EMF, WRAP Collab Puts New Plastics Economy Into Motion in UK

Coinciding with the launch of Theresa May’s 25 Year Environment Plan, WRAP has announced a new collaborative initiative with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) that aims to help turn the tide on the UK’s growing plastic waste problem. While still in the development stages, the initiative will build on the principles of The New Plastics Economy. It will see businesses, industry, governments, local authorities, NGOs, media and society as a whole come together to redefine what is possible and create a plastic system that works — a circular economy where plastic is

‘Speed Breeding’ Could Hold Key to the Future of Food Security

Between climate change and a rapidly expanding population, the future of food security is uncertain. Scientists at the John Innes Center, University of Queensland and University of Sydney have been working around the clock to develop a new “speed breeding” technique that could prove promising in helping feed the nine billion people excepted to inhabit this planet by 2050 in the face of unpredictable climatic conditions. According to researchers, the new system is capable of growing crops much faster than traditional breeding methods, with the possibility of producing six crops per year instead of one. This allows researchers to study plants

10 minutes with Tim Smith, Walden Asset Management

Activist shareholders, it turns out, are only human.

The State of Green Business, 2018

The good news is that the bad news could be worse.

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Launches $1BN Venture Fund to Accelerate Next-Gen Mobility

The world’s largest auto alliance has launched a new corporate capital fund, Alliance Ventures, that will invest $1 billion to support innovative projects shaping the next generation of mobility over the next five years. In its first year, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi intends to invest up to $200 million into startups and open innovation partnerships with technology entrepreneurs focused on new mobility, including vehicle electrification, autonomous systems, connectivity and artificial intelligence. With further annual investments, Alliance Ventures is set to become the largest corporate venture

Q&A: How Schneider Electric’s NEO Network Is Shaping the Future of Renewables in Europe

Europe’s appetite for renewables is growing rapidly, and countries including Germany, Scotland and Denmark have already established themselves as leaders in renewable energy generation. However, the voluntary market for commercial and industrial participation has, as a whole, been slower to develop compared to the more aggressive US, Indian and Mexican markets. In some countries, ‘green’ tariffs are provided and European Guarantees of Origin (GOs) or Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGOs) are available for purchase across the region. On the rise are offsite Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), in which commercial entities contract

Yes, the world can cut food waste in half

If governments follow companies such as Campbell Soup, Kellogg, Nestlé, and others with active food loss and waste reduction programs.

7 ways to build a sustainable work culture

Hint: Start small, show momentum and make sure to pack an effective punch.

Trending: New Cross-Industry Partnerships to Give Circular Design Major Push

The circular economy continues to gain steam as key players in the sustainability sphere join forces to unlock new opportunities to create positive impacts. First, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (C2CPII) have announced a new partnership designed to drive momentum towards a circular economy. For the past two years, C2CPII has been an affiliate member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s pre-competitive innovation program — the Circular Economy 100 (CE100) — and contributed to

Philip Morris Is Giving Up Cigarettes — and Asking UK Consumers to Do the Same

Although it may seem counterintuitive for a company to discourage consumers from buying its products, we have seen this strategy work in brands’ favor in the past — Patagonia’s “Don’t Buy This Jacket” campaign resulted in an overwhelming positive response from consumers who took extra time to learn about the brand’s mission before making a purchase. Now, one company with a notoriously controversial product is attempting to pivot its business model to be more socially responsible — and

Trending: New Tools Help Companies Measure Workplace Culture, Employee Impacts

Companies are increasingly becoming aware that the business case for corporate social responsibility has grown beyond environmental sustainability and social impact to include positive workplace culture and employee well-being as values necessary to remain competitive in a rapidly changing economy. WeSpire, an engagement platform that provides sustainability and social impact programs to global corporations, has expanded its SaaS platform to include two new modules: Well-being and Positive Culture. The new modules aim to enable forward-thinking companies to improve employee well-being and create and sustain positive organizational values, behaviors and cultures. With Forbes dubbing 2018 “The Year of Employee Experience,” WeSpire’s expansion is a timely one. New research conducted by Gallup has also demonstrated

Can Huawei Crack the US Market Without Environmental Credentials?

Your bus shelter and web browser may soon be blanketed with ads promoting “The best phone you’ve never heard of,” heralding the arrival of a new smartphone that has finally come to town. Who is this mysterious “newcomer”? None other than Chinese IT giant Huawei. Huawei, which is already the world’s third-largest smartphone maker, announced this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas the arrival of its flagship smartphone, the Mate 10 Pro, to the US market. This breakthrough marks Huawei’s latest attempt to wedge into the US market. Huawei already holds nearly 11 percent of the global market share in

We are all social entrepreneurs

We need to foster people using business for a higher purpose. The good thing is, people don’t need to start or own a business to participate.

UK Unveils National Action Plan to Slash Plastic Waste by 2042

The UK government has unveiled a national action plan to eradicate avoidable plastic waste by 2042. The announcement aims to quell concerns of critics regarding the potential negative impacts Brexit could have on the UK’s sustainability performance. The plan outlines actions the government will take over the next 25 years to address the issue, such as extending a 5p charge for single-use plastic bags to all retailers, encouraging supermarkets to create plastic-free aisles and introducing a tax system for single-use plastic packaging, such as polystyrene

New GIIN Report Helps Investors Ensure Sustainable Impact After Exit

With impact investing on the rise, the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) has published a new report highlighting a range of strategies investors can employ to strengthen their ability to exit impact investments in a way that meets liquidity objectives while continuing to promote positive, sustainable outcomes. According to GIIN’s 2016 Annual Impact Investor Survey, more than 80 percent of impact investors believe that they have a responsibility to try to ensure continuity of impact after exit. GIIN’s latest

The future of upland farming in the UK: what farmers are facing

This post is by Chris Clark of Nethergill Farm. It is the first in a short series about the options for the future of upland hill farming in the UK. With the increased uncertainty regarding the viability of hill farms, the time is now ripe for farmers to think radically about hill farm management and consider new alternatives in a

8 guiding principles for building ethical global supply chains

A peek into the sourcing framework used by essential oils company doTERRA.

Steep utility fees are killing electric-car charging stations

Sales of EVs are on a roll, but high rates are putting the brakes on fast-charging infrastructure.

Sustainable Value Chains & Blockchain: Practical Applications

Blockchain, the technology behind cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, has certainly earned its space as one of the most talked-about topics of 2017. Regardless of whether one views these new ‘currencies’ as an investment opportunity or bubble waiting to burst, the underlying technology has already demonstrated the ability to rapidly and dramatically alter markets, and many in the sustainability sector are asking — and experimenting with — what will come next. For many organisations, the question is not whether blockchain will become relevant to their business (it will), but what the impacts will be on their day-to-day

New Calculator Illustrates Extent, Environmental Impacts of US Meat Consumption

The US consumes more meat than any other country in the world. But what does this mean for consumers on a personal level? Blitz Results has created a new calculator that shows users the impact of their dietary decisions on the environment. The tool calculates the resources required for an individual’s consumption of meat, and provides users with a glimpse at how eating vegetarian alternatives can help drive down their impact. Over a period of 10 years, the average US consumer eats 2653 pounds of meat, the equivalent of 2.1 pigs, .7 cows and 288 chickens. The Meat Blitz-Calculator allows users to visualize how many animals were slaughtered for their dietary

Here’s what Theresa May should now do to end plastic pollution

After years of waiting, we finally have it: this morning, Theresa May launched her government’s 25 year plan for the environment. By far the most talked about aspect of the long awaited and wide ranging strategy is the prime minister’s promise to “demonstrate global leadership” by addressing needlessly produced plastic. This will be achieved, she vowed, through action “at every

What the new tax law means for renewables

Geothermal and fuel cells did not get relief, but what’s left intact may surprise you.

Salesforce dives headfirst into water recycling with new HQ

Meet the largest commercial “blackwater” system in the United States.