The buses have a range of up to 100 miles

British-built electric buses take to London’s roads

Boris Johnson has welcomed trials of the first British-built electric buses to enter service in London.

The calculator estimates RHI payments for different heating technologies

Online calculator estimates Renewable Heat Incentive payments

An online calculator has been made available to homeowners interested in the government's domestic Renewable Heat Incentive payment scheme.

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.

The air quality manifesto includes a goal of reduce NO2 limits to EU standards by 2020

Johnson plans world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone for London from 2020

Boris Johnson has revealed plans to reduce air pollution in London with the world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone, to meet the EU's limits on NO2 emissions a decade earlier than the government predicts it is possible.

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

The new crates are standardised to stack together more efficiently [photo: IGD]

Sainsbury’s recycles food crates into safe, efficient replacements

Sainsbury's says it is the first UK retailer to have recycled its old food crates into 100 per cent recycled replacements that meet European Food Safety Authority Standards.

Waste & Recycling

The new crates are standardised to stack together more efficiently [photo: IGD]

Sainsbury’s recycles food crates into safe, efficient replacements

Sainsbury's says it is the first UK retailer to have recycled its old food crates into 100 per cent recycled replacements that meet European Food Safety Authority Standards.

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

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'.

Transport & Cities

'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.

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.