Capacity market provides another twist in the Government's air quality battle
As the UK Government returns to court over illegal air quality levels, new analysis from think-tank Sandbag has warned that up to £800m could be spent in the UK to subsidise a plethora of new diesel generators during the next 15 years.
Britain's biomass generation carries big emissions risk, report claims
The UK's renewable energy industry has hit back at new economic analysis which finds that biomass power could be causing more carbon pollution than burning coal or natural gas, claiming it is "distorting the facts".
World Energy Council: Energy demand to peak at 2030 as part of 'grand transition'
Disruptive trends and technology, such as the rise of renewables and the electrification of the transport sector, will create a "fundamentally new world" for the energy industry, which would see energy demand and fossil fuel use peak before 2030.
Coal would last 'a thousand years' in Trump's US
With polling day just one month away, presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton offered two very different glimpses into the future of US energy policy.
Solar outstrips coal in past six months of UK electricity generation
Electricity generated by solar panels on fields and homes outstripped Britain's ageing coal power stations over the past six months in a historic first.
What next for the UK as coal hits all time low but renewables falter?
On Thursday (29 September) the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) released UK energy statistics for the second quarter of 2016, but with coal and renewables generation both falling, does the Government need to adjust its energy policy?
Renewables coast past coal to provide a quarter of UK electricity generation
Renewable energy sources are emerging as the dominant means of generating power and electricity in the UK, after annual Government energy statistics revealed that a quarter of all UK electricity was generated from renewables in 2015.
World's largest carbon producers face landmark human rights case
The world's largest oil, coal, cement and mining companies have been given 45 days to respond to a complaint that their greenhouse gas emissions have violated the human rights of millions of people living in the Phillippines.
Why the world's energy system WON'T achieve the 2C climate change target without serious investment
By the year 2040, renewables will finally have won the global energy race. The prices of coal and gas will have dropped significantly, but this will not derail the decarbonisation of our energy systems - with zero-emission energy sources making up 60% of installed capacity.
EU dropped climate policies after BP threat of oil industry 'exodus'
The EU abandoned or weakened key proposals for new environmental protections after receiving a letter from a top BP executive which warned of an exodus of the oil industry from Europe if the proposals went ahead.
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.
Green groups anticipate "dawn of a clean industrial era" as Peabody files for bankruptcy
The world's largest privately owned coal producer Peabody Energy Corp has today (13 April) filed for bankruptcy, with organisations lamenting its inability to 'adjust to new energy markets' as a detrimental factor in the decision.
The UK's ever-changing energy mix: 2015 in charts
It was the year that record-breaking renewable energy generation and plummeting coal production led to a fall of 4% in the UK's annual carbon dioxide emissions, but a raft of green policy changes have left future clean energy deployment levels hanging in the balance. Here, edie provides a snapshot of the UK's new energy figures for 2015.
$1tn could be wasted on 'unneeded' new coal plants, report warns
Almost $1tn of investment in new coal-fired power stations could be wasted if growing concerns about climate change and air pollution leave the plants unused, according to a new report.
UK government moves to ease energy supply fears
The UK government has moved to allay fears of a coming electricity supply crunch by unexpectedly bringing forward key reforms to the energy market.
UK's low-carbon energy generation soared in 2015, but so did oil production
Low-carbon energy sources rose to account for 43% of the UK's electricity supply last year, but oil production saw its first significant increase this millennium, provisional figures released today (25 February) have revealed.
Opening up CfDs 'could save £2bn'
Opening up future contracts for difference (CfD) to a wider array of technologies and reforming the auction process to better reflect their true costs, could save consumers around £2bn, according to research commissioned by Drax.
Fossil fuels will reign supreme for next two decades, claims BP
BP has been accused of using its energy outlook reports as a 'public relations exercise' after the oil giant's latest analysis suggests that fossil fuels would still be providing 80% of global energy supplies in 2035.
US clean power plan setback 'will not affect Paris climate change deal'
The US commitment to cutting carbon emissions under the landmark Paris agreement remains unaffected by the setback delivered to President Obama's climate plans by the country's supreme court, the White House has said.
DONG Energy offers cash for firms to turn down energy demand when wind isn't blowing
Wind energy provider DONG Energy has launched a new scheme that offers commercial customers financial rewards for turning down their consumption or increasing onsite generation when the wind isn't blowing.
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 .
COP21 Monday review: Energy pledges hit the headlines
A packed first day of week two at COP21 saw businesses, nations and organisations take aim at the cause of two thirds of global emissions - energy generation.
COP21 Day 4 review: Blueprints in place for buildings of the future
Thursday at COP21 was Buildings Day, and it was marked by the launch of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, which aims to scale up the sector's attempts to decarbonise.
Prince Charles in plan to help investors take polluting firms to court
Prince Charles is taking part in a project to expose major polluting corporations based in Commonwealth nations to big-money legal action if they fail to accurately disclose their impact on climate change or reform their ways.
Unilever to be carbon positive by 2030
Global consumer goods firm Unilever has announced a new target to be carbon positive across its operations by 2030.
€865bn assets in France and Germany pledge coal divestment
Major European financial institutions including the world's largest insurer have this week pledged to reduce their exposure to coal investments and transition towards clean energy.
Amber Rudd to 'reset' Britain's energy policy with coal phase-out
Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has announced plans to "reset" Britain's energy policy by prioritising the closure of all traditional coal-fired plants by 2025 as Britain commits to building new infrastructure "fit for the 21st century".
UK downgraded from top tier in 'energy trilemma' rankings
The UK has been downgraded in the fifth annual World Energy Trilemma Index, due to the rising cost of its domestic energy.
China and France say Paris climate pact should have five-year reviews
French president François Hollande claimed China and France had taken a "historic" step towards tackling climate change on Monday after the two countries agreed any deal reached in Paris next month should include checks on whether signatories are keeping their commitments to reduce emissions.
Are fossil fuel companies using IEA reports to talk up demand?
International Energy Agency (IEA) projections that show the world will continue its heavy reliance on fossil fuels deep into this century are uncertain and being used to mislead governments and shareholders, according to a new report.
Ovo Energy shuns coal and nuclear
Independent energy supplier Ovo Energy has announced it has removed coal and nuclear generation from its entire fuel mix.
BP: Oil unlikely to be fully exploited due to climate concerns
The world's oil resources are unlikely to ever be fully exploited, BP has admitted, due to international concern about climate change.
Britain's blackout warnings 'do not reflect reality'
Headlines warning that the lights will go out thanks to power station closures and the increasing use of renewable energy are 'largely unfounded', a new report from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has claimed.
UK leads G20 nations on low-carbon growth
The UK has broken records for national low-carbon growth and the country now tops PwC's G20 Low Carbon Economy Index, but energy experts warn the results are largely due to "circumstance rather than policy".
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.
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.
Indonesia to cut carbon emissions by 29% by 2030
Indonesia, one of the world's biggest carbon polluters, said it would cut greenhouse gas emissions 29% by 2030 compared to what it is currently on course for.
Hillary Clinton plans to transform US into 'clean energy superpower'
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has unveiled the green steps she believes the US will need to adopt in order to become "the clean energy superpower of the 21st century".
IEA under fire for 'irresponsible' and 'misleading' energy outlook
An energy watchdog has blasted the International Energy Agency (IEA) for "holding back the global energy transition", concluding that its annual World Energy Outlook (WEO) reports were published with misleading projections.
Coal burning costs UK between £2.5bn and £7bn from premature deaths
Deaths related to emissions from coal cost the UK economy between £2.47bn and £7.15bn in 2013, according to a comprehensive overview of coal production in Europe.
Fat cat pay at fossil fuel companies drives climate crisis - report
Executives at the 30 biggest publicly held coal, oil and gas companies in the US were paid more than leaders of other major corporations, about 9% higher than the S&P 500 average, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) found.
Shell and Gazprom among companies backing 2C limit
More than a third of the world's largest listed companies, including major fossil fuel producers, say they would support an international deal limiting global warming to 2 degrees, according to research by CDP.
Total ends coal production as fossil fuel stocks dive
The world's fifth-largest energy company Total will no longer produce coal after selling off its last mining affiliate, Total Coal South Africa.
Green business initiatives could save five hundred megatons of CO2e by 2020
The private sector could cut more than five hundred megatons of greenhouse gas emissions in the next five years, simply by scaling up existing green initiatives, according to a new report.
RWE fires up power-to-gas energy storage plant
Germany's largest power producer has unveiled a €2m power-to-gas energy storage plant in the Westphalia region.
China's carbon emissions from fossil fuels may be 14% lower than thought
China's carbon emissions from fossil fuels and cement production may have been overestimated by as much as 14%, according to a new analysis by scientific researchers.
Citi: Renewables and energy efficiency will reduce planet's energy bill by $1.8trn
Switching to a low-carbon energy system immediately could save the planet $1.8trn by 2040, global investment bank Citi has claimed.
Scotland now home to 660,000 solar panels
New figures have revealed the massive amount of small-scale renewable projects deployed in Scotland, but industry figures warned that further development could be crippled by recent subsidy cuts.
China's air pollution crisis killing 1.6 million each year
Air pollution kills an average of 4,000 people every day in China, according to a new study by researchers at Berkeley Earth.
Renewable energy becomes second largest source of global electricity
Renewable electricity generation outpaced natural gas this month to become the second largest source of electricity worldwide, according to the International Energy Agency.
Teesside set for world's largest combined heat and power biomass plant
Teesside is to be the site of the world's largest new power and steam biomass plant as part of a new £424m project.
India's clean energy revolution set to price out imported coal
India's growing renewable energy market could end the country's reliance on coal imports, a new report has found.
Standard Chartered abandons giant coal mining project
One of the UK's largest banks, Standard Chartered, has announced it is pulling out of a major coal mining project in Australia.
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.
Welsh council rejects plans for new opencast coal mine
Climate change campaigners have promised legal support to a Welsh council that rejected a new opencast coal mine, but which now faces being sued for costs by the company.
China to build giant solar thermal plant 'the size of Bath'
China is set to begin the construction of what is expected to be the world's largest solar thermal power plant.
Obama's clean power action contrasts with 'small-minded' UK approach
Green groups have compared US President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan with the lack of UK Government action, claiming Prime Minister David Cameron needs to do more to meet climate change targets.
Obama launches Clean Power Plan to slash power plant emissions
President Obama is set to launch the final version of America's Clean Power Plan today (3 August) to tackle carbon emissions from power plants.
World Bank rejects energy industry notion that coal can cure poverty
The World Bank said coal was no cure for global poverty on Wednesday, rejecting a main industry argument for building new fossil fuel projects in developing countries.
Drax: Biomass needed to balance 'unreliable' wind and solar
Biomass will have an important role to play in the UK's future energy mix thanks to its ability to balance supply from more unreliable technologies such as wind and solar.
Lord Stern: 10 years on from the Stern Review
Ten years after the infamous Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change was commissioned, Lord Nicholas Stern has warned the risks of global warming are even greater now than ever before.
19% of Asia's blue chips disclose green performance
Companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange are slowly improving their carbon reporting measures, but the emissions of those companies are continuing to rise.
Intervening in systems: Three steps to sustainability success
If we see the world as a complex and inter-connected web of systems, what can we do to promote sustainable transformation? How do we go beyond simple mechanical models of change to be influential in a complex systems world?
National Grid: UK likely to miss decarbonisation targets
The UK hits its decarbonisation targets in only one of four 'credible future scenarios' envisioned by the National Grid.
Church of England announces new 'ecotheology' in divestment from fossil fuel extraction
The Church of England has adopted a new climate change policy which will see it divest from coal mining and oil from tar sands.
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.
Divestment success: Warwick Uni ends fossil fuel investments
Warwick University has today (8 July) announced it will divest from fossil fuels, making it the latest university to bow to student and academic pressure to end investments in coal and oil.
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
It has been a remarkable week for renewable energy innovations.
China confirms 2030 cap on emissions ahead of Paris conference
China has formally pledged to peak its carbon emissions by 2030, but says it could begin reductions ahead of time.
Google to convert Alabama coal plant into renewable-powered data centre
Google will convert an old coal-fired power plant in rural Alabama into a data centre powered by renewable power, expanding the company's move into the energy world.
Thousands march on Westminster in climate change protest
Thousands of people from across the UK are expected to gather outside Parliament today as part of a mass lobbying of MPs.
Grantham Institute: Extend green subsidies to carbon capture
The UK and other EU countries should extend green subsidies, such as the Contracts for Difference scheme, to carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, an influential think-tank has claimed.
IEA: Energy emissions could peak by 2020 with right plan
Global emissions from energy use could peak within the next five years if Governments spend an extra $130bn on renewable energy, improve energy efficiency and ban new coal-fired power plants.
£75m low-carbon power deal for giant EfW plant
One of the UK's biggest ever low-carbon power purchase deals has been signed ahead of the opening of a £300m energy-from-waste (EfW) plant in Yorkshire later this year.
Report: Coal and oil investors will lose money on 2C planet
Investments in the coal and oil sectors will see annual losses up to 2% over the next 10 years, if the world's governments commit to limiting global warming to 2C at Paris later this year.
Businesses must lead by example on climate change, says Lord Stern
Business leaders, cities and young people should be placing more pressure on world leaders to create "political tipping points" for action on climate change, according to economist and academic Lord Nicholas Stern.
Apollo plan aims to save planet with 'renewables space race'
A plan to halt climate change by making renewable energy cheaper than coal by 2025 has been launched by a group of UK scientists and economists.
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.
Oxford University rules out investing in coal and tar sands
The University of Oxford has ruled out future investments in coal and tar sands from its multi-billion pound endowment, but said it would not divest from all fossil fuels as demanded by thousands of students, academics and alumni.
Fossil fuels subidised by $10m every minute, says IMF
Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3tn (£3.4tn) a year, equivalent to $10m every minute of every day, according to a startling new estimate by the International Monetary Fund.
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.
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine divests from coal companies
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine divests from coal companies.
Edinburgh University rejects calls to divest from all fossil fuels
Climate change campaigners reacted with disappointment as Edinburgh University announced on Tuesday that it would not fully divest from fossil fuels.
Church of England ends investments in heavily polluting fossil fuels
The Church of England has pulled its money out of two of the most polluting fossil fuels as part of what it called its moral responsibility to protect the world's poor from the impact of global warming.
Group representing one million medical students backs fossil fuel divestment
The fossil fuel industry is a bigger threat to global health than tobacco and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust have a moral obligation to divest from it, an international organisation that represents 1 million medical students has said.
Carbon reserves held by top fossil fuel companies soar
The carbon locked up in coal, oil and gas reserves owned by the world's biggest fossil fuel companies has swollen by 10% in the last five years, despite warnings from the World Bank and others that most existing reserves cannot safely be burned.
Manifesto watch: Which party has the best green policies?
The race for Number 10 heated up this week as the five main political parties released their manifestos ahead of next month's General Election. So, who's now leading the pack when it comes to energy and climate change?
UKIP manifesto: "Save coal industry, end support for renewables"
"The lights are likely to go out if we carry on with this energy policy," proclaims the UKIP manifesto, launched by Nigel Farage today in Essex.
Edinburgh Uni expected to dump coal and tar sands stocks
The University of Edinburgh is expected to approve plans to divest from companies involved in coal and tar sands extraction, but campaigners said the action did not go far enough.
Abandoned coal mines could heat UK homes again
A research project from Nottingham Trent University has discovered disused coal mines as a viable source of renewable thermal energy in the UK.
Labour manifesto: Red Ed goes green with energy policy
Labour released its election manifesto on Monday, reaffirming bold pledges on climate change and decarbonising the UK energy supply, but a conspicuous lack of waste-related policy.
£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.
Charted success: Five graphs that show the UK's low-carbon future is in sight
The Government has released two major reports detailing the UK's emissions figures for 2014 and where it got its' energy from. And there is reason for optimism.
Renewables rocket as emissions plummet in latest Government figures
UK greenhouse gas emissions fell by more than 8% in the last year, while renewables accounted for a fifth of all UK electricity, according to provisional numbers released today (26 March) by DECC.
Biomass ETS 'loophole' report slammed by renewables industry
A new study which claims the biomass industry is avoiding up to €1bn in carbon taxes due a "loophole" in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) has been branded "intentionally misleading" by the renewable energy sector.
Collaboration drives success for Anglo American
One of the world's largest mining companies has released its 2014 sustainability report, revealing large drops in energy use, water consumption and emissions.
Global emissions stall in 2014 following slowdown in China's economy
A slowdown in China's economic growth helped the world to a pause in the upward rise in greenhouse gas emissions last year, according to data released on Friday.
US and Chinese companies dominate list of most-polluting coal plants
The 100 global power companies most at risk from growing pressure to shut highly polluting coal plants have been revealed in a new report from Oxford University.