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Scotland announces new monitor for measuring economic, social and environmental prosperity

A new monitor will help inform policy decisions to reduce Scotland’s vulnerability to future financial and environmental shocks, helping build 'a more prosperous, resilient, equal and sustainable economy', the Scottish Government has announced. The Wellbeing Economy Monitor will complement traditional metrics like Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and include measures such as child poverty, levels of greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity,...

New online platform set to tackle food waste

A major new platform to help reduce food waste is currently being trialled. Founding partners Co-op and Microsoft, supported by technology consultancy BJSS and Team ITG, have created Caboodle, a not-for-profit digital platform that enables supermarkets, cafés and restaurants to connect with community groups and volunteers to redistribute surplus food. According to Wrap, around 1.1 million tonnes of food goes to...

Most people don’t want to be billionaires – and this is good for the planet, researchers say

A new study questions the long-held economic belief that humans are all motivated to want more and more, which could be important for sustainability policies. Led by psychologists at the universities of Bath, Bath Spa and Exeter, the study challenges the idea that unlimited wants are human nature, which could have important implications for the planet. Lead researcher, Dr Paul Bain...

Soil quality key to increasing crop production and resilience to climate change, research says

High-quality cropland soils limit losses in response to warmer climates and support higher yields, according to new research. The international team of experts, including Professor Pete Smith from the University of Aberdeen, found that improving soil quality could reduce the climate change-induced decline in crop production in China by as much as 20 percent. In the study, published in Nature Climate...

Driving sustainability in the unfashionable side of battery production: Stora Enso writes for ICON

With increasing demands for electrification and rising standards of living, it’s essential that we find new and smarter technologies to meet the future, Lauri Lehtonen from Stora Enso tells ICON in his thought piece.     Batteries are big business - and a big conversation point, too. By now, most reasonably informed people will be aware that batteries are an essential tool...

European Commission unveils new approach for trade agreements to promote ‘green and just growth’

On 22 June, the European Commission unveiled a new plan to enhance the contribution of EU trade agreements in protecting the climate, environment and labour rights worldwide. In its Communication on “The power of trade partnerships: together for green and just economic growth”, the Commission has put forward how to further strengthen the implementation and enforcement of Trade and Sustainable Development...

Over half of UK SMEs have invested in sustainability in the last year, research says

UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) invested an average of £61,250 on their own sustainability during the last 12 months, new research from Aldermore has found. With the green agenda becoming more prominent across society, businesses have been increasingly willing to take action, with over half (53%) of SMEs investing in their own sustainability during the last 12 months. This represents...

Climate change poses a ‘serious health risk’ to the most vulnerable in Wales, Chief Medical Officer warns

An increase in unusual weather events, such as extreme heat, cold and flood events, is likely to disproportionately affect the most vulnerable living in deprived areas and exacerbate already prevalent public health inequalities, Frank Atherton, Chief Medical Officer for Wales warns in his annual report. The report, which looks at the second year of the pandemic as well as to...

Committee launches inquiry on geothermal technologies

In the latest stage of its Technological Innovation and Climate Change inquiry, the Environmental Audit Committee has announced their intention to look at the role geothermal technologies can play in the UK’s journey to net zero. Environmental Audit Committee Chairman, Philip Dunne MP, commented on the announcement: “Harnessing the heat beneath our feet could play a material role in decarbonising...

Study to investigate ‘invisible’ women in supply chains receives funding

An academic at the University of Nottingham has been awarded almost £1.3 million to investigate the specific threats posed to female garment workers in supply chains across the world. The four-year research project will examine garment manufacturing in the midlands, UK, as well as in Cambodia, Ethiopia and Jordan. These four producer countries represent different sites in the evolution of...