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A round-up of the latest business news, including Starbucks, Panasonic and Schneider Electric.
Almost all Starbucks company-owned stores in Europe are now powered by renewable sources. More than 550 outlets in the UK, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands source their energy from renewable sources, with stores in Austria soon to follow. The coffee retailer said it had identified energy suppliers that could offer renewable energy tariffs. The power that lights, heats, cools and runs equipment in the stores is matched against these contracts.
Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company has set seven new sustainability targets for 2020 aimed at minimising its environmental footprint and improving production efficiency, and supporting developing communities. They include: purchasing 40% of the energy it uses from renewable and clean energy sources; investing 2% of annual pre-tax profits in communities; and recovering for recycling on average 40% of packaging placed on its markets. The company operates in 28 countries, including most of eastern Europe.
Electronics company Panasonic and energy management firm Schneider Electric have announced a partnership to help improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings. The two firms have developed a wireless solution that enables direct communication between Schneider Electric’s building management system and room controllers and Panasonic’s heating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. It allows owners to view their core building systems including HVAC, lighting, security, power and electrical distribution anytime, anywhere using a single interface and delivers insights into what action can be taken to reduce energy consumption and drive savings.
The company transforming Battersea Power Station has announced that around 180,000 tonnes of material from the site’s main energy building will be removed by barge over the next ten months. Battersea Power Station Development Company and contractor Skanska said taking the material by river to sites in Essex, where it will be recycled or reused at nature reserves, would save more than 16,000 lorry journeys.
The Environment Agency has successfully prosecuted Southern Water for thousands of illegal raw sewage discharges that polluted rivers and coastal waters in Kent, resulting in a record £90m fine.
In Elliott-Smith v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the claimant applied for judicial review of the legality of the defendants’ joint decision to create the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) as a substitute for UK participation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).
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%.
Global greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture are projected to increase by 4% over the next 10 years, despite the carbon intensity of production declining. That is according to a new report from the UN food agency and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which forecasts that 80% of the increase will come from livestock.
Half of consumers worldwide now consider the sustainability of food and drink itself, not just its packaging, when buying, a survey of 14,000 shoppers across 18 countries has discovered. This suggests that their understanding of sustainability is evolving to include wellbeing and nutrition, with sustainable packaging now considered standard.
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”.
New jobs that help drive the UK towards net-zero emissions are set to offer salaries that are almost one-third higher than those in carbon-intensive industries, research suggests.