500 companies obtain UK's first energy label specifying renewable energy credentials
Independent renewable energy supplier SmartestEnergy has announced that 500 companies have been issued with energy labels that specify the source and carbon content of the electricity that they purchase.
UK universities struggling to reach 2020 emissions target
Despite progress being made to tackle carbon emissions in the higher education sector, universities are still struggling to achieve collective 2020 reduction pledges, according to the latest Brite Green Higher Education Sector Carbon Progress Report.
Nandos, Subway and Iceland join WRAP's waste reduction commitment
Wrap's voluntary Courtauld Commitment 2025 - which seeks to reduce the resource intensity of Britain's food and drink sector by 20% - has added 30 new signatories this week, taking its representation to 95% of the nation's food retail market.
The Paris effect: Are businesses ready for a new climate reality?
As the UK joins a growing list of nations pledging to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change, a new report released today (21 September) reveals that more than 600 big businesses - worth $12tn - have already started to factor in the profound impacts the deal could have on their operations.
Defra and BEIS planning delays increase fears over Brexit impact on green policy
Resource Minister Theresa Coffey has confirmed the postponement of Defra's 25-year environment plan until 2017, in the same week that Energy Minister Nick Hurd revealed that the Government may also delay the release of a plan on the UK's carbon reduction targets until next year.
Nick Hurd: Paris Agreement ratification must be matched by business-driven domestic policy
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Minister of State has confirmed that the UK will ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change "as soon as possible", but insisted that the treaty must be replicated by a resilient domestic low-carbon energy policy developed in collaboration with the business sector.
What we want from BEIS: a wishlist for the green economy - Part one
EXCLUSIVE: In the first of a two-part feature, edie speaks to the sustainability professionals, politicians, businessmen and environmental activists working across the green economy to find out they want to see from the Government in this new Parliamentary session.
World's largest canmaker updates sustainability goals to account for Rexam acquisition
The world's largest canmaker Ball Corporation, has outlined a new sustainability agenda which will see it adopt science-based carbon targets and lead the field in next-generation spacecraft propulsion systems.
Nottingham smashes climate targets four years early
Nottingham has surpassed its climate change targets four years early, according to Government data which shows a 33% reduction in the city's carbon emissions since 2005.
JLL battles with "frustrating" green policy and rapid business growth to 'build a better tomorrow'
EXCLUSIVE: Sustainability must remain a business imperative regardless of the "frustrating" green policy changes that are "stifling innovation and pausing investment", the UK head of sustainability at property services firm JLL has said.
Virgin Media hails 'biggest carbon reduction ever' following major efficiency drive
Telecoms giant Virgin Media has recorded its "biggest ever" annual carbon reduction, with emissions falling by 6.1% between 2014 and 2015 as a part of the firm's 'Digital for Good' sustainability programme launched last year.
Caesars bets big on corporate sustainability goals
American gaming goliath Caesars Entertainment is going "all in" on its CodeGreen environmental performance targets, after outlining reductions to energy use, waste and emissions in its latest corporate sustainability report.
Could demand response solve the university challenge of reducing student energy use?
Oxford Brookes University has become one of the first educational establishments in the UK to use demand response as a way of reducing energy usage in student accommodation.
PAS 2080: Construction industry welcomes new guidance on carbon reduction in infrastructure
UK construction firms have praised the release of a new common framework for reducing carbon emissions when delivering infrastructure projects, which could mark a "key step-change" in supply chain sustainability.
Is Leeds ready to become the UK's 'Hydrogen city' hub?
A new report has proposed that the city of Leeds should convert its gas grid to an all-hydrogen version by 2030 in order to test the viability of using hydrogen to help meet national carbon reduction targets.
UK Government must 'ride' low-carbon wave or be 'swept away'
The UK is "going backwards" on low-carbon energy policies and risks losing its international competitive edge unless the Government restores domestic confidence through "coherent, consistent policy" that champions low-carbon businesses, according to six of the UK's leading development and environment organisations.
ICT solutions can reduce EU carbon emissions by 1.5Gt, says BT
Utilising and enhancing smart manufacturing, smart buildings and smart energy could reduce the European Union's (EU) carbon footprint by more than 1.5Gt by 2030, a new report from communications giant BT has found.
London Metropolitan lights up carbon reduction rankings with new LED project
London Metropolitan University has been named as England's number one university for carbon reduction, after using a new LED light installation as part of a wider scheme that has seen carbon emissions slashed by 47%.
Government criticised for 'lack of foresight' over low-carbon heat
EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government has "suppressed the progress" of green technologies through a chop-and-change approach to green policies such as the RHI scheme, an audience of sustainability professionals at edie Live was told today (17 May).
ESOS: Thousands of businesses face enforcement action as final deadline passes
EXCLUSIVE: Compliance rates for the Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) appear to have stalled at a critical time, with thousands of qualifying organisations still unaccounted for upon Friday's (29 April) ultimate deadline.
SSI calls for 'substantive' conclusion on shipping emissions target
Global shipping coalition the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) has warned that the lack of a definitive conclusion at a recent International Maritime Organisation (IMO) meeting has decreased the likelihood of a binding agreement on future industry emissions reduction targets.
Rolls-Royce targets LED upgrades and on-site solar systems in global emissions crackdown
EXCLUSIVE: Engineering group Rolls-Royce is planning a full-scale roll-out of energy efficiency initiatives and low-carbon technologies across its international estate, including the installation of a giant rooftop solar system at one of its largest UK factories.
Could economic de-growth accelerate global carbon reduction?
As nations pledge to ratify the Paris Agreement signing ceremony later this month, individual countries are continuously battling the concept of transitioning into a low-carbon economy, while simultaneously boosting economic growth.
'Painful learning process' for Verizon as it downgrades carbon reduction projections
America's largest wireless telecoms provider has drastically reduced estimations of the environmental impact of the products and services it offers after previously using 'over-optimistic' assumptions to inform its sustainability report.
Renewables industry faces Brexit 'paradox'
The renewable energy industry faces a "huge paradox" in the event of Brexit, according to legal experts from a UK-based international law firm.
How Thomas Cook is flying high with data management to drive sustainability
EXCLUSIVE: The story of sustainability at Thomas Cook is a 'complicated' one. Faced with regressing economic resources dedicated to energy management, a once bustling team of sustainability experts has been streamlined in a bid to deliver a more holistic approach and create a 'truly transparent' company.
Barclays surges past carbon reduction target
Barclays is now beginning to shift its focus to supply chains and scope-three emissions after the British bank's latest sustainability report reveals it has reduced its carbon footprint by 37% - far exceeding a two-year target of a 10% reduction.
'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.
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
While New Year's resolutions to give up alcohol or head to the gym are strained or even broken, this week saw the continued commitment to building a sustainable future - even if some sectors are struggling to shed those stubborn carbon footprints.
Paris deal must protect our supply chains, says clothing giant
EXCLUSIVE: Bold commitments on adaption and mitigation will be needed in the final Paris agreement to make global supply chains more resilient, a senior executive from the clothing industry has warned.
Corporate giants adopt 'science-based' carbon targets in Paris
Some of the world's biggest brands including Coca-Cola Enterprises, General Mills, Sony and Procter & Gamble are among a new wave of 114 companies that have adopted science-based carbon reduction targets that would save almost 800 million tonnes of CO2.
Interactive Map: The world's 14 biggest carbon emitters
As world leaders continue hammering out a new climate pact in Paris, see how the major national carbon reduction pledges compare with the current state of play among the globe's biggest polluters.
KPMG: Lack of consistency clouds carbon reporting
Carbon reporting from the world's largest 250 companies lacks consistency and makes it practically impossible for stakeholders to compare performances, according to the 2015 edition of the KPMG Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting.
Coca-Cola and Pepsi unite on the road to Paris
With less than a week to go until COP21, global beverage giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have thrown their weight behind a business-led push for global leaders to secure a robust international climate agreement in Paris.
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?
Autumn Statement and Spending Review: The green business wish list
Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his update on the Government's plans for the economy, known as the Autumn Statement, in Parliament today. The hopes are high, but expectations are seemingly low among green groups and industry.
New energy tax would 'hinder UK's climate targets'
The UK Treasury has been warned that the UK could fall short of climate change targets if taxes continue to based on energy consumption rather than GHG emissions.
Peatland protection code could cut UK emissions by 200 million tonnes
A new Government-backed code to protect and restore the UK's peatlands could reportedly cut national CO2 emissions by 200 million tonnes by 2050.
Carbon reduction incentives could ease 'complex' policy landscape, says DECC
UK businesses are operating within a "complex" energy policy environment and need to engage with Government over the potential introduction of new financial incentives to stimulate carbon reductions, a DECC official has claimed.
Fruit Pastilles get greener as Nestlé fires up giant solar system
Nestlé's Fawdon factory in Newcastle upon Tyne, which produces Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles, Rolo, Toffee Crisp and Caramac, is now home to the largest solar panel installation in the North East of England.
Willmott Dixon pledges to halve emissions by 2020
Construction group Willmott Dixon has unveiled ambitious plans to slash its carbon emissions in half by 2020 from a 2010 baseline.
UN unveils 20-page negotiating text for Paris
The United Nations (UN) has today (5 October) released a streamlined version of the negotiating text that will be used at the COP21 Paris Climate Conference in December.
TUI plans to 'step lightly' with aviation emissions
The world's largest travel and tourism business has embarked upon an ambitious new sustainability strategy with a particular focus on next-generation fuel development to slash airline emissions.
'Game-changers': BT and M&S top FTSE100 on carbon management
Telecommunications giant BT has secured top spot in a report of the carbon reporting performance of the top 100 companies floated on the Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE 100).
Growth in universities takes toll on sector emissions
Universities and colleges in England have fallen further behind their collective 2020 carbon reduction target, with absolute emissions increasing in the last academic year.
Wales welcomes UK's first solar-powered theme park
GreenWood Forest Park in North Wales is set to save over £1m on its energy bills thanks to a newly installed ground-mounted solar array system.
npower earns energy sector's first Carbon Trust triple certification
Energy supplier npower has become the first company in the UK energy industry to be awarded the prestigious Carbon Trust Triple Standard for significant reduction measures across energy, waste and water.
Manufacturers call for policy shift 'from stick to carrot' on green taxes
The UK Government should move away from out-dated green taxes which target businesses and instead offer green tax incentives to reduce carbon emissions, according to the manufacturers' organisation EEF.
Hotel operator to offset CO2 footprint of all Paris trips for COP21
AccorHotels will offset the carbon footprint of all overnight stays in the Ile-de-France region - including those at rival hotels - for the two-week duration of the Paris climate conference in December.
Bristol saves £1m a year from 20,000 upgraded streetlights
A change of bulbs in 20,000 streetlamps in Bristol has seen the council save £1m a year on energy bills, reducing C02 emissions by 4,000 tonnes in the process.
Cambridge launches green vision to cut emissions by a third by 2020
The University of Cambridge is aiming to cut carbon emissions by 34% as part of its new sustainability strategy for the next five years.
Co-operative Bank offsets 100,000 tonnes of CO2 in 'beyond carbon-neutral' scheme
The Co-operative Bank has reported reductions in its waste and water use and sourced 99% of its electricity from renewable energy in the company's latest values and ethics report.
Minimising your carbon footprint: Knowledge sharing and inclusion
With Make Holidays Greener month in full swing, Arnaud Herrmann, vice president of sustainable development at AccorHotels, explores the carbon reduction and employee engagement initiatives hospitality businesses should undertake to go green.
AkzoNobel awarded Carbon Trust Triple Standard
AkzoNobel Decorative Paints UK has achieved the Carbon Trust Triple Standard after achieving major reductions in water, waste and carbon.
Yorkshire Water to halve carbon emissions at new sites by 2020
Yorkshire Water has set out a series of six new carbon reduction commitments today as part of a commitment to the Infrastructure Carbon Review.
Invest in cold technology or miss carbon targets, industry experts warn
Industry experts have warned the UK will fail to reach its carbon emissions targets without investment in cold energy generation.
How CCE plans to meet its most ambitious sustainability targets yet
Joe Franses, director of corporate responsibility and sustainability at Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), explains how the bottling firm is planning to spritz up its green efforts over the next five years.
Green Building Task Group formed to identify zero-carbon solutions
John Lewis, Whitbread and Saint Gobain are among the big businesses that have formed a new Task Group to help inform the upcoming zero-carbon building standards in the UK.
Construction leaders urge Osborne to see business case for cutting emissions
More than 50 business leaders from the construction industry have written an open letter to Chancellor George Osborne, highlighting the 'major economic opportunity' offered by cutting emissions from the built environment.
China leads decarbonisation charge ahead of Paris
China has cut coal consumption by 8% and CO2 emissions by 5% in the first four months of 2015.
Labour launches Green Manifesto separating itself from political mix
Labour has today (20 April) launched a 'green manifesto' outlining a wealth of agenda on environmental issues ahead of the General Election next month.
Mobile network giant steps up commitment to be 'driver of change' on sustainability
Mobile technology giant Ericsson is on track to meet its carbon reduction target of 30% per employee by 2017, having achieved a 10% reduction in 2014.
Severn Trent pumps £190m into renewable energy future
Severn Trent has announced it will be boosting its renewable energy self-generation with a £190m investment over the next five years.
AkzoNobel faces up to emissions reduction shortfall
Dutch paint and chemicals company AkzoNobel has admitted it is "not happy" with the rise in both direct and indirect emissions revealed in the group's latest sustainability report.
Retailers on track with ambitious sustainability targets
Britain's leading retailers are on track to meet ambitious voluntary targets set by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) to reduce the direct environmental impact of the sector.
Food and Drink manufacturers slash CO2 emissions by 35%
Food and drink manufacturers have achieved their target for reducing their carbon dioxide emissions by 35%, way ahead of the 2020 deadline set by the Food and Drink Federation's Five-fold Environmental Ambition.
MPs urged to back Zero Carbon Homes
MPs have been urged to back new amendments to the Infrastructure Bill which would beef up carbon emissions standards for newly built homes.
Energy efficiency funding boost for UK colleges
Energy efficiency and carbon reduction projects in English, Scottish and Welsh further education (FE) colleges will be able to benefit from £5m of new funding.
Ed Davey: ESOS regulation will accelerate UK's green growth
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey has fended off criticism of the Government's impending Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), insisting that a regulatory approach to improving the nation's energy efficiency is the right one.
Timber industry urges policymakers to back low-carbon economy
The £8.5bn timber industry will have a significant role in promoting the low-carbon economy according to a report launched by the Timber Accord - an alliance of the UK's timber trade associations.
Green Gown Awards: UK's most sustainable academic institutions revealed
More than 360 sustainability leaders attended the 10th annual Green Gown Awards at the University of Manchester's Whitworth Hall this week to witness the announcement of 15 of the UK's most sustainable higher education institutions.
Government 'very far' from low-carbon heating goals
The UK Government has a long way to go to achieve its aim of 25% of heating demand being met by low-carbon sources by 2030, according to the WWF's latest energy report - Warm homes, not warm words.
Integrated fuel strategy needed to drive low-carbon transport policy
The Government must give air pollution the same level of priority as tackling climate change and reducing carbon emissions when devising transport policy, according to a new industry blueprint.
News UK awarded 'ultimate accolade' by Carbon Trust'
A 44% reduction in water consumption at one printing plant and a 75% reduction in waste-to-landfill at another has helped News UK achieve The Carbon Trust Triple Standard certification.
Firms advised to ameliorate environmental supply chains
Businesses must think differently about their supply chains and the 'costs' attached to going green according to a report by president of the lharrington group LLC Lisa Harrington.
UN Climate Summit: The bold pledges business leaders want to see
Ahead of the UN Climate Summit in New York, environmental lobby organisation The Aldersgate Group gathered industry executives to find out what bold pledges they believe would close the emissions gap.
Virgin Media falling short of carbon reduction target
Virgin Media's total carbon emissions have risen by 2.6% since 2007, leaving the communications giant a long way from reaching its 2015 goal of a 15% reduction.
Every little helps: Tesco targets wasted energy with new management software
Tesco has contracted energy management firm ElsterEnergyICT to help reduce its energy consumption across its stores in the UK, Europe and Asia.
Biomethane supply 'needs urgent Government intervention'
Biomethane industry executives have called for urgent Government intervention to boost supply of the renewable natural gas, which can be used by businesses as a transport fuel.
Paris 2015: Ed Davey pushes for global climate deal
Ed Davey has insisted that economic growth and carbon reduction can go hand in hand as the Energy and Climate Secretary has set out the UK Government's vision for a legally binding global climate deal in Paris next year.
Architects pledge to phase out carbon in the built environment by 2050
Architects across the world have signed up to a global commitment to eliminate CO2 emissions in the built environment by 2050.
Morrisons puts a cap on CO2 emissions
Morrisons has become the first major UK supermarket chain to introduce the 'Green Leaf' screw cap closure to its own-brand wine as part of the group's ongoing carbon reduction initiatives.
Hanson cuts waste to landfill by more than 35% in a year
The UK's largest supplier of heavy building materials to the construction industry has announced that it cut the amount of waste it sent to landfill by 35.5% in 2013.
Largest local authority rooftop solar array goes live
Work on the largest local authority rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system in the UK has been completed at the Northacre Resource Recovery Centre in Westbury and will save £1.5m over the next 20 years.
Network Rail trials battery-powered trains
On-track trials have begun with a prototype battery-powered train, the UK's first, at a test track in Derby. If successful, a roll out could mean a significant carbon reduction compared with diesel-powered trains.
TelecityGroup best in sector for carbon management under Carbon Trust Standard
TelecityGroup has been recertified under the Carbon Trust Standard and achieved a 92.5% score for carbon management qualitative assessment.
UPS doubles carbon reduction targets for 2020
Packaging and transportation giant UPS has announced it is doubling its carbon intensity reduction target from transportation to 20% by 2020.
Boris gets low grade on London Environment Committee report card
The London Assembly Environment Committee's 'report card', released today (July 25), awarded Mayor Boris Johnson a 4/10 on his progress to reduce London's carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency - a clear 'could do more'.
Exposing the 'Dirty 30': UK and Germany hold majority of Europe's most polluting coal plants
Coal power plants across the EU are undermining climate change efforts, according to a far-reaching energy report released today (22 July).
BBC hits 20% energy reduction target following relocation
The BBC has cut thousands of tonnes of CO2 and reduced its energy consumption by 20%, according to the broadcaster's Corporate Responsibility (CR) report released today (21 July).
Time for waste measurements to get a 'sophisticated' makeover
Is it time for waste measurements to become a little more sophisticated? Chartered environmentalist Mike Tregent thinks so. He outlines why the UK needs to shift from weight-based targets to carbon-based targets for recycling.
Taking stock of green business
The advent of sustainable strategy continues to have an unprecedented impact on the stock market. Today, the environmental policy of a business and future energy forecasts are a vital consideration for financiers in determining just how investable a company is. Schneider Electric's Richard Badham investigates how to ensure your sustainable strategy is aligned to profit potential.
Self-regulation drives energy efficiency for printing industry
Leading European printer and copier manufacturers have boosted energy efficiency by more than 20% in two years through an industry-wide self-regulation initiative, according to a report by an independent inspector.
American SMEs already feeling harmful effects of climate change
More than half of small business owners in the US believe climate change will adversely affect their business, with nearly one in five admitting that extreme weather events have already affected their operations.
Orange falling short of 2020 emissions target
Orange has reported an absolute increase in CO2 emissions over the period of 2006-12 of 14% in its annual CSR report, making its target of a 20% reduction by 2020 increasingly unlikely.
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.
In Conversation with Coca-Cola's Joe Franses
From recycling commitments to revamped water strategies, Coca Cola Enterprises (CCE) is putting sustainability firmly in the spotlight. Edie talks with director of corporate responsibility and sustainability, Joe Franses, to find out more about the group's various green initiatives.
Homeworking holds key to carbon reduction for businesses, report finds
Increasing the numbers of employees working from home could save up to £3bn in energy costs for UK businesses, reducing over three million tonnes of carbon emissions nationwide.
'Big energy data' holds key to successful energy management, says technology expert
Businesses with diverse corporate estates could save up to 10% of their energy costs by simply embracing 'big energy data' and using technology to make various energy management systems work together.
Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme: Is your business ready?
Companies across the UK are being urged to 'prepare now and get ahead of the game' before a new EU directive comes into force which will require larger firms to undertake mandatory energy-efficiency assessments.