Nine water companies have joined with twenty NGOs to create shared principles for sustainable water.

Yesterday, the companies, which are part of an organisation called Blueprint for Water, signed an agreement intending for the shared principles to deliver “more effective joint working” on environmental and wildlife issues, including more on the ground projects.

They have committed to tackling pollution and working with farmers on more environmentally-friendly agricultural techniques.

Hannah Freeman of Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Chair of Blueprint for Water, said: “This is the first time water companies and nature charities have agreed how to work together ahead of business plans being delivered. With our waters under increasing pressure it is essential that businesses and environmentalists are more joined-up in acting as their guardians.”

This news follows water companies submitting business plans to Ofwat, the body that is responsible for the economic regulation of the privatised water in England and Wales, in a bid to be more sustainable.

Notably, Thames Water, the UK’s biggest water and wastewater service provider, has pledged to invest £11.7 billion to improve infrastructure, service and efficiency over the 2020-25 period.

Steve Robertson, Thames Water Chief Executive Officer, said: “Our primary role, to provide resilient water and waste services to customers across London and the Thames Valley, touches the environment on multiple levels every single day. When planning our investment it’s hugely important to work closely with environmental groups to limit the impact we have and ensure we sustain a thriving environment for future generations.”

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Today, the Zero Emissions Vehicle Summit, held in Birmingham, will be attended by PM, Theresa May.

Here, a £106 million funding boost will be announced for the research and development of zero emission vehicles.

The Prime Minister is expected to say: "I want to see Britain, once again, leading from the front and working with industries and countries around the world to spearhead change. That is why I have set this country an ambitious mission. To put the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero-emission vehicles and for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero-emission by 2040."

At the Zero Emissions Vehicle Summit, the new Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce, which was announced as a part of the ‘Road to Zero’ strategy in July, will be discussed. This is the first time that the energy and automotive industry has been brought together by the Taskforce.

Jesse Norman MP, Electric Vehicles Minister, said: “Bringing together government, automotive and energy sectors will help to ensure that Electric Vehicles become an integrated part of the UK energy system, and infrastructure upgrades can be planned in an efficient and sustainable way.”

The summit will gather leading transport visionaries in one place and provide an opportunity to meet and discuss important issues with senior government representatives from around the world.

However, the announcement has been met with some backlash. Speaking ahead of the summit, Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth’s chief executive, said:  “We can’t afford to wait until 2040 for most new vehicles to be zero-emission. Pollution from road traffic is a major cause of air pollution and climate change – industry must be challenged to clean up its act far sooner.”

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Sony have joined the RE100 in a pledge of sustainability.

On Monday, the company announced that they aim to be 100 per cent renewable across all of their business sites by 2040.

Sony’s European sites have already achieved this goal, but by 2040 they promise the same globally.

They want to install solar panels at their manufacturing sites in Japan and Thailand. Japan sites have the largest amount of energy consumption and therefore there will be a focus within the country to work directly with RE100 to ensure the target is met.

Kenichiro Yoshida, President and CEO of Sony Corporation, said: “For many years, Sony has been an industry leader in actively addressing climate change and other environmental issues. As part of our “Road to Zero” initiative to eliminate our environmental footprint, we are pleased to join RE100 and contribute to the realization of a society that operates on fully renewable energy.”

Shiro Kambe, Sony Corporate Executive Officer, said: “Switching to green energy will temporarily raise costs, but it will add more value to our business.”

The RE100 are a group of over 140 members worldwide who are committed to promoting and utilising renewable energy.

Helen Clarkson, CEO of the Climate Group, said: “We are expected to welcome Sony aboard RE100. From PlayStation and image sensors to consumer electronics, music, and film, this is the largest entertainment and technology business in the world stepping up and switching its entire operations to 100% renewable electricity.”

Sony join tech giants Facebook and Apple who have also pledged to run on 100 per cent renewable energy in a bid to go green.

Photo Credit: Ian Muttoo

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A supply ship has set sail in San Francisco in an attempt to clean up the ocean.

The ambitious project aims to clean up 50 per cent of the 80, 000 tonnes of plastic located in the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch within five years.

The boat, which departed on September 8th 2018, is now on its way to a test stop, for a 2-week trial before continuing its journey toward the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, 1,200 nautical miles offshore. Some of the plastic in the garbage patch dates back to the sixties.

The Ocean Cleanup, developed by Dutch inventor Boyan Slat, is working with Maersk to complete this journey. Mr Slat, said: "The main mission is to show that it works, and hopefully then in a few months from now, the first plastics will arrive back into port, which means that it becomes proven technology.”

Once the plastic has been collected from the ocean it will be brought back for recycling and then sold, the profits will then fund future Ocean Cleanup projects.

Steen S. Karstensen, CEO of Maersk, said: “We are truly proud to be supporting the installation of the Ocean Cleanup’s first system. Large towing operations have been a part of Maersk’s Service Supply’s work-scope for decades. It is rewarding to see that our marine capabilities can be utilised within new segments, and to support solving such an important environmental issue.”

Global plastic production has risen steadily since the 1950’s, this has resulted in a number of problems for our oceans and, in particular, marine life.

This news follows the start of the United Nations ocean treaty conference, set to create policy for the high seas over the next two years.

To find out more about the Ocean Cleanup click here.

Photo Credit: The Ocean Cleanup/ Pierre Augier

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