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The Co-op Slashes GHG Emissions, Water Use

U.K. grocery chain the Co-operative’s ethical plan, which was launched last year, has helped reduce its operational greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent and its water consumption by 20 percent over the last 12 months. Results also show that the chain has lent £700 million ($1.1 billion) to green energy … Read more »

Network Rail, DB Schenker to Furnish Offices by Rail

U.K. rail infrastructure owner Network Rail is aiming to reduce the carbon emissions associated with a relocation of its national center by shipping all of the furniture for the new offices by rail. The furniture is being made by Vitra, based in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Network Rail’s new offices … Read more »

40% of Firms Failing to Tackle Energy Efficiency, UK Says

40% of Firms Failing to Tackle Energy Efficiency, UK Says

More than 40 percent of companies ranked on their energy efficiency actions by the U.K. government failed to score a single point, it emerged yesterday. The Environment Agency’s Performance League Table ranks participants in the Carbon Reduction Commitment program, under which companies of a certain size have to purchase allowances … Read more »

Carbon Trust to Help Businesses with Green Product Selection

The Carbon Trust, a non-profit funded by the U.K. government, has launched a business aimed at helping companies reduce their energy costs and install greener, more efficient technology. Carbon Trust Implementation aims to remove barriers to installing green technology by providing independent, objective evaluation of such products and helping companies … Read more »

UK Rail Sector Plans to Cut Carbon Intensity 25%

UK Rail Sector Plans to Cut Carbon Intensity 25%

The U.K. rail industry has set out plans to cut carbon emissions per passenger kilometer by a quarter by 2019. In the Initial Industry Plan (pdf), the Association of Train Operating Companies, Railway Industry Association, Rail Freight Operators Association and network operator Network Rail set out a vision for how … Read more »

NHS to Assess Emissions of Procurement

The U.K.’s National Health Service has begun assessing the carbon footprint of health care procurement. Many N.H.S. bodies already include environmental costs into their procurement decision making, but the new plan aims to look a “little deeper” into the carbon footprints embedded in the products they buy, an N.H.S. Sustainable … Read more »

U.K. Business Increases Sustainability

U.K. Business Increases Sustainability

U.K. companies rapidly increased the sustainability of their business practices over the last 12 months of data collection, according to a report by sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future. Sustainable Business 2011 shows that in the latest year for which data is available – 2010 for most firms – the … 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 »

Unilever UK Achieves Zero Landfill Status

Consumer products brand Unilever has become a “zero to landfill” manufacturer in its U.K. operations, the company has announced. The company now recycles 97 percent of its waste through its waste contractor Veolia. The remaining three percent is converted into energy, Unilever says. All 11 of the company’s U.K. manufacturing … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Boiler Rule Delay, Obama’s 56 mpg Plans, Asbestos Exports

The Environmental Protection Agency has further delayed issuing its final air toxics standards for boilers and certain solid waste incinerators, until April of next year. The EPA released the final Clean Air Act standards for boilers and certain incinerators in February. At the time, the agency said it would “reconsider” certain … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Calif. Cap-and-Trade, Nuclear Delays, Logging Ban

A state superior court judge ruled on Friday that California must halt plans for a cap-and-trade system until regulators can consider alternatives to emissions trading, the New York Times reports. Judge Ernest Goldsmith said the California Air Resources Board should “take no action” to start up cap-and-trade until it completes … Read more »

UK to Set World’s First Post-2020, Binding Carbon Goals

The U.K. government will today set out plans to cut carbon emissions in half by 2027, from 1990 levels, the BBC reports. This will make the U.K. the first country in the world to declare a binding target beyond 2020, according to BBC environment correspondent Richard Black. Energy secretary Chris … Read more »