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October 2017

Exclusive business guide to building and energy management systems (BEMS)

In the latest in our edie Explains series, we look at building and energy management systems (BEMS), exploring what they are, what they do and what the business benefit is.

The production of lithium-ion batteries, commonly used for EVs, requires the use of materials such as cobalt, copper, nickel and bauxite, which are often sourced from a number of high-risk countries

Evolving global supply chain risks must raise 'red flag' for EV manufacturers

As the demand for raw materials grows over the next 15 years, EV manufacturers must prepare for greater supply chain risks or face brand damage and regulatory penalties from emerging legislation.

Nestlé promised to end deforestation in its supply chain by 2015 in response to Greenpeace’s KitKat campaign of 2010

Nestlé, Hershey and Mars 'breaking promises over palm oil use'

Nestlé, Mars and Hershey have been accused of breaking pledges to stop using "conflict palm oil" from deforested Indonesian jungles, just days before the annual Halloween confectionery frenzy.

Claire Perry will personally chair a separate new CCS council with industry

Climate change minister pledges to 'break the deadlock' on CCS

Climate change minister Claire Perry is convening a taskforce next month to deliver carbon capture and storage plants more cost effectively.

Michael Gove said there was a “strong and powerful case” for an independent body to improve on the EU’s judicial system

Michael Gove outlines plans to address environmental 'governance gap'

Defra Secretary Michael Gove has vowed to consult on the creation of a new environmental body to ensure the UK avoids a "governance gap" after leaving the EU.

EU legislation on chemicals and air quality, such as the REACH law, aim to curb levels as much as possible

Pollution racks up 9 million deaths a year worldwide

Pollution causes 9 million deaths around the world every year, according to a landmark new study which found that one in six of all deaths are linked to polluted air, water and soil.

Coca-Cola’s new plan to ensure that all of its packaging is 100% recyclable or reusable has been welcomed tentatively by campaigners concerned about marine pollution

Coca-Cola bolsters sustainability targets for Western Europe

Coca-Cola's continental divisions have teamed up to deliver a new sustainability plan for Western Europe, with a range of targets including plans to halve direct carbon emissions and only use packaging that is recyclable or reusable by 2025.

HSBC will provide $100bn in climate finance, alongside a goal to source 100% renewable electricity by 2030. Image: HSBC

HSBC pledges $100bn to sustainable finance

As Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) releases findings showing that energy investment in emerging markets suffered its largest year-on-year decline, HSBC has pledged to provide $100bn in sustainable financing by 2025 - as part of a new batch of climate-related commitments.

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Lord Stern: Flexible policy approach will catalyse low-carbon transition

Lord Nicholas Stern has called on governments across the world to implement "predictably flexible" policy frameworks that enable businesses to map investment opportunities during the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Evidence submitted will be examined by the Government’s working group which includes corporate giants such as Coca-Cola and Tesco

Michael Gove seeks evidence on plastic bottle deposit scheme

Defra Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed he will work with businesses to see how a drinks container deposit return scheme could work in England.



October 2016

The CIWM report advocates the wider promotion of existing good practice and guidance through support for smaller independent re-use organisations

Waste managers urge business to address re-use - the 'neglected child' of waste hierarchy

The business case for product re-use is being restricted by poor engagement, financial constraints and a general lack of good practice guidance, a new report from a UK resource and waste management industry body has claimed.

The rollout of the product is expected to commence next summer

Tesla unveils stunning solar roof tiles

Tesla's chief executive Elon Musk unveiled the company's much anticipated solar roof tiles earlier today (29 October), claiming that the success of the product and the new integrated Powerall would hinge on a mooted merger with SolarCity.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development report praises the 'leading light' companies that are demonstrating the best reporting practices among Council members

SDGs underpin 'positive progress' of corporate sustainability reporting

Nearly a third (30%) of world-leading companies are now implementing the framework into their sustainability and integrated reports, as the push to mainstream non-financial reporting continues to gain momentum.

Listen to exclusive interviews with former candidate on The Apprentice Jenny Garbis (left) and PwC's director of corporate sustainability Bridget Jackson (right)

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 12 - From green apprentice to sustainability leader

As The Apprentice returns to our TV screens for its 12th series, edie speaks exclusively to a former candidate who has big renewable energy ambitions, and a sustainability leader who has developed a unique solution to the complex challenge of behaviour change.

The survey found that around three in four respondents are aware of what the The Modern Slavery Act (MSA) 2015 covers, while 74% know how it affects their organisation

Construction industry unaware of modern slavery risks, survey finds

In the same week the UK marked Anti-Slavery Day (18 October), a survey has found that more than half of construction businesses would not know what action to take if modern slavery was encountered in their supply chain.

The partnership will produce new recycling solutions for previously unrecyclable waste for businesses and local authorities

Suez and TerraCycle to boost waste management for 'tricky-to-recycle' products

Pens, coffee packaging and protective disposable gloves could soon be subjected to innovative new recycling techniques, after waste management firm Suez announced a new partnership with developers TerraCycle, a company renown for treating hard-to-recycle materials.

A progress reported detailing updates to the goals will be issued in one year’s time

The Magnificent Seven: Food and beverage giants commit to water stewardship challenge

Sustainability advocacy group Ceres has tasked seven global food and beverage companies, including Diageo, General Mills, Kellogg and PepsiCo, to participate in a collaborative challenge aimed at strengthening sourcing and water stewardship action plans.

Despite the down beat outlook, the report suggests that the emergence of battery storage and demand response measures offer a potential to boost UK renewables investment

Britain's renewable attractiveness at all-time low

The UK has fallen to an all-time low in EY's table of the world's most attractive renewable energy markets due to Brexit uncertainty, the demise of DECC, and the approval of the Hinkley Point C power station.

IMO chiefs will now use the roadmap to decide what role the industry can play in supporting the Paris goals

Shipping industry to introduce global emissions strategy in 2018

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has approved a roadmap through to 2023 on the global adoption on an emissions reduction strategy, scheduled to come into force in 2018; although the Organisation has been criticised over delaying action.

An artists' impression of the new Waterside campus, which is expected to be opened in 2018 and will serve more than 15,000 students

University of Northampton goes green with new Waterside campus

Students at the University of Northampton will soon have their heating and hot water generated by a CO2-saving on-site energy centre, incorporating woodchip biomass boilers and a combined heat and power (CHP) system.



October 2013

BHP Billiton's continued development of its onshore US unconventional oil and gas operations, such as its Fayetteville Shale site in Arkansas, USA, has contributed to increased emissions

BHP Billiton's GHG emissions rise due to Mozal hydropower interruptions

Mining giant BHP Billiton's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have risen by 6.5 million tonnes (Mt) in 2013, largely due to increases across the company's aluminium and onshore US operations.

OECD calls for 'coherent approach' to carbon pricing

Credible and consistent carbon pricing must be the cornerstone of government actions to tackle climate change, according to a new OECD report.

Mp George Eustice will replace Richard Benyon who stepped down today

George Eustice replaces Richard Benyon at Defra

MP George Eustice has been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs at Defra after Richard Benyon stepped down today.

Water efficiency and reduction initiatives were implemented across the process, infrastucture and domestic applications

Water efficiency drive wins recognition for Bentley

Bentley is the first car manufacturer, and one of the first 10 companies full stop, to achieve the Carbon Trust Water Standard after reducing water consumption at head office by more than 35% in one year.

Those in the construction industry will be tasked with delivering zero carbon buildings from 2019

Task Group launched to action Government's zero carbon buildings policy

A new task group to help the building industry deliver on the Government's zero carbon for non-domestic buildings policy has been launched today by the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC).

The SSI has outlined next steps to maintain the industry's route towards goals set out by the SSI

New measures outlined to boost maritime sustainability

New measures to boost sustainability in the shipping industry have been outlined by the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), a coalition of global shipping leaders.

Gov agrees to delay 2030 decarbonisation target for two more years

The Government yesterday narrowly voted against an amendment to the Energy Bill that would have seen a 2030 decarbonisation target for the power sector set in 2014.

Growing signs that renewables are 'coming of age' for SMEs

Using renewable energies to power your business more efficiently - from solar panels and biomass heating, meet the small businesses using green energy alternatives.

Developers will need to provide assurances about reservoir safety before planning permission is granted under the NIE's proposals

Proposals for Northern Ireland flood risk policy announced

Flood risk assessments will need to be submitted by developers in Northern Ireland if new initiatives by the Northern Ireland Executive (NIE) to reduce the risk of future flooding are approved.

Sustainability Leaders Awards announces latest sponsor

Sustainable Business and edie are welcoming Barrow Shipping on board the Sustainability Leaders Awards as sponsor of the Sustainable Transport & Logistics category.



October 2008