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Daily Insights for the Energy Management and Water Industry

Ferrero Targets Nature Net-Gain And ‘Fully Transparent’ Supply Chain Under New Palm

June 4th, 2021

Ferrero Group, the confectionery giant which owns Nutella, has launched a new Palm Oil Charter featuring commitments to regenerate biodiversity and water systems.

Heathrow Airport Adds Sustainable Aviation Fuels To Decarbonise Flights

June 3rd, 2021

Heathrow has incorporated aviation fuel made from waste oils and fats for the first time, as the UK’s largest airport seeks to establish proof of concept for the widescale use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) in a bid to reduce emissions from flights.

Kingspan Signs For $700m Sustainability-linked Loan

June 2nd, 2021

Building materials and design giant Kingspan has signed for a new $700m revolving credit facility with interest rates linked to environmental targets.

Banking Giants Team Up To Accelerate Net-Zero Transition For Steel Industry

June 1st, 2021

Six leading lenders to the steel industry – ING, Citi, Goldman Sachs, Societe Generale, Standard Chartered and UniCredited – Have created a new working group focusing on decarbonisation.

Nissan Invests £52m Into Closed-loop Aluminium Production At Sunderland Facility

May 28th, 2021

Nissan has confirmed a new £52m investment into its Sunderland facility that will enable the use of recycled and lightweight aluminium for the production of Qashqai vehicles to reduce the energy required for material processing.

Manufacturing Giants Unite On £1m Flexible Plastic Fund

May 27th, 2021

Mars UK, Mondelez International, Nestle, PepsiCo and Unilever are all supporting a new £1m initiative to improve the recyclability of “flexible” plastic bags, wrappers, films, pouches, packets and sachets.

Manufacturer McCormick’s First Net-Zero Building Set For Peterborough

May 26th, 2021

Multinational food ingredients manufacturer McCormick has confirmed that a new facility in Peterborough looks set to become its first net-zero carbon building.

UK’s Ultra-Rapid EV Charging Stock To Triple With New £300m Funding Package

May 25th, 2021

The UK’s energy networks have jointly pledged a further £300m in funding for low-carbon technologies across 200 projects, including almost 1,800 new ultra-rapid electric vehicle (EV) chargers.

Cathay Pacific Sets Global Net-Zero Target For 2050

May 24th, 2021

Major international airline Cathay Pacific Group has set a 2050 net-zero target and unveiled a three-pronged delivery strategy, based on energy efficiency, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and offsetting.

New EV Charging Hubs Have Been Unveiled Across The South East

May 21st, 2021

Plans have been unveiled for Oxford to host what is described as Europe’s most powerful electric vehicle charging hub. Meanwhile, Kent Country Council and Arsenal FC are also celebrating charger installations.

Shell Shareholders Vote Against Climate Activists’ Net-Zero Plans

May 19th, 2021

Royal Dutch Shell received overwhelming backing for its own energy transition strategy at its AGM today, but a shareholder resolution that would have forced accelerated climate action did not pass.

Aldi Launches In-store Recycling Scheme For Problem Plastics

May 18th, 2021

Aldi has added collection points for soft and flexible plastics, which most UK councils do not collect from homes, to 20 of its UK stores.

UK Water Sector Outlines £2.8bn Green Recovery Plan

May 17th, 2021

The UK’s major water companies have outlined plans to collectively funnel almost £3bn into environmental projects and sustainable infrastructure and processes, with the support of regulator Ofwat and the UK government.

BT Has Cut Emissions By 14% Over A 12 Month Period

May 14th, 2021

Over the last 12 months, BT group has reduced the carbon intensity of its operations by 14%, putting the company on course to reach net-zero emissions by 2045, while broadcaster Sky has had carbon reduction targets for its net-zero ambition approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.

Adidas And Allbirds Have Unveiled The Running Shoe With The ‘Lowest Recorded’ Carbon Footprint

May 13th, 2021

The average running shoe has a carbon footprint of 13.6kg of CO2e. Following months of collaboration, Adidas and Allbirds have unveiled a prototype pair with a footprint of less than 3kg.

UK Government Taken To Court Over Oil And Gas Subsidies

May 12th, 2021

Environmental campaigners have launched a legal challenge against the UK Government, arguing that its continued support for expanding oil and gas production in the North Sea is incompatible with its climate laws and commitment to ‘levelling up’.

50,000 Jobs By 2050: UK Government Outlines Plans To Scale Up Carbon Capture Sector

May 11th, 2021

According to a new paper from the Department of business, Energy and Industrial strategy (BEIS), the UK’s carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) sector could scale rapidly to support 50,000 jobs by mid-century.

Unilever’s Net-Zero Transition Plan Backed By More Than 99% Of Shareholders

May 10th, 2021

More than 99% of Unilevers shareholders have voted in favour of its plans to become a net-zero business by 2039, the FMCG giant stated. Halving the impact of products, including their supply chain impacts, by 2030, will be the result of these actions.

Barclays Shareholders Reject Resolution On Fossil Fuel Phase-Out

May 7th, 2021

Despite continued campaigning from non-profits, activists and investors, Barclays’ shareholders have rejected a proposal that would require the bank to reduce fossil fuel finance on climate grounds.

Barclays Shareholders Reject Resolution On Fossil Fuel Phase-Out

May 6th, 2021

Despite continued campaigning from non-profits, activists and investors. Barclays’ shareholders have rejected a proposal that would require the bank to reduce fossil fuel finance on climate grounds.

Ikea Has Launched Buy-Back Service In All UK Stores

May 5th, 2021

Following a string of Covid-19 related delays, Ikea has launched its long-awaited buy-back scheme for furniture across its UK stores.