Carnival clean-up: Notting Hill waste to generate 100MWh of electricity
Westminster City Council is planning to collect all of the waste from Notting Hill Carnival and use it to generate electricity for the National Grid - all in time to have the streets clean for the Tuesday morning commute.
UN and Google forge 'eye-in-the-sky' forest mapping partnership
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has turned to tech giant Google to implement a high-resolution satellite-based data mapping system which could usher in an "unprecedented level of environmental literacy" for the forestry sector.
$1tn could be wasted on 'unneeded' new coal plants, report warns
Almost $1tn of investment in new coal-fired power stations could be wasted if growing concerns about climate change and air pollution leave the plants unused, according to a new report.
Smartphones and mobile technology cuts 180 million tonnes of carbon emissions
The use of mobile technology is helping avoid 180 million tonnes of carbon emissions a year in the US and Europe, according to a new report from the Carbon Trust.
France bans COP21 climate marches in face of security risks
Massive climate marches planned in Paris around the COP21 climate talks will not go ahead because of security issues, the French Government has said.
Cities reluctant to publish climate risk reports
Thousands of cities signing up to the new Covenant of Mayors today (15 October) will submit reports on their vulnerability to climate change to the European Commission every two years - but are under no obligation to make the information public.
Green jobs boost for Wales with clean energy hub
Plans to build a Centre of Renewable Energy Excellence in Pembrokeshire have been unveiled in Wales, in a bid to make the area an international standard-bearing for green energy.
Planning permission granted for England's largest onshore wind farm
Plans to expand Scout Moor onshore wind farm in Lancashire have been given the green light by the local council.
India set to save £580m by installing 20 million LED streetlights
India's Ministry of Power has announced it will replace all conventional lightbulbs in streetlights and the domestic sector with LED bulbs by 2017.
Audi unveils first all-electric SUV concept car
Audi has unveiled concept designs for its first all-electric SUV, with a full reveal expected at the International Motor Show 2015 in Frankfurt next month.
Feed-in tariff changes will 'kill deployment' of small renewables, industry warns
Community renewables and anaerobic digestion (AD) are most at risk from the proposed changes in the Government's feed-in tariff (FIT) review, the renewable energy industry has warned.
27 fracking blocks offered to energy companies
Twenty seven blocks of land across the UK have been formally offered to energy companies by the UK Government for the extraction of onshore oil and gas.
Shell given final go-ahead for Arctic oil drilling
Shell has received final permission from the US Government to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean for the first time since 2012.
Government could push through fracking applications if councils delay
Fracking planing applications that are being held up by local councils could be fast-tracked by Government, following new measures announced today by Energy Secretary Amber Rudd and Communities Secretary Greg Clark.
Rudd warns councils to speed up fracking decisions
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd has announced the Government will be writing to local councils to urge them to speed up planning decisions on fracking.
Dogger Bank: Plans for 2.4GW of offshore wind capacity scrapped
The giant Dogger Bank offshore wind project - scheduled to consist of six individual wind farms - will not be fully built, it has been confirmed today (7 August).
Government green-lights giant Dogger Bank offshore wind farm
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has granted planning permission for the construction of a giant offshore windfarm off the North East coast of England.
One fifth of Brits back fracking, Government survey reveals
Public support for fracking has dropped to an all-time low, as new Government figures show a clear link between education about fracking and opposition to the technology.
Leicester embraces pedal power with plans for electric cycle hubs
Leicester City Council is planning to add cycling to the city's sustainable transport network using new Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle (EPAC) hubs.
Lincolnshire wind farm falls through after Government's planning changes
Renewable energy giant Vattenfall has cancelled plans for a Lincolnshire wind farm development amid opposition from local residents.
Virgin Media to add 4 million homes to ultrafast broadband network while freezing emissions
Virgin Media has today (30 July) launched a new set of sustainability targets to ensure a greater rollout of digital technology while not compromising environmental performance.
Google Street View to map urban air quality and pollution
Environmental monitoring company Aclima has announced a new partnership with Google Earth Outreach to map urban air quality and pollution.
US begins construction of landmark offshore wind farm on Atlantic coast
The US has put steel in the water for what will be the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island.
Cuadrilla to appeal against fracking refusal by Lancashire county council
Lancashire county council faces an appeal by a leading UK shale gas company after refusing its applications to frack for shale gas in the county.
Small-scale wind turbine developers protest changes to local planning laws
Small and medium-scale wind turbine manufacturers have written to Communities Secretary Greg Clark to protest changes to planning guidance for onshore wind turbines.
Britain's first 'carbon-positive' house opens in Wales
The UK's first purpose-built, energy-positive house has opened in Wales, just days after the Government announced it was scrapping energy efficiency targets for new homes.
'Rigorous regulation' needed to make fracking safe, says Task Force
The Task Force on Shale Gas has called on the Government to allow the drilling of boreholes without full planning consent, in a report released today (15 July).
Solar Independence Day: Six ways solar is revolutionising sustainability
As Britain enjoys a bout of summer sun, solar farms are preparing to open up to the public for Solar Independence Day.
Fracking could hurt house prices, health and environment, official report says
Fracking operations to extract shale gas in Britain could cause nearby house prices to fall by up to 7% and create a risk of environmental damage, according to a government report that has been published in full for the first time.
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
This week has produced some surprising numbers, from edie readers' views on nuclear power to the Government's planned part-privatisation of the Green Investment Bank.
Scottish wind generation hits record levels in first quarter
Scottish wind power generated a record 4,452GWh of electricity in the first quarter of 2015, enough to power almost a million Scottish homes for a year, according to figures published today by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Government defends plans to cut fracking red tape
The Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has dismissed claims that it intends to "fast-track fracking without public consent".
Cap-and-trade "best solution we can agree on" for climate change
Nearly two thirds of 'carbon experts' believe that a cap-and-trade carbon market is the "best method we can agree on" for reducing global emissions.
UK to lose offshore wind top spot to Germany
Germany will install more than 2,000 MW of offshore wind capacity in 2015, taking the UK's crown as the global installation leader.
Ecotricity secures £70m growth fund
Green-energy supplier Ecotricity has secured £70m through a refinancing deal with Aviva Investors, which it says will allow it to almost double its energy-generating capacity.
ESOS compliance: Environment Agency steps up awareness efforts
The Environment Agency remains confident that business awareness of the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is continuing to rise, as it releases new guidance and prepares to host a series of free compliance workshops ahead of the December deadline.
Stop meddling in onshore wind projects, renewables sector tells Pickles
Secretary of State Eric Pickles has been sharply criticised by the renewable energy industry for delaying the approval of many onshore wind energy developments in which he has intervened.
UK heading for waste treatment overcapacity, new report finds
The UK is at risk of having far more incineration capacity than it needs by 2017/18, according to a new report by resource management consultancy Eunomia.
FEAD president urges new Environment Commissioner to back circular economy package
The president of European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services, David Palmer-Jones, has written to the new European Commissioner for the environment Karmenu Vella urging him to back the European Commission's circular economy package.
Power to the people: Green Alliance calls for more public involvement in UK environmental policy
Green Alliance has launched a new strategy focused on giving citizens a greater say in the nation's green infrastructure plans.
Brits prevent food waste to save money, new survey finds
UK householders are changing their eating habits and preventing food waste due to financial pressures, according to a new survey by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
Resource management industry gives thumbs up to circular economy, new report finds
The resource management sector has embraced the circular economy and is positive about the financial and environmental opportunities it offers, according to a new report.
Lib Dems plan five new laws for a 'greener' Britain
The Liberal Democrat manifesto will include plans for five new laws to protect the environment, the party announced today.
Tory MPs more likely to oppose windfarms than British public - poll
Conservatives opposition undermining projects and investment in renewables, say wind energy companies.
UK manufacturers call for independent body to drive infrastructure projects
Manufacturers have called for the creation of an independent authority to address Britain's long-term strategic infrastructure requirements and encourage investment in energy and roads.
Protesters occupy field near Cuadrilla's proposed fracking site in Blackpool
Protest camp set up in Fylde area as locals and campaigning groups prepare for mass action on Sunday.
Boris announces plans to cut construction machinery emissions by 40%
London is to become the first city in the world to introduce standards for construction machinery that limit particulate (PM10) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, thanks to new rules put in place by London Mayor Boris Johnson.
Boeing teams up with South African Airways to make jet fuel from tobacco plant
Aircraft giant Boeing, South African Airways and jet fuel provider SkyNRG have announced they are collaborating to make sustainable aviation biofuel from a new type of tobacco plant.
Green sky thinking: Six truly amazing renewable ideas
From the weird to the wonderful, the space age to the bizarre, green innovators are coming up with amazing inventions to create a more sustainable future.
Long-term sustainability key to successful business strategies
Long-term sustainability should be central to a business's strategic development process, according to new research by corporate responsibility consultants, Corporate Citizenship.
UK is losing £1.7bn each year due to disjointed recycling system, study finds
The UK is losing £1.7bn worth of recyclable and reusable products each year because its recycling system is disjointed, according to a new report.
Funding boost for local renewable energy projects
More than £500k has been secured by 30 local renewable energy projects across the UK as the first recipients of investment from the Government's Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF).
Study reveals fracking risk to drinking water
New underground maps from the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the Environment Agency (EA) have discovered that many shale gas deposits overlap with major water aquifers.
UK's national infrastructure 'at mercy' of extreme weather, ICE warns
The growing frequency of extreme weather events in the UK is putting the nation's infrastructure networks at risk, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has warned.
High Court overrules Pickles' 'prejudice' against solar project
The High Court has overturned a decision by the Eric Pickles to reject a planning application for a 24MW solar farm in Ellough, Suffolk.
Industries unite to call for Government action on active transport
A collaboration of leading professional bodies in the health, transport, architecture, engineering and environment industries has called on political support to make walking and cycling the go to option for short journeys in the UK.
'It is our duty to act now': WWC and FAO unite to combat water and food security
The World Water Council (WWC) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) have agreed to increase their collaboration amidst growing concerns about global water and food security.
Making the Pledge: SC Johnson charts sustainability over time
On the 50th anniversary of SC Johnson's Europlant factory, the group's senior director for manufacturing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Clint Filipowicz, discusses how sustainable business practices have developed to now underpin the company.
Pickles accused of picking on solar sector
The UK's solar farm industry has been dealt another blow following an intervention by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and the reported scrapping of two major solar projects in Suffolk.
Manufacturing SMEs lead the way on environmental collaboration
Small and medium-sized businesses in the manufacturing industry can have their own environmental manager for up to 15 months thanks to a new initative backed by Defra.
Greater Expectations: Rethinking investment towards a sustainable future
Progress towards a green and sustainable economy is way too slow and our perspectives on investment will need to undergo a radical shift if we are to give our businesses the right conditions in which they can deliver a truly prosperous future, says Michael Townsend.
Split decision over wind farms in Scotland
The Scottish Government has this week given the go-ahead for a 22-turbine wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway, but Ministers have rejected plans for a similar-sized scheme on the Scottish borders.
'Big energy data' holds key to successful energy management, says technology expert
Businesses with diverse corporate estates could save up to 10% of their energy costs by simply embracing 'big energy data' and using technology to make various energy management systems work together.
Norfolk County Council ceases EfW contract
Norfolk County Council's Cabinet has voted to abandon its King's Lynn energy-from-waste (EfW) contract with Cory Wheelabrator.
Producer responsibility at risk of becoming increasingly 'dysfunctional'
The concept of extended producer responsibility (EPR) is no longer fit-for-purpose and must be re-examined as businesses increasingly look to utilise their waste streams as a resource.
Veolia calls on Government to back UK waste projects
The Government must support recycling and waste projects to encourage inward investment, according to Veolia Environnement UK and Northern Europe executive vice president Estelle Brachlianoff.
Reconomy signs new £8m waste removal contract with Morgan Sindall Group
Waste management and recycling specialist Reconomy has signed a new agreement with construction and regeneration firm Morgan Sindall Group.
UK residual waste treatment infrastructure facing troubled future, report suggests
Residual waste treatment infrastructure will be unable to cope with waste volumes over the next ten years, according to a new report published by recycling and waste management firm SITA UK.
WRAP to work on new research to help improve plastic and metal market transparency
The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and Valpak, an environmental compliance scheme, have announced that they are set to work together on two new projects that will review existing estimates of market flows and recycling levels for plastic and metal packaging in the UK.
Communities to get more say on wind turbine plans
Communities will have a greater say over wind turbine proposals and siting when the Government makes early consultation between local people and developers compulsory.
Growing signs that renewables are 'coming of age' for SMEs
Using renewable energies to power your business more efficiently - from solar panels and biomass heating, meet the small businesses using green energy alternatives.
RSPB teams up with Ecotricity to reduce carbon footprint
The RSPB and green energy company, Ecotricity, have submitted a planning application for a single wind turbine at the wildlife charity's headquarters in Bedfordshire.
AD sector shows steady growth despite funding challenges
The number of anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities operating in England has risen to 110 this year compared to 68 in September 2011 while more than 200 additional projects have secured planning permission.
Industry unites to urge government action on waste investment
The Government has been warned that it risks "sleep walking" into a waste infrastructure shortfall unless it conducts an urgent review of its waste data and revises the investment decisions made on the back of it.
Calls mount to design water sensitivity into urban landscapes
More must be done to drive water sensitive urban design where water cycle management is integrated with the built environment, according to a construction think tank.
Defra consults on waste management plan for England
Defra has issued a consultation on a Waste Management Plan for England as part of its requirements under the revised Waste Framework Directive (rWFD).
DECC confirms domestic RHI tariffs
Householders could be paid hundreds of pounds a year for generating renewable heat, after tariff levels for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) were published today.
World's largest wind farm gets planning consent
Planning consent has been granted for what will be the world's largest wind farm off the Lincolnshire and Norfolk coast.
Business case for renewables competing with fossil fuels
Renewables are becoming competitive with fossil fuels in many OECD countries, according to a report released today.
ADBA launches AD industry's first practical guide
The first edition of the Anaerobic Digestion & Biogas Association's practical guide to anaerobic digestion (AD) was launched by its chief executive Charlotte Morton at the industry's annual exhibition yesterday (3 July).
Climate change opportunities could outweigh risks for UK businesses
Defra has set out the risks and opportunities businesses face as climate change and extreme weather becomes increasingly prominent.
Rural communities get £15m to generate clean power
A £15m Government fund has been launched today in an attempt to encourage rural communities to generate their own clean green power.
Osborne confirms DECC and Defra budget cuts in spending review
The Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed in today's spending review that the Department for Energy and Climate Change's (DECC) budget will be cut by 8%, while the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has agreed a 10% cut.
Scottish wind developers hand out £5m a year in community benefits
Voluntary community benefits paid by Scottish wind farm operators have reached £5m a year, according to a national register.
UK offshore wind manufacturing opportunity 'hanging in the balance'
The UK has a "once-in-a-generation" chance to attract major companies to build factories that will supply the fast-growing offshore wind energy sector, according to a report published today.
Future of onshore wind farms unclear as local communities given more say
Local communities will have greater power to veto the construction of onshore wind farms, as a result of changes to planning guidance, announced by the government today.
Scottish Water applies for wind turbine consent to boost renewables portfolio
Scottish Water has submitted a planning application to install a 500 kilowatt wind turbine to help power its water treatment works at Bradan in Ayrshire.
Consented waste plants face growing struggle for finance
Investor uncertainty is holding back a significant number of waste treatment facilities from coming on-stream, new research has revealed.
Scotland to fulfil potential with world's largest wave farm
Scottish Ministers have approved the installation of the world's largest wave farm off the north-west coast of Lewis in Scotland.
EfW giant Covanta Energy puts UK arm up for sale
Global energy-from-waste (EfW) giant Covanta Energy is seeking a buyer or partner for its British arm following a strategic review of its UK operations.
More than one in three to vote pro-wind in local elections
Supporting wind farms could help candidates win seats in local elections taking place across England tomorrow, according to new research.
Scotland on track for community renewables target
Scotland is ahead of schedule in delivering its targets in community and local ownership of renewable energy projects.
Location 'dealmaker' for merchant EfW backing, investor hints
The site location of energy-from-waste (EfW) plants in relation to feedstock is a significant determining factor in attracting investment for merchant projects.
Renewable electricity supplier boasts substantial growth figures for 2012
British renewable energy supplier Good Energy has announced a 31% increase in its revenue compared with 2011 mainly due to a 13% rise in its electricity customer base.
Upgrading Britain's infrastructure - a constructive approach to a low-carbon economy
The UK needs significant levels of new infrastructure to renew ageing facilities such as energy, transport and water management to meet future demand and help deliver a low carbon economy, says Josh Fothergill.
Greater urgency needed to green up London's built environment
More inclusivity must be built into London's smart city agenda to safeguard its infrastructure against future climate threats, a leading sustainability analyst has warned.
Scotland calls for clarity on councils' climate change role
The unique position that Scottish local authorities hold in shaping community behaviour must be properly recognised by the Government in its climate change plans.
Investors losing confidence in EU ETS but cause for long-term optimism
The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) "no longer has a significant impact on emission reductions," according to one in five respondents to a carbon market survey.
UK carbon account decreases by 4% between 2010 and 2011
The UK carbon account in 2011 was almost 26% below the 2008 base year, according to the Government today.
Ordnance Survey to reward those who put sustainability on the map
Ideas are being sought on how the use of geographic data could help businesses improve their environmental performance, with a cash incentive on offer.