Related content

More than a million people are expected to visit Notting Hill Carnival over the Bank Holiday weekend. Photo: Notting Hill Carnival/Facebook

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.

The new mapping system could provide researchers with an effective platform to differentiate between forest destruction caused by climate change and deforestation

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.

Concern is mounting over the viability of the large number of plants being developed in Asia

$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.

The 180 million tonne saving is approximately five times greater than emissions from the operation of the mobile networks

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.

Approximately 130 NGOs have been involved in planning the marches

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.

The Covenant of Mayors 2013 ceremony. Photo: Griet Dekoninck

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.

If given consent to start building the facility, the company wants to increase investment at the site to potentially £1.6bn over the next five years

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.

The Scout Moor expansion would see a further 16 turbines added to the 25 existing turbines

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.

20 million bulbs will be replaced by LEDs on the streets of Dehli at an estimated cost of £250m

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's concept SUV is planned for a production run in 2018

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.

The REA fears small projects on schools and farms could be killed off

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.

The first 27 blocks are located mainly in the North East, North West and East Midlands

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 will begin drilling operations near the coast of Alaska

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.

Protesters from Don't Frack Lancashire. Photo: Friends of the Earth

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.

In her column, Rudd claimed shale could create 60,000 new jobs in the UK and generate billions of pounds for the economy

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.

Forewind said it was shelving the 2.4GW Dogger Bank Teesside C and D plans in order to focus on the first four projects

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).

The Government says the project could supply enough green electricity to power 1.8 million UK homes

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.

Just 21% of 2,118 UK households supported fracking

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.

The electrical cycle hub will aim to encourage cycling and decrease traffic

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.

The plans for a 50MW project fell through after changes to planning regulation

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 has launched its new sustainability strategy to add 4m customers while not increasing emissions

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.

Aclima and Google are working together using Street View to monitor air pollution

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.

The wind farm will provide 30MW energy capacity to the state of Rhode Island

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.

The appeal by Cuadrilla was widely expected after the rejection by Lancashire county council

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.

The renewable energy companies say local planning changes are lacking clarity

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.

The launch of the new energy-positive house comes less than a week after the Government scrapped zero-carbon housing targets. Photo: Cardiff University

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.

The Task Force calls for greater regulation but also for easing of planning regulations to allow onsite monitoring

'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).

Friday to Saturday (3-4 July) mark celebrations of Solar Independence Day

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.

Image via

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.

85% of edie readers responded to our survey suggesting they are in favour of subsidies for nuclear energy

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.

Wind energy generation was up in Scotland, but ministers say the cut to wind subsidies threatens development

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).

Decc said the idea that fracking applications would receive less environmental scrutiny from the public was “simply untrue”.

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".

The experts were broadly supportive of cap-and-trade with 19% saying it is an ideal abatement instrument, 66% saying it is the best we can agree on, and just 8% saying it does more harm than good.

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.

The UK will add 801 MW in 2015, a 1.5% drop from 2014

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.

The agreement will help Ecotricity fund a 40MW growth over the next 18 months,

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.

Organisations that meet the qualification criteria must carry out an ESOS assessment and notify compliance by 5 December, 2015

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.

In 2013, Mr Pickles approved 81.25% of housing schemes compared with only 28.6% of renewable energy projects

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.

Eunomia finds that the UK is at risk of having more residual waste treatment plants than it needs

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 David Palmer-Jones urges Commissioner Vella to keep circular economy package

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.

The Green Alliance's new strategy aims to 'put the public back into public policy'

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.

Households are wasting less food by planning meals, being better organised with shopping and making their own lunches, according the FSA report.

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).

The resource management industry views the circular economy in a positive light

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.

Davey says that the environment has always been a top priority for the Lib Dems

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.

About four out of five Tory MPs are likely to oppose onshore windfarms in their constituency, according to the poll conducted by ComRes on behalf of REG Windpower

Tory MPs more likely to oppose windfarms than British public - poll

Conservatives opposition undermining projects and investment in renewables, say wind energy companies.

A lack of spare infrastructure capacity could lead to short-term growth being constrained, according to EEF

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.

The several hundred-strong "No Dash for Gas - Reclaim The Power" camp has positioned itself close to one of two planned drill sites by energy firm Cuadrilla and is expected to remain for six days. File photo

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.

The move is set to cut emissions from machines used on sites across the capital by 40% by 2020, boosting the city's air quality. pic: pcruciatti/

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.

New tobacco plants developed for aviation biofuel production in Limpopo province, South Africa

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.

The research suggests that many firms are not looking far enough ahead when it comes to corporate strategies

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.

The Circular Economy Task Force calls for a better recycling system

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.

The RCEF help community groups in rural areas develop local renewable energy projects

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).

The study reveals that fracking in the UK will pose a much lower risk to water supplies than it has in parts of North America

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.

The study points out a steady decline in maintenance of flood defences and local roads

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.

The High Court judge found that Mr Pickles' decision was not made in the way required in the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 causing 'substantial prejudice' against Lark Energy

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.

Only 2% of journeys in the UK are taken by bike

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.

The two organisations are seeking to address fears that future water shortages could lead growing to local and regional tensions

'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.

SC Johnson's Pledge and Pronto bottles now use compressed air rather than LPGs in the aerosols

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.

There are currently 143 solar farms seeking planning permission in the UK

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.

The project aims to provide insight into the potential of shared employee models

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.

The majority of energy managers consider funding to be the greatest barrier to initiating energy-saving programmes

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.

Ewe Hill Wind Farm will boast 51MW of capacity, powering the equivalent of 24,000 homes in the area

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.

Wipro's Richard Funnell believes businesses should be embracing technology and making better use of 'big data'

'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.

Artist impression of planned EfW plant

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 UK and Northern Europe executive vice president Estelle Brachlianoff

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 and Morgan Sindall representatives signing contract

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 is heading for residual waste treatment 'capacity shortfall'

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.

The Plastic Market Flow 2014 project will start next month

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.

If approved, the wind turbine will be installed at the RSPB's headquarters, The Lodge (pictured).

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.

The London Array, which will be superseded in size by Triton Knoll

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.

Chancellor George Osborne

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.

Wind turbines at Stornoway wastewater treatment works

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.

Oyster 800 operating at Billia Croo, Orkney

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.

Suggested keywords