Retailers sign up to tough new green goals

Waitrose and M&S are among a group of top retailers in the UK to sign up to new green goals including slashing their carbon emissions from deliveries and minimising waste. The 25 signatories including Argos, Asda, B&Q, Sainsbury’s, Wickes, Co-operative, Greggs and John Lewis pledged to reduce absolute carbon emissions by 25% by 2020. Targets […]

John Lewis signs deal to buy 100% renewable energy

The John Lewis Partnership has signed a deal to buy 100% renewable energy from small supplier SmartestEnergy. The contract will start in January 2015 – running until March 2018 – and will provide power for more than 380 John Lewis and Waitrose sites. Nigel Keen, Director of Property Services for the John Lewis Partnership said: […]

Clothing shops display carbon footprint pledges

Clothing firms Next, ASOS and Topshop owner Arcadia Group are among those pledging to measure and report on the carbon footprint of their clothes over the weekend. Twenty-two firms representing more than a third of UK clothing sales also committed to cutting their carbon, lower water use and waste, using new baseline targets by 2020. […]

Car group warns Budget must keep green allowance

The Chancellor has been warned that ditching a 100% allowance for low carbon cars bought for leasing would be a flawed move. The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association believes taking away the financial help in the 2013 Budget on Wednesday will push fleets away from green vehicles. In its submission to the Treasury ahead […]

John Lewis cuts bills and carbon with gas metering

British retailer John Lewis Partnership is renewing a deal with UK gas metering firm Energy Assets to help it cut energy use and carbon emissions. The five year deal of an undisclosed value sees the parent firm of John Lewis and supermarket chain Waitrose buy into smart metering, as it covers Automated Meter Reading (AMR) […]

£11m fund boosts low carbon truck trial

An £11milion fund from the Government is set to help fleet operators test out new low carbon technology. The £23million programme, managed by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) in partnership with the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, is aimed at encouraging the use of clean fuels for heavy goods […]

Smart meter firm wins Company of the Year

Smart metering firm Bglobal has been named Company of the Year at the Rosenblatt New Energy Awards 2011, which recognises excellence in the renewable and clean-tech industries. The Lancashire-based company, which provides smart metering for energy suppliers and firms across the UK, has posted substantial increases in turnover and profits in the past financial year […]

Business bosses join Green Economy Council

The Green Economy Council has held its first meeting to discuss how government and industry can work together to support the transition to a low carbon economy. The council comprises business leaders from a cross-section of industries and sectors who will advise government on green-growth policies such as infrastructure, innovation, investment and unnecessary regulation. The […]

John Lewis targets biomass for 129 stores

John Lewis is to test biomass technology at its Waitrose store on the Isle of Wight. If successful, the combined heat and cooling system will be rolled out across 14 John Lewis stores and 115 Waitrose branches – an unprecedented use of biomass in the retail sector. “This will allow us to cut carbon emissions […]