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M&S Not Acting Fast Enough to Phase Out HFCs, Report Says

M&S Not Acting Fast Enough to Phase Out HFCs, Report Says

Marks & Spencer isn’t acting fast enough to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) — a major source of GHG emissions — from its refrigerators and install fitted doors on them, according to a report from the Environmental Investigation Agency. The London-based group, in its annual Chilling Facts report, labels other UK … Read more »

Co-ops: the Future of Sustainable Business?

Cooperatives are often seen as being green-minded, but are they really more sustainable than businesses with more traditional set-ups? The days a of a small hippie-run cooperative grocery store as the norm are long gone. Co-ops are now big business. Revenues for the 300 largest co-ops total more than $2 trillion … Read more »

Tool Measures Building Materials’ Environmental Impact

Tool Measures Building Materials’ Environmental Impact

Architecture firm KieranTimberlake has launched a software application that allows designers to measure the environmental impact of building materials directly in a Revit model. The new tool, Tally, provides life cycle assessment (LCA) on demand, backed by GaBi data from PE International. Autodesk, the maker of Revit modeling software, supported … Read more »

Co-op, Tesco Cut CO2 Emissions Using Paragon’s Carbon Minimizer

Co-op, Tesco Cut CO2 Emissions Using Paragon’s Carbon Minimizer

The Co-operative and Tesco have cut their carbon emissions by using Paragon Software Systems’ carbon minimizer, which allows fleets to reduce both their carbon footprint and operating costs with improved routing. The Co-op cut 5,000 tons of CO2 from its fleet of 1,300 trucks that deliver food to grocery stores, … Read more »

M&S No. 1 Company “Taking Environmental Sustainability Seriously”

Marks & Spencer is the No. 1 company UK consumers name when asked which companies take environmental sustainability seriously, according to research conducted for the Carbon Trust. The same study finds more than two-thirds (68 percent) of respondents are unable to name a single company that is taking environmental sustainability … Read more »

Co-Operative Group to Miss Ethical Lending Target

The Co-operative Group, the UK’s largest mutual business that includes the country’s fifth biggest food retailer, was forced to put its £1 billion ($1.5 billion) pledge to invest in clean energy projects on hold after the company’s banking unit halted lending to all new business ventures. The Co-operative Bank, a … 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 »

Molson Coors, Unilever, Co-op Named Sustainability Champions

The Co-operative Group, Unilever and Molson Coors are among the 2013 winners of 2degrees Sustainability Champions Awards, an annual program that recognizes success in the execution of sustainability initiatives. Winners are selected from categories including built environment, supply chain management, solution of the year, energy and carbon management, waste and … Read more »

Food waste

Mass. Plans Commercial Food Waste Ban

Starting in July 2014, when customers eat at a restaurant in Massachusetts, wasted food will not head for the trash, but will be converted into energy via anaerobic digesters, according to plans proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration. The commercial food waste ban will help the state reduce the volume … Read more »

The Co-operative Food

Co-op to Meet Zero Food Waste Goal Five Months Early

The Co-operative Group says it’s on track to divert all food-store waste from landfill by the end of July — five months ahead of schedule — halving its food waste management costs. Additionally, the waste reduction will shave thousands of miles off the UK retailer’s distribution network by eliminating about … Read more »

Food Waste

UK Grocers, Brands Target 1.1m Metric Ton Food Waste Diversion

Coca-Cola Enterprises, Unilever, AB InBev and Nestlé are among the 45 UK retailers, manufacturers and brands that have committed to reducing food and drink waste by 1.1 million metric tons by 2015 in the third phase of the Courtauld Commitment, launched late last week. The Waste and Resources Action Programme … Read more »

Sainsbury’s Cut Water Use 50% Since 2005

Sainsbury’s has reduced its operational water use 50 percent relative across its stores, against a 2005-06 baseline, employing a number of measures including recycling, leak detection and rainwater harvesting. The water savings equal about 982,500 cubic meters each year, Sainsbury’s says. The UK supermarket chain ramped up its water management … Read more »