-based targets to drive climate action is continuing to move rapidly up the corporate agenda, with more than half of sustainability leaders either beginning to apply or fully embedding the methodology within their organisation.

December 2013

BT, Coca-Cola and Kingfisher sign up to build Net Positive movement

A number of brand leaders have joined forces with NGOs to build momentum around Net Positive in bid to scale up the agenda.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (right) and author/presenter Robert Llewellyn are backing wind power generation in the UK

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: Wind power vital part of our future

TV celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has backed wind power generation in the UK, calling for wind farms to be seen as "fundamentally normal".

Scottish businesses not ready for recycling law change

Up to 99% of businesses in Scotland are unprepared for new waste regulations that come into force next January and could face substantial fines as a result, according to a study.

Paul Levett: wants more government intervention

Call for landfill tax clarity in Autumn Statement

A leading waste industry figurehead has called on the Chancellor George Osborne to make a compelling case for future landfill tax increases in his forthcoming Autumn statement this Thursday.

Balfour Beatty engineers zero waste solution for concrete

Balfour Beatty has launched what it claims is the UK's first driven precast pile cutting system which has the potential to reduce piling waste to zero.

The agreement will provide a major boost to renewable generation projects owned by communities, farmers and small businesses across the UK

John Lewis deal offers independent renewable generators route to market

The John Lewis Partnership has signed a new energy supply deal which will see more than 380 Waitrose and John Lewis sites supplied with 100% renewable electricity.

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Amazon wages war on waste with 'frustration free' packaging

Amazon has reached a key milestone in its sustainable packaging aims, announcing that 200,000 of its products now come in easy-to-open, recyclable cardboard designed to alleviate "wrap rage".

New waste prevention plan launched by Welsh Government

Wales sets national waste prevention targets

The Welsh Government has launched its Waste Prevention Programme, which sets out how businesses and households in Wales can reuse or extend the life of products and reduce the environmental impact of waste.

Future chemical plants could halve environmental footprint of processes

Europe's chemical industry has developed new technologies to support the shift towards greater versatility and smaller environmental footprints.

Asda cuts fleet emissions by adding 50 duel-fuel vehicles

Asda Logistics Services (ALS) is introducing 50 dual-fuel Volvo FM tractor units at its newly opened distribution centre in Avonmouth, Bristol, in an effort to reduce carbon emissions.

December 2008