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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.

The letter suggests that the removal of current trade measures would “stimulate growth” in European manufacturing sectors

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.

Prototyping expert Tom Chi was among the mentors of the inaugural UK Unreasonable Impact programme, which provided eco-entrepreneurs with resources and mentorship to scale-up. Photo: @UnreasonImpact/Twitter

Barclays supports 'disruptors of tomorrow' with green innovation scale-up scheme

Hydrogen vehicle pioneer Riversimple, London's first subterranean farming concept Growing Underground and tree-planting drone developer BioCarbon Engineering are among 10 British green business start-ups that look set to undergo a period of intensive scale-up after taking part in a new accelerator scheme launched by Barclays Bank.

Just 11% of SMEs would rate their current energy supplier as 'excellent' when it comes to renewable energy support and options

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.

Zero Waste Scotland chief executive Iain Gulland and Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change, Environment and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham at the Scottish Resources Conference 2016 in Edinburgh

Scotland opens up 'circular regions' funding to drive SME resource revolution

Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change, Environment and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham has this week announced a targeted funding call to better support the nation's SMEs in embrace the shift to a circular economy.

The coalition suggests that a clear 2050 vision must be aligned with the EU’s 2030 energy and climate objectives

Building industry calls for EU-wide 2050 energy efficiency vision

A coalition of industry-leading businesses from the building sector including AkzoNobel, Philips Lighting and Siemens have urged the European Commission (EC) to implement continent-wide action to improve the energy efficiency of Europe's building stock.

Marcela Navarro's Business Cubed has begun work with engine manufacturer Cummins, acting as a “de-risking model” that could open up investment across a variety of green innovation markets

Business Cubed: one woman's mission to de-risk the global green innovation market

As a growing number of businesses look to tap into the huge potential of low-carbon innovators and sustainability start-ups to drive internal CSR programmes, Matt Mace talks to the creator of the successful RBS Innovation Gateway as she embarks on a brave new venture to bring even more ready-for-market green innovations into the mainstream.

The Energy Saving Trust is aiming to drive change in the way business thinks about their transport options

Five fuel efficiency myths steering businesses towards £1bn fleet losses

Misconceptions about how to reduce fuel costs is causing as much as £1bn in unnecessary fleet management costs per year and resulting in needless emissions for English business, according to new research.

With the 84 funding sources representing £157m in total value, SMEs can establish their needs in regards to stages of development and financial requirements

Shell launches new digital tool to springboard low-carbon start-ups into green markets

A new digital tool has been launched by Shell's business development platform to create a route to market for innovative, low-carbon small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through a variety of sources totalling £157m in value.

Research carried out by CleanEarth Energy has revealed that more than a third of SMEs feel that the Government is failing to introduce policies that will help combat climate change

Green policy continuity the biggest challenge for energy professionals

The UK Government has faced a double dose of criticism over the effectiveness of its current green strategies by leading environmental groups, after surveys revealed that energy professionals and businesses view energy policy continuity as the biggest challenge for their sector.

Workshop spaces and a tour of the premises will be available to visitors during the grand opening of the Remakery, located at 125 Leith Walk

Edinburgh launches 'Remakery' to ignite re-use and repair revolution

An Edinburgh social enterprise has set up a unique re-use and repair superstore to encourage second-hand shopping and enable more people to learn key repair skills in the Scottish capital, as a way of driving a circular economy.

Green SMEs normally encounter four key legal elements that need to be addressed to ensure that a cleantech innovation is able to scale up

Cleantech innovation: the legal necessities of joining forces

In the final installment of edie's cleantech innovation feature mini-series, Hamish Corner - partner at law firm Penningtons Manches - outlines the legal necessities that must be established and protected by green entrepreneurs when entering collaborative partnerships with larger corporations.

The relationship between large and small businesses could be enhanced further if SMEs were more proactive while developing solutions

Cleantech innovation: the collaboration equation

In the penultimate part of this cleantech innovation feature mini-series, Carbon Limiting Technologies (CLT) directors Beverley Gower-Jones and Mark Bornhoft explain how green innovators should be interacting with big corporations to carve out a route to market and ensure they aren't "designing in the dark".

Funding gap: Cleantech innovators will face numerous challenges when attracting investors to take a 'leap of faith' towards commercial success

Cleantech innovation: Strategies for scaling up

In the second part of this cleantech innovation feature mini-series, Hamish Corner - a partner at UK law firm Penningtons Manches LLP - outlines the key challenges and potential solutions for green entrepreneurs and start-ups when it comes to attracting funding to turn proven prototypes into a commercial success.

Figures from the survey revealed that just 13% have seen a decrease in energy costs over the last three years

SMEs urge Government to provide energy efficiency grants

A large proportion of Britain's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) believe that the Government should provide grants towards the installation costs of energy efficiency measures, according to a survey from the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC).

Despite huge disparities in terms of size and employment, both Dunlop and Jacobs have implemented energy-saving techniques within their operations

How Jacobs and Dunlop are engineering a green industrial revolution

EXCLUSIVE: With question marks still looming over the Tata Steel crisis, manufacturers large and small are taking steps to ensure that energy-intensive industries aren't left behind in the global movement to a low-carbon future.

More than 400 SMEs have identified around £10m in potential long-term savings through RBS’ unique auditing service

RBS hits £1bn milestone for green loans

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has doubled its financial lending to sustainable energy projects, with more than 400 small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) acting as benefactors of a £1bn lending spree from the bank in 2015.

The education centre and main plant at the Farington facility which is set for closure

Two of Britain's largest recycling plants set to close

Lancashire County Council has revealed that a recent surge in national recycling rates along with the severe financial situation facing the local authority has contributed to the closure of two of Britain's biggest recycling plants.

Clyde Arc bridge reflected in river Clyde Glasgow. Zero Waste Scotland is hoping to drive a business-led circular economy across the country

Scotland's SMEs urged to 'seize opportunity' of resource revolution

Scotland's circular economy body Zero Waste Scotland has today (18 March) launched an £18m fund to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) explore and pioneer ways to develop a circular economy.

The Innovation Competition is looking for the best green ideas that edie Live can help turn into market-ready propositions

edie's 2016 Innovation Zone Competition deadline EXTENDED

Owing to popular demand, edie has extended the deadline for the Innovation Competition taking place at edie Live, giving entrepreneurs and SMEs that have developed green technologies, systems or business models an extra week to submit their entries.

Liz Goodwin cited the servitisation model being adopted by tyre management company Bandvulc, which has generated a significant increase in revenue

WRAP calls on UK SMEs to take 'circular leap of faith'

Liz Goodwin, the soon-to-depart chief executive of the Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), has today (8 March) provided new evidence of how the circular economy is beginning to make a big difference for small businesses across the UK.

The Bristol Go Green Challenge is just one of several RBS Innovation Gateway Challenges that offers SMEs the chance to trial innovative resource efficiency solutions on the RBS estate

RBS Bristol to trial 12 eco-innovations

An electric car club, an energy system that adjusts using real-weather data and a central heating additive that helps radiators heat up quicker are among 12 'eco-innovations' to be trialled on RBS buildings in Bristol.

The campaign invites food and grocery industry companies to help their employees reduce household food waste throughout October

Food waste: Employee behaviour change campaign launched

Food and grocery businesses across the UK are helping their employees to reduce their household food waste through a month-long campaign co-ordinated by WRAP and food research firm IGD.

The changes come as Gogarburn undergoes major renovations which will see staff numbers grow from 3500 to 6000

RBS unveils 8 green innovations at global headquarters

The Royal Bank of Scotland has announced the eight eco-innovations that will be trialled at its world headquarters in Gogarburn as part of its innovation sponsorship programme.

Manchester's business growth hub has helped generate £100m of efficiency savings

Greater Manchester businesses make £100m efficiency gains

Manchester's Business Growth Hub has saved businesses more than £100m since its inception in 2001, according to figures announced today (6 August).

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World's smallest biomass power plant arrives in UK

The world's first mass-produced, fully automated biomass micro power plant has be brought to the UK market, with the developer claiming SMEs could save up to 30% on their energy bills by using the system.

Community Shop reduces food waste by selling residual stock that would be thrown away by major retailers

Boris banks on social supermarkets to reduce food waste

London could be set for a wave of 'social supermarkets' that reduce food waste by selling surplus stock at much lower prices than the high street, thanks to £300,000 of new funding from Mayor Boris Johnson.

The first round of innovations will save the bank more than 126 tonnes of carbon and 4.5 million litres of water in the space of a year

RBS banks huge green savings from Innovation Gateway

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is expected to save more than 40,000 tonnes of CO2 and 200 million litres of water - equating to savings of £7.5m - each year from its 'Innovation Gateway' programme, which provides trial sites for green innovations and clean technologies.

With their more nimble approach to business, SMEs can make good progress on sustainability

Sustainable SMEs: small steps for big success

Andrew Shortis, managing director of the newfound Minimise Group, explains how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can emulate big-brand sustainability ambitions.

It was widely expected that the two solar farms would not be able to deliver electricity at £50/MWh

No large-scale solar farms to be built in 2015/16

No large-scale solar farms are scheduled to be built in the UK this financial year, as the two solar projects that won funding in the recent Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction will not go ahead.

A present and growing skills gap threatens the growth and perhaps even the future of low-carbon companies

Minding the gap: Developing the skills for a sustainable economy

To mark National Apprenticeship Week (9-13 March) David Kirkham, chief executive of Employer First, assesses the skills plight facing the drive for sustainable business.

Defra's shared resource efficiency manager project aims to overcome the key barriers of staff resource and availability of specialist knowledge

SME manufacturers benefitting from shared resource efficiency expertise

Ten manufacturing SMEs in England and Wales are collaborating to improve resource efficiency as part of a new action-based research programme organised by Defra.

Marcela Navarro is head of customer innovation for RBS

RBS Innovation Gateway: Turning green ideas into a resource-efficient reality

Almost a year on from the launch of the RBS Innovation Gateway, the bank's head of customer innovation Marcela Navarro reveals which projects have been successful so far and explains how her initiative is helping to accelerate new products to market, drive resource efficiency and, ultimately, save money.


IEMA: Urgent action needed to fill sustainability skills gap

The business world is facing a 'perfect storm' of rising energy costs, shrinking water supplies and extreme weather events - but these issues can only be mitigated by a workforce trained for the sustainable economy.

Finance, Insurers and SMEs are most vulnerable to climate risks

London businesses ill-prepared for climate change, report finds

London businesses are are not equipped to deal with the risks of climate change, a new report from the London Assembly has found.

78% of UK SMEs are keen to be supplied with renewable energy

UK SMEs 'missing out' on big energy bill savings

Time-pressured SMEs across the UK might be missing out on potential savings on their energy bills, even though cost of energy is the most important consideration for them when choosing a supplier.

Four million British SMEs could face prosecution

Survey reveals lack of understanding over hazardous waste disposal

Four million British SMEs could face prosecution with up to 80% illegally disposing hazardous waste.

To be eligible SMEs must have already identified a circular opportunity but need help to turn it into a commercial reality

Circular economy funding programme calls for SMEs to get involved

Under a new WRAP-led programme, small businesses may be eligible for free support to explore commercial opportunities within the emerging circular economy.

German policy makers  have implemented a comprehensive energy strategy to achieve one of the most energy-efficient economies in the world

Germany wins energy efficiency 'World Cup'

As if winning the world's biggest football tournament wasn't enough, Germany has knocked the UK off the top spot in a new global energy efficiency ranking.

The majority of SMEs say they have 'insufficient' access to subsidies and incentives for environmental changes

Financial barriers continue to block green innovation, says EEA

A report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) has concluded that eco-innovation amongst small and medium enterprises (SMEs) faces 'major financial barriers' across the EU.

PAS 51215 eases the uptake of energy efficiency assessments for large organisations

New PAS specification aids ESOS compliance

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has been sponsored by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to develop a new Publically Available Specification (PAS) to ease the uptake of energy efficiency assessments for businesses.

Small and medium-sized enterprises account for 99% of new companies in the EU

EU launches Green Action Plan for SMEs

On the same day as revealing a new Circular Economy Package, the European Commission has published its new Green Action Plan for SMEs in a bid to improve resource efficiency among smaller firms.

The majority of small business owners expressed concerns about how climate change will affect their operations. Photo credit: Rena Schild /

American SMEs already feeling harmful effects of climate change

More than half of small business owners in the US believe climate change will adversely affect their business, with nearly one in five admitting that extreme weather events have already affected their operations.

The £2m investment will go towards ReEnergise Finance's Smart Energy Finance vehicle

GIB backs £2m investment in SME energy savings fund

The Green Investment Bank has today (25 June) announced a £2m investment to help SMEs make improvements in energy efficiency.

The practical guide helps businesses adopt a circular economy approach when it comes to advancing resource efficiency

Green skills 'vital' to make circular economy profitable, says IEMA

Employing skilled sustainability professionals is essential if companies want to align better resource management with profitability, the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) has said.

The European Commissioner for Environment Janez Potočnik was speaking at the Green Week conference in Brussels

EU eyes higher recycling rates and landfill ban with new circular economy framework

"There is no place for waste," proclaimed Janez Potocnik as the Commissioner for Environment yesterday announced details of a revised package of measures to accelerate Europe's transition to a circular economy.

European Green Week takes place from 3-5 June in Brussels

EXCLUSIVE: EU Commission pledges to 'think small first' with environmental legislation

The European Commission has admitted that it needs to do more to bring small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) 'to the centre' of its plans for a transition to a circular economy.

The REA says solar and wind could be competing on price with fossil fuels by the end of this decade

Renewable energy industry dismisses calls for EU-wide changes

The renewables sector has hit back at comments made earlier this week by Energy UK that it has an 'emotion-driven and expensive' agenda.

The Sustainability Leaders Awards are open to all organisations, large or small, in the public and private sectors and across all business markets and activities

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2014: Entry now open

The Sustainability Leaders Awards 2014 are now open and entries will be accepted until the July 11th earlybird deadline.

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 new platform should help companies better assess supply chain performance as well as increase sustainability among suppliers

Supply chain initiative aims to build greater trust and transparency

Plans to develop an open platform that will enable businesses to generate more transparency and shared value along their supply chains are being drawn up.

Norfolk hotel saves more than £16K by reducing waste with help from WRAP

A Norfolk-based hotel has saved more than £16,000 by reducing food and packaging waste with help from WRAP.

The UK has just 3% share of the global water technology market

UK 'lagging behind' on water technology innovation

The UK's share of the global water technology market could be worth £8.8bn by 2030, providing 71,000 jobs and involving around 960 small and medium enterprises (SMEs), suggests a new report.

Prime Minister David Cameron. Image: landmarkmedia /

Prime Minister to slash environmental regulation

The Prime Minister David Cameron has today vowed to slash 80,000 pages of environmental guidance by March 2015, in an effort to save businesses around £100m per year.

Sustainability ranks as pressing priority for SMEs in 2014

A quarter of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) say sustainability will be one of their top three priorities this year, despite the fact many are struggling to move beyond implementing simple green measures.

In 2012, commercial sector buildings were responsible for approximately 10% of the UK's overall GHG emissions

Gov must help businesses relate energy efficiency to 'bottom line'

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) is being urged to offer low interest loans to SMEs to stimulate the market for energy efficiency.

The Sentinel 2 satellite (pictured) gathers data for Corpernicus, Europe's Earth observation system

EXCLUSIVE: Access to satellite data will help SMEs with 'environmental understanding'

The European Commission's plans to provide "free, full and open access" to satellite data will help small-to-medium sized businesses (SMEs) further develop their environmental understanding, says the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Director of the New Climate Economy project, Jeremy Oppenheim: Market competitiveness a

EXCLUSIVE: Sustainability movement held back by lack of market competition

One of the biggest issues for the sustainability movement is there is not enough market competition, says the director of the New Climate Economy Project and chair of Global Action Plan.

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.

The next site to come on line - Widnes - will have 50% more capacity than its Doncaster predecessor

PDM announces £90m investment in food waste facilities

UK food waste recycling company PDM has announced investment of more than £90m before the end of 2014, including two new large-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities.

EXCLUSIVE: Supply chain resource risks could sound death knell for SMEs

Small firms need to start implementing resource risk strategies or be at the mercy of supply chain pressures that could ultimately put them out of business.

WRAP wins EU funding to scale up business resource efficiency work

WRAP has secured co-funding from the EU to show how businesses and their supply chains can implement resource-efficient business models (REBMs).

EXCLUSIVE: SMEs lack skills to create value from food waste

The SME hospitality sector is an untapped market for food waste offering potentially lucrative returns, but smaller food operators need better education on landfill diversion strategies.

EXCLUSIVE: Local gov scheme for SMEs missing energy efficiency 'opportunity'

A local government scheme helping small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) reduce energy costs is a "missed opportunity" in driving energy efficiency in business, says the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE).

Liveable Cities go Sustainable

The City of London's prestigious Liveable City Awards have changed their name, launched new categories to reward SMEs and sustainable building and lined up high profile speakers to present them.

Study of FTSE companies shows little environmental accounting

Less than a quarter of FTSE All Share companies bother to make any quantitative environmental disclosures in their annual reports, and only a small proportion of those that do actually link environmental disclosures to financial consequences or future changes in shareholder value.

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