Sustainable Development

Outdoor apparel company Haglöfs donates trees with a new app

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This Spring Haglöfs, the Swedish outdoor company which has put sustainability at its core, is launching an app which aims to connect its customers' outdoor activities with tree planting in East Africa. Read more »

Four British projects shortlisted in the 2014 Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel

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Dale Vince of Ecotricity on Lynch Knoll: his company has created an ‘electric highway’, enabling electric cars to charge at service stations nationwide

Four British sustainable travel schemes have been shortlisted today for the 2014 Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel, moving a step closer to winning a share of the £30,000 prize fund. Read more »

World Economic Forum report ranks countries by their ability to deliver secure, affordable & sustainable energy

In support of the global transition to a new energy architecture, the World Economic Forum has released the Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report 2014. Read more »

One in four British small businesses say sustainability is a top priority for 2014

25% of Britain's Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) say sustainability is one of their top three priorities for 2014, reflecting a renewed confidence and a desire to focus on developing their businesses' in the New Year, according to new research from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. Read more »

UK provides help for women to access clean energy

Access to modern energy services is fundamental to human development and an investment in our collective future.

The Department for International Development is to help fund new research that will provide girls and women with clean sources of energy. Around 1.3 billion people globally lack access to electricity and 2.6 billion rely on firewood for cooking and heating. Every year at least 2 million people die from burning solid fuels indoors in unventilated kitchens, the majority women and children. Read more »

Report finds recognising & investing in women farmers is good for business & development

Many businesses are unaware of the crucial role women play in supplying the ingredients they depend on for their products, as this contribution is often unrecognised, unpaid and invisible, says a new report Empowering Women Farmers in Agricultural Value Chains laun Read more »

EU and China to collaborate on low-carbon city projects

The European Union’s main climate innovation initiative, Climate-KIC, and the fourth largest city of China, Tianjin, have agreed to collaborate on the JiefangNan Rd New Meijiang pilot, a low-carbon city project. The agreement was signed in Beijing on 21st November 2013 in the presence of China’s Premier Li Keqiang and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso. Read more »

New research from Germany shows that steady and consistent development of offshore wind energy allows for substantial cost reduction

New research from Germany has concluded that the cost of electricity from offshore wind energy can be reduced by about one third if it is consistently developed and growing over the next ten years. The report has obvious implications for the continuing development of the UK offshore wind energy industry. Read more »

The greenest and most sustainable office in the world

The recently completed NuOffice in Munich, Germany, has been awarded the internationally recognised Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certificate at Platinum level. This makes it possibly the most sustainable office in the world to date. Read more »

As much as 50% of all food produced globally goes to waste

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50% of all food produced globally ends wasted

A new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has found that as much as 50% of all food produced around the world never reaches a human stomach due to issues as varied as inadequate infrastructure and storage facilities through to overly strict sell-by dates, buy-one-get-one free offers and consumers demanding cosmetically perfect food. Read more »

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