Supermarket fridge doors could save nearly 1% of UK electricity use

By adding fridge doors supermarkets could slash their electricity bills by nearly 33%, new research estimates

Single-use plastic bag charge to double to 10p and extend to all retailers

The government has confirmed small retailers that employ 250 people or less will no longer be exempt from the levy

Supermarkets report 90% decline in plastic bag sales after 5p charge

The average person in England now buys only 10 bags a year compared with 140 bags in 2014 before the charge was introduced

Supermarkets urged to step up to the plate and halve food waste

Every year 100,000 tonnes of ‘readily available and perfectly edible’ food – equivalent to 250m meals a year – is thrown away

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 […]