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June 2017

182,000 cocoa, coffee and tea farmers are certified under both standards, and a single standard will allow farmers and businesses to invest in sustainable practices more easily

Rainforest Alliance and UTZ to 'redefine sustainability standards' with merger

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses look set to benefit from a streamlined certification process within agriculture supply chains, after the Rainforest Alliance announced an intention "redefine the certification landscape" by merging with fellow sustainability certifiers UTZ.

Through the Climate Savers Programme, Lego has improved the energy efficiency of producing Lego bricks by more than 12%

Lego launches new carbon-efficiency plan in partnership with WWF

Fresh from hitting a renewable energy target three years early, the Lego Group has extended its partnership with WWF to increase carbon efficiency by a further 10% per Lego brick produced.

An estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste enters the oceans each year. Image: Parley. Twitter

Stella McCartney shines spotlight on ocean waste through Parley partnership

British fashion designer Stella McCartney has announced an extended collaboration with Parley for the Oceans, to support the "fragility" of the oceans and help combat rising marine plastic pollution.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan speaking at the launch of a consultation into air quality last year. Photo: Sadiq Khan/Facebook

Sadiq Khan: Gove must get a grip on 'life and death' air pollution crisis

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has requested an urgent meeting with the new environment secretary, Michael Gove, to urge him to get a grip on Britain's "life and death" air pollution crisis.

Policy Exchange has called upon Ministers to develop a technology-neutral strategy that involves new technologies such as hydrogen and natural gas vehicles

Policy Exchange: Government must act to stem £170bn loss in fuel duty tax receipts

The Government must consider how it will recover a forecasted £170bn hole in lost fuel duty tax receipts if the UK remains on course to hit the energy targets set out in the Fifth Carbon Budget, a new report from think tank Policy Exchange has warned.

A group of NGOs including WWF, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth (FoE) have written to party leaders to express concern about Britain’s response to the US withdrawal

Paris Agreement: Why Member States are stronger without Donald Trump's meddling

The impact of the US' announced withdrawal from the Paris Agreement has been played down by climate experts, in the same week that a group of green organisations called on the next UK Prime Minister to defend the historic climate change deal.

The retailer has cut absolute carbon emissions by more than 20% since 2005 and is on track to achieve a 30% reduction target set for 2020

Sainsbury's commits to 100% LED lighting by 2020

Sainsbury's has become the first supermarket in the UK to make a commitment to switch to 100% LED lighting by 2020.

Interface's chief sustainability officer believes business leaders across the world must move from a sustainability philosophy based on ‘reducing’ environmental impacts to one based on ‘reversing’ climate change

From 'reducing' to 'reversing': How can business leaders win the war on carbon?

EXCLUSIVE: The global climate movement must undergo a fundamental shift in thinking and communicative approach in order to instil business leaders with the belief that they can reverse global warming, the special guests on edie's latest podcast episode have said.

The new report from WWF acts as an update to the organisation's Livewell Plates report from 2011

Eating for 2 degrees: Dietary changes can help UK hit Paris Agreement, says WWF

A new report from WWF has suggested that farmers, retailers and the UK Government should promote the consumption of fruit and vegetables to deliver a 30% emissions reduction and place the UK on the pathway to limit global warming to well below 2°C.

Interface's chief sustainability officer Erin Meezan (left) and environmentalist and author Paul Hawken (right) joined edie editor Luke Nicholls (centre) in London

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Rolling out the green carpet for Project Drawdown

edie visits the London showroom of carpet tile manufacturer Interface, where the firm's chief sustainability officer Erin Meezan is joined by environmentalist and author Paul Hawken to discuss the role of corporate sustainability in reversing global warming.



June 2016

Scotland will seek to remain in the EU and will continue to have a say on energy policy in the single market, Angus MacNeil says

Scotland 'will lead England' on energy policy post-Brexit

Scotland will be the decision-maker in terms of energy policy once the British exit from the European Union is confirmed, according to the Energy and Climate Change select committee (ECCC).

With Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon exploring the possibilities of a second independence referendum, there are concerns that environmental policies could be “eroded”

UK Government urged to future-proof renewables amid Brexit 'volatility'

The vote to leave the European Union (EU) may have created a "fragile" confidence within the clean energy industry, but multiple organisations have called on the Government to build a cross-party coalition that provides wind energy with a viable route to market.

Originally established in 2013, the standard looks to encourage consistency and transparency in quantifying and reporting food waste issues to reap economic benefits

Global standard launched to tackle swelling food waste issues

Companies and countries have been urged to ramp up efforts to prevent food waste, through a new global standard that outlines reporting requirements on food management for business and governments to adhere to.

The vast majority (88%) of respondents said that the EU policy approach is needed to complement and support national level policies in addressing air pollution

Sustainability professionals rue ignorance of green issues in EU debates

With just two weeks to go before Britain's crucial European Union (EU) referendum, a new survey has revealed that an overwhelming majority of sustainability professionals believe voters have insufficient information to take environment and sustainability issues into account when they cast their vote.

With the 84 funding sources representing £157m in total value, SMEs can establish their needs in regards to stages of development and financial requirements

Shell launches new digital tool to springboard low-carbon start-ups into green markets

A new digital tool has been launched by Shell's business development platform to create a route to market for innovative, low-carbon small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through a variety of sources totalling £157m in value.

edie kept readers updated with all of the key announcements as they happened throughout the day and night in this EU Referendum blog

EU Referendum: Britain votes for Brexit - As it happened (the green business perspective)

The EU Referendum has come to a dramatic conclusion and the British public has voted in favour of a Brexit. Now, the attention turns to what impact this outcome will have on the green economy. Re-live all of the action and reaction as it happened in edie's live EU Referendum blog.

The cost of energy generation from onshore wind and solar will fall by 41% and 60% respectively, but more investment in renewables will be needed to reach long-term climate goals

Why the world's energy system WON'T achieve the 2C climate change target without serious investment

By the year 2040, renewables will finally have won the global energy race. The prices of coal and gas will have dropped significantly, but this will not derail the decarbonisation of our energy systems - with zero-emission energy sources making up 60% of installed capacity.

The group’s main priorities will be to establish and secure a long-term regulatory environment for emerging transport technologies that complement existing vehicles

REA to support ultra-low emission vehicles through new sector group

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has unveiled a new sector group to represent members across the transport, energy and technology sectors as part of a wider effort to deliver a sustainable transition to low-emission vehicle uptake in the UK.

REN21 revealed that developing countries surpassed developed countries in total renewable energy investments for the first time

10 things you probably didn't know about the record breaking year for renewables

With figures from multi-stakeholder network REN21 revealing that 2015 was a record year for renewable energy installations, edie digs deep into the data to bring you 10 surprising statistics about the world's green energy transformation.

According to the paper, biofuel could be used to power the food supply chain which would create vibrant employment systems for low-income, rural regions

Is biofuel production the long-term answer to enhancing food security?

With the United Nations calling for countries to mobilise efforts to improve food and energy security, new research has suggested that an accelerated push to generate sustainably sourced biofuel could actually eradicate long-term hunger.



June 2013

Columbian coffee farmers thrive under Nespresso sustainability plan

Coffee farmers participating in a sustainability programme run by Nespresso enjoy better economic and social conditions, new research suggests.

UNEP report: Firms must adapt to changing environment to secure private sector

The future of the private sector will "increasingly hinge" on the ability of businesses to adapt to the world's rapidly changing environment, according to a new report.

Wind turbines at Stornoway wastewater treatment works

Scottish Water applies for wind turbine consent to boost renewables portfolio

Scottish Water has submitted a planning application to install a 500 kilowatt wind turbine to help power its water treatment works at Bradan in Ayrshire.

Cambridge University fined for water pollution

The University of Cambridge has been fined £28,000 after slurry from a farm it owns twice polluted tributaries of the River Great Ouse.

Branson and Zeitz launch 'Plan B' to promote sustainable approach to business

Virgin's Sir Richard Branson and Puma Chairman Jochen Zeitz have launched 'Plan B' today, a global non-profit organisation which aims to promote a new way of doing business that "prioritises people and planet alongside profit".

IEA plan could stop emissions growth by 2020 at no net economic cost

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has urged governments to adopt four policies that it claims will stop growth in energy-related emissions by 2020 at no net economic cost.

Breakthrough technology could increase sustainable product choices

A new technology being developed will allow consumers to count the cost of a product's impact on the environment.

Ronan Dunne: trust is now critical

O2 chief: Rise of digital calls for greater brand honesty

O2 CEO Ronan Dunne has outlined the importance of large corporations building consumer trust in a new digital age where brand reputation is becoming increasingly vulnerable.

Janez Potocnik

EXCLUSIVE: EU Commission to focus environmental efforts on SMEs says Potocnik

Small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) will be one of the European Commission's top priorities in its effort to reduce resource consumption and the EU's environmental impact, says the European Commissioner for Environment.

Cosmetics industry must do more to leverage greener consumption

Greater steps need to be taken to change consumer behaviour if the cosmetics industry is to reduce its environmental footprint, according to the latest research.



June 2008