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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.

The East coast of England was identified as a prime location for CCS deployment, based on its large emissions base and access to the offshore sites

No technical barriers for large-scale, low-cost UK CCS deployment, report finds

The UK has "more than enough" potential Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) sites to meet legally binding 2050 carbon targets in a cost-effective manner, which could save up to £2bn annually throughout the 2020s.

Aldersgate Group manifesto 2017: A healthy environment, a competitive economy

The Aldersgate Group's manifesto includes calls for the prompt publication of both a detailed Clean Growth Plan and 25-Year Plan for the Environment, and a strong Industrial Strategy which enables the green business community to flourish.

Planning for a circular economy

The Environmental Services Association, the voice of the UK’s resource and waste management industry, has set out a number of recommendations to more closely align the planning system with the strategic objectives of the circular economy.

Ministers need to produce a draft plan by 24 April after a successful legal challenge from environmental law firm ClientEarth

Friends of the Earth launches air quality proposals ahead of impending Government plan

The Government has today (11 April) been called upon to commit to clean air quality measures by climate change campaign group Friends of the Earth (FoE), as a new survey shows that almost half of UK citizens support restriction on polluting vehicles.

The report names Grangemouth as the ideal location to create a “Co2 utilisation hub” in Scotland

Scotland viewed as ideal location for closed-loop CO2 market

As Scottish energy ministers meet with UK Energy Secretary Greg Clark to discuss "back-tracked" support for Scottish Islands renewables projects worth £2.5bn, a new report has claimed that re-using carbon dioxide could create a £500m market for Scotland.

edie Live exhibitor focus: Munters

Ahead of edie Live at the NEC on 23-24 May, we get up close and personal with some of our exhibitors to find out what visitors can expect to see from them at the show, what's new and how they can help in the drive towards sustainability targets.

Industrial strategy fit for the future: perspectives on building a competitive UK economy

This publication brings together the views of respected thinkers from politics, business, trade unions and academia on the kind of economy the industrial strategy should be building and the role low carbon and resource efficiency can play.

The latest milestones are based on savings achieved by using the Intersleek range in comparison to each vessel’s previous hull coating system

AkzoNobel generates $3bn in fuel savings for the shipping industry

An innovative range of biocide-free marine coatings has enabled shipping vessels to achieve fuel savings totalling $3bn since the technology was first introduced 21 year ago.

Statoil’s oil and gas production, and subsequent emissions, are already below the industry average, with the firm emitting more than 15 million tonnes of CO2 in 2016

Statoil vows to slash carbon emissions by a fifth

Just one day after it was revealed that eight of the world's largest fossil fuel companies were responsible for pollution levels equal to that of the US, Norwegian oil and gas firm Statoil has pledged to reduce its own emissions by three million tonnes by 2030.

Scientists and environmentalists have condemned Pruitt for asserting that he does not believe human activity is a major cause of climate change. Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

EPA head Scott Pruitt denies that carbon dioxide causes global warming

Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump's head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, has dismissed a basic scientific understanding of climate change by denying that carbon dioxide emissions are a primary cause of global warming.

The EU's Emissions Trading System is the world’s biggest scheme for trading emissions allowances

European Parliament adopts draft reform of carbon market

The European Parliament on Wednesday (15 February) adopted draft reforms of the EU's carbon market post-2020 that aim to balance greater cuts in greenhouse gases with protection for energy-intensive industries.

edie explains: Water retail competition

This edie explains: Water retail competition guide provides an in-depth summary of the government-led strategy which will allow all non- domestic water users to switch suppliers of water retail services.

The validity of the EEA specific emission figures has been called into question previously

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.

Aiming high: Being an SME has obvious downsides in terms of scale and access to markets, but if you can be quick to learn and change, those downsides become strengths

Big ambitions: How SME's can become sustainability leaders

Next up in the series of contributed articles for edie's Sustainability Leadership Month, Andy Wood, chief executive of Suffolk-based brewer and distiller Adnams, outlines how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can incorporate sustainability in their business agenda.

Aiming high: Being an SME has obvious downsides in terms of scale and access to markets, but if you can be quick to learn and change, those downsides become strengths

Big ambitions: How SME's can become sustainability leaders

Next up in the series of contributed articles for edie's Sustainability Leadership Month, Andy Wood, chief executive of Suffolk-based brewer and distiller Adnams, outlines how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can incorporate sustainability in their business agenda.

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).

Just 27 companies could save 1.2 billion tonnes of carbon if they achieved the median carbon intensity in their industries, according to the report

Energy efficiency: 'Champions and dunces' exist in every industry

The world's largest listed companies could save 1.4 billion tonnes of CO2 - the equivalent of Japan's annual carbon emissions - by closing the gap between the worst and best-performing businesses on energy efficiency, a major new report has revealed.

CNG gas engines meet the latest Euro-6 air quality standards and are roughly 50% quieter than diesel engines

UK retailers pioneer ground-breaking biomethane transport fuel

A host of British retailers including Waitrose, John Lewis and Argos have been named as the first long-distance lorry users of a renewable biomethane fuel launched today (1 December), which is said to be 35-40% cheaper and 70% less CO2-emitting than diesel.

Taking inspiration from cities such as Vancouver, Stockholm and Copenhagen, Bournemouth wants to position itself at the vanguard of environmental protection

The Bournemouth Identity: Building a green business hub on the south coast

Climate change may be consuming shores and islands at a faster rate than ever before, but nestled on the southern coastline of the UK, Bournemouth Council has extended its climate change strategy beyond just delivering local efficiency improvements through to a long-term vision to become the nation's green economy leader.

More than 260m parcels are expected to be delivered during November & December 2016

Click and collect shopping can deliver 'greenest Christmas yet', says Doddle

With the festive season just around the corner, new research from parcel delivery company Doddle has revealed the carbon footprint hidden inside Christmas present deliveries.

The programme has already produced two, active “world-class” projects across CO2-to-chemical conversion routes in both electrochemistry and catalysis

New innovation hub aims to commercialise closed-loop CO2 feedstock

A new open innovation programme was officially launched this week (24 October) that could see around 10% of global emissions funneled into a CO2 recycling initiative that aims to replace petroleum as a feedstock in the plastic manufacturing process.

US secretary of state John Kerry in Kigali. Photo: US Department of State/Flickr

Kigali deal on HFCs is big step in fighting climate change

They went to Kigali to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and take 0.5C out of future global warming, and the 170 countries that successfully negotiated an amendment to the Montreal protocol treaty agreed to get rid of 90% of them. Not bad for four days and three long nights of hard work.

Under Ambition 2025, FDF will develop a comprehensive online signposting tool to guide members in integrating sustainable sourcing into their supply chains

Food manufacturers unveil 2025 targets to deliver 'sustainable food system of the future'

McCain Foods, Cadbury, Coca-Cola GB and McVitie's are among a host of British food and drink manufacturers that have developed a series of ambitious new sustainability commitments this week.

Jude Hughes (centre) collects her E&E Award from host Andrew Ryan (far left) and the Energy Institute's Sarah Beacock (right)

How to be a Sustainability Leader: Awards Q&A with Energy Manager of the Year

As the deadline for edie's Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017 approaches, we talk to last year's Energy Manager of the Year Jude Hughes to find out her secrets to success and top tips for Awards entrants.

The new epoch would be defined by nuclear bomb tests, plastic pollution, power plant soot and the bones of domesticated chickens among other factors

The Anthropocene epoch: scientists declare dawn of human-influenced age

Humanity's impact on the Earth is now so profound that a new geological epoch - the Anthropocene - needs to be declared, according to an official expert group who presented the recommendation to the International Geological Congress in Cape Town on Monday.

More than a million people are expected to visit Notting Hill Carnival over the Bank Holiday weekend. Photo: Notting Hill Carnival/Facebook

Carnival clean-up: Notting Hill waste to generate 100MWh of electricity

Westminster City Council is planning to collect all of the waste from Notting Hill Carnival and use it to generate electricity for the National Grid - all in time to have the streets clean for the Tuesday morning commute.

Government data shows that a significant part of the emissions reduction – around 13% - is due to the popularity of public transport, cycling and walking in Nottingham

Nottingham smashes climate targets four years early

Nottingham has surpassed its climate change targets four years early, according to Government data which shows a 33% reduction in the city's carbon emissions since 2005.

In 2015, Virgin Media increased the data on its network whilst reducing its CO2 per terabyte by 35%

Virgin Media hails 'biggest carbon reduction ever' following major efficiency drive

Telecoms giant Virgin Media has recorded its "biggest ever" annual carbon reduction, with emissions falling by 6.1% between 2014 and 2015 as a part of the firm's 'Digital for Good' sustainability programme launched last year.

Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, struck in 2013 and was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded

World's largest carbon producers face landmark human rights case

The world's largest oil, coal, cement and mining companies have been given 45 days to respond to a complaint that their greenhouse gas emissions have violated the human rights of millions of people living in the Phillippines.

The model is based on the revolutionary invention, the Dearman Engine, which utilises liquid nitrogen to ensure that low-grade or ambient heat can be used as a heat source

Sainsbury's freezes emissions with liquid nitrogen refrigerated engine

British supermarket chain Sainsbury's has become the first company in the world to trial a refrigerated delivery truck cooled by a liquid nitrogen powered engine, as the retailer works towards its commitment to significantly reduce absolute carbon emissions by 2020.

Total GHG emissions at EU level decreased by 185 million tonnes CO2-equivalent between 2013 and 2014, with Germany and the UK accounting for about 45% of the total reductions

Member states slash EU emissions by 24%

Ahead of the European Union (EU) referendum date later this week, new figures have revealed that total EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have plummeted to record lows, with the UK accounting for a significant proportion of the overall reductions.

Securing healthy returns

The NHS, social care, and public health system face challenging times to ensure the investments we make have the best possible outcomes for current and future generations.

Scientists warn that global warming target will be overshot within two decades, as annual concentrations of CO2 set to pass 400 parts per million in 2016

Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere forecast to shatter milestone

Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 will shatter the symbolic barrier of 400 parts per million (ppm) this year and will not fall below it our in our lifetimes, according to a new Met Office study.

The e-Bio Fuel-Cell utilises hydrogen transformed from fuel via a reformer and atmospheric oxygen, with the subsequent electrochemical reaction producing electricity to power the vehicle

Nissan turns to bio-ethanol to accelerate 'carbon-neutral' transport ambition

Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has unveiled the results a ground-breaking research and development (R&D) drive, which will establish a Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC)-powered engine system that runs on bio-ethanol electric power.

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.

The coalition highlights that the EU’s 2030 climate targets those of the Paris climate deal can only be met if fuel economy standards are issued for heavy-goods vehicles

Global brands urge EC President to propose heavy-goods efficiency standards

Global brands such as IKEA, Nestlé and Philips have urged the President of the European Commission (EC) to propose post-2020 CO2 reductions for heavy-goods vehicles in Europe, raising issues over the impact that European transport legislation would have on the UK if the country were to leave the European Union (EU).

Other recent studies have shown that extreme heatwaves could push the climate beyond human endurance in parts of the world

World could warm by massive 10C if all fossil fuels are burned

The planet would warm by searing 10C if all fossil fuels are burned, according to a new study, leaving some regions uninhabitable and wreaking profound damage on human health, food supplies and the global economy.

The five sites identified were deemed suitable for storing CO2 emissions from both power and industry projects around the UK

British CCS 'could service many parts of mainland Europe'

Carbon and capture storage (CCS) sites face no technical difficulties to permanently and safely store industrial-scale CO2 off the coast of the UK, and the hubs could potentially be developed to service mainland Europe, according to a new report produced for the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

The Wyke Farms manufacturing facility in Bruton, Somerset. The cheesemaker recently formed a biogass partnership with Sainsbury’s, to power supermarket stores with green gas

Wyke Farms becomes first UK dairy to earn Carbon Trust triple certification

The UK's largest independent cheese producer and milk processor has become the first British dairy farm to hold a Carbon Trust Standard triple certification for improving environmental performance across carbon emissions, water use and waste.

Verizon's latest sustainability report includes a number of big changes in assumptions of carbon savings generated by the US firm's various products and services

'Painful learning process' for Verizon as it downgrades carbon reduction projections

America's largest wireless telecoms provider has drastically reduced estimations of the environmental impact of the products and services it offers after previously using 'over-optimistic' assumptions to inform its sustainability report.

FedEx Express surpassed its goal to increase vehicle fuel efficiency by 30% by 2020 five years early, with a new vehicle sustainability goal set which will see significant further savings

FedEx plans to deliver 'future of aviation' with biofuels drive

The world's largest express transportation company is pioneering the use of sustainable aviation fuels through a new partnership which will see millions of gallons of biofuel produced from waste wood biomass.

IRENA states that accelerating efforts to increase the renewables mix to 36% would create monumental financial and social benefits

IRENA: Doubling renewable energy by 2030 will put world on track for Paris goals

An international accelerated push to double the share of renewables in the global energy mix by 2030 would lead to annual savings of $4.2trn and limit temperature rise to the crucial 2C target established at the Paris climate change conference, new research has claimed.

The UK is already legally bound by the Climate Change Act to reduce emissions 80% by 2050

Zero carbon emissions target to be enshrined in UK law

The UK will enshrine in law a long-term goal of reducing its carbon emissions to zero, as called for in last year's historic Paris climate deal.

Business and the renewables revolution: Why smart companies are switching to renewable electricity

Leading corporations around the world are tackling climate change and driving progress toward a low-carbon economy by using renewable electricity to power all their operations.

International Civil Aviation Organisation plan of 4% fuel reduction of new aircraft starting in 2028 not enough to halt emissions, environmental groups say

Global initiative introduces first proposal to reduce airplane pollution

International Civil Aviation Organisation plan of 4% fuel reduction of new aircraft starting in 2028 not enough to halt emissions, environmental groups say

A rendering of the upgraded Sun Life Stadium featuring LED lights. Photo: Miami Dolphins

NFL stadium to cut energy use by three quarters

Sun Life Stadium, the home of the Miami Dolphins American football team, has announced that its stadium floodlights will be converted to an 'advanced LED system' that will cut energy use by approximately 75%.

Statoil said the project would be completed by 1 June 2016

Statoil digs into CCS possibilities in Norway

Fossil fuel giant Statoil will carry out feasibility studies for carbon capture and storage (CCS) at three locations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, the firm revealed this week.

The completed plant is expected to generate around 3,600MWh of renewable electricity a year

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.

Energy generation accounts for two thirds of global emissions

COP21 Monday review: Energy pledges hit the headlines

A packed first day of week two at COP21 saw businesses, nations and organisations take aim at the cause of two thirds of global emissions - energy generation.

Fifteen of the world’s 20 largest banks totaling close to $2 trillion in market value have now made commitments to green bonds

COP21 Day 5 review: Stock rising on green finance

Although Friday at the COP was nominally Oceans Day, the news agenda was dominated by green commitments aiming to transform the global financial system.

CDP's initiative has seen 304 global investors come together to help tackle climate change by reducing emissions

Investor pressure helps cut corporate emissions by 641 million tonnes

Influential investors with $22trn in assets have helped reduce global corporate emissions by 641 million tonnes through collaboration with CDP's Carbon Action initiative.

A coalition of big businesses – including Unilever and APRIL – announced a plan to stabilize forest cover by 2030

COP21 Day 2 review: Deforestation top of the unofficial agenda

Tuesday at COP21 was dominated by forests, as a plethora of NGO's, businesses and dignitaries unveiled reforestation pledges, underlining the importance of carbon sequestration in reducing emissions.

Is the profit-over-planet business model dead?

EXCLUSIVE: The business model of the 20th century that considers the services rendered by nature to be free, available and infinite is dying.

Peatlands cover around 10% of the UK and store more than 20 times the amount of carbon as all the country's forests

Peatland protection code could cut UK emissions by 200 million tonnes

A new Government-backed code to protect and restore the UK's peatlands could reportedly cut national CO2 emissions by 200 million tonnes by 2050.

The solar project will have a 22MW capacity and generate the same amount of energy needed to power about 7,000 homes

Tata Steel to install 80,000 solar panels on Dutch steelworks

Indian manufacturing giant Tata Steel has announced plans to create one of the world's largest rooftop solar installations in the Netherlands.

Most diesel cars emit far more NOx on the road than in official tests

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.

edie editor Luke Nicholls with ClimateCare's Edward Morello

edie backs 'clean cooking' through emissions offset partnership

edie is supporting the rollout of efficient cooking stoves in the developing world thanks to a partnership with ClimateCare.

Seating configuration and aircraft fuel burn explain about 80% of the variation in fuel efficiency among  airlines

British Airways ranked as least efficient major transatlantic airline

British Airway has ranked last in a new analysis of the fuel efficiency of the 20 largest airlines that fly transatlantic routes.

The European Parliament has already achieved an emissions reduction of 27.2 % since 2006, en route to a 2020 target of a 30% reduction by 2030

European Parliament to become first carbon neutral EU institution

The European Parliament will become the first EU institution to be 100% carbon neutral as of 2016, thanks to a carbon offsetting programme.

Kia will attempt to improve average fuel efficiency by 25%

Kia kick-starts autonomous EV development with $12bn roadmap

South Korean carmaker Kia Motors is investing $10.2bn into the development of hybrid and pure electric vehicles (EVs), with an additional $2bn going towards the development of autonomous vehicle technology.

The firm is targeting a 15% cut in carbon efficiency and a 20% cut in water consumption by 2020 compared to 2014

Whitbread continues slashing emissions and water use

The UK's largest hospitality company has released its 2015 corporate responsibility report, detailing continued progress in water, energy and waste.

Concentrations of CO2 stood at a global annual average of 397.7ppm in 2014

Earth's climate entering new 'permanent reality' as CO2 hits new high

The Earth's climate will enter a new "permanent reality" from next year when concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere are likely to pass a historic milestone, the head of the UN's weather agency has warned.

The report states that CO2 reductions could reach 80m tonnes through CCS alone

CCS projects to capture 28 million tonnes of CO2 this year

The 15 operational carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects worldwide will capture 28 million tonnes of carbon this year alone, a new report from the Global CCS Institute has found.

The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle has arrived in the UK, with a price tag of just over £53,000

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.

Hollande said he hoped the Paris talks would produce

China and France say Paris climate pact should have five-year reviews

French president François Hollande claimed China and France had taken a "historic" step towards tackling climate change on Monday after the two countries agreed any deal reached in Paris next month should include checks on whether signatories are keeping their commitments to reduce emissions.

In the near future Volvo predicts that these trucks will be able to book their own services and workshop administrations

LowCVP calls for collaboration to develop 'trucks of the future'

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) is calling on Britain's fleet operators and local authorities to band together to create a new low-carbon market for heavy goods vehicles.

The 310MW project will feature 365 wind turbines and provide almost a fifth of Kenya's installed capacity.

Google backs Africa's largest wind farm

Google has announced plans to buy a 12.5% stake in the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project in Northern Kenya - Africa's largest wind farm.

Scotland's environment secretary, Richard Lochhead, hailed the 5p plastic bag charge as a 'major success'

Scotland's plastic bag charge sees usage drop by 80%

The number of plastic carrier bags handed out in Scottish shops has reduced by at least 650 million in the first year of the nation's 5p charge.

The key feature of any Earthship is that they are self-sufficient not relying on mains water or energy from big companies

Brighton 'Earthship' crowdsources for new energy systems

An entirely self-sufficient, off-the-grid building designed to educate students and the public about low-carbon issues has turned to crowdfunding to upgrade its own energy and water systems.

Volvo will introduce a new range of smaller 40 series cars that will be designed from the outset for electrification

Volvo announces range-wide electrification plan

Swedish carmaker Volvo has announced a comprehensive electrification strategy which will see plug-in hybrids introduced across its entire range and a fully electric car on sale by 2019.

Tropical forests occupy 7% of the Earth's surface, but absorb nearly a fifth of man-made carbon emissions

Twice the size of Wales: ambitious plans for rainforest protection

Environmental charity Size of Wales intends to double the area of tropical rainforest it helps protect as its contribution to tackling climate change. Here, the charity's Peter Davies explains the role of business in tackling deforestation.

Toyota aims to have 900,000 cars powered as hydrogen, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles on the road by 2050

Toyota targets 90% emissions reduction by 2050

Japanese carmaker Toyota has unveiled a series of ambitious new environmental targets with an overall aim to eliminate the use of gasoline cars and cut average carbon emissions from all of its vehicles and products by more than 90% by 2050.

BP's chief economist accepted that oil reserves would never be fully exhausted

BP: Oil unlikely to be fully exploited due to climate concerns

The world's oil resources are unlikely to ever be fully exploited, BP has admitted, due to international concern about climate change.

​The new egg boxes feature 50% ryegrass and 50% recycled paper and can be recycled like a traditional egg box

Waitrose turns grass into egg boxes

Waitrose has given the humble egg box a green makeover with the launch of a revolutionary new packaging material made from ryegrass and paper.

In 2013 renewable energy accounted for just 5% Africa's total final energy consumption (TFEC)

Half of Africa could be powered by renewables by 2030, says IRENA

Africa could generate 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 if they were to follow guidelines laid out in a new report from the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA).

Sky Rainforest Rescue Jaguar and WWF Panda held a 'discovery trail' for school pupils at Alice Holt Forest in Hampshire

VIDEO: Sky raises £9m through Rainforest Rescue initiative

Sky has raised more than £9m to help keep a billion trees standing in the Amazon, thanks to a six-year partnership with WWF which concluded last week.

East Renfrewshire wind farm, Scotland. The country's renewable energy systems displaced more than a million tonnes of CO2 each month in 2014

Scottish renewables displace record levels of CO2 in 2014

Scotland's renewable energy sector displaced 12.3 million tonnes of carbon emissions last year - a 120% increase since 2010, new data has revealed.

One recent report warned that global carbon emissions from the world's aviation and maritime sectors could rise by 250%

Airlines call on governments to 'complement' climate action

Twenty-eight chief executives and aviation association leaders have penned an open letter to global governments urging them to commit to a joint approach to help deliver emissions reductions across the sector.

Writing in the report introduction, managing director David Forde said:

Heineken UK cuts emissions but water efficiency flatlines

Brewing giant Heineken UK has released its 2014 Sustainability Report, revealing small reductions in emissions from production and distribution, but no change in water efficiency.

Statoil's Mongstad oil refinery in western Norway. Photo: Øyvind Hagen, Statoil

Statoil: Carbon price should be Paris priority

EXCLUSIVE: An international price on carbon is the most efficient way of driving investment into low-carbon technologies and should be a policy priority at the Paris climate change conference in December.

Vehicle emissions are currently responsible for 12% of Europe's carbon emissions

UK, France and Germany lobbied for flawed car emissions tests, documents reveal

The UK, France and Germany have been accused of hypocrisy for lobbying behind the scenes to keep outmoded car tests for carbon emissions, but later publicly calling for a European investigation into Volkswagen's rigging of car air pollution tests.

The company admitted the device may have been fitted to 11m of its vehicles worldwide

VW scandal caused nearly 1m tonnes of extra pollution, analysis shows

Volkswagen's rigging of emissions tests for 11m cars means they may be responsible for nearly 1m tonnes of air pollution every year, roughly the same as the UK's combined emissions for all power stations, vehicles, industry and agriculture, a Guardian analysis suggests.

Authorities from around the globe have announced collective climate targets to cut 7.9 giga tonnes of CO2 equivalent from being released into the earth's atmosphere by 2030

Regional governments commit to GHG savings greater than US annual emissions

Regional governments from 11 different countries across four continents have pledged to cut their emissions by more than 7.9 gigatonnes through the UN-supported Compact of States and Regions.

Unlike conventional carbon capture methods, the GE solution doesn't use water to help capture the CO2

Carbon capture innovation could slash energy costs by 80%

Power plants and other industrial producers of CO2 may soon be able to capture their emissions using 80% less energy, thanks to a new carbon capture technology being developed by General Electric (GE).

The complaint demands an investigation into the top 50 investor-owned companies which release the most CO2 emissions annually

Fossil fuel companies face world-first human rights complaint

Chevron, BP and Shell are among 50 oil companies who face an investigation from the Phillipine courts, after accusations that they have fuelled 'catastrophic climate change resulting in human rights violations'.

More than 500 suppliers have been asked to join the network, which GSK expects to cut value chain emissions by 25% by 2020

GSK to slash emissions by 25% with new supplier exchange

Global chemicals giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has set up a new information exchange for its suppliers to share best practice on energy efficiency and reducing environmental impacts.

Paul Polman, who joined Unilever in 2009, received the award in the Entrepreneurial Vision category

Unilever's Paul Polman receives UN's highest environmental accolade

Unilever's chief executive has been named as one of the winners of the United Nations' Champion of the Earth Award for his work as a 'tireless advocate' for sustainable business models.

UBS' new London offices have been fitted with a 138kWp rooftop array consisting of 576 panels offsetting more than 57 tonnes of C02

UBS to power UK headquarters with solar as part of 100% renewable pledge

UBS will power its new central London headquarters using rooftop solar panels as part of a green transformation that has also seen the financial firm commit to using 100% renewable energy by 2020.

Kering's flagship Puma store in London. Photo: Manuel Schlüter

Kering: Monetising environmental impacts helped secure our future

EXCLUSIVE: Putting an economic value on the whole range of a company's environmental impacts is the best way to get business executives to understand sustainability issues, according to luxury goods and sporstwear firm Kering.

Steam use will see the company cut emissions equivalent to what is produced by 12,500 households each year

AkzoNobel goes full steam ahead to slash CO2 emissions

Chemical giant AkzoNobel has announced a new deal to purchase sustainably-generated steam that will reduce its carbon emissions by more than 100,000 tonnes a year.

Rexam are currently on course to meet all of its product related commitments by 2020

Rexam's 'can-do' attitude prompts positive progress on green goals

Global beverage can maker Rexam has achieved 16 out of 20 sustainability commitments set in 2010, with an ongoing pledge to deliver "a thriving circular economy" for the sector by championing product and project innovation.

Four lenders cited the premature end to the RO as the primary reason for not lending

Onshore wind investors put off by punitive policies

More than half of the major sources of project finance for renewable energy developers say they will not lend to onshore wind projects in the UK until there is more clarity around subsidies.

An estimated 29,000 Britons die prematurely each year from long-term exposure to air pollution

Coal burning costs UK between £2.5bn and £7bn from premature deaths

Deaths related to emissions from coal cost the UK economy between £2.47bn and £7.15bn in 2013, according to a comprehensive overview of coal production in Europe.

Both sectors need to

Aviation & maritime emissions will rocket without clear targets, report warns

Global carbon emissions from the world's aviation and maritime sectors could rise 250% by 2050 without tangible targets from governments to reduce carbon rates, a report has warned.

The amendment was debated in the Lords on Wednesday but won't be voted upon until the energy bill reaches its report stage in October

Oil and gas majors could be forced to pay for CCS in the UK

Companies that import or extract oil and gas in the UK could be forced to pay for the cost of storing carbon emissions underground, under a new amendment to the Energy Bill.

The tower runs off of 1400 watts of green energy and is able to produce smog free diamond jewellery, the equivalent of 1000m3 of clean air

World's largest 'smog vacuum' opens in Rotterdam

The world's first ever smog-absorbing tower, designed to provide pockets of clean air in polluted cities, opened on Friday in the Netherlands.

In 2012 commercial aircraft emitted about 700 million metric tons of CO2 worldwide

Aeroplane efficiency more than a decade behind schedule

Despite a 45% reduction in average aircraft fuel burn in the last 40 years, the aviation industry is still around 12 years behind efficiency targets set by the UN's aviation body.

The changes come as Gogarburn undergoes major renovations which will see staff numbers grow from 3500 to 6000

RBS unveils 8 green innovations at global headquarters

The Royal Bank of Scotland has announced the eight eco-innovations that will be trialled at its world headquarters in Gogarburn as part of its innovation sponsorship programme.

The Home Quality Mark has been designed to empower and enrich the quality of new residential properties

Sustainability rating scheme to promote 'healthier' UK homes

A new 5-star rating scheme is being introduced by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to help house-buyers make informed decisions about the green credentials of their homes.


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