Carbon negative

DEFINITION: The reduction of an entity’s carbon footprint to less than neutral, so that the entity has a net effect of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere rather than adding it.

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Signatories of the new commitment hail from a range of sectors including retail, technology and professional services

Irish businesses pledge to slash carbon emissions

A coalition of 43 big-name businesses including Tesco, Veolia and Vodafone have jointly pledged to "significantly" reduce the carbon emissions accounted for by their operations in Ireland.

BEIS estimates that nine of the UK's existing heat networks will eliminate the equivalent of 216,324 tonnes of CO2 emissions over the next 15 years

Government launches £320m scheme to help decarbonise UK's heat networks

The Government has launched a £320m scheme to help accelerate the adoption of low-carbon heat technologies across the UK's public, private and domestic sectors, on the same week that further tweaks to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) were criticised.

Since 2000, the UK has reduced emissions by 29% while growing the economy by 34%

Report: UK leading G20 in low-carbon transition

The UK is leading the rest of the G20 nations in transitioning towards a low-carbon future by decoupling emissions from economic growth, although global decarbonisation rates aren't currently strong enough to meet the ambitions of the Paris Agreement.

The webinar was aired on Thursday 27 September and is now available on-demand

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.

The retailer has also pledged to halve transport emissions from Ikea employees and customers by 2030

Ikea to use EVs for last-mile home deliveries in five cities by 2020

Ikea has pledged to only use electric vehicles (EVs) for all its last-mile home deliveries in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Shanghai by 2020, after announcing a 2025 target of using zero-emission vehicles to make all of its last-mile deliveries worldwide last year.

Four speakers have now been confirmed to speak in the hour-long, free webinar

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.

The North Face will purchase carbon credits from The Conservation Fund to offset the emissions. Photo: Himachal Pradesh

The North Face to offset all emissions from athlete expeditions

Outdoor clothing brand The North Face has committed to offset 100% of the emissions it generates by sending athletes on expeditions as its parent company strives to set a science-based target for emissions reductions.

The three-day Global Climate Action Summit will gather international and local leaders from states, regions, cities and businesses

Companies call for net-zero emissions by 2050 to help transition to low-carbon economy

Ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit on 12-14 September, Cambridge-based Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group has called for a worldwide government-mandated net zero carbon emissions target by 2050 to help speed up the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Four speakers have now been confirmed to speak in the hour-long webinar

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.

Aldi has already reduced its emissions by 53% against a 2012 baseline

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.

As noted in the University’s latest sustainability update, carbon emissions have been reduced by 47% since 2010 - surpassing a 43% target almost two years early

Why the University of London is crowdsourcing a zero-carbon target

EXCLUSIVE: The University of London is working on a full environmental strategy that will enable the campus to reach zero carbon emissions by 2036. To get there, it has called on leading universities to deliver a range of ideas and technologies as part of a "crowdsourcing" event.

(L-R): Presenter Carbon Trust’s corporate communications manager
Jamie Plotnek; Royal Mail’s David Wasterston and Dr Shaun Davis;
and compere Rufus Hound

Meet the Sustainability Leader: Royal Mail, Carbon Management 2018

With entries now open 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 Carbon Management winners, Royal Mail.

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

How sustainable is the FIFA 2018 World Cup?

With the first match of the FIFA 2018 World Cup set to kick-off today (14 June), edie takes a look at whether the event lines up with the global low-carbon transition.

Scotland is on course to meet its 2020 Climate Act target

Scotland outpaces rest of UK in carbon reduction, halving emissions since 1990

Scotland has met its statutory annual climate change target for the third consecutive year, achieving a 49% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions against a 1990 baseline.

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

On the Mission Possible sofa with E.ON's chief executive Michael Lewis

The third episode of our new sustainable business chat show sees E.ON's chief executive Michael Lewis discuss what energy innovation can do to unlock future sustainability opportunities.

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.

Drax launches Europe's first bioenergy carbon capture project

Energy group Drax has announced today (21 May) that it will lead the first bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project in Europe during a trial of new technology at its north Yorkshire power station.

Gateshead. Energy efficiency in buildings is neglected across Britain, according to the study, and is worst in the Midlands, northern England and Wales

UK energy revolution 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.

The CCC recommends the planting of 1.5 million hectares of new forest and 1.2 hectares million of bioenergy crops by 2050

'Fundamental' agriculture reforms needed for UK to reach carbon neutrality, says CCC

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has today (15 November) urged ministers to implement policies that will "fundamentally reform" the way in which the UK's land is used, in order to create carbon sinks and accelerate progress towards carbon neutrality.

155 companies have joined the RE100 since its launch at Climate Week 2014

Businesses accelerate progress towards renewables in drive for 1.5C world

Last year marked a "dramatic upsurge" in corporate demand for renewable energy, according to new research by The Climate Group, which suggests that many big-name businesses are exploring alignment with a 1.5C trajectory.

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

Tesco has revealed that it reduced its carbon emissions by 13% in 2017 against a 2016 baseline, as it strives towards a science-based target of becoming a carbon-neutral business by 2050.

This webinar is dedicated to the firms within the manufacturing sector that are adapting, innovating and collaborating to achieve a sustainable future

One week left to register for sustainable manufacturing webinar

Sustainability and energy representatives from Mondelez International and Quorn Foods are among the speaker line-up for edie's live one-hour webinar on 22 November, which will explore the challenges and opportunities facing low-carbon, resource-efficient manufacturing.

The past seven days have been a busy time for low-carbon transport announcements

From BMW to Harley-Davidson: The EV market accelerates again

It’s been a hectic week for the electric vehicle (EV) market, as some of the major players in the automotive sectors unveil new low-emission models. Here, edie looks at some of the most exciting announcements over the past few days.

The findings come ahead of the UN's COP24 conference, where delegates will develop a

Report: G20 nations off track to meet Paris Agreement goals, despite clean energy promises

Of the energy provided to G20 nations during the past 10 years, 82% was generated using coal, oil or gas - despite the bloc's promises to transition to clean power.

District heat networks ould deliver up to 18% of UK heating demand by 2050, the ETI has claimed

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.

The IEA calculated that existing infrastructure would “lock in” 550 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide over the next 22 years

World has no capacity to absorb new fossil fuel plants, warns IEA

The world has so many existing fossil fuel projects that it cannot afford to build any more polluting infrastructure without busting international climate change goals, the global energy watchdog has warned.

The plans involve Drax converting two of the coal-fired cylinders at its Selby plant into four gas-fired turbines

Drax facing legal action over plans for large-scale gas turbine project

Power company Drax is facing legal action over plans to open a four-turbine gas generation facility at its Selby power plant in Yorkshire, with environmental law firm ClientEarth claiming that the project breaches the Government's planning and climate change policies.

Norwegian firm Equinor ranked first in the report, after pledging to invest 15% of its CAPEX into low-carbon energy by 2030

Report: Oil and gas industry failing to invest in low-carbon projects

Global oil and gas firms have collectively invested just 1.3% of their combined capital expenditure (CAPEX) into low-carbon technologies and projects since the start of 2018, new research from CDP has concluded.

L-R: The University of Warwick’s Joel Cardinal, Balfour Beatty's Maria Spyrou, Tesco’s Anna Menezes-Dowson, Whitbread's Ross Greenhalgh and edie's Luke Nicholls

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.

Former National Grid boss Steve Holliday: Britain is undergoing a chaotic energy revolution

Former National Grid boss Steve Holliday has championed the role that businesses and innovators have played in igniting a "chaotic revolution" in the energy sector, by accelerating demand for renewable energy and battery storage installations.

Expect production to begin around the same time as the US version in 2022-2023

Nikola Motor showcases autonomous hydrogen-powered lorry for European market

Low-emission truck manufacturer, and ongoing rival to Tesla, Nikola Motor Company has unveiled a new autonomous, hydrogen-powered lorry that is set to roll out across Europe by 2023.

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.

In total, 57% of electricity generation was low carbon over the period, produced either by renewables or nuclear power stations

UK renewable energy capacity surpasses fossil fuels for first time

The capacity of renewable energy has overtaken that of fossil fuels in the UK for the first time, in a milestone that experts said would have been unthinkable a few years ago.

During the trial, vehicles which are not ULEZ compliant will be blocked from entering Moor Lane, near Moorgate

London City Corporation to launch capital's first low-emission street

With the Mayor of London's Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) scheme set to be rolled out across the capital next year, the City of London Corporation has unveiled plans to create what it claims is the city's first low-emission street.

Global carbon emissions are expected to rise to a new record level in 2018

Global economic growth threatening climate change progress, report warns

The expansion in the global economy is undermining the world's efforts to achieve the objectives set out in the Paris Agreement, a new report from global consultancy Capgemini has warned.

V2G chargers allow a two-way flow of electricity between an EV and the charger

EDF Energy to install 1,500 V2G chargers across UK

EDF Energy will deploy up to 1,500 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) chargers across the UK which will help businesses generate revenue from electric vehicles (EVs) through energy storage and flexibility.

A particular challenge for the construction sector is that less than 40% of emissions come from the energy used to produce cement

Researchers: CCS key for zero-emission cement

The construction sector can cut polluting emissions up to 80% by applying efficiency measures along the whole value chain, according to new research. If combined with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, emissions could even be brought down to zero by 2050, they argue.

Governments will gather in Katowice, Poland for the COP24 climate change summit in Poland in December

Report: Few countries have emissions targets that match their Paris Agreement pledges

Most countries signed up to the Paris Agreement, including the UK, have failed to set domestic targets that are at least as ambitious as their pledged contributions, according to a damning new report.

Since 2015, Firmenich has recorded a 12% reduction in absolute emissions

Perfume giant Firmenich unveils approved science-based targets

Perfume company Firmenich has had a goal to reduce Scope 1 & 2 emissions by 39% approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).

Investors have outlined the regulatory, economic and reputational risks that companies could face if they lobby against climate change action

Top European firms warned over lobbying against stronger climate policy

A group of investors worth $2trn has urged 55 major European businesses to review their relationships with organisations with lobbying practices "inconsistent" with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Zero Waste Scotland claims that SMEs could cut their energy bills by 24% by installing technologies such as modern boilers, building insulation and LED lighting

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.

Cement is one of the world's carbon-heavy industries, accounting for 6% of global CO2 emissions

World Cement Association aligns climate action strategy with 2C trajectory

Global non-profit World Cement Association (WCA) has released a climate action strategy targeting carbon emissions and waste management, in a drive to help the industry align with the Paris Agreement's goal of limiting the global temperature increase below 2C.

Abundance has more than 5,000 customers and has raised £77m to help finance 34 projects tailored towards low-carbon innovation and social action

Abundance Investment targets new shareholders to accelerate green project financing

Peer-to-peer finance platform Abundance Investment looks set to accelerate demand for environmental and social projects across the UK, by increasing its number of small shareholders 10-fold.

The UK's EV stock experienced 89% compound annual growth between 2011-2017, compared to a 44% growth rate for chargepoints

Report: UK's EV stock grew by more than 50% last year, despite infrastructure challenges

The number of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK rose by more than 50% between 2016-2017, with consumer demand for electrified transport outstripping the installation of charging infrastructure, a new report has found.

Upside Energy’s cloud-based platform will provide real-time data and advanced forecasting and will work alongside EDF Energy’s PowerShift platform

EDF announces low-carbon vehicle partnership with Nissan

Big six company EDF Energy has announced a partnership with Nissan to support the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and energy generation and storage solutions.

The funding will be used for both low-carbon technology projects and climate resilience and mitigation efforts

UN pledges $1bn investment to drive climate action in developing nations

Members of the UN’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) have this week approved more than $1bn of funding for 19 projects supporting climate action in developing countries.

The mayors claim that a further £1.5bn of Government funding is needed to improve the nation's air quality to a level compliant with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines

UK mayors lobby for £1.5bn funding to tackle Britain's air pollution

A group of 16 mayors and city leaders have called on the UK Government to set aside an extra £1.5bn of investment to boost its existing Clean Air Fund, ahead of next week's Budget announcement.

The one-hour session provides you with expert tips and proven techniques in adopting and implementing science-based targets

Available on demand: edie's science-based targets webinar

Individuals looking to adopt and implement science-based targets for their business are encouraged to watch edie's recent on demand free webinar, which featured expert insight from the likes of BT, Capgemini and The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group.

edie's hour-long webinar on science-based targets is available to watch on demand

Science-based targets: Are 2C goals ambitious enough in the wake of the IPCC report?

EXCLUSIVE: In light of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) landmark report into global warming, should businesses be encouraged to bolster their emission reduction goals to align with a 1.5C pathway?

The report marks the latest in a long string of calls for ministers to place an increased focus on the North of England’s role in the low-carbon transition

Report: 46,000 new green jobs could be created in North of England by 2030

Around 46,000 new green economy jobs could be created in the North of England by 2030, a new report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has concluded.

edie has rounded up ten key priorities for policymakers overseeing the UK’s low-carbon transition, as raised by politicians, business leaders and sustainability professionals during Green GB Week

Green GB Week: a UK policy wishlist to drive clean growth action

With the Government launching the nation's first-ever Green GB Week last week, dozens of sustainability experts met throughout the week to discuss the nation's clean growth agenda. Here, edie rounds up ten of their top green policy recommendations for the Government to place the UK on the road to a low-carbon economy.

The commitment was made late last week by Newcastle University (pictured), Northumbria University, the University of Reading, the University of Winchester and the University of Nottingham

Universities pledge to slash emissions in bid to lead UK's low-carbon transition

The Vice Chancellors of five UK universities have signed the Government's Emissions Reduction Pledge in a bid to help accelerate the nation's transition towards a net-zero carbon economy.

This nine-page insight report explores five of the most important mobility areas of focus for sustainability professionals – from EVs and greener fleets, to smarter business travel

A blueprint for business leadership: edie launches sustainable mobility report

edie has today (22 October) launched a brand-new insight report which explores how UK businesses can take the lead on accelerating the transition to more sustainable forms of mobility.

Congratulations to all of this year's Sustainability Leaders Awards 2019 finalists. Winners will be revealed at a glittering ceremony being held in London on 6 February

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2019: Shortlist revealed...

After a record-breaking year of entries, the judges have convened, decisions have been made and edie is proud to unveil the well-deserved finalists for the 2019 Sustainability Leaders Awards. Drum roll, please...

Ministers last summer followed France by pledging to halt new petrol and diesel car sales by 2040 - but BEIS has claimed that this target is not ambitious enough

BEIS Committee: Ban new petrol and diesel cars by 2032, not 2040

MPs sitting on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee have urged the Government to bring its 2040 ban for new petrol and diesel car sales forward to 2032 - in light of the recent findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign estimates that the plans will see an extra 80,000 flights depart from Gatwick each year

Green campaigners slam Gatwick's plans to use emergency runway to boost capacity

Green campaign groups have criticised Gatwick Airport's newly-announced plans to bring its emergency runway into daily use, citing concerns over climate impacts and air pollution.

PwC claims the expansion of its carbon offsetting scheme to include air travel will protect 656,000 hectares of forest

PwC pledges to offset air travel emissions and source 100% renewable electricity

Professional services giant PwC has this week pledged to source 100% renewable electricity for its global operations and to offset all emissions accounted for by flights taken by employees for business purposes.

The Government will publish the UK’s first ever Green Finance Strategy in Spring 2019

Clean Growth Fund spearheads Government's green finance commitments

As part of Green GB Week, the UK Government has announced a new £40m venture capital fund to help bring innovative clean technologies to market.

The Zipcar e-Golfs are 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

Zipcar's new London EV fleet clocks up 20,000 trips in three months

Car-sharing firm Zipcar has revealed that its customers have made more than 20,000 trips in its new London-based fleet of electric vehicles (EVs), three months after the fleet was launched.

Asda, Wickes, Lidl and B&Q are among the latest retailers to join the “Ready to Burn” scheme for domestic fuels

Big-name retailers collaborate to spur uptake of clean domestic fuels

Several big-name retail brands including B&Q, Asda and Wickes have this week unveiled fresh measures to help consumers make the switch to low-carbon, smoke-free and energy-efficient home fuels.

The IIGCC report follows studies highlighting inaction on climate issues across the finance sector

Global investors call on pension funds to address climate-related risks

A group of 161 investment firms with more than €21trn in collective assets under management have called on pension fund managers to factor climate-related risks into their planning processes.

From left-right: Unilever’s Thomas Lingard, CDP's Jennie Gleed, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership's Sarah Millar, BT's Gabrielle Giner and WWF's Jaco Du Toit

Science Based Targets initiative to support businesses with 1.5C goals in wake of IPCC report

The Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) will place a renewed focus on assisting businesses in setting emissions reduction goals aligned with the 1.5C ambition of the Paris Agreement, a WWF official has revealed.

The report assesses how technologies such as onsite solar arrays and energy storage could benefit the UK's hospitality, heavy industry and healthcare sectors

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.

Heathrow estimates that there are currently more than 100 electric aviation projects underway globally. Image: Airbus

Heathrow to waive landing fees for world's first electric aircraft

Heathrow Airport has announced that it will waive a year's worth of landing charges for the world's first electric passenger plane once it is developed, in a bid to encourage the low-carbon transition to gather pace in the aviation sector.

The technology company has reduced emissions by more than 80% since 1996

BT pledges to become a net-zero-carbon business by 2045

As the UK Government announces plans to discuss a potential net-zero emissions strategy, technology giant BT has pledged to become a net-zero-carbon business by 2045.

The CCC is set to deliver its recommendations to Government by March 2019

UK Government seeks advice from Committee on Climate Change on net-zero emissions goal

The UK Government has confirmed that it is seeking advice from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) on how best to bolster its carbon reduction targets and create a net-zero economy.

The new bio-methane commitment has been posted on edie's Mission Possible Pledge Wall, joining pledges made by 49 other businesses

John Lewis and Waitrose pledge to power entire delivery fleet with bio-methane by 2028

EXCLUSIVE: The John Lewis Partnership, which operates the John Lewis and Waitrose retailers, will convert its 500-strong fleet of diesel delivery trucks to be powered by bio-methane by 2028, as part of a new commitment published on edie's Mission Possible Pledge Wall today (16 October).

King also joined the growing list of experts and policy leaders calling of the UK Government to enshrine a net-zero carbon goal into law. Image: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Sir David King: Urgent focus needed on climate 'restoration'

The UK Government's former chief scientific advisor Sir David King has called for a $150 carbon price to be implemented globally and for the UK Government to focus on a net-zero emissions policy for 2045 to start to "repair and restore" the climate.

The 7.5-tonne all-electric trucks have a 60-mile range, according to Hovis

Hovis incorporates first all-electric trucks into delivery fleet

Bakery giant Hovis has today (11 October) introduced its first all-electric vehicles into its UK delivery fleet in a bid to reduce air pollution in urban areas.

Aurora Energy Research predicts that 13GW of storage and flexibility assets will be installed across the UK by 2030

Energy storage needs £6bn UK investment by 2030 to keep pace with renewables, research finds

More than £6bn will need to be invested in the UK's energy storage market by 2030 if the nation is to decarbonise at the rate necessary to meet legally-binding carbon targets.

EU Council, Commission and Parliament reps will go behind closed doors tomorrow to negotiate the final set of rules as the race to close the file before the European elections in 2019 heats up

'Disappointed' EU capitals agree on 35% car CO2 cuts

EU environment ministers took until nearly midnight on Tuesday (9 October) to agree on a common position for car and van CO2 emission cuts for 2030 but several member states were left "disappointed" with the final agreement.

In 2011, the Clorox Company became an early adopter of the integrated reporting approach

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.

The report once again highlights the urgent need for bold climate actions from business and policymakers

IPCC 1.5C report: How can business drive the creation of a carbon-neutral world?

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is celebrating its 30th birthday this year, and has done so by releasing a landmark report that acknowledges the severity of the challenge at hand. But how can business stop being part of the problem, and co-create the necessary solutions?

YouGov surveyed almost 850 professionals on a range of sustainability topics, from carbon emissions to energy efficiency

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.

UK Power Networks’ director of network operations Patrick Clarke with the company’s new electric vans at a school in London’s ULEZ

UK Power Networks introduces first electric vans to its London fleet

UK Power Networks (UKPN) has today (October 4) added its first fully-electric vans to its London-based fleet, in a bid to combat air pollution in the capital while reducing its carbon footprint.

Sustainability experts from an array of businesses came together to discuss the potential methods to engage with the Industrial Strategy

The Industrial Strategy roundtable: What impact is it having on manufacturing sustainability?

Sustainability and energy managers from a range of businesses recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and Centrica Business Solutions to discuss the impact the Government's Industrial Strategy is having on manufacturing sustainability.

Countries like the Netherlands, Ireland and Denmark want to go far beyond what the Commission wanted

European Parliament revs up CO2 car limits

MEPs voted in Strasbourg on Wednesday (3 October) in favour of a 40% CO2 reduction target for light vehicles by 2030. The target is higher than that which the Commission has proposed and tough talks with national capitals now loom large on the horizon.

The company currently has no EVs in its portfolio

Mazda pledges to electrify car portfolio by 2030

Japanese carmaker Mazda has committed to switching its entire car portfolio to be either hybrid-electric or fully-electric by 2030, after revealing that it will bring its first hybrid vehicle to the market in 2019.

The webinar was aired on Thursday 27 September and is now available on-demand

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.

Kingspan has reduced the carbon intensity of its operations by 77% to date

Kingspan sets science-based emissions targets

Building materials company Kingspan Group has set new carbon reduction commitments under the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) to reduce emissions by 10% reduction by 2025.

Britvic is looking to cut emissions at facilities by 15% by 2020, against a 2020 baseline

Britvic switches to 100% renewable electricity

Britvic has announced that every UK manufacturing site will be powered by 100% renewable electricity from October 2018.

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

The UK's largest hospitality company Whitbread, has pledged to halve emissions in the next seven years as part of an "industry-leading" science-based target.

The one-hour session will provide you with expert tips and proven techniques in adopting and implementing science-based targets

Science-based targets: BT and Capgemini to discuss adoption strategies in edie's next webinar

Individuals looking to adopt and implement science-based targets for their business are encouraged to tune into a free webinar this month, featuring expert insight from the likes of BT, Capgemini and The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group.

The World Bank will use the investment programme to focus on storage that supports renewable energy projects – namely hybrid solar parks and microgrids

The World Bank launches $1bn energy storage programme for developing nations

The World Bank has launched a first-of-its-kind $1bn funding programme to fast-track deployment of battery storage projects in developing countries, to 'close the gap' on efforts to transition to cleaner energy sources.

The Carbon Neutrality Coalition came out of the One Planet Summit in December 2017

UK commits to Carbon Neutrality Coalition to deliver net-zero emissions

Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that the UK will be joining 18 other countries that have committed to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 at the earliest, while also setting aside £160m to help developing nations transition to cleaner energy systems.

Barratt has reduced its construction waste by 15% since 2015

Barratt smashes emissions target seven years early

The UK's largest housebuilder has hit its carbon target seven years early, having seen its operational carbon emissions fall by 21% since 2015.

Fellow German carmakers VW and Daimler were also dragged lower by BMW’s announcement

New emissions tests push BMW into profit warning

German high-end carmaker BMW said Tuesday (25 September) that new stricter emissions tests for cars as well as refits to older vehicles and global trade tensions would leave revenues and profits short of its full-year forecast.

Jeremy Corbyn is set to say new green jobs  will bring

Labour commits to 2050 net-zero emissions target, Corbyn vows green jobs 'revolution'

Labour has committed itself to a net-zero target of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, as Jeremy Corbyn vows to "kickstart a green jobs revolution" in the UK.

By 2022, Porsche estimates that it will have invested more than €6bn into electric vehicles

Porsche ditches diesel as it gears up for an electric future

Porsche has announced that it will cease to offer diesel versions of any of its vehicle models, citing a falling share in diesel sales and increased demand for hybrid and all-electric modes of transport.

The industrial sector - which accounts for one quarter of the UK’s electricity demand - has been challenged by the Government to improve its energy productivity by 20% by 2030

Report: UK manufacturers could save £540m through clean technologies

New technologies such as battery storage and solar could "inspire a new industrial revolution" and save the manufacturing sector at least £540m on its energy bills.

In the build-up to Green GB Week and beyond, businesses will be encouraged to make new commitments to edie’s Mission Possible Pledge Wall

edie partners with BEIS to drive climate action through Green GB Week

EXCLUSIVE: edie has agreed a new partnership with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to encourage businesses to seize the opportunities of sustainability and clean growth during Green GB Week (15-19 October 2018).

The Scottish bill has set a target of cutting emissions north of the border to 90% of 1990 levels

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.

The new target will see Interface developing factories and products that sequester more carbon than they emit

Interface unveils goal of becoming carbon negative by 2040

Modular flooring firm Interface has set a new target of becoming carbon negative by 2040, building on a 2020 ambition of having “no negative environmental impact”.

The system steers cold air directly back down fridge units to stop cold air from spilling out onto the aisles. Image: Williams Advanced Engineering

Asda installs Formula One technology to drive refrigeration energy savings

Supermarket Asda will install technology inspired by Formula One racing across stores, in a move that could reduce refrigeration energy consumption by 17% while lowering carbon emissions.

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

More than 100 corporates have science-based targets approved

L'Oréal and Electrolux are among the latest businesses to have their emission reduction goals approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

The move from Shell comes after BP and ExxonMobil announced methane reduction aims earlier this year

Shell sets near-zero methane emissions target for 2025

Oil and gas giant Shell has made a new commitment to reduce the methane emissions intensity of its operations to below 0.2% by 2025.

Car manufacturers were fined billions in the US and Germany, but have yet to pay any significant financial penalty in the UK for selling polluting vehicles

Number of dirty diesels on road still growing, report shows

The number of dirty diesel vehicles pumping out toxic emissions on Europe's streets is still rising three years after the Dieselgate scandal began, according to a new report. More than seven million such cars and vans remain on UK roads alone.

YouGov asked 250 senior energy managers about how well-informed about costs they felt

UK energy managers ‘unaware’ of impacts of rising non-commodity costs

More than half of senior UK energy professionals are "unaware or unsure" of the potential impacts which rising non-commodity costs will have on their firm, according to new Government figures.

This guide was first published in August 2017, and was revised with a number of new updates and additions in September 2018

Combined heat and power (CHP): edie launches free business guide

Organisations looking to install combined heat & power (CHP) systems on their site now have access to an updated business guide which breaks down all of the key information required to implement the technology.

Non-state actors made a number of pledges and a call to action at the San Francisco summit. Image: Global Climate Action Summit

Global Climate Action Summit: Lack of government climate ambition balanced by non-state action

San Francisco's Global Climate Action Summit ended on 14 September with non-state actors sending a call to action to governments ahead of the crucial COP24 in December, while highlighting their pivotal role in reducing emissions and reaching climate targets.