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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.

According to the report, the average carbon footprint of those on the list is around 80% lower compared to other firms

CDP's Climate A List: Highlighting the business case for low-carbon commitments

Companies that feature in global disclosure organisation CDP's annual Climate A List - such as Sky, Apple, Tesco and Unilever - are producing 6% higher returns on average compared to other brands.

Heat networks can deliver significant carbon savings, but just 2% of the UK's heat is currently supplied by such systems, leaving the nation far behind other European countries

BEIS compromises on renewable heat support, announces new heat network funding

The UK Government is seemingly beginning to take heed of advice to focus on delivering low-carbon heating systems, with two new announcements which could effectively reduce emissions from heating demand in towns and cities and begin to restore investor confidence in the neglected sector.

While 85% of businesses have emissions targets in place, these targets would only take them a quarter of the way towards being operationally in line with the 2C global warming threshold

Paris pathway paved with risk and opportunity for business, says CDP chief

EXCLUSIVE: "A story of risk and opportunity" is emerging for businesses that are yet to modify their operational plans to account for climate change and drive the transition to a "well-below two degrees" world, the chief executive of global disclosure organisation CDP has claimed.

BEIS Secretary Greg Clark hopes that extending the scheme will not only increase demand for electric fleets, but also encourage new entrants into the commercial EV market

BEIS adds £4m to Plug-In Van grant to encourage electric fleets

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has announced that the Government has opened up a £4m avenue for businesses to switch their large trucks and vans to electric models through the Plug-In Van grant.

The report cites cross-sector partnerships and collective leadership as key to delivering procurement policies which drive the circular transition

Consistent procurement critical to achieve circular construction, report claims

A collective, industry-led approach to procurement in the development of major infrastructure projects across the UK would help achieve a circular economy in the construction sector, a new report from a cross-sector group has found.

ISO 50001 is available to any business of any size, but its suitability will largely depend on the energy requirements of the business

edie launches free ISO 50001 guide for energy managers

Organisations and energy managers with an interest in the ISO 50001 energy management system now have access to a free comprehensive 'edie explains' guide which breaks down all of the key information required to gain certification.

Panasonic is working with Schneider to develop a new energy management system for commercial buildings, and with Tesla to manufacture and produce solar PV cells in the US

Panasonic embraces the power of partnerships to drive green innovation

Japanese electronics firm Panasonic has ramped up its involvement in the low-carbon agenda, forming two new collaborative partnerships with automaker Tesla and energy management solutions provider Schneider electric to develop new solar PV cells and smart building technology.

The ECC urges the Government to become a

Final call: MPs urge UK to 'get a move on' with energy storage and demand response

In its last report before being disbanded, the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) has urged the UK Government to incentivise innovative energy storage and demand response technologies that could provide a clean, flexible and secure energy system fit for the future.

The fall in battery prices is an essential component of the growing popularisation of EVs, with a very steep drop in prices to around €250 per kWh in 2015

Europe poised for electric car boom as sales surge towards half a million

Europe will have more than 500,000 electric vehicles (EVs) on its roads by the end of 2016 thanks to technology advancements, a rapid fall in the price of batteries and successful European Union (EU) policy enablers, a new report has revealed.

The CCC urges the Government to “vigorously pursue” a package of measures it has identified in order to meet existing national climate commitments at the lowest cost

Brexit, Paris and low-carbon heat: 10 green policy messages for the UK Government

As the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) releases three new reports on the UK meeting its climate commitments, edie rounds up the key green policy calls made by the Committee surrounding low-carbon heat, Brexit and the Paris Agreement.

Meeting the UK’s Climate Change Act and living up to the Paris Agreement will require new and renewed green policies through the 2020s

Climate watchdog calls for 'concrete green policy action' amidst Paris Agreement and Brexit

Britain's green policies must be preserved or strengthened post-Brexit and a credible new strategy on low-carbon heat must be delivered as soon as possible, but it is still too early for the Government to adopt stricter targets for tackling climate change in line with the soon-to-be-ratified Paris Agreement, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said.

World Energy Council warns of potential gap in energy supply due to government’s lack of clarity and myriad changes

UK loses top 10 spot in global energy ranking for the first time

The UK has fallen out of the top 10 of a respected international league table of countries' energy sectors for the first time.

The study found that economic growth has pushed up emissions, but increased changes from businesses have helped to constrain this increase

Low-carbon sector growth key to boosting national economies, study finds

Countries reliant on high carbon intensity (HCI) sectors such as utilities, manufacturing and transport will struggle to boost economic activity while reducing emissions, a new report has claimed.

More than 70 experts quantified the models listed in the report, claiming that a 2C pathway to limit global warming would require an “exceptional and enduring effort”

World Energy Council: Energy demand to peak at 2030 as part of 'grand transition'

Disruptive trends and technology, such as the rise of renewables and the electrification of the transport sector, will create a "fundamentally new world" for the energy industry, which would see energy demand and fossil fuel use peak before 2030.

The Global Commission identifies four key areas where concerted action can help overcome barriers and boost sustainable infrastructure investments

Green infrastructure investment 'key to reigniting global growth'

Leading economists and political figures including former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón and former UK environment Minister Lord Nicholas Stern have this week warned that that more than $90trn (£70m) of infrastructure investment will be needed to deliver a climate-resilient, sustainable economy.

The report by Aecom and CDP discovered that 89% of cities now view climate change as a 'significant risk', but just 44% have climate action plans in place

Business-led collaboration key to delivering climate action in cities, says Aecom

The private sector must step up collaboration efforts with city and regional governments to create more robust solutions to combat the economic and environmental impacts of climate change in major cities, the co-author of a new report on the subject has told edie.

Moixa expects savings to customers to increase over time, with electricity prices forecast to rise 17 per cent buy 2020

Moixa launches solar-storage scheme

Battery storage company Moixa has launched a domestic solar-plus-storage offer which it says will help housing associations cut fuel poverty and reduce emissions, and protect households from rising energy costs.

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

Costain launches UK vehicle-to-grid project

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

(L-R): BEIS Secretary Greg Clark and Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary Barry Gardiner

The devil's in the detail as Tories and Labour outline low-carbon strategies

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Secretary Greg Clark addressed the Conservative Party Conference on Monday (4 October) with a promise to "upgrade" the UK's clean energy system, but a distinct lack of specific green policy pledges contrasted with the raft of legislation proposals made at last week's corresponding Labour Party Conference.

Joining the CPLC is the latest of the London-based firm’s global climate change mitigation drives - which also saw company lawyers play a “key role” in the COP21 process.

Baker & McKenzie becomes first law firm to join carbon price coalition

Multinational law firm Baker & McKenzie has become the first legal industry representatives to join the World Bank's Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC) in a commitment to help clients "respond innovatively to the risks - and opportunities" of an economically regulated low carbon future.

The average green building uses 25% less energy and 11% less water than a traditional structure

Laying the foundations for a more sustainable built environment

Kicking off edie's 'green buildings month' of editorial content, World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) chief executive Terri Wills argues it is time to change our perspectives on the buildings we use every day, and start seeing them as an integral part of the solution to global warming.

The Aldersgate Group event also commemorated the upcoming 10-year anniversary of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change

Lord Stern: Business must build 'green growth' story to advance industrial strategy

Lord Nicholas Stern has called on businesses to make an effective case for low-carbon investment in the upcoming months to help construct an industrial strategy that is "green, sustainable and provides a leading example" to the world economy.

The data forms another example of the UK’s ever-changing energy mix, and to summarise the latest trends edie round’s up six notable factors found within the crux of the data

What next for the UK as coal hits all time low but renewables falter?

On Thursday (29 September) the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) released UK energy statistics for the second quarter of 2016, but with coal and renewables generation both falling, does the Government need to adjust its energy policy?

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

Tomato growers reap benefits of horticultural LEDs

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

The CPS is calling on the Government to scrap the UK’s internal carbon tax to increase competitiveness and prolong the lifetime of coal plants

'Project blackout fear': Green economy scolds think tank research into Britain's energy mix

A new report questioning the economic value of renewable energy and phase out of coal-fired power plants has faced retaliation from green organisations for undermining the role of renewable generation in the UK's future energy mix.

edie took a behind-the-scenes tour of a paper mill owned and run by Smurfit Kappa, one of the world’s largest paper-based packaging businesses

The story of Roermond: How Smurfit Kappa is making the circular economy a reality

Packaging giant Smurfit Kappa invites edie on a behind-the-scenes tour of its pioneering zero-waste paper mill in the Netherlands, which stands as an exemplar of the firm's global circular economy ambitions.

Going into last night’s presidential debate, the US public was greeted with two vastly different outlooks on climate change and clean energy

Next President unlikely to meet US emissions targets set in Paris

As Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton placed climate change in the spotlight during Monday night's (26 September) presidential debate with Republican nominee Donald Trump, new research has suggested that the US looks set to miss its 2025 emissions reduction pledge.

The energy labels have been designed to meet compliance to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Product Standard

500 companies obtain UK's first energy label specifying renewable energy credentials

Independent renewable energy supplier SmartestEnergy has announced that 500 companies have been issued with energy labels that specify the source and carbon content of the electricity that they purchase.

New analysis has claimed that despite needing an upgrade, the current EU ETS is functioning with the “potential to deliver real emissions reductions”

Is 'imperfect' ETS a better option for aviation emissions than a voluntary ICAO draft?

As nations meet today (26 September) to edge a global aviation deal closer, new analysis has suggested that the European Union's Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is still "superior" to the drafted proposal offered by the United Nation's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Carney also called on the German government to push the low-carbon agenda once it assumes G20 presidency next year

'Rapid' low-carbon transition could damage economic stability, warns Bank of England

The transition to a low-carbon economy is filled with potential paradoxes that could lead to either the current generation having no "direct incentive" to drive change, or actually transitioning too quickly to the point where financial stability would be damaged.

Cutting complexity: Mapping energy efficiency in your organisation is available to watch for free now

Cutting complexity: edie's energy efficiency webinar now available on demand

edie's latest free-to-watch webinar is now available to watch on demand, with representatives from Costa Coffee, Hilton Worldwide and E.ON providing expert insight and advice about cutting through the complexities of energy management.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) set an initial target for universities to reduce emissions by 43% by 2020

UK universities struggling to reach 2020 emissions target

Despite progress being made to tackle carbon emissions in the higher education sector, universities are still struggling to achieve collective 2020 reduction pledges, according to the latest Brite Green Higher Education Sector Carbon Progress Report.

The UK’s pledge to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change is expected to be followed by a slew of similar ratification commitments from other nations this week

The Paris effect: Are businesses ready for a new climate reality?

As the UK joins a growing list of nations pledging to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change, a new report released today (21 September) reveals that more than 600 big businesses - worth $12tn - have already started to factor in the profound impacts the deal could have on their operations.

An artist's impression of Hinkley Point C, which was approved by the UK Government last week

Energy policy cannot be dependent on any single project, says UK climate watchdog

Energy policy is about more than just Hinkley and "cannot be dependent on any single project", the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has warned.

Providing private financing initiatives could encourage energy efficiency improvements for households and help the EU achieve its energy-saving target of 20% by 2020.

Could the 'Energy Efficiency Mortgage' solve Europe's green building challenge?

Energy and building sector professionals from across Europe have united to forge a ground-breaking new initiative which offers better borrowing rates on mortgages for homebuyers that commit to purchasing more energy-efficient homes or carrying out energy-saving retrofits within properties.

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

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

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

As a generation, millennials are willing to try new things, challenge processes, and think differently about the future, Nissan's survey shows

Millennials are on-board with the EV transition, survey finds

The majority (53%) of millennials would consider buying an electric vehicle (EV) within the next 10 years, or already own one, whilst three-quarters see switching to an eco-friendly car as the single best action to drive a more sustainable future.

For the third year in a row, the launch of Climate Week NYC was marked by the Empire State Building turning green on the evening of 19 September

Climate Week 2016: Apple and Bank of America lead corporate charge towards net-zero economy

Climate Week New York City (NYC) 2016 has kicked off in style with America's largest tech firm and second-largest bank headlining a flurry of ambitious corporate commitments to a renewable energy-based future.

Davey told Newsnight the most pressing concern with Hinkley is that it could be unbuildable

Ed Davey: Irresponsible Tories betting the nation on gas and nuclear

Former Energy Secretary Ed Davey has accused the current Government of playing "fast and loose" with the UK's long-term energy security by prioritising gas and nuclear investment over support for low-carbon and renewable energy sources.

With United Nations heavyweights calling for the Paris Agreement to be delivered by the end of 2016, countries need to start practicing what they preach

From the US to the Marshall Islands: Global climate action is on the march

COP21's frantic, last-minute climate deal bookmarked a new era for global sustainability, and as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) evolve into tangible action, edie looks at six recent instances where national action is speaking louder than words.

The IEA found that the world’s energy systems were undergoing “a broad reorientation” promoting low-carbon energy sources and greater energy efficiency

Global investment in energy falls but renewables remain strong

Global investment in energy fell by 8% last year to $1.8tn (£1.4), reflecting low oil and gas prices and cost falls in the sector, new data shows.

With the Scottish Government set to release an updated Climate Change Plan later this year, the CCC is calling for greater focus on under-developed areas such as transport

Why Scotland's leading emissions drive needs renovating

A new report from the Climate Change Committee (CCC) has revealed that Scotland is the exemplar Home Nation in regards to emission reductions, but with a major shift to the energy mix now integrated, the country may need to turn to other areas to keep pace with reduction targets.

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

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

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

The president of Volvo Buses believes hybrid and plug-in hybrid buses will form a crucial part of the UK's transport system in order to optimise routes outside of the capital city

Britain is ready for the green bus transition, says Volvo Buses

The president of Volvo Buses believes an open standard that doesn't lock cities into contracts with individual suppliers could prove vital in accelerating the uptake of low-carbon buses across the country, and is calling on new stakeholders to engage in the conversation.

A view of the City of London from across the River Thames. Arcadis' report ranks the UK capital 9th in the world for environmental sustainability

London is now the fifth most sustainable city in the world

London has been ranked as the fifth most sustainable city in the world in the 2016 Sustainable Cities Index from infrastructure consultancy firm Arcadis.

Lord Oxburgh’s report calls for financial measures to support CCS based on the Government’s existing Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme offered to renewable electricity providers

UK climate targets at risk unless 'immediate action' taken to develop CCS

The UK Government must take "immediate action" to boost the development of the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology in order to reduce the cost of meeting Britain's climate change obligations by up to £5bn each year, according to a report by the Parliamentary Advisory Group.

The report outlines key targets that the Government should target in order to supplement the Northern Powerhouse agenda, with the green economy acting as a catalyst

Enabling policies needed to accelerate Northern green economy, says Aldersgate Group

A comprehensive emission reduction plan and policy frameworks that enable the uptake of low-carbon projects are necessary to "champion investment" in the North, a new report from environmental coalition The Aldersgate Group has claimed.

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

Is this the most sustainable ship in the world?

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

Failing to meet renewable heat and transport targets would damage the UK’s reputation for climate change leadership, the ECC claims

Heat and transport: UK will miss low-carbon targets 'without major improvements'

The UK will miss crucial 2020 renewable heat and transport targets and significantly damage its global reputation as a climate leader unless "major policy improvements" are rapidly enforced, a major new report from the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) has concluded.

M&S sustainability director Mike Barry believes new BEIS ministers should help other ministries to become “carbon literate”

Business leaders call for 'green growth narrative' to support climate action

Green business leaders from a range of industries have unanimously called for a narrative of "green growth" to be adopted by policymakers and the private sector alike, in an effort to ramp up climate finance and accelerate the shift towards a global low-carbon economy.

While Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to “protect the future of our planet”, green groups and organisations have questioned the Labour leader’s ability to bring about dramatic change

Jeremy Corbyn's energy manifesto: 'wishful thinking' or a welcome change from 'incompatible' climate commitments?

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has unveiled his Party's energy and environment manifesto that aims to accelerate renewables generation, ban fracking and end fossil fuel reliance. But would a Labour Government really strengthen EU-driven policies or instead become a naive and short-sighted regime?

As well as bringing her expertise on how the UK can decarbonise its transport industries through the use of renewables, Skorupska will also bring a forward-thinking attitude

REA chief executive joins new-look Transport for London board

The chief executive of the Renewable Energy Association (REA) Dr Nina Skorupska hopes to bring her expertise on renewable energy to a smaller and more diverse Transport for London (TfL), after being named on the Board of Governors.

One potential method to reduce emissions from shipping is the use of biofuels. The Sustainable Shipping Initiative is already exploring how biofuels could be used as an energy source

European Commission urged to revamp bioenergy and shipping policies

The European Commission has been greeted with across-the-board support from MEPs to include emissions from shipping in the European Union's 2030 emissions reduction target, while non-profits are also calling for improved bioenergy policies.

The focus on green finance has been broadly welcomed from key finance, business and other stakeholders, but the lack of a date to phase out fossil fuel subsidies disappointed many

G20 vows to 'scale up green finance' in collaboration with business

The G20 has highlighted the necessity to "scale up green financing" in partnership with the private sector in order to shift trillions of dollars from dirty to clean investments.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is among the mayors that have recognised the important role of global cities in driving a global low-carbon transition

Sadiq Khan joins megacity mayors in call for G20 climate action

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has joined forces with other mayors of major cities within the G20 to call upon national leaders to take urgent action on climate change, as reports suggest that the US and China are set to showcase their commitment to the Paris Agreement.

Global energy-related CO2 emissions stalled for the first time in 2014 and 2015, According to preliminary data from the International Energy Agency (IEA)

7 things you might not know about the G20's low-carbon progress

As a new report warns that the G20 must strengthen its commitment towards a low-carbon economy through collective climate action, edie investigates how the world's leading economies members measure up in their respective decarbonisation efforts.

The EAC has urged the Department to provide post-Brexit investor stability and certainty through policies that signal to industry its intention to incentivise ULEV uptake

Government failing on low-carbon vehicles, MPs warn

The Department for Transport (DfT) must commit to a long-term green vehicle strategy through an increase in the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV) and a reduction in air pollution levels in order to achieve national decarbonisation targets, the latest report from the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has concluded.

According to CDP, the number of large companies that use an internal carbon price will pass the 1,000 mark within the next year, with 437 companies already operating with one as of 2015

From Exxon to Jack Black: The call for a global carbon price is gathering pace

As the Paris Agreement nears its crucial ratification stage, individuals, organisations and entire nations are beginning to ease away from fossil fuels in their energy consumption habits. Now, with COP22 in Marrakech just around the corner, the call for a carbon price is becoming hard to ignore.

The absence of a specific low-carbon transport regulatory framework in the Government’s new ministerial make-up remains a concern for ECC chair Angus MacNeil

Angus MacNeil: Government must reverse 'restrictive' energy policies of 2015

EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government must reverse the cumbersome green policy decisions it made last year to enable businesses to benefit from a generation of cost-effective, low-carbon energy technologies, the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) chairman has claimed.

The Enhanced Frequency Response tender has been developed to bring forward new technologies that support the decarbonisation of the energy industry

National Grid brings 'exciting new chapter' for energy storage with auction launch

National Grid has awarded seven firms including Vattenfall, Low Carbon and EDF Energy Renewables four-year contracts to provide balancing services to the network in the UK's first 200MW Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) auction.

Jonathon Porritt claims the new BEIS Secretary Greg Clark is a “serious player” when it comes to understanding the significance of the green economy

Jonathon Porritt: Business leaders are better placed than MPs to drive the green economy

EXCLUSIVE: Business leaders are "more predisposed" than politicians to drive sustainable development for the foreseeable future, according to leading British environmentalist Jonathon Porritt.

EDF’s new nuclear power station, Hinkley Point C, got the go-ahead from the supplier at the end of July but the Government then delayed its confirmation

'State of flux': Hinkley alternatives would be cheaper and simpler, ECIU finds

The UK could meet its future energy and climate change targets without constructing the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, and the continued development of renewables and energy efficiency measures would in fact work out cheaper, a major new report has found.

The letter called on G20 countries to begin preparing to strengthen their emissions targets, as was required by Paris

Investors controlling $13tn call on G20 leaders to ratify Paris climate agreement

A group of 130 institutions that control US$13tn of investments have called on G20 nations to ratify the Paris Agreement this year and accelerate investment in clean energy and forced disclosure of climate-related financial risk.

Aldersgate Group executive director Nick Molho remains optimistic that green economy will continue to rise up the national agenda

BEIS formation 'makes complete sense' for the green economy, says Aldersgate Group

EXCLUSIVE: The creation of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) provides a key opportunity for Britain's energy-intensive businesses to develop and deliver ambitious low-carbon strategies, the Aldersgate Group's executive director has told edie.

Energy consultancy Inenco Group believes that the decision could indicate the Government is prioritising short-term cost over carbon reduction

National Grid 'risks undermining business confidence' with demand-side service withdrawal

National Grid's decision to cancel a tender financially incentivising companies to reduce electricity demand during peak times in winter months has been criticised as a "short-sighted" approach which will "undermine" business confidence in the UK energy strategy.

The first energy has been generated with a Contracts for Difference (CfD) subsidy at the Charity Farm solar project in Shropshire

Renewable energy developers pass Contracts for Difference subsidy milestone

The Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC) has confirmed that all 39 Contracts for Difference (CfD) renewable projects in the UK have past their delivery milestone requirements as part of the second round of CfD funding.

Almost 70% of the battery innovators indicated that the biggest revenue opportunity they were looking to employ would come from grid services such as EFR contracts. Photo: SmartestEnergy

Energy storage sector calls for grid contracts clarity to ignite 'smart power revolution'

The business case for energy storage is being undermined by many uncertainties within the burgeoning sector, such as limited revenue streams and grid services contract availability, according to new research from renewable energy purchaser and supplier SmartestEnergy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The total climate co-finance committed in 2015 alongside MBD resources was more than $55bn, with the report highlighting that $80bn was mobilised by development banks for global clean energy

Development banks co-ordinate climate finance in bid to drive global low-carbon transition

Major Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) have demonstrated a strengthened collaborative commitment to track development flows for climate finance in an attempt to build on the momentum established at last year's Paris Agreement, as highlighted in an annual joint report.

The Crown Estate’s energy, minerals and infrastructure director has put forward a strong case for offshore wind to act as an alternative, affordable provider of clean and reliable energy

Could public support for renewables derail UK fracking and nuclear projects?

Amid a wave of discontent over the controversial fracking and Hinkley Point nuclear plant projects, recent developments suggest the general public are vying for low-carbon technologies to form the focal point of the UK Government's clean energy mix.

Diageo is preparing for a future in which the only successful business models will be those that can demonstrate a positive contribution to people and the planet

Diageo reports 'good progress' towards environmental goals

Multinational alcoholic beverage company Diageo has reported "notable improvements" in the management of water efficiency and reduction of carbon emissions and waste materials, as well as taking new steps to promote responsible drinking, in the group's latest CSR report.

The reports authors suggest that institutional design is required to take advantage of the opportunity to boost the UK's productive capacity and secure a resilient, low-carbon economy

Government must 'tap global reservoir of free capital' to invest in green infrastructure

The UK Government should boost economic growth by "tapping a global reservoir of free capital" to invest in sustainable infrastructure for energy, transport and cities, according to two new reports published today (12 August) by research institutions at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Interserve confirmed that it will complete all current contracts, but will subsequently exit from the energy-from-waste business altogether

Interserve shares rocket after decision to close energy-from-waste business

Construction firm Interserve's share price has risen sharply after a decision to exit energy-from-waste contracts was announced as part of a half-year update this week.

edie's full-day, CPD-certified Responsible Retail Conference will take place on 21 September at the Inmersat Conference Centre in London

edie launches Responsible Retail Conference to discuss business-critical sustainability challenges

Retailers will be equipped with the tools they need to influence and engage with stakeholders on sustainability and realise the commercial benefits of low-carbon, resource-efficient business models at a brand new edie conference in September.

Government data shows that a significant part of the emissions reduction – around 13% - is due to the popularity of public transport, cycling and walking in Nottingham

Nottingham smashes climate targets four years early

Nottingham has surpassed its climate change targets four years early, according to Government data which shows a 33% reduction in the city's carbon emissions since 2005.

JLL is seeking to engage with people, transform workplaces, support communities and generate lasting value for clients to 'Build a Better Tomorrow'

JLL battles with "frustrating" green policy and rapid business growth to 'build a better tomorrow'

EXCLUSIVE: Sustainability must remain a business imperative regardless of the "frustrating" green policy changes that are "stifling innovation and pausing investment", the UK head of sustainability at property services firm JLL has said.

Rio's 2016 Summer Games plays host to 42 Olympic sports from 5-21 August 2016

Rio 2016 Olympics: How sustainable is the greatest show on Earth?

It was dubbed a "green games for a blue planet" during the bidding process, but the event has since become shrouded in controversy, with venues contaminated with waste, waters infected with superbugs, and the host city's air quality remaining at deadly levels. So, just how 'sustainable' is the Rio 2016 Olympics?

By generating its own low-carbon supply of power and heat using CHP, Newcastle United is now reducing its carbon emissions by a further 390 tonnes per year

Newcastle United scores big energy savings with new CHP system

Newcastle United Football Club has continued its 'carbon positive' crusade by installing a combined heat and power (CHP) system at its own St James Park Stadium, just before the new Championship season kicks off.

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

Pokemon Go: Green business opportunity or environmental headache?

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

More than 30 combined heat and power projects are impacted by the surprise change made in secondary legislation on Renewable Heat Incentive payments

BEIS under fire for sudden withdrawal of renewable heat support

The newly-formed Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is being urged to reverse a cut to renewable energy subsidy support which was initiated by its governmental predecessor the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

The Telegraph said both EDF and government sources had thought that ministers would sign off the subsidy deal for the plant today

UK government delays Hinkley decision

Hinkley has suffered a setback almost immediately, as the government delays a decision on whether or not to approve the £18 billion nuclear project until the autumn.

The electricity generated from renewables now stands at 83.6 TwH, with capacity reaching 30.5 GW

Renewables coast past coal to provide a quarter of UK electricity generation

Renewable energy sources are emerging as the dominant means of generating power and electricity in the UK, after annual Government energy statistics revealed that a quarter of all UK electricity was generated from renewables in 2015.

Oxford Brookes University. The new partnership between Open Energi and Prefect Controls will see student bedrooms provide crucial flexibility to the UK grid using demand response

Could demand response solve the university challenge of reducing student energy use?

Oxford Brookes University has become one of the first educational establishments in the UK to use demand response as a way of reducing energy usage in student accommodation.

The four reports layout how cities, storage and transport form fundamental pillars to drive innovation and sustainable growth

What will the green economy look like in 10 years' time? Experts predict cleantech trends...

By 2026, the global adoption of a low-carbon economy will have taken huge strides, with smart city revenues and energy storage deployment skyrocketing, and the number of low-carbon heavy-duty vehicles on the roads also increasing at impressive rates.

The report suggested that the Treasury failed to optimise the opportunity to encourage departments to work across Government on environmental issues

Decision to scrap CCS competition could add £30bn to UK carbon targets

The Government's cancellation of the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) competition could cost the UK an additional £30bn to meet its 2050 carbon targets, and is also likely to delay deployment of the technology until 2030, according to a report today (20 July) released by the National Audit Office (NAO).

PAS 2080 will be of use to all stakeholders responsible for delivering and managing infrastructure assets. Photo:  Duncan Symonds/Twitter

PAS 2080: Construction industry welcomes new guidance on carbon reduction in infrastructure

UK construction firms have praised the release of a new common framework for reducing carbon emissions when delivering infrastructure projects, which could mark a "key step-change" in supply chain sustainability.

The alliance state that UK final energy consumption should fall to 129.2 million tonnes of oil equivalent or less by 2020

Green coalition urges Greg Clark to commit to key EU 2020 energy targets

An alliance of trade bodies, pressure groups and NGOs has called upon the new Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) head to give assurances that the Government will continue to meet European Union (EU) directives and targets until Brexit terms are in place.

The EC has called on Member States to accelerate Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) deployment

European Commission set to establish post-2020 transport efficiency standards

Plans outlined in a leaked draft document from the European Commission (EC) to introduce efficiency standards for new cars, vans and trucks by the mid-2020s has been lauded as a "step in the right direction" by Transport & Environment (T&E).

The firm highlighted a commitment to conserve and reduce greenhouse gases (GHG), with CO2 emissions falling from the previous year by 2.8%

How Kia is using carbon capture technology to reduce production emissions

South Korean car manufacturer Kia has demonstrated its commitment to develop carbon capture and regeneration technologies as the company attempts to significantly reduce emissions in its production process, as revealed in its latest CSR report.

Organisations are establishing overlapping and duplicate schemes within the energy efficiency sector. KPMG claims that this is having a detrimental effect on businesses

Streamlining energy schemes would boost economy and incentivise businesses, says KPMG

The UK Government could achieve savings of £100m and improve private sector growth over the next 20 years if efforts are made to streamline administrative mechanics of energy schemes such as feed-in tariffs (FiT) and capacity markets, a new report has found.

Despite the political willingness, talks could drag on until the very last hour given the technical complexity of the deal

Aviation industry preparing for 'eleventh hour' deal on emission trading

An agreement on curbing emissions from international flights will be reached at the ICAO general assembly this autumn, according to industry sources, while biofuels continue to struggle to emerge as a long-term solution for greening the sector.

Investing in London’s waste and energy infrastructure created a “revolving investment fund” that helped in the regeneration of certain areas in the city

London sets the benchmark for mobilising climate finance

A new report has praised London for its ability to mobilise climate finance, and has called on global cites to turn to the private sector in order to invest the necessary $57trn in infrastructure to transition to a low-carbon economy.

The proposals, which have been supported by Leeds City Council and local enterprise partnerships, could save up to 1.5m tonnes of carbon emissions each year

Is Leeds ready to become the UK's 'Hydrogen city' hub?

A new report has proposed that the city of Leeds should convert its gas grid to an all-hydrogen version by 2030 in order to test the viability of using hydrogen to help meet national carbon reduction targets.

The survey revealed that 74% of respondents claim to favour suppliers that offer low-carbon products or demonstrate green credentials

Three-quarters of UK construction firms operate a low-carbon strategy

New research has revealed that the UK construction industry recognises its long-term duty to the environment, with 75% of companies now operating a low-carbon or carbon reduction strategy.

LCITP is inviting innovative  projects that incorporate one or more low-carbon technologies and have the ability to demonstrate tangible economic, social and low-carbon benefits

Scottish Government announces £20m investment for low-carbon infrastructure projects

A working coalition between the Scottish Government, public agencies and sector specialists has today (11 June) announced the launch of funding support aimed at the delivery of large scale transformational low-carbon infrastructure projects based in Scotland.

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Christiana Figueres receives UN Secretary General nomination

United Nations (UN) climate change chief Christiana Figueres has today (July 7) received the nomination for the post of UN Secretary General.

Energy Secretary and Tory Party leadership hopeful Andrea Leadsom spoke at the Utility Week Energy Summit in London this week

Andrea Leadsom: However we choose to leave the EU, we remain committed to dealing with climate change

Conservative Party leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom took to the plinth in her capacity as Energy Minister at the Utility Week Energy Summit, insisting that the UK "remains committed to dealing with climate change", no matter the outcome of Brexit.

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