Plastic bag sales in England plunge 86% since 5p charge

The biggest seven supermarkets in England bought nearly a quarter fewer plastic bags last year

Petrol price plunges to four-year low

It could be an early Christmas present to drivers but perhaps not for emissions. In December, prices at the petrol pump fell below £1.20 per litre for the first time in four years, according to figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The last time they were this level was the end of […]

Chilling message to cut fridges’ energy waste

High street supermarkets have been sternly rebuked for not “closing the door” on open refrigerator units. A new report called “The Chilling Facts” points to feedback from retailers that adding doors can lead to energy savings of about 33%. Slamming “near-Arctic conditions” in shopping aisles, the campaign group Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) said the take-up […]

Ofgem casts eye over supermarkets selling energy

When you pop to the supermarket these days, you don’t just go for the groceries – shoppers can buy electronic goods, car insurance – and more recently, a good deal on your energy. From M&S to Sainsbury’s, a number of retailers on the British high street offer electricity to customers as a “white label” provider. […]

Only third of public can name a ‘sustainable’ company

Just a third of the public can name an environmentally ‘sustainable’ company according to a new poll released yesterday. The poll of 1,819 adults conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Carbon Trust earlier this month found two thirds (68%) of the general public were unable to name a company taking the issue of environmental […]

Supermarket shoppers used more plastic bags in 2012

Supermarket shoppers used more plastic bags last year than in 2011, according to waste body WRAP. Data published today shows Brits used 8.1 billion thin-gauge or single-use bags in supermarkets, a rise of 1.3% on the previous year. This shows a slight hitch in supermarkets’ plans to drop plastic bag use in the UK although […]

Supermarkets soar in FTSE 100 carbon league table

Posh supermarket chain Marks & Spencer has come first in this year’s ranking of FTSE 100 firms for their carbon cutting activity. Supermarkets were generally the best performers in the table compiled by Carbon Clear, the global carbon management firm, with the manufacturing, mining & metals and building materials sectors coming bottom. The research shows the […]

Supermarkets start new petrol price war

A pair of UK supermarkets started a petrol price war yesterday when they announced they will cut the cost of their fuel. Sainsbury’s and Morrisons, two of the UK’s four largest supermarkets, reportedly said they would cut prices by up to 2p per litre. It is the latest in a round of price drops from […]

Petrol forecourt numbers at all time low

The number of petrol stations in the UK has fallen to an all time low. The annual Retail Marketing survey conducted by the Energy Institute showed 270 forecourts closed last year, with the biggest decrease in the number of independent retailers. There are now 9,013 petrol stations compared to almost 40,000 in 1967. Although the […]