CSR initiatives are becoming increasingly common

Businesses and consumers share ‘warm glow’ of CSR

Business and consumers share both the burden and the 'warm glow' of CSR initiatives, according to new research from the University of Portsmouth.

Keyline says 'a nightmare scenario' could result from the changes

Local planning on SuDS ‘could be fatal’, says Keyline

Keyline has warned that changing the implementation of SuDS legislation to a local planning approach 'could be fatal' ahead of the flood season.

Richard Lochhead is encouraging shoppers to take longer-lasting bags to the supermarket

Scotland introduces carrier bag charge

Today sees the introduction of a 5p charge for single-use carrier bags in Scotland. All retailers will be required to charge for bags in a bid to reduce the 800million bags dispensed every year.

Driving costs using a ULEV can be as low as 2p per mile

Drivers plug into electric car grants

Over 5,000 Plug-in Car Grants were awarded between July and September 2014, demonstrating 'growing confidence' in the electric car market.

Retail

The Green Retail app covers water, energy and waste reduction

Retailers offered advice on resource efficiency with app

The Resource Efficient Scotland programme has developed the Green Retail App, designed to help smaller retailers to address and increase their resource efficiency needs.

Waste & Recycling

Eric Pickles has prioritised green belt preservation over new waste sites

Pickles sets rules on waste and recycling plants on green belt

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has expanded the policy on green belt development, specifying brownfield land should be prioritised when building waste sites such as recycling facilities.

Transport & Cities

The research found energy prices have risen more than other household costs

Domestic energy use down but bills up, Which? research finds

Which? says 'major reforms are needed now' after finding that consumers are paying more for energy compared to ten years ago despite consumption falling.

Green Living

WSP assessed apps on their ability to help people lead a greener lifestyle

eBay, Kindle and GoodGuide ranked most sustainable apps

Auction platform eBay has been named 'the best app for creating sustainable behaviours' by consultancy WSP thanks to its promotion of the circular economy.

Events

The conference looked at neonicotinoids and a decline in biodiversity

Soil Association conference discusses further evidence of impact of neonicotinoids

The Soil Association's recent annual conference had a focus on neonicotinoid pesticides and their 'chilling impacts' on valuable wildlife including bees.