Environmental News on this day... for December 2018, 2017, 2014, 2009

Take a trip into the past and see what stories were in the news in December 2018, 2017, 2014, 2009

December 2018

Operating across five sectors, 3M releases 1,000 new products each year

3M commits to design all new products with 'built-in' sustainability value

Multinational consumer goods, healthcare and industry firm 3M has today (6 December) unveiled a new requirement for all products it releases from January 2019 to be designed with "sustainability value" built in.

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

Just Eat's e-scooters and solar-powered smart homes: 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.

The EAC claims that less than 1% of UKEF's energy financing was used for renewables in 2016

MPs to examine environmental impact of UK's export credit agency

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has launched an inquiry into the sustainability efforts being made by UK Export Finance (UKEF), following claims that the body's financing of fossil fuels overseas is at odds with the aims set out in the UK's Clean Growth Strategy.

This week's innovations could help reduce food waste, make farming more efficient and store power generated using renewable arrays

Sugarcane shoes and silicon energy storage: The best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

Glitter is made up of tiny pieces of plastic, which can end up in the water where they are difficult to break down

Waitrose targets glitter phase-out by 2020

Waitrose has pledged to phase out glitter from its own-label cards, wrap, crackers, tags, flowers and plants, as part of plans to reduce the impact of plastics on the environment.

Some developers already follow a biodiversity net-gain approach voluntarily

Defra launches call for evidence on 'biodiversity net-gain' developments

The Government is consulting on whether property developers should be required to deliver a "biodiversity net-gain" when building new housing or commercial projects.

SCAP signatories met the commitment's 2020 water aim two years early, but are off-track to meet its resource efficiency aims

WRAP: UK fashion industry moving quickly to improve environmental footprint of clothing

The UK's fashion industry is moving at a pace to reduce carbon emissions and water waste within its supply chains, although far slower progress is being made on research efficiency, new research from WRAP has concluded.

Coca-Cola HBC will use a containerised product providing beverage-grade CO2 from air-captured CO2

European Coca-Cola bottler to pioneer carbon capture technology

A Swiss-based Coca-Cola bottling company is set to introduce air-captured CO2 use to the beverage industry to help reduce costs and achieve its long-term climate targets.

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.

The move comes three years after VW admitted to using emissions “cheating software” in the US and Europe – a scandal now widely known as “dieselgate”

Volkswagen to launch its last diesel and petrol cars in 2026

German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) will not launch any new car models with a traditional petrol or diesel combustion engine after 2026 as part of a shake-up to its electric vehicle (EV) strategy.

December 2017

The consultation paper proposes scrapping the “no cost to landlord” rule

Landlords to contribute to energy efficiency

The government is proposing to force private landlords to contribute towards measures to improve their properties' energy efficiency.

Respondents to the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 eco-gift voucher which can be used to purchase a range of sustainably certified products

Final call for public sector professionals to take 'state of sustainability' survey

Sustainability professionals, CSR experts and energy managers working within Britain's public sector have just one week left to take part in a short survey which will help to inform edie's next insight report looking at the sustainability challenges and opportunities facing the sector.

In a change to the original terms and conditions of Ford’s scrappage scheme, from 2018, vehicles which are classified as ‘historic vehicles’ by the DVLA will not automatically be scrapped

Ford extends diesel scrappage scheme

Ford has announced that it is extending a scrappage scheme for older, more polluting vehicles to the first quarter of 2018, citing positive feedback from customers as the primary reason for the extension.

M&S is conducting feasibility studies around energy storage, while Landsec claims battery technology is

M&S and Landsec exploring energy storage to increase resilience

Energy managers from British retailer M&S and property developer Landsec revealed they are exploring the potential of battery storage technologies on their estates during a recent edie webinar about energy resilience.

The North of England accounts for more than a third of low-carbon jobs in England and generated 48% of all renewable energy in 2015 – the largest of any region

Report calls for UK Government to devolve carbon budgets to regional levels

The UK Government has been urged to devolve national carbon budgets down to regional levels in order to create socioeconomic benefits that can be captured by promoting low-carbon job growth across specific areas of the UK, a new report has suggested.

Heathrow’s chief executive John Holland-Kaye with the airport's 50th electric vehicle

Heathrow to install rapid charge points for electric black cabs

Heathrow Airport has revealed that it is actively collaborating with Transport for London to install seven rapid charging points for electric taxis by the end of this month, with the airport also announcing the delivery of its 50th electric vehicle (EV).

The REA claims that current policy signals would create a “medium deployment” scenario of 8GW by the end of 2021

UK can deliver 12GW of battery storage with stronger policies, report finds

A new report estimates that 12GW of subsidy-free battery deployment could be possible in the UK by 2021, despite only 0.6 GW of capacity being installed and operational so far, but only if the Government learns from past failings in the solar market.

Vyvyan noted that a successful corporate strategy relied on embedding sustainability into day-to-day situations, the same way that a company would for employee engagement and satisfaction

Circular and digital transformations 'key' to enabling business growth

A growth in circular innovation and digital transformation are the "keys to a more sustainable future" that is currently being hindered by businesses that still view sustainability as an "add on" that requires additional resources and finances.

Around £13bn of food is wasted in the UK, but only 17% of edible surplus food is currently being redistributed. Image: Nestle

Nestlé to redistribute site-level food waste set aside for animal feed

A new initiative from Nestlé and food redistribution organisation Company Shop could increase the amount of food redistributed from UK operations by two million meals annually, by using site assessments to reduce waste at its source.

The report also goes to lengths to highlight the positive work being done to tackle human rights issues in the supply chains of the brands

Report: UK jewellers 'must do more' to combat potential human rights abuses

The billion-pound jewellery industry is still "tainted" by hidden cases of human rights abuses and modern slavery, with a new report urging large UK brands to increase reporting responsibilities to ensure supply chains are fully-mapped and audited.

December 2014

Merry Christmas from edie

The edie team are now off until the New Year but we thought we'd leave you with some festive fun and a sustainability roundup of 2014...

The Eco Plastics recycling facility is capable of sorting 150,000 tonnes of mixed bottles every year

Coca-Cola keeps green bottle commitment following ECO Plastics sale

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has insisted its use of recycled materials in bottles will not drop following the sale of its 50% stake in the UK's only plastic bottle recycling plant.

Last year's floods caused small organisations approximately £1,531 worth of damage

Small firms urged to prepare for extreme weather

More than half of small businesses do not have a plan in place to deal with extreme weather conditions such as floods and snow storms.

Laminate packaging saw approximately 16,000 tonnes of aluminium sent to landfill last year

Video Scientists turn old toothpaste tubes into fuel and precious metal

Nestlé, Kraft Foods and Mondelez International are part-funding a new commercial-scale recycling plant that can turn old toothpaste tubes into aluminium and fuel in just three minutes.

Christian Aid said the final day gridlock was 'embarrassing' for diplomats

Lima: Burden-sharing mindset leads to final-day gridlock

A think-tank led by Lord Stern claims that 'trying to share the burden of carbon cuts' has hindered climate-deal negotiations in Lima - where just one paragraph of text has apparently been agreed upon in the final day of negotiations.

Sustainability stats: The week in numbers (28/11/2014)

What great data did we see in the past seven days? In the latest edition of our popular series, edie takes a look-back at some of the fascinating figures from the worlds of energy, waste and water.

Diageo has announced 20 new sustainability and responsibility targets for 2020

Diageo raises a glass to water efficiency with revamped CSR targets

International alcohol firm Diageo has committed to dramatically reduce its water use through a 50% improvement in water use efficiency by 2020.

Have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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The figures show that biomethane capacity has more than quadrupled in the last year

Biomethane capacity quadruples in 2014

The amount of biomethane injected to the UK grid has doubled every year since 2011 and is set to more-than quadruple in 2014.

 British Gas' senior management failed to take appropriate action to ensure it delivered energy efficiency measures on time

British Gas charged £11.1m for missing energy efficiency targets

British Gas has been hit with an £11.1m fine for failing to meet binding targets for delivering domestic energy-efficiency upgrades by an agreed deadline.

December 2009

University to publish all climate data

The University of East Anglia has vowed to publish all its climate change information following an email leak.

China 'doesn't want climate change handouts'

Chinese officials have said the country will not take a single dollar from any international fund set up to help developing countries move towards a low carbon economy.

China announces emissions cuts and will attend COP15

China's state council has boosted hopes of successful Copenhagen climate change talks by announcing emissions cuts and promising to attend the event.

One in six managers see climate change as priority

Most managers recognise climate change as an important issue for business but fail to do anything about it.

World Bank puts it weight behind REDD

The World Bank says it's already preparing for a fully operational REDD scheme regardless of what is agreed in Copenhagen.

California water use 'not sustainable'

Satellite imagery has revealed the full extent of the unsustainable water use in California for the first time.

Italian environment minister forced to queue in Copenhagen crush

Italy's glamorous Environment Minister Stefania Prestigiacomo was just another victim of the chaotic queuing system when she tried to get into the global climate change negotiations in Copenhagen this afternoon.

Schwarzenegger to attend COP15

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he will attend the Copenhagen climate change talks.

Strike a deal for world diplomacy - Obama

Leaders risk missing a golden opportunity to show the world that they can work together for the greater good.

COP15 negotiators work through the night for deal

The rift between industrialised countries and the developing world has kept negotiators up all night in Copenhagen.