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edie Live exhibitor focus: University of Surrey

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 at the show, what's new and how they can help in the drive towards sustainability targets.

Join thousands of energy, sustainability, CSR and resource efficiency professionals at the UK's destination event for sustainable business

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.

edie Live Exhibitor Spotlight: Ofgem E-Serve

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 at the show, what's new and how they can help in the drive towards sustainability targets.

Last summer, the company launched its “Like New” initiative which places second-hand phones back into the market under a five-point grading system

How O2's smartphone recycling drive is strengthening its consumer relations

EXCLUSIVE: In a sector dominated by a frequent upgrades business model, mobile operator O2 has tweaked its services to place second-hand devices back into the market and has called on other manufacturers to collaborate to tackle e-waste.

edie Live Exhibitor Spotlight: Chauvin Arnoux

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 at the show, what's new and how they can help in the drive towards sustainability targets.

The company is now exploring the potential to utilise more on-site solutions such as solar technology and battery storage

Sustainability unleashed: How Pets at Home is delivering huge energy savings

EXCLUSIVE: Retailer Pets at Home has recorded energy savings of 32% across its stores after a "game-changing" LED lighting project was embraced across the entire business, the firm's energy manager has revealed.

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.

Make sure you have your free pass to access content across all four dedicated content theatres, our one-to-one advice clinics, energy and water marketplace and more than 100 technology and service providers all helping you do business better

edie Live exhibitor focus: Flexitricity

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.

Rachel Ward (centre) picked up her Energy Manager of the Year accolade at the Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017

Meet the Energy Manager of the Year - London Metropolitan University's Rachel Ward

Ahead of her appearance at edie Live, London Metropolitan University's sustainability manager Rachel Ward discusses how she has been able to catalyse an on-campus transformation in energy efficiency performance.

Registration is now open for the UK's leading event for sustainability, energy and resource efficiency professionals

edie Live 2017: Speakers and sessions revealed

The show content for edie Live 2017 has been confirmed with more than 100 expert speakers appearing across four seminar theatres for the two-day exhibition in May.

Warwickshire's Upton House is now fuelled by two wood-pellet boilers, saving £6,000 a year on energy bills and 55 tonnes of carbon emissions. Photo: National Trust

National Trust champions on-site solutions in renewables revolution

EXCLUSIVE: The National Trust is continuing its march towards self-sufficient energy generation, having produced 12% of its heat from on-site renewable energy sources in 2016 – four years ahead of Britain's national renewable heat targets.

A rapid charging system for multiple electric vehicles was among the projects that will receive support through the new funding

Innovate UK backs fresh wave of cleantech projects with £15m fund

A new £15m fund from the UK Government will support low-carbon projects such as rapid charging for electric vehicles (EVs), 3D printing and drone technology innovations.

The edie Live 2017 exhibition and conference returns to the NEC Birmingham on 23-24 May

edie Live 2017 opens for registration

Registration is now open for the UK's leading event for sustainability, energy and resource efficiency professionals, offering visitors a host of new show features, networking events and advice clinics across two days.

edie Live theatres will include the keynote, covering strategy and innovation, and three seminar theatres dedicated to energy efficiency, resource efficiency and onsite generation,

Turning challenges into opportunities: edie Live set to return in 2017

Following the success of edie Live earlier this year, we can't wait to bring you a bigger show packed full of more features in May 2017.

From expert insights on gaining strategic boardroom buy-in to interactive sessions on the importance of leadership at every level of business, we've rounded up the best of the quotes from edie Live 2016

The future's bright for sustainable business: 7 things we learnt at edie Live 2016

After a fascinating two days of inspiration, insight and expertise, edie looks back at some of the most important lessons taken away from edie Live 2016.

Ramon Arratia said Interface’s green credentials have boosted efforts to attract top-level recruitment and create sustainability champions within all areas of the company

Why businesses need to take a 'bottom-up' approach to sustainability

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses must adopt a bottom-up approach to embedding sustainability within the company culture, according to the sustainability director of carpet tile manufacturer Interface.

The first episode of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast sees edie editor Luke Nicholls and reporters Matt Mace and George Ogleby go behind the scenes at the edie Live exhibition

Sustainable Business Covered: edie launches brand new podcast for sustainability professionals

The edie editorial team brings you the latest news, insights and inspiration from the world of sustainable business in a brand new podcast, with the first episode broadcast directly from this week's edie Live exhibition in Birmingham.

Large revealed that the Catalyst programme is seeking 10 organisations to sign up, offering to bring in 50 “champions” each, in order to establish an initial network of 500 champions

Global Action Plan launches new platform to motivate sustainable champions

EXCLUSIVE: Independent charity Global Action Plan (GAP) announced on Wednesday (18 May) at edie Live that it is launching a new Catalyst initiative aimed at creating a network of sustainability champions that can motivate one another to mobilise the workforce.

Cliffe said that Innovate UK is supporting Tata Steel through several projects relating to the remanufacturing of torpedo axels

Remanufacturing no longer a 'niche' business model, says Innovate UK

EXCLUSIVE: Remanufacturing has a "crucial role" to play in every large-scale heavy industry business approach, the lead technologist resource efficiency at Innovate UK told an audience of sustainability professionals at edie Live.

Speaking at edie Live, Tech UK's Susanne Baker urged companies to embrace the concept and use it to create more efficient supply chains

Internet of Things 'can unlock huge range of circular economy opportunities'

EXCLUSIVE: The Internet of Things (IoT) phenomenon will play a "critical role" in creating efficient reverse logistics within supply chains, with big players such as Samsung, eBay and UPS already recognising its potential, the UK trade association for the technology sector has said.

Primark will increase its work with WRAP to acquire more sustainable fibre choices, while working to incorporate recycled materials over virgin options as part of the SCAP initiative

Primark signals intention to join WRAP in war on fashion waste

EXCLUSIVE: High street retailer Primark plans to ramp up its ambitions to drive resource efficiency within the fashion sector, after revealing clear intentions to sign up to WRAP's Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) and the European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP) initiatives.

The report revealed that while 75% of professionals are struggling to implement a sustainable procurement process, the main barriers to contend with revolve around finances

Business as usual approach pushing the world past its environmental boundary, says IEMA

Companies operating with a "business as usual" approach are driving the planet past its environmental and social boundaries and will need to adapt to address the combined force of global megatrends, a new IEMA report has revealed.

Thousands upon thousands of energy managers, sustainability professionals and resource efficiency experts have been visiting the two-day show, which offers insight, inspiration and expertise through a host of new features

edie Live 2016: A look back at Day 1 (video) and a look ahead to Day 2

After a fascinating first day of inspiration, insight and expertise, edie explores what's in store today (18 May) for the second and final day of the 2016 edie Live exhibition at the NEC Birmingham. And there's still time to attend!

Devrim Celal (left), CFO/COO of Upside Energy, which fended off tough competition from nine other green innovations to be crowned the Innovation Zone competition winner

VIDEO: Innovation Zone Competition winner unveiled at edie Live

A pioneering 'virtual energy store' that connects renewable energy to distribution networks has today (17 May) been crowned the winner of edie's Innovation Zone Competition at the edie Live exhibition in Birmingham.

Veolia's Forbes McDougall stated that a growing middle class and the the influence of millennials has created the perfect backdrop to introduce servitisation models

Servitisation is the 'posterchild' for the circular economy, says Veolia

EXCLUSIVE: Companies looking to accelerate the transition to a resource-efficient future by adopting closed-loop principles should take advantage of servitisation - dubbed the "posterchild" of the circular economy by Veolia's head of circular economy at edie Live today (17 May).

Policy Connect's Owain Mortimer called upon the Government to adjust its long-term approach towards policy that matches the UK’s climate and energy needs

Government criticised for 'lack of foresight' over low-carbon heat

EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government has "suppressed the progress" of green technologies through a chop-and-change approach to green policies such as the RHI scheme, an audience of sustainability professionals at edie Live was told today (17 May).

FoodCloud has already been successfully implemented at more than 150 Tesco stores, creating an excess of 350,000 meals for around 940 charities nationwide

Tesco issues rallying call for innovators to help tackle food waste

EXCLUSIVE: Off the back of an impressive track record using innovative platforms to tackle the growing problem of food waste, Britain's biggest supermarket chain has reached out to innovators to introduce further waste reduction solutions.

The edie Live 2016 exhibition is taking place at the NEC Birmingham on Tuesday and Wednesday, 17 and 18 May

Show doors open for first day of edie Live - here's what's in store...

Representatives from DECC, National Grid, Forum for the Future and WRAP are all set to grace the stages of the NEC Birmingham today (17 May) as the edie Live 2016 exhibition officially opens - and there's still time to get your own free pass for the show!

To the victors come the spoils: The winners of the 2016 Environment & Energy Awards were unveiled at a glittering awards ceremony in Birmingham this evening

edie Environment & Energy Awards 2016: Winners announced at glittering ceremony

Heineken UK, National Trust and The Crown Estate were among the big winners of edie's 2016 Environment & Energy (E&E) Awards, announced at an awards ceremony in Birmingham earlier this evening (16 May)

The edie Live 2016 exhibition is taking place at the NEC Birmingham on Tuesday and Wednesday, 17 and 18 May

edie Live 2016: Last chance to register before the show doors open!

Thousands of energy managers, sustainability professionals and resource efficiency experts are set to descend upon the NEC Birmingham on Tuesday (17 May) for the first day of the edie Live 2016 exhibition.

The new report acts as a follow up to IEMA’s Perfect Storm report, which highlighted the “state of unpreparedness” that companies were operating in

Companies must look 'beyond the storm' and embrace long-term strategies, says IEMA

Companies failing to account for looming long-term megatrends are at risk of becoming "unviable businesses", unless a transformative switch away from short-term thinking can be introduced, the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment's (IEMA) policy and practice lead has claimed.

Green SMEs normally encounter four key legal elements that need to be addressed to ensure that a cleantech innovation is able to scale up

Cleantech innovation: the legal necessities of joining forces

In the final installment of edie's cleantech innovation feature mini-series, Hamish Corner - partner at law firm Penningtons Manches - outlines the legal necessities that must be established and protected by green entrepreneurs when entering collaborative partnerships with larger corporations.

Find out what expert edie Live speakers from the likes of WRAP, AECOM, Veolia and others have said and done in order to drive sustainable business

edie Live 2016: What the speakers have to say

With the days counting down until the edie Live 2016 exhibition doors open, and with more than 120 industry experts set to feature across two days within the NEC Birmingham, edie has captured some of the most insightful soundbites from all of our recent speaker interviews.

The company is incorporating a mixed-recycling process that sees coffee bean sacks from Costa converted into carpet tiles for Premier Inns

How the 'spirit' of internal collaboration is reducing waste at Whitbread

EXCLUSIVE: Communication and innovation regarding waste reduction methods has become the "heart of corporate culture" at Whitbread, due to "extremely well aligned" managerial departments which collaborate internally, the company's procurement manager has claimed.

The new ESA report outlines four areas that the Government should focus on to push towards a circular economy

Waste industry calls for 'urgent Government intervention' to drive UK circular economy

Whilst UK recycling rates continue to creep upwards, "urgent Government intervention" is needed to create a more resilient waste collection system that transforms the nation into a world-leader when it comes to waste and resource management.

The relationship between large and small businesses could be enhanced further if SMEs were more proactive while developing solutions

Cleantech innovation: the collaboration equation

In the penultimate part of this cleantech innovation feature mini-series, Carbon Limiting Technologies (CLT) directors Beverley Gower-Jones and Mark Bornhoft explain how green innovators should be interacting with big corporations to carve out a route to market and ensure they aren't "designing in the dark".

The funding forms part of the Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) support scheme, which aims to ‘green’ fleets by introducing hydrogen models

UK Government aims to triple hydrogen vehicle numbers with £2m funding pot

The UK Government's vision to ensure that almost all cars on the roads by 2050 are zero-emission reached another milestone on Tuesday (10 May), after a £2m funding pot aimed at tripling the number of hydrogen vehicles in the UK was revealed.

Veolia's head of circular economy Forbes McDougall says companies will need to focus on the way energy and heat is generated and consumed, in order to complete the circular economy jigsaw

Veolia: energy and heat are the missing pieces of the circular economy jigsaw

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses are missing out on the benefits of taking a closed-loop approach to energy and heat consumption due to being too "hung-up" on waste-driven models, the head of circular economy at Veolia has claimed.

The edie Live 2016 exhibition is taking place at the NEC Birmingham on 17-18 May

edie Live 2016: five days until doors open!

The final countdown to the edie Live 2016 exhibition has begun, with more than 120 industry experts set to feature in 33 sessions across two days at the NEC Birmingham on 17-18 May.

BCF has been communicating with Government officials, urging them to set an example by procuring recycled paint in an attempt to open market revenue streams

Could Defra paint a circular economy picture for the coatings industry?

EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government has been urged to procure paint for building renovations from recycled waste streams to accelerate a circular economy in the coatings industry, which is attempting to address "challenging issues" of paint disposal.

Businesses that sell products with in-build sustainability credentials - and embrace innovative business models to sell those products - will lead the low-carbon transition

Why the new world of sustainability leadership lies in products

EXCLUSIVE: Companies that are tackling key environmental and societal issues through they way they design, make and sell products will become the leaders of the low-carbon economy, as customer-facing begin to diversify their services in favour of sustainable business.

Funding gap: Cleantech innovators will face numerous challenges when attracting investors to take a 'leap of faith' towards commercial success

Cleantech innovation: Strategies for scaling up

In the second part of this cleantech innovation feature mini-series, Hamish Corner - a partner at UK law firm Penningtons Manches LLP - outlines the key challenges and potential solutions for green entrepreneurs and start-ups when it comes to attracting funding to turn proven prototypes into a commercial success.

Improved machine cycles have enhanced glass production and durability to the point where Encirc no longer needs to use the plastic shrouds that prevent bottles being damaged

How Encirc is smashing the glass ceiling of supply chain sustainability

As businesses begin to look beyond the 'low-hanging fruit' of on-site sustainability solutions, a growing number of firms are turning their attentions to supply chain management as a way of reducing emissions and environmental footprints even further.

The edie Live Sustainability Salary Snapshot reveals that gender, region, job role, seniority and industry type are all significant variables when it comes to annual pay

edie Live survey reveals extent of gender pay gap in sustainability

The average annual salary of men working as energy, sustainability and resource efficiency professionals is £11,500 higher than women, edie Live's Sustainability Salary Snapshot survey has revealed.

The new subsidy scheme from DONG is the latest in a line of financial incentives launched by the utilities company in an attempt to encourage renewable uptake

DONG Energy offers subsidised renewable electricity to UK businesses

Utility company DONG Energy will offer UK businesses the chance to purchase renewable electricity at a subsidised rate, by absorbing cost premiums to ensure that green energy prices are no higher than traditional "brown energy" sources.

Figures from the survey revealed that just 13% have seen a decrease in energy costs over the last three years

SMEs urge Government to provide energy efficiency grants

A large proportion of Britain's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) believe that the Government should provide grants towards the installation costs of energy efficiency measures, according to a survey from the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC).

Register for edie Live on May 17-18 and book your free, expert advice clinics

Book your free expert advice clinics at edie Live

Visitors to edie Live are being given the chance to book free, one-to-one advice clinics to help them plan all aspects of their sustainability strategies.

Despite huge disparities in terms of size and employment, both Dunlop and Jacobs have implemented energy-saving techniques within their operations

How Jacobs and Dunlop are engineering a green industrial revolution

EXCLUSIVE: With question marks still looming over the Tata Steel crisis, manufacturers large and small are taking steps to ensure that energy-intensive industries aren't left behind in the global movement to a low-carbon future.

AECOM's Ant Wilson highlighted the Government’s U-turn on the zero-carbon homes policy as a reason why the built environment is failing to grasp what is considered sustainable

Policies 'getting in the way' of green building design, construction giant warns

EXCLUSIVE: The implementation of efficient and sustainable building practices is being hindered by Government and Mayoral politics which are attempting to "promise the Earth" rather than incentivising the built environment, infrastructure and construction firm AECOM has claimed.

All NHS facilities, including NHS Lothian in Edinburgh which is close to the National Monument, are signed up to Warp-it

Scotland 'well-prepared' to embrace disruptive circular economy business models

EXCLUSIVE: The willingness of Scotland's universities, councils and health services to embrace new initiatives based on circular economy principles has allowed disruptive innovators to gain a foothold in the UK market and expand their business.

One of the more prominent ways that npower has sparked this behaviour change is through the Environmental, Action, Sustainability and You (EASY) campaign

How ISO 50001 has reduced energy use and sparked behaviour change at npower

EXCLUSIVE: UK gas and electricity supplier npower has revealed that compliance with ISO 50001 has played a crucial part of the company's energy and carbon reduction efforts, igniting behaviour change among staff as a result.

The first unit of three is expected to arrive this year and will be used for everyday store deliveries

Sainsbury's takes "seismic leap" with naturally refrigerated trucks

British supermarket chain Sainsbury's has ramped up its attempts to curb transport emissions after becoming the first company in the world to incorporate "closed-loop" natural refrigerant trailer units for its delivery vehicles.

The report suggests that low-carbon mobility would reduce demand for oil, leading to lower global oil prices

UK could save billions by embracing low-carbon transport

A transition to low-carbon transport could reduce global spending on oil and save £232bn a year between 2020 and 2030, according to a new report from economic analysts.

The winner will be announced on May 17 at the UK’s largest energy, sustainability and resource efficiency event, edie Live

edie Live Innovation Competition finalists announced

Innovative and pioneering technologies - from hybrid commercial vehicles to energy storage, innovative AD solutions to retail refrigeration - will take to the stage next month, after 10 forward-thinking companies made it through to the final of edie's Innovation Zone competition.

More than 400 SMEs have identified around £10m in potential long-term savings through RBS’ unique auditing service

RBS hits £1bn milestone for green loans

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has doubled its financial lending to sustainable energy projects, with more than 400 small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) acting as benefactors of a £1bn lending spree from the bank in 2015.

Building management systems could soon be phased out and replaced with more advanced, IoT-based models

Data analysis: taking behaviour change to the 'next level'

EXCLUSIVE: Data analysis can be an integral method to ignite energy-conscious behaviour change among staff, with energy management company SSE Enterprise claiming that the Internet of Things (IoT) could revolutionise how companies interact with sustainability number-crunching.

The eco-pod café concept, pictured here in Telford, incorporates an array of innovative energy-saving technologies that could have a huge impact on the future of green building design

Costa eyes four more 'zero-energy' coffee shops in the next year

EXCLUSIVE: Whitbread-owned Coffee shop chain Costa is planning to introduce at least four more of its innovative 'zero-energy' coffee shops across the UK within the next 12 months, after a pilot store in Shropshire delivered significant energy savings for the hospitality group.

You start at edie Live a free, two-day programme of content, learning, insight, networking and support, specifically tailored to your needs

Sustainability simplified - cutting the complexity

The sustainability management role is a complex one and individual needs and priorities are different depending on organisation type, business focus and sometimes even the day of the week. So, to cut through the complexity, we are bringing the edie experience to life.

Hydrogen cars could share the future automotive market with electric vehicles (EV) by optimising a sharing economy policy

How a sharing economy could catapult hydrogen vehicles into the mainstream

EXCLUSIVE: Embracing a sharing economy could allow hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles to carve out a niche route to accelerate into the mainstream vehicle mix, but only if efforts to boost infrastructure productions are increased.

Aston University has introduced monthly Go Green workbooks which are sent to each department, calling for evidence and ideas on how to improve energy efficiency

University challenge: How behaviour change can unite staff and students on sustainability

Britain's universities are facing the same carbon conundrum as the entire global economy: how can you achieve meaningful emissions reductions while the market in which you operate continues to grow? Birmingham's Aston University believes it has found the most effective answer: behaviour change.

In order to incentivise the #NeverBeenWorn campaign, Oxfam is offering a free service for the first 500 participants

Oxfam tackles fashion waste through redistribution scheme

Oxfam have joined forces with the UK's largest independent parcel delivery service CollectPlus to offer a convenient way for people to return unwanted clothing from the nation's wardrobes, after research showed that a total of 350 million items are unused in the UK.

The UK's carbon price floor rose from ?9.54 to ?18.08 in 2015 - a far cry from the European value of ?4 per tonne of carbon

Scrapping carbon price floor would 'level the playing field', manufacturers claim

EXCLUSIVE: Clearer policy amendments, including the scrapping of the carbon price floor, would prove instrumental in securing the long-term stability of Britain's energy-intensive companies, the manufacturer's organisation EEF has claimed.

The now-closed Zero Carbon Hub was influential in supporting housebuilders deliver higher energy efficiency standards

Zero Carbon Hub closes following green building policy changes

An influential public-private body tasked with transitioning all new homes to be built under zero-carbon regulations has today (31 March) confirmed it has ceased operations following the Government's controversial decision to stop pursuing zero-homes targets.

The Innovation Competition is looking for the best green ideas that edie Live can help turn into market-ready propositions

Last chance to enter edie's 2016 Innovation Zone Competition

Entrepreneurs and SMEs that have developed green technologies, systems or business models have just a few days left to enter a new competition designed to promote and support innovation in the sustainability space.

The E&E Awards take place on the evening before edie Live opens (16 May), with a black-tie dinner and ceremony at the National Motorcycle Museum

edie Environment & Energy Awards 2016: The finalists

The judging is complete and the shortlist of finalists has been drawn up for edie's 2016 Environment & Energy Awards, which recognise excellence in on-site energy, water and resource management.

The edie Live 2016 exhibition and conference returns to the NEC Birmingham on 17-18 May

edie Live 2016 opens for registration

Registration is now open for the UK's leading event for energy, sustainability and resource efficiency professionals, offering visitors a host of new features, networking events and high-level keynote stage.

edie spoke with Liz Goodwin shortly after WRAP confirmed she would be stepping down as its chief executive

Q&A with WRAP's outgoing chief executive Liz Goodwin

As the Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) prepares for the next chapter of its resource revolution quest under a new leader, edie speaks with outgoing chief executive Liz Goodwin about the charity's success story so far, and her own plans for the future.

Forum for the Future’s director of sustainable business David Bent is a partner of the edieLive 2016 Innovation Zone (scroll down for video)

The time is NOW for green innovation and creative destruction, says Forum for the Future

EXCLUSIVE: The world needs to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to incrementalism and embrace innovation and creative destruction if we are to achieve the bold emission reduction pledges set out at the Paris climate talks.

Individuals and organisations now have just four days left to enter the awards which celebrate those who are doing business better

Environment & Energy Awards: FOUR days left to enter

Deadline day for the 2016 Environment & Energy (E&E) Awards is fast approaching, with individuals and organisations having until the end of the day on Friday (29 January) to submit their entries.

Individuals and organisations now have an extra week to enter the awards which celebrate those who are doing business better

Environment & Energy Awards: Deadline EXTENDED

Owing to popular demand, edie has extended the entry deadline for the 2016 Environment & Energy (E&E) Awards by one week, to Friday, 29 January.

The Innovation Zone Competition is looking for the best green ideas that edie Live can help turn into market-ready propositions

edie Live seeks emerging sustainability solutions for 2016 Innovation Zone Competition

SMEs that have developed green technologies, systems or business models are being invited to enter a new competition designed to promote and support innovation in the sustainability space.

Entry to edie's Environment & Energy Awards 2016 will remain open until Friday, 22 January

Deadline day approaches for edie's Environment & Energy Awards

The final entry deadline for edie's 2016 Environment & Energy (E&E) Awards is fast approaching, with less than 10 days left for organisations and individuals to send in their submissions.

The awards, in their 17th year, are part of edie Live 2016

Environment and Energy Awards open for entry

Taking place as part of edie Live, formerly Sustainability Live, Nemex and Energy Recovery, the edie Environment and Energy Awards are open for submissions.

April was packed full of green pledges from policymakers and businesses alike, along with some of our own events and awards

GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in April 2015

It was the month of the big party pledges, zero energy coffees and smartphones made from food waste. Take a look back at April's most-read sustainability news stories in our gallery round-up.

The subsidy rate for standalone ground-mounted solar projects will drop from 6.16p/kWh to 4.43p/kWh in the third quarter of this year

Government announces more solar subsidy cuts

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is reducing feed-in tariff payments for ground-mounted solar farms by 28% this summer.

Prices would continue to fall in the UK solar industry even if all subsidies were removed, Noble said

Solar price reductions no longer dependent on subsidies, says REA

Prices would continue to fall in the UK solar industry even if all subsidies were removed, a representative of the Renewable Energy Association (REA) told an audience at Sustainability Live this week.

Crowdfunding is becoming an increasingly popular form of green investment, with platforms like Abundance and Trillionfund attracting millions of pounds for projects, particularly renewables

Crowdfunding "could deter future investment in green business"

Green businesses that raise finance through crowdfunding could have trouble getting bigger investors on board further down the line, according to an expert speaker at Sustainability Live.

Further development of the industry is expected to be hampered by supply chain security, especially food waste contracts, and a 'perverse' cost control mechanism

Food waste shortages already impacting AD industry, says NNFCC

EXCLUSIVE: Rapid expansion in the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry over the past year has taken it from an 'emerging, niche waste treatment industry' to one providing a significant contribution to the UK's electricity production.

The Environment & Energy Awards give companies the opportunity to be recognised for their efforts and achievements in sustainability

Environment & Energy Awards 2015: Winners revealed

AkzoNobel, B&Q and Sainsbury's were among the big winners at the 16th annual Environment & Energy Awards 2015, announced at glittering awards ceremony in Birmingham last night (22 April).

Paul Crewe gave an update on Sainsbury's energy reduction at Sustainability Live this week

Sainsbury's makes clear business case for sustainability

EXCLUSIVE: Behaviour change, on-site generation and smarter systems have helped Sainsbury's reduce its absolute energy consumption by 17% since 2005, whilst growing the business by 46% over the same period.

Woudhuysen gave the keynote speech on the first day of Sustainability Live 2015

'Ambitious innovation' needed to turn climate change into opportunity

EXCLUSIVE: Forget resilience - we need to innovate our way out of trouble. That was the message put forward forecasting expert James Woudhuysen in his keynote address at edie's Sustainability Live Conference earlier today (21 April).

Sustainability Live has been the hub of energy and sustainability solutions for the UK business community since its inception in 2007

Sustainability Live 2015 preview: 10 reasons to visit

The UK's leading hub for energy and sustainability solutions returns to the NEC Birmingham next week (21-23 April) with a host of exciting features, a brand new high-level conference, and a special secret we are about to reveal...

Sustainability Live 2015 will feature a brand new high-level conference alongside three seminar theatres, all of which are CPD-accredited

Sustainability Live achieves CPD approval

edie is delighted to announce that Sustainability Live has been awarded Approved Training Provider status by the Energy Institute, meaning we can continue to deliver CPD-accredited workshops and seminars for energy management professionals.

Eighty-two percent of our Energy Management Survey respondents had heard of ESOS, but only 39% have started to engage with a lead assessor

ESOS awareness on the rise, but energy managers remain sceptical

EXCLUSIVE: The majority of UK businesses are now aware of the impending Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), but the minority of affected businesses believe it will actually help them develop plans to become more energy-efficient.

The third annual exclusive edie energy management report will be presented at Sustainability Live 2015 on 21 April

edie energy management survey: Businesses 'more committed than ever'

EXCLUSIVE: Employee engagement, behaviour change and technology upgrades are the key areas businesses are focusing on to become more energy efficient, but funding remains the biggest barrier to initiating energy-saving programmes.

The study's authors foresee the battery replacing the widely used lithium-ion batteries in mobiles and laptops, it also provides an environmentally friendly alternative to disposable alkaline batteries

Aluminium-ion battery could revolutionise energy storage

Stanford University has developed a new fast-charging aluminium-ion battery that could be a legitimate option for grid-level storage of renewable energy.

Sustainability Live 2015 returns to the NEC Birmingham on 21-23 April 2015

Sustainability Live conference almost fully-booked

The brand new strategic conference, to be launched by edie at Sustainability Live this April, is now at capacity on both Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd, with only 10 places left for Thursday April 23rd.

The renewable energy generated at M&S's Castle Donington distribution centre makes it almost self-sufficient in daylight

Opportunity knocks for green energy procurement, says M&S

EXCLUSIVE: "There is no excuse for organisations not to buy green electricity." That's the view of Gio Patellaro, head of energy supply and risk at M&S, who says the market is ripe for firms to decarbonise their energy supply and realise the financial benefits.

The Innovation Zone is just one of a wide range of educational and free-to-attend show features that visitors can access at Sustainability Live this April

Industry-changing technologies announced for edie Innovation Zone

edie is delighted to announce the emerging technologies that will be on show in the brand new edie Innovation Zone at Sustainability Live next month (April 21-23 at the NEC, Birmingham).

The Government announced £200m funding to help the GIB expand into India and Africa

Government goes global with GIB

The Government has given the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) £200m to expand its investment portfolio into India and Africa.

The handbook attempts to provide a practical template for businesses looking to make green investments

UK GIB launches 'Green Investment Handbook'

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has published its 'Green Investment Handbook', outlining the processes that underpin its investment decisions.

Charlotta Lyon says the Carlsberg Circular Community has driven transformational change for the Danish brewer and its value network

Businesses must 'think outside of the box' with sustainability strategies, says Carlsberg

EXCLUSIVE: Today's business models are not fit for purpose if we are to deliver the transformational change needed to create a sustainable future, and firms need to be willing to step out of their 'comfort zone' to drive positive change.

The sharing economy's economic, environmental and lifestyle benefits make it a powerful business proposition

System revolutionaries: Sharing economy will destroy inactive incumbents, says Forum for the Future

EXCLUSIVE: Forum for the Future's director of sustainability David Bent believes the rapid growth of innovative new business models such as the sharing economy and servitisation is putting large, incumbent firms at risk of being left behind in the transition to a sustainable future.

Sustainability Live visitors that complete a Topic Trail will qualify for a drink and be entered into a free prize draw to win a weekend break

Have a drink on edie... with our Sustainability Live Topic Trails

Four exciting new 'Topic Trails' are being launched at Sustainability Live 2015, allowing visitors to follow bespoke routes through the show based on key industry trends, with the chance to win a luxury holiday to boot.

Smart meters can help businesses make informed decisions to manage energy costs

Edie explains: Non-domestic smart meters

Smart meters are the next generation of gas and electricity meters. But what are the business benefits of using them? How expensive and complicated are they? And are you obliged to have one in your organisation? edie explains...

The competition will invest up to £800k in feasibility studies testing potential business models that maximise the value of durable products while ensuring value can be retained through reuse, remanufacture or leasing and maintenance

Innovate UK supports circular business models with new competition

Innovate UK has launched a competition to fund projects exploring the business case for a circular economy of goods.

The EEF's Susanne Baker says a global emissions agreement would have a

UK at risk of manufacturer exodus without global emissions deal, says EEF

EXCLUSIVE: Large UK manufacturers could be forced to move their operations overseas if countries cannot agree a unilateral cap on emissions at the UN climate change conference in Paris.

The NEC expects to send 120 tonnes of food waste to Coleshill annually

NEC to send 120 tonnes of food waste to new Birmingham AD plant

Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre (NEC) has become one of the first local businesses to send its food waste to Severn Trent Green Power's £13 million anaerobic digestion (AD) plant.

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UKGBC slams Cameron's 'short-sighted' starter homes plan

David Cameron's plan to exempt 200,000 homes from zero-carbon standards will lock buyers into higher energy bills and poorer quality housing, says the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC).

(L-R): Adam Elman, head of global Plan A delivery at M&S; Hugo Adams, director of property at M&S; Munish Datta, head of Plan A at M&S

M&S completes UK's largest rooftop solar project, more on horizon

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has completed the installation of the UK's largest single-roof-mounted solar panel array at its East Midlands distribution centre.


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