'Project blackout fear': Green economy scolds think tank research into Britain's energy mix
A new report questioning the economic value of renewable energy and phase out of coal-fired power plants has faced retaliation from green organisations for undermining the role of renewable generation in the UK's future energy mix.
'Paradigm shift' to electric vehicles required to meet global climate targets
Zero-emission vehicles will need to hold a dominant automotive market share by 2035 for the Paris Agreement's global warming target of 1.5C to be truly achievable, research group Climate Action Tracker (CAT) has claimed.
National Grid brings 'exciting new chapter' for energy storage with auction launch
National Grid has awarded seven firms including Vattenfall, Low Carbon and EDF Energy Renewables four-year contracts to provide balancing services to the network in the UK's first 200MW Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) auction.
Scotland the 'prime candidate' to implement energy storage systems
The UK should look to Scotland to implement new revenue streams that account for a "modernised" grid system, which should have energy storage at its heart, in order to unlock £2.4bn in savings.
Andrea Leadsom: However we choose to leave the EU, we remain committed to dealing with climate change
Conservative Party leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom took to the plinth in her capacity as Energy Minister at the Utility Week Energy Summit, insisting that the UK "remains committed to dealing with climate change", no matter the outcome of Brexit.
UK will miss renewable energy target, warns National Grid
The UK is on track to miss a target to produce of 15% of all energy from renewables by 2020, National Grid has warned.
Truck emissions limits crucial to achieving EU climate goals, report finds
Introducing EU-wide CO2 standards for trucks would bring significant savings and place Europe on track to fulfil its Paris climate commitments to cap global warming, a new study has found.
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.
IEA: Cities must lead the global decarbonisation process
With two-thirds of the growth in global final energy demand expected to come from urban areas in emerging and developing economies by 2050, a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) has called on cities to play a "leading role" in the global low-carbon transition.
New nuclear remains in pole position to drive Britain's decarbonisation, says DECC
Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom has today (24 May) underlined the Government's prioritisation of nuclear energy, insisting it remains in "pole position" to drive down Britain's emissions, ahead of other technologies due to its comparatively low-cost to the UK taxpayer.
Government criticised for 'lack of foresight' over low-carbon heat
EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government has "suppressed the progress" of green technologies through a chop-and-change approach to green policies such as the RHI scheme, an audience of sustainability professionals at edie Live was told today (17 May).
Energy Systems Catapult unveils five-year delivery plan for UK energy transformation
A leading technology and innovation centre has today (9 May) unveiled its five-year delivery plan to help create a new systems approach to deliver an affordable and secure energy transformation in the UK during its official London launch.
'Radical action' needed to push towards zero-carbon future
The implementation of "radical action" will be necessary to drive the transition to zero-carbon energy systems and to keep global temperature rise below 2°C, according to a newly formed coalition of global commissioners.
UK must accept advice on fifth carbon budget, MPs say
The cross-party parliamentary Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) has today (26 April) called upon the Government to accept the recommendations of its independent advisory body in setting the fifth carbon budget, warning that "the UK can't afford any further delays".
Energy for London: Thinktank calls for city energy company
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has called on the next London Mayor to set up a publicly-run energy company for London.
MPs launch fresh enquiry into UK's renewable heat and transport targets
The Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) of MPs has launched a new enquiry into the UK Government's progress - or apparent lack of it - on its self-imposed targets for meeting heat and transport demands from renewable energy sources.
Natural gas capabilities in the UK 'very limited' without carbon capture, report warns
Using natural gas as a bridging fuel to a cleaner energy mix in the UK will only act as a "stop-gap", with its viability as an energy source severely limited beyond 2020 unless carbon capture and storage (CSS) technology is rolled out, the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) has warned.
RHI critical to UK decarbonisation, DECC research proves
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been critical to decarbonising the UK's heat sector, reports from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have found.
DECC urged to make U-turn on 'disappointing and damaging' CCS cancellation
The Department of Energy & Climate Change's (DECC) decision to cancel the £1bn funding competition for carbon capture and storage (CCS) initiatives could make it 'challenging' for the UK to meet climate change commitments, the Energy and Climate Change Committee has warned.
National Infrastructure Commission sees energy storage as 'key part' of UK energy future
The head of the newly-established National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has revealed he considers energy storage a key part of Britain's future energy network.
CCS decision will add billions to cost of UK decarbonisation, says ETI
The Government's controversial decision to scrap carbon capture and storage (CCS) funding in the UK could add £1bn-2bn a year to the cost of decarbonisation throughout the 2020's, new analysis from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has warned.
REA: Energy storage already financially viable for grid and homes
Domestic and grid-scale energy storage projects in the UK are already economically viable in certain circumstance as technology costs continue to fall, a new report from KPMG has found.
153 corporations unveil new low-carbon action plans
More than 150 companies have unveiled low-carbon plans which they say can collectively deliver 65% of the emissions reduction needed to limit global warming to two degrees.
COP21 Day 3 review: Water commitments begin pouring in
The third day of the Paris climate summit saw attention turn to water, an area that is often overlooked in sustainability due to its low cost but is absolutely vital to the functioning of many businesses, not to mention countries.
COP21 Day 2 review: Deforestation top of the unofficial agenda
Tuesday at COP21 was dominated by forests, as a plethora of NGO's, businesses and dignitaries unveiled reforestation pledges, underlining the importance of carbon sequestration in reducing emissions.
UK's fifth carbon budget proposals: At a glance
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has today (26 November) published its recommendations for the UK's fifth carbon budget, suggesting an emissions reduction target of 57% by 2028-2032. But is that ambitious enough?
Battle lines forming as EU holds first debate on ETS reform
France, the UK, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are backing a more targeted approach for heavy industries, at risk of closing down or relocating abroad, due to increased pressure to reduce global warming emissions.
Low-carbon energy is 'most cost-effective' way to meet UK demand in 2020s
Low-carbon energy options like wind, solar and CCS will be the cheapest way to meet the UK's need for more generation in the 2020s, according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).
EU will beat 2020 emissions target but won't raise it without backing at COP21
The European Union is on track to beat its target reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 but any move to increase it from 20% to 30% will only be considered if matched by developed countries at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.
Subsidy cuts threaten £369m of community energy projects
Up to 90% of community energy developers across the UK say that proposed cuts to the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) would put their current projects at risk.
Subsidy grace period could allow for another 3GW of onshore wind
The Government has confimed it will grant a 'grace period' after the closure of the Renewables Obligation subsidy in April that could allow another 2.9GW of onshore wind energy capacity to be built in the UK.
Manufacturers call for policy shift 'from stick to carrot' on green taxes
The UK Government should move away from out-dated green taxes which target businesses and instead offer green tax incentives to reduce carbon emissions, according to the manufacturers' organisation EEF.
Government dishes out £25m for 'next generation' waste to biofuel plants
Whisky, forestry and household by-products will be turned into biofuels thanks to new funding awarded today by the Department for Transport.
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.
What I want from Paris: 21 climate leaders on COP21 - Part one
EXCLUSIVE: In the first of a two-part feature, edie brings you the voices of sustainability professionals, politicians, businessmen and environmental activists on what they want to see from the Paris climate talks.
Global energy system primed for storage 'megashift'
There will be an international 'megashift' towards energy storage - batteries in particular - within the next 10 years, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has predicted.
EU sets new record for offshore wind installations in first half of 2015
European offshore wind has set a record for annual capacity installation just six months into 2015.
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.
Amber Rudd lays out DECC's priorities for 2015 and beyond
UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has answered crucial questions on the Government's approach to energy efficiency, fracking, renewable energy subsidies and climate change.
Energy storage and interconnectors offer best route to decabarbonisation, says policy expert
Britain should drop its focus on nuclear power and carbon capture and storage (CCS) and refocus spending on optimising renewables and energy efficiency, a leading academic has urged.
Policy Exchange: 'Reckless' green policies main cause of spiralling energy bills
The UK Government's 'reckless' green policies have added £60 to the average household energy bill in the past five years, according to a new study from centre-right think-tank Policy Exchange.
EU decarbonisation policies could cost UK steel £300m a year
The EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) could cost the UK steel sector more than £300m a year by 2030, according to a new report from the industry.
Wind power generates 140% of Denmark's electricity demand
Inside the Budget's 'climate-shaped hole'
It is 24 hours since the emergency budget, and the renewable energy sector is in a state of dismay following the new Government's decision to remove the exemption for renewables under the Climate Change Levy (CCL).
European Parliament votes for early carbon market reform
The European Parliament has endorsed plans to reform the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), it was announced yesterday (8 July).
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.
Climate Change Committee report: Industry reacts
The sustainability industry has roundly welcomed the first report of the new parliament from the Climate Change Committee.
Half of Europe's electricity set to be from renewables by 2030
Europe will likely get more than half of its electricity from renewable sources by the end of the next decade if EU countries meet their climate pledges, according to a draft commission paper.
£10bn investment needed to drive low-carbon transport industry
More than £10bn will need to be invested in low-carbon transport if the UK is to meet its carbon emission reduction targets by 2050.
Nissan drives progress towards EU vehicle emissions targets
Nissan has accelerated cleaning up CO2 emissions from its European fleet with a reduction of 12.1% in 2014.
IRENA: Planet must triple energy storage capacity by 2030
Approximately 425GW of energy storage will be needed to support the planet's transition to 45% renewable energy by 2030, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
G7 leaders make historic pledge to phase out fossil fuels
The G7 summit of economic powers has thrown its weight behind a goal to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2100 in what has been hailed as an unequivocal sign on climate action.
Oil and gas giants ask UN for global carbon price
Six of Europe's largest oil and gas companies have written to the UN asking for the establishment of an international carbon price.
Amber Rudd confirms plans to ban onshore wind subsidies
New UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has confirmed the Conservative Party's controversial plans to stop subsidies for onshore wind farms, claiming it is top of her agenda at the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC).
Northern Ireland set for solar revolution with new funding offer
The renewable energy industry in Northern Ireland has received a welcome boost this week with the launch of a new fully-funded solar solution which could save businesses up to £320m.
Election 2015: Ecotricity develops 'Green Britain' vision
The next government could deliver a £5bn surge in GDP by adopting electric cars; a saving of almost £8bn on Britain's annual oil import bill; and £1.25bn in health and environmental benefits, if it is willing to tackle the nation's energy and environmental issues head-on.
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.
Measure UK prosperity in natural capital, say IEMA members
A measure of natural capital should be used alongside GDP to measure the overall 'prosperity' of the UK, according to 92% of sustainability professionals.
St Andrews launches Scotland's largest electric car club
The University of St Andrews has teamed up with Transport Scotland and operators E-Car Club to launch Scotland's largest all-electric community car club.
Biofuels vital to UK decarbonisation, finds report
The UK transport industry must embrace biofuels if it is to meet EU decarbonisation targets, a Government-backed report has claimed.
Government publishes low-carbon roadmaps for big polluters
The UK Government has developed in-depth 'low-carbon roadmaps' for eight of the most polluting industries in the UK.
Lib Dems reiterate green ambition with election manifesto
"The Five Green Laws are nailed to the front page of our manifesto," proclaimed Energy Secretary Ed Davey as he announced further details of the green policies that the Liberal Democrat Party would implement if elected in May.
Drax warms to renewable heat with wood pellet deal
Energy giant Drax is moving further into the renewable heat market with the acquisition of the UK's second-largest wood pellet distributor, Billington Bioenergy (BBE).
Engaging with oil companies on climate change is futile, admits leading UK environmentalist
Engaging with major fossil fuel companies on climate change has become futile, according to one of the UK's most esteemed environmentalists who spent years working on sustainability projects with BP and Shell.
Lima: Burden-sharing mindset leads to final-day gridlock
A think-tank led by Lord Stern claims that 'trying to share the burden of carbon cuts' has hindered climate-deal negotiations in Lima - where just one paragraph of text has apparently been agreed upon in the final day of negotiations.
Aldersgate Group Manifesto calls for 'clean industrial revolution'
As politicians plot their route to Downing Street ahead of the 2015 General Election, lobbying coaliton the Aldersgate Group has released its own 50-point manifesto, laying out its key policy recommendations to achieve a sustainable, low-carbon economy.
Government 'must prioritise decarbonising heat in buildings'
The UK Government should spend the next decade developing a robust strategy for decarbonising heat in buildings as well as improving delivery models for mass deployment of low-carbon heat solutions.
Policymakers urged to accelerate shift to bio-based economy
The European Renewable Ethanol Industry Association (ePURE) has advised European policymakers to establish a long-term framework to expand Europe's network of biorefineries by 2030.
Scotland approves 2.2GW new offshore wind capacity
Almost 500 wind turbines spread across four offshore wind farms have received development consent from the Scottish Government, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing announced today (10 October).
Tougher energy efficiency target would boost UK economy by £62bn - study
Environmentalists cite unpublished EU figures in call for a more ambitious goal for reducing energy use by 2030.
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.
Lib Dems plan five new laws for a 'greener' Britain
The Liberal Democrat manifesto will include plans for five new laws to protect the environment, the party announced today.
New coal power stations threat to EU's emissions target
Burning Europe's lignite reserves would wipe out carbon budget from 2020 until the end of the century, says Greenpeace.
Davey forces Osborne to back down over fourth carbon budget
The Chancellor has been forced to abandon his calls for the fourth carbon budget to be diluted after the Government announced today that, having listened to the business sector, the UK will retain the fourth carbon budget in its current form.
New biogas AD plant breaks ground in Cornwall
Construction work has today (12 May) begun on the Fraddon Biogas Plant - a new biomethane-to-grid anaerobic digestion (AD) site in Cornwall.
Waitrose teams up with ITM Power to produce renewable fertiliser
Supermarket chain Waitrose is stepping up its sustainability drive by joining forces with the Technology Strategy Board and ITM Power to develop a system for the production of renewable fertiliser.
HS2 needs separate 'ring-fenced' budget to safeguard environment
Environmental safeguarding must be better implemented into the planning of the HS2 project with the help of a separate budget, MPs are recommending.
Glass industry outlines plans to meet 2050 carbon reduction goals
The British Glass Manufacturers' Confederation has outlined its carbon reduction plans in its newly published decarbonisation roadmap.
Fracking opponents are being irrational, says David Cameron
Prime minister questioned by House of Commons liaison committee about shale gas, environment and women's issues
Energy Bill receives Royal approval
The Energy Bill has received approval from the Queen today completing the Bill's passage through Parliament and establishing it as an act of law.
Industry responds to CCC's Fourth Carbon Budget review
The majority of cross-sector businesses and organisations have backed the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) review of the Fourth Carbon Budget, which concludes there is no basis to change the budget.
Under current trends carbon budget will be spent by 2034, warns PwC
To maintain economic growth without exceeding two degrees of warming, the G20 needs to reduce its carbon intensity by 6% per year, according to a new report.
Gov agrees to delay 2030 decarbonisation target for two more years
The Government yesterday narrowly voted against an amendment to the Energy Bill that would have seen a 2030 decarbonisation target for the power sector set in 2014.
EU must show leadership on climate change beyond 2020, says Lovegrove
Strong European leadership beyond 2020 can amplify the impact of the UK's commitment to a low carbon economy, says Permanent Secretary for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Stephen Lovegrove.
Investors call on Osborne to set 2030 decarbonisation target
The Chancellor George Osborne has today been urged to include a decarbonisation target in the Energy Bill by a group of investors.
Electricity Market Reform plan attacked for 'lack of vision' beyond 2020
Campaign groups have warned that the Government's Electricity Market Reform (EMR) delivery plan lack's "a clear picture" for investors beyond 2020.
Measuring climate impact of vehicles must go beyond the tailpipe
Introducing new energy technologies in road transport will mean the current method of measuring the climate impact of vehicles will become increasingly inadequate, says the LowCVP.
Ed Balls: George Osborne is scaring away long-term green investment
Ed Balls has slammed the Coalition Government for restricting growth in the green industry by its failure to agree a decarbonisation target in the Energy Bill and "shackling" the Green Investment Bank.
Barry Gardiner appointed shadow minister for natural environment
Labour Leader Ed Miliband has appointed Barry Gardiner as Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries.
Osborne confirms DECC and Defra budget cuts in spending review
The Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed in today's spending review that the Department for Energy and Climate Change's (DECC) budget will be cut by 8%, while the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has agreed a 10% cut.
'Government action' needed to ensure UK meets second and third carbon budget
The Government must do more to ensure the UK meets its third and fourth carbon budget, according to the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) annual progress report.
Zero emissions not possible with existing technologies says OECD environment director
Achieving zero emissions between 2050 and 2100 will not be possible if existing technologies are relied upon, says Environment Director at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Simon Upton.