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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As the first sporting body to sign up to the UN’s Climate Neutral Now scheme, FIFA is targeting emissions neutrality by 2050

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Scotland is on course to meet its 2020 Climate Act target

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E.ON's Michael Lewis sits down with edie's Luke Nicholls in the third episode of the Mission Possible sofa interviews

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Areas of opportunity that could be addressed through the fund, include energy storage, heat decarbonisation and the stabilisation of smart grids

Government launches £102m fund for clean energy research

The UK Government has launched a £102.5m investment programme in a bid to tackle the challenges the UK faces as the renewables revolution continues, suggesting that the nation's energy sector could soon be poised to take clean power sources mainstream.

L-R: Jason Shipstone, Head of R&D, Drax Group; Caspar Schoolderman, Director of Engineering, C-Capture Ltd; Andy Koss, CEO Drax Power; Prof Christopher Rayner, Technical Director, C-Capture Ltd; Carl Clayton, Research and Innovation Engineer, Drax Group.

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Last May, Tesco’s long-term emissions reductions plan was approved by the independent Science-Based Targets Initiative

Tesco cuts carbon emissions 13% in a year

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Developed with assistance from the Carbon Trust, the emissions targets are aligned to the goals of the Paris Agreement

Whitbread sets science-based target to halve emissions intensity

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Response to the announcement has been largely negative

BP's low-carbon strategy comes under fire

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More than 370 businesses have joined the Science Based Targets initiative since its launch in 2015

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According to a report by the European Parliament, the shipping industry could contribute up to 17% of global CO2 emissions by 2050 if left unregulated

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Milikin noted that it was time for the company to “spread its wings” when it came to communicating its work to communities

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Statoil’s “broad energy” approach will see it build up a renewable energy portfolio that accounts for 15-20% of total capex on new energy solutions by 2030

Equinor: Statoil to change name in recognition of energy transition

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The report also calls for regulations to be introduced that overcome “short-termism” in the investor sector

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The aim of the trial is to provide practical evidence that a hydrogen-blended gas can be integrated without disrupting gas services to customers

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Mondi Group has developed programmes to improve energy efficiency, transition to renewable energy and manage forests and source materials in a responsible manner

Mondi Group sets science-based targets through WWF's Climate Savers

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The new RNG deal is expected to reduce carbon emissions equivalent to eight million litres of petrol annually

L'Oreal signs landfill gas deal to achieve carbon neutrality in US

Global cosmetic firm L'Oréal intends to reach carbon neutrality across all of its US-based manufacturing and distribution facilities, after signing a deal to procure renewable natural gas (RNG) from a landfill site in Kentucky.

Last week BP announced it will add rapid charging points for electric cars at its UK petrol stations within the next two months

BP set to 'embrace low-carbon world' with $500m investment

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PwC exceeded its 25% carbon reduction target for 2017, which was set against a 2007 baseline

PwC sets carbon reduction and business growth targets

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The report also states that power sector emissions are anticipated to fall by 53 per cent between 2015 and 2020

BEIS cuts projection for greenhouse gas emissions

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RenewableUK will be making its members aware of the report and making sure they also contribute to the project

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Ministers last summer followed France by pledging to halt new petrol and diesel car sales by 2040

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan has teamed up with the mayors of Manchester, Liverpool and the West Midlands to urge ministers to bring forward their 2040 ban on new diesel and petrol car sales by a decade.

edie has rounded up five of the best innovation projects that received the green light from the Government’s Faraday Battery Challenge

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CAN Europe said no single EU country is performing sufficiently well in both ambition and progress towards reducing carbon emissions

EU countries 'off target' on carbon emissions: report

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The new store is the first building in the world to be fitted with the filtration system

Stella McCartney opens London store with 'purest air in the capital'

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Three speakers have now been confirmed to speak in the hour-long webinar, which is being hosted in association with UK Power Networks Services

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Legal and General said divestment is a

Legal and General divests from climate change 'laggards'

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Interface hopes the move to carbon-neutral products will drive other manufacturers to consider the role of embodied carbon in their ranges

Interface goes carbon neutral for entire product range

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“Together we believe that the full implementation of the Paris Agreement means much deeper emission cuts than currently planned,”

Businesses, NGOs make joint plea for higher EU ambition on climate change

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The Screwfix Peterborough store marks the first time Kingfisher has used solar panels or air source pumps together with battery storage to power operations around the clock

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As a nation, health costs associated with vehicle emissions reach £6bn annually

Report: Switching to EVs could save £325m in health costs

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Firms are encouraged to promote the aims across the supply chain by incentivising energy demand reductions and the uptake of renewable energy solutions

World Green Building Council calls for net-zero building sector by 2030

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Research calculates that diesel cars and vans cause 88% of the health damage from light vehicles

'Impossible-to-cheat' emissions tests show almost all new diesels still dirty

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AB InBev’s largest UK brewery in Magor has acted as a test-bed for innovative solutions and technologies

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The plant has a lifespan of up to 40 years, far outweighing the average 10-year lifespan of batteries

World's first liquid air energy storage facility launches in Bury

The world's first grid-scale liquid air energy storage (LAES) facility opened in Bury on Tuesday (5 June) in a move that could stimulate the market for long-duration energy storage technologies.

Ikea’s climate positive ambition aims to fulfil the retailer’s contribution to the Paris Agreement through an emissions reduction across the value chain that is aligned to climate science

Ikea to ban single-use plastics, targets 'climate-positive' status under new strategy

Removing all single-use plastics products from its range globally, eliminating more greenhouse gas emissions than its value chain emits, and generating more renewables than it consumes are all headline goals of Ikea's updated People and Planet Positive strategy.

The letter lauded the “cross-party consensus” that exists on the issue of climate change and said the move would be popular

MPs and peers push for 'net zero' emissions by 2050

A cross-party group of senior MPs and peers have urged the government to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to "net zero" by 2050.

Incorporating expert sessions and live audience Q&A, the webinar is free to watch live at 11am on 31 May, and will be available on-demand afterwards

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The new Zipcar e-Golfs will be available as part of the firm’s pay-per-minute Flex service, which allows members to “drive and drop” cars for one-way trips within London

London launches EV taskforce as vehicle demand swells

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Sustainability and energy experts from a range of firms came together to discuss the potential solutions to some of the biggest challenges in the EV transition

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BMW diesel engines have the lowest nitrogen oxide emissions of all European automakers, according to a report from the Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (ADAC)

Diesel is not dead: BMW sees 'clean' diesel in its vehicle portfolio

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Six of the top ten supplier leaders are based in Europe

'High risk' meat and fish sector failing to combat climate-related business risks

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This new weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

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Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Euro and Social Dialogue, and Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. [Georges Boulougouris/European Commission]

EU tables ground-breaking 'low-carbon benchmark' for green finance

The European Commission presented on Thursday (24 May) a set of proposals aimed at boosting private investment in low-carbon technologies like renewable energies while increasing transparency in sustainable finance to avoid green-washing.

UK insurers Aviva and Legal & General claimed second and fourth place respectively

UK insurers lead the ranks for climate action

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The study estimates that the average annual cost of heating per household will be £100 to £300 higher in 2050

Decarbonising UK's heating system could cost £450 billion

The cumulative additional cost of decarbonising the UK's heating system by 2050 could be as high as £450 billion, research for the government's infrastructure advisory body has concluded.

Perry revealed that the Government is examining ways to support onshore wind in parts of the UK where the technology is popular

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.

Ministers hope the proposed tax breaks could “help the white van man go green”

Government calls for evidence on green van tax breaks

The Government has launched a two-month consultation into possible changes to the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) that could incentivise van drivers to choose low-emission vehicles.

The ONS’ definition of the EGSS covers a range of green industries, including renewables generation, waste management and recycling, wastewater, and environmental consultancy

Environmental goods sector outstrips rest of UK economy

The UK's environmental goods and services sector (EGSS) grew almost four times faster than the wider economy between 2010-2015, the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures have revealed.

MPs point towards a change in green policy as an underlying cause of the sharp fall in clean investment

MPs decry 'worrying collapse' of clean investment

MPs have called on the Government to secure low-carbon energy investment after a "dramatic and worrying collapse" since 2015.

The Aqualagon is heated to 30C all year round through geothermal energy

Sustainability 'imagineered': The Disney-led resort powered by geothermal energy

edie's senior reporter Matt Mace travels to the outskirts of Paris to uncover how Villages Nature Paris tapped into geothermal energy to deliver on a holistic 10-step sustainability framework.

Robey believes the future of sustainable business will rely on “enhanced” collaboration between businesses and their competitors

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Elysis will work to develop the technology further, in line with large-scale commercialisation planned for 2024

Apple partners with mining firms on zero-carbon aluminium smelting

Technology giant Apple has announced a new partnership with industrial firms Alcoa Corporation and Rio Tinto Aluminium to accelerate commercialisation of new technology that eliminates all greenhouse gas emissions from the smelting process of aluminium.

The report says hydrogen has the potential to fulfil a number of key roles, including heating homes, fuelling vehicles, feeding industrial processes and storing up excess renewable electricity

Call for government to 'step up' support for hydrogen

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has called on the government to "step up" its support for the use of hydrogen to decarbonise the energy system across power, heat and transport.

Ecotricity will fund the creation of a full-time national energy manager role at English Heritage, which looks after historic sites such as Stonehenge

English Heritage to deploy green energy champions across estate

Charity English Heritage is set to appoint 20 green energy champions among its staff in a bid to improve energy efficiency and monitor energy consumption across its estate of more than 400 historic sites.

Audi e-tron. Audi last year delivered 1.88 million cars globally, of which 16,000 were semi-electric vehicles

Audi aims for 800,000 electric and hybrid car sales in 2025

German carmaker Audi has outlined plans to sell 800,000 fully electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids in 2025.

Once fully implemented, the 800 trucks will reduce the brewer’s CO2 emissions from logistics by more than 18%

World's largest brewer orders 800 hydrogen-electric trucks

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has ordered 800 zero-emission, hydrogen-electric semi-trucks as part of its bid to run its entire fleet of long-haul trucks on clean energy by 2025.

The I-PACE vehicles have a 90kWh lithium-ion battery and a range of 298 miles

Heathrow to host 200-strong electric Jaguar I-Pace fleet

Heathrow has signed a deal that will see 200 Jaguar all-electric I-Pace vehicles made available to passengers travelling to and from the Airport.

Based at the company’s Hemel Hempstead depot, the dual-compartment TRU will use liquid nitrogen to generate both electrical power and further cooling

Marks & Spencer trials liquid nitrogen deliveries to slash emissions

British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) will trial a zero emissions liquid-nitrogen refrigeration truck for its chilled grocery deliveries, with a view to a nationwide rollout.

Hosted in association with E.ON Energy, edie's Mission Possible webinar will involve three speakers followed by a live audience Q&A

Sustainability leadership, in action: edie's Mission Possible webinar available on demand

Sustainability figureheads from home improvement retailer Kingfisher and food manufacturer William Jackson Food Group will discuss how they are scaling-up effort and innovation to achieve their 'Mission Possible' in edie's next live webinar, taking place tomorrow (3 May).

Home improvement retailer Kingfisher and food manufacturer William Jackson Food Group discussed how they are scaling-up sustainability effort and innovation in edie's latest webinar

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The Mirai are expected to do the same average mileage as other cars on the Green Tomato Cars fleet – around 130-150 miles a day

Green Tomato Cars scales up Toyota Mirai fuel cell fleet

London-based green private hire firm Green Tomato Cars has taken up 50 new Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric saloons.

The most rapid deterioration was in south and south-east Asia, where more than 70% of poor cities suffered worsening air quality

Air pollution inequality widens between rich and poor, linked to 7 million deaths annually

Pollution inequality between the world's rich and poor is widening, according to the latest global data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) which shows that 7 million people - mostly in developing nations - die every year from airborne contaminants.

Barclays last month launched a Green Home Mortgage scheme

Barclays unveils dedicated Green Trade Loan

Barclays has launched a new loans product to help businesses meet working capital needs related to green projects.

A delay to the government’s £400m electric charging plan could hamper efforts to reduce pollution from cars

Ministers' £400m plan for electric car charging infrastructure delayed

A £400m government plan to build electric car charging points looks likely to be significantly delayed, in a blow to car manufacturers and efforts to tackle air pollution in UK cities.

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The Supply Chain Sustainability Handbook

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National Grid is currently exploring the possibility of rolling out a superfast charging network across the UK's major motorways that is directly connected to the transmission system

National Grid: Charging providers must fine-tune efforts to meet EV demand

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The UK project, originally developed by Shaw Energi, could spark a storage boon for UK energy companies

Ørsted lines up first major UK battery storage project

Energy firm Ørsted has announced its first venture into large-scale energy storage systems, after announcing plans to build and operate a 20MW battery storage project near Liverpool.

Eddington has turned to onsite renewables, large-scale rainwater harvesting and innovative bin systems to embed sustainability into everyday living

Cambridge's 'unprecented' new district promotes best practice for sustainable development

The University of Cambridge's desire to retain staff has led to the creation of a £1bn sustainable community equipped with some of the UK's largest and most innovative sustainability features. edie speaks to project manager Heather Topel to find out if sustainability is a new selling point for residents.

The coal-free records are a reversal from the recent highs that coal plant owners experienced during the so-called “beast from the east” cold snap

UK runs without coal power for three days in a row

The UK has been powered without coal for three days in a row, setting a new record and underlining the polluting fuel's rapid decline.

Microsoft set its first ever carbon emissions target in 2009, aiming for a 30% reduction

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.

Once online delivery orders have been placed, Sainsbury’s will utilise routing technology to determine which deliveries are suitable for e-bikes

Sainsbury's trials UK's first e-bike grocery delivery service

Sainsbury's has become the first UK supermarket to integrate electric cargo bikes into its delivery service, with the company set to trial five zero-emission bikes across South London.

The company points to the Planning Inspectorate’s support for the scheme claiming its national benefits will “clearly outweigh” any adverse impacts

Open cast coal mine rejection faces High Court challenge

The government's rejection of plans for a new open cast coal mine faces a High Court challenge amidst accusations by the project's backers that the move will push up energy prices by increasing the UK's reliance on risky overseas supplies of the fuel.

Ovo’s V2G charger will interact with the company’s proprietary “intelligent energy” platform

OVO launches domestic V2G electric vehicle charger

Customers of Ovo Energy who own electric vehicles (EVs) "will never need to pay for a mile of driving again," following the launch of a new vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging technology by the supplier.

Accelerating the shift: 10 industry game-changers for low-carbon vehicles

This insight report, produced in partnership with UK Power Networks Services, investigates some of the game-changing developments which are driving green mobility.

Under the global Paris agreement, countries have committed to curbing temperature rises to “well below” 2C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to keep them to 1.5C

UK to review climate target raising hopes of a zero emissions pledge

The UK is to review its long-term target to cut climate emissions as part of global efforts to curb rising temperatures, the government has announced.

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Accelerating the shift: New edie report explores low-carbon vehicle game-changers

With Britain's electric vehicle (EV) revolution continuing to gather pace, edie has today (18 April) launched a new insight report which investigates some of the game-changing developments which are driving green mobility.

Shipping currently represents 2-3% of global CO2 emissions and could reach 10% by 2050 if no action is taken, it has been warned

UN agrees to halve shipping emissions by 2050

Over 170 countries reached agreement on Friday (13 April) to reduce CO2 emissions from shipping by "at least" 50% on 2008 levels by 2050, ending years of slow progress.

The results of the Hackney Banister House Estate trial will be used to roll out more energy trading communities across the UK

London startup performs UK's first blockchain energy trade

A London-based firm has conducted the UK's first physical blockchain energy trade, which has enabled housing estate residents to benefit from renewable energy sources.

100% of Co-op’s electricity was from UK wind farms in 2017

Co-op hits emissions target three years early

Co-op has reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 54% against a 2006 baseline, the company's latest CSR report has revealed.

Just Eat also offers exclusive green energy deals, via Make it Cheaper and Squeaky Clean Energy, to all of its restaurant partners

Just Eat rolls out discounts on low-carbon deliveries for restaurant partners

Just Eat are rolling out discounts on low-carbon vehicles and renewable energy contracts to encourage its 28,500 restaurant partners to lower emissions across the UK.

Featured innovations include reusable pizza boxes and underground, automated bin systems

Intelligent highways and underground bins: the best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

BNEF predicts that the global energy storage market will double six times by 2030

BP and Google set to embrace battery boon

Major oil firm BP will work with Tesla to run a battery storage pilot at one of its windfarm projects in South Dakota, while Google has revealed it is "investigating" battery projects for later this year.

The nine-page edie Explains guide helps energy managers understand exactly what a smart grid is, and how UK businesses can begin transitioning to smart grids

Making the smart-grid transition: edie launches free guide for businesses

Organisations seeking to capitalise on the benefits offered by smart grid technologies and solutions now have access to a new edie Explains guide which breaks down everything you need to know about making the smart grid transition.

London Stock Exchange Group sustainability manager Sara Lovisolo says the technical work behind the opportunities offered by climate action is weaker than measuring mitigation

Climate change mitigation should be viewed as business opportunity, says London Stock Exchange

Businesses and investors should focus more on measuring and reporting the positive impacts of sustainability efforts rather than purely analysing the risks posed by climate change, according to the sustainability manager of the London Stock Exchange Group.

More than 100 expert speakers will appear across four stages to provide visitors with the insight and inspiration they need to take action across all areas of sustainable development

edie Live 2018: Show programme complete as plastics and SDGs take centre stage

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The Opel Ampera-e. PSA aims to develop an electric offering across its entire range by 2025, with implementation starting in 2019

Peugeot and Vauxhall owner PSA forms electric vehicle business unit

French car manufacturing giant Groupe PSA has created a new EV-focused business section as part of the company's plan to offer electric models across its entire portfolio by 2025.

The deal will help Northumbrian Water achieve 125,000 tonnes of CO2 savings each year – more than 600 times the weight of the Angel of the North

Northumbrian Water goes 100% renewable through green deal with Orsted

Northumbrian Water will power all 1,858 of its sites using renewable electricity for the next four years after signing a deal with Danish energy supplier Orsted.

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Top 10 sustainability stories of March 2018

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The offer will initially cover new builds from UK housebuilders Barratt Homes, Berkeley Group, Countryside Properties, Crest Nicholson and Redrow Homes

Barclays offers green homes mortgage on select new builds

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edie readers: take the 'Mission Possible' sustainability survey

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Wind and solar generated 18.33 terawatt hours (TWh), with nuclear on 16.69TWh, the figures published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy show

Wind and solar make more electricity than nuclear for first time in UK

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Ikea, Unilever and Tesla leading on climate policy, report finds

Tesla, Apple, Ikea and Unilever are amongst the highest-performing companies advocating for strong and ambitious policies that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report from non-profit InfluenceMap.

The move forms part of EDF’s aim to develop a portfolio of 1.2 million off-grid customers, currently without access to electricity, by 2035

EDF to invest €8bn in energy storage leadership bid

EDF has turned its focus to the global energy storage market with a goal to develop 10GW storage around the world by 2035.

The letter calls for confirmation that energy standards will be significantly improved from 2020

Business leaders call for net-zero carbon standards for buildings by 2030

More than 50 business leaders from some of the UK's largest construction and property firms have called on ministers to implement policies that ensure all new buildings are built to net-zero carbon standards by 2030.