Britain loves onshore wind, contrary to popular belief
Three-quarters of the British public back onshore wind power - more than double the level of support for fracking - but there remains a clear difference between perception and reality when it comes to assessing this support, a new survey has revealed.
An energy first as UK successfully transmits data via national electricity grid
Data has been transmitted across a national electricity grid for the first time, in what could be a significant step towards the creation of virtual power stations, where many thousands of homes and businesses combine to manage electricity use more smartly.
September an 'astonishing' month for Scottish renewable energy
Scotland has had an "astonishing" month for wind energy, managing to generate 100% of its energy needs through wind turbines alone for two full days.
Report: Air pollution could be resulting in more UK road accidents
A new correlation between air pollution and traffic accidents has heightened the need to improve air quality, an action that could be accelerated through the use of infrared technology acting as a visual demonstration of vehicle emissions.
Cyber-attacks are 'core business risks' to energy systems, says World Energy Council
An uptake in digitisation through devices such as smart metres may be improving energy management, but it is also opening new avenues for cyber-attacks that could damage communities and the economy as threats cross "from the cyber realm to the physical world".
Tech giants join NASA and the White House to enhance data-driven climate resiliency
The White House and NASA have partnered with a host of technology giants including Google, Amazon and Microsoft to "harness the data revolution" as a means to develop climate resilience alongside the World Resources Institute (WRI).
One year on from Dieselgate: Has anything changed?
On the one-year anniversary of Volkswagen's corporate abasement (VW) for cheating emissions tests, a damning report has revealed that the German carmaker is in fact selling the least-polluting diesel models among all major manufacturers.
Google makes waves with new sustainable fishing data platform
Google has unveiled a new beta technology platform that utilises enhanced data collection and transparency to promote and improve policies and provide the "world's first global view" of sustainable fishing practices.
Google steps up circular economy ambitions with zero-waste data centre pledge
Multinational tech giant Google has made a commitment to achieve zero waste to landfill status across all of its global data centres, accelerating its efforts to transition to a closed-loop business model.
Consistency and co-operation key to boost national recycling rates, surveys reveal
With today marking the launch of Recycle Week 2016 (12-18 September), two new public surveys have highlighted the need for greater standardisation and co-operation between retailers and policymakers to improve the UK's recycling performance.
The Anthropocene epoch: scientists declare dawn of human-influenced age
Humanity's impact on the Earth is now so profound that a new geological epoch - the Anthropocene - needs to be declared, according to an official expert group who presented the recommendation to the International Geological Congress in Cape Town on Monday.
Nissan data reveals spike in public awareness over air pollution
Electric vehicle (EV) producer Nissan has revealed that UK internet searches relating to air pollution have increased by 750% in the last ten years, in the same week that that the Mayor of London's air quality alerts were introduced at transport hotspots across the capital.
Open data provides £400m opportunity for UK heat networks
The UK energy market could save £400m and reduce emissions by 800,000 tonnes over the next decade by using open and transparent data to reveal energy generation, consumption and distribution inefficiencies, new analysis has revealed.
Electric cars could drive the future - but not without old-fashioned vehicles
Electric cars could take over most driving necessities tomorrow, according to a group of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but they'll need the help of internal combustion engines to do it.
City-level climate disclosure increases by 70% in wake of Paris talks
A record 533 of cities, representing 621 million citizens, across the globe are now measuring environmental data and disclosing climate action plans, a new update from CDP has revealed.
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.
Carrier bag data reveals varying approaches to CSR among Britain's supermarkets
With new Defra figures revealing that the 5p plastic bag charge has led to a huge decline in the number of bags being handed out by retailers in England, a closer look at the data reveals a significant difference in the way the charge is now being managed by the country's biggest supermarkets.
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.
Inside the access economy: Amazon and Nimber forge different paths to optimise logistics
EXCLUSIVE: As Amazon and Sainsbury's ramp up efforts to improve delivery times, the chief executive of 'social delivery' service Nimber has claimed that the next few years will be a defining era for crowd logistics and the sharing economy.
Google trains artificial intelligence to slash data centre energy by 40%
Tech giant Google has taken a "phenomenal step forward" in its efforts to drive energy efficiency, after developing artificial intelligence (AI) that has reduced energy consumption at its data centres by 40%.
New platform uses data to highlight the business case for energy projects
Businesses have been urged to explore third party financing and take into account project benefits outside of returns on investments (ROI), after a report revealed that around half of commercially-viable energy projects are being ignored.
European Union launches best practice 'library' for energy efficiency measures
A new European Union (EU) project aimed at sharing best practice for energy efficiency measures across all sectors has raised concerns over the UK's ability to collaborate with other countries in the aftermath of the Brexit vote.
Decoupling emissions from economic growth: the Interserve success story
With a number of global reports recently highlighting that national carbon reductions are being achieved while economies are growing, one of Britain's biggest construction firms is proving that sustainability and profitability can also go hand-in-hand for businesses.
Tesco's food waste climbed by 4% last year
As Tesco's chief executive used a keynote speech in Cape Town to implore companies to do more to tackle food waste, the UK supermarket revealed that its own food waste had increased by 4% to 59,400 tonnes last year.
Could this new mapping toolkit solve the palm oil transparency challenge?
With rising transparency issues leading to supplier contracts being scrapped and green groups piling on the pressure to tackle the situation, a new World Resources Institute (WRI)-backed initiative could finally allow companies to gauge deforestation risks by evaluating satellite surveillance of global palm oil mills.
10 things you probably didn't know about green energy jobs
With new figures from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) revealing that employment in the renewables industry rose by 5% over the past 12 months, to pass 8.1 million, edie dissects the data to bring you 10 fascinating facts about clean energy employment.
Microsoft pledges to develop 'greener' data centres
Tech giant Microsoft wants to combat the growth and electricity consumption of its data centres, by adding more clean sources to its energy mix in an attempt to reach a 60% renewables target "early in the next decade".
GRI aims to streamline sustainability reporting through new Digital Alliance
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has unveiled a new programme aimed at streamlining sustainability reporting for businesses by using digital platforms to "enable transformational change".
How the 'spirit' of internal collaboration is reducing waste at Whitbread
EXCLUSIVE: Communication and innovation regarding waste reduction methods has become the "heart of corporate culture" at Whitbread, due to "extremely well aligned" managerial departments which collaborate internally, the company's procurement manager has claimed.
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.
SMEs urge Government to provide energy efficiency grants
A large proportion of Britain's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) believe that the Government should provide grants towards the installation costs of energy efficiency measures, according to a survey from the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC).
Tesco calls for improved data access for water consumption
EXCLUSIVE: With water regulator Ofwat confirming that a reform of the water retail market will take place on time, Britain's biggest supermarket chain is calling on suppliers to incentivise a new and competitive water market through the "difficult beast" of data management.
How ISO 50001 has reduced energy use and sparked behaviour change at npower
EXCLUSIVE: UK gas and electricity supplier npower has revealed that compliance with ISO 50001 has played a crucial part of the company's energy and carbon reduction efforts, igniting behaviour change among staff as a result.
UN and Google forge 'eye-in-the-sky' forest mapping partnership
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has turned to tech giant Google to implement a high-resolution satellite-based data mapping system which could usher in an "unprecedented level of environmental literacy" for the forestry sector.
Data analysis: taking behaviour change to the 'next level'
EXCLUSIVE: Data analysis can be an integral method to ignite energy-conscious behaviour change among staff, with energy management company SSE Enterprise claiming that the Internet of Things (IoT) could revolutionise how companies interact with sustainability number-crunching.
ESOS offers 20% reduction in business energy costs, Carbon Trust finds
The Government's initial estimates of the financial savings of its recently enforced Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) could be much lower than the actual savings being realised by qualifying organisations, according to a sample of ESOS assessments undertaken by the Carbon Trust.
'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.
ESOS: what have we learned about the energy efficiency opportunities?
With the extended grace period for compliance with the Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) coming to an end, David Tobin, energy consultant at the Carbon Trust, provides an insight into the environmental and financial benefits that the Scheme offers to businesses across a variety of industries.
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.
How Vodafone and Philips are leveraging the Internet of Things to spark new era of smart cities
Mobile operator Vodafone has formed a new partnership with Philips Lighting which combines an Internet of Things (IoT) network with an integrated LED street light management system, which could see cities across the world slash energy use by 70%.
UPS calls for 'level playing field' of low-emission fleets
EXCLUSIVE: Packaging and transportation giant UPS has called on the UK Government to create a 'level playing field' by allowing the transport sector to create a better support system for vehicle electrification and enable more investment into biofuels.
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.
Data collection for agricultural supply chains set for streamlined upgrade
A host of big brand food producers including Mondelez, PepsiCo and Marks & Spencer will have their agricultural supply chain data collection and management streamlined through a new platform partnership between Sedex and the Sustainable Agricultural Initiative (SAI).
Internet of Things could unlock circular economy transition, says Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Combining circular economy principles with the explosion of smart and connected devices could dramatically boost resource efficiency and lead to 'broad social benefits', a new report has found.
World's largest investor: We want companies with long-term sustainability plan
The chief executive of the world's largest investment firm, Blackrock, has called for companies to build environmental, social and governance (ESG) management into their business models, calling it a sign of 'operational excellence'.
Data exchange platform launched to stimulate green building construction
The UK Government has established a new online platform aimed at stimulating innovation and informing construction companies of best practice when it comes to developing greener buildings.
Greener shops could boost profits, says Green Building Council
Retailers can boost their profits by providing greener, 'healthier' stores, a major new report from the World Green Building Council (WGBC) has claimed.
Businesses in the dark about climate risks in half their supply chains
Almost half of the key suppliers for global companies like Dell, Unilever and Walmart fail to respond to requests for climate information, new research from CDP has revealed.
Facebook to build 100% renewable data centre in Ireland
Facebook have announced plans for a new data centre to be built in Ireland which will run on 100% renewable energy using the country's 'robust' wind resources.
Are Uber and Lyft helping or hurting the environment?
Are on-demand ride services like Uber and Lyft good or bad for the environment? It's an increasingly urgent question as the services proliferate, but the answer is currently unclear .
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.
How the Internet of Things is transforming sustainability
2016 will be the year that the Internet of Things market starts to make a profound impact on the world of sustainability, with endless possibilities to slash global emissions through interconnected devices and objects.
London takes just one week to breach annual air pollution limits
London has already breached annual pollution limits just one week into 2016, and only weeks after the government published its plans to clean up the UK's air.
National Grid seeks more accurate solar data to refine power balancing act
The National Grid has enlisted the help of Sheffield University's solar research team to better understand how much power the UK's ever-growing array of solar panels is producing.
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.
Government offers financial aid for flood-hit areas
Communities Secretary Greg Clark has announced that financial assistance will be made available to areas of the UK affected by flooding in the wake of Storm Desmond.
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.
Investor pressure helps cut corporate emissions by 641 million tonnes
Influential investors with $22trn in assets have helped reduce global corporate emissions by 641 million tonnes through collaboration with CDP's Carbon Action initiative.
Global energy consulting sector grows to almost $15bn
The global energy and resources consulting market grew 6% to $14.7bn in 2014 despite slumping oil prices, a new report from consultancy firm Source has found.
Google pilots new renewables programme
Google has announced that it will be the first customer of Duke Energy's renewable programme, in a move that will see Google's North Carolina data centre receive clean energy from a local 61 MW solar project.
DuPont to invest $10bn in sustainable food R&D
American chemical giant DuPont has unveiled a new set of sustainability targets for 2020 including a $10bn investment in international food security, commitments to sustainable innovation and a reduction of its own environmental footprint.
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.
Smart technology could slash global emissions by 15%
The spread of mobile devices and and uptake of smart technology could help reduce global GHG emissions by up to 15% by 2030 - more than the current footprint of the EU and the US combined - according to a new report from Swedish communication technology company Ericsson.
€6.4m EU funding for new technology to measure building efficiency
A €6.4m project intended to improve the efficiency of Europe's buildings was launched in London today.
Customers must be at heart of circular economy, retailers agree
Retailers must be prepared to collaborate to create a 'behavioral catalyst' that will transform the circular economy concept into a viable, mainstream business model, a panel of sustainability experts has concluded.
Apple and Google among world's best low-carbon companies
Apple, Google, SABMiller and Unilever have been ranked as some of the best-performing companies in promoting low-carbon outputs, according to a new report from the international non-profit CDP.
Britain's forests, soil and rivers worth £1.6tn, says environment secretary
Britain's forests, soil and rivers are worth at least £1.6tn and should be quantified in the same way as the country's man-made infrastructure, environment secretary Liz Truss has said
Primark strengthens supply chain sustainability
High-street retailer Primark has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) - a group of clothing businesses committed to improving the environmental and ethical impacts of their supply chain.
Regional governments commit to GHG savings greater than US annual emissions
Regional governments from 11 different countries across four continents have pledged to cut their emissions by more than 7.9 gigatonnes through the UN-supported Compact of States and Regions.
Kering: Monetising environmental impacts helped secure our future
EXCLUSIVE: Putting an economic value on the whole range of a company's environmental impacts is the best way to get business executives to understand sustainability issues, according to luxury goods and sporstwear firm Kering.
Nine out of 10 new diesel cars exceed EU pollution limits, report finds
Nine out of 10 new diesel cars break new EU pollution limits when tested on roads rather than test tracks, according to a new report.
UK poll reveals 'overwhelming' public support for community renewables
More than three quarters of UK households would support renewable energy projects such as wind turbines and solar farms if the profits generated benefitted the local community, a poll has found.
Energy-efficient homes undervalued by mortgage lenders
Energy-efficient homes could increase in value if banks and building societies used more accurate estimates of household energy bills in their mortgage calculations, a new report has found.
Plastic bag use in Wales down 71% since 5p charge
The number of single-use carrier bags (SUCBs) has fallen by over 70% in Wales since a 5p charge was introduced, a new report has found, just weeks before the scheme is launched in England.
Food firms must collaborate to unearth climate risks, says CDP
Some of the world's largest food, beverage and tobacco brands are missing out on significant financial and production quality gains by failing to mitigate climate risks and reduce carbon emissions, a new report has warned.
WRAP highlights three priorities for EU circular economy package
The Waste and Resources Action Plan (WRAP) has revealed its response to the EU's circular economy consultation, detailing three key targets for the forthcoming package.
Tumbling renewable energy costs close in on fossil fuels
The cost of generating electricity from renewable resources such as solar and wind has more than halved in the last five years according to the International Energy Association.
Barnsley launches UK's largest community rooftop solar scheme
Barnsley residents are being invited to invest in a £10m solar rooftop community energy scheme - the largest of its kind in the UK.
Brazil constructs climate tower in heart of Amazon to monitor climate change
Researchers in Brazil have finished constructing a 325-metre high tower that will analyse the Amazon rainforest's gas emissions, to help understand climate change.
Scottish green energy transition could create 44,000 new jobs
Rebuilding Scotland's energy sector around green technology could generate 44,000 additional jobs compared to the current oil-and-gas status quo.
Uber-style app for garbage aims to boost recycling rates
A US waste start-up has announced plans to launch an app that allows users to call for a rubbish collection, the same way they might schedule an Uber taxi.
Crown Estate opens up CCS 'treasure map'
Information about potential sites for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the UK has been made freely available to the public.
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
This week in numbers has seen some surprising electric vehicle developments and exciting new figures for renewable energy and e-waste recycling.
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.
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.
Google could tell you how much solar power your roof can generate
Google can now tell you how much solar energy you could generate by installing solar panels on your house - if you live in the right place.
Dupont tops new CDP sustainability rankings
American firm DuPont has topped a new league table from CDP which ranks chemical companies on various emissions-related metrics.
New app could cut domestic energy use by 10%
A new app that can reportedly cut household energy use by 10% is being rolled out to 200,000 Swedish homes.
'Shade balls' to save drought-stricken Los Angeles 300 million gallons of water
Los Angeles is using millions of 'shade balls' to prevent water loss during California's worst drought in recorded history.
London hosts energy efficiency challenge for businesses
The London Mayor's office has launched its second Business Energy Challenge to encourage corporations to step up to meeting city-wide emissions targets.
The only way is ethics: How BBC Worldwide is improving its supply chain
EXCLUSIVE: The only way to improve ethical practice in a manufacturing supply chain is to collaborate with the manufacturers.
FSC certification provides profit incentive for sustainable forestry
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification can provide net cost-benefits to forest operators, according to a new report from the WWF released today (5 August).
It's not easy being green, according to Britain's biggest consumer panel
Nine in 10 UK consumers care about 'being green', but the same number admit to throwing away food, according to a major new survey carried out by Asda.
Windy July prompts renewable energy surge in Scotland
Wind energy generated power for almost three quarters of Scotland's houses in July, according to new figures released today (4 August).
Virgin Media to add 4 million homes to ultrafast broadband network while freezing emissions
Virgin Media has today (30 July) launched a new set of sustainability targets to ensure a greater rollout of digital technology while not compromising environmental performance.
Google Street View to map urban air quality and pollution
Environmental monitoring company Aclima has announced a new partnership with Google Earth Outreach to map urban air quality and pollution.
Green thinking saves Virgin Media parent-company $325m
The world's largest cable and telecoms company, Liberty Global, has announced savings of $325m in 2014 thanks to an ambitious environmental programme.
UK plastic bag use up again, but single-use charges cut Scottish consumption
Plastic bag use in the UK has increased for the fifth year running, with almost nine billion bags used collectively in 2014, according to data released today (24 July).
British and Canadian firms join forces for tidal energy research
Five British firms have received grant funding from Innovate UK to develop tidal energy with Canadian businesses and universities.