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Five key takeaways from edie's net-zero energy masterclass

Last week, edie undertook a masterclass with Smartest Energy on evolving your energy strategy for net-zero, which included a case study with property giant JLL.

The cement industry is one of the high-emitting sectors which the study researched.

Report: Heavy industry making "slow progress" on Paris Agreement

A new study has shown there has been slow progress on climate action in high-emitting industries, with just one in five corporates operating in line with a 2C trajectory. 

It is hoped that the recommendations report will drive a sense of accountability for the SDGs across corporates

Accounting bodies call for better disclosure on business SDG accountability

Leading accounting bodies have called for better corporate disclose on efforts to align reporting with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), with a new report calling on organisations to disclose negative contributions in order to deliver change.

Johnson said Carney would help the UK to lead in mobilising businesses and investors to support a net-zero revolution

Mark Carney announced as Boris Johnson's finance advisor for COP26

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed the departing Governor for the Bank of England Mark Carney as his Finance Advisor for the COP26 climate summit, taking place in Glasgow at the end of the year.

Fink asked for businesses to provide better data and disclosure on all ESG aspects

BlackRock's Larry Fink to CEOs: 'Purpose is the engine of long-term profitability'

BlackRock's chief executive Larry Fink has warned businesses that a "fundamental reshaping of finance" is happening at pace and that businesses need to put climate action at the heart of decision-making processes in order to remain profitable.

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Kroger revamps action plan to eliminate food waste by 2025

US retail giant Kroger has unveiled new steps to eliminate food waste across its company by 2025 by prioritising food donations and technological innovations to drive action through a Zero Hunger, Zero Waste initiative.

edie launches series of mini-reports for energy transition to net-zero

edie has released a series of mini-reports on key topics for energy management and the transition to a net-zero carbon economy.

5 ways to maximise the impact of your energy data

Experts across energy management came together at edie’s SPARK! 2.0 event to discuss the role that energy data could play in the delivery of targets and overall strategy.

Reports suggest that the UK won't reach its net-zero target without making the disclosure mandatory

Will 2020 be the year of mandatory climate disclosure?

Leading experts believe that it is "highly likely" that disclosing climate-related data to the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD's) will become mandatory and have called on business professionals to start collecting and mapping data now.

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UK towns and cities to benefit from Google's climate management tech

Google will enable more than 100 global areas across to access a digital tool which helps towns and cities to measure and reduce their carbon footprint, including major UK cities.

New report reveals surge in employee engagement on energy issues

EXCLUSIVE: The UK's declaration of a climate emergency combined with the recent climate strikes and protests has fuelled a surge in awareness of energy issues among employees across the country, according to the latest Business Energy Barometer conducted by edie.

The webinar will be available to watch on demand afterwards for those who registered

Available on demand: Energy efficiency 2.0 webinar for Net-Zero November

Shai Guness, compliance and CSR manager at Direct Line Group, spoke during an edie webinar, which will took place on Wednesday 20 November at 2pm (GMT) that outlined the role of energy efficiency in delivering net-zero.

Net-Zero November: edie launches net-zero for business guide

Organisations looking to understand the various issues surrounding the hot topic of net-zero, and how it can be applied to their businesses, now have access to a crucial new edie Explains guide, which breaks down everything you need-to-know on the topic.

The report notes that technologies such as smart sensors and big data will enable EVs to integrate better with existing infrastructure and public transport, cutting traffic and improving air quality as a result

Policy gaps stifling profitability of digital revolution for clean transport

A new report from think tank The Green Alliance has warned that policy gaps and the uncertainty of Brexit is halting investment from manufacturers into the "new competitiveness frontier" of smart technology for electric vehicles (EVs), which risks pushing the UK's net-zero emissions goal out of reach.

Marcia joins edie's content editor for an in-depth discussion on all things sustainability

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: In the Green Room with RELX's Marcia Balisciano

The Green Room makes its long-awaited return to the edie podcast, as content editor Matt Mace discuss Sustainable Development Goals, the evolution of CSR and the notion of fear in the climate battle with RELX's director of corporate responsibility Márcia Balisciano (MBE).

The company’s service has grown in popularity over the last couple of years, with an average of £500,000 each week paid out as part of the trade-in service

O2 recycles three million mobile devices in a decade

Telecoms company O2 has received more than three million devices as part of a trade-in scheme to boost the recyclability of smartphones, a move that has stopped more than 450 tonnes of phone-related waste from going to landfill.

Polluting vehicles account for around half of London’s harmful NOx air emissions, with air pollution costing the capital up to £3.7bn annually

Air pollution reduced by a third in London's ULEZ

As new data reveals that air pollution is increasing the number of people suffering from severe health conditions, London City Hall has revealed that the introduction of Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has slashed pollution levels by a third and carbon emissions by 13%.

Dublin is one of the first European cities to use the EIE platform

Google's city emissions tool expands into Europe

Google's online emissions dataset tool to help city planners build policies to lower emissions has launched across Europe today, with Dublin, Krakow, Birmingham, and the greater metropolitan area of Manchester set to use it to assist with planning developments.

Views wanted from edie readers on Streamlined Energy and Carbon reporting

edie wants to hear from energy and sustainability professionals about how they are getting to grips with Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR).

EDF Energy analysed the energy consumption at different sites, including schools, hospitals, hotels, offices and police stations

'Simple' energy efficiency measures could deliver £45m benefit for UK businesses

New data from EDF Energy has revealed that measures such as installing energy efficient lighting and better heating management could create more than £45m in energy cost savings across 4,150 analysed sites.

The masterclass will be available to watch on-demand afterwards for those who have registered

Now on demand: edie's masterclass on Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting for business

edie's 45-minutes masterclass, now on demand, saw experts from Inspired Energy outline how businesses can get to grips with the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) framework.

A new report by Vivid Economics estimates that up to £20bn a year could be required for the UK to reach its net-zero target for 2050

Billions wanted: Report sets net-zero price as Siemens aims for £100bn green project pipeline

Technology firm Siemens has signed an agreement with a coalition of 94 local authority political leaders across the UK to help unlock green investment towards clean energy projects, as a new report warns that up to £20bn may be required annually to deliver the UK's net-zero commitment.

Collectively, the participating banks manage $47trn in assets. Image: Paulm27/ Wikimedia Commons

Banks representing one-third of global market to align with Paris climate targets

A coalition of 130 banks, representing one-third of the worldwide banking sector, have committed to aligning their actions with the aims of the Paris Agreement.

The ODP, which is hosting the map, provides a global platform for the voluntary disclosure of seafood sourcing. Image: Tiia Monto

Asda unveils digital seafood supply chain map

Asda has unveiled a digital map which gives consumers access to information regarding all supply chain of the seafood used in its own-brand products.

Energy managers cynical about Government's net-zero targets, edie's new survey reveals      

The second edie Business Barometer of energy managers, supported by Centrica Business Solutions, revealed a sector that was cynical of the Government's policy objectives - but are not concerned about Brexit.

The UK as clocked up almost three weeks of coal-free power in 2019

Coal generation becoming a 'distant memory' as share of energy mix falls to 0.7%

The amount of energy generated from coal sources in the UK has fallen to a record-low output of 0.7% - a 63% decline on the same period the year prior - with low-carbon making up more than half of the UK's energy mix.

The Royal Society of Chemistry's chief executive Robert Barker, pictured with some of the redundant tech gathered by staff at the organisation’s Cambridge HQ during an amnesty

Hoarding old gadgets 'preventing circular economy shift' and 'spurring rare mineral shortages'

The fact that most UK households are hoarding old digital gadgets with no plans to recycle them is a key barrier to implementing circular economy principles for e-waste, the Royal Society of Chemistry has claimed.

Iceland was criticised by Feedback for failing to stock any meat sourced through sustainable certification schemes

UK supermarkets accused of over-producing low-quality meat

Anti-hunger charity Feedback is calling for big-name UK supermarkets such as Iceland, Lidl and Asda to offer "less and better" meat, in order to minimise their climate impacts.

These stories exemplify how businesses and governments across the world are ramping up efforts in all areas of sustainable development

Coors' plastic-free packaging and solar-powered trains: 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.

UN General Assembly in New York

UN launches Green Finance Platform to improve banks and business interactions

The UN's Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) has launched two new platforms to improve the dialogue and actions between the finance sector and businesses in order to accelerate the growth of green finance.

The strategy includes expectations for publicly listed companies and asset owners to disclose climate risk and impact data by 2022

UK unveils Green Finance Strategy to drive progress towards net-zero goal

The UK Government has unveiled its highly anticipated Green Finance Strategy, outlining how the finance sector and better climate disclosure from corporates can drive progress towards wider action on climate change and the push towards net-zero emissions.

The Winnow technology is set to be installed in a further 30 properties over the next few months

IHG taps into AI technology in bid to slash food waste by 30%

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is using artificial intelligence (AI) technology across its restaurant and bar operations in a bid to achieve a 30% reduction in food waste.

The first phase of the project will map generation and storage assets with an installed capacity of more than 1MW

Network operators collaborate on blockchain data register for generation and storage

Energy firms and network operators have teamed together to create a shared register powered by blockchain for energy generation and storage data, in a bid to improve the decarbonisation and operating costs of the UK energy system.

Solar accounted for one-third of all jobs in the renewable energy sector last year, according to IRENA

Record 11 million people now employed in renewable energy sector

Renewable energy now accounts for more than 11 million jobs worldwide, according to the latest set of official figures on the sector.

The new report notes that almost 800 organisations have expressed support for the recommendations

Climate-related financial disclosures 'still insufficient for investors', says TCFD

Efforts to disclose climate-related data aligned to the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD's) recommendations have increased by more than 50%, but concerns remain that companies aren't providing enough information to inform the investor community.

Measuring and reducing your organisation's Scope 3 emissions is no easy task. Here's the best-practice advice experts have offered to edie readers. 

Scope 3 emissions and science-based targets: Your key questions, answered

During an interactive webinar on Thursday (30 May), experts from CDP, Multiplex and Carbon Credentials answered readers' key questions on Scope 3 (indirect) emissions and science-based targets. Here, edie rounds up their answers.

Conservationists say the protection will contribute to the stopping of marine-damaging activities

UK creates 'blue belt' of marine protected areas twice England's size

An area nearly twice the size of England will become a "blue belt" of protected waters after the government created 41 new marine conservation zones.

More than 500 businesses across the world have publicly committed to set greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in line with climate science through the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)

NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND: edie's Scope 3 emissions webinar with Multiplex, CDP and Carbon Credentials

Sustainability and energy professionals looking to gain key insights on tackling Scope 3 emissions as part of the science-based targets process can tune into a free one-hour webinar featuring Multiplex Construction Europe, CDP and Carbon Credentials, on-demand.

The UK's EV market grew by a record-breaking 19% in 2018

Public EV charge points outnumber petrol stations in the UK

The number of public charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK has surpassed the number of petrol stations for the first time.

There's still time to register for a FREE pass to attend Day Two

Insight, inspiration and innovation continue into final day of edie Live 2019

Members of the UK's sustainability and energy management communities have descended upon the NEC in their thousands, with sessions at full capacity throughout the first day of edie Live 2019 and the action now set continue into the second and final day (22 May).

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Google and Stella McCartney to launch cloud-based analytics tool for fashion supply chains

Google has partnered with fashion brand Stella McCartney on the first phase of a new machine learning data analytics tool to improve the transparency of the supply chains for the fashion industry.

The solutions should enable the UK to further decarbonise the power sector, while making progress in heat and transport

UKRI allocates £30m for smart energy systems innovation

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has outlined intentions to allocate £30m in funding for innovation and solutions for smart local energy systems in the UK.

Participants of REBA account for 95% of all large-scale corporate renewable energy deals in the US to date

Corporate giants target 60GW of US renewable energy

Google, Facebook and Walmart are amongst the businesses to commit to bringing more than 60GW of renewable energy online in the US through the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA).

edie pulls the data to provide key trends and achievements in 2018

In charts: The UK's record-breaking year for low-carbon energy generation

With the latest Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) statistics revealing that 2018 was a record-breaking year for renewables and low-carbon generation, edie dives into the data to pull out the key achievements.

Tesco is the latest supermarket to trial packaging-free fresh produce in a bid to cut back on plastic waste

Tesco trials plastic-free fruit and veg selection

Supermarket Tesco is trialling packaging-free fresh produce at two stores in Watford and Swindon, in a bid to monitor whether the remove of plastic packaging for select products will impact levels of food waste.

The review will attempt to modernise some laws established in the 1800s that are acting as a barrier to modernisation and innovation

Government launches major review on future of transport

The Government has launched its biggest review into the future of transport, including how a £90m investment can spur new regulations that would improve the uptake of low-carbon mobility across UK towns and cities.

BlackRock steps up ESG drive with six new low-carbon funds

The world's largest asset manager BlackRock has launched new exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that screen out exposure to "controversial" sectors, improve environmental social and governance (ESG) scores and offer a reduced carbon emissions intensity of 30%.

The initiative also enables producers, manufacturers and retailers to better manage inventories and reduce waste while boosting transparency across the supply chain

Accenture and Mastercard launch blockchain-enabled supplier 'tip' scheme

Professional services firm Accenture has teamed with Mastercard and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to launch a new supply chain initiative that uses blockchain technology to encourage customers to "tip" small-scale growers and producers that are showcasing sustainable practices.

The survey states that the number of employees working within the LCRE economy in the UK grew from 208,300 in 2016 to 209,500 full-time equivalents in 2017

UK's low-carbon economy surpasses £44bn

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown that the UK's low-carbon economy has reached record heights, with the sector growing by almost 7% in 2017 to £44.5bn.

The number of marketing emails being sent has decreased by 1.2 billion per day since the implementation of GDPR

How GDPR is curbing carbon emissions

Despite being the bane to many business professionals, new research suggests that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) framework is assisting in the global fight to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2017, Microsoft launched a $50m commitment to bring Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to entrepreneurs and start-ups around the world who are working to solve sustainability challenges

How Microsoft is 'going beyond its four walls' to solve global sustainability challenges

EXCLUSIVE: Microsoft is "obsessed" with using its responsibility as a global technology firm to empower others to address climate change and deliver a resilient future, its chief environment officer has said.

Of the 6,800 companies to be graded by CDP, just 2% made the A List

Firmenich's rise and the UK's fall: 5 key trends in CDP's 2019 A-list

CDP has named 140 corporates as leaders in the fight against climate change, water scarcity and deforestation in its new A List rankings for 2019. Here, edie rounds up the key sustainability trends which have shaken up the scores this year.

According to Uber, more than half the miles on UberX journeys – which seat up to four passengers - in London are already in hybrids or EVs. Image: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

Uber set to launch 15p eco-charge for London journeys

Ride-hailing firm Uber is launching its 15p per-mile "eco-charge" for all journeys taken within London, in the same week that Sadiq Khan has unveiled the world's largest air quality network in the capital.

Léon Wijnands insists that the success of the climate disclosure movement could rely to an extent on the ability of the finance sector to develop a standard to attribute data to financial products.

Will 2019 be the year of climate-risk reporting?

The next 12 months will see a steep rise in the number of companies embedding climate-related data and disclosure into core business models, according to ING's global head of sustainability.

Decentralised energy is set to play a prominent role in the future energy mix

Regulation 'not fit' for emerging decentralised energy model

The current system of energy regulation is not fit for the more decentralised and digitalised energy that is emerging, Alan Whitehead has said.

In action: EDF Energy's smart data focus to drive energy efficiency

In September 2017, EDF Energy installed its PowerNow live energy monitoring system at one of its own offices as a way of trialling its own solutions whilst improving the energy efficiency of the building. As revealed in this case study, the project has achieved excellent results all round.

Vahé Torossian (far right) said that IoT can help cities significantly reduce the impact of future disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and floods

Microsoft VP: IoT can prepare cities for natural disasters

In a month when raging fires have caused unprecedented destruction across California, Microsoft's corporate VP has stressed the importance of using data across Internet of Things (IoT) platforms as a way of making cities better equipped to face natural disasters.

edie rounds up the key findings of from WBCSD and Radley Yeldar's recent corporate sustainability reporting survey

In numbers: The state of corporate sustainability reporting

Over the past 12 months, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has worked with consultancy Radley Yeldar to survey 158 corporates on their approach to sustainability reporting. Here, edie rounds-up the key findings.

Upside Energy’s cloud-based platform will provide real-time data and advanced forecasting and will work alongside EDF Energy’s PowerShift platform

EDF announces low-carbon vehicle partnership with Nissan

Big six company EDF Energy has announced a partnership with Nissan to support the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and energy generation and storage solutions.

Most local authorities collect plastic bottles, but some councils are on the brink of ending plastic collections amid fears the plastic will end up polluting the oceans

Plastic recycling industry's problems costing councils up to £500,000 a year

Major problems in the plastic recycling industry are costing local councils in England up to £500,000 extra a year, as they struggle to deal with the continuing fallout from import bans imposed by countries who are no longer able to take the UK's waste.

Two-thirds of our plastic packaging waste is exported by an export industry which was worth more than £50m last year

UK plastics recycling industry under investigation for fraud and corruption

The plastics recycling industry is facing an investigation into suspected widespread abuse and fraud within the export system amid warnings the world is about to close the door on UK packaging waste, the Guardian has learned.

The one-hour session will provide you with expert tips and proven techniques in adopting and implementing science-based targets

Science-based targets: BT and Capgemini to discuss adoption strategies in edie's next webinar

Individuals looking to adopt and implement science-based targets for their business are encouraged to tune into a free webinar this month, featuring expert insight from the likes of BT, Capgemini and The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group.

The cloud platform will use supply chain data to forecast future trends related to plastics use

Data-driven 'Plastics Cloud' launched to combat plastics waste

Software firm SAP UKI has unveiled plans to collect live data from supply chains as part of a "Plastics Cloud" pilot aimed at improving plastics purchasing and recycling.

Google believes the data will reduce time and costs for cities hoping to implement emission reduction targets

Google launches new online data tool to help cities lower emissions

Google has launched a new online tool to help city planners build policies to lower emissions by targeting projects in the built environment, transport and clean energy sectors.

Marine transport has time and time again been highlighted as an industry where green progress continues to be slow

Innovation required to spur cargo shipping sector towards 2050 emission reduction targets

Despite recent progress towards decarbonisation by the world's leading maritime shipping companies, the sector is in need of innovation to spur it towards the International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) 2050 target of halving CO2 emissions from 2008 levels.

The researchers analysed records of the hottest three-day period at seven weather stations in northern Europe, from Ireland to the Netherlands to Scandinavia

Heatwave made more than twice as likely by climate change, scientists find

The heatwave searing northern Europe was made more than twice as likely by climate change, according to a rapid assessment by scientists.

The MPs and peers conclude that suppliers are “almost certain” to miss the 2020 target for rolling out smart meters to every home and small business

Smart meter rollout costs £1bn higher than expected in 2016

The costs of the smart meter rollout programme will rise "even further", a parliamentary report has recommended.

Research calculates that diesel cars and vans cause 88% of the health damage from light vehicles

'Impossible-to-cheat' emissions tests show almost all new diesels still dirty

Emissions tests that are impossible for carmakers to cheat show that almost all diesel car models launched in Europe since the "dieselgate" scandal remain highly polluting.

Google announced that it has launched a UK version in partnership with energy supplier E.ON

Google's Project Sunroof arrives in UK

Google has launched an online tool in the UK that informs households how well a rooftop solar array would perform and how much money could be saved on electricity bills as a result.

BT maintained its share of electricity generated from renewable sources at 82% last year - contributing a 5.4% year-on-year fall in its overall operational emissions

BT generates £5.3bn in revenue through carbon-combative products, again

BT's range of consumer operations and products which contribute to carbon savings were worth more than £5.3bn last year for the second year running, while the company also increased the amount of carbon it helped customers avoid by 1.3 million tonnes year-on-year.

The research, published the journal Nature, is among the first to assess the economic impact of meeting the Paris climate goals

Hitting toughest climate target will save world $30tn in damages, analysis shows

Achieving the toughest climate change target set in the global Paris agreement will save the world about $30tn in damages, far more than the costs of cutting carbon emissions, according to a new economic analysis.

Each one-hour workshop will generate a specific output, which will be sent to all participants after the show, along with notes on the session's key discussion points

Final places remaining for free Mission Possible Workshops at edie Live

Sustainability and energy professionals have just a few days left to pre-book their place for a series of free 'co-creation' workshops taking place at edie Live on 22-23 May.

Using real-experience case studies, this hour-long session will hear from some of the leaders in onsite generation

Powering ahead: Carlsberg and National Trust to discuss onsite renewables in edie's next webinar

Individuals and organisations looking to explore the options on onsite technology to drive renewables use and lower energy consumption are encouraged to tune into a free webinar later this month, featuring expert insight from Carlsberg, the National Trust and Centrica Business Solutions.

How Integrated Reporting can help to transform the global economy

Although many people can tune out when they hear the words 'corporate reporting', the reality is that meaningful reporting can transform the global economy, and business has a real opportunity to lead the way.

How technology can power our connection to the natural world

Humanity continues to find new ways of pushing the limits of technology, to discover the edges of innovation. Whether it's sending a car into space, exploring the potential for nanotechnology to support hyper-targeted drug therapies, creating virtual worlds or an artificial intelligence that responds to our spoken commands; most of these ideas were solely in the domain of science fiction 30 years ago.

edie's exclusive webinar explored how technologies and innovations can be utilised to deliver the smart grid of the future, today

How effective data management can drive a successful energy strategy

EXCLUSIVE: Data monitoring technologies are an "invaluable" tool for firms seeking to drive energy efficiency, cut costs and enhance sustainability strategies, an expert panel recently concluded.

ESOS Phase 2: beyond compliance and added value

Many businesses were caught out by Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) in 2015 - either because the qualification criteria were obscure, or the communication from the Environment Agency (EA) didn't get through, or just because other priorities pushed ESOS to the bottom of the pile. Either way, ESOS Phase 1 was a bit of a scramble, and may not have been entirely valuable to your business (other than avoiding a fine!).

B Corps are on the move – why it’s time to join in

Ella's Kitchen certified as a B Corporation two years ago this February, only the second company ever to certify whilst being part of a PLC, after Ben & Jerry's with Unilever. However becoming a B Corp was always about something bigger than its impact on Ella's Kitchen.


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