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August 2018

This week's best innovations could drive significant change across the areas of plastics, e-waste and EV charging

Biodegradeable bottles and self-healing smartphones: The best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

The easy-to-recycle alternative will be rolled out across six of Aldi's produce lines by the end of August

Aldi begins black plastics phase-out as part of packaging overhaul

Discount chain Aldi is switching a range of its fresh produce packaging from hard-to-recycle black plastic to clear, recyclable alternatives, in a move that is set to save around 265 tonnes of plastic a year.

When UBS launched the portfolio, the firm claimed that sustainable investment

UBS doubles sustainable portfolio of assets to almost £2bn

Financial services firm UBS has today (August 14) announced that it now manages £1.93bn worth of assets through its sustainable portfolio, more than double the size from when it first launched seven months ago.

The urban vegetable garden at Novotel London Waterloo produced enough pesticide-free basil to stock the kitchen all summer

AccorHotels now using 600 onsite urban food gardens

Hospitality giant AccorHotels has announced that it is on track to install urban fruit and vegetable gardens at 1,000 of its 4,500 global hotels by 2020, as part of its commitment to cut emissions from food transportation and reduce its food waste output.

The UNGC believes that reporting on the SDGs must be

UN Global Compact: Corporates must stop 'cherry-picking' the SDGs

EXCLUSIVE: Large businesses will soon risk losing investor interest and stakeholder trust unless they stop "cherry-picking" which of the United Nation's (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) they report on and omitting negative impacts from their sustainability reports.

Palm oil is a $50bn-a-year commodity, but traditional plantations have driven widespread destruction of tropical rainforests

Big-name investors make joint call for stronger palm oil certification standards

More than 90 institutional investors representing more than $6.7trn in assets under management have jointly urged the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to strengthen its draft certification standards before they are finalised in November.

Lidl Irleand has announced that it will expand its network of chargers to a further 17 stores

Lidl to install Ireland's largest network of supermarket-based EV chargers

Budget supermarket chain Lidl has announced that it will install electric vehicle (EV) chargers at 20 of its stores across Ireland over the next six months, in a bid to host the nation's largest supermarket-based network of chargepoints.

The hour-long webinar is available to watch on demand

Should businesses communicate negative contributions to the Global Goals?

EXCLUSIVE: As more companies pledge to support and report on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), should businesses also examine and communicate negative contributions to the Global Goals?

The Group, which consists of the EIB and EIF, reduced its emissions intensity by 2.8% year-on-year

European Investment Bank Group halves emissions intensity as staff numbers increase

The European Investment Bank (EIB) Group has announced that it has halved its emissions intensity over the past decade, despite staff numbers increasing more than two-fold over the ten-year period.

M&S currently hands out 75 million pieces of plastic cutlery in its cafe's each year

M&S to phase out plastic cutlery in cafés

Marks and Spencer (M&S) will start phasing out plastic cutlery across its in-store cafés next month in a move it claims will remove 75 million pieces of plastic from its waste stream annually.

August 2017

There are still an estimated 10-13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK

Report: Migrant crisis escalating European modern slavery risk

Businesses have been urged to stay alert to modern slavery risks in their European supply chains after new research highlighted rising levels of exploitation across large swathes of the continent, including the UK.

Sheffield Solar worked with the National Grid for two years to develop real-time generation estimates from solar photovoltaic systems in the UK, and can now forecast in advance

New forecast system to boost efficiency and reduce costs of solar energy

Researchers at the University of Sheffield have developed a forecasting system designed to boost energy generation from solar systems, which could boost the efficiency of the electricity system and help companies and households reduce costs.

Audi is aiming for almost the entire roof surface to be covered with solar cells in the future, with the generated electricity used to supply a vehicle’s air-conditioning system and seat heaters

Audi designing solar roof for future electric vehicles

German carmaker Audi has teamed up with a solar-cell specialist to develop a solar roof which will the extend the range of its electric vehicles (EVs).

IBM also claims that trials with Walmart in China and the US have demonstrated that blockhain can be used to track a product from the farm to the retail shelf in seconds

IBM blockchain food safety programme attracts global firms

A host of major firms including Nestlé, Unilever and Walmart have established a collaboration with tech giant IBM to explore how the global food supply chain can benefit from blockchain technology.

The new solar PV system consists of 2,902 individual panels, each of which measures 1.6 m², which will supply 39% of the daytime electricity used in the mall areas of the centre

'The jewel in the crown': Landsec drives towards science-based target with Britain's biggest shopping centre solar installation

The UK's largest commercial property developer has today (11 August) flicked the switch on a giant rooftop solar system at a shopping centre in Leeds, kicking off a 12-month investment programme in onsite sustainability across its estate.

Scientists suggest that clean infrastructure would cost a quarter of the current fossil fuel system

Scientists sketch roadmap for 139 countries to go 100% renewable by 2050

A research team at Stanford University has outlined a new roadmap for 139 countries - including the UK - to switch to 100% renewable energy by 2050, which it claims would avoid 1.5C global warming and prevent millions of premature deaths from air pollution.

The work was made possible through a 20% funding grant from energy provider Energia

Belfast shopping centre slashes electricity bill by a third

A West Belfast retail development has reportedly slashed its electricity costs by 33% through an energy efficiency lighting upgrade.

CDP's report highlights that cities and companies are aware of water risks, but ways to tackle issues remain unclear

World Water Week: 10 shocking facts about the global water crisis

As research released for World Water Week (27 August - 1 September) warns that more than 100 cities face flood-related risks similar to those currently being felt in Houston, edie dives deep into the data to pull out 10 alarming statistics which underline why businesses must act NOW.

The Burbo Bank offshore windfarm has been fully operational since 2007, and has recently started using the planet's biggest and most powerful wind turbines to generate electricity

ABB to deliver battery storage system for Burbo Bank windfarm

Industrial automation specialist ABB will provide a 2MW battery storage system to support the use of renewable energy at the 90MW Burbo Bank offshore windfarm near Liverpool, in the first deal of its kind in the UK.

While UPS has invested more than $750m in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, the latest announcement represents a strategic foray into the circular economy market

UPS logistics service drives resource efficiency for TerraCycle

Recycling experts TerraCycle has diverted more than 40m pounds of waste from landfills since 2012, through a partnership with global customs and logistics firm UPS that has expanded recycling programmes across the globe.

August 2014

Biofertiliser restores much-needed nutrients, water and organic matter back into the soil

Renewable fertiliser update to drive green farming

The UK farming industry is set to become more environmentally friendly and sustainable with the publication of an updated specification for renewable fertiliser and the re-launch of the Compost Certification Scheme.

Wall's new ice cream freezer is 70% more energy-efficient than the average model in 2008

Wall's develops ultra-efficient ice cream freezers

Scientists at Unilever have announced the development of a new ice cream freezer cabinet capable of a 70% energy reduction for retailers worldwide.

Vermilion reveals that it spent $37m on environmental initiatives in 2013.

Oil and gas giant launches its first sustainability report

Vermilion Energy, an international oil and gas producer, has launched its first sustainability report which lays out details of the company's plans to decrease its greenhouse gas emissions, reduce waste and lower the amount of water and energy it uses.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group exceeds 2015 goal of conserving 60m pounds of PET

Dr Pepper Snapple Group achieves plastic lightweighting target one year early

Drinks giant Dr Pepper Snapple Group has announced that it has achieved its sustainability target of conserving more than 60m pounds of plastic through lightweighting and packaging redesigns one year early.

Olympia London features four event venues and a conference centre

Olympia brings CO2 reduction to the main stage

Events and exhibitions venue Olympia London has launched a new online vehicle share initiative to streamline deliveries and collections and significantly reduce carbon emissions.

Deborah MEaden says sharing with the other Dragons every night is 'the best kind of being green'

BBC's Dragons slay fuel emissions by sharing cars

Hit BBC TV series Dragon's Den has gone green for the new series with cast and crew driving carbon emissions down through a new car sharing scheme.

The sponsorship provides further funding in addition to £7m from the Treasury

Green capital sponsors announced for Bristol 2015

KPMG and transport company FirstGroup have signed up to support Bristol 2015 as European Green Capital as part of a multi-million pound sponsorship deal announced today (August 8).

General Motors has teamed up with local composting startup Detroit Dirt to take food waste such as coffee grounds and fruit and vegetable peelings from restaurant kitchens in its portfolio and mix them with herbivore manure

General Motors hails 'circular economy' solution for its food waste

General Motors is composting food waste from its global headquarters in Detroit, US, for redistribution in urban farming initiatives throughout the city in what it is calling a "circular" initiative.

The MeyGen project will have the potential to provide clean, sustainable, predictable power for 175,000 homes in Scotland

Scotland set for giant tidal stream development

The world's largest tidal stream array, which is set to be built in North Scotland, has agreed terms for a funding package to kick start the construction of the 398MW project.

Speaking at the recent Ellen MacArthur Foundation CE100 Annual Summit in London, Zachariasse outlined a vision where developers could take advantage of the residual value of materials tied up in commercial real estate by rethinking their business models

Construction firms urged to rethink buildings as 'material banks' for circular gain

The construction industry has a great opportunity to enter the circular economy space by viewing buildings as material banks, a real estate developer has said.

August 2009

Dalton McGuinty (left) is showed how the school is being greened

Ontario premier visits green school

More than 1000 schools in the Canadian province of Ontario are currently being given a green makeover.

Irish grasslands could be valuable carbon sink

Ireland's uncultivated grasslands and peat bogs are soaking up enough carbon dioxide to make them significant sinks for carbon dioxide, according to the country's environmental regulator.

Chemical leak killed 1000s of fish and released mile long poisonous cloud

More than 20,000 fish were killed and a mile long poisonous cloud meant 100s of homes needed to be evacuated following two chemical leaks.

X Factor style public vote for protest targets

Members of the public are being given the chance to vote for which power station they feel should be closed down by anti climate change protesters.

Vestas win eviction order but protesters vow to stay

Protesters fighting to keep a wind turbine factory open have vowed to continue occupying the site despite a judge granting the owners a possession order.

Australia prepares for future with less water

Almost one and half million dollars will be poured into the Australian outback to prepare it for a future with less water.

Groups clash over .eco domain names

A big-hitting green group hoping to own the rights to sell the .eco domain name has launched a war of words in the hopes of derailing a bid from its main rival.

The Sayano-Shushenskaya power station

Death toll rising after accident at one the world's largest hydropower stations

Two water ducts appear to have collapsed in Russia's largest hydro-electricity station killing several workers injuring more than 60 and leaving rescuers looking for dozens of missing people.

Biofuels 'disastrous' and fuelling climate change

Billions of pounds invested in biofuels is 'disastrous' and increasing climate change, according to a Christian Aid report.

Bogged down with wrong waste

Thames water has launched an information campaign after a survey revealed almost half of its customers flush unsuitable things down the loo.