Water-scanning satellite hits the skies above Scotland

An innovative new study to monitor Scotland’s lakes from space has been launched. Experts from the University of Stirling will use Sentinel satellites to improve the quality and efficiency of water quality sampling. The £70,000 year-long study aims to identify contaminants in bodies of water such as the nation’s lochs – this pollution could be in […]

Eurostar’s on the right track for sustainable transport

Eurostar has announced it plans to halve plastic use by 2020 and introduce alternatives to fossil fuels by 2030. The high speed rail service, which links the UK with mainland Europe, claims it already emits up to 90% less carbon dioxide than would be created by flying to the same destinations. The business now aims […]

Energy sector travellers ‘dodge sustainable transport’

Business travellers in the energy industry are the least likely to take efficient forms of transport to the airport. That’s according to a new report from Heathrow Express, which suggests 94% of business travellers in the sector primarily use private cars or taxis to get to the airport. Only 28% say they ever use public […]

UK Government to slash emissions by 32% before 2020

The UK Government plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 32% by 2020, down from a 2010 baseline. It also aims to reduce the number of domestic business flights by at least 30%, reduce the amount of waste going to landfill to less than 10% and slash paper use by at least […]

It’s smooth sailing for sustainable suppers

An Italian cruise holiday operator has committed to halving food waste on board its ships by 2020. Costa Cruises has unveiled its 4GOODFOOD programme, which aims to streamline food preparation processes and encourage its guests and crew members to throw less away. The company says around 54 million meals are prepared on its vessels each […]

Cape Town running out of water in mega-drought

Cape Town is experiencing a once-in-300-year magnitude drought. The World Water Council says the South African city is preparing to turn off its taps as it nears ‘Day Zero’, the date it will completely run out of water. At the moment this is expected to occur on the 11th of May if it doesn’t rain, […]

From plastic to petrol with waste-conversion tech

  A new technology could tackle the plastic pollution crisis by turning rubbish into valuable products. Oxford University’s Oxford Sustainable Fuels (OSF) plans to use pyrolysis to convert plastic, tyres and biomass into high quality transportation fuels and chemicals. The technology thermally decomposes plastics and transforms them into an oil-like substance known as pyrolysis oil […]

University artfully reduces oil-based emissions

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has reduced carbon emissions from energy consumption by more than a third since 2010. The organisation said this is saving 2,286 tonnes of carbon emissions per year and has helped UCA achieve its 2020 green target three years early. The carbon reductions were made possible by the introduction […]

Cheers to sustainability with biodegradable beer packaging

  A company has invented edible and biodegradable six-pack holders for beer cans. E6PR, which is short for ‘eco six-pack ring’, has developed the green packaging to reduce pollution in the oceans and avoid animals being harmed by trying to eat plastic or being strangled by it. The new holder, made from wheat and barley […]

Arsenal’s restaurant scores three stars for sustainability

  The Diamond Club at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium has scored three stars for green dining. The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) said it achieved the highest ‘Food Made Good’ rating – a first for a sports stadium restaurant – by demonstrating “outstanding levels” of sustainability across its operation. It rates restaurants based on a wide range […]