Caroline Lucas writes for edie
Caroline Lucas MP for Brighton Pavilion and leader of the Green party of England and Wales writes exclusively for edie about the future of UK energy supplies and her first year in Parliament.
Why FITs cuts are good for the solar industry
There's been a lot of discussion FITs cuts and the potential impact on consumers, but Sunny Britain chief executive, Barak Goldstein explains why he believes this is actually a good thing for his business.
Renewables Obligation amended in Scotland
Amendments have been made to make the Renewables Obligation Scotland (ROS) a more effective tool to encourage clean energy generation.
Cracking the zero carbon code
The building industry has an integral role to play in enabling the country to move to a sustainable future. Ensuring the code guiding this transition evolves in a consistent and responsive manner will be key to meeting government's target of zero carbon homes by 2016, writes Paul King
Futureproofing your data centre
As vital as they are to our modern economy, data centres are not immune to the onslaught of energy-efficiency legislation. But staying one step ahead is not as daunting as it seems
Carbon economy hots up
The gloves are coming off. Carbon now means big business, and the consultancy world heavyweights are shaping up to help companies handle 'just another variable', says Rob Bell
Renewing energy policy
A recent speech highlighted how migrating to a low-carbon economy will involve concerted policy initiatives from across all government departments, says John Hutton MP
Wave Hub looms off the Cornish coast
A renewable energy project is about to be built off the coast of Cornwall. Wave Hub could generate power for 7,500 homes, and save thousands of tonnes of CO2
Bristol leads by example
As the public sector faces huge challenges over energy efficiency, and environmental targets, the need to know more about how energy is being used in buildings is now crucial
Rules 'must change' on energy from sludge
Water UK's Steve Ntifo, environment and science adviser, and Bruce Horton, policy development adviser, discuss the role of energy from sludge in cutting carbon emissions
Climate Change Bill: An opportunity missed?
The government's proposed Climate Change Bill promises great things but may lack real legal muscle. Peter McMaster reports
The great grant farce
The Low Carbon Building Programme's 'inefficient' grant system is a mess, according to Robert Kyriakides of Genersys. Is it time to find a replacement?
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, April 2007
Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. This month we see new regulations giving financial incentives for energy saving devices and a law obliging producers to recover and recycle packaging waste, while English and Welsh water undertakers are told in more detail how to prepare and publish water resources management plans.
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, March 2007
Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we see new regulations in Britain's green energy and bio-fuel sectors, as rules on co-generation plants guaranteeing the origin of the green electricity they produce enter into force.
The green team
Civil-engineering supplier Burdens has streamlined its water and environmental products and services into a new division, Burdens Environmental. WWT's acting editor, Natasha Wiseman, reports
Ecobuild: Bigger than ever
Dubbed as Britain's biggest green building information programme, Ecobuild will showcase truly sustainable construction in action. John Haven reports
Keeping renewables green
Renewable Energy Systems, a world-leading wind farm developer, wanted to make sure its environmental management system met international standards. So it called in SGS
A shore thing
Interest in marine renewable technologies has never been so high. So why aren't more products making it to the marketplace? Kevin Cleminson explains how two key words - reliability and maintainability - are vital to success
Blazing the trail
Buildings are responsible for nearly half of UK carbon dioxide emissions. Rob Bell asks whether the planned 120,000 homes at Thames Gateway can act as an example of energy efficiency for the housing sector
Ikea begins bag revolution
When Tom Idle visited Ikea to ask UK environment manager Charlie Browne why it decided to charge for its carrier bags, he met a company constantly striving to be the best
What's it all about...? Energy storage
With energy saving policy dominating the headlines, significant savings could be achieved through the storage of energy, argues Tim Hennessy
Glasgow wind farm will be Europe's largest
The go ahead for Europe's largest wind farm has been announced.
Hidden cost of renewables
The Government wants 10% of electricity to come from renewable sources by 2010. But any business that installs a renewable-energy system on its property faces increased rates. The British Retail Consoritum asks why
As industry ponders the future of Britain's energy supply, political pressure is mounting on the Government from a range of disparate voices. The environmental lobby wants clean and green energy. The private sector is concerned by both rising costs and fears about security of supply, while voters (hit by soaring gas and electricity bills) simply want an energy bill they can afford.
It is against this tense background that the DTI is conducting the major energy review currently under way. Clearly, the nuclear option looms large (an option explored on page 16), but the scale of a nuclear build needed to meet Britain's energy demand may remain an unpalatable political decision for this current Government. But we shall have to wait and see.
In the build-up to Kyoto, and following its implementation last year, the Government has worked hard to secure creditability globally with its commitment to climate change. Only a few months post-Kyoto, Tony Blair lectured his G8 colleagues on the threat of climate change at Gleneagles, calling it "probably, long-term, the single most important issue we face as a global community".
Thus, in recent years, we have seen a range of policy drivers designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions in the property market. These have included regulatory spurs, such as the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, and changes to the Building Regulations, and incentives via a range of grants and reliefs (for example the Clear Skies programme and business rates relief for good-quality combined heat and power plant).
For the moment, at least, the Government continues to maintain its support for renewable energy and is publicly committing to generating 10% of the UK's electricity supply from renewable energy sources by 2010. Clearly we are still some way off meeting this goal - at present, less than 3% of the UK's electricity supply comes from renewable sources. In order to meet the 10% target, the UK will need to install approximately 10,000MWe of renewable capacity by 2010, an annual build rate of more than 1,250MWe.
Until recently, the Government has focused on the potential for large-scale renewable systems - but this is set to change. Small-scale renewable systems have now been developed which can be installed on just about any structure and most locations
- including the high street.
Voices within government have recognised the potential for business to drive up the UK's generating capacity from renewable sources and have identified the planning system as one of the best mechanisms. With this end in mind, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) published a new planning guidance document on renewable energy at the end of 2004 called Planning Policy Statement 22 (PPS22): Renewable Energy.
Although this document is barely 18 months old, there is already talk in some Government circles about whether to begin work revising and presumably extending PPS22. And the ODPM and the DTI have been engaged in an interesting series of exchanges about whether or not there would be a redraft.
A growing number of local authorities are beginning to flex their new planning powers to implement the Government's 10% target. And we are increasingly beginning to see individual wind turbines and solar photovoltaics (PV) appearing in the most unlikely of places - standing alongside a supermarket, a DIY retailer or attached to a petrol station forecourt.
The Mayor of London has taken this further with the introduction of legislation that means all major developments in the Greater London Authority area should generate at least 10% of the site's energy needs from on-site renewable energy. No doubt, as new development schemes designed under this new regime begin to come online, we will witness an explosion of micro-renewables across the Capital.
Despite all these laudable attempts to promote the growth of the fledgling renewables market, the Government is in danger of undermining all its good intentions by penalising private-sector investment in renewable energy. It is a little-known fact that an anomaly in the system of business rates means that any business that installs a small-scale renewable energy system on its property - be it a 30kW wind turbine or a small panel of PV - faces a supplementary increase in their business rates levy. The Valuation Office Agency (VOA), which administers the business rates regime on behalf of the ODPM, fails to make a distinction between fossil fuel burning plant and machinery and renewable plant.
Accordingly, an incongruous situation has emerged
where retailers who look to reduce their carbon emissions by investing in renewables
are penalised with increased
Clearly this small branch of Government has not kept up with the rest of Whitehall thinking on renewable energy and climate change. And, given the already high start-up costs associated with renewable technologies, many leaders in the retail community have voiced the opinion that this practice is a deterrent from taking up these important technologies.
This point is also picked up in Ernst & Young's global renewable energy market report. Although the most recent edition ranks the UK as one of the two most attractive countries in the world for investment in renewable technologies, the UK's position is downgraded for the first time because of the Government's business rates regime.
The retail sector and others in the business community feel they have the potential to go some way in helping the Government meet its ambitious target of generating 10% of the UK's electricity from renewable energy by 2010. However, at the present time it is still more cost effective for retailers to source their energy needs from the national grid.
The rating of micro-renewables further reinforces this situation. The British Retail Consortium is currently campaigning to ensure the Government puts a stop to this iniquitous practice.
Why is renewable energy use penalised?
The Government wants 10% of electricity to come from renewable sources by 2010. But any business that installs a renewable-energy system on its property faces increased rates. The British Retail Consoritum asks why
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (March 06)
Recent changes to legislation whichth will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we see EU legislation on public access to pollution information and on the marketing and use of dangerous substances, while in the UK orders on offshore installations and the renewables obligation come into force.
South West Water's Martin Ross talks to Tom Idle about his vision of the future and how to wrestle with a limit budget
When it comes to saving the planet, says CIWEM executive director Nick Reeves, tough decisions need not always be bad ones.
When it comes to saving the planet, says CIWEM executive director Nick Reeves, tough decisions need not always be bad ones.
Fuel of the future
Camilla Anderson talks to James Beal of Renewables East, a company at the forefront of the drive to convert motorists to the cause of biodiesels
IEA significantly increases renewables forecast
Having previously been accused of "holding back the global energy transition" through "misleading" outlooks for the growth of clean energy, the International Energy Association (IEA) has today (25 October) increased its five-year growth forecast for renewables.
Arsenal signs up renewable experts as official energy partner
Arsenal Football Club has unveiled a new marque signing, as the UK's largest solar energy investor becomes the club's official UK energy partner in a move that will see the Emirates Stadium powered by renewable energy.
SolarCity and Airbnb offer cash incentives on solar installations
As Tesla begins to make waves in the autonomous driving sphere, its sister company SolarCity has also branched-out into a new domain - partnering with hospitality company Airbnb to offer cash rebates on solar array installations.
Britain loves onshore wind, contrary to popular belief
Three-quarters of the British public back onshore wind power - more than double the level of support for fracking - but there remains a clear difference between perception and reality when it comes to assessing this support, a new survey has revealed.
European businesses call for EU to cut 'ruinous' tariffs on chinese solar
Businesses across Europe, including more than 60 based in the UK, are calling on the European Union (EU) to remove trade measures on Chinese solar modules and cells that have had "unforeseen consequences" on the European solar value chain.
Oxford firm receives £8.7m investment on technology to improve solar efficiency
A company founded as a "spin-out" from the University of Oxford has received a new equity investment of £8.7m, as it aims to accelerate the commercialisation of a solar cell that could boost the performance of photovoltaics by 30%.
Small businesses 'discontent' with renewable energy supplier options
Britain's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are keen to make the switch to 100% renewable energy-powered operations, but many are not receiving enough support from energy suppliers in order to do so, a new survey has revealed.
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.
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 Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 12 - From green apprentice to sustainability leader
As The Apprentice returns to our TV screens for its 12th series, edie speaks exclusively to a former candidate who has big renewable energy ambitions, and a sustainability leader who has developed a unique solution to the complex challenge of behaviour change.
Report: Innovation can cut offshore wind energy costs by a third
Innovation improvements surrounding the design, maintenance, construction and operations of European offshore windfarms could cut associated energy costs by a third in the next 15 years, a new report from sustainable innovation engine KIC InnoEnergy has found.
September an 'astonishing' month for Scottish renewable energy
Scotland has had an "astonishing" month for wind energy, managing to generate 100% of its energy needs through wind turbines alone for two full days.
Solar outstrips coal in past six months of UK electricity generation
Electricity generated by solar panels on fields and homes outstripped Britain's ageing coal power stations over the past six months in a historic first.
'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.
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?
RSPB calls on UK Government to commit to offshore renewable energy projects
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has called on the UK Government to renew its commitment to supporting renewables, with an emphasis on "deep water" energy, on the same day that a consultation on renewable energy support closes.
From Chernobyl to Antarctica: 7 wonders of the world's renewable energy revolution
As well as seamlessly integrating into national energy mixes to the point where it is beginning to outshine fossil fuels, renewable energy is in the midst of a revolution that is now providing Antarctica, Chernobyl, The Outback and the Amazon basin with clean, reliable sources of energy.
First solar farm with contract for difference connected
A 12MW solar farm in Shropshire has become the first solar project in the UK with a contract for difference (CfD) to be connected to the gridm
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.
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.
Bristol's solar revolution continues with innovative stadium PV partnership
Bristol Sport's Ashton Gate Stadium, home to Bristol Football Club and Bristol Rugby, has partnered with Bristol City Council to install solar PV panels on one of its stands as part of a major refurbishment of the ground.
Solar Impulse 2 completes record-breaking round-the-world trip
A solar-powered plane, equipped with 17,248 solar cells, completed the final leg of its record-breaking circumnavigation journey around the world last night (25 July).
'Damaged' solar sector hit by job losses and deployment slowdown
Solar deployment for 2016 is expected to shrink from the 1GW UK average of the last five years to less than 300MW, as firms within the industry reveal that employment levels have fallen by 32%.
Scotland's renewables sector threatened by political 'cloud of uncertainty'
Despite successfully expanding renewable energy capacity, Scotland's renewable energy sector is in a "state of flux", with policy amendments to the Renewables Obligation (RO), Feed in-tariffs (FiT) and Contract for Difference (CfD) auctions all contributing to an uncertain future.
Vattenfall delivers £300m investment for Scotland's largest offshore wind farm
Plans to build Scotland's largest offshore wind farm near US presidential hopeful Donald Trump's Menie Estate golf resort in Aberdeenshire received a major boost this week after Swedish energy company Vattenfall pledged £300m towards the project.
Google trains artificial intelligence to slash data centre energy by 40%
Tech giant Google has taken a "phenomenal step forward" in its efforts to drive energy efficiency, after developing artificial intelligence (AI) that has reduced energy consumption at its data centres by 40%.
Global clean energy investment down on 2015 levels at half-year mark
Investment slowdowns in China and Japan, as well as a sustained decrease in the cost of solar, has meant that clean energy investment in the second quarter of 2016 reached $61.5bn, 32% below the $90bn spent in the equivalent period of 2015, according to the latest data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).
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.
Scottish Government joins devolopers in offshore wind collaboration
The Scottish Government has announced a £7.9m collaboration with nine of Europe's largest offshore wind developers to reduce costs, and improve efficiency and availability of offshore wind farms, easing doubts about the UK's ability to invest in renewables post-Brexit.
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.
UK will miss renewable energy target, warns National Grid
The UK is on track to miss a target to produce of 15% of all energy from renewables by 2020, National Grid has warned.
Solar sector celebrates Independence Day with record monthly output
New analysis has revealed that the UK solar industry reached an energy generation record-high last month by producing 23.9% of the country's electricity demand, on the same day that the industry celebrates its third Solar Independence Day (4 July).
UK Government urged to future-proof renewables amid Brexit 'volatility'
The vote to leave the European Union (EU) may have created a "fragile" confidence within the clean energy industry, but multiple organisations have called on the Government to build a cross-party coalition that provides wind energy with a viable route to market.
Amber Rudd: Post-Brexit Britain will not step back from climate leadership
Energy Secretary Amber Rudd made a surprise appearance at the Business and Climate Summit in London today (29 June) to insist that the UK will not "turn its back" on the global battle to mitigate climate change, despite the nation voting to leave the European Union (EU) last week.
Ikea chief: Business and governments must go all in for a carbon-free 21st century
The chief sustainability officer of the world's biggest furniture retailer has called on global governments to galvanise the low-carbon movement, primarily through carbon pricing, to enable companies to unlock the "tremendous" business opportunities that lie ahead.
London's South Bank Tower to generate electricity from solar rooftop system
London's South Bank Tower is expected to save around 11,850 kg of C02 after a 100-panel, 26 kilowatt-peak (kWp) solar PV system was installed on the roof of the newly-developed skyscraper.
Solar could provide up to 13% of global electricity by 2030, reports reveal
Off the back of a year of record growth for the solar sector, a flurry of new reports this week have illustrated how a "booming" industry has paved way for a cost-leading power generation technology which could dramatically increase in capacity in the near future.
Glastonbury 2016: 10 reasons this is the most sustainable festival yet
As the rain falls and the gates open at Worthy Farm for this year's Glastonbury festival, edie rounds up the green initiatives being introduced to ensure that, even if the fields don't remain green, the festival certainly will.
Tesla takes 'first steps' to form clean energy dynasty with bid to acquire SolarCity
Disruptive automotive manufacturers Tesla has submitted a bid to purchase sister company Solar City as part of a move to "complete the picture" and establish a holistic and "vertically integrated" clean energy empire.
"Pushing boundaries in sustainability": Formula E set to electrify London
The second season of the FIA Formula E Championship is headed for a nail-biting finale in London next weekend (2 3 July) that will decide the champion of the world's first all-electric single-seater series event.
Is biofuel production the long-term answer to enhancing food security?
With the United Nations calling for countries to mobilise efforts to improve food and energy security, new research has suggested that an accelerated push to generate sustainably sourced biofuel could actually eradicate long-term hunger.
Solar PV recycling value could exceed $15bn by 2050
End-of-life solar PV material recovery could be worth $15bn by 2050, if fully invested back into the economy, according to a report released today (20 June) by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
Scottish Government invests £1.5m in offshore wind
The Scottish Government has announced it will provide £1.5m in investments to the offshore wind sector to increase innovation, reduce costs and encourage additional funding.
'Fat cat free': Community wind projects seek investment in Wales and Scotland
Not-for-profit energy developer Sharenergy has launched a new initiative offering local communities the opportunity to support wind projects in Wales and Scotland through stable investment bonds and shares; without the intervention from energy companies that people "don't trust".
Global Wind Day: 10 wind energy statistics that will blow you away
On a day dedicated to discovering wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to change our world, edie takes a look at 10 interesting wind energy statistics on Global Wind Day (15 June).
Apple quietly forms new energy company to sell excess renewable electricity
In a bid to stabilise its ongoing commitment to sourcing renewable energy, tech giant Apple has quietly formed its own energy subsidiary which could see the company sell excess electricity to end-users across the US.
More than half of jobs in UK solar industry lost in wake of subsidy cuts
The solar power industry says it has seen the loss of more than half its 35,000 jobs due to recent changes in government energy policy, just at a time when solar power has eclipsed coal as a major generator of Britain's electricity.
Why the world's energy system WON'T achieve the 2C climate change target without serious investment
By the year 2040, renewables will finally have won the global energy race. The prices of coal and gas will have dropped significantly, but this will not derail the decarbonisation of our energy systems - with zero-emission energy sources making up 60% of installed capacity.
REA calls for 'urgent' collaboration between food waste industry and local authorities
Increased collaboration and action is needed between the food waste industry and local authorities to boost recycling and food waste capture rates, according to the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC).
UK Government must 'ride' low-carbon wave or be 'swept away'
The UK is "going backwards" on low-carbon energy policies and risks losing its international competitive edge unless the Government restores domestic confidence through "coherent, consistent policy" that champions low-carbon businesses, according to six of the UK's leading development and environment organisations.
Record renewables growth threatened by 'turbulent' policy changes, says REA
Despite record employment levels and high growth rates for 2015, Britain's renewable energy sector looks set to suffer from repeated policy interventions that have "blindsided" the industry, a new report from the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has claimed.
Offshore wind agreement signed by 9 EU countries
A total of 9 northern European countries have signed an agreement on enhanced cooperation within the offshore wind sector, in a deal which aims to reduce the costs and accelerate the deployment of wind power at sea through joint development and purchasing.
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.
Nissan switches on solar farm at largest European plant in Sunderland
Japanese carmaker and leading electric vehicle (EV) producer Nissan has completed the installation of a 4.75MW solar farm in Sunderland - its biggest manufacturing plant in Europe - which along with other renewable sources will generate enough power to build more than 31,000 cars every year.
Governments target 1,000 businesses to commit to 100% renewable energy
A raft of new companies including Tetra Pak, Interface and Equinix have pledged to source 100% renewable energy as part of a RE100 initiative that will be galvanised by a government-led push to promote the renewables revolution to 1,000 businesses.
Fish powered LEDs and vertical farms from space: the best green innovations of the week
In a week that saw renewable installations celebrate its most decorated year yet, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could push renewables to dizzying new heights as part of the low-carbon revolution.
10 things you probably didn't know about the record breaking year for renewables
With figures from multi-stakeholder network REN21 revealing that 2015 was a record year for renewable energy installations, edie digs deep into the data to bring you 10 surprising statistics about the world's green energy transformation.
Government urged to subsidise energy storage systems
If renewables are to become fully integrated into the UK's energy mix, the Government will have to incentivise energy storage systems through the introduction of subsidies, researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) have claimed.
Meet the E&E Award-winner: Energy Manager of the Year - Jude Hughes, NIBSC
Over the past seven years in her role as energy manager at NIBSC, Jude Hughes has achieved the following headline figures for this large and energy-intensive government research centre: a 17% reduction in carbon footprint, a 12% reduction in electricity consumption, a 20% reduction in gas consumption, and utilities cost savings amounting to £746,000. Meet the Energy Manager of the Year...
10 things you probably didn't know about green energy jobs
With new figures from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) revealing that employment in the renewables industry rose by 5% over the past 12 months, to pass 8.1 million, edie dissects the data to bring you 10 fascinating facts about clean energy employment.
UK renewables cuts 'risk slowing shift to clean energy'
The UK government risks slowing the shift to clean energy sources by cutting support for renewable energy and strongly backing gas as a transitional fuel, according to the UN's environment chief.
Ecotricity gains planning permission for 'future of energy' hybrid parks
Green energy provider Ecotricity has gained planning permission to create some of the first hybrid energy parks in Britain, by combining current wind farms with two new "sun parks" in Devon and Leicestershire respectively.
UK offshore wind capacity hits 10GW as £2.6bn Beatrice project receives green light
The construction of the £2.6bn Beatrice offshore wind farm in Scotland has been given the green light by developers SSE, as the UK looks to secure 10% of its electricity needs by 2020 from the offshore wind sector.
Microsoft pledges to develop 'greener' data centres
Tech giant Microsoft wants to combat the growth and electricity consumption of its data centres, by adding more clean sources to its energy mix in an attempt to reach a 60% renewables target "early in the next decade".
Britain's green economy worth £46.2bn, new figures reveal
The UK green economy generated £46.2bn turnover through the efforts of 238,500 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers in almost 100,000 low-carbon and renewable energy (LCRE) companies in 2014, a report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.
Hounslow installs UK's first solar array with battery storage
The London Borough of Hounslow has installed a £2 million solar array which is the first in the UK to adopt battery storage.
Trump won't be able to derail Paris climate deal, says senior US official
The US would still meet its obligations under the Paris accord on climate change if Donald Trump were elected president, a senior US administration official has told the Guardian.
Confidence in UK offshore industry illustrated by new £1.3bn project
One of the world's largest offshore windfarms, set to be located off the coast of East England, has secured a £1.3bn long-term financing fund, just six months after it began a fundraising process.
Microsoft and Facebook unite to accelerate clean energy revolution
Tech giants Microsoft and Facebook have pledged to develop 60GW of renewable energy by 2025, along with companies including Unilever, Kellogg's and IKEA as part of the newly launched Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA).
Mars shifts to 100% renewable electricity for UK operations
Mars Incorporated has committed to purchasing 100% renewable electricity to power all 12 of its UK factories as part of the company's vision to become carbon-neutral across its global operations by 2040.
On-site energy generation produced £100m of electricity in 2015, report reveals
On-site energy generation projects across the UK have more than doubled in the past four years, with businesses producing almost £100m worth of electricity in 2015 alone, a new report from supplier SmartestEnergy has revealed.