Supplier Climate Mentoring Programs and Tesco’s 1,000th EV Charger: The Week’s Sustainability Success Stories

Published weekly, this series shows how companies and sustainability professionals are striving to achieve their “Mission Possible” through the campaign’s five key pillars: energy, resources, infrastructure, mobility and business management.

The energy price crisis has dominated the headlines in the UK this week, with the rise in the price cap leading to much higher electricity and gas bills for homes and businesses. As we continue to await the energy security strategy, there is hope for renewed ambitions in energy efficiency and clean energy.

And, meanwhile, leading companies, cities, states and regions are turning their environmental ambitions into action. Here we round up five positive sustainability stories from this week.

ENERGY: Green light for two large offshore wind farms off the Suffolk coast

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Here in the UK we continue to await the new Energy Security Strategy. Reports indicate that the Prime Minister is ready to increase targets and funding for nuclear, onshore wind and offshore wind.

Meanwhile, the government on Thursday (31 March) granted planning permission for the development of two offshore wind farm projects off the coast of East Anglia, which will collectively house 142 turbines and have a capacity of 1.5GW. .

Business and Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said in a statement that he believed the wind farms – East Anglia ONE North and East Anglia TWO 0 would make a “substantial contribution to the supply of renewable energy”. Under Kwarteng, the government has pledged to bring all electricity generation from fossil fuels in the UK offline by 2035.

A statement in response to the ruling, issued by ScottishPower, read: “Offshore wind is exactly what we need to bring more green, clean electricity to the grid, so we can reduce our reliance on throttle and reach net zero.

“We will now fully assess what the detail of the decisions means in practice for our projects, our plans to generate enough affordable green electricity to power nearly three million homes, and our ambition to support up to 7,000 jobs. .”

RESOURCES: Lucy & Yak forge fashion reuse and recycling partnership with Beyond Retro

Fashion is one of the most wasteful industries in the world; according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, one garbage truck full of clothes is landfilled or burned every second, and the equivalent of less than 2% of the clothes made each year are properly recycled each year.

Repair and resale are therefore becoming an increasingly popular solution. Independent fashion brand Lucy & Yak, best known for its overalls, has teamed up with vintage fashion retailer Beyond Retro to launch a clothing recycling scheme.

Customers are encouraged to bring their used Lucy & Yak clothing to Beyond Retro stores, in exchange for a Lucy and Yak voucher. Beyond Retro will sell collected items in good condition, make repairs where possible, and if that’s not possible, send the garment for recycling through Love Not Landfill.

“At Lucy & Yak, we have always dreamed big when it comes to circularity, but as a small, fast-growing company, resources and space limit what we are able to achieve on our own; collaboration is key to solving problems in this industry,” said Lucy Greenwood, co-founder of Lucy and Yak.

MOBILITY: Electric vehicle charging stations installed at Tesco’s 500and shop

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In 2018, Tesco partnered with Volkswagen with the aim of rolling out more than 2,000 Pod Point electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in its area by 2021. Triodos Bank then joined the initiative, committing finance the installation of charging stations in 600 stores. .

This week, Tesco announced a new milestone for the project – the installation of charging ports at its 500and store, Tesco Extra in Inverness. The supermarket chain now hosts more than 1,000 charging ports, including 100 fast chargers. The slower chargers are free while customers have to pay to use the 50kW fast chargers.

Tesco has also released an update on charging station usage, revealing a 300% increase in charging sessions over the past year. The network has been used over two million times now.

“The partnership continues to make a significant and highly visible contribution to the UK’s charging infrastructure, giving drivers the confidence to go electric,” said Pod Point Founder and Managing Director Erik. Fairbairn.

Last month, the UK government published its long-awaited electric vehicle infrastructure strategy, detailing its plans to deliver on its ambition to increase public electric vehicle charging points tenfold by 2030. Read edie’s coverage here.

THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT: Grosvenor launches net zero mentorship program for suppliers

Addressing operational greenhouse gas emissions has been a priority for many companies in the built environment sector for several years. But research has shown that much more will need to be done to measure and reduce embodied carbon, engaging the supply chain, in the years to come.

With this in mind, Grosvenor Property UK has launched a net zero mentorship program for its suppliers, starting with 38 suppliers initially. The company has partnered with the City of London Corporation’s Heart of the City initiative to implement the program, which will help suppliers develop, validate and achieve science-based emission reduction targets.

Grosvenor Property UK’s net zero trajectory includes a commitment to reduce emissions across all scopes by at least 52% by 2030, compared to a 2019 baseline. Supplier emissions account for around half of its footprint carbon, which makes the supply chain a focal point. The company will not award contracts above £1m to suppliers without verified science targets from 2023.

“Our SME partners are incredibly supportive of our environmental ambitions, but resources are often a barrier to their own progress,” said Victoria Herring, director of Grosvenor’s sustainability program.

“The response to the program was so great that we split the participants into two groups. Combined with commitments from our largest suppliers, the success of this collaborative effort will have a significant impact on our Scope 3 emissions and drive change across the built environment value chain.

CORPORATE MANAGEMENT: Too Good to Go diverts 10 million bags of surplus food from waste

Between 33% and 40% of all food produced in the world is wasted every year. This waste has a huge impact on the climate and resources, and solving this trend would undoubtedly also contribute to social development.

So it’s good news that Too Good to Go recently celebrated the collection of its ten millionth “Magic Bag”. Magic bags are listed on its app by partner companies and contain surplus items that remain unsold at the end of the working day. Customers are then invited to purchase a discounted bag, with each bag containing approximately one kilogram of food.

Brands offering magic bags include Costa Coffee, Greggs and Morrisons, as well as a range of independent local businesses.

Too Good To Go co-founder Jamie Crummie said: “It’s amazing to have reached this incredible milestone of ten million magic bags saved in the UK. Each of our users and partner companies has contributed to this success and I would like to say a huge thank you to them. Saving food from waste is one of the most important steps we can take to fight climate change and this step shows that small individual changes can really add up to a huge impact.

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