Environmental News on this day... for January 2020, 2019, 2016, 2011

Take a trip into the past and see what stories were in the news in January 2020, 2019, 2016, 2011

January 2020

The Playbook is available for all edie readers to download as a 14-page, interactive PDF

2020 Playbook: edie launches career-boosting guide for energy and sustainability professionals

edie has today (24 January) published the brand-new 2020 Playbook for Energy and Sustainability Professionals, a 10-point guide to embodying 'excellence' and furthering your professional and personal development.

The procurement in 2019 was almost triple the levels recorded two years prior 

Corporate clean energy contracts grew by 40% in 2019

Corporate purchasing of clean energy contracts reached almost 20 gigawatts (GW) in 2019, an increase of more than 40% on the previous year's record, according to new analysis from BloombergNEF (BNEF).

The ACEA represents carmakers including Ferrari, Groupe Renault and Volkswagen 

Carmakers renew calls for low-carbon revolution as grim sales figures loom

Some of the EU's largest auto players have called once for a mass rollout of electric vehicle (EV) recharging points and refuelling stations for fuels like hydrogen, as the industry offered up more clues as to how it intends to lessen its climate impact.

More than 3,000 business leaders, policymakers, thought leaders and celebrities are due to gather in Switzerland for the Forum this week

World Economic Forum calls on business chiefs to set net-zero targets

All business leaders and companies attending the World Economic Forum in Davos this week have been asked to make public commitments to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 or earlier.

Pictured: The National Trust’s director-general Hilary McGrady unveiling the new strategy at the Barbican Centre in London

National Trust to plant 20 million trees in bid to become net-zero by 2030

The National Trust has unveiled a plan to become net-zero carbon by 2030, which features one of the UK's biggest forest expansion projects.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the unveiling of the buses

Electric buses to operate in Glasgow for first time in 60 years

Electric buses will run on a commercial route in Glasgow for the first time since the 1960s, after bus operator First Glasgow introduced two new vehicles to assist with the city's net-zero aspirations.

FMCG giant Henkel owns some of Europe's most recognisable brands, including Schwarzkopf and Persil. In 2018, 51% of its packaging portfolio by weight was plastic. 

Inside Henkel's plastics packaging strategy

EXCLUSIVE: Henkel's international director of packaging technology Thorsten Leopold has outlined how and why the company developed its three-pronged plastics strategy, and how the framework's targets have helped the multinational take plastic action "beyond its own four walls".

edie's next masterclass: how corporations are using energy to turn net-zero carbon ambition into reality

edie's next webinar will focus on how an organisation was able to decarbonise its energy use in its journey towards net-zero.

Helmersson is H&M's first female CEO, and its first CEO with a background in sustainability. Image: H&M Group 

H&M appoints former sustainability manager as chief executive

Fashion giant H&M has named Helena Helmersson, who spent five years as sustainability manager, as its first female chief executive.

Pictured: The Cottam coal power station, which ceased generation in September 2019. Image: EDF 

Report: Emissions trading reached record €194bn high in 2019

Globally, turnover related to emissions trading rose 34% year-on-year in 2019 to reach €194bn (£163bn), new research has revealed.



January 2019

edie takes a look at the key milestones in the Trump administration which have impacted on climate policy in the US in the first half of his presidency. Image: Gage Skidmore

President Trump's environmental agenda - the story so far

US Congress reconvened on Thursday (3 January) following the 2018 midterm elections which saw the Democratic Party win the majority in the House of Representatives. With new Speaker Nancy Pelosi promising to turn the screw on US climate change action, edie takes a look back at the first half of Trump's presidency and its impact on the US climate and environment agenda.

Ministers said the number of people living in areas with pollution above WHO guidelines would be halved by 2025

New air pollution plans improve on EU rules, Government claims

The Government has set out new plans on air pollution that ministers say go beyond existing EU rules, with a pledge to improve air quality nationwide to the standards the World Health Organization (WH0) recommends.

The deadline for nominations is this Friday, 18 January 2019

Nominations for edie's '30 Under 30' campaign close THIS FRIDAY

Ambitious young sustainability and energy professionals have until this Friday, 18 January, to apply for 30 Under 30 - an all-new networking programme created by edie for the next generation of business leaders to share ideas and further their careers.

Yorkshire Water committed in 2018 to plant one million trees by 2028

Yorkshire Water plants first of a million trees to help prevent floods

More than 14,000 trees were planted at Ogden Water last month as part of Yorkshire Water's "big goal" for the environment, which aims to create new "green infrastructure".

Battery storage projects are becoming increasingly common in the UK, with the nation's largest storage facility (pictured) having come online last July in Hertfordshire

Policy shake-up set to fast-track energy storage and renewables projects

The UK Government has launched a consultation to determine how best it can alter planning policy frameworks to support developers and businesses seeking to build energy storage facilities in England.

Lush launched its first plastic-free locations in Berlin and Milan (pictured) last year

Lush to open UK's first plastic-free cosmetics store in Manchester

Health and beauty brand Lush has unveiled plans to open its first plastic-free shop in the UK this week, following the success of its 'naked' stores in Germany and Italy.

The changes will not affect the 800,000-plus homes that have already fitted solar panels since the feed-in tariff scheme launched in 2010

Solar households to be paid for excess power after Government U-turn

The UK Government has made a U-turn on its decision to end the solar "export tariff", confirming that households which install solar panels in the future will be paid for excess power they generate and send to the grid.

The Forum's founding firms have issued two-thirds of Europe's green bonds by volume

Major utilities team up to launch sustainable finance hub for European businesses

Utility giants EDF, SSE and Ørsted are among the 16 companies which have co-founded a new forum aimed at helping Europe's business community champion sustainable finance and impact investing.

£200,000 of the fine will be donated to environmental charities across Oxfordshire

Thames Water hit with £2m fine for 'avoidable' sewage leak

Utility firm Thames Water has been ordered to pay a £2m fine by the Environment Agency (EA), after raw sewage from one of its pumping stations was found to have leaked into Oxfordshire's waterways.

The commitment builds on Manchester's vision of becoming a carbon-neutral city by 2038

Manchester commits to making all new buildings 'net-zero' by 2028

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has pledged to ensure that all new buildings erected in the city region will be 'net-zero' carbon by 2028.



January 2016

The houses will feature rooftop solar panels, energy storage systems and waste-to-energy technologies

British and Chinese firms agree landmark zero-carbon homes deal

Up to 8,000 zero-carbon homes are set to be built in the UK thanks to a £1.1bn deal between UK solar developers WElink Energy and British Solar Renewables (BSR) and the China National Building Materials Group (CNBM).

The Prime Minister appeared in front of The Commons Liaison Committee, composed of chairs from expert committees in the UK Parliament

"It's total, utter nonsense": Cameron slams climate policy critics

Prime Minister David Cameron "couldn't disagree more" with all of the green groups, industry associations, opposition parties and other political figureheads who have said there is a disconnect between the UK Government's high-level engagement on climate change at the Paris climate conference and domestic energy policy.

The UK’s current energy storage capacity is around around 24 MW

UK energy storage capacity could reach 1.6GW with 'effective regulation'

The UK's energy storage capacity could reach 1.6GW by 2020, but only with changes to existing regulations, the industry has claimed.

ExxonMobil also released its 2016 Outlook for Energy this week

ExxonMobil explores biofuel extraction from agricultural waste

Oil powerhouse ExxonMobil will explore new ways of producing biofuel from agricultural waste, after agreeing a partnership with biodiesel producers Renewable Energy Group (REG).

A key area of focus will be reducing the gap that exists between a buildings expected performance and its actual performance

New industry project aims to upgrade UK buildings' efficiency

The UK building industry has launched a new research project that aims maximise building performance in terms of energy efficiency and overall environmental impact.

The wind turbine will be installed at RSPB headquarters in Sandy, Bedfordshire near to the Lodge

RSPB to power half of UK operations with wind

Europe's largest nature conservation charity will install a wind turbine at its national headquarters in Bedfordshire that will generate enough electricity to power more than half of its 127 UK locations.

“The critical point is that change can happen,” said the report.

Businesses in the dark about climate risks in half their supply chains

Almost half of the key suppliers for global companies like Dell, Unilever and Walmart fail to respond to requests for climate information, new research from CDP has revealed.

20% of recycling bins in the London boroughs of Newham and Hammersmith and Fulham and 18% of the bins in Manchester were rejected for collection due to contamination issues

Consumer education needed to avoid rising level of 'contaminated' recycling, says WRAP

Waste companies and local authorities have been urged to communicate more clearly with consumers after it was revealed that the amount of contaminated recycling sent to landfill has almost doubled in three years.

Under the new subsidised cuts the tariff rates for domestic solar installations has decreased from 12.03p/kWh to 4.39p/kWh

Solar installations surge to beat subsidy cut-off date

Domestic and commercial solar installations in the final quarter of 2015 shot up by approximately 63% year-on-year, as developers scrambled to get projects up and running before subsidy cuts took effect.

Forum for the Future’s director of sustainable business David Bent is a partner of the edieLive 2016 Innovation Zone (scroll down for video)

The time is NOW for green innovation and creative destruction, says Forum for the Future

EXCLUSIVE: The world needs to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to incrementalism and embrace innovation and creative destruction if we are to achieve the bold emission reduction pledges set out at the Paris climate talks.



January 2011

Canada must monitor oil sands pollution

The Canadian government has been criticised for failing to ensure satisfactory environmental monitoring of its Alberta oil sands.

China UK low carbon agreement

The UK has made an agreement with China to formally work together on low-carbon growth.

Water firm reveals 'astonishing' caller numbers due to cold weather

Water firm Thames Water has revealed a 78% increase in calls due to burst pipe throughout December.

Green Party leader Mr Gormley

Greens quit Irish Government

Ireland's Green Party has quit the country's coalition group as the party prepares for an election in March.

Green energy training centre opens its doors

The Green Energy Training Centre (GETC) in Wirral opened its doors in November last year and has begun its training courses in renewable energy technologies.

Communities win funding for waste recycling projects

Community schemes to recycle waste have been given a boost by Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority and its contactor Veolia Environmental Services.

Irish wave energy technology gets funding

The Irish government is co-funding a Euro 150,000 research project into CETO wave technology.

City evacuated as death toll and flood levels set to rise

Australia's third largest city has been partly evacuated as the death toll from rising flood waters continue.

Arrests made over illegal tyre export

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of exporting tyres illegally to Vietnam and Hong Kong.

Northern Ireland water crisis not over yet

The number of properties without water across Northern Ireland now stands at just over 100 according to Northern Ireland Water (NIW).