Why FITs cuts are good for the solar industry
There's been a lot of discussion FITs cuts and the potential impact on consumers, but Sunny Britain chief executive, Barak Goldstein explains why he believes this is actually a good thing for his business.
InterfaceFLOR's climb to conquer Mount Sustainability
Global carpet tile manufacturer InterfaceFLOR is on a mission to eliminate its entire environmental impact by 2020. Ramon Arratia talks to Maxine Perella about its journey so far
Sony pictures a zero carbon future
Improving the environmental performance and energy efficiency of its products has put Sony on the path to sustainability
More than half of jobs in UK solar industry lost in wake of subsidy cuts
The solar power industry says it has seen the loss of more than half its 35,000 jobs due to recent changes in government energy policy, just at a time when solar power has eclipsed coal as a major generator of Britain's electricity.
Solar industry fights RHI subsidy cut
The solar industry has called on ministers to abandon plans to cut support for new solar thermal projects from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme - a move proposed in a government consultation that closes today.
Zero carbon emissions target to be enshrined in UK law
The UK will enshrine in law a long-term goal of reducing its carbon emissions to zero, as called for in last year's historic Paris climate deal.
MPs warn of 'dented' investor confidence over UK energy policy
The Government is risking higher energy prices and stalling new investment through 'sudden and numerous' energy policy changes that are denting investor confidence in the UK energy market, MPs have warned today (2 March).
Energy firms slash green gas prices
Green energy providers Ecotricity and Good Energy have cut their gas bills by 7% and 7.2% respectively in the wake of falling wholesale prices.
Defra halves local authority funding to tackle air pollution crisis
The amount of money given to local authorities in England to allow them to combat rising air pollution issues has been halved, the Government has confirmed.
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.
Solar installations surge to beat subsidy cut-off date
Domestic and commercial solar installations in the final quarter of 2015 shot up by approximately 63% year-on-year, as developers scrambled to get projects up and running before subsidy cuts took effect.
RE100 companies halfway to 100% renewable target
The 53 companies that have signed up to the RE100 pledge to source 100% renewable energy are on average, halfway to their goals, a new report by The Climate Group and CDP shows.
Solar still a good option despite subsidy cut and VAT hike, says industry
Solar panels still make financial sense for consumers despite a double whammy of subsidy cuts and a rise in VAT rates, the industry has said.
UK Government misses own green targets
The Government has failed to meet its own targets for cutting the environmental impact of the state's operations, according to a report quietly published last month.
Ed Miliband aims for cross-party coalition on climate change
Ed Miliband has vowed to build a "high-ambition coalition" of UK businesses, trade unions and civic society to challenge the government's "backward" environmental policies.
Feed-in Tariff consultation: Cuts lighter than feared
The Government has announced its final decision on new rates for the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) for 2016 and beyond, including a 64% cut to the domestic solar tariff.
Major energy U-turn needed to meet Paris targets, government warned
The government has been warned that a major U-turn in energy policy is required if it is to avoid charges of blatant hypocrisy following the commitments it made in the Paris climate deal this weekend.
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.
7 questions George Osborne didn't answer in his Spending Review
Chancellor George Osborne spoke for an hour and the Government released a 154-page document detailing the changes made to Britain's economic plan today, but when it comes to green policy, there STILL seems to be more questions than answers.
Autumn Statement and Spending Review 2015: Green budgets cut, RHI reform
"Going green should not cost the earth" proclaimed George Osborne in his Autumn Statement as the Chancellor confirmed plans to reform the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and slash budgets for DECC and DEFRA.
MPs call for diesel cars scrappage scheme to tackle air pollution
The government should consider a scrappage scheme for diesel cars to get polluting vehicles off the streets of England's cities, where they contribute to tens of thousands of premature deaths every year, according to an influential committee of MPs.
UK closes in on 100% sustainable palm oil
Up to 93% of pure palm oil imported into the UK could come from sustainable sources, according to new Government figures, putting the UK close to a target of 100% by the end of 2015.
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 and India strike £3.2bn clean energy and climate change deal
The Prime Ministers of the UK and India met in London yesterday (12 November) to agree on a new climate deal between the two countries that will establish a £10m joint research collaboration into new low-carbon technologies.
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.
World Bank: Climate change could plunge 100 million people into poverty
Climate change risks could force more than 100 million people into poverty by 2030, a new study from the World Bank has found.
EV's 'too expensive' to tackle air pollution alone, says EIC
Electric cars could be up to five times more expensive than other methods of tackling air pollution on our roads, a new report from the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has found.
G20 could deliver 40% of 2C target with better energy standards, report claims
Raising and normalising energy efficiency standards across the G20 group of rich countries could deliver 40% of the emissions cuts needed to limit global warming to two degrees, a major new report has found.
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.
Government to cut tax relief for community green energy schemes
The government plans to cut tax reliefs for community energy schemes to build new renewable power capacity such as solar and wind in a move that will deal a further blow to the UK's embattled renewables sector, green campaigners have warned.
FiT cuts would 'cripple' 70% of solar industry, survey finds
A new survey launched on the back of the Government's controversial feed-in tariff (FiT) consultation has found that 70% of solar installers are concerned that the anticipated cuts to subsidies could 'cripple' their financial stability.
Manchester set for Europe's largest floating solar project
Installation has started today (26 October) on Europe's largest floating solar power system which will generate 2.7GWh of renewable, zero carbon energy each year on a reservoir near Manchester.
£1 solar rescue plan gets cross-party backing
A plan to 'save the solar industry' by adding £1 on to consumer bills has received support from a cross-party coalition of 30 MPs.
1.85 million Brits financing 'positive investment' market
A record 1.85 million people across the UK have invested a total of £3.6bn in ways that to create positive social and environmental impact, according to a market update from investment platform Ethex.
Report: Rich countries failing to accept 'fair share' of climate action
The climate pledges made by rich countries are less than their 'fair share', according to new report released today (19 October).
Revealed: Many more solar firms face closure if government cuts go ahead
Hundreds more jobs will be lost at solar power companies if planned changes to government policy come into force in the new year, 25 small businesses have told the Guardian.
National Grid: Interconnectors vital to UK energy stability
Interconnectors will play an increasingly important role for the National Grid as it strives to 'keep the lights on' this winter, according to the company's new Winter Outlook report.
America's largest solar desalination project seeks $10m crowdfunding
A California company is trying to crowdfund $10m to part-fund the building of the US' largest solar desalination project.
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.
Wind energy generates £1.25bn for UK economy, provides 30,000 jobs
Wind energy drove £1.25bn of investment into Britain's economy last year, with the industry now employing 30,500 people, according to a new report from RenewableUK.
Tories to slash solar subsidy budget by 98%
The Government's proposed cuts to the Feed-in Tariff subsidy scheme could leave the solar industry with just £7m of funding over the next three years - a 98% cut, according to new analysis.
Heineken UK cuts emissions but water efficiency flatlines
Brewing giant Heineken UK has released its 2014 Sustainability Report, revealing small reductions in emissions from production and distribution, but no change in water efficiency.
Labour conference: Every community should own a clean energy power station
Labour's new Shadow Energy Secretary Lisa Nandy has pledged to 'democratise' the energy system by boosting community-owned renewables across the country.
Scotland to retain 'grandfathering' subsidy guarantee for solar
The Scottish Government has acted swiftly to ensure that solar investors receive 'clarity and certainty' by denouncing UK Government proposals to end 'grandfathering' subsidy guarantees.
Construction begins on Britain's first 'split-ownership' solar farm
The first UK solar farm to be part-owned by both community and commercial groups is now being built at Braydon Manor Farm near Swindon.
Power to the people: Big businesses back calls for feed-in-tariff rethink
Ikea, Panasonic and DuPont are among a wave of businesses have thrown their weight behind calls for the UK Government to reconsider the "extreme" and "damaging" proposals to cut the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) scheme.
DECC rejects 4 Wales wind farms
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has rejected four planned onshore wind farms in mid-Wales with a potential capacity of more than 350 MW.
Current Paris climate pledges 'won't limit global warming to 2C'
Pledges made by countries ahead of the Paris UN Conference in December are not sufficient to limit global warming to 2°C, according to analysis published today (19 August) by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change.
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.
Molson Coors saves 500 million litres in water reduction drive
Global beer producer Molson Coors is on track towards its 2020 energy targets with reductions in carbon emissions, water use and waste-to-landfill, according to its latest sustainability report released today (17 August).
Solar industry looks to Chinese imports to ease subsidy squeeze
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has called for the EU to drop import tariffs on Chinese solar modules, claiming the cheaper equipment could help the industry overcome subsidy cuts.
Diageo saves almost 3 billion litres of water
Diageo has improved its water efficiency by more than 10% in the past year, according to the drinks giant's latest sustainability report.
Community energy will take brunt of subsidy cuts, warn Scotland and Wales
Community energy schemes will be hit hardest by Amber Rudd's recent energy subsidy shake-up, ministers from Scotland and Wales have warned.
Labour frontrunner launches ambitious environmental manifesto
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn has announced a far-reaching green vision for his environmental policy in an announcement today (7 August).
WRAP funding slashed despite five-fold return on investment
Recent Government spending cuts led to a 38% drop in income for the Waste & Resources Action Plan (WRAP) in 2014/15, despite the organisation delivering a five-fold return on its funding.
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.
Farming biogas leads 40% increase in sector electricity generation
Growth in the UK anaerobic digestion (AD) sector has seen electricity generation from bioenergy surge by 40% from 2013-14, according to figures from the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA).
GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in July 2015
The story of July has been cuts and lots off them.
Lord Bourne: Green policy shake-up necessary to curb energy bills
EXCLUSIVE: After a flurry of shock green policy announcements, the Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) says such drastic changes were needed to drive down consumer bills.
UK doubles large-scale solar capacity with world set for new installation record
The UK has doubled its installed utility-scale solar capacity in 2015, taking it to more than 4GW, according to new figures released today (14 July).
Report: Kill short-lived pollutants to curb climate change
Global governments must work together to cut short-lived climate pollutants as well as tackling long-lived CO2 emissions, according to a report published in the journal Nature Climate Change published today (13 July).
Economy needs 'stable policies' to secure low-carbon future, says Aldersgate report
A new report from the Aldersgate Group has brought together voices from the economy, academia and civil society to spell out key priorities for meeting carbon targets.
DECC budget cuts threaten ability to 'keep the lights on'
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) could face staff budgets cuts of up to 90% under Conservative austerity measures, threatening the department's ability to deliver on its key energy and climate policies.
Adidas showcases shoe made from ocean plastics
Clothing manufacturer Adidas has celebrated its partnership with Parley for the Oceans by creating a prototype shoe made from recycled ocean waste and deep-sea gillnets.
Waitrose dairy farm unveils rooftop solar array
A Waitrose dairy farm in Hampshire is now generating its own renewable energy after installing a 186 KWp solar array on the roof of a milk parlour.
Johnson & Johnson cuts emissions as water becomes main sustainability challenge
Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson reduced its carbon emissions in 2014, but the firm is close to missing its 2015 water consumption target.
Ford's 10-speed gearbox could cut fuel consumption by 5%
The Ford Motor Company has claimed that the nine and 10-speed gearboxes it is developing could cut fuel consumption by up to 5%.
UK renewable energy industry warns of legal action over subsidies
The UK renewable energy industry has warned the government's new climate secretary that she will face a legal challenge if she oversees the "wilful destruction" of the industry by retrospectively curtailing subsidies.
Stern warning: Emissions pledges too weak to stop global warming
The pledges made by major international emitters ahead of the Paris UN conference are not strong enough to limit global warming to 2C, according to team of researchers led by Nicholas Stern.
Government announces more solar subsidy cuts
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is reducing feed-in tariff payments for ground-mounted solar farms by 28% this summer.
Adidas slashes environmental impact with innovation
Sporting giant Adidas has released its 2014 Sustainability Progress report, revealing more than 20% cuts in emissions, water use and waste over the last six years.
UK's future flood security threatened by political gain, says CIWEM
Flood funding in the UK should not be treated as a 'political football' by politicians.
Budget 2015: 10 hopes for energy & environment
Elections are not won on environmental policy. That is the accepted wisdom. But sustainability professionals are, by their nature, an optimistic bunch, and have been vocal in laying out their demands for Wednesday's budget - the last of the current Parliament.
Defra faces £600m deficiency in flood defence budget
Defra is struggling to fill a £600m black hole in its flood defence spending that was expected to be filled by businesses and local authorities.
End of China's coal boom in sight as consumption falls for first time
China's coal consumption fell for the first time in 2014 due to a rapid increase in renewable generation capacity, energy efficiency improvements and a shift away from heavy industry.
Government launches second phase of £5m ultra-low emission vehicle scheme
Up to 35 public sector organisations are being given the chance to bid for funding from a £5m scheme to support ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV), as part of a drive to get electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles into the fleets of central government.
Autumn Statement: Key points and industry reaction
George Osborne delivered his mini-Budget today as sustainability professionals called for rapid decarbonisation, a move towards a fully circular economy and a better long-term strategy for sustainability.
Autumn statement 2014: What it means for green business
"Britain is back on course," proclaimed George Osborne earlier today, but environmental announcements were in short supply as the Chancellor delivered his final Autumn Statement before the General Election.
E.ON to ditch fossil fuels and focus on renewables
Energy supplier E.ON has announced that it wants to focus more heavily on renewable energy and transfer fossil fuel power generation to a new independent company - the New Company.
UN climate change deal must have legally binding targets, says EU
An international deal on global warming must have legally binding targets, Europe will argue at a UN climate summit in Peru next week.
CIWM: EFRA report 'could have gone further'
The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has welcomed the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee's (EFRA) waste management report, but also said its recommendations could have gone further.
Could the 2C climate target be completely wrong?
The global warming goal that nearly 200 governments have agreed on should be ditched, say scientists writing in Nature.
Record CO2 emissions 'committing world to dangerous climate change'
Global greenhouse gas emissions on course to reach record high of over 40bn tonnes in 2014, study in Nature Geoscience says.
Boris pledges to make London's buildings more energy efficient
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has today (29 August) announced a further investment of £12m to expand his programme to retrofit buildings across the capital, making them more energy efficient and reducing carbon emissions.
Shifting biofuels goals could threaten industry development
US and EU moves to reduce overarching biofuels targets may damage the industry's growth and its place in tomorrow's renewables mix.
Packaging manufacturer BPI cuts waste by one third
Polythene maker BPI Group has announced that it has cut its packaging waste by one third in the past six years.
United Airlines offers carbon offsetting tool for cargo customers
United Airlines has launched a carbon offsetting tool for its corporate cargo customers to track and offset the emissions associated with their air freight accounts.
Cabinet reshuffle: Who are the new green ministers?
The UK's new energy and environment ministers opposed green energy: Matthew Hancock called for cuts to wind power subsidies while Liz Truss claimed renewable power was damaging the economy.
Solar firms entitled to pursue £132m claim against Government
The High Court has ruled that 14 British solar and construction companies can pursue up to £132m worth of compensation over the Government's illegal cuts to feed-in tariff subsidies for solar installations in 2011.
Home insulation installs 'have collapsed because of UK policies'
Association for the Conservation of Energy says total number of energy efficiency measures has fallen 60% in the past year.
UK's national infrastructure 'at mercy' of extreme weather, ICE warns
The growing frequency of extreme weather events in the UK is putting the nation's infrastructure networks at risk, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has warned.
Labour call for cross-Government strategy to improve leadership on circular economy
A cross-Government strategy is needed to improve leadership on the circular economy, Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment Barry Gardiner has warned.
Commission's 27% energy efficiency target 'pitifully weak'
European Commission leaders in Brussels have recommended that Europe aims for an energy saving target of 27% by 2030.
Flood defence funding 'at bare minimum'
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs committee (Efra) has urged Government to ensure flood protection takes priority over cost-cutting in its winter floods report published today (17 June).
Climate talks 'must deliver people-centred solutions' following US and China developments
European politicians in attendance at ongoing UN climate negotiations are being urged to focus on delivering 'people-centred solutions' to the climate crisis and build on positive steps taken by the US and China to reduce carbon emissions.
Obama to unveil historic climate change plan to cut US carbon pollution
President Barack Obama will unveil a plan on Monday that will cut carbon pollution from power plants and promote cap-and-trade, undertaking the most significant action on climate change in American history.
BT cuts emissions by a quarter
BT says 'being a responsible and sustainable business leader remains at the heart of what we do' as the telecommunications giant reveals it has slashed operational carbon emissions from its global business by 25.5% over the past year.
Green Deal incentives leave 85% carbon gap
The Government's new incentive scheme is coming up short on the carbon emission reductions it was supposed to deliver, says Andrew Warren.
Energy company abandons South Downs fracking plans
Campaigners claim victory after Celtique Energy tells residents it will not drill horizontally under their land.
Government confirms controversial solar subsidy review
Climate Change Minister Greg Barker has stated that a public consultation proposing changes to financial support for the large-scale solar industry 'will be issued shortly'.