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Tech Firms Help Farmers Combat Climate Change

Panasonic, Fujitsu and other Japanese technology firms, looking for ways to offset decreased demand for their consumer electronics, are producing automated greenhouses and sensor-controlled fields to help farmers in Japan maintain constant conditions for their crops, according to Reuters. Heat and erratic weather in recent years has made it difficult … Read more »

Retailers Pledge 25% Reduction in CO2 Emissions

Retailers Pledge 25% Reduction in CO2 Emissions

Members of UK retail industry body the British Retail Consortium including McDonald’s, Asda and Sainsbury’s have pledged to reduce their absolute carbon emissions from retail operations 25 percent by 2020 based on 2005 levels as part of a raft of environmental targets covering waste, transport, resource efficiency in buildings, water and refrigeration. The other  … Read more »

Philips, BofA Urge Climate Change Risk Commission

Philips, BofA Urge Climate Change Risk Commission

Philips, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Marks & Spencer are among 46 organizations to sign a statement asking the UK government to evaluate the risks of resource insecurity and climate change on economic growth. The statement, organized by the Aldersgate Group, was sent with a letter to Dr. Steven … Read more »

Asda, Molson Coors Launch Farming Water Guide

Supermarket Asda and brewer Molson Coors have partnered to launch a water management guide for farmers. Simply Sustainable Water, developed by sustainable farming organization Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF), includes six steps for managing water quality, and encourages farmers to set a baseline by assessing and mapping water use and … Read more »

Walmart to Save $150m with Sustainability Initiatives in FY13

Walmart said yesterday it will add $150 million in benefits to its bottom line from sustainability initiatives such as solar and wind energy projects, fuel cell installations, and its zero waste program in fiscal year 2013. The new goal, announced at Walmart’s annual meeting for investors, is in addition to … Read more »

Asda Launches $1.3bn Sustainabilty Savings Drive

Sustainability initiatives carried out by U.K. grocery store chain Asda saved the company £70 million ($110 million) in 2010 and it has committed to new goals that it hopes will deliver a cumulative £800 million in savings by 2020. Asda says it has eliminated 149,000 metric tons of carbon from … Read more »

ROI of 11-12% Predicted for Commercial Renewables

ROI of 11-12% Predicted for Commercial Renewables

Businesses that invest in renewable energy could make average returns of 11 to 12 percent, with the potential for returns in excess of 20 percent, according to research by U.K. low-carbon advocacy group Carbon Trust. New financial incentives, energy market trends and building regulations are combining to create what Carbon … Read more »

Major Retailers Sign Voluntary Sustainable Business Code

The European Retail Round Table (ERRT) and EuroCommerce have announced a voluntary sustainable business code for Europe’s retailers one year after the launch of the Retailers’ Environmental Action Programme (REAP). Under the new business code, retailers commit to sustainable actions in six areas: sourcing, resource efficiency, transport and distribution, waste … Read more »

Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s to Cut Packaging Carbon Footprint 10% by 2012

Asda, Boots, Tesco and Sainsbury’s are some of the biggest UK retailers that have voluntarily agreed to reduce the carbon footprint of their grocery packaging by 10 percent by 2012, according to Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Cuts will be achieved through weight reduction, increased recycling rates, and higher … Read more »

UK’s Top Brands Fail to Disclose Emissions Data

Google, Burger King, Dyson, Facebook, McKinsey, Amazon and Iceland are some of the 250 top brands that failed to disclose carbon-emissions performance data, according to the first annual survey of carbon performance of 600 of the UK’s biggest brands, reports Marketing Magazine. Data for the Brand Emissions study is based … Read more »

Asda Adopting Own Version Wal-Mart’s Packaging Scorecard

Asda, the UK subsidiary of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., next year will introduce a packaging scorecard similar to what Wal-Mart has been using. The goal is to have suppliers reduce packaging and increase recycling. Asda has put together a “sustainable value network” of manufacturers and packaging firms to develop criteria for … Read more »

Which? Says M&S Tops List of Worst UK Supermarket for Packaging

Despite running a high-profile environmental campaign over the past two years, Marks & Spencer is ranked the supermarket with the worst packaging according to a new study, reports the Telegraph. While Marks & Spencer (M&S) has made significant strides to improve its green credentials it lags behind Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, … Read more »