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March 2016

Energy intensive industries in the UK are currently spending around £390m a year through energy policy costs

Manufacturers seek security as Government launches consultation on energy cost relief

Manufacturers have warned that permanent exemption from energy policy costs is the 'only long-term solution' that can secure the future of energy intensive sectors such as the steel industry, after the Government opened a consultation which could save these industries £390m a year.

The new Tesla Model 3 will travel twice as far as similar price-range competitor vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 off a single charge

Tesla Model 3: Elon Musk unveils highly-anticipated 'affordable' electric car

UPDATED:Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk reveals that pre-orders of the firm's much-anticipated Model 3 electric car currently total 276,000.

Voices from within the green economy suggest that EU legislation has been beneficial for a range of energy and environment policies

NO Brexit: edie readers throw weight behind remaining in the EU

The vast majority of edie readers have revealed they will be voting to keep Britain IN the European Union (EU) when the Referendum takes place in June, with more than 80% voting in support of Britain's position as a Member State.

Coca-Cola Enterprises has already begun implementing part of the sustainable factory vision, with £356m spent over the last six years

Coca-Cola Enterprises reveals five-step pathway to 'factory of the future'

Collaboration, effective data management and bridging the skills gap form key parts of a new five-step pathway to creating a sustainable 'factory of the future' in the UK food and drink industry, drawn up by soft-drinks bottler Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE).

Up to 8% of health care buildings in England are currently operating in flood risk zones

Government urged to prepare health systems against 'devastating' climate change effects

UK health services are currently unprepared for the potentially 'devastating' risks posed by climate change, a new coalition of leading health institutions has warned.

Renewables, excluding large hydro, still represent a small minority of the world’s total installed power capacity (16.2%), but that figure continues to climb (up from 15.2% in 2014).

Renewables revolution in full swing as global investment smashes records

Renewable energy sources added more generation capacity than all other technologies combined in 2015, with a world record total of £286bn invested in renewables across the globe, a major new UN-backed report has found.

Sedex and the SAI will collaborate to develop the platform and enhance the data collection services that they can provide to members

Data collection for agricultural supply chains set for streamlined upgrade

A host of big brand food producers including Mondelez, PepsiCo and Marks & Spencer will have their agricultural supply chain data collection and management streamlined through a new platform partnership between Sedex and the Sustainable Agricultural Initiative (SAI).

Miliband called for the British government to take the lead by drawing up plans for a new carbon law

Ed Miliband calls for law to make CO2 emissions target legally binding

Ed Miliband has assembled a group of cross-party MPs and campaigners to demand parliament enacts a law to to make the carbon emissions target agreed at the Paris climate talks legally binding.

With London’s population expected to grow by a fifth by 2030, the report claims that the capital will need renewable investment on a scale ‘never before achieved’

London a 'victim of its own success' as environmental performance wanes

The city of London is at risk of becoming a 'victim of its own success', with aging infrastructure and a lack of investment into renewables doing nothing to ease the burden of a rapidly growing population, a new report has found.

The company has confirmed it will not be selling self-branded modules, mounting systems or inverters

Ikea aims to become number one residential solar retailer

Swedish furniture giant Ikea plans to start offering residential solar arrays from its stores across nine countries including the UK and the Netherlands in 2016/17, in a bid to provide households with an opportunity to reduce energy costs.

March 2015

Social enterprise CottonConnect is calling on international businesses to take advantage of a 'valuable window of opportunity' to invest in the Chinese cotton market

Plummeting prices provide sustainable investment opportunity in Chinese cotton industry

International brands and retailers are being called upon to take advantage of a 'valuable window of opportunity' to invest and build a more resilient supply chain in the Chinese cotton market.

Nottingham was selected thanks to its track-record in delivering green initiatives

Nottingham chosen to be smart city trailblazer

Nottingham has been selected as one of three European cities that will act as pioneers (or guinea pigs) as part of a new EU project to encourage a shift towards smart, green cities.

Alstom will install and maintain five 6MW turbines, about three miles off the coast of Rhode Island.

Green light for America's first offshore wind farm

US developer Deepwater Wind has given its installer the official go-ahead to proceed with what will be the first commercial offshore wind farm in the US.

China saw a 120% rise in the number of electric vehicles on the road

Global electric car sales boom in 2014

Around 320,000 new electric vehicles were registered around the world in 2014, accounting for 43% of all electric vehicles currently on the road.

Installing smart meters will cost around £11bn, but Decc expects the costs to be offset by £17bn savings

'Time running out' for UK smart meter rollout

An £11bn Government plan to install smart meters in every UK home and small business by 2020 is in danger of becoming a 'costly failure', MP's have warned.

The UK's appeal to renewable energy investors remains heavily reliant on political certainty surrounding offshore wind

Political uncertainty dampens UK's appeal for renewable energy investors

The UK is losing its appeal as a destination for investment in renewables as a continuing lack of clarity round the future of the UK's green energy mix and a policy hiatus caused by the upcoming General Election take their toll.

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

The week's round-up of interesting facts and figures from the world of sustainability includes giant renewable installations, ways to cut food waste and dispose of it and the latest round of the Green Deal.

The APSRG launched a paper in Parliament today, calling for an Office for Resource Management

Momentum builds for Office for Resource Management

The UK is in desperate need of a dedicated office to drive a transition to the circular economy and extract valuable resources from waste.

A utility-scale solar system can now reportedly be built for less than it cost to buy a single solar panel in 2011.

Record-breaking year for US solar power

One third of all current US solar PV capacity came online in 2014, representing a record breaking year for the industry but the growth could be unsustainable.

MSC says much of the problem stems from so-called 'flushable' wet-wipes being put down the loo rather than in the bin, and extends across the water industry

Government must tackle rising number of wet wipes, says marine charity

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is calling on the Government to tackle marine litter after new data revealed the number of wet wipes found on Britain's beaches rose by 50% in a single year.

March 2012

Business leaders reject carbon labelling idea for packaging

Proposals for a product labelling system that would inform consumers of the carbon footprint of its packaging have been roundly dismissed during a sustainability debate.

Galliford Try secures £49m Yorkshire Water contracts

Housing and construction group Galliford Try has secured two major contracts - worth a total of £49m - from Yorkshire Water.

Nairn's Oatcakes achieves 90% recycling rate

Nairn's Oatcakes is making good progress on a zero waste to landfill ambition - achieving a recycling rate of 90% for waste generated from its Edinburgh manufacturing sites.

Nestlé boasts 100% recyclable Easter egg packaging

Nestlé has become the first major confectioner to achieve 100% recyclability in its entire Easter egg packaging range across the UK and Ireland.

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Apple joins forces with university to offer free e-waste takeback

Apple has entered into a partnership with a Canadian university to offer a free public takeback scheme for electronic waste in the first initiative of its type for the software giant.

Hot air: today's announcement has left many green commentators deflated

Budget 2012: The industry reacts

Expert reaction to today's Budget announcement is mixed, however, it's clear that Mr Osborne's measures are a significantly lighter shade of green than many had been hoping for.

Smurfit Kappa invests £98m in recycled paper-making facility

Packaging and paper manufacturer Smurfit Kappa (SK) has invested £98m in its Townsend Hook paper-making facility in Kent.

Consumer incentives could help in boosting recovery levels

Resource security ambitions hinge on WEEE success

Tighter controls on e-waste are urgently required if the Government's Resource Action Plan is to deliver on its ambitions, industry leaders have said.

Budget 2012: The edie angle

'Cumbersome and bureaucratic' CRC scheme could be replaced by "alternative environmental tax" by the autumn says Osborne.

Model behaviour: Armani has committed to raise funds for water projects in Ghana, Bolivia and China

VIDEO: Armani launches global drinking water challenge

Giorgio Armani has extended its safe drinking water initiative, Acqua for Life Challenge, to three continents for 2012 through a partnership with Green Cross.

March 2007

Climate change claims to go up, insurers warn

News in Brief

Producers must accept responsibility for WEEE

Although the cut off for joining a WEEE compliance scheme passed last week, producers of electrical equipment who missed the deadline should be looking to sign up as soon as possible, rather than waiting anxiously for the Environment Agency to come calling.

Oil companies agree to work on environmental impact

The oil and gas industry has become the latest sector in the USA to sign up to a voluntary agreement designed to reduce its environmental impact.

Canadian corporates aim for environmental edge

An organisation representing a huge chunk of Canada's corporate clout has launched a task force to look at how the country could become a world leader in environmental technologies and sustainable development.

Recycled plastic milk bottles meet safety standards

In a world first, a WRAP funded project has successfully used recycled plastics to produce safe, environmentally friendly milk bottles.

Private water suppliers must clean up their act

Drinking water supplied by private schemes in Ireland is still often contaminated with E. coli, the benchmark indicator for water quality, according to regulators.

EU takes Poland to court over wetland motorway plans

The European Commission is taking Poland to the European Court of Justice over a controversial plan to pass a major motorway across the site of a unique peat land nature reserve, and asking for immediate stop to building works while the case is debated.

The chancellor chose to tackle building emissions with tax breaks on zero-carbon homes

Budget promotes green homes and cars

Gordon Brown's 2007 Budget, widely heralded as green long before its publication on Tuesday, focused on energy efficient homes and cars but critics said it failed to seriously take on climate change.

The drought is affecting millions of hectares of agricultural land

Millions lack drinking water in China

Severe drought across large areas of China regions has caused over 13 million people to suffer drinking water shortages, the country's state drought relief service has said.

Power station emissions soar

Carbon emissions from power stations have shot up by nearly a third since 1999 with a rise of 6% in 2006 alone, a new WWF report revealed.