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The Corporate Leaders Group wants Greg Clark to provide a strategy that supports the UK’s low-carbon transition through job creation, improved production and an innovation boost

Business leaders call for imminent Industrial Strategy to engage low-carbon firms

Ahead of Prime Minister Theresa May's widely-expected unveiling of the UK's Industrial Strategy blueprint next week, a coalition of European business leaders including Tesco, Kingfisher and Unilever has called upon the Government to work with innovative companies to deliver a zero-carbon economy.

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Scotland sets 'climate-leading' 66% emissions reduction target for 2032

The Scottish Government has put forward new proposals to achieve a 66% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2032, after surpassing its 2020 targets six years early.

SmartestEnergy's chief executive Robert Groves says that the firm is seeing more business customers asking for certificate-backed renewable electricity products

SmartestEnergy launches UK's first certified 100% renewable electricity product

Independent green energy supplier SmartestEnergy has launched the UK's first independently certified 100% renewable electricity product for businesses.

edie relives Obama's greatest environmental accomplishments as he reaches the end of his two-term reign as US President

Yes we did: A complete timeline of Barack Obama's climate legacy

As Barack Obama waves goodbye to eight years in the White House, edie takes a stroll down memory lane to round-up all of the landmark pledges and announcements made by the outgoing US President who strove to leave a safer environment for future generations.

SNP Energy spokesperson Callum McCaig remains confident that Scotland’s renewable sector will continue to flourish despite a “devastating” reduction of renewables investment

SNP calls on UK Government to end 'shameful' renewables record

The Conservative Government's "shameful" renewable energy policy record risks threatening the UK's economic prosperity and investment opportunities in a "thriving" industry, the Scottish National Party (SNP) has warned.

Researchers expect the electric and hybrid market to rise dramatically due to cheap electricity and increased reliability

Electric shipping market could reach $20bn by 2027, research suggests

New research estimates that the global market for electric and hybrid shipping will rise to $20bn in a decade, as the world's first self-sufficient boat powered by 100% renewable energy prepares for a six-year trip around the world.

The industry claims that ethanol produced in Europe has 64% greenhouse gas (GHG) higher savings compared to petrol, which is equivalent to the annual GHG emissions of 4 million cars

EU risks missing climate goals without 'sustainable' biofuels, experts warn

The European Commission's proposal to gradually phase out "sustainable" first generation biofuels will prevent the EU from meeting its 2030 climate goals, experts claim.

Jeremy Rowsell hopes that his inaugural On Wings of Waste flight will change the mindset of airlines and aviators across the world

On Wings of Waste: Plane fuelled by plastic waste completes trailblazing flight

British-born pilot and environmentalist Jeremy Rowsell has made history this week by flying a light aircraft across Australia using a conventional fuel blended with fuel derived from plastic waste.

The preferred bidder has received criticism for its asset stripping reputation and management of other large infrastructure firms including Thames Water

Fears mount over Green Investment Bank sale as MPs warn of asset-stripping

MPs have today (11 January) raised concerns over the proposed sale of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) to private investors in a letter which urges Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Secretary Greg Clark to consider the bank's long-term role in the green economy.

Transport Minister John Hayes indicated that the Government will support greater integration of biofuels into the UK’s transport energy mix to complement the growth of EVs

Government unveils £20m funding for low-carbon freight projects

The UK Government has unveiled £20m investment for firms developing low-carbon vehicle projects as part of an overarching plan for all new cars and vans to be zero-emission by 2040.

Signatories of the statement want to see continued investment in the low-carbon economy in order to give financial decision-makers clarity and boost investor confidence

Dear Mr Trump: We need a low-carbon USA, say 600 firms

More than 630 of America's largest companies and investors have renewed calls for President-elect Donald Trump to re-consider his climate change denial stance and support the nation's low-carbon policies.

Travis Perkins achieved an 11% reduction in emissions from electricity use in 2015

How Travis Perkins is exploiting big data to maximise energy savings

Off the back of another successful year of energy reduction, British builders' merchant Travis Perkins is placing an extra focus on data analysis in order to take its energy management strategy onto the next level, the group's energy manager has said.

The energy footprint of the IT sector is estimated to consume around 7% of the global electricity

Apple named world's greenest tech firm in latest Greenpeace report

Apple has been named the world's greenest major tech company for the third consecutive year in a new report released today (10 January) by Greenpeace.

Upside Energy’s ground-breaking virtual energy store was crowned the winner of edie's Innovation Zone Competition at the 2016 edie Live exhibition in Birmingham

Artificial Intelligence to drive new UK demand response initiative

Innovative energy start-up Upside Energy has joined forces with a leading specialist university in a demand response project that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to reduce the UK's reliance on reserve capacity provided by traditional power stations.

The initial workshop highlighted the key challenges that the industry will face in regards to climate resilience, resource efficiency and technological advancements

UK Green Building Council aims to foster collaboration through new Innovation Lab

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has introduced a "radical new approach" to inspiring innovation in the built environment, after launching its first Innovation Lab that will offer workshops and collaborative opportunities to develop new solutions in the construction industry.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Shadow Secretary Clive Lewis has pledged that Labour will accelerate a low-carbon tranistion through business investment

Labour launches Industrial Strategy consultation

The Labour Party has today (5 January) launched a consultation with businesses, trade unions and the public about the priorities of its proposed Industrial Strategy.

FSB conducted a survey showing that 86% of its members were concerned about import dependence, while security of supply proved the biggest concern for most small businesses

Small businesses key to UK low-carbon transition, report claims

A tenth of UK small businesses now produce their own electricity, according to a new report which calls on the Government to make it easier for small firms to contribute to green energy generation.

The thinktank’s analysis found that high carbon infrastructure, which it defines as fossil fuel power stations, airports and road building, was faring little better

Renewables investment in UK will fall 95% over next three years - study

Investment in windfarms will fall off a "cliff edge" over the next three years and put the UK's greenhouse gas reduction targets at risk, according to a new analysis.

This should be a year to remember for the green economy, for all the right reasons

Happy New Year: Seventeen big reasons for the green economy to be excited about 2017

From new sustainability standards and ambitious green policy strategies through to major renewable energy projects and autonomous vehicle trials, we look ahead to some of the most promising trends and developments set to boost the green economy in 2017.

Barclays claims that if all manufacturers worked to be as energy efficient as current sector leaders, this could create an industry worth £160bn to the wider economy by 2025

UK manufacturers could invest £2.5bn in clean energy by 2025, Barclays claims

British manufacturers could inject £2.56bn into the UK economy and cut energy consumption by nearly a third over the next decade by investing in clean technologies and efficiency measures, according to research from British multinational bank Barclays.

According to a study published by the European Commission last November, the green bond market was worth a total of $41 billion in 2015

France becomes second country to issue green bonds

France today (3 January) launched its first green bonds, becoming only the second country to do so, after Poland. But the absence of international standards has raised questions at the European Commission.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from edie!

As 2016 draws to a close, the edie team is now off for a well-deserved break until the New Year, but we thought we'd leave you with a few festive treats to keep you up to date with the year's biggest sustainability stories.

City view of Cali, Columbia - one of the testing grounds for the framework

New framework aims to 'unlock billions' needed for green urban development

A new collaboration of international organisations is launching a new framework to help unlock the billions needed to accelerate cleantech and sustainable development in cities across the world.

We take a look at the 16 sustainability stories that have shaped the past 12 months for the green economy

16 from 2016: the crucial sustainability stories of the year

With the year drawing gradually to a close, edie examines the major highlights that defined the global environmental and sustainability agenda in the past 12 months.

Drax believes the company could upgrade the remainder of the power station to run solely on biomass and provide up to 8% of the UK’s total electricity from sustainable sources

Drax receives green light to complete biomass conversion project

UK power station operator Drax has been approved subsidies to run the third of its six coal-fired units on wood pellet fuel, but green campaigners question whether the state aid could have been better employed to help drive the UK towards a low-carbon economy.

edie spoke to E.ON Energy Solution’s strategic account manager John Walsh, who explained what frameworks and technologies will forge the path for energy efficiency

Energy efficiency: Forging the path from compliance to competitive edge

Transforming an organisation's energy management approach from 'tick-box activity' to 'money-generating competitive edge' is easier said than done. But for E.ON Energy Solutions strategic account manager John Walsh, climbing up the pyramid is a worthwhile journey if you get it right.

The nBS report states that a shift towards a more fluid supply and demand system must coincide with replaced generation capacity and further investment in the UK’s renewable industry

Government must prioritise lower energy costs in 2017, say manufacturers

Energy costs and changes to European Union (EU) energy policy are the biggest concerns for British manufacturers, according to new research from npower Business Solutions (nBS).

The £40m grant for cleantech innovation is part of the BEIS’s Energy Innovation Programme

BEIS re-appoint CLT to help commercialise cleantech

Low-carbon consultancy specialist Carbon Limiting Technologies (CLT) has been re-appointed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to help deliver funding to support new energy innovations.

The paper notes that SMEs currently represent more than 99% of all UK businesses, employ more than 15 million people and account for 45% of the UK’s energy use

Reduce, generate and store: SMEs urged to capitalise on energy transition

UK SMEs can thrive in a low-carbon economy if they follow the mantra of 'reduce, generate and store' as a way to revamp energy costs during an era of "unprecedented disruption", a new whitepaper from financial solutions partner DLL has claimed.

The RHI consultation had attracted criticism for proposing to slash tariffs for biomass heat by 45%, which was projected by the Government to lead to a 98% drop in installations

Solar thermal remains part of renewable heat reforms

The Government has today (14 December) set out new proposals for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). All four currently-supported technologies will remain part of the scheme.

From Tesla's giant battery in California to Nissan's innovative vehicle-to-grid system, 2016 has been a huge year for energy storage

Energy storage megashift: 10 of the best battery projects across the globe

As 2016 draws to a close, edie reflects upon a year that saw energy storage evolve from a relatively abstract low-carbon concept into a crucial catalyst in the global transition to clean energy.

Launched last December by Mark Carney, the TCFD has since welcomed former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as chair of the group to lay-out the recommendations

Mark Carney and Michael Bloomberg set out recommendations for climate disclosure adoption

The first global, industry-led effort to create recommendations for climate-related financial disclosures has been published by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

Aiming high: Being an SME has obvious downsides in terms of scale and access to markets, but if you can be quick to learn and change, those downsides become strengths

Big ambitions: How SME's can become sustainability leaders

Next up in the series of contributed articles for edie's Sustainability Leadership Month, Andy Wood, chief executive of Suffolk-based brewer and distiller Adnams, outlines how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can incorporate sustainability in their business agenda.

Aiming high: Being an SME has obvious downsides in terms of scale and access to markets, but if you can be quick to learn and change, those downsides become strengths

Big ambitions: How SME's can become sustainability leaders

Next up in the series of contributed articles for edie's Sustainability Leadership Month, Andy Wood, chief executive of Suffolk-based brewer and distiller Adnams, outlines how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can incorporate sustainability in their business agenda.

Monday’s announcement marks the first significant investment fund announced by Gates and his Breakthrough Energy Coalition, which was launched in November 2015

Bill Gates and investors inject $1bn into Breakthrough Energy fund

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has rallied together a team of executives from some of the world's biggest companies in order to pledge a $1bn fund to accelerate the uptake of clean energy technologies.

Scotland's incumbent water retailer Business Stream will manage the water services of the new multi-utility offering, while consultancy firm Utilitywise will oversee energy provision

New energy and water retail service offers businesses 'one-stop-shop' for utilities

UK organisations will soon be able to manage their electricity, gas and water use in one place thanks to a pioneering new partnership between non-domestic water supplier Business Stream and energy consultancy Utilitywise.

Are car sharing clubs the future of low-carbon transport in the UK? And which green innovations will take off in 2017?

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 16 - Sharing cars and driving green innovation

The countdown to Christmas has begun, and this week edie brings you a cracker of a podcast episode, featuring exclusive interviews with car sharing service Zipcar, advisory firm the Carbon Trust and green innovation group Climate-KIC.

True sustainability leaders never stop learning, adapting, disrupting – but they do it in a way that takes others with them

Hidden heroes: Identifying the leaders of the green industrial revolution

As part of edie's sustainability leadership month, Marks & Spencer's (M&S) director of sustainable business Mike Barry has penned this exclusive opinion piece, underlining the importance of adopting a leadership approach to green business against a turbulent political backdrop.

EEF wants the Government to make immediate announcements on a full phase-out strategy for coal power by 2025 and a plan for the uptake of carbon capture and storage

Manufacturers call on Government to deliver low-carbon Energy Statement

The UK Government must introduce reforms which increase the uptake of low-carbon technologies to restore the "tepid" confidence in Britain's future energy security, according to the manufacturers' organisation EEF.

Capgemini UK has already reduced its emissions by 21% since it launched its wide-ranging sustainability programme in 2008

Capgemini unveils 'industry-leading' science-based targets

IT services and consultancy firm Capgemini's UK operations have become the first in the sector to publish approved science-based targets (SBTs).

Oman said it had taken Google five years to reach the 100% target, set in 2012, because of the complexity involved with negotiating power purchase agreements

Google to be powered 100% by renewable energy from 2017

Google's data centres and the offices for its 60,000 staff will be powered entirely by renewable energy from next year, in what the company has called a "landmark moment".

The survey was conducted during a year of “flat trading conditions”, which saw companies adjust to low electricity demand

Report: European utility industry not prepared for 'vital' energy storage shift

European power industry professionals are acutely aware of the "vital" role that energy storage will play in transforming the energy mix over the next 10 years, but only a quarter are confident that the industry is ready to implement it.

Just 27 companies could save 1.2 billion tonnes of carbon if they achieved the median carbon intensity in their industries, according to the report

Energy efficiency: 'Champions and dunces' exist in every industry

The world's largest listed companies could save 1.4 billion tonnes of CO2 - the equivalent of Japan's annual carbon emissions - by closing the gap between the worst and best-performing businesses on energy efficiency, a major new report has revealed.

UK Power Networks will continue to operate the battery in Leighton Buzzard, helping to meet the continuing demands for electricity in the Bedfordshire town

Britain's largest grid-scale battery 'could transform the energy grid'

An £18.4m grid-scale battery system in Bedfordshire has proved the technical and commercial viability of energy storage in Britain following an extensive two-year trial, according to the facility's operator.

NextGeneration encourages construction firms to improve transparency through industry initiatives to help keep external stakeholders engaged with homebuilder efforts

UK homebuilders failing to deal with waste, report finds

The overwhelming majority of UK homebuilding firms have increased waste generation over the last year, according to a report assessing the sustainability performances of the UK's largest property developers.

The bus will be trialled on London’s roads next year, as part of the Mayor’s plan to have London buses meet the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) standard during 2020

Sadiq Khan unveils Hydrogen double-decker as London is issued high air pollution alert

Sadiq Khan has issued air quality alerts across the capital for the first time, in the same week that the London Mayor unveiled the world's first double-decker hydrogen bus.

While things look good for the EU in the short-term, the report warns that raised efforts were a necessity in reaching longer-term goals

European Union 2020 energy targets 'well within reach'

European Union (EU) Member States are collectively on course to meet 2020 targets for renewables, energy efficiency and emissions reductions, although a new report has warned that long-term objectives are at risk of falling short.

The InfluenceMap research was debated at an event hosted by the Carbon Market Watch earlier this week in Brussels

Is the cement industry undermining the Emissions Trading System?

Research by UK-based non-profit InfluenceMap has found that, despite the European cement industry seeming to embrace the Paris Agreement on climate change, many companies within the sector continue to oppose ambitious science-based climate policy.

The Transport Secretary underlined his confidence in the Government’s latest sensitivity analysis related to Heathrow's recently-approved third runway

Chris Grayling defends Heathrow air quality data

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has defended the Government's air pollution data on Heathrow proposed third runway amid claims from green campaigners that "outdated" and "contradictory" figures are being manipulated to force through the Airport's expansion.

New York and six other US regions are

States and regions putting Paris goals within reach, but only in the short-term

States and regions including California, Rio De Janeiro, Wales and Scotland are implementing "exemplary" near-term ambitions to place a 2C-world within reach, although a lack of long-term targets could stunt progress after 2030.

Climate Minister Nick Hurd (centre) highlighted the importance of UK100 in Britain's low-carbon transition at an event in London this week

Nick Hurd gives backing to UK cities 2050 clean energy shift

The UK's Climate Change Minister Nick Hurd has joined major businesses in signalling support for the commitment of UK cities and local authorities to shift towards 100% clean energy by 2050.

DfT confirmed details of the new £390m funding for future transport technology, and outlined several proposals to develop renewable fuels in aviation

Government prepares for green transport revolution with EV and sustainable aviation frameworks

British transport is set for a significant low-carbon boost with several new Government consultations and funding schemed announced over the past few days in a bid to drive a green transport overhaul.

The document sets out the EU's planned transition to an energy efficient and low-carbon economy

EU winter package met with mixed green business reception

As the European Commission (EC) today (30 November) unveils its energy winter package aimed at helping to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2030, edie analyses the major talking points of the document's key proposals.

Howard suggested that most companies would be “hugely successful” if disruptive innovations and business models became central topics in boardroom discussions and actions

'Long, loud and legal' policies crucial to supporting low-carbon transition, says Ikea chief

The growing megatrends surrounding demographical evolution, decarbonisation and digitalisation will increase the need for the private sector to inform policymakers of the types of legislation that are needed to support low-carbon growth, Ikea's chief sustainability officer Steve Howard has claimed.

Taking inspiration from cities such as Vancouver, Stockholm and Copenhagen, Bournemouth wants to position itself at the vanguard of environmental protection

The Bournemouth Identity: Building a green business hub on the south coast

Climate change may be consuming shores and islands at a faster rate than ever before, but nestled on the southern coastline of the UK, Bournemouth Council has extended its climate change strategy beyond just delivering local efficiency improvements through to a long-term vision to become the nation's green economy leader.

The absence of a common framework is viewed by European business leaders as likely to discourage investment in the transition to renewable energy

European businesses fear 'lost decade' for renewables ahead of EU proposals

As the European Commission (EC) prepares to present its energy package for 2030 on Wednesday (30 November), a coalition of multinational businesses including BT, Philips Lighting and Kingfisher has called for more ambitious energy legislation to replace the current renewables directive.

Transport is responsible for around a quarter of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions, making it the single biggest emitting sector in the continent

Diesel vehicles burnt almost half of Europe's palm oil in 2015

The share of Europe's imported palm oil being used up by diesel cars and trucks has reached an all-time-high, despite further evidence of its harmful environmental effects, according to a new report from an independent industry forecasting group.

BioSNG can be transported through existing natural gas networks to be used in domestic, commercial and industrial heating and CHP applications

Work set to begin on pioneering green-gas-from-waste plant in Swindon

Work is set to begin on a pioneering gas from waste plant in Swindon following the completion of financing.

BNEF chairman Michael Liebreich felt that the private sector should set and provide “volume signals” to indicate that it was committed to renewable deployment and improve investor confidence

Michael Liebreich: Policy alignment needed to make Britain a low-carbon leader

The UK can "truly be a leader" in the global low-carbon economy, but only if a policy alignment is introduced that allows considerations of the energy mix to also shape trade, tax and research and development (R&D) legislation, the chairman of Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has said.

Somerset House in London. High-efficiency gas boilers and a gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant has guaranteed Somerset House Trust annual savings of £235,000

Arts and culture sector realises 'intrinsic' value of sustainability

England's arts and culture sector has reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from energy use by 17% over the past year despite a growth in cultural activity, according to the industry's latest sustainability report.

Yesterday, the leaders of 35 small and large US cities wrote to the President-elect to ask for his partnership on climate action

Will Trump join forces with US cities to combat climate change?

As Donald Trump's climate-denying rhetoric appeared to soften this week, the Mayors of 35 US cities have vowed to accelerate efforts towards a low-carbon transition - with or without the President-elect.

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Autumn Statement speech to a lively House of Commons this afternoon, but it contained little to get excited about

Autumn Statement 2016: Chancellor confirms carbon price floor freeze and low-carbon transport funding

Philip Hammond has confirmed that the UK's carbon price floor will be capped through to 2020, and announced £390m of new funding for low-carbon transport, as the Chancellor delivered his first - and last - Autumn Statement on behalf of the UK Government.

The carbon-negative Pavilion building at Nottingham Trent University, which tops the People & Planet’s 2016 University League

Lack of funding blamed for poor university sustainability results

A lack of Government funding to support sustainability in Britain's higher education establishments has led to a year-on-year fall in carbon emission reductions across the sector since 2013, according to new research from a student campaign network.

(L-R): BT's Scott Balloch, M&S's Munish Datta, Land Securities' Caroline Hill, Covestro's Richard Northcote and panel chair Essex University professor Catherine Cameron

Communication skills crucial for energy managers to deliver efficiency programmes, say experts

Advances in technology have created a viable and economic business case for companies to implement energy efficiency programmes, but those programmes will only be successfully delivered if the business benefits are effectively translated to the boardroom and staff.

Will new Chancellor Philip Hammond dedicate any part of his first Autumn Statement to the green economy? Stay tuned to edie on Wednesday

Autumn Statement 2016: 10 green policy hopes for Philip Hammond's first budget announcement

From unveiling a low-carbon Industrial Strategy and confirming post-Brexit support for renewables through to enabling a smart, flexible energy system and providing more expenditure to prevent flooding - will new Chancellor Philip Hammond deliver on our green policy wishlist in his first Autumn Statement?

T&E noted that because these biofuels would count as “zero-emission fuels”, they would make the EU's transport emissions look 478 million tonnes lower than they actually are

Leaked biofuel plan set to increase European transport emissions

A leaked draft of the European Commission's (EC) Renewable Energy Directive (RED) has revealed that a promised phase-out of food-based biodiesels will not be met, with new proposals set to increase European transport emissions by 219 million tonnes by 2030.

VW claimed that thousands of vehicles qualified for London's Congestion Charge discount because they apparently emitted less than 100g of CO2 per km and met the 'Euro 5' emissions standards

Sadiq Khan: VW must fully compensate Londoners for dieselgate

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged the Volkswagen Group (VW) to improve its "utter lack of action" and fully compensate Londoners that remain affected by last year's 'dieselgate' emissions scandal, on the same day that the UK Government has been ordered to produce a new UK air quality plan by July 2017.

BEIS Committee chair Iain Wright says the low-carbon economy will be 'front and centre' of the Committee’s role in scrutinising BEIS. Photo: FEWeek

Autumn Statement: BEIS Committee chief calls for green policy turnaround

EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government should use this week's Autumn Statement as an opportunity to reverse a downfall in green investment attractiveness by committing to a range of low-carbon projects such as tidal lagoons, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and offshore wind.

Britain's industrial, services and domestic sectors saved more than £1.7bn between 2010 and 2015 thanks to energy efficiency measures

Energy efficiency: Vital for the Paris Agreement and Britain's economy

Energy efficiency investment will be "critical" to achieving the global emissions reduction targets set out in the Paris Agreement, and must be embedded in Britain's new Industrial Strategy to drive economic productivity.

COP22 proved that governments and responsible businesses across the world stand ready, willing and able to deliver bold climate action

An unstoppable force: Seven things we learned from the COP22 climate talks

As political and business leaders board flights home from Marrakesh after two weeks of proactive discussions, edie looks back at some of the highlights of the UN's COP22 climate talks.

The full results of edie’s energy efficiency benchmarking survey, carried out in association with E.ON, are available to view in full as a free-to-download infographic

From compliance to revenue generation: edie survey reveals increased ambition among energy managers

The vast majority of energy managers have taken their organisation beyond the compliance level of energy efficiency by making sites self-sufficient through on-site generation and opening up new revenue streams from surplus power.

With the High court ruling against the Government's published air quality plans, new, more effective proposals must be introduced, says the RAC

Motorists on-board with stricter action against vehicle emissions

Motorists across the UK are showing a rising concern for poor air quality levels and are calling for stronger action to be taken to reduce vehicle pollution in those worst affected areas, a new survey conducted by the RAC has found.

The report calls for smart, flexible policy to help businesses benefit from confidence in the direction of travel and clarity in the investment signals received

Government long-term climate strategy should be 'business friendly', says Corporate Leaders Group

The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group (CLG), which represents European business leaders such as Tesco, Kingfisher and Unilever, has outlined the importance of "business friendly" national government long-term policy planning to deliver the vision of the Paris Agreement.

The fuel is believed to be the world’s first of its kind produced from forest wood

Alaska Airlines flies first commercial jet powered by forest biomass

Alaska Airline passengers have taken to the skies in a "world-first" commercial flight running on sustainable alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals from the Pacific Northwest.

President-elect Donald Trump has previously vowed to cancel the Paris Agreement, although it would likely take four years for the US to officially withdraw

Business giants call on US to support the Paris Agreement

Despite president-elect Donald Trump's plans to pull out of the Paris Agreement, more than 360 US-based businesses and investors, including Ikea, Unilever, Mars and Nike, have reaffirmed their commitment to supporting the historic deal and the need to accelerate the low-carbon transition.

The report praised past and existing UK Governments for creating strong policies for renewables, but noted that “unexpected” policy changes had stunted confidence in the sector

Green groups call for 'bold' Government action to ignite UK's low-carbon transition

The UK Government can embed a "world class" low-carbon environment that could mobilise significant investment streams, but only if current policy gaps and mixed legislative signals are addressed with "bold" action.

The CDP report found that 24% of carbon reduction activities planned by businesses are highly-water dependent

Businesses urged to 'wake up' over £11bn water risks

Businesses have been issued a "wake-up call" by a new CDP report which revealed that water risks fuelled by climate change cost the private sector $14bn (£11.3bn) over the last year.

During Q3 2016, coal accounted for just 3% of the UK's electricity

Low-carbon sources claim majority share in UK energy mix

For the first time, more than half of the UK's electricity was generated from low-carbon sources in the third quarter of 2016, a stark contrast from five years ago when the figure stood at little over 25%.

The announcement follows the September launch of a new Imperial College Business School MSc in in Climate Change, Management and Finance. Image: Imperial College London

Imperial College Business School unveils climate finance research centre

Imperial College Business School has today (14 November) launched a new academic research centre to help businesses manage the risks and financial opportunities posed by climate change.

The report suggests that LCEBs could generate £248.5m in social benefits associated with cleaner air alongside reduced greenhouse gas emissions

UK's green bus transition could deliver £248m by 2020

Low-Carbon Emissions Buses (LCEBs) could deliver more than £248m in social benefits to the UK by 2020 and reduce transport emissions by 432,000 tonnes, after a new report outlined the benefits that current green fleets are demonstrating.

Dalmia Cement joined Swiss Re in becoming the first companies to become members of both the RE100 and EP100 campaigns. Photo: UNClimateChange/flickr

COP22: Major firms lead low-carbon energy drive

The first week of COP22 in Marrakech rounded-off on energy day, with a range of companies demonstrating their commitment to a low-carbon future with pledges to source 100% renewable energy.

The removal of barriers towards the deployment of energy storage and demand response technologies could save the UK up to £40bn across the electricity system by 2050

Government call for evidence seeks business views on smarter energy system

The UK Government has today (10 November) confirmed its commitment to the creation of a smarter, flexible energy system with a new report which outlines the opportunity for businesses to actively balance their energy needs.

The six-page edie explains guide helps sustainability professionals and energy managers understand how demand response can be used to cut unnecessary energy consumption

edie launches free demand response guide for businesses

Organisations with an interest in using demand response to manage energy use now have access to a free, comprehensive 'edie explains' guide which breaks down all of the key information required to deploy the technology.

Speaking at an event in Frankfurt, Carbon Trust chief executive Tom Delay suggested that current markets aren’t acting as a catalyst for low-carbon deployment

New business models required to move away from resource inefficiency, says Carbon Trust chief

Businesses must capitalise on the positive momentum of the ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change by introducing new business models that place low-carbon energy and resource efficiency at the heart of operations.

Theresa May and Narendra Modi announced the collaboration will result in an “enhanced” energy for growth partnership and the first India-UK energy summit, which will be held in early 2017

UK and India to strengthen clean energy and smart cities partnership

The UK and Indian Government have confirmed a continued partnership towards strengthening clean energy, climate change and smart city initiatives post-Brexit.

Climate-KIC chair John Schellnhuber suggested that an “immediate emissions peak” would be introduced in 2020. By 2030 the energy sector would have been decarbonised

The battle against climate change is becoming a social movement, says Climate-KIC

The 200 years that it took to industrialise the world and seep damaging carbon into the atmosphere can be mitigated within the next three decades, but only if funds are made available to kick-start a rapid decarbonisation process that revolves around social awareness.

Sir David King expressed optimism about the opportunity to build on the momentum of the Paris Agreement's ratification

Sir David King: Businesses must ensure infrastructure investment is fit for purpose

EXCLUSIVE: The UK's Special Representative for Climate Change Sir David King has stressed the "critical" importance that the private sector matches the Government's climate obligations by investing in infrastructure "fit for purpose" in the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Christian Aid wants to see clear timelines and transition plans created to keep the institutions, and their clients, in line with the Paris Agreement

Banks not living up to climate pledges, says Christian Aid

Charity organisation Christian Aid has today (November 7) kick-started a campaign calling on UK's major high street banks to rapidly shift investments from fossil fuels to clean energy.

The report calls for regulatory changes to remove the ‘double charging’ of environmental levies on storage, which it contends is undermining their viability

Policy Exchange: Flexible energy system could save Britain £8bn by 2030

A smarter, more flexible power system which takes advantage of low-carbon innovations and technologies such as battery storage and demand response could create savings for the UK to the tune of £8bn by 2030, according to new research from thinktank Policy Exchange.

Hermes Investment Management chief executive Saker Nusseibeh (centre-left) urged firms to focus on the environmental and economic impacts of investment decisions

Ignoring sustainability in favour of short-termism will cause financial ruin, warns major investor

EXCLUSIVE: Companies that fail to realise the long-term benefits of sustainable investment will see their financial returns collapse, one of Britain's biggest investment groups has said.

UN climate chiefs celebrating the introduction of the deal in Paris photo: UNClimate/Flickr

Paris Agreement officially enters force: what happens next?

In the early hours of this morning (4 November), vision turned into reality as the Paris Agreement officially came into force, ushering a new era of climate action. But what does this actually mean for the global green economy?

edie has spoken to an array of green business professionals to find out what they want from COP22

COP22: Seven green business wishes for the Marrakesh climate talks

edie hears sustainability professionals, businessmen and environmental activists to round-up exactly what the green economy wants to see from the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) climate change talks in Marrakesh, Morocco.

From 1990–2010, emissions from buildings more than doubled, and now represent 20% of global emissions

'Paris Agreement-proof' buildings needed to curtail soaring emissions

Energy demand from the building sector will double by mid-century without widespread adoption of low-carbon technologies and a significant improvement in building and appliance efficiencies, new analysis has found.

The 2016 LCEI shows a promising state of affairs for UK carbon reductions and also calls upon businesses to consider future implications of the UKs continued decarbonisation

UK tops G20 on carbon reduction levels

Britain remains a "world-leader" on climate action, with new figures from the professional services firm PwC ranking the country the highest of the G20 group of nations when it comes to annual average reductions in carbon intensity over the past 15 years.

Smart Energy GB’s research reveals that more than eight in 10 think that the smart meter roll-out is important for the British economy

Business leaders recognise 'incredible opportunities' of smart energy technology

The vast majority of Britain's business leaders have given their backing to the rollout of smart technology across the country, according to new research.

The UK-GBC hopes to improve the health and productivity of the 25 regular office users, with an aim for at least a 10% improvement in staff satisfaction with the office environment

Green Building Council office refurb sets record for low-carbon impact

The central London headquarters of the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC), which played host to edie's latest podcast episode, has achieved the lowest embodied carbon footprint ever recorded for a UK office refurbishment.

Paul Polman (centre-left) spoke at an anniversary event for the 700-page Review launched in 2006 by Lord Nicholas Stern (centre-right)

Paul Polman: Every business in the world must make a climate commitment

Unilever chief executive Paul Polman has urged the business community to act on its moral duty and deliver on the sustainability objectives set through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement.

The tracker revealed a record high of 71% of people supporting onshore wind, up from the previous high of 70% in 2014

Public support for renewables rises as nuclear and fracking falls

Public backing for nuclear energy and fracking has fallen in recent months while support for clean energy continues to surge, according to the latest opinion tracker from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The DfT’s proposed measures includes plans to set common standards for all public charge points to ensure EV owners can easily recharge

Government unveils charging plans to put EVs in driving seat

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced plans to increase the convenience and availability of electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints, as part of an overarching ambition to make nearly all new cars and vans zero-emission by 2040.

The Council, which was appointed at the end of September this year, will place an emphasis on Volkswagen’s ongoing electric vehicle portfolio production

Volkswagen pumps €20m into Sustainability Council and low-carbon aspirations

Volkswagen has this week continued its brand rebuilding process in the wake of dieselgate, by announcing a new €20m fund to finance projects related to lowering carbon emissions a meeting emissions regulations post-2025.


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