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.
BEIS cuts projection for greenhouse gas emissions
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has lowered its projection for greenhouse gas emissions during the fourth and fifth carbon budgets.
New initiative to prove marine energy's potential
The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and RenewableUK have launched a new project to show how wave and tidal technologies can meet new technology tests.
UK will be 'pretty close' to reaching fifth carbon budget, says Climate Change Minister
Climate Change Minister Claire Perry today confirmed the Government will look to provide support for onshore wind, as she faced a grilling from MPs over the UK's ability to achieve its mid-term decarbonisation goals.
Microsoft shoots for Paris Agreement with 75% emissions reduction goal
Microsoft has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 75% by 2030, in a move that will align the technology company's decarbonisation strategy with the 2C pathway target of the Paris Agreement.
Oil refining capacity set to shrink by a quarter during low-carbon transition
A quarter of global refining capacity will leave the market or be forced to close by 2035, sparking calls for investors to be aware of the risk of "wasting capital" on new investments into the oil sector.
G20 falls behind on national decarbonisation pledges
The UK is "strongly outperforming" the rest of G20 in decoupling emissions from economic growth, but businesses and governments have been warned that the goals of the Paris Agreement won't be achieved with current decarbonisation ambitions.
Pan-industry alliance set to champion smart energy era
As a new report names Bristol and London the leaders of the smart city transition, leading UK energy organisations such as the National Grid and the Renewable Energy Association (REA) have launched a pan-industry campaign to create a smart energy pathway for technology and services.
Report calls for bonfire of energy policy 'obsessions'
A new report co-authored by Laura Sandys has called for a bonfire of the traditional "obsessions" of energy policy makers and regulators in order to enable a radically new regulatory model for the future.
Will the UK reach its carbon budget targets with the Clean Growth Strategy?
The Government's long-awaited Clean Growth Strategy details more than 50 initiatives to decarbonise the UK economy in line with the fourth and fifth carbon budgets, but does the ambition have enough quantifiable targets in place to deliver?
Reaction round-up: What does the green economy make of the Clean Growth Strategy?
The Government has pledged numerous multi-billion-pound investments to drive down carbon emissions across the economy as part of the Clean Growth Strategy, but does it "breathe new life" into the low-carbon sector or do the details "fall short"?
National Grid measures real-time system inertia for the first time
For the first time ever, the National Grid has successfully measured and monitored continuous grid stability across an entire network, in a move that could reduce end-customer costs and carbon emissions in the UK.
Best performance to date unlikely to help English universities hit carbon goals
English universities have achieved their best year-on-year reduction in carbon emissions to date, although an annual 7% reduction is unlikely to put the sector on track to meet a 2020 carbon reduction target.
Seven things you probably didn't know about the UK's regional carbon emissions
With air quality charges and a phase-out of older, polluting vehicles set to come into effect, edie trawls new data from the Government and vehicle finance provider Moneybarn to highlight seven surprising statistics regarding local authority efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
BT sets 87% carbon reduction target to help meet Paris Agreement goals
After reaching a carbon target four years ahead of schedule, BT is setting itself on the path to help limit global warming to 1.5C through a new science-based target to reduce emissions by 87% by 2030 against a 2016/17 baseline.
World set to exhaust carbon budget in 2040s, despite predicted energy plateau
A "watershed moment in human history" will occur in 2030 as energy demand plateaus, although the rapid decarbonisation of the global energy supply will still deplete the carbon budget for the goals of the Paris Agreement by 2041.
Energy industry must embrace '3D transition' to sustainable future, say former Big Six bosses
Britain's 'Bix Six' utility companies must rapidly adapt and find a new role in an energy system which is undergoing the "3D transition" of decarbonisation, digitisation and decentralisation, a new report by industry experts has concluded.
How a data centre from 2010 is helping Capgemini towards its 2020 sustainability goals
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.
Government must seize economic opportunity of low-carbon innovation, says climate adviser
EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government must invest in low-carbon innovation now or risk significantly raising the cost of meeting the fourth and fifth carbon budgets, the chief economist of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has told edie.
Shadow Energy Minister slams 'deplorable' delay of Clean Growth Plan
EXCLUSIVE: The continued delay of a long-term strategy to decarbonise the UK is a matter of "considerable shame" for the Government, according to Labour's Shadow Energy & Climate Change Minister Alan Whitehead.
Clean Growth Strategy 'not enough' to meet UK's carbon targets, climate advisers warn
Urgent action is needed to flesh out current plans in the Clean Growth Strategy in order to meet the UK's fourth and fifth carbon budgets, the Government's climate change watchdog has cautioned.
Achieving Mission Possible: edie Live returns for 2018 with renewed purpose
edie Live 2018 returns to the NEC Birmingham on 22-23 May as a show with a difference. This year, the event will be tailor-made to help sustainability, energy and resource professionals achieve a sustainable future, today. This is Mission Possible.
UK food and drink industry halves emissions
Coca-Cola, Mars and Mondelez are among a group of major food and drink manufacturers that have reduced carbon emissions by 51% against a 1990 baseline.
Figures indicate London's air quality woes are easing
For the first time since modern records began, London has entered the third week of January without breaching legal limits for toxic NO2 air pollution.
Ford receives 'hypocrisy award' despite $11bn EV rollout
Ford has announced it is going "all in" on the electric vehicle (EV) market with an $11bn plan to rollout 40 new vehicles, but that hasn't stopped Greenpeace for delivering a "2018 Hypocrisy Award" to the carmaker for an alleged stance on fuel efficiency standards.
Landmark sector deal to make UK 'world leader' in low-carbon mobility
A new automotive sector deal between the UK Government and industry players including Ford and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will see £52.8m invested in low-carbon vehicle projects.
Keele University launches Europe's first at-scale smart energy living laboratory
Siemens has been appointed to transform a West Midlands University campus into the largest integrated, living laboratory for smart energy, gas and heating technologies.
London to gain additional 1,000 EV charge points
London's electric vehicle transition has moved a step closer with the news that the capital's leading charging network is ready to deploy an additional 1,000 charge points across the city.
Work underway for England's 'largest' district ground source system
Developers have secured a contract to deliver England's "biggest shared ground loop heat pump system", which is expected to reduce the energy bills of local residents by up to 50%.
Taking the lead on energy: Latest edie guide showcases 10 business examples of low-carbon innovation
Organisations looking to revamp their energy management approach in 2018 can take inspiration from edie's new best-practice report which rounds up 10 shining examples of businesses that are driving the energy transition.
Transparency, Trump and tipping points: The key trends that could define sustainability in 2018
EXCLUSIVE: The green economy in 2018 will likely be shaped by a corporate drive to increase financial disclosure, a "tipping point" for major clean technologies, and a pendulum swing in global sustainability leadership towards the developing world.
London City Corporation rolls out electric cargo bike service
Following a successful pilot during the Christmas period, businesses operating within certain Congestion Charge zones will be given access to a cargo bike delivery scheme aimed at curbing toxic air pollution in London.
UK government spells out plan to shut down coal plants
One of the UK's eight remaining coal power stations is expected to cease generating electricity this year, the government has said as it laid out new rules that will force all the plants to close by 2025.
UK's largest battery storage portfolio unveiled
The UK's biggest portfolio of utility-scale enhanced frequency response battery storage sites has been completed.
Boots reaches carbon goal three years early
Following the implementation of behavior change and energy monitoring programmes, Boots UK has surpassed a 30% carbon reduction target three years ahead of schedule.
Test bed: Deutsche Post DHL's emissions-neutral electric vehicle
In 2017, Deutsche Post DHL Group set a goal to make its entire logistics fleet zero emissions by 2050. The company is now testing technology to create the world's first ever "emissions-neutral" vehicle fleet.
Diesels suffer as UK low-carbon car sales soar in 2017
New figures show that a record number of electric and hybrid cars were registered in Britain last year, as sales for diesel cars continued to decline amid taxes and pollution fears.
Carbon footprint of Scottish homes slashed by 25%
Scottish households have reduced their emissions footprint by an average of 25% in eight years thanks to the growth of renewables and improved energy efficiency measures, new analysis has found.
Five reasons to be cheerful about the green economy in 2018
From heightened corporate investment in clean energy sources, to an accelerated shift towards resource efficiency and new environmental legislation, we look at some of the major reasons to be optimistic about the outlook of the green economy in 2018.
edie Explains: Greening your fleet
What are the business benefits of transitioning to low-carbon vehicles? Which fuel types are the most efficient? And what role can technology play in changing driver behaviours? This free edie Explains guide provides everything you need to know when it comes to greening your fleet.
Make 2018 the year to green your fleet with edie's latest business guide
Organisations looking to reduce vehicle fuel use, emissions and costs now have access to a new edie Explains guide which breaks down everything you need to know when it comes to greening your fleet.
Heathrow increases environmental charges for aircrafts
Heathrow Airport has announced that it is increasing its environmental charges for aircrafts by 7%, as part of a move to incentivise airlines to deploy cleaner and newer aircrafts to lower emissions and noise pollution.
Electric van trials helped deliver Christmas presents to Londoners
Electric vans helped deliver an average of 80,000 parcels a week across London during the Christmas period, as the city's Mayor Sadiq Khan continues to combat rising air pollution in the capital.
UK enjoys 'greenest year ever' in 2017
Britain achieved its 'greenest year ever' in 2017 thanks to 13 new records across the clean energy sector, according to analysis from WWF.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from edie!
As 2017 draws to a close, the edie team is now off for a well-deserved break until the New Year, but we thought we'd leave you with a few festive treats to keep you up to date with the year's biggest sustainability stories.
EU ministers stumble towards joint position on future energy laws
Energy ministers on Monday (18 December) took well over 15 hours to agree common positions on four clean energy draft pieces of EU legislation ahead of a final round of talks in 2018 with the European Parliament and Commission.
What can we learn from China's launch of the world's largest carbon market?
China has today (19 December) signalled its intent to address climate change with the launch of the world's largest carbon market.
UK firms urged to seize £14bn electric vehicle opportunity
UK businesses could make annual fuel savings of around £14bn if all of Britain's vans and HGVs switched to electric alternatives, according to a new report from Hitachi Capital.
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.
Philippe Joubert: Policy frameworks will define climate action in 2018
The concept that markets can direct themselves without government guidance is a "fallacy" and policymakers must create the regulatory frameworks that enable businesses to thrive on a low-carbon pathway in 2018.
Barclays updates green bonds to capture 'compelling' economic opportunity
Barclays has signified its shift towards a low-carbon economy, by announcing a set of green finance products that will help promote sustainability in the UK and across the globe.
Green buildings focus helps Heathrow hit 2020 carbon reduction target
The installation of more than 100,000 LEDs and a rooftop solar system helped Heathrow Airport achieve a 14% year-on-year reduction in carbon emissions from its buildings, enabling the business to hit a target that was set for 2020.
Ford extends diesel scrappage scheme
Ford has announced that it is extending a scrappage scheme for older, more polluting vehicles to the first quarter of 2018, citing positive feedback from customers as the primary reason for the extension.
Climate Action 100+: New investor initiative targets top 100 corporate emitters
More than 200 of the most influential investor institutions, with more than $26.3trn in assets under management, have today (12 December) launched a new global initiative to help the 100 largest corporate emitters reduce value chain carbon footprints.
Global companies call on nations to push for 'well-below' 2C Paris target
More than 50 global companies including Unilever, M&S and Adidas have called on nations meeting in Paris to discuss climate progress, to phase-out fossil fuel subsidies by 2025 and create the framework to limit global warming increases to well below 2C.
Schneider Electric joins RE100 and EP100 initiatives
Energy and automation company Schneider Electric has signed up to the Climate Group's RE100 initiative to source renewable energy and the EP100 initiative to double energy productivity by 2030.
Report calls for UK Government to devolve carbon budgets to regional levels
The UK Government has been urged to devolve national carbon budgets down to regional levels in order to create socioeconomic benefits that can be captured by promoting low-carbon job growth across specific areas of the UK, a new report has suggested.
Citu aims to 'disrupt' construction industry with low-carbon housing scheme
Urban developer Citu has unveiled the first glimpses of a timber-framed housing system that is up to ten times more energy efficient than standard UK homes, with production practices also able to reduce the carbon footprint of construction by 24,000 tonnes annually.
Heathrow to install rapid charge points for electric black cabs
Heathrow Airport has revealed that it is actively collaborating with Transport for London to install seven rapid charging points for electric taxis by the end of this month, with the airport also announcing the delivery of its 50th electric vehicle (EV).
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.
Lendlease named UK's most sustainable housebuilder
International property group Lendlease has been ranked the most sustainable residential developer by the NextGeneration initiative.
UK banking performance at odds with Government's green finance leadership ambitions
The UK Government's ambition to promote the UK as a global leader of green finance post-Brexit is already at risk, with a new report finding that French banks have shown "marked leadership in green banking" because of innovative new legislation.
In practice: AccorHotels' new project targeting BREEAM excellent certification
Ahead of edie's flagship Sustainability Leaders Awards in January, edie is taking a closer look at some of the projects initiatives that have been deemed worthy of a finalist position by our expert judges. Up next: AccorHotels' new London hotel.
Power networks pledge to deliver £17bn of smart grid benefits
Electricity network operators will today (6 December) pledge to deliver £17 billion of energy system benefits by 2050 through the creation of a smarter, more flexible power grid.
Waste and renewables sectors call on UK to realise integrated energy system opportunity
Fulfiling the "significant opportunity" offered by the integration of readily available low-carbon technologies across the UK's energy system will require greater collaboration between the public and private sector.
Building for 2050: Can the Government's low-carbon housing venture deliver homes fit for the future?
With the UK housebuilding sector under the spotlight at both at a national level and in the sustainability agenda, edie caught up with Aecom's regional director to discuss how the firm's latest research project aims to help developers deliver lost-cost, low-carbon housing across the country.
edie explains: ISO 50001
This ISO 50001 guide, produced in association with edie's supporting partner NQA, provides an in-depth summary of the ISO 50001 Standard which can be used by an organisation to establish and maintain a continuous level of energy performance improvements.
Airbus, Rolls Royce and Siemens aim for electric plane lift-off by 2020
Airbus, Rolls Royce and Siemens have teamed up to develop a hybrid-electric plane which the group hopes will be ready to fly in 2020.
Swindon to host one of UK's largest battery projects
Public Power Solutions, a company owned by Swindon Borough Council, has submitted a planning application to build one of the UK's largest battery storage projects.
UK construction industry aims to halve emissions in built environment by 2025
The Government has struck an agreement with the construction industry in a deal which aims to halve emissions in the built environment over the next eight years.
Coventry to host UK's first EV battery research centre
The Government has confirmed that Coventry will be the home of the UK's first battery development facility, set up to help make the UK a world-leader in EV technology and innovation.
Northern Powergrid to create 'virtual' local energy market
Northern Powergrid has unveiled plans to use computer modelling and laboratory demos to create a "virtual" local energy market as part of a new innovation scheme.
Shell doubles up on green spending and vows to halve carbon footprint
Shell has doubled its spending on clean power and bowed to shareholder pressure by promising to halve the carbon footprint of the energy it sells by 2050, as the oil giant said it was stepping up its ambitions on green energy.
UK firms urged to decarbonise to stay competitive
Key British business sectors will need to step up the pace of decarbonisation or risk losing their grip on the low-carbon market to foreign competition, a report has today (29 November) warned.
New waste-to-energy park could power 10% of London homes
A London-based waste firm has revealed plans to build a £500m low-carbon energy park which could help power up to 10% of London's households by converting residual waste into green electricity.
Industrial Strategy launched: Clean growth at core of UK's vision for economic prosperity
Business Secretary Greg Clark has today (27 November) launched the UK's much-anticipated Industrial Strategy, which sets out a vision for clean technology and innovation to play a key role in boosting the UK's long-term economic prospects.
MPs to scrutinise Government's green finance strategy
MPs have launched a wide-ranging investigation looking at how the UK Government aims to fulfil its pledge to become a "world leader" in green finance.
Industrial Strategy: Green business reaction
The green business community has broadly praised the UK's newly-launched Industrial Strategy for recognising clean energy as a top priority for British industry.
Carlsberg unveils first carbon-neutral brewery
Beverage giant Carlsberg has launched its first brewery with zero-carbon emissions, as part of the Danish firm's overarching pledge to achieve carbon-neutral status by 2030.
EVs could provide 11GW grid capacity by 2030, research claims
Electric vehicles (EV) could deliver more than 11GW of flexible capacity to the grid by 2030, according to new analysis from a leading energy technology firm.
Clean Growth Strategy 'flexibilities' could put Paris goals at risk
The aspirations of the Clean Growth Strategy have been praised as a "step in the right direction" by green economy experts, but concerns have been raised that the Government's willingness to rely on banking and borrowing from carbon budgets could put the goals of the Paris Agreement at risk.
Budget 2017: Chancellor takes action on air quality, electric vehicles and plastic waste
Chancellor Philip Hammond has today pledged to build an economy "fit for the future" by announcing new air quality funding, tax incentives for electric cars, and measures to combat plastic waste in his 2017 Autumn Budget.
Xerox aiming for verified science-based target for 2018
EXCLUSIVE: Printing services company Xerox intends to have a verified science-based target in place when it launches new sustainability goals in 2018, as part of a commitment to the Paris Agreement that has been years in the making.
Autumn Budget preview: Five green policy hopes ahead of Philip Hammond's statement
A new levy on plastic packaging? Higher taxes for diesel vehicles? Multi-million-pound spending on EV charging infrastructure? edie previews the green-related announcements likely to be included in the Autumn Budget on Wednesday (22 November).
Five ways Tesla's new models can revolutionise the EV market
Elon Musk's surprise double reveal of a new Tesla supercar and electric semi-truck made waves over the weekend. Here, edie examines how the models could transform the EV sector in the years ahead.
London buses to be powered by waste coffee grounds
London buses will soon transport people around the capital using a fuel partly derived from waste coffee grounds, after Royal Dutch Shell and Bio-bean agreed a deal with Transport for London (TfL).
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.
What went on in Bonn: COP23 week two round-up
The second week of climate talks in Bonn came to a conclusion today (17 November), following a raft of new global alliances and climate pledges building momentum for the transition to a low-carbon future.
Formula One fridge technology to drive energy savings for Sainsbury's
Sainsbury's will become the first UK supermarket to rollout an F1 inspired fridge technology which is expected to drastically reduce the energy needed for cooling.
UK surges into top 10 low-carbon electricity rankings
Britain has for the first time entered the top 10 rankings of a league table which compares large and industrialised countries on the carbon content of power supplies.
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.
World Energy Outlook: Seven key trends shaping the low-carbon economy
A rising electrification of energy, rapid deployment of renewable energy sources, and a steady decline of the coal industry are all predicted as major shifts in the global energy scene over the next 25 years in the International Energy Association's (IEA) annual flagship publication.
In practice: Oxford University Hospitals' money-saving CHP retrofit
Oxford University Hospitals benefited from a finance procurement system that partnered the Trust with companies that could replace aging heat and power infrastructure with a combined heat and power system that would generate massive economic savings.
Kellogg's commits to 100% renewable electricity
Food giant Kellogg's has become the latest multinational to pledge to source all of its electricity needs from renewable sources.
Dutch zero-emission trains to combine biofuel with battery storage
A batch of zero-emission trains that combine regenerative electrification technology with renewable diesel have been scheduled for commercialisation for 2025, after a pan-European passenger transport firm signed a €170m contract to manufacture the vehicles in the Netherlands.
Balancing act: Storage and flexible energy vital to UK’s renewables tipping point
The cost of generating energy from wind and solar in the UK is expected to halve by 2040, but the expected future power system volatility will lead to more economic opportunities for flexible energy sources and storage capacity.
Will post-Brexit Britain choose political sovereignty over close EU climate and energy ties?
The UK will need to sacrifice some of its political sovereignty if it wants to maintain a close post-Brexit relationship with the EU over climate and energy-related affairs, according to a top former EU Commission figure.
UK Government provides £62m to combat deforestation in Latin America
The UK Government has announced two new projects worth £62m will help tackle deforestation across Latin America by promoting sustainable new business models and sourcing practices.
Street lamp charging network to power EVs in central London
Electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities which draw on 100% renewable energy from street lamp posts are set to be placed on the streets of Kensington and Chelsea, creating the largest network of its kind in central London.
New investor partnership scores corporates on physical climate risk exposure
Deutsche Asset Management (DAM) has formed a new partnership with a US-based advisory to develop a first-of-its-kind climate risk service that calculates the physical climate risks of investor portfolios.
Fossil fuel burning set to hit record high in 2017, scientists warn
The burning of fossil fuels around the world is set to hit a record high in 2017, climate scientists have warned, following three years of flat growth that raised hopes that a peak in global emissions had been reached.