Demand-response 'makes complete sense' for heavy industry
EXCLUSIVE: The business case for demand-response now makes "complete sense" and should be exploited alongside other emerging green technologies such as battery storage systems, one of Britain's largest construction materials suppliers has said.
Urban energy 'rethink' needed to ensure low-carbon transition, says IRENA
Cities have an "unprecedented" opportunity to transform and decarbonise energy systems and transition to greener city infrastructure, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
edie launches free ISO 50001 guide for energy managers
Organisations and energy managers with an interest in the ISO 50001 energy management system now have access to a free comprehensive 'edie explains' guide which breaks down all of the key information required to gain certification.
Panasonic embraces the power of partnerships to drive green innovation
Japanese electronics firm Panasonic has ramped up its involvement in the low-carbon agenda, forming two new collaborative partnerships with automaker Tesla and energy management solutions provider Schneider electric to develop new solar PV cells and smart building technology.
Winter electricity blackouts now 'exceedingly unlikely'
The risk of power cuts this winter are now "exceedingly unlikely" thanks largely to £122m of contingency balancing reserve services helping to balance the electricity system, the National Grid has confirmed in its latest Winter Outlook report.
Demand response offers 'positive PR' for business energy management
The author of a new report which investigates the benefits of using demand-response measures to strengthen Britain's energy system has told edie that businesses can "quite easily" use the technology to reduce energy bills and improve green credentials.
Green buildings deliver better thinking and better health, study finds
Employees working in certified 'green' buildings are likely to have better cognitive abilities, fewer 'sick building' symptoms and higher sleep quality scores than those working in non-certified buildings, according to a new study conducted in the US.
Coal would last 'a thousand years' in Trump's US
With polling day just one month away, presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton offered two very different glimpses into the future of US energy policy.
Philips develops 'world's most efficient' LED bulb for Dubai rollout
Philips Lighting has partnered with the Dubai Municipality to launch the "world's most sustainable LED lamp", which has been developed for residential and professional use across the city by 2017.
Toyota set to unveil 'world's first' net zero energy automotive dealership
Motor giant Toyota is "on schedule" to unveil the world's first certified net-zero energy automotive dealership, after striking a deal with the architects of the building to collect data to ensure that the facility is producing more energy than it uses.
How can businesses change behaviours to drive energy efficiency?
UK energy managers can drive employee engagement with company-wide energy efficiency programmes through simple messages focused on the positive impacts of change and the effective internal dissemination of energy and environment management systems.
Laying the foundations for a more sustainable built environment
Kicking off edie's 'green buildings month' of editorial content, World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) chief executive Terri Wills argues it is time to change our perspectives on the buildings we use every day, and start seeing them as an integral part of the solution to global warming.
Surge in electric cars could strain energy grid, warns EU agency
The large scale roll-out of electric cars on EU roads will help fight climate change but more electricity will have to be generated to power the vehicles which, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned, could have its own impact on global warming.
Carbon psychology: The £860m opportunity for UK energy management
Retail, manufacturing and administration firms would be the biggest beneficiaries of up to £860m in energy savings across Britain if a "carbon psychology" approach is taken to improve business energy management processes.
Lucozade Ribena Suntory strives to quench energy usage
Soft drinks firm Lucozade Ribena Suntory (LRS) has introduced an energy management partnership in a bid to reduce its UK factory's annual energy consumption by 5%.
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".
Canary Wharf Group slashes emissions through technology and ISO frameworks
Canary Wharf Group (CWG) has boosted its energy efficiency credentials during the past year through improved building energy performance and the implementation of an energy management system to help measure, monitor and improve efficiency across the business.
Building industry calls for EU-wide 2050 energy efficiency vision
A coalition of industry-leading businesses from the building sector including AkzoNobel, Philips Lighting and Siemens have urged the European Commission (EC) to implement continent-wide action to improve the energy efficiency of Europe's building stock.
Is 'imperfect' ETS a better option for aviation emissions than a voluntary ICAO draft?
As nations meet today (26 September) to edge a global aviation deal closer, new analysis has suggested that the European Union's Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is still "superior" to the drafted proposal offered by the United Nation's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
BMW opens energy storage facility built from used EV batteries
German car manufacturer BMW has announced the completion of a new utility-scale energy storage facility, which uses 2,600 worn electric vehicle (EV) battery modules to stabilise the grid and reduce the impact of peak demand.
IoD attacks 'complex and costly' smart meter rollout
The Institute of Directors has attacked the smart meter rollout for being too complex and costly, insisting the government "urgently review" the benefits of going ahead with the rollout which looks "very unlikely" to meet its 2020 target.
Cutting complexity: edie's energy efficiency webinar now available on demand
edie's latest free-to-watch webinar is now available to watch on demand, with representatives from Costa Coffee, Hilton Worldwide and E.ON providing expert insight and advice about cutting through the complexities of energy management.
Businesses match governments with bold climate pledges during Climate Week NYC
The level of climate ambition shown from businesses during Climate Week 2016 in New York City (NYC) is continuing to mount, with eight more companies making 100% renewable energy pledges and four firms committing to double the energy productivity of their operations.
Last chance to register for free energy efficiency webinar
Energy managers and sustainability professionals are being invited to tune into a free-to-watch live webinar on Thursday (22 September) which will focus on cutting through the complexities of energy management and successfully mapping energy efficiency within organisations large and small.
Tarmac lays the foundation for concrete energy reduction
Construction firm Tarmac has ramped up its energy efficiency efforts through the roll out of on-site technologies, the uptake of demand-response, and the development of an energy management system to help measure, monitor and improve efficiencies across the business.
Could the 'Energy Efficiency Mortgage' solve Europe's green building challenge?
Energy and building sector professionals from across Europe have united to forge a ground-breaking new initiative which offers better borrowing rates on mortgages for homebuyers that commit to purchasing more energy-efficient homes or carrying out energy-saving retrofits within properties.
Sky fall: Telecoms giant sees carbon intensity plummet following energy efficiency drive
Global media company Sky Group has made strong progress with its carbon intensity reduction target after ramping up investment in energy-efficient buildings, according to its latest sustainability report.
Hinkley Point: Green economy reacts as Government approves nuclear power deal
The Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset has today (15 September) been given the go-ahead by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, ending months of speculation and dividing opinion among Britain's industry groups and environmentalists.
London is now the fifth most sustainable city in the world
London has been ranked as the fifth most sustainable city in the world in the 2016 Sustainable Cities Index from infrastructure consultancy firm Arcadis.
Smarter energy systems crucial to combatting diverse new climate risks
An overhaul of financing mechanisms and policy framework is necessary to develop "smarter, not just stronger" energy markets, which will need to combat "unprecedented strains" arising from new climate commitments, a new report from the World Energy Council (WEC) has found.
Report: Energy sector experiencing 'negative impacts' of Brexit vote
The majority of energy efficiency suppliers fear that it is a matter of time before consumers are subject to rising prices leading to a slowdown in investment, with suppliers already claiming that the Brexit vote is negatively impacting the sector.
BEIS needs to 'completely re-think' strategy for heating
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy needs to "completely re-think" its strategy for the decarbonisation of heating, Policy Exchange has warned.
Greening the Apple: How sustainable is the new iPhone 7?
It features a longer battery life, is more energy-efficient, and a waterproof design will prevent damaged products going straight to landfill. But the ditching of the headphone jack could itself open up an e-waste black hole. So just how sustainable is Apple's new iPhone 7?
DfT trials highlight economic and environmental upside of longer lorries
The introduction of longer semi-trailer (LST) goods vehicles could saved operators £33m in transport costs, with carbon savings anticipated to reach 3,000 tonnes over the course of a 10-year trial, the Department for Transport (DfT) has revealed.
Business leaders call for 'green growth narrative' to support climate action
Green business leaders from a range of industries have unanimously called for a narrative of "green growth" to be adopted by policymakers and the private sector alike, in an effort to ramp up climate finance and accelerate the shift towards a global low-carbon economy.
AkzoNobel launches bio-renewable coating following anti-fouling accusations
Paint and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has launched a new biocide-free coating offering fuel and carbon savings for ships, just weeks after the company was accused of forming part of the "worst catastrophe to hit the marine environment".
G20 vows to 'scale up green finance' in collaboration with business
The G20 has highlighted the necessity to "scale up green financing" in partnership with the private sector in order to shift trillions of dollars from dirty to clean investments.
Demand response 'vital' even if Hinkley gets green light, says Flexitricity
Demand response will form a "vital part of a secure, affordable and sustainable energy future" and shouldn't necessarily be viewed as a competitive alternative to the delayed Hinkley Point C nuclear project.
What we want from BEIS: a wishlist for the green economy - Part one
EXCLUSIVE: In the first of a two-part feature, edie speaks to the sustainability professionals, politicians, businessmen and environmental activists working across the green economy to find out they want to see from the Government in this new Parliamentary session.
How to be a Sustainability Leader: Awards Q&A with Energy Manager of the Year
As the deadline for edie's Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017 approaches, we talk to last year's Energy Manager of the Year Jude Hughes to find out her secrets to success and top tips for Awards entrants.
DSR is 'fanciful nonsense', says union
GMB has slammed National Grid as being "naively complacent" over its intention to use demand-side response (DSR) to avoid blackouts, and has called for the company to be stripped of its system operator role.
7 things you might not know about the G20's low-carbon progress
As a new report warns that the G20 must strengthen its commitment towards a low-carbon economy through collective climate action, edie investigates how the world's leading economies members measure up in their respective decarbonisation efforts.
UK plays leading role as European Union hits energy efficiency target six years early
A 15% reduction in energy consumption in the UK has spearheaded a continental movement which has seen the European Union (EU) surpass a key energy efficiency target six years early, a new report has revealed.
Angus MacNeil: Government must reverse 'restrictive' energy policies of 2015
EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government must reverse the cumbersome green policy decisions it made last year to enable businesses to benefit from a generation of cost-effective, low-carbon energy technologies, the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) chairman has claimed.
World's largest canmaker updates sustainability goals to account for Rexam acquisition
The world's largest canmaker Ball Corporation, has outlined a new sustainability agenda which will see it adopt science-based carbon targets and lead the field in next-generation spacecraft propulsion systems.
'State of flux': Hinkley alternatives would be cheaper and simpler, ECIU finds
The UK could meet its future energy and climate change targets without constructing the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, and the continued development of renewables and energy efficiency measures would in fact work out cheaper, a major new report has found.
Scottish energy production boosted by £200m hydro scheme
Installation plans for a 300MW pumped-storage hydroelectricity (PSH) scheme in Scotland were announced today (24 August), in the same week that the Scottish Energy Minister claimed that the sector was "at a crossroads" and required substantial UK Government support.
National Grid 'risks undermining business confidence' with demand-side service withdrawal
National Grid's decision to cancel a tender financially incentivising companies to reduce electricity demand during peak times in winter months has been criticised as a "short-sighted" approach which will "undermine" business confidence in the UK energy strategy.
Energy storage sector calls for grid contracts clarity to ignite 'smart power revolution'
The business case for energy storage is being undermined by many uncertainties within the burgeoning sector, such as limited revenue streams and grid services contract availability, according to new research from renewable energy purchaser and supplier SmartestEnergy.
Nottinghamshire AD plant receives Green Investment Bank backing
A new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Nottinghamshire has received more than £13m funding from clean energy investors to supply 16,300MWh per year of renewable electricity and heat to local businesses.
Uncertainty is 'built into' the Levy Control Framework, warns expert
Uncertainty is "built into" the Levy Control Framework because the factors which determine the cost of renewable subsidies are themselves "variable and uncertain", an expert from the University of Exeter has warned.
AECOM partners with University of Salford to fund sustainable infrastructure research
Environmental consultancy firm AECOM and the University of Salford have struck up a new partnership that aims to improve understanding of how major infrastructure programmes interact with the environment.
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.
National Grid prepares for Olympic demand spike
National Grid is preparing for a 400MW spike in demand on Saturday (13 August) as people tune in to watch Olympic athletes compete for gold medals.
Aviation industry urged to ramp up commitment to combat climate change
The aviation industry must prepare for the impacts of climate change by utilising clean technology and policy tools to significantly reduce its carbon footprint, the International Civil Aviation Organisation has claimed.
JLL battles with "frustrating" green policy and rapid business growth to 'build a better tomorrow'
EXCLUSIVE: Sustainability must remain a business imperative regardless of the "frustrating" green policy changes that are "stifling innovation and pausing investment", the UK head of sustainability at property services firm JLL has said.
Ford's Dagenham facilities expected to halve energy and water consumption
Ford's new diesel engine production line is expected to cut energy and water use by 50% for each engine built at the company's Dagenham diesel centre in the UK.
Rio 2016 Olympics: How sustainable is the greatest show on Earth?
It was dubbed a "green games for a blue planet" during the bidding process, but the event has since become shrouded in controversy, with venues contaminated with waste, waters infected with superbugs, and the host city's air quality remaining at deadly levels. So, just how 'sustainable' is the Rio 2016 Olympics?
Newcastle United scores big energy savings with new CHP system
Newcastle United Football Club has continued its 'carbon positive' crusade by installing a combined heat and power (CHP) system at its own St James Park Stadium, just before the new Championship season kicks off.
Costa Express served ISO 14001 sustainability standard
Costa Coffee has been awarded the ISO 14001 International Standard for Environmental Management Systems for its self-serve 'Express' outlets, less than a week after the organisation was scrutinised for its approach to managing waste coffee cups.
Energy efficiency would be cheaper than Hinkley
Installing energy efficiency could be £12 billion cheaper than the construction of the Hinkley Point C new nuclear power plant.
Could demand response solve the university challenge of reducing student energy use?
Oxford Brookes University has become one of the first educational establishments in the UK to use demand response as a way of reducing energy usage in student accommodation.
UK's smart city transition 'essential' to combating rising energy demand
A surge in urban expansion, economic growth and the integration of new technology will lead to UK cities embracing renewable energy sources as part of a transition to smart cities, in order to cope with growing energy demand.
Vehicle emissions standard forms 'centrepiece' of EU's low-carbon vision
A new legislative proposal from the European Union (EU) that creates binding targets for Member States to reduce emissions in the transport, buildings, agriculture, waste, land-use and forestry sectors will hinge on the ability to accelerate low-carbon technology and fuels in the automotive industry.
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%.
Business-led demand response could generate £8bn for UK
Businesses could provide electricity equivalent to output of six new power stations by flexing demand and utilising better-enhance onsite generation projects, a new report from the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) has claimed.
UK chemical plant granted £7m for energy resilience project
A Green Investment Bank (GIB) supported fund has provided £7m to an energy efficiency project for a global chemical manufacturer, which could reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by an estimated 28,000 tonnes per annum.
UN criticises UK and Germany for betraying Paris climate deal
Ban Ki-moon's climate change envoy has accused the UK and Germany of backtracking on the spirit of the Paris climate deal by financing the fossil fuel industry through subsidies.
Trump and Clinton: the stage is set for America's climate aspirations
As the UK's commitment to battling climate change takes a departmental twist, the two US presidential candidates are leading campaigns that sit on very different ends of the climate policy scale.
Streamlining energy schemes would boost economy and incentivise businesses, says KPMG
The UK Government could achieve savings of £100m and improve private sector growth over the next 20 years if efforts are made to streamline administrative mechanics of energy schemes such as feed-in tariffs (FiT) and capacity markets, a new report has found.
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.
Leaked TTIP energy proposal could 'sabotage' EU climate policy
The latest draft version of the TTIP agreement could sabotage European efforts to save energy and switch to clean power, according to MEPs.
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.
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.
Lighting the match: A guide to employee engagement and behaviour change
In the second part of edie's 'guide-to' series for sustainability professionals, Matt Mace asks the experts about how to overcome major challenges and seize otherwise unobtainable opportunities that present themselves when igniting behaviour change throughout an organisation.
Demand response spreads to the media as Scottish publisher embraces smart-grid thinking
The Herald and Times Group has discovered a new revenue stream worth up to £250,000 after becoming the first newspaper group to sign up to Edinburgh-based aggregator Flexitricity's demand response initiative.
London's green building sector threatened by quantity over quality approach
The global rise in green buildings is providing proof that cites shouldn't be "trapped and weighed down by aging infrastructure", with a new whitepaper suggesting that London should mirror Paris's strategies in order to become the global leader on green buildings.
Bacardi mixes perfect cocktail of water, energy and waste reductions
Global spirits giant Bacardi has surpassed annual targets in improving water use, energy efficiency and recycling rates and is on course to obtain 100% of sugarcane-derived products from sustainably certified sources by 2022.
NHS revamp offers £400m windfall and vast emissions reductions
A new online tool could save the NHS more than £400m while simultaneously reducing carbon emissions by one million tonnes each year by 2020 and providing health benefits to patients, research from a new report has suggested.
Euro 2016 'carbon bootprint' league table: Which nation has the greenest fans?
With England kicking off their UEFA Euro 2016 campaign with that gut-wrenching last-minute draw on Saturday (11 June), the Carbon Trust has investigated how the carbon footprint of Three Lions supporters matches up against rival nations competing in the tournament - but the results don't offer up much consolation.
Aggressive innovation needed as tipping point looms for cement industry
Global cement companies have been urged to innovate as a means to "future-proof" the sector, after a new report from climate change research provider CDP warned that the majority of emission reduction targets in the industry look set to expire.
Into the Dragon's Den: A guide to boardroom buy-in on sustainability
In this three-part 'guide to' series for sustainability professionals, edie asks the experts about how to overcome major challenges and seize hidden opportunities on the path to driving green business. First up: the daunting task of getting the board on-board.
Vodafone targets energy innovation with Sustainable Business drive
Off the back of rising greenhouse gas emissions, telecoms giant Vodafone is championing 'energy innovation' as one of three new 'global transformation goals' under a new, 10-year Sustainable Business strategy.
From ISO to LEDs: Global leaders announce seven huge schemes to drive the low-carbon transition
Global leaders gathered in San Francisco last week (1-2 June) to discuss ways to implement the goals established in the Paris climate accord as part of the Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial. With the dust now settled, edie explores the seven huge new initiatives announced at the event.
Volvo's innovative concept truck cuts fuel consumption by 30%
Heavy commercial vehicle manufacturer Volvo Group has developed a new concept truck which can make 30% savings in fuel consumption, with the vehicle forming part of a five-year long research project aiming to improve the efficiency of long-haul transportation by 50%.
Biodieselgate? British industry leads EU on elimination of palm oil biofuels, says REA
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has revealed that UK importation and consumption of palm oil-based biodiesel for use as a feedstock for vehicles still stands at 'zero' for 2015/16, in light of new data which shows that cars and trucks were responsible for almost half of all of the palm oil used across Europe in 2014.
New Energy Transition scheme launched to accelerate green industrial revolution
The Climate Group has launched a new global initiative to assist highly industrialised, carbon-intensive international governments and regional states in developing and implementing innovative clean energy policies to accelerate the low-carbon transition.
ICT solutions can reduce EU carbon emissions by 1.5Gt, says BT
Utilising and enhancing smart manufacturing, smart buildings and smart energy could reduce the European Union's (EU) carbon footprint by more than 1.5Gt by 2030, a new report from communications giant BT has found.
London Metropolitan lights up carbon reduction rankings with new LED project
London Metropolitan University has been named as England's number one university for carbon reduction, after using a new LED light installation as part of a wider scheme that has seen carbon emissions slashed by 47%.
Global Action Plan launches new platform to motivate sustainable champions
EXCLUSIVE: Independent charity Global Action Plan (GAP) announced on Wednesday (18 May) at edie Live that it is launching a new Catalyst initiative aimed at creating a network of sustainability champions that can motivate one another to mobilise the workforce.
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).
Asda extends online best practice forum to save £50m across supply chains
Major retailer Asda will extend its online forum Sustain & Save Exchange to all of its food and drink suppliers with the aim of helping them reduce their environmental impact and make collective savings and investments of £50m across their supply chains by 2020.
Show doors open for first day of edie Live - here's what's in store...
Representatives from DECC, National Grid, Forum for the Future and WRAP are all set to grace the stages of the NEC Birmingham today (17 May) as the edie Live 2016 exhibition officially opens - and there's still time to get your own free pass for the show!
British CCS 'could service many parts of mainland Europe'
Carbon and capture storage (CCS) sites face no technical difficulties to permanently and safely store industrial-scale CO2 off the coast of the UK, and the hubs could potentially be developed to service mainland Europe, according to a new report produced for the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).
edie Live 2016: Last chance to register before the show doors open!
Thousands of energy managers, sustainability professionals and resource efficiency experts are set to descend upon the NEC Birmingham on Tuesday (17 May) for the first day of the edie Live 2016 exhibition.
The Climate Group launches EP100 to boost global energy productivity
Influential NGO the Climate Group has launched a new global energy productivity scheme to support businesses vowing to double in-house energy productivity and maximise economic output from each unit of energy used.
UK mortgaging the future by scrapping zero-carbon homes, says ECCC chair Angus MacNeil
The chair of the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECCC) has warned that the UK government's failure to build new homes that are energy efficient will see future generations dealing with our costly mistakes.
Hotels should implement sustainability accreditation systems, survey reveals
Boutique hotels and Bed & Breakfasts (B&B) would generate more customer interest if they were judged through a sustainable accreditation system similar to food and service quality ratings, a survey from energy supplier E.ON has revealed.
DONG Energy offers subsidised renewable electricity to UK businesses
Utility company DONG Energy will offer UK businesses the chance to purchase renewable electricity at a subsidised rate, by absorbing cost premiums to ensure that green energy prices are no higher than traditional "brown energy" sources.
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.