Environmental News on this day... for October 2019, 2018, 2015, 2010

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October 2019

edie rounds up the key findings of three recent surveys on green behaviour change

In numbers: What's stopping people from switching to 'greener' habits?

The 20 September climate strikes were the largest to date, undeniably proving that public attitudes to sustainability are shifting substantially. But, as a number of new surveys has highlighted, barriers to some "green" behavioural changes remain.

The retailer will be rolling out NatureFlex to a selection of its all-year-round biscuits and cakes

Selfridges switches from plastics to compostable for Christmas food packaging

Selfridges is removing plastic packaging across its own brand range of Christmas food, switching to home compostable alternatives for 90,000 mince pies and 3,000 Christmas cakes.

Image: Dan Marsh/CC-BY-SA-2.0 

Prince Charles: Banks are crucial to 'cracking' the climate crisis

Prince Charles has urged financial institutions to develop a "real understanding" of the influence they have to bring about a net-zero, resource-efficient economy, arguing that the sector has been "closed-minded" and slow to react in the past.

Robinson claimed that climate justice has grown from a "niche issue" in the 1990s to a "widely accepted" ideal

Mary Robinson: Businesses must make 'deep commitments' to climate justice

Former Irish President Mary Robinson has argued that the development of net-zero strategies centred around social justice and human rights will become the new marker of sustainable business leadership.

To assist with UK forestry restoration, Shell is also launching a partnership with Forestry and Land Scotland

Shell commits £10m to offset emissions from customer fuel purchases in UK

Shell will spend £10m over the next year to offset the emissions from customers' fuel purchases at more than 1,000 service stations in the UK, following a successful trial in the Netherlands.

The facility could become operational in October 2023. Image: Drax

'Risking a carbon budget blowout': UK Government gives go-ahead to Drax gas plant

The UK Government is "risking a carbon budget blowout" by overruling a recommendation from its planning authority in order to give the green light to Drax's large-scale gas power plant, which had been refused on climate grounds.

The association says there is a ‘huge untapped potential’ for capturing and using methane

Government urged to boost support for anaerobic digestion

Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid has been urged to provide stop gap funding to support the rollout of biomethane plants when the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme expires in 2021.

As of May 2019, P&G had used more than 34,000 metric tonnes of PCR in packaging

P&G to more than double recycled plastic content for home cleaning brands in Europe

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has announced it will more than double the amount of recycled plastic used in its packaging for domestic cleaning brands such as Fairy and Flash in Europe by 2020.

Landsec needs to ensure that the reduction levels remain the same for the end of Q4

Landsec hits science-based targets 11 years early

Commercial real estate firm Landsec has met its verified science-based target 11 years ahead of schedule, with the company's latest quarterly energy data revealing that carbon intensity has fallen by 40%.

As part of its membership to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy Commitment, Coca-Cola recently disclosed its annual global plastics consumption - three million tonnes - for the first time. Stock image. 

Beverage giants' pledge to recycle every plastic bottle they produce slammed as 'cowardly'

Green campaigners have criticised a new joint commitment from Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Keurig Dr Pepper to recycle the equivalent of one plastic bottle for every one they put on the US market.



October 2018

The array at Langthwaite Reservoir consists of “rafts” of floats, with solar panels mounted on top

Floating solar farm to power water treatment works in Lancashire

Water company United Utilities has this week begun building a floating solar farm on the surface of a reservoir in Lancashire, in a move that will enable it to power one of its water treatment plants with 100% renewable power by early 2019.

The report once again highlights the urgent need for bold climate actions from business and policymakers

IPCC 1.5C report: How can business drive the creation of a carbon-neutral world?

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is celebrating its 30th birthday this year, and has done so by releasing a landmark report that acknowledges the severity of the challenge at hand. But how can business stop being part of the problem, and co-create the necessary solutions?

The Government claims the funding could distribute a quarter of a million meals annually

Government unveils new £15m scheme to tackle retail food waste

The UK Government has today (1 October) announced that it will spend £15m on a new initiative aimed at redistributing almost £1bn worth of food waste from supermarkets, other retailers and manufacturers.

E.ON said the move should provide an added incentive for customers to better insulate buildings

E.ON partners with BNP Paribas for 'green mortgages'

E.ON and BNP Paribas Personal Finance UK have announced a new collaboration to bring "green mortgages" one step closer to the UK property market.

King also joined the growing list of experts and policy leaders calling of the UK Government to enshrine a net-zero carbon goal into law. Image: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Sir David King: Urgent focus needed on climate 'restoration'

The UK Government's former chief scientific advisor Sir David King has called for a $150 carbon price to be implemented globally and for the UK Government to focus on a net-zero emissions policy for 2045 to start to "repair and restore" the climate.

The Ooho! sachets used by Just Eat have been created by packaging firm Skipping Rocks Lab and can be discarded through home compost or in normal household bins

Just Eat expands trials of seaweed-based sauce sachets to replace single-use plastics

Online food ordering firm Just Eat is expanding a trial of replacing single-use plastic sauce sachets with a seaweed-based alternative to 10 London restaurants for the next eight weeks.

United Utilities has committed to passing on the cost savings achieved through the AI platform on to its customers

United Utilities rolls out AI across entire network after slashing energy usage

Water company United Utilities is set to roll out an energy flexibility platform which incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) to cover its entire water network, after a three-month trial generated energy savings of 22%.

Through the partnership, the two companies will invest in recycling structure capacity and develop new, closed-loop processes and business models

Unilever partners with Veolia to create circular economy for plastic packaging

Consumer goods giant Unilever has today (24 October) agreed a partnership with waste management Veolia, which will see the companies work together to develop innovative solutions to the plastic waste crisis.

The consultation aligns with the 25 Year Environment Plan's ambition to eliminate avoidable plastic waste

Government proposes UK-wide ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds for next year

The UK Government has today (22 October) confirmed that it will introduce a string of policies aimed at banning the sale and distribution of plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds by 2020.

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

VW’s electric microbuses and Ikea’s furniture servitisation drive: 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.



October 2015

Once completed the Godley site will dwarf the only other solar site in the UK, an 800 panel pilot scheme in Berkshire

Manchester set for Europe's largest floating solar project

Installation has started today (26 October) on Europe's largest floating solar power system which will generate 2.7GWh of renewable, zero carbon energy each year on a reservoir near Manchester.

Carbon Tracker's research director James Leaton said shareholders in fossil fuel companies were having their money spent on projects that relied on high demand and high prices long into the future

Are fossil fuel companies using IEA reports to talk up demand?

International Energy Agency (IEA) projections that show the world will continue its heavy reliance on fossil fuels deep into this century are uncertain and being used to mislead governments and shareholders, according to a new report.

The UK has seen a 19% year-on-year increase in renewable energy consumption, according to PwC

UK leads G20 nations on low-carbon growth

The UK has broken records for national low-carbon growth and the country now tops PwC's G20 Low Carbon Economy Index, but energy experts warn the results are largely due to "circumstance rather than policy".

The second close of the Offshore Wind Fund brings the total committed capital to £818m - nearing the £1bn target

GIB raises £355m for world's first offshore wind fund

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has raised £355m in the second tranche of investment for its Offshore Wind Fund, bringing the total value to more than £818m.

Unilever's innovation platform aims to encourage peer-to-peer collaboration

Unilever unveils innovation competition winners

The development of modular water sanitation infrastructure; an iron-deficiency educational programme and a water-saving shower have been announced as the three winning ideas from Unilever's global innovation crowdsourcing campaign.

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing hosted a Renewables Roundtable event in London this week

Scotland takes renewables debate to London

The Scottish Government has brought its campaign on the future of renewable energy to Westminster as it renewed calls for the Conservative Party to rethink its recent subsidy cuts.

The report outlines three main recommendations that could save the UK over £3bn a year in energy costs

Majority of UK electricity wasted before reaching households, report finds

The UK loses 54% of its electric energy - worth £9.5bn and enough to cover half of every household's annual electricity bill - before it even reaches end users, according to a new report.

Stansfield said that the average service time for an Interface employee in the European business was approaching 15 years

Interface: Sustainability credentials have boosted recruitment efforts

EXCLUSIVE: Interface's reputation as sustainability leader has helped the business attract top-level talent in all areas of the company, according to the firm's chief innovation officer.

The 1,970-panel installation at Nestlé Fawdon was officially opened by pupils from Malvin's Close Primary Academy

Fruit Pastilles get greener as Nestlé fires up giant solar system

Nestlé's Fawdon factory in Newcastle upon Tyne, which produces Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles, Rolo, Toffee Crisp and Caramac, is now home to the largest solar panel installation in the North East of England.

Almost 250 entries were received, with a public vote and a team of judges deciding on the winners

M&S funds 26 community energy projects

Marks and Spencer's has announced the winners of its Community Energy Fund competition, with 26 projects sharing £400,000.



October 2010

Industrial land re-opened as community park

After seven years of decontamination works, design and construction, last weekend saw the official opening of a brand new 52-hectare park in Sunderland, on the site of a former cokeworks factory.

One of the postcards shows london flooded

Museum showcases post climate change London

A display of 14 arresting images will be on view at the Museum of London showcasing the potentially disastrous consequences the capital faces from climate change.

Poor landfill management lands firm a fine

A firm which failed to cover landfill waste - leaving rotting rubbish exposed over Christmas - has been fined.

Congestion charge in Western Extension ditched

The congestion charging for the Western Extension zone is to be scrapped after a public consultation run by Transport for London.

County Durham wind farm up and running

A wind farm able to power more than 5000 homes has started to supply the grid today (October 6).

£1bn council contract for energy-from-waste facility

Suffolk County Council has announced a £1billion plan to build a waste management facility in the region capable of powering more than 30,000 homes.

MasterCard HQ goes green

MasterCard's main technology centre has been recognised for its green credentials after winning LEED Gold certification.

Plans to increase renewable energy generation on polluted land

A two-year draft strategy has been announced which aims to boost brownfield clean ups by encouraging renewable energy generation.

Oil giant settles in hazardous waste case

Oil giant ExxonMobil has agreed to settle a case brought by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) involving more than 1billion gallons of illegally stored hazardous waste.

EPA to work with communities on brownfield developments

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced $4million in grants will be awarded to communities across the country to help develop plans for the reuse of brownfield sites.