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.
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.
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.
The Climate Coach: Transport
It will take you twenty minutes to get there - depending on traffic. Not an unusual statement wherever you live. People design cities and communities and yet often it is people that seem to be least considered as most of the space for movement is taken up by cars, vans and lorries. Pedestrians are pushed to the side and cyclists must brave traffic with a risk for their lives.
Dude, where’s my EV?
Coinciding with government's Zero Emission Vehicles Summit, the Aldersgate Group published a briefing which sets out the major barriers to decarbonising UK road transport. Will Tricker, Policy Officer at the Group, considers what further support is needed from government to ensure UK businesses are best placed to accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles (ZEVs).
Theresa May's £100m pledge: Will the UK lead the world on zero-emission transport?
The world's first zero-emission vehicle summit will be headlined by a £106m investment from the UK Government into low-emission vehicle development. But, how will the UK's transport ambitions fare in light of new EU legislation and continued uncertainty over post-Brexit trade deals?
Truck makers push back against EU's first ever CO2 limits
The European Commission's proposal to mandate a 15% cut in CO2 emission from trucks by 2025 is overly ambitious, according to industry association ACEA, which said a 7% objective would be more "realistic" given the technologies currently available.
Carmakers' gaming of emissions tests 'cost drivers £136bn
Drivers in Europe have paid €150bn more on fuel than they would have if their vehicles had performed as well on-the-road as in official laboratory-based tests, according to a new report.
The Climate Coach: Renewable Energy
I have a dream, of a society where children play safely outside in green, common areas, where there are no cars. People travel to work in electric powered trains, buses and through electric car share. They walk and cycle to school, to the local shop and to meet friends. A dream where renewable energy sources provide all the power we need - for heating, electricity and transport - in businesses as well as in homes.
edie at 20: Is sustainability finally coming home?
It's official - edie is now 20 years old. Our 20th anniversary as a sustainable business media brand offers a chance to celebrate and reflect upon the tremendous achievements of the green economy - but it is also a time for us to realise the immense opportunity that now lies ahead.
In Practice: SEAT's largest solar array in the automotive industry
In a move to capture the benefits of Industry 4.0 and reach sustainability targets for 2025, Spanish carmaker SEAT is showcasing its Martorell factory as hub for innovative environmental solutions - including the largest solar plant in the automotive industry.
Volvo to use 25% recycled plastic in new vehicles
After recently pledging to ban single-use plastics across its premises and events by the end of next year, Swedish carmaker Volvo has announced a new target of using at least 25% recycled plastic in all new vehicles it produces by 2025.
What does ‘New Power’ mean for business?
I've attended a couple of events recently where some particularly strong themes were evident. Everything came back to fundamental shifts in power and the trend towards participation and collaboration - all intrinsically linked and it's since led me to reflect on what this all means for business.
Ministers' £400m plan for electric car charging infrastructure delayed
A £400m government plan to build electric car charging points looks likely to be significantly delayed, in a blow to car manufacturers and efforts to tackle air pollution in UK cities.
The path to public-sector sustainability is paved with good intentions
As part of edie's latest sector insight report, the Carbon Trust's managing director for programmes and cities Richard Rugg charts the progress being made across the sector towards a sustainable future.
False emissions ratings cost UK more than £2bn a year - report
False emissions ratings for cars based on lab tests have cost the UK more than £2bn a year in lost tax revenue, according to the Green party.
German court rules cities can ban diesel cars to tackle pollution
Millions of heavily polluting vehicles could eventually disappear from roads across Germany after its top administrative court ruled that cities have the right to ban diesel motors in an effort to improve deadly air quality levels.
UK is plugged in, as global car industry speeds away from fossil fuels
The car industry remains a vital part of the global economy. Both on its own terms - global revenues from vehicle sales reached over US$2 trillion last year - and as a sector that influences the wider global economy.
edie Explains: ESOS Phase 2
This edie Explains guide, produced in association with Schneider Electric, will help organisations in their preparations to comply with the second phase of the UK Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).
BP set to 'embrace low-carbon world' with $500m investment
BP has pledged to invest $500m into low-carbon solutions after posting a strong financial performance in 2017.
Plastics: We're at war with the symptoms, not the cause
Theresa May's call to eliminate all "avoidable" plastic waste within the next 25 years is a step in the right direction, but also follows a growing trend that ignores the remedies needed in the value chain of the UK's resource efficiency ambitions.
Jaguar Land Rover cuts UK production amid Brexit and diesel uncertainty
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) looks set to cut vehicle production of certain models, citing uncertainty surrounding Brexit and an increase in diesel taxation as primary reasons for the decision.
A powerful man wants purpose. What next?
Larry Fink's celebrated purpose letter has left many CEOs asking how much social benefit they should deliver.
Two serious throwaway culture issues for Theresa May beyond plastic bags
The UK government's new 25 year plan for the environment (25 YEP) leads with the planned extension of the plastic bag tax and the need to tackle plastic waste in what Theresa May calls our "Throwaway Culture".
London City Corporation rolls out electric cargo bike service
Following a successful pilot during the Christmas period, businesses operating within certain Congestion Charge zones will be given access to a cargo bike delivery scheme aimed at curbing toxic air pollution in London.
New opportunities for climate leadership in 2018
Cities and companies have raised the bar in tackling climate change this year - there are new opportunities for leadership in 2018.
Ford extends diesel scrappage scheme
Ford has announced that it is extending a scrappage scheme for older, more polluting vehicles to the first quarter of 2018, citing positive feedback from customers as the primary reason for the extension.
Everyone is talking about blockchain, so why all the hype?
When 10,000 government delegates met at COP23 to tackle climate change, the UNFCC and other sponsors brought 100 blockchain developers to Bonn with one purpose - to code for climate.
Government launches proposals to boost charge points for electric vehicles
Large petrol retailers and motorway services will be required to install charging points for electric vehicles (EVs), as part of new legislation from the Government that also enables drivers of automated vehicles to gain insurance in the UK.
edie Explains: Energy resilience
Energy resilience is about ensuring a business has a reliable, regular supply of energy and contingency measures in place in the event of a power failure.
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.
Deep breath: change the conversation
Air quality in our towns and cities is a critical issue but action and progress will be sorely limited unless we grasp the challenge of awareness, behaviour and pro-active communications.
Your top sustainable innovation questions answered
In August I delivered the Sustainable Innovation Masterclass as part of Edie's webinar series. This generated a great debate and a lot of questions from attendees, that we simply didn't have time to answer in the allotted time. This blog revisits and answer these questions as a way to keep the debate going. Do chip in and let us know what you think.
With all the hype over recent announcements about Electric Vehicles I wonder if we are maybe missing something important
The employers’ guide to smart meters and energy efficiency awareness at work and at home
This document provides guidance and materials for running an energy efficiency awareness campaign at work, including practical advice to employees on how they can benefit from getting a smart meter and saving energy at home.
Carmakers accused of 'clutching at straws' over retrofitting polluting diesels
Major car makers are being accused of clutching at straws after they agreed to fit software to 5m diesel vehicles in Germany to reduce harmful emissions by up to 30%.
Why the Great Repeal Bill could change how we view the UK’s waste sector for generations to come
With the Repeal Bill set to go through Parliament when MPs return from recess, we now have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to create a waste sector that works for the UK.
Tory air pollution plans ruled not unlawful as they are in draft form
The government has won the latest court challenge over the UK's air pollution crisis.
Volvo pushes for an entire electric and hybrid portfolio by 2019
Swedish car manufacturers Volvo has announced today (5 July) that every vehicle launch from 2019 onwards will have an electric motor, in a move described by the company as a "historic end" to the combustion engine.
Election 2017 manifesto matrix: What the parties have said on energy and the environment
It's decision time. Tension is mounting among the green business community ahead of the UK election - but which party offers the most promising green policy approach? Here, edie has rounded up the most important inclusions (and exclusions) from each of the main parties' manifestos into a single, easy-to- read document.
Donald in Wonderland - US withdrawal from the Paris agreement
Trump just wishes that climate change would go away. We would all like climate change to be a dream. Some hard choices could be avoided, and we could keep environmentally damaging luxuries, such as fast cars and golf resorts.
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.
Why electric and driverless vehicles are unsettling the car industry
The rapid advancement of electric vehicle (EV) technology, autonomous driving and connectivity technology is demanding a radical rethink about how our cars will operate in the future and how we will use them.
38,000 people a year die early because of diesel emissions testing failures
The global human health impact of the diesel emissions scandal has been revealed by new research showing a minimum of 38,000 people a year die early due to the failure of diesel vehicles to meet official limits in real driving conditions.
In practice: Costa's new low-carbon coffee roastery
What makes Costa Coffee’s new £38m roastery in Basildon "one of the most sustainable buildings in the world"? This free case study provides an overview of all the low-carbon and resource-efficient features of the retailer's flagship sustainability project.
One month until edie Live 2017 - get your ticket now
With just one month to go until doors open for edie Live 2017 we take a look at why it is the destination event for sustainability and energy managers.
Sustainability megatrends: The unstoppable force of technology and innovation
Continuing edie's series of thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends, techUK's head of environment and compliance Susanne Baker discusses the importance of harnessing green innovations and technological breakthroughs to deliver a cleaner and more efficient world.
London to enforce world’s 'toughest' vehicle emissions charge in October, says Sadiq Khan
The "toughest" emission standard of any world city will enter into force in London from October 23, after London Mayor Sadiq Khan today (17 February) confirmed a £10 T-Charge to help curb air pollution in the capital.
Consumer engagement: Fitting the final piece of the food waste puzzle
With edie's engagement month in full swing, George Ogleby investigates one of the biggest challenges facing Britain's circular economy transition: consumer engagement on food waste.
Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017 speech
In case you missed last night's Sustainability Leaders Awards ceremony, here is the short opening address I gave at the London Hilton on Hyde Park, in celebration of those who are driving the green industrial revolution.
Three trends that will power the circular economy in 2017
Last October witnessed a major milestone for the green economy. The adoption of the Paris Agreement was a huge achievement, with such a decisive, unified response underlining how far sustainability has moved up the agenda.
Europe vehicle industry meeting emissions targets, report claims
Virtually all of the largest car and van manufacturers met European Union (EU) company-specific emissions targets in 2015, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has claimed.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 16 - Sharing cars and driving green innovation
The countdown to Christmas has begun, and this week edie brings you a cracker of a podcast episode, featuring exclusive interviews with car sharing service Zipcar, advisory firm the Carbon Trust and green innovation group Climate-KIC.
Dieselgate: EC begins legal action against UK and other EU nations
The European commission has started legal action against the UK and six other EU states for failing to act against car emissions cheating in the wake of the "dieselgate" scandal.
Government can draw public towards electric cars, says Hyundai chief
EXCLUSIVE: Hyundai's UK chief executive Tony Whitehorn believes the Government can ignite a surge of public interest in electric and low-carbon vehicles by developing more infrastructure and implementing effective policy incentives that spark widespread behaviour change.
Petrol cars allowed to exceed pollution limits by 50% under draft EU laws
New European cars with petrol engines will be allowed to overshoot a limit on toxic particulates emissions by 50% under a draft EU regulation backed by the UK and most other EU states.
Saab owner prepares to roll out 250,000 EVs
Saab's successor company National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has formed a new partnership with technology firm Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to help bring more than 250,000 electric vehicles (EVs) to the global automotive market.
Paris Motor Show: Manufacturers gear-up for an EV arms race
The opening weekend of the Paris Motor Show showcased the sector's developing evolution towards a low-carbon and electrified state, as companies such as Renault, Mercedes and the 'dirty man' of the sector Volkswagen introduce new concepts.
One year on from Dieselgate: Has anything changed?
On the one-year anniversary of Volkswagen's corporate abasement (VW) for cheating emissions tests, a damning report has revealed that the German carmaker is in fact selling the least-polluting diesel models among all major manufacturers.
Emissions from new diesel cars are still far higher than official limit
New diesel cars are still emitting many times the official limit for polluting nitrogen oxides when driven on the road, almost a year after the Volkswagen emissions scandal broke.
How ICT could lead the world in carbon reduction
Data published earlier this month by the UK Government revealed that the UK's carbon footprint rose by 3% between 2012 and 2013.
Sustainable energy – what is it and how do we measure it?
Energy is the underlying currency behind everything we do. It's a requirement for all human activity, commercial or otherwise, whether it needs calories, kilowatts or is an embedded component of the goods or raw materials we buy.
Sustainable city transport: revving up for innovation?
Globally, urbanisation is continuing at a significant pace, with 66% of the population expected to live in urban areas by 2050, with an estimated 41 mega-cities - those with more than 10 million in habitants - by 2030.
Tesla takes 'first steps' to form clean energy dynasty with bid to acquire SolarCity
Disruptive automotive manufacturers Tesla has submitted a bid to purchase sister company Solar City as part of a move to "complete the picture" and establish a holistic and "vertically integrated" clean energy empire.
REA to support ultra-low emission vehicles through new sector group
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has unveiled a new sector group to represent members across the transport, energy and technology sectors as part of a wider effort to deliver a sustainable transition to low-emission vehicle uptake in the UK.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 04 - Plan A progress and carbon-neutral beer
Listen to exclusive interviews with M&S's director of sustainable business Mike Barry, the new director of the Corporate Leaders Group Jill Duggan, and Heineken's director of global sustainable development Michael Dickstein in this fourth episode of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast.
London: fatal lung conditions 'more likely' in deprived boroughs
People living in some of London's most deprived areas have up to twice as much chance of dying from life-threatening lung conditions - from cancer to asthma - as those in the richest areas, new research has shown.
Do we really need an electricity grid?
Electricity generation is being increasingly localised and a large electricity grid wastes energy in transmission over distance - so do we need a national electricity grid?
Five circular economy insights from edie Live
The circular economy sessions at edie Live 2016 made up my mind about attending the conference. And the exhibition opened my mind to a handful of things...
Getting over peak delusion: Four strategies for sustainable prosperity within planetary boundaries
Our aspirations for sustainable growth and prosperity have little chance of being realised, if we don't manage within all our planetary boundaries. Mike Townsend explores how we need to get over our delusions, and find a new course for business success.
The ‘decade of disruption’ starts NOW: an edie Live primer
As thousands of sustainability professionals, energy managers and resource efficiency experts prepare to descend upon the NEC Birmingham for edie Live 2016, it's worth reminding ourselves of the big pledges, initiatives, collaborations and innovations that have together ignited a green industrial revolution at just the right time.
Volvo's driverless cars are heading for London to reduce pollution
Swedish car manufacturer Volvo Cars has revealed it will be trialling an ambitious autonomous driving (AD) system in the UK next year, representing the "largest and most extensive AD testing programme on Britain's streets".
Britain's diesel car emissions 'five times over EU limits', Government tests reveal
Recent claims by the UK Government that it is "leading the push" for greater emissions testing in diesel cars have been branded as "misleading", after a Department for Transport (DfT) investigation revealed that some vehicles are still producing up to 12 times the EU maximum limit for road-tested emissions.
Volvo targets a million EV cars by 2025
Swedish carmaker Volvo Cars has announced a commitment to sell a total of one million electric vehicles (EVs) by 2020 through the introduction of a new range of plug-in hybrids and its first all-electric model.
“I’m using a Biomass Boiler I’m one of the Environmental Good Guys”
Well possibly you're not. If you consider carefully there may be reasons why you are continuing to damage the ecosystem
Bringing the green Olympic spirit back to London for 2016
Across the world cities are awakening to the potential of green leadership. In Paris legislation was passed last year to ensure new commercial buildings in business areas have either solar panels or plants adorning their roofs. Following London's footsteps, Rio is embarking on a low-carbon city development program ahead of its Olympics this year.
Can storage help reduce the cost of a future UK electricity system?
The United Kingdom’s (UK) electricity system is undergoing significant changes to provide electricity that is secure, affordable and ultimately low carbon. Energy storage, alongside other flexibility options such as demand response and interconnectors, can provide the flexibility required by a future system that may see an increasing share of intermittent renewables and more distributed generation.
India's largest car manufacturer joins drive for 100% renewable power
India's largest carmaker has become the second company from the country to join The Climate Group's RE100 initiative - a move that will see the firm source 100% of its energy use from renewable generation.
London drivers may be urged to turn off engines in bid to tackle air pollution
London drivers will be encouraged by volunteers and signs to turn off their engines in traffic jams to tackle the capital's illegal air pollution levels, under plans announced by Boris Johnson on Thursday.
Sadiq Kahn unveils plan for London 'clean energy revolution'
Labour's London Mayor candidate Sadiq Khan has outlined his ambition to ignite a 'clean energy revolution' in the capital, pledging to be the 'greenest mayor ever'.
European lawmakers back limited reduction in car emissions
European lawmakers on Wednesday (3 February) backed a compromise deal to reduce car emissions that will still allow vehicles to exceed official pollution limits, defying calls for more radical reform following Volkswagen's emissions-test cheating scandal.
Car industry launches free take-back scheme
The British automotive industry has launched a new take-back collection service designed to help recycle 'orphan' cars.
Finding your energy saving 'Opportunity'
Are you one of 5,948 organisations that hit the ESOS deadline? Perhaps you're one of the 1,000 that have told the Environment Agency you intend to comply. Or (heaven forbid) you're one of the 3,000 still in the dark.
Jaguar Land Rover makes £36m emissions reduction pledge
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will invest £36m over the next three years in renewable energy, energy efficiency and process improvements, according to the British carmaker's latest sustainability report.
Britain's driverless cars prospect receives £20m funding boost
Eight R&D projects will share £20m of Government funding to help them develop the next generation of autonomous vehicles, Business Secretary Sajid Javid has announced.
Fifty shades of green: Telling your sustainability story
With this week being National Storytelling Week (30 January - 6 February), edie reporter Matt Mace investigates how creating a compelling and evocative sustainability story can turn a big green idea into reality.
Are Uber and Lyft helping or hurting the environment?
Are on-demand ride services like Uber and Lyft good or bad for the environment? It's an increasingly urgent question as the services proliferate, but the answer is currently unclear .
Brompton Bicycle turns over new Leaf with Nissan partnership
UK-based folding bike manufacturer Brompton Bicycle has launched a new salary-sacrifice car leasing scheme for employees, with the all-electric Nissan Leaf proving the most popular choice.
Tesla cars could be driving themselves in just two years
Pioneering electric car manufacturer Tesla has unveiled a new software upgrade that could soon see Tesla cars driving around automatically to meet their owners.
UK low-emission vehicles secure largest-ever market share
Sales of alternatively-fuelled vehicles (AFVs) rose more than 40% in the UK last year, gaining a largest ever market share of 2.8%.
Plug-in car grant extended to 2018
Grants to subsidise the purchase of electric and other low-emission cars are to be extended by at least two years, to encourage more than 100,000 UK motorists to buy greener vehicles.
Jaguar to enter world of electric motorsport
Jaguar has announced that it will contest the next season of Formula E, as the race to develop more efficient and affordable electric cars gears up.
Helping businesses to draw the perfect circle
With the concept of the circular economy entering the mainstream, there are new opportunities on the table for the business community and for those who fund them.
Consumers behaving badly
I'm a hypocrite. I understand far better than most people the likely negative consequences of climate change and the urgent need for action.
Taking a fresh look at your waste - the key to unlocking value
The sustainability movement is gaining momentum. This is fantastic, but further progress depends on the continuous changing mind-set amongst the business community. We need to challenge some long-held assumptions, and that takes time.
Could cutting meat from our diets bridge a post-Paris 'emissions gap'?
A dietary change that relieves the demand for animal protein could play an instrumental role in plugging the post-Paris emissions gap, according to a new report from independent policy institute Chatham House.
Galvanising the manufacturing sector to reduce carbon emissions
With the Paris Climate Conference fast-approaching, business and political leaders are preparing to discuss a plan of action to achieve the communal goal of a universal agreement on climate change. Here, Ramon Arratia, sustainability director at Interface, reflects on the role of the manufacturing industry in reducing carbon emissions.
MPs call for diesel cars scrappage scheme to tackle air pollution
The government should consider a scrappage scheme for diesel cars to get polluting vehicles off the streets of England's cities, where they contribute to tens of thousands of premature deaths every year, according to an influential committee of MPs.
EV's 'too expensive' to tackle air pollution alone, says EIC
Electric cars could be up to five times more expensive than other methods of tackling air pollution on our roads, a new report from the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has found.
The future is here: mass-market hydrogen cars take to Britain's roads
The first mass production hydrogen cars, billed for more than a decade as a clean alternative to petrol and diesel vehicles but only glimpsed as concepts at automotive trade shows, have arrived on British roads.