'We need full transparency and proper public scrutiny' of water companies, says Blueprint for Water

Water industry report finds ‘yawning gap between best and worst performers’

A new report published by the Blueprint for Water coalition has found major discrepancies between the best and worst performing water companies in terms of environmental issues.

[L-R] Martin Last and Graham Keen of the HFMA with Julia Bradbury

Winners announced at Natural and Organic Awards 2014

TV presenter Julia Bradbury revealed the winners of the Natural and Organic Awards 2014 on Sunday, naming Pukka Herbs, Kingfisher and Pulsin' Ltd among the winners.

OnBeat has already remodelled its prototype, it says

Solar headphone designer seeks UK manufacturer

OnBeat is looking for a UK manufacturer for its solar-powered headphones, after a prototype of the product appeared on The Gadget Show.

The IPCC report names deforestation as a contributing factor to climate change

Global Canopy Programme urges UN to address deforestation

The Global Canopy Programme says it welcomes the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest report on global warming mitigation and is calling on the UN to take urgent action on reducing deforestation.

Manufacturing

Palm oil is used in a variety of consumer products

Procter and Gamble commits to removing deforestation in palm oil production

Procter and Gamble has announced a commitment to remove deforestation from its palm oil supply chain and to establish traceability of the product by the end of 2015.

Retail

BOGOF deals encourage food waste, the report suggests

House of Lords urges end to ‘morally repugnant’ food waste

The House of Lords EU Committee has called for 'urgent action' to be taken on the issue of food waste, with supermarkets asked to end 'buy one get one free' deals.

Energy

More people would prefer a wind farm in their local council area than a fracking site, according to the Ecotricity

Ecotricity questions government’s energy policy following public poll

New research has revealed that 62 per cent of the British public would prefer to live near a wind farm than a fracking site, with 19 per cent opting for fracking.

Green Living

Minister for Energy Greg Barker and Claire Perry MP visited Grant, a manufacturer of biomass boilers

DECC launches domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme

The government has officially launched the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which offers homeowners funding to offset the cost of installing renewable heating systems.

Design

Brent Civic Centre achieved the highest possible BREEAM rating

Brent Civic Centre earns UK’s greenest public building title with BREEAM rating

Brent Civic Centre has been awarded the BREEAM 'Outstanding' rating with a score of over 93 per cent, making it the greenest public building in the UK according to its builder Skanska.