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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.

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.

edie rounds up of some of the recent innovations attempting to turn the food waste mountain into a self-feeding gold mine

World Food Day: Five fascinating projects to feed the plenty with surplus food

To mark World Food Day on Sunday (16 October), edie rounds up some of the latest green innovations and campaigns aimed at reducing the mountains of food waste that continue to cast a dark shadow on global food systems.

Prototyping expert Tom Chi was among the mentors of the inaugural UK Unreasonable Impact programme, which provided eco-entrepreneurs with resources and mentorship to scale-up. Photo: @UnreasonImpact/Twitter

Barclays supports 'disruptors of tomorrow' with green innovation scale-up scheme

Hydrogen vehicle pioneer Riversimple, London's first subterranean farming concept Growing Underground and tree-planting drone developer BioCarbon Engineering are among 10 British green business start-ups that look set to undergo a period of intensive scale-up after taking part in a new accelerator scheme launched by Barclays Bank.

The initiative will aim to collect 20,000 paper cups, which will be recycled into 15,000 plastic flower pot holders to be used in community gardens around the area

Giant coffee cup bins invade Manchester in an attempt to recycle 20,000 paper cups

Thanks to the efforts of a host of retailers including Caffé Nero, Costa and McDonald's, the streets of Manchester will soon be inundated with giant coffee cup bins, as charity Hubbub attempts to save 20,000 paper cups from ending up in landfill.

The Mayor today joined pupils at St Saviour’s and St Olave’s School in Southwark, a traffic hot spot that would be included in the proposed Ultra-Low Emission Zone expansion

Sadiq Khan: I want business on-board to ignite London's green revolution

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses are front and centre of Sadiq Khan's ambitious plans to create "the greenest city in the world", the London Mayor told edie today (10 October) as he unveiled detailed proposals to improve the capital's air quality.

edie pulls together the best innovation stories of the week into this neat and tidy little green package

Livestock simulators and typhoon turbines: the best green innovations of the week

In a week where the Paris Agreement became official, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon, resource efficient technologies and innovations that could thrive in a post-Paris world.

edie rounds-up what vehicle manufacturers, both established and disruptive, have unveiled as part of a global transition to cleaner transport

Paris Motor Show: Manufacturers gear-up for an EV arms race

The opening weekend of the Paris Motor Show showcased the sector's developing evolution towards a low-carbon and electrified state, as companies such as Renault, Mercedes and the 'dirty man' of the sector Volkswagen introduce new concepts.

Costain states that a successful implementation could lead to a large-scale deployment included in the future infrastructure development plans of the west London region

Costain launches UK vehicle-to-grid project

Construction and civil engineering firm Costain has announced it is investigating the business case for the development of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) energy infrastructure in London, in the same week that it completed a study on the role of alternative-fuelled vehicles in creating on-site and supply chain carbon reductions.

The intention behind the research was to identify innovations that would give offshore wind a competitive edge against cheaper forms of renewable energy in the future

Report: Innovation can cut offshore wind energy costs by a third

Innovation improvements surrounding the design, maintenance, construction and operations of European offshore windfarms could cut associated energy costs by a third in the next 15 years, a new report from sustainable innovation engine KIC InnoEnergy has found.

Listen to eight exclusive interviews about the circular economy and responsible retail in this special two-part episode of the edie podcast

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 11 (Parts 1&2) - Circular economy dreams and responsible retail

What are the next steps that need to be taken to make the circular economy a reality? And are current retail business models fit for purpose if we are to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon, resource-efficient future? Part two...

APS Salads with its Wight Salads site in the Arreton Valley on the Isle of Wight has moved from hybrid lighting to 100% LEDs, which has improved the consistency of its tomato crops

Tomato growers reap benefits of horticultural LEDs

Two of Britain's biggest tomato growers are now benefiting from a transition to horticultural LED lighting, which is increasing yields and significantly reducing energy usage for both businesses.

Ford found that a single vehicle can produce more than 64 ounces of water each hour, which is enough to produce around four bottles of water

On-the-go H2O spearheads Ford's company-wide innovation drive at 'record pace'

Motor giant Ford's recent innovation push is being driven by employees across all areas of the business at "record pace", with a prototype that turns condensation from air conditioners into drinking water just one of the 3,500 innovations submitted this year.

With major strides in place to ratify and reach historic targets, edie has pulled the best innovation stories of the week

Waste-eating sharks and body heat harvesters: the best green innovations of the week

As Climate Week 2016 in New York City draws to a close, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon, resource efficient technologies and innovations that could thrive in a Post-Paris Agreement world.

In order to accelerate action on the SDGs, the report notes that companies will increasingly have to embrace the “age of digitalisation”

'Fruits of the fourth revolution' key for business to tackle struggling SDGs

Leveraging the power of connectivity and digitalisation will be key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with the "fruits of the fourth industrial revolution" inspiring large-scale action, a new report has found.

The skyline of Sweden's third-largest city, Malmö - where retailers are finding ‘purpose’ and economic growth, beyond shopping and consumption

The best retailers for the world: Driving responsible retail and one-planet prosperity

Low-carbon, resource-efficient retail is the only way forward, but we might also need to dig deeper if we are to find one-planet prosperity. Ahead of Wednesday's Responsible Retail Conference, Mike Townsend explores the real challenges and opportunities - along with evidence of an innovative shift - taking place in Sweden.

The process could be retrofitted across 65% of the world’s steel mills, leading to the creation of 15bn gallons of AtJ fuel – representing around 19% of global aviation fuel

Virgin unveils aviation 'game-changer' with alcohol-to-jet fuel

Virgin Atlantic has today (14 September) announced that an innovative partnership with carbon capture company LanzaTech has successfully produced 1,500 gallons of low-carbon, alcohol-to-jet (AtJ) fuel.

Since 2010, PepsiCo Recycling has partnered with over 100 colleges and universities to support campus recycling programmes, providing more than $70,000

PepsiCo extends innovation fund to educational institutions

PepsiCo's recycling branch has announced plans to expand its college and university eco-innovations programme through its Zero Impact Fund, where educational institutions can receive up to $10,000 from PepsiCo to support sustainable initiatives.

JLR plans to use the technology pioneered in its new racing vehicle to influence the development of the next generation of electric road vehicles

Jaguar unveils Formula E vehicle as reports surface of an electric SUV rollout

British automotive giant Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has revealed the design for its upcoming Formula E racing car, while reports have also surfaced suggesting that a fully-electric SUV could be in the pipeline.

The 55,000 tonne ship will have 10 retractable solar panelled sails and retractable wind generators to produce renewable energy, which is used to power a hybrid propulsion engine

Is this the most sustainable ship in the world?

As the International Maritime Organisation struggles to stay afloat amidst a barrage of calls to establish a global shipping initiative, a new 10-mast cruise liner that harnesses solar and wind power may just have set the benchmark for the sector.

As politicians attempt to align national ambitions with the increasing green business willingness of the private sector, edie has rounded up the best low-carbon innovation stories of the week

Solar trains to Mars and oyster-breeding toilets: the best green innovations of the week

In a historic week that has seen the world's two largest emitters officially ratify the Paris Agreement, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon, resource efficient technologies and innovations that could drive the word to a 2C pathway.

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?

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark believes there is a “national opportunity” for industrial and infrastructure upgrades

Greg Clark: Britain's industrial strategy needs an upgrade fit for the future

Britain's industrial strategy will seek to provide easier routes to market for new business models and tap into the benefits of innovation and competition to allow for the creation of more sustainable products and services, Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has said.

Kingfisher's Caroline Laurie believes that the way the DIY retailer promotes products to customers will enable it to continue to grow revenue through sustainability

Price and performance dominant factors for sustainable products, says Kingfisher

EXCLUSIVE: Companies that "plaster their products with 'eco'" are unlikely to make the same connection with consumers, compared with those creating sustainable products that offer other tangible benefits such as better price and enhanced performance.

edie has brought together the best water sustainability innovations into one neat and tidy blue bubble

World Water Week: Six innovations to quench the global thirst for clean water

With World Water Week bringing experts and innovators to Stockholm to foster new thinking and develop solutions to water-related issues, edie rounds-up the projects and products that could aid efforts to combat water scarcity.

Ford aims to triple its current autonomous vehicle fleet this year in a push to provide self-driving vehicles by 2021

Ford gears-up for fully-autonomous, ride sharing fleet by 2021

Automotive giant Ford have announced plans to roll-out fully autonomous vehicles, in high volumes, by 2021 as part of a collaborative commercial mobility service that ventures into the sharing economy market.

With future green policies and innovation funding opportunities now secured, edie has once again pulled the best innovation stories into this little green package

Dissolvable batteries and the world's smallest hydro station: the best green innovations of the week

In a week that saw two landmark sustainability initiatives secured in the UK and the US, edie rounds up some of the latest and greatest green innovations that could also benefit from support by Government-backed funding schemes.

By remotely controlling electricity use, demand response has helped defer or avoid the expense of building extra peaking capacity

Virtual power plants: 10 of the best demand response projects in the UK

As demand response continues to gain traction among sustainability professionals and energy managers alike, edie rounds up some of the biggest and best projects across the UK that are demonstrating the vast economic and environmental potential that this burgeoning technology has to offer.

The pledge from the Government to future proof funding streams will ensure the UK can still innovate, even if it loses access to the €80bn Horizon 2020 pot

Treasury to underwrite Horizon 2020 projects beyond EU membership

The UK's innovation agency has vowed to ensure that science and research plays a "central role in a progressive industrial strategy", after Chancellor Philip Hammond revealed that the Treasury will underwrite business and academic funding for approved Horizon 2020 projects.

edie has rounded up five case studies which demonstrate how drone technology is being used to help our environment

Five ways drones are being used to help the environment

With Amazon set to step up drone technology tests in UK airspace under its plans for unmanned delivery aircraft, edie investigates the potential implications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for green business and the environment.

The new eROT prototype system will offer potential fuel savings of 0.7 litres per kilometre and cut CO2 emissions by three grams per kilometre

Audi's new shock absorber prototype generates electricity while you drive

Car manufacturer Audi is currently working on a new damper prototype that will convert kinetic energy from driving over potholes and bumps in the road into electricity.

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

Electric cars could drive the future - but not without old-fashioned vehicles

Electric cars could take over most driving necessities tomorrow, according to a group of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but they'll need the help of internal combustion engines to do it.

Muntons' anaerobic digestion plant in Stowmarket, Suffolk could produce antibiotics useful in combating 'superbugs'

Could anaerobic digestion combat drug-resistant 'superbugs'?

UK malt suppliers and producers Muntons has revealed that by-products formed at its anaerobic digestion (AD) plants could eventually be used to combat drug-resistant "superbugs" such as E. coli.

The real heroes of the resource revolution are the people and businesses that are ready to address the real challenges and make real shifts

Coming of age: The heroes and villains of the circular economy

The circular economy is growing up; moving beyond simple radical resource efficiency, towards an authentic triple-bottom-line. As with any transition, not everything is great. Business model innovation is the battleground for success - and while there are heroes, there are also villains holding back the real transformation that is needed.

Listen to exclusive interviews with Interface's co-innovation partner and sustainability director, and Whitbread's director of CSR

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 08 - Sustainability without the fluff

It's time to discuss the elephant in the room: companies will only become truly 'sustainable' if they can embed sustainability into their products. But what are the skills required to deliver a comprehensive low-carbon, resource efficient business action plan?

Santos revealed that by sharpening the Unilever Foundry brief over time, the consumer goods firm has been able to pull in more innovative sustainability solutions

Ignoring innovation is the biggest risk companies can take, warns Unilever

EXCLUSIVE: A failure to utilise innovation and take risks is "arguably the biggest risk a company can take" in the global transition to a low-carbon economy, the senior vice president of global marketing at Unilever has said.

Zero Waste Scotland is encouraging applications from predominantly urban areas to follow the two existing Zero Waste Towns in the smaller rural locations of Dunbar and Bute

Candidates sought for Scotland's third 'Zero Waste Town'

Zero Waste Scotland are seeking candidates to apply for the title of Scotland's third 'Zero Waste Town' by demonstrating a commitment to circular economy principles.

Able to reach 0-100km/h in less than five seconds, the near-silent BladeGlider uses advanced display systems to highlight current speed, battery charge and regeneration modes

Nissan unveils world's first bio-ethanol electric vehicle and zero-emission sports car

Low-emission vehicle specialist Nissan has unveiled the world's first fuel-cell powered vehicle that runs on bio-ethanol power, which also has an unprecedented cruising range of more than 600km, as well as a new sports car model.

The Pokemon Go app set a new Apple record for most downloads in one week, and has been downloaded more than 75 million times across iOS and Android, surpassing Twitter and Tinder

Pokemon Go: Green business opportunity or environmental headache?

As people of all ages roam the streets in search of Pokemon, has this new, interconnected age of smartphone capabilities provided a green business opportunity for a fully fledged sharing economy, or will the increased energy demand spoil the environmental potential?

In order for companies to truly embrace sustainability, Arratia claimed that legislation is the current driver for product standards

Businesses must embrace the 'radical paradigm' of sustainability

Many businesses are at risk from being left behind in the global low-carbon transition by failing to address the "elephant in the room"; choosing to focus on sustainable business models rather than products that combat real issues and global trends.

Marcela Navarro's Business Cubed has begun work with engine manufacturer Cummins, acting as a “de-risking model” that could open up investment across a variety of green innovation markets

Business Cubed: one woman's mission to de-risk the global green innovation market

As a growing number of businesses look to tap into the huge potential of low-carbon innovators and sustainability start-ups to drive internal CSR programmes, Matt Mace talks to the creator of the successful RBS Innovation Gateway as she embarks on a brave new venture to bring even more ready-for-market green innovations into the mainstream.

The Solar Impulse 2 journey has seen the plane pass over China, the US and Pacific and Atlantic Oceans

Solar Impulse 2 completes record-breaking round-the-world trip

A solar-powered plane, equipped with 17,248 solar cells, completed the final leg of its record-breaking circumnavigation journey around the world last night (25 July).

The aircraft will help to open the opportunities of the internet to people in underconnected regions. Photo: Facebook

Facebook's unmanned solar-powered internet drone takes flight

Facebook has announced the successful first flight of its unmanned solar-power internet drone, which will eventually aim to break the world-record for the longest unmanned aircraft flight.

Ford hopes that the research project will streamline the production of reduced-weight vehicles which would also lower energy consumption

Ford turns to tequila to explore new bio-materials

Automotive giant Ford Motor Company has announced a new collaborative research approach with the world's biggest tequila producer Jose Cuervo, that will explore the potential of bio-materials made from the by-products of tequila production.

Delphis Eco’s chief executive Mark Jankovich noted that products are shipped in concentrate form to reduce transport and carbon miles

New plant-based cleaning products slash emissions at Rendall & Rittner

Residential managing agent Rendall & Rittner has revealed it is using new plant-based cleaning solutions across its 44,000 London units as a way to reduce product use, lower emissions and improve financial savings.

Earthwards recognition is reserved for the company’s most improved products, which must achieve three significant improvements across seven impact areas

Heading Earthwards: Johnson & Johnson dives deep to green up healthcare

It's widely recognised that the healthcare sector has a large and costly environmental footprint. Hospitals in particular account for some of the most energy-intensive facilities, yet many traditionally have been slow to embrace resource efficiency. A study by the University of Chicago found that the industry stands to save up to $15bn over 10 years by adopting more sustainable practices - it's an opportunity that hasn't gone unnoticed by Johnson & Johnson (J&J), the world's sixth-largest consumer health company.

edie has once again pulled the best innovation stories that could drive the low-carbon, resource efficient transition

Gravity-powered batteries and pig poo roads: the best green innovations of the week

In a week that has seen political 'leaders' fall by the wayside, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon innovations that could create opportunities amidst the chaos left by politicians who have now jumped a seemingly sinking ship.

Wylie believes that cross-sector and multidisciplinary collaboration is essential to ensuring that companies build sustainable supply chains at scale. Photo: Mars Inc

Place innovation at the core of supply chain management, says Mars

EXCLUSIVE: Innovation across every level of business is vital to improve the technology and partnerships necessary to enhance sustainable supply chain management, according to Mars Incorporated's global sustainability director.

Look, no hands: 34% of 18 to 24-year-olds would join a driverless car membership scheme, but just 18% of 35 to 44-year-olds would be receptive to the idea. Photo: Volvo

One in four Brits would sign up to a driverless car membership scheme, survey finds

With the phenomenon of the semi-autonomous vehicle steadily growing in popularity, a new survey has found that a quarter of UK citizens would sell their vehicle in favour of signing up to a driverless car subscription.

Whether you want to store electricity, use none at all, or use it to power glasses, this week's green innovations have got you covered

Orange peel packaging and walking houses: the best green innovations of the week

After a week that saw the UK raise the drawbridge and vote to leave the EU, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could help our nation towards becoming to become a global hub for low-carbon technology and innovation.

Liam the robot - Apple's answer to e-waste. The KTN report suggests that automation and robotics will enable increased productivity in areas such as waste separation and processing

What resource efficiency innovations are needed today for the circular economy of the future?

The development of offsite construction solutions, the Internet of Things, and robotics and automation will prove crucial in utilising the untapped potential of waste-to-resource innovations and addressing the challenges involved in recovering valuable materials, according to a new report from the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).

UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres spoke at the Business and Climate Summit in London's Guildhall earlier today (28 June)

Climate action provides 'thread of certainty' for post-Brexit Britain, says Christiana Figueres

The UN's soon-to-depart climate chief has quashed claims that the UK's impending departure from the European Union (EU) could derail the Paris Agreement, instead claiming that a concerted effort to tackle climate change could be the "thread of continuity" that the UK needs during this "uncertain and volatile" period.

NASA believes that Maxwell, which can reach cruising speeds of 175mph, will lead to shorter journeys for passengers

Meet Maxwell, the electric plane from NASA set to shake-up the aviation industry

US space agency NASA has unveiled a new experimental aircraft that harnesses 14 electric motors along uniquely-designed wings to replace traditional gas-fuelled piston engines, in an attempt to sever the aviation sector's dependence on fossil fuels.

The OWA programme has established an industry collaboration with nine UK wind farm developers to identify and commercialise a series of innovations to reduce offshore wind costs

Scottish Government invests £1.5m in offshore wind

The Scottish Government has announced it will provide £1.5m in investments to the offshore wind sector to increase innovation, reduce costs and encourage additional funding.

It’s been a busy 12 months for DHL, as its ambition to promote closed-loop models within its operations begins to take shape

DHL unveils competitions aimed at unearthing circular economy innovations

Delivery services company Deutsche Post DHL has called on innovators and visionaries from across the globe to generate new ideas covering the concept of sustainable logistics and robotics, as the firm launches two new challenge competitions to incentivise the circular economy movement.

This week's innovations perfectly optimises the human desire to find new resources

Volcano generators and algae jet fuel: the best green innovations of the week

In a week that warned of a lifetime of high atmospheric carbon concentrations, edie has rounded up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could mitigate carbon effects and create a sustainable, if slightly altered, future.

Unilever Foundry is a platform for innovation through collaboration which provides an entry point for startups and scaleups to connect with 400 brands

Unilever unveils sustainable start-up finalists for Foundry 50 competition

Consumer goods giant Unilever's innovation platform has included businesses that incorporate emerging sustainable business models as finalists of the Foundry 50 competition which searches for the world's top 50 marketing technology start-ups.

An ongoing commitment to lowering water consumption has seen Ford earn an “A” grade for water stewardship from global environmental disclosure agency CDP

Ford focuses on innovation as energy use and emissions tumble

US car manufacturer Ford has unveiled the results of its ongoing sustainability push, with reductions in water and energy use and carbon emissions highlighted in its 17th annual Sustainability Report, which was largely focused on a renewed innovation drive.

The CHP technology effectively supports key London programmes like home energy efficiency, and decentralised energy through capture and use of the generated heat

London Docklands set for CHP boost under £1bn Royal Wharf project

The London Docklands area will see low-carbon energy supplied to power 20,000 of the capital's residents through the adoption of combined heat and power (CHP) technology as part of the £1bn Royal Wharf development.

Could glass farming villages and extinction labels help fight the war on food waste?

Dandelion tyres and farms in glass cocoons: the best green innovations of the week

After a week that saw the concept of collaboration emerge triumphantly, edie has rounded up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could bring people, businesses and entire nations closer together as we continue the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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.

Launched in 2012 as the company’s first sustainability strategy, the Think Big Blueprint has helped more than 1 million young people enhance life skills through digital technology

O2 pursues sustainable living for 20 million customers

Digital communications giant O2 has unveiled the next phase of its bold Think Big Blueprint, which will establish the company as an "agent of change", by enhancing the livelihood of 20 million customers through a sustainable technology drive.

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.

Could the torpedo fish light up cities? Could birdhouses clean the air?

Fish powered LEDs and vertical farms from space: the best green innovations of the week

In a week that saw renewable installations celebrate its most decorated year yet, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could push renewables to dizzying new heights as part of the low-carbon revolution.

Join edie editor Luke Nicholls and the team as they explore the latest green business trends and developments in this podcast from

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 02 - Monkey dating and the 'S' word

The edie editorial team brings you the latest news, insights and inspiration from the world of sustainable business, with this second episode featuring an exclusive interview with The Body Shop and going behind the scenes at this week's Sustainability Communications Conference.

This weeks green innovations aim to feed the fish, save the birds and turn wood invisible

Asparagus turbines and car-eating buses: the best green innovations of the week

In a week which shockingly revealed that humans are damaging the environment faster than it can recover, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could mitigate current impacts put the world on a 2C pathway.

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

Meet the E&E Award-winner: Energy Manager of the Year - Jude Hughes, NIBSC

Over the past seven years in her role as energy manager at NIBSC, Jude Hughes has achieved the following headline figures for this large and energy-intensive government research centre: a 17% reduction in carbon footprint, a 12% reduction in electricity consumption, a 20% reduction in gas consumption, and utilities cost savings amounting to £746,000. Meet the Energy Manager of the Year...

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

GRI aims to streamline sustainability reporting through new Digital Alliance

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has unveiled a new programme aimed at streamlining sustainability reporting for businesses by using digital platforms to "enable transformational change".

Ford researchers have been working for nearly two decades to implement a successful biomaterial into production

Ford aims to implement carbon-based foam products by 2021

American car giant Ford has set itself a five year window to introduce new foam and plastic components made from carbon dioxide feedstock, as the carmaker becomes the first in its industry to test the viability of CO2-based materials.

The report revealed that while 75% of professionals are struggling to implement a sustainable procurement process, the main barriers to contend with revolve around finances

Business as usual approach pushing the world past its environmental boundary, says IEMA

Companies operating with a "business as usual" approach are driving the planet past its environmental and social boundaries and will need to adapt to address the combined force of global megatrends, a new IEMA report has revealed.

Devrim Celal (left), CFO/COO of Upside Energy, which fended off tough competition from nine other green innovations to be crowned the Innovation Zone competition winner

VIDEO: Innovation Zone Competition winner unveiled at edie Live

A pioneering 'virtual energy store' that connects renewable energy to distribution networks has today (17 May) been crowned the winner of edie's Innovation Zone Competition at the edie Live exhibition in Birmingham.

FoodCloud has already been successfully implemented at more than 150 Tesco stores, creating an excess of 350,000 meals for around 940 charities nationwide

Tesco issues rallying call for innovators to help tackle food waste

EXCLUSIVE: Off the back of an impressive track record using innovative platforms to tackle the growing problem of food waste, Britain's biggest supermarket chain has reached out to innovators to introduce further waste reduction solutions.

Tesla's UK & Ireland director George Ell was speaking at sustainability conference in Leeds last week

Convenience and customisation will shape electric cars of the future, says Tesla's UK director

Car clubs will soon be a thing of the past, driven out of the market by customisable electric vehicles (EVs) that can autonomously drive directly to their owners within minutes and take them to destinations cheaper than any other form of transport.

Green SMEs normally encounter four key legal elements that need to be addressed to ensure that a cleantech innovation is able to scale up

Cleantech innovation: the legal necessities of joining forces

In the final installment of edie's cleantech innovation feature mini-series, Hamish Corner - partner at law firm Penningtons Manches - outlines the legal necessities that must be established and protected by green entrepreneurs when entering collaborative partnerships with larger corporations.

The relationship between large and small businesses could be enhanced further if SMEs were more proactive while developing solutions

Cleantech innovation: the collaboration equation

In the penultimate part of this cleantech innovation feature mini-series, Carbon Limiting Technologies (CLT) directors Beverley Gower-Jones and Mark Bornhoft explain how green innovators should be interacting with big corporations to carve out a route to market and ensure they aren't "designing in the dark".

Veolia's head of circular economy Forbes McDougall says companies will need to focus on the way energy and heat is generated and consumed, in order to complete the circular economy jigsaw

Veolia: energy and heat are the missing pieces of the circular economy jigsaw

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses are missing out on the benefits of taking a closed-loop approach to energy and heat consumption due to being too "hung-up" on waste-driven models, the head of circular economy at Veolia has claimed.

The V2G trials, which Nissan hopes to extend across Europe, could generate up to 180MW of electricity capacity if all 18,000 Nissan EVs in the UK were connected to the network

Nissan revs up for 'decade of disruption' with UK's first vehicle-to-grid energy storage system

Japanese carmaker and leading electric vehicle (EV) producer Nissan is "turning science fiction into science fact" with a groundbreaking new scheme that will turn allow consumers to sell energy stored by Nissan Leaf cars back to the National Grid.

The Catapult will aim to help innovators understand how to connect with the system in order to accelerate commercialisation

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.

Applications for the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund are now open and will close on 31 May

M&S Energy re-launches £350,000 community energy fund

Marks and Spencer (M&S) Energy has launched the second edition of its Community Energy Fund to offer local energy projects across the UK up to £350,000 in funding.

Businesses that sell products with in-build sustainability credentials - and embrace innovative business models to sell those products - will lead the low-carbon transition

Why the new world of sustainability leadership lies in products

EXCLUSIVE: Companies that are tackling key environmental and societal issues through they way they design, make and sell products will become the leaders of the low-carbon economy, as customer-facing begin to diversify their services in favour of sustainable business.

Plants, trees and pastures are all taking innovation back to its green roots this week

Coffee bean roads and the Green Wall of Africa: the best green innovations of the week

In a week that will define the future of London as a sustainable city, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could turn the capital from a polluting mega-city to a bastion of the green revolution.

Funding gap: Cleantech innovators will face numerous challenges when attracting investors to take a 'leap of faith' towards commercial success

Cleantech innovation: Strategies for scaling up

In the second part of this cleantech innovation feature mini-series, Hamish Corner - a partner at UK law firm Penningtons Manches LLP - outlines the key challenges and potential solutions for green entrepreneurs and start-ups when it comes to attracting funding to turn proven prototypes into a commercial success.

Musk believes educating the public on the low-carbon agenda is essential in reeling back the fossil fuel industry’s ability to influence political decisions

Elon Musk: Politicians taking 'easy path' with fossil fuel subsidies

Tesla's chief executive Elon Musk has accused politicians of bowing to the "unrelenting and enormous" lobbying power of the fossil fuel industry, warning that a global "revolt" may be needed to accelerate the transition to more sustainable energy and transport systems.

G-Star and the Plastic Soup Foundation are urging other fashion companies and the textile industry to support the international Ocean Clean Watch scheme

G-Star RAW launches scheme to halt plastic pollution in oceans

Designer clothing company G-Star RAW has joined forces with marine pollution campaign group the Plastic Soup Foundation in an effort to prevent microfibres creating plastic pollution in the world's oceans.

Volvo's Drive me London scheme will be one of the first trials of its kind to have real families driving AD vehicles on public roads

Volvo's driverless cars are heading for London to reduce pollution

Swedish car manufacturer Volvo Cars has revealed it will be trialling an ambitious autonomous driving (AD) system in the UK next year, representing the "largest and most extensive AD testing programme on Britain's streets".

A pilot scheme in Belgium could potentially capture more than 95% of the process CO2 emissions from both industries without significant energy input

'Breakthrough' CCS technology paves way for sustainable construction industry

A technological innovation that will enable Europe's cement and lime industries to significantly reduce their environmental footprint through carbon capture and storage (CCS) has received €12m backing from the European Union.

The first unit of three is expected to arrive this year and will be used for everyday store deliveries

Sainsbury's takes "seismic leap" with naturally refrigerated trucks

British supermarket chain Sainsbury's has ramped up its attempts to curb transport emissions after becoming the first company in the world to incorporate "closed-loop" natural refrigerant trailer units for its delivery vehicles.

Zoos, homes and spacecrafts can all be sustainable with the help of the green innovations in this week's round-up

Pee power and air-cleaning stalagmites: the best green innovations of the week

After Her Majesty spent the build-up to her 90th birthday listing off some of the most innovative and sustainable companies in the UK, edie rounds up the latest green innovations looking to stake their claim to the throne of the oncoming low-carbon kingdom.

A recent Queen's Award survey found that 76% of companies which won an award reported increased commercial value

Queen's Awards recognise sustainable development among British business

Seven companies including Premier Sustain Division, the British Land Company and the Fairtrade Foundation have been awarded Queen's Awards for Sustainable Development in honour of Her Majesty's 90th birthday today (21 April).

The winner will be announced on May 17 at the UK’s largest energy, sustainability and resource efficiency event, edie Live

edie Live Innovation Competition finalists announced

Innovative and pioneering technologies - from hybrid commercial vehicles to energy storage, innovative AD solutions to retail refrigeration - will take to the stage next month, after 10 forward-thinking companies made it through to the final of edie's Innovation Zone competition.

Solar Impulse 2 has already broken the world record for distance and duration of solar aviation. Photo: Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse 2 to return to the skies

The longest non-stop solo aeroplane flight in aviation history is set to resume flying after entering "Mission Mode" for the next leg of its adventure from Hawaii to North America.

More than 400 SMEs have identified around £10m in potential long-term savings through RBS’ unique auditing service

RBS hits £1bn milestone for green loans

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has doubled its financial lending to sustainable energy projects, with more than 400 small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) acting as benefactors of a £1bn lending spree from the bank in 2015.

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

UN and Google forge 'eye-in-the-sky' forest mapping partnership

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has turned to tech giant Google to implement a high-resolution satellite-based data mapping system which could usher in an "unprecedented level of environmental literacy" for the forestry sector.

Adidas has committed to reducing annual carbon reductions by 3% each year by 2020

Adidas 'strives for sustainability' with new 2020 targets

German sportswear company Adidas has revealed how it plans to "create responsibility", by unveiling numerous footprint reduction targets for 2020, which have been outlined in its latest sustainability report.

From South Africa to Vienna, via London, this week's green innovations have a truly global appeal

Flying solar carpets and energy-stealing cars: the best green innovations of the week

After one of the titans of the fossil fuel industry buckled to its knees this week, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that look set to usher in the "new clean industrial era" that green groups are clamouring for.

The farm, which is located 100ft below Clapham Common in old sheltering tunnels used during the war, is now offering the specially cultivated herbs to London homes

Underground herb farm surfaces to strengthen London's food supplies

Garlic chives, wasabi mustard and salad rocket - produced in a former World War II bunker in Clapham - are ready to be delivered to nearby homes, as London's first underground herb farm officially opens full production services.

Jet airliner rivals Airbus and Boeing are forming new collaborative projects in an attempt to curb aviation emissions

Airbus and Boeing thrust sustainable aviation into spotlight

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is teaming up with Siemens to introduce a range of hybrid passenger planes, while rival Boeing has partnered with NASA to reduce emissions through lighter wing designs.

(L-R): Simon Evans (awards presenter); Alan Davey (LINPAC Packaging); and Jane Bickerstaffe (INCPEN - judge) at the 2015 edie Sustainability Leaders Awards last Novemeber

edie Sustainability Leader to represent UK at EU awards

edie Sustainability Leaders Award-winner LINPAC Packaging has been selected as a UK finalist for the prestigous 2016 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE).

Armies powered by sugar, washing machines powered by exercise and smartphones powered by the sun all feature this week's green innovation round-up

Solar smartphone screens and edible packaging: the best green innovations of the week

After a week that saw the steel industry reach crisis point, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that show that, in spite of the potential death of a bastion of the industrial revolution, entrepreneurs from across the globe are accelerating the green revolution.

Tetra Pak hopes the CE100 will unlock more paths to a circular economy and its 2020 goals

Tetra Pak joins Circular Economy 100 to accelerate closed-loop transition

Food processing and packaging company Tetra Pak has announced that it has become a corporate member of the Circular Economy 100 (CE100), the innovation platform launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to accelerate circular economy ambitions.

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