PSI sustainability news round-up

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Removing barriers to mature renewables key to lowering industrial electricity prices
Aldersgate Group, 5 February 2018
A new report recommends that the UK government improves investment conditions in low-cost renewable energy technologies such as onshore wind, coordinates investment in power generation and network infrastructure more efficiently and ensures increased interconnection with European power grids and cross-border electricity trading post-Brexit.

Unreleased government report suggests industry and ministers exaggerated fracking boom
Independent, 11 February 2018
An unreleased 2016 government report estimated that 155 fracking wells will be constructed by 2025, a fraction of the number predicted by a prominent industry report.

New study finds cutting oil subsidies will not stop climate change
Scientific American, 8 February 2018
The effect of removing fossil fuel subsidies would fall far short of the reductions promised in the Paris Agreement.

UK ‘could adopt’ Norway bottle recycling system
BBC News, 13 February 2018
Advisers to government say the schemes have massively reduced plastic litter in the environment and seas.

Organic food provides significant environmental benefits to plant-rich diets, 9 February 2018
A new study confirms that a diet high in fruit and vegetables is better for the planet than one high in animal products. The study also finds that organic food provides significant, additional climate benefits for plant-based diets.

Huge levels of antibiotic use in US farming revealed
Guardian, 8 February 2018
Concerns raised over weakened regulations on imports in potential post-Brexit trade deals.

How bad is your sandwich for the environment?
Environmental Technology, 10 February 2018
The sandwich industry has roughly the same the carbon footprint as 8.6 million cars on an annual basis.

Study suggest Italian cities are making progress towards smart mobility
Science for Environment Policy, 8 February 2018
Researchers looked at 22 Italian cities, covering all regions in the country, to assess changes in public transport, cycle lanes, bicycle-sharing and car-sharing schemes.

Report: Majority of UK SMEs struggling to embed sustainability, 9 February 2018
Almost three-quarters of UK SMEs are struggling to embed sustainability practices, citing costs issues and unfavourable government policies.

The barriers to greening aviation and ruminant farming
FCRN, 7 February 2018
A recent paper examines the British civil aviation and ruminant farming sectors to understand the barriers to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through technological innovation.

Resource experts call for new strategy to build better cities
UN Environment, 9 February 2018
The Weight of Cities: Resource Requirements of Future Urbanization calls for a new strategy to meet the needs of 21st-century urbanization, one that would result in cities that are low carbon, resource efficient, socially just, and in which people can live healthy lives.