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A round up of environment management news from companies including Carillion, BT and Marks & Spencer
Sustainability initiatives and practices at Carillion made a net contribution to profits of £27.2 million in 2014. Last year, the company’s profit before tax was £142.6 million. The support services business has also reported that its direct carbon footprint fell by 17% in 2014, against a target of 11%. Its 2014 sustainability report also revealed that the firm’s operations diverted 95% of its waste from landfill last year, while water consumption on its construction projects declined 28% against a 2012 baseline.
BT has reported that products and services to help its customers avoid carbon emissions equivalent to 1.5 times the telecom company’s “end-to-end” carbon impact generated £3.4 billion in revenue in 2014/15. Under its “Net Good” strategy, BT has set itself a 2020 goal to assist its customers in reducing their total carbon footprint by 3.1 times the CO2 impact of its business, which encompasses emissions from its operations, supply chain and the equipment it supplies. In 2014/15, the total carbon emissions from its business were 4.6 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, while BT says it helped to cut customers’ emissions by 7.1MtCO2e.
High street retailer Marks & Spencer has published its annual report on its sustainability strategy Plan A. Highlights include: a 36% improvement in the energy efficiency of its stores, offices and warehouses in the UK and Ireland compared with 2007; the installation of LED lighting in 417 stores over the past 12 months; a 60% reduction in the amount of packaging used for home deliveries against a 2009 baseline; and zero waste to landfill from its operations since 2012.
Fast-moving consumer goods company P&G has announced the launch of a cloud-based supplier assessment scorecard to help drive increased engagement and analysis of supplier sustainability performance. In the public sector, the NHS Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group and the Isle of Wight NHS Trust have produced a joint plan, Greener Care, which sets out the organisations’ ambitions for reducing their environmental impacts and embedding sustainability principles throughout their operations.
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.
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”.
The UK will no longer use unabated coal to generate electricity from October 2024, one year earlier than originally planned, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has announced.
The UK government is not on track to deliver on its promise to improve the environment within a generation and is failing to stem the tide of biodiversity loss, a damning new report from MPs has revealed.