ESCO

DEFINITION: An energy services company (ESCO) is a commercial or non-profit business providing a broad range of energy solutions including designs and implementation of energy savings projects, retrofitting, conservation, energy infrastructure outsourcing, power generation and energy supply, and risk management.

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UK's waste management sector targets net-zero emissions through £10bn infrastructure overhaul

The trade body representing the UK's resource and waste management industry has unveiled a sector-wide commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2040, through a £10bn investment into new recycling infrastructure and a focus on zero-emission vehicles.

Five ways to ignite behavior change on energy use

This report showcases the output of edie's SPARK! event, where expert energy professionals from a range of sectors shared experiences driving engagement to change behaviours around energy use.

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Mars, Diageo and Dropbox unveil major renewables milestones

Mars, Diageo and Dropbox have all unveiled plans to add more renewables to their electricity mix, with Diageo planning for an onsite solar farm in Scotland.

Emissions from the UK's building and infrastructure sector will need to fall by 88% by 2050 in UKGBC's net-zero scenario 

COP26: UKGBC unveils new tool to help businesses measure and reduce carbon across building lifecycles

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has unveiled its much-anticipated Whole Life Carbon Roadmap - a tool to help businesses across the built environment sector measure and cut carbon from materials, processes, operation and demolition.

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Powering Past Coal and upping energy efficiency: 7 things you need to know from Energy Day at COP26

Following on from Finance Day here at COP26 was Energy Day, on which international agreements were reached on coal and just transition principles. Here, edie rounds up seven key headlines from the day.

The Better Business Roundtable: Purpose, Culture and Impact

The climate crisis is raging. Technologies are evolving. The future of work is upon us and new paradigms of growth are emerging. NOW is the time to reinvent business models, shift corporate cultures, change our understanding of value, and reposition business as a force for positive change.

Thousands of pages of green policy updates have been published this week. Here, we recap on the key talking points 

Recapping a bumper week for UK green policy: Here's what you need to know

To say it has been a busy week for green policy announcements in the UK would be an understatement. Here, edie recaps the key changes from the Net-Zero Strategy, Heat and Buildings Strategy, Environment Bill and HM Treasury.

A preview of the Strategy was released last night (18 October), with BEIS providing the full document today. Here, we pull out the key announcements 

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The UK Government has unveiled its long-awaited plans for transitioning heat and buildings to net-zero. Here, edie pulls out the key facts and stats from the Heat and Buildings Strategy.

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Net-Zero Business podcast: IHG's low-carbon hotels and a spotlight on ESOS phase 3

In response to the accelerated pace at which corporates are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie's monthly Net-Zero Business podcast was created. Up next, we talk low-carbon hotels with IHG and energy efficiency with Inspired Energy.

Are you ready to follow in AeroFarms' footsteps? Submit your entry to the 2022 edie Awards by Friday 8 October 2021

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet circular economy innovation champions AeroFarms

With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards on Friday (8 October), this series showcases the achievements of previous winners. Up next: Winner of our 'Circular Economy Innovation' award, AeroFarms.

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Orchard Street accelerates net-zero targets through new pathway

Commercial property investment manager Orchard Street has published a pathway to net-zero emissions, including a plan to reach the milestone for corporate and landlord emissions and refurbishments 20 years earlier than planned.

The Business Guide to Net-Zero Carbon Buildings provides a much-needed breakdown of how organisations can achieve net-zero carbon buildings

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edie has published a brand new guide exploring how businesses can improve energy efficiency, data collection, local network sharing and staff engagement and wellbeing as part of a long-term journey to deliver net-zero emissions for the built environment.

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What makes a sustainability leader? Meet Virgin Media's 'small but mighty' sustainability team

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Oxford University's eco-halls and an offshore wind milestone: The sustainability success stories of the week

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Google owner outlines how it is spending proceeds from world's largest corporate sustainability bond

August 2020 saw Google's parent company Alphabet Inc issuing what it claimed was the largest corporate sustainability bond in history. It has now revealed how it has spent 61% of the $5.75bn (£4.4bn) proceeds.

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Nature-based solutions and carbon capture technologies: Do either have a role to play in the net-zero transition?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) major new report this week bore a stark warning: we may have to go beyond net-zero by 2050, globally, to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis. It also raised questions about common approaches to 'netting' emissions - both nature-based and man-made.

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UK facing green industry supply chain pressures, urged to boost recycling and productivity

The UK is facing a supply chain crunch on critical components needed for green industries like electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing, with a new Green Alliance report calling for the UK to build up domestic recycling of these valuable materials as part of energy saving measures.

Lloyds of London has faced pressure to improve its climate approach for several years

Lloyd's outlines plans to increase green investments but stops short of full Paris Agreement alignment

Insurance and investment giant Lloyd's of London has published a new climate action roadmap, detailing plans to increase support for low-carbon transport, energy and industrial technologies.

The EU's 2050 net-zero target is supported by a 2030 goal to cut emissions by 55%

Europe's 'Fit for 55' climate package: What is included?

The European Commission has tabled a package of energy and climate laws aimed at reaching the EU's 2030 goal of cutting emissions by 55%, and putting it on track to hit net zero by 2050.

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University of Sussex targets net-zero emissions by 2035

The University of Sussex has unveiled a new sustainability strategy featuring commitments to bring emissions across all scopes to net-zero by 2035 and to create the UK's "most biodiverse" campus.

The 2021 Championships are the first since the Club refreshed its environmental targets

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In 2018, London's emissions were 29% lower than in 1990. A 78% reduction by 2035 will be needed to comply with the Sixth Carbon Budget

London Climate Action Week: How is the capital planning to reach net-zero?

This week marks London Climate Action Week - one of the biggest UK-based events in the run-up to COP26. To mark the occasion, edie explores how the capital is embarking on its own transition to net-zero by 2030.

Tasmania's 200% renewables goal and Toast Ale's B-Corp recertification: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

edie Explains: The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)

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The past 12 months have seen thousands of businesses announce net-zero strategies in line with national targets and in response to increased stakeholder pressure. So, what exactly makes a credible net-zero strategy, and - crucially - how should businesses be measuring and reporting their climate impacts to deliver decarbonisation at scale?

In action: Skanska's rollout of EV charging with Pod Point

Skanska is aiming for net-zero emissions by 2045 and is committed to converting its fleet of company cars to electric. This "In action" guide explains how working with Pod Point on the integration of EV charge points is helping with these goals.

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What is COP26? What are the summit’s aims and desired outcomes? How does the COP process work? And what is the business opportunity before, during and after the talks? This new edie Explains guide answers all of these questions and more.

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World of Books Group, the UK's largest retailer for used books, has committed to becoming a carbon-neutral business by 2022.

The Government has repeatedly been warned that it is off track to meet its target of two million 'green-collar' jobs by 2030

UK hosting 30,000 fewer green jobs than in 2014, official figures show

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It’s been one of the biggest sustainable business issues of the past decade: tackling the scourge of single-use plastics. But has the progress delivered in 2019 off the back of the so-called “Attenborough effect” been offset by the pandemic?

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Morgan Sindall outlines fresh carbon accounting and engagement moves on road to net-zero

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Sunak will be hosting a press conference after the Budget speech on Wednesday. Image: HM Treasury 

Budget 2021: Businesses and charities make last-minute calls for green funding to Rishi Sunak

With the 2021 Budget being announced on Wednesday (3 March), Chancellor Rishi Sunak is facing mounting pressure over the Green Homes Grant, National Nature Service and other green policy decisions.

Mission Possible: Achieving a green recovery for the public sector

edie's Mission Possible campaign has evolved to focus on the green recovery, with a new series of reports outlining the challenges that businesses in key sectors face in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, and the opportunities that the green recovery will bring. Up next, the public sector.

Pictured: Compere Julia Bradbury (right) and the Green Finance Institute's Emma Harvey (left) present the award

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet CBRE Global Investors

With less than two weeks until the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards, this feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winners of the Investor of the Year Award, CBRE Global Investors.

edie Explains: Scope 3 carbon emissions

What are Scope 3 emissions? How are they calculated? How can they be mitigated and reduced? And, what are the business benefits of doing so? This free edie Explains guide gives you everything you need to know.

A recording of all of the sessions will be available to watch on-demand for those who register

Taking place TODAY: edie's online Net-Zero Carbon Inspiration Sessions

Sustainability specialists from Pukka Herbs, Virgin Media O2, Costain and the Zero Carbon Forum are among our host of expert speakers for our digital Net-Zero Carbon Inspiration Sessions, taking place TODAY (25 November).

Seize the moment: The Net-Zero Carbon Inspiration Sessions

As the flagship digital event of edie’s Net-Zero November campaign, the Net-Zero Carbon Inspiration Sessions offer up an afternoon of live, interactive webinar presentations and discussions – all dedicated to accelerating your organisation’s decarbonisation progress.

edie Explains: Carbon Offsetting

What is carbon offsetting in the terms of a businesses’ carbon emissions strategy? How does the carbon offset process and its market work? And, at what point should a business turn to carbon offsetting?

There will be 2,600 Companion Series boxes available to purchase, with £26 from each sale invested in conservation and regenerative agriculture projects

UK brewers launch food waste beer and call on world leaders to strengthen climate action

A group of 25 UK breweries has called on world leaders to seize a "once in a lifetime opportunity" to combat the climate emergency at COP26, as they launch a limited-edition collection of beers that combat food waste and improve conservation.

edie Explains: ESOS Phase 3

How does the UK's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) work? What are the best routes to ESOS compliance? And what changes are being proposed for the third phase of the Scheme as part of a Government consultation? This edie Explains guide answers all.

Each report in the five-part series provides a much-needed progress update across the five key areas of the COP26 climate talks

COP26 Primer reports: edie completes series with Adaptation & Resilience focus

With just two months remaining until the crucial COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, edie has completed its Primer Report series which provides businesses with everything they need to know regarding the five key themes of the talks.

Pictured: Vodafone's 'Speechmark' office in Southwark, where the trials took place

Vodafone plans 1,500 energy-efficient 5G radios after trials halve energy consumption

Vodafone has announced plans to deploy 1,500 low-power 5G units, after trials in Central London delivered a 43% reduction in energy consumption.

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What makes a sustainability leader? Meet water management champions Barchester Healthcare & Demeter Water Solutions

With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of previous winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: Winner of our 'Water Management' award, Barchester Healthcare & Demeter Water Solutions.

edie Explains: Sub-metering

What is sub-metering? What are the different ways an organisation can use submetering? What are the business benefits of sub- metering? What is the cost of installing sub-meters? And, how can sub-metering support other aspects of a business’ net-zero journey? This new Explains guide from edie answers all of these questions and more.

Pictured: An engineer working on the audit of Mitie's estate, assessing the energy efficiency of lighting

Heat pumps and energy efficiency: Mitie plots path to net-zero buildings by 2025

After setting a 2025 net-zero target for operational emissions last year, facilities management firm Mitie has outlined how it plans to reduce emissions from its estate in line with this goal.

The Net-Zero Business Barometer - Summer 2021

New for 2021, edie’s bi-annual Net-Zero Business Barometer provides a regular temperature check and progress update regarding the decarbonisation of organisations across the UK.

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The Net-Zero Business podcast: Inside Childbase Partnership's 2030 roadmap

In response to the accelerated pace at which businesses are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie has launched a new spin-off of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next, we speak to Childbase Partnership's health, safety and environment director, Mark Bird.

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O2 outlines plans to slash data centre emissions

Telecommunications giant O2 is set to cut emissions from its data centres by more than half a million kilograms within a year, after investing in natural cooling technologies and energy efficiency.

The investment into the Atlas factory will deliver net-zero emissions across Scope 1 and 2, Ibstock has confirmed. Scope 3 will be addressed at a later date

Ibstock outlines steps to create world's first net-zero carbon brick factory

Brick manufacturer Ibstock has chosen its Atlas facility in the West Midlands as the location for what it claims will be the world's net-zero carbon brick factory.

Unite Students will launch detailed plans to reach net-zero later this year  

Unite Students set net-zero carbon goal for 2030

Real estate investment company Unite Students, which provides students with accommodation across the UK, has set a new sustainability commitment to reach net-zero carbon across its operations and construction by 2030.

Thom took his Sustainable Football work full-time in January, leaving his Heathrow role after more than seven years at the airport

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Thom Rawson, Sustainable Football

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Sustainable Football founder Thom Rawson.

The technology will remove up to 18,000 tonnes of carbon emissions once it is completed in 2023. Copyright: Borealis

Borealis to cut emissions at Finnish facility through £15m energy efficiency upgrade

Chemicals giant Borealis has unveiled a new €17.6m (£15.1m) investment into regenerative thermal technology that will reduce facility emissions from heating while also saving around 60GWh of energy annually.

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Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Jessica Foster, Bensons for Beds Retail

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Bensons for Beds' group energy manager Jessica Foster.

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edie's next online masterclass to focus on industrial energy efficiency

edie's next online masterclass has been confirmed for Wednesday 10 March and will explore the role that energy efficiency will play on the road to net-zero for industrial business.

Six ideas to achieve your flexible energy future on the road to net-zero

This report showcases the output of edie's SPARK! event, where expert energy professionals from a range of sectors discussed the role that smart and flexible energy technologies and systems will play in the net-zero transition.

Five ways to maximise the impact of your energy data

This report showcases the output of edie's SPARK! event, where expert energy professionals from a range of sectors discussed the role that energy data can play in the delivery of net-zero targets.

Four top tips for building a great net-zero carbon strategy

This report showcases the output of edie's SPARK! event, where expert energy professionals from a range of sectors shared experiences developing and delivering net-zero strategies.

The NIC released its last major assessment in 2018, before the UK legislated for net-zero by 2050

'Few quick wins or cheap fixes': NIC begins plotting delivery of net-zero UK energy systems

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has outlined plans for addressing some of the UK's major barriers to net-zero through to 2023, pledging an increased focus on low-carbon heating and scaling up hydrogen.

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General Motors set to hit 100% renewable energy milestone in the US five years earlier than planned

Automotive giant General Motors (GM) has pushed a commitment to source 100% renewable energy for its US operations forward from 2030 to 2025.

#SustyTalk: Budweiser Brewing Group's Mauricio Coindreau on renewable energy procurement

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Budweiser Brewing Group's head of procurement & sustainability Mauricio Coindreau.

EnergyTag states that there is currently no recognised system to verify hourly clean energy consumption

Google and Microsoft among businesses backing 24/7 clean energy tracking

More than 100 global companies, including PwC, Microsoft and Google, are taking part in a new worldwide initiative aimed at verifying clean energy sourcing on an hourly basis.

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Johnson & Johnson Vision to power global HQ with 100% solar electricity

Johnson & Johnson Vision, the manufacturer of ACUVUE contact lenses, has signed a ten-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with a solar farm to cover 100% of the electricity consumption of its headquarters.

Ikea's forest protection and Dove's refillable deodorant: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

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Amazon reveals plans for 26 new large-scale renewable energy projects

Amazon has confirmed a major renewable energy investment project that will see it finance the construction of 26 new wind and solar projects totalling 3.4GW of generation capacity.