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

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

October 2018

The phase-out will cover all of Costa's 3,800 stores and Premier Inn's 680 hotels

Costa and Premier Inn unveil plan to phase-out plastic straws

Hospitality giant Whitbread has announced that it will begin removing plastic straws from its Costa Coffee stores and Premier Inn hotels from November 2018.

Aldi is one of the founder members of WRAP's Plastic Pact

Aldi continues phase-out of non-recyclable plastics

Discount supermarket Aldi is switching a range of its cooked meat from non-recyclable packaging to clear, recyclable alternatives in a move that is set to save more than 1,000 tonnes of plastic annually.

In 2011, the Clorox Company became an early adopter of the integrated reporting approach

Clorox exceeds carbon reduction target three years early

The Clorox Company has surpassed its 2020 goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20%, according to the consumer goods giant’s latest annual report.

Through Cranfield’s world-leading research and teaching, the Sustainability Leadership Programme utilises will help edie's network embed sustainability strategies within their organisations

Course details confirmed for 2019 Sustainability Leadership Programme

Applications are now open for sustainability professionals to take part in a brand new education programme launched by edie and Cranfield University which will equip you with concrete ideas and new abilities to effectively embed sustainability into your core business strategy.

edie rounds up the key facts from The Consumer Goods Forum and Futerra's survey

In numbers: The growing consumer demand for corporate transparency

The Consumer Goods Forum and social change agency Futerra surveyed more than 3,600 consumers on the importance of purpose-led brands and transparency surrounding environmental, social and ethical issues. Here, edie rounds up the key facts and figures.

Join sustainability professionals from some of the biggest businesses in the world at the Business Design Centre in London

Embracing the fierce urgency of NOW: Sustainability Leaders Forum 2019 line-up revealed

Experts and innovators from some of the world's biggest businesses including Unilever, Carlsberg, Kellogg's and Tesco are among the star-studded line-up for edie's flagship Sustainability Leaders Forum, taking place in London next February.

The Ooho! sachets used by Just Eat have been created by packaging firm Skipping Rocks Lab and can be discarded through home compost or in normal household bins

Just Eat expands trials of seaweed-based sauce sachets to replace single-use plastics

Online food ordering firm Just Eat is expanding a trial of replacing single-use plastic sauce sachets with a seaweed-based alternative to 10 London restaurants for the next eight weeks.

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.

PepsiCo to use 25% recycled content in plastics packaging by 2025

Beverage giant PepsiCo has revamped its approach to plastics by pledging to use 25% recycled content in plastic packaging by 2025 and working with suppliers and partners to advocate for improved recycling infrastructure and policy across the globe.

The 30-minute masterclass offers a taster of the brand new Sustainability Leadership Programme, developed by Cranfield University for edie's network of sustainability professionals

edie's next 30-minute masterclass: How to engage with stakeholders on sustainability

Sustainability professionals seeking to develop the skills needed to understand and engage with a range of stakeholders to optimise approaches to sustainability are invited to take part in a free, online masterclass taking place on Wednesday 28 November.

October 2017

Pret wants consumers to provide feedback on the initiative, which offers two sizes of reusable glass bottles

Pret A Manger trials plastic bottle alternatives across select stores

Pret A Manger is looking to reduce the number of plastic bottles sold at its outlets and on the high streets, by offering free filtered water and reusable glass bottles at its three Veggie Pret shops.

The UN is calling for rapid technology investments in key sectors such as agriculture, buildings, energy, forestry, industry and transport

UN: World must act now to close 'unacceptable' emissions gap

As figures show that levels of CO2 in the atmosphere increased at record speed last year, a stark UN report has warned that there is an "unacceptable" gap between national pledges and the emissions reductions required to meet the Paris Agreement's climate targets.

Researchers claim that turning waste into gas could be an effective form of waste management as well as creating energy

Report: Green gas could help fuel 15 million homes by 2050

Biogas made from domestic waste could help to heat 15 million homes every year by 2050, enough to meet the annual gas demand for households across south east England, London and East Anglia.

Evidence submitted will be examined by the Government’s working group which includes corporate giants such as Coca-Cola and Tesco. Image: Flickr/PolicyExchange

Michael Gove seeks evidence on plastic bottle deposit scheme

Defra Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed he will work with businesses to see how a drinks container deposit return scheme could work in England.

Sky has hit its 2020 targets to reduce waste, emissions and water consumption

Sky hits key sustainability goals three years early

Reductions in water, emissions and food waste are notable achievements in Sky's latest CSR report, which reveals that the TV broadcaster has hit half of its environmental targets three years early.

edie has delivered a full round-up off all the key green-related speeches and announcements from the respective Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem conferences over the past three weeks

Autumn conference round-up: What did the main parties say about the green economy?

With the curtains now drawn on the 2017 autumn party conference season, edie has provided a full round-up of the major green-related highlights from the party conventions over the past three weeks.

A mounting body of evidence showing that oxo-degradable plastics fragment into tiny pieces, including microplastics

Coalition calls for oxo-degradable plastic ban

A coalition of businesses, NGOs, scientists and politicians have come together to call for a ban on oxo-degradable plastic packaging, which has been linked to microplastics pollution.

Campaigners are calling on failing companies to set time-bound targets to source 100% sustainable cotton and report publicly on progress to stakeholders

Top brands doing 'little or nothing' about sustainable cotton

Major brands such as Next and Ralph Lauren are failing to make sufficient progress on sourcing sustainable cotton, according to the findings of a new report.

The Great Northern Forest contains 20,000 plant and animal species. Photo: Jari Stahl/Greenpeace

Velvet owner accused of sourcing pulp from protected forest region

The owner of well-known UK-based toilet paper brands Velvet and Cushelle is facing accusations of sourcing pulp from protected areas of the Great Northern Forest in Sweden.

The Sustainability Leaders Forum will take place on 24-25 January 2018 at the Business Design Centre in London

Accelerating change: Stellar line-up confirmed for edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum 2018

Senior representatives from the likes of Ikea, L'Oréal and Starbucks are among the confirmed speakers for edie's flagship Sustainability Leaders Forum, which is dedicated to accelerating the green business revolution.

October 2014

Arla has pledged to send zero waste to landfill by 2015

Arla Foods on track to zero-carbon

Arla Foods, the maker of Anchor butter and Lurpak, is on its way to operating the world's first zero-carbon milk processing facility at its plant in Aylesbury.

The two bodies first became associated in 2011

REA and STA to go separate ways

Two of the UK's most powerful 'green' trade associations, the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and the Solar Trade Association (STA), will end their formal affiliation in 2015, in order to "focus on their core strengths".

The map visualises how global emissions have developed over time and provides a snapshot ahead of the EU climate talks

Interactive Map: Tracking EU carbon emissions

With European leaders making important decisions about the continent's energy future, this interactive map from the World Resources Institute tracks global carbon emissions and how they've changed over the past two centuries.

The 'Working on Waste' campaign will encourage food and grocery company employees to reduce household waste

Food industry unites in campaign to cut household food waste

The Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) has launched a 'Working on Waste' campaign to bring UK food and grocery companies together to help their employees reduce household food waste.

(L-R): Sue Armstrong-Brown joins the Circular Economy Task Force as Julie Hill moves on to WRAP

Key appointments at Circular Economy Task Force and WRAP

Sue Armstrong-Brown has been appointed as the new chair of the Circular Economy Task Force; taking over from Julie Hill who has become the new chair of WRAP.

Sainsbury's supports calls for more rooftop solar

Sainsbury's head of sustainability Paul Crewe has thrown the supermarket's weight behind the argument for more rooftop solar in the UK, as a new report reveals the positive financial impact PV arrays are having on commercial properties.

The CHP plant will capture heat produced in the process of electricity generation and use it to warm city centre buildings

New Street station keeps Birmingham on track with CO2 reduction targets

Network Rail is embarking upon a joint project to install 1.5km district heating pipe-work to supply excess heat from Birmingham New Street station to offices and other buildings in the city.

The winners of the Sustainability Leaders Awards 2014 will be announced at a glittering ceremony in November

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2014: Consultancy finalists revealed

The shortlist for the 2014 Sustainability Leaders Awards is now complete with the announcement of six finalists for the Sustainability Leader: Consultancy category.

Construction of the project is due to commence in November this year

Work due to begin on Japan's largest solar plant

A 90bn yen (£500m) loan has been granted by Japanese banks to begin construction of a new 231MW solar power station in Western Japan.

EU energy and environment ministers are gathering in Milan to discuss energy efficiency targets as part of a broader package of climate and energy goals for 2030 that currently includes boosting renewables to a 27% share of the market and cutting greenhou

Tougher energy efficiency target would boost UK economy by £62bn - study

Environmentalists cite unpublished EU figures in call for a more ambitious goal for reducing energy use by 2030.

October 2009

School builds nature reserve on roof

A primary school's green roof has been made a local nature reserve after more than 700 varieties of plants were put in.

Parliament votes against 10:10 commitment

A Liberal Democrat move to get the Houses of Parliament signed up to cut its carbon emissions by 10% by 2010 failed to win over the majority of MPs.

Pub saves energy to safeguard future

Pubs are among the worst hit businesses in the recession with as many as six closing a day.

The heat from the earth's molten core is a largely untapped resource

Government to fund search for geothermal energy

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has put £6m on the table to fund exploration for suitable sites to tap into the geothermal energy from deep underground.

Disko Bay in Greenland

Greenland ice sheet at 'tipping point'

Global warming could melt the vast Greenland ice sheet beyond 'tipping points', according to the Met Office.

Brad Pitt's New Orleans recovery creates world's 'biggest green community'

A project helping New Orleans recover from Hurricane Katrina, fronted by Hollywood actor Brad Pitt, will build what's being dubbed as the 'largest and greenest community of single-family homes' in the world.

World's largest off-shore wind farm moves closer

A project which could be the world's biggest off-shore wind farm has moved a step closer this morning.

Irish EPA urges researchers to tap into funding

Ireland's Environmental Protection Agency is calling on academics to take advantage of European funding set aside for research and development of clean tech.

Irish business leaders want stronger action on climate change

Business leaders in Ireland have joined forces to lobby government to take a firmer stance on climate change and legislate to ensure a low carbon economy.

Waste tops list of environmental issues for schools

If schools and colleges were to tackle just one aspect of their environmental impact, waste should be the place to start.