Environmental News on this day... for May 2019, 2018, 2015, 2010

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May 2019

An artist's impression of what the CCS and hydrogen infrastructure could look like

Drax confirms plans to create UK's first zero-carbon cluster in Humber

Energy giant Drax has unveiled plans to build a large-scale zero-carbon industrial cluster, featuring carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) technology, during the mid-2020s.

Utility leaders support UK bid to host UN climate conference

Leaders in the energy and water sectors have pledged their support for the UK's bid to host the 2020 UN Conference of the Parties climate conference (COP26).

<p>This weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development</p>

Teemill's closed-loop T-shirts and carbon-neutral cement: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

<p>Waitrose & Partners has a 2025 goal of making all its own-brand packaging is either recyclable, reusable or home compostable</p>

Bioreefs and plastic-free periods: Waitrose announces winners of £1m plastic challenge

A "bioreef" of mussels, an initiative that tackles ghost fishing gear and a behaviour change campaign that reduces plastic pollution from period products are among the winners of Waitrose & Partners' £1m plastic pollution innovation challenge.

BP is now legally bound to set out a strategy that is compliant with the Paris Agreement on climate change

BP shareholders demand climate action, but reject calls for hard targets

An overwhelming vote in favour of climate action at BP's annual meeting yesterday (21 May) shows how activist investors have started to move the oil and gas industry. But it also showed the limits to their appetite for change.

Further plans to tackle climate change are expected to be set out by the Labour party Image: Chatham House

Extinction Rebellion: Michael Gove admits need for urgent action

Planting more trees, restoring peatlands to health and using new technology to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere should all be pursued as a matter of urgency, the environment secretary, Michael Gove, has told climate change campaigners.

Cemex is one of the world's largest building materials firms, employing more than 50,000 people across 50 countries and recording annual sales of around $16bn (£12.7bn)

Cemex commits to align strategy with the SDGs

Multinational cement and building materials giant Cemex has pledged to align its business and sustainability strategies with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework, after identifying key focus areas through mapping exercises.

The Government received its requested advice on legislating for net-zero carbon at the start of May, but is yet to make a formal decision on enshrining it in national law 

UK business giants put fresh pressure on government over net-zero

BT, Coca-Cola European Partners and Sainsbury's are among a coalition of 128 UK-based businesses, industry networks and investors to have written to Ministers demanding that a net-zero target for 2050 is legislated "immediately".

(L:R) Tesco's energy manager Rebecca Douglas; Capgemini's head of sustainability James Robey; Vodafone's group head of energy Bernd Leven and JRP Solutions' director George Richards

How can businesses harness climate warnings to drive meaningful behaviour change?

EXCLUSIVE: Amid a backdrop of school strikes, Extinction Rebellion protests, net-zero targets and Green New Deals, climate change awareness is increasing rapidly among all stakeholder groups. But how can business harness this collective emotional investment to change employee and customer behaviours?

The report by Dasgupta was first announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond during the Spring Statement

UK urged to take lead on biodiversity as UN issues urgent warning

The British government has commissioned Sir Partha Dasgupta, a professor at Cambridge University, to write a report on the economic case for biodiversity as policymakers across the planet are urged to step up efforts to reverse the alarming decline of the natural world.

May 2018

The latest move from Scottish Parliament follows on from the plastic straw ban it implemented in its own cafes, bar and canteens in February

Scottish Parliament bans single-use coffee cups

Disposable coffee cups are set to be banned from the Scottish Parliament's main buildings next week in a bid to reduce the amount of single-use plastic waste from its operations.

Wimbledon announces ban on plastic straws for 2018 championship

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has announced it will use recyclable paper straws for the 2018 Wimbledon tournament, in a bid to prevent more than 400,000 plastic straws going to landfill.

Princes commits to make bottles with 50% recycled plastic

Consumer goods giant Princes has pledged to increase the proportion of post-consumer recycled (PCR) content in its plastic soft drink and oil bottles to more than 50% within four months, as part of an ongoing goal of using 100% PCR plastic in all its packaging.

Waste-milk yarn and solar panels for televisions are just some of this week's innovations

Recycled plastic roads and clothes made from milk: The best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

Plastic coffee cup lids and plastic cutlery will be substituted, cutting a total of more than 1.1 million pieces of single-use plastic from Parliamentary waste

Parliament vows to 'eliminate' single-use plastics from operations by 2019

Parliament has today announced its goal to "virtually eliminate" single-use plastics from its internal operations by 2019, by taking measures such as phasing out sauce sachets, banning the sale of single-use water bottles and introducing a "latte levy" on disposable coffee cups.

Once fully implemented, the 800 trucks will reduce the brewer’s CO2 emissions from logistics by more than 18%

World's largest brewer orders 800 hydrogen-electric trucks

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has ordered 800 zero-emission, hydrogen-electric semi-trucks as part of its bid to run its entire fleet of long-haul trucks on clean energy by 2025.

Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Euro and Social Dialogue, and Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. [Georges Boulougouris/European Commission]

EU tables ground-breaking 'low-carbon benchmark' for green finance

The European Commission presented on Thursday (24 May) a set of proposals aimed at boosting private investment in low-carbon technologies like renewable energies while increasing transparency in sustainable finance to avoid green-washing.

The 44-page report is the culmination of months of research and content development for edie's Mission Possible campaign

The future of sustainable business: edie launches landmark Mission Possible 2018 report

edie has published its flagship 2018 report for the Mission Possible campaign, exploring how businesses are scaling up effort and innovation across all areas of development to achieve a sustainable future.

The 10 innovations explored in the report are being showcased in the dedicated Mission Possible Innovation Centre at edie Live 2018

Bright ideas: edie explores 10 of the best green innovations in latest insight report

From perovskite solar cells to waste-sucking rubbish bins, edie's latest report profiles 10 potentially game-changing green innovations, which will also be showcased in the Mission Possible Innovation Centre at edie Live next week (22-23 May)

Members of the European Parliament and the EU Council will now be able to amend and tinker with the text in a process that is almost certain to last until after the United Kingdom leaves the bloc

European Commission plots ban on single-use plastics

The European Commission presented its long-awaited marine-litter-busting proposal on single-use plastics on Monday (28 May). The first legislative proposal from the Plastics Strategy aims to help the EU clean up the continent's beaches and waterways.

May 2015

M&S believes the biggest energy savings come from a combination of technology and behaviour change

M&S embarks on new behaviour change plan

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has launched a new behavior change campaign to help it cut energy use by 50% across UK operations by 2020.

Tar sands in Alberta, Canada. One climate scientist warned that it would be

Church of England ends investments in heavily polluting fossil fuels

The Church of England has pulled its money out of two of the most polluting fossil fuels as part of what it called its moral responsibility to protect the world's poor from the impact of global warming.

The 400MW Rampion Offshore Wind Farm will be built eight miles off the Brighton coast, between Peacehaven and Worthing

Green bank kick-starts Rampion south coast wind farm

The UK Green Investment Bank has today (18 May) taken a £236m stake in in the first offshore wind farm off the south coast of England, in a joint venture with energy giant E.ON.

The three include establishing a carbon price, providing support for those most affected by climate change, and setting defined targets

World Bank releases decarbonisation guide

Countries could reduce the cost of decarbonisation by a third by enacting green policies immediately, according to a new report from the World Bank.

The investment experts warn that mainstream investment thinking is sleepwalking into a dangerous future

Al Gore's business partner warns investors of fossil fuel risks

Two influential investment industry grandees are separately touring the City of London challenging fund managers and pension trustees to adopt radical new approaches to investments in some of the world's largest fossil fuel extractors.

The bottle deposit scheme could save Scottish councils £13m a year

Scotland investigates bottle deposit scheme to advance circular economy

Scotland has moved a step closer to implementing a nationwide bottle-deposit scheme with the publication of new feasibility report by Zero Waste Scotland.

Since the launch of its ethical and environmental 'Plan A' in 2007, M&S has lowered its carbon emissions by 19% and has become carbon neutral across its worldwide operations.

M&S joins 100% renewable energy initiative

Marks and Spencer has reaffirmed its commitment to 100% renewable energy, announcing today that it has joined RE100.

Amber Rudd replaces Ed Davey as the UK's new Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change

Amber Rudd appointed UK Energy Secretary

Amber Rudd will replace Ed Davey as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change as part of Prime Minister David Cameron's reshuffle of the new Tory Government.

the UK added 1.5GW of utility-scale capacity, leapfrogging Germany and India

UK leaps to third in world for large-scale solar

The UK now boasts the third largest utility-scale solar capacity in the world after a flurry of first quarter installations.

Volkswagen has seen a 36% drop in scope 1 emissions per vehicle against a 2010 baseline

Volkswagen revs up bid to become world's greenest carmaker

German carmaker Volkswagen has released its 2014 Sustainability Report, revealing good progress towards its plan to become "the world's most sustainable automobile company".

May 2010

BP rebranded in Greenpeace protest

Two activists from Greenpeace have breached security at BP's London head quarters to rebrand the company as 'British Polluters'.

Guns were recovered in the HMRC led raid

Investigations ongoing after carbon credits raid

Police are continuing investigations into an alleged £38M VAT fraud relating to the carbon credit market.

Good start, long way to go - expert sums up UK's carbon progress

The UK has made a good start on its aspirations to become a low carbon society, but there is a long way to go until it is on track to meet its goals.

Housing Minister Grant Shapps

Industry optimistic that coalition will build on green housing policies

The UK Green Building Council has spoken of its optimism that the new Government will continue to push the sustainable construction agenda but has called on David Cameron to beef up the role of Housing Minister, elevating it to a Cabinet position.

A protesters banner hung near the proposed redevelopment

Facebook protest against brownfield development

Residents near to a former gas works site have set up a facebook site as part of their battle against redeveloping the area.

Chris Huhne appointed energy and climate change minister

Leading Liberal Democrat MP Chris Huhne has been appointed the country's new energy and climate change secretary succeeding Ed Miliband.

Businesses gear up for Water Saving Week

Next month will see the return of Water Saving Week, a campaign that seeks to raise awareness of unnecessary water use both in the home and in the workplace.

Hewlett-Packard: 'Use cow poo to run servers'

Researchers from computer manufacturer Hewlett-Packard have announced the findings of work into alternative sources of power for data centres.

Volcano had little impact on air quality

The recent eruptions of the Icelandic volcano has little impact on air quality across the rest of Europe.

Booms are set to protect nature reserves along the US coast

BP prepares to drop 'containment dome' on Gulf of Mexico oil spill

British Petroleum has stopped oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico from one of three leaks.