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Two thirds of people living in rural areas say they support onshore wind farms (65%) - a slightly lower rate than those living in urban areas (75%)

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.

Unlike the smart meters being rolled out by the UK government, the new system is anonymous, with no data on household energy use being collected, avoiding concerns about privacy

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.

The WWF has also called on politicians to continue to develop the county's

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.

New infrared technology that allows the public to

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.

The report claims a “worst case scenario” could emerge where attacks result in infrastructure shutdowns, economic disruptions,potential loss of life and large-scale environmental damage

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".

The partnership will seek to introduce “data translators” that act as decision-support tools to inform communities and businesses who are inexperienced in interacting with data

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).

All of the largest car manufacturers currently exceed pollution limits for diesel models, but these brands are increasingly embracing EVs as part of a low-carbon transition

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 hopes that the data collection will identify suspicious vessel activity and inform new sustainable policies

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's circular approach to waste management, as outlined in one of the firm's blog posts this week. Photo: Google

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.

England's recycling rate has been on the decline since 2012/13, falling by 0.7% to 44.3% for the 12 months to June 2015

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 new epoch would be defined by nuclear bomb tests, plastic pollution, power plant soot and the bones of domesticated chickens among other factors

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's research coincides with the launch of numerous alerts across London that notify residents during the worst doses of air pollution

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.

The new online platform reveals inefficiencies that occur within buildings and heat networks

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.

The MIT team admits the limited range of battery-powered electric vehicles is a major barrier to entry

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.

San Francisco has now completely cut off the use of diesel from its city fleets, replacing it with a renewable diesel alternative

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.

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.

Tesco sold close to 319.7 million single-use plastic bags between October 2015 and April 2016 – around the same as the other six major retailers combined

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.

The electricity generated from renewables now stands at 83.6 TwH, with capacity reaching 30.5 GW

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.

Amazon Flex isn’t viewed by Nimber as “threat”, but rather as an example of how more companies can turn to crowd logistics to usher in new forms of the sharing economy

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 has been able to achieve 3.5 times more computing power from the same amount of energy compared to five years ago

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%.

The report suggests that data can play a huge role in unlocking the business case for energy projects

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.

The project is scheduled for completion in February 2017, creating the likely scenario that the UK will still be in the EU when it is launched

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.

The new Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal has tasked Interserve with constructing a modern and sustainable building in a water-scarce area

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 is already citing its alcohol isles and bakeries as the cause for the rise and has planned to alleviate the issue

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.

Shooting for a ‘fully traceable' supply chain goal for 2020, there is a case for suppliers and retailers to accelerate efforts to develop a fully transparent palm oil sector. Photo: Greenpeace

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.

IRENA estimates that employment levels could reach 24 million by 2030

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.

Around 44% of electricity consumed by Microsoft data centres globally is sourced from renewables

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".

In an attempt to drive innovation and best practice, the alliance will implement technological infrastructure to create a more readable and interactive platform for reporting

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".

The company is incorporating a mixed-recycling process that sees coffee bean sacks from Costa converted into carpet tiles for Premier Inns

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.

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 from the survey revealed that just 13% have seen a decrease in energy costs over the last three years

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 currently uses 6.4 million cubic meters of water each year – enough to fill Wembley stadium one and a half times over

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.

One of the more prominent ways that npower has sparked this behaviour change is through the Environmental, Action, Sustainability and You (EASY) campaign

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.

The new mapping system could provide researchers with an effective platform to differentiate between forest destruction caused by climate change and deforestation

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.

Building management systems could soon be phased out and replaced with more advanced, IoT-based models

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.

Analysis of a sample of the ESOS assessments undertaken by the Carbon Trust reveals an average reduction achievable through energy efficiency measures of around 20%

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.

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.

Analysis of a sample of the ESOS assessments undertaken by the Carbon Trust shows an average energy spend of around £1.8m

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.

Plummeting coal use and rising renewable energy generation led to a fall of 4% in the UK’s annual carbon dioxide emissions last year, according to DECC's new data

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.

Every street lamp in cities using the system will be fitted with a Vodafone M2M SIM and a range of Philips Lighting CityTouch LED systems

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%.

Currently 35 UPS EVs are in operation in London, with plans to double that number already in place

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.

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.

Sedex and the SAI will collaborate to develop the platform and enhance the data collection services that they can provide to members

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).

“Digital technologies are driving a profound transformation of our economy,” said Dame Ellen MacArthur

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.

Blackrock controls assets worth around $4.6trn

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'.

The new website incorporates data from various fields such as smart home implementation, the Internet of Things, renewables, energy systems and wearable tech

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.

The M&S eco-store in Newcastle

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.

“The critical point is that change can happen,” said the report.

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.

The centre in Ireland will be the second energy and cost efficient data centre that Facebook owns in Europe

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.

Berkeley researchers will get unprecedented access to data from both companies and riders to analyze if on-demand ride services are climate friends or foes

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 projects that the current group of 53 signatories will reach an average of 80% renewable electricity by 2020

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.

The Internet of Things refers to the wirelss transfer of information between objects or machines

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.

Parts of the capital have already breached EU hourly limits for nitrogen dioxide pollution which causes thousands of premature deaths each year

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.

Total UK solar PV capacity reached 8.4 GW as of November 2015

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.

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.

Over 40,000 in Lancaster alone lost power due to the effects of Storm Desmond

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.

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.

CDP's initiative has seen 304 global investors come together to help tackle climate change by reducing emissions

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 spending on sustainability consultants specifically is expected to reach $1bn in 2019

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's North Carolina data centre will receive renewable energy from Duke Energy's Green Source Rider programme

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.

One goal calls for a 7% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 2020

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.

A stakeholder survey carried out as part of the report revealed that “most stakeholders felt that demand for sustainable palm oil was increasing”

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.

Currently ICT emissions account for 1.6% of global emissions which could grow to around 2% by 2020

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.

The funding comes from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme – an €80bn research and innovation fund.

€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.

The annual WRAP conference advised companies to create an 'enabling environment' for circular economy

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.

The number of companies that now implement low carbon schemes has almost doubled since 2010

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.

Liz Truss said Britain should follow the US and quantify the benefits it gets from nature

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 joins 40 other brands as a member of the SAC, including Adidas, Nike, Burberry, Disney and Marks & Spencers

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.

Authorities from around the globe have announced collective climate targets to cut 7.9 giga tonnes of CO2 equivalent from being released into the earth's atmosphere by 2030

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's flagship Puma store in London. Photo: Manuel Schlüter

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.

Car manufacturers have been accused of using different techniques to manage the levels of NOx gasses on test tracks

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.

The poll revealed that 78% would support local projects within two miles of their home

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.

Current approaches for estimating energy costs can be out by up to £45,000 over the course of a 25-year mortgage

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.

Currently, 86% of single-use carrier bags end up in landfill. The 5p charges aim to reduce this amount and promote 'bags for life'

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.

The majority of GHG emissions from food occur before produce leaves the gate, in the growing portion of a producers supply chain

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.

The EU closed its consultation on what the circular economy package should look like on the 20 August, and is expected to present the plan by the end of 2015

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.

The cost of solar generated electricity fell by around $300/Mwh in five years from 2010

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.

Residents and the wider community will be able to invest in Energise Barnsley, through a community share offer which is likely to give an annual return of 5%

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.

ATTO is taller than the Eiffel Tower and will start collecting data on heat, water, cloud formation, carbon absorption and weather patterns

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.

One of the major policies listed in the report was to nationalise Grangemouth refinery

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.

Rubicon has a commitment to diverting 100% of its customers' waste to 'truly sustainable' alternatives by 2022

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.

The 'CO2 Stored' database previously cost £4,000 to access

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.

China's emissions were found to be around 14% lower than thought

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.

A Chinese steelworks industrial building. China is the world's biggest producer and consumer of energy

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.

Despite the need for more ambitious pledges that would help limit global warming to 2°C, there have been calls for that limit to be dropped even lower

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 said the tool should help more homeowners take advantage of the record-low prices of solar energy

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.

The chemicals industry as a whole accounts for around 4.8% of global emissions

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.

By entering their energy data into the  app consumers can realise up to 10% reductions in energy use

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.

Mayor Garcetti releases the final balls onto Los Angeles reservoir

'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.

Businesses will be challenged by the Mayor's office to make big emissions savings

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.

Comply or die is not the way to solve things, according to BBC Worldwide's Kevin O’Neill.

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.

Tropical forest sources have the greatest net-cost benefit for FSC certification, according to the report

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).

While 90% said they cared about being green, almost the same number admitted throwing out food waste

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.

Wind power generated enough electricity for 72% of Scottish households

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 has launched its new sustainability strategy to add 4m customers while not increasing emissions

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.

Aclima and Google are working together using Street View to monitor air pollution

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.

Liberty Global said that 90% of its energy consumption comes from powering its broadband and cable networks

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.

Overall plastic bag use in the UK has increased 2.4% from 2013-14

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).

The tidal research aims study problems of ocean turbulence

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.

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