Businesses match governments with bold climate pledges during Climate Week NYC
The level of climate ambition shown from businesses during Climate Week 2016 in New York City (NYC) is continuing to mount, with eight more companies making 100% renewable energy pledges and four firms committing to double the energy productivity of their operations.
Climate Week 2016: Apple and Bank of America lead corporate charge towards net-zero economy
Climate Week New York City (NYC) 2016 has kicked off in style with America's largest tech firm and second-largest bank headlining a flurry of ambitious corporate commitments to a renewable energy-based future.
Greening the Apple: How sustainable is the new iPhone 7?
It features a longer battery life, is more energy-efficient, and a waterproof design will prevent damaged products going straight to landfill. But the ditching of the headphone jack could itself open up an e-waste black hole. So just how sustainable is Apple's new iPhone 7?
Tax haven money could power half the world with renewable energy
Campaign group Friends of the Earth has issued a "wake-up call" for the G20 leaders with a new report revealing that the money hidden in tax havens could be enough to power half of the world using 100% renewable sources by 2030.
Coming of age: The heroes and villains of the circular economy
The circular economy is growing up; moving beyond simple radical resource efficiency, towards an authentic triple-bottom-line. As with any transition, not everything is great. Business model innovation is the battleground for success - and while there are heroes, there are also villains holding back the real transformation that is needed.
Elon Musk's SolarCity to begin selling roof made of solar panels
In the same month that Apple has been granted permission to sell energy generated by its solar farm in California, renowned cleantech innovator Elon Musk has revealed that his solar power company SolarCity plans to begin selling a fully-integrated "solar roof" that is entirely composed of PV panels.
Apple quietly forms new energy company to sell excess renewable electricity
In a bid to stabilise its ongoing commitment to sourcing renewable energy, tech giant Apple has quietly formed its own energy subsidiary which could see the company sell excess electricity to end-users across the US.
Apple ranked as highest scoring corporation for climate influence
Tech giant Apple's continuous drive to champion renewable energy has seen it top a list of more than 150 companies - including rivals Microsoft and Google - to receive the first 'A+ grade' from a sustainability analysis group.
Christiana Figueres expects Paris Agreement to take effect in 2018
The UN's soon-to-depart climate chief has said that the Paris climate change pact agreed last December could come into force two years earlier than the originally planned date of 2020.
Google and Apple among tech giants backing Clean Power Plan
The four largest tech giants Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft have collectively warned that any attempts to block a low-carbon transition in the US would prove 'costly' to both the global economy and human wellbeing.
Apple turns to supply chains ethics as emissions tumble
Tech giant Apple has revealed that it cut carbon emissions by almost 14,000 tonnes in 2015, as the firm continued its drive to improve supply chain sustainability and ethics, its latest supplier responsibility report has revealed.
Liam the robot and Disney World powered by tomatoes: the best green innovations of the week
After a week that saw the Energy and Climate Change Committee's (ECCC) embark on a new exploration into innovation in the energy sector, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could accelerate the global green industrial revolution.
Apple now powered by 93% renewable energy
With all eyes glued to the unveiling of Apple's new 'iPhone SE', the tech giant took to the stage in California this week to confirm that 93% of its global facilities are now running on renewable energy, before unveiling its eye-catching answer to the problem of e-waste.
Unilever and National Grid labelled 'true leaders' in post-Paris policy push
Unilever and National Grid are among the select few companies to be heralded as 'true leaders' for their support of the policies set in place in Paris last month, according to corporate analysts InfluenceMap.
VIDEO: Tesla cars could be driving themselves in just two years
Pioneering electric car manufacturer Tesla has unveiled a new software upgrade that could soon see Tesla cars driving around automatically to meet their owners.
Google pilots new renewables programme
Google has announced that it will be the first customer of Duke Energy's renewable programme, in a move that will see Google's North Carolina data centre receive clean energy from a local 61 MW solar project.
Apple's Singapore operations to be 100% solar-powered
The world's largest technology company has announced that its entire Singapore operations, including a 2,500-person corporate campus and a forthcoming retail store, will be 100% powered by solar panels.
Apple invests in Ireland's ocean energy industry
Continuing its investment in renewable energy, technology giant Apple has agreed a new £1m R&D fund to support a wave energy project off the coast of Ireland.
Bloomberg to save $2m with solar-powered data centre
US financial services firm Bloomberg has announced a deal to power 5% of its main New York data centre through a 2.9MW solar plant.
Apple targets 2.2GW of new clean energy capacity in China
Apple has announced plans to clean up its manufacturing supply chain in China by building new renewable energy capacity and improving efficiency measures.
81 global companies join Obama in climate pledge
Nike, McDonalds, Sony and Dell are among 81 corporations that have signed up to a new White House-sponsored pledge promising individual and collective action on climate change.
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
This week edie reported plenty of tech news from Silicon Valley, UK food waste figures and developments from our very own foreign correspondent in Indonesia.
Water-saving shower crowdfunds almost $1m in less than 2 days
A new shower that is 70% more water-efficient than regular models is nearing $1m of funding in its Kickstarter campaign less than 48 hours after launch.
Green giant: 5 ways Facebook is embracing digital sustainability
The tech giants of Silicon Valley were slow out of the gate with sustainability, frequently coming under fire at the start of the decade for their energy and water-hungry ways.
American firms pledge $140bn to support Obama's climate action
Apple, Coca-Cola and Walmart are among 13 American multinationals that have put forward $140bn of new low-carbon investment in an announcement at the White House today (27 July).
Amazon commits to 208MW wind farm in largest renewables venture yet
Amazon is to construct a 208MW wind farm which will become the first utility-scale wind farm in the US state of North Carolina.
Facebook sets 50% renewables target by 2018
The world's largest social network has announced a new target to source half of its energy from renewable sources by 2018.
STA develops new checklist to help businesses get started with rooftop solar
The Solar Trade Association (STA) has released a new checklist to give businesses the confidence to install rooftop solar.
10 million 'comatose' IT servers wasting electricity
Almost one third of the servers in power-hungry data centres are 'comatose', i.e. still using electricity but not delivering any useful IT service.
Amazon locks horns with Greenpeace over energy commitment
Greenpeace and Amazon have become embroiled in a public spat after the charity claimed the online retailer's renewable energy commitments "lacked basic transparency".
Apple beefs up green commitments in China
Tech giant Apple has announced a new partnership with WWF to reduce the impact of its packaging needs on forests in China.
Survey: Online shoppers want greener packaging
Nearly two thirds of online shoppers now consider 'green packaging' when deciding where to shop according to a new poll.
A greener Apple: IT giant announces two new projects
Global IT giant Apple has announced it is greening its operations further by building more renewable energy capacity and offsetting its paper supply chain's impact.
California drought: Water use in Silicon Valley 'insane'
California Governor Jerry Brown ordered business and residents to cut water use by 25% last week, but tech-giants in Silicon Valley need to do even more, according to one expert.
Google announces $300m investment in rooftop solar
Google's latest renewable energy investment will be providing almost half of a new $750m fund by SolarCity Corp to finance 25,000 residential solar projects, marking the technology giant's largest renewable energy investment to date.
Apple's new European data centres to be 100% powered by renewables
Apple today announced a $1.7bn plan to build two giant data centres in Europe, both powered by 100% renewable energy.
Green Alliance: Tech giants must embrace circular business models
An increased focus on recycling and repairing consumer electronics could cut the carbon footprint of each device by up to half, according to a new report from the Green Alliance.
Apple announces $850m giant solar farm
"The time for change is now," proclaimed Apple CEO Tim Cook as he announced the tech giant is committing $848m to clean energy in the form of a 280MW solar farm in California.
Collaborative corporate project launched to support 'watershed decade' for renewables
Wind and Solar capacity in the United States could double by 2025 as demand increases from corporations seeking to fulfil commitments to shift to renewables.
Apple suppliers accused of poor treatment of workers
Apple has again come under fire for the treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make its products, following a new investigation by BBC Panorama.
Solar-powered headphones take off on Kickstarter
A crowd-funding campaign has been launched for the 'world's first wireless solar-powered headphones'.
Ford ranked top global green brand for 2014 as carmakers race ahead
Ford has taken the top spot from Toyota as the number one global green brand this year - with car makers claiming all top four positions - according to Interbrand's latest annual ranking table.
Consumer electronic brands sustainability reporting remains 'murky'
Electronic brands vary widely when it comes to sustainable performance with 75% of the top 20 brands guilty of some degree of 'greenwashing' according to new research.
Water & Business: How to avoid the looming 'crisis'
In less than 16 years, the UN says that the demand for fresh water will outstrip supply by 40%. Businesses are acutely aware of the impending risks of managing with less water, but many are confused about exactly what to do, and where it should start. Peter Knight provides some clarity.
Google agrees green energy supply deal for US data centre
Google has announced a deal that will see its data centre in Iowa, US supplied with up to 407MW of energy generated by wind.
Apple: climate change is real and it's a real problem
Technology company claims 94% of its corporate facilities are now powered by renewable energy
EU plans to standardise mobile phone chargers to crackdown on waste
Phone makers such as Nokia and Samsung may have to offer European customers a standardised mobile phone charger from 2017, after MEPs approved a new EU directive designed to crackdown on "unnecessary" waste last week.
Apple launches iPhone trade-in scheme in the UK
Apple's recycling programme for old iPhones gives £175 discount off a new one - but alternative trade-in schemes offer more