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the environmentalist gives a round up of environment management news from companies including Asda, Marks & Spencer and the InterContinental Hotels Group
Asda will employ the EnactoTM 9.3 energy monitoring management platform from Elster Energy ICT to manage more than 10,000 meters at more than 660 sites in the UK over the next five years. The retailer has been working with Elster since 2005 and has achieved a 30% reduction in energy consumption. The retailer believes the new software will enable it to match the 2020 energy reduction target of its US parent, Walmart, which is to cut consumption by 20% against 2010 levels.
Elsewhere on the high street, the Co-operative has installed a biomass heating system as part of a refit of its Fort William store. It is the first Co-op outlet to switch to biomass and will almost halve its annual energy bill and save 90 tonnes of carbon a year. The system attracts a payment of £13,000 a year through from the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive, so recouping the capital cost in less than five years.
Marks & Spencer, meanwhile, is installing more than 24,000 solar photovoltaic panels on the roof of its distribution centre at Castle Donnington. When completed next year it will be the UK’s largest single roof-mounted solar array, generating around 5,000MWh of electricity annually and cutting carbon emissions by more than 48,000 tonnes over the next two years.
The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is to roll out its green engage system across more than 4,700 sites worldwide from 1 January. The online tool, featured in the environmentalist in June 2013, contains more than 200 “green” solutions to reduce hotels’ environmental impact. So far, the system has been used in IHG’s managed hotels, and, in 2013, it helped reduce energy costs by $73 million.
Reckitt Benckiser has announced that all its European and US operations have achieved zero manufacturing waste to landfill. The company’s sustainability strategy, “betterbusiness”, includes 2020 targets to send zero waste to landfill and reduce waste per unit of production by 10%. Reckitt Benckiser says that more than 60% of its factories worldwide have achieved zero manufacturing waste to landfill, and it has reduced waste per unit by 7% globally since 2013.
Demand for fossil fuels will peak by 2025 if all national net-zero pledges are implemented in full and on time, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has forecast.
The Green Homes Grant is set to deliver only a fraction of the jobs and improvements intended, leading to calls for more involvement from local authorities in future schemes.
COVID-19 recovery packages have largely focused on protecting, rather than transforming, existing industries, and have been a “lost opportunity” for speeding up the global energy transition.
Half of the world's 40 largest listed oil and gas companies will have to slash their production by at least 50% by the 2030s to align with the goals of the Paris Agreement, new analysis has found.
None of England’s water and sewerage companies achieved all environmental expectations for the period 2015 to 2020, the Environment Agency has revealed. These targets included the reduction of total pollution incidents by at least one-third compared with 2012, and for incident self-reporting to be at least 75%.
The UK’s pipeline for renewable energy projects could mitigate 90% of job losses caused by COVID-19 and help deliver the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda. That is according to a recent report from consultancy EY-Parthenon, which outlines how the UK’s £108bn “visible pipeline” of investible renewable energy projects could create 625,000 jobs.
Billions of people worldwide have been unable to access safe drinking water and sanitation in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a progress report from the World Health Organisation focusing on the UN’s sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) – to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030”.