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BBC broadcasts its carbon-cutting success

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Corporation reveals it has cut energy consumption by 20 per cent thanks to switch to greener studios, but carbon impact of travel keeps climbing

22 Jul 2014

Willmott Dixon reveals how it is Re-Thinking approaches to sustainability

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BusinessGreen Leaders Awards Sustainability Team of the Year details how it is both cutting environmental impacts and driving green innovation

21 Jul 2014

Sainsbury's announces pioneering £200m 'green' loan to fund low-carbon investment drive

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Commercial loan hailed as first of its kind, as Lloyds Bank welcomes important extension to green bonds market

20 Jul 2014

How design can determine recycling habits

Dr Stewart Barr makes the case for recycling collection to be designed into buildings so it becomes part of a daily routine

16 Jul 2014

Could Russia beat Brazil with greenest World Cup?

Six of the new stadiums being built for the 2018 tournament are being assessed under green building code BREEAM

15 Jul 2014

How green was the 2014 World Cup?

This year's tournament just brought a world of pain to Brazilian soccer fans - But can its environmental and social legacy deliver a victory?

11 Jul 2014

Businesses failing to prepare for climate change risks, report warns

Committee on Climate Change attacks government "underinvestment" on flooding and outlines future overheating threat for UK's aging population

09 Jul 2014

Government hits back in 'zero carbon' homes row

Minister rejects claims government is watering down zero carbon homes standard as new proposals are published

09 Jul 2014

Report: Huge untapped potential for energy efficiency in commercial buildings

Policy needs to be simpler and consistently enforced to ensure carbon reductions, industry paper finds

18 Jun 2014

The Responsibility Gap or Why your company's sustainability programme is failing

Simon Graham of Commercial Group argues that without a rethink on how companies manage their energy use, firms will always struggle to deliver significant carbon savings

17 Jun 2014

Breaking news: Government to legislate on non-zero carbon housing

Alan Whitehead argues that the government's much trumpeted 'zero carbon homes' could end up being anything but

16 Jun 2014

Old Levi's jeans warm San Francisco icon

Green refurb of 110 Embarcodero will see 7,800 pairs of jeans used as insulation within its walls

16 Jun 2014

A third of new homes could avoid zero-carbon homes standard

New analysis shows 36 per cent of residential planning applications last year were for 50 homes or fewer

13 Jun 2014

Hudson Yards: A connected neighborhood grows in Manhattan

A central part of the $20bn Hudson Yards community will be a vast sensor network to track air quality, traffic, energy, waste processes and more

13 Jun 2014

Queen's Speech: the green business reaction

Green economy leaders respond to today's announcements on fracking, zero-carbon homes, plastic bags and climate change

04 Jun 2014

Blue chips demand ambitious green building standards for landlords

Marks & Spencer, Whitbread, Mitsubishi and others demand clarity over private rental sector energy standards ahead of Queen's Speech today

04 Jun 2014

Queens Speech: Zero carbon homes commitment set to be ditched

Proposed legislation will reportedly allow builders to offset carbon from new homes that do not meet sustainability standards

02 Jun 2014

Energy efficiency: Why not make it an infrastructure priority?

Having highlighted the potential benefits of energy-efficiency programmes, the Treasury now needs to deliver, argues John Alker of the Green Building Council

02 Jun 2014

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