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Environmental features and news for businesses who want to learn more about moving to a low carbon economy. Read the latest Green features on GreenWise Business


Business sustainability: big gap between what firms say and what they do

If you're under the illusion that sustainability is already embedded into the corporate sector, then it's time to wake up and smell the coffee.

Green IT: how Apple and other big cloud-computing firms are making datacentres more sustainable

Server farms could revolutionise sustainability with easy steps, claim researchers as Apple reveals pioneering solar farm.

Firefly: bringing solar power to everything, everywhere

From humble beginnings hiring out mobile solar panels to outdoor events, Sussex-based Firefly Solar has grown into the UK market leader in clean energy powered generators. The company now has its sights set on further afield. Saran Mishra reports.

Green investment: is the writing on the wall for fossil fuels?

Long-term investors are divesting from fossil fuels and saying no to fracking. Is the writing on the wall for oil, coal and gas?

Changing tide: will tidal lagoons play a part in our energy future?

As proposals for a Severn Barrage received another set back this month, a new and exciting project for the world’s first tidal lagoon at Swansea Bay was launched for public investment. So what are tidal lagoons, and do they have a serious role to play in delivering predictable low-carbon power for the UK? Sam Friggens reports.

Slow steam ahead: AkzoNobel’s ‘tough on slime’ solutions cut carbon and costs for ships

Shipping may be the most efficient means of transportation, but its environmental impact is significant, and scientists at chemicals giant AkzoNobel are going to unusual lengths to cut marine vessels’ energy costs and carbon footprint. A GreenWise feature in partnership with AkzoNobel.

No time to waste: UK firms take action on the food we throw away

Food and how to save is the theme of today’s World Environmental Day, so what are UK companies doing to reduce the two billion tonnes of food wasted globally a year? Saran Mishra reports.

Upping the stakes: can we swap financial returns for 'impact investment'?

More investors are coming forward with 'socially responsible’ funds, but their impact is equivocal. Could a new form of investment make a difference? Heather Connon reports.

Sustainable business: how we can learn from India’s ‘frugal’ innovators

India’s culture of jugaad, or frugal innovation, has helped produce a wide range of sustainable breakthroughs. Are there lessons there for the rest of the world? Ian Thornton meets the innovators.

Bringing closed loop into the mainstream: HP opens the doors on its pioneering plastics recycling

In an effort to reduce their environmental footprint and 'insure’ their businesses against the risks of a resource constrained world, more and more companies are introducing 'closed loop’ systems into their manufacturing businesses. But one company claims to be doing it on scale not seen before. Louise Bateman reports on Hewlett Packard’s printing cartridge recycling business that has seen it team up with a small, pioneering plastics recycling firm in Montreal, Canada.

Sustainable food: will the horsemeat scandal reverse the slide in organic sales?

Supermarket organic sales hit a nine-month high in February, after the horsemeat scandal broke. So could the food scare be the catalyst for the revival of organic sales in the UK and will it be the supermarkets or the independents that drive the growth? Matthew Zola reports.

Shipping: can new approaches lighten the carbon load?

The world shoulders a heavy burden when it comes to shifting our stuff. Can new approaches lighten the load? Michael Ashcroft weighs up the potential.

Smarter cities: building a more efficient and greener Manchester

This week, the Government announced that London would host the Future Cities Catapult Centre, a £150 million innovation hub to help cities work more efficiently while lowering their impact on the environment. But plans to build a resilient economy in Greater Manchester, promising new jobs and energy cuts, are already underway. Emilie Beauchamp reports.

The Green Deal: is it delivering?

The Green Deal, the Government’s flagship programme for creating energy efficient improvements to UK buildings and homes, is set to come under the industry microscope at this week's Ecobuild, the world’ largest event for sustainable construction and the built environment. Matthew Zola reports.

Environmental photography competition aims to inspire action on climate change

'Changing climates’ and 'building our future’ are among the themes addressed in a major competition of environmental photography to be exhibited at the Royal Geographical Society in London this Spring.




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