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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%.

An artists' impression of the new Waterside campus, which is expected to be opened in 2018 and will serve more than 15,000 students

University of Northampton goes green with new Waterside campus

Students at the University of Northampton will soon have their heating and hot water generated by a CO2-saving on-site energy centre, incorporating woodchip biomass boilers and a combined heat and power (CHP) system.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) set an initial target for universities to reduce emissions by 43% by 2020

UK universities struggling to reach 2020 emissions target

Despite progress being made to tackle carbon emissions in the higher education sector, universities are still struggling to achieve collective 2020 reduction pledges, according to the latest Brite Green Higher Education Sector Carbon Progress Report.

Since 2010, PepsiCo Recycling has partnered with over 100 colleges and universities to support campus recycling programmes, providing more than $70,000

PepsiCo extends innovation fund to educational institutions

PepsiCo's recycling branch has announced plans to expand its college and university eco-innovations programme through its Zero Impact Fund, where educational institutions can receive up to $10,000 from PepsiCo to support sustainable initiatives.

The €762,000 will be split across two research projects with €627,000 given to iScape project research and €135,000 granted to the EU Clean Sky 1 project

University of Surrey receives post-Brexit EU grant for smart cities research

The University of Surrey has received a new €762,000 grant from the European Union (EU) to conduct research into the development of smart cities and the environmental impact of a cleaner aeronautics industry, allaying fears of a broken environmental relationship between the UK and Europe after the Brexit vote.

Oxford Brookes University. The new partnership between Open Energi and Prefect Controls will see student bedrooms provide crucial flexibility to the UK grid using demand response

Could demand response solve the university challenge of reducing student energy use?

Oxford Brookes University has become one of the first educational establishments in the UK to use demand response as a way of reducing energy usage in student accommodation.

The BREEAM Outstanding rating was given, in large, due to the use of the biomass energy centre

UK's first True Zero Carbon student campus given green light

The UK's first True Zero Carbon accredited student accommodation sites looks set to open later this year, after the University of Hertfordshire secured a BREEAM Outstanding rating for a new £120m campus building.

Aston University has introduced monthly Go Green workbooks which are sent to each department, calling for evidence and ideas on how to improve energy efficiency

University challenge: How behaviour change can unite staff and students on sustainability

Britain's universities are facing the same carbon conundrum as the entire global economy: how can you achieve meaningful emissions reductions while the market in which you operate continues to grow? Birmingham's Aston University believes it has found the most effective answer: behaviour change.

The Government has suffered sustained attacks from sustainability professionals since the announcement to scrap regulations on zero-carbon house-building

Universities challenge Government's 'watered-down' zero-carbon homes policy

The Government's ability to meet EU targets for delivering low and zero-carbon homes has become threatened by a 'deregulation agenda' that resulted in the scrapped plans to make all new homes carbon-neutral, according to a new report from two UK universities.

The plant will operate using a 2MW lithium titanate battery from Toshiba which can supply energy to 3,000 homes for 20 minutes

UK's fastest energy storage system connects to grid

Energy giant E.ON has teamed up with a group of universities to create and connect a giant battery-based energy storage research facility to the grid, in a move that has created one of the largest and fastest energy storage facilities in the UK.

The University will be making substantial efforts to avoid conflict materials from Africa

Businesses warned over supply chains as Edinburgh University goes conflict mineral free

The University of Edinburgh has put pressure on its electronic suppliers, after it became the first higher education institution in the UK to ban the purchasing of supplies that contain controversial 'conflict minerals'.

Cranfield University, which also offers a Master's in Aerospace Vehicle Design, wants the new course to help disrupt current business and economic models

World's first circular economy Master's launched by Cranfield

Cranfield University has today (8 March) announced it will be running the world's first Master's degree in the circular economy for the next generation of sustainability and resource efficiency professionals.

By the end of the Week, it is hoped that students will make individual pledges to help lower their carbon footprint

Go Green Week: Universities champion sustainable behaviour change

Universities across the country are switching off appliances, sending excess clothing to charity shops and cycling to seminars as part of national 'Go Green Week' - a week dedicated to raising awareness on tackling climate issues.

The £200,000 installation was completed in ‘record time’ to be finalised before the lower feed in tariff subsidy came into effect on 15 January

Brighton University installs rooftop solar array in 'record time' to beat subsidy deadline

The University of Brighton has unveiled a new solar panel array that will reduce carbon emissions at its Falmer campus by 82 tonnes annually, placing Brighton as one of the top universities in the UK for on-site renewable energy production.

Over the next 18 months NUS will work with students’ unions to pressure institutions to sever ties with the fossil fuel industry

University staff and students make £100m fossil fuel divestment call

The National Union of Students (NUS) has called on all UK higher education facilities to play their part in removing a £100m 'tip of the iceberg' fossil fuel fund and divest assets into renewable technology.

The meals form part of WWF's LiveWell project which aims to encourage sustainable eating habits

WWF launches line of sustainable meals

Conservation charity WWF has teamed up with facilities manager and food services provider Sodexo to launch a new range of 10 'sustainable' meals.

The University will dedicate a week of teaching for all second year undergraduates about understanding the challenge of climate change and the requirements of a low-carbon economy

Aston University leads climate action with first ever student Carbon Week

Aston University will become the first university to offer its undergraduate students training in how climate change impacts businesses and society, when it hosts Carbon Week 2015 at the start of November.

A third of college sustainability staff and a fifth of university sustainability staff said they were expecting a decrease in budget

Sustainability a priority for just one quarter of UK colleges and universities

Sustainability is a strategic priority at just one quarter of UK further education institutions, a new survey from the Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (EAUC) has revealed.

The Statoil project aims to build

Oil and gas majors investigate 'fuels of the future'

Two of the world's largest oil and gas companies have announced new research partnerships with universities in a bid to accelerate progress towards the 'sustainable fuels of the future'.

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.

Christ Church college at the University of Oxford - one of the worst-performing universities based on carbon emissions

Growth in universities takes toll on sector emissions

Universities and colleges in England have fallen further behind their collective 2020 carbon reduction target, with absolute emissions increasing in the last academic year.

The University of Cambridge will slash carbon emissions and reduce water consumption

Cambridge launches green vision to cut emissions by a third by 2020

The University of Cambridge is aiming to cut carbon emissions by 34% as part of its new sustainability strategy for the next five years.

Inder Poonaji will join Viridor on 1 September

Viridor snaps up Nestle's Inder Poonaji to drive sustainability strategy

Waste management firm Viridor has recruited Nestle's former head of sustainability, Inder Poonaji, to direct its own sustainability, safety, health environment and quality divisions.

Red melting snow at high altitude in the Alps. Whilst most of Europe are aware of climate change, far fewer consider it to be detrimental

Climate change: world's wealthiest understand, but only half see it as threat

People living in the world's wealthiest nations generally understand what climate change is but in many countries just half perceive it to be a threat, new research has found.

(L-R): Andy Whittam, University of Reading, Energy Saving Trust chief executive Philip Sellwood, compere Alistair McGowan and Dan Fernbank, University of Reading

What makes a Sustainability Leader? Case study: University of Reading

With deadline day for entry to the 2015 Sustainability Leaders Awards closing on Thursday (30 July), we take a closer look at the outstanding energy efficiency initiative from the University of Reading that won over last year's judges.

The tidal research aims study problems of ocean turbulence

British and Canadian firms join forces for tidal energy research

Five British firms have received grant funding from Innovate UK to develop tidal energy with Canadian businesses and universities.

Plymouth University was one of the first to implement new sustainability standards as part of the partnership

University caterers tuck in to new sustainability scheme

University food and drink is set to become more sustainable after the announcement of a new sector-backed sustainability partnership.

This week saw big numbers from the UK Budget as well as big businesses such as Facebook and Lamborghini

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

It's been a hectic week for sustainability professionals, with the Summer Budget leaving many edie readers with some big numbers to mull over...

Students turned out in London to push Warwick to divest. Photo: Fossil Free Warwick University

Divestment success: Warwick Uni ends fossil fuel investments

Warwick University has today (8 July) announced it will divest from fossil fuels, making it the latest university to bow to student and academic pressure to end investments in coal and oil.

The researchers hope to cut greenhouse gas emissions and find better farming practices

Research farm could slash environmental impact of livestock

Researchers are trying to reverse beef's reputation as the least environmentally friendly meat with a 'model farm' established in Devon.

The University of Oxford has ruled out future investments in coal and tar sands from its multi-billion pound endowment, but said it would not divest from all fossil fuels

Oxford University rules out investing in coal and tar sands

The University of Oxford has ruled out future investments in coal and tar sands from its multi-billion pound endowment, but said it would not divest from all fossil fuels as demanded by thousands of students, academics and alumni.

 LSHTM is the fourth university in the UK to have committed to some form of fossil fuel divestment, following Glasgow, Bedfordshire and Soas, University of London

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine divests from coal companies

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine divests from coal companies.

Aston University has seen its emissions reductions slow down since 2012

Higher student fees influencing university emissions cuts

EXCLUSIVE: Increased tuition fees and competition among UK universities have created a generation of evermore demanding students which is complicating the sector's attempts to reduce emissions.

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VIDEO: Uni building to become UK's largest Passivhaus

The University of Leicester has unveiled development plans for its new Centre for Medicine building which is set to become the largest Passivhaus building in the UK when it opens during the next academic year.

The biggest risk identified by ADOP is that companies like BP and Shell will find their value wiped out and their assets worthless when the world transitions to a low carbon economy

UK pensions funds 'doing nothing' to protect investors from climate risk

UK pension funds could face legal action if they continue to expose their investors to the potentially 'brutal' risks posed by climate change.

The University plans to remove the estimated £1.5m currently held in oil and gas equities within three years

SOAS leads London universities with divestment decision

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London has become the first university in London to fully divest from fossil fuels following a lengthy campaign by staff and students.

Student campaigners want Edinburgh University to divest fully from fossil fuels

Edinburgh Uni expected to dump coal and tar sands stocks

The University of Edinburgh is expected to approve plans to divest from companies involved in coal and tar sands extraction, but campaigners said the action did not go far enough.

Fossil fuel divestment campaigners at a rally outside Oxford University, which recently deferred its divestment decision

Top academics ask world's universities to divest from fossil fuels

It is both unethical and untenable for universities around the world to continue to invest in fossil fuel companies whose plans to prospect for more oil, coal and gas endanger future global prosperity, according to an influential group of academics.

The Fossil Free campaign is asking investors to pledge that they will dispose of their investments in the biggest 200 fossil fuel companies over the next five years

Global Divestment Day: Campaigners call for end of fossil fuel investment

Thousands joined rallies across the UK over the weekend to call on major organisations to stop investing in the fossil fuel industry as part of the first Global Divestment Day.

More than 360 sustainability leaders attended the 10th annual Green Gown Awards

Green Gown Awards: UK's most sustainable academic institutions revealed

More than 360 sustainability leaders attended the 10th annual Green Gown Awards at the University of Manchester's Whitworth Hall this week to witness the announcement of 15 of the UK's most sustainable higher education institutions.

To feed the earths burgeoning populations, more food must be produced over the next 40 years than in the last 6,000 years combined.

£5m boost for sustainable food innovations

UK businesses and universities will receive £5m funding to help them solve some of the world's greatest agricultural challenges such as food security and sustainability.

The guide identifies the challenges and opportunities of campus sustainability in terms of energy, waste, and water consumption.

Top universities publish guide to 'forge path to sustainable future'

Oxford and Cambridge are among 10 of the world's top universities to have published the 'Green Guide for Universities', helping universities worldwide become more sustainable.

Full divestment will mean the reallocation of around £18m of current investments over a 10-year period

Glasgow pioneers academic fossil fuel divestment in Europe

The University of Glasgow has become the first scholastic institution in Europe to pledge to divest from the fossil fuel industry.

Coffee giant Costa signs up to paper cup recycling scheme - Simply Cups

Costa signs up to paper cup recycling scheme

Coffeehouse giant Costa has announced that it has joined a paper cup recycling scheme called Simply Cups.

The University of Cambridge will perform uncertainty analysis of energy management as part of the funding

UK universities get £3m cash injection for energy efficiency research

Six leading UK universities have launched new energy efficiency research projects today, thanks to a £3m cash boost from the government.

Using the spray-painting method the researchers at Sheffield university have already developed prototype solar cell with 11% effieciency

Spray-on solar offers cheap alternative to silicon cells

A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield have developed a spray-painting method for applying new, cost-effective solar cells.

The installation of 300,000 LEDs will provide Unite with a 3.5% annual reduction in its CO2 emissions

Student accommodation set for energy efficiency makeover

Unite Students, which provides accommodation for 41,000 students across the UK, is collaborating with Philips to install energy-efficient LED lighting across all of its properties.

Philips' circular economy project manager Dr Markus Laubscher said that working with higher education institutions could help companies gain a better understanding of the dynamics at play

Philips: Academics can help 'skill-up' business leaders for circular economy

Philips has stressed the importance of collaboration between the business and academic worlds to push forward the circular economy agenda.

The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges represents more than 230 higher education institutions across the UK

UNEP targets British universities to develop future stars of sustainability

Universities and colleges across the UK have signed an agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to encourage sustainable innovation among future generations.

Strathclyde, Stirling and St Andrews universities will share the £20m funding

Scottish universities share £20m carbon reduction fund

Three Scottish universities will receive a total of £20m from the Scottish government as part of an investment programme to accelerate carbon reduction projects.

More than 80% of students believe that sustainable development should be actively promoted and incorporated by UK universities

video: Students want jobs with businesses that 'value sustainability'

EXCLUSIVE Today's students want to gain employment with companies who truly value the importance of sustainability, says National Union of Students (NUS) senior project officer Jesse Scharf. Scroll down for video

Ken calls on students to recycle more

Students studying in London will now get extra support to recycle in their halls of residence under a new initiative launched by the Mayor of London this week.

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