Flexibility needed 'urgently' to avoid spiralling renewable costs
The Government needs to "act urgently" to deliver a more flexible power system and avoid "spiralling" costs from the integration of renewables, the UK Energy Research Centre has warned.
Coal phase-out sees UK emissions tumble by 4%
A fall in coal use, and subsequent rise in renewables and nuclear electricity sources, has been listed as a prime driver in the UK registering a 4% decline in carbon emissions in 2015, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed.
23 EU countries are breaking European air quality laws
European air quality laws are being flaunted in more than 130 cities across 23 of the 28 EU member states, the European Commission said yesterday (6 February).
Explanation demanded for GIB restructure
The chair of the Environmental Audit Committee has written to business and energy minister Nick Hurd to challenge government's plans to privatise the Green Investment Bank.
Ford's plug-in van trials receive £4.7m boost from UK Government
Motor giant Ford has unveiled a new 12-month project aimed at enhancing air quality in London through the use of 20 plug-in hybrid Transit Custom vans, which has been backed by a £4.7m grant from the Government.
Sweet success? How the sugar tax will impact Britain's low-carbon commitments
Many of us will have made a healthy New Year's resolution, often tailored to running off a Christmas dinner or two and reducing the amount of sugar in our diets. In light of the UK's upcoming sugar tax, what impact could a sugar-reduced diet have on the environment and the sustainability of big food retailers?
Dieselgate: UK motorists launch class-action suit against VW
Thousands of British motorists have launched a lawsuit against Volkswagen over the "dieselgate" emissions scandal, in a claim that could end up costing the carmaker billions of pounds.
Shipping and aviation set to reverse half of Europe's transport carbon savings
Almost half of the carbon savings made by Europe's land-based transport by 2030 will be effectively cancelled out by continued emissions growth in the shipping and aviation sectors, according to new research commissioned by green group Transport & Environment (T&E).
UK retailers pioneer ground-breaking biomethane transport fuel
A host of British retailers including Waitrose, John Lewis and Argos have been named as the first long-distance lorry users of a renewable biomethane fuel launched today (1 December), which is said to be 35-40% cheaper and 70% less CO2-emitting than diesel.
Shipping sector agrees new deal to cap sulphur levels
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is finally introducing steps - albeit small - to reduce the environmental impact of the shipping industry, after 170 countries agreed on a new global deal to introduce a cap on sulphur emissions in 2020.
AkzoNobel issues shipping industry's record number of carbon credits
Italian Shipping company Grimaldi Group has received the largest ever issuance from AkzoNobel's carbon credits scheme, which has seen 14 vessels presented with 109,617 carbon credits.
Investigation begins for pioneering salt cavern hydrogen storage projects
Engineering company Atkins has been selected by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) to examine the potential for British salt caverns to store hydrogen to be used in power generation.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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: 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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.