MoD: A new contract was signed last week (ahead of Sunday's World Environment Day) providing Armed Forces on operations with sustainably-sourced, instant coffee from Cornish charity Cool Earth. For each tin sold, the charity will protect 5 trees in the Amazon which would otherwise have fallen victim to loggers. This means that under the £375k contract around 300,000 trees covering an area 4 times the size of Hyde Park will be saved.
It is also estimated that, thanks to the purchase of the 100% Rainforest Alliance-certified Brazilian coffee beans, around 410,526 tonnes of carbon dioxide will be offset. The contract goes live this month and will initially run for 12 months, with an option to extend.
ScotGov: Plans for a new partnership between 2 of Europe's leading energy companies to develop up to 2.4 Gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind projects in Scottish waters have been welcomed by First Minister Alex Salmond.
Spain's largest oil company, Repsol, and Portugal's EDP Renováveis (EDPR) confirmed plans for a joint venture following the Spanish company's purchase of SeaEnergy Renewables Ltd (SERL) - the offshore wind unit of Aberdeen-based SeaEnergy Plc - which was announced to the stock exchange this week.