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ETI states that many of the 30 salt caverns constructed deep underground in the UK could potentially be re-used for hydrogen storage

Investigation begins for pioneering salt cavern CCS projects

Engineering company Atkins has been selected by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) to examine the potential for British salt caverns to store hyrodrogen to be used in power generation.

Some of the world’s biggest shipping groups say ‘ambitious’ action is needed at a key UN meeting to bring the industry in line with Paris climate goal

Shipping 'progressives' call for industry carbon emission cuts

Many of the world's biggest shipowners and charterers have called on heads of state to take swift action to force carbon emission cuts on their industry which is the only sector in the world not now bound by climate change targets.

Sustainable Glasgow Duncan Booker believes that city leadership, in collaboration with the private sector, is a “crucial factor” in delivering sustainable economic progress

Businesses will play 'crucial role' in the UK's transition to low-carbon cities

The creation of low-carbon, sustainable British cities can only be addressed through collaboration between the public sector and innovative green businesses.

Analysis from think-tank Sandbag has revealed that up to 246 new diesel projects have submitted bids for the capacity market subsidy scheme

Capacity market provides another twist in the Government's air quality battle

As the UK Government returns to court over illegal air quality levels, new analysis from think-tank Sandbag has warned that up to £800m could be spent in the UK to subsidise a plethora of new diesel generators during the next 15 years.

MEPs lamented that the agreement will be mandatory only after 2027, while only 65 countries will join the voluntary phase from 2021

Global deal to curb aviation emissions 'not enough', MEPs warn

European lawmakers on Wednesday (12 October) gave a lukewarm reception to the landmark deal reached by the 191 members of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to limit aviation emissions.

ClientEarth states that the Government has failed to correct its course after admitting five years ago its policies would miss emissions targets by 187Mt CO2

ClientEarth: UK in breach of law over 'dangerously neglected' Climate Change Act

The UK Government must "revive" the Climate Change Act or face the "real risk" of missing future carbon budgets, environmental law firm ClientEarth has claimed.

The announcement arrives just days ahead of a rumoured decision on airport expansion at either Gatwick or Heathrow Airport

Gatwick pioneers CO2-saving green taxi scheme

Gatwick Airport has announced a ground-breaking deal with its on-airport taxi company to reduce emissions by 75% per journey by 2020 using alternatively-fuelled vehicles, as part of the Airport's overarching strategy to cut its carbon footprint in half by 2020.

The new Europcar fleet will allow employees to get to and from branches without expending any emissions

Europcar snaps up largest UK order of Renault electric cars

French car manufacturer Renault has delivered its biggest UK order of electric vehicles (EVs) to date, after agreeing to supply 55 all-electric Renault ZOEs to rental company Europcar for its car hire service throughout major UK cities.

Nick Hurd discussed the upcoming priorities for the UK’s domestic climate and energy policy at an event in London last night

Nick Hurd: Paris Agreement ratification must be matched by business-driven domestic policy

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Minister of State has confirmed that the UK will ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change "as soon as possible", but insisted that the treaty must be replicated by a resilient domestic low-carbon energy policy developed in collaboration with the business sector.

According to plans currently under consideration, the global market-based system would be fully up and running in 2027 only, six years later than the initial 2021 deadline

MEPs shocked by 'secretive' ICAO plan to cut aviation emissions

A six-year delay, exemptions for poor nations, and a gradual phase-in system for participating countries are all being considered as part of talks to curb aviation pollution at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), MEPs discovered at a hearing in Parliament today (1 September).

Diesel cars must pass lab-based tests for NOx emissions but most cars perform far worse in the real world and in 2015 Volkswagen was caught using software to cheat the tests

Emissions from new diesel cars are still far higher than official limit

New diesel cars are still emitting many times the official limit for polluting nitrogen oxides when driven on the road, almost a year after the Volkswagen emissions scandal broke.

M&C hotel group undertook a number of sustainability initiatives including fitting 17,000 LEDs in sites across the UK, resulting in £1m in savings

Millennium and Copthorne retains Carbon Trust Standard certification

Millennium and Copthorne (M&C) Hotels has achieved a re-certification to the Carbon Trust Standard after achieving a 10.9% reduction in emissions over a two-year period.

Toyota’s total market capital reached more than $169bn for the most recent publicly available data, $40bn of which stemmed from clean energy revenue

Toyota tops list of greenest companies for clean energy revenue

Automotive giant Toyota has beaten Siemens, Schneider Electrics and Panasonic to the top spot of the first Carbon Clean 200 rankings, which lists the world's largest publicly listed companies by revenue generated from clean energy products.

The City of London Corporation has also created the ‘City Air’ app, which offers low-pollution travel routes around the capital

Diesel vehicle purchases banned by City of London Corporation

London's struggling attempt to battle rising air pollution was given a welcome boost on Monday (1 August), after the City of London Corporation announced a ban on the purchase of diesel vehicles for its business fleets.

When adjusted to account for EU-wide emissions trading measures reductions actually increase to more than 45%

Scotland ranks second in Western European greenhouse gas reductions

Over the last 25 years, only Sweden has achieved bigger greenhouse gas emissions reduction levels than Scotland across Western Europe, the Scottish Government revealed on Sunday (31 July).

Bulb was awarded B Corp status, becoming the first energy supplier to receive the certification, due to meeting ‘rigorous’ standards of environmental and social responsibility

Certified green energy supplier becomes first in UK to cover switching fees

Renewable energy supplier Bulb has become the first UK supplier to offer to pay-off exiting tariff fees to new customers and businesses who decide to switch suppliers, just a week after receiving new certification for its transparency towards environmental impacts.

Everoze states storage plant costs usually occur upfront, compared to more opex-heavy structures, and are therefore viewed as a risky investment

Scotland the 'prime candidate' to implement energy storage systems

The UK should look to Scotland to implement new revenue streams that account for a "modernised" grid system, which should have energy storage at its heart, in order to unlock £2.4bn in savings.

Kemiri Sunan’s high yield of up to 10 tonnes of oil per hectare make it an attractive source of bio-fuel, with waste used to produce fertilizer, animal feed and biogas

Asia Pulp & Paper backs community-led Indonesian biofuels project

One of the world's biggest pulp, paper and packaging firms has announced its support for a new community-led pilot scheme aimed at reducing the use of fossil fuels and increasing the availability of bio-fuels in Indonesia.

With the fit-out of the Building Centre set for completion in October 2016, the UKGBC will hope to create a best practice example for an industry struggling to adapt to low-carbon trends

UKGBC to create sustainable exemplar for built environment through headquarters retrofit

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has unveiled the blueprints for the refurbishment of its London headquarters, which attempts to outline the feasibility of sustainable initiatives in the built environment.

Participating Green Building Councils will be invited to develop action plans, with an aim to launch a net zero certification within their respective countries

Ground-breaking 'net zero' buildings project launched by WorldGBC

All of the world's buildings will be 'net zero' emissions by 2050, under a bold, pioneering plan unveiled today (28 June) by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC).

Holwell Works in Melton Mowbray achieved a saving equivalent to more than a whole month’s energy costs through demand-response

How demand-response is delivering big energy reductions for Saint-Gobain

UK construction material manufacturer Saint-Gobain has made a total saving of £165,000 and experienced an 11% fall in energy demand across its 20 sites in the UK and Ireland, after powering down its factories at peak energy periods.

The model is based on the revolutionary invention, the Dearman Engine, which utilises liquid nitrogen to ensure that low-grade or ambient heat can be used as a heat source

Sainsbury's freezes emissions with liquid nitrogen refrigerated engine

British supermarket chain Sainsbury's has become the first company in the world to trial a refrigerated delivery truck cooled by a liquid nitrogen powered engine, as the retailer works towards its commitment to significantly reduce absolute carbon emissions by 2020.

VW has yet to face any legal consequences for its use of defeat devices in Europe, despite ongoing proceedings in the US

European Commission warned of car emissions test cheating, five years before VW scandal

The European commission was warned by its own experts that a car maker was suspected of cheating emissions tests five years before the VW emissions scandal.

An Urban House development at Kidbrooke Village in the Royal Borough of Greenwich

Berkeley Homes unveils sustainable housing design concept

Property developer Berkeley Homes has unveiled a new sustainable housing design concept which outperforms traditional terraced housing by reducing up to 25% off utility bills and allowing residents to save up to 83% on gas bills and 30% on water.

Figures published on the Scottish Government's website also revealed that Scotland met its annual climate change targets for the first time since 2010

Scotland exceeds 'world-leading' emissions target six years early

Scotland has exceeded its 2020 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 42% six years early and confirmed plans to establish a "new and more testing" objective, new Government figures have revealed.

The e-Bio Fuel-Cell utilises hydrogen transformed from fuel via a reformer and atmospheric oxygen, with the subsequent electrochemical reaction producing electricity to power the vehicle

Nissan turns to bio-ethanol to accelerate 'carbon-neutral' transport ambition

Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has unveiled the results a ground-breaking research and development (R&D) drive, which will establish a Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC)-powered engine system that runs on bio-ethanol electric power.

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

Euro 2016 'carbon bootprint' league table: Which nation has the greenest fans?

With England kicking off their UEFA Euro 2016 campaign with that gut-wrenching last-minute draw on Saturday (11 June), the Carbon Trust has investigated how the carbon footprint of Three Lions supporters matches up against rival nations competing in the tournament - but the results don't offer up much consolation.

The BREEAM Outstanding rating was given, in large, due to the use of the biomass energy centre

UK's first True Zero Carbon student campus given green light

The UK's first True Zero Carbon accredited student accommodation sites looks set to open later this year, after the University of Hertfordshire secured a BREEAM Outstanding rating for a new £120m campus building.

Westminster City Council has installed new charging infrastructure to supplement the increase in EVs, which are available to Zipcar members for a £7 hourly rate

Westminster set for electric vehicle boon with new car sharing scheme

Westminster City Council has today (7 June) unveiled a new car sharing scheme that will offer 40 hybrid electric vehicles (EVs) to car club members at a cost-competitive price, with new charging infrastructure also added to boost the initiative.

Research found that upscaling the development of fuel types alongside engine enhancements could stop black carbon melting ice caps while reducing emissions in the sector

Could Arctic research fast-track an international shipping emissions standard?

With the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) beginning to piece together an early resemblance of an emissions reduction target for the industry, a two year Arctic trial could pave the way for more reliable measurement techniques.

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

From ISO to LEDs: Global leaders announce seven huge schemes to drive the low-carbon transition

Global leaders gathered in San Francisco last week (1-2 June) to discuss ways to implement the goals established in the Paris climate accord as part of the Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial. With the dust now settled, edie explores the seven huge new initiatives announced at the event.

The ETI is inviting new bids as well as resubmissions by previous respondents. The deadline for submissions is 20 June

ETI seeks proposals for 'template' CCS gas plant

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has called for help to create a "template" for a carbon capture and storage (CCS) enabled gas-fired power plant.

BT recently secured the top spot in an index of the carbon reporting performance of the top 100 companies floated on the Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE 100)

BT's bold customer emissions target passes halfway mark

Telecoms giant BT is on course to help its customers reduce carbon emissions by three times the end-to-end carbon impact of its own operations by 2020, with the group's latest sustainability report revealing that it achieved a customer-to-business carbon reduction ration of 1.6 to one last year.

Successful schemes have received funding to improve healthy living and increase access to jobs

Government provides £21m funding to support green transport

The UK Government is providing £21m funding to councils across the nation through sustainable travel initiatives to boost local economies, promote healthier forms of transport and facilitate greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions.

The first zero-emission taxi was recently licensed by Transport for London (TfL) to carry passengers around the UK's capital

London Black Cab receives $400m windfall to roll-out zero-emission taxis

The development of a zero-emission London Black Cab vehicle has moved a step closer, after a Chinese automobile company raised $400m to support the roll-out of a new generation of electric taxis across the capital.

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

British CCS 'could service many parts of mainland Europe'

Carbon and capture storage (CCS) sites face no technical difficulties to permanently and safely store industrial-scale CO2 off the coast of the UK, and the hubs could potentially be developed to service mainland Europe, according to a new report produced for the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

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

Hotels should implement sustainability accreditation systems, survey reveals

Boutique hotels and Bed & Breakfasts (B&B) would generate more customer interest if they were judged through a sustainable accreditation system similar to food and service quality ratings, a survey from energy supplier E.ON has revealed.

Berkeley will use the ESOS framework to drive an immediate in-house energy efficiency transition, before pursuing a carbon tax

Housebuilder 'takes a stand' against green policy changes with new carbon positive goal

EXCLUSIVE: The Berkeley Group is defying a lack of green policy support for the construction industry by pledging to lead a new sustainability movement, after unveiling a landmark plan to become Britain's first carbon-positive housebuilder.

The Treasury announced last summer it would be scrapping regulations on house building including a planned increase in on-site energy efficiency standards in order to streamline development

Lords reject Government decision to scrap zero-carbon homes

The Government's efforts to scale-back on key green policies has been blocked, after the House of Lords voted to reintroduce on-site carbon compliance standards for homes and extend the grace period criteria for onshore wind farm subsidies.

AccorHotels will create 1,000 vegetable gardens in its hotels by 2020

Accor to plant 1,000 vegetable gardens to tackle food waste

AccorHotels will plant 1,000 vegetable gardens at its properties, as the world's largest hotel operator ramps up its sustainability commitments in a bid to curtail the environmental impact of its operations.

The 21 countries collectively reduced CO2 emissions by slightly more than 1 billion tonnes per year between 2000 and 2014

WRI: 21 countries are reducing emissions while growing economies

The UK is listed among 21 nations that have achieved annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions while experiencing continued growth in GDP since the turn of the century, in a new report from the World Resources Institute (WRI).

With London’s population expected to grow by a fifth by 2030, the report claims that the capital will need renewable investment on a scale ‘never before achieved’

London a 'victim of its own success' as environmental performance wanes

The city of London is at risk of becoming a 'victim of its own success', with aging infrastructure and a lack of investment into renewables doing nothing to ease the burden of a rapidly growing population, a new report has found.

The new Tesla Model 3 will travel twice as far as similar price-range competitor vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 off a single charge

Tesla Model 3: Elon Musk unveils highly-anticipated 'affordable' electric car

UPDATED:Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk reveals that pre-orders of the firm's much-anticipated Model 3 electric car currently total 276,000.

Lightsource will hard-wire a 4.84MWp off-site solar farm into the Belfast International Airport private network – providing 27% of the airport’s annual electricity demand

Belfast set for largest UK airport solar project

Belfast International Airport will receive power from a 4.84MWp off-site solar farm developed by Lightsource Renewable Energy in what is the UK's largest airport Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) solar project.

The now-closed Zero Carbon Hub was influential in supporting housebuilders deliver higher energy efficiency standards

Zero Carbon Hub closes following green building policy changes

An influential public-private body tasked with transitioning all new homes to be built under zero-carbon regulations has today (31 March) confirmed it has ceased operations following the Government's controversial decision to stop pursuing zero-homes targets.

The guide sets out six sustainability targets for all food and beverage retailers operating within the airport to achieve

Heathrow introduces new sustainable pledges for food and beverage retailers

Heathrow has become the first UK airport to propose a series of environmental targets, including energy reduction, recycling and a 'mystery shopper' programme, for restaurants and outlets in the airport.

Policy Exchange’s proposal would be the equivalent of increasing fuel duty by 1p per litre

New diesel tax would generate £500m and accelerate the switch to clean transport

New road tax implementations, aimed specifically at diesel vehicles, could generate more than £500m to fund a diesel car scrappage scheme that would ease manufacturing pressures associated with the consumer transition to electric vehicles, a think tank has claimed.

The platform will provide cities like Beijing with ways to confront issues like climate change, air pollution and carbon reductions

World Bank backs $1.15bn movement to future-proof developing cities

A new $1.15bn global platform aimed at boosting investment and implementing sustainable practices across an array of developing cities around the world has been launched, after receiving financial backing from the World Bank and Global Environment Facility (GEF).

The report calls on the Government to reverse its decision to scrap the zero-carbon homes requirement

Government urged to steer green housing policy 'away from future misery'

The Government will create 'future misery' for homeowners if it doesn't reverse its decision to scrap the zero-carbon homes requirement and Code for Sustainable Homes, the National Policy for the Built Environment Committee has said.

Low-emission rates for London, which has the largest bus fleet in the UK, were similar to national figures

Report: UK's low-emission bus registrations tripled in 2015

More than half of all new buses and coaches registered in the UK in 2015 met the latest Euro-VI emissions standard, marking a threefold increase compared with 2014.

With a host of major green policy decisions expected to be announced, 2016 is set to be a huge year for green business

16 New Year's resolutions for the green economy in 2016 - Part one

If we can carry the positive momentum of Paris into the New Year and achieve just a few of the resolutions set out in this list, then 2016 could be the green economy's best year yet.

The 114 companies have committed to set science based target reductions

Corporate giants adopt 'science-based' carbon targets in Paris

Some of the world's biggest brands including Coca-Cola Enterprises, General Mills, Sony and Procter & Gamble are among a new wave of 114 companies that have adopted science-based carbon reduction targets that would save almost 800 million tonnes of CO2.

2015 could mark the first time that emissions have declined during a period of strong economic growth

Global carbon emissions could fall in 2015

Global carbon emissions are projected to stall with a possibility that they might actually decline by more than 0.6% in 2015, according to new research from the University of East Anglia.

Innovator tells Sorbonne students that failing to price in damage done by carbon pollution is a $5.3tn a year subsidy for the fossil fuel industry

Elon Musk says robust carbon tax would speed global clean energy transition

Elon Musk, the renowned innovator, believes the widespread introduction of a carbon price could halve the time it takes the world to transition to clean energy and make a huge difference to the impact of climate change.

The installations are expected to save 3.7million kwh of energy annually, enough electricity needed to light 5,140 homes in the UK

Canary Wharf LED retrofit saves £400,000 a year

Canary Wharf Group has carried out a major lighting upgrade on its property portfolio, saving more than £400,000 and over 1,951 tons of carbon annually.

Almost two thirds of public-sector respondents said that the availability of funds was the biggest barrier to the implementation of smart technologies.

Funding and short-termism 'holding back public sector sustainability'

A lack of funding and a short-term approach is preventing the UK public sector from enjoying the energy efficiency gains of smart technologies, but these obstacles could easily be overcome.

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