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Hunt believes the whole sector must continue to build trust, share best-practice sustainability approaches and prove that emerging technologies work in practice

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.

The report reveals no “one-size fits all” solution exists, but that different city classes have the potential to expand green infrastructure and improve renewable energy costs effectively

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).

ISO 50001 is available to any business of any size, but its suitability will largely depend on the energy requirements of the business

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 is working with Schneider to develop a new energy management system for commercial buildings, and with Tesla to manufacture and produce solar PV cells in the US

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.

A gas demand response mechanism will allow large gas consumers to bid to reduce the amount of gas they use during times of system stress in exchange for payment

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.

The past few months have seen a number of firms within the construction industry adopting a demand-response approach to energy management

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.

Employees in high-performing, green-certified buildings had 26% higher cognitive function test scores than those in similarly high-performing buildings that were not green-certified

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.

Democratic candidate Clinton repeated her desire to turn the US into a “21st century renewable energy superpower”, while Trump claimed the US needed to look beyond renewables

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.

Developed in collaboration with Dubai Municipality, the bulb will be rolled out across Dubai businesses in 2017

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 of Corvallis will generate around 300,000kWh of renewable electricity annually through solar photovoltaics, and also return unused energy back to a local power grid

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.

edie’s exclusive, interactive webinar titled 'Cutting Complexity: Mapping energy efficiency in your organisation' revealed the secrets to successful energy management

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.

The average green building uses 25% less energy and 11% less water than a traditional structure

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.

Although sales and the use of electric vehicles are increasing, they still only make up 0.15% of Europe’s car fleet and only 1.2% of total passenger car sales in the EU

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.

Delegates from EEF, Tata Steel, npower Business Solutions and  Cebr claim that behaviour change should be advanced inline with technological enhancement

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.

LRS's Gloucestershire based factory produces over 1.2 million bottles of drink each year

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%.

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".

CWG’s latest CSR report details a series of energy-efficient, low-carbon innovations established by the developer to improve sustainability in the Canary Wharf area

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.

The coalition suggests that a clear 2050 vision must be aligned with the EU’s 2030 energy and climate objectives

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.

New analysis has claimed that despite needing an upgrade, the current EU ETS is functioning with the “potential to deliver real emissions reductions”

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).

The storage facility will deliver primary control reserve power necessary to keep the 50 Hz grid frequency stable

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.

Smart Energy GB, which runs the national advertising campaign for the rollout, responded saying that the IoD statement contains “inaccuracies and misrepresentation of facts”

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: Mapping energy efficiency in your organisation is available to watch for free now

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.

An aerial view of Central Park in New York City, which is hosting a week-long series of climate events co-ordinated by The Climate Group

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.

Cutting complexity: Mapping energy efficiency in your organisation will take place on Thursday, 22 September at 2pm

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.

The CSR report highlights that Tarmac is making “good progress” towards its 2020 target of a 37% reduction in carbon emissions after reaching a 27% fall by the end of 2015

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.

Providing private financing initiatives could encourage energy efficiency improvements for households and help the EU achieve its energy-saving target of 20% by 2020.

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.

The front cover of Sky's Bigger Picture Performance report. The company remains on track to halve UK emissions by 2020

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.

The controversial £18bn scheme in Somerset, which has been criticised over costs and national security worries, will proceed after a new agreement was struck with EDF

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.

A view of the City of London from across the River Thames. Arcadis' report ranks the UK capital 9th in the world for environmental sustainability

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.

The report notes that the rise in extreme weather scenarios will impact energy security unless smarter systems are introduced

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.

The results for the second quarter of 2016 revealed that just one-third of respondents were operating under a “business as usual” approach since the Brexit vote

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.

The think tank noted the potential to decarbonise the gas itself through the use of green gases produced from waste and organic matter

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.

Apple has removed the universal 3.5mm headphone jack from its new smartphones, with AirPod earphones and a Lightning-to-analogue adapter included with the iPhone 7

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 has revealed it is now conversing with trade associations and participants of the trial to potentially accelerate the initiative

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.

M&S sustainability director Mike Barry believes new BEIS ministers should help other ministries to become “carbon literate”

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.

In order to improve ship efficiency, many of the anti-fouling coatings used to enhance speed and fuel conservation use biocides to rid ships of marine life

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".

The focus on green finance has been broadly welcomed from key finance, business and other stakeholders, but the lack of a date to phase out fossil fuel subsidies disappointed many

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.

Unnerved by GMB’s claims, Flexitricity are looking to introduce DR into the domestic sector, saying there is “untapped potential”

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.

edie has heard from more than a dozen leading environmental figures who have exclusively revealed their biggest green policy hopes and expectations for the next few months

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.

Jude Hughes (centre) collects her E&E Award from host Andrew Ryan (far left) and the Energy Institute's Sarah Beacock (right)

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.

The union added that National Grid’s policy of paying companies to stop working using consumer’s money is a “bonkers policy that only a natural monopoly would dare to implement”

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.

Global energy-related CO2 emissions stalled for the first time in 2014 and 2015, According to preliminary data from the International Energy Agency (IEA)

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.

In total, the EU reduced final energy consumption by 6.35% between 2000 and 2014, which equates to cutting 72 mtoe from the Union’s energy demand

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.

The absence of a specific low-carbon transport regulatory framework in the Government’s new ministerial make-up remains a concern for ECC chair Angus MacNeil

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.

In regards to energy-efficiency measures, 2015 saw Ball “enter the world of renewable energy” for the first time in its 135-year history

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.

EDF’s new nuclear power station, Hinkley Point C, got the go-ahead from the supplier at the end of July but the Government then delayed its confirmation

'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.

Scotland’s Business Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse has called for closer working between the UK and Scottish Governments on extending pumped energy storage capacity

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.

Energy consultancy Inenco Group believes that the decision could indicate the Government is prioritising short-term cost over carbon reduction

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.

Almost 70% of the battery innovators indicated that the biggest revenue opportunity they were looking to employ would come from grid services such as EFR contracts. Photo: SmartestEnergy

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.

A £6.6m Green Investment Bank-supported commitment has been matched by the SQN Asset Finance Income Fund to take the total project funding to £13.2m

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.

Lockwood drew attention to the failure of the LCF to take account of the effect of changing wholesale prices on contracts for difference payments

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.

The Mersey Gateway Project sparked the need for further research on the environmental impact of large infrastructure projects

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.

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.

Britain saw another pickup of around 169MW when Tom Daley won a bronze medal on Tuesday night

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.

The ICAO report looks at the potential of sustainable alternative fuels and innovative technology to reduce an airplane’s carbon footprint

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 is seeking to engage with people, transform workplaces, support communities and generate lasting value for clients to 'Build a Better Tomorrow'

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.

The 2.0 litre Ford EcoBlue engine – which utilises a clean-burning combustion system - is expected to reduce water and energy consumption by 50%

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's 2016 Summer Games plays host to 42 Olympic sports from 5-21 August 2016

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?

By generating its own low-carbon supply of power and heat using CHP, Newcastle United is now reducing its carbon emissions by a further 390 tonnes per year

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 now operates more than 5,500 self-service coffee machines in nine international markets, with plans to expand to 8,000 machines by 2020. Photo:

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.

EDF’s new nuclear power station, Hinkley Point C got the go-ahead from the supplier last week but the government has since delayed its confirmation

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.

Oxford Brookes University. The new partnership between Open Energi and Prefect Controls will see student bedrooms provide crucial flexibility to the UK grid using demand response

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.

The report revealed that domestic electricity demand will increase by at least 30% in London, Cardiff, Birmingham and Bristol by 2035

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.

New legislation includes emission standards for cars, vans and - for the first time in Europe - trucks

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 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%.

By turning down demand instead of increasing supply, the report claims that up to 16% of the UK’s peak electricity requirements could be provided by businesses

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.

The project is expected to make the biggest impact of any investment made by the UKEEI fund to date in terms of GHG emissions reduced per pound of capital

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.

Mary Robinson claimed that the British government introduced new tax breaks for oil and gas in 2015 that will cost the UK taxpayer billions between 2015 and 2020

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.

Regardless of who wins the election, the global environment is acting as an enabler for the low-carbon movement

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.

Organisations are establishing overlapping and duplicate schemes within the energy efficiency sector. KPMG claims that this is having a detrimental effect on businesses

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.

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.

Campaigners fear that this could tip the balance in future policy debates and setback efforts to tackle climate change

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.

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.

Energy Secretary and Tory Party leadership hopeful Andrea Leadsom spoke at the Utility Week Energy Summit in London this week

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.

Trail blazing: A successful behaviour change initiative can be a crucial part of driving sustainability and CSR programmes throughout an organisation

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.

(L-R): Stuart McLean, print centre manager at Herald and Times Group; and Ron Ramage, chief executive of Flexitricity

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.

Buildings in London are currently emitting 32m metric tonnes of CO2 annually, compared to the two million emitted by building in Paris

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 has built on progress at its production sites to reduce landfill waste, with only 0.74% of total waste sent to landfills in the previous fiscal year

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.

Recommendations listed in the report would provide crucial stepping stones to allow the NHS to achieve the £22bn energy efficiency savings target outlined in the Five Year Forward View

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.

The study found that a game watched in lower resolution on the smaller smartphone has a carbon footprint impact over three times greater than watching the match on TV

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.

The 12 cement companies – collectively worth $120bn – have been warned that “significant innovation” is necessary in order to drive efficiency beyond current standards

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.

Gold-diggers: Sustainability professionals need to know exactly how to approach their board, and must be able to present a compelling case for investment

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.

The Vodafone Village in Milan, Italy - the world’s
largest LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) certified building. Image: Vodafone

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.

At San Francisco the world’s leading policy makers began at two day exploration into the ways that countries could collectively drive the low carbon movement

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.

Some of the vehicle's aerodynamic features have already been implemented on Volvo Trucks' series-produced vehicles, and more of its solutions may be fitted in the future

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%.

Data obtained by green group Transport & Environment (T&E) revealed that cars and trucks burned almost half of all palm oil used in Europe in 2014

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.

The Energy Transition Platform will analyse successful models in improving energy systems and facilitate the adoption of emerging policy models for state and national governments

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.

BT claims that using ICT to streamline and improve energy efficiency could account for more than half of the estimated carbon reductions

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.

The university plans to instigate further sustainability upgrades in 2017 when it consolidates its three campuses into one

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%.

Large revealed that the Catalyst programme is seeking 10 organisations to sign up, offering to bring in 50 “champions” each, in order to establish an initial network of 500 champions

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.

Policy Connect's Owain Mortimer called upon the Government to adjust its long-term approach towards policy that matches the UK’s climate and energy needs

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).

The Sustain & Save Exchange programme has seen UK businesses create more than £143m of savings and investments in resource efficiency

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.

The edie Live 2016 exhibition is taking place at the NEC Birmingham on Tuesday and Wednesday, 17 and 18 May

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!

The five sites identified were deemed suitable for storing CO2 emissions from both power and industry projects around the UK

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).

The edie Live 2016 exhibition is taking place at the NEC Birmingham on Tuesday and Wednesday, 17 and 18 May

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 EP 100 scheme welcomed two new member companies at the Energy Efficiency Global Forum in Washington D.C.

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.

Our older homes are among the most energy-wasting the world and can be expensive to keep warm in winter

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.

A third of guests revealed that they use more energy in hotels than they normally would at home

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.

The new subsidy scheme from DONG is the latest in a line of financial incentives launched by the utilities company in an attempt to encourage renewable uptake

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.

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.

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