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Transport has been widely highlighted as a key focus area for action on the net-zero transition

Government unveils £80m pot to decarbonise aviation and road transport

In a bid to spur the development of new low-carbon transport technologies and systems on the path to net-zero by 2050, the UK has launched a new £80m funding pot for electric car and plane projects.

The jet fuel will be made from household waste and the gases it emits

British Airways and Shell back plans for UK sustainable jet fuel plant

British Airways and Shell have provided funding totalling £2.8m to support the development of a UK-based facility that could produce 20 million gallons of sustainable jet fuel annually.

The signatories claim that technological innovation will enable a “relentless pursuit of improvements in fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions”

Aerospace giants back technology to provide 'relentless' aviation decarbonisation

The chief technology officers of seven major aerospace manufacturers have released a joint statement outlining how the firms are committed to sharing best practice to decarbonise the sector as it approaches its "third era" of electrification and digitalisation.

It is estimated that the number of flights at Heathrow Airport will increase from 480,000 currently to 760,000 each year by 2026

Heathrow's third runway 'masterplan' at odds with national net-zero aim, campaigners warn

Plans to re-route the M25, divert rivers and reposition car parks and buildings as part of the masterplan for Heathrow Airport's third runway approval have been described as "climate-wrecking" by concerned politicians and green groups.

Communications around the airport will encourage customers to return their cups to "check-in points" across the facility before they board 

Gatwick hosts UK's first airport-based reusable coffee cup trial

The UK's first airport reusable coffee cup trial gets under way this week at Gatwick, offering passengers the opportunity to borrow and return refillable cups in a bid to help cut waste and tackle "throwaway" culture.

This week's innovations could drive significant change across the marine transport, aviation and plastics sectors 

Fish scale plastics and lifts which store energy: The best green innovations of the week

Every week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn their green ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best.

Friends of the Earth argue that electrification alone is not enough, and that changes to consumer behaviour and new planning mechanisms to prepare for all forms of low-carbon mobility must now be implemented

UK's Department for Transport "side-lining" climate change, campaigners claim

The UK's Department for Transport (DfT) is "going rogue" on climate change issues by "side-lining" emissions reductions in its strategies and projects, Friends of the Earth has claimed.

Heathrow first unveiled its plans for carbon-neutral expansion in 2017

Heathrow 'on-track' for carbon-neutral expansion

Heathrow Airport has claimed that it is "on-track" to meet its flagship ambition of becoming a "carbon-neutral" facility by 2020 and achieving net-zero carbon status for its planned expansion, after increasing its investments in renewable power and beginning peatland restoration last year.

British Airways boss Alex Cruz believes that innovation will spur decarbonisation, but not by focusing on isolated solutions

British Airways boss: No 'silver bullets' for aviation to tackle climate change

EXCLUSIVE: The chief executive of the second-largest UK airline has insisted that the company remains "hell-bent" on upscaling innovation to promote sustainability, but also believes that a plethora of collaborative solutions will be needed for the industry to effectively tackle climate change.

Aviation is widely estimated to account for 2% of all global carbon emissions

Jet fuel must be taxed, EU citizens insist

Aeroplane fuel's tax-free status could soon be grounded after the European Commission agreed this week to register an official petition that calls for an end to kerosene's exemption.

The UK's exclusion of international aviation and shipping figures from carbon budgets has been criticised by Transport & Environment and Greta Thunberg

UK's 'creative carbon accounting' breaches climate deal, say critics

The UK is breaching the Paris agreement on climate change by excluding international aviation and shipping figures from carbon budgets, according to a leading NGO.

This week's green innovations could help drive sustainability action across the transport, food and packaging sectors

Burger King's meat-free Whopper and bendy electric buses: The best green innovations of the week

Every week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn energy and sustainability ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best.

Ryanair transported 130 million passengers and declared  9.9 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in 2018

Ryanair becomes first non-coal company to rank among Europe's top ten carbon emitters

Irish airline Ryanair was the EU's ninth highest corporate carbon emitter in 2018, making it the first corporate without holdings in coal-fired power plants to ever rank within the bloc's top 10 most emitting firms.

An artist's impression of Heathrow Airport after the development of the third runway

Heathrow expansion again deemed "unlawful" due to climate impact

Expansion of Heathrow Airport to a third runway has been deemed "unlawful" because it would not be compatible with climate change targets, the High Court has been told by Friends of the Earth.

edie has provided a round-up of the areas where Chancellor Philip Hammond could deliver for the green economy – plus the green measures set to be notably absent from the Spring Statement. Image EU2017EE Flickr

Spring Statement: What can the green economy expect from Philip Hammond's announcement?

Investment in a national net-zero target? New energy efficiency measures for homes? edie previews the green-related announcements likely to be included in the Spring Statement on Wednesday (13 March).

Aviation accounts for 2% of all global carbon emissions, and 12% of the transport sector's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

Report: Airlines warned of investment losses over lack of climate action

The climate efforts of 20 of the world's largest airlines will not suffice if the aviation sector is to align with the aims of the Paris Agreement and the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The sector deal forms part of the Industrial Strategy, which lists mobility as one of the four 'Grand Challenges' facing the UK

Government unveils new Sector Deal championing low-carbon aviation

The UK Government has unveiled its highly-anticipated Sector Deal for the aerospace industry, outlining plans to funnel £125m into sustainable aviation projects including those developing electric aircraft.

The innovative fuel will be used to power two large-scale porjects by the end of 2019 - namely a cement plant and a manufacturing facility

World's first carbon-negative fuel set to be unveiled at COP24 Summit

A Swedish startup is set to unveil what it claims is the world's first carbon-negative fuel at the COP24 climate summit in Poland, in a bid to help nations decarbonise the hard-to-abate transport and heat sectors.

Heathrow's expansion will enable an additional 52 million passengers to travel annually and accomodate an additional 267,000 flights each year

Peatland restoration and electric planes: Inside Heathrow's new roadmap for net-zero expansion

EXCLUSIVE: After launching a roadmap outlining how it will ensure its expansion is carbon-neutral ahead of the opening of its third runway in 2026, Heathrow Airport is exploring ways in which it can sell ecosystem restoration services as well as flights.

This week's innovations could help create energy from waste, decarbonise aviation and reduce takeaway cup use

Potato-based 'wood' and contactless coffee cups: 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.

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Plastics pacts, Mission Possible pledges and the Autumn Budget: Top 10 sustainability stories of October 2018

As October comes to a close and we begin to dust off our old Halloween costumes, edie rounds up some of the top sustainability stories and standout pieces of content from the last 31 days - from new collaborative commitments to plastic and Mission Possible pledges to the green economy measures outlined in this year's Budget.

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.

Sustainable mobility: A blueprint for business leadership

This edie insight report explores five of the most important areas of focus for sustainability professionals – from electric vehicles (EVs) and greener fleets, to smarter business travel.

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.

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.

This week's best innovations could drive significant change across the fashion, aviation and agricultural sectors

Carbon-negative batteries and food waste plastics: The best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

Virgin has said it will explore the feasibility of sourcing enough of the low-carbon fuel to power more of its long-haul routes

Virgin Atlantic to showcase low-carbon 'recycled' jet fuel next month

Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will use an innovative low-carbon jet fuel made from recycled waste gases to power one of its London to Florida flights in October.

(L-R): Presenter Global Action Plan partner Chris Large; the Virgin Atlantic team; and compere Rufus Hound

Meet the Sustainability Leader: Virgin Atlantic - Employee Engagement and Behaviour Change

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 Employee Engagement and Behaviour Change winners, Virgin Atlantic.

The innovations were judged as the best solutions to some of the key sustainability challenges facing the aviation sector

Heathrow to act as test bed for green corridors and plastic-waste roads

Heathrow Airport is set to install innovative road surfacing made from recycled plastic waste alongside "green corridors", after announcing the winners of its inaugural Sustainable Innovation Prize.

The current carbon price in the EU is €18.28 - up more than threefold since May 2017

Report: EU carbon prices could hit €40 over next five years

European Union (EU) carbon prices could more than double to €40 per tonne between 2019 and 2023, spurring the transition away from coal power across the bloc.

Marine transport has time and time again been highlighted as an industry where green progress continues to be slow

Innovation required to spur cargo shipping sector towards 2050 emission reduction targets

Despite recent progress towards decarbonisation by the world's leading maritime shipping companies, the sector is in need of innovation to spur it towards the International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) 2050 target of halving CO2 emissions from 2008 levels.

£68m has been set aside to support small and medium-sized companies with research and development opportunities

UK to champion green aviation through £343m Sector Deal

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has vowed that the UK will "lead the world" on an electric and hybrid aircraft revolution, after announcing the £343m Aerospace Sector Deal as part of the UK Government's Industrial Strategy.

The exclusive edie webinar will include a presentation from Heathrow Airport's chief executive John Holland-Kaye, who will also join a live audience Q&A afterwards

Inside Heathrow 2.0: One week left to register for webinar featuring Airport's chief executive

Taking place on Monday 23 April, edie's next webinar will see Heathrow Airport's chief executive and director of sustainability join representatives from Business in The Community and The Climate Group to provide a progress update on the 'Heathrow 2.0' sustainability plan.

LanzaTech's jet fuel is currently undergoing a review process and will need to be qualified for use on commercial flights. Image: Virgin Atlantic

Sir Richard Branson: Commercial low-carbon jet fuel 'within touching distance'

A decade on from Virgin Atlantic's first commercial flight using low-carbon fuel mix, the company's founder Sir Richard Branson believes that government incentives can help scale-up sustainable fuel use at a price on par with traditional aviation fuels.

8 global sustainability trends to watch out for in 2018

Over the past 12 months, challenges around addressing sustainability issues have featured consistently in global headlines. Despite mixed political messages about our transition to a low-carbon future, the private sector has continued to drive sustainability up the business agenda; from Science Based Targets (SBTs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to increased investor scrutiny over non-financial reporting.

Airbus will be responsible for overall integration of the E-Fan X project

Airbus, Rolls Royce and Siemens aim for electric plane lift-off by 2020

Airbus, Rolls Royce and Siemens have teamed up to develop a hybrid-electric plane which the group hopes will be ready to fly in 2020.

The EU ETS sets a cap on the total emissions from electricity generation and enables UK-based industries to purchase emissions reductions from overseas

European Commission moves to Brexit-proof Emissions Trading System

The European Commission has agreed on a new measure to protect its Emissions Trading System (ETS) against a potential breakdown in Brexit negotiations.

T&E, Oxfam and Friends of the Earth are among nearly 100 environmental groups protesting the proposal

New airplane biofuels plan would 'destroy rainforests', warn campaigners

A new plan to accelerate production of biofuels for passenger planes has drawn stinging criticism from environmentalists who argue that most of the world's rainforests might have to be cleared to produce the necessary crops.

Fasten your seat belt, sustainable air travel is preparing for take-off

We have hybrid cars, and it now appears that the prospect of being able to fly more sustainably is no longer beyond the realms of possibility.

Investment will be available for projects that produce low-carbon waste-based fuels for vehicles too heavy to use electric power

Ministers give double boost for low-carbon road transport and aviation

The UK Government has provided a helping hand for low-carbon transport with separate funding announcements for cleaner buses and waste-based fuels for planes and lorries.

The transition to a circular economy has the destination mapped out, but the journey is far less clear cut

Circular trailblazers: Mapping the journey to a closed-loop business model

As waste and resource scarcity issues have an increasing impact on supply chains across the world, edie explores how two circular economy leaders - HP and Philips - are continuing to navigate a complex minefield of challenges in their mission to drive a global resource revolution.

The 38-page sustainability report outlines Heathrow's aim to ensure the Airport's expansion is seen as

Green buildings focus helps Heathrow hit 2020 carbon reduction target

The installation of more than 100,000 LEDs and a rooftop solar system helped Heathrow Airport achieve a 14% year-on-year reduction in carbon emissions from its buildings, enabling the business to hit a target that was set for 2020.

The reductions were delivered though investments into the Boeing 787 aircraft

Virgin Atlantic cuts aircraft emissions by 22% in 10 years

A multi-billion-dollar Boeing fleet investment, engine taxiing and weight management have together contributed to Virgin Atlantic reducing total aircraft carbon emissions by 22% since 2007, with similar footprint reductions generated for other carbon-efficiency measurements.

The inaugural league table was published this week, using data from January to March, and placed British Airways, Aer Lingus and Etihad Airways at the top of the rankings

Heathrow expands airline league table to incentivise emissions reductions

The 50 busiest operating airlines at Heathrow Airport are being incentivised to reduce emissions and noise in their operations through a new public ranking system.

The new generation of aircraft will help easyJet to further reduce emissions which have dropped since 2000 from 116.2g to 79.98g, a fall of more than 30%

easyJet's fuel-efficient aircraft set for take-off

Budget airline easyJet is preparing for this week's launch of a new aircraft which could deliver emissions reduction and fuel efficiency savings of up to 15% compared to existing generation models.

Many businesses already utilising fleet management and telematics technology have reported fuel savings of as much as two gallons per vehicle per day

Driving change: How can businesses increase efficiency for a greener fleet?

Whether it's the rollout of electric vehicles (EVs), the use of telematics, or the strategic positioning of distribution centres, there is now a multitude of options available to businesses looking to reduce fleet emissions. But which is the best route to take? edie's George Ogleby investigates.

Is 2017 the Year of the Flying Car?

According to recent reports, flying cars could finally 'get off the ground' and be commercially available this year. By coincidence I was in Brussels with the Evaluation Expert Panel for the latest Horizon 2020's 'Green Vehicles' proposals at the same time, and over tea breaks we discussed the likelihood of this year being the 'Year of the Flying Car'. Not surprisingly, there was the usual degree of scepticism by the gathered experts about these new claims.

Autonomous systems for environmental monitoring

Autonomous systems are a key priority in governmental agendas. In 2013, David Willetts included them as one of the Eight Great Technologies that will propel the UK to future growth. In 2017, the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund was created that prioritised "robotics systems...that can be deployed in extreme environments."

easyJet’s emissions per kilometre travelled by passengers fell from more than 82g to 79.98g last year

easyJet sets new carbon goal after emissions tumble by 31%

Airline company easyJet has set a new emissions reduction goal for 2020, after a range of fuel-saving techniques helped record a 31% reduction since 2000.

As part of its response, the Government revealed that it will publish an Aviation Strategy white paper in 2018 as part of a broader aviation commitment

MPs criticise Government over carbon 'fantasy' for Heathrow expansion

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has criticised the UK Government for refusing to commit to air quality targets in relation to the third runway expansion, labelling the associated carbon calculations as a "fantasy".

Beware false sustainability solutions

It is inescapable and undeniable that we live in a finite world. It is also becoming widely accepted that we are using resources and polluting air, land and water at unsustainable levels. That's why the term 'sustainability' is pervading many aspects of government policy, locally, nationally and internationally, and prompting business and industry to radically change the ways they operate.

Processing 10.5 tonnes of Category 1 waste every day, the new site will boost the airport's recycling rate from 52% in 2016 to around 85% by 2020. (Scroll down to play video)

Video Inside Gatwick's 'world-first' waste management plant

Gatwick's newly opened £3.8m waste processing plant takes the airport to brave new heights for sustainable aviation. Join edie on the ground for an exclusive behind-the-scenes video tour of this state-of-the-art facility, and read the full case study to find out how it works.

The five-year project will see SEAT provide CNG vehicles to test the new fuels over a total test run distance of 120,000km

Breakthroughs for biofuel in aviation and transport sectors

Car manufacturer SEAT has provided insight into its innovative project that turns wastewater into a biomethane fuel capable of reducing CO2 emissions by 80% compared to traditional vehicles, while NASA has released data on the viability on using biofuels in jet engines.

Around 2,500 commercial flights have now taken place using some amount of biofuels

EU sees 'strategic advantage' of biofuels in aviation

In sectors like aviation where decarbonisation options are limited, there is a strategic advantage in encouraging the use of biofuels, a European Commission official has said.

A CGI image of Heathrow's planned expansion to a third runway, which will make the airport the UK’s largest source of carbon emissions

Inside Heathrow 2.0: a flight path towards true sustainability leadership

Heathrow has just unveiled a sustainability strategy that could prove a game-changer for sustainable aviation. But does it make the airport's controversial expansion worthwhile? edie editor Luke Nicholls sits down with the firm's director of sustainability and executive director of expansion to find out.

Heathrow's new sustainability strategy sets a wide range of targets to tackle carbon emissions, illegal levels of local air pollution, and noise

Heathrow 2.0: Airport launches sustainability super-strategy ahead of expansion

A rapid transition to 100% renewable energy, the development of a Centre of Excellence for sustainable aviation, and the carbon-neutral expansion to a third runway are among the key commitments made by Heathrow Airport in a bold new CSR strategy.

The Government told the EAC that it intends to base its carbon policy for the runway on scenarios that use assumptions about passenger use and demand

Report: Heathrow expansion will create a 'black hole' in future carbon budgets

The UK Government's lack of commentary on how it plans to mitigate the environmental impacts of the third runway expansion at Heathrow Airport could create a "black hole" in future carbon budgets, a new report has warned.

Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye last week announced that all of the Airport's energy usage will be generated from renewable sources within the next few months

Heathrow 'surprised' as Government omits air quality regulation from plans

Heathrow Airport has today (3 February) urged the Government to ensure independent regulation of the air quality impact of the Airport's expansion, a day after ministers launched a consultation on proposals for the third runway.

Heathrow Airport's chief executive John Holland-Kaye gave this speech on day two of edie’s Sustainability Leaders Forum

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye speech: 'Airport expansion a model for sustainable growth'

Heathrow Airport chief executive John Holland-Kaye took to the stage at edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum this week to announce that all of the Airport's energy usage will be generated from renewable sources within the next few months, ahead of its controversial expansion. Here's a full transcript of his speech.

Jeremy Rowsell hopes that his inaugural On Wings of Waste flight will change the mindset of airlines and aviators across the world

On Wings of Waste: Plane fuelled by plastic waste completes trailblazing flight

British-born pilot and environmentalist Jeremy Rowsell has made history this week by flying a light aircraft across Australia using a conventional fuel blended with fuel derived from plastic waste.

The aviation and maritime sectors are currently responsible for around 5% of global emissions, but this is expected to rise without if left unregulated

Shipping and aviation set to reverse half of Europe's transport carbon savings

Almost half of the carbon savings made by Europe's land-based transport by 2030 will be effectively cancelled out by continued emissions growth in the shipping and aviation sectors, according to new research commissioned by green group Transport & Environment (T&E).

DfT confirmed details of the new £390m funding for future transport technology, and outlined several proposals to develop renewable fuels in aviation

Government prepares for green transport revolution with EV and sustainable aviation frameworks

British transport is set for a significant low-carbon boost with several new Government consultations and funding schemed announced over the past few days in a bid to drive a green transport overhaul.

The fuel is believed to be the world’s first of its kind produced from forest wood

Alaska Airlines flies first commercial jet powered by forest biomass

Alaska Airline passengers have taken to the skies in a "world-first" commercial flight running on sustainable alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals from the Pacific Northwest.

The addition of a third runway at Heathrow has been widely criticised by politicians and campaigners due to its potential impact on noise and air quality

'Climate-wrecking' Heathrow Airport expansion approved by Government

The long-anticipated expansion of London's Heathrow Airport has been approved by Government ministers - a decision that has been lambasted by green groups and environmental campaigners for its potential impact on Britain's air quality and emissions.

MEPs lamented that the agreement will be mandatory only after 2027, while only 65 countries will join the voluntary phase from 2021

Global deal to curb aviation emissions 'not enough', MEPs warn

European lawmakers on Wednesday (12 October) gave a lukewarm reception to the landmark deal reached by the 191 members of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to limit aviation emissions.

Nations agreed to a last-minute decision to drop plans of aligning ICAO policies with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5/2C pathway

Global aviation climate deal agreed: 'Mission accomplished' or 'timid step' forward?

Representatives from 191 nations finally pieced together a global deal to introduce a carbon offset scheme for the aviation sector in Montreal last night (6 October), although the agreement has been acknowledged as a "timid step in the right direction" by green groups.

New analysis has claimed that despite needing an upgrade, the current EU ETS is functioning with the “potential to deliver real emissions reductions”

Is 'imperfect' ETS a better option for aviation emissions than a voluntary ICAO draft?

As nations meet today (26 September) to edge a global aviation deal closer, new analysis has suggested that the European Union's Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is still "superior" to the drafted proposal offered by the United Nation's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

With United Nations heavyweights calling for the Paris Agreement to be delivered by the end of 2016, countries need to start practicing what they preach

From the US to the Marshall Islands: Global climate action is on the march

COP21's frantic, last-minute climate deal bookmarked a new era for global sustainability, and as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) evolve into tangible action, edie looks at six recent instances where national action is speaking louder than words.

The process could be retrofitted across 65% of the world’s steel mills, leading to the creation of 15bn gallons of AtJ fuel – representing around 19% of global aviation fuel

Virgin unveils aviation 'game-changer' with alcohol-to-jet fuel

Virgin Atlantic has today (14 September) announced that an innovative partnership with carbon capture company LanzaTech has successfully produced 1,500 gallons of low-carbon, alcohol-to-jet (AtJ) fuel.

The energy generated will be used to power the new processing plant and provide heat for the North Terminal

Gatwick to build world's first airport energy-from-waste facility

Gatwick will become the first airport in the world to generate energy from Category 1 waste, when it launches an onsite processing plant in November.

According to plans currently under consideration, the global market-based system would be fully up and running in 2027 only, six years later than the initial 2021 deadline

MEPs shocked by 'secretive' ICAO plan to cut aviation emissions

A six-year delay, exemptions for poor nations, and a gradual phase-in system for participating countries are all being considered as part of talks to curb aviation pollution at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), MEPs discovered at a hearing in Parliament today (1 September).


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