Engineers warn of looming UK energy gap
The UK is facing an unprecedented "energy gap" in a decade's time, according to engineers, with demand for electricity likely to outstrip supply by more than 40%, which could lead to black outs .
Facebook to build 100% renewable data centre in Ireland
Facebook have announced plans for a new data centre to be built in Ireland which will run on 100% renewable energy using the country's 'robust' wind resources.
UK's largest energy storage project hums into life
Global power company AES has announced completion of the UK's largest battery energy storage array.
GIB makes third investment in Northern Ireland's AD industry
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) and private equity group Foresight have committed to invest £1.7m in the construction of an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Northern Ireland.
Apple invests in Ireland's ocean energy industry
Continuing its investment in renewable energy, technology giant Apple has agreed a new £1m R&D fund to support a wave energy project off the coast of Ireland.
Green investment for Northern Ireland's largest EfW plant
A proposed Energy from Waste (EfW) plant in Belfast has received almost half of its funding from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) after it committed £47m of equity to the 15MW project.
Majority of Brits believe all plastic bags should be biodegradable
The majority of Britons believe all plastic bags should be both recyclable and biodegradable, according to a new YouGov poll.
UK plastic bag use up again, but single-use charges cut Scottish consumption
Plastic bag use in the UK has increased for the fifth year running, with almost nine billion bags used collectively in 2014, according to data released today (24 July).
Tesla to bring utility-scale battery system to Ireland
Tesla has announced that the first of its utility-scale Powerpack battery systems will be deployed in Ireland next year, under a new deal with energy storage firm Gaelectric.
Northern Ireland set for solar revolution with new funding offer
The renewable energy industry in Northern Ireland has received a welcome boost this week with the launch of a new fully-funded solar solution which could save businesses up to £320m.
Tesla's foray into energy storage could 'revolutionise energy system'
The news that Tesla is launching a battery energy storage pack is 'another nail in the coffin of conventional utilities', according to a professor of energy policy at the University of Exeter.
Carbon savings from recycling hit record levels
Council recycling services in England saved 4% more greenhouse gas emissions in 2013/14 than in 2012/13, thanks mainly to increased captures of metals and plastics.
New energy storage system to foster renewables growth in Europe
Europe will take a step closer towards a low-carbon power grid as Ireland starts work on a viable energy storage system in the coming weeks.
Greening the game: The world's most sustainable stadiums
Sports stadiums and pitches often require vast amounts of energy, water and raw materials to maintain them, with little prior thought given to sustainability. But the vast amounts of money involved in professional sport lends itself to exciting innovations, and the stadiums are no different.
Kingspan Energy unveils largest rooftop solar PV array in Ireland
Solar provider Kingspan Energy has installed Ireland's largest rooftop solar PV system on a manufacturing plant in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.
Ann Summers renews recycling contract with Helistrat
Lingerie and sex toy specialist Ann Summers has renewed its recycling and waste contract with Helistrat.
Resource management firm FCC Environment unveils 'mapping the politics of waste' report
Recycling and resource management firm FCC Environment has launched an assessment of how the UK's political landscape might affect the waste and resource agenda over the next five years.
Edie explains: Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs)
The Renewables Obligation (RO) is the main support system for renewable electricity projects across the country. In this week's 'edie explains,' we bring you everything you need to know about Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs).
Resource Association to partner with CIWM and ESA for 2015 conference
Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) president John Quinn has announced that the Resource Association will be partnering with CIWM and the Environmental Services Association (ESA) to host its annual conference next year.
Committee on Climate Change chair urges UK-EU co-operation on environment
Former Environment Minister and Committee on Climate Change chair Lord Deben has said that the UK must work closely with its European neighbours to help protect the environment.
Resource management industry gives thumbs up to circular economy, new report finds
The resource management sector has embraced the circular economy and is positive about the financial and environmental opportunities it offers, according to a new report.
Sainsbury's to stop Nectar points for bag reuse
Retail giant Sainsbury's has announced that it will stop rewarding shoppers with Nectar points for every bag they reuse from April next year, as part of wider changes to its loyalty programme.
Nestle steps up climate change leadership with new CSR commitments
Multinational food and beverage company Nestlé has teamed up with a number of organisations and made a host of new CSR commitments to help accelerate its sustainability strategy.
Plastic bag usage on the up, WRAP data shows
The number of single-use plastic bags handed out to shoppers by UK supermarkets has risen for the fourth year running, according to new figures for WRAP.
Tesco, Nestlé and Coca-Cola to test recycling options for 'challenging' materials
A consortium involving Tesco UK, Nestlé UK & Ireland and Coca-Cola Enterprises has won government funding to undertake research into cost-effective collection and reprocessing methods for hard-to-recycle packaging materials.
Plastic bag tax 'unnecessarily complicated', say MPs
The Government has ignored calls to include all retailers in the 5p plastic bag charge, despite numerous experts insisting it would reduce litter, slash carbon emissions and cut down on waste.
Tesco reveals food waste figures as it targets hotspots for action
Tesco has revealed for the first time how much food it has wasted within its UK operations over the past year in a bid to be more transparent on the issue.
HP works towards closed loop model on ink cartridges with recycled plastic
Hewlett Packard (HP) has announced that it is working towards a closed loop model with 75% of all HP ink printer cartridges now being made using 100% recycled plastic.
Tesco to swap cardboard egg boxes with plastic ones to 'prevent food waste'
Retail giant Tesco has announced that it will be scrapping cardboard egg boxes in favour of plastic ones in a bid to prevent more than a million eggs a year being wasted.
Halfords launches recycling initiative to help charity
Unwanted bicycles will be donated to several countries in Africa under a new initiative launched by Halfords.
Defra calls for evidence on RDF market
Defra has issued a call for evidence on the refuse derived fuel (RDF) market in England in order to "fill the gaps" in its evidence base.
Northern Ireland at real risk of 'lights out' says Committee
Northern Ireland (NI) may be at risk of an electricity shortage and could potentially experience a 'lights out' scenario by 2015 if supply is not secured, according to a Committee review.
A year in waste: how did the UK measure up?
Liz Gyekye presents the 2013 waste industry highlights across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and offers a sneak preview of what's in store for 2014
Proposals for Northern Ireland flood risk policy announced
Flood risk assessments will need to be submitted by developers in Northern Ireland if new initiatives by the Northern Ireland Executive (NIE) to reduce the risk of future flooding are approved.
Irish Government to spend €13m on community energy projects
The Irish Government will spend €13m (£10.8m) on more than 80 community energy projects by the end of the year, Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte announced today.
Latest sponsor adds support to Sustainability Leaders Awards 2013
edie and Sustainable Business magazine are delighted to welcome Air Products on board as a 2013 Sustainability Leaders Awards sponsor.
David Cameron leans towards plastic-bag charging scheme
The Prime Minister David Cameron has implied that shoppers could soon be charged for plastic bags in an attempt to reduce their use.
Irish goat farm achieves 'water champion' status
Family-run Broughgammon Farm in Ballycastle has become the second farm to receive the Consumer Council's 'Water Champion's' Award for reducing usage and saving money through the implementation of efficiency measures.
IKEA mitigates energy costs and carbon footprint with Irish acquisition
As part of plans to invest £1.5bn in renewable energy projects before 2015, IKEA has agreed the purchase of an Irish wind farm - it's first in the country.
Fishing net recovery trials show potential for closing the loop
A pilot project to manufacture products from recycled fishing nets has been deemed a success out in Ireland and could pave the way for a commercially viable closed loop process.
UK playing 'risky' game with heavy reliance on RDF/SRF exports
Future market volatility around refuse-derived fuel (RDF) and solid recovered fuel (SRF) could put the UK's renewable energy strategy at risk, new research has warned.
Electronic waste transfer system gets overwhelming sector backing
Almost three quarters of large waste operators have shown their support for a new online system for recording waste transfers.
Energy efficiency projects in Ireland will save €7m a year says Gov
The government-backed Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced it will support 22 energy efficiency projects to deliver up to €7m (£5.9m) of annual energy savings and support more than 500 jobs.
G8 summit agenda incites anger from green groups
This week's G8 summit will not involve discussions on climate change but will focus on the economy with talks on trade, tax compliance and transparency.
NI Water use willow trees for 'environmentally acceptable' filtration
NI Water is to trial the use of willows as a natural vegetative filter to clean wastewater from its site in Dungannon.
NI Water boosts sustainability credentials with green roof
NI Water has introduced a planting programme to 'green up' the roof of its new £8m extension to its wastewater treatment works at Newcastle harbour.
Ireland set to fall short of EU 2020 emissions target
Ireland is at significant risk of not meeting its EU 2020 targets even under the best-case scenario, according to figures released by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today.
Pressure mounts for plastics landfill ban as NI joins bag tax brigade
Northern Ireland has become the latest region within the British Isles to introduce a levy on disposable carrier bags as the European Commission draws up plans to clamp down on their use.
SMEs to get help understanding 'complicated' environmental legislation
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) have launched a new website to help small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) understand their environmental responsibilities and encourage good environmental practice.
Ireland sets protection measures for threatened 'pristine' water sites
Ireland has seen a dramatic loss of waterbodies in pristine condition due to relatively low intensity activities, such as field drainage, and pollution, according to a new report.
Ireland at risk of failing on waste targets due to landfill reliance
Municipal waste arisings continue to fall in Ireland despite the majority of it still being sent to landfill, latest figures show.
Ecotricity 'deepens' link between renewable energy and nature with RSPB partnership
Britain's first green energy company, Ecotricity, will work with conservation charity RSPB to help protect wildlife when developing renewable energy projects.
UK increases municipal waste recycling by 27% in almost a decade
The UK increased the share of municipal waste recycling from 12% to 39% between 2001 and 2010, according to a new report.
Ireland saving millions with energy efficiency retrofitting
Ireland is reaping the benefits of an energy efficiency retrofit programme, making €35m worth of energy savings in 2012.
Separate food waste collections to be enforced across Ireland
Households across Ireland will be required by 2016 to segregate their food waste, as the country looks to fall in line with European directives.
Stella Artois and Beck's brewer demonstrates environmental credentials
The brewer of beers such as Stella Artois, Beck's and Budweiser has achieved its three year global environmental goals on water, energy, carbon emissions and recycling.
Michelin cuts Irish energy bill with Ecotricity wind park
Michelin is expected to save 4,146 tonnes of CO2 per year and cut its energy bills with two new wind turbines at its factory in Ballymena, Ireland.
EPA highlights risks of defunct water systems
The Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published a plan which outlines how septic tanks and waste water treatment systems will be inspected in coming years.
£100m Northern Ireland Water contract up for grabs
NI Water is offering a £100m water and sewerage networks service contract to bidders, following an information day on Thursday 28 February 2013.
Welsh Government calls for decision-making power over profitable wind sector
A total of £2.3bn Gross Value Added (GVA) could be made and 2000 jobs could be created in Wales, if the Welsh Government's ambitions for onshore wind investment are met.
UK set to buy renewable energy from Ireland
Ireland has taken a step closer to exporting renewable energy to the UK after the two governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) yesterday.
European Investment Bank provides €200m for Irish water infrastructure
The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide €200m (£168m) to support 23 water investment projects in Ireland, it was announced today.
Tony Juniper appointed first president of Society for the Environment
Prominent environmental campaigner Tony Juniper has been appointed as the first President of the Society for the Environment, the organisation has announced.
NI kerbside trials look to maximise recycling rates
Councils in Northern Ireland are exploring new ways to drive up household recycling rates in a cost-effective manner through kerbside pilots.
Apple and Google expand renewable energy use
Technology giants Apple and Google have both announced investments in renewable energy projects, focusing largely on wind energy.
NI Water invests in £2m upgrade programme
NI Water has earmarked £2m for a project to upgrade a number of wastewater pumping stations and deliver environmental improvements across Northern Ireland.
Public to play part in environmental policy making
An €8.5m (£6.9m) project, which aims to empower the public to collect and contribute environmental data for use in policy formation and governance, is now underway.
Ireland draft Climate Change Bill due early 2013
Ireland's long-awaited draft Climate Change Bill is at "an advanced stage" and set to be published in the first quarter of this year, following a series of delays.
NI businesses urged to take water efficiency seriously
Steps are being taken to increase the awareness among the business community of measures to make workplaces more water efficient.
Renewable energy saves Ireland €300m in fossil fuel imports
Almost one fifth of Irish electricity usage now comes from renewable sources, according to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
UPS joins emissions reduction scheme
Global logistics leader UPS has joined an industry-led, voluntary scheme to measure and ultimately reduce carbon dioxide emissions from lorries and vans.
NI businesses urged to prepare water pipes for cold snap
A campaign aims to encourage householders and businesses to ensure their water systems are in a fit state to withstand the threat of burst pipes during the winter.
Restaurants looking for help to cut food waste
Irish restaurants throw away €125m worth of food every year and as a sector is looking for assistance to reduce this cost, according to a report.