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January 2016

Intel is hoping to inspire other companies to join the conflict-free ethos

Intel achieves conflict-free supply chain

Products and packages shipped by American technology giant Intel will be 'conflict free' in 2016, the company's chief executive announced at this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

The new pods will be adapted to navigate the surrounding streets of Greenwich

London's first zero-emission driverless cars based on Heathrow 'pods'

Heathrow Airport has announced a new collaboration with a sports car developer and an autonomous solutions company to engineer new zero-carbon, fully autonomous, battery-operated carrier pods to act as shuttles around the streets of Greenwich.

The centre in Ireland will be the second energy and cost efficient data centre that Facebook owns in Europe

Facebook to build 100% renewable data centre in Ireland

Facebook have announced plans for a new data centre to be built in Ireland which will run on 100% renewable energy using the country's 'robust' wind resources.

The STA said new build installations were an ideal way to continue the deployment of solar technology

Government must replace zero carbon homes standard, warns STA

The Government urgently needs to replace the scrapped Zero Carbon Homes policy to avoid locking in higher carbon emissions and higher energy bills for occupants for decades to come, the Solar Trade Association warned today.

Peterborough's new Energy Recovery Facility has started receiving deliveries from Peterborough City Council

Peterborough opens £72m energy recovery plant

A new state-of-the-art Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Peterborough is expected to help the city divert 95% of its waste from landfill.

UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres pointed out that all companies had to act now to get into the

Christiana Figueres: The hard work starts NOW for sustainable business

One month on from the successful Paris climate summit, UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres says businesses must now act as the catalyst in a "virtuous and self-reinforcing" transition to a low-carbon global economy.

The £200,000 installation was completed in ‘record time’ to be finalised before the lower feed in tariff subsidy came into effect on 15 January

Brighton University installs rooftop solar array in 'record time' to beat subsidy deadline

The University of Brighton has unveiled a new solar panel array that will reduce carbon emissions at its Falmer campus by 82 tonnes annually, placing Brighton as one of the top universities in the UK for on-site renewable energy production.

Google is testing a variety of drones to assist with the rollout of 5G wireless internet

Google and Ministry of Defence testing solar-powered drones

The world's skylines could soon be littered with high-altitude, autonomous, solar-powered drones after it was revealed that tech giant Google and the UK Ministry of Defence have acquired drones in efforts to boost communication methods.

The movement has been organised by the Aiming for A movement which filed two similar successful resolutions focusing on climate change with BP and Shell last year

Investors demand climate transparency from mining firms

Investors responsible for more than $8trn have called on mining giants Anglo American, Glencore and Rio Tinto to be more transparent over the climate risks and impacts of their businesses.

Over the next 18 months NUS will work with students’ unions to pressure institutions to sever ties with the fossil fuel industry

University staff and students make £100m fossil fuel divestment call

The National Union of Students (NUS) has called on all UK higher education facilities to play their part in removing a £100m 'tip of the iceberg' fossil fuel fund and divest assets into renewable technology.

January 2015

Reduced energy intensity has eliminated 462 million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year

30 years of energy efficiency, 14 fewer power stations for UK

Improved energy efficiency has helped the UK avoid building 14 new power stations according to a new report from the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE).

Davos 2015: Six steps to sustainable economic growth

The World Economic Forum in Davos hosted an all-star panel tasked with laying out their plans for for creating economic growth in a sustainable manner while adhering to a 2C global warming target.

The overall CO2 emissions from cement plants on a per-tonne-of-production basis have fallen by 24.9% since 1998

Rising emissions a wake-up call for construction sector

The UK's aggregates, cement and concrete industry trade body says it will "take the necessary action" to curb CO2 output after a sector-wide sustainability report revealed an overall increase in emissions in 2013.

Labour proposed a ban on fracking near groundwater aquifers

Labour's proposed fracking restrictions welcomed by green groups

Friends of the Earth have welcomed a new Labour proposal to ban fracking near vital underground water stores.

Sainsbury's became the first UK supermarket to launch a washing up liquid using mass balance certified sustainable palm oil.

Sainsbury's reaches sustainable palm oil benchmark

Sainsbury's has burnished its green credentials today, by sourcing 95% of its palm oil from certified sustainable suppliers.

 Asda research suggests 75% of shoppers would buy 'wonky' fruit and veg if it was cheaper than regular produce

Asda launches 'wonky veg' range to tackle food waste

Asda is collaborating with TV chef Jamie Oliver to reduce food waste by selling a new range of misshapen fruit and vegetables at reduced prices.

Decc estimates businesses could save more than £250m if they reduce energy consumption by less than 1% as a result of energy audits

Majority of businesses now aware of ESOS, says Decc

The Department for Energy & Climate Change (Decc) has insisted it is doing all it can to raise awareness of the impending Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), despite more industry research suggesting businesses are still not informed enough.

US solar helped offset aROUND 20 million metric tons of CO2 emissions in 2014

US solar capacity to double in next two years

American solar capacity could double by the end of 2016 according to a new report from the oil-and-gas association American Petroleum Institute (API).

Sustainability stats special: Fracking in numbers

With a fracking-storm brewing in Britain ahead of a crucial vote in the Commons, edie has sifted through the noise to bring the most important numbers you need to know about fracking in the UK.

One Dutch water company dealing with 25 million cubic metres of water a year, produces enough humic acid to serve all of Dutch agriculture and more

New science turns water waste-product into valuable fertiliser

British water companies could soon benefit from a new circular economy innovation which will enable them to recover humic acid - a valuable fertiliser.

January 2012

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Ford aims to cut water usage by a third by 2015

Car manufacturing giant Ford has unveiled an "aggressive" new water strategy which aims to cut water usage per vehicle built by 30% in 2015, compared with a 2009 baseline.

An artist's imrpression of the proposed Cheddar site

Bristol Water plans for new reservoir

Bristol Water has unveiled that the location for a major new reservoir will be near its existing Cheddar reservoir in Somerset.

FITs fight back in court again

Uncertainty continues to dog the solar industry as the Government drags the fights over subsidy cuts back to court today (January 13).

Solarcentury chief executive steps down

The man who led one of the country's biggest solar firms through some of the most turbulent times the industry has seen has stepped down.

Construction of the stormwater drainage system

Marley Drainage and Plumbing provides drainage for sports park

Drainage and plumbing company Marley has provided a 250 acre sporting venue in Essex with a stormwater drainage system to help reduce the risk of flooding.

The facility will help treat APCr from energy-from-waste plants

World's first APCr recycling and carbon capture plant nears completion

A facility capable of recycling and capturing carbon from air pollution control residues (APCr) is due to go live soon, in what is being claimed as a world first.

Better reporting mechanisms are needed on waste definition across Europe

Manufacturers back tough EU measures to halve food waste by 2025

Food manufacturers have welcomed EU proposals to deliver a coordinated strategy to halve the amount of food waste by 2025.

Ofwat to look at social tariffs and abstraction reform

Ofwat has updated its 2012-2013 work programme to include projects on social tariffs and abstraction reform.

Bogus waste transfer notes land Scottish operator with fine

A Scottish waste firm has been fined £1,350 for falsifying paperwork relating to duty of care obligations.

Scottish Water freezes charges for 2012/13

A price freeze announced by Scottish Water today means prices have not increased for the fourth year running.

January 2007

Lebanese clean-up complete

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China's Ex-environment Minister back in post

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Europe wants to spearhead a move towards a low-carbon world economy

EU aims for 'post-industrial revolution' in energy policy

The EU proposed to slash greenhouse emissions by a fifth by 2020, and pledged to raise the bar to 30% if joined by other developed nations - the level of carbon cuts needed to avert "massive and irreversible" climate-caused destruction, it said.

Predicted temperature change between now and 2100. Darkest shades indicate highest temperature rise. Copyright by Geophysical Research Letters.

Map shows global warming at a glance

Scientists have drawn up a 'climate change map' that charts how global warming will hit different parts of the world over the next century.

Living with Tehran pollution is 'collective suicide'

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Air quality is still impacting on human health in the UK

Air quality dips despite increased efforts

While measures to tackle many airborne pollutants appear to be working, we're still losing the war against ozone and particulates according to statistics published by the Government this week.

In the UK, Government support has been skewed towards 'old' renewables like onshore wind

Climate Change & Energy - Review of the Year 2006

The year saw climate change ascend the political agenda in the UK and internationally, its spectacular rise in the mainstream media and politicians' speeches unfortunately accompanied by an increase in global carbon emissions.

Environmental stocks rocketed in 2006

The value of leading environmental technology companies almost tripled during the course of 2006, according to an organisation which tracks the value of eco-friendly firms.

A 'red tide' caused by the Karenia brevis algae

Algae leaves Florida beachgoers breathless

Pollution-related algal blooms that cause respiratory problems can seriously harm people with asthma, new research has shown.

Commission dithers on gas-guzzling car laws

The European Commission must force carmakers to improve fuel efficiency in order to bring tailpipe CO2 emissions down by a quarter by 2012, environmental groups have said.