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BEIS insists its top priority is to make sure UK families and businesses have secure, affordable energy supplies

Green industry pours scorn on House of Lords electricity market paper

A new House of Lords report which finds that Government support for low-carbon technologies has led to rising prices for electricity consumers has been labelled "confused" and "misconceived" by sections of the green community.

Registration is now open for the UK's leading event for sustainability, energy and resource efficiency professionals

edie Live 2017: Speakers and sessions revealed

The show content for edie Live 2017 has been confirmed with more than 100 expert speakers appearing across four seminar theatres for the two-day exhibition in May.

Finance projects include the first energy-from-waste (EfW) plant to be supported under the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme

Barclays delivered £21bn for sustainability projects in 2016

Multinational bank Barclays raised £21.1bn in finance for environmental and societal schemes in 2016 as part of a fresh strategy that focuses on enhancing the sustainability of its business model.

The Government told the EAC that it intends to base its carbon policy for the runway on scenarios that use assumptions about passenger use and demand

Report: Heathrow expansion will create a 'black hole' in future carbon budgets

The UK Government's lack of commentary on how it plans to mitigate the environmental impacts of the third runway expansion at Heathrow Airport could create a "black hole" in future carbon budgets, a new report has warned.

Tim Farron lambasted the “disastrous plan” to sell of the Green Investment Bank “just as it is getting established”

Tim Farron: It's time for a green industrial revolution

Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron has called on the UK Government to spur a new "industrial revolution" of clean technology to help the country reduce net emissions by 100% by 2050.

Shell is a founding member of the Hydrogen Council, which was announced at Davos in January 2017

Shell opens its first UK hydrogen refuelling station

Oil giant Shell has today (22 February) launched its first fully-branded hydrogen refuelling station in the UK, with plans already in place to open two more stations in 2017.

NewClimate Institute policy analyst Sebastian Sterl believes that negative CO2 emissions will be necessary at large scale at some point from mid-century onwards

What steps must be taken now to achieve the Paris Agreement?

A sustained low-carbon shift in energy production, transportation and land use are some of the most important actions required to keep global governments and businesses on track with the targets set out in the Paris Agreement, NewClimate Institute policy analyst and edie Live speaker Sebastian Sterl has said.

The organisations behind the project hope that it will fill the gap and hold company projects to account by mapping them against best practice standards

New ACT programme seeks to assess transformative business models

New methodologies to quantify the preparation of companies in the utilities, transport and retail sectors in shifting towards a low-carbon economy look set to be deployed, after year-long pilot projects highlighted the needs of these sectors.

The project will assess the financial case for installing batteries at solar parks and the various ways this can be managed

Innovative battery system links solar park to the grid

A pioneering £1m battery storage system in Somerset will transfer power to the local electricity network after linking directly to a nearby 1.5MW solar park.

Viki Cooke (left) joins as the The Climate Group's UK board trustee, while Helen Clarkson will be the organisation's new chief executive

The Climate Group strengthens leadership team

The Climate Group has today (16 February) bolstered its global leadership team with the double appointment of a new chief executive and a UK board trustee.

Transport operator RATP Dev already runs 243 hybrid buses in London, along with 630 similar models on the streets of Paris

London bus routes set to go 100% electric

A full electric operation of two London bus routes will be in place by 2018 thanks to a new partnership between Transport for London (TfL) and a French public transport operator.

Warwickshire's Upton House is now fuelled by two wood-pellet boilers, saving £6,000 a year on energy bills and 55 tonnes of carbon emissions. Photo: National Trust

National Trust champions on-site solutions in renewables revolution

EXCLUSIVE: The National Trust is continuing its march towards self-sufficient energy generation, having produced 12% of its heat from on-site renewable energy sources in 2016 – four years ahead of Britain's national renewable heat targets.

Over the last 15 years, a variety of policy and tax enablers have seen diesel car sales in Britain increase from 14% to 36%

Sadiq Khan calls on Government to incentivise diesel scrappage scheme

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on the UK Government to incentivise a diesel scrappage scheme for the public, by offering up to £3,500 to businesses and low-income families to support the uptake of low-emission vehicles.

Solar costs have fallen by more than 80% in less than decade

Renewables reaching cost-parity with fossil fuels, research finds

Low-carbon technologies are now reaching cost-parity with fossil fuels, according to a new report which states that solar cell technology is likely to have a "major impact" in the near future.

The report has been released in the same week that UK ministers have announced a £78m investment for British coal plants to secure supply for the coming year

EU must phase out coal by 2030 to meet Paris goals, report claims

The last European coal plant must be closed by 2030 if the continent is to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement, a new report from non-profit institute Climate Analytics has stated.

Biomethane is around 40% cheaper than diesel fuel and emissions from vehicles are 70% lower as a result

Waitrose showcases 500-mile biomethane truck fleet

Waitrose is operating a new commercial vehicle fleet that runs on compressed natural gas (CNG) biomethane fuel in order to lower transport emissions and boost the driving range of its low-carbon freight fleet.

Manufacturers contributed to a 3% fall in supply chain waste across the grocery sector in three years through the Courtauld Commitment

Food and drink sector tastes strong environmental progress

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has revealed that its members, which include major brands such as Cadburys, Danone, and Kelloggs, have achieved a collective reduction of 46% in CO2 emissions since 1990, as the group builds on fresh targets for 2025.

Dr William Kyte OBE proposed the creation of a UK-based ETS scheme which mirrors the EU model

Does Brexit offer a ‘golden opportunity’ to pursue EU ETS alternatives?

With MPs set to vote on the final amendments of the bill to withdraw the country from the European Union (EU), the debate surrounding the UK's future involvement in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) has intensified this week with a lively debate in Parliament.

There have been 85,581 eligible cars registered since the 2011 launch of the Plug-In car grant, according to statistics

Low-carbon vehicles claim record UK market share

Low-carbon vehicles secured a record share of the UK new car market last month, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has claimed.

Discussions are understood to have taken place about the possibility of a pilot diesel scrappage scheme in areas of the UK with the worst pollution, before a nationwide rollout

Government thought to be planning diesel scrappage scheme

As German car manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) faces its first legal action from a German customer over the "dieselgate" scandal, fresh reports suggest the UK Government is considering the national rollout of a diesel scrappage scheme.

The study predicts solar PV will become “materially cheaper than alternative power options globally” between 2030 and 2040

Low-carbon boom to stall fossil fuel demand by 2020, say researchers

The demand for coal and oil will peak in 2020 as low-carbon technology prices continue to tumble, a new report which examines the energy sector has claimed.

A rapid charging system for multiple electric vehicles was among the projects that will receive support through the new funding

Innovate UK backs fresh wave of cleantech projects with £15m fund

A new £15m fund from the UK Government will support low-carbon projects such as rapid charging for electric vehicles (EVs), 3D printing and drone technology innovations.

Ben Ainslie's Land Rover BAR team have set an ambitious  goal to be the most sustainable sports team

Solar power to put wind in sails of Ben Ainslie Racing

UK-based renewable energy investment firm Low Carbon has today (1 February) unveiled a new project which will help reduce the carbon footprint of the Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) sailing team.

Covestro develops insulation foam capable of saving around 70 times more energy across the lifetime of the product

Closed-loop carbon: Where does CO2 fit within a low-carbon economy?

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses need to stop "demonising" carbon and should instead treat it as a valuable raw material that can enhance product specifications and cut key environmental footprints if treated correctly, a sustainability expert has said.

edie has compiled a list of 10 top tips to change the behaviours of employees when it comes to energy efficiency, based on practical business examples

Energy efficiency: What does it take to change behaviours?

Aligning corporate energy reduction targets with individuals' motivations and behaviours can drive significant savings, but is incredibly difficult. Kicking off edie's engagement month of editorial content, we investigate how energy managers can get the rest of their organisation on board with his or her efficiency strategy and effect real change.

Heathrow Airport's chief executive John Holland-Kaye gave this speech on day two of edie’s Sustainability Leaders Forum

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye speech: 'Airport expansion a model for sustainable growth'

Heathrow Airport chief executive John Holland-Kaye took to the stage at edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum this week to announce that all of the Airport's energy usage will be generated from renewable sources within the next few months, ahead of its controversial expansion. Here's a full transcript of his speech.

Ecotricity founder Dale Vince believes more companies should follow in Universal Music UK’s footsteps by switching to green energy

Here Comes the Sun: Abbey Road Studios to run on renewable energy

Wind and solar energy is set to power music recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios thanks to a deal struck this week between Universal Music UK and renewable electricity supplier Ecotricity.

The funding announcement follows the launch of a consultation on the Government’s new Industrial Strategy on Monday

BEIS commits £28m to energy innovation

As part of its commitment to reduce industrial energy costs and decarbonise the UK economy, Government has committed £28m to energy innovation projects.

The 2017 Sustainability Leaders Awards took place at the Hilton on Park Lane in London on 25 January (Scroll down for full list of winners)

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017: Winners revealed at glittering ceremony

Costa Coffee, Grosvenor, Interface and Royal Mail were among the big winners of edie's 2017 Sustainability Leaders Awards, announced at an awards ceremony in London on Wednesday evening (25 January).

Keith Anderson (left) and Jonathon Porritt (right) discussed how to drive consumer engagement at edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum

Big data will drive consumer demand for sustainability, claims ScottishPower Renewables

EXCLUSIVE: The decarbonisation of Britain's energy sector will require greater innovation and consumer engagement levels to ignite an increased demand for low-carbon products, systems and infrastructure - with big data well-equipped to instigate the transformation.

Ministers revealed details of a £50m fund for 13 low-carbon, heating and storage projects across Scotland will be announced next month

Scotland unveils 50% renewable energy goal for 2030

Scotland's new target to deliver 50% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2030 has been hailed as a "landmark moment" in the country's low-carbon transition.

Reports suggest the preferred bidder has already lined up a series of potential buyers for the GIB’s most valuable assets, which include wind farms

Is the Green Investment Bank sale on the rocks?

The future of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) was thrown further into doubt this week, as a rival bidder called for a Government rethink on the prospective sale to Australian bank Macquarie.

BT Group's global headquarters in London. The firm is recognised by CDP for its proactive work with suppliers to reduce emissions

CDP: Big businesses are driving huge cuts in supply chain emissions

The world's largest corporate buyers are ramping up efforts to reduce emissions across their supply chains, according to the latest research from global disclosure organisation CDP.

The Industrial Strategy green paper provides a strong signal in areas such as green innovation and climate change resilience, but offers little help for low-carbon heat and CCS

Industrial Strategy green paper: A step in the right direction or too little, too late?

The Government has unveiled its much-anticipated Industrial Strategy, outlining plans to transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. But does the green paper offer enough tangible evidence that we are on the best pathway to a low-carbon economy?

The UK Government has vowed to build an Industrial Strategy that addresses long-term challenges to the UK economy

Government proposes Industrial Strategy to 'back Britain for the long-term'

Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to "keep costs down for businesses" as she today (23 January) unveiled the Government's plans to deliver a wide-ranging Industrial Strategy, which will seek to to maximise the economic potential of a low-carbon transition.

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 this 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?


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