Government raises renewable fuel obligation, caps crop-based fuel use
The UK Government has confirmed that it will increase the percentage of petrol and diesel that is sourced from renewables used for vehicle use, while the use of crops in fuel production will also be capped.
edie publishes free business guide to onsite energy generation
Organisations and professionals with an interest in producing and consuming energy at a particular location away from the grid now have access to a free, comprehensive 'edie explains' guide which answers all of the key questions surrounding onsite generation.
edie explains: Onsite generation
This edie explains business guide, produced in association with E.ON, provides an in- depth summary of onsite generation, which allows businesses to make and use their own energy at a particular location, rather than buying that energy through the grid.
Political barriers hampering onsite biodiesel production
EXCLUSIVE: Biomethane generated from food and drinks process residues is emerging as a viable low-carbon alternative to diesel used in commercial vehicles, but a lack of political clarity has left the food sector "scratching the surface" of a potential closed-loop, onsite fuel system.
Welsh Water secures £250m renewables loan and DONG Energy deal
The sixth largest regulated water and sewage company in England and Wales has secured a £250m loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance on-site renewable generation projects, alongside a clean energy purchasing agreement with providers DONG Energy.
Top tips to achieve supply chain sustainability
You’re only as strong as your weakest link. For sustainability professionals, supply chains can be highly complex and full of links that must be closely managed and supported to help achieve overarching corporate social responsibility standards.
Energy Transitions Commission: Better energy, greater prosperity
The Energy Transitions Commission’s flagship report sets out achievable pathways to limit global warming to well below 2C while stimulating economic development and social progress.
ADBA: UK risks missing carbon budgets unless AD is given Government backing
EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government must revise its policy approach to help companies realise the significant economic and environmental benefits of sending food waste to anaerobic digestion (AD), the industry's trade association has insisted.
Innovation must be at heart of food waste fight, industry experts agree
EXCLUSIVE: Open-source innovation will be a central tool to help businesses meet the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12.3 objective of halving global food waste by 2030, a group of industry experts including the heads of Tesco and WRAP have told edie.
Veolia and Southern Water turn to sewage to boost renewables generation
Southern Water has moved to reduce its carbon footprint by converting sewage into renewable energy, after waste specialists Veolia installed new combined heat and power (CHP) engines at treatment facilities in Hampshire and Kent.
Unilever achieves carbon-neutrality at 5 UK sites following green gas deal
Just over a year on from announcing its pioneering pledge to become a carbon-positive business by 2030, Unilever has signed a contract to use biomethane to power five of its sites across the UK and Ireland.
AD sector doubles in 2016 as Ecotricity targets fracking sites for new green gas plants
Britain now has almost 90 plants injecting green biomethane into the gas grid - nearly double the number in operation this time last year, according to a new report.
Yorkshire Water cuts carbon by 4% in 3 years
Yorkshire Water has reduced its carbon emissions by 4.3% in the past three years.
A Resourceful Future – Expanding the UK Economy
This report by SUEZ reveals that more than £9bn could be added to the UK economy by integrating circular economy principles into the country’s emerging industrial strategy.
Yorkshire Water eyes 15% emissions reduction with giant AD plant
Water service provider Yorkshire Water has been given the go-ahead to build a £72m state-of-the-art anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at its Knostrop works in the centre of Leeds.
Nottinghamshire AD plant receives Green Investment Bank backing
A new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Nottinghamshire has received more than £13m funding from clean energy investors to supply 16,300MWh per year of renewable electricity and heat to local businesses.
Could anaerobic digestion combat drug-resistant 'superbugs'?
UK malt suppliers and producers Muntons has revealed that by-products formed at its anaerobic digestion (AD) plants could eventually be used to combat drug-resistant "superbugs" such as E. coli.
100% sustainable timber markets: the economic and business case
The economic value of natural capital is beginning to be integrated into decisions by policy-makers and corporate leaders. Forests are a particularly valuable natural capital asset, providing timber while also supplying a range of ecosystem services, such as carbon sequestration, water provision, flood prevention, erosion control and biodiversity.
Rio 2016 Olympics: How sustainable is the greatest show on Earth?
It was dubbed a "green games for a blue planet" during the bidding process, but the event has since become shrouded in controversy, with venues contaminated with waste, waters infected with superbugs, and the host city's air quality remaining at deadly levels. So, just how 'sustainable' is the Rio 2016 Olympics?
London boroughs urged to promote circular economy through food waste reduction
London boroughs need to develop the "circular economy of food" by separating food waste collection from general waste in order to rejuvenate plateauing recycling rates and boost activity in surrounding anaerobic digestion (AD) plants.
WRAP launches food waste recycling plan for England
A new five-point action plan aimed at improving household and commercial food waste recycling and collection was launched by WRAP today (7 July) in Birmingham.
DECC launches consultation proposals to slash biogas subsidies
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has delivered another blow to the UK's clean energy industry, after proposing to completely cut Feed-in Tariff (FiT) schemes for large anaerobic digestion (AD) site and "severely" reduce subsidies for small and medium scale plants.
Sainsbury's set to expand AD scheme to power more stores from food waste
A scheme which sees a number of Sainsbury's supermarkets powered by renewable energy generated from food waste is to be rolled out to a further six stores, after a successful first year saw green gas produce 10% of the retailer's entire national energy consumption.
The EU Referendum and the UK Environment: An Expert Review
This expert review provides a detailed review of the academic evidence on how EU membership has influenced UK policies, systems of decision making and environmental quality. Containing 14 chapters and over 60,000 words, it documents how the EU has affected UK environmental policy and how, in turn, the UK has worked through the EU to shape wider, international thinking. It has been authored by 14 international experts, who have drawn on the findings of over 700 publications to offer an impartial and authoritative assessment of the evidence.
UK's largest on-site dairy AD plant to generate green energy from Cumbrian cheese
One of the UK's largest cheese creameries, First Milk, has announced the completion of a giant on-site anaerobic digestion (AD) plant which is feeding bio-methane to the national gas grid.
How Nando's is spicing up its on-site energy management
EXCLUSIVE: International restaurant chain Nando's is rolling out a number of on-site technology upgrades and innovative behaviour change methods, while exploring the possibility of food waste-powered restaurants, in a bid to take energy management in its UK sites "to the next level".
Food waste: Focus must shift from supermarkets to supply chains
EXCLUSIVE: Food waste campaigners should stop 'beating up the supermarkets' and instead look further up the supply chain at the untapped redistribution potential of thousands of processors and manufacturers, Britain's largest food redistribution charity has said.
Biffa ramps up UK food waste infrastructure
Waste services provider Biffa has announced a £1.5m investment to expand its food waste processing capacity across the UK.
The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics
The circular economy is gaining growing attention as a potential way for our society to increase prosperity, while reducing demands on finite raw materials and minimising negative externalities. Such a transition requires a systemic approach, which entails moving beyond incremental improvements to the existing model as well as developing new collaboration mechanisms.
Sainsbury's and Wyke Farms form green gas partnership
Two sustainable behemoths have formed a partnership which will see renowned cheese producers Wyke Farms generate green biogas to be used by Sainsbury's stores.
15,000 tonnes of Christmas leftovers converted into green energy
More than 15,000 tonnes of unused Christmas food - weighing the equivalent of 45 Boeing 747's - was diverted from landfill and transformed into festive renewable energy by one food waste recycler over the festive period.
AD industry urges politicians to emulate Parliament's food waste action
The anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has called for a nationwide food waste segregation plan after a House of Commons representative revealed that the Parliament estate sends the majority of its food waste to anaerobic digestion.
French power station generates electricity for 1,500 homes from cheese
A power plant in the French Alps is using leftover waste from nearby cheese production facilities to generate enough electricity to power 1,500 households in the surrounding area.
GIB makes third investment in Northern Ireland's AD industry
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) and private equity group Foresight have committed to invest £1.7m in the construction of an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Northern Ireland.
Autumn Statement and Spending Review: The green business wish list
Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his update on the Government's plans for the economy, known as the Autumn Statement, in Parliament today. The hopes are high, but expectations are seemingly low among green groups and industry.
Poo power: Human waste could heat 138 million households
Safely obtained biogas from human waste could generate electricity to power all of the households in in Indonesia, Brazil, and Ethiopia combined, if researchers can harness the correct innovative technologies.
Green investment for Northern Ireland's largest EfW plant
A proposed Energy from Waste (EfW) plant in Belfast has received almost half of its funding from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) after it committed £47m of equity to the 15MW project.
Scotland set for AD boom
Scotland's anaerobic digestion (AD) industry could double in size within the next two years after new figures revealed that farming biogas in the country grew by more than two thirds last year.
Food waste: Opportunity knocks for hospitality businesses
With sustainability becoming an increasingly important factor in dining decisions, ReFood's commercial director Philip Simpson explores how increasing food waste recycling in bars, restaurants and hotels could boost customer footfall, as well as reducing waste management costs.
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
This week in sustainability has seen some major political announcements across the globe, big news involving the Amazon rainforest and recycling initiatives taking centre stage.
UK's AD capacity now greater than a nuclear power station
The UK's anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has surpassed the 500MW capacity milestone, with 411 plants across the farming, waste and water sectors.
'Grass to gas' AD plant planned for Hampshire college
Sparsholt College has teamed up with energy supplier Ecotricity to build a Green Gas Mill which will convert locally-harvested grass into carbon-neutral biomethane.
Diageo whiskey factory turns waste into renewable heat
Global drinks firm Diageo will generate 2 million cubic metres of biogas a year from its whiskey factory in Scotland thanks to a new anaerobic digestion plant.
Molson Coors saves 500 million litres in water reduction drive
Global beer producer Molson Coors is on track towards its 2020 energy targets with reductions in carbon emissions, water use and waste-to-landfill, according to its latest sustainability report released today (17 August).
Farming biogas leads 40% increase in sector electricity generation
Growth in the UK anaerobic digestion (AD) sector has seen electricity generation from bioenergy surge by 40% from 2013-14, according to figures from the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA).
Runaway maize? AD sector fends off criticism over damage to land
The anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has hit back at criticism from the Soil Association which claims that soil destruction caused by biofuel production is threatening the UK's food security.
Supermarkets take shared responsibility for food waste crackdown
The UK's three largest supermarket chains and the trade body which represents them have unanimously agreed that more collaboration is needed to redistribute more surplus food to charities.
Ban food waste to landfill, urges major recycling group
England should follow the rest of the UK's lead by introducing a food waste to landfill ban to help feed more anaerobic digestion plants, an industry expert has asserted.
New trade body launched to support UK bioeconomy
The development of the bioeconomy in the UK is to be bolstered by the creation of a new trade body and the formation of a partnership with a renewable resource agency in Germany.
Food waste shortages already impacting AD industry, says NNFCC
EXCLUSIVE: Rapid expansion in the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry over the past year has taken it from an 'emerging, niche waste treatment industry' to one providing a significant contribution to the UK's electricity production.
Queen Elizabeth awards sustainable business achievement
Automotive giant Jaguar Land Rover and surplus food re-distributor Company Shop have been recognised as sustainability leaders by receiving a Queens Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development today.
Could anaerobic digestion power phones of the future?
Smartphones could soon be powered by the product of anaerobic digestion (AD) of food waste, thanks to a new European research and development project.
New GIB fund unveils first investment in AD
Green Investment Bank fund manager Foresight has announced a £4m investment in a farm-based anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Old Quarrington, Durham.
Severn Trent pumps £190m into renewable energy future
Severn Trent has announced it will be boosting its renewable energy self-generation with a £190m investment over the next five years.
Bioeconomy ready to boom, says Government report
The UK bioeconomy could be worth £100bn a year with Government support, claimed a new report from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
NEC to send 120 tonnes of food waste to new Birmingham AD plant
Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre (NEC) has become one of the first local businesses to send its food waste to Severn Trent Green Power's £13 million anaerobic digestion (AD) plant.
Resource efficient business models: the roadmap to resilience and prosperity
This report sets out the Aldersgate Group’s views on how government and others can show real leadership in transforming the economy of the UK into one that is fit for our resource-constrained future.
Tamar Energy secures industry-first loan to support 'next wave' of AD plants
Confidence in the anaerobic digestion (AD) market has been reaffirmed with a 'first-of-its-kind' £32m investment from RBS to support the UK's leading AD plant operator.
The next five years: AD and food waste policy
Food waste policy will shape the future of the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry because 60% of the industry's potential comes from food waste, argues ADBA chief executive Charlotte Morton. Here, she unpicks this issue.
UK AD capacity grows 55% in 2013
Anaerobic digestion (AD) enjoyed a bumper year in the UK according to the latest sector survey published today (11 November) by WRAP, but Scotland did not contribute to the growth.
AD will help keep the UK's lights on, says Huhne
Anaerobic digestion (AD) will help the UK to keep its lights on and provide energy security because it has the ability to supply power that can be easily switched on and off, according to former energy secretary Chris Huhne.
UK biomethane gets subsidy certainty
A government proposal to introduce subsidy tiers for biomethane plants has been welcomed by the renewables industry.
Waste and resource management sector outlines key priorities for next Government
The major trade bodies representing the UK's waste management and recycling sector have written to the main political parties in England summarising the key policy proposals that they would like to see implemented after the May 2015 General Election.
Biomethane capacity quadruples in 2014
The amount of biomethane injected to the UK grid has doubled every year since 2011 and is set to more-than quadruple in 2014.
ReFood unveils industry-first food waste scholarship
Food waste recycling specialist ReFood has unveiled the industry's first dedicated scholarship programme to inspire the next generation of sustainable students.
Cost reduction potential of large-scale solar PV
The STA analysis shows that the cost reduction of large-scale solar will occur more rapidly than DECC’s costs have shown: a 33% drop in costs to 2020, with a further 11% reduction in the period 2020–2030. While individual technology cost is not the only consideration in developing efficient low-carbon electricity systems, this reduction would indicate that solar PV is cheaper than gas (Combined Cycle Gas Turbine or CCGT) by 2018, five years earlier than DECC suggest. It also implies that solar PV becomes cheaper than the wholesale electricity price between 2025 and 2028 – grid parity.
London will see opening of second commercial-scale AD plant in 2015
Construction has begun on London's second commercial-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) facility at Cattlegate Farm in Potters Bar.
AD digestate 'safe' for farmers crops in Scotland
Quality Meat Scotland has declared that the waste products from anaerobic digestion (AD) - known as digestate or biofertiliser - is safe for livestock farmers to use on their crops.
Harnessing energy from human waste 'shouldn't be poo-pooed'
Power from human waste is 'the ultimate in green energy' that would cut the UK's dependence on fossil fuels and dramatically reduce CO2 emissions.
Biomethane industry must show '60% greenhouse gas savings', says Government
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has published further details on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), detailing how biomethane plants claiming support under the scheme must demonstrate a minimum 60% saving in greenhouse gas emissions.
Green Investment Bank supports waste innovation with £33m investment
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has given its financial backing to a new waste treatment facility and anaerobic digestion (AD) plant North Yorkshire, which will process up to 320,000 tonnes of waste per year.
Sainsbury's tackles ghoulish garden garbage with pumpkin recycling scheme
In the run-up to Halloween, Sainsbury's has launched a scheme to encourage customers to recycle their unwanted pumpkins locally through WRAP's Recycle Now campaign.