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April 2019

Ikea's 'People and Planet Positive' strategy includes a 2020 target of producing more renewable power than it uses

Ikea reveals mixed progress towards 'climate-positive' and circular economy goals

The world's largest furniture retailer has revealed that 70% of the materials used to make its products during 2018 were either renewable or recycled, as it strives to reach the 100% mark by 2030.

Co-op's overarching aim is 100% physically certified soy across its supply chain by 2025

Co-op targets 100% sustainably sourced soy through credits scheme

Supermarket chain Co-op has set a new, ongoing target of sourcing 100% sustainably certified soy across its supply chains, after joining global Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS).

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

London's low-emission buses and Ralph Lauren's recycled plastic shirts: 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 global drinks firm launched a new sustainability strategy on 3 April 2019. Images: Pernod Ricard

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: In the Green Room with Pernod Ricard's Vanessa Wright

Welcome back to the green room - edie's exclusive interview hub for sustainability leaders, brought to you as part of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next to provide the insights of a leading sustainable business: Pernod Ricard's vice president of global sustainability Vanessa Wright.

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).

Illustration of Pivot Power’s consented Southampton battery project

Virtual power plants and 'super hubs': Four smart UK energy systems projects launched by Claire Perry

Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry has today (3 April) launched four smart energy systems demonstrator projects across the UK, in a bid to help towns and cities become "hubs" to spur the low-carbon transition across the electricity, heat, cooling and transport sectors.

The bond will mature in 2041, with Yorkshire Water claiming it is the longest dated sustainability bond issued in GBP to date

Yorkshire Water launches sustainability bond

Yorkshire Water has launched its first sustainability bond in a bid to raise £350m from investors.

This year's Index is the first to award any brand a ranking of more than 60%

Fashion Revolution Week: Adidas, Reebok and Patagonia top sector transparency rankings

Sportswear giants Adidas and Reebok and outdoor clothing brand Patagonia have been named as the corporates leading the fashion sector's drive for greater transparency around supply chain activity, in a new ranking of 200 of the industry's largest companies.

More than 6,200 people across Hull have signed up to receive food through OLIO to date

Costa joins Hull redistribution scheme to combat food waste and hunger

Coffee chain Costa has joined a collaborative, business-led initiative which uses a food sharing app to help tackle food waste and food poverty issues in Hull.

Take a look at April's top stories, as picked by the edie editorial team

Extinction Rebellion, SDG Spotlights and seaweed sachets: Top 10 sustainability stories of April 2019

April 2019 may well go down as a defining month in the ongoing battle to halt, and ultimately reverse climate change. Global climate strikes led by school children paved the way for the Extinction Rebellion protests to capture the interests of the UK public.

April 2018

The company points to the Planning Inspectorate’s support for the scheme claiming its national benefits will “clearly outweigh” any adverse impacts

Open cast coal mine rejection faces High Court challenge

The government's rejection of plans for a new open cast coal mine faces a High Court challenge amidst accusations by the project's backers that the move will push up energy prices by increasing the UK's reliance on risky overseas supplies of the fuel.

More than 80% of P&G's global manufacturing sites have achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status. Photo: P&G

P&G sets new package of 2030 sustainability goals

The owner of household brands such as Ariel, Gillette, Fairy, Pampers and Head & Shoulders has unveiled a new suite of 2030 sustainability targets, having achieved many of its goals for 2020.

Globally around 8m tonnes of plastics enters the marine environment every year

Drop in plastic bags littering British seas linked to introduction of 5p charge

A big drop in plastic bags found in the seas around Britain has been credited to the introduction of charges for plastic bags across Europe.

The reusable bottles feature three exclusive Pret designs: the apple robot, the cucumber snake and the watermelon lollies

Pret launches reusable bottle range to slash consumer plastics waste

Pret A Manger has unveiled a new range of reusable bottles to help reduce the amount of plastic used by customers.

The nine-page edie Explains guide helps energy managers understand exactly what a smart grid is, and how UK businesses can begin transitioning to smart grids

Making the smart-grid transition: edie launches free guide for businesses

Organisations seeking to capitalise on the benefits offered by smart grid technologies and solutions now have access to a new edie Explains guide which breaks down everything you need to know about making the smart grid transition.

Whitbread sets science-based target to halve emissions intensity

The UK's largest hospitality company Whitbread, has pledged to halve emissions in the next seven years as part of an "industry-leading" science-based target.

The new method involves heating the brew to below boiling point and then blowing nitrogen or CO2 into the tank to create bubbles without changing the taste

World's largest brewer develops greener way to put bubbles in beer

The world's largest brewer is rolling out what it claims is a greener way to put bubbles in beer and reduce its CO2 emissions by 5%.

The results of the Hackney Banister House Estate trial will be used to roll out more energy trading communities across the UK

London startup performs UK's first blockchain energy trade

A London-based firm has conducted the UK's first physical blockchain energy trade, which has enabled housing estate residents to benefit from renewable energy sources.

The offer will initially cover new builds from UK housebuilders Barratt Homes, Berkeley Group, Countryside Properties, Crest Nicholson and Redrow Homes

Barclays offers green homes mortgage on select new builds

Barclays has launched a Green Home Mortgage scheme, offering homebuyers preferential interest rates and savings of more than £1,300 on energy-efficient new build houses.

Analysis of the DRS in Norway by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) found that businesses will not suffer losses from such a system

UK retailers 'will not suffer financial losses' from bottle deposit scheme

Retailers will not suffer financial losses from the introduction of a plastic bottle deposit return scheme (DRS) in the UK, according to an analysis of a similar system in Norway.

April 2015

The 448MW Neart na Gaoithe windfarm will be the first to install the two new technologies

Scottish windfarm set to provide world's cheapest offshore wind power

A windfarm in Scotland is set to provide the cheapest electricity ever produced by an offshore wind farm by using two recently launched technologies, developer Mainstream Renewable Power said.

Crowdfunding is becoming an increasingly popular form of green investment, with platforms like Abundance and Trillionfund attracting millions of pounds for projects, particularly renewables

Crowdfunding "could deter future investment in green business"

Green businesses that raise finance through crowdfunding could have trouble getting bigger investors on board further down the line, according to an expert speaker at Sustainability Live.

Amongst pre-election Budget announcements March was a big month for renewables news

GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in March 2015

What were the biggest stories for sustainability professionals in March? Find out in our round-up which takes a look-back at the month in pictures.

Innovation and improvements to grid connections could make onshore wind the most cost effective new electricity source by 2020

Onshore wind could be cheapest new electricity source by 2020

Innovation and improvements to grid connections could make onshore wind the most cost-effective new electricity source by 2020, according to the Onshore Wind Cost Reduction Taskforce.

EU lawmakers ruled that biofuels can compete with food production, contribute to climate change, and put pressure on land use

EU agrees to burst biofuels bubble after 2020

After more than 10 years of debate, the European Parliament has today (28 April) agreed new laws to limit the use of crop-based biofuels across the continent.

The manifesto particularly focuses on waste collection as an area that requires fresh direction

Recycling industry releases manifesto for next Government

A Resource Management and Circular Economy Act, a ban on biodegradable waste to landfill, and a statutory duty on businesses to collect and submit data on waste all form part of a new manifesto for the next UK Government released by the recycling industry today (1 April).

The partership's recent efforts forays into onsite renewables were described as

John Lewis to reassess green targets after slow progress

Upmarket department store firm John Lewis has announced it will review its green goals after seeing its absolute emissions grow by almost 7% last year.

After 35 years of service, Ardley landfill site in Oxfordshire will no longer be accepting non-hazardous waste

Landfill closures promote waste as resource

Waste management firm Viridor has hailed the closure of two landfill sites as the "end of an era" as non-recyclable waste is instead being transformed into energy.

This week in numbers: Sustainability Live 2015 special

The show's over! Sustainability Live was a huge success this week, generating some fascinating figures from expert speakers, presentations, panel discussions and an awards ceremony.

London reportedly has no plans to comply with NO2 legal limits until after 2030

London 'lucky" to score C- for air quality

London has taken sixth spot in a new ranking of 23 European cities on air quality, but mayor Boris Johnson is "lucky" to have been rated so highly as he has no plans to comply with air pollution laws until after 2030, if ever.

April 2010

Scottish cat narrowly avoids being recycled

A cat ended up making an unplanned trip to a Scottish recycling plant after he was accidentally picked up as part of a house clearance.

Welsh farmers to be rewarded for going green

A competition encouraging farmers to take small steps to improve the local environment has been launched in Wales.

"Everyone needs to be an environmental professional"

Professionals across the whole spectrum of industries need to think about the environmental impact of their work and the implications of the sustainability agenda.

Puma aims to cut paw print by reinventing shoebox

Redesign of the traditional shoebox by sportswear giant Puma is set to cut paper waste from the packaging by almost two thirds.

Eastern Europe's contamination legacy a 'disaster'

A combined legacy of neglect and corruption has left many eastern European countries with huge pollution problems, according to a leading contamination expert at BEX.

Cities can help win climate fight

While the UN climate talks in December failed to reach the headline global agreement environmentalists were after, Mayors and other city leaders from around the world made a quiet commitment to address sustainability issues on a more local level.

Out of court settlement for Corby birth defect families

A council embroiled in an 11-year legal battle with families seeking compensation for birth defects allegedly linked to failings in the clean-up of an industrial site in the town has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to 19 young people.

It's not all about the carbon

Reducing carbon emissions is important but we must take care not to allow it to blind us to the importance of the rest of the sustainability agenda.

New government must create local demand for low carbon economy

Whoever is leading the country come May 7 needs to do more to stimulate the low carbon economy, according to a leading figure in the environmental industries.

Energy efficiency - is it people or technology?

Keeping staff informed and educating people about green improvements was discussed at NEMEX.