Cragside was the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity in 1878

Hydropower returns to National Trust’s Victorian estate

A new hydroelectric system has been installed at the National Trust's Cragside property in Northumberland, lighting the house with the same power source as in the Victorian era.

DECC has published additional guidance on national parks

Fracking rules on national parks ‘shows ministers accept environmental risks’ – Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth has responded to the launch of a bidding process for fracking, noting that the protection granted to national parks suggests that 'ministers accept that fracking risks impacts on the local environment'.

Companies are now able to apply for licences to explore for onshore oil and gas

Government opens bidding process for fracking licences

The government has begun the bidding process for initial explorations for shale gas, with new guidance on the protection of environmentally sensitive areas

'The Mayor is missing targets on emissions […] by big margins', says the committee

Boris Johnson ‘must try harder’ on carbon emissions targets

The London Assembly Environment Committee has published a 'report card' on the Mayor of London's performance on meeting carbon reduction targets, giving Boris Johnson four out of ten.

Manufacturing

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The report makes a number of recommendations to support the circular economy

Carbon Trust backs MPs’ report on circular economy

The Carbon Trust says it welcomes a new report backing the circular economy from Environmental Audit Committee, which recommends reducing VAT on recycled products and promoting the design of products with end-of-life in mind.

Retail

Sainsbury's will use the loan over a period of two to three years

Sainsbury’s agrees £200m corporate green loan for sustainability initiatives

Sainsbury's has agreed a £200million corporate 'green' loan, the first of its kind in the UK, to fund clean energy generation, energy efficiency and water conservation initiatives.

Waste & Recycling

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The report makes a number of recommendations to support the circular economy

Carbon Trust backs MPs’ report on circular economy

The Carbon Trust says it welcomes a new report backing the circular economy from Environmental Audit Committee, which recommends reducing VAT on recycled products and promoting the design of products with end-of-life in mind.

Food & Farming

The University Catering Rating has a similar focus to the School Food Plan

Sustainable Restaurant Association develops new university catering rating

The Sustainable Restaurant Association and the University Caterers Organisation have developed a new University Catering Rating, which measures sustainability based on the three pillars of sourcing, environment and society.

Energy

The Contracts for Difference budget will be split between technology groups

Renewable energy projects to compete for £200m budget

Ed Davey has announced a budget of over £200million a year to fund renewable energy projects. Businesses will have to bid for the investment, under the first allocation round for the new Contracts for Difference.

Transport & Cities

DECC has closed the door on Green Deal Home Improvement Fund applications

Government closes applications to Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

DECC has closed applications to Green Deal Home Improvement Fund with immediate effect, citing 'overwhelming popular demand' for the financial support scheme.

Green Living

DECC has closed the door on Green Deal Home Improvement Fund applications

Government closes applications to Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

DECC has closed applications to Green Deal Home Improvement Fund with immediate effect, citing 'overwhelming popular demand' for the financial support scheme.

Design

'Disposable society simply isn't sustainable in the twenty-first century', notes Joan Walley

MP report calls for end to ‘unsustainable disposable society’

The Environmental Audit Committee has called for an end to 'the throwaway society' and urged support for the circular economy to reduce living costs and address climate change.

Events

The workshop was a collaborative approach to reducing waste in the supply chain

Housebuilder and suppliers take collaborative approach to waste

Housebuilder Miller Homes has held a workshop for its key suppliers to discuss the issue of waste in construction and to identify reduction initiatives collaboratively.