Jargon Buster

edie’s Jargon Buster is designed to help you cut through complexity and get straight to the definition, explanation and content that you need. Just click on a definition below and we’ll do the rest.


25-year Environment Plan


Access economy AD additionality Aerobic digesion Air-source heat pump Anaerobic digestion Anthropocene era Autonomous vehicle


Balancing Mechanism BEIS BEMS BIM Biodegradable Biodiversity Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) Bioethanol Biofuel Biogas Biomass Biomimicry Bioplastics Blockchain BREEAM BSI Building and Energy Management System (BEMS)


capacity Capacity Market Carbon budget Carbon capture and storage (CCS) Carbon credits Carbon footprint Carbon intensity Carbon negative Carbon price Carbon Price Floor Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme Carbon sequestration Carbon-neutral Carbon-neutral CCS CfD Chain of custody CHP Circular economy Circular Economy Package Clean Growth Strategy Climate change Climate Change Act Climate Change Agreement Climate Change Levy Closed loop Cold store Combined heat and power (CHP) Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) Community energy projects Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) Compostable Conference of the Parties (COP) Contracts for Difference (CfD) COP Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Cradle to cradle Cradle to grave CSR


Decentralised energy Defra Demand response Deposit return scheme Distributed generation Distributor Takeback Scheme District heating Duty of care


E-waste EfW Electric vehicle Electricity Market Reform ELV Emissions Reduction Pledge 2020 Emissions Trading System (ETS) Energy Performance Contract (EPC) Energy recovery Energy resilience Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Energy storage Energy-from-waste (EfW) EPC ESCO ESOS ETS EV Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)


Fair trade Fast fashion Feed-in-Tariffs (FITs) Fifth carbon budget FITs Flexible energy systems Fossil fuels Fracking Frequency response Fuel cells


Gas peaking plant Gasification Geothermal energy Global Reporting Institute (GRI) Global warming Green bonds Green Deal Green infrastructure Green Investment Bank (GIB) Green New Deal Green office Greenhouse gas (GHG) Greenhouse Gas Protocol Greenwashing Greywater recycling GRI Ground-source heat pump Guarantees of Origin


Hackathon Hazardous waste Heat network Heat pumps Hothouse earth Human rights HVAC Hydro power Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Hydroponic farming


INDCs Industrial Strategy Industrial symbiosis Integrated reporting Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) Internet of Things (IoT) Interoperability IoT ISO 14001 ISO 50001 ISO15118 ISO20400


KWe kWp Kyoto Protocol


Landfill Directive LCF Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) LED lighting LEED Levy Control Framework (LCF) Life cycle assessment Life cycle assessment


Mandatory carbon reporting Mass balance Materiality Microgrid Microplastics Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Modern Slavery Act (MSA) MSA


Natural capital Natural capital accounting Net energy Net Positive Net-zero carbon


Offsetting Offshore wind Offsite construction Onshore wind Onsite generation oxo-degradable plastic


Packaging Recovery Notes Paris Agreement Passivhaus passivhaus standard Peatland Photovoltaic Plant-based diets Polyethylene (PE) Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) Post-consumer recycled (PCR) Power purchase agreement (PPA) PPA Producer responsibility obligation (PRO) PV


Rainwater harvesting range Recycled content Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Remanufacturing Renewable energy Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Renewables Obligation (RO) Reporting frameworks Residual waste Reverse logistics Reverse Osmosis RHI Road to Zero ROCs


Science-based targets Scope emissions SDGs Servitisation Shale gas Shared value Sharing economy Single-use plastics Smart grid Smart meter Solar power Solar thermal Streamlined Energy Carbon Reporting (SECR) Supply chain Sustainability report Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Sustainable procurement System inertia


Tar sands Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) TCFD Telematics Tidal energy Traceability Triads Triple bottom line


ULEV UNFCC United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) Upcycling


V2G Value chain Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G)


Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive Waste Framework Directive Waste hierarchy Waste stream Water retail Water scarcity WEEE Whole life costing Wholesale markets Wind power


Zero waste Zero-carbon Zero-carbon homes

Suggest a definition

Do you have a definition that you would like to add to the Jargon Buster? Let us know!