DEFINITION: A computer-based system that controls and monitors a building's mechanical and electrical equipment such as heating, ventilation, lighting, and power systems. In offices and factories for example, a BMS can automate and take control of these operations in the most efficient way possible, saving energy.
Building and Energy Management System (BEMS)
edie Explains: Building energy management systems (BEMS)
Big-name businesses collaborate to form task group for net-zero buildings
A number of the biggest companies within the UK's built environment sector, including JLL, Landsec and Wilmott Dixon, have jointly formed a new task group aimed at creating an industry-led framework for net-zero buildings.
edie Explains: Onsite generation
Is onsite energy generation right for your business? What are the technology options and how do you choose the right one? This edie explains business guide, produced in association with Centrica Business Solutions, has the answers.
WATCH: How can business harness energy innovation?
With companies increasingly moving past energy efficiency measures and exploring innovative energy technologies such as battery storage, a group of business experts recently met in Birmingham to discuss what the future of energy looks like for the UK's business community. Here, edie rounds up their key takeaways.
Tesco: Behaviour change will 'always have a place' in energy efficiency
As the fruits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution continue to re-shape how business operates, many companies are now turning to digital technologies for all of their energy reduction schemes. But for Tesco, behaviour change will always be a "key" piece of the energy management puzzle.
BEIS to launch energy efficiency consultation on commercial buildings 'as soon as possible'
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will launch a consultation on the emissions of commercial buildings "as soon as possible", describing the sector as a "huge untapped area" for improvements.
SDGs In Action: How Tetra Pak is achieving Goal 13 - Climate Action
Welcome back to edie's new editorial series which breaks down exactly how businesses are turning the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into action. Up next: multinational food packaging firm Tetra Pak unveils how it is protecting futures by championing actions to mitigate climate change.
Landsec and RBS become first companies to join RE100, EV100 and EP100
Property developer Landsec and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) have become the first two firms in the world to have joined all three of The Climate Group's sustainable business programmes - RE100, EV100 and EP100.
BEIS announces green buildings drive and single-use plastics crackdown
EXCLUSIVE: The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has today (16 October) underlined its commitment to phasing out single-use plastics and reducing its estate emissions by 66% through two new commitments that have been posted on edie's Mission Possible Pledge Wall.
JLL 'on track' for 100% renewables target by 2020
Real estate giant JLL's electricity mix consists of 90% renewables, putting the firm on track to power its direct UK operations solely with renewable sources by 2020.
Ikea's new Greenwich store receives highest BREEAM sustainability rating
Home improvement retailer Ikea's Greenwich store has achieved sustainable construction certification BREEAM's 'Outstanding' status, just over two months after it opened.
Renewable energy could meet 86% of global power demand by 2050, IRENA concludes
If policymakers, businesses and investors across the world collaborate to scale-up renewable energy and to electrify sectors such as transport and heavy industry, 86% of the global power demand could be met with clean energy by 2050, new research from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has found.
SC Johnson to power US headquarters with geothermal energy
US-based consumer goods giant SC Johnson has revealed plans to use geothermal energy for the heating and cooling of its headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin.
One hour, no power: Millions of kWh of energy to be saved as landmarks switch off for Earth Hour
The UK alone could avoid the use of more than nine million kWh of energy during this year's Earth Hour, as landmarks across the globe turn off their lights in a bid to highlight the scale of global environmental challenges.
CCC calls for stamp duty and winter fuel payment reform to help decarbonise homes
Members of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) have called on Ministers to alter the Government's fiscal policies for winter fuel allowances and stamp duty on homes, in a bid to help decarbonise the UK's housing stock.
Understanding Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting: edie launches free guide for businesses
Organisations looking to understand the new Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting framework (SECR) due to come into force from April 2019 now have access to a new edie Explains guide which breaks down everything you need to know about compliance with the legislation.
Oil giant Eni targets net-zero carbon emissions by 2030
Italian oil and gas group Eni has pledged to reach net-zero carbon emissions for its operations by 2030, despite announcing plans to increase oil and gas production by 3.5% annually up to 2022.
Study charts six scenarios for fossil-free energy by 2050
Cutting energy use in buildings, ramping up renewable electricity and developing large-scale storage with hydrogen are clear options in bringing energy emissions down to zero by 2050, according to a new study.
Birmingham Clean Air Zone given green light by Government
Plans for a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in Birmingham have received Government approval following the submission of its full business case last month.
MPs question housebuilders on energy performance of new homes
Housebuilders and energy firms have been grilled in a parliamentary evidence session yesterday (12 March) on the energy performance of housing portfolios, with a lack of enabling policies highlighted as a major barrier for the sector.
Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Switch Lists, International Women's Day and energy management excellence
The edie podcast returns to uncover what energy management excellence looks like with both E.ON and our Energy Leaders Club members, before discussing International Women's Day with RenewableUK's Emma Pinchbeck and domestic sustainability with One Home's Angela Terry.
Bristol City Council smashes carbon target two years early
Bristol City Council will soon set new climate-related mitigation goals, after surpassing a target to reduce carbon emissions by two-thirds two years ahead of schedule.
Co-creating energy solutions: edie to take 'Design Sprint' format for next Club event
Following in the footsteps of a series of sustainability ‘thinkathons’ at recent events, edie will be utilising a ‘Design Sprint’ process to solve business-critical energy challenges at a free event for senior energy managers next month.
edie Explains: The green office
This free edie Explains guide, developed in partnership with Commercial Group, sets out the key considerations and practical tips for energy and sustainability professionals when it comes to rolling out a 'green office' programme to enhance operational sustainability.
Manifesto demands stronger support for community energy
A coalition of 20 charities, green campaigners and community energy groups has published a new manifesto calling for stronger support for community energy schemes to help improve their dwindling prospects.
Waitrose installs Formula One technology to boost energy savings from fridges
Supermarket Waitrose & Partners is set to install innovative technology inspired by Formula One race cars across its stores, in a move it claims will reduce the energy consumption of its refrigerators by up to 25%.
Turning ambition into action: edie Live returns for 2019 with host of new features
Collaborative workshops, a dedicated Plastics Hub and a Future Systems Hackathon are just some of the exciting new features that will be available edie Live 2019 as the UK's largest sustainability and energy exhibition returns to the NEC Birmingham on 21-22 May.
UK gas must be 'completely' decarbonised by 2050, says think-tank
Britain must get rid of fossil-based natural gas in the coming three decades if the country is to meet its long-term climate change objectives, according to a report published on Friday (15 February) by a think-tank close to the ruling Conservative party.
How meeting the Paris Agreement will improve global economic growth
A new report has outlined that meeting the 2C target established as part of the Paris Agreement will improve global GDP and boost investment. Here, edie explores how nations can make this vision a reality.
Landlords could be letting illegal properties due to 'inaccurate' EPC ratings, report finds
Landlords across the UK could be letting around 35,000 properties illegally, due to inaccurate Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) scores that could be affecting up to 2.5 million properties, a new report has claimed.
Nottingham Trent University signs up to JUMP employee engagement initiative
Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has become the 11th University to sign up to the JUMP employee engagement initiative, as it attempts to encourage its 4,000 staff members to develop habits that boost sustainability and wellbeing.
AB InBev trials LNG-fuelled deliveries for UK brewery
The world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), is set to trial deliveries in the UK using liquefied natural gas (LNG) to reduce harmful emissions.
Carbon Brief: UK's emissions could have doubled since 1990 without renewable energy
The UK's total carbon footprint has decreased by 38% since 1990 - but could have doubled if the renewable energy revolution had failed to gain traction, new analysis from Carbon Brief has concluded.
Sustainable snow days: How remote working can reduce environmental impacts for business
As the first snow of 2019 starts to fall across large parts of the UK, many of us will be working from home more than usual. With this in mind, edie outlines how remote working is can help businesses reduce their carbon, energy and waste footprints.
In numbers: How the UK public is shunning sustainable actions in favour of convenience
While most Brits say they are keen to change their behaviour to become more sustainable, most don't follow through on their commitments, a new survey of 2,000 people has found. Here, edie rounds up the key findings of the poll.
The 10 Year Challenge: How the UK's low-carbon economy has changed
The 10-Year Challenge has swept across social media this month, providing celebrities with ample opportunity to show how little they've aged. However, the UK's low-carbon economy has changed drastically in this time, as edie explains.
Nottingham unveils bid to become the UK's first carbon-neutral city
Nottingham City Council has committed to becoming a 'net-zero carbon' city by 2028, after hitting its 2020 emission reductions goals two years early.
'A 1.5C world is circular': Nations urged to drive resource productivity to reach climate goals
A new report released today (22 January) at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos has outlined the urgent need for nations to "wake up to the potential" of the circular economy in order to push the world towards the Paris Agreement's more ambitious pathway.
Meet the Sustainability Leader: Pets At Home's James Kokiet - Energy Manager 2018
Animal welfare is paramount at Pets At Home - it's one of the retailer's core business values. By aligning a major energy efficiency drive with these core values, the company's energy manager James Kokiet was able to secure the internal buy-in he needed to deliver the largest CAPEX project the retailer has ever completed.
European Investment Bank to face legal action over biomass loan
The world's largest multilateral finance firm is set to be taken to the European Union's highest court later this year, after green campaigners argued its decision to loan €60m (£53m) to developers building a biomass facility in Spain.
Lucozade Ribena Suntory to fit UK factory with water and waste-saving bottling technology
Multinational beverage firm Lucozade Ribena Suntory (LRS) is investing £13m in new bottling technology for its Gloucestershire factory, in a bid to minimise the facility's waste output and water footprint.
Everything you need to know about the Europe-wide Halogen bulb ban
Earlier this month, the European Union (EU) voted to ban the sale of Halogen lightbulbs across the bloc. With the ban set to come into force 1 September, edie rounds up the key ramifications of the phase-out.
Manchester commits to making all new buildings 'net-zero' by 2028
The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has pledged to ensure that all new buildings erected in the city region will be 'net-zero' carbon by 2028.
Low-emission ambulances and LED lighting: The NHS Long Term Plan's key sustainability measures
As the UK Government unveils its highly-anticipated Long Term Plan for the NHS to improve the service over the coming decade, edie rounds up the key sustainability measures outlined in the document.
Premier Inn installs UK's first hotel-based energy storage unit
Hospitality giant Premier Inn has become the first UK hotelier to install a battery storage unit at a hotel, after fitting a 100kW device at its Edinburgh Park location.
edie Explains: Artificial Intelligence for sustainable business
Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) right for your business? What are the technology options and how do you choose the right one? This edie explains business guide, produced in association with Ditto AI, has the answers.
UK network operators unveil new measures to boost flexibility
The UK's six local electricity network operators have jointly committed to set new requirements for all new network infrastructure to include "smart" flexibility services, as more renewable arrays come online nationwide.
World's biggest container shipper commits to carbon neutrality by 2050
Danish container shipping giant Maersk has pledged to become a carbon-neutral business by 2050 - the first commitment of its kind from the global maritime shipping sector.
Survey: Just 10% of UK businesses have set carbon reduction targets
Employee appetite for tackling climate change is beginning to outstrip corporate action on carbon reduction, with nine in ten UK businesses yet to set specific emission reduction targets, a survey of 1,000 companies has found.
ING: Green technologies could cut global energy emissions by 64%
Low-carbon technologies including electric vehicles (EVs), renewable energy arrays and innovative new fuels could help the world reduce carbon emissions currently accounted for by energy generation and use by almost two-thirds (54%), new research from ING has found.
Five ideas to accelerate your electric fleet transition
This report showcases the output of edie's SPARK! event, where roundtable participants shared experiences of electrification of business fleets, and discussed the steps that can be taken to accelerate adoption and maximise the benefits of the electric vehicle (EV) transition.
Former Npower boss Paul Massara: Business community will lead UK's energy transition
Amid sluggish policy changes and falling technology and renewables costs, the UK's business community is likely to lead the transition to a low-carbon, decentralised and democratised energy system, Npower's former chief executive Paul Massara has suggested.
In action: EDF Energy's smart data focus to drive energy efficiency
In September 2017, EDF Energy installed its PowerNow live energy monitoring system at one of its own offices as a way of trialling its own solutions whilst improving the energy efficiency of the building. As revealed in this case study, the project has achieved excellent results all round.
edie launches mini-series of reports to help businesses spark an energy revolution
edie has this week launched a new series of summary reports developed from SPARK! - an exclusive event held for energy managers which explored the challenges and opportunities facing Britain's business energy revolution.
Arsenal FC to power Emirates Stadium through battery storage system
Arsenal FC has become the first UK football club to install a battery storage system, which will store enough electricity to power the club's 60,000-seater stadium for a 90-minute match.
How are food and drink manufacturers adapting to Industry 4.0?
EXCLUSIVE: As the fruits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution continue to alter how businesses operate within society, how are some of the world's biggest food and drink manufacturing firms adapting, growing and using new technologies to minimise their environmental footprints?
Available on demand: Sustainable manufacturing webinar featuring Mondelēz & Quorn Foods
Sustainability and energy representatives from Mondelēz International and Quorn Foods are among the speaker line-up for edie's one-hour webinar. now available on demand, which will explore the challenges and opportunities facing low-carbon, resource-efficient manufacturing.
edie Explains: Energy storage
How does energy storage work? What are the business benefits of commercial battery systems? And how can they interact with other onsite energy technologies? This free edie Explains guide gives you everything you need to know.
Report: Net-zero transport and heavy industry sectors 'possible by 2060'
It will be "technically and financially" possible for the global transport and heavy industry sectors to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2060, new research from the Energy Transitions Commission (ETC) has concluded.
10 countries demand net-zero emission goal in new EU climate strategy
Ministers from ten EU countries have urged the European Commission to chart a "credible and detailed" path towards net-zero emissions in 2050, ahead of the launch of a landmark climate strategy next week.
'Far too slow': MPs investigate UK's energy efficiency progress
MPs have launched an inquiry which will examine the Government's approach to improve the energy efficiency of buildings in the UK, with current progress deemed as "far too slow".
UK energy revolution risks creating a 'two-tier' economy
The UK's transition to a low-carbon economy is masking stark regional divides, according to new research, with regions such as the North of England and East Midlands being left behind.
Spain targets 100% renewable power by 2050
Spain's government has published a new climate plan that targets a 100% renewable energy electricity system by 2050, with goals that outstrip those adopted by the EU and a ban on new gas and oil exploration.
EU approves more ambitious renewables target, commits to palm oil phase-out
The European Parliament has voted to approve a set of new clean energy laws for 2030, outlining plans to increase the bloc's use of renewable energy and ban the sale of high-emission biofuels made from palm and soybean oil.
District heat networks could reduce cost of UK's low-carbon transition by £3bn
The installation of district heat networks could reduce the capital cost of the UK's heat networks by up to 40%, new research from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has concluded.
Wind power delivered 98% of Scotland's electricity demand in October
Wind turbines across Scotland generated enough power to account for 98% of the country's electricity demand last month.
WATCH: BEIS director outlines vision for a zero-carbon built environment
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy's (BEIS) Director of energy efficiency Ben Golding has outlined the "win-wins" that can be generated by businesses and public sector organisation by mobilising action towards a zero-carbon built environment by 2050.
Mission Possible: Achieving a sustainable future for FOOD & DRINK MANUFACTURING
This brand-new sector insight report provides an end-to-end overview of the steps that organisations within Britain's food & drink manufacturing industry can take to achieve a sustainable future, today.
No legal barriers to cross-border electricity trading in no-deal Brexit scenario
National Grid has given assurances there will be no legal barriers to continued cross-border electricity trading in the case of a no-deal Brexit.
9 ways AI is enhancing sustainability for business
With Google announcing a new £19m fund for businesses using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to address environmental and social issues, edie looks at nine projects that have already delivered notable benefits for business.
Scottish Government launches 'cashback' scheme to help SMEs bolster energy efficiency
The Scottish Government has partnered with Zero Waste Scotland to launch a "cashback" scheme which offers interest-free loans to small businesses that install energy efficiency measures.
United Utilities rolls out AI across entire network after slashing energy usage
Water company United Utilities is set to roll out an energy flexibility platform which incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) to cover its entire water network, after a three-month trial generated energy savings of 22%.
Why an ex-Tesla VP has turned to storage, blockchain and Virtual Power Plants to 'save the planet'
Last month a UK start-up announced that ex-Tesla vice president Ben Hill was joining their team. Here, edie discovers why he has swapped the world of mobility to embark on a vision to transition the world to 100% renewable energy.
UK Power Networks to trial Faraday Grid technology to bolster renewable generation
UK Power Networks (UKPN) is set to undertake the UK's first trial of Faraday Grid technology to boost flexibility and efficiency as more renewable power projects come online.
'Bad news' and 'despair': Global carbon emissions to hit new record in 2018, IEA says
Global carbon emissions will rise to a new record level in 2018, making the chances of reaching a target to keep temperature increases to 1.5 or 2°C "weaker and weaker every year, every month," the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) has said.
E.ON partners with BNP Paribas for 'green mortgages'
E.ON and BNP Paribas Personal Finance UK have announced a new collaboration to bring "green mortgages" one step closer to the UK property market.
Report: Clean energy technologies could deliver half of UK emissions cuts needed by 2030
Clean energy technologies such as battery storage and solar generation could deliver more than half of the required emissions cuts set out in the UK's Clean Growth Strategy by 2030, a new report from Centrica Business Solutions has concluded.
Clorox exceeds carbon reduction target three years early
The Clorox Company has surpassed its 2020 goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20%, according to the consumer goods giant’s latest annual report.
Almost two-thirds of UK businesses yet to set emissions targets, survey reveals
Almost two-thirds (61%) of companies in the UK's private sector have not yet set a specific, numerical target for reducing their emissions, a new survey from consultancy YouGov has revealed.
Embodied carbon: Should 'net-zero' buildings require carbon-neutral construction?
EXCLUSIVE: Amid calls for ministers to implement policies that ensure all new buildings are built to carbon-neutral standards by 2030, key construction industry stakeholders are beginning to ask whether the definition of "net-zero" should cover embodied carbon as well as operational emissions.
Delays to energy efficient goods will cost EU consumers 'billions' in lost savings
New energy efficient eco-designs for 15 products including fridges, TVs and dishwashers have been delayed, EU diplomats say, even though experts consider them "crucial" to meeting Europe's Paris climate pledge. The delays are also expected to mean consumers will miss out on lower energy bills.
Webinar available on demand: Making net-zero the new normal in the built environment
Representatives from the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Landsec and EDF Energy discussed how businesses can make 'net-zero' buildings the new normal in a recent edie webinar, which is now available to watch on demand.
RE100 members outperforming peers on key financial indicators
Companies committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity through the RE100 initiative are outperforming their peers in relation to net profit margins and earnings before tax, a new report from The Climate Group has found.
Scotland continues to beat rest of UK in reducing emissions
Scotland is outperforming the rest of the UK on reducing greenhouse gas emissions but needs fresh measures to meet its own recently introduced targets, according to parliament's climate change watchdog.
Energy-generating building materials backed by £36m Government funding
The UK Government will spend more than £36m on new technology that will enable building materials to generate, store and release clean energy.
One week left to register for edie's green buildings webinar
Sustainability and energy representatives from the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Landsec and EDF Energy are all set to feature in a live edie webinar focused on green buildings, taking place 27 September.
Gamification delivers more than 200,000 sustainable actions for UK universities
EXCLUSIVE: More than 200,000 positive actions have been recorded over the last academic year by the JUMP employee engagement project which encourages university staff to carry out behaviours that boost sustainability.
Meet the Sustainability Leader: Brau Union Österreich AG - Energy Management
With entries soon closing for edie's revamped 2019 Sustainability Leaders Awards, this new feature series will showcase the achievements of the 2018 winners, revealing their secrets to success. Up next: our 2018 Energy Management winners, Brau Union Österreich AG.
Speaker line-up confirmed for edie's green buildings webinar
Sustainability and energy representatives from the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Landsec and EDF Energy are all set to feature in a live edie webinar focused on green buildings, taking place 27 September.
ISO 50001 revised to reflect changing energy landscape
The ISO 50001 energy management standard has been revised for the first time since it was published to account for trends such as rising energy costs and climate change.
Google 'taking AI to the next level' to cut data centre energy use
Google is now allowing its artificial intelligence (AI) system - rather than its staff - to directly control its data centre cooling system as a way of lowering emissions and energy consumption.
Ball Corporation commits to science-based targets tackling supply chain emissions
Global packaging firm Ball Corporation has set new science-based targets within the company's direct operations and across its supply chain to reduce its emissions intensity by 58% by 2030.
Aldi on track to be carbon-neutral by 2019
Discount supermarket chain Aldi has today (August 9) announced it is on track to achieve carbon neutrality in its operations in the UK and Ireland by the end of next year, following a string of multi-million-pound investments in renewable energy arrays and energy efficiency measures.
Upgrade home electricity supply systems to unlock low-carbon technologies, says REA
The single "phase" electricity supply system, which has been the norm in UK homes since before the Second World War, should be scrapped for new homes, a report has urged.
Chemicals giant to slash emissions following ISO 50001 certification
Chemical production and innovation giant Borealis has announced a new aim of reducing its carbon footprint by 360,000 tonnes of CO2e each year, after achieving the latest internationally recognised standard for energy management systems.
IEA warns of 'worrying trend' as global investment in renewables falls
The world's energy watchdog has sounded the alarm over a "worrying" pause in the shift to clean energy after global investment in renewables fell 7% to $318bn (£240bn) last year.
Molson Coors gets stamp of approval for science-based target
Multinational brewer Molson Coors has had its target of halving greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its operations by 2025 approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).
Mission Possible Workshops report: 8 key sustainable business challenges, and how to solve them
This edie insight report, produced in association with E.ON, showcases the outputs of eight interlinked workshop discussions which saw groups of sustainability and energy professionals solve key challenges that they face on their respective missions to achieve a sustainable future.
Mayors urge EU to aim for net-zero emissions by 2050
The mayors of ten major European cities -including Paris, London, Milan and Barcelona - have issued a joint call for the EU to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement.
London Mayor launches £500m energy efficiency fund for businesses
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today (July 9) launched a £500m fund to help SMEs, universities and public-sector organisations across the capital install energy efficiency measures in their buildings as part of his bid for London to become a "zero-carbon" city by 2050.
The Climate Group launches global initiative to fast-track corporate LED uptake
The organisation acting as a driving force in the corporate transition to renewables, electric vehicles and energy productivity has today (July 6) called on the private sector to slash energy demand from the built environment by switching to LED lighting.