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

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January 2019

Around 43,000 tonnes of surplus food is currently redistributed from retailers and food manufacturers every year - but the Government wants to increase this amount by 100,000 tonnes

Defra launches £5m food redistribution scheme to help businesses slash waste

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has today (11 January) launched a new £5m scheme aimed at helping UK businesses to redistribute surplus food and minimise their food waste outputs.

Fujifilm will analyse the impact of a 2C trajectory on its own operations, and those of other photography-focused corporates

Fujifilm to adopt TCFD recommendations

Multinational photography and printing firm Fujifilm has pledged to report on its sustainability progress in line with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and is encouraging other corporates to follow suit.

Toyota's vice president Shigeki Terashi and Panasonic's senior executive officer Masahisa Shibata announced the partnership in Tokyo today (22 January)

Toyota and Panasonic forge partnership to develop EV batteries

Japanese carmaker Toyota and electronics giant Panasonic have forged a new partnership that will see the two companies collaborate to develop innovative battery technologies for electric vehicles (EVs).

The reverse vending machines offer users a 10p discount coupon for every plastic bottle inserted

Iceland collects more than 300,000 plastic bottles in reverse vending trial

Frozen food retailer Iceland has unveiled the results of its trial of an in-store deposit return scheme for plastic bottles, revealing that the scheme has captured more than 300,000 bottles since its launch in May 2018.

The Government claims the 2040 ban is ambitious enough to meet its 2050 target of making “almost every car” in the UK zero-emission

Government rejects calls to bring 2040 petrol and diesel car ban forward

The UK Government has confirmed that it will not bring the date of its 2040 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars forward, despite pressure from MPs and green campaign groups to set a 2032 deadline.

The seven-page edie explains guide helps sustainability professionals and energy managers understand how to benefit from demand response

Demand response: edie launches free business guide

Organisations with an interest in using demand response to manage energy use now have access to a new 'edie explains' guide which breaks down all of the key information required to deploy the technology.

edie lists how 13 major businesses are performing against their plastic pledges

In depth: How are businesses performing against their plastic pledges?

Over the last two years, some the world's largest businesses have made ambitious new commitments to eliminating single-use plastics. Here, edie rounds up what progress some of these businesses have made to date.

During a six-month trial of the bottle, Highland Spring found customers were not put off by its cloudy appearance or slightly higher price

Highland Spring rolls out UK's first 100% recycled water bottle

Scottish water brand Highland Spring has confirmed that it will make the UK's first water bottle made with 100% recycled plastic a permanent part of its range, following a successful trial.

The innovative technology is set to slash the factory's overall water footprint by 4.4%

Lucozade Ribena Suntory to fit UK factory with water and waste-saving bottling technology

Multinational beverage firm Lucozade Ribena Suntory (LRS) is investing £13m in new bottling technology for its Gloucestershire factory, in a bid to minimise the facility's waste output and water footprint.

Tim Crosland is urging the UK Government to implement policies that will align all business actions with a 1.5C trajectory

Why sustainable business leadership must become the new normal post-IPCC

EXCLUSIVE: As businesses strive to bolster their sustainability commitments in the face of ever-growing climate challenges, policymakers must do more to make 1.5C targets the norm rather than the exception.

January 2018

The project has kickstarted with the purchase of the 5MW Newton Downs solar farm near Plymouth from renewable electricity supplier Good Energy

New £40m partnership to help UK communities take over solar farms

A £40m investment partnership has been launched with the aim of helping communities take ownership of solar farms across the country.

There is a strong uptake for corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) in the US but growth in Europe has been far slower, according to a new report. [Walmart / Flickr]

Businesses accelerate progress towards 100% renewables

Renewables are becoming the energy source of choice for corporate electricity users, according to a new report by The Climate Group published in Davos on Tuesday (23 January), which shows a growing number of multinationals lining up to meet 100% of their power needs from green power.

The Refill scheme now has more than 1,600 refill stations in 13 towns and cities in England

Water firms back national scheme to cut plastic bottle use

The water industry has launched a national scheme today (25 January) to cut plastic bottle use by tens of millions each year, while increasing the availability of free drinking water.

The report brings together 10 mini case studies of businesses demonstrating best practice when it comes to delivering new energy innovations

Taking the lead on energy: Latest edie guide showcases 10 business examples of low-carbon innovation

Organisations looking to revamp their energy management approach in 2018 can take inspiration from edie's new best-practice report which rounds up 10 shining examples of businesses that are driving the energy transition.

Disposable cups cannot be recycled by normal systems because they are made from cardboard with a tightly bonded polyethylene liner, which is difficult to remove

UK retailers see rise in sales of reusable coffee cups

Sales of reusable coffee cups are soaring in the UK, retailers are reporting, as the government hints at a tax on disposable cups.

The LCITP programme has already supported 16 low-carbon projects, backing them with more than £40m in collective funding

Scotland launches £60m business fund for low-carbon innovations

Businesses in Scotland can now access a £60m fund to scale projects that can help deliver the nation's low-carbon heat, energy and vehicle solutions.

GE has been involved in battery storage solutions since 2010 and has launched 19 large-scale commercial projects worldwide

General Electric targets giant Midlands battery storage system

General Electric (GE) is targeting a portion of the UK's growing battery storage market, after partnering with London energy firm Arenko to create one of the UK's largest fully-integrate battery storage solutions.

PwC exceeded its 25% carbon reduction target for 2017, which was set against a 2007 baseline

PwC sets carbon reduction and business growth targets

Professional services firm PwC has targeted a 40% reduction in carbon emissions and a switch to 100% renewable electricity while continuing to expand its business.

Concerns around the UK’s capacity to deliver a so-called “Green Brexit” must be resolved, the coalition insists

UK green protections at 'high risk' post-Brexit

Key areas of UK environmental policy such as air quality, chemicals and waste are at "high risk" of being less protected after Britain's departure from the EU, a coalition of green groups has warned.

To the victors come the spoils: Congratulations to our 2018 edie Sustainability Leaders Awards winners

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2018: Winners revealed at glittering ceremony

02, Adnams, Co-op and Royal Mail were among the big winners of edie's 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards, announced at an awards ceremony in London on Wednesday evening (24 January).

January 2015

The Fabian Society report found 57% off all UK onshore projects were rejected in 2014, with only 161 approved

Six in 10 UK onshore wind farms rejected, says report

About six out of 10 new UK onshore wind farm projects were rejected last year amid tougher planning guidelines and more applications being called in for a personal decision by the communities secretary, Eric Pickles, a report has found.

Sustainability stats: The Week in Numbers (08/01/2015)

In the inaugural 2015 edition of the Week in Numbers, edie takes a look back at some of the fascinating figures from the worlds of energy, waste and water.

The story should not be how falling oil prices will impact the shift to clean energy, it should be how the shift to clean energy is impacting the oil price.”

Oil price crash: What it means for the renewables industry

On 20 June 2014, the price of crude oil stood at $115 a barrel. On 12 January 2015, the price has crashed to $48 a barrel, leading commentators - including Sir Richard Branson - to suggest clean energy will be damaged as suppliers abandon renewables in favour of cheap oil.

Julie Hirigoyen will replace current chief executive Paul King in April 2015

Julie Hirigoyen named new chief executive of UK Green Building Council

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has appointed Julie Hirigoyen as its new chief executive, as the industry-backed charity commences its eighth year of campaigning for a sustainable built environment.

Upon its completion in late spring, the system will provide heat and cooling across four new poultry sheds

Shropshire farm welcomes poultry sector's largest heat pump

Renewable energy supplier TGE Group has been award a £1m contract to install a 1,300kW ground source heat pump (GSHP) on a poultry farm in Shropshire.

Solar accounted for almost half of total clean energy investment in 2014, its highest share ever

Global clean energy investment rebounds with 16% growth

Clean energy investment bounced back strongly in 2014, totalling $310bn, the highest amount since 2011 and a year-on-year growth of 16%.

 Asda research suggests 75% of shoppers would buy 'wonky' fruit and veg if it was cheaper than regular produce

Asda launches 'wonky veg' range to tackle food waste

Asda is collaborating with TV chef Jamie Oliver to reduce food waste by selling a new range of misshapen fruit and vegetables at reduced prices.

The BAR HQ is currently under construction on the Camber in Portsmouth

Ben Ainslie announces solar-powered sailing base

Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) - the Americas Cup sailing team led by the four-time Olympic gold medallist - has announced that its groundbreaking new headquarters will be powered completely by renewable energy.

The Doomsday Clock was last changed in 2012 when it was set to five minutes to midnight

Three minutes to midnight: Climate change pushes Doomsday Clock forward

Climate change and nuclear tensions have brought 'the end of the world' closer than at any point since 1983, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists who operate the fabled Doomsday Clock.

Petrochemical companies in Saudi Arabia are among the companies benefiting from around £1.7bn in government funding over the course of the parliament

UK loaned £1.7bn to foreign fossil fuel projects despite pledge

The UK Government has provided well over a billion pounds in loans to fossil fuel projects around the world despite a pledge to withdraw financial support from such schemes, an analysis of loans made by the UK's export credit agency has revealed.

January 2010

Milk dumping rules relaxed in big freeze

Farmers struggling to store surplus milk or slurry will be allowed to dump it on frozen land, contrary to the usual rules.

Economists grapple with putting price-tags on nature

Wealth is not all about GDP or even social benchmarks - nature's contribution to our well-being must also be taken into account.

Waste and Recycling - review of the year 2009

The waste sector had a good year in 2009 as recycling rates rose and on-going local and national government investment ensured new facilities and technologies continued to appear.

Mr Johnson clearing a river in south London last year

London to set ambitious waste cutting targets

London is set to slash the amount of waste it sends to landfill, under ambitions plans announced this morning.

Anti smog rules to be tightened

Tighter rules aimed at cracking down on smog have been put out for consultation by the American environmental watchdog.

Carbon intensive firms not cutting emissions enough

Top British firms are setting their emission cutting targets so low it will not affect the country's attempts to cut them, according to a new report.

Irish taps running dry?

Water shortages across Ireland

Burst pipes and increased demand has led to water shortages across Ireland as the country faces continued snow and freezing temperatures.

First eco home insurance launched

High street chain Marks and Spencer is claiming a UK first by offering insurance aimed at encouraging environmentally friendly products.

Regulators mull clean-up options for 'America's biggest environmental disaster'

Options on how to compete the clean-up of a vast toxic sludge spill at an American power plant - and how much it will all cost - are being considered by the country's environmental watchdogs.

London big build cutting carbon by third

Big development projects in the capital are going well beyond the energy efficiency measures required of them by building regulations, according to City Hall.