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Daily Insights for the Energy Management and Water Industry

The WBCSD Has Launched Net-Zero Criteria For New And Existing Business Members

October 27th, 2020

The world business council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has launched new criteria to ensure that its business members align to science-based and net-zero targets to reduce emissions by no later than 2050.

The UK Is Currently Failing On Promise To Leave Nature Better For The Next Generation

October 26th, 2020

The quality of the UK’s soil, freshwater and marine habitats has declined in recent years, meaning that the Government is likely to fail to meet its long-term environmental promises without a step change in action.

Moncler Has Committed To Carbon Neutrality And 100% Renewable Electricity

October 23rd, 2020

Luxury fashion brand Moncler has pledged to ensure that its direct operations are carbon-neutral within a year and to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2023.

The Drink Brand Bacardi Is Aiming To Launch Biodegradable Spirit Bottles By 2023

October 22nd, 2020

Alcoholic beverage giant Bacardi has said it will be ready to launch a plastic-free, bio-based spirits bottle that degrades outside of industrial conditions by 2023.

UK ‘Among The Best Nations Globally’ For SDG Alignment

October 21st, 2020

Although global progress towards the UN’s Sustainable development Goals (SDGs) remains insufficient to meet the 2030 deadline, the UK is among the nations leading the way on alignment and, as such, is a prime market for impact investment.

Asda Opens ‘Sustainability Store’ With Refill Stations And Plastic-Free Groceries

October 20th, 2020

Asda has installed refill stations, reverse vending machines and a vintage clothing aisle to one of its busiest stores, to gauge consumer attitudes and logistical considerations to more sustainable offerings.

The Government Has Been Urged To Reform Food Systems A Part Of The Covid-19 Green Recovery Efforts

October 16th, 2020

World leaders “know” they must help reform food systems to protect the environment and improve public health and should use their Covid-19 recovery plans to raise ambitions and accelerate action in this area.

Ikea Has Announced A National Buy-Back Scheme For Used Furniture In The Aim To Become ‘Fully Circular’

October 15th, 2020

Ikea will start buying back customers’ used furniture at stores across the UK and Ireland next month, in an effort to discourage “excessive consumption” and to become a “fully circular” business by 2030.

Lawmakers Vote to Exclude Fossil Fuels From EU Recovery Fund

October 14th, 2020

There has been a vote to exclude fossil fuels from support by the European Parliament under the EU’s €750bn recovery fund intended to boost the bloc’s economy in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Food And Retail Giants To Collaborate On Government Backed Scheme To Reduce Food Waste

October 13th, 2020

Some of the UK’s largest retailers and food manufacturers, including Unilever, M&S, Nestle and Amazon are collaborating to deliver a new network of “food waste champions” to help reduce the amount of food waste produced by the sectors.

World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Double-Decker Bus Hits Scottish Streets

October 12th, 2020

Real-world trials of the world’s first hydrogen-powered double-decker bus have officially begun in Aberdeen – five years after the city unveiled a hydrogen production and bus refuelling facility.

Mars Achieves Deforestation-free Supply Chain For Palm Oil

October 8th, 2020

Mars has confirmed it is now operating with a deforestation-free supply chain for palm oil, following a year-long process to streamline the number of mills that it sources from.

UK Concrete And Cement Industry Claims It Can ‘Go Beyond Net-Zero’ By 2050

October 7th, 2020

The trade body representing the UK’s concrete and cement industry has published a roadmap for achieving ‘net-negative’ emissions across the sector by mid-century, in which carbon capture and storage (CCS) plays a key role.

Global Energy Storage Capacity To Grow By One-Third Every Year To 2030

October 6th, 2020

Following a 17% drop in deployments in 2020, the global energy storage sector is set to boom with capacity growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 31% through to 2030.

Aviva Sets 2050 Net-Zero Target For Pensions, Urges Government To Force Others To Follow Suit

October 5th, 2020

Aviva has committed to ensuring that companies held in its auto-enrolment default pension funds generate net-zero emissions by 2050 – and urged the Government to make this unified commitment across the sector. To reach the new target, the company will develop sector-specific climate transition strategies for its holdings over the next 18 months.

Cambridge University To Divest £3.5bn Fund From Fossil Fuels As Part Of Net-Zero Ambition

October 2nd, 2020

The university of Cambridge will divest its £3.5bn endowment fund from fossil fuels by 2030, as part of a wider plan to reduce the University’s emissions to net-zero by 2038. The £3.5bn Cambridge University Endowment Fund is one of the largest in Europe.  The University has finally agreed to divest the fund from oil and gas companies following years of protests from students and campaigners.

Outdoor Equipment And Outdoor Apparel To Halve Emissions By 2030 And Reach Carbon Neutrality By End Of 2020

October 1st, 2020

The company has revealed that it is on track to reach carbon-neutral operations by the of 2020 through offsetting and committed to halving their emissions footprint over the next decade. This commitment was first made 14 years ago which has since seen the company invest in making buildings more energy-efficient, installing on-site solar arrays and more recently, offsetting through Climate Neutral.

Plastic Straws To Be Banned In England From Thursday

September 30th, 2020

Single-use plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds will be banned from sale and distribution in England from Thursday (1st October), following Covid-19 related delays. The Department for Food, the Environment and Rural affairs (Defra) first confirmed legislation to phase these items in May 2019, initially setting the deadline for April 2020.

Willmott Dixon To Become Zero-Carbon Business By 2030

September 29th, 2020

Construction firm Willmott Dixon has committed that all new build and refurbishment projects it delivers from 2030 onwards will be net-zero carbon in operation, as part of a new sustainability strategy that will see the company become zero-carbon in its own operations over the next decade. As well as committing to all new build and refurbishment projects to be delivered as net-zero carbon in operation, the company will become zero carbon by the same date.

Worlds First Commercial-Grade Hydrogen Plane Takes Flight In UK, As Government Urged To Grow ‘Green’ Hydrogen Sector

September 28th, 2020

The first Flight of a hydrogen-powered, commercial-grade aircraft has been successfully completed in Bedford, while UK ministers face fresh calls to help scale up the domestic market for hydrogen produced using renewables. Conducted by Zero Avia on Thursday (24th September), the flight saw a six-seater plane using hydrogen as its primary power source completing taxi, take-off, a full pattern circuit and landing.

Boris Johnson Unveils COP26 ‘Launchpad’ Event, Is The World On Track For A Green Recovery?

September 25th, 2020

In a speech to world leaders yesterday, Johnson confirmed that the UK will co-host a climate event with the UN in December and will spend the coming months urging other nations to update their emissions targets. Delivered at the UN’s Climate Action Roundtable, an event held as part of preparations for each COP, Johnson’s speech urged world leaders to enact policy frameworks that ensure economies are “built back better”  after the shockwaves of Covid-19.