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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Survey reveals lack of understanding over hazardous waste disposal
Four million British SMEs could face prosecution with up to 80% illegally disposing hazardous waste.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.