Investigation begins for pioneering salt cavern CCS projects
Engineering company Atkins has been selected by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) to examine the potential for British salt caverns to store hyrodrogen to be used in power generation.
Virgin unveils aviation 'game-changer' with alcohol-to-jet fuel
Virgin Atlantic has today (14 September) announced that an innovative partnership with carbon capture company LanzaTech has successfully produced 1,500 gallons of low-carbon, alcohol-to-jet (AtJ) fuel.
UK climate targets at risk unless 'immediate action' taken to develop CCS
The UK Government must take "immediate action" to boost the development of the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology in order to reduce the cost of meeting Britain's climate change obligations by up to £5bn each year, according to a report by the Parliamentary Advisory Group.
Decision to scrap CCS competition could add £30bn to UK carbon targets
The Government's cancellation of the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) competition could cost the UK an additional £30bn to meet its 2050 carbon targets, and is also likely to delay deployment of the technology until 2030, according to a report today (20 July) released by the National Audit Office (NAO).
How Kia is using carbon capture technology to reduce production emissions
South Korean car manufacturer Kia has demonstrated its commitment to develop carbon capture and regeneration technologies as the company attempts to significantly reduce emissions in its production process, as revealed in its latest CSR report.
Gravity-powered batteries and pig poo roads: the best green innovations of the week
In a week that has seen political 'leaders' fall by the wayside, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon innovations that could create opportunities amidst the chaos left by politicians who have now jumped a seemingly sinking ship.
Volcano generators and algae jet fuel: the best green innovations of the week
In a week that warned of a lifetime of high atmospheric carbon concentrations, edie has rounded up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could mitigate carbon effects and create a sustainable, if slightly altered, future.
Aggressive innovation needed as tipping point looms for cement industry
Global cement companies have been urged to innovate as a means to "future-proof" the sector, after a new report from climate change research provider CDP warned that the majority of emission reduction targets in the industry look set to expire.
ETI seeks proposals for 'template' CCS gas plant
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has called for help to create a "template" for a carbon capture and storage (CCS) enabled gas-fired power plant.
Carbon capture key to unlocking 'unburnable' fossil fuel resources
Refining Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) techniques would unlock the use of "unburnable carbon" as a viable energy source that would still keep the world on a 2C pathway if coupled with renewable energy, new research has suggested.
Ford aims to implement carbon-based foam products by 2021
American car giant Ford has set itself a five year window to introduce new foam and plastic components made from carbon dioxide feedstock, as the carmaker becomes the first in its industry to test the viability of CO2-based materials.
Oil giants pressured to adapt business models to low-carbon pathway
ExxonMobil and Chevron have been urged to adapt there business models to account for the 2C climate target established in Paris, after the world's largest shareholder action platform called on millions of civilians to support a change in operations.
'Breakthrough' CCS technology paves way for sustainable construction industry
A technological innovation that will enable Europe's cement and lime industries to significantly reduce their environmental footprint through carbon capture and storage (CCS) has received €12m backing from the European Union.
Scotland turns to carbon capture to alleviate industrial pressure
Researchers from Scotland have been awarded £2.8m to investigate how Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) can support the UK's efforts to reduce emissions in the manufacturing sector, after scientists claimed that a massive CCS drive will be necessary to combat climate change.
'Jenga green policy' damaging UK's low-carbon prospects ahead of 5th carbon budget
The UK is at serious risk of missing the requirements set out in the legally-binding fourth carbon budget, unless an "immediate policy gap" is filled, the chief executive of the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has warned.
Natural gas capabilities in the UK 'very limited' without carbon capture, report warns
Using natural gas as a bridging fuel to a cleaner energy mix in the UK will only act as a "stop-gap", with its viability as an energy source severely limited beyond 2020 unless carbon capture and storage (CSS) technology is rolled out, the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) has warned.
Shadow Energy Minister calls for national CCS strategy
Shadow Energy Minister Alan Whitehead has renewed his calls for a national carbon capture and storage (CCS) strategy, following the Government's last-minute decision in November to axe a £1bn competition for CCS pilot projects.
DECC urged to make U-turn on 'disappointing and damaging' CCS cancellation
The Department of Energy & Climate Change's (DECC) decision to cancel the £1bn funding competition for carbon capture and storage (CCS) initiatives could make it 'challenging' for the UK to meet climate change commitments, the Energy and Climate Change Committee has warned.
Spending watchdog to examine scrapping of £1bn carbon capture plan
The National Audit Office is to investigate George Osborne's decision to scrap a £1bn prototype carbon capture scheme which cost the taxpayer at least £60m, a letter seen by the Guardian shows.
UK's climate watchdog sticks with emissions reductions plan despite 'more ambitious' Paris agreement
The Government has been advised to stick with a 57% carbon emissions reduction target for the UK's fifth carbon budget, despite the recent Paris climate agreement outlining a greater global ambition.
Engineers warn of looming UK energy gap
The UK is facing an unprecedented "energy gap" in a decade's time, according to engineers, with demand for electricity likely to outstrip supply by more than 40%, which could lead to black outs .
CCS decision will add billions to cost of UK decarbonisation, says ETI
The Government's controversial decision to scrap carbon capture and storage (CCS) funding in the UK could add £1bn-2bn a year to the cost of decarbonisation throughout the 2020's, new analysis from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has warned.
"It's total, utter nonsense": Cameron slams climate policy critics
Prime Minister David Cameron "couldn't disagree more" with all of the green groups, industry associations, opposition parties and other political figureheads who have said there is a disconnect between the UK Government's high-level engagement on climate change at the Paris climate conference and domestic energy policy.
Statoil digs into CCS possibilities in Norway
Fossil fuel giant Statoil will carry out feasibility studies for carbon capture and storage (CCS) at three locations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, the firm revealed this week.
Global collaboration could save $550bn on clean energy deployment
The cost of worldwide clean energy technology deployments could be reduced by up to $550bn over the next 10 years if countries adopted global collaboration as a means of accelerating innovation, a new report has found.
UK's fifth carbon budget proposals: At a glance
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has today (26 November) published its recommendations for the UK's fifth carbon budget, suggesting an emissions reduction target of 57% by 2028-2032. But is that ambitious enough?
DECC axes £1bn carbon capture fund
The Department of Energy & Climate Change has axed a £1bn fund to commercialise carbon capture & storage (CCS) in the UK.
CCS projects to capture 28 million tonnes of CO2 this year
The 15 operational carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects worldwide will capture 28 million tonnes of carbon this year alone, a new report from the Global CCS Institute has found.
Electric innovation can solve climate issues, say global utility firms
A coalition of electricity suppliers with a collective customer base of more than 1.2 billion people has released a major new report for the Paris climate conference, detailing how electricity innovations can help tackle global warming.
Cement and steel industries need 'urgent' introduction of CCS technologies
Europe's energy-intensive industries such as cement and steel are in 'urgent need' of innovative carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology if they are to reach EU-wide emission targets by 2050, a new report has found.
UK energy policy threatening Northern Powerhouse, say trade unions
Yorkshire and the Humber has the opportunity to become Europe's leading low-carbon industrial zone, but punitive Government policy is putting that potential at risk, according to a new report from the national trade union.
Carney warns of risks from climate change 'tragedy of the horizon'
Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, has warned that climate change will lead to financial crises and falling living standards unless the world's leading countries do more to ensure that their companies come clean about their current and future carbon emissions.
Government advocates CCS despite Drax dropout
The UK Government has reiterated its support for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, after energy giant Drax pulled out the UK's flagship project.
Carbon capture innovation could slash energy costs by 80%
Power plants and other industrial producers of CO2 may soon be able to capture their emissions using 80% less energy, thanks to a new carbon capture technology being developed by General Electric (GE).
Scientists discover easy way to store methane in coffee
Used coffee beans could be a simple and cheap alternative for methane storage, new scientific research has found.
VIDEO: CO2 can be converted into nanofibres worth £25,000 a tonne
Scientists have discovered a new process that could convert atmospheric CO2 into valuable carbon nanofibres.
Crown Estate opens up CCS 'treasure map'
Information about potential sites for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the UK has been made freely available to the public.
Amber Rudd lays out DECC's priorities for 2015 and beyond
UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has answered crucial questions on the Government's approach to energy efficiency, fracking, renewable energy subsidies and climate change.
Natural gas 'very risky' to clean up energy supply
Natural gas does should not be considered an 'easy bridge' between coal power and renewable energy, the New Climate Economy (NCE) has warned.
Coal shutdown creates opportunity for low carbon transition
One of Britain's leading energy experts has used the closure of another UK coal power station to call for a new national energy strategy.
World Bank releases decarbonisation guide
Countries could reduce the cost of decarbonisation by a third by enacting green policies immediately, according to a new report from the World Bank.
Public confidence rising that the UK can 'keep the lights on'
The number of people identifying energy supply as one of the top three issues facing Britain has fallen by a third since March 2014, to 21%.
'Ambitious innovation' needed to turn climate change into opportunity
EXCLUSIVE: Forget resilience - we need to innovate our way out of trouble. That was the message put forward forecasting expert James Woudhuysen in his keynote address at edie's Sustainability Live Conference earlier today (21 April).
Carbon capture: Planet saver or dangerous distraction?
A flurry of carbon capture and storage (CCS)-related announcements was capped on Monday with news that the UK Government will spend £4m to investigate the feasibility of building the UK's first CCS plant. But is this the right avenue to go down?
Shell cynically blocking action on climate change, says ex-diplomat
Shell and its oil and gas peers are narcissistic, paranoid and psychopathic, and engaged in a cynical attempt to block action on global warming, according to the UK's former climate change envoy.
£4.2m investment powers development of UK's first CCS plant
The Scottish and UK Governments have announced a £4.2m investment in industrial research and feasibility studies for a 570MW Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) plant in Scotland.
ETI: biomass and CCS vital for UK's low-carbon future
Biomass combined with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) remains the only credible route to deliver negative emissions to help meet the UK's 2050 climate change targets, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has reiterated.
Bioenergy and CCS crucial for UK's low-carbon transition, says ETI
The UK must include bioenergy and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technologies in its low-carbon plans to avoid wasting investment and ensure 2050 targets remain achievable, according to a new report from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).
China's energy revolution: Coal powerhouse steps up green ambition
China's transition to a low-carbon economy is well underway, as the country is projected to overtake the US as the world's leading wind-power producer in 2016 and also looks set to increase its 'clean coal' capacity by 508GW over the next 10 years.
Carbon capture: Report sets out 10-point plan for EU policymakers
A new report has reiterated that North Sea nations have the skills and the storage capacity to deliver a thriving Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) industry, with a 10-point plan which outlines the specific support needed from the EU.
EU paper calls for binding CCS targets by 2030
European countries should be given binding targets for installing technology to capture and store carbon emissions, according to a new report for the European commission.
Carbon capture must be fast-tracked as global coal growth deemed 'unsustainable'
The International Energy Agency (IEA) says global governments must 'radically accelerate the deployment of carbon capture technology' as a new report reveals demand for coal will break the nine-billion-tonne level by 2019.
DECC puts CCS in the spotlight
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is ramping up its support for carbon capture and storage (CCS) with the announcement of new funding to support new CCS projects, technologies and solutions across the country.
Taking pollution out of power stations: UK and Canada sign CCS deal
Energy Minister Matthew Hancock has signed an agreement with the Canadian Government to work together on further research into carbon capture and storage.
Lack of awareness 'undermining' CCS use for tackling carbon emissions
A lack of public awareness about carbon capture and storage (CCS) is threatening to undermine the UK's efforts to use the new technology for cutting carbon emissions, a new leading academic survey has found.
Government calls for industry feedback as it prepares for CCS deployment
The Government reaffirmed its commitment to establishing a strong Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) industry in the UK with a scoping document released today (August 7) which summarises the CCS policy and calls for industry feedback.
Carbon capture plant set to safeguard aquaculture industry
The Norwegian Parliament has granted funding for an innovative, closed-loop business model which makes use of captured CO2 to produce the Omega-3 necessary to feed local fish farms.
White Rose CCS project wins €300m EU funding
Just days after the Trades Union Congress (TUC) highlighted the potential financial and employment benefits of Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) in Yorkshire, the European Commission has granted crucial funding for a flagship project in the region.
Carbon capture benefits made clear for Yorkshire & Humber
Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) would add as much as £245m to the regional economy of Yorkshire, Humber and the Tees Valley, according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC).
Consumer group Which? questions virtue of green energy subsidies
Which? warns planned green energy subsidies may not be value for money, as more cost effective options may be overlooked.
Carbon capture call: Power station projects must be fast-tracked, say MPs
The UK energy industry has welcomed a new report from an influential Parliamentary committee which argues that carbon capture and storage (CCS) is now 'vital' to limiting climate change and the technology must be fast-tracked for use in UK power stations within the next 12 months.
Dell unveils new packaging made from greenhouse gas-based plastic
Computer giant Dell has announced that it will be using packaging made from greenhouse gas-based plastic to protect its products.
Bursting the Carbon Bubble: Shell insists fossil fuel reserves won't be 'stranded'
Royal Dutch Shell has dismissed claims that its proven oil and gas reserves will become unusable as a result of climate change regulation; maintaining the view that fossil fuels will continue to play a major role in the global energy system through to 2050 and beyond.
Fossil fuels report sparks calls for more home-grown energy
The UK will have run out of oil, coal and gas in just over five years' time, scientists have warned.
European Investment Bank provides €2bn for clean energy projects
More than €2bn (£1.6bn) is to be made available for new innovative renewable energy and carbon capture projects, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced.
Exxon Mobil agrees to report on climate change's effect on business model
Oil giant bows to pressure from activists who want companies to acknowledge the changes wrought by government action
UK Government invests in 'world's first' gas-fired CCS facility
The Government has today announced a major investment in the world's first gas-fired carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility to be constructed in Peterhead Scotland.
New CCS technology strategy to 'confront challenges'
A new technology strategy aimed at turning Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) into a mainstream carbon abatement technology has been launched.
Water shortages will put UK energy security 'in danger' say researchers
UK policymakers are being called on to give greater consideration to the electricity sector's 'water footprint', as water shortages are likely to impact energy generation in the future.
Under current trends carbon budget will be spent by 2034, warns PwC
To maintain economic growth without exceeding two degrees of warming, the G20 needs to reduce its carbon intensity by 6% per year, according to a new report.
Al Gore: world is on brink of 'carbon bubble'
Gore and partner David Blood call on companies to 'do their fiduciary duty' and identify carbon risks in their portfolios
UK and China strengthen relationship on advancing low carbon development
The UK and China have pledged to continue co-operation to promote low-carbon development and energy efficiency technologies.
Latest sponsor adds support to Sustainability Leaders Awards 2013
edie and Sustainable Business magazine are delighted to welcome Air Products on board as a 2013 Sustainability Leaders Awards sponsor.
Pilot plant to transform CO2 emissions into 'bricks'
A pilot plant to be built in Australia will transform CO2 emissions, captured through carbon capture technology, into carbonate rock 'bricks' for use in the construction industry, researchers have claimed.
'Government action' needed to ensure UK meets second and third carbon budget
The Government must do more to ensure the UK meets its third and fourth carbon budget, according to the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) annual progress report.
Green Investment Bank invests £635m in first year
The Green Investment Bank (GIB) invested £635m in its first year of operation but recorded a net loss of £6.2m, according to the bank's first annual review.
CCS Taskforce report proves technology can be 'cost competitive' in 2020s
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) will be a low-cost decarbonisation option for both the power and industrial sectors in the very near future, says CCS Association chief exec Jeff Chapman.
House of Lords sounds alarm over EU low carbon investment uncertainty
A clearer EU policy is needed to unlock investment in secure, affordable and low carbon energy, according to a report released today by the House of Lords.
UK shale not necessarily 'silver bullet' to low energy prices
The Government should not assume that gas prices will fall due to a shale gas revolution in the UK, according to a report from the Energy and Climate Change Committee.
Fossil fuels important for UK's low carbon transition says think tank
Fossil fuels have an important role in the UK's transition to low carbon electricity, according to a report released today by the cross-party think tank Carbon Connect.
Government to support European funding for CCS
The Government has committed to support the winning projects of its £1bn carbon capture and storage (CCS) competition, if they choose to apply for European finding, under new guidance published today.
CCS could reduce UK energy costs by £45bn
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) for the power sector has huge potential to help the UK meet greenhouse gas and energy security targets, according to a report released today.
CCS gets second chance with relaunch of EU funding
The European Commission has launched a second call for proposals under its NER300 investment programme for low-carbon technologies.
EU launches Green Paper to define 2030 carbon targets
The European Commission has published its Green Paper today which focuses on developing a 2030 framework for EU climate change and energy policies.
Osborne's CCS pet projects named
Two successful bidders for the Government's £1bn Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) commercialisation programme competition have been announced today.
BUDGET 2013: CCS gets go ahead but shale gas to lead the way says Chancellor
The Chancellor announced in today's budget that it will take on two major carbon capture and storage projects but also highlighted intentions to drive investment in shale gas.
ETI investigates potential of hydrogen storage technology
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has launched a £300,000 project to investigate the economics and potential use of energy systems involving low carbon hydrogen production, storage and flexible turbine technology.
EXCLUSIVE: CCS to remain costly despite potential rise in investment
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) could help cut 20% of global emissions required by 2050 but will need vast investment and the support of regulatory and energy efficiency measures, says Tore Amundsen.
Meeting 2050 carbon target needs energy 'portfolio approach'
Achieving the UK's carbon reduction targets will require heavy investment in and continued development of the portfolio of low-carbon technologies, says David Kennedy.
Climate migitation costs risk spiralling 'out of control'
The global cost of meeting climate change targets is set to soar unless urgent action is taken, new research has warned.
Coal due to make a global comeback
The era of coal consumption is far from over and by 2017 it will come close to surpassing oil as the world's top energy source, according to a report published today.
CCS has 'no friends' but must get Britain's backing
The progress of carbon capture and storage (CCS) has been disappointing but is a crucial technology and still has potential in the UK, according to Carbon Trust chair James Smith.
Energy Bill 'welcome boost' to business
The Government's long awaited Energy Bill, published today, has been well received by businesses and industry, despite the absence of a 2030 decarbonisation target.
CCS to compete with renewables 'as early as the 2020s'
Fossil fuel power generation with carbon capture and storage (CCS) has the potential to compete cost-effectively with other low-carbon forms of energy in the 2020s, according to a report published today.
Energy bill delays could scare off investors
Low carbon energy industry associations have urged the government to be decisive on firming up the energy bill and have reiterated their calls for a largely decarbonised power sector by 2030.
CCS is 'unattractive but vital' to meeting carbon targets
Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) can be a suitable solution for reducing carbon emissions but high costs and a challenging implementation process are making it unattractive to those in the energy industry, says Carbon Trust chairman, James Smith.
CCS investment in Yorkshire and Humber makes perfect sense
Investment in carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Yorkshire and Humber will deliver £1.3bn and secure 4,000 skilled jobs, according to a report.
£20m CCS investment for Scottish businesses
A £20m fund for research and development into carbon capture and storage (CCS) was announced yesterday by Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey.
New analysis spurs innovation of CCS technology
The Government has introduced new analysis to examine the potential for innovation of low carbon technologies, while assessing their economic benefits to the UK.
Government's draft energy bill may reduce investment in sustainable energy projects
The Government's new draft energy bill could reduce investment in sustainable energy projects as it proposes to introduce a system of long-term contracts to give power companies a guaranteed price for the low-carbon electricity they produce.