Business & Industry

US tour gives Europe’s brightest cleantech start-ups a crash course in entrepreneurship

Climate-KIC, the European Union’s main climate innovation initiative, has kicked off its 2014 US Start-up Tour where 13 of Europe’s most promising start-ups will get a crash course in cleantech entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley and the Boston area. The US Start-up Tour is a vital part of Climate-KIC’s mission to create opportunities for innovators to address climate change and shape the world’s next economy. This year’s tour will provide participants with vital international experience, mentoring, networking and potential investment opportunities. Read more »

Arjowiggins Graphic publishes its 2013 Sustainable Development Report

Arjowiggins Graphic, a leading manufacturer of environmental paper solutions, has published its latest CSR report, detailing its industry-leading milestones, ambitions to work towards a circular economy and its role in developing a more sustainable industry. Read more »

Eden now accepting applications for its biggest-ever apprenticeship programme

The pizza-making workshop, run by Eden’s chefs, at the apprenticeship open day (picture taken by Jed Langdon)

Applications are now being accepted for the Eden Project’s new apprenticeship scheme which will result in 20-25 new jobs. The new apprenticeship scheme is being run in partnership with The Cornwall College Group and its specialist Rural Environment arm Duchy College. The programme will see the paid apprentices working across a range of different teams including horticulture, vehicle maintenance, hospitality, the visitor experience, media and creative design.

Eden has previously employed a number of apprentices but this will be the most recruited at a single time. Read more »

Plan A in action as M&S launches frisbee made from litter collected at Big Beach Clean-Up

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched the Beach Clean Frisbee made from recycled plastic, including some plastic from litter collected by M&S customers and employees. The frisbee turns rubbish such as plastic cups, fishing tackle and bottle tops discarded onto Britain's beaches into a brand new product.

The launch of the frisbee coincides with this year’s Big Beach Clean-Up (which runs until the 30th April) and is on sale now at M&S.com and in six costal M&S stores – Belfast (Abbey Centre), Bexhill, Lytham St Annes, Silverlink Retail Park, Weston Super Mare and Edinburgh Kinnaird. Read more »

One in four British small businesses say sustainability is a top priority for 2014

25% of Britain's Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) say sustainability is one of their top three priorities for 2014, reflecting a renewed confidence and a desire to focus on developing their businesses' in the New Year, according to new research from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. Read more »

London's Crystal in global first achieves the highest standards in building sustainability

The Crystal is a showcase for state-of-the-art technologies to aid energy efficiency

The Crystal – a Sustainable Cities Initiative by Siemens, developed in the Docklands, London – has been awarded both a BREEAM Outstanding and LEED Platinum rating, making it the only building in the world to have achieved this status.

The project has also just won the British Council for Offices Innovation Award for its significant innovation in sustainability and contribution to sustainable development. Read more »

New research from Germany shows that steady and consistent development of offshore wind energy allows for substantial cost reduction

New research from Germany has concluded that the cost of electricity from offshore wind energy can be reduced by about one third if it is consistently developed and growing over the next ten years. The report has obvious implications for the continuing development of the UK offshore wind energy industry. If costs can be driven down across the industry, this will help renewables reach parity with energy produced from fossil fuels. The establishment of a UK-based supply chain will benefit the economy in terms of growth and job creation. Read more »

Ascent on the Shard: pictures from Greenpeace's audacious bid to raise awareness of Arctic oil drilling

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After 15 hours of arduous climbing on the sheer face of Western Europe’s tallest building, six women climbers from Greenpeace reached the top of the Shard at 07.08pm on Thursday night (11.07.13). The climbers were cheered by crowds gathered at the foot of the skyscraper and watched by tens of thousands through a live stream on the Greenpeace website.

Having reached the 310 metre peak, two of the activists waved a 32-square-foot flag with the demand “Save the Arctic” written across it. Read more »

Resource efficiency: New designs for a circular economy - competition announced

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is to invest up to £1.25m in feasibility studies into the re-design of products, components and systems to retain material within the economy over several cycles of use – ‘closing the loop’. The new designs should lead to products with a lower environmental impact and/or that are less dependent on the use of strategic materials. Read more »

US consumer-driven organic market surpasses $31 billion in 2011

Organic food sales now represent 4.2 percent of all US food sales, up from 4 percent in 2010

The Organic Trade Association's 2012 Organic Industry Survey of the US market shows continued growth. Read more »

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