Carbon budget

DEFINITION: The UK Government has set five-yearly carbon budgets which currently run until 2032. They restrict the amount of greenhouse gases the UK can legally emit in a five-year period. The UK’s Fifth carbon budget aims to limit the annual emissions to 57% below 1990 levels by the year 2032.

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Seven years on from the opening of one of the most sustainable data centres in the world, IT consulting firm Capgemini is still using the key learnings from the low-carbon project to "accelerate" beyond its carbon reduction goals.

Adrian Gault believes the business community has waited for too long for a clear direction on the low-carbon economy from Westminster

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Labour's Alan Whitehead labelled the Conservatives' delayed release of the Clean Growth Plan

Shadow Energy Minister slams 'deplorable' delay of Clean Growth Plan

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The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) warns that “it is no longer justified or wise” to delay publication of the long-awaited Clean Growth Plan

Further delay of climate plans could derail UK's low-carbon shift, warns CCC

Ministers could derail the UK's low-carbon transition unless they deliver urgent new plans to reduce emissions across the country, the Government's independent climate advisory body has warned.

The 38-page sustainability report outlines Heathrow's aim to ensure the Airport's expansion is seen as

Green buildings focus helps Heathrow hit 2020 carbon reduction target

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The retailer has cut absolute carbon emissions by more than 20% since 2005 and is on track to achieve a 30% reduction target set for 2020

Sainsbury's commits to 100% LED lighting by 2020

Sainsbury's has become the first supermarket in the UK to make a commitment to switch to 100% LED lighting by 2020.

Cheaper gas has seen emissions from that area rise by 12.5% as a result, and emissions from oil also increased by 1.6%

UK carbon emissions fall by 5.8% in 2016, analysis finds

A huge decline in coal use saw national carbon emissions in the UK fall by 5.8% in 2016, reaching its lowest recorded levels in almost 100 years, analysts have claimed.

The East coast of England was identified as a prime location for CCS deployment, based on its large emissions base and access to the offshore sites

No technical barriers for large-scale, low-cost UK CCS deployment, report finds

The UK has "more than enough" potential Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) sites to meet legally binding 2050 carbon targets in a cost-effective manner, which could save up to £2bn annually throughout the 2020s.

Measures to reach the new target include reopening a specialised climate change fund for applications in the next two years and establishing an advisory panel

Scotland eyes 90% emissions reduction target

The Scottish Government has proposed to increase its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target to 90% below 1990 levels by 2050, the climate change secretary Roseanna Cunningham has announced.

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Greener UK debate: Parties trade blows over environmental ambitions ahead of election

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Waitrose rolls out Europe's first 500-mile biomethane trucks

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The office’s initial work will lead a collaborative gas industry bid for around £15 million Network Innovation Competition funding to provide “compelling safety evidence

Hydrogen gas grid for Leeds moves a step closer

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In practice: GSK funds UK's first carbon-neutral laboratory

Designed for Nottingham University and built by engineering firm AECOM, the new GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry project is a world-first, earning the highest certifications under the BREEAM and LEED standards and driving impressive savings.

The report warns that CCS and nuclear - such as the Dukovany plant (pictured) - offer limited growth prospects compared to renewables

Europe's energy giants set to overshoot Paris Agreement 'carbon budget'

Europe's major utilities companies are "locked" into high emission projects, placing €14bn of earnings at risk unless they realign strategies with the goals of the Paris Agreement, a new CDP report has found.

Even under a worst-case scenario of the outlined transition, the report still expects GDP to grow by 0.6%

Energy transition of 'exceptional scope' can unlock $10trn annually

Global energy-related carbon emissions can be reduced by 70% by 2050, generating $10trn a year in benefits, if countries ramp-up national commitments to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement, a new report has found.

Statoil’s oil and gas production, and subsequent emissions, are already below the industry average, with the firm emitting more than 15 million tonnes of CO2 in 2016

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The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) is “deeply disappointed” with the Treasury’s inaction to adequately factor in long-term sustainability risks into its decisions

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Land Securities has installed the first hydrogen fuel cell at the BREEAM rated Walkie-Talkie skyscraper (left) in London, which also has roof-mounted solar panels

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Bywaters has reduced its carbon emissions by around 45% and saved more than 640 tonnes of CO2 since February 2016

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Hyundai’s Ioniq model has a range of 280km and is the world’s first car with three electrified powertrains

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The Green Investment Group (GIG) will look to invest at least £3bn of new investment into the green economy over the next three years under Macquarie’s ownership

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By using waste heat, CHP plants can reach efficiency ratings as high as 80%, compared with the efficiency of gas-fired power stations which is around 50% in the UK

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Smurfit Kappa's €134m (£120m) investment in new technologies at its Nettingsdorf Paper Mill will significantly reduce emissions while increasing production output

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The current downward trend in emissions has placed the UK on track to surpass its second carbon budget, which requires a 29% reduction in emissions below 1990 levels

Coal phase-out sees UK emissions tumble by 4%

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PwC insists that improved techniques for analysing big data have the potential to deliver better planning decisions and real-time operational outcomes that can improve sustainability

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New planning models which adopt collaborative and tech-savvy approaches are required to create future sustainable and connected transport systems, according to a new report from PwC.

Bond financing will be launched on the company’s new crowdfunding platform Mongoose Crowd, which has already raised more than £1m for green energy projects in the UK since June

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TfL claims that the London fund will support innovative new approaches, such as using lampposts as charging stations

London boroughs to add 1,500 electric vehicle charging points

The Greater London Authority (GLA) and Transport for London (TfL) have allocated £4.5m to 25 London boroughs to roll-out 1,500 new charging points for electric vehicles (EVs) across the capital.

Dieter Helm's review will consider the role of technologies such as electric vehicles, energy storage, robotics and artificial intelligence

Dieter Helm to lead cost of energy review

Professor Dieter Helm has been appointed to lead the cost of energy review promised in the Conservative manifesto and Industrial Strategy, Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has announced.

The low-carbon systems utilised throughout the facility have resulted in a 45% reduction in energy use compared to an industry-standard data centre

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Interserve's head of sustainability and finance director Tim Haywood believes companies should look beyond the economic impacts of technology purchases to find solutions that offer wider benefits

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From January 2018, no more new diesel taxis will be licensed in London

Van and taxi drivers offered pathway to electric vehicle transition

Drivers of old and polluting vans and taxis have been offered fast-track options and incentives to purchase electric vehicles (EVs), with revamps to licensing and a new £42m taxi fund set to increase compliance with the diesel vehicle phase-out.

According to the University of Washington study, there is a 90% likelihood that temperatures will rise between 2C and 4.9C by 2100

Planet has just 5% chance of reaching Paris climate goal, study says

There is only a 5% chance that the Earth will avoid warming by at least 2C come the end of the century, according to new research that paints a sobering picture of the international effort to stem dangerous climate change.

HEAL’s report calls on government’s around the world to switch off the subsidies tap

Fossil fuel subsidies racking up trillions in health costs

Health costs related to fossil fuel use outweigh taxpayer-funded subsidies by 600%, according to a new study that insists governments should stop pumping money into dirty energy sources.

The station in Leyland can serve up to 600 HGVs daily and has certified 100% renewable gas, which qualifies for Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates

UK high-pressure gas refuelling station records substantial drop in emissions

The UK's biggest gas network operator Cadent has confirmed that the UK's first high-pressure gas refuelling station has reduced the emissions of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) used by the likes of Waitrose by 84% compared to diesel equivalents.

The new £10 note will be issued on 14 September 2017, and has been described by Carney as “safer, stronger and cleaner”

New £5 and £10 banknotes have smaller lifetime carbon impact

New £5 and £10 notes unveiled by the Bank of England earlier this month have carbon footprints 16% and 8% lower than previous paper versions, new analysis from the Carbon Trust has revealed.

The Air Quality Plan will help local authorities reduce emissions by retrofitting the most polluting diesel vehicles and changing road layouts

Air Quality Plan: Diesel and petrol cars banned by 2040, £255m to tackle pollution blackspots

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has today unveiled the Government's long-awaited Air Quality Plan, which includes a ban on all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 and a £255m fund to help councils crack down on emissions.

ETI argues that delivery of energy crops must be balanced with the demand for land use from other agricultural sectors

ETI: UK-grown biomass can support farmers and deliver carbon savings

Planting 1.4m hectares of non-food crops dedicated to the production of bioenergy can deliver "genuine" emissions savings and provide a degree of income security for UK farmers, according to new research from ETI.

For future targets, waste will be tackled alongside existing goals to conserve water as part of a wider aim of “improving resource efficiency”

Interserve updates sustainability targets to account for business growth

Construction firm Interserve has set new sustainability goals for 2020 and 2025 to better reflect the "sheer scale and change" of the business, which has reduced construction waste by a quarter and carbon emissions by almost 20% since 2013.

Energy storage technology could work well with electric vehicles by allowing the energy from cars to power large buildings

Energy storage: UK set for new battery research centre with Government funding

Business Secretary Greg Clark has announced details of the first phase of a four-year £246m investment into battery technology as part of the Government's drive towards a low-carbon industrial strategy.

Mark Kenber took the reins at Mongoose Energy in April after spending more than 20 years playing an influential role in international climate policy

Decentralised energy will revolutionise sustainable business, claims Mongoose Energy boss

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses that invest in decentralised energy systems can enjoy the triple benefit of economic value, security of supply and "telling a good story", the new chief executive of community energy supplier Mongoose Energy has told edie.

Of the 12 mining companies benchmarked on climate issues within the report, only one has a commitment to fully decarbonise by 2050

CDP: Top mining firms risking $16bn in climate costs

The world's largest mining companies are producing up to $16bn in emissions costs in their value chain, according to a report released today (20 July) by climate change research provider CDP.

It is estimated that distributed energy could save customers more than £1.6bn a year

UK Power Networks outlines smart energy vision

The UK's largest electricity distributor has today (17 July) unveiled its intention to become a Distribution System Operator (DSO) as part of its vision to help deliver a smart, flexible energy system.

Other notable achievements include a 70% waste recycling rate at JLL UK’s Norwich and London headquarters

JLL UK targets 100% renewables and zero waste to landfill in new 2020 targets

Real estate specialists and investment management firm JLL is chasing 100% renewable electricity and zero waste to landfill offices as part of a new corporate sustainability agenda for 2020.

Under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations order, biofuel must be blended into petrol and diesel in the UK today at a rate of 4.75%

Biofuels needed but some more polluting than fossil fuels, report warns

Biofuel use needs to increase to help fight climate change as liquid fuels will be needed by aircraft and ships for many decades to come, finds a new report requested by the UK government.

The Cranfield study found that a typical aluminium engined car would need to be driven for between 185,000km and 560,000km before any emission reductions were made from lower fuel use

Consumers 'misled' on green benefits of lightweight car engines

Researchers are calling for the introduction of energy rating labelling for all motor vehicles after evidence found that green regulations are misleading customers about the environmental benefits of lightweight aluminium engines.

Production of the electric taxis will take place at the company’s new £325m facility in Coventry. Photo: LEVC

Black cab turns green as London taxi firm undergoes EV rebrand

Black cabs in the capital are set to undergo a green makeover after the London Taxi Company announced a rebrand at the unveiling of its new electric model.

The report also draws attention to the rapid expansion in renewable and distributed generation

Rise of EVs could add 18GW to peak demand by 2050

The growth of electric vehicles (EVs) could add up to 18GW - or 30 per cent - to peak power demand by 2050, National Grid has predicted in its latest Future Energy Scenarios report.

The Task Force calls on companies to promote senior management into the conversations surrounding disclosure and adopt scenario analysis

Global banks worth $7trn pledge support to TCFD climate disclosure guidelines

Eleven of the world's top banks, including Barclays and Santander, have jointly committed to adopt key elements of a new international framework which seeks to improve climate transparency in the financial industry.

WRAP is calling on organisations to set a 70% target goal for sustainable cotton sourcing by 2020

WRAP's sustainable clothing plan nears water and carbon targets

More than half of the UK clothing market has achieved a collective 10% reduction in carbon emissions through a collaborative involvement with WRAP's Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP), a new report has revealed.

The building and construction industry accounts for around one-third of global emissions

ISO 16745: First global standard for measuring carbon footprint of buildings

A new international standard created to simplify the measuring and reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing buildings will "bring a response to the expectations of all", according to industry experts.

CDP insists that the fossil fuel sector can decouple growth and emissions through investments in carbon capture and storage (CCS)

CDP: Only 100 firms account for more than 70% of global emissions

Just 100 major companies, such as Shell, ExxonMobil and BP, have caused 71% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) since 1988, according to new research from global disclosure organisation CDP.

EV sales reached record heights in 2016, with 700,000 sold worldwide

'Aggressive adoption' will see EVs account for majority of new cars sales by 2040

As France announces an outright ban on the sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040, new analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has found that electric vehicles (EVs) will account for more than half of new car sales by the time the French ban is enforced.

250 kWp ground mount PV system designed and installed by HBS New Energies at the Coal Authority’s Deerplay Mine Water Treatment Scheme, Lancashire

UK Coal Authority turns to solar to offset water treatment costs

A regulatory body of the UK coal industry has named the latest contractor for a four-year renewable energy framework to offset the costs of its 75 mine water treatment sites.

The apartments at 119 Ebury Street apartments offer a number of benefits to residents including lower energy bills, improved indoor air quality and better sound-proofing

In practice: Grosvenor's highly sustainable redevelopment of a heritage building

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland's building project at 119 Ebury Street, Belgravia, is the UK's first listed building to achieve BREEAM 'Outstanding', utilising a range of low-carbon technologies that significantly reduce the site's environmental footprint.

The Industrial Strategy green paper provides a strong signal in areas such as green innovation and climate change resilience, but offers little help for low-carbon heat and CCS

Industrial Strategy green paper: A step in the right direction or too little, too late?

The Government has unveiled its much-anticipated Industrial Strategy, outlining plans to transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. But does the green paper offer enough tangible evidence that we are on the best pathway to a low-carbon economy?

The announcement marks a significant step in Aldi’s ambition to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% by 2020

Aldi to install 96,000 solar panels across UK stores this year

German discount supermarket chain Aldi has today (5 July) announced it will install 96,000 solar panels across more than 50 UK stores by the end of 2017.

CWG's latest CSR report reveals that the business is considering the adoption of science-based targets

Canary Wharf Group reduces emissions despite portfolio expansion

Canary Wharf Group (CWG) has managed to reduce emissions by 14.4% across its estate despite increasing its portfolio in the last year, according to the British property company's latest CSR report.

The certification can reduce overhead costs, bringing more retrofit projects to the market

'Investor-ready' green certification project rolled-out for district energy and street lighting

A green certification project aimed at standardising how building projects are measured and developed to accelerate investment opportunities has received backing from the Horizon 2020 programme to expand across Europe.

The company attributes some of the success of its carbon reduction goal to its LEAN Energy scheme, which engages employees in a “culture of conservation”

Kimberly-Clark struggles with post-consumer waste as it surpasses carbon goal

Personal care consumer product manufacturer Kimberly-Clark has surpassed a 2016 emissions goal, and is forging ahead towards a 20% reduction by 2022, as outlined in the company's latest sustainability report.

WSP was a finalist in the edie Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017 in the Carbon Management category

WSP aims for carbon-neutrality by 2025

Engineering consulting firm WSP has revealed plans to become carbon-neutral by 2025 as part of a wide-ranging new sustainability strategy.

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Entries are now open for the 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards, which recognise the incredible people, initiatives and products that are helping to deliver excellence within the green economy.

The UK is the biggest importer of wood pellets in the European Union (EU), shipping in more than seven million tonnes from the US and Canada in 2015

UK's biomass ambition: Low-cost solution or forest full of loopholes?

A new report has outlined that using waste and biomass for gasification can help the UK meet its 2050 carbon targets at a lower cost to the economy, on the same day that research condemned a biomass standard used by Drax, E.ON and DONG as a "forest of loopholes".

TCFD suggests that the value at risk, as a result of climate change, to global manageable assets ranges from $4.2trn to $43trn between now and the end of the century

TCFD: Businesses worth $2trn back final climate disclosure recommendations

More than 100 businesses including Unilever, Barclays and HSBC, have publicly committed to support the final recommendations listed by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), which seeks to disclose climate information as part of mainstream financial statements.

Sustainability professionals and green groups are calling for the new UK Government to step up its green policy ambition and finally release a number of key environmental frameworks

It's time for ACTION: 14 green policy priorities for the new UK Government - Part two

A decentralised energy system, more ambitious renewable energy targets and a stronger low-carbon heat and transport policy are all listed in the second part of edie's feature exploring the most critical areas of green policy that Theresa May's new Government must prioritise.

The reductions were delivered though investments into the Boeing 787 aircraft

Virgin Atlantic cuts aircraft emissions by 22% in 10 years

A multi-billion-dollar Boeing fleet investment, engine taxiing and weight management have together contributed to Virgin Atlantic reducing total aircraft carbon emissions by 22% since 2007, with similar footprint reductions generated for other carbon-efficiency measurements.

The members are calling for a cap of 550g of CO2 per kwh for generators receiving capacity mechanism subsidies in the EU

Energy giants back calls to cut financial support for polluting powerplants

A coalition of thirteen energy industry firms, including Siemens, Shell and Total, have launched a new joint initiative to limit the amount of state aid subsidies that are sent to highly-polluting fossil fuel plants across the European Union (EU).

UPS operates more than 8,300 alternative fuel and advance technology vehicles globally

UPS focuses on renewables and alternative fuels to deliver new science-based target

Delivery firm UPS has today (27 June) unveiled a new science-based target to reduce carbon emissions by 12% by 2025, alongside goals to source a quarter of its electricity needs from renewables and a scale-up of its alternative fuels programme.

IBM said that the company has saved more than $600m, avoided 4.4 million metric tonnes of CO2 emissions and conserved 7.2 million MWh since 1990

IBM slashes emissions by 38% in just over a decade

Tech giant IBM has slashed its energy consumption by more than one-third since 2005, the company has revealed.

Policy Exchange has called upon Ministers to develop a technology-neutral strategy that involves new technologies such as hydrogen and natural gas vehicles

Policy Exchange: Government must act to stem £170bn loss in fuel duty tax receipts

The Government must consider how it will recover a forecasted £170bn hole in lost fuel duty tax receipts if the UK remains on course to hit the energy targets set out in the Fifth Carbon Budget, a new report from think tank Policy Exchange has warned.

Royal Mail delivers letters and parcels to around 30m UK addresses and is anticipating an increase in parcel volume, and therefore a greater demand on fuel consumption and heavy truck uses

Royal Mail delivers carbon reduction goal four years early

The UK's largest delivery company Royal Mail, has surpassed a 20% carbon reduction target four years early, and will strive to maintain carbon intensity levels over the next few years as business demands evolve.

Hinkley Point C is among the projects expected to be negatively affected by UK’s planned withdrawal from the Euratom treaty

UK on track to miss carbon emissions target due to stalled energy policy

The UK's ambitious target of slashing carbon emissions by more than half within 13 years is at risk because of government dithering on energy policy, industry professionals have warned.

The investment will help further increase efficiency across the supply chain and support CCEP’s goal to reduce the carbon footprint of the drink in the consumer’s hand by one third by 2020

Coca-Cola European Partners cuts carbon with £39m automation investment

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has announced a £39m automation investment which the bottling company claims will save 3,867 tonnes of CO2 a year.

The Energy Systems Catapult is receiving £9.8m for its smart systems and heat programme

BEIS to invest £35m in heat innovation projects

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is to invest £35m in two heat innovation projects centred around smart systems and hydrogen gas as alternatives to conventional gas-grid connected domestic heating.

Under the proposal, a $40 carbon tax, rising over time, would be levied on emissions in order to encourage a shift towards renewable energy sources such as solar and wind

Exxon, BP and Shell back carbon tax proposal to curb emissions

Oil giants ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Total are among a group of large corporations supporting a plan to tax carbon dioxide emissions in order to address climate change.

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Queen's Speech: Government reiterates support for Paris Agreement and low-carbon Industrial Strategy

The Queen's Speech has outlined the Government's commitment to maintain global climate change leadership, alongside proposals to ensure the electric vehicle (EV) market begins to thrive over the upcoming years.

The Environment Agency is encouraging businesses to begin carrying out energy audits before the ESOS Phase 2 compliance deadline of 5 December 2019

ESOS: Government begins issuing non-compliance fines as Phase 2 begins

With the second phase of the UK Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) now underway, the Environment Agency has revealed that hundreds of organisations will be hit with large fines for failing to comply with Phase 1 of the mandatory scheme.

The outcome is slightly more generous than the original consultation which proposed reducing the benefit to around £2/kW

Ofgem condemned for slashing subsidies for small-scale energy generation

Energy regulator Ofgem has faced accusations of "hammering" the financial viability of low-carbon projects, after it confirmed subsidies made to small-scale electricity generators will fall by up to 93%.

Sustainability professionals and green groups are calling for the new UK Government to step up its green policy ambition and finally release a number of key environmental frameworks

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New consumer products like Tesla’s grid-connected home battery, along with small-scale solar, are becoming more popular, and are tipped to revolutionise the way power is stored

Storage 'not fundamentally needed' for future power grid, scientists say

The emergence of household batteries, along with small-scale solar photovoltaic and plug-in electric cars, is tipped to transform electricity storage, according to a new state-of-the-art report by European science academies. But experts claim storage is not actually fundamentally needed.

The inaugural league table was published this week, using data from January to March, and placed British Airways, Aer Lingus and Etihad Airways at the top of the rankings

Heathrow expands airline league table to incentivise emissions reductions

The 50 busiest operating airlines at Heathrow Airport are being incentivised to reduce emissions and noise in their operations through a new public ranking system.

sustainability and energy management experts from manufacturing firms across the country came together to discuss the potential solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the sector

Sustainable manufacturing roundtable: Turning challenges into opportunities

Sustainability and energy management experts from some of the world's biggest businesses recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and British Gas, to explore the role of the manufacturing sector in shaping the future of energy.

BP research shows that the UK more than halved its own coal consumption in 2016

Global carbon emissions flat for third straight year, BP study shows

Global carbon emissions remained flat for the third consecutive year, according to a BP study, which shows the fuel mix shifting away from coal towards low-carbon sources and energy efficiency.

From CFO to CSR: Christine Hodgson's move from finance to CSR has given her a unique insight into how to secure buy-in for sustainability projects

Bridging the gap: How Capgemini's new CSR head has gained valuable insight into boardroom buy-in

EXCLUSIVE: Global IT consultancy Capgemini has appointed its former chief financial officer, Christine Hodgson, as its head of group corporate social responsibility. edie took the opportunity to sit down with the new promotee to discuss the key challenge of securing funding for sustainability projects.

Unilever's headquarters at 100 Victoria Embankment in London, which are now carbon-neutral from energy sources. Photo: Jonathan Pagel/Flickr

Unilever achieves carbon-neutrality at 5 UK sites following green gas deal

Just over a year on from announcing its pioneering pledge to become a carbon-positive business by 2030, Unilever has signed a contract to use biomethane to power five of its sites across the UK and Ireland.

The National Clean Air Day will see local schools, hospitals and communities across UK cities run events and inspire other local residents to act for their own health and the health of local children

Report: Britons willing to pay £1bn to tackle air pollution

Coinciding with the UK's first ever National Clean Air Day (15 June), new research has shown that the general public want to ringfence £1bn a year to tackle air pollution.

The platform's first priority is to investigate the potential for energy storage to help cost-effectively integrate wind energy into the grid

Energy industry launches low-carbon innovation platform

A group of utilities giants including Centrica, DONG Energy and SSE have teamed up to launch a new innovation platform which aims to solve the barriers to a low-cost, low-carbon energy system.

Nick Hurd has said that the Government will address carbon performances in the upcoming Emissions Reduction Plan, which the Climate Minister claimed would be released in the next few months

Nick Hurd: Brexit offers the flexibility to strengthen Britain's decarbonisation commitments

Climate Change Minister Nick Hurd has insisted that Brexit will give the UK the opportunity to look at the low-carbon transition through a "prism of national interests" that could lead to significant economic growth, but only if the Government can overcome multiple "difficult challenges".

Together Towards Zero sets 2030 targets for carbon, water, zero irresponsible drinking and a zero accidents culture that are “much bigger in scale and scope” than previous aims

Carlsberg targets zero-emission breweries under industry-leading sustainability strategy

EXCLUSIVE: Carlsberg has launched a new "industry-leading" sustainability strategy that aims to push beyond the company's own group strategy and exceed science-based recommendations by eliminating carbon emissions and halving water usage at breweries by 2030.

Since 1996, Interface has reduced its cradle-to-gate carbon emissions from products from an average of 20kg per square metre to around 7kg

Interface unveils 'carbon-negative' carpet tile prototype

Using innovative plant-derived materials, global flooring manufacturer Interface has unveiled a first-of-its-kind carpet tile with a negative carbon footprint.

Decreasing costs, longer battery ranges and an increasing number of charging points are driving demand for electric vehicles

Electric cars accelerate past 2 million mark globally

The number of electric cars in the world accelerated past the two million barrier last year, as prices fell and manufacturers launched new models.

Although Polman called for swift business actions, delegates at the event warned that “bold and fast” commitments could become susceptible to greenwashing

Paul Polman: Businesses must champion sustainability in era of 'short-sighted' politics

Unilever's chief executive Paul Polman has called on the business community to deliver the low-carbon transition during a period of "short-sighted" politics, while business leaders from McDonald's, SC Johnson and C&A have advised that consumer trust must be at the heart of action.

Many businesses already utilising fleet management and telematics technology have reported fuel savings of as much as two gallons per vehicle per day

Driving change: How can businesses increase efficiency for a greener fleet?

Whether it's the rollout of electric vehicles (EVs), the use of telematics, or the strategic positioning of distribution centres, there is now a multitude of options available to businesses looking to reduce fleet emissions. But which is the best route to take? edie's George Ogleby investigates.