Sustainable Development

Report finds recognising & investing in women farmers is good for business & development

Many businesses are unaware of the crucial role women play in supplying the ingredients they depend on for their products, as this contribution is often unrecognised, unpaid and invisible, says a new report Empowering Women Farmers in Agricultural Value Chains laun Read more »

EU and China to collaborate on low-carbon city projects

The European Union’s main climate innovation initiative, Climate-KIC, and the fourth largest city of China, Tianjin, have agreed to collaborate on the JiefangNan Rd New Meijiang pilot, a low-carbon city project. The agreement was signed in Beijing on 21st November 2013 in the presence of China’s Premier Li Keqiang and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso. 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 »

The greenest and most sustainable office in the world

The recently completed NuOffice in Munich, Germany, has been awarded the internationally recognised Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certificate at Platinum level. This makes it possibly the most sustainable office in the world to date.

LEED is a certification programme that provides third-party verification of green construction, addressing the entire lifecycle of a building. See www.usgbc.org/leed for more details. Read more »

As much as 50% of all food produced globally goes to waste

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50% of all food produced globally ends wasted

A new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has found that as much as 50% of all food produced around the world never reaches a human stomach due to issues as varied as inadequate infrastructure and storage facilities through to overly strict sell-by dates, buy-one-get-one free offers and consumers demanding cosmetically perfect food. Read more »

The Last Fishermen: catching local & eating local will help preserve our oceans and fish

This is a beautiful film from Greenpeace UK - worth watching in its own right. But it also carries a powerful message: we need to support our small-scale fishermen in the UK. Read more »

Mars Chocolate to purchase nearly 90,000 tonnes of certified cocoa this year

Mars Chocolate, one of the world's leading chocolate manufacturers, has announced that it has made progress towards fulfilling its 2009 pledge to purchase its entire cocoa supply from certified sustainable sources by 2020. Read more »

No sustainable development without hunger eradication, says FAO report ahead of Rio+20 Summit

Sustainable development cannot be realised unless hunger and malnutrition are eradicated, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a policy document prepared for the Rio+20 Summit to be held in June in Rio de Janeiro. Read more »

Thames Water donates riverside property worth up to £10million in backing crowdfunders' bid to rescue Olympic dock

Visualisation of the new bridge, footpath and community gardens

Thames Water has donated 2.5 acres of property in a bid to help raise thousands of pounds to transform a neglected London dock ahead of the Olympics.

East London charity the Gasworks Dock Partnership is aiming to open Cody Dock on the River Lea, located between Canary Wharf and the Olympic Park, before the Games start this summer. Read more »

WWF launches Earth Book to celebrate publication of Living Planet Report 2012

WWF’s Earth Book was launched from the International Space Centre by WWF Ambassador and Dutch Astronaut, André Kuipers

WWF is asking people to share their experiences of the natural world and collaborate in Earth Book 2012, an online storybook which has been created to coincide with the publication of the Living Planet Report 2012 Read more »

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