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The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) highlighted major criticisms from the private sector that energy investments were “pulled from under the rug” without any prior warning

Treasury hits back on green policy record

The Treasury has responded to claims that previous energy policy decisions have produced long-term uncertainty among investors, with ministerial officials insisting the department remains committed to sustainable economic growth and meeting the UK's legally-binding carbon targets.

Participating Green Building Councils will be invited to develop action plans, with an aim to launch a net zero certification within their respective countries

Ground-breaking 'net zero' buildings project launched by WorldGBC

All of the world's buildings will be 'net zero' emissions by 2050, under a bold, pioneering plan unveiled today (28 June) by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC).

Government tears down zero-carbon building regulations

Green groups and house building organisations have lambasted the Government's latest plan to axe 'zero-carbon' plans for future UK homes.

Banking giant Santander snaps up 50% of biomass scheme

Half of a Welsh 'zero carbon' energy project has been bought by banking giant Santander in what is being seen as a massive boost for the UK biomass industry.

Bankruptcies show increased need for UK solar infrastructure

The government should do more to promote solar manufacturing infrastructure in Britain, an industry pioneer tells edie energy.

A third of farmers to invest in renewables

Traditionally frugal farmers are embracing renewable energy with a third expected to invest in green technologies, according to a bank hoping to fund projects.

World's largest solar panel maker sees profits slip after pulling out of PV deal

A wrangle over set prices for PV wafers meant the world's largest solar panel manufacturer saw a slight fall in sequential earnings.

Sir David King calls for increased R&D spend on renewable energy

Respected scientist and Oxford academic, Sir David King, has called on the British Government to use its 'limited' cash reserves to boost private sector investment in renewable energy technologies.

Energy White Paper: 'Big Six' response

The 'Big Six' energy suppliers have rounded on the Government's electricity market reforms by saying they will force up energy bills.

powerPerfector saves one billion kWh

A voltage optimisation company has today (July 14) claimed to have saved its clients the equivalent of turning London's power off for nine days.

Business collaboration key to sustainability

Collaboration is the key to achieving business sustainability, according to a new report.

Axe man: Greg Barker

Solar and AD industry reeling after FITS decision

Massive cuts to the Feed-In Tariffs (FITS) scheme have been announced - confirming the worst fears of renewable industry leaders.

Government breaking 'greenest ever' promise - Porritt

Green campaigner Jonathon Porritt claims the coalition is going to break its claim of being the 'greenest Government ever' after he evaluated 77 of its policies.

McDonald's UK energy manager talks to edie

Life could have been very different for McDonald's environmental consultant, Peter Schroeder if it hadn't been for the 'stop-gap' job which quickly became a lifelong passion and career.

Sony on the road to zero

edie's energy editor Luke Walsh speaks to Dr Thomas Fischer the man tasked with keeping one of the world's biggest electrical companies green.

Online simulation to help cut carbon

Energy minister Chris Huhne has today (March 3) unveiled a new website aimed at helping people cut the UK's carbon footprint by 2050.

Huhne reopens UK's first commercial wind farm

Energy secretary Chris Huhne has reopened a wind farm capable of offering green power to around 7,000 homes.

Water firm pledges no waste or pollution and 50% emission cuts by 2015

The UK's largest water firm claims to have announced the most ambitious set of environmental targets in the industry.

Fran Leedham head of environment and sustainability for Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover speed toward energy reductions

The super car and off road vehicle market has not been known for its sustainability in the past but all that is beginning to change.

Zero carbon homes target confirmed by government

The housing minister, Grant Shapps, has confirmed that non-domestic new builds must be zero carbon by 2019.

The hydrogen bus being refuelled

Hydrogen bus unveiled in London

Transport for London (TfL) unveiled its new hydrogen bus to members of the media today (December 10).

UK needs 60% cut by 2030 to make emissions targets

The influential Committee on Climate Change today (December 7) called on the UK to cut its emissions by 60% compared to 1990 levels over the next two decades.

Kautex waste reduction case study

Automotive parts supplier Kautex Textron has achieved significant cost savings per month by improving processes to reuse and recycle more of its waste, with help from sustainable business experts Envirowise.

Scott Wilson on sustainable Construction

Karl Walker of Scott Wilson explains the sustianable constructions methods used to complete Brent's Civic Centre and other projects at edie's Sustianability Leaders Forum.

Irish minister urges renewable energy firms to take EU funding

As the country is bailed out to the tune of several billion Euros the Government is aiming to keep the renewable energy market on track.

Tesco aims for zero

Green buildings were high on the agenda at the CBI Summit on Climate Change, with Tesco showcasing its zero carbon store in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire.

'Governator' launches sub national climate action group

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger along with several other prominent world leaders has announced what he claims is a first-of-its-kind climate change initiative.

London's new electric vehicle charging network announced

London mayor Boris Johnson has unveiled plans for a new London electric vehicle charging network.

Edie+ users get 20% off Sustainable Leaders Forum is offering its army of edie+ subscribers the chance to get 20% off a place at the 2010 Sustainable Leaders Forum.

London lagging behind on insulation

Households in London are the worst in Britain for installing insulation and lagging, new figures have revealed.

Left to right Sir Chris Hoy, Kelly Brook and Boris Johnson

Star-studded London bike ride aimed at cycling revolution

Celebrities were among some 85,000 people who joined London mayor Boris Johnson in a mass bike ride through London's streets to promote cycling.

Dung Beetle - VW runs on sewage

A Water company in the West Country has converted a Volkswagen Beetle to run on biogas made from sewage.

The mine before it closed

Step closer for zero carbon business park

Plans to create a zero carbon business park have moved a step forward with an initial planning nod from the local council and official backing from the Environment Agency.

UN headquarters in New York

IPCC 'data quality' review underway

A review into the way data was presented by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change gets underway today (May 14).

Housing Minister Grant Shapps

Industry optimistic that coalition will build on green housing policies

The UK Green Building Council has spoken of its optimism that the new Government will continue to push the sustainable construction agenda but has called on David Cameron to beef up the role of Housing Minister, elevating it to a Cabinet position.

Retrofit or start from scratch - how to cut carbon in buildings

Sustainable homes will be a key component in the drive to reduce society's carbon emissions, but what should we do with existing homes with their drafts, leaks and energy-hungry heating systems?

Politicians battle for votes at Sustainabilitylive!

A heated political debate held as part of Sustainabilitylive! saw the three main parties go head-to-head on environmental issues.

The chimney which turns out to be an exhaust pipe

Watchdog backs DfT climate change advert

A clever television advert claiming car pollution is the worst contributor to global warming has been cleared by advertising watchdogs.

Solar power revenue lights up the states

US solar power industry revenue increased by a whopping 36% last year compared with 2008, according to the trade association representing the industry.

Supermarket expands store but cuts its carbon footprint

A supermarket has today (March 29) opened a store expanded by 50% but with a 10% reduction in emissions.

Chaotic scenes as delegates fought for a deal at COP15

Lord Stern brands COP15 a 'sixties student meeting'

Leading economist and academic, Lord Stern, compared COP15 and its 'disappointing' outcome to a 1960s student protest.

Nissan to build eco-car in UK

Sunderland will be home to the world's first 'affordable and zero emission' car, Nissan said this morning (March 18).

New plan backs marine energy for 15M homes

The Government has announced plans to harness the power of the sea to generate electricity for up to 15m homes.

Green building doesn't mean happy workers

A new report claims the United Kingdom's 'fixation' on greening it's building stock is not improving the quality of life of workers.

World first 'clean coal' schemes given green light

Plans for two world first 'clean coal' schemes have been given the green light by the British government.

Greener buildings good for industry, consumers and planet - Robert Napier

It is time to debunk the myth that building homes to a higher environmental standard will always increase the cost, according to Robert Napier, chairman of the Homes & Communities Agency.

Clipper CEO quits after 'financially challenging period'

Chief executive of wind turbine manufacturer Clipper has stepped down after leading the firm through a 'financially challenging period'.

Official launch of Greener Homes Strategy

John Denham secretary of state for communities and local government spoke to edie as he launched the Government's Greener Homes Strategy.

'Largest wind turbine blade' in the world to be built in UK

A British firm has announced it will build the world's largest wind turbine in a new factory.

BA announces Europe's first bio-jet fuel plant

British Airways is to build Europe's first plant capable of turning waste into jet fuel.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg

Convert shipyards to wind turbine factories say Lib Dems

An election pledge from the Liberal Democrats has seen the party pledge to transform old shipyards into thriving wind turbine factories.

The National Trust owned Crown Pub in Belfast

National Trust to green its country houses

The charity protecting the nation's heritage has promised to cut its reliance on fossil fuel in half within the next decade.

World-wide recall for leading hybrid car

Toyota has announced a Worldwide recall of its market leading hybrid electric and petrol car the Prius.

Winter Olympics get bronze for environmentalism

Organisers of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics deserve only a bronze medal for environmentalism according to a Canadian green group.

Poll backs more ambitious green power

Two thirds of the population think the Government's plans to pay residents and businesses for generating green electricity are 'not ambitious enough' according to a new poll.

Green transport enters the fast lane with leading awards scheme

Edie's Awards for Environmental Excellence is to expand this year with the addition of new category looking to find the best projects in sustainable transport.

Recession will not 'deflect' low carbon economy - Miliband

The minister for energy and climate change has promised not to allow the recession to 'deflect' from Britain's moves towards a low carbon economy.

British carbon cutting efforts 'meaningless'

The British government is 'falling down' when it comes to delivering effective carbon budgets, an influential group of MPs believe.

Chair of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 Shaun McCarthy

Olympics progress on sustainability announced

The independent watchdog monitoring the environmental impact of the London games has published its findings on 2012's environmental footprint.

Queen's Speech boost for UK low carbon economy

The Queen's Speech this month included the latest energy bill designed to move the UK to a lower carbon economy.

German chancellor Angela Merkel

Germans and French back COP15 success

The German and French leaders have thrown their backing behind a climate change agreement in Copenhagen.

Free drinking water in central London

A drinking fountain has been restored and is now open to the public in the middle of one of the capital's biggest tourist attractions.

Easing the transition to a low carbon economy

Helping business move to a low carbon economy could be easier after the Government announced plans for a Forum for a Just Transition.

Researchers claim more efficient heating and cooling system

A new air conditioning and heating system has the potential to turn carbon from an environmental villain to a hero according to the researchers behind the scheme.

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World's largest green building show ready to go

Organisers of this year's Greenbuild have hailed the show as the biggest environmentally friendly homes show in the world.

Business still 'unprepared' for CRC

New research has revealed the majority of organisations affected by the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) will struggle with the burden created by the scheme.

Call for more green spaces from Natural England

A better quality of green spaces could be created following the announcement of a partnership between Natural England and developers.

Gordon Brown

Europe still dragging its feet ahead of Copenhagen

European leaders agree to give €100 billion annually by 2020 to the developing world to fund climate change fighting initiatives but remain deadlocked over who should pay what.

Scots admit to 'uncertainties' on health implications of incineration

A report for the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has found 'too many uncertainties' make it difficult to rule on the effects on human health of incineration.

Government rolls out start of carbon cutting measures

The Government has put £20m towards 'energy efficiency measures' aimed at cutting emissions and energy bills in its central departments.

MPs to vote on joining 10:10 commitment

A special opposition day debate could see MPs sign up to a commitment to cut the government's carbon emissions by 10% next year.

Tickets available for CRC clinic

Edie is hosting a meeting of leading environmental policy makers looking at the likely impacts of the Government's Carbon Reduction Commitment.

Leeds waste strike enters fifth week

Industrial action means Leeds has not had a proper waste collection service for more than a month.

Final details of CRC announced

The Government has this morning announced the final details of the Carbon Reduction Commitment due to start next year.

Isles of Scilly powers down for the day

The Isles of Scilly are powering down for the day to mark Energy Saving Day (E-Day) 2009.

Government must do more to tackle carbon footprint of existing buildings

A leading voice for the green building industry has spoken of its disappointment at Government's decision to discretely drop moves to enforce environmental standards for existing properties.

Recession and World Governments push down emissions

Carbon dioxide emissions are likely to show their biggest fall in 40 years, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Australian lobby groups say zero carbon homes within reach

A coalition of environmental trade associations and pressure groups in Australia's Victoria claims that zero-emissions and water saving measures are an attainable reality in the state, with the right government support.

Emissions from aviation industry must be cut ahead of Copenhagen

Goverment must work towards capping global airline emissions, according to an influential lobbying group.

An air capture design Credit Chris Bolin and the Discovery Channel

Geoengineering 'dangerous and unproven'

Boats pumping out clouds and thousands of mirrors in space are among geoengineering ideas outlined by the Royal Society.

Northern Ireland backs wind in renewable energy search

Northern Ireland has backed wind energy to be the country's 'foundation' for a renewable future.

US Green Buildings Council makes it easier to make eco improvements

The US Green Building Council has announced a new scheme to help homeowners find qualified tradesmen to make environmentally friendly improvements to their homes.

European 100w and frosted bulb phase out

The phase out of 100w and frosted lightbulbs gets underway next week in an effort to drive down emissions in Europe.

Former Vestas workers vow to fight on

Workers who occupied Vestas' Isle of Wight wind turbine blade manufacturing factory have vowed to keep up their campaign.

X Factor style public vote for protest targets

Members of the public are being given the chance to vote for which power station they feel should be closed down by anti climate change protesters.

An earlier tour by rockers U2

U2 aim for carbon neutral tour

Wrinkly rockers U2 are hoping to keep their environmental credentials by offsetting all the carbon emissions from their current world tour.

Irish firm buys its first British wind farms

An Irish power firm has snapped up its first UK based wind farms after announcing the market was 'key' to a low carbon future.

Government forced to redo maths on corporate carbon conversion rates

The government has been forced to correct mistakes in greenhouse gas conversion rates used by businesses to measure their carbon footprints.

€300m European grant for Belgium's largest wind farm

Belgium's largest wind farm will be built off the coast of the country with European funding of €300m (£254 million).

Police have cordoned off the factory with the protesters isolated inside

Government £1bn funding for wind power too late for Vestas jobs

As a standoff between police and protesters occupying the Vestas wind turbine factory moves into its second week the government has announced more than £1bn of funding for the wind power industry.

Metropolitan Police begin greening stations

Wembley police station has become the first building to get a green makeover in an effort to reduce running costs and cut carbon.

Green builders spell out zero carbon

The Construction industry is calling on government to re-write the rules after concluding that three quarters of new homes are unlikely to meet voluntary targets which would see them having no carbon emissions.

86% of the homes we are living in today are expected to still be in use by 2050

Researchers step back to 1930s

A team of researchers will build a full-size replica of a 1930s semi to assess how easy it is to make existing homes zero carbon.

Campaigners hope all new homes in California will be powered solely by renewable energy like the SOLARA development (Copyright Community HousingWorks)

Zero energy homes take a step closer

Its electricity and water heating is wholly powered by photovoltaics, it uses recycled and energy efficient construction materials, and it is extensively equipped with water conservation equipment.

Eco-town shortlist revealed

A shortlist of 15 locations that could house the Government's flagship eco-towns has been announced - and none of them will involve building on green belt.

Kitchen firm signs zero carbon pledge

News in brief

Eco-village to face planners again

Plans for an eco-friendly village in Wales have been resubmitted to planners less than six months after the application was rejected.

Motorists hit by green Budget measures

Changes to fuel and vehicle taxes, an increase in aviation tax and a possible plastic bag levy were among the green headlines in Alistair Darling's first Budget.

Morgan unveils hydrogen sports car

Plans for a fuel-cell powered concept sports car has been revealed by luxury UK manufacturer Morgan.

An artist's impression of the rear of the ZAP Alias

Plans for $30K electric sports car unveiled

An electric car manufacturer has announced plans for a new car that will be able to top 100 miles per hour and do 0 to 60 in just 5.7 seconds - and all for a cost of just $30,000.

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