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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.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) set an initial target for universities to reduce emissions by 43% by 2020

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.

WRAP's Courtald Commitment 2025 could deliver £20bn in savings for the UK economy by encouraging Britain's food and drink firms to pledge significant reductions in food waste and carbon emissions

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 UK’s pledge to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change is expected to be followed by a slew of similar ratification commitments from other nations this week

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.

Resource Minister Theresa Coffey has delayed Defra's 25-year plan, while Climate Minister Nick Hurd has delayed the release of a carbon reduction plan

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 discussed the upcoming priorities for the UK’s domestic climate and energy policy at an event in London last night

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.

edie has heard from more than a dozen leading environmental figures who have exclusively revealed their biggest green policy hopes and expectations for the next few months

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.

In regards to energy-efficiency measures, 2015 saw Ball “enter the world of renewable energy” for the first time in its 135-year history

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.

Government data shows that a significant part of the emissions reduction – around 13% - is due to the popularity of public transport, cycling and walking in Nottingham

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 is seeking to engage with people, transform workplaces, support communities and generate lasting value for clients to 'Build a Better Tomorrow'

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.

In 2015, Virgin Media increased the data on its network whilst reducing its CO2 per terabyte by 35%

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.

The report highlights the company’s revamped commitment to sustainability, which has seen Caesars align its targets to eight of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

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.

Oxford Brookes University. The new partnership between Open Energi and Prefect Controls will see student bedrooms provide crucial flexibility to the UK grid using demand response

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 will be of use to all stakeholders responsible for delivering and managing infrastructure assets. Photo:  Duncan Symonds/Twitter

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.

The proposals, which have been supported by Leeds City Council and local enterprise partnerships, could save up to 1.5m tonnes of carbon emissions each year

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.

The report highlights concerning evidence that high carbon infrastructure spending has grown from 13% in 2013 to 33% 2016 while low-carbon spending has been gradually falling

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.

BT claims that using ICT to streamline and improve energy efficiency could account for more than half of the estimated carbon reductions

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.

The university plans to instigate further sustainability upgrades in 2017 when it consolidates its three campuses into one

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%.

Policy Connect's Owain Mortimer called upon the Government to adjust its long-term approach towards policy that matches the UK’s climate and energy needs

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).

As of 15 April, 6,239 organisations had submitted notifications of ESOS compliance, with around 400 additional firms intending to comply

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.

Figures have shown that emissions from shipping will increase up to 250% by 2050 if left unchecked

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 Mechanical Test Operations Centre in Dahlewitz, Germany - one of the countries being explored for potential on-site solar installations

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.

According to the research conclusions, economic growth could be disregarded as a policy objective in order to focus on reducing global warming to a safe level

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.

Verizon's latest sustainability report includes a number of big changes in assumptions of carbon savings generated by the US firm's various products and services

'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.

The news comes less than a week after Energy Secretary Amber Rudd warned that leaving the EU would see energy costs ‘rocket’ by 500m and rock investor confidence.

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.

The competitive nature of the aviation sector is creating a roadblock which Thomas Cook can’t push past without collaborative help

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.

The 2015 report marks the first time that Barclays had captured relevant environmental data from its top suppliers

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.

The UK  Government's haphazard approach to energy policy was likened to a game of Jenga that is inevitably about to come crashing down

'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.

New York announces a huge clean energy financial drive while the UK struggles with regulation

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.

VF's portfolio of more than 30 brands includes Timberland, Wrangler, North Face and Vans

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.

The 114 companies have committed to set science based target reductions

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.

The survey found that just over half of the companies stated carbon reduction targets in reports

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 will both be in Paris next week to host and participate in numerous forums

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.

By 2030, the UK should be 'largely powered by renewable electricity, said the CCC

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 is expected to see budget cuts of around 30%, with up to 200 staff made redundant

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.

The authors of the paper argue that an energy tax would likely result in low-carbon energy becoming more expensive

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.

Peatlands cover around 10% of the UK and store more than 20 times the amount of carbon as all the country's forests

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.

DECC's Paul van Heyningen was speaking at a Food and Drink Federation event in London. Photo: FDF

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.

The 1,970-panel installation at Nestlé Fawdon was officially opened by pupils from Malvin's Close Primary Academy

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 will focus on high-impact areas such as business travel and site emissions

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.

Legally binding elements of the new document include long-term global goals for halting and reducing global emissions, to a near-zero phase

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.

A TUIfly aircraft preparing for take-off at Hanover airport in Germany. Photo: TUIfly

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.

For the first time in its five year history, the report provides an overall analysis of business sectors as well as individual companies

'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).

Christ Church college at the University of Oxford - one of the worst-performing universities based on carbon emissions

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.

The new solar array will power up to 80% of GreenWood Forest Park on a daily basis

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 has reduced carbon emissions, water use and waste by implementing a range of energy saving techniques

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.

The report calls on Government to 'reduce the overall burden' placed onto businesses through energy taxations and levies

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.

Guests staying at any hotel in the vicinity of Ile-de-France will have any carbon footprint covered by AccorHotels

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.

During the initial upgrade, annual savings reached £500,000, but since the completion of the project the council estimates savings of £1m a year

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.

The University of Cambridge will slash carbon emissions and reduce water consumption

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.

The Co-operative Bank has issued its first values and ethics report since separating from the Co-operative Group

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.

Accor's PLANET21 initiative set out 21 new commitments to the environment and sustainability

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 Decorative Paint UK has received Triple Standard for reducing emissions, water use and waste

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 has invested in renewable energy and energy-from-waste installations at its sites

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.

Experts from the food and refrigeration industries called for more investment to drive innovations

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.

Joe Franses is director of corporate responsibility and sustainability at Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE)

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.

The Task Group is made up of major companies challenged with delivering zero carbon non-domestic buildings from 2019

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.

Energy used in the construction and operation of homes and buildings accounts for over a third of the UK's total emissions

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.

Lamma power station, Hong Kong. If China's emissions reduction continues until the end of the year, it will be the largest recorded year-on-year reduction in coal use and CO2

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 has committed to decarbonisation of the UK energy mix, pledged to lead increased global climate change ambition, and will improve energy efficiency, in the Green Plan

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.

In 2014, Ericsson strengthened its focus on providing solutions to help the utility and transport sectors of the economy to offset its own carbon emissions

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 hopes the investment will enable it to generate 50% of its gross energy consumption by 2020

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.

Akzo reports on Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, which incorporates the sourcing of raw materials through to customer use

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.

Participating retailers achieved a 13% reduction in absolute carbon emissions between 2005-2014

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.

FDF's members have reduced emissions by 664,000 tonnes of CO2 on 1990 levels

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.

The proposed amendment would commit the UK to zero-carbon new-builds after 2016

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.

Salix has funded more than £21m of energy efficiency projects in 201 FE colleges, saving the sector approximately £81m to date

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 gave the keynote speech at the ESOS South East Roadshow in London

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.

Representatives presented the report to a number of national and local politicians

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.

More than 360 sustainability leaders attended the 10th annual Green Gown Awards

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.

Failure to address the contribution of heating to carbon emissions will seriously undermine the country's efforts to meet its climate change targets

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.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer expects virtually all new cars and vans to be using carbon-cutting technology by 2040

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's Broxbourne print site in Hertfordshire has reduced waste-to-landfill for non-paper waste by 75%

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.

The report offers solutions to help get the four principles right.

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.

Business leaders answered UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's challenge to make bold pledges ahead of the Climate Summit

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 gave a 'thumbs down' for its total direct and indirect emissions in 2013

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.

A trial run reduced store energy usage by 20%

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 is the most cost effective solution to fleet operators of larger vehicles.”

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.

Ed Davey says a global deal on climate change would make tackling climate change much easier

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.

The 2050 Imperative sets out a roadmap to help individual countries develop customised building sector CO2 emissions reduction targets

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 Soave wine with the new Green Leaf closure is now available in stores nationwide

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.

In spite of investment and green energy initiatives, including the development of an 8MW solar farm at its cement works in Ketton, Rutland (above), Hanson's carbon emissions from production have actually risen by 5% per tonne since 2010

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.

The 1,248 panels cover an area the size of more than seven tennis courts and will generate more than 280,000KWh of electricity each year

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.

The prototype is a retrofitted Abellio Greater Anglia Class 379 train and could, if trials prove successful, be used in non-electrified parts of the rail network

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 has held the Carbon Trust Standard since 2010 and was the first data centre company to be recertified in 2012

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 saw an absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 1.5%. pic: 100pk/

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 Johnson was awarded a 4/10 for his progress on lowering London's carbon emissions. pic: pcruciatti/

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'.

The Bełchatów power station (above) in Poland comes top in the 'dirty 30' list, the UK's Drax power station ranks sixth

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).

Since the  move to New Broadcasting House (above) and MediaCityUK the BBC has reported a 19% absolute CO2 reduction

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).

Carbon-based targets could help drive the circular economy, says Tregent

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.

Business owners can now visualise energy and sustainability with all-in-one energy management systems

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.

The Voluntary Agreement on Ecodesign has been signed by 16 major manufacturers of imaging equipment in Europe

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.

The majority of small business owners expressed concerns about how climate change will affect their operations. Photo credit: Rena Schild /

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 has seen emissions per customer fall from 8.3kg CO2 to 7.2kg CO2 since 2006

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's portfolio includes five electric vehicles; two plug-in hybrids, two hybrids and one all-electric

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.

Joe Franses is director of corporate responsibility and sustainability at Coca-Cola Enterprises

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.

The Carbon Trust report reveals that homeworking can significantly reduce office energy consumption and rental costs

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.

Wipro's Richard Funnell believes businesses should be embracing technology and making better use of 'big data'

'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.

The new Scheme has been set up to help the EU meet its target of reducing energy consumption by 20% by 2020

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.

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