EU approves €280m for environment, nature and climate action projects

The funding is expected to trigger total investments of nearly €590m

New taskforce to focus on smart tech to boost business resource efficiency

Its core mission is to address the regional productivity gap in the UK

EU pilots new tool for designing sustainable buildings

The pilot phase of a new tool for designing, constructing and reporting the performance of sustainable buildings has been launched. Dubbed Level(s), it focuses on performance indicators across areas such as greenhouse gas emissions, resource and water efficiency as well as health and comfort. It aims to establish a “common language” around the assessment of […]

Governments commit to ‘clean and green’ Asia-Pacific

Environment ministers and high-level officials from more than 30 countries in Asia-Pacific have committed to move towards a resource efficient and pollution free region. They made the pledge at the first Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment in Bangkok last week. They highlighted the urgency of addressing environmental health risks associated with pollution and promoting […]

Electricals industry ‘could save £4.4bn by going greener’

The electricals industry could realise £4.4 billion of profit through adopting greener business models. That’s according to a new report from sustainability non-profit WRAP, which says the opportunity is being presented by a growing consumer appetite for circular economy practices such as take-back schemes and increased recycling. It says changing the way electrical products are […]

US water efficiency up in cities, down in country

US cities are becoming more water-efficient but rural areas are becoming less so. That’s according to a new study from environmental publication Earth’s Future, which assessed per-capita water consumption from 1985 to 2010. States like Washington and Pennsylvania showed consistent improvements in efficiency over the entire period, largely as a result of developing more efficient […]

Water market deregulation could cut costs by a fifth

  Deregulation of the water market could see costs reduced by as much as a fifth. That’s according to Tony McHardy, Corporate Director at Water Plus, who spoke to ELN last week. He said: “If we actually look in terms of water efficiency, we think there are between 5% and 20% savings so it’s more about […]

Scottish scheme saved £40m on energy and waste

A Scottish Government programme has helped save almost £40 million in energy and waste costs since 2013. Zero Waste Scotland’s ‘Resource Efficient Scotland (RES)’ helps small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) bring down costs by reducing their energy, water and raw materials usage. The average saving for companies using the free service is around £16,000. The […]

Increased resource efficiency worth $2tn by 2050

More efficient use of natural resources could reap annual economic benefits of $2 trillion (£1.6tn) by 2050. That’s according to new research from the UN’s International Resource Panel, which shows the savings could be used to offset the 3.7% fall in per capita GDP forecast to be caused by other climate change mitigation activities. For example, […]

UK cleantech firms set their sights on Brazil

Innovative UK cleantech companies are gearing up for a trip to Brazil to explore business opportunities aimed at tackling climate change and improving resource efficiency. Called the ‘Clean and Cool Mission Brazil’, the £150,000 initiative is backed by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), the UK’s innovation agency, together with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and […]