Sustainability stats: The week in numbers (20/02/15)

This week's round-up of green news is a tale of two halves. For every story of sustainability improvements, there is an opposing story that dampened the good news.

The largest offshore windfarm in the world – the 2.4GW Dogger Bank Creyke Beck A and B – was granted consent by Energy Secretary Ed Davey. The Green Investment Bank also supported renewables with a £60m fund for community-scale renewable projects. While this all seems good news for cutting carbon emissions, BP has also said this week that it expects emissions to continue to grow by 25% until 2035.

Meanwhile, Sainsbury’s is installing pioneering ground-source heating technology to collect the warmth from the back of its refrigerators to heat up its stores which is cutting energy use by more than 30%. But at the same time, the Paper and Pulp industry in Indonesia is reportedly destroying the environment by sourcing 30% of its wood from natural forests and other illegal sources.

Finally came the news that Apple is making its new headquarters 100% reliant on energy from renewables, with a flurry of green announcements making the tech giant an emerging leader in sustainability. But also this week it was reported that 125.5 million mobile devices were sent to landfill in the UK in 2010.

As ever, click the pic for the whole story… 

 Lucinda Dann

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